The 1998 TV mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon“ from executive producer Tom Hanks is slated to be coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 16th via HBO. This according to numerous listings on retailer sites. The mini-series featured Hanks as the host (narrator) and the included a cast of Nick Searcy, Lane Smith, David Andrews, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Chris Isaak, and Stephen Root. Tech specs for the 3-disc set include 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio that has been digitally remastered with a lossless surround mix – presumably DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound (although not yet confirmed). There’s also no word yet on the bonus materials (if any) set to be included aside from a digital copy of the series (as shown on the artwork pictured above). Stay tuned for any further updates on this upcoming release. You can find the Blu-ray now available to pre-order over at Amazon and Best Buy.
The 2002 Toni Myers directed IMAX original film “Space Station“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on July 9th, via Mill Creek Entertainment. The short film, also known as “Space Station 3D” during its original release, is narrated by Tom Cruise and features mostly footage shot onboard the International Space Station (ISS) by NASA astronauts. The tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video from a new 4K transfer in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS:X sound which has been IMAX Enhanced. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and a digital copy of the short film. The IMAX Enhanced 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
- Director’s Audio Commentary
- Adventures In Space – Interviews with Tom Cruise, Director Toni Myers and the Astronauts aboard
- Expedition 7- An Audio Visual Tour of the ISS
- STS-108 – An Audio Visual Tour aboard Endeavor to the ISS
EDITOR NOTE: This IMAX film has previously been released on the Blu-ray format first in 2008 and then also on the Blu-ray 3D format in 2013. No 3D version will be included on this release. Also, the bonus movie originally included (“Mission to Mir”) will not be on this release.
Further below, after the break, you can find more information about this upcoming 4K release and the original trailer.
The 2019 documentary “Apollo 11“ featuring astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins is coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 14th via Universal. The film shows never-before-seen large-format film footage from the first moon landing and was directed by Todd Douglas Miller. At the time of writing this, it carries a perfect 100% rating and is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes, a little over a month ahead of its March theatrical release.
UPDATE: Tech specs for the release include 1080p video and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, only on a BD-25 (25-gigabyte single layer Blu-ray Disc) – according to the Universal press site. It’s unknown if the aspect ratio of 2.20:1 will be how the film is presented in HD on this Blu-ray – with there being no mention yet of aspect ratio. Here’s to hoping that is a typo regarding the film not getting a lossless sound mix. The release will come with a digital copy of the film included. The Blu-ray is available for pre-order now over at Amazon and at Best Buy. The only bonus material set to be included on the release (according to the studio press site) is listed below.
- Apollo 11: Discovering the 65MM
Lastly, sadly there would seem to be no plans for a 4K UHD Blu-ray release of this title, which is a real shame. Perhaps if this sells well enough on Blu-ray they’ll consider doing a 4K release? Studios tend to do this type of thing these days with some new releases, especially Universal.
The 2018 film “First Man” starring Ryan Gosling is officially coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on January 22nd, 2019 via Universal. This tells the story of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The film, directed by Damien Chazelle, features a supporting cast of Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Christopher Abbott, and Ciarán Hinds.
Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound (on a BD-100). Tech specs for the Blu-ray release include 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Atmos sound (on a BD-50). Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray included, the Blu-ray getting a DVD included, and a Digital Copy on each. You can pre-order the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray both now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.
- Deleted Scenes
- Shooting for the Moon – Take an intimate look at the production of FIRST MAN and the collaborative relationship between Director Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling.
- Preparing to Launch – It’s difficult to believe that FIRST MAN is the first major feature film to tell the journey of Apollo 11. Hear from Director Damien Chazelle and his cast why now is the time to tell the story of this historic event.
- Giant Leap in One Small Step – A heroic character study, FIRST MAN sheds light on all the hard working individuals that got us to the moon and back.
- Mission Gone Wrong – Watch as Ryan Gosling reenacts a test piloting sequence gone terribly wrong. Go behind the scenes to see how he trained to nail the landing, performing the majority of his own stunts.
- Putting You In the Seat – Through the use of innovative technology, most of FIRST MAN was shot in-camera. Take an in-depth look behind the lens of this epic film.
- Recreating the Moon Landing – Filmed in IMAX to show the vastness of the moon, find out all that it took to recreate the most famous moment in NASA history.
- Shooting at NASA – Hear from Ryan Gosling and Director Damien Chazelle on how shooting at NASA brought unparalleled authenticity to FIRST MAN.
- Astronaut Training – Go behind the scenes of the three day boot camp each of the actors underwent prior to filming FIRST MAN.
- Feature Commentary with Director Damien Chazelle, Screenwriter Josh Singer and Editor Tom Cross
Further below, after the break, you can find the artwork for the Blu-ray and the official announcement regarding these upcoming releases.