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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - August 14, 2022 - August 20, 2022

 Falling behind on movie viewing? Buying titles at a faster pace than watching them, the struggle is real. From limited editions to just wanting to make sure I get a slip cover, those are just a couple of factors at play. When did you fall behind and why?

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 13 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Kicking off the new releases category, <insert studio name> did it again, they announced a major release with a street date less than ten days out. In this case, Universal announced Jurassic World: Dominion on the 9th, with a street date of the 16th. Retailers received copies this past week and all over the net people were posting photos. This film is supposed to be the 'conclusion' of the Jurassic era, I guess til they make another one. Options are not as wide as expected. With just the standard 4K, the 4K SteelBook, the 6 movie collection and the 6 movie limited edition collection, which includes a Velociraptor statue, I was sort of hoping for a 6 movie SteelBook collection with cover arts similar to the single SteelBook we get this week. Call me shocked to NOT see any retailer exclusives here.

 

 On to Catalog titles. OK, Scream Factory has a big week this week with a handful of titles and options. Chucky slashes his way to 4K with Child's Play, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, Child's Play 2 and Child's Play 3.

 

 Remember The Wolverines! Red Dawn (1984) also debuts to 4K disc with a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 Sony releases Heavy Metal to a standard 4K edition, minus the blu-ray of Heavy Metal 2000.

 Mentioned a few weeks ago, apparently delayed with no notice, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is on track for Tuesday release. No slipcovers thus far on any of the 4K upgrade releases from them, but it we have double dipped, using the previous cover is tempting.

 Next week, two lycanthropic options, some of Stallone's greatest, 'Baby' gets a doubple-dip, Kubrick and some martial arts.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 A slow(ish) week for blu-ray releases. But before we go over the highlights, let's list any blu-ray counterparts first. Jurassic World: Dominion gets a standard release, as does the 6 movie collection, and just like the 4K, no retailer exclusive options.

 Paramount Pictures has a little bit of comedy from their catalog this week, including a couple of titles that were pushed back without notice. Titles include The Back-Up Plan (reissue), Coneheads, Last Vegas (reissue), South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season, Stalag 17 (reissue), What Women Want and What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

 

 Sticking with comedy, from Criterion Collection, two comedies, Daddy Longlegs and Frownland come to disc this week.

 

 Sony Pictures is also getting in to the comedy game as well this week, Denise Calls Up comes via their 'Sony Pictures Classics' label. Hardly a comedy, Sniper: Rogue Mission also debuts to disc this week.

 Another short notice title from Universal,  the horror/thriller The Black Phone comes to blu-ray, with no 4K option. Sorry, going to ask, does Blumhouse have something against 4K disc? I realize The Purge franchise has 4K discs, but so many missed opportunities here with other titles.

 

 Slow week for anime, just Mobile Suit Gundam SEED - Collection 2 and Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun (Season 1).

 Honorable mention: Mostly because it seems like a heavy comedy week, Code Red is offering Don't Tell Her It's Me (The Boyfriend School) with Steve Guttenberg, Jami Gertz, Shelley Long. And from Kino Lorber, They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way with Tim Conway.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Sony has announced that Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3 will be coming in Septe.... just kidding, initial listings showed September 20th but the official announcement states October 25th. Check out the specs, it's another killer set. All 6 films appear to have Dolby Vision and most of them also have new Atmos mixes.

 

 Arrow Video has announced Shawscope Volume Two for a November 22nd street date.

 

 Kino Lorber has announced Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XII, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIII, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIV and Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XV. Final details and order link for Dressed to Kill 4K is also available now.

 Warner Bros has announced Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season for blu-ray on October 11th and Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind to 4K and blu-ray on the 11th as well. From what I can read about Mortal Kombat, this film is the conclusion to the series.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3 Arriving October 25

 Six more acclaimed films will be bundled together in the third limited-edition set this October 25. The films included are: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, TO SIR, WITH LOVE, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, ANNIE and AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

The films will be presented in 4K Dolby Vision with High Dynamic Range and four will include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. This set also includes an extensive hardbound 80-page book "featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film within the set via six all-new incisive essays from renowned writers—including a special exclusive essay from award-winning writer/director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic, AS GOOD AS IT GETS!"

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3

Each film in the set comes with numerous supplements -- many of which are new or  have been unavailable for decades.  See the full press release for the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3 gift set included below.


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The Third Volume in the Acclaimed and Award-Winning Series
From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION VOLUME 3

 

 

Six Landmark Films from the Columbia Pictures Library
Debut on 4K Ultra HD For the First Time October 25th 

 

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT ~ FROM HERE TO ETERNITY ~
TO SIR, WITH LOVE ~ THE LAST PICTURE SHOW ~ ANNIE ~
AS GOOD AS IT GETS

 

Exclusively Available on 4K Disc in this Limited-Edition Set,
Includes an 80-Page Hardbound Book on the History & Impact of the Films and Over 35 Hours of New and Archival Special Features

 

 

 

CULVER CITY, Calif. (August 10, 2022) – Continuing the fan-favorite and award-winning series, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is proud to debut six more acclaimed and iconic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever, exclusively within the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION VOLUME 3, available October 25. This must-own set includes films that have resonated and endured, with stars and stories that have reverberated through cinema history: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, TO SIR, WITH LOVE, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, ANNIE and AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, and four of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes.

 

The six films in the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION VOLUME 3 are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited edition collector’s set. Included with the collection is a gorgeous hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film within the set via six all-new incisive essays from renowned writers—including a special exclusive essay from award-winning writer/director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic, AS GOOD AS IT GETS!


The set also includes a variety of rare related features and TV episodes, expanding the worlds of several of the included films—some of which haven’t been available in decades! From a 1932 cinematic incarnation of Annie to a nearly 5-hour 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY—and much more!—these supplemental additions round out this must-own gift set, perfectly timed for holiday gift-giving.


IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

SYNOPSIS

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars®: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.


IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Feature:
  • NEW: YOU CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM IT – 1956 remake of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon. Newly remastered in HD!
    • Blu-ray Includes:
      • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
      • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
      • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Frank Capra, Jr.
  • Frank Capra, Jr. Remembers It Happened One Night Featurette
  • Screwball Comedy? Featurette
  • Original Live Radio Broadcast
  • Advertising Materials
  • Theatrical Trailer

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.
 

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

SYNOPSIS

In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars®, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.


FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity
  • NEW: Eternal History Revisited Featurettes
  • NEW: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY 1980 TV Pilot – the TV pilot starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey, presented in SD!*
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Dolby Digital Mono
    • Special Features:
  • Eternal History: Graphics-in-Picture Track
  • Audio Commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent
  • Making of From Here to Eternity
  • Excerpt from “Fred Zinnemann - As I See It

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is not rated.

TO SIR, WITH LOVE

SYNOPSIS

A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London's tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. Celebrating its 55th anniversary.


TO SIR, WITH LOVE Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier
  • NEW: TO SIR, WITH LOVE 1974 TV Pilot – Hari Rhodes stars in this rare TV adaptation of the 1967 classic film, presented in HD!
  • Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Actor Judy Geeson and Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
  • Audio Commentary featuring Novelist E.R. Braithwaite and Author / Teacher Salome Thomas-El
  • NEW: TO SIR, WITH LOVE II – the 1992 TV-movie sequel to the 1967 classic, starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, presented in HD!
  • NEW: To Potter, With Love Featurette
  • NEW: Beginnings of an Acting Career Featurette
  • Those Schoolboy Days Featurette
  • Look and Learn Featurette
  • E.R. Braithwaite: In His Own Words Featurette
  • Lulu and the B-Side Featurette
  • Miniskirts, Blue Jeans and Pop Music! Featurette
  • To Sidney, With Love Featurette
  • Principal El: He Chose to Stay Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

TO SIR, WITH LOVE has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

SYNOPSIS

Released in 1971 to critical acclaim and public controversy, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW garnered eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and was hailed as the most important work by a young American director since Citizen Kane. A surprisingly frank, bittersweet drama of social and sexual mores in small-town Texas, the film features a talent-laden cast led by Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson each won Oscars® for their work in supporting roles. Featuring both director Peter Bogdanovich’s preferred 1999 Definitive Director’s Cut and the 1971 Theatrical version on 4K Ultra HD.


THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Disc Breakdown

  • Director’s Cut 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Director’s Cut presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Theatrical Version 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • 1971 Theatrical version presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Director’s Cut presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Peter Bogdanovich
    • NEW: A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich
    • The Last Picture Show: A Look Back Documentary 
    • A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
    • Location Footage
    • Promotional Featurette 
    • Theatrical Trailers

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is rated R. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW: DIRECTOR’S CUT has a run time of approximately 126 minutes and is rated R for sexuality, nudity and language.

ANNIE

SYNOPSIS

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, ANNIE is the story of everyone’s favorite plucky, red-haired orphan! One day Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie’s fun is Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical ruler of the orphanage (played to hilarious perfection by Carol Burnett). Will Miss Hannigan’s zany attempts to kidnap the irrepressible Annie succeed? Sing along with the unforgettable songs and experience this beloved musical!


ANNIE Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Feature:
      • NEW: LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE – 1932 feature starring Mitzi Green as Annie, newly restored and presented in HD!
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: Cast Audio Commentary - featuring all-new reflections from stars Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Roseanne Sorrentino
  • NEW: Aileen Quinn: A Conversation
  • NEW: Behind the Music with Charles Strouse
  • NEW: Looking Back: Behind the Scenes
    • Annie’s Journey to the Screen
    • “Easy Street”
    • “I Don’t Need Anything But You”
    • Making a Finale (no audio)
  • Sing-Along with Annie!
  • My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn
  • Musical Performance by Play: "It's the Hard-Knock Life"
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

ANNIE has a run time of approximately 127 minutes and is rated PG.

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

SYNOPSIS

Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding, Jr., star in James L. Brooks' hit comedy, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Nicholson gives a show-stopping Academy Award®-winning performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan's meanest mouth. But when his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon's dog. And that unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt, in an Academy Award®-winning performance), helps put Melvin back in the human race. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture (1997).


AS GOOD AS IT GETS Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • Original 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Original 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Director James L. Brooks, Stars Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear, Editor Richard Marks, Producer Laurence Mark and Composer Hans Zimmer
  • NEW: Deleted Scenes
    • Melvin Stalls Victor with Intro from James L. Brooks
    • “Kiss Her, Man!” Original Ending
  • NEW: Behind the Scenes Footage
  • NEW: The Making of As Good As It Gets Featurette
  • NEW: Archival Theatrical EPK Soundbites
  • Theatrical Trailer

AS GOOD AS IT GETS has a run time of approximately 139 minutes and is rated PG-13 for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating. 

EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC INCLUDES:
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY the nearly 5-hour 1979 TV miniseries starring Natalie Wood, William Devane and Peter Boyle, presented in high definition* 

*Select instances of music have been removed for this presentation.
 
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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - August 7, 2022 - August 13, 2022

 Ever had one of those weeks where you are at a loss for words? Maybe it's the heat and humidity. Don't know about you, but I can't immerse into a good movie when it's like this, the background noise of the AC turning on and off is too distracting for me to truly enjoy the experience.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 12 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 The 4K disc category is manageable this month, but stay tuned for a rough one in September. This week there's are two New Releases.

 First, from Paramount, Sonic The Hedgehog 2. This one's available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. I cannot remember the last Paramount SteelBook that was a Best Buy Exclusive, but here we are.

 

 Speaking of "it's been awhile," BBC has the next David Attenborough nature documentary The Green Planet coming to disc this week. Unlike previous ones though, no SteelBook this time.

 

 On to catalog titles next. First we get Michael Mann's Crime/Thriller masterpiece Heat. This one is available as a standard edition and as a SteelBook. Check out the review by clicking the standard edition's link.

 

Drive (1997) comes via 88 Films. I get this one and the more recent film of the same title confused all the time. Both are good films if I remember right, but I am familiar with the other one with Ryan Gosling. Delayed to 9/13.

 If you've been waiting for a 4K release of Event Horizon, your wait is over. This one is only available as a SteelBook at this time, that doesn't offend me any. Bryan has a review up, do check it out, then use our link to purchase it.

 

And lastly, a 4K upgrade of Doom comes to us via Universal Pictures.

Next week, Chucky gets a makeover, the wolverines strike back and more.

Blu-ray releases-

 What do we do every week at the start of this section? You got it, let's list the blu-ray counterparts of the above releases before proceeding. And this week, we only have Sonic The Hedgehog 2 to contend with, which is available as a Walmart exclusive edition as well, which, in my opinion is a better cover. There is also a 2-film collection if you somehow missed the first one.

 Under the Paramount Presents label, the comedy/musical Back to the Beach.

 

 From Warner Bros, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, a retrospective look back documentary.

 Still in the documentary mode, Sony Pictures this week has Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story starring all sort of talent you may have heard of, check it out! For an animated comedy / adventure, Vivo comes to blu-ray this week.

 

 LionsGate's entry this week in the action thriller category is titled Hot Seat. In the horror category, a film with a short title, Men. From partner label Vertical Entertainment, action/thriller Last Seen Alive.

 

 Director David Cronenberg is still keeping busy, his latest title Crimes of the Future comes via little known label Decal - Neon.

 Another martial arts release from 88 Films this week, described as 'one of Quentin Tarantino's favourite movies', Flying Guillotine 2.

 Anime highlights include Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - The Complete Season, which is available as a standard edittion and a limited edition, The Detective Is Already Dead - The Complete Season, Short Peace and Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - Season 1, Part 2, which is available as a standard editon and as a limited edition.

 

 Honorable Mention: Sandpiper Pictures continues to reissue the Twilight Time Catalog and this week's features are Alexander the Great (1956), Equus, Solomon and Sheba and State of Grace.

 Next week there's a slight reprieve in volume for this category, but there are still a few goodies.

Notable announcements from last week:

 I don't know about you, but if I was a movie studio and I saw that September was very crowded for releases, I would likely push any new announcements to October or later. With that being said...

 Warner Bros has announced the 2022 movie Elvis will be released to 4K and blu-ray on September 13th.

 BFI will be releasing Watership Down to 4K disc on October 24th in the UK. It's a roll of the dice as to whether he US market will get it any time soon, and if we do, it will probably not contain any swag like the UK editions of so many releases do.

 Shout Factory's October line up is taking shape, so far among their various labels we will be seeing Bad Santa 2, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 4K, The Deer King, Kingslayer, The Halloween 4K Collection (1995-2002), The Last Detail 4K, Ocean Waves, The Possessed (2021), The Return Of The Living Dead 4K, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, A Silent Voice [Steelbook], Three Wishes For Cinderella, When Marnie Was There and When Marnie Was There [SteelBook].

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



Master Shake, Frylock, & Meatwad Save The Day on 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray in Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm - Nov. 8 2022

Cus they are the Aqua Teens and the homies say ho and the girlies wanna scream, they're coming to 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray in an all-new big-screen cinematic adventure... but on the small screen at your home. 

We don't know a whole lot yet about his new feature-length adventure of Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad - and hopefully Carl and any number of favorite characters, but it should be hilarious! We also don't have full specs for audio and HDR, we've reached out for more info there and will offer that up as soon as we know more. This will be on Blu-ray but we don't have the artwork for that edition yet. Both have listings on Amazon, but aren't yet up for pre-order when they are we'll update our listings ASAP. 

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Here's the full press release:


Everyone’s Favorite Fast-Food Trio Is Back

With An All-New Original Movie

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm 

Get on the Case November 8, 2022

With The Release on Digital, 4K Ultra HD™ & Blu-ray™ 

BURBANK, CA (August 6, 2022) It was announced today at the Adult Swim Festival by Aqua Teen Hunger Force creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro that an all-new mystery-adventure with Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad is on the way! The all-new original movie titled Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm is coming to Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on November 8, 2022 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. This is the second film adaptation inspired from one of Adult Swim’s longest running animated series – Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm is priced to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP) and Blu-ray (USA $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) as well as on Digital. Preorders will be available on August 7, 2022.

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm features everyone’s favorite rascals, the Aqua Teens: the brainy Frylock, the mouthy Master Shake, the loveable Meatwad, and everyone’s favorite perverted neighbor, Carl, as they split up then get back together to fight everyone’s favorite corporate overlord, Amazin, led by everyone’s favorite tech mogul, Neil (voiced by everyone’s favorite Peter Serafinowicz) and his trusty scientist sidekick, Elmer (Paul Walter Hauser, who is everyone’s favorite).

“Maiellaro and I are excited to finally bring book IIV of the Aqua Teen Plantasm series to the big screen that is little and inside your house. It’s funny and entertaining and it has colorful drawings that move about in a rapid fashion, but not so rapid as to cause seizures,” said Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator and executive producer Dave Willis. “Luxuriate your eyes in our updated animation! Revel in the mature themes and coherent storytelling! This is not your grandad’s Aqua Teen! Also, this movie has no superheroes in it. That is the Aqua Teen Hunger Force guarantee: no superheroes! No star war stuff either. If you’re looking for a star war or a yoda, this is probably not the movie for you. Do you doubt me? Watch the movie. And if you don’t like it, you have no taste and your “hot take" is not one to be trusted. I just trolled you, son. Now tweet @adultswim with your pointless rage. Bring the thunder!”

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm stars Carey Means (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “The Brak Show”) as Frylock, Dana Snyder (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Squidbillies”) as Master Shake, and co-creator Dave Willis (“Squidbillies,” “Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell”) as Meatwad. The film also stars Peter Serafinowicz (“The Tick”), Paul Walter Hauser (“Black Bird”), Natasha Rothwell (“White Lotus”), Robert Smigel (“Bob’s Burgers”) and Tim Robinson (“Detroiters”). The movie was written and directed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro and produced by Williams Street Productions. In 2023 Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm will also be available for streaming on HBO Max and will air on Adult Swim.

 BONUS FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary
  • Music Video
  • Alternate Cut
  • Behind the Scenes

BASICS

Release Date: November 8, 2022

Presented in 16x9 widescreen format

Feature Running Time: Approx. 79

Enhanced Content Running Time: Approx. 172 min

Rating: Rated R for language, crude sexual content and some violence

4K ULTRA HD

Price: $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP

Audio – French-Parisian, Latin-Spanish

Subtitles – French-Parisian, Latin-Spanish

BLU-RAY

Price: $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP

Audio – ENG, French-Parisian, Japanese, Latin-Spanish

Subtitles – ENG-SDH, French-Parisian, Japanese, Latin-Spanish, Dutch

Baz Luhrmann’s "Elvis" Will Rock 'N Roll to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray September 13

The biopic drama starring Austin Butler (“The Dead Don’t Die,” “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”) and Tom Hanks arrives on digital August 9th with physical media (4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD) hitting stores on September 13.   

A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Austin Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

Both the Blu-ray and the 4K UHD packages include several featurettes and a lyric video as well as a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

Elvis - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Elvis - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Elvis - Blu-ray
Elvis - Blu-ray
 

The full press release is available below.


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“Austin Butler is stellar, truly, a star is born here.”

Jim Vejvoda, IGN

 

“A dazzling, splatter-paint evocation of the myth and the man.”

Joshua Rothkopf, Entertainment Weekly

 

Baz Luhrmann’s

“ELVIS”

COMES HOME FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT 

Premium Digital Ownership 

debuts early on August 9

4K, Blu-ray™ and DVD arrive on September 13  

Burbank, CA, August 2 – Experience an epic exploration of the life and music of Elvis Presley when “Elvis” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on August 9. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann from a screenplay by Luhrmann & Sam Bromell and Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, based on a story by Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, and stars Austin Butler (“The Dead Don’t Die,” “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”) and Tom Hanks (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Forrest Gump”). The film will also be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on September 13.

  • On August 9, “Elvis” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.
  • On September 13, “Elvis” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “Elvis” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

“Elvis” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

SYNOPSIS

A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Austin Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

 

DIGITAL, 4K & BLU-RAY ELEMENTS 

“Elvis” Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:  

  • Bigger Than Life: The Making of ELVIS
  • Rock ‘N Roll Royalty: The Music & Artists Behind ELVIS
  • Fit for a King; The Style of ELVIS
  • Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for ELVIS
  • “Trouble” Lyric Vide

“Elvis” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features: 

  • Bigger Than Life: The Making of ELVIS
  • Rock ‘N Roll Royalty: The Music & Artists Behind ELVIS
  • Fit for a King; The Style of ELVIS
  • Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for ELVIS
  • “Trouble” Lyric Video

Your Movies, Together at Last.TM MOVIES ANYWHERE lets you enjoy your favorite purchased or redeemed digital movies combined in one simplified, personal collection. MOVIES ANYWHERE brings together movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment. MOVIES ANYWHERE offers a library of over 7,900 digital movies, including new releases, and old favorites, and the user experience will continue to grow as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the MOVIES ANYWHERE app and website, consumers can connect their MOVIES ANYWHERE account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies across multiple devices and platforms. Participating digital retailers include Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Xfinity, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, FandangoNOW, Verizon Fios TV and DIRECTV. Consumers may also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Discs™ and DVDs from participating studios: just look for the MOVIES ANYWHERE logo, redeem the code, then instantly enjoy your movie.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

 BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

                                                4K UHD Combo Pack                                                                        $29.99

Blu-ray                                                                                                $24.99

DVD                                                                                                   $19.99

 

Digital Ownership: August 9, 2022

PVOD: August 9, 2022

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 13, 2022

 

DVD Languages: Canadian French, English, Latin Spanish

BD Languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, English, Latin Spanish

4K Languages: Canadian French, English, , Latin Spanish

DVD Subtitles: Canadian French, English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

BD Subtitles: Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

4K Subtitles: Swedish, Latin Spanish, Norwegian,  Parisian French, Canadian French, Finnish, Danish, English SDH 

Running Time: 159 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for substance abuse, strong language, suggestive material and smoking

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

4K: ATMOS TrueHD 

 

THE CREDITS

 

About “Elvis” 

The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann from a screenplay by Luhrmann & Sam Bromell and Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, based on a story by Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, produced by Luhrmann, Oscar winner Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss, with Toby Emmerich, Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick executive producing.

 

The ensemble stars Austin Butler (“The Dead Don’t Die,” “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”) and Oscar winner Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”), alongside Helen Thomson (“Top of the Lake: China Girl,” “Rake”); Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge!” “Breath,” “Hacksaw Ridge”); Olivia DeJonge (“The Society,” “The Visit,” “Stray Dolls”); singer/songwriter Yola; model Alton Mason; musician Gary Clark Jr.; artist Shonka Dukureh; Luke Bracey (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Point Break”); Natasha Bassett (“Hail, Caesar!”); David Wenham (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “Lion,” “300”); Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The High Note”); Xavier Samuel (“Adore,” “Love & Friendship,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”); Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”); Dacre Montgomery (“Stranger Things,” “The Broken Heart Gallery”); Leon Ford (“Gallipoli,” “The Pacific”); Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby,” “Hunters”); Gareth Davies (“Peter Rabbit,” “Hunters”); Charles Grounds (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Camp”); Josh McConville (“Fantasy Island”); and Adam Dunn (“Home and Away”). 

 

 

A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation, A Bazmark Production, A Jackal Group Production, A Baz Luhrmann Film, “Elvis.”

Summer Is Still Scorching Hot - Keep Cool With HDD's August 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide

Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you can't keep cool and comfortable inside adding some new releases and fan favorites to your 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collection! 

Not that long ago August used to be a relatively slow month for new releases. Then the pandemic hit and completely upended the game. Now we're getting a wide swath of recent theatrical releases as well as a great selection of fan favorites coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. We used to need these few weeks at the end of summer to recharge and gear up for fall and the holidays, now there's no rest for the weary - and there's no respite for your wallet! From family-friendly flicks to creepy science fiction and horror flicks, there's something for every collector to close out summer.

August 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 


August 2nd, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

Flatliners - 4K Ultra HD 

 

Tenebrae - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Retail Edition

 

Tenebrae - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Exclusive Edition 

 


August 9th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

 

Event Horizon - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Doom - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Green Planet - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Heat - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Heat - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook 

 


August 16th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

Child’s Play - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Child’s Play - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook 

 

Child’s Play 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Child’s Play 3 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Red Dawn - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Red Dawn - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook 

 

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Heavy Metal - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

 

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


August 23rd, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

Dirty Dancing - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

 

Dog Soldiers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Paths of Glory - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dragons Forever - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Drive (1997) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


August 30th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

Cat People - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Faceless - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Warrior - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook 

 

 


And that is everything that's getting released stateside on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for August 2022. Right now all of these dates are set and firm, but it's always possible for a last-minute schedule change. If/when that happens we'll update our listings as soon as we can. We're going to do our best to dig through all of these and crank out reviews ASAP. 

As always - thanks again for your pre-orders! They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

Happy collecting!

More Michael Myers and The Return of the Living Dead on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in October from Scream Factory

While the kiddos are getting dressed up and out begging for candy from total strangers, you can hunker in your home theater and enjoy four more fan-favorite fright flicks on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Scream Factory! 


With the Halloween season coming in fast, we were waiting for Scream Factory to make a few announcements. THey already had a stacked September with
Army of Darkness, Evil Dead (2013), John Carpenter's The Fog, and Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse all coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. After some rumors and early postings on various retailer websites, Scream Factory now has their October horror titles up for pre-order on the Shout! Store. 

Here's what's digging up out of its grave and into your collection...

The Return of the Living Dead - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

This is actually the title we know the least about right now. Scream Factory already unleashed a pretty terrific Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Return of the Living Dead so we imagine most if not all of those features and extras will port over. Will there be Atmos? Will the original mono include all of the songs? We don't know yet. Their listing on their shop is pretty sparse. And because Shout/Scream hasn't yet thrown out a wide official announcement, we can only speculate HDR grade at this point but don't be surprised about Dolby Vision. Return of the Living Dead is slated to drop on October 18th - a Limited Edition with four enamel pins and a poster is up for Pre-order too.


The Halloween 4K Collection (1995-2002)
- 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Coming October 4th, 2022 - This is a large three-film, eight-disc set. Why a 4K Halloween box set, now but not for the first five films? you might ask. Well, consider the franchise entries in this set... Per the Shout! Store listing, we'll be getting Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (Theatrical and Producers Cut in 4K!), Halloween: H20 20 Years Later, and Halloween: Resurrection. Like Return of the Living Dead above, we know very little about this set in terms of specs and bonus features, but we do know from the packaging below, each film will come with its own case and slipcover in a similar design as the Halloween 1-5 sets last year so presumably there'll also be alternate cover art and we do expect bonus features not seen since the old 10-Film Deluxe franchise collection to make an appearance too. We also can see that The Curse of Michael Myers is going to be a 4-disc set, so probably a 4K UHD disc and a Blu-ray for each cut of the film instead of rolling with seamless branching. This set is now up for pre-order from Shout!

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
- 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1.85:1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Stereo, 88 min. (Theatrical Cut), 95 min. (Producer's Cut))

FEATURING BOTH THE THEATRICAL CUT AND PRODUCER'S CUT IN 4K ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION

In a single horrifying night, Michael Myers' reign of terror changed Halloween forever! Now, six years after he was presumed dead in a fire, Michael has returned to kill again – and this time there's no escape! As his fury builds to a spine-tingling climax, the longhidden secrets of the screen's most maniacal murderer are shockingly revealed. Donald Pleasence (Halloween), Paul Rudd (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Ant-Man), Marianne Hagan (Stake Land) and Mitchell Ryan (Lethal Weapon) star.

Halloween: H20 20 Years Later - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER (2.35:1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Stereo, 86 min.)

Now the headmistress of a private school, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is still struggling with the horrifying, 20-year-old memories of the maniacal killer Michael Myers when he suddenly appears again with a vengeance! And this Halloween, Laurie's rebellious son (Josh Hartnett, 30 Days Of Night), his girlfriend (Michelle Williams, Venom), and their friends will become Michael's newest victims unless Laurie can conquer her fears and put evil in its place once and for all. LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), Nancy Stephens (Halloween) and Janet Leigh (Psycho, The Fog) also star. 

Halloween: Resurrection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (2.35:1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Stereo, 94 min.)

The reality programmers at DangerTainment have selected Rudy (Sean Patrick Thomas, Dracula 2000), Bill (Thomas Ian Nicholas, American Pie), and a group of thrill-seeking teenagers to spend one fun-filled night in the childhood home of serial killer Michael Myers. But the planned live broadcast turns deadly when their evening of excitement becomes a night of horror as Michael himself decides to crash the party. Halloween: Resurrection also stars Bianca Kajlich (Bring It On), Katee Sackhoff (Riddick, Battlestar Galactica), Busta Rhymes (Narc), and Tyra Banks, along with a special appearance by Jamie Lee Curtis.


And for now, that's all the news that's fit to print! As Shout!/Scream Factory officially announces these and pumps out some more details, we'll update our listings

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - July 31, 2022 - August 6, 2022

 What a difference a week makes. I could be referring to the weather, or disc releases, or both. It actually fits both scenarios. Enter the month of August...

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 11 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 There are no imports to announce and there are no new releases in this category, but there are two decent catalog titles.

 First, from Arrow Video, a most interesting Horror/Sci-Fi flick from 1990, Flatliners. A well known director and an all-star cast, with the Arrow Video treatment, sounds like a winner?

 

 This next one is actually an Arrow Video release in the UK, but this side of the pond it's partner label Synapse Films. What I'm referring to is the next logical Dario Argento release, Tenebrae. This one has two options, a regular retail release, and an Exclusive Edition, which we've linked to DiabolikDVD.

 

 Next week, a blue video game character sequel, a Michael Mann masterpiece, something you do to a car, and more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 As indicated from last week, we get a little bit of breathing room as we anticipate a huge increase in volume of titles.

 The blu-ray counterpart of Flatliners as also available this week from Arrow Video.

 The comedy/crime category usually is a lot of fun, Kino Lorber has 1987's Catch the Heat this week. And how about some Chuck Norris action with a trio of films, A Force of One, Good Guys Wear Black and The Octagon. What interesting facts do you know about Chuck Norris? Here's one: The day Chuck Norris was born was the same day Adolf Hitler ended his own life, coincidence?

 

 Shout Select release Last Days In The Desert streets this week.

 

 Handful of anime titles worthy of mention, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water - The Complete Series, One Piece - Collection 30 and SHIKIZAKURA - Complete Collection.

 

 Bruce Willis is the bad guy in White Elephant from RLJ/Image Entertainment.

 

 Import Friday this week means Imprint Films' July titles:

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Nope (Jordan Peele) is already listed for preorder as 4K and blu-ray editions on Amazon. The movie poster of a floating horse is intriguing.

 Poltergeist and The Lost Boys have been confirmed for 4K releases in September. They will be available as Best Buy Exclusive SteelBooks and Standard Edition releases.

 Lightyear has a confirmed street date of September 13th from Disney, no doubt in a bunch of the usual variations.

 I think the studios should have been working on October, with September already being so crowded.

 Arrow Video's October slate includes The Count Yorga Collection, Gothic Fantastico: Four Italian Tales of Terror and Two Witches. For the UK, there's a pair of Videodrome 4K releases and Take Back the Night on blu-ray. Videodrome is likely still leased to Criterion Collection in the US, meaning if you want a deluxe release, opt for the import. You could wait and see if Criterion will be offering it in some (yet to be announced) elaborate version, but as of yet, they are sticking to just the meat and potatoes releases.

 It has been leaked (rumor mill at this time) that Wargames is getting a 4K release from Shout! Factory this December.

 

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - July 24, 2022 - July 30, 2022

 As we complete the month of July, how has the month treated you thus far? With all the releases these past few weeks, and the announcements for September, discretionary spending is at a premium, that's for sure.

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 10 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 We did warn you about the sheer volume of 4K titles coming this week. Let's get right to it.

 Import Monday has one notable title, that is to say if it hasn't been delayed again. From Second Sight Films, The Witch (or The VVitch, double V instead of a W) gets a deluxe looking set. I have always liked the various movie posters for this one, offering them as collector carts is a nice touch. Anxious to see what the included book is about too.

 

 New Release Tuesday has three titles. First, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from Disney, available in lots of options. We get a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook (minus the fancy stuff that was in last week's Zavvi release), a Target Exclusive Art Edition and a Walmart Exclusive with collectable enamel pin. My advice if you don't care much for the extras each retailer has, just go for the one with the cover art you like the most. Genius!

 

 From Paramount, an action/adventure, The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt.

 

 From Warner Bros, DC Animated title Green Lantern: Beware My Power, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 Kicking off the catalog releases category, Kino has Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The latter is loaded with star power whilst the former offers a chance to see where Kubrick was before he made it big, and our reviewer Dacid says it is a must own release.

 

 From Severin Films, an 80s drama titled Out of the Blue.

 From Scream Factory, Species gets a 4K upgrade. (You're welcome everyone. Within 12 hours of my import box set shipping, this one got a 4K announcement).

 

 From LionsGate, a pair of 4K upgrades, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar and Primal. The only thing these releases are missing are the attractive slipcovers their blu-ray counterparts got, and of course the blu-ray itself (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital).

 Vinegar Syndrome has standard releases available now of Out of Order and Thriller: A Cruel Picture [3-Disc Edition] and Thriller: A Cruel Picture / They Call Her One Eye.

 Next week is almost a drought, we get a Dario Argento release with two options and the need for a need for a defibrillator.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Did I mention this category is painful to look at too? As of press time, all in we are looking at 87 skus! I do expect to move a dozen or so to next month (Vinegar Syndrome partner labels) once general release links come out. Diving right in, let's list the blu-ray counterparts of the above titles first. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness gets a standard release from Disney (may or may not get a red disc case, could be a retailer exclusive option like other MCU releases), The Lost City comes to us via Paramount, Green Lantern: Beware My Power comes to us via Warner Bros, Kino Lorber's got Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there's Out of the Blue from Severin Films, and lastly we get Thriller: A Cruel Picture from Vinegar Syndrome.

Trying something new here, clumping all of the TV on disc releases into one section. First from Paramount/CBS, The 4400: The Complete Series. The long awaited Night Gallery: Season Two comes to us via Kino Lorber. That Dirty Black Bag - Season 1 releases via AMC Entertainment.

 

 Anime highlights include BACK ARROW - Part 1, Case Closed: The Fist of Blue Sapphire, Cyber City Oedo 808 [SteelBook], Lupin the 3rd: Prison of the Past, Scar on the Praeter - The Complete Season, Vinland Saga - Complete Collection [Limited Edition] and Violence Jack - Complete OVA Collection.

 LionsGate proudly presents Mid-Century this week as their sole title.

 

 The Duke (2020) finally gets a release from Sony Pictures. Probably Covid delays (?)

 Severin Films releases The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Collection Volume Two. Did you get Volume One?

 

 Honorable mention: Early signs point that Abbott and Costello in Jack and the Beanstalk from ClassicFlix is the definitive version to own. Hopefully we can get a review out for you shortly.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 A 4K SteelBook image (Only @ Best Buy) for The Lost Boys has been leaked, and unfortunately for our wallets, yup, another September title!

 All three Godfather movies are getting 4K double-dips, this time as SteelBooks. I can dig the painted appearance covers and had I not bought the deluxe set already they would certainly be quite appealing to me. They do appear to not have the bonus features discs though. I will never say never on double-dipping.

 Mentioned last week, but now confirmed, Wes Craven's Scream 2 is getting a 4K release. Just like Scream, it appears on track for a SteelBook as well as a standard release.

 Criterion Collections October titles have been announced. For 4K (with blu-ray counterpart) look for Lost Highway, for 4K solo, Night of the Living Dead, and for blu-ray titles, Cure, Arsenic and Old Lace, La Llorona and Eve’s Bayou.

 Universal Pictures will be releasing a 4K disc of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, care to guess which month? I think it would be ironic if Paramount released Titanic that month too.

 

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



Rob Zombie's The Munsters Creeps Its Way Onto Blu-ray September 27th

Rob Zombie's rebirth of the classic television series crawls out of the streaming grave for a
Blu-ray release on September 27th.

 

Ever since this project was announced there has been a lot of controversy about Rob Zombie's The Munsters. While Zombie fans have hoped for the best, fans of the classic television series The Munsters have been bracing for the worst. After the less than enthusiastic reaction to the first trailer and news the film would be streaming exclusively on Netflix without word of a theatrical outing and news that the film has moved streaming services from its original home at Peacock to Netflix, the wind is not in this film's favor - to say the least.

[Correction]
Rob Zombie has taken to various social media platforms to correct the rumor that The Munsters was going to originally premier on Peacock and was sold off to Netflix. Apparently, it was always going to be on Netflix from the very beginning. The assumption that the film would be on Peacock came from the observation that since the film was funded by Universal Studios who owns Peacock and the original television series 
The Munsters is streaming on said service - so would the new movie. 

As a fan of House of a Thousand CorpsesThe Devil's Rejects, and some aspects of his Halloween films, I keep rooting for Zombie to score a hit and prove he's a worthwhile filmmaker. I am going into this film cautiously with expectations set pretty low. I'm hoping to be surprised. I want to be surprised. But even after this new trailer that does actually look somewhat better, I still can't muster up a lot of excitement. 

Here's what's coming in the Blu-ray:

Rob Zombie's The Munsters - Blu-ray

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY:

  • The Munsters: Return To Mockingbird Lane – From the mind of Rob Zombie, this hour-long look behind the scenes of The Munsters gives an intimate window into his filmmaking process. Watch as he weaves his way through the production and collaborates with a dedicated team to bring his unique vision to life.
  • Feature Commentary With Director/Writer/Producer Rob Zombie

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: September 27, 2022
Selection Number: 1000818724 (US) /1000818724 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.78:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG for macabre and suggestive material, scary images, and language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French European, Latin American Spanish
Sound: Feature in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1 and bonus in English Dolby Digital 2.0
Run Time: 01:49:37

If you don't want to wait to stream The Munsters on Netflix before you purchase - the Blu-ray is now up for pre-order! 

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