• The Devil is in the Details of the 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide - October 8, 2023

    Posted Sun Oct 8, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    October 9th 4K UHD and Blu-ray Shopping Guide

     Let's call this the first one-two 4K assault of our wallets for the month of October. Last week, this week, a slight pause next week, repeat. On the 4K circuit we see Disney's Snow White, M3GAN, Pumpkinhead, Rosemary's Baby, Beast Wars and more!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 19 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of October 8th - October 14th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday first. From 88 Films, Hell of the Living Dead.

     From Arrow Video, The House by the Cemetery. This film has been domestically by Blue Underground, so there is that option.

    Domestic Tuesday normally begins with new releases, but this week (per the title of this guide) we kick off with Rosemary's Baby. Nowadays we take a lot of content of films for granted. When this one came out it was quite controversial for the boundaries it crossed. Each generation has a film that does just that. I remember the controversy around Silent Night, Deadly Night.

     

     We now return to our regular programming with the new release this week, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, which is available as a standard edition and as a limited edition SteelBook.

        

     

     M3GAN is the latest in Universal's wave of double-dip to 4K titles. This one is available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. The UK is getting a spiffier edition in a couple of weeks which sold out pretty quickly.

        

     

     A Bronx Tale gets a 4K release from a small label named Tribeca Film.

     

     From Scream Factory, Pumpkinhead gets a standard edition release and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. A couple of the sequels to this series got so bad they were good, but not available on blu-ray. How 'bout a set of the sequels Scream Factory, even if only on blu-ray?

        

     

    From Disney, with no Movie Club Exclusive shenanigans, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is available as a standard edition and as a 'Disney 100' style Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Kind of hoped for a fancy SteelBook, but Disney is in their '100' mode.

     

    Videodrome gets a Criterion Release this week. It was almost one year ago that the UK got several versions of Arrow Video releases of this film. It was assumed that Criterion would pick this up, afterall it's David Cronenberg, and here we are.

     The rest of the 4K category is more or less double-dips with SteelBook packaging. Titles included in this include Friday the 13th from Paramount, Halloween Trilogy (2018 - 2022) [Best Buy Exclusive] from Universal and Terrifier 2 from Cinedigm.

     Next week, living in a Barbie World (for real this time!), Haunted Mansion reboot, Wicker Man and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases include Transformers: Rise of the Beasts from Paramount and A Bronx Tale from Tribeca Film.

     Look for fresh horror from 20th Century Studios with The Boogeyman.

     

     Sticking with a horror theme, Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey gets a blu-ray this week, but only as a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

     

     Anime highlights include The Eminence In Shadow (Season 1) Complete Collection, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ultimate Collection and Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Season 2.

     

     After multiple pushbacks, Hard Boiled II - The Last Blood might actually be releasing this week.

     LionsGate's action/thriller this week is King of Killers. They certainly keep em going.

     

     Yellowjackets: Season Two comes to us this week via Showtime Entertainment.

     

     Honorable mention this week goes out to Shout Factory for the release of Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Collection.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory's various labels have a large slew of upcoming titles and I am pretty stoked about a lot of them. In no particular order, they are Spirited Away: Live on Stage, Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Four, Shaun The Sheep: The Complete Series, Showdown At The Grand, Clue (1985) 4K, Masaaki Yuasa: Five Films, The Man In The Iron Mask 4K, Last Man Standing, The Dead Zone 4K, Point Break (1991) 4K, The Kill Room, The Kill Room 4K, JFK 4K and The Ring Collection 4K. You can thank me for The Ring Collection coming to 4K because I bought a German import of this on blu-ray not that long ago.

    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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  • Greta Gerwig's Worldwide Blockbuster Barbie Dressed Up Dated and Detailed for Blu-ray and 4K UHD

    Posted Tue Oct 3, 2023 at 10:48 AM PDT by
    Barbie Greta Gerwig Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling

    Warner Brothers' highest-grossing film EVER Barbie directed and co-written by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling will debut on home video on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 17.

    EXTRA will also launch a Barbie theme-week beginning on October 16.

    To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.

    Barbie - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Barbie - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Barbie - Blu-ray 

    Barbie 

    Both Blu-ray packages will include Dolby Atmos soundtracks and supplements will include: 

    • Welcome to Barbie Land – featurette
    • Becoming Barbie – featurette
    • Playing Dress-Up – featurette
    • Musical Make-Believe – featurette
    • All-Star Barbie Party – featurette
    • It’s A Weird World – featurette

    Pre-order Barbie on Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray today and here is the full press release:


     

    The Highest Grossing Film of 2023 Worldwide

     

    BARBIE

    Take her home on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 17

     The number one global release in Warner Bros. Pictures history from writer/director Greta Gerwig with more than $1.43 billion worldwide arrives to buy on DVD formats.

     EXTRA to feature a week-long “Barbie” theme week beginning on 10/16

     Available to buy from major retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.

     

     

    Burbank, CA, October 3, 2023 – “Barbie,” the box office smash hit and global phenomenon, arrives for purchase on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 17. From Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig (“Little Women,” “Lady Bird”), “Barbie,” stars Oscar-nominees Margot Robbie (“Bombshell,” “I, Tonya”) and Ryan Gosling (“La La Land,” “Half Nelson”) as Barbie and Ken. Gerwig directed “Barbie” from a screenplay by Gerwig & Oscar nominee Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story,” “The Squid and the Whale”), based on Barbie by Mattel. 

     

    Barbie” has taken the box office by storm, earning more than $1.43 billion worldwide to become the highest grossing film in Warner Bros.’ 100-year history; the highest grossing film ever from a female filmmaker at the domestic box office; and is the largest worldwide film release of 2023.

     

    “Barbie” is also available for Digital ownership at home on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies, including Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu, and more.

    Barbie” also stars America Ferrera (“End of Watch,” the “How to Train Your Dragon” films), Kate McKinnon (“Bombshell,” “Yesterday”), Issa Rae (“The Photograph,” “Insecure”), Rhea Perlman (“I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “Matilda”), and Will Ferrell (the “Anchorman” films, “Talladega Nights”).  The film also stars Michael Cera (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Juno”), Ariana Greenblatt (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “65”), Ana Cruz Kayne (“Little Women”), Emma Mackey (“Emily,” “Sex Education”), Hari Nef (“Assassination Nation,” “Transparent”), Alexandra Shipp (the “X-Men” films), Kingsley Ben-Adir (“One Night in Miami,” “Peaky Blinders”), Simu Liu (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), Ncuti Gatwa (“Sex Education”), Scott Evans (“Grace and Frankie”), Jamie Demetriou (“Cruella”), Connor Swindells (“Sex Education,” “Emma.”), Sharon Rooney (“Dumbo,” “Jerk”), Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton,” “Derry Girls”), Ritu Arya (“The Umbrella Academy”), Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Dua Lipa and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”).

    The film’s producers are Oscar nominees David Heyman (“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” “Marriage Story,” “Gravity”), Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Promising Young Woman,” “I, Tonya”), Tom Ackerley (“Promising Young Woman,” “I, Tonya”) and Robbie Brenner (“Dallas Buyers Club”), with Gerwig, Baumbach, Ynon Kreiz, Richard Dickson, Michael Sharp, Josey McNamara, Courtenay Valenti, Toby Emmerich and Cate Adams serving as executive producers.

     

    Synopsis:

    To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place.  Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.

     

     

    4K UHD, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

    “Barbie” 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

     

    • Welcome to Barbie Land – featurette
    • Becoming Barbie – featurette
    • Playing Dress-Up – featurette
    • Musical Make-Believe – featurette
    • All-Star Barbie Party – featurette
    • It’s A Weird World – featurette

     

    BASICS

     

    4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 17, 2023

     

    Running Time: 114 minutes

    Rating: PG-13 for suggestive references and brief language

     

    4K UHD: ATMOS TrueHD, DLBY/DGTL

    Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD, DLBY/DGTL

    DVD: DLBY/DGTL

     

    PRODUCT                                                                                        ERP

    4K UHD + Digital                                                                              $29.99

    Blu-ray + Digital                                                                                 $24.99

    DVD                                                                                                   $19.99

     

    THE CREDITS

     

    About “Barbie”

    From Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig (“Little Women,” “Lady Bird”) comes “Barbie,” starring Oscar-nominees Margot Robbie (“Bombshell,” “I, Tonya”) and Ryan Gosling (“La La Land,” “Half Nelson”) as Barbie and Ken, alongside America Ferrera (“End of Watch,” the “How to Train Your Dragon” films), Kate McKinnon (“Bombshell,” “Yesterday”), Issa Rae (“The Photograph,” “Insecure”), Rhea Perlman (“I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “Matilda”), and Will Ferrell (the “Anchorman” films, “Talladega Nights”).  The film also stars Michael Cera (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Juno”), Ariana Greenblatt (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “65”), Ana Cruz Kayne (“Little Women”), Emma Mackey (“Emily,” “Sex Education”), Hari Nef (“Assassination Nation,” “Transparent”), Alexandra Shipp (the “X-Men” films), Kingsley Ben-Adir (“One Night in Miami,” “Peaky Blinders”), Simu Liu (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), Ncuti Gatwa (“Sex Education”), Scott Evans (“Grace and Frankie”), Jamie Demetriou (“Cruella”), Connor Swindells (“Sex Education,” “Emma.”), Sharon Rooney (“Dumbo,” “Jerk”), Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton,” “Derry Girls”), Ritu Arya (“The Umbrella Academy”), Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Dua Lipa and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”).

     

    Gerwig directed “Barbie” from a screenplay by Gerwig & Oscar nominee Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story,” “The Squid and the Whale”), based on Barbie by Mattel.  The film’s producers are Oscar nominees David Heyman (“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” “Marriage Story,” “Gravity”), Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Promising Young Woman,” “I, Tonya”), Tom Ackerley (“Promising Young Woman,” “I, Tonya”) and Robbie Brenner (“Dallas Buyers Club”), with Gerwig, Baumbach, Ynon Kreiz, Richard Dickson, Michael Sharp, Josey McNamara, Courtenay Valenti, Toby Emmerich and Cate Adams serving as executive producers.

     

    Gerwig’s creative team behind the camera included Oscar-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto (“The Irishman,” “Silence,” “Brokeback Mountain”), Oscar-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Anna Karenina”), Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”), editor Nick Houy (“Little Women,” “Lady Bird”), visual effects supervisor Glen Pratt (“Paddington 2,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and music supervisor George Drakoulias (“White Noise,” “Marriage Story”), with a score by Oscar winners Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt (“A Star Is Born”), who also contributed to numerous songs on the film’s soundtrack.  The soundtrack includes an impressive roster of today’s hottest music artists, including Lizzo, Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice with Aqua, Charli XCX, KAROL G feat. Aldo Ranks, Tame Impala, Dominic Fike, HAIM, The Kid LAROI, Khalid, PinkPantheress, GAYLE, Ava Max, FIFTY FIFTY and more.

     

    Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Heyday Films Production, a LuckyChap Entertainment Production, an NB/GG Pictures Production, a Mattel Production, “Barbie.”  The film is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

     

     

    About Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales

     

    Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales (WBDCS) is one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming, bringing award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions across North America. Licensing content from Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, HBO, Discovery, Cartoon Network, TBS, and more, WBDCS brings fans of Warner Bros. Discovery’s content even more ways to watch when and how they want across streaming, video-on-demand, cable, satellite and broadcast networks, local television stations, airlines and through digital purchases and physical media sales. 

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  • If It Bleeds In 4K, We Can Watch It - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide - October 1, 2023

    Posted Sun Oct 1, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Prey (2022) backdrop Disney 20th Century Studios

    If you shop 4K releases, this week could be just as painful to our wallets as last week. From HuluTV's Prey, Stephen King's The Mist, a new take on Universal Monsters, Disney 100 Steels and more, there is no doubt a lot of something for everyone.

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 18 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of October 1st - October 7th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases -

    Nothing actually shouts New Release this week, but there are a few recent films getting 4K upgrades. This week we get to build a sandwich, which is a rare event actually.

    First up and considered our first slice of bread, Import Monday brings us the next two "Vault Series" releases from Warner Bros/Universal.

    Vault 007 is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Vault 008 is Apollo 13, with all kinds of well-knowns on both sides of the lens. Both of those releases are quite nice, do check it out. Universal is now releasing other collector-type sets in the US, dubbed Essentials Collection releases, they're not nearly as extensive or as pretty but it is a start. Warner Bros has yet to step it up, instead, we get barebones releases with hideous cover art.

    Now for the filling on our sandwich. Disney's Fox division (20th Century Studios) is first on our docket. The 2022 Hulu TV Original movie Prey comes to physical media as a Standard Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. To those out of the loop, this is a prequel film to the Predator franchise.

          

     The next ingredient is Universal Pictures. Recent Blu-ray release The Black Phone gets a 4K upgrade.

     

    Next up from Universal, It Came from Outer Space, with two different buying options. A standard 4K/3D/Blu-ray option and a similar but different release, but as part of the Essentials Collection line.

     These Essentials releases seem to come in pairs, we also have the opportunity to purchase The Sting with Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

    A Limited Edition Collection of Universal Classic Monsters also streets this week. Amazon is currently showing unavailable, other merchants are likely to see limited shipments as it is not an Amazon Exclusive. Also being broken up from the last monsters set as singles releases, The Bride of FrankensteinCreature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy (1932) and Phantom of the Opera (1943).

    Done with Universal and moving to Criterion, the Criterion Collection release this week is Don't Look Now. It took awhile from the StudioCanal UK release date, but we finally get it here in the end.

     

    New horror/thriller from Lionsgate Talk to Me, which comes as a standard edition and an Amazon Exclusive. (Bet ya thought I was gonna mention a retailer exclusive SteelBook.)

     

    Let's also eke out a pair of catalog skus from LionsGate, Stephen King's The Mist is available as a standard release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. On my video wall this get's filed under M, how 'bout yours?

     

     The next batch of Disney 100 SteelBook at Best Buy also release this week, they are Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Moana.

     From Scream Factory, Night Of The Demons gets that 4K with Dolby Vision upgrade.

     

     Paramount keeps the momentum this week with Scream 3, available as a standard edition and as a limited edition SteelBook. You can also get the Scream: The Original Trilogy if you haven't been keeping up individually. To those other studios out there, this is how you do it. For a major/semi-major franchise, you don't release the original film, or a random sequel of that film to 4K and then decide to call it quits. We want to see the rest too.

     

     Warner Bros releases a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook of Evil Dead Rise in a similar style as was the European release. I cannot confirm it but I believe this release actually has some extras on disc this time.

     Now for that other slice of bread on the opposite side. Imports towards the end of the week include FOUR different editions of The Black Phone from Turbine Medien group.

     And from Imprint Films, Cross of Iron starring James Coburn.

     Next week we get Pumpkinhead, another recent wave Universal double-dip 4K upgrade, more Disney 100, the latest in the Transformers franchise, and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases -

     Can you say drought, as in Sahara Desert type of drought? That is what the Blu-ray category looks like this week. If you were a small label, this week would be the best week to get something out there.

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles include Prey from Disney/Fox, Don't Look Now from the Criterion Collection and Talk To Me from LionsGate.

     Great time to release new editions of Night Of The Demons 2 and Night Of The Demons 3, which come from Scream Factory by the way. My mini-rant above wasn't aimed at this series, carry on folks, nothing to see here except some decently produced sequels.

     

     Netflix Original animated movie Animal Crackers comes to disc this week.

     The LionsGate thriller of the week is Mob Land with John Travolta.

     

     The anime RWBY: Volume 9 comes to disc this week.

     

     Friday releases include Imprint Films editions of Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Film Focus: George Peppard and Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Turbine medien group has announced 4K editions of Renfield and Pearl for December street dates.

     Arrow Video's December slate will incklude The Day of the Locust, Savage Guns: Four Classic Westerns Vol 3 and The Warriors. The Warriors will have a blu-ray edition, a 4K edition and an Arrow Store 4K edition. The UK market is also getting Child’s Play Collection in 4K. Just note that the original film is the 2012 MGM blu-ray, not a 4K. No doubt the original studio playing hardball and leaving Arrow with little choice what they can with this set. If I were to buy this set, it's pretty easy to swap out one disc, so it is still a viable option.

     Second Sight UK will be releasing High Tension to both fat-pack and standard 4K releases on November 27. These frequently come in pairs so I wonder if there is another title I have missed at this point (?)

     

    4K Release Calendar

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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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  • How Deep Is Your Wallet? 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide - September 24, 2023

    Posted Sun Sep 24, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by

     Hope you got rather deep pockets because this week is ginornmous for both 4K and blu-ray categories. It's nearly the perfect storm. All that is missing are some large box-sets.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 17 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of September 24th - September 30th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     OK, let's kick off first with Import Monday. First from Arrow Video, The Psycho Collection. Where Universal released only the original film to 4K, Arrow has the three sequels in glorious 4K as well. Note: I took one for the team and imported this, so Universal will probably announce a similar set next week! My copy arrives Monday.

     

     Next, although Kino Lorber did an excellent job with this title, we do get in import as part of Eureka's 'Masters of Cinema Series' for Touch of Evil. Right off the bat we see this edition has physical swag included, similar to an Arrow Video Fat-Pack. The on-disc features probably vary some, still worth a look.

     Closing out Import Monday, StudioCanal offers up a 5-disc edition of The Wicker Man under their 'Vintage Classics' label. I took one for the team on this one too, but thus far LionsGate is only matching it with a SteelBook 2-disc swagless release in October, so the import is probably the most comprehensive (minus the digital code).

     

     Domestic Tuesday begins with new releases, and first this week we have Disney Pixar's Elemental. And following their current unusual release pattern, the Standard 4K is currently only available via the Disney Movie Club, but there is a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive.  Again, Target seems to have lost interest in physical media, no gallery book edition, no art card edition, nada.

         

     

     Staying with Disney, their first of a recent wave of surprise Disney+ releases, Loki: The Complete First Season comes to SteelBook this week.

     

     Paramount this week is offering Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season Three to 4K disc.

     On to catalog titles, Vinegar Syndrome's general release for A Blade in the Dark is available via Amazon (and other retailers).

     Arrow Video offers up a fat-pack release of Carlito's Way. If you want the more traditional cover art, you can get the Arrow Store Limited Edition instead.

     

     Teen horror sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is available via Sony Pictures.

     

     Paramount has broken up the Scream Factory trilogy set and brought us Halloween H20: 20 Years Later as a single film SteelBook release. What this means for the other two movies is currently unknown.

     Sony has Reprint SteelBooks in case you missed out the first go round, titles include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, plus The Equalizer, The Fifth Element and Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II.

     Criterion Collectors can pick up Moonage Daydream starring the late David Bowie this week.

     

     A label we don't see very often, Blue Underground releases The Girl from Rio this week, and our review says it is highly recommended.

     Happy belated (or early) Valentines Day from Scream Factory with My Bloody Valentine.

     

     Under their Shout Select label, Natural Born Killers is available as a Standard Edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. This might be the first "Select" release I have seen with a slipcover.

     

     How about a pair of great films from Kino Lorber? First a WWII masterpiece starring Burt Lancaster, The Train. And second, Clint Eastwood stars in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.

     

     Next week no reprieve on your wallets,  It Came from you know where, Hulu original Prey, more monsters, more 4K upgrades and more Disney 100 SteelBooks. Oh, and an appearance from Turbine Medien on Friday.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K titles include Disney Pixar's Elemental, Disney+ original Loki: The Complete First Season, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season Three and Moonage Daydream from Criterion.

     Other TV on disc this week includes Interview with the Vampire: Season One, Mayfair Witches: Season One, Pennyworth: The Complete Third Season and Pennyworth: The Complete Series.

     

     The Warner Archive has a majority of their September titles pushed back a month, but what is available this week is Cats Don’t Dance, Saratoga (1937) and Westward the Women.

     

     Kino Lorber has Death Wish 4: The Crackdown and Death Wish V: The Face of Death. Completionists take note.

     La Bamba gets a Criterion Collection release.

     

     Let's call this one a double-tease because they're blu-ray releases and not 4K releases, and I have questions. Just a few weeks ago Sony gave us a 4K release for the original Insidious movie, this week they give us the newest movie in that series,  Insidious: The Red Door on blu-ray. This week in the 4K section above, we get the first sequel,  I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, but the next sequel, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer is available on blu-ray only. Don't get me wrong, Sony has been a very good supporter of the 4K format, it's just cases like this that makes me scratch my head a bit.

     From Universal, 2023 crime/drama A Thousand and One. Also look for Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken, which again, 4K buyers have an insatiable appetite, and this one would probably look very good in that format.

     

     If you were waiting for the next release, wait no more, Star Trek: Prodigy: Season 1 - Episodes 11 - 20 comes this week via Paramount.

     

     LionsGate's action/thriller this week is The Engineer.

     Anime highlights this week include Gatchaman Complete Collection, Lonely Castle in the Mirror, Rent-A-Girlfriend: Season 2 and Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - Season 2, Part 2, which is available as a Standard Edition and as a Limited Edition.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Bros has announced thelatest DCU film Blue Beetle will be available October 31 in all the various formats and retailer exclusives. I dig the Walmart SteelBook and the Target Exclusives the best, but unfortunately neither of them include a 4K release.

     Criterion Collection's December slate has been announced. It doesn't have a large quantity of releases, but there might be something that interests you!

     Hey, act fast if you want an upgraded 4K SteelBook release for M3GAN. The UK has it and supplies are very limited.

    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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  • 4K & Blu-ray Disc News Round-up: You Don't Mess with the Hat...

    Posted Fri Sep 22, 2023 at 11:50 AM PDT by
    Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens

    It's time once again to wrap up the week with another abridged version of the latest news.  As always, be sure to check out our release calendars as new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray titles are being added nearly every day and there's just too many of them to include everything here (especially if you are an anime fan).

    Starting things off is the December slate from The Criterion Collection has been revealed and it appears to be a light month. This wave includes Blast of Silence and The Red Balloon and Other Stories: Five Films by Albert Lamorisse on Blu-ray, as well as Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray.

    Blast of Silence  The Red Balloon and Other Stories  Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Warner Archive has announced their October release slate. The titles include: Mad City (1997), In Love and War (1996), Rapa Nui (1994), The Devil Doll (1936), Double Trouble (1967), and Dance, Fools, Dance (1931). All of them are available on October 31. As a side note, Warner Archive is also prepping Looney Tunes Collector's Choice: Volume 2 for November.

    Warner's latest DC superhero flick Blue Beetle is set to release on home video on October 31. There will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray, plus each will have a retailer exclusive steelbook as well. Check out those details in this post.

    Severin has revealed two upcoming cult classics for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray: Zombie Holocaust (includes Doctor Butcher M.D.) and Count Dracula (1970). They've even got Cuadecuc, Vampir / Umbracle on the way as well, however only for Blu-ray. Look for these on October 24.

    Zombie Holocaust 4K   Count Dracula 4k

    Sony is bringing Apple TV's For All Mankind: Season One to Blu-ray on November 14. The science fiction series is created by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi. The studio also just added Justified: City Primeval: Season One - which brings back Timothy Olyphant in his iconic role as Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens - to Blu-ray on the same date.

    Paramount is set to beam the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on December 5. You can read all about that coverage here.

    Turbine has the world Blu-ray debut of The Exorcist spoof, Repossessed, starring Leslie Nielson and Linda Blair available for purchase next Friday. Bob Logan's 1990 comedy will be available in four exclusive special edition mediabooks.

    And in case you overlooked them late last week, we also covered the announcement for Shout Factory's collector's edition of Fargo on 4K UHD Blu-ray arriving November 7, as well as Studiocanal UK's 4K UHD Blu-ray of Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai starring Forest Whitaker hitting stores on October 23. The latter will also have a SteelBook.

    That's all we have for now, but the churning machine is always going so tune in next time when we have more things to report and have yourselves a wonderful weekend!

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  • Apple TV's For All Mankind: Season One Enters Blu-ray's Orbit on November 14

    Posted Wed Sep 20, 2023 at 08:29 AM PDT by
    For All Mankind TV series

    The first season of the Apple TV original science fiction series created by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi comes to Blu-ray via Sony in a 4-Disc set on November 14.

    Imagine a world where the global space race never ended. This thrilling “what if” take on history spotlights the high-stakes lives of NASA astronauts and their families.

    For All Mankind: Season One 

    For All Mankind: Season One 

    For All Mankind: Season One Blu-ray includes 10 episodes on four discs and has a English 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack.  No supplements have been revealed at this time.  

    Pre-orders for For All Mankind: Season One should be available in the coming days and here is the full press release:


    THE FIRST SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED SERIES
    DEBUTS ON BLU-RAY DISC™
    SEASON ONE
    4-DISC SET AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 14TH 
    SYNOPSIS
    Imagine a world where the global space race never ended. This thrilling “what if” take on history spotlights the high-stakes lives of NASA astronauts and their families.

    DISC DETAILS
    BLU-RAY DISCS
    • 10 episodes presented in High Definition, split across 4 discs
    • 5.1 English audio on each episode
    CAST AND CREW
    Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Wrenn Schmidt
    Executive Producers: Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert, Maril Davis, Naren Shankar, Seth Gordon
    Created by: Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi
     
    SPECS
    Run Time: Approx. 612 minutes 
    Rating: Not Rated
    Blu-ray Picture: 1080p Ultra High Definition, 2.00:1
    Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
     FOR MORE INFORMATION
    Twitter: @SonyPicsHomeEnt
    Instagram: @SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment 
    Facebook: 
    facebook.com/SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sonypictures 

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  • Check the cove, men! Over here! It's the 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide - September 17, 2023

    Posted Sun Sep 17, 2023 at 10:00 AM PDT by
    The Little Mermaid (2023) backdrop

     There is little doubt that Disney's live-action release of The Little Mermaid will dominate the charts this week, but there are plenty of other catalog and semi-new release upgraded titles to choose from as well.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 16 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of September 17th - September 23rd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     As mentioned on the lead-in, Disney's live-action release of The Little Mermaid will dominate the charts this week, where will you be buying yours? Disney is following their strange Strange World model on this one again, which means the standard edition release is presently a Disney Movie Club Exclusive until some date further out, Cinderella was a DMC exclusive for four months, Strange World still is. Fret not though, there are other options available (just like Strange World had), look for either/both a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook Edition as well as a Walmart Exclusive Edition. Once again, absent from this category is a Target Exclusive Edition. Back in the day, their gallery books and art cards were something to look forward to. Hello, Target, are you listening?

          

     

     4K upgrades for somewhat new titles, first from Universal Cocaine Bear gets 4K physical release. You're welcome by the way! I did not think this would get a domestic release so I imported it. Based on the source material, your biggest bang will come from the HDR aspect of it.

     

     And LionsGate and A24's Fall gets a Best Buy Exclusive 4K SteelBook as well.

     

     Whether you file this under B or under L on your video wall, Sony releases a SteelBook of Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon. I go with L, there was no Bruce Lee movie or any other film to be confused with here.

     

     From Warner Bros, William Friedkin's The Exorcist gets two minimalist releases with a Standard Edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook Edition. Again, the UK gets far superior editions with much better cover arts. Can someone from Warner Bros please explain the US strategy here? Hideous covers, minimal special features, no swag.

     From Shout! Factory, The Lost City of Z.

     

     Before The Ring, there was Ringu (Japan), and Arrow Video has it in 4K this week. You can also opt for an Arrow Store Exclusive Edition if you wish.

     

     And in closing the 4K category this week, The Trial (1962) gets a Criterion Collection release this week.

     

     Next week, another Disney repeat with Elemental getting the same type 4K releases as Strange World and The Little Mermaid, Natural Born, Jack Ryan, Carlito, Psycho and Wicker Man imports and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the 4K titles above includes The Little Mermaid, available as a standard edition, a two-film collection, and Criterion also offers up a blu-ray of The Trial (1962).

     We get to recharge our wallets in the blu-ray category this week, next week though is a very different story.

     A drama/romance from LionsGate titled Past Lives is available this week.

     

     Anime highlights include AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline: The Complete Season, Girls Und Panzer (TV Series + OVA) Collection and Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World - Season 2, available as a Standard Edition and a Limited Edition.

     

     Is this one so bad it's good? Gravitas Ventures is releasing Slotherhouse to audiences this week. Am I steering you wrong to even consider this one?

     Honorable Mention: Mill Creek offers Director Spotlight: Kevin MacDonald which includes State of Play and Black Sea. Both these films have been out of print for awhile and considerably more expensive to purchase.

     Next week, look out, a very active week for the blu-ray category.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     No major announcements per se, but we do have something to cover. Check out our disc round up summary for more fun stuff.

     The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Vol. 3 will be released October 31.

     StudioCanal (UK) will have Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai in 4K on October 23rd. No word on a US release yet but it's likely coming, just from which label?

     

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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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  • Can't Tell A Lie It's Our 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide - September 10, 2023

    Posted Sun Sep 10, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    High-Def Digest Shopping Guide September 10th

    This week we have the opportunity to purchase a pair of Second Sight 'fat-packs', another MVD 'Laservision' title with Ghoulies, a couple of decent catalog 4K upgrades, another Criterion Collection release and an animated Batman movie. We do get a minor reprieve with just a few titles to pick from, but there are still a few that are quite worthy of a purchase.

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 15 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of September 10th - September 16th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases -

    Import Monday begins with a couple of Second Sight 'fat-packs' that were delayed from a couple of weeks ago. The cause of the delay was to correct a technical issue. Although released in the US market, it's worthy mentioning Second Sight's release of David Cronenberg's Crimes of the Future. You get the usual Second Sight goodness,  a snazzy cover art rigid slipcase, some art cards and a book.

    But wait there's more.... The 2015 horror/thriller It Follows also get a similar style release. Amazon UK has sold out on this one, and Zavvi does not ship to the US, we have updated the link to DiabolikDVD. Because this one did not get a domestic 4K release, so we have listed a standard edition as well.

     And moving on to Domestic Tuesday, MVD's Laservision Collection spine #2 releases this week, which would be Ghoulies. They are trying hard to secure Ghoulies 2 for 4K as well and have even saved spine #3 for it. Wouldn't hold my breath too much, but ya never know.

     Look for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm from Warner Bros. This one comes as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive Edition.

    We already had Kick-Ass, now it's time for Kick-Ass 2 from Universal, which is available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

     Sticking with Universal, Shrek the Third gets a 4K upgrade. No SteelBook on this one either.

     From Paramount Pictures, Kiss The Girls with Morgan Freeman gets a 4K upgrade as well.

     From the Criterion Collection, Walkabout.

     

     Closing out the category with a double-dip from Paramount, a SteelBook release for the recent film Smile.

     Next week we see an uptick of titles with The Little Mermaid (2023), a couple of recent Universal titles with a 4K upgrade, and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Because the 4K category is mostly titles that have been release to blu-ray already in the past, the only new SKU to come out as a blu-ray counterpart this week is MVD's release of Ghoulies, but as part of the Rewind Collection.

     Also from MVD, Ghoulies II gets a new Rewind Collection release too.

     From Warner Bros, 2023 drama/sports film titled Air.

     

     New horror from LionsGate with Cobweb. And more LionsGate, the 2023 comedy Joy Ride also debuts this week.

     

     How about some classic disaster movies? Shout Factory releases a box set titled Irwin Allen: Master of Disaster Collection.  When I think disaster movies, I think Ernest Borgnine, and he is in this set.

     Anime highlight includes just One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Three.

     TV on disc this week includes Poker Face: Season 1 and The Walking Dead: Dead City - Season One.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory has revealed their November releases. Titles include Chopper, Death Wish (2018) 4K, Fargo 4K, Farscape - The Complete Series, The Police Academy Collection (1-7), Silver Bullet 4K, The Sonny Chiba Collection: Volume 2, Surviving the Game and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie 4K. I have questions, but hey, it's a nice slate.

     Universal's next two "Essentials Collection" releases are Animal House 4K and Schindler's List 4K, with a street date of 10/31.

     

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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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  • My Spidey Senses Have Detected a 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide - September 3, 2023

    Posted Sun Sep 3, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Sony Pictures

     Welcome to September. That could mean a lot of things, but since we generally talk video, what it means is a general increases in volume. This week we could nab the latest Spider-Man, catalog titles like Night of the Comet, Sleepy Hollow, and more.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 14 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of September 3rd - September 9th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday begins with a pair of swag-filled editions that cause our BP to go up when we think about them because time and time again the US market gets passed over for these awesome editions. Dubbed Vault 005, The Shawshank Redemption and Vault 006, Jaws, these are editions many of us would love to see on our video racks. Universal has released a couple of "Essentials Collections" in the US, and hopefully we have all bought them up, right?

     

     There is one new release this week, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. For an animated movie, it did pretty well at the box office, as did its predecessor. This one is available as a Standard Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Two-Film Collection.

          

     

     On to catalog titles, Matilda dons a spiffy SteelBook from Sony Pictures.

     

     From Shout/Scream Factory, Night of the Comet gets a 4K upgrade. Having recently watched the blu-ray, I am eager to see what it looks like now!

     

     I am sure this one will appease lots of viewers, The Princess Bride gets the Criterion 4K treatment.

     

     Heads will roll with this pair of releases of Sleepy Hollow from Paramount Pictures. Available as a Standard Edition and as a Limited Edition SteelBook. The SteelBook is out of stock on Amazon, so you will probably have to seek elsewhere or hope they allocate more once street date hits.

     

     On to a couple of double-dips, and they're all SteelBooks at that. First from Disney, a "Disney 100" edition of Iron Man.

     And lastly, SteelBook releases of The Expendables, The Expendables 2 and The Expendables 3. I personally love how these ones look.

     Next week, Second Sight's fat-pack UK releases of Crimes of the Future and It Follows, animated Batman, another MVD "Laservision" title, and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases includes just one title, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and just like the 4K category, multiple options. Available as a Standard Edition, a Target Exclusive Fan Edition, a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook and just like above, a two-film collection. If you missed out on the first film,  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [SteelBook], a reprint is available as well.

     Star Trek: Picard - The Final Season is available as a Standard Edition and a Limited SteelBook from CBS/Paramount. As this is the 'Final' Season, also look for Star Trek: Picard - The Complete Series.

     

     If the Arrow Academy label were still a thing, I'm reasonably sure that Borsalino would be under that label. Either way, it's available this week, enjoy.

     Harley Quinn: The Complete Third Season is available from Warner Bros. this week.

     

     Anime highlights this week include Call of the Night: Complete Collection, The Girl from the Other Side and Shinobi no Ittoki: The Complete Season.

     

     Sandpiper reissues Clambake starring Elvis Presley.

     Honorable mention horror from Synapse Films, Black Circle.

     Imprint Films' August releases become available at Amazon US on Friday:

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Disney has revealed they will be releasing the classic animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to 4K disc on October 10th. A "Disney 100" branded SteelBook is also in the mix, but this guy right here wishes it were a colorful traditional Steel release. A fresh restoration has been completed on this one, but expect a standard Disney package with HDR10 on the disc and Dolby Vision on the streaming version,  and all features on the blu-ray. Still baffles me that they never at least copy audio commentaries to the 4K disc.

     

     Sony has announced Insidious: The Red Door for a September 26 blu-ray (no 4K disc) release.

     To those curious as to why the street date for Blackhat from Arrow Video keeps getting pushed back, it's not the usual reasons. Arrow Video has announced they have located and will be including the Director's Cut as well to the package. New street date is October 28th. Great job Arrow with making this possible.

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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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  • You Can't Fix A Franchise So Destroy Everything! - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 27, 2023

    Posted Sun Aug 27, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    The Flash Movie Warner Bros. backdrop

        Bruce Wayne: If you were to go into the past, you have no idea what the consequences would be.
        Barry Allen: Bruce, I could fix things.
        Bruce Wayne: You could also destroy everything.

     

    This week we get busy with lots of releases in both the 4K and Blu-ray categories. More Chucky, the next Paramount Presents Label release, a 'Condor' movie, and more!

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 13 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 27th - September 2nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday has Arrow Video's take on Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits. No doubt what's on the actual disc is identical to Criterion's release, but we do get a slipcase and swag with this edition. I personally wish Criterion would do some of this.

     The big domestic New Release this week is The Flash. Available in the usual assortment, a Standard Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive. And just like so many recent assortments, Target is absent from the 4K category.

          

     

    We *might* also see Infinity Pool, a SteelBook release from Decal - Neon. We cannot validate this release as Amazon shows it as being unavailable, but here is a Best Buy link that shows it available to order, but they have no cover art, which is inconclusive.

    For catalog titles we begin with a trio of titles from Universal, Battlestar Galactica: The Movie, available as a standard release and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook release, and the 1998 biopic Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

     

    The third and newest title in the mix is Promising Young Woman.

     

     Next, from Scream/Shout Factory, parts 4 - 7 of the Chucky (Child's Play) movies. Specs for these films are a potential mess, with only one of them listing Dolby Vision and only one of them, the blu-ray, not the 4K having Atmos sound. I get the feeling they all have Dolby Vision and 5.1 sound, multiple requests from Shout went unanswered. No doubt the inevitable reviews will clarify these specs. In sequential order, these films are Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky.

     The Paramount Presents label this week has spine number 41 available, Hustle & Flow.

     

     Pair of titles from Kino Lorber this week too, Staying Alive and Three Days of the Condor (aka 3 Days of the Condor).

     

     Amazon is now listing this one as September 12th, but other sources (including Arrowvideo.com) still say 8/29, 2009 remake The Last House on the Left.

     

     If you did not get 'em from Vinegar Syndrome's direct site, now you can get general releases for Gorgo and Terror at Tenkiller.

     And lastly, a Wednesday release at that, The Legend of Boggy Creek. This one has been talked about for some time on Facebook and it looks like it is finally coming out.

     Next week, two Universal "Vault" imports, Night of the Comet, Sleepy Hollow, The Princess Bride and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes The Flash available as a standard edition and a Target Exclusive. Also look for Staying Alive and Three Days of the Condor (aka 3 Days of the Condor) from Kino Lorber and The Last House on the Left (2009) from Arrow Video. For a Wednesday release, The Legend of Boggy Creek also gets a blu-ray release.

     A new romcom from Sony Pictures with No Hard Feelings.

     

     A little martial arts action from Arrow Video with New Fist of Fury.

     MGM's catalog batch this week includes Crime & Punishment, Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, Mystery Date, Nobody's Fool (1986), Play Dirty and The Wild Party.

     Anime highlights include A Couple of Cuckoos Season 1 Part 1, Cromartie High School, Re: Cutie Honey, The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2, which is available as a standard edition and as a Limited Edition, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs and Shadows House Season 2.

     

     From Criterion this week, a drama/romance titled Drylongso.

     Warner Archive's August slate is also this week, titles include Father's Little Dividend, Gay Purr-ee, Little Women (1933), The Life of Emile Zola, Spinout and Wichita.

     

     TV on disc this week, The Flash: The Ninth and Final Season and The Flash: The Complete Series.

     Honorable Mention: Severin Films has a special interest box set titled The Sensual World of Black Emanuelle this week. If this is your type of collection, pounce immediately, it probably won't last long.

     Next week, the U.S. has the Labor Day holiday, and there is a reprieve in this category, call it another chance to recharge your wallet.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Let's call this one a pleasant surprise, Disney has announced that they will be bringing a few of their Disney+ shows to blu-ray and 4K SteelBooks. Shows include Loki, The Mandalorian and Wandavision.

     Universal will also be doing The Black Phone and Coacine Bear on 4K disc in September. Thank me for the latter, I bought the import.

     Arrow Video's November slate will include 3 skus of Barbarella (including 4K)(traditional art for me on that one), Tremors 2 4K and a 6-disc box set titled Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe.

     Delighted to see Pokémon XY Mega 3-Movie Collection coming to blu-ray October 17th. This closes the gap on these films not available in the US. Diancie & the Cocoon of Destruction only recently became available in Germany.

     

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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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  • Disc News Round-up: THIS IS THE WAY... We Round-up Blu-ray & 4K UHD News

    Posted Tue Aug 22, 2023 at 05:14 PM PDT by
    The Mandalorian Disney Plus

    It has been a relatively quiet week, but there have been a few announcements and a bunch of new titles posted to our release calendar over the past little while.  Be sure to check that out, but we've included some of the highlights here.

    The major announcement this week is that Disney is prepping 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray SteelBooks for a handful of their more popular streaming shows. They include Loki (Season 1) on September 26, WandaVision: The Complete Series on November 28, and The Mandalorian (Seasons 1 & 2) on December 12. Read all about it here.

    Loki 4K SB WandaVision 4K SteelBook The Mandalorian S1 4K SteelBook The Mandalorian S2 4K SteelBook

    On October 3, 20th Century Fox Studios will be releasing the latest film in the Predator franchise, Prey, on both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray. There will also be a Best Buy Exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook.

    Universal has set the animated film Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken for a Blu-ray release on September 26 with digital hitting August 29. The Blu-ray will include over an hour of bonus content.

    Lionsgate is dropping a very sleek looking John Wick: Chapters 1-4 Blu-ray box set on October 17. There doesn't seem to be a 4K release...yet.

    Jo

    Also better late than never we suppose, but Universal has finally decided to give the sci-fi horror film M3GAN a 4K UHD Blu-ray release. Best Buy will have a 4K SteelBook as well. Be on the lookout for those on October 10.

    Have you been down to South Park lately? If not, Paramount will be delivering six brand new episodes to Blu-ray when the show's 26th season hits hi-def on September 12. Not only that, Paramount is also giving 4K upgrades to the classic comedies Scrooged and Trading Places on November 7. 

    Sony has set an October 17th release date for the fifth season of The Crown on Blu-ray. Special features include: A Royal Transformation, War of the Waleses, and Script to Screen. Pre-orders are now available here.

    The Criterion Collection has revealed three new titles in their Janice Contemporaries Blu-ray library. They are Hlynur Pálmason's Godland, two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Tori and Lokita, and The Eight Mountains directed by Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. These will hit stores on November 21 (full details here).

    And before we head of for the weekend, we have added The Wicker Man 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate to our release calendar. Pre-orders aren't activated yet, but the release will include Dolby Vision and what looks to be exquisite packaging.

    Until next time...take care and enjoy what you can of this crazy summer!

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  • South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season Heads to Blu-ray UPDATE: Release Date 11/07

    Posted Mon Aug 21, 2023 at 02:25 PM PDT by
    South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season

    All six episodes of the 26th season of the Emmy Award-winning South Park will arrive on Blu-ray. UPDATE: Release Date 11/07.  

    The boys are back as South Park returns with its 26th season! Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as they learn the wonders of Japanese toilets, grapple with latest developments in A.I. technology, re-open an iconic Colorado restaurant, and meet a couple who feel the need to share the importance of their Privacy with the world. For them, it’s all part of growing up in South Park!

    South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season 

    South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season 

    The Blu-ray will include a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack and English SDH subtitles. There doesn't appear to be any supplements. Pre-orders for South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season on Blu-ray are up now at Amazon and here is the full press release:


    Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman Return for More Grade School Misadventures

     Street Date:               September 12, 2023 (UPDATE: Release Date 11/07) 

    Description:               School is back in session when SOUTH PARK: THE COMPLETE TWENTY-SIXTH SEASON arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 12, 2023, from Paramount Home Entertainment. The newest season of the Emmy® Award-winning animated series includes six brand-new episodes featuring your favorite South Park residents.                

    The boys are back as South Park returns with its 26th season! Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as they learn the wonders of Japanese toilets, grapple with latest developments in A.I. technology, re-open an iconic Colorado restaurant, and meet a couple who feel the need to share the importance of their Privacy with the world. For them, it’s all part of growing up in South Park!

    SOUTH PARK: THE COMPLETE TWENTY-SIXTH SEASON stars creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Mona Marshall (“Blue Exorcist”), April Stewart (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Jennifer Howell (“Bob’s Burgers”).

    Specifications:           Widescreen Format

                                        English 5.1 Dolby Digital (DVD Only)

                                        English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD (Blu-ray Only)

                                        English SDH Subtitles

    U.S. Rating:               Not Rated

    Canadian Rating:     14A – Crude Content, Coarse Language

    Run Time:                 2 hours, 9 minutes     

      

     

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  • What's this? What's This!?! A 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 20, 2023!

    Posted Sun Aug 20, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    The Nightmare Before Christmas backdrop

     Is there such a thing as returning to normal with disc releases? Probably not, but compared to last week the 4K category has grown by leaps and bounds. This week we see a black comedy (without a Wayans brother at the helm), Jack Skellington gets a 4K update, Antonio Banderas' best known character, and more.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 12 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 20th - August 26th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     

     Leading the week with a catalog upgrade, because, it has grown such a following and we are leading the guide with it. From Disney, The Nightmare Before Christmas gets a Standard Edition and a "Disney 100" style Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

      

     

     Shout Factory brings us Hackers, which is available as a Collector's Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As a collector, I am perplexed at the lack of a slipcover on the "Collector's Edition".

     

       

     

     From Sony Pictures, The Legend of Zorro gets a 4K upgrade. Good to see the sequels also get the 4K upgrade treatment.

     

     

     Arrow Video offers up nostalgic 1985 with Weird Science.

     

     Closing out the catalog title category, barring any delays, the 'Indicator Series' releases for The Night of the Hunted and The Rape of the Vampire release on Tuesday as well.

     

     Out of sequence, I know, new release last this week, from Lionsgate we have comedy/horror titled The Blackening, which comes available as a Standard Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

     Next week, a Time Bandits import (with swag), Chucky 4-7, Battlestar and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases include The Blackening from LionsGate and the pair of Indicator Series titles, The Night of the Hunted and The Rape of the Vampire.

     The rest of this category is pretty barren. As always though, here are the highlights:

     A rather random catalog title from Sony Pictures with 1981's American Pop, an 'animated trek across the musical landscape of the 20th century'.

     

     Arrow Video this week has Unman, Wittering and Zigo, a drama/thriller.

     LionsGate this week offers something other than an action/thriller with a comedy titled You Hurt My Feelings.

     

     If you did not import the Imprint release, this week Kino has you covered with Pretty Baby.

     Another animated music film, but this time Warner Bros, look for Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar.

     

     Four films on four discs from Criterion with Bo Widerberg’s New Swedish Cinema.

     A minimalist week for Anime, Ranking of Kings Season 1 Part 2, which is available as a Standard Edition and Limited Edition, and Reincarnated as a Sword: Complete Collection.

     

     Worthy Mention: Shout Factory releases the thriller Coma (1978), Michael Crichton does the adaptation of a book instead of the other way around, someone adapting his book.

     Next week we do get a significant increase in titles in this category.

    Notable announcements from last week:

     The Criterion Collection has announced their November line up. Do check it out!

     Kino Lorber has finalized the details for Red Dragon 4K and Cujo 4K / blu-ray releases. They are scheduled to arrive on October 24th. They have also announced a new product line titled "Kino Cult" with three titles already slated. The debut titles are Lorna the Exorcist, Alien Outlaw and The Dark Power and they all release on October 24th.

     Universal will be releasing M3GAN to 4K disc on October 10th. Before we get overly excited though, it does look like they are adding Atmos sound, but only including HDR10. Meanwhile the streaming version has Dolby Vision AND HDR10+. Still, we gain something. There is also a good chance (rumor) that The Black Phone will be out in October. Turbine Media is also releasing The Black Phone in Germany on October 5th. Will Scream Factory do them with Dolby Vision and more extras?

     

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  • Boldly Coming to Blu-ray - Picard: The Final Season, Limited Edition SteelBook & Picard Legacy Collection

    Posted Wed Aug 16, 2023 at 08:53 AM PDT by
    Star Trek: Picard

    Paramount is getting ready to send a farewell to Star Trek: Picard - The Final Season on Blu-ray on September 5. The last season will also be available in a SteelBook as well as a collection of all three seasons hitting stores on Blu-ray on the same day.

    In the epic, thrilling conclusion of Star Trek: Picard, a desperate message from a long-lost friend draws Starfleet legend Admiral Jean-Luc Picard into the most daring mission of his life, forcing him to recruit allies spanning generations old and new. This final adventure sets him on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever.

    Star Trek: Picard Blu-ray           Star Trek: Picard Blu-ray SteelBook

    Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Special Features:

    Includes exclusive-to-home-entertainment special features including never-before-seen footage and audio commentary on select episodes from the show creators and cast. Get a galactic view of the creative vision behind the show and the rebuilding of Enterprise-D. This release also features deleted scenes and a Q&A panel with cast and crew.

    • The Gang’s All Here – Featurette (Exclusive)
    • The Making of the Last Generation – Featurette (Exclusive)
    • Audio Commentary on select episodes (Exclusive)
    • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive)
    • Gag Reel (Exclusive)
    • Rebuilding the Enterprise-D – Featurette
    • Villainous Vadic - Featurette
    • Picard: The Final Season Q&A

    Ultimate Trekkies may want to hold off until October, however, for Star Trek: Picard - The Legacy Collection - a limited, numbered set that will include Star Trek: The Next Generation's Complete Series, the four TNG films, and Star Trek: Picard Complete Series, PLUS loads of swag!  Check out this spread:

    Star Trek: Picard - The Legacy Collection

    Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection

    • 35 hours of bonus features
    • Premium Packaging Containing 54 Blu-ray Discs, 154 Episodes and Exclusive Collectables 
    • All Series and Films Featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard
      • Star Trek: The Next Generation® – Seasons 1-7
      • Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3
      • Star Trek: Generations
      • Star Trek: First Contact
      • Star Trek: Nemesis
      • Star Trek: Insurrection 
    • Exclusive Collectables:
      • Magnetic Captain Picard Badges
      • 4 Custom Chateau Picard Drink Coasters 
      • Custom Deck of Playing Cards
      • Exclusive Version of The Wisdom of Picard, The Wisdom of Picard: The Legacy Collection Edition
        • Featuring New Cover Art
        • Including quotes from the latest seasons of Star Trek: Picard

    All of these packages that include the final season of Picard will be available on September 5. Here is the full press release:


    “Best season of Star Trek ever”
    (JoBlo)
     
     Star Trek: Picard  The Final Season Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray™, and Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ SteelBook on September 5
    The Next Generation Cast Reunion Three Decades in the Making. Go Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Crew with Over 2 ½ Hours of Special Features
     
    LOS ANGELES – June 16, 2023 – The epic and thrilling conclusion to Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season, arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and a limited-edition Blu-ray SteelBook September 5th from Paramount Home Entertainment. Hailed as “Thrilling” and “A show worth watching — and celebrating,” (IndieWire),
    Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season reunites four-time Emmy Award® nominee* Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and The Next Generation crew in this final adventure where he is set on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever. Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season includes over 2 ½  hours of special features, including behind the scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, a hilarious gag reel, and never-before-seen deleted scenes.
     
    The all-star cast includes Patrick Stewart (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, X-Men) as Jean-Luc Picard, LeVar Burton (Star Trek: Generations) as Geordi La Forge, Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Star Trek: Insurrection) as Worf, Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: First ContactStar Trek: Insurrection) as Will Riker, Gates McFadden (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,  Star Trek: Insurrection) as Dr. Beverly Crusher Michelle Hurd (“Blindspot,” “Hawaii Five-0”) as Raffi Musiker, Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: Lower Decks,” Star Trek: Generations) as Deanna Troi, Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Star Trek: First Contact) as Commander Data, Ed Speleers (“You,” “Downton Abbey”) as Jack Crusher, and Jeri Ryan (“Bosch,” “Body of Proof”) as Seven of Nine.
     
    Also available on September 5th will be Star Trek: Picard – The Complete Series which includes all three seasons of the hit show and over 7 hours of special features.
     
    And coming October 17th will be the definitive release for Next Generation fans, Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection. The limited edition individually numbered 54-Disc Blu-ray collection features one of a kind packaging that houses every series and film featuring Jean-Luc Picard. Along with over 35 hours of special features, films and series include “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Seasons 1-7,” “Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3,” Star Trek: GenerationsStar Trek: First ContactStar Trek: Nemesis, and Star Trek: Insurrection.  This limited set also includes an exclusive edition of The Wisdom of Picard featuring brand new artwork and quotes, along with a one-of-a-kind deck of playing cards, a magnet sheet featuring all of Captain Picard’s badges and four custom Chateau Picard drink coasters.
     
    Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Synopsis
    In the epic, thrilling conclusion of Star Trek: Picard, a desperate message from a long-lost friend draws Starfleet legend Admiral Jean-Luc Picard into the most daring mission of his life, forcing him to recruit allies spanning generations old and new. This final adventure sets him on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever.
     
    Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Special Features:
    Includes exclusive-to-home-entertainment special features including never-before-seen footage and audio commentary on select episodes from the show creators and cast. Get a galactic view of the creative vision behind the show and the rebuilding of Enterprise-D. This release also features deleted scenes and a Q&A panel with cast and crew.
    • The Gang’s All Here – Featurette (Exclusive)
    • The Making of the Last Generation – Featurette (Exclusive)
    • Audio Commentary on select episodes (Exclusive)
    • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive)
    • Gag Reel (Exclusive)
    • Rebuilding the Enterprise-D – Featurette
    • Villainous Vadic - Featurette
    • Picard: The Final Season Q&A
    Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection
    • 35 hours of bonus features
    • Premium Packaging Containing 54 Blu-ray Discs, 154 Episodes and Exclusive Collectables 
    • All Series and Films Featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard
      • Star Trek: The Next Generation® – Seasons 1-7
      • Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3
      • Star Trek: Generations
      • Star Trek: First Contact
      • Star Trek: Nemesis
      • Star Trek: Insurrection 
    • Exclusive Collectables:
      • Magnetic Captain Picard Badges
      • 4 Custom Chateau Picard Drink Coasters 
      • Custom Deck of Playing Cards
      • Exclusive Version of The Wisdom of Picard, The Wisdom of Picard: The Legacy Collection Edition
        • Featuring New Cover Art
        • Including quotes from the latest seasons of Star Trek: Picard

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  • 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
    Asteroid City backdrop

     "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
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 backdrop

    "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.

    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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