• Ain't No Clowning Around - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide March 12, 2023

    Posted Sun Mar 12, 2023 at 12:00 PM PDT by

     Whether you're looking for a classic Dreamworks animated release, a sci-fi disaster movie, one of Walter Hill's best works, or more Rocky steel, this week has a bit for everyone, and just like last week, it's at a moderate pace. Two weeks to prepare ourselves for another case of walletmageddon.

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 41 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 12th - March 18th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     So there are no new release 4K titles this week, but there are a few catalog titles to snag up.

     First, from Dreamworks animation, The Prince of Egypt gets a 4K release. Little by little we are seeing their catalog from that era come out. What's next, Shrek 3 or Road to El Dorado?

     

     The sci-fi disaster mentioned above is in the form of The Core, brought to us by Paramount. What a perfect time, the earth's core has been in the news very recently, which in reality will not result in what we are seeing in this film.

     

     One of Walter Hill's best known works, Streets of Fire gets a Shout Select release this week with a 3-disc combo pack.

     

     Rocky III is the next SteelBook to be released in Best Buy's spaced out Rocky releases, this means that Rocky IV will be next week.

     Phenomena gets a special edition release this week, just in case you missed out on the limited edition.

     Next week is almost exclusively owned by Paramount, the last of the initial batch of Rocky SteelBooks, that other movie (Babylon) that I keep confusing with The Fabelmans, Wes Craven's Red Eye gets the 'Paramount Presents' treatment and the long awaited Dragonslayer with two hard to decide choices (get em both!)

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     There are no blu-ray counterparts of the above releases. There are twice as many titles in this category compared to last week to pick from though, here are the highlights.

     If there are two single titles in the blu-ray category that get title of the week (or at least, the most attention), it's got to be A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks, brought to us by Sony Pictures,

     

     and The Whale from LionsGate. With neither getting a 4K disc release, it has me scratching my head a bit.

     

     Drama/thriller this week from LionsGate titled Alice, Darling.

     TV on disc includes All Creatures Great and Small - Season 3, Highway to Heaven: The Complete Series, The Lost Symbol: The Complete Series and The Walking Dead: The Complete Eleventh Season.

     John Woo directed Last Hurrah for Chivalry is available from Criterion Collection.

     

     Anime highlights include Blue Thermal, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero and Sing a Bit of Harmony - Movie and WATAMOTE: No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!.

     Busy week for the Warner Archive Collection, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Flamingo Road, Neptune's Daughter and The Prince and the Showgirl.

     

     Honorable Mention: Ronin Flix is now offering the general release of Jet Li Double Feature: The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1 & 2. This was previously available direct from their own store front.

     Friday import releases include Hammer Horror Vol. 1 and Pumping Iron.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     No major activity this past week, but we didn't say no activity at all. Creed III already has preorder links for the 4K and blu-ray releases, and I have spotted artwork for an import SteelBook, which is done in the same style as the Rocky steels at Best Buy. So it is probable to see the same one offered at Best Buy shortly.

     Kino Lorber will be offering Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to 4K this year, guessing late May.

     James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water has a streaming date of March 28th. This is a sign that a physical announcement is coming soon. Disney and Universal have both announced titles literally two weeks before street date. Sometimes retailers are receiving product with street dates on the box and the announcement has yet to be made. Will it be 4K, will it have Dolby Vision, will it be on a BD100 disc? How much closer are we to those other two movies we have seen hinted at over the past 10 years?

     Sony Pictures' next Dolby Vision/SteelBook upgrade will be Cliffhanger, with a street date of May 30th.

     

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  • Neil Jordan's "Marlowe" Starring Liam Neeson on Blu-ray April 18

    Posted Tue Mar 7, 2023 at 09:48 AM PST by

    Liam Neeson's 100th feature film directed by Academy Award winner Neil Jordan and co-starring Jessica Lange, Diane Kruger, Alan Cumming and Danny Huston will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on April 18. The crime thriller is now available digitally.

    Set in late 1930’s Bay City, MARLOWE centers around a street-wise, down-on-his-luck detective; Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson), who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Diane Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Jessica Lange). The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide.

    The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack will include a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and there doesn't appear to be any supplements as of yet.

    Marlowe - Blu-ray

    Marlowe 

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


    Universal City, California, March 7, 2023 – Liam Neeson (Memory, Blacklight) stars in his 100th feature film and joins the roster of iconic Hollywood talent portraying Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private detective Phillip Marlowe in Open Road Film’s MARLOWE, now available to own or rent on digital at home from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A gripping noir crime thriller that will keep you guessing, the film also debuts on Blu-ray and DVD April 18, 2023 and will continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.
     
    From Academy Award®-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), MARLOWE features a star-studded ensemble cast alongside Neeson including Academy Award® winner Jessica Lange (Blue Sky, Tootsie, The Gambler), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, Unknown, The Infiltrator), Emmy Award® nominee Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, Battle of the Sexes, X2: X-Men United), and Golden Globes® nominee Danny Huston (The Constant Gardener, The Aviator, 21 Grams).
     
    Set in late 1930’s Bay City, MARLOWE centers around a street-wise, down-on-his-luck detective; Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson), who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Diane Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Jessica Lange). The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide.
     
    With the purchase of MARLOWE on disc or Digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit
    www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

    FILMMAKERS:  
    Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian Hart, Colm Meaney, Daniela Melchior, François Arnaud, Seána Kerslake with Danny Huston and Alan Cumming
    Casting By: Dan Hubbard CSC, CSA
    Hair Designer: Lorraine Glynn
    Costume Designer: Betsy Heimann
    Music By: David Holmes
    Editor: Mick Mahon
    Production Designer: John Beard
    Director of Photography: Xavi Giménez AEC
    Executive Producers: Elisabeth C de B Segel, Patrick Muldoon, Harris Tulchin, Juan Antonio García Peredo, Alberto Burgueño, Andreas Wentz, Celine Haddad, Monte Lipman, Dana Sano, Jared D. Underwood, Andrew C. Robinson, Slava Vladimirov, Peter M. Lenkov, A.J. Buckley
    Spanish Producer: Colette Aguilar
    French Producer: Victor Hadida
    Producers: Philip Kim, Patrick Hibler
    Produced By: Alan Moloney p.g.a., Gary Levinsohn p.g.a., Mark Fasano p.g.a., Billy Hines
    Based Upon The Book: “The Black-Eyed Blonde” by John Banville
    Screenplay By: William Monahan and Neil Jordan
    Directed By: Neil Jordan
     
    TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY
    TM: 
    Street Date: April 18, 2023
    Selection Number: 1000824501 (US)
    Layers: BD 50
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.40:1 Widescreen
    Rating: Rated R for language, violent content, some sexual material and brief drug use.
    Subtitles: English SDH and Latin American Spanish
    Languages/Sound: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
    Run Time: 01:49:33
     
    TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: 
    Street Date: April 18, 2023
    Selection Number: 1000824502 (US)
    Layers: DVD 9
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
    Rating: Rated R for language, violent content, some sexual material and brief drug use.
    Subtitles: English SDH and Latin American Spanish
    Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    Run Time: 01:49:40

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  • Time to Catch Your Breath - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide March 5, 2023

    Posted Sun Mar 5, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, oh my! Sprinkle in some Joan Crawford and it's a quality week. After last week, it's time to catch a breath and prepare ourselves for the next wave. At this point it looks like April is lining up to be another huge month.

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 41 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 5th - March 11th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     There are zero, none, nada, zilch new releases this week. Brand new to 4K though is Mildred Pierce (1945), a classic melodrama crime mystery starring Joan Crawford, brought to us via Criterion.

     

     Sony reissues a pair of 4Ks as SteelBooks, and just like before, a Dolby Vision upgrade on each release. First, Air Force One, the action/thriller starring Harrison Ford. And second, The Mask of Zorro starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

        

     

     Closing out the category, I did mention Best Buy was spacing out their Rocky SteelBooks over 4 weeks, this week you can get Rocky II.

     

     Next week, the next Rocky, a hard to get out of print film debuts to 4K and one of director Walter Hill's finest.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     There are no blu-ray counterparts of the above titles releasing this week. Let's just get to the highlights for the rest of the category.

     New drama release from Universal with Women Talking.

     

     The Warner Archive has drama/romance Camille starring and Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor (I). Also this week look for a bipoic about Broadway star Lillian Roth with I'll Cry Tomorrow, starring Susan Hayward.

     

     Who doesn't want a Christmas movie in March? RLJ & Shudder Originals has Christmas Bloody Christmas this week. Another Christmas movie with Santa on a killing spree, worth a look I s'pose.

     Horror release The House That Screamed comes via Arrow Video (previously released by Scream Factory).

     

     Three more VHS Retro Look titles from Mill Creek, Fear, The Fan and Problem Child.

     Anime highlights include Heaven Official's Blessing - Season 1, which comes in a Standard Edition and as a Limited Edition, and Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - Season 1 Part 2.

     

     Honorable Mention: This one goes out to those that want everything Cecil B. DeMille, Kino Lorber releases The Crusades this week.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Bros. has officially detailed the Superman 5-Film Collection for 4K release on April 18th. What you get is Superman I - IV, with two cuts of Superman II. Amazon also is offering the collection as a SteelBook set.

     Sandpiper Pictures has added several more blu-ray titles to their April 25th slate, they are The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Fantasticks, Kid Galahad and Stanley & Iris.   The latter three were all previously available on the Twilight Time label.

     Shout! Factory has revealed several titles for May, in no particular order they are Conquest Of Space / I Married A Monster From Outer Space (Double Feature), The Morning After (1986), The Tiger Cage Collection, Skyline 4K, Brotherhood Of The Wolf 4K, Highwaymen and The Haunting 4K. This seems a little light to me, I really would't be surprised to see more titles added in the next week or so, definitely some Anime.

     Paramount will be releasing Deep Impact to 4K disc on May 2nd.

     LionsGate is  releasing The Man Who Fell to Earth to 4K Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook on April 25th.

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  • Stephen Soderbergh's Magic Mike's Last Dance Gyrates on Blu-ray April 18th

    Posted Tue Feb 28, 2023 at 11:43 AM PST by

    The comedy/drama starring Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek-Pinault will be teasing its way to Blu-ray and DVD on April 18. The Digital release is now available.

    In “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” “Magic” Mike Lane (Tatum) takes to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite (Hayek Pinault) who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse…and an agenda all her own. With everything on the line, once Mike discovers what she truly has in mind, will he—and the roster of hot new dancers he’ll have to whip into shape—be able to pull it off?

    The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack will include Magic Mike's New Moves and a Deleted Scene with a SRP of $34.98.

    Magic Mike's Last Dance

    Magic Mike's Last Dance 

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


     “Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek have all the chemistry in a satisfying sendoff that celebrates the art of dance.” 

    INDIEWIRE / Jude Dry

     

    “‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ Is Wish Fulfillment at Its Sexiest”

    THE ATLANTIC / Shirley Li

     

    Magic Mike’s Last Dance

    COMES HOME FROM

    WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

     

    Premium Digital Ownership

    debuts early on February 28th

     

    Blu-ray and DVD arrive on April 18th

     

     

    Burbank, CA, February 28th  – Embark on Magic Mike’s last hurrah, featuring Channing Tatum reprising his role as Mike Lane when “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on February 28th . The film is directed by Steven Soderbergh from a script by Reid Carolin, with help from Soderbergh’s creative team behind the scenes includes production designer Pat Campbell (TV’s “The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself”), costume designer Christopher Peterson (“The Irishman”) and music supervisor Season Kent (“KIMI,” “Let Them All Talk”), with choreography by Alison Faulk and Luke Broadlick, both part of the “Magic Mike” franchise, starring “Magic” Mike Lane (Tatum). The film also stars Salma Hayek Pinault (“House of Gucci,” “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”), along with dancers from the “Magic Mike Live” shows in London and Las Vegas. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning on April 18th.

    The film also stars Ayub Khan Din (TV’s “Ackley Bridge”), newcomer Jemelia George, Juliette Motamed (TV’s “We Are Lady Parts”) and Vicki Pepperdine (“Johnny English Strikes Again”). The film was produced by Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Tatum, Carolin and Peter Kiernan with Julie M. Anderson executive producing.

    The film was recently released in limited theaters as a special opportunity for fans and they came out in numbers to experience this final film.

    • On February 28th , “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.
    • On April 18th , “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD. “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

    “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” can be enjoyed at home with Filmmaker Mode TM.  Developed by studios, TV manufacturers and some of Hollywood’s leading directors, Filmmaker Mode disables all post processing (e.g. motion smoothing), preserves the correct aspect ratios, colors and frame rates, and enables your TV to display the film precisely as it was intended by the filmmaker.  Filmmaker Mode is available on televisions from select manufacturers.

    “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

     

    SYNOPSIS

     

    In “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” “Magic” Mike Lane (Tatum) takes to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite (Hayek Pinault) who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse…and an agenda all her own. With everything on the line, once Mike discovers what she truly has in mind, will he—and the roster of hot new dancers he’ll have to whip into shape—be able to pull it off?

    DIGITAL, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

    “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:  

    • Magic Mike’s New Moves
    • Deleted Scene

    Magic Mike’s Last Dance” Blu-ray contains the following special features: 

    • Magic Mike’s New Moves
    • Deleted Scene

     

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  • Empty Out Your Wallet! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Feb 26, 2023

    Posted Sat Feb 25, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     Naval aviators of the 'forgotten war',  Antonio Banderas' best known animated character, a star studded crime/thriller, two more Laikas, Rocky Balboa, Denzel Washington trains a rookie and more. This week we might just need to extend our line of credit or empty our savings account, there's a lot of something for everyone.

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 39 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of Febrary 26th - March 4th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     If you want everything 4K, your video rack is going to add quite a few titles. Excluding the import, there are a total of 17 skus. It's not as bad when you do a break down, but it's still rough.

     For new releases, first let's visit the "Forgotten War" with another 'first' in Devotion, a true story about the first black Naval aviator. Partaking in the Korean war, two elite pilots turn the tide in a brutal battle.

     

     The other new release this week stars Antonio Banderas in a reprisal role with Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

     

     Moving right along to catalog titles, sorted by distributor, let's begin with Kino Lorber and Marathon Man, a crime/thriller with the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier and Roy Scheider.

     

     LionsGate has a double-dip of sense, the John Wick Stash Book Collection – SteelBook Box Set which is only available at Best Buy.

     Finally no need to import it, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre comes to us via the MPI Media Group. Available as a standard edition and as a SteelBook edition.

     

     Shout Factory's next batch of Laika Studios releases is available this Tuesday. Look for The Boxtrolls, available as a Standard edition and as a SteelBook edition, and Kubo and the Two Strings, also available as a Standard edition and a SteelBook edition. Thus far these new SteelBooks have had some incredible artwork.

     

      Last, but certainly not least comes Warner Bros., Rocky leads off the pack with Rocky: The Knockout Collection (I-IV), part IV having both the theatrical and director's ultimate cut. If you are for the SteelBooks, Best Buy is sprinkling each film over the next three weeks, this week you get the original film, Rocky.

     

     Also from Warner, Training Day gets a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, and if you want to import a much nicer version, a Zavvi Exclusive Premium SteelBook. The latter might not be available to ship directly as of press date as Zavvi is making some changes to how they operate.

     

     From Vinegar Syndrome, the general release of From Beyond. The limited edition is no longer available from their site.

     Import Friday brings Possessor Uncut edition, from Turbine media.

     Next week has more Rocky, Sony reissues two more SteelBooks with Dolby Vision upgrades and Criterion Collection has a classic melodrama.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     The same holds true for blu-ray releases this week, your financial well being is in danger.

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above category first, Devotion comes to us from Paramount and for Puss in Boots, we get a standard edition, a Walmart Exclusive and the two-movie collection.

     Our favorite action actor Bruce Willis returns this week with the third film of the trilogy, Detective Knight: Independence, which comes to us via LionsGate. In a different genre, think fantasy/horror,  B'Twixt Now and Sunrise.

     

     From Warner Bros, late 60s animated release The Adventures of Batman: The Complete Collection debuts on blu-ray.

     Sony Pictures has the Whitney Houston biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

     

     Criterion Collection has Hollywood Shuffle and Two Films By Marguerite Duras.

     

     If you want to see a Western done Hong kong style, try out Millionaires’ Express from Arrow Video.

     Anime highlights include a Fist of the North Star feature, Ghost Stories - Complete Collection, Jujutsu Kaisen: Season 1 Part 1, which is available as a Standard Edition and as a Limited Edition, Revisions: Complete Collection and Sailor Moon R: Complete Second Season.

     Honorable Mention:  A few weeks ago we saw a handful of 'Disney 100' blu-ray releases at Walmart, which had a special cover art and a limited edition pin. I spotted the same ones (minus the limited edition pin) at Best Buy as well. This week gives us the next wave that includes 101 Dalmatians, The Aristocats, Frozen II, The Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled, Wreck it Ralph and Zootopia. No doubt the same editions will be at Best Buy and the Disney movie club.

     Amazon U.S. has the February Imprint Films titles available on Friday, they are:

     

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Paramount has officially announced the Star Trek Next Generation films for 4K release on April 4th. There will also be remastered blu-rays available the same day.

     Warner Bros. will be releasing Superman I - IV to 4K disc on April 18th. It will include two cuts of Superman II. Also available will be the collection, as an Amazon Exclusive SteelBook.

     LionsGate will be releasing Plane (starring Gerard Butler and Mike Colter) to 4K and blu-ray on March 28th.

     Arrow Video's May release slate is pretty exciting, for the US/Canada market look for Blackhat, Blackhat 4K, Hand of Death and The Last Starfighter 4K. The UK will be getting Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 4K as well as The Beta Test on blu-ray.

     

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  • NOT Dazed, or Confused, it's the 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Feb 19, 2023

    Posted Sun Feb 19, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     From a post-apocalyptic TV series event, a feel good baseball movie, a solid high school movie, Sir Sean Connery as Drago, the original Magnificent Seven and more, this week has a lot of quality releases to consider. And that's just a summary of 4K titles.

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 38 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of Febrary 19th - February 25th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Compared to the past couple of weeks, this week is huge. The single new movie release this week is a feel-good baseball movie titled Running the Bases. Unless I am mistaken, this is Mill Creek's first 4K release.

     

     TV on disc new release is from Paramount with Station Eleven, described as a 'post apocalyptic saga.'

     

     On to catalog titles, Criterion Collection has got Dazed and Confused. Bryan's review is putting this as a "Must Own" release.

     

     Shout Factory has Dragonheart and Shout Select has the (original) 1960 release of The Magnificent Seven.

     

     Sticking with the same production house, Scream Factory is offering up The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) / Slumber Party Massacre II in one package.

     

     A pair of recommended releases (if you like that genre) from Blue Underground with Eugenie (Philosophy in the Boudoir) and Marquis de Sade's Justine.

     

     From Sony Pictures, The Remains of the Day with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

     

     Circling back to Paramount, a double-dip in a sense, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit gets a standalone release outside of the five film collection.

     Next week is a pretty big week too with two more Laika 4K releases (SteelBook and standard), Devotion, Puss in Boots, Rocky 1-4, Training Day and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases above, Station Eleven and Running the Bases each get their respective releases.

     From Searchlight Pictures, the 2022 drama/romance Empire of Light.

     

     From Sony Pictures Classics, foreign romance/war film Indochine and Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams. From their standard label, 1962's comedy/musical Ring-a-ding Rhythm.

     LionsGate's films of the week are The Inspection, The Price We Pay and The Old Way. The latter is a Western with Nicolas Cage. If you were hoping for Bruce Willis, that is coming next week with Detective Knight: Independence.

     

     Anime highlights include Clannad / Clannad After Story - Complete Collection, Giovanni's Island and Love After World Domination: The Complete Season.

     How about a little martial arts action with Magnificent Warriors from Arrow Video?

     

     Mill Creek has a trio of collections worth looking at, Epic Showdowns - 4 Action Movies, Sci-Fi from the Vault: 4 Classic Films and Thrillers from the Vault: 8 Classic Horror Films.

     Honorable mention: If you are looking to complete a Steve McQueen collection, this week Kino Lorber has got The Hunter available to purchase.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Criterion Collection's May releases have been announced. You can thank me for them adding Wings of Desire to the 4K slate, I literally just bought the UK Import. Thelma & Louise is a nice bonus too, check it out!

     Universal has officially announced M3GAN will include the unrated cut, with a March 21 release date. And nope, no 4K disc. I suspect you can thank Blumhouse for that one, we have seen them produce films for Sony as well without 4K physical. Maybe in the future.

     If you thought you were going to collect them all and not hurt your wallet too badly, think again. It looks like the entire Disney animated film catalog is coming to Walmart/DMC exclusive blu-ray and/or Best Buy 4K SteelBooks. Additional titles include The Aristocats, The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Tangled, Frozen II, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and The Tramp, Wreck-It Ralph, Robin Hood and 101 Dalmatians on 2/28, Finding Nemo, Coco, Brave, Cars, Up, The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc. on June 13, Mickey & Friends 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 2 on June 27, Iron Man SteelBook on September 5, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Fox and the Hound, Cinderella, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and Alice In Wonderland on October 17th. It was previously noted that Cinderella will be getting a 4K release on March 28th via the Disney Movie Club. This one is probably like Strange World was released.

     Sandpiper Films is bringing 3 more Twilight Time releases back in print, they are Bulletproof Monk, The Quiet American (1958) and Year of the Comet. Look for these on April 18th.

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  • Paging Mr. Spielberg - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Feb 12, 2023

    Posted Sun Feb 12, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     Happy Valentines Day. What does it mean for you? Are you of the horror or romance genre lover, or even a horror romance? This week marks a missed opportunity of releasing My Bloody Valentine to 4K disc, afterall, we get a Christmas film (Christmas with the Campbells). But there's always next year, or Christmas, right?

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 37 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of Febrary 12th - February 18th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     This week's 4K category is pretty arid. Don't fret though as there are tons of upcoming titles and this break won't last long.

     We have two (sort of) new releases this week, first from Universal, The Fabelmans, directed by Steven Spielberg. I keep confusing this film with Babylon, which comes out in March. Maybe it's the cover art, maybe because they're both about film.

     

     The 'sort of' comment comes from the next release, Strange World from Disney. If you want the 4K your two primary options are to get the SteelBook from Best Buy or the standard edition from the Disney Movie Club. This is strange indeed, LionsGate has done this more than Disney has.

     

     Import Wednesday (not Monday this time) is for the edition we should have in the US, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a Zavvi Exclusive Collector's Edition. This may not be orderable, look at the announcements below.

     Next week, stunned and incoherent, beastly organ, fantastic lucky number, tidbits of an interval, sleepover gone wrong and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above two titles, The Fabelmans and Strange World each get their respective releases.

     TV on disc includes American Gigolo: Season One and Longmire: The Complete Series.

     

     From Arrow Video, Giallo Essentials V4 White Edition. Between Arrow Video and Vinegar Syndrome, we are sure to eventually fill our library with all of Giallo's films, if we haven't already.

     

     New comedy from Warner Bros with House Party (aka House Party 5).

     The next 'Paramount Presents' label release is available this week with Just Another Girl on the I.R.T..

     

     Anime highlights include Demon King Daimao - Complete Collection, The Slime Diaries: The Complete Season and World Witches Take Off!: The Complete Season.

     

     If you were hoping to satiate your need for Bruce Willis, you got to wait 2 more weeks, but this week from Vertical Entertainment there is an action/thriller titled Savage Salvation.

     Just in time for Valentines Day, Criterion Collection has the 1968 edition of Romeo and Juliet. There was a recent lawsuit brought up on this one regarding the on screen nudity aspect of it.

     

     Honorable mention: Available from RLJ Entertainment this week, Dark Glasses, a film by Dario Argento.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     There has been word online that Zavvi will no longer be shipping SteelBooks to the US. There will only be a few going forward but they need to be ordered from the US site. Speaking from experience, I have often received damaged goods from them and have asked if there was a way to pay extra for better packaging, to which they said no. Hard to say what the official reason is, but that could be it.

     How familiar are you about the place where everyone knows your name? Paramount/CBS has just revealed that Cheers: The Complete Series is coming to blu-ray on April 25th. Shot on film, this show looks pretty decent on pARAMOUNT pLUS (VIA aMAZON pRIME vIDEO). I must say I will be awaiting delivery on this one. Maybe some day we can get the modern crime shows on disc too, including their spin-offs --- CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, et al.

     Paramount/CBS has added Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season One to 4K SteelBook on May 16th. Another positive direction release. Just add DS9 to the remaster projects and Trek fans will be elated. Also coming to Paramount 4K disc on May 16th, the 2003 remake of The Italian Job.

     Here's an interesting crossover -- Warner Bros will be releasing Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One to 4K and blu-ray on April 25th.

     

    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 UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Feb 5, 2023 - Wa-Wa-Kanda Edition

    Posted Sun Feb 5, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     With February upon us, we are getting that much closer to the Summer Movie Season. It was rather cold this most recent weekend, were you cooped up with some free screen time? What did you watch?

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 36 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of Febrary 5th - February 11th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     There are two new releases this week in the 4K category. First from Disney's Marvel Studios brand, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. We have got some options with this one, they are the standard edition, a Walmart Exclusive edition and TWO Best Buy Exclusive SteelBooks, a Wakanda Art Cover Edition and a Talokán Art Cover Edition. The swag-induced Zavvi UK Import is scheduled February 15th.

                   

     

     Switching over to the DC Universe, Warner Bros. releases the animated movie Legion Of Super-Heroes.

     

     From Shout Factory, the comedy Bubba Ho-Tep, which stars Bruce Campbell. Check out Bryan's review and then place an order.

     

     From Criterion Collection, a foreign film collection titled Three Colors, which features three films by the director Krzysztof Kieslowski.

     

     A newcomer to the 4K disc category, Lightyear Entertainment has The Return of Swamp Thing, to which Bryan gives pretty good marks. Do check out the review.

     

     LionsGate has another translucent slipcover style SteelBook only @ Best Buy with the comedy/horror/romance Warm Bodies.

     

     Staying with Best Buy exclusives, the first of the 'Disney 100' line is due to come out this week, as an exclusive SteelBook of Encanto. This particular style of artwork has been used elsewhere across the globe, and this set is likely the exact same discs as before, so don't hold your breath for Dolby Vision and BD100 discs any time soon. What you gain from the previous edition is a collectible SteelBook with alternate cover art.

     

     Next week, an Odd Planet, Aesop's guys and how we was.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above category includes Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as a standard edition from Disney/Marvel and Legion Of Super-Heroes from Warner Bros.

     The blu-ray category this week is a bit light, here are the highlights...

     From Arrow Video, the sci-fi thriller .Com for Murder. And, a little on the lighter side of horror, The Vagrant with Bill Paxton.

     

     New comedy/drama from Universal Studios titled Spoiler Alert.

     

     Doubling back from the topic of Disney 100 (Encanto above), if you didn't get it last month via the Disney Movie Club, it is now available as a general release, Disney 100 labeled release Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1. Walmart this week has a few exclusives to offer to blu-ray and the Disney 100 line as well. These editions are similar to the Disney Movie Club exclusives but they also include Collectible Pins. Look for exclusive editions of Beauty and the Beast (1991), Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1, Moana and Toy Story. The DMC also offers Zootopia to the same line, I wouldn't be surprised to see it offered at Walmart, it's just not listed yet. I wonder if these are going to be online only or perhaps part of the Wakanda Forever display.

     Anime highlights include just two titles (3 skus) with Horimiya: The Complete Season, which is available as a standard edition and as a limited edition and How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord: Season 2.

     

     We don't often mention double-dips (this one has had 5 previous releases actually), but Paramount is releasing a SteelBook of the musical Chicago. The artwork is a bit flashier than previous releases, so it might be worth a look. Following their pattern, does this mean a 4K is next?  For new stuff from Paramount, TV on disc includes just Joe Pickett: Season One.

     

     Honorable Mention: Specialty label RoninFlix has an action/horror worth peeping out, it's titled Becky. Not done there, also look for the Jet Li 2 Movie Collection, which includes Fist Of Legend & Tai Chi Master. We are getting Jackie Chan from Shout Factory, so why not?

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory's various labels have announced (most of) their April releases, they are Envy, Flashback (1990), Endangered Species (1982), New Gods: Yang Jian, Bless the Child, The Jackie Chan Collection, Vol. 2 (1983 - 1993), Midnight Run 4K, The Haunting of Julia 4K and The People Under The Stairs 4K.

     Kino Lorber will be delivering Kindergarten Cop to 4K soon, likely late April or early May.

     It has also been all but confirmed that there are currently no plans on releasing M3GAN to 4K disc. Not sure if it being a Blumhouse release has much to do with it, but a lot of their titles skip the 4K disc route. Wouldn't the R-Rated cut be an awesome treat for 4K? Maybe the studio will see the demand here and add it before an actual announcement is made, they did release The Purge movies after all.

    4K Release Calendar

    2K/BD Release Calendar

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  • Rick and Morty: Season 6 Lands on Blu-ray with a SteelBook 03/28

    Posted Thu Feb 2, 2023 at 10:18 AM PST by

    All 10 episodes of the sixth season of Adult Swim's two-time Emmy-winning animated comedy series will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and a Blu-ray SteelBook on March 28. The Canadian releases will be April 4.

    It’s season six and Rick and Morty are back! Pick up where we left them, worse for wear and down on their luck. Will they manage to bounce back for more adventures? Or will they get swept up in an ocean of piss! Who knows?! Piss! Family! Intrigue! A bunch of dinosaurs! More piss! Another can't miss season of your favorite show.

    Includes all 10 episodes from the sixth season:

    1. Solaricks
    2. Rick: A Mort Well Lived
    3. Bethic Twinstinct
    4. Night Family
    5. Final DeSmithation
    6. JuRicksic Mort
    7. Full Meta Jackrick
    8. Analyze Piss
    9. A Rick in King Mortur’s Mort
    10. Ricktional Mortpoon’s Rickmas Mortcation

    The Blu-rays will feature a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and four bonus features:

    • Rick and Morty: Inside Season 6 (New Featurette Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD) - Take a trip through the show’s portal-less sixth season with co-creator Dan Harmon, co-executive producer Steve Levy, showrunner Scott Marder, and writers Heather Anne Campbell, Albro Lundy, Rob Schrab and James Siciliano
    • Anatomy of a Scene: "Bethic Twinstinct" (Featurette) - Co-creator Dan Harmon, showrunner Scott Marder, director Douglas Einar Olsen and writer Anne Lane dig into the carcasses of two scenes while you stare at them in a numb trance.
    •  Anatomy of a Scene: "Night Family" (Featurette) - Clock the most extensive car chase in the series’ history with co-executive producer Albro Lundy, showrunner Scott Marder, writer Rob Schrab and director Jacob Hair.
    • Anatomy of a Scene: "Analyze Piss" (Featurette) - Co-creator Dan Harmon, showrunner Scott Marder, director Fill Marc Sagadraca and writer James Siciliano go blow-for-blow on Jerry’s fight with Pissmaster.
    • Inside the Episodes (Featurettes) – Take a deeper look into each of the ten episodes from the season.

    Rick and Morty: Season 6 (SteelBook)
    Rick and Morty: Season 6 (SteelBook)
     

    Rick and Morty: Season 6
    Rick and Morty: Season 6
     

    SRP for the Blu-ray is $29.98 and the Blu-ray SteelBook is $39.99. Order your copy today and here is the full press release:


    Rick and Morty: Season 6

     

    OOH WEE! Get Schwifty with Adult Swim’s Two-Time Emmy® Award Winning Series

    Own the Antics on Steelbook Blu-ray™ Disc, Blu-ray Disc & DVD March 28, 2023

     

    #RickandMorty

    BURBANK, CA (February 2, 2023) Go on an intergalactic adventure across the multi-verse with the critically acclaimed animated hit comedy series from Adult Swim when Rick and Morty: Season 6 will be available to own Steelbook Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray Disc and DVD beginning March 28, 2023 (April 4, 2023 in Canada). Get ready to binge on one of cables #1 watched comedies - and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with this outrageous set which includes all 10 episodes from Season 6, along with copious special features curated for the fans, including an all-new featurette Rick and Morty: Inside Season 6.

     

    It’s season six and Rick and Morty are back! Pick up where we left them, worse for wear and down on their luck. Will they manage to bounce back for more adventures? Or will they get swept up in an ocean of piss! Who knows?! Piss! Family! Intrigue! A bunch of dinosaurs! More piss! Another can't miss season of your favorite show.

     

    With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Rick and Morty: Season 6 Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1.

     

    Debuting in 112 countries in 38 languages, Rick and Morty: Season 6 captured substantial international viewership. The series has ranked as one of the top series for HBO Max, both domestically and globally. Lifetime to date, Rick and Morty has been viewed over 10 billion times globally, across linear, digital, and streaming.

     

    Rick and Morty: Season 6 will be available on March 28, 2023 in the US and April 4, 2023 in Canada to purchase on Steelbook Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD both online and in-store at major retailers. The series is also now available to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more.

     

    Rick and Morty: Inside Season 6 (New Featurette Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD) - Take a trip through the show’s portal-less sixth season with co-creator Dan Harmon, co-executive producer Steve Levy, showrunner Scott Marder, and writers Heather Anne Campbell, Albro Lundy, Rob Schrab and James Siciliano

     

    Anatomy of a Scene: "Bethic Twinstinct" (Featurette) - Co-creator Dan Harmon, showrunner Scott Marder, director Douglas Einar Olsen and writer Anne Lane dig into the carcasses of two scenes while you stare at them in a numb trance.

     

    Anatomy of a Scene: "Night Family" (Featurette) - Clock the most extensive car chase in the series’ history with co-executive producer Albro Lundy, showrunner Scott Marder, writer Rob Schrab and director Jacob Hair.

     

    Anatomy of a Scene: "Analyze Piss" (Featurette) - Co-creator Dan Harmon, showrunner Scott Marder, director Fill Marc Sagadraca and writer James Siciliano go blow-for-blow on Jerry’s fight with Pissmaster.

     

    10 Inside the Episodes (Featurettes) – Take a deeper look into each of the ten episodes from the season.

     

    Pricing and series information:

    Includes all 10 episodes from the sixth season:

    1. Solaricks
    2. Rick: A Mort Well Lived
    3. Bethic Twinstinct
    4. Night Family
    5. Final DeSmithation
    6. JuRicksic Mort
    7. Full Meta Jackrick
    8. Analyze Piss
    9. A Rick in King Mortur’s Mort
    10. Ricktional Mortpoon’s Rickmas Mortcation

    Product                                  SRP

    Steelbook Blu-ray                  $39.99 SRP ($44.98 in Canada)

    Blu-ray Price                          $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada)

    DVD                                       $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada)

     

    Presented in 16x9 Widescreen Format

    Blu-rau and DVD Audio - English (5.1)

    Bliu-ray and DVD Subtitles - English SDH

    Total Runtime: Approx. 220 minutes

    Rated: TV-MA

     

    About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

    Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

     

    About Adult Swim

    Adult Swim is the leader in adult animation and #1 destination for young adults for over fifteen years, offering critically acclaimed, award-winning original and acquired series such as “Rick and Morty,” “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal,” “The Eric Andre Show,” and “Tuca & Bertie.” Fan favorite anime block, Toonami, airs on Saturday nights and has expanded beyond acquisitions, producing original series including “Housing Complex C,” “Uzumaki,” and new seasons of “FLCL.” The annual Adult Swim Festival reaches a global audience, and features performances by top musicians and comedians. Adult Swim airs nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel and reaches fans via HBO Max. Connect with Adult Swim on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Tik Tok. Subscribe to Adult Swim on YouTube

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  • Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody Arrives on Blu-ray 02/28

    Posted Tue Jan 31, 2023 at 09:32 AM PST by

    The love letter biopic to one of the greatest singers of our time will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on February 28. The digital release will be available on February 7.   

    Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, written by Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten (Best Adapted Screenplay, The Two Popes, 2019), produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis and starring BAFTA Award® winner Naomi Ackie, the film is a no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice. From New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time, audiences are taken on an inspirational, poignant—and so emotional—journey through Houston’s trailblazing life and career, with show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon’s most beloved hits as you’ve never heard them before. Don’t you wanna dance?

    The Blu-ray will have a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements on the Blu-ray and Digital releases will include a Whitney Houston Jukebox, deleted scenes, and three behind-the-scenes featurettes. The DVD will only include the featurettes.

    BLU-RAY and DIGITAL

    • Whitney’s Jukebox
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
      • Moments of an Icon
      • Becoming Whitney
      • The Personal Touch

    DVD

    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
      • Moments of an Icon
      • Becoming Whitney
      • The Personal Touch

    Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
    Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
     

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


    FROM THE WRITER OF BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

     

     

    AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL FEBRUARY 7
    ON BLU-RAY and DVD FEBRUARY 28

    SING ALONG WITH WHITNEY’S JUKEBOX AND GET A DEEPER LOOK AT HER STORY WITH DELETED SCENES AND
    BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURETTES

    SYNOPSIS

    Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, written by Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten (Best Adapted Screenplay, The Two Popes, 2019), produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis and starring BAFTA Award® winner Naomi Ackie, the film is a no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice. From New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time, audiences are taken on an inspirational, poignant—and so emotional—journey through Houston’s trailblazing life and career, with show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon’s most beloved hits as you’ve never heard them before. Don’t you wanna dance?
     

    BONUS MATERIALS


    BLU-RAY and DIGITAL

    • Whitney’s Jukebox
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
      • Moments of an Icon
      • Becoming Whitney
      • The Personal Touch

    DVD

    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
      • Moments of an Icon
      • Becoming Whitney
      • The Personal Touch

     

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed By: Kasi Lemmons
    Written By: Anthony McCarten
    Produced By: Denis O’Sullivan, Jeff Kalligheri, Anthony McCarten, Pat Houston, Clive Davis, Larry Mestel, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Matt Jackson, Christina Papagjika, Matthew Salloway
    Executive Producers: Naomi Ackie, Kasi Lemmons, William Earon, Marina Cappi, Erika Hampson, Josh Crook, Rachel Smith, Seth Spector, Dennis Casali, Janice Beard, Lexie Beard, Tanner Beard, Matthew Gallagher, Jane Bergere, Stella Meghie, Mackenzie O’Connell           
    Cast: Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders, Tamara Tunie, Nafessa Williams, and Clarke Peters

    SPECS

    Run Time: Approx. 144 minutes
    Rating: PG-13 for strong drug content, some strong language, suggestive references and smoking
    Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 | Audio English, Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French (Doublé au Québec) | English & French (Doublé au Québec) - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital
    DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Audio English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital | English & French (Doublé au Québec) - Audio Description Track Dolby Surround


    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Twitter: @WannaDanceMovie
    Instagram: @WannaDanceMovie
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WannaDanceMovie/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/SonyPictures
     

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  • The next phase (of evolution) - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 29, 2023

    Posted Sun Jan 29, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     As we exit the month of January and enter the month of February, what movies are you anxious to see come to disc? Avatar - The Way of Water has surpassed 2-Billion dollars, which means no doubt it will stay in the theaters awhile longer til they decide on a home video release date. There is lots of speculation on James Cameron movies finally hitting the 4K and HD disc formats this year. Yeah, we've heard that one before, right? But it might be true this time!

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 35 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 29th - February 4th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     There is one new release this week, it was already released to blu-ray in August but now we get a 4K upgrade. A David Cronenberg film that is (surprisingly) not released by Criterion, it's titled Crimes of the Future.

     

     On to catalog titles, from Scream Factory, Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead (2004). As remakes go, this one is worth grabbing.

     

     From Vinegar Syndrome, a general release of Road House. Note that the general release has a different package. If you wish to get the premium edition in the linked review, visit Vinegar Syndrome.

     From Kino Lorber, the original 1969 edition of The Italian Job.

     

     In the double-dip department, Event Horizon, but in a regular uhd case instead of a SteelBook.

     Lastly, from Vinegar Syndrome's adult-film line (Peekarama), a release titled The Young Like It Hot / Sweet Young Foxes.

     Next Week, dark cat two, blue suede, more DC animated, bog beast comes back, blue-white-red, temperate masses and Disney-100 begins!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     This category has been a bit light the past few weeks, but it appears to be returning to normal this week. There is one single blu-ray counterpart of the above listed titles, that would be The Italian Job (1969) from Kino Lorber.

     TV on disc includes The Great: Season One, The Great: Season Two and Maigret: Season Two.

     

     From Criterion Collection this week, Bergman Island. I cannot personally attest to this film, but it's got some recognizable names behind it, worth checking out.

     New horror/romance from Warner Bros. titled Bones and All.

     

     Arrow Video has a 6-disc box set this week titled The Lukas Moodysson Collection.

     Staying with Box Sets, there are two from the Powerhouse Films Indicator Series line, Enter Santo: The First Adventures of the Silver-Masked Man and Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J Murphy, 1967-2015.

     

     Catalog titles from Paramount debuting to blu-ray, Big Night, Gallipoli and Young Sherlock Holmes [SteelBook].

     

     Anime highlights include Ascendance of a Bookworm - Season 3, City Hunter: Movie & TV Special Collection, Virtua Fighter - The Animated Series and Yu Yu Hakusho - 30th Anniversary Box Set, which you may have to order from Best Buy as Amazon is SOLD OUT (?)

     Honorable mention: Kino Lorber is releasing the gothic horror The Asphyx to blu-ray this week. It appears to be the best release of this title to date, do check it out.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     From Disney, the classic animated Cinderella is getting a 4K release on or around March 28th. Official word has not dropped yet. Here's hoping they finally adopt Dolby Vision on disc.

     Amazon has listed Dreamworks Animation The Prince of Egypt for 4K release on March 14th.

     It would also appear that Flashdance is getting a 4K release on April 11th from Paramount.

     Arrow Video's domestic slate for April includes The Assassination Bureau, Heart of Dragon and Lovers Lane for blu-ray release. Of their April slate, Naked Lunch is getting a 4K release in the UK.

     Powerhouse Films and the Indicator Series will be releasing The Shiver of the Vampires and Two Orphan Vampires to blu-ray and 4K on April 25th.

     

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    2K/BD Release Calendar

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  • Sam Mendes' Empire of Light Arrives on Blu-ray/DVD 02/21 (Digital 02/07)

    Posted Wed Jan 25, 2023 at 09:19 AM PST by

    Searchlight Pictures is set to release Sam Mendes' Academy Award-nominated Empire of Light starring Olivia Colman on Blu-ray and DVD on February 21. The Digital option will be available a few weeks earlier on February 7.

    From director and writer Sam Mendes (“1917” and “Skyfall”), “Empire of Light” is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

    The Blu-ray will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, although the press release indicates the Digital will include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

     Bonus Features*

    Featurette

    • Creating Empire of Light - Go behind the scenes of this personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes, and uncover the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema. See how the perfect location was found to rebuild a classic movie theater that had the cast in awe.

     *Bonus features vary by product and retailer

    Empire of Light
    Empire of Light
     

    Preorders for Empire of Light should be available soon. Here is the full press release:


    Searchlight Pictures’ and Sam Mendes’ moving drama Empire of Light

    Arrives on Digital February 7 and Blu-ray™ and DVD February 21

     

    BURBANK, CA (January 25, 2023) – From acclaimed filmmaker Sam Mendes (1917, Skyfall) comes the moving and Academy Award®* nominated Empire of Light. This deeply personal tale of love, friendship and compassion set around a fading cinema in an English coastal town in the 1980s, has been described as “an achingly lovely film – the best Sam Mendes has yet made” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) and features an acclaimed performance from Olivia Colman as a cinema manager coping with mental health issues. The film arrives on Digital February 7 and Blu-ray and DVD on February 21, with never-before-seen bonus content featuring Sam Mendes and the cast that uncovers the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema.

    *Best Cinematography, 2023

     

    Film Synopsis

    From director and writer Sam Mendes (“1917” and “Skyfall”), “Empire of Light” is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

     

    Bonus Features*

    Featurette

    • Creating Empire of Light - Go behind the scenes of this personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes, and uncover the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema. See how the perfect location was found to rebuild a classic movie theater that had the cast in awe.

     

    *Bonus features vary by product and retailer

     

    Cast

    Olivia Colman as Hilary

    Micheal Ward as Stephen

    Colin Firth as Mr. Ellis

    Toby Jones as Norman

     

    Directed by

    Sam Mendes

     

    Produced by

    Pippa Harris

    Sam Mendes

    Executive Produced by

    Michael Lerman

    Julie Pastor

     

    Written by

    Sam Mendes

     

    Music by

    Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor

     

    Product Specifications

    Street Date

    Digital: February 7, 2023

    Physical: February 21, 2023

    Product SKUs

    Digital: UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

     

    Feature Run Time

    115 minutes

     

    Rating

    U.S. Rated R

    **For sexual content, language and brief violence. Bonus material not rated.

     

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 2.39:1

    Physical: 2.39:1

    U.S. Audio

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

    DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, English AD 2.0 Dolby

    Digital: Dolby Atmos, 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, French, Spanish (some platforms)

    “A CAREER-BEST PERFORMANCE 
    FROM OLIVIA COLMAN”

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  • The Old Way Starring Nicolas Cage on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital 02/28

    Posted Wed Jan 25, 2023 at 08:30 AM PST by
    Nicolas Cage

    Lionsgate's The Old Way featuring Nicolas Cage's first role in the western genre is set for a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on February 21.

    Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage stars in his first-ever Western as Colton Briggs, a cold-blooded gunslinger turned respectable family man. When an outlaw and his gang put Colton and his family in peril, Colton is forced to take up arms with an unlikely partner — his 12-year-old daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) — in this action-filled film that builds toward its fateful showdown with pulse-pounding suspense.

    The Blu-ray will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include two audio commentaries (by director Brett Donowho and composer Andrew Morgan Smith), The Old Way Behind The Scenes, and Scoring Sessions. Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray is $21.99, while the DVD is $19.98 and Digital ranges from $5.99 to $14.99.

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    The Old Way
     

    Order your copy of The Old Way today and here is the full press release:



     

     

     

     

    Blu-ray™ + Digital / DVD / Video on Demand / Electronic Sell-Through Street Date: 2/21/23
    Video on Demand / Electronic Sell-Through SRPs: $5.99 and $14.99, respectively
    Blu-ray™ + Digital SRP: $21.99
    DVD SRP: $19.98

     
    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
    Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (1995, Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas) stars in his first-ever Western The Old Way, arriving on Blu-ray™ + Digital and DVD, Digital and On Demand February 21 from Lionsgate. Directed by Brett Donowho, (Acts of Violence, Salvation U.S.A.) and written by Carl W. Lucas (The WaveMy Name Is Myeisha), The Old Way will be available for the suggested retail price of $5.99 for Video on Demand, $14.99 for Electronic Sell-Through, $21.99 for Blu-ray + Digital, and $19.98 for DVD.
     
    OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
    Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage stars in his first-ever Western as Colton Briggs, a cold-blooded gunslinger turned respectable family man. When an outlaw and his gang put Colton and his family in peril, Colton is forced to take up arms with an unlikely partner — his 12-year-old daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) — in this action-filled film that builds toward its fateful showdown with pulse-pounding suspense.

    BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

    • Audio Commentary by Director Brett Donowho
    • Audio Commentary by Composer Andrew Morgan Smith
    • The Old Way Behind the Scenes  
    • Scoring Sessions

    CAST
    Academy Award® winner
    Nicolas Cage                          Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, The Rock
    Ryan Kiera Armstrong            Firestarter, The Tomorrow War, TV’s “American Horror Story”
    Noah Le Gros                         A Score to Settle, The Beach House, Depraved
    Clint Howard                           Far and Away, Tango & Cash, Apollo 13
    Kerry Knuppe                          R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned, TV’s “Pachinko,” “Ratched”
    Nick Searcy                            The Shape of WaterFried Green Tomatoes, TV’s “Justified”
    Shiloh Fernandez                   Evil Dead, TV’s “The Rookie, “Euphoria”
    Abraham Benrubi                   Strange World, TV’s “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “ER”
     
    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Year of Production: 2022
    Title Copyright: © 2022 Tow Film, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: New Release
    Rating: R
    Genre: Action, Western
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: English, Spanish
    Feature Run Time: 95 minutes
    Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
    Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
    DVD Format: 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
    DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio

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  • Ho Ho Whoa - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 22, 2023

    Posted Sun Jan 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     As I have mentioned several times recently, physical media is still running strong. OCN media mentions a bright future as well, do check out the article. Again, as long as the demand (purchases) are there, physical media will continue to be around. And as mentioned, if you make your purchases via our links, it helps keep this little operation running that much longer.

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 22nd - January 28th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

     Another week of no actual New Releases, but that is OK, there are so many catalog titles to catch up with, we can roll with them!

     First from LionsGate, chances are if you liked Juice, you will like Belly. This one is being offered up as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover SteelBook.

          

     

     From Kino Lorber, the film that spawned several sequels as well as many copycats, Death Wish debuts to 4K disc. After Vinegar Syndrome had released the first sequel, a lot of us were hoping to get the original.

     

     Next, from Shout Factory, Vince Vaughn's comedy Freaky. I will hold back on my Blumhouse lack of 4K rants (*cough* M3GAN).

     

     Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge may or may not be out this Tuesday, there is a question about the release date.

     Next week, criminal activity that hasn't happened yet, a dead remake, the original .IT task, a famous Swayze film and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     There are no blu-ray counterparts of the above titles getting shiny new releases this week. Let's take a look at the highlights of what is coming out though.

     TV on disc this week only includes City on a Hill: The Complete Series from Showtime Entertainment.

     New release from Universal Pictures, Violent Night. This one stars 'Hopper' from Stranger Things.

     

     The next Vestron Video Collector's Series release (via LionsGate) The Dentist Collection comes to blu-ray this week. From the Lionsgate label, this one is peculiar, it's a thriller that appears to be packaged in a DVD case, titled Mindcage. Not sure what the idea is behind that, are DVD cases cheaper? Also look for Rock Dog 3: Battle the Beat, an animated film.

     

     From the Warner Archive Collection, a trio of drama/romance releases, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and The Long, Long Trailer and Wife vs. Secretary.

     

     Anime highlights include I'm Quitting Heroing - Complete Collection, Inu-Oh, Lupin the 3rd Part 6 and The Stranger by the Shore - Movie [Limited Edition].

     From the Shout Select label, The Jackie Chan Collection: Volume 1 (1976 - 1982). This title implies there will be a volume 2, especially if volume 1 garners enough interest.

     

     Single title from Criterion this week with This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection.

     There's a pair of MVD Rewind Collection releases this week, The Last American Virgin and Men at Work.

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Criterion has announced their april slate. Short and sweet, but do check it out! I think you may know a few of these titles.

     Amazon has listed The Core for 4K release on March 14th. The newest Paramount Presents 4K title will be Wes Craven's Red Eye with a March 21 street date. Devotion is getting a 4K and blu-ray release on February 28th. Lastly, file this one under hard rumor, according to The Bits and HD Movie Source, the Star Trek Next Generation films are coming to 4K disc on April 4th.

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  • Devotion Soars to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 28

    Posted Tue Jan 17, 2023 at 03:20 PM PST by

    JD Dillard's film based on the book by Adam Makos and starring Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell arrives on 4K UHD and Blu-ray on February 28.

    Jonathan Majors (Creed III) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) star in the epic and inspirational true story of two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots who helped turn the tide in the most brutal battle in the Korean War: Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in Navy history and his fellow fighter pilot and friend, Tom Hudner. Their heroic sacrifices and enduring friendship would ultimately make them the Navy's most celebrated wingmen.

    The press release does not specify video or audio specs, but does mention two bonus features will be included:

    • The Aviation of a Forgotten War
      Take a deep dive into the world of 1950s U.S. Naval aviation and experience the epic aerial action brought to life in Devotion. Meet the actors in real planes used during the Korean War in this incredible behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
    • The Legacy of Jesse Brown
      Discover the extraordinary life of Jesse Brown, the first African American Naval Aviator, and explore his personal journey during the Korean War. Hear from the cast and crew as they discuss Jesse's unique and complex story. 

    Devotion - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Devotion - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

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    Devotion
     

    Preorders are now available. The full press release is included below:


     

    ON DIGITAL NOW & ON 4K ULTRA HD AND BLU-RAY™ FEBRUARY 28 WITH BEHIND-THE-SCENES BONUS CONTENT

     

    Based on the Book by Adam Makos

    Directed by JD Dillard

    Written by Jake Crane & Jonathan A.H. Stewart

    Produced by Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill

     

    Starring:

    Jonathan Majors

    Glen Powell

    Christina Jackson

    Thomas Sadoski

    Jonathan Majors (Creed III) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) star in the epic and inspirational true story of two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots who helped turn the tide in the most brutal battle in the Korean War: Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in Navy history and his fellow fighter pilot and friend, Tom Hudner. Their heroic sacrifices and enduring friendship would ultimately make them the Navy's most celebrated wingmen.

    Bonus Content on Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray

    The Aviation of a Forgotten War

    Take a deep dive into the world of 1950s U.S. Naval aviation and experience the epic aerial action brought to life in Devotion. Meet the actors in real planes used during the Korean War in this incredible behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

    The Legacy of Jesse Brown

    Discover the extraordinary life of Jesse Brown, the first African American Naval Aviator, and explore his personal journey during the Korean War. Hear from the cast and crew as they discuss Jesse's unique and complex story.

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  • Bruce Willis' Redemption - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 15, 2023

    Posted Sun Jan 15, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     Another month is halfway over, and fortunately for us, another week of releases is upon us.

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 15th - January 21st, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday begins with the Zavvi SteelBook of Halloween Ends, I like to cover art much better than the current Best Buy one. If they do a repeat like before, Best Buy will get a V2 release, which will be this artwork.

     

     This week is another week with no actual new releases, but there are a few good catalog titles pining for our attention.

     From the Paramount Presents line, (and one-upping Imprint Films' blu-ray only release) comes Double Jeopardy starring Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd.

     Closing out Paramount this week, a double-dip of Cloverfield, but this time as a semi-translucent slipcover SteelBook.

     

     Just like Paramount, Shout Factory has a new catalog release of Wrath of Man this week,

     

     and for a double-dip as a SteelBook, John Carpenter's They Live.

     

     Next week, classic vigilante movie, tummy, and how bizarre.

    Blu-ray releases-

     Did someone say Bruce Willis? Yes, I did, last week, and just now! Our man Bruce gets a sequel release from LionsGate this week, Detective Knight: Redemption. The third film in this series will be available on February 28th. How many movies did he film before announcing he was retiring?

     

     Action double feature from Arrow Video, Angela Mao in Lady Whirlwind & Hapkido.

     Anime highlights include Black Clover - Season 3 Complete Collection, The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation out of Debt - The Complete Season, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer, No Game, No Life - Complete Collection and One Piece: Season Twelve - Voyage Two.

     From the Criterion Collection, Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy. I will leave the analyzing of this one to the experts, can't even pretend to know this one.

     

     From 20th Century Studios, 'Highly Recommended' film The Menu. Sans a 4K disc and slipcover, this release is nearly perfect.

     

     From Kino Lorber, Missing in Action Trilogy with Chuck Norris. If you opt for the individual titles instead, you gain individual slipcovers and lose the box, those films are Missing in Action, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning and Braddock: Missing in Action III.

     

     From Universal, a drama depicting the events that spawned the creation of the civil rights movement, titled Till (as in Mamie Till-Mobley).

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Disney has announced Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for blu-ray/4K release on February 7th. Interestingly enough, there are TWO Best Buy SteelBooks this go round. I like aspects of both of them, tough choice!

     The Fabelman's gets a blu-ray and 4K disc release on February 14th.

     Warner Bros. is likely releasing more classics to 4K around April. If they follow the current formula, the UK will get a nice gift set option with some pretty cool swag, the US will get a disc only release. So far we are looking for The Maltese Falcon, Rebel Without a Cause and Cool Hand Luke.

     The James Wan hit M3GAN currently has a preorder spot for blu-ray release. This being a Blumhouse release, don't hold your breath for a 4K. Maybe Mr. Wan has enough pull to make 4K happen?

     

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  • Six More Weeks of Winter? - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 8, 2023

    Posted Sun Jan 8, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     Hope you had a good kick off to 2023. Some of the release buzz in the home video/disc industry is very exciting, we will share news as it goes from tentative/rumor to something concrete. My Disney/Fox wish this year is for them to use BD100 discs when a release merits it, and to use Dolby Vision on the disc itself, not a streaming exclusive. Maybe with the original Avatar supposedly coming to disc later this year, that will start a trend.

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 8 - January 14, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     No new releases in this category this week, but we do have (maybe) three titles to look at.

     First from Sony Pictures, not quite a double-dip, how about Groundhog Day? This time around a Dolby Vision pass has been added, and it comes in a SteelBook package.

     

     Next from Scream Factory, a more recent Universal Pictures film gets a 4K upgrade, Ouija. When they decided making board games into movies I was a bit skeptical, but thus far they have been entertaining.

     

     OK, the reason I uttered 'maybe' in the first sentence, from 88 Films, Dragons Forever with Jackie Chan. This one has been inserted into multiple previous weeks' articles only to be removed at press time because it got delayed each time. I did see social media posts with discs in their hands so I think it is safe to call it good this time around and to expect to see it on Tuesday!

     

     Next week, Irish grassland, twice the peril, acrimony of an adult male and Carpenter Steel.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     The single blu-ray counterpart of the above titles this week (maybe) is Dragons Forever from 88 Films.

     Unfortunately, LionsGate this week doesn't offer any Bruce Willis action (but next week is a different story), they do have a comedy titled Angry Neighbors though.

     

     New drama from Universal titled She Said. As of press time Amazon still listing this as a July release, but official word from Universal (and retailer back rooms) does/do in fact state January 10th.

     

     TV on disc includes Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season, Good Girls: The Complete Series and The Man Who Fell to Earth: Season One.

     

     The latest franchise SteelBook from Paramount this week is Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.

     From the Criterion Collection, Imitation of Life, a 1934 melodrama.

     

     Warner Bros' label Warner Archive Collection has Our Dancing Daughters and Rancho Notorious this week.

     Special Interest film from Sony Pictures Classics, The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile debuts to disc this week.

     

     Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 14 (Kawaki), Himouto! Umaru-chan R, Obey Me! - Season 1, Platinum End - Part 1 and Waiting in the Summer: Complete Collection.

     Arrow Video gives us their take on The Dunwich Horror, previously it was part of a double feature from Scream Factory. Not done there, look for a Sonny Chiba box set titled The Executioner Collection.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory has revealed most of their March 2023 titles. I would expect an animated/anime title or two to be added, but here's what we have so far: 4K includes Dead Silence, The Exorcist III, Streets of Fire and Wanted. For blu-ray, look for Crazy People, Critical Condition, Dr. Giggles, Razorback and Sorry, Wrong Number.

     Amazon already has a listing for the blu-ray of M3GAN. I really hope a 4K gets added to the choices too. I would guess a March release date on this one.

     Warner Bros. will be releasing Training Day to 4K and 4K Best Buy SteelBook on February 28. This release is packaged under their Warner 100 packaging.

     Disney is also celebrating 100 years. For 4K, Best Buy is offering SteelBooks of many animated releases spaced throughout 2023, as well as the original Star Wars trilogy on May 2nd. BD100 discs with Dolby Vision, right? One can hope and dream I guess. Check out our 4K release calendar link, click 'Show All Releases' if necessary,  then search for Disney 100 to see what is there so far. At this time it looks like their Disney 100 label on blu-ray is limited to the Disney Movie Club and Walmart, but that can't be right, can it?

     As always, we appreciate you playing your orders via our links, it helps keep our little operation going.

     

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  • Happy Rock Year - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 1, 2023

    Posted Sun Jan 1, 2023 at 12:00 PM PST by

     Happy New Year! What are you most looking forward to this year in the home video category? Finally seeing The Abyss and the original Avatar on 4K BD100 Dolby Vision disc? Getting that new OLED and/or Atmos setup? Ten-Gig fiber internet so you can reliably stream 4K?

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 32 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 1st - January 7th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     The first full week of 2023 has not one, but TWO new release titles in the 4K category.

     First from Warner Bros., another DCEU release titled Black Adam, this one stars Dwayne Johnson and comes as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Walmart Exclusive Pop Vinyl edition.

     

     From LionsGate, Prey for the Devil, which falls in the horror/thriller category.

     

     From Criterion Collection, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. All I need to know is it is a Terry Gilliam film, just take my money!

     

     Cats (2019) *might* be getting a release this week, or it might get an official announcement to be released next month only to show a release date of this week when we get to next month. Confused?

     Next week, Puxatawny Phil gets steely, Yesja and maybe 88-days have elapsed for one title while they've just begun for another.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts for the above titles? Terrifier 2 was released last week, with the (unconfirmed) possibility there is a SteelBook at Walmart, Black Adam comes via Warner Bros, Prey for the Devil via LionsGate and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen gets a Criterion Collection blu-ray release.

     Ain't gonna lie, we don't have a lot to work with this week to fluff the blu-ray releases section. Sometimes it is about the quality and not the quantity.

     New drama from Universal Pictures titled Armageddon Time, with an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong

     

     Did not see a lot of these films pop up so this one might be right for you if you follow the monarchy, Elizabeth Windsor, a documentary about the world's longest ever serving queen.

     Anime highlights include just Sabikui Bisco - The Complete Season and Sasaki and Miyano - The Complete Season.

     Paramount offers up Star Trek: Prodigy: Season 1 this week. Not sure what to think of this one based on the trailer, but I certainly will take a look, mostly because I am a Trekkie.

     

     Certainly not Bruce Willis but definitely action, Vertical Entertainment has The System (2022) this week.

     

     This week Amazon U.S. offers up Imprint Films' December releases;

     

    Notable Announcements from last week:

     Nothing major announced this past week, being the week between Christmas and New Years, there is no surprise here.

     Universal Studios did announce the film She Said for a January 10th release date. Amazon still has it listed for July, but they will come around.

     Some of the botique labels have been busy adding titles for March(ish) street dates. Let's also not forget to keep our eyes peeled for Vinegary Syndrome's 2023 Subscription Offer in the next week or so.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Moonfall - 4K Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook

    Here's the full press release:


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

     

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

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

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

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

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  • Paramount Announces Jackass Forever for Digital on March 29 and on Blu-ray April 19

    Posted Mon Mar 21, 2022 at 10:20 AM PDT by
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    The Certified Fresh® film Jackass Forever on Rotten Tomatoes® will hit Blu-ray on April 19 and on Digital March 29. The Jackass Collection will also be available as part of a 4-movie digital bundle (Jackass: The Movie, Jackass: Number Two, Jackass 3, jackass forever) for a special bundle price.  

    The home video release of the outrageous comedy starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and more includes nearly 40 minutes of additional footage not shown in theatres. Read our theatrical review here.

    Older and grayer but not wiser, Johnny Knoxville and the gang are back for another outrageous round of stunts and bad ideas. with new friends and loads of celebrity guest stars, the crew take pranks to ridiculous lengths where absolutely no one is safe and all senses are frayed. from exploding port-a-potties to hockey pucks to the nuts and performing magic for an unamused bull, Jackass Forever is a hilarious roller coaster ride like you’ve never experienced before.

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    Jackass Forever
     

    Pre-Orders for the Blu-ray are now available and here is the full press release:


    HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Embraced by critics and audiences alike, the sublimely inspired and seriously messed up jackass forever arrives for purchase on Digital* March 29, 2022 with exclusive footage of more ill-advised and outrageous stunts not seen in theatres.  In addition, a 4-movie Jackass Collection (Jackass: The Movie, Jackass: Number Two, Jackass 3, jackass forever) will be available on Digital for a special bundle price and jackass forever will debut on Blu-ray and DVD April 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will also be available to watch on Paramount+ beginning March 22.

    Certified Fresh® on Rotten Tomatoes®, jackass forever brings the crew together with new friends and celebrity guests for a whole lot of stunts, pranks, and bad ideas.  The Digital* and Blu-ray releases are loaded with nearly 40 minutes of outrageous and hilarious stunt footage not seen in theaters:

    • Tarantula Bite
    • Face Your Rear
    • Dark Shark & The Bear
    • Fire In The Hole
    • Broke Zach Mountain
    • Virtual Reality
    • Plug And Arrow
    • The Breakaway
    • Soccer Ball Surprise
    • Poopies Only Wipes Twice
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Wee Man Throws Zach Under The Bus
    • Toilet Geyser
    • Telephone Pole (Susan)
    • Telephone Pole (Millie)
    • Telephone Pole (A.D.)

    The jackass forever DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

    jackass forever synopsis
    Older and grayer but not wiser, Johnny Knoxville and the gang are back for another outrageous round of stunts and bad ideas. with new friends and loads of celebrity guest stars, the crew take pranks to ridiculous lengths where absolutely no one is safe and all senses are frayed. from exploding port-a-potties to hockey pucks to the nuts and performing magic for an unamused bull, jackass forever is a hilarious roller coaster ride like you’ve never experienced before.


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    PARAMOUNT PICTURES and MTV ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS Present A DICKHOUSE Production
    “JACKASS FOREVER” JOHNNY KNOXVILLE STEVE-O CHRIS PONTIUS
    DAVE ENGLAND WEE MAN DANGER EHREN PRESTON LACY
    Co-Producers STEVE-O CHRIS PONTIUS Costume Designer EMILY TING
    Edited by MATTHEW KOSINSKI MATTHEW PROBST SASCHA STANTON-CRAVEN
    Production Designer JxPx BLACKMON Director of Photography DIMITRY ELYASHKEVICH
    Executive Producers SHANNA ZABLOW NEWTON GREG IGUCHI
    Produced by JEFF TREMAINE SPIKE JONZE JOHNNY KNOXVILLE
    Directed by JEFF TREMAINE

     
    Paramount Home Entertainment
    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide.  The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

    jackass forever
    Street Dates:              March 29, 2022 (Digital)
                                        April 19, 2022 (Blu-ray, DVD)
    U.S. Rating:                 R for strong crude material and dangerous stunts,                                                graphic nudity and language throughout                                                                         
    *Availability of bonus content varies by digital retailer
     
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