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Terminator 2: Judgement Day - 4K UHD vs Blu-ray

How many releases will it take to get T2: Judgment Day right?

James Cameron's Terminator 2 Judgement Day is one of the best movies of the '90s, so why is it so damn hard to get a quality home video release? Ever since the days of DVD, T2 has enjoyed one controversial release after another. Every DVD, Blu-ray, and even the recent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release has either been too red, too pale, too much grain, not enough grain, too much edge enhancement, or even entirely too teal/green. 

For this latest comparison video, we'll be comparing the 2006 Blu-ray, the 2009 Skynet Edition Blu-ray, the 2015 remastered Blu-ray, and the very controversial 2017 4K UHD Blu-ray that used the 3-D master. For best results, watch this video on a full 4K 2160p screen. 

Do you have a preferred release - or are you waiting for someone to release this movie again and hope for the best? 

Read Our 2006 Blu-ray Release Review
Read Our 2009 Skynet Edition Release Review

Read Our 2015 Remaster Review
Read Our 2017 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Building your Collection? Amazon 3 For The Price Of 2 Sale - 4K - Blu-ray - Criterion and More!

Cheap Easy Way To Build Your Blu-ray and 4K Collection!

Gotta love it when Amazon is getting you all geared up for Prime Day and they go and drop another one of their famous 3 for 2 sales! Like a lot of Amazon’s sales and deals, they’re not always easy to find - BUT - follow the link HERE and you can see what’s available. This sale covers a bunch of areas including books, video games, and other accouterments but there are a lot of great Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles to pick through!

How Does It Work? 

As with most Amazon sales, you simply add what you want into your cart and the discount is automatically applied to your shopping cart. However, the trick to remember is the cheapest item is often the discounted one, and these “3 For The Price of 2” sales can be a bit tricky. Loading the cart with everything all at once can be tempting, but I’ve had the discount not tabulate correctly - or rather not the way I’d hoped. It’s tempting to add that huge Game of Thrones 4K UHD Blu-ray set and a bunch of small items, but you may not get the best possible savings. I’ve found the best practice is grouping three titles you want of a similar price range to ensure the best deal.

If You Want A Lot - Make Multiple Orders

To the point I just made above - if there are a lot of little items you want, group those into smaller orders. It may seem silly to have a dozen orders of three items, but that may be the only way for you to get the best deal. It also doesn’t affect shipping. If you’re a Prime member you’re still getting awesome shipping discounts and many of your items may be grouped into the same box anyway. You shouldn’t have to worry about piles of little brown boxes and padded envelopes piling up on your porch. But even if you get a ton of packages, it’s like Christmas! Have fun and enjoy ripping those suckers open! 

What Good Stuff Is On The Sale?

The short and easy answer is - A LOT! Limiting the parameters to just Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and 3D Blu-ray, there are dozens of pages of great titles that qualify for this deal. So you’ve got some scrolling to do. To help you out, we’re going to highlight a few of our favorites we recommend:


4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Suspiria - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

  

Back To The Future Ultimate Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Knives Out - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

Game of Thrones Complete Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 

The Dark Crystal - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

   

Beetlejuice 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

 


Blu-ray

Explorers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray  

 

War of the Worlds (1953) Criterion Collection Blu-ray  

 

The Office: The Complete Series Blu-ray  

 

Re-Animator Special Edition Blu-ray  

 

The Fly Collection Blu-ray  

 

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Complete Collection Blu-ray  

  

Anyway - that's just a small few of some great releases that stood out to me when I was zipping through the long list of titles. Amazon of course doesn't say how long this sale goes for but I imagine they'll rotate it out ahead of Prime Day on June 21, 2021. Happy hunting! Again, here is the sale link

Space Jam 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dunking on July 6 2021

Excited for the new Space Jam movie? Well, it's about time to revisit the classic original. Michael Jordan and Buggs Bunny team up for the ultimate intergalactic pickup game - Space Jam to celebrate its 25th Anniversary on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. 

 

This one isn't up for pre-order yet - as soon as it is we'll update our listing. 

Here's the full press release from WBHE


SPACE JAM

COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

CELEBRATING ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, THE MUCH-LOVED FILM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)

Own it July 6th on 4K Ultra HD and Digital

 

Burbank, Calif., May 11, 2021 – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved classic, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that the perennial family film Space Jam will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on July 6th

 

Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes linchpin Bugs Bunny star in the family comedy classic that introduced a whole new dimension of entertainment. The film also stars Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, and the voice of Danny DeVito. Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing appear as themselves. Space Jam was produced by Ivan Reitman and directed by Joe Pytka.

 

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.   

Space Jam 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 Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features. Fans can also own Space Jam in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on July 6th.  

 

Space Jam received an Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Technical Achievement and a Grammy® Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television (1997).

 

 

SYNOPSIS

The world's greatest legends collide in a future universe with Jordan as a live-action hero entering a spectacular animated world. Captured by Bugs Bunny to foil a ghastly gang of space creatures, Jordan must play the basketball game of his life to save the beloved cartoon heroes from a hideous kidnapping scheme.

 

 

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY COMBO PACK ELEMENTS

 

Space Jam Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following previously released special features:

  • Commentary from director Joe Pytka, Bugs Bunny (voiced by Billy West) and Daffy Duck (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Featurette: “Jammin” with Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan
  • Music videos including Seal’s “Fly Like an Eagle” and Monstars’ anthem “Hit ‘Em High”

 

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On July 6thSpace Jam 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL 

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

 

BASICS

PRODUCT                                                                            ERP

                                    Ultra HD Blu-ray                                                                    $24.99*

Standard Street Date: 7/6/2021

EST Street Date: 7/6/2021

Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, Parisian French, Danish, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish

Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French, Danish, Finnish, German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish

Run Time: 87 min (Feature Only)

Rated: PG

Got Your Golden Ticket? Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 4K Coming June 29th

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc has revealed that it is releasing Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory on 4K disc on June 29th.

The 1971 film directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum spawned a candy franchise and a remake in 2005, among other things.

Be Transported to a World of Pure Imagination as the Timeless & Magical Classic Family Film

WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Order Today

CELEBRATING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY, THE BELOVED FILM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)

Own it June 29 on 4K Ultra HD and Digital

BURBANK, CA, May 3, 2021 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that the perennial family classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on June 29. Called a “genuine work of imagination” by Roger Ebert, the film stars Gene Wilder in one of his most famous roles.

Directed by Mel Stuart from a screenplay by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory was produced by Stan Margulies and David L. Wolper. The film is an adaptation of Dahl’s 1964 novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory stars Gene Wilder as Wily Wonka, Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe, Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket, Roy Kinnear as Mr. Salt, Julie Dawn Cole as Veruca Salt, Leonard Stone as Mr. Beauregarde, Denise Nickerson as Violet Beauregarde, Dodo Denney as Mrs. Teevee, and Paris Themmen as Mike Teevee.

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.   

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 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 Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features. Fans can also own Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on June 29.  

 

About the Film:

Directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as the legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka, this splendiferous movie brings to the screen the endlessly appetizing delights of Roald Dahl’s cherished book. Coated with flavorful tunes and production designs that are a visual treat for the eyes, this effervescent musical never fails to enchant young and old. On a whirlwind tour of Willy’s incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. And viewers will rediscover all the timeless magic as it was meant to be seen.

 

Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Elements

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:

  • Commentary with the Wonka Kids

  • Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

  • The Moviemakers

  • Scrumptious Sing-Along: Pure Imagination

  • Scrumptious Sing-Along: I Want It Now!

  • Scrumptious Sing-Along: I’ve Got A Golden Ticket

  • Scrumptious Sing-Along: Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do

  • Theatrical Trailer

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On 6/29/2021, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL 

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster Video, Vudu and more. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

 

BASICS

PRODUCT                                               ERP

    Ultra HD Blu-ray                                           $24.99*

Standard Street Date: 6/29/2021

EST Street Date: 6/29/2021

Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French

Run Time: 99 min 30 sec (Feature Only)

Rated: G

 

THE CREDITS

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

May The 4K Be With You! May 2021 4K UHD Blu-ray Release Guide

With new films slowly sliding back into recently reopened movie theaters - I myself caught Mortal Kombat for my first theater experience since The Rise of Skywalker - the studios are still relying on catalog titles to prop up their 4K UHD Blu-ray release slates. As such, March and April were decent but overall tepid months with only a couple of heavy hitters. On the other hand, May is a whole new game of cricket. You want classics on 4K UHD Blu-ray? We've got classics on 4K UHD Blu-ray! You want an action-packed fan-favorite from 20th Century Studios? We've got an action-packed fan favorite from 20th Century Studios! You want more excellent boutique label releases? Those will be blowing your hair back this month too - May is a nice big expensive month leading us into June... which will also be a big expensive month too! 

Let's get to it - 

High-Def Digest's May 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide 


May 4th, 2021 

Tim Burton’s Big Fish  

A genuine fan-favorite and by many considered to be Tim Burton's finest film - Big Fish is making a welcome appearance on 4K. The 1080p Blu-ray was terrific for its time, but this visual marvel should look stunning with HDR. 

 

Speed  

After Dracula, before Jonny Mnemonic and The Matrix - Keanu Reeves proved his action acting chops with Jan de Bont's high-octane thriller Speed. The Blu-ray has been a pretty limp-looking addition - even if the DTS mix is great - so this Native 4K edition is a welcome upgrade. PLUS it also marks an exciting return for Disney's rebranded 20th Century Studios to the 4K Ultra HD Format! 

 

Speed Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook  

Speed is also getting a Best BuyExclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray release and well... the inside art is kinda cool? Considering the classic poster art hasn't appeared since DVD I'd have loved to see that work represented on a mat-black SteelBook. 

 

  


May 11th, 2021 

Justice Society World War II  

While some of the DC animated movies can be a bit hit and miss, more often than not they're worth the time you give them and with the colorful animation stylings tend to make worthy 4K releases. 

 

Justice Society World War II - Best Buy Exclusive  

What's become pretty common for these DC Animated releases is Best Buy will ultimately offer fans a little collector's figurine. Is that worth the extra few bucks? That's up to you to decide. 

 

Saw  

Now that Spiral: From the Book of Saw aims to reboot the franchise, Lionsgate is giving fans a fresh new look at the James Wan original with a brand new native 4K digital intermediate! While this was a low-budget gem, I'm looking forward to revisiting this ahead of the new film. Time will tell if the rest of the franchise will hit 4K or not. 

 

 

Saw - Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook  

Lionsgate is also dropping an exclusive SteelBook with a plastic slipcover to Best Buy. Considering the price is only a couple bucks more, this is the better way to go if you're a rabid Saw fan!

 

Shrek  

The classic family favorite is coming to 4K. While this may be a headscratcher for some considering the age of the film and the animation for the era - remember - even Toy Story saw a worthy improvement in clarity and color saturation with HDR, and we expect to see something of the same here. 

 

Shrek - SteelBook 

Considering the price point is practically identical to the standard release, why not go big? Originally believed to be a Best Buy exclusive, it looks like Target will also be offering this one, at least online. 

 

The Fast and the Furious 20th Anniversary SteelBook  

With F9 finally hitting movie theaters this summer, the first film that started it all oh so long ago gets to celebrate it's birthday with a 20th Anniversary SteelBook edition. 

 

 

The Fast and the Furious 20th Anniversary SteelBook Best Buy Exclusive  

What's the difference between this The Fast and the Furious 20th Anniversary SteelBook and the other The Fast and the Furious 20th Anniversary SteelBook? Swag and a few extra bucks. Ask yourself how much character cards and booklets are worth if you're going to pick this one up. 

 


May 18th, 2021 

Last Action Hero - SteelBook 

Last Action Hero is one of those movies you're either a huge fan of - or it's just not your thing. Perhaps a bit too meta for its time, it was a notable box office dude right after Schwarzenegger's mega-hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Over the years this one has developed a cult following and has long needed a worthy upgrade after several lackluster Blu-ray releases. If you're weird and don't want this awesome SteelBook release, the Standard Edition drops June 15th

 

Animal House 

Another Universal back catalog classic with a sad history of dodgy home video releases is getting the long-deserved 4K UHD Blu-ray upgrade. Animal House is a hilarious comedy and should look and sound great on the format!  

 

Animal House - SteelBook  

And true to form - Universal is dropping an attractive SteelBook option for fans and considering the lower price point, like Shrek, it's an easy one to add to the collection!

 

Raya and the Last Dragon  

This is a bit of an odd one - not the film, by all accounts it's wonderful - but Disney announced this title, but we have not been able to locate any pre-orders for the May 18th release frame, thus no pre-order button. As soon as it's up for pre-order or if the release date changes we'll update our listings and this release guide. 

  

Santa Sangre 

Severin Films already nailed their first 4K UHD Blu-ray outings with Perdita Durango and The Day of the Beast - so we have high hopes for this Jodorowsky classic! If there's ever a director whose films would look amazing on 4K UHD - even if it doesn't have HDR would be Jodorowsky. On top of the film in 4K and 1080p, you're getting a ton of bonus features including the film's trippy soundtrack on CD!

 

The Sting 

George Roy Hill's comedy caper The Sting is genuine classic 70s Hollywood at its best featuring icons Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw. Like Animal House, this is another fan favorite with a pretty mediocre home video history. Now with a new 4K restoration, we're hoping this is a visual delight. 

 

The Sting - SteelBook  

If you're a SteelBook fan, this is another no-brainer. Universal is doing right with The StingAnimal House, and Shrek by offering attractive SteelBook releases without charging an arm and a leg extra for the privilege of deluxe packaging. This is another easy one worth the pre-order. 

 


May 25th, 2021 

Chaos Walking  

After several release delays for reshoots - Doug Liman's Sci-fi opus hit during a pandemic. Haven't seen it myself yet, but by all accounts, it's visually interesting but still a mess. I know folks who loved it and hated it so it's a bit of a toss-up - maybe rent before you buy? 

 

Chaos Walking - Best Buy SteelBook  

Lionsgate is hitting it again with another great-looking SteelBook with a plastic slipcover, but the price and the movie itself may keep some collectors from jumping. 

 

 

Django 4K + Texas Adios 

After several delays - Arrow Video's Django 4K UHD + Texas Adios Blu-ray set is finally hitting shelves! A favorite of ours - we would have been happy with a special edition Blu-ray, but to get Django on 4K is even better. We've had this on pre-order for ages now so it's almost weird to believe it's finally coming out! Like all Arrow 4K releases, this will probably sell out fast so get that pre-order in while you can.

 

My Fair Lady 

A genuine Hollywood classic, My Fair Lady is a musical delight and we can't wait to see this one in full Native 4K with HDR. Rex Harrison's sweaters are sure to look incredible! 

 

 

Psycho  

Already previously released on 4K as part of the Alfred Hitchcock 4K Collection - this solo release features the classic poster artwork and - hopefully - the disc should have the correct mono audio mix without needing to send in for a replacement. But if you already have the full Hitchcock set, there's nothing new here. 

 

 

Psycho - SteelBook 

This one already got a solo Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook when the Alfred Hitchcock Collection came out on 4K - now Universal is issuing a new one which I dare say is the classier release. If you didn't already pick up the collection set, make room for this SteelBook on your shelf. 

 

 

Super 8  

J.J. Abrams' member berries-fueled tribute to 80s Steven Spielberg movies comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray sourced from a new Native 4K Digital Intermediate with Dolby Vision HDR. This should be a damn impressive A/V upgrade over the previous 1080p Blu-ray.

 

 

Super 8 - SteelBook  

Here's another great SteelBook option for collectors that isn't a retail exclusive. And just for a couple of bucks more, if you're a fan of the movie this is an easy pickup.

 

 

The Birds  

Like Psycho The Birds was already previously available with the Alfred Hitchcock 4K Collection. This release isn't all that stunning considering it doesn't reference some of the classic poster art. That's why it's nice to see Universal dropping a SteelBook for this one. If you don't have it yet, this is a terrific looking disc and worth the pickup. 

 

 

The Birds - SteelBook  

Now, I wasn't planning on picking up a solo release of this since the box set is already sitting on my shelf, but this SteelBook is hard to pass up. I love they used the classic poster art for the cover. Plus the price point ain't half bad either. 

 

 

The Final Countdown 

This action sci-fi classic starring Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen lands on 4K thanks to Blue Underground in a huge 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu=-ray + CD soundtrack set with lenticular cover. Every Blue Underground release thus far has been a picture-perfect release with impeccable A/V presentations. Needless to say - we're VERY excited for this one! 

 

  

The Last Outpost  

After already hitting Blu-ray for a bit, this underappreciated war drama is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a new Director's Cut release. This was a hell of a film that I would have loved to see in theaters, but a new 4K release is welcome! 

 


That does it for this month! As I said, May is going to be a damn expensive month with a bunch of essential and fan-favorite flicks coming to the format for the first time. And this doesn't say anything about the EU imports we hope to cover. We've heard rumblings that Zack Snyder's Justice League should be hitting 4K in May - while we don't have a U.S. release date, it does look like the U.K. is getting it at the end of the month. Heat is also expected to hit 4K in Germany in May - but no pre-order or official announcement has hit anywhere yet so we'll keep an eye out! 

Obviously, all of these titles and release dates are subject to change. Some could get shifted, new ones could still be announced. If any changes happen we'll update our listings and this article ASAP. 

Thanks again for the pre-orders! Your orders help keep our little operation up and running.
- The HDD Team

G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra / Retaliation 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Invading the U.S. 7/20

Remember in the long long ago of the way back when G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe Retaliation was supposed to come out on 4K UHD Blu-ray way back in 2018 but were inexplicably canceled in the U.S. but released in other countries around the world? Well, now that Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins has a semi-firm slightly possibly flaccid theatrical release date of July 23, 2021 - Paramount has finally rescheduled these two for 4K UHD Blu-ray for July 20th, 2021! 

Both will be getting Dolby Vision HDR / HDR10 presentations - but the audio specs weren't detailed in the press release (I'd hope for Atmos or DTS:X) so we've reached out for further confirmation and will update as soon as that comes in. Price is also unlisted for now, but Amazon has them up so pre-orders and pricing should be along shortly. So far no info for any retailer exclusives but again, we'll keep our eyes open. 

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

G.I. Joe: Retaliation  

 

Read the full press release from Paramount Home Entertainment below - 


The Worldwide Smash Hits Arrive July 20, 2021, in Advance of the Highly Anticipated Theatrical Premiere of Snake Eyes: G.I. JOE Origins

 

 

When all else fails…these guys don’t!  Based on Hasbro’s wildly popular action figures, Paramount Pictures’ big screen global blockbusters G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION make their long-awaited U.S. 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts on July 20, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

For the first time, both G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION will be available on disc in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision® and HDR-10 for ultra-vivid picture quality.*

 

Starring Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rachel Nichols and Ray Park, as well as veteran actors Dennis Quaid and Christopher Eccleston, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA follows a top-secret elite strike force featuring the best operatives from around the globe.  After a high-tech secret weapon is stolen by a mysterious and evil organization known as COBRA, it’s a race against time for the G.I. JOE team to avoid their enemy from plunging the world into chaos.

 

Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis star in the explosive global hit G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.  The G.I. JOE team has been set up to take the fall for a terrible crime they didn’t commit.  Now, ROADBLOCK, DUKE, and the rest of the team must once again face their mortal enemy COBRA, as well as dangerous new threats operating within the government. When all else fails, one option remains —RETALIATION.

 

The G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set includes access to a digital copy of the film along with previously released bonus content:

              4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

·       Feature film in 4K Ultra HD

·       Commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay

Blu-ray

·       Feature film in HD

·       Commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay

 

The G.I. JOE: RETALIATION two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set includes access to a digital copy of the film along with previously released bonus content:

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

·       Feature film in 4K Ultra HD

·       Commentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Blu-ray

·       Feature film in HD

·       Commentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura

·       G.I. JOE: Declassified

o   Mission Briefing

o   Deployment

o   Two Ninjas

o   The Desert Attack

o   COBRA Strikes

o   The Lone Soldiers

o   The Monastery

o   Fort Sumter

·       Deleted Scenes

Basic Instinct 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray coming June 14th in U.K.

Paul Verhoeven's hyper-sexual psycho-thriller mystery Basic Instinct is taking a stab at 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray thanks to Studio Canal in the U.K. on June 14th. We don't have full specifics for HDR or audio, but to date Studio Canal has been pretty good about adding Dolby Vision and Atmos to their 4K titles, so we'll just have to wait and see. ALSO - we don't yet know if there's a U.S. counterpart planned but it'd be a surprise if one wasn't announced soon. So far this has only been announced with at Zavvi - who will also be issuing their own deluxe SteelBook release. - From these listings, it does look like the 128-minute Unrated Cut of the film is what we'll be getting! 

Collector's Edition 

Zavvi SteelBook 

 

 


We'll keep you all posted as we learn more - hopefully within the next few days we'll get the official press release and/or a U.S. announcement to clarify some of the details. 

No Fools April 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide

With the new year comes the promise of fresh new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases - those previously announced, those hinted, or those fans have hoped for. Unfortunately, the first couple months of the year are usually pretty rough for interesting releases - especially in these plague times where new theatrical releases are relatively few and far between. Now that we're through March with some better releases, some deep dive fan favorites hit in April leading into a packed month of May and through the end of the year with studios pulling out the big guns for new special editions and fan favorites finally making it to the format. As theaters start to reopen and new releases hit theaters, the slate of 4K releases should only get better and better! 

High-Def Digest's No Fools April 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide 


April 6th, 2021 

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Remastered 

Technically, nothing is scheduled for this day. However, after the botched release of Batman v. Superman Remastered 4K UHD Blu-ray, April 6th is the earliest ship date we've seen from any retailer we were able to pre-order from before. Some stores are listing a ship date well into mid-May. We'll cover this one ASAP - we have pre-orders with Amazon, Target, and Best Buy so it's a race to see who gets this to us first. 

 

Tremors - Standard Special Edition 

If you had a tough time finding Arrow's deluxe release of Tremors on 4K UHD Blu-ray - you weren't alone. Even before that set went out of print it was commanding steep gray-market prices. Now you can get the not-so-deluxe single-disc release at a much more reasonable price. 

 


April 13th, 2021 

Spaceballs  

The month starts a bit on the slow side of things without any new 4K UHD Blu-ray titles the first week but jumps in nicely on the 13th with this hilarious fan favorite that has had a long history of lackluster home video releases. As we already reviewed Spaceballs - this one is well worth the upgrade! 

 

 


April 27th, 2021 

Donnie Darko  

I can't believe this one's already 20 years old! After Arrow already gave this modern cult classic an excellent deluxe release, they're following it up with a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release. Richard Kelly's brain bender is a welcome addition to the format offering fans both the Theatrical Cut and extended Director's Cut with Dolby Vision HDR and a host of excellent bonus features. 

 

 

Santa Sangre  

Severin follows up their excellent releases of Perdita Durango and The Day of the Beast with a dive into the beautiful madness of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre. This three-disc set includes the 4K disc, the 1080p Blu-ray, the soundtrack CD and a massive assortment of new and archival bonus features. 

 

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  

Kino Lorber Studio Classics returns to one of their most popular releases to give Segio Leone's iconic The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly the 4K UHD Blu-ray treatment it deserves. However, only the Theatrical Cut is offered and no HDR - but - the film is getting new color timing work so it won't be he same as their previous 50th Anniversary release. 

 

Dirty Dancing 

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey sell this teenage coming of age film with hit music and some sultry dance moves. Made on a shoestring budget, it's been a fan favorite success ever since it hit theaters. Lionsgate is giving this film the full 4K UHD Blu-ray treatment with an exclusive SteelBook release to Best Buy. As of right now, this film isn't available anywhere else - if that changes we'll keep you posted. 

 

 


That does it for this month - Arrow was supposed to drop a single release of Django on 4K on the 27th, but since we can't locate any pre-order info for that release anywhere, it looks like they're holding onto their May 25th slate for the big deluxe two-film set. 

While this wasn't a huge month of releases, it leads us into May which is going to be packed to the gills with fan favorites the liks of The StingSpeedShrek, and My Fair Lady among numerous others. In the meantime, we'll also be picking away at some exciting import titles as we can get to them.  This should be an exciting summer! Thanks for reading and thank you for all of the pre-orders! We really appreciate it and all of the feedback. Here's to the start of an awesome summer season! 

Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection 4K-UHD Blu-ray Coming June 8th

Just in time to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark - Paramount Home Video has officially announced the June 8th release date of the 4-film 4-Disc deluxe box set release of Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray. Each film will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR (and standard HDR10), with new Dolby Atmos audio mixes to match! Now - some of the pictures of the packaging make it look like each disc gets its own SteelBook package - but nothing in the press release actually indicates "SteelBook." If that's a retailer exclusive we'll keep you posted as we learn more. 

So save the bucks and plan for June 8th! 

The full press release from Paramount is below


Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark with All Four Indiana Jones Movie Adventures on 4K Ultra HD for the First Time

Deluxe 4K Ultra HD Set Arrives June 8, 2021

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (March 15, 2021) – Relive the unforgettable exploits of world-renowned, globetrotting hero Indiana Jones in spectacular 4K Ultra HD when the INDIANA JONES 4-MOVIE COLLECTION arrives in a new 4K Ultra HD set June 8, 2021 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

The cinematic classic that started it all—Raiders of the Lost Ark—celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, having first introduced audiences to the man with the hat on June 12, 1981.  Forty years later, the legendary hero continues to captivate new generations of fans.

 

Now, for the first time ever, all four films are available together in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision® and HDR-10 for ultra-vivid picture quality and state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos® audio*.  Each film has been meticulously remastered from 4K scans of the original negatives with extensive visual effects work done to ensure the most pristine and highest quality image.  All picture work was approved by director Steven Spielberg.

 

In addition, all four films were remixed at Skywalker Sound under the supervision of legendary sound designer Ben Burtt to create the Dolby Atmos® soundtracks.  All original sound elements were used to achieve the fully immersive Dolby Atmos® mixes while staying true to each film’s original creative intent.

 

The INDIANA JONES 4-MOVIE COLLECTION includes a collectible booklet with behind-the-scenes images from all four films.  Each film is presented on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc with original theatrical trailers and access to digital copies.  The set also includes a Blu-ray with seven hours of previously released bonus content as detailed below:

·       On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark

§  From Jungle to Desert

§  From Adventure to Legend

·       Making the Films

§  The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981 documentary)

§  The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark

§  The Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

§  The Making of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

·       The Making of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (HD)

·       Behind the Scenes

§  The Stunts of Indiana Jones

§  The Sound of Indiana Jones

§  The Music of Indiana Jones

§  The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones

§  Raiders: The Melting Face!

§  Indiana Jones and the Creepy Crawlies (with optional pop-ups)

§  Travel with Indiana Jones: Locations (with optional pop-ups)

§  Indy’s Women: The American Film Institute Tribute

§  Indy’s Friends and Enemies

§  Iconic Props (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)

§  The Effects of Indy (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)

§  Adventures in Post Production (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (HD)

 

Coming Soon to 4K - Tim Burton's Big Fish 5/4/21

The last genuinely wonderful Tim Burton movie - 2003's Big Fish is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 4th, 2021. 

 

This one isn't up for Pre-order quite yet, but as soon as it is, we'll update our listing. Also - so far no news for a SteelBook or alternate release as of yet. This disc will offer HDR10 and feature a new Dolby Atmos mix as well as the original DTS-HD MA 5.1 track. 

Big Fish - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

Read our original 2007 Blu-ray Review

Here is the full press release:


FROM VISIONARY DIRECTOR TIM BURTON
STARRING EWAN McGREGOR, ALBERT FINNEY, BILLY CRUDUP AND JESSICA LANGE


AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 4K ULTRA HD™ MAY 4TH
 
WITH HOURS OF BEHIND-THE-SCENES BONUS MATERIALS 

SYNOPSIS

Throughout his life Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor) has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, portrayed by five-time Best Actor Oscar® nominee Albert Finney (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Erin Brockovich, 2000), he remains a huge mystery to his son, William (Billy Crudup). Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures in this marvel of a movie.
 
DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIAL 
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Newly Remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10
  • All-new Dolby Atmos audio + original theatrical 5.1 audio
BLU-RAY DISC™
  • Feature presented in HD, sourced from the new 4K master
  • Tim Burton Audio Commentary, Moderated by Mark Salisbury
  • The Character’s Journey
    • Edward Bloom at Large
    • Amos at the Circus
    • Fathers and Sons
  • The Filmmaker’s Path
    • Tim Burton: Storyteller
    • A Fairytale World
    • Creature Features
    • The Author’s Journey
  • Original Cast Interviews & Behind the Scenes
  • Easter Eggs
  • Theatrical Trailer
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: Tim Burton
Screenplay By: John August
Based on a Novel by: Daniel Wallace
Producers: Richard D. Zanuck, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks
Executive Producer: Arne L. Schmidt
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman, Robert Guillaume, Marion Cotillard with Steve Buscemi and Danny DeVito

 
SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 125 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for a fight scene, some images of nudity and a suggestive reference
Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English, French 5.1 DTS-HD MA | Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

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