The 1955 film “We’re No Angels” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time, on November 24th via Paramount. The film, directed by Michael Curtiz, starred Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov, Joan Bennett, and Basil Rathbone. The tech specs for the Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono sound. You can now find the Blu-ray is available for preorder over at Amazon. No bonus materials will be included with this release. Lastly, it should be noted that this release will come in the form of a MOD (manufactured-on-demand) BD-ROM Blu-ray Disc if you order it via Amazon. However, if you find this on store shelves elsewhere or online elsewhere, it will be a pressed Blu-ray Disc. I was given this heads-up regarding the release. You can find a quote regarding that below.
“It’s a BD-ROM now on Amazon MOD and pressed everywhere else.”
The 2000 film “Wonder Boys” starring Michael Douglas is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time, on November 24th via Paramount. The film, directed by Curtis Hanson, co-starred Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, and the late Rip Torn. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0 sound. This last bit, regarding the sound configuration, comes as an improvement over the previous 2000 DVD which only contained a Dolby Digital 5.0 sound mix, oddly enough. Yes, this never has received a 5.1 surround mix with the subwoofer channel. That’s not a misprint or typo. You can now find this Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will include the following bonus materials, ported over from the previously mentioned DVD:
Cast & Crew Interviews
Songs of Wonder Boys with Commentary by Curtis Hanson
“Things Have Changed” Bob Dylan Music Video
It should be noted that this release will come in the form of a MOD (manufactured-on-demand) BD-ROM Blu-ray Disc if you order it via Amazon. However, if you find this on store shelves elsewhere or online elsewhere, it will be a pressed Blu-ray Disc. I was given this heads-up regarding the release. You can find a quote regarding that below.
“It’s a BD-ROM now on Amazon MOD and pressed everywhere else.”
Warner today has informed me, after my feedback, that they have identified an issue with the upcoming “The Flintstones: The Complete Series” on Blu-ray Disc. So, I had originally noticed there was a sound issue on an episode of the very first disc in the 10-disc set. They, last week, checked into this and as mentioned have identified and since fixed this specific sound problem. As a result, a replacement program has been set up for this specific disc. You can request your replacement disc by following the instructions that I’ll give you further below after the break.
The 2006 Richard Kelly film “Southland Tales” will be officially getting a Limited Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray release from Arrow Video on January 26th, 2021. The film, previously released on the format back in 2008, will now feature a new 2K video restoration that was “approved by director Richard Kelly and director of photography Steven Poster.” Tech specs for the Limited Edition Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD presentation in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with the original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 Stereo sound mixes. This release will include both the film’s 145-minute Theatrical cut and also the 160-minute “Cannes” cut — as shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The film’s cast included Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake, John Larroquette, Jon Lovitz, Wood Harris, Christopher Lambert, Amy Poehler, Cheri Oteri, Will Sasso, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Moore, Beth Grant, Zelda Rubinstein, and Kevin Smith.
UPDATE: The Limited EditionBlu-ray is now available to preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials, some physical, for the 2-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray release are as follows.
Audio commentary on the theatrical cut by Richard Kelly
It’s a Madcap World: The Making of an Unfinished Film, a new in-depth retrospective documentary on the film, featuring contributions by Richard Kelly and members of the original crew
USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland, an archival featurette on the making of the film, featuring interviews with the cast and crew
This is the Way the World Ends, an archival animated short set in the Southland Tales universe
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey
Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Peter Tonguette and Simon Ward
The 1986 film “Crossroads” starring Ralph Macchio is coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time, on January 12th, 2021, via Mill Creek Entertainment. The film, directed by Walter Hill, co-starred Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton, and Steve Vai. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed. You can find the Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will feature a retro VHS-style slipcover packaging, as pictured above.
The 1989 action film “Blind Fury“ starring Rutger Hauer is coming to Blu-ray Disc on January 12th, 2021, via Mill Creek Entertainment. This will be the first time that the film has been individually available on the format, here in North America. It had been previously released in a 3-film collection back in 2017. The film, directed by Phillip Noyce, co-starred Terry O’Quinn, Brandon Call, Noble Willingham, Lisa Blount, Nick Cassavetes, Rick Overton, Meg Foster, a Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb. Tech specs and bonus materials (if any) for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for a possible update on that. The release will come in a retro VHS-style slipcover form of packaging (pictured above). You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon — with commissions earned.
The 2006 film “Man of the Year“ starring the late Robin Williams will be making its Blu-ray Discdebut on November 3rd — appropriately enough — via Sony. The film, which was written & directed by Barry Levinson, co-starred Laura Linney, Lewis Black, Christopher Walken, and Jeff Goldblum. Tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed, nor is it known if this will contain bonus materials, but stay tuned for a possible update on that soon. Considering it is a Presidential election year, it’s not surprising that this film is finally making its debut to the Blu-ray format, however, it is a bit unexpectedly coming with it would seem very little to no promotion. You can now find the Blu-ray Disc available for preorder over at Amazon.
Lastly, my inner film nerd is going to take over for a moment here. I have to say it’s a bit weird that Sony is now distributing this film, looking back on it? In fact, as you’ll notice on IMDb this film was released theatrically and on home video in the United States originally by Universal. So, I guess they [Universal] have let the rights to the film go to Sony? Interesting. Regardless, I have to say it’s very nice to see that someone is finally bringing this underrated Robin Williams film out on the format.