It’s hard to believe that there was a time when Disney licensed out their catalog titles to companies like Anchor Bay, but this was pretty common back in the laserdisc days and the practice continued for a while into DVD.
My copy is a bit of a Frankenstein, as you can see below. Because the Anchor Bay title was non-anamorphic, I replaced my copy of the disc with Disney’s own release, which finally happened on August 3, 2004. So the insert and disc (seen here) are the Disney release.
That version finally included the film in anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. It also included a 16-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, Through The Black Hole and an extended version of the trailer as well (it runs over 3 minutes).
For those of you curious what the original Anchor Bay disc and insert looked like... it ain’t much as you can see here (pix sourced from an current eBay sale of a used copy)...
Sadly, as with The Abyss, this film has yet to be released in HD on Blu-ray by Disney, though it is available in HD digitally (here on Amazon Prime).
That’s it for today’s Retro Release Day! Check back Tuesday for the next installment, and if you share links to this column on social media, be sure to use tag #RetroReleaseDay.