The Haunting of Hill House on Blu-ray in October

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The 2018 TV series The Haunting of Hill House is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 15th via Paramount. The show (as seen on Netflix) in its first season, directed by Mike Flanagan, featured a cast of Oliver Jackson-CohenVictoria PedrettiMichiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, and Kate Siegel.

Tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can expect full 1080p video and lossless surround sound. I’m trying to get those specific details from the studio at the moment, so stay tuned hopefully for an update on that. The Blu-ray release is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. The season will be presented in an “Extended Director’s Cut” featuring never-before-seen content on three out of the ten episodes. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • EP 101: Steven Sees a Ghost
    • Steven Sees a Ghost Extended Director’s Cut
    • Steven Sees a Ghost Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
  • EP 105: The Bent-Neck Lady
    • The Bent-Neck Lady Extended Director’s Cut
    • The Bent-Neck Lady Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
  • EP 106: Two Storms
    • Two Storms Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
  • EP 110: Silence Lay Steadily
    • Silence Lay Steadily Extended Director’s Cut
    • Silence Lay Steadily Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan

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

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Light of My Life is coming to Blu-ray in October

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The 2019 film Light of my Life starring Casey Affleck and Anna Pniowsky is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 8th via Paramount. The film was both written and directed by its star Casey Affleck. Tech specs for the Blu-ray have not yet been officially detailed but you can for sure expect 1080p HD video and uncompressed sound. Stay tuned for hopefully an update on that soon. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can find the Blu-ray now available to pre-order over at Amazon. No bonus materials will be included on this release.

It’s A Wonderful Life on 4K UHD Blu-ray October

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The classic Frank Capra directed 1946 film “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 29th via Paramount. The film co-starred Donna ReedLionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, and Beulah Bondi. The 4K tech specs for the release include restored video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range. No information has been given yet in regards to the sound format. UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at retailer Best Buy. The release has still not yet been listed for pre-order over at Amazon but you can stay tuned for an update on that. Paramount has undertaken some painstaking efforts here in restoring this film and you can find more info about that further below, after the break.

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Galaxy Quest Anniversary Steelbook September

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The 1999 film Galaxy Quest will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with an Exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook available at retailer Best Buy on September 21st, via Paramount. The film, directed by Dean Parisot, starred Tim Allen, Sigourney WeaverAlan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, and Sam Rockwell. Tech specs remain identical to the previously Blu-ray of the film, with 1080p HD video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound. This Blu-ray Steelbook is now available for pre-order over at Best Buy. This version has been deemed the “20th Anniversary Never Give Up Never Surrender Edition” and can be seen further in detail below.

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Further below, after the break, the full details regarding this upcoming Blu-ray Steelbook can be found.

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Rocketman comes to 4K and Blu-ray in August

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The 2019 musical/bio-pic “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton is officially coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on August 27th via Paramount. The film is based on the real-life story of musician Elton John and directed by Dexter Fletcher. Rocketman co-stars Jamie BellRichard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Tech specs for the 4K include 2160p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio in HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range with Dolby Atmos sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Atmos sound. Both releases will come in the form of “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray included, the Blu-ray getting a DVD included, and each getting a digital copy (code) included of the film itself. Both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are available to pre-order over at Amazon. This release will get two retailer exclusives in the form of a 4K Steelbook (at Best Buy) and a Blu-ray Steelbook (at Walmart). These two Steelbooks can be found pictured further below, after the break. The bonus materials set to be included on both releases are listed below. Be aware that the digital exclusives will be included, as you do get the digital copy (code) with each version.

  • Extended Musical Numbers:
    • Introduction by Dexter Fletcher
    • The Bitch Is Back
    • Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
    • Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache
    • Honky Cat
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes:
    • Introduction by Dexter Fletcher
    • I Love Rock And Roll
    • You’ve Got to Kill the Person You Were Born To Be
    • Arabella
    • Elton in the Gas Oven
    • Stylish Boots
    • You’re Not the First Closet Queer with a Mummy Complex
    • The Blood Test
    • The Heart Attack
    • The Launderette
    • Do You Want Anything?
  • It’s Going to Be a Wild Ride: Creative Vision
  • Becoming Elton John: Taron’s Transformation
  • Larger Than Life: Production Design & Costuming
  • Full Tilt: Staging the Musical Numbers
  • Music Reimagined: The Studio Sessions – Behind the scenes in the recording studio with Taron & Elton​
  • ROCKETMAN Lyric Companion: Sing-Along with Select Songs (English only):
    • The Bitch Is Back
    • I Want Love
    • Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
    • Your Song
    • Crocodile Rock
    • Tiny Dancer
    • Honky Cat
    • Rocket Man
    • Bennie and the Jets
    • Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
    • Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
    • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    • I’m Still Standing
  • ROCKETMAN Jukebox: Jump Straight to the Music

ONLY AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL

  • The Right Chemistry: The Ensemble Cast
  • Rocket Man: Anatomy of a Scene
  • Rocket Man Music Video – Taron Egerton sings the classic
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes:
    • That’s My Grandad’s Name
    • The Morning After

You can find the official trailer for the home video release of the film HERE. Further below, after the break, you can find the complete announcement regarding these upcoming releases of the film as well as the artwork for the retailer exclusive Steelbooks mentioned before.

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Stephen King’s The Stand Blu-ray September

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The 1994 TV mini-series adaptation of “Stephen King’s The Stand is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on September 24th via CBS Home Entertainment. The mini-series, directed by Mick Garris, starred Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Ruby Dee, Ossie DavisRob Lowe, Bill Fagerbakke, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Walston, and Stephen King.

UPDATES: This Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. CBS Home Entertainment has just released an e-mail with the following info that officially confirms the release. I’ll try to get further info about it. I’ve also just now updated this story with the official Blu-ray artwork (above). From that artwork, we can tell that it will come as a 2-disc set and that the mini-series has been “brilliantly restored.” This is great news, considering how Mick Garris expressed some concerns when I spoke to him in regards to this as the story was developing. More on that below but first the info sent out.

Title: Stephen King’s The Stand
Street Date: September 24, 2019
Format: Blu-Ray
Description: The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel by American author Stephen King. It expands upon the scenario of his earlier short story “Night Surf” and presents a detailed vision of the total breakdown of society after the accidental release of a strain of influenza that had been modified for biological warfare causes an apocalyptic pandemic, killing off over 99% of the world’s population

The Blu-ray is listed now over at retailer Best Buy but the pre-order is not yet functional – so it seems. Lastly, after the break, you can find some of a conversation that I had (along with some readers) with the director of the mini-series Mick Garris about this upcoming Blu-ray release on Twitter.

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The Addams Family films on Blu-ray October

The films The Addams Family (1991) and sequel Addams Family Values (1993) will both be coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 1st via Paramount. This all is in promotion for the upcoming 2019 animated film. The two films, both directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, featured a cast of Anjelica HustonRaul JuliaChristopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci,  and Jimmy Workman. It should be stated that the first film was previously released on the Blu-ray format and will just be getting new packaging. The sequel will be available on the Blu-ray format for the very first time! There also will be a “2-Movie Collection” of both films available on Blu-ray. Tech specs for the releases include 1080p video and lossless 5.1 sound.

UPDATE: Both films, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values on Blu-ray are available now for pre-order over at Amazon, as well as the Addams Family: 2-Film Collection on Blu-ray (pictured below).

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Below, after the break, you can find more information about these upcoming Blu-ray releases.

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CONTEST! Win “Jack Ryan: Season One” on Blu-ray

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Contest time again here at High Def Disc News and this time around we are going to be giving away ONE wrapped copy of this week’s (June 4th) release of Jack Ryan: Season One on Blu-ray Disc from Paramount. This contest is intended to be for Father’s Day, and the prize (as mentioned and shown) will come wrapped in “top secret” packaging. Below you can find the full list of details on how you can enter this contest.

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Pet Sematary 2019 on 4K and Blu-ray in July

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The 2019 version of “Pet Sematary” is officially coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on July 9th via Paramount. The film, based on the Stephen King novel, was directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, and it features a cast of Jason ClarkeAmy SeimetzJohn Lithgow, and Jeté Laurence. Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p video and Dolby Atmos sound. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and a digital copy of the film included on each. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are both now available for pre-order over at Amazon and Best Buy. Speaking of retailer Best Buy, there will be an Exclusive 4K Steelbook of the film available there, and it’s now available to pre-order. There will also be a 2-Movie Collection with the original 1989 film and this new 2019 version of the film, available on both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc and already up for pre-order on Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Night Terrors – Family Haunting Visions
    • Louis
    • Rachel
    • Ellie
  • The Tale of Timmy Baterman
  • Beyond the Deadfall
    • Chapter One: Resurrection – Directors, screenwriters and cast discuss bringing this classic back to life
    • Chapter Two: The Final Resting Place—A deeper look into finding the right location for the terror to unfold
    • Chapter Three: The Road to Sorrow— Inside the film’s tragic themes and creating the iconic cat “Church”
    • Chapter Four: Death Comes home—Unearth the creepy elements behind the climax and final scenes of the film

Further below, after the break, you can find the artwork for the 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook that will be exclusive to Best Buy as well as the art for the Blu-ray Disc release, and the full announcement about the upcoming releases of this film.

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