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Brian De Palma film Blow Out on 4K in September

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The 1981 film Blow Out is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 6th via The Criterion Collection.  The film, directed and co-written by Brian De Palma, starred John Travolta, Tracy Allen, Dennis Franz, and John Lithgow.

This comes from a new 4K restoration.  The tech specs include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo sound.  The release will come as a 2-disc “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart included.  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and directly via Criterion.  The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • Interview with director Brian De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach
  • Interview with actor Nancy Allen
  • Murder à la Moda 1967 feature by De Palma
  • Interview with cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within Blow Out
  • On-set photographs by Louis Goldman
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow and, for the Blu-ray and 4K UHD editions, Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review of the film
  • New cover by Eric Skillman

1956 George Stevens western Giant on 4K in June

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The 1956 Academy Award-winning western Giant directed & produced by George Stevens is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 21st via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, according to retailers.  The film, which won the Academy Award for “Best Director,” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, and Dennis Hopper.

The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have yet to be announced but stay tuned for an update on that.  It is known, via the artwork (pictured above), that this release will only include the 4K disc and digital code (copy) of the film.  No Blu-ray will be included.  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

The film itself has received a new 4K restoration in a partnership between TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and Martin Scorsese‘s The Film Foundation.  You can read all about that over at Media Play News where they have a great article on this.  This 4K version is also said to be coming to HBO Max streaming later this year.

Larry Cohen film God Told Me to on 4K in July

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The 1976 film God Told Me To is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on July 19th via Blue Underground.  The cult classic, written and directed by the late Larry Cohen, starred Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas, Mike Kellin, Richard Lynch, and Andy Kaufman.

This comes from a “new 4K restoration from the original uncensored negative.”  Tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as Dolby Atmos and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 1.0 Mono sound mixes.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include a Blu-ray Disc of the film, also using the new 4K restoration.

UPDATE:  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  The bonus materials set to be included on this 2-disc set are listed below.

Disc 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #2 with Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Troy Howarth
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:

Audio Commentary #1 with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen

  • NEW! Audio Commentary #2 with Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Troy Howarth
  • Heaven & Hell On Earth – Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco
  • Bloody Good Times – Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill
  • God Told Me To Bone – New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen
  • Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Below, after the break, you can find an HD restored version of the trailer for the film.

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1971 film Shaft on 4K via Criterion Collection in June

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The 1971 film “Shaft” will officially be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on June 21st via The Criterion Collection.  The film, directed by Gordon Parks, starred Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, and Victor Arnold.  The film has received a new 4K restoration.

Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range and uncompressed Mono and Stereo sound.  The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect and uncompressed Mono and Stereo sound.  On both releases, the first sound mix will be the original Mono lossless mix while the second optional sound mix will be a Stereo lossless “soundtrack remastered with creative input from Isaac Hayes III” according to Criterion.

You can find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon.  You can also find them available directly via Criterion’s website.

The 4K will come in the form of a “combo pack” and include its Blu-ray counterpart as well as a bonus disc (detailed below), spanning across a 3-disc set. The Blu-ray will be a 2-disc set and include a bonus disc with an additional film — “Shaft’s Big Score! (1972).  The bonus materials set to be included with the releases are listed below.

  • Shaft’s Big Score!, the 1972 follow-up to Shaft by director Gordon Parks
  • New documentary on the making of Shaft featuring curator Rhea L. Combs, film scholar Racquel J. Gates, filmmaker Nelson George, and music scholar Shana L. Redmond
  • Behind-the-scenes program featuring Parks, actor Richard Roundtree, and musician Isaac Hayes
  • Archival interviews with Hayes, Parks, and Roundtree
  • New interview with costume designer Joseph G. Aulisi
  • New program on the Black detective and the legacy of John Shaft, featuring scholar Kinohi Nishikawa and novelist Walter Mosley
  • A Complicated Man: The “Shaft” Legacy (2019)
  • Behind-the-scenes footage from Shaft’s Big Score!
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Amy Abugo Ongiri
  • New cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

1964 Sergio Leone film A Fistful of Dollars on 4K May

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The 1964 spaghetti western “A Fistful of Dollars” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 31st via KL Studio Classics.  The film, directed by Sergio Leone, starred Clint Eastwood and Marianne Koch.

In terms of the 4K restoration, the movie has received “over 24 hours of extensive shot-by-shot color grading of the logarithmic restored 4K files provided by L’Immagine Ritrovata” according to Kino Lorber.  Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation (without HDR) and lossless 5.1 and 2.0 Mono on a BD-100 disc.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart included.  You cannot yet find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update on that.  In the meantime, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder directly from Kino Lorber.

The contents of this 2-disc set and bonus materials are listed further below, after the break.

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1996 horror film Uncle Sam comes to 4K in June

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The 1996 horror film Uncle Sam is officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format on June 21st via Blue Underground.  The film, directed by William Lustig and written by the late Larry Cohen, starred Bo Hopkins, Timothy Bottoms, Robert Forster, P.J. Soles, William Smith, and Isaac Hayes.

This comes from a new 4K restoration, as noted below.

“… UNCLE SAM in a sparkling new 25th Anniversary restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, loaded with illuminating Extras!”

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound.  NOTE: This release only includes a 4K disc and not the Blu-ray Disc.

UPDATE:  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary #1 with Director William Lustig, Writer Larry Cohen and Producer George G. Braunstein
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Director William Lustig and Star Isaac Hayes
  • Fire Stunts with Audio Commentary by Stunt Coordinator Spiro Razatos
  • Deleted Scene
  • Gag Reel
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Further below, after the break, you can find the restored trailer for the film.

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1996 film The Craft gets 4K Collector’s Edition in May

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The 1996 film The Craft is officially getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray “Collector’s Edition” release on May 17th by Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The film, directed and co-written by Andrew Fleming, starred Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich, Christine Taylor, and Breckin Meyer.

This comes from a new 4K restoration done by Sony.  The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with presumably HDR10 form of high dynamic range and a lossless 5.1 surround sound mix, although not yet confirmed.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart.  You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition available for preorder over at Amazon or directly via ShoutFactory.com where you’ll get an exclusive poster (while supplies last).

The details and bonus materials set to be included on the 2-disc set are listed below.

DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • NEW 4K Restoration By Sony
  • Audio Commentary With Director Andrew Fleming

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • NEW 4K Restoration By Sony
  • Audio Commentary With Andrew Fleming
  • Directing The Craft – An Interview With Andrew Fleming
  • Producing The Craft – An Interview With Producer Douglas Wick
  • Writing The Craft – An Interview With Co-Writer Peter Filardi
  • Effecting The Craft – An Interview With Makeup Effects Supervisor Tony Gardner
  • Vintage Featurette – Conjuring The Craft
  • Vintage Featurette – The Making Of The Craft
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Andrew Fleming
  • Theatrical Trailer

Lawrence of Arabia gets individual 4K release in June

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The 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia is finally getting an individual 4K UHD Blu-ray “60th Anniversary Limited Edition” SteelBook release on June 7th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  This film had previously been released on the 4K format as part of a box set and this will mark the first time it has been available outside of that set as an individual release.

The film, a winner of 7 Academy Awards (“Oscars”), directed by David Lean, starred Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, and Peter O’Toole.

This has been “fully restored from the original camera negative.”  The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.20:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.  It also includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround lossless mix as well.  NOTE: The film is split up across 2 discs for both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray versions. Speaking of which, the release comes in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it includes its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for preorder over at Amazon.  The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Unused International Prologue (on 4K only)

Blu-ray Extras:

  • Secrets of Arabia: Feature-Length Picture-in-Graphics Track
  • Peter O’Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia
  • Making of Lawrence of Arabia Documentary
  • Deleted Balcony Scene with Introduction by Anne V. Coates
  • The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia
  • A Conversation with Steven Spielberg
  • Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic (1963 & 1970 Versions)
  • Maan, Jordan: The Camels Are Cast
  • In Search of Lawrence
  • Romance of Arabia
  • King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Set
  • In Love with the Desert Documentary
  • Lawrence at 50: A Classic Restored
  • Archival Interviews
    • Steven Spielberg on Lawrence of Arabia
    • William Friedkin on Lawrence of Arabia
    • Sydney Pollack on Lawrence of Arabia
  • New York Premiere Footage
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Vintage Trailers & TV Spots

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement about this film coming to 4K along with another David Lean film (The Bridge on the River Kwai) that I will be covering individually in its own news story.

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Escape from New York gets 4K stateside release in May

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The 1981 film Escape from New York will officially be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray “Collector’s Edition” release on May 17th via Scream Factory in the US (United States).  The film, directed by John Carpenter, starred Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, and Tom Atkins.

UPDATES:  The tech specs include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and likely Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as some lossless audio mix, although yet specified.  This will be using the Studiocanal 4K restoration.  It is known (via the artwork, pictured above) that this release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting its Blu-ray Disc counterpart included.  The 4K UHD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition is now available for preorder over at Amazon.

The full list of contents for this 3-disc set is listed below which includes the bonus materials.

DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • 4K Restoration By StudioCanal
  • Audio Commentary With Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
  • Audio Commentary With Producer Debra Hill And Production Designer Joe Alves
  • Audio Commentary With Actress Adrienne Barbeau And Director Of Photography Dean Cundey

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • 4K Restoration By StudioCanal
  • Audio Commentary With Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
  • Audio Commentary With Producer Debra Hill And Production Designer Joe Alves
  • Audio Commentary With Actress Adrienne Barbeau And Director Of Photography Dean Cundey

DISC THREE (BLU-RAY):

  • Big Challenges In Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects Of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
  • Scoring The Escape – A Discussion With Composer Alan Howarth
  • On Set With John Carpenter – The Images Of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK With Photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker
  • I Am Taylor – An Interview With Actor Joe Unger
  • My Night On Set – An Interview With Filmmaker David DeCoteau
  • Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence With Optional Audio Commentary
  • Return To Escape From New York Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Photo Galleries – Behind-The-Scenes, Posters And Lobby Cards

1998 film Wild Things gets limited edition 4K in May

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The 1998 film “Wild Things” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a Limited Edition box set on May 24th via Arrow Video.  The film, directed by John McNaughton, starred Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Theresa Russell, and Bill Murray.  The film has received a new 4K restoration of both the theatrical and UNRATED Edition versions, as noted below.  Hence, this release will include both versions in 4K.

“New 4K restorations of both the Original Theatrical Version and the Unrated Edition from the original camera negatives by Sony Pictures Entertainment”

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range along with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and uncompressed 2.0 Stereo sound mixes.  It’s worth noting that there will be a Blu-ray “Limited Edition” release also coming from Arrow Video and that it will include the same sound tech specs as mentioned above and be in 1080p HD video in the same aspect ratio.  Also, both the 4K and the Blu-ray releases are 1-disc sets. So, in other words, the 4K is not a “combo pack” and does not include the Blu-ray counterpart.

UPDATES:  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and Blu-ray Collector’s Edition both available for preorder over at Amazon.

The bonus materials for these limited editions sets include the following physical extras (pictured further below).

  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson and Sean Hogan
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sam Hadley

The bonus materials set to be included with the limited edition 4K and Blu-ray releases are listed below.

  • Exclusive new audio commentary by director John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones
  • Commentary by director John McNaughton, cinematographer Jeffrey Kimball, producers Steven A. Jones and Rodney Liber, editor Elena Maganini and score composer George S. Clinton
  • Exclusive new interview with John McNaughton
  • Exclusive new interview with Denise Richards
  • Making of documentary
  • An Understanding Lawyer outtakes
  • Trailer

UPDATES:  There are a few SteelBooks coming for this film.  First, there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition Deluxe SteelBook 2-disc set available. This set comes with all the physical extras and the SteelBook packaging.  That release (pictured below) is now available for preorder over at Zavvi and GrindHouseVideo.

Next, there also will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 2-disc individual release available from Arrow Video (pictured below) that includes the 4K and Blu-ray versions but without the physical extras.  That individual 4K SteelBook is now available for preorder over at Zavvi and GrindHouseVideo.  Stay tuned for Amazon preorders for all of these.

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