Folks, after long anticipation and procrastination I’m happy to announce that “Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on February 15th via Paramount Home Entertainment, as a MOD (manufactured-on-demand) release. This was a spin-off and the only feature-length film from the popular sketch Canadian comedy troupe and show “The Kids in the Hall“ that originally premiered back in 1988. The film, directed by Kelly Makin, starred the sketch comedy troupe members Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson — all playing numerous roles.
The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation (presumably in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio) with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround on a BD-25 disc. It has not been clarified if these discs will be pressed or burnt but you’ll be able to preorder the Blu-ray MOD release directly via Movie Znyg. UPDATED: Also, you’ll be able to buy the Blu-ray over Amazon and retailer Walmart.com, where it’s now available for preorder.
For around 20 dollars (before shipping & tax) you’ll be able to make it “feel like 72 degrees in your head, all the time.” Yes, you, reader! No bonus materials will be included with this release, so hold on to those previous DVD releases, fans.
NOTE: This will mark the debut of this film on the Blu-ray Disc format. It has never been available in HD on home video until this upcoming release.
The 2020 TV series adaptation of Stephen King‘s “The Stand“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 5th, via CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The TV series, as seen on Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access), starred James Marsden, Odessa Young, Alexander Skarsgård, Amber Heard, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke, Henry Zaga, Ezra Miller, Greg Kinnear, and Whoopi Goldberg.
UPDATE: The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound, spanning across what seems to be a 3-disc set. Stay tuned for an update, as I’ve asked CBS for more info in regards to those specifics.
The 2020 TV series Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. You can find a list of bonus materials set to be included with the release listed below.
AN APOCALYPTIC EPIC: ADAPTING THE STAND – Go inside the creative process of bringing all facets of King’s beloved epic to life on screen.
It’s also worth noting that there will be “The Stand: The Definitive 2-Series Collection“ 2-pack set on Blu-ray available on October 5th as well, and now available for preorder over at Amazon (pictured below). That will include both the 1994 TV series adaptation and the 2020 TV series adaptation together.
Amazon Commissions Earned
Further below, after the break, you can find a brief announcement from CBS Home Entertainment about these two releases.
The 2021 film “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 13th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Tim Hill, features the voice talents of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Carolyn Lawrence, Awkwafina, Reggie Watts, Jill Talley, and Matt Berry. And it even features a special appearance by Keanu Reeves. The tech specs for the Blu-ray have not yet been fully detailed but you can expect a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. No specifics yet on the sound presentation, but I expect to have an update on that soon. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning it will include a DVD and presumably a digital code (copy) of the film. You now can find the Blu-ray listed over at Amazon with a placeholder page, but it is not yet functional as a preorder. Stay tuned for an update on that. The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.
Mini-Movie – I’m Urchin You To Leave
Agua Music Video by Tainy & J. Balvin
How We Do Lyric Video by Snoop Dogg and Monsta X
Krabby Step Lyric Video by Tyga, Swae Lee & Lil Mosey
Agua Lyric Video by Tainy & J. Balvin
Deleted Storyboard: Wake Up
Deleted Storyboard: Sumo Ninja
Camp Coral Buddies
The Ballad of SpongeBob and Patrick!
I ♥ Camp Coral by SpongeBob SquarePants
Camp Arts and Crafts
Drawing the Cutest Camper Ever
Drawing the Cutest Snail Ever
The Amazing Stages of Animation
But Wait…There’s S’mores!
The Wonders of the Patty Mobile
Further below, after the break, you can find the trailer or the film and the full announcement regarding the home video release.
The 2020 animated TV series “Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 18th via Paramount and CBS. The news comes confirmed via the official StarTrek.com website as of yesterday. The show, created by Mike McMahan, features the voice talents of Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Dawnn Lewis, and Jerry O’Connell. The Blu-ray release will include all 10 episodes of the first season of the show, presented in 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound — as quoted below.
“The Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season One Blu-ray, DVD and Steelbook are presented in (16×9) format with English SDH subtitles and offer English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.”
You can now find the standard Blu-ray is available for preorder over at Amazon. There will also be a limited editionBlu-ray SteelBook release of the first season available, pictured below, which is also available for preorder over at Amazon.
Below you can find a list of the bonus materials set to be included on this Blu-ray release.
CRISIS POINT: THE RISE OF VINDICTA TRAILER (Exclusive) – An exclusive, over-the-top action trailer based on the in-episode movie from “Crisis Point.”
FACES OF THE FLEET – A deep dive into the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, alongside producers, writers and the cast of Star Trek: Lower Decks. Highlighting character backstories and the behind-the-scenes development of their hilarious on-screen personalities, this exclusive featurette takes a look at Ensigns Beckett Mariner, Ensign Brad Boimler, Ensign Samanthan Rutherford, Ensign D’Vana Tendi and more.
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT (Exclusive) – An inside look at canon and hidden Easter eggs throughout the series, including freeze frame images and insightful commentary from producers, creatives and cast.
JOINING STARFLEET (Episode 101) (Exclusive) – Producers and crew discuss the development of season one from storyline to visual artistry.
ALIENS AMONG US (Episode 102) (Exclusive) – Dives into the different aliens Ensigns Brad Boimler and Beckett Mariner encounter as they escort K’orin to the Tulgana 4 planet.
THE ANIMATION PROCESS (Episode 103) (Exclusive) – A look at the efficiency and creativity needed to put together an episode of Lower Decks in this other-worldly look at the animation process.
THE MAIN TITLES (Episode 104) (Exclusive) – Immersed in the creation of the episode’s title sequence, the featurette explores the graphic design and thematic music developed for Lower Decks.
ART DESIGN (Episode 105) (Exclusive) – A look at characters’ style and the sets that elevate the animated on-screen adventures of the U.S.S. Cerritos. .
THE HOLODECK (Episode 106) (Exclusive) – Including interviews with cast and creatives, the featurette highlights what Holodeck experience they would like, how characters use it, and how it’s not only used for skills training, but sanity.
DIVISION 14 (Episode 107) (Exclusive) – Not everything goes right for Starfleet – catch up with Division 14 who is tasked with dealing with all the unexpected mishaps.
DECK DYNAMICS (Episode 108) (Exclusive) – A dive into the upper and lower deck dynamics, and how their comedic interactions contribute to the storyline throughout season one.
THE MUSIC OF LOWER DECKS (Episode 109) (Exclusive) – Star Trek music is iconic. Explore how traditional themes have been integrated into Lower Decks and the episode’s in-story movie in this deep dive into the differences of scoring for animation versus live action, and comedy versus drama.
ALL IN THE FAMILY (Episode 110) – As the debut comes to a close, fans can take a look at evolution of the crew and their relationships over the last year, and how Lower Decks fits into the Star Trek family as a few legacy characters appear.
The 1964 film “My Fair Lady” starring Audrey Hepburn is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 25th, via Paramount. The film, directed by George Cukor, co-starred Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway. My Fair Lady actually received an 8K restoration, back in 2015, from the original camera negative that was overseen by film preservationist Robert A. Harris. My friends over at Home Theater Forum posted an interview with Harris discussing this restoration process [back in 2015]. The release has been available digitally for a while now on Amazon Prime Video and AppleTV (iTunes) in 4K with HDR. The tech specs for the release include a 2160p 4K presentation in the original 2.20:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround sound.
The 1970 film “Love Story” will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new Blu-ray Disc release on February 9th, 2021 via Paramount Presents. This will be spine number #15 in the Paramount Presents series of Blu-ray releases. Note, this film had previously been released on the Blu-ray format back in 2012. The film, directed by Arthur Hiller, starred Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, and Tommy Lee Jones. This upcoming Blu-ray release will feature a new restoration from a new 4K transfer. There’s no specific info regarding the tech specs yet for the release but stay tuned for a possible update on that. UPDATE: You can now find this upcoming Paramount Presents Blu-ray release available to preorder over at Amazon.
The release will come with a digital copy of the film and the following bonus materials listed below.
A NewFilmmaker Focus with film historian Leonard Maltin
Audio commentary by director Arthur Hiller
Aan introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz
Love Story: A Classic Remembered
Finally, you can find a glimpse at the packaging, including the foldout poster below.
The 1972 film “Lady Sings the Blues” starring Diana Ross is finally making its debut to the Blu-ray Disc format on February 23rd, 2021, via Paramount. The film, a biopic about the life of late jazz singer Billie Holiday, was directed by Sidney J. Furie, plus it co-starred Billy Dee Williams, Isabel Sanford, Sid Melton, Virginia Capers, and Richard Pryor. The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for a possible update on that. You can now find the Blu-ray listed to preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials, previously released in SD (standard definition) video quality, set to be included with this release are listed below.
Audio Commentary by executive producer and Motown founder Berry Gordy, director Sidney Furie and artist manager Shelly Berger
A Making-of Featurette entitled “Behind the Blues: Lady Sings the Blues”
Seven Deleted Scenes
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the home video release of this film.
There will be a “John Hughes 5-Movie Collection” officially coming to Blu-ray Disc, as a set, on February 23rd, 2021, via Paramount. The 5-movie collection will include two films that will be making their debuts on the Blu-ray Disc format, noted accordingly below (with an *). The films in the 5-movie collection include:
“Planes, Trains, And Automobiles” (1987)
“Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” (1986)
“She’s Having a Baby” (1988) *
“Pretty in Pink” (1986)
“Some Kind of Wonderful” (1987) *
Three of the five films here were written, produced, and directed by the late John Hughes, with the exceptions being the last two films listed (“Pretty in Pink” and “Some Kind of Wonderful”) which were only written & produced by Hughes. Those two other films were both directed by Howard Deutch. As I had mentioned, two of the films listed will be making their exclusivedebuts on the Blu-ray format via this set. You can now find the 5-Movie Collection on Blu-ray available to preorder over at Amazon. The tech specs for the films new on this set have not yet been detailed but the others all will for sure include 1080p HD video in their OAR (original aspect ratio) with lossless 5.1 surround sound. Stay tuned for an update on if the other two films will also get 5.1 lossless surround mixes. It is known that this set will come with digital copies of each of the five films. You can find a list of the bonus materials set to be included in the set listed further below, after the break, with the press release.
The 2020 film “Fatman” starring Mel Gibson appears to be coming to Blu-ray Disc on January 26th, 2021, via Paramount, according to multiple retailers. The film, written and directed by Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms, co-stars Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Chance Hurstfield. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for when the title gets officially announced by the studio, likely next week. In the meantime, it’s obvious you will get a digital code (copy) of the film included with the release, judging from the cover artwork (pictured above). You can now find the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon, as well as at retailers Best Buy and Walmart. You’ll see that the 1/26/21 release date is indicated on all of those.