CONTEST! “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” on 4K is yours if you choose to accept it

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CONTEST
time yet again here at High Def Disc News! We are going to be having a giveaway where one  lucky winner will receive the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout release on 4K UHD Blu-ray from Paramount. This title streets on December 4th.

CONTEST RULES: You must be a United States resident and your mailing address cannot be a P.O. Box. Make sure you read that carefully and are qualified to enter.

You can find out how to enter below, after the break.

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Joel Schumacher film “8MM” with Nicolas Cage is coming to Blu-ray in January

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The 1999 Joel Schumacher directed film 8MM (“Eight Millimeter”) starring Nicolas Cage is coming to Blu-ray Disc on January 8th, 2019 via Scream Factory. The film’s supporting cast included Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald, Chris Bauer, and Catherine Keener. Tech specs for the Blu-ray release include 1080p video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The Blu-ray is available to pre-order over at Amazon and directly via Shout Factory‘s store. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • NEW 8MM in 35MM – an interview with producer/director Joel Schumacher
  • Audio Commentary with producer/director Joel Schumacher
  • Vintage Behind the Scene featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement for this upcoming Blu-ray Disc release.

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“The Shield The Complete Series” on Blu-ray release date pushed back a week

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UPDATE: The release date has changed now for The Shield: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Disc (from 12/11) to December 18th. The release is just being pushed back one week. This news comes to us via the distributor Mill Creek Entertainment. Even online retailers such as Amazon have already reflected this change to 12/18 on their pre-order listing page. Below, after the break, you can find the official announcement about this release as well as the release date change.

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“Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1” on Blu-ray via Warner in December

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The original 1940s “Popeye The Sailor” color cartoon theatrical shorts have been scanned in 4K  for high definition release via Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1 coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 11th via Warner Archive. The release will include a total of 14 color theatrical shorts spanning from 1943 to 1945. The shorts set to be included are as follows:

  • Her Honor The Mare
  • The Marry-Go-Round
  • We’re On Our Way To Rio
  • The Anvil Chorus Girl
  • Spinach Packin’ Popeye
  • Puppet Love
  • Pitchin’ Woo At The Zoo
  • Moving Aweigh
  • She-Sick Sailors
  • Pop-Pie A La Mode
  • Tops In The Big Top
  • Shape Ahoy
  • For Better Or Nurse
  • Mess Production

Tech specs for this release include 1080p video in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio sound. The video here comes from new 4K scans of the original nitrate technicolor film negatives. Here’s a bit more info on that (quoted from the press release):

“Popeye is one of the all-time great cartoon characters, but he hadn’t gotten a fair shake in the world of home entertainment until Warner released all of his black & white shorts,” said Leonard Maltin, animation historian, and author of Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. “What came next? The first Technicolor Popeye cartoons were also the last ones made under the aegis of the Fleischer Brothers, Max and Dave. Animation aficionados should welcome the opportunity to see these long-forgotten cartoons in such pristine condition, taken from the original 35mm negatives.”

“This is the first time anyone has gone back to the master nitrate negatives to ensure a crisper picture and vivid colors – nor have these films ever sounded so good,” said respected animation historian and author Jerry Beck. “The animators at this time, during the war years, were allowed to push the Popeye character forward, creating particularly zany plot lines and funny situations beyond the classic Popeye/Bluto rivalry for Olive Oyl. I’m particularly tickled over the cartoon where Bluto becomes a pseudo-Superman (courtesy of a licensed tie-in with DC Comics) and another where Popeye and Bluto romance Olive as marionette puppets. This was the ‘Golden Age’ of animation – and these are particularly strong cartoons that have been long in demand by animation buffs.”

This upcoming Blu-ray release can already be pre-ordered over at Warner Archive and Amazon. Below after the break you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming release with lots of further details.

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Critically acclaimed film “The Hate U Give” on 4K and Blu-ray in January

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The 2018 critically acclaimed film “The Hate U Give” starring Amandla Stenberg is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on January 22nd, 2019 via Fox. This movie was absolutely loved by the critics, being “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes where (at time of writing) it carries a 97% rating. This is an adaptation of the novel (of the same title) written by Angie Thomas. The film was directed by George Tillman Jr. and features a supporting cast of Regina HallRussell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, CommonAlgee Smith, KJ Apa, and Sabrina Carpenter.

Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray release include 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and each getting a Digital Copy of the film included. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are available to pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on both releases are listed below.

  • Extended scenes:
    • Maverick and Seven Protecting Their Home
    • Uprising
    • Seven’s Graduation
  • Featurettes:
    • Starting a Conversation
    • The Talk
    • Code Switching
  • The Heart of Georgia
  • Thank U Georgia
  • Starr: Shine Your Light
  • Audio Commentary by George Tillman, Jr., Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Angie Thomas and Craig Hayes

Further below, after the break, you can find the artwork for the Blu-ray and the official announcement regarding these upcoming releases.

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“Johnny English Strikes Again” with Rowan Atkinson on Blu-ray in January

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The 2018 sequel Johnny English Strikes Again starring Rowan Atkinson is coming to Blu-ray Disc on January 22nd, 2019 via Universal. The film, which was directed by David Kerr, co-stars Ben MillerOlga Kurylenko, Jake LacyEmma Thompson, Adam James, Kevin Eldon, Kendra Mei, and Michael Gambon. The tech specs for Blu-ray include 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS:X sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a DVD and Digital Copy of the film included. The film on Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on this release are listed below.

  • The Comedy Genius of Rowan Atkinson
  • A Cast of Characters
  • The Johnny English Legacy
  • Virtual Reality Johnny English Style
  • The Gadgets
  • The Cars
  • Locations and Design
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Director David Kerr

“Venom” starring Tom Hardy on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray in December

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The 2018 film “Venom” starring Tom Hardy is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc formats on December 18th via Sony. The film, directed by Ruben Fleischer, co-stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Melora Walters, and Woody Harrelson.

Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray release include 2160p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are both available for pre-order now over at Amazon. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film included on each. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.

  • Venom Mode: When selecting this mode the film will engage informative pop-ups throughout the film to provide insight on the movie’s relationship to the comics, and to reveal hidden references that even a seasoned Venom-fan may have missed!
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes: These deleted and extended scenes will give fans even more of the Venom action they loved in theaters!
    • Ride to Hospital – Eddie and Venom take a ride to the hospital.
    • Car Alarm – Let’s just say that Venom is not fond of car alarms.
    • San Quentin – Extended post-credits scene at San Quentin.
  • From Symbiote to Screen: A mini documentary about the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen. Interviews with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Ruben Fleischer, Oliver Scholl, and Director and Comic Fanboy Kevin Smith.
  • The Lethal Protector in Action: Go behind the scenes with the production crew and learn the secrets behind the awesome Motorcycle stunts, wire stunts, and drones.
  • Venom Vision: A look at how Ruben Fleischer came to the project, gathered his team, and made Venom a reality. Utilizes interviews from cast, crew, and producers as well as Fleischer himself.
  • Designing Venom: Designing and creating Venom meant a huge challenge for VFX artists; follow the amazing journey.
  • Symbiote Secrets: Blink and you may have missed it! Enjoy the hidden references throughout the film.
  • 8 Select Scenes Pre-Vis sequences: See the progression of the visual effects, storyboards and fight choreography compared to the finished film.
  • “Venom” by Eminem – Music Video
  • “Sunflower” by Post Malone, Swae Lee (From Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sneak Peek: Meanwhile in another universe…

The title will also get Exclusive Steelbook releases on both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray formats over at retailer Best Buy.

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the upcoming release, the cover art for the Blu-ray release, cover art for the two Steelbooks, and the official announcement regarding these upcoming releases.

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“The Old Man & The Gun” starring Robert Redford comes to Blu-ray in January

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The 2018 David Lowery directed film The Old Man & The Gun starring Robert Redford is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on January 15th, 2019 via Fox. The film features a supporting cast of Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, and Tom Waits. Tech specs include 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film included. This title on Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set the be included on the release are listed below.

  • Everything Else We Shot
  • Prison Cats
  • On Filmmaking
  • 31 Wake-Ups
  • Joining The Hunt
  • Audio Commentary By Writer/Director David Lowery
  • Gallery

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

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