Warner today has officially announced plans to bring the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher directed original four live-action Batman films to 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 4th. These films include “Batman“ (1989), “Batman Returns“ (1992), “Batman Forever“ (1995), and “Batman & Robin“ (1997). The films will first get individual releases and then be released in a box set called “Batman Anthology” on 4K a tad bit later in the year (9/17). All four films are said to have been restored after they received new 4K scans of the original camera negatives. Tech specs for the releases will include 2160p video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound for each film. No further details have yet been announced regarding the releases. They will each include newly remastered versions of the films on Blu-ray Disc and digital copies – likely compatible with Movies Anywhere. The bonus materials will be the same as previously included on Blu-ray for each film.
UPDATE / PRE-ORDERS: You can pre-order the films over at Amazon. Just click on the titles of the films above for links. Best Buy now has these also for pre-order. They only seem to work if you click the yellow “Pre-order” button beside each and will add to your cart. Their individual pages, however, will not load yet – at Best Buy. You can find the Batman Anthology box set already available to pre-order over at Warner’s WBShop. WBShop also has each film available to pre-order and here are the individual links: Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin. Lastly, the retailer Barnes & Noble has the box set and all four films available to pre-order as well.
EDITOR NOTE: Lastly, it’s a true shame the cover art for these films is this boring. Fans are not liking it one bit on social media and perhaps Warner should have considered just using the original poster art instead.
The 1982 Lucio Fulci directed film “The New York Ripper“ has received a new 4K restoration and is being re-released to Blu-ray Disc in a Limited Edition on June 25th, via Blue Underground. This restoration source was from the uncensored original camera negative. The highly controversial horror film starred Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti, Alexandra Delli Colli, and Paolo Malco.
Tech specs for the new Blu-ray include full 1080p HD video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with both DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and Mono mixes, as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 and 1.0 Mono sound. The release will come in the form of a 3-Disc set featuring a DVD of the film and the Soundtrack to the film included on a CD (compact disc). You can now find this Limited Edition Blu-ray available to pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
- Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth,
- Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
- The Art Of Killing – Interview with Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti
- Three Fingers Of Violence – Interview with Star Howard Ross
- The Second Victim – Interview with Co-Star Cinzia de Ponti
- The Broken Bottle Murder – Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
- “I’m an Actress!” – 2009 Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
- The Beauty Killer – Interview with Stephen Thrower,
- Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
- Paint Me Blood Red – Interview with Poster Artist Enzo Sciotti
- NYC Locations Then and Now
- Theatrical Trailer
- Poster & Still Gallery
- THE NEW YORK RIPPER Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Francesco De Masi
- Collectible Booklet with new essay by Travis Crawford
Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film featuring the 4K restoration. Be warned, it contains nudity and is NSFW (not safe for work).
The 1928 silent film “The Man Who Laughs“ starring Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin is coming to Blu-ray Disc on June 4th, via Flicker Alley. The film has received a new 4K restoration, done by NBC Universal Studio Post. This release will feature a newly recorded orchestral score by the Berklee School of Music as well as the original score. It will come as a “Deluxe Dual-Format Edition” with a DVD of the film also included. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
- Paul Leni and The Man Who Laughs: A visual essay by film historian and author, John Soister, on Leni s work at Universal during this period.
- Celebrating Universal’s Masterpiece: A new booklet essay written by renowned film historian and author, Kevin Brownlow.
- Notes On the New Score: A short essay by composer Sonia Coronado of the Berklee School of Music on their new score for The Man Who Laughs.
- Optional Secondary Audio Track: In addition to the new Berklee School of Music score, the film s original 1928 Movietone score presented here as a secondary audio track.
- Rare Image Gallery: A slide show presentation of vintage marketing materials, trade ads, memorabilia, and more from The Man Who Laughs, courtesy of the Reel Heroes of Film.
On a related note: The 1929 Paul Leni directed silent film “The Last Warning“ is also coming to Blu-ray Disc on June 4th via Flicker Alley. That film also has received a 4K restoration.
Further below, after the break, you can find more details about this upcoming release of The Man Who Laughs.
The 1979 Ridley Scott directed sci-fi thriller “Alien“ is getting a “40th Anniversary” 4K UHD Blu-ray release on April 23rd via Fox, as officially announced today. The film featured a cast of Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, and Ian Holm. The 4K release will be sporting a new 4K restoration that was supervised by the director himself, as you can see quoted (from the press release) below.
The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans were done at EFilm.
Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS-HD Master Audio sound in 5.1 for both versions of the film and also in a 4.1 configuration for the Theatrical Version. Yes, this is the same audio as found as the previously released Blu-ray. The release will come in a form of “combo pack” with the Blu-ray and a digital copy of the film included.
It’s known that there will also be a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook available, pictured below.
The 4K release will include both the original 1979 Theatrical Version and the 2003 Director’s Cut of the film. Details about and bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
ALIEN 40th Anniversary Bonus Features:
- 1979 Theatrical Version
- 2003 Director’s Cut
- 2003 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott and the Cast & Crew
- 1999 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
- Final Theatrical Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
- Composer’s Original Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
- Deleted Scenes
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release.
The 2011 Ridley Scott directed film “Hannibal” starring Anthony Hopkins is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc (Special Edition) on April 30th, via Kino Lorber Studio Classics. This marks the first 4K release for Kino Lorber. The film co-starred Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Frankie Faison, Giancarlo Giannini, Francesca Neri, and Zeljko Ivanek.
Kino Lorber claims this has received a brand new 4K restoration in HDR and SDR, which was color graded by cinematographer John Mathieson.
UPDATE: Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and a lossless 2.0 Stereo mix in terms of sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray included 1080p video with the same DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and lossless 2.0 Stereo mix. Bonus materials were detailed by Kino Lorber today and include the following (housed on the Blu-ray):
- Audio commentary by director Ridley Scott
- Breaking the Silence: Making-of Hannibal Doc – including rare footage and interviews
- Anatomy of a Shoot-Out: A Five-Angle Breakdown of the “Fish Market” Action Scene
- Ridleygrams: A Featurette on the Art of Storyboarding
- An Exploration of the Film’s Opening Title Design
- Over 33 Minutes of Deleted and Alternate Scenes with optional director commentary
- Alternate Ending with optional director commentary
- 19 TV Spots
- Theatrical Teaser
- Theatrical Trailer
Below, after the break, you can find the art for the new Blu-ray Disc version.
The 1984 modern classic “The Karate Kid“ is getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on April 16th to celebrate the 35th anniversary, via Sony. The film, directed by John G. Avildsen, starred Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, William Zabka, Martin Kove, and Elisabeth Shue. Tech specs for the release include newly 4K restored video with some sort of HDR (high dynamic range) although not yet specified and Dolby Atmos sound. It is said that the original 5.1 and Stereo will be available in terms of audio. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and a Digital Copy of the film included.
Bonus materials set to be included on this upcoming release are listed below.
- NEW “Remembering The Karate Kid” – featuring new interviews with Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Martin Kove (on the 4K disc)
- “Blu-Pop™” Pop-Up Track – Activate the Blu-Pop feature to reveal pop-up trivia, interviews and more secrets from the film!
- Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
- “The Way of the Karate Kid” Multi-Part Making-of Featurette
- “Beyond the Form” Featurette
- “East Meets West: A Composer’s Notebook”
- “Life of Bonsai” Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer (on the 4K disc)