• 1980s Cult Fan Favorite Real Genius Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray September 13

    Posted Mon Jun 13, 2022 at 04:49 PM PDT by

     "Aren't you guys a little young to be technicians?" "Lasers are a young science. OK, there, fine, you made me say it, now we're both in trouble"

     Sony Pictures helps us relive the 80s comedy Real Genius, starring Val Kilmer (Heat, Top Gun), Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville. Previously available on MOD blu-ray under the Choice Collection label, Sony takes it up a couple notches with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital combo pack.

     This release also includes an all new Dolby Atmos track and a 5.1 track approved by director Martha Coolidge, aw well as the original 2.0 Stereo mix. HDR grading will be Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 compatible.

     

     

     The order link is not available at press time, checking our release calendar for updates.

     Official Press Release:

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    THE CULT 1980s FAN FAVORITE GETS AN UPGRADE,

    WITH RARE SPECIAL FEATURES

    AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K ULTRA HD™

    SEPTEMBER 13TH

    SYNOPSIS

    When a group of crazy college geniuses put their heads together, almost anything can happen. Hold on for a freewheeling, uproarious look at just how much mischief a bunch of high-IQers can concoct. Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America's number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own ... Chris' closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon and bikini-clad beauties. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. Their plan culminates in an incredible scheme that outsmarts the military and convinces the professor that it doesn't pay to fool with a REAL GENIUS!

    DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

    4K ULTRA HD DISC

    • Feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge

    • All-new Dolby Atmos and 5.1 audio, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge + Original Dolby Stereo

    BLU-RAY DISC™

    • Feature presented in High Definition, sourced from the 4K master

    • 5.1 + Dolby Stereo audio

    • Special Features:

      • NEW: “Balloon Chair” Deleted Scene + Raw Takes Montage

      • NEW: TV Version of the film

      • Feature Commentary with Director Martha Coolidge

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed By: Martha Coolidge

    Story By: Neal Israel & Pat Proft

    Screenplay By: Neal Israel & Pat Proft and Peter Torokvei

    Produced by: Brian Grazer

    Executive Producer: Robert Daley

    Cast: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville

    SPECS

    Run Time: Approx. 105 minutes

    Rating: PG

    4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1

    4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Twitter: @SonyPicsHomeEnt

    Instagram: @SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment

    Facebook: facebook.com/sonypictureshomeentertainment

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sonypictureshomeent

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  • Jared Leto as Morbius Glides to Digital May 17 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on June 14

    Posted Tue May 3, 2022 at 09:45 AM PDT by

       The home video world is a vampire when Sony's take on the popular Marvel character Morbius arrives on digital on May 17. 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray arrive June 14.

    One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering the same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble by experimenting on himself. While at first, it seems to be a radical success, quickly the darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new bloody urges?

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition will have Dolby Atmos and bonus features for the Blu-rays include Outtakes & Bloopers, several Featurettes, and Nocturnal Easter Eggs. There will also be an exclusive SteelBook edition available only at Best Buy.

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    Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
     

    The full press release is included below:


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    OWN IT ON DIGITAL MAY 17
    AVAILABLE ON 4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™ and DVD JUNE 14

     

    DIVE DEEPER WITH OUTTAKES & BLOOPERS, BEHIND-THE-SCENE FEATURETTES AND DISCOVER NOCTURNAL EASTER EGGS

    SYNOPSIS
    One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?

     

    BONUS MATERIALS

    4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™, AND DIGITAL

    • Outtakes & Bloopers
    • Featurettes:
      • Defining The Antihero
      • From Human to Vampire – Visual Effects
      • Lights, Camera, Action
      • The Good, Bad & Ugly – Supporting Cast Doing the Stunt Work
      • Living Vampire from Comics to Screen
    • Nocturnal Easter Eggs

    DVD

    • Featurettes:
      • Defining the Antihero
      • The Good, Bad & Ugly – Supporting Cast Doing the Stunt Work

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed By: Daniel Espinosa
    Written By: Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless
    Produced By: Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Lucas Foster
    Executive Producers: Jared Leto, Louise Rosner, Emma Ludbrook
    Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson
     

    SPECS

    Runtime: Approx. 104 minutes
    Rating: PG-13: Intense Sequence of Violence, Some Frightening Images and Brief Strong Language.
    4K UHD™: Feature: 2160p Ultra High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby True HD7.1 compatible), French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish, English & French (Doublé au Québec) – Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish.
    Blu-ray™: Feature: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish English & French (Doublé au Québec) – Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition.
    DVD: Feature: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English & French (Doublé au Québec) Audio Description Tracks Dolby Surround • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish.

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  • Home Video Will Be Turning Red With Disney and Pixar's Latest on Digital April 26 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray May 3

    Posted Mon Apr 11, 2022 at 09:20 AM PDT by
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    The latest addition to the Pixar library Turning Red from Director Domee Shi and starring the voices of Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Hyein Park, and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan arrives on Digital on April 26. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray will be available in stores on May 3. Check out our theatrical review here..

    In Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition does not seem to include Dolby Atmos, however The Digital UHD appears to. Bonus features include an audio commentary, several featurettes, and deleted scenes. There will also be an exclusive SteelBook edition available only at Best Buy.

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    Turning Red - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook)

    Pre-order links should be available shortly and the full press release is included below:


    “A BREEZY-SMART COMING-OF-AGE CHARMER”

    – Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly

    Activate Red Panda Mode When Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red Bursts onto Digital April 26 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 3

     

    LOS ANGELES, CA (April 11, 2022) – Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red debuts on all major digital platforms April 26 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 3, just in time for Mother’s Day. Pixar fans can transport back to the early aughts and experience all the warm and fuzzy red panda Mei-hem with never-before-seen bonus material including seven deleted scenes, three featurettes and audio commentary with Director Domee Shi. Turning Red is also streaming on Disney+.

    Film Synopsis

    In Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

    Bonus Features*

    • Audio Commentary  View the film with audio commentary by director Domee Shi, producer Lindsey Collins, and director of photography Mahyar Abousaeedi.
    • Featurettes
      • Life of a Shot  Domee Shi and members of the crew describe the many-layered process and artistry involved in creating the hilarious Red Peony scene – from observing red pandas in a zoo to creating a storyboard to finalizing the animation and background lighting.
      • Build Your Own Boy Band  Step backstage to learn how 4*TOWN came to animated life. From creating each band member’s persona to writing and producing the songs to fine-tuning the details of their stadium performance, the filmmakers reveal how they designed the ultimate boy band.
      • Ani-Mei-Tion  Because Mei’s heightened emotionality is central to the story, it was important that her look and movement reflect that energy. Learn how Domee Shi led the animation team to incorporate hints of expressive anime to create Mei’s lovable, dynamic character.
    • Deleted Scenes
      • Deleted Scenes Introduction  Director Domee Shi introduces scenes not included in the final version of Turning Red.
      • Intro Meilin  In this alternate opening, Ming and young Mei have their portrait taken in a studio…but Ming has her own specific vision for the photo.
      • Taming The Panda  Under her mother's guidance, Mei learns techniques to control her ability to magically turn into a red panda...to varying degrees of success.
      • The Debate  Mei runs for class president against frenemy Tyler, and the speeches get a little out of hand.
      • Fei And Christina Hang  Mei (formerly Fei) shares a banana split while having a heart-to-heart with Aunt Christina.
      • 4*TOWN Dilemma  Mei scores tickets to her dream concert, but her strict mother won't let her out of the house. What will she do?
      • Roping In Leo  Pleading with Leo for help with getting out of trouble, Mei learns a couple of his closely guarded secrets.
    • Easter Egg - Robutton Deleted Scene  An alternate ending in which Mei, finding herself sitting next to her 4*TOWN dream-idol Robaire on a flight to California, has some feelings.

     

    *bonus features vary by product and retailer

    Cast

    Rosalie Chiang as Meilin Lee

    Sandra Oh as Ming Lee

    Ava Morse as Miriam

    Hyein Park as Abby

    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya

    Orion Lee as Jin Lee

    Tristan Allerick Chen as Tyler Nguyen-Baker

     

    Directed by

    Domee Shi

    Produced by

    Lindsey Collins, p.g.a.

     

    Executive Producers

    Dan Scanlon

    Pete Docter

                                                  

    Story by

    Julia Cho

    Domee Shi

    Sarah Streicher

    Screenplay by

    Julia Cho

    Domee Shi

     

    Original Songs by

    Billie Eilish

    and Finneas O’Connell

                          

    Music by

    Ludwig Göransson

    Product Specifications

    Street Date

    Digital: April 26

    Physical: May 3

     

    Product SKUs

    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

     

    Feature Run Time

    Approx. 100 minutes

    Rating

    U.S. Rated PG

    Bonus material not rated

          

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 1.85:1

    Physical: 1.85:1

     

    U.S. Audio

    4K Ultra HDEnglish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

    Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 5.1 DTS-HDHR, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

    DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, Spanish 5.1 Dolby, English 2.0 Dolby, English AD 2.0 Dolby

    Digital: English Dolby Atmos (UHD only, some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

     

    U.S. Subtitles

    4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish

    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish

    Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

     

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  • Lionsgate's Hell or High Water Returns to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a SteelBook Edition on May 17

    Posted Wed Mar 23, 2022 at 10:16 AM PDT by

      

    The acclaimed Western crime-adventure Hell or High Water will be available in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + SteelBook on May 17.

    Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster lead this acclaimed action-drama from the writer of Sicario. When a desperate father learns the bank is going to take his family’s land, he and his ex-con brother decide to rob the bank, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger in a riveting story of crime, punishment, and brotherly love.

    The 4K SteelBook will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and a handful of supplements. The SRP for this release is $27.99.

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    Hell Or High Water 4K SteelBook

    This SteelBook release will be available on May 17th and here is the full press release:


    The Western crime-adventure Hell or High Water arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ + Blu-ray™ + Digital SteelBook® May 17 from Lionsgate. The film stars Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges (2009, Best Actor, Crazy Heart), Chris Pine (Wonder Woman franchise, Star Trek franchise,), and Ben Foster (Galveston, 3:10 to Yuma). Hell or High Water 4K Ultra HD™ + Blu-ray™ + Digital SteelBook® will be available for the suggested retail price of $27.99.
     
    OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
    Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster lead this acclaimed action-drama from the writer of Sicario. When a desperate father learns the bank is going to take his family’s land, he and his ex-con brother decide to rob the bank, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger in a riveting story of crime, punishment, and brotherly love.
     
    SPECIAL FEATURES

    • Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water
    • Visualizing the Heart of America
    • Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water
    • Red Carpet Premiere
    • Filmmaker Q&A


    CAST
    Jeff Bridges                 Bad Times at the El Royale, Crazy Heart
    Chris Pine                   Wonder Woman franchise, Star Trek franchise
    Ben Foster                  Galveston, 3:10 to Yuma
     
     
    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Year of Production: 2016
    Title Copyright: Hell or High Water © Coman Movie, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2022 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type:  Catalog Re-Release
    Rating: R for Some Strong Violence, Language Throughout and Brief Sexuality
    Genre: Western Crime
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
    Feature Run Time: 102 Minutes
    4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 (2.40:1) Presentation 
    4K Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio 
    Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (2.40:1) Presentation
    Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio 

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  • Roland Emmerich's Latest Disastrous Disaster Flick Moonfall Arrives on Digital April 1 - Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 26

    Posted Mon Mar 21, 2022 at 11:08 AM PDT by

    From disaster flick maestro Roland Emmerich (Midway, Independence Day franchise) and writers Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser & Spenser Cohen, Moonfall stars Academy Award® winner Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Eme Ikwuakor, Carolina Bartczak, and Donald Sutherland.   

    In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit and sent it hurtling on a collision course with Earth, threatening all life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but she'll need help from a disgraced astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, “Midway”) and the conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, “Game of Thrones”). These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is.

    Lionsgate's Moonfall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray will both feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and several bonus features including an audio commentary and multiple featurettes. There will also be a 4K SteelBook exclusively at Best Buy.

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    Here's the full press release:


    SANTA MONICA, CA (March 21, 2022) – Legendary action-adventure director Roland Emmerich returns when Moonfall arrives on Digital April 1 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand April 26 from Lionsgate. From director Roland Emmerich (Midway, Independence Day franchise) and writers Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser & Spenser Cohen, the film stars Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Monsters Ball, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) , Patrick Wilson (Midway, The Conjuring franchise) , John Bradley (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “Marry Me”), Michael Peña (TV’s “Narcos,” Fantasy Island),  Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete, Spontaneous), Kelly Yu (TV’s “Lost Promise”), Eme Ikwuakor (TV’s “On My Block,” “Inhumans”), Carolina Bartczak (TV’s upcoming “Painkiller”), and Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games franchise, TV’s “The Undoing”).

     

    In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, “Midway”) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, “Game of Thrones”) believes her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is.
     
    Moonfall  4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.96, respectively. 

     
    4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES 

    • Audio Commentary by writer/producer/director Roland Emmerich and writer/producer/composer Harald Kloser Listen to audio commentary by writer/producer/director Roland Emmerich and writer/producer/composer Harald Kloser. 
    • Against Impossible Odds: Making Moonfall Filmmakers and actors offer an insider's view of the genesis of the film, a look at the epic action scenes, and a deep dive into the most groundbreaking moments of the film. 
    • Exploring the Moon: Past, Present, and Future What have we learned about the Moon through the ages and where is human exploration of our nearest celestial neighbor going next?  Scientists, historians and astronauts reveal all!
    • KC Houseman Speaks the Truth!  Unearth recent viral videos from Megastructurist KC Houseman. 
    • Sounds of the Moon Discover how the filmmakers utilized a palette of unique sound effects to bring the world inside of the Moon to life.

    Year of Production: 2021
    Title Copyright: Moonfall © 2022 UK Moonfall LLP. Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2022 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: Theatrical Release
    Rating: PG-13 for violence, disaster action, strong language, and some drug use
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Feature Run Time: 124 Minutes
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: Spanish, French, English SDH
    4K Ultra HD™ Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
    Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
    DVD Format: 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
    4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
    Blu-ray Audio:  English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, , French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
    DVD Audio:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

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  • Can Ya Dig It? Criterion Announces June Releases With Shaft on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Fri Mar 18, 2022 at 11:21 AM PDT by

    The Criterion Collection has announced their June release slate that includes Gordon Parks blaxploitation classic starring Richard Roundtree on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. 

    Leading the way is Shaft, which will be getting a 4K UHD and Blu-ray release on June 21.

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    While the Black Power movement was reshaping America, trailblazing director Gordon Parks made this groundbreaking blockbuster, which helped launch the blaxploitation era and gave the screen a new kind of badder-than-bad action hero in John Shaft (Richard Roundtree, in a career-defining role), a streetwise New York City private eye who is as tough with criminals as he is tender with his lovers. After Shaft is recruited to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Harlem mob boss (Moses Gunn) from Italian gangsters, he finds himself in the middle of a rapidly escalating uptown vs. downtown turf war. A vivid time capsule of seventies Manhattan in all its gritty glory that has inspired sequels and multimedia reboots galore, the original Shaft is studded with indelible elements—from Roundtree’s sleek leather fashions to the iconic funk and soul score by Isaac Hayes.

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

    • Alternate uncompressed stereo soundtrack remastered with creative input from Isaac Hayes III

    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features

    Shaft’s Big Score!, the 1972 follow-up to Shaft by director Gordon Parks

    • New documentary on the making of Shaft featuring curator Rhea L. Combs, film scholar Racquel J. Gates, filmmaker Nelson George, and music scholar Shana L. Redmond

    • Behind-the-scenes program featuring Parks, actor Richard Roundtree, and musician Isaac Hayes

    • Archival interviews with Hayes, Parks, and Roundtree

    • New interview with costume designer Joseph G. Aulisi

    • New program on the Black detective and the legacy of John Shaft, featuring scholar Kinohi Nishikawa and novelist Walter Mosley

    A Complicated Man: The “Shaft” Legacy (2019)

    • Behind-the-scenes footage from Shaft’s Big Score!

    • Trailers

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Amy Abugo Ongiri

     1971 • 100 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    Arriving on June 7 on Blu-ray is The Tales of Hoffmann, the fantasy opera by Jacques Offenbach.

    The Tales of Hoffmann 

    Michael Powell And Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger’s feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

     

    Michael Powell And Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger’s feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.

     

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • 4K digital restoration by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive, in association with STUDIOCANAL, featuring newly rediscovered footage and with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

    • Audio commentary from 1992 by filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Bruce Eder, newly updated by Eder

    • Interview with filmmaker George A. Romero from 2005

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1956), a short musical film based on the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe story and directed by Michael Powell 

    • Collection of production designer Hein Heckroth’s design sketches and paintings

    • Gallery of production and publicity photographs

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • Plus: An essay by film historian Ian Christie

     1951 • 133 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


    Available on June 14th Farewell Amor from Alain Delon.

    Farewell Amor 

    In her luminous feature debut, filmmaker Ekwa Msangi chronicles a broken family’s journey to wholeness with empathy and insight. Seventeen years after his family was separated by the civil war in Angola, a New York taxi driver (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is reunited with his now devoutly religious wife (Zainab Jah) and teenage daughter (Jayme Lawson) when they are finally able to follow him to America. But after living thousands of miles apart for so long, the three find they must discover one another’s strengths, forgive one another’s weaknesses, and bridge cultural and generational divides in order to build a life together. Told in three perspective-shifting chapters that honor the multitude of struggles and emotions that make up the immigrant experience, Farewell Amor is a bittersweet, compassionate evocation of how it feels when your heart and your home are in different places.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 2K master, approved by director Ekwa Msangi, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • New audio commentary featuring Msangi and cinematographer Bruce Francis Cole

    • Three short films by Msangi: Suspense (2011); The Market King (2014); and Farewell Meu Amor (2016), a prequel to Farewell Amor 

    • New interviews with actors Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, and Jayme Lawson

    • Deleted scenes

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by scholar Tiana Reid

     2020 • 102 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio


    On the 21st comes Stanley Kwan's Rouge on Blu-ray.

    Rouge 

    Cantopop superstars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung display the androgynous magnetism that made them icons as doomed lovers in this emblematic film of Hong Kong’s Second New Wave, directed by pioneering queer melodrama master Stanley Kwan. Rouge bridges past and present in its tragic romance between a humble courtesan and the wayward scion of a wealthy family, who embrace death by suicide pact amid the opulent teahouses of 1930s Hong Kong. Fifty years later, she returns to the city-state to find him, drawing a young contemporary couple (Alex Man and Emily Chu) into her quest to rekindle a passion that may be as illusory as time itself. With its lush mise-en-scène and transcendently melancholy mood, this sensuous ghost story is an exquisite, enduringly resonant elegy for both lost love and vanishing history.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Stanley Kwan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray

    • New conversation between Kwan and filmmaker Sasha Chuk

    Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, a 1997 documentary by Kwan exploring the representation of queerness and LGBT identity in Chinese film

    Still Love You After All These, a 1997 memoir film by Kwan about his Hong Kong identity

    • Trailer

    • New English subtitle translation 

    • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Dennis Lim 

    1987 • 96 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Cantonese with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    John Waters' totally outlandish Pink Flamingos starring Divine, Mink Stole, and David Lochary will arrive on Blu-ray on June 28.

    Pink Flamingos 

    John Waters made bad taste perversely transcendent with the forever shocking counterculture sensation Pink Flamingos, his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva Divine is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore while reveling in her tabloid notoriety as the “Filthiest Person Alive.” When a pair of sociopaths (Mink Stole And David Lochary) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word filthy. Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history’s most legendary gross-out ending—Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY FEATURES

     

    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

    • Two audio commentaries featuring Waters, from the 1997 Criterion laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release

    • New conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch

    • Tour of the film’s Baltimore locations, led by Waters

    • Deleted scenes, alternate takes, and on-set footage

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • And more!

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor and author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film, from her 1990 book Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black

     1972 • 92 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.66:1 aspect ratio


    Finally and also on the 28th comes Joachim Trier Academy Award-nominated romantic comedy The Worst Person in the World on Blu-ray.

    The Worst Person in the World 

    Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for the revelatory, complex performance that anchors this sprawlingly novelistic film by Norwegian auteur Joachim Trier, an emotionally intricate and exhilarating character study of a woman entering her thirties. Amid the seemingly endless possibilities of the modern world, Julie (Reinsve) vacillates between artistic passions and professions, the question of motherhood, and relationships with two very different men: a successful comic-book artist (Trier regular Anders Danielsen Lie) and a charismatic barista (Herbert Nordrum). Working with a team of longtime collaborators, Trier and his perennial cowriter Eskil Vogt construct in The Worst Person in the World, the Oscar-nominated third entry in their unofficial Oslo Trilogy, a liberating portrait of self-discovery and a bracingly contemporary spin on the romantic comedy.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • New interviews with director Joachim Trier; coscreenwriter Eskil Vogt; actors Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, and Herbert Nordrum; cinematographer Kasper Tuxen; and sound designer Gisle Tveito 

    • On-set footage from the creation of the film’s time-freezing sequence 

    • Deleted scenes 

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley

     2021 • 127 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In Norwegian with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    All of these titles will likely be up for pre-order shortly and the website will be updated when they are available.

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  • Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile Headed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on April 5 and Arrives on Digital March 29

    Posted Thu Mar 17, 2022 at 09:25 AM PDT by

    Kenneth Branagh's mustache must solve a Death on the Nile in Agatha Christie's beloved murder mystery bound for a Digital release on March 29 with Blu-ray and 4K on April 5.  

    Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s (Kenneth Branagh) spectacular Egyptian vacation aboard a riverboat becomes a terrifying search for a murderer after a picture-perfect couple’s honeymoon is cut tragically short. Based on Agatha Christie’s novel, this tale of passion and jealousy is filled with wicked twists and turns until its shocking finale.

    Death on the Nile - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Death on the Nile - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

     Death on the Nile will also be available on Blu-ray and both editions will present the film in 2.39:1 aspect ratio and will include several featurettes and deleted scenes. However, only the 4K UHD includes a Dolby Atmos soundtrack trading in for a DTS-HD MA 7.1 track for Blu-ray.

    Death on the Nile - Blu-ray
    Death on the Nile - Blu-ray
      

    Zavvi currently is taking pre-orders for a SteelBook we assume (or hope at least) comes to the states, but so far, neither Best Buy, Amazon, or any other retailer has punched those up on their release slate. We'll keep you posted if that changes. 

    Pre-Orders are only up on Best Buy, but we expect more retailers to get their listings up soon.  Here's the full press release:


    Embark on The Must-See Murder Mystery When Death on the Nile Arrives on Digital March 29 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 5

    LOS ANGELES, CA (March 17, 2022) – Based on Agatha Christie’s beloved 1937 novel, director Kenneth Branagh and an all-star cast bring new life to one of the most popular murder mysteries of all time.  Critics and audiences alike have praised the exquisite Death on the Nile for its stunning cinematography, rich storytelling and outstanding ensemble cast. Available on Digital March 29 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 5.

    Film Synopsis
    Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s (Kenneth Branagh) spectacular Egyptian vacation aboard a river boat becomes a terrifying search for a murderer after a picture-perfect couple’s honeymoon is cut tragically short. Based on Agatha Christie’s novel, this tale of passion and jealousy is filled with wicked twists and turns until its shocking finale.

    Bonus Features*

    Featurettes

    • Death on the Nile: Novel to Film – Explore the new vision for Agatha Christie’s classic novel DEATH ON THE NILE, and how Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green collaborated with Christie’s estate to bring a new twist to this story of love and murder.
    • Agatha Christie: Travel Can Be Murder – The story behind the book connects with Christie’s own love of travel, and especially Egypt and its secrets. Her legacy continues through her family and new generations of filmmakers and actors, all at once contributing to the immortality of her novels.
    • Design on the Nile – The setting, the costumes, the photography, all contribute to the Agatha Christie touch. We take a fun tour of this “ship of suspects” and learn details about the overall look and design of everything from the characters to the environment.
    • Branagh/Poirot – Kenneth Branagh is a one-of-a-kind artist who can switch hats with exceptional skill, playing Poirot one moment and directing the next. This piece pays tribute to Branagh’s ability to stay connected to his cast and creative team through it all.

    Deleted Scenes

    • The Market
    • Poirot's Cabin
    • Rosalie and Bouc Outside Temple
    • Windlesham Jogging
    • Poirot Discusses Case
    • Poirot and Bouc Approach Jackie
    • Confronting Bouc and the Otterbournes
    • Poirot Orders Books

    *bonus features vary by product and retailer

    Cast

    Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot

    Tom Bateman as Bouc

    Annette Bening as Euphemia Bouc

    Russell Brand as Dr. Bessner

    Ali Fazal as Andrew Katchadourian

    Dawn French as Bowers

    Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway Doyle

    Armie Hammer as Simon Doyle

    Rose Leslie as Louise Bourget

    Emma Mackey as Jacqueline de Bellefort

    Sophie Okonedo as Salome Otterbourne

    Jennifer Saunders as Marie Van Schuyler

    & Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne

    Directed by

    Kenneth Branagh

     

    Executive Produced by

    Mark Gordon

    Simon Kinberg

    Matthew Jenkins

    James Prichard

    & Mathew Prichard

     

    Produced by

    Ridley Scott

    Kevin J. Walsh

    Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a.,

    & Judy Hofflund, p.g.a.

    Screenplay by

    Michael Green

     

    Based on a novel by

    Agatha Christie

     

    Product Specifications

    U.S. Street Date

    Digital: March 29, 2022

    Physical: April 5, 2022

     

    Canada Street Date

    Digital: March 30, 2022

    Physical: April 5, 2022

    Product SKUs

    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

     

    Feature Run Time

    Approx. 127 minutes

     

    Rating

    U.S. Rated PG-13

    * Rated R for violence, some bloody images, and sexual material. 

     

    Canada Rated PG (Parental Guidance Advised)

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 2.39:1 (16x9)

    Physical: 2.39:1 (16x9)

     

    U.S. Audio

    4K Ultra HD: English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus

     

    Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

    DVD: English 5.1 Dolby and DVS 2.0 Dolby, Spanish 5.1 Dolby, French 5.1 Dolby

    Digital: English ATMOS (UHD only, some platforms), 2.0 AD Dolby (some platforms), French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

     

    U.S. Subtitles

    4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French

    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

    Digital: English SDH, Spanish, French (some platforms)

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  • Warner Celebrates 70 Years of Singin' in the Rain by Splashing the Classic Film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on April 26

    Posted Wed Mar 2, 2022 at 08:11 AM PST by
    Gene Kelly

    One of the most beloved films ever to hit the silver screen will be celebrating its 70th anniversary on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on April 26.  

    The classic musical romantic comedy stars Gene Kelly, Golden Globe Best Actor-Winner Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchel and Cyd Charisse, and was directed and choreographed by Kelly and Stanley Donen (On the Town).

    In 1989, Singin' in the Rain was one of the first 25 films selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film ranked 10th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list, 16th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list, 16th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions list, “Singin’ In The Rain” was 3rd on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs list, and the film was number 1 on AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals list.

    The remastered film showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and although this release doesn't specify the soundtrack,we would hopefully assume that it comes with Dolby Atmos.

    Singin’ in the Rain - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Singin’ in the Rain - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    Pre-Orders for this 4K title haven't been revealed yet, but the release will be available on April 26 with an SRP of $24.99. Here is the full press release:


     

    WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

    ANNOUNCES THE BELOVED CLASSIC

    SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

    TO BE RELEASED ON 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY™

     Acclaimed as one of the greatest MUSICAL films of all time,

    will BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)

    BURBANK, CA, March 1, 2022 – To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1952 acclaimed and beloved film, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that Singin’ in the Rain will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on April 26.

    Singin’ in the Rain is widely considered to be one of the greatest musical films in cinematic history. The musical romantic comedy was directed by choreographed by Gene Kelly (On the Town) and Stanley Donen (On the Town) and stars Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchel and Cyd Charisse. 

    The film was written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden and produced by Arthur Freed. The music is by Nacio Herb Brown and the lyrics are by Arthur Freed.

    O'Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for their screenplay, while Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

    In 1989, Singin' in the Rain was one of the first 25 films selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".   The film ranked 10th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list, 16th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list, 16th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions list, “Singin’ In The Rain” was 3rd on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs list, and the film was number 1 on AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals list.

    Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.  

     

    In addition, the remastered film will screen at the TCM Film Festival on April 24**. For more information, please visit https://filmfestival.tcm.com.

     

    TCM Big Screen Classics will also present the 70th anniversary of Singin' in the Rain in theaters this April in the US. Tickets are on sale now, go to www.FathomEvents.com for more details.

     

    Singin’ in the Rain will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.99 SRP and features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc of Singin’ in the Rain. Fans can also own Singin’ in the Rain in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on April 26th. 

     

    Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Elements

    Singin’ in the Rain Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:

    • Commentary by Debbie Reynold, Donald O’Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, Stanley Donen, Betty Camden, Adolph Green, Bad Lurhmann and Rudy Behlmer.
    • Singin’ in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation Documentary
    • Theatrical Trailer

    DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

     

    On April 26, Singing in the Rain 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

     

    BASICS

    Standard Street Date: April 26, 2022

    EST Street Date: April 26, 2022

    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

    Running Time: 67 minutes

    Rating: Rated G

     

    About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

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  • It's The Ides of March For Your Wallet - HDD 4K Ultra HD Shopping Guide March 2022

    Posted Tue Mar 1, 2022 at 08:12 AM PST by
    March 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide

    What, did you think the studios and boutique labels would take the month off just because we had a stacked February with an intensely busy April and May release frame coming?  

    Considering everything that's coming our way in the next few months, the one good thing we can say is that March is relatively light. There are some great catalog titles coming along with a few new releases with quite a few long-awaited favorites. We get a mix of new and old. Werewolves and Keanu Reeves. Italian Mobsters and Russian Mobsters. And while this month might be on the light side, doesn't mean it'll be cheap! With that - let's get into it:

    High-Def Digest's March 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


    March 1st, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

    Just because it's Fat Tuesday doesn't mean the month has a lot to indulge in. In fact, there's only one release and it's a repackage of discs that are already available. 

    James Bond: The Daniel Craig 5-Film Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

     


    March 8th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

    Things pick up a little bit this month with a return to The Matrix leading the pack with Downton Abbey getting an upgrade just before the second film hits theaters, and another Argento film slips onto 2160p. 

    The Matrix Resurrections - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    The Matrix Resurrections - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

     

    The Matrix 4-Film Deja Vu Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Phenomena - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition  

     

    Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     


    March 15th, 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

    Well, of all the days for the knives to come out for your wallet - this is historically fitting! Between multiple classics reaching 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray thanks to KLSC, Criterion, Arrow, and Scream Factory all have new releases on top of Paramount dropping a couple with Disney/20th Century Studios doing a full-court press for Spielberg's latest Oscar contender. 

    West Side Story (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    West Side Story (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

     

    West Side Story (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Target Exclusive  

     

    West Side Story (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive  

     

    Touch of Evil - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    The Apartment - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    An American Werewolf In London - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition  

     

    The Amazing Spider-Man Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Le Cercle Rouge - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    The Sword and the Sorcerer - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Shooter - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

     


    March, 22 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

    There is just nothing good coming out this month. Nope. Not a thing. 

    The Godfather Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    The Godfather Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

     

    Nightmare Alley - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Nightmare Alley - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    Fatale - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Eastern Promises - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    The Hunger Games: Ultimate SteelBook Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

     


    March 29th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    And as quietly as March started, it goes out on a pretty soft note. But between a legendary concert film and a popular kid's flick, there's still some good stuff worth checking out. 

    Sing 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    The Last Waltz - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     


    And that just about does it. As always, release dates can change and if that happens we'll update our listings and this article as soon as we can. Scouring around the international releases, the only notable title we'll be covering is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 4K SteelBook from Turbine Media Group - but that doesn't street until the end of the month and customs can be a little dodgy delaying delivery, so we'll get to it when we can as soon as we can. 

    Once again - thank you for your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little corner of the interwebs alive and going. 

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  • Scream Factory Stacking May 4K with Escape From New York, Lifeforce, The Craft, and Candyman Collector's Editions

    Posted Mon Feb 28, 2022 at 05:51 AM PST by
    Escape From New York Kurt Russell 2

    Thanks to Amazon, horror and sci-fi fans got to take an early gander at Scream Factory's thus far unofficially announced May 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray lineup!

    While Scream Factory has yet to comment - and we expect them to formally announce soon enough - Amazon has listings for new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector's Editions ofJohn Carpenter's Escape From New York, Bernard Rose's Candyman, Andrew Fleming's The Craft, and Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce.

    I'm not at all surprised with the Candyman news - after Friday's spur of Arrow and Turbine Media Group announcements for the title, it's a no-brainer that Scream Factory is dropping theirs nearly the same time. Escape From New York was already released in the E.U. markets by Studio Canal so that's more of a question of a "when" and not an "if" Scream would update their release. But the welcome surprises on this list is Tobe Hooper's nutso sci-fi horror flick Lifeforce and The Craft

    Lifeforce was a title I'd heard grumblings about a 4K release for a couple of years now so it's nice to see a rumor become a reality. Of the four listings, Lifeforce and The Craft are the only ones actually up for pre-order albeit at the egregiously high not-yet-on-sale price point. Now we don't have final specs for any of these as of yet, but with everything breaking so quickly, expect final details in the next day or two and when they come in we'll update this article and our listings accordingly.  

    [UPDATE] 

    Scream Factory is now posting up the official announcements for each of these. As they come in, we'll be updating each title with the full list of specs and bonus features if listed. 



    John Carpenter's Escape From New York - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector's Edition 

    Escape From New York 4K 


    Candyman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector's Edition 

    Candyman 4K Collectors Edition 

    DISC ONE (4K UHD — THEATRICAL & UNRATED CUTS)

    • NEW 4K Master Of The Original Negative, Supervised And Approved By Writer/Director Bernard Rose And Director Of Photography Anthony B. Richmond (Theatrical Cut) By Arrow Video
    • NEW 4K UHD Presentation In Dolby Vision (HDR10 Compatible) Of Both Cuts Of The Film, The Theatrical R-rated Version And The Unrated Version Featuring Alternate, More Graphic Footage, Presented Via Seamless Branching
    • NEW Dolby Atmos Track
    • NEW Interview With Actress Vanessa Williams


    DISC TWO (BLU-RAY — THEATRICAL CUT)

    • NEW 4K Master Of The Original Negative, Supervised And Approved By Writer/Director Bernard Rose And Director Of Photography Anthony B. Richmond By Arrow Video
    • NEW Dolby Atmos Track
    • NEW Interview With Actress Vanessa Williams


    DISC THREE (BLU-RAY — UNRATED CUT)

    • NEW 4K Master Of The Original Negative With HD Inserts For The Uncut Footage From An Archival Film Print By Arrow Video
    • NEW Dolby Atmos Track


    Lifeforce - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector's Edition 

    Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce 4K 


    The Craft - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector's Edition 

    The Craft 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

    DISC ONE (4K UHD):

    • NEW 4K Restoration By Sony
    • Audio Commentary With Director Andrew Fleming

    DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

    • NEW 4K Restoration By Sony
    • Audio Commentary With Andrew Fleming
    • Directing The Craft – An Interview With Andrew Fleming
    • Producing The Craft – An Interview With Producer Douglas Wick
    • Writing The Craft – An Interview With Co-Writer Peter Filardi
    • Effecting The Craft – An Interview With Makeup Effects Supervisor Tony Gardner
    • Vintage Featurette – Conjuring The Craft
    • Vintage Featurette – The Making Of The Craft
    • Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Andrew Fleming
    • Theatrical Trailer

    And with that, that is all the news that's fit to print, for the moment. Obviously, this is a developing story so as details come in we'll be updating listings and informing you cool kids about all the happenings and goings-on round these here parts. 

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  • LOOK OUT! Here Comes the Spider-Man: No Way Home Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases on April 12 (and on Digital March 22)

    Posted Wed Feb 23, 2022 at 10:37 AM PST by

    The record-breaking blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home starring Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch will arrive on Digital platforms on March 22 and will be available on physical 4K/Blu-rays April 12.  

    For this highly-anticipated home video release, fans can expect over 80 minutes of bonus features including bloopers, behind-the-scenes moments, featurettes, Easter eggs, and more. The 4K UHD will include Dolby Atmos. Check out our theatrical review here

    For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

    Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    Spider-Man: No Way Home - Blu-ray
    Spider-Man: No Way Home - Blu-ray
     


    Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K - SteelBook
    Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K- SteelBook
     

    Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K Target Exclusive
    Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K Target Exclusive
     


    Pre-orders are now live and the full press release is available below:


    THE RECORD-SHATTERING PHENOMENON COMES HOME WITH A GLOBAL HOME ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCH IN OVER 45 MARKETS
     
    TOM HOLLAND, ZENDAYA, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH STAR IN THE WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE HIT
     
    SWINGING TO DIGITAL MARCH 22
     
    AND ON 4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD APRIL 12

     DISCOVER OVER 80 MINUTES OF AMAZING EXTRAS INCLUDING BLOOPERS, BEHIND-THE-SCENES MOMENTS WITH YOUR FAVORITE HEROES AND VILLAINS, AND MORE IMMERSIVE FEATURETTES.
    PLUS UNCOVER EVERY INCREDIBLE EASTER EGG!

    SYNOPSIS
    For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

    BONUS MATERIALS

    4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, AND DIGITAL

    • Bloopers & Gag Reel
    • Alternate Reality Easter Eggs
    • 7 Behind the Scenes Featurettes
      • Action Choreography Across the Multiverse
      • A Multiverse of Miscreants
      • A Spectacular Spider-Journey with Tom Holland
      • Enter Strange
      • Graduation Day
      • Realities Collide, Spiders Unite
      • Weaving Jon Watt's Web
    • 2 Special Panels:
      • The Sinister Summit - Villains Panel: Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx sit down for a roundtable discussion of their sinister characters.
      • A Meeting of the Spiders - Heroes Panel: The Heroic Spider heroes sit down for a roundtable discussion on Peter, Stunts, and skintight suits.
    • 3 Stories From The Daily Bugle
      • Spider-Menace Strikes Again
      • Spider Sycophant
      • Web of Lies
    • 2  Stunt Scenes Previsualization
      • Apartment Fight
      • Shield Fight

    DVD

    • 2 Behind the Scenes Featurettes
      • A Spectacular Spider-Journey with Tom Holland
      • Graduation Day

    CAST AND CREW

      • Directed By: Jon Watts
        Written By: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
        Produced By: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
        Executive Producers: Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, JoAnn Perritano, Rachel O’Connor, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach
        Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, with Marisa Tomei
         

        SPECS

        Runtime: Approx. 148 minutes
        Rating: PG-13: Sequences of action/violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
        4K UHD: Feature: 2160p Ultra High Definition / 2.39:1 • English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish, English & French (Doublé au Québec) - Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital
        Blu-ray™: Feature: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish, English & French (Doublé au Québec) - Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital
        DVD: Feature: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English & French (Doublé au Québec) - Audio Description Tracks Dolby Surround

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  • The Hit Revolution Musical 1776 Gets a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Upgrade for its 50th Anniversary May 31st

    Posted Thu Feb 17, 2022 at 03:41 PM PST by

    Peter H. Hunt's 1776 starring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, and Ken Howard will be getting a 50th Anniversary 4K Edition on May 31st.  

    The film is based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release will include both the 165-minute Director's Cut and the 167-minute Extended Cut presented in Dolby Vision/HDR with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The edition will also include the 1972 theatrical cut in HD as well as the 1992 Laserdisc cut in SD on Blu-ray.

    1776 is a musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway production! The story centers around the tough and unyielding John Adams (William Daniels), the charming and pragmatic Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva), the brilliant young Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard), and the rest of the Continental Congress. All events lead up to that most significant historical date: July 4, 1776.

    1776: 50th Anniversary Director's Cut - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    1776: 50th Anniversary Director's Cut - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    4K UHD Release Info:

    DISC 1: 4K BLU-RAY

    • PREVIOUSLY RESTORED IN 4K
    • DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATIONS OF TWO VERSIONS OF THE FILM
    • NEW DOLBY ATMOS TRACK + 5.1 audio
    • Includes both the 165-minute Director's Cut and the 167-minute Extended Cut

    DISC 2: BLU-RAY

    • Includes both the 165-minute Director's Cut and the 167-minute Extended Cut
    • Both versions presented in High Definition with 5.1 audio
    • Commentary with Peter H. Hunt, William Daniels & Ken Howard (Director's Cut only)
    • Commentary with Peter H. Hunt and Peter Stone (Director's Cut only)
    • Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Director Commentary
    • 9 Screen Tests
    • Teaser & Theatrical Trailers

    DISC 3: BLU-RAY

    • 1972 Theatrical Version of the Film (presented in HD with original mono audio)
    • 1992 Laserdisc Version of the Film (presented in SD with stereo audio)
    • Includes optional archival commentary featuring director Peter H. Hunt

    Pre-Order your copy here.


    CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MUSICAL FAVORITE
    INCLUDES MULTIPLE VERSIONS OF THE FILM AND A LIMITED SLEEVE FEATURING THEATRICAL ARTWORK
     
    AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K ULTRA HD™
    MAY 31ST

    1776 CREDITS
    Directed By: Peter H. Hunt
    Produced by: Jack L. Warner
    Screenplay by: Peter Stone
    Starring: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden, Blythe Danner, John Cullum, Roy Poole, David Ford, Virginia Vestoff

     
    1776 4K ULTRA HD DISC SPECS
    Run Time: Approx. 165 / 167 minutes
    Rating: Not Rated
    4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.35:1
    4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
    1776 SYNOPSIS
    1776 is a musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway production! The story centers around the tough and unyielding John Adams (William Daniels), the charming and pragmatic Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva), the brilliant young Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard), and the rest of the Continental Congress. All events lead up to that most significant historical date: July 4, 1776.
    DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS
     
    1776 4K ULTRA HD DISC
    • Includes both the 165-minute Director’s Cut and the 167-minute Extended Cut
    • Both versions presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, with Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio
    1776 BLU-RAY FEATURE DISC
    • Includes both the 165-minute Director’s Cut and the 167-minute Extended Cut
    • Both versions presented in High Definition with 5.1 audio
    • Special Features:
      • Commentary with Peter H. Hunt, William Daniels & Ken Howard (Director’s Cut only)
      • Commentary with Peter H. Hunt and Peter Stone (Director’s Cut only)
      • Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Director Commentary
      • 9 Screen Tests
      • Teaser & Theatrical Trailers
    1776 BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURE DISC
    • 1972 Theatrical Version of the Film (presented in HD with original mono audio)
    • 1992 Laserdisc Version of the Film (presented in SD with stereo audio)
      • Includes optional archival commentary featuring director Peter H. Hunt

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  • Criterion Announces May Releases With Double Indemnity on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Tue Feb 15, 2022 at 07:17 PM PST by

    The Criterion Collection has revealed their May home video release slate that includes Billy Wilder's film-noir classic on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. 

    Of course, the headliner is Double Indemnity which will be getting the 4K/Blu-ray combo treatment on May 31st.

    Double Indemnity - Criterion Collection 4K UHD 

    Has dialogue ever been more perfectly hard-boiled? Has a femme fatale ever been as deliciously evil as Barbara Stanwyck? And has 1940s Los Angeles ever looked so seductively sordid? Working with cowriter Raymond Chandler, director Billy Wilder launched himself onto the Hollywood A-list with this paragon of film-noir fatalism from James M. Cain’s pulp novel. When slick salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) walks into the swank home of dissatisfied housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck), he intends to sell her insurance, but he winds up becoming entangled with her in a far more sinister way. Featuring scene-stealing supporting work from Edward G. Robinson and the chiaroscuro of cinematographer John F. Seitz, Double Indemnity is one of the most wickedly perverse stories ever told and the cynical standard by which all noir must be measured.

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features 

    • Audio commentary featuring film critic Richard Schickel

    • New interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, editor of Billy Wilder on Assignment

    • New conversation between film historians Eddie Muller and Imogen Sara Smith

    Billy, How Did You Do It?, a 1992 film by Volker Schlöndorff and Gisela Grischow featuring interviews with director Billy Wilder

    Shadows of Suspense, a 2006 documentary on the making of Double Indemnity

    • Audio excerpts from 1971 and 1972 interviews with cinematographer John F. Seitz

    • Radio adaptations from 1945 and 1950

    • Trailer 

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    1944 • 108 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


    Also with a street date on the 31st is Wayne Wang's murder mystery Chan is Missing.

    Chan is Missing 

    A mystery man, a murder, and a wad of missing cash—in his wryly offbeat breakthrough, Wayne Wang updates the ingredients of classic film noir for the streets of contemporary San Francisco’s Chinatown. When their business partner disappears with the money they had planned to use for a cab license, driver Jo (Wood Moy) and his nephew Steve (Marc Hayashi) scour the city’s back alleys, waterfronts, and Chinese restaurants to track him down. But what begins as a search for a missing man gradually turns into a far deeper and more elusive investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Chinese American identity. The first feature by an Asian American filmmaker to play widely and get mainstream critical appreciation, Chan Is Missing is a continuously fresh and surprising landmark of indie invention that playfully flips decades of cinematic stereotypes on their heads.

     

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • High-definition digital master, approved by director Wayne Wang, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

    Is Chan Still Missing?, a making-of documentary directed by Debbie Lum

    • New conversations between Wang and critic Hua Hsu and Wang and filmmaker Ang Lee

    • Conversation between Wang and film programmer Dennis Lim

    • Trailer

    • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Oliver Wang

     1982 • 75 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In English, Cantonese, and Mandarin with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio


    Earlier in the month on the 10th comes the 1976 French thriller Mr. Klein from Alain Delon.

    Mr. Klein 

    One of the crowning achievements of blacklisted Hollywood director Joseph Losey’s European exile, the spellbinding modernist mystery Mr. Klein puts a chilling twist on the wrong-man thriller. Alain Delon delivers a standout performance as Robert Klein, a decadent art dealer in Paris during World War II who makes a tidy profit buying up paintings from his desperate Jewish clients. As Klein searches for a Jewish man with the same name for whom he has been mistaken, he finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which his identity seems to dissolve and the forces of history to close in on him. Met with considerable controversy on its release for its portrayal of the real-life wrongdoings of the Vichy government, this haunting, disturbingly beautiful film shivers with existential dread as it traces a society’s descent into fascistic fear and inhumanity.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 

    • Interviews with critic Michel Ciment and editor Henri Lanoë

    • Interviews from 1976 with director Joseph Losey and actor Alain Delon

    Story of a Day, a 1986 documentary on the real-life Vél d’Hiv Roundup, a central historical element of Mr. Klein

    • Trailer

    • New English subtitle translation

    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

     1976 • 123 minutes • Color • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio


    On the 17th comes writer-director Juzo Itami's The Funeral on Blu-ray.

    The Funeral 

    It’s death, Japanese style, in the rollicking and wistful first feature from maverick writer-director Juzo Itami. In the wake of her father’s sudden passing, a successful actor (Itami’s wife and frequent collaborator, Nobuko Miyamoto) and her lascivious husband (Tsutomu Yamazaki) leave Tokyo and return to her family home to oversee a traditional funeral. Over the course of three days of mourning that bring illicit escapades in the woods, a surprisingly materialistic priest (Chishu Ryu), and cinema’s most epic sandwich handoff, the tensions between public propriety and private hypocrisy are laid bare. Deftly weaving dark comedy with poignant family drama, The Funeral is a fearless satire of the clash between old and new in Japanese society in which nothing, not even the finality of death, is off-limits.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • High-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • New interviews with actors Nobuko Miyamoto and Manpei Ikeuchi

    Creative Marriages: Juzo Itami & Nobuko Miyamoto, a short program produced by the Criterion Channel 

    • Commercials for Ichiroku Tart by director Juzo Itami 

    • Trailers

    • New English subtitle translation 

    • PLUS: An essay by author Pico Iyer and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Itami’s 1985 book Diary of “The Funeral” and from a 2007 remembrance of Itami by actor Tsutomu Yamazaki

     1984 • 124 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio


    Finally on the 24th, Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala starring Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington will arrive on Blu-ray format.

    Mississippi Masala 

    The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South come together in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala, a luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twentysomething Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spends her days cleaning rooms in an Indian-run motel in Mississippi. When she falls for the charming Black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Denzel Washington), their passionate romance challenges the prejudices of both of their families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African American communities. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with bighearted humor and keen insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and deeply satisfying celebration of love’s power.

     

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Mira Nair and director of photography Ed Lachman, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • New audio commentary featuring Nair

    • New conversation between actor Sarita Choudhury and film critic Devika Girish

    • New interviews with Lachman, screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala, and production designer and photographer Mitch Epstein

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Bilal Qureshi and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Nair’s production journal

     1991 • 117 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • In English and Swahili with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    All of these titles should be up for pre-order soon and will be updated on the site here as soon as that information becomes available.  

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  • Heavy Metal Blasts to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in SteelBook Packaging Including Heavy Metal 2000 on Blu-ray

    Posted Fri Feb 11, 2022 at 09:12 AM PST by

    The 1981 animated classic Heavy Metal will be getting the 4K UHD treatment on April 22 and will feature Dolby Vision, a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, and collector's SteelBook packaging. Also included is a Blu-ray disc of Heavy Metal and the Blu-ray debut of Heavy Metal 2000.  

    The release has been given a new soundscape supervised by Ivan Reitman and will include an all-new bonus feature: Heavy Metal: A Look Back – an all-new retrospective featuring re¬flections from producer Ivan Reitman, famous fans Kevin Smith, Norman Reedus, and more! 

    Heavy Metal - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Heavy Metal - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    It would have been nice to have seen the sequel get the 4K upgrade as well, but oh well.   Here's the full press release:


    AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K ULTRA HD™ APRIL 19TH

    FEATURING AN ALL-NEW SOUNDSCAPE, SUPERVISED BY PRODUCER IVAN REITMAN

    HEAVY METAL SYNOPSIS

    Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine HEAVY METAL, producer Ivan Reitman enlists the help of some of Hollywood's animation masters to create the otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe. Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb's dark victories include the character voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs, and Trust. Highly imaginative and full of surprising special effects, HEAVY METAL set the standard for alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed!

     

    DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

    Presented within a limited edition SteelBook, including HEAVY METAL on 4K Ultra HD disc and Blu-ray, plus the exclusive Blu-ray debut of HEAVY METAL 2000
     
    HEAVY METAL 4K ULTRA HD DISC

    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by Ivan Reitman
    • New 2022 Dolby Atmos soundtrack – a brand-new immersive experience utilizing enhanced sound effects and much more, supervised by producer Ivan Reitman!
    • Also includes the 2022 mix in 5.1, and the original 1981 theatrical Dolby Stereo audio
    • Special Feature:
      • NEW: Heavy Metal: A Look Back – an all-new retrospective featuring re­flections from producer Ivan Reitman, famous fans Kevin Smith, Norman Reedus, and more!

    HEAVY METAL BLU-RAY DISC™

    • Feature presented in High Definition with 5.1 audio
    • Special Features:
      • Original Feature-Length Rough Cut with Optional Commentary by Carl Macek
      • Imagining Heavy Metal Documentary
      • Deleted Scene
      • Alternate Framing Story with Commentary

    HEAVY METAL 2000 BLU-RAY DISC™

    • Feature presented in High Definition (newly remastered), with 5.1 audio
    • Special Features:
      • Julie Strain: Super Goddess
      • Voice Talent
      • Animation Tests
      • Animatic Comparisons

    HEAVY METAL CREDITS

    Directed By: Gerald Potterton
    Produced by: Ivan Reitman
    Screenplay by: Dan Goldberg & Len Blum
    Based on Original Art and Stories by: Richard Corben, Angus McKie, Dan O’Bannon, Thomas Warkentin and Bernie Wrightson
    Executive Producers: Leonard Mogel
     

    HEAVY METAL SPECS

    Run Time: Approx. 90 minutes
    Rating: R
    4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
    4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA

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  • Nightmare Alley Dated and Detailed for Digital, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Thu Feb 10, 2022 at 02:22 PM PST by
    Cate Blanchett

    Guillermo del Toro and Searchlight Pictures's Best Picture Oscar-nominee Nightmare Alley  materializes on Digital on March 8 and on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on March 22nd.  

    The psychological thriller oozing with suspense and noir-ish style has been nominated for for several awards including four Academy Awards and 8 Critics’ Choice Awards to name a few. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Toni Collette, David Strathairn, Rooney Mara, Richard Jenkins, and Cate Blanchett. Nightmare Alley  is a remake of the 1947 classic and is based on the book by William Lindsay Gresham.

    Nightmare Alley - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Nightmare Alley 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

     Nightmare Alley will also be available on Blu-ray and Best Buy will also have a 4K SteelBook.

    Nightmare Alley - 4K SteelBook

    Here's the full press release:


    “NIGHTMARE ALLEY IS ALL AROUND BRILLIANCE”

     Jazz Tangcay, Variety

     

    Academy Award® Best Picture Nominee Nightmare Alley Appears on Digital March 8 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 22

     

    LOS ANGELES, CA (February 10, 2022) – From the imaginative filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Searchlight Pictures arrives an electrifying film noir, Nightmare Alley. Available on Digital March 8 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 22. 

    The suspenseful psychological thriller is nominated for 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, 8 Critics’ Choice Awards, a Screen Actors’ Guild Award for Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett, and BAFTA, SDSA, MPSE, ADG, CDG, VES, and WGA Awards.

    Film Synopsis

    When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet.

    Del Toro co-wrote the enthralling film with Kim Morgan, based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel.

     

    Bonus Features*

    • Del Toro’s Neo Noir – Writer-director Guillermo del Toro and his standout cast decipher the dark, complicated world of Nightmare Alley. The filmmaker reveals how his take on noir is rooted in classic cinema but offers an accessible, modern narrative.
    • Beneath the Tarp – Production designer Tamara Deverell and her talented team skillfully delivered both a decaying traveling carnival world and a gilded Art Deco high society with striking visuals. We explore how this design supported del Toro’s genre-bending filmmaking.
    • What Exists in the Fringe – Costume designer Luis Sequeira unravels his collaboration with Guillermo del Toro and reveals the symbolism that’s constantly at play in the film’s carefully crafted wardrobe’s design.

     

    *bonus features vary by product and retailer

    Cast

    Bradley Cooper as Stanton Carlisle

    Cate Blanchett as Doctor Lilith Ritter

    Toni Collette as Zeena Krumbein

    Willem Dafoe as Clem Hoatley

    Richard Jenkins as Ezra Grindle

    Rooney Mara as Molly Cahill 

    Ron Perlman as Bruno

    Mary Steenburgen as Felicia Kimball

    David Strathairn as Pete Krumbein

    Directed by

    Guillermo del Toro

     

    Produced by

    Guillermo del Toro, p.g.a.

    J. Miles Dale, p.g.a.

    Bradley Cooper, p.g.a.

    Screenplay by

    Guillermo del Toro 

    & Kim Morgan

                

    Music by

    Nathan Johnson

     

    Based on the book by

    William Lindsay Gresham

     

    Product Specifications

    U.S. Street Date

    Digital: March 8

    Physical: March 22

    Product SKUs

    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

     

    Feature Run Time

    Approx. 150 minutes

     

    Rating

    U.S. Rated R

    * Rated R for sequences of strong/bloody violence, language, and some sexual material.

     

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 1.85:1

    Physical: 1.85:1

    U.S. Audio

    4K Ultra HD: English Dolby Atmos, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

    Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

    DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, English AD 2.0 Dolby, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

    Digital: English ATMOS (UHD only, some platforms), 2.0 AD Dolby (some platforms), French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

     

    U.S. Subtitles

    4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French

    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

    Digital: English SDH, Spanish, French (some platforms)

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  • The Matrix Resurrections Now Available on Certain Digital Platforms and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray March 8

    Posted Tue Jan 25, 2022 at 08:42 AM PST by
    The Matrix - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray announcement

    The next film in the epic science fiction saga stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith and Neil Patrick Harris.  

    Lana Wachowski tries to resuscitate the genre-defining franchise that has been lying dormant for nearly two decades and sends it back down the rabbit hole with The Matrix Resurrections -- currently available for Premium Digital Ownership (or rental) on certain platforms and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on March 8.  In case you missed it, be sure to check out our theatrical review here.

    In The Matrix Resurrections,” return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson (Keanu Reeves) will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure, and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu.

    The Matrix Resurrections - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    The Matrix Resurrections - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

     The 4K release of The Matrix Resurrections will include several featurettes -- most of which are exclusive to the 4K edition -- as well as a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. See the press release at the end of this article for complete details.

    The Matrix Resurrections - Blu-ray
    The Matrix Resurrections - Blu-ray
     


    The Matrix Resurrections 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - SteelBook (Final Artwork TBA) 
    The Matrix Resurrections 4K- SteelBook
     


    The Matrix 4-Film Déjà Vu Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    The 4-Film Déjà Vu Collection 4K
     


    The Matrix 4-Film Déjà Vu Collection Blu-ray
    The Matrix 4-Film Déjà Vu Collection Blu-ray
     


    Here's the full press release:


    “Exacting and rapturous”

    K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone

     

    The Matrix Resurrections

    COMES HOME FROM

    WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

     

    Premium Digital Ownership

     

    debuts early on January 25

     

     4K, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on March 8

     

    Burbank, CA, January 24 – Experience the long-awaited fourth film in the groundbreaking franchise that redefined a genre when “The Matrix Resurrections” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on January 25. The film is directed by Lana Wachowski from a screenplay by Wachowski, David Mitchell and Aleksander Hemon, based on characters created by The Wachowskis, and stars Keanu Reeves (The “Matrix” franchise, the “John Wick” franchise) and Carrie-Anne Moss (The “Matrix” franchise, TV’s “Jessica Jones”). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on March 8.

     

    The film also stars Yahya Abdul Mateen II (“Candyman,” the “Aquaman” franchise), Jessica Henwick (TV’s “Iron Fist,” “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”), Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton,” TV’s “Mindhunter”), Neil Patrick Harris (“Gone Girl”), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (TV’s “Quantico”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Angel Has Fallen,” TV’s “Gotham”). The film was produced by James McTeigue, Wachowski and Grant Hill, with Michael Salven, Karin Wachowski, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman executive producing.

     

    • On January 25, “The Matrix Resurrections” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $24.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

     

    • On March 8, “The Matrix Resurrections” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “The Matrix Resurrections” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

     

    The Matrix Resurrections” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

     

    SYNOPSIS

     

    In “The Matrix Resurrections,” return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson (Keanu Reeves) will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu.

     

    4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

     

    The Matrix Resurrections” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features: 

    • No One Can Be Told What The Matrix Is
    • Resurrecting The Matrix
    • Neo x Trinity: Return to the Matrix
    • Allies + Adversaries: The Matrix Remixed
    • Matrix for Life
    • The Matrix Reactions

    o   Echo Opening

    o   Deus Ex Machina

    o   Welcome to IØ

    o   Bullet Time Redux

    o   Morpheus vs Neo

    o   Exiles Fight

    o   Neo vs Smith

    o   The San Fran Chase

    o   The San Fran Jump

     

    “The Matrix Resurrections” DVD contains the following special feature: 

    • The Matrix Reactions: Welcome to IØ

     

    ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

     

    Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

     

    ABOUT DIGITAL

     

    *Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

     

    BASICS

     

    PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

                                                                4K UHD Combo Pack                                                            $29.99

    Blu-ray                                                                                    $24.99

    DVD                                                                                       $19.99

     

    Digital Ownership: January 25, 2022

    PVOD: January 25, 2022

    4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 8, 2022

     

    DVD Languages: Canadian French, English, Latin Spanish

    BD Languages: Brazilian portuguese, Canadian French, English, Latin Spanish, Polish

    4K Languages: Canadian French, English, German, Italian, Latin Spanish

    DVD Subtitles: Canadian French, English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

    BD Subtitles: Brazilian Portugese, Canadian French, English, Greek, Korean, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

    4K Subtitles: Canadian French, Danish, English SDH, Finnish, German, Italian, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Parisian French, Swedish

    Running Time: 148 minutes

    Rating: Rated R for violence and some language

    DVD: DLBY/DGTL

    Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

    4K: ATMOS TrueHD

    The Credits

     

    About “The Matrix Resurrections”

    The film is directed by Lana Wachowski from a screenplay by Wachowski, David Mitchell and Aleksander Hemon, based on characters created by The Wachowskis, produced by James McTeigue, Wachowski and Grant Hill, with Michael Salven, Karin Wachowski, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman executive producing.

     

    The ensemble stars Keanu Reeves (The “Matrix” franchise, the “John Wick” franchise) and Carrie-Anne Moss (The “Matrix” franchise, TV’s “Jessica Jones”), alongside Yahya Abdul Mateen II (“Candyman,” the “Aquaman” franchise) Jessica Henwick (TV’s “Iron Fist,” “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”), Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton,” TV’s “Mindhunter”), Neil Patrick Harris (“Gone Girl”), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (TV’s “Quantico”), Christina Ricci (TV’s “Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story,” “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”), Telma Hopkins (TV’s “Dead to Me”), Eréndira Ibarra (TV’s “Sense8,” “Ingobernable”), Toby Onwumere (TV’s “Empire”), Max Riemelt (TV’s “Sense8”), Brian J. Smith (TV’s “Sense8,” “Treadstone”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Angel Has Fallen,” TV’s “Gotham”).

     

    Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, In Association with Venus Castina Productions, “The Matrix Resurrections.”

     

    About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video and digital distribution businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees. 

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