The 2017 Michael Noer directed remake of the film “Papillon“ starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek is coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 6th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film is a remake of the 1973 film of the same title. Tech specs for the release include 1080p HD video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The title on Blu-ray is available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon. The only bonus materials set to be included on the release are a digital copy of the film and Deleted Scenes.
The 2018 Peter Berg directed film “Mile 22“ starring Mark Wahlberg is coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 13th via Universal, according to an early alert to retailers. The Blu-ray will come as a “combo pack” with a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film included. The title is available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and Best Buy – where the release date is listed. The film co-stars Lauren Cohan, John Malkovich, Iko Uwais, Carlo Alban, Natasha Goubskaya, and Ronda Rousey.
UPDATE: This title has now officially been announced by the studio. Tech specs for this release will include full 1080p HD video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound. Bonus materials set to be included are listed below.
- Overwatch: Follow the “Overwatch”, the para-military division in Mile 22, and explore the background and inspiration as to why this type of team was chosen for the film.
- Introducing Iko: A spotlight on world-renowned action star Iko Uwais and his experience with combat fighting, stunt work and choreographing his own scenes in the film.
- Iko Fight: Interview with Iko Uwais discussing his intense fight scenes from the practice room to the final shot.
- Bad Ass Women: A behind-the-scenes look with stars Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey along with writer Lea Carpenter, discussing stunts, intellectual smarts and the overall tenacity of the film’s female characters.
- BTS Stunts: An in-depth take on the creation of the action-packed stunts of Mile 22 with commentary from Director Peter Berg and the film’s stars.
- Modern Combat: Explore the concept of modern action cinema, where scenes are created and shot in real time with multiple cameras, mesmerizing cinematography and intense action stunts.
- Colombia: Take a tour Bogota, Colombia with the cast and filmmakers discussing key filming location points.
There is no mention or any indication that a 4K UHD Blu-ray version is coming stateside from this bit of news. However, it is worth noting that an Australian retailer (EZYDVD.au) is listing the title on 4K UHD Blu-ray for pre-order with a November release date (a tad bit further off than stateside). This is worth noting, even if a 4K version doesn’t get released stateside, as ALL 4K UHD Blu-ray titles are REGION FREE – meaning they will play anywhere in the world, unlike Blu-ray and DVD (which a region locked). Stay tuned for further details as this title should be getting officially announced soon by the studio. Perhaps soon we will know if or if not a 4K version will be released here in the United States.
Below, after the break, you can find the official announcement for this release.
The 2018 direct-to-video sequel “Scorpion King: Book of Souls“ starring Zach McGowan is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 23rd via Universal. The film, directed by Don Michael Paul, co-stars Pearl Thusi, Nathan Jones, Katy Louise Saunders, Mayling Ng, Howard Charles, Inge Beckmann and Peter Mensah. Tech specs include full 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a DVD and Digital Copy of the film included. It’s available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. No bonus materials are set to be included. It’s worth noting that “The Scorpion King: 5-Movie Collection“ (including this new film) is coming to Blu-ray Disc on the very same day (October 23rd). Below, after the break, you can find the artwork for that set and official announcement for the release of the latest film.
Universal has finally unveiled the official photos and details for that “Limited Edition” box set of “The Big Lebowski” on 4K UHD Blu-ray, and it’s quite the sight to behold. The Dude would abide. The set will include (as pictured above) a collectible bag, a bowling ball pencil holder, a polishing cloth (rug) and sweater packaging (to hold the 4K release). “The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition“ set, slated for an October 16th release, is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon – priced more affordably than you’d expect. Go have a look for yourself, and see.
Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray releases include full 2160p 4K video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and DTS: X sound. No new bonus materials are slated to be included on either this version, or the standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release. For more information on the release and such refer to our previous news story, that came from a rumor that turned out to be true. That’s where some of you have may have seen this packaging (or similar) from: the Italian import available that spawned the rumor. Further below, after the break, you can find even more photos of this box set.
The 2018 Wim Wenders directed documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 4th via Universal. This documentary has been well received by the critics, carrying a “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes with a 88% rating – at time of writing. Tech specs for the release include full 1080p HD video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The release will come with a Digital Copy of the film included. No bonus materials are slated to be included. The documentary on Blu-ray is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon.
The 2018 sequel “Death Race: Beyond Anarchy“ is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 2nd via Universal. The sequel, being released direct-to-video, was directed by Don Michael Paul, and stars Zach McGowan, Danny Glover, Fred Koehler, Christine Marzano, as well as Danny Trejo. The Blu-ray will include an UNRATED “& UNHINGED” cut of the film, as the cover and promotional material tout. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a DVD and Digital Copy of the film included. Tech specs for the release include full 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. This title can already be found to PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and Best Buy. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
- Inside the Anarchy: Filmmakers and cast describe how this chapter of the Death Race franchise stands out from the rest. From new locations, to a fleet of new cars, to a new star in Zach McGowan, see why Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is the deadliest Death Race yet!
- Time Served: Lists & Goldberg: Hear Death Race franchise veterans Fred Koehler and Danny Trejo discuss what it’s like to be back playing Lists and Goldberg, and how their characters have changed.
- On the Streets of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy: Director Don Michael Paul and cast explain how the stunt work gave the production a uniquely energetic feel.
- Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Don Michael Paul and Star Zach McGowan
Below, after the break, you can find the official announcement for the release.
The 2018 Tim Wardle directed, critically-acclaimed, documentary “Three Identical Strangers“ is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 2nd via Universal. The documentary tells the unique story of three identical twins that were separated at birth. They never even knew they had biological siblings, let alone identical twins of themselves out there. The three men were all adopted, and would later find out of being separated at birth. This film is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes, where it carries an impressive 97% rating.
Tech specs for the release include full 1080p HD video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, while audio format and configuration have not yet been detailed. Stay tuned for an update there on the audio specs. The film on Blu-ray is now already available to PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and Best Buy. NOTE: The artwork (pictured above) was taken from retailer Best Buy, although Amazon features slightly different artwork. The studio hasn’t official released finalized art on the press site, so I’m not sure which (if either) will be the final art. Just letting you all know that, in case you notice and wonder. The Blu-ray release will come with a Digital Copy of the film included. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
- Q&A with David Kellman, Robert Shafran, Brenda Galland, Ellen Cervone, and Director Tim Wardle
- Feature Commentary with Director Tim Wardle and Editor Michael Harte
- Photo Gallery
The 2018 film “The First Purge“ is not only coming to 4K and Blu-ray (as reported) but it’s also going to be getting an Exclusive Steelbook 4K UHD Blu-ray release over at Best Buy. The Steelbook version, and other version of the film will be available on October 2nd, via Universal. “The First Purge“ 4K Steelbook is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Best Buy.
It’s also worth noting (as mentioned in my previous post) that the other three films in this franchise will also be getting Exclusive Steelbooks of their 4K UHD Blu-ray releases at Best Buy on the same date (10/2). Those Steelbooks for those films can be found linked to below by title for their pre-order listings (slightly more affordable, priced at under $20 each).
The 1982 John Carpenter directed film “The Thing” starring Kurt Russell is coming to Blu-ray Disc in a Limited Edition Steelbook release on November 6th via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory) in collaboration with Universal Studios. The release, set to span across a 3-disc set, will include both an all-new 4K scan of the film on the first disc, as well as a 2K scan of the interpostive approved by the Director of Photography. Tech specs include full 1080p HD video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio for both scans of the film. The audio (at least on the 2K scan) will come in two options: a 4.1 mix “Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack” and a 5.1 mix, with likely both being presented in DTS-HD Master Audio. I’d expect the 4K scan will get a 5.1 mix – although it has not yet been detailed.
This new Blu-ray Disc Steelbook is not yet available for pre-order over at Amazon or Best Buy, but stay tuned for an update. However, it is available to PRE-ORDER directly from Shout! Factory‘s shop, where they’re including a FREE bonus 28.5″ X 16.5″ rolled litograph poster – to the first 1,500 customers who order. The 3-disc set (as mentioned) will include two versions of the film from two different scans, and those scans are detailed a bit below after the break.