Category Archives: Blu-ray Disc News

1980 film Popeye with Robin Williams on Blu-ray December

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The 1980 film adaption of Popeye starring the late Robin Williams is officially making its debut to Blu-ray Disc on December 1st, via Paramount, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The film, directed by Robert Altman and based on the characters created by E.C. Segar, co-starred Shelley Duvall (as “Olive Oyl”), Paul L. Smith (as “Bluto”),  Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Richard Libertini, Donald Moffat, and Wesley Ivan Hurt. Tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for an update on that. UPDATE: The Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon.

The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film, as well as the bonus material detailed below.

“The new Blu-ray includes access to a Digital copy of the film, along with nearly 30 minutes of all-new bonus content featuring excerpts from one of Robin Williams’ final interviews, an interview with director Robert Altman from 2014, as well as a newly conducted interview with Stephen Altman.  The full list of bonus features is below:”

  • Return to Sweethaven: A Look Back with Robin and the Altmans
  • The Popeye Company Players
  • Popeye’s Premiere
  • The Sailor Man Medleys
  • Theatrical Trailer

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the Blu-ray debut of this film.

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1996 film Crash gets a Criterion Blu-ray in December

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The 1996 NC-17 rated film “Crash” from director David Cronenberg is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc via The Criterion Collection on December 1st. The film, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard, starred James SpaderHolly HunterElias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, Rosanna Arquette, and Peter MacNeill. The motion picture has received a 4K restoration that was “supervised by director of photography Peter Suschitzky,” and “approved by director David Cronenberg.” Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD presentation in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 that has also been approved by the film’s director. The Criterion Collection Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. You can find a full list of details about the release and bonus materials set to be included (taken from Criterion’s site) below.

  • New 4K digital restoration supervised by director of photography Peter Suschitzky, and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both approved by director David Cronenberg
  • Audio commentary from 1997 featuring Cronenberg
  • Press conference from the 1996 Cannes Film Festival featuring Cronenberg; Suschitzky; author J. G. Ballard; producers Robert Lantos and Jeremy Thomas; and actors Rosanna Arquette, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, James Spader, and Deborah Kara Unger
  • Q&A from 1996 with Cronenberg and Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London
  • Behind-the-scenes footage and press interviews from 1996
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang
  • New cover by Phil Hale

Space Ghost 1966 TV series on Blu-ray in October

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The 1966 TV show Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 13th via Warner Archive. The show, created by Alex Toth, ran from 1966 through 1968 for a total of 20 episodes. Space Ghost & Dino Boy featured the voice talent of Gary Owens (as “Space Ghost”), amongst others. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with a Mono sound mix (likely in DTS-HD Master Audio, although not specified). The release will span across two BD-50 (50 gigabytes) Blu-ray Discs. Bonus material will include the following listed below.

  • “Documentary: Alex Toth – The Artist’s Artist: The Journey of a Master Cartoonist” (SD)

The Office: The Complete Series on Blu-ray November

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Well, it’s about damn time! That’s what she said. But seriously, “The Office: The Complete Series” is finally getting a Blu-ray Disc box set of all nine seasons for the first time on November 10th via Universal, according to retailers. The tech specs and bonus materials for the box set have not yet been detailed, but they should contain 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound, as found on previous seasons that appeared on the format. There’s no word yet if the release will come with a digital copy of the series, as Season 8 on the format did. All we know really for certain so far is that release date, that it’ll contain all of the seasons, including some very nice artwork (pictured above), and that the set on Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon.

The now cult-classic TV show ran for a total of 9 seasons, for 188 episodes, from 2005 through 2013 on the NBC network. The show, a remake of sorts of the British TV series of the same title, was adapted by Greg Daniels. The Office (U.S.) starred Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna FischerJohn Krasinski, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, Oscar Nuñez, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Paul Lieberstein, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Andy Buckley, Catherine Tate, Rashida Jones, Melora Hardin, Zach Woods, and James Spader.

Animated film To Your Last Death comes to Blu-ray

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The 2019 animated film “To Your Last Death” is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 6th via Quiver Films. The film, directed by Jason Axinn, features the voice talents of Morena BaccarinWilliam ShatnerRay Wise, Dani Lennon, and Bill Moseley. It’s certainly worth noting that the film has been well received so far judging from ratings on IMDb and critics’ reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. You can now find the preorder listing for the Blu-ray available over at Amazon. Bonus materials, over four hours in length and set to be included via a digital redemption code, are listed below.

  • Audio commentary with director Jason Axinn
  • A Zoom panel with Axinn, star Dani Lennon and others
  • An interview with star William Shatner
  • Interviews and behind the scenes with stars Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise, Bill Moseley, Dani Lennon and Florence Hartigan
  • A behind the scenes reel
  • Comic-Con panels
  • An animation demo with lead animator Mohammad Ali Sharifpour
  • Unused artwork and animation
  • Crowdfunding highlights
  • Featurettes on the development of the film
  • and more.

Below, after the break, you can find the trailer for this film on YouTube.

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Play Misty for Me gets Special Edition Blu-ray

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The 1971 film Play Misty for Me directed by Clint Eastwood is getting a Special Edition Blu-ray Disc release on November 10th via KL Studio Classics. The film starred Clint Eastwood, Jessica WalterDonna Mills, John Larch, Jack Ging, Irene Hervey, James McEachin, Clarice Taylor, and Don Siegel. This motion picture has received a brand new 2K master. Tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed, however, it is known that it will be on a BD-50 (50 gigabytes) Blu-ray Disc. Stay tuned for an update regarding the aspect ratio and details about what audio configuration and format(s) it is presented in. You can now find the Special Edition Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. This will come with limited edition slipcover (pictured above) and reversible artwork, as seen on Amazon. The release will include a few new extras and the complete list of bonus materials are below.

  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • NEW Interview with Co-Star Donna Mills
  • NEW Video Essay by Film Historian Howard S. Berger
  • Play It Again… A Look Back at “Play Misty For Me” – Documentary
  • The Beguiled, Misty, Don and Clint – Featurette
  • TRAILERS FROM HELL with Adam Rifkin
  • Theatrical Teaser in HD
  • Theatrical Trailer in HD
  • Two TV Spots
  • Stills Montage
  • Clint Eastwood Directs and Acts: Photo Montage
  • The Evolution of a Poster
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