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Underworld 5-Movie Collection comes to 4K in October

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An Underworld: Limited Edition 5-Movie Collection will officially be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 5th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. A total of four out of five of the films starred Kate Beckinsale, and the third film starred Rhonda Mitra. The set will include the following five films in the franchise:

  • “Underworld” (2003)
  • “Underworld: Evolution” (2006)
  • “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” (2009)
  • “Underworld: Awakening” (2012)
  • “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2016)

This will be the first time that 3 of the films have ever been available on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format, as the first and last films have been the only ones that were previously released. The tech specs for the releases of each of the films include 2160p presentations in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. The set will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that each film will include a Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as digital codes (copies) for each film.

UPDATE: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon.

The bonus materials for the films can be found listed entirely below, after the break, along with the full details about the upcoming physical and digital 4K releases of this set.

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1993 film Last Action Hero is getting a standard 4K in June

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The 1993 action film “Last Action Hero” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger will be getting a standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release on June 15th, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in addition to the 4K SteelBook — also being released a month earlier in May (as previously discussed HERE).

The film, directed by John McTiernan, co-starred Austin O’Brien, F. Murray AbrahamArt Carney, Charles Dance, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, and Ian McKellen. The tech specs for the 4K release include a newly remastered 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos as well as the original 2.0 theatrical mix and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Both of those latter mixes will be in DTS-HD Master Audio format. Below you can find some quoted specific details about this presentation, taken from the press release.

“Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10

All-new Dolby Atmos audio + the original theatrical SDDS mix presented as 5.1 + original theatrical stereo audio”

You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray (coming 6/15) and also the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (coming 5/18) both listed as available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary with Director John McTiernan
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes (presented in 4K with HDR10)
  • Alternate Ending (presented in 4K with HDR10)
  • “Big Gun” Music Video by AC/DC
  • Original Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Teaser

Last Action Hero with Schwarzenegger comes to 4K in May

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The 1993 film “Last Action Hero” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 18th, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The 4K release will come in the form of a limited edition SteelBook. The film, directed by John McTiernan, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O’Brien, F. Murray AbrahamArt Carney, Charles Dance, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, and Ian McKellen. The tech specs for the 4K release include a newly remastered 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos as well as the original 2.0 theatrical mix and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Both of those latter mixes will be in DTS-HD Master Audio format. Below you can find some quoted specific details about this presentation, taken from the press release.

“Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10

All-new Dolby Atmos audio + the original theatrical SDDS mix presented as 5.1 + original theatrical stereo audio”

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook listed as available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary with Director John McTiernan
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes (presented in 4K with HDR10)
  • Alternate Ending (presented in 4K with HDR10)
  • “Big Gun” Music Video by AC/DC
  • Original Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Teaser

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement about the 4K physical release of this film.

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Iron Mask with Schwarzenegger and Chan on Blu-ray

The 2019 Chinese film Iron Mask (AKA “Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask”) co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 24th via Lionsgate. The film, directed by Oleg Stepchenko, co-stars Jason Flemyng, Yao Xingtong, Anna Churina, Charles Dance, and the late great Rutger Hauer in one of his final screen performances. Tech specs for the Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film included. UPDATE: You can now find this film on Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

No bonus materials are set to be included on the release. Below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film on YouTube.

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1986 film The Golden Child makes Blu-ray debut December

The 1986 film The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy will be making its debut to the Blu-ray Disc format on December 1st via Paramount Presents. The film, directed by Michael Ritchie, co-starred J.L. ReateCharles Dance, Charlotte Lewis, Victor Wong, Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb, Pons Maar, Eric Douglas, and James Hong. The film has received a new 4K remastered transfer.

“Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer, this hit action-comedy comes to Blu-ray for the first time as part of the Paramount Presents line. 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. The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Digital.”

The tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed, but hopefully, I’ll be able to give you a rundown on that soon. As I put in an inquiry to the studio about those. Also, there’s currently no preorder listing yet functional for the upcoming Blu-ray but a placeholder page is already up over at Amazon. You can sign up there to be notified when it becomes available, or wait for an update here, which will be coming.

This release, spine #11 in the series, will feature the beautiful packaging we have come to expect from the Paramount Presents line, complete with a fold-out mini theatrical poster (pictured below).

Below, you will find a list of the bonus materials set to be included on the Blu-ray release.

  • NEW Making of The Golden Child
  • A Digital Copy of the film
  • The theatrical trailer
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2001 Robert Altman directed film “Gosford Park” on Blu-ray in November

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The 2001 Robert Altman directed film Gosford Park is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on November 27th via Arrow Academy – a label of Arrow Video. This film won an Academy Award for best Screenplay, and its star-studded cast featured Alan Bates, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Bob Balaban, Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson, and Ryan Phillippe. Tech specs for the release include 1080p video from a brand new 2K restoration (and a 4K scan) with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. This new restoration was “supervised and approved by director of photography Andrew Dunn” according to Arrow Academy. The title is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. A list of details regarding the release and bonus materials set to be included can be found below.

  • Brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan, carried out by Arrow films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director of photography Andrew Dunn
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by director Robert Altman, production designer Stephen Altman and producer David Levy
  • Audio commentary by writer-producer Julian Fellowes
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critics Geoff Andrew and David Thompson (author of Altman on Altman)
  • Introduction by critic Geoff Andrew
  • Brand new cast and crew interviews recorded exclusively for this release
  • The Making of Gosford Park archive featurette
  • Keeping Gosford Park Authentic archive featurette
  • Q&A Session with Altman and the cast
  • Fifteen deleted scenes with optional Altman commentary
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Sheila O’Malley and an archive interview with Robert Altman