Blu-ray News Roundup: 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'Ronin,' 'Girls,' and More

Posted Tue May 16, 2017 at 06:00 PM PDT by
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New titles from Arrow, Twilight Time, and more are among the latest Blu-ray announcements.

New info has been revealed for several upcoming Blu-ray releases from Universal, Troma, HBO, Arrow Video, Twilight Time, Eagle Vision, and Kino.

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

First up, Universal is set to release Hal Needham's Smokey and the Bandit: 40th Anniversary Edition starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field on July 11. Supplements will include: 

-NEW The Bandit - Documentary
-Snowman, What's Your 20? - The Smokey and the Bandit CB Tutorial
-Loaded Up and Truckin' - The Making of Smokey and the Bandit
-100 Years Of Universal: The Lot
-100 Years Of Universal: The 70s
-Theatrical Trailer


Meanwhile, Troma will bring Michael Mahal and Sonny Mahal's comedy flick Last Day of School to Blu-ray on July 11. The disc will feature:

-Intro by Lloyd Kaufman (President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger)
-Behind the Scenes Slideshow
-Theatrical Trailer
-Tromatic Extras!


HBO is prepping Girls: The Final Season starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet for Blu-ray on July 25. Supplements will include:

-Exclusive new bonus content, including an extended version of 'A Goodbye to Girls' featuring never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, 'Inside the Episodes' featurettes and more.


Arrow has detailed its upcoming slate of August Blu-ray releases. Discs set for an August 15 release include...

John Frankenheimer's Ronin starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, and Natascha McElhone. Supplements will include:

-Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
-Brand new video interview with director of photography Robert Fraisse
-Paul Joyce documentary on Robert De Niro
-Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette
-Through the Lens, an archival interview with Robert Fraisse
-The Driving of Ronin, an archival featurette on the film's legendary car stunts
-Natascha McElhone: An Actor's Process, an archival interview with the actress
-Composing the Ronin Score, an archival interview with composer Elia Cmiral
-In the Ronin Cutting Room, an archival interview with editor Tony Gibbs
-Venice Film Festival interviews with Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Natascha McElhone
-Alternate ending
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips

Lucio Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling starring Florinda Bolkan and Barbara Bouchet. Supplements will include:

-New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
-The Blood of Innocents, a new video discussion with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
-Hell is Already in Us, a new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
-Interviews with co-writer/director Lucio Fulci, actor Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli and assistant makeup artist Maurizio Trani
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides

Meanwhile, Arrow Blu-rays set for an August 22 release include...

Jean Grémillon's The Love of a Woman. Supplements will include:

-In Search of Jean Gremillon, a feature-length documentary on the filmmaker from 1969, containing interviews with director Rene Clair, archivist Henri Langlois, actors Micheline Presle and Pierre Brasseur, and others
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio

J.S. Cardone's The Slayer. Supplements will include:

-Brand new interviews with cast and crew
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

In addition, Arrow discs set for an August 29 release include...

Mario Bava's Erik the Conqueror starring Cameron Mitchell and Alice Kessler. Supplements will include:

-New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava – All the Colors of the Dark
-Gli imitatori, a comparison between Erik the Conqueror and its unacknowledged source, The Vikings
-Original ending
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

Robert Aldrich's The Big Knife starring Jack Palance and Ida Lupino. Supplements will include: 

-Commentary by film critics Glenn Kenny and Nick Pinkerton, recorded exclusively for this release
-Bass on Titles Saul Bass, responsible for The Big Knife s credit sequence, discusses some of his classic work in this self-directed documentary from 1972
-Theatrical Trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips







Twilight Time has revealed its slate of June 13 Blu-ray releases. The lineup includes:

Woo-ping Yuen's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow / Drunken Master starring Jackie Chan.

Terence Young's The Valachi Papers starring Charles Bronson.

Samuel Fuller's Hell and High Water starring Richard Widmark.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Quiet American starring Audie Murphy and Michael Redgrave.

John Guillermin's The Bridge at Remagen starring George Segal, Robert Vaughn, and Ben Gazzara.

No other details have been announced yet, but each disc will be limited to 3,000 units.

Eagle Vision has announced plans to bring Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour to Blu-ray on September 15. The tracklist for the music doc spans all decades of the iconic superstar's illustrious career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album to classic fan favorites. Of particular note to longtime fans will be the new interpretations of some of Madonna's timeless hits.

Finally, Kino will release William Friedkin's The Birthday Party starring Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee, and Dandy Nichols on Blu-ray later this year. No other details have been announced yet.

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

Tags: Disc Announcements, Universal, Troma, HBO, Arrow Video, Twilight Time, Eagle Vision, Kino (all tags)