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1971 film Shaft on 4K via Criterion Collection in June

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The 1971 film “Shaft” will officially be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on June 21st via The Criterion Collection.  The film, directed by Gordon Parks, starred Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, and Victor Arnold.  The film has received a new 4K restoration.

Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of high dynamic range and uncompressed Mono and Stereo sound.  The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect and uncompressed Mono and Stereo sound.  On both releases, the first sound mix will be the original Mono lossless mix while the second optional sound mix will be a Stereo lossless “soundtrack remastered with creative input from Isaac Hayes III” according to Criterion.

You can find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon.  You can also find them available directly via Criterion’s website.

The 4K will come in the form of a “combo pack” and include its Blu-ray counterpart as well as a bonus disc (detailed below), spanning across a 3-disc set. The Blu-ray will be a 2-disc set and include a bonus disc with an additional film — “Shaft’s Big Score! (1972).  The bonus materials set to be included with the releases are listed below.

  • Shaft’s Big Score!, the 1972 follow-up to Shaft by director Gordon Parks
  • New documentary on the making of Shaft featuring curator Rhea L. Combs, film scholar Racquel J. Gates, filmmaker Nelson George, and music scholar Shana L. Redmond
  • Behind-the-scenes program featuring Parks, actor Richard Roundtree, and musician Isaac Hayes
  • Archival interviews with Hayes, Parks, and Roundtree
  • New interview with costume designer Joseph G. Aulisi
  • New program on the Black detective and the legacy of John Shaft, featuring scholar Kinohi Nishikawa and novelist Walter Mosley
  • A Complicated Man: The “Shaft” Legacy (2019)
  • Behind-the-scenes footage from Shaft’s Big Score!
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Amy Abugo Ongiri
  • New cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

“What Men Want” with Taraji P. Henson on Blu-ray in May

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The 2019 romantic comedy What Men Want starring Taraji P. Henson is coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 7th, via Paramount. The movie, directed by Adam Shankman, co-stars Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Erykah Badu, Max Greenfield, Josh Brener, Pete Davidson, and Tracy Morgan. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p HD video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and lossless 5.1 audio (presumably in DTS-HD Master Audio). The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a DVD and digital copy of the film included. The Blu-ray is available to pre-order over at Amazon and Best Buy. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • Commentary with director Adam Shankman
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes with introduction by director Adam Shankman
  • Gag Reel with introduction by director Adam Shankman
  • The Dream Team — Meet the wildly funny cast and crew as they take you behind-the-scenes of their comedic hijinks.
  • Flipping the Narrative — Discover how What Men Want flips the script on what women must do to succeed in a man’s world.
  • What DO Men Want? — Laugh along with the cast and crew as they get one step closer to understanding what’s on men’s minds.
  • Poker Night — Pull up a chair for one of the most epic poker nights imaginable.
  • Ali + Athletes — Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) pulls out all the stops for her clients. Check out some hilarious cameos from superstar athletes.
  • Sister Spills the Tea infomercial — You have questions, Sister has the answers! Watch music icon Erykah Badu play the hysterically eccentric psychic as she spills the tea on her mystical powers.

Further below, after the break, you can find more info about this upcoming release.

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