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Harry Potter Enchants A New 8-Film 4K UHD Collector's Edition Set November 2nd

If you didn't already pick up the wizarding world of Harry Potter on 4K - A new 17-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray set in deluxe Hogwarts Express Packaging is coming November 2nd!

Can you believe it's been 20 years since the first Harry Potter movie came out? Does anyone else remember when Steven Spielberg was going to direct this and wanted Haley Joel Osment as Harry? A lot changed very fast! Now we're celebrating two decades of magic and enchantment for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone if you want to get all U.K. vs U.S. about it) with a new Magical Movie Mode Special Edition that came out this week. 

Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone Magical Movie Mode

Per the description -

The Harry Potter Magical Movie Mode

A wondrous new way to experience Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Discover filmmaking secrets, spell incantations, magical creatures and artifacts and more in this enchanting collection of fun activities and curiosities. Test your knowledge with the Hogwarts Trivia Challenge, and let the magic begin! 

Here's a look at the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available only at Best Buy in the U.S.: 

Harry Potter Sorcerers Stone Magical Movie Mode 4K SteelBook

But that's not all - if you've been waiting to get these films on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Warner Brothers is giving fans a nice big deluxe Collector's Edition set of all 8 films on November 2nd with some pretty fancy packaging to occupy all that remains of your shelf space:

Harry Potter 4k 8-Film Set

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 4K 8-Film Set

Harry Potter 4-Ultra HD Blu-ray Anniversary Collector's Edition Set 

Included are all 8 films on 4K and Blu-ray, A Hogwarts Express replica ticket, and a 32-Page behind-the-scenes booklet. The discs and the films are essentially all the same as before except for the "Magical Movie Mode" for Sorcerer's Stone. On that note, this set really is for folks who haven't added this to their collections already - or unless of course, you're a really HUGE Harry Potter fan. 

What do you think? Worth picking up the deluxe packaging to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic? Or are you just going to stick with the set that's already out there?

Once again - thank you for your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

F9 The Fast Saga Theatrical & Directors Cut Coming to 4K & Blu-ray September 21

Bring home the latest "family" film - F9: The Fast Saga Theatrical & Director's Cut on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 9/21 

We already knew this one was in the pipeline for some time, but Universal is finally making it official. Fans of the ever-expanding Accelerated and Vexed franchise have a few options to add this latest entry to their collections.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will include Dolby Atmos audio along with HDR10 and HDR10+ grading for both the 02:22:41 Theatrical Cut and the 02:29:44 Director's Cut which presumably includes more mentions of the importance of "family" with Vin Diesel glowering at people. Disc looks to be a triple-layer BD-100 disc. A SteelBook for this one will also be floating around out there if you're into collecting those. 

The 1080p SDR Blu-ray will also include both the Theatrical and Director's Cut of the film and also includes Dolby Atmos. 

F9: The Fast Saga - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
F9 The Fast Saga 4K UHD Blu-ray 

F9: The Fast Saga - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook
F9 - 4K UHD SteelBook 

F9: The Fast Saga - Blu-ray
F9 The Fast Saga Blur-ay 


September is a pretty packed tight month for new 4K and Blu-ray releases, but we don't anticipate this one getting a release date change - it's been available for pre-order from retailers for some time. On that note - Thank You for your pre-orders, they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation alive and chugging. 

Below is the full Press Release from Universal:


        
 

THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EXTENDED
DIRECTOR'S CUT COMES HOME 

     OWN F9 —AVAILABLE WITH TWO VERSIONS OF THE MOVIE:  THE THEATRICAL CUT, THE EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT AND ALL-NEW BONUS CONTENT

OWN IT ON DIGITAL SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT


Universal City, California, August 17, 2021 – The Fast family returns in the latest adrenaline-charged installment with a never-before-seen Director’s Cut of F9.  The blockbuster film has generated more than $600 million worldwide and now fans can own the global box-office phenomenon that features “unbelievable, jaw-dropping action” (io9) on Digital September 7, 2021 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 21, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring the original theatrical release, the Director’s Cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content – including a behind-the-scenes look at the gravity-defying stunts and nitro-charged cars, a gag reel and even more justice for Han – fans can now add F9 to their collection to watch again and again!
 
Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena, Bumblebee) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot. Franchise veteran Justin Lin returns to the director’s seat for F9 and delivers this supercharged version of the hit film. From extended action to spectacular scenes that weren’t shown in theaters, F9: The Director’s Cut explodes with additional content that can only be experienced on home entertainment!
 
F9 also stars returning franchise cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. The film is directed by Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the series.  Based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson, the story is by Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello (consultant, Star Trek Beyond) and Daniel Casey (Kin). The screenplay is by Daniel Casey & Justin Lin. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Justin Lin, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Joe Roth (Maleficent franchise), Clayton Townsend (Bridesmaids) and Samantha Vincent (xXx:Return of Xander Cage).



BONUS FEATURES on 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL:
  • GAG REEL
  • F9: ALL IN: The Fast family invites you to be part of the crew as they give you an intimate look at how F9 propels this epic franchise to even greater heights. This bonus feature, with more than 46 minutes of content, includes returning characters, new cast members, huge stunts, big surprises, and so much more.
  • PRACTICALLY FAST: When it comes to stunts, it seems each film in The Fast Saga outdoes the last. In this piece, we examine how Justin Lin and his team go to great lengths to shoot as many stunts as they can in-camera and practically, giving the film an authenticity that cannot be achieved solely through visual effects or CGI.
  • SHIFTING PRIORITIES: We first met many of these characters when The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001. In the 20+ years since, not only have the characters themselves grown and evolved, but so have the actors that portray them. Art often imitates life, and we look at how that's particularly true in F9.
  • JUSTICE FOR HAN: Han is back! Sung Kang and Justin Lin discuss the genesis for the return of this beloved character, while the cast reveals how much it means to them to have Kang back along for the ride.
  • A DAY ON SET WITH JUSTIN LIN: The job of a director on any movie production is huge. The job of a director on a production the scale of F9 is immeasurable. Spend a day with Justin Lin and see just how demanding it is to navigate a production day when you're the one with all the answers.
  • JOHN CENA: SUPERCAR SUPERFAN: John Cena is a real-life car expert, and no franchise does cars like Fast. Watch John jump from exotic car to exotic car like a kid in a candy store, giving you a true fan's look at some of the rarest and most expensive automobiles in the world.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY (THEATRICAL AND DIRECTOR’S CUT) WITH PRODUCER/CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN
 
F9 will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
  • 4K Ultra HD delivers the ultimate movie watching experience. Featuring the combination of 4K resolution, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and HDR10+, which delivers incredible brightness and contrast for each scene and immersive audio for a multidimensional sound experience. 
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly buy or rent.
  • The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States.

 

FILMMAKER:

Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron
Music By: Brian Tyler
Costume Designer: Sanja Milkovic Hays
Editors: Dylan Highsmith, Kelly Matsumoto ACE, Greg D’Auria
Production Designer: Jan Roelfs
Director of Photography: Stephen F. Windon ACS, ASC
Based on Characters Created By: Gary Scott Thompson
Produced By: Neal H. Moritz p.g.a., Vin Diesel p.g.a., Justin Lin p.g.a., Jeffrey Kirschenbaum p.g.a., Joe Roth, Clayton Townsend p.g.a., Samantha Vincent
Story By: Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello and Daniel Casey
Screenplay By: Daniel Casey & Justin Lin
Directed By: Justin Lin
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: September 21, 2021
Selection Number: 1961211331 (US) / 1961211759 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Theatrical Run Time: 02:22:50
Director’s Cut Run Time: 02:29:53

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:

Street Date: September 21, 2021
Selection Number: 1961211332 (US) / 1961211764 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2:39:1
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 2.0 for bonus content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 7.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 7.1)
Theatrical Run Time: 02:22:41
Director’s Cut Run Time: 02:29:44
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K UHD:
Street Date: September 21, 2021
Selection Number: 1961211333 (US) / 1961211765 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 7.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 7.1)
Theatrical Run Time: 02:22:41
Director’s Cut Run Time: 02:29:44

The Criterion Collection's Full 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray November 2021 Releases

After the big news bombshell last week that The Criterion Collection would be going 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Six Upcoming Titles we have the official November 4K Ultra HD & Blu-Ray release slate. 

The first thing to note is that this list for November doesn't include A Hard Day's NightThe Red Shoes, or The Piano - unless those get added at a later time, it looks like they're likely getting pushed back into December. 

We are for sure getting Mulholland Dr.Menace II Society, and the big Granddaddy of auteur cinema Citizen Kane - These are currently only up for pre-order on Criterion's website but we expect online retailers to have them up soon: Click the links for full details 

Citizen Kane The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Citizen Kane Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English LPCM Mono 
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $59.95
Also coming in a 3-Disc 1080p Blu-ray Edition

Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95


Menace II Society The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Menace II Society The Criterion Collection 4K UHD
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95
Also coming in a Single-Disc 1080p Blu-ray edition

In addition, fans will now get Federico Fellini's La Strada and the complete 5-Film 6-Disc set of Jet Li's iconic martial arts franchise Once Upon A Time in China to devour over the Thanksgiving holiday!

La Strada The Criterion Collection 
La Strada The Criterion Collection 

Once Upon A Time In China The Complete Films 
Once Upon A Time in China Complete Films Criterion Collection 

Once Upon A Time In China The Complete Films FULL


That is everything we have for now - we've reached out for clarification about the other three previously announced 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles and if those are coming in November or have been pushed to a later date. We'll update that ASAP. 

Thanks for your pre-orders - they really go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running!

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Fires Up 4K Ultra HD October 19th

Paramount Pictures' latest cinematic Hasbro toy franchise entry Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins earns a Blu-ray4K UHD Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3-Movie Collection on October 19th, 2021

Classic 80s cartoons make for great toys but they don't always make for great movies based on said toys. In their latest attempt to make a live-action G.I. Joe movie, Paramount banked heavily one an origin story for one of the most popular characters with Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. Whether it was the lingering pandemic affecting theater attendance or just the simple fact people weren't keen on another Joe adventure - the film was hardly a flicker at the global box office leading to some doubt about any future Joe adventures. Still - I know a few G.I. Joe diehards that had a blast with it for just pure dumb fun action.

If this Nicolas Cage-free Snake Eyes is in your wheelhouse, you have a few options and all are up for pre-order:

A standard 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Snake Eyes GI Joe Origins 4K UHD Blu-ray 


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Snake Eyes 4K UHD SteelBook 


G.I. Joe 3-Film 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collection if you don't already own the first two films on 4K
 

and for you folks still rocking 1080p, there's going to be a standard SDR Blu-ray 
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins Blu-ray 


and
a standard SDR G.I. Joe 3-Film Collection Blu-ray Set 
G.I. Joe 3-Film Collection Blu-ray

 

As always dates are subject to change, but this looks to be a firm release frame for this one. Thanks for your pre-orders, they go a long way towards helping to keep our little operation going. 

Here's the full press release from Paramount:


DISCOVER THE ORIGINS OF THE ICONIC G.I. JOE HERO
IN THE ACTION-PACKED, EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT ADVENTURE

WATCH IT EARLY ON PREMIUM DIGITAL & ON-DEMAND
AUGUST 17, 2021


ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY & DVD OCTOBER 19
 
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “the origin story we’ve been waiting for” (Joe Deckelmeier, Screen Rant) and filled with stunning action, SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS arrives early for Premium Digital purchase and on Premium Video-On-Demand (PVOD) on August 17, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will subsequently be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 19. Fans can also purchase a 4K Ultra HD Combo in a collectible SteelBook and complete their G.I. JOE movie collection with a 3-Movie giftset that includes G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. JOE: Retaliation, and SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray or Digital.
 
The SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with explosive special features that delve into the world of SNAKE EYES and the mysterious Arashikage clan.  Discover the secrets of SNAKE EYES’ legendary sword, Morning Light, in an all-new short film exclusive to the home entertainment release.  Plus, go behind-the-scenes to find out what it took to bring the iconic hero’s origin story to life, meet the fan-favorite heroes and villains of the G.I. JOE universe, dive into the elite warrior world of the Arashikage clan, and watch deleted scenes not shown in theaters.
 
The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs also boast a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, and the 4K Ultra HD disc features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), which delivers greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors.**
 
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS 4K Ultra HD
Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, which includes access to a Digital copy of the film, or the 4K Ultra HD SteelBook Combo, which includes an Ultra HD Disc with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a Blu-ray Disc with Dolby Atmos, as well as access to a Digital copy.  Both 4K Ultra HD offerings include the following bonus content:
  • Morning Light: A Weapon with Stories to Tell - Discover the secrets of Snake Eyes' legendary sword, Morning Light, in this all-new short film
  • Deleted Scenes – What you didn’t see in theaters
  • Enter SNAKE EYES - Find out what it took to bring the iconic hero’s origin story to life
  • A Deadly Ensemble - Meet fan-favorite heroes, villains, and new characters in the G.I. JOE franchise
  • Arashikage - Dive into the elite ninja warrior world of the Arashikage clan
 
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Blu-ray
The SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with Dolby Atmos. The Blu-ray includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the bonus content detailed above.   
                 
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS DVD
The DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.
 
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Synopsis
Discover the origins of the iconic G.I. JOE hero, SNAKE EYES (Henry Golding), in this action-packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir-apparent, STORM SHADOW (Andrew Koji), SNAKE EYES joins the battle against the terrorist group COBRA. Pushing him to the limits, SNAKE EYES will become the ultimate ninja warrior. But, when past secrets are revealed, his honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing everything he has been fighting for. Also starring Úrsula Corberó as BARONESS and Samara Weaving as SCARLETT.
The Criterion Collection Goes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray With Six Titles Starting This November!

As if the 4th Quarter of 2021 wasn't already really expensive!

Citizen KaneMenace II SocietyThe PianoMulholland Dr.The Red Shoes, and A Hard Day’s Night is their opening salvo into 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray starting this November 2021

Sadly at this moment - that's ALL we know. We don't know HDR or if there will be HDR for all of the films - "select films" is a bit teasing - audio (some might get Atmos), disc specs or anything of the like. Criterion will be punching out a full announcement soon, this was just the teaser to blow our minds. 

As if the close of 2021 wasn't already expensive, Criterion is finally jumping into the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray game. We'd heard rumblings about a couple of these titles, but we didn't expect a full slate of new additions to the collection! Until that full announcement hits, we'll just have to sit back and speculate about what Criterion is going to bring to make these releases special. When all of that info comes in, we'll update our listings and get that good stuff out to you folks. 

What do you think of Criterion's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray lineup? All winners? Or are you too tired to upgrade your collection?

[UPDATE 8/16]

We now have cover art and specs for Citizen KaneMenace II Society, and Mulholland Dr. - click the links for full details - It looks like these three are the first ones to come with the other three arriving in December or later into 2022. 

Citizen Kane The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Citizen Kane Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English LPCM Mono 
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $59.95

Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Mulholland Dr. The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  
Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95

Menace II Society The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
Menace II Society The Criterion Collection 4K UHD
 

Includes:
HDR: Dolby Vision
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1
SRP Price: Before Sale Discounts $49.95

Below is their very brief announcement


The Criterion Collection today announced its first 4K Ultra HD releases, a six-film slate that includes Citizen Kane, Menace II Society, The Piano, Mulholland Dr., The Red Shoes, and A Hard Day’s Night. The first of these editions and their special features will be detailed in the November 2021 announcement next week, with others to follow in subsequent months. 
The most dazzling debut in cinema history, Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane was Criterion’s first laserdisc release 37 years ago. It now rejoins the library after a long absence, making its first appearance in 4K Ultra HD along with Allen and Albert Hughes riveting breakthrough, Menace II Society; Jane Campion’s Academy Award–winning The Piano, starring Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin in her breakout role; David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., a tale of love and jealousy in the city of dreams; Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s singular Technicolor fantasia The Red Shoes; and Richard Lester’s timeless movie musical A Hard Day’s Night, which brought the Beatles’ revolutionary talent and irreverent humor to the big screen.
Each title will be available in a 4K UHD+Blu-ray combo pack including a 4K UHD disc of the feature film as well as the film and its special features on Blu-ray. Select films will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. Stay tuned for more details in the November announcement!
Universal Monsters Getting Solo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBooks

Who needs more SteelBooks for their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection?

After last week's exciting announcement of Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection Universal is now issuing solo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBooks for DraculaFrankenstein, and The Wolf Man exclusively at Best Buy in the United States. "But what about The Invisible Man?" you might ask. Well so far Best Buy hasn't added that one to their pre-order slate, but it should be going up soon. Germany will be getting a solo The Invisible Man SteelBook so it's just a matter of time. All disc contents are expected to be the same, but if anything changes on that end we'll update this article and our listings

While we wait for The Invisible Man to make his appearance, here's a look at the individual SteelBooks we do know are coming and are now up for pre-order. I was going to pre-order the main set, but these SteelBooks are pretty classy looking - Which are you going for, Individual SteelBooks, the 4-Film Set, or are you sticking with the big Blu-ray Set? 

Dracula 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Dracula 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Frankenstein 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
Frankenstein 1931 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

The Wolf Man 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook
The Wolf Man 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

As soon as Best Buy includes The Invisible Man in their slate we'll get that listing up and add it to this article. 

Thanks for your pre-orders! They help keep our little operation rolling.  

Paramount Officially Announces Scream 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray For October 19th

Paramount Calling Up 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Of Wes Craven's Slasher Classic Scream on October 19th

We kinda already knew this was coming, it was briefly up for pre-order on Amazon before it was taken down. Now Paramount makes it official - Scream is coming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The film set the bar for an entire generation of slasher films on top of three sequels and a new film coming in 2022 from directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. 

Scream - 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Scream 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Now that Paramount has made things official - it's now back up for pre-order on Amazon

But that's not all - a snazzy single disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook release is also up for pre-order on Amazon!

Scream - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Scream SteelBook 4K UHD Blu-ray 

We're awaiting full confirmation on HDR grade and audio - but as soon as that info is available we'll update our listings and this article ASAP. 

Here's Paramount's full Press Release:


Do You Like Scary Movies?

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Iconic Thriller,
Newly Remastered on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray

Subversive Fan-Favorite Arrives October 19, 2021
with an All-New Look at the Film’s Impact and Legacy 

 

In celebration of its 25th anniversary and just in time for Halloween, SCREAM will be released for the first time on 4K Ultra HD and in a newly remastered Blu-ray on October 19, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

25 years after its theatrical debut, SCREAM remains a wildly entertaining and terrifically terrifying cinematic experience.  Directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, the film is a brilliant deconstruction of the horror genre that pays homage to the conventions of slasher films while upending them with clever twists and witty dialogue.

 

The new SCREAM 4K Ultra HD, Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD SteelBook, and Blu-ray include a brand-new look back at the film and director Wes Craven, featuring archival behind-the-scenes footage and new interviews with stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, as well as screenwriter Kevin Williamson and the directors and other cast members from the new installment in the franchise scheduled to premiere in theaters in 2022 from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group.  The discs also include access to a Digital copy of the film and the legacy bonus content detailed below:

·       A Bloody Legacy: Scream 25 Years Later— NEW!

·       Audio commentary by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson

·       Production featurette

·       Behind the Scenes

      • On the Scream Set
      • Drew Barrymore

·       Q&A with Cast and Crew

      • What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?
      • Why are People so Fascinated by Horror Films?
QT's Inglourious Basterds Scalping 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray October 12th

The world needs more Quentin Tarantino on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The delightfully wickedly hilarious and ultra-violent WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 12th from Universal Home Video 

Inglourious Basterds - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Unfortunately, not a lot of technical information was included in the press release. So we don't know if this is getting a Dolby Vision pass, or an Atmos upgrade or anything of the like. We've reached out for clarification so as soon as we know we'll pass that info along.

We do know it's coming packed with bonus features and the current planned release date of October 12th. As of now we haven't seen any hint of any retailer exclusives or SteelBook options yet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled and let you know ASAP. 

Here's the full Press Release from Universal:


 

 

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

BRING HOME THE STAR-STUDDED, ACTION-PACKED WAR THRILLER IN ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION QUALITY, AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE SEEN

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K, BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL ON OCTOBER 12, 2021

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

SYNOPSIS: Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino's high-octane WWII revenge fantasy 

Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as "The Basterds," is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

 

OVER TWO HOURS OF BONUS CONTENT, INCLUDING:

Extended & Alternate Scenes

Roundtable Discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis Mitchell

The New York Times Talk

Nation’s Pride – Original Short

The Making of Nation’s Pride

The Original Inglourious Basterds 

A Conversation with Rod Taylor 

 

Inglourious Basterds will be available on 4K, Blu-ray™ and Digital.

4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.

Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download. 

The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States. 

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine), Melanie Laurent (Shosanna), Christoph Waltz (Col. Hans Landa), Michael Fassbender (Lt. Archie Hicox), Eli Roth (Sgt. Donny Donowitz), Diane Kruger (Bridget von Hammersmark), Daniel Bruhl (Fredrick Zoller), Til Schweiger (Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Producer: Lawrence Bender

Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino

Director of Photography: Robert Richardson

Film Editor: Sally Menke

Sound Editor: Wylie Stateman

The Guns of Navarone Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary On 4K UHD Blu-ray October 12th

The classic action, adventure, war film celebrates its 60th Anniversary on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Sony on October 12th, 2021. Arriving in a 2-disc + Digital set will include the film in native 4K Ultra HD with HDR10, a new Dolby Atmos mix, a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, as well as the film's original 4-Channel Stereo track topped off with a host of bonus features. The included Blu-ray will also be sourced from the new 4K master!

The Guns of Navarone - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Check out the full press release from Sony


AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME
ON 4K ULTRA HD™ 
OCTOBER 12TH
CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE ACCLAIMED CLASSIC

STARRING GREGORY PECK, DAVID NIVEN,
AND ANTHONY QUINN


SYNOPSIS
Academy Award®-winners Gregory Peck (1962, Best Actor, To Kill A Mockingbird), David Niven (1958, Best Actor, Separate Tables), and Anthony Quinn (1952, Best Supporting Actor, Viva Zapata!; 1956, Lust For Life) star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied fortress and disable two long-range field guns so that 2,000 trapped British soldiers may be rescued. Faced with an unforgiving sea voyage, hazardous terrain, and the possibility of a traitor among them, the team must overcome the impossible without losing their own lives. Adapted by screenwriter Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel, THE GUNS OF NAVARONE was nominated for seven Oscars®, including Best Picture, and won for Best Special Effects (1961).
 
DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Presented in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10
    • Playback available with and without Original Roadshow Intermission Card
  • All-new Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 audio + original theatrical 4-track stereo
  • Special Features:
    • NEW: Main Title Progression Reel
    • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC™
  • Feature presented in HD, sourced from the 4K master
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary by Director J. Lee Thompson
    • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Stephen J. Rubin
    • The Resistance Dossier of Navarone: Interactive Feature
    • Forging The Guns of Navarone: Notes from the Set
    • An Ironic Epic of Heroism
    • Memories of Navarone
    • Epic Restoration
    • A Heroic Score
    • Great Guns
    • No Visitors
    • Honeymoon on Rhodes
    • Two Girls on the Town
    • Narration-Free Prologue
    • Message from Carl Foreman
This release will initially include a limited edition o-ring, featuring the film’s original poster art.
 
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: J. Lee Thompson
Written and Produced by: Carl Foreman
Based on a Novel by: Alistair MacLean
Cast: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn

SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 156 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.35:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English 4.0 DTS-HD MA
Universal Classic Horror Monsters Scaring 4K UHD Blu-ray October 5th

Well, this is a pleasant surprise! Ever since Apple updated their digital offering of Tod Browning's classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, we knew something was coming from Universal - but we didn't expect this! In time to celebrate the 90th Anniversaries of Dracula and Frankenstein and the 80th Anniversary of The Wolfman - Universal is bowing an 8-Disc 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital set featuring DraculaFrankensteinThe Wolfman, and The Invisible Man 

Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 


This is very similar to their previous Universal Monsters Blu-ray collection from several years back. We get the classic films in Digibook packaging with the legacy extra features on top of each film in 4K and 1080p. The press release didn't stipulate HDR grade but we're suspecting only HDR10. We've reached out for confirmation on that score. As of this writing, this set isn't up for pre-order yet but as soon as it is - or if there's any kind of retailer exclusive - we'll update this article and our listings ASAP!

Here's the full press release from Universal:


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UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS 

ICONS OF HORROR COLLECTION 

 

CELEBRATE NINE DECADES OF YOUR FAVORITE MONSTERS ON 4K FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN COLLECTIBLE PACKAGING

 

AVAILABLE ON 4K, BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL ON OCTOBER 5, 2021

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT


SYNOPSIS: From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection showcases four of the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man. Starring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains in the roles that they made famous, these original films set the standard for a new horror genre with revolutionary makeup, mood-altering cinematography and groundbreaking special effects.

 

CLASSIC MONSTER FILMS INCLUDED:

  1. Dracula (90th Anniversary)

  2. Frankenstein (90th Anniversary)

  3. The Invisible Man

  4. The Wolf Man (80th Anniversary)

 

HOURS OF BONUS CONTENT, INCLUDING:

  1. The Road to Dracula

  2. The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster

  3. Karloff: The Gentle Monster

  4. Monster by Moonlight

  5. The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth

  6. Now Your See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed

 

Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection will be available on 4K, Blu-ray™ and Digital.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.

  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download. 

  • The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States. 



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DRACULA FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula), David Manners (John Harker), Edward an Sloan (Prof. Abraham Van Helsing), Helen Chandler (Mina Harker), Dwight Frye (Renfield), Frances Dade (Lucy Weston)

Director: Tod Browning

Producer: Carl Laemmle, Jr., Tod Browning

Screenplay: Garrett Fort

Based on the Work(s) of: Bram Stoker, Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston

FRANKENSTEIN FILMMAKERS:

Actors:  Boris Karloff (The Monster), Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), John Boles (Victor Moritz), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Waldman), Dwight Frye (Fritz), Frederic Kerr (Baron Frankenstein)

Director: James Whale

Producer: Carl Laemmle, Jr.

Screenplay: Garrett Fort, Francis Edwards Faragoh

Based on the Work(s) of: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Peggy Webling, John L. Balderston

THE INVISIBLE MAN FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Claude Rains (Jack Griffin / The Invisible Man), Gloria Stuart (Flora Cranley), William Harrigan (Dr. Arthur Kemp), Dudley Digges (Chief Detective), Una O’Connor (Jenny Hall), Henry Travers (Dr. Cranley), Forrester Harvey (Herbert Hall)

Director: James Whale

Producer: Carl Laemmle, Jr.

Screenplay: R.C. Sherriff

Based on the Work(s) of: H.G. Wells

THE WOLF MAN FILMMAKERS:

Actors: Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man / Larry Talbot), Bela Lugosi (Bela), Claude Rains (Sir John Talbot), Warren William (Dr. Lloyd), Ralph Bellamy (Col. Montford), Patric Knowles (Frank Andrews), Maria Ouspenskaya (Maleva), Evelyn Ankers (Gwen Conliffe)

Director: George Waggner

Producer: George Waggner

Screenplay: Curt Siodma

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