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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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Tomb Raider restored Blu-ray and 2-Movie 4K set in June

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary the 2001 film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” will be getting a new remastered Blu-ray Disc release on June 1st via Paramount. The film has been previously remastered for the 4K release and this will be the first time that the remastered version has been available on the Blu-ray format. The film, directed by Simon West, starred Angelina Jolie. Tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD presentation and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. The release will come with a digital copy of the film. The bonus materials set to be included on this 20th anniversary edition of the film on Blu-ray are listed below.

  • Commentary with director Simon West
  • Digging into Tomb Raider
  • Crafting Lara Croft
  • The Visual Effects of Tomb Raider
  • The Stunts of Tomb Raider
  • Are You Game?
  • Deleted Scenes
  • U2 “Elevation” music video
  • Alternate Main Title
  • Trailers

You can find this upcoming Remastered Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon.

Also, there will be a “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection” 4K UHD Blu-ray set available on June 1st available as well, via Paramount. These two films, including the sequel “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life” (2003), have been previously released on the 4K format individually but they will be getting bundled together to celebrate the anniversary of the first film. You can find that release pictured below and the 2-Movie Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray set is now available for preorder over at Amazon. The tech specs, for those films on 4K UHD Blu-ray, include 2160p in HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. This release will not include the previous Blu-ray releases of either film, so that means likely the bonus materials will be on the 4K discs? Also, you’ll get a digital copy of each film with this set (pictured below).

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The full details about these releases can be found below, after the break.

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Last Action Hero with Schwarzenegger comes to 4K in May

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The 1993 film “Last Action Hero” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 18th, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The 4K release will come in the form of a limited edition SteelBook. The film, directed by John McTiernan, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O’Brien, F. Murray AbrahamArt Carney, Charles Dance, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, and Ian McKellen. The tech specs for the 4K release include a newly remastered 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos as well as the original 2.0 theatrical mix and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Both of those latter mixes will be in DTS-HD Master Audio format. Below you can find some quoted specific details about this presentation, taken from the press release.

“Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10

All-new Dolby Atmos audio + the original theatrical SDDS mix presented as 5.1 + original theatrical stereo audio”

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook listed as available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary with Director John McTiernan
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes (presented in 4K with HDR10)
  • Alternate Ending (presented in 4K with HDR10)
  • “Big Gun” Music Video by AC/DC
  • Original Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Teaser

Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement about the 4K physical release of this film.

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Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman remastered 4K in March

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The 2016 Zack Snyder film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the “Ultimate Edition” has been remastered and approved by the director and will be receiving a new 4K UHD Blu-ray release on March 23rd via Warner Archive, according to numerous retailers now. I had been reporting this as a RUMOR thread over on Twitter for a day or so and it’s becoming apparent that I was right. Still, this should be only considered a rumor until the title gets an official announcement from the studio [Warner], Warner Archive, or via Zack Snyder. The remastered version of this film will include the 183-minute “Ultimate Edition” with some color corrections and most importantly the correct 1.43:1 IMAX aspect ratio on those scenes and the shifts to and from the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

That said, it should come with the very same HDR10 and Dolby Atmos found on the previous 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film, but nothing as of now has been officially confirmed. You can find the newly restored version of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” on 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Deep Discount and Target, and Walmart. The release will come with just a 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc and a digital code (copy) of the film included. There’s no word if bonus materials will be included with this release of the film or not. Considering that it doesn’t appear to include the Blu-ray, it would mean they would have to all be housed on the 4K disc. So, stay tuned regarding that when this hopefully gets a full official announcement and/or confirmation soon.

UPDATE #1: Well, I think we can consider it official now, folks, just lacking a press release, as the 4K UHD Blu-ray is now listed over on WBShop.com (as Warner Archive) as shown below.

UPDATE #2: It’s official. The “Batman v Superman” official Twitter account just shared a video and announced the release date that we all had been seeing and I was telling you from the start. This video is very much work checking out as it will show you how the aspect ratio shift from 2.35:1 to real IMAX 1.43:1 will work. This also confirms some color correction as well. See the tweet here (or embedded below).

EDITORIAL NOTE: This will mark the very FIRST 4K UHD Blu-ray release from Warner Archive if this turns out to be true. It’s pretty obvious that it is, so let’s now consider that Warner’s line of home video releases will include 4K titles in the future via the Warner Archives. I’ll be the first to say welcome to the 4K physical release scene, Warner Archive. And, until further information about this release comes along: “That’s All, Folks!!”

Pink Floyd Delicate Sound of Thunder concert Blu-ray

The 1989 concert film/documentary Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder has been restored and is officially coming to Blu-ray, in two different releases, on November 20th, via Legacy (Sony). The film, directed by Wayne Isham, featured the Pink Floyd band primary line-up of members: David Gilmour (vocals/guitar), Richard Wright (keyboards/vocals), Nick Mason (drums) — as well as a backing band. The film has received a new 4K remaster using the original 35mm film negatives with a new 5.1 surround sound mix. This will come with a 1080p HD video presentation, presumably in the 1.33:1 original aspect ratio. There will be two options for audio presentations found on the Blu-ray: Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. Here, below, is what Rolling Stone had to say about what all went into that audio and video restoration process.

“Film editor Benny Trickett took the film, since remastered in 4K, and worked with Aubrey Powell — a cofounder of the graphic arts group Hipgnosis, which created many iconic Pink Floyd covers, including Delicate Sound of Thunder — and assembled the new cut. Gilmour worked on the new release’s sound with engineer Andy Jackson and assistant David Iddins.” 

“The concert film, which has been restored and re-edited from the original 35mm film and remixed into 5.1 surround sound […]” 

Rolling Stone

The tracklist for this concert film includes the following songs:

  1. “Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5”
  2. “Signs of Life”
  3. “Learning to Fly”
  4. “Sorrow”
  5. “The Dogs of War”
  6. “On the Turning Away”
  7. “One of These Days”
  8. “Time”
  9. “On the Run”
  10. “The Great Gig in the Sky”
  11. “Wish You Were Here”
  12. “Us and Them”
  13. “Money”
  14. “Comfortably Numb”
  15. “One Slip”
  16. “Run Like Hell”

Now, there will be two different versions of the film on Blu-ray available. First, there will be a single-disc (standard) Blu-ray release, and then there will also be a 4-disc “Deluxe Edition” release that includes 2 CDs, a DVD, and Blu-ray Disc (pictured below). You can find both versions available for preorder over at Amazon now.

The standard Blu-ray release will come with a physical extra in the form of a 24-page photo booklet. Meanwhile, the Deluxe Edition also includes a bit more physical items as detailed below.

  • 24-page photo booklet (included with both versions)
  • A lift-off top box
  • 40-page booklet,
  • Poster 4/4
  • 5 x Postcards 4/1

You can find more info about the process that went on to make this restored version of the Pink Floyd concert film by reading the full article over at Rolling Stone (as quoted from much further above).

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