• Home Video Releases For The Week of June 30, 2020

    Posted Sun Jun 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM PDT by

    The year is nearly half over. For some of us, where has the time gone, while others might say, when is this year going to end. I guess I see the year both ways, depending on the topic du jour. In the United States, Independence Day weekend is approaching, tourist season would normally be in full swing, and campgrounds would be at capacity. Welcome to Episode 6 of our Home Video releases calendar feature article. As far as video releases this week, it is similar to last week in that there are not major titles being released this week, but there are enough different ones that everyone should find something that interests them.

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    There are no 4K disc releases slated for this week.

    There are no 4K digital releases slated for this week.

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    Where we lack in 4K releases, this week brings us more title choices than last week.

    What's Mel Gibson up to these days? He has a role in the 2020 movie Force of Nature, and LionsGate is bringing it to you. Next from LionsGate, Four Kids and It. When I was trying to figure out what this movie was about, it turns out there are many movies with "it." It's a family movie with a furry creature, not a horror, I know you were thinking of Pennywise for a monent. Michael Caine and Russell Brand are listed 3rd and 4th on the cover artm I think you've heard of them.

    Warner Archive has a couple of titles this week. First though, it looks like a last minute switcheroo happened with Cannery Row. It was slated to release on June 30th, but was quietly released on June 9th.

    Severin Films is releasing The Complete Lenzi/Baker Giallo Collection this week after a delay. I am not familiar with this set, but I have been pleased with the Severin titles that interest me that I have purchased in the past. Fans waiting for this collection should snatch it up.

    Fans of Django should rejoice that the Django + Texas Adios set is finally coming this week from Arrow. This one was tied up for quite some time in legal limbo. This one is being offered in a loaded 2-disc Limited Edition, as well as an identical release, but in a SteelBook.

    The musical Hair (1979) is getting the Olive Signature treatment. Releases from Olive have been rather scarce lately, it is good to see they're still releasing discs.

    Miss Fisher fans can now buy the movie Crypt of Tears this week from Acorn Media.

    Kino Lorber has about a half dozen releases this week, I've selected two. Check out the release calendar for the full listing. First, Ten Little Indians, based on an Agatha Christie novel. I remember this one when it was a new movie, and I was entertained by it enough to merit a mention today. Jim Belushi fans should also be happy to see Wild Palms being released this week as well. It is a TV mini-series from my early life and is, in my opinion, underrated on IMDB.

    For anime fans, there's most always a release every week worth looking at. Sentai Filmworks is releasing After the Rain: Complete Collection. Titles like this are worth mentioning as many of their releases do not feature an English dub. I myself have trouble appreciating what's going on on the screen if I am focused on reading subtitles. Famous for their Premium Box sets that increase in valud over time, cannot say for sure if this one will, but Run With the Wind: Complete Series is being offered as one this week.

    Discotek often times releases all their offerings in a single week. This week we see Astroganger: The Complete Series which is an SD on BD offering. When shows are not available in HD, I am still most appreciative that they are offering it on Blu-ray. Imagine entire seasons of TV shows on one single disc, with better picture clarity than if it were released as a DVD set instead. Part 2 of City Hunter: Season 1 arrives this week too. Next from Discotek, Crusher Joe: The Movie. The next Lupin the 3rd movie, titled Goodbye Partner is also coming this week. Ninja Scroll: The Series closes out the titles for the month from Discotek.

    FUNimation is offering Black Clover: Season 2 Part 5 as a regular offering, as well as a set that includes an art book. Also this week, Midnight Occult Civil Servants: The Complete Series as well as several of the usual 'Essentials' releases.

    A final note, the Laurel & Hardy: Definitive Restorations was delayed 2 weeks, from the 16th. You should be able to purchase that this week.

    For digital releases, Warner Bros. has quietly pushed out Scoob! this week. Oddly enough though, the 4K digital is reading as "not available in your area." Where do they think my area is anyway?

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Warner Bros has announced Young Sheldon: The Complete Third Season via the Warner Archive. While not like going to find this on the cheap side, on a positive note, at least they're still releasing TV programs on physical media. Warner Bros also has a street date for the physical releases of Scoob! Available as a 4K Combo Pack and a Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 21.

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced a release of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, which means you no longer have to pay an ebay scalper $60 for this film. The previous release was over 13 years ago.

    FUNimation has announced their September titles. Along with the usual glut of Essentials Releases, highlights of the regular releases are: Fire Force: Season One Part Two which is available as a standard edition and a limited edition release, Fairy gone: Seaone One Part Two, Arifureta: From Commonplace to Worlds Strongest: Season 1 available as a standard release and a limited edition, A Certain Scientific Accelerator: The Complete Series and lastly, Africa Salaryman: The Complete Series.

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    Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?

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  • The Mask of Zorro 4K UHD Blu-ray 5-5-2020

    Posted Wed Mar 11, 2020 at 10:27 AM PDT by
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    Find your mask, cape, and practice slicing your Z's - The Mask of Zorro is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 5th 2020 sourced from a new 4K restoration in HDR (probably only HDR10), with a new Dolby Atmos audio track AND with some new UHD exclusive bonus features! This isn't ready for pre-orders yet, but keep an eye out on our listing for updates here

    Check out the full press release below. 

    The Mask of Zorro 4K UHD Blu-ray

    SYNOPSIS


    When a power-crazed despot schemes to buy California from Mexico, it takes two Zorros--the legendary Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) and his chosen successor Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas), a dashing bandit-turned-hero-- to defeat the tyrant's unscrupulous plans. But can even their combined skills, bravado and derring-do be enough to achieve de la Vega's ultimate goal: revenge against the man who killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter and held him prisoner for twenty years?

    BONUS MATERIALS


    4K ULTRA HD BONUS MATERIALS:
    •    Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
    •    Theatrical Trailers

    BLU-RAY BONUS MATERIALS:
    •    Director Commentary
    •    “Unmasking Zorro” Documentary
    •    2 Deleted Scenes
    •    Music Video by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena


    CAST AND CREW


    Cast: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher
    Director: Martin Campbell
    Story by: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Randall Jahnson
    Screenplay by: John Eskow and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
    Co-Producer: John Gertz
    Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald 
    Producers: Doug Claybourne and David Foster


    DETAILS


    • Scanned from the original camera negative at 4K resolution and presented with High Dynamic Range and an all-new Dolby Atmos audio mix, in addition to the original 5.1 theatrical audio
    • THE MASK OF ZORRO will also be available to buy in 4K with HDR on participating digital platforms on the same day
    • The 2005 sequel THE LEGEND OF ZORRO will also be available for digital purchase in 4K with HDR on May 5th via participating digital platforms

    Run Time: 136 minutes
    Rating: Rated PG-13 for some intense action and violence

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  • Sony Reveals New Details & Holiday 2020 Release for PlayStation 5

    Posted Tue Oct 8, 2019 at 01:00 PM PDT by
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    The upcoming video game console will include 4K Blu-ray support.

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  • Physical Media Sales Continue to Decline but Overall Home Entertainment Spending Is Rising

    Posted Mon Apr 22, 2019 at 03:15 PM PDT by
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    Sales of discs are continuing to drop but the home entertainment industry itself is growing.

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