Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life comes to 4K

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The 1983 comedy Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 13th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to multiple retailers.  The film, co-directed by Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, starred the “Monty Python” British comedy troupe members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

The tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS:X immersive sound on a BD-100 disc.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film [via Movies Anywhere] included.

You cannot yet find the functional preorder for the 4K release over at Amazon but there is a listing available.  So, stay tuned to that page or keep trying the link from this post to see when it gets updated.  It’s also worth noting that you can find a functional preorder listing for the 4K available over at retailer Target.

The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • The Meaning of Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Reunion
  • The Snipped Bits
  • The School of Life
  • 2003 Prologue by Eric Idle
  • Show Biz
  • Soundtrack for the Lonely
  • The Meaning of Making The Meaning of Life
  • Educational Tips
  • Un Film de John Cleese
  • Remastering a Masterpiece
  • Song and Dance
  • Songs Unsung
  • Selling The Meaning of Life
  • Virtual Reunion
  • What Fish Think
  • Feature Commentary with Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam
  • Sing-Along Version of the Film

Also, you can find a 4K 2160p video extended preview of the film on YouTube that Universal posted earlier this month as a tease for the upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray release.

The Godfather films individually on 4K in October

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“The Godfather” films, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, are getting individual 4K UHD Blu-ray releases in both standard (pictured above) and SteelBook forms on October 11th via Paramount Home Entertainment, according to retailers.  This includes The Godfather (1972) and its sequels The Godfather: Part II and The Godfather: Coda – The Death of Michael Corleone (1990/2020).

The first film starred Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, Sterling HaydenJohn Marley, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire, and Al Martino.  The second film starred Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Bruno KirbyGastone Moschin, Michael V. Gazzo, Lee Strasberg, Gianni Russo, Joe Spinell, and Abe Vigoda.  The third film, recut in 2020 from the original version of “The Godfather: Part III” (1990), starred Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire, Sofia Coppola, Briget Fonda, George Hamilton, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, and Raf Vallone.

You can find the standard and SteelBook versions of the films all available for preorder now over at Amazon.  For the standard versions, just click their titles further above.  You can find the SteelBooks below with their Amazon preorder links for each.

The releases will each come in the form of just the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc and a digital code (copy) of the film.  No Blu-ray Disc counterparts will be included.  I repeat, no Blu-rays will be included with these releases.  The bonus materials will be only those included on the 4K discs.  I’ll be updating this post later with a full rundown of those contents for each film [disc].

Finally, there will NOT be an individual 4K UHD Blu-ray release of “The Godfather: Part III” but you can find that, as a bonus disc, in the previously released trilogy sets on the format.

Lost Highway gets Criterion 4K and Blu-ray in October

 

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The 1997 film “Lost Highway” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on October 11th via The Criterion Collection. The film, directed and co-written by David Lynch, starred Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake, Gary Busey, Richard Pryor, and Robert Loggia.

This movie has received a new 4K restoration, supervised by director David Lynch. Below are some details about that from Janus Films‘ website:

“Lost Highway is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1. Supervised by director David Lynch, this new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from the 35 mm original camera negative. The near-field remaster of the original 5.1 soundtrack was made from the 35 mm magnetic track and mix supervised by Lynch and rerecording mixer Ronald Eng.”

Tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo lossless sound mixes. The 4K release will come in the form of a 2-disc “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart included in that set. 

UPDATE:  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  Also, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray directly available for preorder over at the Criterion website.  The bonus materials set to be included with the releases are listed below.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director David Lynch, with new 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Alternate uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • For the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch, a feature-length 1997 documentary by Toby Keeler featuring Lynch and his collaborators Angelo Badalamenti, Peter Deming, Barry Gifford, Mary Sweeney, and others, along with on-set footage from Lost Highway
  • Reading by Lynch and critic Kristine McKenna of excerpts from their 2018 book, Room to Dream
  • Archival interviews with Lynch and actors Patricia Arquette, Bill Pullman, and Robert Loggia
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Excerpts from an interview with Lynch from filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch
  • New cover by Fred Davis

1997 Wes Craven film Scream 2 on 4K in October

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The 1997 sequel “Scream 2” seems to be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in standard (pictured above) and limited edition “25th anniversary” SteelBook forms on October 4th via Paramount Home Entertainment, according to retailers.  The film, directed by Wes Craven, starred Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Jerry O’Connell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joshua Jackson, Timothy Olyphant, Liev Schreiber, Jada Pinkett Smith, Omar Epps, and Heather Graham.

As this title has not yet been officially announced, that I can tell, the tech specs for the 4K releases have not yet been detailed but you can for sure expect a 2160p video presentation with at least HDR10 form of high dynamic range and likely a lossless 5.1 surround sound mix.  The releases will both come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray counterpart included as well as a digital code (copy) of the film.  The bonus materials should include all of the previous extras found on the Blu-ray and perhaps some new content, but no word on that yet.  Stay tuned for an update.  In the meantime, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) available for preorder over at Amazon.  The standard 4K UHD Blu-ray is available for preorder as well over at Amazon but it lacks artwork at the moment.

2008 film Tropic Thunder comes to 4K in September

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The 2008 film Tropic Thunder is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 13th via KL Studio Classics.  The film, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, co-starred Jack Black, Robert Donwey, Jr., Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Nick Nolte, Bill Hader, Steve Coogan, and Tom Cruise.

The tech specs for the 2-disc release include Disc 1 with the Theatrical Cut of the film in 2160p 4K in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo lossless sound mixes, on a BD-100 disc.  Disc 2 will include a 1080p HD presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio for the “Director’s Cut” of the film, on a BD-50 disc. Both versions have been “Remastered in 4K by Paramount Pictures” as well as were “Supervised and Approved by Director Ben Stiller.”

You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via Kino Lorber’s website.  The bonus materials set to be included with this 2-disc release are listed below.

Disc One: Theatrical Cut (4KUHD)

  • Audio Commentary by Stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.

Disc Two: Director’s Cut (Blu-ray)

  • Audio Commentary by Ben Stiller, Co-Producer Stuart Cornfeld, Production Designer Jeff Mann, Co-Writer Justin Theroux, Cinematographer John Toll and Editor Greg Hayden
  • BEFORE THE THUNDER: Featurette
  • THE HOT LZ: Featurette
  • BLOWING SHIT UP: Featurette
  • DESIGNING THE THUNDER: Featurette
  • THE CAST OF TROPIC THUNDER: Interviews with Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Nick Nolte
  • Make-Up Test with Tom Cruise with Intro by Ben Stiller and Editor Greg Hayden
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes & Alternate Ending with Intro & Optional Audio Commentaries by Ben Stiller & Editor Greg Hayden
  • FULL MAGS: Improv Footage Featurette with Intro by Ben Stiller & Editor Greg Hayden
  • MTV MOVIE AWARDS – TROPIC THUNDER
  • Rain of Madness: Documentary (30:00)
  • Rain of Madness: Trailer (2:41)
  • Two Theatrical Trailers

New 4K UHD Blu-ray Releases for July 19th, 2022

The following titles will be released Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 on 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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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.

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