1985’s ‘Explorers’ to Make Blu-ray Disc Debut May 25 From Shout! Factory

Shout! Select has set a May 25 release date for a Blu-ray Disc collector’s edition of Explorers, the 1985 film that marked the movie debut of both the late River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke.

The film has never before been released on Blu-ray Disc. It was released on VHS videocassette in 1985 and again in 1997, and was subsequently issued on DVD multiple times, most recently as a manufactured-on-demand selection from Paramount in November 2019.

From acclaimed director Joe Dante (Gremlins), Explorers is an action-fantasy that follows the dreams of three curious and adventuresome boys as they become a reality. In their makeshift laboratory, the boys use an amazing discovery and their own ingenuity to build their own spaceship and manage to launch themselves on a fantastic interplanetary journey.

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The film was  box office flop, opening in theaters just nine days after Back to the Future. But over the years it has attracted a cult following.

Bonus features on the Explorers collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc include the original home video and theatrical cuts of the film; “A Science Fiction Fairy Tale: The Story of Explorers,” featuring new interviews with director Dante, screenwriter Eric Luke, Hawke, and more; deleted scenes with optional commentary by Dante; new interviews with cinematographer John Hora and editor Tina Hirsch; and the original theatrical trailer.

Fans who order the Blu-ray Disc from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive 18×24 rolled poster featuring brand-new artwork, available while supplies last.

Sony Releasing ‘Stand By Me’ on 4K Blu-ray Aug. 27

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the 1986 coming-of-age movie Stand By Me on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Aug. 27.

Directed by Rob Reiner and based on a Stephen King short story, the film stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell as a group of friends searching for a dead body in the woods. The cast also includes Kiefer Sutherland.

Newly scanned from the original camera negative in 4K and presented with high dynamic range, Stand By Me also includes a new Dolby Atmos immersive audio mix and both the original theatrical mono audio and the 5.1 remix.

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In addition to the archival special features on the combo pack’s standard Blu-ray disc — including a reunion commentary, director’s commentary and making-of featurette — the 4K disc includes never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes.