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2104 film The Boxtrolls comes to 4K in February

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The 2014 Laika Studios stop-motion animated film “The Boxtrolls” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in standard and 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook limited edition forms on February 28th via Shout! Factory.  The film, co-directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, featured the voice talents of Isaac Hempstead WrightBen Kingsley, Richard Ayoade, Nick Frost, Tracy Morgan, Jared Harris, and Toni Collette.

The movie has received a new 4K restoration.  Tech specs will include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and a new Dolby Atmos sound mix.  The 4K releases of the film in standard and SteelBook form will both come as a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray Disc counterpart included.  The bonus materials set to be included with the releases are listed below.

  • “Inside LAIKA” – Discovering The Characters Of The Boxtrolls Featuring Rare Test Footage
  • “Inside LAIKA” – Revisiting The Puppets With LAIKA’s Animation Team
  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Character Art and Concept Art Photo Gallery
  • Foreword By Ramin Zahed, The Editor In Chief Of Animation Magazine
  • Audio Commentary With Directors Graham Annable And Anthony Stacchi
  • “Dare To Be Square” – The Making Of The Boxtrolls
  • Original Featurettes
  • Art & Essay Mini-Book

You can now find the limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for preorder over at retailer Walmart as well as directly via Shout! Factory’s online store.  Stay tuned for a preorder for the standard 4K release at respectable retailers soon.

2004 Dawn of the Dead remake on 4K in January

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The 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on January 31st, 2023 via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).   The film, directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay adaptation written by James Gunn based on the 1968 George A. Romero film, starred Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth, and Matt Frewer.

The film will be presented in the UNRATED cut on the 4K and both versions on the two additional Blu-rays included in this “combo pack” release.  The UNRATED Cut has received a “NEW 2022 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative” according to Shout! Factory.  Tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can for sure expect a 2160p 4K video presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with at least HDR10 form of high dynamic range and lossless audio in presumably 5.1 surround.  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray of the film available for preorder over at retailer Best Buy as well as directly via Shout! Factory‘s store.

Bonus materials and contents of this set, spanning across 3-discs, are detailed below.

DISC ONE (4K UHD – UNRATED CUT)

  • NEW 2022 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Of The Unrated Cut
  • Audio Commentary With Director Zack Snyder And Producer Eric Newman

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY – UNRATED CUT)

  • NEW 2022 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Of The Unrated Cut
  • Audio Commentary With Director Zack Snyder And Producer Eric Newman
  • Introduction To The Unrated Cut With Director Zack Snyder
  • Splitting Headaches: Anatomy Of Exploding Heads
  • Attack Of The Living Dead
  • Raising The Dead
  • Andy’s Lost Tape
  • Special Report: Zombie Invasion
  • Undead And Loving It: A Mockumentary
  • Drawing The Dead Featurette
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Hidden Easter Egg

DISC THREE (BLU-RAY – THEATRICAL CUT)

  • 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
  • Take A Chance On Me – An Interview With Actor Ty Burrell
  • Gunn For Hire – An Interview With Writer James Gunn
  • Punk, Rock, & Zombie – An Interview With Actor Jake Weber
  • Killing Time At The Mall: The Special Effects Of Dawn Of The Dead – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artists David Anderson And Heather Langenkamp Anderson
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Zack Snyder And Producer Eric Newman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

1983 film WarGames arrives on 4K in December

The 1983 film “WarGames” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 20th via Shout! Factory.  The film, via MGM, directed by John Badham, starred Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Juanin Clay, and Barry Corbin.

This movie has received a new 4K scan from the original camera negative.  The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release have yet to be detailed but you can at least expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of HDR and lossless sound mix(es).  This release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailer Best Buy as well as over at online retailer Deep Discount.  You can also now preorder the 4K UHD Blu-ray directly via Shout! Factory‘s website, where you’ll get an exclusive poster [while supplies last].  The bonus materials set to be included with this 4K physical release are listed below.

  • Feature-Length Audio Commentary By Director John Badham And Writers Lawrence Lasker And Walter F. Parkes
  • “Loading WarGames”
  • “Inside NORAD: Cold War Fortress”
  • “Attack Of The Hackers”
  • “Tic Tac Toe: A True Story”
  • Theatrical Trailer

Coraline and ParaNorman on 4K this December

The Laika company‘s stop-motion animated films “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” will be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in both standard and SteelBook forms on December 13th via Shout! Factory.  The films are briefly individually highlighted below.

“Coraline” from 2009 was directed by , best known for also directing “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993).  Selick adapted the screenplay from a book written by Neil Gaiman.  The film featured the voice talents of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Ian McShane, and Keith David.  Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.

“ParaNorman” from 2012 was co-directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell.  Chris Butler also wrote the screenplay.  The film featured the voice talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Alex Borstein, and John Goodman.  Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.

Both of these 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that they each will also include their Blu-ray Disc counterpart.  The bonus materials will include all of the previous Blu-ray extras from the latest editions as well as a booklet [for each].  Also, the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBooks (pictured further above) each feature new hand-drawn artwork.

UPDATES:  You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray standard versions of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” available for preorder over at Best Buy (pictured below).

The 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBooks for “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” are available for preorder over at retailer Best Buy.  You can also order them directly via the Shout Factory! online store.  Also, regarding these 4K releases, it’s now officially been stated:

“Supervised by LAIKA’s visionary filmmaking team, these dazzling 4K remasters feature HDR and Dolby Vision plus Dolby Atmos for the ultimate entertainment experience.”

“Coraline and ParaNorman were painstakingly remastered by the team at LAIKA, led by LAIKA CEO (and Kubo and the Two Strings Director) Travis Knight, and Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Emerson, who pored over each film shot-by-shot, paying close attention to every last detail and color to present these groundbreaking films in the most dynamic format.

The use of Dolby Vision has made these films look more spectacular than ever before, with vivid colors and exacting picture quality, and with highlights brighter and essential dark elements darker, unleashing the full potential of HDR technology. The films were also mixed in Dolby Atmos spatial audio, bringing out more details and clarity in the sound, resulting in an even more immersive experience for fans.”

The bonus materials set to be included with these releases are detailed further below, after the break where you can find the full official announcement.

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Robert Zemeckis film Used Cars on 4K in November

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The 1980 film “Used Cars” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 15th [as spine #67] in the Shout Select line from Shout! Factory.  The film, directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, starred Kurt Russell, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty, David L. Lander, Michael McKean, and Jack Warden.

The film has received a new 4K from the original camera negative.  Tech specs for the release have not been fully detailed but you can expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio presumably with at least HDR10 form of high dynamic range.  The sound configuration has not yet been detailed, but if it is the same as the 2019 Blu-ray, should again include DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and 2.0 Mono lossless sound mixes.  This upcoming 2022 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “Collector’s Edition” 2-disc “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via the ShoutFactory.com store, where you’ll get an exclusive bonus poster (while supplies last).  The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.

  • Interview With Producer/Co-Writer Bob Gale
  • Audio Commentary With Director/Co-Writer Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, And Actor Kurt Russell
  • Outtakes
  • Radio Interviews And Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Photo Galleries

1975 film Rollerball is coming to 4K in November

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The 1975 film “Rollerball” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 22nd via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The film, directed by Norman Jewison, starred James Caan, John Houseman, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Maud Adams, Pamela Hensley, and Barbara Trentham.

The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with presumably [at least] HDR10 form of high dynamic range.  No specifics, again on tech specs, but I’d say this will include lossless audio for sure, likely in 5.1 and 2.0 configurations.  It’s already known, and most worth certainly noting, that this will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc release only, with no Blu-ray included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.  You also can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder directly via the ShoutFactory.com website with an exclusive bonus poster included, while supplies last.  No word yet on the bonus materials set to be included with this release, as it states they’re in progress, but stay tuned for an update.

1984 film The Company of Wolves on 4K in November

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The 1984 fantasy film The Company of Wolves is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in “Collector’s Edition” form on November 22nd via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The film, directed & co-written by Neil Jordan, starred Angela Lansbury, Sarah Patterson, Graham Crowden, Kathryn Pogson, Stephen Rea, Georgia Slowe, Micha Bergese, and Terence Stamp.

The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with likely [at least] HDR10 form of high dynamic range.  No word yet on the audio but I’m willing to bet that you can expect at least a lossless Stereo 2.0 mix.  Also, the extras are “currently in progress” so check back later for an update on that as well.  The 2-disc Collector’s Edition release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart included.

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via the  ShoutFactory.com website, where you’ll get an exclusive poster (while supplies last).

The Halloween 4K Collection 1995-2002 in October

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The Halloween 4K Collection (1995-2002) is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 4th via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The release will include the following three films (and versions):

  • “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers” (1995)
    • Theatrical Cut (88 min) / Producer’s Cut (95 min)
  • “Halloween: H20” (1998) Theatrical Cut (86 min)
  • “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002) Theatrical Cut (94 min)

Tech specs for the releases include 2160p 4K video presentations, with presumably at least HDR10 form of high dynamic range.  The aspect ratios will be 1.85:1 for “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers” and 2.35:1 for the latter two sequels.  Audio will be presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo for all three films.

The bonus materials have not yet been officially announced.  It has been hinted by Justin Beahm that his Reverend Entertainment is working on some new bonus materials for the “Halloween: Resurrection” film specifically.  But, again, the special features are “in progress” and will be announced later.  So, stay tuned for an update on both.

This 4K set will come in the form of an 8-disc set with each film getting its own thick packaging and individual array cases (pictured below) with the Blu-ray Disc counterparts, housed inside a larger thick cardboard case.  You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via the ShoutFactory.com store, where you’ll get 3 exclusive bonus posters (while supplies last).

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