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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Hitches a Ride to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Never-Before-Seen Footage November 22

The classic John Hughes comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy celebrates its 35th anniversary with a 4K UHD Blu-ray including over an hour's worth of brand new content on November 22.

Steve Martin and John Candy star in this hysterical tale of travel gone awry. Neal Page (Martin) is an uptight ad exec trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving with his family. When rerouted to Wichita, Neal reluctantly partners with Del Griffith (Candy), an obnoxious yet loveable salesman. Together, they embark on a cross-country adventure filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth.

The newly-remastered film not only arrives on a 4K UHD Blu-ray presented in HDR-10 & Dolby Vision, the release will also include a "bonus “LOST LUGGAGE” Blu-ray Disc™ containing over an hour of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes that were recently discovered in the archives of writer, producer and director John Hughes. The newly uncovered footage offers a unique glimpse into the filmmaking and editing process and features even more hilarious moments between Steve Martin and John Candy."

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Planes, Trains and Automobiles - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Now up for pre-order! 

Check out the full press release below:


CELEBRATING ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY, JOHN HUGHES’ COMEDY CLASSIC LANDS ON 4K ULTRA HD WITH OVER AN HOUR OF PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED FILM FOOTAGE 

Making an On-Time Arrival November 22, 2022, Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Written and directed by the incomparable John Hughes, the celebrated comedy PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES comes in for a landing on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on November 22, 2022 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released on November 25, 1987, PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.  Starring comedy greats Steve Martin and John Candy, the uproarious film has become a beloved holiday classic.

Newly remastered on 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES looks better than ever and is packaged with a bonus “LOST LUGGAGE” Blu-ray Disc containing over an hour of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes that were recently discovered in the archives of writer, producer and director John Hughes.  The newly uncovered footage offers a unique glimpse into the filmmaking and editing process and features even more hilarious moments between Steve Martin and John Candy.

In addition to the newly discovered footage, the bonus Blu-ray Disc also includes Dylan Baker’s original audition for the character of Owen.  The 4K Ultra HD Disc includes the feature film and the following legacy bonus content:

  • Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast (2-Part Documentary):                        
  • John Hughes: The Voice of a Generation                                           
  • Heartbreak and Triumph: The Legacy of John Hughes                               
  • John Hughes for Adults      
  • A Tribute to John Candy

The release also includes access to a Digital copy of the film.

Synopsis

Steve Martin and John Candy star in this hysterical tale of travel gone awry. Neal Page (Martin) is an uptight ad exec trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving with his family. When rerouted to Wichita, Neal reluctantly partners with Del Griffith (Candy), an obnoxious yet loveable salesman. Together, they embark on a cross-country adventure filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth.

Ray Liotta' 1994 Sci-fic Action Classic No Escape Coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3-Disc Meidabook from Turbine October 7th

One of the most underappreciated post-apocalyptic science fiction action classics is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with deluxe three-disc Mediabooks from Turbine Medien 

Convicted of murder, naval officer John Robbins is exiled to Absolom. The secret prison island is divided into two camps: On the one hand, the evil Outsiders rule, led by the bloodthirsty Marek. On the other side live the insiders who want to spend their meager existence as peacefully as possible. When Robbins steals the Outsiders' ultimate weapon, he ignites a war between the factions. Although he finds refuge with the insiders, there is only one thought that keeps him alive: escape from Absolom...

Meanwhile here in the states, we're only getting a standard Blu-ray release. A fan favorite that's had pretty damn terrible home video releases post-laserdisc, No Escape or Flucht Aus Absolom as it's known in Germany finally gets the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray treatment deserves from Turbine Medien. This deluxe three-disc Mediabook will offer the film in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision HDR, 1080p Blu-ray, with an extra Blu-ray for Bonus Features. To sweeten the deal for folks looking to import this for the collection, Both the 4K disc and the 1080p Blu-ray will offer German and English Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D audio! You have three covers to choose from:

No Escape (Fluct Aus Absolom) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Mediabook Cover A - 1000 Units

No Escape (Fluct Aus Absolom) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Mediabook Cover B - 333 Units

No Escape (Fluct Aus Absolom) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Mediabook Cover C - 500 Units

Here's everything you're getting on the discs and bonus features:

Language / sound: German Dolby Atmos, English Dolby Atmos, German Auro 13.1, English Auro 13.1, German DTS 2.0 (stereo), English DTS 2.0 (stereo), English DTS HD MA 2.0 (stereo)
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 ( 2160p24 Ultra HD - with HDR/Dolby Vision), 2.40:1 (1080p24 Full HD), 1.78:1 (1080p24 Full HD)
Subtitles: German, English
Running time: 118 minutes

Bonus material:
Theatrical trailer DE & USA (HD) - US TV spots - Legends of Absolom - New interviews with: Director Martin Campbell* (HD, approx. 23 min.), Producer Gale Anne Hurd* (HD, approx. 27 min.) , cinematographer Phil Meheux* (HD, approx. 31 min.), stunt coordinator / 2nd unit director Conrad E. Palmisano* (HD, approx. 46 min.), writer Joel Gross* (HD, approx. 18 min.) - Making-of documentation* (SD, approx. 28 min.) - Promo featurette* (SD, approx. 6 min.) - Book part by Christoph N. Kellerbach about the history of the creation
*with optional German/English subtitles


All of these are up for pre-order, we're hoping to review it ourselves, but these are likely going to sell fast! - Happy Collecting!

Criterion Announces Four Blu-ray Packages for December Including Two Triple Feature Sets

This December, The Criterion Collection is bringing Cooley High, The Velvet Underground, and two 3-film sets from directors Mai Zetterling and Austrian auteur Michael Haneke to Blu-ray. 

First up on December 6 we have the Michael Haneke: Trilogy  featuring The Seventh Continent, Benny's Video, and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance on Blu-ray.

Michael Haneke: Trilogy - Criterion Collection 

One of contemporary cinema’s most original, provocative, and uncompromising filmmakers, Austrian auteur Michael Haneke dares viewers to stare into the void of modern existence. With his first three theatrical features, The Seventh Continent, Benny’s Video, and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance—a trilogy depicting a coldly bureaucratic society in which genuine human relationships have been supplanted by a deep-seated collective malaise—Haneke established the rigorous visual style and unsettling themes that would recur throughout his work. Exploring the relationships among consumerism, violence, mass media, and contemporary alienation, these brilliant, relentlessly probing films open up profound questions about the world in which we live while refusing the false comfort of easy answers.

THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

  • High-definition digital masters, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • New interview with actor Arno Frisch
  • New interview with film historian Alexander Horwath
  • Interviews from 2005 with Haneke 
  • Documentary about Haneke’s career featuring interviews with the director and actors Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, and Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Deleted scenes from Benny’s Video
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translations 
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist John Wray

THE SEVENTH CONTINENT

The day-to-day routines of a seemingly ordinary Austrian family (Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, and Leni Tanzer) begin to take on a sinister complexion in Michael Haneke’s chilling portrait of bourgeois anomie giving way to shocking self-destruction. Inspired by a true story, the director’s first theatrical feature finds him fully in command of his style, observing with rigorous, clinical detachment the spiritual emptiness at the heart of consumer culture—and the horror that lurks beneath its placid surfaces. The Seventh Continent builds to an annihilating encounter with the televisual void that powerfully synthesizes Haneke’s ideas about the link between violence and our culture of manufactured emotion.

1989 • 108 minutes • Color • Monaural • In German with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

 

BENNY’S VIDEO

Michael Haneke turns the unflinching gaze of the camera back on itself in this provocative, profoundly disturbing study of emotional disconnection in the age of mass-media saturation. Benny (a frighteningly affectless Arno Frisch), the teenage son of wealthy, disengaged parents (Angela Winkler and Ulrich Mühe), finds release in the world of violent videos—an obsession that leads him to create his own monstrous work of real-life horror. Layering screens within screens and digital frames within the filmic frame, Benny’s Video is a coolly postmodern, metacinematic labyrinth in which the boundaries between actual and mediated violence become terrifyingly indistinguishable.

1992 • 110 minutes • Color • Monaural • In German with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

71 FRAGMENTS OF A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE

The simultaneously random and interconnected nature of modern existence comes into harrowing focus in the despairing final installment of Michael Haneke’s trilogy. Seventy-one intricate, puzzlelike scenes survey the routines of a handful of seemingly unrelated people—including an undocumented Romanian boy (Gabriel Cosmin Urdes) living on the streets of Vienna, a couple (Anne Bennent and Udo Samel) who are desperate to adopt a child, and a college student (Lukas Miko) on the edge—whose stories collide in a devastating encounter at a bank. The omnipresent drone of television news broadcasts in 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance underscores Haneke’s vision of a numb, dehumanizing world in which emotional estrangement can be punctured only by the shock of sudden violence.

1994 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • In German with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio


The last three Blu-ray titles will all release on December 13, starting with the 1975 comedy-drama  Cooley High  from Director Michael Schultz.

Cooley High - Criterion Collection 

Chicago, 1964: it’s the last weeks of high school for aspiring poet Preach (Glynn Turman) and his best friend, Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), and they have a full slate of extracurricular activities: swinging dance parties, late-night joyrides, and the stumbling pursuit of romance. Of course, when you’re a young Black man in America, your coming-of-age story is far from complication-free. With Cooley High, director Michael Schultz and screenwriter Eric Monte—who drew on his own experiences growing up in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project—arrived at something truly unique in 1970s cinema: an endearingly funny, tender, and authentic portrait of Black teens striving toward a brighter tomorrow, brought to life by a dynamic ensemble cast and set to a heavenly hit parade of Motown classics.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Michael Schultz, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New conversation between Schultz and film scholar Racquel J. Gates
  • Program on the making of the film
  • Panel discussion from the 2019 tribute to Cooley High at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, featuring Schultz, actor and filmmaker Robert Townsend, casting director Gloria Schultz, and actors Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Garrett Morris
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

 1975 • 107 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


The documentary The Velvet Underground  from filmmaker Todd Haynes.

The Velvet Underground - Criterion Collection 

Emerging from the primordial soup of glamour, gutter sleaze, and feverish creativity that was New York’s 1960s underground culture, the Velvet Underground redefined music with its at once raw and exalted blend of experimentation and art-damaged rock and roll. In his kaleidoscopic documentary The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes vividly evokes the band’s incandescent world: the creative origins of the twin visionaries Lou Reed and John Cale, Andy Warhol’s fabled Factory, and the explosive tension between pop and the avant-garde that propelled the group and ultimately consumed it. Never-before-seen performances, interviews, rare recordings, and mind-blowing transmissions from the era’s avant-garde cinema scene come together in an ecstatic swirl of sound and image that is to the traditional music documentary what the Velvets were to rock: utterly revolutionary.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital master, approved by director Todd Haynes and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Haynes and editors Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz
  • Outtakes of interviews shot for the film with musicians John Cale, Jonathan Richman, and Maureen Tucker; filmmaker Jonas Mekas; and actor Mary Woronov
  • Conversation from 2021 among Haynes, Cale, and Tucker
  • Complete versions of some of the avant-garde films excerpted in the movie, including Piero Heliczer’s Venus in Furs (1965)  
  • Teaser
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Optional annotated subtitle track that identifies the avant-garde films seen in the movie
  • PLUS: A 2021 essay by critic Greil Marcus

2021 • 120 minutes • Color/Black & White • Dolby Atmos/5.1 surround • 1.77:1 aspect ratio


And finally, a set of three films from director  Mai Zetterling  will be available on the same date. Included in this set is Loving Couples, Night Games, and The Girls.

Three Films By Mai Zetterling - Criterion Collection 

A fearlessly transgressive, long-overlooked pioneer of feminist cinema, Swedish actor turned director Mai Zetterling ruffled the feathers of the patriarchal establishment with a string of bracingly modern, sexually frank, and politically incendiary films focused on female agency and the turbulent state of twentieth-century Europe. Her peerless ability to render subjective psychological states with startling immediacy is on display in Loving Couples, Night Games, and The Girls—three provocative, taboo-shattering works from the 1960s featuring some of Swedish cinema’s most iconic stars. With their audacious narrative structures that fuse reality and fantasy, their elaborate use of metaphor and symbolism, and their willingness to delve into the most fraught realms of human experience, these movies are models of adventurous, passionately engaged filmmaking.

THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • New interview with author Alicia Malone
  • Maybe I Really Am a Sorceress, a 1989 documentary on director Mai Zetterling, featuring interviews with Zetterling; her coscreenwriter, David Hughes; and actors Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, and Gunnel Lindblom
  • Lines from the Heart, a 1996 documentary reuniting The Girls actors Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, and Lindblom
  • Interview with Zetterling from 1984 on Loving Couples and The Girls
  • Swedish television footage from 1966, filmed on location during the production of Night Games and at the film’s premiere
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Mariah Larsson

LOVING COUPLES

The title of Mai Zetterling’s boldly iconoclastic debut feature—adapted from a cycle of seven novels by the provocative feminist writer Agnes von Krusenstjerna—drips with irony. In 1915, three pregnant women from varying social backgrounds (Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom, and Gio Petré) enter a maternity ward. Cue a swirl of perspective-shifting flashbacks that, with searing psychological insight, illuminate the divergent yet interconnected experiences that brought them there—and that came to a head during one lavish, debauched Midsommar celebration. Wildly subversive in its treatment of sexuality, gender, class, religion, marriage, and motherhood, Loving Couples is as electrifying a first feature as any in cinema history, announcing the arrival of an uncompromising artist in pursuit of raw emotional truth.

1964 • 118 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Swedish with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

 

NIGHT GAMES

Outrageous and explosively controversial (the Venice Film Festival refused to screen it publicly, while John Waters has called it his favorite film), Mai Zetterling’s second feature is a blazing psychosexual odyssey with heaving Freudian flourishes. On the eve of his marriage to his fiancée (Lena Brundin), Jan (Keve Hjelm) returns to his childhood home—a sprawling estate stuffed with antiques—where he relives his memories of his beautiful, decadent, mercurial mother (Ingrid Thulin) and finds himself forced to confront his unresolved Oedipal longings. Seamlessly interweaving past and present, carnivalesque camp and potent symbolism, Night Games functions as both a feverishly perverse family portrait and a serious statement on the tormented soul of a modern Europe reckoning with the demons of its past.

1966 • 105 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Swedish with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

 

THE GIRLS

Mai Zetterling’s cinema reached new heights of exuberant experimentation and fierce political engagement with this pointed and playful touchstone of 1960s feminist cinema. As they tour Sweden in a theatrical production of Lysistrata, performing to often uncomprehending audiences, three women (national cinema icons Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, and Gunnel Lindblom) find their own lives and marriages mirrored in the complex, combative gender relations at the heart of Aristophanes’s play. Onstage drama, offstage reality, and a torrent of surrealist fantasies and daydreams collide in The Girls, a slashing, sardonic reflection on the myriad challenges confronting women on their path to liberation, and on the struggles of the female artist fighting to make her voice heard over the patriarchal din.

1968 • 100 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • in Swedish with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio


As usual, we'll continue to post updates as soon as they become available.

Jordan Peele's Sci-fi Thriller Nope Invades 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray on October 25

The science fiction/horror from Academy Award winner Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) stars Oscar-winner winner Daniel Kaluuya, Emmy-winner Keke Palmer, Oscar-nominee Steven Yeun, and Brandon Perea from The OA will hit home video on October 25 with an earlier arrivial on digital September 20.  

Fans of the film will find over 90 minutes of never-before-seen bonus features including a 56-minute immersive documentary (not included on the DVD) and Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

Jordan Peele reimagines the summer movie with NOPE, an expansive epic of uncanny science fiction. Following their father’s shocking death, Hollywood animal wrangler OJ (Kaluuya) and his sister Emerald (Palmer) begin observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch that leads them down an obsessive rabbit hole as they plot attempts to capture the mystery on camera. Along with a former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Yeun) who neighbors the siblings, the pair’s efforts to chase the spectacle soon bring terrifying consequences and unimaginable horror. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticized history of the American West … and from show business itself.

Nope - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Nope - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Nope - Blu-ray
Nope - Blu-ray
 


Nope 4K - SteelBook (Best Buy)
Nope 4K- SteelBook (Best Buy)
 

Nope 4K - SteelBook (Zavvi) 

Nope 4K Wal-Mart Exclusive
Nope 4K Wal-Mart Exclusive
 


Pre-orders are now live - and thank you for those pre-orders! They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

The full press release is available below:


FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
UNPACK THE MYSTERY, THE MEANING AND THE SPECTACLE
WITH DIRECTOR/WRITER JORDAN PEELE

 

SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED AND QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED IN THE EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT
INCLUDING A 56-MINUTE IMMERSIVE DOCUMENTARY

 
“A THRILLING SALUTE TO SPECTACLE”
– ROLLING STONE
 
“YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO LOOK AWAY”
– THE ATLANTIC
 
OWN IT ON DIGITAL SEPTEMBER 20, 2022
4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD OCTOBER 25, 2022
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Universal City, California, September 13, 2022 – Oscar®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) unleashes his latest spine-tingling thriller with NOPE, a mysterious sci-fi pop nightmare available to own for the first time as a Collector’s Edition on Digital September 20, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 25, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, this “spellbinder that keeps pushing boundaries” (Peter Travers, ABC News) will have you never looking at clouds the same way ever again. The exclusive Collector’s Edition comes filled with more than 90 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, including a revealing documentary that dives deep into the film’s rich DNA and Peele’s extraordinary vision; an exploration into the conception, design and execution of entity “Jean Jacket”; deleted scenes, a gag reel and more taking audiences behind the scenes of the out-of-this-world adventure. 
 
Featuring an incredibly talented and dynamic ensemble cast, NOPE is written, directed and produced by Jordan Peele and showcases outstanding performances by Oscar® winner Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah), Emmy® Award winner Keke Palmer (Hustlers, Scream Queens), Oscar® nominee Steven Yeun (Minari, The Walking Dead), Michael Wincott (Basquiat, What Just Happened) and breakout star Brandon Perea (The OA). 

Jordan Peele reimagines the summer movie with NOPE, an expansive epic of uncanny science fiction. Following their father’s shocking death, Hollywood animal wrangler OJ (Kaluuya) and his sister Emerald (Palmer) begin observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch that leads them down an obsessive rabbit hole as they plot attempts to capture the mystery on camera. Along with a former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Yeun) who neighbors the siblings, the pair’s efforts to chase the spectacle soon bring terrifying consequences and unimaginable horror. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticized history of the American West … and from show business itself.

With the purchase of NOPE on digital or disc, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.
 
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • SHADOWS: THE MAKING OF NOPE* - Unpack the meaning of NOPE with Jordan Peele. Secrets are revealed with this 56-minute immersion exploring the film’s unanswered questions, taking you on an intimate journey inside every aspect of production and offering a detailed look at Peele’s revolutionary filmmaking process.
  • DELETED SCENES - Watch five unreleased scenes from NOPE
  • GAG REEL - A highlight reel of bloopers and outtakes featuring main cast
  • CALL HIM JEAN JACKET - The object of the Haywood siblings’ fascination is an entity known only as “Jean Jacket.” Filmmakers provide insights into the conception, design, and execution of this mysterious organism.

MYSTERY MAN OF MUYBRIDGE - A deep dive into THE HORSE IN MOTION by Eadweard Muybridge, its relationship to the Haywoods, and how it relates to the larger themes in NOPE.

  • *Not on DVD 

 
FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Brandon Perea
Casting By: Carmen Cuba CSA
Music By: Michael Abels
Editor: Nicholas Monsour
Production Designer: Ruth De Jong
Director of Photography: Hoyte Van Hoytema ASC, FSC, NSC
Executive Producers: Robert Graf, Win Rosenfeld
Produced By: Ian Cooper p.g.a.
Written, Produced, and Directed By: Jordan Peele

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K UHD:
Street Date: October 25, 2022
Selection Number: 1000816017 (US) / 1000816025 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1 and 1.78:1 (Enhanced Aspect Ratio)
Rating: R for language throughout and some violence/ bloody images
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM:
Street Date: October 25, 2022
Selection Number: 1000816016 (US) / 1000816024 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1 and 1.78:1 (Enhanced Aspect Ratio)
Rating: R for language throughout and some violence/ bloody images
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

 

Casablanca Celebrates its 80th Anniversary with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on November 8

 Michael Curtiz's timeless Oscar-winner starring the legendary Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is getting the 4K UHD treatment November 8.

Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one - especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more – personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.

“The best Hollywood movie of all time” according to film critic Leonard Maltin won three Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay) and will soon be available in 4K - although it does seem that the film will only be presented in HDR. Here is a snippet about the restoration from the press release (the full release is included at the end of this news post):

The new Casablanca 4K Ultra High-Definition image was restored and remastered from a 2022 4K 16bit film scan of the best-surviving nitrate film elements. The 4K-scanned digital images went through an extensive digital restoration process to clean and repair the picture for an unprecedented and pristine ultra-high-resolution presentation. The restored images were then graded in High Dynamic Range for today’s premium 4K display experience, providing the highest fidelity in image contrast and detail retention. This work was meticulously handled by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging. The original theatrical mono audio has also been newly restored as well, providing a richer and broader frequency response than previously possible.

Casablanca - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Casablanca - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 


The suggestion list price for the 4K UHD Blu-ray is $24.99 and you can see the entire press release below.


WARNER BROS.’ CASABLANCA
COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
 
TO CELEBRATE THE CLASSIC FILM’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY, CASABLANCA
WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION
HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
 
Own it November 8 on 4K Ultra HD and Digital

 
 

BURBANK, Calif., September 13, 2022 – Celebrating the 80th anniversary of its 1942 release, the legendary Warner Bros. film Casablanca will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 8, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Starring Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, critic Leonard Maltin calls Casablanca “the best Hollywood movie of all time.”
 
The winner of three Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, Casablanca was directed by Michael Curtiz (Captain Blood, Mildred Pierce, White Christmas) from a screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch. The screenplay is based on “Everybody Comes to Rick’s”, an unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison.  The film was produced by Hal B. Wallis (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Maltese Falcon, True Grit).
 
The cast also features Paul Henreid, Claude RainsConrad VeidtSydney GreenstreetPeter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson.

 

Casablanca was voted the screen’s greatest love story and the #3 film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI). The classic wartime romance also took Oscars® for Michael Curtiz (Directing); Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch (Writing - Screenplay) and the studio (Outstanding Motion Picture).


In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected the film as one of the first for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

The new Casablanca 4K Ultra High-Definition image was restored and remastered from a 2022 4K 16bit film scan of the best-surviving nitrate film elements. The 4K-scanned digital images went through an extensive digital restoration process to clean and repair the picture for an unprecedented and pristine ultra-high-resolution presentation.  The restored images were then graded in High Dynamic Range for today’s premium 4K display experience, providing the highest fidelity in image contrast and detail retention.  This work was meticulously handled by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging.  The original theatrical mono audio has also been newly restored as well, providing a richer and broader frequency response than previously possible.

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.   
 
Casablanca will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack 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 Casablanca in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on 11/8/22.  
 

About the Film
Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one - especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more – personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.


Casablanca Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray disc and Digital contain the following previously released special features:

  • Commentary by Roger Ebert
  • Commentary by Rudy Behlmer
  • Introduction by Lauren Bacall

Casablanca Blu-ray disc and Digital contain the following previously released special features:

  • Warner Night at the Movies
    • Now, Voyager trailer
    • Newsreel
    • Vaudeville Days (1942 WB short)
    • The Bird Came C.O.D. (1942 WB cartoon)
    • The Squawkin’ Hawk (1942 WB cartoon)
    • The Dover Boys at Pimento University (1942 WB cartoon)
  • Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988 PBS special)
  • Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
  • You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca (1992 TEC documentary)
  • As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Who Holds Tomorrow? (1955 “Casablanca” TV episode)
  • Carrotblanca (1955 WB Cartoon)
  • Scoring Stage Sessions (audio only)
  • Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast – 4/26/43 (audio only)
  • Vox Pop Radio Broadcast – 11/19/47 (audio only)
  • Trailers 

BASICS
PRODUCT                                                                  ERP
                  Ultra HD Blu-ray                                                     $24.99*                 
Standard Street Date: 11/8/22
EST Street Date: 11/8/22
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
Run Time: 102 minutes

Bodies Bodies Bodies Will Pile Up on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 18

.   The horror-comedy directed by Halina Reijn will hit 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on October 18.

Read our theatrical review HERE.

When a group of 20-somethings get stuck at a remote family mansion during a hurricane, a party game ends with a dead body on the ground and fingers pointed everywhere. As they try to find the killer among them, fake friends and real enemies have to learn who to trust — and how to survive — in this fresh and funny Gen-Z meltdown starring Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, and Maria Bakalova.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition will have Dolby Atmos and both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray will include a director's commentary, featurette, and deleted scenes. The press release also mentions that there will be a 4K UHD Best Buy exclusive but it doesn't appear to be listed yet.

Bodies Bodies Bodies - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Bodies Bodies Bodies - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Bodies Bodies Bodies - Blu-ray
Bodies Bodies Bodies - Blu-ray
 

Here is the full press release:


BODIES BODIES BODIES

Street Date: 10/18/22
4K (+ Blu-ray™ + Digital) exclusively at Best Buy SRP: $42.99
Blu-ray™ (+ DVD + Digital) SRP: $39.99
DVD SRP: $29.96

 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
A horror-comedy following a group of young friends after a party game turns deadly, Bodies Bodies Bodies arrives on Blu-ray™ (+ DVD + Digital) and DVD October 18 from Lionsgate. Directed by Halina Reijn (Instinct), Bodies Bodies Bodies will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 for Blu-ray (+ DVD + Digital) and $29.96 on DVD. Best Buy will have a 4K (+ Blu-ray + Digital) combo package exclusively with a suggested retail price of $42.99.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
When a group of 20-somethings get stuck at a remote family mansion during a hurricane, a party game ends with a dead body on the ground and fingers pointed everywhere. As they try to find the killer among them, fake friends and real enemies have to learn who to trust — and how to survive — in this fresh and funny Gen-Z meltdown starring Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, and Maria Bakalova.
 
CAST
Amandla Stenberg                    The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give, The Darkest Minds
Maria Bakalova                         Oscar® nominee (2020, Actress in a Supporting Role, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm:                                                    Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious                                                        Nation of Kazakhstan), Transgression, The Bubble
Myha’la Herrold                         TV’s “Industry,” “Modern Love,” Premature
Chase Sui Wonders                  On the Rocks, TV’s “Generation”
Rachel Sennott                         Shiva Baby, TV’s “Call Your Mother”
with Lee Pace                           Guardians of the Galaxy, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Hobbit:                                                        An Unexpected Journey
and Pete Davidson                   The King of Staten Island, The Suicide Squad, Set It Up
 
 
4K / BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Halina Reijn
  • Who Wants to Play? Making Bodies Bodies Bodies
  • Deleted Scenes

Press Kit: https://bit.ly/BodiesBodiesBodiesEPK
Trailer: https://youtu.be/ASBvJWrfl5E

Program Information:

Year of Production: 2022
Title Copyright: Bodies Bodies Bodies © 2022 Public House Rights LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: New Release
Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 93 Minutes
4K Format: 2160p High Definition 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
4K Audio: English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio
DVD Format: 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio

If you can wait a little longer - Top Gun 2-Movie 4K UltraHD Blu-ray SteelBook Superfan Collection coming December 6th

If you can wait for the holidays to pick up one of the best 80s movies and one of the best movies of 2022 - Paramount hits the hard deck into the danger zone to deliver one hell of a collector's set!

Top Gun 2-Movie 4K SteelBook Superfan Collection

 

The discs look to be the same already previously released for Top Gun on 4K and what we'll get at the beginning of November for Top Gun: Maverick - however if you can hold onto that loving feeling a little longer, Paramount has upped their game in time for the Holidays with a pretty slick collector's set. We've reached out for clarification for additional bonus features and more detail on the swag items - but from the Press Release, here's what we know is going to be in the box:

This highly collectible release makes an ideal gift and boasts nearly six hours of bonus content exploring the enduing popularity of the 1986 sensation TOP GUN, as well as this year’s record-breaking global phenomenon TOP GUN: MAVERICK.  Celebrate the films that have captured the imaginations of fans around the world through behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and much more.

The TOP GUN 2-MOVIE 4K STEELBOOK SUPERFAN COLLECTION includes two SteelBook cases with both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs™ of TOP GUN and TOP GUN: MAVERICK, access to Digital copies of each film, plus TOP GUN: MAVERICK dog tags, a leather “Maverick” keyring, magnetic decals, coasters and photos.


TOP GUN bonus content is as follows:
•    Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr., and naval experts
•    The Legacy of Top Gun
•    On Your Six – Thirty Years of Top Gun
•    Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun
•    Multi-Angle Storyboards with Optional Commentary by director Tony Scott
•    Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun
•    Music Videos
•    Original Theatrical Promotional Material

TOP GUN: MAVERICK bonus content is as follows:
•    Cleared for Takeoff
•    Breaking New Ground – Filming Top Gun: Maverick
•    A Love Letter to Aviation
•    Forging the Darkstar
•    Masterclass with Tom Cruise – Cannes Film Festival
•    Music Videos

This set isn't yet up for pre-order - at least anywhere we looked at the time of this writing - but as soon as it's out there and you can snag your copy we'll let you know!

Happy Collecting!

Pixar's WALL•E Joins The Criterion Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray November 22

The big news of the day is Andrew Stanton's Oscar-winning animated feature film is getting an upgraded 4K UHD release courtesy of The Criterion Collection on November 22nd.

WALL•E - The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
WALL•E - The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

A high-water mark of digital animation, this prescient vision of a dystopian future is packaged within a dazzling pop-science-fiction love story, making for an urgent fable for our troubled millennium. It’s the twenty-ninth century, and humans have long since fled Earth for outer space, leaving WALL•E, the last functioning trash-compacting robot, to go about the work of cleaning up a pollution-choked planet, one piece of garbage at a time. When he meets EVE, a fellow automaton sent to detect plant life, the pair are launched on an intergalactic quest to return humanity to Earth. Transporting us simultaneously back to cinema’s silent origins and forward light-years into the future, WALL•E is a soaring ode to the power of love and art to heal a dying world.

The release features a 4K master approved by Director Andrew Stanton and will include Dolby Vision/HDR10+ as well as a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo pack will also come packed with supplements:

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

  • 4K digital master, approved by director Andrew Stanton, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film, presented in both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and stereo soundtracks
  • Two audio commentaries: one featuring Stanton and the other, character supervisor Bill Wise, coproducer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson, and lead animator Angus MacLane
  • New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts
  • Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton
  • Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including segments from early animation reels
  • The Pixar Story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks
  • More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots
  • Anatomy of a Scene: The Plant, a masterclass with Stanton
  • “WALL•E”: A to Z, a new program featuring Stanton and coscreenwriter Jim Reardon
  • Deleted scenes featuring commentary by Stanton
  • A Story (1987), a student film by Stanton
  • BURN•E (2008), a short film by MacLane
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English descriptive audio
  • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s sketchbooks, script notes, and drawings; and artwork from the WALL•E team
New cover by Jason Raish

We will keep you posted as soon as we know more and when pre-orders go live. 

Happy collecting!

Sony Pictures Classics: 30th Anniversary Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dated and Detailed November 22

The Sony Pictures Classics 30th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Collection includes 11 films in Dolby Vision.

The iconic and critically-acclaimed films in this box set include: ORLANDO, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, RUN LOLA RUN, SLC PUNK, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, VOLVER, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, STILL ALICE and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME.

Except for CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (which was previously released without Dolby Vision), all of the other films included are exclusive to this collection. What's more, the box also includes a "24-page booklet, featuring an all-new essay from renowned film critic David Thomson about the history of Sony Pictures Classics, along with information about each of the included films and an introduction from SPC co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. Finally, the set includes hours of archival special features across the eleven films, plus a few newly added materials, rounding out this must-own gift set—perfectly timed for holiday gift-giving!"

Sony Pictures Classics: 30th Anniversary Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Sony Pictures Classic 4K 

Pre-order your copy today!


CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF GROUNDBREAKING, AWARD-WINNING AND  UNFORGETTABLE CINEMA

 

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS 30TH 

ANNIVERSARY 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION

 

Eleven Must-Own Films from the Sony Pictures Classics Library On 4K Ultra HD November 22nd

 

ORLANDO ~ THE CELLULOID CLOSET ~ THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN ~ RUN LOLA RUN ~ SLC PUNK ~ CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON ~ THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE ~ VOLVER ~ SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK~ STILL ALICE ~ CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

 

Available on 4K Ultra HD Disc in this Limited Edition Set, Includes a 24-Page Booklet on the History & Impact of Sony Pictures Classics and Hours of New and Archival Special Features

CULVER CITY, Calif. (September 7, 2022) – In celebration of Sony Pictures Classics’ 30-year anniversary, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is proud to bring eleven of their acclaimed library favorites to 4K Ultra HD disc, exclusively within the SONY PICTURES CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION, available November 22. This must-own set includes iconic award-winning masterpieces from world-renowned filmmakers, unforgettable performances from global luminaries, and fan-favorite stories that have resonated across the years: ORLANDO, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, RUN LOLA RUN, SLC PUNK, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, VOLVER, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, STILL ALICE and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range.

 

While CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON returns to 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision, the other ten films in the SONY PICTURES CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited edition collector’s set. Also included within the collection is a 24-page booklet, featuring an all-new essay from renowned film critic David Thomson about the history of Sony Pictures Classics, along with information about each of the included films and an introduction from SPC co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. Finally, the set includes hours of archival special features across the eleven films, plus a few newly added materials, rounding out this must-own gift set—perfectly timed for holiday gift-giving!

 

ORLANDO

Synopsis:

Tilda Swinton and Billy Zane star in this hip, sexy and wickedly funny look at an English nobleman who defies the laws of nature and comes back to life as an English noblewoman.

 

ORLANDO 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         English 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   Audio Commentary with Director Sally Potter and Actress Tilda Swinton 

o   Select Scenes Commentary

o   Orlando Goes to Russia

o   Orlando in Uzbekistan

o   Jimmy Was an Angel

o   Venice Film Festival Press Conference

o   An Interview with Sally Potter

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

ORLANDO has a run time of approximately 94 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some sensuality.

 

 

THE CELLULOID CLOSET

Synopsis:

Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this exuberant, eye-opening movie serves up a dazzling hundred-year history of gay men and women on the silver screen.

 

THE CELLULOID CLOSET 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         English 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   Audio Commentary with Filmmakers Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Lily Tomlin, producer Howard Rosenman, and editor Arnold Glassman

o   Additional Commentary with Author Vito Russo

o   Collection of Outtakes

o   Interview with Vito Russo

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

THE CELLULOID CLOSET has a run time of approximately 101 minutes and is rated R for some graphic footage of sexuality and violence, and for language.  

 

 

THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN

Synopsis:

From Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of AMELIE and DELICATESSEN, comes a fantastically twisted fairy tale chock-full of curious characters, spectacular stunts and unforgettable visuals.

 

THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         French 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   Audio Commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actor Ron Perlman

o   NEWLY ADDED: Audio Commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet

o   Making-Of Featurette

o   "Les Archives de Jean-Pierre Jeunet"

o   Interview With Costume Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier

o   Theatrical Teasers & Trailer

 

THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN has a run time of approximately 113 minutes and is rated R for disturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace.

 

 

RUN LOLA RUN

Synopsis:

A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster ride! Time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She's just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who's lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn't replace the money in twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences.

 

RUN LOLA RUN 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         German 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   Audio Commentary with Director Tom Tykwer and Actor Franka Potente

o   NEWLY ADDED: Audio Commentary with Director Tom Tykwer and Editor Mathilde Bonnefoy &

o   NEWLY ADDED: Making-Of Featurette

o   Still Running Featurette

o   “Believe” Music Video

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

RUN LOLA RUN has a run time of approximately 80 minutes and is rated R for some violence and language.

 

 

SLC PUNK

Synopsis:

It's 1985 and Stevo is that rare animal: a punk rocker in the Mormon stronghold of Salt Lake City, Utah. He just graduated from college with honors and now his life is a nutty roller coaster ride of rock shows, stealing cars, beating up rednecks and non-stop partying with his buddy, Heroin Bob, and his girlfriend. But with the scene getting lame and Stevo going nowhere fast, he has to put his punk ideals to the test.

 

SLC PUNK 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   NEW: Revisiting SLC PUNK – a new interview with Director James Merendino

o   Audio Commentary with Director James Merendino and Actors Matthew Lillard & Michael Goorjian

o   Comic Book Gallery

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

SLC PUNK has a run time of approximately 97 minutes and is rated R for pervasive language, drug use, violent anti-social behavior and some sexuality.

 

 

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON

Synopsis:

An epic set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon combines the exhilarating martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping (The Matrix) with the sensitivity and classical storytelling of an Ang Lee film. The result is something truly unexpected: romantic, emotionally powerful entertainment.

 

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         Mandarin Dolby Atmos & 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   Audio Commentary with Director Ang Lee and Writer / Producer James Schamus

o   Audio Commentary with Cinematographer Peter Pau

o   Introduction by Director Ang Lee

o   7 Deleted Scenes (in 4K HDR)

o   Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - A Retrospective

o   The Making of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

o   English “A Love Before Time” Music Video

o   Mandarin “A Love Before Time” Music Video

o   A Conversation with Michelle Yeoh

o   Photo Gallery

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON has a run time of approximately 120 minutes and is rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and some sexuality.

 

 

THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE

Synopsis:

His father killed in the brutal fighting of the Spanish Civil War, ten-year-old Carlos is sent to live at the desolate Santa Lucia School, now a makeshift shelter for war orphans. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a series of seemingly supernatural encounters: strange shadows, voices and, most frightening of all, the apparition of a brutalized young boy. Turns out that Carlos is not alone in seeing these strange phenomena, many other children have experienced the "One Who Sighs," as the entity has come to be called.

 

THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   Audio Commentary with Director Guillermo del Toro

o   Audio Commentary with Director Guillermo del Toro and Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro

o   Guillermo del Toro Introduction

o   Director’s Thumbnails Track

o   Director's Notebook

o   Que es un fantasma? Featurette

o   4 Deleted Scenes with Director Commentary

o   Sketch, Storyboard, Screen – 6 Scenes

o   Making-Of Featurette

o   Summoning Spirits Featurette

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE has a run time of approximately 108 minutes and is rated R for violence, language and some sexuality.

 

 

VOLVER

Synopsis:

Academy Award®-winner Pedro Almodóvar (2003, Best Original Screenplay, Talk to Her) comes VOLVER, a comedic and compassionate tribute to women and their resilience in the face of life's most outrageous tribulations. A luminous Penélope Cruz leads an ensemble of gifted actresses, including Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). Raimunda (Cruz) and her sister Sole lost their parents in a tragic fire years ago...or did they? Superstitious villagers claim that the girls' departed mother, Irene (Maura), has been seen wandering around their Aunt Paula's home. When Irene appears to Sole, she explains that she has returned to set right her daughters' troubled lives and reveal shocking secrets that will impact everyone!

 

VOLVER 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   Audio Commentary: Director Pedro Almodóvar and Actor Penélope Cruz

o   Making of Volver Featurette

o   Interview With Pedro Almodóvar

o   Interview with Penélope Cruz

o   Interview With Carmen Maura

o   Tribute to Penélope Cruz

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

VOLVER has a run time of approximately 121 minutes and is rated R for some sexual content and language.

 

 

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK

Synopsis:

From Charlie Kaufman comes a visual and philosophic adventure. Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele (Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis (Hope Davis), is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside.

 

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   The Story of Caden Cotard Featurette

o   NFTS/Script Factory Masterclass

o   Infectious Diseases in Cattle Roundtable

o   In and Around Synecdoche, New York Featurette

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK has a run time of approximately 124 minutes and is rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity.

 

 

STILL ALICE

Synopsis:

Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish.

 

STILL ALICE 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   3 Deleted Scenes

o   Directing Alice Featurette

o   Finding Alice Featurette

o   Interview with Composer Ilan Eshkeri

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

STILL ALICE has a run time of approximately 101 minutes and is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference. 

 

 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Synopsis:

Amid the summer splendor of 1980’s Italy, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire that will alter their lives forever.

 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME 4K UHD Disc Breakdown

·         Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision

·         English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

·         Special Features:

o   Audio Commentary with Actors Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg

o   Snapshots of Italy: The Making of Call Me by Your Name Featurette

o   In Conversation with Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Luca Guadagnino Featurette

o   "Mystery of Love" Music Video by Sufjan Stevens

o   Theatrical Trailer

 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME has a run time of approximately 132 minutes and is rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language.

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Will We Get A Jaws (1975) 3D Blu-ray? I hope so!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the theater without your glasses…

Steven Spielberg’s iconic summer movie Jaws returns to theaters now in three dimensions! This classic deserves to be seen in the theaters and for those weighing checking it out in IMAX or in Real 3D - the 3D experience was surprisingly effective adding depth and dimension to virtually the entire film. You may not need 3D to enjoy Jaws, but it’s certainly an exciting new way to experience this summer cinema classic.

As Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) and his family settle into their new hometown of Amity for their first summer, a terror lurks off the shores of the small island community. The first death was ruled a boating accident. The second is a small boy who was attacked in front of a beach full of swimmers and sunbathers. With every fisherman trying to hunt the maneater out of the water, Brody along with shark expert Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and local sharker Quint (Robert Shaw) will set out to destroy the monster that has staked a claim to the waters of Amity Island. 

Jaws, above most others, is one of my absolute favorite films. I watch it at a minimum once a year. Ever since I was a kid I was fascinated by this movie devouring every viewing with repeat turns to the silly sequels. One of my favorite books is The Jaws Log from screenwriter Carl Gottlieb detailing the chaotic shoot because it gives me an even greater appreciation of the film. The fact this film turned out as good as it did is a testament to Gottlieb’s writing, Bill Butler’s beautiful cinematography, Verna Fields’ intense editing, John William’s indelible score, and the then untested Steven Spielberg’s uncanny cinematic eye. For a shoot where everything went so wrong, everything about this film works perfectly.

As someone who has seen this film countless times on home video and at least half a dozen times in theaters, there are few surprises anymore. While I still jump at certain scenes, I know they’re coming. So when it was announced that Jaws was coming back to theaters I was faced with the dilemma of checking it out at IMAX or converted for Real 3D. Being a 3D junkie I was intrigued at the idea but was concerned about how well a nearly 50-year-old film that wasn’t shot with 3D in mind let alone Bill Butler’s photography would play out converted for three-dimensional viewing. So I bought my ticket with some trepidation but was almost immediately put at ease. 

Flat out - this is one of the best 3D conversions of a classic film. I thought Spielberg’s Jurassic Park 3D was decent enough but didn’t exactly blow my hair back. James Cameron’s 3D conversion of Titanic was certainly impressive but I haven't gone back to it since I bought the disc. "Fun but not necessary" has been a way to describe a lot of conversions of classics to 3D. While Jaws certainly didn’t need to be converted to 3D, it’s an overwhelming success. From the opening credits to the terrifying beach sequences to the final hunt on the Orca, an impressive amount of care was put into this conversion. And sure, there are a few sequences that don’t quite pop - namely the Brody clan at home at the beginning and a smattering of scenes elsewhere - but there are some genuinely surprising and even a few viscerally arresting 3D shots. There may not be many "pop-out" effects, but the sense of deep depth was really something to see.

I was most impressed with the underwater sequences with the shark swimming up towards its latest prey. Even in the darkness of the opening attack on Chrissie Watkins' feet felt like they were coming out of the screen ever so slightly as the water’s surface gave the image the perfect depth reference. Similarly, when Alex Kintner is eaten on his raft, the shark carefully swims around the kicking feet until it sees a target more fitting to its appetite. But the Dolly Zoom of Roy Scheider’s face is a true showstopper for the entire film. But throughout the film, there are great 3D moments to enjoy, and the film's feeling for natural depth really opens up in the last hour as Brody, Quint, and Hooper hunt the shark.

While not every scene and shot completely works in 3D - the town meeting after Alex is killed is rather dicey because of how busy the staging is - but overall this was a pretty wild and exciting experience. Part of the fun of seeing this movie that I’m so familiar with in 3D was it let me just focus on the visual experience. I didn’t need to give 100% of my attention to the film's plot so I was struck by a number of little things I’d never noticed. When Hooper is dissecting the shark, I found it humorous that for some reason he’s still wearing his dinner tie. When Quint notices the fishing line clicking in the reel he carefully pockets a half-eaten cracker. Did he ever get to finish that cracker? Or did the shark get the last bite? I’ve seen this movie well over a hundred times in my 40 years on this planet and I love that I still find new little details like that to soak up and appreciate. I may not have needed this movie in 3D to spot these moments but the experience of sitting in a darkened theater certainly helped. Thankfully my local theater does a great job keeping their projectors in working order. It was plenty bright so any dimming of the glasses didn’t adversely affect the viewing experience. Taking the glasses off to check the 3D conversion effort I was impressed to see there was very little dead space that wasn’t converted in some way. There's always that object or person to anchor the sense of depth, but even in a scene like when the kids are practicing their parade, that anchor point would move along so there was always a great sense of three-dimensional depth.

And with that, I hope this theatrical outing isn’t the one and only place we’ll get to enjoy this 3D conversion. As 3D faded here in the states without any new television sets supporting the format and only a smattering of projectors adequately up to the task, new Blu-ray 3D discs have become a bit of a rarity. Kino Lorber with 3-D Film Archive has done an amazing job restoring and bringing natively shot 3D films to disc. Warner Bros still quietly drops a 3D disc here and there as they did with Dune and Godzilla vs Kong. But for big Marvel properties, fans of the format have had to turn to the import market. The UK used to be pretty reliable but lately, Japan and Australia are the lengths fans have to go to get the films they want in the format they want to see them. I hope that’s not the case here. I dearly hope Universal plans on delivering this 3D conversion to disc locally - but if I have to import it, I’ll gladly hop a boat and set sail to get it! If you enjoy 3D and can make it to the theater, check out Jaws in 3D while you can. With that - I’m now off to IMAX because one good turn deserves another.

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