Posted Sun Apr 30, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by D. LaFontaine
A notable import, a modern classic distaster, three Disney 100 steels and more highlight the 4K category. Between 4K and blu-ray though, it's a semi-light week, giving you time to replenish your funds just a little bit, May 30th is the next big release date.
Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 48 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 30th - May 6th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.
There are no new releases this week. Kicking off import Monday first, Second Sight offers Picnic at Hanging Rock with two available options, a standard edition and a limited edition. Standard disclaimed here, the blu-ray is likely region B locked. And you might be able to locate these at Diabolik DVD if using Amazon UK is not an option for you.
Moving on to domestic Tuesday releases, Paramount offers up a modern classic disaster with Deep Impact. Now we just need a good release of Armageddon from that era and I'm set.
Shout! Factory has another Universal Pictures catalog title with Skyline. Not to sound ungrateful, but is Universal prohibiting them from having slipcovers from these 4K upgrades?
Criterion brings Wings of Desire to 4K in the U.S.. As it always goes, I choose to import it, two weeks after it arrives in my possession, the studio in question announces it as part of their upcoming release slate. My most recent acquisition is the trilogy of Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen and Angel Has Fallen. Any day now LionsGate will announce this trilogy for the USA. You're Welcome.
The next batch of "Disney 100" Best Buy Exclusive SteelBooks arrive this week, they are Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
Next week the Superman Collection arrives (after a delay), someone Knocks at the Cabin and Criterion brings in a Japanese action thriller. Remember, May 30th will be the biggest release day this month, be ready.
Blu-ray counterparts? There are none this week, Picnic at Hanging Rock was already done by Criterion in 2019 and 2014, Wings of Desire was also a Criterion release back in '09, all of the other films have had multiple releases over the years. Let's move on to new stuff.
New comedy from Paramount with 80 for Brady.
Universal also has new comedy this week, this one is titled Champions. Do we see a pattern here? (comedy/sports) Also from Uni, drama/romance Of an Age.
Warner Archive Collection this week has Border Incident and Clash By Night.
Anime highlights include just a couple, Fate/Stay Night: Complete Collection, Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie: The Complete Season and Tomodachi Game: The Complete Season.
LionsGate has Supercell this week on blu-ray. Maybe a missed opportunity, neither of the Warner Bros tornado films are on 4K disc, this might have been a hot seller for disaster-flick hungry collectors.
Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber collectors look for Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIII this week, it includes the films Spy Hunt (1950), The Night Runner (1957) and Step Down to Terror (1958).
There are two Imprint Films Collections and a single title release available Friday via Amazon US (however the last one just got a 4K release 2 weeks ago in the US).
Next week this category picks up the volume, ever so slightly.
Too early to tell but it probably is finalized, looks like Evil Dead Rise will be getting a blu-ray release in the US, but if you want the 4K (as of press time) look to the UK, hopefully this changes. Nothing official is announced yet so it could.
Early indicators for National Lampoon's Vacation coming to 4K disc show a June 27th street date, with the UK also getting a collector's edition as well. The US market has been passed over for special editions and gift sets for quite awhile now, so I expect this one to be cemented in place.
Paramount has finalized details for The Truman Show's 4K release, which will be on July 4th.
Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?
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