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1953 film Roman Holiday on Blu-ray September

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The 1953 film Roman Holiday will officially be making its debut to Blu-ray Disc on September 15th, via Paramount Presents – as spine #9. The film, directed by William Wyler and winner of 3 “Oscars” (Academy Awards), starred Gregory PeckAudrey Hepburn, and Eddie Albert. The tech specs for the release have not yet fully been detailed but it is known that the release has received a new 4K restoration, as detailed in the press release.

The original negative was processed at a local film lab in Rome and was unfortunately badly scratched and damaged.  The film had to be pieced back together, but the splices were so weak due to the damage that extensive amounts of tape had to be used to allow the negative to make it through a printing machine.  Because of the fragile state of the negative, a Dupe Negative was made and then blown up a few thousandths of an inch to cover all the splice tape that held the original negative together.

In anticipation of this new Blu-ray release, the film was digitally restored using the Dupe Negative and a Fine Grain element to capture the best possible image.  Every frame was reviewed, and the film received extensive clean up to remove thousands of scratches, bits of dirt, and other damage.  Because audio elements to properly up-mix to 5.1 do not exist, the original mono track was remastered, and minor anomalies were corrected.  The result is a film returned to its original vibrancy and beauty that remains true to director William Wyler’s vision.

You can now find the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon and retailer Best Buy. The release will include a digital copy of the film and the following bonus materials.

  • Filmmaker Focus: Leonard Maltin on Roman Holiday            
  • Behind the Gates: Costumes
  • Rome with a Princess
  • Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years 
  • Dalton Trumbo: From A-List to Blacklist 
  • Paramount in the ’50s: Remembering Audrey
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Four Photo Galleries:  Production, The Movie, Publicity, The Premiere  

Below, after the break, you can find the full details regarding this upcoming release.

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Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Blu-ray

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One well-known horror franchise is about to get a definitive box set fans have longed for. Friday The 13th Collection [Deluxe Edition] is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 13th, via Scream Factory. The twelve total films included in the 16-disc box set are listed below:

    • Friday the 13th (1980)
    • Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
    • Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)
    • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
    • Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
    • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
    • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
    • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
    • Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
    • Jason X (2001)
    • Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
    • Friday the 13th (2009)

Tech specs here for this upcoming set include new 4K scans for the first four films in the franchise as well as a new 2K scan of the “Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday” film. The various aspect ratios and audio formats set to be here on the films have not yet been fully detailed by Scream, but stay tuned for an update.

UPDATE: You can now find this Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon.

The Blu-ray set is also available for preorder directly via ShoutFactory.com. It is certainly worth noting that this set will be limited in its run to a total of 13,000 units (according to the distributor’s press release). Physically it features a rigid slipcase to hold the discs in their individual cases with newly commissioned artwork. The set will include a collectible 40-page booklet as well.

Also, I’ve managed to learn directly the folks at Scream that you will be getting the third film (Friday the 13th: Part 3) for the very first time in digital 3D via the Blu-ray 3D format (as well as in 2D). That means there will be no cardboard red/cyan glasses or such are set to be included for that film, as were previously with the original Blu-ray from Paramount. Some of the new extras have been finished and announced, however, some of them are still in the works and will actually be detailed at a later point. So, you can expect to hear about that in the coming months — via an update to this post and on social media.

After the break, you can find the full details regarding this highly-anticipated upcoming Blu-ray box set.

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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection on 4K

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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a box set on September 8th, via Universal. The set includes four films by the legendary director, chronologically including: “Rear Window” (1954), “Vertigo” (1958), “Psycho” (1960), and “The Birds” (1963). The tech specs for each film will vary and I’ll be noting them in a moment. Most importantly, they’ll be presented in 2160p with the HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range along with a variety of DTS:X and DTS-HD Master Audio sound.  Specifically: Rear Window will be in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono sound. Vertigo will be in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS:X and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound. Psycho will be in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS:X and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound. The Birds will be in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono sound. Lastly, it is noted that each film will be receiving a BD-100 (100 gigabytes) disc.

The release will come as a “combo pack” meaning that it will include a Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of each film. This release will also be presented in a collectible DiscBook packaging, as shown below.

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UPDATE: You can now find The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon.

It is also known that there will be a 60th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release of the film “Psycho” (1960) on 4K UHD Blu-ray, which is listed for preorder again over at retailer Best Buy. I’m not sure yet if that will be an exclusive and if any of the other four films will get SteelBook treatment. It’s likely only this film will, as it is celebrating an anniversary. You can find this 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook for Psycho pictured below.

psycho_1960_60th_anniversary_edition_4k_steelbookThe bonus materials set to be included on this box set include hours of content, which you can find listed in full detail (for each film) further below after the break — in the press release.

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21 Jump Street and sequel both on 4K in September

The films 21 Jump Street (2012) and the sequel 22 Jump Street (2014) are both officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 15th, via Sony. Both of these movies, directed by Phil LordChristopher Miller, starred Jonah HillChanning Tatum, and Ice Cube. Tech specs for each film include a 2160p 4K presentation in the 2.40:1 and 2.39:1 aspect ratios with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range as well as Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound.

UPDATE: Both titles on 4K UHD Blu-ray (invidibually) are now available for preorder over at Amazon. For direct links: 21 Jump Street / 22 Jump Street.

Bonus materials set to be included in each release are listed below, which include content on the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc – respectively for each film. You can find those bonus materials or each film listed specifically further in this post. Speaking of which, each of the releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” also containing the Blu-ray and a digital code (copy) of the film. 

Further below, after the break, you can find full info regarding these films coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format.

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Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection on 4K

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The hit TV series “Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection” will finally be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 3rd, via HBO, according to retailers. The series, based on George R.R. Martin‘s book series, ran from 2011 through 2019. It had previously received 4K releases of the first and final seasons of the show, but now it will receive a box set release on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format, spanning across 33 discs, containing all eight seasons. The 4K box set will not include the Blu-ray Disc versions of the seasons, as previously the case, but will come with a digital code (copy) of all eight seasons. The tech specs for the 33-disc set include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range along with Dolby Atmos sound. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon as well as at online retailer Deep Discount, and at Best Buy. Speaking of which,  there will also be an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook set available over at retailer Best Buy (pictured below), which is now available for preorder.

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Some brief details regarding the bonus materials for both versions of the 4K box set can be found listed below.

  • MORE THAN 15 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDING:
    • Game of Thrones: Reunion Special: A two-part reunion show shot live in Belfast with the cast, both past and present, hosted by Conan O’Brien and available exclusively on these complete series collections. The reunion special is assembled in segments focused on Houses Lannister, Stark, & Targaryen and concludes with the key players all onstage for their final reflections on the years they shared in Westeros and Essos.
    • Game of Thrones: The Last Watch: A documentary by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay chronicling the making of the final season.
    • Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of Seven Kingdoms
    • Audio Commentaries, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Behind-the-scenes featurettes and much more from all 8 seasons!
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