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The Criterion Collection's Release of Uncut Gems Moves To Nov 23 - AND 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!

If you were planning on picking up The Criterion Collection's release of Uncut Gems on Blu-ray on October 26th, you're going to have to wait a month because it's getting a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray upgrade! 

Uncut Gems - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

This release features a 4K transfer with Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos audio mix approved by the Safdie Brothers. Of course, the standard Blu-ray release is still happening, but why would you get that when you can enjoy this full 4K release instead?

Here's a list of disc specs and bonus features:

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• 4K digital transfer, approved by writer-directors Josh and Benny Safdie, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the 4K UHD and Blu-ray editions
• In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
• Audio commentary from 2019 featuring the Safdies, writer and editor Ronald Bronstein, and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard
• New interviews with cinematographer Darius Khondji, costume designer Miyako Bellizzi, production designer Sam Lisenco, and casting director Jennifer Venditti
• Documentaries from 2019 and 2020 on the making of the film and soundtrack
• Screen test featuring actors Adam Sandler and Julia Fox 
• Goldman v Silverman, a 2020 short film by the Safdies, featuring Sandler and Benny Safdie 
• “Question & Answer,” a 2020 short film featuring the Safdies, Sandler, actor Jason Bateman, and comedy writer Megan Amram
• Audition tapes 
• Deleted and extended scenes, including a full performance of “The Morning” by The Weeknd 
• Trailers
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• PLUS: An essay by film critic J. Hoberman and, for the 4K UHD and Blu-ray editions, a 2020 discussion of the film by the editorial staff of Jewish Currents magazine
The Middle Earth 6-Film Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K UHD Set Coming Oct. 26th

6 films were made. Three... three for The Lord of the Rings, the best and most groundbreaking cinematic experience of a generation. Three... three for The Hobbit, the fun but bloated prequel to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy. Six Theatrical Cuts, shorter and to the point for impatient people without attention spans. Six Extended Cuts for people with larger bladders that can put down their phones and who love character development and more nuanced performances. We've owned these movies before. DVD sets. Extended DVD Sets. Blu-ray sets. Extended Blu-ray sets. Extended 4K Ultra HD sets. Fans thought they had it all... but they were all of them deceived. Forged in the dark halls of Warner Brothers - there was another set! A Six-Film 31-Disc Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition to rule them all...

...only not quite because apparently, the really kick-ass appendices from special editions of The Lord of the Rings are not going to be included.

[UPDATE 9/9/21] 
The Good folks over at Warner Brothers have gone and done it and officially announced what we pretty much already knew was coming - The Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K UHD & Blu-ray 31-Disc Set. This also confirms that the extensive legacy appendices bonus features of past DVD and Blu-ray releases will not be included. Each of the six films will be available in the shorter Theatrical Cut and better and longer Extended Cut with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio mixes. 

Here's the list of new bonus features coming for this set:

  • Cannes Film Festival Presentation Reel
  • Alamo Drafthouse Cast Reunion
  • “The Fellowship of the Ring" - RT: 39:38​ (with Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood) 
  • “The Two Towers" - RT: 32:24​ (with Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortenson)​
  • "The Return of the King" - RT: 29:48 (with Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson)​

... yeah. I'll let you take a moment to let that sink in. 

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You okay now? There are many pluses to this set coming in the form that it is - I dig the packaging, that's pretty slick and we are getting a lot of great material, but like you I agree they are stretching the "Ultimate" namesake a little thin. Here's a badass unboxing video of the set:

 

If you waited to buy the films on 4K, you're getting a pretty good package. But if you're like me and bought the regular sets or the nifty SteelBooks you may want to juggle your options. 

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Well Tolkien Kids - today's the day! Well, actually yesterday night was the day that pre-orders went live, but I have a toddler so I'm only now getting to this news now. We knew this mega set was in the pipeline ever since Warner Bros. released the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy and The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray last year. In time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring - WB will be releasing their ultra mega Six-Film 31-Disc Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition.

Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Box Set 

As seems to be the standard operating procedure for these things, online retailers are jumping ahead of the studio official announcements to get those lovely pre-orders in ASAP. Unfortunately, this is sticking us in the position of reporting on this set without full specs. Presumably, There won't be any real tech spec differences between the Extended Cut 4K UHD discs and the Theatrical Cut 4K UHD discs with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio - what we don't have in final order are all of the bonus features.

It's been reported for quite a while that the lovely and extensive Appendicies of the Extended Edition DVDs and Blu-rays of past sets will not be included here. Also it doesn't appear that the 3-D versions of The Hobbit will be included either. What is included is a 64-page book, an extra bonus disc with footage of the Stephen Colbert-hosted Alamo Drafthouse appearances, and some mini-posters. Sooo with that in mind, WB might be stretching the term "Ultimate" just a little bit. It's very good, you're getting a lot of great stuff all in one box, but maybe not quite everything.

We are waiting for the official Warner Bros. Press Release which we expect to drop any time now. Those missing bonus features may well be included on the newly authored 4K discs or with the new 1080p transfer Blu-rays of The Lord of the Rings - but that's just speculation. It'd be a shame for WB to leave out so much great content. So once that PR arrives we'll update our listing and this article and fill in all of those content gaps. 

Amazon has the set up for pre-order - don't be too shocked that price tag is the full SRP price and we expect online retailers to really dig in and crush the price down. 

What do you think? Is this the set you've been waiting for? Or are you going to stick with the 4K and Blu-ray sets you already own?

Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K & Blu-ray

Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K UHD Bluray

The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit 4K UHD & Blu-ray 

Here's the full press release from Warner Brothers:


WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
ANNOUNCES PETER JACKSON’S

MIDDLE-EARTH
ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

 
31-Disc Set features the theatrical and extended versions of the six Middle-earth films in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and on remastered Bu-ray
 
Ultimate Collectors’ Edition also includes Bonus Content never before released for Home Entertainment, collectible packaging, art cards, and more!

BURBANK, CA, September 9, 2021 – Celebrate 20 years of adventure and friendship as Warner Bros. releases the Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition, timed to the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  The 31-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga contains new special features along with the theatrical and extended versions of all sic films in 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-ray discs remastered from the 4K master. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be released on October 26.

The Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes the theatrical and extended versions of the six films from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures in 4K UHD with HDR - The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. 

The Ultimate Collector’s Edition comes in unique “Puzzle Box” collectible packaging and includes a 64-page booklet featuring costumes, photography and production notes from the film, and art cards featuring travel posters and images from iconic locations throughout Middle-earth including The Shire, Lake-Town, Erebor, Anduin, Rohan, Minas Trith, and Rivendell.

Also included are the original Cannes Film Festival presentation reel, and footage from the recent Alamo Drafthouse cast reunion featuring director Peter Jackson along with cast members Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellan, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortenson, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood.

4K Ultra HD** showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, and more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

The 4K remastering process was overseen by Peter Jackson.
 
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
 
Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition contains the following special features: 
  • Cannes Film Festival Presentation Reel
  • Alamo Drafthouse Cast Reunion
  • “The Fellowship of the Ring" - RT: 39:38​ (with Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood) 
  • “The Two Towers" - RT: 32:24​ (with Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortenson)​
  • "The Return of the King" - RT: 29:48 (with Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson)​
 
 
BASICS
PRODUCT                                                                              SRP
     Ultimate Collector’s Edition                                                 $249.99
Street Date: 10/26/2021
 
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Rating: All films rated PG-13 except for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended
Edition, which is Rated R for violence
DOLBY ATMOS [CC]
Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - August 29 - September 4, 2021

Happy Back To School to the little ones. Did I just say Happy and Back to School in the same sentence? Well, it is the cheapest time of year to buy pens and paper and to get those bonus packs of socks and underwear.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 15 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-

New releases first, both from Warner Bros.

In the Heights, a modern musical number that did not get any theater hype. I'm curious mostly.

 

The next entry in the Mortal Kombat Legends saga, this one is titled Battle of the Realms and comes available as a standard edition release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Unusual that both show the same exact cover art, but that's not a terrible thing.

Awaken, which appears to be an eye-candy release is distributed by Vinegar Syndrome. Looking at some of the preview imagery, again, the 'curious' word makes an appearance once again. And, riigght in mid-sentence, catalog titles are next, Vinegar Syndrome releases Terminal Island to 4K disc this week, currently only available direct from their site. The way the product is described, this title has never been on disc, ever.

Arrow Video brings us David Lynch/Frank Herbert's 1984 Sci-Fi extravaganza Dune this week. No doubt timed to coincide with 2021 theatrical release. If you're just now shopping for it, you will either get the Limited Edition 'fat-pack' release that should be available this week or you will be waiting about a month for the Limited Edition SteelBook. If you're eye-balling the Limited Deluxe Edition SteelBook that releases this week, you've probably missed the boat as preorders gobbled them all up. The 'fat-pack' is a handsome release so it would not be a shame to have to settle for it.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Just like we do here every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases out of the way first. Dune gets a 2-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray release from Arrow Video, and Warner Bros releases both In the Heights and Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms.

As far as Vinegar Syndrome, this week is their August wave, with most of the titles exclusive to their site. Usually these titles get general release later but with different covers and such. When they released Forgotten Gialli Volume 3, they skipped right over Volume 2. That has been corrected this week.

Also from Arrow Video, The Brotherhood of Satan.

From Sony Pictures, 2021's sports/drama 12 Mighty Orphans.

 

Universal releases Spirit Untamed: The Movie this week. Might be what we need to lighten the mood a bit.

 

Criterion Collection's release this week is a war drama titled Beasts Of No Nation.

LAIKA Studios has a new home, Shout! Factory releases The Boxtrolls and Coraline. These releases are said to be new transfers and contain new extras.

Anime Highlights this week include Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics - Season 2, Kakushigoto - The Complete Season, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple - The Complete First Season and Vinland Saga - Complete Collection.

The Paramount Presents label releases Bugsy Malone this week.

 

LionsGate's obligatory weekly appearance involves Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season.

Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber has a handful of Vincent Price releases this week to consider, they are The Comedy of Terrors, The Last Man on Earth, Master of the World and The Raven.

Friday releases, a ballet and an opera:

>Wagner - Wesendonck Lieder; Bruckner - Symp

Notable announcements from last week:

GKIDS, in association with Shout Factory will be releasing Neon Genesis Evangelion - Ultimate Edition in December. This mega set probably will run around $200 but they don't call it Ultimate Edition for nothing.

20th Century Studios will be releasing Free Guy on or around October 12th on Blu-ray and 4K disc.

Arrow Video has revealed their November batch of titles. The titles are The Hills Have Eyes (1977) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge and Mill of the Stone Women. Adjust your belts accordingly.

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?



The Abyss Is Streaming In HD On Amazon Prime!

Maybe one day we'll get that official The Abyss Blu-ray and 4K UHD disc? Please?

Physical media connoisseurs have long waited for that beautiful day when (now) Disney/Fox would announce that James Cameron's underwater sci-fi classic The Abyss would one day arrive on disc in a condition far better than the SD letterboxed release of so long ago. Practically every time a cult classic or another title gets announced for the format someone inevitably asks the now redundant question "When are they going to put out The Abyss and True Lies?" We're also eagerly awaiting True Lies - and no that Spanish disc sourced from an old broadcast HD master doesn't count. While we're at it let's toss on Kathryn Bigalow's Strange Days too. 

The excuses for why either The Abyss or True Lies haven't been released get thinner and thinner every year. 2019 was the perfect time for those films to arrive. The Abyss turned 30 and True Lies turned 25 - major milestone anniversaries that would be ripe pickings for collectors to gobble up these films. Alas, we wait. And wait. The latest rumor is maybe possibly in 2022 timed to help hype Cameron's Avatar 2... but then maybe the Abyss never existed at all and we're all sharing a collective fever dream, like in Prince of Darkness.

Ease Your Pain - Watch The Abyss In HD On Amazon Prime

Previously, whenever this film would crop up on streaming services or if you were lucky and managed to redeem the Disc-To-Digital option on VUDU, it was sourced from the ancient letterboxed master used for DVD - and then it wasn't even anamorphic and would often appear squeezed. This current streaming master is in much better shape free of any speckling, grit, or other age-related issues. It also has different color timing than the old DVD and LaserDisc favoring that icy Cameron Blue tint instead of the brighter purplish tone folks may remember. 

In the video below you can see the differences. We did have to adjust the brightness of the HD Streaming, the recorder we used darkened it quite a bit. Also, this video is rougher than our usual full rez spit and polished comparisons - for some reason this lo-fi unvarnished version is the only one that would get past having a complete copyright block preventing anyone from viewing it. DVD opens the video and rotates every 12 seconds.

As we continue to wait... and wait... and wait for The Abyss to arrive on 4K or even just a proper Blu-ray - this HD stream from Amazon Prime will just have to hold us over. And what's here ain't bad at all! Of course, in order to view this film, you need to have an Amazon Prime account. 

Watch The Abyss In 1080p HD  on Amazon Prime 

Time To Sell Some Plasma - The Expensive September 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide

Well, it's that time of year again. That glorious period of September through December where the summer ends, the cool weather starts, and studios absolutely crush physical media fans under the weight of a mass of new releases and special collector's editions. In particular, this year seems to be stacked for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases either getting their first outing on disc or are getting exciting new special editions. While this is a lot of fun, your wallet won't be happy. That list of Christmas presents you were going to get for other people - fold it back up and put it away. You're going to need every cent left in your bank account.

Now, this release slate is still pretty volatile. In the course of prepping this guide, many titles moved (Halloween 1-5 moved to the beginning of October, Columbia Classics Vol 2 moved to the end of the month) or haven't been officially announced yet or aren't up for pre-order. SO with that in mind, we'll update our listings and this guide if there are any significant changes as they come along. Since there's a lot of titles some with a variety of retailer exclusives, lets get to it. 

September 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide 


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - September 7th, 2021

Not to start things slowly, 4K fans get hit with a number of great releases right out of the gate. Zack Snyder's Justice League finally arrives on U.S. shores, John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi creepy classic The Thing hits the format, while some more solo Hitchcock releases trickle out on top of the first four films of the original crew of Star Trek get 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray upgrades. 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

John Carpenter’s The Thing 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 

John Carpenter’s The Thing 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Rear Window 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 

Rear Window 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Vertigo 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Vertigo 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - September 14th, 2021 

This week, the major heavy hitter is Frank Darabont's now-classic The Shawshank Redemption hitting 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Boss Baby 2 is also a thing, and supposedly Highlander is also coming but info on that release has been so scanty I wouldn't be surprised if Lionsgate shifts that one down the road a little bit. Black Widow is also set to hit on the 14th, but that's also another one that's not up for pre-order anywhere yet. [UPDATE 8/26] The standard edition of Black Widow is finally up for pre-order on Best Buy. The SteelBook hasn't been posed yet, but as soon as it is we'll update the listing and the article. 

The Shawshank Redemption 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

The Shawshank Redemption 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Boss Baby: Family Business 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Highlander 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Marvel’s Black Widow 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Marvel’s Black Widow 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

  


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - September 21st, 2021 

The third week of September really picks up a lot of steam starting with one of the best (arguably the best by some) M. Night Shyamalan films Unbreakable finally getting a 4K upgrade, but then we're hit with a ton of retailer exclusives for Cruella, the latest Speedy and Upset franchise entry - F9: The Fast Saga, and topped off with Stanley Kubrick's iconic A Clockwork Orange 

F9: The Fast Saga 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 

F9: The Fast Saga 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Unbreakable 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 

Unbreakable 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Cruella 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 

Cruella 4K UHD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

 

 

Cruella 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy Exclusive 

 

Cruella 4K UHD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive 

 

A Clockwork Orange 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

A Clockwork Orange 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - September 28th, 2021  

Just when you thought you'd be able to save up a few bucks and prepare you for the deluge coming your way in October - Sony had to go and delay their Columbia Classics Vol 2 set until the final week of the month. If that wasn't enough of a hit, Arrow Video's Children of the CornThe Forever Purge, the standard edition of The Transformers: The Movie and a new SteelBook for Rob Zombie's 3 From Hell all hit at the same time. 

Columbia Classics Vol. 2 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 

3 From Hell 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Transformers: The Movie 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

 

The Forever Purge 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Children of the Corn 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 


International Import 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles We'll Try To Review 

As is the case with the home video marketplace these days - there are a lot of international 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases that'd we'd love to cover. Given the time it takes to ship and process through customs and all that nonsense, it's almost impossible to review ahead of street date, but we get to them as fast as we can!

Children of the Corn Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray U.K. Import 

 

The Servant 4K UHD Blu-ray U.K. Import 

 


That's all for now. Again - this list is pretty fluid at the moment. I wouldn't be surprised at all if one or a couple of these didn't have a release date change suddenly crop up. If when that happens we'll update our listings and this article ASAP. 

We hope this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release guide for September 2021 is helpful! Thanks again for all of your pre-orders, they really do go a long, long way towards helping us keep this little engine running.

Francis Ford Coppola Brings The Outsiders: The Complete Novel to 4K November 9th

The classic 1983 coming of age story is getting a grand 4-Disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release From Warner Bros. and Studio Canal on November 9th, 2021

You gotta hand it to Francis Ford Coppola, for a guy who likes to revisit his films and make changes or improvements, he makes a grand event of things. Warner Bros. and Studio Canal are teaming up to bring fans of Coppola's iconic 1983 coming of age film The Outsiders: The Complete Novel the true definitive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Not content with just his extended cut, the Theatrical Version will also be enjoying the same 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray upgrade. 

The film will be getting a theatrical re-release starting September 26 followed by the 4-Disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on November 9th ahead of its arrival on HBO Max on November 16th. 

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Outsiders The Complete Novel 4K 

We don't have full specs for HDR grade, audio format, or price point we've reached out for clarification and will update our listing as we get it and when the pre-orders go live. 

Here's the full press release from Warner Brothers & Studio Canal:


WARNER BROS. AND STUDIOCANAL ANNOUNCE

A BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION

OF

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S

 THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL

IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN ZOETROPE

 

 

Burbank, CA – August 24, 2021 – Warner Bros., STUDIOCANAL, and American Zoetrope today announce the forthcoming 4K restoration of the 1983 American coming-of-age drama, THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL, from Academy Award®-winning visionary director Francis Ford Coppola. Created to give fans more of the action that took place in S.E. Hinton’s celebrated book, Coppola’s latest, definitive version includes new music, as well as several scenes cut from the theatrical version which were reconstructed from original camera negatives. Warner Bros. will release THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL theatrically in the US and Canada beginning on September 26th with tickets going on sale this week.  Details are available at Fandango.com. Warner Bros. will also make both it and the original version available in a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition and on digital platforms starting November 9th. Additionally, THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL will be available on HBO Max beginning on November 16th and will also air this fall on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). 

 

Said Coppola, ‘“The Outsiders The Complete Novel’ came about after meeting students over the years who repeatedly asked me why certain scenes from S.E. Hinton’s wonderful book were missing from the theatrical version. These questions reminded about my inspiration for the film—in 1980, a contingent of 12- to 14-year-old students wrote and asked me to make it. I listened to those young fans back then, and I continue to listen to young people now and believe in their opinions, so this complete film version of the novel is for them.”

 

STUDIOCANAL is handling the release internationally and will release THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL theatrically in the UK, and will make both it and the original version available in a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition and on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital platforms starting November 8th.

 

Based on the 1967 best-selling young-adult novel by S. E. Hinton, THE OUTSIDERS is considered the first “Brat Pack” movie, as it stars then-unknown young actors in many of their first break-through roles, including C. Thomas Howell (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Rob Lowe (“The West Wing,” Parks and Recreation”), Emilio Estevez (St. Elmo's Fire, The Breakfast Club, Young Guns), Matt Dillon (Crash, There's Something About Mary), Tom Cruise (Top Gun, Mission Impossible series, Jerry Maguire), Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Ghost), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai), and Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Under the Tuscan Sun), who went on to superstar-caliber careers.

 

THE OUTSIDERS takes place in '60s Oklahoma, centering on two rival teen gangs: The “Greasers,” a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town, and the “Socs,” short for Socials, who are the “West-side rich kids.” Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell), a tender-hearted and kind teenager’s life is changed forever one night when a scuffle with his friend Johnny (Ralph Macchio) inadvertently leads to the death of a rival gang member, and the boys are forced to go into hiding to avoid arrest. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with Dallas (Matt Dillon) and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.

 

Inspired by Jo Ellen Misakian, a librarian who had sent Coppola a letter signed by over 300 students explaining that the book was cult reading among local teens, Coppola captures adolescent teen emotions and the growing realization of life’s cruelties and a yearning for a life not attainable.

 

For ‘The Outsiders The Complete Novel’ as well as the original theatrical version, we wanted to create and maintain the highest level of visual quality possible for these restorations,” commented James Mockoski, Film Archivist and Restoration Supervisor at American Zoetrope. “We took the unusual path of locating all the various elements that went into creating the film's most elaborate visual effects sequences and re-scanned them. Luckily, Mr. Coppola is an archivist at heart and he kept every piece of film he shot, so we were able to unify scenes from the film using the original camera negative as much as possibleIt was important to Mr. Coppola to give this release its best quality presentation, and no one has ever seen this film looking as beautiful and pristine as it does now.”

 

U.S. and International Release Dates:

 

NORTH AMERICA (Warner Bros.) – Theatrical September 26, Home Entertainment November 9, HBO Max November 16, TCM Fall 2021

UK HOME (STUDIOCANAL) – Theatrical TBC, Home Entertainment November 8

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND (STUDIOCANAL) – Home Entertainment November 10

GERMANY (STUDIOCANAL) – Home Entertainment November 11

 

The stunning 4-disc 4K UHD Collector’s Edition will include both restored features - The Outsiders The Complete Novel and The Outsiders:

  • 4K UHD disc includes The Outsiders The Complete Novel and The Outsiders in 4K with HDR
  • Digital codes for both films are also included

Plus, an impressive array of extra features:

 

  • NEW Restoration Interview with Cinematographer Stephen Burum, Zoetrope Head of Archives and Restorations James Mockoski and Colourist Gregg Garvin
  • NEW Deleted Scenes
  • NEW Francis Ford Coppola Introduction
  • NEW Francis Ford Coppola Anatomy of a Scene
  • NEW Old House New Home featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola
  • Audio Commentary with Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio and Patrick Swayze.
  • Staying Gold: A look Back at "The Outsiders"
  • S.E. Hinton on Location in Tulsa
  • The Casting of "The Outsiders"
  • NBC's News Today from 1983 "The Outsiders Started by School Petition", and
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - August 22 - August 28, 2021

The last week of August is upon us. Where has the Summer gone?

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 14 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-

For 4K releases, there are two new releases and two catalog titles.

The Covid delayed title Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway comes to 4K disc from Sony Pictures. I recall one of the movie posters using the word 'finally!' when referring to the theatrical release date. I had imported the first movie over a matter of cover art preference, at least this one isn't terrible, albeit a bit YELLOW.

 

The next movie has been retitled for marketing purposes, Warner Bros releases The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It. It originally was not named Conjuring 3 in case you were wondering. Hope this means the first two will see a 4K upgrade as well. Again, I imported the first one on blu-ray as a SteelBook, it had a much nicer cover art.

If you enjoyed Arrow's 4K release of The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, or are a completionist, Dario Argento's follow up titled The Cat o' Nine Tails sees 4K disc, offered as another one of those releases I like to refer to as a 'fat pack.' This one is loaded with all the extras we have come to expect and enjoy from a 'fat pack' release.

 

And the final 4K disc of the week from Blue Underground is titled Two Evil Eyes.

Thus far Arrow Video and Blue Underground have done phenomenal work on their 4K releases.

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Getting the blu-ray versions out of the way first, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It are available if 4K is not for you. Franchise releases of Peter Rabbit and The Conjuring are also being offered on blu-ray.

Criterion Collection this week, look for Ashes and Diamonds, a Polish Drama/War film that I will not even pretend to know or explain. You can be sure that Criterion put as much care and effort on this one as they do on all their releases.

The Oh, God! Collection from Shout Select marks the first time you can get all three releases on Blu-ray, and as a single SKU package to boot.

 

Also from Arrow Video this week, horror master Yasuzô Masumura brings us Blind Beast.

From LionsGate this week, look for Habit, a film that at first seemed like a meh, but after watching a few extended previews, looks like a lot of fun. Then there's Lansky, a bio/crime film starring Sam Worthington and Harvey Keitel.

 

For animated/anime releases, the highlights are Dreambuilders, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season 3, Naruto: Set 4 and Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!! - Season Three.

Warner Archives releases this week include Prince of the City and Prodigal Son: The Complete Second Season.

Honorable Mention -- this week Severin is releasing a lot of forgotten films, but I think the movie Overboard (Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell) is a first time that breaks from the norm of their horror releases and brings us something a little bit lighter.

 

Friday releases include the usual music/arts releases. The Imprint releases that were due this week were pushed back four weeks, most likely related to production issues. (Amazon lists them as September 3rd, but Imprint's site itself says September 15th.)

Notable announcements from last week:

More information about Criterion's November releases has come out including which 4Ks and when. Check out the article for details!

Multiple October titles have been revealed from the various Shout! Factory labels. They include Coppelia, Deadly Friend, Don Knotts: 5-Film Collection, Killer Party, A Letter to Momo, Liam Neeson Double Feature, Little Vampire, Martial Arts Double Feature, Nothing But Trouble, Shirobako: The Movie, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Six Minutes to Midnight.

Discotek's October batch so far includes City Hunter: The Complete First Series, Hajime No Ippo The Fighting! TV Series Collection 3, Lupin the 3rd Part V: Misadventures in France, Sgt. Frog: The Complete First Season and Shaman King.

Disney will be releasing Who Framed Roger Rabbit on 4K disc, a standard edition and an overly YELLOW Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Find out who framed the rabbit on December 7th (tentatively.)

StudioCanal UK has announced a 40th Anniversary Edition 4K release of The Howling. Much like they did with the John Carpenter releases, they will release a fat-pack release and a SteelBook release. Both releases are expected October 25th. If you don't want to import, we can hope that Shout Factory gets around to it in the next year or so. Maybe they can at least confirm it is in the works, even if they don't offer an exact date.

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?



Joe Dante's The Howling coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray October 25th

Happy 40th Birthday The Howling! Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray 

One of the greatest werewolf movies of the 80s - Joe Dante's classic The Howling celebrates its 40th Anniversary by coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 25th From Studio Canal in the UK. 

As of right now, there's no news of a domestic release on the horizon - but given how many movies are hitting 4K in the next two months there's plenty of time for a boutique label or studio to announce their domestic release of this classic werewolf flick. 

Studio Canal is offering up their big three-disc deluxe box set and a slick classy SteelBook from Zavvi 

We don't have full tech specs on hand but we've reached out to our Studio Canal reps for more information about transfer, HDR, and audio.

Bonus features are slated to include:

  • Inside the Career of Joe Dante
  • Brand new featurette that celebrates the incredible career of Joe Dante
  • Welcome to Werewolfland A lookback into the special effects of The Howling
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes - These outtakes will leave you howling!


The Howling 40th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Howling 40th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray Deluxe Box Set 

The Howling 40th Anniversary - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Zavvi SteelBook
The Howling 4K UHD Zavvi SteelBook 

Again, as soon as we have full specs we'll update this article and our listings. ALSO - we'll be on the lookout for domestic retailer options as well. For right now, this looks to be another great UK import for those of us living in the states and Canada. 

Once again - thank you for your preorders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation going. 

Here's the full press release from Studio Canal:


STUDIOCANAL Announces 4K Restoration of

Joe Dante’s Horror Classic

THE HOWLING

ON 4K UHD COLLECTORS EDITION, STEELBOOK, BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL 25 OCTOBER 2021

London – 19 August 2021 - To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Joe Dante’s horror classic THE HOWLING,

STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce a brand new 4K restoration of the 1981 contemporary tale of

timeless horror. Available on 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-Ray, DVD and Steelbook editions from the 25th October

2021. Starring Dee Wallace (E.T), Patrick MacNee (THE AVENGERS) and Dennis Duggan

(PARENTHOOD), Dante’s classic satiric werewolf horror is an absolute must-see! Pre-order the Collectors

Edition here.

With THE HOWLING, director Joe Dante (GREMLINS, INNERSPACE) and screenwriter John Sayles (LONE

STAR, PASSION FISH) created a unique horror shocker loosely based on part one of author Gary

Brandner's trilogy of novels. The film took the genre of werewolf horror to a whole new level, with its dark

atmosphere, pointed irony and elaborately modelled special effects and make-up by Rob Bottin

(ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL). The film received a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film in 1980.

Commenting on the restoration, director Joe Dante said: “I can honestly say this 4K restoration is the best

The Howling has looked since it came out of the lab in 1980 - maybe better. I'm happy to have it back in

circulation at last.”

SYNOPSIS:

Karen West narrowly escapes death at a rendez-vous she has deliberately accepted with a murderer whose

name is Eddie. He is shot by the police. After this, the young woman begins to have nightmares and goes

to a therapy centre with her husband Roy. But instead of getting better, she gets worse and her relationship

with her husband deteriorates. When Roy is attacked by an unidentified animal, his personality and

behaviour begin to change...

ABOUT THE RELEASE

The 4K UHD Limited SteelBook Edition and the 4K UHD Collector’s Edition are released with exclusive new

artworks, offering bonus material including a new featurette about Joe Dante’s extensive career in

Hollywood and the documentary “Welcome to Werewolfland” including interviews and commentaries with

cast and crew.

Special Features include:

• NEW Featurette: Inside the Career of Joe Dante

• Documentary: Welcome to Werewolfland

• Deleted Scenes

• Outtakes

ABOUT THE RESTORATION

THE HOWLING was restored in 2021 by STUDIOCANAL with the VDM lab, under the supervision of Joe Dante.

This restoration project was conducted from start to finish in 4K with a 16-bit color depth bringing all the details

from the original negative to life.

The 4K 16-bit scan was made from the original 35mm negative. The image from the 1.20 negative was then

cropped to 1.85 in order to respect the original format of the film projection.

The film was calibrated in the P3-D65-ST2084 color space, with a 1000 nits screen. The calibration was based

on the reference of 35mm positive copies of the period as well as, for the video part, on the basis of existing

reference masters.

The restoration took a few hundred hours of meticulously filtering in order to correct the defects related to the

age of the film and to the wear of time.

STUDIOCANAL is proud to present THE HOWLING in DCP 4K, and a DOLBY VISION UHD HDR & SDR video

master, through a brand-new Prestige 4K edition.

THE HOWLING IS AVAILABLE ON 4K UHD COLLECTORS EDITION, STEELBOOK, BLU-RAY,

DVD AND DIGITAL 25 OCTOBER 2021

4K UHD COLLECTOR’S EDITION – 3 discs, Poster, Booklet & art cards

4K UHD STEELBOOK – 1 4K UHD disc & 1 Blu-ray disc

BLU-RAY EDITION – 1 Blu-ray disc

DVD EDITION – 1 DVD disc

Spin The Phil Collins - American Psycho Gets A 4K UHD SteelBook Upgrade October 5th

Just in case you didn't pick this disc up already - or if you're a crazed SteelBook collector, Lionsgate is giving you a pretty slick reason to add American Psycho - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to your collection!

American Psycho 4K UHD SteelBook 

and here's a look at the not so subtle back artwork:

American Psycho SteelBook Back

Currently up for pre-order at Best Buy for $19.99  - this set looks to be the exact same discs and content as before, just all souped up with some fancy new packaging. Normally I don't leap for these SteelBook reissues if I already have the original, but I'm damn tempted to add this one. Lionsgate loves their plastic slipcovers and this new artwork is boss! 

What do you think, worth grabbing again or worth getting for the first time just for the SteelBook art, or are you going to stick with the original release?

As always - thank you for your preorders, they go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

Here's the full press release from Lionsgate:


AMERICAN PSYCHO – BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE STEELBOOK
4K + Blu-ray + Digital Steelbook Street Date: 10/5/21
SRP: $27.99
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
From acclaimed director Mary Harron and staring Christian Bale in his career-making performance as Patrick Bateman, comes the exciting re-release of the unhinged cult-classic AMERICAN PSYCHO. American Psycho arrives October 5th on 4K Ultra HD™ Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status, and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders, and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the ‘80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling. Featuring all new artwork from artist Justin Erickson, American Psycho will be available on 4K Ultra HD™ Steelbook at Best Buy for the suggested retail price of $27.99.
 
4K AND BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
  • American Psycho: From Book To Screen (4K Only)
  • The ‘80s Downtown
  • Audio Commentary with Director Mary Harron (Recorded in 2018 – 4K Only)
  • Audio Commentary with Writer Guinevere Turner
 
CAST
Christian Bale             The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Vice
Willem Dafoe              Spider-Man, At Eternity’s Gate, The Florida Project
Josh Lucas                 Glory Road, Sweet Home Alabama, Ford v Ferrari
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2000
Title Copyright: American Psycho © 2000, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2021 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.
Type: Catalog Re-Release
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 102 minutes
4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.35:1) Presentation, Dolby Vision
4K Audio: English Dolby Atmos
Harry Potter Enchants A New 8-Film 4K UHD Collector's Edition Set November 2nd

If you didn't already pick up the wizarding world of Harry Potter on 4K - A new 17-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray set in deluxe Hogwarts Express Packaging is coming November 2nd!

Can you believe it's been 20 years since the first Harry Potter movie came out? Does anyone else remember when Steven Spielberg was going to direct this and wanted Haley Joel Osment as Harry? A lot changed very fast! Now we're celebrating two decades of magic and enchantment for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone if you want to get all U.K. vs U.S. about it) with a new Magical Movie Mode Special Edition that came out this week. 

Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone Magical Movie Mode

Per the description -

The Harry Potter Magical Movie Mode

A wondrous new way to experience Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Discover filmmaking secrets, spell incantations, magical creatures and artifacts and more in this enchanting collection of fun activities and curiosities. Test your knowledge with the Hogwarts Trivia Challenge, and let the magic begin! 

Here's a look at the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available only at Best Buy in the U.S.: 

Harry Potter Sorcerers Stone Magical Movie Mode 4K SteelBook

But that's not all - if you've been waiting to get these films on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Warner Brothers is giving fans a nice big deluxe Collector's Edition set of all 8 films on November 2nd with some pretty fancy packaging to occupy all that remains of your shelf space:

Harry Potter 4k 8-Film Set

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 4K 8-Film Set

Harry Potter 4-Ultra HD Blu-ray Anniversary Collector's Edition Set 

Included are all 8 films on 4K and Blu-ray, A Hogwarts Express replica ticket, and a 32-Page behind-the-scenes booklet. The discs and the films are essentially all the same as before except for the "Magical Movie Mode" for Sorcerer's Stone. On that note, this set really is for folks who haven't added this to their collections already - or unless of course, you're a really HUGE Harry Potter fan. 

What do you think? Worth picking up the deluxe packaging to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic? Or are you just going to stick with the set that's already out there?

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

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