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The Stooge with Martin and Lewis on Blu-ray November

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The 1951 film The Stooge starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis is coming to Blu-ray Disc for the very first time on November 10th via Paramount. The film, directed by Norman Taurog, co-starred Polly Bergen, Marion Marshall, and Frances Bavier.

UPDATE: The tech specs for the release will include a 1080p HD video presentation in Black & White and in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono sound mix.

As far as I know, no bonus materials will be included with this release. However, I could be wrong. You can now find the debut of the film to Blu-ray Disc available for preorder over at Amazon. Below, you can find what Amazon has up about this on the product list.

“THE MARTIN & LEWIS CLASSIC FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY! Money isn’t everything and Bill Miller is the guy who keeps proving it. He’s carved out a modest niche as a singer in the off-off-vaudeville circuit. But suddenly his act is big news. Well, not just his act. He’s now teamed with a manic comic. Yet Bill can’t admit that the reason for his success is The Stooge. One sings, one clowns…sounds like anyone you know? Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis bring their straight man-funnyman act to this show biz story set in the 1930s. Songs include “Who’s Your Little Whozis?” and comedy moments include just about any time Lewis is on screen. Don’t miss the fun when he turns Dino’s “Just One More Chance” into a zany production number of rising curtains, falling sandbags, and a flying comic-on-a-rope. You’ll be glad to give it more than one chance!”

The Odd Couple II makes its Blu-ray debut November

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The 1998 sequel The Odd Couple II is making its Blu-ray Disc debut on November 10th via Paramount. The film, based on Neil Simon‘s screenplay & directed by Howard Deutch, starred Jack LemmonWalter MatthauRichard Riehle, Jonathan Silverman, Lisa Waltz, Mary Beth Peil, Christine Baranski, and Jean Smart.

UPDATE: The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound mix.

No word yet on the bonus materials, if any set to be included on the release, but it would seem there aren’t any mentioned in the description (below). You can now find the Blu-ray Disc available to preorder over at Amazon. Speaking of Amazon here’s what they have listed as the item description, where it mentions the film will be making its Blu-ray debut as by this:

“FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY! It’s a comedy celebration as Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reunite to reprise their roles as Felix and Oscar in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple II. The times may have changed, but thankfully not the traits that make ex-roomies Felix Ungar (Lemmon) and Oscar Madison (Matthau) the all-time perfect mismatch. Oscar is still an uncompromising slob who thinks a brown sock and a black sock is close enough. Felix is still a fussbudget who can’t pass a spice rack without arranging it alphabetically. After years of going their separate ways, the two are together again, en route to the wedding of Oscar’s son to Felix’s daughter. They’ve got the map, the rental car, a tankful of Simon’s comedy zingers, and they’re getting 1,000 smiles to the gallon.”

2020 film Smiley Face Killers comes to Blu-ray December

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The 2020 film Smiley Face Killers is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 8th via Lionsgate. The film, inspired by true events, was written by Bret Easton Ellis — best known for his 1991 novel turned film adaptation “American Psycho” (2000). This new film, directed by Tim Hunter, features a cast of Ronen Rubinstein, Crispin Glover, and Mia Serafino. Tech specs for the Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. The Blu-ray is now available to preorder over at Amazon. The only bonus material set to be included on the release is listed below.

  • Behind the Scenes with Cast Interviews

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full announcement regarding the upcoming home video release of this film.

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The Expanse Season Four lands on Blu-ray in December

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The TV series The Expanse: Season Four is coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 15th, via Universal, according to Amazon. The TV series, created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, stars Steven StraitCas AnvarDominique Tipper, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, and Wes Chatham. The tech specs for the Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound, on a 3-disc set (all using BD-50 discs). You can now find the title on Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

The bonus materials set to be included on the set are listed below.

  • Round Table Talks
  • A New World on Mars
  • It Reaches Out: ProtoMiller’s Point of View
  • Screen to Script: The Rocinante Landing 
  • Art Meets Science at Blue Origin

The Hobbit: Motion Picture Trilogy on 4K December

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Well, it’s official, if you haven’t already heard by now that Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy on 4K UHD Blu-ray is coming on December 1st. The three films here include “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013), and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014). The motion pictures featured a cast of Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, James Nesbitt, and John Callen.

Just like The Lord of the Rings films, these films have all received new 4K remasters that were “overseen by [the director] Peter Jackson” himself. Again, as with The Lord of the Rings films, you will get both the Theatrical and Extended versions of the films included here, each on their own discs here for these films. That means you’ll see it be a 6-disc set that features a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc for each version of the film. That means no Blu-ray counterparts included, and in turn no bonus materials that I’ve been told of. Warner provided me the PRESS RELEASE to the announcement of these films officially coming out earlier today, and it has zero mention of extras coming (this year) for the release. First though, here’s a glimpse at the contents of this set below.So, I’ll get to the point here. There is actually a release planned for 2021 called the 6-Film “Middle-Earth” (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) on 4K UHD Blu-ray. That release will feature both trilogies in 4K, with both versions of each film, and the Blu-ray counterparts (remastered) and containing the previously released bonus materials — as well as some new exclusive extras. But, don’t get confused here. That’s for a future 2021 release on 4K of the two trilogies bundled together. Let me take some quotes regarding that from the press release to hopefully clarify that fully.

“In addition, it was also announced that a 4K UHD “Middle-earth” Ultimate Collectors’ Edition featuring the theatrical and extended versions of all six films, along with new bonus content, previously released Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit Trilogy, and remastered Blu-ray discs of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will be released in the summer of 2021. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy featuring remastered Blu-ray discs of the theatrical and extended versions of the 3 films will also be released in the fourth quarter 2021, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

So, again, as I said before, take a deep breath. Here’s even more on that, via the announcement headline.

“Six-film “Middle-earth” Ultimate Collectors’ Edition with new Bonus Content to be released in 4K UHD in Summer 2021 

 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Remastered Blu-ray™ to be released in 4K UHD in fourth Quarter 2021 to celebrate 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

So, that’s a thing. There’s an upcoming bundle with extras if you want that, but if you already own the previous Blu-ray versions of these films with extras (bonus materials) then the only thing you’ll be missing out on will be the new extras and perhaps the digital copy? Speaking of which, this release will come with a digital code (copy) of each film in the trilogy and I will assume also both versions of each film.

For this upcoming 2020 release, the tech specs include a 2160p presentation in HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. You can find a bit of info regarding (confirming) this and details about Peter Jackson’s involvement with these upcoming releases below, taken from the press release.

“The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.”

Now, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon [commissions earned] and at retailer Best Buy. It’s totally worth noting that there will also be an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release available of the trilogy only over at retailer Best Buy (pictured below), which is now up for preorder.

Finally, further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy both coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray.

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The New Mutants come to 4K and Blu-ray in November

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The 2020 film “The New Mutants” is coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on November 17th, via Fox, according to an early retailer alert. The film, directed & co-written by Josh Boone, stars Maisie WilliamsAnya Taylor-JoyCharlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga. The tech specs for the 4K and Blu-ray have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for an update on that. It is known that the 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. The Blu-ray will just include a digital code (copy) of the film. There’s no word yet on bonus materials set to be included on the release(s). Also, there’s no preorder listings yet for either the 4K or Blu-ray versions over at Amazon yet — but stay tuned. In the meantime, however, you can already find the film on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailer Best Buy. They also will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below), also available for preorder now.

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