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Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 17, 2021 - October 23, 2021

How is the month treating your wallet so far? Thankfully there are no Prime Days or such. But I did see Target and Best Buy were doing 3-day events last week, which could have potentially stretched you a bit thinner.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 22 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 quite a few skus to consider this week. Probably the most 4K discs we have ever listed in a single week.

First of all, for Import Monday, BFI releases ‎ Ingmar Bergman's 1957 drama The Seventh Seal. If you opt to hold off, Criterion Collection did do the previous two blu-ray releases, maybe they will come up with a 4K release soon.

On to domestic releases, specifically new release movies first.

From Warner Bros, DC Animated Injustice, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

Next, from Universal Pictures comes M. Night Shyamalan's Old. Going with the common theme, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. I don't mean this negatively on Shyamalan, but I am wondering when I will see the day when I fully understand his films. I've seen them all and always get that feeling in the end. Maybe that's what ultimately makes them good, the suspense or unexpected twist at the end?

 

From Paramount, the next film in the G.I. Joe saga, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. Available as a standard edition and as a wide-release SteelBook edition. Bet you thought we were going to say Best Buy Exclusive again. You can also get all three G.I. Joe movies in a single collection as well.

 

The final new release 4K title this week and comes via LionsGate is The Protégé, and no, I'm not talking about a sedan by Mazda.

Ok then, moving to catalog titles, and what a variety to choose from. Let's tackle the list alphabetically...

From LionsGate, Apocalpyse Now: The Final Cut gets a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook release. Not sure I care for the cover, I do realize the excess orange color is likely modeled after the movie poster.

Synapse Films brings us Demons I & II as a single 4K set. Two movies in one set, thus the higher MSRP, bet this one is a great release.

 

Arrow Video's previously delayed Dune Limited Edition SteelBook gets the shipping green light.

Miramax's first 4K disc entry debuts this week, Wes Craven's Scream gets a standard release as well as a wide-release SteelBook edition. This film spawned a bunch of sequels and a bunch of parodies with sequels. Be honest, did you not buy all of them on DVD or blu-ray in the past?

Last but not least in the catalog titles list this week, The Silence of the Lambs gets a release by Kino Lorber Studio Classics. They did a fantastic job with Hannibal and according to our review, a great job on this one as well.

 

Blu-ray releases-

If you saved any money after exiting the 4K zone, the blu-ray zone is a little bit busy too.

Just like we do every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts from the above releases out of the way first. Warner Bros. releases Injustice, Universal releases Old, Paramount releases Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins as well as the 3-movie collection, plus a new release of Scream, LionsGate releases The Protégé and Synapse releases Demons I & II.

LionsGate also has Joe Bell for purchase this week, a 2020 Biography/Drama. An odd genre combination, a romance/sci-fi titled Needle in a Timestack. The latter is available in 4K on digital, but not on disc. Grrrrrr.

 

Criterion Collection's releases this week include The Incredible Shrinking Man and Ratcatcher.

Barring any last minute delays, Yokai Monsters Collection from Arrow Video should reach us this week. I say this because I still have not gotten my ship notice.

 

Warner Archive's next entry to the blu-ray catalog is Mad Love. TV from Warner Bros, the much anticipated Smallville The Complete Series and Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season.

From Disney/20th Century Studios, a horror/thriller titled The Night House.

Kino Lorber has a couple of films starring Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson, Bobby Darin, Change of Habit and Come September. Also a box set with 12 classic Westerns, The Randolph Scott Western Collection.

Anime highlights include Dragon Ball Z - Resurrection "F", Naruto: Set 5, Say "I Love You" - Complete Collection and Vampire Knight: The Complete Collection.

 

Honorable mention: 88 Films' first 'official' release in the U.S., The Gestapo's Last Orgy. Touted as 'still banned in the UK' among other things. Are they releasing it this way as a back door to the UK Market or are they going to expand upon their offering?

Notable announcements from last week:

Going with 88 Films, Indicator/Powerhouse Films will also be releasing titles in the U.S./Canada markets. This is exciting news because it means access to more films not currently available in the U.S. market.

Blue Underground's 4K releases of Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3 have been pushed back a month to November 16th. Maybe that's good for us with as busy as the week is for other 4K titles.

Paramount Presents title The Sheik has been delayed to November 2. Amazon has not caught up to this fact as of yet.

Criterion Collection's January titles have been revealed. They are A Hard Day's Night 4K, The Piano 4K, The Piano, The Celebration, Dick Johnson Is Dead and Time.

Call this 'little things' or 'baseless wishful thinking'. Disney's D23 site is promoting the 1986 film Aliens, which in itself is random and odd. Could it be a 4K is coming soon? Does the current transfer live up to specs or does it require time out from James Cameron's busy Avatar schedule to approve it?

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?



Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 10, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Approaching the halfway mark already for the month of October already! Had your fill of pumpkin spice snacks, beer and other things yet? Awaiting delivery of your Scream Factory Halloween 4K releases? On Amazon, Halloween II is supposedly not shipping til the end of the month at best. Best Buy and Target have issues too. Invite Michael Myers to Thanksgiving Dinner?!??

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 21 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/Digital Releases-

Another big week money wise for 4K discs.

New releases first. From 20th Century Studios, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds. Available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Target Exclusive. I totally missed this one so I cannot even pretend to describe the premise. What's with the pink bunny suit?

 

The other new release this week is LionsGate's The Green Knight. This one had pretty good fanfare with the reviewers and moviegoers.

Moving on to catalog titles, first we look at one of Brian De Palma's legacies, referring to Carlito's Way. Available as a standard release and as a SteelBook edition, which again is absent from Amazon. These SteelBooks seem to only crop up at Best Buy and Target.

 

A set many have been looking forward to since Volume 1, Columbia Classics Volume 2 finally sees light of day after some delay. A couple of the titles I question, but there is certainly something for everyone, it includes Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network.

 

Inglourious Basterds makes its way to 4K in a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, because you know, Brad Pitt and company, right?

And finally, Kino Lorber releases Stephen King's movie adaptation Misery. Our review is already done for this one and it looks like KLSC has done a stellar job!

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

As far as blu-ray releases, this week hits a bit of a low, which is fine because overall the month is still red hot, and the 4K slate above hits me bad enough.

New release counterparts first, Free Guy and The Green Knight get theirs.

LionsGate's other obligatory appearances on the blu-ray release calendar includes The Colony (2021), an Escape Plan triple feature and Survive the Game. They also have three reissues this week.

Warner Archive has got a couple this week. Black Lightning: The Complete Fourth and Final Season and The Ghost Ship / Bedlam (Double Feature).

 

Warner Bros. releases a show that keeps on going, The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season.

Paramount releases Friday the 13th: 8-Movie Collection as a SteelBook this go round. TV mini-series The Haunting of Bly Manor gets a disc release this week. Also available as a double-feature that includes The Haunting of Hill House.

 

The Criterion Collection release of the week is High Sierra, a 1941 crime/adventure film starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart.

Normally I do not repeat release news for titles I already reported on that got subsequently delayed. This week I make that exception because it's news worthy. Arrow Video's 'fat-pack' release of Legend is sure to be sold out early. Also delayed but available now, He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection and The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch. [EDIT] TheSnake Girl and Silver-Haired Witch delayed once again[EDIT]

 

Slow week for anime, highlight (singular) would be Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear - Season 1.

Friday release, 1 concert, a couple of operas.

Notable announcements from last week:

Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gets a street date on November 30th. Presently slated for 4K combo pack and a blu-ray release, it no doubt will be met with a Best Buy SteelBook and a Target Eclusive.

Shout! Factory's December batch of titles has been revealed. Currently Cartoon Saloon's Irish Folklore Trilogy, Going Berserk (Shout Select), Lady in a Cage, No Way to Treat a Lady, Trog and The Vampire Lovers (Collector's Edition) are listed as being released on the 14th or 21st. These titles join the already announced December titles of Shirobako: The Movie, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Krampus: The Naughty Cut (4K Ultra HD).

ClassicFlix will be releasing The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 1 on blu-ray December 14th.

4K Release Calendar

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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?



The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series Blu-ray Coming October 26th Detailed

He might not like it, but we love it when he gets angry! 

As we previously reported, all five seasons of the classic The Incredible Hulk series is coming to Blu-ray on October 26th! Starring the late, great Bill Bixby as anger-prone David Banner with Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk, the show ran for five seasons spanning 82 episodes and three made-for-television followup films. After doing some leg work trying to find out more about this release, we have some more details to share. 

The Incredible Hulk The Complete Series

This will be a 19-disc set holding all 82 episodes and two of the three made-for-television films - they didn't tell us specifically which ones but likely The Incredible Hulk Returns and Trial of the Incredible Hulk. There won't be a digital copy included. Each episode will also feature DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio mixes. 

Not to skimp things with this release, Universal is also plugging in a nice selection of bonus features to dig through:

  • “Pilot” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • “Married” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • “Prometheus” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • Introduction with Kenneth Johnson
  • Introduction with Lou Ferrigno
  • Remembering The Incredible Hulk: An American Classic
  • Creating an Iconic Character: The Hulk
  • Behind the Success: The Story of The Incredible Hulk
  • Gag Reel
  • Inside an Episode: "Prometheus" Photo Gallery

They're not sending out advance review copies, but we'll absolutely be picking this one up and will share our thoughts as soon as we can! The set is up for pre-order and should street on October 26th if all goes well and there aren't any serious supplychain issues. 

Thanks for all of the pre-orders - they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running! 

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 3, 2021 - October 9, 2021

If you buy 4K discs, starting this month you will begin to feel big time wallet fatigue. But remember, if you want the studios continue to releases your favorites on disc, your obligation is to purchase them. If you purchase them via our links we can continue to  provide you with the news and reviews that you have (hopefully) come to look forward to and enjoy. We appreciate your continued support.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 20 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/Digital Releases-

Normally we start with catalog titles first. There are so many to cover that I will break from the norm and list the single new release title first.

Space Jam: A New Legacy gets a pair of releases, a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook. That SteelBook is coined to look like the original movie's SteelBook, pretty blah.

Most of this week's catalog releases all have a 'horror' theme, which is pretty appropriate for the month of October.

American Psycho gets a reissue as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Decent design, the slip cover acts as a mask. You're welcome by the way, I had bought the standard release literally before this release was announced.

 

Another reissue, but in reverse. Originally available as a SteelBook or as a multi-movie collection, The Hunt for Red October now gets a single sku standard edition release.

Next, Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection gets a box set release that contains Dracula (90th Anniversary), Frankenstein (90th Anniversary), The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man (80th Anniversary) along with a bunch of extras. If that's not enough, also vying for your attention, individual SteelBook releases of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. I suspect they passed (for now) on one for The Invisible Man because it is not celebrating a milestone. Completionists will have to import it if they want it (for now).

 

Ha-ppy ha-ppy hal-o'ween. Finally, Michael Myers in 4K. Scream Factory is releasing Halloween (1978), Halloween II, Halloween III Season of the Witch, Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers. These releases are all pretty packed with extra features. Will they release all five (and beyond) as a single set? Maybe, but probably not.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Space Jam: A New Legacy gets a blu-ray release, a Target Exclusive Edition and a double-feature blu-ray release.

From Paramount, Audrey Hepburn: 7-Movie Collection. It's a nice way to have seven of her movies in one set. The only new title to the mix though is Paris When It Sizzles. From the 'MOD' label, Dead Again, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Time Machine (2002) and What Lies Beneath.

 

CBS TV via Paramount releases the 2020 mini-series The Stand and a double feature featuring both the 2020 and classic series.

From Sony, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions as a blu-ray, not 4K disc. Sort of figured a new release would have both.

Warner Archive Collection releases the long awaited Night Shift (1982) and Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 this week. Under the standard label, The Nevers, Season 1 Part 1 gets released this week.

 

A week wouldn't be complete without a Criterion Collection release. This week there is just one title, Japanese horror Onibaba.

Animation/Anime highlights include Golden Kamuy: Season Three, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor: TV Series, Little Vampire, Nakaimo-My Little Sister Is Among Them!, Night of the Animated Dead and Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

LionsGate has made it official, Ran will be making its way to 4K disc as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. It will feature English and Japanese DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio. Currently it is sitting at $20... not bad for a 4K SteelBook!

Speaking of Best Buy, they have an order link and have revealed cover artwork for The Wolf of Wall Street's 4K SteelBook. It's not listed as an exclusive so an Amazon link will likely be available soon. Check out the front cover here, but I warn you, it's pretty hideous.

Sony Pictures has announced a Karate Kid 4K collection. It will feature the original three Karate Kid movies starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. Our wallets cannot get a break any time soon!

4K Release Calendar

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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?



Sweep The Leg! The Karate Kid Collection Coming to 4K December 7th

You can practice your Wax On and Wax Off just in time for the holidays!  

Sony will bring John G. Alvidson's Karate Kid Trilogy to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on December 7th in a deluxe 6-Disc set! 

The Karate Kid Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Each film in the set arrives with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio along with bonus features.

Take a look at the press release for all the gory details:


SYNOPSES
THE KARATE KID
From Academy Award®-winning director John G. Avildsen (1976, ROCKY) comes the highly entertaining, coming-of-age classic that will have you cheering! Starring Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki “Pat” Morita in his Academy Award®-nominated performance (Best Supporting Actor, 1984) as Mr. Miyagi.
 
THE KARATE KID PART II
Returning with Daniel (Ralph Macchio) to his Okinawa home for the first time in 45 years, Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita) encounters Yukie (Nobu McCarthy), the woman he left behind when he immigrated to America.
 
THE KARATE KID PART III
Daniel is in danger of losing it all when he places pride before principle in this powerful sequel to the hit feature films.
DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS
THE KARATE KID
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Mastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + theatrical stereo audio
  • NEW: Deleted Scenes
  • “Remembering The Karate Kid”– A reflective look back with stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Martin Kove
  • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC™
  • Feature presented in high definition
  • English 5.1 
  • Blu-Pop™ Pop-Up Track
  • Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
  • "The Way of The Karake Kid" Multi-Part Making-Of Featurette
  • "Beyond the Form" Featurette
  • "East Meets West: A Composer's Notebook"
  • "Life of Bonsai" Featurette
THE KARATE KID PART II
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + theatrical stereo audio
  • NEW: Commentary with Ralph Macchio and Tamlyn Tomita
  • NEW: Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC
  • Feature presented in high definition
  • English 5.1
  • Blu-Pop™ Pop-Up Track
  • Original Featurette: “The Sequel”
THE KARATE KID PART III
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + theatrical stereo audio
  • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC
  • Feature presented in high definition
  • English 5.1
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: John G. Avildsen
Produced By: Jerry Weintraub
Written By: Robert Mark Kamen
“The Karate Kid” Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, William Zabka
“The Karate Kid Part II” Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Martin Kove, Yuji Okumoto
“The Karate Kid Part III” Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith, Martin Kove

 
SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 127 minutes / 113 minutes / 112 minutes
Rating: PG
Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo DTS-HD MA
Open Up Some Szechuan Sauce - Rick & Morty Season Five Teleports To Blu-ray December 7th

Wubba-lubba-dub-dub! 

 

Mark December 7th on the calendar. The latest adventure of Rick and his wayward grandson Morty and their wild intergalactic adventures hits Blu-ray in a two-disc plus Digital release from Warner Brothers. In addition to all ten 22-minute episodes - you're getting a full slate of bonus features:

  • "Fighting Gravity": The Making of Season 5 (Exclusive to Set): In this deep dive discussion, co-creator Dan Harmon and the crew reflect on the challenges of completing this season in the middle of a pandemic and the creative process behind the story's biggest revelations.
  • “Inside the Episode”: For every episode from Season 5
  • B-Story Generator Vol. 1: Co-creator Dan Harmon and writer Rob Schrab reach into their box of random ideas to conjure up hilarious side stories.
  • B-Story Generator Vol. 2: Co-creator Dan Harmon and writer Rob Schrab return to brainstorm even more ludicrous side stories.
  • Backgrounds: The show's artists give us a jaw-dropping look at the amazingly detailed environments packed into every episode.
  • Animation and Compositing: Crafting the show's visuals is a complex process and the crew is here to show us why.
  • Coloring Rick and Morty: Get an in-depth look at how the crew uses vibrant color to create fantastic alien worlds.
  • Directing 'Mortyplicity': An inside look at the evolution of this ambitious and action-packed episode, from initial storyboards to final product.
  • Directing 'Rickmurai Jack': A behind the scenes look at one visualization of one of the most ambitious episodes in the series' history.
  • Season 5 Hype: Dan Harmon and the writers give you a taste of what's in store for Rick and Morty's wildest season yet.

Pre-orders are now live! 

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - September 26, 2021 - October 2, 2021

Coming Soon (like, the end of this week) - OCTOBER! As 'holidays' go, there's just something about Halloween.

For historical tidbits this week, in 1954 The Tonight Show debuts with host Steve Allen, then 8 years later Johnny Carson takes over. Hamlet directed by and starring Laurence Olivier opens at Park Avenue Cinema in 1948, then goes on to win Best Picture in 1949. MacGyver debuts on ABC in 1985. The Flintstones debuts in 1960.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 19 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/Digital Releases-

This week we see another reprieve for 4K discs. There are just a couple of titles listed this week.

From Arrow Video, Children of the Corn gets the 4K Special Edition treatment. For Arrow Releases, this means it is mostly a movie-only release, with limited extras. If you would like a heftier version, there is a trilogy available to import, which includes the first movie in 4K, and the first two sequels in HD, along with a little bit of swag.

 

Getting a reissue this week as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, Rob Zombie's 3 From Hell.

The Transformers: The Movie 35th Anniversary gets a standard case release this week.

For NEW content, just when you thought the series was over, The Forever Purge comes along and gets a 4K disc this week.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

As far as quantity of Blu-ray titles, this week is virtually identical to last week.

Blu-ray counterparts first, The Forever Purge gets a Blu-ray/DVD combo as well as the expected 5-Movie Collection. The Transformers: The Movie 35th Anniversary also gets a blu-ray release as well this week.

On to new stuff. LionsGate's lone release of the week is an action/drama titled Twist.

From the Warner Archive Collection, The Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera.

Criterion Collection has more than one release this week. First, a drama/war film titled The Damned, featuring several language options and a handful of extras. The other release this week is Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films. It is a 5-disc collection featuring the man that jolted independent cinema. For the latter, Melvin just passed away last week. My fear is that this will be bought up by resellers, as when someone passes, their works get bought up in droves.

 

Anime highlights this week include 10 Tokyo Warriors - The Final Battle, Case Closed: The Darkest Nightmare, Robotech - Collector's Edition, Robotech - Part 1 (The Macross Saga) and To Love Ru Darkness 2 - Complete Collection.

 

Honorable Mention: Severin Films brings us Drop Dead Fred to the U.S. this week.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Warner Bros. has revealed that the 2021 Sci-Fi/Thriller Reminiscence will be released on 4K disc and blu-ray on November 16th. It will feature a Dolby Atmos track and several extras.

From the looks of listings on Amazon, MVD Visual will be distributing Twilight Time titles. Twilight Time was bought out by Screen Archives Entertainment. The Man from Hong Kong, Messalina, Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye and Venom (1971) aka The Legend Of Spider Forest appear to be in the first batch. These titles were released earlier this year on the Screen Archives site, they will be released on December 14th by MVD.

Arrow Video has announced their December slate of titles. This batch currently has no 4K titles listed so our wallets might just get a break. The only actual new title is My Stepmother Is an Alien. Giallo Essentials gets a 'Yellow Edition'.

Jungle Cruise now has a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook in the mix. We have order links for that one, the standard 4K and the blu-ray, and the street date is confirmed to be November 16th.

Arrow Video's release of Legend has been delayed two weeks. I had it in this article, but literally two days before publish, it got delayed. It would also appear several titles that were 'released' a couple of weeks ago were quietly delayed to October 12th. Just an observation, Arrow's supply chain seems more impacted than other studios. Do they have a bit too much wishful thinking instead of what is realistic?

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?



Will Work For 4K - October 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide

Year after year this keeps happening. In the build-up to the holidays, all of the major studios and boutique houses unload their best stuff. Fan favorites, obscure gems, and the latest theatrical releases (if they got one) all crush online retailers and brick and mortar stores - and decimate our wallets. After an already intensely expensive September, October is setting up to be a record-breaker. If you have anything left in the bank that's not earmarked for food or bills, we've assembled the new U.S. Domestic releases and some of the import titles from the E.U. we're looking to cover ASAP. As always, your pre-orders are much appreciated!

OCTOBER 2021 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY RELEASE GUIDE 


New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - October 5th, 2021

Not to start things off too slowly for the spooky season, Scream Factory is unleashing the first five entries of an intensely popular slasher franchise, Universal is unloading four of their most cherished classic creatures, some new SteelBooks hit, as well as a silly follow-up to a popular 90s kids' movie all hit the format. 

Halloween - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Halloween II - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Halloween III: Season of the Witch - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dracula (1931) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Frankenstein (1931) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Wolf Man (1941) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Space Jam: A New Legacy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Space Jam: A New Legacy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

American Psycho - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Hunt for Red October - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

 


New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - October 12th, 2021

After the September Shuffle, Sony picks up with one of their most anticipated releases of the year, A Stephen King classic, an incredible Arthurian adventure, a fan-favorite Tarantino WWII epic, and a hilarious Ryan Reynolds action/comedy round out the big stuff for the second week of the month.

Columbia Classics: Volume 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Green Knight - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Inglourious Basterds - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Inglourious Basterds - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Misery - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Free Guy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Free Guy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

 

Free Guy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 


New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - October 19th, 2021

Not slowing down any, this third week of the month is dominated by Hannibal Lecter, G.I. Joes, DC Animated adventures, Shyamalan's latest, a deadly assassin, a Wes Craven classic, along with one of Brian de Palma's best. with an Italian horror classic from Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento, with Coppola's Viet Nam saga getting a new SteelBook release.  

The Silence of the Lambs - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

M. Night Shyamalan’s Old - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

M. Night Shyamalan’s Old - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Demon’s 1 & 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

G.I.: 3-Movie Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Protege - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Carlito’s Way - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Carlito’s Way - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

DC’s Injustice - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

DC’s Injustice - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Scream - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Scream - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

 


New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - October 26th, 2021 

A big box of hobbits, a creepy blind guy, one of the darkest exploitation films ever made, a war between werewolves and vampires, another classic Argento thriller, a starving Dracula, and some of the worst superheroes save the world in the final week of October!
UPDATE 10/12/21 - The Middle Earth Ultimate Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray Set has been rescheduled for release on November 16th, 2021. 

I Spit On Your Grave - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Suicide Squad - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Suicide Squad - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Deep Red - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition 

 

Don’t Breathe 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Blood for Dracula - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Underworld: 5-Movie Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


October 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Import Titles We'll Try To Cover  

As is the case with all imports, we do our best to cover what doesn't make it here stateside - that can be a bunch or it can be only a few each month. The X-factor is always shipping. It can take a long time for titles to cross the pond, get through customs, and finally arrive on our doorstep. But here are a few that we've got our eyes on:

The Invisible Man - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK SteelBook 

  

This one is a mark of some frustration. Apparently, only the EU territories will be getting The Invisible Man as a separate SteelBook release. We'd hoped that it would come to the U.S. along with the other three Universal Classic Monsters in solo SteelBooks at Best Buy - but no dice. I'm sure it will come eventually, but if you want individual releases of these movies on your shelf, you're going to have to import this one. 

The Seventh Seal - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK Import 

  

This one again will be time-dependant, it likely wouldn't arrive on our doorstep before November but we're going to try to get work it into our schedule ASAP. 

The Howling - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK Import 

  

We're hoping to get an advance Check Disc from Studio Canal for this release, but again we'll cover it as soon as we can. 

The Howling - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK Steelbook 

  

I have this one on order now from Zavvi and hope to have it on hand soon to give full coverage! Sadly this one doesn't look to be getting a U.S. release date any time soon. 


Well, that's what we have for you this month - hope this guide helps! Again, this is a packed month of amazing fan-favorite titles. And as we've already seen a number of these titles may get moved around or experience some unfortunate shipping delays from retailers. Supply is short and there's a big demand these days for this kind of content. If any more release delays hit we'll update our listings as soon as we can.

Thank you again for all of your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

Marvel's SHANG-CHI, JUNGLE CRUISE & HOME SWEET HOME ALONE hit Disney+ November 12th

In a great big back-patting session, Disney is calling November 12th "Disney+ Day" and to celebrate they're giving subscribers a few new treats. 

First up - Shang-Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings moves away from being a theatrical exclusive - and to date the biggest Pandemic release - and is hopping onto the streaming platform without any extra charge to your subscription. Now we expect news of the film's physical disc release for DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to be announced anytime now, if they follow the Cruella roll out to "free" Disney+, that'd put Shang-Chi in line for an early December Disc release. 

Next - Disney's Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall jumps ship from the Premium Access format to full free-to-all-subscribers status. One could argue this was a title hurt most by Disney's hybrid release so it'll be interesting to see how this does over the long haul and when the physical release hits four days later on November 16th. Folks were pretty split with this one, some loving the easygoing action-adventure, others hoping for something better and more from the studio that brought us Pirates of the Caribbean... and four sequels that gradually got worse and worse with each installment. 

After that - the Disney+ exclusive soft reboot of Home Alone Home Sweet Home Alone will hit the platform. Honestly, that title just sounds like a nightmare hybrid of Home Sweet Alabama and Home Alone. Given the Mouse House likes to keep their exclusives on the platform, this latest burn of nostalgia-kush likely won't see a disc release anytime soon - or ever.

Keep an eye out for our disc reviews of Shang-Chi and Jungle Cruise! We might review Home Sweet Home Alone, that'll depend on if it's any good or not but my god do I hate writing that title out in full.

As always thank you for reading our stuff and placing those pre-orders! They really do go a long way towards keeping this little operation alive and going. 

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - September 19, 2021 - September 25, 2021

For those that have to have titles the week they come out, it's another painful week for the ole bank account. If you're fighting cabin fever, it's still pretty cheap treatment.

Historical events from this week in history, Maverick premieres on ABC television in 1957 starring James Garner, Man from U.N.C.L.E. premieres on NBC-TV in 1964 and Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest enters the gates in 1985.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 18 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/Digital Releases-

Again, because of the multiple skus per movie, this week looks huuuuge.

Catalog titles first...

Notable import Monday, StudioCanal releases a 'Vintage Classics' edition of 1963's The Servant. As always with these releases, expect to see a ton of extras and a bit of swag to top off the package.

From Universal Pictures, A Clockwork Orange debuts on 4K disc, both as a standard release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 

Unbreakable becomes available to 4K disc, again as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. With this release, the trilogy is complete again!

Moving on to new releases now, live-action Cruella debuts with a whole slew of options. Choose a standard release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, a Walmart Exclusive and a Target Exclusive.

 

And the last 4K title this week, F9: The Fast Saga. And guess what? A'yup, available as a standard release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. For a store that has eliminated 90% of their movie section from their stores, Best Buy still seems fixated on offering exclusives. At least we don't have to import from Zavvi to get essentially the same package.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Quite an extensive list of blu-ray releases this week. It's hard to pick the highlights with so many release to sort through.

Blu-ray counterparts first. Cruella and a double feature that includes Cruella & 101 Dalmatians. F9: The Fast Saga also gets a blu-ray counterpart.

From Paramount, the next 'Paramount Presents' title Breakdown streets this week. This one is spine number 26 in the series. Their standard label offers Blue Chips, Crocodile Dundee: Triple Feature, Hardball, The Longest Yard (2005) and Necessary Roughness.

 

From Warner Bros, Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is available this week. This one got a rough start, but Season 2 makes the show manageable again. Warner Archive releases The Naked Spur starring James Stewart and Janet Leigh. Also a more recent film, Straight Time with Dustin Hoffman, and The Window, a 40's film-noir release.

Arrow Video reissues The Beast and Immoral Tales, no more forking out $80+ from a marketplace seller.

From LionsGate, the next Vestron Collector's release Dementia 13 is available. From their standard label, a comedy titled Lady of the Manor.

 

Criterion Collection's releases of the week are Love & Basketball and Throw Down.

Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 10 (Boruto Back in Time), Dusk maiden of Amnesia - Complete Collection, Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation - Season 1 and Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 2.

Horror Collectors should look for a mega-set, The Dungeon of Andy Milligan from Severin Films.

Honorable Mentions: Kino Lorber releases Bird on a Wire with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. Partner label Code Red releases Pufnstuf.

Friday releases are all arts releases.

Notable announcements from last week:

A bit of classic TV will be heading your way shortly. CBS/Paramount has revealed that MacGyver: The Complete Collection will be released (finally) on November 2nd. Although they appear to be BD-R discs, it still is a way to own the entire series on physical disc.

And from Universal Studios, The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series will be released on October 29th.

Best Buy has posted retail links for Who Framed Roger Rabbit 4K and 4K SteelBook. Also posted are links for Free Guy, available on October 12th as a blu-ray, 4K combo, Target 4K Exclusive and 4K combo Best Buy SteelBook.

FUNimation has posted a handful of new anime titles for December. I suspect the list will grow very soon.

The Wolf of Wall Street meets 4K disc from Paramount on December 14th.

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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?



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