The 1976 film “The Bad News Bears” starring Walter Matthau is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc on March 30th, via Paramount, according to an early retailer listing. The film, directed by Michael Ritchie, co-starred Tatum O’Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten, Ben Piazza, Alfred Lutter III, Chris Barnes, Erin Blunt, and Jackie Earle Haley.
UPDATE #1: well, word has it that Justin Beahm’s Reverendent Entertainment did some new extras for this release. UPDATE #2: well, this has totally made my day and come as a great surprise. Here’s the list of bonus materials set to be included on this Blu-ray Disc debut of the film — via Justin Beahm‘s social media account.
Sometimes You Lose: Kevin Smith on The Bad News Bears
Life Imitates Art: Jackie Earle Haley on The Bad News Bears
Get to the Finals: Producer Stanley Jaffe on The Bad News Bears
Shot on Super-8: Jackie Earle Haley’s Home Movies
UPDATE #3: the tech specs include 1080p HD in presumably the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (or perhaps 1.78:1) and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.
It is also known, via the cover art (pictured above) that the release will come with a digital copy of the film. You can now find the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Target and Walmart.
The 2019 film “Alita: Battle Angel” is coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Discon July 23rd via Fox. The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, features a cast of Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, and Jackie Earle Haley.
The tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDR10+ forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. Tech specs for the Blu-ray (and the Blu-ray 3D) include 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound. I repeat, the Blu-ray 3D will only get DTS-HD MA 7.1 audio on it instead of the Dolby Atmos found on the 4K, which is a tad bit disappointing to some of my readers, including even myself. The 4K release will come with a Blu-ray 3D of the film (as seen on the cover art, above). The two releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting both Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray, the Blu-ray will get a DVD, and a digital copy of the film will be present on both. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray are both available for pre-order now over at Amazon and at Best Buy. There will be a 4K SteelbookExclusive to retailer Best Buy which is now available for pre-order (pictured below).
Bonus materials set to be included on the releases run rather lengthy, so you can find them listed further below, after the break, along with the full announcement regarding the upcoming releases of this film.