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1980 film The Final Countdown on 4K UHD Blu-ray in April

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The 1980 film “The Final Countdown” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on April 27th via Blue Underground. The film, directed by Don Taylor, starred Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, James Farentino, Katharine Ross, Ron O’Neal, and Charles Durning. This movie has received a new 4K scan in 16-bit from the original film 35mm camera negative and restoration (as noted below). It will be presented in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range and include Dolby Atmos as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo sound mixes.

“Now Blue Underground is proud to present THE FINAL COUNTDOWN in a stunning new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, for the ultimate in explosive home theater excitement!”

There’s no preorder listing for the 4K UHD Blu-ray yet over at Amazon or any other retailers but stay tuned for an update on that. The bonus materials set to be included with this 3-disc limited edition set will physically include a Blu-ray and the CD Soundtrack. The traditional bonus materials (extras) set to be included on the release are listed below.

• Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Victor J. Kemper
• Lloyd Kaufman Goes Hollywood – Interview with Associate Producer Lloyd Kaufman
• Starring The Jolly Rogers – Interviews with The Jolly Rogers F-14 Fighter Squadron
• Theatrical Trailers
• TV Spots
• Poster & Still Galleries
• BONUS! THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by John Scott
• BONUS! Collectible Booklet featuring The Zero Pilot Journal

Further below, after the break, you can find the new restored movie trailer (in 1080p), the visual trade ad, and its text.

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1956 film The Ten Commandments is coming to 4K in March

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The 1956 version of the film adaptation of “The Ten Commandments” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 30th via Paramount. The film, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starred Charlton HestonYul BrynnerAnne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, John Carradine, and Vincent Price.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 6K scan and restoration of the original VistaVision 35mm film presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of HDR (high dynamic range) and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. You can find a bit of information regarding this restoration and the 4K tech specs below, taken from the press release.

“As part of the restoration done in 2010, the film was scanned in 6K and those files were the basis for this brand-new Dolby Vision version, which shows off the full beauty of the original VistaVision negative. The VistaVision format used special cameras to feed 35mm film into the camera horizontally in order to capture a wider image spread over two 35mm film frames, giving VistaVision twice the resolution of regular 35mm film.  In addition, Paramount spent well over 150 hours doing new color work and clean-up on the scan.  The move to Dolby Vision created the opportunity to further improve the look of the film:  blacks are enhanced and improvements were made to smooth out special effects mattes to create the most vibrant and pristine image possible.”

The 4K release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. UPDATE: you can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailer Target. The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K release are detailed below.

4K Ultra HD Disc

  • 1956 feature film in 4K Ultra HD
  • Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”

Blu-ray Disc #1

  • 1956 feature film in high definition (Part 1)
  • Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”

Blu-ray Disc #2

  • 1956 feature film in high definition (Part 2)
  • Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”
  • Newsreel footage of the film’s New York premiere
  • Theatrical trailers, including at 10-minute “making of” trailer

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray release of this classic film.

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1997 film Gattaca is getting a 4K SteelBook release in March

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The 1997 film “Gattaca” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a limited edition SteelBook release on March 23rd, 2021, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, written & directed by Andrew Niccol, starred Ethan HawkeUma ThurmanJude Law, Gore Vidal, Xander Berkeley, Jayne Brook, Maya Rudolph, Blair Underwood, and Elias Koteas. This movie has been newly remastered in 4K from the original camera negative. The tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. UPDATE: This title on 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook is now available to preorder over at Amazon. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. The bonus materials set to be included with the 4K release are listed below.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Welcome to Gattaca Featurette

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release of this film.

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Mel Brooks film Spaceballs is coming to 4K in April

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The 1987 Mel Brooks film “Spaceballs” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on April 13th via KL Studio Classics. This news was just unveiled by the distributor via a Tweet. In that tweet, you can see the reversible cover artwork. The film, co-written & directed by Mel Brooks, featured a cast of Bill PullmanJohn CandyRick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, the voice of Joan Rivers, and of course Mel Brooks. The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for hopefully an update on that. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it’ll include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is not yet available for preorder over at Amazon or any other retailers. In the meantime, KL Studio Classics has announced the bonus materials will consist of the following.

  • Audio Commentary by Mel Brooks
  • FORCE YOURSELF! Featurette
  • SPACEBALLS: The Documentary
  • In Conversation w/ Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
  • John Candy: Comic Spirit
  • Film Flubs
  • Watch SPACEBALLS in Ludicrous Speed
  • And Much More!
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