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The Little Rascals Complete Collection in November

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“The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection (Centennial Edition)” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 15th via ClassicFlix.  This will include all six volumes [previously released] of the classic shorts, for a total of 80 sound short films spanning across a 7-disc set.  These shorts have been restored and you can find some info about that below.

“About the restorations: Each short has been newly scanned from original Hal Roach 35mm film elements. Remastered, uncut and beautifully restored, now you can see The Little Rascals like never before. With restorations so glorious, it will be like watching these iconic shorts for the first time!”

The tech specs include 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.37:1 (4×3 full frame) aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono lossless Mono sound, and each Blu-ray volume [out of six total] will be on BD-50 discs.  The bonus disc will be on a BD-25.  You can now find The Complete Collection Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly from the ClassicFix.com website.  Speaking of ClassicFlix’s website, you there can also preorder an exclusive bonus disc found in this set if you have previously purchased volumes 1-6 of their Blu-ray releases.  That “Centennial” bonus disc will include the following extras.

  • Newly recorded introduction by Leonard Maltin – The Rascals at 100
  • Presentation of the only surviving foreign language shorts in which Our Gang performed:
    • Las Fantasmas (1930, When the Wind Blows performed in Spanish) – Note: Survives fully intact
    • Los Cazadores de Osos (1930, Bear Shooters performed in Spanish) – Note: Only reel 2 is presented here. Image survives for both reels, but only audio survives for reel 2
    • Temps d’Hiver (1930, A Tough Winter performed in French) – Note: Only reel 1 survives
  • Three newly restored Our Gang silent shorts:
    • The Big Show (1923)
    • Dogs of War! (1923)
    • Mary, Queen of Tots (1925)
  • Good Old Days – The Music of Our Gang featurette
  • Then and Now – A Special Tour of Our Gang Locations featurette
  • Our Gang Centennial at the Hollywood Museum – Highlights from the opening day gala kicking off the Museum’s exhibit celebrating 100 years of The Little Rascals. Appearances include Leonard Maltin, Richard W. Bann, Maria Roach (Hal’s daughter) and Sidney Kibrick (Woim), the last surviving main player of the Hal Roach era
  • Our Gang Reunion – Watch The Gang on “You Asked for It” television show from February 22nd, 1951 featuring Allen “Farina” Hoskins, Johnny Downs, Mickey Daniels, Joe Cobb and Jackie Condon. Also appearing is on-set teacher Fern Carter, cameraman Art Lloyd and director Bob McGowan
  • A Day in the Life of Spanky and Porky – Follow Spanky and Porky around in Boulder, Colorado the week of April 1st, 1985 as they take the stage, answer questions and sign autographs as guests at the annual “Trivia Bowl” event
  • The Little Rascals Jukebox – Listen to your favorite Our Gang tunes
  • Image galleries
  • Other rarities:
    • Speed-O-Byke theater ad with Spanky
    • In-theater ad announcing in-person appearance by Mary Ann Jackson featuring previously unseen outtake footage
    • Excerpt of mid-1930s screen test for unknown film with Mary Ann Jackson directed by Norman Z. McLeod (no sound)
    • In-theater ad announcing in-person appearance by Norman “Chubby” Chaney
    • Spanky McFarland interviewed by Tommy Bond, Jr. at a plaque commemoration ceremony just outside the old location of Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, Ca.
    • Art Lloyd home movies featuring Spanky and Joe Cobb (no sound)
    • Commercial for MGM Our Gang
    • Audition reel (filmed in the mid-1950s) from short-term, but memorable Our Gang player Jackie Lynn Taylor

“Superman: The Movie” officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in November

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The 1978 Richard Donner-directed film Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 6th via Warner. The film co-starred Margot KidderGene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, and Marlon Brando. Tech specs for the release include 2160p 4K video in the 2.4:1 aspect ratio with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. It is said that this comes from a new 4K MASTER from the original film print.

UPDATE: This title on 4K UHD Blu-ray now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and Best Buy.

It is also available to PRE-ORDER directly from Warner at their WBShop. This title had been rumored for months and it’s great to see it finally getting officially announced and release date. The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary by Pierre Spengler and Ilya Salkind (on both 4K and Blu-ray)
  • The Making of Superman: The Movie 1978 TV Special
  • Superman and the Mole-Men
  • Cartoons
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot

“Superman” Movie from 1978 is getting 4K restoration with a possible 4K release

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So, I’ve let this develop a bit more so it’s not even a “rumor” so much as it is, at this point, a very exciting fact. The original classic 1978 Richard Donner directed film Superman starring the late Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder is being restored currently at Warner in 4K. Not only are the visual elements of the original film negatives being remastered (restored) but also the sound mix (as of a 4 hours ago) has been confirmed to be getting remastered as well. All of of this wonderful news comes from the Twitter account of CapedWonder Superman Imagery. You’ll find their tweets below and all credits for photos go respectively to them. This could see a possible 4K UHD Blu-ray release later this year, it’s pretty much a given. There’s no way that Warner would just opt to release this only on 2K (Blu-ray Disc), when so much effort is being put into this 4K restoration. Also, did I mention that the film is celebrating its 40th anniversary of sorts this year? Yeah, that makes me think we could see it come to both 4K and Blu-ray later in the year. Stay tuned for more updates both here and on twitter. Below, after the break, you’ll find some select tweets from CapedWonder Superman Imagery on their twitter (as mentioned above).

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