Recent Ultra HD 4K News

The latest news on all things 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Gear.
Mulan 2020/1998 Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray

Without much word or fanfare - or even much of a proper press release for that matter - Disney is releasing both the animated original and the live-action remake of Mulan to 4K UHD Blu-ray with the new Mulan also getting a standard Blu-ray release with an estimated release date of 11/10/2020... or 11/22/2020 there seems to be some confusion on that point. Best Buy briefly had 11/22/2020 listed for their releases before setting the date to "Not Announced" while Target is holding to 11/10/202 for their releases, so until we see different we're going with the very sudden 11/10 date. As of this writing, Amazon doesn't appear to have either disc releases listed. If/when that changes we'll amend our listings accordingly. But for now, you can pre-order these at Best Buy. 

Both 4K UHD Blu-ray releases will be getting the standard HDR10 treatment with Dolby Atmos audio mixes, while the standard 1080p Blu-ray of the 2020 Mulan will only be getting a DTS-HD MA 7.1 track. 

If you didn't spend the extra $30 to get early access on Disney+ for the remake or if you didn't already own the original, you have a few different purchase options: 

 
Mulan (1998) 4K UHD Blu-ray - Standard Edition 

 

Mulan (1998) 4K UHD Blu-ray - Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook 

 

Mulan (2020) - 4K UHD Blu-ray - Standard Edition 

 

Mulan (2020) - 4K UHD Blu-ray - Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook

 

and if you're not on the 4K train yet...

Mulan 2020 - Blu-ray 

 

 

As soon as we acquire copies of these titles we'll cook up some reviews and roll out our thoughts. Hopefully, the Atmos tracks hold up and don't follow down Disney's usual track for being overly soft sounding. We'll just have to wait and see. 

What do you think folks? Are these on your shopping list or are you just going to stick with your Disney+ subscription for now? 

November 2020's 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases

With movie theaters struggling to reopen around the country and offer film fans a reason to venture out - the studios are giving people more reasons to stay in with an aggressive slate of 4K UHD Blu-ray releases. As we saw with October, there's plenty of room for a saturated releases slate and November is proving to be no different. From Mad Max to Cinema Paradiso to Dawn of the Dead - there's literally something for everyone this month!


November 3rd, 2020 

Game of Thrones Complete Collection 

We knew that HBO would be eventually releasing the entire series onto 4K UHD at some point, but we figured they'd stagger the releases season by season. It's honestly refreshing to see them go for broke and put the whole show out in one big box set. The problem is a number of people who already bought the first season on 4K would ultimately be buying a second copy. So far there's no word that individual seasons will be available anytime soon. That said, you can choose from the standard option or Best Buy's exclusive SteelBook collection. It all depends on how much shelf space you have to offer. 
Pre-order the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray set
Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook set 

 

Antebellum 

The latest entry in the growing genre of social commentary horror, Antebellum lost out on an expansive theatrical release and went for the theater at home market with middling notices from critics and split audiences. Some folks loved this one, some folks were left nonplussed by it. If you're a fan Lionsgate is giving the film a proper 4K UHD Blu-ray release.
Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

V For Vendetta 

A particularly loose and action-focused adaptation of Alan Moore's iconic graphic novel, the film is a visual feast and has developed a legion of fans ready to wear a white mask and hat at every screening. Fans of this one will have a variety of options, the standard 4K, an Amazon exclusive gift set, as well as a Best Buy exclusive SteelBook. 
Pre-order the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray
Pre-order the Amazon Exclusive 4K UH Blu-ray Gift Set  
Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook
 
 

Kick-Ass SteelBook

Not new to 4KUHD Blu-ray, Lionsgate is now issuing a new Best Buy exclusive SteelBook set for Kick-Ass. There's nothing new in this set, it's the same set of discs with digital slip - the artwork is just, well, kick-ass! Read our review
Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

  

Grease SteelBook

Again - not a new release necessarily - just new SteelBook packaging that actually mirrors the original release's packaging. Same discs, you get a digital slip, so if you've been waiting to spring for this Travolta classic musical, now might be a good time to jump.
Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

 Forrest Gump SteelBook 

Okay, this is getting silly… Best Buy is also rereleasing this out of print SteelBook from paramount. This isn't like the recent Saving Private Ryan SteelBook rerelease where they actually included the 1080p Blu-ray disc, this is once again the same set and packaging available again. 
Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 


November 17th, 2020

Westworld Season Three

After season two's shocking finale, HBO's science fiction series takes a dramatic left turn with familiar characters changing in radical ways - which some fans loved, and others not so much. Even as the series has had its ups and downs, Westworld has remained an impressive visual and auditory feast for the senses. Fans of the series get two options to continue their collection - the standard release or a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook that will arrive later on December 8th, 2020. 
Pre-order the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

  

The New Mutants

The end of the 20th Century Fox era of X-Men movies whimpers to a close with this one. Having sat on the shelf for years, the film was dropped into theaters mid-pandemic and met with tepid audiences and a lackluster critical reception. Still, for fans or franchise completionists, there are options. There's the standard release with atrocious cover artwork - or you can opt for the classy SteelBook from Best Buy. 
Pre-order the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray 
Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Resident Evil: The Complete Collection

Love one or two of the films - or none at all - the Resident Evil film franchise is a strange collection of films that deviate wildly from the games while pulling in a host of familiar characters with varying results. The first film is still solid stuff and holds up well, there have already been a couple of individual releases, so it's a tad frustrating that we're not getting single film releases right out of the gate. 
Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray set 

  

The Croods  

Honestly, when this first came out it felt ling a longshot prospect that this film would enjoy any longevity but it's grown into a family favorite over the years and is now making its way to 4K UHD Blu-ray from Universal Studios with HDR10 and DTS:X audio.  
Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray 

  

It's A Wonderful Life SteelBook 

You know you're getting close to the holidays when this film gets another release. This film already got a terrific 4K UHD release, but SteelBook collectors have something to upgrade for - or if you haven't picked this set up yet, it's absolutely a must-own release.  
Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook


November 24th, 2020 

Peninsula  

 

The sequel to the runaway zombie movie success Train To Busan gets a wild and crazy sequel released stateside from Well Go USA on 4K UHD Blu-ray. The film wasn't the critical darling of the first entry, but it still made its mark overseas and should be a terrific entry on 4K.  
Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Mad Max

After a long absence from the format after Hannibal - Kino Lorber Studio Classics is roaring back to 4K UHD Blu-ray with the first of the iconic Mad Max franchise. This apocalyptic road movie introduced the world to Mel Gibson's star power offering action fans a barrage of high-octane crazy-blood fueled vehicular mayhem - and it should look amazing on 4K with Dolby Vision HDR 
Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray 

  

Cinema Paradiso 

A tribute to the power and love of the movies, Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful cinematic drama comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray from Arrow offering both cuts of the film with Dolby Vision HDR. A Genuine classic, this is a splendid piece of moviemaking that fits right at home on the format and should be a stunner. 
Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Deadly Games: Dial Code Santa Claus 



Originally released October 27th exclusive to Vinegar Syndrome with Slipcover
Independent boutique studio Vinegar Syndrome continues to offer fans of the wild and weird of world cinema with this 1989 French holiday action flick. Think of it as a horror movie version of Home Alone where a small child has to defend his home and feeble grandfather from a psycho dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve! It's a perfect title for Vinegar Syndrome and should be a hell of a 4K UHD release
Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray


Notable Imports

We do our best to cover imports as best as we can, but obtaining them can be a bit tricky. More tricky now thanks to COVID as Amazon and other overseas retailers aren't shipping across the pond to the U.S. - but we have every intention of reviewing some of these as soon as we get our grubby little fingers on the copies we ordered. 

Dawn of the Dead - UK 

Long in development from Second Sight, George Romero's Dawn of the Dead is getting the full restoration it's dearly deserved with a massive 4K UHD Blu-ray release. All three versions of the film will be available with the U.S. Theatrical Cut and Director's Cut getting new 4K restorations with HDR10+ with the Argento Cut recycling the same master previously available without HDR. This massive set is coming packed with booklet and tons of new and archival bonus features. While not directly available in the U.S., DiabolikDVD, Amazon, and Zavvi are making it easy for fans to import. 
Import the 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

King of New York - UK 

Arrow Video is delivering Abel Ferara's iconic 1990 thriller starring Christopher Walken, David Caruso, and Laurence Fishburne to 4K UHD offering up Dolby Vision HDR to sweeten the deal. Sadly not directly available in the U.S., outfits like Zavvi and DiabolikDVD make it easy for fans to import if Amazon UK won't ship. 
Import the 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Crash Limited Edition - UK 

Already available on 4K in German - with less than subtle cover artwork - David Cronenberg's bizarre thriller that marries sex and car crashes is one that needs to be seen to be believed as it speeds past any ability to cleanly describe what the heck this movie is about. 
Import the 4K UHD Blu-ray

That's what we have in store for us this November. As more titles get announced or if there's a street date change we'll update everything. There are also a few more EU imports for films like Serpico, and Three Days of the Condor among a few others that are arriving in November, but because of COVID restrictions we can't guarantee we'll be able to import them. Rest assured as soon as we can we'll give full coverage to these titles. 

 

Anything on your shopping list this month? Let us know in the Disqus Comments below! 

2009's Epic Disaster Film 2012 Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray January 19th 2021

Disaster movie fans rejoice! Roland Emmerich's 2012 is going to pummel 4K UHD Blu-ray in 2021! The Mayans foretold this film would be upgraded to 4K UHD Blu-ray - Woody Harrelson said so during that monologue, not sure if you caught that part... 

 

This one isn't up for pre-order yet, January 19th is still a ways off, but it should be hitting online retailers soon. We also don't know if there will be any kind of retailer exclusives yet, but with Sony's recent output I'd put good money down on a Best Buy SteelBook as a possibility. We do know for sure that this film is getting a new Atmos audio mix - so while the movie itself is a bit iffy while proving to be wildly entertaining, it'll probably sound amazing! Plan your 4K budget accordingly.

Here's the full press release from Sony:

SYNOPSIS

From Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, comes the ultimate action-adventure movie, exploding with groundbreaking special effects. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble. 2012 brings and end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson.
 
BONUS MATERIAL 
ON 4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse Featurette
 ON BLU-RAY DISC™
  • Interactive Mayan Calendar
  • 5 Featurettes on Bringing the Epic to Life
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision
  • Feature Commentary
  • Adam Lambert Music Video
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
Written By: Harald Kloser & Roland Emmerich
Producers: Harald Kloser, Mark Gordon, Larry Franco
Executive Producers: Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, Michael Wimer
Cast: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton with Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson


SPECS 
Run Time: Approx. 158 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language
Feature: 2160p Ultra High Definition/2.40:1
Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Lord of the Rings 4K & The Hobbit 4K Coming December 1st

[UPDATE 5:25am 10/8/2020]

After a flurry of posts and updates, pre-orders going live and then coming back down, incomplete info, and finally getting actual confirmation all of this was legit -- and a much needed night of sleep -- we have some firm details and pre-order information about The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases coming this December

FIRST - As how it's been reported, Peter Jackson and his team went back to the original elements to create new 4K masters for these releases - the original 35mm elements for LOTR and the digital elements for Hobbit. Both sets will include the Theatrical Cuts and the Extended Cuts. Both sets will feature HDR10 standard and Dolby VisionBoth sets will also get a Dolby Atmos audio upgrade - which should be a delight to fans all across Middle Earth. I haven't found a final slate of bonus features anywhere - there may not be many as a MUCH larger "Ultimate" set of all six films including remastered Blu-rays of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, all archival bonus features as well as new bonus features will be coming out mid-to-late 2021 to celebrate the franchise's 20th Anniversary. As for the current slate of sets arriving 12/1/2020 - you have some options... 

Both trilogies are getting standard releases, 9-discs for LOTR with The Hobbit getting 6-discs. Both trilogies are getting fancy SteelBook sets from Best Buy while Amazon is issuing a special Limited Edition Giftset of LOTR with special book packaging and a prop replica of The One Ring - which reportedly will not turn you invisible. Now all you have to decide is which set to make you precious...

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Standard Set 

 

 

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Amazon Giftset  

 

The Lord of the Rings The Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Best Buy SteelBook

 

The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Standard 

 

The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Best Buy SteelBook 

 

That's pretty much everything for now - as we learn more we'll update the listings. Hope this release makes your Holiday season a little extra awesome this year! 

 

[UPDATE 3:10pm 10/7/2020]


Both the standard releases of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray sets are now available to pre-order on Amazon for $89.99 each. No word on specs, but from the look of the images these don't appear to include the 1080p Blu-rays - LOTR is a 9-disc set while Hobbit appears to only be a 6-disc set. 

Again this is a developing story and as soon as we get official word from Warner Bros. we'll dish that info out. For now - here's what these standard sets look like. 

 

Interestingly the Best Buy listings for the 4K UHD SteelBooks for both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit appear to have been taken down. We'll keep an eye on that as well. Stay tuned... 

[Original Post]

This is a developing story as Warner Bros. has yet to confirm or issue an official press release about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray trilogies. However, Best Buy now has both The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook and The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook up with a street date of 12/1/2020. So far only LOTR is actually up for pre-order but both sets have a list price of $119.99. 


Again - we don't have any technical details, don't know the final audio mix or the HDR grade. Judging from the only picture we have of the LOTR set - it looks to be a 9-disc set, each movie getting 3 discs + digital. 

As soon as Warner Bros. issues a propper press release we'll update this article with links to standard editions as well as any other possible retailer exclusives that may be coming along. 

This is 4k! Win 300 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!

Are you tired of your old Blu-ray of 300? Are you eager to see Zack Snyder’s burly opus in HDR with the new Dolby Atmos Audio mix? High-Def Digest and Warner Bros. have teamed up to give away ONE copy of 300 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray! Contest starts today 9/29/2020 and ends Friday 10/4/2020 at 12:00 noon – from there I will select the winner of the contest using the scientific methods of dice rolls and coin tosses. The winner will then be notified and if all goes to well the disc will be in the mail that afternoon. If the winner has not responded within 24 hours of notification I will select the runner-up.

Here’s what you have to do to enter:

1: Share our 300 4K UHD Blu-ray review on your Facebook by copying and pasting this:
I’m entering @highdefdigest contest to win #300 on 4K UHD Blu-ray
https://ultrahd.highdefdigest.com/86883/3004kultrahdbluray.html

 

2: In the comments of our Facebook post about this contest - https://www.facebook.com/highdefdigest/posts/10157787540517099 - give us your best SPARTAN! This can be a picture of you flexing, grimacing, wrapped up in a red sheet with a stick – you decked out in Michigan State University gear, whatever says “300” in your mind – post it in the comments… keep it all-ages appropriate please, that’s the only requirement!

This contest is open to all U.S. residents. We can’t send to a P.O. box but homes, offices, apartments – no problem.

October 2020 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases

Hope your wallet recovered after September

After a blisteringly expensive September on the 4K UHD Blu-ray release calendar - October gives your wallet a little room to breathe. While not as big a slate - there are still some fan favorites in store. Sadly Second Sight's exciting restoration of Dawn of the Dead was delayed into November so that's no longer part of this list, but there's still some great stuff. We have everything from the soul-sucking and intense Requiem for a Dream to the iconic time-traveling Back to the Future Trilogy. As usual a number of these releases are getting special retailer exclusives you get a choice between the standard packaging or something a little more exciting. 

October 6th, 2020

Zack Snyder's 300

THIS IS 4K!!! Kick your old Blu-ray's down the giant bottomless pit in the middle of the city without any guardrails! Zack Snyder's visually amazing adaptation of Frank Miller's interesting take on real-life Greek historical events gets a new 4K UHD Blu-ray release with a new Dolby Atmos audio mix and some new bonus features tossed in for good measure. Available in a standard edition or Best Buy SteelBook

Pre-order the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray
Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook

Shutter Island

Already previously released on 4K UHD Blu-ray from Paramount in a SteelBook edition, Shutter Island is toning things down for a general release. From all reports, there's nothing new about this set beyond the packaging changes. 

Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray

The Tax Collector

Currently, the 4K UHD Blu-ray release of David Ayer's most recent thriller is coming in the form of a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook release. No other retailer to-date has announced a general release for this one, but if that changes we'll keep you posted. 

Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook


October 13th, 2020

Requiem for a Dream

Nothing like a bleak look at addiction and the ravages of the mind, body, and soul to get you in the mood for Halloween! Darren Aronofsky's hypnotic deep dive into despair gets a new 4K restoration from Lionsgate. Already visually arresting on Blu-ray, this release should be gorgeous and a standout for the format. Apparently this disc will include both the R-rated Theatrical and Unrated Director's Cut.

Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray

District 9

Neil Blomkamp's intense 2009 sci-fi classic kickstarted the director's career and was a showstopper on Blu-ray. With an upsampled 4k transfer with HDR10 and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix, there's every chance this one could be a stunner on the format. Maybe one day we'll get that sequel they keep bringing up every couple of years. Also available as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook - which looks pretty damn good! 

Pre-order the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray

Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook


October 20th, 2020

Back to the Future Trilogy

Doubtful anyone out there is actually excited for this one… The iconic time-traveling adventure movie trilogy is getting its long-awaited 4K restoration complete with Dolby Vision, HDR10+, as well as new Atmos audio mixes! Not content to make like a screen door on a battleship, there are three options for fans - the standard release, a slick Amazon Exclusive Gift Set with floating model hoverboard, or you can choose a snazzy Best Buy Exclusive trilogy box set! 

Pre-order the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray

Pre-order the Amazon Exclusive 4K UHD Gift Set 

Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook


October 27th

Daughters of Darkness


Blue Underground hit the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray market swinging for the bleachers and every release they've punched out so far have been absolute home runs. There's no reason this sultry Harry Kümel grindhouse classic should be any different with a new Native 4K transfer with Dolby Vision HDR along with a bunch of bonus features and the film's soundtrack on CD!

Pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray

Rambo: The Complete SteelBook Collection

Sadly not available when the final fifth film arrived on 4K UHD, Best Buy is now releasing a complete 5-film SteelBook set with each film getting new artwork. Disc content hasn't changed so if you've been waiting to buy the series on 4K, this is the time to do it. If you already own the series, this may not be worth the added cost. 

Pre-order the Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook

As we saw with Second Sight's release of Dawn of the Dead 4K UHD Blu-ray set - release dates are subject to change. As soon as we hear of any release date changes or any last-minute release additions, we'll let you know. Check back for full reviews of these upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray titles. 

Have a Merry Eddie Murphy Holiday Season!

December 1st 2020 – after the year to end all years with one WTF moment after another – the nation can come together and heal thanks to Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment and their decision to unleash a barrage of new Eddie Murphy releases to 4K UHD and Blu-ray! Just when we all could really use a laugh – Murphy and Paramount are going to deliver the goods with some classics and one that’s been on a lot of wish lists for years.

Not only are we getting 4K UHD Blu-ray releases of Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop – we’re also getting new prestige Paramount Presents releases of the holiday classic Trading Places and the bizarrely amazing action/adventure/comedy The Golden Child! An eclectic collection

 

These aren’t yet up for pre-order, Amazon has some placeholders for Coming to America 4K and Beverly Hills Cop 4K, but we expect these to be available soon. Also, no word if the Coming to America 4K SteelBook will be a retailer exclusive or not, or what HDR grade or if a new Atmos/DTS:X mix will be available. We’ve reached out for clarification AND to possibly participate in a giveaway for these releases so as soon as we’ve got that info, we’ll let you know!

 

Beverly Hills Cop 4K UHD Blu-ray

Coming to America 4K UHD Blu-ray

Coming to America 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook

Trading Places (Paramount Presents)

The Golden Child (Paramount Presents)

Full Metal Jacket 4K UHD Blu-ray Giveaway

Show Us Your War Face!


You got a war face, right? ARRRRRGH! That’s a war face! Warner Brothers and High-Def Digest are teaming up to give away ONE copy of Stanley Kubrick’s classic
Full Metal Jacket on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The contest has some simple rules – with one key component so pay attention!

The contest runs from Tuesday, September 15th until Friday, September 18th at 12:00 Noon EST.

THE RULES

1. Share the Facebook post about this contest – include the hashtag #FullMetal4KUHD
https://www.facebook.com/highdefdigest/photos/a.158571777098/10157755854802099/

2. In the comment section of the Facebook post include a picture of your war face! “Arrrgh! That’s your war face!” Take a picture of your war face, your cat’s – whatever works as long as it’s appropriate (that should go without saying but no nudity or suggestive images). If you have difficulty uploading include a link or pop in a gif!

 

At 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 18th the contest will close and we'll parse through the valid entries and select a winner at random through the scientific process of rolling dice and flipping coins. The contest is open to contestants in the United States – sorry can’t ship outside the U.S. – no P.O. Boxes, apartments, businesses, houses are all good.

Have fun! 

Get Your Ass To 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – Total Recall Coming 11/23 in UK 12/8 in US

[BIG UPDATE 9:35 EST]

Lionsgate will be releasing the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 30th Anniversary of Total Recall domestically in the U.S. with the 3-Disc SteelBook edition. CONFIRMED in the press release the 4K Disc will include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. 

Here's the full Lionsgate Press Release:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi classic gets the ultimate high-definition treatment when Total Recall arrives as a 3-disc 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) and Digital 4K Ultra HD December 8 from Lionsgate. Restored in 4K from a scan of the original 35mm negative, the visionary film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator franchise, PredatorThe 6th Day), Rachel Ticotin (Con AirFalling DownThe Eye), Oscar® nominee Sharon Stone (1995, Best Actress, Casino), and Michael Ironside (Starship TroopersScannersTop Gun).
 
Undertaken by STUDIOCANAL, the restoration was supervised by Paul Verhoeven himself. The restoration crew paid particularly high attention to preserving special-effects continuity, as Total Recall was one of the earliest films to use computer-generated images for special effects winning the Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects at the 1990 Academy Awards®.
 
Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, the Total Recall 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will include a never-before-seen exclusive documentary feature as well as two brand-new featurettes. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.
 
The Total Recall 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.
 
Inspired by the Short Story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick  Screen Story by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Jon Povill  Screenplay by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Gary Goldman  Directed by Paul Verhoeven
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Fully reimagined in stunning 4K for its 30th anniversary — and remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos — Paul Verhoeven’s out-of-this-world sci-fi thrill ride can now be experienced like never before! In this splintered-reality mind-bender, it’s the year 2084, and construction worker Quaid (Schwarzenegger) is haunted by dreams of Mars, a place he’s never been. Against his wife’s (Sharon Stone) wishes, Quaid goes to Rekall, a memory-implant company that promises a thrilling virtual trip to the red planet. But what Quaid “remembers” is that he’s a secret agent whose cover has been blown…and that he must return to Mars at any cost.
 
4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
 
Disc 1 (4K Feature Film and Special Features):
 

  • Total Excess: How Carolco Changed Hollywood Documentary
  • “Open Your Mind: Scoring Total Recall” Featurette
  • “Dreamers Within the Dream: Developing Total Recall” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven
  • Theatrical Trailer

 
Disc 2 (Blu-ray Feature Film and Special Features):
 

  • “Open Your Mind: Scoring Total Recall” Featurette
  • “Dreamers Within the Dream: Developing Total Recall” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven

 
Disc 3 (Blu-ray – Special Features):
                                                                             

  • Total Excess: How Carolco Changed Hollywood Documentary
  • Total Recall: The Special Effects” Featurette
  • “The Making of Total Recall” Featurette
  • “Imagining Total Recall” Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer

 
 
CAST                                                 
Arnold Schwarzenegger         Terminator franchise, PredatorThe 6th Day
Rachel Ticotin                         Con AirFalling DownThe Eye
Sharon Stone                          Basic InstinctCasinoThe Quick and the Dead
Michael Ironside                     Starship TroopersScannersTop Gun

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 1990
Title Copyright: © 1990 STUDIOCANAL. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Closed Captioned: NA
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Running Time: 113 Minutes
4K Ultra HD™ Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation  
4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio
Blu-ray Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio

StudioCanal is bringing Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 Schwarzenegger science fiction mind-bending classic to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on November 23 in the UK You have two options at the moment - a 5-Disc Collector's Edition similar their Flash Gordon release - or a trimmed down and slightly cheaper Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook. 

[UPDATE 7:45 EST]

Listings have been updated with Amazon.co.uk pre-order links for BOTH releases. It turns out the SteelBook is not a Zavvi Exclusive as previously reported. 


Total Recall 4K UHD Blu-ray 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Currently only available on Zavvi – this is a massive 5-disc 4K UHD + 2-Disc Blu-ray + 2 CD soundtrack set with a 48-page booklet, 6 art cards, and a double-sided poster. Amazon UK doesn’t have this set listed yet but I imagine it will be soon. 

This appears to only be on Zavvi’s UK website at the moment, so if you're out of that territory open the embedded link in an incognito browser:

30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

This shouldn’t prevent you from shipping stateside – I’ve had to do this for some of their releases in the past and NECA figures that are impossible to find in stores. Again, I'm sure Amazon UK will have it up at some point but for now, I've only found it on Zavvi. 
As mentioned in the update above - Amazon UK does have both releases available for pre-order on their website - were just very difficult to find. Both listings have been updated with pre-order links. Still no word on a North America / U.S. domestic release. 

Total Recall 4K UHD Blu-ray 30th Anniversary SteelBook

A 3-Disc SteelBook is available that loses the two soundtrack CDs and the swag. But the custom artwork looks pretty cool. It’s also about 20 bucks cheaper than the Collector’s Edition so that’s something to consider if we have to import this one. 

So far, I haven’t been able to find any information about HDR grading or audio mix. As soon as I find concrete info, I’ll update these listings accordingly. Also – there is no word yet of a domestic North America release of this one on 4K. It’s a popular title so one has to figure Lionsgate or a boutique studio will release it. With Arrow’s successful collaboration with StudioCanal on Flash Gordon – I hope they add this to their lineup, but we’ll see. For now, it’s awesome knowing this one is getting a 4K release and it’ll be relatively easy to import.

Obviously, as more news comes in we'll keep you updated! 

Expensive September For 4K UHD Blu-ray!

September 2020 is going to be a damn fun – and expensive – month for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collectors. Hope you saved your allowance, blood, and tooth fairy payday money! While there’s been some recent scuttlebutt about various studios perhaps possibly ending or at the very least severely cutting back on their live-action catalog additions to physical 4k media – September is a damned robust release slate full of fan favorites with deluxe editions and SteelBooks.

As we receive review product - or purchase these ourselves - we'll be providing reviews for each of these great titles ASAP!  


September 1st

Pitch Black

Due to an unfortunate delay, one of Arrow’s inaugural 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases got a temporary delay – but no worries it’s still coming, just later than the original August 18th release window.
Pre-order Pitch Black 4K UHD Blu-ray

 

The Goonies

“Goonies never say die!” Richard Donner’s childhood adventure movie gets a welcome 4K upgrade – with several options for purchase! You have the standard release, the fully stuffed Giftset, and then Best Buy’s exclusive SteelBook. So… all you got to do is choose which Goonies is right for you.

Pre-order The Goonies 4K UHD Blu-Ray Standard Release
Pre-order The Goonies 4K UHD Bl-uray Amazon Exclusive Giftset
Pre-order The Goonies 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Beetlejuice

While you don’t need to say his name three times to buy the 4K UHD Blu-ray – you do get to choose between three releases! Just like The Goonies – Warner Bros. is releasing a standard release, a giftset, and a Best Buy exclusive SteelBook. As one of my favorite Tim Burton movies, I’m excited for this one – so I went for the SteelBook, but that Handbook For The Recently Deceased looks really fun! 

Pre-order Beetlejuice 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard Release
Pre-order Beetlejuice 4K UHD Blu-ray Amazon Exclusive Giftset
Pre-order Beetlejuice 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Sherlock Holmes / Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Guy Ritchie and Robert Downy Jr. teamed up for a lively reimagining of the world’s greatest detectives adding some extra punch and pizzazz to the proceedings through a solid first film and a decent enough sequel. As we await the possibility of a third spin with this franchise, a welcome 4K UHD Blu-ray upgrade will have to hold us over.

Pre-order Sherlock Holmes 4K UHD Blu-ray
Pre-order Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows 4K UHD Blu-ray


September 8th

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection

Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, and Rear Window are all making their 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray debut from Universal in a snazzy 4-film set. If Universal’s recent efforts for back catalog 4K UHD releases are any early indication, these four classics from the master of suspense should be impressive and well worth the upgrade!

Pre-order The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray

Psycho - Best Buy SteelBook

Hitchcock’s seminal shocker gets its own solo release for those only interested in upgrading this one single film to native 4K complete with Best Buy exclusive SteelBook packaging. If you’re a collector – this is very tempting but it’s also a bummer none of the other Hitchcock films of the Classics Collection will be getting solo SteelBook releases.  

Pre-order Psycho 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Invisible Man Best Buy SteelBook

Where was this SteelBook when the movie first came out on 4K? While I don’t normally like to buy a movie twice just to get collectible packaging, this is a pretty slick piece of work and far more interesting than the common ½ face artwork of the standard release. Damn tempting.

Pre-order The Invisible Man 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime adaptation of the iconic manga series will be given a grand 4K Ultra HD debut from Lionsgate. Fully restored in native 4K, this release will offer Dolby Vision / HDR10 as well as a new Japanese Dolby Atmos audio mix. Choose from the standard release or the snazzy SteelBook from Best Buy – this is a big one for fans.

Pre-order Ghost in the Shell 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard Release
Pre-order Ghost in the Shell 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Superman: Man of Tomorrow


Follow a younger more inexperienced superhero as he adjusts to life at the Daily Planet, saving Metropolis, and intergalactic threats in the form of bounty hunter Lobo and the power-hungry alien Parasite. DC animated movies can be hit and miss, but at the very least it should be worth checking out. Once again Best Buy also gets an exclusive figurine set.

Pre-order Superman: Man of Tomorrow 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard release
Pre-order Superman: Man of Tomorrow 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy Exclusive


September 15th

21 Jump Street / 22 Jump Street

Movie adaptations of classic television shows have a pretty rocky reputation. Somehow 21 Jump Street found a way to make it work – and pull off a funny as hell sequel. Sony is rolling both films onto 4K UHD Blu-ray in separate releases, or if you’re a big fan of both, Best Buy is running an exclusive SteelBook for both films.

Pre-order 21 Jump Street 4K UHD Blu-ray
Pre-order 22 Jump Street 4K UHD Blu-ray
Pre-order 21 / 22 Jump Street 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Home Alone

The now-iconic family holiday favorite about a serial killer in training mercilessly causing physical and psychological torment on two hapless would-be thieves on Christmas Eve is finally getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release. On top of that Best Buy is also prepping a SteelBook as well – something to get excited for come the holidays!

Pre-order Home Alone 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard Release
Pre-order Home Alone 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Hocus Pocus

Just in time for the Halloween holiday season – Disney’s hilarious fan-favorite about three hapless witches is getting a new 4K restoration. After some decent but far from amazing past releases, fans have been eager for a reason to upgrade and this should be a major highlight for parents aiming to entertain their sugar-fueled kids – or enjoy some childhood nostalgia of their own.

Pre-order Hocus Pocus 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard Release
Pre-order Hocus Pocus 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Goodfellas Best Buy SteelBook

While not a new release, Martin Scorsese’s seminal gangster classic is getting a snazzy SteelBook rerelease from Best Buy. If you already own this on 4K, the packaging may not be a reason to purchase again – but if you haven’t picked it up yet, this is a pretty slick-looking set.

Pre-order Goodfellas 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook


September 22nd

Full Metal Jacket

This is my rifle this is my 4K UHD Blu-ray! This is for fighting this is for the best possible home viewing experience! After a successful first outing with The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey – Warner Brothers is releasing another Stanley Kubrick classic to 4K Ultra HD. While Eyes Wide Shut has been teased for a while – this amazing Vietnam War film is a welcome addition to the format. Again – Best Buy is offering up their own exclusive SteelBook option for collectors. 

Pre-order Full Metal Jacket 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard Release
Pre-Order Full Metal Jacket 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Stanley Kubrick 3-Film 4K Collection

If you didn’t already buy The Shining or 2001: A Space Odyssey – this set lets you pick up those two excellent 4K releases alongside Full Metal Jacket. However, one has to assume that Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange, and a 4K UHD Bly-ray release of Barry Lyndon aren’t too far off on the horizon so maybe a full Kubrick 4K Collection box set makes more sense?

Pre-order Stanley Kubrick 3-Film 4K Collection

Whiplash

Damien Chazelle’s 2014 drama starring Miles Teller and earned J.K. Simmons a deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar is getting the A/V upgrade it deserves with an upscaled 4K UHD HDR transfer and Dolby Atmos audio. For the collectors out there – Best Buy is offering up a pretty slick looking SteelBook.

Pre-order Whiplash 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard Release
Pre-order Whiplash 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook


September 29th

Evil Dead / Evil Dead 2 Double Feature SteelBook

Getting ready for the Halloween season? If you already bought LionsGate’s excellent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell's hilarious horror flicks – you’re not getting anything new here. However – this SteelBook packaging recreates two iconic poster images for both films and conveniently packages both movies in one nice little case.

Pre-order Evil Dead Double Feature 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Halloween (1978) Best Buy SteelBook

Lionsgate continues to help fans get ready for the spooky season with a new SteelBook release of John Carpenter’s slasher classic Halloween. Nothing is inherently new with this set beyond the autumn-themed artwork and it will apparently include a digital code this time. If you already bought the previous release you’re all set – but if you’re a SteelBook collector this one may be hard to pass up at this price point.

Pre-order Halloween 1978 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Mad Max Fury Road Best Buy SteelBook

There have been more than a few releases of Max Max Fury Road in the last few years. While this SteelBook certainly is attractive – but without the Black and Chrome edition or the 3D disc, it’s not exactly a “complete” experience. Still, if you haven’t picked this one up on 4K yet – this is a nice package, especially if you’re a SteelBook collector.

Pre-order Mad Max Fury Road 4K UHD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook


Well - that's eveything that's been announced to-date. While something new could come up, with October and November 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles already being announced, this appears to be a fully scheduled slate of releases. With all the rumors of various studios pulling back on the format or undergoing worrisome restructuring, it's encouraging to see a month like this just filled to the gills with great content. 

Any of these on your pre-order list? How many of you are going to snap them all up? Any favorites you look forward to coming to the format soon? Sound off in the comments below! 

 

 

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