• Do the Hustle! - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, May 20, 2024

    Posted Mon May 20, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    American Hustle backdrop Sony Pictures

     Not pressing pause by a long shot. Both 4K and blu-ray categories have a lot of decent titles to ponder.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 51 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 19th - May 25th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     This category looks pretty crowded at first glance. Even if you were to purchase everything on the list, you would come out well under $250, not the $600 mountain that it looks like.

     Import Monday has the 2011 Sci-Fi Thriller Source Code via StudioCanal. As LionsGate did this already in the US, most of us have little reason to even consider it.

     Domestic Tuesday consists of all catalog titles. Before I get the the mini-flood from Paramount, let's post all the others.

     First up, from Sony Pictures and the first time to 4K disc, comedy American Hustle gets a SteelBook release.

     From Blue Underground and what is sure to be another definitive release, horror/thriller Deathdream (aka Dead of Night).

     

     From Scream Factory, 2020 fantasy/horror Gretel & Hansel, previously released in regular HD by Universal.

     

     Closing out the category before we hit up Paramount, Arrow Video has a pair of titles. First up, a 4K upgrade to Guillermo del Toro's goth/horror Crimson Peak. There is word that del Toro is revisiting this film for some future project, don't let that stop you from buying it, these Arrow LE's sell fast and increase in value.

     

     And last but not least, crime film Narc. Our most recent review lists it as a "Must Own." Owning it, I must!

     OK, those Paramount releases. Dubbed All 4 Formats Editions, they include a DVD, Blu-ray, 4K disc and Digital Codes, housed in a DVD case, all for a value price of $10.99! These have crept up at many local Walmarts for some time now and are now made available elsewhere. Preorders sold well, so just keep checking, or visit your Walmart for mixed results.

    This batch includes Beverly Hills Cop, Cloverfield, Escape from L.A., The Hunt for Red October, Interstellar, The Lost City, A Quiet Place, Shutter Island and The Untouchables.

     

     Next week we see a significant ramp up for general titles. Prepare Yourself.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Deathdream from Blue Underground and Narc from Arrow Video. I wouldn't be wrong by saying that the 9 titles from Paramount are also counterparts, but let's just move on to the rest of the category.

     Sony Pictures releases the 2016 drama/fantasy The Cleanse. Under the Sony Pictures Classics label, drama film The Vertical Ray of the Sun.

     

     New (2024) release crime film Dead Wrong comes via Mill Creek.

     

     Somewhat busy week for Anime highlights, look for Dead Mount Death Play - Part 1, Dr. STONE - Season 3 Part 1, Food Wars!: The Second Plate, A Galaxy Next Door: The Complete Season, The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World - The Complete Season and Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement - The Complete Season.

     

     Shout Factory has a Collector's Edition of The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1996).

     

     Criterion Collection's special interest title this week is Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène.

     Honorable Mentions: If you have been collecting the Kino Cult Releases, this week they have Kino Cult #7, Bettie Page Double Feature [Varietease | Teaserama]. Time to scoop it up!

     

     Kino also has a pair of collections of classic films to consider this week as well, Philo Vance Collection and Republic Pictures Horror Collection. The Sci-Fi Chillers Collection got bumped to next week.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Orson Welles' iconic thriller The Lady from Shanghai will be coming to 4K disc on July 23rd from Sony Pictures.

     Sony Pictures will also be releasing The Three Stooges Blu-ray Collection on July 23rd as well. The 20-disc set includes 8 full length features, as well as 120 Stooge shorts.

     Criterion Collection's August batch of titles has been announced. Do have a look see.

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  • Let's Get Spicy - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, May 13, 2024

    Posted Mon May 13, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Dune: Part Two backdrop Warner Bros

     The Summer movie season is just around the corner which means blockbusters and new releases. For the disc market, we are ramping up again to what will be a busy end of month schedule, for this week though, a few more titles than last.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 50 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 12th - May 18th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     The week begins with Import Monday and the erotic drama/romance The Dreamers.

     And from Warner Bros, another deluxe release, American Sniper 10th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook [UK Import].

     

     On to Domestic Release Tuesday and starting with Warner Bros,  and no doubt a title most of us have been anxiously awaiting, Dune: Part Two. You can also get this in a SteelBook Release, and the obligatory Two-film Collection release.

        

     

     Warner Bros also leads the catalog releases section as well. First, award winning American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood. This one also has a Steelbook option available. Standard Warner Bros M.O here, the UK gets a much nicer release, seen above in the import Monday section, the US gets a standard release. On a plus note, they did not use an alternate cover art for these release and they actually did put more than one special feature on the disc this time.

       

     

     A bit of comedy goes a long way too with Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, popcorn tub not included.

     

     And then, lastly from Warner Bros, 12 Strong, a film based on a true story of a post 9/11 U.S. Special Forces team.

     

     Paramount Presents Spine Number 44 becomes available this week, referring to Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, starring several familiar names like Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda.

     

     The Criterion Collection this week has the 1960 mystery/thriller Peeping Tom.

     

     Closing out the 4K category, Shout! Factory has Killer Klowns from Outer Space, which can also be had in a snazzy SteelBook.

       

     

     Next week looks like a bear, but a lot of them are those "All 4 formats edition"  releases that have been on the shelves of your local Walmart on and off for awhile, and seem unavailable to order now via Amazon.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Dune: Part Two, Dune: 2-Film Collection and Peeping Tom.

     New release from LionsGate - Imaginary. On my maybe list, but would be on a for sure list if it was a 4K. Someone tell Blumhouse there is a hungry market for 4K discs.

     

     In the zero notice category, Universal Pictures also brings us a new release comedy/fantasy titled The American Society of Magical Negroes.

     

     The Warner Archive Collection has a few more treats for us this week with Friendly Persuasion, The Nun's Story and You're a Big Boy Now.

     

     LionsGate delivers a pair of previously released Vestron Video titles, but as Walmart Exclusive SteelBooks, look for The Gate and The Lair of the White Worm.

     Anime highlights include The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague - The Complete Season, KonoSuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! - The Complete Season, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Punch - Season 2, Naruto Shippuden Set 3, A Place Further Than The Universe: The Complete Series [Collector's Edition] and Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out! The Complete Season 2, which can also be purchased as a Limited Edition Release.

     

     Shout! Factory releases Wes Craven's Dracula 2000 this week. Also the 2009 thriller Orphan gets a Collector's Edition.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Bros has detailed the release for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire to 4K and blu-ray disc, with a street date of June 11th.

     Not an announcement, but rather news. We just want to mention the passing of B-movie great Roger Corman at the grand age of 98. There would have been a lot of ideas never made in to movies if it were not for his vision.

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  • Is That a 4K I Smell? HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, May 6, 2024

    Posted Mon May 6, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    The Crow backdrop Paramount Pictures

     Lately, the release schedule for each month looks like a pattern, just a few titles on the beginning of the month, a linear curve throughout, and then a flood at the end. If you're ready, we are at the beginning and have just a few to pick from.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 49 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 5th - May 11th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     Import Monday begins with Night Swim, with yet another familiar pattern. Release a blu-ray in the US, then a 4K overseas, and then (possibly) a 4K in the US after that.

     

     Domestic Tuesday this week has zero New Releases. With all the catalog title possibilities out there, this is A-OK, bring them!

     Starting the week, cult classic The Crow with Brandon Lee. You can also choose the SteelBook if you so desire.

     

     From Shout Factory, animated double-feature The Addams Family 1 & 2.

     

     How about an Oscar winning Western from Kino Lorber, High Noon?

     

     In the "you're welcome" category (because I recently bought the import), LionsGate brings us Francis Ford Coppola's One From The Heart: Reprise. Had I not bought it, you would all still be waiting for it. What other import purchases would you like me to make?

     

     In the 'maybe' release listing, Frivolous Lola. Has been pushed back a couple of times, now listed as May 3rd on Amazon. The next 3rd of the month Tuesday is in August.

     

     A pair of music concert releases come out on Friday,

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include just High Noon from Kino Lorber and (maybe) Frivolous Lola from Cult Epics. There is also a Friday release of Queen Rock Montreal + Live Aid from Mercury.

     Warner Archive Collection releases this week include Devil's Doorway, The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Rain People and Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island / Return to Zombie Island.

     

     Delayed several times, and finally here, Hardware Wars: Collector's Edition comes to us via the MVD Rewind Collection. And, just because, let's also pick up Joysticks and Sabotage while we are at it. If you follow MVD on Facebook, they are very transparent about the whys for street date changes, which is very admirable.

     Arrow Video has the crime/thriller Night Falls on Manhattan for us this week.

     

     Criterion Collection this week has A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu.

     Anime highlights include KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World - The Complete Season, Mob Psycho 100 III - Season 3, also available as a Limited Edition, One Piece - Collection 34 and One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Seven.

     

     Monk: Season Six comes to us this week via Kino Lorber.

     Honorable Mention: Mill Creek has a double feature for us, Director Spotlight: Sydney Pollack, which includes OOP title Bobby Deerfield and the previously unreleased blu-ray of Castle Keep.

     Closing out the week, a couple of Austrailian imports this Friday via Amazon US:

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory has revealed their July title slate. For 4K releases, Dark Angel, House of Gucci, Phantoms and UHF. For blu-ray, Ali G Indahouse: The Movie, Storytelling and Who's That Girl. Getting that SteelBook double-dip, Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time (yeah I know, why not the 4K), and 4K general SteelBook releases of titles that were retailers exclusives previously, Natural Born Killers, Point Break and Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Somewhere out there, there's a site listing Red Sonja for blu-ray release as well. With a previous StudioCanal 4K release of that title, I wonder if that listing is in error.

     Warner Bros is on track to announce a 4K release of Twister (1996) and (rumored, but inevitable) that they are working on Nightmare on Elm Street for 4K as well. Expect the usual formulas we have seen with the UK vs US releases with cover arts, swag/no swag, extra/no extras.

     

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  • Hope You Saved Some Shelf Space! - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Apr 29, 2024

    Posted Mon Apr 29, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    April 29th 2024 4K UHD & Blu-ray High-Def Digest Shopping Guide

     We joke a lot about busting your bank account or kissing your wallet goodbye. Ain't no easy way to say it, this week certainly appears to be on par with that statement.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 48 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 28th - May 4th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     If you religiously buy new releases when they come out, then this week is not quite as painful to keep up with, as there are a handful of standard editions from both Severin and Arrow Video. But, it is still very busy!

     Before we engage the hyperdrive with Tuesday titles, import Monday has China O'Brien 1 & 2 from Eureka Classics. I don't know these films, but they sound like a lot of fun! (Vinegar Syndrome recently had their take on this collection as well!)

     

     Even if they were not new releases, Disney's Disney+ TV SteelBooks would probably come up first on Domestic Tuesday. Without further adieu, let's cover them!

     In the Star Wars universe, both Andor: The Complete First Season and Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi - The Complete Series get similar style SteelBooks as the last wave of releases.

       

     

     And moving on to Marvel Studios, familiar style SteelBook releases of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: The Complete First Season and Moon Knight: The Complete First Season.

       

     

     In the last wave of their Disney+ SteelBook releases, some of them were hard to find at first, so shop accordingly.

     Next up from Sony Pictures, action/sci-fi Madame Web starring Dakota Johnson. This one is also available as a (semi)Limited SteelBook Edition too.

      

     

     Paramount is up next with Mean Girls (2024). Would that be considered a reboot? And also for the first time to 4K disc, Mean Girls (2004) is also available the same day.

      

     

     Moving on to catalog titles, Warner Bros. brings us the films that star fictional character and heist master Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and an all-star cast to back him up, with an award winning director. Yup, I am referring to Ocean's Trilogy, as well as the individual films as SteelBooks, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

       

     

     From Arrow Video, 1982 Midnight Movie classic Basket Case. You can also get this as an Arrow Store Exclusive with alternate cover art.

     

     Just for the sake of mentioning because not everyone wants or needs the Limited Editions, Arrow Video also has available this week, Standard Special Editions of Barbarella, Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer.

     The standard release of Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is available from Vinegar Syndrome.

     Standard releases of The Church and The Sect come to us from Severin Films.

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases, a whole bunch again this week! Disney's Star Wars Disney+ TV SteelBooks of Andor - The Complete First Season, Obi-Wan Kenobi - The Complete Series, Marvel's The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: The Complete First Season, Moon Knight: The Complete First Season, Sony's Madame Web, Mean Girls (2024) from Paramount, Arrow Standard Special Editions of Barbarella, Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer. Severin's standard releases for The Church and The Sect (which might be pushed back a week.) One has to wonder of the 4Ks will be as well of those last two, or if this is simply an Amazon error. We have decided to leave them listed for this week!

     OK, another big week for the blu-ray category. Let's jump right in.

     New 2024 drama from Lionsgate, Ordinary Angels with Hilary Swank.

     

     New to the Criterion Collection this week, drama/romance Dogfight, and having never heard of the movie, not what I was thinking when I read the title.

     

     Anime highlights include Blue Giant and The Dangers in My Heart: Season 1.

     From Arrow Video, a crime/western titled The Tin Star.

     

     TV on disc from CBS/Paramount, Lawmen: Bass Reeves.

     

     Honorable Mention: Shout Factory Shop Exclusives Death and the Maiden and The Getaway (1994) are available this week.

     Excluding the Lee Greenwood music title, we get more Australian imports on Friday via Amazon US. Here's the full list:

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Paramount has confirmed that 4K releases of South Park: Bigger, Longer' & Uncut  and Team America: World Police will be coming June 25th.  Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy may also come the same day, but that title has not been locked in quite yet.

     Warner Archive Collection has listed their June 2024 slate of titles. Check out the News Story for details. I can feel it coming any month now, a release of the animated feature Quest For Camelot!

     Arrow Video's July slate has been revealed. Titles include The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) 4K and blu-ray, blu-rays of Red Line 7000 and The Nico Mastorakis Collection, and it looks like the UK is catching up with getting The Last Starfighter to blu-ray and 4K, and a blu-ray of Loop Track.

     One last thing --- is Target discontinuing support for physical video media? Initially it was leaked that they were, and they vehemently denied the story stating they were stocking select releases, which we already have seen in most locations, as well as continuing with full online offerings. Now some sites are saying YES, they are going to do the same (ignorant) move Best Buy did, which was pulling it all, both online and in stores. So they still carry vinyl and books in stores, which apparently doesn't count. That makes little sense to me. Periodically I take advantage of their BOGO sales online, but the in store selection has tons to be desired so I have obviously bought less in store. We will keep you posted. The important thing to note is that all those other sites could just be rehashing the same bad story, or there could be something behind it. Competition is always a healthy thing, support any merchant that still carries movies to fill our shelves!

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  • Let's Whet Your Appetite/The Statham Sting - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Apr 22, 2024

    Posted Mon Apr 22, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    The Beekeeper bakdrop Jason Statham

     Title volume ticks up quite a bit this week. Call it a bit of an appetizer to the smorgasbord of titles next week. Statham returns as a 'beekeeper,' no doubt Stathaming as best as Statham knows how!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 47 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 21st - April 27th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     Try not to buy something this week, just try!

     Import Monday has a couple of titles to choose from. First, StudioCanal's premium label, their "Vintage Classics" presentation of The Lavender Hill Mob. A comedy/crime classic starring Sir Alec Guinness. I might have just bought my first title of the week and we are not even on to Domestic titles yet.

     

     In my slightly annoyed leer, recent hit comedy/drama The Holdovers gets a 4K import. The leer is aimed at Universal Pictures, not Dazzler Media who brings it to us in 4K, while Uni does not. I totally get that not every film gets 4K, but this one should!

     

      And a hard rock music title, somehow now showing up as a January release, but probably an error on Amazon's part, Mötley Crüe: The End - Live in Los Angeles.

     And on to Domestic Tuesday titles we go as we look at two new release from Warner Bros!

     First up, a Jason Statham action/thriller (bet you thought I was going to say romcom right?) The Beekeeper. How are you holding up for the buy nothing challenge?

     

     Next, DC Animation's Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 2.

     

     Starting off catalog releases, might as well stick with Warner Bros for their star-filled, award winning director release of The Departed. You can also opt for the SteelBook if you wish.

        

     

     Sony Pictures has the SteelBook of Steel Magnolias this week.

     

     Up next, a pair of Indicator Series Limited Editions with The Demoniacs and The Nude Vampire.

        

     

     A label we don't see every week, Blue Underground has Goodbye Uncle Tom, presented as a 4-Disc Limited Edition. Personally have never been steered wrong yet with the quality of any of their releases.

     

     Criterion has foreign film I Am Cuba this week.

     

     From team Kino, Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia.

     

     And closing out the week for 4K, Shout Select release Rolling Thunder.

     

     How did you fare? I got 5 for sures and 3 maybes. Next week, Disc-ocalypse returns with way too many titles to summarize! (Although, a bunch of them are standard edition reissues, so there is hope yet of not quite destroying your account balance.)

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include a lot,  The Beekeeper and Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Two from Warner Bros, The Demoniacs and The Nude Vampire under the Indicator Series, Goodbye Uncle Tom from Blue Underground, I Am Cuba from Criterion, and Nostalghia from Kino Lorber.

     The blu-ray category looks quite busy, even if we exclude the off-brand boutiques, there are still a lot to look at. (And maybe there are some lesser known boutique titles you want to look at.)

     New action/comedy Drive-Away Dolls comes to us via Universal.

     

     From Eureka Entertainment, Jet Li stars in Black Mask, available as a 2-disc limited edition. Wouldn't be a Eureka week if there were only one title. Also look for The Cat and the Canary, all the way back from 1927.

     

     MPI has a mediabook of Hansel and Gretel (1987) this week. If you opt for the standard release, there's that too.

     

     From Arrow Video, The Scarface Mob, a crime/drama based on a TV pilot of the hunt for ruthless gangster Al Capone.

     

     Friday via Amazon US, lots of Umbrella Entertainment and Via Vision (Australia) imports become available to the US market:

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Criterion has announced their July 2024 disc slate. Look for Black God, White Devil blu-ray, Farewell My Concubine blu-ray and 4K, Le Samouraï in 4K, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid blu-ray and 4K, Perfect Days blu-ray and 4K, and Risky Business blu-ray and 4K.

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  • Happy IRS Day! - Spend Your Refund with HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Apr 15, 2024

    Posted Mon Apr 15, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     Happy IRS day! Got a big refund coming? Dolby is tugging at your refund check. That is, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision! And how bout that backlog of discs?

     We get another below average slow week this week, with another disc-ocalypse just around the corner. If every week were busy, burning the candle at both ends would not really be very sustainable, agreed?

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 46 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 14th - April 20th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     We actually do have a new release this week, that being Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: The Final Season, brought to us via Paramount. And since it's a final season, why not include The Complete Series while we are it it? Let us also offer up the obvious money grab, Jack Ryan Ultimate 5-Movie Collection. Maybe you held off buying this collection?

       

     

     From the Criterion Collection, Hungarian film Werckmeister Harmonies.

     

    On the delayed list, The Faculty from Shout Factory to an undetermined date, and High Noon from Kino Lorber to May 7th. The latter still shows up on Amazon for a release this week, but official listings at Kino Lorber indicate otherwise.

     Word of caution -- Disc-ocalypse, part two is just 2 weeks away!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: The Final Season (not available to order at press time-alternate WALMART LINK) and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: The Complete Series from Paramount. Also available, Werckmeister Harmonies from Criterion.

     For the rest of this category, it is a bit slow. But as always, here are the highlights...

     Shout Factory has a new 'Select' release of 1997 drama Affliction.

     

     

     Universal has the latest comedy sequel, Half Baked: Totally High. Amazon has their stupid Allied Vaughn placeholder for the studio still, but it really is Universal.

     

     Also from Universal, the latest season in the series, The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die.

     From Sony Pictures, 1991 crime drama City of Hope. Under the Sony Pictures Classics label (NOT Allied Vaughn as Amazon shows), the Polish animated drama The Peasants.

     

     Just one release in the anime category this week, Rozen Maiden: The Complete Series.

     

     Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season Four comes to disc this week via Paramount.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     In the 'You're Welcome' category, Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart: Reprise  will be coming to domestic 4K from LionsGate on May 7th. You're Welcome because I bought the import literally a month ago. Any other titles you would like me to import?

     Warner Bros. has announced that Dune: Part Two will be coming to blu-ray and 4K on May 14th. Specs would indicate it will *not* include the IMAX ratio.

     Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that Madame Web will be released on April 30th to blu-ray and 4K format.

     In entertainment industry news, Universal All-Access Rewards will be completely closed on July 31st. Seldom did this program offer physical rewards, but I would use it to add digital copies to my locker of titles that often times got licensed out to boutique labels for disc production. Boutique labels almost never include digital copies, so that was a nice side gig.

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  • Picnic at the Empire State Building - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Apr 7, 2024

    Posted Sun Apr 7, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     Is not a lot of witticism to open with this week, it basically being an ordinary slow week. As far as physical media and entertainment, we keep chugging along.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 45 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 7th - April 13th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     4K catalog week, part deux, or is it part tres. No matter, here's what to look for this week. Two weeks to the next wallet-buster.

     From Paramount Pictures, the SteelBook of King Kong (1976). Shout Factory very recently did a blu-ray release of this one. The lesson we learned from the Shout release was not to go in with high expectations as the source material has a few issues. Still, I expect this release to look the best of all the previous releases.

     

     From the Criterion Collection, Picnic at Hanging Rock. When I ordered the Second Sight UK fat-pack some time back, I did so knowing full well that Criterion would probably be doing a US release. But at the same time, Criterion does not offer it in a fancy edition or a swag filled fat-pack, so I am still happy with what I got.

     

     From Massacre Video and (maybe) this week, action/horror Postal.

     

     Closing out the category, an MPI Mediabook of Don Lee's The Roundup: No Way Out. For now, to get the original film with a Mediabook, it's blu-ray only.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? This week look for The Roundup: No Way Out, in a standard edition blu-ray.

     The rest of the category has a little bit of wallet-recharge vibe to it. Here are a few things though that you may want to ponder.

     Two entries from Universal Pictures, Lisa Frankenstein: Collector's Edition and Night Swim: Collector's Edition. Are studios overusing the term Collector's Edition? If you are hollaring Where's the 4K? to truly make it a Collector's Edition, I won't disagree with you here. Not every movie gets such a physical release, but then some just seem inevitable. Whether a 4K double-dip is on our future, by Universal or Turbine, that is to be determined. [Edit: A UK 4K edition for Lisa Frankenstein is already available for preorder with a sttreet date in June, and it looks like Night Swim is coming in May, so, back to posing the original question to Universal/Blumhouse. Some people don't link importing though as there is a small chance of compatibility issues. Often times the enclose blu-ray on these UK releases are region locked.]

     

     Doom Patrol: The Complete Fourth and Final Season comes to us via Warner Bros. You can also get a Complete Series set if you waited for this point of the series.

     

     From the MVD Rewind Collection label, action flick Mean Guns: Collector's Edition.

     The only Anime Highlight this week is Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Super Extra (Season 2). I feel like we have been stuck at the previous season for awhile, so this is quite welcome.

     

     If you have been waiting for the non-Walmart Exclusive edition of Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey, it comes as a standard release this week. Can you believe there are already two sequels to this? One is already made, the other is in the works. The film was made on a low budget, and there are a couple of territories which it is available as a 4K disc, but those releases are probably not much of an upgrade.

     Worthy Mention: Fourteen years after Warner Bros releases it, Shout Factory brings us a new edition of Lost in Space: Collector's Edition.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Paramount has revealed the next Paramount Presents label title to be Chinatown, as a 4K release with a bonus blu-ray of Two Jakes. Expect to see this release June 18th.

     LionsGate will be releasing a blu-ray of Blumhouse's Imaginary on May 14th. Yup, I will say it again this time .... Blumhouse, what's with the lack of 4K releases of so much of your library? Time to catch up with 2024.

     Shout Factory's various labels have revealed releases for June. They are an interesting slate that include Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning, Matinee 4K, Robocop (2014) 4K, Robocop 2 4K,  The First Slam Dunk and Species II 4K. Yeah, my video wall is probably going to burst with that slate.

     

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  • HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Mar 31, 2024 is Brought To You By...

    Posted Sun Mar 31, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     Just a little quote from Major League (and there were some good ones, but most of them were too long for a title):

        Harry Doyle: The post-game show is brought to you by...
        [searches through his papers]
        Harry Doyle: Christ, I can't find it. To hell with it.

     The right answer is of course Amazon, Walmart and readers like you for using our links to shop.

     With the week of Easter upon us, an average week of 4K disc releases this week, how well did you fare last week? I'd be lying if I said I bought nothing.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 44 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 31st - April 6th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Another week of catalog titles in the 4K category, which is A-OK as there are so many releases we would like to see!

     Coming off the wish list and moved to the now list, first from Paramount Pictures, sports comedy Major League. This one is also available as a SteelBook edition.

     

     And next, from Criterion collection, French drama La haine.

     

     Next, let's put a spotlight on Walmart for taking over the "Exclusive SteelBook Edition" releases after Best Buy chose to abandon physical media. This week all the exclusives are LionsGate releases. Debuting to 4K disc for the first time, action/adventure Cutthroat Island. Currently out of stock, just keep checking is the advice I would give you. Just this past week I ordered Silent Night 4K, it was out of stock since release date (January) but is now available again.

     

     Next are a few double (or triple or quadruple, or I lost count) dips, we see where John Rambo started and ended, referring to First Blood and Last Blood. These are the kind of releases that if you "maybe" want them, but then hold off and miss out, you might kick yourself. Sounds like a justifiable excuse, no?

     

     And if you know which movies I am referring to when I say retired and extremely dangerous, you win bragging rights this week! Formerly available as single releases, and an obsure 2-movie collection that went OOP, now you can get Red 1 & 2 as a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook. I call these sleeper titles, I had never heard of them, then sat down and watched the first and was pretty impressed, so I had to seek the sequel as well, then of course 4K.

     

     Next week, more of the same with regards to it being a catalog title week. Still ample opportunities to spend spend spend.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     There are no Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases, hey, recharge that wallet from last week right?

     As far as blu-ray releases in general this week, there are a lot of "B" titles on the list. One person's junk is another person's treasure. Without judgment, here are the highlights.

     Anime highlight this week includes just Black Bullet - Complete Collection, which is a reissue with a different cover.

     

     Who wouldn't want a cheap-budget trash Easter horror during the week of Easter? Check out Easter Bloody Easter.

     

     MPI now has the rights to distribute Stigmata, and it is available as both a Mediabook and a standard edition.

     

     To the rescue comes the land from down under.  Imprint Films' and Imprint Asia's March batch of titles is available at Amazon USA this week, they include:

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Bros has announced an offical street date of May 14th for American Sniper to 4K disc. In their standard formula, the UK will be getting a more elaborate release with more special features and swag. Editor Matthew Hartman made a comparison of the UK getting a far superior release of this film to the UK getting an all out deluxe release of The Patriot (Mel Gibson). I would love to hear from Warner Bros why they think the US market doesn't want the nicer releases. I know they tried it in the past, but those releases had f'ugly covers and less desirable swag.

     Last week I mentioned that Se7en was likely going to be released in May. No sooner did the article publish and we found out the film is getting an IMAX revisit and a newer scan, so it has been pushed to probably Winter 2024.

     Arrow Video has announced their June 2024 titles. American Gigolo will be available on blu-ray, 4K and an Arrow Store Exclusive 4K. The latter offers a much better cover art, nothing else, but that's enough for me to order it. Mute Witness will also be getting a blu-ray and 4K release. Arrow UK will also be releasing Withnail and I and Madman to 4K. Madman was released by Vinegar Syndrome last year. For UK blu-ray, they will be releasing Nightsiren (Svetlonoc) as well.

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  • Disc-ocalypse Is Here - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Mar 24, 2024

    Posted Sun Mar 24, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     Whether it's 4K or blu-ray, this week is a whopper. All I can say is do your best to not break the bank. The image above was created on Bing's AI image creator. My first attempt.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 43 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 24th - March 30th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     It's another boutique label week in the 4K category, and that is A-OK. The 4K category is almost reasonable to manage this week.

     Import Monday begins with A Blade in the Dark from 88 Films. (Vinegar Syndrome did this release one year ago.)

     

     Also from 88 Films, a pair of releases listed as part of their "Tigon Collection",  The Blood on Satan's Claw. The other title being Witchfinder General. I would not be surprised if these titles to be delayed, 88 Films releases frequently get pushed back at least once.

     

     Formerly done by Cauldron Films in the US, Arrow Video's take on City of the Living Dead. Currently only available via Arrow's direct site. If we get an Amazon or Zavvi link, we will provide it for you.

     

     Moving on to Domestic Tuesday, let's begin with Kino Lorber and comedy/sports film North Dallas Forty, starring Nick Nolte. Then let's go to a comedy/musical with Clint Eastwood titled Paint Your Wagon. I know you might be confused right about now with Eastwood not being in a Western back then, but it did happen!

     

     The Criterion Collection this week has the comedy To Die For with Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix and Matt Dillon.

     

     Spine number 43 in the 'Paramount Presents' line comes out this week, Primal Fear with Richard Gere.

     

     Severin has your back if you're not looking to import, this week Burial Ground becomes available. Also, if you did not opt for the limited edition, a standard edition of The Spider Labyrinth is also available.

     

     We don't see Blue Underground very often, but when we do, their releases are usually top-notch. What have they got for us this week? Try Night of the Blood Monster (The Bloody Judge) with Christopher Lee.

     

     A standard release this week of Phase IV is available on Amazon from Vinegar Syndrome. Check out our review to decide is this one is a smash or a dud. Visit Vinegar Syndrome if you want the fancier edition.

     

     Tinto Brass in 4K? Tinto Brass in 4K! Cult Epics this week has All Ladies Do It.

     

     A pair of Indicator Series horror releases that were delayed a month or so, Patrick and Snapshot truly appear to be on track for a Tuesday release.

     


      For those waiting for a standard release of The Warriors from Arrow video, the wait is over.

     Import Friday (well, not really import) offers up Dead End Drive-In via Umbrella Entertainment and Amazon US.

     Next week we can collect our thoughts and recharge, just a few catalog titles to look at, some of them are Walmart Exclusives.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     It has been a long time since we have had a big week like this. If I told you there were close to a hundred titles, I would not be that far off. Selectively pick or splurge, your choice!

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include North Dallas Forty and Paint Your Wagon from Kino Lorber, To Die For from Criterion, The Spider Labyrinth from Severin, Night of the Blood Monster (The Bloody Judge) from Blue Underground, All Ladies Do It from Cult Epics, The Warriors (Standard Edition) from Arrow Video, and, Patrick and Snapshot from the Powerhouse Indicator Series.

     New comedy from Sony with The Book of Clarence.

     

     Criterion also has something in the blu-ray category this week, foreign drama titled Saint Omer.

     TV on disc this week includes Midsomer Murders: Series 24, Monk: Season Five and Wednesday: The Complete First Season. The latter title is a big hit and available in 4K with Dolby Vision, just a bit frustrating we get neither on disc at home. Maybe later, or maybe an import.

     

     Warner Archive Collection this week has 3 Godfathers, The Boob and Why Be Good?, The Little Drummer Girl, Money Talks, Stand and Deliver and They Drive by Night.

     

     Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 17, Berserk - The Complete 1997 TV Series, Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War: Part 1, also available as a Limited Edition, 'Fist of the North Star: The Legend of the True Savior - Legend of Kenshiro Movie' and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

     From Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures, Good Burger 2 arrives this week.

     

     Several more Indicator releases this week, but in the blu-ray category, look for The Bat Woman, The Panther Women and Santo vs. the Riders of Terror.

     From LionsGate this week, a biography/sports drama titled The Iron Claw.

     

     Special Mention of two titles that Shout Factory has released as shop exclusives, The Crow: Salvation and Venomous.

     Honorable Mention: Volume 18 is out this week, talking about Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVIII. If you've been collecting them, here is another.

     There are three releases from Via Vision and Umbrella Entertainment available via Amazon US on Friday.

     Al Pacino: Triple Film Collection, Bully and The Chaser.

     

    Notable announcements from last week (and other stuff):

     I recently watched the 70s TV show CHiPs on Prime video and I got to tall ya, it looks absolutely fantastic. The 16:9 reframing looks great too. If they can give us HD upgrades on classic TV shows via streaming, the work is half done, sell us the show on disc! Even if Mill Creek does it, offering an upped bitrate from their norm, I would be all over it.

     Although not officially announced yet, I would expect to see the UK 4K release of Se7en to have an official street date of April 22nd. Amazon US has both the What's in the Box? and Ultimate Collector's releases listed as May 3rd. A US release in the typical movie-only setup (Warner usually gives the UK deluxe sets while giving the US barebones releases) would also be expected around that time.

     Warner Bros appears on track to be releasing The Terminator to 4K in the near future.

     Paramount Pictures has Rango due for a 4K SteelBook on June 4th. They also rumored to be working on Purple Rain and Team America for 4K release.

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  • No Rest For The Wicked (Or the Good) - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Mar 17, 2024

    Posted Sun Mar 17, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    The Ring Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray The Ring - The Ring Two - Rings Scream Factory

     Yeah, as we somehow survived the barrage of titles last week, we get that one-two punch that carries into this week. You really didn't need to make that mortgage payment anyway, did you?

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 42 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 17th - March 23rd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     This week is a good news bad news week in the 4K category. The good news, there are no new releases pining for your attention. The bad news, there are a lot of great catalog/boutique labels that are pulling at your purse strings that much harder. Resistance is futile.

     Import Monday includes several titles. First from Second Sight, a pair of "fat-pack" limited edition releases, Green Room and Possessor. You can also get those as standard editions as well if you are not down with the swag, Green Room and Possessor. I am a sucker for these Second Sight fat-packs. I don't mind giving Diabolik DVD my business, but the going price of $50 a piece price tag is something to balk at. That actually is cheaper than buying directly from Amazon UK and my orders do not get regularly canceled.

       

     

     From 88 Films, their take on The Amityville Horror (1979).

     

     On to Domestic Tuesday. Beginning with Kino Lorber, the drama/thriller Changing Lanes is up first, and it stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck.

     

     And next on the 'inevitable' release docket, The Manchurian Candidate (2004). When we saw the original 1962 version come out, it was merely a matter of time. Which version do you prefer? This time though it wasn't the original studio releasing one and Kino Lorber the other.

     

     Scream Factory is the next label this week and they have a trio of skus coming Tuesday. The first two are considered remakes, we get Child's Play (2019) and Carrie (2013).

       

     

     Delayed from 3 months ago, but finally seeing light of day, The Ring Collection materializes this week. Not too long after I imported the trilogy from Germany on blu-ray, this was announced. The story of my life. Hopefully The Grudge films is next?

     

     Under the same house, but with the "Select" Label, Shout releases K-19: The Widowmaker to 4K disc.

     

     Arrow Video has the original Japanese release of the film titled Dark Water. Also available as an Arrow Store Exclusive Cover Edition. Does this mean that Scream Factory will do the English language remake? We went from Ringu to The Ring, so maaaayybe.

     

     Also from Arrow Video, a standard edition to Witness. This one sold out pretty fast as a limited edition, so here is a swagless release.

     Import Wednesday comes from the land down under via Umbrella Entertainment with Dead End Drive-In: Collector's Edition. A standard edition will be available at Amazon US in a couple of weeks.

     Donning a 4K slip SteelBook Edition, Barb Wire gets a release from Turbine Entertainment. Follow our link to the article to decide which one is best for you.

     

     Next week the spigot is still blasting, Paramount Presents, Indicator, Criterion and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     There are no blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases, that wallet in your pocket thanks you.

     TV on disc include The Act: The Complete Limited Series, Doctor Who: The Daleks in Color and Suits: The Complete Series.

     

     From Janus Contemporarires this week, the documentary Lynch/Oz debuts to blu-ray disc.

     

     From Criterion Collection, foreign drama The Runner.

     

     Under the Sony Pictures Classics label comes Shadow Magic, a drama/romance from 2000.

     

     Next week's domestic blu-ray release calendar is APOCALYPTIC! I don't think you could possibly prepare yourself unless you win the lottery.

     There are some Umbrella Entertainment imports available Wednesday. We will post domestic links when they become available as standard releases.

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Criterion Collection has announced their June slate of titles. For 4K, the titles are Blue Velvet, Bound and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. For blu-ray, titles are Bound, Querelle, The Underground Railroad and Victims of Sin. When I imported Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas via Arrow Video, I knew it was inevitable that Criterion would do it, but I am not disappointed with my Arrow release one bit.

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  • Falling Into The Financial ABYSS - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Mar 10, 2024

    Posted Sun Mar 10, 2024 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    High-Def Digest 4K UHD and Blu-ray shopping Guide March 10th

     Between this week and next, you might need to draw from your equity line of credit if you truly buy everything you want. Those three James Cameron titles finally (maybe?) hit the streets, three new title releases, and more. And that's just the 4K category. If you are budgeted to buy just 4 titles this week, you will probably buy the 3 Cameron releases, so which one is your 4th title?

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 41 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 10th - March 16th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     In general, we normally post the new releases first. But this week is not a normal release week. Let us begin with the three James Cameron titles we have waited decades for to hit blu-ray, but now (maybe) get them in 4K and blu-ray in the same package. BONUS! My reluctance to say they are finally here is that I do not have them in my hands, nor have I seen them in retailer back rooms yet either. Some merchants have even pushed the street date to next week, which tells me the ETA in their stock rooms will be Monday afternoon, or Tuesday if we're lucky.

     The Disney company has overused the term Ultimate Collector's Edition, but this week all three Cameron titles don that label, for a good reason. Dolby Vision, BD100 discs, lots of extras, this batch has it all.

     First in the trio of releases, the title that got a remaster a couple of years ago and was on Prime video among other sites and had a lot of us speculating a future release, The Abyss finally arrives. Finally my video wall will have this one, Deepstar Six and Leviathan all over again! At press time Amazon's stats say they sold over 10K+ copies in the last month.

     

     Next in our trio of James Cameron releases, Aliens. In addition to it being a serious action thriller, the scene that sticks out the most to me in a comical sense was Bill Paxton's character saying "Game Over Man!" Amazon's stats show 7K+ were ordered last month.

     

     Someone pinch me, the third title is here (maybe) and hopefully is a major upgrade to that blu-ray we had to import from Spain, referring to True Lies. Don't be 'stuck' in the van unless it has a big screen and a killer sound system, grab your copy NOW, if you can find it. Just like Aliens, 7K+ were ordered last month alone.

     

     And now back to our regularly scheduled programming, let's see what New Releases we are getting this week.

     First from Warner Bros, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Ranked 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, but with an 81 audience score, not sure what to really think about this one. You can also/alternately snag a Walmart Exclusive Steelbook.

        

     

     Also from Warner Bros, The Color Purple (2023) get a 4K disc release, and this one ranks 82% on the Tomatometer, with an audience score of 95. What does the remake do that the original does not? The simplest answer is it adds elements from the stage musical. Hopefully by press time we will have a review ready.

     

     And the third (and final) new release 4K this week is Disney's Wish - Walmart Exclusive SteelBook. When it was originally announced we expected a standard 4K from the Disney Movie Club. In light of recent news of the club closing its doors, that is not happening.

     

     On to catalog titles, first with Dreamworks Animation, Kung Fu Panda. With Kung Fu Panda 4 hitting theaters, releasing the first 3 only make sense. Now if they would release the TV Series to blu-ray! (hint hint)

     

     The Shout Select label this week is offering Quigley Down Under. Tom Selleck NOT driving a Ferrari? Yeah, he did do that.

     

     From Paramount, because they were so successfuly, reprints of SteelBooks of Dragonslayer, Event Horizon and The Running Man are available this week.

     Now then, that wasn't too damaging, was it? If there were multiple box sets, one would say YES. Next week is a bunch of boutique label releases, we finally get The Ring Collection, more Shout Factory, Kino Lorber and Arrow Video.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Color Purple (2023) from Warner Bros, and Wish from Disney. You can also get the Aquaman 2-Film Collection from Warner Bros.

     The rest of the blu-ray category looks pretty crowded, so best of luck resisting temptation on a spending spree.

     New release from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures, Poor Things. Available in 4K via streaming, getting just a blu-ray is slightly infuriating and more common now that Disney owns the Fox label. Could be worse I suppose, DVD only!

     

     New rom-com from Sony Pictures with Anyone But You. I'd swear this came out a couple of weeks ago, but apparently not.

     

     From Universal Pictures, The Prince of Egypt: The Musical.

     Get your fill of action and suspense with I.S.S. from Decal Bleecker. While we are on sub-labels and action films, Freelance comes out from Relativity Media. And the Michael Mann biography/drama Ferrari comes via Neon.

     Ever heard the names John Wayne, Lauren Bacall or Ron Howard? How 'bout Don Siegel ? This week from Arrow Video we get all four with The Shootist (Limited Edition).

     

     Warner Archive Collection has a couple of titles for us this week, Colt .45: The Complete Series and Looney Tunes Collector's Choice: Volume 3.

     

     Boutique label Criterion Collection has a pair of blu-ray releases this week. First, 1941's fantasy romance All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster). Then, shifting gears to a documentary, Laura Poitras’s All the Beauty and the Bloodshed.

     Anime highlights include Akiba Maid War: Complete Collection, The Legendary Hero Is Dead! - The Complete Season, One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Six and  Suzume: Movie, which is also available as a Limited Edition and as a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

     

     TV on disc other than Warner Archive Collection also includes All Creatures Great and Small - Season 4, Rick and Morty: Season 7, also available in a SteelBook EditionSonic Prime: Season One and Stephen King's The Shining (1997).

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory has announced much of their May releases. In no particular order, look for blu-rays of The Island of Dr. Moreau Collector's Edition (1996), Dracula 2000 and Orphan, and for 4K, look for The Addams Family 1&2, Gretel & Hansel and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, which the latter will also have a SteelBook release.

     Disney is releasing more Disney+ content to blu-ray and 4K disc. Andor, Moon Knight, Obi-Wan and Falcon and the Winter Soldier are coming April 30th.

     Jason Statham's The Beekeper is coming to blu-ray and 4K disc on April 23rd.

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  • The Calm Before The Storm, It's HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Mar 3, 2024

    Posted Sun Mar 3, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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    For people like me, I look forward to 4K releases, and I tell ya, this week is a great week to prepare ourselves for what next week is going to bring! It's sort of a calm before the storm. Keep both hands on the wheel as we get through this week and into next.

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 40 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 3rd - March 9th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Walmart Monday has Brawl in Cell Block 99, Children of the Corn (2020),  Mayhem and Prisoners of the Ghostland available as 4K Walmart Exclusive SteelBooks.

       

     

     Just TWO releases this week in this category on Tuesday. First, from Universal and another upgrade to a recently released blu-ray, action/thriller The 355.

     

     

     And second, from Paramount and a straight-up double-dip of sorts, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but as a standard edition (rather than from the 'Paramount Presents' line.) Relatively sure these are the exact same discs as the previous release, check out the review to see if it's right for you.

    Next week could be walletmageddon, walletpocalypse, bank breaker, credit card maxxer, need a new line of credit, insert witty financial pun here, all of the above! Those James Cameron titles we have been eagerly awaiting for for YEARS, the next Aquaman, The Color Purple remake, Wish, a bunch of Shout Factory titles, and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Look to the past, we already have them.

     The volume of blu-rays this week is also lower than normal. Not gloom and doom, there are plenty of preorders still on the books, this week is just slow like the 4K category.

     Walmart Monday brings exclusive SteelBooks, this week look for Kickboxer, Little Monsters, Shivers and V/H/S/Triple Feature.

     

      Anime highlight this week includes just RWBY: Ice Queendom - The Complete Season.

     

     Shout Factory brings back a memorable to me title, Over the Edge. What I remember most is how much havoc these kids did.

     

     I know we are all itching for this in 4K, and anything (it seems) related to James Wan and/or Blumhouse seems to be hit or miss (mostly miss). SAW 10-Film Collection 20th Anniversary Edition is available Tuesday. A fancy looking set with all 10 films in it.

     Honorable mention: This one from Oscilloscope is getting a fair amount of attention with some of the Hollywood circles. Classified as a fantasy horror, Moon Garden is on track for a Tuesday release.

     

     Amazon US has the February batch of Imprint titles available Friday, they are Children of HeavenThe Dresser, Face to Face  (Ansikte Mot Ansikte), I'm Not Scared (Io Non Ho Paura), A Man in Love (Un Homme Amoureux) and Mountains of the Moon.

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Glory is coming to 4K SteelBook from Sony Pictures on June 4th.

     The Departed has been finalized for a release date to 4K disc on April 23.

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  • Book That Dentist Appointment - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Feb 25, 2024

    Posted Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
    Wonka 2023 backdrop Warner Bros.

     With the final week of the month essentially here, March will bring us all sorts of things. An excuse to be Irish, an uptick in disc releases, major college basketball action, Spring. What does March mean for you?

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 39 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 25th - March 2nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     Before we kick off Tuesday's slate, let's look at Monday. Nope, not for imports either, but rather a new term, 'Walmart Monday.' Walmart Exclusive SteelBooks of previously released catalog titles (mostly Shout! Factory or RLJ Entertainment) all appear to have Monday street dates. That pattern is not just this week either, but coming weeks. Titles this week include Creepshow, Dragonheart, The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Platoon.

        

     

     Moving on to Tuesday, the new release this week is Wonka from Warner Bros. Alternately, there is also a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook available.

        

     

     Next and on to catalog titles, from Warner Bros., Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. Is it a drama, is it a thriller? YES.

     

     Kino Lorber has a pair of releases this week with an early Stanley Kubrick work, Fear and Desire. And, the 1957 edition of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.

        

     

     From Vinegar Syndrome, the general release of The Horrible Dr. Hichcock. If you want the release with the limited edition slipcase, follow the link in the description, or follow this link.

     Sort of echoing Dr. Hichcock, Southern Comfort also gets a standard release, with the original limited release available here.

     From the Vinegar Syndrome partner label Cinématographe, a well represented release of Little Darlings. Amazon is offering this special release too, so there is no need to visit VS if this is all you would like to purchase.

     

     From Criterion Collection, The Roaring Twenties. Just reading the first paragraph of David's review has me off the fence and ready to order this one. (Like the well dressed men with Tommyguns wasn't enough?)

     

     Somewhat of a double-dip, All Quiet on the Western Front now becomes available in a SteelBook. No doubt the same exact discs as the mediabook release from last March.

     And lastly, available Friday the BFI import of The Wages of Fear. This title was released on February 19th, but we found an Amazon US link when the Amazon UK link became unavailable for purchase.

     Oh-Oh, there is more. As a last 3.5 second release announcement, Universal has decided to grace us with Illumination animated title Migration for a release this week. Quack Quack!

     

     Another slow(ish) week next week. Meanwhile March 12th is going to be ridiculously busy with those James Cameron releases, more catalog titles and THREE new release titles.

     

     Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Wonka, available in a standard edition and as a Target ExclusiveFear and Desire and The Roaring Twenties. Added at the last second is Migration from Universal.

     Now then, the blu-ray category itself looks quite busy this week.

     New comedy from Sony Pictures with Anyone But You.

     

     In the comedy horror department, LionsGate has Dream Scenario with Nicolas Cage. Also available this week in the Western genre, The Night They Came Home.

     

     From Searchlight Pictures, the blu-ray release of Next Goal Wins.

     

     TV on disc this week includes Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season and Monk: Season Four.

     Anime highlights this week include (gotta love the length of some of these titles) Chillin' in My 30s After Getting Fired From the Demon King's Army: The Complete Season, Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Extreme Dinosaurs - Complete Series, Hand Maid May - Complete Collection and I've Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills - Complete Collection and Puss 'N Boots: Around the World.

     

     Collectors of Kino Lorber's Film Noir box sets can get Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVII this week.

     Honorable Mention: From Radiance Films and available for the first time on blu-ray worldwide, the drama/history Allonsanfan.

     Friday imports available via Amazon US include both Imprint and Umbrella titles:

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Reported by The Digital Bits and other outlets, Disney is shutting down their movie club and getting out of the physical media business. Now that the shock is over, what does this mean? In this case they are partnering with Sony to do future releases. Time will tell if this is a positive thing or a negative. Will Sony have more autonomy to release catalog titles from Fox? Will Sony release a 4K where otherwise Disney would have done a standard blu-ray? Will we finally be rid of the BD66 HDR10 Atmouse shell? Will this just be a glorified licensing agreement where Sony has to beg Disney for rights to produce a disc? I also have doubts of future inclusion of digital codes, afterall, they're trying to push their monthly subscription fees on us. One last thing... what becomes of Disney Movie Insiders, their rewards site? We will no doubt know more in the coming weeks or months, so stay tuned.

     We now have a street date for the 4k releases of Brandon Lee's The Crow from Paramount, that would be May 7th. The next Paramount Presents release will be a 4K of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West. Expect that one a week later, May 14th.

     Sony Pictures will be releasing Steel Magnolias to 4K as a 35th Anniversary Edition on April 23rd.

     Arrow Video has revealed their May 2024 slate. For the US and Canada (and UK on select titles), titles include Narc, blu-ray and 4K skus, Crimson Peak 4K, Pandemonium blu-ray and Night Falls on Manhattan. For the UK exclusively, a 4K release of The Long Good Friday.
     Kino Lorber adds new titles to their up and coming list quite regularly. The one that stood out last week to me was the 1955 release of The Ladykillers to 4K and blu-ray. I very strongly considered the StudioCanal Vintage Classics release from several years ago.

     

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  • Time To Get Your Fuzzy Pink Elephant - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Feb 18, 2024

    Posted Sun Feb 18, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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    If you're ready for a slight breather, this week is that week. There are still a couple of decent titles still to ponder. Our 3 week countdown to those James Cameron 4K releases is on! Pinch me when it's real.

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 38 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 18th - February 24th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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    It's a NO on the import Monday or Friday docket, and there are no New Releases either. But, let's get started on Domestic Tuesday catalog titles...

    First from Paramount, Beverly Hills Cop III. Many that are not fans of this one are probably trying to compare it to the first 2 films, just don't do it. The completionist in me is glad to see it. And if you held out for the 3-Movie Collection, that's available too.

       

     

     Next, Shout! Factory brings us 90s thriller Darkman. There is also a general release SteelBook option available as well.

       

     

    A pair of releases come from Kino Lorber this week. First, action/thriller The Last Castle with Robert Redford and James Gandolfini. And next, in the we sort of expected it category, Leviathan gets a shiny new 4K release. When I think of underwater movies of that era, I think The Abyss, Deepstar Six and of course, this one.

       

     

    From Criterion, The Heroic Trio / Executioners. If the big "C" wasn't on the fron cover, you would swear this was an Arrow Release.

     

    And the last one in the 4K section, Sony Pictures offers us Paprika (2006), with Dolby Vision and a Dolby Atmos (Japanese) track. It is not 100% clear that the English 5.1 track is on the 4K disc, but one would certainly expect it to be.

    Next week, between the Walmart Exclusives on Monday, and the Tuesday offerings, it could be another good sized and expensive week,

     

    Blu-ray releases-

    Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Leviathan gets a new special edition this week from Kino Lorber. And Criterion delivers with The Heroic Trio / Executioners. Everything else we already have.

     If you have been following Criterion partner Janus Contemporaries, you would know that their next release, Afire is available this week.

     

     For the Criterion label itself, a period drama film titled Nothing But a Man.

     The next Kino Cult title,  spine number 6 comes out this week, titled Drifter.

     

     Look for The Luzhin Defence from Sony Pictures Classics this week.

     

     The Warner Archive release of Hanna-Barbera's Superstars 10: The Complete Film Collection awaits your order status. My order status is Pre-Ordered! Available individually as well, but the price of 3 or 4 gets you all 10, they are The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, Rockin' with Judy Jetson, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats, Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears, Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose and Yogi's Great Escape.

     

     Anime highlight includes just Himouto! Umaru-chan R - Complete Collection (Premium Box Set).

     

     Honorable mention because we love physical media, a random throw at you title from MGM, The Groom Wore Spurs.

     For imports this week, on Thursday, Umbrella Entertainment's web shop exclusive releases. That means that general releases available on Amazon will follow in a couple of weeks.

     

     

    Friday gives is a bunch of media books from Turbine Medien:

     

     

     Then, just to keep it interesting, Amazon makes available a bunch of Umbrella Entertainment (and one Arrow title) available. I would expect to see Wolf Pack get a domestic release as that is on recent Paramount+ title:

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Criterion Collection has revealed their MAY 2024 slate of titles. Check out our news story.

     Paramount will be releasing The Crow to 4K and 4K SteelBook on May 7th.

     

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  • The Ballad of the Empty Wallet - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Feb 11, 2024

    Posted Sun Feb 11, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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     It's funny what a difference a single week makes. For 4K anyway, we go from a total drought to a well above average list. It's feast or famine I tell ya, and with the word Hunger in one of this week's releases, bring on the feast! This week could easily be a $500 week!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 37 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 11th - February 17th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     Import Monday begins with a pair of titles. First from 101Films, look for Alligator. It comes in a fancy looking package and also includes a bonus blu-ray of Alligator II.

     And next from Arrow Video, a fat-pack release of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Kino did an excellent domestic release, so if you're happy with that, probably no reason to import this. Note: Although a release date of the 12th, we had to update our link to Amazon US (with a 2/23 street date) because Amazon UK is showing sold out.

     If those didn't make your wallet tingle a bit, let's get ready to feel the burn with Domestic Tuesday releases.

     There are THREE new release titles this week. For movies, going with the higher rated one first (and probably better quality AV too... BD100/Dolby Vision), from LionsGate, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Available as a Standard Edition, an Amazon Exclusive Edition and a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

       

     

     And second, Disney/Marvel, 2023's The Marvels, which comes as a Standard Edition and a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

       

     

     Still in the new releases category, BBC Nature's Planet Earth III. This one still features David Attenborough behind the mic.

     

     It has been a short hop from there to here, Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 4 becomes available this week. Six more films from their film vault to tide us over a bit. Can we say Volume 5?

     

     We got Flashdance, we got Dirty Dancing, it's only inevitable we also get Footloose from Paramount. Also available as a SteelBook featuring an alternative cover art. Thanks, now I got Kenny Loggins stuck in my head.

       

     

     Universal has another batch of 4K upgrades to recent blu-ray releases. First, Harriet, based on the story of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. And second, Ticket to Paradise with George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

       

     

     Universal's final release of the week, (previously delayed from last year) Universal Classic Monsters: Limited Edition Collection. This one is limited to a quantity of 5500 and each one is individually numbered. I'm still trying to picture how this set will come, the photo shows a book and 8 loose discs.

     

     Shout! Factory brings us Willy's Wonderland, with what Bryan says is a great-looking video presentation. This one is also available as a general release (not Walmart exclusive) SteelBook.

       

     

     Friday import from Turbine Medien Group, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas gets a standard slipcover edition release.

     Next week's slate should be a bit gentler on our finances, a decent amount of releases, just not box sets. Get ready for Beverly Hills Cop III, Leviathan, Darkman, and a tad more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and The Marvels.

     The rest of the blu-ray category is a bit light this week.

     From LionsGate, Priscilla, an Elvis Presley story from the eyes of Priscilla Beaulieu.

     

     Criterion Collection this week has Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons.

     Fear Is the Key debuts to blu-ray from Arrow Video. Crossing the Pacific, The Shaolin Plot also gets an Arrow Video Limited Edition.

     

     TV On Disc this week includes Boystown - The Complete Season 1, Flunk - Season 1, Flunk - Season 2, Flunk - Season 3, 'Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series'  and The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Season 1 [SteelBook].

     

     Anime highlights include One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Five and Spy x Family Season 1 Part 2, which comes as a Standard Edition and as a Limited Edition.

     

     Boutique label Radiance Films has the thriller Goodbye & Amen.

     The Shout Select label has Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black.

     Honorable mentions from Kino Lorber, Blood on the Sun with James Cagney debuts to blu-ray this week, as does Let's Dance, a musical with Fred Astaire.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Paramount has revealed that Mean Girls (2004) will also be getting a special edition 4K, with a release date of April 30th.

     Universal pictures is adding more and more TV shows to blu-ray. Added are complete series for Suits, Heroes (2006-2016) and The Act.  I know I buy all the ones that I am remotely interested in, so should you!

     Up for order on Amazon is Warner Bros' 4K of The Departed. Exact date TBA.

     

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  • A Momentary Lapse of Releases - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Feb 4, 2024

    Posted Sun Feb 4, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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     Let's take this week to recharge our wallets a little bit. With just one Domestic 4K title and a handful of blu-rays, it's a momentary lapse of releases! Twenty points for the first one that gets the reference.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 36 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 4th - February 10th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     For Domestic Tuesday this week, we get the 1971 Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller starring Warren Beatty and directed by Robert Altman, brought to us by Criterion.

     

     Thursday releases, a pair of standard editions from Turbine Medien Group out of Germany, The Deep House and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. They previously did media books for both titles, and neither title has gotten a 4K release in the US, see where this is going?

     Next week, watch out as we see a higher than average schedule. It's feast or famine I tell ya! The Marvels, Hunger Games, Footloose and a ton more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Turbine has The Deep House and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer for import.

     If you were a boutique label, this week would be a great week to sell sell sell! How about a horror that could easily be confused with a board game? Yeah, Candy Land would be that title.

     

     A relatively new label to the US, Radiance Films this week has the Japanese language drama The Sting of Death available to purchase.

     Weekly Anime highlights include Handyman Saitou in Another World - The Complete Season, Revenger - The Complete Season and Tears to Tiara - Complete Collection.

     

     Shout! Factory this week offers up the horror/thriller Funeral Home, as well as the sci-fi/thriller The Terminal Man: 50th Anniversary Edition. With Elon Musk in recent news behind a company offering neural implants, this one could become very real!

     

     If you have been following Jess (Jesús) Franco's career, you can check off another release with Voodoo Passion from Full Moon Features.

     In the blu-ray category next week, we see a slight uptick in titles available.

     The last couple of slow weeks I have shared a YouTube link or two. Have fun with this one.. if you like ABBA: Dancing Queen, it was remastered to 4K. So 70's! Mamma Mia anyone?

     

     

     

    A decade forward and it's all about the hair, and the spandex. This one looks fantastic in 4K. Rick Astley!

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout! Factory's various labels have announced their April slate of titles. So far we are looking at Rolling Thunder on 4K, and for blu-rays, Affliction, Blue Giant, Lost in Space (movie) and Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey. Winnie The Pooh was already released to a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook last October, so this is a general release. There are 4K options for Pooh overseas, Italy, France and Germany.

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  • Action Speaks Louder Than Words - Shop HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Jan 28, 2024

    Posted Sun Jan 28, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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     It's probably time to queue up that doom and gloom armageddon type music because this week could be very harmful to your wallets/credit card balances. Between 4K and blu-ray we have not seen a week this big in quite some time!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 35 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 28th - February 3rd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     Oh, and the tagline above, that's actually for Silent Night.

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     Import Monday begins with the 1971 Michael Caine crime/thriller Get Carter. Everything else that was slated for Monday got pushed back a couple of weeks.

     And moving on to Domestic Tuesday, let's begin with Silent Night - Walmart Exclusive SteelBook. If you want this one in 4K, Walmart is where you have to go as a standard edition 4K is currently not slated for release. I cannot confirm this yet but it appears this will be online only, which is a head-scratcher as this one would generate a lot of foot traffic.

     

     On to catalog titles, first from Severin Films for a trio of films, Bad Biology, Nightmare and The Psychic.

     

     From Kino Lorber this week, The Boogens and Scarlet Street.

     

     This week is the week to get your fix of Conan films from Arrow Video. The trio of skus include Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer and The Conan Chronicles. The Conan Chronicles shows a release date of February 20 on Amazon, but Arrow Video has indeed confirmed it still has a January 30th street date, and I did get a shipping confirmation from Arrow Video. My guess is Amazon will not get their stock until the 20th. With the B&N sale going on, Amazon appears to be matching the 50% off pricing, so pounce on this if you want it.

     

     MVD has their next Laservision Collection release this week with Cutting Class. Thus far this series of releases has been done quite well.

     

     From Vinegar Syndrome, general releases of D.A.R.Y.L.eXistenZ and The Prophecy I -II-III, and a store direct release of Freeway 1 & 2, which comes in a hard case. Collectors will generally opt for the direct store releases as they almost always contain nicer packaging, while the release on Amazon is a standard edition, often times no slipcovers or swag.

     Criterion this week offers up Trainspotting.

     

     Next week we get a chance to recharge wallets with just one title.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include a lot,  Silent Night, Bad Biology, Nightmare, The Psychic, The Boogens, Scarlet Street, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, The Conan Chronicles, Cutting Class and Trainspotting.

     New Eli Roth horror Thanksgiving comes to blu-ray this week, which, in my opinion, a huge missed opportunity for a 4K release. Sony doesn't usually do the double-dip game as much as Universal does when it comes to a blu-ray first, 4K next, so, best of luck on waiting for a 4K disc. Maybe a Turbine release in the future?

     TV on disc includes The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 2 and Monk: Season Three.

     

     Criterion blu-ray this week, Mudbound, a film based in the 40s along the Mississippi Delta.

     Warner Archive's January batch releases this week, they include Cabin in the Sky, A Day at the Races, Faithless, Joe's Apartment, The Prince and the Pauper (1937) and Rover Dangerfield.

     

     Anime highlights this week, Bocchi the Rock! - The Complete Season, The Case Study of Vanitas - Season 1 Part 2, Kurokami: The Animation, Lovely Complex, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: TV Series 1, Naruto Shippuden Set 2, Ningen Fushin Adventurers Who Dont Believe in Humanity Will Save the World and Sailor Moon Super S: Complete Fourth Season.

     

     From Arrow Video this week, Murphy's War featuring the 'iconic' actor Peter O'Toole.

     

     Next week in this category, another chance to recharge that wallet of yours.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Bros has made it official, Wonka will be streeting to 4K and blu-ray on February 27.

     Michael Mann's Ferrari will be coming to blu-ray on March 12. A 4K release is coming to Italy, and with Michael Mann at the helm I have to wonder if a 4K double-dip will be coming to the US.

     Arrow Video has announced their April 2024 slate, for the US market they include Basket Case in 4K, with a shop exclusive option, and blu-rays of The Scarface Mob and The Tin Star. There are no 4K imports to mention in this batch.

     

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  • It's Quite Elementary - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Jan 21, 2024

    Posted Sun Jan 21, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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    Just one more week until January's wallet-buster, with February just around the corner! Have you stocked up on Arrow Video titles with the B&N sale in full swing?

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 21st - January 27th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

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     This week is like a sandwich, imports on both ends and domestic releases in the middle.

     For UK Import Monday, first from Arrow Video, their fat-pack for the 1976 horror Carrie.

     

     Next, Second Sight offers up their limited edition release of High Tension. If you want to save a few bucks and opt for the movie-only (no-swag) release, that's an option too. Don't assume these Second SIght titles will get a US release, some of them have thus far not gotten such a release. (Babadook, It Follows, and more)

     

     Domestic Tuesday's new release this week is DC Animated Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One, which comes in a SteelBook package.

     

     And Kino Lorber brings us 1990's comedy Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

     

     Import Friday brings us Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary from Umbrella Entertainment. Their web site offered a couple of swaggy sets as well if you wanted the maximum experience.

     Next week offers a lot more, with three Conan skus, Trainspotting, Silent Night, a couple of Severin titles, Vinegar Syndrome, and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One from Warner Bros and (see below) Super Mario Bros from Umbrella Entertainment.

     The rest of the category is a bit slow this week, and just like the 4K section, next week is going to be huge.

     Anime highlights include By the Grace of the Gods - Season 2, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Set 8 - Stone Ocean Part 1, RahXephon Complete Collection,

     

     From Criterion this week, Chantal Akerman Masterpieces, 1968–1978.

     Shout Factory has Jennifer 8 with Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman this week, and Stephen King's Thinner.

     

     TV on disc this week from Paramount, Special Ops: Lioness: Season One.

     

     Import Friday consists of Umbrella Entertainment titles:

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Bros. has announced that The Color Purple (2023) 4K and blu-ray editions will arrive March 12th.

     Criterion Collection's April slate has been announced. Do check out Tom's News Story for more info.

    Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be release to 4K and blu-ray on March 12th as well.

     

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  • In Sync With HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Jan 14, 2024

    Posted Sun Jan 14, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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    Another light to moderate week for 4K titles, with blu-ray somewhere around normal. This gives us time to prepare for the end of the month's motherload.

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 33 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 14th - January 20th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

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     For Import Monday, Second Sight's take on Mean Streets. It is reported to be the same transfer as Criterion's recent release, but of course more swaggy.

     

     With practically a one-week notice, Universal informs the world that Trolls: Band Together streets on the 16th. With that being said, a standard edition only, no SteelBook option or retailer exclusives this go round.

     

     From Synapse Films, Blood Feast (2016) gets that 4K upgrade. Between last week and this, we have three titles with the word 'Blood' in the title.

     

     Next, from Criterion Collection, a 90s Western titled Lone Star. Vague memories on this one.

     

     Still on target for a Tuesday release, Police Story 3: Supercop (standard edition) with Jackie Chan comes at us via 88 Films. This still leaves Police Story 2 4K as an import only, either as a trilogy set or by itself.

     And the final 4K title for this week, The Raid: Redemption from Sony Pictures and in a SteelBook package.

     

     Next week we see a couple of decent imports, another Justice League animated, and a bit of Aahnold comedy.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes Trolls: Band Together from Universal,  Blood Feast (2016) from Synapse Films and Lone Star from Criterion Collection. Doubling back to Trolls, as always, there's a what's out so far collection (Trolls 3-Movie Collection), blu-ray only, not 4K, as well as a Walmart Exclusive and a Target Exclusive. Again, not 4K, so I guess somehow us 4K collectors have no interest in retailer exclusives!??

     Omitting all the reprints this week, we are left with just a few more titles (by volume) than last week.

     From Sony Pictures and just in time for (next) Christmas, Journey to Bethlehem.

     

     The latest GKIDS animated release Ernest & Célestine: A Trip to Gibberitia comes to us via Shout! Factory.

     

     Arrow Video has a box set for us this week, Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe.

     

     Just one Anime highlight this week, Love Flops Complete Collection.

     

     Debuting to blu-ray this week from MGM, Mademoiselle (1966).

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Barnes & Noble right now through February 5th has Arrow Video titles at 50% off. No doubt Amazon will match prices on a majority of them as well. Great time to get those titles you have been waiting to get!

     Shout Factory has revealed multiple titles for March 2024, for 4K, K-19: The Widowmaker, Carrie (2013), Child's Play (2019) and Quigley Down Under. For blu-ray so far, Over the Edge and Stephen King's The Shining (TV Series).

     Upcoming from Paramount in 4K, Major League, which is also available as a SteelBook option as well, Contagion, and, Primal Fear as a Paramount Presents title.

     Universal is offering a couple of 4K upgrades, Harriet, The 355 and Ticket To Paradise.

     Disney has revealed their latest MCU title, The Marvels is coming to blu-ray and 4K February 13th. Disney Pixar's WISH will street March 12th.

     Best Buy appears to be beginning to dismantle their physical media operations. A visit to their web site shows a majority of titles not available for delivery, and the store closest to me has not restocked anything recently. For Exclusive SteelBooks in the future, it would appear Walmart will be the place to look.

     

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  • The Marvels Blasts to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray February 13th

    Posted Mon Jan 8, 2024 at 08:43 AM PST by
    Nia DaCosta's The Marvels

    Disney and Marvel's The Marvels starring Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson is soaring to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K SteelBook, and Blu-ray on February 13. Digital will hit January 16.

    Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her powers are entangled with super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and work together to save the universe.

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    The Marvels - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive SteelBook
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    The 4K UHD Blu-ray editions feature Dolby Atmos soundtracks and bonus materials are as follows:


    FEATURETTES

    • Entangled – Take a cosmic trip behind the scenes on The Marvels with the cast and crew of the film. Learn how director Nia DaCosta and the team took on such a vast production, and dive deeper with more details about Marvel’s first ever musical number.
    • The Production Diaries – Experience the lively, upbeat set of The Marvels as cast and crew recall candid and heartwarming moments, along with hilarious anecdotes.


    DELETED SCENES

    • Captain-in-Residence – Kamala finds herself in Carol's ship after an unexpected switch and incredulously picks up a call from Valkyrie.
    • It's Under Control – Carol, Kamala, and Monica find themselves brainstorming for solutions on Aladna.
    • Space Yoga – Muneeba teaches yoga while an exasperated Nick Fury looks on.
    • The Chase – Chaos ensues as Ty-Rone chases Kamala in a tension-filled scene.


    GAG REEL

    • Watch some hilarious outtakes on set with the cast and crew of The Marvels.


    AUDIO COMMENTARY

    • Listen to co-writer/director Nia DaCosta and VFX Supervisor Tara DeMarco talk about the film.

    Pre-orders for The Marvels should be available soon. Included below is the full press release:


    “UPROARIOUSLY FUN AND ACTION-PACKED”
    – Molly Freeman, Screen Rant



    Make Your Marvel Studios Collection Fly Higher! The Marvels
    is available to buy only at Digital retailers on January 16
    and arrives on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 13



    BURBANK, CA (January 8, 2024) – Higher. Further. Faster. Together! Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau and Ms. Marvel assemble in this epic action-packed cosmic adventure. With the help of Nick Fury (and Carol’s pet Flerken, Goose!), they must band together to take on the powerful Dar-Benn, new leader of the Kree.

    The Marvels is directed by Nia DaCosta, who “delivers a film with tons of heart, and endless laughs.” (Amelia Emberwing, IGN) that is “fortified by compelling performances and thoughtful storytelling, delivering a superhero film that pulsates with life, energy, and a sense of purpose.” (Valerie Complex, Deadline).

    Be the first to watch at home on Digital when Marvel Studios’ The Marvels becomes available from all major digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu on January 16 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 13. Fans can add the film to their collection and access exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a gag reel, behind-the-scenes featurettes and an audio commentary from co-writer/director Nia DaCosta and VFX Supervisor Tara DeMarco.


    Film Synopsis
    Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her powers are entangled with super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and work together to save the universe.

    Bonus Features*
    FEATURETTES
    • Entangled – Take a cosmic trip behind the scenes on The Marvels with the cast and crew of the film. Learn how director Nia DaCosta and the team took on such a vast production, and dive deeper with more details about Marvel’s first ever musical number.
    • The Production Diaries – Experience the lively, upbeat set of The Marvels as cast and crew recall candid and heartwarming moments, along with hilarious anecdotes.

    DELETED SCENES
    • Captain-in-Residence – Kamala finds herself in Carol's ship after an unexpected switch and incredulously picks up a call from Valkyrie.
    • It's Under Control – Carol, Kamala, and Monica find themselves brainstorming for solutions on Aladna.
    • Space Yoga – Muneeba teaches yoga while an exasperated Nick Fury looks on.
    • The Chase – Chaos ensues as Ty-Rone chases Kamala in a tension-filled scene.

    GAG REEL
    • Watch some hilarious outtakes on set with the cast and crew of The Marvels.

    AUDIO COMMENTARY
    • Listen to co-writer/director Nia DaCosta and VFX Supervisor Tara DeMarco talk about the film.

    *Bonus features vary by product and retailer

    Cast
    Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
    Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau
    Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel
    Zawe Ashton as Dar-Benn
    Gary Lewis as Emperor Dro'ge
    Seo-Jun Park as Prince Yan
    Zenobia Shroff as Muneeba Khan
    Mohan Kapur as Yusuf Khan
    Saagar Shaikh as Aamir Khan
    Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

    Directed by
    Nia DaCosta

    Produced by
    Kevin Feige, p.g.a.

    Executive Producers
    Louis D’Esposito
    Victoria Alonso
    Mary Livanos
    Jonathan Schwartz
    Matthew Jenkins
    Jamie Christropher

    Written by
    Nia DaCosta and Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik

    Product Specifications
    U.S. and Canada Street Date
    Digital: January 16, 2024
    Physical: February 13, 2024

    Product SKUs
    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD  
    Physical: Cinematic Universe Edition (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD
    Retail Exclusive: Walmart Steelbook® (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code + Steelbook Packaging)
    Bundle: Captain Marvel / The Marvels 2-Movie Collection (Digital 4K / HD / SD)

    Feature Run Time
    Approx. 105 minutes

    Rating
    U.S.: Rated PG-13
    Canada: Rated PG

    Disc Size
    4K UHD: 66GB
    Blu-ray: 50GB
    DVD: 8.5GB

    Aspect Ratio
    Digital: 2.35:1
    Physical: 2.35:1

    U.S. and Canada Audio
    4K: English Dolby Atmos and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
    Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
    DVD: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio Language Tracks
    Digital: English Dolby Atmos (UHD only, some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

    U.S. and Canada Subtitles
    4K: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    DVD: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

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