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1989 film Christmas Vacation on 4K in November

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The 1989 film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 1st via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, according to numerous retail sources.  The film, written by the legendary late John Hughes and directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, starred Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Randy Quaid, Miriam Flynn, John Randolph, Diane Ladd, E.G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, Mae Questel, William Hickey, Nicholas Guest, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound as well as 2.0 Stereo (presumably also lossless).  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as include a digital code (copy) of the film which is compatible with Movies Anywhere.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as retailers Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.  It’s also worth noting for our UK audience that the film will be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray there on 7 November and is available now for preorder over at Amazon UK.  The bonus materials will be all just the previous DVD and Blu-ray extras ported over.  These limited extras include:

  • Audio Commentary by Randy Quaid, Beverly D’Angelo, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn, Director Jeremiah S. Chechik, and Producer Matty Simmons
  • Theatrical Trailer

Jordan Peele film Nope on 4K and Blu-ray October

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The 2022 film “Nope” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on October 25th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to numerous retailers.  The film, written & directed by Academy Award-winner Jordan Peele, stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith David, Michael WincottBarbie Ferreira, Terry Notary, Devon Graye, and Donna Mills.  It’s most certainly worth noting that the film is, at the time of writing, “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes.

According to the back packaging, tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation, shifting from aspect ratios of 2.20:1 to 1.78:1, with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound on a BD-100 disc.  Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation also with 2.20:1 to 1.78:1 aspect ratio shifts and Dolby Atmos sound on a BD-50 disc.  Both 4K and Blu-ray releases will come as a “combo pack” with the 4K getting its Blu-ray Disc counterpart, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and both including a digital code (copy) of the film which is compatible with Movies Anywhere.

You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  It’s also worth noting that there will be a few retailer exclusives for this film on 4K.  First off, retailer Best Buy will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) which is up for preorder but not yet functional.  Also, pictured further below, you can find that retailer Walmart will be getting exclusive artwork for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release which is now available for preorder.

UPDATE:  The bonus materials set to be included with the releases of the film are listed below.

  • SHADOWS: THE MAKING OF NOPE – Unpack the meaning of NOPE with Jordan Peele. Secrets are revealed with this 56-minute immersion exploring the film’s unanswered questions, taking you on an intimate journey inside every aspect of production and offering a detailed look at Peele’s revolutionary filmmaking process.
  • DELETED SCENES – Watch five unreleased scenes from NOPE
  • GAG REEL – A highlight reel of bloopers and outtakes featuring main cast
  • CALL HIM JEAN JACKET – The object of the Haywood siblings’ fascination is an entity known only as “Jean Jacket.” Filmmakers provide insights into the conception, design, and execution of this mysterious organism.
  • MYSTERY MAN OF MUYBRIDGE – A deep dive into THE HORSE IN MOTION by Eadweard Muybridge, its relationship to the Haywoods, and how it relates to the larger themes in NOPE.

Further below, after the break, you can find the press release with full details regarding the home video release of this film.

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1942 classic Casablanca comes to 4K in November

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The classic 1942 film “Casablanca” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 8th via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  The film, directed by Michael Curtiz, starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Dooley Wilson, and Claude Rains.  It also is worth noting that it won a total of 3 Academy Awards (“Oscars”), including “Best Picture.

The movie has received a new 2022 4K restoration, from Warner’s Motion Picture Imagine labs, as described below [taken from the press release]:

“The new Casablanca 4K Ultra High-Definition image was restored and remastered from a 2022 4K 16bit film scan of the best-surviving nitrate film elements. The 4K-scanned digital images went through an extensive digital restoration process to clean and repair the picture for an unprecedented and pristine ultra-high-resolution presentation.  The restored images were then graded in High Dynamic Range for today’s premium 4K display experience, providing the highest fidelity in image contrast and detail retention.  This work was meticulously handled by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging.  The original theatrical mono audio has also been newly restored as well, providing a richer and broader frequency response than previously possible.”

UPDATE #1: Tech specs for the release include a 2160p video Black & White video presentation in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and a restored DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono sound mix.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will have its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and include a digital code (copy) of the film.

UPDATE #2:  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  The bonus materials set to be included with this release of the film are listed below.

  • Commentary by Roger Ebert [on 4K and Blu-ray]
  • Commentary by Rudy Behlmer [on 4K and Blu-ray]
  • Introduction by Lauren Bacall [on 4K and Blu-ray]
  • Warner Night at the Movies
    • Now, Voyager trailer
    • Newsreel
    • Vaudeville Days (1942 WB short)
    • The Bird Came C.O.D. (1942 WB cartoon)
    • The Squawkin’ Hawk (1942 WB cartoon)
    • The Dover Boys at Pimento University (1942 WB cartoon)
  • Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988 PBS special)
  • Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
  • You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca (1992 TEC documentary)
  • As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Who Holds Tomorrow? (1955 “Casablanca” TV episode)
  • Carrotblanca (1955 WB Cartoon)
  • Scoring Stage Sessions (audio only)
  • Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast – 4/26/43 (audio only)
  • Vox Pop Radio Broadcast – 11/19/47 (audio only)
  • Trailers

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

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New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases for September 13th, 2022

The following titles will be released Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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Pixar film WALL·E gets a Criterion 4K in November

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The 2008 Disney / Pixar film “WALL·E” is officially getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on November 22nd via The Criterion Collection.  This is the first collaboration between Disney/Pixar and Criterion and is not to be confused with the previously [Disney] released 2020 4K UHD Blu-ray.  This release features a different and new 4K presentation as well as sound mixes, which were all approved by the film’s director.

The film, directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton, won an Academy Award for “Best Animated Feature Film of the Year” in 2009.  It also featured the visual talent of Fred Ward and the voice talent of Jeff Garlin.

As mentioned, this comes from a new 4K scan of the film which was approved by Andrew Stanton.  Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HDR10+ forms of high dynamic range as well as Dolby Atmos and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo sound mixes.

The 3-disc set will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray Disc counterpart [featuring the new transfer of the film] as well as a second Blu-ray for extras.  No digital copy of the film will be included, like with the previous Disney release.  You can now find the Criterion 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and directly via the Criterion website.  The bonus materials in terms of physical and regular extras included with this release are fully detailed below.

    • Two audio commentaries: one featuring Stanton and the other, character supervisor Bill Wise, coproducer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson, and lead animator Angus MacLane
    • NEW programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts
    • Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton
    • Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including segments from early animation reels
    • The Pixar Story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks
    • More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots
    • Anatomy of a Scene: The Plant, a masterclass with Stanton
    • “WALL•E”: A to Z, a new program featuring Stanton and coscreenwriter Jim Reardon
    • Deleted scenes featuring commentary by Stanton
    • A Story (1987), a student film by Stanton
    • BURN•E (2008), a short film by MacLane
    • Trailers
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • English descriptive audio
    • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s sketchbooks, script notes, and drawings; and artwork from the WALL•E team
    • New cover by Jason Raish

8 Mile starring Eminem comes to 4K in November

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The 2002 film “8 Mile” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 8th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to numerous retailers.  The film, directed by Curtis Hanson, starred Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, and the late Brittany Murphy.  It’s certainly worth noting that the film won an Academy Award for “Best Music, Original Song” in 2002.

The tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS:X immersive sound on a BD-100 disc.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code, compatible with Movies Anywhere.  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

The bonus materials (ported over from the previous Blu-ray) set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • The Making of 8 Mile
  • Exclusive Rap Battles – Uncensored
  • Eminem – “Superman” Music Video – Uncensored

Sony Pictures Classics 4K set coming in November

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The “Sony Pictures Classics 30th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD Collection” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 22nd via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  This limited edition box set includes a total of eleven Sony Pictures Classics films, listed below (in chronological order):

  • “Orlando” (1992)
  • “The Celluloid Closet” (1995)
  • “The City of Lost Children” (1995)
  • “SLC Punk!” (1998)
  • “Run Lola Run” (1998)
  • “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
  • “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001)
  • “Volver” (2006)
  • “Synecdoche, New York” (2008)
  • “Still Alice” (2014)
  • “Call Me by Your Name” (2017)

The tech specs for the films include 2160p video presentations with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range.  The films vary in their Audio configurations but start with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo and then go to DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround as well as on “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” not only do you get 5.1 but also a new Dolby Atmos sound mix — as well as Dolby Vision for the first time.  NOTE:  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon had previously been released on 4K UHD Blu-ray in 2016 with HDR10 and 5.1 surround.  So, a total of 10 out of 11 of these films are exclusive to this box set.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon.  Below you can find some details about the upcoming set and the bonus materials set to be included.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Sony Pictures Classics with this limited edition box set:

  • Limited edition gift set includes fully remastered 4K UHD disc debuts for ORLANDO, THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, RUN LOLA RUN, SLC PUNK, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, VOLVER, SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK, STILL ALICE and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – the only way to get these movies on 4K UHD, plus CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON with Dolby Vision
  • All eleven films presented with Dolby Vision HDR for the most premium presentation possible
  • CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON also includes Dolby Atmos audio; all films include original theatrical audio, as well
  • Includes hours of special features across the films: a mix of archival materials and exciting new content
  • Also includes a booklet with an all-new essay about the legacy of Sony Pictures Classics and details about the included films

Below, you can find a glimpse at the packaging for the set including the booklet (mentioned above).

UPDATE: And, below you can find the official trailer for this release.

Further below, after the break, you can find the full details and tech specs for the upcoming set.

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New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases for September 6th, 2022

The following titles will be released Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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Robert Zemeckis film Used Cars on 4K in November

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The 1980 film “Used Cars” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 15th [as spine #67] in the Shout Select line from Shout! Factory.  The film, directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, starred Kurt Russell, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty, David L. Lander, Michael McKean, and Jack Warden.

The film has received a new 4K from the original camera negative.  Tech specs for the release have not been fully detailed but you can expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio presumably with at least HDR10 form of high dynamic range.  The sound configuration has not yet been detailed, but if it is the same as the 2019 Blu-ray, should again include DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and 2.0 Mono lossless sound mixes.  This upcoming 2022 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “Collector’s Edition” 2-disc “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via the ShoutFactory.com store, where you’ll get an exclusive bonus poster (while supplies last).  The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Interview With Producer/Co-Writer Bob Gale
  • Audio Commentary With Director/Co-Writer Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, And Actor Kurt Russell
  • Outtakes
  • Radio Interviews And Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Photo Galleries

1975 film Rollerball is coming to 4K in November

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The 1975 film “Rollerball” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 22nd via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The film, directed by Norman Jewison, starred James Caan, John Houseman, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Maud Adams, Pamela Hensley, and Barbara Trentham.

The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with presumably [at least] HDR10 form of high dynamic range.  No specifics, again on tech specs, but I’d say this will include lossless audio for sure, likely in 5.1 and 2.0 configurations.  It’s already known, and most worth certainly noting, that this will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc release only, with no Blu-ray included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  You also can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder directly via the ShoutFactory.com website with an exclusive bonus poster included, while supplies last.  No word yet on the bonus materials set to be included with this release, as it states they’re in progress, but stay tuned for an update.

1984 film The Company of Wolves on 4K in November

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The 1984 fantasy film The Company of Wolves is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in “Collector’s Edition” form on November 22nd via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The film, directed & co-written by Neil Jordan, starred Angela Lansbury, Sarah Patterson, Graham Crowden, Kathryn Pogson, Stephen Rea, Georgia Slowe, Micha Bergese, and Terence Stamp.

The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with likely [at least] HDR10 form of high dynamic range.  No word yet on the audio but I’m willing to bet that you can expect at least a lossless Stereo 2.0 mix.  Also, the extras are “currently in progress” so check back later for an update on that as well.  The 2-disc Collector’s Edition release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via the  ShoutFactory.com website, where you’ll get an exclusive poster (while supplies last).

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