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SUPPLIES! UHF Debuts on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the Film's 35th Anniversary on July 2

The cult classic comedy UHF featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic is getting a 35th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray Edition from Shout! Factory on July 2.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray release will showcase a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative and includes numerous bonus supplements including an audio commentary and a retrospective from the San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

In the cult classic UHF, "Weird Al" Yankovic is George Newman, a hopeless daydreamer who becomes the manager of a small TV station that's losing money as quickly as it's losing viewers. Before long he's programming shows like "Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse", "Wheel of Fish", and "Raul's Wild Kingdom." But can Channel 62's new popularity save it from sinister forces? To find out... don't touch that dial! Starring "Weird Al" Yankovic (WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story), Michael Richards (Seinfeld), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles), Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live), and more!

UHF - 35th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

UHF - 35th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

UHF 35th Anniversary Edition Bonus Features

4K UHD:

  • NEW 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative
  • Audio Commentary with "Weird Al" Yankovic and director Jay Levey

Blu-ray

  • NEW 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative
  • Retrospective Panel From San Diego Comic-Con 2014
  • Audio Commentary with "Weird Al" Yankovic and director Jay Levey
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Music Video
  • Production Stills
  • Easter Eggs
  • Promotional Materials

Shout! is also offering three different exclusive bundled editions include the two-disc 4K UHD along with various combinations of a site-exclusive o-card with new illustration, posters of both original theatrical art and new illustration art, brand-new Scratch-n-Sniff card for the movie, a TV remote stress squeezer, prism sticker of Weird Al, an enamel pin set, and a Spatula City fridge magnet. Check out ShoutStudios.com to order those. 

Deluxe Bundle: UHF 35th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD (same bonus features as wide release), posters of both original theatrical art and new illustration art, site-exclusive o-card with new illustration, prism sticker of Weird Al, brand-new Scratch-n-Sniff card for the movie, TV remote stress squeezer, Spatula City fridge magnet and an enamel pin set.

Bundle #2: UHF 35th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD (same bonus features as wide release), posters of both original theatrical art and new illustration art, site-exclusive o-card with new illustration, prism sticker of Weird Al, brand-new Scratch-n-Sniff card for the movie, TV remote stress squeezer, and a Spatula City fridge magnet

 

Bundle #3: UHF 35th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD (same bonus features as wide release), posters of both original theatrical art and new illustration art, site-exclusive o-card with new illustration, prism sticker of Weird Al and a brand-new Scratch-n-Sniff card for the movie

Pre-orders for UHF - 35th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are up! 

May Is A Beautiful 4K Bouquet - HDD's May 2024 4K UHD Shopping Guide

May 2024 is going to be a tough month for 4K collectors. Not because there's nothing coming out, quite the opposite actually. Now that Hollywood has gotten more flicks in theaters after the respective Writers/Actors strikes, that means we have a lot of new titles and a ton of back catalog and deep cult classics coming to 2160p! 

April 2024 was something of an interesting release month in that it started out pretty light, had some good big favorites to get excited for, but then saved the biggest dump of new releases and back catalog 4K titles for the very end of the month. On one hand it helped to spread out the finances early on, but that meant saving everything for the very last day of the month. May 2024 is hitting the gas hard early and isn't really letting up one week to the next - so let's dive in and see what we need to save up for:

May 2024 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


May 7th, 4K UHD Releases 

It can't rain all the time! The first week of the month kicks things off pretty hard and heavy. We see one notable KLSC 4K reschedule hit the frame, another Coppola re-edit, a scream factory double feature event, and then one of the biggest and most influential comic book films of the 1990s all join the 4K format along with three very exciting concert discs.

     

   

 

 

Coming May 8th to 4K UHD 

 

Coming May 10th to 4K UHD

   


May 14th, 4K UHD Releases 

Not to slow things down, the second week of May sees a lovely mix of new, deep catalog, and recent favorites all getting the 4K treatment. For one disc in particular, it's a shame Warner Bros. didn't see fit to include a certain suggestive popcorn bucket! Add in one of the craziest cult classics and one of the finest westerns ever made, and we've got to start clearing some shelf space! 

     

     

 

         

     

 


May 21st, 4K UHD Releases 

So this frame is rather interesting. Not only are we getting some exciting new and catalog titles but we're also getting something a little different. This frame will see the first wave of Paramount's multi-format 4K + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital releases priced at the bargain rate of about $10.99. While that price is appealing, these are packed in standard DVD-sized cases, so we'll see how well they sell to the collectors market or if they help tip some SD buyers into 4K collecting. 

     

     

     

     

  

Coming May 24th to 4K UHD 

 


May 28th, 4K UHD Releases

Unlike April, the last frame of May is a bit of a breather. There's plenty of great stuff coming, but a large chunk of it are the standard editions of Severin's more elaborate Website exclusives and a few other smaller trinkets. KLSC in particular has some solid titles coming our way too. 

     

     

     

 

 


And that's pretty much everything that's hitting the domestic market for 4K UHD Blu-rays in May. Obviously, some of these release dates could change and more stuff could slip in there without much fanfare or warning. If anything changes we'll update our listings and this article toot sweet. Happy Collecting!

THIS JUST IN - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 20th Anniversary 4K UHD Arriving July 2

Adam McKay's hilarious directorial debut featuring an all-star cast including Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Fred Willard will be making its 4K UHD Blu-ray debut in a 20th Anniversary Edition on July 2.

Paramount's 4K Blu-ray edition presents the Theatrical and Extended versions of the film branched, plus loads of legacy bonus content.

There was a time before cable when the local anchorman reigned supreme....Enter the hard-hitting world of the 1970s local TV news, where Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his loyal Channel 3 News Team (Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner) are San Diego's #1 rated news source. All is well in their male-dominated world of news until beautiful, rising-star reporter Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) turns it all upside down. Sparks don't just fly, they ignite an all-out war between the two perfectly coiffed anchorpersons. In a job where it pays to keep a straight face, Anchorman is the comedy that makes it almost impossible to stop laughing.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - 20th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - 20th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Blu-ray Disc 1

  • Theatrical and Extended versions of the film branched
  • Commentary by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Lou Rawls, Andy Richter, Kyle Gass, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • “Afternoon Delight” Music Video
  • ESPN SportsCenter Audition – Ron Burgundy

Blu-ray Disc 2

  • Wake Up Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
  • Intro-Commentary with Will Ferrell and Aaron Zimmerman
  • PSA
  • Award Speech
  • Raw Footage “Good Takes”
  • “Afternoon Delight” Recording Session
  • Interviews
  • Specials
  • Cast Auditions
  • Table Read 6/2/03
  • Rehearsals
  • Playback Video
  • Commercial Break
  • Trailers

Pre-orders for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - 20th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are now live!

Hayao Miyazaki’s 'The Boy and the Heron' Arrives on Blu-ray, 4K UHD Blu-ray and SteelBook on July 9th

The Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature 'The Boy and the Heron' from Studio Ghibli and the legendary Hayao Miyazaki will be hitting Blu-ray, 4K UHD Blu-ray, and a limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook on July 9.

'The Boy and the Heron' will present the film in its original Japanese language with English subtitles as well as an English track featuring the voices of Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Mark Hamill, Robert Pattinson and Florence Pugh. Digital will arrive on June 25th.

'The Boy and the Heron' follows young Mahito, who, after losing his mother during the war in a hospital fire, moves to his family’s estate in the countryside. There, a series of mysterious events lead him to a secluded and ancient tower, home to a mischievous gray heron. When Mahito’s new stepmother disappears, he follows the gray heron into the tower, and enters a fantastical world shared by the living and the dead. As he embarks on an epic journey with the heron as his guide, Mahito must uncover the secrets of this world and the truth about himself.

The Boy and the Heron - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

The Boy and the Heron - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

The Boy and the Heron - Blu-ray
The Boy and the Heron
 

The Boy and the Heron - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition SteelBook 

The Boy and the Heron - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition SteelBook 

The Boy and the Heron will include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and the special features include:

• Feature-Length Storyboards

• Interview with Composer Joe Hisaishi

• Interview with Producer Toshio Suzuki

• Interview with Supervising Animator Takeshi Honda

• Drawing with Takeshi Honda

• “Spinning Globe” Music Video

• Teasers & Trailers

Pre-orders for The Boy and the Heron should be available shortly and included below is the press announcement:


 

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FROM GKIDS IN ASSOCIATION WITH STUDIO GHIBLI

HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S NEWEST MASTERPIECE,

THE ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING 

THE BOY AND THE HERON

TO BE RELEASED ON 4K UHD™ + BLU-RAY™, BLU-RAY™ + DVD, 

AND IN A LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK™ 

ON JULY 9

AVAILABLE TO OWN ON DEMAND IN 4K ON ALL MAJOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON JUNE 25

First-Ever Studio Ghibli Film Presented in 4K High-Definition

Special Features Include New Interviews and Featurettes

 

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NEW YORK (April 29, 2024) – Fresh off a historic Academy Award® win for Best Animated Feature, the latest and long awaited cinematic masterpiece from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, THE BOY AND THE HERON, will be released July 9 on 4K UHD™ + Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ + DVD, and in a Limited Edition Steelbook™ that includes 4K UHD™ + Blu-ray™, featuring Dolby Vision plus Dolby Atmos for the ultimate home entertainment experience from GKIDS with home entertainment distribution from Shout! Studios. This is the first title from Studio Ghibli to ever be released on 4K UHD.

THE BOY AND THE HERON will also be released in HD on all major on-demand digital platforms, as well as in 4K with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos where available, on June 25. All versions will contain the film in its original Japanese language with English subtitles, as well as in the new English-language version featuring the voices of Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Mark Hamill, Robert Pattinson and Florence Pugh. 

Special Features on the release include feature-length storyboards, an interview with Golden Globe®-nominated composer Joe Hisaishi, an interview with Academy Award®-winning producer and Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, an interview and drawing featurette with Annie Award-winning supervising animator Takeshi Honda, the music video for the film’s theme song “Spinning Globe” from global J-Pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu, and teasers and trailers.

THE BOY AND THE HERON is currently available for pre-order on GKIDS.com and ShoutFactory.com. The film is additionally available for digital pre-order from Apple, Amazon (4K Steelbook4K StandardBlu-ray + DVD) and Vudu/Fandango at Home.

THE BOY AND THE HERON follows young Mahito, who, after losing his mother during the war in a hospital fire, moves to his family’s estate in the countryside. There, a series of mysterious events lead him to a secluded and ancient tower, home to a mischievous gray heron. When Mahito’s new stepmother disappears, he follows the gray heron into the tower, and enters a fantastical world shared by the living and the dead. As he embarks on an epic journey with the heron as his guide, Mahito must uncover the secrets of this world and the truth about himself.

The hand-drawn, animated feature – director Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years – is an original story written and directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, produced by co-founder Toshio Suzuki, and featuring a musical score from Miyazaki’s long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. Its theme song, “Spinning Globe,” was written and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu. 

GKIDS released THE BOY AND THE HERON in cinemas and IMAX nationwide on December 8, 2023, marking the first title in the Studio Ghibli catalog to be released in IMAX premium formats and opening at No. 1. THE BOY AND THE HERON made its international premiere at the Opening Night Gala of the 48th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Tickets to all five TIFF screenings sold out in record time and the film received glowing reviews, placing in the top three for the TIFF People’s Choice Awards. For Best Animated Feature, THE BOY AND THE HERON has won the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe and several prestigious critics awards including the New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association honors. It was also recognized by the National Board of Review as a Top Film for 2023 and won two Annie Awards in 2024. In addition, THE BOY AND THE HERON Composer Joe Hisaishi garnered Best Score nominations from the Golden Globes and the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and was celebrated at the Annie Awards with the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Boy and the Heron Special Features

  • Feature-Length Storyboards

  • Interview with Composer Joe Hisaishi

  • Interview with Producer Toshio Suzuki

  • Interview with Supervising Animator Takeshi Honda

  • Drawing with Takeshi Honda

  • “Spinning Globe” Music Video

  • Teasers & Trailers

I'm The 4K SteelBook Now - 'Captain Phillips' Hijacks 4K UHD July 16th, 2024

Director Paul Green Grass and Tom Hanks combined forces for one of the most exhilerating thrillers of the last decade in Captain Phillips. Based on a true story, the film was a respectable hit in theaters and was nominated for six Oscars (netting zero). Now over ten years alter, fans will be able to upgrade from their old Blu-ray with a new 4K UHD SteelBook 

When did Tom Hanks only start playing upright captains of transportation? First, we had Apollo 13, then came Captain Phillps, then Clint Eastwood's Sully and just a couple of years ago the WWII thriller Greyhound. Considering bad things happened each time, no one should take traveling with Tom Hanks lightly. You might just end up on a deserted island somewhere... 

Enough goofery, the big news of the morning is Captain Phillips is finally making an appearance on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos audio. 

Captain Phillips - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC 
  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos + English 5.1
  • Special Features:
    • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC™
  • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
  • English 5.1
  • Special Features:
    • Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass
    • Capturing Captain Phillips – in-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes on making the acclaimed film
       
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: Paul Greengrass
Produced By: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca
Screenplay By: Billy Ray
Based Upon the Book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi



SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 134 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.40:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Blue Underground's Restored 'Deathdream' ('Dead of Night') Arrives on 4K UHD Blu-ray & Blu-ray May 21

Blue Underground is working on 50th anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray editions of director Bob Clark's 'Deathdream' (AKA 'Dead of Night') that will be available on May 21.

The 1974 cult classic film is inspired by W. W. Jacobs' short story The Monkey’s Paw and features the debut of special effects wizard and legend, Tom Savini. Both Blue Underground releases have been restored in 4K 16-bit from the 35mm negative with (Dolby Vision HDR on the 4K UHD Blu-ray) and include numerous exclusive new and archival supplements.

Charles and Christine (Academy Award® nominees John Marley and Lynn Carlin) receive the tragic news that their son Andy (Richard Backus) has died in Vietnam. As Charles and their daughter (Anya Ormsby) begin to process their grief, Christine refuses to believe her son has been killed. Indeed, when Andy shows up at the front door soon thereafter, the family joyfully welcomes him home and chalks the whole thing up to a clerical error. As the days go by, Andy’s behavior becomes stranger and more erratic and when his true violent nature is revealed, sides are drawn in the family – setting up an unforgettable ending.

Deathdream - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Deathdream - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) and HD Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.85:1 feature presentations
  • Audio: 1.0 DTS-HD MA (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director Bob Clark
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Writer/Make-Up Artist (Uncredited) Alan Ormsby
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #3 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • A Recollection With Star Anya Liffey and Writer/Make-Up Artist Alan Ormsby
  • Notes For A Homecoming – Interview with Composer Carl Zittrer
  • Flying Down To Brooksville – Interview with Production Manager John ‘Bud’ Cardos
  • Tom Savini: The Early Years
  • Deathdreaming – Interview with Star Richard Backus
  • NEW! The First Andy – Interview with Actor Gary Swanson
  • Screen Test with Original Andy, Gary Swanson
  • Alan Ormsby Student Film
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries

Deathdream - Blu-ray 

Deathdream 

  • HD Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.85:1 feature presentation
  • Audio: 1.0 DTS-HD MA (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director Bob Clark
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Writer/Make-Up Artist (Uncredited) Alan Ormsby
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #3 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • A Recollection With Star Anya Liffey and Writer/Make-Up Artist Alan Ormsby
  • Notes For A Homecoming – Interview with Composer Carl Zittrer
  • Flying Down To Brooksville – Interview with Production Manager John ‘Bud’ Cardos
  • Tom Savini: The Early Years
  • Deathdreaming – Interview with Star Richard Backus
  • NEW! The First Andy – Interview with Actor Gary Swanson
  • Screen Test with Original Andy, Gary Swanson
  • Alan Ormsby Student Film
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries

You can pre-order Deathdream now - Happy Collecting! 

Matt Stone and Trey Parker's 'South Park: Bigger, Longer' & Uncut AND 'Team America: World Police' Conquer 4K UHD June 25th

Matt Stone and Trey Parker are set to conquer your 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collection! South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut celebrates its 25th Anniversary while Team America: World Police dominates its 20th Anniversary. Paramount Home Entertainment drops both releases June 25th! 

Dear god, am I really that old that South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!?! That was one of my very first DVDs for crying out loud! Crazy as it may seem, the South Park film was once supposed to be the exit for the show when Matt Stone and Trey Parker thought the show was going to get canceled at any minute. And look at it now, new episodes come out each year and stream on Max while new event films drop on Paramount+ - what a crazy world to live in! Not to be outdone, one of Jodie Foster's favorite films, Team America: World Police comes to 4K celebrating its own 20th Anniversary! Legacy extras look to return for both films, but South Park will also pick up a new "Sing A-long" experience - in case you already didn't know the words to Kyle's Mom Is A Bitch. 

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut 25th Anniversary
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Team America: World Police 20th Anniversary
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Now the press release for these didn't include HDR info, but since both are up for Pre-Order on Amazon right now, the back cover info was there and that does indicate Dolby Vision - which isn't a surprise since these are Paramount releases after all. Now on the audio side, it looks like the same mixes from before return, so Dolby TrueHD 5.1 for South Park and DTS-HD MA 5.1 for Team AmericaTeam America also looks to include both the Theatrical and Unrated versions as well. 

Here's the bonus feature info for these films:

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut - 25th Anniversary

  • Commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker
  • “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Sing-A-Long Version of the Film 

Team America: World Police - 20th Anniversary

  • Team America: An Introduction
  • Building the World
  • Crafting the Puppets
  • Pulling the Strings
  • Capturing the Action
  • Miniature Pyrotechnics
  • Up Close with Kim Jong-Il
  • Dressing Room Test
  • Puppet Test
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes and Outtakes
  • Animated Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailers


As mentioned, both discs are now up for pre-order - Happy Collecting! 

"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! 

EDIT - 4/22 - NOW UP FOR PRE-ORDER

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. NOW UP FOR PRE-ORDER  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

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