• Paramount Cracks 'Knuckles' For A Blu-ray, LE Blu-ray SteelBook, & 4K UHD "MOD" Release on 09/10

    Posted Mon Jun 24, 2024 at 05:09 PM PDT by
    Knuckles - Paramount+ Series coming to Blu-ray, Blu-ray SteelBook, and 4K UHD

    Paramount+ and SEGA of America's six-episode live-action event series Knuckles is coming to Blu-ray and limited edition Blu-ray SteelBook on September 10. Knuckles will also be available on 4K UHD "manufactured on demand".

    Knuckles expands the “Cinematic World of Sonic the Hedgehog,” executive produced by Idris Elba, Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Jeff Fowler, John Whittington, Haruki Satomi, Shuji Utsumi and Toru Nakahara.

    KNUCKLES takes place between the films SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 and follows Knuckles (Idris Elba) on a hilarious and action-packed journey of self-discovery as he agrees to train Wade (Adam Pally) as his protege and teach him the ways of the Echidna warrior. Featuring appearances by Ben Schwartz as Sonic, Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Tails and Tika Sumpter (Maddie), the ensemble cast also includes Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Rory McCann (Game of Thrones), Cary Elwes (Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), and Paul Scheer (Black Monday). This collection includes every episode along with an exclusive gag reel, and more! .

    Knuckles - Blu-ray
    Knuckles
     

    Knuckles - Blu-ray SteelBook
    Knuckles [SteelBook]
     

     

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    • Gag Reel
    • “Meet the Cast” Featurette
    • “Working with Knuckles” Featurette
    • “This or That?” Featurette
    • “Cast Impressions” Featurette

    The releases will also include Dolby Atmos soundtracks and can pre-order Knuckles now and included below is the press announcement:


    FROM THE CINEMATIC WORLD OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 

    KNUCKLES ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 10 ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY STEELBOOK® 

    Go Behind The Scenes With Special Features, 

    Including An Exclusive Gag Reel and More!



    LOS ANGELES – June 24, 2024 – “Ridiculously funny with a ton of heart” (Ryan Leston, IGN), the six-episode live-action event series KNUCKLES arrives on DVD, Blu-ray™ and a Limited Edition Blu-ray™ Steelbook® on September 10, 2024 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The KNUCKLES DVD and Blu-ray™ feature a never-before-seen gag reel and four featurettes, including “Meet the Cast,” “Working with Knuckles,” “This or That?” and “Cast Impressions.”

    KNUCKLES will also be available on 4K Ultra HD™, manufactured on demand.

    SYNOPSIS

    KNUCKLES takes place between the films SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 and follows Knuckles (Idris Elba) on a hilarious and action-packed journey of self-discovery as he agrees to train Wade (Adam Pally) as his protege and teach him the ways of the Echidna warrior. Featuring appearances by Ben Schwartz as Sonic, Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Tails and Tika Sumpter (Maddie), the ensemble cast also includes Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Rory McCann (Game of Thrones), Cary Elwes (Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), and Paul Scheer (Black Monday). This collection includes every episode along with an exclusive gag reel, and more! 

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    • Gag Reel

    • “Meet the Cast” Featurette

    • “Working with Knuckles” Featurette

    • “This or That?” Featurette

    • “Cast Impressions” Featurette

    A Paramount+ Original, from Paramount Pictures and SEGA of America, KNUCKLES is the first TV series in the expanding “Cinematic World of Sonic the Hedgehog,” executive produced by Idris Elba, Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Jeff Fowler, John Whittington, Haruki Satomi, Shuji Utsumi and Toru Nakahara.

    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide.  The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

    Specifications:

    Blu-ray™ Specifications:

    Blu-ray: 1 Disc

    Video: 1080p High Definition

    Aspect Ratio: Widescreen

    Audio: English Dolby Atmos; English, French & German 5.1 Surround Dolby Digital AC3

    Subtitles: English SDH, French & German

    DVD Specifications:

    DVD: 2 Discs

    Video: Standard Definition

    Aspect Ratio: Widescreen

    Audio: English 5.1 Surround Dolby Digital AC3

    Subtitles: English SDH

    4K UHD Specifications:

    4K UHD: 1 Disc

    Audio: English Dolby Atmos; English 5.1 Surround Dolby Digital AC3

    Subtitles: English SDH

    U.S. Rating:  Not Rated

    Canadian Rating:  G

    Run Time:  3:00:00

    Created for Television by JOHN WHITTINGTON and TOBY ASCHER 

    Written by JOHN WHITTINGTON (episodes 101, 102, 106)

    Written by BRIAN SCHACTER (episodes 103, 105)

    Written by JAMES MADEJSKI (episode 104) 

    Directed by JEFF FOWLER (episode 101)

    Directed by GED WRIGHT (episode 102)

    Directed by BRANDON TROST (episode 103)

    Directed by JORMA TACCONE (episode 104)

    Directed by CAROL BANKER (episodes 105 & 106)

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  • Sony's 'Tarot' Foresees Itself Coming to Blu-ray on July 9th

    Posted Mon Jun 24, 2024 at 02:49 PM PDT by
    Tarot - Blu-ray Physical Media Announcement

    Sony is preparing to alter the fate of the future by releasing the horror film Tarot on Blu-ray on July 9 which will include a digital copy. 

    Doesn't look like there are any plans for a 4K UHD, but who knows what the cards will hold down the road?

    The PG-13 horror flick is written and directed by Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg and you can check out an extended preview here:

    When a group of friends recklessly violates the sacred rule of Tarot readings – never use someone else’s deck – they unknowingly unleash an unspeakable evil trapped within the cursed cards. One by one, they come face to face with fate and end up in a race against death to escape the future foretold in their readings..

    Tarot
    Tarot
     


    BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL EXTRAS

    • A Twist of Fate: Making the Film
    • Circle of Friends
    • Killer Outtakes

    You can pre-order Tarot on Blu-ray now and included below is Sony's press announcement:

     


    YOUR FATE IS IN THE CARDS…
    EXPERIENCE THE HORROR ON BLU-RAY!
    AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™AND DVD JULY 9

    WATCH EXTENDED PREVIEW
    SYNOPSIS
    When a group of friends recklessly violates the sacred rule of Tarot readings – never use someone else’s deck – they unknowingly unleash an unspeakable evil trapped within the cursed cards. One by one, they come face to face with fate and end up in a race against death to escape the future foretold in their readings.
    DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
    BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL EXTRAS
    • A Twist of Fate: Making the Film
    • Circle of Friends
    • Killer Outtakes
    Blu-ray™ & 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
    Written and Directed by: Spenser Cohen & Anna Halberg
    Produced by: Leslie Morgenstein, Elysa Koplovitz Dutton, Scott Glassgold
    Executive Producers: Andrew Pfeffer, Scott Strauss, Anna Halberg, Spenser Cohen
    Cast: Harriet Slater, Adain Bradley, Avantika, Wolfgang Novogratz, Humberly González, Larsen Thompson, and Jacob Batalon

    SPECS
    Run Time: Approx. 92 minutes
    Rating: PG-13 for horror violence, terror, bloody images, some strong language and drug content


    Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec) 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish, English & French (Doublé au Québec) Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.
    DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Double au Quebec), Spanish, English Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital, French (Double au Quebec) Audio Description Track Dolby Surround • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.

     
    FOR MORE INFORMATION
    X: @SonyPicsHomeEnt
    Instagram:@SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment
    Facebook: facebook.com/SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sonypictures 

     
    ABOUT SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony 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, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html

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  • Cage and Scorsese's 'Bringing out the Dead' Rescues a Paramount Presents 4K UHD & Blu-ray Release 9/17

    Posted Mon Jun 24, 2024 at 09:20 AM PDT by
    Bringing out the Dead - Paramount Presents 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    One of Martin Scorsese's wildest films of the 90s featuring a gleefully unhinged Nicolas Cage is coming to 4K UHD & Blu-ray. A notable box office miss, the film has grown something of a cult following over the years. But sadly, it's only been available on DVD. That all changes this September. 

    While this press release was a bit vague about the specs, we do know Bringing out the Dead will debut with a new Atmos audio mix. Nothing is mentioned about the HDR grade but since this is Paramount, expect Dolby Vision as well. We'll also be getting some impressive bonus features to dig through! In the meantime, we've put in requests for more information and we'll update listings as it comes in ASAP.

    Bringing out the Dead - Paramount Presents 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

     

    Director Martin Scorsese’s gripping and fiery masterpiece BRINGING OUT THE DEAD celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and Paramount Home Entertainment is marking the occasion by releasing the newly remastered film for the first time ever on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on September 17, 2024.

    Hailed as “an ecstatic sensory experience” (San Francisco Examiner), “intense, volatile” (New York Times), and “savage and sorrowing” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), BRINGING OUT THE DEAD debuted on October 22, 1999 and marked the fourth collaboration between Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull).  Nicolas Cage gives a riveting performance as a Manhattan paramedic barely clinging to sanity over the course of three chaotic nights.  The film also stars Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, and Tom Sizemore.

    Newly remastered from the original camera negative, this exceptional new release was reviewed by Scorsese, cinematographer Robert Richardson, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker.  Arriving as part of the Paramount Presents line, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD is presented in a must-own two-disc set that includes the film on 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Atmos® and on Blu-ray, along with a wealth of new bonus content, including new interviews with Scorsese, Cage, Schrader, and Richardson, plus archival on-set interviews with Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore, and Marc Anthony.  The release also includes access to a Digital copy of the film.  New and legacy bonus content included on the Blu-ray Disc is detailed below.

    NEW Bonus Content:

    • FILMMAKER FOCUS – MARTIN SCORSESE ON BRINGING OUT THE DEAD 
      Visionary filmmaker Martin Scorsese shares stories behind the production, touching on casting, shooting in New York City, and the music and art that inspired his approach. 
    • A RUMINATION ON SALVATION – NICOLAS CAGE ON BRINGING OUT THE DEAD 
      Academy Award® winner* Nicolas Cage relates tales of wild nights in New York City, his cerebral approach to his character, and his time with Scorsese prior to shooting. 
    • CEMETERY STREETS – SCREENWRITER PAUL SCHRADER ON BRINGING OUT THE DEAD 
      Legendary screenwriter Paul Schrader talks about adapting author Joe Connelly’s novel, how traveling with real paramedics informed his writing, and his creative partnership with Scorsese. 
    • CITY OF GHOSTS – CINEMATOGRAPHER ROBERT RICHARDSON ON BRINGING OUT THE DEAD 
      Frequent Scorsese collaborator and Academy Award® winning** cinematographer Robert Richardson opens up about shooting Bringing Out the Dead and how the film personally resonated with him.
    • ON SET WITH PATRICIA ARQUETTE 
      Actress Patricia Arquette reflects on working with Nicolas Cage, the creative openness of director Martin Scorsese, and how her own background allowed for a personal understanding of her character. 
    • ON SET WITH JOHN GOODMAN 
      Actor John Goodman talks about the intensity of portraying a paramedic, working with Nicolas Cage, and the honor of appearing in a Martin Scorsese film. 
    • ON SET WITH VING RHAMES 
      Actor Ving Rhames shares how Martin Scorsese’s New York City differs from his personal experience and how his character relates to Nicolas Cage’s character. 
    • ON SET WITH TOM SIZEMORE 
      Actor Tom Sizemore celebrates the opportunity to appear in Bringing Out the Dead and reflects on how life is full of surprises. 
    • ON SET WITH MARC ANTHONY 
      Actor Marc Anthony shares how he turned witnessing real-life hardship on the streets of New York City into an unforgettable performance. 
    • Legacy Bonus Content
      • EXCLUSIVE CAST AND CREW INTERVIEWS
      • THEATRICAL TRAILERS

     

    Synopsis
    Nicolas Cage is Frank Pierce, a paramedic on the brink of madness. Patricia Arquette is the daughter of a man Frank tried to save. Together, they’ll need to confront the ghosts of the past to discover redemption among the living. The powerhouse supporting cast includes John Goodman, Ving Rhames, and Tom Sizemore.

    BRINGING OUT THE DEAD is rated R for gritty violent content, drug use, and language

    *1996, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas

    **1992, Best Cinematography, JFK; 2005, Best Achievement in Cinematography, The Aviator; 2012, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Hugo

    This release isn't up for pre-order yet, but we expect it to be shortly. Happy collecting!

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  • Ishana Night Shyamalan's 'The Watchers' Creeps Out 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 08/27

    Posted Fri Jun 21, 2024 at 10:05 AM PDT by
    The Watchers Warner Brothers

    Warner Brothers has announced Ishana Night Shyamalan's directorial debut The Watchers for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on August 27. Digital will be available June 28.

    The fantasy thriller stars Dakota Fanning, Georgina Campbell, Olwen Fouéré and Oliver Finnegan and is produced by M. Night Shyamalan. The film is based on the 2022 novel by A.M. Shine.

    This forest isn't charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its tree line. Mina's is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams. Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn't reach the bunker in time. Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers, and why are they keeping the humans imprisoned, keen to watch their every move..

    The Watchers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    The Watchers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    The Watchers - Blu-ray 

    The Watchers 

    The cover art has yet to be revealed, but both releases include Dolby Atmos and the following supplements:  

    • Welcome to the Show: The Making of The Watchers
    • Creating The Watchers
    • Constructing the Coop
    • Ainriochtán and the Irish Fairy Folklore 
    • Deleted Scene – Lair of Love 

    You can pre-order The Watchers now and included below is the press announcement:


    "Deliciously creepy”

    “Perfect blend of a thriller and fantasy”

    Joseph Deckelmeier / ScreenRant

     

     

    THE WATCHERS

     

    Feature Film Directorial Debut from Ishana Night Shyamalan Arrives for

    Premium Digital Ownership and Rental on June 28

     

    4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on August 27

     

     

    Burbank, CA, June 21, 2024 – Prepare to be on the edge of your seat when Ishana Night Shyamalan’s feature film directorial debut, The Watchersfrom New Line Cinema arrives for purchase and rental Digitally at home on June 28. The film will also be available to purchase on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 27. From producer M. Night Shyamalan, The Watchers is written for the screen and directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan, and is based on the 2022 novel by A.M. Shine.

    • On June 28, The Watchers will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies, including Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Fandango At Home, and more.

     

    • On August 27, The Watchers will be available to own on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD. The Watchers will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

     

    The Watchers follows Mina, a 28-year-old artist who gets stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland. When Mina finds shelter, she unknowingly becomes trapped alongside three strangers that are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night.

     

    The Watchers stars Dakota Fanning (RipleyOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood), Georgina Campbell (BarbarianSuspicion), Olwen Fouéré (The NorthmanThe Tourist) and Oliver Finnegan (Creeped OutOutlander). The film is produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan and Nimitt Mankad. The executive producers are Jo Homewood and Stephen Dembitzer.

     

     

    DIGITAL, 4K AND BLU-RAY ELEMENTS

    The Watchers Premium Digital Ownership, 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

    • Welcome to the Show: The Making of The Watchers
    • Creating The Watchers
    • Constructing the Coop
    • Ainriochtán and the Irish Fairy Folklore 
    • Deleted Scene – Lair of Love

     

    BASICS

     

    Premium Digital Ownership: June 28, 2024

    4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: August 27, 2024

     

    4K Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

    4K Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Parisian French

    BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

    BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Parisian French

    DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

    DVD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Parisian French

     

    Running Time: 102 minutes

    Rating: PG-13 for violence, terror and some thematic elements

     

    DVD: DLBY/DGTL

    Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

    4K UHD: ATMOS TrueHD

     

     

    SYNOPSIS

    This forest isn't charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its tree line. Mina's is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams. Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn't reach the bunker in time. Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers, and why are they keeping the humans imprisoned, keen to watch their every move.

     

    THE CREDITS

    From producer M. Night Shyamalan comes The Watchers, written for the screen and directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan and based on the novel by A.M. Shine. The film follows Mina, a 28-year-old artist, who gets stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland. When Mina finds shelter, she unknowingly takes her place alongside three strangers who are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night.

     

    You can’t see them, but they see everything.

     

    The Watchers stars Dakota Fanning (RipleyOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood), Georgina Campbell (BarbarianSuspicion), Olwen Fouéré (The NorthmanThe Tourist) and Oliver Finnegan (Creeped OutOutlander). The film is produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan and Nimitt Mankad. The executive producers are Jo Homewood and Stephen Dembitzer.

     

    Joining writer/director Shyamalan behind-the-camera are director of photography Eli Arenson (LambHospitality), production designer Ferdia Murphy (LolaFinding You), editor Job ter Burg (BenedettaElle) and costume designer Frank Gallacher (SebastianAftersun). The music is by Abel Korzeniowski (Till, The Nun), and the music supervisor is Susan Jacobs (OldCruella).

     

    New Line Cinema presents A Blinding Edge Pictures / Inimitable Pictures Production, A Film By Ishana Night Shyamalan, The Watchers. The film is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

     

     

    About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels, and through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales. WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

     

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  • Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Blu-ray Coming July 9th Pre-Orders Up

    Posted Thu Jun 20, 2024 at 10:44 AM PDT by
    Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Blu-ray

    Anime Ltd. and Shout Factory will be bringing Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 to Blu-ray in a special collection on July 29th.

    The 3-disc Blu-Ray collection includes all 12 episodes of the first season along with a variety of collectibles including a 100-page artbook, 4 art cards, a 11.7” x 16.5” poster and insightful bonus features.

    Bringing together again director Kenji Kamiyama and studio Production I.G in Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, Major Motoko Kusanagi and her Section 9 crew embark upon a brand-new investigation in this cybernetic world of conspiracy and political intrigue.

    Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 - Blu-ray

    Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 

    Bonus Content for GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045

    • 100-Page Artbook
    • 4 Art Cards
    • 11.7” x 16.5” Poster
    • Behind-the-Scenes Content
    • CG Breakdown
    • Interviews
    • Trailer Collection
    • Clean Opening & Closing

    Pre-orders for Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 are now available and here is the full press release:


    FROM THE FAMED STUDIOS PRODUCTION I.G. AND SOLA DIGITAL ARTS

     

    GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045

     

    HITS NORTH AMERICAN HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES IN A SPECTACULAR 3-DISC BLU-RAY™ SET 

    FEATURING THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, A 100-PAGE ARTBOOK, 4 ART CARDS AND MORE!

     

    OWN IT JULY 29, 2024

    Pre-Order is Now Available on ShoutFactory.com

    Get in on the action as Ghost in The Shell: SAC_2045, the Production I.G. (Haikyu!, Attack on Titan) and Sola Digital Arts (ULTRAMAN) cyberpunk anime series makes its North American Blu-Ray™ debut in select e–commerce stores from Anime Limited, distributed by Shout! Studios. Originally based on the 1980s manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow, this latest revisit to the long-running series brings viewers to the franchise now set in a future with super-advanced technology and for the first time ever in full CG animation.

     

    Bringing together again director Kenji Kamiyama and studio Production I.G in Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, Major Motoko Kusanagi and her Section 9 crew embark upon a brand-new investigation in this cybernetic world of conspiracy and political intrigue.

     

    Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will take its place on North American home entertainment shelves on July 29, 2024. The striking set treats fans to all 12 episodes of the first season in a 3-disc Blu-Ray™ collection and houses must-have collectibles including a 100-page artbook, 4 art cards, a 11.7” x 16.5” poster and insightful bonus features! Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and select participating online stores.

    Link to the pre-order page: https://shoutfactory.com/products/ghost-in-the-shell-sac_2045

    Bonus Content for GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045

    • 100-Page Artbook
    • 4 Art Cards
    • 11.7” x 16.5” Poster
    • Behind-the-Scenes Content
    • CG Breakdown
    • Interviews
    • Trailer Collection
    • Clean Opening & Closing

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  • Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Reigns Over 4K UHD, SteelBook, and Blu-ray on August 27

    Posted Thu Jun 20, 2024 at 08:37 AM PDT by
    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - Blu-ray - 4K UHD - SteelBook

    Wes Ball's acclaimed Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes starring Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Kevin Durand, Peter Macon, William H. Macy continues the epic franchise arriving on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on August 27. The release will also be available in a 4K UHD SteelBook.

    The science fiction epic set "generations before Caesar's reign" will not only also be available on Digital on July 9, the 4K UHD packages will include “Inside the Lens: The Raw Cut,” a full-length alternative cut with a split-screen comparison between the final cut of the film and a version with unfinished VFX with optional audio commentary by director Wes Ball, editor Dan Zimmerman and VFX supervisor Erik Winquist. The never-before-seen alternate cut gives fans a unique opportunity to see the actors’ performances before the visual effects were completed.

    Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise with this action-adventure spectacle from 20th Century Studios. Set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, apes are living harmoniously as the dominant species — and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - Blu-ray 

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes 

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (LE SteelBook)
    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (LE SteelBook)
     

    The 4K UHD packages include Dolby Atmos.  Bonus Features* (may vary by retailer):


    Documentary

    • Inside the Forbidden Zone: Making Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes: Join director Wes Ball, cast and crew as they expand the Planet of the Apes legacy for a new generation. Travel to the outdoor production in Australia, train at Ape School, and discover the practical and motion capture techniques in building a breathtaking Kingdom.
    • 14 Deleted/Extended Scenes with optional audio commentary by director Wes Ball

     

    You can pre-order Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes any day now and included below is the press announcement:


    THE SUMMER EPIC HIT, KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, REIGN CONTINUES

    Be The First To Watch at Home When 20th Century Studios’ Impressive Action-Adventure Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Becomes Available to Buy at Digital Retailers on July 9 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 27

     

    The 4K Ultra HD Package Contains Over 3 Hours of Content Plus An Alternate Cut of the Movie

     

    Link To Trailer: HERE

     

    BURBANK, CA (June 20, 2024) – The fate of the world is at stake when 20th Century Studios’ Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes arrives to digital retailers (Prime Video, Apple TV and Fandango at Home) on July 9 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 27. Director Wes Ball’s stunning new entry into the Planet of the Apes series has been heralded by critics as “a jaw-dropping spectacle” (Matt Neglia, Next Big Picture) and “a visual masterpiece” (Mark Hughes, Forbes). It is Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™ and has thrilled audiences worldwide, becoming one of the biggest global box office successes of the year and marking the beginning of a new era for the epic Planet of the Apes franchise.

     

    Set generations after Caesar’s reign in a world where apes are the dominant species, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes follows an ape named Noa and a human named Mae as they emerge to define the future of how apes and humans will coexist.

     

    Fans can delve deeper into the franchise on 4K UHD editions with “Inside the Lens: The Raw Cut,” a full-length alternative cut with a split-screen comparison between the final cut of the film and a version with unfinished VFX with optional audio commentary by director Wes Ball, editor Dan Zimmerman and VFX supervisor Erik Winquist. The never-before-seen alternate cut gives fans a unique opportunity to see the actors’ performances before the visual effects were completed.

     

    The 4K UHD also arrives in a collectible limited edition SteelBook® with custom artwork by artist Dylan Cole. Finally, fans will have a chance to bring home the entire Planet of the Apes saga on Digital at select retailers. A special Planet of the Apes 10 film bundle will be available for $100 SRP.

    Film Synopsis

    Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise with this action-adventure spectacle from 20th Century Studios. Set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, apes are living harmoniously as the dominant species — and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

     

    Bonus Features*

    Documentary

    Inside the Forbidden Zone: Making Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

    Join director Wes Ball, cast and crew as they expand the Planet of the Apes legacy for a new generation. Travel to the outdoor production in Australia, train at Ape School, and discover the practical and motion capture techniques in building a breathtaking Kingdom.

     

    14 Deleted/Extended Scenes with optional audio commentary by director Wes Ball

     

    *Bonus features may vary by product and retailer

     

    Cast

    Owen Teague as Noa

    Freya Allan as Nova

    Kevin Durand as Proximus Caesar

    Peter Macon as Raka

    and William H. Macy as Trevathan

     

    Produced by

    Wes Ball

    Joe Hartwick, Jr.

    Rick Jaffa

    Amanda Silver

    Jason Reed

     

    Executive Producers

    Peter Chernin

    Jenno Topping

     

    Based on Characters Created by

    Rick Jaffa

    Amanda Silver

     

    Written by

    Josh Friedman

     

    Directed by

    Wes Ball

     

    Product Specifications

    Release Date

    Digital: July 9, 2024

    Physical: August 27, 2024

     

    Product SKUs

    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD. Planet of the Apes 10 Film Bundle Collection: HD/SD

    Physical:

    • 4K UHD (Theatrical) + Blu-ray (Inside The Lens: The Raw Cut) + Digital Code
    • SteelBook 4K UHD (Theatrical) + Blu-ray (Inside The Lens: The Raw Cut)
    • Digital Code + SteelBook Packaging
    • Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code)
    • DVD

     

    Feature Run Time

    Approx. 145 minutes

     

    Rating

    U.S.: Rated PG-13

    Inside The Lens: The Raw Cut: Unrated

     

    Disc Size

    4K UHD: 66GB

    Blu-ray: 50GB

    DVD: 8.5GB

     

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 2.39:1

    Physical: 2.39:1

     

    Audio

    4K: English Dolby Atmos and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

    Blu-ray (Theatrical): English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

    Blu-ray (Inside The Lens: The Raw Cut): English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

    DVD: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio Language Tracks

    Digital: English Dolby Atmos (UHD only, some platforms), English 7.1, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 7.1, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

     

    Subtitles

    4K: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

    Blu-ray (Theatrical and Inside The Lens: The Raw Cut): English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

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

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  • Do You Have It In You To Make Your Collection Epic? 'Furiosa' Rides Onto 4K UHD & Blu-ray August 13

    Posted Tue Jun 18, 2024 at 12:06 PM PDT by
    Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, SteelBook Announcement George Miller

    The 2023 box office has been a brutal run for some of the biggest movies of the year. Even with high praise from critics and fans, George Miller's Fury Road prequel Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga found itself on the wrong side of the wasteland. Now it rides onto the glory of physical media on August 13th. 

    Considering the critical praise and the massive marketing campaign, it'll be something of a mystery as to why Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga missed at the global box office - but sadly it did. Now, after a sadly anemic run in theaters, George Miller's latest epic trip to the Wasteland will explode onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, SteelBook, and Blu-ray before the summer heat wears off. I for one dug the hell out of this film. It's a different beast than Fury Road, its pace and thrust were on a different scale, but Hemsworth was wild as our villain, I thought Anya Taylor-Joy held her own, and I dug how well this one dovetailed into Fury Road while also connecting bits and pieces to the 2015 Mad Max game. Judging from the back cover art on Amazon, it looks like we'll have Doby Vision HDR and Atmos for the 4K disc. 

    Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - Blu-ray 

    Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - 4K UHD SteelBook 

     

    Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Premium Digital Ownership, 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

    4K UHD

    • Highway to Valhalla: In Pursuit of Furiosa
    • Stowaway to Nowhere
    • Metal Beasts & Holy Motors
    • Darkest Angel: Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa
    • Motorbike Messiah: Chris Hemsworth as Dementus

    Blu-ray

    • Highway to Valhalla: In Pursuit of Furiosa
    • Stowaway to Nowhere

     BASICS

     

    Premium Digital Ownership: June 25, 2024

    4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: August 13, 2024

     

    4K Languages: English, Canadian French, Italian, Latin Spanish

    4K Subtitles: Swedish, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Italian, Parisian French, Canadian French, Finnish, English SDH, Danish

    BD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish

    BD Subtitles: English SDH, Canadian French, Parisian French, Latin Spanish

    DVD Languages: English, Canadian French, Latin Spanish

    DVD Subtitles: Latin Spanish, Korean, Parisian French, Canadian French, English SDH,

    Chinese – Complex, Cantonese

     

    Running Time: 148 minutes

    Rating: R for sequences of strong violence, and grisly images

    DVD: DLBY/DGTL

    4K UHD and Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD, DLBY/DGTL

    Pre-orders for all three releases are now live - happy collecting!

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  • 'Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip' Lights Up 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on September 10th

    Posted Tue Jun 18, 2024 at 07:59 AM PDT by
    Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    The critically-acclaimed 1982 comedy special Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip is getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release from Sony on September 10. 

    The iconic performance from the iconic comedian will be enjoyed by generations old and new when it makes its 4K debut this September in a package that will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR. The release will also include a digital copy.

    If Richard Pryor were accused of being the funniest man in America, this film of his incredible stage act would be Exhibit A. It is proof beyond the shadow of a doubt! Shot live at the Hollywood Palladium, the film captures all the excitement, lunacy and electric force of a Pryor performance. And though he's the only star of this hilarious show, he's never alone on stage. With him is his amazing array of characterizations as he talks about his trip to Africa in search of his roots, his early days playing one-night gigs in Mafia-owned clubs and strip joints, and numerous other outrageous topics. Finally, he talks about Pryor on Fire—a recounting of the accident which nearly took his life—an episode he relates with wit and a touch of poignancy. You'll laugh like you've never laughed before!

    Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    The 4K UHD + Digital release includes a Dolby Vision HDR video presentation, English Mono DTS-HD MA audio, and the Theatrical Trailer. 

    DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
    4K ULTRA HD DISC 

    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, scanned from the original camera negative
    • English Mono DTS-HD MA
    • Special Feature:
      • Theatrical Trailer

    CAST AND CREW:
    Directed By: Joe Layton
    Written and Produced By: Richard Pryor

    SPECS
    Run Time: Approx. 81 minutes
    Rating: R
    4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
    4K UHD Feature Audio: English Mono DTS-HD MA

    Pre-orders for Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray should be available soon! 

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  • Universal's 'Abigail' Vants to Drink Your Blu-ray on July 9th

    Posted Tue Jun 18, 2024 at 06:32 AM PDT by
    Abigail - Blu-ray Review Radio Silence

    From Radio Silence, the directors of recent hits Scream VI and Ready of Not comes Abigail. A fun fresh spin on the home invasion horror sub-genre, the film's marketing campaign might have done more damage than good as it struggled to find a blood-filled audience at the box office. Now it hits streamers on June 25th with a domestic Blu-ray release on July 9th.  

    This being a Universal genre film title, it's only a matter of time before a 4K disc of Abigail arrives from a foreign market or licensed from someone like Scream Factory. It's frustrating Universal continues this trend for 4K collectors, but for those rocking out to 1080p, your Blu-ray is on the way! This disc comes in with an excellent selection of bonus features and some solid specs. I love in these press releases when the marketing describes bonus features as "never before seen" when it's the first disc release.

    Abigail - Blu-ray  

    Here's all the gory specs:

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
    Street Date: July 9, 2024
    Selection Number: 191329262627 (US) / 191329263112 (CDN)
    Layers: BD 50
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
    Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
    Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
    Languages/Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature)
    Run Time: 01:49:23

    EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES TO OWN ONLY ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM & DVD:

    • Deleted & Extended Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Blood Bath – Soak up the slaughter alongside the cast and crew with this dive into the deep end of Abigail’s body pits, where practical FX reign supreme and there’s no such thing as too much blood.
    • Hunters to Hunted – Get up close and personal with Abigail’s abductors as the cast divulges the details behind how they got into character to collectively create a unique crew of criminals.
    • Becoming a Ballerina Vampire – Abigail actor Alisha Weir, choreographer Belinda Murphy, and more members of the creative team take up the task of transforming a seemingly sweet little girl into a vicious vampire.
    • Directing Duo Matt & Tyler – Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett lead this look at the actors, ideas, and environment they put together to create a set that’s fun while still being fearsome.
    • Feature Commentary with Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett and Editor Michael P. Shawyer

    Abigail is currently up for pre-order! We haven't seen any foreign market 4K releases yet, it's a horror film so closer to Halloween would be a safe bet. Until then, get those pre-orders in! Here's the full press release:


    STAKE YOUR CLAIM ON THE NEWEST VAMPIRE ICON 
    ARRIVING AT HOME WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS CONTENT INCLUDING DELETED SCENES
    AND A HILARIOUS GAG REEL
    ABIGAIL IS HORROR ON POINTE” - SLASHFILM

    YOURS TO OWN WITH EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT
    ON DIGITAL JUNE 25, 2024
    BLU-RAY™ AND DVD JULY 9, 2024
    Universal City, California, June 18, 2024 – From Radio Silence comes the bloodthirsty, wild, and critically acclaimed vampire romp, ABIGAIL, available to own with all-new exclusive content on Digital June 25, 2024, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 9, 2024 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as “a Bloody Blast” (The Detroit News) and Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, ABIGAIL brings a refreshing approach to the vampire genre - unleashing never-before-seen bonus content, deleted & extended scenes, and more off-camera bloody carnage.

    ABIGAIL’s cast is led by the new IT scream queen Melissa Barrera (Scream VIIn The Heights) as well as the beloved Kathryn Newton (Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaFreakyLisa Frankenstein), The cast also includes Dan Stevens (Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, “Downton Abbey”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”, The Usual Suspects, “Parish”), Alisha Weir (Roald Dahl’s MatildaDon’t Leave Home), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: WolverineRobin Hood), the late Angus Cloud (Your Lucky Day, “Euphoria”), and William Catlett (A Thousand and OneLovecraft County).

    Radio Silence, the filmmakers behind the horror hits Ready or NotScream (2022) and Scream VI, bring a brash and bloodthirsty new vision of vampires with ABIGAIL. A heist team is hired by a mysterious fixer to kidnap the daughter of a powerful underworld figure. They must guard the 12-year-old ballerina for one night to net a $50 million ransom. As the captors start to dwindle one by one, they discover to their mounting terror that they're locked inside an isolated mansion with no ordinary little girl.


    EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES TO OWN ONLY ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM & DVD:
    • Deleted & Extended Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Blood Bath – Soak up the slaughter alongside the cast and crew with this dive into the deep end of Abigail’s body pits, where practical FX reign supreme and there’s no such thing as too much blood.
    • Hunters to Hunted – Get up close and personal with Abigail’s abductors as the cast divulges the details behind how they got into character to collectively create a unique crew of criminals.
    • Becoming a Ballerina Vampire – Abigail actor Alisha Weir, choreographer Belinda Murphy, and more members of the creative team take up the task of transforming a seemingly sweet little girl into a vicious vampire.
    • Directing Duo Matt & Tyler – Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett lead this look at the actors, ideas, and environment they put together to create a set that’s fun while still being fearsome.
    • Feature Commentary with Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett and Editor Michael P. Shawyer

     
    FILMMAKERS:
    Cast: Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Kathryn Newton, Will Catlett, Kevin Durand, Angus Cloud, Alisha Weir, and Giancarlo Esposito
    Music By: Brian Tyler
    Editor: Michael P. Shawver
    Director Of Photography: Aaron Morton NZCS
    Executive Producer: Ron Lynch
    Produced By: William Sherak p.g.a., James Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein, Tripp Vinson, Chad Villella p.g.a.
    Written By: Stephen Shields and Guy Busick
    Directed By: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett


    TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM:
    Street Date: July 9, 2024
    Selection Number: 191329262627 (US) / 191329263112 (CDN)
    Layers: BD 50
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
    Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
    Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
    Languages/Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature)
    Run Time: 01:49:23
     
    TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
    Street Date: July 9, 2024
    Selection Number: 191329262559 (US) / 191329263105 (CDN)
    Layers: DVD 9
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
    Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
    Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
    Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature)
    Run Time: 01:49:30


    ABOUT UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT:
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    www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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  • The Life Of A Collector Is Always Intense - Criterion Announces September 2024 4K UHD & Blu-rays

    Posted Mon Jun 17, 2024 at 01:56 PM PDT by
    The Criterion Collection September 2024 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Titles

    Just because it's Criterion, doesn't mean it always has to be an obscure stuffed-shirt drama! 
    For their September 2024 slate, The Criterion Collection will unleash a slew of cult classics, an English heavy hitter, and a damned funny 90s dark comedy. 

    As physical media collectors well know, The Criterion Collection can be rather eclectic with their selections. Sometimes you get your true Hollywood classic. Sometimes you get a great piece of French of Japanese cinema. Occasionally you get one hell of an incredible box set. But every once in a while they stack their slate with a smorgasbord of cult classics, fan favorites, and one of the best gangster flicks to come out of England (and there are a lot of those!). So lets get into it - 

    The Criterion Collection - Sept. 2024
    4K UHD & Blu-ray Releases


    Repo Man - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    1984 • 92 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.78:1 aspect ratio 

    A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered repo man in a desolate Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in repossessing a mysterious—and otherworldly—Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early-eighties LA punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is also a politically trenchant take on President Reagan’s domestic and foreign policies. 

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

    • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

    • Audio commentary featuring Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora

    • Interviews with musicians Iggy Pop and Keith Morris and actors Dick Rude, Olivia Barash, and Miguel Sandoval

    • Deleted scenes 

    • Roundtable discussion about the making of the film, featuring Cox, Richardson, Rude, Zamora, and producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks

    • Conversation between McCarthy and actor Harry Dean Stanton

    • Cox’s “cleaned-up” television version of the film

    • Trailers

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Sam McPheeters, an illustrated production history by Cox, and a 1987 interview with real-life repo man Mark Lewis

     

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

    SRP: $49.95

    PREBOOK: 7/30/24

    STREET: 9/3/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3593UHDBD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-181-8
    UPC: 7-15515-30131-2

    All of Us Strangers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    2023 • 105 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.39:1 aspect ratio

    A metaphysical exploration of queer love and loneliness, familial grief and healing, this delicate but audacious chamber drama confirms director Andrew Haigh’s gift for bringing complicated emotions to the screen. Isolated in a seemingly empty new high-rise, London screenwriter Adam (Andrew Scott) finds his solitary existence upended when he begins a passionate romance with the impulsive Harry (Paul Mescal), then reconnects with his parents (Jamie Bell and Claire Foy) in a reunion that pushes beyond the limits of time and space. Putting a deeply personal imprint on a novel by Japanese writer Taichi Yamada, Haigh reaches cosmic heights while never losing sight of the story’s achingly human heart.

    Also Coming to Blu-ray

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • 4K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and uncompressed stereo soundtracks

    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

    • New conversation between director Andrew Haigh and author and critic Michael Koresky

    • New interview with cinematographer Jamie D. Ramsay

    • Behind-the-scenes documentary and featurettes

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing and English descriptive audio

    • PLUS: An essay by film critic Guy Lodge

     

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

    SRP: $49.95

    PREBOOK: 8/6/24

    STREET: 9/10/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3596UHDBD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-184-9

    UPC: 7-15515-30161-9

     

    BLU-RAY EDITION

    SRP: $39.95

    PREBOOK: 8/6/24

    STREET: 9/10/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3597BD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-185-6

    UPC: 7-15515-30171-8

    The Long Good Friday - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    1980 • 114 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

    A combustible performance from Bob Hoskins is the fuse that lights this underworld saga, a landmark of British crime cinema. Hoskins plays Harold Shand, an ambitious London mobster who, just as he attempts to close a major real-estate deal with the American Mafia, finds his crime empire rocked by a string of attacks, sending him on a ruthless quest to find out who’s responsible. Abetted by an ice-cool performance from Helen Mirren as Shand’s in-command moll, The Long Good Friday is not only a gripping gangster thriller but also a vivid portrait of late-1970s Britain—a powder keg of cultural and political tensions on the verge of explosion.

    Also Coming to Blu-ray

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director of photography Phil Méheux, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features

    • Audio commentary with director John Mackenzie

    • An Accidental Studio (2019), a documentary about the early years of HandMade Films

    • Introduction by Criterion Collection curatorial director Ashley Clark

    • Documentary about the making of the film featuring interviews with Mackenzie and actors Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren

    • Program comparing the soundtracks for the UK and U.S. releases

    • Trailers

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Ryan Gilbey

     

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

    SRP: $49.95

    PREBOOK: 8/13/24

    STREET: 9/17/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3598UHDBD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-186-3

    UPC: 7-15515-30181-7

     

    BLU-RAY EDITION

    SRP: $39.95

    PREBOOK: 8/13/24

    STREET: 9/17/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3599BD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-187-0

    UPC: 7-15515-30191-6

    Gregg Araki's Teen Apocalypse Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    Take the conventions of the American teen movie, transpose them to Los Angeles’s freaky fringes, anchor them in an unapologetic vision of sexual fluidity, and top it all off with heavy doses of Gen X disillusionment, gonzo violence, and hallucinogenic surrealism, and you’ll end up with something like these audacious transgressions from New Queer Cinema renegade Gregg Araki. Gleefully mixing slacker irony with raw sincerity, Godardian cool with punk scuzz, the savagely subversive, hormone-fueled films that make up the Teen Apocalypse Trilogy pushed 1990s indie cinema into bold new aesthetic realms, while giving blistering expression to adolescent rage and libidinal desire.

    Also Coming to Blu-ray

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 2K digital restoration of Totally F***ed Up and new 4K digital restorations of The Doom Generation and Nowhere, supervised and approved by director Gregg Araki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks 

    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of The Doom Generation and Nowhere and two Blu-rays with all three films and the special features   

    • New conversation between director Gregg Araki and filmmaker Richard Linklater

    • New audio commentary on Nowhere with Araki and actors James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Jordan Ladd, Sarah Lassez, Guillermo Diaz, and Jaason Simmons

    • Audio commentary on Totally F***ed Up with Araki, Duval, and actor Gilbert Luna

    • New documentary on the trilogy’s visual style featuring Araki, Duval, producer Andrea Sperling, cinematographer Jim Fealy, costume designers Cathy Cooper and SaraJane Slotnick, production designer Patti Podesta, art director Michael Krantz, and hair and makeup artist Jason Rail 

    • James Duval’s Teen Apocalypse Archive, a new conversation between Araki and Duval  

    • Q&As with Araki, moderated by filmmakers Gus Van Sant and Andrew Ahn 

    • The Doom Generation video comic book

    • Trailers

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by critic Nathan Lee

    TOTALLY F***ED UP
    1993 • 79 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
    A delirious mix of punk nihilism and deadpan irony, the first film in Gregg Araki’s Teen Apocalypse Trilogy puts an audaciously queer spin on Jean-Luc Godard’s classic Masculin féminin. Across fifteen jagged episodes, Totally F***ed Up plunges headlong into the lives of a group of queer, disaffected Los Angeles teenagers who form a kind of makeshift family as they navigate desire and heartbreak, societal and familial rejection, and the alienation of growing up gay in an era of relentless moralizing. Both a defiantly raw anthem of outsiderhood and a furious reckoning with all-American homophobia, Araki’s answer to the 1980s teen comedy captures youthful angst with an immediacy that still bruises.

    THE DOOM GENERATION
    1995 • 83 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
    Gregg Araki takes a road trip to hell in this wild, meth- and fast-food-fueled joyride through the margins of a menacing American wasteland. When they inadvertently link up with a dangerously alluring drifter (Johnathon Schaech), a chilled-out Cali bro (James Duval) and his spiky, foulmouthed girlfriend (Rose McGowan) find themselves on an increasingly violent, kinky, and darkly comic journey in which erotic tensions rise along with the body count. Working with a significant budget for the first time, Araki employs boldly stylized lighting and art direction to create a heightened sense of unreality in a shocking, shoegaze-soundtracked chronicle of young lives careening toward oblivion.

    NOWHERE
    1997 • 82 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
    You can practically smell the pheromones wafting off this kaleidoscopic odyssey, which finds director Gregg Araki crossing soap-operatic elements with blasts of science fiction, indie-kid cool, and shiny pop-art subversion. On the day when the world is foretold to end, a group of terminally horny, disillusioned, zonked-out teens in Los Angeles see their lives explode in a glitter bomb of drugs, sex, death, and alien abduction. Bisexual lust, vaporizing Valley girls, sinister televangelists, nipple-ring S&M, murder by Campbell’s-soup can—Araki folds it all into an anarchic orgy that brings his Teen Apocalypse Trilogy to an explosively caustic close.

     

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

    SRP: $99.95

    PREBOOK: 8/20/24

    STREET: 9/24/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3594UHDBD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-182-5

    UPC: 7-15515-30141-1

     

    BLU-RAY EDITION

    SRP: $69.95

    PREBOOK: 8/20/24

    STREET: 9/24/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3595BD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-183-2

    UPC: 7-15515-30151-0

    Happiness - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

     

    1998 • 140 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio 

    As disturbingly funny as it is audaciously empathetic, auteur of unease Todd Solondz’s portrait of damaged souls reaching out for connection reveals the existential void underneath middle-class suburban “normalcy.” An extraordinary ensemble cast—including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jane Adams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Ben Gazzara, and Dylan Baker—embodies an array of loosely connected New Jersey deviants, depressives, and misfits, among them a frustrated phone-sex pest, an all-American dad concealing his pedophilic urges, and a lonely woman with a grisly secret, all of whom want just one thing: to be loved. One of the most controversial films of the 1990s, the unflinching Happiness unnerves precisely because it dares to see the humanity in those most often denied it.

    Also Coming to Blu-ray

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Maryse Alberti, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features

    • New conversation between director Todd Solondz and filmmaker Charlotte Wells

    • New interview with actor Dylan Baker

    • Trailer

    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    • PLUS: An essay by novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner

     

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY COMBO EDITION

    SRP: $49.95

    PREBOOK: 8/20/24

    STREET: 9/24/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3601UHDBD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-189-4

    UPC: 7-15515-30211-1

    BLU-RAY EDITION

    SRP: $39.95

    PREBOOK: 8/20/24

    STREET: 9/24/24

    CAT. NO.: CC3602BD

    ISBN: 979-8-88607-190-0
    UPC: 7-15515-30221-0

    These aren't up for pre-order quite yet, but as soon as they are we'll update our listings zip quick!

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  • John Krasinski's 'IF' Materializes on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on August 13

    Posted Mon Jun 17, 2024 at 07:49 AM PDT by
    IF - 4K UHD and Blu-ray Announcement Ryan Reynolds

    Writer/director John Krasinski’s family comedy IF (Imaginary Friends) will be available digitally on June 18. 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray releases arrive on August 13.

    The film (with a CinemaScore and 88% Fresh Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes) stars Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, Krasinski, and Fiona Shaw, plus the voice talents of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr., Steve Carell, and more. Those who purchase the movie on Digital or 4K UHD and Blu-ray and Blu-ray can expect over 40 minutes of bonus content including how each IF came to life, hear how filmmakers made the imaginary feel real, go on location in New York from Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, and don't miss the hysterical gag reel!

    Starring Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, and John Krasinski, IF is a heartwarming and hilarious tale about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends, known as IFs. She embarks on a magical journey to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids, before they disappear. An adventure you'll need to believe to see, IF is perfect for the whole family. Written and directed by John Krasinski, the film also features a stellar voice cast including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Steve Carell.

    IF - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    IF (Imaginary Friends) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    IF - Blu-ray 

    IF (Imaginary Friends) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Specs have yet to be detailed, but the IF (Imaginary Friends) 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and Digital will include the following supplements: 

    • The Imagination Behind IF—Hear from writer and director John Krasinski plus the cast and crew as they dive deeper into the process of bringing their imagination to life on screen.
    • Imagining Imaginary Friends— Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of each imaginary friend.
    • Giving IFs a Voice— Meet the all-star cast responsible for voicing each character. Hear from Steve Carrell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and more!
    • Blending The Real and the Imaginary Join John Krasinski as he incorporates a practical filmmaking approach to make the imaginary feel real.
    • Tina Turner Forever!— Experience the reimagining of the iconic 80s Tina Turner music video as John Krasinski recreates this legendary sequence with the IFs.
    • The Imaginative World of IF— From Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew and experience the magic of New York City like never before.
    • Gag Reel— You won’t have to imagine the hilarious antics on set once you check out this gag reel!
    • Learn to Draw Blue from IF— Learn to draw the loveable and cuddly "Blue" in this fun, interactive tutorial.

     

    Pre-orders for IF (Imaginary Friends) are up and here is the full press release:


    Experience writer/director John Krasinski’s “heartwarming” (Joey Paur, GeekTyrant) and “hilarious” (Tessa Smith, Mama’s Geeky) original adventure IF when it arrives to buy or rent on Digital June 18, 2024 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD on August 13.

    The perfect movie to enjoy with the whole family, IF received an A CinemaScore and 88% Fresh Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes®.   The film stars Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, Krasinski, and Fiona Shaw along with a cavalcade of top-tier voice talent, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell, who bring a delightful array of imaginary friends to life.

    Fans who purchase the film on Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, or Blu-ray will have access to over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus content to explore the whimsical world of imaginary friends.  See how each IF came to life, hear how filmmakers made the imaginary feel real, go on location in New York from Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, and don't miss the hysterical gag reel!

    Bonus content is detailed below:

     

    • The Imagination Behind IF—Hear from writer and director John Krasinski plus the cast and crew as they dive deeper into the process of bringing their imagination to life on screen.
      • Imagining Imaginary Friends— Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of each imaginary friend.
      • Giving IFs a Voice— Meet the all-star cast responsible for voicing each character. Hear from Steve Carrell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and more!
      • Blending The Real and the Imaginary Join John Krasinski as he incorporates a practical filmmaking approach to make the imaginary feel real.
      • Tina Turner Forever!— Experience the reimagining of the iconic 80s Tina Turner music video as John Krasinski recreates this legendary sequence with the IFs.
      • The Imaginative World of IF— From Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew and experience the magic of New York City like never before.
      • Gag Reel— You won’t have to imagine the hilarious antics on set once you check out this gag reel!
      • Learn to Draw Blue from IF— Learn to draw the loveable and cuddly "Blue" in this fun, interactive tutorial.

     

    Synopsis

    Starring Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, and John Krasinski, IF is a heartwarming and hilarious tale about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends, known as IFs. She embarks on a magical journey to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids, before they disappear. An adventure you'll need to believe to see, IF is perfect for the whole family. Written and directed by John Krasinski, the film also features a stellar voice cast including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Steve Carell.

    IF is rated PG for thematic elements and mild language.

     

    PARAMOUNT PICTURES Presents

    A SUNDAY NIGHT / MAXIMUM EFFORT Production A Film by JOHN KRASINSKI “IF”

    CAILEY FLEMING RYAN REYNOLDS JOHN KRASINSKI FIONA SHAW

    PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE LOUIS GOSSETT JR. and STEVE CARELL

    Music by MICHAEL GIACCHINO Costume Designer JENNY EAGAN

    Edited by CHRISTOPHER ROUSE, ACE ANDY CANNY

    Production Designer JESS GONCHOR Director of Photography JANUSZ KAMINSKI

    Executive Producers JOHN J. KELLY GEORGE DEWEY

    Produced by ALLYSON SEEGER, p.g.a. JOHN KRASINSKI, p.g.a. ANDREW FORM, p.g.a. RYAN REYNOLDS

    Written and Directed by JOHN KRASINSKI

     

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  • Are you Crying? There's No Crying in 4K Dolby Vision! A League of Their Own Solo 4K Coming Sept. 3rd 2024

    Posted Fri Jun 14, 2024 at 11:17 AM PDT by
    A League of Their Own - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Solo Release Tom Hanks Gina Davis Madonna

    As Sony continues their ongoing Columbia Pictures centennial celebration, they also continue to chip away from the Columbia Classics boxset exclusive titles. The latest is Penny Marshall's terrific drama about the Women's Baseball League during WWII. Not only is it getting a solo release (finally), but it's also seeing a Dolby Vision HDR Upgrade. 

    Sony continues its run of showing other studios how to properly celebrate a 100th Anniversary bringing another catalog out to the 4K format. Sure, A League of Their Own isn't a "new" title on the 4K format, but it was one that's been locked away in the OOP Columbia Classics Vol 1 collection for so long some folks out there might have forgotten about it! While it's great they're splitting the disc off from the box set, it's even better they're offering a Dolby Vision upgrade for those who waited it out. Now these DV upgrades haven't always yielded night and day improvements. This film already looked pretty fabulous in 4K HDR10, so it'll be interesting to see how well this one turns out. 

    A League of their Own - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    It's a home run with this hilarious and beloved comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. With baseball lineups and locker rooms left empty during World War II, the newly-founded All-American Girls Baseball League brought talented women to the big leagues—and brought fans to the stands. The indomitable Dottie Hinson (Davis) finds herself leading a rag tag group of players who end up winning over the heart of their has-been coach, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks). Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell and Jon Lovitz round out the all-star roster. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail for generations of athletes.

    DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS

    4K ULTRA HD DISC 

    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • English Dolby Atmos + English 5.1 + English 2-Channel Surround
    • Special Features:
      • Domestic Theatrical Trailer
      • 5 International Teasers & Trailers

    BLU-RAY DISC™

    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • English 5.1 + English 2-Channel Surround
    • Special Features:
      • Feature Commentary with Director Penny Marshall and Actresses Lori Petty, Tracy Reiner and Megan Cavanagh
      • Nine Memorable Innings Documentary
      • Deleted Scenes
      • The Enduring Legacy of A League of Their Own
      • 3 Episodes from the 1993 TV series, “A League of Their Own”
      • “This Used to Be My Playground” Music Video by Madonna

    CAST AND CREW
    Directed By: Penny Marshall
    Produced By: Robert Greenhut and Elliot Abbott
    Screenplay By: Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel
    Based on a Story By: Kim Wilson & Kelly Candaele
    Executive Producer: Penny Marshall
    Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall and Bill Pullman

    SPECS
    Run Time: Approx. 128 minutes
    Rating: PG for language.
    4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1
    4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD MA

    Not yet up for pre-order and we haven't seen any kind or retailer exclusive SteelBooks yet, but we'll keep our eyes out. As soon as we have pre-order links, we'll update our listings ASAP. 

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  • Film Masters Presents 'Door-to-Door Maniac' & 'Right Hand of the Devil' On Blu-ray on August 27

    Posted Tue Jun 11, 2024 at 03:56 PM PDT by
    Door-to-Door Maniac

    The 1966 crime drama Door-to-Door Maniac (first released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live) featuring Johnny Cash in his film debut is coming Blu-ray from Film Masters on August 27.

    The Blu-ray will also include Aram Katcher's little-known Right Hand of the Devil (1963) on a second disc.

    Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was re-released in 1966 as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. As part of a simple plan, he hires a hard-up, psychotic hood, Johnny Cabot, to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage in her own home. What follows is a robbery gone awry in every way! You won't want to miss this gem whose original poster proclaimed, A woman's price drops fast as the time limit ticks away!

    Noted for a great performance by Cash in his first film role—the aspiring actor helped finance the film in hopes of catching his big break—Door-to-Door Maniac also stars Donald Woods, Cay Forester and Pamela Mason. Also look for a very young Ron Howard in a small role and Vic Tayback (best known as Mel from the TV show, Alice).

    In the little-known film Right Hand of the Devil, director Aram Katcher makes his bid to become the next Hitchcock. While prominent movie director he is not, Turkish-born Katcher does star in the film ... and not just on-screen. Producer, story creator, editor, title designer and costume designer are just some of the other roles he took on with his magnum opus … Later, he reportedly destroyed all the 35mm elements. This new 4K scan comes from a rare 16mm reduction print, from the collection of noted film historian and producer Samuel M. Sherman, who tried to work with Katcher to re-release the film.

    Katcher leads the cast as an ingenious criminal mastermind who hires a motley crew of questionable henchmen. Their target? A sports arena. Along the way and critical to their plans, he seduces a middle-aged cashier, but she is not as easily convinced as expected! Will Katcher triumph in his hard-won leading role?

    Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) 

    Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) 

    The region-free Blu-ray release presents Door-to-Door Maniac scanned in 4K from 35mm original archival elements (aspect ratios 1.85:1 and 1.37:1) and Right Hand of the Devil scanned in 4K from 16mm archival elements (1.66:1 and 1.37:1) and bonus features incude Author/podcaster Daniel Budnik and film historian Rob Kelly join forces to provide a comprehensive commentary track for Door-to-Door Maniac with Don Stradley providing liner notes; Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold of the Monster Party podcast are back for a full-length commentary for Right Hand of the Devil, with C. Courtney Joyner providing liner notes; Ryan Verrill and Will Dodson from Someone's Favorite Productions present the all-new, visual essay, Player Piano: Passion of Aram Katcher; recut 2024 trailer for Door-to-Door Maniac; and restored, original trailer for Right Hand of the Devil.

    Pre-orders for Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) are now listed and here is the full press release:


    Johnny Cash’s Film Debut,

    Door-to-Door Maniac (1966)

    With Ultra-Rare Bonus Film, Right Hand of the Devil (1963)

     

    Newly Restored From Original Archival Elements;

    Two-Disc, Collector’s Edition Comes to Blu-ray & DVD Aug. 27th

     

    ROCKPORT, Mass. — June 18, 2024— For Immediate Release Door-to-Door Maniac and the ultra-rare bonus film Right Hand of the Devil,are a ‘60s double dose of neo-noir cult classics, available Aug. 27 in a special, two-disc collector’s edition on Blu-ray and DVD from Film Masters.

    Door-to-Door Maniac (1966):

    75 Minutes

    Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was re-released in 1966 as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. As part of a simple plan, he hires a hard-up, psychotic hood, Johnny Cabot, to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage in her own home. What follows is a robbery gone awry in every way! You won't want to miss this gem whose original poster proclaimed, A woman's price drops fast as the time limit ticks away!

    Noted for a great performance by Cash in his first film role—the aspiring actor helped finance the film in hopes of catching his big break—Door-to-Door Maniac also stars Donald Woods, Cay Forester and Pamela Mason. Also look for a very young Ron Howard in a small role and Vic Tayback (best known as Mel from the TV show, Alice).

    Right Hand of the Devil (1963):

    67 Minutes

    In the little-known film Right Hand of the Devil, director Aram Katcher makes his bid to become the next Hitchcock. While prominent movie director he is not, Turkish-born Katcher does star in the film ... and not just on-screen. Producer, story creator, editor, title designer and costume designer are just some of the other roles he took on with his magnum opus … Later, he reportedly destroyed all the 35mm elements. This new 4K scan comes from a rare 16mm reduction print, from the collection of noted film historian and producer Samuel M. Sherman, who tried to work with Katcher to re-release the film.

    Katcher leads the cast as an ingenious criminal mastermind who hires a motley crew of questionable henchmen. Their target? A sports arena. Along the way and critical to their plans, he seduces a middle-aged cashier, but she is not as easily convinced as expected! Will Katcher triumph in his hard-won leading role?

    SPECIAL FEATURES: Author/podcaster Daniel Budnik and film historian Rob Kelly join forces to provide a comprehensive commentary track for Door-to-Door Maniac with Don Stradley providing liner notes; Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold of the Monster Party podcast are back for a full-length commentary for Right Hand of the Devil, with C. Courtney Joyner providing liner notes; Ryan Verrill and Will Dodson from Someone's Favorite Productions present the all-new, visual essay, Player Piano: Passion of Aram Katcher; recut 2024 trailer for Door-to-Door Maniac; and restored, original trailer for Right Hand of the Devil.

    With Door-to-Door Maniac scanned in 4K from 35mm original archival elements and Right Hand of the Devil scanned in 4K from 16mm archival elements, each film is presented with two aspect ratios (Door-to-Door Maniac in 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 and Right Hand of the Devil in 1.66:1 and 1.37:1). Discs are region free and include English SDH. Audio is DTS-HD/Dolby AC3s.

    About Film Masters:
    Film Masters is a consortium of historians and enthusiasts who seek to celebrate the preservation and restoration of films. We are archivists, committed to storing film elements for future generations and reviving films that have been sitting dormant for decades. By scanning in 2K and 4K, we give these lesser-known films the red-carpet treatment they deserve. Leveraging modern means of distribution to release forgotten films back into the world, we also produce original bonus materials, including feature-length documentaries, which aid audiences in contextualizing and celebrating these works of art as they were meant to be.  Visit us online at: www.FilmMasters.com

     

    Door-to-Door Maniac

    Film Masters

    Genre: Cult

    B&W

    Not Rated

    Format: Blu-ray & DVD

    Running Time: 142 Minutes Plus Approx. 156 Minutes Special Features

    Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 (Blu-ray) / $19.95 (DVD)

    Street Date: August 27, 2024

    Catalog #: FMB013 (Blu-ray) / FMD013 (DVD)

    UPC Code:  #760137157274 (Blu-ray) / #760137157304 (DVD)

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  • Sony 'Can't Hardly Wait' to Get the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Party Started on August 20

    Posted Thu Jun 6, 2024 at 09:19 AM PDT by
    Can't Hardly Wait - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Sony is preparing the 1998 comedy 'Can't Hardly Wait' for 4K UHD Blu-ray on August 20.

    The film is written and directed by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont, and stars Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt. This release includes legacy bonus materials as well as 11 newly uncovered alternate and deleted scenes.

    It's graduation day at Huntington Hills High-- a time for Pomp and Circumstance, tassels and mortarboards, and serious introspection about the future. But tonight, the seniors will leave all that behind for the things that really matter; romance, revenge and rock 'n' roll. Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in one raucous comedy about the ultimate teen party, a once-in-a-lifetime alternate universe where class nerds become class studs, super-jocks are humiliated, and freshman crushes blossom into grown-up romance. From meathead to misfit, everyone will be there for a hormone-charged bash tapped for out-of-control fun.

    Can't Hardly Wait - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Can't Hardly Wait - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray + Digital will feature Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos audio, and the following supplements: 

    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, scanned from the original camera negative
    • English Dolby Atmos + 5.1
    • High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos approved by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont

    Special Features:

    • NEW: 11 Newly Uncovered Alternate & Deleted Scenes
    • 6 Existing Deleted Scenes
    • Original Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast
    • Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast - 10 Years Later
    • Huntington Hills High Class of '98 Reunion
    • Can't Hardly Wait: The Making of a Teen Classic
    • The Life of the Party
    • "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby" Music Video by Smash Mouth
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Pre-orders for Can't Hardly Wait - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray should be coming soon and here is the full press release:


    GET THE PARTY STARTED WITH THE 90’s FAN-FAVORITE
    ON 4K ULTRA HD™ AUGUST 20TH

    SYNOPSIS
    It's graduation day at Huntington Hills High-- a time for Pomp and Circumstance, tassels and mortarboards, and serious introspection about the future. But tonight, the seniors will leave all that behind for the things that really matter; romance, revenge and rock 'n' roll. Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in one raucous comedy about the ultimate teen party, a once-in-a-lifetime alternate universe where class nerds become class studs, super-jocks are humiliated, and freshman crushes blossom into grown-up romance. From meathead to misfit, everyone will be there for a hormone-charged bash tapped for out-of-control fun.
    DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
    4K ULTRA HD DISC 
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, scanned from the original camera negative

    • English Dolby Atmos + 5.1

      • High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos approved by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont

    • Special Features:

      • NEW: 11 Newly Uncovered Alternate & Deleted Scenes

      • 6 Existing Deleted Scenes

      • Original Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast

      • Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast - 10 Years Later

      • Huntington Hills High Class of '98 Reunion

      • Can't Hardly Wait: The Making of a Teen Classic

      • The Life of the Party

      • "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby" Music Video by Smash Mouth

      • Theatrical Trailer

    CAST AND CREW
    Written and Directed By: Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont
    Produced By: Jenno Topping and Betty Thomas
    Cast: Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt


    SPECS
    Run Time: Approx. 100 minutes 
    Rating: PG-13 for teen drinking and sexuality, and for language
    4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
    4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos, English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

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  • The Beloved Animated Classic 'The Last Unicorn' Debuts on 4K UHD and SteelBook on August 20th

    Posted Mon Jun 3, 2024 at 10:23 AM PDT by
    Last Unicorn Blu-ray

    The 1982 animated fantasy adventure 'The Last Unicorn' will be making its 4K UHD Blu-ray debut on August 20.

    This edition features a 4K Transfer of the 35mm interpositive with Dolby Vision, with a Blu-ray included. A SteelBook will also be available exclusively at Walmart. And, those who purchase the non-SteelBook edition directly from Shout! will receive a double-sided poster featuring the cover art from both editions based on the original theatrical poster while quantities last.

    From Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass (The Hobbit), The Last Unicorn is a magical adventure featuring an all-star cast, including Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Alan Arkin, Tammy Grimes, Angela Lansbury, René Auberjonois and Robert Klein, and unforgettable songs from the rock band, America.

    Upon hearing that she may be the very last of her kind on Earth, a Unicorn (Mia Farrow) goes in search of others like her. Her quest won't be easy, as it leads her straight to the evil King Haggard (Christopher Lee) and his infamous Red Bull! And the journey is made even more complicated when, to protect her from the envious wrath of Haggard, a spell is cast to turn the Unicorn into the Lady Amalthea, a beautiful, young human woman. But with this new body comes new thoughts and feelings, such as love for Haggard's son, Prince Lir (Jeff Bridges). Will Amalthea get lost inside this new body? Will she meet the fate of the other Unicorns? Or will she be able to defeat Haggard and his Red Bull with the aid of her friends, Schmendrick the bumbling magician (Alan Arkin) and Molly Grue (Tammy Grimes)?

    The Last Unicorn - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    The Last Unicorn - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    The Last Unicorn - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

     

    The 4K UHD + Blu-ray releases include Dolby Vision HDR and the following supplements:

    UHD

    • NEW 4K Transfer Of The 35mm Interpositive
    • NEW Includes Dolby Vision
    • Audio Commentary

    Blu-ray

    • NEW 4K Transfer of the 35mm Interpositive
    • NEW A Profile of Peter S. Beagle
    • Q&A With Writer Peter S. Beagle
    • Animated Storyboards
    • Original Theatrical Trailer

    Pre-orders for The Last Unicorn - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray should be available soon and here is the full press release:


                 The Treasured Classic as You’ve Never Seen It Before 

     

    The Last Unicorn

    Available on 4K UHD for the First Time

     August 20, 2024

     

    One of the most beloved fantasy films of all-time, The Last Unicorn has enraptured generations of fans with its poetic tale of a brave unicorn’s journey through a mystic land, seeking others of her kind. Available on 4K UHD for the first time as a 4K UHD +Blu-ray combo pack on August 20, 2024 from Shout! Studios, the new release is a 4K Transfer of the 35mm interpositive along with Dolby Vision™, and includes a number of bonus features including a Q&A with Peter S. Beagle and more!

    The release will also be available as a SteelBook® with new art, available exclusively at Wal-Mart. Fans who purchase the standard edition 4KUHD +Blu-ray directly from Shout! will receive a double-sided poster featuring both the SteelBook® and standard edition art, based on the original theatrical poster, while supplies last. 

     

    Showcasing the latest hi-definition restoration of the uncut film, endorsed by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is brought to life with exquisite detail never before seen, to ensure the most satisfying film viewing experience for all fans, old and young alike.

     

    From Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass (The Hobbit), The Last Unicorn is a magical adventure featuring an all-star cast, including Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Alan Arkin, Tammy Grimes, Angela Lansbury, René Auberjonois and Robert Klein, and unforgettable songs from the rock band, America.

     

    Upon hearing that she may be the very last of her kind on Earth, a Unicorn (Mia Farrow) goes in search of others like her. Her quest won't be easy, as it leads her straight to the evil King Haggard (Christopher Lee) and his infamous Red Bull! And the journey is made even more complicated when, to protect her from the envious wrath of Haggard, a spell is cast to turn the Unicorn into the Lady Amalthea, a beautiful, young human woman. But with this new body comes new thoughts and feelings, such as love for Haggard's son, Prince Lir (Jeff Bridges). Will Amalthea get lost inside this new body? Will she meet the fate of the other Unicorns? Or will she be able to defeat Haggard and his Red Bull with the aid of her friends, Schmendrick the bumbling magician (Alan Arkin) and Molly Grue (Tammy Grimes)?

     

    The Last Unicorn Bonus Features

    UHD

    NEW 4K Transfer Of The 35mm Interpositive

    NEW Includes Dolby Vision

    Audio Commentary

    Blu-ray

    NEW 4K Transfer of the 35mm Interpositive

    NEW A Profile of Peter S. Beagle

    Q&A With Writer Peter S. Beagle

    Animated Storyboards

    Original Theatrical Trailer

     

    About Shout! Studios

    Launched in 2003, Shout! Studios is a multiplatform media company specializing in film and TV distribution, development, and production. The company has evolved with the changing entertainment landscape to excel in all forms of content distribution, including theatrical, digital streaming, broadcast and in-flight licensing, physical media, and more. Shout! Studios owns and manages a large portfolio of contemporary and classic feature films, series, animation, and documentaries. The company’s creative acquisition mandate has established it as a leading independent distributor, with partners and properties including Aardman Animations, ALF, The Carol Burnett Show, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, The Johnny Carson Show, the Roger Corman New Horizons Pictures Library, GKIDS, ITV Studios, LAIKA Studios, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (in partnership with creator Joel Hodgson), and Sesame Street, alongside many others. Shout! Kids focuses on live-action and animated kids and family properties including anime, and the company releases genre and horror films and television shows under the Scream Factory imprint. Shout! Studios also produces, acquires, and distributes new films, and operates the acclaimed streaming service Shout! TV and its family of FAST channels. Shout! Studios is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Studios, visit ShoutStudios.com

     

    About ITV Studios

    ITV Studios is a creator, producer and distributor of world-leading programmes that people can’t get enough of. We connect millions of people every day and shape and reflect the world they live in, we are More Than TV.

     

    ITV Studios is home to some of the best creative minds, crafting over 6,700 hours of original programming across 60 production labels. Our global footprint spans 12 countries including the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, The Nordics, Italy and the Netherlands and our global distribution business sells our catalogue of 90,000+ hours to broadcasters and platforms around the world.

     

    ITV Studios is part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster.

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  • Dev Patel’s 'Monkey Man' Unleashes Wrath and Fury on 4K UHD and Blu-ray on June 25

    Posted Mon Jun 3, 2024 at 09:40 AM PDT by
    Monkey Man - 4K UHD and Blu-ray Announcement

    Universal and producer Jordan Peele is set to release Dev Patel's action-packed Monkey Man on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on June 25.

    The releases have over 55 minutes of all-new bonus features, including an alternate opening, alternate ending, deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurettes and more. The film will also make its streaming debut exclusively on Peacock on June 14.

    From Oscar® winning Producer Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us, Nope) comes Oscar® nominee Dev Patel’s (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion) astonishing tour-de-force directorial debut, inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage. Patel stars as a man with no name, scarred by a brutal childhood, who ekes out a meager living in underground fighting rings. But when he finds a way to rise up and infiltrate his city’s corrupt elite, he kicks off an explosive campaign for retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him as a boy. Channeling the rage of the poor and powerless, an unexpected hero emerges in this fight-filled action epic.

    Monkey Man - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Monkey Man - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Monkey Man - Blu-ray

    Monkey Man 

    Bonus Features:

    • ALTERNATE OPENING
    • ALTERNATE ENDING
    • DELETED/EXTENDED SCENES
      • True Shakti
      • Mother’s Death
      • Training Montage
      • Lucky Kid
      • Alphonso Death
      • Post Credit Button
    • A LABOR OF LOVE - First-time director Dev Patel shares how this project came about as well as some of the obstacles he and his crew faced along the way. Cast and cre­w highlight Patel’s unique scope of skills and contributions to the film as well as partnering with Monkeypaw.
    • MONKEY MAN OF ACTION - In MONKEY MAN, Dev Patel transforms from underdog to hero, establishing a style of action that is uniquely his own. This piece goes behind the scenes into Patel's stunt and fight training, taking a closer look at how the movement in these scenes was captured.
    • FATEFUL ENCOUNTERS - Throughout our hero’s journey, Kid comes face to face with many individuals. Some embody good and others evil, but each encounter shapes Kid’s actions. Cast discuss their characters and what drew them into the light, or darkness, that their roles required.
    • ROOTS EXPOSED - MONKEY MAN explores the story of a beloved folktale and its place in our modern world. Writer, director, producer, and star of the film, Dev Patel, shares his passion for bringing this story along with the representation of his culture to life.
    • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director/Actor/Writer/Producer Dev Patel, Producers Jomon Thomas and Sam Sahni, and Co-Producer Raghuvir Joshi
    • MONKEY MAN EXTENDED PREVIEW – Early access to an extended preview of the film streaming on Peacock.
    • ADDITIONAL MONKEYPAW FILMS ON PEACOCK – Stream Jordan Peele’s Oscar® winning film Get Out exclusively on Peacock.
    • UNIVERSAL FILMS - Universal’s biggest films of the year stream first on Peacock, shortly after their theatrical debuts. Subscribers get access to award-winning films and blockbuster favorites from Universal, Blumhouse, Illumination, DreamWorks Animation and more.

    You can pre-order Monkey Man now and included below is the press announcement:


    EXPERIENCE THE ACTION-PACKED THRILL RIDE
    FROM PRODUCER JORDAN PEELE

    AND DIRECTOR & STAR DEV PATEL

    STREAMING EXCLUSIVELY ON PEACOCK JUNE 14

    OWN THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION WITH ALL NEW BONUS CONTENT
    ON DIGITAL JUNE 11, 2024,

    4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD JUNE 25, 2024

    CERTIFIED FRESH ON ROTTEN TOMATOES

    Universal City, California, June 3, 2024 –  is primal. Relive the epic action when MONKEY MAN becomes available to own with brand-new bonus content on Digital June 11, 2024 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD June 25, 2024 from Monkeypaw Productions and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Full of “staggeringly impressive action” (Collider), MONKEY MAN cuts into the world of gritty and stylized hand-to-hand combat with a fresh take on the genre, bearing the birth of a new action star. Experience more excitement when you own the Collector's Edition, which has over 55 minutes of all-new bonus features, including an alternate opening, alternate ending, deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurettes and more!

    Plus, continue to fuel the adrenaline when MONKEY MAN makes its streaming debut exclusively on Peacock beginning June 14th.
     
    From Oscar® winning Producer Jordan Peele (Get OutUsNope) comes Oscar® nominee Dev Patel’s (Slumdog MillionaireLion) astonishing tour-de-force directorial debut, inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage. Patel stars as a man with no name, scarred by a brutal childhood, who ekes out a meager living in underground fighting rings. But when he finds a way to rise up and infiltrate his city’s corrupt elite, he kicks off an explosive campaign for retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him as a boy. Channeling the rage of the poor and powerless, an unexpected hero emerges in this fight-filled action epic.
     
    MONKEY MAN is directed by Dev Patel from his original story and his screenplay with Paul Angunawela and John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). Dev Patel stars alongside Sharlto Copley (Hardcore Henry, District 9), Sobhita Dhulipala (Major, “The Night Manager”), Vipin Sharma (Hotel Mumbai, Gangs of Wasseypur), Sikandar Kher (“24: India,” “Sense8”), and Pitobash Tripathi (Million Dollar Arm, Shor in the City).
     
    EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES WHEN YOU OWN on DIGITAL, 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD:
    • ALTERNATE OPENING
    • ALTERNATE ENDING
    • DELETED/EXTENDED SCENES
      • True Shakti
      • Mother’s Death
      • Training Montage
      • Lucky Kid
      • Alphonso Death
      • Post Credit Button
    • A LABOR OF LOVE - First-time director Dev Patel shares how this project came about as well as some of the obstacles he and his crew faced along the way. Cast and cre­w highlight Patel’s unique scope of skills and contributions to the film as well as partnering with Monkeypaw.
    • MONKEY MAN OF ACTION - In MONKEY MAN, Dev Patel transforms from underdog to hero, establishing a style of action that is uniquely his own. This piece goes behind the scenes into Patel's stunt and fight training, taking a closer look at how the movement in these scenes was captured.
    • FATEFUL ENCOUNTERS - Throughout our hero’s journey, Kid comes face to face with many individuals. Some embody good and others evil, but each encounter shapes Kid’s actions. Cast discuss their characters and what drew them into the light, or darkness, that their roles required.
    • ROOTS EXPOSED MONKEY MAN explores the story of a beloved folktale and its place in our modern world. Writer, director, producer, and star of the film, Dev Patel, shares his passion for bringing this story along with the representation of his culture to life.
    • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director/Actor/Writer/Producer Dev Patel, Producers Jomon Thomas and Sam Sahni, and Co-Producer Raghuvir Joshi

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  • Could It BE Any More 4K? 'Friends: The Complete Series' comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray September 24th

    Posted Thu May 30, 2024 at 07:42 AM PDT by
    Friends: The Complete Series - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    So no one told you Physical Media was gonna be this way
    Your DVD's a joke, you're broke, your streaming life's DOA
    It's like you're always stuck in 480i
    When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, but
    4K UHD'll be there for you!!! 

    After yesterday's surprise Amazon pre-order drop -we now have more info about what we're getting with this release of Friends: The Complete Series on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Still don't fully know the aspect ratio or if there will be an HDR grade yet, but we do have some more details to share with you. 

    Friends: The Complete Series - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Here's the initial press release with all the gory details as we know them:

     The One in 4K”

     

    FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

    COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD FOR THE FIRST TIME

     

    This Ultimate Collector’s Set Features All 10 Seasons from One of Television’s Most Popular Sitcoms Completely Remastered – Plus All New Bonus Content!

     

    Available To Own on September 24, 2024

     

     

    BURBANK, CA (May 30, 2024) – Oh, My Gawd!  In celebration of the 30th anniversary of one of television’s most watched sitcoms, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release FRIENDS: The Complete Series in 4K Ultra HD on September 24, 2024.  This ultimate collector’s set for any FRIENDS fan includes over 110 hours of content – including all 236 original broadcast episodes released for the first time in 4K Ultra HD, plus over 20 hours of extra features including all-new bonus content. Pre-order your copy now.

     

    From Warner Bros. Television, FRIENDS follows the lives and loves of a close-knit group of friends living in New York City: siblings Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), along with friends Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston).

     

    FRIENDS was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Throughout its run, the show was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards®, winning six awards including Best Comedy Series in 2002. 

     

    FRIENDS maintains its influence among viewers. Since its launch, the series has been watched over 71 billion times in the United States alone, across all linear & SVOD platforms. On an international level, viewers spent a total of more than 1.4 billion hours with FRIENDS in 2023 across linear and SVOD internationally.

     

    As FRIENDS marks its 30th anniversary this year, the beloved TV series continues to hold an enduring place in popular culture and hearts worldwide. With its witty humor, relatable characters, and memorable catchphrases, FRIENDS transcends generations with its universal appeal, making it a classic that continues to bring joy and laughter to fans around the world.

     

    Series information:

     

    FRIENDS: The Complete Series

    Includes all 236 original broadcast episodes from the iconic 10 seasons of the beloved series, plus hours of special features which has been created over the years including two hours of all-new bonus content.

     

    PRODUCT                           

    4K Ultra HD  

                           

    Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, German 2.0 S DD, French 2.0 S DD, Japanese 2.0 S DD, Castilian-Spanish 2.0 S DD

    Subtitles: English SDH, German SDH, French, Japanese, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, Complex Chinese

    Running time: 236 (30 min) episodes. Over 20 hours of special features including all-new bonus content

    Rated: PG

    About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

    Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

    The series is up for pre-order - we're sure that price point will drop closer to release day. Happy collecting! 

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  • The Stars Come Out For Warner Archive Collection's July 2024 Blu-ray Releases

    Posted Tue May 28, 2024 at 04:45 PM PDT by
    Warner Archive Collection July 2024 Announcement

    The Warner Archive Collection has announced and detailed their next batch of Blu-ray releases.  They are Northwest Passage (1940), Idiot's Delight (1939), Harum Scarum (1965), Marie: A True Story (1985),  The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995), War of the Buttons (1994), and an animated double-feature - Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost/Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (1999/2000).  All will be available for purchase on July 30.

    First up we have King Vidor's classic 1940 adventure Northwest Passage starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, and Ruth Hussey.

    Northwest Passage (1940) - Warner Archive Collection 

    Northwest Passage (1940) - Warner Archive Collection 

    Spencer Tracy and a stellar supporting cast grab muskets, gun powder and knives, and head out for adventure in Northwest Passage, a lavish Technicolor® retelling of French and Indian War heroics, based on Kenneth Roberts’ best seller. Tracy plays a true-life explorer Major Robert Rogers, the intrepid leader of the celebrated Roberts’ Rangers fighting force that took on one of the most challenging expeditions in military history. Tracy’s portrayal brilliantly captures the American pioneering spirit, but he had to muster up his own will to carry it off. “It isn’t exactly fun to work in bitter cold and be sloshing through mud all day” he said. For twelve grueling weeks of location shooting, he endured trapsing through swamps, crossing rapids, and climbing mountains. Of this rousing epic (released shortly after Gone With the Wind), The New York Times wrote, “Now that the ‘Wind’ has stopped ruffling your hair, you can have it lifted, scalp and all in Northwest Passage. With stellar direction by thr great King Vidor, this new Blu-ray presentation, derived from 4K scans of the original nitrate Technicolor® negatives provides a revelatory viewing experience of an all-time classic adventure!

    BD-50
    COLOR
    Running time: 128 Minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16x9 1.37:1
    English SDH
    Audio: DTS HD MA 2.0
    Special features: Vintage promotional featurette: NORTHWARD, HO!
    Original Theatrical Trailer

    Next is another classic, Clarence Brown's 1939 romantic comedy Idiot's Delight starring Norma Shearer and Clark Gable.

    Idiot's Delight (1939) - Warner Archive Collection

    Idiot's Delight (1939) - Warner Archive Collection 

    M-G-M legends Norma Shearer and Clark Gable star in Clarence Brown’s smashing adaptation of Robert E. Sherwood’s Pulitzer prize-winning play. They first meet in Omaha. They meet again years later at the Swiss border…and at the edge of World War II. Gable as smalltime hoofer Harry Van and Shearer as his one-time honey Irene, now passing herself off as a Russian aristocrat and clinging to the arm of a munitions baron who strike sparks in this witty, cogent clash of love and war, which was one of M-G-M’s many 1939 instant classics. Idiot’s Delight, released in the same year as Gone with the Wind, shows Gable at his rakish, manly, movie-star best. The most memorable scene features Gable’s performance “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, a wise-guy song-and-dance routine to the Irving Berlin classic that ends with the King leaping gracefully into the arms of a chorus line of peroxide cuties. Lucky girls!

    The Blu-ray will feature a NEW 2024 1080p HD Master from 4K Scan of Best Preservation Elements 

    BD-50
    Running Time: 105 Minutes
    16x9 1.37:1 with side mattes
    DTS-MA HD 2.0 MONO
    English SDH
    NOT RATED
    SPECIAL FEATURES: Classic cartoons: THE GOOD EGG (HD) and IT’S AN ILL WIND (HD)
    Original Theatrical Trailer

    The 1965 musical comedy Harum Scarum directed by Gene Nelson and featuring Elvis Presley and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley.

    Harum Scarum (1965) - Warner Archive Collection 

    Harum Scarum (1965) - Warner Archive Collection 

    “Go East, Young Man“ sings showbiz star and martial arts wizard, Johnny Tyrone. To hear is to obey. A clandestine group of called the Assassins kidnaps Johnny and whisks him to a remote Arabian realm isolated from the world for 2,000 years. Sheik meets desert chic when Elvis Presley plays Johnny and teams with former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley (Presley‘s Girl Happy co-star) in this tuneful frolic, partially shot on the original set built for Cecil B. DeMille’s 1927 epic King of Kings and directed by music movie musical veteran Gene Nelson. The kidnappers want Johnny to use his fighting finesse to kill a desert king. Johnny a hitman? No, he’s a hit, man, a top singer of songs like Kismet, Harum Holiday and nine more, all part of the jammin’, scamming, swashbuckling fun of Harum Scarum.

    The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p HD master from 4K Scan of the original negative. 

    BD-50
    COLOR
    16x9 1.85:1
    DTS HD MA 2.0
    English SDH
    Running time: 95 Minutes
    NOT RATED
    Special Features:
    TOM AND JERRY CARTOONS: "The Cat's Me-Ouch" (HD) and "Of Feline Bondage (HD)
    the original theatrical trailer.

    Roger Donaldson's Marie: A True Story (1985) starring Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels, and Morgan Freeman is also on the way.

    Marie: A True Story (1985) - Warner Archive Collection

    Marie: A True Story (1985) - Warner Archive Collection 

    Pay the man, get out of prison. It’s a sweet deal for the Tennessee officials who let killers and rapists go free for a price. And who would have the guts to defy the state’s power elite? No one, except a courageous single mom named Marie Ragghianti. Masterful director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Thirteen Days) helmed this gripping film which tells the true story of a woman who became the head of the Tennessee parole board, then stood up to lies, threats, and murder to blow the whistle on her bosses – and send many of them, including the Governor, to the pen. Sissy Spacek brings luminous intelligence to the role of Marie, and the remarkable supporting cast includes Morgan Freeman, Jeff Daniels, and screen-debuting Fred Thompson (later a Tennessee Senator) playing himself as Marie’s real – life attorney.

    BD-50
    COLOR
    16x9 2.39:1 Letterbox
    DTS HD MA 2.0
    English SDH
    Running time: 112 Minutes
    Contains the original theatrical trailer

    The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) from director James Keach and produced by Clint Eastwood is next - starring Robert Duvall, Aiden Quinn, Francis Fisher and Brian Dennehy.

    The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) - Warner Archive Collection 

    The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) - Warner Archive Collection 

    Texas 1935. It’s a time of boomtowns or bust for oil wildcatters and, repeatedly, derby-topped Mr. Cox has come out flat busted. Not to worry. Mr. Cox has a mule – headed optimism. He’s sure as the sunrise that near the town of Henrietta on a cotton farm that raises more dust than bolls, there’s black gold beneath the barren sod. From Clint Eastwood‘s production company, The Stars Fell on Henrietta is a sweet – natured tail of hope and redemption. As Mr. Cox, Robert Duvall has another acclaimed performance to his gallery of great roles. And Aiden Quinn, Francis Fisher and Brian Dennehy shine as Lone Star denizens, not so much swayed, as gradually infected by Cox’s unflagging will. That optimism, you’ll discover, is catching. Are a doodlebug rod, tasting the soil, or even tossing the cat and marking where it lands unusual way to find oil? Yes. Are they hopeless? Never. Or, as Mr. Cox might say, “You’ve got to hitch your wagon to a star, sweetheart.“

    The Blu-ray includes a NEW 2024 1080p HD Master

    BD-50
    COLOR
    16x9 2.39:1
    DTS HD MA 5.1 Surround
    English SDH
    Running time: 109 Minutes
    RATED PG
    Contains the original theatrical trailer

    Yann Samuell's 1994 comedy-drama War of the Buttons starring Gregg Fitzgerald and Gerard Kearney is coming in July as well.

    War of the Buttons (1994) - Warner Archive Collection

    War of the Buttons (1994) - Warner Archive Collection 

    No stones in slingshots. No skirmishes too late in the day. They are the rules of war for the youngsters of two neighboring Irish villages. And here’s another rule: if you spit shake on something you better follow through. Kids will be kids. But sometimes they, in their own fanciful ways, will be adults. What’s unique and marvelous here Oscar®-winning Chariots of Fire screenwriter Colin Welland says “is that it’s not an adult view of childhood at all, but a child’s view of adulthood“ Welland joins fellow Chariots of Fire Academy Award® winner David Putnam for a winning tale in which buttons are the gods of a would-be war. The rival teens are screen newcomers, but you wouldn’t know it from their seasoned performances. And if you don’t know why Ireland is the Emerald Isle, this scenic charmer is breathtaking proof.

    BD-50
    COLOR
    6x9 1.85:1
    DTS HD MA 2.0
    English SDH
    Running time: 94 Minutes
    RATED PG
    Contains the original theatrical trailer

    And finally, there's usually some Hanna-Barbera goodness popping out of the collection and here we have the animated double feature Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost and Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders.

    Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost / Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders 
    Double Feature - Warner Archive Collection

    Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost/Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (1999/2000) (Double Feature) - Warner Archive Collection 

    The world's most lovable mystery-solving dog, along with best friend Shaggy and the rest of the gang, bring on the laughs and adventures on this double-feature Blu-ray™ release! In Scooby-Doo and The Witch's Ghost, Scooby, Shaggy and co. get tied up with bumbling mummies and monster turkeys when famous fright-writer, Ben Ravencroft, invites the gang to his hometown for the Autumn Harvest Festival. There, they learn that Ben's ancestor, Sarah, haunts the place, and they set out to uncover the ghostly Ravencroft secret that will prove her either a good-hearted healer or a spell-casting witch. In Scooby-Doo and The Alien Invaders, Scooby, Shaggy and the Mystery, Inc. are stranded in a desert town where they soon discover a plethora of flying saucer buffs, secretive scientists and less-than-friendly extraterrestrials! But after aliens chase and beam them aboard a UFO, clues to the mystery of the alien invaders lead the gang from a top-secret government research base to an intricate network of caves hidden under the town, the race to crack the case redefines the term "far out" in this hilarious space-capade. Dedicated Scooby fans can now rejoice having these two fan favorite features on this new release, both for the first time on Blu-ray™.

    BD-50
    COLOR
    16x9 1.33
    DTS HD MA 5.1 Surround
    English SDH
    Running times:
    Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost-66 Minutes
    Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders-74 Minutes
    Special features: Making-of featurettes, promotional trailers

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  • BELIEVE! 'Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way' Complete Series Blu-ray Box Set Arriving July 30

    Posted Tue May 28, 2024 at 12:06 PM PDT by
    Ted Lasso - The Complete Series Blu-ray

    All 34 episodes of the critically-acclaimed comedy series Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis as the titular character will be getting a Blu-ray release on July 30.

    The Apple TV+ sports comedy series Ted Lasso debuted in 2020, and since then it has won 13 Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - both two years in a row), as well as multiple Golden Globe Awards and Critics' Choice Awards.

    In a bitter divorce settlement from her billionaire husband Rupert Mannion, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) becomes the new owner of British football club AFC Richmond. She's assisted by her Director of Football Operations, Higgins (Jeremy Swift), who formerly worked for her husband. Her first order of business is to fire the team's current manager and replace him with an idealistic all-American football coach Theodore "Ted" Lasso (Jason Sudeikis). Ted and his friend, assistant Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) cross the pond to take up the management of the team's "long, albeit modest" history. Ted gets to know the team - including Team Captain Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), top scorer Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) and more - but finds his first friend in the locker room assistant Nathan (Nick Mohammed). Half a world away from his wife and child, Ted could use a friend. But he presses on, nevertheless. Richmond is about to change the way they're doing things — and from now on — that is the Lasso way.

    Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way
    Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way
     

    Specs and supplements have yet to be fully revealed, but for a limited time the Blu-ray boxset will include a BELIEVE poster while quantities last.

    Pre-orders for Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way are now listed and here is the full press release:


     

    EMMY® AWARD-WINNING HIT COMEDY SERIES TED LASSO

    ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY AND DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME

    ON JULY 30, 2024

     

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

     

    BURBANK, CA (May 28, 2024) – It’s time to BELIEVE! The heartwarming and critically acclaimed comedy series, Ted Lasso, is making its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray and DVD, bringing its infectious blend of humor, heart, and hope directly into the homes of fans.  Experience the magic of the series all over again, or for the first time, with all 34 episodes from Seasons 1-3 in one special boxset that will include a limited edition, double-sided BELIEVE poster, available while supplies last.  Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way will be available for purchase online and in-store at major retailers on July 30, 2024. Pre-order your copy now.

    Ted Lasso stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, an American football coach hired to manage a British soccer team — despite having no experience. But what he lacks in knowledge, he makes up for with optimism, underdog determination…and biscuits.  The series also stars Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Anthony Head, Toheeb Jimoh, Cristo Fernandez, Kola Bokinni, Billy Harris, James Lance with Juno Temple.

    In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, and Bill Wrubel also serve as executive producers, along with Doozer’s Jeff Ingold and Liza Katzer. Jane Becker and Jamie Lee also serve as executive producers. Star Brett Goldstein serves as writer and co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

    Since its premiere on Apple TV+ in 2020, Ted Lasso has earned widespread acclaim from audiences and critics alike.  Winner of 13 Emmy® Awards, including back-to-back wins in the following categories: Outstanding Comedy Series (2021, 2022), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis (2021, 2022), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Brett Goldstein (2021, 2022), along with an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series win for Hannah Waddingham (2021), multiple Golden Globe Awards and Critics' Choice Awards, the series has broken records, solidifying its place as one of the most beloved and celebrated series of all time.

     

    Synopsis

    In a bitter divorce settlement from her billionaire husband Rupert Mannion, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) becomes the new owner of British football club AFC Richmond. She's assisted by her Director of Football Operations, Higgins (Jeremy Swift), who formerly worked for her husband. Her first order of business is to fire the team's current manager and replace him with an idealistic all-American football coach Theodore "Ted" Lasso (Jason Sudeikis). Ted and his friend, assistant Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) cross the pond to take up the management of the team's "long, albeit modest" history.  Ted gets to know the team - including Team Captain Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), top scorer Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) and more - but finds his first friend in the locker room assistant Nathan (Nick Mohammed). Half a world away from his wife and child, Ted could use a friend. But he presses on, nevertheless. Richmond is about to change the way they're doing things — and from now on — that is the Lasso way.

     

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    Languages: English

    Subtitles: English

    Running Time: 1,447 minutes

    Rating: TV-MA (14A in Canada)

     

     

    About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

    Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

     

     

     

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  • WB Fills 4K Gaps with 6-Film Rocky Ultimate Knockout Collection July 16th

    Posted Tue May 28, 2024 at 12:02 PM PDT by
    Rocky: Ultimate Knockout Collection, Rocky V, and Rocky Balboa - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    After delivering the 4-Film Knockout Collection, Warner Bros. is set to deliver the final blow with the 6-Film, Rocky: Ultimate Knockout Collection. This will offer up the previously available four films complete with the woeful Rocky V and two cuts of Rocky Balboa 

    It was only a matter of time before the whole series got here, and that day has come. While the first four Rocky classics were rushed to 4K to tie into the release of Creed III, Stallone was hard at work delivering a new Director's Cut of Rocky Balboa that runs fourteen minutes longer than the Theatrical Cut. Sadly, there isn't a new cut of Rocky V - but to be fair there's not a lot that can be done for that one. Stallone's done about all he can do to make fans forget it ever existed. Now the rough deal is there are no plans that we've found to help fans upgrade their previously available 4-film sets - beyond the stand-alone 4K SteelBooks also due on the 16th. We also understand discs with corrected audio and the aspect ratio mismatch for Rocky IV are supposed to be included here too (we're still waiting for our corrected discs to arrive). 

    Rocky: Ultimate Knockout Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Rocky V - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

    Rocky Balboa - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     


    The press releases for this outing didn't include HDR grade details or audio - but the back of the box image on Amazon indicates DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 for all theatrical editions, DTS-HD MA 5.1 for the Director's Cuts of Rocky IV and Rocky Balboa. Without details, the PR also indicated the Ultimate Knockout Collection will have a bonus Blu-ray with a "selection of previously released special features." Don't know if that's the same disc from the previous set or something new. Obviously we'll cover these at length as soon as they're available! 

    The Ultimate Knockout Collection and the SteelBooks are now up for Pre-order - Happy Collecting! 

    Here's the full press release:


    ROCKY I-VI FILM COLLECTION COMING TO 4K ULTRA HD

    MGM’s ROCKY, ROCKY II, ROCKY III, ROCKY IV, ROCKY V AND ROCKY BALBOA WILL BE AVAILABLE AS A COMPLETE SET FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DISC IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
     
    Own it on 4K Ultra HD Disc on July 16, 2024

     
    Burbank, Calif., May 28, 2024 – Relive every punch from one of the most iconic and beloved sports drama franchises with the ROCKY I-VI 4K Collection, newly remastered in stunning 4K Ultra HD. Sylvester Stallone stars in the greatest boxing saga of all time and triumphs as one of the most inspirational characters in cinematic history. Witness every epic, action packed fight and unforgettable moment as Rocky punches his way to the top against impossible odds when the ROCKY I-VI 4K Collection is released on July 16, 2024.
     
    The ROCKY I-VI 4K Collection includes the MGM feature films ROCKY, ROCKY II, ROCKY III, ROCKY IV, ROCKY V and ROCKY BALBOA, along with the ROCKY IV Ultimate Director’s Cut, ROCKY VS. DRAGO and the ROCKY BALBOA Director’s Cut.  The collection contains a Blu-ray disc featuring the hour-long behind the scenes documentary on the making of the extended director’s cut of ROCKY IV, Sylvester Stallone’s commentary on ROCKY BALBOA along with an alternate ending, deleted scenes and four behind the scenes featurettes from the filmThe disc also includes a selection of previously released special features. 
     
    In addition, ROCKY V and ROCKY BALBOA will be available individually in steelbook packaging.
     
    The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will include an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with each feature film in 4K with HDR, a bonus Blu-ray disc with the documentary and a selection of pre-existing special features, and a Digital version of the feature films.
     
    Ultra HD Blu-ray showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.  
     
    For the complete 4K Ultra HD experience with HDR, a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and a high-speed HDMI (category 2) cable are required.
     
    The Ultra HD Blu-ray disc featuring the films ROCKY, ROCKY II, ROCKY III, ROCKY IV, ROCKY IV Ultimate Director’s Cut, ROCKY VS. DRAGO, ROCKY, ROCKY BALBOA and the ROCKY BALBOA Director’s Cut will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.
     
     
     
    About the Films:
     
    ROCKY (1976)
    Nominated for 10 Academy Awards®, this 1976 Best Picture Winner inspired a nation. A struggling Philadelphia club fighter (Sylvester Stallone) gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight for love, glory and self-respect. Featuring a legendary musical score and thrilling fight sequences, this rousing crowd-pleaser scores a knockout!
     
    The film is directed by John G. Avilsden from a screenplay and story by Sylvester Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, and Burgess Meredith.
     
    ROCKY received ten 
    Academy Award® nominations and won three, including Best Picture. Best Director and Best Film Editing. In 2006, the Library of Congress selected ROCKY for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
     
    ROCKY II (1979)
    After club fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) goes the distance with the world heavyweight
    champion, boxing fans clamor for a rematch. But Rocky, having sustained massive injuries,
    announces his retirement. Though he tries to make a new life for himself, Rocky realizes that he can’t escape his true calling. The ring beckons once more, and the “Italian Stallion” must prepare
    for the fight of his life.
     
    The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone from a screenplay and story by Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, and Burgess Meredith.
     
    ROCKY III (1982)
    As Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) fights his way into the hearts of millions, life couldn’t be
    better. But when Clubber Lang (Mr. T) KOs Rocky in a humiliating defeat, it becomes apparent
    that the “Italian Stallion” has lost his edge. Considering hanging up his gloves, Rocky receives
    encouragement from an unlikely ally: his old nemesis, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). With Creed’s
    help, Rocky strives to regain the “eye of the tiger” before confronting Lang in a grueling rematch!
     
    The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone from a screenplay and story by Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Burgess Meredith, and Mr. T.
     
    ROCKY IV (1985)
    Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) holds the world heavyweight boxing championship but faces a new challenger: Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a 6'4", 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union. Rocky prepares for a powerfully charged fight, in which he must defend not only himself but the honor of his country!
     
    Also included is ROCKY IV: Rocky vs. Drago. Stallone masterfully reshapes ROCKY IV in the ultimate director’s cut!
     
    The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone from a screenplay and story by Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen, and Dolph Lundgren.
     
    ROCKY V (1990)
    Upon returning home from his latest triumph, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) learns that his money has been lost and that his fight-related injuries mean retirement. Moving the family back to South Philly, the fighter must resolve the deep-rooted resentment held by his son (Sage Stallone), a bitterness that only grows when Rocky trains Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison), a young boxer who soon rises to national prominence. And when Tommy turns against his mentor, Rocky knows he must fight once more!
     
    The film is directed by John G. Avilsden from a screenplay and story by Sylvester Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Tommy Morrison, and Burgess Meredith.
     
    ROCKY BALBOA (2006)
    When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver) retaliates by challenging the Italian Stallion to a 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son (Milo Ventimiglia) and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history!
     
    Also included is ROCKY BALBOA Director’s Cut, featuring an additional 14 minutes of footage not seen in theaters.
     
    The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone from a screenplay and story by Stallone. The film is produced by Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, and Kevin King and stars Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Traver, A.J. Benza, Geraldine Hughes, Milo Ventimiglia, and Tony Burton.
     
    ROCKY
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
    Run Time: 119 minutes
    Rating: PG
    Street Date: 7/16/24
     
    ROCKY II
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
    Run Time: 120 minutes
    Rating: PG
    Street Date: 7/16/24
     
    ROCKY III
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
    Run Time: 100 minutes
    Rating: PG
    Street Date: 7/16/24
     
    ROCKY IV
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
    Run Time: 91 minutes (Theatrical Version)
    Rating: PG
     
    Run Time: 93 minutes (Extended Director’s Cut Version)
    Rating: PG-13 for violent sports action and brief strong language
     
    Street Date: 7/16/24
     
     
    ROCKY V
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
    Run Time: 104 minutes
    Rating: PG-13
    Street Date: 7/16/24
     
    ROCKY BALBOA
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
    Run Time: 102 minutes (Theatrical Version)
    Rating: PG
     
    Run Time: 116 minutes (Extended Director’s Cut Version)
    Rating: Not Rated
     
    Street Date: 7/16/24

     
    THE CREDITS
     
    About MGM
    Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network MGM+, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit 
    www.mgm.com
     
    About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment
    Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

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