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1978 film I Spit on Your Grave gets a 4K in October

The 1978 cult-classic horror film I Spit on Your Grave is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a limited edition release on October 26th via Ronin Flix. The film, written and directed by Meir Zarchi, starred Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, and Gunter Kleemann. The movie has a new 2020 4K scan and restoration, from the original camera negative, and the Mono audio sound mix has also been restored from the uncut version — as detailed below.

“Featuring a brand new 2021 4K HDR Remaster done by Ronin Flix  on 4K Ultra HD, the 2020 4K scan and restoration of director Meir Zarchi’s uncut 35mm original camera negative and the restored original mono soundtrack …”

This limited edition “combo pack” release will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart (as pictured below) as well as a Blu-ray bonus disc with a feature-length documentary and limited edition slipcover.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range as well as DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo sound options. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with the same DTS-HD MA lossless sound mixes. You’ll have to order this title (it seems) directly via RoninFlix.com, where it is now available for preorder. There’s no sign of this release being available at any other retailers, but stay tuned for an update on that if it changes. The bonus materials set to be included on this 3-disc set are listed below.

On both the 4K UHD Blu-ray & Blu-ray:

  • Audio Commentary with writer / director Meir Zarchi
  • Audio Commentary with Film Critic Joe Bob Briggs

Also on Blu-ray Disc:

  • Jennifer’s Journey – the locations of I Spit on Your Grave featurette hosted by writer Michael Gingold
  • The Value of Vengeance – Meir Zarchi Remembers I Spit on Your Grave
  • Alternate Day of the Woman Opening Title
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV & Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Slideshow with Rare & Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Set

On a Blu-ray Bonus Disc:

  • “Growing up with I Spit on Your Grave” (2019) feature-length documentary in 1080p HD with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound.
  • EXCLUSIVE Deleted Scenes
  • Terry Zarchi’s 8mm film starring Camille Keaton
  • Home Movies – Camille and Meir’s wedding
  • Trailer

And lastly, you can even find a promo video for this release further below, after the break.

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Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition 4K November

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As promised, a Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition box set, now with a new release date, is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 16th, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The 31-disc box set includes all six of the Peter Jackson-directed film adaptations of the J.R.R. Tolkein stories “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” via trilogies for each. The theatrical and extended versions of each of the six films will be included in this box set, and those films consist (chronologically) of the following:

  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002)
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012)
  • “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013)
  • “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014)

MAJOR UPDATE: the original release date of late October (10/26 specifically) for this has now been pushed back to a new release date of November 16th.

The tech specs for the releases include 2160p video presentations for each film in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. The theatrical versions of the film are on one BD-100 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc, while the Extended Cuts are presented on two BD-100 4K discs (as part 1 and part 2). This set will also come in the form of a “combo pack,” meaning that it will include the Blu-ray Disc counterparts (remastered in 1080p HD) for both trilogies and for both theatrical and extended cut for each. Then, there’s a bonus disc that I’ll discuss a bit further below, which makes this a 31-disc set. Also, you’ll get a digital code (copy) of each of the six films and of each version — compatible with Movies Anywhere.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray of the Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with the release will feature all of the extras found on the previous Blu-ray (and DVD) releases as well as include an exclusive Bonus Disc. The contents of that disc are listed below.

  • Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Disc includes:
    • Alamo Drafthouse: The Lord of the Rings Cast Reunions (hosted by Stephen Colbert)
      • “The Fellowship of the Ring” – RT: 39:38​ (with Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood)
      • “The Two Towers” – RT: 32:24​ (with Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortenson)​
      • “The Return of the King” – RT: 29:48 (with Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson)​
    • Festival De Cannes Presentation Reel

Also, as you’d expect, the audio commentary tracks will be included for each film, and (as mentioned) the extras will be physically included this time around as well. This set will contain a lot of physical extras and some rather impressive packaging that features the ability to change the slipcase into different configurations (as pictured below).

The physical extras included are detailed briefly below and further below I’ve included some further glimpses at the artwork and contents for this 4K set.

  • Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Disc
  • 64-Page Booklet of Costume Sketches, Photography and Production Notes
  • 7 Travel Postcards

Lastly, I’ll remind you that this 4K set technically has yet to be officially announced by the studio [Warner], however, it’s obviously coming according to Amazon, but stay tuned for an update with confirmation and for further details.

UPDATE: This has been officially announced today [9/9] and you can find the full info regarding the release listed below.

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The Hills Have Eyes (1977) arrives on 4K in November

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The 1977 original classic horror film The Hills Have Eyes is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a Limited Edition box set on November 9th [in the US] via Arrow Video. The film, written & directed by the late Wes Craven, starred John Steadman, Janus Blythe, Peter Locke, Russ Grieve, Virginia Vincent, Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Doug Wood, Robert Houston, James Whitworth, Lance Gordon, Cordy Clark, and Michael Berryman.

The movie has received a 4K restoration and the release will include both the original (theatrical) and alternate endings. The tech specs include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range, as well as lossless Mono, 2.0 Stereo, and 7.1 surround sound mixes. The Stereo and 7.1 lossless mixes are only available for the original (theatrical) ending. Also, it’s most certainly worth noting that this will be a 1-disc 4K only release, and does not include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart.

UPDATE: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition set available for preorder over at Amazon.

The bonus materials, both physical (pictured below) and in terms of extras, set to be included with this limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray release are listed a bit further below.

  • 6 postcards
  • Reversible fold-out poster
  • Limited edition 40-page booklet featuring writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by Arrow producer Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
  • Audio commentary with actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Martin Speer
  • Audio commentary by academic Mikel J. Koven
  • Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke
  • Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes – making-of documentary featuring interviews with Craven, Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace and director of photography Eric Saarinen
  • Family Business – an interview with actor Martin Speer
  • The Desert Sessions – an interview with composer Don Peake
  • Outtakes
  • Alternate ending
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image gallery
  • Original screenplay

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) on 4K

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The 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 23rd via KL Studio Classics, according to a recent Facebook announcement. The film, based on the novel “The Body Snatchers” (written by Jack Finney) and directed by Philip Kaufman, starred Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Art Hindle, and Leonard Nimoy. The movie has been newly restored from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative, which was then approved & color graded by the film’s director (Philip Kaufman).

The tech specs for the 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 lossless 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 Stereo audio mixes (presumably in DTS-HD Master Audio format), on a BD-100 disc. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart, featuring the same 4K restoration and audio options (on a BD-50 disc for that).

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 release are listed below specific to each disc.

4K UHD Blu-ray extras:

  • Audio Commentary by Director Philip Kaufman
  • Audio Commentary by Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman

Blu-ray Disc extras:

  • Audio Commentary by Director Philip Kaufman
  • Audio Commentary by Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman
  • Star-Crossed in the Invasion: Interview with Actress Brooke Adams (9:06)
  • Re-Creating the Invasion: Interview with Screenwriter W.D. Richter (15:43)
  • Scoring the Invasion: Interview with Composer Denny Zeitlin (15:34)
  • Leading the Invasion: Interview with actor Art Hindle (25:04)
  • Writing the Pod: Interview with Jack Finney Expert Jack Seabrook (11:14)
  • Re-Visitors from Outer Space, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pod – Featurette (16:14)
  • Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod – Featurette (4:38)
  • The Man Behind the Scream: The Sound Effects Pod – Featurette (12:47)
  • The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod – Featurette (5:24)
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer

1983 film The Outsiders is coming to 4K in November

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The 1983 film The Outsiders will officially be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on November 9th, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (stateside) and Studiocanal (in the UK). The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, has received a new 4K restoration by his company American Zoetrope. This new 4K restoration includes a new extended version “The Outsiders: The Complete Novel” as well as the original theatrical cut — using the original camera negatives. Below you can find a quote by the filmmaker regarding this new cut of the movie.

Said Coppola, ‘“The Outsiders The Complete Novel’ came about after meeting students over the years who repeatedly asked me why certain scenes from S.E. Hinton’s wonderful book were missing from the theatrical version. These questions reminded about my inspiration for the film—in 1980, a contingent of 12- to 14-year-old students wrote and asked me to make it. I listened to those young fans back then, and I continue to listen to young people now and believe in their opinions, so this complete film version of the novel is for them.”

The film, based on the S.E. Hinton novel, starred C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release have not yet been fully detailed but it is known you can expect both versions of the film with HDR10, spanning across a 4-disc set. That being said, one would assume this will be a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray included of the film (perhaps one each for both cuts) and one just for bonus materials? That last bit has not yet been confirmed or detailed, so that’s just based on speculation of what will fill the 4 discs.

UPDATE: You can now find the artwork (pictured further above) and the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and retailer Target.

It is known that a digital copy of the film will be included with the release. The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K release have already been detailed and are listed fully below.

  • NEW Restoration Interview with Cinematographer Stephen Burum, Zoetrope Head of Archives and Restorations James Mockoski and Colourist Gregg Garvin
  • NEW Deleted Scenes
  • NEW Francis Ford Coppola Introduction
  • NEW Francis Ford Coppola Anatomy of a Scene
  • NEW Old House New Home featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola
  • Audio Commentary with Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio and Patrick Swayze.
  • Staying Gold: A look Back at “The Outsiders”
  • S.E. Hinton on Location in Tulsa
  • The Casting of “The Outsiders”
  • NBC’s News Today from 1983 “The Outsiders Started by School Petition”, and
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

In addition to this physical 4K release of the film, there will be a theatrical re-release as well as a debut on the streaming service HBO Max. Those international dates are listed below.

U.S. and International Release Dates:

NORTH AMERICA (Warner Bros.) – Theatrical September 26, Home Entertainment November 9, HBO Max November 16, TCM Fall 2021

UK HOME (STUDIOCANAL) – Theatrical TBC, Home Entertainment November 8

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND (STUDIOCANAL) – Home Entertainment November 10

GERMANY (STUDIOCANAL) – Home Entertainment November 11

Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming re-release and the new cut of the film.

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2001 David Lynch film Mulholland Dr. on 4K in November

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The 2001 film Mulholland Drive is officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format on November 16th via The Criterion Collection. The film, written & directed by David Lynch, starred Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lori Heuring, Charles Croughwell, Mark Pellegrino, and Robert Forster.

The movie has received a 4K restoration that was supervised by David Lynch the cinematographer Peter Deming, as detailed below.

“In the 4K UHD edition: New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director David Lynch and director of photography Peter Deming, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack (4K UHD disc only).”

“In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR …”

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and directly via the Criterion website. The bonus materials and details about the release can be found listed below.

  • On the Blu-ray and DVD: Restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by Director David Lynch and director of photography Peter Deming, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interviews from 2015 with Lynch; Deming; actors Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux, and Laura Harring; composer Angelo Badalamenti; production designer Jack Fisk; and casting director Johanna Ray
  • On-set footage
  • Deleted scene
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an interview with Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch
  • New Cover by Fred Davis

Citizen Kane on 4K via Criterion Collection in November

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The 1941 classic film “Citizen Kane” is officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc formats on November 23rd via The Criterion Collection. This will make one of the first 4K physical releases by Criterion, as they have just unveiled recently. The film, co-written, produced, and directed by Orson Welles, also starred Orson Welles, as well as Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, and Everett Sloane.

The tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation (in Black & White) in the original 1.37:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and uncompressed Mono sound. The movie has received a new 4K restoration. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the Blu-ray Disc counterpart of the film will be included, with an additional two Blu-ray Discs for extras — making for a 4-disc set. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc versions are available for preorder over at Amazon and directly via Criterion‘s website. The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below, including physical extras.

  • Three audio commentaries: from 2021 featuring Orson Welles scholars James Naremore and Jonathan Rosenbaum; from 2002 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich; and from 2002 featuring film critic Roger Ebert
  • The Complete “Citizen Kane,” (1991), a rarely seen feature-length BBC documentary
  • New interviews with critic Farran Smith Nehme and film scholar Racquel J. Gates
  • New video essay by Orson Welles scholar Robert Carringer
  • New program on the film’s special effects by film scholars and effects experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
  • Interviews from 1990 with editor Robert Wise; actor Ruth Warrick; optical-effects designer Linwood Dunn; Bogdanovich; filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Henry Jaglom, Martin Ritt, and Frank Marshall; and cinematographers Allen Daviau, Gary Graver, and Vilmos Zsigmond
  • New documentary featuring archival interviews with Welles
  • Interviews with actor Joseph Cotten from 1966 and 1975
  • The Hearts of Age, a brief silent film made by Welles as a student in 1934
  • Television programs from 1979 and 1988 featuring appearances by Welles and Mercury Theatre producer John Houseman
  • Program featuring a 1996 interview with actor William Alland on his collaborations with Welles
  • Selection of The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio plays featuring many of the actors from Citizen Kane
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Deluxe packaging, including a book with an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri
  • New Cover by Mike McQuade
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