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The Robe SE (R1/US BD) in March

Fox Home Entertainment have announced the US DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of The Robe (Special Edition) on 17th March 2009. An extensive restoration process that took over a year and half to complete, the newly restored edition of The Robe was collaboration between Twentieth Century Fox, the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation founded by filmmaker Martin Scorsese (who provided a film print from his personal collection that was used to aid the restoration process). The first film ever released in CinemaScope, The Robe was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Burton) and Best Cinematography, taking home two Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Richard Burton stars as Marcellus Gallio, a Roman centurion whose life is forever changed when he win’s Christ’s robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross. Directed by Henry Koster, the film boasts supporting performances from Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Jay Robinson and Richard Boone.

Priced at $19.98 SRP on DVD and $34.99 SRP on Blu-ray Disc, this Special Edition offers all-new bonus materials including a special introduction from Martin Scorsese, commentary by film composer David Newman and film historians and a behind-the-scenes featurette; plus the Blu-ray Disc is highlighted by over two hours of BD Exclusive content including picture-in-picture vignettes, in-depth featurettes such as The CinemaScope Story, vintage celebrity intros and much more.

DVD - Presented in the “Fox CinemaScope Version” widescreen format (2.55:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English 4.0 Dolby Surround and French Mono plus English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include:

  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Commentary with Film Composer David Newman and Film Historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
  • The Making of The Robe featurette
  • The Music of The Robe: Alfred Newman’s Score isolated music track
  • Still Galleries
  • Interactive Pressbook

Blu-ray Disc - Authored in BD-J with AVEC (MPEG 4) compression on a dual-layer 50GB disc, features include:
  • “Fox CinemaScope Version” widescreen format (2.55:1 aspect ratio, 1080P)
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
  • English 4.0 Dolby Digital
  • French and Portuguese Mono
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Cantonese, Chinese and Korean subtitles
  • Includes all DVD extras:
    • Introduction by Martin Scorsese (in HD)
    • Commentary with Film Composer David Newman and Film Historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
    • The Making of The Robe featurette
    • The Music of The Robe: Alfred Newman’s Score isolated music track
    • Still Galleries
    • Interactive Pressbook
  • BD Exclusive Content:
    • Vintage Celebrity Introductions by Richard Widmark, Susan Hayworth, Robert Wagner, Clifton Webb and Dan Dailey
    • The CinemaScope Story featurette
    • From Scripture to Script: The Bible and Hollywood featurette
    • BONUSVIEW picture-in-picture mode:
      • The Robe Times Two: A Comparison of Widescreen and Standard Versions
      • A Seamless Faith: The Real-Life Search for The Robe featurettes
        • Inspiration
        • The Clothes of Christ
        • Clothes in Biblical Times
        • Clothes of a King
        • A Seamless Garment
        • The Robe on Page & Screen
        • The Robe and Politics
        • The Robe in Our World
        • The Robe in France & Russia
        • History vs. Drama
    • Audio Interview with Screenwriter Philip Dunne (1969)
    • Movietone News
      • CinemaScope Hailed by Public and Press
      • Broadway Hails The Robe in CinemaScope
      • The Robe (Christian Herald Award)
      • Millionth Patron Sees The Robe
      • CinemaScope and The Robe Win Oscars
    • Trailers / TV Spots
    • Poster Gallery / Lobby Cards

Region coding on the BD is TBC.


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