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The 1992 biopic “Malcolm X” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray via The Criterion Collection on November 22nd. The film, directed, produced, and co-written by Spike Lee, starred Denzel Washington (in the lead role) as well as Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Al Freeman Jr., Albert Hall, Theresa Randle, Kate Vernon, and the film’s director himself Spike Lee. It’s most certainly worth noting that this film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for Denzel Washington.
The movie has received a new 4K digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson. The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray 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 a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound mix. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound. The 4K release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with it including both the film Blu-ray counterpart as well as a Blu-ray bonus disc, in a 3-disc set. Whereas the Blu-ray release will be a 2-disc set with an extra disc for the bonus materials.
You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray releases of the film available for preorder over at Amazon or directly via Criterion‘s website. The bonus materials and details about physical extras set to be included are listed below.
- Audio commentary from 2005 featuring director Spike Lee, Dickerson, editor Barry Alexander Brown, and costume designer Ruth E. Carter
- New conversation between Lee and journalist and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper
- New interviews with actor Delroy Lindo and composer Terence Blanchard
- Program about the making of the film, featuring Lee, Dickerson, Brown, Blanchard, Carter, filmmaker Martin Scorsese, actor Ossie Davis, Reverend Al Sharpton, former Warner Bros. executive Lucy Fisher, producers Preston Holmes and Jon Kilik, production designer Wynn Thomas, casting director Robi Reed, and Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz
- Malcolm X (1972), a feature-length documentary produced by Marvin Worth and Arnold Perl and directed by Perl, narrated by actor James Earl Jones
- Deleted scenes with introductions by Lee
- PLUS: An essay by Cooper, excerpts from Lee’s 1992 book By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribulations of the Making of “Malcolm X” . . ., and Davis’s eulogy for Malcolm X
- New cover by Eric Skillman
The 2020 Pixar film “Soul” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on March 23rd via Disney according to Home Media Magazine. The film, directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Kemp Powers, features the voice talents of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Phylicia Rashad, Donnell Rawlings, Questlove, and Angela Bassett. The tech specs for the release have yet to be detailed, but you should expect a 4K presentation with HDR10 and a Dolby Atmos sound mix. It is known that the releases will both come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the 4K UHD Blu-ray will include its Blu-ray counterpart, the Blu-ray will include its DVD counterpart, and each will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. No retailers have yet listed either the 4K UHD Blu-ray or the Blu-ray for preorder, but stay tuned for an update.
It’s mentioned [here] that retailer Best Buy will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook and that retailer Target will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray Gallery Booklet packaging release. Again, stay tuned for when those get listed. The bonus materials on both home video releases of the film include the following.
- Filmmaker Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scenes with an Introduction
- “Not Your Average Joe” — About how filmmakers crafted the story of Joe, Pixar’s first black leading character
- “Astral Taffy” — A look at the artistry and technical innovation that went into creating the sets and characters in the world of Soul
- “Pretty Deep for a Cartoon” — An examination of the philosophical questions posed by the film
- “Into the Zone: The Music and Sound of Soul” — An exploration of how the film uses music to enhance Joe’s journey
- “Soul, Improvised” — A look at how the filmmakers finished the film during the pandemic
- “Jazz Greats” — Giants of the jazz world who consulted on Soul share their passion and wisdom about what music is and does for us all.
The 1995 Wes Craven directed film “Vampire in Brooklyn“ starring Eddie Murphy is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc for the very first time on September 15th, via Paramount. The film is considered a perhaps cult-classic yet was also widely hated by critics. It featured a supporting cast of Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon, and Zakes Mokae. Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and retailer Best Buy. No bonus materials are set to be included on this release, according to the back package art.
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The 1991 John Singleton directed Academy Award-nominated film “Boyz N The Hood“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on February 4th via Sony. The film featured a cast of Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Angela Bassett, and Laurence Fishburne. The film has received a new 4K scan from its original camera negative. Tech specs for the release include video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound, as well as the archival 5.1 surround sound and theatrical 2.0 Stereo mixes. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart included along with a digital code (copy of the film). The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
4K ULTRA HD INCLUDES:
- John Singleton Tribute
- Theatrical Press Conference
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
- Commentary with Writer/Director John Singleton
- The Enduring Significance of Boyz N the Hood
- Friendly Fire: Making of an Urban Legend
- Deleted Scenes
- Audition Videos Featuring Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Morris Chestnut and Tyra Ferrell
- Compton’s Most Wanted Music Video “GROWIN’ UP IN THE HOOD”
- Tevin Campbell Music Video “JUST ASK ME TO”
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the upcoming 4K release of this film.