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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1955 film “This Island Earth” on Blu-ray in July

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The 1955 Science Fiction / Horror film This Island Earth is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 9th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Joseph M. Newman, starred Jeff MorrowFaith DomergueRex Reason, Lance FullerRussell Johnson, and Douglas Spencer. The tech specs for the release include 1080p video from a new 4K scan in both the 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios with (presumably) DTS-HD Master Audio sound – although not yet confirmed. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly through Shout! Factory. Details about the release and bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • NEW 4K scan of the inter-positive – Two aspect ratios: 1.85:1 and 1.37:1
  • NEW The Original Perspecta Stereophonic Sound restored by 3-D Film Archive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with author and Academy Award winning visual effects artist Robert Skotak
  • NEW Audio Interview with film historian David Schecter on the music of THIS ISLAND EARTH
  • NEW Alien Ideas – an interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash)
  • NEW Facts about Perspecta Stereophonic Sound by Bob Furmanek
  • THIS ISLAND EARTH – Two and A Half Years in the Making: The Extended Documentary – a look at the making of THIS ISLAND EARTH
  • WAR OF THE PLANETS: 1958 Castle Films release for the home market including both the 50-foot silent Headline edition and the 200-foot sound Complete edition.
  • Trailers from Hell – This Island Earth with commentary by filmmaker Joe Dante
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries – poster and lobby cards, publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos

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

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