‘War of the Worlds,’ ‘When Worlds Collide’ Added to Paramount Presents Line

Two epic 1950s science-fiction thrillers, The War of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide, have been added to the Paramount Presents Line and will be released as a double feature on Sept. 27.

The release marks the 4K Ultra HD debut for The War of the Worlds and the first Blu-ray Disc appearance of When Worlds Collide.

The 1953 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds was nominated for three Academy Awards and won for Best Special Effects. The Technicolor classic has been fully remastered in 4K Ultra HD. The disc also includes access to a digital copy of the film, the notorious 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds narrated by Orson Welles, and other bonus content, including audio commentaries by film director Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and author Bill Warren; documentaries on the making of the film and H.G. Wells; and the original theatrical trailer.

When Worlds Collide (1951) was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for Best Special Effects. Like The War of the Worlds, it was produced by George Pal, a Hungarian-American animator, director and producer who was a leading figure in sci-fi filmmaking. Also making its Blu-ray Disc debut, the Paramount Presents edition of When Worlds Collide includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the original theatrical trailer.

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The Paramount Presents line was launched in early 2020 to introduce classics from the Paramount Pictures vault to a new generation of movie lovers. Other titles available in the Paramount Presents collection include: Fatal AttractionKing CreoleTo Catch a ThiefFlashdanceDays of ThunderPretty In PinkAirplane!, Ghost, Roman Holiday, The Haunting, The Golden ChildTrading Places, The Court Jester, Love Story, Elizabethtown, The Greatest Show on Earth, Mommie Dearest, Last Train From Gun Hill, 48 HRS., Another 48 HRS., Almost Famous, A Place in the Sun, Nashville, Bugsy Malone, Breakdown, The SheikVanilla Sky, Ragtime, Harold and Maude, Ordinary People, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The First Wives Club and Back to the Beach.

Season One of ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror’ Coming to Disc Oct. 6 From RLJ Films

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films will release season one of the documentary-horror series “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” Oct. 6 on DVD and Blu-ray.

The series originally aired on AMC Networks in 2018 as part of the AMC Visionaries series.

The documentary is directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, The Green Inferno) and written by Kurt Sayenga (“Breakthrough,” “Origins: The Journey of Humankind”). Roth brings together the masters of horror — the storytellers and stars who define the genre — to explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Each one-hour episode takes viewers on an exploration of how horror has evolved through the years and examines the genre’s impact on society as well as delving into how horror maintains its fan base and why audiences are addicted to fear.

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The series features interviews with author Stephen King (“Creepshow,” The Shining), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, “Kill Bill” franchise), Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” “Watchmen”), Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and David Arquette (“Scream” franchise).

Bonus features include five featurettes and extended interviews with Stephen King, Edgar Wright, Quentin Tarantino, Diablo Cody, Roger Corman, John Landis and Joe Dante.