Hammer film The Devil Rides Out on Blu-ray

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The 1968 Hammer film The Devil Rides Out is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 29th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Terence Fisher, starred Christopher LeeCharles GrayNike Arrighi, Leon Greene, Patrick Mower, and Gwen Ffrangcon Davies. Tech specs for the release include 1080p HD video in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono sound. The film is presented in a “NEW 2K scan of the 20th Century Fox interpositive” and also included is the Studio Canal restored master.” The title on Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release have just been revealed today and include the following.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman, filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr and author/screenwriter Richard Christian Matheson
  • NEW Satanic Shocks – author/film historian Kim Newman discusses THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
  • NEW Folk Horror Goes Haywire – author/film historian Jonathan Rigby discusses THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
  • Audio Commentary with actors Christopher Lee and Sarah Lawson
  • Black Magic: The Making of THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
  • Dennis Wheatley at Hammer
  • World of Hammer episode – HAMMER
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery

Further below, after the break, you can find the full details regarding this upcoming release.

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Rock ‘N’ Roll High School Anniversary Blu-ray

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The 1979 film Rock ‘N’ Roll High School is getting a “40th Anniversary Edition” Steelbook release to Blu-ray Disc on November 19th via Shout! Factory. The film, executive produced by Roger Corman, featured a cast of P.J. SolesVincent Van PattenClint Howard, Dey YoungMary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Don SteeleDick Miller, and punk band the Ramones. Tech specs for this release include 1080p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative. UPDATE: I’ve just confirmed that audio on this release includes DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and Stereo sound. The 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Steelbook is now available to pre-order over at Amazon and directly via the Shout! Factory store. Details about the video transfer and bonus materials set to be included are listed below.

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook) Bonus Features
  • NEW 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW “Class Of ’79: 40 Years Of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” – Featuring Interviews With Director/Story Writer Allan Arkush, Co-Director/Story Writer Joe Dante, Actress P.J. Soles, Screenwriter Richard Whitley, Screenwriter Russ Dvonch, Cinematographer Dean Cundey, Editor Larry Bock, And More!
  • Audio Commentary With Allan Arkush, Mike Finnell And Richard Whitley
  • Audio Commentary With Allan Arkush And Actors P.J. Soles And Clint Howard
  • Audio Commentary With Richard Whitley And Russ Dvonch
  • Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Roger Corman And Actress Dey Young
  • “Back To School: A Retrospective” With Interviews From Allan Arkush, Executive Producer Roger Corman And More
  • “Staying After Class”: An Interview With Actors P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten And Dey Young
  • Interview With Roger Corman Conducted By Leonard Maltin
  • Interview With Allan Arkush Including A Look At Rare, Behind-The-Scenes Stills
  • Audio Outtakes From The Roxy
  • Original Radio Ads And TV Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer

Below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the film.

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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll on Blu-ray

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The 1987 concert film/documentary “Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll” is coming to Blu-ray Disc in a “Collector’s Edition” on November 19th via Shout Select (Shout! Factory). The film, directed by Taylor Hackford, was recorded in 1986 during a 60th birthday concert celebration for Rock music legend Chuck Berry, put together by his friend Keith Richards (of The Rolling Stones). The incredible line-up of musicians that took part in this concert included Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, and Julian Lennon – as well as his father John Lennon via archival footage. This Blu-ray is not yet available for pre-order over at Amazon but you can stay tuned for an update on that. UPDATE: Tech specs for the release include 1080p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. Bonus materials set to be included on this “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray are listed below.

  • Introduction by director Taylor Hackford
  • 54 minutes of rehearsal footage
  • The Reluctant Movie Star making-of documentary
  • Trailer
  • Witnesses to History documentary Parts 1 & 2
  • “Chuckisms” – a collection of classic Chuck Berry remarks
  • “The Burnt Scrapbook” – Chuck Berry reminisces over his musical memories with The Band’s Robbie Robertson

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.

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Carpenter’s Vampires Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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The 1998 film John Carpenter’s Vampires is getting a “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray Disc release on September 24th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by John Carpenter, starred James WoodsDaniel BaldwinSheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Maximilian Schell, and Tim Guinee. The tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed but you can expect full 1080p HD video in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with lossless (DTS-HD Master Audio) sound, likely in both 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 surround configurations – although not yet confirmed. The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release have just been detailed today and are listed below.

  • NEW Time to Kill Some Vampires – an interview with composer/director John Carpenter, producer Sandy King Carpenter and cinematographer Garry B. Kibbe
  • NEW Jack the Slayer – an interview with actor James Woods
  • NEW The First Vampire – an interview with actor Thomas Ian Griffith
  • NEW Raising the Stakes – an interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero
  • NEW Padre – an interview with actor Tim Guinee
  • Audio Commentary by composer/director John Carpenter
  • Isolated Score
  • Vintage Making of featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

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

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The Omen Collection Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray

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The Omen Collection [Deluxe Edition] is coming to Blu-ray Disc as a 5-disc set on October 15th via Scream Factory. This set features the five films “The Omen” (1976), “Damien: Omen II” (1978), “The Final Conflict” (1981), “Omen IV: The Awakening” (1991), and the remake “The Omen” (2006). There are no specific details yet regarding tech specs for the films but stay tuned for an update. It is however definitely worth noting that the first film in this set (“The Omen” original from 1976) will come with a new video transfer from a new 4K remaster. The other four films have not been said to have received new transfers, but they still could as details will be announced at a later point this year. That said, bonus materials are currently “in progress” so you will have to wait to hear what those are specifically, as well. You can now find the Blu-ray set available to pre-order over at Amazon as well as directly from Shout! Factory’s store (with an added bonus rolled lithograph for the first 666 customers).

1944 film “Going My Way” on Blu-ray September

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The 1944 film Going My Way starring Bing Crosby is coming to Blu-ray Disc in a “75th Anniversary Edition” on September 24th via Shout Select. The film, directed by Leo McCarey, won a total of SEVEN Academy Awards including best picture for that year. The film co-starred Barry FitzgeraldFrank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, Jean Heather, and Porter Hall. Tech specs for the release haven’t been detailed but you can likely expect it to be in the original aspect ratio of 1.37:1 and in a lossless Mono sound mix. Bonus materials are currently in progress of being completed, so stay tuned for a later detailed announcement. In the meantime, you can find the Blu-ray now available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly through Shout! Factory‘s store.

1943 film “The Leopard Man” on Blu-ray in July

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The 1943 Horror / Thriller film The Leopard Man is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 30th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Jacques Tourneur, starred Dennis O’KeefeMargo, and Jean Brooks. Tech specs for the Blu-ray have not yet been fully detailed but it is known the release will be presented in Black & White and in the original 1.37:1 aspect ratio from a new 4K scan presumably with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono sound – although not yet confirmed. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly via Shout! Factory‘s store. Full info about the release and a list of bonus materials set to be included on the release (just announced) are listed below.

  • NEW 4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
  • Audio Commentary with filmmaker William Friedkin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

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

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