The 2014 film “Whiplash“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 22nd, via Sony. The film, which was written & directed by Damien Chazelle, starred Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell, Chris Mulkey, and Suanne Spoke. We can tell by the art (pictured above) that the 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. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon. No other retailers yet have listed the title, but you can stay tuned to this post for any updates regarding this release.
UPDATE #1: This release has now been officially announced by the studio [Sony] today. The tech specs include 2160p 4K video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range along with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. The bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
Commentary with Writer/Director Damien Chazelle and J.K. Simmons
An Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle
Timekeepers: Famous Drummers Discuss Their Craft and Passion for Drumming
Whiplash Original Short Film with Optional Commentary
UPDATE #2: It turns out that retailer Best Buywill be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release, on the same release date. The title is now available for preorder and the art (pictured below) has now been unveiled.
Further below, after the break, you’ll soon be able to find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release.
The 1993 film “Hocus Pocus” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 15th, via Disney, according to multiple retailer sources. The film, directed by Kenny Ortega and co-written by Mick Garris, starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, and Doug Jones. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for an update. It is known, so far from the art, that the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the 4K will include a Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailers Best Buy, Targetand Walmart — both showing the September release date. Also, online retailer Deep Discount now has the title available for preorder, again showing the same release date. There’s currently no preorder listing for the 4K yet over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update on that. Lastly, Disney has yet to officially announce this title but it is apparent that it is coming out based on retailers.
The 1988 Italian film “Cinema Paradiso” is coming to Blu-ray Disc in a Special Edition and to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 24th, via Arrow Academy (Arrow Video). The film, which won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, was directed and co-written by Giuseppe Tornatore. Cinema Paradiso starred Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, and Antonella Attili.
UPDATE: It had originally been announced and slated for September but the release date for this title has now changed, as corrected and listed above, to November.
Tech specs for the Special Edition Blu-ray include 1080p HD video and uncompressed Linear PCM 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes. The technical specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include 2160p video in HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range along with the same uncompressed Linear PCM 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes. The Blu-ray version of the film comes with both the 124-minute theatrical version and the 174-minute Director’s Cut — on that release. Whereas, the 4K release will contain only the theatrical version on its disc and then the included Blu-ray will have the Director’s Cut (in just 1080p HD). One certainly would not go as far as to call what you get in the 4K set a “combo pack” — as it only includes one version of the film on the 4K disc and then one other version on the Blu-ray. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray are both now available for preorder over at Amazon. Bonus materials and details regarding the releases are listed below after the break for each version.
The 1980 film “Flash Gordon“ starring Sam J. Jones and directed by Mike Hodges is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on August 18th, via Arrow Video. EDITORIAL NOTE: This will be one of their first 4K releases for distributor Arrow Video, and we’re excited to see them join on in supporting the format.
The film itself co-starred Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Ornella Muti, and Timothy Dalton. The film has a “brand new 4Krestoration by Studiocanal from the original camera negative approved by director Mike Hodges” according to Arrow Video. Tech specs include the 2.35:1 aspect ratio in HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range as well as DTS-HD Master Audio in 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo configurations. The upcoming standard (“Special Edition”) 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. It is most also certainly worth noting that there will be a Limited Edition4K UHD Blu-ray “Collector’s Set” available (as pictured below), which is now listed for preorder over at Amazon.
Bonus materials differ from what will be on the 1-disc standard 4K release and the 2-disc Limited Edition “Collector’s Set” — of which the latter will feature an exclusivesecond Blu-ray Disc. For that very reason, I’ll be listing it further below, after the break.