DC film Shazam! is coming to 4K and Blu-ray in July

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The 2019 DC film “Shazam!” starring Zachary Levi is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray format, Blu-ray Disc, and Blu-ray 3D formats on July 16th via Warner, according to an early alert to retailers. The film, based on the DC comics character and directed by David F. Sandberg, co-starred Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, and Meagan Good. The film has received much critic-acclaim during its theatrical run, in fact, it is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes.

All three releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray will be getting a DVD, the Blu-ray 3D will be getting standard 2D Blu-ray, and a digital copy of the film will be included on each. Tech specs for the releases have not yet been detailed but it is known from the 4K cover art (found over at UK retailer Zavvi) that the 4K release will come with at least HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range. No word yet on any info regarding sound on that 4K release or on the Blu-ray releases. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc are both now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are also listed for pre-order now over at retailer Target, featuring some different artwork. Not sure, honestly, which will be the final retail artwork for these releases – based on that. Also, I’ve yet to see any sign of any retailer exclusives but stay tuned.

NOTE: The Blu-ray 3D release is listed to be coming stateside directly over at Warner’s WBShop and in the UK over at retailer Zavvi. There’s no word yet if it will be coming to other retailers stateside, as it doesn’t have a listing over at Amazon or at any other retailers.

Further below, after the break, you can find the artwork (taken from UK retailer Zavvi) for the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D releases of the film along with links to their pre-order listings over at Amazon and WBShop.

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Jonny Quest: Complete Series on Blu-ray in June

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The classic 1964 animated TV series “Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series” is coming at some point in June to Blu-ray Disc via (and according to) Warner Archive Collection. They [Warner Archive] posted a tease to it yesterday to social media [Facebook] with some details, but no exact release date. The show, a Hanna-Barbera production created by Doug Wildey, featured a voice cast of Tim Matheson (Johnny Quest), Mike Road (Roger T. ‘Race’ Bannon), Danny Bravo (Hadji), and Don Messick (Bandit). Johnny Quest as a show ran for a total of 26 episodes spanning across 1964 through 1965. All 26 of those episodes will be presented uncut, uncensored, and remastered! So, since there’s no exact release date but a tad bit of info regarding the release let’s start off with tech specs. It will be presented in 1080p HD video (from new masters) in the original 1.33:1 (4×3) aspect ratio with a (lossless) DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo sound mix. The set will span across three BD-50 Blu-ray Discs and it will also include the following bonus materials.

  • Jonny Quest: Adventures in Animation – featurette on animators
  • Double Danger: Special version of this episode with Quest Files – fun, facts and trivia
  • Jonny Quest Video Handbook
  • Vintage P.F. Flyers Sneaker Commercial

There’s obviously no pre-order listing yet even over at Warner’s WBShop, directly, let alone on Amazon. So, stay tuned for an update as to when they do announce a specific release date and this Blu-ray release gets some pre-order listing(s). Further below, after the break, you can find a quote of what Warner Archive stated fully regarding the release.

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1985 film The New Kids comes to Blu-ray in August

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The 1985 dramatic thriller The New Kids is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc on August 13th via Mill Creek Entertainment in a retro VHS style packaging (pictured above). The film was directed by Sean S. Cunningham and co-written by Stephen Gyllenhaal. This cult-classic featured a cast of some memorable eighties actors like Shannon PresbyLori LoughlinJames Spader, Eric Stoltz, and Tom Atkins. Tech specs for the Blu-ray have not yet been detailed but I’ve reached out to the distributor (Mill Creek) for that info, so stay tuned. No word about any bonus materials either, so I’m guessing there will not be any included. The Blu-ray Disc is now available for pre-order over at Amazon.

Oliver Stone film The Doors comes to 4K July 23rd

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The 1991 Oliver Stone directed film The Doors starring Val Kilmer is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on July 23rd via Lionsgate, according to an early alert to retailers. The film co-starred Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon, Michael Wincott, and Michael Madsen. There are no details yet regarding the tech specs on this 4K release. It is however known that the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray and a digital copy of the film. Bonus materials set to be included on the release have not yet been detailed. The title on 4K UHD Blu-ray is now listed as coming soon over at retailer Best Buy. Stay tuned for an update when that becomes a functional pre-order listing as well as artwork, tech specs, and perhaps info regarding if it will include any new bonus materials.

UPDATES: First off, there’s now a listing for a German 4K Steelbook release that seems to be exclusive to that country, and there doesn’t sadly seem to be a 4K Steelbook coming here stateside. So, if you’re wanting to get that as an import, since 4K is, after all, a region free format, you can find it listed here on Amazon Germany. I’ve also included the artwork and a link further below. Next, StudioCanal who Lionsgate will be distributing this for has released a video of the 4K restoration footage from the film which you can find as well further below, after the break.

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DC Universe movie Batman: Hush on 4K and Blu-ray

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The DC Universe animated movie “Batman: Hush” is officially coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on August 13th via Warner. The animated film, based on the graphic novel (of the same title) written by Jeph Loeb, was directed by Justin Copeland and it features a voice cast of Jason O’Mara, Peyton List, Peyton List, Rebecca Romijn, Jennifer Morrison, Rainn Wilson, Jerry O’Connell, Tara Strong, Vanessa Williams, and Jason Spisak. Tech specs for the release have not been fully detailed but it has been obviously mentioned (in the press release) that the 4K will include HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range. Both films should receive 5.1 lossless mixes, likely in the DTS-HD Master Audio format, although that has not yet been confirmed. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray are both now available for pre-order over at Amazon. The release will both come in the form of “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray included, the Blu-ray getting a DVD included, and both getting a digital copy of the film. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.

  • DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock (Animated Short) – From executive producer and director Bruce Timm comes the first new DC Showcase animated short since 2011’s Catwoman, bringing DC Comics’ gritty World War II hero to animated life in an all-new adventure.
  • Batman: Love in Time of War (Featurette) – Dangerous. Seductive. Villain. Hero. This is the story of Selina Kyle and the relationship she has forged with the world’s greatest detective.
  • Audio Commentary – Executive Producer James Tucker, Director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker share their thoughts and insights on Batman: Hush.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.
  • From the DC Vault:
    • The Batman/Superman Hour: “The Underworld Underground Caper”
    • The Batman/Superman Hour: “Partners in Peril”

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement with further details regarding the upcoming releases of the film and its trailer.

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1995 film Waterworld on 4K UHD Blu-ray in July

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The 1995 film Waterworld starring Kevin Costner is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on July 9th via Universal, according to an early alert to retailers. The film, directed by Kevin Reynolds, co-starred Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chaim Jeraffi, and the late Dennis Hopper. Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS:X immersive sound on a BD-100 disc. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. This release will include the theatrical cut of the film in 4K and the additional extended version (with 40 minutes extra footage) in HD – both on the 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc. It will be a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray included that contains the theatrical cut of the film and a digital copy. It appears from the back of the package art, that this will not contain any bonus materials. Amazon lists that a teaser trailer will be included but that’s it. Stay tuned for any possible update on that.

Lastly, it appears that retailer Best Buy will have their pre-order listing up shortly as well as be getting an Exclusive 4K Steelbook for the release. Those both can be found here (and seen here) in a search over at Best Buy. Stay tuned for an update when those listings become functional pre-orders.

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on 4K in October

BREAKING: The 1980 Stanley Kubrick directed version of the film The Shining is officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format on October 1st, via Warner. The film, based on the novel by Stephen King, featured an unforgettable cast of Jack NicholsonShelley DuvallDanny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. There’s going to also be a Steelbook that will be exclusive to retailer Best Buy (pictured above). That 4K Steelbook is already available for pre-order now over at Best Buy. The standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release is also now available for pre-order over at Best Buy. Stay tuned for an update as to when it becomes available over at Amazon.

UPDATE: The studio has issued a press release with some details about the upcoming 4K release. The tech specs for the release include 2160p video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range, although the aspect ratio has not yet been specified, with a lossless 5.1 sound mix – presumably in DTS-HD Master Audio. This will be in the 146 minute length version of the film. It’s worth noting that the very reputable Motion Picture Imaging Labs on the Warner lot was responsible for this remastering effort with help from Kubrick’s former personal assistant (Leon Vitali) and legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg. You’ll find all that info and a list of bonus materials as well set to be included further below, after the break.

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