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Matt Stone and Trey Parker's 'South Park: Bigger, Longer' & Uncut AND 'Team America: World Police' Conquer 4K UHD June 25th

Matt Stone and Trey Parker are set to conquer your 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collection! South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut celebrates its 25th Anniversary while Team America: World Police dominates its 20th Anniversary. Paramount Home Entertainment drops both releases June 25th! 

Dear god, am I really that old that South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!?! That was one of my very first DVDs for crying out loud! Crazy as it may seem, the South Park film was once supposed to be the exit for the show when Matt Stone and Trey Parker thought the show was going to get canceled at any minute. And look at it now, new episodes come out each year and stream on Max while new event films drop on Paramount+ - what a crazy world to live in! Not to be outdone, one of Jodie Foster's favorite films, Team America: World Police comes to 4K celebrating its own 20th Anniversary! Legacy extras look to return for both films, but South Park will also pick up a new "Sing A-long" experience - in case you already didn't know the words to Kyle's Mom Is A Bitch. 

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut 25th Anniversary
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Team America: World Police 20th Anniversary
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Now the press release for these didn't include HDR info, but since both are up for Pre-Order on Amazon right now, the back cover info was there and that does indicate Dolby Vision - which isn't a surprise since these are Paramount releases after all. Now on the audio side, it looks like the same mixes from before return, so Dolby TrueHD 5.1 for South Park and DTS-HD MA 5.1 for Team AmericaTeam America also looks to include both the Theatrical and Unrated versions as well. 

Here's the bonus feature info for these films:

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut - 25th Anniversary

  • Commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker
  • “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Sing-A-Long Version of the Film 

Team America: World Police - 20th Anniversary

  • Team America: An Introduction
  • Building the World
  • Crafting the Puppets
  • Pulling the Strings
  • Capturing the Action
  • Miniature Pyrotechnics
  • Up Close with Kim Jong-Il
  • Dressing Room Test
  • Puppet Test
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes and Outtakes
  • Animated Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailers


As mentioned, both discs are now up for pre-order - Happy Collecting! 

Let's Whet Your Appetite/The Statham Sting - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Apr 22, 2024

 Title volume ticks up quite a bit this week. Call it a bit of an appetizer to the smorgasbord of titles next week. Statham returns as a 'beekeeper,' no doubt Stathaming as best as Statham knows how!

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 47 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 21st - April 27th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Try not to buy something this week, just try!

 Import Monday has a couple of titles to choose from. First, StudioCanal's premium label, their "Vintage Classics" presentation of The Lavender Hill Mob. A comedy/crime classic starring Sir Alec Guinness. I might have just bought my first title of the week and we are not even on to Domestic titles yet.

 

 In my slightly annoyed leer, recent hit comedy/drama The Holdovers gets a 4K import. The leer is aimed at Universal Pictures, not Dazzler Media who brings it to us in 4K, while Uni does not. I totally get that not every film gets 4K, but this one should!

 

  And a hard rock music title, somehow now showing up as a January release, but probably an error on Amazon's part, Mötley Crüe: The End - Live in Los Angeles.

 And on to Domestic Tuesday titles we go as we look at two new release from Warner Bros!

 First up, a Jason Statham action/thriller (bet you thought I was going to say romcom right?) The Beekeeper. How are you holding up for the buy nothing challenge?

 

 Next, DC Animation's Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 2.

 

 Starting off catalog releases, might as well stick with Warner Bros for their star-filled, award winning director release of The Departed. You can also opt for the SteelBook if you wish.

    

 

 Sony Pictures has the SteelBook of Steel Magnolias this week.

 

 Up next, a pair of Indicator Series Limited Editions with The Demoniacs and The Nude Vampire.

    

 

 A label we don't see every week, Blue Underground has Goodbye Uncle Tom, presented as a 4-Disc Limited Edition. Personally have never been steered wrong yet with the quality of any of their releases.

 

 Criterion has foreign film I Am Cuba this week.

 

 From team Kino, Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia.

 

 And closing out the week for 4K, Shout Select release Rolling Thunder.

 

 How did you fare? I got 5 for sures and 3 maybes. Next week, Disc-ocalypse returns with way too many titles to summarize! (Although, a bunch of them are standard edition reissues, so there is hope yet of not quite destroying your account balance.)

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include a lot,  The Beekeeper and Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Two from Warner Bros, The Demoniacs and The Nude Vampire under the Indicator Series, Goodbye Uncle Tom from Blue Underground, I Am Cuba from Criterion, and Nostalghia from Kino Lorber.

 The blu-ray category looks quite busy, even if we exclude the off-brand boutiques, there are still a lot to look at. (And maybe there are some lesser known boutique titles you want to look at.)

 New action/comedy Drive-Away Dolls comes to us via Universal.

 

 From Eureka Entertainment, Jet Li stars in Black Mask, available as a 2-disc limited edition. Wouldn't be a Eureka week if there were only one title. Also look for The Cat and the Canary, all the way back from 1927.

 

 MPI has a mediabook of Hansel and Gretel (1987) this week. If you opt for the standard release, there's that too.

 

 From Arrow Video, The Scarface Mob, a crime/drama based on a TV pilot of the hunt for ruthless gangster Al Capone.

 

 Friday via Amazon US, lots of Umbrella Entertainment and Via Vision (Australia) imports become available to the US market:

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Criterion has announced their July 2024 disc slate. Look for Black God, White Devil blu-ray, Farewell My Concubine blu-ray and 4K, Le Samouraï in 4K, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid blu-ray and 4K, Perfect Days blu-ray and 4K, and Risky Business blu-ray and 4K.

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?



"You Talking To Me? Well I'm The Only SteelBook Here" - Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' Returns For a new 4K UHD Release June 25th

At long last, Martin Scorsese's iconic "Taxi Driver" is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a solo SteelBook release June 25th. Long sought after by fans, the film has been kept as part of the Columbia Classics Vol 2 4K set. Now fans who only want the one film can pick it up at a better price point complete with fancy SteelBook packaging too! 

Here's our 4K UHD Blu-ray review from 2021 

Doing a quick lookover of the press release, it doesn't appear that anything new has been added (or removed for that matter). You're still getting Dolby Vision HDR, with DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 1.0 audio, and what looks to be a list of the same extra features which isn't a bad thing at all since this disc was fantastic. Now those who held out hope for a solo release can jump on this one without having to buy five other films with it! 

EDIT - 4/22 - NOW UP FOR PRE-ORDER

Taxi Driver - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

So far, this disc isn't up for pre-order yet but we expect that to change soon and we'll update listings ASAP. NOW UP FOR PRE-ORDER  Here's all the gory details:

SYNOPSIS Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (1976) and nominated for 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture (1976), TAXI DRIVER stars Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's classic film of a psychotic New York cabbie driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. Co-starring Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd.

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC 

  • Restored from the original camera negative, presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • English 5.1 + mono
  • Special Features:
    • Making Taxi Driver Documentary
    • Storyboard to Film Comparisons with Martin Scorsese Introduction
    • Animated Photo Galleries
    • 20th Anniversary Re-Release Trailer

BLU-RAY DISC

  • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
  • English 5.1
  • Special Features:
    • 40-Minute Taxi Driver Q&A featuring Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Many More Recorded Live at the Beacon Theatre in New York City at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
    • Commentary with Director Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader Recorded by the Criterion Collection
    • Commentaries by Writer Paul Schrader and by Professor Robert Kolker
    • Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver
    • Influence and Appreciation: A Martin Scorsese Tribute
    • Producing Taxi Driver
    • God’s Lonely Man
    • Taxi Driver Stories
    • Travis’ New York
    • Travis’ New York Locations
    • Theatrical Trailer
Neon Conceives The U.S. Blu-ray Release of 'Immaculate' Starring Sydney Sweeney June 11 German 4K Mediabook July 18

Neon's latest horror effort Immaculate from director Michael Mohan will birth its first domestic Blu-ray release on June 11th. Those who have moved on to digital streaming collecting will be able to pick up the film today, April 16th. 
4K UHD collectors can look to import from Capelight in Germany. 

Between The First Omen and Immaculate - 2024 has been one hell of a devilishly delicious year for religiously-themed female body horror films. Given recent legal events of the past couple of years in the U.S., the timing of these films couldn't be more perfect - and they're both actually pretty damn good! Now if we can get Late Night with the Devil on disc soon, we can have a devilishly great triple feature for the collections. Taking a page from Italian Giallo and Nunsploitation classics, Immaculate enjoyed a successful theatrical run and is ready to take over your home video collection. Neon hasn't been bountiful about the disc details of A/V specs or bonus features, but we have a firm street date and it's up for pre-order right now! 

Immaculate - Blu-ray 

Now for all those asking, "Where's the 4K, where's the 4K?" - well, right now you're going to have to import that. Thanks to Germany's Capelight Pictures. A two-disc 4K UHD + Blu-ray Mediabook; this edition is set to offer Dolby Vision HDR (and HDR10), DTS-HD MA 5.1 in German and English language tracks. Capelight hasn't yet listed any bonus features yet either. For fans who don't want to wait for a 4K to maybe, hopefully, possibly get a 4K release here stateside, importing looks to be the best way to go. So far, no other foreign territories have offered up a 4K disc release, but that could change. We'll keep an eye out.

Immaculate - 4K UHD Mediabook (German Import)

Both of these releases are now up for pre-order. As soon as we get updated info for either of these releases or if another import release enters the market, we'll update listings ASAP - Happy collecting!

Take Those Old DVDs Off The Shelf - Criterion Announces July 2024 Blu-ray and 4K UHD Titles

The Criterion Collection's July's wave of 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray titles include Glauber Rocha's western Black God, White Devil on Blu-ray only; Wim Wenders' drama Perfect Days; Sam Peckinpah's western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine; and Paul Brickman's classic Risky Business starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay - all arriving on both formats.

Not only that, there is a 4K upgrade of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic, Le samouraï.

First up on July 2 comes Sam Peckinpah's western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - arriving on 4K UHD Blu-ray as well as Blu-ray.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Sam Peckinpah’s cycle of genre-redefining westerns came to a close with this blood- and dust-caked elegy for the American West, which marries his renegade style with a fatalistic sense of finality. As newly minted lawman Pat Garrett (James Coburn) stalks the outlaw Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) across the plains, their old friendship is twisted into rivalry, and mythic ideals of freedom come up against an emerging ruling-class order—all to the strains of a haunting soundtrack by Bob Dylan (who also appears as the mercurial Alias). Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid—presented here for the first time in three separate versions—stands as perhaps the maverick auteur’s richest, most mature work, a world-weary ballad that bears the solemn weight of history passing into legend.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration of the 50th Anniversary Release, supervised by editors Paul Seydor and Roger Spottiswoode, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New 4K digital restoration of the Original Theatrical Release, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary for the 50th Anniversary Release featuring Seydor, Spottiswoode, and critic Michael Sragow
  • Two 4K UHD discs of the films presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the films and special features
  • New 2K digital master of director Sam Peckinpah’s Final Preview Cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Dylan in Durango, a new interview with author Clinton Heylin about the film’s soundtrack
  • Passion & Poetry: Peckinpah’s Last Western, a new program about the making of the film
  • Archival interview with actor James Coburn
  • Trailer and TV spots
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author Steve Erickson

The week after that on July 9, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le samouraï will be getting its long-awaited 4K UHD Blu-ray debut.

Le samouraï - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Le samouraï - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean?Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
  • Interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier
  • Melville-Delon: D’honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on Le samouraï
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson, an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo, and excerpts from Melville on Melville

    New cover by Polly Dedman

Then a Blu-ray of Glauber Rocha's Black God, White Devil will be hitting stores on July 16.

Black God, White Devil - The Criterion Collection 

Black God, White Devil - The Criterion Collection 

Myth, mysticism, and revolution collide in a blistering existential western from Glauber Rocha, the father of Brazil’s socially committed Cinema Novo movement. After killing his swindling boss, ranch hand Manoel (Geraldo Del Rey) goes on the run with his wife, Rosa (Yona? Magalha?es). In the stark hinterlands, they join forces with armed bandits and pledge allegiance to a self-styled holy man who preaches revolt against rich landowners while perpetrating unspeakable acts of violence against the innocent. Suffused with antiauthoritarian fervor and the intensity of life in the desert, this landmark work of radical cinema is a scorched-earth allegory about mindless fanaticism and the allure of dead-end ideologies.

TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by restoration producer Lino Meireles
  • New interview with film scholar Richard Peña
  • Glauber the Movie, Labyrinth of Brazil (2003), a documentary on director Glauber Rocha
  • Cinema Novo (2016), a documentary on the Brazilian film movement
  • Memória do cangaço (1964), a short documentary on the origins of cangaço, a form of social banditry in northeastern Brazil
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Fábio Andrade

    New cover based on the original poster by Rogério Duarte

Also on July 16, Wim Wenders' Perfect Days will be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray.

Perfect Days - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Perfect Days - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

A perfect song that hits at just the right moment, the play of sunlight through leaves, a fleeting moment of human connection in a vast metropolis: the wonders of everyday life come into breathtaking focus in this profoundly moving film by Wim Wenders. In a radiant, Cannes-award-winning performance of few words but extraordinary expressiveness, Koji Yakusho plays a public-toilet cleaner in Tokyo whose rich inner world is gradually revealed through his small exchanges with those around him and with the city itself. Channeling his idol Yasujiro Ozu, Wenders crafts a serenely minimalist ode to the miracle that is the here and now.

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

  • 4K digital master, approved by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • New interview with Wenders
  • Interview with actor Koji Yakusho
  • Some Body Comes into the Light (2023), a short by Wenders, featuring a new introduction by the director
  • Interview with producer Koji Yanai, founder of the Tokyo Toilet project
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri

    New cover by Michael Boland

Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine will be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on July 23.

Farewell My Concubine - The Criterion Collection 4K UHD Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Farewell My Concubine - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

A breathtakingly intimate romance unfolds against a sweeping backdrop of social upheaval in renowned director Chen Kaige’s sumptuous saga of passion, fate, and the transcendent possibilities of art. Spanning fifty years of twentieth-century Chinese history, Farewell My Concubine follows aspiring actors Dieyi (a heartbreaking Leslie Cheung) and Xiaolou (Zhang Fengyi) as they emerge from a childhood of brutal training to become Beijing-opera stars, with life mirroring art as Dieyi’s unrequited love for Xiaolou and the country’s changing political tides engulf them in their own personal tragedies of jealousy and betrayal. The first Chinese film to win the Palme d’Or is epic filmmaking of the highest order—visually and emotionally ravishing from frame to exquisite frame.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration of the original director’s cut, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • New conversation between Chinese-cultural-studies scholar Michael Berry and producer Janet Yang
  • Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film
  • Interview from 1993 with director Chen Kaige conducted by journalist Charlie Rose
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author and scholar Pauline Chen

    New cover by Eric Skillman

And finally the film that launched Tom Cruise into super-stardom, Paul Brickman's Risky Business will hit stores on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on the same date.

Risky Business - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Risky Business - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

A sly piece of pop subversion, this irresistible satire of Reagan-era materialism features Tom Cruise in his star-is-born breakthrough as a Chicago suburban prepster whose college-bound life spirals out of control when his parents go out of town for the week and an enterprising call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) invites him to walk on the wild side. While Cruise boogying in his briefs yielded one of the most iconic pop-cultural moments of the 1980s, it is the film’s unexpected mix of tender romance (enhanced by a moody synth score by Tangerine Dream) and sharp-witted capitalist critique that remains fresh and daring.

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

  • New 4K digital restorations of the director’s cut and the original theatrical release, supervised and approved by director Paul Brickman and producer Jon Avnet, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary for the original theatrical release featuring Brickman, Avnet, and actor Tom Cruise
  • New interviews with Avnet and casting director Nancy Klopper
  • New conversation between editor Richard Chew and film historian Bobbie O’Steen
  • The Dream Is Always the Same: The Story of “Risky Business,” a program featuring interviews with Brickman, Avnet, cast members, and others
  • Screen tests with Cruise and actor Rebecca De Mornay
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film curator and critic Dave Kehr

    New cover illustration by Jeremy Enecio

Pre-orders for The Criterion Collection's July releases should be available soon!

Happy IRS Day! - Spend Your Refund with HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Apr 15, 2024

 Happy IRS day! Got a big refund coming? Dolby is tugging at your refund check. That is, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision! And how bout that backlog of discs?

 We get another below average slow week this week, with another disc-ocalypse just around the corner. If every week were busy, burning the candle at both ends would not really be very sustainable, agreed?

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 46 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 14th - April 20th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 We actually do have a new release this week, that being Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: The Final Season, brought to us via Paramount. And since it's a final season, why not include The Complete Series while we are it it? Let us also offer up the obvious money grab, Jack Ryan Ultimate 5-Movie Collection. Maybe you held off buying this collection?

   

 

 From the Criterion Collection, Hungarian film Werckmeister Harmonies.

 

On the delayed list, The Faculty from Shout Factory to an undetermined date, and High Noon from Kino Lorber to May 7th. The latter still shows up on Amazon for a release this week, but official listings at Kino Lorber indicate otherwise.

 Word of caution -- Disc-ocalypse, part two is just 2 weeks away!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: The Final Season (not available to order at press time-alternate WALMART LINK) and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: The Complete Series from Paramount. Also available, Werckmeister Harmonies from Criterion.

 For the rest of this category, it is a bit slow. But as always, here are the highlights...

 Shout Factory has a new 'Select' release of 1997 drama Affliction.

 

 

 Universal has the latest comedy sequel, Half Baked: Totally High. Amazon has their stupid Allied Vaughn placeholder for the studio still, but it really is Universal.

 

 Also from Universal, the latest season in the series, The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die.

 From Sony Pictures, 1991 crime drama City of Hope. Under the Sony Pictures Classics label (NOT Allied Vaughn as Amazon shows), the Polish animated drama The Peasants.

 

 Just one release in the anime category this week, Rozen Maiden: The Complete Series.

 

 Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season Four comes to disc this week via Paramount.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 In the 'You're Welcome' category, Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart: Reprise  will be coming to domestic 4K from LionsGate on May 7th. You're Welcome because I bought the import literally a month ago. Any other titles you would like me to import?

 Warner Bros. has announced that Dune: Part Two will be coming to blu-ray and 4K on May 14th. Specs would indicate it will *not* include the IMAX ratio.

 Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that Madame Web will be released on April 30th to blu-ray and 4K format.

 In entertainment industry news, Universal All-Access Rewards will be completely closed on July 31st. Seldom did this program offer physical rewards, but I would use it to add digital copies to my locker of titles that often times got licensed out to boutique labels for disc production. Boutique labels almost never include digital copies, so that was a nice side gig.

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?



Redeem Those Points! Universal All-Access Rewards Closing June 30th 2024

Have you been redeeming those digital copy slips that come with your discs? Universal Studios' popular rewards program Universal All-Access which lets you redeem points for swag, tickets, and digital copies will be closing on June 30th. Last day to redeem points will be July 31st, 2024 

For a number of film fans out there who have loved building a physical media collection, they've also been building their digital streaming collections redeeming the codes on those little slips of paper. Like fellow studios Disney and Sony, Universal Studios gave collectors a little extra incentive with their own branded rewards program - Universal All-Access. This service gave members the opportunity for a little extra juice from their media purchases by redeeming their accumulated points for fun swag items like posters and such, movie tickets, or redeem for more digital copies of favorite films. Every month a new batch of rewards would arrive giving you all the more reason to keep redeeming those codes. Well, that's all coming to a close within the next three months.

Per an email that was sent out to members this morning, Universal All-Access' last days are on the horizon. The final day to redeem codes for their point values will be June 30th. The last day to redeem those points will be July 31st. As a parting gesture to users, the final batch of new digital rewards will go live in June and they're saying it's supposed to be a much larger selection than normal. So if you've been hoarding those points (I regularly forget to redeem them for rewards and have over 21,000 points), you'll only have a couple of months to get all the goodies you can. 

Here's what was in the email:

"Dear Valued Members,

  • As we wind down the program, we encourage you to redeem your accumulated points by exploring the new rewards for March.

Please note the following important dates and information regarding the program’s closure:

  1. Last Day to Earn Points: The last day to earn points is June 30th, 2024. We encourage you to make any planned movie purchases by this date to maximize your Points earning potential.
  2. Last Day to Redeem Points: The last day to redeem points is July 31st, 2024. We encourage you to redeem any outstanding rewards points accumulated by this date. Any points not redeemed by this date will be forfeited.
  3. Redeeming Your Points: You can continue to redeem points for rewards until July 31st, 2024. In a special final gesture, we're excited to announce that the last batch of free movie rewards, available in early June, will be significantly larger than usual, providing an extensive selection for you to choose from. This is our way of saying thank you and ensuring you have ample opportunity to enjoy a wide array of movies, making the most of your accumulated points. Stay tuned for more details.
  4. Customer Support: Our customer service team is here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about this change. Whether you need help with redeeming your points or have questions about your account, we’re here to ensure a smooth transition.
  • We understand this may be disappointing news, and we want to extend our sincerest appreciation for your engagement with the Universal All-Access Rewards Program. Your passion for movies has made this program a wonderful journey, and we’re excited about what the future holds for our community.
  • Please expect further communications over the next few months regarding the closure to ensure you are fully informed. Should you have any questions or require assistance, please reach out to our Customer Support Team.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Best regards,
Universal All-Access Rewards Staff" 

That just about does it. While it sucks to see the program close - it's been a nice and easy way to grow my digital collection, I'm glad they're not simply turning the faucet off. You've got time to get those reward slip codes in and they're at least going to be adding more titles to the program for a couple more months so you can burn through those points. 

The Physical Media Must Flow - 'Dune: Part Two' Drinks the Water of 4K & Blu-ray May 14th

Shai-Hulud be praised! The wait for Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part Two arrives on physical media May 14th. After a triumphant return to theaters easily besting its predecessor's pandemic-era box office haul, Dune: Part Two currently sits as the biggest global earner of 2024. Digital rental and sales start April 16th

Now that the wait for a disc release is nearly over, all we have to do now is wait for Villeneuve to start directing Dune: Messiah! The various Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and SteelBook releases of Dune: Part Two have been up for Pre-order for a while now, so it's nice to see a confirmed street date and some definite specs. The press release doesn't list the HDR Grade, but Part One enjoyed a lovely Dolby Vision transfer so it's a safe bet this one will too. The PR does state Atmos in the specs so riding sandworms should sound incredible at home! Sadly, it doesn't look like sandworm popcorn bucket packaging will be an option... 

Dune: Part Two - 4K UHD 

Dune: Part Two - 4K UHD SteelBook

Dune: Part Two - Blu-ray 

Also Available: Dune: Two Film Collection 4K UHD and Dune: Two Film Collection Blu-ray 

DIGITAL, 4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS 

Dune: Part Two Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:  

  • Filmbooks: House Corrino
  • Filmbooks: The Reverand Mother
  • Filmbooks: Water
  • Filmbooks: Lisan-al-Gaib
  • An Ensemble for the Ages
  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester Attack
  • Inside Dune: Gurney Hallaeck’s Revenge
  • Inside Dune: The Fight for the Imperial Throne

Dune: Part Two 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune 

Premium Digital Ownership: April 16, 2024

4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 14, 2024

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language.

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

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

  • Running Time: 165 minutes
  • 4K Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin, Spanish
  • 4K Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish
  • BD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish
  • BD Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish
  • DVD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish
  • DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish

 

PRODUCT                                                                                        ERP
4K UHD + Digital                                                                              $29.99
Blu-ray + Digital                                                                                 $24.99
DVD                                                                                                   $19.99

Francis Ford Coppola's 'One from the Heart: Reprise' Sings its Way to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 7

Lionsgate is preparing Francis Ford Coppola's romantic musical One from the Heart: Reprise has been restored and will be available on 4K Blu-ray on May 7.

The Reprise version of the film includes new footage approved by Coppola and will be available in a 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital combo pack with a SRP of $30.99 . Digital will be available on April 9 with the SRP of $7.99 (SD) and $9.99 (HD/UHD).

One from the Heart: Reprise is a spectacular 4K restoration and reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Francis Ford Coppola. Six minutes of footage have been added to replace the original negative, previously thought to be destroyed, resulting in a brand-new Reprise version, approved by Coppola himself. One from the Heart: Reprise tells the story of a Las Vegas couple (Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest) whose break-up on the Fourth of July leads them both to a night on the Strip in pursuit of their romantic fantasies (Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski). But in this town of gamblers and dreamers, should they bet it all on dreams, or give true love another roll of the dice? Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar®-nominated music of the one and only Tom Waits, this neon explosion of color, sound, and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers.

One from the Heart: Reprise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

One from the Heart: Reprise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital combo pack includes Reprise on 4K Blu-ray and the 1982 cut on Blu-ray with the following supplements:

4K DISC – ONE FROM THE HEART: REPRISE
• Francis Ford Coppola Feature Commentary
NEW The Look of One from the Heart
NEW The Cast of One from the Heart
NEW The Choreography of One from the Heart
NEW Reinventing the Musical: Baz Luhrmann One from the Heart
NEW One from the Heart: Reprise, Restoration Comparison
NEW 2024 Trailer
 
BLU-RAY DISC – ONE FROM THE HEART 1982 CUT
• The Making of One from the Heart
• The Dream Studio
• The Electronic Cinema
• Tom Waits and the Music from One from the Heart
• Deleted Scenes
• Videotaped Rehearsals
• Francis Ford Coppola Speaks to the Exhibitors
• Press Conference at the Studio
• This One’s from the Heart Music Video
• Stop-Motion Demo
• The Tom Waits Score: Alternate Tracks
• 1982 and 2003 Theatrical Trailers

Pre-order listings for One from the Heart: Reprise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are up on Amazon, but it's not quite for sale yet, but it should be soon. Here's the full press release:


ONE FROM THE HEART: REPRISE

One from the Heart: Reprise

EST SD: $7.99 SRP  

EST HD/UHD: $9.99 SRP

Digital Street Date: 4/9/24

 

4K+BD+Digital: $30.99

PKG Street Date: 5/7/24

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

One from the Heart: Reprise is a spectacular 4K restoration and reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Francis Ford Coppola. Six minutes of footage have been added to replace the original negative, previously thought to be destroyed, resulting in a brand-new Reprise version, approved by Coppola himself. Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) – and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar®-nominated music of the one and only Tom Waits – this neon explosion of color, sound, and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers. The newly restored version of the visually stunning romantic musical is available for the suggested retail price of $7.99 EST (Standard Definition) and $9.99 EST (HD/UHD). And the wonders don’t end there! Included in the 4K + Blu-rayTM + Digital package are six brand-new special features (available on the 4K restoration) plus the 1982 cut on Blu-ray, filled with classic 1982 bonus content. The One from the Heart: Reprise package comes straight from the heart, and arrives 5/7/24 with an SRP of $30.99.

 

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

One from the Heart: Reprise is a spectacular 4K restoration and reimag ining of the 1982 cult classic from Francis Ford Coppola. Six minutes of footage have been added to replace the original negative, previously thought to be destroyed, resulting in a brand-new Reprise version, approved by Coppola himself. One from the Heart: Reprise tells the story of a Las Vegas couple (Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest) whose break-up on the Fourth of July leads them both to a night on the Strip in pursuit of their romantic fantasies (Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski). But in this town of gamblers and dreamers, should they bet it all on dreams, or give true love another roll of the dice? Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar®-nominated music of the one and only Tom Waits, this neon explosion of color, sound, and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers.

 

CAST

Frederic Forrest         Apocalypse Now; The Conversation; The Rose

Teri Garr                  Tootsie; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Young Frankenstein 

Nastassja Kinski        Tess; Paris, Texas; Cat People

Raul Julia                 The Addams Family; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Presumed Innocent

SPECIAL FEATURES (PKG RELEASE ONLY)

 

4K DISC – ONE FROM THE HEART: REPRISE

• Francis Ford Coppola Feature Commentary

• NEW The Look of One from the Heart

• NEW The Cast of One from the Heart

• NEW The Choreography of One from the Heart

• NEW Reinventing the Musical: Baz Luhrmann One from the Heart

• NEW One from the Heart: Reprise, Restoration Comparison

• NEW 2024 Trailer

 

BLU-RAY DISC – ONE FROM THE HEART 1982 CUT

• The Making of One from the Heart

• The Dream Studio

• The Electronic Cinema

• Tom Waits and the Music from One from the Heart

• Deleted Scenes

• Videotaped Rehearsals

• Francis Ford Coppola Speaks to the Exhibitors

• Press Conference at the Studio

• This One’s from the Heart Music Video

• Stop-Motion Demo

• The Tom Waits Score: Alternate Tracks

• 2003 Theatrical Trailer

• 1982 Theatrical Trailer

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2023

Title Copyright: One from the Heart: Reprise © 2023 Zoetrope Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Type: New Release

Feature Run Time: Reprise Cut Approx. 93 Mins., 1982 Cut Approx. 102 Minutes

Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Musical, Romance, Drama

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English, German, English SDH

Format: 16x9 (1.37:1) Presentation

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM, English 2.0 LPCM Stereo

It's Madamin' Time! 'Madame Web' Spins Up a 4K UHD, Blu-ray, & SteelBook Release April 30th

Witness the origin of all of the Dakota Johnson memes with Sony's Madame Web! The latest extension into the Spider-Man universe can be yours on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and a limited edition SteelBook April 30th

Some movies are made to entertain, and some movies entertain because they become awkward memes. From the first trailer, Madame Web didn't have an easy time getting fans excited for this latest Spider-Man spin-off (no pun intended). Bad reviews, poor box office, and some amazing Dakota Johnson interviews later the film is finally coming home to Blu-ray and 4K UHD letting you research spiders in the Amazon... 

Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing's most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures...if they can all survive a deadly present.

Madame Web - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Madame Web - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Madame Web - Blu-ray 

 

BONUS FEATURES

  • Gag Reel 
  • Easter Eggs
  • Oracle Of The Page 
  • Fight Like A Spider 
  • Future Vision 
  • Casting The Web 
  • Deleted Scene

CAST AND CREW:

  • Directed by: SJ Clarkson 
  • Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
  • Based on The: Marvel Comics
  • Story by:  Kerem Sanga and Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless 
  • Screenplay by: Matt Sazama &  Burk Sharpless and Claire Parker & SJ Clarkson
  • Executive Producers: Adam Merims, SJ Clarkson, Claire Parker
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, Celeste O’Connor, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts, Adam Scott

SPECS:

Run Time: Approx. 116 minutes

Rating: PG-13 for violence/action and language

4K UHD: 2160p Ultra High Definition / 2.39:1• Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), English & French (Doublé au Québec)- Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features or the Blu-ray disc ™

Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English & French (Doublé au Québec)- Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.

Pre-orders for Madame Web and all her disc formats are live and ready - Happy Collecting!

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