The 2022 documentary “Benjamin Franklin: A Film by Ken Burns“ is officially coming to Blu-ray on April 5th via PBS direct. The documentary features a voice cast that includes the likes of Peter Coyote, Paul Giamatti, Josh Lucas, Carolyn McCormick, Liam Neeson, and Mandy Patinkin (as Franklin). Below you can find a brief synopsis for the documentary [via PBS].
“Benjamin Franklin explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th century’s most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. Franklin’s 84 years (1706-1790) spanned an epoch of momentous change in science, technology, literature, politics, and government—fields he himself advanced through lifelong commitments to societal and self-improvement.
But Franklin’s life was full of contradictions, and his success as a writer, printer, scientist, and statesman came at a cost to the people closest to him. His influence was unmatched in his time, and his impact remains with us today. “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten,” he said in Poor Richard’s Almanack, “either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” Benjamin Franklin did both.”
The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation it seems in the 1.78:1 (widescreen) aspect ratio and 5.1 surround sound — not yet specified if it will be presented in lossy (Dolby Digital) or in a lossless form (PCM, Dolby TrueHD, or DTS-HD Master Audio). Stay tuned for a possible update on that. It is known the release will span across a 2-disc set. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly from Shop PBS.
Further below, after the break, you can find all the info known about the release via PBS’ store (mentioned above).
The 2021 film “The Forever Purge” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on September 28th, via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Everardo Gout, produced by Jason Blum & Michael Bay, stars Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Leven Rambin, Cassidy Freeman, Will Patton, Will Brittain, and Sammi Rotibi.
The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound, on a BD-66 disc. Meanwhile, the tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos sound, on a BD-50 disc. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the 4K will get its Blu-ray Disc counterpart, the Blu-ray will get its DVD counterpart, and both will include a digital code (copy) of the film which is compatible with Movies Anywhere. You can now find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with each release are listed below.
ALTERNATE STORYBOARD OPENING
COLLAPSING THE SYSTEM: BEHIND THE FOREVER PURGE – Go behind the scenes to witness the stunts, explosions, and chaos on the set of THE FOREVER PURGE.
CREEPTASTIC WARDROBE – A mostly daytime, never-ending Purge mixed with a western theme called for a whole new twist on Purge wardrobe and masks.
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the release of this film on the home video formats, both physically and digitally.
The 2003 Ang Lee-directed film “Hulk“ starring Eric Bana is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on July 9th via Universal. The film featured a score by Danny Elfman, and was not part of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” but it was based on the Marvel Comics character – created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Hulk featured a supporting cast comprised of Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Nick Nolte, and Josh Lucas. There also were even cameos by Lou Ferrigno and the late Stan Lee in the film both as security guards.
Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS:X sound on a BD-100 (100 gigabytes) disc. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray and a digital copy of the film (compatible with Movies Anywhere) included. You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray now available for pre-order over at Amazon and Walmart. There is no word yet of any retailer exclusives coming for this release. Bonus materials set to be included are listed below.
Feature Audio Commentary with Director Ang Lee [on 4K & Blu-ray]
The 2000 Mary Harron directed film “American Psycho” starring Christian Bale is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 25th via Lionsgate. The release will come in an “Uncut Version” (UNRATED), not the R-rated theatrical cut. Tech specs for the release include full 2160p 4K video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Atmos sound. Both varieties of High Dynamic Range, HDR10 and Dolby Vision will be included. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc, as well as a Digital Copy, of the film also included. It’s not yet available for pre-order over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update. The bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
Previously Recorded Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
Audio Commentary with writer Guinevere Turner
Deleted Scenes with optional director Audio Commentary
“The ‘80s: Downtown” Featurette
“American Psycho: From Book to Screen” Featurette
Further below, after the break, you’ll find the official announcement for this release.