The first five films in the “Halloween” film franchise have all received new 2021 4K scans and are officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format in “Collector’s Edition” form individually for each on October 5th via Scream Factory. Those films getting released include the following:
The films each, as previously mentioned have all received a new 4K scan this year and the tech specs for all include a 2160p video presentation (in a variety of aspect ratios) with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and new Dolby Atmos sound mixes, as well as some additional mixes. Since things like those aspect ratios and sound mixes vary film-to-film, I’ll be letting you look at the full press release later further below.
You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listings for each of the films over at Amazon and you can access them via their titles above. You can also find them listed over at ShoutFactory.com with some additional extras you won’t find anywhere else.
The extras included on these new 4K UHD Blu-ray Collector’s Editions for each film are pretty elaborate, spanning across multiple discs in some instances. So, once again, I’ll be providing you with the full press release and details below, after the break.
The 1987 film “Prince of Darkness“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on January 19th, 2021 via Scream Factory. The film, written & directed by John Carpenter, starred Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Susan Blanchard, Anne Marie Howard, Ann Yen, Ken Wright, Dirk Blocker, and Jessie Lawrence Ferguson. The release will come in the form of a “Collector’s Edition” as well as a “combo pack” — the latter meaning that it will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart.
Tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range as well as Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
4K UHD Bonus Features
Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Peter Jason
Blu-ray™ Bonus Features
Audio Commentary with John Carpenter and actor Peter Jason
Sympathy for The Devil –Interview with Writer/Director John Carpenter
Alice at the Apocalypse –interview with Alice Cooper
The Messenger – Interview with Actor & Special Visual Effects Supervisor Robert Grasmere
Hell On Earth – A look at the film’s score with Co-Composer Alan Howarth
Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with host Sean Clark
Alternate Opening from TV Version
Original Theatrical Trailer
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release of the film.
The 1963 film “The Great Escape“ is officially getting a newBlu-ray Disc release from The Criterion Collection on May 12th. The film, directed by John Sturges, starred Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, and James Coburn. This film is considered a classic, in fact, it’s currently (at the time of writing) rated #135 on the IMDb Top 250 movies. The upcoming Criterion Blu-ray will include a brand new 4K digital restoration in the original aspect ratio (OAR) of 2.35:1 with audio choices of the original uncompressed Mono and an Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. You can find The Criterion Collection Blu-raynow listed for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via Criterion. Details about the release and a list of the bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
Two audio commentaries, one from 1991, featuring director John Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein; the other, from 2004, featuring actors James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence
New interview with critic Michael Sragow
“The Great Escape”: Heroes Underground, a four-part 2001 documentary about the real-life escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, including interviews with POWs held there
The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones, a 2001 program on the United States Army Air Forces pilot David Jones, the inspiration for Steve McQueen’s character in the film
Return to “The Great Escape,” a 1993 program featuring interviews with Coburn, Garner, actors David McCallum and Jud Taylor, stuntman Bud Ekins, and McQueen’s son, Chad McQueen
As I had previously reported, the 1978 horror classic “Halloween“ directed by John Carpenter is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 25th via Lionsgate. The title has now officially been announced, near a month after we CORRECTLY reported the release date in our original rumor post – featured by our friends over at Bloody Disgusting. So here’s the full info. Tech specs for this release include 2160p 4K video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Mono sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc of the film included, and it is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the release have been fully detailed and are listed below.
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Jamie Lee Curtisj
“The Night She Came Home” Featurette
“On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
TV Version Footage
Finally, there’s an official trailer for the upcoming 4K release now available. You would think that any intelligent home video distributor would realize that YouTube allows you to actually upload 4K video, and has for many years now, so you could show the fans what to fully expect of the video quality, would you not? Well, the folks at Lionsgate aren’t apparently the most tech savvy, it seems, as they figured 1080p would be just fine to advertise a 4K title. Pretty damn ignorant, wouldn’t you agree? Regardless, you can find the poorly thought out NON-4K trailer for a 4K release below.
4K Release Trailer:
Now, lastly after the break you can find the official announcement for this release.
This has now been officially confirmed today by HalloweenMovies.com (official website). The package cover art can be found above and disc art can be found below. It appears the release will get both Dolby Vision and HDR10 varieties of High Dynamic Range, while we only see a Dolby audio logo on the disc. That leaves me thinking it will not receive a Dolby Atmos or DTS: X atmospheric mix, and instead likely a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 mix.
UPDATES: This title is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and Best Buy.
Below, after the break you can find the disc art and more of my original rumor post about this coming to 4K, which turned out to be true.