Posted Sun Feb 13, 2022 at 12:00 PM PST by D. LaFontaine
No doubt when this article goes live, many of you are doing something Super Bowl related. According to an old episode of The Simpsons, The Bengals will win it. There are a bunch of exciting announcements happening in the home video disc market. Keep watching our main page every day for updates, as well as the final section of these weekly articles.
Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 39 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.
Slight reprieve from last week, just a few titles to ponder.
In the new releases category, Marvel's The Eternals, and just like last week, a slew of choices. Available in a Standard Edition, Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, Target Exclusive Art Edition and a Walmart Exclusive edition.
Moving on to catalog releases, first from Sony Pictures, action/sci-fi film Looper. You can thank me for this release, I held out as long as I could on the UK release and then very recently bought it, sure enough, this gets announced literally after my purchase was shipped. Sony is claiming this one has a better transfer with more accurate color, meaning I might have to double dip.
Aaaand, on to another one that I took a hit for the team, The Howling gets a Scream Factory release. I had (of course) recently bought the StudioCanal release from the UK and just like Looper, no sooner did my copy ship did Scream Factory announce this release. Any other titles I need to buy so that a U.S. release gets announced? I did get the Turbine Media 4K release for An American Werewolf in Paris, and finally broke down and got True Lies (Spain release), will that be next?
Compared to last week, this category has fewer releases too. Just like we do every week, getting the blu-ray counterpart of the way first, Marvel's The Eternals gets a blu-ray + digital sku.
Paramount has a few more catalog titles on the docket, 200 Cigarettes, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (previously only available in the Crocodile Dundee box set), Eurotrip (this one was initially listed as the unrated edition, and it still might be, Amazon has relisted it as the same theatrical release previously available, wait and see I guess), Hey Arnold! The Movie, In Dreams, Intersection, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, Nick of Time and Spontaneous.
This week's Criterion Collection appearance is a 1939 drama/romance titled Love Affair.
Warner Archive Collection has one title this week, The Three Musketeers (1948). Outside of animated, this is probably the best known version when it comes to the film.
Anime highlights include By the Grace of the Gods - Season 1, available as a standard edition and as a limited edition, Dr. Stone: Season 1 [SteelBook], My Hero Academia - Season 4 Complete Collection, Samurai Girls / Samurai Bride - Complete Series and Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - Season 1, Part 1, which is available as a standard edition and as a limited edition.
Mentioned in the recent Disney Movie Club article, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers - The Complete Series can be bought from Amazon, as well as other favorite merchants this week.
Scream (2022) now has an official street date, April 5th. The slew of choices, 4K standard, 4K SteelBook, blu-ray, two-film collection 4K and two-film collection blu-ray.
Discotek's April releases consist of KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!: The Complete First Season + OVA [SteelBook], Cat's Eye - The Complete First Season, Lupin the 3rd: Episode 0 - First Contact, City Hunter '91 - The Complete 1991 Series and Mrs. Pepperpot - Complete Series.
Universal Televisision will be releasing Young Rock: Season One on blu-ray on March 29.
Kino Lorber has revealed that they are working on a 4K disc release of The Usual Suspects. Expect it sometime during 2022, most likely this Summer. Also revealed is that A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More will be getting 4K discs with a tentative date of May 31st. It is likely they will have 4K SDR, but no doubt it will be the best these films have ever looked!
West Side Story (2021) appears to be on track for a March 15th release. There should be a 4K, blu-ray and a DVD release, as well as a Best Buy Exclusive 4K SteelBook edition with a rather blah cover art.
Sony Pictures has announced the animated release of Heavy Metal for 4K SteelBook release, which also comes with a bonus blu-ray of Heavy Metal 2000. See our article here for details.
Warner Bros. appears on track to be releasing Singin’ in the Rain to a 4K Collector's edition with a tentative date of April 26th, no official announcement as of yet.
Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?
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