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Richard Attenborough's Magic makes its UK Blu-ray debut in March

22 January 2020

Second Sight sprinkles its Magic on Anthony Hopkins’ 1978 horror classic with its first UK Blu-ray release set to arrive this March with a strong collection of special features.

With the continuing popularity of creepy dolls on screen from Hugo to Annabel via the many incarnations of Chucky, we meet one of the original devilish dummies: Fats…the side-kick from hell. Adapted for the big screen by William Goldman from his best-selling book, Magic was directed by Richard Attenborough and arrives on Blu-ray on 23 March.

Corky (Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the LambsThe Two Popes) is a shy magician who just can’t get a break, but when he introduces foul-mouthed ventriloquist doll, Fats, to his act, his star begins to rise. With the chance of hitting the big time finally on the cards, the pressure starts to get to him. In a panic Corky flees the big city, returning to the security of his hometown. When he reunites with old high school flame Peggy (Ann-Margret – TommyGrumpy Old Men), love could be in the air. But Fats doesn’t approve and he’s about to create carnage. Who’s really pulling the strings?

Magic Blu-ray cover art

Described by Classic Horror as "One of the unsung gems of 1970s horror cinema," Magic will make its UK Blu-ray debut courtesy of Second Sight Films on 23 March 2020.

Special features:

  • Screenwriting for Dummies: William Goldman interview
  • Archive Anthony Hopkins interview
  • Victor Kemper: Cinematographer
  • Ann-Margret make-up test
  • Fats and Friends: a history of ventriloquism with the film’s consultant
  • Anthony Hopkins archive radio interview