The 1956 Academy Award-winning western “Giant“ directed & produced by George Stevens is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 21st via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, according to retailers. The film, which won the Academy Award for “Best Director,” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, and Dennis Hopper.
The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have yet to be announced but stay tuned for an update on that. It is known, via the artwork (pictured above), that this release will only include the 4K disc and digital code (copy) of the film. No Blu-ray will be included. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.
The film itself has received a new 4K restoration in a partnership between TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and Martin Scorsese‘s The Film Foundation. You can read all about that over at Media Play News where they have a great article on this. This 4K version is also said to be coming to HBO Max streaming later this year.
The 1994 film “Speed” will officially be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 4th via 20th Century Studios (Disney). The film, directed by Jan de Bont, starred Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock. The tech specs for the release include a 2160p presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with the Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital copy of the film.
The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K release are listed further below, after the break, in the press release. There will also be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook of the film available on May 4th as an exclusive over at retailer Best Buy(pictured below).
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details regarding the upcoming 4K release of this film on both digital and physical forms.
The 1995 film “Waterworld“ starring Kevin Costner is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on July 9th via Universal, according to an early alert to retailers. The film, directed by Kevin Reynolds, co-starred Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chaim Jeraffi, and the late Dennis Hopper. Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS:X immersive sound on a BD-100 disc. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. This release will include the theatrical cut of the film in 4K and the additional extended version (with 40 minutes extra footage) in HD – both on the 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc. It will be a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray included that contains the theatrical cut of the film and a digital copy. It appears from the back of the package art, that this will not contain any bonus materials. Amazon lists that a teaser trailer will be included but that’s it. Stay tuned for any possible update on that.
UPDATE: Lastly, it’s certainly worth noting that retailer Best Buy will have their own exclusive 4K Steelbook for the release (pictured below) which you can now find available for pre-order.
The 1979 film “Apocalypse Now“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on August 27th via Lionsgate in a “40th Anniversary Edition” with a Final Cut of the film. Not only will that version be included but there will also be the original theatrical cut and “Apocalypse Now Redux” Extended Cut – along with the “Hearts of Darkness“ (96 minutes) documentary from 1991. The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, and Scott Glenn.
Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video, from a 4Krestoration of the original negative, presented in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range along with Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come as a “combo pack” and include three Blu-ray Discs along with a digital copy of the film. UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at retailers Amazon and Best Buy. Stay tuned for an Amazon pre-order listing when it becomes available. Lionsgate has included what appear to be three screenshots in 1920 width (1080p) from this restoration as promotional material. You can watch the teaser trailer on YouTube (also in 1080p HD) if you’d like a better look at the quality but I’m going to include these for readers anyway.
Bonus materials set to be included on the release are very lengthy and span across a total of the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc and THREE Blu-ray Discs. This is going to run rather lengthy so I’m going to include it below after the break. Also further below, after the break, you can find the official trailer for the upcoming theatrical re-release and 4K release as well as the announcement.
The 1968 Western “Hang ‘Em High“ starring Clint Eastwood is getting a “50th Anniversary Edition” release on Blu-ray Disc come December 11th via Shout! Factory on their “Shout Select” label. The film, directed by Ted Post, co-starred Inger Stevens, Ed Begley, Pat Hingle, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, and L.Q. Jones. Tech specs and bonus materials have not yet been detailed but they have teased they will be announcing them later. UPDATE: This is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon.
It is also available for pre-order directly over at Shout! Factory – where you’ll get it 2 weeks early if you order. Stay tuned for further updates regarding this highly anticipated upcoming release. Let’s hope they give it a new transfer or perhaps restoration.