James Marsh film “King of Thieves” with Michael Caine on Blu-ray in late March

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The 2018 James Marsh directed film King of Thieves starring Michael Caine is coming to Blu-ray Disc on March 26th, via Lionsgate. The film co-stars Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Ray Winstone, and Michael Gambon. Tech specs for the release on Blu-ray include 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The release will include a Digital Copy of the film. You can find the Blu-ray already is available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus material set to be included on the release is listed below.

  • King of Thieves: A Bloody Good Idea” Featurette

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming release.

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1957 film “A Face in the Crowd” with Andy Griffith comes to Blu-ray in April

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1957 film A Face in the Crowd starring Andy Griffith is coming to Blu-ray Disc on April 23rd, via The Criterion Collection. The film, directed by Elia Kazan, co-starred Patricia NealAnthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Percy Waram, and Paul McGrath. The technical specs for the release include 1080p Black & White video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio that comes from a new 4K scan with Mono uncompressed sound. The release is available for pre-order now over at Amazon and directly through Criterion. Bonus materials and information regarding this release can be found below.

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Ron Briley, author of The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan
  • New interview with Andy Griffith biographer Evan Dalton Smith
  • Facing the Past, a 2005 documentary featuring actors Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa; screenwriter Budd Schulberg; and film scholars Leo Braudy and Jeff Young
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic April Wolfe and a 1957 New York Times Magazine profile of Andy Griffith
  • New cover by Marc Aspinall

“Ben Is Back” starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges comes to Blu-ray in March

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The 2018 Peter Hedges film Ben Is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges is coming to Blu-ray Disc on March 5th, via Lionsgate. The film has received much critical acclaim, in fact, it’s “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes. The supporting cast includes Courtney B. Vance and Kathryn Newton. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p video in the 2.35:1 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 Digital Copy of the film included. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Peter Hedges
  • Ben is Back Photo Gallery

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

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RUMOR: 1989 Mary Lambert film “Pet Sematary” on 4K UHD Blu-ray in March

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The original 1989 film adaptation of Stephen King‘s “Pet Sematary” it appears will be getting a “30th Anniversary Edition” 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc re-release on March 26th via Paramount, according to retail sources. The film’s director Mary Lambert has even confirmed this to me on Twitter, as you can see here. She has also even posted a look at what the HDR (high dynamic range) pass on the encode looks like in a photo from one of the monitors that you can see below.

The film featured a cast of Dale MidkiffDenise CrosbyFred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl, and Susan Blommaert. Neither the 4K or Blu-ray re-release have not yet officially been announced by the studio (Paramount), and I’ve yet to get them to confirm it. So, that’s why I’m wording this as “rumor” at this point, despite the director telling me it is indeed coming soon and likely on the date I’ve mentioned. That said, there is no info yet regarding the exact tech specs for the 4K release aside from that it will come with HDR (High Dynamic Range) although we don’t know which format(s) it will be in, nor the sound format. There’s also no info regarding the bonus materials that will be included on the 4K and on the Blu-ray re-release, but stay tuned for once the studio finally announces this title. In the meantime, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for pre-order at retailers Amazon and Best Buy. The Blu-ray re-release is also available for pre-order over at Amazon and Best Buy.

UPDATE: There’s now an exclusive Steelbook for the 4K release coming from retailer Best Buy, which carries the same release date (3/26). It can be pre-ordered now at this page. The art can be seen below.

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