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Cult 70s horror double Willard and Ben on DVD & Blu-ray in October

12 September 2017

The rats are on the rampage in two classic 1970s horrors, Willard and Ben, which make their UK home entertainment debut in newly restored versions complete with brand new special features. They arrive together as a Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset and as individual releases on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as on-demand and download courtesy of Second Sight Films. The Limited Edition Boxset exclusively features new artwork by renowned artist Graham Humphreys and includes a collectors poster of the artwork.

Daniel Mann’s 1971 classic horror film Willard, based on Ratman’s Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert, inspired a new generation of horror films with animal predators and stars Bruce Davison as the eponymous Willard alongside Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester in one of her last ever appearances and Sondra Locke.

Meek misfit Willard Stiles doesn’t have much going for him. His overbearing mother constantly screams at him, he’s ruthlessly bullied by the boss who stole his father’s business and mercilessly laughed at by his co-workers. Willard eventually turns to a colony of rats for friendship and with training they will soon do anything for their new friend. It’s time for Willard to get even.

With its world-famous theme song sung by the one and only Michael Jackson, Ben, the sequel to Willard , was originally released in 1972 and stars Lee Montgomery as Danny Garrison alongside Joseph Campanella and is directed by Phil Karlson.

Danny is a lonely young boy with a heart condition who finds a friend in Ben, a rat once trained by misfit Willard Stiles. His new best friend protects him from bullying and keeps his spirits up through hard times. But all is not well in Ben’s colony and the other rodents terrify the town with a series of violent attacks. The police are determined to wipe them out. Can Ben survive?

Willard Blu-ray cover Ben Blu-ray cover
Willard and Ben Limited Edition Blu-ray box set

Willard and Ben will be released individually on UK Blu-ray and DVD and together as a Limited Edition Blu-ray box set on 30 October 2017 by Second Sight at the RRP of £15.99 each for the DVD releases, £19.99 for the Blu-ray editions and £34.99 for the Limited Edition box set.

Willard special features:

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • Audio commentary with actor Bruce Davison
  • Interview with Actor Bruce Davison
  • Theatrical trailer, TV spot, Radio Spot
  • Stills gallery

Ben special features:

  • New HD transfer and restoration using the best surviving archive print
  • Interview with Actor Lee Montgomery
  • Commentary with actor Lee Montgomery
  • Theatrical trailers
  • TV spots
  • Willard / Ben double feature trailer and TV spot
  • Radio spot
  • Stills gallery

Limited Edition Box Set exclusives:

  • New artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Poster of new artwork