Here at Movie Ramblings towers, we took a look back at ‘entertaining enough’ sci-fi flick Screamers, starring Peter Weller, some time ago –

Granted, we were not the biggest fans of the film, but a lavish Blu-ray release is always something to look forward to, so here’s the details on the upcoming arrival:

101 Films presents Screamers (1995), title 013 on the 101 Films Black Label; an atmospheric, chilling sci-fi based on the Philip K. Dick short story Second Variety, released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

Set on a war-ravaged mining planet in 2078, ‘Screamers’ are man-made killing machines, employed by The Alliance against the soldiers of the New Economic Bloc, burrowing underground and dispatching the enemy with brutal efficiency. As the respective sides seek to negotiate an end to hostilities, a new enemy emerges.

Extras include a brand new commentary, interviews with the filmmakers and a limited edition booklet with new writing on the film, the career of Peter Weller and Philip K. Dick film adaptations. The first 3000 copies come with this limited booklet, plus slipcase.

The year is 2078. The man is rebel Alliance Commander Col. Joseph Hendricksson (Weller), assigned to protect the Sirius 6B outpost from ravage and plunder at the hands of the New Economic Bloc. His state-of-the-art weaponry are known as Screamers: manmade killing devices programmed to eliminate all enemy life forms. Screamers travel underground, their intent to kill announced by piercing shrieks. They dissect their victims with sushi precision, then eradicate all traces of the carnage. They are lethal. Effective. Tidy. And somehow, they are mutating – self-replicating into human form – and slaughtering every beating heart on the planet.

Brand New Extras • Commentary with film critic Kevin Lyons • Limited edition booklet: Includes In Space, No One Cares if You Scream by Liam Hathaway and When the Machines Rock: Philip K. Dick and the Dystopian Dream by Scott Harrison

Additional extras • Northern Frights – An interview with director Christian Duguay • Orchestrating The Future – An interview with producer Tom Berry • More Screamer Than Human – An interview with co-writer Miguel Tejada-Flores • From Runaway To Space – An interview with actress Jennifer Rubin • Theatrical Trailer

The Blu-ray lands in the UK on May 4.

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle