“The Banana Splits Movie” comes to Blu-ray August

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The 2019 horror/comedy The Banana Splits Movie is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on August 27th via Warner. Yes, those loveable Hanna-Barbera children’s TV show characters are back and they’re edgy this time; like I mean, they’re really edgy. The film (rated R), directed by Danishka Esterhazy, stars Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Dani Kind, Romeo Carere, Steve Lund, and Sara Canning. This movie is also set to air at some point also on the SyFy TV network, although that remains to be announced. So, it just seems it’s pretty much a direct-to-video premiere for this movie. Hell, I’m surprised it exists!!

The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but you can very likely expect 1080p HD video and some form of perhaps lossless 5.1 sound — although that is yet to be confirmed. The Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” (certainly NOT for the whole family) with a DVD and digital copy of the film included. You can now find the film on Blu-ray Disc available to pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • Banana Splits: Behind the Horror
  • Terror on Set
  • Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre

Some further details about the release can be found below but first and foremost you’ll find the jaw-dropping trailer for the film. Be warned and most of all enjoy this below, after the break.

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Joe Dante film Gremlins comes to 4K in October

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The 1984 Joe Dante directed film Gremlins is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 1st, via Warner, according to an early alert to retailers. The film, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus, starred Zach GalliganPhoebe CatesHoyt Axton, Corey Feldman, and Dick Miller. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for an update. It is known that the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray and a digital copy of the film included. You can find the 4K UHD Blu-ray now available for pre-order (with release date listed) over at Best Buy. Speaking of Best Buy, the retailer will be getting an exclusive Steelbook for the 4K release (pictured below) which is also already available for pre-order. Stay tuned for further info regarding this upcoming release. I must say, that Steelbook cover art is pretty simplistic.

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UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take too long. The standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release is now listed as available for pre-order over at Amazon. Expect the price to drop significantly and they do have their “Pre-order price guarantee” if it drops. So, let the pre-orders begin! The press release has now been issued with details about the release, which you can find listed below, after the break.

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Pan’s Labyrinth comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray in October

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The 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 1st via New Line (Warner), according to an early alert to retailers. The film, from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro, starred Ivana BaqueroAriadna GilSergi López, Maribel Verdú, and Doug Jones. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for an update. You can find the film available now to pre-order over Amazon and Best Buy. It is known that the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray and a digital copy of the film included.

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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DC film Shazam! is coming to 4K and Blu-ray in July

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The 2019 DC film “Shazam!” starring Zachary Levi is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray format, Blu-ray Disc, and Blu-ray 3D formats on July 16th via Warner, according to an early alert to retailers. The film, based on the DC comics character and directed by David F. Sandberg, co-starred Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, and Meagan Good. The film has received much critic-acclaim during its theatrical run, in fact, it is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes.

UPDATE: Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. Tech specs for the Blu-ray release(s) include 1080p video and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround. All three releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, the Blu-ray will be getting a DVD, the Blu-ray 3D will be getting standard 2D Blu-ray, and a digital copy of the film will be included on each. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.

  • Shazam Exclusive Motion Comic
  • The Magical World of Shazam
  • Super Fun Zac
  • Carnival Scene Study
  • Shazamily Values
  • Who is Shazam?
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc are both now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are also listed for pre-order now over at retailer Target, featuring some different artwork. UPDATE #2: There’s a 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook coming as an exclusive over at retailer Best Buy (pictured below) which you can now find available for pre-order.shazam4k_steelbook_contents

NOTE: The Blu-ray 3D release is listed to be coming stateside directly over at Warner’s WBShop and in the UK over at retailer Zavvi. There’s no word yet if it will be coming to other retailers stateside, as it doesn’t have a listing over at Amazon or at any other retailers.

Jonny Quest: Complete Series on Blu-ray in June

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The classic 1964 animated TV series Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series is coming at some point in June to Blu-ray Disc via (and according to) Warner Archive Collection. They [Warner Archive] posted a tease to it yesterday to social media [Facebook] with some details, but no exact release date. UPDATE: The release date is June 11th. The show, a Hanna-Barbera production created by Doug Wildey, featured a voice cast of Tim Matheson (Johnny Quest), Mike Road (Roger T. ‘Race’ Bannon), Danny Bravo (Hadji), and Don Messick (Bandit). Johnny Quest as a show ran for a total of 26 episodes spanning across 1964 through 1965. All 26 of those episodes will be presented uncut, uncensored, and remastered! So, since there’s no exact release date but a tad bit of info regarding the release let’s start off with tech specs. It will be presented in 1080p HD video (from new masters) in the original 1.33:1 (4×3) aspect ratio with a (lossless) DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo sound mix. The set will span across three BD-50 Blu-ray Discs and it will also include the following bonus materials.

  • Jonny Quest: Adventures in Animation – featurette on animators
  • Double Danger: Special version of this episode with Quest Files – fun, facts and trivia
  • Jonny Quest Video Handbook
  • Vintage P.F. Flyers Sneaker Commercial

UPDATE: There’s now a pre-order listing, with the June 11th release date, both over at Amazon and directly at WBShop for the Blu-ray set. No sign yet of a pre-order listing on Amazon, though. So, stay tuned for an update on that. Further below, after the break, you can find a quote of what Warner Archive stated fully regarding the release as well as an unboxing video they posted on YouTube yesterday.

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DC Universe movie Batman: Hush on 4K and Blu-ray

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The DC Universe animated movie “Batman: Hush” is officially coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on August 13th via Warner. The animated film, based on the graphic novel (of the same title) written by Jeph Loeb, was directed by Justin Copeland and it features a voice cast of Jason O’Mara, Peyton List, Peyton List, Rebecca Romijn, Jennifer Morrison, Rainn Wilson, Jerry O’Connell, Tara Strong, Vanessa Williams, and Jason Spisak. Tech specs for the release have not been fully detailed but it has been obviously mentioned (in the press release) that the 4K will include HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range. Both films should receive 5.1 lossless mixes, likely in the DTS-HD Master Audio format, although that has not yet been confirmed. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray are both now available for pre-order over at Amazon. The release will both come in the form of “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray included, the Blu-ray getting a DVD included, and both getting a digital copy of the film. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.

  • DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock (Animated Short) – From executive producer and director Bruce Timm comes the first new DC Showcase animated short since 2011’s Catwoman, bringing DC Comics’ gritty World War II hero to animated life in an all-new adventure.
  • Batman: Love in Time of War (Featurette) – Dangerous. Seductive. Villain. Hero. This is the story of Selina Kyle and the relationship she has forged with the world’s greatest detective.
  • Audio Commentary – Executive Producer James Tucker, Director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker share their thoughts and insights on Batman: Hush.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.
  • From the DC Vault:
    • The Batman/Superman Hour: “The Underworld Underground Caper”
    • The Batman/Superman Hour: “Partners in Peril”

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement with further details regarding the upcoming releases of the film and its trailer.

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Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on 4K in October

 

BREAKING: The 1980 Stanley Kubrick directed version of the film The Shining is officially coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format on October 1st, via Warner. The film, based on the novel by Stephen King, featured an unforgettable cast of Jack NicholsonShelley DuvallDanny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. There’s going to also be a Steelbook that will be exclusive to retailer Best Buy (pictured above). That 4K Steelbook is already available for pre-order now over at Best Buy. The standard 4K UHD Blu-ray release is also now available for pre-order over at Best Buy.

UPDATE: This 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. The studio has issued a press release with some details about the upcoming 4K release. The tech specs for the release include 2160p video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range, although the aspect ratio has not yet been specified, with a lossless 5.1 sound mix – presumably in DTS-HD Master Audio. This will be in the 146-minute length version of the film. It’s worth noting that the very reputable Motion Picture Imaging Labs on the Warner lot was responsible for this remastering effort with help from Kubrick’s former personal assistant (Leon Vitali) and legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg. You’ll find all that info and a list of bonus materials as well set to be included further below, after the break.

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“Titans: The Complete First Season” on Blu-ray in July

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The DC live-action TV series Titans: The Complete First Season is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 16th via Warner. The show, as seen on the CW and DC Universe, features a cast of Teagan CroftBrenton ThwaitesAnna Diop, Ryan Potter, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, Curran Walters, and Rachel Nichols. Tech specs for the Blu-ray set include 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound, spanning across two BD-50 discs. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. A digital copy of all 11 episodes in the season will be included. Bonus materials set to be included on the Blu-ray release are listed below.

  • Raven and Robin Dark Rebirth
  • The Story of Titans
  • The Characters of Titans
  • The Making of Titans
  • Dick Grayson’s and Rachel Roth’s Dark Past
  • A Look at Vigilantes Hawk and Dove
  • The Identity of Titans Kory Anders/Starfire
  • Gar Logan’s Journey
  • Rachel’s Powers
  • The Doom Patrol Meets the Titans.
  • Jason Todd’s Robin
  • From Comic to Live-Action Adventure
  • Meet Wonder Girl
  • Dick Grayson’s Dark Past
  • World of Super Heroes and Vigilantes

Further below, after the break, you can find the full official announcement for this upcoming release.

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“The Matrix Trilogy” 4K Steelbook at Best Buy in June

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It appears The Matrix Trilogy will be getting an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook release on June 4th via Warner at retailer Best Buy. The films in the trilogy, already available individually on the 4K format, included:

  • “The Matrix” (1999)
  • “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003)
  • “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003)

The 3-disc set will include all three films in the trilogy in just their 4K versions only with no Blu-ray Disc counterparts. Digital copies of the films are said to be included. I’m not sure if this means these will lack bonus materials or not, as they are housed on the Blu-ray Disc for the first film. The first film, originally released back in 1999, is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. So, that’s likely the marketing choice made here by Warner. Considering the rather expensive price tag, I think only the ultimate fans will be making a purchase of the set. That being said, the 4K Steelbook set is now available for pre-order over at Best Buy.