The 2019 “The Irishman“ film directed by Martin Scorsese is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 24th via The Criterion Collection. The movie originally debuted both in theaters and streaming on Netflix, and it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards (“Oscars”). The Irishman starred Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, as well as co-starred Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, and Stephen Graham. The Criterion Blu-ray will feature a “new 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese” in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio (presented in 1080p HD) with Dolby Atmos sound. Right now, you cannot yet find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update on that. You can now however find the Blu-ray available for preorder directly from The Criterion Collection website. Details about the release and the bonus materials can be found listed below.
New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Newly edited roundtable conversation among Scorsese and actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, originally recorded in 2019
New documentary about the making of the film featuring Scorsese; the lead actors; producers Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Jane Rosenthal, and Irwin Winkler; director of photography Rodrigo Prieto; and others from the cast and crew
New video essay written and narrated by film critic Farran Smith Nehme about The Irishman’s synthesis of Scorsese’s singular formal style
The Evolution of Digital De-aging, a 2019 program on the visual effects created for the film
Archival interview excerpts with Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran and International Brotherhood of Teamsters trade union leader Jimmy Hoffa
Trailer and teaser
PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien
New cover by Gregory Manchess
EDITORIAL NOTE: First off, yes, I know the movie itself actually aired in 4K Ultra HD with HDR (high dynamic range) on Netflix but we’re not receiving a 4K physical release here for yet another title from Criterion. That’s pretty much a sign that Criterion really has no plans for releasing to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format, at least anytime soon. I hate that, but it is still great to see this film getting a physical release, and from the folks at The Criterion Collection, nonetheless — even if it is only in 1080p, as it is. It is what it is. Yes, I just went there. I’ll end this by stating the obvious: it’s 2020 and I think that it’s about time that maybe Criterion got with the whole 4K UHD Blu-ray game.
The 1990 Martin Scorsese directed film “Goodfellas“ will be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBookrelease, on September 15th, which will be exclusive to retailer Best Buy. The tech specs will remain identical to the original 4K release, with the video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio presented in the HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. The release will come as a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart, a second Blu-ray (for special features), and a digital code (copy) of the film. The bonus materials will be, again identical to those found on the previous (original) 4K release. You can now find this 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook listed for preorder over at Best Buy.
The 1978 Academy Award-winning film “The Deer Hunter“ is officially coming to4K UHD Blu-ray on May 26th via Shout Select (Shout! Factory). It’s worth noting that this will mark the first feature-film 4K release for the distributor and more on that a bit later. This film was the winner of 5 Oscars (Academy Awards) including Best Picture and was directed by Michael Cimino. It starred Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been announced, as they are still in production, but stay tuned for a later update. UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. You can also preorder it directly via Shout! Factory’s website and get a bonus. Stay tuned for an update when more retailers list this title for preorder. I’m also happy to report that Justin Beahm of Reverend Entertainment has announced today that he will be producing (working on new bonus materials) for this release. That’s all of the info regarding the release we know for now but there will definitely be an update later in the coming months.
EDITORIAL NOTE: I’m very excited to see the folks over at Shout! Factory finally doing a feature-length (non-IMAX) 4K physical release. I, like most of you, look forward to seeing what they do here with this proven format, given their amazing record of work with 4K restorations that they have released on the Blu-ray format. This is a very important thing to see a distributor like this continue to back the physical 4K format and we all should be thankful and, of course, we are all eager to see if this will eventually include titles from Scream Factory as well someday. This being said, the state of physical media is strong tonight as I type this and should be in the foreseeable future.
2019’s much talked about film “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-rayand Blu-ray Disc on January 7th via Warner. The film, directed by Todd Phillips, co-stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, and Marc Maron. Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release include 2160p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range as well as Dolby Atmos sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray Disc release include 1080p HD video in the 1.85:1 aspect with Dolby Atmos sound. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting its Blu-ray Disc counterpart, the Blu-ray getting the DVD, and each getting a digital code (copy) of the film included. You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon. It’s also worth noting that there will be an exclusiveSteelBook4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film available over at retailer Best Buy (pictured below) which is now available for preorder.
Below you can find a list of bonus materials set to be included on the releases.
Joker: Vision & Fury
Please Welcome… Joker!
Joker: A Chronicle of Chaos
Further below, after the break, you can find even further info regarding the home video releases of this film.
The 1995 Martin Scorsese directed film “Casino“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 10th via Universal. This info came the other day via the film’s social media account on Facebook. The film, nominated for an Academy Award, starred Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, and Frank Vincent.
There were no further details about the release aside from the date and cover art (pictured above). We can say from the artwork that the release will come as a “combo pack” with the original Blu-ray Disc also included but perhaps no digital copy? So, we shall wait for an official press release from the studio (Universal) regarding the release tech specs, bonus materials and such as well as when the pre-order is to become available on Amazon.
UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at retailer Best Buy. Also, it seems that Best Buy will have a 4K Steelbook coming out on the same day that will be exclusive to the retailer. There’s no artwork for said Steelbook yet but stay tuned. Lastly, thanks to our friend Justin M. Persutti for this news tip about that Steelbook.
The 1991 Ron Howard directed film “Backdraft“ starring Kurt Russell is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on May 7th, via Universal. The film co-starred William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland, and Robert De Niro. Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS:X sound. The release will come in the form of “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and a digital copy of the film included. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.