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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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Boss.

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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 22, 2022 - May 28, 2022

As mentioned last week, we have reached the end of year two for our weekly release guide, and so, this week we kick off year 3.

Don't know about you, but I feel it has gotten hot out there early this year! Heat waves in much of the country, snow in Denver, what a wild month. When outdoor activity is restricted, why not enjoy a good movie?

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 1 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 Releases-

Speaking of hot, things are heating up on the release schedule. This week is the busiest week for 4K releases for the month. Let's dig in to the goodies now! Breaking the normal order of things this week, I think you will understand why I've done it.

Dare you say his name FIVE times? It's Candyman (1992) week, and counting all the individual SKUs, we have FIVE to pick from. Monday editions first, which generally (and does here) indicate imports. From the UK, Arrow Video offers their traditional Limited Edition fat-pack that offers the movie with Atmos sound, a poster, theater cards and a book.

Next, from Turbine Media in Germany, they're offering three distinct variant cover Mediabooks. We list them as Variant A, Variant B and Variant C, and each edition is a very limited quantity release. Keep in mind though that unless the specs are wrong, these do NOT include Dolby Atmos sound. Turbine has reasonable shipping rates and will get it to your door pretty quickly.

Domestically, Scream Factory has a 3-disc edition which includes a 4K disc with both cuts (Theatrical and Unrated) as well as blu-rays of each cut, and bonus features sprinkled across these discs. Unfortunately there is no all-inclusive edition among all five skus, so you will need to consider each one carefully.

The new release of the week is The Batman, with Matt Reeves at the helm and Robert Pattinson donning the batsuit. Available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a rather handsome Walmart Exclusive. Target this go round opted for a blu-ray exclusive (see below). Directional audio fans should be happy this one is not directed by Christopher Nolan, because if it was, you would be stuck with a 5.1 track!

Still with Warner Bros, a kind of new(ish) release, a 4K edition of the 2021 horror Malignant.

From Universal and Showtime Entertainment, Ray Donovan: The Movie. Having not been a premium channel subscriber, I am a bit in the dark on this series, so the movie is even more a mystery to me.

And the final new release of the week, a Norwegian film titled The Burning Sea. Sort of gives off a Deepwater Horizon vibe.

Doing some backpedaling here as we go to catalog titles, Scream Factory releases Lifeforce to 4K disc.

Arrow Video gives us three different editions of Wild Things, a limited edition, a SteelBook edition and Deluxe limited edition.

Blu-ray releases-

Getting the new release counterparts out of the way first, The Batman gets a standard edition and a Target Exclusive edition. The Burning Sea gets a blu-ray edition as well, and lastly, Ray Donovan: The Movie. Catalog title counterpart, Arrow offers a limited edition of Wild Things.

LionsGate's action/thriller entry this week is titled Agent Game. Their horror entry this week is a single letter of the alphabet, it's titled "X". Capelight Pictures is doing a 4K media book for this one in Germany, you can order direct from them HERE and HERE, depending on which cover art you prefer. I could take one for the team and buy the 4K so that a 4K will be announced for the U.S., just encourage me to do so in the comments!

Criterion Collection's title this week is Mississippi Masala, a drama/romance from '91. Maybe you've heard of the stars of this film, Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington.

Arrow Video has got another Shaw Brothers type release, this one is titled One Armed Boxer.

From Universal Pictures, 2022 comedy/horror Studio 666. Also a little TV on disc, The Sinner: The Complete Series.

Sony's 2022 horror Umma gets a blu-ray release this week.

Liberation Hall has two titles of interest this week, TV on disc by the name of Robocop: The Series and a Steven Seagal movie from 2009, A Dangerous Man.

Anime highlights include Black Clover: Season 4, available in a standard edition and as a limited edition, Skate-Leading Stars - The Complete Season and Somali and the Forest Spirit - Complete Collection.

Kino Lorber has a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical titled Flower Drum Song this week.

Honorable Mention: Powerhouse Video's Indicator Series title this week is The Pemini Organisation, a drama/thriller series with three films.

Notable announcements from last week:

Criterion has revealed their August slate of Criterion Collection titles. I honestly do not know any of these titles myself, and none of them are 4K, but I am sure that they have been carefully procured and do have appeal to some of you. The titles are Buck and the Preacher, Daddy Longlegs, Faya Dayi, Frownland and Hotel du Nord.

Edge of Tomorrow will be coming on to 4K on July 5th as a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Once again Warner Bros. has snubbed the U.S. market by releasing a nicer deluxe edition overseas.

Angel Heart will be getting a 4K release from LionsGate as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook on July 12th. When that film first came out, it got an X rating.

If availability frustrated you for each individual season, Paramount/CBS will be releasing Charmed: The Complete Series on June 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?




Nicolas Cage Is Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Demand on June 21

.   Lionsgate's action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent also starring The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal will be available on Digital on June 7, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray will be available June 21st.

In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will have Dolby Atmos and several bonus features including commentary, deleted scenes, and featurettes.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook)
 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - Blu-ray (Target Exclusive)
 

The full press release is included below:


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Own it on Digital June 7
 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, 
 & On Demand on June 21 from Lionsgate®

 

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 17, 2022) – Celebrate the world’s hero and prodigal movie star Nicolas Cage when The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent arrives on Digital June 7 and on 4K Ultra HDa-Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand June 21 from Lionsgate. The adrenaline-fueled comedy stars Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995; National Treasure Franchise, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Rock), Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian,” “Narcos,” “Game of Thrones”), Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, with Primetime Emmy® Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Glee,” 2010; “How I Met Your Mother,” Gone Girl, Harold & Kumar franchise), and Primetime Emmy® Award and GRAMMY Award® winner Tiffany Haddish (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Saturday Night Live,” 2018; Best Comedy Album, “Black Mitzvah”; Like a Boss, Night School, Girls Trip).

In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays…Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.
 
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.96, respectively. 
 
4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES 
 

  • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive producer Kevin Etten)
  • The Mind
    Meet the filmmakers and learn about the creative decisions behind the film. A film made with love, passion, and massive talent.
  • Glimmers of a Bygone Cage
    He’s back. Not that he went anywhere. Go back in time in this behind-the-scenes featurette and relive Nicolas Cage’s journey as an actor and see how a legendary career inspired both filmmakers and cast to create a new era of Cage.
  • Everybody Needs a Javi
    Nick Cage meets his ultimate fan. Discover why Pedro Pascal was the perfect choice to play the charismatic, lovable, and eccentric fan with a dark, dangerous secret.
  • Nick, Nicky, and Sergio
    The man, the actor, the legend. Take a look inside Nicolas Cage’s mind and find out how this film is the culmination of a legendary career, but also a new beginning for one of the most versatile actors of our time.
  • Second Act Action  
    And . . . action, and more action! Immerse yourself in the exciting world of stunts and special effects that helped to create incredible, well-choreographed action sequences with the help of the latest in high technology for filmmaking.
  • Cages 5 and Up
    Don’t kids say the darndest things? What if what they said were lines from some of your favorite Nick Cage movies? We thought you’d never ask.
  • SXSW Film Festival Q&A Featuring the Cast and Filmmakers.
  • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES 

  • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten)
  • SXSW Film Festival Q&A Featuring the Cast and Filmmakers
  • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tom Gormican and Writer-Executive Producer Kevin Etten

 

Official Site: https://www.nickcage.movie/
Publicity Materials: https://www.lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2YHPZMj8r4&t=1s
Instagram: @NickCageMovie
Facebook: @NickCageMovie
Twitter: @NickCageMovie
Hashtag: #MassiveTalent

 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2020-2021
Title Copyright: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent © 2022, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2022 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and violence
Genre: Comedy Action
Feature Run Time: 107 Minutes
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, English SDH
4K Ultra HD™ Format:a-2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation, Dolby Vision 
Blu-ray™ Format:a-1080p High Definition,a-16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
DVD Format:a-16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation 
4K Audio:a-English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio
Blu-ray Audio: a-English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio
DVD Audio: a-English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 15, 2022 - May 21, 2022

    If you look at the next paragraph, you will see that we have hit a milestone for the weekly Release Guide. Yup, the end of a second year. As I reflect, I write these articles because I want to share my passion for movies. Most of the ones I post either appeal to myself personally and/or to the mainstream audience. Hope you enjoy our weekly recap and use our links to make your purchases. By doing so helps support our operation, we really do appreciate it.

    Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 52 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 Releases-

    Mostly catalog titles this week, and some fine ones at that.

    First, the new release of the week is titled Infinite, an action/sci-fi film and is brought to you by Paramount Pictures.

    Staying with Paramount but moving on to catalog titles, there are a few here to talk about. Although it feels like only yesterday for the trilogy to be release on blu-ray, Beverly Hills Cop II joins the original movie to the 4K format. That means that only part 3 hasn't made the jump to 4K, and you will probably hate me for it, I thought it was a decent film on its own, but not comparing it to the first 2 films.

    Also this week we get our very first 4K release from the 'Paramount Presents' label, a Western titled The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring John Wayne and James Stewart. In my opinion Days of Thunder should have been the first 4K disc from them as they released a blu-ray under this label the same day they released a 4K standard release of the film, and just about every release from this label has been sourced from a 4K transfer. Remember that strong sales translate to cementing in place future endeavors, so let's remember to buy this as well as other discs that interest you!

    Shout! Factory has two titles to get this week, The Craft and Escape From New York. You realize that likely means you got to buy The Craft: Legacy now, right?

    The next slipcover style Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook comes out this week, look for Hell or High Water from LionsGate. Keep in mind if you like to be all inclusive, the digital codes that come with these also unlock the 4K stream.

    For Friday releases, a domestic music release, Goo Goo Dolls: Grounded With The Goo Goo Dolls and an import of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from Turbine Media in a standard case.

    Blu-ray releases-

    Moving on to blu-ray, as we do every week, listing the blu-ray counterpart from above first, Infinite is the only one this week. Sounds as confusing as the phrase 'One AND Many' doesn't it?

    How 'bout some TV on disc with Blood & Treasure: Season One from Paramount Entertainment? Making its blu-ray movie debut, the comedy/crime film Top Secret! makes itself available this week.

    An action film from Vertical Entertainment titled A Day to Die. This one stars Bruce Willis and has surely got to be close to one of his last films he has starred in.

    More TV on disc from Universal Pictures, The Last Kingdom: Season Five and The Last Kingdom: The Complete Series are available on Tuesday. The 2021 comedy/romance Licorice Pizza also comes out this week as well. The latter is one of those titles (as so many do) that has 4K digital available but not 4K disc.

    From Warner Archive Collection, the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Shout! Factory brings us a new remaster of Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale.

    The next Vestron Video release via LionsGate Extreme Prejudice streets this week.

    Criterion Collection's next entry is a Japanese comedy titled The Funeral and will be available Tuesday.

    From Arrow Video, 1982 horror/thriller Girls Nite Out, the standard edition street Tuesday, the Exclusive "The Scaremaker" O-Card edition on Monday, available at DiabolikDVD as well as other specialty shops.

    Anime highlights include Belle, available as a standard release and as a Target Exclusive SteelBook (keep in mind a deluxe 4K edition is coming this Summer), Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 12 (Kara Actuation), Infinite Stratos (Season 1) - Complete Collection, NANA - Complete Collection and SSSS.DYNAZENON - The Complete Season.

    Honorable mention: More Charles Bronson action from Kino Lorber, Violent, as well as the US cut of the film known as The Family, both come in the same package.

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Preorder links are available for Kino Lorber's release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4K and blu-ray editions, both available July 26th.

    Paramount has announced a 4K SteelBook release for Event Horizon with a street date of August 9th. Not done with Paramount, let's file this one under inevitable, they will be releasing the cult classic Friday the 13th on 4K disc September 13th. That's NOT a Friday in case you were wondering, May 13th is the only Friday the 13th this year.

    Overseas, StudioCanal has announced a 4K release of Red Sonja with a date of July 18th. It is probable that this release will make it to the U.S. under the Shout! Factory label, or even LionsGate. We have a link for the Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook release if you would like to check it out.

    Universal Home Entertainment will be bringing the original TV series The A-Team to blu-ray on June 28th. Finally a reason to retire the DVD box set!

    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 1956 Classic Giant Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21

       The 1956 epic western from George Stevens Sr. based on the novel by Edna Ferber and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final film role arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21, 2022.

    Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism, and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time!

    Giant - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    Widely considered by critics as "ahead of its time" and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the film was chosen in 2005 to be preserved by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" for its heavy themes of racial injustice towards Mexican Americans and aiming to steer those views towards social acceptance for the first time in cinema.

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition will a newly restored 4K HDR presentation that "was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound". The SRP for this release is $24.99.

    Order your copy now and here is the full press release:


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    GIANT
    COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
     
    THE EPIC WESTERN DRAMA
    STARRING ELIZABETH TAYLOR, ROCK HUDSON AND JAMES DEAN
    WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH
    HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
     
    Own it June 21 on 4K Ultra HD and Digital

     

    Burbank, Calif., May 9, 2022 – Giant, the 1956 classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final role, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 21, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 

    George Stevens, Sr. won his second Oscar® for directing the sweeping family saga set in Texas during the days of the oil boom. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, the movie's release in 1956 was a massive box office hit and garnered 10 Academy Award® nominations. 

    Considered by critics as ahead of its time, Giant is admired today for the breadth of its humanity more than its epic scale with its grand themes of generational conflict, racial tolerance, and social change. It exposed the marginalization and segregation of Mexican Americans for the first time on the big screen. At the center of the film, Elizabeth Taylor, as Leslie Benedict, portrays a strong and progressive woman who acts to stem the patterns of injustice.

    In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 

    The new 4K restoration was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound.

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

    Giant will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for $24.99 ERP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film.  Fans can also own Giant in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on June 21.  
     
    About the Film:
    Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields. Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict (Hudson) and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink (Dean) both woo Leslie Lynnton (Taylor) a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican descent. Rink discovers oil on a small plot of land, and while he uses his vast, new wealth to buy all the land surrounding the Benedict ranch, the Benedict's disagreement over prejudice fuels conflict that runs across generations.
     

    Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Elements

    Giant Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
    •    Commentary by George Stevens Jr., Screen Writer Ivan Moffat and Critic Stephen Farber
    DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
     
    On June 21, Giant 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
     
     

    BASICS
    PRODUCT                                                                      ERP
    Ultra HD Blu-ray                                                             $24.99*     

     


    Standard Street Date: 6/21/22
    EST Street Date: 6/21/22
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish and Castilian Spanish, French Parisian
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish and Castilian Spanish, French Parisian
    Run Time: 201 min (3hr 21min)
    Rated: G


     

    THE CREDITS

     

    About Warner Bros. Discovery 
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    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 8, 2022 - May 15, 2022

    Alright, after a semi-slow week for releases, things are beginning to heat up. I get the feeling the Summer is going to have a ton of 4K releases and a higher than average slate of blu-rays as well.

    Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 51 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 Releases-

    On the surface, this week looks like a very busy week. And if you are so inclined, you might want to buy a lot of the titles being offered. Let me explain as we go.

    First of all, the new release of the week is titled Uncharted, and yes, it's *that* Uncharted, the one based on the Nathan Drake video game universe. You can get this one as a standard edition and as a general release SteelBook.

    The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Vol. 2 is also available this week, bringing you 5 more titles from his vast collection. Unlike the first collection, this one has got all the titles available individually as well on the same day, they are Family Plot, Marnie, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt and The Trouble with Harry.

    And lastly, in preparation for the movie Jurassic World: Dominion, Universal is releasing the original 5 movies again, with the iconic simple artwork on each case. Look for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We know this franchise has sold a ton of product, because... dinosaurs!

    Blu-ray releases-

    Getting the blu-ray counterpart listed first, Uncharted is available as a standard release.

    If you have been collecting the series, Paramount's next Jason franchise single movie release SteelBook streets this week, Friday the 13th Part III.

    From Scream Factory, look for Wes Craven's werewolf feature titled Cursed. This one is listed as a Collector's Edition. From the Shout Factory label, The Ghost and the Darkness, and finally, from the Shout Select label, Two For The Money.

    From The Warner Archive Collection, the 1972 crime/thriller The Carey Treatment.

    If you've been waiting for a certain specific sequel, VCI has you covered with Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2.

    From Kino Lorber, a 3-D Film Archive restoration of Treasure of the Four Crowns (3D).

    From MGM Studios, a Channing Tatum comedy titled Dog.

    Criterion Collection's release this week is a French crime drama titled Mr. Klein.

    Anime highlights include Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG... in a standard release and a limited edition, The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky, Megazone 23 and The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent - The Complete Season.

    Honorable Mention: A little 80s nostalgia, A-ha: The Movie gets a blu-ray release. A few months ago it was pointed out to me that their signature hit video 'Take On Me' had recently had a 4K remaster posted on YouTube and I thought that was pretty random, but now this explains everything!

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Robocop: The Series has been delayed 2 weeks to May 24th.

    Shout! Factory's various labels have been busy with announcements for the month of July. Titles include a 4K release of Species, Lion of the Desert 4K, The Message 4K (previously leaked by another retailer for April, but obviously pushed back), blu-rays of The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series, JFK Revisited: The Complete Collection, Pompo The Cinephile, Georgia Rule and Starhunter ReduX: The Complete Series. I would expect a couple of more titles to be added to this list in the next week or so, and also would expect to see an official announcement for the 4K collector's edition of Belle for an early July(ish) release as well.

    Another Netflix release on blu-ray via Sony Pictures is coming June 14th, Fatherhood. Coming soon Better Call Saul: Season Six, which appears to be the final season, and Outlander: Season 6, just like before, a standard release and a Collector's Edition.

    The Beatles: Get Back appears to be coming soon as well after being recalled due to audio issues. I would expect an official announcement soon for that as well.

    Kino Lorber's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 4K has a July 26th street date.

    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?




    Miss Out On Turbine's 4K Ultra HD SteelBook of Texas Chain Saw Massacre? A Standard Release is coming May 20th

    Did you miss out on Turbine's excellent SteelBook release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? A standard release is on its way May 20th, 2022.

    Even with four packaging options, Turbine Media Group's new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre sold out in record time. If those SteelBooks weren't your thing, don't gas up the chainsaw in a cannibalistic rage to get one - a new standard softbox release is on its way for May 20th, 2022 and is now up for pre-order at Turbine's shop!

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition 

     

    You're getting all of the same discs and bonus features content of the SteelBook set - just without the slick fancy packaging. You're still getting the excellent Dolby Vision HDR (and HDR10) transfer with the terrific Atmos and Auro3D audio options along with all of the audio commentaries and extra interviews and documentaries. So in that regard you're not going to miss a thing. Now if you're feeling a little left out with this standard packaging, you do pick up what I think is a cool extra that the SteelBook release didn't have - reversible insert artwork depicting the original German poster art! 

    Reversible Insert Artwork

     

    This is actually my holy grail of original movie posters and I haven't been able to get my hands on one out in the wild. I've seen them listed on eBay, but that ain't exactly the best place to shoot for authentic original movie posters. So on that note, I consider this a pretty cool little extra. 

    Bonus Material

    + four audio commentaries by cast, director, cameraman, editor and sound engineer
    + documentaries and interviews The Chainsaw Business: From Grandfather's Stitching Box, The Chainsaw Cut, The Hallowed Ground of Horror
    + Documentaries: TCM – A Family Portrait; The Shocking; Truth, Flesh Wounds and Off the Hook
    + A Tour of the TCM House with Gunnar Hansen
    + Removed Scenes and Outtakes
    + The Shocking Truth Outtakes
    + 40th Anniversary Trailer, Cinema Trailer (USA, D), US TV & radio spot

    As I mentioned, this set is now up for pre-order - just follow the "Go To Store" button in our listing and it'll take you right over to Turbine's shop. If you're running Firefox or Chrome, your browser should automatically translate to German and you're all set. 


    Jared Leto as Morbius Glides to Digital May 17 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray on June 14

       The home video world is a vampire when Sony's take on the popular Marvel character Morbius arrives on digital on May 17. 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray arrive June 14.

    One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering the same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble by experimenting on himself. While at first, it seems to be a radical success, quickly the darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new bloody urges?

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition will have Dolby Atmos and bonus features for the Blu-rays include Outtakes & Bloopers, several Featurettes, and Nocturnal Easter Eggs. There will also be an exclusive SteelBook edition available only at Best Buy.

    Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    Morbius
     

    Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook)
     

    Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Target Exclusive)
     

    Morbius - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
     

    The full press release is included below:


    .

    OWN IT ON DIGITAL MAY 17
    AVAILABLE ON 4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™ and DVD JUNE 14

     

    DIVE DEEPER WITH OUTTAKES & BLOOPERS, BEHIND-THE-SCENE FEATURETTES AND DISCOVER NOCTURNAL EASTER EGGS

    SYNOPSIS
    One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?

     

    BONUS MATERIALS

    4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™, AND DIGITAL

    • Outtakes & Bloopers
    • Featurettes:
      • Defining The Antihero
      • From Human to Vampire – Visual Effects
      • Lights, Camera, Action
      • The Good, Bad & Ugly – Supporting Cast Doing the Stunt Work
      • Living Vampire from Comics to Screen
    • Nocturnal Easter Eggs

    DVD

    • Featurettes:
      • Defining the Antihero
      • The Good, Bad & Ugly – Supporting Cast Doing the Stunt Work

    CAST AND CREW

    Directed By: Daniel Espinosa
    Written By: Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless
    Produced By: Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Lucas Foster
    Executive Producers: Jared Leto, Louise Rosner, Emma Ludbrook
    Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson
     

    SPECS

    Runtime: Approx. 104 minutes
    Rating: PG-13: Intense Sequence of Violence, Some Frightening Images and Brief Strong Language.
    4K UHD™: Feature: 2160p Ultra High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby True HD7.1 compatible), French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish, English & French (Doublé au Québec) – Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish.
    Blu-ray™: Feature: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish English & French (Doublé au Québec) – Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition.
    DVD: Feature: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English & French (Doublé au Québec) Audio Description Tracks Dolby Surround • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish.


    April Showers Brings May 4K Flowers - HDD's May 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide

    What? Did you think that once April was over your movie budget would get some time off to recover?

    From a fresh new take on The World's Greatest Detective to a cursed man with a hook for a hand to two adventures with the Man With No Name - May is another stacked month for 4K Ultra HD collectors. Not that I'm complaining that all of these great hits are coming to the format, I'm just asking do they all have to come out all at once? Everyone from Warner Bros to Sony to Kino Orber Studio Classics is throwing some heavy hitters out there into the world this month. Thankfully we get a little breathing room at the start of the month, but things quickly pick up and it becomes reals. Do people still say reals? Or am I just old? 

    Anyway... let's dig in

    High-Def Digest's May 2022 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide


    May The Third - 2022 the insanity begins quietly... 

    Thankfully the first week of the month starts off mostly on the quiet side with Pixar bringing their latest of their best films to 4K (after an unfortunately Disney+ only premier). After that, Sony starts to fix a serious wrong about a lack of Joe Carnahan films on 4K. 

    Smokin’ Aces - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Smokin’ Aces - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    Turning Red - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Turning Red - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

     

    If those editions aren't your liking - there's a Target Exclusive and a Walmart Exclusive 


    May the 10th - things get a little more intense.

    So this is where the slate picks up a lot of steam. We're getting another semi-watchable-but-still-missed-the-boat video game movie with solo releases of a particular dinosaur franchise capped off with a box set AND single title editions from the master of suspense. A little old, a little new, there's a lot to dig through

    Uncharted - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Uncharted - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

     

    Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection vol 2 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

     

    Also available will be solo releases of:

    • Saboteur 

    • Shadow of a Doubt 

      The Trouble with Harry 

      Marnie

      Family Plot 

       

      In the pile of no new but finally getting solo releases - all of the previously released Jurassic Park trilogy films and the first Jurassic World film are getting solo releases outside of the old 25th Anniversary Collection set. We haven't heard anything to suggest there will be anything new regarding video transfers, audio tracks, or bonus features. We imagine something like that would happen when Jurassic World: Dominion is on its way out of theaters. There's also a new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom edition coming, but again that's likely just a repackage to thematically fit the new cover design for the other films.

      • Jurassic Park

      • The Lost World: Jurassic Park

      • Jurassic Park III

      • Jurassic World

      • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


      May 17th... things heat up a lot 

      This third week of may feels big on fan favorites, cult classics, and one of the greatest westerns ever filmed. Between Paramount and Scream Factory, a lot of my extra spending $$$ burns up this week. 

      Escape From New York - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Infinite - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      The Craft Collector’s Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Beverly Hills Cop II - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      Hell or High Water - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

       

      May 24th - the wallet starts to cough and sputter

      It'd be one thing if we only had to work with one of the greatest recent comic book movies made in the last decade to deal with, but there are some heavy, heavy hitters running this month with big knockout blows from Scream Factory, Showtime, Arrow, and Magnet all bringing some slick flicks to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. If that wasn't enough you have some more solo Jack Ryan 4Ks breaking out from Paramount's big box set from a couple of years ago.

      The Batman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  

       

      The Batman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

       

      The Batman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Giftset  

       

      Wild Things - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition  

       

      Wild Things - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Deluxe Limited Edition  

       

      Wild Things - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook  

       

      Malignant - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

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

       

      Ray Donovan The Movie - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

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

       

      Patriot Games - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      The Sum of All Fears - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      The Burning Sea - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      May 31st - just when you thought it was over...

      This final week of May is pretty much the best of the best of the best all hitting 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. You get one of the best gangster movies ever made. You get two of the best westerns ever made. One of the absolute best thrillers ever made. One of the best historical musicals ever made. And you're also getting both entries in one of the best recent horror/comedy franchises all on 4K. May was already an exhausting month but this final frame is going to burn holes in the wallet. 

      Happy Death Day - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      Happy Death Day 2 U - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      The Untouchables - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      The Untouchables - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook 

       

      Double Indemnity - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      A Fistful of Dollars - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      For A Few Dollars More - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      1776: 50th Anniversary Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

       

      And that is everything we've got coming our way domestically for May 2022. This is going to be an exhausting month for sure and we're going to crank through these for reviews as fast as we can. We're also going to try and cover some of the foreign import releases as they come in as well - both Turbine's Candyman Mediabook and Arrow's release of Candyman are on our hit lists. Turbine also now has a new 4K of Pitch Black we hope to cover ASAP. It's always dodgy with the imports because we have to wait for things to ship and clear customs and that can take much longer than desired - but that'll just mean we can focus on this HUGE list of upcoming titles.

      To that point - thank you for all of your Pre-orders. They really do go a long way towards keeping our little game going. Thanks again and until next month - happy collecting! 


      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - May 1, 2022 - May 7, 2022

      There is a positive vibe happening right now for physical media. Brick & Mortar stores seem to continue their downsizing of their video departments and I doubt any amount of complaining to their corporate offices will do anything. However, the current pre-order page on Amazon.com for 4K and blu-ray actually encompasses about 20 pages of titles. That number has been as low as 12 over the Winter months so it's a sign the studios still support our little obsession.

      Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 50 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 Releases-

      There are just two actual titles available this week on 4K disc. New release first...

      Disney Pixar's Turning Red, a story of a 13-year old that turns into a giant red panda when she gets excited. This title is available as a standard edition release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, a Walmart Exclusive 'Enamal Pin' edition and a Target Exclusive Art Edition.

      The second 4K entry this week is a catalog title, Smokin' Aces, and this one is available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. No word on the sequel getting a new release but if this one sells well, it's highly possible.

      Blu-ray releases-

      Semi-slow week for the blu-ray category this week. Getting the blu-ray counterpart out of the way first, bring us a standard edition of Turning Red. If you want an exclusive for this format, you need to visit Disney Movie Club.

      From Universal, 2022 Liam Neeson action/thriller Blacklight. And, added at the very last second, a crime/drama title, The Outfit.

      From Warner Bros, DC Animated title Constantine: The House of Mystery.

      If you did not buy the Paramount release of Audrey Hepburn Collection a few month's back because you didn't want to double-dip on most of the titles, you can now get Paris When It Sizzles as a standalone. For a new release title, action/thriller Tom Clancy's Without Remorse gets a blu-ray release this week.

      As we wait for Jurassic World: Dominion to hit theaters, what better time to grab Dinosaur World from Shout! Factory.

      Anime Highlights include just two titles this week, 2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team - The Complete Season and OBSOLETE - Complete Collection.

      From Kino Lorber, Francis the Talking Mule (7 Film Collection) awaits your video rack!

      Honorable Mention: If you enjoy Hallmark movies, now is your chance to get one on blu-ray. Maybe they're testing the waters again to see how sales go, The Wedding Veil should be available Tuesday.

      The April batch of Imprint Films releases should be available on Friday, here's the listing:

      >Across 110th Street - Imprint Films Limited Edition
      >Cutter's Way - Imprint Films Limited Edition
      >Man on a Swing - Imprint Films Limited Edition
      >The Brotherhood - Imprint Films Limited Edition
      >The Counterfeit Traitor - Imprint Films Limited Edition
      >The Don Is Dead - Imprint Films Limited Edition

      >The Wicker Man - Imprint Films Limited Editi




      Notable announcements from last week:

      Warner Archive collection has three Judy Garland musicals coming in June. Titles include The Clock, For Me and My Gal and Ziegfeld Girl. Other names you may have heard of are Gene Kelly, James Stewart and Lana Turner.

      Lionsgate has revealed to retailers that Everything Everywhere All at Once will be coming to 4K, blu-ray on June 14th. Additionally, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will be getting a 4K, blu-ray and Target exclusive blu-ray sometime around the same time as well.

      Arrow Video's July slate has been revealed. Titles include Giallo Essentials V3 Black Edition, Hell High, Hell High (Raging Fury Slip), The Sacred Spirit and Tenebrae 4K. Tenebrae 4K is a UK only title, but for the U.S, Synapse Films is offering very similar releases, a standard retail box and a retailer exclusive box that is available at Diabolikdvd.

      GKIDS has revealed they will be releasing a 4K collector's edition for the 2021 animated film Belle. Although we are not affected by it in the U.S., hope they do no region lock this release too, it's just blasphemous for a 4K release.

      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?




      Pitch Black Director's Cut 3-Disc Ultimate Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with NEW ATMOS Audio Coming From Turbine Media Group

      Hope you have 20 Menthol Kools ready for that shine job - Riddick's first adventure gets a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Ultimate Edition from Turbine Media Group


      German boutique label Turbine Media Group gives Vin Diesel's star-making outingPitch Blacka new 3-Disc Ultimate Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release. Not only will you get the film presented in 4K with Dolby Vision HDR (and HDR10), Turbine is sweetening the deal with a brand new exclusive Atmos audio mix! If their work onTwisteror The Texas Chain Saw Massacreis any indication, that Atmos track should be a beast.

      But wait there's more!

      Not to stop with a new audio mix, the set comes with two extra Blu-ray discs loaded with archival bonus features from previous releases (including the animated Dark Fury) but the set will also come with new exclusive cast and crew interviews. If that's not enough you also get a bunch of slick swag including reprint lobby cards, ID, patch, and posters. To cap it off there's also a 180-page booklet included - in German. Now normally I'd be a little bummed about the booklet appearing only in German, but I've had some pretty good luck lately with the Google Text Translate app on my phone - not an ideal solution but it actually works pretty well!

      Pitch Black Director's Cut -Ultimate Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
      Cover A Limited to 2,222 Copies

      The Swag Package

      Pitch Black Director's Cut -Ultimate Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
      Cover B Limited to 1,111 Copies

      The Swag Package

      And here's a full breakdown of the bonus features coming out way.

      Bonus Material (Bonus Blu-ray)

      New, mostly world exclusive interviews (HD, approx. 2.5 hours):
      • David Twohy (director, approx. 24 min.)
      • Keith David (Imam actor, approx. 27 min.)
      • David Eggby (camera, approx. 15 min.)
      • Peter Chiang (F/X, approx. 28 min.)
      • Ken Wheat (story writer, approx. 15 min.)
      • John Cox (monster animation, approx. 19 min.)
      • Brian Murray (storyboards, approx. 26 min.)
      • David Melvin (TV prequel director, approx. 15 min.)

      The Bridge to RIDDICK - CHRONICLES OF A WARRIOR (SD, approx. 80 min.):
      • RIDDICK: WARRIORS OF DARKNESS aka DARK FURY - The Animation (approx. 35 min.)
      • Pre-Animation (approx. 33 min.)
      • The Creator - Peter Chung (approx. 5 min.)
      • INTO THE LIGHT (approx. 5 min.)
      • The structure of the action (approx. 2 min.)

      Universal Archive (SD, over 2 hours):
      • Director's introduction (approx. 2 min.)
      • INTO PITCH BLACK - TV Prequel (approx. 45 min.)
      • Storyboard movie comparison (approx. 4 min.)
      • SLAM CITY - Animation Internet Clip (approx. 8 min.)
      • Behind the scenes I + II (approx. 18 + 12 min.)
      • Making of I + II (approx. 9 min.)
      • Johns' Hunt Log (approx. 7 min.)
      • Visual Encyclopedia (approx. 2 min.)
      • Computer game promotion (approx. 2 min.)
      • Promotion parties (approx. 21 min.)
      Bonus material with optional German & English subtitles

      Both sets are up for pre-order right now. Just follow the links at the top of each listing page to go right over to Turbine's shop. If you can't read German, don't worry, your browser's translate function should take care of everything! We hope to cover this release as soon as it comes in.


      4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - April 24, 2022 - April 30, 2022

      Aaand for the final week of April, prepare yourself for wallet fatigue because it is quite a busy week! The Summer Blockbuster season is just a few weeks away. What are you looking forward to this year?

      Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 49 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 Releases-

      Starting with the new release of the week, LionsGate offers Moonfall as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive (slipcover style) SteelBook. Most of these steels have had decent cover art, I don't know exactly what to make of this one though, I am leaning towards NO.

      On to catalog titles, from Arrow Video, Terry Gilliam sci-fi/thriller 12 Monkeys. [Edit] - Word from Arrow Video is that if it is a 'Special Edition' that it might not have a slip cover. I can say that mine came in today and it does have a slip cover.

      From Warner Bros. look for Singin' in the Rain. Looks like they left us in the cold again on the deluxe edition, you gotta import that one from the UK.

      The next Criterion Collection is For All Mankind, a thrilling documentary that chronicles the Apollo program.

      Vinegar Syndrome has got a lot of titles to offer this week. First, individual releases for Scanner Cop and Scanner Cop 2. Those titles were previously released as a double feature on their own site.

      These next titles were all available previously available directly from Vinegar Syndrome on March 29th. You may still purchase them if you follow the links, the wider release via our Amazon links likely have different cover art and no slipcovers. The titles are (alphabetically) Dracula Sucks, Madman, Schizoid / X-Ray (Double Feature) and Stiff Competition.

      Blu-ray releases-

      Getting the counterpart of what's listed in the 4K section listed here first, LionsGate offers Moonfall on blu-ray, with yet another cover art.

      LionsGate also offers the 2021 romance film Expired this week.

      Criterion Collection has two releases this week, first a foreign drama titled Eyimofe (This Is My Desire). The other title is a jazz music treat titled 'Round Midnight.

      Paramount continues to churn out catalog titles to fill the voids in our collections, this week look for The Beautician and the Beast, also He Said, She Said, plus King David (1985), Orange County, Thief of Hearts and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!.

      Anime highlights include Dragon Goes House-Hunting, a double dip of KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!: The Complete First Season + OVA, but as a SteelBook this go round, Lupin the 3rd: Episode 0 - First Contact, Mrs. Pepperpot - Complete Series, Show By Rock!! Stars!! - Season Four, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Season 2 and Wonder Egg Priority, available as a standard release and as a Limited Edition.

      Kino Lorber has got more Charles Bronson action, this time look for Breakout. If you have been waiting for the next chapter on their Dark Side of Cinema releases, wait no more, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VI (Singapore / Johnny Stool Pigeon / The Raging Tide) streets Tuesday.

      Arrow Video release the box set of Twisting the Knife: Four Films by Claude Chabrol.

      Honorable Mention: The next batch of indicator series to be released are this week and include One For the Road and Stanley Long's Adventures: A Seventies Sex Comedy Threesome.

      Notable announcements from last week:

      Criterion Collection has announced their July titles, they are Raging Bull (4K/Blu-ray), Okja (4K/Blu-ray), Devil In A Blue Dress (4K/Blu-ray), Summertime, The Virgin Suicides (4K) and Drive My Car. Read the news story here. All I can say is OUCH, going to be an expensive month for me!

      Going forward, FUNimation titles are to be branded as CrunchyRoll as they have merged distribution and shops. Their July titles have been revealed and include Moriarty the Patriot - Part 1, Hortensia SAGA - The Complete Season, Scar on the Praeter - The Complete Season, Kingdom - Season 3 Part 1, The Quintessential Quintuplets - Season 2, The Duke of Death and His Maid - Season 1, The World Ends with You - The Animation, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Nine, Taisho Otome Fairy Tale - The Complete Season and Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club - Season 1. If they read this, I hope they make Seasons 1 & 2 available for Kingdom on blu-ray. As it is now, they're DVD only in the U.S.

      Warner Bros. will be releasing Giant (1956) of 4K disc on June 21st.

      Not sure how our readers are doing, but yours truly has been on this list as far as preordering Kino Lorber titles from Amazon. Just got the dreaded "Delivery estimate" email for In the Heat of the Night 4K as May 17th. That's basically a month late. I've had similar issues with other Kino titles as well with delays of 2 to 4 weeks. This of course is driving up prices as well when 3rd party sellers snatch the opportunity. Wonder if they are setting delivery dates too aggressively?

      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 Gives You Six More 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Reasons To Celebrate This July

      Save some shelf space, The Criterion Collection is bringing a terrific mix of fan favorites, classics, and one of the best films ever made! 

      Is it just me or is it ever since The Criterion Collection finally got on the books with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray their slate of new releases seems more aggressive and exciting? The July 2022 slate is pretty damn aggressive bringing some great titles to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray covering the full spectrum from one of the best films ever made to human dramas to a modern fairytale to a slick modern noir thriller. On that note, let's get onto the nitty-gritty of this new slate of titles:

      Raging Bull - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray

       

      DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD • Master Audio soundtrack
    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features 
    • New video essays by film critics Geoffrey O’Brien and Sheila O’Malley on Scorsese’s mastery of formal techniques and the film’s triumvirate of characters
    • Three audio commentaries, featuring Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker; director of photography Michael Chapman, producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, casting director Cis Corman, music consultant Robbie Robertson, actors Theresa Saldana and John Turturro, and sound-effects supervising editor Frank Warner; and boxer Jake La Motta and screenwriters Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader 
    • Fight Night, a making-of program featuring Scorsese and key members of the cast and crew 
    • Three short programs highlighting the longtime collaboration between Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro
    • Television interview from 1981 with actor Cathy Moriarty and the real Vikki La Motta
    • Interview with Jake La Motta from 1990
    • Program from 2004 featuring veteran boxers reminiscing about La Motta
    • Trailer
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: Essays by poet Robin Robertson and film critic Glenn Kenny 

    Okja - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 

     

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • 4K digital master, approved by director Bong Joon Ho, with Dolby Atmos sound on the Blu-ray and 4K UHD 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 
    • New conversation between Bong and producer Dooho Choi
    • New interviews with actors An Seo Hyun and Byun Heebong
    • New interviews with members of the crew about the film’s cinematography, visual effects, and costume and production design
    • Short programs including a director’s video diary, featuring Bong; actors Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, and Steven Yeun; and others
    • Teaser, trailer, and web promos
    • English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Karen Han 

    Devil In A Blue Dress - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 

     

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Carl Franklin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD • Master Audio soundtrack
    • 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 featuring Franklin
    • New conversation between Franklin and actor Don Cheadle
    • New conversation between Walter Mosley, author of the novel on which the film is based, and novelist and screenwriter Attica Locke
    • On-stage conversation between Franklin and film historian Eddie Muller, recorded at the • 2018 Noir City Film Festival in Chicago 
    • Screen test for Cheadle 
    • Trailer
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Julian Kimble

    Summertime - Blu-ray

     

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with film historian Melanie Williams
    • Interview with director David Lean from 1963
    • Audio excerpts of a 1988 interview with cinematographer Jack Hildyard 
    • Trailer
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek 

    The Virgin Suicides - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

     

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Sofia Coppola and supervised by cinematographer Ed Lachman, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack 
    • Interviews with Coppola, Lachman, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, and writer and actor Tavi Gevinson
    • Making of “The Virgin Suicides,” a 1998 documentary directed by Eleanor Coppola and featuring Sofia Coppola; Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola; actors Dunst, Hartnett, Scott • Glenn, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods; Eugenides; and others
    • Lick the Star, a 1998 short film by Sofia Coppola
    • Music video for Air’s soundtrack song “Playground Love,” directed by Coppola and her brother Roman Coppola
    • Trailers
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by novelist Megan Abbott 

    Drive My Car - Blu-ray 

     

    • New 2K digital master, approved by director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with Hamaguchi
    • Program about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with actors Reika Kirishima, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masaki Okada, Yoo-rim Park, Dae-Young Jin, and others
    • Press conference footage from the film’s premiere at the 2021 Cannes International Film • Festival
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by author Bryan Washington  

    These aren't up for pre-order yet - but as soon as they are, we'll update our listings ASAP. It really helps this aggressive slate of titles is dropping in time for the standard July Criterion sale at Barns & Nobel - that'll really help save a few bucks! Which ones are you picking up?


    Thor: Love And Thunder Teaser Trailer!

    This July Not Every God Has Plan!

    If you need a break from doing your taxes or trying to find a way to suitably spend that return check (hopefully no one owes anything this year), take a break and enjoy the first teaser trailer forThor: Love and Thunder! The film picks up whereAvengers: End Gameleft off with everyone's favorite Asgardian Thor (Chris Hemsworth) running off into space with Starlord (Chris Pratt) and the rest of theGuardians of the Galaxy. In this brief teaser trailer, we get to see Thor get back into Super Hero Shape as he moves onto an existential quest to figure out what to do with himself. Oh yeah, and we get a nice tease of Natalie Portman at the end that I won't spoil here. The film also stars Christian Bale as the villain Gorr the God Butcher with Taika Waititi returning to co-write and direct. Barring any sort of pandemic related release hiccup -Thor: Love and Thunderwill arrive in theaters July 8th, 2022.


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - April 17, 2022 - April 23, 2022

    With the Easter weekend, this week is what you can call a slow week for new releases. What started out as a religious holiday has evolved into a commercial to sell stuff, candy, stuffed animals, egg hunts, gift baskets and other 'fun' events. I always look forward to a traditional 'boiled dinner' myself and Reese' peanut butter eggs. Admit it, Christmas has turned into decorating the house, a tree and gift giving.

    Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 48 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 Releases-

    If you don't mind importing, Arrow Video releases Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer on Monday. No word at this time if this well ever get a U.S. release.

    There are zero new releases this week. But there's a few catalog releases to ponder.

    From LionsGate, the 2011 film The Cabin in the Woods gets a spiffy slipcover edition SteelBook at Best Buy. A side note is that these editions also include a digital code that unlocks the 4K stream. Maybe when we entered our codes years ago LionsGate wasn't offering the 4K stream, and unlike some of the others, they did not automatically upgrade you.

    From Sony Pictures, a SteelBook release that includes Heavy Metal / Heavy Metal 2000. Keep in mind that Heavy Metal 2000 is an HD blu-ray, not a 4K, but that's OK. Most of us will be buying this for the original movie any way!

    And last but not least, Kino Lorber gives us In the Heat of the Night in 4K. This thriller stars the late Sidney Poitier and set new boundaries when it was filmed. Be aware that this film is in 4K but the color grading is SDR, but this is still no doubt the best this film has ever looked!

    Blu-ray releases-

    There are no blu-ray counterparts of the abovementioned titles. So let's get right down to what is worth checking out.

    From Universal Pictures, 2021 drama/musical/romance Cyrano. And in what I think is a first, Gravitas Ventures has partnered with Universal to release The King's Daughter, which is listed as an adventure/family film.

    From Criterion Collection, two titles this week. First a comedy/musical titled The Girl Can't Help It. And second, a drama from Italy titled Miracle in Milan.

    It probably feels like 'forever' since the last Jackass movie, but hey, Paramount has you covered with Jackass Forever.

    Arrow Video brings us Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers from Enzo G. Castellari.

    A thriller from Vertical Entertainment titled The Desperate Hour starring Naomi Watts arrives this week.

    Obligatory appearance from LionsGate this week delivers The Exorcism of God, a recent horror/thriller and The Humans, a drama from 2021.

    Anime highlights include Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki - The Complete Season, Gekidol - The Complete Season, The God of High School - Season 1, LBX Girls - The Complete Season, Needless: Complete Collection, Only Yesterday [SteelBook], The Tale of The Princess Kaguya [SteelBook] and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Season Two Part 01.

    From Scream Factory comes the 1962 adventure/horror Night Creatures starring Peter Cushing. If you love the new cover art, you will have to settle for the standard release (with slipcover) as the direct copy from Scream! Factory's shop that comes with a poster is sold out!

    Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber has a couple of W.C. Fields titles this week. They are Man on the Flying Trapeze, You Can't Cheat an Honest Man and You're Telling Me!.

    Notable announcements from last week:

    As mentioned last week, The Batman is coming in May, May 24th to be exact. Looks like the Walmart Exclusive is the one that I am most excited for so far.

    Turning Red is also coming on May 3rd, it too has the usual assortment of retailer exclusives as well. Don't even ask, just like all other Disney releases, Dolby Vision is NOT on the disc, and it is doubtful they will use a BD100 disc (if needed). Hope Disney is reading this, your 4K customer base would really like to give your releases an A+ but these two business decisions are what holds you back.

    Paramount is adding more catalog titles for June/July. In addition to First Wives Club as a Paramount Presents release, titles thus far include Rough Cut, Boomerang, The Hunted and Harlem Nights. No doubt more will be added as the days go by. One more piece of Paramount news, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is getting a new 4K SteelBook. These new steels thus far are, in my opinion, what they should have released in the first place. I'm not a fan of the cover art of the Best Buy exclusive set but still begrudgingly bought it.

    88 Films will be releasing Dragons Forever on blu-ray and 4K disc. The action film stars Jackie Chan. Also on regular blu-ray, Flying Guillotine 2 and Martial Club.

    Kino Lorber will be releasing a new 4K disc for The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). If you have never seen original version, it is a well made movie.

    In case you missed the news, a lot of titles previously released by Twilight Time have been getting releases by a company named Sandpiper Films. On the docket so far and in the near future are Eye of the Needle, Salvador, Tom Sawyer (1973), Under Fire, Nicholas Nickleby, Posse, American Pimp, Hawaii, The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream, Bound For Glory, Baby Boom, Salsa, The Man in the Moon and It's My Party.

    Universal has a couple of TV shows coming to disc, Hacks: Season One, La Brea: Season One and The Sinner: The Complete Series. The TV series Ray Donovan gets a movie on 4K disc and blu-ray on May 24th.

    Mill Creek is releasing SeaQuest DSV The Complete Series on July 19th(ish). Previously you had to import this show, the one from Koch Media in Germany is a nice looking set but is likely region locked.

    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?




    Matt Reeves' The Batman Starring Robert Pattinson Delivers Vengeance Digital/HBO Max April 18th - 4K UHD & Blu-ray May 24th

    The biggest film of 2022 (so far) and one of the best comic book movies ever made, The Batman comes home to Digital April 18th and 4K UHD and Blu-ray Disc May 24th, 2022

    Just this morning we posted on social about how The Batman was now available for pre-order from Best Buy due to hit store shelves May 24th. Now Warner Bros. makes it official. Premier digital retailers like iTunes and Vudu should see The Batman arrive for purchase on April 18th - the same day it arrives on HBO Max. As usual, Disc Collectors will have to sit tight a few more weeks until May 24th to get their hands on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray copies. The cool thing is you'll have some options with some exciting store exclusives for picking this one up! Personally, after three visits to IMAX, I'm just glad to see this coming home sooner rather than later! 

    The Batman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Release

    The Batman - Blu-ray

    The Batman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook

    Now here's where things get interesting. Walmart is showing a listing for a pretty snazzy deluxe Gift Set option with three discs. All artwork we've seen for other editions and the official press release indicate a 2-Disc release and nothing in Walmart's listing tells us what is on that third disc yet. We've made inquiries so hopefully, we'll find out soon what is on that third disc that's clearly labeled "bonus features"

    The Batman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive Gift Set

    There is also a listing for a Target Exclusive Blu-ray - but it looks like the standard artwork and there's nothing to indicate what the exclusive is. When we find out we'll create a listing and add that to this roster of releases. 

    Right now we don't quite have full specs for the 4K Ultra HD - we know that it will have Atmos Audio (as will the Blu-ray) but we have not heard back yet about HDR grade so count on base HDR10 for now. As soon as we know more we'll update our listings and this article. Until then, you can check out Warner Bros. full press release below. 


    "A mesmerizing mind-bender that grabs you hard and never lets go.”

    Peter Travers, ABC News

     

    The Batman

    COMES HOME FROM

    WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

     

    Premium Digital Ownership

    debuts early on April 18

     

    Stream on HBO Max on April 18

     

     4K, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on May 24

     

     

    Burbank, CA, April 11 – Unmask the truth behind Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne, when “The Batman” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on April 18. The film is directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay by Reeves and Peter Craig, based on characters created by DC, and stars Robert Pattinson (“Tenet,” “The Lighthouse”). The film will also be available to stream on HBO Max on April 18 and will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on May 24.

     

    The film also stars Zoë Kravitz (TV’s “Big Little Lies,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of

    Grindelwald”), Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”), Jeffrey Wright (“No Time to Die,” TV’s “Westworld”), John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”); Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Interrogation”), Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”), Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) and Colin Farrell (“The Gentlemen,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”). The film was produced by Dylan Clark and Reeves, with Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel executive producing.

     

    • On April 18, “The Batman” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $24.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

     

    • On April 18, “The Batman” will be available to stream on HBO Max

     

    • On May 24, “The Batman” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “The Batman” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

     

    “The Batman” can be enjoyed at home with Filmmaker Mode TM. Developed by studios, TV manufacturers and some of Hollywood’s leading directors, Filmmaker Mode disables all post processing (e.g. motion smoothing), preserves the correct aspect ratios, colors and frame rates, and enables your TV to display the film precisely as it was intended by the filmmaker.  Filmmaker Mode is available on televisions from select manufacturers.

    The Batman” 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

     

    More than a year of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear

    into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With

    only a few trusted allies—Alfred (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright)—amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

     

    When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic

    clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he

    encounters such characters as Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz), Oz, aka The Penguin (Colin Farrell),

    Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka The Riddler (Paul Dano). As the

    evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear,

    Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power

    and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

     

    DIGITAL, 4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

    “The Batman” Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:  

    • Vengeance In The Making
    • Vengeance Meets Justice
    • The Batman: Genesis
    • Becoming Catwoman
    • Looking for Vengeance
    • Anatomy of The Car Chase
    • Anatomy of The Wingsuit
    • A Transformation: The Penguin
    • The Batmobile
    • Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary

     

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

    • Vengeance In The Making
    • Vengeance Meets Justice
    • The Batman: Genesis
    • Becoming Catwoman
    • Looking for Vengeance
    • Anatomy of The Car Chase
    • Anatomy of The Wingsuit
    • A Transformation: The Penguin
    • The Batmobile
    • Unpacking The Icons
    • Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary

     

    “The Batman” DVD contains the following special feature: 

    • Unpacking The Icons

     

     

    ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

     

    Your Movies, Together at Last.TM MOVIES ANYWHERE lets you enjoy your favorite purchased or redeemed digital movies combined in one simplified, personal collection. MOVIES ANYWHERE brings together movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment. MOVIES ANYWHERE offers a library of over 7,900 digital movies, including new releases, and old favorites, and the user experience will continue to grow as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the MOVIES ANYWHERE app and website, consumers can connect their MOVIES ANYWHERE account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies across multiple devices and platforms. Participating digital retailers include Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Xfinity, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, FandangoNOW, Verizon Fios TV and DIRECTV. Consumers may also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Discs™ and DVDs from participating studios: just look for the MOVIES ANYWHERE logo, redeem the code, then instantly enjoy your movie.

     

     

    ABOUT DIGITAL

     

    *Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

     

    BASICS

     

    PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

                4K UHD Combo Pack                                                                        $29.99

    Blu-ray                                                                                                $24.99

    DVD                                                                                                   $19.99

     

    Digital Ownership: April 18, 2022

    PVOD: April 18, 2022

    4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 24, 2022

     

    DVD Languages: Canadian French, English, Latin Spanish

    BD Languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, English, Latin Spanish

    4K Languages: Canadian French, English, German, Italian, Latin Spanish

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

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

    4K Subtitles: Swedish, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Italian, German, Parisian French, Canadian French, Finnish, Danish, English SDH ,

    Running Time: 175 minutes

    Rating: Rated PG-13 by the MPA for strong violent and disturbing content, drug

    content, strong language, and some suggestive material

     

    DVD: DLBY/DGTL

    Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

    4K: ATMOS TrueHD

     

    THE CREDITS

     

    About “The Batman”

    The film is directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay by Reeves and Peter Craig, based on characters created by DC, produced by Dylan Clark and Reeves, with Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel executive producing.

     

    The ensemble stars Robert Pattinson (“Tenet,” “The Lighthouse”), alongside Zoë Kravitz (TV’s “Big Little Lies,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”), Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”), Jeffrey Wright (“No Time to Die,” TV’s “Westworld”), John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”); Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Interrogation”), Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”), Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) and Colin Farrell (“The Gentlemen,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”).

     

    Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a 6th & Idaho/Dylan Clark Productions Production, a Matt

    Reeves Film, “The Batman.”


    Home Video Will Be Turning Red With Disney and Pixar's Latest on Digital April 26 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray May 3

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    The latest addition to the Pixar library Turning Red from Director Domee Shi and starring the voices of Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Hyein Park, and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan arrives on Digital on April 26. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray will be available in stores on May 3. Check out our theatrical review here..

    In Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition does not seem to include Dolby Atmos, however The Digital UHD appears to. Bonus features include an audio commentary, several featurettes, and deleted scenes. There will also be an exclusive SteelBook edition available only at Best Buy.

    Turning Red - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
     

    Turning Red
     

    Turning Red - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook)

    Pre-order links should be available shortly and the full press release is included below:


    “A BREEZY-SMART COMING-OF-AGE CHARMER”

    – Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly

    Activate Red Panda Mode When Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red Bursts onto Digital April 26 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 3

     

    LOS ANGELES, CA (April 11, 2022) – Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red debuts on all major digital platforms April 26 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 3, just in time for Mother’s Day. Pixar fans can transport back to the early aughts and experience all the warm and fuzzy red panda Mei-hem with never-before-seen bonus material including seven deleted scenes, three featurettes and audio commentary with Director Domee Shi. Turning Red is also streaming on Disney+.

    Film Synopsis

    In Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

    Bonus Features*

    • Audio Commentary  View the film with audio commentary by director Domee Shi, producer Lindsey Collins, and director of photography Mahyar Abousaeedi.
    • Featurettes
      • Life of a Shot  Domee Shi and members of the crew describe the many-layered process and artistry involved in creating the hilarious Red Peony scene – from observing red pandas in a zoo to creating a storyboard to finalizing the animation and background lighting.
      • Build Your Own Boy Band  Step backstage to learn how 4*TOWN came to animated life. From creating each band member’s persona to writing and producing the songs to fine-tuning the details of their stadium performance, the filmmakers reveal how they designed the ultimate boy band.
      • Ani-Mei-Tion  Because Mei’s heightened emotionality is central to the story, it was important that her look and movement reflect that energy. Learn how Domee Shi led the animation team to incorporate hints of expressive anime to create Mei’s lovable, dynamic character.
    • Deleted Scenes
      • Deleted Scenes Introduction  Director Domee Shi introduces scenes not included in the final version of Turning Red.
      • Intro Meilin  In this alternate opening, Ming and young Mei have their portrait taken in a studio…but Ming has her own specific vision for the photo.
      • Taming The Panda  Under her mother's guidance, Mei learns techniques to control her ability to magically turn into a red panda...to varying degrees of success.
      • The Debate  Mei runs for class president against frenemy Tyler, and the speeches get a little out of hand.
      • Fei And Christina Hang  Mei (formerly Fei) shares a banana split while having a heart-to-heart with Aunt Christina.
      • 4*TOWN Dilemma  Mei scores tickets to her dream concert, but her strict mother won't let her out of the house. What will she do?
      • Roping In Leo  Pleading with Leo for help with getting out of trouble, Mei learns a couple of his closely guarded secrets.
    • Easter Egg - Robutton Deleted Scene  An alternate ending in which Mei, finding herself sitting next to her 4*TOWN dream-idol Robaire on a flight to California, has some feelings.

     

    *bonus features vary by product and retailer

    Cast

    Rosalie Chiang as Meilin Lee

    Sandra Oh as Ming Lee

    Ava Morse as Miriam

    Hyein Park as Abby

    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya

    Orion Lee as Jin Lee

    Tristan Allerick Chen as Tyler Nguyen-Baker

     

    Directed by

    Domee Shi

    Produced by

    Lindsey Collins, p.g.a.

     

    Executive Producers

    Dan Scanlon

    Pete Docter

                                                  

    Story by

    Julia Cho

    Domee Shi

    Sarah Streicher

    Screenplay by

    Julia Cho

    Domee Shi

     

    Original Songs by

    Billie Eilish

    and Finneas O’Connell

                          

    Music by

    Ludwig Göransson

    Product Specifications

    Street Date

    Digital: April 26

    Physical: May 3

     

    Product SKUs

    Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

     

    Feature Run Time

    Approx. 100 minutes

    Rating

    U.S. Rated PG

    Bonus material not rated

          

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 1.85:1

    Physical: 1.85:1

     

    U.S. Audio

    4K Ultra HDEnglish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

    Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 5.1 DTS-HDHR, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

    DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, Spanish 5.1 Dolby, English 2.0 Dolby, English AD 2.0 Dolby

    Digital: English Dolby Atmos (UHD only, some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

     

    U.S. Subtitles

    4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish

    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish

    Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

     


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - April 10, 2022 - April 16, 2022

    I begin this week's disc article with another piece of sad news to physical media collectors. Barnes & Noble appears to be removing the physical media area from their stores. Although many of us waited until there was an actual sale, such as the Criterion or Arrow Video ones, it's still troubling to see that area go. The fact they have survived this long as a book store is something in itself, but as far as the footprint, what can they possibly do with that area in the future? If your local store is making changes, post a comment below.

    Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 47 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 Releases-

    This week's new release is all about Spider-Man: No Way Home. The plethora of skus available includes the Standard Edition, the forever SOLD OUT Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, the Target Exclusive Fan Art Edition and the Walmart Exclusive Artwork release. As far as cover arts, I feel that the Walmart edition wins me over, hands down.


    On to catalog releases, Arrow Video offers a 4K release for Robocop. Actualy, two options, the 2-Disc Limited Edition and the single-discLimited Edition SteelBook. Surprised to not see a Deluxe SteelBook which includes the best of both editions.I did get my dreaded "Delivery estimate update" for my Robocop order from Amazon, which is odd because I know reviewers got copies a week or two ago and folks online got their copies early from other merchants.

    As mentioned two weeks ago, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was only delayed for Amazon, Best Buy, etc but available from the direct dealers like Grindhouse and Diabolik on time. Just a heads up that there is no slipcover on this one.

    Blu-ray releases-

    On to blu-ray releases, and just like we do every week, the blu-ray counterparts out of the way first. Spider-Man: No Way Home gets a release, as well as a 3-movie release of Homecoming / Far From Home / No Way Home. Robocop has had multiple releases over the years, so there's nothing new this week, but Mary Shelley's Frankenstein gets a blu-ray counterpart.

    Paramount has a few catalog and Miramax reissues worthy of mentioning. Titles include 45 Years, Jersey Girl, The Shipping News and Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman.

    Warner Archive has a pair of Kevin Costner releases, American Flyers and Fandango.

    From A24, a Joaquin Phoenix drama titled C'mon C'mon.

    More TV on disc this week from Universal, Chucky: Season One.

    Criterion Collection's release this week is a biopic of man that became dictator, William Walker. The film is titled Walker for short.

    Anime highlights include Drifting Dragons - Season 1, Food Wars! The Fifth Plate - Complete Collection, KING's RAID: Successors of the Will - Part 2, Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars, One Piece - Collection 29 and Street Sharks.

    LionsGate's entry this week is an action/horror/thriller titled WarHunt.

    Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber brings us Dr. Phibes Double Feature starring Vincent Price. Not done there, also a monster movie titled Tentacles with some well known talent on screen and snazzy cover arts (3)!

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Severin Films has added a 4K to the mix for the movie Out of the Blue (1980). Available 5/31 direct and 7/26 via Amazon.

    GKids will be releasing several titles via Shout Factory in June, they include Panda! Go Panda!, Only Yesterday, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and Fire In The Sky.

    Disney's Turning Red looks to be getting a release in May. Official announcement and exact date coming soon. Thus far it will be available as a standard blu-ray, standard 4K and a Best Buy Exclusive 4K SteelBook. No doubt a Target art edition will be added, and who knows, possibly a Walmart exclusive as well.

    The same can be told for The Batman as well, May release, standard blu-ray, standard 4K and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

    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?




    NEW Scream Factory 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays for June 2022 - Cat People - Dog Soldiers - The Fun House

    • Cat People, Dog Soldiers, and The Fun House Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    • Horror/Sci-fi boutique label Scream Factory will bring all three films to 4K UHD in June
    • Pre-orders are live on the Scream Factory website 

    After an ambitious May slate, Scream Factory isn't slowing down in June with their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Offerings. Neil Marshall's horror/action flick Dog SoldiersCat People, and Tobe Hooper's horror gem The Funhouse are all making the transition to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray this June. Scream Factory quietly slipped them up onto their Scream Factory shop before announcing them on social media - and you can pre-order right now! So to that point, we know these discs are coming, we know bonus features, but we don't yet have the final word on HDR grading or audio specs - but if past is prologue then expect Dolby Vision and likely an Atmos audio mix for a couple of these. As we learn more we'll update our listings and this article! 


    Dog Soldiers Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    June 14th, 2022

     

    A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on special training maneuvers face their biggest fears after they run into Captain Ryan – the only survivor of a Special Ops team that was literally torn to pieces. Ryan refuses to disclose his mission even though whoever attacked his men might be hungry for seconds. Help arrives in the form of a local woman who shelters them in a deserted farmhouse deep in the forest ... but when they realize that they are surrounded by a pack of blood-lusting werewolves, it's apparent their nightmare has just begun!

    From Neil Marshall, the director of The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion and episodes of Game Of Thrones, comes this terrifying thriller starring Kevin McKidd (Rome, Trainspotting), Sean Pertwee (Gotham, Event Horizon), Emma Cleasby (Doomsday) and Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones). 

    DISC ONE (4K UHD):

    • NEW 4K Restoration From The Original Camera Negative – Approved By Director Neil Marshall And Cinematographer Sam McCurdy
    • Audio Commentary With Director Neil Marshall

    DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

    • NEW 4K Restoration From The Original Camera Negative – Approved By Director Neil Marshall And Cinematographer Sam McCurdy
    • Audio Commentary With Director Neil Marshall
    • Werewolves Vs. Soldiers – A Look At The Making Of DOG SOLDIERS Featuring Interviews With Director Neil Marshall, Producers Christopher Figg And Keith Bell, Actors Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Leslie Simpson And Emma Cleasby, Special Effects Artist Bob Keen, And More!
    • A Cottage In The Woods - A Look At The Production Design With Production Designer Simon Bowles
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Neil Marshall's Short Film: Combat
    • Two Still Galleries – Photos From The Film And Rare Photos From Production Designer Simon Bowles And Special Effects Artist Dave Bonneywell's Archives

    The Funhouse Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    June 21st, 2022 

     

    Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Lifeforce) pays affectionate tribute to various classic horror movies in this tale of two teenage couples who spend the night in a sleazy carnival funhouse.

    On her first date with Buzz (Cooper Huckabee, True Blood), Amy (Elizabeth Berridge, Amadeus) disobeys her father and goes to the carnival with Richie (Miles Chapin, Hair) and Liz (Largo Woodruff, The Ladies Club) ... but their first date may end up as their last. After witnessing a murder, the four terrified teens are trapped in the maze of the Funhouse and stalked by a real monster: a horribly deformed killer who lurks among the freakish exhibits to butcher them one by one! Also starring Sylvia Miles (Midnight Cowboy) and Kevin Conway (Invincible) in three roles, The Funhouse features special makeup designs by the ingenious Rick Baker (An American Werewolf In London, Ed Wood).


    Cat People (1982) Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    June 28th, 2022

     

    A remake of the 1942 Jacques Tourneur horror/noir classic, Cat People stars Nastassja Kinski as Irena, a beautiful young woman who discovers love for the first time only to find that the experience brings tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this woman's first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her – including the extraordinary demands of her brother (Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange) – as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. Directed by Paul Schrader (Hardcore, American Gigolo, Affliction), this erotic fantasy about the passion and terror surrounding this first love also stars John Heard (Awakenings), Annette O'Toole (48 Hrs.), Ruby Dee (Do The Right Thing) and Lynn Lowry (Shivers). 


    And that's all we know for now. As I said at the outset, this is breaking news and full details haven't come from Scream Factory, but we expect that to change soon. It's Scream Factory so you can expect some custom artwork probably and a ton of new and archival bonus features. As we get those details we'll update our listings and this article. 


    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - April 3, 2022 - April 9, 2022

    How did the first quarter treat you and your wallet? I feel as though even the indie houses like Vinegar Syndrome, Arrow Video and Kino Lorber have been releasing a lot of great 4K titles as well as even some worthy blu-rays.

    Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 46 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 Releases-

    This category is dominated by New Releases this week.

    First from 20th Century Studios/Disney, murder-mystery Death on the Nile. If you're looking for retailer exclusives such as a SteelBook you will have to import one from Zavvi. Go figure, because the cover art on the SteelBook looks better in my opinion.

    And next from Miramax/Paramount, the 2022 film Scream. This one has a few options to choose from, a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, a Walmart exclusive and of course a double feature which includes the 2022 film and the original 1996 film by the same name.

    And lastly for 4K, a catalog reissue of Jack Reacher, but as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

    Blu-ray releases-

    This category is a bit slow this week. There's still a few gems to consider though. First, the blu-ray counterparks of the above titles. Death on the Nile gets a single release, and Scream (2022) gets a single release as well as a 2-film collection similar to the releases above.

    Subject to change but on track for Tuesday, Arrow Video releases The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter. Although not a Shaw Brothers release, it was still made during that era.

    Do you like it when the studios release TV on blu-ray? To continue the trend people need to buy these releases because it is simply about making a profit. This week Paramount is releasing CSI: Vegas - Season One. Funny that the original CSI all those years ago wasn't called this, despite being set in Vegas. Catalog comediesLet it Ride starring Richard Dreyfus and an all-star casted movie called Soapdish debut to blu-ray this week.

    From Sony Pictures Classics, 2021 dramas Jockey and Parallel Mothers.

    Anime highlight includes just Megalobox 2: Nomad - The Complete Season.

    LionsGate releases a Western this week titled Desperate Riders.

    If you have been collecting classic TV, The Little Rascals: Volume Five comes to us this week via Classicflix.

    Honorable Mention: Ken Burns and PBS bring us Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin.

    For Friday releases, an arts release and a concert. Imprint Films' March titles are available on Amazon.

    >Audrey Rose - Imprint Films Limited Edition
    >China Gate - Imprint Films Limited Edition
    >Conquest of Space - Imprint Films Limited Edition
    >Johnny Got His Gun - Imprint Films Limited Edition
    >Marooned - Imprint Films Limited Edition
    >The Hunter - Imprint Films Limited Edition

    >The Osterman Weekend - Imprint Films Limit

    Notable announcements from last week:

    Paramount is doing another wave of Miramax reissues, which means some of these will be affordable again. Expect to see them released on April 12th. Some of the titles include Jersey Girl, The Shipping News and Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman. I expect to see more added at the last second. Also, listed but no street date yet, The Contractor (2022) will be getting a blu-ray release as well as 4K disc.

    Vinegar Syndrome has revealed a bunch of titles for May and called it their "halfway to Black Friday" flash sale. On the 4K fron titles include Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Cloak & Dagger and Miami Connection. Then just announced are their April titles. For 4K, there's Death Wish II and FleshEater, and a Peekarama titled Stiff Competition. Their long blu-ray for April will be Alien Private Eye. Multiple partner labels have been added as well.

    Arrow Video had revealed multiple versions of True Romance for a June 28th release date. For blu-rays look for Edge of Sanity and The Initiation of Sarah with a June 21 street date.

    James Wan's Malignant will be getting a domestic 4K disc release on May 24th.

    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?




    No Fooling - High-Def Digest 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide April 2022

    Ever feel like with each new month your 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection just gets bigger and bigger and yet your bank account just never seems to catch up?  

    Maybe it was because the format has matured and is now rolling on all wheels with support from major studios and boutique labels? Maybe it's because of the pandemic, studios and labels decided to reinvest in physical media digging deep to bring fans some exciting hits and old favorites? Whatever it was - each month of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases seems to be getting more and more aggressive. This month we see everything from the biggest theatrical hit of the pandemic era to one of the best 1980s science fiction flicks to a Best Picture-winning thriller making landfall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

    We have a lot to cover so let's not waste too much time and jump right in...

    High-Def Digest's April 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Shopping Guide 


    April 5th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

    Death on the Nile (2022) - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Scream (2022) - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Scream (2022) - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    Scream (2022) - 4K UHD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive 

     

    Scream 2-Movie Collection - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Jack Reacher - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    April 12th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Releases

    RoboCop - 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition 

     

    RoboCop - 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition SteelBook 

     

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K UHD Blu-ray Target Exclusive 

     

    Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K UHD Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive 

     

    Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    April 19th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blur-ay Releases 

    Heavy Metal - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    In the Heat of the Night - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Cabin in the Woods - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    April 26th, 2022 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

    12 Monkeys - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    For All Mankind - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Singin’ in the Rain - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Moonfall - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Moonfall - 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook 

     

    Scanner Cop (Single Release) - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Scanner Cop II (Single Release) - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Madman - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

     

    Schizoid / X-Ray - 4K UHD Blu-ray Double Feature 

     

    Flesheater - 4K UHD Blu-ray Double Feature 

     

    Death Wish II - 4K UHD Blu-ray Double Feature 

     

    And that does it for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases for April 2022. We hope this list is helpful and lets you plan all those new additions to your ever-growing collection.

    Thank you for your pre-orders! Following our purchase links and placing those orders goes a long way towards keeping our little operation up and running. 


    How to Easily Install a Full Bitcoin Lightning Node on a Raspberry Pi

    I recently installed a full bitcoin node on our home network, and lucky for me, I got everything up and running quickly without bumping into some issues. Before I will show you the steps on how to install a full bitcoin node, allow me to explain some of my reasons why I ended up doing this.

    As some of you may already know, bitcoin is a network composed of thousands of nodes. A record of every bitcoin transaction is verified and maintained inside a node. So if you are running one, you will essentially be hosting and sharing a copy of the bitcoin blockchain and you will help maintain the network decentralized.


    What are the benefits of running a bitcoin node?

    Unlike mining, you will not be rewarded with a bitcoin when running a node because you are simply giving support to the network instead of solving complex computational math problems. However, one of the main advantages of running your own node is that you can do some transactions on the Bitcoin network without the need for a third party provider thus allowing you to save money for the fees. For added peace of mind, you can connect your wallet and forward all your transactions through your own node, making sure that every transaction is safe and secure.


    For me, another reason for running a node is for educational purpose and taking a deep dive on the blockchain technology. I am very passionate about this emerging tech because it is already shaping up to change the world for the better.


    Without further ado, here are some of the steps that I have followed to easily install and run a bitcoin node:


    Step 1: Prepare the hardware


    You donat need an expensive mining rig to run a bitcoin node. I bought the following items, but you can always use your existing hardware provided that you have all the recommended system specs:


    1. Raspberry Pi Model 4 (Particularly, I bought the Model B with 4GB RAM starter kit that includes the power adapter, 16GB microSD card, and case)


    2. 1 TB SSD (SanDisk SSD Plus 2.5a 1 TB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive)



    3. SSD Enclosure (SENDA Transparent USB 3.0 SATA III 2.5 HDD/SDD Enclosure)



    Note: I bought all the items at Lazada and the total cost is around 10,000 Philippine Pesos (200 USD).


    Step 2: Download the software


    Download Umbrel OS HERE and extract the file. Download Balena Etcher HERE and install it on your computer.


    Note: For downloading the software, obviously you will need a laptop or desktop computer. A microSD card reader is needed for flashing the software to the microSD card.


    Step 3: Flashing Umbrel OS


    Put the microSD card on your card reader, open Balena Etcher, and flash the downloaded Umbrel OS to your microSD card. After flashing, remove the card and insert it into the Raspberry Pie.


    Step 4: Plug it up


    Put the SSD drive into the enclosure and plug it into any of the blue colored ports (USB 3.0) of your Raspberry Pi. Connect the Raspberry Pi to your Internet connected router via ethernet cable. Connect the power supply and power up your Raspberry Pi.


    Step 5: Starting up


    Around 5 minutes after powering up, Umbrel OS can be accessed at http://umbrel.local on the web browser of your device (smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop) that is connected to the same network as the Raspberry Pi.



    Follow the initial set up of Umbrel and enjoy running your very own bitcoin node.





    I am still exploring some of the features of Umbrel and might write a quick review about it soon, so watch out!


    The Bitcoin Revolution is Here

    Since 2014, Iave been talking about bitcoin here (read:Is Bitcoin The Next Open-source Software Revolution?,Best Bitcoin Applications for Linux).Back then, bitcoin was still very much in its infancy and our articles about it were some of the least popular posts weave ever had. However, I have already seen its potential and proclaimed that it could become a revolutionary open-source software project and that it has the potential to be bigger than Linux.


    Today, bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general have already gone mainstream in terms of popularity. Although widespread adoption could still be a few years away, different personalities like social media icons, hip hop moguls, top athletes, famous actors, financial gurus, and several billionaires are already talking about it incessantly.


    Speaking about widespread adoption, different countries have already started recognizing the value of cryptocurrency. In fact, one countryhas recently passed a law to make bitcoin its official currency. I believe more countries will follow after we will all be able to clearly see the positive economic impact of having a legal tender in bitcoin.


    Recently, we have witnessed institutional investors or publicly traded companies that have started filling their balance sheets with bitcoins. To name a few, thereas Tesla(invested around 1.5 billion dollars worth of bitcoin), Microstrategy (250 million dollars), Galaxy Digital Holdings (176 million dollars), and Square (50 million dollars).


    Although I am not a financial advisor and this site is not about making money, I encourage you to consider investing it bitcoin. Forgive me for not telling you this in 2014 when 1 bitcoin was equivalent to around 500 dollars. At that time, buying and selling cryptocurrency was difficult because there were very few trusted exchanges and wallets so the possibility of losing your investment was enormous. If ever you decide to invest in cryptocurrency today, I suggest that you do your own research first because, like all others investments, there are still risks involved, albeit much lesser than before.


    After promoting Linux and other free and open-source software in the past, I have decided from now on to focus most of my time here in writing about bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and other interesting blockchain projects. I think it is about time to enlighten people that bitcoin is not purely a speculative asset, but something that is more valuable because of its capability to empower people from around the world. Like most of you, I find joy in freedom and for me bitcoin is freedom. Now, I can safely say that the cryptocurrency revolution is underway, and we are just getting started.



    25 (More) Funny Computer Quotes

    I have been reading some of my old posts here and noticed one that is still quite popular simply because a lot of us love humor. If you are a new site visitor, kindly check out "My Top 50 Funny Computer Quotes" post to know what I mean. Inspired by that one and since itas been a long time that I wrote or posted some funny stuff here, I decided to collect a few more amusing quotes.

    So without further delay, here is a brand new collection of funny computer quotes:


    25. What if one day Google got deleted and we could not Google what happened to Google?

    24. Never trust a computer you canat throw out a window.

    23. The attention span of a computer is only as long as its power cord

    22. Microsoft has a new version out, Windows XP, which according to everybody is the amost reliable Windows ever.a To me, this is like saying that asparagus is athe most articulate vegetable ever.

    21. Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.

    20. "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." - Pablo Picasso

    19. If you think patience is a virtue, try surfing the net without high-speed Internet.

    18. The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.

    17. aThe Internet? We are not interested in it.a - Bill Gates, 1993

    16. The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards.

    15. "Being able to break security doesnat make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer." - Eric S. Raymond

    14. I'm sorry that I'm not updating my Facebook status, my cat ate my mouse.

    13. "I am not out to destroy Microsoft, that would be a completely unintended side effect." - Linus Torvalds

    12. Dear humans, in case you forgot, I used to be your Internet. Sincerely, The Library.

    11. My wife never gives up. She is so insistent that she entered the wrong password over and over again until she managed to convince the computer that she's right!

    10. Computer dating is fine if you're a computer.

    9. I love my computer because all my friends live inside it!

    8. The only relationship I have is with my Wi-Fi. We have a connection.

    7. The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.

    6. Why can't cats work on the computer? They get too distracted chasing the mouse around.

    5. My wife loves me so much, she tries her best to attract me to her. The other day she put on a perfume that smells like a computer.

    4. I changed my password everywhere to 'incorrect.' That way when I forget it, it always reminds me, 'Your password is incorrect.'

    3. A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history--with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila."

    2. Life is too short to remove USB safely.

    1. Passwords are like underwear: you donat let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldnat share it with strangers.


    I hope you enjoyed our latest list of amusing computer quotes!


    How to Install Raspbian OS on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

    After my Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ First Impressions, allow me to share with you how I installed Raspbian OS on this tiny computer as promised. But first a quick introduction about Raspbian. This lightweight Unix-like operating system is based on Debian Linux and is highly optimized to run on Raspberry Pias ARM CPU. Its desktop environment is called PIXEL (Pi Improved X-Window Environment, Lightweight), which is made up of a modified LXDE desktop environment and the Openbox stacking window manager. It comes pre-loaded with useful applications such as web browser, office suite, programming tools, and several games among others.

    Now, letas get down to business and give you some of the requirements needed to install Raspbian OS. If your Raspberry Pi is not bundled with a microSD card you should get one with at least 8GB of space. Some of the basic PC accessories required for setup are USB keyboard, USB mouse, and a computer or TV monitor (preferably with HDMI port). The Raspberry Pi Model B+ has an HDMI port for video output. So if your monitor has DVI or VGA port, you should have an HDMI-to-DVI or HDMI-to-VGA cable. You will also need an extra desktop or laptop computer for downloading the OS and then flashing it to the microSD card.

    The next thing that you should prepare is the installer. You can download it from HERE. It is recommended to Download the NOOBS version, but if you are adventurous enough you can go for the full Raspbian version of the installer. The file that you will download is compressed in ZIP format so you will need to extract the OS image (.img) to use it. After extracting, you may now proceed to flash the OS image to your SD card. To do that, you will need to download the recommended tool for the job HERE. Install it, and then follow the simple step by step process of flashing the OS image to your microSD card. It is also worth noting that you will need an SD card adapter and an SD card reader if your laptop or PC donat have one built-in.

    Finally, the Raspbian OS is now installed, and all you have to do is eject the microSD card from your computer and plug it in your Raspberry Pi. Connect all the needed Raspberry Pi peripherals and power up your tiny but very capable Linux desktop machine.


    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ First Impressions

    I have always been curious about the tiny computer called Raspberry Pi but I didnat have the time or opportunity to buy one until now. I got the latest version (Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+) along with bundled accessories from AliExpress for $65. I think it was a good deal considering what I got which I will explain to you later on. But before that and for your convenience, here are some quick facts about Raspberry Pi that I got from Wikipedia:

    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

    * The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation

    * It aims to promote teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries.

    * The original model became far more popular than anticipated, selling outside its target market for uses such as robotics.

    * According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, more than 5 million Raspberry Pis were sold by February 2015, making it the best-selling British computer.

    * In March 2018, sales reached 19 million.

    * On the CPU level, the first generation Raspberry Pi is similar to a 300 MHz Pentium II of 1997a99. While its graphical capabilities are roughly equivalent to the performance of the Xbox of 2001.

    * More info about Raspberry Pi including tech specs can be found HERE


    First Impressions

    I have only seen a Raspberry Pi in photos before so I was quite in awe of its size when I finally opened the box. It measures just 85.60mm by 56.5mm or around 3 by 2 inches.

    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ beside my iPhone 6 and glasses for size comparison

    As I said, I got the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ rather cheap since it is bundled with a case, power cord, 32GB micro SD card + adapter, HDMI cable, heatsink, USB cable, and 3.5 inch touchscreen display. It is loaded with a 1.4 GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 1 GB RAM, gigabit Ethernet, on-board dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Power over Ethernet (PoE) feature, and USB and network boot capabilities.

    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ running Raspbian OS

    The first thing that I did after unboxing the package was placed the Raspberry Pi inside the included plastic case. The plastic case needs to be assembled and it didnat come with instructions so I had to figure it out myself. Next, I searched on Google on how to install an OS into my Raspberry Pi. So, I downloaded Raspbian, a Debian-based OS highly optimized for the Raspberry Pi and installed it. On my next post I will be sharing with you more about Raspbian and will guide you on how to install it and give you tips on some of the things that I did after installation.

    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ setup alongside my iPad Pro

    As you can see from the photos above, I now have a full-pledged desktop powered by a tiny computer. I connected my Raspberry Pi to my 13-inch HD display and it runs smoothly without lag or graphics issues. I also connected a wireless mini keyboard with built-in touchpad and an external hard drive to complete the setup. As of now, I am using my Raspberry Pi as file and VNC server (set up my iPad Pro as VNC viewer). I also intend to use it for testing Linux distros and for doing a bit of Python programming.

    As Iave said, my next post will be all about installing and setting up Raspbian on Raspberry Pi so watch out.


    Dark Mode on Appleas macOS? Linux did it First

    Last year, Apple introduced the highly anticipated adark modea feature on their macOS (Mojave) desktop operating system. Many Apple fans regarded it as a cool and useful enhancement to their desktop user interface. It allowed users to turn on the system-wide dark color scheme and encouraged third-party app developers to offer a dark mode for their Mac apps. If you are thinking that Apple is the first to use this feature on the desktop, think again.

    As far as I can remember, Linux is the first desktop OS that lets users easily customize the UI and provided plenty of dark theme options. I think Ubuntu started the trend in using darker themes out of the box several years ago, and they did it in a more elegant way when compared to other Linux distros. Elegant in a way that the dark scheme UI was consistently used and built-in apps were using dark themes.

    Apple macOS

    When customizing my Linux desktop, I always prefer dark themes since it is easy on the eyes and it looks good. Dark background also allowed me to focus more on the job at hand because there is less visual distraction. Using dark mode on my Mac desktop right now, I canat help but think about the endless customizations I did before on my favorite Linux distros to achieve that perfect dark look.

    Ubuntu Linux

    So to all the Mac users out there who also enjoyed using the dark mode on their desktop, perhaps you can thank Linux for showing the guys at Cupertino that dark mode UI is not just cool but also usable. However, correct me if Iam wrong through the comments below if you think that Linux did not have any influence whatsoever in this new macOS feature.


    My Top 10 PlayStation 4 (PS4) Games of 2018

    2018 was an awesome year for PlayStation 4 (PS4) gamers. Top game developers have released several exciting titles that made us stay on our couch for much longer periods of time :-)


    So letas get started. I made here a list of my favorite PS4 games last year. Do please note that my choices of games are mostly action, simulation, survival, sci-fi, fantasy, first-person shooter (FPS) shooter, and role playing games (RPG). These games only made it through the top ten list because of their cool realistic graphics, amazing storyline, and of course their highly engaging gameplay.

    So now, here are my top ten PS4 games of 2018:

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    10. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    Made by Warhorse Studios, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a single player, open world action role playing game set in the Medieval Kingdom of Bohemia in 1403. Although this game barely made it to the top ten, it is an awesome game with a fantastic storyline. This game takes place during a war in Bohemia where you will be playing as Henry, a common blacksmithas son who lived a very normal life until the Cuman mercenaries (the gameas main enemy) attacked and destroyed his village and killed (almost) everyone he knows and loves. Luckily, Henry escapes and soon joins Sir Radzig Koblya who leads a resistance movement against the Cumans.

    The Game has a pretty long main storyline with lots of side quests and amazing characters for you to discover. Its combat mechanics are a little bit hard to master and its realism is a bit high because the armor can offer a lot of protection. The swords and gear can break and get dirty and with the armor offering heavyweight protection, you really need to search for weak spots in order to defeat your enemy. It also gets very frustrating when your shiny plate armor gets bloody and dirty after a long journey or a fight because you have to clean it frequently. But still the gameplay is enjoyable and and above all, it does not need Internet connection to be played.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay - 7/10; Graphics - 8/10; Realism - 10/10; Content - 8/10


    Jurassic World Evolution

    9. Jurassic World Evolution

    This is a Business Simulation game created by Frontier that lets you create your own Jurassic Park. It is a very nice simulation game that takes place on the six islands based on the movie Jurassic Park. It is a fun game because you can observe your dinosaurs roam around your park. You also get to take care of your dinosaurs by feeding them and giving them a perfect home with lots of buddies, and another exciting feature is, you can create your very own dinosaur arena and watch your dinos fight or might I say rip each other to pieces.

    The game also features main missions, side missions, and of course your very own sandbox, so that you can create the perfect park with unlimited cash and without your dinos attempting to break out. The only thing that is quite disappointing about this game is the short dino lifespan, but of course in the sandbox mode you can let your dinos live forever perhaps even longer than you. Thus, overall this game is very entertaining especially to those who are a fan of dinosaurs, But Dino fan or not, this game is definitely worth a try and it does not need Internet connection to be played.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay - 7/10; Graphics - 10/10; Realism - 9/10; Content - 8/10

    Monster Hunter World

    8. Monster Hunter World

    Developer by Capcom, this game is the newest installment in the Monster Hunter series. In this game you can create your own custom character and you are tasked to track down, kill, or capture any monster you see. The plot of the main story of the game is that you are one of the hunters of the new world. You are sent to hunt and capture monsters for your colony. Although some of the old monsters are returning to the game, there are a lot of new monsters, some even bigger and scarier than the old ones. The game also features a lot of new weapons for your hunter such as swords, spears, bows, and even guns, along with a lot of very customizable armor pieces so that you can kill monsters in style. Overall, the gameplay is surprisingly fun and worth your dime. You can play this alone or with friends for more fun and theyall definitely be amused. This game does not need Internet connection to be played.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay - 9/10; Graphics - 9/10; Realism - 8/10; Content 9/10

    Far Cry 5

    7. Far Cry 5

    Created by Ubisoft, Far Cry 5 is an open world FPS game that sets place in Hope County. The main story lets you start as a deputy trying to stop a cult from taking over hope county. After a failed attempt, you are saved by freedom fighters and you join them in the fight against the cult. In Far Cry 5 you can create your own character and equip him or her with various weapons, vehicles, and customizations, and you can also bring in guns for hire in the fight against the cult. This game also features a map creator so you can create your own levels and even play with your friends.

    You can play Far Cry 5 in singleplayer or multiplayer mode and it does not need Internet connection to start. This game is really entertaining and gut-busting, but I think that the main story goes a bit too fast. And although this game is single player and does not need Internet connection to play, but you can connect online and look for challenges or online players to make the game even more exciting.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay - 9/10; Graphics - 9/10; Realism - 9/10; Content - 8/10

    God of War

    6. God of War (2018)

    God of War is an action adventure game that is developed by Santa Monica Studios. The latest game is the eighth installment of the God of War series, and it continues the story of Kratos years after he killed his father Zeus and destroyed all of the Greek World. In God of War you play as Kratos who is now in Norse Mythology, and his son Atreus. In the main story Kratos and Atreus will journey throughout the nine realms to fulfill their promise to Kratosa second wife and Atreusa mother to spread her ashes in the highest peak in the nine realms.

    The latest God of War has a fantastic and highly moving storyline. Most of the characters are fun to interact with, and the game features lots of enemies, jaw-dropping boss fights, and a variety of enjoyable characters. The graphics of this game is really cool and realistic, and the monsters look awesome, so it is definitely worth checking out. God of War is a single-player game and does not need Internet connection to play.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay - 8/10; Graphics - 10/10; Realism - 9/10; Content - 9/10


    Soulcalibur VI

    5. Soulcalibur VI

    Soulcaliber VI is a Fighting Game Produced by Bandai Namco Entertainment. In this game you can play with more than 20 existing characters to choose from or you can create your own custom characters. It also features a lot of cool weapons for your custom character and a lot of other customization options.

    Soulcaliber VI is a very fun fighting game that features 2 campaign modes, soul story (the original story mode), and Libra of Souls (the story of your own custom character). The gameas fighting is very detailed and is highly realistic because your armor can break, you can roll if you are knocked down, and you can push your enemy off a cliff for an instant kill. The characteras fighting style is also diverse because each weapon has its own moves, special skills, and fighting style.

    Overall, the gameas graphics is superb. Though there were times the capes clip with the armor, and the story mode isnat the best out there, but itas the fighting strategies that really made Soulcaliber VI an awesome game and worth it. Although this game is single player and does not need Internet connection to start, you can still play this on split screen in online multiplayer mode.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay - 10/10; Graphics - 8/10; Realism - 9/10; Content - 9/10


    Spider-Man

    4. Spider-Man

    Created by Insomniac Games, Spider-Man is an awesome game based on the super hero Spider-Man. In this game you play as Peter Parker, or should I say Spider Man who spends his time swinging all over New York stopping crime wherever he goes. This game features most of Spider-Manas enemies such as Kingpin, Shocker, Doctor Octopus and more. It also lets you craft a whole lot of cool gadgets and high tech suits to help you bring those bad guys down. It even has these cool skins a the Avengers Infinity War Iron Spider suit, Spider-Man Homecoming suit, and the Homecoming Stark suit.

    In this game you will not only take down common street criminals but super powered minions as well. These super powered minions can either have dark demonic powers, high tech jet packs, rock hard skin, and more making the game very enjoyable than ever. You will also face many challenges, find cool collectables, and even visit the Avengers Tower. The game also has one of the best main stories, you will want to keep playing until the very end because it gets more exciting and you will even meet a lot of interesting characters along the way. The game also has side missions, challenges, and a whole lot of landmarks. Overall, Spider-Man is an awesome game and is definitely worth it. The game is single player and does not need Internet connection.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay - 10/10; Graphics -10/10; Realism - 8/10; Content - 9/10

    Assassinas Creed Odyssey

    3. Assassinas Creed Odyssey

    This game is an open world action RPG game created by Ubisoft and is probably one of the best in the list. In this game you play as either Alexios or Kassandra and the story takes place in Greece during the Peloponnesian War, a war between Sparta and Athens. In the game, no matter what character you choose you start off as a common mercenary that wields the blade of Leonidas (who is your grandfather) the former king of Sparta and has a pet eagle named Icarus who looks out for enemies and helps you hunt for materials. Your main weapon is the blade of Leonidas that serves as your hidden weapon in the game (sadly there are no other hidden blades in this release compared to the previous) and gives you incredible powers such as bull rush, hero strike, and the good old Sparta kick.

    In Assassinas Creed Odyssey you are on the hunt for the people who destroyed your family, which is the cult of Kosmos (the main enemy) while at the same time trying to bring your family together again. The game has a nice main story and has a lot of interesting side quests all over Greece. It also offers your character a lot of weapons such as axe, swords, daggers, hammers, bows (but sadly no shield), and a lot of armor for your characters protection and style. It even has a few mounts to buy and unlock. In this game you also have your own boat where you can customize your crew members and add special lieutenants to improve ship power. Overall, the game is magnificent and is worth every penny.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay -10/10; Graphics - 8/10; Realism - 9/10; Content - 10/10


    Just Cause 4

    2. Just Cause 4

    Just Cause 4 is an open world action game created by Avalanche Studios and Square Enix. In my opinion, this game is probably one of the best games of 2018. In it you play as the badass former secret agent, Rico Rodriguez who (after killing Di Ravello and avenging his family) went to the fictional South American country known as Solis to search for his fatheras secrets, only to find that his father left a weather machine capable of unlimited destruction. This game, like all other Just Cause games, features a lot of guns, vehicles, and a lot of destruction. It also offers a whole lot of tech, explosion, and awesomeness. Like for example you can have a gun that shoots drones and lasers or a boat that can make the enemy base rain with lighting. Just Cause 4 also lets you create an army of chaos that you can use to help yourself in the fight against the Black Hand, which are the gameas main enemies. Overall, the game has fantastic graphics, storyline and is highly engaging.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay -10/10; Graphics - 9/10; Realism - 9/10; Content - 10/10


    Red Dead Redemption 2

    1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    Red Dead Redemption 2 is my top favorite game of 2018 and it may be the best game I played since 2016. It was developed by Rockstar Studios and for me it is just perfect, a flawed masterpiece. I could play this game for a month and could not still get enough of it. In Red Dead Redemption 2 you play as Arthur Morgan, an outlaw in 1899 America who just escaped a place called Blackwater with his fellow gang members after a failed heist, and has a mission to make his gang rich again (after losing all their money in Blackwater) and to ensure that he and his gang survives with the law chasing them.

    In terms of graphics, this game is just amazing and the realism is excellent that guns look like the real thing. The game also has some realistic survival elements because your character can get sick, hungry, tired, dirty, and even your hair can grow in this game which is so cool. You can also hunt 100 plus animals in the game for food. The NPCs of this game also feels so alive and breathing you almost donat want to kill them. In addition, the environment details of the game are very realistic like the snow, the dirt, even the water.

    In Red Dead Redemption 2, horse riding is probably the best means of transportation and the horses are very detailed that their sizes, speed, and faces differ. The horses are your most valuable companions and they can even kill some enemies if you are lucky. This game also offers your character a lot of outfits and guns to use, and you can even go bounty hunting or go rob a train if your money is low. In the game, you also have a special ability called deadeye that allows you to slow down the time and then you shoot the life out of multiple enemies like a pro.

    Overall, Red Dead Redemption 2 is so close to perfection that it is my top pick for 2018. You just have to get your hands on it and for sure youall be hooked. Please note that even if the game is single player and does not require Internet connection to play, there is always an online mode if you want to play with friends.

    Ratings:
    Gameplay - 10/10; Graphics - 10/10; Realism - 10/10; Content - 10/10


    Written by: Marco Auza. Note: This is Marco's first article for TechSource. He will be writing game reviews during his free time since he is still in Junior High School.


    The Essential Smartwatch: From Motorola MOTOACTV to Apple Watch

    Although I am not a watch enthusiast, I have a soft spot for smartwatches. They have tons of features that ordinary wristwatches donat have and as a techie, I think they look way cooler than your average watch. Since 2011, I realized I have not been using my conventional wristwatches that they are already gathering dust in my closet. The reason? I bought my first smartwatch that year - the Motorola MOTOACTV.


    For $300, I got a brand new Motorola MOTOACTV and wearing it felt like having the most awesome watch in the world. At that time, smartwatches are not yet popular but I enjoyed using it because it has features that I thought was ahead of its time. Powered by Android, it features built-in fitness apps, accelerometer, Bluetooth, music player, FM tuner, capacitive multitouch LCD display, ANT+ for connectivity to fitness sensors (eg. heart rate sensor) and has the capability to connect to smartphones to display calls and text messages.

    Motorola MOTOACTV

    Although I love the MOTOACTV, it was far from perfect. In terms of design, it looks bulky and there was really no room for customization. As for the software, it was stable at first but was later on plagued with buggy updates. It was also not as durable as I thought it would be since it was made by Motorola. It took just one waist-high drop that shattered the LCD display of my MOTOACTV, and so I was quickly in search for my next smartwatch.

    For around $100, I got the very first version of Pebble. Considered at that time as the most funded project in Kickstarter history, I never regret purchasing that smartwatch. The original Pebble had some of the features that I want such as Android and iOS app support, notifications (calls, texts, emails), water resistance, aalways ona display, 7-day battery life, and array of sensors (magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light). One of the best things about the Pebble was its app store that contains tons of free downloadable applications and watch faces. In terms of design, the Pebble looks plain and simple but you can customize it by replacing the 22mm wrist strap or using some skins to cover the bezel.

    Pebble

    The Pebble was definitely better than the MOTOACTV but it also had some crucial issues. Iave been using it for around 3 years and had experienced several buggy software updates that became really annoying. The most recurring issue Iave encountered was constantly losing connection to my phone hence the notifications feature was a hit or miss. In addition, the first version of Pebble had no built-in GPS and heart sensor, which for me was a major caveat since Iam a fitness buff. Lastly, although it can control the music from a connected smartphone, it didnat have a stand-alone music player like the MOTOACTV.

    Using it on a daily basis, my Pebble looks good as new even until today so there is no question about its durability. I just got tired of the look and its limitations so I decided to hunt for my next smartwatch.

    In September 2016, Apple released the Series 2 version of their smartwatch. Aimed at enhancing the iPhone experience, I considered the Apple Watch way better than the MOTOACTV and two steps ahead of the original Pebble. For around $400, I bought the Series 2 (aluminum, space grey, Nike+) in January 2017 and Iave been using it almost every single day since then.

    Apple Watch Series 2 (Nike+)

    The first thing I liked about the Apple Watch is its sleek and highly customizable design. I bought a few cases for protection and plenty of bands (wrist straps) for styling and comfort. After constant usage, I begin to appreciate the Apple Watch for its stable hardware and software integration. Connecting to my iPhone is a breeze and it runs flawlessly that I didnat have to worry about not receiving important notifications. I think this is the main reason why Iam still using this smartwatch.

    Here is a list of features that I love about the Apple Watch (Series 2):

    * Awesome display (OLED Retina display with Force Touch)
    * Customizable watch faces
    * Built-in sensors (optical heart, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light)
    * Built-in GPS
    * Water resistant up to 50 meters
    * Built-in fitness and wellness apps
    * Activity tracker (motivates me to exercise or stay active)
    * Supports third-party apps
    * Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
    * Built-in music player
    * Easily removable bands and plenty of cheap bands available
    * Simple but good-looking design
    * Durable screen and body

    Some of the features that I wish Apple Watch should have:

    * Longer battery life
    * Always on display
    * Third-party watch faces

    Although the Apple Watch Series 4 has been released in 2018, I didnat find it necessary to upgrade as my Series 2 still serves its purpose well, and looking at the features of the latest Apple Watch, it didnat tick any of the wish list I wrote above.

    My Apple Watch is my constant and reliable companion. I regularly use the Breathe app when meditating, the built-in fitness app when swimming, running, cycling, weight lifting, or doing yoga, and the stand-alone music app when playing music on my AirPods. I also heavily rely on its notifications feature for calls and SMS. The Apple Watch can do all those things while looking sleek and of course showing me what time it is.

    These days, there are still a lot of people who are using traditional watches compared to those who are using smartwatches. I think this is mainly because ordinary watches are more convenient to use for non-techies, as they are easy to set up and donat have to be charged all the time. As for me, I will probably stick to wearing smartwatches until my heart rate per minute goes zero.