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Love Story gets Paramount Presents Blu-ray in February

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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 MacGrawRyan O’NealJohn 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 New Filmmaker Focus with film historian Leonard Maltin
  • Audio commentary by director Arthur Hiller
  • Aan introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz
  • Love Story: A Classic Remembered
  • Theatrical trailer

Finally, you can find a glimpse at the packaging, including the foldout poster below.

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1972 film Lady Sings the Blues on Blu-ray in February

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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.

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John Hughes 5-Movie Collection on Blu-ray in February

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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 exclusive debuts 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.

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Fatman starring Mel Gibson comes to Blu-ray in January

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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 NelmsIan 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.

1997 film Mousehunt makes its Blu-ray debut in February

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The 1997 film “MouseHunt” is finally making its debut to Blu-ray Disc on February 2nd, 2021, via Paramount. The film, directed by Gore Verbinski and written by Adam Rifkin, starred Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin, Eric Christmas, Michael Jeter, Debra Christofferson, William Hickey, and Christopher Walken. UPDATE: The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p presentation in the OAR (original aspect ratio) of 1.85:1 with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. You can find the Blu-ray now available to preorder over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.

  • From the Cutting Room Floor (Deleted Scenes)
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer

1998 Joe Dante film Small Soldiers on Blu-ray in February

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The 1998 film “Small Soldiers” directed by Joe Dante is coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time in North America, on February 2nd, 2021, via Paramount. The movie was an action, adventure, comedy that used a combination of both live-action video and CG animation. It featured a (live-action) cast of Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, Jacob Smith, Phil Hartman, Wendy Schaal, David Cross, Denis Leary, and Dick Miller. The movie also featured a legendary voice cast that included Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Bruce Dern, Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Clint Walker, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Christina Ricci.

UPDATE: The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p presentation in the OAR (original aspect ratio) of 2.39:1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. You can now find the Blu-ray listed to preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to come with this Blu-ray are listed below.

  • Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Making of Small Soldiers
  • From the Cutting Room Floor: Bloopers

1956 film The Court Jester with Danny Kaye on Blu-ray

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The 1956 film “The Court Jester” starring Danny Kaye is officially making its debut to Blu-ray Disc on January 26th, 2021, via Paramount Presents. The release will be spine #13 in the Paramount Presents series. The film, directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, co-starred Glynis JohnsBasil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker, John Carradine, Mildred Natwick, and Alan Napier. The film has received a new 6K restoration which you can read a slight bit about below.

Originally released in 1956, THE COURT JESTER was shot in Paramount’s trademark “VistaVision” widescreen format, capturing a grander scope of information on the film negative. For this new restoration, the original negative was scanned at 6K and one of the “separation masters” was also scanned and recombined with the negative scans to address color fading in the negative.  The result is an incredibly vibrant picture that faithfully captures the colors and textures of Edith Head’s sensational costumes and Hal Pariera’s sparkling art direction.”

The tech specs for the release include a 1080p presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with a Mono DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix. The release will come with a digital copy of the film included. You can now find the upcoming Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. This, like all of the Paramount Presents releases, will come with a fold-out poster for the film in the slipcover packaging (as pictured below).

Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • A New Filmmaker Focus with film historian Leonard Maltin
  • Theatrical Trailer

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

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