Jaws – 4K UHD Blu-ray Review

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1980 film “Flash Gordon” comes to 4K in August

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The 1980 film Flash Gordon starring Sam J. Jones and directed by Mike Hodges is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on August 18th, via Arrow Video. EDITORIAL NOTE: This will be one of their first 4K releases for distributor Arrow Video, and we’re excited to see them join on in supporting the format.

The film itself co-starred Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Ornella Muti, and Timothy Dalton. The film has a “brand new 4K restoration by Studiocanal from the original camera negative approved by director Mike Hodges” according to Arrow Video. Tech specs include the 2.35:1 aspect ratio in HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range as well as DTS-HD Master Audio in 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo configurations. The upcoming standard (“Special Edition”) 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. It is most also certainly worth noting that there will be a Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray “Collector’s Set” available (as pictured below), which is now listed for preorder over at Amazon.flash_gordon_limited_edition_4k

Bonus materials differ from what will be on the 1-disc standard 4K release and the 2-disc Limited Edition “Collector’s Set” — of which the latter will feature an exclusive second Blu-ray Disc. For that very reason, I’ll be listing it further below, after the break.

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“The House by the Cemetery” on 4K in August

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The 1981 Lucio Fulci directed horror film “The House by the Cemetery” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on August 25th, via Blue Underground. Today came with an official press release announcing the details. Tech specs for the 4K will include video in HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with Dolby Atmos and other original Blu-ray sound mixes. Those original Blu-ray sound mixes include English 5.1 and 1.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio and the Italian Mono 1.0 in DTS-HD Master Audio. The video presentation comes from a 4K 16-bit scan from the original 35mm 2-perf camera negative. As of now, there’s currently no preorder listing for the 4K UHD Blu-ray yet over at Amazon or any other retailers, but stay tuned for an update.

UPDATE: This 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder from online retailer Diabolik DVD.

This new release will include both a 4K UHD Blu-ray with the film (and some bonus) as well as a second Blu-ray Disc with extras. The full list of bonus materials set to be included on the release, as by disc, can be found listed below after the break.

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RUMOR: 1960 film “Spartacus” on 4K in July

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Rumor time and it’s for a legendary film too. It seems the 1960 Stanley Kubrick directed film Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas is finally coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on July 21st, via Universal, according to now multiple retailer sources. *UPDATED* The film, celebrating its 60th anniversary, co-starred Laurence OlivierJean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, and Tony Curtis. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for further details once this title gets officially announced by the studio.

As of today, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailer Target. I’ll be adding links to the preorder via other retailers as they are listed.

MAJOR UPDATED #2: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook which will be exclusive to retailer Best Buy now available for preorder with the same 7/21 release date listed (pictured below).

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MAJOR UPDATE #1: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at online retailer Amazon. From the back of the package art (over there) we’ve learned that the tech specs for the release include 4K video in the 2.20:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and DTS:X sound. This is the “Extended” / “Restored Version” with 12 additional minutes and a 197-minute runtime. The release will come to 4K on a BD-66 disc. This will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film included. The bonus materials set to be included on the release (according to the back package art) are listed below.

  • “I Am Spartacus: A Conversation with Kirk Douglas”
  • “Restoring Spartacus”
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Archival Interviews
  • Behind-the-Senes Footage
  • Vintage Newsreels
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Lastly, it’s worth noting that a Swedish 4K UHD Blu-ray of this film has already been announced, which ironically is listed to be coming out just a day before it does here in the United States. That would mean this release date, 7/21, which does indeed fall on a traditional Tuesday, stateside should be correct.

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