1943 film “The Leopard Man” on Blu-ray in July

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The 1943 Horror / Thriller film The Leopard Man is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 30th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Jacques Tourneur, starred Dennis O’KeefeMargo, and Jean Brooks. Tech specs for the Blu-ray have not yet been fully detailed but it is known the release will be presented in Black & White and in the original 1.37:1 aspect ratio from a new 4K scan presumably with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono sound – although not yet confirmed. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly via Shout! Factory‘s store. Full info about the release and a list of bonus materials set to be included on the release (just announced) are listed below.

  • NEW 4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
  • Audio Commentary with filmmaker William Friedkin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming release.

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1955 film “This Island Earth” on Blu-ray in July

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The 1955 Science Fiction / Horror film This Island Earth is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 9th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Joseph M. Newman, starred Jeff MorrowFaith DomergueRex Reason, Lance FullerRussell Johnson, and Douglas Spencer. The tech specs for the release include 1080p video from a new 4K scan in both the 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios with (presumably) DTS-HD Master Audio sound – although not yet confirmed. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly through Shout! Factory. Details about the release and bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • NEW 4K scan of the inter-positive – Two aspect ratios: 1.85:1 and 1.37:1
  • NEW The Original Perspecta Stereophonic Sound restored by 3-D Film Archive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with author and Academy Award winning visual effects artist Robert Skotak
  • NEW Audio Interview with film historian David Schecter on the music of THIS ISLAND EARTH
  • NEW Alien Ideas – an interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash)
  • NEW Facts about Perspecta Stereophonic Sound by Bob Furmanek
  • THIS ISLAND EARTH – Two and A Half Years in the Making: The Extended Documentary – a look at the making of THIS ISLAND EARTH
  • WAR OF THE PLANETS: 1958 Castle Films release for the home market including both the 50-foot silent Headline edition and the 200-foot sound Complete edition.
  • Trailers from Hell – This Island Earth with commentary by filmmaker Joe Dante
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries – poster and lobby cards, publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement officially announcing this upcoming release.

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Picasso Trigger and Savage Beach on Blu-ray in July

The two Andy Sidaris films Picasso Trigger (1988) and Savage Beach (1989) are both officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 9th via Mill Creek Entertainment. These two cult-classics have both received new 4K scans. The tech specs for the Blu-ray releases and bonus materials have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for an update. Picasso Trigger and Savage Beach on Blu-ray are available to pre-order each now over at Amazon. Further below, after the break, you can find the full info about these two upcoming Blu-ray releases – including new trailers for each.

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1957 film “A Face in the Crowd” with Andy Griffith comes to Blu-ray in April

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1957 film A Face in the Crowd starring Andy Griffith is coming to Blu-ray Disc on April 23rd, via The Criterion Collection. The film, directed by Elia Kazan, co-starred Patricia NealAnthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Percy Waram, and Paul McGrath. The technical specs for the release include 1080p Black & White video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio that comes from a new 4K scan with Mono uncompressed sound. The release is available for pre-order now over at Amazon and directly through Criterion. Bonus materials and information regarding this release can be found below.

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Ron Briley, author of The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan
  • New interview with Andy Griffith biographer Evan Dalton Smith
  • Facing the Past, a 2005 documentary featuring actors Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa; screenwriter Budd Schulberg; and film scholars Leo Braudy and Jeff Young
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic April Wolfe and a 1957 New York Times Magazine profile of Andy Griffith
  • New cover by Marc Aspinall

4K restoration of “When Harry Met Sally” comes to Blu-ray Disc in January

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4K restoration of the 1989 Rob Reiner directed romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally…” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on January 8th, 2019 as the “30th Anniversary Edition” via Shout Select (Shout! Factory). The film, which was written by Nora Ephron, co-starred Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven FordLisa Jane Persky, and Michelle Nicastro.

As of today I can tell you the full details about this upcoming release. First off, as mentioned, it has received a new 4K scan and restoration. Below you’ll find a list of info regarding the release and bonus materials set to be included.

  • NEW transfer restored from a 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • NEW Scenes from a Friendship – interview with Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, And Billy Crystal
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Reiner
  • How Harry Met Sally Documentary
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Music Video by Harry Connick Jr.

The release is available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly via the Shout! Factory Store. Below, after the break, you can find more info about this from the official announcement.

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“Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1” on Blu-ray via Warner in December

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The original 1940s “Popeye The Sailor” color cartoon theatrical shorts have been scanned in 4K  for high definition release via Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1 coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 11th via Warner Archive. The release will include a total of 14 color theatrical shorts spanning from 1943 to 1945. The shorts set to be included are as follows:

  • Her Honor The Mare
  • The Marry-Go-Round
  • We’re On Our Way To Rio
  • The Anvil Chorus Girl
  • Spinach Packin’ Popeye
  • Puppet Love
  • Pitchin’ Woo At The Zoo
  • Moving Aweigh
  • She-Sick Sailors
  • Pop-Pie A La Mode
  • Tops In The Big Top
  • Shape Ahoy
  • For Better Or Nurse
  • Mess Production

Tech specs for this release include 1080p video in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio sound. The video here comes from new 4K scans of the original nitrate technicolor film negatives. Here’s a bit more info on that (quoted from the press release):

“Popeye is one of the all-time great cartoon characters, but he hadn’t gotten a fair shake in the world of home entertainment until Warner released all of his black & white shorts,” said Leonard Maltin, animation historian, and author of Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. “What came next? The first Technicolor Popeye cartoons were also the last ones made under the aegis of the Fleischer Brothers, Max and Dave. Animation aficionados should welcome the opportunity to see these long-forgotten cartoons in such pristine condition, taken from the original 35mm negatives.”

“This is the first time anyone has gone back to the master nitrate negatives to ensure a crisper picture and vivid colors – nor have these films ever sounded so good,” said respected animation historian and author Jerry Beck. “The animators at this time, during the war years, were allowed to push the Popeye character forward, creating particularly zany plot lines and funny situations beyond the classic Popeye/Bluto rivalry for Olive Oyl. I’m particularly tickled over the cartoon where Bluto becomes a pseudo-Superman (courtesy of a licensed tie-in with DC Comics) and another where Popeye and Bluto romance Olive as marionette puppets. This was the ‘Golden Age’ of animation – and these are particularly strong cartoons that have been long in demand by animation buffs.”

This upcoming Blu-ray release can already be pre-ordered over at Warner Archive and Amazon. Below after the break you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming release with lots of further details.

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