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Prequel The King’s Man on 4K and Blu-ray in February

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The 2021 prequel “The King’s Man” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on February 22nd via 20th Century Studios (Disney).  The film, co-written and directed by Matthew Vaughn, stars Ralph FiennesGemma ArtertonRhys IfansMatthew Goode, Tom HollanderHarris DickinsonDaniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.  This film is a prequel to the films “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014) and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2016).

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.  Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in 2.39:1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless surround sound.  The 4K release of the film will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray counterpart.  Both the 4K and Blu-ray versions will include a digital code (copy) of the film.

You cannot find the 4K or Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon, and you actually might not, but stay tuned for an update on that.  In the meantime, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray available for preorder over retailers Best Buy and Target.  It’s also worth noting that retailers will have some 4K UHD Blu-ray exclusives for this, with Best Buy getting a three-movie “The Kingsman Collection” SteelBook set (pictured below), while retailer Target will be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray “Gallery Book” packaging for “The King’s Man” (pictured a bit below), and finally retailer Walmart will be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray for the film with different artwork on the slipcover (pictured further below).  All of these retailer exclusives, with the exception of the Walmart one, are available for preorder.  Stay tuned for an update on the latter one.

The bonus materials set to be included with the 4K and Blu-ray releases of the film are listed below.  

  • The King’s Man: The Great Game Begins Documentary
    • A Generation Lost – Discover how the filmmakers created a richly textured story that explores the origins of the Kingsman spy organization.
    • Oxfords and Rogues – Meet the phenomenal new cast of characters Matthew Vaughn has assembled.
    • All the World’s a Stage – Delve into the meticulous world-building of THE KING’S MAN with interviews, on-location footage, artwork, and details of on-set construction and design.
    • Instruments of War – Experience the analog spy tech and early 20th century weaponry utilized in THE KING’S MAN and see a breakdown of the precise execution and evolution of the major stunts and combat in the film.
    • Fortune Favors the Bold – Join Matthew Vaughn and his team for music scoring and sound design.
    • Long Live the Kingsman – Cast and crew reveal their thoughts about their collective journey through the very special experience of making THE KING’S MAN.
  • Featurettes
    • No Man’s Land – Experience the creative process behind the harrowing knife battle sequence in several stages: rehearsals, storyboards, interviews and on-set footage, culminating with the atmospheric VFX.
    • Remembrance and Finding Purpose – Learn about amazing organizations such as The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes, two U.K.-based resources for recovery, well-being and employment for military veterans. Also hear why Matthew Vaughn strongly supports their mission.

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full announcement about the home video releases.

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The Matrix Resurrections on 4K and Blu-ray in March

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The 2021 sequel “The Matrix Resurrections” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on March 8th via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  The film, co-written and directed by Lana Wachowski, stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio 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 and Dolby Atmos sound.  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 version including a digital code (copy) of the film.

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

Now, let’s cover the box set and all the different versions coming of the film.  There will be a box set of the films released via The Matrix 4-Film Deja Vu Collection on 4K UHD Blu-ray (pictured below) which is now available for preorder over at Amazon.

Retailer Best Buy will be exclusively getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) also now available for preorder.

Retailer Target will be getting an exclusive Blu-ray with alternate cover art (pictured below) which is now available to preorder.

The bonus materials set to be included with the release(s) are listed below.

  • No One Can Be Told What The Matrix Is
  • Resurrecting The Matrix
  • Neo x Trinity: Return to the Matrix
  • Allies + Adversaries: The Matrix Remixed
  • Matrix for Life
  • The Matrix Reactions
    • Echo Opening
    • Deus Ex Machina
    • Welcome to IØ
    • Bullet Time Redux
    • Morpheus vs Neo
    • Exiles Fight
    • Neo vs Smith
    • The San Fran Chase
    • The San Fran Jump

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full announcement about the home video releases.

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Cronenberg film Eastern Promises on 4K in March

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The 2007 film “Eastern Promises” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 22nd via KL Studio Classics.  The film, directed by David Cronenberg, starred Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack, and Jerzy Skolimowski.  The film will also be getting a “Special Edition” Blu-ray release on the same day from Kino Lorber.

This new 4K master of the film was “Approved & Color Graded by Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky,” according to Kino Lorber.  Tech specs for the 4K include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo sound, on a BD-100 disc.  The release will also come in the form of a “combo pack,” so you’ll get the Special Edition Blu-ray counterpart with the 4K UHD Blu-ray.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Special Edition Blu-ray directly available for preorder via Kino Lorber’s website.  There are also already placeholder pages up for the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Special Edition Blu-ray over at Amazon but they’re not yet functional, so stay tuned regarding that for an eventual update.  The bonus materials set to be included with both versions of the film being released are listed below, which will be housed on the Blu-ray Disc.

  • NEW Interview with Screenwriter Steven Knight
  • Secrets and Stories: Featurette with Director David Cronenberg (10:32)
  • Marked for Life: Featurette with David Cronenberg (6:42)
  • Two Guys Walk Into a Bath House: Featurette with David Cronenberg (1:55)
  • Watts on Wheels: Featurette with Naomi Watts (0:55)
  • Theatrical Trailer One (2:22) (Newly Mastered in 2K)
  • Theatrical Trailer Two (1:54) (Newly Mastered in 2K)

2019 film Downton Abbey comes to 4K in March

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The 2019 film “Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture” is finally coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in both a standard and limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release on March 8th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  The film, based on the television series [of the same title] created by Julian Fellowes, was directed by Michael Engler and features a cast of Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Stephen Campbell Moore, Michael Fox, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, and Maggie Smith.

The tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound, on a BD-100 disc.  Both 4K physical releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with their Blu-ray counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film included.  You can now find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) available for preorder over at Amazon.

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

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Upstairs & Downstairs Cast Conversations
  • The Royal Visit
  • True to the Twenties
  • Welcome to Downton Abbey
  • The Brilliance of Julian Fellowes
  • Downton Abbey Series Recap
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Director Michael Engler

The Godfather Trilogy officially comes to 4K in March

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Francis Ford Coppola‘s “The Godfather Trilogy” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray finally in both a standard release and a “Limited Collector’s Edition” on March 22nd via Paramount Home Entertainment.  This includes the following three films, making up the trilogy:

  • “The Godfather” (1972)
  • “The Godfather: Part II” (1974)
  • “The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990)

UPDATED: The standard 4K and Limited Collector’s Edition will both come in a 5-disc set will four 4K discs and one Blu-ray, with two housing “bonus materials” — including the “Director’s Cut” and 1990 Theatrical versions of “The Godfather: Part III” (1990) in 4K.  Those two versions are EXCLUSIVE to the 4K sets. You do NOT get those versions with the standard Blu-ray set also being released.  Sorry for any confusion.  I just confirmed this via emailed with Paramount.  Each version will include “The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone” for the third film, the new edit done by Coppola and released in 2020.  That limited edition set (pictured below) will also include some physical extras that you’ll see below.  Those include:

“deluxe packaging and includes a hardcover coffee table book featuring stunning photographs, as well as portrait art prints on archival paper.”

The films all have received a new 4K restoration and remaster, as noted below.

“All three films in the epic trilogy have been meticulously restored under the direction of Coppola”

“Newly restored and remastered in Dolby Vision, all three films in the landmark trilogy will be released together with HDR-10 on 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time ever.”

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray (both versions of the trilogy) include a 2160p video presentation in the original aspect ratios with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and with lossless 5.1 surround sound.  UPDATE: The audio here will be presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless surround sound as well as restored Mono and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround according to my source at the studio.

You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray standard trilogy and the Ultimate Collector’s Edition on 4K both available for preorder over at Amazon.

The trilogy (in both versions on 4K) will come with digital codes (copies) of the film.  There also will be loads of new extras exclusive to this new 4K release of the trilogy.  Those are listed below.

“Both 4K Ultra HD sets include new bonus content including an introduction to The Godfather by Coppola, a featurette about the preservation process, photos by acclaimed photographer Steve Schapiro, home movie footage, and comparisons of the new restoration to earlier versions of the films.  A full list of new and legacy bonus content follows:”

NEW BONUS CONTENT:

  • Introduction to The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather—Paramount Pictures archivists detail the incredible restoration process with archival footage showing the evolution of the film through various home entertainment incarnations as picture and audio technologies make quantum leaps over the decades.
  • Capturing the Corleones: Through the Lens of Photographer Steve Schapiro— In this reflective and frank discussion, special photographer Steve Schapiro shares his unique perspective and cherished memories as a witness to the making of this seminal film.  Commentary on curated archival images makes for a fascinating, never-before-seen addition to the production’s history.
  • The Godfather: Home Movies— An assortment of 8mm home movie footage shot in 1971 offers a candid glimpse into the production of The Godfather.  Shot on location at the Norton family estate on Staten Island’s Emerson Hill, this is the first time it’s been made available to the public.
  • Restoration Comparisons— Before and after highlights showcase extensive picture quality improvements to The Godfather.

LEGACY BONUS CONTENT:

  • The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t
  • Godfather World
  • Emulsional Rescue — Revealing The Godfather …when the shooting stopped
  • The Godfather on the Red Carpet
  • Four Short Films on The Godfather
    • The Godfather vs. The Godfather: Part II
    • Cannoli
    • Riffing on the Riffing
    • Clemenza
  • The Family Tree
  • Crime Organization Chart
  • Connie and Carlo’s Wedding Album
  • 2008 Credits
  • Behind the Scenes
    • A Look Inside
    • On Location
    • Francis Ford Coppola’s Notebook
    • Music of The Godfather
  • Nino Rota
  • Carmine Coppola
    • Coppola & Puzo on Screenwriting
    • Gordon Willis on Cinematography
    • Storyboards – The Godfather: Part II
    • Storyboards – The Godfather: Part III
    • The Godfather Behind the Scenes 1971
  • Additional Scenes
  • Galleries
  • Trailers
  • Acclaim & Response
  • Additional Material
  • The Filmmakers
  • The Godfather: Part III—newly remastered and restored versions of the original theatrical cut and Coppola’s 1991 cut (note: these are exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD Collections)

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the upcoming 4K release and the full announcement — hot off the press!!
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Bond Daniel Craig 5-Film Collection on 4K in March

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There will be a James Bond: The Daniel Craig 5-Film Collection coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 1st via MGM, according to multiple retailers.  The set will include all five films in which actor Daniel Craig portrayed the character “James Bond” (aka “007”).  Those films consist of the following, in chronological order and detailed (how they appear here) below.

  • “Casino Royale” (2006) with Theatrical and Extended UNRATED versions
  • “Quantum of Solace” (2008)
  • “Skyfall” (2012)
  • “Spectre” (2015)
  • “No Time to Die” (2021)

The tech specs for the five films included here are as follows.  All five films appear to be receiving 2160p video presentations in their 2.39:1 aspect ratios with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range.  This will be new for the first four films in the set since they have previously been released on the format without the latter HDR formats.  In terms of sound.  First off, “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, and “Skyfall” will all three be presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound.  Next, the fourth film “Spectre” will be presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless surround sound and the final film “No Time To Die” will be presented in Dolby Atmos sound.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterparts and likely the bonus discs in that format for each film.  There also will be digital codes (copies) of the five films included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Target and Walmart.  The bonus materials should be identical to those found on the previous 4K releases of each film.  Stay tuned for a full list when the set gets officially announced by MGM via whichever studio will be distributing it.  Speaking of which, the only logo on the back artwork is SDS (Studio Distribution Services) which is a joint venture between Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  So, that’s likely one of the two studios that will be serving as the distributor(s).

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