Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, will have a new 4K restoration (from the original camera negative) of director Robert Wise’s 1971 film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1969 novel (the first to be published novel under his own name), The Andromeda Strain, on June 4 (prior to its publication he used the nom de plume of John Lange).
This is welcome news indeed. Douglas Trumbull had delivered the graphics and visuals for 2001: A Space Odyssey and was recruited specifically for this production … an upgrade in the visual presentation (even if it seems a little dated by today’s standards) should make this a winner.
The story itself still works extremely well, especially so for a film that is coming up on 50 years. Of the five principle actors in the film — Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, David Wayne and Paula Kelly, only Olson and Kelly are still with us (neither has been active for quite some time).
As to bonus materials, there is commentary by author and critic Bryan Reesman, the newly-prepared video session with author and critic Kim Newman titled “A New Strain of Science Fiction” and new vintage featurettes — “The Andromeda Strain: Making the Film” and “A Portrait of Michael Crichton.”