GEE WHIZ! IGNITE FILMS UNVEILS NEWLY COMMISSIONED TRAILER AND OFFICIAL POSTER FOR THE 4K RESTORATION OF THE 1953 SCI-FI CLASSIC INVADERS FROM MARS

PRE-ORDERS FOR THE DAZZLING BLU-RAY AND 4K UHD DISCS KICK-OFF TODAY AHEAD OF THE OFFICIAL RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2022  

Special Bonus Features Include a Restored 4K Version of the Original 1953 Trailer and a Newly Commissioned 2022 Trailer, an Interview with the Film’s Star, Jimmy Hunt, an In-depth Look at the Restoration Process Led by Film Preservationist Scott MacQueen, Plus a New Documentary about the Film Featuring Interviews with Directors Joe Dante, John Landis, Visual Effects Academy-Award Winner Robert Skotak, and Other Luminaries. 

“This stunning 4K restoration will make even those who’ve seen the film umpteenth times feel like they’re seeing it for the very first time but through magical new eyes.” – Multiple Visual Effects Academy-Award Winner, Robert Skotak (Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day

LOS ANGELES, CA (JULY 25, 2022) – Ignite Films has dropped a new trailer and the official poster ahead of the upcoming release of its sensational 4K restoration of William Cameron Menzies’ 1953 Invaders From Mars. The sci-fi classic will be released on Blu-ray & 4K UHD on September 26, 2022, just ahead of the film’s 70th anniversary, with pre-orders beginning today, announced Jan Willem Bosman Jansen, founder of Ignite Films.

Direct link for New Trailer:

https://youtu.be/0f3wEXdG7ho  

Special bonus features include a restored 4K version of the original 1953 trailer and a Newly Commissioned 2022 Trailer, an interview with the film’s star, Jimmy Hunt, an in-depth look at the restoration process led by Scott MacQueen, Restoration Supervisor, plus a new documentary about the film featuring interviews with directors Joe Dante (Gremlins), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Multiple Visual Effects Academy-Award winner Robert Skotak (Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day), and other luminaries. These extras and the documentary were produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Jeremy Alter (David Lynch’s Inland Empire, Doug Ellin’s Ramble On).

“I’m excited for audiences, old and new, to finally be able to watch this masterpiece of both film and restoration on Blu-ray and 4K UHD!,” said Ignite Films Director Jan Willem Bosman Jansen.

“We have taken great care to cover as many aspects of the movie in our bonus materials and design to bring it back to life for as wide an audience as possible. The work we have done is also a homage to the overall genius of William Cameron Menzies, and I cannot speak for him of course, but I think he would be thrilled with how his movie looks today,” he added. 

Fearful memories of this timeless 1953 bone-chiller still haunt the dreams of fans who have never forgotten the story of David MacLean, a young boy (Jimmy Hunt) who witnesses an alien invasion. Invaders from Mars was filmed from a child's point of view, using exaggerated sets and upward angles. It became a modern classic and was also one of two early 50s classic alien-invasion science fiction films (the other is Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still) reflecting Cold War tensions, the Red Scare and paranoid anxiety typical of many films in the 50s.

Invaders From Mars stars Jimmy HuntHelena CarterArthur FranzMorris AnkrumLeif Erickson, and Hillary Brooke.

 Cinecon will honor former child actor Jimmy Hunt with a special screening of the 4K restoration of Invaders From Mars at this year’s festival, which will run Labor Day weekend, from September 1-5, 2022 in Hollywood. Other special screenings of the 4K restoration have wowed audiences at the TCM Classic Film Festival, Hollywood, CA in April, Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy, and the Fine Arts Film Festival, Venice, CA in June. 

The restoration of Invaders from Mars has been much hoped for and a long time coming -- but the process was not an easy one. Leading the effort was longtime enthusiast and preservationist of classic cinema Scott MacQueen, who previously was head of preservation at UCLA Film & Television Archive for more than a decade, before retiring in 2021. 

The biggest challenge for MacQueen was that the color negative confirmed for printing in SUPERcineCOLOR lacked many shots and needed to be sourced from 70-year-old prints. 

“Invaders from Mars was one of the most complex projects I have ever undertaken,” said Restoration Supervisor Scott MacQueen. 

“In the days of analog restoration, it would not have been possible, but 21st century digital tools have been game-changers. Released in an archaic process that is irretrievable today Invaders from Mars was pieced together from five different sources. Additionally, eight minutes of European scenes and an alternate ending, and the original trailer, have been preserved. As star Jimmy Hunt says, ‘Invaders from Mars has never looked so good,’” added MacQueen

The 4K restoration process of the sci-fi classic Invaders from Mars required a lengthy search for the final elements, which was conducted by Ignite’s Janet Schorer. Additionally, it was imperative to locate the elements necessary to fill in the gaps in the original camera negative, which was stored with great care at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The George Eastman Museum and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia were instrumental in supplying additional key elements which were essential to completing the film. 

In support of the release, Ignite Films has created The Maze, a home for critical and analytical writing pertaining to the exciting restoration and release of Invaders From Mars. Named after the landmark 3D horror noir by William Cameron Menzies, every corner and avenue of the history and subtext of Invaders From Mars will be explored in The Maze by some of film history’s greatest critical minds. Led by editor and critic Scout Tafoya. The Maze is available on the Ignite Films website at https://www.ignite-films.com/blogs/the-maze

Ignite Films commissioned the new trailer, led by creative director and editor Dan de Winter, with special effects by Deux Wave, and score by Andy Huckvale.   

Artist and Illustrator Laz Marquez is Creative Director, leading the creative vision of the release, including key artwork and packaging.

Ignite Films will initially release the 4K restoration of Invaders From Mars in US/Region 1 on September 26, and will roll-out the release worldwide, excluding the UK, where Arrow Films will distribute. The Big Pieces Company is supporting the release in the US and overseeing international sales. Pre-order Link: www.ignite-films.com/products/invaders-from-mars 

Bonus Features

  • Restored 4K original 1953 trailer AND a newly commissioned trailer 2022
  • Interviews with star Jimmy Hunt, William Cameron Menzies’ biographer James Curtis and recollections of Menzies’ eldest granddaughter Pamela Lauesen
  • Featurette with acclaimed film directors John Landis, Joe Dante, editor Mark Goldblatt, special visual effects artist and two time Oscar Winner Robert Skotak (foremost expert on Invaders from Mars), and enthusiast and film preservationist Scott MacQueen
  • John Sayles’ introduction at Turner Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood, April 2022
  • Before/after clips of restoration – original negative and archival film elements - with film restoration supervisor Scott MacQueen
  • Restored segments in 2K of the Alternate International Version -- alternative ending and extended Planetarium scene
  • Gallery with original Press Book pages, behind the scenes photos from the restoration process
  • Twenty page extensive essay on the restoration process: “Invaders From Mars: A Nightmare of Restoration” by Scott MacQueen 

Product Details

Studio

Ignite Films

Run Time:

78 minutes

Director:

William Cameron Menzies

Certificate:

Approved

 

 

Cast:

 

Helena Carter

Dr. Pat Blake

Arthur Franz

Dr . Stuart Kelston

Jimmy Hunt

David MacLean

Leif Erickson

George MacLean

Hillary Brooke

Mary MacLean

Morris Ankrum

Col. Fielding

Max Wagner

Sgt. Rinaldi

William Phipps (Bill Phipps)

Maj. Cleary

Milburn Stone

Capt. Roth

Janine Perreau

Kathy Wilson

 

 

Languages:

English (original version), Latin Spanish

Closed Captions:

English SDH

Subtitles: 

PT-BR, FR, DE, IT, JP, KR

Theatrical Release Year:

1953

Number of Discs:

1

 

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For interviews with film preservationist Scott MacQueen, star of Invaders from Mars Jimmy Hunt, and Jan Willem Bosman Jansen of Ignite Films, please contact david@robersonpr.com

For exclusive clips and screen grabs, please contact:  david@robersonpr.com

Official Website: http://www.InvadersFromMars1953.com

Pre-order Link: https://www.Ignite-Films.com/products/invaders-from-mars  

Link to New Updated 2022 Trailer: https://youtu.be/0f3wEXdG7ho

Link to Restored Original Trailer: https://youtu.be/DcdMnqMrbOs  
 

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Upcoming special screening of Invaders From Mars in 4K honoring Jimmy Hunt

Cinecon, Hollywood, CA  running September 1-5, 2022 https://cinecon.org/honorees/

Past Special Screenings of INVADERS FROM MARS in 4K.

TCM Classic Film Festival, Hollywood, CA https://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/films/invaders-from-mars/

Fine Arts Film Festival, Venice, CA https://www.veniceica.org/fineartsfilmfestival 

Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, Italy

https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/sezioni/il-paradiso-dei-cinefili/

ABOUT IGNITE FILMS  https://www.ignite-films.com/pages/about-ignite-films

Ignite Films began acquiring classic film properties in the 1990s and this has built a collection of more than eighty features. Using original film elements, Ignite continues to restore and upgrade its collection for posterity and appreciation by generations of cinephiles and movie lovers, old and new. Numerous celebrated and award-winning actors, directors and cinematographers continue to live on in our films. Examples range from the ill-fated romance of Letter from an Unknown Woman, (1948, Director Max Ophüls) to the chilling representation of American crime syndicates in the film noirs Force of Evil (starring John Garfield) and Joseph H. Lewis’ The Big Combo to the epitome of theatrical story-telling in Orson Welles’ Macbeth and Otto Premingers’ Saint Joan (starring Jean Seberg) - all representative of some of Hollywood’s finest contributors.

Iconic genre actors like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (Horror Express), British punk era zombies in Don Sharp’s stylized 1970s cult film Psychomania, suave frontier men like Randolph Scott (Canadian Pacific), Joel McCrea (Four Faces Westand John Wayne, resolute war heroes like Robert Mitchum (The Story of G.I. Joe) or Kirk Douglas (The Heroes of Telemark) - and the equally mesmerizing women, pitched against incredible odds - like Ingrid Bergman in Lewis Milestone’s Arch of TriumphAnne Bancroft in Allan Dwan’s The Restless Breed or the still living legend Kim Novak opposite Frank Sinatra’s addicted character in The Man with the Golden Arm - all immortalized across decades of enduring films.