Rock ‘N’ Roll High School Anniversary Blu-ray

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The 1979 film Rock ‘N’ Roll High School is getting a “40th Anniversary Edition” Steelbook release to Blu-ray Disc on November 19th via Shout! Factory. The film, executive produced by Roger Corman, featured a cast of P.J. SolesVincent Van PattenClint Howard, Dey YoungMary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Don SteeleDick Miller, and punk band the Ramones. Tech specs for this release include 1080p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative. UPDATE: I’ve just confirmed that audio on this release includes DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and Stereo sound. The 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Steelbook is now available to pre-order over at Amazon and directly via the Shout! Factory store. Details about the video transfer and bonus materials set to be included are listed below.

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook) Bonus Features
  • NEW 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW “Class Of ’79: 40 Years Of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” – Featuring Interviews With Director/Story Writer Allan Arkush, Co-Director/Story Writer Joe Dante, Actress P.J. Soles, Screenwriter Richard Whitley, Screenwriter Russ Dvonch, Cinematographer Dean Cundey, Editor Larry Bock, And More!
  • Audio Commentary With Allan Arkush, Mike Finnell And Richard Whitley
  • Audio Commentary With Allan Arkush And Actors P.J. Soles And Clint Howard
  • Audio Commentary With Richard Whitley And Russ Dvonch
  • Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Roger Corman And Actress Dey Young
  • “Back To School: A Retrospective” With Interviews From Allan Arkush, Executive Producer Roger Corman And More
  • “Staying After Class”: An Interview With Actors P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten And Dey Young
  • Interview With Roger Corman Conducted By Leonard Maltin
  • Interview With Allan Arkush Including A Look At Rare, Behind-The-Scenes Stills
  • Audio Outtakes From The Roxy
  • Original Radio Ads And TV Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer

Below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the film.

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“Halloween” [1978] on 4K UHD Blu-ray coming in September gets fully detailed

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As I had previously reported, the 1978 horror classic Halloween directed by John Carpenter is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 25th via Lionsgate. The title has now officially been announced, near a month after we CORRECTLY reported the release date in our original rumor post – featured by our friends over at Bloody Disgusting. So here’s the full info. Tech specs for this release include 2160p 4K video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Mono sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc of the film included, and it is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the release have been fully detailed and are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Jamie Lee Curtisj
  • “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
  • “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
  • TV Version Footage
  • Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots

Finally, there’s an official trailer for the upcoming 4K release now available. You would think that any intelligent home video distributor would realize that YouTube allows you to actually upload 4K video, and has for many years now, so you could show the fans what to fully expect of the video quality, would you not? Well, the folks at Lionsgate aren’t apparently the most tech savvy, it seems, as they figured 1080p would be just fine to advertise a 4K title. Pretty damn ignorant, wouldn’t you agree? Regardless, you can find the poorly thought out NON-4K trailer for a 4K release below.

4K Release Trailer:

Now, lastly after the break you can find the official announcement for this release. 

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John Carpenter’s “Halloween” 1978 on 4K UHD Blu-ray in September

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MAJOR UPDATE:

This has now been officially confirmed today by HalloweenMovies.com (official website). The package cover art can be found above and disc art can be found below. It appears the release will get both Dolby Vision and HDR10 varieties of High Dynamic Range, while we only see a Dolby audio logo on the disc. That leaves me thinking it will not receive a Dolby Atmos or DTS: X atmospheric mix, and instead likely a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 mix.

UPDATES: This title is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and Best Buy.

Below, after the break you can find the disc art and more of my original rumor post about this coming to 4K, which turned out to be true.

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