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Bram Stoker's Dracula Travels Oceans Of Time For A New 4K UHD SteelBook with Dolby Vision HDR, Oct. 4th

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Sony brings a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook of Francis Ford Coppola's infamous adaptation of Stoker's iconic vampire on October 4th, 2022.

Bram Stoker's Dracula - 30th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

As has been the case with so many other recent Sony reissues, they are reauthoring the disc to now include Dolby Vision HDR. Previously you had to have the digital streaming copy on iTunes or Vudu to watch the film with Dolby Vision. To round out the A/V presentation, the film also comes with English Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD MA 5.1, and DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio tracks. If that wasn't enough Sony is also including a pair of new bonus features - the Annie Lenox "Love Song for a Vampire" music video and a new featurette "Blood Lines - Dracula, the Man, the Myth, the Movies"

This one isn't yet up for pre-order but as soon as it is, we'll update our listings. Here's the full PR for all the gory details:


SYNOPSIS
From Academy Award®-winning director Francis Ford Coppola (1974 Best Director, The Godfather: Part II) comes the classic and chilling tale about the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince (Gary Oldman) who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th-century London in search of human love. When the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.

 

DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS 

4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, including the original theatrical English subtitle font for texted instances
  • Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + Dolby Stereo
  • Special Features:
    • NEWLY ADDED: “Love Song For A Vampire” Music Video by Annie Lennox
    • NEWLY ADDED: Blood Lines – Dracula: The Man, The Myth, The Movies Featurette 

BLU-RAY DISC™

  • Feature presented in High Definition, sourced from the 4K master
  • Dolby Atmos audio
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola, Visual Effects Director Roman Coppola and Makeup Supervisor Greg Cannom
    • Introduction by Francis Ford Coppola
    • Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker's Dracula
    • Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son
    • The Blood Is the Life: The Making of Bram Stoker's Dracula
    • The Costumes Are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka
    • In-Camera: Naïve Visual Effects
    • Method and Madness: Visualizing Dracula
    • Deleted & Extended Scenes
    • Theatrical Teaser & Trailer
CAST AND CREW

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay By: James V. Hart
Produced by: Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs and Charles Mulvehill
Executive Producers: Michael Apted and Robert O’Connor
Cast: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

 

SPECS

Run Time: Approx. 127 minutes
Rating: R for sexuality and horror violence
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1

4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA 


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 26, 2022 - July 2, 2022

 Ever had one of those days where it feels like absolutely nothing went right and you had to seek a course correction, pronto? Yeah, that was me earlier last week. If you decide to watch a movie to get out of that 'zone,' I would suggest one you had already seen, otherwise what's happening on the screen might drive that feeling even deeper as the antagonist gets on your nerves. I'm lucky my day wasn't 100% sour because it it was, my TV or disc player would have exploded. Reminds me of the opening act in Amazon Women on the Moon actually, hee hee.

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 6 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 It's a Dumbledorey kind of day with three releases of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. This makes the third film of the series (with five planned total). Absent from this release is a 4K release from Target, but we do see a standard release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and an over-the-top gift set from Walmart. The latter is in similar style as The Batman gift set from last month.

 

 From Arrow Video, after it looked like the only option was an import, True Romance hits U.S. stores. This being a limited edition, it comes available as a Standard limited, a Limited SteelBook and a Deluxe Limited SteelBook. Expect, no doubt, a standard edition in six months for fans that just want the movie with nothing fancy.

 

 And last but not least, two priced-to-move titles from Kino Lorber. First, a comdy/crime film titled Out of Sight starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez and directed by Steven Soderbergh. And second, an early work of director Stanley Kubrick titled Killer's Kiss. Don't expect 2001 or The Shining, but do expect an insight of what Kubrick was like early on. Read David's review for the details.

 

 Next week, two new releases, a pair of Criterion releases and Tom Cruise.

Blu-ray releases-

 If you thought there was going to be a little bit of a break in this category, your thoughts were a bit faulty. Actually, this week is the busiest week of the month of June.

 What we do every week first is mention the blu-ray counterparts of the above releases. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore gets a standard release, a Target Exclusive 'art' edition and a Walmart Exclusive Gift Set, very similar to the 4K set above. If you somehow missed out on the franchise, a 3-Film Collection is also available. True Romance gets a Limited Edition blu-ray release as well. Not to be left out, Out of Sight gets the Kino blu-ray treatment too.

 More TV on disc, The A-Team: The Complete Series from NBC Universal and Charmed: The Complete Series from CBS/Paramount both honor us with their presence.

 

 From Universal, Firestarter (2022) comes to home video. Is it just me or does Blumhouse have something against 4K disc? Or was this just not a good movie?

 New to blu-ray catalog titles from Paramount include Boomerang, The First Wives Club (Paramount Presents label) and Harlem Nights.

 

 Sony Pictures releases the 2021 drama/romance Mothering Sunday.

 

 Criterion Collection presents 1972's Pink Flamingos. Matthew describes it as the 'most controversial and grotesque films to be inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry,' check out his review. Criterion also has a foreign comedy/romance titled The Worst Person in the World this week as well.

 

 Anime highlights are just a few, Kekkaishi - The Complete Series, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan - The Complete Season, Sgt. Frog: The Complete Second Season and Urusei Yatsura The Movie 4: Lum The Forever.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Individual discs for the original six Star Trek Movies are in the works as well as a 6-film collection. One would guess this fall sounds about right for a release time frame, no doubt to coincide with the updated extended release for The Motion Picture. It was mentioned on The Bits that Star Trek: First Contact was streaming in 4K, so no doubt those films will be coming to 4K disc towards the end of the year.

 Kino Lorber will be releasing Indecent Proposal to 4K disc on September 27.

 The 4400: The Complete Series will be getting a blu-ray release by CBS/Paramount on July 26th.

 Summer is getting pretty crowded if you're in to 4K discs and TV series, best of luck keeping up!

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?




4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 19, 2022 - June 25, 2022

 Happy Summer Solstice! What are you doing to celebrate the arrival of the Summer months? Dinner and a movie? A cookout and a home video? The Summer movie season is upon us, are you looking forward to anything in particular?

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

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 There are TWO new releases this week, with a total of FOUR SKUS.

 First, from Dreamworks Animation, via Universal Pictures, an animated adventure comedy titled The Bad Guys.

 

 And next, from LionsGate, an action comedy titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent starring Nicolas Cage. This one is available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive edition.

 

 Moving on to catalog titles, first a Western from Warner Bros titled Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean.

 Criterion Collection has an appearance in this category this week with Shaft (1971). Featuring an all new 4K restoration with Dolby Vision, this one is sure to please.

 

 Blue Underground releases Uncle Sam this week. When I first saw this movie I was very pleasantly surprised, to get it in 4K will be satisfying.

 

 The final listing in this category this week is a double-dip of sorts, LionsGate gives us Universal Soldier in one of their Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover SteelBooks.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Getting to the blu-ray counterparts of the 4K titles above, The Bad Guys gets a blu-ray/dvd combo edition. And, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent gets a standard edition and a Target Exclusive Edition. I've mentioned it a lot lately, Target appears to have abandoned 4K in their exclusive editions, I am a bit disturbed by this. What next, DVD exclusive editions? Criterion Collection also releases a blu-ray special edition for Shaft (1971).

 LionsGate has a busy week with a drama/sci-fi titled After Yang, a thriller titled Escape the Field and a drama/thriller titled Private Property.

 

 TV on disc, The Umbrella Academy: Season Two comes via Universal Pictures.

 Sony Pictures is releasing the Amazon Prime Video movie Cinderella (2021) to blu-ray this week.

 

 Edge of Sanity is available as a single release this time from Arrow Video. Previously it was part of a double-feature from Scream Factory. Also from Arrow, a 1978 horror titled The Initiation of Sarah.

 Criterion Collection has also got a foreign drama available this week titled Rouge.

 Anime highlights include Getter Robo Arc - Complete Collection, Hunter x Hunter: The Complete Series [Amazon Exclusive], IRODUKU : The World in Colors Complete Collection  and Panda! Go Panda!.

 

 Honorable mentions: I had mentioned that several out of print titles were picked up by an outfit named Sandpiper Pictures. This week they are rereleasing Richard III and The Russia House.

 Also, a Time Life feature set Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert (2010 - 2019) is available this week. Looks like quite a bill of performances, do check it out!

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Sony has announced they will be releasing the 80s comedy Real Genius to 4K disc on September 13th.

 Target now has listed a 4K Exclusive Edition of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. I think this might be a fluke, Target's latest track record is blu-ray exclusives.

 Multiple SKUs have been added to retailer sites of Jurassic World: Dominion and of the six-film collection. Not listed yet (but to be expected) is a SteelBook collection of all six films. If the new SteelBook artwork for Dominion 4K is the style of artwork expected in the full set, I might find it hard to resist buying the set (and the previous 5 movies) again, damn it! There is also a full set (not SteelBook) that comes with a limited edition (and numbered) Velociraptor sculpture. As we get closer to an actual release date we will see what other retailers will be offering.

 Season Two of Star Trek: Picard will be coming on October 4th. Just like last time, available as a standard release and as a SteelBook.

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?




Criterion Announces September 2022 Titles Including Blow Out & Sound of Metal on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection's September release slate also features a Blu-ray box set of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4. 

First with the 4K UHD news, we have Darius Marder's Sound of Metal  which also will be getting a Blu-ray release on September 27.

 

In Sound of Metal, a tale of sound, fury, and self-discovery, Riz Ahmed delivers an intensely committed performance as the volatile Ruben, who has found new purpose as a drummer in a noise-metal duo, playing blistering live shows with his singer girlfriend, Lou (Olivia Cooke). When Ruben suddenly loses much of his hearing, he is launched on a profound odyssey—through denial, anger, grief, and, gradually, acceptance—as he comes to understand what it means to live as a deaf person and to discover deafness as not a disability but a rich culture and community. Through stunningly immersive, Academy Award–winning sound design, director Darius Marder invites us to experience the world as Ruben does, capturing a sonic spectrum in which silence comes in a thousand shades.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• 4K digital master, supervised by director Darius Marder and cinematographer Daniël Bouquet, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray and 4K UHD editions

• For the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

• New conversation between Marder and filmmaker Derek Cianfrance, who share a story credit on the film

• New program about the film’s sound, featuring Marder and sound designer Nicolas Becker

• Music video for Abraham Marder’s song “Green,” featuring outtakes from the film

• Featurettes

• Trailer

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by critic Roxana Hadadi 

2019 • 120 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio


Brian De Palma's Blow Out starring John Travolta and Olivia Cooke will also be getting the 4K treatment on September 13.

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In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a film sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. To uncover the truth, he enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Nancy Allen), who may be in danger herself. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

• One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

• Interview with director Brian De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach 

• Interview with actor Nancy Allen 

• Murder à la Mod, a 1967 feature by De Palma

• Interview with cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within Blow Out

• On-set photographs by Louis Goldman

• Trailer

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow and Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review of the film

1981 • 108 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 2.40:1 aspect ratio


Available on September 13th comes Take Out  from Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou on Blu-ray.

 

The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in the raw, vérité Take Out, by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark, restaurant deliveryman Ming Ding (Charles Jang) has until nightfall to pay back the money he owes, and he encounters both crushing setbacks and moments of unexpected humanity as he races against time to earn enough in tips over the course of a frantic day. From this simple setup, Baker and Tsou fashion a kind of neorealist survival thriller of the everyday, shedding compassionate light on the too often overlooked lives and labor that keep New York running.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by directors Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack

• Audio commentary featuring Baker, Tsou, and actor Charles Jang

• New interviews with Baker, Tsou, Jang, and actors Wang-Thye Lee and Jeng-Hua Yu

• Program about the making of the film

• Deleted scenes 

• Screen test

• Trailer 

• New English subtitle translation

• PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and author J. J. Murphy

2004 • 88 minutes • Color • Stereo • In Mandarin and English with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


On the 20th, Henri-Georges Clouzot's controversial Le Corbeau will be available in stores.

 

A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a provincial French town, exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, this film by Henri-Georges Clouzot was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, and the Catholic Church, and was banned after the country’s liberation. But some—including Jean Cocteau and Jean-Paul Sartre—recognized the powerful subtext to Clouzot’s anti-informant, anti-Gestapo fable and worked to rehabilitate his directorial reputation after the war. Le Corbeau brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing that turns an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

 • New 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

• Interview with filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier

• Excerpts from The Story of French Cinema by Those Who Made It: Grand Illusions 1939–1942, a 1975 documentary featuring director Henri-Georges Clouzot

• Trailer

• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Alan Williams

 

1943 • 91 minutes • Black & White • monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


Also on the 20th expect to see Atom Egoyan’s Exotica hitting Blu-ray shelves.

 

One of the defining independent films of the 1990s, Atom Egoyan’s mesmerizing international breakthrough Exotica takes the conventions of the psychological thriller into bold new territory—unsettling, dreamlike, and empathetic. At the neon-drenched Toronto strip club of the film’s title, a coterie of lost and damaged souls—including a man haunted by grief (Bruce Greenwood), a young woman with whom he shares an enigmatic bond (Mia Kirshner), an obsessive emcee (Elias Koteas), and a smuggler of rare bird eggs (Don McKellar)—search for redemption as they work through the traumas of their mysteriously interconnected histories in an obsessive cycle of sex, pain, jealousy, and catharsis. Masterfully weaving together past and present, Egoyan constructs a spellbinding narrative puzzle, the full emotional impact of which doesn’t hit until the last piece is in place..

BLU-RAY EDITION FEATURES

• New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Atom Egoyan and director of photography Paul Sarossy, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray

• Audio commentary featuring Egoyan and composer Mychael Danna

• New conversation between Egoyan and filmmaker and actor Sarah Polley

• Calendar, a 1993 feature film by Egoyan, with a new introduction

• Peep Show, a 1981 short film by Egoyan

• En passant, a 1991 short film by Egoyan featuring Maury Chaykin and Arsinée Khanjian

Artaud Double Bill, a 2007 short film by Egoyan, commissioned for the sixtieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival

• Audio from the film’s 1994 Cannes Film Festival press conference, featuring Egoyan, Khanjian, actor Bruce Greenwood, and producer Camelia Frieberg

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• PLUS: An essay by author and filmmaker Jason Wood

1994 • 103 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


And finally available on the 27th is Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4  featuring several films in a Blu-ray boxed set.

 

Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has maintained a fierce commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of dozens of restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often overlooked areas of cinema history. This collector’s set gathers six important works, from Angola (Sambizanga), Argentina (Prisioneros de la tierra), Iran (Chess of the Wind), Cameroon (Muna moto), Hungary (Two Girls on the Street), and India (Kalpana). Each title is an essential contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience.

DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

 

• New 4K digital restorations of Sambizanga, Prisioneros de la tierra, Chess of the Wind, and Muna moto, and 2K digital restorations of Two Girls on the Street and Kalpana, all overseen by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays

• New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese

• New and archival interviews featuring Indian film historian Suresh Chabria and filmmaker Kumar Shahani (on Kalpana); Argentine film historians Paula Félix-Didier and Andrés Levinson (on Prisioneros de la tierra); Two Girls on the Street director André de Toth; and Sambizanga director Sarah Maldoror and Annouchka de Andrade, Maldoror’s daughter

• New program by filmmaker Mohamed Challouf featuring interviews with Muna moto director Dikongué-Pipa and African film historian Férid Boughedir

• The Majnoun and the Wind (2022), a documentary by Gita Aslani Shahrestani, daughter of Chess of the Wind director Mohammad Reza Aslani, featuring Aslani, members of the film’s cast and crew, and others

• New and updated English subtitle translations 

• PLUS: A foreword and essays on the films by critics and scholars Yasmina Price, Matthew Karush, Ehsan Khoshbakht, Aboubakar Sanogo, Chris Fujiwara, and Shai Heredia

 SAMBIZANGA

A bombshell by the first woman to direct a film in Africa, Sarah Maldoror’s chronicle of the awakening of Angola’s independence movement is a stirring hymn to those who risk everything in the fight for freedom. Based on a true story, Sambizanga follows a young woman (Elisa Andrade) as she makes her way from the outskirts of Luanda toward the city’s center looking for her husband (Domingos Oliveira) after his arrest by the Portuguese authorities—an incident that ultimately helps to ignite an uprising. Scored by the language of revolution and the spiritual songs of the colonized Angolan people, and featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors—many of whom were themselves involved in anticolonial resistance—this landmark work of political cinema honors the essential roles of women, as well as the hardships they endure, in the global struggle for liberation.

1972 • 97 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Portuguese, Kimbundu, and Lingala with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

 

PRISIONEROS DE LA TIERRA

The most acclaimed film by one of classic Argentine cinema’s foremost directors, Mario Soffici’s gut-punching work of social realism, shot on location in the dense, sweltering jungle of the Misiones region, simmers with rage against the oppression of workers. A group of desperate men are conscripted into indentured labor on a treacherous, disease-ridden yerba maté plantation under the control of the brutal foreman Köhner (Francisco Petrone)—a situation that boils over in an explosive act of rebellion led by the defiant Podeley (Ángel Magaña), and made all the more tense by the fact that Köhner and Podeley love the same woman: Andrea (Elisa Galvé), the sweet-spirited daughter of the camp’s doctor. The expressionistic, shadow-sculpted cinematography of Pablo Tabernero evokes the feverish dread of a place where suffocating heat, economic exploitation, and unremitting cruelty lead inexorably to madness and violence.

1939 • 86 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Spanish and GuaranÍ with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

CHESS OF THE WIND

Lost for decades after screening at the 1976 Tehran International Film Festival, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema reemerges to take its place as one of the most singular and astonishing works of the country’s prerevolutionary New Wave. A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in shivery period atmosphere, Chess of the Wind unfolds inside an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares the potential heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently deceased matriarch’s estate. Melding the influences of European modernism, gothic horror, and classical Persian art, director Mohammad Reza Aslani crafts an exquisitely restrained mood piece that erupts into a subversive final act in which class conventions, gender roles, and even time itself are upended with shocking ferocity.

1976 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Farsi with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

 

MUNA MOTO

Director Dikongué-Pipa forged a new African cinematic language with Muna moto, a delicate love story with profound emotional resonance. In a close-knit village in Cameroon, the rigid customs governing courtship and marriage mean that a deeply in love betrothed couple (David Endéné and Arlette Din Belle) can be torn apart by the lack of a dowry and by another man’s claiming of the young woman as his own wife—a rupture that sets the stage for a clash between a patriarchal society and a modern generation’s determination to chart its own course. Luminous black-and-white cinematography and stylistic flourishes yield images of haunting power in this potent depiction, told via flashback, of the challenges of postcolonialism and the devastating consequences of a community’s refusal to deviate from tradition.

1975 • 89 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

TWO GIRLS ON THE STREET

The maverick Hollywood stylist André de Toth sharpened his craft in his native Hungary, where he directed five films, including this chic, dynamically paced melodrama studded with deco decor and jazzy musical interludes. Mária Tasnádi Fekete and Bella Bordy sparkle as upwardly mobile working women—one a musician in an all-girl band, the other a bricklayer—who join forces as they both try to make it in Budapest, supporting each other through changing economic fortunes, the advances of lecherous men, and the highs and heartbreaks of love. Kinetic camera work, brisk editing, and avant-garde imagery abound in Two Girls on the Street, an often strikingly modern ode to the power of working-class female solidarity.

1939 • 79 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Hungarian with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio 

KALPANA

 A riot of ecstatic imagery, performance, and set design, the only film by the visionary dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar is a revolutionary celebration of Indian dance in its myriad varieties and a utopian vision of cultural renewal. Unfolding as an epic film within a film, Kalpana tells the story of an ambitious dancer (Shankar) determined to open a cultural center devoted to breathing new life into India’s traditional artistic forms; meanwhile, the obvious adoration between him and his lead dancer (Shankar’s wife and collaborator, Amala Uday Shankar) arouses the jealousy of his enterprising companion (Lakshmi Kanta). Swirling surrealist dance spectacles—featuring dance masters and young performers, many of whom would become stars in their own right—are interwoven with anticolonial, anticapitalist commentary for a radical, proto-Bollywood milestone that is one of the most influential works in Indian cinema.

1948 • 152 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Hindi with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


That's all the information that we have at the moment and hopefully, preorders will be available shortly.


1980s Cult Fan Favorite Real Genius Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray September 13

 "Aren't you guys a little young to be technicians?" "Lasers are a young science. OK, there, fine, you made me say it, now we're both in trouble"

 Sony Pictures helps us relive the 80s comedy Real Genius, starring Val Kilmer (Heat, Top Gun), Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville. Previously available on MOD blu-ray under the Choice Collection label, Sony takes it up a couple notches with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital combo pack.

 This release also includes an all new Dolby Atmos track and a 5.1 track approved by director Martha Coolidge, aw well as the original 2.0 Stereo mix. HDR grading will be Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 compatible.

 

 

 The order link is not available at press time, checking our release calendar for updates.

 Official Press Release:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE CULT 1980s FAN FAVORITE GETS AN UPGRADE,

WITH RARE SPECIAL FEATURES

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K ULTRA HD™

SEPTEMBER 13TH

SYNOPSIS

When a group of crazy college geniuses put their heads together, almost anything can happen. Hold on for a freewheeling, uproarious look at just how much mischief a bunch of high-IQers can concoct. Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America's number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own ... Chris' closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon and bikini-clad beauties. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. Their plan culminates in an incredible scheme that outsmarts the military and convinces the professor that it doesn't pay to fool with a REAL GENIUS!

DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge

  • All-new Dolby Atmos and 5.1 audio, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge + Original Dolby Stereo

BLU-RAY DISC™

  • Feature presented in High Definition, sourced from the 4K master

  • 5.1 + Dolby Stereo audio

  • Special Features:

    • NEW: “Balloon Chair” Deleted Scene + Raw Takes Montage

    • NEW: TV Version of the film

    • Feature Commentary with Director Martha Coolidge

CAST AND CREW

Directed By: Martha Coolidge

Story By: Neal Israel & Pat Proft

Screenplay By: Neal Israel & Pat Proft and Peter Torokvei

Produced by: Brian Grazer

Executive Producer: Robert Daley

Cast: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville

SPECS

Run Time: Approx. 105 minutes

Rating: PG

4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1

4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 12, 2022 - June 18, 2022

 If you keep your eyes open for bargains, last week was a big one for that. Upcoming Kino titles like Killer's Kiss 4K was listed at $15 and Out of Sight 4K was at $20, plus the 'bugs' disaster movies (Ants!, Tarantulas and Terror out of the Sky) listed for $12.49. Multiple Paramount 4K titles have hit sub $10-12 as well. That's great and all, but the best way to support physical media is to buy titles early on in their release cycle, but if you were on the fence about some titles or really didn't intend to buy them, I am sure you've got a price that is hard to resist, I know I do.

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

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Not an incredibly busy week, but there are TWO new releases. First, from Universal,  love him or hate him, Michael Bay's Ambulance is sure to send us over the top with action! Amazon still lists the 4K as 12/31/22, hope they fix it soon.

 

 Next, from Sony Pictures, Morbius, available as a standard edition, a Walmart Exclusive which comes with a collectible pin, and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. This one has gotten enough MeMe fanfare that it made a comeback to theaters. I missed out on the MeMes, fortunately (?)

 

 

 From Paramount, a SteelBook reissue by way of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Many have said these are the SteelBooks they should have released originally, and based on the cover art, I agree 100%. But because it is not part of the box set, it appears to lack in special features, which Matthew says cynically that they will likely include all the special features with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. UGH.

 For Friday releases, Turbine Media announced (at the last second) a pair of Friday 4K media book releases, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Cover A edition and Cover B edition. In case you've got concerns, I've had no issues in the past with purchasing from their shop, it's 100% legit.

 If you did save a few bucks this week, the next two weeks have a decent amount of releases in the 4K category.

Blu-ray releases-

 As we do here every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts out of the way first, Ambulance from Universal and Morbius from Sony Pictures are available for purchase. The latter is also available as a Target Exclusive, which the trend is disturbing to me in that Target appears to be dropping out of the 4K field for exclusives.

 Much delayed Paramount catalog title Eurotrip (which the cover art indicates is the elusive Unrated Edition) appears to finally be available this week.

 

 From Sony Pictures, 2022 drama Father Stu starring Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson. A Kevin Hart comedy titled Fatherhood also arrives this week. Not done yet, a comedy drama titled Love and Human Remains. Under the Sony Pictures Classics label, biography/romance Wilde (yes, Oscar Wilde) debuts to blu-ray.

 

 From Criterion Collection, a drama/romance titled Farewell Amor.

 

TV on disc from Universal comes as Hacks: Season One and Rutherford Falls: Season One.

 

 Anime highlights include El-Hazard: The Wanderers Collection, Hetalia: World Stars Season 7, Naruto: Set 7 and Sailor Moon: Complete First Season.

 

 Honorable mention: If you've been wondering what Paul Verhoeven has been up to, one of his recent titles Benedetta is available this week.

Notable announcements from last week:

 Kino Lorber is still going strong with adding more Paramount catalog titles to their 4K line. We have Tropic Thunder, Leviathan and now Escape From Alcatraz in the 'coming soon' category.

 More catalog titles coming from Paramount so far include Down to Earth, Leap of Faith and Domestic Disturbance.

 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse has a release date of July 26th, see the news story here.

 Michael Mann's Heat has an official 4K street date of August 9th, see the news story here. I will push out only my positive thoughts on this one, it's the best this film has ever looked on disc and it truly is a great movie! My negative comments are elsewhere.

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?




Sam Raimi's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray July 26

The critically acclaimed mind-bending Marvel movie hits all major digital platforms on June 22 and on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on July 26.

READ OUR THEATRICAL REVIEW HERE.

Journey into the unknown in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When the MCU unlocks the Multiverse, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must enlist help from old and new allies as he traverses mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities in order to confront a surprising adversary.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition includes Dolby Atmos and both the Blu-ray and the 4K Blu-ray's supplements include an audio commentary, bloopers, deleted scenes, and featurettes.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
 

So far we haven't encountered any specific retailer exclusives, but we expect a Best Buy SteelBook and Target is likely to offer up another one of their book packages. Also no news of a 3-D Blu-ray release yet in the international markets but we'll keep an eye out for one. Pre-orders should be available soon and we will update as soon as possible. Here is the full press release:


Unlock Alternate Realities When Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Arrives on Digital June 22 
and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 26

 

BURBANK,CA (June 9, 2022) – Described as a “psychedelic mind-flip masterpiece” (Larry Carroll, Looper) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has enthralled audiences and critics around the world. Sam Raimi’s exuberant film is a global phenomenon and “undoubtedly mesmerizing” (Jenna Anderson, ComicBook.com).

 

Witness the mind-bending alternate realities of the multiverse when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuts on all major digital platforms June 22 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 26. Embrace the madness by adding the latest MCU film to your Marvel movie collection. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will also stream on Disney+.

 

Film Synopsis

Journey into the unknown in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When the MCU unlocks the Multiverse, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must enlist help from old and new allies as he traverses mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities in order to confront a surprising adversary.

 

Bonus Features*

Featurettes

  • Method to the Madness - Join various crew members and Marvel employees in interviews as they discuss their love of Sam Raimi and all the details of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that make it quintessentially Raimi.
  • Introducing America Chavez - In this short and fun profile piece, we’ll learn about America’s humble beginnings in the comics. We’ll meet Xochitl Gomez and discuss the complications her character's unique power presents for the future of the MCU.
  • Constructing the Multiverse - Writing a feature film for Marvel is no easy task. In this playful yet informative featurette, we’ll dive into the challenges that writer Michael Waldron faced in creating the twisting and turning story of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Bloopers

  • Gag Reel - Take a look at some of the fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Deleted Scenes

  • A Great Team - A journalist questions Doctor Strange's integrity.
  • Pizza Poppa - Bruce is relieved when Doctor Strange's spell ends.
  • It's Not Permanent - Bruce tries to accuse Doctor Strange of being an imposter.

Audio Commentary

 

  • View the film with audio commentary by Sam Raimi, Richie Palmer, and Michael Waldron.

 

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

 

Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / The Scarlet Witch

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo

Benedict Wong as Wong

Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez

Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer

 

Directed by

Sam Raimi     

  

Produced by

Kevin Feige p.g.a           

                            

Co-Producers

Mitchell Bell

Richie Palmer

 

Executive Producers

Victoria Alonso

Eric Hauserman Carroll

Jamie Christopher

Louis D’Esposito

Scott Derrickson

                                             

Written by

Michael Waldron

                    

Music by

Danny Elfman

 

Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: June 22

Physical: July 26

 

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

Feature Run Time

 

Approx. 126 minutes

 

Rating

U.S. Rated PG-13

      

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 2:39

Physical: 2:39:1

 

U.S. Audio

4K Ultra HD: English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus

Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

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

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. Subtitles

4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


Michael Mann's Heat Dated & Detailed on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray August 9th - Now Up For Pre-Order!

At long last, Michael Mann's iconic crime saga comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a new sequel novel on August 9th, 2022

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro dually power the momentum and large scale of this groundbreaking film written and directed by Michael Mann. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives begin to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. Co-starring Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman, and Jon Voight, Heat delivers hard-hitting action, gripping suspense, and stunning performances.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition does not appear to include Dolby Atmos and all of the supplements seem to be previously released features from the Blu-ray.

However, on August 9, Heat 2 -- Michael Mann's first novel -- will be published telling "an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie." 

Heat - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

  

[UPDATED] 

Best Buy was a little slow to the announcement but they're also offering up their own SteelBook for this release:

Heat - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

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


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LOS ANGELES, CA (June 8, 2022) – Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Michael Mann will reunite at this year’s Tribeca Festival for the first public premiere of the new 4K Ultra HD version of Mann’s 1995 classic, Heat.

The film’s stars, along with writer-director Michael Mann and producer Art Linson, will attend the screening on June 17 which will be followed by an on-stage conversation, moderated by journalist and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri. For more information please visit www.tribecafilm.com.

This special screening celebrates the release on August 9 of the 20th Century Studios film on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time. The remastered film includes previously released audio commentary with Director Michael Mann, Q&As, deleted scenes and more extras.

 

Also on August 9, Mann’s first novel, Heat 2, which tells an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie, will be published.

 

Film Synopsis

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro dually power the momentum and large scale of this groundbreaking film written and directed by Michael Mann. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives begin to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. Co-starring Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman and Jon Voight, Heat delivers hard-hitting action, gripping suspense and stunning performances.

Bonus Features

4K Ultra HD

  • Director’s Audio Commentary 

Blu-ray Disc One 

  • Heat In High Definition 
  • Director’s Audio Commentary 

Bonus Blu-ray Disc Two 

  • Q&A With Michael Mann 
  • Q&A With Christopher Nolan 
  • 3-Part Making-Of Documentary 
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation 
  • Return To The Scene Of The Crime

 

 

Cast

Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley

Al Pacino as Lt. Vincent Hanna

Val Kilmer as Chris Shiherlis

Jon Voight as Nate

Tom Sizemore as Michael Cheritto

Diane Venora as Justine

Amy Brenneman as Eady

Ashley Judd as Charlene Shiherlis

 

Directed by

Michael Mann

 

Executive Producers

Pieter Jan Brugge

Arnon Milchan

 

Produced by

Michael Mann

Art Linson

 

Screenplay by

Michael Mann

 

Music by

Elliot Goldenthal

Product Specifications

Street Date

Physical: August 9

Product SKU

Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack 3 Discs (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Blu-ray Bonus Disc + Digital Code)

Feature Run Time

Approx. 170 minutes

Rating

U.S. Rated R

* For violence and language 

   

Aspect Ratio

Physical: 2.40:1

U.S. Audio

4K Ultra HD: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, French 5.1 DTS Digital Surround, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

U.S. Subtitles

4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 5, 2022 - June 11, 2022

 The week after a holiday always feels like a ho-hum business as usual slow week to me, but a lot is happening with new releases and announcements, so it really is not business as usual. The Summer movie season has kicked off, Top Gun: Maverick appears to be incredible with Imax 4DV or whatever it's called being the ultimate experience. What is this 4th element, smell?

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

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Before we start with domestic releases, as I mentioned last week in my mini-rant, a lot of titles are getting gift sets or other deluxe releases overseas. Zavvi is offering an Exclusive SteelBook release of The Untouchables with a Monday release, the U.S. release last week was pretty basic. It's not as elaborate as some of the overseas releases, but it does add some swag pertinent to the film.

 This week there are two New Releases in the 4K disc category, an action/thriller from Paramount titled The Contractor starring Chris Pine. And no, he's not a drywall or other such contractor, check out the synopsis.

 

 And from Universal, the norse movie titled The Northman. This one got a street date literally at the last second. Zavvi UK also has a SteelBook for this film releasing in July, if you prefer to go that route.

 

 The rest of this category is dominated by catalog titles, but in a way they're all considered "double-dips." First a pair of SteelBook releases, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai. When the latter came out I was not overly impressed with the cover art they went with, I am not sure what to think on the latest cover seen here either.

 Each studio has their own franchise or franchises they release over and over again. In this case I'm referring to Universal and the Jason Bourne franchise. The Bourne Complete Collection this week comes as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As to whether this set offers anything new, I am not sure. There's been unsubstantiated claims of new transfers, but there wasn't anything wrong with the previous ones, so I doubt that claim is true.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 For the month of June, this week looks to be the busiest week for blu-ray releases. Blu-ray counterparts to the 4K titles above, that would be The Contractor from Paramount, and The Northman from Universal.

 Warner Archive Collection brings us a Judy Garland triple play with a drama/romance The Clock,  a musical/romance titled For Me and My Gal, which also stars Gene Kelly and Ziegfeld Girl, which also stars James Stewart.

 

 From the Warner Bros. label, Eraser: Reborn, which seems similarly based on the original Eraser movie.

 Anime highlights this week include 5 Centimeters Per Second, BEM: Become Human - Movie, BTOOOM! Complete Collection, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Eight, Only Yesterday, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

 

 More TV on disc with La Brea: Season One from Universal.

 

 Catalog titles from Paramount include Kinky Boots (2005), The Mexican, Pretty in Pink, She's Having a Baby, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Weather Man.

 Criterion has a single release this week, a musical/romance titled The Tales of Hoffmann.

 

 LionsGate's action release of the week is Fortress: Sniper's Eye. It is a followup to the movie Fortress, which was actually a pretty decent movie for its genre.

 

 MVD Rewind Collection brings us The Fabulous Baker Boys, a well known movie from '89. Also an all star comedy from 1997, Highball.

 Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber is releasing the next Film Noir Collection, this one is Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VII, which includes the films The Boss, Chicago Confidential and The Fearmakers.

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shout Factory has announced the next batch of titles among their various labels. For Scream Factory, Child's Play, Child's Play 2 and Child's Play 3 all get 4K combo releases on August 16th. You could go all in and get the set available from Shout Factory's store which comes with a NECA figure and other swag. The Shout Factory label is offering The Bionic Woman: The Complete Series on August 30th, no doubt to go with the Six-Million Dollar Man set you would have bought in July. The Shout Select label has Red Dawn (1984) coming to 4K combo pack on August 16th. Also, blu-rays of Last Days In The Desert on August 2nd,  Learning To Drive and A Walk In The Woods on August 30th. The GKIDS partner label has Belle coming to 4K Collector's Edition on August 30th. No word on region coding on this one, hopefully they got enough flak for region locking Weathering With You.

 LionsGate has been busy as well. Mid-Century will be arriving on blu-ray on July 26th. For previously released films now getting a 4K upgrade in mid to late July, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, The Kid and Primal. It's becoming a theme that if we see a 4K release a few months later, it's absent a slipcover. I recently got Malignant 4K from Warner and Fatale from LionsGate, no slips.

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?




Crack the Piggy Bank - High-Def Digest's June 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide

From revenge-riddled Vikings to memable superheroes to undead patriots to Nicolas Cage - June is a stacked month for great 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays 

May was a stacked month for exciting new and catalog releases on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. When you have so many coming out all at once - with several on the same day - we're still trying to catch up with reviews! Just because May was stacked doesn't mean June is going to take it easy on our review staff or our wallets! The only relief we're getting is some titles that would have come out this month got pushed into July, but that just means July is going to be even crazier than it was. So let's jump into this exciting mess of titles and see what's coming our way. Once again, I'd like to take everyone who pre-orders their pickups through our links. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. Without further ado...

High-Def Digest's June 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


June 7th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

Most months start out a bit slow and ramp-up to a crushing final week,  but not this time. June comes firing strong right out of the gate with a variety of exciting new and catalog releases. 

The Northman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Contractor- 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Bridge on the River Kwai - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Lawrence of Arabia - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

 

The Bourne Complete Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Bourne Complete Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

June 14th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

Things slow down considerably this week giving collectors a little bit of a breather. This week sees only two major theatrical releases that were dramatic under-performers, one of which has become an internet meme sensation to the point the studio is now actually trying a second theatrical release ahead of its arrival on digital and physical media. As for re-releases, one fan-favorite title gets a good and proper SteelBook featuring the original poster art.

Ambulance - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive  

 

Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

 

June 21st, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

After a slower week, things pick back up again for a full range of popular new, classic, and cult classic favorites. 

The Bad Guys - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Uncle Sam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Giant - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Shaft - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Universal Soldier - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive  

 

Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

 

June 28th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

For the final week of June we have a ton of great titles hitting the shelves ranging from two new excellent catalog titles from Kino Lorber Studio Classics to the latest from the Wizarding World to a fan-favorite romantic thriller finally getting a U.S. release

Out of Sight - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

True Romance Limited Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

True Romance Deluxe Limited Edition SteelBook - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

True Romance Limited Edition SteelBook - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Killer’s Kiss - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive 

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

And that covers it for U.S. domestic 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray domestic releases for the month of June, 2022. Perhaps not as exhausting as May, but it's going to be nice as we head into July and all the titles that are dropping in the middle of summer. Now there are a few import titles hitting this month we hope to cover, but with shipping time and customs delays those reviews may not come in right on street date. If any of titles in this list get bumped to a later date or if there are any last-second additions, we'll update this article ASAP. 

Thanks again for those pre-orders! 


Hitchcock Heaven: The Best 4K UHD and Blu-ray Releases from the Master of Suspense

A chase across the face of Mount Rushmore. A massive flock of vicious birds perched upon a playground jungle gym poised for attack. A frantic pursuit to the top of the Statue of Liberty. A crazed, knife-wielding maniac ripping open a shower curtain. A wheelchair-bound man with a broken leg peering into the rear windows of his tenement neighbors through a camera’s telephoto lens. A woman clutching the key to a notorious wine cellar where Nazi secrets may be hidden. An assassin escaping a rain-soaked murder scene amid a sea of jostling umbrellas. A merry-go-round kicked into high gear that spins off its axis while terrified fair-goers flee. A desperate man chasing the object of his desire up the narrow staircase of a church bell tower while battling the debilitating symptoms of vertigo. These are just a handful of iconic images crafted by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

Elegant and sophisticated, clever and witty, yet always accessible and relatable, Hitchcock fashioned countless thrillers over the course of a career that spanned six decades. He chronicled espionage, murder, blackmail, psychosis, obsession, political intrigue, and bizarre phenomena all while pushing the cinematic envelope with innovative sight and sound techniques that enhance his arresting style. Sensual romances, risqué innuendoes, and dark yearnings also pepper his films. Along with his trademark MacGuffins, such titillations are essential distractions that add to the fun and make his stories more human. Sexual tension complements the other myriad tensions coursing through Hitchcock’s pictures and it’s often just as delectable as the nail-biting moments that make us squirm.

Since I joined the High-Def Digest staff in 2009, I’ve reviewed 27 Hitchcock movies for the site. That’s about half of the legendary director’s feature film output. While a few Hitchcock pictures have yet to make their Blu-ray debut (Sabotage, Secret Agent, Young and Innocent, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith chief among them), we’re blessed to have the bulk of Hitchcock's cinematic canon in high definition, as well as nine movies in 4K UHD, and one title in its native 3D. Not all of them are classics, but even Hitchcock’s misfires have merits and are just as fascinating to watch, assess, and analyze as his more renowned works.

The following list, though, isn’t about Hitchcock's failures, also-rans, guilty pleasures, and undiscovered gems. It’s about the crème-de-la-crème of Hitchcock in the home video realm. Below you’ll find a few quick takes on the best looking and the best sounding Hitchcock thrillers in 1080p and 2160p. First and foremost, this is an HD and 4K UHD list. If one of your favorite Hitchcock masterworks didn't make the cut, it's not because it isn't worthy artistically; it's because another Hitchcock masterwork boasts better picture and audio quality...at least to my eyes and ears. I've only singled out five movies, but all of them define this brilliant craftsman who not only produced some of the most exciting and entertaining motion pictures of all time, but also advanced the medium’s artistry through his creatIve vision and fluency in the nuanced language of film.

Hitchcock once said, “For me, cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.”

Let’s sample five of this master baker’s most delicious creations that look good enough to eat…and sound great, too.

Best All-Around 4K UHD Hitchcock Release: VERTIGO (1958) 

"Beauty, at least in this film, is only skin deep, and Hitchcock takes that adage and runs with it..."

When I reviewed the first 4K UHD Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection in 2020, I called Vertigo “the crown jewel” of the set, and it remains the most breathtaking home video presentation of a Hitchcock film to date. The movie itself isn’t bad either. Vertigo may not rank as my favorite Hitchcock film (although it’s definitely up there), but I believe it to be the director’s finest. A masterpiece of mood, mystery, and slow-burn suspense, Vertigo casts a mesmerizing spell, and its equally hypnotic HDR10 transfer faithfully renders Robert Burks’ lush, colorful VistaVision cinematography that - believe it or not - is even more gorgeous than Kim Novak herself.

As I wrote in my review, “Provocative themes, shocking twists and turns, impeccable craftsmanship, inventive imagery, finely etched performances, overarching lyricism, and tension that grows ever tauter as the narrative progresses...all those key components of Hitchcock's best works are here. Vertigo, though, ramps them up to the same dizzying heights that force retired police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) to succumb to the title affliction. Like Scottie, viewers often feel a bit disoriented and imbalanced while watching Vertigo, and that's part of the film's allure, along with the obligatory icy Hitchcock Blonde (portrayed by an aloof, enigmatic, and magnetic Kim Novak), who achieves mythic status in this defining production.” 

The particulars of the plot, as intriguing as they may be, really don’t matter. The disturbing underlying themes are what fuel the Vertigo narrative and Hitchcock’s stylish, often brash presentation. Beauty, at least in this film, is only skin deep, and Hitchcock takes that adage and runs with it, crafting serene, seductive, picture-perfect images that hide the deceptions and nefarious motives lurking underneath. Obsession, transformation, guilt, and burning desire swirl around this noir-ish tale of a damaged detective who falls down a rabbit hole after agreeing to tail a rich man’s mentally unbalanced wife. Hitchcock pulls out all the stops in this operatic opus that features stunning San Francisco locations, striking photographic effects, and a memorable chase up the steep steps of a claustrophobic church bell tower.

The video transfer has to be seen to be believed. Eye-popping color, seamless special effects, razor-sharp close-ups, and a glorious film-like feel are just a few of its joys, and though the DTS:X audio track won’t blow the roof off your house, it deftly honors this quiet film and Bernard Herrmann’s marvelous score. A bunch of great extras also enhance the disc, which is now available as a stand-alone release in both standard and steelbook packaging. I said it in 2020 and I’ll say it again: “Vertigo is one heady movie, and as Hitchcock spins his tangled yarn, he makes us dizzy...with delight.”


Best All-Around Blu-ray Hitchcock Release: NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

"The quintessential chase film, a blueprint for the modern action epic..."

If I had to pick one Hitchcock flick that completely defines the director and reflects everything he has brought to the cinematic table over the course of his illustrious career, it would have to be North by Northwest. No contest, no discussion, a no-brainer. Other Hitchcock films may have more cachet, more notoriety, more gravitas, but this breathlessly paced, consistently thrilling concoction is hands-down the most fun. 

So many memorable elements… Of course, tanned, debonair Cary Grant rushing into a desolate Indiana cornfield to evade a deadly crop-dusting plane intent on gunning him down tops the list, but the climactic chase across the treacherous face of Mount Rushmore - as preposterous as it is - ranks a close second. Then there’s the crackling sexual chemistry and titillating banter between Grant and the Hitchcock blonde du jour Eva Marie Saint, whose duplicitous portrayal drips with icy-hot allure; the suave villainy of the mellifluous James Mason; Martin Landau as a silent, hulking henchman; Bernard Herrmann’s dramatic and playful score... The list goes on and on.

As I wrote in my original review 13 years ago, “When screenwriter Ernest Lehman first began collaborating with the Master of Suspense, he aspired to create ‘the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures,’ and many would agree North by Northwest is just that. The quintessential chase film, a blueprint for the modern action epic, and Hitchcock's personal homage to himself, this captivating transcontinental pursuit smoothly combines suspense, thrills, comedy, romance, and intrigue, and presents them with all the elegant artistry and brash innovation that has made Hitchcock one of cinema's most esteemed and admired directors.” Though I love many Hitchcock films for many different reasons, I would definitely choose North by Northwest as my desert island Hitchcock flick.

The fine grain structure, bold colors, and enhanced clarity of VistaVision make North by Northwest a Blu-ray natural, and Warner Home Video’s splashy restoration maximizes the impact of the process’ myriad attributes. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track immerses us in all the action (the bass boom when the crop-dusting plane hits the tanker truck is thunderous), and a sizable supplemental package sweetens the deal. The beautiful 50th Anniversary digibook edition is still available (albeit with a hefty price tag), but there’s also a disc-only release that fits everyone’s budget.


Best Black-and-White 4K UHD Hitchcock Release: PSYCHO (1960) 

"Often imitated but never equaled, Psycho remains a crazy-good chiller that never loses its edge..."

The shower. The stairs. The fruit cellar. Mother. Psycho is without a doubt Hitchcock’s most famous - and frightening - film, a low-budget tour de force that flipped the thriller genre on its ear and spawned the modern slasher flick. What starts as a brooding, atmospheric portrait of a woman on the run takes a hairpin turn the moment Janet Leigh steps into the shower, turns on the water, and confronts her wigged (and wigged-out) knife-wielding assailant. Psycho shocked audiences when it premiered in 1960, and though it’s tame when compared to the gory horror fare of today, it can still scare the bejesus out of you.

Especially in 4K UHD. Though John L. Russell’s gritty, naturalistic black-and-white cinematography doesn’t scream 2160p splendor, the terrific clarity and contrast of the HDR10 transfer makes Psycho more immersive and creepy than ever before, while remaining true to the film’s modest roots. Add a dynamite DTS:X track that makes full use of all the speakers during the torrential rain scenes and heightens the impact of Bernard Herrmann’s deliciously screechy score, and you’ve got the definitive home video presentation of this Hitchcock masterwork. A few snippets of cut footage add extra appeal to this release that includes all the supplements from the 50th anniversary Blu-ray edition. Like Vertigo, Psycho is also available in both stand-alone and steelbook editions.

As I wrote in my 2020 review, “Psycho is remembered as a physically violent film, marked by brutal slayings in the shower and on the stairs, and for its climactic chamber of horrors twist. Yet those three scenes comprise less than three minutes of the picture's 109-minute running time and feature surprisingly little gore. (Hitchcock's genius lies in his ability to make us think we see more than we actually do.) Sure, they leave an indelible impression, but they can't quite overshadow the more intriguing and complex psychological studies of both Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and Marion Crane (Leigh), whose paths coincidentally and fatefully cross one dark and stormy night. That's where the true allure of Psycho lies, and Hitchcock expertly develops those characters so we identify and empathize with them. He also sprinkles in some welcome bits of ghoulish humor to take the edge off, and frames it all with his patented visual artistry. A close-up of an eye peering through a hole in the wall, reflections representing duality and duplicity, high and low angle shots altering perspective and enhancing a sense of unease…Hitchcock delicately and seamlessly weaves them into his fabric so we're only marginally aware of his technique.” 

Perkins had as much trouble shedding the skin of Norman Bates as Norman had freeing himself from his domineering mother, but that’s only because his finely etched, nuanced portrayal is so riveting. Though he would allow Norman to consume him later in his career in a series of entertaining - if misguided - sequels, Perkins could never top his original performance, which was criminally denied a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Leigh, who reportedly never took a shower again after she completed her scenes, got a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress nod for her terrific work, which stands the test of time and becomes more fascinating and dimensional each time I see the film.

Often imitated but never equaled, Psycho remains a crazy-good chiller that never loses its edge, no matter how often we revisit it. As I wrote in 2020, it’s “unique among Hitchcock films in its tone, execution, and look…[and] it's a movie to watch, enjoy, study, and scrutinize over and over again.”


Best Black-and-White Blu-ray Hitchcock Release: NOTORIOUS (1946) (Criterion) 

"...a climax that ranks among the most memorable - and quietest - in Hitchcock history."

I love the Hitchcock blondes, but there’s a reason the Master of Suspense cast the brunette Ingrid Bergman in three of his films over a four-year period in the late 1940s. Aside from her breathtaking beauty (always an important attribute to Hitchcock), Bergman is a great actress. I’d even go so far as to say she’s the best actress Hitchcock worked with during his long career. Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren may be the Hitchcock poster girls, but Bergman brings heart and soul, flesh and blood, and sweat and tears to her Hitchcock heroines. In Hitch’s artificial world of action, intrigue, and murder, she’s often the one real element.

Bergman could play anything - good girl, bad girl, saint, seductress, victim, patriot - and she plays them all in Notorious, one of Hitchcock’s most fully realized, suspenseful, and elegantly crafted motion pictures. Vertigo may be Hitchcock’s most hypnotic film, Psycho may be the scariest, North by Northwest the most action-packed, but Notorious just might be the most perfect of all Hitchcock productions. Edgy, romantic, taut, sexy, substantive, and brimming with artistry and lyricism, Notorious grabs you from the first frame and holds you until that brilliant humdinger of an ending.

Cary Grant, who never looked more dashing or filed a more surly performance, portrays Devlin, a cynical government agent who enlists the services of Alicia Huberman (Bergman), the “notorious” daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, to go undercover and expose a ring of exiled Nazi conspirators in Rio de Janeiro. The plot sounds straightforward, but Ben Hecht’s literate, Oscar-nominated script focuses on the tangled relationships and myriad psychological conflicts that add complexity and spice to the story. Love vs. duty is a central theme, and issues of trust, jealousy, guilt, manipulation, and self-loathing - as well as a fascinating Oedipal relationship - fuel the film, but there’s plenty of agonizing tension, crackling sexual chemistry, and illicit deeds, too. 

Hitchcock delivers one dynamite scene after another. In addition to the justifiably famous, lengthy zoom shot that begins on the second floor of a mansion and ends on an extreme close-up of Bergman’s hand fidgeting with a key, there’s the breathlessly tense wine cellar sequence, a telephone conversation that’s gotta be one of the sexiest things I’ve ever seen on screen, several disorienting camera angles, and a climax that ranks among the most memorable - and quietest - in Hitchcock history. All that plus Grant, Bergman, the Oscar-nominated supporting work of the marvelous Claude Rains (it’s such a shame Hitchcock didn’t use him in any of his other pictures), and a virtuoso turn by Madame Konstantin, the film’s Machiavellian Madame Defarge.

Criterion’s 2019 Blu-ray outclasses the previous 2012 MGM release with a beautiful 4K restoration that’s largely drawn from the original camera negative, strong audio, and a bunch of fascinating supplements. Until we get a 4K UHD edition, this is the definitive presentation of Notorious, which in 2019 I called “a stirring, absorbing, emotionally involving, and artistically satisfying film that hits all the right notes - a symphony of suspense, if you will, conducted with nuance and gusto by the genre's most accomplished maestro.” Bravo, Hitch!


Best Blu-ray Release of a British Hitchcock Film: THE LADY VANISHES (1938)

"The Lady Vanishes is a prime example of lean, focused moviemaking."

There’s no denying Hitchcock made his best pictures in Hollywood, but the formative and largely admirable films he produced across the pond in his native Great Britain merit attention, too. Such exciting, engrossing, and innovative thrillers as the original The Man Who Knew Too Much (which I prefer to the bloated 1956 remake), The 39 Steps (a fantastic forerunner to such action-packed, on-the-run classics as Foreign Correspondent, Saboteur, and North by Northwest), and Sabotage all contain the patented hallmarks Hitchcock would continue to cultivate, expand upon, and refine over the ensuing four decades of his career. I’m a big fan of Hitchcock’s British period, and though I greatly appreciate and thoroughly enjoy all of the aforementioned movies, my vote for the best British Hitchcock flick goes to The Lady Vanishes. 

What starts as a screwball comedy and for the first half-hour seems like the antithesis of all things Hitchcock quickly evolves into another quintessential Master of Suspense movie. The disappearance of a kindly old lady (Dame May Whitty) on a European train forms the crux of the plot, but the narrative really gets interesting when no one except the woman’s fleeting travel companion (Margaret Lockwood) believes she exists at all. Though the story has been recycled and reinvented several times, this is the original version, and it has no peer. Humorous antics, vivid characters, a love/hate relationship, claustrophobic tension, and an edge-of-your-seat shootout finale pepper and propel the tale, and though at times it feels as if Hitchcock is just throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks, nothing could be further from the truth. A master planner, the Master of Suspense meticulously mapped out almost every frame of every film he directed, and The Lady Vanishes proves once again how adept he is at molding myriad, often competing elements into a cohesive whole.

As I wrote in my 2011 review of the film, “There's no fluff or extraneous palaver gumming up the works; The Lady Vanishes is a prime example of lean, focused moviemaking. Though the film takes its time laying its groundwork and might seem initially aimless, don't doubt Hitchcock. Like the train on which most of the action takes place, it quickly picks up steam and barrels full throttle toward a thrilling climax. And along the way, there's plenty of snappy dialogue and witty repartee to sweeten the journey, much of it pointedly aimed at British society, apathy, and egotism.” There’s no love lost between Hitchcock and England here. In fact, Hitchcock seems almost eager to bite the hand that feeds him, which of course makes the movie more fun. Not surprisingly, Hitch would become a British expatriate just two years later when he bolted to Hollywood to make Rebecca for producer David O. Selznick and cement his status as one of cinema’s first bona fide auteurs.

Criterion’s video transfer may not be a stunner, but it’s by far the best home video rendering of this timeless classic. Clean and vibrant, with great clarity, excellent contrast, and a pleasing grayscale, this film-like presentation immerses us in the action, while solid audio and plenty of extras enhance the experience. So hop aboard and hang on for a turbulent and terrific rollercoaster ride. If you haven’t yet seen any of Hitchcock’s British films, The Lady Vanishes is a great introduction to a highly interesting period, and will surely whet your appetite for more.  


HIGH-DEF DIGEST’S HITCHCOCK INDEX
If you’re interested in reading full reviews of dozens of Hitchcock movies, many of which come highly recommended, check out the links below, listed in chronological order by date of theatrical release with the name of the reviewer in parentheses.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) (David Krauss)

Blackmail (1929) (David Krauss)

Murder! (1930) (David Krauss)

Rich and Strange (1931) (David Krauss)

Number Seventeen (1932) (David Krauss)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) (David Krauss)

The 39 Steps (1935) (David Krauss)

The Lady Vanishes (1938) (David Krauss)

Rebecca (1940) (David Krauss)

Foreign Correspondent (1940) (David Krauss)

Suspicion (1941) (David Krauss)

Saboteur (1942) (M. Enois Duarte)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) (M. Enois Duarte)

Lifeboat (1944) (David Krauss)

Spellbound (1945) (David Krauss)

Notorious (1946) (David Krauss)

The Paradine Case (1947) (David Krauss)

Rope (1948) (Aaron Peck)

Under Capricorn (1949) (David Krauss)

Stage Fright (1950) (David Krauss)

Strangers on a Train (1951) (David Krauss)

I Confess (1953) (David Krauss)

Dial M for Murder (1954) (David Krauss)

Rear Window (1954) (David Krauss)

To Catch a Thief (1955) (David Krauss)

The Trouble with Harry (1956) (Matthew Hartman)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (Aaron Peck)

The Wrong Man (1957) (David Krauss)

Vertigo (1958) (David Krauss)

North by Northwest (1959) (David Krauss)

Psycho (1960) (David Krauss)

The Birds (1963) (David Krauss)

Marnie (1964) (M. Enois Duarte)

Torn Curtain (1966) (Aaron Peck)

Topaz (1969) (Aaron Peck)

Frenzy (1972) (Aaron Peck)

Family Plot (1976) (M. Enois Duarte)


Robert Eggers' Viking Action-Epic "The Northman" Sails to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 7

.   Universal Studios' critically-acclaimed The Northman starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke will be available on Digital on June 6, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray arriving in stores on June 7.

From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father's murder and reclaim his kingdom. Read our theatrical review here.

Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will feature Dolby Atmos and bonus supplements include a commentary with Robert Eggers, deleted and extended scenes, and assorted featurettes.

The Northman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

The Northman
 

The full press release is included below:


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Universal City, California, May 31, 2022 – After witnessing firsthand the murder of his father, a Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård) devotes his life to avenge his father’s death, save his mother and reclaim his kingdom in THE NORTHMAN, available to own for the first time with exclusive bonus content on Digital June 6, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition, Blu-rayTM Collector’s Edition and DVD June 7, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Visionary director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse) creates “an absolute beast of a movie” (Phil de Semlyen, Time Out) with his latest film, boasting an 89% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Featuring epic action sequences and “packed with phenomenal performances” (Ross Bonaime, Collider) by Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke now with exclusive never-before-seen bonus features including nine deleted and extended scenes and exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.
 
The film is written and directed by Robert Eggers, and stars Alexander Skarsgård (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Legend of Tarzan), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies, Moulin Rouge), Anya Taylor-Joy (Queen’s Gambit, Emma), Willem Dafoe (Justice League, Spider-Man), Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Before Midnight), Claes Bang and Björk (Dancer In The Dark).
 

 

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES on DIGITAL*, 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD:

  • DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
  • AN AGELESS EPIC - An in-depth look at how filmmakers, cast, and crew immersed themselves in Norse history and mythology in an effort to make THE NORTHMAN the most accurate Viking epic ever filmed.
  • THE FACES OF VIKINGS - The cast of THE NORTHMAN, alongside director Robert Eggers, discuss the depth of the characters and their experiences working together.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR ROBERT EGGERS

 
EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION BONUS FEATURES ON DIGITAL*, 4K UHD, and BLU-RAY™:

  • AMLETH’S JOURNEY TO MANHOOD -Aurvandil's initiation of Amleth into manhood is one of the most pivotal points on his journey. Take a deeper look at how filmmakers and cast crafted this mysterious ritual.
  • SHOOTING THE RAID - Go behind-the-scenes of the raid and learn how different departments worked together to pull off this intricate sequence.
  • KNATTLEIKR GAME - Learn all about this little-known game, how the scene was filmed, and why it's an essential moment for Amleth.
  • A NORSE LANDSCAPE -We explore the spectacular shooting locations of THE NORTHMAN and discuss how filmmakers were able to overcome the unique challenges of shooting the film in Northern Ireland.

*Digital bonus features available from select retailers
 
 
THE NORTHMAN will be available on Digital, 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD

  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly buy or rent.
  • The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States.
  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • 4K Ultra HD delivers the ultimate movie watching experience, featuring the combination of 4K resolution and the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 29, 2022 - June 4, 2022

 Would you consider this the last week of May or the first week of June? With Tuesday being official movie release day, the month of May goes out with a bang with the volume of titles available, so let's call it the last week of May. And of course there's the Memorial Day holiday, which solidly puts us at the end of May in case there was any doubt.

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 2 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

There are no actual 'New Releases' this week, but there are catalog titles for everyone!

  Starting with Sony, a 50th anniversary release of 1776 opens the pot.

 

 Upping the ante, Brian De Palma helms The Untouchables, available as a standard edition and as a Limited Editon SteelBook. In what I consider a disturbing trend, some of these limited edition releases are getting more inclusive editions overseas, ie: swag and other pack-in trinkets just about everywhere else in the world. Because it's the studio itself releasing them in both places, one cannot blame licensing issues. Would I be more likely to buy a specific version if it had the extra stuff in it? In most cases, ABSOLUTELY! The Untouchables gets a slightly spruced up release next week from the UK if you're considering that option.

 

 Kino Lorber brings us A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, both 4K SDR encodes. These releases are the best these films have ever looked, probably even better than when they were released in 1964/1965.

 

 A pair of releases from Scream Factory, Happy Death Day and the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U.

 

 The next 4K Criterion release comes as Double Indemnity, David says this one is a 'Must Own' presentation, and you know what that means, you must comply! I got my ship notice kind of early so I sort of expect it before this article posts on Sunday.


 

Blu-ray releases-

 We do have a single blu-ray counterpart of the above 4K titles this week, Criterion Collection offers up Double Indemnity. If you didn't get the 4K, then you must get this one!

 Criterion Collection is also growing by one more title this week, a foreign drama/mystery titled Chan is Missing.

 TV on disc this week starts out with The Boys: Seasons 1 & 2 Collection from Sony Entertainment.

 

 More TV on disc comes with Lucifer: The Complete Fifth Season from Warner Archive Collection.

 Anime highlights (there are a lot this week) include Astro Boy 1980 Series, Darkstalkers: The Complete OVA Collection, Double Dragon - The Complete Series, Kageki Shojo!! - The Complete Season, Kemono Jihen - The Complete Season, Lupin the 3rd Part I - Classic Adventures, Mon Colle Knights, Poupelle of Chimney Town and Super Cub - The Complete Season.

 

 LionsGate's thriller of the week is titled The Devil You Know starring Omar Epps.

 

 Honorable Mention: Beauty Day, which Bryan mentions is a 'Highly Recommended' release comes to blu-ray this week. Before Jackass, Canadian legend Ralph Zavadil aka Cap'n Video pioneered dangerous home-grown stunts, this is a product of his work.

The May batch of Imprint Films releases are available via Amazon on Friday, here's a run down:

>After Dark: Neo Noir Cinema Collection One - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Bloody Sunday - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Contender - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Warriors - Imprint Films Limited Edition

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Downton Abbey: A New Era already has a listing for the blu-ray and 4K editions. No ETA yet but if it follows the typical model, look for it late July or so.

 The next 'Paramount Presents' title announced is Back to the Beach, a 1987 comedy/musical. This one is spine number 34 and is scheduled for an August 9th release date.

 Warner has made Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore official with a June 28th release date. There will be the usual assortment of skus available, if you liked what Walmart did for The Batman with their exclusive gift set, this one will get the same treatment, both blu-ray and 4K listings. And just like The Batman, Target's exclusive for Dumbledore is again a blu-ray and not a 4K combo edition. I just wonder where the decision for that comes from.

 Kino Lorber has acquired the rights to release multiple Paramount films. Their first teaser is that we will get Tropic Thunder as a 4K release. Date TBA soon. Makes me wonder what titles Paramount is focusing on, but with Kino Lorber behind a bunch, we are in for some great releases.

 On the topic of Paramount, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has an official release date of August 9th. The week after that, Paramount has a few more catalog titles on blu-ray, they are Coneheads, What Women Want and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Again, not sure what their operation book is saying here with the Kino Lorber deal and what they will or will not release. In time, Kino will tell us more.

 Arrow Video will be releasing Flatliners (1990) on both blu-ray and 4K discs on August 2nd. Also on August 30th they will release Running Out Of Time Collection on blu-ray. Hard to believe there's just 3 skus for August, but it's possible.

 

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?




William Lustig's Cult Classic Uncle Sam Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 21

The newly restored 1997 tongue-in-cheek horror directed by Blue Underground's founder William Lustig and written by legend Larry Cohen will make its 4K debut shortly before Independence Day. The film stars Robert Forster, Timothy Bottoms, Bo Hopkins, P.J. Soles, and Isaac Hayes.

Master Sergeant Sam Harper (David Fralick) is tragically killed in a horrible accident in Kuwait after his helicopter is shot down by friendly fire. Sam's charred remains are shipped back to his hometown of Twin Rivers, just as the town is preparing for its annual Fourth of July celebration. While being stored at his sister's house, Sam's dead body becomes reanimated and goes on a patriotic killing spree over the course of the holiday weekend. Uncle Sam is an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek satire about American's obsession with military dominance and the great lengths the nation will go in order to appeal to the country's youth.

This 4K edition features a recently restored presentation scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm negative in honor of the film's 25th anniversary.  It will also include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Disc Information and Bonus Materials: 

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) Widescreen 2.40:1 feature presentation
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos (English); 5.1 DTS-HD (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Director William Lustig, Writer Larry Cohen and Producer George G. Braunstein
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Director William Lustig and Star Isaac Hayes
  • Fire Stunts with Audio Commentary by Stunt Coordinator Spiro Razatos
  • Deleted Scene
  • Gag Reel
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Uncle Sam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

The SRP for this release is $49.95. Pre-order your copy now.



4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 22, 2022 - May 28, 2022

 As mentioned last week, we have reached the end of year two for our weekly release guide, and so, this week we kick off year 3.

 Don't know about you, but I feel it has gotten hot out there early this year! Heat waves in much of the country, snow in Denver, what a wild month. When outdoor activity is restricted, why not enjoy a good movie?

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

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Speaking of hot, things are heating up on the release schedule. This week is the busiest week for 4K releases for the month. Let's dig in to the goodies now! Breaking the normal order of things this week, I think you will understand why I've done it.

 Dare you say his name FIVE times? It's Candyman (1992) week, and counting all the individual SKUs, we have FIVE to pick from. Monday editions first, which generally (and does here) indicate imports. From the UK, Arrow Video offers their traditional Limited Edition fat-pack that offers the movie with Atmos sound, a poster, theater cards and a book.

 Next, from Turbine Media in Germany, they're offering three distinct variant cover Mediabooks. We list them as Variant A, Variant B and Variant C, and each edition is a very limited quantity release. Keep in mind though that unless the specs are wrong, these do NOT include Dolby Atmos sound. Turbine has reasonable shipping rates and will get it to your door pretty quickly.

 Domestically, Scream Factory has a 3-disc edition which includes a 4K disc with both cuts (Theatrical and Unrated) as well as blu-rays of each cut, and bonus features sprinkled across these discs. Unfortunately there is no all-inclusive edition among all five skus, so you will need to consider each one carefully.

 

 

 

  The new release of the week is The Batman, with Matt Reeves at the helm and Robert Pattinson donning the batsuit. Available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a rather handsome Walmart Exclusive. Target this go round opted for a blu-ray exclusive (see below). Directional audio fans should be happy this one is not directed by Christopher Nolan, because if it was, you would be stuck with a 5.1 track!

 Still with Warner Bros, a kind of new(ish) release, a 4K edition of the 2021 horror Malignant.

 

 From Universal and Showtime Entertainment, Ray Donovan: The Movie. Having not been a premium channel subscriber, I am a bit in the dark on this series, so the movie is even more a mystery to me.

 And the final new release of the week, a Norwegian film titled The Burning Sea. Sort of gives off a Deepwater Horizon vibe.

 Doing some backpedaling here as we go to catalog titles, Scream Factory releases Lifeforce to 4K disc.

 

 Arrow Video gives us three different editions of Wild Things, a limited edition, a SteelBook edition and Deluxe limited edition.

 

 

Blu-ray releases-

Getting the new release counterparts out of the way first, The Batman gets a standard edition and a Target Exclusive edition. The Burning Sea gets a blu-ray edition as well, and lastly, Ray Donovan: The Movie. Catalog title counterpart, Arrow offers a limited edition of Wild Things.

LionsGate's action/thriller entry this week is titled Agent Game. Their horror entry this week is a single letter of the alphabet, it's titled "X". Capelight Pictures is doing a 4K media book for this one in Germany, you can order direct from them HERE and HERE, depending on which cover art you prefer. I could take one for the team and buy the 4K so that a 4K will be announced for the U.S., just encourage me to do so in the comments!

 

Criterion Collection's title this week is Mississippi Masala, a drama/romance from '91. Maybe you've heard of the stars of this film, Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington.

Arrow Video has got another Shaw Brothers type release, this one is titled One Armed Boxer.

From Universal Pictures, 2022 comedy/horror Studio 666. Also a little TV on disc, The Sinner: The Complete Series.

 

Sony's 2022 horror Umma gets a blu-ray release this week.

Liberation Hall has two titles of interest this week, TV on disc by the name of Robocop: The Series and a Steven Seagal movie from 2009, A Dangerous Man.

 

Anime highlights include Black Clover: Season 4, available in a standard edition and as a limited edition, Skate-Leading Stars - The Complete Season and Somali and the Forest Spirit - Complete Collection.

Kino Lorber has a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical titled Flower Drum Song this week.

 

Honorable Mention: Powerhouse Video's Indicator Series title this week is The Pemini Organisation, a drama/thriller series with three films.

Notable announcements from last week:

Criterion has revealed their August slate of Criterion Collection titles. I honestly do not know any of these titles myself, and none of them are 4K, but I am sure that they have been carefully procured and do have appeal to some of you. The titles are Buck and the Preacher, Daddy Longlegs, Faya Dayi, Frownland and Hotel du Nord.

Edge of Tomorrow will be coming on to 4K on July 5th as a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Once again Warner Bros. has snubbed the U.S. market by releasing a nicer deluxe edition overseas.

Angel Heart will be getting a 4K release from LionsGate as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook on July 12th. When that film first came out, it got an X rating.

If availability frustrated you for each individual season, Paramount/CBS will be releasing Charmed: The Complete Series on June 14th.

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?




Nicolas Cage Is Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Demand on June 21

.   Lionsgate's action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent also starring The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal will be available on Digital on June 7, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray will be available June 21st.

In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will have Dolby Atmos and several bonus features including commentary, deleted scenes, and featurettes.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook)
 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - Blu-ray (Target Exclusive)
 

The full press release is included below:


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Own it on Digital June 7
 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, 
 & On Demand on June 21 from Lionsgate®

 

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 17, 2022) – Celebrate the world’s hero and prodigal movie star Nicolas Cage when The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent arrives on Digital June 7 and on 4K Ultra HDa-Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand June 21 from Lionsgate. The adrenaline-fueled comedy stars Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995; National Treasure Franchise, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Rock), Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian,” “Narcos,” “Game of Thrones”), Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, with Primetime Emmy® Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Glee,” 2010; “How I Met Your Mother,” Gone Girl, Harold & Kumar franchise), and Primetime Emmy® Award and GRAMMY Award® winner Tiffany Haddish (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Saturday Night Live,” 2018; Best Comedy Album, “Black Mitzvah”; Like a Boss, Night School, Girls Trip).

In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.
 
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.96, respectively. 
 
4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES 
 

  • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive producer Kevin Etten)
  • The Mind
    Meet the filmmakers and learn about the creative decisions behind the film. A film made with love, passion, and massive talent.
  • Glimmers of a Bygone Cage
    He’s back. Not that he went anywhere. Go back in time in this behind-the-scenes featurette and relive Nicolas Cage’s journey as an actor and see how a legendary career inspired both filmmakers and cast to create a new era of Cage.
  • Everybody Needs a Javi
    Nick Cage meets his ultimate fan. Discover why Pedro Pascal was the perfect choice to play the charismatic, lovable, and eccentric fan with a dark, dangerous secret.
  • Nick, Nicky, and Sergio
    The man, the actor, the legend. Take a look inside Nicolas Cage’s mind and find out how this film is the culmination of a legendary career, but also a new beginning for one of the most versatile actors of our time.
  • Second Act Action  
    And . . . action, and more action! Immerse yourself in the exciting world of stunts and special effects that helped to create incredible, well-choreographed action sequences with the help of the latest in high technology for filmmaking.
  • Cages 5 and Up
    Don’t kids say the darndest things? What if what they said were lines from some of your favorite Nick Cage movies? We thought you’d never ask.
  • SXSW Film Festival Q&A Featuring the Cast and Filmmakers.
  • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES 

  • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten)
  • SXSW Film Festival Q&A Featuring the Cast and Filmmakers
  • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten

 

Official Site: https://www.nickcage.movie/
Publicity Materials: https://www.lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2YHPZMj8r4&t=1s
Instagram: @NickCageMovie
Facebook: @NickCageMovie
Twitter: @NickCageMovie
Hashtag: #MassiveTalent

 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2020-2021
Title Copyright: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent © 2022, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2022 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and violence
Genre: Comedy Action
Feature Run Time: 107 Minutes
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, English SDH
4K Ultra HD™ Format:a-2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation, Dolby Vision 
Blu-ray™ Format:a-1080p High Definition,a-16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
DVD Format:a-16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
4K Audio:a-English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio
Blu-ray Audio: a-English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio
DVD Audio: a-English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 15, 2022 - May 21, 2022

     If you look at the next paragraph, you will see that we have hit a milestone for the weekly Release Guide. Yup, the end of a second year. As I reflect, I write these articles because I want to share my passion for movies. Most of the ones I post either appeal to myself personally and/or to the mainstream audience. Hope you enjoy our weekly recap and use our links to make your purchases. By doing so helps support our operation, we really do appreciate it.

     Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 52 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Mostly catalog titles this week, and some fine ones at that.

     First, the new release of the week is titled Infinite, an action/sci-fi film and is brought to you by Paramount Pictures.

     

     Staying with Paramount but moving on to catalog titles, there are a few here to talk about. Although it feels like only yesterday for the trilogy to be release on blu-ray, Beverly Hills Cop II joins the original movie to the 4K format. That means that only part 3 hasn't made the jump to 4K, and you will probably hate me for it, I thought it was a decent film on its own, but not comparing it to the first 2 films.

     

     Also this week we get our very first 4K release from the 'Paramount Presents' label, a Western titled The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring John Wayne and James Stewart. In my opinion Days of Thunder should have been the first 4K disc from them as they released a blu-ray under this label the same day they released a 4K standard release of the film, and just about every release from this label has been sourced from a 4K transfer. Remember that strong sales translate to cementing in place future endeavors, so let's remember to buy this as well as other discs that interest you!

     

    Shout! Factory has two titles to get this week, The Craft and Escape From New York. You realize that likely means you got to buy The Craft: Legacy now, right?

     

     

    The next slipcover style Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook comes out this week, look for Hell or High Water from LionsGate. Keep in mind if you like to be all inclusive, the digital codes that come with these also unlock the 4K stream.

     

    For Friday releases, a domestic music release, Goo Goo Dolls: Grounded With The Goo Goo Dolls and an import of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from Turbine Media in a standard case.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

    Moving on to blu-ray, as we do every week, listing the blu-ray counterpart from above first, Infinite is the only one this week. Sounds as confusing as the phrase 'One AND Many' doesn't it?

    How 'bout some TV on disc with Blood & Treasure: Season One from Paramount Entertainment? Making its blu-ray movie debut, the comedy/crime film Top Secret! makes itself available this week.

     

    An action film from Vertical Entertainment titled A Day to Die. This one stars Bruce Willis and has surely got to be close to one of his last films he has starred in.

    More TV on disc from Universal Pictures, The Last Kingdom: Season Five and The Last Kingdom: The Complete Series are available on Tuesday. The 2021 comedy/romance Licorice Pizza also comes out this week as well. The latter is one of those titles (as so many do) that has 4K digital available but not 4K disc.

     

    From Warner Archive Collection, the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Shout! Factory brings us a new remaster of Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale.

    The next Vestron Video release via LionsGate Extreme Prejudice streets this week.

     

    Criterion Collection's next entry is a Japanese comedy titled The Funeral and will be available Tuesday.

    From Arrow Video, 1982 horror/thriller Girls Nite Out, the standard edition street Tuesday, the Exclusive "The Scaremaker" O-Card edition on Monday, available at DiabolikDVD as well as other specialty shops.

    Anime highlights include Belle, available as a standard release and as a Target Exclusive SteelBook (keep in mind a deluxe 4K edition is coming this Summer), Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 12 (Kara Actuation), Infinite Stratos (Season 1) - Complete Collection, NANA - Complete Collection and SSSS.DYNAZENON - The Complete Season.

     

    Honorable mention: More Charles Bronson action from Kino Lorber, Violent, as well as the US cut of the film known as The Family, both come in the same package.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Preorder links are available for Kino Lorber's release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4K and blu-ray editions, both available July 26th.

    Paramount has announced a 4K SteelBook release for Event Horizon with a street date of August 9th. Not done with Paramount, let's file this one under inevitable, they will be releasing the cult classic Friday the 13th on 4K disc September 13th. That's NOT a Friday in case you were wondering, May 13th is the only Friday the 13th this year.

    Overseas, StudioCanal has announced a 4K release of Red Sonja with a date of July 18th. It is probable that this release will make it to the U.S. under the Shout! Factory label, or even LionsGate. We have a link for the Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook release if you would like to check it out.

    Universal Home Entertainment will be bringing the original TV series The A-Team to blu-ray on June 28th. Finally a reason to retire the DVD box set!

    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?




    The 1956 Classic Giant Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21

       The 1956 epic western from George Stevens Sr. based on the novel by Edna Ferber and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final film role arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21, 2022.

    Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism, and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time!

    Giant - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    Widely considered by critics as "ahead of its time" and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the film was chosen in 2005 to be preserved by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" for its heavy themes of racial injustice towards Mexican Americans and aiming to steer those views towards social acceptance for the first time in cinema.

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition will a newly restored 4K HDR presentation that "was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound". The SRP for this release is $24.99.

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


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    GIANT
    COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
     
    THE EPIC WESTERN DRAMA
    STARRING ELIZABETH TAYLOR, ROCK HUDSON AND JAMES DEAN
    WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH
    HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
     
    Own it June 21 on 4K Ultra HD and Digital

     

    Burbank, Calif., May 9, 2022 – Giant, the 1956 classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final role, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 

    George Stevens, Sr. won his second Oscar® for directing the sweeping family saga set in Texas during the days of the oil boom. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, the movie's release in 1956 was a massive box office hit and garnered 10 Academy Award® nominations. 

    Considered by critics as ahead of its time, Giant is admired today for the breadth of its humanity more than its epic scale with its grand themes of generational conflict, racial tolerance, and social change. It exposed the marginalization and segregation of Mexican Americans for the first time on the big screen. At the center of the film, Elizabeth Taylor, as Leslie Benedict, portrays a strong and progressive woman who acts to stem the patterns of injustice.

    In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 

    The new 4K restoration was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound.

    Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

    Giant will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for $24.99 ERP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film.  Fans can also own Giant in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on June 21.  
     
    About the Film:
    Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields. Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict (Hudson) and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink (Dean) both woo Leslie Lynnton (Taylor) a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican descent. Rink discovers oil on a small plot of land, and while he uses his vast, new wealth to buy all the land surrounding the Benedict ranch, the Benedict's disagreement over prejudice fuels conflict that runs across generations.
     

    Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Elements

    Giant Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
    •    Commentary by George Stevens Jr., Screen Writer Ivan Moffat and Critic Stephen Farber
    DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
     
    On June 21, Giant 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
     
     

    BASICS
    PRODUCT                                                                      ERP
    Ultra HD Blu-ray                                                             $24.99*     

     


    Standard Street Date: 6/21/22
    EST Street Date: 6/21/22
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish and Castilian Spanish, French Parisian
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish and Castilian Spanish, French Parisian
    Run Time: 201 min (3hr 21min)
    Rated: G


     

    THE CREDITS

     

    About Warner Bros. Discovery 
    Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film and streaming. Available in more than  220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products including: Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, OWN, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Magnolia Network, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, WB Games, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, Discovery en Español, Hogar de HGTV and others. For more information, please visit www.wbd.com. 
          


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 8, 2022 - May 15, 2022

    Alright, after a semi-slow week for releases, things are beginning to heat up. I get the feeling the Summer is going to have a ton of 4K releases and a higher than average slate of blu-rays as well.

    Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 51 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

    On the surface, this week looks like a very busy week. And if you are so inclined, you might want to buy a lot of the titles being offered. Let me explain as we go.

    First of all, the new release of the week is titled Uncharted, and yes, it's *that* Uncharted, the one based on the Nathan Drake video game universe. You can get this one as a standard edition and as a general release SteelBook.

     

    The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Vol. 2 is also available this week, bringing you 5 more titles from his vast collection. Unlike the first collection, this one has got all the titles available individually as well on the same day, they are Family Plot, Marnie, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt and The Trouble with Harry.

     

    And lastly, in preparation for the movie Jurassic World: Dominion, Universal is releasing the original 5 movies again, with the iconic simple artwork on each case. Look for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We know this franchise has sold a ton of product, because... dinosaurs!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

    Getting the blu-ray counterpart listed first, Uncharted is available as a standard release.

    If you have been collecting the series, Paramount's next Jason franchise single movie release SteelBook streets this week, Friday the 13th Part III.

    From Scream Factory, look for Wes Craven's werewolf feature titled Cursed. This one is listed as a Collector's Edition. From the Shout Factory label, The Ghost and the Darkness, and finally, from the Shout Select label, Two For The Money.

     

    From The Warner Archive Collection, the 1972 crime/thriller The Carey Treatment.

    If you've been waiting for a certain specific sequel, VCI has you covered with Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2.

     

    From Kino Lorber, a 3-D Film Archive restoration of Treasure of the Four Crowns (3D).

    From MGM Studios, a Channing Tatum comedy titled Dog.

     

    Criterion Collection's release this week is a French crime drama titled Mr. Klein.

    Anime highlights include Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG... in a standard release and a limited edition, The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky, Megazone 23 and The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent - The Complete Season.

     

    Honorable Mention: A little 80s nostalgia, A-ha: The Movie gets a blu-ray release. A few months ago it was pointed out to me that their signature hit video 'Take On Me' had recently had a 4K remaster posted on YouTube and I thought that was pretty random, but now this explains everything!

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Robocop: The Series has been delayed 2 weeks to May 24th.

    Shout! Factory's various labels have been busy with announcements for the month of July. Titles include a 4K release of Species, Lion of the Desert 4K, The Message 4K (previously leaked by another retailer for April, but obviously pushed back), blu-rays of The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series, JFK Revisited: The Complete Collection, Pompo The Cinephile, Georgia Rule and Starhunter ReduX: The Complete Series. I would expect a couple of more titles to be added to this list in the next week or so, and also would expect to see an official announcement for the 4K collector's edition of Belle for an early July(ish) release as well.

    Another Netflix release on blu-ray via Sony Pictures is coming June 14th, Fatherhood. Coming soon Better Call Saul: Season Six, which appears to be the final season, and Outlander: Season 6, just like before, a standard release and a Collector's Edition.

    The Beatles: Get Back appears to be coming soon as well after being recalled due to audio issues. I would expect an official announcement soon for that as well.

    Kino Lorber's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4K has a July 26th 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?




    Miss Out On Turbine's 4K Ultra HD SteelBook of Texas Chain Saw Massacre? A Standard Release is coming May 20th

    Did you miss out on Turbine's excellent SteelBook release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? A standard release is on its way May 20th, 2022.

    Even with four packaging options, Turbine Media Group's new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre sold out in record time. If those SteelBooks weren't your thing, don't gas up the chainsaw in a cannibalistic rage to get one - a new standard softbox release is on its way for May 20th, 2022 and is now up for pre-order at Turbine's shop!

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

     

    You're getting all of the same discs and bonus features content of the SteelBook set - just without the slick fancy packaging. You're still getting the excellent Dolby Vision HDR (and HDR10) transfer with the terrific Atmos and Auro3D audio options along with all of the audio commentaries and extra interviews and documentaries. So in that regard you're not going to miss a thing. Now if you're feeling a little left out with this standard packaging, you do pick up what I think is a cool extra that the SteelBook release didn't have - reversible insert artwork depicting the original German poster art! 

    Reversible Insert Artwork

     

    This is actually my holy grail of original movie posters and I haven't been able to get my hands on one out in the wild. I've seen them listed on eBay, but that ain't exactly the best place to shoot for authentic original movie posters. So on that note, I consider this a pretty cool little extra. 

    Bonus Material

    + four audio commentaries by cast, director, cameraman, editor and sound engineer
    + documentaries and interviews The Chainsaw Business: From Grandfather's Stitching Box, The Chainsaw Cut, The Hallowed Ground of Horror
    + Documentaries: TCM – A Family Portrait; The Shocking; Truth, Flesh Wounds and Off the Hook
    + A Tour of the TCM House with Gunnar Hansen
    + Removed Scenes and Outtakes
    + The Shocking Truth Outtakes
    + 40th Anniversary Trailer, Cinema Trailer (USA, D), US TV & radio spot

    As I mentioned, this set is now up for pre-order - just follow the "Go To Store" button in our listing and it'll take you right over to Turbine's shop. If you're running Firefox or Chrome, your browser should automatically translate to German and you're all set. 


    The coolest Wrapping Paper on the web

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    They also have great deal on their gorgeous fine art greeting cards and postcards – buy any 10 or more and get 20% off your total order. Postcards come with a craft envelope, so you can make art part of any gift.

    Check out the Flashbak Shop for the coolest wrapping paper ever and much more.


    Which football players are good at golf?

    Football and golf are two sports that seem to go hand in hand. It has been proven for decades that footballers can escape the everyday pressures of football by playing golf.

    A relaxing sport, many current and ex-professionals have excelled not only on the pitch but also on the greens. 

    As recently as the start of this month, we saw Premier League club Brightonas stars take on a golfing challenge courtesy of Betway, with Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross and Adam Lallana going up against each other in pairs to see who could drive the ball the furthest, who could hit an approach nearest the pin and who could scramble their way out of a bunker.A

    As you can imagine with four professional footballers the action was competitive and there were also several questionable moments, as you can see in the video below.

    Letas now look at the most famous footballers who also love golf.

    Gareth Bale

    It would be wrong to start any article talking about which footballers are good at golf without mentioning Gareth Bale. In fact, if there is any footballer that might spike an interest in the golf betting were he to join the tour, it would be Bale, such is his reputed love for the game.

    Despite getting off to an electric start at Real Madrid, things have soured for the Welshman and part of that is because of Baleas love of golf.

    The Welsh Wizard has made no secret about his love for the game and itas reported that he has recreated some of the most famous holes in the world at his home. Over the last few seasons, Bale has had a string of different injuries and many in the Spanish media believe it is just his way of ensuring that he can play more golf. 

    Harry Kane

    The Spurs and English hitman loves his golf a as football fans would have seen in his interview on Gary Nevilleas Overlap podcast – and reportedly plays off a four handicap. Kaneas love of the game is so great that he has been to watch The Open in person as well as making a whistle-stop tour to this yearas Masters.

    Kane loves spending time on the golf course and who knows what the future might bring once he has hung up his boots.

    Andriy Shevchenko

    The former Ukrainian star is a mad golfer. The ex Chelsea and AC Milan striker even turned professional back in 2013, competing in the Kharkov Superior Cup. Despite finishing 121st out of 131 players, Shevchenko is one of the best footballers to make the transition from the pitch to the fairways.

    Alan Shearer

    Alan Shearer is the Premier Leagueas top scorer and he has shown numerous times that he can be just as effective on the golf course. At any of the leading Pro Am events in the UK Shearer is a name you will often see on the leaderboard. 


    Spellbinding prints of New York City In Neon

    The brilliant Flashbak shop for archival prints has a new range of photographs by Gerry Cranham. The British photographer (born 1928), took these pictures and many more in the late 1960s, experimenting with speed and light. The results are spellbinding. New York City, London and Las Vegas throb with energy.

    Gerry captures the thrill of seeing halos of bright hues appended against the black night sky as mankindas wattage vies to usurp the moon and the give substance to lifeas fragility. Rather than seeing the neon lights as part of messages to pull us in off the street and into restaurants and clubs, Cranham plays with them, creating transformative clusters of abstract images, so that words and signs show us how light sculpts, altering what we see and how we see it.

    You canA buy printsA of Gerry Cranhamas spellbinding photographs in theA Flashbak shop.

    Copyright Gerry Cranham,. Pictures not be used without permission.


    The mayor of Kyiv shows how to do a TV interview

    In other news, Kyiv Mayor and former boxing champion, Vitale Klitschko, says his people must fight like the Israelis.

    aWe have to learn from Israel how to defend our country, with every citizen,a he told the Jerusalem Post. aIf they love the country, they need to be ready to defend the country. We have a lot to learn from Israel because we need every citizen to defend his home and his future.a

    His fatheras mother is Jewish. aI am proud to have Jewish blood,a he said. Around 900,000 Ukrainian Jews were murdered in the Shoah.

    In 2009, the then Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko gave Roman Shukhevych, an SS officer responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands of Jews, the title of hero of Ukraine.

    In 2017, a street named after General Nikolai Vatutin, who liberated Kyiv from the Nazis, was to be named after Shukhevych. The decision was passed by the city council with a majority of 69 out of 120.

    In Ukraine, history is never far away…


    Russian cosmonauts arrive at International Space Station dressed in yellow and blue of Ukraine

    The three new arrivals on ISS were dressed in the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag as they emerged from their Soyuz capsule after docking with the space station. Their yellow uniforms carried blue stripes, instead of the standard-issue blue.

    If it was a bold statement against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine it was done far away from Vladimir Putin’s goons.

    Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory yesterday, joining the crew of two Russians, four Americans and one German.

    In a message to Earth, Artemyev said crews choose their own outfits. aIt became our turn to pick a colour. But, in fact, we had accumulated a lot of yellow material so we needed to use it. So thatas why we had to wear yellow.a

    Whether or not the message reached the Russian people trammelled by the country’s censored media is no clear. After all, they’ve lied before about what goes on in space…


    William Nicholson’s London Types

    William Nicholson designed his ‘London Types‘ in 1898. Printmaker William Nicholson worked in partnership with his brother-in-law James Pryde, under the pseudonym the Beggarstaff Brothers.

    Spitalfields Life

    Although not strictly aCries of London,a some of these characters are familiar from earlier series of prints stretching back over the previous century and, recognising this, Nicholson portrays them as quaint curiosities from another age. In each case, the ironic doggerel by W.E. Henley that accompanied them poked fun at the anachronistic nature of these social stereotypes, through outlining the ambivalent existence of the individual subjects a whether the street hawker displaced in Kensington far from his East End home, or the aristocratic lady at Rotten Row challenged by her suburban counterparts, or the drunken Sandwich-man displaying moral texts, or the fifteenth generation Bluecoat boy at Charterhouse School in Smithfield now moved out to Horsham.

    See the full set of prints at Flashbak.


    Dutch designer Ootje Oxenaar’s handmade replacement book cover spines

    Dutch designer Ootje Oxenaar created replacement book cover spines. You can see them in a new book,A Ootje Oxenaar Spines.

    Although renowned for his designs for Dutch banknotes and postage stamps, Oxenaar was a prolific designer of book spines. This wasnat done for commercial publishers, but for books in his own library. When he didnat care for what he saw poking out from a shelf (or when he needed to procrastinate) he would make his own spine for a book. The result is a fantastic and fantastical mosaic made of tall-and-skinny strips, hand-lettered and drawn with great skill and great whimsy.

    Spotter:A i love typography


    Winnie the Pooh is now in the public domain

    This Public Domain Day on January 1, 2022 meant works from 1926 lost their copyright and became yours to play around with and enjoy. Around 400,000 recordings published before 1923 entered the public domain thanks to the 2018 Music Modernization Act (MMA).A

    You can explore them at the National Jukebox, the Library of Congressa archive of sound.

    You can find music to go with your version of A. A. Milneas firstA Winnie the PoohA book. Here are some more books now in the public domain:

    • A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, illustrations by E. H. Shepard
    • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
    • Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope
    • Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues
    • T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
    • Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
    • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist
    • Edna Ferber, Show Boat
    • William Faulkner, Soldiersa Pay
    • Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy
    • D. H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent
    • H. L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy
    • Vita Sackville-Westas The Land
    • Franz Kafkaas The Castle
    • Felix Saltenas Bambi, A Life in the Woods

    Lost pinhole camera takes world’s longest exposure photograph

    The beer can pinhole camera spent eight years capturing a solargraph at theA University of Hertfordshireas Bayfordbury Observatory. The final image records the sun’s movement in 2,953 light trails.

    Regina Valkenborgh set up the camera in 2012. And then forgot about it. It was found in September principal technical officer David Campbell tied to one of the observatoryas telescopes. He told Valkenborgh, who says:

    It was a stroke of luck that the picture was left untouched, to be saved by David after all these years. I had tried this technique a couple of times at the Observatory before, but the photographs were often ruined by moisture and the photographic paper curled up. I hadnat intended to capture an exposure for this length of time and to my surprise, it had survived. It could be one of, if not the, longest exposures in existence.

    If you love pictures, check out the Flashbakshop.


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    These organic cotton -T-shirts from Flashbak are environmentally safe, fair wear and vegan friendly. The organic T-Shirt carries the The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) label, the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. They’re approved by the Fair Wear Foundation, an independent, non-profit organisation that works to improve conditions for workers in garment factories. They’re certified Peta-approved vegan. And they are also certified by STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEXA(r), one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. And they’re cool T-Shirts.

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula Travels Oceans Of Time For A New 4K UHD SteelBook with Dolby Vision HDR, Oct. 4th

    Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Sony brings a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook of Francis Ford Coppola's infamous adaptation of Stoker's iconic vampire on October 4th, 2022.

    Bram Stoker's Dracula - 30th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

    As has been the case with so many other recent Sony reissues, they are reauthoring the disc to now include Dolby Vision HDR. Previously you had to have the digital streaming copy on iTunes or Vudu to watch the film with Dolby Vision. To round out the A/V presentation, the film also comes with English Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD MA 5.1, and DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio tracks. If that wasn't enough Sony is also including a pair of new bonus features - the Annie Lenox "Love Song for a Vampire" music video and a new featurette "Blood Lines - Dracula, the Man, the Myth, the Movies"

    This one isn't yet up for pre-order but as soon as it is, we'll update our listings. Here's the full PR for all the gory details:


    SYNOPSIS
    From Academy Award®-winning director Francis Ford Coppola (1974 Best Director, The Godfather: Part II) comes the classic and chilling tale about the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince (Gary Oldman) who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th-century London in search of human love. When the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.

     

    DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS 

    4K ULTRA HD DISC

    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, including the original theatrical English subtitle font for texted instances
    • Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + Dolby Stereo
    • Special Features:
      • NEWLY ADDED: “Love Song For A Vampire” Music Video by Annie Lennox
      • NEWLY ADDED: Blood Lines – Dracula: The Man, The Myth, The Movies Featurette 

    BLU-RAY DISC™

    • Feature presented in High Definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Dolby Atmos audio
    • Special Features:
      • Audio Commentary featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola
      • Audio Commentary featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola, Visual Effects Director Roman Coppola and Makeup Supervisor Greg Cannom
      • Introduction by Francis Ford Coppola
      • Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker's Dracula
      • Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son
      • The Blood Is the Life: The Making of Bram Stoker's Dracula
      • The Costumes Are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka
      • In-Camera: Naïve Visual Effects
      • Method and Madness: Visualizing Dracula
      • Deleted & Extended Scenes
      • Theatrical Teaser & Trailer
    CAST AND CREW

    Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
    Screenplay By: James V. Hart
    Produced by: Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs and Charles Mulvehill
    Executive Producers: Michael Apted and Robert O’Connor
    Cast: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

     

    SPECS

    Run Time: Approx. 127 minutes
    Rating: R for sexuality and horror violence
    4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1

    4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA 


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 26, 2022 - July 2, 2022

     Ever had one of those days where it feels like absolutely nothing went right and you had to seek a course correction, pronto? Yeah, that was me earlier last week. If you decide to watch a movie to get out of that 'zone,' I would suggest one you had already seen, otherwise what's happening on the screen might drive that feeling even deeper as the antagonist gets on your nerves. I'm lucky my day wasn't 100% sour because it it was, my TV or disc player would have exploded. Reminds me of the opening act in Amazon Women on the Moon actually, hee hee.

    Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 6 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     It's a Dumbledorey kind of day with three releases of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. This makes the third film of the series (with five planned total). Absent from this release is a 4K release from Target, but we do see a standard release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and an over-the-top gift set from Walmart. The latter is in similar style as The Batman gift set from last month.

     

     From Arrow Video, after it looked like the only option was an import, True Romance hits U.S. stores. This being a limited edition, it comes available as a Standard limited, a Limited SteelBook and a Deluxe Limited SteelBook. Expect, no doubt, a standard edition in six months for fans that just want the movie with nothing fancy.

     

     And last but not least, two priced-to-move titles from Kino Lorber. First, a comdy/crime film titled Out of Sight starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez and directed by Steven Soderbergh. And second, an early work of director Stanley Kubrick titled Killer's Kiss. Don't expect 2001 or The Shining, but do expect an insight of what Kubrick was like early on. Read David's review for the details.

     

     Next week, two new releases, a pair of Criterion releases and Tom Cruise.

    Blu-ray releases-

     If you thought there was going to be a little bit of a break in this category, your thoughts were a bit faulty. Actually, this week is the busiest week of the month of June.

     What we do every week first is mention the blu-ray counterparts of the above releases. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore gets a standard release, a Target Exclusive 'art' edition and a Walmart Exclusive Gift Set, very similar to the 4K set above. If you somehow missed out on the franchise, a 3-Film Collection is also available. True Romance gets a Limited Edition blu-ray release as well. Not to be left out, Out of Sight gets the Kino blu-ray treatment too.

     More TV on disc, The A-Team: The Complete Series from NBC Universal and Charmed: The Complete Series from CBS/Paramount both honor us with their presence.

     

     From Universal, Firestarter (2022) comes to home video. Is it just me or does Blumhouse have something against 4K disc? Or was this just not a good movie?

     New to blu-ray catalog titles from Paramount include Boomerang, The First Wives Club (Paramount Presents label) and Harlem Nights.

     

     Sony Pictures releases the 2021 drama/romance Mothering Sunday.

     

     Criterion Collection presents 1972's Pink Flamingos. Matthew describes it as the 'most controversial and grotesque films to be inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry,' check out his review. Criterion also has a foreign comedy/romance titled The Worst Person in the World this week as well.

     

     Anime highlights are just a few, Kekkaishi - The Complete Series, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan - The Complete Season, Sgt. Frog: The Complete Second Season and Urusei Yatsura The Movie 4: Lum The Forever.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Individual discs for the original six Star Trek Movies are in the works as well as a 6-film collection. One would guess this fall sounds about right for a release time frame, no doubt to coincide with the updated extended release for The Motion Picture. It was mentioned on The Bits that Star Trek: First Contact was streaming in 4K, so no doubt those films will be coming to 4K disc towards the end of the year.

     Kino Lorber will be releasing Indecent Proposal to 4K disc on September 27.

     The 4400: The Complete Series will be getting a blu-ray release by CBS/Paramount on July 26th.

     Summer is getting pretty crowded if you're in to 4K discs and TV series, best of luck keeping up!

    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?




    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 19, 2022 - June 25, 2022

     Happy Summer Solstice! What are you doing to celebrate the arrival of the Summer months? Dinner and a movie? A cookout and a home video? The Summer movie season is upon us, are you looking forward to anything in particular?

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

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     There are TWO new releases this week, with a total of FOUR SKUS.

     First, from Dreamworks Animation, via Universal Pictures, an animated adventure comedy titled The Bad Guys.

     

     And next, from LionsGate, an action comedy titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent starring Nicolas Cage. This one is available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive edition.

     

     Moving on to catalog titles, first a Western from Warner Bros titled Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean.

     Criterion Collection has an appearance in this category this week with Shaft (1971). Featuring an all new 4K restoration with Dolby Vision, this one is sure to please.

     

     Blue Underground releases Uncle Sam this week. When I first saw this movie I was very pleasantly surprised, to get it in 4K will be satisfying.

     

     The final listing in this category this week is a double-dip of sorts, LionsGate gives us Universal Soldier in one of their Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover SteelBooks.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Getting to the blu-ray counterparts of the 4K titles above, The Bad Guys gets a blu-ray/dvd combo edition. And, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent gets a standard edition and a Target Exclusive Edition. I've mentioned it a lot lately, Target appears to have abandoned 4K in their exclusive editions, I am a bit disturbed by this. What next, DVD exclusive editions? Criterion Collection also releases a blu-ray special edition for Shaft (1971).

     LionsGate has a busy week with a drama/sci-fi titled After Yang, a thriller titled Escape the Field and a drama/thriller titled Private Property.

     

     TV on disc, The Umbrella Academy: Season Two comes via Universal Pictures.

     Sony Pictures is releasing the Amazon Prime Video movie Cinderella (2021) to blu-ray this week.

     

     Edge of Sanity is available as a single release this time from Arrow Video. Previously it was part of a double-feature from Scream Factory. Also from Arrow, a 1978 horror titled The Initiation of Sarah.

     Criterion Collection has also got a foreign drama available this week titled Rouge.

     Anime highlights include Getter Robo Arc - Complete Collection, Hunter x Hunter: The Complete Series [Amazon Exclusive], IRODUKU : The World in Colors Complete Collection  and Panda! Go Panda!.

     

     Honorable mentions: I had mentioned that several out of print titles were picked up by an outfit named Sandpiper Pictures. This week they are rereleasing Richard III and The Russia House.

     Also, a Time Life feature set Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert (2010 - 2019) is available this week. Looks like quite a bill of performances, do check it out!

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Sony has announced they will be releasing the 80s comedy Real Genius to 4K disc on September 13th.

     Target now has listed a 4K Exclusive Edition of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. I think this might be a fluke, Target's latest track record is blu-ray exclusives.

     Multiple SKUs have been added to retailer sites of Jurassic World: Dominion and of the six-film collection. Not listed yet (but to be expected) is a SteelBook collection of all six films. If the new SteelBook artwork for Dominion 4K is the style of artwork expected in the full set, I might find it hard to resist buying the set (and the previous 5 movies) again, damn it! There is also a full set (not SteelBook) that comes with a limited edition (and numbered) Velociraptor sculpture. As we get closer to an actual release date we will see what other retailers will be offering.

     Season Two of Star Trek: Picard will be coming on October 4th. Just like last time, available as a standard release and as a SteelBook.

    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?




    Criterion Announces September 2022 Titles Including Blow Out & Sound of Metal on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    The Criterion Collection's September release slate also features a Blu-ray box set of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4. 

    First with the 4K UHD news, we have Darius Marder's Sound of Metal  which also will be getting a Blu-ray release on September 27.

     

    In Sound of Metal, a tale of sound, fury, and self-discovery, Riz Ahmed delivers an intensely committed performance as the volatile Ruben, who has found new purpose as a drummer in a noise-metal duo, playing blistering live shows with his singer girlfriend, Lou (Olivia Cooke). When Ruben suddenly loses much of his hearing, he is launched on a profound odyssey—through denial, anger, grief, and, gradually, acceptance—as he comes to understand what it means to live as a deaf person and to discover deafness as not a disability but a rich culture and community. Through stunningly immersive, Academy Award–winning sound design, director Darius Marder invites us to experience the world as Ruben does, capturing a sonic spectrum in which silence comes in a thousand shades.

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • 4K digital master, supervised by director Darius Marder and cinematographer Daniël Bouquet, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray and 4K UHD editions

    • For the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

    • New conversation between Marder and filmmaker Derek Cianfrance, who share a story credit on the film

    • New program about the film’s sound, featuring Marder and sound designer Nicolas Becker

    • Music video for Abraham Marder’s song “Green,” featuring outtakes from the film

    • Featurettes

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Roxana Hadadi 

    2019 • 120 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio


    Brian De Palma's Blow Out starring John Travolta and Olivia Cooke will also be getting the 4K treatment on September 13.

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    In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a film sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. To uncover the truth, he enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Nancy Allen), who may be in danger herself. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

    • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

    • Interview with director Brian De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach 

    • Interview with actor Nancy Allen 

    • Murder à la Mod, a 1967 feature by De Palma

    • Interview with cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within Blow Out

    • On-set photographs by Louis Goldman

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow and Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review of the film

    1981 • 108 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 2.40:1 aspect ratio


    Available on September 13th comes Take Out  from Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou on Blu-ray.

     

    The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in the raw, vérité Take Out, by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark, restaurant deliveryman Ming Ding (Charles Jang) has until nightfall to pay back the money he owes, and he encounters both crushing setbacks and moments of unexpected humanity as he races against time to earn enough in tips over the course of a frantic day. From this simple setup, Baker and Tsou fashion a kind of neorealist survival thriller of the everyday, shedding compassionate light on the too often overlooked lives and labor that keep New York running.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by directors Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack

    • Audio commentary featuring Baker, Tsou, and actor Charles Jang

    • New interviews with Baker, Tsou, Jang, and actors Wang-Thye Lee and Jeng-Hua Yu

    • Program about the making of the film

    • Deleted scenes 

    • Screen test

    • Trailer 

    • New English subtitle translation

    • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and author J. J. Murphy

    2004 • 88 minutes • Color • Stereo • In Mandarin and English with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    On the 20th, Henri-Georges Clouzot's controversial Le Corbeau will be available in stores.

     

    A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a provincial French town, exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, this film by Henri-Georges Clouzot was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, and the Catholic Church, and was banned after the country’s liberation. But some—including Jean Cocteau and Jean-Paul Sartre—recognized the powerful subtext to Clouzot’s anti-informant, anti-Gestapo fable and worked to rehabilitate his directorial reputation after the war. Le Corbeau brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing that turns an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

     • New 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

    • Interview with filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier

    • Excerpts from The Story of French Cinema by Those Who Made It: Grand Illusions 1939–1942, a 1975 documentary featuring director Henri-Georges Clouzot

    • Trailer

    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Alan Williams

     

    1943 • 91 minutes • Black & White • monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


    Also on the 20th expect to see Atom Egoyan’s Exotica hitting Blu-ray shelves.

     

    One of the defining independent films of the 1990s, Atom Egoyan’s mesmerizing international breakthrough Exotica takes the conventions of the psychological thriller into bold new territory—unsettling, dreamlike, and empathetic. At the neon-drenched Toronto strip club of the film’s title, a coterie of lost and damaged souls—including a man haunted by grief (Bruce Greenwood), a young woman with whom he shares an enigmatic bond (Mia Kirshner), an obsessive emcee (Elias Koteas), and a smuggler of rare bird eggs (Don McKellar)—search for redemption as they work through the traumas of their mysteriously interconnected histories in an obsessive cycle of sex, pain, jealousy, and catharsis. Masterfully weaving together past and present, Egoyan constructs a spellbinding narrative puzzle, the full emotional impact of which doesn’t hit until the last piece is in place..

    BLU-RAY EDITION FEATURES

    • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Atom Egoyan and director of photography Paul Sarossy, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray

    • Audio commentary featuring Egoyan and composer Mychael Danna

    • New conversation between Egoyan and filmmaker and actor Sarah Polley

    • Calendar, a 1993 feature film by Egoyan, with a new introduction

    • Peep Show, a 1981 short film by Egoyan

    • En passant, a 1991 short film by Egoyan featuring Maury Chaykin and Arsinée Khanjian

    Artaud Double Bill, a 2007 short film by Egoyan, commissioned for the sixtieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival

    • Audio from the film’s 1994 Cannes Film Festival press conference, featuring Egoyan, Khanjian, actor Bruce Greenwood, and producer Camelia Frieberg

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by author and filmmaker Jason Wood

    1994 • 103 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


    And finally available on the 27th is Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4  featuring several films in a Blu-ray boxed set.

     

    Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has maintained a fierce commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of dozens of restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often overlooked areas of cinema history. This collector’s set gathers six important works, from Angola (Sambizanga), Argentina (Prisioneros de la tierra), Iran (Chess of the Wind), Cameroon (Muna moto), Hungary (Two Girls on the Street), and India (Kalpana). Each title is an essential contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience.

    DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

     

    • New 4K digital restorations of Sambizanga, Prisioneros de la tierra, Chess of the Wind, and Muna moto, and 2K digital restorations of Two Girls on the Street and Kalpana, all overseen by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays

    • New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese

    • New and archival interviews featuring Indian film historian Suresh Chabria and filmmaker Kumar Shahani (on Kalpana); Argentine film historians Paula Félix-Didier and Andrés Levinson (on Prisioneros de la tierra); Two Girls on the Street director André de Toth; and Sambizanga director Sarah Maldoror and Annouchka de Andrade, Maldoror’s daughter

    • New program by filmmaker Mohamed Challouf featuring interviews with Muna moto director Dikongué-Pipa and African film historian Férid Boughedir

    • The Majnoun and the Wind (2022), a documentary by Gita Aslani Shahrestani, daughter of Chess of the Wind director Mohammad Reza Aslani, featuring Aslani, members of the film’s cast and crew, and others

    • New and updated English subtitle translations 

    • PLUS: A foreword and essays on the films by critics and scholars Yasmina Price, Matthew Karush, Ehsan Khoshbakht, Aboubakar Sanogo, Chris Fujiwara, and Shai Heredia

     SAMBIZANGA

    A bombshell by the first woman to direct a film in Africa, Sarah Maldoror’s chronicle of the awakening of Angola’s independence movement is a stirring hymn to those who risk everything in the fight for freedom. Based on a true story, Sambizanga follows a young woman (Elisa Andrade) as she makes her way from the outskirts of Luanda toward the city’s center looking for her husband (Domingos Oliveira) after his arrest by the Portuguese authorities—an incident that ultimately helps to ignite an uprising. Scored by the language of revolution and the spiritual songs of the colonized Angolan people, and featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors—many of whom were themselves involved in anticolonial resistance—this landmark work of political cinema honors the essential roles of women, as well as the hardships they endure, in the global struggle for liberation.

    1972 • 97 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Portuguese, Kimbundu, and Lingala with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

     

    PRISIONEROS DE LA TIERRA

    The most acclaimed film by one of classic Argentine cinema’s foremost directors, Mario Soffici’s gut-punching work of social realism, shot on location in the dense, sweltering jungle of the Misiones region, simmers with rage against the oppression of workers. A group of desperate men are conscripted into indentured labor on a treacherous, disease-ridden yerba maté plantation under the control of the brutal foreman Köhner (Francisco Petrone)—a situation that boils over in an explosive act of rebellion led by the defiant Podeley (Ángel Magaña), and made all the more tense by the fact that Köhner and Podeley love the same woman: Andrea (Elisa Galvé), the sweet-spirited daughter of the camp’s doctor. The expressionistic, shadow-sculpted cinematography of Pablo Tabernero evokes the feverish dread of a place where suffocating heat, economic exploitation, and unremitting cruelty lead inexorably to madness and violence.

    1939 • 86 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Spanish and GuaranÍ with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

    CHESS OF THE WIND

    Lost for decades after screening at the 1976 Tehran International Film Festival, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema reemerges to take its place as one of the most singular and astonishing works of the country’s prerevolutionary New Wave. A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in shivery period atmosphere, Chess of the Wind unfolds inside an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares the potential heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently deceased matriarch’s estate. Melding the influences of European modernism, gothic horror, and classical Persian art, director Mohammad Reza Aslani crafts an exquisitely restrained mood piece that erupts into a subversive final act in which class conventions, gender roles, and even time itself are upended with shocking ferocity.

    1976 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Farsi with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

     

    MUNA MOTO

    Director Dikongué-Pipa forged a new African cinematic language with Muna moto, a delicate love story with profound emotional resonance. In a close-knit village in Cameroon, the rigid customs governing courtship and marriage mean that a deeply in love betrothed couple (David Endéné and Arlette Din Belle) can be torn apart by the lack of a dowry and by another man’s claiming of the young woman as his own wife—a rupture that sets the stage for a clash between a patriarchal society and a modern generation’s determination to chart its own course. Luminous black-and-white cinematography and stylistic flourishes yield images of haunting power in this potent depiction, told via flashback, of the challenges of postcolonialism and the devastating consequences of a community’s refusal to deviate from tradition.

    1975 • 89 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

    TWO GIRLS ON THE STREET

    The maverick Hollywood stylist André de Toth sharpened his craft in his native Hungary, where he directed five films, including this chic, dynamically paced melodrama studded with deco decor and jazzy musical interludes. Mária Tasnádi Fekete and Bella Bordy sparkle as upwardly mobile working women—one a musician in an all-girl band, the other a bricklayer—who join forces as they both try to make it in Budapest, supporting each other through changing economic fortunes, the advances of lecherous men, and the highs and heartbreaks of love. Kinetic camera work, brisk editing, and avant-garde imagery abound in Two Girls on the Street, an often strikingly modern ode to the power of working-class female solidarity.

    1939 • 79 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Hungarian with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio 

    KALPANA

     A riot of ecstatic imagery, performance, and set design, the only film by the visionary dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar is a revolutionary celebration of Indian dance in its myriad varieties and a utopian vision of cultural renewal. Unfolding as an epic film within a film, Kalpana tells the story of an ambitious dancer (Shankar) determined to open a cultural center devoted to breathing new life into India’s traditional artistic forms; meanwhile, the obvious adoration between him and his lead dancer (Shankar’s wife and collaborator, Amala Uday Shankar) arouses the jealousy of his enterprising companion (Lakshmi Kanta). Swirling surrealist dance spectacles—featuring dance masters and young performers, many of whom would become stars in their own right—are interwoven with anticolonial, anticapitalist commentary for a radical, proto-Bollywood milestone that is one of the most influential works in Indian cinema.

    1948 • 152 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Hindi with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


    That's all the information that we have at the moment and hopefully, preorders will be available shortly.


    1980s Cult Fan Favorite Real Genius Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray September 13

     "Aren't you guys a little young to be technicians?" "Lasers are a young science. OK, there, fine, you made me say it, now we're both in trouble"

     Sony Pictures helps us relive the 80s comedy Real Genius, starring Val Kilmer (Heat, Top Gun), Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville. Previously available on MOD blu-ray under the Choice Collection label, Sony takes it up a couple notches with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital combo pack.

     This release also includes an all new Dolby Atmos track and a 5.1 track approved by director Martha Coolidge, aw well as the original 2.0 Stereo mix. HDR grading will be Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 compatible.

     

     

     The order link is not available at press time, checking our release calendar for updates.

     Official Press Release:

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    THE CULT 1980s FAN FAVORITE GETS AN UPGRADE,

    WITH RARE SPECIAL FEATURES

    AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K ULTRA HD™

    SEPTEMBER 13TH

    SYNOPSIS

    When a group of crazy college geniuses put their heads together, almost anything can happen. Hold on for a freewheeling, uproarious look at just how much mischief a bunch of high-IQers can concoct. Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America's number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own ... Chris' closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon and bikini-clad beauties. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. Their plan culminates in an incredible scheme that outsmarts the military and convinces the professor that it doesn't pay to fool with a REAL GENIUS!

    DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

    4K ULTRA HD DISC

    • Feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge

    • All-new Dolby Atmos and 5.1 audio, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge + Original Dolby Stereo

    BLU-RAY DISC™

    • Feature presented in High Definition, sourced from the 4K master

    • 5.1 + Dolby Stereo audio

    • Special Features:

      • NEW: “Balloon Chair” Deleted Scene + Raw Takes Montage

      • NEW: TV Version of the film

      • Feature Commentary with Director Martha Coolidge

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed By: Martha Coolidge

    Story By: Neal Israel & Pat Proft

    Screenplay By: Neal Israel & Pat Proft and Peter Torokvei

    Produced by: Brian Grazer

    Executive Producer: Robert Daley

    Cast: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville

    SPECS

    Run Time: Approx. 105 minutes

    Rating: PG

    4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1

    4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Twitter: @SonyPicsHomeEnt

    Instagram: @SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment

    Facebook: facebook.com/sonypictureshomeentertainment

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sonypictureshomeent


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 12, 2022 - June 18, 2022

     If you keep your eyes open for bargains, last week was a big one for that. Upcoming Kino titles like Killer's Kiss 4K was listed at $15 and Out of Sight 4K was at $20, plus the 'bugs' disaster movies (Ants!, Tarantulas and Terror out of the Sky) listed for $12.49. Multiple Paramount 4K titles have hit sub $10-12 as well. That's great and all, but the best way to support physical media is to buy titles early on in their release cycle, but if you were on the fence about some titles or really didn't intend to buy them, I am sure you've got a price that is hard to resist, I know I do.

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

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Not an incredibly busy week, but there are TWO new releases. First, from Universal,  love him or hate him, Michael Bay's Ambulance is sure to send us over the top with action! Amazon still lists the 4K as 12/31/22, hope they fix it soon.

     

     Next, from Sony Pictures, Morbius, available as a standard edition, a Walmart Exclusive which comes with a collectible pin, and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. This one has gotten enough MeMe fanfare that it made a comeback to theaters. I missed out on the MeMes, fortunately (?)

     

     

     From Paramount, a SteelBook reissue by way of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Many have said these are the SteelBooks they should have released originally, and based on the cover art, I agree 100%. But because it is not part of the box set, it appears to lack in special features, which Matthew says cynically that they will likely include all the special features with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. UGH.

     For Friday releases, Turbine Media announced (at the last second) a pair of Friday 4K media book releases, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Cover A edition and Cover B edition. In case you've got concerns, I've had no issues in the past with purchasing from their shop, it's 100% legit.

     If you did save a few bucks this week, the next two weeks have a decent amount of releases in the 4K category.

    Blu-ray releases-

     As we do here every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts out of the way first, Ambulance from Universal and Morbius from Sony Pictures are available for purchase. The latter is also available as a Target Exclusive, which the trend is disturbing to me in that Target appears to be dropping out of the 4K field for exclusives.

     Much delayed Paramount catalog title Eurotrip (which the cover art indicates is the elusive Unrated Edition) appears to finally be available this week.

     

     From Sony Pictures, 2022 drama Father Stu starring Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson. A Kevin Hart comedy titled Fatherhood also arrives this week. Not done yet, a comedy drama titled Love and Human Remains. Under the Sony Pictures Classics label, biography/romance Wilde (yes, Oscar Wilde) debuts to blu-ray.

     

     From Criterion Collection, a drama/romance titled Farewell Amor.

     

    TV on disc from Universal comes as Hacks: Season One and Rutherford Falls: Season One.

     

     Anime highlights include El-Hazard: The Wanderers Collection, Hetalia: World Stars Season 7, Naruto: Set 7 and Sailor Moon: Complete First Season.

     

     Honorable mention: If you've been wondering what Paul Verhoeven has been up to, one of his recent titles Benedetta is available this week.

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Kino Lorber is still going strong with adding more Paramount catalog titles to their 4K line. We have Tropic Thunder, Leviathan and now Escape From Alcatraz in the 'coming soon' category.

     More catalog titles coming from Paramount so far include Down to Earth, Leap of Faith and Domestic Disturbance.

     Doctor Strange in the Multiverse has a release date of July 26th, see the news story here.

     Michael Mann's Heat has an official 4K street date of August 9th, see the news story here. I will push out only my positive thoughts on this one, it's the best this film has ever looked on disc and it truly is a great movie! My negative comments are elsewhere.

    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?




    Sam Raimi's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray July 26

    The critically acclaimed mind-bending Marvel movie hits all major digital platforms on June 22 and on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on July 26.

    READ OUR THEATRICAL REVIEW HERE.

    Journey into the unknown in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When the MCU unlocks the Multiverse, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must enlist help from old and new allies as he traverses mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities in order to confront a surprising adversary.

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition includes Dolby Atmos and both the Blu-ray and the 4K Blu-ray's supplements include an audio commentary, bloopers, deleted scenes, and featurettes.

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
     

    So far we haven't encountered any specific retailer exclusives, but we expect a Best Buy SteelBook and Target is likely to offer up another one of their book packages. Also no news of a 3-D Blu-ray release yet in the international markets but we'll keep an eye out for one. Pre-orders should be available soon and we will update as soon as possible. Here is the full press release:


    Unlock Alternate Realities When Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Arrives on Digital June 22 
    and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 26

     

    BURBANK,CA (June 9, 2022) – Described as a “psychedelic mind-flip masterpiece” (Larry Carroll, Looper) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has enthralled audiences and critics around the world. Sam Raimi’s exuberant film is a global phenomenon and “undoubtedly mesmerizing” (Jenna Anderson, ComicBook.com).

     

    Witness the mind-bending alternate realities of the multiverse when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuts on all major digital platforms June 22 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 26. Embrace the madness by adding the latest MCU film to your Marvel movie collection. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will also stream on Disney+.

     

    Film Synopsis

    Journey into the unknown in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When the MCU unlocks the Multiverse, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must enlist help from old and new allies as he traverses mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities in order to confront a surprising adversary.

     

    Bonus Features*

    Featurettes

    • Method to the Madness - Join various crew members and Marvel employees in interviews as they discuss their love of Sam Raimi and all the details of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that make it quintessentially Raimi.
    • Introducing America Chavez - In this short and fun profile piece, we’ll learn about America’s humble beginnings in the comics. We’ll meet Xochitl Gomez and discuss the complications her character's unique power presents for the future of the MCU.
    • Constructing the Multiverse - Writing a feature film for Marvel is no easy task. In this playful yet informative featurette, we’ll dive into the challenges that writer Michael Waldron faced in creating the twisting and turning story of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

    Bloopers

    • Gag Reel - Take a look at some of the fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

    Deleted Scenes

    • A Great Team - A journalist questions Doctor Strange's integrity.
    • Pizza Poppa - Bruce is relieved when Doctor Strange's spell ends.
    • It's Not Permanent - Bruce tries to accuse Doctor Strange of being an imposter.

    Audio Commentary

     

    • View the film with audio commentary by Sam Raimi, Richie Palmer, and Michael Waldron.

     

    *bonus features vary by product and retailer

     

    Cast

    Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange

    Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / The Scarlet Witch

    Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo

    Benedict Wong as Wong

    Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez

    Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer

     

    Directed by

    Sam Raimi     

      

    Produced by

    Kevin Feige p.g.a           

                                

    Co-Producers

    Mitchell Bell

    Richie Palmer

     

    Executive Producers

    Victoria Alonso

    Eric Hauserman Carroll

    Jamie Christopher

    Louis D’Esposito

    Scott Derrickson

                                                 

    Written by

    Michael Waldron

                        

    Music by

    Danny Elfman

     

    Product Specifications

    Street Date

    Digital: June 22

    Physical: July 26

     

    Product SKUs

    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

     

    Feature Run Time

     

    Approx. 126 minutes

     

    Rating

    U.S. Rated PG-13

          

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 2:39

    Physical: 2:39:1

     

    U.S. Audio

    4K Ultra HD: English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus

    Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

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

    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. Subtitles

    4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French

    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


    Michael Mann's Heat Dated & Detailed on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray August 9th - Now Up For Pre-Order!

    At long last, Michael Mann's iconic crime saga comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a new sequel novel on August 9th, 2022

    Al Pacino and Robert De Niro dually power the momentum and large scale of this groundbreaking film written and directed by Michael Mann. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives begin to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. Co-starring Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman, and Jon Voight, Heat delivers hard-hitting action, gripping suspense, and stunning performances.

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition does not appear to include Dolby Atmos and all of the supplements seem to be previously released features from the Blu-ray.

    However, on August 9, Heat 2 -- Michael Mann's first novel -- will be published telling "an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie." 

    Heat - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

      

    [UPDATED] 

    Best Buy was a little slow to the announcement but they're also offering up their own SteelBook for this release:

    Heat - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

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


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    LOS ANGELES, CA (June 8, 2022) – Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Michael Mann will reunite at this year’s Tribeca Festival for the first public premiere of the new 4K Ultra HD version of Mann’s 1995 classic, Heat.

    The film’s stars, along with writer-director Michael Mann and producer Art Linson, will attend the screening on June 17 which will be followed by an on-stage conversation, moderated by journalist and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri. For more information please visit www.tribecafilm.com.

    This special screening celebrates the release on August 9 of the 20th Century Studios film on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time. The remastered film includes previously released audio commentary with Director Michael Mann, Q&As, deleted scenes and more extras.

     

    Also on August 9, Mann’s first novel, Heat 2, which tells an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie, will be published.

     

    Film Synopsis

    Al Pacino and Robert De Niro dually power the momentum and large scale of this groundbreaking film written and directed by Michael Mann. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives begin to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. Co-starring Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman and Jon Voight, Heat delivers hard-hitting action, gripping suspense and stunning performances.

    Bonus Features

    4K Ultra HD

    • Director’s Audio Commentary 

    Blu-ray Disc One 

    • Heat In High Definition 
    • Director’s Audio Commentary 

    Bonus Blu-ray Disc Two 

    • Q&A With Michael Mann 
    • Q&A With Christopher Nolan 
    • 3-Part Making-Of Documentary 
    • Deleted Scenes 
    • Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation 
    • Return To The Scene Of The Crime

     

     

    Cast

    Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley

    Al Pacino as Lt. Vincent Hanna

    Val Kilmer as Chris Shiherlis

    Jon Voight as Nate

    Tom Sizemore as Michael Cheritto

    Diane Venora as Justine

    Amy Brenneman as Eady

    Ashley Judd as Charlene Shiherlis

     

    Directed by

    Michael Mann

     

    Executive Producers

    Pieter Jan Brugge

    Arnon Milchan

     

    Produced by

    Michael Mann

    Art Linson

     

    Screenplay by

    Michael Mann

     

    Music by

    Elliot Goldenthal

    Product Specifications

    Street Date

    Physical: August 9

    Product SKU

    Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack 3 Discs (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Blu-ray Bonus Disc + Digital Code)

    Feature Run Time

    Approx. 170 minutes

    Rating

    U.S. Rated R

    * For violence and language 

       

    Aspect Ratio

    Physical: 2.40:1

    U.S. Audio

    4K Ultra HD: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, French 5.1 DTS Digital Surround, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

    U.S. Subtitles

    4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 5, 2022 - June 11, 2022

     The week after a holiday always feels like a ho-hum business as usual slow week to me, but a lot is happening with new releases and announcements, so it really is not business as usual. The Summer movie season has kicked off, Top Gun: Maverick appears to be incredible with Imax 4DV or whatever it's called being the ultimate experience. What is this 4th element, smell?

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

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Before we start with domestic releases, as I mentioned last week in my mini-rant, a lot of titles are getting gift sets or other deluxe releases overseas. Zavvi is offering an Exclusive SteelBook release of The Untouchables with a Monday release, the U.S. release last week was pretty basic. It's not as elaborate as some of the overseas releases, but it does add some swag pertinent to the film.

     This week there are two New Releases in the 4K disc category, an action/thriller from Paramount titled The Contractor starring Chris Pine. And no, he's not a drywall or other such contractor, check out the synopsis.

     

     And from Universal, the norse movie titled The Northman. This one got a street date literally at the last second. Zavvi UK also has a SteelBook for this film releasing in July, if you prefer to go that route.

     

     The rest of this category is dominated by catalog titles, but in a way they're all considered "double-dips." First a pair of SteelBook releases, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai. When the latter came out I was not overly impressed with the cover art they went with, I am not sure what to think on the latest cover seen here either.

     Each studio has their own franchise or franchises they release over and over again. In this case I'm referring to Universal and the Jason Bourne franchise. The Bourne Complete Collection this week comes as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As to whether this set offers anything new, I am not sure. There's been unsubstantiated claims of new transfers, but there wasn't anything wrong with the previous ones, so I doubt that claim is true.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     For the month of June, this week looks to be the busiest week for blu-ray releases. Blu-ray counterparts to the 4K titles above, that would be The Contractor from Paramount, and The Northman from Universal.

     Warner Archive Collection brings us a Judy Garland triple play with a drama/romance The Clock,  a musical/romance titled For Me and My Gal, which also stars Gene Kelly and Ziegfeld Girl, which also stars James Stewart.

     

     From the Warner Bros. label, Eraser: Reborn, which seems similarly based on the original Eraser movie.

     Anime highlights this week include 5 Centimeters Per Second, BEM: Become Human - Movie, BTOOOM! Complete Collection, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Eight, Only Yesterday, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

     

     More TV on disc with La Brea: Season One from Universal.

     

     Catalog titles from Paramount include Kinky Boots (2005), The Mexican, Pretty in Pink, She's Having a Baby, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Weather Man.

     Criterion has a single release this week, a musical/romance titled The Tales of Hoffmann.

     

     LionsGate's action release of the week is Fortress: Sniper's Eye. It is a followup to the movie Fortress, which was actually a pretty decent movie for its genre.

     

     MVD Rewind Collection brings us The Fabulous Baker Boys, a well known movie from '89. Also an all star comedy from 1997, Highball.

     Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber is releasing the next Film Noir Collection, this one is Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VII, which includes the films The Boss, Chicago Confidential and The Fearmakers.

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory has announced the next batch of titles among their various labels. For Scream Factory, Child's Play, Child's Play 2 and Child's Play 3 all get 4K combo releases on August 16th. You could go all in and get the set available from Shout Factory's store which comes with a NECA figure and other swag. The Shout Factory label is offering The Bionic Woman: The Complete Series on August 30th, no doubt to go with the Six-Million Dollar Man set you would have bought in July. The Shout Select label has Red Dawn (1984) coming to 4K combo pack on August 16th. Also, blu-rays of Last Days In The Desert on August 2nd,  Learning To Drive and A Walk In The Woods on August 30th. The GKIDS partner label has Belle coming to 4K Collector's Edition on August 30th. No word on region coding on this one, hopefully they got enough flak for region locking Weathering With You.

     LionsGate has been busy as well. Mid-Century will be arriving on blu-ray on July 26th. For previously released films now getting a 4K upgrade in mid to late July, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, The Kid and Primal. It's becoming a theme that if we see a 4K release a few months later, it's absent a slipcover. I recently got Malignant 4K from Warner and Fatale from LionsGate, no slips.

    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?




    Crack the Piggy Bank - High-Def Digest's June 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide

    From revenge-riddled Vikings to memable superheroes to undead patriots to Nicolas Cage - June is a stacked month for great 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays 

    May was a stacked month for exciting new and catalog releases on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. When you have so many coming out all at once - with several on the same day - we're still trying to catch up with reviews! Just because May was stacked doesn't mean June is going to take it easy on our review staff or our wallets! The only relief we're getting is some titles that would have come out this month got pushed into July, but that just means July is going to be even crazier than it was. So let's jump into this exciting mess of titles and see what's coming our way. Once again, I'd like to take everyone who pre-orders their pickups through our links. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. Without further ado...

    High-Def Digest's June 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


    June 7th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

    Most months start out a bit slow and ramp-up to a crushing final week,  but not this time. June comes firing strong right out of the gate with a variety of exciting new and catalog releases. 

    The Northman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    The Contractor- 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    The Bridge on the River Kwai - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    Lawrence of Arabia - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

     

    The Bourne Complete Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    The Bourne Complete Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    June 14th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

    Things slow down considerably this week giving collectors a little bit of a breather. This week sees only two major theatrical releases that were dramatic under-performers, one of which has become an internet meme sensation to the point the studio is now actually trying a second theatrical release ahead of its arrival on digital and physical media. As for re-releases, one fan-favorite title gets a good and proper SteelBook featuring the original poster art.

    Ambulance - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    Raiders of the Lost Ark - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive  

     

    Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

     

    June 21st, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

    After a slower week, things pick back up again for a full range of popular new, classic, and cult classic favorites. 

    The Bad Guys - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Uncle Sam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Giant - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Shaft - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Universal Soldier - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive  

     

    Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

     

    June 28th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

    For the final week of June we have a ton of great titles hitting the shelves ranging from two new excellent catalog titles from Kino Lorber Studio Classics to the latest from the Wizarding World to a fan-favorite romantic thriller finally getting a U.S. release

    Out of Sight - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    True Romance Limited Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    True Romance Deluxe Limited Edition SteelBook - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    True Romance Limited Edition SteelBook - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    Killer’s Kiss - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive 

     

    Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    And that covers it for U.S. domestic 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray domestic releases for the month of June, 2022. Perhaps not as exhausting as May, but it's going to be nice as we head into July and all the titles that are dropping in the middle of summer. Now there are a few import titles hitting this month we hope to cover, but with shipping time and customs delays those reviews may not come in right on street date. If any of titles in this list get bumped to a later date or if there are any last-second additions, we'll update this article ASAP. 

    Thanks again for those pre-orders! 


    Hitchcock Heaven: The Best 4K UHD and Blu-ray Releases from the Master of Suspense

    A chase across the face of Mount Rushmore. A massive flock of vicious birds perched upon a playground jungle gym poised for attack. A frantic pursuit to the top of the Statue of Liberty. A crazed, knife-wielding maniac ripping open a shower curtain. A wheelchair-bound man with a broken leg peering into the rear windows of his tenement neighbors through a camera’s telephoto lens. A woman clutching the key to a notorious wine cellar where Nazi secrets may be hidden. An assassin escaping a rain-soaked murder scene amid a sea of jostling umbrellas. A merry-go-round kicked into high gear that spins off its axis while terrified fair-goers flee. A desperate man chasing the object of his desire up the narrow staircase of a church bell tower while battling the debilitating symptoms of vertigo. These are just a handful of iconic images crafted by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

    Elegant and sophisticated, clever and witty, yet always accessible and relatable, Hitchcock fashioned countless thrillers over the course of a career that spanned six decades. He chronicled espionage, murder, blackmail, psychosis, obsession, political intrigue, and bizarre phenomena all while pushing the cinematic envelope with innovative sight and sound techniques that enhance his arresting style. Sensual romances, risqué innuendoes, and dark yearnings also pepper his films. Along with his trademark MacGuffins, such titillations are essential distractions that add to the fun and make his stories more human. Sexual tension complements the other myriad tensions coursing through Hitchcock’s pictures and it’s often just as delectable as the nail-biting moments that make us squirm.

    Since I joined the High-Def Digest staff in 2009, I’ve reviewed 27 Hitchcock movies for the site. That’s about half of the legendary director’s feature film output. While a few Hitchcock pictures have yet to make their Blu-ray debut (Sabotage, Secret Agent, Young and Innocent, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith chief among them), we’re blessed to have the bulk of Hitchcock's cinematic canon in high definition, as well as nine movies in 4K UHD, and one title in its native 3D. Not all of them are classics, but even Hitchcock’s misfires have merits and are just as fascinating to watch, assess, and analyze as his more renowned works.

    The following list, though, isn’t about Hitchcock's failures, also-rans, guilty pleasures, and undiscovered gems. It’s about the crème-de-la-crème of Hitchcock in the home video realm. Below you’ll find a few quick takes on the best looking and the best sounding Hitchcock thrillers in 1080p and 2160p. First and foremost, this is an HD and 4K UHD list. If one of your favorite Hitchcock masterworks didn't make the cut, it's not because it isn't worthy artistically; it's because another Hitchcock masterwork boasts better picture and audio quality...at least to my eyes and ears. I've only singled out five movies, but all of them define this brilliant craftsman who not only produced some of the most exciting and entertaining motion pictures of all time, but also advanced the medium’s artistry through his creatIve vision and fluency in the nuanced language of film.

    Hitchcock once said, “For me, cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.”

    Let’s sample five of this master baker’s most delicious creations that look good enough to eat…and sound great, too.

    Best All-Around 4K UHD Hitchcock Release: VERTIGO (1958) 

    "Beauty, at least in this film, is only skin deep, and Hitchcock takes that adage and runs with it..."

    When I reviewed the first 4K UHD Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection in 2020, I called Vertigo “the crown jewel” of the set, and it remains the most breathtaking home video presentation of a Hitchcock film to date. The movie itself isn’t bad either. Vertigo may not rank as my favorite Hitchcock film (although it’s definitely up there), but I believe it to be the director’s finest. A masterpiece of mood, mystery, and slow-burn suspense, Vertigo casts a mesmerizing spell, and its equally hypnotic HDR10 transfer faithfully renders Robert Burks’ lush, colorful VistaVision cinematography that - believe it or not - is even more gorgeous than Kim Novak herself.

    As I wrote in my review, “Provocative themes, shocking twists and turns, impeccable craftsmanship, inventive imagery, finely etched performances, overarching lyricism, and tension that grows ever tauter as the narrative progresses...all those key components of Hitchcock's best works are here. Vertigo, though, ramps them up to the same dizzying heights that force retired police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) to succumb to the title affliction. Like Scottie, viewers often feel a bit disoriented and imbalanced while watching Vertigo, and that's part of the film's allure, along with the obligatory icy Hitchcock Blonde (portrayed by an aloof, enigmatic, and magnetic Kim Novak), who achieves mythic status in this defining production.” 

    The particulars of the plot, as intriguing as they may be, really don’t matter. The disturbing underlying themes are what fuel the Vertigo narrative and Hitchcock’s stylish, often brash presentation. Beauty, at least in this film, is only skin deep, and Hitchcock takes that adage and runs with it, crafting serene, seductive, picture-perfect images that hide the deceptions and nefarious motives lurking underneath. Obsession, transformation, guilt, and burning desire swirl around this noir-ish tale of a damaged detective who falls down a rabbit hole after agreeing to tail a rich man’s mentally unbalanced wife. Hitchcock pulls out all the stops in this operatic opus that features stunning San Francisco locations, striking photographic effects, and a memorable chase up the steep steps of a claustrophobic church bell tower.

    The video transfer has to be seen to be believed. Eye-popping color, seamless special effects, razor-sharp close-ups, and a glorious film-like feel are just a few of its joys, and though the DTS:X audio track won’t blow the roof off your house, it deftly honors this quiet film and Bernard Herrmann’s marvelous score. A bunch of great extras also enhance the disc, which is now available as a stand-alone release in both standard and steelbook packaging. I said it in 2020 and I’ll say it again: “Vertigo is one heady movie, and as Hitchcock spins his tangled yarn, he makes us dizzy...with delight.”


    Best All-Around Blu-ray Hitchcock Release: NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

    "The quintessential chase film, a blueprint for the modern action epic..."

    If I had to pick one Hitchcock flick that completely defines the director and reflects everything he has brought to the cinematic table over the course of his illustrious career, it would have to be North by Northwest. No contest, no discussion, a no-brainer. Other Hitchcock films may have more cachet, more notoriety, more gravitas, but this breathlessly paced, consistently thrilling concoction is hands-down the most fun. 

    So many memorable elements… Of course, tanned, debonair Cary Grant rushing into a desolate Indiana cornfield to evade a deadly crop-dusting plane intent on gunning him down tops the list, but the climactic chase across the treacherous face of Mount Rushmore - as preposterous as it is - ranks a close second. Then there’s the crackling sexual chemistry and titillating banter between Grant and the Hitchcock blonde du jour Eva Marie Saint, whose duplicitous portrayal drips with icy-hot allure; the suave villainy of the mellifluous James Mason; Martin Landau as a silent, hulking henchman; Bernard Herrmann’s dramatic and playful score... The list goes on and on.

    As I wrote in my original review 13 years ago, “When screenwriter Ernest Lehman first began collaborating with the Master of Suspense, he aspired to create ‘the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures,’ and many would agree North by Northwest is just that. The quintessential chase film, a blueprint for the modern action epic, and Hitchcock's personal homage to himself, this captivating transcontinental pursuit smoothly combines suspense, thrills, comedy, romance, and intrigue, and presents them with all the elegant artistry and brash innovation that has made Hitchcock one of cinema's most esteemed and admired directors.” Though I love many Hitchcock films for many different reasons, I would definitely choose North by Northwest as my desert island Hitchcock flick.

    The fine grain structure, bold colors, and enhanced clarity of VistaVision make North by Northwest a Blu-ray natural, and Warner Home Video’s splashy restoration maximizes the impact of the process’ myriad attributes. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track immerses us in all the action (the bass boom when the crop-dusting plane hits the tanker truck is thunderous), and a sizable supplemental package sweetens the deal. The beautiful 50th Anniversary digibook edition is still available (albeit with a hefty price tag), but there’s also a disc-only release that fits everyone’s budget.


    Best Black-and-White 4K UHD Hitchcock Release: PSYCHO (1960) 

    "Often imitated but never equaled, Psycho remains a crazy-good chiller that never loses its edge..."

    The shower. The stairs. The fruit cellar. Mother. Psycho is without a doubt Hitchcock’s most famous - and frightening - film, a low-budget tour de force that flipped the thriller genre on its ear and spawned the modern slasher flick. What starts as a brooding, atmospheric portrait of a woman on the run takes a hairpin turn the moment Janet Leigh steps into the shower, turns on the water, and confronts her wigged (and wigged-out) knife-wielding assailant. Psycho shocked audiences when it premiered in 1960, and though it’s tame when compared to the gory horror fare of today, it can still scare the bejesus out of you.

    Especially in 4K UHD. Though John L. Russell’s gritty, naturalistic black-and-white cinematography doesn’t scream 2160p splendor, the terrific clarity and contrast of the HDR10 transfer makes Psycho more immersive and creepy than ever before, while remaining true to the film’s modest roots. Add a dynamite DTS:X track that makes full use of all the speakers during the torrential rain scenes and heightens the impact of Bernard Herrmann’s deliciously screechy score, and you’ve got the definitive home video presentation of this Hitchcock masterwork. A few snippets of cut footage add extra appeal to this release that includes all the supplements from the 50th anniversary Blu-ray edition. Like Vertigo, Psycho is also available in both stand-alone and steelbook editions.

    As I wrote in my 2020 review, “Psycho is remembered as a physically violent film, marked by brutal slayings in the shower and on the stairs, and for its climactic chamber of horrors twist. Yet those three scenes comprise less than three minutes of the picture's 109-minute running time and feature surprisingly little gore. (Hitchcock's genius lies in his ability to make us think we see more than we actually do.) Sure, they leave an indelible impression, but they can't quite overshadow the more intriguing and complex psychological studies of both Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and Marion Crane (Leigh), whose paths coincidentally and fatefully cross one dark and stormy night. That's where the true allure of Psycho lies, and Hitchcock expertly develops those characters so we identify and empathize with them. He also sprinkles in some welcome bits of ghoulish humor to take the edge off, and frames it all with his patented visual artistry. A close-up of an eye peering through a hole in the wall, reflections representing duality and duplicity, high and low angle shots altering perspective and enhancing a sense of unease…Hitchcock delicately and seamlessly weaves them into his fabric so we're only marginally aware of his technique.” 

    Perkins had as much trouble shedding the skin of Norman Bates as Norman had freeing himself from his domineering mother, but that’s only because his finely etched, nuanced portrayal is so riveting. Though he would allow Norman to consume him later in his career in a series of entertaining - if misguided - sequels, Perkins could never top his original performance, which was criminally denied a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Leigh, who reportedly never took a shower again after she completed her scenes, got a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress nod for her terrific work, which stands the test of time and becomes more fascinating and dimensional each time I see the film.

    Often imitated but never equaled, Psycho remains a crazy-good chiller that never loses its edge, no matter how often we revisit it. As I wrote in 2020, it’s “unique among Hitchcock films in its tone, execution, and look…[and] it's a movie to watch, enjoy, study, and scrutinize over and over again.”


    Best Black-and-White Blu-ray Hitchcock Release: NOTORIOUS (1946) (Criterion) 

    "...a climax that ranks among the most memorable - and quietest - in Hitchcock history."

    I love the Hitchcock blondes, but there’s a reason the Master of Suspense cast the brunette Ingrid Bergman in three of his films over a four-year period in the late 1940s. Aside from her breathtaking beauty (always an important attribute to Hitchcock), Bergman is a great actress. I’d even go so far as to say she’s the best actress Hitchcock worked with during his long career. Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren may be the Hitchcock poster girls, but Bergman brings heart and soul, flesh and blood, and sweat and tears to her Hitchcock heroines. In Hitch’s artificial world of action, intrigue, and murder, she’s often the one real element.

    Bergman could play anything - good girl, bad girl, saint, seductress, victim, patriot - and she plays them all in Notorious, one of Hitchcock’s most fully realized, suspenseful, and elegantly crafted motion pictures. Vertigo may be Hitchcock’s most hypnotic film, Psycho may be the scariest, North by Northwest the most action-packed, but Notorious just might be the most perfect of all Hitchcock productions. Edgy, romantic, taut, sexy, substantive, and brimming with artistry and lyricism, Notorious grabs you from the first frame and holds you until that brilliant humdinger of an ending.

    Cary Grant, who never looked more dashing or filed a more surly performance, portrays Devlin, a cynical government agent who enlists the services of Alicia Huberman (Bergman), the “notorious” daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, to go undercover and expose a ring of exiled Nazi conspirators in Rio de Janeiro. The plot sounds straightforward, but Ben Hecht’s literate, Oscar-nominated script focuses on the tangled relationships and myriad psychological conflicts that add complexity and spice to the story. Love vs. duty is a central theme, and issues of trust, jealousy, guilt, manipulation, and self-loathing - as well as a fascinating Oedipal relationship - fuel the film, but there’s plenty of agonizing tension, crackling sexual chemistry, and illicit deeds, too. 

    Hitchcock delivers one dynamite scene after another. In addition to the justifiably famous, lengthy zoom shot that begins on the second floor of a mansion and ends on an extreme close-up of Bergman’s hand fidgeting with a key, there’s the breathlessly tense wine cellar sequence, a telephone conversation that’s gotta be one of the sexiest things I’ve ever seen on screen, several disorienting camera angles, and a climax that ranks among the most memorable - and quietest - in Hitchcock history. All that plus Grant, Bergman, the Oscar-nominated supporting work of the marvelous Claude Rains (it’s such a shame Hitchcock didn’t use him in any of his other pictures), and a virtuoso turn by Madame Konstantin, the film’s Machiavellian Madame Defarge.

    Criterion’s 2019 Blu-ray outclasses the previous 2012 MGM release with a beautiful 4K restoration that’s largely drawn from the original camera negative, strong audio, and a bunch of fascinating supplements. Until we get a 4K UHD edition, this is the definitive presentation of Notorious, which in 2019 I called “a stirring, absorbing, emotionally involving, and artistically satisfying film that hits all the right notes - a symphony of suspense, if you will, conducted with nuance and gusto by the genre's most accomplished maestro.” Bravo, Hitch!


    Best Blu-ray Release of a British Hitchcock Film: THE LADY VANISHES (1938)

    "The Lady Vanishes is a prime example of lean, focused moviemaking."

    There’s no denying Hitchcock made his best pictures in Hollywood, but the formative and largely admirable films he produced across the pond in his native Great Britain merit attention, too. Such exciting, engrossing, and innovative thrillers as the original The Man Who Knew Too Much (which I prefer to the bloated 1956 remake), The 39 Steps (a fantastic forerunner to such action-packed, on-the-run classics as Foreign Correspondent, Saboteur, and North by Northwest), and Sabotage all contain the patented hallmarks Hitchcock would continue to cultivate, expand upon, and refine over the ensuing four decades of his career. I’m a big fan of Hitchcock’s British period, and though I greatly appreciate and thoroughly enjoy all of the aforementioned movies, my vote for the best British Hitchcock flick goes to The Lady Vanishes. 

    What starts as a screwball comedy and for the first half-hour seems like the antithesis of all things Hitchcock quickly evolves into another quintessential Master of Suspense movie. The disappearance of a kindly old lady (Dame May Whitty) on a European train forms the crux of the plot, but the narrative really gets interesting when no one except the woman’s fleeting travel companion (Margaret Lockwood) believes she exists at all. Though the story has been recycled and reinvented several times, this is the original version, and it has no peer. Humorous antics, vivid characters, a love/hate relationship, claustrophobic tension, and an edge-of-your-seat shootout finale pepper and propel the tale, and though at times it feels as if Hitchcock is just throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks, nothing could be further from the truth. A master planner, the Master of Suspense meticulously mapped out almost every frame of every film he directed, and The Lady Vanishes proves once again how adept he is at molding myriad, often competing elements into a cohesive whole.

    As I wrote in my 2011 review of the film, “There's no fluff or extraneous palaver gumming up the works; The Lady Vanishes is a prime example of lean, focused moviemaking. Though the film takes its time laying its groundwork and might seem initially aimless, don't doubt Hitchcock. Like the train on which most of the action takes place, it quickly picks up steam and barrels full throttle toward a thrilling climax. And along the way, there's plenty of snappy dialogue and witty repartee to sweeten the journey, much of it pointedly aimed at British society, apathy, and egotism.” There’s no love lost between Hitchcock and England here. In fact, Hitchcock seems almost eager to bite the hand that feeds him, which of course makes the movie more fun. Not surprisingly, Hitch would become a British expatriate just two years later when he bolted to Hollywood to make Rebecca for producer David O. Selznick and cement his status as one of cinema’s first bona fide auteurs.

    Criterion’s video transfer may not be a stunner, but it’s by far the best home video rendering of this timeless classic. Clean and vibrant, with great clarity, excellent contrast, and a pleasing grayscale, this film-like presentation immerses us in the action, while solid audio and plenty of extras enhance the experience. So hop aboard and hang on for a turbulent and terrific rollercoaster ride. If you haven’t yet seen any of Hitchcock’s British films, The Lady Vanishes is a great introduction to a highly interesting period, and will surely whet your appetite for more.  


    HIGH-DEF DIGEST’S HITCHCOCK INDEX
    If you’re interested in reading full reviews of dozens of Hitchcock movies, many of which come highly recommended, check out the links below, listed in chronological order by date of theatrical release with the name of the reviewer in parentheses.

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) (David Krauss)

    Blackmail (1929) (David Krauss)

    Murder! (1930) (David Krauss)

    Rich and Strange (1931) (David Krauss)

    Number Seventeen (1932) (David Krauss)

    The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) (David Krauss)

    The 39 Steps (1935) (David Krauss)

    The Lady Vanishes (1938) (David Krauss)

    Rebecca (1940) (David Krauss)

    Foreign Correspondent (1940) (David Krauss)

    Suspicion (1941) (David Krauss)

    Saboteur (1942) (M. Enois Duarte)

    Shadow of a Doubt (1943) (M. Enois Duarte)

    Lifeboat (1944) (David Krauss)

    Spellbound (1945) (David Krauss)

    Notorious (1946) (David Krauss)

    The Paradine Case (1947) (David Krauss)

    Rope (1948) (Aaron Peck)

    Under Capricorn (1949) (David Krauss)

    Stage Fright (1950) (David Krauss)

    Strangers on a Train (1951) (David Krauss)

    I Confess (1953) (David Krauss)

    Dial M for Murder (1954) (David Krauss)

    Rear Window (1954) (David Krauss)

    To Catch a Thief (1955) (David Krauss)

    The Trouble with Harry (1956) (Matthew Hartman)

    The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (Aaron Peck)

    The Wrong Man (1957) (David Krauss)

    Vertigo (1958) (David Krauss)

    North by Northwest (1959) (David Krauss)

    Psycho (1960) (David Krauss)

    The Birds (1963) (David Krauss)

    Marnie (1964) (M. Enois Duarte)

    Torn Curtain (1966) (Aaron Peck)

    Topaz (1969) (Aaron Peck)

    Frenzy (1972) (Aaron Peck)

    Family Plot (1976) (M. Enois Duarte)


    Robert Eggers' Viking Action-Epic "The Northman" Sails to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 7

    .   Universal Studios' critically-acclaimed The Northman starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke will be available on Digital on June 6, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray arriving in stores on June 7.

    From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father's murder and reclaim his kingdom. Read our theatrical review here.

    Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will feature Dolby Atmos and bonus supplements include a commentary with Robert Eggers, deleted and extended scenes, and assorted featurettes.

    The Northman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    The Northman
     

    The full press release is included below:


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    Universal City, California, May 31, 2022 – After witnessing firsthand the murder of his father, a Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård) devotes his life to avenge his father’s death, save his mother and reclaim his kingdom in THE NORTHMAN, available to own for the first time with exclusive bonus content on Digital June 6, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition, Blu-rayTM Collector’s Edition and DVD June 7, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Visionary director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse) creates “an absolute beast of a movie” (Phil de Semlyen, Time Out) with his latest film, boasting an 89% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Featuring epic action sequences and “packed with phenomenal performances” (Ross Bonaime, Collider) by Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke now with exclusive never-before-seen bonus features including nine deleted and extended scenes and exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.
     
    The film is written and directed by Robert Eggers, and stars Alexander Skarsgård (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Legend of Tarzan), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies, Moulin Rouge), Anya Taylor-Joy (Queen’s Gambit, Emma), Willem Dafoe (Justice League, Spider-Man), Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Before Midnight), Claes Bang and Björk (Dancer In The Dark).
     

     

    EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES on DIGITAL*, 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD:

    • DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
    • AN AGELESS EPIC - An in-depth look at how filmmakers, cast, and crew immersed themselves in Norse history and mythology in an effort to make THE NORTHMAN the most accurate Viking epic ever filmed.
    • THE FACES OF VIKINGS - The cast of THE NORTHMAN, alongside director Robert Eggers, discuss the depth of the characters and their experiences working together.
    • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR ROBERT EGGERS

     
    EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION BONUS FEATURES ON DIGITAL*, 4K UHD, and BLU-RAY™:

    • AMLETH’S JOURNEY TO MANHOOD -Aurvandil's initiation of Amleth into manhood is one of the most pivotal points on his journey. Take a deeper look at how filmmakers and cast crafted this mysterious ritual.
    • SHOOTING THE RAID - Go behind-the-scenes of the raid and learn how different departments worked together to pull off this intricate sequence.
    • KNATTLEIKR GAME - Learn all about this little-known game, how the scene was filmed, and why it's an essential moment for Amleth.
    • A NORSE LANDSCAPE -We explore the spectacular shooting locations of THE NORTHMAN and discuss how filmmakers were able to overcome the unique challenges of shooting the film in Northern Ireland.

    *Digital bonus features available from select retailers
     
     
    THE NORTHMAN will be available on Digital, 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD

    • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly buy or rent.
    • The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States.
    • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
    • 4K Ultra HD delivers the ultimate movie watching experience, featuring the combination of 4K resolution and the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 29, 2022 - June 4, 2022

     Would you consider this the last week of May or the first week of June? With Tuesday being official movie release day, the month of May goes out with a bang with the volume of titles available, so let's call it the last week of May. And of course there's the Memorial Day holiday, which solidly puts us at the end of May in case there was any doubt.

    Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 2 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

    There are no actual 'New Releases' this week, but there are catalog titles for everyone!

      Starting with Sony, a 50th anniversary release of 1776 opens the pot.

     

     Upping the ante, Brian De Palma helms The Untouchables, available as a standard edition and as a Limited Editon SteelBook. In what I consider a disturbing trend, some of these limited edition releases are getting more inclusive editions overseas, ie: swag and other pack-in trinkets just about everywhere else in the world. Because it's the studio itself releasing them in both places, one cannot blame licensing issues. Would I be more likely to buy a specific version if it had the extra stuff in it? In most cases, ABSOLUTELY! The Untouchables gets a slightly spruced up release next week from the UK if you're considering that option.

     

     Kino Lorber brings us A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, both 4K SDR encodes. These releases are the best these films have ever looked, probably even better than when they were released in 1964/1965.

     

     A pair of releases from Scream Factory, Happy Death Day and the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U.

     

     The next 4K Criterion release comes as Double Indemnity, David says this one is a 'Must Own' presentation, and you know what that means, you must comply! I got my ship notice kind of early so I sort of expect it before this article posts on Sunday.


     

    Blu-ray releases-

     We do have a single blu-ray counterpart of the above 4K titles this week, Criterion Collection offers up Double Indemnity. If you didn't get the 4K, then you must get this one!

     Criterion Collection is also growing by one more title this week, a foreign drama/mystery titled Chan is Missing.

     TV on disc this week starts out with The Boys: Seasons 1 & 2 Collection from Sony Entertainment.

     

     More TV on disc comes with Lucifer: The Complete Fifth Season from Warner Archive Collection.

     Anime highlights (there are a lot this week) include Astro Boy 1980 Series, Darkstalkers: The Complete OVA Collection, Double Dragon - The Complete Series, Kageki Shojo!! - The Complete Season, Kemono Jihen - The Complete Season, Lupin the 3rd Part I - Classic Adventures, Mon Colle Knights, Poupelle of Chimney Town and Super Cub - The Complete Season.

     

     LionsGate's thriller of the week is titled The Devil You Know starring Omar Epps.

     

     Honorable Mention: Beauty Day, which Bryan mentions is a 'Highly Recommended' release comes to blu-ray this week. Before Jackass, Canadian legend Ralph Zavadil aka Cap'n Video pioneered dangerous home-grown stunts, this is a product of his work.

    The May batch of Imprint Films releases are available via Amazon on Friday, here's a run down:

    >After Dark: Neo Noir Cinema Collection One - Imprint Films Limited Edition
    >Bloody Sunday - Imprint Films Limited Edition
    >The Contender - Imprint Films Limited Edition
    >The Warriors - Imprint Films Limited Edition

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Downton Abbey: A New Era already has a listing for the blu-ray and 4K editions. No ETA yet but if it follows the typical model, look for it late July or so.

     The next 'Paramount Presents' title announced is Back to the Beach, a 1987 comedy/musical. This one is spine number 34 and is scheduled for an August 9th release date.

     Warner has made Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore official with a June 28th release date. There will be the usual assortment of skus available, if you liked what Walmart did for The Batman with their exclusive gift set, this one will get the same treatment, both blu-ray and 4K listings. And just like The Batman, Target's exclusive for Dumbledore is again a blu-ray and not a 4K combo edition. I just wonder where the decision for that comes from.

     Kino Lorber has acquired the rights to release multiple Paramount films. Their first teaser is that we will get Tropic Thunder as a 4K release. Date TBA soon. Makes me wonder what titles Paramount is focusing on, but with Kino Lorber behind a bunch, we are in for some great releases.

     On the topic of Paramount, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has an official release date of August 9th. The week after that, Paramount has a few more catalog titles on blu-ray, they are Coneheads, What Women Want and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Again, not sure what their operation book is saying here with the Kino Lorber deal and what they will or will not release. In time, Kino will tell us more.

     Arrow Video will be releasing Flatliners (1990) on both blu-ray and 4K discs on August 2nd. Also on August 30th they will release Running Out Of Time Collection on blu-ray. Hard to believe there's just 3 skus for August, but it's possible.

     

    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?




    William Lustig's Cult Classic Uncle Sam Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 21

    The newly restored 1997 tongue-in-cheek horror directed by Blue Underground's founder William Lustig and written by legend Larry Cohen will make its 4K debut shortly before Independence Day. The film stars Robert Forster, Timothy Bottoms, Bo Hopkins, P.J. Soles, and Isaac Hayes.

    Master Sergeant Sam Harper (David Fralick) is tragically killed in a horrible accident in Kuwait after his helicopter is shot down by friendly fire. Sam's charred remains are shipped back to his hometown of Twin Rivers, just as the town is preparing for its annual Fourth of July celebration. While being stored at his sister's house, Sam's dead body becomes reanimated and goes on a patriotic killing spree over the course of the holiday weekend. Uncle Sam is an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek satire about American's obsession with military dominance and the great lengths the nation will go in order to appeal to the country's youth.

    This 4K edition features a recently restored presentation scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm negative in honor of the film's 25th anniversary.  It will also include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

    Disc Information and Bonus Materials: 

    • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) Widescreen 2.40:1 feature presentation
    • Audio: Dolby Atmos (English); 5.1 DTS-HD (English)
    • Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
    • Audio Commentary #1 with Director William Lustig, Writer Larry Cohen and Producer George G. Braunstein
    • Audio Commentary #2 with Director William Lustig and Star Isaac Hayes
    • Fire Stunts with Audio Commentary by Stunt Coordinator Spiro Razatos
    • Deleted Scene
    • Gag Reel
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Poster & Still Gallery

    Uncle Sam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    The SRP for this release is $49.95. Pre-order your copy now.



    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 22, 2022 - May 28, 2022

     As mentioned last week, we have reached the end of year two for our weekly release guide, and so, this week we kick off year 3.

     Don't know about you, but I feel it has gotten hot out there early this year! Heat waves in much of the country, snow in Denver, what a wild month. When outdoor activity is restricted, why not enjoy a good movie?

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

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Speaking of hot, things are heating up on the release schedule. This week is the busiest week for 4K releases for the month. Let's dig in to the goodies now! Breaking the normal order of things this week, I think you will understand why I've done it.

     Dare you say his name FIVE times? It's Candyman (1992) week, and counting all the individual SKUs, we have FIVE to pick from. Monday editions first, which generally (and does here) indicate imports. From the UK, Arrow Video offers their traditional Limited Edition fat-pack that offers the movie with Atmos sound, a poster, theater cards and a book.

     Next, from Turbine Media in Germany, they're offering three distinct variant cover Mediabooks. We list them as Variant A, Variant B and Variant C, and each edition is a very limited quantity release. Keep in mind though that unless the specs are wrong, these do NOT include Dolby Atmos sound. Turbine has reasonable shipping rates and will get it to your door pretty quickly.

     Domestically, Scream Factory has a 3-disc edition which includes a 4K disc with both cuts (Theatrical and Unrated) as well as blu-rays of each cut, and bonus features sprinkled across these discs. Unfortunately there is no all-inclusive edition among all five skus, so you will need to consider each one carefully.

     

     

     

      The new release of the week is The Batman, with Matt Reeves at the helm and Robert Pattinson donning the batsuit. Available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a rather handsome Walmart Exclusive. Target this go round opted for a blu-ray exclusive (see below). Directional audio fans should be happy this one is not directed by Christopher Nolan, because if it was, you would be stuck with a 5.1 track!

     Still with Warner Bros, a kind of new(ish) release, a 4K edition of the 2021 horror Malignant.

     

     From Universal and Showtime Entertainment, Ray Donovan: The Movie. Having not been a premium channel subscriber, I am a bit in the dark on this series, so the movie is even more a mystery to me.

     And the final new release of the week, a Norwegian film titled The Burning Sea. Sort of gives off a Deepwater Horizon vibe.

     Doing some backpedaling here as we go to catalog titles, Scream Factory releases Lifeforce to 4K disc.

     

     Arrow Video gives us three different editions of Wild Things, a limited edition, a SteelBook edition and Deluxe limited edition.

     

     

    Blu-ray releases-

    Getting the new release counterparts out of the way first, The Batman gets a standard edition and a Target Exclusive edition. The Burning Sea gets a blu-ray edition as well, and lastly, Ray Donovan: The Movie. Catalog title counterpart, Arrow offers a limited edition of Wild Things.

    LionsGate's action/thriller entry this week is titled Agent Game. Their horror entry this week is a single letter of the alphabet, it's titled "X". Capelight Pictures is doing a 4K media book for this one in Germany, you can order direct from them HERE and HERE, depending on which cover art you prefer. I could take one for the team and buy the 4K so that a 4K will be announced for the U.S., just encourage me to do so in the comments!

     

    Criterion Collection's title this week is Mississippi Masala, a drama/romance from '91. Maybe you've heard of the stars of this film, Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington.

    Arrow Video has got another Shaw Brothers type release, this one is titled One Armed Boxer.

    From Universal Pictures, 2022 comedy/horror Studio 666. Also a little TV on disc, The Sinner: The Complete Series.

     

    Sony's 2022 horror Umma gets a blu-ray release this week.

    Liberation Hall has two titles of interest this week, TV on disc by the name of Robocop: The Series and a Steven Seagal movie from 2009, A Dangerous Man.

     

    Anime highlights include Black Clover: Season 4, available in a standard edition and as a limited edition, Skate-Leading Stars - The Complete Season and Somali and the Forest Spirit - Complete Collection.

    Kino Lorber has a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical titled Flower Drum Song this week.

     

    Honorable Mention: Powerhouse Video's Indicator Series title this week is The Pemini Organisation, a drama/thriller series with three films.

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Criterion has revealed their August slate of Criterion Collection titles. I honestly do not know any of these titles myself, and none of them are 4K, but I am sure that they have been carefully procured and do have appeal to some of you. The titles are Buck and the Preacher, Daddy Longlegs, Faya Dayi, Frownland and Hotel du Nord.

    Edge of Tomorrow will be coming on to 4K on July 5th as a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Once again Warner Bros. has snubbed the U.S. market by releasing a nicer deluxe edition overseas.

    Angel Heart will be getting a 4K release from LionsGate as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook on July 12th. When that film first came out, it got an X rating.

    If availability frustrated you for each individual season, Paramount/CBS will be releasing Charmed: The Complete Series on June 14th.

    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?




    Nicolas Cage Is Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Demand on June 21

    .   Lionsgate's action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent also starring The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal will be available on Digital on June 7, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray will be available June 21st.

    In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

    Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will have Dolby Atmos and several bonus features including commentary, deleted scenes, and featurettes.

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
     

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook)
     

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
     

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - Blu-ray (Target Exclusive)
     

    The full press release is included below:


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    Own it on Digital June 7
     4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, 
     & On Demand on June 21 from Lionsgate®

     

    SANTA MONICA, CA (May 17, 2022) – Celebrate the world’s hero and prodigal movie star Nicolas Cage when The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent arrives on Digital June 7 and on 4K Ultra HDa-Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand June 21 from Lionsgate. The adrenaline-fueled comedy stars Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995; National Treasure Franchise, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Rock), Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian,” “Narcos,” “Game of Thrones”), Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, with Primetime Emmy® Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Glee,” 2010; “How I Met Your Mother,” Gone Girl, Harold & Kumar franchise), and Primetime Emmy® Award and GRAMMY Award® winner Tiffany Haddish (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Saturday Night Live,” 2018; Best Comedy Album, “Black Mitzvah”; Like a Boss, Night School, Girls Trip).

    In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.
     
    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.96, respectively. 
     
    4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES 
     

    • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive producer Kevin Etten)
    • The Mind
      Meet the filmmakers and learn about the creative decisions behind the film. A film made with love, passion, and massive talent.
    • Glimmers of a Bygone Cage
      He’s back. Not that he went anywhere. Go back in time in this behind-the-scenes featurette and relive Nicolas Cage’s journey as an actor and see how a legendary career inspired both filmmakers and cast to create a new era of Cage.
    • Everybody Needs a Javi
      Nick Cage meets his ultimate fan. Discover why Pedro Pascal was the perfect choice to play the charismatic, lovable, and eccentric fan with a dark, dangerous secret.
    • Nick, Nicky, and Sergio
      The man, the actor, the legend. Take a look inside Nicolas Cage’s mind and find out how this film is the culmination of a legendary career, but also a new beginning for one of the most versatile actors of our time.
    • Second Act Action  
      And . . . action, and more action! Immerse yourself in the exciting world of stunts and special effects that helped to create incredible, well-choreographed action sequences with the help of the latest in high technology for filmmaking.
    • Cages 5 and Up
      Don’t kids say the darndest things? What if what they said were lines from some of your favorite Nick Cage movies? We thought you’d never ask.
    • SXSW Film Festival Q&A Featuring the Cast and Filmmakers.
    • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten

    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES 

    • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten)
    • SXSW Film Festival Q&A Featuring the Cast and Filmmakers
    • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten

     

    Official Site: https://www.nickcage.movie/
    Publicity Materials: https://www.lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2YHPZMj8r4&t=1s
    Instagram: @NickCageMovie
    Facebook: @NickCageMovie
    Twitter: @NickCageMovie
    Hashtag: #MassiveTalent

     
    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Year of Production: 2020-2021
    Title Copyright: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent © 2022, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2022 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: Theatrical Release
    Rating: R for language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and violence
    Genre: Comedy Action
    Feature Run Time: 107 Minutes
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, English SDH
    4K Ultra HD™ Format:a-2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation, Dolby Vision 
    Blu-ray™ Format:a-1080p High Definition,a-16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
    DVD Format:a-16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
    4K Audio:a-English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio
    Blu-ray Audio: a-English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio
    DVD Audio: a-English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio


      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 15, 2022 - May 21, 2022

       If you look at the next paragraph, you will see that we have hit a milestone for the weekly Release Guide. Yup, the end of a second year. As I reflect, I write these articles because I want to share my passion for movies. Most of the ones I post either appeal to myself personally and/or to the mainstream audience. Hope you enjoy our weekly recap and use our links to make your purchases. By doing so helps support our operation, we really do appreciate it.

       Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 52 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

       Mostly catalog titles this week, and some fine ones at that.

       First, the new release of the week is titled Infinite, an action/sci-fi film and is brought to you by Paramount Pictures.

       

       Staying with Paramount but moving on to catalog titles, there are a few here to talk about. Although it feels like only yesterday for the trilogy to be release on blu-ray, Beverly Hills Cop II joins the original movie to the 4K format. That means that only part 3 hasn't made the jump to 4K, and you will probably hate me for it, I thought it was a decent film on its own, but not comparing it to the first 2 films.

       

       Also this week we get our very first 4K release from the 'Paramount Presents' label, a Western titled The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring John Wayne and James Stewart. In my opinion Days of Thunder should have been the first 4K disc from them as they released a blu-ray under this label the same day they released a 4K standard release of the film, and just about every release from this label has been sourced from a 4K transfer. Remember that strong sales translate to cementing in place future endeavors, so let's remember to buy this as well as other discs that interest you!

       

      Shout! Factory has two titles to get this week, The Craft and Escape From New York. You realize that likely means you got to buy The Craft: Legacy now, right?

       

       

      The next slipcover style Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook comes out this week, look for Hell or High Water from LionsGate. Keep in mind if you like to be all inclusive, the digital codes that come with these also unlock the 4K stream.

       

      For Friday releases, a domestic music release, Goo Goo Dolls: Grounded With The Goo Goo Dolls and an import of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from Turbine Media in a standard case.

       

      Blu-ray releases-

      Moving on to blu-ray, as we do every week, listing the blu-ray counterpart from above first, Infinite is the only one this week. Sounds as confusing as the phrase 'One AND Many' doesn't it?

      How 'bout some TV on disc with Blood & Treasure: Season One from Paramount Entertainment? Making its blu-ray movie debut, the comedy/crime film Top Secret! makes itself available this week.

       

      An action film from Vertical Entertainment titled A Day to Die. This one stars Bruce Willis and has surely got to be close to one of his last films he has starred in.

      More TV on disc from Universal Pictures, The Last Kingdom: Season Five and The Last Kingdom: The Complete Series are available on Tuesday. The 2021 comedy/romance Licorice Pizza also comes out this week as well. The latter is one of those titles (as so many do) that has 4K digital available but not 4K disc.

       

      From Warner Archive Collection, the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

      Shout! Factory brings us a new remaster of Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale.

      The next Vestron Video release via LionsGate Extreme Prejudice streets this week.

       

      Criterion Collection's next entry is a Japanese comedy titled The Funeral and will be available Tuesday.

      From Arrow Video, 1982 horror/thriller Girls Nite Out, the standard edition street Tuesday, the Exclusive "The Scaremaker" O-Card edition on Monday, available at DiabolikDVD as well as other specialty shops.

      Anime highlights include Belle, available as a standard release and as a Target Exclusive SteelBook (keep in mind a deluxe 4K edition is coming this Summer), Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 12 (Kara Actuation), Infinite Stratos (Season 1) - Complete Collection, NANA - Complete Collection and SSSS.DYNAZENON - The Complete Season.

       

      Honorable mention: More Charles Bronson action from Kino Lorber, Violent, as well as the US cut of the film known as The Family, both come in the same package.

       

      Notable announcements from last week:

      Preorder links are available for Kino Lorber's release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4K and blu-ray editions, both available July 26th.

      Paramount has announced a 4K SteelBook release for Event Horizon with a street date of August 9th. Not done with Paramount, let's file this one under inevitable, they will be releasing the cult classic Friday the 13th on 4K disc September 13th. That's NOT a Friday in case you were wondering, May 13th is the only Friday the 13th this year.

      Overseas, StudioCanal has announced a 4K release of Red Sonja with a date of July 18th. It is probable that this release will make it to the U.S. under the Shout! Factory label, or even LionsGate. We have a link for the Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook release if you would like to check it out.

      Universal Home Entertainment will be bringing the original TV series The A-Team to blu-ray on June 28th. Finally a reason to retire the DVD box set!

      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?




      The 1956 Classic Giant Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21

         The 1956 epic western from George Stevens Sr. based on the novel by Edna Ferber and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final film role arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21, 2022.

      Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism, and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time!

      Giant - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
       

      Widely considered by critics as "ahead of its time" and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the film was chosen in 2005 to be preserved by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" for its heavy themes of racial injustice towards Mexican Americans and aiming to steer those views towards social acceptance for the first time in cinema.

      The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition will a newly restored 4K HDR presentation that "was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound". The SRP for this release is $24.99.

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


      .

      GIANT
      COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
       
      THE EPIC WESTERN DRAMA
      STARRING ELIZABETH TAYLOR, ROCK HUDSON AND JAMES DEAN
      WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH
      HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
       
      Own it June 21 on 4K Ultra HD and Digital

       

      Burbank, Calif., May 9, 2022 – Giant, the 1956 classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final role, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 

      George Stevens, Sr. won his second Oscar® for directing the sweeping family saga set in Texas during the days of the oil boom. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, the movie's release in 1956 was a massive box office hit and garnered 10 Academy Award® nominations. 

      Considered by critics as ahead of its time, Giant is admired today for the breadth of its humanity more than its epic scale with its grand themes of generational conflict, racial tolerance, and social change. It exposed the marginalization and segregation of Mexican Americans for the first time on the big screen. At the center of the film, Elizabeth Taylor, as Leslie Benedict, portrays a strong and progressive woman who acts to stem the patterns of injustice.

      In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 

      The new 4K restoration was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound.

      Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

      Giant will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for $24.99 ERP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film.  Fans can also own Giant in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on June 21.  
       
      About the Film:
      Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields. Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict (Hudson) and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink (Dean) both woo Leslie Lynnton (Taylor) a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican descent. Rink discovers oil on a small plot of land, and while he uses his vast, new wealth to buy all the land surrounding the Benedict ranch, the Benedict's disagreement over prejudice fuels conflict that runs across generations.
       

      Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Elements

      Giant Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
      •    Commentary by George Stevens Jr., Screen Writer Ivan Moffat and Critic Stephen Farber
      DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
       
      On June 21, Giant 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
       
       

      BASICS
      PRODUCT                                                                      ERP
      Ultra HD Blu-ray                                                             $24.99*     

       


      Standard Street Date: 6/21/22
      EST Street Date: 6/21/22
      Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish and Castilian Spanish, French Parisian
      Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish and Castilian Spanish, French Parisian
      Run Time: 201 min (3hr 21min)
      Rated: G


       

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      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 8, 2022 - May 15, 2022

      Alright, after a semi-slow week for releases, things are beginning to heat up. I get the feeling the Summer is going to have a ton of 4K releases and a higher than average slate of blu-rays as well.

      Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 51 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

      On the surface, this week looks like a very busy week. And if you are so inclined, you might want to buy a lot of the titles being offered. Let me explain as we go.

      First of all, the new release of the week is titled Uncharted, and yes, it's *that* Uncharted, the one based on the Nathan Drake video game universe. You can get this one as a standard edition and as a general release SteelBook.

       

      The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Vol. 2 is also available this week, bringing you 5 more titles from his vast collection. Unlike the first collection, this one has got all the titles available individually as well on the same day, they are Family Plot, Marnie, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt and The Trouble with Harry.

       

      And lastly, in preparation for the movie Jurassic World: Dominion, Universal is releasing the original 5 movies again, with the iconic simple artwork on each case. Look for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We know this franchise has sold a ton of product, because... dinosaurs!

       

      Blu-ray releases-

      Getting the blu-ray counterpart listed first, Uncharted is available as a standard release.

      If you have been collecting the series, Paramount's next Jason franchise single movie release SteelBook streets this week, Friday the 13th Part III.

      From Scream Factory, look for Wes Craven's werewolf feature titled Cursed. This one is listed as a Collector's Edition. From the Shout Factory label, The Ghost and the Darkness, and finally, from the Shout Select label, Two For The Money.

       

      From The Warner Archive Collection, the 1972 crime/thriller The Carey Treatment.

      If you've been waiting for a certain specific sequel, VCI has you covered with Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2.

       

      From Kino Lorber, a 3-D Film Archive restoration of Treasure of the Four Crowns (3D).

      From MGM Studios, a Channing Tatum comedy titled Dog.

       

      Criterion Collection's release this week is a French crime drama titled Mr. Klein.

      Anime highlights include Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG... in a standard release and a limited edition, The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky, Megazone 23 and The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent - The Complete Season.

       

      Honorable Mention: A little 80s nostalgia, A-ha: The Movie gets a blu-ray release. A few months ago it was pointed out to me that their signature hit video 'Take On Me' had recently had a 4K remaster posted on YouTube and I thought that was pretty random, but now this explains everything!

       

      Notable announcements from last week:

      Robocop: The Series has been delayed 2 weeks to May 24th.

      Shout! Factory's various labels have been busy with announcements for the month of July. Titles include a 4K release of Species, Lion of the Desert 4K, The Message 4K (previously leaked by another retailer for April, but obviously pushed back), blu-rays of The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series, JFK Revisited: The Complete Collection, Pompo The Cinephile, Georgia Rule and Starhunter ReduX: The Complete Series. I would expect a couple of more titles to be added to this list in the next week or so, and also would expect to see an official announcement for the 4K collector's edition of Belle for an early July(ish) release as well.

      Another Netflix release on blu-ray via Sony Pictures is coming June 14th, Fatherhood. Coming soon Better Call Saul: Season Six, which appears to be the final season, and Outlander: Season 6, just like before, a standard release and a Collector's Edition.

      The Beatles: Get Back appears to be coming soon as well after being recalled due to audio issues. I would expect an official announcement soon for that as well.

      Kino Lorber's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4K has a July 26th 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?




      Miss Out On Turbine's 4K Ultra HD SteelBook of Texas Chain Saw Massacre? A Standard Release is coming May 20th

      Did you miss out on Turbine's excellent SteelBook release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? A standard release is on its way May 20th, 2022.

      Even with four packaging options, Turbine Media Group's new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre sold out in record time. If those SteelBooks weren't your thing, don't gas up the chainsaw in a cannibalistic rage to get one - a new standard softbox release is on its way for May 20th, 2022 and is now up for pre-order at Turbine's shop!

      The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 
      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

       

      You're getting all of the same discs and bonus features content of the SteelBook set - just without the slick fancy packaging. You're still getting the excellent Dolby Vision HDR (and HDR10) transfer with the terrific Atmos and Auro3D audio options along with all of the audio commentaries and extra interviews and documentaries. So in that regard you're not going to miss a thing. Now if you're feeling a little left out with this standard packaging, you do pick up what I think is a cool extra that the SteelBook release didn't have - reversible insert artwork depicting the original German poster art! 

      Reversible Insert Artwork

       

      This is actually my holy grail of original movie posters and I haven't been able to get my hands on one out in the wild. I've seen them listed on eBay, but that ain't exactly the best place to shoot for authentic original movie posters. So on that note, I consider this a pretty cool little extra. 

      Bonus Material

      + four audio commentaries by cast, director, cameraman, editor and sound engineer
      + documentaries and interviews The Chainsaw Business: From Grandfather's Stitching Box, The Chainsaw Cut, The Hallowed Ground of Horror
      + Documentaries: TCM – A Family Portrait; The Shocking; Truth, Flesh Wounds and Off the Hook
      + A Tour of the TCM House with Gunnar Hansen
      + Removed Scenes and Outtakes
      + The Shocking Truth Outtakes
      + 40th Anniversary Trailer, Cinema Trailer (USA, D), US TV & radio spot

      As I mentioned, this set is now up for pre-order - just follow the "Go To Store" button in our listing and it'll take you right over to Turbine's shop. If you're running Firefox or Chrome, your browser should automatically translate to German and you're all set. 


      The coolest Wrapping Paper on the web

      Over at the Flashbak Shop, they’ve got what might be the coolest wrapping paper ever. With designs by the likes of Ernst Haeckel, Louis Wain, Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky, your gift will never look better. Never buy boring wrapping paper again. Check out their full range of wrapping paper.

      They also have great deal on their gorgeous fine art greeting cards and postcards – buy any 10 or more and get 20% off your total order. Postcards come with a craft envelope, so you can make art part of any gift.

      Check out the Flashbak Shop for the coolest wrapping paper ever and much more.


      Which football players are good at golf?

      Football and golf are two sports that seem to go hand in hand. It has been proven for decades that footballers can escape the everyday pressures of football by playing golf.

      A relaxing sport, many current and ex-professionals have excelled not only on the pitch but also on the greens. 

      As recently as the start of this month, we saw Premier League club Brightonas stars take on a golfing challenge courtesy of Betway, with Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross and Adam Lallana going up against each other in pairs to see who could drive the ball the furthest, who could hit an approach nearest the pin and who could scramble their way out of a bunker.A

      As you can imagine with four professional footballers the action was competitive and there were also several questionable moments, as you can see in the video below.

      Letas now look at the most famous footballers who also love golf.

      Gareth Bale

      It would be wrong to start any article talking about which footballers are good at golf without mentioning Gareth Bale. In fact, if there is any footballer that might spike an interest in the golf betting were he to join the tour, it would be Bale, such is his reputed love for the game.

      Despite getting off to an electric start at Real Madrid, things have soured for the Welshman and part of that is because of Baleas love of golf.

      The Welsh Wizard has made no secret about his love for the game and itas reported that he has recreated some of the most famous holes in the world at his home. Over the last few seasons, Bale has had a string of different injuries and many in the Spanish media believe it is just his way of ensuring that he can play more golf. 

      Harry Kane

      The Spurs and English hitman loves his golf a as football fans would have seen in his interview on Gary Nevilleas Overlap podcast – and reportedly plays off a four handicap. Kaneas love of the game is so great that he has been to watch The Open in person as well as making a whistle-stop tour to this yearas Masters.

      Kane loves spending time on the golf course and who knows what the future might bring once he has hung up his boots.

      Andriy Shevchenko

      The former Ukrainian star is a mad golfer. The ex Chelsea and AC Milan striker even turned professional back in 2013, competing in the Kharkov Superior Cup. Despite finishing 121st out of 131 players, Shevchenko is one of the best footballers to make the transition from the pitch to the fairways.

      Alan Shearer

      Alan Shearer is the Premier Leagueas top scorer and he has shown numerous times that he can be just as effective on the golf course. At any of the leading Pro Am events in the UK Shearer is a name you will often see on the leaderboard. 


      Spellbinding prints of New York City In Neon

      The brilliant Flashbak shop for archival prints has a new range of photographs by Gerry Cranham. The British photographer (born 1928), took these pictures and many more in the late 1960s, experimenting with speed and light. The results are spellbinding. New York City, London and Las Vegas throb with energy.

      Gerry captures the thrill of seeing halos of bright hues appended against the black night sky as mankindas wattage vies to usurp the moon and the give substance to lifeas fragility. Rather than seeing the neon lights as part of messages to pull us in off the street and into restaurants and clubs, Cranham plays with them, creating transformative clusters of abstract images, so that words and signs show us how light sculpts, altering what we see and how we see it.

      You canA buy printsA of Gerry Cranhamas spellbinding photographs in theA Flashbak shop.

      Copyright Gerry Cranham,. Pictures not be used without permission.


      The mayor of Kyiv shows how to do a TV interview

      In other news, Kyiv Mayor and former boxing champion, Vitale Klitschko, says his people must fight like the Israelis.

      aWe have to learn from Israel how to defend our country, with every citizen,a he told the Jerusalem Post. aIf they love the country, they need to be ready to defend the country. We have a lot to learn from Israel because we need every citizen to defend his home and his future.a

      His fatheras mother is Jewish. aI am proud to have Jewish blood,a he said. Around 900,000 Ukrainian Jews were murdered in the Shoah.

      In 2009, the then Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko gave Roman Shukhevych, an SS officer responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands of Jews, the title of hero of Ukraine.

      In 2017, a street named after General Nikolai Vatutin, who liberated Kyiv from the Nazis, was to be named after Shukhevych. The decision was passed by the city council with a majority of 69 out of 120.

      In Ukraine, history is never far away…


      Russian cosmonauts arrive at International Space Station dressed in yellow and blue of Ukraine

      The three new arrivals on ISS were dressed in the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag as they emerged from their Soyuz capsule after docking with the space station. Their yellow uniforms carried blue stripes, instead of the standard-issue blue.

      If it was a bold statement against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine it was done far away from Vladimir Putin’s goons.

      Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory yesterday, joining the crew of two Russians, four Americans and one German.

      In a message to Earth, Artemyev said crews choose their own outfits. aIt became our turn to pick a colour. But, in fact, we had accumulated a lot of yellow material so we needed to use it. So thatas why we had to wear yellow.a

      Whether or not the message reached the Russian people trammelled by the country’s censored media is no clear. After all, they’ve lied before about what goes on in space…


      William Nicholson’s London Types

      William Nicholson designed his ‘London Types‘ in 1898. Printmaker William Nicholson worked in partnership with his brother-in-law James Pryde, under the pseudonym the Beggarstaff Brothers.

      Spitalfields Life

      Although not strictly aCries of London,a some of these characters are familiar from earlier series of prints stretching back over the previous century and, recognising this, Nicholson portrays them as quaint curiosities from another age. In each case, the ironic doggerel by W.E. Henley that accompanied them poked fun at the anachronistic nature of these social stereotypes, through outlining the ambivalent existence of the individual subjects a whether the street hawker displaced in Kensington far from his East End home, or the aristocratic lady at Rotten Row challenged by her suburban counterparts, or the drunken Sandwich-man displaying moral texts, or the fifteenth generation Bluecoat boy at Charterhouse School in Smithfield now moved out to Horsham.

      See the full set of prints at Flashbak.


      Dutch designer Ootje Oxenaar’s handmade replacement book cover spines

      Dutch designer Ootje Oxenaar created replacement book cover spines. You can see them in a new book,A Ootje Oxenaar Spines.

      Although renowned for his designs for Dutch banknotes and postage stamps, Oxenaar was a prolific designer of book spines. This wasnat done for commercial publishers, but for books in his own library. When he didnat care for what he saw poking out from a shelf (or when he needed to procrastinate) he would make his own spine for a book. The result is a fantastic and fantastical mosaic made of tall-and-skinny strips, hand-lettered and drawn with great skill and great whimsy.

      Spotter:A i love typography


      Winnie the Pooh is now in the public domain

      This Public Domain Day on January 1, 2022 meant works from 1926 lost their copyright and became yours to play around with and enjoy. Around 400,000 recordings published before 1923 entered the public domain thanks to the 2018 Music Modernization Act (MMA).A

      You can explore them at the National Jukebox, the Library of Congressa archive of sound.

      You can find music to go with your version of A. A. Milneas firstA Winnie the PoohA book. Here are some more books now in the public domain:

      • A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, illustrations by E. H. Shepard
      • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
      • Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope
      • Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues
      • T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
      • Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
      • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist
      • Edna Ferber, Show Boat
      • William Faulkner, Soldiersa Pay
      • Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy
      • D. H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent
      • H. L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy
      • Vita Sackville-Westas The Land
      • Franz Kafkaas The Castle
      • Felix Saltenas Bambi, A Life in the Woods

      Lost pinhole camera takes world’s longest exposure photograph

      The beer can pinhole camera spent eight years capturing a solargraph at theA University of Hertfordshireas Bayfordbury Observatory. The final image records the sun’s movement in 2,953 light trails.

      Regina Valkenborgh set up the camera in 2012. And then forgot about it. It was found in September principal technical officer David Campbell tied to one of the observatoryas telescopes. He told Valkenborgh, who says:

      It was a stroke of luck that the picture was left untouched, to be saved by David after all these years. I had tried this technique a couple of times at the Observatory before, but the photographs were often ruined by moisture and the photographic paper curled up. I hadnat intended to capture an exposure for this length of time and to my surprise, it had survived. It could be one of, if not the, longest exposures in existence.

      If you love pictures, check out the Flashbakshop.


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      Bram Stoker's Dracula Travels Oceans Of Time For A New 4K UHD SteelBook with Dolby Vision HDR, Oct. 4th

      Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Sony brings a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook of Francis Ford Coppola's infamous adaptation of Stoker's iconic vampire on October 4th, 2022.

      Bram Stoker's Dracula - 30th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

      As has been the case with so many other recent Sony reissues, they are reauthoring the disc to now include Dolby Vision HDR. Previously you had to have the digital streaming copy on iTunes or Vudu to watch the film with Dolby Vision. To round out the A/V presentation, the film also comes with English Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD MA 5.1, and DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio tracks. If that wasn't enough Sony is also including a pair of new bonus features - the Annie Lenox "Love Song for a Vampire" music video and a new featurette "Blood Lines - Dracula, the Man, the Myth, the Movies"

      This one isn't yet up for pre-order but as soon as it is, we'll update our listings. Here's the full PR for all the gory details:


      SYNOPSIS
      From Academy Award®-winning director Francis Ford Coppola (1974 Best Director, The Godfather: Part II) comes the classic and chilling tale about the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince (Gary Oldman) who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th-century London in search of human love. When the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.

       

      DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS 

      4K ULTRA HD DISC

      • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, including the original theatrical English subtitle font for texted instances
      • Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + Dolby Stereo
      • Special Features:
        • NEWLY ADDED: “Love Song For A Vampire” Music Video by Annie Lennox
        • NEWLY ADDED: Blood Lines – Dracula: The Man, The Myth, The Movies Featurette 

      BLU-RAY DISC™

      • Feature presented in High Definition, sourced from the 4K master
      • Dolby Atmos audio
      • Special Features:
        • Audio Commentary featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola
        • Audio Commentary featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola, Visual Effects Director Roman Coppola and Makeup Supervisor Greg Cannom
        • Introduction by Francis Ford Coppola
        • Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker's Dracula
        • Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son
        • The Blood Is the Life: The Making of Bram Stoker's Dracula
        • The Costumes Are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka
        • In-Camera: Naïve Visual Effects
        • Method and Madness: Visualizing Dracula
        • Deleted & Extended Scenes
        • Theatrical Teaser & Trailer
      CAST AND CREW

      Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
      Screenplay By: James V. Hart
      Produced by: Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs and Charles Mulvehill
      Executive Producers: Michael Apted and Robert O’Connor
      Cast: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

       

      SPECS

      Run Time: Approx. 127 minutes
      Rating: R for sexuality and horror violence
      4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1

      4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA 


      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 26, 2022 - July 2, 2022

       Ever had one of those days where it feels like absolutely nothing went right and you had to seek a course correction, pronto? Yeah, that was me earlier last week. If you decide to watch a movie to get out of that 'zone,' I would suggest one you had already seen, otherwise what's happening on the screen might drive that feeling even deeper as the antagonist gets on your nerves. I'm lucky my day wasn't 100% sour because it it was, my TV or disc player would have exploded. Reminds me of the opening act in Amazon Women on the Moon actually, hee hee.

      Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 6 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

       It's a Dumbledorey kind of day with three releases of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. This makes the third film of the series (with five planned total). Absent from this release is a 4K release from Target, but we do see a standard release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and an over-the-top gift set from Walmart. The latter is in similar style as The Batman gift set from last month.

       

       From Arrow Video, after it looked like the only option was an import, True Romance hits U.S. stores. This being a limited edition, it comes available as a Standard limited, a Limited SteelBook and a Deluxe Limited SteelBook. Expect, no doubt, a standard edition in six months for fans that just want the movie with nothing fancy.

       

       And last but not least, two priced-to-move titles from Kino Lorber. First, a comdy/crime film titled Out of Sight starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez and directed by Steven Soderbergh. And second, an early work of director Stanley Kubrick titled Killer's Kiss. Don't expect 2001 or The Shining, but do expect an insight of what Kubrick was like early on. Read David's review for the details.

       

       Next week, two new releases, a pair of Criterion releases and Tom Cruise.

      Blu-ray releases-

       If you thought there was going to be a little bit of a break in this category, your thoughts were a bit faulty. Actually, this week is the busiest week of the month of June.

       What we do every week first is mention the blu-ray counterparts of the above releases. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore gets a standard release, a Target Exclusive 'art' edition and a Walmart Exclusive Gift Set, very similar to the 4K set above. If you somehow missed out on the franchise, a 3-Film Collection is also available. True Romance gets a Limited Edition blu-ray release as well. Not to be left out, Out of Sight gets the Kino blu-ray treatment too.

       More TV on disc, The A-Team: The Complete Series from NBC Universal and Charmed: The Complete Series from CBS/Paramount both honor us with their presence.

       

       From Universal, Firestarter (2022) comes to home video. Is it just me or does Blumhouse have something against 4K disc? Or was this just not a good movie?

       New to blu-ray catalog titles from Paramount include Boomerang, The First Wives Club (Paramount Presents label) and Harlem Nights.

       

       Sony Pictures releases the 2021 drama/romance Mothering Sunday.

       

       Criterion Collection presents 1972's Pink Flamingos. Matthew describes it as the 'most controversial and grotesque films to be inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry,' check out his review. Criterion also has a foreign comedy/romance titled The Worst Person in the World this week as well.

       

       Anime highlights are just a few, Kekkaishi - The Complete Series, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan - The Complete Season, Sgt. Frog: The Complete Second Season and Urusei Yatsura The Movie 4: Lum The Forever.

       

      Notable announcements from last week:

       Individual discs for the original six Star Trek Movies are in the works as well as a 6-film collection. One would guess this fall sounds about right for a release time frame, no doubt to coincide with the updated extended release for The Motion Picture. It was mentioned on The Bits that Star Trek: First Contact was streaming in 4K, so no doubt those films will be coming to 4K disc towards the end of the year.

       Kino Lorber will be releasing Indecent Proposal to 4K disc on September 27.

       The 4400: The Complete Series will be getting a blu-ray release by CBS/Paramount on July 26th.

       Summer is getting pretty crowded if you're in to 4K discs and TV series, best of luck keeping up!

      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?




      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 19, 2022 - June 25, 2022

       Happy Summer Solstice! What are you doing to celebrate the arrival of the Summer months? Dinner and a movie? A cookout and a home video? The Summer movie season is upon us, are you looking forward to anything in particular?

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

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

       There are TWO new releases this week, with a total of FOUR SKUS.

       First, from Dreamworks Animation, via Universal Pictures, an animated adventure comedy titled The Bad Guys.

       

       And next, from LionsGate, an action comedy titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent starring Nicolas Cage. This one is available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive edition.

       

       Moving on to catalog titles, first a Western from Warner Bros titled Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean.

       Criterion Collection has an appearance in this category this week with Shaft (1971). Featuring an all new 4K restoration with Dolby Vision, this one is sure to please.

       

       Blue Underground releases Uncle Sam this week. When I first saw this movie I was very pleasantly surprised, to get it in 4K will be satisfying.

       

       The final listing in this category this week is a double-dip of sorts, LionsGate gives us Universal Soldier in one of their Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover SteelBooks.

       

      Blu-ray releases-

       Getting to the blu-ray counterparts of the 4K titles above, The Bad Guys gets a blu-ray/dvd combo edition. And, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent gets a standard edition and a Target Exclusive Edition. I've mentioned it a lot lately, Target appears to have abandoned 4K in their exclusive editions, I am a bit disturbed by this. What next, DVD exclusive editions? Criterion Collection also releases a blu-ray special edition for Shaft (1971).

       LionsGate has a busy week with a drama/sci-fi titled After Yang, a thriller titled Escape the Field and a drama/thriller titled Private Property.

       

       TV on disc, The Umbrella Academy: Season Two comes via Universal Pictures.

       Sony Pictures is releasing the Amazon Prime Video movie Cinderella (2021) to blu-ray this week.

       

       Edge of Sanity is available as a single release this time from Arrow Video. Previously it was part of a double-feature from Scream Factory. Also from Arrow, a 1978 horror titled The Initiation of Sarah.

       Criterion Collection has also got a foreign drama available this week titled Rouge.

       Anime highlights include Getter Robo Arc - Complete Collection, Hunter x Hunter: The Complete Series [Amazon Exclusive], IRODUKU : The World in Colors Complete Collection  and Panda! Go Panda!.

       

       Honorable mentions: I had mentioned that several out of print titles were picked up by an outfit named Sandpiper Pictures. This week they are rereleasing Richard III and The Russia House.

       Also, a Time Life feature set Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert (2010 - 2019) is available this week. Looks like quite a bill of performances, do check it out!

       

      Notable announcements from last week:

       Sony has announced they will be releasing the 80s comedy Real Genius to 4K disc on September 13th.

       Target now has listed a 4K Exclusive Edition of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. I think this might be a fluke, Target's latest track record is blu-ray exclusives.

       Multiple SKUs have been added to retailer sites of Jurassic World: Dominion and of the six-film collection. Not listed yet (but to be expected) is a SteelBook collection of all six films. If the new SteelBook artwork for Dominion 4K is the style of artwork expected in the full set, I might find it hard to resist buying the set (and the previous 5 movies) again, damn it! There is also a full set (not SteelBook) that comes with a limited edition (and numbered) Velociraptor sculpture. As we get closer to an actual release date we will see what other retailers will be offering.

       Season Two of Star Trek: Picard will be coming on October 4th. Just like last time, available as a standard release and as a SteelBook.

      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?




      Criterion Announces September 2022 Titles Including Blow Out & Sound of Metal on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

      The Criterion Collection's September release slate also features a Blu-ray box set of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4. 

      First with the 4K UHD news, we have Darius Marder's Sound of Metal  which also will be getting a Blu-ray release on September 27.

       

      In Sound of Metal, a tale of sound, fury, and self-discovery, Riz Ahmed delivers an intensely committed performance as the volatile Ruben, who has found new purpose as a drummer in a noise-metal duo, playing blistering live shows with his singer girlfriend, Lou (Olivia Cooke). When Ruben suddenly loses much of his hearing, he is launched on a profound odyssey—through denial, anger, grief, and, gradually, acceptance—as he comes to understand what it means to live as a deaf person and to discover deafness as not a disability but a rich culture and community. Through stunningly immersive, Academy Award–winning sound design, director Darius Marder invites us to experience the world as Ruben does, capturing a sonic spectrum in which silence comes in a thousand shades.

      4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

      • 4K digital master, supervised by director Darius Marder and cinematographer Daniël Bouquet, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray and 4K UHD editions

      • For the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

      • New conversation between Marder and filmmaker Derek Cianfrance, who share a story credit on the film

      • New program about the film’s sound, featuring Marder and sound designer Nicolas Becker

      • Music video for Abraham Marder’s song “Green,” featuring outtakes from the film

      • Featurettes

      • Trailer

      • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

      • PLUS: An essay by critic Roxana Hadadi 

      2019 • 120 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio


      Brian De Palma's Blow Out starring John Travolta and Olivia Cooke will also be getting the 4K treatment on September 13.

       Th

      In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a film sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. To uncover the truth, he enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Nancy Allen), who may be in danger herself. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking.

      DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

      • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

      • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

      • Interview with director Brian De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach 

      • Interview with actor Nancy Allen 

      • Murder à la Mod, a 1967 feature by De Palma

      • Interview with cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within Blow Out

      • On-set photographs by Louis Goldman

      • Trailer

      • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

      • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow and Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review of the film

      1981 • 108 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 2.40:1 aspect ratio


      Available on September 13th comes Take Out  from Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou on Blu-ray.

       

      The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in the raw, vérité Take Out, by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark, restaurant deliveryman Ming Ding (Charles Jang) has until nightfall to pay back the money he owes, and he encounters both crushing setbacks and moments of unexpected humanity as he races against time to earn enough in tips over the course of a frantic day. From this simple setup, Baker and Tsou fashion a kind of neorealist survival thriller of the everyday, shedding compassionate light on the too often overlooked lives and labor that keep New York running.

      DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

      • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by directors Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack

      • Audio commentary featuring Baker, Tsou, and actor Charles Jang

      • New interviews with Baker, Tsou, Jang, and actors Wang-Thye Lee and Jeng-Hua Yu

      • Program about the making of the film

      • Deleted scenes 

      • Screen test

      • Trailer 

      • New English subtitle translation

      • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and author J. J. Murphy

      2004 • 88 minutes • Color • Stereo • In Mandarin and English with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


      On the 20th, Henri-Georges Clouzot's controversial Le Corbeau will be available in stores.

       

      A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a provincial French town, exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, this film by Henri-Georges Clouzot was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, and the Catholic Church, and was banned after the country’s liberation. But some—including Jean Cocteau and Jean-Paul Sartre—recognized the powerful subtext to Clouzot’s anti-informant, anti-Gestapo fable and worked to rehabilitate his directorial reputation after the war. Le Corbeau brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing that turns an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem.

      BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

       • New 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

      • Interview with filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier

      • Excerpts from The Story of French Cinema by Those Who Made It: Grand Illusions 1939–1942, a 1975 documentary featuring director Henri-Georges Clouzot

      • Trailer

      • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Alan Williams

       

      1943 • 91 minutes • Black & White • monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


      Also on the 20th expect to see Atom Egoyan’s Exotica hitting Blu-ray shelves.

       

      One of the defining independent films of the 1990s, Atom Egoyan’s mesmerizing international breakthrough Exotica takes the conventions of the psychological thriller into bold new territory—unsettling, dreamlike, and empathetic. At the neon-drenched Toronto strip club of the film’s title, a coterie of lost and damaged souls—including a man haunted by grief (Bruce Greenwood), a young woman with whom he shares an enigmatic bond (Mia Kirshner), an obsessive emcee (Elias Koteas), and a smuggler of rare bird eggs (Don McKellar)—search for redemption as they work through the traumas of their mysteriously interconnected histories in an obsessive cycle of sex, pain, jealousy, and catharsis. Masterfully weaving together past and present, Egoyan constructs a spellbinding narrative puzzle, the full emotional impact of which doesn’t hit until the last piece is in place..

      BLU-RAY EDITION FEATURES

      • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Atom Egoyan and director of photography Paul Sarossy, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray

      • Audio commentary featuring Egoyan and composer Mychael Danna

      • New conversation between Egoyan and filmmaker and actor Sarah Polley

      • Calendar, a 1993 feature film by Egoyan, with a new introduction

      • Peep Show, a 1981 short film by Egoyan

      • En passant, a 1991 short film by Egoyan featuring Maury Chaykin and Arsinée Khanjian

      Artaud Double Bill, a 2007 short film by Egoyan, commissioned for the sixtieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival

      • Audio from the film’s 1994 Cannes Film Festival press conference, featuring Egoyan, Khanjian, actor Bruce Greenwood, and producer Camelia Frieberg

      • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

      • PLUS: An essay by author and filmmaker Jason Wood

      1994 • 103 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


      And finally available on the 27th is Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4  featuring several films in a Blu-ray boxed set.

       

      Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has maintained a fierce commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of dozens of restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often overlooked areas of cinema history. This collector’s set gathers six important works, from Angola (Sambizanga), Argentina (Prisioneros de la tierra), Iran (Chess of the Wind), Cameroon (Muna moto), Hungary (Two Girls on the Street), and India (Kalpana). Each title is an essential contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience.

      DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

       

      • New 4K digital restorations of Sambizanga, Prisioneros de la tierra, Chess of the Wind, and Muna moto, and 2K digital restorations of Two Girls on the Street and Kalpana, all overseen by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays

      • New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese

      • New and archival interviews featuring Indian film historian Suresh Chabria and filmmaker Kumar Shahani (on Kalpana); Argentine film historians Paula Félix-Didier and Andrés Levinson (on Prisioneros de la tierra); Two Girls on the Street director André de Toth; and Sambizanga director Sarah Maldoror and Annouchka de Andrade, Maldoror’s daughter

      • New program by filmmaker Mohamed Challouf featuring interviews with Muna moto director Dikongué-Pipa and African film historian Férid Boughedir

      • The Majnoun and the Wind (2022), a documentary by Gita Aslani Shahrestani, daughter of Chess of the Wind director Mohammad Reza Aslani, featuring Aslani, members of the film’s cast and crew, and others

      • New and updated English subtitle translations 

      • PLUS: A foreword and essays on the films by critics and scholars Yasmina Price, Matthew Karush, Ehsan Khoshbakht, Aboubakar Sanogo, Chris Fujiwara, and Shai Heredia

       SAMBIZANGA

      A bombshell by the first woman to direct a film in Africa, Sarah Maldoror’s chronicle of the awakening of Angola’s independence movement is a stirring hymn to those who risk everything in the fight for freedom. Based on a true story, Sambizanga follows a young woman (Elisa Andrade) as she makes her way from the outskirts of Luanda toward the city’s center looking for her husband (Domingos Oliveira) after his arrest by the Portuguese authorities—an incident that ultimately helps to ignite an uprising. Scored by the language of revolution and the spiritual songs of the colonized Angolan people, and featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors—many of whom were themselves involved in anticolonial resistance—this landmark work of political cinema honors the essential roles of women, as well as the hardships they endure, in the global struggle for liberation.

      1972 • 97 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Portuguese, Kimbundu, and Lingala with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

       

      PRISIONEROS DE LA TIERRA

      The most acclaimed film by one of classic Argentine cinema’s foremost directors, Mario Soffici’s gut-punching work of social realism, shot on location in the dense, sweltering jungle of the Misiones region, simmers with rage against the oppression of workers. A group of desperate men are conscripted into indentured labor on a treacherous, disease-ridden yerba maté plantation under the control of the brutal foreman Köhner (Francisco Petrone)—a situation that boils over in an explosive act of rebellion led by the defiant Podeley (Ángel Magaña), and made all the more tense by the fact that Köhner and Podeley love the same woman: Andrea (Elisa Galvé), the sweet-spirited daughter of the camp’s doctor. The expressionistic, shadow-sculpted cinematography of Pablo Tabernero evokes the feverish dread of a place where suffocating heat, economic exploitation, and unremitting cruelty lead inexorably to madness and violence.

      1939 • 86 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Spanish and GuaranÍ with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

      CHESS OF THE WIND

      Lost for decades after screening at the 1976 Tehran International Film Festival, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema reemerges to take its place as one of the most singular and astonishing works of the country’s prerevolutionary New Wave. A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in shivery period atmosphere, Chess of the Wind unfolds inside an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares the potential heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently deceased matriarch’s estate. Melding the influences of European modernism, gothic horror, and classical Persian art, director Mohammad Reza Aslani crafts an exquisitely restrained mood piece that erupts into a subversive final act in which class conventions, gender roles, and even time itself are upended with shocking ferocity.

      1976 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Farsi with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

       

      MUNA MOTO

      Director Dikongué-Pipa forged a new African cinematic language with Muna moto, a delicate love story with profound emotional resonance. In a close-knit village in Cameroon, the rigid customs governing courtship and marriage mean that a deeply in love betrothed couple (David Endéné and Arlette Din Belle) can be torn apart by the lack of a dowry and by another man’s claiming of the young woman as his own wife—a rupture that sets the stage for a clash between a patriarchal society and a modern generation’s determination to chart its own course. Luminous black-and-white cinematography and stylistic flourishes yield images of haunting power in this potent depiction, told via flashback, of the challenges of postcolonialism and the devastating consequences of a community’s refusal to deviate from tradition.

      1975 • 89 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

      TWO GIRLS ON THE STREET

      The maverick Hollywood stylist André de Toth sharpened his craft in his native Hungary, where he directed five films, including this chic, dynamically paced melodrama studded with deco decor and jazzy musical interludes. Mária Tasnádi Fekete and Bella Bordy sparkle as upwardly mobile working women—one a musician in an all-girl band, the other a bricklayer—who join forces as they both try to make it in Budapest, supporting each other through changing economic fortunes, the advances of lecherous men, and the highs and heartbreaks of love. Kinetic camera work, brisk editing, and avant-garde imagery abound in Two Girls on the Street, an often strikingly modern ode to the power of working-class female solidarity.

      1939 • 79 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Hungarian with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio 

      KALPANA

       A riot of ecstatic imagery, performance, and set design, the only film by the visionary dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar is a revolutionary celebration of Indian dance in its myriad varieties and a utopian vision of cultural renewal. Unfolding as an epic film within a film, Kalpana tells the story of an ambitious dancer (Shankar) determined to open a cultural center devoted to breathing new life into India’s traditional artistic forms; meanwhile, the obvious adoration between him and his lead dancer (Shankar’s wife and collaborator, Amala Uday Shankar) arouses the jealousy of his enterprising companion (Lakshmi Kanta). Swirling surrealist dance spectacles—featuring dance masters and young performers, many of whom would become stars in their own right—are interwoven with anticolonial, anticapitalist commentary for a radical, proto-Bollywood milestone that is one of the most influential works in Indian cinema.

      1948 • 152 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Hindi with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio


      That's all the information that we have at the moment and hopefully, preorders will be available shortly.


      1980s Cult Fan Favorite Real Genius Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray September 13

       "Aren't you guys a little young to be technicians?" "Lasers are a young science. OK, there, fine, you made me say it, now we're both in trouble"

       Sony Pictures helps us relive the 80s comedy Real Genius, starring Val Kilmer (Heat, Top Gun), Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville. Previously available on MOD blu-ray under the Choice Collection label, Sony takes it up a couple notches with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital combo pack.

       This release also includes an all new Dolby Atmos track and a 5.1 track approved by director Martha Coolidge, aw well as the original 2.0 Stereo mix. HDR grading will be Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 compatible.

       

       

       The order link is not available at press time, checking our release calendar for updates.

       Official Press Release:

       

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      THE CULT 1980s FAN FAVORITE GETS AN UPGRADE,

      WITH RARE SPECIAL FEATURES

      AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K ULTRA HD™

      SEPTEMBER 13TH

      SYNOPSIS

      When a group of crazy college geniuses put their heads together, almost anything can happen. Hold on for a freewheeling, uproarious look at just how much mischief a bunch of high-IQers can concoct. Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America's number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own ... Chris' closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon and bikini-clad beauties. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. Their plan culminates in an incredible scheme that outsmarts the military and convinces the professor that it doesn't pay to fool with a REAL GENIUS!

      DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

      4K ULTRA HD DISC

      • Feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge

      • All-new Dolby Atmos and 5.1 audio, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge + Original Dolby Stereo

      BLU-RAY DISC™

      • Feature presented in High Definition, sourced from the 4K master

      • 5.1 + Dolby Stereo audio

      • Special Features:

        • NEW: “Balloon Chair” Deleted Scene + Raw Takes Montage

        • NEW: TV Version of the film

        • Feature Commentary with Director Martha Coolidge

      CAST AND CREW

      Directed By: Martha Coolidge

      Story By: Neal Israel & Pat Proft

      Screenplay By: Neal Israel & Pat Proft and Peter Torokvei

      Produced by: Brian Grazer

      Executive Producer: Robert Daley

      Cast: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville

      SPECS

      Run Time: Approx. 105 minutes

      Rating: PG

      4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1

      4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA

      FOR MORE INFORMATION

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      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 12, 2022 - June 18, 2022

       If you keep your eyes open for bargains, last week was a big one for that. Upcoming Kino titles like Killer's Kiss 4K was listed at $15 and Out of Sight 4K was at $20, plus the 'bugs' disaster movies (Ants!, Tarantulas and Terror out of the Sky) listed for $12.49. Multiple Paramount 4K titles have hit sub $10-12 as well. That's great and all, but the best way to support physical media is to buy titles early on in their release cycle, but if you were on the fence about some titles or really didn't intend to buy them, I am sure you've got a price that is hard to resist, I know I do.

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

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

       Not an incredibly busy week, but there are TWO new releases. First, from Universal,  love him or hate him, Michael Bay's Ambulance is sure to send us over the top with action! Amazon still lists the 4K as 12/31/22, hope they fix it soon.

       

       Next, from Sony Pictures, Morbius, available as a standard edition, a Walmart Exclusive which comes with a collectible pin, and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. This one has gotten enough MeMe fanfare that it made a comeback to theaters. I missed out on the MeMes, fortunately (?)

       

       

       From Paramount, a SteelBook reissue by way of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Many have said these are the SteelBooks they should have released originally, and based on the cover art, I agree 100%. But because it is not part of the box set, it appears to lack in special features, which Matthew says cynically that they will likely include all the special features with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. UGH.

       For Friday releases, Turbine Media announced (at the last second) a pair of Friday 4K media book releases, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Cover A edition and Cover B edition. In case you've got concerns, I've had no issues in the past with purchasing from their shop, it's 100% legit.

       If you did save a few bucks this week, the next two weeks have a decent amount of releases in the 4K category.

      Blu-ray releases-

       As we do here every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts out of the way first, Ambulance from Universal and Morbius from Sony Pictures are available for purchase. The latter is also available as a Target Exclusive, which the trend is disturbing to me in that Target appears to be dropping out of the 4K field for exclusives.

       Much delayed Paramount catalog title Eurotrip (which the cover art indicates is the elusive Unrated Edition) appears to finally be available this week.

       

       From Sony Pictures, 2022 drama Father Stu starring Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson. A Kevin Hart comedy titled Fatherhood also arrives this week. Not done yet, a comedy drama titled Love and Human Remains. Under the Sony Pictures Classics label, biography/romance Wilde (yes, Oscar Wilde) debuts to blu-ray.

       

       From Criterion Collection, a drama/romance titled Farewell Amor.

       

      TV on disc from Universal comes as Hacks: Season One and Rutherford Falls: Season One.

       

       Anime highlights include El-Hazard: The Wanderers Collection, Hetalia: World Stars Season 7, Naruto: Set 7 and Sailor Moon: Complete First Season.

       

       Honorable mention: If you've been wondering what Paul Verhoeven has been up to, one of his recent titles Benedetta is available this week.

      Notable announcements from last week:

       Kino Lorber is still going strong with adding more Paramount catalog titles to their 4K line. We have Tropic Thunder, Leviathan and now Escape From Alcatraz in the 'coming soon' category.

       More catalog titles coming from Paramount so far include Down to Earth, Leap of Faith and Domestic Disturbance.

       Doctor Strange in the Multiverse has a release date of July 26th, see the news story here.

       Michael Mann's Heat has an official 4K street date of August 9th, see the news story here. I will push out only my positive thoughts on this one, it's the best this film has ever looked on disc and it truly is a great movie! My negative comments are elsewhere.

      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?




      Sam Raimi's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray July 26

      The critically acclaimed mind-bending Marvel movie hits all major digital platforms on June 22 and on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on July 26.

      READ OUR THEATRICAL REVIEW HERE.

      Journey into the unknown in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When the MCU unlocks the Multiverse, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must enlist help from old and new allies as he traverses mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities in order to confront a surprising adversary.

      The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition includes Dolby Atmos and both the Blu-ray and the 4K Blu-ray's supplements include an audio commentary, bloopers, deleted scenes, and featurettes.

      Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
       

      Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
       

      So far we haven't encountered any specific retailer exclusives, but we expect a Best Buy SteelBook and Target is likely to offer up another one of their book packages. Also no news of a 3-D Blu-ray release yet in the international markets but we'll keep an eye out for one. Pre-orders should be available soon and we will update as soon as possible. Here is the full press release:


      Unlock Alternate Realities When Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Arrives on Digital June 22 
      and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 26

       

      BURBANK,CA (June 9, 2022) – Described as a “psychedelic mind-flip masterpiece” (Larry Carroll, Looper) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has enthralled audiences and critics around the world. Sam Raimi’s exuberant film is a global phenomenon and “undoubtedly mesmerizing” (Jenna Anderson, ComicBook.com).

       

      Witness the mind-bending alternate realities of the multiverse when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuts on all major digital platforms June 22 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 26. Embrace the madness by adding the latest MCU film to your Marvel movie collection. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will also stream on Disney+.

       

      Film Synopsis

      Journey into the unknown in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When the MCU unlocks the Multiverse, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must enlist help from old and new allies as he traverses mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities in order to confront a surprising adversary.

       

      Bonus Features*

      Featurettes

      • Method to the Madness - Join various crew members and Marvel employees in interviews as they discuss their love of Sam Raimi and all the details of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that make it quintessentially Raimi.
      • Introducing America Chavez - In this short and fun profile piece, we’ll learn about America’s humble beginnings in the comics. We’ll meet Xochitl Gomez and discuss the complications her character's unique power presents for the future of the MCU.
      • Constructing the Multiverse - Writing a feature film for Marvel is no easy task. In this playful yet informative featurette, we’ll dive into the challenges that writer Michael Waldron faced in creating the twisting and turning story of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

      Bloopers

      • Gag Reel - Take a look at some of the fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

      Deleted Scenes

      • A Great Team - A journalist questions Doctor Strange's integrity.
      • Pizza Poppa - Bruce is relieved when Doctor Strange's spell ends.
      • It's Not Permanent - Bruce tries to accuse Doctor Strange of being an imposter.

      Audio Commentary

       

      • View the film with audio commentary by Sam Raimi, Richie Palmer, and Michael Waldron.

       

      *bonus features vary by product and retailer

       

      Cast

      Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange

      Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / The Scarlet Witch

      Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo

      Benedict Wong as Wong

      Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez

      Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer

       

      Directed by

      Sam Raimi     

        

      Produced by

      Kevin Feige p.g.a           

                                  

      Co-Producers

      Mitchell Bell

      Richie Palmer

       

      Executive Producers

      Victoria Alonso

      Eric Hauserman Carroll

      Jamie Christopher

      Louis D’Esposito

      Scott Derrickson

                                                   

      Written by

      Michael Waldron

                          

      Music by

      Danny Elfman

       

      Product Specifications

      Street Date

      Digital: June 22

      Physical: July 26

       

      Product SKUs

      Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

      Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

       

      Feature Run Time

       

      Approx. 126 minutes

       

      Rating

      U.S. Rated PG-13

            

      Aspect Ratio

      Digital: 2:39

      Physical: 2:39:1

       

      U.S. Audio

      4K Ultra HD: English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus

      Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

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

      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. Subtitles

      4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French

      Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

      DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


      Michael Mann's Heat Dated & Detailed on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray August 9th - Now Up For Pre-Order!

      At long last, Michael Mann's iconic crime saga comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a new sequel novel on August 9th, 2022

      Al Pacino and Robert De Niro dually power the momentum and large scale of this groundbreaking film written and directed by Michael Mann. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives begin to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. Co-starring Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman, and Jon Voight, Heat delivers hard-hitting action, gripping suspense, and stunning performances.

      The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition does not appear to include Dolby Atmos and all of the supplements seem to be previously released features from the Blu-ray.

      However, on August 9, Heat 2 -- Michael Mann's first novel -- will be published telling "an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie." 

      Heat - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

        

      [UPDATED] 

      Best Buy was a little slow to the announcement but they're also offering up their own SteelBook for this release:

      Heat - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

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


      .

      LOS ANGELES, CA (June 8, 2022) – Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Michael Mann will reunite at this year’s Tribeca Festival for the first public premiere of the new 4K Ultra HD version of Mann’s 1995 classic, Heat.

      The film’s stars, along with writer-director Michael Mann and producer Art Linson, will attend the screening on June 17 which will be followed by an on-stage conversation, moderated by journalist and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri. For more information please visit www.tribecafilm.com.

      This special screening celebrates the release on August 9 of the 20th Century Studios film on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time. The remastered film includes previously released audio commentary with Director Michael Mann, Q&As, deleted scenes and more extras.

       

      Also on August 9, Mann’s first novel, Heat 2, which tells an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie, will be published.

       

      Film Synopsis

      Al Pacino and Robert De Niro dually power the momentum and large scale of this groundbreaking film written and directed by Michael Mann. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives begin to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. Co-starring Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman and Jon Voight, Heat delivers hard-hitting action, gripping suspense and stunning performances.

      Bonus Features

      4K Ultra HD

      • Director’s Audio Commentary 

      Blu-ray Disc One 

      • Heat In High Definition 
      • Director’s Audio Commentary 

      Bonus Blu-ray Disc Two 

      • Q&A With Michael Mann 
      • Q&A With Christopher Nolan 
      • 3-Part Making-Of Documentary 
      • Deleted Scenes 
      • Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation 
      • Return To The Scene Of The Crime

       

       

      Cast

      Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley

      Al Pacino as Lt. Vincent Hanna

      Val Kilmer as Chris Shiherlis

      Jon Voight as Nate

      Tom Sizemore as Michael Cheritto

      Diane Venora as Justine

      Amy Brenneman as Eady

      Ashley Judd as Charlene Shiherlis

       

      Directed by

      Michael Mann

       

      Executive Producers

      Pieter Jan Brugge

      Arnon Milchan

       

      Produced by

      Michael Mann

      Art Linson

       

      Screenplay by

      Michael Mann

       

      Music by

      Elliot Goldenthal

      Product Specifications

      Street Date

      Physical: August 9

      Product SKU

      Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack 3 Discs (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Blu-ray Bonus Disc + Digital Code)

      Feature Run Time

      Approx. 170 minutes

      Rating

      U.S. Rated R

      * For violence and language 

         

      Aspect Ratio

      Physical: 2.40:1

      U.S. Audio

      4K Ultra HD: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, French 5.1 DTS Digital Surround, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

      U.S. Subtitles

      4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French


      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 5, 2022 - June 11, 2022

       The week after a holiday always feels like a ho-hum business as usual slow week to me, but a lot is happening with new releases and announcements, so it really is not business as usual. The Summer movie season has kicked off, Top Gun: Maverick appears to be incredible with Imax 4DV or whatever it's called being the ultimate experience. What is this 4th element, smell?

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

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

       Before we start with domestic releases, as I mentioned last week in my mini-rant, a lot of titles are getting gift sets or other deluxe releases overseas. Zavvi is offering an Exclusive SteelBook release of The Untouchables with a Monday release, the U.S. release last week was pretty basic. It's not as elaborate as some of the overseas releases, but it does add some swag pertinent to the film.

       This week there are two New Releases in the 4K disc category, an action/thriller from Paramount titled The Contractor starring Chris Pine. And no, he's not a drywall or other such contractor, check out the synopsis.

       

       And from Universal, the norse movie titled The Northman. This one got a street date literally at the last second. Zavvi UK also has a SteelBook for this film releasing in July, if you prefer to go that route.

       

       The rest of this category is dominated by catalog titles, but in a way they're all considered "double-dips." First a pair of SteelBook releases, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai. When the latter came out I was not overly impressed with the cover art they went with, I am not sure what to think on the latest cover seen here either.

       Each studio has their own franchise or franchises they release over and over again. In this case I'm referring to Universal and the Jason Bourne franchise. The Bourne Complete Collection this week comes as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As to whether this set offers anything new, I am not sure. There's been unsubstantiated claims of new transfers, but there wasn't anything wrong with the previous ones, so I doubt that claim is true.

       

      Blu-ray releases-

       For the month of June, this week looks to be the busiest week for blu-ray releases. Blu-ray counterparts to the 4K titles above, that would be The Contractor from Paramount, and The Northman from Universal.

       Warner Archive Collection brings us a Judy Garland triple play with a drama/romance The Clock,  a musical/romance titled For Me and My Gal, which also stars Gene Kelly and Ziegfeld Girl, which also stars James Stewart.

       

       From the Warner Bros. label, Eraser: Reborn, which seems similarly based on the original Eraser movie.

       Anime highlights this week include 5 Centimeters Per Second, BEM: Become Human - Movie, BTOOOM! Complete Collection, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Eight, Only Yesterday, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

       

       More TV on disc with La Brea: Season One from Universal.

       

       Catalog titles from Paramount include Kinky Boots (2005), The Mexican, Pretty in Pink, She's Having a Baby, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Weather Man.

       Criterion has a single release this week, a musical/romance titled The Tales of Hoffmann.

       

       LionsGate's action release of the week is Fortress: Sniper's Eye. It is a followup to the movie Fortress, which was actually a pretty decent movie for its genre.

       

       MVD Rewind Collection brings us The Fabulous Baker Boys, a well known movie from '89. Also an all star comedy from 1997, Highball.

       Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber is releasing the next Film Noir Collection, this one is Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VII, which includes the films The Boss, Chicago Confidential and The Fearmakers.

      Notable announcements from last week:

       Shout Factory has announced the next batch of titles among their various labels. For Scream Factory, Child's Play, Child's Play 2 and Child's Play 3 all get 4K combo releases on August 16th. You could go all in and get the set available from Shout Factory's store which comes with a NECA figure and other swag. The Shout Factory label is offering The Bionic Woman: The Complete Series on August 30th, no doubt to go with the Six-Million Dollar Man set you would have bought in July. The Shout Select label has Red Dawn (1984) coming to 4K combo pack on August 16th. Also, blu-rays of Last Days In The Desert on August 2nd,  Learning To Drive and A Walk In The Woods on August 30th. The GKIDS partner label has Belle coming to 4K Collector's Edition on August 30th. No word on region coding on this one, hopefully they got enough flak for region locking Weathering With You.

       LionsGate has been busy as well. Mid-Century will be arriving on blu-ray on July 26th. For previously released films now getting a 4K upgrade in mid to late July, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, The Kid and Primal. It's becoming a theme that if we see a 4K release a few months later, it's absent a slipcover. I recently got Malignant 4K from Warner and Fatale from LionsGate, no slips.

      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?




      Crack the Piggy Bank - High-Def Digest's June 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide

      From revenge-riddled Vikings to memable superheroes to undead patriots to Nicolas Cage - June is a stacked month for great 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays 

      May was a stacked month for exciting new and catalog releases on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. When you have so many coming out all at once - with several on the same day - we're still trying to catch up with reviews! Just because May was stacked doesn't mean June is going to take it easy on our review staff or our wallets! The only relief we're getting is some titles that would have come out this month got pushed into July, but that just means July is going to be even crazier than it was. So let's jump into this exciting mess of titles and see what's coming our way. Once again, I'd like to take everyone who pre-orders their pickups through our links. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. Without further ado...

      High-Def Digest's June 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


      June 7th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

      Most months start out a bit slow and ramp-up to a crushing final week,  but not this time. June comes firing strong right out of the gate with a variety of exciting new and catalog releases. 

      The Northman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      The Contractor- 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      The Bridge on the River Kwai - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

       

      Lawrence of Arabia - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

       

      The Bourne Complete Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      The Bourne Complete Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

       

      June 14th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

      Things slow down considerably this week giving collectors a little bit of a breather. This week sees only two major theatrical releases that were dramatic under-performers, one of which has become an internet meme sensation to the point the studio is now actually trying a second theatrical release ahead of its arrival on digital and physical media. As for re-releases, one fan-favorite title gets a good and proper SteelBook featuring the original poster art.

      Ambulance - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      Raiders of the Lost Ark - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

       

      Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive  

       

      Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

       

      June 21st, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

      After a slower week, things pick back up again for a full range of popular new, classic, and cult classic favorites. 

      The Bad Guys - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Uncle Sam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Giant - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Shaft - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Universal Soldier - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

       

      Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive  

       

      Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

       

      June 28th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases 

      For the final week of June we have a ton of great titles hitting the shelves ranging from two new excellent catalog titles from Kino Lorber Studio Classics to the latest from the Wizarding World to a fan-favorite romantic thriller finally getting a U.S. release

      Out of Sight - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      True Romance Limited Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      True Romance Deluxe Limited Edition SteelBook - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      True Romance Limited Edition SteelBook - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      Killer’s Kiss - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive 

       

      Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

       

      And that covers it for U.S. domestic 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray domestic releases for the month of June, 2022. Perhaps not as exhausting as May, but it's going to be nice as we head into July and all the titles that are dropping in the middle of summer. Now there are a few import titles hitting this month we hope to cover, but with shipping time and customs delays those reviews may not come in right on street date. If any of titles in this list get bumped to a later date or if there are any last-second additions, we'll update this article ASAP. 

      Thanks again for those pre-orders! 


      Hitchcock Heaven: The Best 4K UHD and Blu-ray Releases from the Master of Suspense

      A chase across the face of Mount Rushmore. A massive flock of vicious birds perched upon a playground jungle gym poised for attack. A frantic pursuit to the top of the Statue of Liberty. A crazed, knife-wielding maniac ripping open a shower curtain. A wheelchair-bound man with a broken leg peering into the rear windows of his tenement neighbors through a camera’s telephoto lens. A woman clutching the key to a notorious wine cellar where Nazi secrets may be hidden. An assassin escaping a rain-soaked murder scene amid a sea of jostling umbrellas. A merry-go-round kicked into high gear that spins off its axis while terrified fair-goers flee. A desperate man chasing the object of his desire up the narrow staircase of a church bell tower while battling the debilitating symptoms of vertigo. These are just a handful of iconic images crafted by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

      Elegant and sophisticated, clever and witty, yet always accessible and relatable, Hitchcock fashioned countless thrillers over the course of a career that spanned six decades. He chronicled espionage, murder, blackmail, psychosis, obsession, political intrigue, and bizarre phenomena all while pushing the cinematic envelope with innovative sight and sound techniques that enhance his arresting style. Sensual romances, risqué innuendoes, and dark yearnings also pepper his films. Along with his trademark MacGuffins, such titillations are essential distractions that add to the fun and make his stories more human. Sexual tension complements the other myriad tensions coursing through Hitchcock’s pictures and it’s often just as delectable as the nail-biting moments that make us squirm.

      Since I joined the High-Def Digest staff in 2009, I’ve reviewed 27 Hitchcock movies for the site. That’s about half of the legendary director’s feature film output. While a few Hitchcock pictures have yet to make their Blu-ray debut (Sabotage, Secret Agent, Young and Innocent, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith chief among them), we’re blessed to have the bulk of Hitchcock's cinematic canon in high definition, as well as nine movies in 4K UHD, and one title in its native 3D. Not all of them are classics, but even Hitchcock’s misfires have merits and are just as fascinating to watch, assess, and analyze as his more renowned works.

      The following list, though, isn’t about Hitchcock's failures, also-rans, guilty pleasures, and undiscovered gems. It’s about the crème-de-la-crème of Hitchcock in the home video realm. Below you’ll find a few quick takes on the best looking and the best sounding Hitchcock thrillers in 1080p and 2160p. First and foremost, this is an HD and 4K UHD list. If one of your favorite Hitchcock masterworks didn't make the cut, it's not because it isn't worthy artistically; it's because another Hitchcock masterwork boasts better picture and audio quality...at least to my eyes and ears. I've only singled out five movies, but all of them define this brilliant craftsman who not only produced some of the most exciting and entertaining motion pictures of all time, but also advanced the medium’s artistry through his creatIve vision and fluency in the nuanced language of film.

      Hitchcock once said, “For me, cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.”

      Let’s sample five of this master baker’s most delicious creations that look good enough to eat…and sound great, too.

      Best All-Around 4K UHD Hitchcock Release: VERTIGO (1958) 

      "Beauty, at least in this film, is only skin deep, and Hitchcock takes that adage and runs with it..."

      When I reviewed the first 4K UHD Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection in 2020, I called Vertigo “the crown jewel” of the set, and it remains the most breathtaking home video presentation of a Hitchcock film to date. The movie itself isn’t bad either. Vertigo may not rank as my favorite Hitchcock film (although it’s definitely up there), but I believe it to be the director’s finest. A masterpiece of mood, mystery, and slow-burn suspense, Vertigo casts a mesmerizing spell, and its equally hypnotic HDR10 transfer faithfully renders Robert Burks’ lush, colorful VistaVision cinematography that - believe it or not - is even more gorgeous than Kim Novak herself.

      As I wrote in my review, “Provocative themes, shocking twists and turns, impeccable craftsmanship, inventive imagery, finely etched performances, overarching lyricism, and tension that grows ever tauter as the narrative progresses...all those key components of Hitchcock's best works are here. Vertigo, though, ramps them up to the same dizzying heights that force retired police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) to succumb to the title affliction. Like Scottie, viewers often feel a bit disoriented and imbalanced while watching Vertigo, and that's part of the film's allure, along with the obligatory icy Hitchcock Blonde (portrayed by an aloof, enigmatic, and magnetic Kim Novak), who achieves mythic status in this defining production.” 

      The particulars of the plot, as intriguing as they may be, really don’t matter. The disturbing underlying themes are what fuel the Vertigo narrative and Hitchcock’s stylish, often brash presentation. Beauty, at least in this film, is only skin deep, and Hitchcock takes that adage and runs with it, crafting serene, seductive, picture-perfect images that hide the deceptions and nefarious motives lurking underneath. Obsession, transformation, guilt, and burning desire swirl around this noir-ish tale of a damaged detective who falls down a rabbit hole after agreeing to tail a rich man’s mentally unbalanced wife. Hitchcock pulls out all the stops in this operatic opus that features stunning San Francisco locations, striking photographic effects, and a memorable chase up the steep steps of a claustrophobic church bell tower.

      The video transfer has to be seen to be believed. Eye-popping color, seamless special effects, razor-sharp close-ups, and a glorious film-like feel are just a few of its joys, and though the DTS:X audio track won’t blow the roof off your house, it deftly honors this quiet film and Bernard Herrmann’s marvelous score. A bunch of great extras also enhance the disc, which is now available as a stand-alone release in both standard and steelbook packaging. I said it in 2020 and I’ll say it again: “Vertigo is one heady movie, and as Hitchcock spins his tangled yarn, he makes us dizzy...with delight.”


      Best All-Around Blu-ray Hitchcock Release: NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

      "The quintessential chase film, a blueprint for the modern action epic..."

      If I had to pick one Hitchcock flick that completely defines the director and reflects everything he has brought to the cinematic table over the course of his illustrious career, it would have to be North by Northwest. No contest, no discussion, a no-brainer. Other Hitchcock films may have more cachet, more notoriety, more gravitas, but this breathlessly paced, consistently thrilling concoction is hands-down the most fun. 

      So many memorable elements… Of course, tanned, debonair Cary Grant rushing into a desolate Indiana cornfield to evade a deadly crop-dusting plane intent on gunning him down tops the list, but the climactic chase across the treacherous face of Mount Rushmore - as preposterous as it is - ranks a close second. Then there’s the crackling sexual chemistry and titillating banter between Grant and the Hitchcock blonde du jour Eva Marie Saint, whose duplicitous portrayal drips with icy-hot allure; the suave villainy of the mellifluous James Mason; Martin Landau as a silent, hulking henchman; Bernard Herrmann’s dramatic and playful score... The list goes on and on.

      As I wrote in my original review 13 years ago, “When screenwriter Ernest Lehman first began collaborating with the Master of Suspense, he aspired to create ‘the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures,’ and many would agree North by Northwest is just that. The quintessential chase film, a blueprint for the modern action epic, and Hitchcock's personal homage to himself, this captivating transcontinental pursuit smoothly combines suspense, thrills, comedy, romance, and intrigue, and presents them with all the elegant artistry and brash innovation that has made Hitchcock one of cinema's most esteemed and admired directors.” Though I love many Hitchcock films for many different reasons, I would definitely choose North by Northwest as my desert island Hitchcock flick.

      The fine grain structure, bold colors, and enhanced clarity of VistaVision make North by Northwest a Blu-ray natural, and Warner Home Video’s splashy restoration maximizes the impact of the process’ myriad attributes. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track immerses us in all the action (the bass boom when the crop-dusting plane hits the tanker truck is thunderous), and a sizable supplemental package sweetens the deal. The beautiful 50th Anniversary digibook edition is still available (albeit with a hefty price tag), but there’s also a disc-only release that fits everyone’s budget.


      Best Black-and-White 4K UHD Hitchcock Release: PSYCHO (1960) 

      "Often imitated but never equaled, Psycho remains a crazy-good chiller that never loses its edge..."

      The shower. The stairs. The fruit cellar. Mother. Psycho is without a doubt Hitchcock’s most famous - and frightening - film, a low-budget tour de force that flipped the thriller genre on its ear and spawned the modern slasher flick. What starts as a brooding, atmospheric portrait of a woman on the run takes a hairpin turn the moment Janet Leigh steps into the shower, turns on the water, and confronts her wigged (and wigged-out) knife-wielding assailant. Psycho shocked audiences when it premiered in 1960, and though it’s tame when compared to the gory horror fare of today, it can still scare the bejesus out of you.

      Especially in 4K UHD. Though John L. Russell’s gritty, naturalistic black-and-white cinematography doesn’t scream 2160p splendor, the terrific clarity and contrast of the HDR10 transfer makes Psycho more immersive and creepy than ever before, while remaining true to the film’s modest roots. Add a dynamite DTS:X track that makes full use of all the speakers during the torrential rain scenes and heightens the impact of Bernard Herrmann’s deliciously screechy score, and you’ve got the definitive home video presentation of this Hitchcock masterwork. A few snippets of cut footage add extra appeal to this release that includes all the supplements from the 50th anniversary Blu-ray edition. Like Vertigo, Psycho is also available in both stand-alone and steelbook editions.

      As I wrote in my 2020 review, “Psycho is remembered as a physically violent film, marked by brutal slayings in the shower and on the stairs, and for its climactic chamber of horrors twist. Yet those three scenes comprise less than three minutes of the picture's 109-minute running time and feature surprisingly little gore. (Hitchcock's genius lies in his ability to make us think we see more than we actually do.) Sure, they leave an indelible impression, but they can't quite overshadow the more intriguing and complex psychological studies of both Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and Marion Crane (Leigh), whose paths coincidentally and fatefully cross one dark and stormy night. That's where the true allure of Psycho lies, and Hitchcock expertly develops those characters so we identify and empathize with them. He also sprinkles in some welcome bits of ghoulish humor to take the edge off, and frames it all with his patented visual artistry. A close-up of an eye peering through a hole in the wall, reflections representing duality and duplicity, high and low angle shots altering perspective and enhancing a sense of unease…Hitchcock delicately and seamlessly weaves them into his fabric so we're only marginally aware of his technique.” 

      Perkins had as much trouble shedding the skin of Norman Bates as Norman had freeing himself from his domineering mother, but that’s only because his finely etched, nuanced portrayal is so riveting. Though he would allow Norman to consume him later in his career in a series of entertaining - if misguided - sequels, Perkins could never top his original performance, which was criminally denied a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Leigh, who reportedly never took a shower again after she completed her scenes, got a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress nod for her terrific work, which stands the test of time and becomes more fascinating and dimensional each time I see the film.

      Often imitated but never equaled, Psycho remains a crazy-good chiller that never loses its edge, no matter how often we revisit it. As I wrote in 2020, it’s “unique among Hitchcock films in its tone, execution, and look…[and] it's a movie to watch, enjoy, study, and scrutinize over and over again.”


      Best Black-and-White Blu-ray Hitchcock Release: NOTORIOUS (1946) (Criterion) 

      "...a climax that ranks among the most memorable - and quietest - in Hitchcock history."

      I love the Hitchcock blondes, but there’s a reason the Master of Suspense cast the brunette Ingrid Bergman in three of his films over a four-year period in the late 1940s. Aside from her breathtaking beauty (always an important attribute to Hitchcock), Bergman is a great actress. I’d even go so far as to say she’s the best actress Hitchcock worked with during his long career. Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren may be the Hitchcock poster girls, but Bergman brings heart and soul, flesh and blood, and sweat and tears to her Hitchcock heroines. In Hitch’s artificial world of action, intrigue, and murder, she’s often the one real element.

      Bergman could play anything - good girl, bad girl, saint, seductress, victim, patriot - and she plays them all in Notorious, one of Hitchcock’s most fully realized, suspenseful, and elegantly crafted motion pictures. Vertigo may be Hitchcock’s most hypnotic film, Psycho may be the scariest, North by Northwest the most action-packed, but Notorious just might be the most perfect of all Hitchcock productions. Edgy, romantic, taut, sexy, substantive, and brimming with artistry and lyricism, Notorious grabs you from the first frame and holds you until that brilliant humdinger of an ending.

      Cary Grant, who never looked more dashing or filed a more surly performance, portrays Devlin, a cynical government agent who enlists the services of Alicia Huberman (Bergman), the “notorious” daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, to go undercover and expose a ring of exiled Nazi conspirators in Rio de Janeiro. The plot sounds straightforward, but Ben Hecht’s literate, Oscar-nominated script focuses on the tangled relationships and myriad psychological conflicts that add complexity and spice to the story. Love vs. duty is a central theme, and issues of trust, jealousy, guilt, manipulation, and self-loathing - as well as a fascinating Oedipal relationship - fuel the film, but there’s plenty of agonizing tension, crackling sexual chemistry, and illicit deeds, too. 

      Hitchcock delivers one dynamite scene after another. In addition to the justifiably famous, lengthy zoom shot that begins on the second floor of a mansion and ends on an extreme close-up of Bergman’s hand fidgeting with a key, there’s the breathlessly tense wine cellar sequence, a telephone conversation that’s gotta be one of the sexiest things I’ve ever seen on screen, several disorienting camera angles, and a climax that ranks among the most memorable - and quietest - in Hitchcock history. All that plus Grant, Bergman, the Oscar-nominated supporting work of the marvelous Claude Rains (it’s such a shame Hitchcock didn’t use him in any of his other pictures), and a virtuoso turn by Madame Konstantin, the film’s Machiavellian Madame Defarge.

      Criterion’s 2019 Blu-ray outclasses the previous 2012 MGM release with a beautiful 4K restoration that’s largely drawn from the original camera negative, strong audio, and a bunch of fascinating supplements. Until we get a 4K UHD edition, this is the definitive presentation of Notorious, which in 2019 I called “a stirring, absorbing, emotionally involving, and artistically satisfying film that hits all the right notes - a symphony of suspense, if you will, conducted with nuance and gusto by the genre's most accomplished maestro.” Bravo, Hitch!


      Best Blu-ray Release of a British Hitchcock Film: THE LADY VANISHES (1938)

      "The Lady Vanishes is a prime example of lean, focused moviemaking."

      There’s no denying Hitchcock made his best pictures in Hollywood, but the formative and largely admirable films he produced across the pond in his native Great Britain merit attention, too. Such exciting, engrossing, and innovative thrillers as the original The Man Who Knew Too Much (which I prefer to the bloated 1956 remake), The 39 Steps (a fantastic forerunner to such action-packed, on-the-run classics as Foreign Correspondent, Saboteur, and North by Northwest), and Sabotage all contain the patented hallmarks Hitchcock would continue to cultivate, expand upon, and refine over the ensuing four decades of his career. I’m a big fan of Hitchcock’s British period, and though I greatly appreciate and thoroughly enjoy all of the aforementioned movies, my vote for the best British Hitchcock flick goes to The Lady Vanishes. 

      What starts as a screwball comedy and for the first half-hour seems like the antithesis of all things Hitchcock quickly evolves into another quintessential Master of Suspense movie. The disappearance of a kindly old lady (Dame May Whitty) on a European train forms the crux of the plot, but the narrative really gets interesting when no one except the woman’s fleeting travel companion (Margaret Lockwood) believes she exists at all. Though the story has been recycled and reinvented several times, this is the original version, and it has no peer. Humorous antics, vivid characters, a love/hate relationship, claustrophobic tension, and an edge-of-your-seat shootout finale pepper and propel the tale, and though at times it feels as if Hitchcock is just throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks, nothing could be further from the truth. A master planner, the Master of Suspense meticulously mapped out almost every frame of every film he directed, and The Lady Vanishes proves once again how adept he is at molding myriad, often competing elements into a cohesive whole.

      As I wrote in my 2011 review of the film, “There's no fluff or extraneous palaver gumming up the works; The Lady Vanishes is a prime example of lean, focused moviemaking. Though the film takes its time laying its groundwork and might seem initially aimless, don't doubt Hitchcock. Like the train on which most of the action takes place, it quickly picks up steam and barrels full throttle toward a thrilling climax. And along the way, there's plenty of snappy dialogue and witty repartee to sweeten the journey, much of it pointedly aimed at British society, apathy, and egotism.” There’s no love lost between Hitchcock and England here. In fact, Hitchcock seems almost eager to bite the hand that feeds him, which of course makes the movie more fun. Not surprisingly, Hitch would become a British expatriate just two years later when he bolted to Hollywood to make Rebecca for producer David O. Selznick and cement his status as one of cinema’s first bona fide auteurs.

      Criterion’s video transfer may not be a stunner, but it’s by far the best home video rendering of this timeless classic. Clean and vibrant, with great clarity, excellent contrast, and a pleasing grayscale, this film-like presentation immerses us in the action, while solid audio and plenty of extras enhance the experience. So hop aboard and hang on for a turbulent and terrific rollercoaster ride. If you haven’t yet seen any of Hitchcock’s British films, The Lady Vanishes is a great introduction to a highly interesting period, and will surely whet your appetite for more.  


      HIGH-DEF DIGEST’S HITCHCOCK INDEX
      If you’re interested in reading full reviews of dozens of Hitchcock movies, many of which come highly recommended, check out the links below, listed in chronological order by date of theatrical release with the name of the reviewer in parentheses.

      The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) (David Krauss)

      Blackmail (1929) (David Krauss)

      Murder! (1930) (David Krauss)

      Rich and Strange (1931) (David Krauss)

      Number Seventeen (1932) (David Krauss)

      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) (David Krauss)

      The 39 Steps (1935) (David Krauss)

      The Lady Vanishes (1938) (David Krauss)

      Rebecca (1940) (David Krauss)

      Foreign Correspondent (1940) (David Krauss)

      Suspicion (1941) (David Krauss)

      Saboteur (1942) (M. Enois Duarte)

      Shadow of a Doubt (1943) (M. Enois Duarte)

      Lifeboat (1944) (David Krauss)

      Spellbound (1945) (David Krauss)

      Notorious (1946) (David Krauss)

      The Paradine Case (1947) (David Krauss)

      Rope (1948) (Aaron Peck)

      Under Capricorn (1949) (David Krauss)

      Stage Fright (1950) (David Krauss)

      Strangers on a Train (1951) (David Krauss)

      I Confess (1953) (David Krauss)

      Dial M for Murder (1954) (David Krauss)

      Rear Window (1954) (David Krauss)

      To Catch a Thief (1955) (David Krauss)

      The Trouble with Harry (1956) (Matthew Hartman)

      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (Aaron Peck)

      The Wrong Man (1957) (David Krauss)

      Vertigo (1958) (David Krauss)

      North by Northwest (1959) (David Krauss)

      Psycho (1960) (David Krauss)

      The Birds (1963) (David Krauss)

      Marnie (1964) (M. Enois Duarte)

      Torn Curtain (1966) (Aaron Peck)

      Topaz (1969) (Aaron Peck)

      Frenzy (1972) (Aaron Peck)

      Family Plot (1976) (M. Enois Duarte)


      Robert Eggers' Viking Action-Epic "The Northman" Sails to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 7

      .   Universal Studios' critically-acclaimed The Northman starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke will be available on Digital on June 6, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray arriving in stores on June 7.

      From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father's murder and reclaim his kingdom. Read our theatrical review here.

      Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will feature Dolby Atmos and bonus supplements include a commentary with Robert Eggers, deleted and extended scenes, and assorted featurettes.

      The Northman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
       

      The Northman
       

      The full press release is included below:


      .

      Universal City, California, May 31, 2022 – After witnessing firsthand the murder of his father, a Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård) devotes his life to avenge his father’s death, save his mother and reclaim his kingdom in THE NORTHMAN, available to own for the first time with exclusive bonus content on Digital June 6, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition, Blu-rayTM Collector’s Edition and DVD June 7, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Visionary director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse) creates “an absolute beast of a movie” (Phil de Semlyen, Time Out) with his latest film, boasting an 89% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Featuring epic action sequences and “packed with phenomenal performances” (Ross Bonaime, Collider) by Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke now with exclusive never-before-seen bonus features including nine deleted and extended scenes and exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.
       
      The film is written and directed by Robert Eggers, and stars Alexander Skarsgård (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Legend of Tarzan), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies, Moulin Rouge), Anya Taylor-Joy (Queen’s Gambit, Emma), Willem Dafoe (Justice League, Spider-Man), Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Before Midnight), Claes Bang and Björk (Dancer In The Dark).
       

       

      EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES on DIGITAL*, 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD:

      • DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
      • AN AGELESS EPIC - An in-depth look at how filmmakers, cast, and crew immersed themselves in Norse history and mythology in an effort to make THE NORTHMAN the most accurate Viking epic ever filmed.
      • THE FACES OF VIKINGS - The cast of THE NORTHMAN, alongside director Robert Eggers, discuss the depth of the characters and their experiences working together.
      • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR ROBERT EGGERS

       
      EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION BONUS FEATURES ON DIGITAL*, 4K UHD, and BLU-RAY™:

      • AMLETH’S JOURNEY TO MANHOOD -Aurvandil's initiation of Amleth into manhood is one of the most pivotal points on his journey. Take a deeper look at how filmmakers and cast crafted this mysterious ritual.
      • SHOOTING THE RAID - Go behind-the-scenes of the raid and learn how different departments worked together to pull off this intricate sequence.
      • KNATTLEIKR GAME - Learn all about this little-known game, how the scene was filmed, and why it's an essential moment for Amleth.
      • A NORSE LANDSCAPE -We explore the spectacular shooting locations of THE NORTHMAN and discuss how filmmakers were able to overcome the unique challenges of shooting the film in Northern Ireland.

      *Digital bonus features available from select retailers
       
       
      THE NORTHMAN will be available on Digital, 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD

      • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly buy or rent.
      • The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States.
      • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
      • 4K Ultra HD delivers the ultimate movie watching experience, featuring the combination of 4K resolution and the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 29, 2022 - June 4, 2022

       Would you consider this the last week of May or the first week of June? With Tuesday being official movie release day, the month of May goes out with a bang with the volume of titles available, so let's call it the last week of May. And of course there's the Memorial Day holiday, which solidly puts us at the end of May in case there was any doubt.

      Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 2 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

       

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

      There are no actual 'New Releases' this week, but there are catalog titles for everyone!

        Starting with Sony, a 50th anniversary release of 1776 opens the pot.

       

       Upping the ante, Brian De Palma helms The Untouchables, available as a standard edition and as a Limited Editon SteelBook. In what I consider a disturbing trend, some of these limited edition releases are getting more inclusive editions overseas, ie: swag and other pack-in trinkets just about everywhere else in the world. Because it's the studio itself releasing them in both places, one cannot blame licensing issues. Would I be more likely to buy a specific version if it had the extra stuff in it? In most cases, ABSOLUTELY! The Untouchables gets a slightly spruced up release next week from the UK if you're considering that option.

       

       Kino Lorber brings us A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, both 4K SDR encodes. These releases are the best these films have ever looked, probably even better than when they were released in 1964/1965.

       

       A pair of releases from Scream Factory, Happy Death Day and the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U.

       

       The next 4K Criterion release comes as Double Indemnity, David says this one is a 'Must Own' presentation, and you know what that means, you must comply! I got my ship notice kind of early so I sort of expect it before this article posts on Sunday.


       

      Blu-ray releases-

       We do have a single blu-ray counterpart of the above 4K titles this week, Criterion Collection offers up Double Indemnity. If you didn't get the 4K, then you must get this one!

       Criterion Collection is also growing by one more title this week, a foreign drama/mystery titled Chan is Missing.

       TV on disc this week starts out with The Boys: Seasons 1 & 2 Collection from Sony Entertainment.

       

       More TV on disc comes with Lucifer: The Complete Fifth Season from Warner Archive Collection.

       Anime highlights (there are a lot this week) include Astro Boy 1980 Series, Darkstalkers: The Complete OVA Collection, Double Dragon - The Complete Series, Kageki Shojo!! - The Complete Season, Kemono Jihen - The Complete Season, Lupin the 3rd Part I - Classic Adventures, Mon Colle Knights, Poupelle of Chimney Town and Super Cub - The Complete Season.

       

       LionsGate's thriller of the week is titled The Devil You Know starring Omar Epps.

       

       Honorable Mention: Beauty Day, which Bryan mentions is a 'Highly Recommended' release comes to blu-ray this week. Before Jackass, Canadian legend Ralph Zavadil aka Cap'n Video pioneered dangerous home-grown stunts, this is a product of his work.

      The May batch of Imprint Films releases are available via Amazon on Friday, here's a run down:

      >After Dark: Neo Noir Cinema Collection One - Imprint Films Limited Edition
      >Bloody Sunday - Imprint Films Limited Edition
      >The Contender - Imprint Films Limited Edition
      >The Warriors - Imprint Films Limited Edition

       

      Notable announcements from last week:

       Downton Abbey: A New Era already has a listing for the blu-ray and 4K editions. No ETA yet but if it follows the typical model, look for it late July or so.

       The next 'Paramount Presents' title announced is Back to the Beach, a 1987 comedy/musical. This one is spine number 34 and is scheduled for an August 9th release date.

       Warner has made Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore official with a June 28th release date. There will be the usual assortment of skus available, if you liked what Walmart did for The Batman with their exclusive gift set, this one will get the same treatment, both blu-ray and 4K listings. And just like The Batman, Target's exclusive for Dumbledore is again a blu-ray and not a 4K combo edition. I just wonder where the decision for that comes from.

       Kino Lorber has acquired the rights to release multiple Paramount films. Their first teaser is that we will get Tropic Thunder as a 4K release. Date TBA soon. Makes me wonder what titles Paramount is focusing on, but with Kino Lorber behind a bunch, we are in for some great releases.

       On the topic of Paramount, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has an official release date of August 9th. The week after that, Paramount has a few more catalog titles on blu-ray, they are Coneheads, What Women Want and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Again, not sure what their operation book is saying here with the Kino Lorber deal and what they will or will not release. In time, Kino will tell us more.

       Arrow Video will be releasing Flatliners (1990) on both blu-ray and 4K discs on August 2nd. Also on August 30th they will release Running Out Of Time Collection on blu-ray. Hard to believe there's just 3 skus for August, but it's possible.

       

      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?




      William Lustig's Cult Classic Uncle Sam Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 21

      The newly restored 1997 tongue-in-cheek horror directed by Blue Underground's founder William Lustig and written by legend Larry Cohen will make its 4K debut shortly before Independence Day. The film stars Robert Forster, Timothy Bottoms, Bo Hopkins, P.J. Soles, and Isaac Hayes.

      Master Sergeant Sam Harper (David Fralick) is tragically killed in a horrible accident in Kuwait after his helicopter is shot down by friendly fire. Sam's charred remains are shipped back to his hometown of Twin Rivers, just as the town is preparing for its annual Fourth of July celebration. While being stored at his sister's house, Sam's dead body becomes reanimated and goes on a patriotic killing spree over the course of the holiday weekend. Uncle Sam is an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek satire about American's obsession with military dominance and the great lengths the nation will go in order to appeal to the country's youth.

      This 4K edition features a recently restored presentation scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm negative in honor of the film's 25th anniversary.  It will also include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

      Disc Information and Bonus Materials: 

      • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) Widescreen 2.40:1 feature presentation
      • Audio: Dolby Atmos (English); 5.1 DTS-HD (English)
      • Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
      • Audio Commentary #1 with Director William Lustig, Writer Larry Cohen and Producer George G. Braunstein
      • Audio Commentary #2 with Director William Lustig and Star Isaac Hayes
      • Fire Stunts with Audio Commentary by Stunt Coordinator Spiro Razatos
      • Deleted Scene
      • Gag Reel
      • Theatrical Trailer
      • Poster & Still Gallery

      Uncle Sam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
       

      The SRP for this release is $49.95. Pre-order your copy now.



      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 22, 2022 - May 28, 2022

       As mentioned last week, we have reached the end of year two for our weekly release guide, and so, this week we kick off year 3.

       Don't know about you, but I feel it has gotten hot out there early this year! Heat waves in much of the country, snow in Denver, what a wild month. When outdoor activity is restricted, why not enjoy a good movie?

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

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

       Speaking of hot, things are heating up on the release schedule. This week is the busiest week for 4K releases for the month. Let's dig in to the goodies now! Breaking the normal order of things this week, I think you will understand why I've done it.

       Dare you say his name FIVE times? It's Candyman (1992) week, and counting all the individual SKUs, we have FIVE to pick from. Monday editions first, which generally (and does here) indicate imports. From the UK, Arrow Video offers their traditional Limited Edition fat-pack that offers the movie with Atmos sound, a poster, theater cards and a book.

       Next, from Turbine Media in Germany, they're offering three distinct variant cover Mediabooks. We list them as Variant A, Variant B and Variant C, and each edition is a very limited quantity release. Keep in mind though that unless the specs are wrong, these do NOT include Dolby Atmos sound. Turbine has reasonable shipping rates and will get it to your door pretty quickly.

       Domestically, Scream Factory has a 3-disc edition which includes a 4K disc with both cuts (Theatrical and Unrated) as well as blu-rays of each cut, and bonus features sprinkled across these discs. Unfortunately there is no all-inclusive edition among all five skus, so you will need to consider each one carefully.

       

       

       

        The new release of the week is The Batman, with Matt Reeves at the helm and Robert Pattinson donning the batsuit. Available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a rather handsome Walmart Exclusive. Target this go round opted for a blu-ray exclusive (see below). Directional audio fans should be happy this one is not directed by Christopher Nolan, because if it was, you would be stuck with a 5.1 track!

       Still with Warner Bros, a kind of new(ish) release, a 4K edition of the 2021 horror Malignant.

       

       From Universal and Showtime Entertainment, Ray Donovan: The Movie. Having not been a premium channel subscriber, I am a bit in the dark on this series, so the movie is even more a mystery to me.

       And the final new release of the week, a Norwegian film titled The Burning Sea. Sort of gives off a Deepwater Horizon vibe.

       Doing some backpedaling here as we go to catalog titles, Scream Factory releases Lifeforce to 4K disc.

       

       Arrow Video gives us three different editions of Wild Things, a limited edition, a SteelBook edition and Deluxe limited edition.

       

       

      Blu-ray releases-

      Getting the new release counterparts out of the way first, The Batman gets a standard edition and a Target Exclusive edition. The Burning Sea gets a blu-ray edition as well, and lastly, Ray Donovan: The Movie. Catalog title counterpart, Arrow offers a limited edition of Wild Things.

      LionsGate's action/thriller entry this week is titled Agent Game. Their horror entry this week is a single letter of the alphabet, it's titled "X". Capelight Pictures is doing a 4K media book for this one in Germany, you can order direct from them HERE and HERE, depending on which cover art you prefer. I could take one for the team and buy the 4K so that a 4K will be announced for the U.S., just encourage me to do so in the comments!

       

      Criterion Collection's title this week is Mississippi Masala, a drama/romance from '91. Maybe you've heard of the stars of this film, Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington.

      Arrow Video has got another Shaw Brothers type release, this one is titled One Armed Boxer.

      From Universal Pictures, 2022 comedy/horror Studio 666. Also a little TV on disc, The Sinner: The Complete Series.

       

      Sony's 2022 horror Umma gets a blu-ray release this week.

      Liberation Hall has two titles of interest this week, TV on disc by the name of Robocop: The Series and a Steven Seagal movie from 2009, A Dangerous Man.

       

      Anime highlights include Black Clover: Season 4, available in a standard edition and as a limited edition, Skate-Leading Stars - The Complete Season and Somali and the Forest Spirit - Complete Collection.

      Kino Lorber has a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical titled Flower Drum Song this week.

       

      Honorable Mention: Powerhouse Video's Indicator Series title this week is The Pemini Organisation, a drama/thriller series with three films.

      Notable announcements from last week:

      Criterion has revealed their August slate of Criterion Collection titles. I honestly do not know any of these titles myself, and none of them are 4K, but I am sure that they have been carefully procured and do have appeal to some of you. The titles are Buck and the Preacher, Daddy Longlegs, Faya Dayi, Frownland and Hotel du Nord.

      Edge of Tomorrow will be coming on to 4K on July 5th as a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Once again Warner Bros. has snubbed the U.S. market by releasing a nicer deluxe edition overseas.

      Angel Heart will be getting a 4K release from LionsGate as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook on July 12th. When that film first came out, it got an X rating.

      If availability frustrated you for each individual season, Paramount/CBS will be releasing Charmed: The Complete Series on June 14th.

      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?




      Nicolas Cage Is Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Demand on June 21

      .   Lionsgate's action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent also starring The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal will be available on Digital on June 7, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray will be available June 21st.

      In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

      Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will have Dolby Atmos and several bonus features including commentary, deleted scenes, and featurettes.

      The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

      The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
       

      The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook)
       

      The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
       

      The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - Blu-ray (Target Exclusive)
       

      The full press release is included below:


      .

      Own it on Digital June 7
       4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, 
       & On Demand on June 21 from Lionsgate®

       

      SANTA MONICA, CA (May 17, 2022) – Celebrate the world’s hero and prodigal movie star Nicolas Cage when The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent arrives on Digital June 7 and on 4K Ultra HDa-Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand June 21 from Lionsgate. The adrenaline-fueled comedy stars Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995; National Treasure Franchise, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Rock), Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian,” “Narcos,” “Game of Thrones”), Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, with Primetime Emmy® Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Glee,” 2010; “How I Met Your Mother,” Gone Girl, Harold & Kumar franchise), and Primetime Emmy® Award and GRAMMY Award® winner Tiffany Haddish (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Saturday Night Live,” 2018; Best Comedy Album, “Black Mitzvah”; Like a Boss, Night School, Girls Trip).

      In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.
       
      The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.96, respectively. 
       
      4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES 
       

      • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive producer Kevin Etten)
      • The Mind
        Meet the filmmakers and learn about the creative decisions behind the film. A film made with love, passion, and massive talent.
      • Glimmers of a Bygone Cage
        He’s back. Not that he went anywhere. Go back in time in this behind-the-scenes featurette and relive Nicolas Cage’s journey as an actor and see how a legendary career inspired both filmmakers and cast to create a new era of Cage.
      • Everybody Needs a Javi
        Nick Cage meets his ultimate fan. Discover why Pedro Pascal was the perfect choice to play the charismatic, lovable, and eccentric fan with a dark, dangerous secret.
      • Nick, Nicky, and Sergio
        The man, the actor, the legend. Take a look inside Nicolas Cage’s mind and find out how this film is the culmination of a legendary career, but also a new beginning for one of the most versatile actors of our time.
      • Second Act Action  
        And . . . action, and more action! Immerse yourself in the exciting world of stunts and special effects that helped to create incredible, well-choreographed action sequences with the help of the latest in high technology for filmmaking.
      • Cages 5 and Up
        Don’t kids say the darndest things? What if what they said were lines from some of your favorite Nick Cage movies? We thought you’d never ask.
      • SXSW Film Festival Q&A Featuring the Cast and Filmmakers.
      • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten

      DVD SPECIAL FEATURES 

      • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten)
      • SXSW Film Festival Q&A Featuring the Cast and Filmmakers
      • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten

       

      Official Site: https://www.nickcage.movie/
      Publicity Materials: https://www.lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/
      Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2YHPZMj8r4&t=1s
      Instagram: @NickCageMovie
      Facebook: @NickCageMovie
      Twitter: @NickCageMovie
      Hashtag: #MassiveTalent

       
      PROGRAM INFORMATION
      Year of Production: 2020-2021
      Title Copyright: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent © 2022, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2022 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
      Type: Theatrical Release
      Rating: R for language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and violence
      Genre: Comedy Action
      Feature Run Time: 107 Minutes
      Closed-Captioned: N/A
      Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, English SDH
      4K Ultra HD™ Format:a-2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation, Dolby Vision 
      Blu-ray™ Format:a-1080p High Definition,a-16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
      DVD Format:a-16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
      4K Audio:a-English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio
      Blu-ray Audio: a-English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio
      DVD Audio: a-English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio


        4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 15, 2022 - May 21, 2022

         If you look at the next paragraph, you will see that we have hit a milestone for the weekly Release Guide. Yup, the end of a second year. As I reflect, I write these articles because I want to share my passion for movies. Most of the ones I post either appeal to myself personally and/or to the mainstream audience. Hope you enjoy our weekly recap and use our links to make your purchases. By doing so helps support our operation, we really do appreciate it.

         Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 52 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

        4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

         Mostly catalog titles this week, and some fine ones at that.

         First, the new release of the week is titled Infinite, an action/sci-fi film and is brought to you by Paramount Pictures.

         

         Staying with Paramount but moving on to catalog titles, there are a few here to talk about. Although it feels like only yesterday for the trilogy to be release on blu-ray, Beverly Hills Cop II joins the original movie to the 4K format. That means that only part 3 hasn't made the jump to 4K, and you will probably hate me for it, I thought it was a decent film on its own, but not comparing it to the first 2 films.

         

         Also this week we get our very first 4K release from the 'Paramount Presents' label, a Western titled The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring John Wayne and James Stewart. In my opinion Days of Thunder should have been the first 4K disc from them as they released a blu-ray under this label the same day they released a 4K standard release of the film, and just about every release from this label has been sourced from a 4K transfer. Remember that strong sales translate to cementing in place future endeavors, so let's remember to buy this as well as other discs that interest you!

         

        Shout! Factory has two titles to get this week, The Craft and Escape From New York. You realize that likely means you got to buy The Craft: Legacy now, right?

         

         

        The next slipcover style Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook comes out this week, look for Hell or High Water from LionsGate. Keep in mind if you like to be all inclusive, the digital codes that come with these also unlock the 4K stream.

         

        For Friday releases, a domestic music release, Goo Goo Dolls: Grounded With The Goo Goo Dolls and an import of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from Turbine Media in a standard case.

         

        Blu-ray releases-

        Moving on to blu-ray, as we do every week, listing the blu-ray counterpart from above first, Infinite is the only one this week. Sounds as confusing as the phrase 'One AND Many' doesn't it?

        How 'bout some TV on disc with Blood & Treasure: Season One from Paramount Entertainment? Making its blu-ray movie debut, the comedy/crime film Top Secret! makes itself available this week.

         

        An action film from Vertical Entertainment titled A Day to Die. This one stars Bruce Willis and has surely got to be close to one of his last films he has starred in.

        More TV on disc from Universal Pictures, The Last Kingdom: Season Five and The Last Kingdom: The Complete Series are available on Tuesday. The 2021 comedy/romance Licorice Pizza also comes out this week as well. The latter is one of those titles (as so many do) that has 4K digital available but not 4K disc.

         

        From Warner Archive Collection, the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

        Shout! Factory brings us a new remaster of Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale.

        The next Vestron Video release via LionsGate Extreme Prejudice streets this week.

         

        Criterion Collection's next entry is a Japanese comedy titled The Funeral and will be available Tuesday.

        From Arrow Video, 1982 horror/thriller Girls Nite Out, the standard edition street Tuesday, the Exclusive "The Scaremaker" O-Card edition on Monday, available at DiabolikDVD as well as other specialty shops.

        Anime highlights include Belle, available as a standard release and as a Target Exclusive SteelBook (keep in mind a deluxe 4K edition is coming this Summer), Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 12 (Kara Actuation), Infinite Stratos (Season 1) - Complete Collection, NANA - Complete Collection and SSSS.DYNAZENON - The Complete Season.

         

        Honorable mention: More Charles Bronson action from Kino Lorber, Violent, as well as the US cut of the film known as The Family, both come in the same package.

         

        Notable announcements from last week:

        Preorder links are available for Kino Lorber's release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4K and blu-ray editions, both available July 26th.

        Paramount has announced a 4K SteelBook release for Event Horizon with a street date of August 9th. Not done with Paramount, let's file this one under inevitable, they will be releasing the cult classic Friday the 13th on 4K disc September 13th. That's NOT a Friday in case you were wondering, May 13th is the only Friday the 13th this year.

        Overseas, StudioCanal has announced a 4K release of Red Sonja with a date of July 18th. It is probable that this release will make it to the U.S. under the Shout! Factory label, or even LionsGate. We have a link for the Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook release if you would like to check it out.

        Universal Home Entertainment will be bringing the original TV series The A-Team to blu-ray on June 28th. Finally a reason to retire the DVD box set!

        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?




        The 1956 Classic Giant Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21

           The 1956 epic western from George Stevens Sr. based on the novel by Edna Ferber and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final film role arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21, 2022.

        Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism, and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time!

        Giant - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
         

        Widely considered by critics as "ahead of its time" and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the film was chosen in 2005 to be preserved by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" for its heavy themes of racial injustice towards Mexican Americans and aiming to steer those views towards social acceptance for the first time in cinema.

        The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition will a newly restored 4K HDR presentation that "was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound". The SRP for this release is $24.99.

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


        .

        GIANT
        COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
         
        THE EPIC WESTERN DRAMA
        STARRING ELIZABETH TAYLOR, ROCK HUDSON AND JAMES DEAN
        WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH
        HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
         
        Own it June 21 on 4K Ultra HD and Digital

         

        Burbank, Calif., May 9, 2022 – Giant, the 1956 classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final role, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 

        George Stevens, Sr. won his second Oscar® for directing the sweeping family saga set in Texas during the days of the oil boom. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, the movie's release in 1956 was a massive box office hit and garnered 10 Academy Award® nominations. 

        Considered by critics as ahead of its time, Giant is admired today for the breadth of its humanity more than its epic scale with its grand themes of generational conflict, racial tolerance, and social change. It exposed the marginalization and segregation of Mexican Americans for the first time on the big screen. At the center of the film, Elizabeth Taylor, as Leslie Benedict, portrays a strong and progressive woman who acts to stem the patterns of injustice.

        In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 

        The new 4K restoration was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound.

        Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

        Giant will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for $24.99 ERP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film.  Fans can also own Giant in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on June 21.  
         
        About the Film:
        Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields. Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict (Hudson) and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink (Dean) both woo Leslie Lynnton (Taylor) a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican descent. Rink discovers oil on a small plot of land, and while he uses his vast, new wealth to buy all the land surrounding the Benedict ranch, the Benedict's disagreement over prejudice fuels conflict that runs across generations.
         

        Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Elements

        Giant Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
        •    Commentary by George Stevens Jr., Screen Writer Ivan Moffat and Critic Stephen Farber
        DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
         
        On June 21, Giant 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
         
         

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        Standard Street Date: 6/21/22
        EST Street Date: 6/21/22
        Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish and Castilian Spanish, French Parisian
        Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish and Castilian Spanish, French Parisian
        Run Time: 201 min (3hr 21min)
        Rated: G


         

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        4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 8, 2022 - May 15, 2022

        Alright, after a semi-slow week for releases, things are beginning to heat up. I get the feeling the Summer is going to have a ton of 4K releases and a higher than average slate of blu-rays as well.

        Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 51 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

        4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

        On the surface, this week looks like a very busy week. And if you are so inclined, you might want to buy a lot of the titles being offered. Let me explain as we go.

        First of all, the new release of the week is titled Uncharted, and yes, it's *that* Uncharted, the one based on the Nathan Drake video game universe. You can get this one as a standard edition and as a general release SteelBook.

         

        The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Vol. 2 is also available this week, bringing you 5 more titles from his vast collection. Unlike the first collection, this one has got all the titles available individually as well on the same day, they are Family Plot, Marnie, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt and The Trouble with Harry.

         

        And lastly, in preparation for the movie Jurassic World: Dominion, Universal is releasing the original 5 movies again, with the iconic simple artwork on each case. Look for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We know this franchise has sold a ton of product, because... dinosaurs!

         

        Blu-ray releases-

        Getting the blu-ray counterpart listed first, Uncharted is available as a standard release.

        If you have been collecting the series, Paramount's next Jason franchise single movie release SteelBook streets this week, Friday the 13th Part III.

        From Scream Factory, look for Wes Craven's werewolf feature titled Cursed. This one is listed as a Collector's Edition. From the Shout Factory label, The Ghost and the Darkness, and finally, from the Shout Select label, Two For The Money.

         

        From The Warner Archive Collection, the 1972 crime/thriller The Carey Treatment.

        If you've been waiting for a certain specific sequel, VCI has you covered with Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2.

         

        From Kino Lorber, a 3-D Film Archive restoration of Treasure of the Four Crowns (3D).

        From MGM Studios, a Channing Tatum comedy titled Dog.

         

        Criterion Collection's release this week is a French crime drama titled Mr. Klein.

        Anime highlights include Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG... in a standard release and a limited edition, The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky, Megazone 23 and The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent - The Complete Season.

         

        Honorable Mention: A little 80s nostalgia, A-ha: The Movie gets a blu-ray release. A few months ago it was pointed out to me that their signature hit video 'Take On Me' had recently had a 4K remaster posted on YouTube and I thought that was pretty random, but now this explains everything!

         

        Notable announcements from last week:

        Robocop: The Series has been delayed 2 weeks to May 24th.

        Shout! Factory's various labels have been busy with announcements for the month of July. Titles include a 4K release of Species, Lion of the Desert 4K, The Message 4K (previously leaked by another retailer for April, but obviously pushed back), blu-rays of The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series, JFK Revisited: The Complete Collection, Pompo The Cinephile, Georgia Rule and Starhunter ReduX: The Complete Series. I would expect a couple of more titles to be added to this list in the next week or so, and also would expect to see an official announcement for the 4K collector's edition of Belle for an early July(ish) release as well.

        Another Netflix release on blu-ray via Sony Pictures is coming June 14th, Fatherhood. Coming soon Better Call Saul: Season Six, which appears to be the final season, and Outlander: Season 6, just like before, a standard release and a Collector's Edition.

        The Beatles: Get Back appears to be coming soon as well after being recalled due to audio issues. I would expect an official announcement soon for that as well.

        Kino Lorber's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4K has a July 26th 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?




        Miss Out On Turbine's 4K Ultra HD SteelBook of Texas Chain Saw Massacre? A Standard Release is coming May 20th

        Did you miss out on Turbine's excellent SteelBook release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? A standard release is on its way May 20th, 2022.

        Even with four packaging options, Turbine Media Group's new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre sold out in record time. If those SteelBooks weren't your thing, don't gas up the chainsaw in a cannibalistic rage to get one - a new standard softbox release is on its way for May 20th, 2022 and is now up for pre-order at Turbine's shop!

        The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 
        4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

         

        You're getting all of the same discs and bonus features content of the SteelBook set - just without the slick fancy packaging. You're still getting the excellent Dolby Vision HDR (and HDR10) transfer with the terrific Atmos and Auro3D audio options along with all of the audio commentaries and extra interviews and documentaries. So in that regard you're not going to miss a thing. Now if you're feeling a little left out with this standard packaging, you do pick up what I think is a cool extra that the SteelBook release didn't have - reversible insert artwork depicting the original German poster art! 

        Reversible Insert Artwork

         

        This is actually my holy grail of original movie posters and I haven't been able to get my hands on one out in the wild. I've seen them listed on eBay, but that ain't exactly the best place to shoot for authentic original movie posters. So on that note, I consider this a pretty cool little extra. 

        Bonus Material

        + four audio commentaries by cast, director, cameraman, editor and sound engineer
        + documentaries and interviews The Chainsaw Business: From Grandfather's Stitching Box, The Chainsaw Cut, The Hallowed Ground of Horror
        + Documentaries: TCM – A Family Portrait; The Shocking; Truth, Flesh Wounds and Off the Hook
        + A Tour of the TCM House with Gunnar Hansen
        + Removed Scenes and Outtakes
        + The Shocking Truth Outtakes
        + 40th Anniversary Trailer, Cinema Trailer (USA, D), US TV & radio spot

        As I mentioned, this set is now up for pre-order - just follow the "Go To Store" button in our listing and it'll take you right over to Turbine's shop. If you're running Firefox or Chrome, your browser should automatically translate to German and you're all set. 


        The coolest Wrapping Paper on the web

        Over at the Flashbak Shop, they’ve got what might be the coolest wrapping paper ever. With designs by the likes of Ernst Haeckel, Louis Wain, Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky, your gift will never look better. Never buy boring wrapping paper again. Check out their full range of wrapping paper.

        They also have great deal on their gorgeous fine art greeting cards and postcards – buy any 10 or more and get 20% off your total order. Postcards come with a craft envelope, so you can make art part of any gift.

        Check out the Flashbak Shop for the coolest wrapping paper ever and much more.


        Which football players are good at golf?

        Football and golf are two sports that seem to go hand in hand. It has been proven for decades that footballers can escape the everyday pressures of football by playing golf.

        A relaxing sport, many current and ex-professionals have excelled not only on the pitch but also on the greens. 

        As recently as the start of this month, we saw Premier League club Brightonas stars take on a golfing challenge courtesy of Betway, with Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross and Adam Lallana going up against each other in pairs to see who could drive the ball the furthest, who could hit an approach nearest the pin and who could scramble their way out of a bunker.A

        As you can imagine with four professional footballers the action was competitive and there were also several questionable moments, as you can see in the video below.

        Letas now look at the most famous footballers who also love golf.

        Gareth Bale

        It would be wrong to start any article talking about which footballers are good at golf without mentioning Gareth Bale. In fact, if there is any footballer that might spike an interest in the golf betting were he to join the tour, it would be Bale, such is his reputed love for the game.

        Despite getting off to an electric start at Real Madrid, things have soured for the Welshman and part of that is because of Baleas love of golf.

        The Welsh Wizard has made no secret about his love for the game and itas reported that he has recreated some of the most famous holes in the world at his home. Over the last few seasons, Bale has had a string of different injuries and many in the Spanish media believe it is just his way of ensuring that he can play more golf. 

        Harry Kane

        The Spurs and English hitman loves his golf a as football fans would have seen in his interview on Gary Nevilleas Overlap podcast – and reportedly plays off a four handicap. Kaneas love of the game is so great that he has been to watch The Open in person as well as making a whistle-stop tour to this yearas Masters.

        Kane loves spending time on the golf course and who knows what the future might bring once he has hung up his boots.

        Andriy Shevchenko

        The former Ukrainian star is a mad golfer. The ex Chelsea and AC Milan striker even turned professional back in 2013, competing in the Kharkov Superior Cup. Despite finishing 121st out of 131 players, Shevchenko is one of the best footballers to make the transition from the pitch to the fairways.

        Alan Shearer

        Alan Shearer is the Premier Leagueas top scorer and he has shown numerous times that he can be just as effective on the golf course. At any of the leading Pro Am events in the UK Shearer is a name you will often see on the leaderboard. 


        Spellbinding prints of New York City In Neon

        The brilliant Flashbak shop for archival prints has a new range of photographs by Gerry Cranham. The British photographer (born 1928), took these pictures and many more in the late 1960s, experimenting with speed and light. The results are spellbinding. New York City, London and Las Vegas throb with energy.

        Gerry captures the thrill of seeing halos of bright hues appended against the black night sky as mankindas wattage vies to usurp the moon and the give substance to lifeas fragility. Rather than seeing the neon lights as part of messages to pull us in off the street and into restaurants and clubs, Cranham plays with them, creating transformative clusters of abstract images, so that words and signs show us how light sculpts, altering what we see and how we see it.

        You canA buy printsA of Gerry Cranhamas spellbinding photographs in theA Flashbak shop.

        Copyright Gerry Cranham,. Pictures not be used without permission.


        The mayor of Kyiv shows how to do a TV interview

        In other news, Kyiv Mayor and former boxing champion, Vitale Klitschko, says his people must fight like the Israelis.

        aWe have to learn from Israel how to defend our country, with every citizen,a he told the Jerusalem Post. aIf they love the country, they need to be ready to defend the country. We have a lot to learn from Israel because we need every citizen to defend his home and his future.a

        His fatheras mother is Jewish. aI am proud to have Jewish blood,a he said. Around 900,000 Ukrainian Jews were murdered in the Shoah.

        In 2009, the then Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko gave Roman Shukhevych, an SS officer responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands of Jews, the title of hero of Ukraine.

        In 2017, a street named after General Nikolai Vatutin, who liberated Kyiv from the Nazis, was to be named after Shukhevych. The decision was passed by the city council with a majority of 69 out of 120.

        In Ukraine, history is never far away…


        Russian cosmonauts arrive at International Space Station dressed in yellow and blue of Ukraine

        The three new arrivals on ISS were dressed in the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag as they emerged from their Soyuz capsule after docking with the space station. Their yellow uniforms carried blue stripes, instead of the standard-issue blue.

        If it was a bold statement against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine it was done far away from Vladimir Putin’s goons.

        Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory yesterday, joining the crew of two Russians, four Americans and one German.

        In a message to Earth, Artemyev said crews choose their own outfits. aIt became our turn to pick a colour. But, in fact, we had accumulated a lot of yellow material so we needed to use it. So thatas why we had to wear yellow.a

        Whether or not the message reached the Russian people trammelled by the country’s censored media is no clear. After all, they’ve lied before about what goes on in space…


        William Nicholson’s London Types

        William Nicholson designed his ‘London Types‘ in 1898. Printmaker William Nicholson worked in partnership with his brother-in-law James Pryde, under the pseudonym the Beggarstaff Brothers.

        Spitalfields Life

        Although not strictly aCries of London,a some of these characters are familiar from earlier series of prints stretching back over the previous century and, recognising this, Nicholson portrays them as quaint curiosities from another age. In each case, the ironic doggerel by W.E. Henley that accompanied them poked fun at the anachronistic nature of these social stereotypes, through outlining the ambivalent existence of the individual subjects a whether the street hawker displaced in Kensington far from his East End home, or the aristocratic lady at Rotten Row challenged by her suburban counterparts, or the drunken Sandwich-man displaying moral texts, or the fifteenth generation Bluecoat boy at Charterhouse School in Smithfield now moved out to Horsham.

        See the full set of prints at Flashbak.


        Dutch designer Ootje Oxenaar’s handmade replacement book cover spines

        Dutch designer Ootje Oxenaar created replacement book cover spines. You can see them in a new book,A Ootje Oxenaar Spines.

        Although renowned for his designs for Dutch banknotes and postage stamps, Oxenaar was a prolific designer of book spines. This wasnat done for commercial publishers, but for books in his own library. When he didnat care for what he saw poking out from a shelf (or when he needed to procrastinate) he would make his own spine for a book. The result is a fantastic and fantastical mosaic made of tall-and-skinny strips, hand-lettered and drawn with great skill and great whimsy.

        Spotter:A i love typography


        Winnie the Pooh is now in the public domain

        This Public Domain Day on January 1, 2022 meant works from 1926 lost their copyright and became yours to play around with and enjoy. Around 400,000 recordings published before 1923 entered the public domain thanks to the 2018 Music Modernization Act (MMA).A

        You can explore them at the National Jukebox, the Library of Congressa archive of sound.

        You can find music to go with your version of A. A. Milneas firstA Winnie the PoohA book. Here are some more books now in the public domain:

        • A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, illustrations by E. H. Shepard
        • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
        • Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope
        • Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues
        • T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
        • Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
        • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist
        • Edna Ferber, Show Boat
        • William Faulkner, Soldiersa Pay
        • Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy
        • D. H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent
        • H. L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy
        • Vita Sackville-Westas The Land
        • Franz Kafkaas The Castle
        • Felix Saltenas Bambi, A Life in the Woods

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