1950s Sci-fi Classic ‘Flight to Mars’ Due on Disc July 20

The sci-fi classic Flight to Mars (1951) is coming out on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD July 20 from Cinedigm and the Film Detective for its 70th anniversary.

Filmed in Cinecolor with special effects ahead of its time, Flight to Mars blasted into theaters at the dawn of the 1950s science-fiction boom from legendary producer Walter Mirisch (Some Like It HotThe Magnificent SevenWest Side StoryThe Great EscapeThe Pink Panther).

Starring Marguerite Chapman (The Seven Year ItchCoroner Creek, Destroyer, A Man’s WorldParachute Nurse) and Cameron Mitchell (The High Chaparral, Hollywood CopMonkey on My BackHow to Marry a Millionaire), the film follows five Earthlings who land a successful space expedition on Mars, where they encounter seemingly welcoming Martians. To their surprise, the Martians fear they have depleted the key mineral used to power their life support systems and are determined to get off the red planet by any means necessary, including stealing the Earthlings’ ship and invading Earth.

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Restored via a 4K transfer sourced from the original 35mm Cinecolor separation negatives, the restoration and preservation was completed by Paramount Pictures Archive, Andrea Kalas, Charles Stepczyk and Charlotte Johnson and is the latest collaboration between the Film Detective and The Wade Williams Collection, with future titles to be announced this summer from Williams’ expansive collection of essential genre films.

Special features include new documentary shorts from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, Walter Mirisch: From Bomba to Body Snatchers and Interstellar Travelogues: Cinema’s First Space Race, with science-fiction artist/historian Vincent Di Fate; audio commentary by author/film historian Justin Humphreys; and a full-color insert booklet with essay Mars at the Movies by award-winning author Don Stradley.

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