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. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Don Steele, Dick 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 EditionBlu-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
Below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the film.
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. UPDATE: Tech specs for the release include 1080p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The title on Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. 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
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.
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 Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl 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 EditionBlu-rayis 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
Vintage Making of featurette
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.
“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).
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 Fitzgerald, Frank 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.
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’Keefe, Margo, 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 new4K 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.
NEW4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative
NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
Audio Commentary with filmmaker William Friedkin
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming release.