Warner today has officially announced plans to bring the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher directed original four live-action Batman films to 4K UHD Blu-ray on June 4th. These films include “Batman“ (1989), “Batman Returns“ (1992), “Batman Forever“ (1995), and “Batman & Robin“ (1997). The films will first get individual releases and then be released in a box set called “Batman Anthology” on 4K a tad bit later in the year (9/17). All four films are said to have been restored after they received new 4K scans of the original camera negatives. Tech specs for the releases will include 2160p video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound for each film. No further details have yet been announced regarding the releases. They will each include newly remastered versions of the films on Blu-ray Disc and digital copies – likely compatible with Movies Anywhere. The bonus materials will be the same as previously included on Blu-ray for each film.
UPDATE / PRE-ORDERS: You can pre-order the films over at Amazon. Just click on the titles of the films above for links. Best Buy now has these also for pre-order. They only seem to work if you click the yellow “Pre-order” button beside each and will add to your cart. Their individual pages, however, will not load yet – at Best Buy. You can find the Batman Anthology box set already available to pre-order over at Warner’s WBShop. WBShop also has each film available to pre-order and here are the individual links: Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin. Lastly, the retailer Barnes & Noble has the box set and all four films available to pre-order as well.
EDITOR NOTE: Lastly, it’s a true shame the cover art for these films is this boring. Fans are not liking it one bit on social media and perhaps Warner should have considered just using the original poster art instead.
The two Marvel Studios sequels “Captain America: The Winter Soldier“ and “Captain America: Civil War“ are both coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on April 23rd, via Disney – according to an early alert to retailers. The titles had been said to be coming but we now finally get them both listed with release date and pre-order listings for each over at Best Buy.
UPDATE: The two titles on 4K are both now listed for pre-order over at Amazon – HERE and HERE. Those listings even include glimpses at the back of the packaging where we get the tech specs. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will be presented in the 2.40:1 aspect (as originally on Blu-ray), while “Captain America: Civil War” will be presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio (unlike the original Blu-ray). Both films will receive HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The bonus materials set to be included for each film can be found on the original Blu-ray releases. No new extras will be included on the 4K discs.
Each release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray Disc included along with a digital copy of the film.
There will also be Steelbook releases for both of the films on 4K which will be Best Buyexclusives. You can’t pre-order those yet but they have placeholder pages HERE and HERE. The artwork for the Steelbooks is pictured below.
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.
The 2006 film “Crank“ starring Jason Statham is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 21st via Lionsgate. The film, both written & directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, featured a supporting cast that included Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Carlos Sanz, Efren Ramirez, Glenn Howerton, and Dwight Yoakam.
Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and a digital copy of the film included. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is available for pre-order now over at Best Buy, although is not yet listed over at Amazon. Stay tuned for an update on that. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
“Shooting Crank” Featurette
“The Stunts of Crank” Featurette
“Pushing Crank” Featurette
NEW “Crank @ Comic-Con” Featurette
NEW “More Stories from Crank” Featurette
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming release.
The 2019 film “The Kid Who Would Be King” written and directed by Joe Cornish is heading to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on April 16th, via Fox. The film features a cast of Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Denise Gough, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Angus Imrie, Rhianna Dorris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Noma Dumezweni, and Rebecca Ferguson. It’s worth noting that this movie is currently (at time of writing) “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes.
Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video with High Dynamic Range in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Atmos sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray release include 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect and 7.1 lossless sound (likely DTS-HD MA) but mislabeled in the press release. Both of the releases will come in the form of “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting and DVD, and each getting a digital copy of the film. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Discare now both available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.
Origins of a King
Hair, Makeup & Costume Tests
Merlin’s Magic (x4)
The Two Merlins
“Be the King”, Lay Lay Music Video
Further below, after the break, you can find the Blu-ray Disc artwork and more info in the official announcement.
The 2018 film “Bumblebee” starring Hailee Steinfeld is officially coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on April 2nd, via Paramount. The film, directed by Travis Knight, co-stars Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, John Ortiz, and John Cena. This film has received positive reviews from critics, in fact, it is currently “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes.
Tech specs for the 4K include 2160p video with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The technical specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p video and Dolby Atmos sound. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and each getting a Digital Copy of the film included. You can find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray available to pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.
Sector 7 Archive
Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7
Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome (All-New Motion Comic)
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron
Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen
The Story of Bumblebee
The Stars Align
Bumblebee Goes Back to G1
Back to the Beetle
California Cruisin’ Down Memory Lane
There will also be a Best Buy ExclusiveSteelbook for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release available, which you can find pictured below and is available for pre-order.
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding these upcoming releases.