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Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - November 28, 2021 - December 4, 2021

Post Black Friday and rolling into Cyber Monday, how well did you fare? Myself, because the entire month has been a barrage of special deals from all the various retailers, I had to take a moment to evaluate what I really can or cannot pass up. (As of the time of this writing, I have the Vinegar Syndrome Subscription sitting in my cart). Cyber Monday will probably NOT be as big a deal this year, but I could be wrong, right? Walmart is already calling it Cyber Week, I suspect other retailers are doing the same sort of thing.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 28 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

Compared to previous weeks, this week is pretty slow for new 4K discs.

From Disney's Marvel label, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Keeping with the normal release options, we get a standard package, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Target Exclusive 'Art Edition.' No disrespect to Target, but I am not a fan of the look of theirs.

 

Indie house Gunpowder & Sky release Horror/Mystery Summer of 84.

And indie house Vinegar Syndrome releases monster-flick Ticks.

 

 Blu-ray releases-

An average(ish) week for volume of blu-rays. Getting the blu-ray counterpart release out of the way first, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings comes your way.

From BBC, Eden: Untamed Planet debuts on disc.

From Paramount, Heaven Can Wait (1978) starring Warren Beatty, and a remastered version of Reds (1981).

Warner Bros delivers the 2021 horror/mystery Malignant. The Warner Archive label brings us Party Girl.

 

LionsGate's weekly appearing includes Saint Maud, a 2019 thriller.

 

A week does not pass without a look at Anime highlights, and there are quite a few this week. This week look for Akudama Drive: The Complete Season in a standard package and a limited edition, Bungo and Alchemist - Gears of Judgement, and yes they put the extra 'e' in 'judgment', Food Wars! The Fourth Plate - Complete Collection (Premium Box Set) and Kakegurui: Season One Collection. This week is also the week for Discotek's November releases, and wouldn't you know it, the one single title I want doesn't have an English dub.

 

Honorable Mention: Jet Pilot starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh comes to us via Kino Lorber.

Friday releases are not arts releases, but rather band/concert titles.

>Depeche Mode: 101
>Depeche Mode: 101 (Definitive Edition)
>Megadeth: A Night in Buenos Aires
>Moby: Reprise

Notable announcements from last week:

Severin's Blood For Dracula 4K disc has been pushed back yet again, this time add two more months to the street date. We did a review of this one already so what the exact hold up is is unknown.

Multiple Arrow Video titles have been pushed back again, no doubt production and supply chain issues. At this point when I hear 'The Abyss' I relate it more to the delays that are plaguing some releases rather than that James Cameron movie that seems to have fallen into one.

The 2021 film Dune has a release date of January 11th. But there's more.... a sku for a 3D blu-ray has also been added to release choices.

Arrow Video's February slate has been announced. Titles include Deadly Games (1982) and Lies and Deceit – Five Films by Claude Chabrol. Also, in collaboration with Synapse Films, the next Dario Argento 4K release in their fat-pack release category, Phenonema will appear sometime in March. Although listed as a Synapse Films release, it looks very much so like the previous Argento releases from Arrow this past year.

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?




I Subscribed To Vinegar Syndrome For A Year - Was It Worth It?

Brick-and-mortar shops are shrinking their physical media selections every year. Could label-specific subscription services be the answer for boutique outfits catering to enthusiasts while preserving classics on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD? Vinegar Syndrome seems to think so.

By and large boutique labels are setting the gold standard for physical media home video collecting - and Vinegar Syndrome is no different. The label was founded in 2012 by Ryan Emerson and Joe Rubin. Their initial aim was to restore and preserve lost and forgotten X-Rated and Adult films on home video. Very quickly the company expanded that mandate to include science fiction, horror, and cult films from the 1960s, the 70s, 80s, and into the early 90s. Covering all formats from DVD to Blu-ray to 4K Ultra HD, they have a vast catalog of genre favorites with impressive restoration efforts, intricate packaging, and informative bonus features.

Have You Been To Target Or Best Buy Recently? The Blu-ray & 4K Sections Are Bleak

A couple of years ago, VS introduced subscription plans - pay X dollars amount and for a year you get every month's offerings sent to your doorstep automatically at a rate of 50% off MSRP and additional 50%-off coupon codes for bigger more elaborate premier releases not covered in that month's releases. I hesitated initially. That was a lot of money to pay upfront for titles I didn't know about or would like. But as I found myself each month buying more and more of Vinegar Syndrome's releases I started to wish I had subscribed. By the time their annual Black Friday Sale hit in 2020, I was convinced. I didn't subscribe for their biggest or most elaborate package - their basic plan was enough to test the waters and see what came of it. After a year as a subscriber - was it worth it? Short answer - yes it was for me, but it might not be for everyone.

I'm going to delve into some Pros and Cons of the subscription platform and then speculate what it might be like if other labels adopted a similar option for physical media fans.

Why I Liked The Vinegar Syndrome Yearly Subscription

You get a lot of movies sent right to your doorstep automatically
Who doesn't like to open a package? Even when I order from Amazon and I know what is coming in that cheap plastic bubble bag, it's a thrill to cut that sucker open and see what's inside. Now picture that with a nice sturdy medium-sized box with branded Vinegar Syndrome tape and it's loaded with new Blu-rays and maybe a new 4K Ultra HD title! Seeing that box on my porch was always a thrill.

Old Favorites & New Discoveries
I was a video store brat in my day. As a kid, I rented tons of tapes. As an adult, I worked at one of the largest Hollywood Video stores in the country during the company's death rattle. I devoured tapes and discs all the time but I never saw everything. Each monthly selection of titles VS drops was this lovely blend of nostalgic favorites as well as rare cult films. I'd never heard of the three movies in the recentCamille Keaton in Italyset, butScanner Cop 1&2, Ticks, The Fall of the House of Usher, Necromancer,Alien from L.A.,etc.- those were rental favorites! It's a trip to reconnect with these old favorites while discovering something new.

Cult Classics & Genre favorites Lovingly Restored
One version of the Vinegar Syndrome subscription includes a range of their adult new releases. While I enjoy a bawdy cheeky flick on occasion, it's not a genre I personally collect. Obscure cult classics, regional horror, video store favorites - I'm all for those films. While it's nice enough to get these films on disc, VS goes the extra mile giving these films the best restoration efforts possible. And since they're sent right to me direct, I don't have to weigh options or wait for reviews and then hope to remember to circle back to them in time for a sale. They're right on my shelf waiting to be watched.

Discounted Deluxe Titles and Partner Label Titles
While my subscription didn't cover every new specialty release, it did come with a coupon code for the extra titles I did want to pick up. Movies likeSix String Samurai 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayweren't included with my subscription, but 50% off the MSRP with free shipping made adding it to my monthly box a lot easier! VS also currently has 14 partner labels offering their own new releases and that 50% off coupon works for those too. I hadn't seenProspect, but that coupon made a blind buy of Dust's excellent 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray release easier - and absolutely worth it!

The Overall Value
Pulling the titles off my shelf, between the various three-film box sets, the standard subscription titles, the more elaborate deluxe editions, and Partner Label titles I picked up roughly 65 new films so far this year. November 2021's titles haven't come in yet so there will be more. But looking at my overall costs for the year subscription and additional titles, each film I picked up averaged out to roughly $15. Now I still haven't watched everything I got - and I might never get to them - I still feel I got far more than my money's worth than if I'd ordered each title on its own.

Why The Vinegar Syndrome Subscription Isn't Right For Everyone

Upfront Cost
While the savings do add up with the titles you get and discounts for deluxe editions with free shipping, that is a lot of cash to drop all at once. You could use PayPal's Credit program and get six months no interest to cover that initial spread - that's what I did. But again, that's a lot to drop for a year of movies where you don't know what you're getting.

Too Many Movies To Keep Up With
If you're a collector is that really even a problem? It might be for some. While I revel in having a stack of titles to plug through, it is admittedly very daunting. I had to put myself on a schedule of grabbing at least one unseen VS title a week to keep up. If you've got a family, job, dog, and the irritating need to eat or sleep occasionally, a stack of unopened unwatched movies could sour the experience.

Titles You Don't Want Or Aren't Interested In
The biggest risk with the subscription for me was not knowing what I was going to get. While it was exciting, I did occasionally find myself in the field of "what the hell is this one?" when I opened the box. Most of the time I was very happy with what I got, so I haven't felt the need to sell off parts of the collection. I've seen some folks take to the gray market of Facebook Marketplace or eBay to sell off the discs they don't want. That may help cover the cost of the subscription, but that puts the workload on you to resell and then you risk not getting the full value between seller fees and shipping costs.

Pretty Much For Horror, Cult Classic, & Genre Film Fans Only
While VS's partner labels offer a little more diverse range of genres, this is really for those who love great horror movies, old video store favorites, and obscure cult classics. If you're someone searching for films in order to discover the inner meaning of the human condition - unless you're up for a variety of psychopaths - this really isn't for you.

Should Other Boutique Labels Adopt The Subscription Format?

As each monthly Vinegar Syndrome box showed up on my front porch, I got to wondering what it would be like for other boutique labels to do the same? Expensive. I mean, come on - with all of the great titles coming out from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, Criterion, Shout!/Scream Factory, Blue Underground - that'd a lot of coin. But at the same time, I do pay out of pocket for a lot of favorite titles each month. A discounted subscription platform might be a worthwhile option for some labels to consider:

The Criterion Collection
The Criterion Collection is now in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray game with Citizen Kane, Uncut Gems, Mulholland Dr., and Menace II Society on store shelves with more titles coming in the new year. They've been a great source for interesting foreign and domestic releases of all genres. Because so many titles come out at a larger-than-average pricepoint, I save a lot of my Criterion buying for July and November for the Barnes & Nobel sales. Because they offer such a vast array of new, recent, and classic films I may not be up for everything they put out, but I'd at least consider what a subscription package might entail.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Kino Lorber Studio Classics is the fastest growing label in my collection and it expands every month with each new Blu-ray, classic television, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray title announcement. This one might be the most expensive and unwieldy for a subscription service considering the range of titles and how many they release every month. But if they keep churning out more great MGM titles on 4K and getting more Bronson flicks on Blu-ray, it's certainly an enticing prospect.

Arrow Video
While I may not love every title they put out each month - like Criterion I'm always interested in checking out what they have to offer with their blend of fan favorites, classic comedies, dramas, horror, science fiction, and Japanese flicks. Where a subscription gets a little dodgy here is their releases are often U.K. or U.S. region-specific. I'd be down to clown since I end up getting a lot of their titles, but that'd also mean that some 4K titles likeKing of New Yorkor bigger boxsets likeChildren of the Corn Trilogywould still need to be imported.

Shout! Factory / Scream Factory
Between Shout! Factory proper, Shout Select, Scream Factory, and their Anime offerings - a subscription service could certainly ease collecting these titles. Especially if you could subscribe to specific sub-labels only. As hard as I've tried in the past, I'm just not wildly into anime outside of a few select films. Since Scream Factory and Shout Select punch out more elaborate special editions and 4K Ultra HD titles every year, a subscription discount could be appealing.

Blue Underground
As one of the best sources for catalog Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray horror and cult classics, this one to me is a no-brainer. Because their titles feature excellent restorations and audio presentations with informative bonus features and often with the film's soundtrack - they command a high price point. While worth every cent, it does make you be a little choosy when it comes time to pre-order.

Severin Films
Severin Films is like Vinegar Syndrome in a lot of ways catering to folks who love obscure genre flicks and do their best to provide the best Blu-ray and 4K releases possible. A subscription plan could be very cool - but they do already have bundles for their monthly titles at a discount and for their featured specialty films they have bundles that come packed with a lot of fun swag like stickers, posters, patches, buttons, and the occasional figurine. A yearly subscription might be a stretch given all of the options they already provide.

Well Go USA
As a smaller label catering largely to Asian market martial arts titles, a subscription option would indeed be very cool. Especially if you're a martial arts movie nut. Their 4K output may not be substantial or consistent but they've been worthy purchases. Plus if you dig Korean thrillers, they have a lot of great movies you otherwise wouldn't get to see here stateside.

There are a lot of other small labels out there, but those are the boutique operations I usually spread my thin disposable income around. Like most folks, I'm up for watching just about anything, but I only have so many hours in a day and just so much cash to burn. I love physical media and as long as it's available and I have a working player I'll never give it up. I think about how many people I know who gave up discs but then frequently complain when streaming services or VOD providers don't have their favorites or the latest classic comes to 4K on disc but not streaming. I see those titles sitting on my shelf and a wry smile stitches across my face. I buy the movies I want and then I actually get to keep them.

Now with their next Black Friday Sale hitting November 26th through the 29th, I have every intention of resubscribing. A recent email VS sent out to current subscribers with a discount code to resubscribe for another year sweetens the deal a little bit (not a lot but it helps). I may not know everything Vinegar Syndrome will put out every month or I may not like everything I get in that box, but for an overall experience I felt subscribing was more than worth it. I thought this would be a fun little one-time experiment just to do for this article and that'd be it. But now I find myself eager to do it all over again. It might not be for everyone and their budget, but it's certainly worth considering if you're able.

What do think? Have you subscribed to Vinegar Syndrome before? Are you thinking about it? Let us know in the comments below!


Denis Villeneuve's Dune Dated and Detailed for 4K UltraHD & Blu-ray January 11th

After a successful run in theaters and on HBO Max, the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel will come to physical media on January 11th, 2022. 

Warner Brothers today officially announced Denis Villeneuve's 2021 adaptation of Dune for Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Bluy-ray - with a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As of now we expect the base HDR10 grading - no word on Dolby Vision or HDR10+, but both the 4K disc and 1080p Blu-ray will have English Atmos audio tracks with the same set of bonus features. 

Dune (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
 

Dune (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

  

Dune (2021) - Blu-ray 


The 4K and Blu-ray releases are expected to include the following bonus features:

  • The Royal Houses
  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape

At the moment, neither the standard 4K disc, the Best Buy SteelBook, or standard Blu-ray are up for pre-order but in the coming days, we expect that to change. As soon as we get that info we'll update our listings ASAP. 

Thanks again for your pre-orders! They really do go a long way towards helping our little operation stay up and running. 

Here is the full press release from Warner Bros.


“An astonishingly vivid vision of the future.”

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

 

“Dune”

COMES HOME FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Premium Digital Ownership

Debuts Early on December 3

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Arrive on January 11, 2022

 

Burbank, CA, November 22, 2021 – Embark on a mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey when Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on December 3. The critically acclaimed film, which has garnered more than $350 million at the global box office, was directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. “Dune” stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (TV’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” TV’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” TV’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men, “Skyfall”). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on January 11.

 

The film was produced by Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr., with Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert executive producing.

 

  • On December 3, “Dune” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $24.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

 

  • On January 11, “Dune” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “Dune” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

 

Dune” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

 

SYNOPSIS

Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

 

4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

 

“Dune” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

  • The Royal Houses
  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape

 

“Dune” DVD contains the following special features: 

  • The Royal Houses

 

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

 

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL

 

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

 

BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

4K UHD Combo Pack                                                            $49.98 

Blu-ray                                                                                    $39.98

DVD                                                                                       $34.98

 

Digital Ownership: December 3, 2021

PVOD: December 3, 2021

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 11, 2022

 

DVD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Japanese, Hungarian, Hindi, Czech Republic, Portuguese-Brazilian, Polish

4K Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French,  German, German ATMOS, German-ADS, Italian, Italian ATMOS, Hindi 

 

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

BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Bulgarian, Czech Republic, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Hindi

4K Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Parisian French, German, German SDH, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish,  Greek, Korean, Hindi  

 

Running Time: 155 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images and suggestive material.

 

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray: Atmos True HD, DLBY/DGTL

4K: ATMOS True HD, DLBY DGTL

About “Dune”

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, a Film by Denis Villeneuve, “Dune.”

 

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video and digital distribution businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees. 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - November 21, 2021 - November 27, 2021

Hope you survived last week's volley of 4K releases, there certainly were a lot of choices and a little for everyone. With Black Friday coming, are you hoping for anything specific? I'm still looking for a decent Atmos all-in-one 9.1 or 11.1 receiver but I doubt that it will ever be on special! Ever since I switched to Denon I've become pretty brand loyal.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 27 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

With Black Friday upon us, we only get an ever so slight reprieve on 4K releases.

In this category this week, it's is actually dominated by Criterion Collection releases. The Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane leads off the list, along with Menace II Society and Adam Sandler's Uncut Gems. The latter is yet another recent LionsGate release that they did not give it a 4K disc but that has since been remedied by another company. As mentioned last week, Citizen Kane is getting a UK release in a few weeks by Warner Bros. It comes in a special 80th Anniversary Release that's loaded with swag. Based on current prices though, the UK release would be for huge fans on the film.

 

Kino Lorber delivers another visually stunning 4K release, this time Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

 

Delayed but now on track, The Addams Family movie debuts to 4K disc. Additionally, The Ten Commandments (1956) gets a SteelBook package this go round.

LionsGate offers Terminator 2: Judgment Day in a SteelBook release, no doubt the same discs in a different package. I might lose a few karma points here, but I much prefer the color timing of the 4K release over previous releases. Maybe there is a bit of excess dnr scrubbing, but unless you sit three feet from the screen, this presentation looks quite pleasing.

Delayed, and if delayed again I won't mention it on future release guide highlights, The Hills Have Eyes (1977) gets the fat-pack treatment.  Standard editions of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and The Cat o' Nine Tails also come via the previously delayed category.

 

Every year Vinegar Syndrome releases titles on Black Friday, specifically on their site. This year Flesh For Frankenstein - 3D & 4K gets an exclusive release. They also have indicated a couple of surprises will be revealed for that day. Of course each release eventually gets a general release a couple of months later if you're not inclined to purchase direct.

 

Blu-ray releases-

Somewhat lighter week for blu-ray releases. As always, getting the blu-ray counterpart(s) out of the way first. In this case, all are Criterion Collection releases, look for Citizen Kane, Menace II Society and Uncut Gems.

LionsGate's weekly appearance is brought to you by the letter "A" and includes an action/thriller titled American Night and a Western themed Action/Adventure titled Apache Junction.

 

Leslie Nielsen's comedy Dracula: Dead and Loving It comes to us via Shout! Factory. Described as a 'grand scale World War II movie,' The Eight Hundred sounds like it is certainly worth a look.

Warner Archive Collection's release this week is Lullaby of Broadway, a musical starring Doris Day and Gene Nelson. Also the next 'Thin Man' movie, The Thin Man Goes Home.

With the string of delays and possibly just bad luck, Arrow Video is currently set to release Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge and Sailor Suit and Machine Gun this week (fingers crossed.) There are a couple of other titles as well scheduled for this week, but they've been listed a couple of times in previous articles and definite dates are up in the air.

 

Quiver Films brings us The Woody Allen Collection (1994-2003), a cost-effective way to own nine of his films in one box set.

Anime highlights are Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 11 (The Mujina Gang), Girls und Panzer das Finale - Part 2, Haibane Renmei - The Complete Series, RWBY: Volume 8 and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Season One as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook until January 25th. There are several more SteelBooks of this nature lined up for future dates.

 

Honorable mention: Kino Lorber is on track to release the series Night Gallery starring Rod Serling. Season One can be purchased this week.

Friday release include a bunch of Imprint Films Limited Editions and a concert disc.

>Body Parts - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Let’s Scare Jessica To Death - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Stir Of Echoes - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Tam Lin - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Gift (2000) - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Medusa Touch - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Possession of Joel Delaney - Imprint Films Limited Edition

>The The: The Comeback Special

Notable announcements from last week:

Post holiday announcements are generally a bit light, no doubt because buying during that period is light as well.

Criterion has announced their February titles. The brief listing includes Boat People, Love Affair, Miller's Crossing and Written on the Wind.

Both FUNimation and Sentai Filmworks have revealed their February slate of titles. The list is quite extensive, but some of the highlights are Onyx Equinox - Complete Collection, NANA - Complete Collection [SteelBook], Samurai Girls / Samurai Bride - Complete Series, Attack on Titan - Final Season - Part 1 (also available in a Limited Edition), By the Grace of the Gods - Season 1 (Also available in a Limited Edition), Higurashi: When They Cry GOU - Season 1 Part 2 and Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle. Order links will crop up as they become available. Viz Video also is offering Tower of God on January 18th.

The next Vestron Video Collector's Series blu-ray release will be Candyman: Day of the Dead. Expect it on January 18th.

In the shipping delays department, I just got an email from Amazon indicating that Evolution will be arriving by January 17th. With a November 9th street date, I would say they either have a broken street date or serious supply issue. The Macgyver collection which was due on November 2nd also appears to be in limbo. I am not angry, I get it that there are supply chain issues, but a more realistic delivery date up front might have been nice.

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?




Scott Cooper's 'Antlers' Dated and Detailed for Blu-ray - January 4th 2022

Scott Cooper's terrifying horror flick Antlers is scarring up a Blu-ray release in the new year. The Guillermo del Toro-produced fright flick will hit streaming VOD services on December 21st with the single-disc Blu-ray release following on January 4th, 2022. 

Antlers - Blu-ray 
 

Sadly it doesn't look like this one will be getting a 4K UltraHD release on disc - or at least not here in the states. We'll keep an eye out if the import market gives us that option. The disc is expected to have a DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix and a nice collection of bonus features to go along with it. Check out our Theatrical Review if you haven't heard about this one yet. 

Pre-orders are not yet live, but when they are we'll update our listings pronto. 

And once again, thanks again for all of your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation alive and well. 

Read the full press release with tech-specs and bonus features info below


“ONE OF THE BEST CREATURE FEATURES IN YEARS”

– Patrick Cavanaugh, ComicBook

 

 

 

Searchlight Pictures’ Antlers Terrifies on Digital December 21

and on Blu-ray™ and DVD January 4

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 15, 2021)  Acclaimed director Scott Cooper and monster maestro Guillermo del Toro bring to life a multi-dimensional terror experience with Antlers.  Searchlight Pictures’ latest horror-thriller will be available on Digital December 21 and Blu-ray™ and DVD January 4, 2022. 

 

Film Synopsis

The myth of the dreaded “wendigo” comes to shocking life in this terrifying horror thriller. When a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, seek to help a troubled young boy who possesses a strange secret, the consequences are more dreadful than they could have possibly imagined.

 

Bonus Features*

  • The Evil Within  Co-writer/director Scott Cooper gives us a glimpse of the many complex layers at play in his approach to making Antlers, a horror film about very human concerns, and his most ambitious film to date.
  • An Exploration of Modern Horror with Guillermo del Toro  Producer Guillermo del Toro traces the lineage of elevated horror in cinema. Employing his encyclopedic knowledge and passion for the horror genre, he discusses the connection between mythology and human behavior.
  • Artifacts and Totems  The filmmakers discuss how they created this world of a small, tight-knit Northwest community of working-class Americans in bringing Scott Cooper’s vision to life.
  • Gods Walk Among Us  An in-depth exploration of the digital and practical effects used to create the film’s primal creatures.
  • Cry of the Wendigo  Discover the fascinating folklore behind the wendigo from the film’s First Nations consultants. Learn about the creature’s mythic origins and about its connection to man’s betrayal of the land.
  • Metamorphosis  At the center of Antlers is a transformative performance by Scott Haze. Hear about the actor’s preparation for filming, including how he lost some 70 pounds in order to play a deeply tragic character.
  • Comic-Con @ Home with Scott Cooper and Guillermo del Toro  Steve Weintraub moderates this candid Comic-Con@Home 2020 Panel interview with Guillermo del Toro and Scott Cooper. Hear the filmmakers describe their process, and learn who some of their filmmaking heroes are.

 

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

 

Cast                                        

Keri Russell as Julia Meadows

Jesse Plemons as Paul Meadows

Jeremy T. Thomas as Lucas Weaver

Graham Greene as Warren Stokes

Scott Haze as Frank Weaver

Rory Cochrane as Dan Lecroy

Amy Madigan as Principal Booth

 

Directed by                            

Scott Cooper

 

Produced by                          

Guillermo del Toro, p.g.a.

David S. Goyer, p.g.a

J. Miles Dale, p.g.a

 

Executive Producers

Jim Rowe

Nick Antosca

Kevin Turen

                                                

Screenplay by                        

C. Henry Chaisson 

& Nick Antosca 

and Scott Cooper

                        

Music by                                

Javier Navarrete          

 

Based upon a short story by

Nick Antosca  

 

Product Specifications

Street Date                             

Digital: December 21

Physical: January 4

 

Product SKUs                        

Digital: UHD, HD, SD 

Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

Feature Run Time     

Approx. 99 minutes

 

Rating                         

U.S. Rated R

*Rated R for violence including gruesome images, and for language 

*Bonus material not rated           

 

Aspect Ratio              

Digital: 1.85:1 

Physical: 1.85:1

 

U.S. Audio                              

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

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

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. Subtitles                         

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - November 14, 2021 - November 20, 2021

The week before Black Friday, with the releases hot and heavy, you really didn't think you were going to save any money for next week, did you? No matter, Black Friday itself isn't as big a deal any more, the whole month is a feast of deals.

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

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

My oh my, get ready to feel the pain if you are trying to fill your library with 4K releases. Even if you ignore any reissues and get the standard editions, this week could be costly. Let's tackle the list studio by studio this week.

Universal releases the 2021 reboot Candyman, surprisingly a standard release without a SteelBook option.

From Sony Pictures, the 2001 film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within finally makes its way to 4K. Why not right? The later (sequel) films Advent Children and Kingsglaive already got releases.

Warner Bros. takes up the most space on this week's release calendar. Completing your Mad Max 4K collection just got easier, Mad Max: The Road Warrior comes as either a standard edition or a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, with the same two options, a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. If you want the entire Mad Max series in one set, Mad Max Anthology is another option. Many of us bought the first and last movies so we would be watching for the right price. Still not done with Warner Bros., another middle-earth release, Middle Earth 6-Film Ultimate Collector's Edition in an over the top package that just screams buy me!

Disney/Buena Vista's big release this week is Jungle Cruise, available in its usual plethora of options, a standard edition, Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Target Exclusive.

LionsGate has two releases, Ran [Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook] and The Evil Dead Groovy Collection, which includes the films in 4K and the TV series in HD. If you recall, Ran was previously offered on 4K disc overseas and 4K digital in the U.S., glad to see it opened up to disc now, $20 for a SteelBook is almost a steal!

Now on to botique labels...Criterion Collection's debut 4K release is Mulholland Dr. and I am sure many are eager to see how this one turns out. There is an import available from StudioCanal that includes all kinds of swag, but of course at a much higher price.

Blue Underground's two titles appear to be on track for this week after being delayed, I'm referring to Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3.

RLJ/Image Entertainmant has got Prisoners of the Ghostland [SteelBook].

And the final 4K title of the week, Magnolia Pictures/Magnet brings us Yakuza Princess.

Blu-ray releases-

Getting the blu-ray counterparts from the 4K releases out of the way first; Candyman, Jungle Cruise, Prisoners of the Ghostland and Yakuza Princess are available to purchase. Also, The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy gets remastered releases of the Theatrical Versions and the Extended Editions as separate skus.

From Paramount, The Brady Bunch: 2-Movie Collection debuts on blu-ray. There are TWO titles this week under the Paramount Presents label, Ragtime and Vanilla Sky.

The Warner Archive gives us National Velvet. I don't think I have ever seen a film with a young Mickey Rooney, LOL, so I might have to pick this one up. A rat pack film titled Some Came Running also gets released this week.

Sony's low volume distribution (MOD) brings us Christmas with the Kranks, The Lost Leonardo and Our Ladies. Sony's standard label releases Never Back Down: Revolt.

LionsGate brings Kevin Can F*** Himself: Season 1 to the table.

MGM's Flag Day gets an MOD release. Amazon bought out MGM, so this is likely a direct product of their new company. Yay for releasing a blu-ray, boo for making it an MOD, meaning a generally higher street price.

Criterion Collection's blu-ray offering this week is Once Upon A Time In China: The Complete Films.

Contrasting last week, anime highlights include Future Boy CONAN: The Complete Series, Ikebukuro West Gate Park - The Complete Season, Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation - Season 2, Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time: Season 1 Complete Collection [SteelBook], Problem Children are Coming From Another World Aren't They? Complete Collection and Robotech - Part 2 (The Masters Saga).

Honorable Mention: From Kino Lorber, more classic Charles Bronson Western action with Breakheart Pass and Chato's Land. Many people think Clint Eastwood when they think Westerns, before Deathwish Bronson held his own.

Friday offers a few concert/music box sets as well as the standard offerings of Arts/Ballet/Opera. The latter categories lately have not been available to preorder on Amazon.

>Donizetti: Belisario
>Dvorak: Rusalka
>Kiss: Destroyer
>Mozart: Die Zauberflte
>New Year's Eve Concert 1987 & 1988
>Oasis: Knebworth 1996
>R.E.M. - New Adventures In Hi-Fi
>Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote
>Ruggero Leoncavallo: Zaz
>Teatro alla Scala Ballets

Notable announcements from last week:

Next week Criterion Collection's 4K release of Citizen Kane comes out. There is another import option that outdoes this release by quite a bit, but again, at a considerably higher price. Warner Bros. will be releasing a swag filled set in the UK, follow this link to Zavvi to see what the set looks like and possibly indulge.

Kino Lorber will be releasing Some Like It Hot on 4K disc on January 18th. This classic film stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon and will feature 5.1 sound and Dolby Vision HDR, along with bonus content.

From 20th Century Studios, Ridley Scott's The Last Duel will be coming to 4K and blu-ray on December 14th. Read our news story for more info. Also from the Disney company, Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch is Coming to Blu-ray on December 28th. Because it's Wes Anderson, I was very surprised to not see it announced by Criterion Collection. You can bet negotiations are already happening.

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?




Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch' Coming to Blu-ray December 28th

Wes Anderson's long-awaited The French Dispatch will go to press on Blu-ray December 28th, 2021 

Originally set to release in theaters in July 2020, Wes Anderson's latest tribute to inventively whimsical filmmaking and the power of the press - The French Dispatch was pushed back over a year thanks to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Now after a respectable theatrical outing, you'll be able to bring it home to Blu-ray in a single disc Blu-ray + Digital set as a bonus Christmas gift to yourself on December 28th, 2021.  

The French Dispatch - Blu-ray 
 


Now for those hoping for the first Wes Anderson film to come to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, well, we'll just have to wait and see what the very likely Criterion Collection release will bring us. The press release was pretty barebones, just a synopsis, cast breakdown, and your basic tech specs - this one will hit with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio. No mention of any bonus features. But again, that's par for the course with Wes Anderson Blu-ray releases. Ever since The Fantastic Mr. Fox, there's been a basic studio-released near-barebones release and then eventually followed by a much more elaborate and interesting Criterion Collection release. So if you're a super Wes Anderson fan you should be used to picking up each release at least twice - more if you've ever upgraded from DVD. 

Here's the press release if you're interested:


“A LOVELY VALENTINE TO THE ADVENTUROUS EDITORS OF SOPHISTICATED LITERARY MAGAZINES, BURSTING AT THE SEAMS WITH HAND-CRAFTED VISUAL DELIGHTS. AUDIENCES WILL MARVEL AT ITS RICHLY IMAGINED WORLD.”

– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

 

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch Releases on Digital December 14

and Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 28

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 9, 2021)  Academy Award® nominee* and visionary filmmaker Wes Anderson presents his 10th film, The French Dispatch. An homage to literary journalism, French culture and classic cinema the film is praised by critics and audiences alike for its exquisite visuals, captivating performances and unique artistry. Add The French Dispatch to your collection on Digital December 14 and on Blu-ray and DVD December 28.

* Best Picture Nominee for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014

Film Synopsis

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in the fictional 20th-century French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. With an all-star cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, this vibrant film is a funny, moving celebration of journalism.

 

Cast

Benicio Del Toro as Moses Rosenthaler

Adrien Brody as Julian Cadazio       

Tilda Swinton as J.K.L. Berensen     

Léa Seydoux as Simone

Frances McDormand as Lucina Krementz

Timothée Chalamet as Zeffirelli

Lyna Khoudri as Juliette                   

Jeffrey Wright as Roebuck Wright

Mathieu Amalric as The Comissaire

Stephen Park as Nescaffier (as Stephen Park)          

Bill Murray as Arthur Howitzer, Jr.              

Owen Wilson as Herbsaint Sazerac

Christoph Waltz as Paul Duval

Edward Norton as The Chauffeur    

Jason Schwartzman as Hermès Jones

Anjelica Huston as Narrator  (voice)

                        

Directed by

Wes Anderson 

 

Produced by

Wes Anderson

Steven Rales

Jeremy Dawson

 

Executive Producers

Roman Coppola

Henning Molfenter

Christoph Fisser

and Charlie Woebcken

                                                

Screenplay by

Wes Anderson 

 

Story by

Wes Anderson 

& Roman Coppola 

& Hugo Guinness 

& Jason Schwartzman

                        

Music by

Alexandre Desplat

 

Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: December 14

Physical: December 28

 

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K SDR, HD, SD

Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

Feature Run Time

Approx. 108 minutes

 

Rating

U.S. Rated R

*Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language. 

 

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 1.85:1  

Physical: 1.85:1  

 

U.S. Audio

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

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

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

 

U.S. Subtitles

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


Ridley Scott's The Last Duel Charges Onto 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray On December 14th

Ridley Scott's latest medieval epic The Last Duel starring Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, and Ben Affleck comes home to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on December 14th.  

Much like every other Ridley Scott-directed medieval sword and armor film, The Last Duel failed to gain much of a following at the box office. While a hit with critics, few people braved the theater to see this film about a woman whose husband challenges her attacker to a duel to the death to restore her honor. I tried to see it myself, but it lasted at my local theater for all of a week. Even without a huge box office offering, it's nice to see Disney/Fox Studios giving this film a full 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release with Dolby Atmos audio.

The Last Duel - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Obviously, The Last Duel is also coming out on Blu-ray, but Disney didn't send along the cover art for that set. I imagine it'll look pretty much the same. Also, there's no word as of yet about any kind of retailer exclusive packaging or SteelBook option. We're pretty sure Disney will keep to their usual pattern and offer the disc in HDR10 with the 4K streaming picking up Dolby Vision. The 4K disc will offer Atmos audio while the 1080p disc will only be equipped with a DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix. Bonus features are pretty light, amounting to all of a single featurette. Who wants to bet since this is a Ridley Scott film there will be a Director's Cut edition with more elaborate bonus features? That said, I do hope Disney/Fox has Kingdom of Heaven lined up for a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release.

As of now neither the Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are up for pre-order, but as soon as they are we'll update our listings ASAP.

Here's the full press release:


“INTELLIGENT AND GENUINELY DARING”

 Ben Croll, IndieWire

 

 

20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel Arrives on Digital November 30

and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 14


LOS ANGELES, CA (November 8, 2021) – 20th Century Studios’ historical epic, The Last Duel, unravels the true story about France’s last sanctioned duel. Directed by the critically acclaimed Ridley Scott, the film stars Jodie Comer and Adam Driver as well as Academy Award® winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™, The Last Duel will be available on Digital November 30 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD December 14.

 

Film Synopsis

Jodie Comer is spellbinding in this tale of betrayal and vengeance set in 14th century France from visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott. Based on actual events, the film stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver as friends Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two knights who must fight to the death after de Carrouges’s wife (Comer) accuses Le Gris of assault.

 

20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel Bonus Features*

  • The Making of The Last Duel – With the documentary “The Making of The Last Duel,” get unprecedented access to renowned director Ridley Scott as he collaborates with the cast and crew to make critical decisions about location, cinematography and performances.

 

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

 

Cast                            

Matt Damon as Sir Jean de Carrouges

Adam Driver as Jacques Le Gris

Jodie Comer as Marguerite de Carrouges

Ben Affleck as Pierre d'Alençon

 

Directed by                            

Ridley Scott

 

Produced by                          

Ridley Scott, p.g.a

Kevin J. Walsh, p.g.a

Jennifer Fox, p.g.a

Nicole Holofcener, p.g.a

Matt Damon, p.g.a

Ben Affleck, p.g.a

 

Executive Producers

Madison Ainley

Kevin Halloran

Drew Vinton

 

Screenplay by                        

Nicole Holofcener

& Ben Affleck

& Matt Damon

 

Music by                                

Harry Gregson-Williams

 

Based upon the book by       

Eric Jager

 

20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: November 30

Physical: December 14

 

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

            

Feature Run Time

Approx. 153 mins 

 

Rating                         

U.S. Rated R

Bonus material not rated

Screen Format

Digital: 2.39

Physical: 2.39:1

 

U.S. Audio                              

4K Ultra HD: English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

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

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. Subtitles                         

4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French 

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - November 7, 2021 - November 13, 2021

For starters, did you remember to 'fall back' with your clocks if you are subject to this torture?

As we inch closer towards 'the holidays' I can't help but notice the retailers are already starting early to get us hooked in on their deals. Walmart's second event which is November 9th will offer some 4K titles in addition to blu-rays. Target again has a Buy 2 Get 1 free event this week after doing it a couple of weeks ago. Amazon and Best Buy are offering Black Friday prices on many releases from the past year or two. A lot of choices indeed.

I did receive a handsome StudioCanal region B import from Amazon of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. This set weighs just over 6 pounds and the pictures online do not do it justice.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 25 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

Another slow(ish) week for 4K discs.

From Warner Bros there are three titles, Batman: Year One,The Outsiders: The Complete Novel and Reminiscence.

Everything else that was supposed to release this week in 4K has been delayed two weeks, no doubt supply chain related.

The Ten Commandments SteelBook, The Addams Family and The Hills Have Eyes.

Blu-ray releases-

An average volume week for blu-rays, let's get right to it.

Paramount delivers Evolution to go with my Shout! Factory release of Eight-Legged Freaks I got a few weeks ago. When I had the DVDs they were a matched set then.

Universal Pictures just added Beethoven's Christmas Adventure to the schedule, likely an 'MOD' disc (similar to Warner Archive titles.) The 2021 Aretha Franklin biography Respect debuts on disc this week.

LionsGate releases A Gift from Bob. Also from LionsGate, L.A. Story starring Steve Martin.

Warner Bros brings us DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Sixth Season, Reminiscence and Snowpiercer: The Complete Second Season. Their answer to Respect this week is Tina, a biography about Tina Turner.

Under the Warner Archive label it's another above average week with Fury (1936), Ladies They Talk About and The Last of Sheila.

Slow week for Anime highlights, look for One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Five and Redo of Healer: Complete Collection. The Neon Genesis Evangelion - Standard Edition comes out via Shout! Factory/GKIDS this week while the deluxe edition comes on December 7th.

Honorable Mention: PBS, after several delays appears to be on target this week for Ken Burns: Muhammad Ali to hit Blu-ray.

Lots of various music and arts releases Friday:

>Anna Netrebko: Amata Dalle Tenebre
>Beethoven and His Contemporaries, Vol. 1
>Beethoven and His Contemporaries, Vol. 2
>Eric Clapton: The Lady in the Balcony - Lockdown Sessions
>Kylie Minogue : Infinite Disco
>Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko
>Nirvana: Nevermind 30th Anniversary CD with Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands
>Pineapple Thief: Nothing But The Truth
>Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (2020)
>Runrig: There Must Be a Place

Notable announcements from last week:

88 Films is doing single releases to some of the films in Arrow Video's (currently on target for December 14th) Shawscope: Volume One. February 8th releases include The Flag of Iron and Legendary Weapons of China. Releasing this week from 88 Films is the single movie release of The Chinese Boxer.

Shout Factory has revealed January titles. Currently the list includes The Awakener, Liar Liar (Shout Select), Moffie, The Temp, Weathering With You - 4K and Whispers in the Dark.

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?




Krampus: The Naughty Cut 4K UHD + Blu-ray Coming 12/7 From Scream Factory

Michael Doughtery's hit horror/comedy comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a new cut of the film, Atmos audio, and a ton of new bonus features! 

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a little festive horror film dedicated to the most famous seasonal anti-hero? Krampus was a surprise hit way back in 2015 and now we get to finally see the film as it was meant to be seen with all of the little bits of gore and language that were cut to secure a family-friendly PG-13 rating. 

Krampus: The Naughty Cut - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 


In addition to the new cut which looks to run at about 102-minutes, this two-disc 4K UHD Blu-ray and 1080p Blu-ray set will also snatch up a new Dolby Atmos audio mix along with a host of excellent new features that even the most misbehaved little boys and girls will want to take a look at. 

Krampus: The Naughty Cut Bonus Features

Disc 1 (UHD):

  • NEW The Naughty Cut with additional scenes and adult language that were previously cut for the PG-13 theatrical version
  • NEW Dolby Atmos track
  • Audio Commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields

Disc 2 (1080p Blu-ray):

  • NEW The Naughty Cut with additional scenes and adult language cut to get a PG-13 rating
  • NEW Dolby Atmos track
  • NEW A Dash of Mischief – an interview with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty
  • NEW Storm of the Centuries – an interview with producer Todd Casey
  • NEW The Great Protector – an interview with actor David Koechner
  • NEW Something Bad Happened on Christmas – an interview with actress Allison Tolman
  • NEW Max’s Journey – an interview with actor Emjay Anthony
  • NEW Lord of the Things – an interview with WETA’s Richard Taylor
  • NEW Mapping Mythology – an interview with storyboard artist Simeon Wilkins
  • NEW I, Krampus – an interview with performer Luke Hawker
  • NEW A Winter Chorus – an interview with composer Douglas Pipes
  • Audio Commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields
  • Krampus Comes Alive! – a five-part featurette on the making of the film
  • Behind-the-Scenes at Weta Workshop: Krampus
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes, not seen in the theatrical cut
  • Gag Reel
  • Alternate Ending
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Photo Galleries – creature art, storyboards and more 


If you're keen to upgrade your old Blu-ray - Krampus: The Naughty Cut - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is now up for pre-order here - but if you order direct from Shout! Factory, you can pick up an 18" x 24" poster while supplies last - and as of this writing, is cheaper than what Amazon is currently listing this at. 


Arrrrrgh!!! Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Be Comin' to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray ARRRRGH!!!!

At long last the first and best of the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is finally making landfall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on January 2nd, 2022

Well - at least for now it's coming on January 2nd, 2022. If you look at your calendars that'd be a Sunday release day and I've never seen or heard of that ever happening. So expect that date to shift a couple of days to the 4th, or later into the month. However - the important thing to note is that Disney is still moving back catalog favorites that are already available in 4K on Disney+ and other streaming services to physical media. Could they be a little more aggressive and release the others not already on the format or do a big box set? Sure. That'd be pretty awesome. But for now, we're at least getting the first and best of the entire franchise and that's at least one small step in the right direction. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Note that at the moment we don't know if there will be any new bonus features or if Disney will break with their physical media tradition and offer Dolby Vision HDR in addition to HDR10. But, we do know this will come packed at the very least with Dolby Atmos audio. We also haven't had any word of any retailer exclusive packaging or Best Buy SteelBooks, but we'll stay on the lookout. As 2021 comes to a close, 2022 is already shaping up to be a solid year for new 4K releases. 

As we learn more and when that release date eventually moves and when this is actually up for pre-order - we'll update our listings ASAP. 

Here's the full press release:


EXPERIENCE A SWASHBUCKLING CLASSIC FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K ULTRA HD™

 

 

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Sails to 4K Ultra HD January 2

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 4, 2021) – Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl arrives on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time on January 2, 2022 in spectacular HDR picture quality and Dolby Atmos audio. 

 

Film Synopsis

The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth (Kiera Knightly). In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead!

 

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Product Specifications

Street Date

January 2, 2022

 

Feature Run Time

143 minutes

 

Rating                         

U.S. Rated PG-13 

**for action/adventure violence**     

                                    

Aspect Ratio  

Physical: 2.35:1

 

U.S. Audio                              

4K Ultra HD: English Dolby Atmos, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

 

U.S. Subtitles             

4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French


The Many Saints of Newark Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD Dated and Detailed for December 21

On 12/21 Celebrate the Holidays with the Whole Family in The Many Saints of Newark on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD 

While it split critics and fans of The Sopranos, David Chase returns to the world of organized crime he created with the ambitious prequel film The Many Saints of Newark. After its short run in theaters and on HBO Max, you'll be able to add this film to your shelf and complete your Tony Soprano collection this December 21st on either Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. 

The Many Saints of Newark - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
 

The Many Saints of Newark - Blu-ray 
 

We don't have 100% all of the tech specs for the 4K disc yet - the press release didn't list HDR format so we've asked for clarification. However, we do know that both the 4K Disc and 1080p Blu-ray will have Dolby Atmos audio tracks along with the same set of bonus features. As we get more details we'll update our listings.  

Read our Theatrical Review

Here's the full press release from Warner Bros. for The Many Saints of Newark on Blu-ray & 4K Utra HD Blu-ray:



“A great mob epic”

Peter Travers, ABC News

 

The Many Saints of Newark

COMES HOME FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Premium Digital Ownership

 

debuts early on November 19

 

 4K, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on December 21

 

Burbank, CA, November 2 – Discover who made Tony Soprano when “The Many Saints of Newark” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on November 19. The film is directed by Alan Taylor (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” TV’s “Madmen”) from a screenplay by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, based on characters created by Chase, and stars Alessandro Nivola (“Disobedience,” “American Hustle”), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” “Murder on the Orient Express”), Jon Bernthal (“Baby Driver,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Corey Stoll (“First Man,” “Ant-Man”), Michael Gandolfini (TV’s “The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (“Game Night,” “The Big Short”), Michela De Rossi (“Boys Cry,” TV’s “The Rats”) and John Magaro (“The Finest Hours,” “Not Fade Away”). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on December 21.

 

The film was produced by Chase, Konner and Nicole Lambert, with Michael Disco, Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener executive producing. The film also stars Emmy winner Ray Liotta (TV’s “Shades of Blue,” “Goodfellas”) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films).

 

  • On November 19, “The Many Saints of Newark” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

 

  • On December 21, “The Many Saints of Newark” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “The Many Saints of Newark” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

 

The Many Saints of Newark” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

 

SYNOPSIS

Young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.

 

4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

 

The Many Saints of Newark” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features: 

  • Making Of Newark
  • Sopranos Family Honor
  • Deleted Scenes

 

“The Many Saints of Newark” DVD contains the following special feature: 

  • Deleted Scenes

 

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

 

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL

 

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

 

BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

                                                            4K UHD Combo Pack                                                            $44.98

Blu-ray                                                                                    $34.98

DVD                                                                                       $29.98

 

Digital Ownership: November 19, 2021

PVOD: November 19, 2021

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 21, 2021

 

DVD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

4K Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

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

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

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

Running Time: 120 minutes

Rating: Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual content and some nudity

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

4K: ATMOS TrueHD

THE CREDITS

 

About “The Many Saints of Newark”

The film is directed by Alan Taylor (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” TV’s “Madmen”) from a screenplay by series creator David Chase & Lawrence Konner, based on characters created by Chase, produced by Chase, Konner and Nicole Lambert, with Michael Disco, Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener executive producing.

 

The ensemble stars Alessandro Nivola (“Disobedience,” “American Hustle”), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” “Murder on the Orient Express”), Jon Bernthal (“Baby Driver,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Corey Stoll (“First Man,” “Ant-Man”), Michael Gandolfini (TV’s “The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (“Game Night,” “The Big Short”), Michela De Rossi (“Boys Cry,” TV’s “The Rats”) and John Magaro (“The Finest Hours,” “Not Fade Away”), alongside Emmy winner Ray Liotta (TV’s “Shades of Blue,” “Goodfellas”) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films).

 

New Line Cinema Presents, In Association with Home Box Office, a Chase Films Production, “The Many Saints of Newark.”

 

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video and digital distribution businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees. 


Have Any Money Left? HDD November 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Guide

While you probably should be thinking about shopping for other people, November is a pretty stacked and expensive month for exciting new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases! 

From new releases to exciting back catalog favorites to the first Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases - November is another stacked month of great titles.

As has been the story for the last couple of months now, the release frame has been pretty volatile. The ongoing supply chain issues keep forcing studios and boutique labels to play a near-constant game of release date shuffle. Titles that were supposed to come out in October got pushed back into November. Titles that were supposed to come out at the beginning of November have already been pushed back to the end of the month with the studios hoping against all hope that they'll have enough product to meet retailer pre-orders and fan demand. And given the trend, we expect a number of releases in this guide to get pushed back into December and/or experience stock shortages. When/If that happens we'll update this guide ASAP. But for now, the titles and release dates for this list appear firm - so let's get to it!

High-Def Digest's November 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide 


November 2nd, 2021 

The Guns of Navarone 60th Anniversary - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Hacksaw Ridge - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook 

 

 

November 9th, 2021 

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Reminiscence - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Batman Year One Commemorative Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


November 16th, 2021

The Evil Dead Groovy Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mulholland Drive The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Candyman (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Middle Earth 6-Film Ultimate Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Prisoners of the Ghostland - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Harry Potter Anniversary 8-Film Collector’s Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Maniac Cop 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Maniac Cop 3 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Ran - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Yakuza Princess - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Jungle Cruise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Jungle Cruise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Jungle Cruise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

 

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Mad Max Anthology - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

November 23rd, 2021

The Hills Have Eyes Limited Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Ten Commandments - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Addams Family - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Uncut Gems The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Citizen Kane The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Menace II Society The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

November 26th, 2021 

Flesh For Frankenstein - 3D & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

November 30th, 2021 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

 

That's everything there is that's fit to print for the month of November - so far. Now as we said before, the supply chain issues are pretty volatile so these release dates could switch around for some of these. If release dates don't change, we do expect a few of these to be in short supply - so if you're aiming to pick any of these up don't wait to get those pre-orders in. That's your best bet to make sure you actually get a copy of what you're after, you'll just have to be patient. 

If any release dates change - or for some of these change again - we'll update this list as soon as possible.

Speaking of pre-orders - thanks for clicking those links and pre-ordering. They really do help go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 31, 2021 - November 6, 2021

Happy Halloween, Happy November,  Election Day, All Saints Day, All Souls Day and everything in between. Hey, here's something. Barnes and Noble has got the Criterion sale going on now through November 29th. Often times the sale spills over to Arrow Video, Cohen Media and a couple of other houses too. Amazon frequently matches these prices so it might be easier if you only get one or two titles to go there instead.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 24 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

If you've been an avid 4K collector, this week offers you a huge reprieve. Every title listed is a reissue of sort from previous months. Be warned though, November 16th is going to cost ya.

The Guns of Navarone 60th Anniversary is on schedule for Tuesday after a delay.

 

Hacksaw Ridge gets a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook release. Lately they have been experimenting with slip covers that enhance the cover art when slid up or down. This one is not quite as nice as American Psycho though in that regard.

The Indiana Jones collection gets a reprint, both standard edition and Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

Harry Potter Anniversary 8-Film Collector’s Edition gets a special release in a collectible package with a bit of swag in tow.

 

Blu-ray releases-

Blu-ray selection is above normal volume this week. There are no counterparts ta carry down so let's move on to our regular content.

Chernobyl 1986, a Russian language version of the heroic events from that day comes via MPI Video.

Wait no longer for The Crown: The Complete Fourth Season, Sony releases it this week. From their Classics label, Nine Days gets a disc release.

 

From Warner Bros., the reboot TV series, Kung Fu: The Complete First Season is available this week. Also from Warner Bros, Sex and the City: The Complete Series gets a blu-ray release, time to replace those DVDs.

 

MacGyver: The Complete Collection gets a release by Paramount after leaving us hanging after Season 1 came out a couple of years ago. Also from Paramount, PAW Patrol: The Movie gets a firm date after a bit of bouncing around. The Paramount Presents release of The Sheik appears to be on target this week after a previous delay. And the 2021 Sci-Fi/Thriller Zone 414 also beckons your consideration.

 

Anime highlights include Fire Force: Season 1 Complete, Fire Force: Season 2 Part 2, Fire Force: Season 2 Part 2 (Limited Edition), Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World - The Complete Season, as a standard release and as a Limited Edition release and The Rising of the Shield Hero: Season One.

 

If you have no plans on doing 4K, then How to Train Your Dragon: The Ultimate Collection might be your thing. All it's missing is the TV series in HD (hello, Universal?) In the same sort of release, Trolls Dance! Dance! Dance! Collection comes out, it too minus the (not as popular) TV series.

Criterion Collection releases Italian Drama La Strada after how many years put on hold? Our listing shows about eleven years from time it was announced to actual release.

Honorable Mention: Scorpion Releasing has two Charlton Heston titles this week, Counterpoint and Number One.

Notable announcements from last week:

Just like last week, announcements are at a slow pace.

Arrow Video's January slate for U.S. and Canada for new titles thus far includes Red Angel, Shock and Sleep. For UK releases, add Dillinger and The Mangler. Remember we are talking about January, so it's unlikely there will be any additional titles added, including anything 4K. They are reissuing a bunch of previous releases in the single disc format, which usually means a lower price.

Juice (1992) starring Tupac Shakur gets a 4K release on January 11th. Read the story here.

Dear Evan Hansen has a street date of December 7th and will be available as a blu-ray and as a 4K disc release.

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?




Juice (1992) Starring Tupac Shakur Coming To 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray January 11th

Ernest R. Dickerson's 1992 directorial debut Juice starring Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, and Samuel L. Jackson celebrates its 30th Anniversary on 4K Ultra HD Blku-ray 

 

The press release didn't indicate HDR grade or audio - we've reached out for clarification, but the disc will include the following bonus features:

  • Commentary by director Ernest R. Dickerson
  • You’ve Got the Juice Now—A look back at the making of the film featuring interviews with director Ernest R. Dickerson, producer David Heyman and actors Omar Epps, Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins.  The piece details Dickerson’s struggle to remain true to his original vision, his desire to cast fresh new talent, the challenges of shooting on location in Harlem, and the reasons why the film’s ending was changed.
  • The Wrecking Crew—The film’s surviving lead actors talk about how they came to be cast in the film and the bonds they immediately formed with one another.  They additionally share stories about Tupac Shakur’s drive, authenticity and unmistakable genius, as well as their delight at getting to work with Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and Cindy Herron.
  • Sip the Juice: The Music—Explores the essential role that music plays in the film.  Features vintage interviews with the Shocklee brothers about their score, as well as Erik B, EPMD, and members of Cypress Hill speaking about their contributions to the unforgettable soundtrack and why they chose to be a part of the film.
  • Stay in the Scene: The Interview—Vintage interview with the four lead cast members on set.  The piece demonstrates their rapport as they discuss the importance of the film and its message.
  • Photo Gallery—Unit photographer Adger Cowans’ photos taken on set.

And for packaging collectors out there - Juice - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Pre-orders are live for both editions. Thank you for your pre-orders they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

Here is the full press release from Paramount:


Director Ernest R. Dickerson’s Powerful Film Starring


Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps Marks Its 30th Anniversary with


First-Ever 4K Ultra HD Release

Searing Drama Debuts on 4K Ultra HD January 11, 2022

 

A powerful morality tale steeped in 90s urban culture, JUICE marked the feature directorial debut of acclaimed cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson and the first starring roles for Omar Epps and an electrifying Tupac Shakur.  30 years later, the gritty and influential film continues to be celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Harlem life, the early New York hip hop scene, and the fate of four friends in pursuit of the power and respect they call the Juice. 

             

To mark the film’s 30th anniversary, Paramount Home Entertainment will release the film on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on January 11, 2022.  The disc features access to a Digital copy of the film and legacy bonus content, including interviews with Dickerson, producer David Heyman (Harry Potter franchise), Epps, and fellow actors Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins.  The cast and crew look back on making the film, share heartfelt stories of working with Shakur, and reveal the influence that JUICE had on them both personally and professionally. 

 

The in-depth featurettes are also loaded with footage of the cast on set and vintage interviews with Shakur, Queen Latifah, Cindy Herron of En Vogue, the Shocklee brothers, Eric B, EPMD, Cypress Hill and more.  Along with commentary by the director, fans can enjoy the original ending and hear Dickerson detail the reasons that it was changed prior to the film’s theatrical debut. 

 

JUICE was originally released on January 17, 1992.  The previously released bonus content is detailed below:

  • Commentary by director Ernest R. Dickerson
  • You’ve Got the Juice Now—A look back at the making of the film featuring interviews with director Ernest R. Dickerson, producer David Heyman and actors Omar Epps, Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins.  The piece details Dickerson’s struggle to remain true to his original vision, his desire to cast fresh new talent, the challenges of shooting on location in Harlem, and the reasons why the film’s ending was changed.
  • The Wrecking Crew—The film’s surviving lead actors talk about how they came to be cast in the film and the bonds they immediately formed with one another.  They additionally share stories about Tupac Shakur’s drive, authenticity and unmistakable genius, as well as their delight at getting to work with Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and Cindy Herron.
  • Sip the Juice: The Music—Explores the essential role that music plays in the film.  Features vintage interviews with the Shocklee brothers about their score, as well as Erik B, EPMD, and members of Cypress Hill speaking about their contributions to the unforgettable soundtrack and why they chose to be a part of the film.
  • Stay in the Scene: The Interview—Vintage interview with the four lead cast members on set.  The piece demonstrates their rapport as they discuss the importance of the film and its message.
  • Photo Gallery—Unit photographer Adger Cowans’ photos taken on set.

 

Synopsis

Q, Raheem, Bishop, and Steel spend their days hanging out and looking for a way to get the power and respect they call Juice. Q hopes to earn respect by becoming a scratch 'n' mix DJ.  Bishop has a deadlier plan—take it through an armed robbery with his crew. Ernest R. Dickerson, the acclaimed cinematographer whose collaborations with Spike Lee include Do the Right Thing and Malcom X, made his directorial debut with this powerful drama steeped in ‘90s urban lifestyle.  JUICE features the acting debut of Tupac Shakur and a hit soundtrack that includes Eric B. & Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane and Salt N’ Pepa.

 

JUICE is directed by Ernest R. Dickerson with a story by Ernest R. Dickerson and screenplay by Gerard Brown and Ernest R. Dickerson.

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About Paramount Home Entertainment

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

 

JUICE

Street Date:         January 11, 2022

U.S. Rating:          R for strong language and for some violence


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 24, 2021 - October 30, 2021

Another week gone, and actually if you count this coming Halloween weekend, another MONTH gone! The shipping delays continue with multiple titles including last week's release of Scream 4K. I just got my copy of Halloween II last Friday. Wasn't about to watch 3 - 5 without 2 in there. At least it will be in time for Halloween itself. Then it's on to Thanksgiving and Christmas movies. Will we get our Krampus 4K in time?

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 23 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

Compared to last week, there's little difference in volume of titles, which means open up yer wallet.

Import Monday might be exciting for many of you, StudioCanal releases The Howling 40th Anniversary Edition, available as a 'fat-pack' release and as a SteelBook release. I got my fat-pack ordered from Diabolik the day it went live. Will Arrow or Shout! Factory eventually do a domestic release? A barebones release by Universal is more likely.

On to Tuesday releases, the next Dario Argento movie from Arrow Video, Deep Red. This one is also a 'fat-pack' release like the two previous Argento films from Arrow. Alternately, a 'Arte Original Version' was available for preorder as well.

Six-String Samurai gets a general release via Vinegar Syndrome.

The Underworld 5-Movie Collection gets a release this week from Sony Pictures, some people have already received theirs. Are there enough to fill demand?

A Ronin Flix shop exclusive, I Spit On Your Grave gets a 4K release. We reviewed the latest blu-ray release from them, it got a 'Highly Recommended' grade.

Moving on to NEW releases, Sony Pictures also brings us Don't Breathe 2. Maybe worthy of an upgrade, it would have made sense to have a 4K double feature or offer the original film in 4K the same day.

2021's The Suicide Squad get a standard release and a SteelBook release from Warner Bros. This one is helmed by James Gunn.

Blu-ray releases-

What a BUSY week for blu-ray. All I can say is good hunting.

Releases from above getting blu-ray releases, Don't Breathe 2 and The Suicide Squad. The latter also gets a Target Exclusive.

From Warner Archive Collection, a rather busy week for this label. The 1964 film Children of the Damned, 1933 drama Dinner at Eight, 1966 horror/mystery Eye of the Devil and Mary Stevens, M.D.. From the regular Warner label, Superman: The Complete Animated Series debuts on blu-ray disc this week.

Shout Select has Nothing But Trouble, featuring those funny guys Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy.

Has the BBC turned down the dial on 4K releases? Serengeti II gets a blu-ray release this week.

Criterion Collection releases 1960 foreign drama Devi.

Universal Studios TV releases The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series.

LionsGate's appearance this week offers Megan is Missing and On the Rocks. Neither title appear to have a digital code, hope that's not going to be the new norm for them. The next Vestron Video release Steel Dawn this week *does* come with a digital code, as does the 2021 Sci-Fi/Thriller Warning.

Anime highlights include Goblin Slayer: Season One (SteelBook)-which remains a Best Buy Exclusive for 2 months, Higurashi: When They Cry GOU Season 1 Part 1, Lupin the 3rd Part V: Misadventures in France, Sgt. Frog: The Complete First Season, Shaman King, She, the Ultimate Weapon - Complete Collection, Venus Wars and Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina.

Except for the Pink Floyd release, all of Friday's titles are Imprint Films Limited Editions. Remember that Imprint Releases are region free.

>A Reflection of Fear - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Big Screen British Comedy - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Ned Kelly (1970) - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
>The Assassination Bureau - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Browning Version (1951 & 1994) - Imprint Films Limited Edition

>The Harry Palmer Collection - Imprint Film

Notable announcements from last week:

Very slow week for news/announcements. Keep in mind that these said announcements are targeting January, which typically is a very slow month for new releases.

Warner Bros. has announced Clint Eastwood's latest film Cry Macho will be available on 4K disc and blu-ray on December 7th.

FUNimation revealed their January 2022 titles. Although not a terrible selection, nothing absolutely jumps out. If they read these articles I would ask why they stopped releasing SteelBooks for the DBZ series. Why have you?

There is word surfacing that Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean will get a 4K release. A French retailer has all five listed (remember we got number 5 in 4K in North America already.) Under the 20th Century Studios label, Heat is still on hold. Due to the length of that movie it would highly benefit from a BD100 disc, something that Disney has yet to do.

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?




Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 17, 2021 - October 23, 2021

How is the month treating your wallet so far? Thankfully there are no Prime Days or such. But I did see Target and Best Buy were doing 3-day events last week, which could have potentially stretched you a bit thinner.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 22 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

There are quite a few skus to consider this week. Probably the most 4K discs we have ever listed in a single week.

First of all, for Import Monday, BFI releases ‎ Ingmar Bergman's 1957 drama The Seventh Seal. If you opt to hold off, Criterion Collection did do the previous two blu-ray releases, maybe they will come up with a 4K release soon.

On to domestic releases, specifically new release movies first.

From Warner Bros, DC Animated Injustice, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

Next, from Universal Pictures comes M. Night Shyamalan's Old. Going with the common theme, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. I don't mean this negatively on Shyamalan, but I am wondering when I will see the day when I fully understand his films. I've seen them all and always get that feeling in the end. Maybe that's what ultimately makes them good, the suspense or unexpected twist at the end?

 

From Paramount, the next film in the G.I. Joe saga, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. Available as a standard edition and as a wide-release SteelBook edition. Bet you thought we were going to say Best Buy Exclusive again. You can also get all three G.I. Joe movies in a single collection as well.

 

The final new release 4K title this week and comes via LionsGate is The Protégé, and no, I'm not talking about a sedan by Mazda.

Ok then, moving to catalog titles, and what a variety to choose from. Let's tackle the list alphabetically...

From LionsGate, Apocalpyse Now: The Final Cut gets a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook release. Not sure I care for the cover, I do realize the excess orange color is likely modeled after the movie poster.

Synapse Films brings us Demons I & II as a single 4K set. Two movies in one set, thus the higher MSRP, bet this one is a great release.

 

Arrow Video's previously delayed Dune Limited Edition SteelBook gets the shipping green light.

Miramax's first 4K disc entry debuts this week, Wes Craven's Scream gets a standard release as well as a wide-release SteelBook edition. This film spawned a bunch of sequels and a bunch of parodies with sequels. Be honest, did you not buy all of them on DVD or blu-ray in the past?

Last but not least in the catalog titles list this week, The Silence of the Lambs gets a release by Kino Lorber Studio Classics. They did a fantastic job with Hannibal and according to our review, a great job on this one as well.

 

Blu-ray releases-

If you saved any money after exiting the 4K zone, the blu-ray zone is a little bit busy too.

Just like we do every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts from the above releases out of the way first. Warner Bros. releases Injustice, Universal releases Old, Paramount releases Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins as well as the 3-movie collection, plus a new release of Scream, LionsGate releases The Protégé and Synapse releases Demons I & II.

LionsGate also has Joe Bell for purchase this week, a 2020 Biography/Drama. An odd genre combination, a romance/sci-fi titled Needle in a Timestack. The latter is available in 4K on digital, but not on disc. Grrrrrr.

 

Criterion Collection's releases this week include The Incredible Shrinking Man and Ratcatcher.

Barring any last minute delays, Yokai Monsters Collection from Arrow Video should reach us this week. I say this because I still have not gotten my ship notice.

 

Warner Archive's next entry to the blu-ray catalog is Mad Love. TV from Warner Bros, the much anticipated Smallville The Complete Series and Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season.

From Disney/20th Century Studios, a horror/thriller titled The Night House.

Kino Lorber has a couple of films starring Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson, Bobby Darin, Change of Habit and Come September. Also a box set with 12 classic Westerns, The Randolph Scott Western Collection.

Anime highlights include Dragon Ball Z - Resurrection "F", Naruto: Set 5, Say "I Love You" - Complete Collection and Vampire Knight: The Complete Collection.

 

Honorable mention: 88 Films' first 'official' release in the U.S., The Gestapo's Last Orgy. Touted as 'still banned in the UK' among other things. Are they releasing it this way as a back door to the UK Market or are they going to expand upon their offering?

Notable announcements from last week:

Going with 88 Films, Indicator/Powerhouse Films will also be releasing titles in the U.S./Canada markets. This is exciting news because it means access to more films not currently available in the U.S. market.

Blue Underground's 4K releases of Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3 have been pushed back a month to November 16th. Maybe that's good for us with as busy as the week is for other 4K titles.

Paramount Presents title The Sheik has been delayed to November 2. Amazon has not caught up to this fact as of yet.

Criterion Collection's January titles have been revealed. They are A Hard Day's Night 4K, The Piano 4K, The Piano, The Celebration, Dick Johnson Is Dead and Time.

Call this 'little things' or 'baseless wishful thinking'. Disney's D23 site is promoting the 1986 film Aliens, which in itself is random and odd. Could it be a 4K is coming soon? Does the current transfer live up to specs or does it require time out from James Cameron's busy Avatar schedule to approve it?

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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?




Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 10, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Approaching the halfway mark already for the month of October already! Had your fill of pumpkin spice snacks, beer and other things yet? Awaiting delivery of your Scream Factory Halloween 4K releases? On Amazon, Halloween II is supposedly not shipping til the end of the month at best. Best Buy and Target have issues too. Invite Michael Myers to Thanksgiving Dinner?!??

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 21 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Another big week money wise for 4K discs.

New releases first. From 20th Century Studios, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds. Available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Target Exclusive. I totally missed this one so I cannot even pretend to describe the premise. What's with the pink bunny suit?

The other new release this week is LionsGate's The Green Knight. This one had pretty good fanfare with the reviewers and moviegoers.

Moving on to catalog titles, first we look at one of Brian De Palma's legacies, referring to Carlito's Way. Available as a standard release and as a SteelBook edition, which again is absent from Amazon. These SteelBooks seem to only crop up at Best Buy and Target.

A set many have been looking forward to since Volume 1, Columbia Classics Volume 2 finally sees light of day after some delay. A couple of the titles I question, but there is certainly something for everyone, it includes Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network.

Inglourious Basterds makes its way to 4K in a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, because you know, Brad Pitt and company, right?

And finally, Kino Lorber releases Stephen King's movie adaptation Misery. Our review is already done for this one and it looks like KLSC has done a stellar job!

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

As far as blu-ray releases, this week hits a bit of a low, which is fine because overall the month is still red hot, and the 4K slate above hits me bad enough.

New release counterparts first, Free Guy and The Green Knight get theirs.

LionsGate's other obligatory appearances on the blu-ray release calendar includes The Colony (2021), an Escape Plan triple feature and Survive the Game. They also have three reissues this week.

Warner Archive has got a couple this week. Black Lightning: The Complete Fourth and Final Season and The Ghost Ship / Bedlam (Double Feature).

Warner Bros. releases a show that keeps on going, The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season.

Paramount releases Friday the 13th: 8-Movie Collection as a SteelBook this go round. TV mini-series The Haunting of Bly Manor gets a disc release this week. Also available as a double-feature that includes The Haunting of Hill House.

The Criterion Collection release of the week is High Sierra, a 1941 crime/adventure film starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart.

Normally I do not repeat release news for titles I already reported on that got subsequently delayed. This week I make that exception because it's news worthy. Arrow Video's 'fat-pack' release of Legend is sure to be sold out early. Also delayed but available now, He Came from the Swamp: The William Gref Collection and The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch. [EDIT] TheSnake Girl and Silver-Haired Witch delayed once again[EDIT]

Slow week for anime, highlight (singular) would be Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear - Season 1.

Friday release, 1 concert, a couple of operas.

>Chicago - Double Feature: Now More Than Ever: History Of/The Terry Kath Experience
>Donizetti: Le Nozze in Villa
>Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Notable announcements from last week:

Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gets a street date on November 30th. Presently slated for 4K combo pack and a blu-ray release, it no doubt will be met with a Best Buy SteelBook and a Target Eclusive.

Shout! Factory's December batch of titles has been revealed. Currently Cartoon Saloon's Irish Folklore Trilogy, Going Berserk (Shout Select), Lady in a Cage, No Way to Treat a Lady, Trog and The Vampire Lovers (Collector's Edition) are listed as being released on the 14th or 21st. These titles join the already announced December titles of Shirobako: The Movie, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Krampus: The Naughty Cut (4K Ultra HD).

ClassicFlix will be releasing The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 1 on blu-ray December 14th.

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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?




The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series Blu-ray Coming October 26th Detailed

He might not like it, but we love it when he gets angry! 

As we previously reported, all five seasons of the classic The Incredible Hulk series is coming to Blu-ray on October 26th! Starring the late, great Bill Bixby as anger-prone David Banner with Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk, the show ran for five seasons spanning 82 episodes and three made-for-television followup films. After doing some leg work trying to find out more about this release, we have some more details to share. 

This will be a 19-disc set holding all 82 episodes and two of the three made-for-television films - they didn't tell us specifically which ones but likely The Incredible Hulk Returns and Trial of the Incredible Hulk. There won't be a digital copy included. Each episode will also feature DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio mixes. 

Not to skimp things with this release, Universal is also plugging in a nice selection of bonus features to dig through:

  • “Pilot” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • “Married” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • “Prometheus” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • Introduction with Kenneth Johnson
  • Introduction with Lou Ferrigno
  • Remembering The Incredible Hulk: An American Classic
  • Creating an Iconic Character: The Hulk
  • Behind the Success: The Story of The Incredible Hulk
  • Gag Reel
  • Inside an Episode: "Prometheus" Photo Gallery

They're not sending out advance review copies, but we'll absolutely be picking this one up and will share our thoughts as soon as we can! The set is up for pre-order and should street on October 26th if all goes well and there aren't any serious supplychain issues. 

Thanks for all of the pre-orders - they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running! 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 3, 2021 - October 9, 2021

If you buy 4K discs, starting this month you will begin to feel big time wallet fatigue. But remember, if you want the studios continue to releases your favorites on disc, your obligation is to purchase them. If you purchase them via our links we can continue to provide you with the news and reviews that you have (hopefully) come to look forward to and enjoy. We appreciate your continued support.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 20 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Normally we start with catalog titles first. There are so many to cover that I will break from the norm and list the single new release title first.

Space Jam: A New Legacy gets a pair of releases, a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook. That SteelBook is coined to look like the original movie's SteelBook, pretty blah.

Most of this week's catalog releases all have a 'horror' theme, which is pretty appropriate for the month of October.

American Psycho gets a reissue as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Decent design, the slip cover acts as a mask. You're welcome by the way, I had bought the standard release literally before this release was announced.

Another reissue, but in reverse. Originally available as a SteelBook or as a multi-movie collection, The Hunt for Red October now gets a single sku standard edition release.

Next, Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection gets a box set release that contains Dracula (90th Anniversary), Frankenstein (90th Anniversary), The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man (80th Anniversary) along with a bunch of extras. If that's not enough, also vying for your attention, individual SteelBook releases of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. I suspect they passed (for now) on one for The Invisible Man because it is not celebrating a milestone. Completionists will have to import it if they want it (for now).

Ha-ppy ha-ppy hal-o'ween. Finally, Michael Myers in 4K. Scream Factory is releasing Halloween (1978), Halloween II, Halloween III Season of the Witch, Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers. These releases are all pretty packed with extra features. Will they release all five (and beyond) as a single set? Maybe, but probably not.

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Space Jam: A New Legacy gets a blu-ray release, a Target Exclusive Edition and a double-feature blu-ray release.

From Paramount, Audrey Hepburn: 7-Movie Collection. It's a nice way to have seven of her movies in one set. The only new title to the mix though is Paris When It Sizzles. From the 'MOD' label, Dead Again, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Time Machine (2002) and What Lies Beneath.

CBS TV via Paramount releases the 2020 mini-series The Stand and a double feature featuring both the 2020 and classic series.

From Sony, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions as a blu-ray, not 4K disc. Sort of figured a new release would have both.

Warner Archive Collection releases the long awaited Night Shift (1982) and Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 this week. Under the standard label, The Nevers, Season 1 Part 1 gets released this week.

A week wouldn't be complete without a Criterion Collection release. This week there is just one title, Japanese horror Onibaba.

Animation/Anime highlights include Golden Kamuy: Season Three, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor: TV Series, Little Vampire, Nakaimo-My Little Sister Is Among Them!, Night of the Animated Dead and Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls.

Notable announcements from last week:

LionsGate has made it official, Ran will be making its way to 4K disc as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. It will feature English and Japanese DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio. Currently it is sitting at $20... not bad for a 4K SteelBook!

Speaking of Best Buy, they have an order link and have revealed cover artwork for The Wolf of Wall Street's 4K SteelBook. It's not listed as an exclusive so an Amazon link will likely be available soon. Check out the front cover here, but I warn you, it's pretty hideous.

Sony Pictures has announced a Karate Kid 4K collection. It will feature the original three Karate Kid movies starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. Our wallets cannot get a break any time soon!

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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?




Keyword Selected: Benicio

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - November 28, 2021 - December 4, 2021

Post Black Friday and rolling into Cyber Monday, how well did you fare? Myself, because the entire month has been a barrage of special deals from all the various retailers, I had to take a moment to evaluate what I really can or cannot pass up. (As of the time of this writing, I have the Vinegar Syndrome Subscription sitting in my cart). Cyber Monday will probably NOT be as big a deal this year, but I could be wrong, right? Walmart is already calling it Cyber Week, I suspect other retailers are doing the same sort of thing.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 28 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

Compared to previous weeks, this week is pretty slow for new 4K discs.

From Disney's Marvel label, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Keeping with the normal release options, we get a standard package, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Target Exclusive 'Art Edition.' No disrespect to Target, but I am not a fan of the look of theirs.

 

Indie house Gunpowder & Sky release Horror/Mystery Summer of 84.

And indie house Vinegar Syndrome releases monster-flick Ticks.

 

 Blu-ray releases-

An average(ish) week for volume of blu-rays. Getting the blu-ray counterpart release out of the way first, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings comes your way.

From BBC, Eden: Untamed Planet debuts on disc.

From Paramount, Heaven Can Wait (1978) starring Warren Beatty, and a remastered version of Reds (1981).

Warner Bros delivers the 2021 horror/mystery Malignant. The Warner Archive label brings us Party Girl.

 

LionsGate's weekly appearing includes Saint Maud, a 2019 thriller.

 

A week does not pass without a look at Anime highlights, and there are quite a few this week. This week look for Akudama Drive: The Complete Season in a standard package and a limited edition, Bungo and Alchemist - Gears of Judgement, and yes they put the extra 'e' in 'judgment', Food Wars! The Fourth Plate - Complete Collection (Premium Box Set) and Kakegurui: Season One Collection. This week is also the week for Discotek's November releases, and wouldn't you know it, the one single title I want doesn't have an English dub.

 

Honorable Mention: Jet Pilot starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh comes to us via Kino Lorber.

Friday releases are not arts releases, but rather band/concert titles.

>Depeche Mode: 101
>Depeche Mode: 101 (Definitive Edition)
>Megadeth: A Night in Buenos Aires
>Moby: Reprise

Notable announcements from last week:

Severin's Blood For Dracula 4K disc has been pushed back yet again, this time add two more months to the street date. We did a review of this one already so what the exact hold up is is unknown.

Multiple Arrow Video titles have been pushed back again, no doubt production and supply chain issues. At this point when I hear 'The Abyss' I relate it more to the delays that are plaguing some releases rather than that James Cameron movie that seems to have fallen into one.

The 2021 film Dune has a release date of January 11th. But there's more.... a sku for a 3D blu-ray has also been added to release choices.

Arrow Video's February slate has been announced. Titles include Deadly Games (1982) and Lies and Deceit – Five Films by Claude Chabrol. Also, in collaboration with Synapse Films, the next Dario Argento 4K release in their fat-pack release category, Phenonema will appear sometime in March. Although listed as a Synapse Films release, it looks very much so like the previous Argento releases from Arrow this past year.

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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?




I Subscribed To Vinegar Syndrome For A Year - Was It Worth It?

Brick-and-mortar shops are shrinking their physical media selections every year. Could label-specific subscription services be the answer for boutique outfits catering to enthusiasts while preserving classics on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD? Vinegar Syndrome seems to think so.

By and large boutique labels are setting the gold standard for physical media home video collecting - and Vinegar Syndrome is no different. The label was founded in 2012 by Ryan Emerson and Joe Rubin. Their initial aim was to restore and preserve lost and forgotten X-Rated and Adult films on home video. Very quickly the company expanded that mandate to include science fiction, horror, and cult films from the 1960s, the 70s, 80s, and into the early 90s. Covering all formats from DVD to Blu-ray to 4K Ultra HD, they have a vast catalog of genre favorites with impressive restoration efforts, intricate packaging, and informative bonus features.

Have You Been To Target Or Best Buy Recently? The Blu-ray & 4K Sections Are Bleak

A couple of years ago, VS introduced subscription plans - pay X dollars amount and for a year you get every month's offerings sent to your doorstep automatically at a rate of 50% off MSRP and additional 50%-off coupon codes for bigger more elaborate premier releases not covered in that month's releases. I hesitated initially. That was a lot of money to pay upfront for titles I didn't know about or would like. But as I found myself each month buying more and more of Vinegar Syndrome's releases I started to wish I had subscribed. By the time their annual Black Friday Sale hit in 2020, I was convinced. I didn't subscribe for their biggest or most elaborate package - their basic plan was enough to test the waters and see what came of it. After a year as a subscriber - was it worth it? Short answer - yes it was for me, but it might not be for everyone.

I'm going to delve into some Pros and Cons of the subscription platform and then speculate what it might be like if other labels adopted a similar option for physical media fans.

Why I Liked The Vinegar Syndrome Yearly Subscription

You get a lot of movies sent right to your doorstep automatically
Who doesn't like to open a package? Even when I order from Amazon and I know what is coming in that cheap plastic bubble bag, it's a thrill to cut that sucker open and see what's inside. Now picture that with a nice sturdy medium-sized box with branded Vinegar Syndrome tape and it's loaded with new Blu-rays and maybe a new 4K Ultra HD title! Seeing that box on my porch was always a thrill.

Old Favorites & New Discoveries
I was a video store brat in my day. As a kid, I rented tons of tapes. As an adult, I worked at one of the largest Hollywood Video stores in the country during the company's death rattle. I devoured tapes and discs all the time but I never saw everything. Each monthly selection of titles VS drops was this lovely blend of nostalgic favorites as well as rare cult films. I'd never heard of the three movies in the recentCamille Keaton in Italyset, butScanner Cop 1&2, Ticks, The Fall of the House of Usher, Necromancer,Alien from L.A.,etc.- those were rental favorites! It's a trip to reconnect with these old favorites while discovering something new.

Cult Classics & Genre favorites Lovingly Restored
One version of the Vinegar Syndrome subscription includes a range of their adult new releases. While I enjoy a bawdy cheeky flick on occasion, it's not a genre I personally collect. Obscure cult classics, regional horror, video store favorites - I'm all for those films. While it's nice enough to get these films on disc, VS goes the extra mile giving these films the best restoration efforts possible. And since they're sent right to me direct, I don't have to weigh options or wait for reviews and then hope to remember to circle back to them in time for a sale. They're right on my shelf waiting to be watched.

Discounted Deluxe Titles and Partner Label Titles
While my subscription didn't cover every new specialty release, it did come with a coupon code for the extra titles I did want to pick up. Movies likeSix String Samurai 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayweren't included with my subscription, but 50% off the MSRP with free shipping made adding it to my monthly box a lot easier! VS also currently has 14 partner labels offering their own new releases and that 50% off coupon works for those too. I hadn't seenProspect, but that coupon made a blind buy of Dust's excellent 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray release easier - and absolutely worth it!

The Overall Value
Pulling the titles off my shelf, between the various three-film box sets, the standard subscription titles, the more elaborate deluxe editions, and Partner Label titles I picked up roughly 65 new films so far this year. November 2021's titles haven't come in yet so there will be more. But looking at my overall costs for the year subscription and additional titles, each film I picked up averaged out to roughly $15. Now I still haven't watched everything I got - and I might never get to them - I still feel I got far more than my money's worth than if I'd ordered each title on its own.

Why The Vinegar Syndrome Subscription Isn't Right For Everyone

Upfront Cost
While the savings do add up with the titles you get and discounts for deluxe editions with free shipping, that is a lot of cash to drop all at once. You could use PayPal's Credit program and get six months no interest to cover that initial spread - that's what I did. But again, that's a lot to drop for a year of movies where you don't know what you're getting.

Too Many Movies To Keep Up With
If you're a collector is that really even a problem? It might be for some. While I revel in having a stack of titles to plug through, it is admittedly very daunting. I had to put myself on a schedule of grabbing at least one unseen VS title a week to keep up. If you've got a family, job, dog, and the irritating need to eat or sleep occasionally, a stack of unopened unwatched movies could sour the experience.

Titles You Don't Want Or Aren't Interested In
The biggest risk with the subscription for me was not knowing what I was going to get. While it was exciting, I did occasionally find myself in the field of "what the hell is this one?" when I opened the box. Most of the time I was very happy with what I got, so I haven't felt the need to sell off parts of the collection. I've seen some folks take to the gray market of Facebook Marketplace or eBay to sell off the discs they don't want. That may help cover the cost of the subscription, but that puts the workload on you to resell and then you risk not getting the full value between seller fees and shipping costs.

Pretty Much For Horror, Cult Classic, & Genre Film Fans Only
While VS's partner labels offer a little more diverse range of genres, this is really for those who love great horror movies, old video store favorites, and obscure cult classics. If you're someone searching for films in order to discover the inner meaning of the human condition - unless you're up for a variety of psychopaths - this really isn't for you.

Should Other Boutique Labels Adopt The Subscription Format?

As each monthly Vinegar Syndrome box showed up on my front porch, I got to wondering what it would be like for other boutique labels to do the same? Expensive. I mean, come on - with all of the great titles coming out from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, Criterion, Shout!/Scream Factory, Blue Underground - that'd a lot of coin. But at the same time, I do pay out of pocket for a lot of favorite titles each month. A discounted subscription platform might be a worthwhile option for some labels to consider:

The Criterion Collection
The Criterion Collection is now in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray game with Citizen Kane, Uncut Gems, Mulholland Dr., and Menace II Society on store shelves with more titles coming in the new year. They've been a great source for interesting foreign and domestic releases of all genres. Because so many titles come out at a larger-than-average pricepoint, I save a lot of my Criterion buying for July and November for the Barnes & Nobel sales. Because they offer such a vast array of new, recent, and classic films I may not be up for everything they put out, but I'd at least consider what a subscription package might entail.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Kino Lorber Studio Classics is the fastest growing label in my collection and it expands every month with each new Blu-ray, classic television, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray title announcement. This one might be the most expensive and unwieldy for a subscription service considering the range of titles and how many they release every month. But if they keep churning out more great MGM titles on 4K and getting more Bronson flicks on Blu-ray, it's certainly an enticing prospect.

Arrow Video
While I may not love every title they put out each month - like Criterion I'm always interested in checking out what they have to offer with their blend of fan favorites, classic comedies, dramas, horror, science fiction, and Japanese flicks. Where a subscription gets a little dodgy here is their releases are often U.K. or U.S. region-specific. I'd be down to clown since I end up getting a lot of their titles, but that'd also mean that some 4K titles likeKing of New Yorkor bigger boxsets likeChildren of the Corn Trilogywould still need to be imported.

Shout! Factory / Scream Factory
Between Shout! Factory proper, Shout Select, Scream Factory, and their Anime offerings - a subscription service could certainly ease collecting these titles. Especially if you could subscribe to specific sub-labels only. As hard as I've tried in the past, I'm just not wildly into anime outside of a few select films. Since Scream Factory and Shout Select punch out more elaborate special editions and 4K Ultra HD titles every year, a subscription discount could be appealing.

Blue Underground
As one of the best sources for catalog Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray horror and cult classics, this one to me is a no-brainer. Because their titles feature excellent restorations and audio presentations with informative bonus features and often with the film's soundtrack - they command a high price point. While worth every cent, it does make you be a little choosy when it comes time to pre-order.

Severin Films
Severin Films is like Vinegar Syndrome in a lot of ways catering to folks who love obscure genre flicks and do their best to provide the best Blu-ray and 4K releases possible. A subscription plan could be very cool - but they do already have bundles for their monthly titles at a discount and for their featured specialty films they have bundles that come packed with a lot of fun swag like stickers, posters, patches, buttons, and the occasional figurine. A yearly subscription might be a stretch given all of the options they already provide.

Well Go USA
As a smaller label catering largely to Asian market martial arts titles, a subscription option would indeed be very cool. Especially if you're a martial arts movie nut. Their 4K output may not be substantial or consistent but they've been worthy purchases. Plus if you dig Korean thrillers, they have a lot of great movies you otherwise wouldn't get to see here stateside.

There are a lot of other small labels out there, but those are the boutique operations I usually spread my thin disposable income around. Like most folks, I'm up for watching just about anything, but I only have so many hours in a day and just so much cash to burn. I love physical media and as long as it's available and I have a working player I'll never give it up. I think about how many people I know who gave up discs but then frequently complain when streaming services or VOD providers don't have their favorites or the latest classic comes to 4K on disc but not streaming. I see those titles sitting on my shelf and a wry smile stitches across my face. I buy the movies I want and then I actually get to keep them.

Now with their next Black Friday Sale hitting November 26th through the 29th, I have every intention of resubscribing. A recent email VS sent out to current subscribers with a discount code to resubscribe for another year sweetens the deal a little bit (not a lot but it helps). I may not know everything Vinegar Syndrome will put out every month or I may not like everything I get in that box, but for an overall experience I felt subscribing was more than worth it. I thought this would be a fun little one-time experiment just to do for this article and that'd be it. But now I find myself eager to do it all over again. It might not be for everyone and their budget, but it's certainly worth considering if you're able.

What do think? Have you subscribed to Vinegar Syndrome before? Are you thinking about it? Let us know in the comments below!


Denis Villeneuve's Dune Dated and Detailed for 4K UltraHD & Blu-ray January 11th

After a successful run in theaters and on HBO Max, the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel will come to physical media on January 11th, 2022. 

Warner Brothers today officially announced Denis Villeneuve's 2021 adaptation of Dune for Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Bluy-ray - with a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As of now we expect the base HDR10 grading - no word on Dolby Vision or HDR10+, but both the 4K disc and 1080p Blu-ray will have English Atmos audio tracks with the same set of bonus features. 

Dune (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
 

Dune (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook

  

Dune (2021) - Blu-ray 


The 4K and Blu-ray releases are expected to include the following bonus features:

  • The Royal Houses
  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape

At the moment, neither the standard 4K disc, the Best Buy SteelBook, or standard Blu-ray are up for pre-order but in the coming days, we expect that to change. As soon as we get that info we'll update our listings ASAP. 

Thanks again for your pre-orders! They really do go a long way towards helping our little operation stay up and running. 

Here is the full press release from Warner Bros.


“An astonishingly vivid vision of the future.”

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

 

“Dune”

COMES HOME FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Premium Digital Ownership

Debuts Early on December 3

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Arrive on January 11, 2022

 

Burbank, CA, November 22, 2021 – Embark on a mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey when Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on December 3. The critically acclaimed film, which has garnered more than $350 million at the global box office, was directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. “Dune” stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (TV’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” TV’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” TV’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men, “Skyfall”). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on January 11.

 

The film was produced by Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr., with Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert executive producing.

 

  • On December 3, “Dune” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $24.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

 

  • On January 11, “Dune” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “Dune” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

 

Dune” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

 

SYNOPSIS

Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

 

4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

 

“Dune” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

  • The Royal Houses
  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape

 

“Dune” DVD contains the following special features: 

  • The Royal Houses

 

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

 

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL

 

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

 

BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

4K UHD Combo Pack                                                            $49.98 

Blu-ray                                                                                    $39.98

DVD                                                                                       $34.98

 

Digital Ownership: December 3, 2021

PVOD: December 3, 2021

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 11, 2022

Antlers - Blu-ray 
 

Sadly it doesn't look like this one will be getting a 4K UltraHD release on disc - or at least not here in the states. We'll keep an eye out if the import market gives us that option. The disc is expected to have a DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix and a nice collection of bonus features to go along with it. Check out our Theatrical Review if you haven't heard about this one yet. 

Pre-orders are not yet live, but when they are we'll update our listings pronto. 

And once again, thanks again for all of your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation alive and well. 

Read the full press release with tech-specs and bonus features info below


“ONE OF THE BEST CREATURE FEATURES IN YEARS”

– Patrick Cavanaugh, ComicBook

 

 

 

Searchlight Pictures’ Antlers Terrifies on Digital December 21

and on Blu-ray™ and DVD January 4

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 15, 2021)  Acclaimed director Scott Cooper and monster maestro Guillermo del Toro bring to life a multi-dimensional terror experience with Antlers.  Searchlight Pictures’ latest horror-thriller will be available on Digital December 21 and Blu-ray™ and DVD January 4, 2022. 

 

Film Synopsis

The myth of the dreaded “wendigo” comes to shocking life in this terrifying horror thriller. When a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, seek to help a troubled young boy who possesses a strange secret, the consequences are more dreadful than they could have possibly imagined.

 

Bonus Features*

  • The Evil Within  Co-writer/director Scott Cooper gives us a glimpse of the many complex layers at play in his approach to making Antlers, a horror film about very human concerns, and his most ambitious film to date.
  • An Exploration of Modern Horror with Guillermo del Toro  Producer Guillermo del Toro traces the lineage of elevated horror in cinema. Employing his encyclopedic knowledge and passion for the horror genre, he discusses the connection between mythology and human behavior.
  • Artifacts and Totems  The filmmakers discuss how they created this world of a small, tight-knit Northwest community of working-class Americans in bringing Scott Cooper’s vision to life.
  • Gods Walk Among Us  An in-depth exploration of the digital and practical effects used to create the film’s primal creatures.
  • Cry of the Wendigo  Discover the fascinating folklore behind the wendigo from the film’s First Nations consultants. Learn about the creature’s mythic origins and about its connection to man’s betrayal of the land.
  • Metamorphosis  At the center of Antlers is a transformative performance by Scott Haze. Hear about the actor’s preparation for filming, including how he lost some 70 pounds in order to play a deeply tragic character.
  • Comic-Con @ Home with Scott Cooper and Guillermo del Toro  Steve Weintraub moderates this candid Comic-Con@Home 2020 Panel interview with Guillermo del Toro and Scott Cooper. Hear the filmmakers describe their process, and learn who some of their filmmaking heroes are.

 

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

 

Cast                                        

Keri Russell as Julia Meadows

Jesse Plemons as Paul Meadows

Jeremy T. Thomas as Lucas Weaver

Graham Greene as Warren Stokes

Scott Haze as Frank Weaver

Rory Cochrane as Dan Lecroy

Amy Madigan as Principal Booth

 

Directed by                            

Scott Cooper

 

Produced by                          

Guillermo del Toro, p.g.a.

David S. Goyer, p.g.a

J. Miles Dale, p.g.a

 

Executive Producers

Jim Rowe

Nick Antosca

Kevin Turen

                                                

Screenplay by                        

C. Henry Chaisson 

& Nick Antosca 

and Scott Cooper

                        

Music by                                

Javier Navarrete          

 

Based upon a short story by

Nick Antosca  

 

Product Specifications

Street Date                             

Digital: December 21

Physical: January 4

 

Product SKUs                        

Digital: UHD, HD, SD 

Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

Feature Run Time     

Approx. 99 minutes

 

Rating                         

U.S. Rated R

*Rated R for violence including gruesome images, and for language 

*Bonus material not rated           

 

Aspect Ratio              

Digital: 1.85:1 

Physical: 1.85:1

 

U.S. Audio                              

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

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

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. Subtitles                         

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - November 14, 2021 - November 20, 2021

The week before Black Friday, with the releases hot and heavy, you really didn't think you were going to save any money for next week, did you? No matter, Black Friday itself isn't as big a deal any more, the whole month is a feast of deals.

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

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

My oh my, get ready to feel the pain if you are trying to fill your library with 4K releases. Even if you ignore any reissues and get the standard editions, this week could be costly. Let's tackle the list studio by studio this week.

Universal releases the 2021 reboot Candyman, surprisingly a standard release without a SteelBook option.

From Sony Pictures, the 2001 film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within finally makes its way to 4K. Why not right? The later (sequel) films Advent Children and Kingsglaive already got releases.

Warner Bros. takes up the most space on this week's release calendar. Completing your Mad Max 4K collection just got easier, Mad Max: The Road Warrior comes as either a standard edition or a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, with the same two options, a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. If you want the entire Mad Max series in one set, Mad Max Anthology is another option. Many of us bought the first and last movies so we would be watching for the right price. Still not done with Warner Bros., another middle-earth release, Middle Earth 6-Film Ultimate Collector's Edition in an over the top package that just screams buy me!

Disney/Buena Vista's big release this week is Jungle Cruise, available in its usual plethora of options, a standard edition, Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Target Exclusive.

LionsGate has two releases, Ran [Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook] and The Evil Dead Groovy Collection, which includes the films in 4K and the TV series in HD. If you recall, Ran was previously offered on 4K disc overseas and 4K digital in the U.S., glad to see it opened up to disc now, $20 for a SteelBook is almost a steal!

Now on to botique labels...Criterion Collection's debut 4K release is Mulholland Dr. and I am sure many are eager to see how this one turns out. There is an import available from StudioCanal that includes all kinds of swag, but of course at a much higher price.

Blue Underground's two titles appear to be on track for this week after being delayed, I'm referring to Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3.

RLJ/Image Entertainmant has got Prisoners of the Ghostland [SteelBook].

And the final 4K title of the week, Magnolia Pictures/Magnet brings us Yakuza Princess.

Blu-ray releases-

Getting the blu-ray counterparts from the 4K releases out of the way first; Candyman, Jungle Cruise, Prisoners of the Ghostland and Yakuza Princess are available to purchase. Also, The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy gets remastered releases of the Theatrical Versions and the Extended Editions as separate skus.

From Paramount, The Brady Bunch: 2-Movie Collection debuts on blu-ray. There are TWO titles this week under the Paramount Presents label, Ragtime and Vanilla Sky.

The Warner Archive gives us National Velvet. I don't think I have ever seen a film with a young Mickey Rooney, LOL, so I might have to pick this one up. A rat pack film titled Some Came Running also gets released this week.

Sony's low volume distribution (MOD) brings us Christmas with the Kranks, The Lost Leonardo and Our Ladies. Sony's standard label releases Never Back Down: Revolt.

LionsGate brings Kevin Can F*** Himself: Season 1 to the table.

MGM's Flag Day gets an MOD release. Amazon bought out MGM, so this is likely a direct product of their new company. Yay for releasing a blu-ray, boo for making it an MOD, meaning a generally higher street price.

Criterion Collection's blu-ray offering this week is Once Upon A Time In China: The Complete Films.

Contrasting last week, anime highlights include Future Boy CONAN: The Complete Series, Ikebukuro West Gate Park - The Complete Season, Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation - Season 2, Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time: Season 1 Complete Collection [SteelBook], Problem Children are Coming From Another World Aren't They? Complete Collection and Robotech - Part 2 (The Masters Saga).

Honorable Mention: From Kino Lorber, more classic Charles Bronson Western action with Breakheart Pass and Chato's Land. Many people think Clint Eastwood when they think Westerns, before Deathwish Bronson held his own.

Friday offers a few concert/music box sets as well as the standard offerings of Arts/Ballet/Opera. The latter categories lately have not been available to preorder on Amazon.

>Donizetti: Belisario
>Dvorak: Rusalka
>Kiss: Destroyer
>Mozart: Die Zauberflte
>New Year's Eve Concert 1987 & 1988
>Oasis: Knebworth 1996
>R.E.M. - New Adventures In Hi-Fi
>Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote
>Ruggero Leoncavallo: Zaz
>Teatro alla Scala Ballets

Notable announcements from last week:

Next week Criterion Collection's 4K release of Citizen Kane comes out. There is another import option that outdoes this release by quite a bit, but again, at a considerably higher price. Warner Bros. will be releasing a swag filled set in the UK, follow this link to Zavvi to see what the set looks like and possibly indulge.

Kino Lorber will be releasing Some Like It Hot on 4K disc on January 18th. This classic film stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon and will feature 5.1 sound and Dolby Vision HDR, along with bonus content.

From 20th Century Studios, Ridley Scott's The Last Duel will be coming to 4K and blu-ray on December 14th. Read our news story for more info. Also from the Disney company, Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch is Coming to Blu-ray on December 28th. Because it's Wes Anderson, I was very surprised to not see it announced by Criterion Collection. You can bet negotiations are already happening.

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?




Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch' Coming to Blu-ray December 28th

Wes Anderson's long-awaited The French Dispatch will go to press on Blu-ray December 28th, 2021 

Originally set to release in theaters in July 2020, Wes Anderson's latest tribute to inventively whimsical filmmaking and the power of the press - The French Dispatch was pushed back over a year thanks to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Now after a respectable theatrical outing, you'll be able to bring it home to Blu-ray in a single disc Blu-ray + Digital set as a bonus Christmas gift to yourself on December 28th, 2021.  

The French Dispatch - Blu-ray 
 


Now for those hoping for the first Wes Anderson film to come to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, well, we'll just have to wait and see what the very likely Criterion Collection release will bring us. The press release was pretty barebones, just a synopsis, cast breakdown, and your basic tech specs - this one will hit with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio. No mention of any bonus features. But again, that's par for the course with Wes Anderson Blu-ray releases. Ever since The Fantastic Mr. Fox, there's been a basic studio-released near-barebones release and then eventually followed by a much more elaborate and interesting Criterion Collection release. So if you're a super Wes Anderson fan you should be used to picking up each release at least twice - more if you've ever upgraded from DVD. 

Here's the press release if you're interested:


“A LOVELY VALENTINE TO THE ADVENTUROUS EDITORS OF SOPHISTICATED LITERARY MAGAZINES, BURSTING AT THE SEAMS WITH HAND-CRAFTED VISUAL DELIGHTS. AUDIENCES WILL MARVEL AT ITS RICHLY IMAGINED WORLD.”

– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

 

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch Releases on Digital December 14

and Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 28

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 9, 2021)  Academy Award® nominee* and visionary filmmaker Wes Anderson presents his 10th film, The French Dispatch. An homage to literary journalism, French culture and classic cinema the film is praised by critics and audiences alike for its exquisite visuals, captivating performances and unique artistry. Add The French Dispatch to your collection on Digital December 14 and on Blu-ray and DVD December 28.

* Best Picture Nominee for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014

Film Synopsis

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in the fictional 20th-century French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. With an all-star cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, this vibrant film is a funny, moving celebration of journalism.

 

Cast

Benicio Del Toro as Moses Rosenthaler

Adrien Brody as Julian Cadazio       

Tilda Swinton as J.K.L. Berensen     

Léa Seydoux as Simone

Frances McDormand as Lucina Krementz

Timothée Chalamet as Zeffirelli

Lyna Khoudri as Juliette                   

Jeffrey Wright as Roebuck Wright

Mathieu Amalric as The Comissaire

Stephen Park as Nescaffier (as Stephen Park)          

Bill Murray as Arthur Howitzer, Jr.              

Owen Wilson as Herbsaint Sazerac

Christoph Waltz as Paul Duval

Edward Norton as The Chauffeur    

Jason Schwartzman as Hermès Jones

Anjelica Huston as Narrator  (voice)

                        

Directed by

Wes Anderson 

 

Produced by

Wes Anderson

Steven Rales

Jeremy Dawson

 

Executive Producers

Roman Coppola

Henning Molfenter

Christoph Fisser

and Charlie Woebcken

                                                

Screenplay by

Wes Anderson 

 

Story by

Wes Anderson 

& Roman Coppola 

& Hugo Guinness 

& Jason Schwartzman

                        

Music by

Alexandre Desplat

 

Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: December 14

Physical: December 28

 

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K SDR, HD, SD

Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

Feature Run Time

Approx. 108 minutes

 

Rating

U.S. Rated R

*Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language. 

 

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 1.85:1  

Physical: 1.85:1  

 

U.S. Audio

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

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

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

 

U.S. Subtitles

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


Ridley Scott's The Last Duel Charges Onto 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray On December 14th

Ridley Scott's latest medieval epic The Last Duel starring Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, and Ben Affleck comes home to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on December 14th.  

Much like every other Ridley Scott-directed medieval sword and armor film, The Last Duel failed to gain much of a following at the box office. While a hit with critics, few people braved the theater to see this film about a woman whose husband challenges her attacker to a duel to the death to restore her honor. I tried to see it myself, but it lasted at my local theater for all of a week. Even without a huge box office offering, it's nice to see Disney/Fox Studios giving this film a full 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release with Dolby Atmos audio.

The Last Duel - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Obviously, The Last Duel is also coming out on Blu-ray, but Disney didn't send along the cover art for that set. I imagine it'll look pretty much the same. Also, there's no word as of yet about any kind of retailer exclusive packaging or SteelBook option. We're pretty sure Disney will keep to their usual pattern and offer the disc in HDR10 with the 4K streaming picking up Dolby Vision. The 4K disc will offer Atmos audio while the 1080p disc will only be equipped with a DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix. Bonus features are pretty light, amounting to all of a single featurette. Who wants to bet since this is a Ridley Scott film there will be a Director's Cut edition with more elaborate bonus features? That said, I do hope Disney/Fox has Kingdom of Heaven lined up for a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release.

As of now neither the Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are up for pre-order, but as soon as they are we'll update our listings ASAP.

Here's the full press release:


“INTELLIGENT AND GENUINELY DARING”

 Ben Croll, IndieWire

 

 

20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel Arrives on Digital November 30

and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 14


LOS ANGELES, CA (November 8, 2021) – 20th Century Studios’ historical epic, The Last Duel, unravels the true story about France’s last sanctioned duel. Directed by the critically acclaimed Ridley Scott, the film stars Jodie Comer and Adam Driver as well as Academy Award® winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™, The Last Duel will be available on Digital November 30 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD December 14.

 

Film Synopsis

Jodie Comer is spellbinding in this tale of betrayal and vengeance set in 14th century France from visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott. Based on actual events, the film stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver as friends Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two knights who must fight to the death after de Carrouges’s wife (Comer) accuses Le Gris of assault.

 

20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel Bonus Features*

  • The Making of The Last Duel – With the documentary “The Making of The Last Duel,” get unprecedented access to renowned director Ridley Scott as he collaborates with the cast and crew to make critical decisions about location, cinematography and performances.

 

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

 

Cast                            

Matt Damon as Sir Jean de Carrouges

Adam Driver as Jacques Le Gris

Jodie Comer as Marguerite de Carrouges

Ben Affleck as Pierre d'Alençon

 

Directed by                            

Ridley Scott

 

Produced by                          

Ridley Scott, p.g.a

Kevin J. Walsh, p.g.a

Jennifer Fox, p.g.a

Nicole Holofcener, p.g.a

Matt Damon, p.g.a

Ben Affleck, p.g.a

 

Executive Producers

Madison Ainley

Kevin Halloran

Drew Vinton

 

Screenplay by                        

Nicole Holofcener

& Ben Affleck

& Matt Damon

 

Music by                                

Harry Gregson-Williams

 

Based upon the book by       

Eric Jager

 

20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: November 30

Physical: December 14

 

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

            

Feature Run Time

Approx. 153 mins 

 

Rating                         

U.S. Rated R

Bonus material not rated

Screen Format

Digital: 2.39

Physical: 2.39:1

 

U.S. Audio                              

4K Ultra HD: English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

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

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. Subtitles                         

4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French 

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - November 7, 2021 - November 13, 2021

For starters, did you remember to 'fall back' with your clocks if you are subject to this torture?

As we inch closer towards 'the holidays' I can't help but notice the retailers are already starting early to get us hooked in on their deals. Walmart's second event which is November 9th will offer some 4K titles in addition to blu-rays. Target again has a Buy 2 Get 1 free event this week after doing it a couple of weeks ago. Amazon and Best Buy are offering Black Friday prices on many releases from the past year or two. A lot of choices indeed.

I did receive a handsome StudioCanal region B import from Amazon of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. This set weighs just over 6 pounds and the pictures online do not do it justice.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 25 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

Another slow(ish) week for 4K discs.

From Warner Bros there are three titles, Batman: Year One,The Outsiders: The Complete Novel and Reminiscence.

Everything else that was supposed to release this week in 4K has been delayed two weeks, no doubt supply chain related.

The Ten Commandments SteelBook, The Addams Family and The Hills Have Eyes.

Blu-ray releases-

An average volume week for blu-rays, let's get right to it.

Paramount delivers Evolution to go with my Shout! Factory release of Eight-Legged Freaks I got a few weeks ago. When I had the DVDs they were a matched set then.

Universal Pictures just added Beethoven's Christmas Adventure to the schedule, likely an 'MOD' disc (similar to Warner Archive titles.) The 2021 Aretha Franklin biography Respect debuts on disc this week.

LionsGate releases A Gift from Bob. Also from LionsGate, L.A. Story starring Steve Martin.

Warner Bros brings us DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Sixth Season, Reminiscence and Snowpiercer: The Complete Second Season. Their answer to Respect this week is Tina, a biography about Tina Turner.

Under the Warner Archive label it's another above average week with Fury (1936), Ladies They Talk About and The Last of Sheila.

Slow week for Anime highlights, look for One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Five and Redo of Healer: Complete Collection. The Neon Genesis Evangelion - Standard Edition comes out via Shout! Factory/GKIDS this week while the deluxe edition comes on December 7th.

Honorable Mention: PBS, after several delays appears to be on target this week for Ken Burns: Muhammad Ali to hit Blu-ray.

Lots of various music and arts releases Friday:

>Anna Netrebko: Amata Dalle Tenebre
>Beethoven and His Contemporaries, Vol. 1
>Beethoven and His Contemporaries, Vol. 2
>Eric Clapton: The Lady in the Balcony - Lockdown Sessions
>Kylie Minogue : Infinite Disco
>Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko
>Nirvana: Nevermind 30th Anniversary CD with Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands
>Pineapple Thief: Nothing But The Truth
>Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (2020)
>Runrig: There Must Be a Place

Notable announcements from last week:

88 Films is doing single releases to some of the films in Arrow Video's (currently on target for December 14th) Shawscope: Volume One. February 8th releases include The Flag of Iron and Legendary Weapons of China. Releasing this week from 88 Films is the single movie release of The Chinese Boxer.

Shout Factory has revealed January titles. Currently the list includes The Awakener, Liar Liar (Shout Select), Moffie, The Temp, Weathering With You - 4K and Whispers in the Dark.

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?




Krampus: The Naughty Cut 4K UHD + Blu-ray Coming 12/7 From Scream Factory

Michael Doughtery's hit horror/comedy comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a new cut of the film, Atmos audio, and a ton of new bonus features! 

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a little festive horror film dedicated to the most famous seasonal anti-hero? Krampus was a surprise hit way back in 2015 and now we get to finally see the film as it was meant to be seen with all of the little bits of gore and language that were cut to secure a family-friendly PG-13 rating. 

Krampus: The Naughty Cut - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 


In addition to the new cut which looks to run at about 102-minutes, this two-disc 4K UHD Blu-ray and 1080p Blu-ray set will also snatch up a new Dolby Atmos audio mix along with a host of excellent new features that even the most misbehaved little boys and girls will want to take a look at. 

Krampus: The Naughty Cut Bonus Features

Disc 1 (UHD):

  • NEW The Naughty Cut with additional scenes and adult language that were previously cut for the PG-13 theatrical version
  • NEW Dolby Atmos track
  • Audio Commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields

Disc 2 (1080p Blu-ray):

  • NEW The Naughty Cut with additional scenes and adult language cut to get a PG-13 rating
  • NEW Dolby Atmos track
  • NEW A Dash of Mischief – an interview with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty
  • NEW Storm of the Centuries – an interview with producer Todd Casey
  • NEW The Great Protector – an interview with actor David Koechner
  • NEW Something Bad Happened on Christmas – an interview with actress Allison Tolman
  • NEW Max’s Journey – an interview with actor Emjay Anthony
  • NEW Lord of the Things – an interview with WETA’s Richard Taylor
  • NEW Mapping Mythology – an interview with storyboard artist Simeon Wilkins
  • NEW I, Krampus – an interview with performer Luke Hawker
  • NEW A Winter Chorus – an interview with composer Douglas Pipes
  • Audio Commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields
  • Krampus Comes Alive! – a five-part featurette on the making of the film
  • Behind-the-Scenes at Weta Workshop: Krampus
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes, not seen in the theatrical cut
  • Gag Reel
  • Alternate Ending
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Photo Galleries – creature art, storyboards and more 


If you're keen to upgrade your old Blu-ray - Krampus: The Naughty Cut - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is now up for pre-order here - but if you order direct from Shout! Factory, you can pick up an 18" x 24" poster while supplies last - and as of this writing, is cheaper than what Amazon is currently listing this at. 


Arrrrrgh!!! Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Be Comin' to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray ARRRRGH!!!!

At long last the first and best of the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is finally making landfall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on January 2nd, 2022

Well - at least for now it's coming on January 2nd, 2022. If you look at your calendars that'd be a Sunday release day and I've never seen or heard of that ever happening. So expect that date to shift a couple of days to the 4th, or later into the month. However - the important thing to note is that Disney is still moving back catalog favorites that are already available in 4K on Disney+ and other streaming services to physical media. Could they be a little more aggressive and release the others not already on the format or do a big box set? Sure. That'd be pretty awesome. But for now, we're at least getting the first and best of the entire franchise and that's at least one small step in the right direction. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Note that at the moment we don't know if there will be any new bonus features or if Disney will break with their physical media tradition and offer Dolby Vision HDR in addition to HDR10. But, we do know this will come packed at the very least with Dolby Atmos audio. We also haven't had any word of any retailer exclusive packaging or Best Buy SteelBooks, but we'll stay on the lookout. As 2021 comes to a close, 2022 is already shaping up to be a solid year for new 4K releases. 

As we learn more and when that release date eventually moves and when this is actually up for pre-order - we'll update our listings ASAP. 

Here's the full press release:


EXPERIENCE A SWASHBUCKLING CLASSIC FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K ULTRA HD™

 

 

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Sails to 4K Ultra HD January 2

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 4, 2021) – Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl arrives on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time on January 2, 2022 in spectacular HDR picture quality and Dolby Atmos audio. 

 

Film Synopsis

The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth (Kiera Knightly). In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead!

 

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Product Specifications

Street Date

January 2, 2022

 

Feature Run Time

143 minutes

 

Rating                         

U.S. Rated PG-13 

**for action/adventure violence**     

                                    

Aspect Ratio  

Physical: 2.35:1

 

U.S. Audio                              

4K Ultra HD: English Dolby Atmos, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

 

U.S. Subtitles             

4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French


The Many Saints of Newark Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD Dated and Detailed for December 21

On 12/21 Celebrate the Holidays with the Whole Family in The Many Saints of Newark on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD 

While it split critics and fans of The Sopranos, David Chase returns to the world of organized crime he created with the ambitious prequel film The Many Saints of Newark. After its short run in theaters and on HBO Max, you'll be able to add this film to your shelf and complete your Tony Soprano collection this December 21st on either Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. 

The Many Saints of Newark - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 
 

The Many Saints of Newark - Blu-ray 
 

We don't have 100% all of the tech specs for the 4K disc yet - the press release didn't list HDR format so we've asked for clarification. However, we do know that both the 4K Disc and 1080p Blu-ray will have Dolby Atmos audio tracks along with the same set of bonus features. As we get more details we'll update our listings.  

Read our Theatrical Review

Here's the full press release from Warner Bros. for The Many Saints of Newark on Blu-ray & 4K Utra HD Blu-ray:



“A great mob epic”

Peter Travers, ABC News

 

The Many Saints of Newark

COMES HOME FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Premium Digital Ownership

 

debuts early on November 19

 

 4K, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on December 21

 

Burbank, CA, November 2 – Discover who made Tony Soprano when “The Many Saints of Newark” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on November 19. The film is directed by Alan Taylor (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” TV’s “Madmen”) from a screenplay by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, based on characters created by Chase, and stars Alessandro Nivola (“Disobedience,” “American Hustle”), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” “Murder on the Orient Express”), Jon Bernthal (“Baby Driver,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Corey Stoll (“First Man,” “Ant-Man”), Michael Gandolfini (TV’s “The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (“Game Night,” “The Big Short”), Michela De Rossi (“Boys Cry,” TV’s “The Rats”) and John Magaro (“The Finest Hours,” “Not Fade Away”). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on December 21.

 

The film was produced by Chase, Konner and Nicole Lambert, with Michael Disco, Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener executive producing. The film also stars Emmy winner Ray Liotta (TV’s “Shades of Blue,” “Goodfellas”) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films).

 

  • On November 19, “The Many Saints of Newark” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

 

  • On December 21, “The Many Saints of Newark” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “The Many Saints of Newark” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

 

The Many Saints of Newark” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

 

SYNOPSIS

Young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.

 

4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

 

The Many Saints of Newark” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features: 

  • Making Of Newark
  • Sopranos Family Honor
  • Deleted Scenes

 

“The Many Saints of Newark” DVD contains the following special feature: 

  • Deleted Scenes

 

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

 

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL

 

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

 

BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

                                                            4K UHD Combo Pack                                                            $44.98

Blu-ray                                                                                    $34.98

DVD                                                                                       $29.98

 

Digital Ownership: November 19, 2021

PVOD: November 19, 2021

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 21, 2021

 

DVD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

4K Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

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

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

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

Running Time: 120 minutes

Rating: Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual content and some nudity

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

4K: ATMOS TrueHD

THE CREDITS

 

About “The Many Saints of Newark”

The film is directed by Alan Taylor (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” TV’s “Madmen”) from a screenplay by series creator David Chase & Lawrence Konner, based on characters created by Chase, produced by Chase, Konner and Nicole Lambert, with Michael Disco, Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener executive producing.

 

The ensemble stars Alessandro Nivola (“Disobedience,” “American Hustle”), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” “Murder on the Orient Express”), Jon Bernthal (“Baby Driver,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Corey Stoll (“First Man,” “Ant-Man”), Michael Gandolfini (TV’s “The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (“Game Night,” “The Big Short”), Michela De Rossi (“Boys Cry,” TV’s “The Rats”) and John Magaro (“The Finest Hours,” “Not Fade Away”), alongside Emmy winner Ray Liotta (TV’s “Shades of Blue,” “Goodfellas”) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films).

 

New Line Cinema Presents, In Association with Home Box Office, a Chase Films Production, “The Many Saints of Newark.”

 

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video and digital distribution businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees. 


Have Any Money Left? HDD November 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Guide

While you probably should be thinking about shopping for other people, November is a pretty stacked and expensive month for exciting new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases! 

From new releases to exciting back catalog favorites to the first Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases - November is another stacked month of great titles.

As has been the story for the last couple of months now, the release frame has been pretty volatile. The ongoing supply chain issues keep forcing studios and boutique labels to play a near-constant game of release date shuffle. Titles that were supposed to come out in October got pushed back into November. Titles that were supposed to come out at the beginning of November have already been pushed back to the end of the month with the studios hoping against all hope that they'll have enough product to meet retailer pre-orders and fan demand. And given the trend, we expect a number of releases in this guide to get pushed back into December and/or experience stock shortages. When/If that happens we'll update this guide ASAP. But for now, the titles and release dates for this list appear firm - so let's get to it!

High-Def Digest's November 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide 


November 2nd, 2021 

The Guns of Navarone 60th Anniversary - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Hacksaw Ridge - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook 

 

 

November 9th, 2021 

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Reminiscence - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Batman Year One Commemorative Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 


November 16th, 2021

The Evil Dead Groovy Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mulholland Drive The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Candyman (2021) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Middle Earth 6-Film Ultimate Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Prisoners of the Ghostland - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Harry Potter Anniversary 8-Film Collector’s Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Maniac Cop 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Maniac Cop 3 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Ran - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Yakuza Princess - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Jungle Cruise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Jungle Cruise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Jungle Cruise - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

 

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Mad Max Anthology - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

November 23rd, 2021

The Hills Have Eyes Limited Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Ten Commandments - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Addams Family - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Uncut Gems The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Citizen Kane The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Menace II Society The Criterion Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

November 26th, 2021 

Flesh For Frankenstein - 3D & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

November 30th, 2021 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

 

That's everything there is that's fit to print for the month of November - so far. Now as we said before, the supply chain issues are pretty volatile so these release dates could switch around for some of these. If release dates don't change, we do expect a few of these to be in short supply - so if you're aiming to pick any of these up don't wait to get those pre-orders in. That's your best bet to make sure you actually get a copy of what you're after, you'll just have to be patient. 

If any release dates change - or for some of these change again - we'll update this list as soon as possible.

Speaking of pre-orders - thanks for clicking those links and pre-ordering. They really do help go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 31, 2021 - November 6, 2021

Happy Halloween, Happy November,  Election Day, All Saints Day, All Souls Day and everything in between. Hey, here's something. Barnes and Noble has got the Criterion sale going on now through November 29th. Often times the sale spills over to Arrow Video, Cohen Media and a couple of other houses too. Amazon frequently matches these prices so it might be easier if you only get one or two titles to go there instead.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 24 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

If you've been an avid 4K collector, this week offers you a huge reprieve. Every title listed is a reissue of sort from previous months. Be warned though, November 16th is going to cost ya.

The Guns of Navarone 60th Anniversary is on schedule for Tuesday after a delay.

 

Hacksaw Ridge gets a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook release. Lately they have been experimenting with slip covers that enhance the cover art when slid up or down. This one is not quite as nice as American Psycho though in that regard.

The Indiana Jones collection gets a reprint, both standard edition and Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

Harry Potter Anniversary 8-Film Collector’s Edition gets a special release in a collectible package with a bit of swag in tow.

 

Blu-ray releases-

Blu-ray selection is above normal volume this week. There are no counterparts ta carry down so let's move on to our regular content.

Chernobyl 1986, a Russian language version of the heroic events from that day comes via MPI Video.

Wait no longer for The Crown: The Complete Fourth Season, Sony releases it this week. From their Classics label, Nine Days gets a disc release.

 

From Warner Bros., the reboot TV series, Kung Fu: The Complete First Season is available this week. Also from Warner Bros, Sex and the City: The Complete Series gets a blu-ray release, time to replace those DVDs.

 

MacGyver: The Complete Collection gets a release by Paramount after leaving us hanging after Season 1 came out a couple of years ago. Also from Paramount, PAW Patrol: The Movie gets a firm date after a bit of bouncing around. The Paramount Presents release of The Sheik appears to be on target this week after a previous delay. And the 2021 Sci-Fi/Thriller Zone 414 also beckons your consideration.

 

Anime highlights include Fire Force: Season 1 Complete, Fire Force: Season 2 Part 2, Fire Force: Season 2 Part 2 (Limited Edition), Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World - The Complete Season, as a standard release and as a Limited Edition release and The Rising of the Shield Hero: Season One.

 

If you have no plans on doing 4K, then How to Train Your Dragon: The Ultimate Collection might be your thing. All it's missing is the TV series in HD (hello, Universal?) In the same sort of release, Trolls Dance! Dance! Dance! Collection comes out, it too minus the (not as popular) TV series.

Criterion Collection releases Italian Drama La Strada after how many years put on hold? Our listing shows about eleven years from time it was announced to actual release.

Honorable Mention: Scorpion Releasing has two Charlton Heston titles this week, Counterpoint and Number One.

Notable announcements from last week:

Just like last week, announcements are at a slow pace.

Arrow Video's January slate for U.S. and Canada for new titles thus far includes Red Angel, Shock and Sleep. For UK releases, add Dillinger and The Mangler. Remember we are talking about January, so it's unlikely there will be any additional titles added, including anything 4K. They are reissuing a bunch of previous releases in the single disc format, which usually means a lower price.

Juice (1992) starring Tupac Shakur gets a 4K release on January 11th. Read the story here.

Dear Evan Hansen has a street date of December 7th and will be available as a blu-ray and as a 4K disc release.

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?




Juice (1992) Starring Tupac Shakur Coming To 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray January 11th

Ernest R. Dickerson's 1992 directorial debut Juice starring Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, and Samuel L. Jackson celebrates its 30th Anniversary on 4K Ultra HD Blku-ray 

 

The press release didn't indicate HDR grade or audio - we've reached out for clarification, but the disc will include the following bonus features:

  • Commentary by director Ernest R. Dickerson
  • You’ve Got the Juice Now—A look back at the making of the film featuring interviews with director Ernest R. Dickerson, producer David Heyman and actors Omar Epps, Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins.  The piece details Dickerson’s struggle to remain true to his original vision, his desire to cast fresh new talent, the challenges of shooting on location in Harlem, and the reasons why the film’s ending was changed.
  • The Wrecking Crew—The film’s surviving lead actors talk about how they came to be cast in the film and the bonds they immediately formed with one another.  They additionally share stories about Tupac Shakur’s drive, authenticity and unmistakable genius, as well as their delight at getting to work with Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and Cindy Herron.
  • Sip the Juice: The Music—Explores the essential role that music plays in the film.  Features vintage interviews with the Shocklee brothers about their score, as well as Erik B, EPMD, and members of Cypress Hill speaking about their contributions to the unforgettable soundtrack and why they chose to be a part of the film.
  • Stay in the Scene: The Interview—Vintage interview with the four lead cast members on set.  The piece demonstrates their rapport as they discuss the importance of the film and its message.
  • Photo Gallery—Unit photographer Adger Cowans’ photos taken on set.

And for packaging collectors out there - Juice - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Pre-orders are live for both editions. Thank you for your pre-orders they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 

Here is the full press release from Paramount:


Director Ernest R. Dickerson’s Powerful Film Starring


Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps Marks Its 30th Anniversary with


First-Ever 4K Ultra HD Release

Searing Drama Debuts on 4K Ultra HD January 11, 2022

 

A powerful morality tale steeped in 90s urban culture, JUICE marked the feature directorial debut of acclaimed cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson and the first starring roles for Omar Epps and an electrifying Tupac Shakur.  30 years later, the gritty and influential film continues to be celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Harlem life, the early New York hip hop scene, and the fate of four friends in pursuit of the power and respect they call the Juice. 

             

To mark the film’s 30th anniversary, Paramount Home Entertainment will release the film on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on January 11, 2022.  The disc features access to a Digital copy of the film and legacy bonus content, including interviews with Dickerson, producer David Heyman (Harry Potter franchise), Epps, and fellow actors Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins.  The cast and crew look back on making the film, share heartfelt stories of working with Shakur, and reveal the influence that JUICE had on them both personally and professionally. 

 

The in-depth featurettes are also loaded with footage of the cast on set and vintage interviews with Shakur, Queen Latifah, Cindy Herron of En Vogue, the Shocklee brothers, Eric B, EPMD, Cypress Hill and more.  Along with commentary by the director, fans can enjoy the original ending and hear Dickerson detail the reasons that it was changed prior to the film’s theatrical debut. 

 

JUICE was originally released on January 17, 1992.  The previously released bonus content is detailed below:

  • Commentary by director Ernest R. Dickerson
  • You’ve Got the Juice Now—A look back at the making of the film featuring interviews with director Ernest R. Dickerson, producer David Heyman and actors Omar Epps, Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins.  The piece details Dickerson’s struggle to remain true to his original vision, his desire to cast fresh new talent, the challenges of shooting on location in Harlem, and the reasons why the film’s ending was changed.
  • The Wrecking Crew—The film’s surviving lead actors talk about how they came to be cast in the film and the bonds they immediately formed with one another.  They additionally share stories about Tupac Shakur’s drive, authenticity and unmistakable genius, as well as their delight at getting to work with Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and Cindy Herron.
  • Sip the Juice: The Music—Explores the essential role that music plays in the film.  Features vintage interviews with the Shocklee brothers about their score, as well as Erik B, EPMD, and members of Cypress Hill speaking about their contributions to the unforgettable soundtrack and why they chose to be a part of the film.
  • Stay in the Scene: The Interview—Vintage interview with the four lead cast members on set.  The piece demonstrates their rapport as they discuss the importance of the film and its message.
  • Photo Gallery—Unit photographer Adger Cowans’ photos taken on set.

 

Synopsis

Q, Raheem, Bishop, and Steel spend their days hanging out and looking for a way to get the power and respect they call Juice. Q hopes to earn respect by becoming a scratch 'n' mix DJ.  Bishop has a deadlier plan—take it through an armed robbery with his crew. Ernest R. Dickerson, the acclaimed cinematographer whose collaborations with Spike Lee include Do the Right Thing and Malcom X, made his directorial debut with this powerful drama steeped in ‘90s urban lifestyle.  JUICE features the acting debut of Tupac Shakur and a hit soundtrack that includes Eric B. & Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane and Salt N’ Pepa.

 

JUICE is directed by Ernest R. Dickerson with a story by Ernest R. Dickerson and screenplay by Gerard Brown and Ernest R. Dickerson.

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JUICE

Street Date:         January 11, 2022

U.S. Rating:          R for strong language and for some violence


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 24, 2021 - October 30, 2021

Another week gone, and actually if you count this coming Halloween weekend, another MONTH gone! The shipping delays continue with multiple titles including last week's release of Scream 4K. I just got my copy of Halloween II last Friday. Wasn't about to watch 3 - 5 without 2 in there. At least it will be in time for Halloween itself. Then it's on to Thanksgiving and Christmas movies. Will we get our Krampus 4K in time?

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 23 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

Compared to last week, there's little difference in volume of titles, which means open up yer wallet.

Import Monday might be exciting for many of you, StudioCanal releases The Howling 40th Anniversary Edition, available as a 'fat-pack' release and as a SteelBook release. I got my fat-pack ordered from Diabolik the day it went live. Will Arrow or Shout! Factory eventually do a domestic release? A barebones release by Universal is more likely.

On to Tuesday releases, the next Dario Argento movie from Arrow Video, Deep Red. This one is also a 'fat-pack' release like the two previous Argento films from Arrow. Alternately, a 'Arte Original Version' was available for preorder as well.

Six-String Samurai gets a general release via Vinegar Syndrome.

The Underworld 5-Movie Collection gets a release this week from Sony Pictures, some people have already received theirs. Are there enough to fill demand?

A Ronin Flix shop exclusive, I Spit On Your Grave gets a 4K release. We reviewed the latest blu-ray release from them, it got a 'Highly Recommended' grade.

Moving on to NEW releases, Sony Pictures also brings us Don't Breathe 2. Maybe worthy of an upgrade, it would have made sense to have a 4K double feature or offer the original film in 4K the same day.

2021's The Suicide Squad get a standard release and a SteelBook release from Warner Bros. This one is helmed by James Gunn.

Blu-ray releases-

What a BUSY week for blu-ray. All I can say is good hunting.

Releases from above getting blu-ray releases, Don't Breathe 2 and The Suicide Squad. The latter also gets a Target Exclusive.

From Warner Archive Collection, a rather busy week for this label. The 1964 film Children of the Damned, 1933 drama Dinner at Eight, 1966 horror/mystery Eye of the Devil and Mary Stevens, M.D.. From the regular Warner label, Superman: The Complete Animated Series debuts on blu-ray disc this week.

Shout Select has Nothing But Trouble, featuring those funny guys Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy.

Has the BBC turned down the dial on 4K releases? Serengeti II gets a blu-ray release this week.

Criterion Collection releases 1960 foreign drama Devi.

Universal Studios TV releases The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series.

LionsGate's appearance this week offers Megan is Missing and On the Rocks. Neither title appear to have a digital code, hope that's not going to be the new norm for them. The next Vestron Video release Steel Dawn this week *does* come with a digital code, as does the 2021 Sci-Fi/Thriller Warning.

Anime highlights include Goblin Slayer: Season One (SteelBook)-which remains a Best Buy Exclusive for 2 months, Higurashi: When They Cry GOU Season 1 Part 1, Lupin the 3rd Part V: Misadventures in France, Sgt. Frog: The Complete First Season, Shaman King, She, the Ultimate Weapon - Complete Collection, Venus Wars and Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina.

Except for the Pink Floyd release, all of Friday's titles are Imprint Films Limited Editions. Remember that Imprint Releases are region free.

>A Reflection of Fear - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Big Screen British Comedy - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Ned Kelly (1970) - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
>The Assassination Bureau - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Browning Version (1951 & 1994) - Imprint Films Limited Edition

>The Harry Palmer Collection - Imprint Film

Notable announcements from last week:

Very slow week for news/announcements. Keep in mind that these said announcements are targeting January, which typically is a very slow month for new releases.

Warner Bros. has announced Clint Eastwood's latest film Cry Macho will be available on 4K disc and blu-ray on December 7th.

FUNimation revealed their January 2022 titles. Although not a terrible selection, nothing absolutely jumps out. If they read these articles I would ask why they stopped releasing SteelBooks for the DBZ series. Why have you?

There is word surfacing that Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean will get a 4K release. A French retailer has all five listed (remember we got number 5 in 4K in North America already.) Under the 20th Century Studios label, Heat is still on hold. Due to the length of that movie it would highly benefit from a BD100 disc, something that Disney has yet to do.

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?




Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 17, 2021 - October 23, 2021

How is the month treating your wallet so far? Thankfully there are no Prime Days or such. But I did see Target and Best Buy were doing 3-day events last week, which could have potentially stretched you a bit thinner.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 22 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

There are quite a few skus to consider this week. Probably the most 4K discs we have ever listed in a single week.

First of all, for Import Monday, BFI releases ‎ Ingmar Bergman's 1957 drama The Seventh Seal. If you opt to hold off, Criterion Collection did do the previous two blu-ray releases, maybe they will come up with a 4K release soon.

On to domestic releases, specifically new release movies first.

From Warner Bros, DC Animated Injustice, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

Next, from Universal Pictures comes M. Night Shyamalan's Old. Going with the common theme, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. I don't mean this negatively on Shyamalan, but I am wondering when I will see the day when I fully understand his films. I've seen them all and always get that feeling in the end. Maybe that's what ultimately makes them good, the suspense or unexpected twist at the end?

 

From Paramount, the next film in the G.I. Joe saga, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. Available as a standard edition and as a wide-release SteelBook edition. Bet you thought we were going to say Best Buy Exclusive again. You can also get all three G.I. Joe movies in a single collection as well.

 

The final new release 4K title this week and comes via LionsGate is The Protégé, and no, I'm not talking about a sedan by Mazda.

Ok then, moving to catalog titles, and what a variety to choose from. Let's tackle the list alphabetically...

From LionsGate, Apocalpyse Now: The Final Cut gets a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook release. Not sure I care for the cover, I do realize the excess orange color is likely modeled after the movie poster.

Synapse Films brings us Demons I & II as a single 4K set. Two movies in one set, thus the higher MSRP, bet this one is a great release.

 

Arrow Video's previously delayed Dune Limited Edition SteelBook gets the shipping green light.

Miramax's first 4K disc entry debuts this week, Wes Craven's Scream gets a standard release as well as a wide-release SteelBook edition. This film spawned a bunch of sequels and a bunch of parodies with sequels. Be honest, did you not buy all of them on DVD or blu-ray in the past?

Last but not least in the catalog titles list this week, The Silence of the Lambs gets a release by Kino Lorber Studio Classics. They did a fantastic job with Hannibal and according to our review, a great job on this one as well.

 

Blu-ray releases-

If you saved any money after exiting the 4K zone, the blu-ray zone is a little bit busy too.

Just like we do every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts from the above releases out of the way first. Warner Bros. releases Injustice, Universal releases Old, Paramount releases Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins as well as the 3-movie collection, plus a new release of Scream, LionsGate releases The Protégé and Synapse releases Demons I & II.

LionsGate also has Joe Bell for purchase this week, a 2020 Biography/Drama. An odd genre combination, a romance/sci-fi titled Needle in a Timestack. The latter is available in 4K on digital, but not on disc. Grrrrrr.

 

Criterion Collection's releases this week include The Incredible Shrinking Man and Ratcatcher.

Barring any last minute delays, Yokai Monsters Collection from Arrow Video should reach us this week. I say this because I still have not gotten my ship notice.

 

Warner Archive's next entry to the blu-ray catalog is Mad Love. TV from Warner Bros, the much anticipated Smallville The Complete Series and Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season.

From Disney/20th Century Studios, a horror/thriller titled The Night House.

Kino Lorber has a couple of films starring Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson, Bobby Darin, Change of Habit and Come September. Also a box set with 12 classic Westerns, The Randolph Scott Western Collection.

Anime highlights include Dragon Ball Z - Resurrection "F", Naruto: Set 5, Say "I Love You" - Complete Collection and Vampire Knight: The Complete Collection.

 

Honorable mention: 88 Films' first 'official' release in the U.S., The Gestapo's Last Orgy. Touted as 'still banned in the UK' among other things. Are they releasing it this way as a back door to the UK Market or are they going to expand upon their offering?

Notable announcements from last week:

Going with 88 Films, Indicator/Powerhouse Films will also be releasing titles in the U.S./Canada markets. This is exciting news because it means access to more films not currently available in the U.S. market.

Blue Underground's 4K releases of Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3 have been pushed back a month to November 16th. Maybe that's good for us with as busy as the week is for other 4K titles.

Paramount Presents title The Sheik has been delayed to November 2. Amazon has not caught up to this fact as of yet.

Criterion Collection's January titles have been revealed. They are A Hard Day's Night 4K, The Piano 4K, The Piano, The Celebration, Dick Johnson Is Dead and Time.

Call this 'little things' or 'baseless wishful thinking'. Disney's D23 site is promoting the 1986 film Aliens, which in itself is random and odd. Could it be a 4K is coming soon? Does the current transfer live up to specs or does it require time out from James Cameron's busy Avatar schedule to approve it?

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?




Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 10, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Approaching the halfway mark already for the month of October already! Had your fill of pumpkin spice snacks, beer and other things yet? Awaiting delivery of your Scream Factory Halloween 4K releases? On Amazon, Halloween II is supposedly not shipping til the end of the month at best. Best Buy and Target have issues too. Invite Michael Myers to Thanksgiving Dinner?!??

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 21 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Another big week money wise for 4K discs.

New releases first. From 20th Century Studios, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds. Available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Target Exclusive. I totally missed this one so I cannot even pretend to describe the premise. What's with the pink bunny suit?

The other new release this week is LionsGate's The Green Knight. This one had pretty good fanfare with the reviewers and moviegoers.

Moving on to catalog titles, first we look at one of Brian De Palma's legacies, referring to Carlito's Way. Available as a standard release and as a SteelBook edition, which again is absent from Amazon. These SteelBooks seem to only crop up at Best Buy and Target.

A set many have been looking forward to since Volume 1, Columbia Classics Volume 2 finally sees light of day after some delay. A couple of the titles I question, but there is certainly something for everyone, it includes Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network.

Inglourious Basterds makes its way to 4K in a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, because you know, Brad Pitt and company, right?

And finally, Kino Lorber releases Stephen King's movie adaptation Misery. Our review is already done for this one and it looks like KLSC has done a stellar job!

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

As far as blu-ray releases, this week hits a bit of a low, which is fine because overall the month is still red hot, and the 4K slate above hits me bad enough.

New release counterparts first, Free Guy and The Green Knight get theirs.

LionsGate's other obligatory appearances on the blu-ray release calendar includes The Colony (2021), an Escape Plan triple feature and Survive the Game. They also have three reissues this week.

Warner Archive has got a couple this week. Black Lightning: The Complete Fourth and Final Season and The Ghost Ship / Bedlam (Double Feature).

Warner Bros. releases a show that keeps on going, The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season.

Paramount releases Friday the 13th: 8-Movie Collection as a SteelBook this go round. TV mini-series The Haunting of Bly Manor gets a disc release this week. Also available as a double-feature that includes The Haunting of Hill House.

The Criterion Collection release of the week is High Sierra, a 1941 crime/adventure film starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart.

Normally I do not repeat release news for titles I already reported on that got subsequently delayed. This week I make that exception because it's news worthy. Arrow Video's 'fat-pack' release of Legend is sure to be sold out early. Also delayed but available now, He Came from the Swamp: The William Gref Collection and The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch. [EDIT] TheSnake Girl and Silver-Haired Witch delayed once again[EDIT]

Slow week for anime, highlight (singular) would be Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear - Season 1.

Friday release, 1 concert, a couple of operas.

>Chicago - Double Feature: Now More Than Ever: History Of/The Terry Kath Experience
>Donizetti: Le Nozze in Villa
>Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Notable announcements from last week:

Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gets a street date on November 30th. Presently slated for 4K combo pack and a blu-ray release, it no doubt will be met with a Best Buy SteelBook and a Target Eclusive.

Shout! Factory's December batch of titles has been revealed. Currently Cartoon Saloon's Irish Folklore Trilogy, Going Berserk (Shout Select), Lady in a Cage, No Way to Treat a Lady, Trog and The Vampire Lovers (Collector's Edition) are listed as being released on the 14th or 21st. These titles join the already announced December titles of Shirobako: The Movie, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Krampus: The Naughty Cut (4K Ultra HD).

ClassicFlix will be releasing The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 1 on blu-ray December 14th.

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?




The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series Blu-ray Coming October 26th Detailed

He might not like it, but we love it when he gets angry! 

As we previously reported, all five seasons of the classic The Incredible Hulk series is coming to Blu-ray on October 26th! Starring the late, great Bill Bixby as anger-prone David Banner with Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk, the show ran for five seasons spanning 82 episodes and three made-for-television followup films. After doing some leg work trying to find out more about this release, we have some more details to share. 

This will be a 19-disc set holding all 82 episodes and two of the three made-for-television films - they didn't tell us specifically which ones but likely The Incredible Hulk Returns and Trial of the Incredible Hulk. There won't be a digital copy included. Each episode will also feature DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio mixes. 

Not to skimp things with this release, Universal is also plugging in a nice selection of bonus features to dig through:

  • “Pilot” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • “Married” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • “Prometheus” Commentary with Writer, Director and Producer Kenneth Johnson
  • Introduction with Kenneth Johnson
  • Introduction with Lou Ferrigno
  • Remembering The Incredible Hulk: An American Classic
  • Creating an Iconic Character: The Hulk
  • Behind the Success: The Story of The Incredible Hulk
  • Gag Reel
  • Inside an Episode: "Prometheus" Photo Gallery

They're not sending out advance review copies, but we'll absolutely be picking this one up and will share our thoughts as soon as we can! The set is up for pre-order and should street on October 26th if all goes well and there aren't any serious supplychain issues. 

Thanks for all of the pre-orders - they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running! 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 3, 2021 - October 9, 2021

If you buy 4K discs, starting this month you will begin to feel big time wallet fatigue. But remember, if you want the studios continue to releases your favorites on disc, your obligation is to purchase them. If you purchase them via our links we can continue to provide you with the news and reviews that you have (hopefully) come to look forward to and enjoy. We appreciate your continued support.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 20 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Normally we start with catalog titles first. There are so many to cover that I will break from the norm and list the single new release title first.

Space Jam: A New Legacy gets a pair of releases, a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook. That SteelBook is coined to look like the original movie's SteelBook, pretty blah.

Most of this week's catalog releases all have a 'horror' theme, which is pretty appropriate for the month of October.

American Psycho gets a reissue as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Decent design, the slip cover acts as a mask. You're welcome by the way, I had bought the standard release literally before this release was announced.

Another reissue, but in reverse. Originally available as a SteelBook or as a multi-movie collection, The Hunt for Red October now gets a single sku standard edition release.

Next, Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection gets a box set release that contains Dracula (90th Anniversary), Frankenstein (90th Anniversary), The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man (80th Anniversary) along with a bunch of extras. If that's not enough, also vying for your attention, individual SteelBook releases of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. I suspect they passed (for now) on one for The Invisible Man because it is not celebrating a milestone. Completionists will have to import it if they want it (for now).

Ha-ppy ha-ppy hal-o'ween. Finally, Michael Myers in 4K. Scream Factory is releasing Halloween (1978), Halloween II, Halloween III Season of the Witch, Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers. These releases are all pretty packed with extra features. Will they release all five (and beyond) as a single set? Maybe, but probably not.

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Space Jam: A New Legacy gets a blu-ray release, a Target Exclusive Edition and a double-feature blu-ray release.

From Paramount, Audrey Hepburn: 7-Movie Collection. It's a nice way to have seven of her movies in one set. The only new title to the mix though is Paris When It Sizzles. From the 'MOD' label, Dead Again, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Time Machine (2002) and What Lies Beneath.

CBS TV via Paramount releases the 2020 mini-series The Stand and a double feature featuring both the 2020 and classic series.

From Sony, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions as a blu-ray, not 4K disc. Sort of figured a new release would have both.

Warner Archive Collection releases the long awaited Night Shift (1982) and Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 this week. Under the standard label, The Nevers, Season 1 Part 1 gets released this week.

A week wouldn't be complete without a Criterion Collection release. This week there is just one title, Japanese horror Onibaba.

Animation/Anime highlights include Golden Kamuy: Season Three, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor: TV Series, Little Vampire, Nakaimo-My Little Sister Is Among Them!, Night of the Animated Dead and Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls.

Notable announcements from last week:

LionsGate has made it official, Ran will be making its way to 4K disc as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. It will feature English and Japanese DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio. Currently it is sitting at $20... not bad for a 4K SteelBook!

Speaking of Best Buy, they have an order link and have revealed cover artwork for The Wolf of Wall Street's 4K SteelBook. It's not listed as an exclusive so an Amazon link will likely be available soon. Check out the front cover here, but I warn you, it's pretty hideous.

Sony Pictures has announced a Karate Kid 4K collection. It will feature the original three Karate Kid movies starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. Our wallets cannot get a break any time soon!

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?




Keyword Selected: Del

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Vikings! The Central Park Five! Will Man of Steel Be Better Than The Avengers?

Law and Moreno open a few emails which leads to discussion of MAN OF STEEL vs. THE AVENGERS, and the fact that PACIFIC RIM is still our most anticipated film of the year. Then the boys happily add 'Vikings' to the TV Round-Up before they review the best episode of 'Game of Thrones' yet. Moreno checks out STAKELAND while Law gets in deep with THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE. There's a quick look at what's coming out next week in New Releases and then it's time to say good-bye. This will be Law and Moreno's last JoBlo Movie Podcast. Thanks for listening, calling, writing, downloading, laughing, cringing, and getting drunk with us every week. Keep an eye out for what's next in our podcasting misadventures. Until then...... see ya!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Game of Thrones: Book vs. Screen, The Croods, Voicemail Attack!

There's a lot going on in this week's show. Some good, same bad, most of it I've already forgotten. Moreno get serious about his love of the Game of Thrones books and explains to us why the hardcore fans of the pages are getting a little pissed with the TV show. The boys take some voicemails where they are handed reviews for OBLIVION and LORDS OF SALEM, asked for their take on the ridiculous price of movie-going, and consider this month's Podcast Movie Commentary. Law watches a bunch of random awful movies (JACK & JILL, THE SITTER), revisits a couple great ones (STEP BROTHERS, ROLE MODELS), tries to act like he knows stuff about CLOUD ATLAS (he doesn't), and comments on the evolution of douchebaggery in Dane Cook's stand up specials.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Your 2013 Hottie Champion! Early Word on Iron Man 3 & Oldboy! Tons of reviews!

There's a lot of passion in this week's show. Whether it's Moreno drooling over what's to come on 'Game of Thrones' or Law losing his mind over the incredible ending to the HARRY POTTER franchise. There's also early looks at IRON MAN 3 and OLDBOY from fans of the site, reviews of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, MEN IN SUITS, 'Top of the Lake', 'In the Flesh', and, of course, the 2013 March Madness of Hotties Champion. Like I said, it's jam packed with passionate love. And gin.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Game of Thrones Theme!

The JoBlo Movie Podcast's Game of Thrones theme!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: All 4 Evil Dead Films Reviewed! Hottie Championship! Game of Thrones is Back!

The March Madness of Hotties has come down to this, an epic championship match-up that will be decided by you. Visit our Facebook page this week and get to voting. Jimmy O stops by and gives us all the dirty secrets about what went down at the AITH EVIL DEAD Fest this past Thursday. Then Moreno and Law give their thought on the new film and re-visit the original trilogy for your listening pleasure. They also check out TOMORROW YOU'RE GONE and say good-bye to 'The Walking Dead' while saying hello to "Game of Thrones'. Moreno produces an epic GoT sounder using nothing but his purty voice (9 different versions of it), a quick look at the week's New Releases, and we're out. Go Blue! Again.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Jurassic Park Commentary!

With Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D theaters right now, why not take The JoBlo Movie Podcast's commentary along for the ride? I mean, it's timely as shit, yo. We break down how fucked we'd be if we had to fight a dinosaur, how awesome Newman is at being all "Newmany", and how many packs of cigarettes Sam Jackson smoked in the movie. Damn Goldblum, you sexy!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Hottie Final Four! Update on Pacific Rim! Broken City, TV Round-Up, & a Harry Potter Marathon!

Johnny Moreno is back just in time to reveal the March Madness of Hotties Final Four. There are upsets, hair pulling, and doughnut bumping. After the dust settles the boys wander into the TV Round-Up where they discuss the season finales of Banshee and Justified, and look ahead to the this week's Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Moreno finds time to watch BROKEN CITY while Law watches six HARRY POTTER movies. In a row. For the first time. There's also talk of Movie Jail, why different studios tend to make the exact same movies once in a while, and a voicemail review of THE CALL. Go Blue!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Reviews of Evil Dead, G.I. Joe, Stoker, & Olympus Has Fallen! Hotties Elite 8!

Johnny Moreno takes some time from his Pimp retreat to call in and help update the March Madness of Hotties Tournament as we narrow the field down to the Elite 8. After that, Jimmy O brings his big guns with reviews for EVIL DEAD, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, and STOKER. Law checks out A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and, the better "Die Hard" film, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. Jimmy also checks in with this year's Lebowski Fest and plays with his G.I. Joe doll a lot. Don't forget to head over to our Facebook page and start voting for which hotties you want in the Final 4 starting this Tuesday.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Hottie March Madness! Reviews of Oz, The Brass Teapot, & Jack Reacher!

After talking about it for 4 years we've finally decided to kick off the March Madness of Hotties tournament. Law and Moreno choose 16 of the finest ladies in Hollywood and throw them into a battle royale. Visit our Facebook page to vote throughout the week. There's also some reviews of OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, JACK REACHER, and THE BRASS TEAPOT while Moreno catches up with THE MASTER. The usual suspects get the rundown in TV Round-Up and we take a look at all the week's New Releases.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Sweeney, Banshee, Identity Thief, and a Big Week for The Walking Dead!

First and foremost, we have joined Facebook. Please click here, like us and recommend us to your friends. Now, Law and Moreno start things off this week discussing which actors have the greatest iconic characters under their belt. TV Round-Up welcomes 'Banshee' with open arms. 'The Walking Dead' finally shows up in 2013 with a stellar episode. Justified is still just...... there. From there the boy review THE SWEENEY, Law catches up with SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, and takes a look at IDENTITY THIEF. New Releases and we're out!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Rambo Edition! Reviews of Freaky Deaky, The Walking Dead, & The Oscars!

After a quick summary of what we consider an "adequate" Oscar ceremony, Law and Moreno jump into TV Round-Up and try to find the light at the end of The Walking Dead's tunnel. Soon after that is an epic look at the original Rambo trilogy. From the film's titles to the impressive body and length of Rambo's hair, the boys leave nothing out. There's also a review of FREAKY DEAKY, based on the Elmore Leonard novel, and a quick visit to the New Releases of the week.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Top Gun Commentary!

What better way to celebrate Valentime's Month (it's a month now, right?) than to listen to The JoBlo Movie Podcast commentary for Top Gun! I mean, it's like a love story, right? We ponder a variety of ridiculous topics, such as: does the Air Force have a height requirement? Because Principal Strickland is short as fuck. Why doesn't Goose take his shirt off? Why do we WANT him to take his shirt off? And did you know Tim Robbins is up in this bitch? We're skeptical, since he has a helmet on the whole time. Come for the volleyball scene (heh, no really), stay for a drunken, nonsensical dissection of Tony Scott's 80s classic!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Walking Dead is Losing Us! Searching For Sugar Man & The Package Reviewed!

We sat down in the quiet before the Oscar storm and got drunk. This is what happened. Moreno watches SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, and the de-gansterization of Ice Cube. Law checks out the evolving legend of Stone Cold Steve Austin in THE PACKAGE. Together, the boys try to figure out exactly why 'The Walking Dead' is trying to piss them off. Moreno finishes up with 'House of Cards', and Law is still on board with 'Banshee'. It's all fighting, f*cking, and full frontal - there's nothing not to love with this show. Stay tuned later this month for our TOP GUN Commentary. It's the gayest thing ever.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Walking Dead Returns! A Good Day to Die Hard Reviewed!

The great Jimmy O joins the boys to discuss his love/hate relationship with A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, hosting the upcoming EVIL DEAD marathon in L.A., and how to lose one hundred pounds. The TV Round-Up fattens itself up again with the return of 'The Walking Dead' and the addition of 'Banshee'. Law and Moreno also talk 'House of Cards', ROOM 237, movies they used to hate and now love, Valentine's Day gifts, and cinematic urban legends.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Why Boba Fett Should Be the First Star Wars Spin-Off! The Master Reviewed!

TV Round-Up makes room for some more quality shows as Law and Moreno add 'House of Cards' and 'Legit' to the mix. There's also some interest in 'The King of The Nerds' (only because Lewis and Booger are involved) and continued support of 'Justified' and 'The Americans'. Law tries not to be intellectually bullied by THE MASTER and ends up finding his favorite performance of 2012. From there the boys take a look at New Releases and try to figure out who is excited for a new DIE HARD movie (it's not us or Bruce Willis) and, thanks to another voicemail, Law gets to make his case as to why the first STAR WARS spin-off movie should be about Boba Fett. Yoda, it shouldn't be.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Reviews of The Sessions, Stand Up Guys, Lincoln, Hitchcock, and More!

There's lots to talk about on the new JoBlo Movie Podcast so the boys get right down to it. TV Round-Up catches up with 'Justified' and adds 'The Americans' to the mix. What We Watched lets loose with reviews of THE SESSIONS, STAND UP GUYS, LINCOLN, HITCHCOCK, PITCH PERFECT, DREDD, FLIGHT, and THE HOBBIT. A quick look at what's coming out this week during New Releases and a fun little theory that lets us blame Steven Spielberg if the new STAR WARS movie suck a-holes. Don't forget to vote for our February Commentary - TOP GUN or TRUE ROMANCE? It's up to you. And thus it's your fault when it sucks.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Grey Commentary!

The JoBlo Movie Podcast returns with another commentary, this time for the movie that topped Moreno's best of 2012 list and made it to number 3 on Jim Law's (really 15 but whatevs), Joe Carnahan's THE GREY. The boys discuss what it'd be like to be stranded in the Alaskan wilderness (they'd kill themselves on the plane), the criticism it received for how the wolves behaved (when's the last time you hung out with a wolf, bitch?), and how THE GREY can be an all out dude movie with dude emotions without dumbing everyone down (except if you listen to this commentary). Which characters would Moreno and Law be in the movie? We describe the movie as very moody, but what the f*ck does that even mean? Does it cut itself? Come for the drunken commentary, stay for some of Moreno's douchey high school poetry. For real.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Best and Worst of Sundance! Reviews of Life of Pi, The Impossible, and Justified!

Chris Bumbray is back home after a week full of films and he's ready to share again. We get the best and worst from Sundance 2013. Who gets naked in SWEETWATER? Who's gonna sue the makers of ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW? What film has the the most blood ever? All these questions and more answered inside. From there Law and Moreno return to TV Round-Up as they catch up with 'Justified', review LIFE OF PI, THE IMPOSSIBLE, and WEST OF MEMPHIS, and give their take on J.J. Abrams' directing Episode VII.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Bumbray Reports From Sundance! Reviews of The Last Stand, Silver Linings Playbook! Return of the Drunk Segment!

Chris Bumbray is three days deep into Sundance 2013 and already has seven reviews ready. He tells the boys all about MUD, DON JON'S ADDICTION, WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL, and more. When CBum goes to bed, Moreno and Law bring back the Drunk Segment which has the boys discussing one of the stupider moments of GANGSTER SQUAD in a 40s piano bar. What We Watched delivers reviews of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE LAST STAND, THIS IS 40, and Moreno's drunk WILLY WONKA sing-a-long. Listener voicemail treats us to a review of MAMA, another suggestion for Movie Jail, why Seth Macfarlane isn't gay, and the boys most anticipated film of 2013. New Releases, jibber-jabber, a couple more beers, and we're out.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Oscar Noms Talk, Reviews of Gangster Squad, Zero Dark, & John Dies at the End!

Law and Moreno kick things off with a discussion of the Oscar nominations and the fact that they haven't seen anything that matters to the Academy. Losers. They did, however, check out a bunch of stuff for your listening pleasure. Reviews come fast and furious as they take shots at GANGSTER SQUAD, ZERO DARK THIRTY, JOHN DIES AT THE END, FRANKENWEENIE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, and PREMIUM RUSH. From there the boys contemplate Hollywood's most overrated actresses, get some updates on the thriving success of Movie Jail, and take a look at what's coming out this week in New Releases. Affleck, you were the bomb in ARGO, yo! Don't let anybody tell you different.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Our Favorite Films of 2012! The Hobbit & Flight Reviewed!

Last week was all about Jimmy O and Chris Bumbray's Best of the year lists, this week we get our say. Law and Moreno count down their respective Top Ten of 2012 lists and try to screw it up as little as possible. There's some late entries, some movies get shuffled around, and one film gets the boot. Otherwise it's pretty tight. Moreno then goes on to review THE HOBBIT while Law sits down with FLIGHT. Some New Releases, a couple burps and we're out. Welcome to the new 2013 JoBlo Movie Podcast. Our resolution was to quit drinking. Things didn't work out.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Avengers Commentary!

The JoBlo Movie Podcast rings in 2013 (F the Mayans) with a commentary for the highly anticipated and biggest grossing movie of 2012, Marvel's The Avengers. How does so much goodness get packed into one movie? How does Thor keep the balance of body and weight in his enviable hair? Is Scarlett Johannson going to take her shirt off or what? There's talk of which superhero we wanted to be when we grew up (and now), why the aliens at the end look like Orcs (not really), and how the "one shot" at the end could be one of the best sequences of the year.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Jimmy O vs. Chris Bumbray in the Battle of the Best Films of the Year!

Jimmy O and Chris Bumbray have been the leading film reviewers for JoBlo.com for years. They consider themselves friends and great colleagues but have never had the opportunity to actually sit down and speak to each other about movies. Now they have. Moreno and Law take a open the floor to the two Podcast regulars as they each give us the run-down on their own Top Ten Lists from 2012. There's yelling, there's cursing, there's bromance, and there sure as hell is a lot of secret piss breaks for Law and Moreno. Keep talking boys. Come join us for our end of the year celebration with two of our favorite guests, a few dozen beers, and more LES MISERABLES talk than you ever thought you could sit through. I left a couple times. Stay tuned later this week for our AVENGERS Commentary and stupid tweets @TheJoBloPodcast. Happy New Year, yo.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Pablo Schreiber & Common Join Us! Reviews of Django, Zero Dark Thirty, & The Hobbit!

Sometimes shows are just epic. Law and Moreno are joined by the great Eric Walkuski as he delivers his thoughts on THE HOBBIT, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and ZERO DARK THIRTY. Then 'The Wire' alum, Pablo Schreiber stops by to talk about his new film, ALLEGIANCE, audio books, and yes, The Wire. If that's not enough for you we get one of the smoothest men on the planet, Common, to join us to chat about his latest film, LUV. From there, what's left of the boys deliver their own reviews of CLOUD ATLAS (the greatest Johnny Moreno review ever), PUNCTURE, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, SLEEPWALK WITH ME, and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Still not enough? How about a voicemail from Steven Seagal's mom (note: we are unclear on whether or not this is Steven Seagal's mom) scolding Jim Law on his interviwing capabilities and the raising of his children. We'll even throw in a hate filled voicemail review of THE BOURNE LEGACY, some minor TV Round-Up as we wait for the end of Homeland, and the highs and lows of Decembeard. Be sure to check out our pod-crash on the AITH show this Wednesday. Our children are ashamed of us.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness seen! Season finale round up! Voicemail Roll Call!

Better late than never, that's what my grandfather used to say. But he was late for his own funeral, so what the flying fuck did he know anyway? Moreno gives Law the week off so he could shove more beer in his face area, then goes solo on the epic season finale round up of Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, and The Walking Dead. From there, the great Jimmy O stops by to talk about seeing the first 9 minutes of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and the boys get into a heated debate on the merits of Expendables 2 (there are none). New Releases and a voicemail roll call leaves us with questions on where Homeland is headed and why Killing Them Softly sucks so hard.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Killing Them Softly, Premium Rush & Sinister Reviewed! What We Don't Want in the New Star Wars Movies!

Law and Moreno start things off with some serious discussion about the future of superhero movies. Why would JGL be Batman? What other characters have to come back for the new X-MEN movie? From there Moreno visits the theater for KILLING THEM SOFTLY and re-visits JACKIE BROWN & BEVERLY HILLS COP. Both boys review SINISTER and the creepy creeps that came along with it. Law goes on to check out PREMIUM RUSH and HIT AND RUN. A great voicemail question leads to a discussion about what the guys don't want in the new STAR WARS movies. From there it's all New Releases and drunken slurs. Enjoy.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: They Live Commentary!

What better way to come down from the presidential election blues than by watching John Carpenter's look at shadow governments, sedation and obedience by consumerism, and Keith David in Lakers' colors. It's the 1987 cult classic THEY LIVE and we break this puppy down like Roddy Piper with a pickaxe. Seriously Roddy, why you gotta be all buff and manly and shit? Drink with us as we try to figure out if that old guy is "Red" from BACK TO THE FUTURED. Marvel as WE marvel at the broad with the creepiest eyes of all time. Seriously, is she about to turn into the Hulk or is she "one of them"? The movie starts as one thing, then someone zips through space on their watch. Gotta get me one of them shits.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Reviews of Butter, Silent Night! Another Look at Spider-Man and Expendables 2! Epic TV Round-Up!

As Moreno recovers from his Thanksgiving bender, the boys decide to kick off the holiday season with the awfully great SILENT NIGHT. Law also checks out the star-studded BUTTER while Moreno catches up with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, THE EXPENDABLES 2, and WIN WIN. TV Round-Up is in full effect with reviews of great episodes by Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, and Boardwalk Empire. There's tons to look at in New Releases, some ass-kissing voicemail, and a disturbing call from Jax Teller that proves to us, once and for all that he's losing his mind. For the club. Stay tuned later this week for our THEY LIVE Commentary!

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JoBlo Movie Podcast: Vikings! The Central Park Five! Will Man of Steel Be Better Than The Avengers?

Law and Moreno open a few emails which leads to discussion of MAN OF STEEL vs. THE AVENGERS, and the fact that PACIFIC RIM is still our most anticipated film of the year. Then the boys happily add 'Vikings' to the TV Round-Up before they review the best episode of 'Game of Thrones' yet. Moreno checks out STAKELAND while Law gets in deep with THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE. There's a quick look at what's coming out next week in New Releases and then it's time to say good-bye. This will be Law and Moreno's last JoBlo Movie Podcast. Thanks for listening, calling, writing, downloading, laughing, cringing, and getting drunk with us every week. Keep an eye out for what's next in our podcasting misadventures. Until then...... see ya!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Game of Thrones: Book vs. Screen, The Croods, Voicemail Attack!

There's a lot going on in this week's show. Some good, same bad, most of it I've already forgotten. Moreno get serious about his love of the Game of Thrones books and explains to us why the hardcore fans of the pages are getting a little pissed with the TV show. The boys take some voicemails where they are handed reviews for OBLIVION and LORDS OF SALEM, asked for their take on the ridiculous price of movie-going, and consider this month's Podcast Movie Commentary. Law watches a bunch of random awful movies (JACK & JILL, THE SITTER), revisits a couple great ones (STEP BROTHERS, ROLE MODELS), tries to act like he knows stuff about CLOUD ATLAS (he doesn't), and comments on the evolution of douchebaggery in Dane Cook's stand up specials.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Your 2013 Hottie Champion! Early Word on Iron Man 3 & Oldboy! Tons of reviews!

There's a lot of passion in this week's show. Whether it's Moreno drooling over what's to come on 'Game of Thrones' or Law losing his mind over the incredible ending to the HARRY POTTER franchise. There's also early looks at IRON MAN 3 and OLDBOY from fans of the site, reviews of THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, MEN IN SUITS, 'Top of the Lake', 'In the Flesh', and, of course, the 2013 March Madness of Hotties Champion. Like I said, it's jam packed with passionate love. And gin.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Game of Thrones Theme!

The JoBlo Movie Podcast's Game of Thrones theme!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: All 4 Evil Dead Films Reviewed! Hottie Championship! Game of Thrones is Back!

The March Madness of Hotties has come down to this, an epic championship match-up that will be decided by you. Visit our Facebook page this week and get to voting. Jimmy O stops by and gives us all the dirty secrets about what went down at the AITH EVIL DEAD Fest this past Thursday. Then Moreno and Law give their thought on the new film and re-visit the original trilogy for your listening pleasure. They also check out TOMORROW YOU'RE GONE and say good-bye to 'The Walking Dead' while saying hello to "Game of Thrones'. Moreno produces an epic GoT sounder using nothing but his purty voice (9 different versions of it), a quick look at the week's New Releases, and we're out. Go Blue! Again.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Jurassic Park Commentary!

With Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D theaters right now, why not take The JoBlo Movie Podcast's commentary along for the ride? I mean, it's timely as shit, yo. We break down how fucked we'd be if we had to fight a dinosaur, how awesome Newman is at being all "Newmany", and how many packs of cigarettes Sam Jackson smoked in the movie. Damn Goldblum, you sexy!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Hottie Final Four! Update on Pacific Rim! Broken City, TV Round-Up, & a Harry Potter Marathon!

Johnny Moreno is back just in time to reveal the March Madness of Hotties Final Four. There are upsets, hair pulling, and doughnut bumping. After the dust settles the boys wander into the TV Round-Up where they discuss the season finales of Banshee and Justified, and look ahead to the this week's Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Moreno finds time to watch BROKEN CITY while Law watches six HARRY POTTER movies. In a row. For the first time. There's also talk of Movie Jail, why different studios tend to make the exact same movies once in a while, and a voicemail review of THE CALL. Go Blue!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Reviews of Evil Dead, G.I. Joe, Stoker, & Olympus Has Fallen! Hotties Elite 8!

Johnny Moreno takes some time from his Pimp retreat to call in and help update the March Madness of Hotties Tournament as we narrow the field down to the Elite 8. After that, Jimmy O brings his big guns with reviews for EVIL DEAD, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, and STOKER. Law checks out A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and, the better "Die Hard" film, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. Jimmy also checks in with this year's Lebowski Fest and plays with his G.I. Joe doll a lot. Don't forget to head over to our Facebook page and start voting for which hotties you want in the Final 4 starting this Tuesday.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Hottie March Madness! Reviews of Oz, The Brass Teapot, & Jack Reacher!

After talking about it for 4 years we've finally decided to kick off the March Madness of Hotties tournament. Law and Moreno choose 16 of the finest ladies in Hollywood and throw them into a battle royale. Visit our Facebook page to vote throughout the week. There's also some reviews of OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, JACK REACHER, and THE BRASS TEAPOT while Moreno catches up with THE MASTER. The usual suspects get the rundown in TV Round-Up and we take a look at all the week's New Releases.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Sweeney, Banshee, Identity Thief, and a Big Week for The Walking Dead!

First and foremost, we have joined Facebook. Please click here, like us and recommend us to your friends. Now, Law and Moreno start things off this week discussing which actors have the greatest iconic characters under their belt. TV Round-Up welcomes 'Banshee' with open arms. 'The Walking Dead' finally shows up in 2013 with a stellar episode. Justified is still just...... there. From there the boy review THE SWEENEY, Law catches up with SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, and takes a look at IDENTITY THIEF. New Releases and we're out!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Rambo Edition! Reviews of Freaky Deaky, The Walking Dead, & The Oscars!

After a quick summary of what we consider an "adequate" Oscar ceremony, Law and Moreno jump into TV Round-Up and try to find the light at the end of The Walking Dead's tunnel. Soon after that is an epic look at the original Rambo trilogy. From the film's titles to the impressive body and length of Rambo's hair, the boys leave nothing out. There's also a review of FREAKY DEAKY, based on the Elmore Leonard novel, and a quick visit to the New Releases of the week.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Top Gun Commentary!

What better way to celebrate Valentime's Month (it's a month now, right?) than to listen to The JoBlo Movie Podcast commentary for Top Gun! I mean, it's like a love story, right? We ponder a variety of ridiculous topics, such as: does the Air Force have a height requirement? Because Principal Strickland is short as fuck. Why doesn't Goose take his shirt off? Why do we WANT him to take his shirt off? And did you know Tim Robbins is up in this bitch? We're skeptical, since he has a helmet on the whole time. Come for the volleyball scene (heh, no really), stay for a drunken, nonsensical dissection of Tony Scott's 80s classic!

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Walking Dead is Losing Us! Searching For Sugar Man & The Package Reviewed!

We sat down in the quiet before the Oscar storm and got drunk. This is what happened. Moreno watches SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, and the de-gansterization of Ice Cube. Law checks out the evolving legend of Stone Cold Steve Austin in THE PACKAGE. Together, the boys try to figure out exactly why 'The Walking Dead' is trying to piss them off. Moreno finishes up with 'House of Cards', and Law is still on board with 'Banshee'. It's all fighting, f*cking, and full frontal - there's nothing not to love with this show. Stay tuned later this month for our TOP GUN Commentary. It's the gayest thing ever.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Walking Dead Returns! A Good Day to Die Hard Reviewed!

The great Jimmy O joins the boys to discuss his love/hate relationship with A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, hosting the upcoming EVIL DEAD marathon in L.A., and how to lose one hundred pounds. The TV Round-Up fattens itself up again with the return of 'The Walking Dead' and the addition of 'Banshee'. Law and Moreno also talk 'House of Cards', ROOM 237, movies they used to hate and now love, Valentine's Day gifts, and cinematic urban legends.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Why Boba Fett Should Be the First Star Wars Spin-Off! The Master Reviewed!

TV Round-Up makes room for some more quality shows as Law and Moreno add 'House of Cards' and 'Legit' to the mix. There's also some interest in 'The King of The Nerds' (only because Lewis and Booger are involved) and continued support of 'Justified' and 'The Americans'. Law tries not to be intellectually bullied by THE MASTER and ends up finding his favorite performance of 2012. From there the boys take a look at New Releases and try to figure out who is excited for a new DIE HARD movie (it's not us or Bruce Willis) and, thanks to another voicemail, Law gets to make his case as to why the first STAR WARS spin-off movie should be about Boba Fett. Yoda, it shouldn't be.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Reviews of The Sessions, Stand Up Guys, Lincoln, Hitchcock, and More!

There's lots to talk about on the new JoBlo Movie Podcast so the boys get right down to it. TV Round-Up catches up with 'Justified' and adds 'The Americans' to the mix. What We Watched lets loose with reviews of THE SESSIONS, STAND UP GUYS, LINCOLN, HITCHCOCK, PITCH PERFECT, DREDD, FLIGHT, and THE HOBBIT. A quick look at what's coming out this week during New Releases and a fun little theory that lets us blame Steven Spielberg if the new STAR WARS movie suck a-holes. Don't forget to vote for our February Commentary - TOP GUN or TRUE ROMANCE? It's up to you. And thus it's your fault when it sucks.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Grey Commentary!

The JoBlo Movie Podcast returns with another commentary, this time for the movie that topped Moreno's best of 2012 list and made it to number 3 on Jim Law's (really 15 but whatevs), Joe Carnahan's THE GREY. The boys discuss what it'd be like to be stranded in the Alaskan wilderness (they'd kill themselves on the plane), the criticism it received for how the wolves behaved (when's the last time you hung out with a wolf, bitch?), and how THE GREY can be an all out dude movie with dude emotions without dumbing everyone down (except if you listen to this commentary). Which characters would Moreno and Law be in the movie? We describe the movie as very moody, but what the f*ck does that even mean? Does it cut itself? Come for the drunken commentary, stay for some of Moreno's douchey high school poetry. For real.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Best and Worst of Sundance! Reviews of Life of Pi, The Impossible, and Justified!

Chris Bumbray is back home after a week full of films and he's ready to share again. We get the best and worst from Sundance 2013. Who gets naked in SWEETWATER? Who's gonna sue the makers of ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW? What film has the the most blood ever? All these questions and more answered inside. From there Law and Moreno return to TV Round-Up as they catch up with 'Justified', review LIFE OF PI, THE IMPOSSIBLE, and WEST OF MEMPHIS, and give their take on J.J. Abrams' directing Episode VII.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Bumbray Reports From Sundance! Reviews of The Last Stand, Silver Linings Playbook! Return of the Drunk Segment!

Chris Bumbray is three days deep into Sundance 2013 and already has seven reviews ready. He tells the boys all about MUD, DON JON'S ADDICTION, WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL, and more. When CBum goes to bed, Moreno and Law bring back the Drunk Segment which has the boys discussing one of the stupider moments of GANGSTER SQUAD in a 40s piano bar. What We Watched delivers reviews of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE LAST STAND, THIS IS 40, and Moreno's drunk WILLY WONKA sing-a-long. Listener voicemail treats us to a review of MAMA, another suggestion for Movie Jail, why Seth Macfarlane isn't gay, and the boys most anticipated film of 2013. New Releases, jibber-jabber, a couple more beers, and we're out.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Oscar Noms Talk, Reviews of Gangster Squad, Zero Dark, & John Dies at the End!

Law and Moreno kick things off with a discussion of the Oscar nominations and the fact that they haven't seen anything that matters to the Academy. Losers. They did, however, check out a bunch of stuff for your listening pleasure. Reviews come fast and furious as they take shots at GANGSTER SQUAD, ZERO DARK THIRTY, JOHN DIES AT THE END, FRANKENWEENIE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, and PREMIUM RUSH. From there the boys contemplate Hollywood's most overrated actresses, get some updates on the thriving success of Movie Jail, and take a look at what's coming out this week in New Releases. Affleck, you were the bomb in ARGO, yo! Don't let anybody tell you different.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Our Favorite Films of 2012! The Hobbit & Flight Reviewed!

Last week was all about Jimmy O and Chris Bumbray's Best of the year lists, this week we get our say. Law and Moreno count down their respective Top Ten of 2012 lists and try to screw it up as little as possible. There's some late entries, some movies get shuffled around, and one film gets the boot. Otherwise it's pretty tight. Moreno then goes on to review THE HOBBIT while Law sits down with FLIGHT. Some New Releases, a couple burps and we're out. Welcome to the new 2013 JoBlo Movie Podcast. Our resolution was to quit drinking. Things didn't work out.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The Avengers Commentary!

The JoBlo Movie Podcast rings in 2013 (F the Mayans) with a commentary for the highly anticipated and biggest grossing movie of 2012, Marvel's The Avengers. How does so much goodness get packed into one movie? How does Thor keep the balance of body and weight in his enviable hair? Is Scarlett Johannson going to take her shirt off or what? There's talk of which superhero we wanted to be when we grew up (and now), why the aliens at the end look like Orcs (not really), and how the "one shot" at the end could be one of the best sequences of the year.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Jimmy O vs. Chris Bumbray in the Battle of the Best Films of the Year!

Jimmy O and Chris Bumbray have been the leading film reviewers for JoBlo.com for years. They consider themselves friends and great colleagues but have never had the opportunity to actually sit down and speak to each other about movies. Now they have. Moreno and Law take a open the floor to the two Podcast regulars as they each give us the run-down on their own Top Ten Lists from 2012. There's yelling, there's cursing, there's bromance, and there sure as hell is a lot of secret piss breaks for Law and Moreno. Keep talking boys. Come join us for our end of the year celebration with two of our favorite guests, a few dozen beers, and more LES MISERABLES talk than you ever thought you could sit through. I left a couple times. Stay tuned later this week for our AVENGERS Commentary and stupid tweets @TheJoBloPodcast. Happy New Year, yo.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Pablo Schreiber & Common Join Us! Reviews of Django, Zero Dark Thirty, & The Hobbit!

Sometimes shows are just epic. Law and Moreno are joined by the great Eric Walkuski as he delivers his thoughts on THE HOBBIT, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and ZERO DARK THIRTY. Then 'The Wire' alum, Pablo Schreiber stops by to talk about his new film, ALLEGIANCE, audio books, and yes, The Wire. If that's not enough for you we get one of the smoothest men on the planet, Common, to join us to chat about his latest film, LUV. From there, what's left of the boys deliver their own reviews of CLOUD ATLAS (the greatest Johnny Moreno review ever), PUNCTURE, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, SLEEPWALK WITH ME, and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Still not enough? How about a voicemail from Steven Seagal's mom (note: we are unclear on whether or not this is Steven Seagal's mom) scolding Jim Law on his interviwing capabilities and the raising of his children. We'll even throw in a hate filled voicemail review of THE BOURNE LEGACY, some minor TV Round-Up as we wait for the end of Homeland, and the highs and lows of Decembeard. Be sure to check out our pod-crash on the AITH show this Wednesday. Our children are ashamed of us.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: The first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness seen! Season finale round up! Voicemail Roll Call!

Better late than never, that's what my grandfather used to say. But he was late for his own funeral, so what the flying fuck did he know anyway? Moreno gives Law the week off so he could shove more beer in his face area, then goes solo on the epic season finale round up of Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, and The Walking Dead. From there, the great Jimmy O stops by to talk about seeing the first 9 minutes of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and the boys get into a heated debate on the merits of Expendables 2 (there are none). New Releases and a voicemail roll call leaves us with questions on where Homeland is headed and why Killing Them Softly sucks so hard.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: Killing Them Softly, Premium Rush & Sinister Reviewed! What We Don't Want in the New Star Wars Movies!

Law and Moreno start things off with some serious discussion about the future of superhero movies. Why would JGL be Batman? What other characters have to come back for the new X-MEN movie? From there Moreno visits the theater for KILLING THEM SOFTLY and re-visits JACKIE BROWN & BEVERLY HILLS COP. Both boys review SINISTER and the creepy creeps that came along with it. Law goes on to check out PREMIUM RUSH and HIT AND RUN. A great voicemail question leads to a discussion about what the guys don't want in the new STAR WARS movies. From there it's all New Releases and drunken slurs. Enjoy.

JoBlo Movie Podcast: They Live Commentary!

What better way to come down from the presidential election blues than by watching John Carpenter's look at shadow governments, sedation and obedience by consumerism, and Keith David in Lakers' colors. It's the 1987 cult classic THEY LIVE and we break this puppy down like Roddy Piper with a pickaxe. Seriously Roddy, why you gotta be all buff and manly and shit? Drink with us as we try to figure out if that old guy is "Red" from BACK TO THE FUTURED. Marvel as WE marvel at the broad with the creepiest eyes of all time. Seriously, is she about to turn into the Hulk or is she "one of them"? The movie starts as one thing, then someone zips through space on their watch. Gotta get me one of them shits.

 

DVD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Japanese, Hungarian, Hindi, Czech Republic, Portuguese-Brazilian, Polish

4K Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French,  German, German ATMOS, German-ADS, Italian, Italian ATMOS, Hindi 

 

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

BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Bulgarian, Czech Republic, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Hindi

4K Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Parisian French, German, German SDH, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish,  Greek, Korean, Hindi  

 

Running Time: 155 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images and suggestive material.

 

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray: Atmos True HD, DLBY/DGTL

4K: ATMOS True HD, DLBY DGTL

About “Dune”

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, a Film by Denis Villeneuve, “Dune.”

 

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video and digital distribution businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees. 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - November 21, 2021 - November 27, 2021

Hope you survived last week's volley of 4K releases, there certainly were a lot of choices and a little for everyone. With Black Friday coming, are you hoping for anything specific? I'm still looking for a decent Atmos all-in-one 9.1 or 11.1 receiver but I doubt that it will ever be on special! Ever since I switched to Denon I've become pretty brand loyal.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 27 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

With Black Friday upon us, we only get an ever so slight reprieve on 4K releases.

In this category this week, it's is actually dominated by Criterion Collection releases. The Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane leads off the list, along with Menace II Society and Adam Sandler's Uncut Gems. The latter is yet another recent LionsGate release that they did not give it a 4K disc but that has since been remedied by another company. As mentioned last week, Citizen Kane is getting a UK release in a few weeks by Warner Bros. It comes in a special 80th Anniversary Release that's loaded with swag. Based on current prices though, the UK release would be for huge fans on the film.

 

Kino Lorber delivers another visually stunning 4K release, this time Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

 

Delayed but now on track, The Addams Family movie debuts to 4K disc. Additionally, The Ten Commandments (1956) gets a SteelBook package this go round.

LionsGate offers Terminator 2: Judgment Day in a SteelBook release, no doubt the same discs in a different package. I might lose a few karma points here, but I much prefer the color timing of the 4K release over previous releases. Maybe there is a bit of excess dnr scrubbing, but unless you sit three feet from the screen, this presentation looks quite pleasing.

Delayed, and if delayed again I won't mention it on future release guide highlights, The Hills Have Eyes (1977) gets the fat-pack treatment.  Standard editions of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and The Cat o' Nine Tails also come via the previously delayed category.

 

Every year Vinegar Syndrome releases titles on Black Friday, specifically on their site. This year Flesh For Frankenstein - 3D & 4K gets an exclusive release. They also have indicated a couple of surprises will be revealed for that day. Of course each release eventually gets a general release a couple of months later if you're not inclined to purchase direct.

 

Blu-ray releases-

Somewhat lighter week for blu-ray releases. As always, getting the blu-ray counterpart(s) out of the way first. In this case, all are Criterion Collection releases, look for Citizen Kane, Menace II Society and Uncut Gems.

LionsGate's weekly appearance is brought to you by the letter "A" and includes an action/thriller titled American Night and a Western themed Action/Adventure titled Apache Junction.

 

Leslie Nielsen's comedy Dracula: Dead and Loving It comes to us via Shout! Factory. Described as a 'grand scale World War II movie,' The Eight Hundred sounds like it is certainly worth a look.

Warner Archive Collection's release this week is Lullaby of Broadway, a musical starring Doris Day and Gene Nelson. Also the next 'Thin Man' movie, The Thin Man Goes Home.

With the string of delays and possibly just bad luck, Arrow Video is currently set to release Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge and Sailor Suit and Machine Gun this week (fingers crossed.) There are a couple of other titles as well scheduled for this week, but they've been listed a couple of times in previous articles and definite dates are up in the air.

 

Quiver Films brings us The Woody Allen Collection (1994-2003), a cost-effective way to own nine of his films in one box set.

Anime highlights are Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 11 (The Mujina Gang), Girls und Panzer das Finale - Part 2, Haibane Renmei - The Complete Series, RWBY: Volume 8 and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Season One as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook until January 25th. There are several more SteelBooks of this nature lined up for future dates.

 

Honorable mention: Kino Lorber is on track to release the series Night Gallery starring Rod Serling. Season One can be purchased this week.

Friday release include a bunch of Imprint Films Limited Editions and a concert disc.

>Body Parts - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Let’s Scare Jessica To Death - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Stir Of Echoes - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Tam Lin - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Gift (2000) - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Medusa Touch - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>The Possession of Joel Delaney - Imprint Films Limited Edition

>The The: The Comeback Special

Notable announcements from last week:

Post holiday announcements are generally a bit light, no doubt because buying during that period is light as well.

Criterion has announced their February titles. The brief listing includes Boat People, Love Affair, Miller's Crossing and Written on the Wind.

Both FUNimation and Sentai Filmworks have revealed their February slate of titles. The list is quite extensive, but some of the highlights are Onyx Equinox - Complete Collection, NANA - Complete Collection [SteelBook], Samurai Girls / Samurai Bride - Complete Series, Attack on Titan - Final Season - Part 1 (also available in a Limited Edition), By the Grace of the Gods - Season 1 (Also available in a Limited Edition), Higurashi: When They Cry GOU - Season 1 Part 2 and Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle. Order links will crop up as they become available. Viz Video also is offering Tower of God on January 18th.

The next Vestron Video Collector's Series blu-ray release will be Candyman: Day of the Dead. Expect it on January 18th.

In the shipping delays department, I just got an email from Amazon indicating that Evolution will be arriving by January 17th. With a November 9th street date, I would say they either have a broken street date or serious supply issue. The Macgyver collection which was due on November 2nd also appears to be in limbo. I am not angry, I get it that there are supply chain issues, but a more realistic delivery date up front might have been nice.

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?




Scott Cooper's 'Antlers' Dated and Detailed for Blu-ray - January 4th 2022

Scott Cooper's terrifying horror flick Antlers is scarring up a Blu-ray release in the new year. The Guillermo del Toro-produced fright flick will hit streaming VOD services on December 21st with the single-disc Blu-ray release following on January 4th, 2022.