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No Fools - The Criterion Collection Dates & Details their April 2023 Release Slate

It's not an April Fool's joke - Criterion's April releases include three 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of titles. The titles include: The Fisher King (4K UHD Blu-ray), The Seventh Seal (4K UHD), Small Axe - Five Films by Steve McQueen (Blu-ray), and Triangle of Sadness (both 4K UHD and Blu-ray).

Up first on April 11 comes Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King starring Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams. 

The Fisher King - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Fisher King - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Criterion)

A fairy tale grounded in poignant reality, Terry Gilliam’s magnificent, Manhattan-set The Fisher King features Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in two of their most brilliant roles. Bridges plays a former radio shock jock reconstructing his life after a scandal, and Williams a homeless man on a quest for the Holy Grail—which he believes to be hidden somewhere on the Upper East Side. Unknowingly linked by their pasts, the two men aid each other on a fanciful journey toward their own humanity. This singular American odyssey features a witty script by Richard LaGravenese, evocative cinematography by Roger Pratt, and superb supporting performances by Amanda Plummer and an Oscar-winning Mercedes Ruehl, all harnessed by Gilliam into a compassionate, funny modern-day myth.

 1991 • 138 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

 

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

• One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

• Audio commentary featuring Gilliam

• Interviews with Gilliam, producer Lynda Obst, screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, and actors Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, and Mercedes Ruehl

• Interviews with artists Keith Greco and Vincent Jefferds on the creation of the film’s Red Knight

• Interview from 2006 with actor Robin Williams

• Video essay featuring Bridges’s on-set photographs

• Footage from 1991 of Bridges training as a radio personality with acting coach Stephen W. Bridgewater

• Deleted scenes, with audio commentary by Gilliam

• Costume tests

• Trailers

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri


 Next on April 18, Ingmar Bergman's classic tale The Seventh Seal starring Max von Sydow gets a 4K upgrade as well. 

The Seventh Seal - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

The Seventh Seal - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Criterion)

Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Ingmar Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality. One of the most influential films of its time, The Seventh Seal is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning and a work of stark visual poetry.

 1957 • 97 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Swedish with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

 

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

• One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

• Introduction from 2003 by director Ingmar Bergman

• Audio commentary and video afterword by Bergman expert Peter Cowie

• Bergman Island (2006), a feature-length documentary on Bergman by Marie Nyreröd

• Audio interview from 1998 with actor Max von Sydow

• Tribute to Bergman from 1989 by filmmaker Woody Allen

 Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie 

• Trailer

• Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

• PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins


 Arriving on April 25 comes Small Axe - a collection of five films by Steve McQueen only on Blu-ray. 

Small Axe - Five Films by Steve McQueen 

Small Axe - Five Films by Steve McQueen

With the five films that make up his Small Axe anthology, director Steve McQueen offers a richly evocative panorama of West Indian life in London from the 1960s through the ’80s—a time defined for the community by the terror of police violence, the empowering awakening of political consciousness, and the ecstatic escape of a vibrant reggae scene. Ranging in tone from the tenderly impressionistic to the devastatingly clear-eyed, these powerfully performed portraits of Black resistance, joy, creativity, and collective action—all sumptuously shot by Shabier Kirchner—form a revolutionary counterhistory of mid-twentieth-century Britain at a transformational moment.

 

 

DIRECTOR-APPROVED THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New high-definition masters of all five films, approved by director Steve McQueen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks

• New conversation between McQueen and writer and professor Paul Gilroy

• Behind-the-scenes featurettes including interviews with McQueen, executive producer Tracey Scoffield, writing consultant Alex Wheatle, and members of the Small Axe cast

• Uprising (2021), a three-part documentary codirected by McQueen and James Rogan about the tragic 1981 New Cross house fire

• Audio conversation among McQueen, music producer Dennis Bovell, and Beastie Boys member Mike D

• Trailers

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Ashley Clark

 MANGROVE

 Steve McQueen’s multistrand anthology of West Indian immigrant life in London opens in the late 1960s with this stirring ensemble film. In a Caribbean restaurant, a group of Black activists, intellectuals, and ordinary people converge and unite in struggle against incessant police harassment, leading to an explosive showdown on the streets and a courtroom drama that challenges the racist power structures of British society. Based on real events, this is a passionate vision of community as a form of resistance, performed by a dynamic cast (led by Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright, and Malachi Kirby) and bolstered by McQueen’s eye for vivid sensory detail.

2020 • 133 minutes • Color/B&W • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio

 

LOVERS ROCK 

Suffused with the intoxicating sounds of reggae, dub, and lovers rock, the second installment in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series unfolds over the course of one rapturous night into dawn in early-1980s West London, as a young woman (the luminous Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn) sneaks out to attend a house party. As the alternately languorous and ecstatic rhythms pulse from a homemade sound system, romance sparks on the dance floor, small human dramas play out, and, for a moment, this gathering is a safe haven from the outside world. Aided by the sensuous cinematography of Shabier Kirchner, McQueen captures an exhilarating expression of Black joy in a society often intent on stifling it.

2020 • 73 minutes • Color/B&W • 5.1 surround • 1.78:1 aspect ratio

 

RED, WHITE AND BLUE

Both a hard-hitting indictment of structural injustice and a penetrating portrait of a complex man, Red, White and Blueboasts a passionate, multilayered performance from John Boyega as Leroy Logan, a Black research scientist whose decision to join the notoriously racist London police force, in hopes of reforming it from the inside, brings him into conflict with his family, community, and very sense of self. Based on a true story, this nuanced exploration of Margaret Thatcher–era racial tensions powerfully portrays the psychic struggle of a lone man going up against a system designed to crush him.

2020 • 84 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

  

ALEX WHEATLE

An intimate account of a decisive moment in British history unfolds via the true story of one man’s awakening Black consciousness. Raised in cold, oppressive children’s homes that have left him estranged from his West Indian roots, the eponymous orphan Alex Wheatle (Sheyi Cole) gradually finds his voice as an artist, activist, and writer on the streets of Brixton—a transformation that intersects with the 1981 uprising in which the neighborhood’s mainly Black youth erupt in protest against police violence. Interwoven with the vibrant reggae that inspired its subject’s journey, Alex Wheatlecrackles with the heady political and cultural energy of a singular time and place.

2020 • 69 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.00:1 aspect ratio

 

EDUCATION

A Black boy’s journey through an ineffectual public school system reveals the racial inequities built into everyday British life. Young Kingsley Smith (Kenyah Sandy) is a spirited aspiring astronaut with a love of drawing whose life is turned upside down when he is thrust into a new school for the “educationally subnormal”—a harrowing experience that gradually awakens his mother (Sharlene Whyte) to the institutional mistreatment of the children of West Indian immigrants. Shot on Super 16 mm to evoke BBC television dramas from the 1970s, the final Small Axe film concludes the pentalogy with a hopeful vision of the power of Black-led collective action.

2020 • 66 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.66:1 aspect ratio


 And finally, also due on April 25 comes Ruben Östlund's Palme d’Or–winner Triangle of Sadness on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. 

Triangle of Sadness - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Triangle of Sadness - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Criterion)

Master of social discomfort Ruben Östlund trains his unsparing lens on the world of wealth, beauty, and privilege in this audacious, Palme d’Or–winning satire of our status-obsessed culture. A model-influencer couple (Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean) get a ticket to the luxe life when they’re invited aboard an all-expenses-paid cruise alongside a coterie of the rich and ghoulish—but an act of fate turns their Insta-perfect world upside down. Pushing each provocative set piece to its outré extreme, Östlund maps the shifting social hierarchies with the irreverence of a modern-day Luis Buñuel and the incisiveness of a cinematic anthropologist.

2022 • 147 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.35:1 aspect ratio

 

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 4K digital master, approved by director Ruben Östlund, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

• In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

• New interview with Östlund and filmmaker and actor Johan Jonason

• Two new programs: one about the film’s special effects and one about a challenging day on set 

• Trailer

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

As usual with The Criterion Collection, preorders should be available within the next few days - Happy Collecting!

Bruce Willis' Redemption - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 15, 2023

 Another month is halfway over, and fortunately for us, another week of releases is upon us.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 15th - January 21st, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Import Monday begins with the Zavvi SteelBook of Halloween Ends, I like to cover art much better than the current Best Buy one. If they do a repeat like before, Best Buy will get a V2 release, which will be this artwork.

 

 This week is another week with no actual new releases, but there are a few good catalog titles pining for our attention.

 From the Paramount Presents line, (and one-upping Imprint Films' blu-ray only release) comes Double Jeopardy starring Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd.

 Closing out Paramount this week, a double-dip of Cloverfield, but this time as a semi-translucent slipcover SteelBook.

 

 Just like Paramount, Shout Factory has a new catalog release of Wrath of Man this week,

 

 and for a double-dip as a SteelBook, John Carpenter's They Live.

 

 Next week, classic vigilante movie, tummy, and how bizarre.

Blu-ray releases-

 Did someone say Bruce Willis? Yes, I did, last week, and just now! Our man Bruce gets a sequel release from LionsGate this week, Detective Knight: Redemption. The third film in this series will be available on February 28th. How many movies did he film before announcing he was retiring?

 

 Action double feature from Arrow Video, Angela Mao in Lady Whirlwind & Hapkido.

 Anime highlights include Black Clover - Season 3 Complete Collection, The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation out of Debt - The Complete Season, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer, No Game, No Life - Complete Collection and One Piece: Season Twelve - Voyage Two.

 From the Criterion Collection, Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy. I will leave the analyzing of this one to the experts, can't even pretend to know this one.

 

 From 20th Century Studios, 'Highly Recommended' film The Menu. Sans a 4K disc and slipcover, this release is nearly perfect.

 

 From Kino Lorber, Missing in Action Trilogy with Chuck Norris. If you opt for the individual titles instead, you gain individual slipcovers and lose the box, those films are Missing in Action, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning and Braddock: Missing in Action III.

 

 From Universal, a drama depicting the events that spawned the creation of the civil rights movement, titled Till (as in Mamie Till-Mobley).

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Disney has announced Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for blu-ray/4K release on February 7th. Interestingly enough, there are TWO Best Buy SteelBooks this go round. I like aspects of both of them, tough choice!

 The Fabelman's gets a blu-ray and 4K disc release on February 14th.

 Warner Bros. is likely releasing more classics to 4K around April. If they follow the current formula, the UK will get a nice gift set option with some pretty cool swag, the US will get a disc only release. So far we are looking for The Maltese Falcon, Rebel Without a Cause and Cool Hand Luke.

 The James Wan hit M3GAN currently has a preorder spot for blu-ray release. This being a Blumhouse release, don't hold your breath for a 4K. Maybe Mr. Wan has enough pull to make 4K happen?

 

 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?



Violent Night Arrives on Digital 01/20 and Blu-ray/DVD 01/27

The gory Christmas action-comedy starring Stranger Things' David Harbour as Santa Claus will be available on Blu-ray/DVD on January 24th

When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound taking everyone inside hostage, they are not prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus. David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) stars as St. Nick in the “wildly entertaining” (SCREEN RANT) holiday romp, delivering some serious season’s beatings to save the family and the spirit of Christmas.

There doesn't appear to be a 4K UHD Blu-ray release at this time, but the releases include over half an hour of supplements including deleted scenes, featurettes, and an audio commentary with Director Tommy Wirkola, Producer Guy Danella, Writer Pat Casey and Writer Josh Miller.

Violent Night
Violent Night
 

Order your copy now and here is the full press release (I love how it says that Violent Night's home video release arrives just in time for next Christmas):


       


DAVID HARBOUR SLEIGHS IN THE ACTION-COMEDY SPECTACLE, NOW YOURS TO OWN JUST IN TIME FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS WITH EXCLUSIVE DELETED SCENES, BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURETTES AND MORE!

 

 

 

 “GORILY ENTERTAINING AND WITTY THROUGHOUT”
THE WRAP

 

ON DIGITAL JANUARY 20, 2023
BLU-RAY
TM AND DVD JANUARY 24, 2023
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 
 

 

 

 

 

Universal City, California, January 13, 2023 – From the producers of Nobody and John Wick comes VIOLENT NIGHT, available to own with bonus features on Digital January 20, 2023 and on Blu-ray and DVD on January 24, 2023 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “The greatest Christmas action movie of all time” (CINAPSE) comes home in a collector’s edition that includes over half an hour of never-before-seen bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, a feature commentary, and behind-the-scenes featurettes delivering more of the movie for your Christmas collection.
 
When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound taking everyone inside hostage, they are not prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus. David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) stars as St. Nick in the “wildly entertaining” (SCREEN RANT) holiday romp, delivering some serious season’s beatings to save the family and the spirit of Christmas.
 
Directed by Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow franchise), VIOLENT NIGHT also stars Emmy
® winner John Leguizamo (John Wick), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Cam Gigandet (Without Remorse), Alex Hassell (Cowboy Bebop), Alexis Louder (The Tomorrow War) and Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise).
 
With the purchase of VIOLENT NIGHT on disc or Digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit
www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

 

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Family Arrives at the Mansion
    • Jason and Linda in Bedroom
    • Krampus Sees Trudy's Radio
    • Santa on the Roof
    • Walk to the Manger
    • Family Resolution
    • Bad Dad
    • Cast Call Back
    • Extended Scenes
  • Quarrelin' Kringle - Cast and crew relay why David Harbour is the perfect brawler for this combative rendition of Santa.
  • Santa's Helpers: The Making Of VIOLENT NIGHT - Tommy Wirkola and David Leitch have reunited for another madcap, violent fairytale with heart in VIOLENT NIGHT. This making-of will celebrate their spirited reunion as well as the other little helpers.
  • Deck the Halls with Brawls - Go behind the action as we go blow for blow with the new villains of Christmas.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tommy Wirkola, Producer Guy Danella, Writer Pat Casey and Writer Josh Miller

 

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder and Beverly D’Angelo
Music By: Dominic Lewis
Editor: Jim Page ACE
Production Designer: Roger Fires
Director of Photography: Matthew Weston FNF
Executive Producer: Marc S. Fischer
Produced By: Kelly McCormick p.g.a., David Leitch p.g.a., Guy Danella
Written By: Pat Casey & Josh Miller
Directed By: Tommy Wirkola


TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM:
Street Date: January 24, 2023
Selection Number: 1000819013 (US)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 
Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references
Subtitles: English, Latin American Spanish and French Canadian  
Languages/Sound: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), Latin American Spanish (DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio 7.1) and French Canadian (DTS Digital Surround 5.1) 
Run Time: 01:51:22


TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: January 24, 2023
Selection Number: 1000819012 (US)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 
Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references
Subtitles: English, Latin American Spanish and French Canadian  
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Run Time: 01:51:29

 

ABOUT UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE –
www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. 

Turbine Cuts Up New Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4K Ultra HD MediaBooks

If you missed out on Turbine Medien's excellent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook releases, fear not, now you can get all of the same great content and artwork in new deluxe Mediabook packaging!


Now the good news for you collectors out there that already picked up the SteelBook Slipcase editions from last year, there's nothing new here to force you into making another purchase of Tobe Hooper's horror classic. You're getting the same great Dolby Vision transfer with the same great Atmos and Auro 13 audio tracks and 65-page booklet (in German), with extra discs of bonus content.
Read our review here

With that - Second Sight and Dark Sky Films will also have their own releases of Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre later this year. We aim to review those as soon as they're available - but this release is a very good option. The Dolby Vision transfer sourced from the original 16mm negative is first rate and the Atmos is pretty slick. And for those not rigged up for Atmos or Auro 3D, there are legacy audio tracks as well.

Here are the new Mediabooks:

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Turbine Mediabook French Cover

Texas Chain Saw 4K Mediabook

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Turbine Mediabook US Artwork

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Turbine Mediabook US Video Artwork

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Turbine Mediabook Jason Edmiston Cover

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4K Mediabook D

If fancy packaging isn't your thing, a standard release is also available:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - Standard Edition 

 

Here's all the gory details of each set:

4K Restoration from 16mm Negative - Featuring HDR + Dolby Vision for the first time on Ultra HD Blu-ray

In 1974, writer, director and producer Tobe Hooper unleashed his dark vision upon mankind - a story about five young friends whose innocent journey to... turns into a nightmare on a summer afternoon. The film was labeled perverse and glorified violence, was banned in many countries and, at the time, was only recognized by the bravest critics as the film that redefined horror. The Texas Bloody Judgment divided, shocked and stunned audiences around the world, set a benchmark in its genre, set a new course and made Leatherface a horror icon

Language / Sound: German Auro-3D 13.1, German Dolby Atmos, German DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0, English Auro-3D 13.1, English Dolby Atmos, English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0, English DTS 2.0 Stereo, German DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Surround, German DTS 2.0 Mono, English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Surround, English DTS 2.0 Stereo, DTS 2.0 Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (2160p24) - 4K Ultra HD with HDR10 / Dolby Vision, 1.85: 1 (1080p24 Full HD)
Subtitles: Main film: German for the hearing impaired, German, English - Audio comments: German
Running time: 84 minutes

Bonus material:
+ 64-page booklet by Tobias Hohmann about the history of the creation and the franchise
+ four audio comments by cast, director, cameraman , editor and sound engineer
+ Documentaries and interviews The chainsaw business: From grandfather's sewing box, The chainsaw cut, The hallowed ground of horror
+ Documentaries: TCM - A Family Portrait - The Shocking - Truth, Flesh Wounds and Off the Hook
+ A tour of the TCM house with Gunnar Hansen
+ Removed Scenes and Outtakes
+ The Shocking Truth Outtakes
+ 40th Anniversary Trailer, Cinema Trailer (USA, D), US TV & Radio Spots

The bonus material has optional German subtitles and is partly in SD.

Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Feb 14th

Steven Spielberg's hugely acclaimed Golden Globe-winning drama starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogan, Gabriel LaBelle and Judd Hirsch will be available for digital streaming on January 17 and on home video including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 14.

Read our theatrical review of The Fabelmans

Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s own childhood, rediscover the magic of movies in THE FABELMANS, a coming-of-age story about a young man uncovering a shattering family secret and the power of film and imagination to help us see the truth about ourselves and each other. With a star-studded cast featuring Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, My Week with Marilyn), Paul Dano (The Batman, There Will Be Blood), Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs, An American Pickle), Gabriel LaBelle (The Predator, “American Gigolo”) and Academy Award® nominee Judd Hirsch (Uncut Gems, Ordinary People), THE FABELMANS tells a timeless tale of heartbreak, healing, and hope for the dreamer inside all of us.

The Fabelmans
The Fabelmans
 

The Fabelmans - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
The Fabelmans - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 


BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL: 

  • THE FABELMANS: A Personal Journey - Steven Spielberg reflects on how THE FABELMANS is inspired by his own personal story and family.
  • Family Dynamics *- Discover how the film's cast brought THE FABELMANS to life as Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen and more build a bridge between their onscreen personalities and their true-life counterparts.
  • Crafting the World of THE FABELMANS *- From costume and set design to music and cinematography, the filmmakers behind THE FABELMANS reveal how they created movie magic while capturing the film's unique look.

*Not on DVD

Preorder your copy now and see the full press release below:


 

 WINNER OF TWO GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® FOR BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA & BEST DIRECTOR OF A MOTION PICTURE
 

  BRING HOME THE EXTRAORDINARY COMING-OF-AGE STORY  

 

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH GOLDEN GLOBE®-WINNING DIRECTOR/WRITER STEVEN SPIELBERG
AS HE SHARES MORE OF HIS PERSONAL STORIES THAT INSPIRED THIS YEAR’S MOST HEARTWARMING FILM

 
“THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR” – TIME

 

OWN IT ON DIGITAL JANUARY 17, 2023
BLU-RAY™ AND DVD FEBRUARY 14, 2023
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

 

Universal City, California, January 12, 2023 – Director Steven Spielberg brings a deeply personal portrait of a 20th century American childhood in the semi-autobiographical film, THE FABELMANS, available to own on Digital January 17, 2023 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 14, 2023 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “An enduring classic” (Peter Travers, ABC NEWS), THE FABELMANS is a heartfelt tale that “we’ve been waiting 45 years for Steven Spielberg to make” (Rolling Stone). THE FABELMANS comes with exclusive bonus content that takes viewers behind the scenes with Spielberg, filmmakers and the all-star cast as they bring the audience into the world that brought Spielberg’s story to life.
 
Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s own childhood, rediscover the magic of movies in THE FABELMANS, a coming-of-age story about a young man uncovering a shattering family secret and the power of film and imagination to help us see the truth about ourselves and each other. With a star-studded cast featuring Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, My Week with Marilyn), Paul Dano (The Batman, There Will Be Blood), Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs, An American Pickle), Gabriel LaBelle (The Predator, “American Gigolo”) and Academy Award® nominee Judd Hirsch (Uncut Gems, Ordinary People), THE FABELMANS tells a timeless tale of heartbreak, healing, and hope for the dreamer inside all of us.
 
With the purchase of THE FABELMANS on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.
 
BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL: 

  • THE FABELMANS: A Personal Journey - Steven Spielberg reflects on how THE FABELMANS is inspired by his own personal story and family.
  • Family Dynamics *- Discover how the film's cast brought THE FABELMANS to life as Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen and more build a bridge between their onscreen personalities and their true-life counterparts.
  • Crafting the World of THE FABELMANS *- From costume and set design to music and cinematography, the filmmakers behind THE FABELMANS reveal how they created movie magic while capturing the film's unique look.

*Not on DVD
 
FILMMAKERS:  
Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogan, Gabriel LaBelle and Judd Hirsch
Music By: John Williams
Costume Designer: Mark Bridges
Edited By: Michael Kahn ACE and Sarah Broshar
Production Designer: Rick Carter
Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski
Executive Producers: Carla Raij and Josh McLaglen
Produced By: Kristie Macosko Krieger p.g.a., Steven Spielberg p.g.a., Tony Kushner p.g.a.
Written By: Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K UHD:
Street Date: February 14, 2023
Selection Number: 1000823249 (US) / 1000824321 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements, brief violence and drug use.
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM
Street Date: February 14, 2023
Selection Number: 1000822990 (US) / 1000822992 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements, brief violence and drug use.
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: 
Street Date: February 14, 2023
Selection Number: 1000822989 (US) / 1000822991 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements, brief violence and drug use.
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish 
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
 
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Here’s Looking at You: The Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Classic Releases of 2022

If you love classic movies and have been waiting - and waiting - to enjoy them in the splendor of 4K UHD, 2022 was your year. After tantalizing fans with a few isolated releases over the past few years (Universal led the way with its superior Alfred Hitchcock and Classic Monsters Icons of Horror collections, while Warner’s eye-popping edition of The Wizard of Oz, Paramount’s sumptuous My Fair Lady, and Sony's Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection, Volume 1 and Volume 2 earned well-deserved plaudits), many studios - big and small - at last fully embraced the idea of presenting classics in 4K in 2022. All I can say is, it’s about time!

And while I know it takes time to get these cinematic gems restored and remastered so they'll hold up under the unforgiving 4K microscope, I also believe studios don't prioritize even the most renowned films of the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s when a new format debuts. Classics took forever to arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D, and 4K UHD was no exception. In fact, the Ultra High-Def wait was so interminable, many rabid fans like myself began to wonder if any classics ever would be released in the format at all. Would the high cost of remastering, painstaking restoration process, and smaller market share prevent studios from adding classics to their 4K catalogues, especially when so many classic titles had yet to even enjoy a Blu-ray release?

Thankfully, no. After Criterion finally waded into the 4K classic waters with Citizen Kane and The Red Shoes late last year, Kino Lorber grabbed the baton and ran with it. Their Studio Classics line unveiled a plethora of excellent 4K UHD releases in 2022, and though major studios like Warner, Sony, Paramount, and Universal couldn’t match Kino’s output, the quality of their releases remained stellar. While Criterion continues to produce 4K UHD discs, its slate of Golden Age classics in the format has lagged well behind Kino, much to the disappointment of classics aficionados. That said, fans of Ultra HD and Hollywood classics had a lot to smile about in 2022.

10 best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Classic Releases of 2022

THE APARTMENT (1960) - Kino Lorber Studio Classics

What's most notable about this 4K UHD presentation of writer-director Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning comedy-drama that skewers office and sexual politics is its lack of High Dynamic Range. The Apartment is the only title in this list that isn't enhanced by either HDR or Dolby Vision, and - much to my amazement - it doesn't matter a damn. The crisp, vibrant transfer immerses us in New York's concrete corporate jungle and makes the pitch-perfect performances of Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray resonate more strongly. The Apartment won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Art Direction-Set Decoration, and Editing, and was nominated for five more, and this terrific disc showcases every aspect of this funny, moving, and searing film like never before.


CASABLANCA (1942) - Warner Home Video

We waited a loooong time for this one. From the moment 4K UHD came on the scene, classic movie fans salivated at the prospect of seeing one of the all-time great movies in the format. Well, just in time for Casablanca's 80th birthday, Warner Home Video finally delivered, and the disc was worth the wait. Incredibly film-like, razor sharp, and packed with fine detail, the HDR transfer struck from a 4K 16-bit scan of the best-surviving nitrate elements outshines every other home video release of this Best Picture Oscar winner that tells arguably the most captivating World War II story in Hollywood history. Iconic images abound - Bogie in his trench coat, Bergman's watery eyes, Paul Henreid passionately singing "La Marseillaise," the sardonic Claude Rains smirking in his military finery, tubby Sydney Greenstreet cackling in his fez hat, an oily Peter Lorre squealing "Reeeeck! Reeeeck!", Dooley Wilson crooning "As Time Goes By" while tinkling the ivories... None of them have looked or sounded any better than they do here. If you have a 4K setup, you need Casablanca in Ultra High-Def in your collection.


DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) - The Criterion Collection

"From the moment they met, it was murder." Double Indemnity is the granddaddy of all film noir thrillers and the gold standard by which countless copycats and wannabes are judged. Writer-director Billy Wilder's blistering adaptation of James M. Cain's novel about an adulterous couple who plot to bump off the woman's sour husband and collect the sizable insurance spoils never fails to cut like a knife, no matter how many times we've seen it, and it fits 4K UHD like a glove. Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, and Edward G. Robinson ignite the screen, and the inky blacks and crisp whites in Criterion's lush yet film-like Dolby Vision HDR transfer create a seductive noir mood that intensifies the sexual tension and ruthless nastiness of this irresistibly nefarious tale. Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actress, Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound, and Music Score, Double Indemnity remains the pinnacle of film noir, and this delectable 4K UHD rendering from Criterion allows us to savor every ferocious bite.


FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) - Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection, Volume 3

Don't get me wrong, director Fred Zinnemann's stark, stirring adaptation of James Jones' bestselling novel about a U.S. Army outfit in Hawaii in the months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor looks fantastic in 4K UHD, but it's the Dolby Atmos soundtrack that really earns this Best Picture Oscar winner a spot on this list. A 70-year-old movie with a Dolby Atmos track??!! I couldn't believe it either, but it makes this timeless film almost feel like a contemporary release. As my colleague Matthew Hartman astutely noted in his review, don't "staple this against something like Top Gun: Maverick, that wouldn’t be a contest, but for a film of this vintage, Sony is proving with some care and attention that a massive multi-channel track can work wonders for a classic." He continues, "From grunts clacking pool cues in the officer’s club to drilling in the courtyard to the climactic surprise attack sequence, this mix is quite something. Channel spacing is pitch-perfect allowing enough activity to occupy the front, side, and rear channels and bleeding into the overheads without sounding forced, cheap, or inorganic. One could swear it was always presented in Atmos." Dolby Vision HDR also heightens the intensity of the climactic aerial attack and enhances the power of the nuanced performances of Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, and Donna Reed, all of which were nominated for Oscars. (Yes, that famous beach scene with the waves crashing over Lancaster and Kerr as they passionately embrace looks stunning, too.) For now, From Here to Eternity, which won a whopping eight Oscars and was nominated for five more, is only available as part of Sony's Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection, Volume 3, but hopefully a stand-alone release is planned.


IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) - Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection, Volume 3

One of the oldest films yet to receive the 4K UHD treatment, It Happened One Night, the first of only a handful of movies to win Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay, is a revelation in the format. It's also Hollywood's first bona fide romantic comedy and the blueprint from which almost all subsequent romcoms have been constructed. Director Frank Capra's rollicking battle of the sexes depicts the incessant fireworks between a sassy runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert) and cocky newspaperman (Clark Gable) as they bumble and stumble their way up the East Coast, bickering and sparring before they inevitably fall in love. Though the Dolby Vision HDR transfer occasionally emphasizes the heavier grain structure of vintage films, the picture looks remarkably vivid and silky most of the time without appearing artificially enhanced. Much of It Happened One Night takes places at night, but the dense blacks don't shroud fine details and the increased clarity and contrast heighten depth. This impeccable transfer proves early films can indeed benefit from 4K UHD upgrades, and we can only hope it will inspire the release of more 1930s movies in the format. Like From Here to EternityIt Happened One Night is only available as part of the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection, Volume 3 for now, but it would behoove Sony to release it separately later this year.


PATHS OF GLORY (1957) - Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Stanley Kubrick fans hit the jackpot in 2022, thanks to Kino releasing three of the legendary director's early films in Ultra High-Def. Both Killer's Kiss and especially The Killing, which just missed making this list, look terrific in 4K UHD, but the crown jewel of the trio is without question Paths of Glory. One of the most realistic and devastating war movies of all time tells the true-life tale of an innocent group of World War I German soldiers who become scapegoats after a disastrous mission threatens the standing of their pompous, egomaniacal commanding officer. The dazzling Dolby Vision HDR transfer, which was struck from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, puts us in the filthy, putrid trenches and on the muddy battlefield strewn with casualties. The smoke, grit, gore, debris, exploding shells, and deafening noise are all brilliantly rendered, as are the close-ups of Kirk Douglas, who files one of his most intense and magnetic portrayals, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, and Ralph Meeker. Paths of Glory wields immense power and Kino's 4K UHD disc provides an immersive cinematic experience that heightens the film's impact and celebrates the young Kubrick's artistry and innovation.


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) - Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Gregory Peck won a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar for his thoughtful, measured portrayal of Atticus Finch, a small town lawyer who defends a black man against a scurrilous charge made by a white woman in director Richard Mulligan's classic adaptation of Harper Lee's immortal novel. The top-notch HDR transfer brings out all the details in the dusty, sleepy town of Maycomb, Mississippi and enhances the intimate moments that make the movie resonate. To Kill a Mockingbird is about honor, integrity, prejudice, and acceptance, and though those ideas and principles don't instantly scream 4K, they become strangely more impactful when we feel like we're in the same room and breathing the same air as the film's characters. Ultra High-Def isn't just for big-budget action blockbusters, sci-fi odysseys, and effects-laden superhero movies, and To Kill a Mockingbird, with the same quiet dignity that defines the film, proves that.


TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) - Kino Lorber Studio Classics

One of 2022's most eagerly anticipated classic releases was Kino's 4K UHD presentation of director Orson Welles' masterful film noir Touch of Evil. The gripping tale of a corrupt and vindictive cop who locks horns with a narcotics agent over a mob murder in a sleazy Mexican border town brims with Wellesian style and nail-biting tension and is buoyed by riveting performances from Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Marlene Dietrich, and Welles himself. Universal mangled the movie prior to its release, prompting an irate response from Welles and two re-edited versions (one of which was created decades later) that more fully reflect his original vision. All three cuts of Touch of Evil are included in Kino's three-disc special edition, and all three boast stunning Dolby Vision HDR transfers that belie the film's difficult history. The two alternate versions look remarkably cohesive, despite the use of multiple sources, with rich blacks, palpable depth, and sublime close-ups combining to create an image that's "so immersive, so sharp, so filmic, so balanced, so impressive, and such a pleasure to watch, I can't imagine anyone with the capability to play 4K UHD discs not wanting to add this set to their collection."


SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) - Warner Home Video

Along with CasablancaSingin' in the Rain sat atop scads of upgrade wish lists when Ultra High-Def debuted. It took a while, but in honor of the movie's 70th anniversary, Warner at last released in 4K UHD what many rightfully call the greatest musical ever made. And to quote the title song, what a glorious feeling it was! This uproarious, exhilarating, and nostalgic look at Hollywood's rocky transition from silent to sound pictures contains an array of breathtaking numbers that showcase the peerless terpsichorean talent of Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Cyd Charisse. The film's yummy Technicolor palette and sumptuous sets and costumes look fantastic in 4K, and the splendiferous HDR transfer boosts appreciation for not only the illustrious cast, but also MGM's entire Arthur Freed Unit, which elevated the humble musical to a lofty, sophisticated art form. As I wrote in my review, "Warner has always done Technicolor proud in its Blu-ray transfers, but the hues in this 4K UHD transfer with HDR take the cake...and make us want to eat it, too...To say [the film's] Blu-ray transfer is kind of like Kansas and the 4K UHD transfer is like Dorothy opening the door and entering Oz is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. Once you see Singin' in the Rain in the splendor of 4K UHD with HDR...you will never, ever watch the Blu-ray again."


SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) - Kino Lorber Studio Classics

"You had me at Marilyn Monroe in Dolby Vision." That's how I opened my review of Kino's 4K UHD upgrade of Billy Wilder's classic cross-dressing, gender-bending screwball comedy about a couple of manic musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) who join an all-girls band to evade the vengeful grasp of a vindictive mobster (George Raft). Monroe sparkles in this side-splitting farce, and Kino's terrific Dolby Vision HDR transfer allows us to drink in her inimitable vivacity, vulnerability, and doe-eyed allure. (It also inspires longing for Marilyn's color movies to be released in the format. C'mon Fox, get on the ball!) As I wrote in my review, "Everything that's good about [Criterion's] 2018 restoration is that much better here - heightened clarity and contrast, greater depth, denser black levels, brighter whites, and sharper fine details all enhance the incredibly film-like picture...What's so exhilarating about Kino's transfer is the way it captures, reflects, and transmits the kinetic energy that permeates almost every frame of Some Like It Hot." Few comedies are as laugh-out-loud funny, and Kino's excellent presentation ensures we'll be howling for years to come.


A few other classic titles released in 4K UHD in 2022 merit mention. Kino's Ultra High-Def upgrades of The Killing (1956), director Stanley Kubrick's gritty, mesmerizing heist flick with Sterling Hayden and Elisha Cook Jr., and In the Heat of the Night (1967), director Norman Jewison's explosive murder mystery with racial overtones with Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, made significant splashes, as did Warner's impressive UHD presentation of Giant (1956), director George Stevens' mammoth adaptation of novelist Edna Ferber's ode to Texas starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean. Even without HDR, Kino delivered an exceptional release of the iconic World War II POW epic The Great Escape to 4K Ultra HD along with the Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns A Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More. With so many great releases, it's nearly impossible to catalog and rank them all, but the 10 titles above are the essentials of any growing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection.

2022 was a banner year for classics in 4K UHD. And as I raise a glass to these glorious discs, here’s hoping 2023 yields an even greater bounty of classics in Ultra High-Def. We've waited long enough.

John Wick Stash Book Collection – SteelBook Box Set Hitting 4K February 28

The explosive action films starring Keanu Reeves will be available in a 4K UHD Best Buy exclusive SteelBook collection on February 28.

The iconic, action-packed, three-film John Wick Stash Book Collection – SteelBook® Box Set arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ + Blu-ray™ + Digital SteelBook February 28 from Lionsgate. Starring legendary actor Keanu Reeves (The Matrix franchise, Point Break, Speed) and featuring Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), the John Wick trilogy follows a former hit man who is forced back into the criminal underworld he had abandoned. When housed in the outer box, the three SteelBooks form a replica of John’s killer “stash book” from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Each SteelBook is emblazoned with detailed imagery specific to the film within, and each is numbered (1, 2, or 3) to signify its place in the series while enhancing its “hardcover book” look. The Best Buy exclusive John Wick Stash Book Collection – SteelBook Box Set will be available for the suggested retail price of $99.99.

The release includes all previous features and Dolby Atmos soundtracks and as mentioned this set will only be available at Best Buy.

John Wick Stash Book Collection – SteelBook Box Set (Best Buy Exclusive)
John Wick Stash Book Collection – SteelBook Box Set (Best Buy Exclusive)
 

Check out the full press release:


John Wick 1-3 Stash Book Collection 4K Ultra HD SteelBook®
4K Ultra HD™ + Blu-ray™ + Digital SteelBook
Street Date: 2/28/23
SRP: $99.99

 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The iconic, action-packed, three-film John Wick Stash Book Collection – SteelBook® Box Set arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ + Blu-ray™ + Digital SteelBook February 28 from Lionsgate. Starring legendary actor Keanu Reeves (The Matrix franchise, Point Break, Speed) and featuring Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), the John Wick trilogy follows a former hit man who is forced back into the criminal underworld he had abandoned. When housed in the outer box, the three SteelBooks form a replica of John’s killer “stash book” from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Each SteelBook is emblazoned with detailed imagery specific to the film within, and each is numbered (1, 2, or 3) to signify its place in the series while enhancing its “hardcover book” look. The Best Buy exclusive John Wick Stash Book Collection – SteelBook Box Set will be available for the suggested retail price of $99.99.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
A retired hit man is forced back into the underground world of assassins when he embarks on a merciless journey to hunt down his adversaries. With the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend, John Wick fights to overcome the world’s top hit men and women in his quest for revenge and redemption in this stylish, electrifying action series.
 
JOHN WICK: When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick — a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin — they have no idea that they’ve just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend. 
 
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2: Legendary hit man John Wick is forced out of retirement again by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. 
 
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM: Super assassin John Wick has a $14 million dollar price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with any army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline- fueled action series.

CAST
Keanu Reeves                                    The Matrix franchise, Point Break, Speed
Primetime Emmy® Award Nominee  
Ian McShane                                       TV’s “Deadwood,” Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger                        
                                                            Tides
Lance Reddick                                    White House Down, Godzilla vs. Kong, TV’s “Resident Evil”
Academy Award® Winner
Halle Berry                                           Monster’s Ball, Moonfall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle     
Ruby Rose                                          TV’s “Orange Is the New Black,” SAS: Red Notice
Academy Award® Nominee
Laurence Fishburne                           The Matrix franchise, Mystic River
Asia Kate Dillon                                  TV’s “Billions” and “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”
 
STEELBOOK SPECIAL FEATURES
JOHN WICK

  • Audio Commentary by Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch
  • Don't F*#% with John Wick 
  • Calling in the Cavalry
  • Destiny of a Collective 
  • Assassin’s Code 
  • Red Circle 
  • NYC Noir
  • Theatrical Trailer

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

  • Audio Commentary by Keanu Reeves and Director Chad Stahelski 
  • Deleted Scenes
  • RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick
  • Training John Wick
  • WICK-vizzed
  • Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership
  • As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick
  • Car Fu Ride-Along
  • Chamber Check: Evolution of a Fight Scene 
  • Wick’s Toolbox
  • Kill Count
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Dog Wick Short

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM

  • Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table
  • Excommunicado
  • Check Your Sights
  • Saddle Up Wick
  • Bikes, Blades, Bridges, and Bits
  • Continental in the Desert
  • Dog Fu
  • House of Transparency 
  • Shot by Shot  
  • Theatrical Trailer #1 
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick Hex Game Trailer 
  • Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2014-2019
Title Copyright: John Wick © 2014 Poquito Productions, LLC. John Wick: Chapter 2 © 2017, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum © 2019, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2023 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. and related companies. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Catalog
Rating: JOHN WICK: Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2: Rated R for strong violence throughout, some language and brief nudity.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM: Rated R for pervasive strong violence, and some language.
Genre: Action
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum only), English SDH
Feature Run Time:
JOHN WICK: 101 Mins.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2: 122 Mins.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM: 130 Mins.
Technical Specs:
JOHN WICK 4K Ultra HD Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 (2.40:1) Presentation
JOHN WICK 4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos
JOHN WICK Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (2.40:1) Presentation
JOHN WICK Blu-ray™ Audio: English Dolby Atmos
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 4K Ultra HD Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 (2.40:1) Presentation
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (2.40:1) Presentation
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Blu-ray™ Audio: English Dolby Atmos
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 4K Ultra HD Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation, Dolby Vision
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM 4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM Blu-ray™ Audio: English Dolby Atmos

Chicago 20th Anniversary Blu-ray SteelBook Coming February 7

The critically-acclaimed musical comedy and Best Picture winner from Rob Marshall is getting a SteelBook edition for the film's 20th anniversary on February 7th

Winner of 6 academy Awards- Chicago is a dazzling spectacle cheered by audiences and critics alike! At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and spotlight seeking Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row! They also share Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago, there's only room for one legend!

The release doesn't appear to have anything new aside from the SteelBook packaging, as the bonus materials are all legacy features.

Chicago 20th Anniversary Blu-ray SteelBook
Chicago (SteelBook)
 

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


 

Winner of six Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, director Rob Marshall’s musical sensation CHICAGO celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a new, Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ SteelBook™, arriving February 7, 2023 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

Originally released wide on January 24, 2003, CHICAGO was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won not only Best Picture, but also Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound. 

 

A thrilling adaptation of the Broadway musical, the film boasts sensational performances from Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Christine Baranski, and more.  Filled with electrifying musical numbers, wildly entertaining satire, and plenty of razzle dazzle, CHICAGO remains a must-see cinematic spectacle.

 

The Limited-Edition Blu-ray SteelBook includes access to a Digital copy of the film and boasts over three hours of legacy bonus content, including commentary with director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon, an extensive look at the film with cast and crew interviews, plus extended musical performances.  Bonus content is detailed below:

 

  • Feature Commentary with director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon
  • Chicago in the Spotlight – A Retrospective with Cast and Crew
    • Bringing Chicago to Life: Adapting the Broadway Musical to Film
    • Developing the Screenplay: Collaborating with Bill Condon
    • Casting the Movie: Finding Actors Who Can Sing and Dance
    • The Extended Cast: The Great Dancers of Chicago
    • Rehearsals: The Best of Times
    • Rob Marshall: Born to Direct
    • Marty Richards: In Remembrance
    • Neil Meron and Craig Zadan: Renowned Musical Producers
    • The Magicians Behind the Camera: Colleen Atwood - Dion Beebe - John Myhre
    • The Best of Broadway: The Choreographers
    • The Director's Cut: Musical History is Made
    • The 75th Academy Awards: And the Oscar goes to…
    • The 85th Academy Awards: A Walk Down Memory Lane
    • The Relevance and Impact: The Aftermath of the Modern Day Musical
  • Extended Musical Performances
    • “And All That Jazz”
    • “When You’re Good to Mama”
    • “Cell Block Tango”
    • “We Both Reached For The Gun”
    • “Mister Cellophane”
    • “All I Care About”
    • “All I Care About” with Richard Gere
    • “Nowadays” with Renée Zellweger
    • “And All That Jazz” with Catherine Zeta-Jones
    • “I Can’t Do It Alone” rehearsal
    • “Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag” rehearsal
    • “We Both Reached For The Gun” rehearsal
    • “Cell Block Tango” rehearsal
Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1 Dated for a Blu-ray Combo Pack February 7

 Steamboat Willie and nine other Walt Disney Animation Studios classic shorts will be available on home video next month on February 7 in celebration of Disney's 100th anniversary.

Celebrate 100 magical years of Disney with this collectible compilation of animated shorts! Mickey and Minnie share their memories in new introductions to these 10 wonderful stories, which have entertained generations of children and adults alike. Included is the iconic "Steamboat Willie," the first cartoon with synchronized sound, in which the character of Mickey Mouse was first introduced as a deckhand on a riverboat commanded by the tyrannical Captain Pete. Also included are "Brave Little Tailor," featuring Mickey as a medieval tailor given a daunting task. In "Mickey’s Delayed Date," the tardy mouse relies on his faithful pup Pluto to get him to a dance with Minnie. "Hawaiian Holiday" finds Mickey and his pals vacationing on a beautiful island. Then along with friends, Mickey and Minnie glide through a romantic date on a frozen river in "On Ice." And catch five more delightful stories in this legacy collection.

The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack includes a 2.0 soundtrack with all-new introductions by Mickey and Minnie.

Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1
Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1
 

Pre-orders should be available shortly but here is the full press release:


CELEBRATE 100 MAGICAL YEARS WITH MICKEY AND MINNIE!

 

Collect A Piece of Animation History When 

Mickey & Minnie 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1

Arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD February 7

 

BURBANK, CA (January 10, 2023) – Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced that Mickey & Minnie 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 will soon be available to audiences to enjoy at home. This new collection gathers together ten classic animated shorts for the first time, including the iconic “Steamboat Willie,” and features all-new introductions from Mickey and Minnie for each short.

 

This release is part of the planned releases coming in 2023 to celebrate Disney's 100th anniversary.

 

It will be available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD from February 7. 

 

Film Synopsis

Celebrate 100 magical years of Disney with this collectible compilation of animated shorts! Mickey and Minnie share their memories in new introductions to these 10 wonderful stories, which have entertained generations of children and adults alike. Included is the iconic "Steamboat Willie," the first cartoon with synchronized sound, in which the character of Mickey Mouse was first introduced as a deckhand on a riverboat commanded by the tyrannical Captain Pete. Also included are "Brave Little Tailor," featuring Mickey as a medieval tailor given a daunting task. In "Mickey’s Delayed Date," the tardy mouse relies on his faithful pup Pluto to get him to a dance with Minnie. "Hawaiian Holiday" finds Mickey and his pals vacationing on a beautiful island. Then along with friends, Mickey and Minnie glide through a romantic date on a frozen river in "On Ice." And catch five more delightful stories in this legacy collection.

 

Product Specifications

 

Street Date

Physical: February 7, 2023

 

 

Product SKUs

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

 

Feature Run Time

Approx. 83 Minutes

 

Rating

Not rated

 

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 1.78:1

Physical: 1.78:1

U.S. Audio

Blu-ray: English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD: English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital

Digital: English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital

 

U.S. Subtitles

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Takes On 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray February 7th

Ryan Coogler's epic tribute to Chadwick Boseman and Marvel's T'Challa arrives on digital February 1. It will also have three retailer exclusives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD on February 7.   

Diehard fans will have their choice between two Best Buy 4K SteelBooks or a Wal-Mart exclusive that includes an enamel pin. The 4K UHD will include Dolby Atmos. Check out our theatrical review HERE.

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the mighty Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of the death of their beloved King T’Challa. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) if they are to forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole and directed by Ryan Coogler.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Blu-ray
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Blu-ray
 


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 4K - SteelBook 1


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 4K - SteelBook 2
 


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 4K Walmart Exclusive
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 4K Wal-Mart Exclusive
 


Pre-orders should be available soon... below are all of the PR details


Film Synopsis

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the mighty Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of the death of their beloved King T’Challa. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) if they are to forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole and directed by Ryan Coogler. 

 

Bonus Features*

Gag Reel

  • Take a look at some of the lighthearted moments on the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. 

Audio Commentary 

  • Listen to Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, and Autumn Durald Arkapaw discuss the film.

Featurettes

  • Envisioning Two Worlds – Uncover the making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever through the lens and leadership of co-writer/director Ryan Coogler, production designer Hannah Beachler, and costume designer Ruth Carter.
  • Passing the Mantle – Follow the evolution of the Black Panther through the films. In tracing Shuri, Ramonda, and Riri’s journeys through the film, this featurette explores what legacy ultimately means in Wakanda and how it will resonate with MCU viewers for years to come.

Deleted Scenes 

  • Outside The Scope – Okoye has a shocking standoff with Ayo and the Dora Milaje. Aneka makes a challenging decision.
  • The Upstairs Toilet – Ross infiltrates the NSA in disguise in an attempt to uncover information.
  • Daughter of the Border – After a conversation with her Uncle, Okoye is faced with a daunting choice.
  • Anytime, Anywhere – In Haiti, Shuri and Okoye share a bittersweet moment.

*Bonus features vary by product and retailer

 

Cast

Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda

Letitia Wright as Shuri

Winston Duke as M’Baku

Danai Gurira as Okoye

Florence Kasumba as Ayo

Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia

Martin Freeman as Everett Ross

Tenoch Huerta as Namor

Michaela Coel as Aneka

Mabel Cadena as Namora

Alex Livanalli as Attuma

Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams

 

Directed by

Ryan Coogler 

 

Produced by

Kevin Feige, p.g.a.
Nate Moore, p.g.a.

 

Executive Producers

Louis D’Esposito

Victoria Alonso

Barry H. Waldman

 

Screenplay by

Ryan Coogler

& Joe Robert Cole

 

Story by

Ryan Coogler

 

Music By

Ludwig Göransson

 

Product Specifications

U.S. and Canada Street Date

Digital: February 1, 2023

Physical: February 7, 2023

 

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD  

Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

Feature Run Time

Approx. 161 minutes 

 

Rating

U.S.: Rated PG-13

Canada: Rated PG

      

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 2:39

Physical: 2.39:1

 

U.S. Audio

4K: English Dolby Atmos and 2.0 Descriptive Audio, and Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus 

Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Descriptive Audio, and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital 

DVD: English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, and English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

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

 

Canada Audio

4K: English Dolby Atmos and 2.0 Descriptive Audio, and French 5.1 Dolby Digital 

Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Descriptive Audio, and French 5.1 Dolby Digital 

DVD: English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, and English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

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

 

U.S. Subtitles

4K: English SDH, Spanish

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish 

DVD: English SDH, Spanish

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

 

Canada Subtitles

4K: English SDH, French 

Blu-ray: English SDH, French 

DVD: English SDH, French

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

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