‘Invaders From Mars’ lands on Blu-ray and 4K UHD with beautiful new restoration (unique)

Ever since these menacing Martian tripods marched throughout London in H.G. Wells’ 1898 iconic sci-fi novel, “Struggle of the Worlds,” the Crimson Planet has at all times held an charisma for Earthlings. 

Hollywood has explored Mars dozens of occasions however by no means so surprisingly as in director William Cameron Menzies’ 1953 characteristic, “Invaders from Mars,” which celebrates its upcoming seventieth anniversary with Ignite Movies’ glowing new restoration for a house video invasion on Blu-ray and 4K UHD.

This deluxe fall anniversary launch comes full of a restored 4K model of the unique trailer, alternate endings, a press guide gallery, new interviews with the movie’s star, Jimmy Hunt, and William Cameron Menzies’ biographer James Curtis, and a deep dive into the restoration course of led by preservationist Scott MacQueen. 

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Promotional poster for ‘Invaders From Mars’ (Picture credit score: Ignite Movies)

Additionally included is a brand new documentary that includes interviews with administrators Joe Dante (“Gremlins)”, John Landis (“An American Werewolf in London”), Visible Results Academy-Award winner Robert Skotak (“Aliens”), editor Mark Goldblass, (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”) and plenty of others.

“I am excited for audiences, previous and new, to lastly have the ability to watch this masterpiece of each movie and restoration on Blu-ray and 4K UHD!,” mentioned Ignite Movies Director Jan Willem Bosman Jansen within the press launch. “We have now taken nice care to cowl as many elements of the film in our bonus supplies and design to carry it again to life for as extensive an viewers as attainable. The work we have now accomplished can also be a homage to the general genius of William Cameron Menzies, and I can not converse for him in fact, however I feel he can be thrilled with how his film seems as we speak.”

The dreamlike “Invaders From Mars” starred Jimmy Hunt as David MacLean, a younger little one who witnesses a flying saucer touchdown behind his household house and the mind-controlling affect these alien creatures inflict upon his mother and father and native townsfolk. Instructed by way of a novel kid’s point-of-view and using stylized units and excessive camera angles, the film mirrored the nation’s rising anxieties of Chilly Struggle paranoia and was one of many first sci-fi movies shot in full blazing shade.

Heading up this difficult restoration course of was traditional movie preservationist Scott MacQueen, the previous head of preservation at UCLA Movie & Tv Archive.

“‘Invaders’ was an odd duck given its printmaking strategy of “SuperCINEcolor,” MacQueen tells Area.com. “The earlier print proprietor, Richard Rosenfeld, had loaned intermediate supplies to a licensee that have been by no means returned. The non-standard unique camera damaging was found in a Los Angeles inventory library, so there was a possibility to correctly restore the movie.

“It’s the one main science-fiction traditional of the Nineteen Fifties most in want of consideration. Imbued with the artistry of William Cameron Menzies and his penchant for design and perspective, it was a touchstone for a era. It tapped into so many childhood insecurities, telling its story from the point-of-view of a kid. Finally it embraces the world view of John Steinbeck {that a} boy turns into a person when a person is required.”

Jimmy Hunt as David MacLean in “Invaders From Mars” (Picture credit score: Ignite Movies)

MacQueen and his restoration group solely had sixty minutes of unique damaging to work on, and a complete reel, all of the opticals and unique ending lacking, which required them to make use of broken prints and have the footage digitally changed.

“Scenes burned into my reminiscence are the close-up of ‘Unhealthy Mom’ Hillary Brooke, dressed all in black with one eyebrow darting up whereas she gives false consolation to her son; the surrogate ‘Good Mom’ determine, Helena Carter, sleeping peacefully and resting her hand on her brow to guard her mind because the Martian probe weaves towards her neck; and the sandpits that pull the people into their vortices to the accompaniment of a dissonant acapella choir.

“The final word reward was returning the movie to its correct place within the pantheon,” MacQueen provides. “Nothing was extra gratifying than to have Jimmy Hunt, the star, inform us that the movie seemed higher now than when it was new.”

The brand new restored Blu-Ray and 4K UHD variations of “Invaders From Mars” could be bought straight by the Ignite Movies (opens in new tab) official web site. 

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