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"You Talking To Me? Well I'm The Only SteelBook Here" - Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' Returns For a new 4K UHD Release June 25th

At long last, Martin Scorsese's iconic "Taxi Driver" is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a solo SteelBook release June 25th. Long sought after by fans, the film has been kept as part of the Columbia Classics Vol 2 4K set. Now fans who only want the one film can pick it up at a better price point complete with fancy SteelBook packaging too! 

Here's our 4K UHD Blu-ray review from 2021 

Doing a quick lookover of the press release, it doesn't appear that anything new has been added (or removed for that matter). You're still getting Dolby Vision HDR, with DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 1.0 audio, and what looks to be a list of the same extra features which isn't a bad thing at all since this disc was fantastic. Now those who held out hope for a solo release can jump on this one without having to buy five other films with it! 

Taxi Driver - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

So far, this disc isn't up for pre-order yet but we expect that to change soon and we'll update listings ASAP. Here's all the gory details:

SYNOPSIS Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (1976) and nominated for 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture (1976), TAXI DRIVER stars Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's classic film of a psychotic New York cabbie driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. Co-starring Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd.

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC 

  • Restored from the original camera negative, presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • English 5.1 + mono
  • Special Features:
    • Making Taxi Driver Documentary
    • Storyboard to Film Comparisons with Martin Scorsese Introduction
    • Animated Photo Galleries
    • 20th Anniversary Re-Release Trailer

BLU-RAY DISC

  • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
  • English 5.1
  • Special Features:
    • 40-Minute Taxi Driver Q&A featuring Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Many More Recorded Live at the Beacon Theatre in New York City at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
    • Commentary with Director Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader Recorded by the Criterion Collection
    • Commentaries by Writer Paul Schrader and by Professor Robert Kolker
    • Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver
    • Influence and Appreciation: A Martin Scorsese Tribute
    • Producing Taxi Driver
    • God’s Lonely Man
    • Taxi Driver Stories
    • Travis’ New York
    • Travis’ New York Locations
    • Theatrical Trailer
Take Those Old DVDs Off The Shelf - Criterion Announces July 2024 Blu-ray and 4K UHD Titles

The Criterion Collection's July's wave of 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray titles include Glauber Rocha's western Black God, White Devil on Blu-ray only; Wim Wenders' drama Perfect Days; Sam Peckinpah's western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine; and Paul Brickman's classic Risky Business starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay - all arriving on both formats.

Not only that, there is a 4K upgrade of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic, Le samouraï.

First up on July 2 comes Sam Peckinpah's western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - arriving on 4K UHD Blu-ray as well as Blu-ray.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Sam Peckinpah’s cycle of genre-redefining westerns came to a close with this blood- and dust-caked elegy for the American West, which marries his renegade style with a fatalistic sense of finality. As newly minted lawman Pat Garrett (James Coburn) stalks the outlaw Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) across the plains, their old friendship is twisted into rivalry, and mythic ideals of freedom come up against an emerging ruling-class order—all to the strains of a haunting soundtrack by Bob Dylan (who also appears as the mercurial Alias). Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid—presented here for the first time in three separate versions—stands as perhaps the maverick auteur’s richest, most mature work, a world-weary ballad that bears the solemn weight of history passing into legend.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration of the 50th Anniversary Release, supervised by editors Paul Seydor and Roger Spottiswoode, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New 4K digital restoration of the Original Theatrical Release, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary for the 50th Anniversary Release featuring Seydor, Spottiswoode, and critic Michael Sragow
  • Two 4K UHD discs of the films presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the films and special features
  • New 2K digital master of director Sam Peckinpah’s Final Preview Cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Dylan in Durango, a new interview with author Clinton Heylin about the film’s soundtrack
  • Passion & Poetry: Peckinpah’s Last Western, a new program about the making of the film
  • Archival interview with actor James Coburn
  • Trailer and TV spots
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author Steve Erickson

The week after that on July 9, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le samouraï will be getting its long-awaited 4K UHD Blu-ray debut.

Le samouraï - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Le samouraï - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean?Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
  • Interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier
  • Melville-Delon: D’honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on Le samouraï
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson, an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo, and excerpts from Melville on Melville

    New cover by Polly Dedman

Then a Blu-ray of Glauber Rocha's Black God, White Devil will be hitting stores on July 16.

Black God, White Devil - The Criterion Collection 

Black God, White Devil - The Criterion Collection 

Myth, mysticism, and revolution collide in a blistering existential western from Glauber Rocha, the father of Brazil’s socially committed Cinema Novo movement. After killing his swindling boss, ranch hand Manoel (Geraldo Del Rey) goes on the run with his wife, Rosa (Yona? Magalha?es). In the stark hinterlands, they join forces with armed bandits and pledge allegiance to a self-styled holy man who preaches revolt against rich landowners while perpetrating unspeakable acts of violence against the innocent. Suffused with antiauthoritarian fervor and the intensity of life in the desert, this landmark work of radical cinema is a scorched-earth allegory about mindless fanaticism and the allure of dead-end ideologies.

TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by restoration producer Lino Meireles
  • New interview with film scholar Richard Peña
  • Glauber the Movie, Labyrinth of Brazil (2003), a documentary on director Glauber Rocha
  • Cinema Novo (2016), a documentary on the Brazilian film movement
  • Memória do cangaço (1964), a short documentary on the origins of cangaço, a form of social banditry in northeastern Brazil
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Fábio Andrade

    New cover based on the original poster by Rogério Duarte

Also on July 16, Wim Wenders' Perfect Days will be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray.

Perfect Days - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Perfect Days - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

A perfect song that hits at just the right moment, the play of sunlight through leaves, a fleeting moment of human connection in a vast metropolis: the wonders of everyday life come into breathtaking focus in this profoundly moving film by Wim Wenders. In a radiant, Cannes-award-winning performance of few words but extraordinary expressiveness, Koji Yakusho plays a public-toilet cleaner in Tokyo whose rich inner world is gradually revealed through his small exchanges with those around him and with the city itself. Channeling his idol Yasujiro Ozu, Wenders crafts a serenely minimalist ode to the miracle that is the here and now.

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

  • 4K digital master, approved by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • New interview with Wenders
  • Interview with actor Koji Yakusho
  • Some Body Comes into the Light (2023), a short by Wenders, featuring a new introduction by the director
  • Interview with producer Koji Yanai, founder of the Tokyo Toilet project
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri

    New cover by Michael Boland

Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine will be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on July 23.

Farewell My Concubine - The Criterion Collection 4K UHD Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Farewell My Concubine - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

A breathtakingly intimate romance unfolds against a sweeping backdrop of social upheaval in renowned director Chen Kaige’s sumptuous saga of passion, fate, and the transcendent possibilities of art. Spanning fifty years of twentieth-century Chinese history, Farewell My Concubine follows aspiring actors Dieyi (a heartbreaking Leslie Cheung) and Xiaolou (Zhang Fengyi) as they emerge from a childhood of brutal training to become Beijing-opera stars, with life mirroring art as Dieyi’s unrequited love for Xiaolou and the country’s changing political tides engulf them in their own personal tragedies of jealousy and betrayal. The first Chinese film to win the Palme d’Or is epic filmmaking of the highest order—visually and emotionally ravishing from frame to exquisite frame.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration of the original director’s cut, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • New conversation between Chinese-cultural-studies scholar Michael Berry and producer Janet Yang
  • Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film
  • Interview from 1993 with director Chen Kaige conducted by journalist Charlie Rose
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author and scholar Pauline Chen

    New cover by Eric Skillman

And finally the film that launched Tom Cruise into super-stardom, Paul Brickman's Risky Business will hit stores on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on the same date.

Risky Business - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Risky Business - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

A sly piece of pop subversion, this irresistible satire of Reagan-era materialism features Tom Cruise in his star-is-born breakthrough as a Chicago suburban prepster whose college-bound life spirals out of control when his parents go out of town for the week and an enterprising call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) invites him to walk on the wild side. While Cruise boogying in his briefs yielded one of the most iconic pop-cultural moments of the 1980s, it is the film’s unexpected mix of tender romance (enhanced by a moody synth score by Tangerine Dream) and sharp-witted capitalist critique that remains fresh and daring.

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

  • New 4K digital restorations of the director’s cut and the original theatrical release, supervised and approved by director Paul Brickman and producer Jon Avnet, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary for the original theatrical release featuring Brickman, Avnet, and actor Tom Cruise
  • New interviews with Avnet and casting director Nancy Klopper
  • New conversation between editor Richard Chew and film historian Bobbie O’Steen
  • The Dream Is Always the Same: The Story of “Risky Business,” a program featuring interviews with Brickman, Avnet, cast members, and others
  • Screen tests with Cruise and actor Rebecca De Mornay
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film curator and critic Dave Kehr

    New cover illustration by Jeremy Enecio

Pre-orders for The Criterion Collection's July releases should be available soon!

The Physical Media Must Flow - 'Dune: Part Two' Drinks the Water of 4K & Blu-ray May 14th

Shai-Hulud be praised! The wait for Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part Two arrives on physical media May 14th. After a triumphant return to theaters easily besting its predecessor's pandemic-era box office haul, Dune: Part Two currently sits as the biggest global earner of 2024. Digital rental and sales start April 16th

Now that the wait for a disc release is nearly over, all we have to do now is wait for Villeneuve to start directing Dune: Messiah! The various Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and SteelBook releases of Dune: Part Two have been up for Pre-order for a while now, so it's nice to see a confirmed street date and some definite specs. The press release doesn't list the HDR Grade, but Part One enjoyed a lovely Dolby Vision transfer so it's a safe bet this one will too. The PR does state Atmos in the specs so riding sandworms should sound incredible at home! Sadly, it doesn't look like sandworm popcorn bucket packaging will be an option... 

Dune: Part Two - 4K UHD 

Dune: Part Two - 4K UHD SteelBook

Dune: Part Two - Blu-ray 

Also Available: Dune: Two Film Collection 4K UHD and Dune: Two Film Collection Blu-ray 

DIGITAL, 4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS 

Dune: Part Two Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:  

  • Filmbooks: House Corrino
  • Filmbooks: The Reverand Mother
  • Filmbooks: Water
  • Filmbooks: Lisan-al-Gaib
  • An Ensemble for the Ages
  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester Attack
  • Inside Dune: Gurney Hallaeck’s Revenge
  • Inside Dune: The Fight for the Imperial Throne

Dune: Part Two 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune 

Premium Digital Ownership: April 16, 2024

4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 14, 2024

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language.

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

4K UHD and Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD, DLBY/DGTL

  • Running Time: 165 minutes
  • 4K Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin, Spanish
  • 4K Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish
  • BD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish
  • BD Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish
  • DVD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish
  • DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish

 

PRODUCT                                                                                        ERP
4K UHD + Digital                                                                              $29.99
Blu-ray + Digital                                                                                 $24.99
DVD                                                                                                   $19.99

Francis Ford Coppola's 'One from the Heart: Reprise' Sings its Way to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 7

Lionsgate is preparing Francis Ford Coppola's romantic musical One from the Heart: Reprise has been restored and will be available on 4K Blu-ray on May 7.

The Reprise version of the film includes new footage approved by Coppola and will be available in a 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital combo pack with a SRP of $30.99 . Digital will be available on April 9 with the SRP of $7.99 (SD) and $9.99 (HD/UHD).

One from the Heart: Reprise is a spectacular 4K restoration and reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Francis Ford Coppola. Six minutes of footage have been added to replace the original negative, previously thought to be destroyed, resulting in a brand-new Reprise version, approved by Coppola himself. One from the Heart: Reprise tells the story of a Las Vegas couple (Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest) whose break-up on the Fourth of July leads them both to a night on the Strip in pursuit of their romantic fantasies (Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski). But in this town of gamblers and dreamers, should they bet it all on dreams, or give true love another roll of the dice? Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar®-nominated music of the one and only Tom Waits, this neon explosion of color, sound, and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers.

One from the Heart: Reprise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

One from the Heart: Reprise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital combo pack includes Reprise on 4K Blu-ray and the 1982 cut on Blu-ray with the following supplements:

4K DISC – ONE FROM THE HEART: REPRISE
• Francis Ford Coppola Feature Commentary
NEW The Look of One from the Heart
NEW The Cast of One from the Heart
NEW The Choreography of One from the Heart
NEW Reinventing the Musical: Baz Luhrmann One from the Heart
NEW One from the Heart: Reprise, Restoration Comparison
NEW 2024 Trailer
 
BLU-RAY DISC – ONE FROM THE HEART 1982 CUT
• The Making of One from the Heart
• The Dream Studio
• The Electronic Cinema
• Tom Waits and the Music from One from the Heart
• Deleted Scenes
• Videotaped Rehearsals
• Francis Ford Coppola Speaks to the Exhibitors
• Press Conference at the Studio
• This One’s from the Heart Music Video
• Stop-Motion Demo
• The Tom Waits Score: Alternate Tracks
• 1982 and 2003 Theatrical Trailers

Pre-order listings for One from the Heart: Reprise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are up on Amazon, but it's not quite for sale yet, but it should be soon. Here's the full press release:


ONE FROM THE HEART: REPRISE

One from the Heart: Reprise

EST SD: $7.99 SRP  

EST HD/UHD: $9.99 SRP

Digital Street Date: 4/9/24

 

4K+BD+Digital: $30.99

PKG Street Date: 5/7/24

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

One from the Heart: Reprise is a spectacular 4K restoration and reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Francis Ford Coppola. Six minutes of footage have been added to replace the original negative, previously thought to be destroyed, resulting in a brand-new Reprise version, approved by Coppola himself. Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) – and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar®-nominated music of the one and only Tom Waits – this neon explosion of color, sound, and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers. The newly restored version of the visually stunning romantic musical is available for the suggested retail price of $7.99 EST (Standard Definition) and $9.99 EST (HD/UHD). And the wonders don’t end there! Included in the 4K + Blu-rayTM + Digital package are six brand-new special features (available on the 4K restoration) plus the 1982 cut on Blu-ray, filled with classic 1982 bonus content. The One from the Heart: Reprise package comes straight from the heart, and arrives 5/7/24 with an SRP of $30.99.

 

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

One from the Heart: Reprise is a spectacular 4K restoration and reimag ining of the 1982 cult classic from Francis Ford Coppola. Six minutes of footage have been added to replace the original negative, previously thought to be destroyed, resulting in a brand-new Reprise version, approved by Coppola himself. One from the Heart: Reprise tells the story of a Las Vegas couple (Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest) whose break-up on the Fourth of July leads them both to a night on the Strip in pursuit of their romantic fantasies (Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski). But in this town of gamblers and dreamers, should they bet it all on dreams, or give true love another roll of the dice? Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar®-nominated music of the one and only Tom Waits, this neon explosion of color, sound, and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers.

 

CAST

Frederic Forrest         Apocalypse Now; The Conversation; The Rose

Teri Garr                  Tootsie; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Young Frankenstein 

Nastassja Kinski        Tess; Paris, Texas; Cat People

Raul Julia                 The Addams Family; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Presumed Innocent

SPECIAL FEATURES (PKG RELEASE ONLY)

 

4K DISC – ONE FROM THE HEART: REPRISE

• Francis Ford Coppola Feature Commentary

• NEW The Look of One from the Heart

• NEW The Cast of One from the Heart

• NEW The Choreography of One from the Heart

• NEW Reinventing the Musical: Baz Luhrmann One from the Heart

• NEW One from the Heart: Reprise, Restoration Comparison

• NEW 2024 Trailer

 

BLU-RAY DISC – ONE FROM THE HEART 1982 CUT

• The Making of One from the Heart

• The Dream Studio

• The Electronic Cinema

• Tom Waits and the Music from One from the Heart

• Deleted Scenes

• Videotaped Rehearsals

• Francis Ford Coppola Speaks to the Exhibitors

• Press Conference at the Studio

• This One’s from the Heart Music Video

• Stop-Motion Demo

• The Tom Waits Score: Alternate Tracks

• 2003 Theatrical Trailer

• 1982 Theatrical Trailer

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2023

Title Copyright: One from the Heart: Reprise © 2023 Zoetrope Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Type: New Release

Feature Run Time: Reprise Cut Approx. 93 Mins., 1982 Cut Approx. 102 Minutes

Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Musical, Romance, Drama

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English, German, English SDH

Format: 16x9 (1.37:1) Presentation

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM, English 2.0 LPCM Stereo

It's Madamin' Time! 'Madame Web' Spins Up a 4K UHD, Blu-ray, & SteelBook Release April 30th

Witness the origin of all of the Dakota Johnson memes with Sony's Madame Web! The latest extension into the Spider-Man universe can be yours on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and a limited edition SteelBook April 30th

Some movies are made to entertain, and some movies entertain because they become awkward memes. From the first trailer, Madame Web didn't have an easy time getting fans excited for this latest Spider-Man spin-off (no pun intended). Bad reviews, poor box office, and some amazing Dakota Johnson interviews later the film is finally coming home to Blu-ray and 4K UHD letting you research spiders in the Amazon... 

Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing's most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures...if they can all survive a deadly present.

Madame Web - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Madame Web - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Madame Web - Blu-ray 

 

BONUS FEATURES

  • Gag Reel 
  • Easter Eggs
  • Oracle Of The Page 
  • Fight Like A Spider 
  • Future Vision 
  • Casting The Web 
  • Deleted Scene

CAST AND CREW:

  • Directed by: SJ Clarkson 
  • Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
  • Based on The: Marvel Comics
  • Story by:  Kerem Sanga and Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless 
  • Screenplay by: Matt Sazama &  Burk Sharpless and Claire Parker & SJ Clarkson
  • Executive Producers: Adam Merims, SJ Clarkson, Claire Parker
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, Celeste O’Connor, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts, Adam Scott

SPECS:

Run Time: Approx. 116 minutes

Rating: PG-13 for violence/action and language

4K UHD: 2160p Ultra High Definition / 2.39:1• Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), English & French (Doublé au Québec)- Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features or the Blu-ray disc ™

Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English & French (Doublé au Québec)- Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.

Pre-orders for Madame Web and all her disc formats are live and ready - Happy Collecting!

We Ain't Fool'n You - April 2024 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide

Now that we've gotten past the intense craziness of three James Cameron releases all in one shot, we can get back to enjoying a full schedule of exciting new and catalog titles on everyone's favorite 2160p disc format.  

If March wasn't busy enough, one specific director dominated the release slate with three of his biggest hits delivering three impressive albeit controversial discs. Compounding the problem was the scarcity issue as online retailers struggled to get product out failing to meet preorders by weeks at a time. Well, now that's all over with, we can get back looking at some new and exciting gems while letting our wallets recover a bit. Overall April is a pretty slim month compared to recent frames, but what's coming in is pretty exciting. We have a range of new recent theatrical hits on top of a nice selection of deep-cut comedy, action, drama, and horror titles debuting on the format.

April 2024 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


April 2nd, 4K UHD Releases  

The first week of the month is a mix of reissues, rescheduled, with a couple of eclectic catalog titles. Who'da thought that Cutthroat Island would come to 4K UHD, let alone command a SteelBook release at that? Major League is a sports comedy classic so let's hope it looks and sounds great! 

     

     

 

Now, we have seen images of new Mondo X 4K SteelBooks for Doctor StrangeThe Avengers, Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy popping up. Supposedly these are Walmart exclusives, but we couldn't find them on Walmart's website so we don't know if the release has been pushed back, or if they're so limited you can't order them online at all. We'll keep an eye out all the same and update if that changes. And just like that things change, the Mondo Walmart Exclusive Marvel SteelBooks are now available online and in stores, but they are selling fast! 

    

Technically arriving April, 5th since it's a music release:


April 9th, 4K UHD Releases 

The second frame of the month sees a little bit of a slowdown. A small mix of new and catalog titles, it gives us a slight financial breather but there are still some good ones to keep an eye on. 

     

 


April 16th, 4K UHD Releases 

For another quiet week, how well did you enjoy the cinematic and television versions of Tom Clancy's favorite CIA analyst? The only other major new 4K release this frame is only one of the greatest films ever made... 

      

   


April 23rd, 4K UHD Releases  

A busy frame from one end to the next, it's also a pretty wild and eclectic slate featuring some classic exploitation flicks, animated superheroes, weepy dramas, Jason Statham, and the movie that finally nabbed Scorsese his Best Director Oscar. 

     

      

         

   


April 30th, 4K UHD Releases 

Not to go out quietly, April ends on one of the busiest, most diverse notes for new title and catalog 4K releases. 

     

     

       

     

 

 

 

 

And that is what we have for domestic 4K releases aiming to crash into our collections through the month of April. It starts slow, but some great titles are coming and the final week of the month is a hell of a frame (and an expensive one!). As always some of these release dates could be changed and some last-minute releases have been known to sneak in - if and when that happens we'll update the shopping guide ASAP. Until then - Happy Collecting!

    

Forget it Jake, it's 4K - Chinatown 50th Anniversary - Paramount Presents 4K UHD Coming June 18

Paramount celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic noir Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson with a limited edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on June 18. Pre-orders are now available.

Chinatown was nominated for 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and is now preserved in the U.S.'s National Film Registry at the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." This limited-edition release not only includes Chinatown fully restored on 4K UHD Blu-ray, but also the sequel - The Two Jakes on Blu-ray as well as new and legacy content.

Jack Nicholson is unforgettable as private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night.

Chinatown 50th Anniversary - Paramount Presents 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Chinatown 50th Anniversary - Paramount Presents 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital Limited Edition release presents the fully restored Chinatown in 4K, plus the film's sequel, The Two Jakes, on Blu-ray. The release also includes new and legacy supplements as follows:

New bonus content is detailed below:

  • A State of Mind: Author Sam Wasson On Chinatown – Sam Wasson, film historian and bestselling author of The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years Of Hollywood, on the importance of the film and its legacy.   
  • Chinatown Memories Legendary producer Hawk Koch shares stories from his time as assistant director on the film.  
  • The Trilogy That Never Was – Sam Wasson discusses the planned third installment of what would have been a trio of movies featuring the character Jake Gittes. 

 

Additional legacy bonus content:

  • Commentary by screenwriter Robert Towne with David Fincher
  • Water and Power
    • The Aqueduct
    • The Aftermath
    • The River & Beyond
  • Chinatown: An Appreciation
  • Chinatown: The Beginning and the End
  • Chinatown: Filming
  • Chinatown: Legacy
  • Theatrical Trailer

Pre-orders for Chinatown 50th Anniversary - Paramount Presents 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are now live!

Blue Underground Reveals 'Goodbye Uncle Tom' Restored and Uncut 4K UHD & Blu-ray April 23rd

Blue Underground presents directors Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi's infamous 1971 Italian mondo-docudrama Goodbye Uncle Tom in limited edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray releases arriving April 23.

The American south slave trade themed shocker was so graphic that the film was heavily cut in the U.S. prior to its release - with Roger Ebert calling this cut version, “… the most disgusting, contemptuous insult to decency ever to masquerade as a documentary.” Blue Underground includes both the original uncut Italian version and the cut version fully restored in 4K from the original camera negatives.

The film considered too shocking for the world! Written, edited, produced and directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi of MONDO CANE fame, this epic recreation of the American slave trade atrocities was both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. The Detroit Chronicle hailed it as "a graphic, moving, nerve-paralyzing film." Legendary film critic Pauline Kael called it "the most specific and rabid incitement of the race war." It became one of the most reviled and misunderstood films of its time. Five decades cannot diminish GOODBYE UNCLE TOM's impact or quiet its controversy as it has become even more relevant TODAY!

In 1971, distributors forced the filmmakers to completely re-cut the film and radically re-write its extreme narration, removing more than 13 minute of race-war politics and inserting alternate scenes - creating what would become an entirely different film - before it could be released. Now more than 50 years later, both versions of GOODBYE UNCLE TOM can finally be seen in brand-new restorations, scanned in 4K 16-bit from their original negatives, with Dolby Vision HDR (on the 4K Blu-ray) & newly restored DTS-HD Master Audio, and packed with over 5 hours of Extras!

Goodbye Uncle Tom - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Goodbye Uncle Tom - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Goodbye Uncle Tom - Blu-ray 

Goodbye Uncle Tom 

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray Dolby Vision (2160p) Widescreen 2.40:1 feature presentations
  • Audio: 1.0 DTS-HD MA (English); 1.0 DTS-HD MA (Italian)
  • English Version (123 Mins.) with Optional English SDH and Espanol Subtitles + English Trailer
  • Italian Version (136 Mins.) with Optional English and English SDH Subtitles + Italian Trailer
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOCKING: GUALTIERO JACOPETTI – A feature-length documentary by Director Andrea Bettinetti (94 Mins.)
  • THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO – A feature-length documentary by Director David Gregory (89 Mins.)
  • Goodbye Cruel Mondo - Interviews with Writers/Directors Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi, and Composer Riz Ortolani (20 Mins.)
  • Behind-the-Scenes 8mm Footage with Audio Commentary by Production Manager Giampaolo Lomi (50 Mins.)
  • Mondo Mercenaries - Interview with Author & Academic Mark Goodall (27 Mins.)
  • Abjection Under Authoritarianism - Interview with Professor Matthew J. Smith (20 Mins.)
  • Extensive Still Galleries, including Giampaolo Lomi’s Behind-the-Scenes Photos
  • BONUS! GOODBYE UNCLE TOM Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Riz Ortolani
  • BONUS! Collectible Booklet with new essay by Dan Madigan

You can pre-order Goodbye Uncle Tom on 4K UHD and Blu-ray now!

"The Karate Kid" Celebrates 40 Years of Crane Kicks with a New 4K UHD Blu-ray June 18th

Get ready to sweep your collection's leg! Sony continues to dive deep into their archives for a new 40th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of John G. Alvidson's classic The Karate Kid. If you didn't pick up the trilogy collection, this edition kicks in the door with weathered VHS-style packaging with some exciting new bonus features. 

While the previous trilogy set is barely two years old, Sony is already revisiting the first The Karate Kid on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. More than a simple repressing with weathered VHS-style packaging, this disc offers some new bonus features in the form of a new audio commentary track with the creators of Cobra Kai and if that wasn't enough, the disc also comes with 30-minutes of never-before-seen deleted scene dailies. Maybe not enough for some to go for a double dip, but for fans that only wanted the classic first film, they can now have it in the collection. 

The Karate Kid: 40th Anniversary - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

SYNOPSIS
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the coming-of-age classic — from Academy Award®-winning director John G. Avildsen (1976, Rocky) — that will leave you cheering! There is more to karate than fighting. This is the lesson that Daniel (Ralph Macchio), a San Fernando Valley teenager, is about to learn from a most unexpected teacher: Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita in his Academy Award®-nominated performance, Best Supporting Actor, 1984), an elderly handyman who also happens to be a master of the martial arts. His training and these vital lessons will be called into play when an outmatched Daniel faces Johnny (William Zabka), the skilled leader of the Cobra Kai — a vicious gang of karate school bullies — in a no-holds-barred karate tournament for the championship of the Valley. 

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC:

Restored from the original camera negative, presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
English Dolby Atmos + English 5.1 + English Stereo
Special Features:

  • ALL-NEW: Commentary with the Creators of Cobra Kai Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
  • ALL-NEW: Over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scene Dailies – go behind the scenes of this classic favorite like never before with raw footage from a variety of unused scenes!
  • 4 Deleted Scenes
  • Remembering The Karate Kid Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

BLU-RAY DISC™

Feature presented in high definition
English 5.1
Special Features:

  • Blu-Pop™ Pop-Up Track
  • Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
  • “The Way of The Karate Kid” Multi-Part Making-Of Featurette
  • “Beyond the Form” Featurette
  • “East Meets West: A Composer’s Notebook”
  • “Life of Bonsai” Featurette

CAST AND CREW

  • Directed By: John G. Avildsen
  • Produced By: Jerry Weintraub
  • Written By: Robert Mark Kamen
  • Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, William Zabka

SPECS

  • Run Time: Approx. 127 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • 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 DTS-HD MA

Pre-orders aren't live yet - but as soon as they are we'll update our listings ASAP. Happy Collecting! 

'American Sniper' Shoots for a May 14th Deployment on 4K UHD and SteelBook

Warner Brothers is preparing Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated 'American Sniper' starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller for a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on May 14. There will also be a 4K SteelBook edition arriving on the same day.

The 2014 film based on Chris Kyle's best-selling autobiography received six Academy Award nominations including Best Actor and Best Picture.  It will be presented for the first time in 4K with HDR and comes with a Digital download.

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind

American Sniper - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

American Sniper - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

American Sniper - Limited Edition 4K SteelBook 

Amélie Limited Edition 4K SteelBook 

The 4K UHD Blu-ray includes the following supplements: 

  • One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper
  • Chris Kyle: The Man Behind the Legend
  • Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy – The Heart of a Hero
  • Navy SEALs: In War and Peace
  • Bringing the War Home: The Cost of Heroism
  • The Making of American Sniper
  • Guardian

Pre-orders for American Sniper 4K UHD Blu-ray and SteelBook are up and here is the full press release:


 

AMERICAN SNIPER
COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM AND DIGITAL 

THE 2014 BIOGRAPHICAL WAR DRAMA DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD AND STARRING BRADLEY COOPER WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)

Purchase the film on 4K Ultra HD Disc with Collectible Steelbook Packaging, 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital on May 14

 
Burbank, Calif., March 26, 2024 – American Sniper, the 2014 biographical war drama directed by Academy Award®-Winning Director Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital for the first time on May 14. 

American Sniper will be available to purchase on May 14 on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc from online and in-store at major retailers and available for purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. 

American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle. A two-time Oscar® nominee for his work in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Cooper stars alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell. 

Oscar®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) directed American Sniper from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one. 

The film is produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. 

American Sniper will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc with collectible steelbook packaging for $40.43 ERP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version of the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for $33.99 ERP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version of the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film. Fans can also own American Sniper in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on May 14.  

About the Film
From director Clint Eastwood comes American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. 

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production. 

American Sniper Ultra HD Blu-ray disc contains the following previously released special features:
•    One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper
•    Chris Kyle: The Man Behind the Legend
•    Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy – The Heart of a Hero
•    Navy SEALs: In War and Peace
•    Bringing the War Home: The Cost of Heroism
•    The Making of American Sniper
•    Guardian
 
BASICS
PRODUCT                                                               ERP
American Sniper 4K Ultra HD Steelbook                $40.43           
American Sniper 4K Ultra HD                                $33.99           

American Sniper
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, French, Spanish
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English French, SDH, Spanish
Run Time: 132 minutes
Rating: R
 Street Date: May 14, 2024
Digital Street Date: May 14, 2024

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