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Vanilla Sky on Paramount Presents Blu-ray in November

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The 2001 film Vanilla Sky is officially coming to the Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc line, as spine #27, on November 16th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The movie, written and directed by Cameron Crowe, starred Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, Tilda Swinton, and Michael Shannon.

This has been newly remastered from a new 4K film transfer, done under the supervision of filmmaker Cameron Crowe. The tech specs for the release have yet to be fully detailed but you can for sure expect a 1080p HD video presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and a lossless 5.1 surround sound mix — presumably in the DTS-HD Master Audio format, as with the previous release on the format. Stay tuned though for a possible update on the tech specs. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with this release, aside from the physical slipcover with fold-out poster (pictured below), are listed below.

  • Filmmaker Focus: Cameron Crowe on Vanilla Sky (HD) — NEW!
  • Commentary by Cameron Crowe & Nancy Wilson
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe (HD)
  • Prelude to a Dream (SD)
  • Hitting It Hard (SD)
  • An Interview with Paul McCartney (SD)
  • Gag Reel (SD)
  • Music Video “Afrika Shox” by leftfield/afrika bambaataa (SD)
  • Photo Gallery with Audio Introduction by photographer Neal Preston (HD)
  • Mask Test with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe (HD)
  • Kurt Russell single take with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe (HD)
  • Trailers (SD)
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe (HD)
  • Credits (HD)

F9 The Fast Saga on 4K and Blu-ray in September

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The 2021 sequel “F9: The Fast Saga” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on September 21st via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film, the latest in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, directed by Justin Lin, stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron. Both the 4K and Blu-ray releases will include 2 versions of the film: The Director’s Cut (149 minutes, NOT RATED) and the Theatrical Cut (142 minutes, PG-13).

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound, on a BD-100 disc. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos sound on a BD-50 disc. Both versions will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the 4K will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart, the Blu-ray will come with its DVD counterpart, and each will include a digital code (copy) of the film compatible with Movies Anywhere. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray both listed as available for preorder over at Amazon. There will also be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available as an exclusive over at retailer Best Buy (pictured below) which is now also available for preorder.

The bonus materials set to be included with the releases are listed below.

  • GAG REEL
  • F9: ALL IN: The Fast family invites you to be part of the crew as they give you an intimate look at how F9 propels this epic franchise to even greater heights. This bonus feature, with more than 46 minutes of content, includes returning characters, new cast members, huge stunts, big surprises, and so much more.
  • PRACTICALLY FAST: When it comes to stunts, it seems each film in The Fast Saga outdoes the last. In this piece, we examine how Justin Lin and his team go to great lengths to shoot as many stunts as they can in-camera and practically, giving the film an authenticity that cannot be achieved solely through visual effects or CGI.
  • SHIFTING PRIORITIES: We first met many of these characters when The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001. In the 20+ years since, not only have the characters themselves grown and evolved, but so have the actors that portray them. Art often imitates life, and we look at how that’s particularly true in F9.
  • JUSTICE FOR HAN: Han is back! Sung Kang and Justin Lin discuss the genesis for the return of this beloved character, while the cast reveals how much it means to them to have Kang back along for the ride.
  • A DAY ON SET WITH JUSTIN LIN: The job of a director on any movie production is huge. The job of a director on a production the scale of F9 is immeasurable. Spend a day with Justin Lin and see just how demanding it is to navigate a production day when you’re the one with all the answers.
  • JOHN CENA: SUPERCAR SUPERFAN: John Cena is a real-life car expert, and no franchise does cars like Fast. Watch John jump from exotic car to exotic car like a kid in a candy store, giving you a true fan’s look at some of the rarest and most expensive automobiles in the world.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY (THEATRICAL AND DIRECTOR’S CUT) WITH PRODUCER/CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN

Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about the upcoming home video releases of this film.

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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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