“Alien” gets a 40th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray in April

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The 1979 Ridley Scott directed sci-fi thriller Alien is getting a “40th Anniversary” 4K UHD Blu-ray release on April 23rd via Fox, as officially announced today. The film featured a cast of Sigourney WeaverTom SkerrittJohn Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, and Ian Holm. The 4K release will be sporting a new 4K restoration that was supervised by the director himself, as you can see quoted (from the press release) below.

The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans were done at EFilm.

Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS-HD Master Audio sound in 5.1 for both versions of the film and also in a 4.1 configuration for the Theatrical Version. Yes, this is the same audio as found as the previously released Blu-ray. The release will come in a form of “combo pack” with the Blu-ray and a digital copy of the film included.

UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and quite affordable.

It’s known that there will also be a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook available, pictured below.

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The 4K release will include both the original 1979 Theatrical Version and the 2003 Director’s Cut of the film. Details about and bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

ALIEN 40th Anniversary Bonus Features:

  • 1979 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Director’s Cut
  • 2003 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott and the Cast & Crew
  • 1999 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Composer’s Original Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Deleted Scenes

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release.

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2001 film “Hannibal” with Anthony Hopkins on 4K UHD Blu-ray in late April

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The 2011 Ridley Scott directed film “Hannibal” starring Anthony Hopkins is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc (Special Edition) on April 30th, via Kino Lorber Studio Classics. This marks the first 4K release for Kino Lorber. The film co-starred Julianne Moore, Gary OldmanRay LiottaFrankie Faison, Giancarlo Giannini, Francesca Neri, and Zeljko Ivanek.

Kino Lorber claims this has received a brand new 4K restoration in HDR and SDR, which was color graded by cinematographer John Mathieson.

UPDATE: Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video with Dolby Vision and HDR10 forms of High Dynamic Range with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and a lossless 2.0 Stereo mix in terms of sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray included 1080p video with the same DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and lossless 2.0 Stereo mix. Bonus materials were detailed by Kino Lorber today and include the following (housed on the Blu-ray):

  • Audio commentary by director Ridley Scott
  • Breaking the Silence: Making-of Hannibal Doc – including rare footage and interviews
  • Anatomy of a Shoot-Out: A Five-Angle Breakdown of the “Fish Market” Action Scene
  • Ridleygrams: A Featurette on the Art of Storyboarding
  • An Exploration of the Film’s Opening Title Design
  • Over 33 Minutes of Deleted and Alternate Scenes with optional director commentary
  • Alternate Ending with optional director commentary
  • 19 TV Spots
  • Theatrical Teaser
  • Theatrical Trailer

The 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray included. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and new Blu-ray are both now available to pre-order over at Amazon.

Below, after the break, you can find the art for the new Blu-ray Disc version.

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1987 Ridley Scott film “Someone to Watch Over Me” on Blu-ray in March

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The 1987 Ridley Scott directed film Someone to Watch Over Me starring Tom Berenger and Mimi Rogers is coming to Blu-ray Disc on March 12th, via Shout Select (Shout! Factory). The film co-starred Lorraine BraccoJerry Orbach, and Mark Moses. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The upcoming Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. Only one special feature is set to be included on this release, in terms of bonus, which is listed below.

  • New interviews with Writer Howard Franklin and Director of Photography Steven Poster

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

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RUMOR: 1979 Ridley Scott film “Alien” coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray early next year

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1979 Ridley Scott directed Sci-Fi classic “Alien” may come to 4K UHD Blu-ray early next year, according to fansite AvP Galaxy, which reports that a Czech retailer (FilmArena) has a listing already up for the film in a 4K UHD Blu-ray release, which I’ve confirmed, and you can see HERE for yourself. The release date that is listed over there is January 5th. However, that fansite is reporting that you can see this come out sometime around, or specifically April 26th 2019Alien Day. Regardless of which month next year it will be coming out, the film coming to 4K next year would definitely make sense, as in 2019 the film will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. So far, no retailers in the United States are listing the title on 4K for pre-order, yet. As with all RUMOR posts, take this with a “grain of salt” so-to-speak, and wait for an official announcement from the studio (Fox). Lastly, I’d like to give credit to our friends over at Bloody-Disgusting for first reporting this. Stay tuned for any further developments on this possible upcoming 4K release.

2010 “Robin Hood” starring Russell Crowe is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in September

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The 2010 Ridley Scott directed film adaptation of “Robin Hood” starring Russell Crowe is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 11th via Universal. The release will come with an UNRATED Director’s Cut (156 min) of the film, as well as the Theatrical cut (141 min). Tech specs for the release include full 2160p 4K in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 High Dynamic Range and DTS:X sound. This will come in the form of a “combo pack” release with a Blu-ray Disc and Digital Copy of the film included. Bonus materials set to be included on Blu-ray of the release are listed below.

  • Director’s Notebook
  • Deleted Scenes with Introduction & Commentary by Editor Pietro Scalia
  • Rise and Rise Again: Making Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood
  • The Art of Nottingham
  • Marketing Archive

UPDATE: This title is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon.