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1982 John Carpenter film The Thing on 4K in September

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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
  • Outtakes
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
  • Theatrical Trailer

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.

Breakdown with Kurt Russell on Blu-ray in September

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The 1997 film Breakdown starring Kurt Russell is coming to Blu-ray Disc as part of the Paramount Presents line on September 21st, via Paramount Home Entertainment. This release will be spine number 26 in the Paramount Presents series. The film, directed and co-written by Jonathan Mostow, co-starred J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey, Jack Noseworthy, and Rex Linn.

The movie has received a new 4K scan and remaster, approved by the director, as quoted below.

“Skillful and suspenseful, Paramount’s beloved thriller BREAKDOWN comes to Blu-ray in a director-approved remaster, from a new 4K film scan.”

The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for an update. You can now find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will come with a digital copy of the film and the following bonus materials.

  • NEW Commentary By Director Jonathan Mostow and Kurt Russell
  • NEW Filmmaker Focus: Director Jonathan Mostow on Breakdown
  • NEW Victory Is Hers – Kathleen Quinlan on Breakdown
  • NEW A Brilliant Partnership – Martha De Laurentiis on Breakdown
  • NEW Alternate Opening
  • NEW Alternate Opening With Commentary By Director Jonathan Mostow
  • NEW Isolated Score
  • Theatrical Trailers
    • Breakdown                                    
    • Kiss the Girls                                  
    • Hard Rain

Below, you can find a glimpse at the packaging for the release.

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement for this release.

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1980 film “Used Cars” with Kurt Russell on Shout Select Blu-ray in February


The 1980 Robert Zemeckis film Used Cars starring Kurt Russell has just been announced to be coming to Blu-ray Disc on February 26th, 2019 via Shout Select (Shout! Factory). The film, co-wrote by Bob Gale (“Back to the Future”), featured a supporting cast of Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon and Jack Warden. Tech specs and bonus materials have not yet been released, but stay tuned for a later update on that in the future.

UPDATE: The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon.

The Blu-ray is also available for pre-order directly over at Shout! Factory‘s store. Lastly, it is worth noting that this title has been previously released on the Blu-ray format by Twilight Time back in 2014. This will be the second release here in the United States of the film on the Blu-ray format.

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