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It's All For You! 'The First Omen' Terrorizes Digital May 28th & Blu-ray on July 30th

In an era where legacy horror and science fiction franchises are continued and retooled for the streaming market, it's nice to see one of these come to theaters - and it's actually good! With little marketing, The First Omen proved successful and will soon terrorize digital retailers, Hulu, and eventually Blu-ray

Like PreyThe First Omen was originally slated to be a direct-to-streaming Hulu venture. But Disney wisened up and realized these films could actually make money in theaters - especially when they're actually pretty damn good! While it wasn't a massive box-office draw, it wasn't a complete failure pulling in a healthy $ 50 million (and counting) globally. Which, to me, is impressive since I didn't know the movie was even coming to theaters until three weeks before its opening. I have to wonder if it hadn't released so close to a very similar Nunsplitation flick like Immaculate if its box office prospects wouldn't have been better. Regardless, I found this to be a surprisingly effective franchise prequel with some genuinely shocking imagery. Now writer/director Arkasha Stevenson's The First Omen will begin its digital sales journey on May 28th, start streaming on Hulu on May 30th, and drop on Blu-ray and DVD on July 30th.  No word on a 4K yet - but we hope one is in the works! 

The First Omen - Blu-ray

 

Film Synopsis
In this psychological horror prequel to the classic Omen films, a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church. Soon, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her faith, and that reveals a terrifying conspiracy to bring about the birth of evil incarnate. The First Omen stars Nell Tiger Free (Servant), Tawfeek Barhom (Mary Magdalene), Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Ralph Ineson (The Northman) and Bill Nighy (Living). The film is directed by Arkasha Stevenson based on characters created by David Seltzer (The Omen), with a story by Ben Jacoby (Bleed) and a screenplay by Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas (Firestarter).

Bonus Features

  • The Mystery of Margaret – Join director Arkasha Stevenson and stars Nell Tiger Free, Bill Nighy and Maria Caballero as they dive into the character of Margaret, her relationships with other characters, and how she’s manipulated while trying to solve the film’s horrifying mystery.

  • The Director’s Vision – Director Arkasha Stevenson talks about her love of horror films, the opportunity to expand on The Omen legacy, and crafting The First Omen entirely through a female lens. She also describes shooting in Rome, and the cast recounts working with Arkasha.

  • Signs of The First Omen – Join the director and talented artists as they reveal some of the symbolism within the set designs and the costumes. Learn how the use of practical effects blurs the line between what is real and what is not in The First Omen’s terrifying world. 

Cast
Nell Tiger Free as Margaret
Ralph Ineson as Father Brennan
Sonia Braga as Sister Silva  
Tawfeek Barhom as Father Gabriel
Maria Caballero as Luz
Charles Dance as Father Harris
Bill Nighy as Cardinal Lawrence

Produced by
David S. Goyer and Keith Levine

Executive Producers
Tim Smith
Whitney Brown
Gracie Wheelan

Story by
Ben Jacoby

Based on Characters Created by
David Seltzer

Screenplay by
Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas

Directed by
Arkasha Stevenson

Product Specifications
Release Dates:
Digital: May 28, 2024
Streaming: May 30, 2024
Physical: July 30, 2024

Product SKUs
Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD plus a 2-Movie Bundle (The Omen + The First Omen)
Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

Feature Run Time
Approx. 119 minutes

Rating
U.S. Rated R
*Rated R for violent content, grisly/disturbing images, and brief graphic nudity

Aspect Ratio
Digital: 1.85:1
Physical: 1.85:1

Disc Size
Blu-ray: 50GB
DVD: 8.5GB

U.S. Audio
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish and    French 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio
Digital: English Dolby Atmos (UHD only, some platforms), English 7.1, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 7.1, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

U.S. Subtitles
Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French
DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French
Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

The First Omen isn't yet up for pre-order (that we've found) and we haven't seen any retailer exclusives or 4K options pop up yet, but we'll be on the lookout and update listings ASAP. 

'The Last Emperor' Returns to 4K UHD Special Edition from Germany's Turbine May 14th.

Bernardo Bertolucci's sumptuous biopic about the controversial Chinese leader returns to 4K UHD from Germany's Turbine. If you missed out on the beautiful Limited Edition Mediabooks, you can now pre-order a new Special Edition with standard packaging featuring the same excellent 4-Discs. 

The shame of limited editions is they often sell out - especially Mediabooks and SteelBooks. Thankfully Germany's Turbine Medien has come to the rescue after their own 4k UHD Mediabook releases sold through. Now fans can pick up Bertolucci's incredible biopic in 4K with standard packaging. I for one love Mediabooks - I think they look pretty damn cool - but I also concede they don't fit on most shelves very easily. I actually have a special section just for oversized packs and Mediabooks to maintain order in my collection. That's where Turbine offering up a new standard soft-pac edition is a welcome move. This set will offer up the Theatrical Cut in 4K UHD and 1080p Blu-ray, the Extended Edition on its own Blu-ray disc, with another disc dedicated to bonus features. To complete the package, the set will come with reversible insert art.

Read our 4K UHD Mediabook Review

The Last Emperor - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Special Edition

   

Special Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray Details: 

  • Theatrical version (163 min.) on Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray
  • Long version (219 min.) on separate Blu-ray
  • Documentary about the shooting (approx. 65 min.) *
  • Bernardo Bertolucci: The Italian Traveller (approx. 50 min.) *
  • Interview with producer Jeremy Thomas (approx. 19 min.) *
  • Postcards from China (approx. 8 min.) *
  • Trailer D/UK/INT

* with optional German/English subtitles  

Technical data:
Ultra HD Blu-ray (theatrical version)
Languages:
German & English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0
Subtitles: German, German for the hearing impaired, English, English SDH
Picture format: 2.39:1 (2160p24 Ultra HD) HDR10 & Dolby Vision
Runtimes: approx. 163 min.
Blu-ray (theatrical version)
Languages:
German & English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0
Subtitles: German, German for the hearing impaired, English, English SDH
Picture format: 2.39:1 (1080p24 Full HD)
Runtime: approx. 163 min.
Blu-ray (long version)
Languages:
German: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0
Subtitles: German, German for the hearing impaired, English, English SDH
Picture format: 2.39:1 (1080p24 Full HD)
Runtime: approx. 219 min.

Pre-orders are now live - this set is due to ship out around May 14th - 2024. Happy Collecting! 

Paramount Scares & Fangoria Kick Off Scream Greats Series with 'The Crow' Back in Theaters May 29th-30th

Ever wish you could go back and catch your favorite flicks back in the theater in all their glory? Having a great home theater setup is fun and all, but there's something special about going to the theater and scarfing down overpriced popcorn to an old favorite. Paramount Scares is bringing some of our favorite flicks back to theaters. 

After a series of well-performing re-releases like Disney with Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace, Sony bringing back all eight Spider-Man films, and Universal celebrating The Mummy's 25th, it's Paramount's turn to get into the mix. Teaming with Fangoria, the "Scream Greats" series starts of May 29th and 30th with Alex Proyas' The Crow starring the late Brandon Lee. Sure, we literally just got a 4K disc of the film this week, but how cool is it going to be to see it back up on the big screen? 

After The Crow we have the following fan favorites to look forward to:

  • FRIDAY THE 13TH PART IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER 40th Anniversary - September 8 & September 10
  • SLEEPY HOLLOW - October 13 & October 16
  • ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES - November 10 & November 13

Given how many great horror flicks reside in Paramount's archive this isn't the most aggressive slate of rereleases ever - but it's a fun one. Addams Family Values is especially well-timed! Now the fun speculative side of this development is that since we have 4K discs for The Crow and Sleepy Hollow could this mean 4K discs of Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter and Addams Family Values are coming our way? While I can't wait to see both again on the big screen (along with The Crow and Sleepy Hollow) I'd love to add both to the ever-growing 4K UHD Collection. But since Paramount has yet to do 4K discs of Friday the 13th Part 2 and Part 3 - we can only speculate there. 

Tickets for The Crow are on sale now - CLICK HERE for showtime details - See you at the movie

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Three 4K UHD SteelBook & Blu-ray Arriving July 23

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three is headed a limited 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook and Blu-ray on July 23, with the first two parts of the trilogy already available.

The Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths Trilogy will also go on sale digitally on July 16 to from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more, with an exclusive special feature - An Epic Challenge: Crisis in Comics and Animation.

Now fully revealed as the ultimate threat to existence, the ANTI-MONITOR wages an unrelenting attack on the surviving Earths that struggle for survival in a pocket universe. One-by-one, these worlds and all their inhabitants are vaporized! On the planets that remain, even time itself is shattered and heroes from the past join the Justice League and their rag-tag allies against the epitome of evil. But as they make their last stand, will the sacrifice of the superheroes be enough to save us all?

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Three

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three 

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Three -
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

The 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook + Digital combo pack and the Blu-ray + Digital combo pack will include the following supplements: 

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three - Physical and Digital

  • A Multiverse of Inspiration
  • Jon and John: Stewart and Constantin

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Trilogy (Digital only)

  • An Epic Challenge: Crisis in Comics and Animation 

Pre-orders for Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Three should be available soon and included below is the full press release:


The Epic Saga Concludes with Part Three of the

Highly Anticipated Trilogy!

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three   

 

Available exclusively on Digital on July 16

4K UHD in limited edition steelbook packaging and Blu-ray arriving on July 23

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Trilogy Also Available exclusively on Digital on July 16

 

BURBANK, CA (May 7, 2024) - Based on DC’s iconic comic book limited series ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, join DC Super Heroes from across the multiverse in the action-packed conclusion of the three-part DC animated film Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three. The eagerly awaited film brings to a close the thrilling trilogy that marks the end to the Tomorrowverse story arc.

 

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the all-new, action-packed DC animated film features some of DC’s most famous Super Heroes from multiple universes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, who come together to stop an impending threat of doom and destruction. Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three will be available to purchase exclusively on digital on July 16 and on 4K UHD in limited edition steelbook packaging and Blu-ray on July 23.

 

Fans of this superhero adventure will also be able to indulge in a range of bonus features including interviews with the filmmakers on how they created a comprehensive universe across seven films.

 

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One and Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two are currently available on Digital, 4K UHD and Blu-ray. 

 

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three features returning popular voice cast members: Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys, The Winchesters) as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Emmy winner Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Glee) as Superman & Earth-2 Superman, Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta ComptonBlack Adam) as Green Lantern/John Stewart, Meg Donnelly (Legion of Super-Heroes, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,) as Supergirl & Harbinger, and Stana Katic (Castle, Absentia) as Wonder Woman & Superwoman, along with Corey Stoll (Ant-Man, Black Mass) as Lex Luthor.

 

The star-studded ensemble voice cast also includes Gideon Adlon as Batgirl, Ike Amadi as Martian Manhunter/J’Onn J’Onzz, Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate/Charles Halstead, Troy Baker as The Joker & Spider Guild Lantern, Brian Bloom as Adam Strange & Sidewinder, Matt Bomer as The Flash, Ashly Burch as Nightshade & Queen Mera, Zach Callison as Earth-2 Robin & Robin/Damian Wayne, Kevin Conroy as Earth-12 Batman, Alexandra Daddario as Lois Lane, Brett Dalton as Bat Lash & Captain Atom, John Dimaggio as Lobo, Ato Essandoh as Mr. Terrific, Keith Ferguson as Doctor Fate & Two-Face, Will Friedle as Batman Beyond & Kamandi, Jennifer Hale as Hippolyta & Green Lantern Aya, Mark Hamill as Earth-12 The Joker, Jamie Gray Hyder as Hawkgirl & Young Diana, Erika Ishii as Doctor Light/Dr. Hoshi & Huntress, David Kaye as The Question & Cardonian Lantern, Matt Lanter as Blue Beetle, Liam McIntryre as Aquaman, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams as Dr. Beth Chapel & The Cheetah, Lou Diamond Phillips as The Spectre, Elysia Rotaru as Black Canary & Black Canary II, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Keesha Sharp as Vixen, Jimmi Simpson as Green Arrow, Jason Spisak as Blue Lantern Razer & Hayseed, Armen Taylor as The Flash/Jay Garrick, Gas Soldier & Executioner, and Dean Winters as Captain Storm.

 

Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three is produced by Jim Krieg and Kimberly S. Moreau and executive produced by Butch Lukic, Sam Register, and Michael Uslan. The film is directed by Jeff Wamester from a script by Jim Krieg. Casting and voice direction is by Wes Gleason. The film is based on characters from DC and the graphic novel “Crisis on Infinite Earths” by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez

 

Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three will be available on July 16 to purchase digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. On July 23 the film will be available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD in limited edition steelbook packaging and Blu-ray Discs online and in-store at major retailers. Pre-order your copy now.

 

Additionally, the Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths Trilogy will be available on July 16 to purchase digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more, and features an exclusive special feature - An Epic Challenge: Crisis in Comics and Animation.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Now fully revealed as the ultimate threat to existence, the ANTI-MONITOR wages an unrelenting attack on the surviving Earths that struggle for survival in a pocket universe. One-by-one, these worlds and all their inhabitants are vaporized! On the planets that remain, even time itself is shattered and heroes from the past join the Justice League and their rag-tag allies against the epitome of evil. But as they make their last stand, will the sacrifice of the superheroes be enough to save us all?

 

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three - Physical and Digital

  • A Multiverse of Inspiration
  • Jon and John: Stewart and Constantine

 

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Trilogy (Digital only)

  • An Epic Challenge: Crisis in Comics and Animation 

 

 

 

 

 

PRICING AND FILM INFORMATION

 

Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three

 

PRODUCT                                                                             SRP

Digital purchase                                                                      $19.99

4K Ultra HD Steelbook + Digital Version*                            $47.99 USA

4K Ultra HD Steelbook                                                          $54.99 Canada

Blu-ray + Digital Version*                                                     $29.98 USA    

Blu-ray                                                                                    $39.99 Canada

 

Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths Trilogy

 

PRODUCT                                                                             SRP

Digital purchase                                                                      $39.99

 

 

4K/Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, Dutch, French

Running Time: 98:06

Rated PG-13 for some violence and language.

*Digital version not available in Canada

Escape Plan Triple Feature, Diary of the Dead, & Angel Has Fallen Walmart Exclusive SteelBooks Inbound on July 2

Lionsgate is prepping an Escape Plan Triple Feature Blu-ray SteelBook that will be sold exclusively at Walmart on July 2. Arriving in Walmart stores on the same date will be an exclusive SteelBook for Angel Has Fallen.

ANGEL HAS FALLEN - 4K ULTRA HD - When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm, and save the country from imminent danger.

Angel Has Fallen - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive SteelBook
Angel Has Fallen - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive SteelBook
 

ESCAPE PLAN TRIPLE FEATURE - The Escape Plan franchise stars Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin, one of the world’s foremost security analysts who helps design the most protected and fortified prisons – and finds their security flaws by breaking out of them. With a supporting cast that includes Dave Bautista, Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger, these high-octane action-thrillers are full of explosive fights, high-tech intrigue, and edge-of-your-seat escapes.

Escape Plan Triple Feature - Walmart Exclusive SteelBook 

 

GEORGE ROMERO'S DIARY OF THE DEAD - From legendary frightmaster George A. Romero comes “one of the most daring, hypnotic and absolutely vital horror films of the past decade” (Fangoria).  Romero continues his influential “Dead” series, this time focusing on a terrified group of college film students who record the pandemic rise of flesh-eating zombies while struggling for their own survival.  Intensely gruesome and relentlessly grisly – fueled by the director’s signature realistic special effects – Diary of the Dead is must-see horror that “is Romero at his finest” (Bloody Disgusting).

George Romero's Diary of the Dead - Walmart Exclusive SteelBook 


 

Escape Plan Triple Feature Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray SteelBook, Diary of the Dead Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray SteelBook, and Angel Has Fallen - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive SteelBook will be sold exclusively at Walmart on July 2.

'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire' Comes A-Stompin' 4K UHD, SteelBook, and Blu-ray on June 11

Just when the world finished rebuilding itself, the monsters come back to stomp on everything all over again! Warner Brothers is preparing to bring the monstrous 'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire' to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 11. 

The film will also be available in a 4K SteelBook exclusively at Walmart and as part of the 5-film collection celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Monsterverse that will include Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) - plus a bonus disc of special features including the new “Directors of the Monsterverse” featurette with Monsterverse directors Gareth Edwards, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Michael Doughtery and Adam Wingard.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own. The epic new film delves further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humanity forever. 

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Premium Digital Ownership, 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

  • GxK: Day of Reckoning
  • Evolution of the Titans: Godzilla Evolved
  • Evolution of the Titans: From Lonely God to King
  • Into the Hollow Earth: Visualizing Hollow Earth
  • Into the Hollow Earth: Monsters of Hollow Earth
  • The Battles Royale: A Titanic Fight Among the Pyramids
  • The Battles Royale: The Zero Gravity Battle
  • The Battles Royale: The Titans Trash Rio
  • The Intrepid Director: Adam Wingard: Big Kid
  • The Intrepid Director: Adam Wingard: Set Tour
  • The Imagination Department
  • The Monarch Island Base: Portal to Another World
  • The Evolution of Jia: From Orphan to Warrior
  • Bernie’s World: Behind the Triple Locked Door
  • Commentary by Director Adam Wingard, Visual Effects Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro, Production Designer Tom Hammock and Editor Josh Schaeffer

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - Blu-ray 

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire 

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Walmart Exclusive SteelBook)
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Walmart Exclusive SteelBook)
 

Godzilla/Kong Monsterverse 5-Film Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Godzilla/Kong Monsterverse 5-Film Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

You can pre-order Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire now and included below is the press announcement:


“'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ is so much fun, it’s hard not to want more.”

CinemaBlend / Mike Reyes

GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE

Titans Combine Forces for the Ultimate Team-up when the Action-packed Adventure Becomes Available for Purchase and Rental

 

Debuts for Premium Digital Ownership and Rental on May 14

4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on June 11

 

5-Film 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Celebrating the

10th Anniversary of the Monsterverse Also Available this Summer

Burbank, CA, May 7, 2024 – The latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, debuts for purchase and rental Digitally at home on May 14.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own.  The epic new film delves further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humanity forever.

  • On May 14, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase or rent movies, including Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Fandango at Home, and more.

 

  • On June 11, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire will be available to own on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD from online and physical retailers. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

 

Once again at the helm is director Adam Wingard. The film stars Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Godzilla vs. Kong, Bullet Train), Dan Stevens (Gaslit, Legion, Beauty and the Beast), Kaylee Hottle (Godzilla vs. Kong), Alex Ferns (The Batman, Wrath of Man, Chernobyl) and Fala Chen (Irma Vep, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

The screenplay is by Terry Rossio (Godzilla vs. Kong, the Pirates of the Caribbean series) and Simon Barrett (You’re Next) and Jeremy Slater (Moon Knight), from a story by Rossio & Wingard & Barrett, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO Co., Ltd. The film is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric Mcleod, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Brian Rogers. The executive producers are Wingard, Jen Conroy, Jay Ashenfelter, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira.

Additionally, a 5-film collection celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Monsterverse will be available on 4K UHD disc this summer.  The 6-disc collector’s edition will include Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024), along with a disc of special features including the new “Directors of the Monsterverse” featurette with Monsterverse directors Gareth Edwards, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Michael Doughtery and Adam Wingard.

 

DIGITAL, 4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS 

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Premium Digital Ownership, 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

  • GxK: Day of Reckoning
  • Evolution of the Titans: Godzilla Evolved
  • Evolution of the Titans: From Lonely God to King
  • Into the Hollow Earth: Visualizing Hollow Earth
  • Into the Hollow Earth: Monsters of Hollow Earth
  • The Battles Royale: A Titanic Fight Among the Pyramids
  • The Battles Royale: The Zero Gravity Battle
  • The Battles Royale: The Titans Trash Rio
  • The Intrepid Director: Adam Wingard: Big Kid
  • The Intrepid Director: Adam Wingard: Set Tour
  • The Imagination Department
  • The Monarch Island Base: Portal to Another World
  • The Evolution of Jia: From Orphan to Warrior
  • Bernie’s World: Behind the Triple Locked Door
  • Commentary by Director Adam Wingard, Visual Effects Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro, Production Designer Tom Hammock and Editor Josh Schaeffer

 

BASICS

Premium Digital Ownership: May 14, 2024

4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 11, 2024 

4K Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish

4K Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish

BD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish

BD Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish

DVD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish

 

Running Time: 115 minutes

Rating: PG-13 for creature violence and action

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

4K UHD and Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD, DLBY/DGTL

 

PRODUCT                                                                                        ERP

4K UHD + Digital                                                                              $29.99

Blu-ray + Digital                                                                                 $24.99

DVD                                                                                                   $19.99

 

THE CREDITS

 

About Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

The epic battle continues!  Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse follows up the explosive showdown of ”Godzilla vs. Kong” with an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond.

Once again at the helm is director Adam Wingard. The film stars Rebecca Hall (“Godzilla vs. Kong,” “The Night House”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Bullet Train”), Dan Stevens (“Gaslit,” “Legion,” “Beauty and the Beast”), Kaylee Hottle (“Godzilla vs. Kong”), Alex Ferns (“The Batman,” “Wrath of Man,” “Chernobyl”) and Fala Chen (“Irma Vep,” “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”).

The screenplay is by Terry Rossio (“Godzilla vs. Kong” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series) and Simon Barrett (“You’re Next”) and Jeremy Slater (“Moon Knight”), from a story by Rossio & Wingard & Barrett, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO Co., Ltd. The film is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric Mcleod, Thomas Tull and Brian Rogers. The executive producers are Wingard, Jen Conroy, Jay Ashenfelter, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira.

Once again, Wingard is collaborating with director of photography Ben Seresin (“Godzilla vs. Kong,” “World War Z”), production designer Tom Hammock (“Godzilla vs. Kong,” “X,” “The Guest”), editor Josh Schaeffer (“Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Molly’s Game”), costume designer Emily Seresin (“The Invisible Man,” “Top of the Lake”). The composers are Tom Holkenborg (“Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) and Antonio Di Iorio (additional music on “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the “Sonic the Hedgehog” films).

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, A Film By Adam Wingard, “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.”

Is That a 4K I Smell? HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, May 6, 2024

 Lately, the release schedule for each month looks like a pattern, just a few titles on the beginning of the month, a linear curve throughout, and then a flood at the end. If you're ready, we are at the beginning and have just a few to pick from.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 49 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 5th - May 11th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Import Monday begins with Night Swim, with yet another familiar pattern. Release a blu-ray in the US, then a 4K overseas, and then (possibly) a 4K in the US after that.

 

 Domestic Tuesday this week has zero New Releases. With all the catalog title possibilities out there, this is A-OK, bring them!

 Starting the week, cult classic The Crow with Brandon Lee. You can also choose the SteelBook if you so desire.

 

 From Shout Factory, animated double-feature The Addams Family 1 & 2.

 

 How about an Oscar winning Western from Kino Lorber, High Noon?

 

 In the "you're welcome" category (because I recently bought the import), LionsGate brings us Francis Ford Coppola's One From The Heart: Reprise. Had I not bought it, you would all still be waiting for it. What other import purchases would you like me to make?

 

 In the 'maybe' release listing, Frivolous Lola. Has been pushed back a couple of times, now listed as May 3rd on Amazon. The next 3rd of the month Tuesday is in August.

 

 A pair of music concert releases come out on Friday,

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include just High Noon from Kino Lorber and (maybe) Frivolous Lola from Cult Epics. There is also a Friday release of Queen Rock Montreal + Live Aid from Mercury.

 Warner Archive Collection releases this week include Devil's Doorway, The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Rain People and Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island / Return to Zombie Island.

 

 Delayed several times, and finally here, Hardware Wars: Collector's Edition comes to us via the MVD Rewind Collection. And, just because, let's also pick up Joysticks and Sabotage while we are at it. If you follow MVD on Facebook, they are very transparent about the whys for street date changes, which is very admirable.

 Arrow Video has the crime/thriller Night Falls on Manhattan for us this week.

 

 Criterion Collection this week has A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu.

 Anime highlights include KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World - The Complete Season, Mob Psycho 100 III - Season 3, also available as a Limited Edition, One Piece - Collection 34 and One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Seven.

 

 Monk: Season Six comes to us this week via Kino Lorber.

 Honorable Mention: Mill Creek has a double feature for us, Director Spotlight: Sydney Pollack, which includes OOP title Bobby Deerfield and the previously unreleased blu-ray of Castle Keep.

 Closing out the week, a couple of Austrailian imports this Friday via Amazon US:

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shout Factory has revealed their July title slate. For 4K releases, Dark Angel, House of Gucci, Phantoms and UHF. For blu-ray, Ali G Indahouse: The Movie, Storytelling and Who's That Girl. Getting that SteelBook double-dip, Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time (yeah I know, why not the 4K), and 4K general SteelBook releases of titles that were retailers exclusives previously, Natural Born Killers, Point Break and Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Somewhere out there, there's a site listing Red Sonja for blu-ray release as well. With a previous StudioCanal 4K release of that title, I wonder if that listing is in error.

 Warner Bros is on track to announce a 4K release of Twister (1996) and (rumored, but inevitable) that they are working on Nightmare on Elm Street for 4K as well. Expect the usual formulas we have seen with the UK vs US releases with cover arts, swag/no swag, extra/no extras.

 

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?



Really, He's a Goodguy! Chucky Seasons One & Two Scaring Up Blu-ray Mediabooks from Turbine

In a world where franchises are sequeled, requeled, remade, and rebooted, it's nice to see one constant - Brad Dourif will always be Chucky - even on the small screen! Now Germany's Turbine unvails their Season One and Season Two Blu-ray Mediabook collections! 

As Brad Dourif has confirmed he's essentially retired from acting, he will continue to voice the lovable doll with a penchant for murder and mayhem! But through numerous sequels, franchise reboots, and a remake, the prospect of a Chucky series seemed like squeezing the goose for the last golden egg, but it's paid off. Three seasons in and the show is a riot and franchise stalwart Don Mancini is even apparently working on a new Chucky film! In the meantime, we can thank Turbine for bringing the first two seasons to Blu-ray with some damned stylish Mediabook options! 

Chucky - Season One Blu-ray Mediabook Cover A 

Chucky - Season One Blu-ray Mediabook Cover B 

Chucky - Season One Blu-ray Mediabook Cover C

Chucky - Season One Blu-ray Mediabook All Covers 

Here's everything that'll be coming in with the first Season sets.  

Technical specifications:
Picture format: 2,00:1 (1080p24 Full HD)
Language / Sound: German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, English for the hearing impaired
Runtime: 363 minutes

Bonus material:

  • Featurette The Legacy of Chucky
  • Deleted scenes from episodes 1, 5 and 8*
  • The Killer in miniature by Tobias Hohmann about the development of the CHUCKY franchise, the making of the series + Episode Guide

And now we come to Season 2!

Chucky - Season Two Blu-ray Mediabook Cover A 

Chucky - Season Two Blu-ray Mediabook Cover B 

Chucky - Season Two Blu-ray Mediabook Cover C 

Chucky - Season Two Blu-ray Mediabook All Covers 

 

And here's what's coming in Season Two:

Technical specifications:
Picture format: 2,00:1 (1080p24 Full HD)
Language / Sound: German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, English for the hearing impaired
Runtime: 379 minutes

Bonus material:

  • Deleted scenes from episodes 1 and 7*
  • Book part Of Killer Dolls and Doll Murders by Tobias Hohmann about the creation and innovations of season 2 + Episode Guide 

And that's everything for Chucky - Season 1 and Chucky - Season 2 Mediabook Blu-ray sets from Turbine. These are up for preorder right now and due to ship on May 10th - so get those orders in ASAP!

SUPPLIES! UHF Debuts on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the Film's 35th Anniversary on July 2

The cult classic comedy UHF featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic is getting a 35th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray Edition from Shout! Factory on July 2.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray release will showcase a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative and includes numerous bonus supplements including an audio commentary and a retrospective from the San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

In the cult classic UHF, "Weird Al" Yankovic is George Newman, a hopeless daydreamer who becomes the manager of a small TV station that's losing money as quickly as it's losing viewers. Before long he's programming shows like "Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse", "Wheel of Fish", and "Raul's Wild Kingdom." But can Channel 62's new popularity save it from sinister forces? To find out... don't touch that dial! Starring "Weird Al" Yankovic (WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story), Michael Richards (Seinfeld), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles), Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live), and more!

UHF - 35th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

UHF - 35th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

UHF 35th Anniversary Edition Bonus Features

4K UHD:

  • NEW 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative
  • Audio Commentary with "Weird Al" Yankovic and director Jay Levey

Blu-ray

  • NEW 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative
  • Retrospective Panel From San Diego Comic-Con 2014
  • Audio Commentary with "Weird Al" Yankovic and director Jay Levey
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Music Video
  • Production Stills
  • Easter Eggs
  • Promotional Materials

Shout! is also offering three different exclusive bundled editions include the two-disc 4K UHD along with various combinations of a site-exclusive o-card with new illustration, posters of both original theatrical art and new illustration art, brand-new Scratch-n-Sniff card for the movie, a TV remote stress squeezer, prism sticker of Weird Al, an enamel pin set, and a Spatula City fridge magnet. Check out ShoutStudios.com to order those. 

Deluxe Bundle: UHF 35th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD (same bonus features as wide release), posters of both original theatrical art and new illustration art, site-exclusive o-card with new illustration, prism sticker of Weird Al, brand-new Scratch-n-Sniff card for the movie, TV remote stress squeezer, Spatula City fridge magnet and an enamel pin set.

Bundle #2: UHF 35th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD (same bonus features as wide release), posters of both original theatrical art and new illustration art, site-exclusive o-card with new illustration, prism sticker of Weird Al, brand-new Scratch-n-Sniff card for the movie, TV remote stress squeezer, and a Spatula City fridge magnet

 

Bundle #3: UHF 35th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD (same bonus features as wide release), posters of both original theatrical art and new illustration art, site-exclusive o-card with new illustration, prism sticker of Weird Al and a brand-new Scratch-n-Sniff card for the movie

Pre-orders for UHF - 35th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are up! 

May Is A Beautiful 4K Bouquet - HDD's May 2024 4K UHD Shopping Guide

May 2024 is going to be a tough month for 4K collectors. Not because there's nothing coming out, quite the opposite actually. Now that Hollywood has gotten more flicks in theaters after the respective Writers/Actors strikes, that means we have a lot of new titles and a ton of back catalog and deep cult classics coming to 2160p! 

April 2024 was something of an interesting release month in that it started out pretty light, had some good big favorites to get excited for, but then saved the biggest dump of new releases and back catalog 4K titles for the very end of the month. On one hand it helped to spread out the finances early on, but that meant saving everything for the very last day of the month. May 2024 is hitting the gas hard early and isn't really letting up one week to the next - so let's dive in and see what we need to save up for:

May 2024 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


May 7th, 4K UHD Releases 

It can't rain all the time! The first week of the month kicks things off pretty hard and heavy. We see one notable KLSC 4K reschedule hit the frame, another Coppola re-edit, a scream factory double feature event, and then one of the biggest and most influential comic book films of the 1990s all join the 4K format along with three very exciting concert discs.

     

   

 

 

Coming May 8th to 4K UHD 

 

Coming May 10th to 4K UHD

   


May 14th, 4K UHD Releases 

Not to slow things down, the second week of May sees a lovely mix of new, deep catalog, and recent favorites all getting the 4K treatment. For one disc in particular, it's a shame Warner Bros. didn't see fit to include a certain suggestive popcorn bucket! Add in one of the craziest cult classics and one of the finest westerns ever made, and we've got to start clearing some shelf space! 

     

     

 

         

     

 


May 21st, 4K UHD Releases 

So this frame is rather interesting. Not only are we getting some exciting new and catalog titles but we're also getting something a little different. This frame will see the first wave of Paramount's multi-format 4K + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital releases priced at the bargain rate of about $10.99. While that price is appealing, these are packed in standard DVD-sized cases, so we'll see how well they sell to the collectors market or if they help tip some SD buyers into 4K collecting. 

     

     

     

     

  

Coming May 24th to 4K UHD 

 


May 28th, 4K UHD Releases

Unlike April, the last frame of May is a bit of a breather. There's plenty of great stuff coming, but a large chunk of it are the standard editions of Severin's more elaborate Website exclusives and a few other smaller trinkets. KLSC in particular has some solid titles coming our way too. 

     

     

     

 

 


And that's pretty much everything that's hitting the domestic market for 4K UHD Blu-rays in May. Obviously, some of these release dates could change and more stuff could slip in there without much fanfare or warning. If anything changes we'll update our listings and this article toot sweet. Happy Collecting!

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