The original Japanese animated film “Ghost in the Shell“ in anime form from 1995 is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 8th, via Lionsgate – in celebration of its 25th anniversary. This news comes just as I had previously reported still it as a rumor earlier this month. The tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range as well as with Japanese & English language Dolby Atmos mixes and original Japanese 2.0 Stereo PCM sound mix. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that you’ll get the Blu-ray counterpart as well as a digital copy of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon, as well as at retailers Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. It’s certainly worth noting that this release will also come in the form of an exclusive4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook which is now available for preorder over at Best Buy (pictured below).
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The bonus materials, featuring some new content, set to be included on the 4K UHD Blu-ray release are listed below.
4K / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
Full-length audio commentary of Ghost in the Shell with Mary Claypool (Animation Writer and English Language Scriptwriter), Eric Calderon (Animation Producer and Writer), Richard Epcar (Voice of “Batou”), and Charles Solomon (Animation Historian and Critic)
“Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future” Featurette
“Landscapes & Dreamscapes: The Art and Architecture of Ghost in the Shell” Featurette
ADDITIONAL ARCHIVAL BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
Production Report & Digital Works Featuretes
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming release of the film on 4K UHD Blu-ray in the official announcement.
The “Back to the Future Ultimate Trilogy“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 20th, via Universal. The box set includes the three films “Back to the Future” (1985), “Back to the Future Part II” (1989), and “Back to the Future Part III” (1990). The films, directed by Robert Zemeckis & produced by Steven Spielberg, starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, James Tolkan, Billy Zane, and Thomas F. Wilson. The tech specs for the films include 2160p 4K presentations in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+ forms of High Dynamic Range along with Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray Disc counterparts as well as digital code (copy) included for each film.
Now, this may be confusing consumers but there will be a total of three different releases of the trilogy on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format: a standard 4K UHD Blu-ray set, a gift set (exclusive to Amazon), and a SteelBook set (exclusive to Best Buy).
So far, there’s The 4K UHD Blu-ray set now available for preorder over at Amazon, which includes a collectible levitating hoverboard (as pictured below).
BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET (4K UHD): Includes exclusive levitating Hoverboard replica (Amazon Exclusive)
As previously mentioned, there will be several retailer exclusive versions of the 4K UHD Blu-ray set, and even a Blu-ray version of the 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set – exclusive to retailer Target and now available for preorder. Another form will be the 35th Anniversary Limited Edition TrilogySteelBook exclusive set at retailer Best Buy, which is now available for preorder (pictured below).
BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION TRILOGY (4K UHD): Includes three newly designed steelbooks (Best Buy Exclusive)
UPDATE #1: You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray version of the trilogy available for preorder over at retailer Best Buy. There’s still no listing on Amazon or at other retailers yet, to my knowledge, but stay tuned for further update(s).
The bonus materials set to be included on the release are briefly described here to include not only the previous Blu-ray extras but some new content as described below.
” This collection is loaded with bonus material including a bonus disc that comes with over an hour of brand-new content such as rare audition footage from Hollywood stars Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell, a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by co-writer/producer Bob Gale, a sneak peek at the new musical show, and a special episode of the popular YouTube Series “Could You Survive The Movies?” “
You can find the full set of extras set to be included on the new Bonus Disc listed below.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE TRILOGY bonus DISC FEATURES ON BLU-RAY™:
An Alternate Future: Lost Audition Tapes (NEW) – Get a glimpse of the BACK TO THE FUTURE that could have been with rare audition footage featuring now-famous celebrities.
C. Thomas Howell
The Hollywood Museum Goes BACK TO THE FUTURE (NEW) – Join Co-writer/Producer Bob Gale on an intimate tour of an exhaustive exhibit of the films’ props and memorabilia.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE MUSICAL Behind the Scenes (NEW) – Get a sneak peek at the new musical show including a Q&A with the cast and creative team plus two new song recordings.
Cast and Creative Q&A
Gotta Start Somewhere
Put Your Mind To It
Could You Survive The Movies? BACK TO THE FUTURE (NEW) – Explore the magic and science of BACK TO THE FUTURE and find out which laws of physics were actually violated in this special episode of the popular YouTube series.
2015 Message from Doc Brown
DOC BROWN SAVES THE WORLD!
OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean
Looking BACK TO THE FUTURE
Casting Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd Reflects on Doc Brown
The DeLorean Time Machine
Building Hill Valley
Prepping for the “Johnny B. Goode” Scene
Rushing the Cut
BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Animated Series
Brothers (Season 1, Episode 1)
Mac the Black (Season 2, Episode 1)
JAWS 19 Trailer
Further below, after the break, where you can find the full info regarding this announcement of this upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray release of the trilogy.
The 1989 cult-classic film “Little Monsters“ is officially making its debut to Blu-ray Disc on September 15th, via Vestron Video & Lionsgate. The film, directed by Richard Greenberg, starred Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Daniel Stern, Margaret Whitton, Rick Ducommun, Frank Whaley, and Ben Savage. Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo sound. A digital copy of the film will be included. You can now find the Blu-ray is available for preorder over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
*NEW* Audio Commentary with Jarret Gahan, Editor-in-Chief of CultofMonster.com
*NEW* Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer David Newman
*NEW* “Call Him Maurice” – An Interview with Actor Howie Mandel
*NEW* “Beneath the Bed” – An Interview with Producer Andrew Licht
*NEW* “Monsters Big & Small” – An Interview with Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short
*NEW* Vintage Interviews with Actors Fred Savage, Ben Savage, Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short, and Director Richard Alan Greenberg
“Making Maurice” – Vintage Footage of Howie Mandel’s Makeup Transformation
Vintage EPK & VHS Promo
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming Blu-ray debut of the film.
The 1975 David Cronenberg film “Shivers“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on September 15th, via Vestron Video & Lionsgate. The cult-classic horror/sci-fi movie, both written & directed by Cronenberg, starred Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, and Barbara Steele. Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono sound. A digital copy of the film will be included. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
*NEW* Audio Commentary with Writer-Director David Cronenberg and Co-Producer Don Carmody
*NEW* “Mind Over Matter” – An Interview with Writer-Director David Cronenberg
*NEW* “Good Night Nurse” – An Interview with Actress Lynn Lowry
*NEW* “Outside and Within” – An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator Joe Blasco
*NEW* “Celebrating Cinépix” – An Interview with Greg Dunning
Archival 1998 David Cronenberg Interview
Still Gallery with Optional Archival Audio Interview with Executive Producer John Dunning
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement including more details about this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.
The 1971 Harry Kümel directed horror film “Daughters of Darkness“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 27th, via Blue Underground. The film’s cast included Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet, Andrea Rau, and Paul Esser. The release, a limited edition set, will include the Blu-ray counterpart as well as a CD of the film’s original soundtrack. Tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K video presentation in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range as well as Dolby Atmos sound. Other sound formats & configurations include DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 1.0 Mono mixes. This comes from a 4K 16-bit restoration using the original 35mm film camera negative.
BREAKING: It has just been announced via the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con at Home panel that the “Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection“Blu-ray box set is officially coming November 3rd, via Warner. The 3-disc Limited Edition box set includes a total of 60 cartoon shorts featuring Bugs. 20 of the shorts have previously been released in the form they are in here, while 40 of the other shorts have never been released or haven’t been remastered before (until now). I’ll have a bit more specific detail on the shorts and such included in this set soon, hopefully, as I’m waiting for a press release. It is known that the set will come with digital copies for all of the 60 shorts. You can now find the Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon. The set will come with some cool physical bonus items as you can see below, including a figurine.
I’ll, again hopefully, have more specific details regarding those and the other bonus materials set to be included on this release soon. The panel discussion hinted at some new audio commentary tracks coming for some of the shorts, for example. More on that soon. Lastly, since this year Comic-Con took place at home in virtual panels, you can actually watch the entire panel online below.
Finally, here is some info regarding who all participated in the Comic-Con at Home panel:
“Bugs Bunny’s 80th Anniversary Extravaganza — Take a trip through eight decades of laughs and carrots when WBHE presents an all-encompassing look at one of the world’s most beloved and recognizable stars. Three current voices of Bugs Bunny — Billy West (Space Jam, Futurama, Doug), Jeff Bergman (Tiny Toon Adventures, Our Cartoon President) and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Muppet Babies) — join Looney Tunes Cartoons executive producer Pete Browngardt, movie historian/author/TV personality Leonard Maltin (Entertainment Tonight), animation historian/author Jerry Beck (Animation Scoop), and George Feltenstein (Senior Vice President, Theatrical Catalog, WBHE) to discuss Bugs Bunny’s history from theatrical shorts to Saturday morning cartoons and the new HBO Max series. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, Avengers: Endgame, DC Super Hero Girls) will moderate.”
The 1995 Wes Craven directed film “Vampire in Brooklyn“ starring Eddie Murphy is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc for the very first time on September 15th, via Paramount. The film is considered a perhaps cult-classic yet was also widely hated by critics. It featured a supporting cast of Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon, and Zakes Mokae. Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and retailer Best Buy. No bonus materials are set to be included on this release, according to the back package art.
The 1997 film “Private Parts“ starring Howard Stern is finally coming to the Blu-ray Disc format on September 15th, via Paramount. The Betty Thomas directed film, an adaptation of the novel of the same title about the shock jock radio host’s life, featured him playing himself, along with a cast of (co-host) Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, Jackie Martling, Gary Dell’Abate, Mary McCormack, and Paul Giamatti. Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and retailer Best Buy. No bonus materials are set to be included with the release, according to the back package art.