The Good, The Bad and The Ugly finally comes to 4K in April

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The 1966 Sergio Leone directed spaghetti [Italian] western “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on April 27th via KL Studio Classics. The film starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The 4K release has been something that KL Studio Classics officially rumored (polled on) since 2017 and it’s now finally becoming a reality. The tech specs for the release include a video presentation in 2.35:1 aspect ratio without HDR (it seems) as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and newly restored DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono sound on a BD-100 (100 gigabytes) UHD Blu-ray Disc. The theatrical cut of the movie has received a 4K scan and color grading, as mentioned below.

“162-Minute Theatrical Cut – Over 30 hours of extensive shot-by-shot color grading and a 4K scan of a 1967 IB tech print as the secondary source to restore the theatrical cut to its original glory.
A) The optical flip ending in Tuco’s neck back around the noose (14 frames)
B) Tuco Shoving the “open/closed” sign into the storekeeper’s mouth (5 seconds, 10 frames)
C) An extreme closeup of Blondie’s eyes shortly before Tuco’s gang comes barging in through the door (1 second, 14 frames)
D) The fade up to Tuco and Blondie riding up to the mission after Tuco forced Blondie to walk through the desert (1 second, 3 frames)
E) The tail end of the shot of the train station (2 seconds, 1 frame)”

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available to preorder over at Amazon. The full details regarding the bonus materials and contents for this upcoming 4K release of the film can be found below.

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1980 film The Final Countdown on 4K UHD Blu-ray in April

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The 1980 film “The Final Countdown” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on April 27th via Blue Underground. The film, directed by Don Taylor, starred Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, James Farentino, Katharine Ross, Ron O’Neal, and Charles Durning. This movie has received a new 4K scan in 16-bit from the original film 35mm camera negative and restoration (as noted below). It will be presented in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range and include Dolby Atmos as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo sound mixes.

“Now Blue Underground is proud to present THE FINAL COUNTDOWN in a stunning new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, for the ultimate in explosive home theater excitement!”

There’s no preorder listing for the 4K UHD Blu-ray yet over at Amazon or any other retailers but stay tuned for an update on that. The bonus materials set to be included with this 3-disc limited edition set will physically include a Blu-ray and the CD Soundtrack. The traditional bonus materials (extras) set to be included on the release are listed below.

• Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Victor J. Kemper
• Lloyd Kaufman Goes Hollywood – Interview with Associate Producer Lloyd Kaufman
• Starring The Jolly Rogers – Interviews with The Jolly Rogers F-14 Fighter Squadron
• Theatrical Trailers
• TV Spots
• Poster & Still Galleries
• BONUS! THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by John Scott
• BONUS! Collectible Booklet featuring The Zero Pilot Journal

Further below, after the break, you can find the new restored movie trailer (in 1080p), the visual trade ad, and its text.

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Studio Ghibli film Earwig and the Witch on Blu-ray in April

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The 2020 Studio Ghibli animated feature film “Earwig and the Witch” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc in North America on April 6th via GKIDS, distributed by Shout! Factory. The CG animated film, a first for the studio, was directed by Goro Miyazaki and features an English dub voice cast that includes Richard E. Grant, Kacey Musgraves, and Dan Stevens. The original Japanese language track will be included as well with this release, featuring English subtitles. Tech specs for the release have yet to be detailed but stay tuned for a possible update on that. The release will come as a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its DVD counterpart. Not only will there be a standard Blu-ray release, but there will also be a limited edition Blu-ray Disc SteelBook available (pictured below).

Both the standard Blu-ray Disc and the limited edition Blu-ray SteelBook are now available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with each Blu-ray release of the film are listed below.

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Creating “Earwig and the Witch”
  • Interviews with Japanese Voice Cast
  • Trailers & Teasers

Further below, after the break, you can find the official English trailer for the film and full details about the North American home video release of the film.

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1976 film The Bad News Bears is coming to Blu-ray in March

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The 1976 film “The Bad News Bears” starring Walter Matthau is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc on March 30th, via Paramount, according to an early retailer listing. The film, directed by Michael Ritchie, co-starred Tatum O’NealVic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten, Ben Piazza, Alfred Lutter III, Chris Barnes, Erin Blunt, and Jackie Earle Haley.

UPDATE #1: well, word has it that Justin Beahm’s Reverendent Entertainment did some new extras for this release. UPDATE #2: well, this has totally made my day and come as a great surprise. Here’s the list of bonus materials set to be included on this Blu-ray Disc debut of the film — via Justin Beahm‘s social media account.

  • Sometimes You Lose: Kevin Smith on The Bad News Bears
  • Life Imitates Art: Jackie Earle Haley on The Bad News Bears
  • Get to the Finals: Producer Stanley Jaffe on The Bad News Bears
  • Shot on Super-8: Jackie Earle Haley’s Home Movies

UPDATE #3: the tech specs include 1080p HD in presumably the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (or perhaps 1.78:1) and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.

It is also known, via the cover art (pictured above) that the release will come with a digital copy of the film. You can now find the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Target and Walmart.

1956 film The Ten Commandments is coming to 4K in March

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The 1956 version of the film adaptation of “The Ten Commandments” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 30th via Paramount. The film, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starred Charlton HestonYul BrynnerAnne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, John Carradine, and Vincent Price.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 6K scan and restoration of the original VistaVision 35mm film presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of HDR (high dynamic range) and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. You can find a bit of information regarding this restoration and the 4K tech specs below, taken from the press release.

“As part of the restoration done in 2010, the film was scanned in 6K and those files were the basis for this brand-new Dolby Vision version, which shows off the full beauty of the original VistaVision negative. The VistaVision format used special cameras to feed 35mm film into the camera horizontally in order to capture a wider image spread over two 35mm film frames, giving VistaVision twice the resolution of regular 35mm film.  In addition, Paramount spent well over 150 hours doing new color work and clean-up on the scan.  The move to Dolby Vision created the opportunity to further improve the look of the film:  blacks are enhanced and improvements were made to smooth out special effects mattes to create the most vibrant and pristine image possible.”

The 4K release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. UPDATE: you can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailer Target. The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K release are detailed below.

4K Ultra HD Disc

  • 1956 feature film in 4K Ultra HD
  • Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”

Blu-ray Disc #1

  • 1956 feature film in high definition (Part 1)
  • Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”

Blu-ray Disc #2

  • 1956 feature film in high definition (Part 2)
  • Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”
  • Newsreel footage of the film’s New York premiere
  • Theatrical trailers, including at 10-minute “making of” trailer

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray release of this classic film.

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