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“Halloween” [1978] on 4K UHD Blu-ray coming in September gets fully detailed

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As I had previously reported, the 1978 horror classic Halloween directed by John Carpenter is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 25th via Lionsgate. The title has now officially been announced, near a month after we CORRECTLY reported the release date in our original rumor post – featured by our friends over at Bloody Disgusting. So here’s the full info. Tech specs for this release include 2160p 4K video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Mono sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc of the film included, and it is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the release have been fully detailed and are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Jamie Lee Curtisj
  • “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
  • “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
  • TV Version Footage
  • Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots

Finally, there’s an official trailer for the upcoming 4K release now available. You would think that any intelligent home video distributor would realize that YouTube allows you to actually upload 4K video, and has for many years now, so you could show the fans what to fully expect of the video quality, would you not? Well, the folks at Lionsgate aren’t apparently the most tech savvy, it seems, as they figured 1080p would be just fine to advertise a 4K title. Pretty damn ignorant, wouldn’t you agree? Regardless, you can find the poorly thought out NON-4K trailer for a 4K release below.

4K Release Trailer:

Now, lastly after the break you can find the official announcement for this release. 

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A 4K scan of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” on Blu-ray in a Steelbook this November

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The 1982 John Carpenter directed film “The Thing” starring Kurt Russell is coming to Blu-ray Disc in a Limited Edition Steelbook release on November 6th via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory) in collaboration with Universal Studios. The release, set to span across a 3-disc set, will include both an all-new 4K scan of the film on the first disc, as well as a 2K scan of the interpostive approved by the Director of Photography. Tech specs include full 1080p HD video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio for both scans of the film. The audio (at least on the 2K scan) will come in two options: a 4.1 mix “Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack” and a 5.1 mix, with likely both being presented in DTS-HD Master Audio. I’d expect the 4K scan will get a 5.1 mix – although it has not yet been detailed.

This new Blu-ray Disc Steelbook is not yet available for pre-order over at Amazon or Best Buy, but stay tuned for an update. However, it is available to PRE-ORDER directly from Shout! Factory‘s shop, where they’re including a FREE bonus 28.5″ X 16.5″ rolled litograph poster – to the first 1,500 customers who order. The 3-disc set (as mentioned) will include two versions of the film from two different scans, and those scans are detailed a bit below after the break.

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John Carpenter’s “Halloween” 1978 on 4K UHD Blu-ray in September

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MAJOR UPDATE:

This has now been officially confirmed today by HalloweenMovies.com (official website). The package cover art can be found above and disc art can be found below. It appears the release will get both Dolby Vision and HDR10 varieties of High Dynamic Range, while we only see a Dolby audio logo on the disc. That leaves me thinking it will not receive a Dolby Atmos or DTS: X atmospheric mix, and instead likely a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 mix.

UPDATES: This title is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and Best Buy.

Below, after the break you can find the disc art and more of my original rumor post about this coming to 4K, which turned out to be true.

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1983 John Carpenter directed “Christine” comes to 4K in September

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The 1983 John Carpenter directed film, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel, “Christine” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 11th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Tech specs for the release include full 2160p 4K with HDR (HDR10) video and Dolby Atmos sound. This will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and Digital copy of the film. “Christine” on 4K UHD Blu-ray isn’t available for pre-order over at Amazon yet, but stay tuned for an update. The film, celebrating its 35th anniversary, will include the following Blu-ray bonus materials listed below.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Keith Gordon
  • Three Featurettes:
    • “Christine: Ignition”
    • “Christine: Fast and Furious”
    • “Christine: Finish Line”
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Keith Gordon
    • Three Featurettes:
      • “Christine: Ignition”
      • “Christine: Fast and Furious”
      • “Christine: Finish Line”

Further below, after the break, you’ll find the official announcement for this release.

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