Category Archives: 4K UHD Blu-ray News

“Columbia Classics” Volume 1 set on 4K in June

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BREAKING: Six well-known films have all been restored in 4K and will be getting an exclusive release on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format via what is being called the Columbia Classics: 4K Ultra HD Collection – Volume 1 box set, which is set for a June 16th release, via Sony. The set, a limited-edition collection, will be literally limited with only what is said to be fewer than 8 thousand units produced — as quoted below from the press release:

The six films in the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special collector’s set with a limited-edition run of fewer than 8,000 units in the U.S

This 4K box set includes the following films:

  • “A League of Their Own” (1992)
    • directed by Penny Marshall
  • “Dr. Stranglelove: Or How…” (1964)
    • directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • “Gandhi” (1982)
    • directed by Richard Attenborough
  • “Jerry Maguire” (1996)
    • directed by Cameron Crowe
  • “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) [Restored]
    • directed by David Lean
  • “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)
    • directed by Frank Capra

UPDATE: I have now talked with the folks at Sony and have the full details on this release for you, via an extremely lengthy press release that you’ll be able to read in its entirety, further below after the break. The tech specs for the films include 4K video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and a variety of Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio sound mixes on the six different films. Lastly, regarding tech specs, it is worth noting that the film Gandhi will actually receive Dolby Vision and HDR10, in terms of video. You can find this 4K UHD Blu-ray box set already listed for preorder over at Amazon. Below (as mentioned) are the full details about this upcoming very limited box set.

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Pixar film “Onward” comes to 4K and Blu-ray May

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The 2020 Disney / Pixar film “Onward” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on May 19th, via Disney, according to retailers. The film, directed by Dan Scanlon, features the voice talents of Tom HollandChris PrattJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Kyle Bornheimer, Mel Rodriguez, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Octavia Spencer, Tracey Ullman, Wilmer Valderrama, and George Psarras. The tech specs and bonus materials for the 4K and Blu-ray haven’t been officially announced yet, but, judging from the Disney+ and digital versions of the film, you can expect it to receive HDR10 on the 4K release and Dolby Atmos sound. It’s likely the Blu-ray will only get a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix, instead of Atmos sound, but we’ll see. Both the 4K and Blu-ray releases will come in the form of “combo pack” meaning that they’ll include their Blu-ray / DVD counterparts (accordingly) and each receives a digital code (copy) of the film. Stay tuned for updates on the official tech specs, bonus materials, and as to when these titles get listed over at Amazon. You can, however, now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at retailers Best Buy and Target. Also worth mentioning is the fact that each one of those retailers will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film. Best Buy will be getting a 4K SteelBook (pictured below) and Target will be getting a Limited Edition Gallery Book on 4K (also pictured below). 

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Vin Diesel as “Bloodshot” on 4K and Blu-ray

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The 2020 film “Bloodshot” starring Vin Diesel is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on May 5th, according to multiple retailer listings, via Sony. The film, based on the comic book of the same title & directed by Dave Wilson, co-stars Eiza GonzálezSam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Talulah Riley, Lamorne Morris, and Guy Pearce. As this hasn’t been officially announced yet, there’s no word yet on the tech specs or bonus materials but stay tuned for an update. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray will both come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting its Blu-ray counterpart, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and each including a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon, as well as over at retailers Best Buy and Target – where the release date is listed. It’s most certainly worth noting that retailer Best Buy will be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray exclusive SteelBook release of the film (pictured below) which is also now available for preorder.

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RUMOR: “Birds of Prey” on 4K and Blu-ray May

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The 2020 film “Birds of Prey” starring Margot Robbie, as “Harley Quinn”, appears to be coming to physical media on both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc, via Warner, on May 12th – according to retailers. This comes after the film was recently released early digitally when theaters closed during these strange times we currently are living in. The film, directed by Cathy Yan, co-stars Rosie PerezMary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina, and Ewan McGregor. The tech specs for the releases have not yet been detailed but it is believed that the 4K will receive both HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range as well as Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K it is known from the artwork (pictured above) will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray and a digital code (copy) of the film included. So far, that’s all based on retail sources and has not yet been officially announced by the studio (Warner), making it technically a RUMOR. You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray both available for preorder over at Amazon. It’s worth noting you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray as well as over at retailer Best Buy, who will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below), also now available for preorder. Stay tuned for further details about this film’s home video releases once it gets officially announced, one would expect likely very soon. NOTE: To further somewhat back this up, Vudu is showing that if you purchase the film digitally and physically this message.

DVD and Blu-ray fulfillment by Walmart. Order now and get it around 05-14-2020

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“Top Gun” with Tom Cruise lands on 4K in May

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The 1986 film Top Gun starring Tom Cruise is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a big way on May 19th, via Paramount. The film, directed by the late Tony Scott, is finally about to receive a sequel with Top Gun: Maverick later this year and that’s likely why this release is timed for its theatrical release. Top Gun co-starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and Val Kilmer.

The release will come as a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film included. You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release available for preorder over at Amazon and a placeholder page listed over at retailer Best Buy. It’s certainly worth noting that the film will be receiving a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release as well, available at all retailers, and now up for preorder over at Amazon and at retailer Best Buy. You can find a glimpse at the artwork for that SteelBook below.

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UPDATE: The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have been unveiled via the Amazon listing now with the back of the package art. Tech specs include video in HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The bonus materials will include some content in 4K on the 4K disc as well as on the original Blu-ray Disc release which comes with it. Here is a list of the extras set to be included on the two discs.

Disc 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray) includes:

  • The Legacy of Top Gun (4K)
  • On Your Six – Thirty Years of Top Gun
  • Commentary by Filmmakers and Naval Experts

Disc 2 (Blu-ray) includes:

  • The Legacy of Top Gun
  • On Your Six -Thiry Years of Top Gun
  • Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun (6-part documentary)
  • Tom Cruise Interviews
  • Multi-Angle Storyboards
  • Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Survival Training Featurette
  • And More…

“Days of Thunder” races to 4K UHD Blu-ray May

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The 1990 film Days of Thunder starring Tom Cruise will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in style with a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on May 19th, via Paramount. This film was directed by the late Tony Scott and featured a supporting cast of Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, John C. Reilly, and Michael Rooker. It is known, from the artwork (pictured above), that the release will not come with a Blu-ray as typically found on 4K releases and instead will only include a digital code (copy) of the film.

UPDATES: Paramount has confirmed to me that this title is officially coming out on the date mentioned above. This rumor has been confirmed. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon. You can also find the 4K UHD Blu-ray now listed over at retailer Target available for preorder. It’s worth noting that it is stated clearly via Paramount that this has been “newly remastered from a 4K film transfer supervised by producer Jerry Bruckheimer.” Amazon has now posted the rear package art and we now have the tech specs which include video in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound mix. The release will include two bonus materials features, on the 4K disc, which are listed below, both previously never included on Blu-ray. However ironically enough, the Trailer for the film, originally on the Blu-ray is not included here.

  • Filmmaker Focus: Days of Thunder
  • Isolated Score

2005 “War of the Worlds” arrives on 4K in May

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The 2005 Steven Spielberg directed adaptation of War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise will arrive on 4K UHD Blu-ray come May 19th, via Paramount. It is known from the artwork (pictured above) that the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray and a digital code (copy) of the film.

UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. It is also worth noting that you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at retailers Best Buy and Target. We do have now have a glimpse at the back of the package art, with the tech specs and bonus materials set to be included on the release. The tech specs for the release include video in the HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The bonus materials set to be included on the release, housed on the Blu-ray, are listed below.

  • Revisiting the Invasion
  • Steven Spielberg and the Original War of the Worlds
  • Characters: The Family Unit
  • Previsualization
  • Production Diaries
  • Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens
  • Scoring War of the Worlds
  • We Are Not Alone
  • Galleries
  • Theatrical & Teaser Trailer

“Sonic the Hedgehog” getting 4K SteelBook

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The 2020 film adaptation of “Sonic the Hedgehog” will be getting an exclusive SteelBook for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release and the final cover art (as seen above) seems to have been added over at retailer Best Buy. The preorder page previously had a placeholder image that was rather humorous, as seen HERE, and now we get that art. This SteelBook will, it appears, include a mini comic book featuring the original Sonic the Hedgehog (again, as seen above).

It’s as good as time as any to say that I believe that the film should likely be getting released on standard 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray sometime around if not specifically on May 19th. At this point though, take that as a RUMOR, as I’m going on basic retailer placement for it amongst other upcoming home video releases. There’s no info yet regarding the tech specs or bonus materials for the 4K or Blu-ray releases but it is known, from the artwork (pictured below) that they’ll come in the form of “combo pack” – meaning that the 4K will get its Blu-ray counterpart, the Blu-ray will get its DVD counterpart, and each will include a digital code (copy) of the film. Finally, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc releases listed for preorder over at Amazon. Stay tuned for when this title gets an official announcement.

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