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 1982 remake of “The Thing“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 7th, via Universal, according to numerous retailer listings. The film, directed by John Carpenter, starred Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, Keith David, David Clennon, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Joel Polis, and Donald Moffat.
The tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS:X immersive sound, on a BD-100 disc. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its original Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as include a digital code (copy) of the film, which is compatible with Movies Anywhere. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon, as well as listed (but not yet as a functional preorder) over at retailer Best Buy.
And, no, at this time there does not appear to be a 4K SteelBook release planned for this. But, stay tuned for a possible update if one is in fact coming. The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.
John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape
Feature Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
Just a reminder, to my knowledge, this release has not yet been officially announced by the studio. Or, perhaps one of the public relations firms forgot to include me in the loop? That being said, consider this still a rumor with a whole lot to back it up at this point. I don’t want to upset the studio (Universal) here, but it’s pretty obvious that this title is coming at this point.
The [adult swim] TV series “Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4” will be getting a Blu-ray Disc box set release on March 2nd via Warner. The show, created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, features the voice talents of Justin Roiland (as both “Rick” and “Morty”), as well as Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, Kari Wahlgren, Maurice LaMarche, Dan Harmon, Brandon Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Tom Kenny, and Keith David. The tech specs for the 4-disc set include 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master 5.1 sound for each season. That’s strange about the audio, as previously all four seasons of the show featured Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound. So, perhaps that’s a typo? Or they’ve re-encoded the audio?
It’s worth noting that each season of the show will be included as a digital code (copy). There’s not yet a preorder listing available for this Blu-ray Disc set over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update. The bonus materials set to be included with this release will be identical to those featured on each season’s previous Blu-ray releases and can be found detailed further below, after the break, in the full official announcement about the upcoming release.
The 1988 John Carpenter film“They Live” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 8th via Scream Factory. NOTE: This marks the very first 4K release from Shout! Factory in their Scream Factory collection. The John Carpenter directed film starred Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. Tech specs for the release include a 2160p presentation with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart. If you all remember, I had posted last week that this release was rumored to be coming soon. Turns out that rumor was true.
UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. Keep in mind that it’s at MSRP (manufacturers’ suggested retail price) right now and should drop in its price over time. Also, keep in mind that Amazon features a “Pre-order Price Guarantee.” So, if it drops in price before the release date, they’ll refund you the difference.
You can also find the 4K available preorder over at retailer Target and directly via Shout! Factory — in a few different varieties. For those not interested in the other bundles available, the standard 4K release (with a bonus poster) via ShoutFactory.com is located here. Bonus materials set to be included on the 4K UHD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition release are listed below.
Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Carpenter And Actor Roddy Piper
Independent Thoughts – An Interview With Writer/Director John Carpenter
Man Vs. Aliens – An Interview With Actor Keith David
Woman Of Mystery – An Interview With Actress Meg Foster
Watch, Look, Listen: The Sights & Sounds Of They Live – A look At The Visual Style, Stunts And Music With Director Of Photography Gary B. Kibbe, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Imada, And Co-Composer Alan Howarth
Original EPK: The Making Of They Live
Footage From Commercials Created For The Film
Original Theatrical Trailer
Further below, after the break, you can find the full press release regarding the upcoming 4K release of this film.
The 1988 John Carpenter film “They Live”might be getting a 4K UHD Blu-rayrelease stateside soon via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory), according to an early retailer listing. No release date is given but I’m thinking perhaps sometime this year like November or December? Fair warning, this is a RUMOR. So, take this with a grain of salt, but it seems maybe, just maybe, according to a retailer listing that this might be happening. The film is showing up listed over at retailer Target right now as “THEY LIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (4K UHD/BLU-RAY)“ as you can see HERE (in case they remove the listing). It lists SHOUT FACTORY as the Movie Studio and Horror as the genre, as you’ll see there. Shout! Factory’s horror line of home video titles is Scream Factory, which has previously released this film on Blu-ray. So, this would be pretty logical, right?
Let’s be realistic here. This could have actually just leaked out a bit early? I’m only speculating here, folks. If it’s true, this could be huge news because the film itself has already been released on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format overseas in the UK back in 2018and again in 2019 via Studiocanal, as well as in France. In fact, Studiocanal actually did 4Krestorations of fourJohn Carpenter films — all of which that Scream Factory currently distributes stateside. Let’s hope this turns out to be true and that more John Carpenter films are heading stateside to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format. Who knows, though? This could be nothing but I, as a huge fan of the director and this film, felt it was worth sharing with the horror community and 4K fans.
The 2009 animated film “The Princess and the Frog“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 5th via Disney, according to retailers. The film, directed by Ron Clements & John Musker, featured the voice talents of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, and John Goodman. Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. It’s worth noting that there will also be a 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbookexclusively available at retailer Best Buy (pictured below).
Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
The 2018 comedy “Night School” starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on January 1st, 2019 via Universal. The film, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, co-stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Keith David, Taran Killam, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Anne Winters, Romany Malco, Ben Schwartz, and Rob Riggle.
Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS:X sound. Tech spec for the Blu-ray release include 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS:X sound. The 4K and Blu-ray versions will both include both the “Extended Cut” and Theatrical Cut of the film. Each version will come in the form of “combo pack” with the 4K UHD Blu-ray getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, with both getting a Digital Copy of the film included. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.
Gag Reel Extra Credit – NIGHT SCHOOL may be in session but between takes the cast is letting loose. Discover more behind-the-scenes hilarity in this extra credit edition Gag Reel. [4K Exclusive]
Gag Reel – Prepare to laugh (or cry) yourself silly through this hilarious montage of behind-the-scenes antics performed by the cast of NIGHT SCHOOL.
NIGHT SCHOOL’S In Session – Ring the bell as we introduce you to NIGHT SCHOOL’s band of misfits.
Who’s the Student? Who’s the Teacher? – Fans were thrilled to see friends Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish starring in their first film together. In this piece, the comedy titans give us their backstory on how they became ride-or-die friends more than a decade ago.
Prom Night Revisited – Take a trip down memory lane as the cast of NIGHT SCHOOL looks back at their own high school proms. You’ll never guess who dressed up as a famous movie character and who never made it to the dance at all.
Cap ‘n Gown ‘n Giggles – Teddy may deliver a heartfelt graduation speech, but behind the scenes cast and crew were exploding with laughter as Kevin Hart’s speech turned into a full blown standup comedy show.
Making of the Dance Battle – Take a sneak peek into the dance rehearsal of the infamous prom night dance battle.
Christian Chicken – When Teddy gets a sign from the Lawd to sell precious poultry, it only makes sense that he take it global. Check out this never before seen Christian Chicken commercial that was simply too delicious to air.
Game Over – Our favorite misfit, Teddy may be the class clown but he’s not fooling the ladies who keep him in check. Watch as Kevin Hart joins castmates Yvonne Orji and Megalyn Echikunwoke to discuss the complicated relationship between Maya and Teddy.
Extended Performance “El Sueno” – Every prom needs a hit song and this extended version of Luis’s original “El Sueno” is sure to make you swoon.
Feature Commentary with Director Malcom D. Lee
Further below, after the break, you can find the art for the Blu-ray and the official announcement for both releases.
The 1994 Sci-Fi Thriller “The Puppet Masters“ starring Donald Sutherland is coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 4th via Kino Lorber Studio Classics. The film, directed by Stuart Orme, was based on the Robert A. Heinlein novel, and featured cast of Eric Thal, Julie Warner, Keith David, Will Patton, Richard Belzer, Tom Mason, and Yaphet Kotto. Tech specs for the release include 1080p HD video and both 5.1 surround and 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes in terms of sound.
UPDATE: This title on Blu-ray Disc is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon.
The bonus materials set to be included on the release are detailed below.
Audio commentary by director Stuart Orme with film editor David Yardley
Robert A. Heinlein: The Puppet Grand Master – Documentary with Spectrum literary agency agent Eleanor Wood, author, and screenwriter David Gerrold, author Brad Linaweaver and Robert Gleason, the executive editor of Tor/Forge Books and the author of The Evil That Men Do
Get Slugged with Julie Warner
Strange Invasion with Keith David
Alien Me, Alien You with Richard Belzer
Larry Odien Pulls the Strings: The Practical Effects of The Puppet Masters
Science Fantasy and Softcore Porn: Limited edition booklet essay by author and literary critic Samuel R. Delany
Newly commissioned art by Jacob Phillips
Animated Photo Gallery – Creature design images
Limited Edition O-card Slipcase
Below after the break you can get a look at the reversible cover art mentioned.