The Criterion Collection has just announced their October home video releases that includes Lost Highway and Night of the Living Dead on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
Starting things off is George A. Romero's 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead which will be getting a 4K/Blu-ray combo treatment on October 4th.
Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget, by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, Night of the Living Dead, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combining gruesome gore with acute social commentary and quietly breaking ground by casting a Black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role.
NOTE: We just got confirmation from Criterion that this will be a 4K 2160p SDR release - no HDR grading.
4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
1968 • 96 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio
On the 11th comes Frank Capra's 1944 horror-comedy Arsenic and Old Lace.
Frank Capra adapted a hit stage play for this marvelous screwball meeting of the madcap and the macabre. On Halloween, newly married drama critic Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant, cutting loose in a hilariously harried performance) returns home to Brooklyn, where his adorably dotty aunts (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair, who both starred in the Broadway production) greet him with love, sweetness . . . and a grisly surprise: the corpses buried in their cellar. A bugle-playing brother (John Alexander) who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, a crazed criminal (Raymond Massey) who’s a dead ringer for Boris Karloff, and a seriously slippery plastic surgeon (Peter Lorre) are among the outré oddballs populating Arsenic and Old Lace, a diabolical delight that only gets funnier as the body count rises.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
1944 • 118 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio
“We’ve met before, haven’t we?” A mesmerizing meditation on the mysterious nature of identity, Lost Highway, David Lynch’s seventh feature film, is one of the filmmaker’s most potent cinematic dreamscapes. Starring Patricia Arquette and Bill Pullman, the film expands the horizons of the medium, taking its audience on a journey through the unknown and the unknowable. As this postmodern noir detours into the realm of science fiction, it becomes apparent that the only certainty is uncertainty.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
1997 • 134 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cure arrives on Blu-ray on the 18th.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s arresting international breakthrough established him as one of the leaders of an emerging new wave of Japanese horror while pushing the genre into uncharted realms of philosophical and existential exploration. A string of shocking, seemingly unmotivated murders—each committed by a different person yet all bearing the same grisly hallmarks—leads Detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho) into a labyrinthine investigation to discover what connects them, and into a disturbing game of cat and mouse with an enigmatic amnesiac (Masato Hagiwara) who may be evil incarnate. Awash in hushed, hypnotic dread, Cure is a tour de force of psychological tension and a hallucinatory journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
1997 • 111 minutes • Color • Stereo • In Japanese with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
Next comes Jayro Bustamante’s Cure also available on Blu-ray on the 18th.
A country’s bloody history stains the present in the Guatemalan auteur Jayro Bustamante’s transfixing fusion of folk horror and searing political commentary, inspired by the real-life indictment of the authoritarian Efraín Ríos Montt for crimes against humanity. A notorious, now aging former military dictator stands trial for atrocities committed against Guatemala’s Mayan communities. While battling legal repercussions and the people’s demands for justice, he and his family are plagued by a series of increasingly strange and disturbing occurrences, seemingly brought on by an enigmatic new housekeeper (María Mercedes Coroy). With a restraint that renders the film’s shocks all the more potent, Bustamante crafts a chilling vision of a nation reckoning with collective harms and the restless ghosts of a past that refuses to die.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
2019 • 96 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In Spanish, Ixil, and Kaqchikel with English subtitles • 2.39:1 aspect ratio
Finally on the 25th, Kasi Lemmons’s Eve’s Bayou starring Jurnee Smollett, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Diahann Carroll, and Samuel L. Jackson will arrive on Blu-ray format.
“The summer I killed my father, I was ten years old . . .” So begins Kasi Lemmons’s spellbinding feature debut, an evocative journey into the maze of memory steeped in fragrant southern-gothic atmosphere. In 1960s Louisiana, a young girl (Jurnee Smollett) sees her well-to-do family unravel in the wake of the infidelities of her charming father (Samuel L. Jackson)—setting in motion a series of deceptions and betrayals that will upend her world and challenge her understanding of reality. Rooted in Creole history, folklore, and mysticism, Eve’s Bayou is a scintillating showcase for a powerhouse ensemble of Black actresses—including Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, and the legendary Diahann Carroll as a voodoo priestess—as well as a profoundly cathartic exploration of trauma, forgiveness, and the elusive nature of truth.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
1997 • 115 minutes • Black & White/Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
We will update the website as soon as the preorders for these titles become available!
Thanks again for all of your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little show up and running.
How did you do with the retailer sales last week (Amazon Prime Days, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble)? With the long list of disc releases these next couple of months, I really had to exercise great restraint. I did pick a few discs up, and a mattress topper, still, nothing like previous years. Either I already have everything I needed or the sales just didn't do it for me this year.
Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 9 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.
Whoa with a capital W, and W is also for Wallet-buster as you will see what is in store for you this week!
Import Monday starts with a Zavvi SteelBook of The Northman. Currently showing sold out but we know how Zavvi works sometimes, so keep checking.
Another Zavvi SteelBook, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which appears to look a lot like a Film Arena slipcase edition. Again, another overseas release getting a better edition than the one coming domestically. Hey Disney and/or Best Buy, I'm pretty sure this one would sell quite well here!
Still not done with imports Monday, how 'bout a little bit of Aaahnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen with Red Sonja? Available as a standard edition and as a Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook. If I take one for the team, it will not doubt get a U.S. announcement 5 minutes after I get the shipping notification.
Moving on to Domestic release Tuesday, the single new release title in this category this week is The Bob's Burgers Movie, and the only way to get it retailer direct is from Best Buy, as an exclusive SteelBook.
Criterion Collection is adding Devil In A Blue Dress to their 4K release line up. Anyone that's ever played GTA San Andreas tell me the cover art/move poster doesn't look like the lead character CJ. This art doesn't even look like Washington really.
LionsGate has a pair of 4K upgrades with Gamer and The Kid. The only thing missing on their 4K upgrades (these two, past and future titles) are the slipcovers. Fatale blu-ray had a great slipcover, the 4K, no slip.
From Blue Underground, God Told Me To, a Larry Cohen film gets their meticulous treatment. Early reviews so far say it is a great release.
It pains me to mention double-dips but this one is news, Sony is releasing Men in Black as a SteelBook in one of their new transfer Dolby Vision version releases (previous edition is HDR10). Each time they have done these, we do get a better version, how badly do we want the new version?
No reprieve next week, Marvel, DC, more 4K upgrades, something that was lost and more.
Keeping with Criterion, a foreign drama titled Drive My Car. I got nothing, sorry, have not heard of this one.
Warner Archive Collection has Adventures of Don Juan this week. TV on disc from Warner Bros brings us DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season.
Viz Media is releasing Castlevania: Season Four this week, but the latest Pokemon movie is still absent (hint hint). [Edit] Just announced for Oct 4, now they just need to fill in the gaps of missing movies.
Anime highlights include Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club - Season 1, Moriarty the Patriot - Part 1, Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory: Complete Collection and The Quintessential Quintuplets - Season 2.
Anyone remember Darwin the dolphin? SeaQuest DSV: The Complete Series now gets a region A release from Mill Creek.
Arrow Video presents 1989's Hell High. If you're opting for a variant slipcover version, we've linked DiabolikDVD. A more recent horror film, The Righteous dons a shiny disc. Thought that was it? How about The Sacred Spirit, a comedy/sci-fi flick. This one had to get a new cover art because it too much resembled a different film's poster. If you catch these soon enough, they're still 50% off at Amazon.
Honorable Mention: If you've been collecting the series, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VIII debuts this week from Kino Lorber. They also have another collection this week worth a peek, Maria Montez and Jon Hall Collection.
With all the sale events, it was a slower week for announcements. Nevertheless, there are a few.
In Bruges is getting a Kino 4K release on Sep 27th.
3:10 to Yuma is getting a 4K Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover Edition SteelBook release on Sep 6th via LionsGate.
Batman: The Long Halloween is getting a 4K release on Sep 20th from Warner Bros. The previous blu-ray editions were split into two parts. Also in 4K news, Casablanca appears to be on track for release in November, no doubt just a standard case for the US and some cool looking collector's set overseas. (Remember Singin' in the Rain, Citizen Kane and more?)
Fright Night is getting a 4K SteelBook edition on Oct 4th from Sony Pictures.
Scream 2 is looking to get a 4K edition SteelBook with an alleged street date in October. Saturday Night Fever also appears to be set for a 4K disc later in the year, likely October.
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?
Prime Day Is Here And There Are Plenty Of Deals For Our Favorite Flicks!
Amazon's annual two-day sale may favor big-box items like kitchen equipment or hardware, but they throw out some great deals on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray titles. If you haven't picked up some old favorites, now may well be the best time to snap them up! The only hitch - you have to be an Amazon Prime subscriber... hence the name "Prime Day."
Here are some of the deals currently running -
Also on sale for Prime Day...
The Thing - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - $10.99
1917 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - $9.99
Pacific Rim - 3D Blu-ray - $9.99
Aquaman - 3D Blu-ray - $12.99
Ready Player One - 3D Blu-ray - $13.99
While most of these titles have been out for a while so if you haven't picked them up yet these are pretty good deals. There will be more Lightning deals throughout the next two days and we'll be posting the good ones up on social since they run for a limited time.
Welcome to Fright...Night...FOR REAL!!!
Writer/Director Tom (Not Spider-man) Holland's classic teenage horror-comedy spin on Hitchcock's Rear Window comes home to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time from Sony in a terrifying new 3-Disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital SteelBook set. Pre-orders aren't yet open for this release, but Tuesday, October 4th is the day and date to keep in mind! But this isn't just a simple new scan in 4K and a dump of old bonus features, Sony has pulled out the stops giving fans a genuinely exciting new release of this hilarious 80s horror gem. Let's take a look -
While this isn't the first SteelBook release out there to use the classic poster art, I do have to tip my hat to Sony and also Paramount of late for their recent SteelBook releases using the classic vintage poster art instead of some Pop Art monstrosity or custom art that kinda looks nice but really isn't all that amazing. I've looked at that cover art image ever since I was a little kid at our Mom & Pop rental shop in Dexter, MI and it always terrified me and excited me. By the time I was old enough to slip it past my Mom, I was all up for it and it's remained a favorite ever since.
But - a slick SteelBook case isn't all this set has going for it - lets check out the exciting specs and new and archival bonus features we're picking up!
4K ULTRA HD DISC
BLU-RAY™ FEATURE DISC
BLU-RAY™ SPECIAL FEATURES DISC
So yeah - that's a lot! As we said at the top of the post, this isn't yet up for pre-order but as soon as it is we'll update our listings. If you pre-order through our links to Amazon, Best Buy or Zavvi, it goes a long way towards keeping our little show up and running - thank you!
Here's the full Press Release from Sony:
Amazon Prime 'Day' is this week, specifically Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th. We ask of you just one little favor before you venture over there to start your shopping spree... start your spree by clicking the Amazon Logo at the bottom of this page or by following this link. It won't cost you anything extra to do so, but what it does for us is greatly appreciated as it helps keep this operation running a little longer. For the first time that I can remember of a Prime Day event, I am on vacation, so no sneaking a peek throughout the day from the break room at work on my phone, it's full on easy chair at a desktop computer. I wonder if their various competitors will do anything special this week.
Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 8 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.
This week is offering us a bit of a break in this category, maybe to save for the rest of the month, or the Prime Days sale?
First up from LionsGate, if you are looking at getting Angel Heart, it will involve a trip to Best Buy or online as it is an exclusive SteelBook. This one originally got released back in the day as an X-Rated film. Consider this though, when the NC17 rating came out, if a movie had 20 f-bombs it probably got said rating. Having not seen this one in years, I cannot honestly recall how much 'skin' or violence there was in it, but it could not have been *that* bad or I would have remembered it.
The Criterion Collection's next 4K entry comes out this week, Raging Bull which stars Robert De Niro and is directed by Martin Scorsese. I heard this one had also won a few awards (I'm joking about the "I heard" part, of course it won a few awards).
Lastly, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom gets a new SteelBook design general release.
From the list above, Criterion Collection is releasing Raging Bull on blu-ray as well this week.
Sticking with Criterion let's also look for Summertime, a drama romance starring Katharine Hepburn.
TV on disc from Warner Bros, look for Batwoman: The Third and Final Season. This series was troubled from the start when it had to change the lead character, but they did manage to pull it off.
Been awhile since we have heard from The Warner Archive Collection, The Frisco Kid gets a release this week.
Paramount's got more catalog releases to ponder, Bébé's Kids, Domestic Disturbance, Down to Earth, Georgia Rule and Leap of Faith. Side Note: Galaxy Quest has quietly changed from a SteelBook release to just a reissue release. For a new release from Paramount, Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season Two comes to blu-ray.
Via the Paramount Presents label, comedy/crime Rough Cut starring Burt Reynolds and directed by Don Siegel.
Be it LionsGate or partner label Vertical Entertainment, there's always a weekly release. This week we get action films Black Site from Vertical and then from LionsGate we are greeted with Wolf Hound.
The corrected version of The Beatles: Get Back hits stores this week, we've provided a Best Buy link as Amazon is still in the holding pattern.
Light week for anime, here's the highlights; The Duke of Death and His Maid - Season 1, Hortensia SAGA - The Complete Season, Pompo The Cinephile, RahXephon - Complete Collection and The World Ends with You - The Animation.
Honorable mentions: For the first time on blu-ray, The Last Broadcast is being offered up by 101 Films, and this one has a fair amount of special features to boot.
And from Shout! Factory, The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series should keep you occupied for awhile.
September is going to be a very trying month for some of us. Do we need to eat or should we tighten the belt and pick up a new release? Oodles of announcements for September, read on for the highlights...
Star Trek, or should I say, all of the Star Trek movies featuring the original cast. The Motion Picture with the remastered, extended cut, Star Trek V and VI, the latter includes both cuts, and a complete six-film collection which includes everything new up until now, all with a street date of September 6th. Read the article here. A blu-ray release of The Motion Picture extended cut is also scheduled for the 6th.
All the various Shout! Factory labels are beginning to offer up their September slate, 4K titles include Old Henry, Evil Dead (2013), Platoon, The Fog (standard and SteelBook) and Army of Darkness (standard and SteelBook). For blu-ray so far, Spitfire Over Berlin, Post Mortem and Cool World. No GKIDS titles have been revealed yet.
Warner Bros has finally revealed the 4K release of Batman: The Long Halloween, with a Sep 20 release date. As mentioned before, when the 4K comes out it will include parts 1 & 2. Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons is on track to get blu-ray and 4K discs on Oct 18.
Listed on Amazon but not announced yet, Paramount will be releasing War of the Worlds 4K / When Worlds Collide on Sep 27. Let's make sure we are clear, the first movie is a 4K, the 2nd is a blu-ray.
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?
Boldly finishing what they've already started - Paramount Pictures brings Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Directors Edition, Star Trek V and Star Trek VI, and a 15-disc 6-Film Collection to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
There's a lot of material to dig through so let's not waste any time!
After the success of their 4-Film collection, Paramount Home Entertainment completes the cinematic journey of the Original Crew on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Kicking things off is the fully restored Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Director's Edition - currently on Paramount+ and it's gorgeous! Then to finish off the series, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country make their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts. But wait there's more! Paramount is also pushing out an extra special Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Director's Edition The Complete Adventure offering both versions of the film with tons of extras and swag and then there's going to be a 15-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray collection of all six films as well as single-title editions of all six films for those not interested in box sets and swag.
Here's the full press release with all the details and a breakdown of new bonus features:
Fully Restored Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture Arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ and in Six-Movie Collection
Own the Definitive Vision of Director Robert Wise September 6, 2022
with Extensive New Bonus Content
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Set a course for the final frontier as the newly restored Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition arrives September 6, 2022 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ with a bonus Blu-ray Disc™ filled with new and legacy special features from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will also be released in a Limited-Edition Collector’s Set entitled “The Complete Adventure,” which includes the new Director’s Edition, the theatrical cut, and a special longer cut all on 4K Ultra HD along with special features on Blu-ray. In addition, Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection will arrive on September 6 with all six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew on 4K Ultra HD.
Originally released in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the fourth highest grossing movie of the year and earned three Academy Award® nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score. The film successfully launched the Star Trek franchise beyond the original television series, despite having been rushed to theaters with incomplete special effects and forced editing choices.
In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects. His updated vision was released on DVD in standard definition and embraced by fans but has never been available in higher definition until now. Meticulously assembled and restored by producer David C. Fein with post-production supervisor Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise, the film has been prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision™ high dynamic range (HDR) and a new powerful and immersive Dolby Atmos® soundtrack.* Fein and Matessino assembled a team of visual effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman, and utilized the extensive resources in the Paramount Archives to recreate the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD. After more than six months of painstaking work, the updated movie looks and sounds better than ever while staying true to Wise’s original intention.
“The Director’s Edition on 4k Ultra HD delivers an experience that is far more intimate, engaging, and powerful thanks to the hard work of everyone involved,” said Fein. “In building The Complete Adventure, we appreciated that many people who were first introduced to the film through the full frame release of the ‘Special Longer Version’ have missed it. I’m excited that it will now be available for the first time in widescreen 4k Ultra HD. After so many years, it’s deeply rewarding to finally deliver Robert Wise’s definitive Director’s Edition for fans to enjoy at home.”
Following is an overview of the new product offerings:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition 4K Ultra HD
The newly restored, definitive version of the first big-screen adventure is presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision™ and HDR-10, as well as Dolby Atmos®. Also includes access to a Digital copy of the film and the following new and legacy bonus content:
Ultra HD Disc bonus features
Blu-ray Disc™ bonus features
Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition—The Complete Adventure 4K Ultra HD
This Limited-Edition Collector’s Set includes all of the above, plus an additional 4K Ultra HD disc containing:
The set is presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers, and more.
Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection
This comprehensive 15-disc collection includes the first six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition also includes Dolby Atmos). Both Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country are making their 4K Ultra HD debuts. The set also includes access to Digital copies of each of the six films, as well as hours of new and legacy bonus content. Below is a breakdown of disc contents:
All six of the feature films listed above will also be available individually on 4K Ultra HD or Blu-ray.
In addition, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will return to select theaters on September 4th, 5th and 8th. Tickets for this special engagement presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Paramount Pictures can be purchased at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition Synopsis
The U.S.S. Enterprise boldly debuted on the big screen with the cast of the original Star Trek series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan. Meticulously restored and remastered, with enhanced visual effects and state-of-the-art sound, this definitive vision of director Robert Wise has been optimized for a new generation of fans. When an unidentified alien intruder destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Admiral James T. Kirk (Shatner) returns to the helm of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command and confront an alien spacecraft of enormous power heading toward Earth.
Just when you thought it was safe to stop pre-ordering...
Just because it's summer doesn't mean the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases are going to cool down any. If anything, the releases are ramping up. Past years we'd see major studios and boutiques more or less take a little bit of a break during the summer months because of the competition from theaters. Now with movie houses still working to get back on their feet after the pandemic, the number of new and exciting 4K releases just keeps building!
July 2022 sees everything from the Multiverse of Madness to the latest adventure at Downton to some heavy hitters on Criterion. To say the least, this is an exciting slate of new and classic titles coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
July 5th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases
July 12th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases
July 19th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases
July 26th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases
Notable Import 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases -
- That pretty much does it. July 26th is clearly stacked to the gills leading into what's building into a pretty busy August. Normally this time of year is a little slow but in recent years summer is becoming just as loaded as the holiday season - which makes us wonder what the studios and boutiques are holding on that hasn't been announced yet!
If there are any scheduling changes we'll update our listings and this article. Thanks again for all of your pre-orders. Following our links to Amazon, Best Buy, and Zavvi goes a long way towards keeping our little show up and running. Until August, happy collecting!
Happy Independence Day to those in the U S of A! Doing any parades, fireworks or other holiday related events? Why does it already feel as though Summer is half over, especially when the Summer Solstice was just two weeks ago? Part of the reason could be that when you go to the stores now, many of them already have Summer stuff on clearance! Heads Up, the Criterion Barnes & Noble 50% off sale is going on now, and that usually includes Arrow Video among others too. If you prefer Amazon, they're matching most of the prices, preorders you usually have to wait til the title goes live to see the new lower price.
Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 7 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.
Two new releases in the 4K disc category this week. First from Lionsgate, as if the Nic Cage title two weeks ago wasn't hard enough to remember, this one is titled Everything Everywhere All at Once and comes as a standard edition and as a Walmart Exclusive. I think the latter just adds an alternate slip cover art to the mix.
And from Universal Pictures, Downton Abbey: A New Era debuts on 4K disc as well. Would be nice if the Limited Edition (below) had a 4K option. Am I missing out by not having seen any of the TV series episodes?
Moving on to catalog titles, first from Warner Bros., Edge of Tomorrow, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Remember when this movie's cover art had LIVE. DIE. REPEAT. in such large print, we all thought that was the name of the movie? In some markets it actually was the title. The example on the left shows the same words, but in the background.
Last but not least, a pair of Criterion titles this week. First a bit of a foreign film, a fairy tale horror film titled Okja, directed by Bong Joon Ho. And a domestic drama romance titled The Virgin Suicides, featuring a stellar cast.
Next week we get a bit of a break on our wallets, a formerly X-rated thriller on 4K (a SteelBook no less), a double dip SteelBook with a better cover art and a smash-hit Criterion release.
There's a slight reprieve this week in the blu-ray category. The rest of the month, not so much. First, getting the blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K titles listed, look for Everything Everywhere All at Once from LionsGate, Downton Abbey: A New Era from Universal Pictures (also available in a Limited Edition Gift Set) and lastly, Okja from the Criterion Collection.
Universal Pictures also releases the 2022 action/thriller Memory starring Liam Neeson.
From LionsGate, a 2022 thriller titled Zero Contact with Anthony Hopkins.
Kino Lorber has got three bug TV disaster movies from the 70s, they include Ants, Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo and Terror Out of the Sky. Roger Corman, they are not, but they still look like a lot of cheesy fun.
Honorable Mention: 88 Films is giving us another martial arts feature, this week it's Hero (1997).
Friday releases include June's batch of Imprint Films Titles:
Sony Pictures has announced I Know What You Did Last Summer to 4K disc with a September 27 release date. Also from Sony, Bram Stoker's Dracula will be getting a 4K SteelBook release on October 4th. What's special about this release is that it has been remastered to include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.
More leaks have been happening with Star Trek: The Original Movie collections releases. The Motion Picture Director's Cut 4K seems to be on schedule for September while the six-film collection 4K collection sometime in the third quarter.
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 1997 horror flick starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr., is getting a 4K upgrade with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for the film's 25th anniversary.
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar star with Freddie Prinze, Jr., Ryan Phillippe, and Johnny Galecki in this terrifying tale of murder and revenge. After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. Exactly one year later, the four friends’ deadly secret resurfaces as they’re stalked by a hook-handed figure looking for more than just an apology…
Besides having Dolby Vision/HDR with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, this release will include some new content including 6 Deleted Scenes + Alternate Ending, My Own Summer: An Interview with Director Jim Gillespie, He Knows What You Did: An Interview with Muse Watson, plus all of the previously released supplements from the Blu-ray.
Pre-Orders for this 4K title aren't available yet, however, it's worth noting that the film along with its sequels: I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and I’LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER will be available in 4K HDR on participating digital platforms on the same date. The full press release is included below.
DEBUTING ON 4K ULTRA HD™ SEPTEMBER 27TH
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar star with Freddie Prinze, Jr., Ryan Phillippe and Johnny Galecki in this terrifying tale of teenage suspense. After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. Exactly one year later, the four friends’ deadly secret resurfaces as they’re stalked by a hook-handed figure looking for more than just an apology…
DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC
Participating digital platforms will have I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER available in 4K HDR on this date, along with 4K HDR debuts of I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and I’LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: Jim Gillespie
Screenplay By: Kevin Williamson
Based on the Novel By: Lois Duncan
Produced by: Neal H. Moritz, Erik Feig and Stokely Chaffin
Executive Producer: William S. Beasley
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Johnny Galecki, Bridgette Wilson
Run Time: Approx. 101 minutes
Rating: R for strong horror violence and language
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
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Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Sony brings a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook of Francis Ford Coppola's infamous adaptation of Stoker's iconic vampire on October 4th, 2022.
As has been the case with so many other recent Sony reissues, they are reauthoring the disc to now include Dolby Vision HDR. Previously you had to have the digital streaming copy on iTunes or Vudu to watch the film with Dolby Vision. To round out the A/V presentation, the film also comes with English Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD MA 5.1, and DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio tracks. If that wasn't enough Sony is also including a pair of new bonus features - the Annie Lenox "Love Song for a Vampire" music video and a new featurette "Blood Lines - Dracula, the Man, the Myth, the Movies"
This one isn't yet up for pre-order but as soon as it is, we'll update our listings. Here's the full PR for all the gory details:
4K ULTRA HD DISC
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay By: James V. Hart
Produced by: Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs and Charles Mulvehill
Executive Producers: Michael Apted and Robert O’Connor
Cast: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves
Run Time: Approx. 127 minutes
Rating: R for sexuality and horror violence
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA