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Nomadland with Frances McDormand on Blu-ray in April

The 2020 film “Nomadland” starring Frances McDormand is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on April 27th via Searchlight Pictures (Disney). The film, which is nominated for a total of six Academy Awards (including “Best Picture”), based on a book (written by Jessica Bruder) was directed by Chloé Zhao. This movie co-stars David StrathairnLinda May, and Charlene Swankie. It’s also worth noting that this film is, at this time, “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes based on critics’ reviews. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release will include a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now finally find the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at retailers Best Buy, Target, and Walmart as well as online retailer Deep Discount. There’s no Amazon preorder listing yet and because Disney doesn’t seem to like them, it may be a while before you can purchase it from there but stay tuned for an update on that. The following bonus materials will be included with the Blu-ray release.

  • The Forgotten America
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Lunch Interrupted
    • A Gift From God
  • Telluride Premiere Q&A with Frances McDormand and Chloé Zhao

Also, there will not be a 4K UHD Blu-ray physical release however there will be a 4K digital release. Yes, I know. That’s typical. And finally, yes, I’m reporting this news late because Disney doesn’t send me any announcements. So, I’ve had to resort to finding my ways to get press releases on my own, plus there were not any preorder listings until just recently. That being said, below after the break you can find the trailer for the film and the full details regarding this upcoming release.

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1994 film Speed gets both 4K standard and SteelBook in May

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 ReevesDennis 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.

UPDATE: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailers Best Buy and Target.

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.

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Pixar film Soul on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray in March

The 2020 Pixar film “Soul” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on March 23rd via Disney according to Home Media Magazine. The film, directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Kemp Powers, features the voice talents of Jamie FoxxTina FeyGraham Norton, Rachel House, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Phylicia Rashad, Donnell Rawlings, Questlove, and Angela Bassett. The tech specs for the release have yet to be detailed, but you should expect a 4K presentation with HDR10 and a Dolby Atmos sound mix. It is known that the releases will both come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the 4K UHD Blu-ray will include its Blu-ray counterpart, the Blu-ray will include its DVD counterpart, and each will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. No retailers have yet listed either the 4K UHD Blu-ray or the Blu-ray for preorder, but stay tuned for an update.

It’s mentioned [here] that retailer Best Buy will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook and that retailer Target will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray Gallery Booklet packaging release. Again, stay tuned for when those get listed. The bonus materials on both home video releases of the film include the following.

  • Filmmaker Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes with an Introduction
  • “Not Your Average Joe” — About how filmmakers crafted the story of Joe, Pixar’s first black leading character
  • “Astral Taffy” — A look at the artistry and technical innovation that went into creating the sets and characters in the world of Soul
  • “Pretty Deep for a Cartoon” — An examination of the philosophical questions posed by the film
  • “Into the Zone: The Music and Sound of Soul” — An exploration of how the film uses music to enhance Joe’s journey
  • Soul, Improvised” — A look at how the filmmakers finished the film during the pandemic
  • “Jazz Greats” — Giants of the jazz world who consulted on Soul share their passion and wisdom about what music is and does for us all.

2020 film Mulan comes to 4K and Blu-ray on November 10

The 2020 live-action film adaptation of “Mulan” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on November 10th via Disney. Yes, that’s next week and comes with very little notice but that’s become expected of Disney. The film, directed by Niki Caro, starred Yifei LiuDonnie YenLi Gong, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, and Rosalind Chao. The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 4K presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the 4K will include the Blu-ray Disc counterparts, the Blu-ray will include the DVD counterpart, and each will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You will not likely be able to find this 4K UHD Blu-ray or Blu-ray release, from Disney, available over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update on that at a later point. In the meantime, you can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailers Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. The Blu-ray is also available for preorder now over at retailers Best Buy and Target. Speaking of retailers, it’s worth noting that Target will be getting an Exclusive Gallery Book packaging (pictured below) on 4K UHD Blu-ray which is now available for preorder.

Target 4K UHD Blu-ray Gallery Book

Also, retailer Best Buy will be getting an Exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release (pictured below) which is now available for preorder.

Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook

Finally, the bonus materials set to be included on the 4K and Blu-ray releases are listed below.

Disney’s Live-Action “Mulan” 4K Ultra HD™ & Blu-ray™ Bonus Features

  • Featurettes:
    • Updating A Classic – Explore how filmmakers honored the original animated classic while creating an epic live-action adventure for a new generation.
    • Mulan by Another Name – Meet talented actor Yifei Liu and trace her journey to becoming Mulan, from audition screen test to on-screen warrior.
    • Being Bad – See actors Jason Scott Lee and Li Gong transform into the film’s evil duo through intense training, spectacular costumes and more.
    • Reflections of “Mulan” – Enter the studio and hear what inspired the film’s music and sound, then listen as Yifei Liu records “Mulan”‘s most iconic song.
    • The Original Mulan – Ming-Na Wen, who voiced Mulan in the original animated classic, reflects on that experience and her cameo in this film.
  • Deleted Scenes (some with commentary by Director Niki Caro):
    • Little Sister Sewing
    • Young to Old Mulan Sewing
    • Hawk and Mulan Meet in Forest
    • Mulan Underwater Rescued by Phoenix
    • Mulan Runs Over Rourans
    • Chancellor Turns Back to Witch
  • Music Videos:
    • “Reflection (2020)” Concept Video Performed by Christina Aguilera
    • “Reflection (2020)” Lyric Video Performed by Christina Aguilera
    • “Reflection” Music Video (Mandarin) Performed by Yifei Liu
    • “Reflection” Music Video (English) Performed by Yifei Liu
    • “Loyal Brave True” Concept Video (English) Performed by Christina Aguilera
    • “Loyal Brave True” Concept Video (Spanish) Performed by Christina Aguilera
    • “Loyal Brave True” Lyric Video (English) Performed by Christina Aguilera
    • “Loyal Brave True” Lyric Video (Spanish) Performed by Christina Aguilera

Below, after the break, you can find the official announcement trailer for the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray releases over on YouTube.

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1998 animated Mulan on 4K UHD Blu-ray November 10th

1998 Disney animated film “Mulan” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 10th via Disney. Yes, that’s next week and comes with very little notice but that’s how Disney works. The film, directed by Tony BancroftBarry Cook, featured the voice talents of Ming-Na WenEddie MurphyBD Wong, Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, James Hong, Pat Morita, George Takei, Freda Foh Shen, and Donny Osmond. The tech specs for the release include a 4K presentation in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with the Blu-ray Disc counterpart(s) as well as a digital code (copy) of the film. You cannot find the 4K UHD Blu-ray yet available for preorder over at Amazon, and you likely won’t anytime soon, but stay tuned for an update on that. In the meantime, realistically, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailers Best Buy and Target. The bonus materials set to be included on the release, the extras from the previous Blu-ray, are listed below.

  • Deleted Scenes:
    • “Keep ‘Em Guessing”
    • The Prologue Chronicle
    • Shadow Puppets Prologue
    • The Betrothal
    • Shan-Yu Destroys the Village
    • Mulan’s Daydream
    • The Emperor’s Dream
  • Classic Music and Featurettes:
    • “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” Music Video Performed in Mandarin by Jackie Chan
    • “Reflection” Music Video Performed by Christina Aguilera
    • “Reflejo” Music Video Performed in Spanish by Lucero
    • “True to Your Heart” Music Video Performed by Raven
    • “True to Your Heart” Music Video Performed by Stevie Wonder & 98°
    • Songs of “Mulan” – Producer Pam Coats, composer Matthew Wilder and lyricist David Zippel share the process of creating the music for “Mulan.” They discuss how they decided where to place songs in the film, what emotions the songs should evoke and how they should be used to advance the story. Also featured is a behind-the-scenes look at a recording session of “Reflection.”
    • “Mulan”‘s International Journey – Disney filmmakers explain the process by which Disney animated films are translated into as many as 35 different languages. This includes using the best translators, finding the appropriate voice talent in each country and taking painstaking measures to ensure that the creative integrity of the film is preserved.
    • Multilanguage Presentation – “Mulan” was translated into many languages for audiences around the world. Hear some of these languages in the musical sequence “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” including French, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Swedish and more.
  • Classic Backstage Disney Featurettes
  • Audio commentary by producer Pam Coats and directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook

“Hocus Pocus” is coming to 4K in September

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The 1993 film “Hocus Pocus” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 15th, via Disney, according to multiple retailer sources. The film, directed by Kenny Ortega and co-written by Mick Garris, starred Bette MidlerSarah Jessica ParkerKathy NajimyOmri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, and Doug Jones. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for an update. It is known, so far from the art, that the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the 4K will include a Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailers Best Buy, Target and Walmart — both showing the September release date. Also, online retailer Deep Discount now has the title available for preorder, again showing the same release date. There’s currently no preorder listing for the 4K yet over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update on that. Lastly, Disney has yet to officially announce this title but it is apparent that it is coming out based on retailers.

UPDATE: Our friend Den of Geeks just tweeted out the cover art (pictured below) for what will be an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook for the film available at retailer Best Buy, and there is now a preorder listing available.

Lastly, I’ve also heard (again, from a tweet), via someone with Disney, that this film has received a new scan which was supervised by the film’s director Kenny Ortega.

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Pixar film “Onward” comes to 4K and Blu-ray May

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The 2020 Disney / Pixar film “Onward” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on May 19th, via Disney, according to retailers. The film, directed by Dan Scanlon, features the voice talents of Tom HollandChris PrattJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Kyle Bornheimer, Mel Rodriguez, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Octavia Spencer, Tracey Ullman, Wilmer Valderrama, and George Psarras. The tech specs and bonus materials for the 4K and Blu-ray haven’t been officially announced yet, but, judging from the Disney+ and digital versions of the film, you can expect it to receive HDR10 on the 4K release and Dolby Atmos sound. It’s likely the Blu-ray will only get a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix, instead of Atmos sound, but we’ll see. Both the 4K and Blu-ray releases will come in the form of “combo pack” meaning that they’ll include their Blu-ray / DVD counterparts (accordingly) and each receives a digital code (copy) of the film. Stay tuned for updates on the official tech specs, bonus materials, and as to when these titles get listed over at Amazon. You can, however, now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at retailers Best Buy and Target. Also worth mentioning is the fact that each one of those retailers will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film. Best Buy will be getting a 4K SteelBook (pictured below) and Target will be getting a Limited Edition Gallery Book on 4K (also pictured below). 

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