The Amazon USA pre-order link for the Maurice 30th-anniversary 4K restoration Blu-ray is HERE. The release date is 5 Sep 2017.
And here are Amazon’s shots of the new Blu-ray cover, so that you can all see the filmed extras – old and new – confirmed with your own eyes.
Less good (but unsurprising) news is that the Blu-ray is sticking with the Clive-centric cover art that was unveiled earlier this yearas the US cinema re-release poster for Maurice’s 4K restoration. But that’s a very nice still of Rupert/Alec on the back cover.<33
For anyone worrying that they’ll need to buy a new home 4K player/TV to watch this, fear not – my understanding is that this release is an ordinary Blu-ray, not 4K Blu-ray (though audiences seeing the Maurice restoration in cinemas ARE seeing the 4K version).
As well as all the filmed extras listed below, Cohen Film Collection’s Merchant Ivory releases also come with a printed colour booklet – so, expect some further print extras (stills and/or written content) not mentioned on the cover.
The world of Pixar’s Cars is pretty much exactly like our own, but with one key difference: Humanity has been replaced by sentient cars who murder the ozone layer with every breath. Other than that? Same shit, different body shapes.
Now, consider the backstory of one character in particular: Sarge. Sarge is an Army Jeep who was built (Born? Bred?) for war. Specifically, World War II. His primary purpose is slashing the tires and fuel lines of German Panzers. According to the Blu-Ray extras, Sarge loves talking about his WWII days, “Like the time his tank friend lost his track in the Battle of the Bulge, and Sarge had to tow him to safety.” That means even the battles are the same across worlds. Even Sarge’s license plate refers to the year of the Pearl Harbor attack – the year America officially became part of the war effort.
And you can see that, apart from the fact that it was fought entirely by motor vehicles, everything about WWII appears to be exactly the same. Which … very strongly implies that all of the atrocities of WWII also happened, only to cute whimsical cars. Nazi Volkswagens rounding up poor, innocent Opels and sending them to the scrapheap. Vintage Mazdas, their paint still scarred with radiation burns some 60 years after the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings. Even airplanes are sentient in this universe, which means some of them personally dropped those bombs.