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).
Contest time again at High Def Disc News and this time I am going to be giving away FIVE copies of the upcoming May 11th release of “The Marksman” on Blu-ray from Universal. Below you can find the full list of details on how you can enter this contest.
The 2021 film “The Marksman” starring Liam Neeson is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 11th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Robert Lorenz, co-stars Katheryn Winnick, Juan Pablo Raba, Teresa Ruiz, and Jacob Perez. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with its DVD counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can find the Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon. The only bonus material set to be included with this release is listed below.
THE MAKING OF THE MARKSMAN – Filmmakers and cast discuss the richness of the story and characters, as well as their experiences working with legendary actor Liam Neeson.
Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer for the film and the full announcement regarding the upcoming release of the film on home video.
The 2020 film “Honest Thief” starring Liam Neeson is coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 29th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Mark Williams, co-stars Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Robert Patrick, Anthony Ramos, and Jeffrey Donovan. The tech specs for the Blu-ray release include 1080p HD video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound on a BD-50 disc. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with its DVD counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film. The Blu-ray is now available to preorder over at Amazon. No bonus materials will be included with this release.
The 1999 film “The Haunting“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 20th via Paramount Presents. This release will be spine number 10 in the Paramount Presents line. The film, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson & directed by Jan de Bont, starred Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, and Lili Taylor. The movie has received a new4Ktransfer that was supervised by the director (as seen quoted below), however, tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed.
“The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc™ is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer supervised by Jan de Bont, THE HAUNTING Blu-ray also includes a new Filmmaker Focus with the director, access to a Digital copy of the film, as well as a the previously released vintage behind-the-scenes featurette hosted by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and original trailers.”
Above, you can see the full package art and disc for this release. Stay tuned for an update on the tech specs. It is known that the release will come with a digital copy of the film, something new to the Paramount Presents titles. You can now find the Blu-ray is available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
Filmmaker Focus: Director Jan de Bont on The Haunting
Further below, after the break, you can find the full info regarding this upcoming release of the film.
The remaining films in the “Star Wars” film franchise – so far – are all coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 31st it seems, via Disney, according to retailer listings. There will first be a very lavish, expensive box set available (seemingly exclusive) at retailer Best Buy called “The Skywalker Saga” (pictured above) which is now available for preorder. That Skywalker Saga set will include Episodes 1-9 of the films, as well as two Blu-ray Disc counterparts for each film, filled with bonus materials – yet to be detailed. Stay tuned for further details regarding this release as it develops.
Now, as of today, there also are most certainly individual releases for Episodes 1-7 coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 31st as well as the film “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story” (2016). It’s certainly worth noting that these titles are now all listed over at retailer Best Buy, individually. So, as you’d expect I’ll be listing the films coming out in theatrical chronological order with direct links to the Best Buy preorder listings – not yet functional but currently placeholder pages. UPDATED: I am now adding Amazon preorder listings to this post as they are getting listed.
NOTE: The final film in the Skywalker Saga (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) has been announced officially, as you can read HERE in my previous news post regarding it. This story regarding the individual releases is still developing, so once again, stay tuned.
The 2018 Steve McQueen directed film “Widows” is slated for release on both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc formats February 5th, 2018 via Fox The film’s cast includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Jon Bernthal, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. This film has received mostly positive reviews from critics. In fact, Widows is currently “Certified Fresh” (at time of writing) over at Rotten Tomatoes.
Tech specs for the 4K include 2160p video presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The technical specifications for the Blu-ray release include 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect and Dolby Atmos sound. Each version will come in the form of a “comb pack” with the 4K release getting a Blu-ray, and the Blu-ray getting a DVD, with both include a Digital Copy of the film. You can pre-order either the 4K UHD Blu-ray or Blu-ray of the film over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be include on both releases are listed below.
Widows Unmasked: A Chicago Story
Plotting The Heist: The Story
Assembling The Crew: Production
The Scene Of The Crime: Locations
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement for the upcoming releases of this film.