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The classic 1942 film “Casablanca” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 8th via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Michael Curtiz, starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Dooley Wilson, and Claude Rains. It also is worth noting that it won a total of 3 Academy Awards (“Oscars”), including “Best Picture.“
The movie has received a new 2022 4K restoration, from Warner’s Motion Picture Imagine labs, as described below [taken from the press release]:
“The new Casablanca 4K Ultra High-Definition image was restored and remastered from a 2022 4K 16bit film scan of the best-surviving nitrate film elements. The 4K-scanned digital images went through an extensive digital restoration process to clean and repair the picture for an unprecedented and pristine ultra-high-resolution presentation. The restored images were then graded in High Dynamic Range for today’s premium 4K display experience, providing the highest fidelity in image contrast and detail retention. This work was meticulously handled by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging. The original theatrical mono audio has also been newly restored as well, providing a richer and broader frequency response than previously possible.”
UPDATE #1: Tech specs for the release include a 2160p video Black & White video presentation in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and a restored DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono sound mix. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will have its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and include a digital code (copy) of the film.
- Commentary by Roger Ebert [on 4K and Blu-ray]
- Commentary by Rudy Behlmer [on 4K and Blu-ray]
- Introduction by Lauren Bacall [on 4K and Blu-ray]
- Warner Night at the Movies
- Now, Voyager trailer
- Vaudeville Days (1942 WB short)
- The Bird Came C.O.D. (1942 WB cartoon)
- The Squawkin’ Hawk (1942 WB cartoon)
- The Dover Boys at Pimento University (1942 WB cartoon)
- Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988 PBS special)
- Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You’ve Never Heard Of
- Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
- You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca (1992 TEC documentary)
- As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
- Deleted Scenes
- Who Holds Tomorrow? (1955 “Casablanca” TV episode)
- Carrotblanca (1955 WB Cartoon)
- Scoring Stage Sessions (audio only)
- Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast – 4/26/43 (audio only)
- Vox Pop Radio Broadcast – 11/19/47 (audio only)
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming 4K release of the film.
There will officially be a “Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection – Vol. 2” coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 11th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The set will include four horror classics, as listed below.
- “The Mummy” (1932)
- “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)
- “Phantom of the Opera” (1943)
- “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)
The tech specs for the films each include Black & White 2160p video presentations in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono lossless sound mixes. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that you will get the Blu-ray counterparts for each film as well as the digital code (copy) for each.
Also, there will be individual 4K UHD Blu-ray releases for the four films from the first volume of this collection coming on October 11th which are all available now for preorder over at Amazon.
These individual releases include the films:
The full details about the upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the “Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection – Vol. 2” can be found below after the break.
The 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia“ is finally getting an individual 4K UHD Blu-ray “60th Anniversary Limited Edition” SteelBook release on June 7th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This film had previously been released on the 4K format as part of a box set and this will mark the first time it has been available outside of that set as an individual release.
The film, a winner of 7 Academy Awards (“Oscars”), directed by David Lean, starred Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, and Peter O’Toole.
This has been “fully restored from the original camera negative.” The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.20:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. It also includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround lossless mix as well. NOTE: The film is split up across 2 discs for both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray versions. Speaking of which, the release comes in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it includes its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film.
- Unused International Prologue (on 4K only)
- Secrets of Arabia: Feature-Length Picture-in-Graphics Track
- Peter O’Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia
- Making of Lawrence of Arabia Documentary
- Deleted Balcony Scene with Introduction by Anne V. Coates
- The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia
- A Conversation with Steven Spielberg
- Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic (1963 & 1970 Versions)
- Maan, Jordan: The Camels Are Cast
- In Search of Lawrence
- Romance of Arabia
- King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Set
- In Love with the Desert Documentary
- Lawrence at 50: A Classic Restored
- Archival Interviews
- Steven Spielberg on Lawrence of Arabia
- William Friedkin on Lawrence of Arabia
- Sydney Pollack on Lawrence of Arabia
- New York Premiere Footage
- Advertising Campaigns
- Vintage Trailers & TV Spots
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement about this film coming to 4K along with another David Lean film (“The Bridge on the River Kwai“) that I will be covering individually in its own news story.
There will officially be a “Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection“ coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 5th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This set comes just in time for Halloween. Four of the most iconic of the Universal Classic Monsters will be making their debut to 4K, with two celebrating their film’s 90th anniversaries and one celebrating its 80th anniversary. The films included in this set are as follows:
- “Dracula” (1931) 90th Anniversary
- “Frankenstein” (1931) 90th Anniversary
- “The Invisible Man” (1933)
- “The Wolf Man” (1941) 80th Anniversary
This set will come in a collectible boxed booklet form (as pictured below) with a page for each film in both the 4K and Blu-ray versions on each side.
Each of the four films will be presented in 2160p 4K resolution in the 1.33:1 (full frame) aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and (presumably Mono) DTS-HD Master Audio lossless sound mixes. This set will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that each film will get its Blu-ray Disc counterpart (in 1080p HD) and digital code (copies) of each will be included as well.
The bonus materials here appear to include the identical extras found on the Blu-ray Disc releases of each film, as featured in the previous “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection” Blu-ray set. Those can get rather lengthy, so I’ll be detailing them below, after the break, and also after the official announcement issued earlier today.
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BREAKING: Six well-known films have all been restored in 4K and will be getting an exclusive release on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format via what is being called the “Columbia Classics: 4K Ultra HD Collection – Volume 1“ box set, which is set for a June 16th release, via Sony. The set, a limited-edition collection, will be literally limited with only what is said to be fewer than 8 thousand units produced — as quoted below from the press release:
The six films in the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special collector’s set with a limited-edition run of fewer than 8,000 units in the U.S
This 4K box set includes the following films:
- “A League of Their Own” (1992)
- directed by Penny Marshall
- “Dr. Stranglelove: Or How…” (1964)
- directed by Stanley Kubrick
- “Gandhi” (1982)
- directed by Richard Attenborough
- “Jerry Maguire” (1996)
- directed by Cameron Crowe
- “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) [Restored]
- directed by David Lean
- “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)
- directed by Frank Capra
UPDATE: I have now talked with the folks at Sony and have the full details on this release for you, via an extremely lengthy press release that you’ll be able to read in its entirety, further below after the break. The tech specs for the films include 4K video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and a variety of Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio sound mixes on the six different films. Lastly, regarding tech specs, it is worth noting that the film Gandhi will actually receive Dolby Vision and HDR10, in terms of video. You can find this 4K UHD Blu-ray box set already listed for preorder over at Amazon. Below (as mentioned) are the full details about this upcoming very limited box set.
The 1942 Alfred Hitchcock directed film “Notorious“ starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman is getting released on Blu-ray Disc by The Criterion Collection on January 15th, 2019. The film had previously been released on the format by MGM back in 2012, but it’s now getting re-released because it has received a New 4K restoration. The tech specs for the release include 1080p HD Black & White video in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with an uncompressed Mono sound mix. The Criterion Collection version Blu-ray is available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and directly via Criterion. There are several New bonus materials set to be included on this release and the complete list can be found below, along with details about the restoration.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentaries from 1990 and 2001 featuring Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer
- New interview with Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto
- New program about the film’s visuals with cinematographer John Bailey
- New scene analysis by film scholar David Bordwell
- Once Upon a Time . . . “Notorious,” a 2009 documentary about the film featuring actor Isabella Rossellini; filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, Claude Chabrol, and Stephen Frears; and others
- New program about Hitchcock’s storyboarding and previsualization process by filmmaker Daniel Raim
- 1948 newsreel footage of actor Ingrid Bergman and Hitchcock
- 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Notorious, starring Bergman and Joseph Cotten
- Trailers and teasers
- PLUS: An essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién
- New cover by Greg Ruth