It turns out, there will be a “Stephen King 5-Movie Collection“ coming to the Blu-ray format on September 15th, via Paramount. This news comes via early retailer alerts. The collection includes the following TV mini-series and feature-length films:
“The Stand” (1994 TV Mini-Series)
“Pet Sematary” (1989)
“Pet Sematary” (2019)
“Silver Bullet” (1985)
“The Dead Zone” (1983) [New to Blu-ray]
Yes, that is including one David Cronenberg directed adaptation making its debut to the HD Blu-ray format, that happens to be one of my personal favorites. That said, I am not sure if there will be an individual release of “The Dead Zone” or not. Perhaps it could be exclusive to this set? We shall hopefully soon find out, but so far there’s no sign of it listed anywhere on retailers.
The five movies will all be included on their own individual Blu-ray Discs, making it a 5-disc set. Tech specs for the discs vary from film-to-film but I’ll try to be bringing you a full list of them soon. As for the tech specs on the new to Blu-ray release of “The Dead Zone” I cannot yet speak of those, but I will however be inquiring to a direct Paramount contact next week regarding this release and other topics pertaining to it. For instance, I will also hopefully have some info as to if any bonus materials will be included for The Dead Zone. In the meantime, you can now find the Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon and Best Buy. Finally, one little note, based on the prices (as seen there at those two retailers) you can expect Amazon’s price to drop by a considerable bit, as well as be matched (via their “Pre-order Price Guarantee”). Stay tuned for further details about this upcoming release.
The [adult swim] TV series “Rick and Morty: Season 4“ is coming to Blu-ray Disc on September 22nd, via Warner. The show, which premiered in 2013, was created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Aside from Justin Roiland (as both Rick and Morty), the show features the regular voice talents of Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, and Sarah Chalke. Tech specs for all 10 episodes of the fourth season of the show on Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound. The releases, yes plural, will come with a digital code (copy) of the entire season. Speaking of releases, it is certainly worth noting that there willalsobe a SteelBook Blu-ray available of this season, non-exclusive to any specific retailer. You can find both the standard Blu-ray (pictured above) as well as the Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) now available for preorder over at Amazon.
Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
It appears that the 2006 Zack Snyder directed film “300“ starring Gerard Butler is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray, via Warner, according to an early retail listing. The film, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller & Lynn Varley, co-starred Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, and Rodrigo Santoro. Tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include both its Blu-ray counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed and available for preorder over at Amazon. The studio has yet to officially announce this title, to my knowledge but let’s just say it’s pretty much more than a rumor when I have the back package art to look at. Speaking of which, the bonus materials set to be included on the 4K (as seen on the back art) are listed below.
Additional Scenes of the Traitorous Hunchback and Giant Warriors
Frank Miller’s Vision Realized on Film
300 Spartan – Fact or Fiction?: The Shocking Life of a Spartan Revealed
Who Were the Spartans?: How the Actors Built Their Characters Based on Spartan Customs
A “Resident Evil Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collection“ is headed to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format in a box set on November 3rd, via Sony, according to retailers and even the studio. In fact, I’m awaiting a full press release officially announcing the set later tomorrow. For now, let’s discuss what all will be included. You will get all six of the films in the live-action “Resident Evil” franchise, starring Milla Jovovich. Those films include:
“Resident Evil” (2002), “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004), “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007), “Resident Evil: Afterlife” (2010), “Resident Evil: Retribution” (2012), and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2016).
This set comes in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include the Blu-ray Disc counterparts of each film as well as digital codes (copies) for the six films. You can find the Limited Edition Collection 4K set already available for preorder over at Amazon.
UPDATE: the set has now been officially announced. Regarding the tech specs: “All films presented at 2160p Ultra High Definition resolution with HDR 10 and Dolby Atmos immersive audio + DTS-HD MA 5.1 original theatrical audio tracks (DTS-HD MA 7.1 for RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER); aspect ratios vary.” Lastly, you can now find the full details below, after the break.
The 1984 action/sci-fi film “The Last Starfighter“ will be getting a Special EditionBlu-ray Disc release on October 13th via Arrow Video. The film, directed by Nick Castle, starred Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter, Dan O’Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Barbara Bosson, Norman Snow, and Robert Preston. This release is featuring a restoration from a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the original 2.39:1 aspect ratio with a newly added DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1 sound mix, as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, and the original uncompressed LPCM 2.0 Stereo mix. You can now find the Arrow Video Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The details regarding the new 4K scan, audio mix, and bonus materials as well as physical extras (in the first pressing) can be found below.
Greetings Starfighter! You have been recruited by Arrow Video to experience the 1984 sci-fi classic as you ve never experienced it before! Directed by Nick Castle, the man behind the Michael Myers mask in the original Halloween, The Last Starfighter tells the story Alex Rogan (Lance Guest), an arcade game whizz-kid whose wildest dreams comes true when he finds himself enlisted to fight in an interstellar war.
Now newly restored from a 4K scan of the original negative and featuring a 4.1 mix originally created for the film’s 70mm release never included on previous home video formats The Last Starfighter arrives loaded with brand new and archival bonus features. Strap yourself in: the Blu-ray adventure of a lifetime is about to begin!
Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed 2.0 stereo, 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 4.1 audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with Mike White of The Last Projection Booth podcast
Archival audio commentary with director Nick Castle and production designer Ron Cobb
Heroes of the Screen archival featurette
Crossing the Frontier: The Making of The Last Starfighter archival 4-part documentary
Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Ferguson
PLUS MORE NEW EXTRAS TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!
FIRST PRESSING ONLY physical extras:
Limited Edition O-Card
Limited Edition Reversible Poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes and sci-fi author Greg Bear’s never-before-published Omni magazine article on Digital Productions, the company responsible for the CGI in The Last Starfighter
The 2020 film “The King of Staten Island“ starring Pete Davidson is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on August 25th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film, directed & co-written by Judd Apatow, co-starred Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Steve Buscemi, Bel Powley, and Maude Apatow. Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will also include its DVD counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS (WHICH DIDN’T WORK!)
THE KID FROM STATEN ISLAND – Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow sit down for a discussion about the movie, their experiences working together, and what it meant to film a movie inspired by Pete’s life. Also hear from Pete’s family, friends, and cast members who shed more light on the kid from Staten Island.
JUDD APATOW’S PRODUCTION DIARIES – Director Judd Apatow speaks to camera, giving the daily “scoop” on set and discussing the scenes at hand.
YOU’RE NOT MY DAD: WORKING WITH BILL BURR – Judd Apatow discusses how Bill Burr was perfect for the role of “Ray Bishop” while Bill discusses his favorite moments acting alongside Pete Davidson and the meaningful relationship that their characters form.
MARGIE KNOWS BEST: WORKING WITH MARISA TOMEI – Judd Apatow describes the honor he had of working with Marisa Tomei who plays Pete Davidson’s fictional mom “Margie.” Pete, his mom Amy Davidson, and other cast and crew also describe their amazement at Marisa’s ability to nail the role and the joy of having her on set.
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: WORKING WITH BEL POWLEY – Bel Powley describes her friendship with Pete Davidson, getting the role of “Kelsey” in the film, and what it was like navigating her character’s push and pull relationship with “Scott.”
SIBLING RIVALRY: WORKING WITH MAUDE APATOW – Maude Apatow discusses what it was like playing “Claire,” a character based on Pete Davidson’s real sister. Also, Pete and Judd Apatow discuss the real elements of the brother/sister relationship that are reflected in the movie.
BEST FRIENDS: WORKING WITH RICKY, MOISES, & LOU – Ricky Velez, Moises Arias, and Lou Wilson discuss their characters, the chemistry of Scott’s “best friend” group, and what it was like working with each other on set.
PAPA: WORKING WITH STEVE BUSCEMI – Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson, and filmmakers reveal why Steve Buscemi was the perfect man for the part of “Papa,” and discuss the integral role his character plays in the film.
FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS STAND-UP BENEFIT – Watch the benefit comedy show—featuring Bill Burr, Ricky Velez, and Lynne Koplitz—that Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson hosted while filming THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND. All proceeds went to the Friends of Firefighters organization.
SCOTT DAVIDSON TRIBUTE – Scott Davidson was a member of the FDNY and was tragically lost on September 11th, 2001. Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson and his family, plus former friends and co-workers of Scott, share stories in honor of the man they knew.
WHO IS PETE DAVIDSON? – Pete Davidson’s family, friends, and the filmmakers discuss their hopes of what will come from the release of The King of Staten Island, while Pete and Judd share why it was so important to Pete to make this film.
THE FIREHOUSE – Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson discuss what it was like shooting scenes in a real firehouse and the responsibility they felt to capture the environment authentically.
PETE’S CASTING RECS – Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson discuss how Pete’s decision to cast a large group of his friends was beneficial to achieving the goal of the movie. Plus, Pete’s friends discuss their relationships with Pete and their experiences working on the film.
PETE’S ‘POPPY’ (GRANDPA) – Judd Apatow shares his experiences directing Pete Davidson’s grandfather in his acting debut.
FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR/CO-WRITER JUDD APATOW AND ACTOR/CO-WRITER PETE DAVIDSON
Further below, after the break, you’ll find the full announcement issued today regarding the upcoming release of this film on home video.
The original Japanese animated film “Ghost in the Shell“ in anime form from 1995 is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 8th, via Lionsgate – in celebration of its 25th anniversary. This news comes just as I had previously reported still it as a rumor earlier this month. The tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range as well as with Japanese & English language Dolby Atmos mixes and original Japanese 2.0 Stereo PCM sound mix. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that you’ll get the Blu-ray counterpart as well as a digital copy of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon, as well as at retailers Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. It’s certainly worth noting that this release will also come in the form of an exclusive4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook which is now available for preorder over at Best Buy (pictured below).
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The bonus materials, featuring some new content, set to be included on the 4K UHD Blu-ray release are listed below.
4K / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
Full-length audio commentary of Ghost in the Shell with Mary Claypool (Animation Writer and English Language Scriptwriter), Eric Calderon (Animation Producer and Writer), Richard Epcar (Voice of “Batou”), and Charles Solomon (Animation Historian and Critic)
“Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future” Featurette
“Landscapes & Dreamscapes: The Art and Architecture of Ghost in the Shell” Featurette
ADDITIONAL ARCHIVAL BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
Production Report & Digital Works Featuretes
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming release of the film on 4K UHD Blu-ray in the official announcement.
The “Back to the Future Ultimate Trilogy“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 20th, via Universal. The box set includes the three films “Back to the Future” (1985), “Back to the Future Part II” (1989), and “Back to the Future Part III” (1990). The films, directed by Robert Zemeckis & produced by Steven Spielberg, starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, James Tolkan, Billy Zane, and Thomas F. Wilson. The tech specs for the films include 2160p 4K presentations in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+ forms of High Dynamic Range along with Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray Disc counterparts as well as digital code (copy) included for each film.
Now, this may be confusing consumers but there will be a total of three different releases of the trilogy on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format: a standard 4K UHD Blu-ray set, a gift set (exclusive to Amazon), and a SteelBook set (exclusive to Best Buy).
So far, there’s The 4K UHD Blu-ray set now available for preorder over at Amazon, which includes a collectible levitating hoverboard (as pictured below).
BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET (4K UHD): Includes exclusive levitating Hoverboard replica (Amazon Exclusive)
As previously mentioned, there will be several retailer exclusive versions of the 4K UHD Blu-ray set, and even a Blu-ray version of the 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set – exclusive to retailer Target and now available for preorder. Another form will be the 35th Anniversary Limited Edition TrilogySteelBook exclusive set at retailer Best Buy, which is now available for preorder (pictured below).
BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION TRILOGY (4K UHD): Includes three newly designed steelbooks (Best Buy Exclusive)
UPDATE #1: You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray version of the trilogy available for preorder over at retailer Best Buy. There’s still no listing on Amazon or at other retailers yet, to my knowledge, but stay tuned for further update(s).
The bonus materials set to be included on the release are briefly described here to include not only the previous Blu-ray extras but some new content as described below.
” This collection is loaded with bonus material including a bonus disc that comes with over an hour of brand-new content such as rare audition footage from Hollywood stars Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell, a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by co-writer/producer Bob Gale, a sneak peek at the new musical show, and a special episode of the popular YouTube Series “Could You Survive The Movies?” “
You can find the full set of extras set to be included on the new Bonus Disc listed below.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE TRILOGY bonus DISC FEATURES ON BLU-RAY™:
An Alternate Future: Lost Audition Tapes (NEW) – Get a glimpse of the BACK TO THE FUTURE that could have been with rare audition footage featuring now-famous celebrities.
C. Thomas Howell
The Hollywood Museum Goes BACK TO THE FUTURE (NEW) – Join Co-writer/Producer Bob Gale on an intimate tour of an exhaustive exhibit of the films’ props and memorabilia.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE MUSICAL Behind the Scenes (NEW) – Get a sneak peek at the new musical show including a Q&A with the cast and creative team plus two new song recordings.
Cast and Creative Q&A
Gotta Start Somewhere
Put Your Mind To It
Could You Survive The Movies? BACK TO THE FUTURE (NEW) – Explore the magic and science of BACK TO THE FUTURE and find out which laws of physics were actually violated in this special episode of the popular YouTube series.
2015 Message from Doc Brown
DOC BROWN SAVES THE WORLD!
OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean
Looking BACK TO THE FUTURE
Casting Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd Reflects on Doc Brown
The DeLorean Time Machine
Building Hill Valley
Prepping for the “Johnny B. Goode” Scene
Rushing the Cut
BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Animated Series
Brothers (Season 1, Episode 1)
Mac the Black (Season 2, Episode 1)
JAWS 19 Trailer
Further below, after the break, where you can find the full info regarding this announcement of this upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray release of the trilogy.