• Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Available Now on Blu-ray

    Posted Tue Aug 15, 2023 at 07:56 AM PDT by
    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Sony

    The fourth feature film in the animated Hotel Transylvania franchise, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats.

    When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy.

    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania 

    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania 

    The Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include:

    DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™, AND DVD

    • A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets
    • Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
    • Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz
    • “Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video
    • Filmmaker Commentary
    • And More!

    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital and here is the full press release:


    AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™ & DVD AUGUST 15

    A DVD MULTI-FEATURE INCLUDING ALL FILMS WITHIN THE FRANCHISE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE

    SYNOPSIS

    When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy.

     

    Multi-feature:

    Join Drac, Mavis, and all of your favorite monsters for fun and adventure in their lavish five-stake resort, on the high seas, and as they are transformed into humans. This 4-film family-friendly monster franchise bundles hilarious comedy and exciting adventure.

      

    BONUS MATERIALS

    HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA

    DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™, AND DVD 

    A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets

    Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

    Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz

    “Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video

    Filmmaker Commentary

    And More!

     

    Multi-feature:

    DVD AND DIGITAL 

    Goodnight Mr. Foot – Short Film

    Hotel Transylvania Puppy! – Short Film

    A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets

    Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

    Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz

    “Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video

    “Problem” Music Video by Becky G Featuring will.i.am

    “I’m In Love With A Monster” Music Video by Fifth Harmony

    Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes, Filmmaker Commentary and More!

     

    Blu-ray™ and DVD include a digital code for movie and bonus materials as listed above, redeemable via Movies Anywhere for a limited time. Movies Anywhere is open to U.S. residents age 13+. Visit MoviesAnywhere.com for terms and conditions. 

     

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed By: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska

    Story By: Genndy Tartakovsky

    Screenplay By: Amos Vernon & Nunzio Randazzo and Genndy Tartakovsky

    Produced By: Alice Dewey Goldstone

    Executive Producers: Genndy Tartakovsky, Michelle Murdocca, Selena Gomez

    Cast: Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Brian Hull, Fran Drescher

    SPECS

    HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA

    Run Time: Approx. 88 Mins.

    Rating: PG: Some Action and Rude Humor Including Cartoon Nudity

    Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English & French (Doublé au Québec) – Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color

    DVD: 1.85:1 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 • Color 

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Twitter: @SonyPictures

    Instagram: @SonyPictures

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SonyPictures/

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sonypictures 

    ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html 

     

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  • You can't wake up if you don't fall asleep - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 13, 2023

    Posted Sun Aug 13, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     "You can't wake up if you don't fall asleep" - Augie Steenbeck, Asteroid City.

     Probably the slowest week all year for 4K releases, but with the pace we have seen them, it's good to let our wallets recharge just a tad.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 11 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 13th - August 19th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     The new release this week is Babylon 5: The Road Home, a new movie based on the series from several decades ago. If you want to revisit the series on (blu-ray) disc though, you will need to wait until December.

     

     Hopefully this game is over with with Paramount. Produce a 'Paramount Presents' title that was mastered in 4K on blu-ray only, then a few months later, give us a 4K release. This week we see Roman Holiday get this treatment.

     

     Last week Warner Bros. released a basic edition for Enter the Dragon to the US market. This Friday you can get a Collector's Edition Import from Amazon. It's releases like this that echo the sentiments of Bill Hunt's article from last week.

     

     Next week, a new horror comedy from LionsGate with The Blackening, Hackers, Zorro, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     A blu-ray counterpart of Babylon 5: The Road Home is available this week.

     From Universal, Wes Anderson's latest, Asteroid City hits blu-ray.

     

     New thriller from LionsGate, Confidential Informant with Dominic Purcell and Mel Gibson.

     

     Criterion Collection this week has Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, a film set on the topic of Chinese-American life.

     After sitting on hold for quite some time, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania comes to us via Sony Pictures. Absent is the 4K sku that was originally listed on retailer sites. Is it coming, is it going to be only available via import? Sony, you just don't give us the third film in a franchise on 4K and forget the rest.

     

     Also from Sony this week, an action/comedy titled The Machine.

     

     Slow week for anime, highlights are for only The Life of Budori Gusuko and Parallel World Pharmacy.

     Another slow category this week, TV on disc. It includes just The Lincoln Lawyer: Season 1.

     

     Between Arrow Video and Shout Factory, you have probably been building your Shaw Brothers Collection. This week from Shout Factory, wait no more, it's Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Two.

     

     Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber's next set, Audie Murphy Collection III is available this week.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Here at HDD, we must acknowledge the passing of William Friedkin. Known for several A-List films, I'm sure The Exorcist and The French Connection most recently stick out for various reasons. Check out the article at Vanity Fair.

     Universal is continuing to double-dip us with what they call the Universal Essentials Collection. Already out are these special editions for Jurassic Park 4K and The Big Lebowski 4K, coming October 3rd are The Sting 4K and It Came from Outer Space - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + 3D. The latter is also getting a non-essentials release the same day. Also on October 3rd, Universal Classic Monsters: Limited Edition Collection. Although not an 'essentials' release, it still is a swag-filled edition that would look nice on our video walls.

     

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  • Jennifer Lawrence's No Hard Feelings Bound for Blu-ray August 29

    Posted Mon Aug 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM PDT by
    No Hard Feelings

    The outrageous R-rated comedy starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, and Matthew Broderick arrives on Blu-ray on August 29. Digital will be available on August 15.

    Maddie thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be a real challenge, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all.

    No Hard Feelings 

    No Hard Feelings 

    The Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include:

      • Outtakes & Bloopers
      • A Motley Crew: Meet the Characters
      • A Little Wrong: Making No Hard Feelings

    Pre-orders for No Hard Feelings on Blu-ray are now available and here is the full press release:


     ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING ACTRESS JENNIFER LAWRENCE SHINES IN AN OUTRAGEOUS COMING-OF-AGE COMEDY

    No Hard Feelings Blu-ray

    AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL AUGUST 15 AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD AUGUST 29

    Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award® in 2012 for Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook.

    Academy Award® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    SYNOPSIS

    Maddie thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be a real challenge, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all. 

      

    BLU-RAY™, DIGITAL, AND DVD

    • Special Features  

    o Outtakes & Bloopers

    o A Motley Crew: Meet the Characters

    o A Little Wrong: Making No Hard Feelings

    Blu-ray™ and DVD include a digital code for movie and bonus materials as listed above, redeemable via Movies Anywhere for a limited time. Movies Anywhere is open to U.S. residents age 13+. Visit MoviesAnywhere.com for terms and conditions.

      

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed by: Gene Stupnitsky

    Written by: Gene Stupnitksky & John Phillips

    Produced by: Alex Saks, Naomi Odenkirk, Marc Provissiero, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Ciarrocch

    Executive Producers: Kerry Orent, John Phillip

    Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, Matthew Broderick

    SPECS

    Run Time: Approx. 103 Mins.

    Rating: R: Sexual content, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use

    Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English- Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of the information in the above listing may not apply to Special Features.

    DVD: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec) - English - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of the information in the above listing may not apply to Special Features.

      

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Twitter: @SonyPicsHomeEnt

    Instagram: @SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment, @NoHardFeelingsMovie

    Facebook: facebook.com/SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment, @NoHardFeelingsMovie

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sonypictures

     

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  • You Made One Mistake. You Never Took My Car - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 6, 2023

    Posted Sun Aug 6, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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    "You made one mistake. You never took my car" - Dominic Toretto, Fast X, Part 1.

     This week a fast cars franchise comes to an end, well,  part one of a three part ending, or until they decide to make more! A couple of 4K upgrades including Bruce Lee's best known film, and sub-label MVD Rewind LaserVision Collection debuts its first title.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 10 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 6th - August 12th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     We start out the week with a Monday release, but this time it is not an import. The A24 shop has an over the top edition of Everything Everywhere All at Once. Do check it out, and if you plan on buying it follow this word of CAUTION. Make sure you have selected the edition you want (4K or blu-ray) before completing your checkout. Their shop is a bit quirky in the selection process and the version you intended to buy could be overlooked.

     

     On to Tuesday releases and leading the category as a new release is Fast X. Options include the Standard Edition, the Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and the Walmart Exclusive. And of course there is the complete collection (as of now) available as well. Target appears to be off target again as they are absent from the retailer exclusives 4K list.

         

     

     Getting a 4K upgrade from the Criterion Collection, Japanese drama/fantasy Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams.

     

     Another 4K upgrade from Warner Bros with Enter the Dragon. Will we get a 'Golden Harvest' type set like they did in the UK a couple of weeks ago? One can hope,  but if we don't get the set, we can at least get the rest of the films that are in it in 4K in that set, right? A collector's edition is available as an import (of course it is) on August 18th.

     

     The new sub-label MVD Rewind LaserVision Collection debuts this week with Swamp Thing. I have high hopes for this label, everything I have seen from the parent company over the years thus far has been very positive. Hard to believe my preorder was in April for this one.

     

     The latest double dip/but this time as a slipcover style SteelBook from Best Buy this week is Ender's Game.

     Next week, let's go on a Roman Holiday, let's revisit Babylon 5, a Cauldron title gets a general release, and a slew of Severin titles too!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles first, Everything Everywhere All at Once gets an A24 shop blu-ray (see caution note in the 4K category),  Fast X gets a Standard Edition, a Target Exclusive as well as a ten movie collection. And lastly, Swamp Thing gets an MVD Rewind Collection release.

     TV on disc includes 1923: A Yellowstone Origin Story: Season One and The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 9.

     

     MGM is offering a couple of titles that were done by various companies in the past, or maybe the first time to blu-ray, they are The Big Knife, Crooked Hearts and Go Tell the Spartans.

     You all know who you are, that is, Adam Sandler fans. Shout Factory has his 2000 film Little Nicky on blu-ray this week.

     

     For Anime, not much going on this week, but you can pick up One Piece - Collection 32 and/or One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Two.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Our friends at The Digital Bits (Bill Hunt specifically) has posted an article that echoes a lot of the same frustrations I myself and others have been talking and thinking a lot about in the past couple of years, and it has been getting worse more recently. A lot is mentioned on how the US market gets passed up for some excellent releases, and in general the half-assed releases we are reluctantly having to purchase. Let us also remember Disney's most recent move in discontinuing physical media in Australia. This sets bad precedent, hopefuly other companies do NOT follow suit.  Do check it out, it's a good read.

     Shout Factory has revealed their October slate. In no particular order, they are The Blob (1988) 4K, Pumpkinhead 4K, Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Two, Night Of The Demons 4K, Night Of The Demons 2, Night Of The Demons 3, Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time, Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time 4K Collector's Edition and Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Collection. As always, there is the possibility they will add more, usually anime, between now and then.

     Also do have a look see at the most recent Disc Round Up written by our own Tom Landy.

     

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  • The Boogeyman Creeps onto Blu-ray October 10th

    Posted Tue Aug 1, 2023 at 08:57 AM PDT by
    The Boogeyman (2023) - Blu-ray Stephen King

    Rob Savage's horror film The Boogeyman based on Stephen King's short story of the same name will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 10. The film will be available at digital retailers on August 29th.

    In this horror-thriller from the mind of Stephen King, two sisters — along with their therapist father — are reeling from their mother’s death. When a desperate patient comes to their home, he leaves behind a terrifying entity that feeds on its victims’ suffering.

    The Boogeyman 

    The Boogeyman 

    The Blu-ray + Digital release will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include: 

    • Into the Darkness Featurette – Open the door into the dark world of The Boogeyman as the cast and crew share how the terrifying tale, based on Stephen King's classic short story, was crafted.
    • Outtakes – It’s not all just jump scares and bumps in the night. Join the cast for some lighthearted fun in the outtakes.

    Pre-orders should be available soon and here is the full press release:


    .“A THRILLING STEPHEN KING ADAPTATION” – Jonathan Sim, Coming Soon

    The Boogeyman

    Be the first to watch The Boogeyman when it arrives exclusively on Digital August 29 and Blu-ray™ and DVD October 10

    Watch new spot here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_J276ZNi8c

    BURBANK, CA (August 1, 2023) – Relive your most terrifying childhood fears when The Boogeyman, “the scariest horror film of the year” (Matt Donato, IGN) arrives at digital retail including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Fandango/Vudu on August 29 and on Blu-ray and DVD October 10. Horror fans can add the film to their movie collection and access exclusive bonus features including a behind-the-scenes look into director Rob Savage’s vision for this frightening tale along with outtakes and more.

    Film Synopsis

    In this horror-thriller from the mind of Stephen King, two sisters — along with their therapist father — are reeling from their mother’s death. When a desperate patient comes to their home, he leaves behind a terrifying entity that feeds on its victims’ suffering.

    Bonus Features*

    • Into the Darkness Featurette – Open the door into the dark world of The Boogeyman as the cast and crew share how the terrifying tale, based on Stephen King's classic short story, was crafted.

    • Outtakes – It’s not all just jump scares and bumps in the night. Join the cast for some lighthearted fun in the outtakes.

    *Bonus features vary by product and retailer    

    Cast

    Sophie Thatcher as Sadie Harper

    Chris Messina as Will Harper

    Vivien Lyra Blair as Sawyer Harper

    Marin Ireland as Rita Billings

    Madison Hu as Bethany

    LisaGay Hamilton as Dr. Weller

    David Dastmalchian as Lester Billings

    Maddie Nichols as Natalie

    Leeann Ross as Cassidy

    Rio Machado as Anne

    Shauna Rappold as Cara Harper

    Cristala Carter as Detective Garland

    Directed by

    Rob Savage

    Written by

    Scott Beck

    Bryan Woods

    Mark Heyman

    Produced by

    Shawn Levy

    Dan Levine

    Dan Cohen

    Music by

    Patrick Jonsson

    Based on the short story

    “The Boogeyman” by Stephen King

    Product Specifications

    Release Date

    Digital: August 29

    Physical: October 10

    Product SKUs

    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code), DVD

    Feature Run Time

    Approx. 98 minutes

    Rating

    U.S. Rated PG-13

    * Rated PG-13 for terror, violent content, teen drug use and some strong language.

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 2.35:1

    Physical: 2.35:1

    Disc Size

    Blu-ray: 50GB

    DVD: 8.5GB

    U.S. Audio

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

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

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

    U.S. Subtitles

    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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

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  • Someday I'm Gonna Make Great Machines That Fly - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 30, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 30, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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    "Someday I'm gonna make great machines that fly. And me and my friends are gonna go flying together, into the forever and beautiful sky" - Rocket Raccoon, GOTG3

     

     Just like that, July closes out and August begins. This week gives us Guardians of the Galaxy 3, James Dean, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Bueller.. Bueller.. Bueller and more.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 9 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 30th - August 5th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday begins with another Japanese Artwork Steelbook, this one is for The Meg. As Japanese Artwork Editions go, this is about the most non-Japanese Artwork Edtion looking cover thus far.

     

     And this one shows sold out, a StudioCanal Vintage Classics Line release for Cross of Iron. You may be able to find this on Amazon US, Diabolik DVD or have to resort to the secondary market.

     On to Domestic Tuesday, and the new release this week is for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This one is available as a Standard Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Walmart Exclusive.

     

     Catalog titles next, let's begin with 2 Guns from Universal Pictures. Quite an all star cast on this one, and just like last week's slate, more Bill Paxton (minus the chickens)! There is also a SteelBook that has been added at the last second (no, Universal never adds them at the last second!)

     

     If you are not a Disney Movie Club Member and did not shop the secondary market, Cinderella (1950) now gets a general release. This one is also available as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Bippety Boppety Boo!

     

     And another pair of "Disney 100" SteelBooks are also available this week from Best Buy with Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Frozen.

     Let's talk classic film, or rather, a pair of them. First we get East of Eden, which stars Julie Harris, James Dean and Raymond Massey. When it comes to an expert opinion, I cannot do this film justice, so follow our link, read David's review, then purchase it via our link.

     

     And next, follow the same workflow for Rio Bravo which stars John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. Read the review, make that purchase!

     

     Next, a cult classic from Shout Factory, Clive Barker's Nightbreed.

     

     This next one is sort of a double-dip, a release from the Universal Essentials Collection, The Big Lebowski: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition. Finally, a swag-filled set for a favorite film. And just like 2 Guns, a SteelBook has been added at the last second.

     

     Next week, Fast X, Swamp Thing, Enter the Dragon and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles include the (likely) region B locked import for Cross of Iron from StudioCanal and likely a region-free domestic release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 from Disney.

     I did mention it last week, this week's blu-ray calendar is an arid landscape. There are less than 10 actual previously unreleased skus.

     New release from Universal, not to be confused with that Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon film from decades ago with a similar title, we drop the word The and give you River Wild. Reading the synopsis of both, they do sound quite similar.

     

     Anime highlights include Black Summoner: The Complete Season and Vermeil in Gold - Complete Collection. Because we are really reaching, we will mention a few repackages here, Dragon Ball Z has new editions available; Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Season 8 and Season 9. And if you want the whole shebang in one box set, check out the Amazon Exclusive Set that is available too.

     

     How about a comedy/crime film with Tina Fey and Jon Hamm? Yeah, that would be Maggie Moore(s).

     From Shout Factory, Assault On Hill 400, a World War II based film.

     

     Import Friday features several Imprint Films Director Collections:

    Directed By… Sidney J. Furie (1970 – 1978) – Imprint Collection #231 – #235

    Directed By… Walter Hill (1975 – 2006) – Imprint Collection #164 – #169

    Film Focus: Gene Hackman (1970 – 1977) – Imprint Collection #236 – #239

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Arrow Video has revealed their October slate. For the USA/Canada, look for Witness in both both blu-ray and 4K editions, The Iron-Fisted Monk blu-ray and The Desperate Hours blu-ray. For the UK, Hellraiser: Quartet of Torment in blu-ray and 4K edition, as well as an Arrow Video store exclusive, and The House by the Cemetery, both blu-ray and 4K editions, and, yup, an Arrow Video store exclusive too/

     Paramount will be releasing Scream 3 as a 4K and 4K SteelBook, as well as a Scream 4K trilogy. Seeing as how we just bought Scream VI, hopefully the studio fills in the gaps to our 4K library.

     Universal will be releassing American Graffiti to 4K and 4K SteelBook on November 17th, shortly after a theatrical run.

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  • I Gotta Finish Feedin' These Chickens! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 23, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 23, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     "Ray Malcolm? That's my brother's boy. I gotta finish feedin' these chickens. It's gettin' hot as hell around here at noontime." ( Old Man Malcolm - One False Move)

     If you are in the market for 4K titles, this week definitely has a few to pick from. From a new DC animated, we also get Needful Things, get married to an axe murderer, World War Z gets upgraded, more Bill Paxton and much more! Now if you are looking for blu-ray this week, prepare to deflate your wallet because there are close to 100 skus to pick from!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 8 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 23rd - July 29th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     As far as New Releases this week, Sony brings us a SteelBook of Resident Evil: Death Island.

     

     Next, we get another DC animated title from Warner Bros, Justice League: Warworld.

     

     Moving on to catalog titles, in alphabetical order (more or less) let's start with a horror titled Black Magic Rites from Powerhouse Films. Be aware that the blu-ray is delayed a month, I expect this to be delayed as well.

     From Vinegar Syndrome and their related partner labels, we get general releases of The Boogey Man, EffectsNight Screams and Undefeatable. Site exclusives of Gorgo and Terror at Tenkiller, which are only available direct from their site, and typically become general releases on Amazon and other merchants 2 months later.

     

     Another appreciated boutique label, Kino Lorber brings us Needful Things.

     

     

     Criterion Collection releases One False Move this week, a crime/thriller with Bill Paxton. Since Paxton's death, it's nice to see more of his films on disc, 4K no less!

     

     Sony Pictures has So I Married an Axe Murderer, a romcom thriller.

     

     Shout! Factory upgrades World War Z to 4K this week.

     

     Not quite a double-dip, Paramount releases The War of the Worlds (1953). This go round it's just the single film package with no bonus blu-ray for When World Collide.

     Next week, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, GOTG3, James Dean and Dean Martin classics, more Disney 100 SteelBooks, and so much more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases include Resident Evil: Death Island from Sony Pictures, Justice League: Warworld from Warner Bros, Needful Things from Kino Lorber and One False Move from Criterion.

     The remainder of this category is very crowded this week even when we omit any reissues. Doing our best to bring the highlights, the daunting task of where to begin starts now.

     Arrow Video presents Blood Money - Four Western Classics Vol. 2. No doubt another top rated presentation from Arrow.

     

     New sports documentary titled It Ain't Over. With a cast of Yogi Berra, Bob Costas, Billy Crystal, Joe Garagiola, Derek Jeter and Vin Scully, this one sounds interesting.

     Anime highlights include The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm, Animal Treasure Island, High School of the Dead Complete Collection, Iria: Zeiram the Animation, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Complete Collection and Sailor Moon S: Complete Third Season.

     

     TV on disc includes just Gangs of London: Season Two. Feast or famine is what this category is all about.

     Warner Archive Collection's primary drop of July titles is this week and the titles are The Broadway Melody (1929), Cimarron (1931), Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), The Fastest Gun Alive (1956), Helen of Troy (1956) and The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954).

     

     The general release for Robot Monster - 3-D is available this week.

     The next Vestron Video Collector's Series release, My Best Friend is a Vampire debuts to blu-ray this week via LionsGate.

     

     Honorable Mention: Barring any last second delay, Screen Media/Cinedigm has a special interest release that sounds intriguing, Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story.

     Next week in this category, a polar opposite. Aside from the reissues, there are probably less than ten titles.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Criterion Collection has announced their October 2023 slate, and although there are no Halloween themed movies, it is quite a list nonetheless. Check out the news story here.

     A24 has an over the top collector's edition for Everything Everywhere All at Once, both blu-ray and 4K releases with an August 7 street date. The A24 shop uses the same page for blu-ray and 4K versions, just be certain which version you are proceeding with before checking out.

     

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  • Gotta Get Down, Gotta Get Fungi! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 16, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM PDT by
    The Last of Us HBO backdrop

     With Prime Day in the rearview, and other retailers also having tried to get a piece of the pie, how well did you do? Yes, Movies and TV is my primary category on Prime Day, but Books, Toys and Games and Computers & Accessories always gets a look from me. You? Amazon announced they had their best Prime Day event ever.

     For 4K this week we get a most excellent Bruce Lee import, that Evil Dead Rise SteelBook I told you to wait for, TWO Criterion releases, and so much more.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 7 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 16th - July 22nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday new release begins with Evil Dead Rise in a SteelBook package, the US domestic release of a standard case edition was a couple of weeks ago.

     

     No waiting a couple of weeks for the SteelBook release of The Last of Us: The Complete First Season, and our links bring you over to Amazon UK.

     

     Import Catalog title of Bruce Lee at Golden Harvest should grab your attention. Some of Bruce Lee's finest work, all in 4K. At present, the US market is only getting Enter The Dragon in 4K on August 8th, and I really doubt the rest of these films will, so it might be wise to import this set. Alternately, the Arrow Video Store has their store exclusive set for purchase as well.

     Moving on to Domestic Tuesday,  there's one new release, HBO's The Last of Us: The Complete First Season. Best I can tell, there is no digital copy included in this set, so go with whichever case/cover art you prefer. It would be ironic that a TV series based on a video game would be played on a gaming console that the actual game is installed on. Be careful, you might cause dimensional paradox right there.

     

     Criterion Collection has Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, a new-wave crime film.

     

     TWO Criterion 4K releases the same week? Yup, next let's snatch The Ranown Westerns: Five Films Directed by Budd Boetticher, a collection of five Western films from director Budd Boetticher starring Randolph Scott. With the Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale going on right now, almost every one of these Criterion titles is half price at  B & N physical stores, online, and on Amazon.com as well.

     

     From Arrow Video, 2011's Martin Scorsese hit Hugo gets a 4K upgrade. This one has the 3D disc inside as well.

     

    Universal releases Les Misérables (2012). If you can figure out the formula in which Uni uses to determine which releases they do themselves and which ones Shout! Factory gets to do, you might be on to something, please let us know.

     

     Kino Lorber keeps cranking out what movie buffs want, this week William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A..

     

     Next week more Resident Evil, another DC animated, more Kino, more in general!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles include The Last of Us: The Complete First Season from HBO, Hugo 2D/3D from Arrow Video and To Live and Die in L.A. from Kino Lorber.

     Look for some fresh comedy from LionsGate titled Fool's Paradise.

     

     New romcom from Sony Pictures with Love Again.

     Delayed from a couple of weeks ago, Land of the Pharaohs is now available from Warner Archive. Reading David's review makes me chuckle, an exposed navel was considered obscene back then.

     

     TV on disc includes Moonhaven: Season One and South Park: Seasons 21-25.

     

     Anime highlights include The Devil Is a Part-Timer!: Season 2, Medaka Box (Seasons 1 & 2) Complete Collection and Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan.

     In the zero-day advance notice category (I'm sure you can tell I am talking about Universal again!), action/thriller Kandahar with Gerard Butler comes to blu-ray. Can't say for certain if this film merits a 4K disc, but undoubtedly the digital release will be 4K and in general, this type of movie would sell as a 4K disc.

     

     Honorable Mention: Kino's Audie Murphy Collection II is available this week.

     Next week, if you shop a lot of blu-rays, Tuesday alone currently has just under a hundred skus listed, prepare yourself!

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     East of Eden 4K and Rio Bravo 4K got moved to August 1st. Warner Bros has seemingly done this a fair amount of times for older catalog titles, no doubt for all the right reasons.

     Warner Bros has announced the 2023 film for The Flash to have a disc street date of August 29th.

     LionsGate has announced Tim Story's The Blackening to disc release on August 22.

     Although not officially announced, Fast X appears on track, on, track, for an August 8th street date. Expect an announcement by August 5th.

     Parts 4-7 of the Chucky movies have been pushed back a month to August 29.

     Last week, the SAG joined the WGA in a strike. How is this going to affect the entertainment industry in general?

     

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  • What's Your Favorite Scary Movie? - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 9, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 9, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Scream VI backdrop

     Won't exactly call it a return to normal, but after a holiday week, any sort of release schedule is much more normal than that. It's a tossup on whether Scream 6 or Sisu will be the 4K title of the week. I lean towards Sisu because that category generally gets more attention.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 6 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 9th - July 15th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     With no Imports Monday to report, thes get New Releases Tuesday first.

     From Paramount, Scream VI, which comes as a Standard Edition and as a SteelBook Edition.

     

     From LionsGate, Sisu, which comes as a Standard Edition and as a SteelBook, but the latter is a Best Buy Exclusive.

     

     Moving on to catalog releases, Criterion Collection releases After Hours, listed as a 'Dark' Comedy. And, The Watermelon Woman, which is in the romcom category.

     

     From Scream Factory, a horror titled The Burning.

     

     Closing out the 4K category this week, a few double-dips of sort. Invaders from Mars (1953) gets a standard release and both Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation get a SteelBook repackage.

     Next week, Bruce Lee imports, that Evil Dead Rise SteelBook I told you about, Les Mes, James Dean, John Wayne and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases include Scream VI from Paramount and Sisu from LionsGate for the new releases, and After Hours from Criterion for a catalog title. The double-dip/standard release of Invaders from Mars also is available this week.

     This week and next are pretty slow for blu-ray releases. Again, a good week to be a boutique label.

     New comedy/drama from LionsGate titled Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.. Not done with LionsGate yet, also look for Beau Is Afraid, which is a comedy/horror.

     

     From Sony Pictures Classics, Drama/Romance titled Carmen.

     Under the standard Sony label, based on the anime of the same name, Knights of the Zodiac gets a live action film. As a fan of the series, is a 4K import an option?

     

     A new comedy from Universal titled Book Club: The Next Chapter. Were there previous chapters?

     

     TV on disc includes just Doctor Who: Jon Pertwee: Complete Season Three.

     Collectors of the series from Kino Lorber should know that Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XV releases this week.

     There is practically no anime this week, what we do see are movies with One Piece Film: Red and Ranma ½ OVA & Movies Collection.

     

     A little bit of action from Vertical Entertainment with To Catch a Killer.

     Honorable Mention: Richard Pryor Double Feature is available this week and is currently the only way to get both Which Way Is Up? and 'The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings' on blu-ray. And if you were looking for White Noise 2, you can get it with another double feature from Mill Creek, White Noise / White Noise 2.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory has revealed a slew of titles for September. In no particular order (except maybe from their social media account) they are Lost Souls, The Pack (1977), Night of the Comet 4K, My Demon Lover, My Bloody Valentine 4K, The Lost City of Z 4K, What's Love Got to Do with It?, Irwin Allen: Master of Disaster Collection, Natural Born Killers 4K and Lonely Castle in the Mirror. I would expect another anime title or two to be added, but this is still quite a list!

     Disney has revealed the release of The Little Mermaid (2023) for a date of September 19th. Keeping up with their usual formula, Best Buy SteelBook, Walmart Exclusive, and the best cover art among all the choices remains with the blu-ray edition.

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  • Is It Safe To Go Back Into The Water? 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 2, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 2, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Jaws 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Universal Pictures Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Joseph Mascolo

     In the USA, there is a major holiday this week, which is pretty much why there are fewer releases, both in the 4K category and the blu-ray category. What are some of your favorite films or TV shows with July 4th / Independence Day in them? Uncle Sam and Independence Day are some obvious ones. Stranger Things 3 also revolved around this holiday.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 5 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 2nd - July 8th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

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     There are no new release titles and no notable imports this week.

     Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Jaws 2 debuts to 4K disc with a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

         

     

     Paramount Pictures delivers The Truman Show, perhaps one of Jim Carrey's better known films besides Ace Ventura or The Mask.

     

     Shout Factory upgrades another Universal Pictures film to 4K, this one coincidentally is titled, Upgrade.

     

     In the double-dip category, Paramount offers two existing films, but as collectible SteelBooks, Mission: Impossible - III and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

     Next week, a semi-normal week, with two major titles, Sisu and Scream 6, plus another Criterion 4K, and several other upgrades too!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     There are to blu-ray counterparts of the above titles this week. Actually, this entire category is nearly devoid of any activity.

     On a busier week we might pass right over this one, but it has Dolph Lundgren in it and we have the space. An action movie titled Come Out Fighting from Screen Media.

     

     Anime highlights include The Executioner and Her Way of Life Complete Collection, One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage One and Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum Movie Collection.

     

     Crime/Drama from Arrow Video titled Fighting Back.

     

     There is one added bonus this week. June's slate of Imprint Films releases is available on Amazon this Friday, here's what to look for:

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     With the Independence Day holiday this week in the US, last week's announcements were a bit slow. (Thus two UK companies with the biggest news)

     Arrow Video has revealed their September releases. For the US and Canada, look for Borsalino, Carlito's Way 4K, The Prodigal Son and Ringu 4K. If you don't mind importing 4K titles (or getting them from Diabolik), Blood and Black Lace gets a 4K, and a bit of a surprise, The Psycho Collection (1960-1990) gets a 4K set as well. I personally doubt that Universal will be doing 4K discs if the 3 sequels of Psycho, so this might be the set to get.

     Second Sight UK also has a couple of surprises for August, Crimes of the Future as a 4K Special Edition, and It Follows, as a 4K Special Edition too. We have also linked a standard edition release of the latter because there is no 4K disc option in the US.

     

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  • Rian Johnson's Smash Hit Poker Face: Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray on September 12

    Posted Mon Jun 26, 2023 at 10:08 AM PDT by
    Poker Face Rian Johnson Natasha Lyonne

    Peacock's hit mystery series from Rian Johnson with a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and starring Natasha Lyonne is headed for a Blu-ray-on-demand release on September 12.

    The star-studded mystery, directed by Rian Johnson (Knives Out), follows four-time Emmy® Nominee Natasha Lyonne’s "Charlie," who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.

    POKER FACE: SEASON ONE features amazing guest performances from Academy Award® nominee Hong Chau (The Whale), Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), four-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Judith Light (“Transparent”), Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry), three-time Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior), three-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Create Together), two-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Blake Nelson (Old Henry), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) and more.

    Poker Face: Season 1 - Blu-ray 

    Poker Face: Season 1 

    The 3-Disc Blu-ray set will include DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtracks and there doesn't appear to be any supplements. Here is the full press release:


    Certified Fresh with a 99% Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score!
     
    Street Date:               September 12, 2023

    Description:               POKER FACE: SEASON ONE arrives on DVD & Blu-ray September 12 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The star-studded mystery, directed by Rian Johnson (Knives Out), follows four-time Emmy® Nominee Natasha Lyonne’s "Charlie," who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.
     
    POKER FACE: SEASON ONE features amazing guest performances from Academy Award® nominee Hong Chau (The Whale), Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), four-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Judith Light (“Transparent”), Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry), three-time Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior), three-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Create Together), two-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Blake Nelson (Old Henry), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) and more.
     
    These three-disc sets include all ten episodes of season one.
     
    POKER FACE: SEASON ONE will also be available on Blu-ray manufactured on demand.
     
    DVD Specifications:
                                        Widescreen Format
                                        English 5.1 Dolby Digital
                                        English Audio Description    
                                        English SDH Subtitles
     
    Blu-ray Specifications:        
                                        1080p High Definition                                   
                                        English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio  
                                        English Audio Description    
                                        English SDH Subtitles
     
    U.S. Rating:               Not Rated
     
    Canadian Rating:     14A - Violence, Coarse Language
     
    Run Time:                 9 hrs 8 mins approx.

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  • They'll Swallow Your Soul! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 25, 2023

    Posted Sun Jun 25, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Evil Dead Rise Warner Bros. Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisher

     This week offers a mixed bag of titles, which might be just what the doctor ordered. Fun fact, the sound of a fly has been used in all of the Evil Dead films, Evil Dead Rise actually opens with that sound.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 4 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 25th - July 1st, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

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     Too late for press time last week, Turbine Media Group releases three 4K media books for The Deep House. Still, check it out. They have other 4K titles in the works as well, Black Phone and Renfield among others. Why Universal isn't doing them, I couldn't really say.

     The new release this week is Evil Dead Rise from Warner Bros. There have been mixed reviews with this one. And if you want the shiny SteelBook, the USA has been snubbed again, seek overseas markets. There is a European SteelBook coming July 17th, as well as other editions elsewhere.

    Catalog releases next.  Got to thinking, what a missed opportunity. Waiting until this week to get Creepshow, especially when there is an episode titled "Father's Day." All he ever wanted was his cake! The episode I remember most is the one with the cockroaches, but I was rather young when I had seen this film. A little more comedy to the horror mix, also look for Motel Hell.

    When you think of classic Chevy Chase, no doubt you think of National Lampoon's Vacation (or the sequels). This one is available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. The US market was snubbed (again) for the Ultimate Collector's Edition, which releases on Import Monday.

     

     From Arrow Video, Kevin Smith's Mallrats. Next, even though Universal recently did their release, Arrow Video's 'fat pack' edition of Waterworld is available this week as well. A higher bit rate and a different mix of special features.

     

     Powerhouse Films' Indicator Series has Cold Eyes of Fear this week.

     

     SteelBooks of the first two films of the franchise, Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible - II are available this week.

     Standard Editions for Daughters of Darkness and Dead & Buried close out the category.

     Next week a Jaws sequel, an 'Upgrade,'  Truman Show, and more MI steels.

     

    Blu-ray releases

     And like the 4K category, just past press time for last week's shopping guide, Turbine Media Group announced several media books for the film Harry and the Hendersons.

     Blu-ray counterparts for the above category, one new release, one catalog release. Look for Evil Dead Rise from Warner Bros and Cold Eyes of Fear (Limited Edition) from Powerhouse Films.

     Warner Archive has been focusing most of their releases to street on the same week each given month, their June slate this week includes Angel Face, Caged!, Dangerous When Wet, The Damned Don't Cry and The Old Man and the Sea. Land of the Pharaohs got moved to July 18th.

     

     New bio/drama from Sony Pictures titled Big George Foreman. This man has touched several generations and the story itself sounds well worth a look.

     

     TV on disc has just one title this week, Tales of the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season.

     More Sandpiper Pictures releases with The Barefoot Contessa and The Secret of Santa Vittoria.

     Anime highlights are not so high this week, look for just Skeleton Knight in Another World: The Complete Season in this category. Yes, there are other fine anime releases, but they do not fit the right criteria for this guide.

     

     If you're not a Disney Movie Club Member and was forced to wait, Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 2 is now available to general release.

     Just a single sku from Criterion this week, but it is a collection of Italian films on 9-discs, Pasolini 101.

     Let's talk special interest. With a drought of 3D discs, no doubt you might want to consider Prison Girls 3D from Kino Lorber.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be released to 4K and blu-ray discs on August 1.

     I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is coming to 4K disc on September 26.

     

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  • Choose Your Avatar! - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 18, 2023

    Posted Sun Jun 18, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Avatar: The Way of Water - 3D Blu-ray Review James Cameron

     Choose Your Avatar! At least that is what people in targeted campaigns on Facebook have been seeing. When I see it, I yell the 4K BD100 with Dolby Vision, but it's probably the answer they are looking for. If you are a 4K buyer, this week Avatar is gonna cost you around $70, if you are a little more hardcore collector of physical media, more like $200. Yes, there are a few other good catalog titles to ponder as well. Until the discs are in my hand though, Avatar is still just a mirage to me. I have seen pictures of The Way of Water in store backrooms already and my 3D copy has shipped, but not quite yet on the 4K SteelBook though.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 3 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 18th - June 24th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

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     Which 4K discs are you getting this week and which SKUS of the Avatar films are they?

     The original Avatar (2009) is up as a first time to 4K disc. Hard to believe it goes way back to 2009.

     

     Avatar: The Way of Water is probably the reason we get the original film to 4K. The Way of Water is available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook edition, a Target Exclusive, and last but not least, a Walmart Exclusive. See the Blu-ray category for a pleasant surprise, a 3D edition as well.

        

     On to other films now, Paramount brings us Tom Cruise day with both a great classic The Firm, and well-known fantasy film, Vanilla Sky. Hard to resist not buying both.

     

     Keeping with releasing films in pairs, Kino Lorber brings us The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Ronin. Makes me wonder if The Manchurian Candidate (2004) will follow as Paramount has done the remakes on two other films so far where Kino Lorber did the original ones.

     

     Next week, a National Lampoon classic, Creepshow gets the 4K upgrade, Mallrats, Waterworld by Arrow Video and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles, Avatar: The Way of Water from 20th Century Studios, with what I consider a better cover art than the 4K version, and Ronin gets a Kino Lorber edition as well.

     

     Avatar: The Way of Water also gets a 3D blu-ray edition.

     

     Super slow week for anime, look for Aoashi - Season 1 Part 2 and Haikyu!! To The Top (Season 4) Premium Box Set.

     New Guy Ritchie action/thriller The Covenant comes to us via Warner Bros. No 4K in the states on this one.

     

     Catalog releases from MGM, Best Seller, City of Ghosts (2002), Diary of a Hitman, Golden Gate and Stormy Monday.

     Another short-notice release from Universal, the 2023 action/comedy Polite Society. (Most likely a not available at Walmart release, again. Not sure what determines if a new Uni release will be available there).

     

     Pair of Criterion Collection releases Medicine for Melancholy, a "lo-fi" drama/romance, and The Servant, a film of the drama category.

     TV on disc this week includes just Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16. I would certainly buy seasons 1-15 if they offered it!

     Arrow Video has Japanese action/thriller The Game Trilogy.

     Honorable Mention (?) -  Dinosaurs are always hot, this week Well Go USA has I Am T-Rex. It looks worth a gander in my book.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Archive's next batch, Cowboys & Aliens 4K as well as Kill Bill 4K and Kill Bill 2 4K, check out the news story here.

     Roman Holiday is getting a 4K release on August 15th. Hustle & Flow is getting a 'Paramount Presents' 4K release on August 29th. How about a 'Paramount Presents' 4K of Roman Holiday? Feel like Days of Thunder again!

     Criterion Collection's September slate includes FOUR 4K titles, including The Princess Bride! That leaves the 4K restoration of La Bamba available as a blu-ray only, but hey even so, I might have to buy every title in September. Goodbye wallet, it's been nice knowing you.

     

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  • How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything (Marquis, JW4) - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 11, 2023

    Posted Sun Jun 11, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    John Wick 4 Highdef Digest Lionsgate Keanu Reeves

     What a great quote (above) from John Wick 4. And there ain't no doubt about it, this week John Wick 4 will decimate the charts. With so many skus available though, there probably will not be a clear winner of which sku (always a safe bet with the standard release). On the other hand, maybe you waited for Insidious, Rain Man or Time Bandits. Why not get all four?

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 2 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 11th - June 17th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday first, if you did not opt for the excellent A24 shop release, Arrow Video has it in one of their limited editions, I am referring to Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse.

     

     So, it was bound to happen, it did happen, a certain studio in the habit of officially announcing a release literally a week before street date, which then causes mass confusion, especially when the actual boxes that were shipped to retailers had a different date (6/6) than the official date (6/13). Am referring to The Super Mario Bros. Movie, on June 6th Universal announced it for a June 13th release. Literally every B&M store out there already had it on the shelves for sale ON 6/6. How dare they follow what the box says!

     Alrighty then, the new release that will sell oodles of copies among all the various skus is John Wick 4 from LionsGate. A run down of all the choices available, a Standard Edition, an Amazon Exclusive Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive and a Walmart Exclusive. Absent (again) from the 4K category is the Target Exclusive, how 2006 of them.

        

     

     If you missed out on the Limited Edition SteelBook, Paramount/CBS has Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season One as a standard edition this week.

     Moving on to catalog titles. First from the MVD Marquee Collection, after several street date pushbacks, it looks like Rain Man really is coming out on Tuesday.

     

     From Criterion, a 4K upgrade for Time Bandits. Before you pounce on this though, there is one small thing to consider, the Arrow UK import that is coming out on August 28th. Likely the same transfer, just in a different package and with a little bit of swag.

     

     Although originally listed for next week, the beginning of a franchise with Sony Pictures'/James Wan's SteelBook of Insidious. I hope that some day yesterday that Blumhouse will jump on the 4K disc bandwagon. Some day.

     

     From Dark Star, a 1981 horror titled Scream, aka The Outing.

     Next week, it will be all about the two Avatar movies. Yes there are a couple of decent catalog titles coming too, but they will certainly be in the shadows.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles, John Wick 4 gets a standard edition release, and Target sticks to blu-ray for their retailer exclusiveRain Man also is available via MVD. If you can handle region locked titles, Arrow Video's Limited Edition release of The Lighthouse also gets a blu-ray edition.

     It's bound to happen regularly, in a short announcement window, Universal Pictures releases the sports drama Sweetwater this week.

     

     New comedy from Sony Pictures titled The Man from Toronto. In the horror/thriller category, The Pope's Exorcist, maybe you have heard of Russell Crowe?

     

     Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 15 (The Otsutsuki Awaken), Made In Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Complete Collection, My Senpai is Annoying, available as a standard edition and a limited edition, and Spy x Family Season 1 Part 1.

     

     TV on disc this week includes Parenthood: The Compete Series and Quantum Leap: Season One.

     LionsGate's action/thriller of the week is titled One Ranger.

     

     Next batch of Indicator Series releases with From Hollywood to Heaven: The Lost and Saved Films of the Ormond Family and Mexico Macabre: Four Sinister Tales from the Alameda Films Vault, 1959-1963.

     Sandpiper Pictures, known for rereleasing out of print Twilight Time titles, is releasing Lawman, One Man's Hero and Scorpio.

     Competing with Shawscope (Arrow Video), Shout Factory this week releases Shaw Brothers Classics: Volume One.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     (Berry Gordy's) The Last Dragon will be coming to 4K SteelBook on September 19th.

     Sisu has been finalized for blu-ray and 4K disc with a July 11th street date.

     Ferris Bueller's Day Off arrives to 4K disc on August 1st.

     

    4K Release Calendar

    2K/BD Release Calendar

    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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  • Ari Aster's Twisted Beau Is Afraid Starring Joaquin Phoenix Hits Blu-ray on July 11

    Posted Tue Jun 6, 2023 at 02:46 PM PDT by
    Beau is Afraid Lionsgate Poster Joaquin Phoenix Ari Aster

    Ari Aster's latest film starring Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, Emmy winner Nathan Lane, and Emmy nominee Patti LuPone will debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 11.

    Read our review of Beau is Afraid HERE.

    A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer/director Ari Aster.

    Beau Is Afraid - Blu-ray

    Beau Is Afraid 

    No 4K planned at the moment, but it's a safe bet that A24 Shop will probably have one of their deluxe book sets coming down the pipe sometime soon. For now, the Blu-ray combo pack will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and Finally Home: Making Beau Is Afraid.

    Order your copy today and here is the full press release:


    Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital / DVD Street Date: 7/11/23
    Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital SRP: $39.99
    DVD SRP: $29.96

     
    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
    Ari Aster’s third film collaboration with A24, Beau Is Afraid arrives on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital and DVD July 11 from A24 and Lionsgate. Writer and director Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) creates another unsettling story, starring Academy Award® winner Joaquin Phoenix (2020, Best Actor, Joker), Primetime Emmy® winner Nathan Lane (2022, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Only Murders in the Building”), and Primetime Emmy® nominee Patti LuPone (1998, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Frasier”). Beau Is Afraid will be available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, and $29.96 for DVD.
     
    OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
    A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer/director Ari Aster.
     
    BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURE:
    Finally Home: Making Beau Is Afraid
     
    CAST
    Joaquin Phoenix                       Her, Joker, Gladiator, The Master
    Nathan Lane                             The Producers, Mousehunt, TV’s “Only Murders in the Building”
    Patti LuPone                             Driving Miss Daisy, TV’s “Penny Dreadful,” “American Horror Story”
    Parker Posey                            Superman Returns, Dazed and Confused, Scream 3
    Amy Ryan                                 Gone Baby Gone, Birdman, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
     
    Trailer:
    https://youtu.be/PuiWDn976Ek
     
    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Year of Production: 2023
    Title Copyright: Beau Is Afraid © 2023 Mommy Knows Best LLC, UAAP LLC and IPR.VC Fund II KY. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2023 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: New Release
    Rating: R
    Genre: Thriller, Action/Adventure, Comedy
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
    Run Time: 179 Minutes
    Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 (1.85) Presentation
    Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, English Descriptive Audio
    DVD Format: 16x9 (1.85) Presentation
    DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio

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  • I Vant To Buy Some Deescs! - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 4, 2023

    Posted Sun Jun 4, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by

     Look at that, we have gone a full 3 years with our weekly shopping guide and kick off year 4 this week. If you had to look back, what's the most memorable disc/set you have purchased? There are so many good ones it's hard for me to put a finger on it. This week is probably dubbed the double (or triple) dip edition for the 4K area, but there still are a couple of new to 4K releases, and of course blu-ray too.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 1 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 4th - June 10th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday begins with The Changeling from Second Sight. No disrespect to Severin, but this edition is much more appealing to me.

     

     Tuesday *would* have begun with the new release title The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which has a standard release, a Walmart Exclusive and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As of press time though, Universal has not given their zero-notice announcement. Retailers have this title in hand and some are selling it today. BullMoose shows a 6/13 release, everyone else shows it as not yet announced. Great marketing there Universal! We will of course update our listings if it changes. Target's weekly ad also shows it available. If Universal were to wait to next week, they would get creamed by John Wick 4!

     Tuesday begins with The Rules of the Game from Criterion.

     

     LionsGate gives us another Best Buy Exclusive slipcover style SteelBook with Lord of War.

     

     Sticking with Best Buy Exclusive SteelBooks, the next two 'Disney 100' editions to come out this week are Coco and Toy Story.

     Clear and Present Danger gets a single sku release this week. We also see standard case editions for Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

     Next week calls for John Wick 4 x 4, Super Mario Bros. Movie (maybe), Time Bandits and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Believe it or not, there are no counterparts to the above 4K releases this week. There is a region B standard edition for The Changeling, but this is a case of where the Severin release more than satisfies. The Super Mario Bros. Movie would have been the counterpart if it were on a 6/6 release. A Walmart Exclusive would also be available.

     Kino Lorber this week has blu-ray counterparts to the 4K releases from not too long ago, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More each get their respective blu-ray editions.

     From Paramount, the 2023 action/thriller Assassin Club.

     

     TV on disc include The Event: The Complete Series from Mill Creek, La Brea: Season Two from Universal and Tulsa King: Season One from Paramount, with the latter available as a standard edition and as a SteelBook Edition. Looks like no physical 4K option as of yet (if ever) for Tulsa King.

     

     The next Giallo set Giallo Essentials V5 Blue Edition gets the general release this week from Arrow Video.

     Literally just announced, comedy/horror Renfield with Nicolas Cage comes to us via Universal. You just might vant to buy this movie, har har!

     

     Super slow week for anime, just one highlight, Platinum End - Part 2.

     May 2023's batch of Imprint Films Limited Editions are available at Amazon US on Friday, titles include:

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout! Factory's various labels have revealed their August titles. Subject to change, plus or minus, so far they include Assault On Hill 400, Coma, Hackers 4K, Little Nicky, Nightbreed 4K and Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Two.

     MVD has revealed that they are bringing Ghoulies to 4K and blu-ray discs. Ghoulies 2 is also getting their special treatment for blu-ray. Keep your fingers crossed, they have indicated they are trying to also bring this film to 4K as negotiations continue.

     The next Vestron Collector's Series release has been announced as My Best Friend Is a Vampire, with a street date some time in July.

    4K Release Calendar

    2K/BD Release Calendar

     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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  • You Can! You MUST! Great Guidance Commands You Pre-Order Robot Monster 3D And See It On The Big Screen!

    Posted Fri Jun 2, 2023 at 09:51 AM PDT by
    Robot Monster 3-D Film Archive

    In collaboration with The Great Guidance, the team at 3-D Film Archive have masterfully and lovingly restored 1953’s ultra-low-budget classic B-Movie Robot Monster to its full 3-D glory - and it’s amazing! Shot on location in Bronson Canyon on a budget of around $16,000 dollars over four days, Phil Tucker’s creation may be one of the silliest films ever made but it was a box office smash and proof that some amazing 3-D photography could be achieved with very very little. I was among one of the fortunate few Hu-Mans to get to see the great and powerful Ro-Man as he was meant to be seen on the big screen. 

    Great Guidance Commands Hu-Mans See Ro-Man In 3-D

    On May 17th, a gathering of my fellow 3-D enthusiasts caught a double-feature screening of Abbott and Costello’s Jack and the Beanstalk and Robot Monster at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University campus hosted by 3-D Film Archive’s Bob Furmanek and Greg Kitnz. The evening opened with Jack and the Beanstalk which was a marvelous restoration effort (see our Blu-ray review) and it was quite something to see it projected in front of an audience. Before I’d only seen the film at home and I thought it was entertaining, but the humor and child-like fun are best experienced with an audience. 

    But the main attraction of the night was most certainly Robot Monster. After years of neglect at the hands of a recently departed rights holder, Bob and Greg and the rest of the 3-D Film Archive team were finally able to restore this three-dimensional gem and the results were amazing. Prior to this viewing I’d only been able to experience Robot Monster in 3-D on a terrible Anaglyph tape. On top of the generally bad Anapglyph work, large segments were flat without any dimension at all. Up to that point, the best visual experience I’ve had with the film was thanks to the hilarious spin on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

     

    It Is Part Of The Plan - Robot Monster is Amazing in 3D

    This restoration was a treat as soon as I popped on my Dolby Cinema 3D Glasses! As anyone out there collecting 3-D Film Archive’s wide range of classic three-dimensional films knows well, Bob Furmanek, Greg Kintz, and the rest of the restoration team are miracle workers. They can take something as abused and neglected as Revenge of the Shogun Women and restore it to something grand. After an amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign, Robot Monster is another amazing achievement. Apparently sourced from the best print elements available, the film has never looked this good in many, many decades. It may be one damned goofy movie but you can now fully appreciate the wide range of techniques and visual tricks Phil Tucker and his crew accomplished in very little shooting time with barely two months of post-production. 

    Watching George Barrows march around in a hundred-pound gorilla suit in the middle of a hot California summer is one thing, but it’s striking to see it in properly restored 3-D! And thankfully I wasn’t the only one there having a blast. Surveying the audience, everyone there looked and sounded like they were enjoying every goofy minute! I was grateful my calendar suddenly opened up and I could afford the time to trek the three hours into Buckeye territory because it was worth catching both of these films on the big screen with a Hu-Man audience but on July 25th you can bring Ro-Man home!

    You The Hu-Man Can Now Own The Ro-Man

    3-D Film Archive has teamed up with Bay View Entertainment to distribute Robot Monster on Blu-ray July 25th and it's now up for pre-order! The release will come with a standard digital 3-D perfect for your still-surviving 3-D Television or your awesome home theater projector. Now if you don’t have a 3-D TV or projector, a Red/Blue Anaglyph 3D version will be included so you can experience this film as it was meant to be seen on any home theater setup! 2D will be available too, but honestly, 3D is where it’s at. And more big-screen showings are on the way! Keep an eye on 3-D Film Archive’s Facebook Page or if you were a Kickstarter backer, tickets for future screenings will be going up for pre-order soon. We don’t have exact dates, times. or locations but when we do you can make sure we’ll let you all know so you secure your seat to the best show in town! 

    Live Near Pasadena? Meet Hu-Man Actor Gregory Moffett At Monsterpaluza!

    For an extra bit of fun, if you live in or near Pasadena, California and plan on going to Monsterpaluza, you can meet little Johnny himself! Actor Gregory Moffett will be in attendance signing autographs and taking your Robot Monster Blu-ray orders! 

    You Must! The Great Guidance Commands It! It Is Part Of The Plan!

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  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret on Digital June 6 and on Blu-ray July 11

    Posted Tue May 30, 2023 at 12:38 PM PDT by

    The comedy/drama based on the novel by Judy Blume starring Rachel McAdams, Abby Ryder Fortson and Kathy Bates arrives on Digital on June 6 and on demand June 27. The Blu-ray is scheduled to hit stores on July 11.

    In this long-awaited movie adaption of Judy Blume’s classic, groundbreaking novel, eleven-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school. She relies on her mother, Barbara (Rachel McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her adoring grandmother, Sylvia (Kathy Bates). A timeless coming-of-age story, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret sparkles with insightful humor while candidly exploring life’s biggest questions.

    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. - Blu-ray

    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. 

    The Blu-ray includes a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and the following supplements: 

    • Finally That Time: Making Margaret
    • Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, Judy.
    • The Secret Crew Club: Margaret and Friends
    • Bringing the Period to Life: Designing Margaret
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Roundtable Discussion
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Pre-order your Blu-ray now and check out the full press release:


    On Digital June 6, On Demand June 27,
    and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD  
    July 11 from Lionsgate® 

     
    SANTA MONICA, CA (May 2, 2023) – The beloved and best-selling classic that has impacted generations, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. arrives on Digital June 6, On Demand June 27, and on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Combo and DVD July 11 from Lionsgate. Abby Ryder Fortson (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Forever My Girl) is joined by a remarkable all-star cast, including Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Mean Girls), Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza, Good Time), and Kathy Bates (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Misery). Written for the screen and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. will be available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo, and $29.96 for DVD.
     
    In this long-awaited movie adaption of Judy Blume’s classic, groundbreaking novel, eleven-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school. She relies on her mother, Barbara (Rachel McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her adoring grandmother, Sylvia (Kathy Bates). A timeless coming-of-age story, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret sparkles with insightful humor while candidly exploring life’s biggest questions.
     
    Written for the Screen and Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. Based on the Book by Judy Blume. Produced by James L. Brooks, p.g.a., Julie Ansell, p.g.a., Richard Sakai, Kelly Fremon Craig, p.g.a., Judy Blume, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric La’auli Porter. Executive Producer Jonathan McCoy.
     
    BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

    • Finally That Time: Making Margaret
    • Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, Judy.
    • The Secret Crew Club: Margaret and Friends
    • Bringing the Period to Life: Designing Margaret
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Roundtable Discussion
    • Theatrical Trailer

    CAST:
    Rachel McAdams              The Notebook, Mean Girls
    Abby Ryder Fortson          Ant-Man and the Wasp, Forever My Girl
    Elle Graham                    TV’s “Secrets of Sulphur Springs”
    Benny Safdie                   Licorice Pizza, Good Time
    and Kathy Bates               TV’s “American Horror Story,” Misery
     

    Official Site: https://www.itsmemargaret.movie/
    Instagram: @margaretmovie
    Facebook: @margaretmovie
    Twitter: @margaretmovie 
    Hashtag: #ItsMeMargaret

     
    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Year of Production: 2022
    Title Copyright: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. © 2023, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2023 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: New Release
    Rating: PG-13 for thematic material involving sexual education and some suggestive material
    Genre: Comedy, Drama
    Feature Run Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: Spanish, French, English SDH
    Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation 
    Blu-ray Audio:  English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio
    DVD Format: 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation 
    DVD Audio:  English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio

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  • Nicolas Cage and Nicholas Hoult Sink Their Teeth Into Blu-ray With Renfield on June 6th

    Posted Tue May 30, 2023 at 10:06 AM PDT by

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    The action-horror comedy co-starring Nicholas Hoult as the titular RENFIELD will sink its teeth into Blu-ray on June 6.

    Read our film review for RENFIELD here.

    Nicholas Hoult stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss: Dracula (Nicolas Cage). For centuries, Renfield has slavishly served Dracula by procuring his master’s prey and doing his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, Renfield is ready to look for a new life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness, if only he can figure out how to end the toxic, co-dependent relationship...

    Renfield - Blu-ray

    Renfield 

    Looks like no 4K release here, but the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack and several supplements:

    • Hilarious Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Alternate Takes
    • Dracula UnCaged – Go inside the mind of a vampire as Dracula himself, Nicolas Cage, reveals the secrets behind turning a classic character into a memorable monster.
    • Monsters & Men: Behind the Scenes of RENFIELD – An in-depth look at Renfield’s cast, sets, costumes and more as the actors and filmmakers reveal how they modernized a famous terror tale with trailblazing comedy and over-the-top action.
    • Stages of Rejuvenation – See how special makeup effects bring the undead to life throughout the four stages of Dracula’s incredible transformation.
    • Flesh & Blood – Exploding heads. Peeling faces. Severed limbs. They’re all part of the macabre movie magic that fuels Renfield with inventive action and hilarious horror.
    • Fighting Dirty – Stunt coordinator Christopher Brewster leads a look at the training, choreography, and careful execution that goes into the film’s spectacular stunts and fight scenes.
    • The Making of a Deleted Scene: Renfield’s Dance! – Nicholas Hoult and choreographer Kathryn Burns pull back the curtain on constructing an elaborate musical number for a fantasy dance sequence.
    • Feature Commentary with Producer Samantha Nisenboim, Screenwriter Ryan Ridley, and Crew

    Pre-orders are already available and here is the full press release:


    THE HILARIOUSLY TWISTED MODERN-DAY MONSTER TALE STARRING NICOLAS CAGE AND NICHOLAS HOULT
    IS YOURS TO OWN NOW WITH DELETED SCENES
    AND MORE BONUS CONTENT!

    THE DRACULA SUCKS EDITION DEBUTS
    ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD JUNE 6, 2023

    FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 
     

    “A HORROR COMEDY YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO”

    – DAILY DEAD

    Universal City, California, May 30, 2023 – Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage stars as Dracula in the side-splitting, action-packed new cult classic, RENFIELD, available to own on Digital, Blu-rayTM and DVD June 6, 2023 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Soaked with bloody fun and overflowing with toxic relationships, RENFIELD comes home in a Dracula Sucks Edition with 60 minutes of darkly humorous and captivating never-before-seen bonus content, including deleted scenes and featurettes that dives deeper into the cutting-edge comedy and the secrets behind turning a classic tale into a modern monster movie.
     
    “Super fun from start to finish” (Buzzfeed), RENFIELD features an immortal cast alongside Cage including Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road,X-Men franchise), Awkwafina (The Farewell, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings), Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”, “House of Lies”), Adrian Martinez (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, iGilbert), Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog, “House of Saddam”), and Brandon Scott Jones (“Ghosts”, “The Good Place”). Directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, The LEGO Batman Movie) and written by Ryan Ridley (“Rick & Morty”, “Community”) from a story by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”, “Invincible”), the edgy horror comedy is produced by Skybound Entertainment and Giant Wildcat.

    Nicholas Hoult stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss: Dracula (Nicolas Cage). For centuries, Renfield has slavishly served Dracula by procuring his master’s prey and doing his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, Renfield is ready to look for a new life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness, if only he can figure out how to end the toxic, co-dependent relationship...

    EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM & DVD: 

    • Hilarious Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Alternate Takes
    • Dracula UnCaged – Go inside the mind of a vampire as Dracula himself, Nicolas Cage, reveals the secrets behind turning a classic character into a memorable monster.
    • Monsters & Men: Behind the Scenes of RENFIELD – An in-depth look at Renfield’s cast, sets, costumes and more as the actors and filmmakers reveal how they modernized a famous terror tale with trailblazing comedy and over-the-top action.
    • Stages of Rejuvenation – See how special makeup effects bring the undead to life throughout the four stages of Dracula’s incredible transformation.
    • Flesh & Blood – Exploding heads. Peeling faces. Severed limbs. They’re all part of the macabre movie magic that fuels Renfield with inventive action and hilarious horror.
    • Fighting Dirty – Stunt coordinator Christopher Brewster leads a look at the training, choreography, and careful execution that goes into the film’s spectacular stunts and fight scenes.
    • The Making of a Deleted Scene: Renfield’s Dance! – Nicholas Hoult and choreographer Kathryn Burns pull back the curtain on constructing an elaborate musical number for a fantasy dance sequence.
    • Feature Commentary with Producer Samantha Nisenboim, Screenwriter Ryan Ridley, and Crew

     
    FILMMAKERS:  
    Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Nicolas Cage
    Music By: Marco Beltrami
    Costume Designer: Lisa Lovaas
    Editors: Zene Baker ACE, Ryan Folsey, Giancarlo Ganziano
    Production Designer: Alec Hammond
    Director of Photography: Mitchell Amundsen
    Executive Producers: Todd Lewis
    Produced By: Chris McKay, Samantha Nisenboim, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert
    Alpert p.g.a.                                                                   
    Screen Story By: Robert Kirkman
    Screenplay By: Ryan Ridley
    Directed By: Chris McKay

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM: 
    Street Date: June 6, 2023 (US)
    Selection Number: 1000827192 (US)
    Layers: BD 50
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
    Rating: R for bloody violence, some gore, language throughout and some drug use
    Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
    Languages/Sound: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (DTS Digital Surround 5.1) and Latin American Spanish (DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1)
    Run Time: 01:33:27

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: 
    Street Date: June 6, 2023 (US)
    Selection Number: 1000827193 (US)
    Layers: DVD 9
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
    Rating: R for bloody violence, some gore, language throughout and some drug use
    Subtitles: English SDH, Complex Mandarin, French Canadian, Korean and Latin American Spanish
    Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    Run Time: 01:33:33

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  • Russell Crowe Blesses Blu-ray With The Pope's Exorcist on June 13th

    Posted Tue May 30, 2023 at 09:24 AM PDT by

    Sony's latest horror film based on the files of Father Gabriele Amorth is set to purge Blu-ray from its demons on June 13.

    Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe; 2000, Best Actor, Gladiator), The Pope’s Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.

    The Pope's Exorcist

    The Pope's Exorcist 

    The Blu-ray + Digital package will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include:

    ●    Introducing Father Amorth 
    ●    What Possessed You?

    Curiously, there isn't a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release pegged yet, but we'll keep an eye out on the import markets just in case. Order your copy today and here is the full press release:

    THE EXORCIST MEETS THE DAVINCI CODE IN 
    RUSSELL CROWE’S 
    AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL MAY 30
    AND ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD JUNE 13
    SYNOPSIS
    Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe; 2000, Best Actor, Gladiator), The Pope’s Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.
    “Academy Award®” is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


     BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL
    ●    Introducing Father Amorth 
    ●    What Possessed You?
     
    CAST AND CREW
    Directed By: Julius Avery
    Screenplay By: Michael Petroni and Evan Spiliotpoulos
    Screen Story By: R. Dean McCreary & Chester Hastings and Jeff Katz
    Produced By: Doug Belgrad, Michael Patrick Kaczmarek, Jeff Katz
    Executive Producers: Jo Homewood, Sophie Cassidy, Edward J. Siebert SJ
    Cast: Russell Crowe, Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe and Franco Nero

    SPECS

    Run Time: Approx. 103 Mins.
    Rating: R:
    Violent content, language, sexual references, and some nudity
    Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of the information in the above listing may not apply to Special Features.
    DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English - Audio Description Track 2-Channel Surround • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Some of the information in the above listing may not apply to Special Features.

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