The 2006 film “Man of the Year“ starring the late Robin Williams will be making its Blu-ray Discdebut on November 3rd — appropriately enough — via Sony. The film, which was written & directed by Barry Levinson, co-starred Laura Linney, Lewis Black, Christopher Walken, and Jeff Goldblum. Tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed, nor is it known if this will contain bonus materials, but stay tuned for a possible update on that soon. Considering it is a Presidential election year, it’s not surprising that this film is finally making its debut to the Blu-ray format, however, it is a bit unexpectedly coming with it would seem very little to no promotion. You can now find the Blu-ray Disc available for preorder over at Amazon.
Lastly, my inner film nerd is going to take over for a moment here. I have to say it’s a bit weird that Sony is now distributing this film, looking back on it? In fact, as you’ll notice on IMDb this film was released theatrically and on home video in the United States originally by Universal. So, I guess they [Universal] have let the rights to the film go to Sony? Interesting. Regardless, I have to say it’s very nice to see that someone is finally bringing this underrated Robin Williams film out on the format.
The 1984 Barry Levinson directed film “The Natural“ starring Robert Redford is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a 35th Anniversary release on June 4th, via Sony. The film, nominated for 4 Oscars, featured a supporting cast including Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Richard Farnsworth, Joe Don Baker, and Michael Madsen. This 35th Anniversary 4K release will include both the Theatrical (138 minutes) and Director’s Cut (144 minutes) of the film – both on the 4K disc.
Tech specs for the 4K release have not yet been fully detailed it will come with HDR (presumably in the HDR10 variety) and Dolby Atmos sound, as well as the original stereo and 5.1 tracks (for the theatrical cut). The release will come in form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and a digital copy of the film included.
UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the 4K disc and Blu-ray are listed below.
Barry Levinson Intro to the Directors Cut [also on the 4K disc]
Theatrical Trailer [also on the 4K disc]
Theatrical Version of the Film
When Lightning Strikes: Creating The Natural: Pre-Game: A Novelist Steps Up to the Plate, The Line-Up: Assembling the Moviemaking Team, Lets Play Ball: Filming the Show
A Natural Gunned Down: The Stalking of Eddie Waitkus
Knights in Shining Armor: The Mythology of The Natural
The Heart of The Natural
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release.