Steel Magnolias is coming to Blu-ray Disc in late May

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The 1989 film Steel Magnolias is coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 28th via Sony, according to retailers. The film, directed by Herbert Ross, starred Sally Field, Dolly PartonShirley MacLaine, Daryl HannahOlympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, and Tom Skerritt. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not been detailed but you can for sure expect it to receive 1080p HD video and 5.1 lossless sound (presumably in DTS-HD Master Audio). The Blu-ray is available to pre-order over at Amazon and Best Buy.

EDITOR NOTE: This title had previously been released on the Blu-ray format back in 2012 by Twilight Time. That release featured the audio mix I suggested as well as a lossless 2.0 Stereo mix. No word yet if this will contain the same two audio mix options or not.

“Alien” gets a 40th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray in April

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The 1979 Ridley Scott directed sci-fi thriller Alien is getting a “40th Anniversary” 4K UHD Blu-ray release on April 23rd via Fox, as officially announced today. The film featured a cast of Sigourney WeaverTom SkerrittJohn Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, and Ian Holm. The 4K release will be sporting a new 4K restoration that was supervised by the director himself, as you can see quoted (from the press release) below.

The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans were done at EFilm.

Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS-HD Master Audio sound in 5.1 for both versions of the film and also in a 4.1 configuration for the Theatrical Version. Yes, this is the same audio as found as the previously released Blu-ray. The release will come in a form of “combo pack” with the Blu-ray and a digital copy of the film included.

UPDATE: The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and quite affordable.

It’s known that there will also be a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook available, pictured below.

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The 4K release will include both the original 1979 Theatrical Version and the 2003 Director’s Cut of the film. Details about and bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

ALIEN 40th Anniversary Bonus Features:

  • 1979 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Director’s Cut
  • 2003 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott and the Cast & Crew
  • 1999 Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Composer’s Original Isolated Score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 Theatrical Version Only)
  • Deleted Scenes

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

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RUMOR: 1979 Ridley Scott film “Alien” coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray early next year

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1979 Ridley Scott directed Sci-Fi classic “Alien” may come to 4K UHD Blu-ray early next year, according to fansite AvP Galaxy, which reports that a Czech retailer (FilmArena) has a listing already up for the film in a 4K UHD Blu-ray release, which I’ve confirmed, and you can see HERE for yourself. The release date that is listed over there is January 5th. However, that fansite is reporting that you can see this come out sometime around, or specifically April 26th 2019Alien Day. Regardless of which month next year it will be coming out, the film coming to 4K next year would definitely make sense, as in 2019 the film will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. So far, no retailers in the United States are listing the title on 4K for pre-order, yet. As with all RUMOR posts, take this with a “grain of salt” so-to-speak, and wait for an official announcement from the studio (Fox). Lastly, I’d like to give credit to our friends over at Bloody-Disgusting for first reporting this. Stay tuned for any further developments on this possible upcoming 4K release.