The 1981 film “Mommie Dearest” starring Faye Dunaway is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on June 1st via Paramount Presents. This film, which will be spine number 17 in the series, was directed by Frank Perry and is based on the abusive relationship between actress Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina Crawford — who wrote the book it is based on. It co-starred Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva, and Rutanya Alda. The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but it is known that this release has received a new 4K scan and restoration. Stay tuned for an update regarding the specifics for the aspect ratio and audio format hopefully soon in an update. This Blu-ray release will come with a digital copy of the film. You can now find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on this release, with new extras created by Reverend Entertainment, are listed below.
Commentary by American drag queen Hedda Lettuce –NEW!
Filmmaker Focus: Biographer Justin Bozung on director Frank Perry –NEW!
Commentary by filmmaker John Waters
The Revival of Joan
Life with Joan
Joan Lives On
Original Theatrical Trailer
This Paramount Presents Blu-ray release will include the physical extra of a fold-out poster via the slipcover case (as shown below) as well.
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.
The 1974 cult-classic comedy “The Groove Tube” is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 25th via Hen’s Tooth Video. The film, directed and co-written by Ken Shapiro, starred Chevy Chase, Richard Belzer, and Ken Shapiro. The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio from a new 4K restoration, as detailed and quoted below. No word yet on the audio configuration or format.
“Restoration by Gamma Ray Digital from a 4K scan of 35mm archival film materials in the collections of the Library of Congress.”
You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. Below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and details from the official listing over at HensToothVideo.com.
The 1966 spaghetti western film “Django” starring Franco Nero is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 25th via Arrow Video, according to numerous retailers. The Italian film was directed by Sergio Corbucci. The movie has received a 4K scan from the original camera negative and then received a restoration. The tech specs for the 4K release of Django include a 2160p presentation in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM sound — with both English and Italian soundtracks and optional subtitles. There’s currently not a preorder listing for the 4K UHD Blu-ray yet over at Amazon, but there is a placeholder page where you can sign up to be notified (emailed). It’s also worth noting that you can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at online retailers DeepDiscount and DVDDiabolik. The 4K UHD Blu-ray limited edition 2-disc set will include a nice amount of physical extras (pictured below).
Speaking of those physical extras, below you can find a full detailed list of them.
Six double-sided collector’s postcards
Double-sided fold-out poster
60-page perfect-bound book featuring writing by Howard Hughes and Roberto Curti, and original reviews
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
The release will also include another Italian (spaghetti western) film starring Franco Nero from 1966, “Texas, Adios” in 1080p HD on a separate Blu-ray Disc from a 2K restoration. Bonus materials set to be included on the 4K and Blu-ray Discs are detailed below.
DISC 1 DJANGO – 4K UHD BLU-RAY
Audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
Django Never Dies, an interview with star Franco Nero
Cannibal of the Wild West, an interview with assistant director Ruggero Deodato
Sergio, My Husband, an interview with Sergio Corbucci s wife Nori Corbucci
That’s My Life: Part 1, an archival interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti
A Rock n Roll Scriptwriter, an archival interview with co-writer Piero Vivarelli
A Punch in the Face, an archival interview with stuntman and actor Gilberto Galimberti
Discovering Django, an appreciation by spaghetti westerns scholar Austin Fisher
An Introduction to Django by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director
Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel archive
DISC 2 TEXAS ADIOS – BLU-RAY
Audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
The Sheriff is in Town, an interview with star Franco Nero
Jump into the West, an interview with co-star Alberto Dell Acqua
That s My Life: Part 2, an archival interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti
Hello Texas!, an appreciation by spaghetti western scholar Austin Fisher
Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel archive
The 1952 film “The Greatest Show on Earth” is coming to Blu-ray Disc, as spine #16, in the Paramount Presents line on March 30th — according to an early retail source. The Academy Award-winning film (for ‘Best Picture’), directed by Cecil B. DeMille, featured a cast of Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Betty Hutton, Gloria Grahame, Dorothy Lamour, and Cornel Wilde. The movie has received a new 4K scan and restoration, according to the back package art. The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD presentation in (likely the original) 1.37:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono sound. The Blu-ray debut of this film will include a digital copy of the film. You can find the upcoming Blu-ray already listed for preorder over at Amazon. It’s worth noting that the studio (Paramount) has not yet officially made an announcement regarding this release and I’m going on what a retailer is rather elaborately indicating here. So, stay tuned for an official confirmation with further details. The only bonus material set to be included on the release (as seen on the back package art) is listed below.
Filmmaker Focus: Leonard Maltin on The Greatest Show on Earth
Further below, you can find the artwork for the entire packaging for this Paramount Presents Blu-ray release.
The 1970 film “Love Story” will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new Blu-ray Disc release on February 9th, 2021 via Paramount Presents. This will be spine number #15 in the Paramount Presents series of Blu-ray releases. Note, this film had previously been released on the Blu-ray format back in 2012. The film, directed by Arthur Hiller, starred Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, and Tommy Lee Jones. This upcoming Blu-ray release will feature a new restoration from a new 4K transfer. There’s no specific info regarding the tech specs yet for the release but stay tuned for a possible update on that. UPDATE: You can now find this upcoming Paramount Presents Blu-ray release available to preorder over at Amazon.
The release will come with a digital copy of the film and the following bonus materials listed below.
A NewFilmmaker Focus with film historian Leonard Maltin
Audio commentary by director Arthur Hiller
Aan introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz
Love Story: A Classic Remembered
Finally, you can find a glimpse at the packaging, including the foldout poster below.
The 1990 film “The Godfather: Part III” has been re-edited by director Francis Ford Coppola as “Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, CODA: The Death of Michael Corleone“ which is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 8th via Paramount. The film, based on Mario Puzo‘s novel and screenplay co-written by Coppola, starred Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, and Sofia Coppola. The tech specs for the Blu-ray have not yet been fully detailed but it is known that the film has received a new 4K scan and was remastered. Below you can find details about this release’s video and audio presentations, taken from the press release.
“‘Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone’ is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,’” said Coppola. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”
“Coppola and his production company American Zoetrope worked from a 4K scan of the original negative to undertake a painstaking, frame-by-frame restoration of both the new Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone and the original The Godfather: Part III. In order to create the best presentation possible, Zoetrope and Paramount’s restoration team began by searching for over 50 original takes to replace lower resolution opticals in the original negative. This process took more than six months and involved sifting through 300 cartons of negative. American Zoetrope worked diligently to repair scratches, stains, and other anomalies that could not be addressed previously due to technology constraints, while enhancements were made to the original 5.1 audio mix.”
“The Blu-ray presentation will include the newly restored and re-edited film, an exclusive introduction by Coppola, and access to a Digital copy of the film.”
The is no indication if this will receive a physical 4K release anytime soon, but you’d think that it would be later and include the first time films to form the entire trilogy. Stat tuned for full details regarding the tech specs, as I’m expecting it to come in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with a lossless 5.1 surround mix (in either Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio). The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. Lastly, no info regarding bonus materials has been made aside from this including a new introduction by the director (Francis Ford Coppola).
The 1999 film “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai“ is getting a Blu-ray Discrelease on November 17th via The Criterion Collection. The film was written & directed by Jim Jarmusch, featured an original soundtrack by RZA (of the Wu-Tang Clan), and starred Forest Whitaker. The film’s cast also included John Tormey, Cliff Gorman, Richard Portnow, Tricia Vessey, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Victor Argo, Camille Winbush, and Damon Whitaker.
Tech specs for the Criterion Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the (OAR) original aspect ratio 1.85:1, from a new4Krestoredtransfer, supervised & approved by Jim Jarmusch, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. You can find the Criterion Blu-ray available for preorder now over at Amazon as well as directly via Criterion. The info regarding this upcoming release and a list of bonus materials set to be included are listed below.
New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Alternate isolated stereo music track
New Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
New conversation between actors Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankolé, moderated by film scholar Michael B. Gillespie
New interview with casting director Ellen Lewis
New interview with Shifu Shi Yan Ming, founder of the USA Shaolin Temple
New video essay on RZA’s original score for the film
The Odyssey: A Journey into the Life of a Samurai, a 2000 program on the making of the film
Deleted scenes and outtakes
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by critic Greg Tate and quotations from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, by the early-eighteenth-century monk Yamamoto Tsunetomo
The 2019 “The Irishman“ film directed by Martin Scorsese is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 24th via The Criterion Collection. The movie originally debuted both in theaters and streaming on Netflix, and it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards (“Oscars”). The Irishman starred Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, as well as co-starred Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, and Stephen Graham. The Criterion Blu-ray will feature a “new 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese” in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio (presented in 1080p HD) with Dolby Atmos sound. Right now, you cannot yet find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update on that. You can now however find the Blu-ray available for preorder directly from The Criterion Collection website. Details about the release and the bonus materials can be found listed below.
New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Newly edited roundtable conversation among Scorsese and actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, originally recorded in 2019
New documentary about the making of the film featuring Scorsese; the lead actors; producers Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Jane Rosenthal, and Irwin Winkler; director of photography Rodrigo Prieto; and others from the cast and crew
New video essay written and narrated by film critic Farran Smith Nehme about The Irishman’s synthesis of Scorsese’s singular formal style
The Evolution of Digital De-aging, a 2019 program on the visual effects created for the film
Archival interview excerpts with Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran and International Brotherhood of Teamsters trade union leader Jimmy Hoffa
Trailer and teaser
PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien
New cover by Gregory Manchess
EDITORIAL NOTE: First off, yes, I know the movie itself actually aired in 4K Ultra HD with HDR (high dynamic range) on Netflix but we’re not receiving a 4K physical release here for yet another title from Criterion. That’s pretty much a sign that Criterion really has no plans for releasing to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format, at least anytime soon. I hate that, but it is still great to see this film getting a physical release, and from the folks at The Criterion Collection, nonetheless — even if it is only in 1080p, as it is. It is what it is. Yes, I just went there. I’ll end this by stating the obvious: it’s 2020 and I think that it’s about time that maybe Criterion got with the whole 4K UHD Blu-ray game.
The 1999 film “The Haunting“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 20th via Paramount Presents. This release will be spine number 10 in the Paramount Presents line. The film, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson & directed by Jan de Bont, starred Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, and Lili Taylor. The movie has received a new4Ktransfer that was supervised by the director (as seen quoted below), however, tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed.
“The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc™ is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer supervised by Jan de Bont, THE HAUNTING Blu-ray also includes a new Filmmaker Focus with the director, access to a Digital copy of the film, as well as a the previously released vintage behind-the-scenes featurette hosted by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and original trailers.”
Above, you can see the full package art and disc for this release. Stay tuned for an update on the tech specs. It is known that the release will come with a digital copy of the film, something new to the Paramount Presents titles. You can now find the Blu-ray is available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
Filmmaker Focus: Director Jan de Bont on The Haunting
Further below, after the break, you can find the full info regarding this upcoming release of the film.