Weird Science Special Edition on Blu-ray in July

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The 1985 John Hughes film Weird Science is getting a “Special Edition” Blu-ray Disc release on July 23rd via Arrow Video. The movie starred Anthony Michael HallIlan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson, and Robert Downey Jr. Tech specs for the new Blu-ray include 1080p video from a new 4K restoration with LPCM 2.0 Stereo and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The release will include both the original theatrical cut (94 minutes) and the extended version (97 minutes) through seamless branching. The Special Edition Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. There also will be a Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Disc release of the film, which you can available to pre-order over at Amazon as well. Further tech specs and a list of bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the original Theatrical Version of the film (94 mins), plus seamlessly-branched exclusive Extended Version (97 mins), featuring two additional scenes newly remastered in high-definition
  • Original lossless stereo audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option (theatrical version only)
  • Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Edited-for-TV version of the film (SD only, 95 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and takes
  • Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately
  • Newly-filmed interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon
  • Newly-filmed interview with editor Chris Lebenzon
  • Newly-filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn
  • Newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos
  • All-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch
  • It s Alive: Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes

1972 spaghetti Western “The Grand Duel” gets Arrow Video Blu-ray release in May

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The 1972 spaghetti western film The Grand Duel starring Lee Van Cleef is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on May 7th, via Arrow Video. The film, directed by Giancarlo Santi, co-starred Philipp WermeerAlberto DenticeJess Hahn, and Horst Frank. Tech specs for the new Blu-ray include 1080p video from a new 2K restoration (taken from the original 35mm camera negative) and uncompressed Linear PCM Mono sound. The Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. Details regarding this release and bonus materials set to be included are listed below (taken from the Amazon listing).

  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
  • An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
  • The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
  • The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
  • Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews

1976 Enzo G. Castellari film “Keoma” starring Franco Nero on Blu-ray in April

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The 1976 Enzo G. Castellari directed Western Keoma starring Franco Nero is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on April 16th, via Arrow Video. The film, co-starring William Berger and Olga Karlatos, has previously been released as a double feature on Blu-ray format (back in 2012). This time around the folks at Arrow have given it a new 2K restoration from the original 35MM camera negatives. Tech specs for the release include 1080p video and uncompressed PCM 1.0 Mono sound. The Arrow Blu-ray can be found for pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included and detailed info regarding this upcoming release can be found below.

  • Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western – a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Play as an Actor – a new interview with actor Volfango Soldati
  • The Flying Thug – a new interview with actor Massimo Vanni
  • Parallel Actions – a new interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci
  • Writing Keoma – a new interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori AKA George Eastman
  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust – a new interview with director Enzo G. Castellari
  • The Ballad of Keoma – a new interview with the legendary star Franco Nero
  • New audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack, Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • An Introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox – an archival featurette with the acclaimed director, Original Italian and international theatrical trailers, Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative