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5 Certifiably Cool Finds Fashion It-Girls Will Embrace This Season

These will have you bound to make an entrance.

My Group Chat Is Lit With These Rihanna Outfits, so I Thought I'd Share

Lessons from the queen of street style.

Street Style Is Back, and These 15 Looks Understood the Assignment

Tons of inspiration ahead.

Oversized Sweaters Over EverythingaHere's 11 Ways to Style One Flawlessly

Cozy but also so chic.

10 Lingerie Trends Every French, British, and NYC Girl Is Wearing

Because everyone wears it.

Derms Say This Skincare Ingredient May Give You Smoother and Plumper Skin

It's a winner.

The 5 Simple Fall Trends I Like Best Are All Available at Nordstrom Now

Easy yet forward looks.

Now Is the Perfect Time to Try At-Home Laser Hair RemovalaThese Ones Work

Plus, tips from a dermatologist on how to use them.

Skincare Slugging Is Going Viral, But a Derm Warns About These Dos and Don'ts

Here's what we know.

Friend to FriendaYour Manicure Will Look So Much Chicer With This Color Addition

Trust.

If You Love Hailey Bieber's Style, Here Are 8 Things to Buy For Fall

She's the expert.

I'm Pulling Up in Square-Toe Boots Till Further NoticeaDon't Be Boring, Join Me

Pointy shoes to the back.

SJP's $215 Dress Is About to Become a New Carrie Bradshaw Classic

And it's still in stock.

Black Boots, Who? 21 Red Pairs That Are Coming in Hot (Sorry, Had To)

Add the trend to your fall style.

18 Extremely Cool Sweaters That Are as Much of a Vibe as Kendall Jenner's

I'm inspired.

If You Only Try 4 Fall Trends, It Should 100% Be These

Trust.

An Honest Review of Sunday Riley's 10 Buzziest Products

So you know just what to buy.

Bought by You: The 25 Most Purchased Fashion Items of September

The best part? Every piece is under $100.

J.Lo Just Wore Leggings, Trendy Jeans, and So Much More in NYC

She knew we'd be watching.

25 Cotton Thongs That Are Cool and Comfortable

Stock up.

These 5 Fall Staples Will Instantly Upgrade Your Wardrobe, and They're Under $70

So many options.

So You're Going Back Into the Officea15 Cool Outfits to Spice Up Your Rotation

All of them are simple and stylish.

We Found Them: 13 Mascaras That Won't Irritate Your Eyes

They'll also pump up the volume.

I Have All My Fall Weekend Looks PlannedaTake a Peek

From apple picking to chill errands.

Packing Problem Solved: 29 Fall and Winter Shoes That'll Fit in Your Suitcase

The struggle is real.

Behold: 13 Mesmerizing Beauty Trends From the Spring 2022 Runways

And the products you should snap up ASAP.

15 Books That Are Crucial to Your Fashion Education

Read these for the ultimate expertise.

I Spent Hours Scouring Shopbop's Fall Boot Selectiona30 Pairs Worth Buying Now

One of each, please.

With These 20 Pieces in Your Closet, I Guarantee You'll Always Know What to Wear

Remove "I have nothing to wear" from your vocabulary.

Wait, You Won't Believe These Insanely Stylish Pieces Are From Amazon

And under $50, no less.

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Two Different Peels Both Effective in Treating Acne

Chemical peels using either alpha-hydroxy acid or beta-hydroxy acid are both highly effective in treating mild to moderately severe facial acne, researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have found – the first study to compare the two different types of acid peels as therapies for the skin disorder. Peels using beta-hydroxy acid (or BHA) had slightly fewer side effects and results that lasted a bit longer than did peels using alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA), the study found. But overall, both types of treatments were similarly effective in reducing lesions caused by acne vulgaris, the medical term for common facial acne, which affects some 85 percent of all people 12 to 24 years old. “This is good news for the millions of Americans who suffer from mild to moderately severe facial acne,” said Dee Anna Glaser, M.D., vice chair and professor of dermatology at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. “This provides more options for patients and doctors to chose from when it comes to tailoring a treatment program for each individual.”

Laser useful for severe facial acne

Laser treatment can reduce inflammatory facial acne lesions with few side effects, new research shows. Moreover, it appears to work even with the darkest skin types. The findings, which appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, are based on a study of 22 patients, with light to dark skin types, who underwent three treatments with the laser - specifically a1450-nanometer diode laser - at 3 to 4 week intervals. The subjects received treatment at high or low doses on the left or the right side of the face, the report indicates.

After pills, gels keep acne at bay

People with severe acne who achieve clearer skin with a combination of an oral antibiotic and anti-acne gels applied to the skin are often able to maintain their clearer complexion by using gels alone, according to two studies in the Archives of Dermatology. “This approach is especially attractive in an environment with rising concerns ... regarding long-term antibiotic use,” note the authors of one report. For some people, acne may be so severe that a doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics and a gel containing retinoids derived from vitamin A that is applied directly to the skin. But because acne can return, “maintenance” therapy is often needed, and keeping patients on long-term oral antibiotics is not ideal.

Low-dose isotretinoin effective for moderate acne

Low doses of isotretinoin (brand name, Roaccutane or Accutane) are effective for treating moderate acne, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. “The efficacy of isotretinoin at (regular doses) in the treatment of acne is well established and considered safe, although sometimes not easily tolerated because of its cutaneous side effects,” Dr. Marcelo H. Grunwald, of Soroka University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and colleagues write. The researchers tested a lower dose, to see if it worked while reducing side effects, in a study of 638 patients with moderate acne. The participants were divided into two age groups - 495 who were 12 to 20 years of age, and 122 who were 21 to 35 years of age - and were treated with 20 milligrams of isotretinoin daily for six months.

Differin safe, effective combo therapy for acne

Differin (adapalene gel 0.1%) used in combination with either topical or oral antibiotics is safe and effective for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe acne. Results of a phase IV multicenter trial were presented in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. The 12-week study of the topical retinoid gel involved 1,979 patients and more than 400 practicing dermatologists. The dermatologists were given free rein to add other retinoids, benzalkonium chloride and topical or oral antibiotics as needed to patients with hard-to-control acne.

Acne drug limits burdensome, doctors say

A plan to prevent birth defects from a widely used acne drug is placing heavy burdens on doctors, patients and pharmacists and should be halted until flaws can be fixed, doctors said on Friday. The restrictions on Roche AG’s Accutane or generic versions are so cumbersome and time-consuming they may send patients to the Internet, where medicines may be counterfeit and there are no safeguards to prevent pregnancy, critics said. Accutane is the only drug approved for severe scarring acne that does not respond to other therapies. The drug can cause serious birth defects or miscarriages, and several attempts have been made since its 1982 approval to prevent pregnancies among women taking the drug.

Iodine intake may play a part in teen-age acne

Dermatologists seem to agree that something in milk and dairy products may be linked to teen-age acne. But is it hormones and “bioactive molecules,” as a study in the journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggested, or is there something else? University at Buffalo dermatologist Harvey Arbesman, M.D., says there could be something else: Iodine.

Teen acne tied to better heart health in men

The activity of male hormones, androgens, can give rise to acne during adolescence, but may also protect against Coronary heart disease in adulthood, UK researchers report. However, androgens also appear to be associated with an increased risk of dying from Prostate cancer, the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests.

Home and over-the-counter treatment

Here are general tips to prevent your acne from getting worse   Wash the face twice a day with a gentle soap. Washing your face more often than that may irritate and dry your skin. Avoid hot water. Using hot water can make your acne worse.   Do not use facial scrubs, astringents and masks unless your doctor has recommended them, because these generally irritate the skin and aggravate acne.   Do not squeeze, pick, scratch or rub your skin. Squeezing pimples often leads to infections, worse acne and scars.   Avoid extreme stress � if necessary, seek counselling and follow a stress management programme. Stress cannot cause acne, but may aggrevate it.

Acne: Skincare in your forties

The big four-oh can be an emotional milestone, but it’s also an important time for your skin. You’ll notice that your skin tone is a little duller and your pores look bigger. This is also the decade that you can expect to see the signs of sun damage: freckles, age blotches, age spots and discoloration. You may need to see a dermatologist for advice on how to mask these marks. Other bad habits such as smoking and squinting could also conspire to make you look older than you are.

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Lessons from the queen of street style.

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Tons of inspiration ahead.

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Cozy but also so chic.

10 Lingerie Trends Every French, British, and NYC Girl Is Wearing

Because everyone wears it.

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It's a winner.

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Easy yet forward looks.

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Plus, tips from a dermatologist on how to use them.

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Here's what we know.

Friend to FriendaYour Manicure Will Look So Much Chicer With This Color Addition

Trust.

If You Love Hailey Bieber's Style, Here Are 8 Things to Buy For Fall

She's the expert.

I'm Pulling Up in Square-Toe Boots Till Further NoticeaDon't Be Boring, Join Me

Pointy shoes to the back.

SJP's $215 Dress Is About to Become a New Carrie Bradshaw Classic

And it's still in stock.

Black Boots, Who? 21 Red Pairs That Are Coming in Hot (Sorry, Had To)

Add the trend to your fall style.

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I'm inspired.

If You Only Try 4 Fall Trends, It Should 100% Be These

Trust.

An Honest Review of Sunday Riley's 10 Buzziest Products

So you know just what to buy.

Bought by You: The 25 Most Purchased Fashion Items of September

The best part? Every piece is under $100.

J.Lo Just Wore Leggings, Trendy Jeans, and So Much More in NYC

She knew we'd be watching.

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Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 10, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Approaching the halfway mark already for the month of October already! Had your fill of pumpkin spice snacks, beer and other things yet? Awaiting delivery of your Scream Factory Halloween 4K releases? On Amazon, Halloween II is supposedly not shipping til the end of the month at best. Best Buy and Target have issues too. Invite Michael Myers to Thanksgiving Dinner?!??

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 21 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Another big week money wise for 4K discs.

New releases first. From 20th Century Studios, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds. Available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Target Exclusive. I totally missed this one so I cannot even pretend to describe the premise. What's with the pink bunny suit?

 

The other new release this week is LionsGate's The Green Knight. This one had pretty good fanfare with the reviewers and moviegoers.

Moving on to catalog titles, first we look at one of Brian De Palma's legacies, referring to Carlito's Way. Available as a standard release and as a SteelBook edition, which again is absent from Amazon. These SteelBooks seem to only crop up at Best Buy and Target.

 

A set many have been looking forward to since Volume 1, Columbia Classics Volume 2 finally sees light of day after some delay. A couple of the titles I question, but there is certainly something for everyone, it includes Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network.

 

Inglourious Basterds makes its way to 4K in a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, because you know, Brad Pitt and company, right?

And finally, Kino Lorber releases Stephen King's movie adaptation Misery. Our review is already done for this one and it looks like KLSC has done a stellar job!

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

As far as blu-ray releases, this week hits a bit of a low, which is fine because overall the month is still red hot, and the 4K slate above hits me bad enough.

New release counterparts first, Free Guy and The Green Knight get theirs.

LionsGate's other obligatory appearances on the blu-ray release calendar includes The Colony (2021), an Escape Plan triple feature and Survive the Game. They also have three reissues this week.

Warner Archive has got a couple this week. Black Lightning: The Complete Fourth and Final Season and The Ghost Ship / Bedlam (Double Feature).

 

Warner Bros. releases a show that keeps on going, The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season.

Paramount releases Friday the 13th: 8-Movie Collection as a SteelBook this go round. TV mini-series The Haunting of Bly Manor gets a disc release this week. Also available as a double-feature that includes The Haunting of Hill House.

 

The Criterion Collection release of the week is High Sierra, a 1941 crime/adventure film starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart.

Normally I do not repeat release news for titles I already reported on that got subsequently delayed. This week I make that exception because it's news worthy. Arrow Video's 'fat-pack' release of Legend is sure to be sold out early. Also delayed but available now, He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection and The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch. [EDIT] TheSnake Girl and Silver-Haired Witch delayed once again[EDIT]

 

Slow week for anime, highlight (singular) would be Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear - Season 1.

Friday release, 1 concert, a couple of operas.

>Chicago - Double Feature: Now More Than Ever: History Of/The Terry Kath Experience
>Donizetti: Le Nozze in Villa
>Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Notable announcements from last week:

Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gets a street date on November 30th. Presently slated for 4K combo pack and a blu-ray release, it no doubt will be met with a Best Buy SteelBook and a Target Eclusive.

Shout! Factory's December batch of titles has been revealed. Currently Cartoon Saloon's Irish Folklore Trilogy, Going Berserk (Shout Select), Lady in a Cage, No Way to Treat a Lady, Trog and The Vampire Lovers (Collector's Edition) are listed as being released on the 14th or 21st. These titles join the already announced December titles of Shirobako: The Movie, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Krampus: The Naughty Cut (4K Ultra HD).

ClassicFlix will be releasing The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 1 on blu-ray December 14th.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?




The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series Blu-ray Coming October 26th Detailed

He might not like it, but we love it when he gets angry! 

As we previously reported, all five seasons of the classic The Incredible Hulk series is coming to Blu-ray on October 26th! Starring the late, great Bill Bixby as anger-prone David Banner with Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk, the show ran for five seasons spanning 82 episodes and three made-for-television followup films. After doing some leg work trying to find out more about this release, we have some more details to share. 

This will be a 19-disc set holding all 82 episodes and two of the three made-for-television films - they didn't tell us specifically which ones but likely The Incredible Hulk Returns and Trial of the Incredible Hulk. There won't be a digital copy included. Each episode will also feature DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio mixes. 

Not to skimp things with this release, Universal is also plugging in a nice selection of bonus features to dig through:

They're not sending out advance review copies, but we'll absolutely be picking this one up and will share our thoughts as soon as we can! The set is up for pre-order and should street on October 26th if all goes well and there aren't any serious supplychain issues. 

Thanks for all of the pre-orders - they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running! 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - October 3, 2021 - October 9, 2021

If you buy 4K discs, starting this month you will begin to feel big time wallet fatigue. But remember, if you want the studios continue to releases your favorites on disc, your obligation is to purchase them. If you purchase them via our links we can continue to  provide you with the news and reviews that you have (hopefully) come to look forward to and enjoy. We appreciate your continued support.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 20 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Normally we start with catalog titles first. There are so many to cover that I will break from the norm and list the single new release title first.

Space Jam: A New Legacy gets a pair of releases, a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook. That SteelBook is coined to look like the original movie's SteelBook, pretty blah.

Most of this week's catalog releases all have a 'horror' theme, which is pretty appropriate for the month of October.

American Psycho gets a reissue as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Decent design, the slip cover acts as a mask. You're welcome by the way, I had bought the standard release literally before this release was announced.

 

Another reissue, but in reverse. Originally available as a SteelBook or as a multi-movie collection, The Hunt for Red October now gets a single sku standard edition release.

Next, Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection gets a box set release that contains Dracula (90th Anniversary), Frankenstein (90th Anniversary), The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man (80th Anniversary) along with a bunch of extras. If that's not enough, also vying for your attention, individual SteelBook releases of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. I suspect they passed (for now) on one for The Invisible Man because it is not celebrating a milestone. Completionists will have to import it if they want it (for now).

 

Ha-ppy ha-ppy hal-o'ween. Finally, Michael Myers in 4K. Scream Factory is releasing Halloween (1978), Halloween II, Halloween III Season of the Witch, Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers. These releases are all pretty packed with extra features. Will they release all five (and beyond) as a single set? Maybe, but probably not.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Space Jam: A New Legacy gets a blu-ray release, a Target Exclusive Edition and a double-feature blu-ray release.

From Paramount, Audrey Hepburn: 7-Movie Collection. It's a nice way to have seven of her movies in one set. The only new title to the mix though is Paris When It Sizzles. From the 'MOD' label, Dead Again, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Time Machine (2002) and What Lies Beneath.

 

CBS TV via Paramount releases the 2020 mini-series The Stand and a double feature featuring both the 2020 and classic series.

From Sony, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions as a blu-ray, not 4K disc. Sort of figured a new release would have both.

Warner Archive Collection releases the long awaited Night Shift (1982) and Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 this week. Under the standard label, The Nevers, Season 1 Part 1 gets released this week.

 

A week wouldn't be complete without a Criterion Collection release. This week there is just one title, Japanese horror Onibaba.

Animation/Anime highlights include Golden Kamuy: Season Three, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor: TV Series, Little Vampire, Nakaimo-My Little Sister Is Among Them!, Night of the Animated Dead and Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

LionsGate has made it official, Ran will be making its way to 4K disc as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. It will feature English and Japanese DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio. Currently it is sitting at $20... not bad for a 4K SteelBook!

Speaking of Best Buy, they have an order link and have revealed cover artwork for The Wolf of Wall Street's 4K SteelBook. It's not listed as an exclusive so an Amazon link will likely be available soon. Check out the front cover here, but I warn you, it's pretty hideous.

Sony Pictures has announced a Karate Kid 4K collection. It will feature the original three Karate Kid movies starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. Our wallets cannot get a break any time soon!

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?




Sweep The Leg! The Karate Kid Collection Coming to 4K December 7th

You can practice your Wax On and Wax Off just in time for the holidays!  

Sony will bring John G. Alvidson's Karate Kid Trilogy to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on December 7th in a deluxe 6-Disc set! 

The Karate Kid Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Each film in the set arrives with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio along with bonus features.

Take a look at the press release for all the gory details:


SYNOPSES
THE KARATE KID
From Academy Award®-winning director John G. Avildsen (1976, ROCKY) comes the highly entertaining, coming-of-age classic that will have you cheering! Starring Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki “Pat” Morita in his Academy Award®-nominated performance (Best Supporting Actor, 1984) as Mr. Miyagi.
 
THE KARATE KID PART II
Returning with Daniel (Ralph Macchio) to his Okinawa home for the first time in 45 years, Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita) encounters Yukie (Nobu McCarthy), the woman he left behind when he immigrated to America.
 
THE KARATE KID PART III
Daniel is in danger of losing it all when he places pride before principle in this powerful sequel to the hit feature films.
DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS
THE KARATE KID
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Mastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + theatrical stereo audio
  • NEW: Deleted Scenes
  • “Remembering The Karate Kid”– A reflective look back with stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Martin Kove
  • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC™
  • Feature presented in high definition
  • English 5.1 
  • Blu-Pop™ Pop-Up Track
  • Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
  • "The Way of The Karake Kid" Multi-Part Making-Of Featurette
  • "Beyond the Form" Featurette
  • "East Meets West: A Composer's Notebook"
  • "Life of Bonsai" Featurette
THE KARATE KID PART II
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + theatrical stereo audio
  • NEW: Commentary with Ralph Macchio and Tamlyn Tomita
  • NEW: Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC
  • Feature presented in high definition
  • English 5.1
  • Blu-Pop™ Pop-Up Track
  • Original Featurette: “The Sequel”
THE KARATE KID PART III
4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + theatrical stereo audio
  • Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC
  • Feature presented in high definition
  • English 5.1
CAST AND CREW
Directed By: John G. Avildsen
Produced By: Jerry Weintraub
Written By: Robert Mark Kamen
“The Karate Kid” Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, William Zabka
“The Karate Kid Part II” Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Martin Kove, Yuji Okumoto
“The Karate Kid Part III” Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith, Martin Kove

 
SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 127 minutes / 113 minutes / 112 minutes
Rating: PG
Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo DTS-HD MA

Open Up Some Szechuan Sauce - Rick & Morty Season Five Teleports To Blu-ray December 7th

Wubba-lubba-dub-dub! 

 

Mark December 7th on the calendar. The latest adventure of Rick and his wayward grandson Morty and their wild intergalactic adventures hits Blu-ray in a two-disc plus Digital release from Warner Brothers. In addition to all ten 22-minute episodes - you're getting a full slate of bonus features:

Pre-orders are now live! 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - September 26, 2021 - October 2, 2021

Coming Soon (like, the end of this week) - OCTOBER! As 'holidays' go, there's just something about Halloween.

For historical tidbits this week, in 1954 The Tonight Show debuts with host Steve Allen, then 8 years later Johnny Carson takes over. Hamlet directed by and starring Laurence Olivier opens at Park Avenue Cinema in 1948, then goes on to win Best Picture in 1949. MacGyver debuts on ABC in 1985. The Flintstones debuts in 1960.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 19 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

This week we see another reprieve for 4K discs. There are just a couple of titles listed this week.

From Arrow Video, Children of the Corn gets the 4K Special Edition treatment. For Arrow Releases, this means it is mostly a movie-only release, with limited extras. If you would like a heftier version, there is a trilogy available to import, which includes the first movie in 4K, and the first two sequels in HD, along with a little bit of swag.

 

Getting a reissue this week as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, Rob Zombie's 3 From Hell.

The Transformers: The Movie 35th Anniversary gets a standard case release this week.

For NEW content, just when you thought the series was over, The Forever Purge comes along and gets a 4K disc this week.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

As far as quantity of Blu-ray titles, this week is virtually identical to last week.

Blu-ray counterparts first, The Forever Purge gets a Blu-ray/DVD combo as well as the expected 5-Movie Collection. The Transformers: The Movie 35th Anniversary also gets a blu-ray release as well this week.

On to new stuff. LionsGate's lone release of the week is an action/drama titled Twist.

From the Warner Archive Collection, The Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera.

Criterion Collection has more than one release this week. First, a drama/war film titled The Damned, featuring several language options and a handful of extras. The other release this week is Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films. It is a 5-disc collection featuring the man that jolted independent cinema. For the latter, Melvin just passed away last week. My fear is that this will be bought up by resellers, as when someone passes, their works get bought up in droves.

 

Anime highlights this week include 10 Tokyo Warriors - The Final Battle, Case Closed: The Darkest Nightmare, Robotech - Collector's Edition, Robotech - Part 1 (The Macross Saga) and To Love Ru Darkness 2 - Complete Collection.

 

Honorable Mention: Severin Films brings us Drop Dead Fred to the U.S. this week.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Warner Bros. has revealed that the 2021 Sci-Fi/Thriller Reminiscence will be released on 4K disc and blu-ray on November 16th. It will feature a Dolby Atmos track and several extras.

From the looks of listings on Amazon, MVD Visual will be distributing Twilight Time titles. Twilight Time was bought out by Screen Archives Entertainment. The Man from Hong Kong, Messalina, Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye and Venom (1971) aka The Legend Of Spider Forest appear to be in the first batch. These titles were released earlier this year on the Screen Archives site, they will be released on December 14th by MVD.

Arrow Video has announced their December slate of titles. This batch currently has no 4K titles listed so our wallets might just get a break. The only actual new title is My Stepmother Is an Alien. Giallo Essentials gets a 'Yellow Edition'.

Jungle Cruise now has a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook in the mix. We have order links for that one, the standard 4K and the blu-ray, and the street date is confirmed to be November 16th.

Arrow Video's release of Legend has been delayed two weeks. I had it in this article, but literally two days before publish, it got delayed. It would also appear several titles that were 'released' a couple of weeks ago were quietly delayed to October 12th. Just an observation, Arrow's supply chain seems more impacted than other studios. Do they have a bit too much wishful thinking instead of what is realistic?

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?




Will Work For 4K - October 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide

Year after year this keeps happening. In the build-up to the holidays, all of the major studios and boutique houses unload their best stuff. Fan favorites, obscure gems, and the latest theatrical releases (if they got one) all crush online retailers and brick and mortar stores - and decimate our wallets. After an already intensely expensive September, October is setting up to be a record-breaker. If you have anything left in the bank that's not earmarked for food or bills, we've assembled the new U.S. Domestic releases and some of the import titles from the E.U. we're looking to cover ASAP. As always, your pre-orders are much appreciated!

OCTOBER 2021 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY RELEASE GUIDE 


New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - October 5th, 2021

Not to start things off too slowly for the spooky season, Scream Factory is unleashing the first five entries of an intensely popular slasher franchise, Universal is unloading four of their most cherished classic creatures, some new SteelBooks hit, as well as a silly follow-up to a popular 90s kids' movie all hit the format. 

Halloween - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Halloween II - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Halloween III: Season of the Witch - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition 

 

Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Dracula (1931) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Frankenstein (1931) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Wolf Man (1941) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Space Jam: A New Legacy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Space Jam: A New Legacy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

American Psycho - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

The Hunt for Red October - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

 

New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - October 12th, 2021

After the September Shuffle, Sony picks up with one of their most anticipated releases of the year, A Stephen King classic, an incredible Arthurian adventure, a fan-favorite Tarantino WWII epic, and a hilarious Ryan Reynolds action/comedy round out the big stuff for the second week of the month.

Columbia Classics: Volume 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Green Knight - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Inglourious Basterds - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Inglourious Basterds - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Misery - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Free Guy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Free Guy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

 

Free Guy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - October 19th, 2021

Not slowing down any, this third week of the month is dominated by Hannibal Lecter, G.I. Joes, DC Animated adventures, Shyamalan's latest, a deadly assassin, a Wes Craven classic, along with one of Brian de Palma's best. with an Italian horror classic from Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento, with Coppola's Viet Nam saga getting a new SteelBook release.  

The Silence of the Lambs - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

M. Night Shyamalan’s Old - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

M. Night Shyamalan’s Old - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Demon’s 1 & 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

G.I.: 3-Movie Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Protege - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Carlito’s Way - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Carlito’s Way - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

DC’s Injustice - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

DC’s Injustice - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Scream - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Scream - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

 

New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - October 26th, 2021 

A big box of hobbits, a creepy blind guy, one of the darkest exploitation films ever made, a war between werewolves and vampires, another classic Argento thriller, a starving Dracula, and some of the worst superheroes save the world in the final week of October!
UPDATE 10/12/21 - The Middle Earth Ultimate Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray Set has been rescheduled for release on November 16th, 2021. 

I Spit On Your Grave - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Suicide Squad - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The Suicide Squad - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

Deep Red - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition 

 

Don’t Breathe 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Blood for Dracula - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Underworld: 5-Movie Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

October 2021 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Import Titles We'll Try To Cover  

As is the case with all imports, we do our best to cover what doesn't make it here stateside - that can be a bunch or it can be only a few each month. The X-factor is always shipping. It can take a long time for titles to cross the pond, get through customs, and finally arrive on our doorstep. But here are a few that we've got our eyes on:

The Invisible Man - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK SteelBook 

  

This one is a mark of some frustration. Apparently, only the EU territories will be getting The Invisible Man as a separate SteelBook release. We'd hoped that it would come to the U.S. along with the other three Universal Classic Monsters in solo SteelBooks at Best Buy - but no dice. I'm sure it will come eventually, but if you want individual releases of these movies on your shelf, you're going to have to import this one. 

The Seventh Seal - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK Import 

  

This one again will be time-dependant, it likely wouldn't arrive on our doorstep before November but we're going to try to get work it into our schedule ASAP. 

The Howling - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK Import 

  

We're hoping to get an advance Check Disc from Studio Canal for this release, but again we'll cover it as soon as we can. 

The Howling - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK Steelbook 

  

I have this one on order now from Zavvi and hope to have it on hand soon to give full coverage! Sadly this one doesn't look to be getting a U.S. release date any time soon. 

Well, that's what we have for you this month - hope this guide helps! Again, this is a packed month of amazing fan-favorite titles. And as we've already seen a number of these titles may get moved around or experience some unfortunate shipping delays from retailers. Supply is short and there's a big demand these days for this kind of content. If any more release delays hit we'll update our listings as soon as we can.

Thank you again for all of your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 


Marvel's SHANG-CHI, JUNGLE CRUISE & HOME SWEET HOME ALONE hit Disney+ November 12th

In a great big back-patting session, Disney is calling November 12th "Disney+ Day" and to celebrate they're giving subscribers a few new treats. 

First up - Shang-Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings moves away from being a theatrical exclusive - and to date the biggest Pandemic release - and is hopping onto the streaming platform without any extra charge to your subscription. Now we expect news of the film's physical disc release for DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to be announced anytime now, if they follow the Cruella roll out to "free" Disney+, that'd put Shang-Chi in line for an early December Disc release. 

Next - Disney's Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall jumps ship from the Premium Access format to full free-to-all-subscribers status. One could argue this was a title hurt most by Disney's hybrid release so it'll be interesting to see how this does over the long haul and when the physical release hits four days later on November 16th. Folks were pretty split with this one, some loving the easygoing action-adventure, others hoping for something better and more from the studio that brought us Pirates of the Caribbean... and four sequels that gradually got worse and worse with each installment. 

After that - the Disney+ exclusive soft reboot of Home Alone Home Sweet Home Alone will hit the platform. Honestly, that title just sounds like a nightmare hybrid of Home Sweet Alabama and Home Alone. Given the Mouse House likes to keep their exclusives on the platform, this latest burn of nostalgia-kush likely won't see a disc release anytime soon - or ever.

Keep an eye out for our disc reviews of Shang-Chi and Jungle Cruise! We might review Home Sweet Home Alone, that'll depend on if it's any good or not but my god do I hate writing that title out in full.

As always thank you for reading our stuff and placing those pre-orders! They really do go a long way towards keeping this little operation alive and going. 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - September 19, 2021 - September 25, 2021

For those that have to have titles the week they come out, it's another painful week for the ole bank account. If you're fighting cabin fever, it's still pretty cheap treatment.

Historical events from this week in history, Maverick premieres on ABC television in 1957 starring James Garner, Man from U.N.C.L.E. premieres on NBC-TV in 1964 and Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest enters the gates in 1985.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 18 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Again, because of the multiple skus per movie, this week looks huuuuge.

Catalog titles first...

Notable import Monday, StudioCanal releases a 'Vintage Classics' edition of 1963's The Servant. As always with these releases, expect to see a ton of extras and a bit of swag to top off the package.

From Universal Pictures, A Clockwork Orange debuts on 4K disc, both as a standard release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 

Unbreakable becomes available to 4K disc, again as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. With this release, the trilogy is complete again!

Moving on to new releases now, live-action Cruella debuts with a whole slew of options. Choose a standard release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, a Walmart Exclusive and a Target Exclusive.

 

And the last 4K title this week, F9: The Fast Saga. And guess what? A'yup, available as a standard release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. For a store that has eliminated 90% of their movie section from their stores, Best Buy still seems fixated on offering exclusives. At least we don't have to import from Zavvi to get essentially the same package.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Quite an extensive list of blu-ray releases this week. It's hard to pick the highlights with so many release to sort through.

Blu-ray counterparts first. Cruella and a double feature that includes Cruella & 101 Dalmatians. F9: The Fast Saga also gets a blu-ray counterpart.

From Paramount, the next 'Paramount Presents' title Breakdown streets this week. This one is spine number 26 in the series. Their standard label offers Blue Chips, Crocodile Dundee: Triple Feature, Hardball, The Longest Yard (2005) and Necessary Roughness.

 

From Warner Bros, Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is available this week. This one got a rough start, but Season 2 makes the show manageable again. Warner Archive releases The Naked Spur starring James Stewart and Janet Leigh. Also a more recent film, Straight Time with Dustin Hoffman, and The Window, a 40's film-noir release.

Arrow Video reissues The Beast and Immoral Tales, no more forking out $80+ from a marketplace seller.

From LionsGate, the next Vestron Collector's release Dementia 13 is available. From their standard label, a comedy titled Lady of the Manor.

 

Criterion Collection's releases of the week are Love & Basketball and Throw Down.

Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 10 (Boruto Back in Time), Dusk maiden of Amnesia - Complete Collection, Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation - Season 1 and Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 2.

Horror Collectors should look for a mega-set, The Dungeon of Andy Milligan from Severin Films.

Honorable Mentions: Kino Lorber releases Bird on a Wire with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. Partner label Code Red releases Pufnstuf.

Friday releases are all arts releases.

>La Megere Apprivoisee
>Massenet: Thaïs
>Sommernachtskonzert 2021 / Summer Night Concert 2021
>The Original Three Tenors Concert

Notable announcements from last week:

A bit of classic TV will be heading your way shortly. CBS/Paramount has revealed that MacGyver: The Complete Collection will be released (finally) on November 2nd. Although they appear to be BD-R discs, it still is a way to own the entire series on physical disc.

And from Universal Studios, The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series will be released on October 29th.

Best Buy has posted retail links for Who Framed Roger Rabbit 4K and 4K SteelBook. Also posted are links for Free Guy, available on October 12th as a blu-ray, 4K combo, Target 4K Exclusive and 4K combo Best Buy SteelBook.

FUNimation has posted a handful of new anime titles for December. I suspect the list will grow very soon.

The Wolf of Wall Street meets 4K disc from Paramount on December 14th.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?




The Criterion Collection Adds 3 New Titles to their December 2021 4K & Blu-ray Slate

After a robust and busy November, The Criterion Collection slows things down a tad with their December 2021 release slate. 

Previously announced, The Red Shoes - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will hit shelves and online retailers on December 14th

 

The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• 4K digital transfer from the 2009 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
• Introductory restoration demonstration featuring filmmaker Martin Scorsese
• Audio commentary from 1994 by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with actors Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and Scorsese
• Profile of “The Red Shoes,” a 2000 documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team
• Interview with director Michael Powell’s widow, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
• Audio recordings from 1994 of actor Jeremy Irons reading excerpts from Powell and screenwriter Emeric Pressburger’s novelization of The Red Shoes and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Red Shoes”
• Publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos
• Gallery of memorabilia from Scorsese’s collection
• The “Red Shoes” Sketches, a 1948 animated film of Hein Heckroth’s painted storyboards, with the Red Shoes ballet as an alternate angle
• Trailer
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• PLUS: An essay by critic David Ehrenstein and a description of the restoration by UCLA film archivist Robert Gitt 


Next, Regina King adapts Kemp Powers hit play One Night In Miami - arriving December 7th. This looks to be a Blu-ray only release at this time, but if Uncut Gems proves anything (beyond impressive Adam Sandler's acting chops) it's that release plans can change very suddenly and for the better.  

 

Adapted by Kemp Powers from his acclaimed play, the feature directorial debut of Academy Award–winning actor Regina King puts viewers in a room with four icons at the forefront of Black American culture as they carouse, clash, bare their souls, and grapple with their places within the sweeping change of the civil rights movement. February 25, 1964, has gone down in history as the day that the brash young boxer Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) defeated Sonny Liston, but what happened after the fight was perhaps even more incredible: Ali, civil rights leader Malcolm X, NFL great Jim Brown, and “King of Soul” Sam Cooke all came together at a Miami motel. Electric with big ideas and activist spirit, One Night in Miami . . . plunges us into the midst of an intimate, ongoing conversation—and a defining moment in American history.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 4K digital transfer, approved by director Regina King, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master
Audio on the Blu-ray 
• New conversation between King and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons 
• New conversation among King, screenwriter Kemp Powers, and critic Gil Robertson
• Conversation between King and filmmaker Barry Jenkins from a 2021 episode of The Director’s Cut – A DGA Podcast 
• New program featuring King and actors Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom Jr. 
• New program on the making of the film, featuring King, Powers, director of photography Tami Reiker, editor Tariq Anwar, producer Jody Klein, costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck, and set decorator Janessa Hitsman 
• New program on the film’s sound design, featuring sound editor and mixer Andy Hay, sound mixer Paul Ledford, and music producer Nick Baxter 
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• English descriptive audio
• PLUS: An essay by critic Gene Seymour  


Last up for the month, The Criterion Collection will be giving 1969's The Learning Tree its deserved place on Blu-ray with a December 14th release date. 

 

With this tender and clear-eyed coming-of-age odyssey, the renowned photographer turned filmmaker Gordon Parks not only became the first Black American director to make a Hollywood studio film, he also served as writer, producer, and composer, resulting in a deeply personal artistic achievement. Based on Parks’s own semi-autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree follows the journey of Newt Winger (Kyle Johnson), a teenage descendant of Exodusters growing up in rural Kansas in the 1920s, as he experiences the bittersweet flowering of first love, finds his relationship with a close friend tested, and navigates the injustices embedded within a racist legal and educational system. Exquisitely capturing the bucolic splendor of its heartland setting, this landmark film tempers nostalgia with an incisive understanding of the harsh realities, hard-won lessons, and often wrenching moral choices that shape the road to self-determination of the young Black man at its center.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New documentary on the making of the film, featuring artist and critic Ina Diane Archer, curator Rhea L. Combs, and filmmakers Ernest R. Dickerson and Nelson George
• New conversation, moderated by film scholar Michael B. Gillespie, between artist Hank Willis Thomas and art historian Deborah Willis about the influence of director Gordon Parks
• My Father: Gordon Parks (1969), a documentary made on the set of The Learning Tree, narrated by Gordon Parks Jr., and featuring interviews with Gordon Parks Sr. and members of the cast and crew 
• Diary of a Harlem Family and The World of Piri Thomas, two 1968 films on which Parks played creative roles, with a new introduction by Combs
• Unstoppable (2005), a documentary featuring producer Warrington Hudlin in conversation with Parks and filmmakers Ossie Davis and Melvin Van Peebles
• Trailer
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• PLUS: “How It Feels to Be Black,” a 1963 Life magazine photo-essay by Parks, and an excerpt from the director’s 2005 book A Hungry Heart: A Memoir


That's it for this month - some great movies in the pile for sure. And, given that this last quarter appears to be a very fluid release frame with multiple street date changes already, if anything comes up with Criterion's December 2021 slate we'll update our listings ASAP. 

These aren't yet up for pre-order but we expect them to be soon.

Thanks again for your pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards helping a little operation like ours keep going. 


I Got Sick - So There's A TON of Blu-ray & 4K News To Catch Up On

They told me when your kid goes to school they're gonna come back with colds, but damn - I didn't expect to get laid out like that for two days! In that time a whole mess of great flicks and shows got announced for 4K UHD and Blu-ray. So Instead of doing giving these individual announcements because there are just too many, we're giving you a big ol' list of new title announcements!

First up - the one I've been waiting forever to see come to Blu-ray and now I don't have to import! After being available on Blu-ray in Europe for a few years now, it's nice to see the big green guy cross the pond Stateside spread out on 19-discs. No official word, but it doesn't look like the sequel television films will be included - due October 26th: 

The Incredible Hulk - The Complete Series Blu-ray

 

Well, the Lionsgate SteelBook releases just keep coming. Now, I'm not against the practice necessarily, but this is getting kinda expensive! Mel Gibson's return to directing is the latest addition to that growing collection on November 2nd: 

Hacksaw Ridge - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

One of the best animated DC films is moving on up to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray November 9th:

Batman Year One: Commemorative Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

The first of Sony's unlikely series of groundbreaking CGI animated feature films is now also getting the 4K UHD upgrade, but if they didn't re-render the entire film the benefits may be a bit dodgy. Coming November 16th:

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 

 

Universal made the latest creepy M. Night Shyamalan film official for Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and a Best Buy SteelBook for October 5th:

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Not that this film was exactly calling for a sequel, but we got one with little to no fanfare. This drops on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on October 26th.  

Don't Breathe 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

One of Martin Scorsese's funniest films - and shockingly horrifying - gets a welcome upgrade to 4K UHD on December 14th just in time for Christmas!

The Wolf of Wall Street - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Now the big news of the day is Warner Brothers will be dropping a guzzolene tank of Mad Max on all of us this November 2nd.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

 

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - 4K Ulta HD Blu-ray 

 

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

 

for the few of you out there that haven't yet picked up any of the Mad Max films on 4K Ultra HD...

Mad Max Anthology 4-Film Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

And with that, that's all the news that's fit to print. The day is still early so some more announcements are likely, but for now, this list is the biggest and best of the best. We don't have full details on all of these - the Mad Max films haven't been officially announced yet even though retailers are taking pre-orders. But as soon as we get all the gory details we'll update our listings ASAP. 

Thanks again for all of your pre-orders. Each pre-order goes a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 


Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - September 12, 2021 - September 18, 2021

Mid-September already, where oh where has the time gone? Speaking of 'time,' this week in history, Lone Ranger debuts on ABC-TV back in 1949 and Australia gets its first broadcast TV station.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 17 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Before getting down to business, has anyone gotten their Justice League from last week? Mine is the Best Buy SteelBook. I got a 'delayed' email instead of a 'your package has shipped' email. Amazon has also emailed me about the Star Trek 4K collection, requiring me to approve the delay, of about 3-5 weeks they say. Replication issues?

Okay, let's get our catalog titles listed first. Much anticipated title The Shawshank Redemption debuts to 4K as both a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Does this mean The Green Mile will follow shortly? Could be!

 

Semi-random release from Paramount, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters also debuts to 4K this week. More 4K discs, I'll take it!

Moving to new releases, from Universal Pictures look for The Boss Baby: Family Business. It has been 4 years since the previous film.

The new release with the most buzz is undoubtedly Marvel's Black Widow. Naturally with a Disney label release there are the usual offerings, a standard edition release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Target Exclusive Edition. The Target edition returns to the traditional gallery book. Their recent releases had theater or art cards in them instead.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

Just like last week, a below average week for Tuesday releases. Guess that's OK with the next 3 weeks being big weeks and that 4K is pretty big the next couple of months.

Blu-ray counterparts first, The Boss Baby: Family Business get a standard release and a double-feature release that includes the first movie. I don't own the first one in 4K, will they at some point switch the double-feature option to 4K instead of blu-ray?

Also look for Marvel's Black Widow as a blu-ray release if you opt out of the 4K combo.

From LionsGate, a modern Western titled Catch the Bullet, Jay Pickett's last movie made. The trailer looked pretty good for this one, even knowing there are people paid to make trailers good. Also at the end of the alphabet, a comedy/crime release titled Zola.

 

Another Arrow Video 'fat-pack' to look for that will probably sell out pretty fast, Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman. Between all the great 4K releases in general and these Arrow Video blu-ray releases, it's really hard to pick and choose! Then there's Arrow 4K to muddy our decisions even more! Also from Arrow Video, Death Screams get a release this week as well.

 

Scream Factory's highlight this week is a Collector's Edition for Alone in the Dark. They're also releasing the next two LAIKA Studios titles, see the anime releases below.

Criterion Collection's single release this week is the Crime/Drama/Romance titled Mona Lisa, from 1986. Again, having grown up with HBO in the house, I cannot say for certain that I remember this one, but it's Criterion, which means it will rate 5-stars and be a great presentation.

 

Warner Archive brings us Mare of Easttown, an HBO series and the 1940 film Santa Fe Trail starring Errol Flynn.

Anime highlights include Black Clover: Season 3 Part 5, which following tradition, Part 5 can be bought as a standard release or a release that includes an art book. Girls und Panzer das Finale - Part 1, Kubo and the Two Strings - LAIKA Studios Edition, Mr. Osomatsu - Season 2 and ParaNorman - LAIKA Studios Edition close out the category.

Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber releases Arabesque starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren.

Friday is pretty busy if you count the 'August' Imprint Films import releases. They were delayed a couple of weeks but are on track to release now.

>As Good As It Gets - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Chinese Box - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Days of Heaven - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Double Jeopardy - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Drugstore Cowboy - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Lully - ATYS
>The Straight Story - Imprint Films Limited Edition
>Wagner - Siegfried

Notable announcements from last week:

Warner Bros has announced they will be releasing Sex and the City: The Complete Series to blu-ray on November 2nd. This set will include the entire TV series plus the movies. Continuing with Warner, Night Shift (1982) will be released on blu-ray on October 5th and the Justice League animated Injustice will be released on blu-ray and 4K disc on October 19th. And the 2021 film The Suicide Squad gets a 4K release, 4K SteelBook and a blu-ray release, all with a tentative date of October 26th.

Universal Pictures has dated the film Stillwater for blu-ray release on October 26th.

Shout! Factory's November batch now also includes Come True, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, The Eight Hundred, Little Fish, M. Butterfly, My Salinger Year, Old Henry and The Show (2020).

Discotek and Sentai Filmworks next batch of titles have also been revealed. Check out the October November release calendar for more. A few of the Sentai releases are lacking English dubs.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?




Sony Delays Columbia Classics Vol 2, Underworld 5-Film Collection, and Guns of Navarone 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays

Given how difficult it's become lately to find new releases in stores or online retailers to meet their pre-orders, it's no surprise that Sony is delaying Columbia Classics Vol 2Underworld 5-Film Collection, and The Guns of Navarone

If you've gone out to your local big-box store and couldn't find either Paramount's Star Trek: 4-Movie Collection or Universal's release of John Carpenter's The Thing or had your online pre-order delayed - we're seeing the side effects of virtually every major studio and boutique label dropping an array of high-demand product all at the same time. The supply chain simply can't keep up with that demand and it also puts a crunch on QC. As such - it looks like Sony is flipping up their release schedule a little to hopefully accommodate for pre-orders and brick and mortar shop stock. So if you were planning to get these titles, you have some schedule readjustments to make. 

First up - Columbia Classics Vol 2 is getting another delay, this time to October 12th.  

 

Next up, while not a HUGE one on most folks' wishlist, Underworld 5-Film Collection is pushed to October 26th. 

 


And last, The Guns of Navarone apparently will now drop on November 12th - but that is a Friday and not the standard Tuesday release day, so I don't expect that day to stick either. 

 

So far, that's the only big change in Sony's release slate, but of course that could change. We've already seen a number of titles get moved around from all of the studios ahead of the Holiday shopping season and we're likely to see some more movement - especially as more new titles are announced. If anything changes again for either of these three titles, we'll update things and keep you all posted. 

Thanks again for your pre-orders, they really do go a long way towards keeping our little operation rolling along. 


I Spit On Your Grave (1978) Coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray October 26

One of the roughest and toughest revenge films ever made is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 


Meir Zarchi's I Spit On Your Grave (AKA Day of the Woman) is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray courtesy of Ronin Flix. Last November, we took a look at their incredible 2-Film Collector's Edition set. Top to bottom, this iconic revenge thriller had never looked or sounded better on home video. Not an easy movie to consume by any stretch, the folks over at Ronin Flix are giving this Exploitation genre classic a new 3-Disc Limited Edition set: 

I Spit On Your Grave - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

While I absolutely dug everything that Ronin Flix pulled together for their Collector's Edition set, I really only cared about the first film and the documentary. The sequel just didn't do anything for me really, a nice effort but unnecessary. This time around Ronin Flix is keeping things simple and bringing back some impressive artwork in keeping with the original grindhouse marketing. The transfer will be sourced from a new remaster in HDR10 with the 2020 restoration of the original uncut version serving as the baseline. 

Pre-Order I Spit On Your Grave 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Right now, this release is ONLY AVAILABLE at Ronin Flix - the SRP is $59.99, but if you pre-order you instantly save $15, so not a terrible price. Pretty much in keeping with some of the deluxe 4k releases from Arrow or Blue Underground. 

Here's what you're getting in the package:

In 1978, one film changed the face of cinema forever. Now, 43 years later, the original and notorious I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (aka Day of the Woman) is back and still refusing to be buried! In this new limited edition 4K UHD 3 disc set, you can re-experience the phenomenon that shocked and divided the world - and influenced an entire genre and generation of filmmakers - in Ultra High Definition. Featuring a brand new 2021 4K HDR Remaster done by Ronin Flix  on 4K Ultra HD, the 2020 4K scan and restoration of director Meir Zarchi’s uncut 35mm original camera negative and the restored original mono soundtrack on Blu-ray, a bonus Blu-ray including the feature length documentary Growing up with I Spit on Your Grave (2019) and all of the historical Ronin Flix Blu-ray special features, this landmark 4K Ultra HD set belongs in every cinephiles collection.

Camille Keaton (What Have You Done to Solange?, Tragic Ceremony) stars as Jennifer Hills, a young and beautiful career woman who rents a backwoods cabin to write her first novel. Attacked by a group of local lowlifes and left for dead, she devises a horrific plan to inflict revenge in some of the most unforgettable scenes ever shot on film.

"One of the most important films in cinema history." - Brittany Jade Colangelo, Film Critic - Fangoria / Bloody-Disgusting

“I Spit on Your Grave boldly shoves a topic often reserved for hushed whispers out in the open. It’s every bit as exploitative as the title indicates, in subject matter and technique, but [the films] themes remain timeless. No wonder I Spit on Your Grave has remained a pinnacle of the genre.” - Meagan Navarro, Day of the Woman: Meir Zarchi’s Ultimate Act of Revenge

“It's about the strongest 'Take Back the Night' statement ever made. She doesn't just take back the night. She takes back the night, the morning, the afternoon, and steals the clock while she's at it.” - Joe Bob Briggs - Film Critic, “The Drive In”, AMC Shudder

Starring Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann

Special Features: NEW 2021 4K HDR REMASTER done by Ronin Flix, English SDH Subtitles (Feature Presentations Only) and all of the historical Ronin Flix Blu-ray special features:

  • DISC 1 - I Spit on Your Grave (1978) 4K UHD Blu-ray: 4K ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY 2160P WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION (HDR10) (1:85:1) UTILIZING THE NEW 2021 4K HDR REMASTER done by Ronin Flix, RESTORED DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO MONO, DTS-HD 5.1 SURROUND, DTS-HD 2.0 STEREO, Audio Commentary with writer / director Meir Zarchi, Audio Commentary with Film Critic Joe Bob Briggs
  • DISC 2 - I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Blu-ray: HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY 1080P WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION (1.85:1) UTILIZING THE 2020 4K SCAN AND RESTORATION OF DIRECTOR MEIR ZARCHI'S 35 MM ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE done by Ronin Flix, RESTORED DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO MONO, DTS-HD 5.1 SURROUND, Jennifer’s Journey - the locations of I Spit on Your Grave featurette hosted by writer Michael Gingold, Audio Commentary with writer / director Meir Zarchi, Audio Commentary with Film Critic Joe Bob Briggs, The Value of Vengeance - Meir Zarchi Remembers I Spit on Your Grave, Alternate Day of the Woman Opening Title, Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots, Still Gallery and Slideshow with Rare & Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Set

      • DISC 3: Growing up with I Spit on Your Grave (2019) Blu-ray: HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY 1080P WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION (1.85:1) OF THE ORIGINAL FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY, DTS-HD 5.1 SURROUND, EXCLUSIVE Deleted Scenes, Terry Zarchi’s 8mm film starring Camille Keaton, Home Movies – Camille and Meir’s wedding, Trailer

      The Suicide Squad Rescuing 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray October 26th

      The worst of the worst is coming to the best of the best home video formats on October 26th

      James Gunn's franchise relaunch/sequel may not have been the big box office draw Hollywood expected, but it chalked up some favorable notices from critics and fans for its darkly violent sense of humor. Now fans can get ready to add this latest entry in the ramshackle DCEU to their collection with either a Blu-ray, a 4K Ultra HD, or a nifty 4K Ultra HD Blur-ay SteelBook exclusive to Best Buy in the U.S. - take a look:

      The Suicide Squad - Blu-ray 

       

      The Suicide Squad - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

      The Suicide Squad - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

       

      The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 1080p Blu-ray discs are both expected to have Atmos audio with the 4K disc getting a an HDR10 pass - HBO Max previously offered it in Dolby Vision. That seems to be Warner Brother's operating standard these days.  

      Read our The Suicide Squad Theatrical Review

      For a full list of specs and bonus features, check out the press release from Warner Brothers below:


      The Suicide Squad

      COMES HOME TO

      WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

       

      Premium Digital Ownership

       

      debut early on September 17

       

       4K, Blu-ray, and DVD arrive on October 26

       

      Burbank, CA, September 8  Witness the collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup when “The Suicide Squad” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on September 17. The film is directed by James Gunn (the “Guardian of Galaxy” films) from his own screenplay and stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (“Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), and Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on October 26.

       

      The film was produced by Charles Roven and Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, Nikolas Korda and Richard Suckle executive producing. The film also stars Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” TV’s “Doctor Who”), David Dastmalchian (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”).

       

      • On September 17, “The Suicide Squad” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

       

      • On October 26 “The Suicide Squad” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “The Suicide Squad” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

       

      The Suicide Squad” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

       

      SYNOPSIS

       

      Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

       

      4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

       

      The Suicide Squad” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features: 

      • Gag Reel
      • Gotta Love the Squad
      • The Way of The Gunn
      • It’s a Suicide Mission Scene Breakdown
      • My Guns Bigger Than Yours Scene Breakdown
      • Harley’s Great Escape Scene Breakdown
      • The Fall of Jotunheim Scene Breakdown
      • Starro: It’s a Freakin Kaiju!
      • Bringing King Shark To Life
      • War Movie Retro Trailer
      • Horror Movie Retro Trailer
      • Buddy-Cop Retro Trailer
      • Directors Commentary by Director/Writer James Gunn
      • Deleted & Extended Scenes

       

      The Suicide Squad” DVD contains the following special feature: 

      • The Way of The Gunn

       

       

      ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

       

      Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

       

       

      BASICS

       

      PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

                                                      4K UHD Combo Pack                                                                        $49.98

      Blu-ray                                                                                                $39.98

      DVD                                                                                                   $34.98

       

      Digital Ownership: September 17, 2021

      PVOD: September 17, 2021

      4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 26, 2021

       

      DVD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Parisian French

      BD Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese,  Italian

      4K Languages: English, English-ADS, English ATMOS, Latin Spanish, Hungarian, Hindi, Tamil, Teleugu, Castilian Spanish, Parisian French, Italian, Polish, Canadian French

      DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French

      BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Italian

      4K Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Castilian Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Teleugu, Hungarian, Tamil, Hindi, Italian, Greek, Romanian, Polish, Finnish, Danish, Canadian French

      Running Time: 132 minutes

      Rating: Rated R for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity

      DVD: DLBY/DGTL

      Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD, DLBY/DGTL

      4K: ATMOS TrueHD, DLBY/DGTL

      THE CREDITS

       

      About “The Suicide Squad”

      The film is directed by James Gunn (the “Guardian of Galaxy” films) from his own screenplay and produced by Charles Roven and Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, Nikolas Korda and Richard Suckle executive producing.

       

      The ensemble stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker,” “Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise), Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” BBC’s “Doctor Who” ), David Dastmalchian (upcoming “Dune,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Joaquín Cosio (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” TV’s “Narcos: Mexico”), Juan Diego Botto (“The Europeans”), Storm Reid (“The Invisible Man,” “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Euphoria”), Nathan Fillion (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” TV’s “The Rookie”), Steve Agee (“Brightburn,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), Sean Gunn (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, the “Avengers” films), Mayling Ng (“Wonder Woman”), Flula Borg (“Ralph Breaks the Internet”), Jennifer Holland (“Brightburn,” upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker”) and Tinashe Kajese (TV’s “Valor,” “The Inspectors”), with Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky,” “Rambo” and “Expendables” franchises), and Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Suicide Squad”).

       

      Warner Bros. Pictures presents an Atlas Entertainment/Peter Safran Production, a James Gunn Film, “The Suicide Squad.”

       


      Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - September 5, 2021 - September 11, 2021

      From here on forward til the holidays, each week becomes more dangerous to your bank account if you're buying 4K discs. But at least, thus far, many of them have been produced at a very high quality, so enjoy!

      Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 16 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

      There are TEN SKUs to look at this week, but fortunately there are not TEN movies beckoning you.

      Reissues first, because, why not? Two more entries from the Alfred Hitchcock 4K set get single releases this week, as standard editions and as SteelBook editions. Rear Window: Standard -- SteelBook. Vertigo: Standard -- SteelBook.

      Next, John Carpenter's horror classic The Thing. This one is available as a standard release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. The cover art of the SteelBook appears to be a new creation. At least it's not an overly yellow or red blob, or Pop Art or something!

       

      We knew this next one was inevitable but how it is broken up this time has me wondering. Paramount Home Entertainment is bringing us Star Trek: The Original 4 Movie Collection. Why 1-4 instead of 1-6, I don't know. The first four are my favorite originals any way so it's a great start! (Shameless plug in case they're reading: Deep Space Nine in HD yet fellas??)

       

      Some of you may say I have saved the best for last. I'm of course referring to Zack Snyder's Justice League. It was a bit hairy at first with overseas markets getting this one and nothing to be heard from the U.S. offices. The common theme again surfaces here, available as a standard release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. But apparently the Best Buy SteelBook option is no longer available - so keep your eyes open at your local stores. 

      Also being offered is Zack Snyder's Justice League Trilogy, which comes in a slipbox package and includes a little bit of swag.

       

      HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

      Like we do every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts out of the way first. Zack Snyder's Justice League is the only actual one that fits the bill.

      As far as Star Trek, each title does get a new blu-ray release this week, but it is not clear if they're the same discs or if they were made from the new masters used to make the 4K discs.

      Universal's MOD label (similar to Warner Archive) is releasing American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules, Because of Him, Can't Help Singing, For the Love of Mary, Something in the Wind, State of the Union and The Woody Woodpecker: Screwball Collection. Also from Universal's general label, 2020's You Should Have Left.

       

      Warner Archive's single release this week is Young Sheldon: The Complete Fourth Season.

      LionsGate brings us a crime/thriller The Gateway (2021).

       

      Anime highlights include Bleach: Set 12, Heaven's Memo Pad, In/Spectre Season 1 and One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Four.

      Although it was a bomb when it came out, it has gained some following. Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace gets a regular release this week. Previously it was a Ronin Flix shop exclusive.

      Film Detective releases A Life at Stake this week. Film Noir fans might know this one. The director and at least one star should be familiar to you.

      Honorable Mention: Vincent Price is on the docket again this week. Kino Lorber offers us Theater of Blood and The Tomb of Ligeia.

      Notable announcements from last week:

      Criterion Collection has revealed another 4K title, this one is Adam Sandler's recent drama Uncut Gems. As to why LionsGate seems to miss out on 4K disc opportunities, who knows, but Criterion should do a bang up job.

      Warner Bros. will be releasing Middle Earth 6-Film Ultimate Collector's Edition on October 26th. The set is truly a nice looking set, but many people were not expecting this when we bought our existing sets. Is this enough for you to double-dip?

      LionsGate Home Entertainment has announced 2021's The Green Knight will be released on 4K disc and blu-ray on October 12th. UGH, what an overly RED cover art.

      Paramount Presents spine number 27 will be Vanilla Sky, and will be available for purchase on November 16th.

      Shout! Factory will be releasing Krampus in 4K on November 16th. This one is touted to be 'The Naughty Cut.'

      4K Release Calendar

      2K/BD Release Calendar

      Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?




      The Criterion Collection's Release of Uncut Gems Moves To Nov 23 - AND 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!

      If you were planning on picking up The Criterion Collection's release of Uncut Gems on Blu-ray on October 26th, you're going to have to wait a month because it's getting a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray upgrade! 

       

      This release features a 4K transfer with Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos audio mix approved by the Safdie Brothers. Of course, the standard Blu-ray release is still happening, but why would you get that when you can enjoy this full 4K release instead?

      Here's a list of disc specs and bonus features:

      DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
      • 4K digital transfer, approved by writer-directors Josh and Benny Safdie, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the 4K UHD and Blu-ray editions
      • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
      • Audio commentary from 2019 featuring the Safdies, writer and editor Ronald Bronstein, and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard
      • New interviews with cinematographer Darius Khondji, costume designer Miyako Bellizzi, production designer Sam Lisenco, and casting director Jennifer Venditti
      • Documentaries from 2019 and 2020 on the making of the film and soundtrack
      • Screen test featuring actors Adam Sandler and Julia Fox 
      • Goldman v Silverman, a 2020 short film by the Safdies, featuring Sandler and Benny Safdie 
      • “Question & Answer,” a 2020 short film featuring the Safdies, Sandler, actor Jason Bateman, and comedy writer Megan Amram
      • Audition tapes 
      • Deleted and extended scenes, including a full performance of “The Morning” by The Weeknd 
      • Trailers
      • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
      • PLUS: An essay by film critic J. Hoberman and, for the 4K UHD and Blu-ray editions, a 2020 discussion of the film by the editorial staff of Jewish Currents magazine

      The Middle Earth 6-Film Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K UHD Set Coming Oct. 26th

      6 films were made. Three... three for The Lord of the Rings, the best and most groundbreaking cinematic experience of a generation. Three... three for The Hobbit, the fun but bloated prequel to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy. Six Theatrical Cuts, shorter and to the point for impatient people without attention spans. Six Extended Cuts for people with larger bladders that can put down their phones and who love character development and more nuanced performances. We've owned these movies before. DVD sets. Extended DVD Sets. Blu-ray sets. Extended Blu-ray sets. Extended 4K Ultra HD sets. Fans thought they had it all... but they were all of them deceived. Forged in the dark halls of Warner Brothers - there was another set! A Six-Film 31-Disc Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition to rule them all...

      ...only not quite because apparently, the really kick-ass appendices from special editions of The Lord of the Rings are not going to be included.

      [UPDATE 9/9/21] 
      The Good folks over at Warner Brothers have gone and done it and officially announced what we pretty much already knew was coming - The Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K UHD & Blu-ray 31-Disc Set. This also confirms that the extensive legacy appendices bonus features of past DVD and Blu-ray releases will not be included. Each of the six films will be available in the shorter Theatrical Cut and better and longer Extended Cut with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio mixes. 

      Here's the list of new bonus features coming for this set:

      • Cannes Film Festival Presentation Reel
      • Alamo Drafthouse Cast Reunion
      • “The Fellowship of the Ring" - RT: 39:38a (with Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood) 
      • “The Two Towers" - RT: 32:24a (with Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortenson)a
      • "The Return of the King" - RT: 29:48 (with Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson)a

      ... yeah. I'll let you take a moment to let that sink in. 

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      You okay now? There are many pluses to this set coming in the form that it is - I dig the packaging, that's pretty slick and we are getting a lot of great material, but like you I agree they are stretching the "Ultimate" namesake a little thin. Here's a badass unboxing video of the set:

       

      If you waited to buy the films on 4K, you're getting a pretty good package. But if you're like me and bought the regular sets or the nifty SteelBooks you may want to juggle your options. 

      [original article continues]

      Well Tolkien Kids - today's the day! Well, actually yesterday night was the day that pre-orders went live, but I have a toddler so I'm only now getting to this news now. We knew this mega set was in the pipeline ever since Warner Bros. released the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy and The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray last year. In time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring - WB will be releasing their ultra mega Six-Film 31-Disc Middle Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition.

       

      As seems to be the standard operating procedure for these things, online retailers are jumping ahead of the studio official announcements to get those lovely pre-orders in ASAP. Unfortunately, this is sticking us in the position of reporting on this set without full specs. Presumably, There won't be any real tech spec differences between the Extended Cut 4K UHD discs and the Theatrical Cut 4K UHD discs with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio - what we don't have in final order are all of the bonus features.

      It's been reported for quite a while that the lovely and extensive Appendicies of the Extended Edition DVDs and Blu-rays of past sets will not be included here. Also it doesn't appear that the 3-D versions of The Hobbit will be included either. What is included is a 64-page book, an extra bonus disc with footage of the Stephen Colbert-hosted Alamo Drafthouse appearances, and some mini-posters. Sooo with that in mind, WB might be stretching the term "Ultimate" just a little bit. It's very good, you're getting a lot of great stuff all in one box, but maybe not quite everything.

      We are waiting for the official Warner Bros. Press Release which we expect to drop any time now. Those missing bonus features may well be included on the newly authored 4K discs or with the new 1080p transfer Blu-rays of The Lord of the Rings - but that's just speculation. It'd be a shame for WB to leave out so much great content. So once that PR arrives we'll update our listing and this article and fill in all of those content gaps. 

      Amazon has the set up for pre-order - don't be too shocked that price tag is the full SRP price and we expect online retailers to really dig in and crush the price down. 

      What do you think? Is this the set you've been waiting for? Or are you going to stick with the 4K and Blu-ray sets you already own?

       

      Here's the full press release from Warner Brothers:


      WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
      ANNOUNCES PETER JACKSON’S

      MIDDLE-EARTH
      ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

       
      31-Disc Set features the theatrical and extended versions of the six Middle-earth films in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and on remastered Bu-ray
       
      Ultimate Collectors’ Edition also includes Bonus Content never before released for Home Entertainment, collectible packaging, art cards, and more!

      BURBANK, CA, September 9, 2021 – Celebrate 20 years of adventure and friendship as Warner Bros. releases the Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition, timed to the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  The 31-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga contains new special features along with the theatrical and extended versions of all sic films in 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-ray discs remastered from the 4K master. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be released on October 26.

      The Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes the theatrical and extended versions of the six films from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures in 4K UHD with HDR - The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. 

      The Ultimate Collector’s Edition comes in unique “Puzzle Box” collectible packaging and includes a 64-page booklet featuring costumes, photography and production notes from the film, and art cards featuring travel posters and images from iconic locations throughout Middle-earth including The Shire, Lake-Town, Erebor, Anduin, Rohan, Minas Trith, and Rivendell.

      Also included are the original Cannes Film Festival presentation reel, and footage from the recent Alamo Drafthouse cast reunion featuring director Peter Jackson along with cast members Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellan, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortenson, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood.

      4K Ultra HD** showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, and more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

      The 4K remastering process was overseen by Peter Jackson.
       
      The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
       
      Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition contains the following special features: 
      • Cannes Film Festival Presentation Reel
      • Alamo Drafthouse Cast Reunion
      • “The Fellowship of the Ring" - RT: 39:38a (with Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood) 
      • “The Two Towers" - RT: 32:24a (with Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortenson)a
      • "The Return of the King" - RT: 29:48 (with Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson)a
       
       
      BASICS
      PRODUCT                                                                              SRP
           Ultimate Collector’s Edition                                                 $249.99
      Street Date: 10/26/2021
       
      Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
      Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
      Rating: All films rated PG-13 except for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended
      Edition, which is Rated R for violence
      DOLBY ATMOS [CC]

      Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Guide - August 29 - September 4, 2021

      Happy Back To School to the little ones. Did I just say Happy and Back to School in the same sentence? Well, it is the cheapest time of year to buy pens and paper and to get those bonus packs of socks and underwear.

      Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 15 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc this week, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

      New releases first, both from Warner Bros.

      In the Heights, a modern musical number that did not get any theater hype. I'm curious mostly.

       

      The next entry in the Mortal Kombat Legends saga, this one is titled Battle of the Realms and comes available as a standard edition release and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Unusual that both show the same exact cover art, but that's not a terrible thing.

      Awaken, which appears to be an eye-candy release is distributed by Vinegar Syndrome. Looking at some of the preview imagery, again, the 'curious' word makes an appearance once again. And, riigght in mid-sentence, catalog titles are next, Vinegar Syndrome releases Terminal Island to 4K disc this week, currently only available direct from their site. The way the product is described, this title has never been on disc, ever.

      Arrow Video brings us David Lynch/Frank Herbert's 1984 Sci-Fi extravaganza Dune this week. No doubt timed to coincide with 2021 theatrical release. If you're just now shopping for it, you will either get the Limited Edition 'fat-pack' release that should be available this week or you will be waiting about a month for the Limited Edition SteelBook. If you're eye-balling the Limited Deluxe Edition SteelBook that releases this week, you've probably missed the boat as preorders gobbled them all up. The 'fat-pack' is a handsome release so it would not be a shame to have to settle for it.

       

      HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

      Just like we do here every week, getting the blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases out of the way first. Dune gets a 2-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray release from Arrow Video, and Warner Bros releases both In the Heights and Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms.

      As far as Vinegar Syndrome, this week is their August wave, with most of the titles exclusive to their site. Usually these titles get general release later but with different covers and such. When they released Forgotten Gialli Volume 3, they skipped right over Volume 2. That has been corrected this week.

      Also from Arrow Video, The Brotherhood of Satan.

      From Sony Pictures, 2021's sports/drama 12 Mighty Orphans.

       

      Universal releases Spirit Untamed: The Movie this week. Might be what we need to lighten the mood a bit.

       

      Criterion Collection's release this week is a war drama titled Beasts Of No Nation.

      LAIKA Studios has a new home, Shout! Factory releases The Boxtrolls and Coraline. These releases are said to be new transfers and contain new extras.

      Anime Highlights this week include Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics - Season 2, Kakushigoto - The Complete Season, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple - The Complete First Season and Vinland Saga - Complete Collection.

      The Paramount Presents label releases Bugsy Malone this week.

       

      LionsGate's obligatory weekly appearance involves Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season.

      Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber has a handful of Vincent Price releases this week to consider, they are The Comedy of Terrors, The Last Man on Earth, Master of the World and The Raven.

      Friday releases, a ballet and an opera:

      >Pablo Picasso At Pompeii: Two Ballets From The Roman Theatre Of Pompeii

      >Wagner - Wesendonck Lieder; Bruckner - Symp

      Notable announcements from last week:

      GKIDS, in association with Shout Factory will be releasing Neon Genesis Evangelion - Ultimate Edition in December. This mega set probably will run around $200 but they don't call it Ultimate Edition for nothing.

      20th Century Studios will be releasing Free Guy on or around October 12th on Blu-ray and 4K disc.

      Arrow Video has revealed their November batch of titles. The titles are The Hills Have Eyes (1977) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge and Mill of the Stone Women. Adjust your belts accordingly.

      4K Release Calendar

      2K/BD Release Calendar

      Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?




      The Abyss Is Streaming In HD On Amazon Prime!

      Maybe one day we'll get that official The Abyss Blu-ray and 4K UHD disc? Please?

      Physical media connoisseurs have long waited for that beautiful day when (now) Disney/Fox would announce that James Cameron's underwater sci-fi classic The Abyss would one day arrive on disc in a condition far better than the SD letterboxed release of so long ago. Practically every time a cult classic or another title gets announced for the format someone inevitably asks the now redundant question "When are they going to put out The Abyss and True Lies?" We're also eagerly awaiting True Lies - and no that Spanish disc sourced from an old broadcast HD master doesn't count. While we're at it let's toss on Kathryn Bigalow's Strange Days too. 

      The excuses for why either The Abyss or True Lies haven't been released get thinner and thinner every year. 2019 was the perfect time for those films to arrive. The Abyss turned 30 and True Lies turned 25 - major milestone anniversaries that would be ripe pickings for collectors to gobble up these films. Alas, we wait. And wait. The latest rumor is maybe possibly in 2022 timed to help hype Cameron's Avatar 2... but then maybe the Abyss never existed at all and we're all sharing a collective fever dream, like in Prince of Darkness.

      Ease Your Pain - Watch The Abyss In HD On Amazon Prime

      Previously, whenever this film would crop up on streaming services or if you were lucky and managed to redeem the Disc-To-Digital option on VUDU, it was sourced from the ancient letterboxed master used for DVD - and then it wasn't even anamorphic and would often appear squeezed. This current streaming master is in much better shape free of any speckling, grit, or other age-related issues. It also has different color timing than the old DVD and LaserDisc favoring that icy Cameron Blue tint instead of the brighter purplish tone folks may remember. 

      In the video below you can see the differences. We did have to adjust the brightness of the HD Streaming, the recorder we used darkened it quite a bit. Also, this video is rougher than our usual full rez spit and polished comparisons - for some reason this lo-fi unvarnished version is the only one that would get past having a complete copyright block preventing anyone from viewing it. DVD opens the video and rotates every 12 seconds.

      As we continue to wait... and wait... and wait for The Abyss to arrive on 4K or even just a proper Blu-ray - this HD stream from Amazon Prime will just have to hold us over. And what's here ain't bad at all! Of course, in order to view this film, you need to have an Amazon Prime account. 

      Watch The Abyss In 1080p HD  on Amazon Prime 


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