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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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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)

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 October 19th, 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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Breakdown with Kurt Russell on Blu-ray in September

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The 1997 film Breakdown starring Kurt Russell is coming to Blu-ray Disc as part of the Paramount Presents line on September 21st, via Paramount Home Entertainment. This release will be spine number 26 in the Paramount Presents series. The film, directed and co-written by Jonathan Mostow, co-starred J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey, Jack Noseworthy, and Rex Linn.

The movie has received a new 4K scan and remaster, approved by the director, as quoted below.

“Skillful and suspenseful, Paramount’s beloved thriller BREAKDOWN comes to Blu-ray in a director-approved remaster, from a new 4K film scan.”

The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for an update. You can now find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will come with a digital copy of the film and the following bonus materials.

  • NEW Commentary By Director Jonathan Mostow and Kurt Russell
  • NEW Filmmaker Focus: Director Jonathan Mostow on Breakdown
  • NEW Victory Is Hers – Kathleen Quinlan on Breakdown
  • NEW A Brilliant Partnership – Martha De Laurentiis on Breakdown
  • NEW Alternate Opening
  • NEW Alternate Opening With Commentary By Director Jonathan Mostow
  • NEW Isolated Score
  • Theatrical Trailers
    • Breakdown                                    
    • Kiss the Girls                                  
    • Hard Rain

Below, you can find a glimpse at the packaging for the release.

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

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1976 film Bugsy Malone makes its Blu-ray debut in August

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The 1976 film Bugsy Malone will officially be getting a Blu-ray Disc release on August 31st as part of the Paramount Presents line, via Paramount Home Entertainment. This will be the very first time that the movie has been available in the Blu-ray format. The film, written & directed by Alan Parker, starred Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florence Garland, and John Cassisi. The movie has been remastered from the original elements. Tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed, but stay tuned for an update. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find this Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. This release, set to be spine number 23 in the Paramount Presents line, will come with a collectible slipcover that folds out into the original movie poster (pictured below).

The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • NEW “Give A Little Love: Paul Williams on Bugsy Malone”
  • NEW “Filmmaker Focus” with executive producer David Puttnam
  • Theatrical Trailers

Further below, after the break, you can find the press announcement from the studio about this particular title, as well as two others, coming to Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents Blu-ray line.

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Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous comes to 4K in July

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The 2000 film Almost Famous is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a limited edition SteelBook on July 13th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, both written and directed by Cameron Crowe, starred Patrick FugitKate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, Zooey Deschanel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jimmy Fallon, and Frances McDormand.

UPDATE: So, as I promised you before, today Paramount has officially announced the upcoming releases of this film. Yes, releases, plural. You’ll hear more about the Blu-ray via Paramount Presents, spine #21 in the series, a bit further below. First off though, let’s discuss the 4K UHD Blu-ray limited-edition SteelBook. Tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio. The movie has been remastered from a new 4K transfer that was supervised by Cameron Crowe. The 4K release will be a 2-disc set with both The Theatrical Cut (available for the first time) on the first disc and “The Bootleg Cut” on the second disc. The 4K SteelBook release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film, and it will NOT include a Blu-ray Disc counterpart. Below, you can find a glimpse (via Cameron Crowe in a tweet) of the 4K SteelBook’s interior artwork.

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

  • Filmmaker Focus — Cameron Crowe on Almost FamousNEW!
  • Casting & Costumes — NEW!
  • Rock School — NEW!
  • Extended Scenes — NEW!
  • Odds & Sods — NEW!
  • Audio Commentary with Cameron Crowe and Friends (Bootleg cut)
  • Intro by Cameron Crowe
  • The Making of Almost Famous
  • Interview with Lester Bangs (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • Cameron Crowe’s Top Albums of 1973
  • “Fever Dog” music video
  • “Loves Comes and Goes” (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • Rolling Stone Articles (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • B-Sides (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • Cleveland Concert (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • “Small Time Blues”
  • Stairway (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
  • Script
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Hidden Talent (Unhidden Easter Eggs)

Also, as I mentioned a bit earlier, there will be a Paramount Presents Blu-ray release of the film available as well on July 13th, pictured below, using this new remaster of the film. You can find that Paramount Presents Blu-ray also now available for preorder over at Amazon. Tech specs for that include a 1080p HD presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound, spanning across 2 discs with the first getting The Theatrical Cut (making its Blu-ray debut) and the second disc getting “The Bootleg Cut” of the film. The bonus materials will be identical to those listed above, as well as include a digital code (copy) of the film.

Lastly, if you’re subscribed to Rolling Stone there’s a featured story regarding Cameron Crowe discussing how he’s expanding the soundtrack for the film in the month of July as well, which you can read about here.

Now, further below, after the break, you can find the official full announcement regarding the upcoming releases of this film.

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Another 48 Hrs. gets a Paramount Presents Blu-ray in July

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The 1990 sequel “Another 48 Hrs.” starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte is officially getting a new remastered Blu-ray Disc release from Paramount Presents on July 6th. This release will be spine #20 in the series. The film, directed by Walter Hill, co-starred Brion James, Kevin Tighe, Ed O’Ross, Andrew Divoff, Bernie Casey, Brent Jennings, and Tisha Campbell. This movie has received a new 4K restoration. The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can very likely expect a 1080p HD presentation with lossless 5.1 surround sound. The release will come with a digital copy of the film. This is the very first time the film has been available on the Blu-ray format stateside.

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

There will be a fold-out poster with this Paramount Presents Blu-ray, as a part of the slipcover. The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • NEW Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill on ANOTHER 48 HRS.
  • Theatrical Trailer

1982 film 48 Hrs. gets Paramount Presents Blu-ray in July

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The 1982 film “48 Hrs.” starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy is officially getting a new remastered Blu-ray Disc release from Paramount Presents on July 6th. This release will be spine #19 in the series. The film, directed by Walter Hill, co-starred Annette O’Toole, Frank McRae, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, and Jonathan Banks. This movie has received a new 4K restoration. The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can very likely expect a 1080p HD presentation with lossless 5.1 surround sound. The release will come with a digital copy of the film.

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

There will be a fold-out poster with this Paramount Presents Blu-ray, as a part of the slipcover. The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • NEW Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill on 48 HRS.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Space Kid — original 1966 animated short, which makes an appearance in the film
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