The 1979 film “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” is coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 24th via KL Studio Classics. This is not to be confused with the TV series that ran from 1979 through 1981, after this. The film, directed by Daniel Haller, starred Gil Gerard (as Capt. William ‘Buck’ Rogers), Pamela Hensley, Erin Gray, Henry Silva, Tim O’Connor, H.B. Haggerty, and Joseph Wiseman. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation from a “brand new 2K master” and no specific details yet on the audio format or configuration. It is known that the release will come on a BD-50 (dual-layered) Blu-ray Disc. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. A list of details and bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
Brand New 2K Master
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
The 1999 film “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai“ is getting a Blu-ray Discrelease on November 17th via The Criterion Collection. The film was written & directed by Jim Jarmusch, featured an original soundtrack by RZA (of the Wu-Tang Clan), and starred Forest Whitaker. The film’s cast also included John Tormey, Cliff Gorman, Richard Portnow, Tricia Vessey, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Victor Argo, Camille Winbush, and Damon Whitaker.
Tech specs for the Criterion Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the (OAR) original aspect ratio 1.85:1, from a new4Krestoredtransfer, supervised & approved by Jim Jarmusch, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. You can find the Criterion Blu-ray available for preorder now over at Amazon as well as directly via Criterion. The info regarding this upcoming release and a list of bonus materials set to be included are listed below.
New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Alternate isolated stereo music track
New Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
New conversation between actors Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankolé, moderated by film scholar Michael B. Gillespie
New interview with casting director Ellen Lewis
New interview with Shifu Shi Yan Ming, founder of the USA Shaolin Temple
New video essay on RZA’s original score for the film
The Odyssey: A Journey into the Life of a Samurai, a 2000 program on the making of the film
Deleted scenes and outtakes
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by critic Greg Tate and quotations from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, by the early-eighteenth-century monk Yamamoto Tsunetomo