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NEW Scream Factory 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays for June 2022 - Cat People - Dog Soldiers - The Fun House
  • Cat People, Dog Soldiers, and The Fun House Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Horror/Sci-fi boutique label Scream Factory will bring all three films to 4K UHD in June
  • Pre-orders are live on the Scream Factory website 

After an ambitious May slate, Scream Factory isn't slowing down in June with their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Offerings. Neil Marshall's horror/action flick Dog SoldiersCat People, and Tobe Hooper's horror gem The Funhouse are all making the transition to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray this June. Scream Factory quietly slipped them up onto their Scream Factory shop before announcing them on social media - and you can pre-order right now! So to that point, we know these discs are coming, we know bonus features, but we don't yet have the final word on HDR grading or audio specs - but if past is prologue then expect Dolby Vision and likely an Atmos audio mix for a couple of these. As we learn more we'll update our listings and this article! 


Dog Soldiers Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
June 14th, 2022

Dog Soldiers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on special training maneuvers face their biggest fears after they run into Captain Ryan – the only survivor of a Special Ops team that was literally torn to pieces. Ryan refuses to disclose his mission even though whoever attacked his men might be hungry for seconds. Help arrives in the form of a local woman who shelters them in a deserted farmhouse deep in the forest ... but when they realize that they are surrounded by a pack of blood-lusting werewolves, it's apparent their nightmare has just begun!

From Neil Marshall, the director of The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion and episodes of Game Of Thrones, comes this terrifying thriller starring Kevin McKidd (Rome, Trainspotting), Sean Pertwee (Gotham, Event Horizon), Emma Cleasby (Doomsday) and Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones). 

DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • NEW 4K Restoration From The Original Camera Negative – Approved By Director Neil Marshall And Cinematographer Sam McCurdy
  • Audio Commentary With Director Neil Marshall

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • NEW 4K Restoration From The Original Camera Negative – Approved By Director Neil Marshall And Cinematographer Sam McCurdy
  • Audio Commentary With Director Neil Marshall
  • Werewolves Vs. Soldiers – A Look At The Making Of DOG SOLDIERS Featuring Interviews With Director Neil Marshall, Producers Christopher Figg And Keith Bell, Actors Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Leslie Simpson And Emma Cleasby, Special Effects Artist Bob Keen, And More!
  • A Cottage In The Woods - A Look At The Production Design With Production Designer Simon Bowles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Neil Marshall's Short Film: Combat
  • Two Still Galleries – Photos From The Film And Rare Photos From Production Designer Simon Bowles And Special Effects Artist Dave Bonneywell's Archives

The Funhouse Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
June 21st, 2022 

The Funhouse 4K Ultra HD  

Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Lifeforce) pays affectionate tribute to various classic horror movies in this tale of two teenage couples who spend the night in a sleazy carnival funhouse.

On her first date with Buzz (Cooper Huckabee, True Blood), Amy (Elizabeth Berridge, Amadeus) disobeys her father and goes to the carnival with Richie (Miles Chapin, Hair) and Liz (Largo Woodruff, The Ladies Club) ... but their first date may end up as their last. After witnessing a murder, the four terrified teens are trapped in the maze of the Funhouse and stalked by a real monster: a horribly deformed killer who lurks among the freakish exhibits to butcher them one by one! Also starring Sylvia Miles (Midnight Cowboy) and Kevin Conway (Invincible) in three roles, The Funhouse features special makeup designs by the ingenious Rick Baker (An American Werewolf In London, Ed Wood).


Cat People (1982) Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
June 28th, 2022

 

A remake of the 1942 Jacques Tourneur horror/noir classic, Cat People stars Nastassja Kinski as Irena, a beautiful young woman who discovers love for the first time only to find that the experience brings tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this woman's first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her – including the extraordinary demands of her brother (Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange) – as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. Directed by Paul Schrader (Hardcore, American Gigolo, Affliction), this erotic fantasy about the passion and terror surrounding this first love also stars John Heard (Awakenings), Annette O'Toole (48 Hrs.), Ruby Dee (Do The Right Thing) and Lynn Lowry (Shivers). 


And that's all we know for now. As I said at the outset, this is breaking news and full details haven't come from Scream Factory, but we expect that to change soon. It's Scream Factory so you can expect some custom artwork probably and a ton of new and archival bonus features. As we get those details we'll update our listings and this article. 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - April 3, 2022 - April 9, 2022

How did the first quarter treat you and your wallet? I feel as though even the indie houses like Vinegar Syndrome, Arrow Video and Kino Lorber have been releasing a lot of great 4K titles as well as even some worthy blu-rays.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 46 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

This category is dominated by New Releases this week.

First from 20th Century Studios/Disney, murder-mystery Death on the Nile. If you're looking for retailer exclusives such as a SteelBook you will have to import one from Zavvi. Go figure, because the cover art on the SteelBook looks better in my opinion.

 

And next from Miramax/Paramount, the 2022 film Scream. This one has a few options to choose from, a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, a Walmart exclusive and of course a double feature which includes the 2022 film and the original 1996 film by the same name.

 

 

And lastly for 4K, a catalog reissue of Jack Reacher, but as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 

Blu-ray releases-

This category is a bit slow this week. There's still a few gems to consider though. First, the blu-ray counterparks of the above titles. Death on the Nile gets a single release, and Scream (2022) gets a single release as well as a 2-film collection similar to the releases above.

Subject to change but on track for Tuesday, Arrow Video releases The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter. Although not a Shaw Brothers release, it was still made during that era.

 

Do you like it when the studios release TV on blu-ray? To continue the trend people need to buy these releases because it is simply about making a profit. This week Paramount is releasing CSI: Vegas - Season One. Funny that the original CSI all those years ago wasn't called this, despite being set in Vegas. Catalog comedies Let it Ride starring Richard Dreyfus and an all-star casted movie called Soapdish debut to blu-ray this week.

 

From Sony Pictures Classics, 2021 dramas Jockey and Parallel Mothers.

Anime highlight includes just Megalobox 2: Nomad - The Complete Season.

LionsGate releases a Western this week titled Desperate Riders.

 

If you have been collecting classic TV, The Little Rascals: Volume Five comes to us this week via Classicflix.

Honorable Mention: Ken Burns and PBS bring us Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin.

For Friday releases, an arts release and a concert. Imprint Films' March titles are available on Amazon.

>The Osterman Weekend - Imprint Films Limit

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Paramount is doing another wave of Miramax reissues, which means some of these will be affordable again. Expect to see them released on April 12th. Some of the titles include Jersey Girl, The Shipping News and Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman. I expect to see more added at the last second. Also, listed but no street date yet, The Contractor (2022) will be getting a blu-ray release as well as 4K disc.

Vinegar Syndrome has revealed a bunch of titles for May and called it their "halfway to Black Friday" flash sale. On the 4K fron titles include Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Cloak & Dagger and Miami Connection. Then just announced are their April titles. For 4K, there's Death Wish II and FleshEater, and a Peekarama titled Stiff Competition. Their long blu-ray for April will be Alien Private Eye. Multiple partner labels have been added as well.

Arrow Video had revealed multiple versions of True Romance for a June 28th release date. For blu-rays look for Edge of Sanity and The Initiation of Sarah with a June 21 street date.

James Wan's Malignant will be getting a domestic 4K disc release on May 24th.

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?



No Fooling - High-Def Digest 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide April 2022

Ever feel like with each new month your 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection just gets bigger and bigger and yet your bank account just never seems to catch up?  

Maybe it was because the format has matured and is now rolling on all wheels with support from major studios and boutique labels? Maybe it's because of the pandemic, studios and labels decided to reinvest in physical media digging deep to bring fans some exciting hits and old favorites? Whatever it was - each month of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases seems to be getting more and more aggressive. This month we see everything from the biggest theatrical hit of the pandemic era to one of the best 1980s science fiction flicks to a Best Picture-winning thriller making landfall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

We have a lot to cover so let's not waste too much time and jump right in...

High-Def Digest's April 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


April 5th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

Death on the Nile (2022) - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Scream (2022) - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Scream (2022) - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Scream (2022) - 4K UHD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive 

 

Scream 2-Movie Collection - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Jack Reacher - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 


April 12th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Releases

RoboCop - 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition 

 

RoboCop - 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition SteelBook 

 

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K UHD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

 

Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K UHD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive 

 

Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 


April 19th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blur-ay Releases 

Heavy Metal - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

In the Heat of the Night - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Cabin in the Woods - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 


April 26th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

12 Monkeys - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

For All Mankind - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Singin’ in the Rain - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Moonfall - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Moonfall - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Scanner Cop (Single Release) - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Scanner Cop II (Single Release) - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Madman - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Schizoid / X-Ray - 4K UHD Blu-ray Double Feature 

 

Flesheater - 4K UHD Blu-ray Double Feature 

 

Death Wish II - 4K UHD Blu-ray Double Feature 

 


And that does it for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases for April 2022. We hope this list is helpful and lets you plan all those new additions to your ever-growing collection.

Thank you for your pre-orders! Following our purchase links and placing those orders goes a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

The Criterion Collection Bringing Tough Guy Classic Action Flick Road House Starring Patrick Swayze Dated and Detailed For 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 2022

The manliest film of the 80s, Road House starring Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, and Sam Elliot is coming to the Criterion Collection with a brand new 4K Restoration with Atmos Audio and tons of new and archival bonus features!

In 1989 Rowdy Herrington directed the ultimate 1980s tough-guy action movie Road House. Starring Patrick Swayze, the film plays as a classic western with the last honest man in a tough trade coming to town to clean out the wicked men who are strangling the good people. Trade out a western town and a corrupt sheriff for a saloon and a businessman and you have yourself the makings of a modern genre-bending classic - only it’s so completely ridiculous! From the bizarre dialog to the over-the-top characters, Road House is nonstop entertainment. This may be a weird addition for Criterion, but I for one appreciate they’re giving this highly entertaining film a run with a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a new Dolby Atmos audio mix! Those exploding beer bottles should sound AMAZING! 

Road House - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Pre-orders aren't yet live for this one but as soon as they're up we'll let you know! For now, you can take a look at the press release below for all the details:


Road House
Director Rowdy Herrington and writers R. Lance Hill and Hilary Henkin encapsulate the iconic 80s “tough guy” action film with 1989’s Road House. Starring the late Patrick Swayze as the best “cooler” in the saloon trade, the film deftly blends action film and western genre tropes with one man dedicated to cleaning up a crooked town and saving the locals from the tyrannical grips of businessman Ben Gazzara. The film co-stars Sam Elliot, Kelly Lynch, Red West, and Kevin Tighe, with a killer rock soundtrack by Jeff Healey.

  • New 4K Digital Restoration supervised by Director of Photography Dean Cundey and approved by Director Rowdy Herrington from the original camera negative.
  • In The 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, and two Blu-rays with the film and special features. 
  • Audio Commentary featuring director Rowdy Herrington
  • Audio Commentary featuring Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier
  • Audio Commentary featuring Mike Nelson of Rifftrax
  • Audio Commentary featuring Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy of Rifftrax
  • This One I’m Particularly Sentimental About: New interview with Sam Elliot 
  • Never Marry An Ugly Woman: 2012 Interview with Red West
  • For A Great Buick: Interview with Kevin Tighe
  • You Did What In Prison? Interview with Marshall Teague
  • I thought You’d Be Bigger The Making of Roadhouse
  • How About Some Breakfast? 2008 Interview with Ben Gazzara
  • A Conversation with Director Rowdy Herrington
  • “Pain Don’t Hurt” The Stunts of Road House
  • “Pretty Good For A Blind White Boy” The Music of Road House
  • Remembering Patrick Swayze
  • Archival featurettes 

1989 • 114 minutes • Color • Atmos • Stereo • 5.1 • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO 
SRP $49.95
PREBOOK 6/26/22   
STREET 7/19/22
CAT. NO. CC3359UHDBD
ISBN 978-1-65896-736-9
UPC 7-15598-27366-8

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...April Fools - I'm sorry. Hopefully one day this will be a real release. 

The Hilarious Beverly Hills Cop II Starring Eddie Murphy Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 17

.   The #1 film of 1987 Beverly Hills Cop II produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 17.

From the director of TOP GUN, this sizzling, smash-hit sequel to the original blockbuster looks better than ever before in stunning 4K UHD. Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is back where he doesn't belong, this time going "deep, deep, deep undercover" to stop a gang of international munitions smugglers. Also returning are Judge Reinhold and John Ashton as Murphy's crime-busting sidekicks, ready to unleash blazing gunfire alongside rapid-fire gags.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition does not appear to include Dolby Atmos but will have HDR-10 & Dolby Vision. The SRP is $25.99.

Beverly Hills Cop II - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Beverly Hills Cop II - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

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


THE SMASH-HIT SEQUEL TO THE ORIGINAL BLOCKBUSTER

CELEBRATES ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY ON 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY

Eddie Murphy returns in the wildly entertaining action-comedy BEVERLY HILLS COP II, arriving on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 17, 2022 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Directed by Tony Scott, who followed up Top Gun with this highly anticipated sequel, BEVERLY HILLS COP II celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, having been originally released on May 20, 1987.  Produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, BEVERLY HILLS COP II was a massive box office success, earning over $153 million domestically and becoming the #1 film of 1987.  The movie also earned Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song for “Shakedown.”

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is back where he doesn't belong, this time going "deep, deep, deep undercover" to stop a gang of international munitions smugglers. Also returning are Judge Reinhold and John Ashton as Murphy's crime-busting sidekicks, ready to unleash blazing gunfire alongside rapid-fire gags.

BEVERLY HILLS COP II is presented with exceptional picture and sound quality on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Dolby Vision® and HDR-10 and Dolby 5.1 DTS Master Audio.*

BEVERLY HILLS COP II

Street Date:         May 17, 2022

U.S. Rating:          R

HDR:                     HDR-10 & Dolby Vision®

Aspect Ratio:       2.35:1

Sound:                  Dolby 5.1 DTS Master Audio

 

 

* To experience Dolby Vision at home, compatible devices are required; 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Vision are available at select digital retailers.

 

Tom Holland's Video Game Flick Uncharted Announced for 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray May 10

Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg try their hands at video games with Uncharted with Antonio Banderas hot on their heels in Sony's Digital release on April 26 and on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 10.

Read our theatrical review.   

SYNOPSIS: Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother...but only if they can learn to work together.

Uncharted - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Uncharted - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (SteelBook)
Uncharted - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (SteelBook)
 

 Uncharted will also be available on Blu-ray and both editions will present the film in 2.39:1 aspect ratio and will have an hour of bonus features including a commentary, deleted and extended scenes, and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Uncharted - Blu-ray
Uncharted - Blu-ray
 

As usual, only the 4K UHD includes a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Here's the full press release:


AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL APRIL 26
ON 4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™ and DVD MAY 10
 
DISCOVER AN HOUR OF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDING DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES, MAKING OF THE AMAZING ACTION, DIRECTOR AUDIO COMMENTARY, PLUS MORE WITH THE CAST!

SYNOPSIS

Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother...but only if they can learn to work together.

 

BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY and DIGITAL

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes Featurettes
    • Becoming Nathan Drake
    • Big Action Breakdown: C-17 Globemaster
    • Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer
    • Never a Dull Moment: Stunts & Action
    • The Buddy System
    • Villains, Backstabbers & Accomplices
  • Commentary with Director Ruben Fleischer

DVD

  • The Buddy System

 

CAST AND CREW

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer
Produced By: Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, Ari Arad
Screenplay By:  Rafe Lee Judkins and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
Executive Producers: Ruben Fleischer, Robert J. Dohrmann, David Bernad, Tom Holland, Asad Qizilbash,
Carter Swan, Neil Druckmann, Evan Wells, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Antonio Banderas
 

SPECS

Run Time: Approx. 116 mins.
Rating:  PG-13 for violence/action and language
4K Ultra HD™: 2160p Ultra High Definition 2.39:1 | Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) / French 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish, English Audio Description 5.1 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition 2.39:1 | Audio: English, French 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish, English – Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Audio: English, French, Spanish, English Audio Description 5.1 Dolby Digital
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Twitter: @unchartedmovie
Instagram: @unchartedmovie
Facebook: facebook.com/unchartedmovie
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/c/sonypictures
 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - March 27, 2022 - April 2, 2022

April Showers, Bring May Flowers, or at least, that's what we were taught. Hard to say what to expect each yer. April thus far is looking a little bit slower than March for disc releases, but it's still early.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 45 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

Closing out the month, there's a short list of 4K releases for the week.

First, the new release this week is Sing 2 and it is brought to you via Universal. Unlike the first movie, there is no accompanying SteelBook at Best Buy, and the cool set from Target is NOT 4K. Speaking of animated -- what happened to the Hotel Transylvania: Transformania release from Sony?

 

On to catalog releases next. First from Arrow Video and not likely releasing this week, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This one has a standard release that appears to be delayed to April 12th, but the  Zavvi Exclusive USA SteelBook is still dated for this week. I suspect the SteelBook date will be changed to April 12 as well.

The Last Waltz gets a Criterion Collection 4K nod this week.

 

Blu-ray releases-

Getting the blu-ray counterparts of the above releases listed first, Sing 2 comes as a standard edition blu-ray as well as a 2-Movie (Sing / Sing 2) release, and the Target Exclusive that I would have bought if it were a 4K. What Gives Universal? The Last Waltz also comes to Criterion Collection blu-ray.

While still on the subject of Criterion Collection, the 1997 drama/romance Love Jones get a blu-ray release on Tuesday as well.

 

This week's blu-ray category has a bunch of standard edition releases from Vinegar Syndrome and Partner Labels, as well as Severin standard edition releases. These titles were released earlier on their respective sites, often times with exclusive slipcovers. Follow our provided links to their shops if you still wish to pursue those editions.

From Universal and Peacock TV comes a comedy/romance titled Marry Me. J Lo, Owen Wilson, that's all you need to know, probably decent for its genre. And also from Universal TV, Young Rock: Season One comes to disc as well.

The next Paramount Presents release is on track for Tuesday, look for Ordinary People then.

 

Warner Archive releases two titles this week,  A Star Is Born (1937) and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. The latter title has a 'Cinerama Smilebox' angle, which I cannot figure out how this will work for a home theater.

 

LionsGate's entry this week is an action film titled Pursuit. Not done there, a shark thriller titled The Requin.

 

Anime highlights include The Day I Became a God - The Complete Season, Haikyu!! To the Top (Season 4), Ingress the Animation, My Hero Academia: Season Five Part One, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Seven and Otherside Picnic - The Complete Season.

After a delay and barring any more, Magnum P.I.: The Complete Series *might* be coming out this week via Mill Creek Entertainment.

 

Interesting title from Kino Lorber, Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection.

Honorable Mention: Every year Cinedigm releases the Super Bowl from that year on disc. This year is no exception. NFL Super Bowl LVI Champions: Los Angeles Rams is all yours! I cannot tell if the half-time show is included, if it is, it might be worth a gander.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

FUNimation has announced their June releases, and they have also appeared to quasi-merge with Crunchyroll. Titles include Hetalia: World Stars Season 7, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Eight, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan - The Complete Season, BEM: Become Human - Movie and BACK ARROW - Part 1. As far as the merger, I cannot tell if there are no longer digital codes in the package.

Sentai Filmworks has also revealed their June titles, which by the way include BTOOOM! Complete Collection, Student Council's Discretion: Season 1 - Complete Collection, Student Council's Discretion: Season 2 - Complete Collection, IRODUKU : The World in Colors Complete Collection, Getter Robo Arc - Complete Collection and Place to Place: Complete Collection.

The next Vestron Video release will be Extreme Prejudice, with a street date of May 17th. This title comes via LionsGate. Also coming from LionsGate in June, a follow up to the 'hit' 2021 movie Fortress, Fortress: Sniper's Eye.

Kino Lorber has revealed they are working on a pair of Clive barker 4K editions, Rawhead Rex and Underworld (1985). The latter is also known as Transmutations.

Arrow Video has revealed that True Romance will be getting a U.S. release on June 28th. The available 4K options are a Limited Edition, Limited Edition SteelBook and a Deluxe Limited Edition SteelBook, as well as a Limited Edition blu-ray. It literally was a year before that the UK got their release, so hats off to Arrow for pursuing the rights. Arrow's other June domestic releases include Edge of Sanity and The Initiation of Sarah.

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?



Robert Wise's Long-Awaited Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Director's Edition Debuts in 4K Exclusively on Paramount+ on April 5 (First Contact Day) with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Incoming Later this Year

Fans who picked up the Star Trek 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set last year have a new reason to celebrate. Robert Wise's Director's Edition is coming to 4K after an exhaustive restoration effort. It was because of this restoration effort that this version of the film wasn't included with that 4K set. This 4K UHD with Dolby Vision HDR presentation will premier on Paramount+ April 5th - First Contact Day.

Not only that, fans will be able to experience the restored extended edition on the big screen for the first time when it arrives in theaters for an exclusive two-day event on May 22 and May 25 courtesy of Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 8 at FathomEvents.com.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was originally released in 1979 and received three Oscar nominations: for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score -- even though the movie was rushed to cineplexes with incomplete visual effects and poor editing.

Director Robert Wise refined both the editing and special effects in 2001 and the updated The Director's Edition was only released in standard definition on DVD. And now, after being painstakingly restored and remastered for over six months by Wise's original collaborators -- producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino and a team of SFX experts including visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman -- the film hops over HD into full-fledged Ultra HD.

"I couldn’t be prouder and more thrilled to have completed the film in 4K,” said Fein. “Paramount offered unprecedented access to the original elements and exceptional support and the results are stunning. Utilizing the latest discoveries and innovations of modern film production, The Director’s Edition delivers so much more today than was previously possible. It’s an adventure you’ll never forget!”

Star Trek: The Motion Picture -- The Director's Edition Synopsis: The U.S.S. Enterprise boldly debuted on the big screen with the cast of the original Star Trek series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan. Meticulously restored and remastered, with enhanced visual effects and state-of-the-art sound, this definitive vision of director Robert Wise has been optimized for a new generation of fans. When an unidentified alien intruder destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Admiral James T. Kirk (Shatner) returns to the helm of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command and confront an alien spacecraft of enormous power heading toward Earth.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture -- The Director's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Star Trek: The Motion Picture -- The Director's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Star Trek The Motion Picture Director's Edition will first appear on Paramount+ before coming to disc. Plans for Paramount+ Start at $4.99 per month with ads, or 9.99 per month without ads (except for live television) and additional perks including downloading content to a smartphone or portable device. Pick Your Plan Here. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will be available for sale in September and the physical and digital releases will include HDR10 and Dolby Vision with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Bonus materials will be detailed at a later date.  Here is the full press release:


 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – March 24, 2022 – Eagerly anticipated by Star Trek fans for over two decades, Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition will make its long-awaited debut exclusively on Paramount+ on April 5, 2022, in celebration of First Contact Day.  The film will be available to stream on Paramount+ in 4K Ultra HD on supported devices and platforms.  The newly restored film will subsequently arrive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in September from Paramount Home Entertainment.  In addition, fans will have the opportunity to see the restored version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition on the big screen for the first time when Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures bring it to theaters for an exclusive two-day event on May 22 and May 25.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 8 at FathomEvents.com.

Originally released in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the fourth highest-grossing movie of the year and earned three Academy Award® nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score.  The film successfully launched the Star Trek franchise beyond the original television series, despite having been rushed to theaters with incomplete special effects and forced editing choices. 

In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects.  His updated vision was released on DVD in standard definition and embraced by fans but has never been available in higher definition until now.  Meticulously assembled and restored by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise, the film has been prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision™ high dynamic range (HDR) and a new powerful and immersive Dolby Atmos® soundtrack.*  Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the extensive resources in the Paramount Archives to recreate the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD.  After more than six months of painstaking work, the updated movie looks and sounds better than ever while staying true to Wise’s original intention.

 

“I couldn’t be prouder and more thrilled to have completed the film in 4K,” said Fein.  “Paramount offered unprecedented access to the original elements and exceptional support and the results are stunning.  Utilizing the latest discoveries and innovations of modern film production, The Director’s Edition delivers so much more today than was previously possible.  It’s an adventure you’ll never forget!”

 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition Synopsis

The U.S.S. Enterprise boldly debuted on the big screen with the cast of the original Star Trek series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan.  Meticulously restored and remastered, with enhanced visual effects and state-of-the-art sound, this definitive vision of director Robert Wise has been optimized for a new generation of fans. When an unidentified alien intruder destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Admiral James T. Kirk (Shatner) returns to the helm of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command and confront an alien spacecraft of enormous power heading toward Earth.

The Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital releases will include HDR-10 and Dolby Vision,™ as well as Dolby Atmos®, accompanied by extensive new and legacy bonus content, which will be detailed at a later date. 

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For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About Paramount Home Entertainment

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide.  The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

 

About Fathom Events

Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries.

 

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE—The Director’s Edition U.S. Rating:  PG for sci-fi action and mild language

Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital releases will include HDR-10 and Dolby Vision,™ as well as Dolby Atmos®, accompanied by extensive new and legacy bonus content, which will be detailed at a later date. 

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About Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combines live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About Paramount Home Entertainment

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide.  The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

 

About Fathom Events

Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries.

 

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE—The Director’s Edition U.S. Rating:  PG for sci-fi action and mild language

Lionsgate's Hell or High Water Returns to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a SteelBook Edition on May 17

  

The acclaimed Western crime-adventure Hell or High Water will be available in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + SteelBook on May 17.

Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster lead this acclaimed action-drama from the writer of Sicario. When a desperate father learns the bank is going to take his family’s land, he and his ex-con brother decide to rob the bank, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger in a riveting story of crime, punishment, and brotherly love.

The 4K SteelBook will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and a handful of supplements. The SRP for this release is $27.99.

Hell or High Water - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Hell Or High Water 4K SteelBook

This SteelBook release will be available on May 17th and here is the full press release:


The Western crime-adventure Hell or High Water arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ + Blu-ray™ + Digital SteelBook® May 17 from Lionsgate. The film stars Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges (2009, Best Actor, Crazy Heart), Chris Pine (Wonder Woman franchise, Star Trek franchise,), and Ben Foster (Galveston, 3:10 to Yuma). Hell or High Water 4K Ultra HD™ + Blu-ray™ + Digital SteelBook® will be available for the suggested retail price of $27.99.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster lead this acclaimed action-drama from the writer of Sicario. When a desperate father learns the bank is going to take his family’s land, he and his ex-con brother decide to rob the bank, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger in a riveting story of crime, punishment, and brotherly love.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water
  • Visualizing the Heart of America
  • Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water
  • Red Carpet Premiere
  • Filmmaker Q&A


CAST
Jeff Bridges                 Bad Times at the El Royale, Crazy Heart
Chris Pine                   Wonder Woman franchise, Star Trek franchise
Ben Foster                  Galveston, 3:10 to Yuma
 
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: Hell or High Water © Coman Movie, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2022 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type:  Catalog Re-Release
Rating: R for Some Strong Violence, Language Throughout and Brief Sexuality
Genre: Western Crime
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 102 Minutes
4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 (2.40:1) Presentation 
4K Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio 
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (2.40:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio 

Roland Emmerich's Latest Disastrous Disaster Flick Moonfall Arrives on Digital April 1 - Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 26

From disaster flick maestro Roland Emmerich (Midway, Independence Day franchise) and writers Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser & Spenser Cohen, Moonfall stars Academy Award® winner Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Eme Ikwuakor, Carolina Bartczak, and Donald Sutherland.   

In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit and sent it hurtling on a collision course with Earth, threatening all life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but she'll need help from a disgraced astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, “Midway”) and the conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, “Game of Thrones”). These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is.

Lionsgate's Moonfall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray will both feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and several bonus features including an audio commentary and multiple featurettes. There will also be a 4K SteelBook exclusively at Best Buy.

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Moonfall - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Moonfall - Blu-ray
Moonfall - Blu-ray
 

Moonfall - 4K Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook

Here's the full press release:


SANTA MONICA, CA (March 21, 2022) – Legendary action-adventure director Roland Emmerich returns when Moonfall arrives on Digital April 1 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand April 26 from Lionsgate. From director Roland Emmerich (Midway, Independence Day franchise) and writers Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser & Spenser Cohen, the film stars Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Monsters Ball, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) , Patrick Wilson (Midway, The Conjuring franchise) , John Bradley (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “Marry Me”), Michael Peña (TV’s “Narcos,” Fantasy Island),  Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete, Spontaneous), Kelly Yu (TV’s “Lost Promise”), Eme Ikwuakor (TV’s “On My Block,” “Inhumans”), Carolina Bartczak (TV’s upcoming “Painkiller”), and Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games franchise, TV’s “The Undoing”).

 

In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, “Midway”) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, “Game of Thrones”) believes her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is.
 
Moonfall  4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.96, respectively. 

 
4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES 

  • Audio Commentary by writer/producer/director Roland Emmerich and writer/producer/composer Harald Kloser Listen to audio commentary by writer/producer/director Roland Emmerich and writer/producer/composer Harald Kloser. 
  • Against Impossible Odds: Making Moonfall Filmmakers and actors offer an insider's view of the genesis of the film, a look at the epic action scenes, and a deep dive into the most groundbreaking moments of the film. 
  • Exploring the Moon: Past, Present, and Future What have we learned about the Moon through the ages and where is human exploration of our nearest celestial neighbor going next?  Scientists, historians and astronauts reveal all!
  • KC Houseman Speaks the Truth!  Unearth recent viral videos from Megastructurist KC Houseman. 
  • Sounds of the Moon Discover how the filmmakers utilized a palette of unique sound effects to bring the world inside of the Moon to life.

Year of Production: 2021
Title Copyright: Moonfall © 2022 UK Moonfall LLP. Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2022 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG-13 for violence, disaster action, strong language, and some drug use
Genre: Sci-Fi
Feature Run Time: 124 Minutes
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, French, English SDH
4K Ultra HD™ Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
DVD Format: 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray Audio:  English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, , French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD Audio:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

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