• Time To Get Your Fuzzy Pink Elephant - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Feb 18, 2024

    Posted Sun Feb 18, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
    HDD February 18th 4K UHD Blu-ray Shopping Guide

    If you're ready for a slight breather, this week is that week. There are still a couple of decent titles still to ponder. Our 3 week countdown to those James Cameron 4K releases is on! Pinch me when it's real.

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 38 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 18th - February 24th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

    It's a NO on the import Monday or Friday docket, and there are no New Releases either. But, let's get started on Domestic Tuesday catalog titles...

    First from Paramount, Beverly Hills Cop III. Many that are not fans of this one are probably trying to compare it to the first 2 films, just don't do it. The completionist in me is glad to see it. And if you held out for the 3-Movie Collection, that's available too.

       

     

     Next, Shout! Factory brings us 90s thriller Darkman. There is also a general release SteelBook option available as well.

       

     

    A pair of releases come from Kino Lorber this week. First, action/thriller The Last Castle with Robert Redford and James Gandolfini. And next, in the we sort of expected it category, Leviathan gets a shiny new 4K release. When I think of underwater movies of that era, I think The Abyss, Deepstar Six and of course, this one.

       

     

    From Criterion, The Heroic Trio / Executioners. If the big "C" wasn't on the fron cover, you would swear this was an Arrow Release.

     

    And the last one in the 4K section, Sony Pictures offers us Paprika (2006), with Dolby Vision and a Dolby Atmos (Japanese) track. It is not 100% clear that the English 5.1 track is on the 4K disc, but one would certainly expect it to be.

    Next week, between the Walmart Exclusives on Monday, and the Tuesday offerings, it could be another good sized and expensive week,

     

    Blu-ray releases-

    Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Leviathan gets a new special edition this week from Kino Lorber. And Criterion delivers with The Heroic Trio / Executioners. Everything else we already have.

     If you have been following Criterion partner Janus Contemporaries, you would know that their next release, Afire is available this week.

     

     For the Criterion label itself, a period drama film titled Nothing But a Man.

     The next Kino Cult title,  spine number 6 comes out this week, titled Drifter.

     

     Look for The Luzhin Defence from Sony Pictures Classics this week.

     

     The Warner Archive release of Hanna-Barbera's Superstars 10: The Complete Film Collection awaits your order status. My order status is Pre-Ordered! Available individually as well, but the price of 3 or 4 gets you all 10, they are The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, Rockin' with Judy Jetson, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats, Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears, Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose and Yogi's Great Escape.

     

     Anime highlight includes just Himouto! Umaru-chan R - Complete Collection (Premium Box Set).

     

     Honorable mention because we love physical media, a random throw at you title from MGM, The Groom Wore Spurs.

     For imports this week, on Thursday, Umbrella Entertainment's web shop exclusive releases. That means that general releases available on Amazon will follow in a couple of weeks.

     

     

    Friday gives is a bunch of media books from Turbine Medien:

     

     

     Then, just to keep it interesting, Amazon makes available a bunch of Umbrella Entertainment (and one Arrow title) available. I would expect to see Wolf Pack get a domestic release as that is on recent Paramount+ title:

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Criterion Collection has revealed their MAY 2024 slate of titles. Check out our news story.

     Paramount will be releasing The Crow to 4K and 4K SteelBook on May 7th.

     

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  • The Ballad of the Empty Wallet - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Feb 11, 2024

    Posted Sun Feb 11, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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     It's funny what a difference a single week makes. For 4K anyway, we go from a total drought to a well above average list. It's feast or famine I tell ya, and with the word Hunger in one of this week's releases, bring on the feast! This week could easily be a $500 week!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 37 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 11th - February 17th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     Import Monday begins with a pair of titles. First from 101Films, look for Alligator. It comes in a fancy looking package and also includes a bonus blu-ray of Alligator II.

     And next from Arrow Video, a fat-pack release of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Kino did an excellent domestic release, so if you're happy with that, probably no reason to import this. Note: Although a release date of the 12th, we had to update our link to Amazon US (with a 2/23 street date) because Amazon UK is showing sold out.

     If those didn't make your wallet tingle a bit, let's get ready to feel the burn with Domestic Tuesday releases.

     There are THREE new release titles this week. For movies, going with the higher rated one first (and probably better quality AV too... BD100/Dolby Vision), from LionsGate, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Available as a Standard Edition, an Amazon Exclusive Edition and a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

       

     

     And second, Disney/Marvel, 2023's The Marvels, which comes as a Standard Edition and a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

       

     

     Still in the new releases category, BBC Nature's Planet Earth III. This one still features David Attenborough behind the mic.

     

     It has been a short hop from there to here, Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 4 becomes available this week. Six more films from their film vault to tide us over a bit. Can we say Volume 5?

     

     We got Flashdance, we got Dirty Dancing, it's only inevitable we also get Footloose from Paramount. Also available as a SteelBook featuring an alternative cover art. Thanks, now I got Kenny Loggins stuck in my head.

       

     

     Universal has another batch of 4K upgrades to recent blu-ray releases. First, Harriet, based on the story of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. And second, Ticket to Paradise with George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

       

     

     Universal's final release of the week, (previously delayed from last year) Universal Classic Monsters: Limited Edition Collection. This one is limited to a quantity of 5500 and each one is individually numbered. I'm still trying to picture how this set will come, the photo shows a book and 8 loose discs.

     

     Shout! Factory brings us Willy's Wonderland, with what Bryan says is a great-looking video presentation. This one is also available as a general release (not Walmart exclusive) SteelBook.

       

     

     Friday import from Turbine Medien Group, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas gets a standard slipcover edition release.

     Next week's slate should be a bit gentler on our finances, a decent amount of releases, just not box sets. Get ready for Beverly Hills Cop III, Leviathan, Darkman, and a tad more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and The Marvels.

     The rest of the blu-ray category is a bit light this week.

     From LionsGate, Priscilla, an Elvis Presley story from the eyes of Priscilla Beaulieu.

     

     Criterion Collection this week has Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons.

     Fear Is the Key debuts to blu-ray from Arrow Video. Crossing the Pacific, The Shaolin Plot also gets an Arrow Video Limited Edition.

     

     TV On Disc this week includes Boystown - The Complete Season 1, Flunk - Season 1, Flunk - Season 2, Flunk - Season 3, 'Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series'  and The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Season 1 [SteelBook].

     

     Anime highlights include One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Five and Spy x Family Season 1 Part 2, which comes as a Standard Edition and as a Limited Edition.

     

     Boutique label Radiance Films has the thriller Goodbye & Amen.

     The Shout Select label has Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black.

     Honorable mentions from Kino Lorber, Blood on the Sun with James Cagney debuts to blu-ray this week, as does Let's Dance, a musical with Fred Astaire.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Paramount has revealed that Mean Girls (2004) will also be getting a special edition 4K, with a release date of April 30th.

     Universal pictures is adding more and more TV shows to blu-ray. Added are complete series for Suits, Heroes (2006-2016) and The Act.  I know I buy all the ones that I am remotely interested in, so should you!

     Up for order on Amazon is Warner Bros' 4K of The Departed. Exact date TBA.

     

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  • A Momentary Lapse of Releases - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Feb 4, 2024

    Posted Sun Feb 4, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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     Let's take this week to recharge our wallets a little bit. With just one Domestic 4K title and a handful of blu-rays, it's a momentary lapse of releases! Twenty points for the first one that gets the reference.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 36 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of February 4th - February 10th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

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     For Domestic Tuesday this week, we get the 1971 Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller starring Warren Beatty and directed by Robert Altman, brought to us by Criterion.

     

     Thursday releases, a pair of standard editions from Turbine Medien Group out of Germany, The Deep House and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. They previously did media books for both titles, and neither title has gotten a 4K release in the US, see where this is going?

     Next week, watch out as we see a higher than average schedule. It's feast or famine I tell ya! The Marvels, Hunger Games, Footloose and a ton more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Turbine has The Deep House and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer for import.

     If you were a boutique label, this week would be a great week to sell sell sell! How about a horror that could easily be confused with a board game? Yeah, Candy Land would be that title.

     

     A relatively new label to the US, Radiance Films this week has the Japanese language drama The Sting of Death available to purchase.

     Weekly Anime highlights include Handyman Saitou in Another World - The Complete Season, Revenger - The Complete Season and Tears to Tiara - Complete Collection.

     

     Shout! Factory this week offers up the horror/thriller Funeral Home, as well as the sci-fi/thriller The Terminal Man: 50th Anniversary Edition. With Elon Musk in recent news behind a company offering neural implants, this one could become very real!

     

     If you have been following Jess (Jesús) Franco's career, you can check off another release with Voodoo Passion from Full Moon Features.

     In the blu-ray category next week, we see a slight uptick in titles available.

     The last couple of slow weeks I have shared a YouTube link or two. Have fun with this one.. if you like ABBA: Dancing Queen, it was remastered to 4K. So 70's! Mamma Mia anyone?

     

     

     

    A decade forward and it's all about the hair, and the spandex. This one looks fantastic in 4K. Rick Astley!

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Shout! Factory's various labels have announced their April slate of titles. So far we are looking at Rolling Thunder on 4K, and for blu-rays, Affliction, Blue Giant, Lost in Space (movie) and Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey. Winnie The Pooh was already released to a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook last October, so this is a general release. There are 4K options for Pooh overseas, Italy, France and Germany.

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  • Action Speaks Louder Than Words - Shop HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Jan 28, 2024

    Posted Sun Jan 28, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
    Silent Night (2023) backdrop Lionsgate

     It's probably time to queue up that doom and gloom armageddon type music because this week could be very harmful to your wallets/credit card balances. Between 4K and blu-ray we have not seen a week this big in quite some time!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 35 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 28th - February 3rd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     Oh, and the tagline above, that's actually for Silent Night.

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     Import Monday begins with the 1971 Michael Caine crime/thriller Get Carter. Everything else that was slated for Monday got pushed back a couple of weeks.

     And moving on to Domestic Tuesday, let's begin with Silent Night - Walmart Exclusive SteelBook. If you want this one in 4K, Walmart is where you have to go as a standard edition 4K is currently not slated for release. I cannot confirm this yet but it appears this will be online only, which is a head-scratcher as this one would generate a lot of foot traffic.

     

     On to catalog titles, first from Severin Films for a trio of films, Bad Biology, Nightmare and The Psychic.

     

     From Kino Lorber this week, The Boogens and Scarlet Street.

     

     This week is the week to get your fix of Conan films from Arrow Video. The trio of skus include Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer and The Conan Chronicles. The Conan Chronicles shows a release date of February 20 on Amazon, but Arrow Video has indeed confirmed it still has a January 30th street date, and I did get a shipping confirmation from Arrow Video. My guess is Amazon will not get their stock until the 20th. With the B&N sale going on, Amazon appears to be matching the 50% off pricing, so pounce on this if you want it.

     

     MVD has their next Laservision Collection release this week with Cutting Class. Thus far this series of releases has been done quite well.

     

     From Vinegar Syndrome, general releases of D.A.R.Y.L.eXistenZ and The Prophecy I -II-III, and a store direct release of Freeway 1 & 2, which comes in a hard case. Collectors will generally opt for the direct store releases as they almost always contain nicer packaging, while the release on Amazon is a standard edition, often times no slipcovers or swag.

     Criterion this week offers up Trainspotting.

     

     Next week we get a chance to recharge wallets with just one title.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include a lot,  Silent Night, Bad Biology, Nightmare, The Psychic, The Boogens, Scarlet Street, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, The Conan Chronicles, Cutting Class and Trainspotting.

     New Eli Roth horror Thanksgiving comes to blu-ray this week, which, in my opinion, a huge missed opportunity for a 4K release. Sony doesn't usually do the double-dip game as much as Universal does when it comes to a blu-ray first, 4K next, so, best of luck on waiting for a 4K disc. Maybe a Turbine release in the future?

     TV on disc includes The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 2 and Monk: Season Three.

     

     Criterion blu-ray this week, Mudbound, a film based in the 40s along the Mississippi Delta.

     Warner Archive's January batch releases this week, they include Cabin in the Sky, A Day at the Races, Faithless, Joe's Apartment, The Prince and the Pauper (1937) and Rover Dangerfield.

     

     Anime highlights this week, Bocchi the Rock! - The Complete Season, The Case Study of Vanitas - Season 1 Part 2, Kurokami: The Animation, Lovely Complex, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: TV Series 1, Naruto Shippuden Set 2, Ningen Fushin Adventurers Who Dont Believe in Humanity Will Save the World and Sailor Moon Super S: Complete Fourth Season.

     

     From Arrow Video this week, Murphy's War featuring the 'iconic' actor Peter O'Toole.

     

     Next week in this category, another chance to recharge that wallet of yours.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Bros has made it official, Wonka will be streeting to 4K and blu-ray on February 27.

     Michael Mann's Ferrari will be coming to blu-ray on March 12. A 4K release is coming to Italy, and with Michael Mann at the helm I have to wonder if a 4K double-dip will be coming to the US.

     Arrow Video has announced their April 2024 slate, for the US market they include Basket Case in 4K, with a shop exclusive option, and blu-rays of The Scarface Mob and The Tin Star. There are no 4K imports to mention in this batch.

     

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  • It's Quite Elementary - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Jan 21, 2024

    Posted Sun Jan 21, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
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    Just one more week until January's wallet-buster, with February just around the corner! Have you stocked up on Arrow Video titles with the B&N sale in full swing?

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 21st - January 27th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

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     This week is like a sandwich, imports on both ends and domestic releases in the middle.

     For UK Import Monday, first from Arrow Video, their fat-pack for the 1976 horror Carrie.

     

     Next, Second Sight offers up their limited edition release of High Tension. If you want to save a few bucks and opt for the movie-only (no-swag) release, that's an option too. Don't assume these Second SIght titles will get a US release, some of them have thus far not gotten such a release. (Babadook, It Follows, and more)

     

     Domestic Tuesday's new release this week is DC Animated Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One, which comes in a SteelBook package.

     

     And Kino Lorber brings us 1990's comedy Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

     

     Import Friday brings us Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary from Umbrella Entertainment. Their web site offered a couple of swaggy sets as well if you wanted the maximum experience.

     Next week offers a lot more, with three Conan skus, Trainspotting, Silent Night, a couple of Severin titles, Vinegar Syndrome, and more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One from Warner Bros and (see below) Super Mario Bros from Umbrella Entertainment.

     The rest of the category is a bit slow this week, and just like the 4K section, next week is going to be huge.

     Anime highlights include By the Grace of the Gods - Season 2, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Set 8 - Stone Ocean Part 1, RahXephon Complete Collection,

     

     From Criterion this week, Chantal Akerman Masterpieces, 1968–1978.

     Shout Factory has Jennifer 8 with Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman this week, and Stephen King's Thinner.

     

     TV on disc this week from Paramount, Special Ops: Lioness: Season One.

     

     Import Friday consists of Umbrella Entertainment titles:

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Warner Bros. has announced that The Color Purple (2023) 4K and blu-ray editions will arrive March 12th.

     Criterion Collection's April slate has been announced. Do check out Tom's News Story for more info.

    Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be release to 4K and blu-ray on March 12th as well.

     

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  • In Sync With HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Jan 14, 2024

    Posted Sun Jan 14, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
    Trolls Band Together backdrop Universal Pictures

    Another light to moderate week for 4K titles, with blu-ray somewhere around normal. This gives us time to prepare for the end of the month's motherload.

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 33 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 14th - January 20th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     For Import Monday, Second Sight's take on Mean Streets. It is reported to be the same transfer as Criterion's recent release, but of course more swaggy.

     

     With practically a one-week notice, Universal informs the world that Trolls: Band Together streets on the 16th. With that being said, a standard edition only, no SteelBook option or retailer exclusives this go round.

     

     From Synapse Films, Blood Feast (2016) gets that 4K upgrade. Between last week and this, we have three titles with the word 'Blood' in the title.

     

     Next, from Criterion Collection, a 90s Western titled Lone Star. Vague memories on this one.

     

     Still on target for a Tuesday release, Police Story 3: Supercop (standard edition) with Jackie Chan comes at us via 88 Films. This still leaves Police Story 2 4K as an import only, either as a trilogy set or by itself.

     And the final 4K title for this week, The Raid: Redemption from Sony Pictures and in a SteelBook package.

     

     Next week we see a couple of decent imports, another Justice League animated, and a bit of Aahnold comedy.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes Trolls: Band Together from Universal,  Blood Feast (2016) from Synapse Films and Lone Star from Criterion Collection. Doubling back to Trolls, as always, there's a what's out so far collection (Trolls 3-Movie Collection), blu-ray only, not 4K, as well as a Walmart Exclusive and a Target Exclusive. Again, not 4K, so I guess somehow us 4K collectors have no interest in retailer exclusives!??

     Omitting all the reprints this week, we are left with just a few more titles (by volume) than last week.

     From Sony Pictures and just in time for (next) Christmas, Journey to Bethlehem.

     

     The latest GKIDS animated release Ernest & Célestine: A Trip to Gibberitia comes to us via Shout! Factory.

     

     Arrow Video has a box set for us this week, Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe.

     

     Just one Anime highlight this week, Love Flops Complete Collection.

     

     Debuting to blu-ray this week from MGM, Mademoiselle (1966).

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Barnes & Noble right now through February 5th has Arrow Video titles at 50% off. No doubt Amazon will match prices on a majority of them as well. Great time to get those titles you have been waiting to get!

     Shout Factory has revealed multiple titles for March 2024, for 4K, K-19: The Widowmaker, Carrie (2013), Child's Play (2019) and Quigley Down Under. For blu-ray so far, Over the Edge and Stephen King's The Shining (TV Series).

     Upcoming from Paramount in 4K, Major League, which is also available as a SteelBook option as well, Contagion, and, Primal Fear as a Paramount Presents title.

     Universal is offering a couple of 4K upgrades, Harriet, The 355 and Ticket To Paradise.

     Disney has revealed their latest MCU title, The Marvels is coming to blu-ray and 4K February 13th. Disney Pixar's WISH will street March 12th.

     Best Buy appears to be beginning to dismantle their physical media operations. A visit to their web site shows a majority of titles not available for delivery, and the store closest to me has not restocked anything recently. For Exclusive SteelBooks in the future, it would appear Walmart will be the place to look.

     

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  • The Marvels Blasts to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray February 13th

    Posted Mon Jan 8, 2024 at 08:43 AM PST by
    Nia DaCosta's The Marvels

    Disney and Marvel's The Marvels starring Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson is soaring to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K SteelBook, and Blu-ray on February 13. Digital will hit January 16.

    Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her powers are entangled with super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and work together to save the universe.

    The Marvels - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
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    The 4K UHD Blu-ray editions feature Dolby Atmos soundtracks and bonus materials are as follows:


    FEATURETTES

    • Entangled – Take a cosmic trip behind the scenes on The Marvels with the cast and crew of the film. Learn how director Nia DaCosta and the team took on such a vast production, and dive deeper with more details about Marvel’s first ever musical number.
    • The Production Diaries – Experience the lively, upbeat set of The Marvels as cast and crew recall candid and heartwarming moments, along with hilarious anecdotes.


    DELETED SCENES

    • Captain-in-Residence – Kamala finds herself in Carol's ship after an unexpected switch and incredulously picks up a call from Valkyrie.
    • It's Under Control – Carol, Kamala, and Monica find themselves brainstorming for solutions on Aladna.
    • Space Yoga – Muneeba teaches yoga while an exasperated Nick Fury looks on.
    • The Chase – Chaos ensues as Ty-Rone chases Kamala in a tension-filled scene.


    GAG REEL

    • Watch some hilarious outtakes on set with the cast and crew of The Marvels.


    AUDIO COMMENTARY

    • Listen to co-writer/director Nia DaCosta and VFX Supervisor Tara DeMarco talk about the film.

    Pre-orders for The Marvels should be available soon. Included below is the full press release:


    “UPROARIOUSLY FUN AND ACTION-PACKED”
    – Molly Freeman, Screen Rant



    Make Your Marvel Studios Collection Fly Higher! The Marvels
    is available to buy only at Digital retailers on January 16
    and arrives on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 13



    BURBANK, CA (January 8, 2024) – Higher. Further. Faster. Together! Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau and Ms. Marvel assemble in this epic action-packed cosmic adventure. With the help of Nick Fury (and Carol’s pet Flerken, Goose!), they must band together to take on the powerful Dar-Benn, new leader of the Kree.

    The Marvels is directed by Nia DaCosta, who “delivers a film with tons of heart, and endless laughs.” (Amelia Emberwing, IGN) that is “fortified by compelling performances and thoughtful storytelling, delivering a superhero film that pulsates with life, energy, and a sense of purpose.” (Valerie Complex, Deadline).

    Be the first to watch at home on Digital when Marvel Studios’ The Marvels becomes available from all major digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu on January 16 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 13. Fans can add the film to their collection and access exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a gag reel, behind-the-scenes featurettes and an audio commentary from co-writer/director Nia DaCosta and VFX Supervisor Tara DeMarco.


    Film Synopsis
    Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her powers are entangled with super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and work together to save the universe.

    Bonus Features*
    FEATURETTES
    • Entangled – Take a cosmic trip behind the scenes on The Marvels with the cast and crew of the film. Learn how director Nia DaCosta and the team took on such a vast production, and dive deeper with more details about Marvel’s first ever musical number.
    • The Production Diaries – Experience the lively, upbeat set of The Marvels as cast and crew recall candid and heartwarming moments, along with hilarious anecdotes.

    DELETED SCENES
    • Captain-in-Residence – Kamala finds herself in Carol's ship after an unexpected switch and incredulously picks up a call from Valkyrie.
    • It's Under Control – Carol, Kamala, and Monica find themselves brainstorming for solutions on Aladna.
    • Space Yoga – Muneeba teaches yoga while an exasperated Nick Fury looks on.
    • The Chase – Chaos ensues as Ty-Rone chases Kamala in a tension-filled scene.

    GAG REEL
    • Watch some hilarious outtakes on set with the cast and crew of The Marvels.

    AUDIO COMMENTARY
    • Listen to co-writer/director Nia DaCosta and VFX Supervisor Tara DeMarco talk about the film.

    *Bonus features vary by product and retailer

    Cast
    Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
    Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau
    Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel
    Zawe Ashton as Dar-Benn
    Gary Lewis as Emperor Dro'ge
    Seo-Jun Park as Prince Yan
    Zenobia Shroff as Muneeba Khan
    Mohan Kapur as Yusuf Khan
    Saagar Shaikh as Aamir Khan
    Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

    Directed by
    Nia DaCosta

    Produced by
    Kevin Feige, p.g.a.

    Executive Producers
    Louis D’Esposito
    Victoria Alonso
    Mary Livanos
    Jonathan Schwartz
    Matthew Jenkins
    Jamie Christropher

    Written by
    Nia DaCosta and Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik

    Product Specifications
    U.S. and Canada Street Date
    Digital: January 16, 2024
    Physical: February 13, 2024

    Product SKUs
    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD  
    Physical: Cinematic Universe Edition (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD
    Retail Exclusive: Walmart Steelbook® (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code + Steelbook Packaging)
    Bundle: Captain Marvel / The Marvels 2-Movie Collection (Digital 4K / HD / SD)

    Feature Run Time
    Approx. 105 minutes

    Rating
    U.S.: Rated PG-13
    Canada: Rated PG

    Disc Size
    4K UHD: 66GB
    Blu-ray: 50GB
    DVD: 8.5GB

    Aspect Ratio
    Digital: 2.35:1
    Physical: 2.35:1

    U.S. and Canada 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: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, 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 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

    U.S. and Canada Subtitles
    4K: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    DVD: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

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  • HDD's Varsity Picks - The 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 7, 2024

    Posted Sun Jan 7, 2024 at 09:00 AM PST by
    Varsity Blues Paramount Pictures

    We begin the new year off slowly, but as indicators are suggesting, it is going to be a big year for collectors and a deflating experience for our wallets.

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 32 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 7th - January 13th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     No teaser, let's hust get right to it.

     From Paramount, rom-com Varsity Blues. It stars Jon Voight, Paul Walker and more. Have a look-see.

     

     Next from The Criterion Collection, a crime thriller with a little bit of film-noir as well, Blood Simple.

     

     And lastly, I could be wrong about this (and the internet will no doubt submit a hundred messages stating I am), Massacre Video's first 4K release, BloodRayne. And YES, there is a video game series based on the same name/universe.

     

      Next week sees quite an uptick in titles, if you were expecting the Conan movies, those got moved back to the 30th though.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? None this week. Moving on to a tepid slate...

     TV on disc, this one goes way back to 1967, Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace comes via BBC. This one is interesting as the original video masters were lost so they decided to make an animated recreation with the original audio.

     Classic Eddie Murphy standup comes to disc from Paramount with Eddie Murphy: Raw. Having HBO growing up, this one is memorable.

     

     For anime this week, look for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?! Season 4 Part 2One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Four, 'The Tunnel To Summer, The Exit Of Goodbyes' and Tsurune The Movie: The First Shot.

     

     If you've been collecting them, it's time to get volume 16, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI debuts from Kino Lorber.

     How about a pair of Charles Bronson action films from Shout Factory, St. Ives and Telefon?

     

     Next week in blu-ray, about 50% more volume!

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     A bunch of onesie twosie updates happened last week among a lot of boutique labels primarily. I think one of the big titles from Vinegar Syndrome announced during subscriber week would be Walter Hill's Southern Comfort. Their new partner label Cinématographe also revealed Little Darlings (1980). I'm anxious to see what comes next from that label. VS announced a few days into the week they were on track to have a record number of subscribers. I for one would love an "All the 4Ks" sub for Kino Lorber and Shout/Scream Factory, with options to add blu-rays at a discount price of course. That would be me signaling to them that I support their efforts and want it all.

     Amazon has leaked a 4K release of Steven Soderberg's Contagion in 4K, with a February 27 street date. The packaging suggests it is a Warner Archive release.

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  • Willy's Wonderland 4K Collector's Edition + 4K SteelBook Detailed and Pre-orders Live Arriving February 13th

    Posted Fri Jan 5, 2024 at 11:27 AM PST by
    Willy's Wonderland Nicolas Cage Scream Factory

    The 2021 horror/comedy Willy's Wonderland starring Nicolas Cage is getting a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K SteelBook from Scream Factory on February 13.

    A quiet drifter (Nicolas Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Taking on a janitorial job at the now-condemned Willy's Wonderland seems like an easy way to earn some cash ... but the mundane task suddenly becomes an all-out fight for survival when he must do battle with wave after wave of demonic, murderous animatronics.

    Willy's Wonderland - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Willy's Wonderland - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    Willy's Wonderland - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

    Willy's Wonderland - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive SteelBook 

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray as well as the SteelBook edition will include the following: 

     

    Disc One (4K UHD):

    ·     Feature Film in Dolby Vision

     

    Disc Two (Blu-ray):

    ·     “Inside Fun” Featurette

    ·     Set Tour with Actor Christian Del Grosso

    ·     “Fresh Meat” Featurette

    ·     “Colorful Darkness And The Demon-Atrons” Featurette

    ·     Trailer

    Pre-orders for Willy's Wonderland in 4K are up and included below is the full press release:


    WILLY’S WONDERLAND COLLECTOR’S EDITION

    4K UHD™+ BLU-RAY™ COMBO

    &

    WILLY’S WONDERLAND LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK

    ARRIVE FEBRUARY 13, 2024 FROM SCREAM FACTORY™

    “A Violent, Glorious Riot”

    Film Threat

     

    On February 13, 2024, SCREAM FACTORY™ invites horror enthusiasts, movie collectors, and fans of Nicolas Cage to an unforgettable, action-packed thrill ride filled with suspense and terror when the horror thriller WILLY’S WONDERLAND, starring Nicolas Cage, unleashes on home entertainment shelves in a Collector’s Edition 4K UHD™ + Blu-ray™ combo pack and the Limited Edition SteelBook (2-Disc 4K UHD™+ Blu-ray™). Available for the first time in 4K UHD format, this highly anticipated home release boasts high-octane fun with movie presentation in Dolby Vision and insightful special bonus content on Blu-ray. 

     

    When fans and collectors order from ShoutFactory.com, WILLY’S WONDERLAND Collector’s Edition 4K UHD + Blu-ray comes with an exclusive poster featuring the original theatrical artwork, available while supplies last.

     

    WILLY’S WONDERLAND Collector’s Edition | Pre-order here

    WILLY’S WONDERLAND SteelBook | Pre-order here

     

     

    MOVIE SYNOPSIS

     

    A quiet drifter (Nicolas Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Taking on a janitorial job at the now-condemned Willy's Wonderland seems like an easy way to earn some cash ... but the mundane task suddenly becomes an all-out fight for survival when he must do battle with wave after wave of demonic, murderous animatronics.

     

    WILLY’S WONDERLAND stars Nicolas Cage with Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz and Chris Warner and is directed by Kevin Lewis. WILLY’S WONDERLAND is produced by Nicolas Cage, Mike Nilon, Grant Cramer, Jeremy Daniel Davis, David Ozer and Bryan Lord. The Executive Producers are Tim Rouhana, David Nagelberg, David Fannon, Mark Damon, Seth Needle, Tamara Birkemoe, Adam Rifkin, Victor Perillo, Scott Harbert, and Jake Seal.

     

     

    WILLY’S WONDERLAND Collector’s Edition

    Special Features:

     

    Disc One (4K UHD):

    ·     Feature Film in Dolby Vision

     

    Disc Two (Blu-ray):

    ·     “Inside Fun” Featurette

    ·     Set Tour with Actor Christian Del Grosso

    ·     “Fresh Meat” Featurette

    ·     “Colorful Darkness And The Demon-Atrons” Featurette

    ·     Trailer

    ·     Image Galleries

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  • New Year, New Discs - HDD's Final 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide (of 2023) - Week of Dec. 31

    Posted Sun Dec 31, 2023 at 09:00 AM PST by
    the-holdovers-bluray-focus-5

     Happy 2024 everyone, or rather it will be 2024 come Monday.  Extra Dry. Frigid. Antarctica type conditions describe the release calendar this week. And a fun fact, the largest desert on the planet is actually Antarctica with only 2 inches of precipitation a year.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 31 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 31st - January 6th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     There is just one title in this category this week, The Apu Trilogy from The Criterion Collection. I cannot fluff this one up, I know nothing about it except that if it fits your interest, it's a Criterion release, go for it!

     

     Next week, we beging to ramp up, if ever so slowly, with Blood Simple, Bloodrayne and Varsity Blues.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? NOTHING, but that's OK, Apu Trilogy came out from Criterion in 2015.

     LionsGate has a 2023 crime/mystery film titled The Marsh King's Daughter.

     

     Universal has new comedy this week, The Holdovers. Bryan rates this one pretty high, check it out.

     

     If you were a boutique label, this week would be the time to pounce with a title release.

     Shout Factory brings us Chuck Norris action with Forced Vengeance.

     

     The lone anime title this week is The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie.

     

     MGM has two catalog releases for us, Popi and Romantic Comedy.

     Fret not at this pithy of titles, Imprint Films' December batch of titles is available at Amazon US this week, they include:

     Things to do to pass the time when you are not watching a movie on your big screen or perusing High-Def Digest's Site? Glad you asked. You can visit us on FaceBook or on our YouTube Channel. The latter has some interesting videos that you may have seen when reading our reviews or news stories.

     I have a few music video suggestions while I am at it. Some days I want pop music, other days dance, or even metal.  Did you know Michael Jackson's Thriller and Beat It Videos got official 4K remasters? When you watch Beat It, take a close look at the pool tables in the pool hall. With the Thriller video there is minimal banding, 100% most likely due to the compression requirements of YouTube. If you have the ability to play videos in the AV1 codec the quality is a little bit better.

     

     

     

    And then if ya want to listen to some loud and heavy stuff, check the group State of Mine. This video (Careless Whisper), Devil Went Down To Georgia, Thunder Rolls (Third Verse Edition), In The Air Tonight and more:

     

     

     And remember the Cranberries? Here's is a loud and heavy cover album from another metal group!

     

     Let's also remember THIS happens this week!! Looks like I will be re-upping based on what I have seen thus far.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Kino has updated a bunch of upcoming 4K titles with street dates and details, as well as a handful of other surprises. I know, the suspense is killing you right? Try Rampage (1987), Leviathan, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Fear and Desire and The Last Castle.

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    Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



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  • May Your Collecting Be Merry - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec. 24, 2023

    Posted Sun Dec 24, 2023 at 09:00 AM PST by
    HDD 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Shopping Guide 12-24

     If it is your thing, Merry Christmas! Perhaps you have already celebrated your respective holidays. Either way, this is the last full week of the calendar year and the release calendar is slowing down significantly. Like, VERY significantly. 

    Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 30 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 24th - December 30th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Leading off the week, with the best title of the category, The Man In The Iron Mask gets a 4k Shout Select release. I think most of us know Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich, right?

     

    If I posted a smaller cover art for the same movie, would that help understand how few titles there are this week? Yeah, probably not. Next week Criterion holds the gauntlet for having the only release of the week, a small hint, it resembles the name of the store clerk's name in The Simpsons.

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include. N o t h i n g,  n a d a,  z i l c h.

     New(ish) Western from Sony Pictures with Nicolas Cage, Butcher's Crossing.

     

     Anime highlights include Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution: Movie 3, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of the True Savior - Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fight and Overman King-Gainer: The Complete Series.

     

     From 88 Films and currently on the revised schedule to release Tuesday, The Inspector Wears Skirts, a martial arts action film. The sequel has been announced for a March release date.

     

     Time to upgrade that DVD of your for some 90s Bruce Willis action with Last Man Standing.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Given the holiday frame studios and labels start to go quiet ahead of Christmas so there wasn't anything really "new" announced we didn't already see coming the weeks ahead. 

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    Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



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  • It's a Sign, You've Been Chosen... to Shop From HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec. 17, 2023

    Posted Sun Dec 17, 2023 at 09:00 AM PST by
    High-Def Digest 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 12-17-2023

     With our last full week before the Christmas holiday,  there are still several ways to lighten that wallet a bit. From James Cameron asking for more cash, (I'm a) Believer, Bloodlines, Kino Cult, JFK and more.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 29 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 17th - December 23rd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Just like last week, new releases first, sorted by Rotten Tomatoes ratings, new(ish) releases and then catalog titles.

     First up, with an RT score of 22 and an audience score of 59, The Exorcist: Believer from Warner Bros. This one comes as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

        

     

     If scores of 22/59 led the category, it only goes down from there. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines sees an RT score of 22 and an audience score of 45. I saw it on Paramount+ and think those ratings are a bit harsh, but to each their own.

     

     Listed at the top rated release of the week two weeks ago, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season Two gets a standard (non-SteelBook) release this week.

     On to the new(ish) release category, Avatar: The Way of Water gets a Collector's Edition. Is this the shortest time frame we have double-dipped on a James Cameron release? Don't get me wrong, with each dip we get a lot more.

     

     And now sort of bridging our way to catalog titles, the original Avatar also gets a Collector's Edition.

     

     And NOT a colector's edition, Avatar gets that SteelBook we should have seen in June when they also released The Way of Water to Best Buy SteelBook. This is the same transfer as the one in June as well, same extras and such. Some sites are posting it as the 'Collector's Edition', which, except for the SteelBook, it is not.

     

     Shout Factory has a pair of releases this week, Stephen King's The Dead Zone, directed by David Cronenberg. I had watched the TV series long before the movie, both are fun. Would love to see the TV series get an HD release as well (hello LionsGate, or boutique label).

     

     And, Oliver Stone's JFK. This one looks like a fat-pack, but the four discs more than anything give it that size. Still, I think the wait for 'that' edition is over with this release.

     

     How about a Kino Cult release, but in 4K? Underworld (1985) debuts this week.

     

     From Arrow Video, a fat-pack release for The Warriors. And just like a few other recent releases, the traditional cover art is available as an Arrow Store exclusive.

     

     Next week we have to  s p r e a d  o u r  w o r d s  a bit with just one single title on the docket. Maybe I will post a couple of extra pictures too.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include The Exorcist: Believer, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines and The Warriors.

     A loose counterpart, Avatar gets a remastered 3D special edition release.

     

      Some new, some reprints, MGM this week has AmericanEast, The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold, Eureka (1983) and The Rachel Papers.

     

     The Sandpiper label with the same mission, this week they release High Spirits, Invaders from Mars and The Sure Thing.

     LionsGate's thriller of the week is Rumble Through the Dark.

     

     Anime highlights include Carole & Tuesday (Limited Edition), Farming Life in Another World - Complete Collection, Masaaki Yuasa: Five Films and My Hero Academia: Season 6 Part 1.

     

      TV on disc this week brought to us from Kino Lorber includes Columbo: Seasons 1-7 and Monk: Season Two.

     

     Arrow Video has a box set for us this week, Savage Guns: Four Classic Westerns Vol 3.

     Shout Factory releases their next Shaw Brothers box set, Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Four.

     

     Worthy Mentions: Following the footsteps of the first most excellent box set release, Severin Films this week offers Danza Macabra Vol. Two: The Italian Gothic Collection.

     Meg Ryan 2023 romcom What Happens Later comes to us via Decal Releasing.

     And if you have been following the Kino Cult series, the next blu-ray of the series releases this week, that title is Sinner.

     The blu-ray category (unlike the 4K category) is actually quite normal next week, despite the Christmas holiday.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     For those that were waiting for the third movie, Beverly Hills Cop 3 in 4K has finally been announced for February 20th, as well as the trilogy, in 4K.

     Arrow Video has revealed its March 2024 slate. US/Canada title The Shootist, US/Canada/UK includes Dark Water 4K and Dark Water 4K (Arrow Video Store Exclusive), and the UK only title City of the Living Dead 4K. The latter title was already done in the USA by Synapse, with a couple of different options available.

     Criterion Collection has also revealed their March slate, for blu-rays, All the Beauty and The Bloodshed, The Runner and Saint Omer. For 4K and blu-ray editions, To Die For.

     

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  • You Really Didn't Need Money For Christmas Anyway - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec. 10, 2023

    Posted Sun Dec 10, 2023 at 09:00 AM PST by
    December 12th 4K UHD and Blu-ray Shopping Guide

     We did warn you last week, there is no other way to say it, this week's ultrahd (and blu-ray) guide may be ultra-dangerous to your wallets. We have a couple of notable imports, Cowabunga! (pizza sold separately), more Disney+ to disc, FNAF, Netflix movie to disc, and a ton more, and that's just 4K. Blu-rays are also coming out the ears with more than 60 titles.

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 28 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 10th - December 16th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     Import Monday kicks off with a new release first, The Wandering Earth II as a UK SteelBook from Cine-Asia. According to their FaceBook page, there will be an English dub on this release, just like their prior blu-ray release. It is unknown at this time if Well Go USA will follow through with a 4K release in the near future, but for now they have just a blu-ray scheduled.

     

     Next, not a long wait from the Part 1 release, Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water: Part 2 is available on Monday.

     After a short delay, Child's Play Collection from Arrow UK is also available on Monday. Read the disclaimer before buying. It's a nice looking set, adding a 4K disc from Shout Factory for the first movie would be a pretty simple solution.

     Delayed until January, Second Sight's release of High Tension. Maybe by then Criterion (or LionsGate) will also announce a US release.

     On to domestic releases, and starting with new releases first, and sorted by Rotten Tomatoes rankings seems the be a good way to proceed.

     If you were ready to shout cowabunga!, you were correct in the rankings. Scoring at 96%, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. This one is available as a Standard Edition, a Standard SteelBook Edition and as a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook Edition. Odd that both SteelBooks have the same cover art, but that's OK.

       

     

     Next, another streaming exclusive coming to disc, Disney's The Mandalorian, which gets a RT score of 90%. This series is available as a SteelBook, season sold separately, Season One and Season Two.

        

     

     Next, scoring a 66 at RT, sci-fi/war film The Creator, available via 20th Century Studios.

     

     The final new release of the week is Five Nights at Freddy's. This one scored a 31 at RT, but audiences felt it was an 87. It's that critic<>average Joe disparity we are seeing here. Work of art, NO, fun film, YES.

     

     How about a new(ish) release section this week?

     Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio comes to us from Netflix and via the Criterion Collection.

     

     And another streaming to disc feature, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story comes to us from The Roku Channel and via Shout Factory. Thank me for this release, I imported the Umbrella Entertainment version way back when.

     Now for catalog titles, Clue (1985) comes to us via Shout Factory. 

     

     Kino Lorber has a pair of releases this week, John Woo's action/crime film Face/Off, and the horror/mystery Suspect Zero.

     

     Well Go USA has 4K upgrades of The Man from Nowhere and The Wailing.

     Decal Releasing is offering up Oldboy (2003/Directed by Park Chan-wook) on a Collector's 4K disc as well that looks very much like an A24 shop release. Previous blu-ray releases did contain English dubs, so there is a good chance this one will as well.

     

     From Sony Pictures, Spike Lee's School Daze: 35th Anniversary.

     

     Arrow Video's The Warriors got a pushback to December 19th.

     Turbine Media Group has The Last Emperor available on Friday in several different options.

     Next week, Believer, Bloodlines, Kino Cult, JFK, more Avatar!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, The Mandalorian: The Complete First Season, The Complete Second Season, The CreatorFive Nights at Freddy's, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and Suspect Zero.

     Sony Pictures has the 2023 comedy/drama Dumb Money this week.

     

     New this week from Paramount, PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie. Glad to see a blu-ray of this and not DVD only, unlike the two most recent live-action Monster High movies. This isn't 1995, our big screens demand blu-ray or better, thank you.

     

     From the Warner Archive this week, Anna Christie, Gentleman Jim, The Great Ziegfeld, Looney Tunes Collector's Choice: Volume 2, Madame Bovary, A Midwinter's Tale, Saving Grace and Tarzan, the Ape Man.

     

     Anime highlights include A Couple of Cuckoos Season 1 Part 2, I'm the Villainess So I'm Taming the Final Boss and One Piece - Collection 33.

     

     From Criterion this week, The Red Balloon and Other Stories: Five Films by Albert Lamorisse.

     Debuting to blu-ray via Arrow Video, The Day of the Locust.

     

     Arrow Video Shaw Brothers sets this week include Shaw Brothers Presents: The Basher Box, Shaw Brothers Presents: Four Films by Chang Cheh and Shaw Brothers Presents: Four Films by Lau Kar-Leung.

     If you have been piecing it together one at a time, this week Shout Factory has Shaun The Sheep: The Complete Series.

     

     Worthy mention: If you seek all things 3D, this week Kino Lorber releases The Man Who Wasn't There to the format. As before, digital 3D and analyph.

     Next week in the blu-ray category, a return to normal volume.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     I won't say NOTHING happened last week, but it was slow, as expected for the time of year. Lots of onesie twosie reveals, mostly from boutique labels.

     

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    Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



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  • Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One 4K UHD SteelBook and Blu-ray Arriving January 23

    Posted Tue Dec 5, 2023 at 01:43 PM PST by
    Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One

    Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One will be available in a limited 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook and Blu-ray on January 23, with the other two parts of the trilogy coming later in the year.

    Digital will be available on January 9.

    Death is coming. Worse than death: oblivion. Not just for our Earth, but for everyone, everywhere, in every universe! Against this ultimate destruction, the mysterious Monitor has gathered the greatest team of Super Heroes ever assembled. But what can the combined might of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern and hundreds of Super Heroes from multiple Earths even do to save all of reality from an unstoppable antimatter Armageddon?!

    Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One 

    Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One 

    Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook + Digital combo pack and the Blu-ray + Digital combo pack will include the following supplements: 

    Physical and Digital

    • Crisis Prime(r): The filmmakers reveal in detail their intricate plan to create a comprehensive animated universe across seven films, concluding with the events of the three-part adaptation Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths.
    • The Selfless Speedster: Explore The Flash’s legendary role in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” comic series, the creative process that brought him to life in the animated adaptation, and the vocal performance behind his heroic and romantic story.

    Digital Only

    • Silent Treatment – Film Clip from Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two

    Pre-orders for Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One are up and included below is the full press release:


     

    Heroes from across the multiverse team up in one of the most pivotal DC stories of all time in the animated film               

    Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One    

    Available exclusively on Digital on January 9

    4K UHD in limited edition steelbook packaging and Blu-ray arriving on January 23

    Parts Two & Three of the Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Trilogy to debut later in 2024

     

    BURBANK, CA (December 5, 2023) - Based on DC’s iconic comic book limited series ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, join DC Super Heroes from across the multiverse in the first of three parts of DC’s new animated film Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One, which marks the beginning of the end to the Tomorrowverse story arc.

    Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the all-new, action-packed DC animated film features some of DC’s most famous Super Heroes from multiple universes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, who come together to stop an impending threat of doom and destruction. The film will be available to purchase exclusively on digital on January 9 and on 4K UHD in limited edition steelbook packaging and Blu-ray on January 23.

    Fans of this superhero adventure will also be able to indulge in a range of bonus features including interviews with the filmmakers on how they created a comprehensive universe across seven films.

    Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two and Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three will be available later in 2024.

    Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One features returning popular voice cast members: Emmy winner Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Glee) as Superman & Earth-2 Superman, Stana Katic (Castle, Absentia) as Wonder Woman & Superwoman and Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys, The Winchesters) as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Aside from the returning voice cast, a star-studded ensemble takes shape including Matt Bomer (White Collar, American Horror Story: Hotel) as The Flash/Barry Allen, Meg Donnelly (Legion of Super-Heroes, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,) as Supergirl & Harbinger, Jimmi Simpson (Star Trek: Prodigy, Westworld) as Green Arrow and Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek) as Lex Luthor.

    Additional cast includes: Jonathan Adams as Monitor, Ike Amadi as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter, Amazing Man & Ivo, Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate & Hawkman, Zack Callison as Dick Grayson/Robin, Alexandra Daddario as Lois Lane, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, Matt Lanter as Blue Beetle & Ultraman, Ato Essandoh as Mr Terrific, Cynthia Hamidi as Dawnstar, Aldis Hodge as John Stewart/Green Lantern & Power Ring, Erika Ishii as Doctor Light/Dr. Hoshi & Huntress, David Kaye as The Question, Ashleigh LaThrop as Iris West, Liam Mcintyre as Aquaman & Johnny Quick, Nolan North as Hal Jordan, Amazo & Homeless Man, Lou Diamond Phillips as The Spectre & Owlman, Keesha Sharp as Vixen and Harry Shum Jr. as Brainiac 5.

    Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One is produced by Jim Krieg and Kimberly S. Moreau and executive produced by Butch Lukic, Sam Register, and Michael Uslan and directed by Jeff Wamester from a script by Jim Krieg. Casting and voice direction is by Wes Gleason.

     

    Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One will be available on January 9 to purchase digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. On January 23 the film will be available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD in limited edition steelbook packaging and Blu-Ray Discs online and in-store at major retailers. Pre-order your copy now.

    SYNOPSIS:

    Death is coming. Worse than death: oblivion. Not just for our Earth, but for everyone, everywhere, in every universe! Against this ultimate destruction, the mysterious Monitor has gathered the greatest team of Super Heroes ever assembled. But what can the combined might of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern and hundreds of Super Heroes from multiple Earths even do to save all of reality from an unstoppable antimatter Armageddon?!

    SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

    Physical and Digital

    • Crisis Prime(r): The filmmakers reveal in detail their intricate plan to create a comprehensive animated universe across seven films, concluding with the events of the three-part adaptation Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths.

    • The Selfless Speedster: Explore The Flash’s legendary role in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” comic series, the creative process that brought him to life in the animated adaptation, and the vocal performance behind his heroic and romantic story.

    Digital Only

    • Silent Treatment – Film Clip from Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two

    PRICING AND FILM INFORMATION

    PRODUCT                                                                             SRP

    Digital purchase                                                                      $19.99

    4K Ultra HD Steelbook + Digital Version*                           $47.99 USA

    4K Ultra HD Steelbook                                                          $54.99 Canada

    Blu-ray + Digital Version*                                                     $29.98 USA    

    Blu-ray                                                                                    $39.99 Canada

     

    4K/Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

    Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, Dutch, French

    Running Time: 92:39

    Rated PG for action/violence throughout and brief language

    *Digital version not available in Canada

     

     

    About DC

    DC, part of Warner Bros. Discovery, creates iconic characters and enduring stories and is one of the world’s largest publishers of comics and graphic novels. DC’s creative work entertains audiences of every generation around the world with DC’s stories and characters integrated across Warner Bros. Discovery’s film, television, animation, consumer products, home entertainment, games, and themed experiences divisions, and on the DC Universe Infinite digital comic subscription service. Learn more at DC.com

    DC LOGO, JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements © & TM DC. Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part One, Package Design & Supplementary Material Compilation © 2023 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

    About Warner Bros. Animation

    Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Batman: Caped Crusader, Bat- Family, Batwheels, Bugs Bunny Builders, Creature Commandos, Gremlins: Secrets of the MogwaiHarley Quinn, Jellystone!, Kite-Man: Hell Yeah!, Looney Tunes Cartoons, Merry Little Batman, My Adventures with Superman, Teen Titans Go!, Tiny Toons Looniversity, and Velma. The studio is currently in production on two feature films – The Day The Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie and the upcoming original anime feature film, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim with New Line Cinema.  WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 40 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 21 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

    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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  • My Collection Will Grow On -- HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec. 3, 2023

    Posted Sun Dec 3, 2023 at 09:00 AM PST by
    High-Def Digest 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 12-5-2023

     You really didn't expect a slowdown in titles the week after what many merchants now call Cyber Week, did you? This week offers the final Indiana Jones with Harrison Ford, another season of Strange New Worlds, James Cameron's Titanic, and more! Which disc are you buying this week and which edition of Titanic will it be?

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 27 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 3rd - December 9th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     There are three new release titles this week, no doubt overshadowed by the behemoth of the week, Titanic. So before we get to that, let's list the new releases by order of Rotten Tomatoes scores.

     The adventures of Captain Christopher Pike and crew continues with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season Two from Paramount Entertainment. This initial release is in a SteelBook package while the standard case got pushed back to a later date next month.

     

     Next, decent scores from audiences and critics alike, Disney releases Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which is available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive Edition.

        

     

     And the third new release this week is The Kill Room, distributed by Shout Factory, which according to RT got barely better than 50% among critics and audiences. Having not seen it, I gotta ask, how many times does Samuel L Jackson say his signature phrase?

     

     And now on to catalog titles, and back to our original question, which version of James Cameron's Titanic will you be buying this week? The Standard Edition or the Limited Edition? My Heart Will Go On, and My Collection Will Grow On as well! In two more weeks, we get special editions of both Avatar movies, then in March 2024 we finally see Cameron's other long-awaited 4K releases.

     

     From Warner Bros, The Color Purple with Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg with Oprah Winfrey. As recent Warner Bros cover arts go, this one is pretty decent, they have had a few hideous ones.

     

     When you see a Richard Gere movie what do you think? If you said Romance, you're on track this week to buy Days of Heaven from the Criterion Collection.

     

     From Universal, 2016 comedy Office Christmas Party.

     

     From Shout Factory, Point Break (1991), available as a Standard Collector's Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

         

     

     Also from Shout Factory this week, a Collector's Edition of Silver Bullet.

     

     Another Sony Pictures Dolby Vision in SteelBook case upgrade, this time Stand by Me.

     

     Last 4K title of the week, Young Guns from Lionsgate. This one is available as a Standard Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Any hopes for the sequel to this movie to get released on 4K goes to Sony Pictures as they own the rights to it.

     

     

     Next week's ultra 4K UHD calendar is Ultra-Harmful to your wallet with a couple of notable imports, Cowabunga!, more Disney+ to disc, FNAF, Netflix movie to disc, and a ton more.

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season Two, with a standard edition and a SteelBook edition, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and The Kill Room.

     The rest of this category is somewhat slow, but there is also an Imprint Films Friday this week.

     From Criterion Collection, the 1961 crime/thriller Blast of Silence.

     

     TV on disc this week includes Babylon 5: The Complete Series, Creepshow: Season 4, Northern Exposure: The Complete Series and The Odd Couple: The Complete Series.

     

     Anime highlights include Bibliophile Princess Complete Collection and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth. And if you got a spare $550 laying around, Code Geass - Collector's Edition (CrunchyRoll Store Exclusive).

     Sandpiper has a few reprints of previously out of print releases, Blacula, Breakin', Breakin 2 and Thunder Road.

     

     Special Interest title this week, A Disturbance in the Force. A documentary about a made for TV special that much of society wants to forget. And there is the group that wants everything there is to do about it.

     Imprint Films' November batch is available on Amazon US on Friday, titles for the month are:

    >The Man in Half Moon Street (1945) – Imprint

     Just like the 4K category, next week will be quite painful to your wallet if you shop blu-rays.

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     Last week was a week in which final details were posted for various releases. Slow overall though.

     Paramount has revealed that Beverly Hills Cop 3 will be hitting 4K disc in February. The completionist in me says I am grateful, even if it wasn't (in my opinion) the best of the series. Also, Footloose is on track for a 4K release in February as well.

     Netflix series Wednesday: The Complete First Season will be coming to blu-ray early 2024. Hopefully this is in early initial sneak peek and they (Warner bros) also does a 4K release.

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  • Wanda's Vision: You Will Buy Every Disc in HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Nov. 26, 2023

    Posted Sun Nov 26, 2023 at 09:00 AM PST by
    High-Def Digest 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 11-26-2023

     Resist all you want, you will buy every disc featured in this guide. You cannot escape fate.

     With the holiday meal in your rearview, this week offers up Wandavision, Barbarella, Tremors 2, The Sandman Season 1, The Monster Squad and so much more, what's on your dessert plate this Cyber Monday week?

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 26 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of November 26th - December 2nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     New releases this week actually consist of two television shows that originated on streaming services. Both of these are available on streaming with Dolby Vision, but the disc is in HDR10. A bit frustrating, but the discs should still look better.

     First, Disney+ series WandaVision: The Compete Series.

     

     And Second, Netflix series The Sandman: The Complete First Season and brought to us via Warner Bros..

     

     On to catalog titles, somewhat alphabetically, somewhat by label.

     From Arrow Video, a trio of releases, with several choices. First, Barbarella, the adventure/sci-film starring Jane Fonda. If you prefer an original poster cover version instead, you can get that from Arrow Video's Storefront.

     

     Also from Arrow Video, Tremors 2. Again, a less teal colored cover art is available from the Arrow Video Store directly.

     

     And lastly, somewhat of an oddity from Arrow Video, Michael Mann's Blackhat. What made it odd is that it appeard to have gotten a release, but then was held back so that they could add the Director's Cut to the blu-ray pack-in. Follow our link, read the review and decide for yourself. It has Michael Mann going for it, a blind buy by me.

     

     Boutique label Severin Films has general releases of Count Dracula (1970) with Christopher Lee and 'cult/eurotrash' films Zombie Holocaust / Doctor Butcher M.D..

     Shout Factory has Death Wish (2018) and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie coming to 4K disc this week.

     

     Another well known boutique label, Vinegar Syndrome has 4 general release titles this week, Blood Sucking Freaks, East End HustleMark of the Devil and Mother's Day.

     Team Kino Lorber keeps pumping them out, this week look for The Monster Squad.

     

     Paramount has a little comedy for ya with The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! starring Leslie Nielsen. Bring on the rest, and Airplane! while we are it it.

     

      And the final 4K of the week, Discotek has Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994).

     Next week might have fewer titles, but it doesn't mean a break for your wallet any time soon. The latest Indiana Jones, another season of Strange New Worlds, James Cameron's Titanic, and more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes WandaVision: The Compete Series, The Sandman: The Complete First Season, Barbarella, Tremors 2, Blackhat and The Monster Squad. That's quite a few actually.

     There are a lot of blu-ray titles to get through this week, but almost every one of them is special interest. Here are some of the highlights.

     From 20th Century Studios, A Haunting in Venice. The other two films of this series got 4K discs, just another frustration to air.

     

     TV on disc includes Ancient Aliens Season 18, Monk: Season One and World on Fire: Season Two.

     

     Anime highlights include Crying Freeman The Animated OVA Series, Fist of the North Star the Legends of the True Savior: Legend of Yuria/Legend of Toki and Management of a Novice Alchemist.

     The Kino label has a few special edition releases this week, mostly upgrades in the bitrates (BD50 disc instead of BD25) and inclusion of a slipcover. Titles include The Carpetbaggers, The Conformist, The Emerald Forest, The Last Tycoon and Valmont.

     

     As far as a Friday release, Amazon US will have Frank Herbert's Dune: Complete Collection available from Umbrella Entertainment.

     

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     As expected, last week was a slow week for announcement news.

     Universal has a pair of announcements, The Exorcist: Believer will be released on December 19th, while Five Nights at Freddy's will release on December 12th. These are nearly zero-day announcements, as usual.

     Our Amazon links for James Cameron's December batch of Avatar releases are live. Do check out the article for a refresher.

     Arrow Video has revealed their February slate. For North America, blu-ray releases of Fear is the Key and The Shaolin Plot. For the UK, 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers in both 4K and blu-ray formats. Body Snatchers was done by Kino Lorber in 2021, the Arrow release of course offers the familiar fat-pack format. Other than that, it is unknown if the AV presentation will be any different.

     We have also filled in the blanks on a couple of upcoming Kino 4K releases as details have become available.

     

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  • Witchfinder General Presents: Turkey Day/Black Friday 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc News Round-up

    Posted Wed Nov 22, 2023 at 10:30 AM PST by
    Witchfinder General

    We here at High-Def Digest hope that you and your loved ones all are having a Happy Thanksgiving.  Being a hectic week, it's time for another bite-sized round-up to make it easier for you to catch On the latest 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray release news.

    It has been quite the wait, but James Cameron's The Abyss, True Lies, and Aliens will finally be getting Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray releases early next year on March 12. We have also previously reported that Titanic is coming December 5, and Avatar and Avatar: The Way of the Water will be available on home video on December 19 with new editions including a new Blu-ray 3D for the original Avatar. Read the full story here.

    James Cameron 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray Announcement

    The Criterion Collection has revealed their February 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray releases. They are: Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons, Nothing But a Man, McCabe & Mrs. Miller - 4K, The Roaring Twenties - 4K as well as a Blu-ray edition, and The Heroic Trio / Executioners - 4K also on Blu-ray.

    Sony will be bringing the action-packed extravaganza The Raid: Redemption to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a limited SteelBook edition on January 19. The studio has also announced another limited collector's set, Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 4 - which will include His Girl Friday, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Starman, Sleepless In Seattle, and Punch-drunk Love - for February 13th.

    Columbia Classics 4K UHD Limited Edition: Volume 4

    Universal in association with Blumhouse will bring the horror flick Five Nights at Freddy's based on the popular video games to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on December 12.

    Paramount has revealed that the cult fave Varsity Blues starring James Van Der Beek and Jon Voight will be getting a 25th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray on January 9. And courtesy of Paramount+, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines - a prequel of sorts loosely based on Stephen King's novel will hit 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on December 19.

    Gareth Edwards' The Creator has been announced for a home video release from 20th Century Studios. The film will be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on December 12. Check out that article here.

    UK distributor 88 Films has five new upcoming 4K UHD releases up for preorder. The titles include Count Dracula (1970), A Blade in the Dark, The Blood on Satan's Claw, Witchfinder General, and The Amityville Horror.

    And finally, Severin has nine new titles that will be going up for preorder on Black Friday. The 4K UHD Blu-rays include Cemetery Man, The Church, The Sect, and The Spider Labyrinth. And available on Blu-ray are Stir, The Unscarred, Closed Circuit, Raiders of the Living Dead, and The Dead One. Be sure to keep an eye on Severin's website so that you can grab these and anything else interesting during the sale.

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  • I Have Become 4K, Destroyer of Finances - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Nov. 19, 2023

    Posted Sun Nov 19, 2023 at 09:00 AM PST by
    HDD 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Shopping Guide 11-19

     With Black Friday towards the end of the week, and the US celebrates the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, it is very uncharacteristic for so many 4K titles to be released on such a week. From the latest Expendables, the second half of Barbenheimer, the latest Saw film, catalog title with Richard Kimble, Stalag 17, and so much more! Did you save any money for your holiday meal, or Black Friday, or Cyber Monday? This week is another whopper!

     Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 25 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of November 19th - November 25th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

     

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

     With new releases first, let's post them by order of Rotten Tomatoes scores.

     It seems only fitting that the other half of Barbenheimer (Oppenheimer) takes first place under our Rotten Tomatoes (RT) criteria. This film ranked very high among audiences and critics (currently 91/93). Available in Standard Edition, Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and WalMart Exclusive Icon Edition packages. For an amusing image (and article) about Barbenheimer, head on over to Wired Magazine.

        

     

     With two more new releases this week, you would be wrrriight if you guessed Saw X to have the higher RT score (89 audience/80 critics). Surprisingly, LionsGate did not opt for a SteelBook option here.

     

     And lastly, Expend4bles (Expendables 4), with a bunch of well known talent, a terrible score of 14% among reviewers, but a 71% audience score. You can get this as a Standard Edition, an Amazon Exclusive and/or a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Walmart also has a 4-film SteelBook collection of their own available as well. This franchise to me is like Lethal Weapon, Con Air or Armageddon, I watch them every so often, but leave any critical thinking at the door, and bring in the popcorn (or chicken wings or whatever is your fancy).

      

     

     Before moving on to deep catalog titles, let's go back to 2022 and distributor CrunchyRoll for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. This one also has an Amazon Exclusive SteelBook.

     

     Next from Universal, Love Actually, which is donning a 20th Anniversary Edition.

     

     From Warner Bros and celebrating a 30th anniversary, The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Altrertantely, you can get this one as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

     

     Mean Streets is available from Criterion Collection this week, and you guessed it, it had its 50th Anniversary. If swag is your thing, Second Sight UK has a fat-pack currently slated for January 15th which has the same source transfer, but with their usual swag packed edition.

     

     From Kino Lorber, Stalag 17 with William Holden and Billy Wilder. And keeping with the theme, this one had a 70th Anniversary.

     

     On to double-dips of sort. If you bought the Resident Evil Movie Collection a couple of years ago, now you can buy it all over again, but in a SteelBook Package and a Dolby Vision upgrade.

     

     You can also get Train to Busan / Peninsula in a 2-film collection package.

     Next week, despite conflicting with Cyber Week, there are actually *more* titles available than this week, Wandavision, Barbarella, Tremors 2, The Sandman Season 1, The Monster Squad and so much more!

     

    Blu-ray releases-

     Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Oppenheimer from Universal Pictures, Saw X and Expend4bles from LionsGate, Mean Streets from Criterion and Stalag 17 from Kino Lorber.

     As far as blu-ray releases, someone did get the memo that this is a holiday week that includes Black Friday, so there are fewer titles to choose from.

     From Janus Contemporaries via Criterion, The Eight Mountains, Tori and Lokita and Godland are available this week. Under Criterion's own label, La cérémonie.

     

     Anime highlights this week include two super long titles, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?! Season 4 Part 1 and Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Super Extra: Collector's Edition (SteelBook).

     

     Under the Indicator Series label, look for The Criminal Acts of Tod Slaughter: Eight Blood-and-Thunder Entertainments this week.

     Another box set delayed a little bit but available this week (I think), Doctor Who: Limited Edition Complete New Who Collector's Blu-ray Giftset.

     

     The Police Academy Collection is available on the Shout Select label this week. Previously the only way to own these movies on blu-ray was to import them, I look forward to seeing how this set compares.

     

     Also from Shout Factory, another box set, Farscape: The Complete Series. Again, same question arises, how does this one compare to the set released over a decade ago?

     

     Honorable Mention: Not exactly AAA material, but Kino Lorber this week has Babes in Toyland. We've seen it on TV enough times, now we can get it on disc!

     

    Notable announcements from last week:

     A very exciting story (for MANY of us) came out on Monday, I am referring to news about those James Cameron titles we have waited decades for! Yup, The Abyss, True Lies, Aliens. And, in a relatively short time, special editions of both Avatar movies. One thing Cameron movies have done to my wallet, they've made it a bit lighter. I have lost count how many time I have bought T2 over the years. Paramount already has Titanic slated for next month in two editions as well. According to Bill Hunt at The Digital Bits, he said Dolby Vision is finally coming to the physical releases. Which, from Disney, no doubt a demand from Mr. Cameron! Even though the official press release says the 4K edition has Dolby Vision, so many times in the past that meant streaming 4K only, so thank you Bill for confirming it with 100% certainty.

     Monday was also the chosen day for Criterion to announce their February slate. After Christmas was supposed to be a time to lick our financial woulds and it looks like Criterion has lined up January and February with some solid releases.

     Vinegar Syndrome has reminded us that recovering from Christmas expenses might be pretty difficult, Subscriber Week runs January 1 - 7. Take a look at an aricle from Matthew Hartman a couple of years ago. It made me take the leap and subscribe, and I renewed the very next year, with plans on doing it again.

     Paramount has announced that a 4K release of Varsity Blues will be available on January 9th.

     Sony Pictures has announced a 4K SteelBook for The Raid: Redemption, with a street date of January 16th.

     If you were wondering if Sony was going to release another Columbia Classics box set, wonder no more as Columbia Classics Volume 4 is arriving on February 13. Visit the link for the full press release.

     

     Next week I expect this paragraph to be pretty empty, most studios are running on a skeleton crew, smaller labels are getting ready for Black Friday.

     

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  • The Raid: Redemption Will Pummel 4K UHD Blu-ray in a Limited Edition SteelBook on January 19th

    Posted Wed Nov 15, 2023 at 10:06 AM PST by
    The Raid Redemption - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook Sony

    Sony has set Gareth Evans' action-packed The Raid: Redemption for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on January 19. The release will be a limited edition SteelBook.

    Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite SWAT team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, they find themselves stranded on the 6th floor with no way out. The unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission.

    The Raid: Redemption - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition SteelBook 

    The Raid: Redemption - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition SteelBook 

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital SteelBook release will have Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and supplements include:

    4K ULTRA HD DISC

    • Unrated version of the feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, approved by director Gareth Evans
    • Indonesia/Bahasa Atmos + Indonesia/Bahasa & English 5.1 audio

    BLU-RAY DISC™

    • Unrated version of the feature presented in high definition
    • 5.1 Indonesian and English audio
    • Special Features:
      • Commentary with Gareth Evans
      • Behind-the-Scenes Video Blogs
      • Inside the Score
      • In Conversation with Gareth Evans and Mike Shinoda
      • An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese
      • Behind the Music with Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese
      • Anatomy of a Scene with Gareth Evans
      • Claycat's The Raid
      • The Raid TV Show Ad (circa 1994)
      • Theatrical Trailer

    Pre-orders for The Raid: Redemption - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition SteelBook should be available soon 


    THE HARD-HITTING ACTION-PACKED FAVORITE DEBUTS ON 
    4K ULTRA HD™ 

    AVAILABLE AS A LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK
    JANUARY 16TH
    SYNOPSIS
    Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite SWAT team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, they find themselves stranded on the 6th floor with no way out. The unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission.
     
    DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS 
    THE RAID: REDEMPTION is presented on 4K Ultra HD disc with a completely new color grade under director Gareth Evans’s supervision. This new edition of the film is presented by XYZ Films and Merantau Films. The disc also includes both the Original Indonesian Score and the International Score by Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese.

    4K ULTRA HD DISC
    • Unrated version of the feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, approved by director Gareth Evans
    • Indonesia/Bahasa Atmos + Indonesia/Bahasa & English 5.1 audio
      BLU-RAY DISC™
      • Unrated version of the feature presented in high definition
      • 5.1 Indonesian and English audio
      • Special Features:
        • Commentary with Gareth Evans
        • Behind-the-Scenes Video Blogs
        • Inside the Score
        • In Conversation with Gareth Evans and Mike Shinoda
        • An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese
        • Behind the Music with Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese
        • Anatomy of a Scene with Gareth Evans
        • Claycat's The Raid
        • The Raid TV Show Ad (circa 1994)
        • Theatrical Trailer
      Blu-ray™, 4K UHD and DVD include a digital code for movie and bonus materials as listed above, redeemable via Movies Anywhere for a limited time. Movies Anywhere is open to U.S. residents age 13+. Visit MoviesAnywhere.com for terms and conditions.
       
      CAST AND CREW
      Written and Directed By: Gareth Evans
      Produced by: Ario Sagantoro
      Executive Producers: Rangga Maya Barack-Evans, Irwan D. Mussry, Nate Bolotin and Todd Brown
      Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Tegar Satrya and Ray Sahetapy
      SPECS
      Run Time: Approx. 101 minutes
      Rating: Unrated
      4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.78:1
      4K UHD Feature Audio: Indonesia/Bahasa Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible), Indonesia/Bahasa, English, Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA  

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    • Time To Equalize Your Finances - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide November 12, 2023

      Posted Sun Nov 12, 2023 at 09:00 AM PST by
      High-Def Digest 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 11-12-2023

       Yep, it's ramping up to be an expensive month for us collectors and enthusiasts. This week in 4K we see a bunch of SteelBooks that we were led to believe were Walmart exclusives, but aren't, an early Steven Spielberg movie titled Duel, Rudy, Equalizer 3 and more.

      Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 24 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of November 12th - November 18th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

       We have no import Monday releases to mention this week. Kicking off New Release Tuesday, The Equalizer 3 with Denzel Washington comes as a Standard Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a 3-film Collection. This makes two weeks in a row that Sony breaks the mold and makes their SteelBook release a Best Buy Exclusive instead of a general release. WHY? Did they miss the memo that Best Buy is ending support for movie discs?

         

       

       Next, from Warner Bros, The Nun II gets a standard edition release. Considered a relatively weak film in the franchise, we would still love to be able to get all of them in 4K. Plus you would get the completionists buyers too. Hint Hint.

       

       Where to go from here with the hefty list if catalog titles? Why not Terms of Endearment, a "Highly Recommended" Paramount Presents release?

       

       Last week had an early George Lucas film, this week we get an early Steven Spielberg release titled Duel. This one comes as a Standard Edition and as a Gruv Exclusive SteelBook and released by Universal Pictures.

       

       Doubling back with Sony, NOT a retailer exclusive and returning to a normal Sony release pattern, Rudy dons a 4K SteelBook release this week. And sort of a double-dip, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse / Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gets a Collector's Edition release this week.

       

       Criterion Collection this week has The Last Picture Show.

       

       First time to 4K disc, The Twilight Saga 15th Anniversary Edition gets a  Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook collection.

       

       Now for that list of SteelBooks from RLJ & Image Entertainment that were originally listed to be Walmart Exclusive SteelBooks, Arizona, Color Out of Space, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (first time to 4K disc in the U.S.) and Sympathy for the Devil, which also debuts to 4K disc.

       

       Next week there are three new releases (Expend4bles, Oppenheimer and Saw X), Harrison Ford stars as Richard Kimble, Stalag 17, Mean Streets and more!

       

      Blu-ray releases-

       Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include The Equalizer 3 and The Equalizer 3-Movie Collection from Sony, The Nun II from Warner Bros. and The Last Picture Show from Criterion. Doubling back, The Equalizer 3 also has a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook option. Again, Walmart is opting for a blu-ray exclusive and not a 4K.

       The rest of this category has got a decent quantity of releases this week.

       From Sony Pictures Classics, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara to a catalog Tri-Star Pictures of Guarding Tess. Lookie, a third release from Sony's catalog, Johnny Five in Short Circuit 2.

       

       Under the LionsGate label, a week almost never passes without an action/thriller release. This week look for Desperation Road in a DVD case that also includes the blu-ray and digital. Still unsure of the strategy of their recent blu-ray in a DVD case releases.

       The next Vestron Collectors Series release via LionsGate comes out this week, Blue Steel with Jamie Lee Curtis.

       

       Anime highlights include Bluelock Part 1, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Set 16, and a live-action title Spirited Away: Live on Stage.

       Under the Warner Archive Label this week, look for In Love and War and Rapa Nui.

       

       For All Mankind: Season One debuts to disc as well this week. This is the more recent highly rated TV series from Apple TV.

       More TV on disc includes Justified: City Primeval Season One from Sony and Leave It to Beaver: The Complete Series from Universal.

       

       Shout Factory has martial arts action with The Sonny Chiba Collection: Volume 2.

       Just like the last entry in the 4K releases section above, RLJ and Image Entertainment has blu-ray SteelBooks (not Walmart exclusives) for Bone Tomahawk, Clean, I Kill Giants, PG: Psycho Goreman, Vesper and Werewolves Within .

       Extra Special Interest: This week the Disney Legacy Animated Film Collection (Walmart Exclusive) streets. If I had a spare $1.5K laying around, I would seriously consider grabbing it.

       

       Next week in the blu-ray category we get sort of a break. Some of us will need it because there is a little think called Black Friday!

       

      Notable announcements from last week:

       Paramount has revealed 4K and blu-ray discs for Pet Sematary: Bloodlines with a December 19th street date. I find it a pleasant surprise to see a 4K of this.

       Sony has revealed that Spike Lee's School Daze 35th Anniversary Edition will be getting a 4K release on December 12th.

       This section might be a little weak this week but believe me, it's not doom and gloom. There were a lot of smaller announcements and reveals during the week. Check out our release calendar for updates.

      4K Release Calendar

      2K/BD Release Calendar

      Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



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