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October 27th, 2020 New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases

The following titles were released October 27th, 2020 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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View the full list below with Amazon & Best Buy links.
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Disaster film 2012 comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray in January

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The 2009 disaster film “2012” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on January 19th, 2021 via Sony. The film, directed by Roland Emmerich, starred John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and Woody Harrelson. The tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos as well as the original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will also include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film. There currently are no preorder listings for this film yet on 4K at any online retailers or retailers, but stay tuned for an update. The bonus materials set to be included are listed below.

ON 4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse Featurette

ON BLU-RAY DISC™

  • Interactive Mayan Calendar
  • 5 Featurettes on Bringing the Epic to Life
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision
  • Feature Commentary
  • Adam Lambert Music Video

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the upcoming 4K home video release of this film.

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Love and Monsters comes to 4K and Blu-ray in January

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The 2020 film “Love and Monsters” is coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on January 5th, 2021 via Paramount. This news comes both according to a trade ad (pictured HERE) via Media Play News as well as a confirmation direct from a contact at the studio (Paramount). The title hasn’t been officially fully announced, but we have some basic ideas of the details so far. More on that in a short bit. It’s first worth mentioning that this film was directed by Michael Matthews. The cast includes Dylan O’BrienJessica HenwickMichael Rooker, and Ariana Greenblatt.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will also include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film. Meanwhile, the Blu-ray Disc release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. Tech specs for both versions have not yet been specified, but stay tuned for an update. In the meantime, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray releases already available for preorder over at Amazon. Finally, so far, you can expect bonus materials to include some of the following, according to the aforementioned (linked) trade ad.

“Deleted Scenes / Action-Packed Special Features”

Blade starring Wesley Snipes officially on 4K December

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The 1998 film Blade starring Wesley Snipes is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 1st, via Warner. The film, directed by Stephen Norrington & written by David S. Goyer, co-starred Stephen DorffKris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Arly Jover, and Traci Lords. The tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound, with a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 core. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart along with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray is available to preorder over at Amazon. There will also be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook exclusively at retailer Best Buy, which is pictured below and now available for preorder as well.

The bonus materials for the release include the following:

  • Cast & Crew Audio Commentary (on the 4K disc & Blu-ray) Commentary with Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, David S. Goyer, Theo Van De Sande, Kirk M. Petruccelli & Peter Frankfurt
  • Isolated score with commentary by composer Mark Isham (on the 4K disc & Blu-ray)
  • Also on the Blu-ray:
    • La Magra
    • Designing Blade
    • The Origins of Blade: A Look at Dark Comics
    • The Blood Tide
    • Theatrical Trailer

Below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray release and all of the official details.

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John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness 4K in January 2021

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The 1987 film Prince of Darkness is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on January 19th, 2021 via Scream Factory. The film, written & directed by John Carpenter, starred Donald PleasenceLisa BlountJameson Parker, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Susan Blanchard, Anne Marie Howard, Ann Yen, Ken Wright, Dirk Blocker, and Jessie Lawrence Ferguson. The release will come in the form of a “Collector’s Edition” as well as a “combo pack” — the latter meaning that it will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart.

Tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range as well as Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

4K UHD Bonus Features
  • Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Peter Jason
  • Theatrical trailer
Blu-ray™ Bonus Features
  • Audio Commentary with John Carpenter and actor Peter Jason
  • Sympathy for The Devil –Interview with Writer/Director John Carpenter
  • Alice at the Apocalypse –interview with Alice Cooper
  • The Messenger – Interview with Actor & Special Visual Effects Supervisor Robert Grasmere
  • Hell On Earth – A look at the film’s score with Co-Composer Alan Howarth
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with host Sean Clark
  • Alternate Opening from TV Version
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release of the film.

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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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