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Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman remastered 4K in March

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The 2016 Zack Snyder film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the “Ultimate Edition” has been remastered and approved by the director and will be receiving a new 4K UHD Blu-ray release on March 23rd via Warner Archive, according to numerous retailers now. I had been reporting this as a RUMOR thread over on Twitter for a day or so and it’s becoming apparent that I was right. Still, this should be only considered a rumor until the title gets an official announcement from the studio [Warner], Warner Archive, or via Zack Snyder. The remastered version of this film will include the 183-minute “Ultimate Edition” with some color corrections and most importantly the correct 1.43:1 IMAX aspect ratio on those scenes and the shifts to and from the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

That said, it should come with the very same HDR10 and Dolby Atmos found on the previous 4K UHD Blu-ray release of the film, but nothing as of now has been officially confirmed. You can find the newly restored version of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” on 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Deep Discount and Target, and Walmart. The release will come with just a 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc and a digital code (copy) of the film included. There’s no word if bonus materials will be included with this release of the film or not. Considering that it doesn’t appear to include the Blu-ray, it would mean they would have to all be housed on the 4K disc. So, stay tuned regarding that when this hopefully gets a full official announcement and/or confirmation soon.

UPDATE #1: Well, I think we can consider it official now, folks, just lacking a press release, as the 4K UHD Blu-ray is now listed over on WBShop.com (as Warner Archive) as shown below.

UPDATE #2: It’s official. The “Batman v Superman” official Twitter account just shared a video and announced the release date that we all had been seeing and I was telling you from the start. This video is very much work checking out as it will show you how the aspect ratio shift from 2.35:1 to real IMAX 1.43:1 will work. This also confirms some color correction as well. See the tweet here (or embedded below).

EDITORIAL NOTE: This will mark the very FIRST 4K UHD Blu-ray release from Warner Archive if this turns out to be true. It’s pretty obvious that it is, so let’s now consider that Warner’s line of home video releases will include 4K titles in the future via the Warner Archives. I’ll be the first to say welcome to the 4K physical release scene, Warner Archive. And, until further information about this release comes along: “That’s All, Folks!!”

Space Ghost 1966 TV series on Blu-ray in October

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The 1966 TV show Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 13th via Warner Archive. The show, created by Alex Toth, ran from 1966 through 1968 for a total of 20 episodes. Space Ghost & Dino Boy featured the voice talent of Gary Owens (as “Space Ghost”), amongst others. The tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with a Mono sound mix (likely in DTS-HD Master Audio, although not specified). The release will span across two BD-50 (50 gigabytes) Blu-ray Discs.

UPDATE: the Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon.

Bonus material will include the following listed below.

  • “Documentary: Alex Toth – The Artist’s Artist: The Journey of a Master Cartoonist” (SD)

Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Vol. 2 Blu-ray in June

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More of the classic colored cartoon theatrical shorts of Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 2 are coming to Blu-ray Disc on June 18th via Warner Archive. Tech specs for the release include full 1080p HD video in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 sound. All of the shorts have been remastered in 4K from the original camera negatives. The 15 shorts set to be included on the release are as follows:

  • House Tricks?
  • Service with a Guile
  • Klondike Casanova
  • Peep in the Deep
  • Rocket to Mars
  • Rodeo Romeo
  • The Fistic Mystic
  • The Island Fling
  • Abusement Park
  • I’ll Be Skiing Ya
  • Popeye and the Pirates
  • The Royal-Four Flusher
  • Wotta Knight
  • Safari So Good
  • All’s Fair at the Fair

UPDATE: The Blu-ray Disc is now available to pre-order from Amazon and directly from WBShop. Further below, after the break, you can find some info Warner Archive has regarding this upcoming Blu-ray release.

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“Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1” on Blu-ray via Warner in December

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The original 1940s “Popeye The Sailor” color cartoon theatrical shorts have been scanned in 4K  for high definition release via Popeye The Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1 coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 11th via Warner Archive. The release will include a total of 14 color theatrical shorts spanning from 1943 to 1945. The shorts set to be included are as follows:

  • Her Honor The Mare
  • The Marry-Go-Round
  • We’re On Our Way To Rio
  • The Anvil Chorus Girl
  • Spinach Packin’ Popeye
  • Puppet Love
  • Pitchin’ Woo At The Zoo
  • Moving Aweigh
  • She-Sick Sailors
  • Pop-Pie A La Mode
  • Tops In The Big Top
  • Shape Ahoy
  • For Better Or Nurse
  • Mess Production

Tech specs for this release include 1080p video in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio with DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio sound. The video here comes from new 4K scans of the original nitrate technicolor film negatives. Here’s a bit more info on that (quoted from the press release):

“Popeye is one of the all-time great cartoon characters, but he hadn’t gotten a fair shake in the world of home entertainment until Warner released all of his black & white shorts,” said Leonard Maltin, animation historian, and author of Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. “What came next? The first Technicolor Popeye cartoons were also the last ones made under the aegis of the Fleischer Brothers, Max and Dave. Animation aficionados should welcome the opportunity to see these long-forgotten cartoons in such pristine condition, taken from the original 35mm negatives.”

“This is the first time anyone has gone back to the master nitrate negatives to ensure a crisper picture and vivid colors – nor have these films ever sounded so good,” said respected animation historian and author Jerry Beck. “The animators at this time, during the war years, were allowed to push the Popeye character forward, creating particularly zany plot lines and funny situations beyond the classic Popeye/Bluto rivalry for Olive Oyl. I’m particularly tickled over the cartoon where Bluto becomes a pseudo-Superman (courtesy of a licensed tie-in with DC Comics) and another where Popeye and Bluto romance Olive as marionette puppets. This was the ‘Golden Age’ of animation – and these are particularly strong cartoons that have been long in demand by animation buffs.”

This upcoming Blu-ray release can already be pre-ordered over at Warner Archive and Amazon. Below after the break you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming release with lots of further details.

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1984 film adaptation of “Supergirl” comes to Blu-ray in July via Warner Archive

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The 1984 film adaptation of DC Comics‘ “Supergirl” starring Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 24th, in a limited release via the Warner Archive Collection. You already can PRE-ORDER the title either over at Amazon or directly from Warner. This release obviously comes from Warner Brothers. Tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed, but you can for sure expect full 1080p HD video, no clue if it will be presented in the original theatrical 2.35:1 aspect ratio or not, and also no clue yet what sound format it will be presented in. Stay tuned for a possible update.

Bonus materials set to be included on the release, are listed below.

  • Brand New Remastered Version of International Theatrical Cut (124 min.)
  • Extended Cut (“Director’s Cut“) of the film in standard definition only, on DVD
  • The Making of Supergirl – vintage documentary
  • Audio Commentary by Director Jeannot Szwarc and Special Project Consultant Michael Bosco
  • Original Theatrical Trailer