Apocalypse Now comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray in August

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The 1979 film Apocalypse Now is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on August 27th via Lionsgate in a “40th Anniversary Edition” with a Final Cut of the film. Not only will that version be included but there will also be the original theatrical cut and “Apocalypse Now Redux” Extended Cut – along with the Hearts of Darkness (96 minutes) documentary from 1991. The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Martin SheenMarlon BrandoRobert DuvallFrederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, and Scott Glenn.

Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video, from a 4K restoration of the original negative, presented in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range along with Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come as a “combo pack” and include three Blu-ray Discs along with a digital copy of the film. UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at retailers Amazon and Best Buy. Stay tuned for an Amazon pre-order listing when it becomes available. Lionsgate has included what appear to be three screenshots in 1920 width (1080p) from this restoration as promotional material. You can watch the teaser trailer on YouTube (also in 1080p HD) if you’d like a better look at the quality but I’m going to include these for readers anyway.

Bonus materials set to be included on the release are very lengthy and span across a total of the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc and THREE Blu-ray Discs. This is going to run rather lengthy so I’m going to include it below after the break. Also further below, after the break, you can find the official trailer for the upcoming theatrical re-release and 4K release as well as the announcement.

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“The Matrix Trilogy” 4K Steelbook at Best Buy in June

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It appears The Matrix Trilogy will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook release on June 4th via Warner at retailer Best Buy. The films in the trilogy, already available individually on the 4K format, included:

  • “The Matrix” (1999)
  • “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003)
  • “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003)

The 3-disc set will include all three films in the trilogy in just their 4K versions only with no Blu-ray Disc counterparts. Digital copies of the films are said to be included. I’m not sure if this means these will lack bonus materials or not, as they are housed on the Blu-ray Disc for the first film. The first film, originally released back in 1999, is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. So, that’s likely the marketing choice made here by Warner. Considering the rather expensive price tag, I think only the ultimate fans will be making a purchase of the set. That being said, the 4K Steelbook set is now available for pre-order over at Best Buy.

Clint Eastwood film “The Mule” comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray in April

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The 2018 film “The Mule” directed by and starring Clint Eastwood is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on April 2nd via Warner, according to early alerts to retailers. The film, inspired by a true story, co-stars Bradley Cooper, Manny Montana, Michael Peña, Taissa Farmiga, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne, Clifton Collins Jr., and Dianne Wiest.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are both available for pre-order over at Amazon.  Both releases will come in the form of a “combo” pack with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and a digital copy included with each.

UPDATE: Tech specs for the 4K include 2160p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.

  • Nobody Runs Forever: The Making of The Mule
  • Toby Keith “Don’t Let the Old Man In” Music Video

Further below, after the break, you can find the artwork for the Blu-ray and the official announcement regarding the releases of this film.

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