I’ll admit it – I didn’t see The Rocky Horror Picture Show, even though it played at a local theater many times during and after its initial release. I first encountered it at a Rocky Horror party at the local sci-fi convention, Con-Version several years later. I subsequently became a fan – though I prefer to actually watch the movie rather than sit in a roomful of people who are throwing toast at the screen.
Now, for its 35th anniversary, Fox Home Entertainment is putting together a Blu-ray debut release with a host of cool features. It’s enough to make a guy upgrade to hi-def! At least I’ve got ‘til October to scare up the cash…
Details from the press release follow the jump.
Let’s do the Time Warp again!
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the 35th anniversary of the pop culture phenomenon The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Blu-ray Disc debut on October 19. The greatest cult film of all time and still in limited release, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest-running theatrical release in film history.
A divine film adaptation from Richard O’Brien’s British musical horror comedy/rock opera, produced by Lou Adler and Michael White, The Rocky Horror Picture Show features revered performance by Tim Curry (Clue, Home Alone) as a bizarre and self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” and Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma and Louise) and Barry Bostwick (“Spin City”), as Brad and Janet, a couple who find themselves lost on a cold, rainy night. The madcap, musical mayhem begins when the couple takes refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter as he is about to unveil his greatest creation – and have a bit of fun with his reluctant guests.
Boasting a newly-restored high definition transfer and 7.1 audio sure to make fans shiver with an-tic-i-pation, the anniversary edition Blu-ray truly brings the Midnight experience home wtih exclusive new content including Rocky-oke: Sing It!, Picture-In-Picture Shadowcast Performance, Vintage Callback Track (Unrated), Prop Box, Shadowcasting documentary, as well as exclusive new content including BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®, Photo Galleries, as well as Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary and more. For a limited time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary will be packaged in a collectible 24-page book featuring legendary photography from Mick Rock, best known for his iconic shots of rock and roll artists. Rock served as the chief photographer on the film.
Arriving in time for Halloween, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 CAN. Pre-book is September 8.
Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” the film gained notoriety as a midnight movie when audiences began participating with the film in theaters. The film has entered the pop culture lexicon for its many iconic and memorable scenes, including the song “The Time Warp” which has been covered by handfuls of artists and the often quoted phrase, “Dammit, Janet.”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc release is just one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s yearlong campaign to honor the studio’s 75th birthday. This year the division will debut several select fan-favorites on Blu-ray for the first time ever including The Sound Of Music 45th Anniversary Edition, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Last of the Mohicans and the Alien Anthology.
Blu-ray Specs: (Catalog # 2270701)
- Restored Picture – Brand New 4K/2K Master From The Original Camera Negatives
- The Midnight Experience: The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture-in-Picture
- Show *, Vintage Callback Track (Unrated), Prop Box, Trivia Track
- BD-LIVE**: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®
- Rocky-oke *: Sing It!
- Don’t Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part I
- An-tic-i-pation: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part II
- Mick Rock (A Photographer)
- Mick Rock’s Picture Show (A Gallery)
- Pressbook and Poster Gallery
- Audio Commentary by Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn
- Deleted Musical Scenes and Outtakes
- Alternate Credit Ending and Misprint Ending
- Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show
- Beacon Theater, New York City
“Time Warp” Music Video