The 1979 film “Escape from Alcatraz” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 8th via KL Studio Classics. The film, directed by Don Siegel, starred Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau, Paul Benjamin, Larry Hankin, and Fred Ward.
The film has received a new 4K scan (by Paramount Pictures) of the original camera negative. Tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 lossless sound mixes, on a BD-100 disc. Tech specs for the Blu-ray included in this “combo pack” are 1080p HD video, 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and the same lossless 5.1 surround and 2.0 audio mixes on a BD-50 disc. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via Kino Lorber‘s website. The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
THE GHOSTS OF ALCATRAZ: NEW Interview with Screenwriter Richard Tuggle
TALES FROM THE CELLBLOCK: NEW Interview with Actor Larry Hankin
Tech specs for the releases include 2160p 4K video presentations, with presumably at least HDR10 form of high dynamic range. The aspect ratios will be 1.85:1 for “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers” and 2.35:1 for the latter two sequels. Audio will be presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo for all three films.
The bonus materials have not yet been officially announced. It has been hinted by Justin Beahm that his Reverend Entertainment is working on some new bonus materials for the “Halloween: Resurrection” film specifically. But, again, the special features are “in progress” and will be announced later. So, stay tuned for an update on both.
This 4K set will come in the form of an 8-disc set with each film getting its own thick packaging and individual array cases (pictured below) with the Blu-ray Disc counterparts, housed inside a larger thick cardboard case. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via the ShoutFactory.com store, where you’ll get 3 exclusive bonus posters (while supplies last).
The film, a winner of 7 Academy Awards (“Oscars”), directed by David Lean, starred Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, and Peter O’Toole.
This has been “fully restored from the original camera negative.” The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.20:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. It also includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround lossless mix as well. NOTE: The film is split up across 2 discs for both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray versions. Speaking of which, the release comes in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it includes its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film.
You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.
Unused International Prologue (on 4K only)
Secrets of Arabia: Feature-Length Picture-in-Graphics Track
Peter O’Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia
Making of Lawrence of Arabia Documentary
Deleted Balcony Scene with Introduction by Anne V. Coates
The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia
A Conversation with Steven Spielberg
Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic (1963 & 1970 Versions)
Maan, Jordan: The Camels Are Cast
In Search of Lawrence
Romance of Arabia
King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Set
In Love with the Desert Documentary
Lawrence at 50: A Classic Restored
Steven Spielberg on Lawrence of Arabia
William Friedkin on Lawrence of Arabia
Sydney Pollack on Lawrence of Arabia
New York Premiere Footage
Vintage Trailers & TV Spots
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement about this film coming to 4K along with another David Lean film (“The Bridge on the River Kwai“) that I will be covering individually in its own news story.
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)
“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 2021 animated film “The Mitchells vs the Machines“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 14th, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, as seen on Netflix, made by the folks at Sony Pictures Animation, was co-directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe. It features the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric André, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Charlyne Yi, and Conan O’Brien. Lastly, regarding the film, it also is most certainly worth noting, at the time of writing, that this is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes.
This version will be known as “The Katie Mitchell Special Edition” — where the character claims the following (on the cover art):
“Super special features made by me. I made this!!! So you gotta buy it!! I promise the special features are good & don’t stink.”
UPDATE: The tech specs include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. The bonus materials set to be included on the release feature some Blu-ray exclusives and are detailed below.
Katie’s Cabinet of Forgotten Wonders: Take a rare look inside Katie Mitchell’s filmmaking process as she gives you an exclusive look into how the movie was made.
Dumb Robots Trailer
The Original “Mitchells” Story Pitch
The Furby Scene – How? Why?
The Mitchells Vs. The Machines: Or How a Group of Passionate Weirdos Made a Big Animated Movie: Go inside the story of The Mitchells vs the Machines and meet a group of first-time filmmakers & talented cast who banded together to take a collective risk on making a unique, original, and totally off-the-wall film about an everyday, epic, world-saving family!
How To Make Sock Puppets: Katie Mitchell opens the door to her film school. Learn how to make sock puppets who could be extras in your next short film!
How To Make Katie Face Cupcakes: Enjoy making cupcakes only a mother could love.
EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY BONUS MATERIALS
Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter: Katie Mitchell is back and creating the most hilarious film of her young career – check out an all-new mini-movie, Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter. In a world where the holidays are being haunted by the Candy Cane Kidnapper, there is only one Dog with the skills to solve the case.
Katie’s Extended Cinematic Bonanza Cut! Prepare to witness Katie’s director’s cut, an extended version of the original film with over 40 minutes of deleted scenes.
8 Bonus Scenes: Get more Mitchells with over 20 minutes of Deleted & Extended Scenes.
The Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its DVD counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find that the Blu-ray Disc is listed for preorder over at Amazon and at retailer Target. More on this soon.
Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full announcement about the home video release. Read more
According to retailer listings, the 1971 film “A Clockwork Orange“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 21st, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The title has yet to be officially announced by the studio (Warner) but stay tuned for an update on that. The film, written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, starred Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Warren Clarke, James Marcus, John Clive, Adrienne Corri, Michael Tarn, David Prowse, Sheila Raynor, and Philip Stone.
The tech specs for the release include a 4K 2160p video presentation in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film, compatible with Movies Anywhere.
You cannot yet find the 4K UHD Blu-ray standard release available for preorder over at Amazon but there is a placeholder page. Also, it is now available to preorder over at retailer Best Buy. It’s most certainly worth noting that there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available as an exclusive over at retailer Best Buy (pictured below), which is available now for preorder.
The bonus materials for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film are listed below.
Audio Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Historian Nick Redman [on both 4K and Blu-ray]
Only on the Blu-ray:
Malcolm McDowell Looks Back
Turning like Clockwork
Channel Four Documentary Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange
Featurette Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange
The TV series “Resident Alien: Season One“ starring Alan Tudyk is coming to Blu-ray Disc on September 21st, via Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to retailer listings. The show, created for TV by Chris Sheridan and seen on the SYFY network, in its first season co-stars Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund, Levi Fiehler, Judah Prehn, Meredith Garretson, Elizabeth Bowen, Keith Arbuthnot, Mandell Maughan, Alex Barima, Gary Farmer, Ben Cotton, and Linda Hamilton.
The tech specs for the Blu-ray set for the first season include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. It would appear that no bonus materials will be included with this release.
The 2020 TV series adaptation of Stephen King‘s “The Stand“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 5th, via CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The TV series, as seen on Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access), starred James Marsden, Odessa Young, Alexander Skarsgård, Amber Heard, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke, Henry Zaga, Ezra Miller, Greg Kinnear, and Whoopi Goldberg.
UPDATE: The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound, spanning across what seems to be a 3-disc set. Stay tuned for an update, as I’ve asked CBS for more info in regards to those specifics.
The 2020 TV series Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. You can find a list of bonus materials set to be included with the release listed below.
AN APOCALYPTIC EPIC: ADAPTING THE STAND – Go inside the creative process of bringing all facets of King’s beloved epic to life on screen.
It’s also worth noting that there will be “The Stand: The Definitive 2-Series Collection“ 2-pack set on Blu-ray available on October 5th as well, and now available for preorder over at Amazon (pictured below). That will include both the 1994 TV series adaptation and the 2020 TV series adaptation together.
Amazon Commissions Earned
Further below, after the break, you can find a brief announcement from CBS Home Entertainment about these two releases.