I can’t tell you how often I reference the movie ‘Willow’ in casual coversation. It’s embarassing. I look at movies like The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and my mind immediately wanders to Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer’s grand adventure that was brought to us by Ron Howard and George Lucas back in 1988. I was exposed to the fantasy adventure film at an impressionable age and the news that this film is coming to home in hi-def put a child-like grin on this writers’ face. Check out the full press release Fox passed along about the film below:
GEORGE LUCAS AND RON HOWARD
BRING THE CLASSIC TALE TO LIFE
ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME
Blu-ray + DVD Combo-pack
Features All-new Digital Transfer Overseen by Lucasfilm andNever-Before-Seen Bonus Material
Journey to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, for the first time ever on stunning Blu-ray! Written and produced by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, the film tells a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes come in all sizes…and adventure is the greatest magic of all. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the unforgettable classic has been fully digitally restored and debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack March 12, 2013 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis; Harry Potter franchise) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh; “Upstairs, Downstairs”). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!
The Willow Blu-ray and DVD include a dazzling array of extras with never-before-seen exclusive content such as deleted scenes with remarks from Ron Howard, a personal video diary of Warwick Davis, matte paintings and much more. In addition, look out for Ron Howard’s new introduction for the original 1988 featurette “The Making of an Adventure,” as well as special effect legend Dennis Muren’s new intro to his piece, “From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking.”
WILLOW is presented in widescreen with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless). Special features include:
● NEW Willow: Deleted Scenes with Ron Howard
● NEW Willow: An Unlikely Hero Personal Video Diary of Warwick Davis
● The Making of an Adventure with an all new introduction from Ron Howard
● From Morf to Morphing with an all new introduction from Dennis Muren
● Matte Paintings
● Easter Egg
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WILLOW BLU-RAY: (Catalog # 2283981) Street Date: March 12, 2013 Prebook Date: February 13, 2013 Screen Format: 16:9 Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA French 5.1 DTS Spanish 5.1 DTS Subtitles: English, French and Spanish U.S. Rating: PG Total Run Time: 03:11:50 Closed Captioned: Yes WILLOW DVD: (Catalog # 2283982) Street Date: March 12, 2013 Prebook Date: February 13, 2013 Screen Format: 16:9 Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA French 2.0 Surround DD Spanish 2.0 Surround DD Subtitles: English, French and Spanish U.S. Rating: PG Total Run Time: 02:06:00 Closed Captioned: Yes
I’m really excited to re-watch this film on BluRay and see what these “new deleted scenes” are all about, as well as to look into this video diary with Warwick Davis. The child-geek in me can’t help himself.
Via: Twentieth Centurty Fox