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1981 animated film Heavy Metal comes to 4K in April

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The 1981 cult-classic animated film Heavy Metal is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on April 19th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in a “Limited Edition 2-Film Collection” SteelBook.  This will also include the Blu-ray Disc debut of “Heavy Metal 2000” (2000) in 1080p HD.  The 1981 film, directed by Gerald Potterton, along with John Bruno, and John Halas, featured the voice talents of John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, and Richard Romanus.

This new 4K version of the 1981 film was reviewed, approved, and supervised by producer Ivan Reitman.  Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range and a new 2022 Dolby Atmos sound mix, along with lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo sound mixes.  There will also be a Blu-ray of the 1981 film included in this “combo pack” with 1080p HD video in 1.85:1 and lossless 5.1 surround sound.

As mentioned, this will also include the Blu-ray Disc debut of the film “Heavy Metal 2000” which has been “newly remastered.” It will be presented in 1080p HD video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and a lossless 5.1 surround sound mix.  A digital code (copy) of each film will be included with this set.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 2-Film Collection SteelBook available for preorder over at Amazon and at retailer Best Buy.  Bonus materials and details about the release are found below, after the break.

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Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection set on 4K in February

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There will be a Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection on 4K UHD Blu-ray as a gift set coming on February 1st, 2022, to celebrate the home video release of the latest film in the franchise, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The box set will physically include the following three films:

  • “Ghostbusters” (1984)
  • “Ghostbusters II” (1989)
  • “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (2021)

MAJOR UPDATE: Sony has just informed me that digitally this set will include the aforementioned films as well as “Ghostbusters” (2016) — but, only in digital form (via code on a paper insert). The other three films will come in the form of a “combo pack” with each receiving its Blu-ray Disc [physical] counterpart.

This set will come with some excellent physical extras, including:

  • A collectible “ghost trap” packaging with lights
  • A full 220-page reprint of the rare 1985 “Making GHOSTBUSTERS” book

And, this set will [for now exclusively] also include new versions of the first two “Ghostbusters” films on 4K that now feature Dolby Vision form of high dynamic range as well as HDR10 (each) in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio, along with Dolby Atmos sound.  The tech specs for the third film include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range as well as Dolby Atmos sound.

You can now find the Ultimate Ghostbusters Collection on 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  Also, here’s a full-size high-resolution shot of the contents of this set below.

This 8-disc set will also come with two “Special Features” discs which contain “over 20 hours of rare behind-the-scenes and must-see archival gems, including the full Preview Cut of the original movie and much, much more!”  Those contents are detailed below.

 

THE GHOSTBUSTERS ULTIMATE COLLECTION

  • GHOSTBUSTERS 4K ULTRA HD
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos + 5.1 + Theatrical Stereo
  • GHOSTBUSTERS BLU-RAY
    • Feature presented in high definition, from the 4K master
    • 5.1 + Theatrical Stereo
    • Special Features:
      • Commentary Featuring Director Ivan Reitman, Star/Co-Writer Harold Ramis and Associate Producer Joe Medjuck
      • Fan Commentary Moderated by Ghost Corps’ Eric Reich
      • Slimer Mode Picture-in-Picture Track
  • GHOSTBUSTERS II 4K ULTRA HD
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos + 5.1 + Theatrical Stereo
  • GHOSTBUSTERS II BLU-RAY
    • Feature presented in high definition, from the 4K master
    • 5.1 + Theatrical Stereo
    • Special Feature:
      • Commentary Featuring Director Ivan Reitman, Star/Co-Writer Dan Aykroyd and Executive Producer Joe Medjuck
  • GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE 4K ULTRA HD
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos
  • GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE BLU-RAY
    • Feature presented in high definition
    • Includes all special features from the standalone Blu-ray
  • SPECIAL FEATURES DISC 1 – GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
    • NEW: Rare 114-minute Preview Cut of the Film (in Standard Definition) – an unearthed early cut of the film with alternate takes, additional scenes, early effects and more. A unique must-see experience for any Ghostbusters fan!
      • With optional commentary by Associate Producer Joe Medjuck and Editor Sheldon Kahn
    • NEW: “Reitman Squared” Scene Commentary – a look at two scenes from the film with Ivan & Jason Reitman
    • NEW: Dana’s Lost Auditions – eight auditions for the role of Dana Barrett, featuring Denise Crosby, Kelly LeBrock and more!
      • Special thanks to Brandon Kleyla
    • NEW: “Ghostbusters: Behind Closed Doors” Documentary – a 90-minute documentary about the making of Ghostbusters and the history of the franchise!
    • NEW: Ghostbusters Dailies – over an hour of raw dailies, encompassing 7 scenes from the film
    • NEW: Full TV Broadcast Version of the Film (in Standard Definition) – featuring alternate TV-safe takes
    • 16 Deleted Scenes
    • TV Commercial from the Film + Commercial Outtakes
    • 1984 ShoWest Exhibitor Reel
    • “A Moment With the Stars” Original EPK Featurette
    • 1984 Featurette
    • SFX Team Featurette
    • Cast and Crew Featurette
    • Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective
    • Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car
    • Ruth Oliver’s Library Ghost Scream Test
    • Multi-Angle Explorations
    • Storyboard Comparisons
    • Photo Galleries
    • “Ghostbusters” Music Video by Ray Parker, Jr.
    • Theatrical Trailers & Promo
  • SPECIAL FEATURES DISC 2 – GHOSTBUSTERS II & GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
    • GHOSTBUSTERS II
    • NEW: “Reitman Squared” Scene Commentary – a look at two scenes from the film with Ivan & Jason Reitman
    • NEW: 19 Deleted Scenes – a collection of never-before-seen deleted scenes!
    • NEW: Ghostbusters II Soundtrack Promo – a scene from the film with commentary from composer Randy Edelman
    • NEW: Full TV Broadcast Version of the Film (in Standard Definition) – featuring alternate TV-safe takes
    • 7 Additional Deleted Scenes
    • “The Oprah Winfrey Show: Cast of Ghostbusters II” – June 1989
    • Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond
    • Ghostbusters II Original EPK
    • “On Our Own” Music Video by Bobby Brown
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
    • Jason’s Sneak Peek from Set
    • Theatrical Trailers

1988 film Twins makes Blu-ray debut in November

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The 1988 comedy Twins starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito will officially be making its Blu-ray Disc debut on November 17th via Shout Select (Shout! Factory). As noted, this will be the first time that this film will be available on the format here in the United States. The film, directed by Ivan Reitman, co-starred Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, and Bonnie Bartlett. No specific info yet regarding the tech specs or bonus materials on this release though, as they are in the process of being created. The full details about the release will be announced at a later date.

UPDATE: You can now find the film on Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. Also, Shout! Factory was kind enough to reveal to one of the site’s readers that this will be spine number 113 in the Shout Select series.

David Cronenberg film Shivers on Blu-ray September

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The 1975 David Cronenberg film Shivers is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on September 15th, via Vestron Video & Lionsgate. The cult-classic horror/sci-fi movie, both written & directed by Cronenberg, starred Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, and Barbara Steele. Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono sound. A digital copy of the film will be included. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • *NEW* Audio Commentary with Writer-Director David Cronenberg and Co-Producer Don Carmody
  • *NEW* “Mind Over Matter” – An Interview with Writer-Director David Cronenberg
  • *NEW* “Good Night Nurse” – An Interview with Actress Lynn Lowry
  • *NEW* “Outside and Within” – An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator Joe Blasco
  • *NEW* “Celebrating Cinépix” – An Interview with Greg Dunning
  • Archival 1998 David Cronenberg Interview
  • Still Gallery with Optional Archival Audio Interview with Executive Producer John Dunning
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement including more details about this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.

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“Ghostbusters 1 & 2” 35th Anniversary 4K Steelbook in June

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The Ivan Reitman directed films “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989) are both getting a special 35th Anniversary Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook release on June 11th via Sony. The Ghostbusters 1 & 2: 35th Anniversary Limited Edition 4K Steelbook had first been reported by the folks over at Ghostbusters.net and now it is available for pre-order over at Amazon. The 4K tech specs remain identical to the previously released 4K UHD Blu-ray versions of the two films. However, a large number of new bonus materials are going to be included exclusively in this release. The full list of extras set to be included on an extra bonus disc can be found below, after the break.

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