• You Can't Fix A Franchise So Destroy Everything! - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 27, 2023

    Posted Sun Aug 27, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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        Bruce Wayne: If you were to go into the past, you have no idea what the consequences would be.
        Barry Allen: Bruce, I could fix things.
        Bruce Wayne: You could also destroy everything.

     

    This week we get busy with lots of releases in both the 4K and Blu-ray categories. More Chucky, the next Paramount Presents Label release, a 'Condor' movie, and more!

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 13 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 27th - September 2nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday has Arrow Video's take on Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits. No doubt what's on the actual disc is identical to Criterion's release, but we do get a slipcase and swag with this edition. I personally wish Criterion would do some of this.

     The big domestic New Release this week is The Flash. Available in the usual assortment, a Standard Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive. And just like so many recent assortments, Target is absent from the 4K category.

          

     

    We *might* also see Infinity Pool, a SteelBook release from Decal - Neon. We cannot validate this release as Amazon shows it as being unavailable, but here is a Best Buy link that shows it available to order, but they have no cover art, which is inconclusive.

    For catalog titles we begin with a trio of titles from Universal, Battlestar Galactica: The Movie, available as a standard release and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook release, and the 1998 biopic Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

     

    The third and newest title in the mix is Promising Young Woman.

     

     Next, from Scream/Shout Factory, parts 4 - 7 of the Chucky (Child's Play) movies. Specs for these films are a potential mess, with only one of them listing Dolby Vision and only one of them, the blu-ray, not the 4K having Atmos sound. I get the feeling they all have Dolby Vision and 5.1 sound, multiple requests from Shout went unanswered. No doubt the inevitable reviews will clarify these specs. In sequential order, these films are Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky.

     The Paramount Presents label this week has spine number 41 available, Hustle & Flow.

     

     Pair of titles from Kino Lorber this week too, Staying Alive and Three Days of the Condor (aka 3 Days of the Condor).

     

     Amazon is now listing this one as September 12th, but other sources (including Arrowvideo.com) still say 8/29, 2009 remake The Last House on the Left.

     

     If you did not get 'em from Vinegar Syndrome's direct site, now you can get general releases for Gorgo and Terror at Tenkiller.

     And lastly, a Wednesday release at that, The Legend of Boggy Creek. This one has been talked about for some time on Facebook and it looks like it is finally coming out.

     Next week, two Universal "Vault" imports, Night of the Comet, Sleepy Hollow, The Princess Bride and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes The Flash available as a standard edition and a Target Exclusive. Also look for Staying Alive and Three Days of the Condor (aka 3 Days of the Condor) from Kino Lorber and The Last House on the Left (2009) from Arrow Video. For a Wednesday release, The Legend of Boggy Creek also gets a blu-ray release.

     A new romcom from Sony Pictures with No Hard Feelings.

     

     A little martial arts action from Arrow Video with New Fist of Fury.

     MGM's catalog batch this week includes Crime & Punishment, Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, Mystery Date, Nobody's Fool (1986), Play Dirty and The Wild Party.

     Anime highlights include A Couple of Cuckoos Season 1 Part 1, Cromartie High School, Re: Cutie Honey, The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2, which is available as a standard edition and as a Limited Edition, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs and Shadows House Season 2.

     

     From Criterion this week, a drama/romance titled Drylongso.

     Warner Archive's August slate is also this week, titles include Father's Little Dividend, Gay Purr-ee, Little Women (1933), The Life of Emile Zola, Spinout and Wichita.

     

     TV on disc this week, The Flash: The Ninth and Final Season and The Flash: The Complete Series.

     Honorable Mention: Severin Films has a special interest box set titled The Sensual World of Black Emanuelle this week. If this is your type of collection, pounce immediately, it probably won't last long.

     Next week, the U.S. has the Labor Day holiday, and there is a reprieve in this category, call it another chance to recharge your wallet.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Let's call this one a pleasant surprise, Disney has announced that they will be bringing a few of their Disney+ shows to blu-ray and 4K SteelBooks. Shows include Loki, The Mandalorian and Wandavision.

     Universal will also be doing The Black Phone and Coacine Bear on 4K disc in September. Thank me for the latter, I bought the import.

     Arrow Video's November slate will include 3 skus of Barbarella (including 4K)(traditional art for me on that one), Tremors 2 4K and a 6-disc box set titled Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe.

     Delighted to see Pokémon XY Mega 3-Movie Collection coming to blu-ray October 17th. This closes the gap on these films not available in the US. Diancie & the Cocoon of Destruction only recently became available in Germany.

     

    4K Release Calendar

    2K/BD Release Calendar

    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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  • Disc News Round-up: THIS IS THE WAY... We Round-up Blu-ray & 4K UHD News

    Posted Tue Aug 22, 2023 at 05:14 PM PDT by
    The Mandalorian Disney Plus

    It has been a relatively quiet week, but there have been a few announcements and a bunch of new titles posted to our release calendar over the past little while.  Be sure to check that out, but we've included some of the highlights here.

    The major announcement this week is that Disney is prepping 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray SteelBooks for a handful of their more popular streaming shows. They include Loki (Season 1) on September 26, WandaVision: The Complete Series on November 28, and The Mandalorian (Seasons 1 & 2) on December 12. Read all about it here.

    Loki 4K SB WandaVision 4K SteelBook The Mandalorian S1 4K SteelBook The Mandalorian S2 4K SteelBook

    On October 3, 20th Century Fox Studios will be releasing the latest film in the Predator franchise, Prey, on both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray. There will also be a Best Buy Exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook.

    Universal has set the animated film Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken for a Blu-ray release on September 26 with digital hitting August 29. The Blu-ray will include over an hour of bonus content.

    Lionsgate is dropping a very sleek looking John Wick: Chapters 1-4 Blu-ray box set on October 17. There doesn't seem to be a 4K release...yet.

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    Also better late than never we suppose, but Universal has finally decided to give the sci-fi horror film M3GAN a 4K UHD Blu-ray release. Best Buy will have a 4K SteelBook as well. Be on the lookout for those on October 10.

    Have you been down to South Park lately? If not, Paramount will be delivering six brand new episodes to Blu-ray when the show's 26th season hits hi-def on September 12. Not only that, Paramount is also giving 4K upgrades to the classic comedies Scrooged and Trading Places on November 7. 

    Sony has set an October 17th release date for the fifth season of The Crown on Blu-ray. Special features include: A Royal Transformation, War of the Waleses, and Script to Screen. Pre-orders are now available here.

    The Criterion Collection has revealed three new titles in their Janice Contemporaries Blu-ray library. They are Hlynur Pálmason's Godland, two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Tori and Lokita, and The Eight Mountains directed by Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. These will hit stores on November 21 (full details here).

    And before we head of for the weekend, we have added The Wicker Man 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate to our release calendar. Pre-orders aren't activated yet, but the release will include Dolby Vision and what looks to be exquisite packaging.

    Until next time...take care and enjoy what you can of this crazy summer!

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  • South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season Heads to Blu-ray UPDATE: Release Date 11/07

    Posted Mon Aug 21, 2023 at 02:25 PM PDT by
    South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season

    All six episodes of the 26th season of the Emmy Award-winning South Park will arrive on Blu-ray. UPDATE: Release Date 11/07.  

    The boys are back as South Park returns with its 26th season! Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as they learn the wonders of Japanese toilets, grapple with latest developments in A.I. technology, re-open an iconic Colorado restaurant, and meet a couple who feel the need to share the importance of their Privacy with the world. For them, it’s all part of growing up in South Park!

    South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season 

    South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season 

    The Blu-ray will include a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack and English SDH subtitles. There doesn't appear to be any supplements. Pre-orders for South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season on Blu-ray are up now at Amazon and here is the full press release:


    Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman Return for More Grade School Misadventures

     Street Date:               September 12, 2023 (UPDATE: Release Date 11/07) 

    Description:               School is back in session when SOUTH PARK: THE COMPLETE TWENTY-SIXTH SEASON arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 12, 2023, from Paramount Home Entertainment. The newest season of the Emmy® Award-winning animated series includes six brand-new episodes featuring your favorite South Park residents.                

    The boys are back as South Park returns with its 26th season! Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as they learn the wonders of Japanese toilets, grapple with latest developments in A.I. technology, re-open an iconic Colorado restaurant, and meet a couple who feel the need to share the importance of their Privacy with the world. For them, it’s all part of growing up in South Park!

    SOUTH PARK: THE COMPLETE TWENTY-SIXTH SEASON stars creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Mona Marshall (“Blue Exorcist”), April Stewart (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Jennifer Howell (“Bob’s Burgers”).

    Specifications:           Widescreen Format

                                        English 5.1 Dolby Digital (DVD Only)

                                        English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD (Blu-ray Only)

                                        English SDH Subtitles

    U.S. Rating:               Not Rated

    Canadian Rating:     14A – Crude Content, Coarse Language

    Run Time:                 2 hours, 9 minutes     

      

     

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  • What's this? What's This!?! A 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 20, 2023!

    Posted Sun Aug 20, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     Is there such a thing as returning to normal with disc releases? Probably not, but compared to last week the 4K category has grown by leaps and bounds. This week we see a black comedy (without a Wayans brother at the helm), Jack Skellington gets a 4K update, Antonio Banderas' best known character, and more.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 12 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 20th - August 26th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     

     Leading the week with a catalog upgrade, because, it has grown such a following and we are leading the guide with it. From Disney, The Nightmare Before Christmas gets a Standard Edition and a "Disney 100" style Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

      

     

     Shout Factory brings us Hackers, which is available as a Collector's Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As a collector, I am perplexed at the lack of a slipcover on the "Collector's Edition".

     

       

     

     From Sony Pictures, The Legend of Zorro gets a 4K upgrade. Good to see the sequels also get the 4K upgrade treatment.

     

     

     Arrow Video offers up nostalgic 1985 with Weird Science.

     

     Closing out the catalog title category, barring any delays, the 'Indicator Series' releases for The Night of the Hunted and The Rape of the Vampire release on Tuesday as well.

     

     Out of sequence, I know, new release last this week, from Lionsgate we have comedy/horror titled The Blackening, which comes available as a Standard Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

     Next week, a Time Bandits import (with swag), Chucky 4-7, Battlestar and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases include The Blackening from LionsGate and the pair of Indicator Series titles, The Night of the Hunted and The Rape of the Vampire.

     The rest of this category is pretty barren. As always though, here are the highlights:

     A rather random catalog title from Sony Pictures with 1981's American Pop, an 'animated trek across the musical landscape of the 20th century'.

     

     Arrow Video this week has Unman, Wittering and Zigo, a drama/thriller.

     LionsGate this week offers something other than an action/thriller with a comedy titled You Hurt My Feelings.

     

     If you did not import the Imprint release, this week Kino has you covered with Pretty Baby.

     Another animated music film, but this time Warner Bros, look for Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar.

     

     Four films on four discs from Criterion with Bo Widerberg’s New Swedish Cinema.

     A minimalist week for Anime, Ranking of Kings Season 1 Part 2, which is available as a Standard Edition and Limited Edition, and Reincarnated as a Sword: Complete Collection.

     

     Worthy Mention: Shout Factory releases the thriller Coma (1978), Michael Crichton does the adaptation of a book instead of the other way around, someone adapting his book.

     Next week we do get a significant increase in titles in this category.

    Notable announcements from last week:

     The Criterion Collection has announced their November line up. Do check it out!

     Kino Lorber has finalized the details for Red Dragon 4K and Cujo 4K / blu-ray releases. They are scheduled to arrive on October 24th. They have also announced a new product line titled "Kino Cult" with three titles already slated. The debut titles are Lorna the Exorcist, Alien Outlaw and The Dark Power and they all release on October 24th.

     Universal will be releasing M3GAN to 4K disc on October 10th. Before we get overly excited though, it does look like they are adding Atmos sound, but only including HDR10. Meanwhile the streaming version has Dolby Vision AND HDR10+. Still, we gain something. There is also a good chance (rumor) that The Black Phone will be out in October. Turbine Media is also releasing The Black Phone in Germany on October 5th. Will Scream Factory do them with Dolby Vision and more extras?

     

    4K Release Calendar

    2K/BD Release Calendar

    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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  • Boldly Coming to Blu-ray - Picard: The Final Season, Limited Edition SteelBook & Picard Legacy Collection

    Posted Wed Aug 16, 2023 at 08:53 AM PDT by
    Star Trek: Picard

    Paramount is getting ready to send a farewell to Star Trek: Picard - The Final Season on Blu-ray on September 5. The last season will also be available in a SteelBook as well as a collection of all three seasons hitting stores on Blu-ray on the same day.

    In the epic, thrilling conclusion of Star Trek: Picard, a desperate message from a long-lost friend draws Starfleet legend Admiral Jean-Luc Picard into the most daring mission of his life, forcing him to recruit allies spanning generations old and new. This final adventure sets him on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever.

    Star Trek: Picard Blu-ray           Star Trek: Picard Blu-ray SteelBook

    Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Special Features:

    Includes exclusive-to-home-entertainment special features including never-before-seen footage and audio commentary on select episodes from the show creators and cast. Get a galactic view of the creative vision behind the show and the rebuilding of Enterprise-D. This release also features deleted scenes and a Q&A panel with cast and crew.

    • The Gang’s All Here – Featurette (Exclusive)
    • The Making of the Last Generation – Featurette (Exclusive)
    • Audio Commentary on select episodes (Exclusive)
    • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive)
    • Gag Reel (Exclusive)
    • Rebuilding the Enterprise-D – Featurette
    • Villainous Vadic - Featurette
    • Picard: The Final Season Q&A

    Ultimate Trekkies may want to hold off until October, however, for Star Trek: Picard - The Legacy Collection - a limited, numbered set that will include Star Trek: The Next Generation's Complete Series, the four TNG films, and Star Trek: Picard Complete Series, PLUS loads of swag!  Check out this spread:

    Star Trek: Picard - The Legacy Collection

    Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection

    • 35 hours of bonus features
    • Premium Packaging Containing 54 Blu-ray Discs, 154 Episodes and Exclusive Collectables 
    • All Series and Films Featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard
      • Star Trek: The Next Generation® – Seasons 1-7
      • Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3
      • Star Trek: Generations
      • Star Trek: First Contact
      • Star Trek: Nemesis
      • Star Trek: Insurrection 
    • Exclusive Collectables:
      • Magnetic Captain Picard Badges
      • 4 Custom Chateau Picard Drink Coasters 
      • Custom Deck of Playing Cards
      • Exclusive Version of The Wisdom of Picard, The Wisdom of Picard: The Legacy Collection Edition
        • Featuring New Cover Art
        • Including quotes from the latest seasons of Star Trek: Picard

    All of these packages that include the final season of Picard will be available on September 5. Here is the full press release:


    “Best season of Star Trek ever”
    (JoBlo)
     
     Star Trek: Picard  The Final Season Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray™, and Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ SteelBook on September 5
    The Next Generation Cast Reunion Three Decades in the Making. Go Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Crew with Over 2 ½ Hours of Special Features
     
    LOS ANGELES – June 16, 2023 – The epic and thrilling conclusion to Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season, arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and a limited-edition Blu-ray SteelBook September 5th from Paramount Home Entertainment. Hailed as “Thrilling” and “A show worth watching — and celebrating,” (IndieWire),
    Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season reunites four-time Emmy Award® nominee* Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and The Next Generation crew in this final adventure where he is set on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever. Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season includes over 2 ½  hours of special features, including behind the scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, a hilarious gag reel, and never-before-seen deleted scenes.
     
    The all-star cast includes Patrick Stewart (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, X-Men) as Jean-Luc Picard, LeVar Burton (Star Trek: Generations) as Geordi La Forge, Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Star Trek: Insurrection) as Worf, Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: First ContactStar Trek: Insurrection) as Will Riker, Gates McFadden (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,  Star Trek: Insurrection) as Dr. Beverly Crusher Michelle Hurd (“Blindspot,” “Hawaii Five-0”) as Raffi Musiker, Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: Lower Decks,” Star Trek: Generations) as Deanna Troi, Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Star Trek: First Contact) as Commander Data, Ed Speleers (“You,” “Downton Abbey”) as Jack Crusher, and Jeri Ryan (“Bosch,” “Body of Proof”) as Seven of Nine.
     
    Also available on September 5th will be Star Trek: Picard – The Complete Series which includes all three seasons of the hit show and over 7 hours of special features.
     
    And coming October 17th will be the definitive release for Next Generation fans, Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection. The limited edition individually numbered 54-Disc Blu-ray collection features one of a kind packaging that houses every series and film featuring Jean-Luc Picard. Along with over 35 hours of special features, films and series include “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Seasons 1-7,” “Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3,” Star Trek: GenerationsStar Trek: First ContactStar Trek: Nemesis, and Star Trek: Insurrection.  This limited set also includes an exclusive edition of The Wisdom of Picard featuring brand new artwork and quotes, along with a one-of-a-kind deck of playing cards, a magnet sheet featuring all of Captain Picard’s badges and four custom Chateau Picard drink coasters.
     
    Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Synopsis
    In the epic, thrilling conclusion of Star Trek: Picard, a desperate message from a long-lost friend draws Starfleet legend Admiral Jean-Luc Picard into the most daring mission of his life, forcing him to recruit allies spanning generations old and new. This final adventure sets him on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever.
     
    Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Special Features:
    Includes exclusive-to-home-entertainment special features including never-before-seen footage and audio commentary on select episodes from the show creators and cast. Get a galactic view of the creative vision behind the show and the rebuilding of Enterprise-D. This release also features deleted scenes and a Q&A panel with cast and crew.
    • The Gang’s All Here – Featurette (Exclusive)
    • The Making of the Last Generation – Featurette (Exclusive)
    • Audio Commentary on select episodes (Exclusive)
    • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive)
    • Gag Reel (Exclusive)
    • Rebuilding the Enterprise-D – Featurette
    • Villainous Vadic - Featurette
    • Picard: The Final Season Q&A
    Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection
    • 35 hours of bonus features
    • Premium Packaging Containing 54 Blu-ray Discs, 154 Episodes and Exclusive Collectables 
    • All Series and Films Featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard
      • Star Trek: The Next Generation® – Seasons 1-7
      • Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3
      • Star Trek: Generations
      • Star Trek: First Contact
      • Star Trek: Nemesis
      • Star Trek: Insurrection 
    • Exclusive Collectables:
      • Magnetic Captain Picard Badges
      • 4 Custom Chateau Picard Drink Coasters 
      • Custom Deck of Playing Cards
      • Exclusive Version of The Wisdom of Picard, The Wisdom of Picard: The Legacy Collection Edition
        • Featuring New Cover Art
        • Including quotes from the latest seasons of Star Trek: Picard

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  • Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Available Now on Blu-ray

    Posted Tue Aug 15, 2023 at 07:56 AM PDT by
    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Sony

    The fourth feature film in the animated Hotel Transylvania franchise, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats.

    When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy.

    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania 

    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania 

    The Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include:

    DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™, AND DVD

    • A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets
    • Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
    • Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz
    • “Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video
    • Filmmaker Commentary
    • And More!

    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital and here is the full press release:


    AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™ & DVD AUGUST 15

    A DVD MULTI-FEATURE INCLUDING ALL FILMS WITHIN THE FRANCHISE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE

    SYNOPSIS

    When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy.

     

    Multi-feature:

    Join Drac, Mavis, and all of your favorite monsters for fun and adventure in their lavish five-stake resort, on the high seas, and as they are transformed into humans. This 4-film family-friendly monster franchise bundles hilarious comedy and exciting adventure.

      

    BONUS MATERIALS

    HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA

    DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™, AND DVD 

    A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets

    Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

    Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz

    “Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video

    Filmmaker Commentary

    And More!

     

    Multi-feature:

    DVD AND DIGITAL 

    Goodnight Mr. Foot – Short Film

    Hotel Transylvania Puppy! – Short Film

    A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets

    Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

    Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz

    “Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video

    “Problem” Music Video by Becky G Featuring will.i.am

    “I’m In Love With A Monster” Music Video by Fifth Harmony

    Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes, Filmmaker Commentary and More!

     

    Blu-ray™ and DVD include a digital code for movie and bonus materials as listed above, redeemable via Movies Anywhere for a limited time. Movies Anywhere is open to U.S. residents age 13+. Visit MoviesAnywhere.com for terms and conditions. 

     

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed By: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska

    Story By: Genndy Tartakovsky

    Screenplay By: Amos Vernon & Nunzio Randazzo and Genndy Tartakovsky

    Produced By: Alice Dewey Goldstone

    Executive Producers: Genndy Tartakovsky, Michelle Murdocca, Selena Gomez

    Cast: Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Brian Hull, Fran Drescher

    SPECS

    HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA

    Run Time: Approx. 88 Mins.

    Rating: PG: Some Action and Rude Humor Including Cartoon Nudity

    Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English & French (Doublé au Québec) – Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color

    DVD: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English & French (Doublé au Québec) – Audio Description Tracks Dolby Surround • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color 

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sonypictures 

    ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html 

     

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  • You can't wake up if you don't fall asleep - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 13, 2023

    Posted Sun Aug 13, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     "You can't wake up if you don't fall asleep" - Augie Steenbeck, Asteroid City.

     Probably the slowest week all year for 4K releases, but with the pace we have seen them, it's good to let our wallets recharge just a tad.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 11 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 13th - August 19th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     The new release this week is Babylon 5: The Road Home, a new movie based on the series from several decades ago. If you want to revisit the series on (blu-ray) disc though, you will need to wait until December.

     

     Hopefully this game is over with with Paramount. Produce a 'Paramount Presents' title that was mastered in 4K on blu-ray only, then a few months later, give us a 4K release. This week we see Roman Holiday get this treatment.

     

     Last week Warner Bros. released a basic edition for Enter the Dragon to the US market. This Friday you can get a Collector's Edition Import from Amazon. It's releases like this that echo the sentiments of Bill Hunt's article from last week.

     

     Next week, a new horror comedy from LionsGate with The Blackening, Hackers, Zorro, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     A blu-ray counterpart of Babylon 5: The Road Home is available this week.

     From Universal, Wes Anderson's latest, Asteroid City hits blu-ray.

     

     New thriller from LionsGate, Confidential Informant with Dominic Purcell and Mel Gibson.

     

     Criterion Collection this week has Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, a film set on the topic of Chinese-American life.

     After sitting on hold for quite some time, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania comes to us via Sony Pictures. Absent is the 4K sku that was originally listed on retailer sites. Is it coming, is it going to be only available via import? Sony, you just don't give us the third film in a franchise on 4K and forget the rest.

     

     Also from Sony this week, an action/comedy titled The Machine.

     

     Slow week for anime, highlights are for only The Life of Budori Gusuko and Parallel World Pharmacy.

     Another slow category this week, TV on disc. It includes just The Lincoln Lawyer: Season 1.

     

     Between Arrow Video and Shout Factory, you have probably been building your Shaw Brothers Collection. This week from Shout Factory, wait no more, it's Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Two.

     

     Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber's next set, Audie Murphy Collection III is available this week.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Here at HDD, we must acknowledge the passing of William Friedkin. Known for several A-List films, I'm sure The Exorcist and The French Connection most recently stick out for various reasons. Check out the article at Vanity Fair.

     Universal is continuing to double-dip us with what they call the Universal Essentials Collection. Already out are these special editions for Jurassic Park 4K and The Big Lebowski 4K, coming October 3rd are The Sting 4K and It Came from Outer Space - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + 3D. The latter is also getting a non-essentials release the same day. Also on October 3rd, Universal Classic Monsters: Limited Edition Collection. Although not an 'essentials' release, it still is a swag-filled edition that would look nice on our video walls.

     

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  • Jennifer Lawrence's No Hard Feelings Bound for Blu-ray August 29

    Posted Mon Aug 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM PDT by
    No Hard Feelings

    The outrageous R-rated comedy starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, and Matthew Broderick arrives on Blu-ray on August 29. Digital will be available on August 15.

    Maddie thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be a real challenge, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all.

    No Hard Feelings 

    No Hard Feelings 

    The Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include:

      • Outtakes & Bloopers
      • A Motley Crew: Meet the Characters
      • A Little Wrong: Making No Hard Feelings

    Pre-orders for No Hard Feelings on Blu-ray are now available and here is the full press release:


     ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING ACTRESS JENNIFER LAWRENCE SHINES IN AN OUTRAGEOUS COMING-OF-AGE COMEDY

    No Hard Feelings Blu-ray

    AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL AUGUST 15 AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD AUGUST 29

    Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award® in 2012 for Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook.

    Academy Award® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    SYNOPSIS

    Maddie thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be a real challenge, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all. 

      

    BLU-RAY™, DIGITAL, AND DVD

    • Special Features  

    o Outtakes & Bloopers

    o A Motley Crew: Meet the Characters

    o A Little Wrong: Making No Hard Feelings

    Blu-ray™ and DVD include a digital code for movie and bonus materials as listed above, redeemable via Movies Anywhere for a limited time. Movies Anywhere is open to U.S. residents age 13+. Visit MoviesAnywhere.com for terms and conditions.

      

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed by: Gene Stupnitsky

    Written by: Gene Stupnitksky & John Phillips

    Produced by: Alex Saks, Naomi Odenkirk, Marc Provissiero, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Ciarrocch

    Executive Producers: Kerry Orent, John Phillip

    Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, Matthew Broderick

    SPECS

    Run Time: Approx. 103 Mins.

    Rating: R: Sexual content, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use

    Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English- Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of the information in the above listing may not apply to Special Features.

    DVD: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec) - English - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of the information in the above listing may not apply to Special Features.

      

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Twitter: @SonyPicsHomeEnt

    Instagram: @SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment, @NoHardFeelingsMovie

    Facebook: facebook.com/SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment, @NoHardFeelingsMovie

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sonypictures

     

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  • You Made One Mistake. You Never Took My Car - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 6, 2023

    Posted Sun Aug 6, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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    "You made one mistake. You never took my car" - Dominic Toretto, Fast X, Part 1.

     This week a fast cars franchise comes to an end, well,  part one of a three part ending, or until they decide to make more! A couple of 4K upgrades including Bruce Lee's best known film, and sub-label MVD Rewind LaserVision Collection debuts its first title.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 10 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 6th - August 12th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     We start out the week with a Monday release, but this time it is not an import. The A24 shop has an over the top edition of Everything Everywhere All at Once. Do check it out, and if you plan on buying it follow this word of CAUTION. Make sure you have selected the edition you want (4K or blu-ray) before completing your checkout. Their shop is a bit quirky in the selection process and the version you intended to buy could be overlooked.

     

     On to Tuesday releases and leading the category as a new release is Fast X. Options include the Standard Edition, the Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and the Walmart Exclusive. And of course there is the complete collection (as of now) available as well. Target appears to be off target again as they are absent from the retailer exclusives 4K list.

         

     

     Getting a 4K upgrade from the Criterion Collection, Japanese drama/fantasy Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams.

     

     Another 4K upgrade from Warner Bros with Enter the Dragon. Will we get a 'Golden Harvest' type set like they did in the UK a couple of weeks ago? One can hope,  but if we don't get the set, we can at least get the rest of the films that are in it in 4K in that set, right? A collector's edition is available as an import (of course it is) on August 18th.

     

     The new sub-label MVD Rewind LaserVision Collection debuts this week with Swamp Thing. I have high hopes for this label, everything I have seen from the parent company over the years thus far has been very positive. Hard to believe my preorder was in April for this one.

     

     The latest double dip/but this time as a slipcover style SteelBook from Best Buy this week is Ender's Game.

     Next week, let's go on a Roman Holiday, let's revisit Babylon 5, a Cauldron title gets a general release, and a slew of Severin titles too!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles first, Everything Everywhere All at Once gets an A24 shop blu-ray (see caution note in the 4K category),  Fast X gets a Standard Edition, a Target Exclusive as well as a ten movie collection. And lastly, Swamp Thing gets an MVD Rewind Collection release.

     TV on disc includes 1923: A Yellowstone Origin Story: Season One and The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 9.

     

     MGM is offering a couple of titles that were done by various companies in the past, or maybe the first time to blu-ray, they are The Big Knife, Crooked Hearts and Go Tell the Spartans.

     You all know who you are, that is, Adam Sandler fans. Shout Factory has his 2000 film Little Nicky on blu-ray this week.

     

     For Anime, not much going on this week, but you can pick up One Piece - Collection 32 and/or One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Two.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Our friends at The Digital Bits (Bill Hunt specifically) has posted an article that echoes a lot of the same frustrations I myself and others have been talking and thinking a lot about in the past couple of years, and it has been getting worse more recently. A lot is mentioned on how the US market gets passed up for some excellent releases, and in general the half-assed releases we are reluctantly having to purchase. Let us also remember Disney's most recent move in discontinuing physical media in Australia. This sets bad precedent, hopefuly other companies do NOT follow suit.  Do check it out, it's a good read.

     Shout Factory has revealed their October slate. In no particular order, they are The Blob (1988) 4K, Pumpkinhead 4K, Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Two, Night Of The Demons 4K, Night Of The Demons 2, Night Of The Demons 3, Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time, Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time 4K Collector's Edition and Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Collection. As always, there is the possibility they will add more, usually anime, between now and then.

     Also do have a look see at the most recent Disc Round Up written by our own Tom Landy.

     

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  • The Boogeyman Creeps onto Blu-ray October 10th

    Posted Tue Aug 1, 2023 at 08:57 AM PDT by
    The Boogeyman (2023) - Blu-ray Stephen King

    Rob Savage's horror film The Boogeyman based on Stephen King's short story of the same name will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 10. The film will be available at digital retailers on August 29th.

    In this horror-thriller from the mind of Stephen King, two sisters — along with their therapist father — are reeling from their mother’s death. When a desperate patient comes to their home, he leaves behind a terrifying entity that feeds on its victims’ suffering.

    The Boogeyman 

    The Boogeyman 

    The Blu-ray + Digital release will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include: 

    • Into the Darkness Featurette – Open the door into the dark world of The Boogeyman as the cast and crew share how the terrifying tale, based on Stephen King's classic short story, was crafted.
    • Outtakes – It’s not all just jump scares and bumps in the night. Join the cast for some lighthearted fun in the outtakes.

    Pre-orders should be available soon and here is the full press release:


    .“A THRILLING STEPHEN KING ADAPTATION” – Jonathan Sim, Coming Soon

    The Boogeyman

    Be the first to watch The Boogeyman when it arrives exclusively on Digital August 29 and Blu-ray™ and DVD October 10

    Watch new spot here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_J276ZNi8c

    BURBANK, CA (August 1, 2023) – Relive your most terrifying childhood fears when The Boogeyman, “the scariest horror film of the year” (Matt Donato, IGN) arrives at digital retail including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Fandango/Vudu on August 29 and on Blu-ray and DVD October 10. Horror fans can add the film to their movie collection and access exclusive bonus features including a behind-the-scenes look into director Rob Savage’s vision for this frightening tale along with outtakes and more.

    Film Synopsis

    In this horror-thriller from the mind of Stephen King, two sisters — along with their therapist father — are reeling from their mother’s death. When a desperate patient comes to their home, he leaves behind a terrifying entity that feeds on its victims’ suffering.

    Bonus Features*

    • Into the Darkness Featurette – Open the door into the dark world of The Boogeyman as the cast and crew share how the terrifying tale, based on Stephen King's classic short story, was crafted.

    • Outtakes – It’s not all just jump scares and bumps in the night. Join the cast for some lighthearted fun in the outtakes.

    *Bonus features vary by product and retailer    

    Cast

    Sophie Thatcher as Sadie Harper

    Chris Messina as Will Harper

    Vivien Lyra Blair as Sawyer Harper

    Marin Ireland as Rita Billings

    Madison Hu as Bethany

    LisaGay Hamilton as Dr. Weller

    David Dastmalchian as Lester Billings

    Maddie Nichols as Natalie

    Leeann Ross as Cassidy

    Rio Machado as Anne

    Shauna Rappold as Cara Harper

    Cristala Carter as Detective Garland

    Directed by

    Rob Savage

    Written by

    Scott Beck

    Bryan Woods

    Mark Heyman

    Produced by

    Shawn Levy

    Dan Levine

    Dan Cohen

    Music by

    Patrick Jonsson

    Based on the short story

    “The Boogeyman” by Stephen King

    Product Specifications

    Release Date

    Digital: August 29

    Physical: October 10

    Product SKUs

    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code), DVD

    Feature Run Time

    Approx. 98 minutes

    Rating

    U.S. Rated PG-13

    * Rated PG-13 for terror, violent content, teen drug use and some strong language.

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 2.35:1

    Physical: 2.35:1

    Disc Size

    Blu-ray: 50GB

    DVD: 8.5GB

    U.S. Audio

    Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

    DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, English AD 2.0 Dolby, Spanish 5.1 Dolby, French 5.1 Dolby

    Digital: English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms), Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital

    U.S. Subtitles

    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

    Digital: English SDH, Spanish (some platforms), French (some platforms)

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  • Someday I'm Gonna Make Great Machines That Fly - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 30, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 30, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 backdrop

    "Someday I'm gonna make great machines that fly. And me and my friends are gonna go flying together, into the forever and beautiful sky" - Rocket Raccoon, GOTG3

     

     Just like that, July closes out and August begins. This week gives us Guardians of the Galaxy 3, James Dean, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Bueller.. Bueller.. Bueller and more.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 9 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 30th - August 5th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday begins with another Japanese Artwork Steelbook, this one is for The Meg. As Japanese Artwork Editions go, this is about the most non-Japanese Artwork Edtion looking cover thus far.

     

     And this one shows sold out, a StudioCanal Vintage Classics Line release for Cross of Iron. You may be able to find this on Amazon US, Diabolik DVD or have to resort to the secondary market.

     On to Domestic Tuesday, and the new release this week is for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This one is available as a Standard Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Walmart Exclusive.

     

     Catalog titles next, let's begin with 2 Guns from Universal Pictures. Quite an all star cast on this one, and just like last week's slate, more Bill Paxton (minus the chickens)! There is also a SteelBook that has been added at the last second (no, Universal never adds them at the last second!)

     

     If you are not a Disney Movie Club Member and did not shop the secondary market, Cinderella (1950) now gets a general release. This one is also available as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Bippety Boppety Boo!

     

     And another pair of "Disney 100" SteelBooks are also available this week from Best Buy with Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Frozen.

     Let's talk classic film, or rather, a pair of them. First we get East of Eden, which stars Julie Harris, James Dean and Raymond Massey. When it comes to an expert opinion, I cannot do this film justice, so follow our link, read David's review, then purchase it via our link.

     

     And next, follow the same workflow for Rio Bravo which stars John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. Read the review, make that purchase!

     

     Next, a cult classic from Shout Factory, Clive Barker's Nightbreed.

     

     This next one is sort of a double-dip, a release from the Universal Essentials Collection, The Big Lebowski: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition. Finally, a swag-filled set for a favorite film. And just like 2 Guns, a SteelBook has been added at the last second.

     

     Next week, Fast X, Swamp Thing, Enter the Dragon and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles include the (likely) region B locked import for Cross of Iron from StudioCanal and likely a region-free domestic release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 from Disney.

     I did mention it last week, this week's blu-ray calendar is an arid landscape. There are less than 10 actual previously unreleased skus.

     New release from Universal, not to be confused with that Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon film from decades ago with a similar title, we drop the word The and give you River Wild. Reading the synopsis of both, they do sound quite similar.

     

     Anime highlights include Black Summoner: The Complete Season and Vermeil in Gold - Complete Collection. Because we are really reaching, we will mention a few repackages here, Dragon Ball Z has new editions available; Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Season 8 and Season 9. And if you want the whole shebang in one box set, check out the Amazon Exclusive Set that is available too.

     

     How about a comedy/crime film with Tina Fey and Jon Hamm? Yeah, that would be Maggie Moore(s).

     From Shout Factory, Assault On Hill 400, a World War II based film.

     

     Import Friday features several Imprint Films Director Collections:

    Directed By… Sidney J. Furie (1970 – 1978) – Imprint Collection #231 – #235

    Directed By… Walter Hill (1975 – 2006) – Imprint Collection #164 – #169

    Film Focus: Gene Hackman (1970 – 1977) – Imprint Collection #236 – #239

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Arrow Video has revealed their October slate. For the USA/Canada, look for Witness in both both blu-ray and 4K editions, The Iron-Fisted Monk blu-ray and The Desperate Hours blu-ray. For the UK, Hellraiser: Quartet of Torment in blu-ray and 4K edition, as well as an Arrow Video store exclusive, and The House by the Cemetery, both blu-ray and 4K editions, and, yup, an Arrow Video store exclusive too/

     Paramount will be releasing Scream 3 as a 4K and 4K SteelBook, as well as a Scream 4K trilogy. Seeing as how we just bought Scream VI, hopefully the studio fills in the gaps to our 4K library.

     Universal will be releassing American Graffiti to 4K and 4K SteelBook on November 17th, shortly after a theatrical run.

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  • I Gotta Finish Feedin' These Chickens! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 23, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 23, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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     "Ray Malcolm? That's my brother's boy. I gotta finish feedin' these chickens. It's gettin' hot as hell around here at noontime." ( Old Man Malcolm - One False Move)

     If you are in the market for 4K titles, this week definitely has a few to pick from. From a new DC animated, we also get Needful Things, get married to an axe murderer, World War Z gets upgraded, more Bill Paxton and much more! Now if you are looking for blu-ray this week, prepare to deflate your wallet because there are close to 100 skus to pick from!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 8 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 23rd - July 29th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     As far as New Releases this week, Sony brings us a SteelBook of Resident Evil: Death Island.

     

     Next, we get another DC animated title from Warner Bros, Justice League: Warworld.

     

     Moving on to catalog titles, in alphabetical order (more or less) let's start with a horror titled Black Magic Rites from Powerhouse Films. Be aware that the blu-ray is delayed a month, I expect this to be delayed as well.

     From Vinegar Syndrome and their related partner labels, we get general releases of The Boogey Man, EffectsNight Screams and Undefeatable. Site exclusives of Gorgo and Terror at Tenkiller, which are only available direct from their site, and typically become general releases on Amazon and other merchants 2 months later.

     

     Another appreciated boutique label, Kino Lorber brings us Needful Things.

     

     

     Criterion Collection releases One False Move this week, a crime/thriller with Bill Paxton. Since Paxton's death, it's nice to see more of his films on disc, 4K no less!

     

     Sony Pictures has So I Married an Axe Murderer, a romcom thriller.

     

     Shout! Factory upgrades World War Z to 4K this week.

     

     Not quite a double-dip, Paramount releases The War of the Worlds (1953). This go round it's just the single film package with no bonus blu-ray for When World Collide.

     Next week, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, GOTG3, James Dean and Dean Martin classics, more Disney 100 SteelBooks, and so much more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases include Resident Evil: Death Island from Sony Pictures, Justice League: Warworld from Warner Bros, Needful Things from Kino Lorber and One False Move from Criterion.

     The remainder of this category is very crowded this week even when we omit any reissues. Doing our best to bring the highlights, the daunting task of where to begin starts now.

     Arrow Video presents Blood Money - Four Western Classics Vol. 2. No doubt another top rated presentation from Arrow.

     

     New sports documentary titled It Ain't Over. With a cast of Yogi Berra, Bob Costas, Billy Crystal, Joe Garagiola, Derek Jeter and Vin Scully, this one sounds interesting.

     Anime highlights include The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm, Animal Treasure Island, High School of the Dead Complete Collection, Iria: Zeiram the Animation, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Complete Collection and Sailor Moon S: Complete Third Season.

     

     TV on disc includes just Gangs of London: Season Two. Feast or famine is what this category is all about.

     Warner Archive Collection's primary drop of July titles is this week and the titles are The Broadway Melody (1929), Cimarron (1931), Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), The Fastest Gun Alive (1956), Helen of Troy (1956) and The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954).

     

     The general release for Robot Monster - 3-D is available this week.

     The next Vestron Video Collector's Series release, My Best Friend is a Vampire debuts to blu-ray this week via LionsGate.

     

     Honorable Mention: Barring any last second delay, Screen Media/Cinedigm has a special interest release that sounds intriguing, Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story.

     Next week in this category, a polar opposite. Aside from the reissues, there are probably less than ten titles.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Criterion Collection has announced their October 2023 slate, and although there are no Halloween themed movies, it is quite a list nonetheless. Check out the news story here.

     A24 has an over the top collector's edition for Everything Everywhere All at Once, both blu-ray and 4K releases with an August 7 street date. The A24 shop uses the same page for blu-ray and 4K versions, just be certain which version you are proceeding with before checking out.

     

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  • Gotta Get Down, Gotta Get Fungi! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 16, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM PDT by
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     With Prime Day in the rearview, and other retailers also having tried to get a piece of the pie, how well did you do? Yes, Movies and TV is my primary category on Prime Day, but Books, Toys and Games and Computers & Accessories always gets a look from me. You? Amazon announced they had their best Prime Day event ever.

     For 4K this week we get a most excellent Bruce Lee import, that Evil Dead Rise SteelBook I told you to wait for, TWO Criterion releases, and so much more.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 7 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 16th - July 22nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday new release begins with Evil Dead Rise in a SteelBook package, the US domestic release of a standard case edition was a couple of weeks ago.

     

     No waiting a couple of weeks for the SteelBook release of The Last of Us: The Complete First Season, and our links bring you over to Amazon UK.

     

     Import Catalog title of Bruce Lee at Golden Harvest should grab your attention. Some of Bruce Lee's finest work, all in 4K. At present, the US market is only getting Enter The Dragon in 4K on August 8th, and I really doubt the rest of these films will, so it might be wise to import this set. Alternately, the Arrow Video Store has their store exclusive set for purchase as well.

     Moving on to Domestic Tuesday,  there's one new release, HBO's The Last of Us: The Complete First Season. Best I can tell, there is no digital copy included in this set, so go with whichever case/cover art you prefer. It would be ironic that a TV series based on a video game would be played on a gaming console that the actual game is installed on. Be careful, you might cause dimensional paradox right there.

     

     Criterion Collection has Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, a new-wave crime film.

     

     TWO Criterion 4K releases the same week? Yup, next let's snatch The Ranown Westerns: Five Films Directed by Budd Boetticher, a collection of five Western films from director Budd Boetticher starring Randolph Scott. With the Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale going on right now, almost every one of these Criterion titles is half price at  B & N physical stores, online, and on Amazon.com as well.

     

     From Arrow Video, 2011's Martin Scorsese hit Hugo gets a 4K upgrade. This one has the 3D disc inside as well.

     

    Universal releases Les Misérables (2012). If you can figure out the formula in which Uni uses to determine which releases they do themselves and which ones Shout! Factory gets to do, you might be on to something, please let us know.

     

     Kino Lorber keeps cranking out what movie buffs want, this week William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A..

     

     Next week more Resident Evil, another DC animated, more Kino, more in general!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles include The Last of Us: The Complete First Season from HBO, Hugo 2D/3D from Arrow Video and To Live and Die in L.A. from Kino Lorber.

     Look for some fresh comedy from LionsGate titled Fool's Paradise.

     

     New romcom from Sony Pictures with Love Again.

     Delayed from a couple of weeks ago, Land of the Pharaohs is now available from Warner Archive. Reading David's review makes me chuckle, an exposed navel was considered obscene back then.

     

     TV on disc includes Moonhaven: Season One and South Park: Seasons 21-25.

     

     Anime highlights include The Devil Is a Part-Timer!: Season 2, Medaka Box (Seasons 1 & 2) Complete Collection and Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan.

     In the zero-day advance notice category (I'm sure you can tell I am talking about Universal again!), action/thriller Kandahar with Gerard Butler comes to blu-ray. Can't say for certain if this film merits a 4K disc, but undoubtedly the digital release will be 4K and in general, this type of movie would sell as a 4K disc.

     

     Honorable Mention: Kino's Audie Murphy Collection II is available this week.

     Next week, if you shop a lot of blu-rays, Tuesday alone currently has just under a hundred skus listed, prepare yourself!

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     East of Eden 4K and Rio Bravo 4K got moved to August 1st. Warner Bros has seemingly done this a fair amount of times for older catalog titles, no doubt for all the right reasons.

     Warner Bros has announced the 2023 film for The Flash to have a disc street date of August 29th.

     LionsGate has announced Tim Story's The Blackening to disc release on August 22.

     Although not officially announced, Fast X appears on track, on, track, for an August 8th street date. Expect an announcement by August 5th.

     Parts 4-7 of the Chucky movies have been pushed back a month to August 29.

     Last week, the SAG joined the WGA in a strike. How is this going to affect the entertainment industry in general?

     

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  • What's Your Favorite Scary Movie? - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 9, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 9, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Scream VI backdrop

     Won't exactly call it a return to normal, but after a holiday week, any sort of release schedule is much more normal than that. It's a tossup on whether Scream 6 or Sisu will be the 4K title of the week. I lean towards Sisu because that category generally gets more attention.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 6 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 9th - July 15th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     With no Imports Monday to report, thes get New Releases Tuesday first.

     From Paramount, Scream VI, which comes as a Standard Edition and as a SteelBook Edition.

     

     From LionsGate, Sisu, which comes as a Standard Edition and as a SteelBook, but the latter is a Best Buy Exclusive.

     

     Moving on to catalog releases, Criterion Collection releases After Hours, listed as a 'Dark' Comedy. And, The Watermelon Woman, which is in the romcom category.

     

     From Scream Factory, a horror titled The Burning.

     

     Closing out the 4K category this week, a few double-dips of sort. Invaders from Mars (1953) gets a standard release and both Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation get a SteelBook repackage.

     Next week, Bruce Lee imports, that Evil Dead Rise SteelBook I told you about, Les Mes, James Dean, John Wayne and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases include Scream VI from Paramount and Sisu from LionsGate for the new releases, and After Hours from Criterion for a catalog title. The double-dip/standard release of Invaders from Mars also is available this week.

     This week and next are pretty slow for blu-ray releases. Again, a good week to be a boutique label.

     New comedy/drama from LionsGate titled Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.. Not done with LionsGate yet, also look for Beau Is Afraid, which is a comedy/horror.

     

     From Sony Pictures Classics, Drama/Romance titled Carmen.

     Under the standard Sony label, based on the anime of the same name, Knights of the Zodiac gets a live action film. As a fan of the series, is a 4K import an option?

     

     A new comedy from Universal titled Book Club: The Next Chapter. Were there previous chapters?

     

     TV on disc includes just Doctor Who: Jon Pertwee: Complete Season Three.

     Collectors of the series from Kino Lorber should know that Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XV releases this week.

     There is practically no anime this week, what we do see are movies with One Piece Film: Red and Ranma ½ OVA & Movies Collection.

     

     A little bit of action from Vertical Entertainment with To Catch a Killer.

     Honorable Mention: Richard Pryor Double Feature is available this week and is currently the only way to get both Which Way Is Up? and 'The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings' on blu-ray. And if you were looking for White Noise 2, you can get it with another double feature from Mill Creek, White Noise / White Noise 2.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout Factory has revealed a slew of titles for September. In no particular order (except maybe from their social media account) they are Lost Souls, The Pack (1977), Night of the Comet 4K, My Demon Lover, My Bloody Valentine 4K, The Lost City of Z 4K, What's Love Got to Do with It?, Irwin Allen: Master of Disaster Collection, Natural Born Killers 4K and Lonely Castle in the Mirror. I would expect another anime title or two to be added, but this is still quite a list!

     Disney has revealed the release of The Little Mermaid (2023) for a date of September 19th. Keeping up with their usual formula, Best Buy SteelBook, Walmart Exclusive, and the best cover art among all the choices remains with the blu-ray edition.

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  • Is It Safe To Go Back Into The Water? 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 2, 2023

    Posted Sun Jul 2, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Jaws 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Universal Pictures Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Joseph Mascolo

     In the USA, there is a major holiday this week, which is pretty much why there are fewer releases, both in the 4K category and the blu-ray category. What are some of your favorite films or TV shows with July 4th / Independence Day in them? Uncle Sam and Independence Day are some obvious ones. Stranger Things 3 also revolved around this holiday.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 5 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 2nd - July 8th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     There are no new release titles and no notable imports this week.

     Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Jaws 2 debuts to 4K disc with a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

         

     

     Paramount Pictures delivers The Truman Show, perhaps one of Jim Carrey's better known films besides Ace Ventura or The Mask.

     

     Shout Factory upgrades another Universal Pictures film to 4K, this one coincidentally is titled, Upgrade.

     

     In the double-dip category, Paramount offers two existing films, but as collectible SteelBooks, Mission: Impossible - III and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

     Next week, a semi-normal week, with two major titles, Sisu and Scream 6, plus another Criterion 4K, and several other upgrades too!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     There are to blu-ray counterparts of the above titles this week. Actually, this entire category is nearly devoid of any activity.

     On a busier week we might pass right over this one, but it has Dolph Lundgren in it and we have the space. An action movie titled Come Out Fighting from Screen Media.

     

     Anime highlights include The Executioner and Her Way of Life Complete Collection, One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage One and Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum Movie Collection.

     

     Crime/Drama from Arrow Video titled Fighting Back.

     

     There is one added bonus this week. June's slate of Imprint Films releases is available on Amazon this Friday, here's what to look for:

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     With the Independence Day holiday this week in the US, last week's announcements were a bit slow. (Thus two UK companies with the biggest news)

     Arrow Video has revealed their September releases. For the US and Canada, look for Borsalino, Carlito's Way 4K, The Prodigal Son and Ringu 4K. If you don't mind importing 4K titles (or getting them from Diabolik), Blood and Black Lace gets a 4K, and a bit of a surprise, The Psycho Collection (1960-1990) gets a 4K set as well. I personally doubt that Universal will be doing 4K discs if the 3 sequels of Psycho, so this might be the set to get.

     Second Sight UK also has a couple of surprises for August, Crimes of the Future as a 4K Special Edition, and It Follows, as a 4K Special Edition too. We have also linked a standard edition release of the latter because there is no 4K disc option in the US.

     

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  • Rian Johnson's Smash Hit Poker Face: Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray on September 12

    Posted Mon Jun 26, 2023 at 10:08 AM PDT by
    Poker Face Rian Johnson Natasha Lyonne

    Peacock's hit mystery series from Rian Johnson with a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and starring Natasha Lyonne is headed for a Blu-ray-on-demand release on September 12.

    The star-studded mystery, directed by Rian Johnson (Knives Out), follows four-time Emmy® Nominee Natasha Lyonne’s "Charlie," who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.

    POKER FACE: SEASON ONE features amazing guest performances from Academy Award® nominee Hong Chau (The Whale), Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), four-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Judith Light (“Transparent”), Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry), three-time Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior), three-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Create Together), two-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Blake Nelson (Old Henry), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) and more.

    Poker Face: Season 1 - Blu-ray 

    Poker Face: Season 1 

    The 3-Disc Blu-ray set will include DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtracks and there doesn't appear to be any supplements. Here is the full press release:


    Certified Fresh with a 99% Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score!
     
    Street Date:               September 12, 2023

    Description:               POKER FACE: SEASON ONE arrives on DVD & Blu-ray September 12 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The star-studded mystery, directed by Rian Johnson (Knives Out), follows four-time Emmy® Nominee Natasha Lyonne’s "Charlie," who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.
     
    POKER FACE: SEASON ONE features amazing guest performances from Academy Award® nominee Hong Chau (The Whale), Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), four-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Judith Light (“Transparent”), Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry), three-time Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior), three-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Create Together), two-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Blake Nelson (Old Henry), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) and more.
     
    These three-disc sets include all ten episodes of season one.
     
    POKER FACE: SEASON ONE will also be available on Blu-ray manufactured on demand.
     
    DVD Specifications:
                                        Widescreen Format
                                        English 5.1 Dolby Digital
                                        English Audio Description    
                                        English SDH Subtitles
     
    Blu-ray Specifications:        
                                        1080p High Definition                                   
                                        English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio  
                                        English Audio Description    
                                        English SDH Subtitles
     
    U.S. Rating:               Not Rated
     
    Canadian Rating:     14A - Violence, Coarse Language
     
    Run Time:                 9 hrs 8 mins approx.

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  • They'll Swallow Your Soul! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 25, 2023

    Posted Sun Jun 25, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Evil Dead Rise Warner Bros. Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisher

     This week offers a mixed bag of titles, which might be just what the doctor ordered. Fun fact, the sound of a fly has been used in all of the Evil Dead films, Evil Dead Rise actually opens with that sound.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 4 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 25th - July 1st, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

     Too late for press time last week, Turbine Media Group releases three 4K media books for The Deep House. Still, check it out. They have other 4K titles in the works as well, Black Phone and Renfield among others. Why Universal isn't doing them, I couldn't really say.

     The new release this week is Evil Dead Rise from Warner Bros. There have been mixed reviews with this one. And if you want the shiny SteelBook, the USA has been snubbed again, seek overseas markets. There is a European SteelBook coming July 17th, as well as other editions elsewhere.

    Catalog releases next.  Got to thinking, what a missed opportunity. Waiting until this week to get Creepshow, especially when there is an episode titled "Father's Day." All he ever wanted was his cake! The episode I remember most is the one with the cockroaches, but I was rather young when I had seen this film. A little more comedy to the horror mix, also look for Motel Hell.

    When you think of classic Chevy Chase, no doubt you think of National Lampoon's Vacation (or the sequels). This one is available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. The US market was snubbed (again) for the Ultimate Collector's Edition, which releases on Import Monday.

     

     From Arrow Video, Kevin Smith's Mallrats. Next, even though Universal recently did their release, Arrow Video's 'fat pack' edition of Waterworld is available this week as well. A higher bit rate and a different mix of special features.

     

     Powerhouse Films' Indicator Series has Cold Eyes of Fear this week.

     

     SteelBooks of the first two films of the franchise, Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible - II are available this week.

     Standard Editions for Daughters of Darkness and Dead & Buried close out the category.

     Next week a Jaws sequel, an 'Upgrade,'  Truman Show, and more MI steels.

     

    Blu-ray releases

     And like the 4K category, just past press time for last week's shopping guide, Turbine Media Group announced several media books for the film Harry and the Hendersons.

     Blu-ray counterparts for the above category, one new release, one catalog release. Look for Evil Dead Rise from Warner Bros and Cold Eyes of Fear (Limited Edition) from Powerhouse Films.

     Warner Archive has been focusing most of their releases to street on the same week each given month, their June slate this week includes Angel Face, Caged!, Dangerous When Wet, The Damned Don't Cry and The Old Man and the Sea. Land of the Pharaohs got moved to July 18th.

     

     New bio/drama from Sony Pictures titled Big George Foreman. This man has touched several generations and the story itself sounds well worth a look.

     

     TV on disc has just one title this week, Tales of the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season.

     More Sandpiper Pictures releases with The Barefoot Contessa and The Secret of Santa Vittoria.

     Anime highlights are not so high this week, look for just Skeleton Knight in Another World: The Complete Season in this category. Yes, there are other fine anime releases, but they do not fit the right criteria for this guide.

     

     If you're not a Disney Movie Club Member and was forced to wait, Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 2 is now available to general release.

     Just a single sku from Criterion this week, but it is a collection of Italian films on 9-discs, Pasolini 101.

     Let's talk special interest. With a drought of 3D discs, no doubt you might want to consider Prison Girls 3D from Kino Lorber.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be released to 4K and blu-ray discs on August 1.

     I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is coming to 4K disc on September 26.

     

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  • Choose Your Avatar! - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 18, 2023

    Posted Sun Jun 18, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    Avatar: The Way of Water - 3D Blu-ray Review James Cameron

     Choose Your Avatar! At least that is what people in targeted campaigns on Facebook have been seeing. When I see it, I yell the 4K BD100 with Dolby Vision, but it's probably the answer they are looking for. If you are a 4K buyer, this week Avatar is gonna cost you around $70, if you are a little more hardcore collector of physical media, more like $200. Yes, there are a few other good catalog titles to ponder as well. Until the discs are in my hand though, Avatar is still just a mirage to me. I have seen pictures of The Way of Water in store backrooms already and my 3D copy has shipped, but not quite yet on the 4K SteelBook though.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 3 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 18th - June 24th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

     Which 4K discs are you getting this week and which SKUS of the Avatar films are they?

     The original Avatar (2009) is up as a first time to 4K disc. Hard to believe it goes way back to 2009.

     

     Avatar: The Way of Water is probably the reason we get the original film to 4K. The Way of Water is available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook edition, a Target Exclusive, and last but not least, a Walmart Exclusive. See the Blu-ray category for a pleasant surprise, a 3D edition as well.

        

     On to other films now, Paramount brings us Tom Cruise day with both a great classic The Firm, and well-known fantasy film, Vanilla Sky. Hard to resist not buying both.

     

     Keeping with releasing films in pairs, Kino Lorber brings us The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Ronin. Makes me wonder if The Manchurian Candidate (2004) will follow as Paramount has done the remakes on two other films so far where Kino Lorber did the original ones.

     

     Next week, a National Lampoon classic, Creepshow gets the 4K upgrade, Mallrats, Waterworld by Arrow Video and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles, Avatar: The Way of Water from 20th Century Studios, with what I consider a better cover art than the 4K version, and Ronin gets a Kino Lorber edition as well.

     

     Avatar: The Way of Water also gets a 3D blu-ray edition.

     

     Super slow week for anime, look for Aoashi - Season 1 Part 2 and Haikyu!! To The Top (Season 4) Premium Box Set.

     New Guy Ritchie action/thriller The Covenant comes to us via Warner Bros. No 4K in the states on this one.

     

     Catalog releases from MGM, Best Seller, City of Ghosts (2002), Diary of a Hitman, Golden Gate and Stormy Monday.

     Another short-notice release from Universal, the 2023 action/comedy Polite Society. (Most likely a not available at Walmart release, again. Not sure what determines if a new Uni release will be available there).

     

     Pair of Criterion Collection releases Medicine for Melancholy, a "lo-fi" drama/romance, and The Servant, a film of the drama category.

     TV on disc this week includes just Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16. I would certainly buy seasons 1-15 if they offered it!

     Arrow Video has Japanese action/thriller The Game Trilogy.

     Honorable Mention (?) -  Dinosaurs are always hot, this week Well Go USA has I Am T-Rex. It looks worth a gander in my book.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Archive's next batch, Cowboys & Aliens 4K as well as Kill Bill 4K and Kill Bill 2 4K, check out the news story here.

     Roman Holiday is getting a 4K release on August 15th. Hustle & Flow is getting a 'Paramount Presents' 4K release on August 29th. How about a 'Paramount Presents' 4K of Roman Holiday? Feel like Days of Thunder again!

     Criterion Collection's September slate includes FOUR 4K titles, including The Princess Bride! That leaves the 4K restoration of La Bamba available as a blu-ray only, but hey even so, I might have to buy every title in September. Goodbye wallet, it's been nice knowing you.

     

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  • How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything (Marquis, JW4) - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 11, 2023

    Posted Sun Jun 11, 2023 at 09:00 AM PDT by
    John Wick 4 Highdef Digest Lionsgate Keanu Reeves

     What a great quote (above) from John Wick 4. And there ain't no doubt about it, this week John Wick 4 will decimate the charts. With so many skus available though, there probably will not be a clear winner of which sku (always a safe bet with the standard release). On the other hand, maybe you waited for Insidious, Rain Man or Time Bandits. Why not get all four?

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 2 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 11th - June 17th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday first, if you did not opt for the excellent A24 shop release, Arrow Video has it in one of their limited editions, I am referring to Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse.

     

     So, it was bound to happen, it did happen, a certain studio in the habit of officially announcing a release literally a week before street date, which then causes mass confusion, especially when the actual boxes that were shipped to retailers had a different date (6/6) than the official date (6/13). Am referring to The Super Mario Bros. Movie, on June 6th Universal announced it for a June 13th release. Literally every B&M store out there already had it on the shelves for sale ON 6/6. How dare they follow what the box says!

     Alrighty then, the new release that will sell oodles of copies among all the various skus is John Wick 4 from LionsGate. A run down of all the choices available, a Standard Edition, an Amazon Exclusive Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive and a Walmart Exclusive. Absent (again) from the 4K category is the Target Exclusive, how 2006 of them.

        

     

     If you missed out on the Limited Edition SteelBook, Paramount/CBS has Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season One as a standard edition this week.

     Moving on to catalog titles. First from the MVD Marquee Collection, after several street date pushbacks, it looks like Rain Man really is coming out on Tuesday.

     

     From Criterion, a 4K upgrade for Time Bandits. Before you pounce on this though, there is one small thing to consider, the Arrow UK import that is coming out on August 28th. Likely the same transfer, just in a different package and with a little bit of swag.

     

     Although originally listed for next week, the beginning of a franchise with Sony Pictures'/James Wan's SteelBook of Insidious. I hope that some day yesterday that Blumhouse will jump on the 4K disc bandwagon. Some day.

     

     From Dark Star, a 1981 horror titled Scream, aka The Outing.

     Next week, it will be all about the two Avatar movies. Yes there are a couple of decent catalog titles coming too, but they will certainly be in the shadows.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles, John Wick 4 gets a standard edition release, and Target sticks to blu-ray for their retailer exclusiveRain Man also is available via MVD. If you can handle region locked titles, Arrow Video's Limited Edition release of The Lighthouse also gets a blu-ray edition.

     It's bound to happen regularly, in a short announcement window, Universal Pictures releases the sports drama Sweetwater this week.

     

     New comedy from Sony Pictures titled The Man from Toronto. In the horror/thriller category, The Pope's Exorcist, maybe you have heard of Russell Crowe?

     

     Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 15 (The Otsutsuki Awaken), Made In Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Complete Collection, My Senpai is Annoying, available as a standard edition and a limited edition, and Spy x Family Season 1 Part 1.

     

     TV on disc this week includes Parenthood: The Compete Series and Quantum Leap: Season One.

     LionsGate's action/thriller of the week is titled One Ranger.

     

     Next batch of Indicator Series releases with From Hollywood to Heaven: The Lost and Saved Films of the Ormond Family and Mexico Macabre: Four Sinister Tales from the Alameda Films Vault, 1959-1963.

     Sandpiper Pictures, known for rereleasing out of print Twilight Time titles, is releasing Lawman, One Man's Hero and Scorpio.

     Competing with Shawscope (Arrow Video), Shout Factory this week releases Shaw Brothers Classics: Volume One.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     (Berry Gordy's) The Last Dragon will be coming to 4K SteelBook on September 19th.

     Sisu has been finalized for blu-ray and 4K disc with a July 11th street date.

     Ferris Bueller's Day Off arrives to 4K disc on August 1st.

     

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  • Ari Aster's Twisted Beau Is Afraid Starring Joaquin Phoenix Hits Blu-ray on July 11

    Posted Tue Jun 6, 2023 at 02:46 PM PDT by
    Beau is Afraid Lionsgate Poster Joaquin Phoenix Ari Aster

    Ari Aster's latest film starring Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, Emmy winner Nathan Lane, and Emmy nominee Patti LuPone will debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 11.

    Read our review of Beau is Afraid HERE.

    A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer/director Ari Aster.

    Beau Is Afraid - Blu-ray

    Beau Is Afraid 

    No 4K planned at the moment, but it's a safe bet that A24 Shop will probably have one of their deluxe book sets coming down the pipe sometime soon. For now, the Blu-ray combo pack will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and Finally Home: Making Beau Is Afraid.

    Order your copy today and here is the full press release:


    Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital / DVD Street Date: 7/11/23
    Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital SRP: $39.99
    DVD SRP: $29.96

     
    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
    Ari Aster’s third film collaboration with A24, Beau Is Afraid arrives on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital and DVD July 11 from A24 and Lionsgate. Writer and director Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) creates another unsettling story, starring Academy Award® winner Joaquin Phoenix (2020, Best Actor, Joker), Primetime Emmy® winner Nathan Lane (2022, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Only Murders in the Building”), and Primetime Emmy® nominee Patti LuPone (1998, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Frasier”). Beau Is Afraid will be available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, and $29.96 for DVD.
     
    OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
    A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer/director Ari Aster.
     
    BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURE:
    Finally Home: Making Beau Is Afraid
     
    CAST
    Joaquin Phoenix                       Her, Joker, Gladiator, The Master
    Nathan Lane                             The Producers, Mousehunt, TV’s “Only Murders in the Building”
    Patti LuPone                             Driving Miss Daisy, TV’s “Penny Dreadful,” “American Horror Story”
    Parker Posey                            Superman Returns, Dazed and Confused, Scream 3
    Amy Ryan                                 Gone Baby Gone, Birdman, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
     
    Trailer:
    https://youtu.be/PuiWDn976Ek
     
    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Year of Production: 2023
    Title Copyright: Beau Is Afraid © 2023 Mommy Knows Best LLC, UAAP LLC and IPR.VC Fund II KY. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2023 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: New Release
    Rating: R
    Genre: Thriller, Action/Adventure, Comedy
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
    Run Time: 179 Minutes
    Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 (1.85) Presentation
    Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, English Descriptive Audio
    DVD Format: 16x9 (1.85) Presentation
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