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1990 film adaptation of Misery is coming to 4K in October

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The 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King‘s “Misery” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 12th via KL Studio Classics. The film, directed by Rob Reiner, starred James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard FarnsworthFrances Sternhagen, and Lauren Bacall. KL Studio Classics just announced this on Facebook in a post less than an hour ago.

The tech specs include a 2160p 4K video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as lossless 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo sound mixes, set to be on a BD-100 disc. You cannot yet find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder yet but stay tuned for an update. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will also include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart (in 1080p HD) as well as the bonus materials. It will also come in with a limited-edition slipcover (pictured above). Those bonus materials and disc contents for this release are listed below.

4K UHD DISC 1:
  • HDR Dolby Vision
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rob Reiner
  • Audio Commentary by Screenwriter William Goldman
  • 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • UHD 100 Triple Layer Disc
BLU-RAY DISC 2:
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rob Reiner
  • Audio Commentary by Screenwriter William Goldman
  • Misery Loves Company: Featurette (29:52)
  • Marc Shaiman’s Musical Misery Tour: Featurette (14:28)
  • Diagnosing Annie Wilkes: Featurette (8:47)
  • Advice for the Stalked: Featurette (4:58)
  • Profile of a Stalker: Featurette (6:17)
  • Celebrity Stalkers: Featurette (5:08)
  • Anti-Stalking Laws: Featurette (2:23)
  • Season’s Greetings Trailer (2:25)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Dual-Layered BD50 Disc

2021 film In the Heights on 4K and Blu-ray in August

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The 2021 film “In the Heights” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on August 31st, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, produced by and based on a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Jon M. Chu, stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits. The film is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes with a 95% rating, at the time of writing.

UPDATE #1: The 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 and Dolby Atmos sound. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart. Both releases will include a digital code (copy) of the film.

UPDATE #2: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray both available for preorder over at Amazon.

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

  • Paciencia y Fe: Making in the Heights
  • Paciencia y Fe: When You’re Home
  • Paciencia y Fe: Hundreds of Stories
  • Paciencia y Fe: Alza La Bandera/Raise the Flag
  • Paciencia y Fe: Wepa!
  • Paciencia y Fe: That Music in the Air
  • Paciencia y Fe: Who Keeps our Legacies
  • In the Heights Sing-a-long
  • 96,000 Sing-a-long

Below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full details regarding the home video releases of this film.

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Star Trek Original 4-Movie Collection on 4K September

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A Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 21st via Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment. The 4K set will include the first four films in the original “Star Trek” film franchise remastered in 4K. Those of course are “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986). It should certainly be noted that the second film (“The Wrath of Khan”) will come with both the theatrical cut and the director’s cut.

Tech specs for each film on 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range. It is known that this set will be spanning across an 8-disc set and that it will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with each film’s Blu-ray Disc counterpart (pictured below) as well as a digital copy of each. UPDATE #1: Audio will be presented in Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless surround sound for each film, and the first film will get a Dolby 2.0 isolated score sound mix.

These four films all starred a primary cast (crew) of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and Nichelle Nichols. The films were directed by Robert Wise, Nicholas Meyer, and Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy actually directed the last two.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon. UPDATE #2: Also, individually released remastered versions of each of the four films on Blu-ray Disc will be released on the same date, September 21st. I’ve included each of the four of those below, before the official announcement, after the break. You can now find “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” remastered, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (Director’s Cut) remastered, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” remastered, and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” remastered on Blu-ray Disc individually available for preorder over at Amazon. [NOTE: Amazon Commissions Earned]. Each release will include bonus materials and a digital copy of the film.

And, again, because this set is covering four films the bonus materials run rather lengthy and include lots of previously released extras. So, you can find all that listed below in the official announcement from StarTrek’s website as well as directly via Paramount.

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5 Halloween films on Collector’s Edition 4K September

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The first five films in the “Halloween” film franchise have all received new 2021 4K scans and are officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format in “Collector’s Edition” form individually for each on September 28th via Scream Factory. Those films getting released include the following:

The films each, as previously mentioned have all received a new 4K scan this year and the tech specs for all include a 2160p video presentation (in a variety of aspect ratios) with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and new Dolby Atmos sound mixes, as well as some additional mixes. Since things like those aspect ratios and sound mixes vary film-to-film, I’ll be letting you look at the full press release later further below.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listings for each of the films over at Amazon and you can access them via their titles above. You can also find them listed over at ShoutFactory.com with some additional extras you won’t find anywhere else.

The extras included on these new 4K UHD Blu-ray Collector’s Editions for each film are pretty elaborate, spanning across multiple discs in some instances. So, once again, I’ll be providing you with the full press release and details below, after the break.

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It on 4K and Blu-ray

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2021 sequel “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on August 24th via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Michael Chaves, stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian Hilliard, and John Noble. The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p 4K 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 video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well. Both the 4K and Blu-ray physical releases will come with a digital copy of the film, compatible with Movies Anywhere.

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

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

  • “By Reason of Demonic Possession” – An in depth look at the true story that inspired the movie
  • “The Occultist” – Meet the terrifying new addition to the Conjuring Universe
  • “Exorcism of Fear” – Delve into the making of the movie and the chilling exorcism scene that opens the film”
  • “DC Horror Presents The Conjuring: The Lover #1” – A video comic that takes you deeper into the Conjuring Universe

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film as well as the full details about the upcoming digital and physical releases of the film.

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1984 film Children of the Corn on 4K in September

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The 1984 film adaptation of Stephen King‘s Children of the Corn is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 28th via Arrow Video. The film, directed by Fritz Kiersch and based on the Stephen King novel, starred Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, Julie Maddalena, Robby Kiger, and Anne Marie McEvoy. The movie has received a brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative. Tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and both the original 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 surround lossless sound mixes. The 4K UHD Blu-ray can now be found available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with this 4K release are listed below.

  • Audio commentary with horror journalist Justin Beahm and Children of the Corn historian John Sullivan
  • Audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains
  • Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn, retrospective piece featuring interviews with director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains
  • It Was the Eighties! an interview with actress Linda Hamilton
  • Return to Gatlin, featurette revisiting the film’s original Iowa shooting locations
  • Stephen King on a Shoestring, an interview with producer Donald Borchers
  • Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn, an interview with production designer Craig Stearns and composer Jonathan Elias
  • Cut from the Cornfield, an interview with the actor who played “The Blue Man” in the fabled excised sequence
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disciples of the Crow, a 1983 short film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story”

1982 film The Beastmaster gets a standard 4K release

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The cult-classic 1982 film The Beastmaster will be getting a standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release on July 27th via Vinegar Syndrome. The film has previously been released by Vinegar Syndrome as an exclusive on the 4K format directly on their website, but now will be available via other retailers in a standard form of packaging. The film, directed and co-written by Don Coscarelli and based on the novel of the same title, starred Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, John Amos, Rod Loomis, Ben Hammer, and Billy Jayne.

The film has received a new 4K scan and restoration from the original 35mm interpositive negative. Tech specs for the 4K include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and both the original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 surround lossless sound mixes. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart in 1080p HD with the same audio mixes. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray / Blu-ray combo pack standard release available for preorder over at Amazon.

This version is not to be confused with Vinegar Syndrome’s previous exclusive 4K releases of the film and does not any of the physical extras that those did. I want to state that upfront. However, it will contain the following extras.

  •  Brand new commentary track with writer/director Don Coscarelli & writer/producer Paul Pepperman, moderated by filmmaker Joe Lynch
  • Archival commentary track with Don Coscarelli & Paul Pepperman
  • “The Beastmaster Chronicles” – a brand new feature length making-of documentary by Elijah Drenner
  • “The Saga of the Beastmaster” – an archival making-of documentary by Perry Martin
  • Super 8mm home movies shot by James Dodson with audio commentary by Don Coscarelli & Paul Pepperman
  • Outtakes
  • Stills, Promotional, and Archival Material Gallery
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible cover artwork
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