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Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous comes to 4K in July

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The 2000 film Almost Famous is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a limited edition SteelBook on July 13th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, both written and directed by Cameron Crowe, starred Patrick FugitKate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, Zooey Deschanel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jimmy Fallon, and Frances McDormand.

UPDATE: So, as I promised you before, today Paramount has officially announced the upcoming releases of this film. Yes, releases, plural. You’ll hear more about the Blu-ray via Paramount Presents, spine #21 in the series, a bit further below. First off though, let’s discuss the 4K UHD Blu-ray limited-edition SteelBook. Tech specs for the 4K 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. The movie has been remastered from a new 4K transfer that was supervised by Cameron Crowe. The 4K release will be a 2-disc set with both The Theatrical Cut (available for the first time) on the first disc and “The Bootleg Cut” on the second disc. The 4K SteelBook release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film, and it will NOT include a Blu-ray Disc counterpart. Below, you can find a glimpse (via Cameron Crowe in a tweet) of the 4K SteelBook’s interior artwork.

You can already find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for preorder over at Amazon and at retailer Best Buy. The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • Filmmaker Focus — Cameron Crowe on Almost FamousNEW!
  • Casting & Costumes — NEW!
  • Rock School — NEW!
  • Extended Scenes — NEW!
  • Odds & Sods — NEW!
  • Audio Commentary with Cameron Crowe and Friends (Bootleg cut)
  • Intro by Cameron Crowe
  • The Making of Almost Famous
  • Interview with Lester Bangs (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • Cameron Crowe’s Top Albums of 1973
  • “Fever Dog” music video
  • “Loves Comes and Goes” (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • Rolling Stone Articles (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • B-Sides (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • Cleveland Concert (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • “Small Time Blues”
  • Stairway (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • Script
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Hidden Talent (Unhidden Easter Eggs)

Also, as I mentioned a bit earlier, there will be a Paramount Presents Blu-ray release of the film available as well on July 13th, pictured below, using this new remaster of the film. You can find that Paramount Presents Blu-ray also now available for preorder over at Amazon. Tech specs for that include a 1080p HD presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound, spanning across 2 discs with the first getting The Theatrical Cut (making its Blu-ray debut) and the second disc getting “The Bootleg Cut” of the film. The bonus materials will be identical to those listed above, as well as include a digital code (copy) of the film.

Lastly, if you’re subscribed to Rolling Stone there’s a featured story regarding Cameron Crowe discussing how he’s expanding the soundtrack for the film in the month of July as well, which you can read about here.

Now, further below, after the break, you can find the official full announcement regarding the upcoming releases of this film.

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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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Wonder Boys with Michael Douglas on Blu-ray November

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The 2000 film “Wonder Boys” starring Michael Douglas is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time, on November 24th via Paramount. The film, directed by Curtis Hanson, co-starred Tobey MaguireFrances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, and the late Rip Torn. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0 sound. This last bit, regarding the sound configuration, comes as an improvement over the previous 2000 DVD which only contained a Dolby Digital 5.0 sound mix, oddly enough. Yes, this never has received a 5.1 surround mix with the subwoofer channel. That’s not a misprint or typo. You can now find this Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will include the following bonus materials, ported over from the previously mentioned DVD:

  • Cast & Crew Interviews
  • Songs of Wonder Boys with Commentary by Curtis Hanson
  • “Things Have Changed” Bob Dylan Music Video

It should be noted that this release will come in the form of a MOD (manufactured-on-demand) BD-ROM Blu-ray Disc if you order it via Amazon. However, if you find this on store shelves elsewhere or online elsewhere, it will be a pressed Blu-ray Disc. I was given this heads-up regarding the release. You can find a quote regarding that below.

“It’s a BD-ROM now on Amazon MOD and pressed everywhere else.”

BBC brings Good Omens to Blu-ray October

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2019 BBC produced TV miniseries Good Omens starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 1st via BBC Studios, according to retail listings. As seen on Amazon Prime Video, the miniseries is based on the book written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This critically-acclaimed miniseries features a supporting cast of Adria Arjona, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Jon Hamm, Sam Taylor Buck, and the voice of Frances McDormand. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for a later update on that. You can already find the Blu-ray available for pre-order over at Amazon. Lastly, despite the fact it is available in 4K (on Amazon Prime Video) it seems doubtful that you’ll see this get a 4K UHD Blu-ray release.

Wes Anderson directed film “Isle of Dogs” is coming to Blu-ray in July

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The 2018 Wes Anderson directed film “Isle of Dogs” is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 17th via Fox Home Entertainment. The film features an all-star voice cast including talents like Bryan CranstonKoyu Rankin, Bill MurrayJeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormandScarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig and Edward Norton, to just name a few.

Tech specs for the release include full 1080p HD video and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below:

  • Featurettes
    • Animators
    • Isle of Dogs Cast Interviews
    • Puppets
    • An Ode to Dogs
    • Magasaki City and Trash Island
    • Weather and Elements
  • Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

The title will also get a Blu-ray DiscCollector’s Gift Set” (pictured below) which includes SIX figurines of the characters featured in the film.

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Both the standard Blu-ray Disc and the “Collector’s Gift SetBlu-ray are available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon. The releases both come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital Copy of the film included.

Further below you’ll find the official announcement for this.

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