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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Details Announced - Street Date March 31

Final Details have been announced for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker with a street date of March 31. In addition to a multitude of retailer exclusives, Disney will also be releasing all previously unavailable on 4K disc titles as individual releases as well. Let's also not forget that Best Buy will be offering a retailer exclusive with all nine films of the Star Wars saga, called The Skywalker Collection which works out to around $26 per movie.

Finally, don't forgot to visit the linked Forum where all the March 31st Star Wars releases are catalogued, with purchase links, near the bottom of the article or here, or just click the links to the discs mentioned in this article, your choice --

Here is what Disney officially says about The Rise of Skywalker :

Everything you want from a Star Wars film” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety

OWN THE FINAL FILM IN THE CONCLUSION OF THE SKYWALKER SAGA

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Over two hours of bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary and behind-the-scenes access to the cast and filmmakers who brought the epic scenes and characters to life

BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2020) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, electrified audiences around the globe, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Soon fans can complete their collections when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on March 17, two weeks before it lands physically in 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 31.

Bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary, which goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Bonus features also dig into the film’s Pasaana desert scenes, including the thrilling landspeeder chase, and the ship in which Rey discovers family secrets as well as a new little droid named D-O. Plus, fans will hear from Warwick Davis, who reprises his role as Wicket the Ewok, as well as the creature effects team that created a record 584 creatures and droids for the film. Digital consumers will receive an exclusive feature highlighting legendary composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga.

Bonus features include*:

  • The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.

  • Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.

  • D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.

  • Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.

  • Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!

Digital Exclusive:

  • The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

The ninth and final episode in the Skywalker saga welcomed the return of original characters Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Emperor Palpatine and Lando Calrissian, along with the latest generation of heroes and villains, including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Maz, Rose, General Hux and Kylo Ren. Newcomers include Jannah, a new ally of the Resistance; Allegiant General Pryde of the First Order; and smuggler Zorii Bliss. 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their at-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Ultimate Collector’s Edition, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD paired with fully immersive picture and sound and Dolby Atmos audio, allowing viewers at home to practically feel the Force.

On March 31, coinciding with the physical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, eight Star Wars films are being released on 4K UHD for the first time: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 142 min.

RATING: PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

ASPECT RATIO: 2.39:1

AUDIO: 4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus

Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

  UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (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)

HD Digital = 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)

SD Digital = 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)

SUBTITLES: 4K UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and French

Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French

DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French

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

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Website: https://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-ix-the-rise-of-skywalker

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/starwars

Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars

Instagram: http://instagram.com/starwars

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/starwars

ABOUT STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Naomi Ackie (Jannah), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Richard E. Grant (General Pryde), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Keri Russell (Zorii Bliss), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), with Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian).

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams and the story is by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio, based on characters created by George Lucas. Composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga since 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, returns for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.

Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company's activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California. Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. ©2020 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 

MOVIES ANYWHERE (MA):

Movies Anywhere 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. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios. It is also home to Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, and Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY: Win Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy Blu-ray OR Gemini Man 4K UHD Blu-ray!

EDIT: As of Wednesday, Jan 22 at 9:10am this contest is now CLOSED! Thank you for participating, winners will be notified shortly. 

Thanks to the incredibly kind folks at Paramount Pictures, we have THREE copies of the Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy Blu-ray and we have THREE copies of Gemini Man 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to give away by 9AM (EST) Wednesday, Jan 22nd!

Paramount delivered one hell of a beautiful 4K UHD Blu-ray with Gemini Man presented in native 4K 60fps. On top of that, they delivered a full trilogy set of Eddy Murphy Beverly Hills Cop hilarity all wrapped up in one nice neat little package complete with recent remasters so the films look better than ever! You have a chance to take one of these bad boys home and add to your collection! 

Beverly Hills Cop II

Gemini Man

TO ENTER


1) Like & Share this Post and Follow High-Def Digest on Facebook 

2) POST this article to your Facebook with a gif of Will Smith or Eddy Murphy tagging High-Def Digest using hashtag #GeminiMan4KGiveaway or #BeverlyHillsCopGiveaway. You can create two different posts to be considered for both titles - but you can't win both. If you win one, you're no longer considered for the second title.

If Facebook won't let you include a gif with the link to this article - post the gif as a followup comment in your post.

3) Lastly - COMMENT below (on this page), with your favorite Eddy Murphy or Will Smith quote with the movie or show title so we know you're you!

THE GIVEAWAY ENTRY PERIOD ENDS

At 5AM EST on Wednesday, Jan 22nd 2020!

THREE WINNERS For Each Giveaway

Again, you CAN enter for a chance to win Gemini Man 4K or Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy Blu-ray, but you can only win one of them. The winners for each contest will be selected at RANDOM, notified in the comments below, and given 24 hours to message us directly on Facebook with their preferred shipping information. If we don't hear from you - after 24 hours, we'll move onto the next random winner, and so on until all copies are called for.

By entering or participating in this giveaway, participants agree to be bound by High-Def Digest's Official Rules, which you can read in full HERE. Contest is open to residents within the United States. Sadly can't send to P.O. Boxes or outside of the U.S. 

Good luck to you all!

Zombieland: Double Tap details and street date announced

LOCKED AND LOADED WITH BONUS CONTENT INCLUDING NINE ALTERNATE & EXTENDED SCENES, A HILARIOUS BLOOPER REEL AND MORE!

 Remember to limber up and beware of bathrooms, as Woody Harrelson (Venom), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Abigail Breslin (“Scream Queens”) and Emma Stone (La La Land) return to the United States of Zombieland ten years after their first undead adventure for Ruben Fleischer’s long-awaited ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP coming to Digital December 24 and 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-rayTM and DVD January 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

 

Experience an all-new adventure with some of your favorite zombie apocalypse survivors, as well as newcomers Rosario Dawson (TV’s “The Defenders”), Zoey Deutch (TV’s “The Politician”), Luke Wilson (Old School), Avan Jogia (Shaft), and Thomas Middleditch (TV’s “Silicon Valley”).

Set one decade after the events of the first film, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP finds Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), and Wichita (Emma Stone) working together as a well-oiled, zombie-killing machine with a new home in the now-vacant White House. These four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

In addition to the film’s on-screen reunion, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP brings back several fan-favorites behind the camera as well. Director Ruben Fleischer returns to the Zombieland universe after the blockbuster debut of Venom in 2018, directing a script penned by original Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, in addition to Dave Callaham, solidifying ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP as an event ten years in the making.

 

The bonus materials for ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP include audio commentary by Ruben Fleischer, a hilarious blooper reel, nine alternate & extended scenes, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes diving into the making of the film and more!

 

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP has a runtime of approximately 99 minutes and is rated R for bloody violence, language throughout, some drug and sexual content. The IMAX® Enhanced 4K Ultra HDTM edition features digitally remastered content presented with High Dynamic Range and DTS:X® audio for a more immersive at-home entertainment experience.

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP BONUS MATERIALS

CAST AND CREW

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, Avan Jogia, Thomas Middleditch

Executive Producers: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Rebecca Rivo, Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Jack Heller, Doug Belgrad

Written By: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham

Producer: Gavin Polone

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Zombieland: Double Tap

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Frozen II - Available for pre-order on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital.

After its first week, Disney's Frozen II has already brought in nearly $500 Million worldwide. Coming six-years after the original Frozen, which remained in the top 10 at the box office for a whopping 17 weeks and ultimately took in $1.27 Billion. A speculative street date would not likely be any bit sooner than April 2020.

 With several options available, particularly with retailer exclusives, it might be wise to secure your copy today if the retailer exclusive is your desire.

Frozen II 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

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Frozen II 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook)

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Frozen II 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Target Exclusive)

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Many Disney+ Accounts Have Been Compromised - Check Your Password!

Double Check Your Disney+ Password!

According to a recent ZDNet article, thousands of users have reported their accounts have been compromised - some have been locked out altogether. While after a week of notable glitches, this would sound like more bad news. However, if you dig into the story more and read past the sensational headlines that have been spreading around like wildfire in the last 24 hours, it reads more as if folks didn't create new unique passwords for their accounts and simply recycled one that was already compromised. In other cases, it sounds like key-stroke logging malware or info-stealing software could be the culprit rather than a true hack of Disney+.

As users accounts are apparently being sold on the dark web, Disney+ has a big customer service problem on their hands. Obviously people are upset so some tweets and Facebook posts are less than thrilled with Disney's customer service, but at the same time, it is troubling that there doesn't appear to be any contingency plan in place for an event such as this. While most folks' experience with the streaming platform has been relatively problem-free (I keep having to turn off subtitles but that's it), this simple case of people not taking their cybersecurity seriously is turning into more bad press for Disney+ after their slightly bumpy rollout and news that torrent sites already offer full rips of their content. 

Create Unique Passwords

This is a bit of a no-brainer but it still needs to be said: create unique passwords for your accounts! While it's tempting to share accounts you also need to be careful who you share your login information with - that person's computer could be compromised and be the source of your troubles. As our viewing content moves towards streaming, it's going to be that much more important that we stay vigilant with our logins/passwords and our cybersecurity as a whole. 

Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Dated & Detailed
The film starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie is now up for pre-orders at Amazon.
TAMMY AND THE T-REX Incoming for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
The 1994 science fiction comedy starring Denise Richards and Paul Walker will be taking a bite out of 4K this November.
IT: CHAPTER TWO 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Dated & Detailed
The Stephen King adaptation starring Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader is now up for pre-orders at Amazon.
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Up for Pre-Order
Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock will kick more zombie ass on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray.
Roland Emmerich's UNIVERSAL SOLDIER Dated for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
The 1992 action sci-fi starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren has been confirmed for a 4K release in the US.
GEMINI MAN 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Pre-Orders Live
Will Smith will take on Will Smith on 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and digital platforms.
HUSTLERS Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray
The crime drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu is heading to 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray in December.
ANGEL HAS FALLEN Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray
The action flick starring Gerard Butler will hit 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and digital platforms in November.
RAMBO: LAST BLOOD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Pre-Orders Up
John Rambo is getting locked and loaded for 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and Digital platforms in December.
THE INFINITY SAGA COLLECTOR'S EDITION With All 23 MCU Movies Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
All 23 MCU films are coming to 4K Blu-ray in a massive box set.
Disney 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Pre-Orders: MOANA, TANGLED, ZOOTOPIA, and More
Five Disney animated catalog titles are coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in November.
JOKER 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Pre-Orders Live
The Clown Prince of Crime is heading to 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray.
Rumor Mill: Easy Rider (1969) headed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release in December 2019

Easy Rider (1969) is rumored to have a release date of December 2, 2019 in the UK, and we have an Amazon UK link for the pre-order. One can expect an official announcement shortly from Sony with more details. If they maintain a similar release date structure in the U.S. you can expect to see it before Christmas, possibly even as early as December 3rd.

The classic adventure film is directed by Dennis Hopper and stars Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and a little known actor, Jack Nicholson.

You can find the latest specs for Easy Rider from our 4K release schedule where it is currently listed under Dec 2, 2019.


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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 Dated and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray
The animated sequel will hit home video in November.
Rumor Mill: EYES WIDE SHUT Headed for 20th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray
Stanley Kubrick's final film starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman is rumored to be heading to 4K.

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