The first film released in CinemaScope, the Biblical epic The Robe starring Richard Burton, will be granted a lavish special edition Blu-ray Disc release by Fox Home Entertainment on March 17.
Fox, the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation spent over a year-and-a-half restoring The Robe. Martin Scorsese, founder of The Film Foundation, donated his personal film print of The Robe which was used to create the newly restored transfer on this Blu-ray Disc release.
Fox will present The Robe on Blu-ray in its CinemaScope 2.55:1 aspect ratio with 1080p resolution and a choice between 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 4.0 Dolby Digital audio.
Over two hours of new bonus features are exclusive to Blu-ray including a high-definition introduction by Martin Scorsese (the DVD includes the intro in standard definition). The extensive list of shared and exclusive extras is as follows.
- Introduction by Martin Scorsese (HD)
- Commentary with Film Composer David Newman and Film Historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
- The Making of The Robe featurette
- The Music of The Robe: Alfred Newman’s Score isolated music track
- Still Galleries
- Interactive Pressbook
- Vintage Celebrity Introductions by Richard Widmark, Susan Hayworth, Robert Wagner, Clifton Webb and Dan Dailey (Blu-ray exclusive)
- The CinemaScope Story featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
- From Scripture to Script: The Bible and Hollywood featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
- BONUSVIEW picture-in-picture mode (Blu-ray exclusive)
- The Robe Times Two: A Comparison of Widescreen and Standard Versions
- A Seamless Faith: The Real-Life Search for The Robe featurettes
- The Clothes of Christ
- Clothes in Biblical Times
- Clothes of a King
- A Seamless Garment
- The Robe on Page & Screen
- The Robe and Politics
- The Robe in Our World
- The Robe in France & Russia
- History vs. Drama
- Audio Interview with Screenwriter Philip Dunne (1969) (Blu-ray exclusive)
- Movietone News (Blu-ray exclusive)
- CinemaScope Hailed by Public and Press
- Broadway Hails The Robe in CinemaScope
- The Robe (Christian Herald Award)
- Millionth Patron Sees The Robe
- CinemaScope and The Robe Win Oscars
- Trailers / TV Spots (Blu-ray exclusive)
- Poster Gallery / Lobby Cards (Blu-ray exclusive)
The Robe: Special Edition on Blu-ray will retail for $34.99. Click here to pre-order The Robe on Blu-ray for $25.99 from Amazon.com.