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1960s Sci-Fi Classic ‘Battle of the Worlds’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9

Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the classic film restoration and streaming company, will release the 1960s sci-fi classic Battle of the Worlds on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9.

In the 1961 film, a runaway asteroid dubbed “The Outsider” mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers. Filmed in Italy at the height of the country’s sci-fi craze, this independent classic stars Claude Rains (Casablanca, The Invisible Man, Notorious), Bill Carter, Umberto Orsini, Maya Brent, Jaqueline Derval and Renzo Palmer with cinematography by Marcello Masciocchi.

Director Antonio Margheriti’s thriller comes ripe from the period of such Italian filmmakers as Sergio Leone, Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

The release is presented from a 4K scan of an original 35mm archival print.

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Bonus features include an original essay by author Don Stradley, “Margheriti’s World”; a full-length commentary track by film historian Justin Humphreys; a new original production, A Cinematic Outsider: The Fantastical Worlds of Antonio Margheriti, by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; and an insert with a special surprise for TFD fans.

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