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Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce on Blu-ray in September

29 August 2013

When a space shuttle crew finds a mysterious spacecraft containing three human-looking creatures in a state of suspended animation, they bring them back to Earth for further investigation.

It's only then that scientists discover that they are in fact a race of space vampires that feed off people's life-force rather than their blood. So when they escape and run amok in London, the consequences are apocalyptic - and the shuttle crew's only survivor (Steve Railsback) seems to be the only man who can stop them.

Based on Colin Wilson’s novel The Space Vampires, co-written by Dan O’Bannon (Dark Star, Alien, Return of the Living Dead) and directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Salem's Lot, Poltergeist), this lively sci-fi horror romp has a stellar cast including Peter Firth, Frank Finlay and Patrick Stewart - although it's Mathilda May's appearance as a naked female alien that attracts most attention to this day.

Lifeforce will be released on a richly featured UK Blu-ray on 30th September 2013 by Arrow Films at a yet to be confirmed RRP. The disc will also be available as a Steelbook Edition.

Featuring a High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of both the International and Theatrical Versions, transferred from original elements by MGM with supervision by director Tobe Hooper, plus optional uncompressed 2.0 Stereo PCM and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound and optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, the disc will have the following extras:

  • Isolated music and effects soundtrack

  • Audio commentary with Tobe Hooper, moderated by filmmaker Tim Sullivan

  • Audio commentary with Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Douglas Smith, moderated by filmmaker and scholar Howard S. Berger

  • Audio commentary with make-up effects artist Nick Maley, moderated by filmmaker Michael Felsher

  • Cannon Fodder: The Making of Lifeforce – An epic UK-exclusive look at the genesis, production and release of Lifeforce featuring interviews with Hooper, associate producer Michael J. Kagan, editor John Grover, actors Aubrey Morris and Nicholas Ball, makeup artist Sandra Exelby, screenwriter Michael Armstrong, sound designer Vernon Messenger, art designer Tom Adams, Douglas Smith and effects artist John Schoonraad

  • Space Vampires in London: An interview with Tobe Hooper

  • Dangerous Beauty: An interview with Mathilda May, Lifeforce’s iconic star

  • Carlsen’s Curse: Star Steve Railsback looks back on Lifeforceand his career

  • Original theatrical trailers

  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by science fiction expert Bill Warren, a new interview with Oscar-winning visual effects artist John Dykstra by Calum Waddell, illustrated with original archive stills and poster