Cinedigm announced today that The Film Detective (TFD), the classic film restoration and streaming company, will release the 1960s, sci-fi classic, Battle of the Worlds (1961), on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD, August 9.
A runaway asteroid dubbed “The Outsider” mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers. Filmed in Italy at the height of the country’s sci-fi craze, this independent classic stars Golden Age-star Claude Rains (Casablanca, The Invisible Man, Notorious), Bill Carter, Umberto Orsini, Maya Brent, Jaqueline Derval and Renzo Palmer. Cinematography by Marcello Masciocchi.
Noted in Science Fiction: The Complete Film Sourcebook (1984), Battle of The Worlds was praised as, “an astonishing piece of cinema … uncannily beautiful and garish.”
Esteemed director Antonio Margheriti blesses viewers with his ‘60s thriller, ripe from the period of such Italian filmmakers as Sergio Leone, Mario Bava and Dario Argento.
Coming to special-edition Blu-ray and DVD, Battle of the Worlds is a highly anticipated release from TFD, presented from a 4k scan of an original 35mm archival print.
BONUS FEATURES: Original essay by author Don Stradley, Margheriti’s World; Full-length commentary track by film historian Justin Humphreys; all-new original production, A Cinematic Outsider: The Fantastical Worlds of Antonio Margheriti by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; and an insert with a special surprise for TFD fans.
Battle of the Worlds will be available on Blu-ray ($29.95) and DVD ($19.95) on August 9 or fans can secure a copy by pre-ordering HERE.
Original 1961 trailer: