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2015 film Sicario gets Target exclusive SteelBook in June

The 2015 film “Sicario” will be getting a Blu-ray Disc SteelBook exclusively over at retailer Target on June 15th via Lionsgate. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, starred Emily BluntJosh BrolinBenicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan, Victor Garber, and Daniel Kaluuya. Tech specs for the Blu-ray of the film include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Atmos sound. This release will come with a digital copy of the film. You can now find the Blu-ray Disc Exclusive SteelBook available for preorder over at Target. You can find a further glimpse at the artwork for this SteelBook below.

The bonus materials that are included on this Blu-ray are listed below.

  • Stepping Into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario
  • Blunt, Brolin, & Benicio: Portraying The Characters of Sicario
  • Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario
  • A Pulse From The Desert: The Score of Sicario

Oscar-nominated 2020 film Minari comes to Blu-ray in May

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The 2020 multiple Academy Award-nominated film “Minari” is coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 18th via Lionsgate. The film, written & directed by Lee Isaac Chung, stars Steven YeunYeri HanAlan S. Kim, Noel Cho, and Yuh-Jung Youn.

Tech specs for the Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. The release will come with a digital copy of the film. You can find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. As mentioned (and noted on the artwork) this film is nominated for a total of 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It’s also worth noting (as on the art) that the film is currently (at the time of writing) “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes.

UPDATE: The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Sowing Seeds: Making Minari
  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Lee Isaac Chung and Actress Yuh-jung Youn

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film as well as the full info regarding this home video release of the film.

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The Umbrella Academy Season One on Blu-ray in June

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The TV series “The Umbrella Academy: Season One” is coming to Blu-ray Disc on June 22nd via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to retailers. The show, which airs on Netflix, based on the Dark Horse comics series (of the same title) created by Gerard Way, stars Elliot PageRobert SheehanTom HopperDavid CastañedaJustin H. MinAidan Gallagher, and Emmy Raver-Lampman. The tech specs for the first season of the show on Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the 2.00:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound spanning across a set of three BD-50 Blu-ray Discs. You can now find the Blu-ray (mislabeled as the DVD) available for preorder over at Amazon. No bonus materials will be included with this release.

UPDATE: You can find full details about the upcoming Blu-ray release of the first season of this show below, after the break.

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1977 film Smokey and the Bandit is coming to 4K in June

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The 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 1st via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to retailers. The film, directed and co-written by Hal Needham, starred Burt ReynoldsSally FieldJerry Reed, Mike Henry, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Jackie Gleason.

UPDATE: The tech specs include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound on a BD-66. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” (via the artwork) meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can as of now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder (with the 6/1 release date) over at Amazon, as well as retailers Barnes & Noble, DeepDiscount, HD Movie Source, and Target. The bonus materials set to be included on the release (according to the back of the artwork) are listed below.

  • The Bandit
  • Loaded Up and Truckin’ – Making Smokey and the Bandit
  • Snowman, What’s Your 20? The Smokey and the Bandit CB Tutorial
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 100 Years of Universal: The ’70s
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage lands on 4K in June

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The 1970 film “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a limited edition release on June 29th via Arrow Video. The film, written & directed by Dario Argento, starred Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho, and Renato Romano.

This movie has received a new 4K restoration. The tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and restored original English and Italian Mono sound mixes, presumably in DTS-HD Master Audio — including optional English subtitles.

UPDATE: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon. You can also find it for preorder over at online retailers DiabolikDVD and HD Movie Source.

The bonus materials for this release, include some physical extras (pictured above) and are detailed below.

  • Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the film’s themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Brown’s novel The Screaming Mimi
  • The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria and The Giallo Canvas: Art, Excess and Horror Cinema, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argento’s filmography
  • Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento
  • An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
  • Eva’s Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer
  • Image galleries
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative”

The 2004 film Saw gets a 4K UHD Blu-ray release in May

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The 2004 horror film “Saw” — in its UNRATED form — will be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on May 11th via Lionsgate, according to retailers. The film, directed by James Wan, starred Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer, and Leigh Whannell. Tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed, nor have the bonus materials for the release but stay tuned for an update. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film.

UPDATES: The release date actually appears it will be May 11th, as noted, and not the week before as one retailer had been indicating. As of now, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

UPDATE: There officially will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for this release (pictured below) that will come as a retailer exclusive over at Best Buy.

UPDATE: There’s now a 4K 2160p trailer for this UNRATED release of the film on 4K UHD Blu-ray, touting the May 11 release date available over on the Lionsgate YouTube Channel and it’s found embedded below. More details soon.

UPDATE: the bonus materials set to be included on this release are as follows. On both the 4K and the included Blu-ray Disc you’ll get the extras listed below.

  • “Game Changer: The Legacy of Saw” featurette [also on 4K disc]
  • Audio Commentary with Director James Wan, actors Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes [also on 4K disc]
  • Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman and Oren Koules [also on 4K disc]
  • The Original Saw Short Film
  • Alternate Storyboard Sequence
  • “Hacking Away at Saw” featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
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