As indicated already in our recent interview with Lucasfilm, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have just announced details and a release date for the Ron Howard fantasy adventure “Willow.” Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects, “Willow” will comes as a Special Edition DVD on November 27.
Based on a story by George Lucas, with a screenplay written by Bob Dolman, “Willow” is director Ron Howard’s fantasy world of medieval adventure. “Willow” stars Val Kilmer as Madmartigan, a swashbuckling warrior, and Warwick Davis as the title character. In a mythical kingdom, the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) plots to kill all infants so that the newborn princess, Elora, will never take over the throne. But a midwife sets the baby adrift in a river, and she is rescued by Willow, a farmer in Nelwyn, a peaceful village of trolls, fairies, and little folk. Willow and Madmartigan begin a quest to deliver the baby from evil while being chased by Queen Bavmorda’s daughter, Sorsha (Joanne Whalley), sent to bring the baby back to Nockmaar.
The THX-certified DVD will feature an anamorphic widescreen transfer of the movie with a brand new 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio track. It will also feature a commentary track – although the participants have not been announced yet – and a new Documentary showcasing the film’s groundbreaking achievements in special effects. Another documentary, entitled, “The Making Of An Adventure” Documentary will take you behind the scenes. The disc will be rounded out by another effects Featurette, the movie’s original Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, a Still Photo Gallery, and much more.
“Willow” will be available on November 27 at a suggested retail price of $26.98.