101 Films presents 1970s sci-fi classic Phase IV (1974), a gripping and philosophical cult classic that examines humanity s place in the universe. Title 012 on the 101 Films Black Label and a UK Blu-ray debut, Phase IV is the only feature film directed by designer and filmmaker Saul Bass, this release includes his original ending, among a host of additional extras, including a bonus disc featuring the finest of the director s short films. This limited-edition version features special packaging, and a booklet with newly commissioned writing on the history of killer bug movies and the career of Saul Bass.
In a sealed lab in the Arizona desert, scientists James Lesko (Michael Murphy, Manhattan) and Dr. Ernest Hubbs (Nigel Davenport, A Man for All Seasons) search for answers to an evolutionary shift in the ant population; the development of a collective intelligence and cross-species hive mentality. With humanity under threat, the scientists are faced with the choice of either communicating with, or eradicating their antagonists.
New HD restoration
The Original Saul Bass ending (plus optional commentary)
An Ant's Life: Contextualising Phase IV
Commentary with film historians Allan Bryce and Richard Holliss
Limited Edition Booklet: includes Phase IV by Deborah Allison, and Adapt or Die: Killer Bug Cinema and Phase IV by Liam Hathaway
Saul Bass: Short Films (Disc 2)
The Searching Eye (1964)
Why Man Creates (1968)
Bass on Titles (1977)
Notes on the Popular Arts (1978)
The Solar Film (1980)
Quest (1984) (new HD restoration)