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1985 film Fright Night comes to 4K in October

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The 1985 horror film Fright Night is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in SteelBook form on October 4th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The film, written & directed by Tom Holland, starred Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, and Stephen Geoffreys.

The movie has been “scanned from the original camera negative” according to the press release.  Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as Dolby Atmos and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo lossless sound mixes.  The release will come in limited edition SteelBook packaging as a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film included.

UPDATE:  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will come with some new extras spread across 2 Blu-ray Discs, as listed below.

BLU-RAY™ FEATURE DISC

  • Special Features:
    • NEW: Deleted Scene Storyboards – Tom Holland guides us through the film’s only deleted scene, using his personal pre-production storyboards
    • NEW: Holland/Beyda Spec Trailer with an Introduction by Tom Holland – the never-before-seen alternate trailer cut by Fright Night editor Kent Beyda with the guidance—and narration—of Tom Holland
    • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Holland, Actors Chris Sarandon & Jonathan Stark, Moderated by Filmmaker Tim Sullivan
    • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Holland, Actors William Ragsdale & Stephen Geoffreys, FX Artist Randall Cook, Moderated by Journalist Jeremy Smith and Filmmaker Tim Sullivan
    • You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night
    • What is Fright Night
    • Tom Holland: Writing Horror
    • Theatrical Trailers

BLU-RAY™ SPECIAL FEATURES DISC

  • Special Features:
    • NEWFright Night 35th Anniversary Script Read – an anniversary cast reunion and script reading featuring writer/director Tom Holland and special guests including Rosario Dawson, Jason Patric, and many more!
    • NEW: The Queer Lens: Bryan Fuller in Conversation with Amanda Bearse – a candid discussion between Fright Night aficionado Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror) and Fright Night star Amanda Bearse about the Gothic’s queer roots, the film’s queer subtext, and its metaphorical power
    • NEW: A Novel Approach: The Splatterpunk Story of the Fright Night Novelization – Tom Holland, Fright Night novelization authors John Skipp and Craig Spector, and publisher Mark Alan Miller discuss how the progenitors of the splatterpunk genre came to work on the book, their writing process, and the novel’s enduring legacy
    • NEW: SFX Storyboard Comparisons – a selection of original storyboards from key effects sequences, compared with their final filmed versions
    • Roddy McDowall: From Apes to Bats
    • Tom Holland and Amanda Bearse Talk Fright Night
    • Round Table with Tom, Stephen and William
    • Shock Till You Drop Presents Choice Cuts with Tom Holland and Ryan Turek
    • First Ever Fright Night Reunion Panel – Fear Fest 2 (2008)
    • Weekend of Hell Panel with Amanda and Stephen
    • Vintage EPK with Behind-the-Scenes Raw Footage

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

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New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases for July 12th, 2022

The following titles will be released Tuesday, July 12th, 2022 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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Original six Star Trek films come to 4K September

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Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 6th via Paramount Home Entertainment — according to StarTrek.com‘s new story.  This 15-disc box set will include the following films:

Each of these films will be now available individually on 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 6th as well, with the last two films making their debut on the format as well as “Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director’s Edition)” making its debut.  You can find the 6-Movie Collection and all of the individual 4K releases available now for preorder over at Amazon via the titles above.  The tech specs for each release include a 4K 2160p video presentation with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround with the exception of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director’s Edition)” which is in Dolby Atmos sound.  The box set and individual releases will all come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that they get the Blu-ray counterpart and a digital code (copy) included.

The bonus materials set to be included on each release are rather lengthy and with that being said, I’ll be listing them after the break at the very bottom of this post.

It’s most certainly worth noting that “Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director’s Edition)” will be getting a box set release on 4K UHD Blu-ray, titled the Complete Adventure (pictured below).  It’s available now for preorder over at Amazon as well.  This set will come in the form of a 3-disc set with an exclusive bonus disc that features a “Special Longer Version” of the first film.

Here are some specifics about the set, from StarTrek.com :

This Limited-Edition Collector’s Set includes all of the above, plus an additional 4K Ultra HD disc containing:

  • The Theatrical Cut 
  • The first-ever widescreen presentation of the Special Longer Version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, originally created for broadcast television in 1983  

The set is presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers, and more.

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The War of the Worlds (1953) on 4K in September

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The original 1953 science fiction film adaptation of H.G. WellsThe War of The Worlds appears to be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray for the first time on September 27th via Paramount Home Entertainment, according to numerous retailers.

The film, directed by Byron Haskin, starred Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, William Phipps, and Jack Kruschen.

The 2-disc set release will also include the 1951 science fiction film “When Worlds Collide” directed by Rudolph Maté.  It starred Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt, Larry Keating, Rachel Ames, and Stephen Chase.  That film will be included on a Blu-ray in 1080p HD “remastered from the original film elements” according to a description over on Amazon (listed below).

“Two of the most iconic Science Fiction epics come to Paramount Presents in this out-of-this-world limited-edition double feature from producer George Pal. Making its 4K UHD debut, WAR OF THE WORLDS is an Oscar winning adaptation of the chilling H.G. Wells novel. Then, get ready for impending disaster, when a runaway star signals the destruction of Earth in WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, included on Blu-ray remastered from the original film elements. Both are essential Technicolor masterpieces from the Golden Age of Hollywood, delivering eye-popping visual effects and unmatched sound design.”

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon, as well as retailer Target.  The tech specs and info regarding bonus materials have not been detailed, as this release has not yet been officially announced but stay tuned for an update as this story develops.

2013 version of Evil Dead on 4K in September

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The 2013 version of Evil Dead is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 27th via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The film, produced by Sam Raimi, directed & co-written by Fede Alvarez, starred Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with presumably HDR10 (at least) form of high dynamic range and perhaps Dolby Atmos sound as well as the original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless mix found on the previous release(s).  The release will not include a Blu-ray and only the 4K UHD Blu-ray format disc.  This will however include both the theatrical (91 min) and UNRATED edition (97 min) on the same 4K disc and they’re both obviously in 4K.

You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon.  Also, you can order the 4K directly via the ShoutFactory.com store and get a bonus poster [while supplies last].  The bonus materials for this release are said to be “currently in progress” so, stay tuned for an update on that later along with the final tech specs.

Oliver Stone film Platoon arrives on 4K September

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The 1986 Academy Award winner (for “Best Picture”) Platoon is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 13th via Shout Select (Shout! Factory).  The film, winner of four Academy Awards, was written & directed by Oliver Stone, and it starred Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Tony Todd, James Terry McIlvain, Keith David, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, and Johnny Depp.

Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray have yet to be fully detailed but should include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and presumably HDR10 (at least) in terms of high dynamic range as well as perhaps Dolby Atmos sound and/or the original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless mix — as found on the original 2011 Blu-ray release.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include a new Blu-ray counterpart.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. You can also find the 4K available for preorder directly from the ShoutFactory.com store with an added bonus poster [while supplies last].  The bonus materials set to be included with the release are “currently in progress” and will be announced at a later date. So, stay tuned for an update on that and the final tech specs.

Army of Darkness marches onto 4K in September

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The 1992 film “Army of Darkness” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 27th via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The film, directed and co-written by Sam Raimi, starred Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Bridget Fonda, and Richard Grove.  The release will come in the form of a 4-disc “combo pack” with several Blu-ray Discs of the film included along with extras.  There will be a standard 4K UHD Bluray (pictured above) and then also a limited-edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below).

The tech specs for the 4K releases include a 2160p video presentation in various aspect ratios and presumably with HDR10 (at least) and Dolby Atmos and the original 5.1 and 2.0 stereo lossless mixes. However, it has yet to be confirmed by Shout! Factory.  So, stay tuned for an update on that and regarding other details.

You can now find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for preorder over at Amazon and also directly [with bonuses] directly via the ShoutFactory.com store.  According to Shout! Factory, the extras [bonus materials] are “currently in progress” and will be announced at a later point.  So, as mentioned, stay tuned for an update regarding these 4K releases of the film.

New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases for July 5th, 2022

The following titles will be released Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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I Know What You Did Last Summer on 4K September

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The 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 27th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.  The film, directed by Jim Gillespie, starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Johnny Galecki, and Bridgette Wilson.

Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range as well as a new Dolby Atmos sound mix along with the original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround mix as well.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film included.

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

4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Special Features:
    • NEW: 6 Deleted Scenes + Alternate Ending
    • My Own Summer: An Interview with Director Jim Gillespie
    • He Knows What You Did: An Interview with Muse Watson

BLU-RAY DISC

  • Special Features:
    • Filmmakers’ Commentary
    • Director’s Short Film: “Joyride” with Optional Commentary
    • “Now I Know What You Did Last Summer” Featurette
    • Music Video: “Hush” Performed by Kula Shaker
    • Theatrical Trailer

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement about this upcoming 4K physical and digital release of the film.
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula gets 4K anniversary SteelBook

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The 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula will be officially getting a “25th Anniversary Edition” 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release on October 4th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.

This new 4K SteelBook release will feature some new extras as well as Dolby Vision for the first time, unlike the previous [debut] 2017 4K UHD Blu-ray release.  That being said, tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range along with Dolby Atmos as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo lossless sound mixes.  It will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart along with a digital code (copy) of the film.

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

The bonus materials, including some new and exclusive to this 25th-anniversary edition 4K release are listed below.

  • Special Features:
    • NEWLY ADDED: “Love Song For A Vampire” Music Video by Annie Lennox
    • NEWLY ADDED: Blood Lines – Dracula: The Man, The Myth, The Movies Featurette

BLU-RAY DISC™

    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola, Visual Effects Director Roman Coppola and Makeup Supervisor Greg Cannom
    • Introduction by Francis Ford Coppola
    • Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    • Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son
    • The Blood Is the Life: The Making of Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    • The Costumes Are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka
    • In-Camera: Naïve Visual Effects
    • Method and Madness: Visualizing Dracula
    • Deleted & Extended Scenes
    • Theatrical Teaser & Trailer

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

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New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases for June 28th, 2022

The following titles will be released Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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