The 1996 horror film “Uncle Sam“ is officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format on June 21st via Blue Underground. The film, directed by William Lustig and written by the late Larry Cohen, starred Bo Hopkins, Timothy Bottoms, Robert Forster, P.J. Soles, William Smith, and Isaac Hayes.
This comes from a new4K restoration, as noted below.
“… UNCLE SAM in a sparkling new 25th Anniversary restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, loaded with illuminating Extras!”
The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. NOTE: This release only includes a 4K disc and not the Blu-ray Disc.
UPDATE: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.
Audio Commentary #1 with Director William Lustig, Writer Larry Cohen and Producer George G. Braunstein
Audio Commentary #2 with Director William Lustig and Star Isaac Hayes
Fire Stunts with Audio Commentary by Stunt Coordinator Spiro Razatos
Poster & Still Gallery
Further below, after the break, you can find the restored trailer for the film.
These six different films spanning decades have all received 4K restorations and will be getting new sound mixes unless otherwise noted below. All of the films will be presented in 4K resolution with HDR10 form of high dynamic range. And, two films (“Taxi Driver” and “The Social Network”) will be presented in Dolby Vision form of HDR as well. All of the films with the exception of one (“Taxi Driver”) will also get new Dolby Atmos sound mixes as well as their original 5.1 and in some cases Mono lossless mixes. All of the details regarding those tech specs and such can be found a bit further below. All six films will get a digital code (copy) for each in 4K, via Movies Anywhere.
UPDATE: The release date has been pushed back yet again (to 10/12), from its originally slated 9/14 release. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon. Via that preorder listing, you can find a hi-res image glimpse at the interior of the packaging (seen below).
The release will come with some physical extras in the form of an 80-page booklet and a bonus Blu-ray Disc that will feature 20 classic Columbia Pictures shorts in HD for the first time, including “The Three Stooges – Disorder in the Court” from 1936. The booklet will include six essays about each of the films and are detailed below.
“… six all-new incisive essays from renowned writers Julie Kirgo, John Kenrick, Glenn Kenny, Michael G. McDunnah, Kayti Burt and Nev Pierce.”
You can find the full details below after the break about this upcoming limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray box set.
The 1999 comedic thriller “Jawbreaker“ is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a new Blu-ray Disc release coming November 19th, via Sony MOD (manufacture on demand). That means this will ONLY be available online. The film, written & directed by Darren Stein, starred Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer, P.J. Soles, Carol Kane, and Pam Grier. Tech specs for the release include 1080p HD video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes. The Blu-ray is now available to preorder over at Amazon and retailer Best Buy. The new20th Anniversary edition Blu-ray will include a newaudio commentary as well as the original extras, listed below.
20th Anniversary Retrospective Commentary: with Darren Stein, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer
Original Commentary: with Darren Stein
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 20th Anniversary Blu-ray release of the film.
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. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Don Steele, Dick 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 EditionBlu-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
Below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the film.
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
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.
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.