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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!

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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?



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.

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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.

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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?



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:

>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.

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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?



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?

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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?



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.

 

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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?



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-disc Limited 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.

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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?



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 comedies Let 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.

>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.

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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?



4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - March 27, 2022 - April 2, 2022

April Showers, Bring May Flowers, or at least, that's what we were taught. Hard to say what to expect each yer. April thus far is looking a little bit slower than March for disc releases, but it's still early.

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 45 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-

Closing out the month, there's a short list of 4K releases for the week.

First, the new release this week is Sing 2 and it is brought to you via Universal. Unlike the first movie, there is no accompanying SteelBook at Best Buy, and the cool set from Target is NOT 4K. Speaking of animated -- what happened to the Hotel Transylvania: Transformania release from Sony?

 

On to catalog releases next. First from Arrow Video and not likely releasing this week, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This one has a standard release that appears to be delayed to April 12th, but the  Zavvi Exclusive USA SteelBook is still dated for this week. I suspect the SteelBook date will be changed to April 12 as well.

The Last Waltz gets a Criterion Collection 4K nod this week.

 

Blu-ray releases-

Getting the blu-ray counterparts of the above releases listed first, Sing 2 comes as a standard edition blu-ray as well as a 2-Movie (Sing / Sing 2) release, and the Target Exclusive that I would have bought if it were a 4K. What Gives Universal? The Last Waltz also comes to Criterion Collection blu-ray.

While still on the subject of Criterion Collection, the 1997 drama/romance Love Jones get a blu-ray release on Tuesday as well.

 

This week's blu-ray category has a bunch of standard edition releases from Vinegar Syndrome and Partner Labels, as well as Severin standard edition releases. These titles were released earlier on their respective sites, often times with exclusive slipcovers. Follow our provided links to their shops if you still wish to pursue those editions.

From Universal and Peacock TV comes a comedy/romance titled Marry Me. J Lo, Owen Wilson, that's all you need to know, probably decent for its genre. And also from Universal TV, Young Rock: Season One comes to disc as well.

The next Paramount Presents release is on track for Tuesday, look for Ordinary People then.

 

Warner Archive releases two titles this week,  A Star Is Born (1937) and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. The latter title has a 'Cinerama Smilebox' angle, which I cannot figure out how this will work for a home theater.

 

LionsGate's entry this week is an action film titled Pursuit. Not done there, a shark thriller titled The Requin.

 

Anime highlights include The Day I Became a God - The Complete Season, Haikyu!! To the Top (Season 4), Ingress the Animation, My Hero Academia: Season Five Part One, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Seven and Otherside Picnic - The Complete Season.

After a delay and barring any more, Magnum P.I.: The Complete Series *might* be coming out this week via Mill Creek Entertainment.

 

Interesting title from Kino Lorber, Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection.

Honorable Mention: Every year Cinedigm releases the Super Bowl from that year on disc. This year is no exception. NFL Super Bowl LVI Champions: Los Angeles Rams is all yours! I cannot tell if the half-time show is included, if it is, it might be worth a gander.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

FUNimation has announced their June releases, and they have also appeared to quasi-merge with Crunchyroll. Titles include Hetalia: World Stars Season 7, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Eight, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan - The Complete Season, BEM: Become Human - Movie and BACK ARROW - Part 1. As far as the merger, I cannot tell if there are no longer digital codes in the package.

Sentai Filmworks has also revealed their June titles, which by the way include BTOOOM! Complete Collection, Student Council's Discretion: Season 1 - Complete Collection, Student Council's Discretion: Season 2 - Complete Collection, IRODUKU : The World in Colors Complete Collection, Getter Robo Arc - Complete Collection and Place to Place: Complete Collection.

The next Vestron Video release will be Extreme Prejudice, with a street date of May 17th. This title comes via LionsGate. Also coming from LionsGate in June, a follow up to the 'hit' 2021 movie Fortress, Fortress: Sniper's Eye.

Kino Lorber has revealed they are working on a pair of Clive barker 4K editions, Rawhead Rex and Underworld (1985). The latter is also known as Transmutations.

Arrow Video has revealed that True Romance will be getting a U.S. release on June 28th. The available 4K options are a Limited Edition, Limited Edition SteelBook and a Deluxe Limited Edition SteelBook, as well as a Limited Edition blu-ray. It literally was a year before that the UK got their release, so hats off to Arrow for pursuing the rights. Arrow's other June domestic releases include Edge of Sanity and The Initiation of Sarah.

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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?



Paramount Announces Jackass Forever for Digital on March 29 and on Blu-ray April 19

The Certified Fresh® film Jackass Forever on Rotten Tomatoes® will hit Blu-ray on April 19 and on Digital March 29. The Jackass Collection will also be available as part of a 4-movie digital bundle (Jackass: The Movie, Jackass: Number Two, Jackass 3, jackass forever) for a special bundle price.  

The home video release of the outrageous comedy starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and more includes nearly 40 minutes of additional footage not shown in theatres. Read our theatrical review here.

Older and grayer but not wiser, Johnny Knoxville and the gang are back for another outrageous round of stunts and bad ideas. with new friends and loads of celebrity guest stars, the crew take pranks to ridiculous lengths where absolutely no one is safe and all senses are frayed. from exploding port-a-potties to hockey pucks to the nuts and performing magic for an unamused bull, Jackass Forever is a hilarious roller coaster ride like you’ve never experienced before.

Jackass Forever
Jackass Forever
 

Pre-Orders for the Blu-ray are now available and here is the full press release:


HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Embraced by critics and audiences alike, the sublimely inspired and seriously messed up jackass forever arrives for purchase on Digital* March 29, 2022 with exclusive footage of more ill-advised and outrageous stunts not seen in theatres.  In addition, a 4-movie Jackass Collection (Jackass: The Movie, Jackass: Number Two, Jackass 3, jackass forever) will be available on Digital for a special bundle price and jackass forever will debut on Blu-ray and DVD April 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will also be available to watch on Paramount+ beginning March 22.

Certified Fresh® on Rotten Tomatoes®, jackass forever brings the crew together with new friends and celebrity guests for a whole lot of stunts, pranks, and bad ideas.  The Digital* and Blu-ray releases are loaded with nearly 40 minutes of outrageous and hilarious stunt footage not seen in theaters:

  • Tarantula Bite
  • Face Your Rear
  • Dark Shark & The Bear
  • Fire In The Hole
  • Broke Zach Mountain
  • Virtual Reality
  • Plug And Arrow
  • The Breakaway
  • Soccer Ball Surprise
  • Poopies Only Wipes Twice
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Wee Man Throws Zach Under The Bus
  • Toilet Geyser
  • Telephone Pole (Susan)
  • Telephone Pole (Millie)
  • Telephone Pole (A.D.)

The jackass forever DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

jackass forever synopsis
Older and grayer but not wiser, Johnny Knoxville and the gang are back for another outrageous round of stunts and bad ideas. with new friends and loads of celebrity guest stars, the crew take pranks to ridiculous lengths where absolutely no one is safe and all senses are frayed. from exploding port-a-potties to hockey pucks to the nuts and performing magic for an unamused bull, jackass forever is a hilarious roller coaster ride like you’ve never experienced before.


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TW: @jackassworld
FB: @jackass
IG: @jackass
#jackassforever 
 

PARAMOUNT PICTURES and MTV ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS Present A DICKHOUSE Production
“JACKASS FOREVER” JOHNNY KNOXVILLE STEVE-O CHRIS PONTIUS
DAVE ENGLAND WEE MAN DANGER EHREN PRESTON LACY
Co-Producers STEVE-O CHRIS PONTIUS Costume Designer EMILY TING
Edited by MATTHEW KOSINSKI MATTHEW PROBST SASCHA STANTON-CRAVEN
Production Designer JxPx BLACKMON Director of Photography DIMITRY ELYASHKEVICH
Executive Producers SHANNA ZABLOW NEWTON GREG IGUCHI
Produced by JEFF TREMAINE SPIKE JONZE JOHNNY KNOXVILLE
Directed by JEFF TREMAINE

 
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jackass forever
Street Dates:              March 29, 2022 (Digital)
                                    April 19, 2022 (Blu-ray, DVD)
U.S. Rating:                 R for strong crude material and dangerous stunts,                                                graphic nudity and language throughout                                                                         
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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - March 20, 2022 - March 26, 2022

Bring on Spring! In the Northern Hemisphere, that moment begins this week. What it means for movie watching at home? Probably no heater or cooler noise during the feature. I love to watch a great film with no distractions from outside the movie environment!

Welcome to Volume 2 Episode 44 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 thought you would have a reprieve in spending this week after last week, ha ha ha, think again.

New release first, Nightmare Alley directed by Guillermo del Toro. Surprisingly this one only has two skus, a standard release and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 

Now on to catalog titles. First, from Kino Lorber, David Cronenberg crime/thriller Eastern Promises.

 

From LionsGate, literally a year after the blu-ray release, a 4K release for Fatale. Was I dreaming when I thought I had seen a reboot of Femme Fatale coming? And how about a double-dip next? The Hunger Games comes in a handsome Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook set, with cover art that is certainly a little more original than the repetitive picture of the bird inside the emblem.

 

I purposely saved this one for last because no doubt, it's going to be absolutely huge! I am referring to The Godfather Trilogy. Available as a standard edition box set and as a Limited Collector's Edition. Either set you can't go wrong with!

 

This Friday Turbine Media is releasing new special editions of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You will have to import them, which is not an issue when dealing directly with them.

Blu-ray releases-

The blu-ray category is quite a bit busier than it was last week. Counterparts first, Nightmare Alley gets a single sku release, Eastern Promises gets a new edition, The Godfather gets a new trilogy release, and new single movie releases for The Godfather and The Godfather II.

From Warner Archive Collection, Captains of the Clouds starring James Cagney.

Paramount brings us a Showtime TV event, Dexter: New Blood, available as a standard release and a SteelBook release.

 

More TV on disc, but from Universal, Dr. Death: Season One.

LionsGate's For the Love of Money comes to disc this week.

 

From Arrow Video comes Come Drink With Me, just think Shaw Brothers type film, but before the actual Shaw Brothers. Also slated this week, Japanese fantasy To Sleep So As To Dream.

Shout Select's version of The Core debuts this week, donning a new 4K scan.

The monthly batch of Indicator Series releases falls on this week. Titles include La Llorona, Mad Dog Morgan, The Phantom of the Monastery and A Time for Dying.

88 Films next batch of Kung Fu Film releases include Monkey Kung Fu and Shaolin Mantis.

 

Criterion Collection's release this week is The Flight of the Phoenix (1965).

 

In the honorable mention category, when you group Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield in a musical, you get Blue Skies, released by Kino Lorber. Shirley Temple fans can see her in Now and Forever which also releases this week from Kino Lorber.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Criterion Collection's June titles have been announced. The titles are Farewell Amor, Pink Flamingos, Rogue, Shaft (1971)(as a standard blu-ray and a 4K edition with Dolby Vision HDR), The Tales of Hoffmann and The Worst Person in the World. See our news story here.

20th Century Studios has officially announced the release of Death on the Nile (2022) and will be coming to disc on April 5th, as a blu-ray edition and a 4K combo edition. There will likely be a SteelBook release at Best Buy, but that has not been confirmed yet. See our news story here.

Universal has announced The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Vol. 2 for a May 10th release,  this is a box set of Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, The Trouble with Harry, Marnie and Family Plot. This time around though, each film will be available individually, but the entire box set is currently listed for the price of just two of the individual titles combined. Also from Universal, The Last Kingdom: The Complete Series and The Last Kingdom: Season 5 will be available May 17th.

Discotek's May 31 title highlights include Mon Colle Knights (dubbed), Double Dragon The Complete Series, Astro Boy 1980 Series and Darkstalkers: The Complete OVA Collection.

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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?



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