Posted Sun Oct 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM PDT by D. LaFontaine
Another week gone, and actually if you count this coming Halloween weekend, another MONTH gone! The shipping delays continue with multiple titles including last week's release of Scream 4K. I just got my copy of Halloween II last Friday. Wasn't about to watch 3 - 5 without 2 in there. At least it will be in time for Halloween itself. Then it's on to Thanksgiving and Christmas movies. Will we get our Krampus 4K in time?
Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 23 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.
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-
Compared to last week, there's little difference in volume of titles, which means open up yer wallet.
Import Monday might be exciting for many of you, StudioCanal releases The Howling 40th Anniversary Edition, available as a 'fat-pack' release and as a SteelBook release. I got my fat-pack ordered from Diabolik the day it went live. Will Arrow or Shout! Factory eventually do a domestic release? A barebones release by Universal is more likely.
On to Tuesday releases, the next Dario Argento movie from Arrow Video, Deep Red. This one is also a 'fat-pack' release like the two previous Argento films from Arrow. Alternately, a 'Arte Original Version' was available for preorder as well.
Six-String Samurai gets a general release via Vinegar Syndrome.
The Underworld 5-Movie Collection gets a release this week from Sony Pictures, some people have already received theirs. Are there enough to fill demand?
A Ronin Flix shop exclusive, I Spit On Your Grave gets a 4K release. We reviewed the latest blu-ray release from them, it got a 'Highly Recommended' grade.
Moving on to NEW releases, Sony Pictures also brings us Don't Breathe 2. Maybe worthy of an upgrade, it would have made sense to have a 4K double feature or offer the original film in 4K the same day.
What a BUSY week for blu-ray. All I can say is good hunting.
From Warner Archive Collection, a rather busy week for this label. The 1964 film Children of the Damned, 1933 drama Dinner at Eight, 1966 horror/mystery Eye of the Devil and Mary Stevens, M.D.. From the regular Warner label, Superman: The Complete Animated Series debuts on blu-ray disc this week.
Shout Select has Nothing But Trouble, featuring those funny guys Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy.
Has the BBC turned down the dial on 4K releases? Serengeti II gets a blu-ray release this week.
Criterion Collection releases 1960 foreign drama Devi.
Universal Studios TV releases The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series.
LionsGate's appearance this week offers Megan is Missing and On the Rocks. Neither title appear to have a digital code, hope that's not going to be the new norm for them. The next Vestron Video release Steel Dawn this week *does* come with a digital code, as does the 2021 Sci-Fi/Thriller Warning.
Anime highlights include Goblin Slayer: Season One (SteelBook)-which remains a Best Buy Exclusive for 2 months, Higurashi: When They Cry GOU Season 1 Part 1, Lupin the 3rd Part V: Misadventures in France, Sgt. Frog: The Complete First Season, Shaman King, She, the Ultimate Weapon - Complete Collection, Venus Wars and Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina.
Except for the Pink Floyd release, all of Friday's titles are Imprint Films Limited Editions. Remember that Imprint Releases are region free.
Notable announcements from last week:
Very slow week for news/announcements. Keep in mind that these said announcements are targeting January, which typically is a very slow month for new releases.
Warner Bros. has announced Clint Eastwood's latest film Cry Macho will be available on 4K disc and blu-ray on December 7th.
FUNimation revealed their January 2022 titles. Although not a terrible selection, nothing absolutely jumps out. If they read these articles I would ask why they stopped releasing SteelBooks for the DBZ series. Why have you?
There is word surfacing that Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean will get a 4K release. A French retailer has all five listed (remember we got number 5 in 4K in North America already.) Under the 20th Century Studios label, Heat is still on hold. Due to the length of that movie it would highly benefit from a BD100 disc, something that Disney has yet to do.
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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