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Do You Have It In You To Make Your Collection Epic? 'Furiosa' Rides Onto 4K UHD & Blu-ray August 13

The 2023 box office has been a brutal run for some of the biggest movies of the year. Even with high praise from critics and fans, George Miller's Fury Road prequel Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga found itself on the wrong side of the wasteland. Now it rides onto the glory of physical media on August 13th. 

Considering the critical praise and the massive marketing campaign, it'll be something of a mystery as to why Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga missed at the global box office - but sadly it did. Now, after a sadly anemic run in theaters, George Miller's latest epic trip to the Wasteland will explode onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, SteelBook, and Blu-ray before the summer heat wears off. I for one dug the hell out of this film. It's a different beast than Fury Road, its pace and thrust were on a different scale, but Hemsworth was wild as our villain, I thought Anya Taylor-Joy held her own, and I dug how well this one dovetailed into Fury Road while also connecting bits and pieces to the 2015 Mad Max game. Judging from the back cover art on Amazon, it looks like we'll have Doby Vision HDR and Atmos for the 4K disc. 

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - Blu-ray 

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - 4K UHD SteelBook 

 

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Premium Digital Ownership, 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

4K UHD

  • Highway to Valhalla: In Pursuit of Furiosa
  • Stowaway to Nowhere
  • Metal Beasts & Holy Motors
  • Darkest Angel: Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa
  • Motorbike Messiah: Chris Hemsworth as Dementus

Blu-ray

  • Highway to Valhalla: In Pursuit of Furiosa
  • Stowaway to Nowhere

 BASICS

 

Premium Digital Ownership: June 25, 2024

4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: August 13, 2024

 

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

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

BD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish

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

DVD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish

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

Chinese – Complex, Cantonese

 

Running Time: 148 minutes

Rating: R for sequences of strong violence, and grisly images

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

4K UHD and Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD, DLBY/DGTL

Pre-orders for all three releases are now live - happy collecting!

'Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip' Lights Up 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on September 10th

The critically-acclaimed 1982 comedy special Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip is getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release from Sony on September 10. 

The iconic performance from the iconic comedian will be enjoyed by generations old and new when it makes its 4K debut this September in a package that will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR. The release will also include a digital copy.

If Richard Pryor were accused of being the funniest man in America, this film of his incredible stage act would be Exhibit A. It is proof beyond the shadow of a doubt! Shot live at the Hollywood Palladium, the film captures all the excitement, lunacy and electric force of a Pryor performance. And though he's the only star of this hilarious show, he's never alone on stage. With him is his amazing array of characterizations as he talks about his trip to Africa in search of his roots, his early days playing one-night gigs in Mafia-owned clubs and strip joints, and numerous other outrageous topics. Finally, he talks about Pryor on Fire—a recounting of the accident which nearly took his life—an episode he relates with wit and a touch of poignancy. You'll laugh like you've never laughed before!

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

The 4K UHD + Digital release includes a Dolby Vision HDR video presentation, English Mono DTS-HD MA audio, and the Theatrical Trailer. 

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC 

  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, scanned from the original camera negative
  • English Mono DTS-HD MA
  • Special Feature:
    • Theatrical Trailer

CAST AND CREW:
Directed By: Joe Layton
Written and Produced By: Richard Pryor

SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 81 minutes
Rating: R
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Mono DTS-HD MA

Pre-orders for Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray should be available soon! 

Universal's 'Abigail' Vants to Drink Your Blu-ray on July 9th

From Radio Silence, the directors of recent hits Scream VI and Ready of Not comes Abigail. A fun fresh spin on the home invasion horror sub-genre, the film's marketing campaign might have done more damage than good as it struggled to find a blood-filled audience at the box office. Now it hits streamers on June 25th with a domestic Blu-ray release on July 9th.  

This being a Universal genre film title, it's only a matter of time before a 4K disc of Abigail arrives from a foreign market or licensed from someone like Scream Factory. It's frustrating Universal continues this trend for 4K collectors, but for those rocking out to 1080p, your Blu-ray is on the way! This disc comes in with an excellent selection of bonus features and some solid specs. I love in these press releases when the marketing describes bonus features as "never before seen" when it's the first disc release.

Abigail - Blu-ray  

Here's all the gory specs:

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: July 9, 2024
Selection Number: 191329262627 (US) / 191329263112 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature)
Run Time: 01:49:23

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES TO OWN ONLY ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM & DVD:

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Blood Bath – Soak up the slaughter alongside the cast and crew with this dive into the deep end of Abigail’s body pits, where practical FX reign supreme and there’s no such thing as too much blood.
  • Hunters to Hunted – Get up close and personal with Abigail’s abductors as the cast divulges the details behind how they got into character to collectively create a unique crew of criminals.
  • Becoming a Ballerina Vampire – Abigail actor Alisha Weir, choreographer Belinda Murphy, and more members of the creative team take up the task of transforming a seemingly sweet little girl into a vicious vampire.
  • Directing Duo Matt & Tyler – Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett lead this look at the actors, ideas, and environment they put together to create a set that’s fun while still being fearsome.
  • Feature Commentary with Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett and Editor Michael P. Shawyer

Abigail is currently up for pre-order! We haven't seen any foreign market 4K releases yet, it's a horror film so closer to Halloween would be a safe bet. Until then, get those pre-orders in! Here's the full press release:


STAKE YOUR CLAIM ON THE NEWEST VAMPIRE ICON 
ARRIVING AT HOME WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS CONTENT INCLUDING DELETED SCENES
AND A HILARIOUS GAG REEL
ABIGAIL IS HORROR ON POINTE” - SLASHFILM

YOURS TO OWN WITH EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT
ON DIGITAL JUNE 25, 2024
BLU-RAY™ AND DVD JULY 9, 2024
Universal City, California, June 18, 2024 – From Radio Silence comes the bloodthirsty, wild, and critically acclaimed vampire romp, ABIGAIL, available to own with all-new exclusive content on Digital June 25, 2024, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 9, 2024 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as “a Bloody Blast” (The Detroit News) and Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, ABIGAIL brings a refreshing approach to the vampire genre - unleashing never-before-seen bonus content, deleted & extended scenes, and more off-camera bloody carnage.

ABIGAIL’s cast is led by the new IT scream queen Melissa Barrera (Scream VIIn The Heights) as well as the beloved Kathryn Newton (Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaFreakyLisa Frankenstein), The cast also includes Dan Stevens (Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, “Downton Abbey”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”, The Usual Suspects, “Parish”), Alisha Weir (Roald Dahl’s MatildaDon’t Leave Home), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: WolverineRobin Hood), the late Angus Cloud (Your Lucky Day, “Euphoria”), and William Catlett (A Thousand and OneLovecraft County).

Radio Silence, the filmmakers behind the horror hits Ready or NotScream (2022) and Scream VI, bring a brash and bloodthirsty new vision of vampires with ABIGAIL. A heist team is hired by a mysterious fixer to kidnap the daughter of a powerful underworld figure. They must guard the 12-year-old ballerina for one night to net a $50 million ransom. As the captors start to dwindle one by one, they discover to their mounting terror that they're locked inside an isolated mansion with no ordinary little girl.


EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES TO OWN ONLY ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM & DVD:
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Blood Bath – Soak up the slaughter alongside the cast and crew with this dive into the deep end of Abigail’s body pits, where practical FX reign supreme and there’s no such thing as too much blood.
  • Hunters to Hunted – Get up close and personal with Abigail’s abductors as the cast divulges the details behind how they got into character to collectively create a unique crew of criminals.
  • Becoming a Ballerina Vampire – Abigail actor Alisha Weir, choreographer Belinda Murphy, and more members of the creative team take up the task of transforming a seemingly sweet little girl into a vicious vampire.
  • Directing Duo Matt & Tyler – Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett lead this look at the actors, ideas, and environment they put together to create a set that’s fun while still being fearsome.
  • Feature Commentary with Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett and Editor Michael P. Shawyer

 
FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Kathryn Newton, Will Catlett, Kevin Durand, Angus Cloud, Alisha Weir, and Giancarlo Esposito
Music By: Brian Tyler
Editor: Michael P. Shawver
Director Of Photography: Aaron Morton NZCS
Executive Producer: Ron Lynch
Produced By: William Sherak p.g.a., James Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein, Tripp Vinson, Chad Villella p.g.a.
Written By: Stephen Shields and Guy Busick
Directed By: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett


TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM:
Street Date: July 9, 2024
Selection Number: 191329262627 (US) / 191329263112 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature)
Run Time: 01:49:23
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: July 9, 2024
Selection Number: 191329262559 (US) / 191329263105 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature)
Run Time: 01:49:30


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The Life Of A Collector Is Always Intense - Criterion Announces September 2024 4K UHD & Blu-rays

Just because it's Criterion, doesn't mean it always has to be an obscure stuffed-shirt drama! 
For their September 2024 slate, The Criterion Collection will unleash a slew of cult classics, an English heavy hitter, and a damned funny 90s dark comedy. 

As physical media collectors well know, The Criterion Collection can be rather eclectic with their selections. Sometimes you get your true Hollywood classic. Sometimes you get a great piece of French of Japanese cinema. Occasionally you get one hell of an incredible box set. But every once in a while they stack their slate with a smorgasbord of cult classics, fan favorites, and one of the best gangster flicks to come out of England (and there are a lot of those!). So lets get into it - 

The Criterion Collection - Sept. 2024
4K UHD & Blu-ray Releases


Repo Man - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

1984 • 92 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.78:1 aspect ratio 

A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered repo man in a desolate Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in repossessing a mysterious—and otherworldly—Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early-eighties LA punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is also a politically trenchant take on President Reagan’s domestic and foreign policies. 

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

• One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

• Audio commentary featuring Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora

• Interviews with musicians Iggy Pop and Keith Morris and actors Dick Rude, Olivia Barash, and Miguel Sandoval

• Deleted scenes 

• Roundtable discussion about the making of the film, featuring Cox, Richardson, Rude, Zamora, and producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks

• Conversation between McCarthy and actor Harry Dean Stanton

• Cox’s “cleaned-up” television version of the film

• Trailers

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by critic Sam McPheeters, an illustrated production history by Cox, and a 1987 interview with real-life repo man Mark Lewis

 

4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

SRP: $49.95

PREBOOK: 7/30/24

STREET: 9/3/24

CAT. NO.: CC3593UHDBD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-181-8
UPC: 7-15515-30131-2

All of Us Strangers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

2023 • 105 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio

A metaphysical exploration of queer love and loneliness, familial grief and healing, this delicate but audacious chamber drama confirms director Andrew Haigh’s gift for bringing complicated emotions to the screen. Isolated in a seemingly empty new high-rise, London screenwriter Adam (Andrew Scott) finds his solitary existence upended when he begins a passionate romance with the impulsive Harry (Paul Mescal), then reconnects with his parents (Jamie Bell and Claire Foy) in a reunion that pushes beyond the limits of time and space. Putting a deeply personal imprint on a novel by Japanese writer Taichi Yamada, Haigh reaches cosmic heights while never losing sight of the story’s achingly human heart.

Also Coming to Blu-ray

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• 4K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and uncompressed stereo soundtracks

• In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

• New conversation between director Andrew Haigh and author and critic Michael Koresky

• New interview with cinematographer Jamie D. Ramsay

• Behind-the-scenes documentary and featurettes

• Trailer

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing and English descriptive audio

• PLUS: An essay by film critic Guy Lodge

 

4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

SRP: $49.95

PREBOOK: 8/6/24

STREET: 9/10/24

CAT. NO.: CC3596UHDBD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-184-9

UPC: 7-15515-30161-9

 

BLU-RAY EDITION

SRP: $39.95

PREBOOK: 8/6/24

STREET: 9/10/24

CAT. NO.: CC3597BD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-185-6

UPC: 7-15515-30171-8

The Long Good Friday - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

1980 • 114 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

A combustible performance from Bob Hoskins is the fuse that lights this underworld saga, a landmark of British crime cinema. Hoskins plays Harold Shand, an ambitious London mobster who, just as he attempts to close a major real-estate deal with the American Mafia, finds his crime empire rocked by a string of attacks, sending him on a ruthless quest to find out who’s responsible. Abetted by an ice-cool performance from Helen Mirren as Shand’s in-command moll, The Long Good Friday is not only a gripping gangster thriller but also a vivid portrait of late-1970s Britain—a powder keg of cultural and political tensions on the verge of explosion.

Also Coming to Blu-ray

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, approved by director of photography Phil Méheux, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

• In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features

• Audio commentary with director John Mackenzie

• An Accidental Studio (2019), a documentary about the early years of HandMade Films

• Introduction by Criterion Collection curatorial director Ashley Clark

• Documentary about the making of the film featuring interviews with Mackenzie and actors Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren

• Program comparing the soundtracks for the UK and U.S. releases

• Trailers

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by critic Ryan Gilbey

 

4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

SRP: $49.95

PREBOOK: 8/13/24

STREET: 9/17/24

CAT. NO.: CC3598UHDBD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-186-3

UPC: 7-15515-30181-7

 

BLU-RAY EDITION

SRP: $39.95

PREBOOK: 8/13/24

STREET: 9/17/24

CAT. NO.: CC3599BD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-187-0

UPC: 7-15515-30191-6

Gregg Araki's Teen Apocalypse Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Take the conventions of the American teen movie, transpose them to Los Angeles’s freaky fringes, anchor them in an unapologetic vision of sexual fluidity, and top it all off with heavy doses of Gen X disillusionment, gonzo violence, and hallucinogenic surrealism, and you’ll end up with something like these audacious transgressions from New Queer Cinema renegade Gregg Araki. Gleefully mixing slacker irony with raw sincerity, Godardian cool with punk scuzz, the savagely subversive, hormone-fueled films that make up the Teen Apocalypse Trilogy pushed 1990s indie cinema into bold new aesthetic realms, while giving blistering expression to adolescent rage and libidinal desire.

Also Coming to Blu-ray

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 2K digital restoration of Totally F***ed Up and new 4K digital restorations of The Doom Generation and Nowhere, supervised and approved by director Gregg Araki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks 

• In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of The Doom Generation and Nowhere and two Blu-rays with all three films and the special features   

• New conversation between director Gregg Araki and filmmaker Richard Linklater

• New audio commentary on Nowhere with Araki and actors James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Jordan Ladd, Sarah Lassez, Guillermo Diaz, and Jaason Simmons

• Audio commentary on Totally F***ed Up with Araki, Duval, and actor Gilbert Luna

• New documentary on the trilogy’s visual style featuring Araki, Duval, producer Andrea Sperling, cinematographer Jim Fealy, costume designers Cathy Cooper and SaraJane Slotnick, production designer Patti Podesta, art director Michael Krantz, and hair and makeup artist Jason Rail 

• James Duval’s Teen Apocalypse Archive, a new conversation between Araki and Duval  

• Q&As with Araki, moderated by filmmakers Gus Van Sant and Andrew Ahn 

• The Doom Generation video comic book

• Trailers

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by critic Nathan Lee

TOTALLY F***ED UP
1993 • 79 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
A delirious mix of punk nihilism and deadpan irony, the first film in Gregg Araki’s Teen Apocalypse Trilogy puts an audaciously queer spin on Jean-Luc Godard’s classic Masculin féminin. Across fifteen jagged episodes, Totally F***ed Up plunges headlong into the lives of a group of queer, disaffected Los Angeles teenagers who form a kind of makeshift family as they navigate desire and heartbreak, societal and familial rejection, and the alienation of growing up gay in an era of relentless moralizing. Both a defiantly raw anthem of outsiderhood and a furious reckoning with all-American homophobia, Araki’s answer to the 1980s teen comedy captures youthful angst with an immediacy that still bruises.

THE DOOM GENERATION
1995 • 83 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
Gregg Araki takes a road trip to hell in this wild, meth- and fast-food-fueled joyride through the margins of a menacing American wasteland. When they inadvertently link up with a dangerously alluring drifter (Johnathon Schaech), a chilled-out Cali bro (James Duval) and his spiky, foulmouthed girlfriend (Rose McGowan) find themselves on an increasingly violent, kinky, and darkly comic journey in which erotic tensions rise along with the body count. Working with a significant budget for the first time, Araki employs boldly stylized lighting and art direction to create a heightened sense of unreality in a shocking, shoegaze-soundtracked chronicle of young lives careening toward oblivion.

NOWHERE
1997 • 82 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
You can practically smell the pheromones wafting off this kaleidoscopic odyssey, which finds director Gregg Araki crossing soap-operatic elements with blasts of science fiction, indie-kid cool, and shiny pop-art subversion. On the day when the world is foretold to end, a group of terminally horny, disillusioned, zonked-out teens in Los Angeles see their lives explode in a glitter bomb of drugs, sex, death, and alien abduction. Bisexual lust, vaporizing Valley girls, sinister televangelists, nipple-ring S&M, murder by Campbell’s-soup can—Araki folds it all into an anarchic orgy that brings his Teen Apocalypse Trilogy to an explosively caustic close.

 

4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

SRP: $99.95

PREBOOK: 8/20/24

STREET: 9/24/24

CAT. NO.: CC3594UHDBD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-182-5

UPC: 7-15515-30141-1

 

BLU-RAY EDITION

SRP: $69.95

PREBOOK: 8/20/24

STREET: 9/24/24

CAT. NO.: CC3595BD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-183-2

UPC: 7-15515-30151-0

Happiness - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

1998 • 140 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio 

As disturbingly funny as it is audaciously empathetic, auteur of unease Todd Solondz’s portrait of damaged souls reaching out for connection reveals the existential void underneath middle-class suburban “normalcy.” An extraordinary ensemble cast—including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jane Adams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Ben Gazzara, and Dylan Baker—embodies an array of loosely connected New Jersey deviants, depressives, and misfits, among them a frustrated phone-sex pest, an all-American dad concealing his pedophilic urges, and a lonely woman with a grisly secret, all of whom want just one thing: to be loved. One of the most controversial films of the 1990s, the unflinching Happiness unnerves precisely because it dares to see the humanity in those most often denied it.

Also Coming to Blu-ray

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Maryse Alberti, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

• In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

• New conversation between director Todd Solondz and filmmaker Charlotte Wells

• New interview with actor Dylan Baker

• Trailer

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner

 

4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

SRP: $49.95

PREBOOK: 8/20/24

STREET: 9/24/24

CAT. NO.: CC3601UHDBD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-189-4

UPC: 7-15515-30211-1

BLU-RAY EDITION

SRP: $39.95

PREBOOK: 8/20/24

STREET: 9/24/24

CAT. NO.: CC3602BD

ISBN: 979-8-88607-190-0
UPC: 7-15515-30221-0

These aren't up for pre-order quite yet, but as soon as they are we'll update our listings zip quick!

John Krasinski's 'IF' Materializes on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on August 13

Writer/director John Krasinski’s family comedy IF (Imaginary Friends) will be available digitally on June 18. 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray releases arrive on August 13.

The film (with a CinemaScore and 88% Fresh Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes) stars Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, Krasinski, and Fiona Shaw, plus the voice talents of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr., Steve Carell, and more. Those who purchase the movie on Digital or 4K UHD and Blu-ray and Blu-ray can expect over 40 minutes of bonus content including how each IF came to life, hear how filmmakers made the imaginary feel real, go on location in New York from Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, and don't miss the hysterical gag reel!

Starring Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, and John Krasinski, IF is a heartwarming and hilarious tale about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends, known as IFs. She embarks on a magical journey to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids, before they disappear. An adventure you'll need to believe to see, IF is perfect for the whole family. Written and directed by John Krasinski, the film also features a stellar voice cast including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Steve Carell.

IF - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
IF (Imaginary Friends) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

IF - Blu-ray 

IF (Imaginary Friends) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Specs have yet to be detailed, but the IF (Imaginary Friends) 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and Digital will include the following supplements: 

  • The Imagination Behind IF—Hear from writer and director John Krasinski plus the cast and crew as they dive deeper into the process of bringing their imagination to life on screen.
  • Imagining Imaginary Friends— Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of each imaginary friend.
  • Giving IFs a Voice— Meet the all-star cast responsible for voicing each character. Hear from Steve Carrell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and more!
  • Blending The Real and the Imaginary Join John Krasinski as he incorporates a practical filmmaking approach to make the imaginary feel real.
  • Tina Turner Forever!— Experience the reimagining of the iconic 80s Tina Turner music video as John Krasinski recreates this legendary sequence with the IFs.
  • The Imaginative World of IF— From Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew and experience the magic of New York City like never before.
  • Gag Reel— You won’t have to imagine the hilarious antics on set once you check out this gag reel!
  • Learn to Draw Blue from IF— Learn to draw the loveable and cuddly "Blue" in this fun, interactive tutorial.

 

Pre-orders for IF (Imaginary Friends) are up and here is the full press release:


Experience writer/director John Krasinski’s “heartwarming” (Joey Paur, GeekTyrant) and “hilarious” (Tessa Smith, Mama’s Geeky) original adventure IF when it arrives to buy or rent on Digital June 18, 2024 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD on August 13.

The perfect movie to enjoy with the whole family, IF received an A CinemaScore and 88% Fresh Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes®.   The film stars Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, Krasinski, and Fiona Shaw along with a cavalcade of top-tier voice talent, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell, who bring a delightful array of imaginary friends to life.

Fans who purchase the film on Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, or Blu-ray will have access to over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus content to explore the whimsical world of imaginary friends.  See how each IF came to life, hear how filmmakers made the imaginary feel real, go on location in New York from Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, and don't miss the hysterical gag reel!

Bonus content is detailed below:

 

  • The Imagination Behind IF—Hear from writer and director John Krasinski plus the cast and crew as they dive deeper into the process of bringing their imagination to life on screen.
    • Imagining Imaginary Friends— Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of each imaginary friend.
    • Giving IFs a Voice— Meet the all-star cast responsible for voicing each character. Hear from Steve Carrell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and more!
    • Blending The Real and the Imaginary Join John Krasinski as he incorporates a practical filmmaking approach to make the imaginary feel real.
    • Tina Turner Forever!— Experience the reimagining of the iconic 80s Tina Turner music video as John Krasinski recreates this legendary sequence with the IFs.
    • The Imaginative World of IF— From Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew and experience the magic of New York City like never before.
    • Gag Reel— You won’t have to imagine the hilarious antics on set once you check out this gag reel!
    • Learn to Draw Blue from IF— Learn to draw the loveable and cuddly "Blue" in this fun, interactive tutorial.

 

Synopsis

Starring Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, and John Krasinski, IF is a heartwarming and hilarious tale about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends, known as IFs. She embarks on a magical journey to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids, before they disappear. An adventure you'll need to believe to see, IF is perfect for the whole family. Written and directed by John Krasinski, the film also features a stellar voice cast including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Steve Carell.

IF is rated PG for thematic elements and mild language.

 

PARAMOUNT PICTURES Presents

A SUNDAY NIGHT / MAXIMUM EFFORT Production A Film by JOHN KRASINSKI “IF”

CAILEY FLEMING RYAN REYNOLDS JOHN KRASINSKI FIONA SHAW

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE LOUIS GOSSETT JR. and STEVE CARELL

Music by MICHAEL GIACCHINO Costume Designer JENNY EAGAN

Edited by CHRISTOPHER ROUSE, ACE ANDY CANNY

Production Designer JESS GONCHOR Director of Photography JANUSZ KAMINSKI

Executive Producers JOHN J. KELLY GEORGE DEWEY

Produced by ALLYSON SEEGER, p.g.a. JOHN KRASINSKI, p.g.a. ANDREW FORM, p.g.a. RYAN REYNOLDS

Written and Directed by JOHN KRASINSKI

 

Don't Forget It Jake, It's HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, June 17 2024

 The month continues to ramp up in volume as it has done so for a couple of months now, next week the floodgates open up yet again! But let's get through this week first, shall we?

 Welcome to Volume 5 Episode 3 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 16th - June 22nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 No actual 'new' releases this week, catalog titles though, some pretty good ones. The 4K category would have been much busier, but without any notice, all of the Kino Lorber releases for the last couple weeks of the month got moved to July.

 It's hard to decide which label to start with, so let's begin with Arrow Video and American Gigolo. If you caught it early enough, you could have also gotten the Arrow Store exclusive, which has a seemingly better cover art.

 

 Criterion Collection has the 1996 thriller/romance Bound this week.

 

 Spine number 45 of the Paramount Presents label debuts this week, following a familiar pattern, Chinatown/The Two Jakes. Chinatown gets a 4K disc while The Two Jakes is considered a bonus blu-ray. If you live in the UK, the same/counterpart release comes out Monday in your market.

 

 Shout! Factory has a pair of titles related to each other. First, classic Robocop 2 with Peter Weller and Nancy Allen. And a modern (2014) take of the original idea, Robocop. When I saw the 2014 film, I felt it was a decent remake.

 

 Lastly, Sony Pictures offers The Karate Kid in a 40th Anniversary edition with VHS special packaging.

 Next week is a very busy week, even with Kino Lorber moving their titles into July. Prepare yourself.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include just a couple, American Gigolo from Arrow Video and Bound from Criterion.

  The Sony MOD label this week has Beverly Hills Ninja, The Burglars, Cat Ballou (1965) and Shotgun Stories.

 

 The 2023 comedy American Fiction comes to us via Warner Bros.

 

 Criterion Collection brings us some Mexican cinema with Victims of Sin.

 

 You know who you are when I say calling all collectors of this series, the next set, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIX comes to us via Kino Lorber.

 Eureka Entertainment's The Masters of Cinema Series sub-label has action/crimer series Prison Walls: Abashiri Prison I-III posted this week.

 

 Believe it or not, we got just one Anime highlight this week, Mars Express.

 

 Next week in this category, ouch, just, OUCH! There are a ton of titles to ponder.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Nothing MAJOR to announce really. CrunchyRoll has an interesting September slate. Sony continues to reissue HDR10 titles as Dolby Vision upgraded releases, as well as a few more. Kino Cult is adding a few Corman classics that were previously done by Scream Factory. Walmart has finally listed the exclusive SteelBook release for The Last Unicorn 4K.

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?



Are you Crying? There's No Crying in 4K Dolby Vision! A League of Their Own Solo 4K Coming Sept. 3rd 2024

As Sony continues their ongoing Columbia Pictures centennial celebration, they also continue to chip away from the Columbia Classics boxset exclusive titles. The latest is Penny Marshall's terrific drama about the Women's Baseball League during WWII. Not only is it getting a solo release (finally), but it's also seeing a Dolby Vision HDR Upgrade. 

Sony continues its run of showing other studios how to properly celebrate a 100th Anniversary bringing another catalog out to the 4K format. Sure, A League of Their Own isn't a "new" title on the 4K format, but it was one that's been locked away in the OOP Columbia Classics Vol 1 collection for so long some folks out there might have forgotten about it! While it's great they're splitting the disc off from the box set, it's even better they're offering a Dolby Vision upgrade for those who waited it out. Now these DV upgrades haven't always yielded night and day improvements. This film already looked pretty fabulous in 4K HDR10, so it'll be interesting to see how well this one turns out. 

A League of their Own - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

It's a home run with this hilarious and beloved comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. With baseball lineups and locker rooms left empty during World War II, the newly-founded All-American Girls Baseball League brought talented women to the big leagues—and brought fans to the stands. The indomitable Dottie Hinson (Davis) finds herself leading a rag tag group of players who end up winning over the heart of their has-been coach, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks). Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell and Jon Lovitz round out the all-star roster. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail for generations of athletes.

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD DISC 

  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
  • English Dolby Atmos + English 5.1 + English 2-Channel Surround
  • Special Features:
    • Domestic Theatrical Trailer
    • 5 International Teasers & Trailers

BLU-RAY DISC™

  • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
  • English 5.1 + English 2-Channel Surround
  • Special Features:
    • Feature Commentary with Director Penny Marshall and Actresses Lori Petty, Tracy Reiner and Megan Cavanagh
    • Nine Memorable Innings Documentary
    • Deleted Scenes
    • The Enduring Legacy of A League of Their Own
    • 3 Episodes from the 1993 TV series, “A League of Their Own”
    • “This Used to Be My Playground” Music Video by Madonna

CAST AND CREW
Directed By: Penny Marshall
Produced By: Robert Greenhut and Elliot Abbott
Screenplay By: Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel
Based on a Story By: Kim Wilson & Kelly Candaele
Executive Producer: Penny Marshall
Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall and Bill Pullman

SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 128 minutes
Rating: PG for language.
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD MA

Not yet up for pre-order and we haven't seen any kind or retailer exclusive SteelBooks yet, but we'll keep our eyes out. As soon as we have pre-order links, we'll update our listings ASAP. 

Film Masters Presents 'Door-to-Door Maniac' & 'Right Hand of the Devil' On Blu-ray on August 27

The 1966 crime drama Door-to-Door Maniac (first released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live) featuring Johnny Cash in his film debut is coming Blu-ray from Film Masters on August 27.

The Blu-ray will also include Aram Katcher's little-known Right Hand of the Devil (1963) on a second disc.

Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was re-released in 1966 as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. As part of a simple plan, he hires a hard-up, psychotic hood, Johnny Cabot, to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage in her own home. What follows is a robbery gone awry in every way! You won't want to miss this gem whose original poster proclaimed, A woman's price drops fast as the time limit ticks away!

Noted for a great performance by Cash in his first film role—the aspiring actor helped finance the film in hopes of catching his big break—Door-to-Door Maniac also stars Donald Woods, Cay Forester and Pamela Mason. Also look for a very young Ron Howard in a small role and Vic Tayback (best known as Mel from the TV show, Alice).

In the little-known film Right Hand of the Devil, director Aram Katcher makes his bid to become the next Hitchcock. While prominent movie director he is not, Turkish-born Katcher does star in the film ... and not just on-screen. Producer, story creator, editor, title designer and costume designer are just some of the other roles he took on with his magnum opus … Later, he reportedly destroyed all the 35mm elements. This new 4K scan comes from a rare 16mm reduction print, from the collection of noted film historian and producer Samuel M. Sherman, who tried to work with Katcher to re-release the film.

Katcher leads the cast as an ingenious criminal mastermind who hires a motley crew of questionable henchmen. Their target? A sports arena. Along the way and critical to their plans, he seduces a middle-aged cashier, but she is not as easily convinced as expected! Will Katcher triumph in his hard-won leading role?

Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) 

Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) 

The region-free Blu-ray release presents Door-to-Door Maniac scanned in 4K from 35mm original archival elements (aspect ratios 1.85:1 and 1.37:1) and Right Hand of the Devil scanned in 4K from 16mm archival elements (1.66:1 and 1.37:1) and bonus features incude Author/podcaster Daniel Budnik and film historian Rob Kelly join forces to provide a comprehensive commentary track for Door-to-Door Maniac with Don Stradley providing liner notes; Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold of the Monster Party podcast are back for a full-length commentary for Right Hand of the Devil, with C. Courtney Joyner providing liner notes; Ryan Verrill and Will Dodson from Someone's Favorite Productions present the all-new, visual essay, Player Piano: Passion of Aram Katcher; recut 2024 trailer for Door-to-Door Maniac; and restored, original trailer for Right Hand of the Devil.

Pre-orders for Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) are now listed and here is the full press release:


Johnny Cash’s Film Debut,

Door-to-Door Maniac (1966)

With Ultra-Rare Bonus Film, Right Hand of the Devil (1963)

 

Newly Restored From Original Archival Elements;

Two-Disc, Collector’s Edition Comes to Blu-ray & DVD Aug. 27th

 

ROCKPORT, Mass. — June 18, 2024— For Immediate Release Door-to-Door Maniac and the ultra-rare bonus film Right Hand of the Devil,are a ‘60s double dose of neo-noir cult classics, available Aug. 27 in a special, two-disc collector’s edition on Blu-ray and DVD from Film Masters.

Door-to-Door Maniac (1966):

75 Minutes

Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was re-released in 1966 as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. As part of a simple plan, he hires a hard-up, psychotic hood, Johnny Cabot, to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage in her own home. What follows is a robbery gone awry in every way! You won't want to miss this gem whose original poster proclaimed, A woman's price drops fast as the time limit ticks away!

Noted for a great performance by Cash in his first film role—the aspiring actor helped finance the film in hopes of catching his big break—Door-to-Door Maniac also stars Donald Woods, Cay Forester and Pamela Mason. Also look for a very young Ron Howard in a small role and Vic Tayback (best known as Mel from the TV show, Alice).

Right Hand of the Devil (1963):

67 Minutes

In the little-known film Right Hand of the Devil, director Aram Katcher makes his bid to become the next Hitchcock. While prominent movie director he is not, Turkish-born Katcher does star in the film ... and not just on-screen. Producer, story creator, editor, title designer and costume designer are just some of the other roles he took on with his magnum opus … Later, he reportedly destroyed all the 35mm elements. This new 4K scan comes from a rare 16mm reduction print, from the collection of noted film historian and producer Samuel M. Sherman, who tried to work with Katcher to re-release the film.

Katcher leads the cast as an ingenious criminal mastermind who hires a motley crew of questionable henchmen. Their target? A sports arena. Along the way and critical to their plans, he seduces a middle-aged cashier, but she is not as easily convinced as expected! Will Katcher triumph in his hard-won leading role?

SPECIAL FEATURES: Author/podcaster Daniel Budnik and film historian Rob Kelly join forces to provide a comprehensive commentary track for Door-to-Door Maniac with Don Stradley providing liner notes; Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold of the Monster Party podcast are back for a full-length commentary for Right Hand of the Devil, with C. Courtney Joyner providing liner notes; Ryan Verrill and Will Dodson from Someone's Favorite Productions present the all-new, visual essay, Player Piano: Passion of Aram Katcher; recut 2024 trailer for Door-to-Door Maniac; and restored, original trailer for Right Hand of the Devil.

With Door-to-Door Maniac scanned in 4K from 35mm original archival elements and Right Hand of the Devil scanned in 4K from 16mm archival elements, each film is presented with two aspect ratios (Door-to-Door Maniac in 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 and Right Hand of the Devil in 1.66:1 and 1.37:1). Discs are region free and include English SDH. Audio is DTS-HD/Dolby AC3s.

About Film Masters:
Film Masters is a consortium of historians and enthusiasts who seek to celebrate the preservation and restoration of films. We are archivists, committed to storing film elements for future generations and reviving films that have been sitting dormant for decades. By scanning in 2K and 4K, we give these lesser-known films the red-carpet treatment they deserve. Leveraging modern means of distribution to release forgotten films back into the world, we also produce original bonus materials, including feature-length documentaries, which aid audiences in contextualizing and celebrating these works of art as they were meant to be.  Visit us online at: www.FilmMasters.com

 

Door-to-Door Maniac

Film Masters

Genre: Cult

B&W

Not Rated

Format: Blu-ray & DVD

Running Time: 142 Minutes Plus Approx. 156 Minutes Special Features

Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 (Blu-ray) / $19.95 (DVD)

Street Date: August 27, 2024

Catalog #: FMB013 (Blu-ray) / FMD013 (DVD)

UPC Code:  #760137157274 (Blu-ray) / #760137157304 (DVD)

HDD's Monstrous 4K UHD x Blu-ray Shopping Guide, June 10 2024

 Slight uptick in titles overall this week. Summer is just around the corner, which of course brings the Summer Movie Season! Are you excited to see something on the Coming Soon list? To me it has been a bit lackluster, but there are sure to be a few.

 Welcome to Volume 5 Episode 2 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 9th - June 15th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 This week in 4K, there probably is something for everyone, and the month is beginning to ramp up like it has the past couple of months, with the end of the month opening up the flood gates yet again.

 Import Monday has one entry, Michael Mann's 2023 drama/bio Ferrari. If that title sounds familiar, it should, Decal Releasing released a blu-ray of it in the U.S. back in March.

 

 On to Domestic Tuesday titles and first the new release this week, which edition of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is in your shopping cart? The standard release or the Walmart Exclusive SteelBook. On the latter, maybe we should call it the 'Elusive' SteelBook. Unless you preordered it before it was even official, you can only hope your local store will have a couple copies or that online has a restock event. If you were hoping for the complete (up to this point) Monsterverse set that would have been out this week, it has been moved to the end of the month, as if that week isn't crowded enough already.

 

 Catalog titles this week, let's start with Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita (1990), which comes as a SteelBook from Sony Pictures.

 

 From Dreamworks Animation and Universal Pictures, the 4K franchise completes with Shrek Forever After. You can also opt for the Shrek 4-Movie Collection. It appears that most of the made for TV specials carry over to the 4-film collection as well, so you might be able to box up or sell the blu-ray edition already on your shelf.

 

 In what felt like a somewhat long wait from the first film, Shout! Factory this week has Species II.

 

 From the Arrow Label first, a horror thriller titled Mute Witness.

 

 Also this week from Arrow, a 'Standard Special Edition' of Wild Things.

 These final two titles are very street-date subject to change, as they are smaller labels and I have not seen the usual 'product in hand' posts on social media.

 From MPI, SteelBook release of action film The Last Kumite.

 

 And from Eureka Classics' 'The Masters of Cinema Series' Asian Cinema The Valiant Ones gets a special 4K release.

 

 Next week, the ramp up continues, if ever so slightly.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Mute Witness, Wild Things, The Last Kumite and The Valiant Ones.

 Before we mention domestic Tuesday titles, let's mention that 101 Films UK has a fancy box set titled The Lawnmower Man Collection. This set does not implicitly state region-free, as it is a 101 Films release though, there is a chance it could be, purchase accordingly.

 

 And now on to domestic releases...While Capelight delivered us region free 4K editions in Germany, this week Universal delivers a blu-ray of Luc Besson's Dogman. Not trying to dissuade you from buying the blu-ray, maybe it was not considered an A-list movie, or, could be the usual blu-ray now, soon to be a 4K double-dip. Who knows?

 In almost an echo here, Immaculate gets a blu-ray release from Decal Releasing. Capelight did a 4K, and in the 4K section above you see me mentioning the import of Ferrari in 4K, while a domestic release gets a blu-ray from Decal Releasing.

 

 Criterion Collection this week has the special interest title Querelle.

 TV on disc includes Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker and Superman & Lois: The Complete Third Season.

 

 Anime highlights include Buddy Daddies - The Complete Season, Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning, My Love Story!! Complete Collection and The Reincarnation of the Strongest Exorcist in Another World - The Complete Season.

 

 MGM is reissuing a couple of titles that are considered out of print, they include Class (1983) and The Mighty Quinn.

 Sandpiper Pictures makes a reapparance on the chart with Article 99, A Family ThingWarriors of Virtue and Winter People.

 

 The 'small label item in hand' comment from above applies here too, on track to release this week from 88 Films are A Queen's Ransom and Royal Warriors (In the Line of Duty). In the Line of Duty 2, 3 and 4 are coming soon!

 From Paramount, South Park special event South Park: Joining the Panderverse gets a blu-ray this week.

 

 Honorable Mention: Mill Creek appears to be all in with regards to Ultraman. This week look for Battle Kaiju Series #3: Ultraman Vs. Gomora.

 Another Friday batch of Australian Imports to woo you;

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shout Factory has revealed their August slate of titles. In no particular order, they are Death To Smoochy, Observe and Report, Poltergeist II: The Other Side 4K, Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Trilogy 4K, Evil Dead (2013) 4K SteelBook, Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series [Shout Shop Exclusive Deluxe Limited Edition], Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 4K, Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series, The Delta Force 4K, The Last Unicorn 4K and 4K SteelBook, Bill & Ted Face the Music 4K, and general SteelBook 4K releases of Dragonheart and Hackers.

 It has been announced that Shawscope Volume 3 (Arrow Video) will be coming on November 26th.

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?



Sony 'Can't Hardly Wait' to Get the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Party Started on August 20

Sony is preparing the 1998 comedy 'Can't Hardly Wait' for 4K UHD Blu-ray on August 20.

The film is written and directed by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont, and stars Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt. This release includes legacy bonus materials as well as 11 newly uncovered alternate and deleted scenes.

It's graduation day at Huntington Hills High-- a time for Pomp and Circumstance, tassels and mortarboards, and serious introspection about the future. But tonight, the seniors will leave all that behind for the things that really matter; romance, revenge and rock 'n' roll. Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in one raucous comedy about the ultimate teen party, a once-in-a-lifetime alternate universe where class nerds become class studs, super-jocks are humiliated, and freshman crushes blossom into grown-up romance. From meathead to misfit, everyone will be there for a hormone-charged bash tapped for out-of-control fun.

Can't Hardly Wait - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Can't Hardly Wait - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

The 4K UHD Blu-ray + Digital will feature Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos audio, and the following supplements: 

  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, scanned from the original camera negative
  • English Dolby Atmos + 5.1
  • High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos approved by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont

Special Features:

  • NEW: 11 Newly Uncovered Alternate & Deleted Scenes
  • 6 Existing Deleted Scenes
  • Original Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast
  • Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast - 10 Years Later
  • Huntington Hills High Class of '98 Reunion
  • Can't Hardly Wait: The Making of a Teen Classic
  • The Life of the Party
  • "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby" Music Video by Smash Mouth
  • Theatrical Trailer

Pre-orders for Can't Hardly Wait - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray should be coming soon and here is the full press release:


GET THE PARTY STARTED WITH THE 90’s FAN-FAVORITE
ON 4K ULTRA HD™ AUGUST 20TH

SYNOPSIS
It's graduation day at Huntington Hills High-- a time for Pomp and Circumstance, tassels and mortarboards, and serious introspection about the future. But tonight, the seniors will leave all that behind for the things that really matter; romance, revenge and rock 'n' roll. Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in one raucous comedy about the ultimate teen party, a once-in-a-lifetime alternate universe where class nerds become class studs, super-jocks are humiliated, and freshman crushes blossom into grown-up romance. From meathead to misfit, everyone will be there for a hormone-charged bash tapped for out-of-control fun.
DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC 
  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, scanned from the original camera negative

  • English Dolby Atmos + 5.1

    • High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos approved by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont

  • Special Features:

    • NEW: 11 Newly Uncovered Alternate & Deleted Scenes

    • 6 Existing Deleted Scenes

    • Original Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast

    • Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast - 10 Years Later

    • Huntington Hills High Class of '98 Reunion

    • Can't Hardly Wait: The Making of a Teen Classic

    • The Life of the Party

    • "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby" Music Video by Smash Mouth

    • Theatrical Trailer

CAST AND CREW
Written and Directed By: Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont
Produced By: Jenno Topping and Betty Thomas
Cast: Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt


SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 100 minutes 
Rating: PG-13 for teen drinking and sexuality, and for language
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos, English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

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