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.
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.
Friday releases, a ballet and an opera:
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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 Corn, The 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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 possible. It 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:
Plus, an impressive array of extra features:
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.
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.
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?
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:
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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!
and here's a look at the not so subtle back artwork:
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:
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.
Per the description -
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.:
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:
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.
Bring home the latest "family" film - F9: The Fast Saga Theatrical & Director's Cut on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 9/21
We already knew this one was in the pipeline for some time, but Universal is finally making it official. Fans of the ever-expanding Accelerated and Vexed franchise have a few options to add this latest entry to their collections.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will include Dolby Atmos audio along with HDR10 and HDR10+ grading for both the 02:22:41 Theatrical Cut and the 02:29:44 Director's Cut which presumably includes more mentions of the importance of "family" with Vin Diesel glowering at people. Disc looks to be a triple-layer BD-100 disc. A SteelBook for this one will also be floating around out there if you're into collecting those.
The 1080p SDR Blu-ray will also include both the Theatrical and Director's Cut of the film and also includes Dolby Atmos.
September is a pretty packed tight month for new 4K and Blu-ray releases, but we don't anticipate this one getting a release date change - it's been available for pre-order from retailers for some time. On that note - Thank You for your pre-orders, they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation alive and chugging.
Below is the full Press Release from Universal:
After the big news bombshell last week that The Criterion Collection would be going 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Six Upcoming Titles we have the official November 4K Ultra HD & Blu-Ray release slate.
The first thing to note is that this list for November doesn't include A Hard Day's Night, The Red Shoes, or The Piano - unless those get added at a later time, it looks like they're likely getting pushed back into December.
We are for sure getting Mulholland Dr., Menace II Society, and the big Granddaddy of auteur cinema Citizen Kane - These are currently only up for pre-order on Criterion's website but we expect online retailers to have them up soon: Click the links for full details
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English LPCM Mono
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $59.95
Also coming in a 3-Disc 1080p Blu-ray Edition
Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95
Menace II Society The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95
Also coming in a Single-Disc 1080p Blu-ray edition
In addition, fans will now get Federico Fellini's La Strada and the complete 5-Film 6-Disc set of Jet Li's iconic martial arts franchise Once Upon A Time in China to devour over the Thanksgiving holiday!
That is everything we have for now - we've reached out for clarification about the other three previously announced 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles and if those are coming in November or have been pushed to a later date. We'll update that ASAP.
Thanks for your pre-orders - they really go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running!