Universal Classic Monsters are coming to 4K in October

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There will officially be a “Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection” coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 5th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This set comes just in time for Halloween. Four of the most iconic of the Universal Classic Monsters will be making their debut to 4K, with two celebrating their film’s 90th anniversaries and one celebrating its 80th anniversary. The films included in this set are as follows:

  • “Dracula” (1931) 90th Anniversary
  • “Frankenstein” (1931) 90th Anniversary
  • “The Invisible Man” (1933)
  • “The Wolf Man” (1941) 80th Anniversary

This set will come in a collectible boxed booklet form (as pictured below) with a page for each film in both the 4K and Blu-ray versions on each side.

Each of the four films will be presented in 2160p 4K resolution in the 1.33:1 (full frame) aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and (presumably Mono) DTS-HD Master Audio lossless sound mixes. This set will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that each film will get its Blu-ray Disc counterpart (in 1080p HD) and digital code (copies) of each will be included as well. There is not yet a preorder listing for this 4K set over at Amazon or any other retailers, but stay tuned for an update. The bonus materials here appear to include the identical extras found on the Blu-ray Disc releases of each film, as featured in the previous “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection” Blu-ray set. Those can get rather lengthy, so I’ll be detailing them below, after the break, and also after the official announcement issued earlier today.

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1921 film The Sheik on Blu-ray for 100th Anniversary

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The 1921 silent film The Sheik will officially be coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 19th, via Paramount Home Entertainment, as part of the Paramount Presents line. This will mark the film’s 100th year anniversary and the release will be spine number 25 in the Paramount Presents line. The film, directed by George Melford, starred Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres. This motion picture has received a new restoration, described below.

THE SHEIK restoration employed modern technology so viewers can experience the original beauty of this monumental silent film.  Since original negatives for silent films rarely exist, Paramount searched the world for the best elements and used a print and an intermediate element called a fine grain.  One source of the film yielded better results for image quality, another for intertitles.  One of the elements was “stretch-printed” and had to be adjusted digitally during the restoration process.  In the silent era there was no standard frame rate, so stretch printing was done to show silent films at 24 frames per second.  In addition, tints and tones were digitally applied, guided by an original continuity script from the Paramount archive.  The result is the best picture quality THE SHEIK has had since it was originally shown in theaters 100 years ago.”

The tech specs for the release have yet to be fully detailed but you can expect a full 1080p HD video presentation in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and a lossless sound mix (presumably in Mono) for the music. Stay tuned for a possible update on that soon. You cannot yet find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon, but there is a placeholder page up. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. Bonus materials set to be included on the release have been slightly detailed but not yet fully. It’s known that one featurette will be included as well as the new musical score.

  • Desert Heat: 100 Years with The Sheika new featurette with film historian and professor Leslie Midkiff DeBauche
  • A music score by Roger Bellon

This release, like all of the Paramount Presents Blu-ray titles, will include collectible packaging with fold-out original poster artwork as well as interior artwork (as shown below).

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

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2000 film What Lies Beneath on Blu-ray in October

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The 2000 film What Lies Beneath is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 5th, via Paramount Home Entertainment. This will be the very first time that the film has been available on Blu-ray in North America. The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starred Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Remar, Miranda Otto, Katharine Towne, Ray Baker, Wendy Crewson, and Diana Scarwid.

The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release should include all of the previous DVD extras ported over as bonus materials. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

2002 version of The Time Machine on Blu-ray in October

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The 2002 film adaptation of the H.G. Wells story The Time Machine is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time in North America, on October 5th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Simon Wells, starred Guy Pearce, Mark Addy, Phyllida Law, Sienna Guillory, Samantha Mumba, and Jeremy Irons.

The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless surround sound. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. No info yet on if the bonus materials from the previous DVD release will be ported over or not, but stay tuned for a possible update on that.

The Flash Seventh Season comes to Blu-ray in October

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The TV series The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 12th, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The show, which airs on the CW network, stars Grant GustinCandice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, and Danielle Nicolet.

The tech specs for the seventh season include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound, spanning across 3 discs (BD-50 each). The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the seventh season. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with the seventh season Blu-ray are listed below.

  • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Gag Reel (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
  • The Journey Ends: Carlos and Tom
  • Never Alone: Heroes and Allies
  • 2020 DC FanDome: The Flash (Watchverse)

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the home video release of the seventh season.

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Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange on 4K in September

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According to retailer listings, the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 21st, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The title has yet to be officially announced by the studio (Warner) but stay tuned for an update on that. The film, written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, starred Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Warren Clarke, James MarcusJohn Clive, Adrienne Corri, Michael Tarn, David Prowse, Sheila Raynor, and Philip Stone.

The tech specs for the release include a 4K 2160p video presentation in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film, compatible with Movies Anywhere.

You cannot yet find the 4K UHD Blu-ray standard release available for preorder over at Amazon but there is a placeholder page. Also, it is now available to preorder over at retailer Best Buy. It’s most certainly worth noting that there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available as an exclusive over at retailer Best Buy (pictured below), which is available now for preorder.

The bonus materials for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Historian Nick Redman [on both 4K and Blu-ray]
  • Only on the Blu-ray:
    • Malcolm McDowell Looks Back
    • Turning like Clockwork
    • Channel Four Documentary Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange
    • Featurette Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange
    • Theatrical Trailer

Smallville The Complete Series on Blu-ray in October

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Smallville: The Complete Series is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 19th, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The series ran from 2001 up until 2011 for a total of 10 seasons and 217 episodes. “Smallville” starred Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, John Glover, Erica Durance, Annette O’Toole, and John Schneider. NOTE: The first 5 seasons of this show have never been released on the Blu-ray Disc format.

Tech specs for the Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound for all episodes. This will be a 42-disc set, with 40 discs as Blu-ray Disc (BD-50) and 2 DVDs (for bonus materials). The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the entire series.

UPDATE: You can now find the Blu-ray box set available for preorder over at Amazon.

Bonus materials set to be included on this release are over 28 hours in length and you can find a bit of those detailed below.

“Smallville: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition includes 2 DVD discs with over 28 hours of bonus features originally released on the Smallville Seasons 1-10 DVD sets.”
MORE THAN 28 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES
  • The Adventures of Superboy – The original 1961 pilot starring John Rockwell.
  • A Retrospective Look at the Series’ 10-Year Journey – An in-depth, season-by-season look at the creation of this landmark television series. Highlights include interviews with Tom Welling, Eric Durance, Michael Rosenbaum, Phil Morris, John Schneider and many more, as well as rare behind-the-scenes footage.
  • A Decade of Comic-Con Featurette
  • Paley Festival Featurette
  • Smallville’s 100th Episode: Making of a Milestone – An extended version of the original featurette included in the Season 5 set.
  • Secret Origin: The American Story of DC Comics – A feature length documentary chronicling DC’s 75 years of challenges, creativity, and triumph.
  • Audio Commentaries, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Gag Reels, Behind-the-scenes featurettes and much more from all 10 seasons!

Below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this release.

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