Posted Tue Jun 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM PDT by Tom Landy
Four film classics are planned for Blu-ray this October.
In an early announcement to retailers, Warner Brothers is preparing to bring 'Special Effects Collection' on Blu-ray on October 6. The films will also be sold separately.
Them! - Radiation-mutated ants - 12 feet long and capable of lifting tons - become giant problems for James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness and all of Los Angeles. They're big. They're bad. They've got a serious attitude problem. You won't find a can of bug spray big enough to stop 'em! Starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness, and Onslow Stevens.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms - An A-bomb test in the Arctic awakens The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953), and it makes New York City its stomping ground in the movie (based on a story by Ray Bradbury) that launched a string of Atomic Age creature features. Starring Paul Hubschmid, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Donald Woods, and Ross Elliott.
Mighty Joe Young - Lightning struck again when the team behind King Kong reunited to create another towering ape: Mr. Joseph Young. This time the simian is shorter and the jokes tongue-in-cheekier, but the Oscar®-winning Best Special Effects are just as Kong-sized. A slick nightclub owner (King Kong veteran Robert Armstrong) discovers the giant ape frolicking in Africa as the beloved pet of a young girl (Terry Moore). He brings both to Hollywood as a floor-show sensation, until some no-goods ply Joe with booze and the blitzed behemoth goes bonkers. Highlights such as Armstrong's henchmen trying to lasso Joe cowpoke style, Joe playing tug-of-war with musclemen and plenty of Joe-to-the-rescue action make Mighty Joe Young mighty fine entertainment. Starring Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, and Douglas Fowley.
Son of Kong - Carl Denham, the showman who brought Kong to New York, returns to Skull Island in search of a rumored treasure. He finds diamonds, all right. And something even more remarkable - Kong's son, a spunky 12-footer with a winning personality and his dad's awesome strength. The filmmakers who created King Kong kept the king-sized excitement going with this sequel, released the same year as the original. Robert Armstrong reprises the role of Denham, paired with a new damsel in distress, played by Helen Mack. The two rescue Kong Jr. from a quicksand pit and get in return a devoted protector who defends them from fierce prehistoric monsters, including a giant cave bear. But when a mighty earthquake strikes Skull Island, even the son of Kong may not be powerful enough to save them.
Specs and supplements haven't been revealed yet, but the suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $19.98, while the boxed set is $54.96.
You can find the latest specs for all of these titles linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they are indexed under October 6.
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