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City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold on Blu-ray May

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The 1994 sequel “City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold” starring Billy Crystal is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the first time, on May 25th via Shout Factory‘s Shout Select line. The film, directed by Paul Weiland, co-starred Daniel Stern, Jon Lovitz, and Jack Palance. The tech specs for the release should include a 1080p HD presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and uncompressed sound, likely in both 5.1 and 2.0 configurations. Stay tuned for if and when those tech specs get officially detailed regarding the sound. The Blu-ray can now be found available for preorder over at Amazon and also directly via Shout! Factory. The bonus materials for this release are currently in production and will be announced closer we come to the release date. So, again, stay tuned for an update regarding this release.

Studio Ghibli film Earwig and the Witch on Blu-ray in April

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The 2020 Studio Ghibli animated feature film “Earwig and the Witch” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc in North America on April 6th via GKIDS, distributed by Shout! Factory. The CG animated film, a first for the studio, was directed by Goro Miyazaki and features an English dub voice cast that includes Richard E. Grant, Kacey Musgraves, and Dan Stevens. The original Japanese language track will be included as well with this release, featuring English subtitles. Tech specs for the release have yet to be detailed but stay tuned for a possible update on that. The release will come as a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its DVD counterpart. Not only will there be a standard Blu-ray release, but there will also be a limited edition Blu-ray Disc SteelBook available (pictured below).

Both the standard Blu-ray Disc and the limited edition Blu-ray SteelBook are now available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with each Blu-ray release of the film are listed below.

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Creating “Earwig and the Witch”
  • Interviews with Japanese Voice Cast
  • Trailers & Teasers

Further below, after the break, you can find the official English trailer for the film and full details about the North American home video release of the film.

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1988 John Carpenter film “They Live” on 4K December

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The 1988 John Carpenter film“They Live” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 8th via Scream Factory. NOTE: This marks the very first 4K release from Shout! Factory in their Scream Factory collection. The John Carpenter directed film starred Roddy PiperKeith David, and Meg Foster. Tech specs for the release include a 2160p presentation with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart. If you all remember, I had posted last week that this release was rumored to be coming soon. Turns out that rumor was true.

UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. Keep in mind that it’s at MSRP (manufacturers’ suggested retail price) right now and should drop in its price over time. Also, keep in mind that Amazon features a “Pre-order Price Guarantee.” So, if it drops in price before the release date, they’ll refund you the difference.

You can also find the 4K available preorder over at retailer Target and directly via Shout! Factory — in a few different varieties. For those not interested in the other bundles available, the standard 4K release (with a bonus poster) via ShoutFactory.com is located here. Bonus materials set to be included on the 4K UHD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition release are listed below.

  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Carpenter And Actor Roddy Piper
  • Independent Thoughts – An Interview With Writer/Director John Carpenter
  • Man Vs. Aliens – An Interview With Actor Keith David
  • Woman Of Mystery – An Interview With Actress Meg Foster
  • Watch, Look, Listen: The Sights & Sounds Of They Live – A look At The Visual Style, Stunts And Music With Director Of Photography Gary B. Kibbe, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Imada, And Co-Composer Alan Howarth
  • Original EPK: The Making Of They Live
  • Footage From Commercials Created For The Film
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
Further below, after the break, you can find the full press release regarding the upcoming 4K release of this film.

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RUMOR: John Carpenter’s They Live 4K stateside

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The 1988 John Carpenter film “They Live” might be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release stateside soon via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory), according to an early retailer listing. No release date is given but I’m thinking perhaps sometime this year like November or December? Fair warning, this is a RUMOR. So, take this with a grain of salt, but it seems maybe, just maybe, according to a retailer listing that this might be happening. The film is showing up listed over at retailer Target right now as THEY LIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (4K UHD/BLU-RAY) as you can see HERE (in case they remove the listing). It lists SHOUT FACTORY as the Movie Studio and Horror as the genre, as you’ll see there. Shout! Factory’s horror line of home video titles is Scream Factory, which has previously released this film on Blu-ray. So, this would be pretty logical, right?

Let’s be realistic here. This could have actually just leaked out a bit early? I’m only speculating here, folks. If it’s true, this could be huge news because the film itself has already been released on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format overseas in the UK back in 2018 and again in 2019 via Studiocanal, as well as in France. In fact, Studiocanal actually did 4K restorations of four John Carpenter films — all of which that Scream Factory currently distributes stateside. Let’s hope this turns out to be true and that more John Carpenter films are heading stateside to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format. Who knows, though? This could be nothing but I, as a huge fan of the director and this film, felt it was worth sharing with the horror community and 4K fans.

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