Posted Sun May 1, 2022 at 12:00 PM PDT by D. LaFontaine
There is a positive vibe happening right now for physical media. Brick & Mortar stores seem to continue their downsizing of their video departments and I doubt any amount of complaining to their corporate offices will do anything. However, the current pre-order page on Amazon.com for 4K and blu-ray actually encompasses about 20 pages of titles. That number has been as low as 12 over the Winter months so it's a sign the studios still support our little obsession.
Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 50 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.
There are just two actual titles available this week on 4K disc. New release first...
Disney Pixar's Turning Red, a story of a 13-year old that turns into a giant red panda when she gets excited. This title is available as a standard edition release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, a Walmart Exclusive 'Enamal Pin' edition and a Target Exclusive Art Edition.
The second 4K entry this week is a catalog title, Smokin' Aces, and this one is available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. No word on the sequel getting a new release but if this one sells well, it's highly possible.
Semi-slow week for the blu-ray category this week. Getting the blu-ray counterpart out of the way first, bring us a standard edition of Turning Red. If you want an exclusive for this format, you need to visit Disney Movie Club.
From Universal, 2022 Liam Neeson action/thriller Blacklight. And, added at the very last second, a crime/drama title, The Outfit.
From Warner Bros, DC Animated title Constantine: The House of Mystery.
If you did not buy the Paramount release of Audrey Hepburn Collection a few month's back because you didn't want to double-dip on most of the titles, you can now get Paris When It Sizzles as a standalone. For a new release title, action/thriller Tom Clancy's Without Remorse gets a blu-ray release this week.
As we wait for Jurassic World: Dominion to hit theaters, what better time to grab Dinosaur World from Shout! Factory.
Anime Highlights include just two titles this week, 2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team - The Complete Season and OBSOLETE - Complete Collection.
From Kino Lorber, Francis the Talking Mule (7 Film Collection) awaits your video rack!
Honorable Mention: If you enjoy Hallmark movies, now is your chance to get one on blu-ray. Maybe they're testing the waters again to see how sales go, The Wedding Veil should be available Tuesday.
The April batch of Imprint Films releases should be available on Friday, here's the listing:
>The Wicker Man - Imprint Films Limited Editi
Warner Archive collection has three Judy Garland musicals coming in June. Titles include The Clock, For Me and My Gal and Ziegfeld Girl. Other names you may have heard of are Gene Kelly, James Stewart and Lana Turner.
Lionsgate has revealed to retailers that Everything Everywhere All at Once will be coming to 4K, blu-ray on June 14th. Additionally, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will be getting a 4K, blu-ray and Target exclusive blu-ray sometime around the same time as well.
Arrow Video's July slate has been revealed. Titles include Giallo Essentials V3 Black Edition, Hell High, Hell High (Raging Fury Slip), The Sacred Spirit and Tenebrae 4K. Tenebrae 4K is a UK only title, but for the U.S, Synapse Films is offering very similar releases, a standard retail box and a retailer exclusive box that is available at Diabolikdvd.
GKIDS has revealed they will be releasing a 4K collector's edition for the 2021 animated film Belle. Although we are not affected by it in the U.S., hope they do no region lock this release too, it's just blasphemous for a 4K release.
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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