“The Great Escape” gets Criterion Blu-ray in May

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The 1963 film The Great Escape is officially getting a new Blu-ray Disc release from The Criterion Collection on May 12th. The film, directed by John Sturges, starred Steve McQueenJames GarnerRichard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, and James Coburn. This film is considered a classic, in fact, it’s currently (at the time of writing) rated #135 on the IMDb Top 250 movies. The upcoming Criterion Blu-ray will include a brand new 4K digital restoration in the original aspect ratio (OAR) of 2.35:1 with audio choices of the original uncompressed Mono and an Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. You can find The Criterion Collection Blu-ray now listed for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via Criterion. Details about the release and a list of the bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Two audio commentaries, one from 1991, featuring director John Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein; the other, from 2004, featuring actors James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence
  • New interview with critic Michael Sragow
  • “The Great Escape”: Heroes Underground, a four-part 2001 documentary about the real-life escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, including interviews with POWs held there
  • The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones, a 2001 program on the United States Army Air Forces pilot David Jones, the inspiration for Steve McQueen’s character in the film
  • Return to “The Great Escape,” a 1993 program featuring interviews with Coburn, Garner, actors David McCallum and Jud Taylor, stuntman Bud Ekins, and McQueen’s son, Chad McQueen
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley
  • New cover by Sean Phillips
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Sixteen Candles Special Edition Blu-ray in April

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The 1984 John Hughes film Sixteen Candles will be getting a “Special Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray Disc release on April 14th, via Arrow Video. The film starred Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling, and Gedde Watanabe. Tech specs for this new Blu-ray include 1080p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio from a new 4K restoration with both the original lossless Mono and 5.1 surround sound options. The release will include the Theatrical version (92 minutes) and an Extended Version (94 minutes) that is premiering here on this new Blu-ray release. The upcoming Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. Details about the release and the bonus materials, as well as physical extras set to be included on the release, are listed below.

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
    High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the Theatrical Version of the film (92 mins), plus Blu-ray premiere Extended Version (94 mins), featuring the additional cafeteria scene newly remastered in high definition
  • Original lossless mono audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option
  • Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Alternate home video soundtrack prepared for VHS and laserdisc releases
  • Option to watch additional scene from the Extended Version separately
  • Casting Sixteen Candles, an all-new audio interview with casting director Jackie Burch
  • When Gedde Met Deborah, a newly filmed conversation between actors Gedde Watanabe and Deborah Pollack
  • Rudy the Bohunk, a newly filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos
  • The In-Between, a newly filmed interview with camera operator Gary Kibbe
  • The New Wave Nerd, a newly filmed interview with filmmaker Adam Rifkin, who shadowed John Hughes while working as an extra on set
  • Music for Geeks, a newly filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn
  • A Very Eighties Fairytale, an all-new video essay written and narrated by writer Soraya Roberts, looking at the film from a contemporary feminist perspective
  • Celebrating Sixteen Candles, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including stars Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Dooley, Justin Henry, Haviland Morris and Gedde Watanabe
  • Theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
  • Image galleries
  • BD-ROM: PDF of the original shooting script
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nikki Baughan and Bryan Reesman

1980 film Cannibal Apocalypse comes to Blu-ray

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The 1980 cult-classic horror film Cannibal Apocalypse is coming to Blu-ray Disc UNCUT on March 17th via KL Studio Classics. The Antonio Margheriti directed film was also known as “Cannibals in the Streets” and “Invasions of the Flesh Eaters” in some regions. It starred John Saxon, Elizabeth TurnerGiovanni Lombardo, Cinzia De Carolis, Tony King, and Wallace Wilkinson. Tech specs for the release involve a “brand new” 4K restoration of the UNCUT version of the film presented in 1080p, likely in the OAR (original aspect ratio) of 1.66:1 on a BD-50 (50 gigabyte dual-layered) disc with a lossless Mono audio mix. 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 by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE REDUX: Documentary Featuring John Saxon, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and director Antonio Margheriti
  • APOCALYPSE IN THE STREETS: A Video Tour of Filming Locations
  • European Theatrical Trailer
  • Japanese Teaser
  • Alternate U.S. Opening Sequence

Further below, after the break, you can find some further details about this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.

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