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RUMOR: John Carpenter’s They Live 4K stateside

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The 1988 John Carpenter film “They Live” might be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release stateside soon via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory), according to an early retailer listing. No release date is given but I’m thinking perhaps sometime this year like November or December? Fair warning, this is a RUMOR. So, take this with a grain of salt, but it seems maybe, just maybe, according to a retailer listing that this might be happening. The film is showing up listed over at retailer Target right now as THEY LIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (4K UHD/BLU-RAY) as you can see HERE (in case they remove the listing). It lists SHOUT FACTORY as the Movie Studio and Horror as the genre, as you’ll see there. Shout! Factory’s horror line of home video titles is Scream Factory, which has previously released this film on Blu-ray. So, this would be pretty logical, right?

Let’s be realistic here. This could have actually just leaked out a bit early? I’m only speculating here, folks. If it’s true, this could be huge news because the film itself has already been released on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format overseas in the UK back in 2018 and again in 2019 via Studiocanal, as well as in France. In fact, Studiocanal actually did 4K restorations of four John Carpenter films — all of which that Scream Factory currently distributes stateside. Let’s hope this turns out to be true and that more John Carpenter films are heading stateside to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format. Who knows, though? This could be nothing but I, as a huge fan of the director and this film, felt it was worth sharing with the horror community and 4K fans.

1990 film Total Recall 4K UHD Blu-ray December

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The 1990 film adaptation of Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 8th via Lionsgate, distributing for Studiocanal. The film, celebrating its 30th anniversary, has received a new 4K restoration, as you can find detailed below.

“Restored in 4K from a scan of the original 35mm negative” […] “Undertaken by STUDIOCANAL, the restoration was supervised by Paul Verhoeven himself. The restoration crew paid particularly high attention to preserving special-effects continuity, as Total Recall was one of the earliest films to use computer-generated images for special effects winning the Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects at the 1990 Academy Awards®.”

The film, directed by Paul Verhoeven & based on Philip K. Dick’s short story, co-starred Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, and Michael Ironside. Tech specs for the release include a 2160p presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in a 3-disc set, making it a “combo pack” with its Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film, as well as a Blu-ray bonus disc full of extras. Those discs and their contents are detailed below.

Disc 1 (4K Feature Film and Special Features):

  • Total Excess: How Carolco Changed Hollywood Documentary
  • “Open Your Mind: Scoring Total Recall” Featurette
  • “Dreamers Within the Dream: Developing Total Recall” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2 (Blu-ray Feature Film and Special Features):

  • “Open Your Mind: Scoring Total Recall” Featurette
  • “Dreamers Within the Dream: Developing Total Recall” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven

Disc 3 (Blu-ray – Special Features):                                               

  • Total Excess: How Carolco Changed Hollywood Documentary
  • Total Recall: The Special Effects” Featurette
  • “The Making of Total Recall” Featurette
  • “Imagining Total Recall” Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer

UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray, standard version, is now available for preorder over at Amazon and at retailer Best Buy. There’s still no listing yet on Amazon, but stay tuned for an update on that. Also, here’s the promotional official trailer from Studiocanal showcasing this new 4K restoration of the film via a video on YouTube (below).

Finally, it’s certainly worth noting that there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook release exclusive to retailer Best Buy, which is now available for preorder. You can find a glimpse of it below.

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Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the upcoming 4K release of this film.

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RUMOR: “Evil Dead II” is headed to 4K UHD Blu-ray in late October

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UPDATE: It now also appears that either the original 1981 film or the 2013 film (Evil Dead) will also be coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in October as well. It’s a bit confusing at this point, and still a rumor.

According to an early alert to UK retailer Zavvi, a 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook is going to be released of the 1987 Sam Raimi directed film “Evil Dead II” on October 29th in the UK via StudioCanal. It’s likely we will see this 4K UHD Blu-ray release come stateside around that time, probably right before Halloween. My guess would be we will see it released by Lionsgate in the United States on either October 23rd or October 30th, as they both fall on Tuesdays and are right before Halloween. As with all “rumors” take this with a grain of salt so-to-speak until we see official confirmation. Stay tuned for further updates. This news was originally reported by Bloody Disgusting.