2019 film Yesterday on 4K and Blu-ray September

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The 2019 Danny Boyle directed film “Yesterday” is coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on September 24th via Universal, according to retailers. The film, which uses music from The Beatles, stars Himesh PatelLily JamesSophia Di Martino, Ellise Chappell, and Joel Fry. Tech specs and bonus materials have not yet been detailed for either the 4K or Blu-ray releases yet, but stay tuned for an update. It is known (from art) that both releases will come in the form of “combo pack” with the 4K receiving a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and both including a digital copy (code) of the film. You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray both are available for pre-order now over at Amazon. Also, they are listed as coming soon (with the release date) over at Best Buy.

1978 Robert Zemeckis film “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” on Criterion Blu-ray in March

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The 1978 Robert Zemeckis directed film I Wanna Hold Your Hand is finally getting a Blu-ray Disc release on March 26th, via The Criterion Collection. The film, co-wrote by Bob Gale and produced by Steven Spielberg, featured a story involving teenagers traveling to see the legendary performance by The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” taping. The cast included Nancy AllenBobby Di CiccoMarc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman, Theresa Saldana, Wendie Jo Sperber, and Eddie Deezen.

The film has received a new 4K restoration, that was approved by both the director (Zemeckis) and co-writer (Bob Gale). Tech specs include 1080p in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The title on Blu-ray is available to pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials (and specific details regarding the restoration) are listed below.

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg
  • New interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale
  • The Lift (1972) and A Field of Honor (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis
  • Trailer and radio spots
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias
  • New cover by Manansseh Johnson

1994 film “Backbeat” based on The Beatles comes to Blu-ray in February

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The 1994 Iain Softley directed film Backbeat (about the early days of the legendary rock band The Beatles) is coming to Blu-ray Disc on February 19th, 2019 via Shout! Factory (on the Shout Select label). The biographical drama starred Sheryl Lee (as Astrid Kirchherr), Stephen Dorff (as Stuart Sutcliffe), Ian Hart (as John Lennon), Gary Bakewell (as Paul McCartney), Chris O’Neill (as George Harrison), Scot Williams (as Pete Best), Kai Wiesinger (as Klaus Voormann), Jennifer Ehle (as Cynthia Powell), Paul Duckworth (as Ringo Starr), and James Doherty (as Tony Sheridan).

Tech specs and bonus materials for this release have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, the title is now available for pre-order directly from Shout! Factory.

UPDATE: This Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon.