The 1988 film “The Accused“ is coming to Blu-ray Disc for the very first time on March 15th, 2022 via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, starred Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster (in an Oscar-winning role), Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi, Ann Hearn, Carmen Argenziano, and Steve Antin. As noted, this film had previously never been available on Blu-ray stateside and this will mark its debut to the format.
The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation [in presumably the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio] with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless surround sound. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. No bonus materials will be included with this release.
The 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 19th, via KL Studio Classics. The film, directed by Jonathan Demme and based on the novel, starred Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Frankie Faison, and Ted Levine.
The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range as well as both lossless 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo sound mixes, on a BD-100. The release will also include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart presented in 1080p HD with the same sound mixes. You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray now listed for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K and Blu-ray Disc in this set are listed below.
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas (on both 4K and Blu-ray)
Inside the Labyrinth: Documentary (66:28)
Page to Screen: Documentary (41:17)
Understanding the Madness: Featurette (19:35)
Scoring the Silence: Featurette (16:00)
Original 1991 Making-of Featurette (8:07)
Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster Interviews (52:30)
These six different films spanning decades have all received 4K restorations and will be getting new sound mixes unless otherwise noted below. All of the films will be presented in 4K resolution with HDR10 form of high dynamic range. And, two films (“Taxi Driver” and “The Social Network”) will be presented in Dolby Vision form of HDR as well. All of the films with the exception of one (“Taxi Driver”) will also get new Dolby Atmos sound mixes as well as their original 5.1 and in some cases Mono lossless mixes. All of the details regarding those tech specs and such can be found a bit further below. All six films will get a digital code (copy) for each in 4K, via Movies Anywhere.
UPDATE: The release date has been pushed back yet again (to 10/12), from its originally slated 9/14 release. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon. Via that preorder listing, you can find a hi-res image glimpse at the interior of the packaging (seen below).
The release will come with some physical extras in the form of an 80-page booklet and a bonus Blu-ray Disc that will feature 20 classic Columbia Pictures shorts in HD for the first time, including “The Three Stooges – Disorder in the Court” from 1936. The booklet will include six essays about each of the films and are detailed below.
“… six all-new incisive essays from renowned writers Julie Kirgo, John Kenrick, Glenn Kenny, Michael G. McDunnah, Kayti Burt and Nev Pierce.”
You can find the full details below after the break about this upcoming limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray box set.
The 1976 film “Bugsy Malone“ will officially be getting a Blu-ray Disc release on August 31st as part of the Paramount Presents line, via Paramount Home Entertainment. This will be the very first time that the movie has been available in the Blu-ray format. The film, written & directed by Alan Parker, starred Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florence Garland, and John Cassisi. The movie has been remastered from the original elements. Tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed, but stay tuned for an update. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find this Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. This release, set to be spine number 23 in the Paramount Presents line, will come with a collectible slipcover that folds out into the original movie poster (pictured below).
The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.
NEW “Give A Little Love: Paul Williams on Bugsy Malone”
NEW “Filmmaker Focus” with executive producer David Puttnam
Further below, after the break, you can find the press announcement from the studio about this particular title, as well as two others, coming to Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents Blu-ray line.
The 2021 film “The Mauritanian” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 11th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film, based on the book (originally published as “Guantánamo Diary”) was directed by Kevin Macdonald, stars Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani, Shailene Woodley, and Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s certainly worth noting that actress Jodie Foster won a Golden Globe award for her performance in the film. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound on a BD-50 disc. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its DVD counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the Blu-ray available to preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.
Behind the Scenes of THE MAURITANIAN – Get an inside look into the storytelling behind the real-life account of THE MAURITANIAN from cast and filmmakers and meet the extraordinary real people behind the gripping story.
A Look at Director Kevin Macdonald – Hear the cast and crew discuss what makes Director Kevin Macdonald the perfect person to bring this astounding tale of courage and conviction from the pages of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir to the screen.
Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full announcement regarding this home video release.
The 2013 film “Elysium” starring Matt Damon is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on February 9th, 2021, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, written & directed by Neill Blomkamp, co-starred Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, and William Fichtner. The tech specs for the release include a 4K video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) Of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listed to preorder over at Amazon. The release will contain bonus materials on both the 4K and Blu-ray discs, which are listed below.
4K ULTRA HD DISC
Exoskeletons, Explosions and the Action Choreography of Elysium
The Hero, The Psychopath and the Characters of Elysium
The Art of the Elysium Miniatures
Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium
Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky
Visions of 2154 – An Interactive Exploration of the Art and Design of Elysium
In Support of the Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium
The Technology of 2154
The Journey to Elysium
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the upcoming 4K physical release of this film.
The 2018 Drew Pearce written and directed film “Hotel Artemis” is coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on October 9th via Global Road Entertainment (likely to be distributed by Universal). This news comes via multiple early alerts to retailers. The film, currently still in theaters, includes a pretty stellar cast such as Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum, Sofia Boutella, Sterling K. Brown, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista – to just name a few. Tech specs for the releases have not yet been fully detailed, nor have the bonus materials (if any) set to be included, but stay tuned for an update. Both releases come in the form of a “combo pack” with 4K release getting a Blu-ray, and the Blu-ray release getting a DVD, of the film also included. The PRE-ORDER listings are now available over at Amazon, as well as other retailers. Below, after the break, you can find the cover art for the Blu-ray Disc version.