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1984 comedy Top Secret! comes to on Blu-ray in May

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The 1984 cult-classic comedy Top Secret! is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time stateside, on May 17th via Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film was co-written & co-directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker.  It starred Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, and Omar Sharif.

The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound.  Presumably, this should be presented in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, but stay tuned for a confirmation on that.  You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  The release will include a digital code (copy) of the film.  The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • Group Audio Commentary by Directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker; Producers Jon Davison & Hunt Lowry; and Moderator Fred Rubin
  • Alternate Scenes:
    • One Little Apple [00:33]
    • Fetch [00:45]
    • Thirsty [00:49]
    • Burning Passion [00:47]
    • Bookstore Backwards [01:42]
  • Theatrical Trailer

Lawrence of Arabia gets individual 4K release in June

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The 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia is finally getting an individual 4K UHD Blu-ray “60th Anniversary Limited Edition” SteelBook release on June 7th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  This film had previously been released on the 4K format as part of a box set and this will mark the first time it has been available outside of that set as an individual release.

The film, a winner of 7 Academy Awards (“Oscars”), directed by David Lean, starred Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, and Peter O’Toole.

This has been “fully restored from the original camera negative.”  The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.20:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.  It also includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround lossless mix as well.  NOTE: The film is split up across 2 discs for both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray versions. Speaking of which, the release comes in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it includes its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for preorder over at Amazon.  The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Unused International Prologue (on 4K only)

Blu-ray Extras:

  • Secrets of Arabia: Feature-Length Picture-in-Graphics Track
  • Peter O’Toole Revisits Lawrence of Arabia
  • Making of Lawrence of Arabia Documentary
  • Deleted Balcony Scene with Introduction by Anne V. Coates
  • The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia
  • A Conversation with Steven Spielberg
  • Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic (1963 & 1970 Versions)
  • Maan, Jordan: The Camels Are Cast
  • In Search of Lawrence
  • Romance of Arabia
  • King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Set
  • In Love with the Desert Documentary
  • Lawrence at 50: A Classic Restored
  • Archival Interviews
    • Steven Spielberg on Lawrence of Arabia
    • William Friedkin on Lawrence of Arabia
    • Sydney Pollack on Lawrence of Arabia
  • New York Premiere Footage
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Vintage Trailers & TV Spots

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement about this film coming to 4K along with another David Lean film (The Bridge on the River Kwai) that I will be covering individually in its own news story.

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