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Halloween 1-5 Stabbing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Scream Factory Oct. 5th

Just when you thought your Halloween collection was safe...

[Updated 7/28] - these five films have now been pushed back to October 5th

We figured these movies would be coming to 4K eventually, but we didn't expect them to stack up all of a sudden like this! Scream Factory is getting Michael Myers fans pumped for Halloween Kills by unleashing HalloweenHalloween IIHalloween III: The Season of the WitchHalloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers, AND Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on  September 28th, October, 5th 2021. 

Now, you may be asking yourself, "Why do I need to buy Halloween again on 4K Ultra HD? I already have it." Well, there's the ticket - HalloweenHalloween IIHalloween III: The Season of the Witch are each getting new 2021 4K scans approved by cinematographer Dean Cundy, plus every film will offer Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos audio, and each set comes with a remastered Blu-ray sourced from new 2021 scans of the original camera negative. 

   Halloween II Halloween III 

Halloween IV   Halloween 5 


The good news about all of these, it looks like Scream Factory is including all of the excellent bonus features of their long out of print complete (at the time) collection set. The only downside of these releases is there isn't a box set bundle option for all 5 films. Scream Factory is offering some interesting swag options with vinyl soundtracks and pins, and posters. So there is that option too.  Also due to rights issues, all of the Dimension Films owned films, Halloween 6, H20, and Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II aren't included or getting any kind of 4K update (at the moment). Those are in a release right quagmire and I imagine would be quite the ordeal to untangle.  

Below are all of the specs per the press release from Scream Factory. What do you think? Is this worth it, or are you going to pass. 

Here is the complete press release from Scream Factory


FIVE CLASSIC HALLOWEEN FILMS COME TRICK-OR-TREATING TO THE 4K UHD FORMAT IN NEW COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS
ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2021:
 
HALLOWEEN (1978)
HALLOWEEN II (1981)
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH
HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS
HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS 
Los Angeles, CA - This Halloween will be like no other…. It’s coming to you in 4K UHD! It’s been 43 years since the John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween hit theaters and changed the horror genre forever. Now it - and its immediate sequels - can be experienced like never before as it is presented in the best video and audio quality ever. Scream Factory™ has announced 4K UHD releases of the first 5 Halloween films, marking the North American 4K UHD debut for Halloween IIIII4 and 5. In an exciting nod to fans, Halloween (1978) (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) features a return to the original camera negative for the first time! Each of these beloved, iconic films will be released in a limited-edition rigid slipcase, and will include a Blu-ray™ of the film as well as previously existing bonus features.
In addition to the exciting 4K UHD releases, Scream Factory™ is offering several exclusive offers (while supplies last) to fans who order from shoutfactory.com.
1.     A poster featuring newly commissioned cover art from artist Joel Robinson included with each 4K UHD purchase:
o  Halloween (1978) (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) + Poster
o  Halloween II (1981) (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) + Poster
o  Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) + Poster
o  Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) + Poster
o  Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) + Poster
2.     7” vinyl (from Sacred Bones Records) featuring newly recorded music from John Carpenter:
o  Halloween (1978) (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) + Poster + 7" Vinyl
o  Halloween II (1981) (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) + Poster + 7" Vinyl
o  Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD) + Poster + 7" Vinyl
3.     An offer that contains all five films on 4K UHD, all five posters, and all three new 7” vinyl records:
o  Halloween 1-5 + 7" Vinyl (3x) + Posters (5x)
4.     Finally, for the most fervent of Halloween fans, there is the ultimate offer. This contains all five films on 4K UHD, all five posters, and all three new 7” vinyl records — plus an exclusive limited edition set of five enamel pins in a collectible box (from our partners at Gutter Garbs):
o  Halloween 1-5 + 7" Vinyl (3x) + Posters (5x) + Enamel Pin Set
 
SPECIAL FEATURES & SPECS: Please see below for full release information including special features.
Halloween 4K UHD + Blu-ray Collector’s Edition
On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold blood. For the last fifteen years, the people of Haddonfield have rested easily, knowing that Michael was safely locked away in a mental hospital … until tonight. Michael has escaped and he will soon return to the same quiet neighborhood to relive his grisly murder again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween.
Special Features:
DISC 1 (UHD):
  • NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter And Actress Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace And Actor Nick Castle
DISC 2 (Blu-ray):
  • NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
·       NEW Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With John Carpenter And Jamie Lee Curtis
·       Audio Commentary With Dean Cundey, Tommy Lee Wallace And Nick Castle
·       “The Night She Came Home”
·       TV Version Footage
·       Theatrical Trailer
·       TV Spots
·       Radio Spots
DISC 3 (Blu-ray)
·       Original Color Timing Presentation
·       Vintage Interview With Producer Moustapha Akkad
·       Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest”
·       Halloween Unmasked 2000”
·       Halloween – The Extended Cut In HD (TV Inserts Are In Standard Definition)
·       Theatrical Trailer
·       TV Spots
·       Radio Spots
DISC 1 – 4K ULTRA HD: 2160p 4K Dolby Vision (2.35:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, 5.1, Original Mono
DISC 2 – BLU-RAY: 1080p High-Definition (2.35:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, 5.1, Original Mono
DISC 3 – BLU-RAY: 1080p High-Definition (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Halloween II (1981) (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD)
Picking up exactly where the first film left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first film. The inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the Haddonfield hospital. As he gets closer to his main target, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath’s actions. Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween II is a spine-tingling dark ride into the scariest night of the year.
Special Features:
DISC 1 (UHD):
  • NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal (Theatrical Version)
·       Audio Commentary With Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock (Theatrical Version)
DISC 2 (Blu-Ray):
  • NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
·       NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal (Theatrical Version)
·       Audio Commentary With Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock (Theatrical Version)
·       “The Nightmare Isn’t Over – The Making Of Halloween II” Featuring Rick Rosenthal, Dick Warlock, Composer Alan Howarth, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Actors Lance Guest And Leo Rossi, And More
·       Horror’s Hallowed Grounds Revisiting The Original Shooting Locations
·       Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary With Rick Rosenthal
·       Alternate Ending With Optional Audio Commentary With Rick Rosenthal
·       Still Gallery
·       Theatrical Trailer
·       TV and Radio Spots
DISC 3 (DVD)
·       Television Cut (in standard definition)
·       Film Script (DVD ROM)
DISC 1 – 4K ULTRA HD: 2160p Dolby Vision (2.35:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo
DISC 2 – BLU-RAY: 1080p High-Definition (2.35:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo
DISC 3 – DVD: 4x3 Full Frame/Dolby Digital Mono
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD)
A terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked. At the hospital, he babbles and clutches the year's most popular Halloween costume, an eerie pumpkin mask. Suddenly, Doctor Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins, The Fog, Night Of The Creeps) finds himself thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesman's daughter, Ellie, Daniel traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy, RoboCop). Ellie and Daniel uncover Cochran's shocking Halloween plan and must stop him before trick-or-treaters across the country never come home in this terrifying thriller from writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen King’s IT).
Special Features:
DISC 1 (UHD):
  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With Director Tommy Lee Wallace
·       Audio Commentary With Actor Tom Atkins
DISC 2 (Blu-Ray):
  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With Tommy Lee Wallace
·       Audio Commentary With Tom Atkins
·       “Stand Alone: The Making Of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch” Featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Actors Tom Atkins And Stacey Nelkin, Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, And More
·       Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: Revisiting The Original Shooting Locations With Host Sean Clark And Tommy Lee Wallace
·       Interview With Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman
·       Still Gallery
·       Theatrical Trailers
·       TV Spots
·       Radio Spots
DISC 1 – 4K ULTRA HD: 2160p Dolby Vision (2.35:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
DISC 2 – BLU RAY: 1080p High-Definition (2.35:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
 
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD)
He butchered 16 people trying to get to his sister. He was shot and incinerated, but still the entity that Dr. Sam Loomis (the legendary Donald Pleasence) calls "Evil on two legs" would not die. Tonight, Michael Myers has come home again ... to kill! This time, Michael returns to Haddonfield for Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris, 2009’s Halloween II, The Last Boy Scout) – the orphaned daughter of Laurie Strode – and her babysitter Rachel (Ellie Cornell, Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers, House Of The Dead). Can Loomis stop Michael before the unholy slaughter reaches his innocent young niece?
Michael Pataki, Sasha Jenson and Kathleen Kinmont co-star in this smash sequel that marked the long-awaited return to the original storyline and remains infamous for its startling twist ending and graphic violence.
Special Features:
DISC 1 (UHD):
·       NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
·       NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With Actors Ellie Cornell And Danielle Harris
·       Audio Commentary With Director Dwight H. Little And Author Justin Beahm
DISC 2 (Blu-Ray):
·       NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
·       NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With Ellie Cornell And Danielle Harris
·       Audio Commentary With Dwight H. Little And Justin Beahm
·       “The Making Of Halloween 4: Final Cut”
·       “The Making Of Halloween 4
·       Theatrical Trailer
·       TV Spots
·       Still Gallery
DISC 1 – 4K ULTRA HD: 2160p Dolby Vision (1.85:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
DISC 2 – BLU-RAY: 1080p High-Definition (1.85:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
 
Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (Collector's Edition) (4K UHD)
Because Hell would not have him, Michael Myers survived the mine explosion thought to have killed him. One year later, his traumatized young niece Jamie (Danielle Harris, Rob Zombie's Halloween) is horrified to discover she has a telepathic bond with her evil Uncle ... and that Uncle Michael is on his way back to Haddonfield. But Dr. Loomis (the legendary Donald Pleasence) has a new plan to destroy The Boogey Man in his childhood home using Jamie as bait. Tonight, the carnage begins again: Michael Myers is back with a vengeance! Ellie Cornell and Beau Starr return for this hit sequel that features grisly gore by K.N.B. EFX Group (The Walking Dead, Army Of Darkness).
Special Features:
DISC 1 (UHD):
·       NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
·       NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With Actor Don Shanks
·       Audio Commentary With Director Dominique Othenin-Girard And Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
DISC 2 (Blu-ray):
·       NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
·       NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
·       Audio Commentary With Don Shanks
·       Audio Commentary With Dominique Othenin-Girard, Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
·       “Inside Halloween 5
·       “The Making Of Halloween 5
·        “On The Set: Behind-The-Scenes Footage”
·       Halloween 5 Promo
·       Theatrical Trailer
·       TV Spots
DISC 1 – 4K ULTRA HD: 2160p Dolby Vision (1.85:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
DISC 2 – BLU-RAY: 1080p High-Definition (1.85:1)/Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Hot Summer 4K UHD Glory - July 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide

As we melt from the record-breaking temperatures across the country, retreating into the cool loving embrace of our air-conditioned screening rooms is more and more appealing. Whether you avoid the hot weather with a nice big screen flat panel or a fully decked out 4K projector, July has some impressive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases hitting store shelves or your favorite online retailer. From old childhood 90s classics to deep-cut fan favorites, there's something for everyone this month!

July 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide


July 6th, 2021 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases 

Right after the 4th of July celebrations, the month starts off with a bang. Warner Brothers and Universal crowd the plate with Sony finally starting to break up their Columbia Classics 4K UHD Blu-ray volset.

Space Jam 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Space Jam - Best Buy SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Howard the Duck 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Howard the Duck - Best Buy SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dr. Strangelove 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Scott Pilgrim vs The World 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Scott Pilgrim vs The World - Best Buy SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mortal Engines - Best Buy SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


July 13th, 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

The second week of the month may not have a ton of titles coming out, but what we're getting is pretty exciting - the best movie Cameron Crowe has ever made, one of the better video game movies to come around AND one of Guy Ritchie's best movies of his pre-Madonna marriage career. 

Almost Famous - SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Snatch 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Snatch - Best Buy SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mortal Kombat 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mortal Kombat - Best Buy SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


July 20th, 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

The action and horror pick up for this third week in July. A fan-favorite horror franchise returns with a new entry, a pair of action-figure movies finally get their U.S. domestic releases, and Blue Underground gives an 80s horror favorite the full treatment with three different lenticular slipcovers!

Spiral: From the Book of Saw 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Spiral: From the Book of Saw - Best Buy SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

G.I. Joe: Retaliation 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dead & Buried (Cover A) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dead & Buried (Cover B) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dead & Buried (Cover C) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


July 27th, 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

For the final week of July, a terrific sci-fi horror sequel, an Italian horror classic, and a couple of great releases from Vinegar Syndrom round out the 4K UHD Blu-rays for the month. 

A Quiet Place Part II 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

A Quiet Place Part II - Best Buy SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Beastmaster (Standard Release) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Awaken 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Deadlock 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


Import 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles

There's always interesting titles coming out overseas and we do our best to cover them. The U.K. is getting a number of greats including most of the solo Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Vol 1 titles as well as Looper in 4K from Sony. We'll do our best to get a hold of those, but we'll absolutely be covering True Romance and Ran. As new titles are announced we'll be jumping on those too. 

True Romance Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Ran 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


That's it for July. Now, most of these street dates are tentative so changes can happen. If any title gets rescheduled we'll update our listings and this guide accordingly. 

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - July 4 - July 10, 2021

The next milestone marker is upon us for the Summer Movie Season. The scene is still a bit tepid as life slowly gets back to normal, but it is moving forward. Those of our readers in the states, how did you survive the heat wave last week?

Volume 2 Episode 7 of our weekly release guide begins now.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

This week's 4K release schedule might look daunting but it's actually not too overwhelming.

Getting the double-dip titles out of the way first, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb comes as a single movie release now instead being part of the Columbia Classics I set. Mortal Engines gets a decent looking Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

Moving on to new stuff now, from Universal Pictures comes two catalog movies with a total of four skus. Howard the Duck gets a standard release and a SteelBook release.

 

Lastly from Universal, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, again as a standard release and as a SteelBook release. Just like previous Universal Studios SteelBooks, only available at Best Buy but yet not listed as a Best Buy Exclusive?

From Warner Bros., look for Space Jam to debut on 4K disc, and with the common theme here, available as a standard release and (this time though) as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 

If streaming is your thing, Ran (1985) will be available in 4K on Tuesday. Otherwise wait a couple weeks to import the StudioCanal disc. It's still not too late to tell LionsGate you want this title in 4K on disc in the U.S., hopefully they see this column and have gotten feedback already to make a decision to bring it here.

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Semi-average week for number of Blu-ray releases.

From Paramount, under the Paramount Presents label comes 48 Hrs. and Another 48 Hrs. I see a lot of people wishing (myself included) that the original was on 4K disc. Can't wait to see the reviews on these either way.

 

Under their standard label, look for 2020's Defending Jacob.

Criterion Collection releases two titles this week, Bringing Up Baby is the first one, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and directed by Howard Hanks. Russian film Mirror would be the second. Barnes and Noble has their 50% off sale this week and Amazon is matching a lot of these deals.

 

Somewhat average week for 'new' anime releases. Highlights include Gleipnir - The Complete Season, Knights of Sidonia - Complete Series Collection, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Three and Shironeko Project ZERO Chronicle - The Complete Season.

From Arrow Video, indie horror film Threshold.

 

The House on Sorority Row this time gets an MVD Rewind Collection release, as well as the 1983 release of Mortuary. I'm curious what's different.

Honorable mention of the week, Screen Media brings us Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street. I've seen this mentioned on multiple sites, perhaps some nostalgia here.

Friday releases, in addition to the usual music or arts releases, check out our review of the theatrical release of Black Widow.

>The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang

Notable announcements from last week:

From Warner Bros, Zack Snyder's Justice League now has a blu-ray SKU added to the release calendar.

Synapse Films has revealed they are releasing Demons I & II (double feature) on 4K discs. One site out there indicates an October 19th release date.

Sentai Filmworks has its September release schedule posted, the titles include Heaven's Memo Pad - Complete Collection, Girls und Panzer das Finale - Part 1, Magical Girl Site - Complete Collection, Dusk maiden of Amnesia - Complete CollectionMade In Abyss - Theatrical Collection and To Love Ru Darkness 2 - Complete Collection.

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?



Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - June 27-July 3, 2021

Where oh where did the month of June go? Did you overspend last week on the various sales, including Prime Day and a few other retailer events?

Welcome Volume 2 Episode 6 of our weekly release guide, a look at the highlights of what's coming out for the week, as well as a sneak peek at what was just announced the previous week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Just a single 4K release to consider this week.

Warner Bros brings us a most memorable family film titled Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. This one celebrates 50 years this year and stars the late Gene Wilder.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

From Warner Bros and BBC Television, His Dark Materials: The Complete Second Season debuts in the U.S. Wish they released this series on 4K disc, the show itself is produced in that format. Also, The Watch: Season One releases this week from the same cooperative.

 

If you're a Mae West fan, be happy this week in that Kino is releasing a bunch of her films. They include Belle of the Nineties, Every Day's a Holiday, Go West Young Man, Goin' to Town, I'm No Angel, Klondike Annie, My Little Chickadee, Night After Night and She Done Him Wrong.

TV Series The Purge: Season Two finally sees the blue light of day.

 

In the Anime category, there are many more choices than there were last week. Highlights include Assassins Pride: Complete Collection (SteelBook), Bleach: Set 11, A Certain Scientific Railgun T - Part 2, Dear Brother TV Series, Dororo - Complete Collection, Hatena Illusion - The Complete Series, Lady Oscar: The Rose of Versailles - Collection 2, Memories and SWORDGAI - Seasons 1 & 2 Complete Collection.

 

Battle Beyond the Stars gets a SteelBook release this week from Shout! Factory.

Paramount has a couple of catalog titles that come to blu-ray for the first time, they are Flight of the Intruder, The General's Daughter, In Harm's Way and Le Mans.

 

Criterion Collection releases two titles again in one week, Pariah and Pickup on South Street.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and the follow up film, The Cat o'Nine Tails have both been pushed back a month. They were slated for release on June 29th and July 27th respectively. I'm kind of glad about this after Prime Day and all!

While on the subject of Arrow Video, it looks like Children of the Corn will be hitting 4K in September as well. So far though it looks like the U.S. will get more of a regular edition and the UK will be getting a fat-pack with swag and more content, including blu-rays for parts 2 and 3 of the series. The blu-rays in the region B set will most likely be region locked. Other September blu-ray releases from Arrow include Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman, Death ScreamsLegend (Ridley Scott/Tom Cruise) available as a fat-pack and The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch.

Those awaiting to see Zack Snyder's Justice League officially hit the U.S. market, it's happening September 7th. There will also be a trilogy option as well. Do check out the article for more details.

Paramount has also added more titles to its upcoming Miramax reissues, the next next batch will come out on September 7th. The next batch is slated for July 27th.

You may recall when I mentioned the next Vestron Collector's Series release was coming that I mentioned these always seem to come intwos. Well, Lionsgate has officially made Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat the second title. Did you expect Academy Award material here when I led you into this?

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?



A Whole Mess of Zack Snyder's Justice League 4K UHD Coming Sept 7

Can You Have Too Much Zack Snyder's Justice League 4K UHD?

This week we learned that Zack Snyder's Justice League 4K UHD Blu-ray was finally coming out in the U.S. on September 7th after already being available the world over for months. The U.S. will be getting a 4-Disc set, two 4K UHD discs with two 1080p Blu-rays. Sadly there's no difference in bonus features so no Zack Snyder audio commentary and no "Justice Is Gray" Black and White version of the movie that was featured on HBOMax. Unsurprisingly Best Buy is now getting the same SteelBook (again 4-discs) but now Amazon has a listing for a Zack Snyder's Justice League Trilogy 8-Disc set coming September 7th as well. 


Zack Snyder's Justice League 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

Beyond trying to keep HBOMax subscribers, we can't figure why it's taken this long for Zack Snyder's Justice League to come to 4K UHD Blu-ray stateside. Now that it's on its way, we're basically getting the same set of discs that's already available all over Europe that many of us have already imported. No audio commentary. No Justice Is Gray edition. So if you've imported already, you're all set.

 

 

Zack Snyder's Justice League 4K UHD Best Buy SteelBook  

Again, if you were lucky enough to order from HMV in the UK or import it from France, this is the same set of discs with the same packaging. Some territories only got the two 4K UHD discs, others got all four - Best Buy is giving everyone the 4-Disc package.

 

 

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

Now here's where things get interesting. This is apparently an 8-Disc set featuring Man of Steel, the remastered Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zack Snyder's Justice League all in one convenient package. Unfortunately not to dash the hopes that this is the definitive deluxe set folks have been hoping for, but the number of discs reported in the Amazon listing suggests these are simply the same discs already available repackaged. We haven't gotten a full press release about this set yet, so that could change. If you haven't picked any of these up yet, this looks to be a nice convenient way to do that. This isn't available for pre-order yet, but it should be soon.

 

 


And that's all the news that's fit to print at this time. As we hear more we'll report on it ASAP and update listings accordingly. 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day - 4K UHD vs Blu-ray

How many releases will it take to get T2: Judgment Day right?

James Cameron's Terminator 2 Judgement Day is one of the best movies of the '90s, so why is it so damn hard to get a quality home video release? Ever since the days of DVD, T2 has enjoyed one controversial release after another. Every DVD, Blu-ray, and even the recent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release has either been too red, too pale, too much grain, not enough grain, too much edge enhancement, or even entirely too teal/green. 

For this latest comparison video, we'll be comparing the 2006 Blu-ray, the 2009 Skynet Edition Blu-ray, the 2015 remastered Blu-ray, and the very controversial 2017 4K UHD Blu-ray that used the 3-D master. For best results, watch this video on a full 4K 2160p screen. 

Do you have a preferred release - or are you waiting for someone to release this movie again and hope for the best? 

Read Our 2006 Blu-ray Release Review
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Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - June 20-26, 2021

This week is the official first week of Summer in the Northern hemisphere. The Summer movie season has kicked off slow thus far, but there are some great films coming. Even before Covid I tended to wait til the disc came out, but I have my reasons. Which films do you look forward to, and do you visit the theater and/or wait for the disc release?

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 5 of our weekly release guide.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Slowest week in a long time for 4K disc releases. Just a single title, not a bad title, perhaps you've heard of Nobody? If you're a fan of John Wick, you'll probably be a fan of this one. I look forward to picking it up at Walmart on Tuesday. I would expect to see a double-dip later for what I call a pretty f'ugly SteelBook that is currently being offered in the UK.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Nobody gets a Blu-ray release this week too. Also from Universal this week, The Umbrella Academy: Season One.

Paramount releases 2021 action/thriller Night of the Sicario.

 

From Warner Bros, Batman: The Long Halloween - Part One gets a standard release and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Part Two is coming soon and there is a rumor that both releases will be available as a single 4K release later in the year. Humphrey Bogart's Chain Lightning comes to us from Warner Archive. More stardom from Warner Archive this week, Elvis Presley stars in It Happened At The World's Fair.

LionsGate's weekly appearance brings us a film titled Siberia.

Sony brings us a 2021 film titled The Unholy. Should this one have gotten a 4K release or not? Sony has missed a few in the past that should have.

 

Slow week for Anime. Look for No Guns Life: Season 2 and Smile Down the Runway - The Complete Season.

Botique label MVD Visual's releases this week include Adam Resurrected, Camino and Feed the Gods.

Criterion Collectors look for The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs and Visions of Eight.

When a title gets delayed eleventeen times and we have mentioned it in the past, I generally do not mention it again, but this one is a release worth mentioning, it *might* actually release this week, The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Collection. This one has nine discs and is packed with tons of extras!

 

Another box set to consider, Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers from Arrow Video.

Human Nature gets the 'Shout Select' treatment and releases this week. Independent film Hunter Hunter also releases via Shout Factory.

 

Friday releases are the usual 'arts' releases.

Notable announcements from last week:

The Warner Archive Collection has revealed their July title slate, which all appear to be some considerably older titles, including a couple film-noirs. The titles are The Herculoids: The Complete Original Series, I Wouldn't Be In Your Shoes, Objective, Burma!, Pennyworth: The Complete Second Season, Step By Step and Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced Columbia Classics Vol. 2 4K collection. Just like Vol. 1, it's quite an assortment of titles and surely to make me open my wallet.

LionsGate has confirmed the release date for the Jigsaw movie Spiral (2021) as July 20th, coming both as 4K and Blu-ray releases.

Criterion Collection has got their next batch of titles announced, they are slated for release throughout September. Still no 4K announcement in there yet. Titles include The Damned, Love & Basketball, Mona Lisa and Throw Down.

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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?



Building your Collection? Amazon 3 For The Price Of 2 Sale - 4K - Blu-ray - Criterion and More!

Cheap Easy Way To Build Your Blu-ray and 4K Collection!

Gotta love it when Amazon is getting you all geared up for Prime Day and they go and drop another one of their famous 3 for 2 sales! Like a lot of Amazon’s sales and deals, they’re not always easy to find - BUT - follow the link HERE and you can see what’s available. This sale covers a bunch of areas including books, video games, and other accouterments but there are a lot of great Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles to pick through!

How Does It Work? 

As with most Amazon sales, you simply add what you want into your cart and the discount is automatically applied to your shopping cart. However, the trick to remember is the cheapest item is often the discounted one, and these “3 For The Price of 2” sales can be a bit tricky. Loading the cart with everything all at once can be tempting, but I’ve had the discount not tabulate correctly - or rather not the way I’d hoped. It’s tempting to add that huge Game of Thrones 4K UHD Blu-ray set and a bunch of small items, but you may not get the best possible savings. I’ve found the best practice is grouping three titles you want of a similar price range to ensure the best deal.

If You Want A Lot - Make Multiple Orders

To the point I just made above - if there are a lot of little items you want, group those into smaller orders. It may seem silly to have a dozen orders of three items, but that may be the only way for you to get the best deal. It also doesn’t affect shipping. If you’re a Prime member you’re still getting awesome shipping discounts and many of your items may be grouped into the same box anyway. You shouldn’t have to worry about piles of little brown boxes and padded envelopes piling up on your porch. But even if you get a ton of packages, it’s like Christmas! Have fun and enjoy ripping those suckers open! 

What Good Stuff Is On The Sale?

The short and easy answer is - A LOT! Limiting the parameters to just Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and 3D Blu-ray, there are dozens of pages of great titles that qualify for this deal. So you’ve got some scrolling to do. To help you out, we’re going to highlight a few of our favorites we recommend:


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Suspiria - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

  

Back To The Future Ultimate Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Knives Out - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Game of Thrones Complete Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

The Dark Crystal - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

   

Beetlejuice 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 


Blu-ray

Explorers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray  

 

War of the Worlds (1953) Criterion Collection Blu-ray  

 

The Office: The Complete Series Blu-ray  

 

Re-Animator Special Edition Blu-ray  

 

The Fly Collection Blu-ray  

 

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Complete Collection Blu-ray  

  

Anyway - that's just a small few of some great releases that stood out to me when I was zipping through the long list of titles. Amazon of course doesn't say how long this sale goes for but I imagine they'll rotate it out ahead of Prime Day on June 21, 2021. Happy hunting! Again, here is the sale link

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - June 13-19, 2021

What to say, what to do. It's kind of one of those in between weeks that a lot is business as usual. Begin Volume 2 Episode 4 of our weekly release guide.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

First let's talk imports, which means a Monday street date. Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1992 erotic thriller BASIC INSTINCT. Available as a standard release and as a Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook. It is a StudioCanal project so who knows if a U.S. distributor might not pick it up. I'd bet on Shout Select if it were to happen.

Now for North America releases, which have a regular Tuesday release date...

Getting the double-dips first, Gattaca comes out now in a standard package instead of a SteelBook. Also from Sony, Last Action Hero, the same way, a standard release instead of the SteelBook. And just the opposite from LionsGate, Sicario as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, previously released in a standard edition.

For fresh content, Clint Eastwood's action/thriller In the Line of Fire.

 

Delayed from last week, LionsGate releases Voyagers. This title breaks the norm in that it does NOT have Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision. Probably a good reason for that.

Last but not least, Godzilla vs. Kong, just like the previous two Godzilla movies, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. These new movies remind me of the reinvention of Batman under Christopher Nolan. Edgy, gritty and good. And the effects budget certainly helps!

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

For Blu-ray releases this week looks to be average.

First, Godzilla vs. Kong, available as a standard release blu-ray, a 3D blu-ray combo, and as a trilogy of the new franchise.

Shout Factory's various labels this week will release The Awakening, Kindred and Sphinx.

Michelle Pfeiffer's latest film, French Exit comes this week from Sony.

 

Spine Number 18 from Paramount Presents is available this week, titled Last Train from Gun Hill.

 

LionsGate also releases Voyagers on Blu-ray. Other entries from this week also include SAS: Red Notice and Rock Dog 2.

Mill Creek releases Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle and Ultraman Zero Chronicles this week.

Anime has a very slow week. Highlights are One Piece - Collection 26, Queen's Blade Rebel Warriors Collection and To Love Ru Darkness: Season 3: Complete Collection.

 

From Universal, the hit TV series Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series.

Criterion Collection's release of the week is Streetwise / Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell.

Friday releases are the norm, music/arts releases.

Notable announcements from last week:

Paramount has been busy this past week. The Paramount Presents label has three titles slated for August, Bugsy Malone, Nashville and A Place in the Sun. Bugsy Malone is set to release 8/31 while the other two are for 8/10. They've sent info to retailers that their next batch of Miramax reissues will be coming in July. There looks to be about 25 (and growing) of them, and just like last time, some of these titles went out of print so get ready to buy them again for a more reasonable price. All of them are likely the exact same discs as before so don't expect audio upgrades on the lossy audio ones.

Criterion will be announcing its next batch of titles soon, for now they just added Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films for release on September 28. They usually announce one title, then a week later the next batch.

Discotek has got the next batch in the works as well, all due on August 31st. Titles include Future Robot Daltanious, Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics - Season 2, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple - The Complete First Season, Lupin the 3rd Part III: The Pink Jacket Adventures and Mitchiri Neko.

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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?



Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - Week of June 8, 2021

With Summer being just around the corner, which films do you look forward to seeing in the theater, or do you feel like waiting to enjoy it at home?

Begin Volume 2 Episode 3 of the Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

A few choices to ponder this week in the 4K disc category.

Quickly getting the double-feature bundle packs out of the way, Paramount has repackaged 10 Cloverfield Lane / Cloverfield, Bumblebee / Transformers, Jack Reacher / Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

LionsGate's Voyagers got pushed back a week, no doubt out of respect (or fear) of lost sales when pitted against this week's must have purchase, Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection, available as a standard edition release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook edition.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Mill Creek's bulk of June releases come out this week, the titles are Alpha Dog, The Adjustment Bureau / The Good Shepherd (Matt Damon Double Feature), Contraband / Fear (Mark Wahlberg Double Feature), Finding Forrester, Miami Vice / The Kingdom (Jamie Foxx Double Feature) and Safe HouseToy Soldiers / December has been pushed back to the end of the month.

Paramount brings us a 2021 action thriller Assault on VA-33 and recent action comedy The Lovebirds. The Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection also gets a new Blu-ray package as well. Reissues, but as SteelBooks this round include Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.

 

LionsGate's appearance this week gives us City of Lies, a crime drama from a couple of years ago and Flashback, a recent drama thriller.

 

Anime highlights include Fruits Basket: Season 1, Nana Seven of Seven - Complete Collection, number24 - The Complete Series, Wave, Listen to Me! - The Complete Season and World Trigger - Complete Collection.

Criterion Collectors look for The Human Condition.

Arrow Video's release of The Stylist is still on track for a release on Tuesday.

 

Friday release are all arts/music related,

Notable announcements from last week:

Amazon has listed preorders for a lot of TV series, some of them pretty high quality. Listed are Batwoman: The Complete Second Season, The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season, The Nevers, Season 1 Part 1 and Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season.

Shout Factory has a slew of titles announced for August, they are Fast Vengeance, Havoc, The Oh, God! Collection, The Rebels of PT-218, A Return to Salem's Lot and Take Back. Thjey also broke up the LAIKA Studios collection into four individual releases. Those titles are The Boxtrolls, Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings and ParaNorman. These editions are loaded with extra features.

LionsGate adds titles every week, this week the next Vestron Collector's title announced is The Wraith, with a street date of July 20th. Those titles usually go in pairs so I wonder what/if the other one will be. Also from LionsGate with July 20th in mind, Die in a Gunfight, Initiation and The Walking Dead: The Complete Tenth Season.

The upcoming Arrow Video release of Dune can now be ordered on Amazon in all editions except the Deluxe Limited SteelBook. Reference the release calendar to August 31st.

Amazon and Best Buy have listed preorders for Mortal Kombat (2021) in 4K combo, Best Buy 4K SteelBook and Blu-ray combo packs.

Speaking of Best Buy, a recent trip to my closest one caused a fit of rage -- they ripped out more than 80% of their movies to make room for phone cases. Really?!??! Do you not want me to enter your store any more?

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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?



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