The 2001 CG animated film “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 16th, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, celebrating its 20th anniversary, co-directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi and Motonori Sakakibara, featured the English voice talents of Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Keith David, James Woods, and Donald Sutherland.
The film has been newly remastered. The tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound, as well as the original theatrical mix in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its 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 Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.
Original Special Features:
Two Feature-Length Commentaries
Interactive Documentary: The Making of Final Fantasy®
Aki’s Dream Reconstruction
On the Set with Aki
Vehicle Scale Comparisons
The Gray Project
This release will initially include a limited edition o-ring, featuring iconic alternate key art.
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this film coming physically to the 4K format.
The 1999 film “The General’s Daughter” starring John Travolta is coming to Blu-ray Disc on June 29th via Paramount, according to retailers. The film, directed by Simon West, co-starred Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Leslie Stefanson, Daniel von Bargen, Clarence Williams III, and James Woods. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed. You can find that the Blu-ray is now listed for preorder over at Amazon. Stay tuned for an update hopefully soon regarding more info on this Blu-ray debut of the film.
The 1998 film “John Carpenter’s Vampires“ is getting a “Collector’s Edition”Blu-ray Disc release on September 24th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by John Carpenter, starred James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Maximilian Schell, and Tim Guinee. The tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed but you can expect full 1080p HD video in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with lossless (DTS-HD Master Audio) sound, likely in both 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 surround configurations – although not yet confirmed. The Collector’s EditionBlu-rayis now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release have just been detailed today and are listed below.
NEW Time to Kill Some Vampires – an interview with composer/director John Carpenter, producer Sandy King Carpenter and cinematographer Garry B. Kibbe
NEW Jack the Slayer – an interview with actor James Woods
NEW The First Vampire – an interview with actor Thomas Ian Griffith
NEW Raising the Stakes – an interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero
NEW Padre – an interview with actor Tim Guinee
Audio Commentary by composer/director John Carpenter
Vintage Making of featurette
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.
The 1995 Martin Scorsese directed film “Casino“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 10th via Universal. This info came the other day via the film’s social media account on Facebook. The film, nominated for an Academy Award, starred Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, and Frank Vincent.
There were no further details about the release aside from the date and cover art (pictured above). We can say from the artwork that the release will come as a “combo pack” with the original Blu-ray Disc also included but perhaps no digital copy? So, we shall wait for an official press release from the studio (Universal) regarding the release tech specs, bonus materials and such as well as when the pre-order is to become available on Amazon.
UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at retailer Best Buy. Also, it seems that Best Buy will have a 4K Steelbook coming out on the same day that will be exclusive to the retailer. There’s no artwork for said Steelbook yet but stay tuned. Lastly, thanks to our friend Justin M. Persutti for this news tip about that Steelbook.
The 1995 Oliver Stone directed film “Nixon“ starring Anthony Hopkins is getting a “Special Edition”Blu-ray Disc release on May 21st via Kino Lorber Studio Classics, according to an early alert to retailers. The tech specs haven’t been fully detailed but it will for certain contain 1080p video with uncompressed 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo sound configurations. Both the theatrical cut (120 minutes) and the extended director’s cut (212 minutes) of the film will be included on what is said to be a 3-disc set. The upcoming Blu-ray is available to pre-order now over at Amazon. Details about the release and a list of bonus materials set to be included are below.
This special three-disc edition includes both the original theatrical cut and the extended director’s cut, and is loaded with extras.
Includes both the original 191-minute theatrical cut and the extended 212-minute director’s cut
Two Audio Commentaries with Director Oliver Stone (Director’s Cut): Oliver Stone Discusses the Film’s Performances, Style & Scrip/Oliver Stone Discusses the Politics & History of the Era
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jim Hemphill (Theatrical Cut)
Deleted Scenes Introduced by Oliver Stone (58:16)
Beyond Nixon Documentary (35:19)
Charlie Rose Interviews Oliver Stone (55:09)
5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo
Editor Note: I would say that there’s a slight chance this could actually someday receive a 4K UHD Blu-ray release, considering that the distributor recently announced plans to bring their first title to that format. That film announced for 4K also stars Anthony Hopkins (“Hannibal“) so it would be fitting.