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“Just One of the Guys” comes to Blu-ray April

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The 1985 cult-classic comedy Just One of the Guys starring Joyce Hyser is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a debut to Blu-ray Disc on April 28th, via Sony. The film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb, co-starred Clayton Rohner, Billy Jacoby, Toni Hudson, and William Zabka. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p HD video, from a new 2K remaster, in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio original theatrical Mono sound. You can now find Blu-ray listed over at Amazon and it should be available for preorder very soon. The only bonus material set to be included on the release is listed below.

  • AUDIO COMMENTARY, DIRECTOR & CAST featuring Lisa Gottlieb, Arye Gross, Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Toni Hudson, John Apicella

Below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming release of the film to Blu-ray.

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“Laurel & Hardy” Restorations on Blu-ray June

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Some of their shorts and feature-length films have been restored as Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations on Blu-ray Disc which coming on June 16th, via Kit Parker Films (distributed by MVD Entertainment Group). The comedy duo featured the late legends Stan LaurelOliver Hardy and this set chronicles their careers with 17 short films, 2 feature-length films, and eight hours worth of bonus materials – for a 511 minutes total runtime. All of these have been restored in 2K and 4K from the original 35mm film nitrate. The tech specs for the 4-disc set have not yet been fully detailed but stay tuned for an update. You can find the Blu-ray Disc set is listed for preorder over at Amazon. Details regarding the set and their restorations, a list of the films featured in the set, as well as a list of bonus materials, are listed below.

The comedy films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have been beloved around the world since they were first released between 1927 and 1940. So beloved that many of the available copies are blurred dupes printed from worn-out negatives. Now, the best of their short comedies and two of their finest features have been fully restored. They look and sound as spectacular as when they were first released…

  • NEW! 2K and 4K transfers from the finest original 35mm materials in the world. 
  • WORLD PREMIERES! Laurel and Hardy’s legendary 1927 silent “pie fight” film THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY makes its video debut after being “lost” for 90 years! The only reel of L&H bloopers and out-takes, THAT’S THAT!
  • Classic short comedies BERTH MARKS, BRATS, HOG WILD, COME CLEAN, ONE GOOD TURN, HELPMATES, THE MUSIC BOX (the legendary Academy Award-winning “piano moving” short), THE CHIMP, COUNTY HOSPITAL, SCRAM!, THEIR FIRST MISTAKE, TOWED IN A HOLE, TWICE TWO, ME AND MY PAL, THE MIDNIGHT PATROL, and BUSY BODIES in addition to the feature films SONS OF THE DESERT and WAY OUT WEST (which includes the team’s famous soft shoe dance routine).
  • EIGHT HOURS of EXCLUSIVE extras – 2,500 rare photos and studio documents, audio and film interviews with L&H co-workers, original music tracks and trailers plus a full restoration of their one surviving color film, THE TREE IN A TEST TUBE.
  • Commentaries by L&H historians Randy Skretvedt and Richard W. Bann
  • Restorations provided by Jeff Joseph/SabuCat in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive and Library of Congress.

Further below, after the break, you can find some YouTube video clips of these restorations with side-by-side comparisons, as well as an even further list of the details about the release.

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1972 spaghetti Western “The Grand Duel” gets Arrow Video Blu-ray release in May

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The 1972 spaghetti western film The Grand Duel starring Lee Van Cleef is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on May 7th, via Arrow Video. The film, directed by Giancarlo Santi, co-starred Philipp WermeerAlberto DenticeJess Hahn, and Horst Frank. Tech specs for the new Blu-ray include 1080p video from a new 2K restoration (taken from the original 35mm camera negative) and uncompressed Linear PCM Mono sound. The Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. Details regarding this release and bonus materials set to be included are listed below (taken from the Amazon listing).

  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
  • An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
  • The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
  • The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
  • Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews

1976 Enzo G. Castellari film “Keoma” starring Franco Nero on Blu-ray in April

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The 1976 Enzo G. Castellari directed Western Keoma starring Franco Nero is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on April 16th, via Arrow Video. The film, co-starring William Berger and Olga Karlatos, has previously been released as a double feature on Blu-ray format (back in 2012). This time around the folks at Arrow have given it a new 2K restoration from the original 35MM camera negatives. Tech specs for the release include 1080p video and uncompressed PCM 1.0 Mono sound. The Arrow Blu-ray can be found for pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included and detailed info regarding this upcoming release can be found below.

  • Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western – a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Play as an Actor – a new interview with actor Volfango Soldati
  • The Flying Thug – a new interview with actor Massimo Vanni
  • Parallel Actions – a new interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci
  • Writing Keoma – a new interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori AKA George Eastman
  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust – a new interview with director Enzo G. Castellari
  • The Ballad of Keoma – a new interview with the legendary star Franco Nero
  • New audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack, Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • An Introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox – an archival featurette with the acclaimed director, Original Italian and international theatrical trailers, Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative