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Warner Announces Sci-Fi Blu-ray Wave

Posted May 10, 2010 10:40 AM by Juan Calonge

Warner Bros.Warner Home Video has announced a wave of science fiction movies for release on Blu-ray on September 7: Forbidden Planet (Fred Wilcox, 1956); Lost in Space (Stephen Hopkins, 1998); Mars Attacks! (Tim Burton, 1996); and THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut (George Lucas, 1970). The studio is also releasing The Matrix Reloaded separately and rereleasing A Scanner Darkly.

Special features have been listed only for THX 1138:
  • Commentary with George Lucas and Walter Murch
  • Theater of Noise (Sound Effects Only Track)
  • Master Sessions with Walter Murch
  • A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope
  • Artifact from the Future: The Making of THX 1138
  • Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB
  • BALD
  • Theatrical and re-release trailers



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News comments (47 comments)


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Imrahil2001
  May 10, 2010
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WOOO! Forbidden Planet!

I hope it has all the extras from the 2-disc anniversary release, and more!

Lincoln6Echo
  May 10, 2010
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Matrix Reloaded separately, but not Revolutions as well? That's strange, because basically, I consider those two movies as Matrix II: Part 1 and Part 2. It's just basically a 4.5-5 hour sequel split up into two films.

Anyway, I might pick up Lost in Space and THX-1138. Gotta get my fix of tweenie Lacy Chabert as Penny.

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majestic1
  May 10, 2010
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Mars Attacks!

AKORIS
  May 10, 2010
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MARS ATTACKS and FORBIDDEN PLANET for me

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PowellPressburger
  May 10, 2010
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Really surprised THX-1138 didn't get a Digi Book release.

dmarvin
  May 10, 2010
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That's a nice wave. Forbidden Planet for sure and I'll have to give strong consideration to THX and Mars Attacks!

Xtempo
  May 10, 2010
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Why the hell can't THX-1138 have the original cut? I want both cuts and every bonus feature available. Looks like the only way to see the original cut is by Laserdisc luckily I have that:)

Shanester
  May 10, 2010
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Nice to see Forbidden Planet, THX 1138 & Mars Attacks

Would also like to see Warner re-release some of their CLASSIC hd-dvd titles to BR like Grand Prix & Mutiny On The Bounty

SethRex
  May 10, 2010
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The Matrix for me! Maybe Mars Attacks. Where's the other sci-fi epic, Rush Hour?
Superblaster76
  May 10, 2010
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Forbidden Planet and Lost in Space. Any classic sci-fi will be mine. Since when was Matrix reloaded considered a movie?
BD4ME
  May 10, 2010
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Mars Attacks! and Lost in Space. Haven't seen THX 1138, might consider a blind buy though.

Why is WB re-releasing A Scanner Darkly, lossless audio perhaps. Well, if that's true, I'd rather see a Speed Racer or Interview with the Vampire re-release.

Bluyoda
  May 10, 2010
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Haven't these titles been announced several times now? THX-1138 and maybe Mars Attacks for me!

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fettastic
  May 10, 2010
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Buying them all, but I want Outland and Westworld too.

Looks like they aren't doing the special edition box set for Forbidden Planet like they did for HD DVD. Good thing I held onto the box and just sold the disc.

CandyStalker
  May 10, 2010
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"Mars Attacks" is a huge waste of time, money and talent. Maybe they should let George Lucas tinker with it. That's one that even he couldn't ruin.

"Forbidden Planet", sure. But I still have my shiny deluxe edition DVD here! What the eff!!

Agree: "Outland" and "Westworld"

SleeperAgent
  May 10, 2010
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All of em (except reloaded, got the box set) for me.

FINALLY A Scanner Darkly re-release. Better have lossless audio this time.

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knifethrower
  May 10, 2010
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Whats with the re-release of "A Scanner Darkly", just a new upc?

MCT
  May 10, 2010
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woooooo THX and Mars Attacks!

vanscottie
  May 10, 2010
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Forbidden Planet big YES, as long as it ports over those extras from the recent 2 Disc release

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thedarkangel1975
  May 10, 2010
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Hopefully these movies will be priced reasonable. I believe I will pick up Lost in Space, such a guilty pleasure for me.

fdm
  May 10, 2010
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Thankfully THX-1138 didn't get a Digi Book release. Think I'll have to check it out. Probably pass on the rest (Forbidden Planet is okay, but the DVD was enough for me (not sure I ever want to see it again); Lost In Space, no thanks; Mars Attacks! sucked when it first came out, doubt it's gotten any better since then). Curious about what a re-release of A Scanner Darkly means... suspect SleeperAgent may be on the right track with lossless audio, but you never know with WB; doubtful I'd double-dip on it though.

Mr. Cinema
  May 10, 2010
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Matrix Reloaded separate release is great news. I didn't care for Revolutions, so I'm not too bothered about it not getting released. Seems WB is treating it the same way Paramount treats Godfather 3. "If you want the crappy third film, you gotta buy the expensive box set."

SapGoblin
  May 10, 2010
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MARS ATTACKS!!! ACK! ACK!
F13BluRay
  May 10, 2010
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I wonder why A Scanner Darkly re-release? I'm not complaining because I would love to have a lossless track and the movie is great but I would rather see The Aviator of Goodfellas get a loseless track. Oh well.

Chindogu
  May 10, 2010
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If A Scanner Darkly does get a lossless track (Yes, Please!) then hopefully that means they'll be re-releasing other films that have lossy tracks, like Speed Racer, with lossless. Hopefully Warner Bros. is realizing now that there are people not buying certain films because of this issue. I know there are a few I'd pick up in a heart beat if it wasn't for the lossy DD.

Minimejer05
  May 10, 2010
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Why are they re releasing A Scanner Darkly? I just bought the current release for 7 bucks.

Glad about Matrix Reloaded.... I bought the first one digi book edition. Now i can get this one for cheap. And eventually the third!

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Gardenofstone10
  May 10, 2010
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Do all the Matrix's individually please. Mars Attacks! awesome news there!!!

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Gamma_Winstead
  May 10, 2010
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In like Flynn for THX, Mars Attacks and Lost in Space!

Tratious
  May 10, 2010
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only THX for me.

Jutty
  May 10, 2010
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Nice ,pretty sure ill be grabbing Mars Attacks & THX 1138,glad to see the matrix films getting separate release,,pity i already got the box set,otherwise id be adding that too.
matt_hargett
  May 10, 2010
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awesome, Mars Attacks! Separate score track? Commentary?

Does anyone know if A Scanner Darkly will have a new, lossless audio track? I skipped buying the bluray before since it only had Dolby Digital.
Titanicfave
  May 10, 2010
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Mars Attacks is an awesome film from me and my brothers past!! Definitive day 1 grab!!

tru blu
  May 10, 2010
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Lost In Space for me.

fdm
  May 10, 2010
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Honestly, I dunno why WB would re-release A Scanner Darkly with lossless sound.... The 47 people holding out for a lossless audio track, and the 34 that would rebuy it to get lossless audio instead can't really be that big of an incentive for them to double-dip. Is there another PKD film coming out? (Love them myself.) Why this one and not Goodfellas when they had the chance? Maybe that's it. (WB: re-do T3 please, before I get around to importing it.)

Mr. Joshua
  May 10, 2010
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Lost In Space YAY!!!!

vveksuvarna
  May 10, 2010
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As expected, when can we get a version of THX 1138 that wasnt raped by George Lucas during his mid-life crisis.

demiscy
  May 11, 2010
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so the 4th cover shown above is the one for BALD?

nazdar
  May 11, 2010
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hendersd
  May 11, 2010
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Forbidden Planet DAY ONE. I've been waiting for this since the damn HD release. It's the main reason I hedged about going blu.
EvilGav
  May 11, 2010
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But will Mars Attacks! have the martian language as an option, the same as the DVD did ??

phildeiner
  May 11, 2010
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mars attacks is by far one of the most underrated movies ever. will buy that forbidden planet and thx day one. maybe lost in space somewhere down the line.

TETSUJIN28
  May 11, 2010
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ROBOTS invade Blu Ray ! Thank you WB
Robby, B-9 and robot cops!

Http://RobotsInc. Biz

ifireun
  May 11, 2010
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Thank you WB for bringing Forbidden Planet to Blu - one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. This is the movie that inspired Gene Roddenberry...

Robert Siegel
  May 11, 2010
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Awesome, Mars Attacks is a must (I can't wait to hear Danny Elfman's great score in lossless especially the title theme). Forbidden Planet also a must, and never seen Lost in Space so will give it a rent first.

Liselotte
  May 11, 2010
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mars attack!

fdm
  May 11, 2010
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According to digitalbits, A Scanner Darkly is just going to be the same disc. Just getting a new promo push. [So, no lossless audio.]

BluPix
  May 13, 2010
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I've been wating for THX-1138 to come out on BD for a long time; glad it's going to happen soon. I would've loved to see a digibook of that. That would be the main title I would be interested in from that list. Speaking of digibooks, it would be nice to see 2001: A Space Odyssey have such a book, or even a UCE. I'd snap that up in a heartbeat, given a reasonable price.

I never did get around to buying A Scanner Darkly, though I'd been meaning to. Now I'll wait until its reissued. Warner has been reissuing a few titles with (as far as I know) basically the same specs as before, but different cover graphics: Pale Rider and The Gauntlet come to mind.

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MikaLove
  May 13, 2010
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THX 1138 is a really weird movie (not saying it sucks or it's bad). I have it on DVD. Anyway, isn't this the first title to come out on BD, by George Lucas? Maybe he is "testing the market" for his films and releasing them as he made them? If so, Star Wars might come soon.
But that is just a thought I got.


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