“The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series“ is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 7th, via CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The show had previously received a Blu-ray release of the first season back in 2014, but no further seasons ever followed. Now, with this “complete series” release you’ll get all 249 episodes, a total of eight seasons, spanning across a 32-disc set. The show aired on CBS from 1960 through 1968, where it started in Black & White and eventually transitioned over to Color. It starred Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier, Don Knotts, George Lindsey, Howard McNear, Jack Dodson, Hal Smith, Jim Nabors, as well as eventually Jack Dodson and Jack Burns.
The tech specs for this set have not yet been officially detailed, however looking back on the first season (if it’s any indication of what to expect), it should be presented in 1080p HD video in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound. You can now find the Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Best Buy and Target.
There are no details (yet) about the bonus materials set to be included with the set, but it should include the extras from Season 1 which (as aforementioned) had been previously released on the Blu-ray format. Those extras included the following for the first season:
“Danny Meets Andy Griffith” (From “The Danny Thomas Show” Season 7)
The Howards’ On-set Home Movies
Original Sponsor Spots On Select Episodes
Return to Mayberry Television Movie
“Person to Person” Interview with Andy Griffith
Stay tuned for any updates on the further bonus materials set to be included with the complete series set. These likely should be identical to what is found on the DVD releases for each season.
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.
The 1988 Ron Howard directed film “Willow“ will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a new Blu-ray release on January 29th, 2019 via Disney (Lucasfilms, Ltd.), according to retailers. The film, based on a story by George Lucas, starred Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, and Warwick Davis. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed, however it is known via the artwork (pictured) that it will feature a Digital Copy of the film.
The upcoming 2019 “30th Anniversary”Blu-ray release is available to pre-order now over at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. Stay tuned for any updates regarding this release. No word if it will receive a new video transfer or not, as the film was previously released on Blu-ray Disc back in 2013.
Ron Howard directed film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on September 25th via LucasFilms (Disney). Tech specs for the 4K include full 2160p 4K video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 sound. HDR10 High Dynamic Range seems to be the only variety included. There is no mention of Dolby Vision here in the press release. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include full 1080p HD video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 7.1 MA sound. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with discs of other format included (Blu-ray on the 4K, and DVD on the Blu-ray) with both getting a Digital Copy of the film.
Bonus materials set to be included on the release, so they are are listed below.
Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making.
Team Chewie See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
Kasdan on Kasdan Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
Remaking the Millennium Falcon Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special modifications.”
Escape from Corellia Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
The Train Heist Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.
Becoming a Droid: L3-37 Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.
Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.
Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.
Corellian Foot Chase
Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
The Battle of Mimban: Extended
Han Versus Chewie: Extended
Meet Dryden: Extended
The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park – An exclusive look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.
Further below, after the break, you can find the Blu-ray Disc art and the official announcement.
EDITORIAL NOTE: This news is a bit ahead of things, considering the film just recently hit theaters and has no release date yet announced on home video. However I think this is worth sharing with you all, especially 4K, Steelbook, and the franchise fans.
As I was looking through the upcoming SteelbookEXCLUSIVES over at retailer Best Buy, I noticed earlier this week that there’s already a PRE-ORDER listing for the recently released (2018) Ron Howard directed film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in an exclusive4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook. The release (as pictured above) says it will be a “combo pack” including also a Blu-ray Disc and Digital Copy of the film. This news, again, is way ahead of things, so stay tuned for updates a bit further down the road, so-to-speak.