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Joe Dante's The Howling coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray October 25th

Happy 40th Birthday The Howling! Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray 

One of the greatest werewolf movies of the 80s - Joe Dante's classic The Howling celebrates its 40th Anniversary by coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 25th From Studio Canal in the UK. 

As of right now, there's no news of a domestic release on the horizon - but given how many movies are hitting 4K in the next two months there's plenty of time for a boutique label or studio to announce their domestic release of this classic werewolf flick. 

Studio Canal is offering up their big three-disc deluxe box set and a slick classy SteelBook from Zavvi 

We don't have full tech specs on hand but we've reached out to our Studio Canal reps for more information about transfer, HDR, and audio.

Bonus features are slated to include:

  • Inside the Career of Joe Dante
  • Brand new featurette that celebrates the incredible career of Joe Dante
  • Welcome to Werewolfland A lookback into the special effects of The Howling
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes - These outtakes will leave you howling!


The Howling 40th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Howling 40th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray Deluxe Box Set 

The Howling 40th Anniversary - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Zavvi SteelBook
The Howling 4K UHD Zavvi SteelBook 

Again, as soon as we have full specs we'll update this article and our listings. ALSO - we'll be on the lookout for domestic retailer options as well. For right now, this looks to be another great UK import for those of us living in the states and Canada. 

Once again - thank you for your preorders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation going. 

Here's the full press release from Studio Canal:


STUDIOCANAL Announces 4K Restoration of

Joe Dante’s Horror Classic

THE HOWLING

ON 4K UHD COLLECTORS EDITION, STEELBOOK, BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL 25 OCTOBER 2021

London – 19 August 2021 - To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Joe Dante’s horror classic THE HOWLING,

STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce a brand new 4K restoration of the 1981 contemporary tale of

timeless horror. Available on 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-Ray, DVD and Steelbook editions from the 25th October

2021. Starring Dee Wallace (E.T), Patrick MacNee (THE AVENGERS) and Dennis Duggan

(PARENTHOOD), Dante’s classic satiric werewolf horror is an absolute must-see! Pre-order the Collectors

Edition here.

With THE HOWLING, director Joe Dante (GREMLINS, INNERSPACE) and screenwriter John Sayles (LONE

STAR, PASSION FISH) created a unique horror shocker loosely based on part one of author Gary

Brandner's trilogy of novels. The film took the genre of werewolf horror to a whole new level, with its dark

atmosphere, pointed irony and elaborately modelled special effects and make-up by Rob Bottin

(ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL). The film received a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film in 1980.

Commenting on the restoration, director Joe Dante said: “I can honestly say this 4K restoration is the best

The Howling has looked since it came out of the lab in 1980 - maybe better. I'm happy to have it back in

circulation at last.”

SYNOPSIS:

Karen West narrowly escapes death at a rendez-vous she has deliberately accepted with a murderer whose

name is Eddie. He is shot by the police. After this, the young woman begins to have nightmares and goes

to a therapy centre with her husband Roy. But instead of getting better, she gets worse and her relationship

with her husband deteriorates. When Roy is attacked by an unidentified animal, his personality and

behaviour begin to change...

ABOUT THE RELEASE

The 4K UHD Limited SteelBook Edition and the 4K UHD Collector’s Edition are released with exclusive new

artworks, offering bonus material including a new featurette about Joe Dante’s extensive career in

Hollywood and the documentary “Welcome to Werewolfland” including interviews and commentaries with

cast and crew.

Special Features include:

• NEW Featurette: Inside the Career of Joe Dante

• Documentary: Welcome to Werewolfland

• Deleted Scenes

• Outtakes

ABOUT THE RESTORATION

THE HOWLING was restored in 2021 by STUDIOCANAL with the VDM lab, under the supervision of Joe Dante.

This restoration project was conducted from start to finish in 4K with a 16-bit color depth bringing all the details

from the original negative to life.

The 4K 16-bit scan was made from the original 35mm negative. The image from the 1.20 negative was then

cropped to 1.85 in order to respect the original format of the film projection.

The film was calibrated in the P3-D65-ST2084 color space, with a 1000 nits screen. The calibration was based

on the reference of 35mm positive copies of the period as well as, for the video part, on the basis of existing

reference masters.

The restoration took a few hundred hours of meticulously filtering in order to correct the defects related to the

age of the film and to the wear of time.

STUDIOCANAL is proud to present THE HOWLING in DCP 4K, and a DOLBY VISION UHD HDR & SDR video

master, through a brand-new Prestige 4K edition.

THE HOWLING IS AVAILABLE ON 4K UHD COLLECTORS EDITION, STEELBOOK, BLU-RAY,

DVD AND DIGITAL 25 OCTOBER 2021

4K UHD COLLECTOR’S EDITION – 3 discs, Poster, Booklet & art cards

4K UHD STEELBOOK – 1 4K UHD disc & 1 Blu-ray disc

BLU-RAY EDITION – 1 Blu-ray disc

DVD EDITION – 1 DVD disc

Spin The Phil Collins - American Psycho Gets A 4K UHD SteelBook Upgrade October 5th

Just in case you didn't pick this disc up already - or if you're a crazed SteelBook collector, Lionsgate is giving you a pretty slick reason to add American Psycho - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to your collection!

American Psycho 4K UHD SteelBook 

and here's a look at the not so subtle back artwork:

American Psycho SteelBook Back

Currently up for pre-order at Best Buy for $19.99  - this set looks to be the exact same discs and content as before, just all souped up with some fancy new packaging. Normally I don't leap for these SteelBook reissues if I already have the original, but I'm damn tempted to add this one. Lionsgate loves their plastic slipcovers and this new artwork is boss! 

What do you think, worth grabbing again or worth getting for the first time just for the SteelBook art, or are you going to stick with the original release?

As always - thank you for your preorders, they go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

Here's the full press release from Lionsgate:


AMERICAN PSYCHO – BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE STEELBOOK
4K + Blu-ray + Digital Steelbook Street Date: 10/5/21
SRP: $27.99
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
From acclaimed director Mary Harron and staring Christian Bale in his career-making performance as Patrick Bateman, comes the exciting re-release of the unhinged cult-classic AMERICAN PSYCHO. American Psycho arrives October 5th on 4K Ultra HD™ Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status, and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders, and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the ‘80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling. Featuring all new artwork from artist Justin Erickson, American Psycho will be available on 4K Ultra HD™ Steelbook at Best Buy for the suggested retail price of $27.99.
 
4K AND BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
  • American Psycho: From Book To Screen (4K Only)
  • The ‘80s Downtown
  • Audio Commentary with Director Mary Harron (Recorded in 2018 – 4K Only)
  • Audio Commentary with Writer Guinevere Turner
 
CAST
Christian Bale             The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Vice
Willem Dafoe              Spider-Man, At Eternity’s Gate, The Florida Project
Josh Lucas                 Glory Road, Sweet Home Alabama, Ford v Ferrari
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2000
Title Copyright: American Psycho © 2000, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2021 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.
Type: Catalog Re-Release
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 102 minutes
4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.35:1) Presentation, Dolby Vision
4K Audio: English Dolby Atmos
Harry Potter Enchants A New 8-Film 4K UHD Collector's Edition Set November 2nd

If you didn't already pick up the wizarding world of Harry Potter on 4K - A new 17-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray set in deluxe Hogwarts Express Packaging is coming November 2nd!

Can you believe it's been 20 years since the first Harry Potter movie came out? Does anyone else remember when Steven Spielberg was going to direct this and wanted Haley Joel Osment as Harry? A lot changed very fast! Now we're celebrating two decades of magic and enchantment for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone if you want to get all U.K. vs U.S. about it) with a new Magical Movie Mode Special Edition that came out this week. 

Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone Magical Movie Mode

Per the description -

The Harry Potter Magical Movie Mode

A wondrous new way to experience Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Discover filmmaking secrets, spell incantations, magical creatures and artifacts and more in this enchanting collection of fun activities and curiosities. Test your knowledge with the Hogwarts Trivia Challenge, and let the magic begin! 

Here's a look at the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available only at Best Buy in the U.S.: 

Harry Potter Sorcerers Stone Magical Movie Mode 4K SteelBook

But that's not all - if you've been waiting to get these films on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Warner Brothers is giving fans a nice big deluxe Collector's Edition set of all 8 films on November 2nd with some pretty fancy packaging to occupy all that remains of your shelf space:

Harry Potter 4k 8-Film Set

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 4K 8-Film Set

Harry Potter 4-Ultra HD Blu-ray Anniversary Collector's Edition Set 

Included are all 8 films on 4K and Blu-ray, A Hogwarts Express replica ticket, and a 32-Page behind-the-scenes booklet. The discs and the films are essentially all the same as before except for the "Magical Movie Mode" for Sorcerer's Stone. On that note, this set really is for folks who haven't added this to their collections already - or unless of course, you're a really HUGE Harry Potter fan. 

What do you think? Worth picking up the deluxe packaging to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic? Or are you just going to stick with the set that's already out there?

Once again - thank you for your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

F9 The Fast Saga Theatrical & Directors Cut Coming to 4K & Blu-ray September 21

Bring home the latest "family" film - F9: The Fast Saga Theatrical & Director's Cut on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 9/21 

We already knew this one was in the pipeline for some time, but Universal is finally making it official. Fans of the ever-expanding Accelerated and Vexed franchise have a few options to add this latest entry to their collections.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will include Dolby Atmos audio along with HDR10 and HDR10+ grading for both the 02:22:41 Theatrical Cut and the 02:29:44 Director's Cut which presumably includes more mentions of the importance of "family" with Vin Diesel glowering at people. Disc looks to be a triple-layer BD-100 disc. A SteelBook for this one will also be floating around out there if you're into collecting those. 

The 1080p SDR Blu-ray will also include both the Theatrical and Director's Cut of the film and also includes Dolby Atmos. 

F9: The Fast Saga - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
F9 The Fast Saga 4K UHD Blu-ray 

F9: The Fast Saga - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook
F9 - 4K UHD SteelBook 

F9: The Fast Saga - Blu-ray
F9 The Fast Saga Blur-ay 


September is a pretty packed tight month for new 4K and Blu-ray releases, but we don't anticipate this one getting a release date change - it's been available for pre-order from retailers for some time. On that note - Thank You for your pre-orders, they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation alive and chugging. 

Below is the full Press Release from Universal:


        
 

THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EXTENDED
DIRECTOR'S CUT COMES HOME 

     OWN F9 —AVAILABLE WITH TWO VERSIONS OF THE MOVIE:  THE THEATRICAL CUT, THE EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT AND ALL-NEW BONUS CONTENT

OWN IT ON DIGITAL SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT


Universal City, California, August 17, 2021 – The Fast family returns in the latest adrenaline-charged installment with a never-before-seen Director’s Cut of F9.  The blockbuster film has generated more than $600 million worldwide and now fans can own the global box-office phenomenon that features “unbelievable, jaw-dropping action” (io9) on Digital September 7, 2021 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 21, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring the original theatrical release, the Director’s Cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content – including a behind-the-scenes look at the gravity-defying stunts and nitro-charged cars, a gag reel and even more justice for Han – fans can now add F9 to their collection to watch again and again!
 
Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena, Bumblebee) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot. Franchise veteran Justin Lin returns to the director’s seat for F9 and delivers this supercharged version of the hit film. From extended action to spectacular scenes that weren’t shown in theaters, F9: The Director’s Cut explodes with additional content that can only be experienced on home entertainment!
 
F9 also stars returning franchise cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. The film is directed by Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the series.  Based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson, the story is by Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello (consultant, Star Trek Beyond) and Daniel Casey (Kin). The screenplay is by Daniel Casey & Justin Lin. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Justin Lin, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Joe Roth (Maleficent franchise), Clayton Townsend (Bridesmaids) and Samantha Vincent (xXx:Return of Xander Cage).



BONUS FEATURES on 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL:
  • GAG REEL
  • F9: ALL IN: The Fast family invites you to be part of the crew as they give you an intimate look at how F9 propels this epic franchise to even greater heights. This bonus feature, with more than 46 minutes of content, includes returning characters, new cast members, huge stunts, big surprises, and so much more.
  • PRACTICALLY FAST: When it comes to stunts, it seems each film in The Fast Saga outdoes the last. In this piece, we examine how Justin Lin and his team go to great lengths to shoot as many stunts as they can in-camera and practically, giving the film an authenticity that cannot be achieved solely through visual effects or CGI.
  • SHIFTING PRIORITIES: We first met many of these characters when The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001. In the 20+ years since, not only have the characters themselves grown and evolved, but so have the actors that portray them. Art often imitates life, and we look at how that's particularly true in F9.
  • JUSTICE FOR HAN: Han is back! Sung Kang and Justin Lin discuss the genesis for the return of this beloved character, while the cast reveals how much it means to them to have Kang back along for the ride.
  • A DAY ON SET WITH JUSTIN LIN: The job of a director on any movie production is huge. The job of a director on a production the scale of F9 is immeasurable. Spend a day with Justin Lin and see just how demanding it is to navigate a production day when you're the one with all the answers.
  • JOHN CENA: SUPERCAR SUPERFAN: John Cena is a real-life car expert, and no franchise does cars like Fast. Watch John jump from exotic car to exotic car like a kid in a candy store, giving you a true fan's look at some of the rarest and most expensive automobiles in the world.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY (THEATRICAL AND DIRECTOR’S CUT) WITH PRODUCER/CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN
 
F9 will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
  • 4K Ultra HD delivers the ultimate movie watching experience. Featuring the combination of 4K resolution, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and HDR10+, which delivers incredible brightness and contrast for each scene and immersive audio for a multidimensional sound experience. 
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly buy or rent.
  • The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States.

 

FILMMAKER:

Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron
Music By: Brian Tyler
Costume Designer: Sanja Milkovic Hays
Editors: Dylan Highsmith, Kelly Matsumoto ACE, Greg D’Auria
Production Designer: Jan Roelfs
Director of Photography: Stephen F. Windon ACS, ASC
Based on Characters Created By: Gary Scott Thompson
Produced By: Neal H. Moritz p.g.a., Vin Diesel p.g.a., Justin Lin p.g.a., Jeffrey Kirschenbaum p.g.a., Joe Roth, Clayton Townsend p.g.a., Samantha Vincent
Story By: Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello and Daniel Casey
Screenplay By: Daniel Casey & Justin Lin
Directed By: Justin Lin
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: September 21, 2021
Selection Number: 1961211331 (US) / 1961211759 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Theatrical Run Time: 02:22:50
Director’s Cut Run Time: 02:29:53

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:

Street Date: September 21, 2021
Selection Number: 1961211332 (US) / 1961211764 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2:39:1
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 2.0 for bonus content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 7.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 7.1)
Theatrical Run Time: 02:22:41
Director’s Cut Run Time: 02:29:44
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K UHD:
Street Date: September 21, 2021
Selection Number: 1961211333 (US) / 1961211765 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 7.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 7.1)
Theatrical Run Time: 02:22:41
Director’s Cut Run Time: 02:29:44

The Criterion Collection's Full 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray November 2021 Releases

After the big news bombshell last week that The Criterion Collection would be going 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Six Upcoming Titles we have the official November 4K Ultra HD & Blu-Ray release slate. 

The first thing to note is that this list for November doesn't include A Hard Day's NightThe Red Shoes, or The Piano - unless those get added at a later time, it looks like they're likely getting pushed back into December. 

We are for sure getting Mulholland Dr.Menace II Society, and the big Granddaddy of auteur cinema Citizen Kane - These are currently only up for pre-order on Criterion's website but we expect online retailers to have them up soon: Click the links for full details 

Citizen Kane The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Citizen Kane Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English LPCM Mono 
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $59.95
Also coming in a 3-Disc 1080p Blu-ray Edition

Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95


Menace II Society The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Menace II Society The Criterion Collection 4K UHD
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95
Also coming in a Single-Disc 1080p Blu-ray edition

In addition, fans will now get Federico Fellini's La Strada and the complete 5-Film 6-Disc set of Jet Li's iconic martial arts franchise Once Upon A Time in China to devour over the Thanksgiving holiday!

La Strada The Criterion Collection 
La Strada The Criterion Collection 

Once Upon A Time In China The Complete Films 
Once Upon A Time in China Complete Films Criterion Collection 

Once Upon A Time In China The Complete Films FULL


That is everything we have for now - we've reached out for clarification about the other three previously announced 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles and if those are coming in November or have been pushed to a later date. We'll update that ASAP. 

Thanks for your pre-orders - they really go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running!

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Fires Up 4K Ultra HD October 19th

Paramount Pictures' latest cinematic Hasbro toy franchise entry Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins earns a Blu-ray4K UHD Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3-Movie Collection on October 19th, 2021

Classic 80s cartoons make for great toys but they don't always make for great movies based on said toys. In their latest attempt to make a live-action G.I. Joe movie, Paramount banked heavily one an origin story for one of the most popular characters with Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. Whether it was the lingering pandemic affecting theater attendance or just the simple fact people weren't keen on another Joe adventure - the film was hardly a flicker at the global box office leading to some doubt about any future Joe adventures. Still - I know a few G.I. Joe diehards that had a blast with it for just pure dumb fun action.

If this Nicolas Cage-free Snake Eyes is in your wheelhouse, you have a few options and all are up for pre-order:

A standard 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Snake Eyes GI Joe Origins 4K UHD Blu-ray 


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Snake Eyes 4K UHD SteelBook 


G.I. Joe 3-Film 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collection if you don't already own the first two films on 4K
 

and for you folks still rocking 1080p, there's going to be a standard SDR Blu-ray 
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins Blu-ray 


and
a standard SDR G.I. Joe 3-Film Collection Blu-ray Set 
G.I. Joe 3-Film Collection Blu-ray

 

As always dates are subject to change, but this looks to be a firm release frame for this one. Thanks for your pre-orders, they go a long way towards helping to keep our little operation going. 

Here's the full press release from Paramount:


DISCOVER THE ORIGINS OF THE ICONIC G.I. JOE HERO
IN THE ACTION-PACKED, EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT ADVENTURE

WATCH IT EARLY ON PREMIUM DIGITAL & ON-DEMAND
AUGUST 17, 2021


ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY & DVD OCTOBER 19
 
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “the origin story we’ve been waiting for” (Joe Deckelmeier, Screen Rant) and filled with stunning action, SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS arrives early for Premium Digital purchase and on Premium Video-On-Demand (PVOD) on August 17, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will subsequently be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 19. Fans can also purchase a 4K Ultra HD Combo in a collectible SteelBook and complete their G.I. JOE movie collection with a 3-Movie giftset that includes G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. JOE: Retaliation, and SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray or Digital.
 
The SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with explosive special features that delve into the world of SNAKE EYES and the mysterious Arashikage clan.  Discover the secrets of SNAKE EYES’ legendary sword, Morning Light, in an all-new short film exclusive to the home entertainment release.  Plus, go behind-the-scenes to find out what it took to bring the iconic hero’s origin story to life, meet the fan-favorite heroes and villains of the G.I. JOE universe, dive into the elite warrior world of the Arashikage clan, and watch deleted scenes not shown in theaters.
 
The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs also boast a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, and the 4K Ultra HD disc features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), which delivers greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors.**
 
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS 4K Ultra HD
Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, which includes access to a Digital copy of the film, or the 4K Ultra HD SteelBook Combo, which includes an Ultra HD Disc with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a Blu-ray Disc with Dolby Atmos, as well as access to a Digital copy.  Both 4K Ultra HD offerings include the following bonus content:
  • Morning Light: A Weapon with Stories to Tell - Discover the secrets of Snake Eyes' legendary sword, Morning Light, in this all-new short film
  • Deleted Scenes – What you didn’t see in theaters
  • Enter SNAKE EYES - Find out what it took to bring the iconic hero’s origin story to life
  • A Deadly Ensemble - Meet fan-favorite heroes, villains, and new characters in the G.I. JOE franchise
  • Arashikage - Dive into the elite ninja warrior world of the Arashikage clan
 
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Blu-ray
The SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with Dolby Atmos. The Blu-ray includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the bonus content detailed above.   
                 
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS DVD
The DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.
 
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Synopsis
Discover the origins of the iconic G.I. JOE hero, SNAKE EYES (Henry Golding), in this action-packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir-apparent, STORM SHADOW (Andrew Koji), SNAKE EYES joins the battle against the terrorist group COBRA. Pushing him to the limits, SNAKE EYES will become the ultimate ninja warrior. But, when past secrets are revealed, his honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing everything he has been fighting for. Also starring Úrsula Corberó as BARONESS and Samara Weaving as SCARLETT.
Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - August 15 - August 21, 2021

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 13 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming out this week on 4K disc and Blu-ray, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

After no releases last week (except for last minute import additions to the calendar) we return back to a normal flow.

New title first, this week look for Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, available as a standard edition release and as a (somewhat yuck) Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. You might like the cover or agree with me, to me I am scratching my head as I try to figure out what I am even looking at. Because the original movie (The Hitman's Bodyguard) did not get a SteelBook release, Best Buy has remedied that this week as well. The cover is a bit more traditional comic book style.

 

From Sony, Labyrinth is getting another release. This release has Dolby Vision HDR and is presented as a Digibook. I hope studios don't think we will regularly double-dip to upgrade the HDR. If you didn't buy the first release or are a fan of the movie, now might be the time.

 

SteelBooks seem to be dominating a lot of 4K releases lately, this time around, the first movie in the Wizarding World Collection, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone but with a more traditional cover art and at the moment, this release is the only way to experience the 'Magical Movie Mode' in 4K. Early specs indicated the audio track might be different as well, stay tuned for more info.

For an import Friday release, Lord of War as a SteelBook release, from Germany, just in case the standard domestic release isn't quite cutting it for you.

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

A rather slow(ish) week for Blu-ray releases, but there always seems to be something of interest for all.

Getting it out of the way early, Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard gets a blu-ray/dvd combo release. Also from LionsGate this week, 2021 action/thriller Rogue Hostage. Under the Vestron Video Label, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat debuts on blu-ray this week.

 

Also getting another out of the way early, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Magical Movie Mode Edition) gets a blu-ray release. From The Warner Archive, In the Good Old Summertime as well as Shadow of the Thin Man.

Sony's archive/mod label brings us Bingo, Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation and The Truffle Hunters. Does this mean the original Care Bears movie is in the works somewhere?

 

Kino Lorber has a lot of well known star power classic releases this week, titles include The Emperor Waltz, Fitzwilly and The Fortune Cookie. In case you're keeping score, Bing Crosby, Dick Van Dyke, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Criterion Collection's single title this week is Original Cast Album: "Company", described as 'the holy grail' of Broadway documentaries.

Anime highlight(s) of the week, DECA-DENCE - The Complete Season and Maria-Holic! Complete Collection.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Perhaps the biggest announcement from last week is that Criterion will be releasing 4K discs from the Criterion Collection label. Thus far the titles slated are Citizen Kane, Menace II Society, The Piano, Mulholland Dr., The Red Shoes, and A Hard Day’s Night. The email from Criterion alludes to Citizen Kane being the first release, in November. We should see more information this week with their November title slate announcement. This leaves a small number of release houses that are not on board with 4K yet. Off the top of my head I don't recall Image Entertainment (RLJ), MVD and Anchor Bay doing any 4K discs.

Disney has announced the release of 2021's Cruella for release on September 21st. For 4K releases, expect a standard release, a Target Exclusive, Best Buy Exclusive and a Walmart Exclusive. For Blu-ray/DVD expect a standard release and a 2-movie release that includes the animated 101 Dalmatians.

Universal's archive/mod label has revealed their next batch of titles. They include American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules, Because of Him, Can't Help Singing, For the Love of Mary, Something in the Wind, State of the Union, The Woody Woodpecker: Screwball Collection and You Should Have Left. Looks like a lot of decent vintage features in that batch.

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?



The Criterion Collection Goes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray With Six Titles Starting This November!

As if the 4th Quarter of 2021 wasn't already really expensive!

Citizen KaneMenace II SocietyThe PianoMulholland Dr.The Red Shoes, and A Hard Day’s Night is their opening salvo into 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray starting this November 2021

Sadly at this moment - that's ALL we know. We don't know HDR or if there will be HDR for all of the films - "select films" is a bit teasing - audio (some might get Atmos), disc specs or anything of the like. Criterion will be punching out a full announcement soon, this was just the teaser to blow our minds. 

As if the close of 2021 wasn't already expensive, Criterion is finally jumping into the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray game. We'd heard rumblings about a couple of these titles, but we didn't expect a full slate of new additions to the collection! Until that full announcement hits, we'll just have to sit back and speculate about what Criterion is going to bring to make these releases special. When all of that info comes in, we'll update our listings and get that good stuff out to you folks. 

What do you think of Criterion's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray lineup? All winners? Or are you too tired to upgrade your collection?

[UPDATE 8/16]

We now have cover art and specs for Citizen KaneMenace II Society, and Mulholland Dr. - click the links for full details - It looks like these three are the first ones to come with the other three arriving in December or later into 2022. 

Citizen Kane The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Citizen Kane Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English LPCM Mono 
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $59.95

Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95

Menace II Society The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Menace II Society The Criterion Collection 4K UHD
 

Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95

Below is their very brief announcement


The Criterion Collection today announced its first 4K Ultra HD releases, a six-film slate that includes Citizen Kane, Menace II Society, The Piano, Mulholland Dr., The Red Shoes, and A Hard Day’s Night. The first of these editions and their special features will be detailed in the November 2021 announcement next week, with others to follow in subsequent months. 
The most dazzling debut in cinema history, Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane was Criterion’s first laserdisc release 37 years ago. It now rejoins the library after a long absence, making its first appearance in 4K Ultra HD along with Allen and Albert Hughes riveting breakthrough, Menace II Society; Jane Campion’s Academy Award–winning The Piano, starring Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin in her breakout role; David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., a tale of love and jealousy in the city of dreams; Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s singular Technicolor fantasia The Red Shoes; and Richard Lester’s timeless movie musical A Hard Day’s Night, which brought the Beatles’ revolutionary talent and irreverent humor to the big screen.
Each title will be available in a 4K UHD+Blu-ray combo pack including a 4K UHD disc of the feature film as well as the film and its special features on Blu-ray. Select films will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. Stay tuned for more details in the November announcement!
Superman: The Complete Animated Series Saves Blu-ray October 12th

Up in their air, it's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a 6-Disc Blu-ray set of the classic 1996 cartoon series voiced by Tim Daly, Dana Delany, and Clancy Brown!  

All 54 episodes of the classic 1996 animated television series are getting fresh remasters complete with hours of additional bonus features including a new documentary. THat's over 1,141 minutes of classic animated comic book action finally coming to Blu-ray after Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond already got to celebrate their 1080p runs. 

Superman: The Complete Animated Series Blu-ray

Superman The Complete Animated Series Bluray 

This set isn't up for pre-order yet, but it will be shortly. The SRP is $69.99 but we expect that to drop considerably once Amazon or Best Buy add it for their pre-order slate. As soon as it's up for pre-order we'll let you know ASAP!

Here is the complete press release from Warner Bros. with all the juicy details:


SUPERMAN:

THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES

BLU-RAY/DIGITAL BOX SET

 

REMASTERED FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY; COMING OCTOBER 12, 2021

FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

BURBANK, CA (August 10, 2021) Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Superman: The Animated Series with a fully remastered Blu-rayTM box set. Superman: The Complete Animated Series, which includes several hours of bonus features headlined by an all-new documentary detailing the creation of one of the most beloved animated Super Hero cartoons in history, will be available starting October 12, 2021.

 

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), the Emmy Award-winning Superman: The Animated Series was the perfect follow-up to the landmark Batman: the Animated Series. Producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett elevated The Man of Steel’s animated presence with an imaginative, heartfelt look at Superman’s adventures in Metropolis alongside Lois Lane and opposite the villainous likes of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid and more. Premiering on September 6, 1996, the series continued WBA’s dominance in Super Hero animation, once again setting new standards for storytelling, art direction and acting performances – and garnering 11 Emmy Award nominations and two Emmy Award wins, including top honors as the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program of 1998.

 

The remarkable Superman: The Complete Animated Series box set features more than 19 hours of entertainment spread over six Blu-ray™ discs, including all 54 exciting episodes, an all-new series-defining featurette entitled Superman: Timeless Icon, a special video commentary episode and three specially selected episodes with audio commentaries by the showrunners.

 

All 54 episodes have been remastered from the original 35mm Interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio (4x3).

 

The producing quartet of Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Glen Murakami headed production of Superman: The Animated Series alongside executive producers Jean MacCurdy and Haven Alexander. Shirley Walker and the Dynamic Music Partners (Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter) composed the award-winning score, while eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano guided a star-studded voice cast. Curt Geda and Dan Riba served as animation directors for more than half of the episodes.

 

The Superman: The Animated Series cast continued the unrivaled presentation of guest stars that Batman: The Animated Series had initially established. The lengthy cast list is filled with luminaries, their laurels including one Academy Award and 10 Oscar nominations; 37 Emmy Awards and 186 Emmy nominations; 16 Golden Globe Awards and 54 nominations; five Annie Awards and 38 nominations; four Grammy Awards and 14 nominations; and nine individuals honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including Ed Asner, Mark Hamill, William H. Macy, Marion Ross, Malcolm McDowell, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Michael York, Roddy McDowall and Paul Williams.

 

Tim Daly (Madame Secretary, Private Practice, Wings) led the cast as Clark Kent and Superman alongside Dana Delany (Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives, China Beach) as Lois Lane, David Kaufman (Danny Phantom, Stuart Little) as Jimmy Olsen and Clancy Brown (Dexter, The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) as Lex Luthor. The star-studded cast included series regulars – and their characters – Lauren Tom (Angela Chen), Victor Brandt (Professor Hamilton), Corey Burton (Brainiac), Joseph Bologna (Dan Turpin), George Dzundza (Perry White), Brad Garrett (Bibbo Bibbowski), Shelley Fabares (Martha Kent), Joanna Cassidy (Maggie Sawyer), Lisa Edelstein (Mercy Graves), Mike Farrell (Jonathan Kent) and Michael Ironside (Darkseid).

 

Notable series guest stars featured Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Dean Jones, Melissa Joan Hart, Robert Morse, Al Roker, Brian Cox, Jason Priestley, Peter Gallagher, David Warner, Michael Dorn, Christopher McDonald, Bruce Weitz, Andrea Martin, Miguel Ferrer, Ron Perlman, Bud Cort, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Hays, Dennis Haysbert, Laraine Newman, Nancy Travis, Xander Berkeley, Jonathan Harris, John Glover, Sandra Bernhard, Jack Carter, Ernie Hudson, Henry Silva, and Robert Patrick.

 

Superman: The Complete Animated Series – Enhanced Content

 

Superman: Timeless Icon (New Featurette) – An all-new bonus feature, produced specifically for the remastered Blu-ray release of Superman: The Animated Series, reveals the complicated journey of the show and those who created the new mythology for The Man of Steel, as told by producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba, writer Bob Goodman, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano, and Tim Daly & Clancy Brown, the heralded voices of Superman and Lex Luthor, respectively.

 

A Little Piece of Trivia (Featurette) – So you think you know your Superman trivia? Wait until you hear about the series’ connection to Telly Savalas! A brain teaser to entertain every Superman: The Animated Series fan!

 

Superman: Learning to Fly (Featurette) – Get into the minds of the creative team behind Superman: The Animated Series as they detail the birth of this animated version of Superman and his incredible worlds. Featured speakers include producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker.

 

Building the Mythology: Superman's Supporting Cast (Featurette) – The characters around Superman get the spotlight in this in-depth look at everyone from Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White to Maggie Sawyer, Lana Lang, and Ma & Pa Kent. Producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker give viewers the inside scoop.

 

Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of Superman (Featurette) – Your hero is only as good as the villains around him, and Superman: The Animated Series has a rogues’ gallery of top-grade baddies, including traditional opponents Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, Metallo, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toyman and Parasite, as well as new villains created for the series – like Live Wire and Luminus. Producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, directors James Tucker and Dan Riba and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano give us a tour of the villains.

 

The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman (Featurette) – Darkseid takes center stage in this examination of one of The Man of Steel’s most vicious adversaries, plus other Fourth World characters that appear in Superman: The Animated Series. The featurette includes producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami, writers Rich Fogel and Stan Berkowitz, director James Tucker and Charles Hatfield (Department of English, Cal State Northridge).

 

Audio Commentaries

·       Stolen Memories – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Curt Geda and art director/producer Glen Murakami.

·       The Last Son of Krypton - Part 1 – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami.

·       The Main Man - Part 2 – producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami.

 

Video Commentary

·       Mxyzpixilated – producer Bruce Timm, producer/writer Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and moderator Jason Hillhouse.

 

 

BASICS

PRODUCT                                          SRP

Blu-ray                                      $69.99 USA, $79.99 Canada

 

Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

Blu-ray Subtitles: English

Running Time: 1,141minutes

Rated PG

Universal Monsters Getting Solo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBooks

Who needs more SteelBooks for their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection?

After last week's exciting announcement of Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection Universal is now issuing solo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBooks for DraculaFrankenstein, and The Wolf Man exclusively at Best Buy in the United States. "But what about The Invisible Man?" you might ask. Well so far Best Buy hasn't added that one to their pre-order slate, but it should be going up soon. Germany will be getting a solo The Invisible Man SteelBook so it's just a matter of time. All disc contents are expected to be the same, but if anything changes on that end we'll update this article and our listings

While we wait for The Invisible Man to make his appearance, here's a look at the individual SteelBooks we do know are coming and are now up for pre-order. I was going to pre-order the main set, but these SteelBooks are pretty classy looking - Which are you going for, Individual SteelBooks, the 4-Film Set, or are you sticking with the big Blu-ray Set? 

Dracula 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Dracula 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Frankenstein 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Frankenstein 1931 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

The Wolf Man 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
The Wolf Man 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

As soon as Best Buy includes The Invisible Man in their slate we'll get that listing up and add it to this article. 

Thanks for your pre-orders! They help keep our little operation rolling.  

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