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Spike Lee film Malcolm X on Criterion 4K and Blu-ray

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The 1992 biopic “Malcolm X” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray via The Criterion Collection on November 22nd.  The film, directed, produced, and co-written by Spike Lee, starred Denzel Washington (in the lead role) as well as Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Al Freeman Jr., Albert Hall, Theresa Randle, Kate Vernon, and the film’s director himself Spike Lee.  It’s most certainly worth noting that this film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for Denzel Washington.

The movie has received a new 4K digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson.  The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound mix.  Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound.  The 4K release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with it including both the film Blu-ray counterpart as well as a Blu-ray bonus disc, in a 3-disc set.  Whereas the Blu-ray release will be a 2-disc set with an extra disc for the bonus materials.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray releases of the film available for preorder over at Amazon or directly via Criterion‘s website.  The bonus materials and details about physical extras set to be included are listed below.

  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring director Spike Lee, Dickerson, editor Barry Alexander Brown, and costume designer Ruth E. Carter
  • New conversation between Lee and journalist and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper
  • New interviews with actor Delroy Lindo and composer Terence Blanchard
  • Program about the making of the film, featuring Lee, Dickerson, Brown, Blanchard, Carter, filmmaker Martin Scorsese, actor Ossie Davis, Reverend Al Sharpton, former Warner Bros. executive Lucy Fisher, producers Preston Holmes and Jon Kilik, production designer Wynn Thomas, casting director Robi Reed, and Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz
  • Malcolm X (1972), a feature-length documentary produced by Marvin Worth and Arnold Perl and directed by Perl, narrated by actor James Earl Jones
  • Deleted scenes with introductions by Lee
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by Cooper, excerpts from Lee’s 1992 book By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribulations of the Making of “Malcolm X” . . ., and Davis’s eulogy for Malcolm X
  • New cover by Eric Skillman

The Power of the Dog gets Criterion 4K and Blu-ray

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The 2021 film “The Power of the Dog” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on November 8th via The Criterion Collection.  The film (as seen on Netflix), directed and adapted to screenplay by Jane Campion, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Kirsten Dunst.  It’s certainly worth noting that, at the time of writing, this film is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie has received a 4K DI (digital intermediate) master which was approved by the director (Jane Campion).  The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.28:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 or Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.  Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.28:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos sound.  The 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it will be a 2-disc set with its Blu-ray counterpart.

You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon.  It’s also available for preorder (on both formats) directly via Criterion‘s website.  The bonus materials and details about the physical extras set to be included are listed below.

  • Interview with Campion about the making of the film
  • Program featuring interviews with members of the cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage captured on location in New Zealand
  • Interview with Campion and composer Jonny Greenwood about the film’s score
  • Conversation among Campion, director of photography Ari Wegner, actor Kirsten Dunst, and producer Tanya Seghatchian, moderated by filmmaker Tamara Jenkins
  • New interview with novelist Annie Proulx
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Amy Taubin
  • New cover by Greg Ruth

You can find the trailer for the film below.

Top Gun Maverick lands on 4K and Blu-ray November

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The 2022 sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on November 1st via Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film, directed by Joseph Kosinski, stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Bashir Salahuddin, Charles Parnell, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, and Jon Hamm.  It’s currently “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes and has set records at the box office.  The film will be remaining in theaters for a short bit before its digital and then physical releases.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio (shifting to 1.78:1 aspect ratio for IMAX scenes) with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.  Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio (shifting to 1.78:1 aspect ratio for IMAX scenes) and Dolby Atmos sound.  Both releases each include a digital code (copy) of the film.  However, the 4K version will not include its Blu-ray counterpart.  Keep that in mind.  That’s how Paramount likes to do things.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and other retailers. Also, there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available (pictured below) which is now available for preorder over at Amazon and all other retailers.  It’s not exclusive after all.  It’s also worth noting that there will be a Top Gun 2 Movie Collection available on 4K UHD Blu-ray, which you can now find available for preorder over at Amazon.

Bonus materials set to be included with the releases are listed below.

  • Cleared For Take Off—Witness the most intense film training program as the cast prepare themselves for filming while pulling multiple G’s in a fighter plane.
  • Breaking New Ground – Filming Top Gun: Maverick—Prepare to take flight as you go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew of Top Gun: Maverick on a journey to capture the most spectacular aerial sequences ever!
  • A Love Letter To Aviation—Tom Cruise shares his passion for aviation as he pilots his own aircraft, a vintage World War II P-51 Mustang, which would have been the Top Gun aircraft of its day.
  • Forging The Darkstar—Pushing the limits beyond Mach-10, the future of aviation is unveiled through an impressive experimental aircraft specially designed for the movie.
  • Masterclass with Tom Cruise – Cannes Film Festival—Tom Cruise discusses his incredible career at the flagship event of the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
  • “Hold My Hand” – Lady Gaga Music Video—Watch Lady Gaga’s music video for her standout lead single hit on the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack.
  • “I Ain’t Worried” – OneRepublic Music Video—Check out the music video to the original new song from OneRepublic.
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Teaser Trailer – We all share the same fate. Watch the official teaser trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One starring Tom Cruise. Coming to theatres 2023.

You can find the trailer for the film and announcement about its upcoming home video releases below, after the break.

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Aqua Teen Forever Plantasm comes to 4K and Blu-ray

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The 2022 [adult swim] R-rated animated film “Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on November 8th via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  The film, based on the popular TV series “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and its other titles, was co-written and co-directed by the show’s creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis.  The voice cast includes Carey Means as “Frylock,” Dana Snyder as “Master Shake,” and [co-creator] Dave Willis as “Meatwad.”

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation with no official details on if it will include HDR10 or not and a lossless 5.1 surround mix.  Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation and lossless 5.1 surround mix as well.  Stay tuned for an update hopefully soon regarding the full tech specs.  The 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray counterpart included.  Both releases will include a digital code (copy) of the film.  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray each available for preorder over at Amazon.  The bonus materials set to be included with the releases are listed below.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary
  • Music Video
  • Alternate Cut
  • Behind the Scenes

Below you can find a preview in the form of a “first look” clip.

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

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New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases for August 16th, 2022

The following titles will be released Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

View the list below with the Amazon & retail links.
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Columbia Classics 4K Collection Volume 3 in October

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The Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3 is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 25th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The set will include the following six films, making their debut physically on 4K:

  • “It Happened One Night” (1934)
  • “From Here to Eternity” (1953)
  • “To Sir, With Love” (1967)
  • “The Last Picture Show” (1971)
  • “Annie” (1982)
  • “As Good As It Gets” (1997)

The set will include a “combo pack” for each film, meaning it will come with its Blu-ray counterpart and a digital copy (code) for each.  It will also include an 80-page hardbound booklet with collectible packaging (as seen below).

The tech specs will vary for each film.  “It Happened One Night” will be presented in 2160p Black & White with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and the Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio sound.  “From Here to Eternity” will be presented in 2160p Black & White with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as audio in Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, and Original Mono lossless.  “To Sir, With Love” will be presented in 2160p with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range, restored from the original camera negative, with Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, and the Original Mono lossless sound mixes.  “The Last Picture Show” will include both the theatrical and Director’s Cuts of the film, be presented in 2160p with HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and has restored from the original camera negative with the Original DTS-HD Master Audio Mono sound mixes for each version.  “Annie” will be presented in 2160p with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range, restored from the original camera negative, and include Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, and the original 2-channel surround DTS-HD Master Audio sound mixes.  Finally, for tech specs, “As Good As It Gets” will be presented in 2160p with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range, restored from the original camera negative, with Dolby Atmos and the original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0 surround mixes.

UPDATE:  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

The bonus materials for the release are rather extensive, considering they’re for six films, so I’ll be including all those details in the full announcement below along with the trailer, after the break.

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Jurassic World Dominion on 4K and Blu-ray August

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The 2022 sequel “Jurassic World: Dominion” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on August 16th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  The film, directed by Colin Trevorrow, stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, BD Wong, and Isabella Sermon.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.00:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 & Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and DTS:X immersive sound, on a BD-100 disc.  The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.00:1 aspect ratio with DTS:X sound, on a BD-50 disc.  Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting its Blu-ray counterpart, the Blu-ray getting its DVD counterpart, and each including a digital code (copy) of the film compatible with Movies Anywhere.

You can find both the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are now available for preorder over at Amazon.  It’s also worth noting that there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release (pictured below) coming to all retailers which is also available for preorder.

Each release will include both the theatrical cut (147 minutes) and an extended version (160 minutes) of the film.  The bonus materials set to be included with the releases of this film are listed below.

  • EXTENDED VERSION – An extended cut of the film with 14 minutes of additional footage featuring more dinosaurs, action, iconic character moments and an alternate opening
  • BATTLE AT BIG ROCK** – Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the short film takes place one year after the events of JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM in Big Rock National Park.
  • A NEW BREED OF VFX – VFX supervisor David Vickery and the magicians at ILM discuss the incredible visual effects work featured in JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION.
  • DINOSAURS AMONG US: INSIDE JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION
    • TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME – Cast and filmmakers discuss the evolution of the franchise and the special union of characters from JURASSIC PARK and JURASSIC WORLD.
    • UNDERGROUND DINO MARKET – Join filmmakers for a tour of the amazing dino market set and discover how they brought it to life.
    • MAYHEM IN MALTA – A behind-the-scenes look at the Atrociraptor rooftop chase and Owen’s harrowing motorcycle ride through the narrow streets and alleyways of Malta.
    • SCARY REAL
      • SPIT TAKE: THE RETURN OF THE DILOPHOSAURUS – Live-action dinosaurs supervisor John Nolan and his team reveal how they created the impressive Dilophosaurus animatronic.
      • INSIDE THE DIMETRODON – Learn how the filmmaking team operated the terrifying Dimetrodon animatronic and hear from Laura Dern and Sam Neill on what it was like working with it.
      • CREATING A PLAGUE – Laura Dern and Bryce Dallas Howard discuss the enormous locusts featured in JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION and the creature effects team reveals how they were created and deployed.
      • PASSING THE BATA..N- Discover the craftsmanship behind the realistic-looking Beta animatronic and hear from Chris Pratt and Isabella Sermon on why they enjoyed working with it.
      • GIGA-BITE – Go behind the scenes with the cast of JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION as they are introduced to the biggest star of the film, the Giganotosaurus, for the very first time.
    • FINAL NIGHT – Witness the emotional final night of filming with the cast and crew of JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION.

It is also most certainly worth noting that there will be a Jurassic World: Ultimate Collection 6-movie set available on 4K UHD Blu-ray (pictured below) as well as on Blu-ray, which are both now available for preorder over at Amazon.  This set includes the six films: “Jurassic Park” (1993), “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997), “Jurassic Park III” (2001), “Jurassic World” (2015), “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018), and “Jurassic World: Dominion” (2022).

Further below, after the break, you can find the home video promo trailer and full announcement regarding the home video releases of “Jurassic World: Dominion” coming soon.

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Brian De Palma film Dressed to Kill on 4K October

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The 1980 film Dressed to Kill is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 25th via KL Studio Classics, according to retailers.  The film, written & directed by Brian De Palma, starred Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, and Dennis Franz.

Tech specs for the release and bonus materials have not yet been released, although it has been hinted at by KL Studio Classics in previously a tweet from back on Halloween [October 31st] in 2021.  In that tweet, they stated it would come with the following:

“BRAND NEW Dolby Vision HDR Restoration to be Supervised by Brian De Palma! From a 16-Bit 4K Scan of the OCN!”

So, Brian De Palma apparently [by now has] supervised and one would think also approved the new restoration, which came from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative.  It was said too that it will include Dolby Vision, so that also means you’ll get HDR10 form of high dynamic range with the video presentation.  As this title has yet to be officially announced and detailed, stay tuned for further details.

In the meantime, you can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and online retailer Deep Discount.  Retailers list this as a 2-disc set, so chances are it will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart included.

New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases for August 9th, 2022

The following titles will be released Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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