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Harold and Maude gets a Paramount Presents Blu-ray

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The 1971 comedy Harold and Maude is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc as part of the Paramount Presents line on December 7th, via Paramount Home Entertainment. This will be Spine Number 29 in the Paramount Presents line.

The film, celebrating its 50th anniversary, directed by Hal Ashby, starred Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Shari Summers, and Tom Skerritt. This movie has received a new 4K restoration, from a new 4K scan of the original negative. This is detailed below, in a quote from the studio’s press release.

” Originally released on December 20, 1971, HAROLD AND MAUDE celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has been beautifully restored and remastered for this Limited-Edition release.  For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K and careful color correction and cleanup were undertaken to pay homage to director of photography John Alonzo’s memorable work and honor the look of the film. In addition, the incredible soundtrack was completely remixed using recently discovered tracks to add clarity and depth.  “

The tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed, but you can for sure expect a 1080p HD video presentation (presumably in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio) with a remixed lossless sound mix (presumably in Mono). Expect an update on the tech specs soon. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film.

UPDATE: You can now find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

As usual with the Paramount Presents Blu-ray releases, this will come with a fold-out poster and tasteful packaging (pictured below).

The release will also include some new bonus materials which you can find listed below. It’s worth noting that Justin Beahm’s Reverend Entertainment worked on these.

  • Commentary with Larry Karaszewski and Cameron Crowe — NEW!
  • Yusuf/Cat Stevens on Harold and Maude NEW!
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement for this upcoming release of the film.

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Beavis and Butt-Head Do America on Blu-ray December

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The 1996 animated motion picture Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 7th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, a spin-off of the MTV TV show [“Beavis & Butt-Head”], celebrating its 25th anniversary, was co-written & co-directed by creator Mike Judge, who also lent his voice talents to the lead characters and a few others. The movie also featured the voice talents of Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Robert Stack, and Cloris Leachman.

UPDATE: The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound mix, as well as a French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix. As for extras, all of the special features from the previous DVD release are being ported over. The release will also come with a digital code (copy) of the film, which is compatible with iTunes [AppleTV] and VUDU. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

The Wolf of Wall Street coming to 4K in December

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The 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 14th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Martin Scorsese and based on a true story, starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, and Jon Favreau.

The movie has received a new transfer that was supervised by the director, Martin Scorsese. The tech specs for the release have not yet all been detailed but stay tuned for an update. The 2160p video presentation should at least include HDR10 form of high dynamic range. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. It’s also worth noting that a limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook (pictured below) will be available on the same date.

UPDATE: This 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook is now available for preorder over at Amazon and is listed as “coming soon” over at retailer Best Buy.

The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K disc are listed below.

  • The Wolf Pack (HD)
  • Running Wild (HD)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street Round Table (HD)

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the 4K physical release of this film.

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Vanilla Sky on Paramount Presents Blu-ray in November

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The 2001 film Vanilla Sky is officially coming to the Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc line, as spine #27, on November 16th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The movie, written and directed by Cameron Crowe, starred Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, Tilda Swinton, and Michael Shannon.

This has been newly remastered from a new 4K film transfer, done under the supervision of filmmaker Cameron Crowe. The tech specs for the release have yet to be fully detailed but you can for sure expect a 1080p HD video presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and a lossless 5.1 surround sound mix — presumably in the DTS-HD Master Audio format, as with the previous release on the format. Stay tuned though for a possible update on the tech specs. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with this release, aside from the physical slipcover with fold-out poster (pictured below), are listed below.

  • Filmmaker Focus: Cameron Crowe on Vanilla Sky (HD) — NEW!
  • Commentary by Cameron Crowe & Nancy Wilson
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe (HD)
  • Prelude to a Dream (SD)
  • Hitting It Hard (SD)
  • An Interview with Paul McCartney (SD)
  • Gag Reel (SD)
  • Music Video “Afrika Shox” by leftfield/afrika bambaataa (SD)
  • Photo Gallery with Audio Introduction by photographer Neal Preston (HD)
  • Mask Test with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe (HD)
  • Kurt Russell single take with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe (HD)
  • Trailers (SD)
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe (HD)
  • Credits (HD)

The Addams Family 1991 film comes to 4K in November

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The 1991 live-action film adaptation of The Addams Family is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 23rd via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starred Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Wilson, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken, and John Franklin. The film is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and will come with a lossless 5.1 surround sound mix — although yet to be specified. Stay tuned for a possible update on the sound details. The movie has been “newly remastered and restored under the supervision of director Barry Sonnenfeld” and will include both the original Theatrical Cut and an Extended Cut (a “never-before-seen “More Mamushka!” version, which expands the memorable dance number.”)

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

  • Introduction to “More Mamushka!” version by director Barry Sonnenfeld — NEW!
  • Filmmaker Focus: Barry Sonnenfeld on The Addams Family NEW!
  • Archival Featurette

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release of the film.

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1996 Wes Craven film Scream comes to 4K in October

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The 1996 film “Scream” will officially be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 4K UHD Blu-ray release in both standard and SteelBook form on October 19th, via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Wes Craven, starred Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, and Drew Barrymore.

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray have not yet been detailed but you can for sure expect a 4K video presentation with HDR10 form of high dynamic range. Stay tuned for an update on the full details. The release (in standard and SteelBook forms) will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray standard release and the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook both available for preorder over at Amazon. The SteelBook can be seen below.

The release will come with the following bonus materials, including a new featurette.

  • A Bloody Legacy: Scream 25 Years Later — NEW!
  • Audio commentary by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson
  • Production featurette
  • Behind the Scenes:
    • On the Scream Set
    • Drew Barrymore
  • Q&A with Cast and Crew:
    • What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?
    • Why are People so Fascinated by Horror Films?

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film, as well as a remastered Blu-ray Disc release.

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1921 film The Sheik on Blu-ray for 100th Anniversary

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The 1921 silent film The Sheik will officially be coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 2nd, via Paramount Home Entertainment, as part of the Paramount Presents line. This will mark the film’s 100th year anniversary and the release will be spine number 25 in the Paramount Presents line. The film, directed by George Melford, starred Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres. This motion picture has received a new restoration, described below.

THE SHEIK restoration employed modern technology so viewers can experience the original beauty of this monumental silent film.  Since original negatives for silent films rarely exist, Paramount searched the world for the best elements and used a print and an intermediate element called a fine grain.  One source of the film yielded better results for image quality, another for intertitles.  One of the elements was “stretch-printed” and had to be adjusted digitally during the restoration process.  In the silent era there was no standard frame rate, so stretch printing was done to show silent films at 24 frames per second.  In addition, tints and tones were digitally applied, guided by an original continuity script from the Paramount archive.  The result is the best picture quality THE SHEIK has had since it was originally shown in theaters 100 years ago.”

The tech specs for the release have yet to be fully detailed but you can expect a full 1080p HD video presentation in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and a lossless sound mix (presumably in Mono) for the music. Stay tuned for a possible update on that soon. You cannot yet find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon, but there is a placeholder page up. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. Bonus materials set to be included on the release have been slightly detailed but not yet fully. It’s known that one featurette will be included as well as the new musical score.

  • Desert Heat: 100 Years with The Sheika new featurette with film historian and professor Leslie Midkiff DeBauche
  • A music score by Roger Bellon

This release, like all of the Paramount Presents Blu-ray titles, will include collectible packaging with fold-out original poster artwork as well as interior artwork (as shown below).

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.

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2000 film What Lies Beneath on Blu-ray in October

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The 2000 film What Lies Beneath is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 5th, via Paramount Home Entertainment. This will be the very first time that the film has been available on Blu-ray in North America. The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starred Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Remar, Miranda Otto, Katharine Towne, Ray Baker, Wendy Crewson, and Diana Scarwid.

The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release should include all of the previous DVD extras ported over as bonus materials. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.

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