• Walletmageddon Is Here - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide March 26, 2023

    Posted Sun Mar 26, 2023 at 12:00 PM PDT by

     Warning! The following article contains wallet-busting content of biblical proportions. Proceed with caution.

     Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 43 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 26th - April 1st, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday is pretty busy as well.  Second Sight has George A. Romero's Martin, which is available as a standard release or as a Limited Edition release. We've provided Amazon UK alternate links for these titles, and last I checked, they were still available at Diabolik DVD.

     Now available with an English cover and English menus, Pirates of The Caribbean 1-5 4K box set comes to the UK. If I decide to import this, you can guarantee it will get a US announcement. Should I take one for the team?


     Closing out import Monday, Two Japanese Artwork Steelbooks will be available, Rampage and Ready Player One. They're not Zavvi exclusives, so if you are locked out from ordering due to Zavvi's current shipping policies, use the alternate links to Amazon UK instead.


     Alright, now on to domestic Tuesday with new releases first. From Netflix via MPI, All Quiet on the Western Front gets a media-book style release. While it does have an English dub in DTS-HD MA 5.1, the Atmos mix is exclusively German. With all that, I've still got it on preorder. Here's to hoping for considerably higher bitrates than the streaming version.


     From Warner Bros. and DC animation, Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham.

     The next BBC nature feature, Frozen Planet II comes to us via Warner Bros/BBC.


     LionsGate's best known genre is the action/thriller and they usually include Bruce Willis, but this go round we have Gerard Butler in Plane.


     And now on to catalog titles. If you are a member of the Disney Movie Club, the animated classic Cinderella (1950) is available and shipping. The general release will be August 1st elsewhere. Bippity-boppety-boo!

     The killer doll genre Dead Silence (James Wan) gets a 4K release via Scream Factory. Will this be the last time I express frustration for M3GAN only getting a blu-ray and not 4K disc? Probably not.


     Sticking with Scream Factory, The Exorcist III gets a release too. The rumor mill says the original Exorcist film is being prepped for some time this summer. I've seen a SteelBook cover art that seemed real, so it's likely.


     And via the Shout Factory label, another semi-recent Universal film gets a 4K upgrade, I'm referring to Wanted (2008).

     Kino Lorber has upgraded Rawhead Rex to 4K, making triple-dippers like me happy everywhere. But seriously, I'm sure it is going to be an excellent release, maybe we can move our 4K disc to our SteelBooks.


     The general release for Sidekicks (Chuck Norris) debuts this week. The original deluxe version is still available direct from Vinegar Syndrome's site. Site exclusives for this week include Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby and Primal Rage, with general releases usually 2 months out.


     Severin Films has Dario Argento's The Five Days available this week.

     Closing the category out, G.I. Joe: Retaliation gets a SteelBook from Paramount.

     Next week offers up a little reprieve, Star Trek:TNG movies, go for a Midnight Run, Cool Hand Luke and two other Warner Classics.


    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles, the import of George A. Romero's Martin, domestic titles Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham and Plane each get their respective release. If you want Frozen Planet II you will need to get the combo pack above.

     New drama/thriller from Sony titled Missing. Keeping with Sony, under the Sony Pictures Classics line, new drama titled The Son.


     Anime highlights include Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest: Season 2, available as a standard edition and a limited edition, Attack on Titan - Final Season - Part 2, available as a standard edition and a limited edition, Deemo: Memorial Keys, Mieruko-chan - The Complete Season, available as a standard edition and a limited edition and Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - Season 2, Part 1, available as a standard edition and a limited edition.

     Arrow Video has Black Sunday, the 1977 crime/drama. For Shawscope style action/comedy, Knockabout.

     TV on disc this week includes Chucky: Season Two, Dawson's Creek: The Complete Series, Doctor Who: William Hartnell - Complete Season Two, Gaslit: The Complete Limited Series, Maigret: Season Four, and lastly,  Rick and Morty: Season 6, available as a standard edition and a SteelBook edition. Just kidding on the 'lastly' part, import Friday you can also scoop up Rawhide: The Complete First Season, a Via Vision AU release.


     Warner Bros. animated Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series comes out this week.

     Here's a new genre, Anti-Romantic Comedy, the film is Chilly Scenes of Winter and it's from Criterion. Intriguing.


     Honorable mention - Severin Films has their next box-set ready for purchase, titled Violent Streets: The Umberto Lenzi/Tomas Milian Collection, our own Sam Cohen says it's recommended.


    Notable announcements from last week:

     Too late to be included in this week's releases category, A24 has announced The Lighthouse [Collector's Edition] for blu-ray and 4K THIS WEEK from the A24 shop. Still waiting for "X", "Pearl" and "Fall" to hit 4K, but hey, do check it out.

     Kino Lorber has detailed The Longest Yard (1974) for blu-ray and 4K release, with a May 16th street date.


    4K Release Calendar

    2K/BD Release Calendar

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

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