Category Archives: 4K UHD Blu-ray News

2021 film Chaos Walking is coming to 4K and Blu-ray in May

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The 2021 film “Chaos Walking” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on May 25th via Lionsgate, according to retailers. The film, directed by Doug Liman, stars Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas, Cynthia Erivo, Demián Bichir, and Ray McKinnon. The tech specs and bonus materials for the 4K and Blu-ray have not yet been detailed, as it’s awaiting an official announcement, so stay tuned for an update. It is known that the 4K and Blu-ray releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” (via the artwork) meaning that the 4K UHD Blu-ray will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart, the Blu-ray will come with a DVD, and both will include a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and over at retailer Target. Further below, after the break, you can find the artwork for the Blu-ray and the trailer for this film. Again, stay tuned for an update on this release when more is known.

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In the Line of Fire with Clint Eastwood on 4K in June

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The 1993 film “In the Line of Fire” starring Clint Eastwood is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 15th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, according to a retailer listing. The film, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, co-starred John MalkovichRene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, and the late Fred Thompson.

UPDATE: The title has now officially been announced by Sony. Tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K video presentation, via a new 4K remaster from the original camera negative, in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will also come with the original theatrical sound mixes via 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo sound mixes in the DTS-HD Master Audio lossless format. There will not be a Blu-ray Disc included with this release, initially, and instead, only a digital code (copy) of the film will be included — as quoted from the press release below.

This 4K UHD release does not include a Blu-ray™ and only includes digital for a limited time”

Bonus materials will be included on the 4K disc and consist of the following listed below.

  • Audio Commentary with Wolfgang Petersen
  • 5 Deleted Scenes
  • “The Ultimate Sacrifice” Featurette
  • “Catching the Counterfeiters” Featurette
  • “How’d They Do That” Featurette
  • “Behind the Scenes with the Secret Service” Featurette
  • Theatrical Teaser

You can now find that there is a preorder listing available for the 4K UHD Blu-ray over at Amazon.

Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming 4K physical release of the film.

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1993 film Last Action Hero is getting a standard 4K in June

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The 1993 action film “Last Action Hero” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger will be getting a standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release on June 15th, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in addition to the 4K SteelBook — also being released a month earlier in May (as previously discussed HERE).

The film, directed by John McTiernan, co-starred Austin O’Brien, F. Murray AbrahamArt Carney, Charles Dance, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, and Ian McKellen. The tech specs for the 4K release include a newly remastered 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos as well as the original 2.0 theatrical mix and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Both of those latter mixes will be in DTS-HD Master Audio format. Below you can find some quoted specific details about this presentation, taken from the press release.

“Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10

All-new Dolby Atmos audio + the original theatrical SDDS mix presented as 5.1 + original theatrical stereo audio”

You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray (coming 6/15) and also the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (coming 5/18) both listed as available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary with Director John McTiernan
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes (presented in 4K with HDR10)
  • Alternate Ending (presented in 4K with HDR10)
  • “Big Gun” Music Video by AC/DC
  • Original Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Teaser

1997 film Gattaca will get a standard 4K release in June

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The 1997 film “Gattaca” will be getting a standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release on June 15th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This news, from an early retailer listing, comes not even a month after the film just received a limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release — which you can read about here. This release will be identical except it will come in a standard black 4K case. You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

The film, written & directed by Andrew Niccol, starred Ethan HawkeUma ThurmanJude LawGore VidalXander BerkeleyJayne BrookMaya RudolphBlair Underwood, and Elias Koteas. This movie has been newly remastered in 4K from the original camera negative. 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 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. The bonus materials included with the 4K release are listed below.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Welcome to Gattaca Featurette

And, if you’re wanting to check out some Blu-ray VS. 4K Screenshots Comparison stills and the video for this film, look no further.

Batman The Long Halloween Part One on Blu-ray in June

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The latest DC Universe Movie, the 2021 film “Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on June 22nd via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. This story will be split up into two parts, with “Part Two” planned for a later release. Part One was directed by Chris Palmer and it features the voice talents of Jensen Ackles (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Naya Rivera (Catwoman/Selina Kyle), Josh Duhamel (Harvey Dent), Billy Burke (James Gordon), Titus Welliver (Carmine Falcone), David Dastmalchian (Calendar Man), Troy Baker (Joker), Amy Landecker (Barbara Gordon), Julie Nathanson (Gilda Dent), Jack Quaid (Alberto), Fred Tatasciore (Solomon Grundy), Jim Pirri (Sal Maroni), and Alastair Duncan (Alfred).

The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. There’s no preorder listing yet for the Blu-ray but stay tuned for a later update. The bonus materials set to be included with this release of the film are listed below.

  • DC Showcase – The Losers (New Animated Short) – The legendary rag-tag team of World War II outcasts – Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, “Mile-a Minute” Jones, rookie Gunner and Sarge – find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is completely overrun with dinosaurs! Their would-be ally on this deadly mission, the mysterious and beautiful Fan Long of the Chinese Security Agency, tells them their job is to rescue the scientists that have been sent to study the time/space anomaly. Perhaps… but what is her mission?
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe MovieAn advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.
  •  From the DC VaultBatman: The Animated Series – “Christmas With The Joker”
  • From the DC VaultBatman: The Animated Series – “It’s Never Too Late”

EDITORIAL NOTE: Lastly, before you ask, there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray release later, next year in 2022, where they’ll be combining both this [Part One] and Part Two together as one presentation, as noted below in the press release.

“In 2022, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack as a combined presentation of the film with Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One.”

Below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full details regarding this upcoming release.

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Final Fantasy VII Advent Children comes to 4K in June

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The 2005 CG animated film “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children” in its “Complete” form is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 8th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, based on the video game (“Final Fantasy VII”) created by Square / Square Enix, was co-directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue. The film has been newly remastered in 4K. The tech specs for this 4K release include a 2160p presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound — in both English and Japanese options. In addition to the new Dolby Atmos, this release will also include the original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound mix in both English and Japanese. This release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film included. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials for the release, featured on the Blu-ray Disc, are listed below.

  • On the Way to a Smile – Episode: Denzel Animated Film
  • Reminiscence of FINAL FANTASY VII Original Story Digest
  • Reminiscence of FINAL FANTASY VII Compilation Story Digest
  • Legacy of FINAL FANTASY VII Featurette
  • Trailers

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement about the 4K release of this film.

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1977 film Smokey and the Bandit is coming to 4K in June

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The 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 1st via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to retailers. The film, directed and co-written by Hal Needham, starred Burt ReynoldsSally FieldJerry Reed, Mike Henry, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Jackie Gleason.

UPDATE: The tech specs include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound on a BD-66. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” (via the artwork) meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can as of now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder (with the 6/1 release date) over at Amazon, as well as retailers Barnes & Noble, DeepDiscount, HD Movie Source, and Target. The bonus materials set to be included on the release (according to the back of the artwork) are listed below.

  • The Bandit
  • Loaded Up and Truckin’ – Making Smokey and the Bandit
  • Snowman, What’s Your 20? The Smokey and the Bandit CB Tutorial
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 100 Years of Universal: The ’70s
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage lands on 4K in June

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The 1970 film “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a limited edition release on June 29th via Arrow Video. The film, written & directed by Dario Argento, starred Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho, and Renato Romano.

This movie has received a new 4K restoration. The tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and restored original English and Italian Mono sound mixes, presumably in DTS-HD Master Audio — including optional English subtitles.

UPDATE: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon. You can also find it for preorder over at online retailers DiabolikDVD and HD Movie Source.

The bonus materials for this release, include some physical extras (pictured above) and are detailed below.

  • Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the film’s themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Brown’s novel The Screaming Mimi
  • The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria and The Giallo Canvas: Art, Excess and Horror Cinema, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argento’s filmography
  • Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento
  • An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
  • Eva’s Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer
  • Image galleries
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative”
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