According to Amazon, the 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb“ is finally getting an individual4K UHD Blu-ray release on July 6th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The reason I say finally getting an individual release for this title is that it was previously exclusively part of the “Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 1“ released back in June of 2020, and now long OOP (out of print). The film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, starred Peter Sellers (in numerous roles), George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones, Tracy Reed, and Sterling Hayden. The tech specs for the 4K release include a Black & White 2160p video presentation in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono lossless sound mixes. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the individual 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. No official announcement regarding this release has been made yet by the studio [Sony] but stay tuned for an update and confirmation on that. The bonus materials set to be included on both the 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc and the Blu-ray Disc are listed below, accordingly.
4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Extras:
NEW: “Stanley Kubrick Considers the Bomb” Featurette
Mick Broderick Interview
Joe Dunton and Kelvin Pike Interview
Richard Daniels Interview
David George Interview
Rodney Hill Interview
Archival Stanley Kubrick Audio Interview
The Today Show Clips featuring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott
Blu-ray Disc Extras:
The Cold War Feature-Length Picture-in-Picture Track
Inside Dr. Strangelove
No Fighting in the War Room
An Interview with Robert McNamara
The Art of Stanley Kubrick
Split-Screen Interviews with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott
Below, after the break, you can find the first 10 minutes of the film (an extended preview) from Sony on YouTube as well as the trailer for the original “Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 1“ box set that the 4K UHD Blu-ray first appeared on as an exclusive.
A set called the “Stanley Kubrick 3-Film 4K Collection“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 22nd featuring three of the late director’s classic films, via Warner. The 7-disc set will include the following films, two of which were both previously released and then the third will be coming out the very same day (also individually):
“The Shining” (1980)
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
“Full Metal Jacket” (1987)
The tech specs for the releases are as follows. All will be presented in the 2160p 4K resolution with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and get DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. One film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, will get HDR10+ form of High Dynamic Range in addition to the two other forms. Aspect ratios are as follows, The Shining in 1.78:1 aspect ratio (mislabeled 1.85:1), 2001: A Space Odyssey in 2.20:1 ratio, and finally Full Metal Jacket in 1.78:1 (mislabeled 1.85:1). Each of the films will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart but 2001: A Space Odyssey will also include an additional bonus disc. All three films will get a digital code (copy) of them included as well, making each of them a “combo pack” by definition. Their bonus materials will be identical to those found on the standard individual 4K UHD Blu-ray releases. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Best Buy and Target.
The bonus materials, as lengthy as they run to list, can be found after the break below.
The 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket“ directed by Stanley Kubrick is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 22nd, via Warner. The film starred Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood, Kevyn Major Howard, Arliss Howard, Ed O’Ross, John Terry, Kieron Jecchinis, and the late R. Lee Ermey. Tech specs for the release (according to the back art) include a 2160p presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio (presumably) with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. It will be a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film. You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film listed as available for preorder over at Amazon. It’s totally worth mentioning that there will be an exclusive4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook available for the film over at retailer Best Buy (pictured below) which is now listed and should be a functional preorder listing soon.
The only bonus materials set to be included on the 4K UHD Blu-ray release are listed below.
Audio Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onfrio, R. Lee Ermey and Critic/Screenwriter Jay Cocks
Featurette: Full Metal Jacket – Between Good and Evil
UPDATE:here is a 4K with HDR trailer for the upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray release.
Rumor time and it’s for a legendary film too. It seems the 1960 Stanley Kubrick directed film “Spartacus“ starring Kirk Douglas is finally coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on July 21st, via Universal, according to now multiple retailer sources. *UPDATED* The film, celebrating its 60th anniversary, co-starred Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, and Tony Curtis. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for further details once this title gets officially announced by the studio.
As of today, you can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailer Target. I’ll be adding links to the preorder via other retailers as they are listed.
MAJOR UPDATED #2: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook which will be exclusive to retailer Best Buy now available for preorder with the same 7/21 release date listed (pictured below).
MAJOR UPDATE #1: You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at online retailer Amazon. From the back of the package art (over there) we’ve learned that the tech specs for the release include 4K video in the 2.20:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and DTS:X sound. This is the “Extended” / “Restored Version” with 12 additional minutes and a 197-minute runtime. The release will come to 4K on a BD-66 disc. This will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will come with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart as well as a digital code (copy) of the film included. The bonus materials set to be included on the release (according to the back package art) are listed below.
“I Am Spartacus: A Conversation with Kirk Douglas”
Lastly, it’s worth noting that a Swedish 4K UHD Blu-ray of this film has already been announced, which ironically is listed to be coming out just a day before it does here in the United States. That would mean this release date, 7/21, which does indeed fall on a traditional Tuesday, stateside should be correct.
BREAKING: Six well-known films have all been restored in 4K and will be getting an exclusive release on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format via what is being called the “Columbia Classics: 4K Ultra HD Collection – Volume 1“ box set, which is set for a June 16th release, via Sony. The set, a limited-edition collection, will be literally limited with only what is said to be fewer than 8 thousand units produced — as quoted below from the press release:
The six films in the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special collector’s set with a limited-edition run of fewer than 8,000 units in the U.S
This 4K box set includes the following films:
“A League of Their Own” (1992)
directed by Penny Marshall
“Dr. Stranglelove: Or How…” (1964)
directed by Stanley Kubrick
directed by Richard Attenborough
“Jerry Maguire” (1996)
directed by Cameron Crowe
“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) [Restored]
directed by David Lean
“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)
directed by Frank Capra
UPDATE: I have now talked with the folks at Sony and have the full details on this release for you, via an extremely lengthy press release that you’ll be able to read in its entirety, further below after the break. The tech specs for the films include 4K video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and a variety of Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio sound mixes on the six different films. Lastly, regarding tech specs, it is worth noting that the film Gandhi will actually receive Dolby Vision and HDR10, in terms of video. You can find this 4K UHD Blu-ray box set already listed for preorder over at Amazon. Below (as mentioned) are the full details about this upcoming very limited box set.
BREAKING: The 1980 Stanley Kubrick directed version of the film “The Shining“ is officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format on October 1st, via Warner. The film, based on the novel by Stephen King, featured an unforgettable cast of Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. There’s going to also be a Steelbook that will be exclusive to retailer Best Buy (pictured above). That 4K Steelbook is already available for pre-order now over at Best Buy. The standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release is also now available for pre-order over at Best Buy.
UPDATE: This 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. The studio has issued a press release with some details about the upcoming 4K release. The tech specs for the release include 2160p video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range, although the aspect ratio has not yet been specified, with a lossless 5.1 sound mix – presumably in DTS-HD Master Audio. This will be in the 146-minute length version of the film. It’s worth noting that the very reputable Motion Picture Imaging Labs on the Warner lot was responsible for this remastering effort with help from Kubrick’s former personal assistant (Leon Vitali) and legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg. You’ll find all that info and a list of bonus materials as well set to be included further below, after the break.