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2007's Survival Horror P2 Scares Up Three Blu-ray Mediabooks From Turbine Feb 10th

Forgotten survival horror gem P2 starring Rachael Nichols and Wes Bently is coming to Blu-ray with three Mediabooks from German label Turbine Medien


I haven't seen this movie in ages, my DVD was lost to the sands of time long ago, but I remember enjoying its simple to the point horror scheme. As you can see from the pics above, this new Blu-ray will pick up both English and German language Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D. We're trying to confirm that each disc will be region free - most of Turbine's releases have not been region locked so it's a safe bet. You get three artwork options to choose from and they're up for pre-order now.

P2 - US Artwork Mediabook
(limited to 600 units)

P2 - German Artwork Mediabook
(limited to 600 units)

P2 - International Artwork Mediabook
(limited to 300 units)

Here are all of the gory details:


Synopsis:
Survival horror from the makers of HIGH TENSION and MANIAC!

New York at Christmas. A gloomy, deserted underground car park after hours. When the young lawyer Angela finally wants to leave for the family celebration, her car won't start. The young security guard Thomas offers to help, but quickly turns out to be a maniac who doesn't want to spend the celebration of love alone. A bloody fight for survival begins for Angela...

Alexandre Aja (HIGH TENSION) and Franck Khalfoun (MANIAC) shock with close-up horror, with tension, action and brute force. Wes Bentley (YELLOWSTONE) shines as an apparently friendly psychopath who turns Christmas Eve into a bloodbath. The Special Edition offers a new level of terror with sound in Dolby Atmos and Auro 13.1! Limited Mediabook with a German motif - only 600 pieces!

Taking the bus to work suddenly seems like a very good idea. (New York Times)
 
Original title: P2
Country of production: USA 2007
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Cast: Rachel Nichols , Wes Bentley , Philip Akin

Technical specifications:
Language / Sound: German & English: Dolby Atmos, Auro & DTS 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (1080p Full HD)
Subtitles: German, English, English (SDH)

Running time: 97 minutes

Bonus Material:
+ A new fear level - Making of* (approx. 12 min.)
+ Terror design - location and stunts* (approx. 5 min.)
+ A New Kind of Suspense - Director Franck Khalfoun* (ca. 3 min.)
+ Behind the scenes* (approx. 4 min.)
+ Audio commentary* with Alexander Aja, Franck Khalfoun and Gregory Levasseur
+ Cinema trailers, teasers and TV spots
*The bonus material has optional German subtitles.

Number of discs: 2
Genre: Horror

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody Arrives on Blu-ray 02/28

The love letter biopic to one of the greatest singers of our time will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on February 28. The digital release will be available on February 7.   

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, written by Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten (Best Adapted Screenplay, The Two Popes, 2019), produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis and starring BAFTA Award® winner Naomi Ackie, the film is a no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice. From New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time, audiences are taken on an inspirational, poignant—and so emotional—journey through Houston’s trailblazing life and career, with show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon’s most beloved hits as you’ve never heard them before. Don’t you wanna dance?

The Blu-ray will have a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements on the Blu-ray and Digital releases will include a Whitney Houston Jukebox, deleted scenes, and three behind-the-scenes featurettes. The DVD will only include the featurettes.

BLU-RAY and DIGITAL

  • Whitney’s Jukebox
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • Moments of an Icon
    • Becoming Whitney
    • The Personal Touch

DVD

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • Moments of an Icon
    • Becoming Whitney
    • The Personal Touch

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
 

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


FROM THE WRITER OF BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

 

 

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL FEBRUARY 7
ON BLU-RAY and DVD FEBRUARY 28

SING ALONG WITH WHITNEY’S JUKEBOX AND GET A DEEPER LOOK AT HER STORY WITH DELETED SCENES AND
BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURETTES

SYNOPSIS

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, written by Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten (Best Adapted Screenplay, The Two Popes, 2019), produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis and starring BAFTA Award® winner Naomi Ackie, the film is a no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice. From New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time, audiences are taken on an inspirational, poignant—and so emotional—journey through Houston’s trailblazing life and career, with show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon’s most beloved hits as you’ve never heard them before. Don’t you wanna dance?
 

BONUS MATERIALS


BLU-RAY and DIGITAL

  • Whitney’s Jukebox
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • Moments of an Icon
    • Becoming Whitney
    • The Personal Touch

DVD

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • Moments of an Icon
    • Becoming Whitney
    • The Personal Touch

 

CAST AND CREW

Directed By: Kasi Lemmons
Written By: Anthony McCarten
Produced By: Denis O’Sullivan, Jeff Kalligheri, Anthony McCarten, Pat Houston, Clive Davis, Larry Mestel, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Matt Jackson, Christina Papagjika, Matthew Salloway
Executive Producers: Naomi Ackie, Kasi Lemmons, William Earon, Marina Cappi, Erika Hampson, Josh Crook, Rachel Smith, Seth Spector, Dennis Casali, Janice Beard, Lexie Beard, Tanner Beard, Matthew Gallagher, Jane Bergere, Stella Meghie, Mackenzie O’Connell           
Cast: Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders, Tamara Tunie, Nafessa Williams, and Clarke Peters

SPECS

Run Time: Approx. 144 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for strong drug content, some strong language, suggestive references and smoking
Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 | Audio English, Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French (Doublé au Québec) | English & French (Doublé au Québec) - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Audio English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital | English & French (Doublé au Québec) - Audio Description Track Dolby Surround


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Twitter: @WannaDanceMovie
Instagram: @WannaDanceMovie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WannaDanceMovie/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/SonyPictures
 

Babylon Heads for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 21 (Digital 01/31)

Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s cinematic spectacle set in the roaring 1920s and starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, will be available on Digital and VOD tomorrow. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray are slated to hit stores March 21.

BABYLON follows an ambitious cast of characters -- The Silent Film Superstar (Brad Pitt), the Young Starlet (Margot Robbie), the Production Executive (Diego Calva), the Musical Sensation (Jovan Adepo) and the Alluring Powerhouse Performer (Li Jun Li) -- who are striving to stay on top of the raucous, 1920s Hollywood scene and maintain their relevance at a time when the industry is moving on to the next best thing.

Specs are still unknown, but the 4K will also be available in a 4K Blu-ray SteelBook and supplements will include:

 

  • A Panoramic Canvas Called Babylon— The cast and crew discuss the inspiration and motivation behind the original story and development of this epic, 15 years in the making.

 

  • The Costumes of Babylon— Discover how costume design was fundamental to character development and the challenges that went into creating over 7,000 costumes for the film.

 

  • Scoring Babylon— Take a peek into Justin Hurwitz's musical process to understand the artistry behind composing an iconic score that further elevates the film.

 

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

Babylon
Babylon
 

Babylon - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Babylon - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Babylon - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Babylon - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

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


Called “an absolute spectacle of filmmaking from start to finish” (Lauren Huff, Entertainment Weekly) and “extravagant, decadent…phenomenal” (Jazz Tangcay, Variety), writer/director Damien Chazelle’s glittering tale of Hollywood glamour and excess BABYLON arrives for fans to watch at home on Premium Video-On-Demand and to purchase on Digital January 31, 2023 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  

 

Nominated for three Academy Awards®, including Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design, BABYLON is a must-see spectacle featuring outstanding work from a world-class cast and filmmaking team.  Fans who buy the film on Digital will have access to over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes interviews and deleted scenes to further illuminate how the cinematic tour-de-force was brought to life.  Bonus content is detailed below:

 

  • A Panoramic Canvas Called Babylon— The cast and crew discuss the inspiration and motivation behind the original story and development of this epic, 15 years in the making.

 

  • The Costumes of Babylon— Discover how costume design was fundamental to character development and the challenges that went into creating over 7,000 costumes for the film.

 

  • Scoring Babylon— Take a peek into Justin Hurwitz's musical process to understand the artistry behind composing an iconic score that further elevates the film.

 

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

 

BABYLON follows an ambitious cast of characters -- The Silent Film Superstar (Brad Pitt), the Young Starlet (Margot Robbie), the Production Executive (Diego Calva), the Musical Sensation (Jovan Adepo) and the Alluring Powerhouse Performer (Li Jun Li) -- who are striving to stay on top of the raucous, 1920s Hollywood scene and maintain their relevance at a time when the industry is moving on to the next best thing.

 

The film will arrive on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD, and in a Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD SteelBook® March 21, 2023.

The next phase (of evolution) - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 29, 2023

 As we exit the month of January and enter the month of February, what movies are you anxious to see come to disc? Avatar - The Way of Water has surpassed 2-Billion dollars, which means no doubt it will stay in the theaters awhile longer til they decide on a home video release date. There is lots of speculation on James Cameron movies finally hitting the 4K and HD disc formats this year. Yeah, we've heard that one before, right? But it might be true this time!

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 35 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 29th - February 4th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 There is one new release this week, it was already released to blu-ray in August but now we get a 4K upgrade. A David Cronenberg film that is (surprisingly) not released by Criterion, it's titled Crimes of the Future.

 

 On to catalog titles, from Scream Factory, Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead (2004). As remakes go, this one is worth grabbing.

 

 From Vinegar Syndrome, a general release of Road House. Note that the general release has a different package. If you wish to get the premium edition in the linked review, visit Vinegar Syndrome.

 From Kino Lorber, the original 1969 edition of The Italian Job.

 

 In the double-dip department, Event Horizon, but in a regular uhd case instead of a SteelBook.

 Lastly, from Vinegar Syndrome's adult-film line (Peekarama), a release titled The Young Like It Hot / Sweet Young Foxes.

 Next Week, dark cat two, blue suede, more DC animated, bog beast comes back, blue-white-red, temperate masses and Disney-100 begins!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 This category has been a bit light the past few weeks, but it appears to be returning to normal this week. There is one single blu-ray counterpart of the above listed titles, that would be The Italian Job (1969) from Kino Lorber.

 TV on disc includes The Great: Season One, The Great: Season Two and Maigret: Season Two.

 

 From Criterion Collection this week, Bergman Island. I cannot personally attest to this film, but it's got some recognizable names behind it, worth checking out.

 New horror/romance from Warner Bros. titled Bones and All.

 

 Arrow Video has a 6-disc box set this week titled The Lukas Moodysson Collection.

 Staying with Box Sets, there are two from the Powerhouse Films Indicator Series line, Enter Santo: The First Adventures of the Silver-Masked Man and Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J Murphy, 1967-2015.

 

 Catalog titles from Paramount debuting to blu-ray, Big Night, Gallipoli and Young Sherlock Holmes [SteelBook].

 

 Anime highlights include Ascendance of a Bookworm - Season 3, City Hunter: Movie & TV Special Collection, Virtua Fighter - The Animated Series and Yu Yu Hakusho - 30th Anniversary Box Set, which you may have to order from Best Buy as Amazon is SOLD OUT (?)

 Honorable mention: Kino Lorber is releasing the gothic horror The Asphyx to blu-ray this week. It appears to be the best release of this title to date, do check it out.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 From Disney, the classic animated Cinderella is getting a 4K release on or around March 28th. Official word has not dropped yet. Here's hoping they finally adopt Dolby Vision on disc.

 Amazon has listed Dreamworks Animation The Prince of Egypt for 4K release on March 14th.

 It would also appear that Flashdance is getting a 4K release on April 11th from Paramount.

 Arrow Video's domestic slate for April includes The Assassination Bureau, Heart of Dragon and Lovers Lane for blu-ray release. Of their April slate, Naked Lunch is getting a 4K release in the UK.

 Powerhouse Films and the Indicator Series will be releasing The Shiver of the Vampires and Two Orphan Vampires to blu-ray and 4K on April 25th.

 

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?



Sam Mendes' Empire of Light Arrives on Blu-ray/DVD 02/21 (Digital 02/07)

Searchlight Pictures is set to release Sam Mendes' Academy Award-nominated Empire of Light starring Olivia Colman on Blu-ray and DVD on February 21. The Digital option will be available a few weeks earlier on February 7.

From director and writer Sam Mendes (“1917” and “Skyfall”), “Empire of Light” is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

The Blu-ray will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, although the press release indicates the Digital will include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

 Bonus Features*

Featurette

  • Creating Empire of Light - Go behind the scenes of this personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes, and uncover the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema. See how the perfect location was found to rebuild a classic movie theater that had the cast in awe.

 *Bonus features vary by product and retailer

Empire of Light
Empire of Light
 

Preorders for Empire of Light should be available soon. Here is the full press release:


Searchlight Pictures’ and Sam Mendes’ moving drama Empire of Light

Arrives on Digital February 7 and Blu-ray™ and DVD February 21

 

BURBANK, CA (January 25, 2023) – From acclaimed filmmaker Sam Mendes (1917, Skyfall) comes the moving and Academy Award®* nominated Empire of Light. This deeply personal tale of love, friendship and compassion set around a fading cinema in an English coastal town in the 1980s, has been described as “an achingly lovely film – the best Sam Mendes has yet made” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) and features an acclaimed performance from Olivia Colman as a cinema manager coping with mental health issues. The film arrives on Digital February 7 and Blu-ray and DVD on February 21, with never-before-seen bonus content featuring Sam Mendes and the cast that uncovers the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema.

*Best Cinematography, 2023

 

Film Synopsis

From director and writer Sam Mendes (“1917” and “Skyfall”), “Empire of Light” is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

 

Bonus Features*

Featurette

  • Creating Empire of Light - Go behind the scenes of this personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes, and uncover the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema. See how the perfect location was found to rebuild a classic movie theater that had the cast in awe.

 

*Bonus features vary by product and retailer

 

Cast

Olivia Colman as Hilary

Micheal Ward as Stephen

Colin Firth as Mr. Ellis

Toby Jones as Norman

 

Directed by

Sam Mendes

 

Produced by

Pippa Harris

Sam Mendes

Executive Produced by

Michael Lerman

Julie Pastor

 

Written by

Sam Mendes

 

Music by

Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor

 

Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: February 7, 2023

Physical: February 21, 2023

Product SKUs

Digital: UHD, HD, SD

Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

Feature Run Time

115 minutes

 

Rating

U.S. Rated R

**For sexual content, language and brief violence. Bonus material not rated.

 

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 2.39:1

Physical: 2.39:1

U.S. Audio

Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, English AD 2.0 Dolby

Digital: Dolby Atmos, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms), Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital

 

U.S. Subtitles

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French 

Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

“A CAREER-BEST PERFORMANCE 
FROM OLIVIA COLMAN”

– Clayton Davis, Variety

The Old Way Starring Nicolas Cage on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital 02/28

Lionsgate's The Old Way featuring Nicolas Cage's first role in the western genre is set for a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on February 21.

Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage stars in his first-ever Western as Colton Briggs, a cold-blooded gunslinger turned respectable family man. When an outlaw and his gang put Colton and his family in peril, Colton is forced to take up arms with an unlikely partner — his 12-year-old daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) — in this action-filled film that builds toward its fateful showdown with pulse-pounding suspense.

The Blu-ray will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include two audio commentaries (by director Brett Donowho and composer Andrew Morgan Smith), The Old Way Behind The Scenes, and Scoring Sessions. Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray is $21.99, while the DVD is $19.98 and Digital ranges from $5.99 to $14.99.

The Old Way
The Old Way
 

Order your copy of The Old Way today and here is the full press release:



 

 

 

 

Blu-ray™ + Digital / DVD / Video on Demand / Electronic Sell-Through Street Date: 2/21/23
Video on Demand / Electronic Sell-Through SRPs: $5.99 and $14.99, respectively
Blu-ray™ + Digital SRP: $21.99
DVD SRP: $19.98

 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (1995, Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas) stars in his first-ever Western The Old Way, arriving on Blu-ray™ + Digital and DVD, Digital and On Demand February 21 from Lionsgate. Directed by Brett Donowho, (Acts of Violence, Salvation U.S.A.) and written by Carl W. Lucas (The WaveMy Name Is Myeisha), The Old Way will be available for the suggested retail price of $5.99 for Video on Demand, $14.99 for Electronic Sell-Through, $21.99 for Blu-ray + Digital, and $19.98 for DVD.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage stars in his first-ever Western as Colton Briggs, a cold-blooded gunslinger turned respectable family man. When an outlaw and his gang put Colton and his family in peril, Colton is forced to take up arms with an unlikely partner — his 12-year-old daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) — in this action-filled film that builds toward its fateful showdown with pulse-pounding suspense.

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary by Director Brett Donowho
  • Audio Commentary by Composer Andrew Morgan Smith
  • The Old Way Behind the Scenes  
  • Scoring Sessions

CAST
Academy Award® winner
Nicolas Cage                          Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, The Rock
Ryan Kiera Armstrong            Firestarter, The Tomorrow War, TV’s “American Horror Story”
Noah Le Gros                         A Score to Settle, The Beach House, Depraved
Clint Howard                           Far and Away, Tango & Cash, Apollo 13
Kerry Knuppe                          R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned, TV’s “Pachinko,” “Ratched”
Nick Searcy                            The Shape of WaterFried Green Tomatoes, TV’s “Justified”
Shiloh Fernandez                   Evil Dead, TV’s “The Rookie, “Euphoria”
Abraham Benrubi                   Strange World, TV’s “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “ER”
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2022
Title Copyright: © 2022 Tow Film, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: New Release
Rating: R
Genre: Action, Western
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Feature Run Time: 95 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Format: 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio

Ho Ho Whoa - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 22, 2023

 As I have mentioned several times recently, physical media is still running strong. OCN media mentions a bright future as well, do check out the article. Again, as long as the demand (purchases) are there, physical media will continue to be around. And as mentioned, if you make your purchases via our links, it helps keep this little operation running that much longer.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 22nd - January 28th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

 Another week of no actual New Releases, but that is OK, there are so many catalog titles to catch up with, we can roll with them!

 First from LionsGate, chances are if you liked Juice, you will like Belly. This one is being offered up as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover SteelBook.

      

 

 From Kino Lorber, the film that spawned several sequels as well as many copycats, Death Wish debuts to 4K disc. After Vinegar Syndrome had released the first sequel, a lot of us were hoping to get the original.

 

 Next, from Shout Factory, Vince Vaughn's comedy Freaky. I will hold back on my Blumhouse lack of 4K rants (*cough* M3GAN).

 

 Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge may or may not be out this Tuesday, there is a question about the release date.

 Next week, criminal activity that hasn't happened yet, a dead remake, the original .IT task, a famous Swayze film and more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 There are no blu-ray counterparts of the above titles getting shiny new releases this week. Let's take a look at the highlights of what is coming out though.

 TV on disc this week only includes City on a Hill: The Complete Series from Showtime Entertainment.

 New release from Universal Pictures, Violent Night. This one stars 'Hopper' from Stranger Things.

 

 The next Vestron Video Collector's Series release (via LionsGate) The Dentist Collection comes to blu-ray this week. From the Lionsgate label, this one is peculiar, it's a thriller that appears to be packaged in a DVD case, titled Mindcage. Not sure what the idea is behind that, are DVD cases cheaper? Also look for Rock Dog 3: Battle the Beat, an animated film.

 

 From the Warner Archive Collection, a trio of drama/romance releases, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and The Long, Long Trailer and Wife vs. Secretary.

 

 Anime highlights include I'm Quitting Heroing - Complete Collection, Inu-Oh, Lupin the 3rd Part 6 and The Stranger by the Shore - Movie [Limited Edition].

 From the Shout Select label, The Jackie Chan Collection: Volume 1 (1976 - 1982). This title implies there will be a volume 2, especially if volume 1 garners enough interest.

 

 Single title from Criterion this week with This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection.

 There's a pair of MVD Rewind Collection releases this week, The Last American Virgin and Men at Work.

Notable announcements from last week:

 Criterion has announced their april slate. Short and sweet, but do check it out! I think you may know a few of these titles.

 Amazon has listed The Core for 4K release on March 14th. The newest Paramount Presents 4K title will be Wes Craven's Red Eye with a March 21 street date. Devotion is getting a 4K and blu-ray release on February 28th. Lastly, file this one under hard rumor, according to The Bits and HD Movie Source, the Star Trek Next Generation films are coming to 4K disc on April 4th.

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?



Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham on 4K UHD and Blu-ray March 28

The next animated DC movie based on the comic book story by Mike Mignola, Richard Pace and Troy Nixey will be available on Digital, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on March 28.

Inspired by the comic book series by Mike Mignola, Richard Pace and Troy Nixey, Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham is a 1920s-based tale that finds explorer Bruce Wayne accidentally unleashing an ancient evil, expediting his return to Gotham City after a two-decade hiatus. The logic/science-driven Batman must battle Lovecraftian supernatural forces threatening the sheer existence of Gotham, along the way being aided and confronted by reimagined versions of his well-known allies and enemies, including Green Arrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, Two-Face, James Gordon and Bruce’s beloved wards. Prepare for a mystical, often terrifying Batman adventure unlike any other.

The press release for this latest DC Animated adventure didn't list any A/V specs but we've reached out for more details and will update our listings as soon as we know more. 

Batman: Shadows of Gotham (New Featurette) – An examination of themes of existential dread in a world drenched in gothic overtones that combine to create one of Batman’s most unique adventures. 

Audio Commentary – Filmmakers and storytellers, including producer/co-director Sam Liu and screenwriter Jase Ricci, take in all the gothic horror and intrigue of Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham.

Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham - Blu-ray
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham
 

Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Pre-orders should be available soon and the Blu-ray has MSRP of $29.98 and the 4K UHD is $39.98. Here is the full press release:


MIKE MIGNOLA’S EPIC TALE PITS THE DARK KNIGHT

AGAINST SUPERNATURAL FORCES IN A NEW DC ANIMATED MOVIE.

PURCHASE DIGITALLY AND 4K ULTRA HDTM & BLU-RAYTM DISC

ON MARCH 28

BURBANK, CA (January 19, 2023) – Batman’s rational mind and unparalleled fighting skills are put to the ultimate test when an ancient force threatens his world and everyone he holds dear in Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham, available to purchase Digitally and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on March 28, 2023 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. The all-new, feature-length DC Animated Movie puts Batman up against Lovecraftian supernatural forces threatening the sheer existence of Gotham as he’s aided and confronted along the way by reimagined versions of his well-known allies and enemies, including Green Arrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, Two-Face, James Gordon and more. 

David Giuntoli (Grimm, A Million Little Things) reprises his Batman: Soul of the Dragon role as the voice of the Dark Knight in this all-new 1920s-based DC Elseworlds tale. Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) makes her DC animated debut as Kai Li Cain, Batman’s closest ally.

Elevating the action and drama are DC animation veterans Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Harvey Dent, John DiMaggio (Futurama, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire) as James Gordon, and David Dastmalchian (Dune, The Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon.

Rounding out the cast is Gideon Adlon (Legion of Super-Heroes) as Oracle, Karan Brar (Jessie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise) as Sanjay “Jay” Tawde, Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners) as Kirk Langstrom, Darin De Paul (Mortal Kombat Legends & Overwatch franchises) as Thomas Wayne, Brian George (Seinfeld) as Alfred, Jason Marsden (Young Justice, A Goofy Movie) as Dick Grayson & Young Bruce Wayne, Navid Negahban (Homeland, The Cleaning Lady) as Ra’s al Ghul, Emily O’Brien (Days of Our Lives) as Talia al Ghul & Martha Wayne, Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager) as Lucius Fox, William Salyers (The Regular Show) as Cobbelpot & Professor Manfurd, and Matthew Waterson (The Croods: Family Tree) as Jason Blood/Etrigan.

Sam Liu (The Death and Return of Superman) fills the dual role of producer and co-director of Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham, working closely with co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) to bring to animated life the script from screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse). Producers are Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Legion of Super-Heroes). Executive Producer is Michael Uslan. Sam Register is Executive Producer.

Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham will be available on March 28 to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray Discs will be available to purchase online and in-store at major retailers. Pre-order your copy now.

SYNOPSIS:

Inspired by the comic book series by Mike Mignola, Richard Pace and Troy Nixey, Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham is a 1920s-based tale that finds explorer Bruce Wayne accidentally unleashing an ancient evil, expediting his return to Gotham City after a two-decade hiatus. The logic/science-driven Batman must battle Lovecraftian supernatural forces threatening the sheer existence of Gotham, along the way being aided and confronted by reimagined versions of his well-known allies and enemies, including Green Arrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, Two-Face, James Gordon and Bruce’s beloved wards. Prepare for a mystical, often terrifying Batman adventure unlike any other.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

Batman: Shadows of Gotham (New Featurette) – An examination of themes of existential dread in a world drenched in gothic overtones that combine to create one of Batman’s most unique adventures. 

Audio Commentary – Filmmakers and storytellers, including producer/co-director Sam Liu and screenwriter Jase Ricci, take in all the gothic horror and intrigue of Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham.

Pricing and film information:

PRODUCT                                                                             SRP

Digital purchase                                                                      $19.99

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack + Digital Version*             $39.99 USA

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack                                         $44.98 Canada

Blu-ray + Digital Version*                                                      $29.98 USA    

Blu-ray                                                                                   $39.99 Canada

4K/Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Running Time: 90 minutes

Rated PG-13 for some strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief partial nudity    

*Digital version not available in Canada

About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

About DC
DC, part of Warner Bros. Discovery, creates iconic characters and enduring stories and is one of the world’s largest publishers of comics and graphic novels. DC’s creative work entertains audiences of every generation around the world with DC’s stories and characters integrated across Warner Bros. Discovery’s film, television, animation, consumer products, home entertainment, games, and themed experiences divisions, and on the DC Universe Infinite digital comic subscription service. Learn more at DC.com

About Warner Bros. Animation
arner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for Hulu, Batwheels, Bugs Bunny Builders, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Harley Quinn, Jellystone!,Looney Tunes Cartoons, My Adventures with Superman, Noonan’s, Tiny Toons Looniversity, Tom and Jerry Time, Tom and Jerry in New York, and Velma for HBO Max, Teen Titans Go! for Cartoon Network. The studio is currently in production with New Line Cinema on the upcoming original anime feature film, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim.  WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 40 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 21 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

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Ghost Face In The Big Apple - Scream VI Gets A New Poster and New Trailer

Taking a nod from the Friday the 13th franchise - Scream 6 takes the action out of small-town America and goes to the Big Apple with a new Theatrical Trailer and Poster!

Scream VI Theatrical Poster 

Kind-of a slick poster but that's a lot of people staring off into the distance looking pensive. How cool would it have been if it was just Ghost Face looming over the skyline?

Aside from Scream 3, the franchise mayhem hasn't really left the sleepy Californian town of Woodsboro. But after Scream (5) effectively handed the franchise off to a new generation of elevated horror movie-obsessed fans and mysterious would-be killers, the action moves to New York City. After a delightfully creepy teaser trailer, Paramount delivers a new full-length Theatrical Trailer and a new one-sheet poster to hammer home this new setting for blood-curdling murder! On top of our "New Blood" Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, and Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding coming back, past franchise faces Courteney Cox and Hayden Panettiere will be back and I'm sure they'll each do their part donating a few pints of the red stuff for this intense-looking sixth installment. 

NEW Scream 6 Theatrical Trailer

 

Scream VI hits movie theaters March 10th, 2023 - See you there! 

Vinegar Syndrome Sister Company OCN Offers A Bright Future For Physical Media

OCN, Vinegar Syndrome's sister company, offers up new details about what Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collectors can expect for 2023

Undead - Umbrella Entertainment - OCN 

Fans of physical media know that Vinegar Syndrome has quickly become a premiere independent label delivering cult classics of all flavors to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray. Part of those efforts have been expanded with their sister company OCN Distribution which handles all of their Partner Label's new exciting releases each and every month. 2023 is going to be another exciting year for collectors. Australian label Umbrella Entertainment has joined the OCN ranks offering up their first Blu-ray release through this new partnership with a new Limited Edition of 2003's Undead

As Terror Vision and Fun City Editions will be leaving OCN for new distribution opportunities, newcomers XYZ Films and The Film Desk will be debuting their first releases soon and Vinegar Syndrome Partner Label favorite AFGA will be offering up their first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release. Apparently, other OCN labels will also be making the leap to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in the coming months as well. While not included with Vinegar Syndrome's annual subscription plans, subscribers can get some welcome discounts on these discs and add even more obscure genre favorites to their collections! 

Check out the full OCN press release below for more details:


 

OCN DISTRIBUTION EXPANDS LABEL ROSTER FOR 2023 WHILE CELEBRATING MILESTONES

 

[Bridgeport, CT January 17th, 2023] – OCN Distribution, sister company of popular boutique genre home video label Vinegar Syndrome, is expanding its roster of Partner Labels in 2023 (and beyond) with at least three new labels introduced in this calendar year.

Australian home video juggernauts Umbrella Entertainment joined the fold in January with a domestic blu-ray release of the sci-fi, horror, action, comedy hybrid UNDEAD and have at least a half dozen releases expected to hit American shores in 2023. Speaking on the new relationship with OCN, Hudson Sowada, National Sales Manager for Umbrella, said "Umbrella Entertainment is beyond thrilled to announce its official partnership with kindred spirit and long-time collaborators Vinegar Syndrome via OCN. Umbrella has spent the last 20 years unearthing and restoring the wild side of Australian cinema and now, we unleash it with the OCN’s signature touch. So brace yourselves yanks, this is how we do it downunder!”

In the coming months, two American independent distributors will debut home video releases with OCN with genre focused XYZ Films and The Film Desk, a repertory art-house focused project by celebrated film programmer Jacob Perlin, both of who will see their first releases with OCN released this spring. Both companies see the importance in physical media for distribution of their films with James Shapiro of XYZ stating “I've admired OCN since its beginning and the incredible labels Justin has gathered under its umbrella. In this new digital age, packaged goods is the only way to ensure movies are truly owned by the folks who love them, and I am so proud XYZ is working with the best Blu Ray distributors in the business” and Perlin stating "I have loved OCN's partner label releases from the moment I saw them.  With the new Film Desk titles, either new to blu-ray or first time ever released on disc, I am thrilled to now have our own line where we can really dig into these titles in special editions that share our enthusiasm for these great works."

 

The existing roster of over twenty Partner Labels will continue to release carefully curated and packaged products throughout the year with longtime labels like the non-profit AGFA celebrating major milestones like their fiftieth disc release and also their first 4K UHD release. "Our home video label wouldn't be what it is today without OCN," said Joe Ziemba, AGFA Creative Director. "They made our releases more accessible to the public and encouraged us to hit the ground running. And that's how physical media become an essential component for fulfilling our non-profit mission—we couldn't have done it without them." Other OCN Partner Labels will make the jump to 4K UHD releases in 2023 as well, including Canadian International Pictures who are celebrating their first UHD release this year with a new 4K restoration of an often overlooked Canadian exploitation gem.

 

While celebrating new labels coming in, OCN is also sending well wishes to labels that have moved on to different means of distribution. Terror Vision will now handle self-distribution of their home video releases while continuing to partner with OCN on exclusive vinyl variants of their upcoming record releases which will be sold via the Vinegar Syndrome website. Fun City Editions will, following an upcoming release in March, be distributed exclusively by MVD. Certain previously released titles will continue to be exclusively distributed by OCN.

 

2023 is already proving to be an exciting year for OCN, with much more planned than has been revealed here, including more new Partner Labels, high profile releases and more surprises to be announced at a later date, all of which intends to provide the highest quality home video product to consumers, from a carefully curated group of Partner Labels that share the same principles and passion for the format. 

 





 

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