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Kubo and the Two Strings & The Boxtrolls Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray w/ SteelBooks 02/28

LAIKA and Shout Factory will be bringing the modern day animated classics Kubo and the Two Strings & The Boxtrolls to the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format on February 28 2023 with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Both films will also be available for purchase in limited SteelBooks.

According to the press release, "The scrupulous remastering process for both titles was overseen by the team at LAIKA, led by LAIKA CEO (and Kubo and the Two Strings Director) Travis Knight, and Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Emerson, who pored over each film shot-by-shot, paying close attention to every last detail and color to present these groundbreaking films in the most dynamic format."

"The use of Dolby Vision has made these films look more spectacular than ever before, with vivid colors and exacting picture quality, and with highlights brighter and essential dark elements darker, unleashing the full potential of HDR technology. The films were also mixed in Dolby Atmos spatial audio, bringing out more details and clarity in the sound, resulting in an even more immersive experience for fans."

The four LAIKA 4K UHD titles (including the previously released Coraline and ParaNorman) will also available for digital purchase or rentals beginning December 13, 2022.

Kubo and the Two Strings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Kubo and the Two Strings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Kubo and the Two Strings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

Kubo and the Two Strings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. The film follows clever, kindhearted Kubo as he ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and the evil twin Sisters to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Special Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Inside LAIKA -Revisiting the Puppets with LAIKA’s Animation Team
  • Inside LAIKA—Confronting the Epic Challenges of Kubo and the Two Strings 
  • Audio Commentary with Director/Producer Travis Knight
  • “Kubo’s Journey”
  • Original Featurettes


The Boxtrolls - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Boxtrolls - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

The Boxtrolls - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

The Boxtrolls - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

The Boxtrolls

This comedic fable unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs, since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher, who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.

Special Features:

  • Inside LAIKA - Discovering the Characters of The Boxtrolls with Never-Before-Seen Test Footage
  • Inside LAIKA - Revisiting the Puppets with LAIKA’s Animation Team
  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Foreword by Ramin Zahed, the Editor in Chief of Animation Magazine
  • Audio Commentary with Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
  • The Making of The Boxtrolls
  • Original Featurettes

These are now up for pre-order! And once again, thank you for your pre-orders. They really do go a long way toward helping us keep our little show rolling. 

Knight Rider 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection from Turbine Coming December 30th

Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world of The Knight Rider on Blu-ray in a new 23-Disc

40th Anniversary Complete Series Collection from German label Turbine Medien

Knight Rider 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

 

David Hasselhoff and his supercar KITT ride off into the sunset dealing justice where ever they travel in new 23-Disc Blu-ray collection from Turbine. Limited to 3939 units, this expansive set gives fans all 90 episodes of the original 4 seasons spread out over 20 discs with a Blu-ray with over three hours of exclusive bonus features including interviews with various cast and crew. On top of that, Turbine is gassing up this set with the two follow-up TV films in SD Knight Rider 2000 and Knight Rider 2010 with another disc dedicated to the complete 23-episode run of Team Knight Rider in SD. In addition there will be a massive 332-page book (in German) giving a full episode guide as well as new interviews and trivia. Sadly due to licensing issues the 2008 Knight Rider series didn't make the cut. 

Here are some stills from the set - looking pretty good! 

Here's everything that's coming in the set:

Technical specifications:
Language / Sound: BD 1-20 (series): German & English - DTS-HD MA 2.0 - BD 21 (bonus material): English DD 2.0 - BD 22 (TV films): German & English - DD 2.0 - BD 23 (TEAM KNIGHT RIDER): German & English - DD 2.0
image format: BD 1-20: 4:3 - 1080p24 Full HD - BD 21-22: 4:3 SD - BD 23: 4:3 SD
Subtitles: BD 1-20: German & English for all episodes + bonus material - BD 21-22: German & English - BD 23: none
Running time: 5820 minutes

Bonus material:
+ TV films KNIGHT RIDER 2000* & KNIGHT RIDER 2010* (in SD)
+ TEAM KNIGHT RIDER Series (in SD)

+ Bonus Blu-ray with brand new world exclusive interviews and featurettes* (HD, approx. 3 hours):
- Stu Phillips (composer - approx. 11 min.)
- Steven E. de Souza (Producer & Writer - approx. 32 mins)
- Rebecca Holden (Actress - approx. 25 mins)
- Jack Gill (Stunt Coordinator & KITT Driver - approx. 34 mins)
- Tom Greene (Producer & Writer - approx. 50 min.)
- Deborah Davis (author - approx. 17 min.)
- Knightcon 2011 - words of welcome from Tom Greene (approx. 28 min.)
- myKITT.de - The fulfillment of a childhood dream (approx. 13 min.)
- Universal archive* (approx. 30 min.):
- Knight Rider - Under the hood (approx. 16 min.)
- Knight Stunts (approx. 6 min.)
- Knight Sounds (approx. 7 min.)
- Sketch Gallery (approx. 3 min.)
- Photo Gallery (approx. 3 min.)
+ Audio Commentary* on Pilot by David Hasselhoff and Glen A. Larson

+ 332-page book: Knight Guide to Series History
+ Design Concept Replica
+ 2 DIN A1 Posters
+ 5 Replica ID Cards (incl. Knight's driver's license & KITT's vehicle registration)
+ Artcard Set & Sticker
+ Limitation Certificate - strictly limited to only 3,939 pieces

*The Bonus material has optional German and English subtitles.

Number of discs: 23


Pre-orders are now live and you can order directly from the Turbine Shop HERE 

Thank you for your pre-orders, they really do go a long way toward keeping our little operation at High-Def Digest alive and running. 

A-B-C - Always Be Clerkin' - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec 4, 2022

 Cyber Week, done. Can you believe the Christmas holiday is just 4 weeks away? Wishing for that new TV or box set this year?

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 29 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 4th - December 10th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 We've got two new releases this week in the 4K disc category and both seem to have a comedic value to them. First from 20th Century Studios (Disney) comes Amsterdam, of which I personally know nothing about, but it has got a bit of star power driving it. So it's probably worth a look.

 

 And from LionsGate and the only way to get this film on 4K disc, Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook at that, Clerks III.

 

 Before moving on to catalog titles, let's get a new release/catalog release combo first. From Paramount, Top Gun 2-Movie 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook Superfan Collection.

 

 And for catalog titles, 48 Hrs., Another 48 Hrs. and a double feature pack with both films. From Miramax via Paramount, Pulp Fiction, which comes in a standard edition release and a SteelBook release.

 

 Universal Studios has one title this week, R.I.P.D..

 Sony Pictures is delivering Adaptation., which was more recently released by Shout! Factory on blu-ray.

 

 Scream Factory has got Black Christmas (1974).

 

 Well Go USA releases Ip Man 3 which comes two weeks later than the first two.

 Next week, vengeful prom queen, see you later alligator..., there can only be one, turn that frown upside down and more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 As we do every week, let's list the blu-ray counterparts first. Amsterdam gets a release from 20th Century Studios and Clerks III gets a release from LionsGate.

 Overall this category is a bit slow this week. After the past two weeks that might be a blessing to our wallets.

 TV on disc includes Better Call Saul: Season Six, Better Call Saul - The Complete Series, Creepshow: Season 3, South Park: Post Covid & The Return of Covid and Star Trek: Discovery - Season Four, which is available as a standard edition and a SteelBook edition.

 

 There is a new action/drama from Paramount titled Medieval.

 

 Criterion Collection's entry this week is Michael Haneke: Trilogy. A trilogy collection from Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke.

 From the Warner Archive Collection, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman. Also from the archive, The Night of the Iguana which is probably better known as an adaptation of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 Anime highlights this week include Beyond the Boundary - Complete Series Collection, The Case Study of Vanitas - Season 1 Part 1, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun - Complete Collection and Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - Season 1 Part 1, which is available as a standard release and as a limited edition.

 From Arrow Video, comedy/horror The Leech. Not done yet, sort of a horror but also action, Nightmare at Noon (Death Street USA). Highly anticipated collection Shawscope Volume Two also hits the market this week.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 You may have noticed the absence of Bruce Willis in this week's article. Fear not people, LionsGate will be releasing Detective Knight: Redemption on Janaury 17th. This is part two of a trilogy.

 Amazon has a listing for the 4K disc release of Frozen Planet II. One would guess a March 2023 arrival.

 

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?



Open Wide for The Dentist Collection on Blu-ray January 24

   The horror double feature starring Corbin Bernsen will make its Blu-ray debut on January 24 which will also include a digital copy.

Where there’s a drill, there’s a way. Corbin Bernsen stars as homicidal dentist Dr. Alan Feinstone in these two horror favorites, available for the first time on Blu-ray™. In The Dentist, Beverly Hills dentist Dr. Feinstone seems to have the perfect, ordered life — until the discovery of his wife’s affair with the pool boy sends him off the deep end, unlocking the killer inside. The Dentist 2 finds the evil doctor in a maximum-security mental hospital…but not for long, as he escapes to a small town and turns his attentions to a new love interest and new victims.

Both films will include audio commentaries, isolated score selections w/audio interviews, interviews with cast and crew, trailers and still galleries.

The Dentist Collection
The Dentist Collection
 

Order your copy today and here is the full press release:


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Street Date: 1/24/23
Blu-ray™ + Digital: $17.99 SRP

 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Behind every clean, white surface lies the stench of decay. The Dentist Collection, which includes both The Dentist and its sequel The Dentist 2, will be released for the first time on Blu-ray™ + Digital January 24 from Lionsgate. Featuring two-time Primetime Emmy Award® nominee Corbin Bernsen (1988 and 1987, TV’s “L.A. Law,” Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Major League, Major League II), this horror collection follows dentist Dr. Feinstone who has everything including a beautiful wife and a successful career in dentistry. That is, until he discovers his wife cheating on him. After going insane, he enacts cruel dental torture on his patients. The Dentist Collection Blu-ray™ + Digital will be available for the suggested retail price of $17.99.

 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Where there’s a drill, there’s a way. Corbin Bernsen stars as homicidal dentist Dr. Alan Feinstone in these two horror favorites, available for the first time on Blu-ray™. In The Dentist, Beverly Hills dentist Dr. Feinstone seems to have the perfect, ordered life — until the discovery of his wife’s affair with the pool boy sends him off the deep end, unlocking the killer inside. The Dentist 2 finds the evil doctor in a maximum-security mental hospital…but not for long, as he escapes to a small town and turns his attentions to a new love interest and new victims.

 
SPECIAL FEATURES
THE DENTIST:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Brian Yuzna and Special Makeup Effects Supervisor Anthony C. Ferrante
  • Isolated Score Selections & Audio Interviews with Composer Alan Howarth and Director of Photography Levie Isaacks
  • “The Doctor Is Insane” – An Interview with Actor Corbin Bernsen
  • “Medical Malpractice” – An Interview with Cowriter Dennis Paoli
  • “Mouths of Madness” - Interviews with Special Makeup Effects Supervisor Anthony C. Ferrante and Makeup Effects Artist J.M. Logan
  • Trailer
  • Still Gallery

THE DENTIST 2:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Brian Yuzna and Special Makeup Effects Supervisor Anthony C. Ferrante
  • Isolated Score Selections & Audio Interviews with Composer Alan Howarth and Editor Christopher Roth
  • “Jamie’s New Neighbor” – An Interview with Actress Jillian McWhirter
  • “A Tale of Two Dentists” – An Interview with Producer Pierre David
  • Mouths of Madness: The Dentist 2 - Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Supervisor Anthony C. Ferrante and Make-up Effects Artist J.M. Logan
  • Trailer
  • Still Gallery

CAST
Primetime Emmy Award® nominee
Corbin Bernsen                                            (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Major League, Major League II, TV’s “L.A. Law”)
Linda Hoffman                                              (Face/Off, Clifford, Merchant of Death)
Jillian McWhirter                                           (Strangeland, Kiss of a Stranger, TV’s “L.A.  Heat”)
Susanne Wright                                            (The Brothers Solomon, My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception, TV’s                                                                             “Home Improvement”)
with Clint Howard                                         (TV’s “Pam & Tommy,” 3 From Hell, Solo: A Star Wars Story)
Ken Foree                                                     (Halloween, Dawn of the Dead, The Lords of Salem)
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 1996, 1998
Title Copyright: The Dentist © 1996 Trimark Pictures, Inc. The Dentist 2 © 1998 Trimark Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Catalog Blu-ray release
Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: The Dentist: 90 Minutes; The Dentist 2: 99 Minutes
BD Format: The Dentist: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (1.78:1) Presentation
                     The Dentist 2: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation
BD Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio™
 

George A. Romero's Martin Coming to 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray From Second Sight 2/27/23

George A. Romero's iconic spin on the classic vampire legend puts a stake into 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray From Second Sight Films

 

Much like their incredible work on Romero's Dawn of the Dead 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set, Second Sight films again reteams with original Director of Photography Michael Gornick to deliver blood-thirsty fans a new restoration of Martin. After some delays and side-missions to try and acquire the fabled black and white "Director's Cut" - Second Sight delivers three options for fans looking to add this eccentric horror classic to their collections. 

Martin - Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

  • A new Second Sight 4K restoration supervised and approved by Director of Photography Michael Gornick
  • UHD presented in HDR10+
  • Audio commentary by George A Romero, John Amplas and Tom Savini
  • Audio commentary by George A Romero, Richard P Rubinstein, Tom Savini, Michael Gornick and Donald Rubinstein
  • A new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • A new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • Taste the Blood of Martin: A new feature length documentary including location tour
  • Scoring the Shadows: A new interview with composer Donald Rubinstein
  • 'J Roy - New And Used Furniture': a short film by Tony Buba
  • Making Martin: A Recounting
  • Trailer, TV and radio spots

Limited Edition Contents

  • Rigid slipcase with original classic artwork
  • Soft cover book with new essays by Daniel Bird, Miranda Corcoran, Travis Crawford, Heather Drain, Kat Ellinger, Andrew Graves, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Elena Lazic, , Stephen Thrower, Jon Towlson, Simon Ward and Tony Williams
  • Original Soundtrack CD by Donald Rubinstein
  • 5 collectors' character art cards illustrated by Adam Stothard

Martin - Standard Edtion 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

  • A new Second Sight 4K restoration supervised and approved by Director of Photography Michael Gornick
  • UHD presented in HDR10+
  • Audio commentary by George A Romero, John Amplas and Tom Savini
  • Audio commentary by George A Romero, Richard P Rubinstein, Tom Savini, Michael Gornick and Donald Rubinstein
  • A new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • A new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • Taste the Blood of Martin: A new feature length documentary including location tour
  • Scoring the Shadows: A new interview with composer Donald Rubinstein
  • 'J Roy - New And Used Furniture': a short film by Tony Buba
  • Making Martin: A Recounting
  • Trailer, TV and radio spots

Martin - Blu-ray

 

  • A new Second Sight 4K restoration supervised and approved by Director of Photography Michael Gornick
  • Audio commentary by George A Romero, John Amplas and Tom Savini
  • Audio commentary by George A Romero, Richard P Rubinstein, Tom Savini, Michael Gornick and Donald Rubinstein
  • A new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • A new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • Taste the Blood of Martin: A new feature length documentary including location tour
  • Scoring the Shadows: A new interview with composer Donald Rubinstein
  • 'J Roy - New And Used Furniture': a short film by Tony Buba
  • Making Martin: A Recounting
  • Trailer, TV and radio spots

For those who live in the U.K.  - Second Sight will ship direct from their shop. However, if you're looking to import the title to the U.S. (like me), you'll have to go through a third-party retailer. So far I've only seen Zavvi have it up for pre-order and we've linked to the various sets in each listing. We don't know if DiabolikDVD or anyone else will have it up for sale but keep your eyes and ears out. This one has been a long time coming and it's one of my favorites- not because I'm a Romero junkie either! I've always felt the Vampire genre was a little stale in the crypt and this was one of the first entries that really turned the horror creature sub-genre on its head. Ever since my ancient Anchor Bay DVD was stolen from me I've been hoping a great new set would come along, and here it is! 

Get those pre-orders in!

Because, Bruce Willis - 4K UHD/Blu-ray Release Guide - Nov 27, 2022 - Dec 3, 2022

 Ready to buy more discs? Because we all know you did not overspend last week, right? Come on, just one more! Cyber week is here.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 28 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-

 Import Monday actually has got a pretty interesting title from Arrow Video, that would be Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The three options for this one are a Standard Edition, a Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook and a Zavvi Exclusive Collector's Edition. Will this get a similar U.S. release like say, True Romance eventually did? Hard to say at this time. I did take one for the team and order the Zavvi Collector's Edition, so it probably will.

 Domestic release Tuesday's new releases, movie Don't Worry Darling. This one appears to be absent a slipcover, whilst the blu-ray has one, sort of like Three Thousand Years of Longing did.

 

 And for new TV, Westworld: Season 4: The Choice, no SteelBook option for this one like previous seasons. Glad to see they are continuing with 4K disc seasons though, have seen other shows that gave us Season 1 in 4K and then went to blu-ray or were shot in 4K but no 4K disc options.

 

 From Vinegar Syndrome, general releases of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and The Werewolf Versus Vampire Woman. And only available direct from their shop, Road House. A general release will no doubt come out next month.

 Bonus: Import Friday from Turbine Media, Peter Jackson's The Frighteners Ultimate Edition. This one is available as a classic cover and a new cover variant. Looks like you get both covers with either edition, just, which one is the outer and which one is the inner.

 Next week, 2-days, a sequel 2-more-days, city in the Netherlands, paper imagination, and more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Somewhat average week in this category. First, blu-ray counterparts of the above titles include Don't Worry Darling and Westworld: Season 4: The Choice.

 If you bought Amityville Karen, Amityville in the Hood, et al and want all things Amityville, this week The Amityville Curse gets a general release from Canadian Intl.

 TV on disc includes a repackage of The Borgias: The Complete Series and Ghosts: Season One.

 

 Because we know how much you missed Bruce Willis, we are happy to announce that Lionsgate is releasing Detective Knight: Rogue this week. From Vertical Entertainment, no Bruce Willis, a crime/thriller titled Emily the Criminal.

 

 Anime highlights include Fruits Basket: Season 3, which comes as a standard edition and a limited edition, Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds, Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1, Sherlock Hound - Complete & Unabridged and Urusei Yatsura Always My Darling.

 

 Honorable Mentions: Some pretty good classic cinema from Kino Lorber with Detective Story. David Krauss says this one is 'Highly Recommended'. And take a look at Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XI while you're at it.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 The fact that anything happened last week for new announcements would be considered a miracle.

 Arrow Video did announce their February titles, and all the 4K options are UK only including a proper release of The Last Emperor. As far as US release though, blu-rays include .Com for Murder, Giallo Essentials V4 White Edition, Millionaires’ Express and The Vagrant.

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?



Black Adam Saves The Day on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray January 3

The DC Comics action-adventure starring Dwayne Johnson will be available for Premium Digital Ownership on November 22 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on January 3.  

Both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray will include several featurettes as well as Dolby Atmos. It is unclear if the 4K will include Dolby Vision.

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Black Adam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Black Adam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Black Adam - Blu-ray
Black Adam - Blu-ray
 


Black Adam 4K Wal-Mart Exclusive
Black Adam 4KUltraHD Walmart Exclusive 


Pre-orders are now live and the full press release is available below: 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"One of the Best DC Superhero Films to Date”

Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

 

Black Adam

COMES HOME FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 Premium Digital Ownership

debuts early on November 22

 

 4K, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on January 3

 

 

Burbank, CA, November 21 – Experience the first-ever feature film exploring the story of the DC Super Hero in the action adventure, when “Black Adam” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on November 22. The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC, and Black Adam created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck, starring the voice of Dwayne Johnson (“the “Jumanji” films, “Moana”). The film will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on January 3.

 

The film also stars the voices of Aldis Hodge (TV’s “City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami” film) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” film) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (TV’s “Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3” film) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy” films) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” film and TV’s “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (TV’s “A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate. The film was produced by Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon executive producing.

 

  • On November 22, “Black Adam” 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 January 3, “Black Adam” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “Black Adam” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

“Black Adam” can be enjoyed at home with Filmmaker Mode TM.  Developed by studios, TV manufacturers and some of Hollywood’s leading directors, Filmmaker Mode disables all post processing (e.g. motion smoothing), preserves the correct aspect ratios, colors and frame rates, and enables your TV to display the film precisely as it was intended by the filmmaker.  Filmmaker Mode is available on televisions from select manufacturers.

“Black Adam” 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

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

 

DIGITAL, 4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

“Black Adam” Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:  

  • The History of Black Adam
  • Who is The Justice Society?
  • From Soul to Screen
  • Black Adam: A Flawed Hero
  • Black Adam: New Tech in an Old World
  • Black Adam: Taking Flight
  • Kahndaq: Designing a Nation
  • The Rock of Eternity
  • Costumes make the hero
  • Black Adam: A new type of action

 

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

  • The History of Black Adam
  • Who is The Justice Society?
  • From Soul to Screen
  • Black Adam: A Flawed Hero
  • Black Adam: New Tech in an Old World
  • Black Adam: Taking Flight
  • Kahndaq: Designing a Nation
  • The Rock of Eternity
  • Costumes make the hero
  • Black Adam: A new type of action

 ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

 

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

 

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BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

                                    4K UHD Combo Pack                                                                        $49.98

Blu-ray                                                                                                $39.98 

DVD                                                                                                   $34.98

 

Digital Ownership: November 22, 2022

PVOD: November 22, 2022

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 3, 2022

 

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

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

4K Languages: Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, English, German, Italian

DVD Subtitles: Cantonese, Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese (written), N/A, Canadian French, English SDH

BD Subtitles: Spanish, French, N/A, Canadian French, English SDH

4K Subtitles: Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Canadian French, English SDH, German SDH, Italian SDH

Running Time: 124 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, intense action, and some language

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

4K: ATMOS TrueHD

 

The Credits

 

About “Black Adam”

The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC, and Black Adam created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck, produced by Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon executive producing.

 

The ensemble stars the voices of Dwayne Johnson (“the “Jumanji” films, “Moana”), Aldis Hodge (TV’s “City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami” film) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” film) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (TV’s “Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3” film) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy” films) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” film and TV’s “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (TV’s “A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

 

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a New Line Cinema Production, “Black Adam.”

 

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'R Xmas & The Evil That Men Do on Blu-ray 11/29 only at Shout! Factory

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Both Abel Ferrara's 'R Xmas and J. Lee Thompson's The Evil That Men Do which will be limited to 1500 units and only available at Shout! Factory are now available for pre-order.

‘R Xmas (Shout! Factory Exclusive)
‘R Xmas (Shout! Factory Exclusive)
 

From the director of Bad Lieutenant comes a riveting tale of extortion, drugs, and greed! It's Christmastime in Manhattan, and one loving couple is leading a dual life: doting socialite parents by day ... and hard-hitting heroin dealers by night. Their dangerous life soon catches up with them when double-crossing dealers attempt to muscle in on the couple's reign over the local supply. When the husband (Lillo Brancato Jr., The Sopranos) is kidnapped, things spin out of control as the wife (Drea de Matteo, Sons Of Anarchy) is confronted with a heart-stopping ultimatum: pay a hefty ransom due in twenty minutes ... or face the unthinkable loss of her beloved.

Bonus Features

  • Audio Commentary With Director Abel Ferrara
  • Audio: 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Evil That Men Do (Shout! Factory Exclusive)
The Evil That Men Do (Shout! Factory Exclusive)
 

Charles Bronson is back in this tough-as-nails, hard-hitting action drama. Professional killer Holland (Bronson) is forced out of retirement to break a Central American government's political torture ring when one of his friends is assassinated. Posing as a journalist, Holland must stop the sadistic Dr. Molloch (Joseph Maher), the mastermind behind the political killings, to end his reign of terror once and for all. Theresa Saldana (Raging Bull) and José Ferrer (Cyrano De Bergerac, Dune) also star in this blistering saga of revenge from director J. Lee Thompson (The Guns Of Navarone).

Bonus Features

  • R-Rated And Unrated Cuts Of The Film (1.78:1 – HD – Each Runs 90 Mins)
  • TV Cut Of The Film (1.33:1 – Standard Definition With Alternate Footage – 96 Mins)
  • Audio (All Versions): 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
  • Theatrical Trailer

 The SRP for each release is $29.98 and they are limited to 1500 copies only available on ShoutFactory.com. Pre-order your copies today.


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Yo, Gobble Gobble! 4K UHD/Blu-ray Release Guide - Nov 20, 2022 - Nov 26, 2022

 With Black Friday at the end of the week, what are you hoping to see? Did you snag a deal yet this month? A reminder to our readers that are thinking of doing a Vinegar Syndrome subscription --- you have got a reprieve, they are offering that in January. Meanwhile, there are huge deals coming though at just about every site out there, including VS, so, happy hunting, happy Thanksgiving, and all that jazz.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 27 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 new releases this week, but there are a lot of catalog titles that are worthy purchases.

 Let's begin with the Sony Pictures Classics: 30th Anniversary Collection. If you can swing it, this mega-set contains 11 films, with Dolby Vision HDR.

 

 Shifting over to Kino Lorber, look for Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter, as well as 'super-hero' film Mystery Men with Ben Stiller.

 

 The Criterion Collection has two titles this week in 4K, Spike Lee's Malcolm X, and a first for Criterion, Disney Pixar's WALL•E, which includes Dolby Vision HDR and a triple-layer disc, two things we have been wanting from Disney for a very long time.

 

 From Universal, Shrek 2 and Puss in Boots. Sadly there is no SteelBook option for Shrek 2 in the US.

 A pair of releases from Shout Factory, The Company of Wolves and Rollerball.

 

 One cannot have Thanksgiving without watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Paramount has the 4K this week.

 If you missed the complete collection set, Well Go USA has Ip Man and Ip Man 2 - Legend of the Grandmaster as singles this week. Ip Man 3 will release on December 6th. Amazon is listing Ip Man for next week but I believe that is an error.

 Next week, no worries sweetie, a 4th run of robots, and a pair of well known botique label, well known titles.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterpart this week is just one, single title, Malcolm X by the Criterion Collection.

 

 New comedy from Universal titled Bros.

 LionsGate has some comedy this week too with The Good House, which stars Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline.

 

 If you've been waiting for the next one, Kino Lorber closes out the series with Night Gallery: Season Three.

 

 Anime highlights include Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire - The Complete Season, The Heike Story - The Complete Season, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom - Part 2 and Princess Principal: Crown Handler - Chapter 2.

 Honorable Mention of the Week: Cauldron Films offers us Lucio Fulci's Contraband. Described as a mafia story filmed through the eyes of an 'unrelenting horror master.'

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Even slower than last week on the announcements, but that's sort of expected.

 Paramount has revealed final details and release date for 4K/blu-ray releases of Smile. Keep your eyes peeled for a December 13th street date. Event Horizon will also be getting a standard 4K release on January 31st.

 Sony Pictures will be releasing 4K SteelBook editions of Air Force One and The Mask of Zorro on March 7th. These two releases of course will upgrade the HDR to Dolby Vision.

 

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?



Turbine Scares Up Peter Jacksons The Frighteners With A 6-Disc 4K Ultra HD Set

Spooks, Specters, and Ghosts better watch out, there's a new guy in town! Michael J. Fox stars in Peter Jackson's exciting horror/comedy 

The Frighteners

coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Turbine Medien December 2nd!

A box office bust when it came to theaters (I don't know where y'all were but I was there opening night), Peter Jackson's hilariously terrifying special effects extravaganza has grown into a modern cult classic. Without this film's pioneering visual effects, we wouldn't have gotten The Lord of the Rings - let that sink in a minute. Now after languishing on a decent enough Blu-ray, German label Turbine Medien is giving fans what they've long been hoping for - a true 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of both the Theatrical Cut and the longer and arguably better Director's Cut fully restored and approved by Jackson with Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos Audio! But that's not all, much like their recent Pitch Black 4K Ultra HD Ultimate Editon, Turbnine isn't stopping at just a couple of discs and fancy packaging. This set is stacked  with six discs including both cuts in 4K and 1080p Blu-ray, along with a new "Oppen Matte" edition as well as hours of new and archival bonus features PLUS a 196-page book AND a whole load of swag! Take a look

The Frighteners - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Ultimate Edition Cover A [Limited to 4,444 Units]

The Frighteners - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Ultimate Edition Cover B [Limited to 3,333 Units]

And if the screenshots below are accurate - we're in for a real treat!

Here's what you're getting for approximately $70 U.S. (it's a little less than that but exchange rates may fluctuate):

THE FRIGHTENERS - 6-Disc Ultimate Edition:
Director's Cut & Theatrical Cut Restored in 4K on UHD & Blu-ray - Approved by Peter Jackson
+ HDR and Dolby Vision + Sound in Dolby Atmos + Completed Dubbing + 2 Bonus Blu-rays + New bonus material and much more

Evil has awakened in the sleepy Californian town of Fairwater... and only one person can stop it: Frank Bannister earns his living as a ghost hunter - he frees haunted houses from their uninvited guests. In truth, however, he is in cahoots with the ghosts - a perfect deal! One day, however, when a truly evil spirit goes on a murderous rampage through Fairwater, suspicion falls on Frank. Now he urgently needs to prove his innocence and end the spook... without ending up in the afterlife himself!

In 1996, director Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and producer Robert Zemeckis (BACK TO THE FUTURE) created THE FRIGHTENERS, a crazy horror comedy with groundbreaking special effects, music by Danny Elfman and a brilliant cast.

In addition to 2 Ultra HD Blu-rays & 4 Blu-rays, this box set includes world exclusive interviews, the 196-page book Die Welt von Peter Jackson's THE FRIGHTENERS, posters, artcards and a replica business card by Frank Bannister.

Technical specifications:
Language / sound: DC: German & English Dolby Atmos, English - DTS-HD MA 5.1 & 2.0 (UHD), English - DTS 2.0 & 5.1 (BD) - KF German & English DTS-HD MA 5.1 & 2.0
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (2160p 4K Ultra HD) with HDR and Dolby Vision (UHD), 2.35:1 (1080p24) (Blu-ray)
Subtitles: German, German for the hard of hearing, English, English for the hard of hearing
Running time: DC: approx. 123 minutes, Theatrical version: approx. 110 minutes

Bonus material:
+ World premiere of the Director's Cut as open matte version - approved by Peter Jackson
+ 196-page book The World of Peter Jackson
+ World exclusive new artwork and poster by Ronan Wolf Chuat
+ Artcards and Replica Business Card
+ No Way to Make a Living* - New Bonus Featurette featuring 95 minutes of cast and crew interviews
+ The Making of THE FRIGHTENERS* (270 mins)
+ Audio Commentary by Peter Jackson*
+ Trailer

* The bonus material has optional German and English subtitles.

Both sets are up for pre-order right now! Follow the title links above to snag your copy, your pre-orders help keep HDD alive and well! Thank you! 

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