Criterion has been testing the animation waters and earlier this year made Martin Rosen’s Watership Down available as an iTunes download. Last night they announced that they’ve upgraded Rosen’s film for full Blu-Ray/DVD treatment to be released on February 24, 2015.
The following features will be included on the Criterion edition:
- New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with director Martin Rosen
- New appreciation of the film by director Guillermo del Toro
- Picture-in-picture storyboard for the entire film (Blu-ray); four film-to storyboard scene comparisons (DVD)
- Defining a Style, a 2008 featurette about the film’s aesthetic
- PLUS: An essay by comic book writer Gerard Jones
The film can be pre-ordered on either Blu-Ray ($32) or DVD ($24) from the Criterion website.