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Ron Howard's "WILLOW" on Blu-Ray for the 1st Time!
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March 14, 2013 11:25 a.m.

Blu-ray + DVD Combo-pack Features All-new Digital Transfer Overseen by Lucasfilm and
Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material
Journey to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, for the first time ever on stunning Blu-ray! Written and produced by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, the film tells a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes come in all sizes...and adventure is the greatest magic of all. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the unforgettable classic has been fully digitally restored and debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack March 12, 2013 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Willow’s rise as a beloved film wouldn’t be possible without its legendary visual effects. Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is an Academy Award-winning visual effects company with some intriguing history under its belt, including its recent acquisition to The Walt Disney Company. Here, we’ll create a highlights feature of the company’s timeline, including its influence on Willow.
To list ILM’s full movie catalogue is a feature in itself but to give you an idea of the quality here are a few of the notables:
  • o Star Wars
  • o The Empire Strikes Back
  • o Return of the Jedi
  • o The "Indiana Jones" movies
  • o Star Trek: Generations
  • o Star Trek: First Contact
  • o Jurassic Park
  • o Men In Black
  • o The Mask
  • o Back to the Future
  • o The Perfect Storm
  • o Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • o Mission Impossible III
  • o Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • ILM is also well known as a pioneer in visual-effects, for Willow 1988, they created the first morphing sequence ever, and their firsts don’t stop there:
    Of course ILM have continued to pioneer and advance visual effects in the 21st century too, what will happen under Disney’s helm? We’ll just have to wait and see. Be sure and check out Willow available on Blu-ray + DVD Combo-pack this week!

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