Blu-ray News Roundup: Classic Monster Movie SteelBooks, 'Friday Night Lights,' and More

Posted Fri Jun 23, 2017 at 05:00 PM PDT by

Monsters, athletes, pirates, and more are all heading to Blu-ray.

New info has been revealed for several upcoming Blu-ray releases from PBS, Sony, Lionsgate, Cohen Media Group, Mill Creek Entertainment, Synapse Films, Universal, Severin Films, and Kino.

Here's a full rundown of recently revealed details and title announcements: 

First up, PBS has announced plans to bring the documentary film The Story of China with Michael Wood to Blu-ray on June 27. No other details have been revealed.


Meanwhile, Severin Films is set to release Joe D'Amato's Beyond the Darkness starring Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, and Franca Stoppi on July 25. The Blu-ray will feature:

-Joe D'Amato: The Horror Experience
-The Omega Woman: Interview With Actress Franca Stoppi (17 Minutes)
-Goblin Reborn Perform Buio Omega Live 2016
-Locations Revisited
-Sick Love - An Interview With Actress Cinzia Monreale
-Original Trailer
-CD soundtrack (music by cult band Goblin)


Sony is prepping Bette Gordon's The Drowning starring Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, and Avan Jogia for Blu-ray on August 1. Supplements will include a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Likewise, the studio will bring The Blacklist: The Complete Fourth Season starring James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, and Harry Lennix to Blu-ray on August 15. Supplements will include:

-A Lighter Shade Of Red
-Mr. Kaplan: End Of An Era
-Gag Reel
-Deleted Scenes
-3 Episode Commentaries
-A Darker Shade of Red



Lionsgate is bringing Ken Marino's How to be a Latin Lover starring Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Raquel Welch to Blu-ray on August 15 Supplements will include: 

-Deleted and Extended Scenes
-"Show Me Your Sexy! Learning How to Be a Latin Lover" Featurette
-"A Little Help from My Friends" Featurette
-Audio Commentary with Director Ken Marino, Producer Ben Odell and Editor John Daigle

In addition, the studio will release Black Sails: The Complete Fourth Season starring Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Zach McGowan, and Luke Arnold on August 29. Supplements will include:

-"Inside the World of 'Black Sails'" Featurette
-"Creating the World" Featurette
-"Roundtable: Women in Piracy" Featurette
-"Roundtable: The Legends of Treasure Island" Featurette
-"Roundtable: Fearless Fans" Featurette



Cohen Media Group has announced plans to release James Ivory's Maurice starring James Wilby, Hugh Grant, and Rupert Graves on September 5. The disc will feature a 4K restoration supervised by James Ivory and cinematographer Piere Lhomme. No other details have been revealed so far.


Mill Creek Entertainment is bringing Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series starring Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, and Taylor Kitsch to Blu-ray on September 12. No other details have been announced at this time.


Synapse Films has announced plans to release Dario Argento's Phenomena starring Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasance on September 12. The Blu-ray will feature:

-THREE different cuts of PHENOMENA, all available in high-definition for the first time ever in one collector's edition package!
-Audio Commentary Track on PHENOMENA (110 Version) from Argento scholar and author, Derek Botelho and film historian, journalist and radio/television commentator, David Del Valle
-DARIO ARGENTO'S WORLD OF HORROR Documentary. A fascinating look at the early films of director Dario Argento, including PHENOMENA, SUSPIRIA, DEMONS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, INFERNO and many more! Containing candid interviews and awesome behind-the-scenes footage, DARIO ARGENTO'S WORLD OF HORROR gives us a look into the mind of Italy's Master of Horror and is an essential viewing experience for all Argento fans.
-Interview with Andi Sex Gang
-PHENOMENA International Theatrical Trailer
-CREEPERS U.S. Theatrical Trailer & Radio Spots
-Multiple optional subtitle selections on PHENOMENA (116 Minute Version), including one for just the foreign English language segments of the hybrid version, complete English subtitles for the entire feature, and complete English subtitles for the Italian version of the film.

In addition, the label is also set to bring Pete Schuermann's The Creep Behind the Camera / The Creeping Terror starring Josh Phillips, Jodi Lynn Thomas, and Bill LeVasseur to Blu-ray on September 12. Supplements will include:

-Audio Commentary with Director Pete Schuermann, Producer Nancy Theken and Stars Josh Phillips & Jodi Lynn Thomas
-How to Build a Carpet Monster
-Breaking Down Art's Death Scene
-Monster Movie Homages
-"One Mick to Another" with Byrd Holland & Allan Silliphant
-Deleted Scenes
-Alternate Ending
-Screamfest Black Carpet Q&A with Frank Conniff



Universal has revealed new Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook versions of its classic monster movie titles. The lineup will be available on September 12 and will include:

George Waggner's The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, and Evelyn Ankers.

Karl Freud's The Mummy starring Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, and David Manners.

James Whale's The Invisible Man starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, and William Harrigan.

James Whale's Frankenstein starring Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, and Boris Karloff.

James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, and Valerie Hobson.

Tod Browning's Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, David Manners, and Edward Van Sloan.

Jack Arnold's Creature from the Black Lagoon starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, and Richard Denning

Finally, Kino has announced three new upcoming Blu-ray titles. Exact release dates have not been announced yet, but the lineup is set to arrive later this year:

Cameron Menzies' The Maze - 3D starring Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, and Katherine Emery.

John Irvin's City of Industry starring Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton, Famke Janssen, and Lucy Liu.

Dominique Othenin-Girard's Night Angel starring Karen Black, Isa Jank, Linden Ashby, Debra Feuer, Helen Martin, Doug Jones, and Gary Hudson.

You can find the latest specs for all of the titles listed above linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule.

Tags: Disc Announcements, PBS, Sony, Lionsgate, Cohen Media Group, Mill Creek Entertainment, Synapse Films, Universal, Severin Films, Kino (all tags)