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“Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” documentary on Blu-ray in December

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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.

“Death Race: Beyond Anarchy” is driving its way to Blu-ray Disc in early October

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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.

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Documentary “Three Identical Strangers” heading to Blu-ray Disc in early October

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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
  • Trailer

“The First Purge” on 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook comes to Best Buy in October

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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).

A 4K scan of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” on Blu-ray in a Steelbook this November

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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.

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Spike Lee produced sequel “Tales from the Hood 2” comes to Blu-ray in October

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The 2018 direct-to-video Spike Lee executive produced sequel Tales from the Hood 2 is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 2nd via Universal. The film was co-directed by Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott, writers of the original 1995 film. It’s worth noting, that co-writer / co-director Rusty Cundieff is not only known for directing the first film, but also for directing a bulk of the TV series “Chappelle’s Show” (2003-2006). The sequel “Tales from the Hood 2” stars Keith DavidBryan Batt, Lou Beatty Jr., Alexandria DeBerry, Bill Martin Williams, Martin Bradford, and Kendrick Cross.

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 a Digital Copy of the film included. The title is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. No bonus materials will be included. Lastly, you can find the trailer and official announcement for the release after the break below.

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Debra Granik film “Leave No Trace” with Ben Foster comes to Blu-ray in October

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The 2018 Debra Granik directed film Leave No Trace starring Thomasin McKenzie and Ben Foster is coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 2nd via Universal. The film is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes, with an astounding perfect 100% rating. Safe to say that critics all seemed to love this film. 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 title is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release can be found listed below.

  • A Digital Copy of the Film
  • Behind the Scenes Vignettes
  • Creating Leave No Trace
  • Location Scout Photo Gallery
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