Posted Sun Jul 4, 2021 at 12:00 PM PDT by Dennis LaFontaine
The next milestone marker is upon us for the Summer Movie Season. The scene is still a bit tepid as life slowly gets back to normal, but it is moving forward. Those of our readers in the states, how did you survive the heat wave last week?
Volume 2 Episode 7 of our weekly release guide begins now.
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-
This week's 4K release schedule might look daunting but it's actually not too overwhelming.
Getting the double-dip titles out of the way first, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb comes as a single movie release now instead being part of the Columbia Classics I set. Mortal Engines gets a decent looking Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.
Lastly from Universal, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, again as a standard release and as a SteelBook release. Just like previous Universal Studios SteelBooks, only available at Best Buy but yet not listed as a Best Buy Exclusive?
If streaming is your thing, Ran (1985) will be available in 4K on Tuesday. Otherwise wait a couple weeks to import the StudioCanal disc. It's still not too late to tell LionsGate you want this title in 4K on disc in the U.S., hopefully they see this column and have gotten feedback already to make a decision to bring it here.
HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-
Semi-average week for number of Blu-ray releases.
From Paramount, under the Paramount Presents label comes 48 Hrs. and Another 48 Hrs. I see a lot of people wishing (myself included) that the original was on 4K disc. Can't wait to see the reviews on these either way.
Under their standard label, look for 2020's Defending Jacob.
Criterion Collection releases two titles this week, Bringing Up Baby is the first one, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and directed by Howard Hanks. Russian film Mirror would be the second. Barnes and Noble has their 50% off sale this week and Amazon is matching a lot of these deals.
Somewhat average week for 'new' anime releases. Highlights include Gleipnir - The Complete Season, Knights of Sidonia - Complete Series Collection, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Three and Shironeko Project ZERO Chronicle - The Complete Season.
From Arrow Video, indie horror film Threshold.
Honorable mention of the week, Screen Media brings us Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street. I've seen this mentioned on multiple sites, perhaps some nostalgia here.
Friday releases, in addition to the usual music or arts releases, check out our review of the theatrical release of Black Widow.
Notable announcements from last week:
From Warner Bros, Zack Snyder's Justice League now has a blu-ray SKU added to the release calendar.
Synapse Films has revealed they are releasing Demons I & II (double feature) on 4K discs. One site out there indicates an October 19th release date.
Sentai Filmworks has its September release schedule posted, the titles include Heaven's Memo Pad - Complete Collection, Girls und Panzer das Finale - Part 1, Magical Girl Site - Complete Collection, Dusk maiden of Amnesia - Complete Collection, Made In Abyss - Theatrical Collection and To Love Ru Darkness 2 - Complete Collection.
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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