Arrow Video is resurrecting Universal’s 1972 ecologically-minded science fiction flick Silent Running.
The company is scheduled to re-issue the movie Nov. 17 on Blu-ray. The movie stars Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, The Burbs, Nebraska) as lead character Freeman Lowell. Lowell is on a ship carrying some of the last forests from Earth and is told that the ship is to be destroyed and that he will return to Earth. He refuses to follow orders and takes matters into his own hands in order to protect the ship’s plant life, going to very even desperate measures in the process.
The forthcoming re-issue will feature a new 2K scan. Additionally, it will feature a variety of bonus features, such as a new feature length audio commentary from critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw, a new interview with music historian Jeff Bond about the movie’s soundtrack ,and collector’s booklet with new liner notes on the movie by Forshaw and Peter Tonguette.
The full listing of the re-issue’s bonus content is noted below.
— Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, approved by director Douglas Trumbull and produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
— High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ presentation
— Original lossless mono audio
— Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
— Brand new audio commentary by critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw
— Original audio commentary by Douglas Trumbull and actor Bruce Dern
— Isolated music and effects track
— No Turning Back, a new interview with film music historian Jeff Bond on the film’s score
— First Run, a new visual essay by writer and filmmaker Jon Spira exploring the evolution of Silent Running’s screenplay
— The Making of Silent Running, an archival 1972 on-set documentary
— Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull and Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now, two archival interviews with the film’s director
— A Conversation with Bruce Dern, an archival interview with the film’s lead actor
— Theatrical trailer
— Extensive behind-the-scenes gallery
— Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Arik Roper
— FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Peter Tonguette
Pre-orders are open for Silent Running.
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