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Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon restored on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in April

6 March 2021

StudioCanal have announced the upcoming release of a brand-new restoration of the classic adventure comedy Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon, which will available for the first time on as part of the StudioCanal's Vintage Classics Collection Blu-ray and DVD, Digital in April.

Based on an original work by the great pre-science-fiction author Jules Verne, Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon is directed by Don Sharp (The Face of Fu Manchu, Psychomania) and features an all-star ensemble cast of classic film actors including Burl Ives (Cat On A Hit Tin Roof), Troy Donahue (A Summer Place), Graham Stark (The Return of the Pink Panther), Gert Fröbe (Goldfinger), Hermione Gingold (The Music Man), Lionel Jeffries (Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang), Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets) and the inimitable Terry Thomas (School For Scoundrels).

In Victorian England, the race to build, invent and discover is at its peak but results in many embarrassing and dangerous failures. In the US, meanwhile, when Phineas T. Barnum's (Burl Ives) "Greatest Show on Earth" burns to the ground, he heads to England with his star, Tom Thumb (Jimmy Clitheroe). Barnum and Thumb are invited to a scientific lecture by Professor Von Bulow (Gert Fröbe) who plans to send a projectile to the Moon using a powerful new explosive he has invented. Barnum sets about finding the money to build a giant cannon to fire the projectile, carrying a reluctant Tom Thumb, however the spaceship designed by Sir Charles Dillworthy (Lionel Jeffries) proves useless since it does not have the capacity to return to earth.

Barnum then meets an American balloonist, Gaylord Sullivan (Troy Donohue), who has run off with his girlfriend on her wedding day to a wealthy Frenchman Henri (Edward De Souza). Gaylord claims that he has designed a projectile equipped for a round-trip and Henri offers to finance Gaylord's missile if he agrees to take Tom Thumb's place. Meanwhile, Dillworthy and his shady brother-in-law, Harry Washington-Smythe (Terry Thomas), plot to sabotage the moonship expedition but the saboteurs end up on a journey they hadn’t bargained for.

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon Blu-ray cover art

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon will be released on UK Blu-ray, DVD and Digital platforms in a new restoration by StudioCanal on 12 April 2021 at a yet-to-be-confirmed RRP.

BLU-RAY/DVD CONTENTS:

  • New: Interview with journalist and film historian Matthew Sweet
  • New: Interview with journalist and film critic Kim Newman
  • On the set of Rocket to the Moon - Silent footage from British Pathé