The 1981 horror film “The Howling“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on February 15th, 2022 via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory) in a “Collector’s Edition” form. The film, directed by Joe Dante, starred Dee Wallace, Dennis Dugan, Patrick Macnee, Christopher Stone, Belinda Balaski, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, and Slim Pickens.
The tech specs have not yet been fully detailed but you can expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 (and possibly Dolby Vision) form(s) of high dynamic range from a 2021 4K restoration by StudioCanal — approved by director Joe Dante. The bonus materials for the release are listed below.
DISC ONE (4K UHD)
NEW 2021 4K Restoration By StudioCanal, Approved By Director Joe Dante
Audio Commentary With Director Joe Dante And Actors Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone, And Robert Picardo
Audio Commentary By Author Gary Bradner
DISC TWO (BLU-RAY)
NEW 2021 4K Restoration By StudioCanal, Approved By Director Joe Dante
Audio Commentary With Joe Dante, Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone And Robert Picardo
Audio Commentary By Gary Bradner
“Fun. Fur. Film.” – An Interview With Dee Wallace
“Howling’s Eternal” – An Interview With Executive Producer Steven A. Lane
“Cut To Shreds” – An Interview With Editor Mark Goldblatt
Interview With Co-Writer Terence H. Winkless
Interview With Stop Motion Animator David Allen
“Unleashing The Beast: The Making Of The Howling” – Vintage Featurette
“Making A Monster Movie: Inside The Howling” – Vintage Featurette
Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Film’s Original Locations
Trailers From Hell – Writer Josh Olson On The Howling
As you can tell, the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting its Blu-ray Disc counterpart. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. You also can preorder the 4K UHD Blu-ray directly via ShoutFactory.com where you’ll receive a poster (while supplies last). Stay tuned for any further updates on the release later on.
The 1980 horror film “Alligator“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on February 22nd, 2022 via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory), in the form of a “Collector’s Edition” release. The film, directed by Lewis Teague, starred Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Jack Carter, Sydney Lassick, Perry Lang, and Henry Silva.
The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been announced, but stay tuned for an update later on. It is known that the release will come in the form of a 3-disc “combo pack” meaning you’ll get a Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as another Blu-ray likely entirely filled with extras (bonus materials). Across those, you’ll get two different cuts of the film.
The 2015 film “Krampus“ will be getting a “Collector’s Edition”4K UHD Blu-ray release featuring “The Naughty Cut“ on December 7th, via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory). The film, directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty, starred Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, Stefania LaVie Owen, Emjay Anthony, and David Koechner. Info regarding “The Naughty Cut” and how it differs from the theatrical cut of the film can be found in detail below.
“For the first time ever Michael’s Dougherty’s previously unseen “Naughty Cut” of the film will be seeing the light of day! This alternate version restores key dialogue and scenes that had to be trimmed from the original theatrical release to appease the MPAA. Supervised by filmmaker Michael Dougherty, this is the definitive version of the holiday cult classic!”
The tech specs for the release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio, presumably with HDR10 form of high dynamic range (although yet confirmed) with the audio configuration and format not detailed yet either as well. So, stay tuned for an update on that, as well as for when bonus materials are finalized and get announced. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that you’ll get the Blu-ray Disc (1080p HD) counterpart included. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and directly via Shout! Factory. Lastly, it should be noted that the original theatrical cut of the film will not be presented with this release.
The first five films in the “Halloween” film franchise have all received new 2021 4K scans and are officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format in “Collector’s Edition” form individually for each on October 5th via Scream Factory. Those films getting released include the following:
The films each, as previously mentioned have all received a new 4K scan this year and the tech specs for all include a 2160p video presentation (in a variety of aspect ratios) with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and new Dolby Atmos sound mixes, as well as some additional mixes. Since things like those aspect ratios and sound mixes vary film-to-film, I’ll be letting you look at the full press release later further below.
You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray listings for each of the films over at Amazon and you can access them via their titles above. You can also find them listed over at ShoutFactory.com with some additional extras you won’t find anywhere else.
The extras included on these new 4K UHD Blu-ray Collector’s Editions for each film are pretty elaborate, spanning across multiple discs in some instances. So, once again, I’ll be providing you with the full press release and details below, after the break.
The 1983 film adaptation of Stephen King‘s “The Dead Zone“ starring Christopher Walken will be getting a “Collector’s Edition”Blu-ray Disc release on July 27th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by David Cronenberg, co-starred Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, and Martin Sheen.
The movie has received a “NEW2021 4K scan of the original camera negative” according to Shout! Factory. So far, the exact tech specs have not yet been fully detailed, aside from being in 1080p HD and in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, but stay tuned for an update on what sound configuration(s) it will receive. You can find the Collector’s EditionBlu-ray available for preorder now over at Amazon as well as directly via ShoutFactory.com. Today they [Shout! Factory] announced all of the bonus materials that are finalized and set to be included with this release, which you can find listed below.
NEW Sarah’s Story – an interview with actress Brooke Adams
NEW Cold Visions: Producing The Dead Zone – featuring interviews with production manager John M. Eckert and associate producer Jeffrey Chernov
NEW Audio Commentary with director of photography Mark Irwin
NEW Audio Commentary with film historian Michael Gingold
NEW Audio Commentary with film historian/author Dr. Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
NEW Audio Commentary with film music historian Daniel Schweiger with isolated score selections
Trailers from Hell – Mick Garris on The Dead Zone
Memories from The Dead Zone
The Look of The Dead Zone
Visions of The Dead Zone
The Politics of The Dead Zone
Behind the Scenes still gallery
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement about this upcoming release of the film.
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Exact Runtime(s): 1:34:03
Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos (with a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 core), English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (with DTS 5.1 core), English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo (with a DTS 2.0 core)
Disc Size: BD-66
Disc Use: 64.89GB total / 63.2GB for the film