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John Hughes’ ‘Weird Science’ To Get A Mind-Blowing Blu-ray Re-release

by Paul Heath

Arrow Video

John Hughes’ 1980s comedy Weird Science is to get a sparkling new Blu-ray re-release. The film will be re-released on the home HD format with in sparkling new 4K with a host of bonus features. The original movie was released all of the way back in 1985 an has achieved cult status in the years since.

If you’re unfamiliar, here is the official synopsis as provided by Arrow Video, who are behind the new home release.

Perennially picked-on high school nerds Gary (Anthony Michael Hall, Sixteen Candles) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt’s computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman – and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys’ dreams come true… but what about Wyatt’s gun-toting psycho older brother Chet (Bill Paxton), and the two bullies (Robert Downey Jr and Vamp’s Robert Rusler) determined to put them back in their place?

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The new Blu-ray will include:

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ presentation of the original Theatrical Version of the film (94 mins), plus seamlessly-branched exclusive Extended Version (97 mins), featuring two additional scenes newly remastered in high-definition
  • Original lossless stereo audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option (theatrical version only)
  • Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Edited-for-TV version of the film (SD only, 94 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and edits
  • Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately
  • Casting ‘Weird Science’, an all-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch
  • Dino The Greek, a newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos
  • Chet Happens, a newly filmed interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon
  • Fantasy and Microchips, a newly filmed interview with editor Chris Lebenzon
  • Ira Newborn Makes The Score, a newly filmed interview with the composer
  • It’s Alive! Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall
  • Theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
  • Image galleries
  • BD-ROM: PDF of the original shooting script
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes

The film is set for release on Blu-ray on 22nd July. Check out the new box art and the original trailer below.

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