The 1984 cult-classic comedy “Top Secret!“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time stateside, on May 17th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The film was co-written & co-directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker. It starred Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, and Omar Sharif.
The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. Presumably, this should be presented in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, but stay tuned for a confirmation on that. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will include a digital code (copy) of the film. The bonus materials set to be included with the release are listed below.
Group Audio Commentary by Directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker; Producers Jon Davison & Hunt Lowry; and Moderator Fred Rubin
The remaining films in the “Star Wars” film franchise – so far – are all coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 31st it seems, via Disney, according to retailer listings. There will first be a very lavish, expensive box set available (seemingly exclusive) at retailer Best Buy called “The Skywalker Saga” (pictured above) which is now available for preorder. That Skywalker Saga set will include Episodes 1-9 of the films, as well as two Blu-ray Disc counterparts for each film, filled with bonus materials – yet to be detailed. Stay tuned for further details regarding this release as it develops.
Now, as of today, there also are most certainly individual releases for Episodes 1-7 coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 31st as well as the film “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story” (2016). It’s certainly worth noting that these titles are now all listed over at retailer Best Buy, individually. So, as you’d expect I’ll be listing the films coming out in theatrical chronological order with direct links to the Best Buy preorder listings – not yet functional but currently placeholder pages. UPDATED: I am now adding Amazon preorder listings to this post as they are getting listed.
NOTE: The final film in the Skywalker Saga (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) has been announced officially, as you can read HERE in my previous news post regarding it. This story regarding the individual releases is still developing, so once again, stay tuned.
The 1974 Hammer Films kung fu horror “The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires“ starring Peter Cushing is coming to Blu-ray Disc on April 9th, via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Roy Ward Baker, featured a supporting cast of David Chiang, Julie Ege, Szu Shih, and John Forbes-Robertson. Tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed but it is known that it will come with 1080p video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio which comes from a new 2K scan of the original film elements. The audio configuration has not yet been detailed, but you can for sure expect it to be lossless (likely in DTS-HD Master Audio). The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Details about the release and bonus materials are listed below.
NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
NEW When Hammer Met Shaw – an interview with actor David Chiang
NEW Kung Fear – an interview with Hong Kong Film Expert Rick Baker
Alternate U.S. Theatrical version – The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula (in HD with some standard definition inserts)
Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming release.