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2019 film Downton Abbey comes to 4K in March

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The 2019 film “Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture” is finally coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in both a standard and limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release on March 8th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  The film, based on the television series [of the same title] created by Julian Fellowes, was directed by Michael Engler and features a cast of Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Stephen Campbell Moore, Michael Fox, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, and Maggie Smith.

The tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound, on a BD-100 disc.  Both 4K physical releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with their Blu-ray counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film included.  You can now find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) available for preorder over at Amazon.

The bonus materials set to be included with the releases are listed below.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Upstairs & Downstairs Cast Conversations
  • The Royal Visit
  • True to the Twenties
  • Welcome to Downton Abbey
  • The Brilliance of Julian Fellowes
  • Downton Abbey Series Recap
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Director Michael Engler

Bond Daniel Craig 5-Film Collection on 4K in March

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There will be a James Bond: The Daniel Craig 5-Film Collection coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 1st via MGM, according to multiple retailers.  The set will include all five films in which actor Daniel Craig portrayed the character “James Bond” (aka “007”).  Those films consist of the following, in chronological order and detailed (how they appear here) below.

  • “Casino Royale” (2006) with Theatrical and Extended UNRATED versions
  • “Quantum of Solace” (2008)
  • “Skyfall” (2012)
  • “Spectre” (2015)
  • “No Time to Die” (2021)

The tech specs for the five films included here are as follows.  All five films appear to be receiving 2160p video presentations in their 2.39:1 aspect ratios with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range.  This will be new for the first four films in the set since they have previously been released on the format without the latter HDR formats.  In terms of sound.  First off, “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, and “Skyfall” will all three be presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound.  Next, the fourth film “Spectre” will be presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless surround sound and the final film “No Time To Die” will be presented in Dolby Atmos sound.  The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterparts and likely the bonus discs in that format for each film.  There also will be digital codes (copies) of the five films included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Target and Walmart.  The bonus materials should be identical to those found on the previous 4K releases of each film.  Stay tuned for a full list when the set gets officially announced by MGM via whichever studio will be distributing it.  Speaking of which, the only logo on the back artwork is SDS (Studio Distribution Services) which is a joint venture between Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  So, that’s likely one of the two studios that will be serving as the distributor(s).

The Beatles: Get Back comes to Blu-ray in February

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The 2021 TV mini-series / documentary The Beatles: Get Back is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc in a “Collector’s Set” on February 8th via Disney in collaboration with Apple Corps. Limited.  The documentary, directed by Peter Jackson [as well as originally Michael Lindsay-Hogg], aired just last month exclusively on the Disney Plus streaming service.  The film stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr candidly during the making of their album “Let it Be”, and it is considered a TV mini-series but has a documentary feel, being split up into three parts, with a runtime of approximately 458 minutes total.

EDITORIAL NOTE:  Despite being aired in 4K on the streaming service, there will not be a physical 4K release of the film nor a digital code (copy) included.  No sign of a 4K release physically coming for this, sadly, folks.  That’s Disney circa 2022 for you.  They didn’t even notify me about this news, as I had to find it myself.  How cool is that??

The tech specs for the Blu-ray Disc “Collector’s Set” include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos as well as uncompressed Linear PCM 2.0 Stereo and even Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound options.  The 3-disc Collector’s Set on Blu-ray, housed in a rigid slipcase and 3-disc “softpack,” will include some physical extras (pictured below) which consist of “4 Collector Cards.”

You can now find the Blu-ray Collector’s Set available for preorder over at retailers Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.  It does not seem that you’ll be able to purchase this Blu-ray set from Amazon but stay tuned for a possible update on that, although I’m doubting it.  No bonus materials appear to be included with the release.

Further below, after the break, you can find the details about the release taken from the TheBeatles.com website’s store listing.

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Resident Evil Welcome to Raccoon City on 4K and Blu-ray

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The 2021 film “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on February 8th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, based on the popular “Resident Evil” video game franchise from CAPCOM, written & directed by Johannes Roberts, stars Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia, Donal Logue, and Neal McDonough.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. Tech specs for the Blu-ray release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound.  Both releases will include a digital code (copy) of the film.  The 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray standard release and Blu-ray Disc available for preorder over at Amazon.  There’s a reason that I said standard 4K release, as there will in fact be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available at all retailers (pictured below) which is also now available for preorder over at Amazon.

The bonus materials set to be included on all of the releases of the film on 4K and Blu-ray physically are listed below.

  • Replicating the DNA
  • Cops, Corpses and Chaos
  • Zombies, Lickers and the Horrors of Resident Evil

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full announcement regarding the home video releases of the film.

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1999 film The Green Mile comes to 4K in February

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The 1999 film adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Green Mile is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on February 22nd, 2022 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  The film, directed & screenplay adapted by Frank Darabont, starred Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie HuntJames Cromwell, Sam Rockwell, and the late Michael Clarke Duncan.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the original 1.85:1 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 it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) compatible with Movies Anywhere.  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and at retailer Best Buy.  The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Frank Darabont [on both 4K and Blu-ray]
  • Additional Scenes
  • Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile Documentary
  • Miracle and Mystery: Creating The Green Mile Featurette Gallery
  • Tom Hanks Makeup Tests
  • Michael Clarke Duncan Screen Test
  • The teaser trailer: A Case Study
  • Theatrical Trailers

UPDATED: It is most certainly worth noting that retailer Best Buy will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release of the film (pictured below), which you can now find available for preorder.

Below, after the break, you can find the full official announcement regarding this 4K home video release of the film.

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Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho on 4K and Blu-ray

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The 2021 film “Last Night in Soho” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on January 15th, 2022 via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film, co-written & directed by Edgar Wright, stars Thomasin McKenzieMatt SmithMichael Ajao, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

The tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound, on a BD-100 disc.  The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos sound on a BD-50 disc.  Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack,” meaning that the 4K will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart, the Blu-ray will come with its DVD counterpart, and each will include a digital code (copy) of the film compatible with Movies Anywhere.

You can find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon.  The bonus materials set to be included with each release are listed below.

  • MAKING OF FEATURETTES
    • MEET ELOISE – An in-depth look at the character of Eloise and the challenges that star Thomasin McKenzie faced while bringing her to life.
    • DREAMING OF SANDIE – A closer look at the characters of Sandie and Jack and why Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith were the perfect actors to embody the essence of the time period.
    • SMOKE AND MIRRORS – The cast and crew break down how lighting, makeup, special effects, and creative camerawork came together to create a collision between the present day and 1960’s time periods.
    • ON THE STREETS OF SOHO – The cast and crew discuss the importance of shooting on location in Soho and the complexity of transforming the city streets back in time.
    • TIME TRAVELLING – A look into how the music, costume design, and production design of the film work together to immerse the audience into the world of 1960’s Soho.
  • DELETED SCENES
  • ANIMATICS
    • FIRST DREAM
    • SHADOW MEN
    • MURDER
    • FINAL CONFRONTATION
  • EXTRAS
    • HAIR & MAKEUP TESTS
    • LIGHTING & VFX TESTS
    • WIDE ANGLE WITNESS CAM
    • ACTON TOWN HALL STEADICAM REHEARSAL
  • “DOWNTOWN” MUSIC VIDEO
  • TRAILERS
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR/CO-WRITER EDGAR WRIGHT, EDITOR PAUL MACHLISS AND COMPOSER STEVE PRICE
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR/CO-WRITER EDGAR WRIGHT AND CO-WRITER KRISTY WILSON-CAIRNS

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full announcement regarding the home video releases.

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Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection set on 4K in February

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There will be a Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection on 4K UHD Blu-ray as a gift set coming on February 1st, 2022, to celebrate the home video release of the latest film in the franchise, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The box set will physically include the following three films:

  • “Ghostbusters” (1984)
  • “Ghostbusters II” (1989)
  • “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (2021)

MAJOR UPDATE: Sony has just informed me that digitally this set will include the aforementioned films as well as “Ghostbusters” (2016) — but, only in digital form (via code on a paper insert). The other three films will come in the form of a “combo pack” with each receiving its Blu-ray Disc [physical] counterpart.

This set will come with some excellent physical extras, including:

  • A collectible “ghost trap” packaging with lights
  • A full 220-page reprint of the rare 1985 “Making GHOSTBUSTERS” book

And, this set will [for now exclusively] also include new versions of the first two “Ghostbusters” films on 4K that now feature Dolby Vision form of high dynamic range as well as HDR10 (each) in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio, along with Dolby Atmos sound.  The tech specs for the third film include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as Dolby Atmos sound.

You can now find the Ultimate Ghostbusters Collection on 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  Also, here’s a full-size high-resolution shot of the contents of this set below.

This 8-disc set will also come with two “Special Features” discs which contain “over 20 hours of rare behind-the-scenes and must-see archival gems, including the full Preview Cut of the original movie and much, much more!”  Those contents are detailed below.

 

THE GHOSTBUSTERS ULTIMATE COLLECTION

  • GHOSTBUSTERS 4K ULTRA HD
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos + 5.1 + Theatrical Stereo
  • GHOSTBUSTERS BLU-RAY
    • Feature presented in high definition, from the 4K master
    • 5.1 + Theatrical Stereo
    • Special Features:
      • Commentary Featuring Director Ivan Reitman, Star/Co-Writer Harold Ramis and Associate Producer Joe Medjuck
      • Fan Commentary Moderated by Ghost Corps’ Eric Reich
      • Slimer Mode Picture-in-Picture Track
  • GHOSTBUSTERS II 4K ULTRA HD
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos + 5.1 + Theatrical Stereo
  • GHOSTBUSTERS II BLU-RAY
    • Feature presented in high definition, from the 4K master
    • 5.1 + Theatrical Stereo
    • Special Feature:
      • Commentary Featuring Director Ivan Reitman, Star/Co-Writer Dan Aykroyd and Executive Producer Joe Medjuck
  • GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE 4K ULTRA HD
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos
  • GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE BLU-RAY
    • Feature presented in high definition
    • Includes all special features from the standalone Blu-ray
  • SPECIAL FEATURES DISC 1 – GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
    • NEW: Rare 114-minute Preview Cut of the Film (in Standard Definition) – an unearthed early cut of the film with alternate takes, additional scenes, early effects and more. A unique must-see experience for any Ghostbusters fan!
      • With optional commentary by Associate Producer Joe Medjuck and Editor Sheldon Kahn
    • NEW: “Reitman Squared” Scene Commentary – a look at two scenes from the film with Ivan & Jason Reitman
    • NEW: Dana’s Lost Auditions – eight auditions for the role of Dana Barrett, featuring Denise Crosby, Kelly LeBrock and more!
      • Special thanks to Brandon Kleyla
    • NEW: “Ghostbusters: Behind Closed Doors” Documentary – a 90-minute documentary about the making of Ghostbusters and the history of the franchise!
    • NEW: Ghostbusters Dailies – over an hour of raw dailies, encompassing 7 scenes from the film
    • NEW: Full TV Broadcast Version of the Film (in Standard Definition) – featuring alternate TV-safe takes
    • 16 Deleted Scenes
    • TV Commercial from the Film + Commercial Outtakes
    • 1984 ShoWest Exhibitor Reel
    • “A Moment With the Stars” Original EPK Featurette
    • 1984 Featurette
    • SFX Team Featurette
    • Cast and Crew Featurette
    • Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective
    • Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car
    • Ruth Oliver’s Library Ghost Scream Test
    • Multi-Angle Explorations
    • Storyboard Comparisons
    • Photo Galleries
    • “Ghostbusters” Music Video by Ray Parker, Jr.
    • Theatrical Trailers & Promo
  • SPECIAL FEATURES DISC 2 – GHOSTBUSTERS II & GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
    • GHOSTBUSTERS II
    • NEW: “Reitman Squared” Scene Commentary – a look at two scenes from the film with Ivan & Jason Reitman
    • NEW: 19 Deleted Scenes – a collection of never-before-seen deleted scenes!
    • NEW: Ghostbusters II Soundtrack Promo – a scene from the film with commentary from composer Randy Edelman
    • NEW: Full TV Broadcast Version of the Film (in Standard Definition) – featuring alternate TV-safe takes
    • 7 Additional Deleted Scenes
    • “The Oprah Winfrey Show: Cast of Ghostbusters II” – June 1989
    • Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond
    • Ghostbusters II Original EPK
    • “On Our Own” Music Video by Bobby Brown
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
    • Jason’s Sneak Peek from Set
    • Theatrical Trailers

Ghostbusters Afterlife on 4K and Blu-ray in February

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The 2021 sequel “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on February 1st, 2022 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The film, directed and co-written by Jason Reitman, stars Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson.

The tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.  Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos sound.  The 4K release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray counterpart, and each release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film.  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

It’s most certainly worth noting that an elaborate box set will be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray as well, which includes the film, called the Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection that I’ll be detailing further in another news story.  Stay tuned for the full details on that release.  Also, a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) seems to be coming for the film as an exclusive over at online retailer Zavvi and possibly also at another physical retailer [Best Buy].  The latter of that has yet to be confirmed.  Stay tuned for a possible update.

  The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K and Blu-ray releases of this film are listed below.

  • We Got One! Easter Eggs Revealed
  • Ghostbusters: A Look Back
  • A Look Ahead
  • Bringing Ecto-1 Back to Life
  • The Gearhead’s Guide to Ghostbusters Gadgets
  • Special Effects: The Ghosts of Afterlife
  • Deleted Scene: Is It Ever Too Late?
  • Summoning the Spirit: Making Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the press release fully detailing the home video releases of the film.

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1987 film RoboCop comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray in March

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The 1987 film “RoboCop” will be getting both a 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition box set and a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release on March 29th, 2022 via Arrow Video. The film, directed by Paul Verhoeven, starred Peter WellerNancy AllenDan O’HerlihyRonny Cox, Ray Wise, and Kurtwood Smith.

This movie has received a director-approved 4K restoration, as noted below.

“4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven”

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range along with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo, 4.0 (four-channel) surround, and 5.1 surround lossless sound mixes. This release will include both the Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film.

UPDATE: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition set and the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) both available for preorder over at Amazon.

As mentioned, there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition box set available and it contains some physical extras (pictured below). These physical contents are detailed a bit further below.

The full tech specs, bonus materials, and details about the physical extras included are all listed below.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
  • Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray discs with Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Dolby Atmos surround sound options on both cuts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
  • Six collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • Double-sided fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • 80-page Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)

DISC ONE – DIRECTOR’S CUT

  • Commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)
  • Commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
  • Commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
  • The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, an interview with co-writer Michael Miner
  • RoboTalk, a conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nicholas McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures’ The Prodigy)
  • Truth of Character, an interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
  • Casting Old Detroit, an interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembled
  • Connecting the Shots, an interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
  • Analog, a featurette focusing on the special photographic effects, including new interviews with Peter Kuran and Kevin Kutchaver
  • More Man Than Machine: Composing RoboCop, a tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
  • RoboProps, a tour of super-fan Julien Dumont’s collection of original props and memorabilia
  • 2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
  • RoboCop: Creating A Legend, Villains of Old Detroit, Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg
  • Four deleted scenes
  • The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
  • Director’s Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes, presented in 4K (SDR)
  • Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
  • Extensive image galleries

DISC TWO – THEATRICAL CUT

  • Commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
  • Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer’s Original Score and Final Theatrical Mix)
  • Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
  • Split screen comparisons between the Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut, and the Theatrical Cut and edited-for-TV version
  • RoboCop: Edited for Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, including outtakes newly transferred in HD from recently unearthed 35mm elements

EDITORIAL NOTE:

This release will only include two 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs and not the Blu-ray Disc counterparts. That Blu-ray of the 4K restoration was previously released back in 2019 in a limited edition set. Just be aware this is not what is often referred to as a “combo pack.”

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