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The Stars Come Out For Warner Archive Collection's July 2024 Blu-ray Releases

The Warner Archive Collection has announced and detailed their next batch of Blu-ray releases.  They are Northwest Passage (1940), Idiot's Delight (1939), Harum Scarum (1965), Marie: A True Story (1985),  The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995), War of the Buttons (1994), and an animated double-feature - Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost/Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (1999/2000).  All will be available for purchase on July 30.

First up we have King Vidor's classic 1940 adventure Northwest Passage starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, and Ruth Hussey.

Northwest Passage (1940) - Warner Archive Collection 

Northwest Passage (1940) - Warner Archive Collection 

Spencer Tracy and a stellar supporting cast grab muskets, gun powder and knives, and head out for adventure in Northwest Passage, a lavish Technicolor® retelling of French and Indian War heroics, based on Kenneth Roberts’ best seller. Tracy plays a true-life explorer Major Robert Rogers, the intrepid leader of the celebrated Roberts’ Rangers fighting force that took on one of the most challenging expeditions in military history. Tracy’s portrayal brilliantly captures the American pioneering spirit, but he had to muster up his own will to carry it off. “It isn’t exactly fun to work in bitter cold and be sloshing through mud all day” he said. For twelve grueling weeks of location shooting, he endured trapsing through swamps, crossing rapids, and climbing mountains. Of this rousing epic (released shortly after Gone With the Wind), The New York Times wrote, “Now that the ‘Wind’ has stopped ruffling your hair, you can have it lifted, scalp and all in Northwest Passage. With stellar direction by thr great King Vidor, this new Blu-ray presentation, derived from 4K scans of the original nitrate Technicolor® negatives provides a revelatory viewing experience of an all-time classic adventure!

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Running time: 128 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 1.37:1
English SDH
Audio: DTS HD MA 2.0
Special features: Vintage promotional featurette: NORTHWARD, HO!
Original Theatrical Trailer

Next is another classic, Clarence Brown's 1939 romantic comedy Idiot's Delight starring Norma Shearer and Clark Gable.

Idiot's Delight (1939) - Warner Archive Collection

Idiot's Delight (1939) - Warner Archive Collection 

M-G-M legends Norma Shearer and Clark Gable star in Clarence Brown’s smashing adaptation of Robert E. Sherwood’s Pulitzer prize-winning play. They first meet in Omaha. They meet again years later at the Swiss border…and at the edge of World War II. Gable as smalltime hoofer Harry Van and Shearer as his one-time honey Irene, now passing herself off as a Russian aristocrat and clinging to the arm of a munitions baron who strike sparks in this witty, cogent clash of love and war, which was one of M-G-M’s many 1939 instant classics. Idiot’s Delight, released in the same year as Gone with the Wind, shows Gable at his rakish, manly, movie-star best. The most memorable scene features Gable’s performance “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, a wise-guy song-and-dance routine to the Irving Berlin classic that ends with the King leaping gracefully into the arms of a chorus line of peroxide cuties. Lucky girls!

The Blu-ray will feature a NEW 2024 1080p HD Master from 4K Scan of Best Preservation Elements 

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Running Time: 105 Minutes
16x9 1.37:1 with side mattes
DTS-MA HD 2.0 MONO
English SDH
NOT RATED
SPECIAL FEATURES: Classic cartoons: THE GOOD EGG (HD) and IT’S AN ILL WIND (HD)
Original Theatrical Trailer

The 1965 musical comedy Harum Scarum directed by Gene Nelson and featuring Elvis Presley and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley.

Harum Scarum (1965) - Warner Archive Collection 

Harum Scarum (1965) - Warner Archive Collection 

“Go East, Young Man“ sings showbiz star and martial arts wizard, Johnny Tyrone. To hear is to obey. A clandestine group of called the Assassins kidnaps Johnny and whisks him to a remote Arabian realm isolated from the world for 2,000 years. Sheik meets desert chic when Elvis Presley plays Johnny and teams with former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley (Presley‘s Girl Happy co-star) in this tuneful frolic, partially shot on the original set built for Cecil B. DeMille’s 1927 epic King of Kings and directed by music movie musical veteran Gene Nelson. The kidnappers want Johnny to use his fighting finesse to kill a desert king. Johnny a hitman? No, he’s a hit, man, a top singer of songs like Kismet, Harum Holiday and nine more, all part of the jammin’, scamming, swashbuckling fun of Harum Scarum.

The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p HD master from 4K Scan of the original negative. 

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16x9 1.85:1
DTS HD MA 2.0
English SDH
Running time: 95 Minutes
NOT RATED
Special Features:
TOM AND JERRY CARTOONS: "The Cat's Me-Ouch" (HD) and "Of Feline Bondage (HD)
the original theatrical trailer.

Roger Donaldson's Marie: A True Story (1985) starring Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels, and Morgan Freeman is also on the way.

Marie: A True Story (1985) - Warner Archive Collection

Marie: A True Story (1985) - Warner Archive Collection 

Pay the man, get out of prison. It’s a sweet deal for the Tennessee officials who let killers and rapists go free for a price. And who would have the guts to defy the state’s power elite? No one, except a courageous single mom named Marie Ragghianti. Masterful director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Thirteen Days) helmed this gripping film which tells the true story of a woman who became the head of the Tennessee parole board, then stood up to lies, threats, and murder to blow the whistle on her bosses – and send many of them, including the Governor, to the pen. Sissy Spacek brings luminous intelligence to the role of Marie, and the remarkable supporting cast includes Morgan Freeman, Jeff Daniels, and screen-debuting Fred Thompson (later a Tennessee Senator) playing himself as Marie’s real – life attorney.

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16x9 2.39:1 Letterbox
DTS HD MA 2.0
English SDH
Running time: 112 Minutes
Contains the original theatrical trailer

The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) from director James Keach and produced by Clint Eastwood is next - starring Robert Duvall, Aiden Quinn, Francis Fisher and Brian Dennehy.

The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) - Warner Archive Collection 

The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) - Warner Archive Collection 

Texas 1935. It’s a time of boomtowns or bust for oil wildcatters and, repeatedly, derby-topped Mr. Cox has come out flat busted. Not to worry. Mr. Cox has a mule – headed optimism. He’s sure as the sunrise that near the town of Henrietta on a cotton farm that raises more dust than bolls, there’s black gold beneath the barren sod. From Clint Eastwood‘s production company, The Stars Fell on Henrietta is a sweet – natured tail of hope and redemption. As Mr. Cox, Robert Duvall has another acclaimed performance to his gallery of great roles. And Aiden Quinn, Francis Fisher and Brian Dennehy shine as Lone Star denizens, not so much swayed, as gradually infected by Cox’s unflagging will. That optimism, you’ll discover, is catching. Are a doodlebug rod, tasting the soil, or even tossing the cat and marking where it lands unusual way to find oil? Yes. Are they hopeless? Never. Or, as Mr. Cox might say, “You’ve got to hitch your wagon to a star, sweetheart.“

The Blu-ray includes a NEW 2024 1080p HD Master

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16x9 2.39:1
DTS HD MA 5.1 Surround
English SDH
Running time: 109 Minutes
RATED PG
Contains the original theatrical trailer

Yann Samuell's 1994 comedy-drama War of the Buttons starring Gregg Fitzgerald and Gerard Kearney is coming in July as well.

War of the Buttons (1994) - Warner Archive Collection

War of the Buttons (1994) - Warner Archive Collection 

No stones in slingshots. No skirmishes too late in the day. They are the rules of war for the youngsters of two neighboring Irish villages. And here’s another rule: if you spit shake on something you better follow through. Kids will be kids. But sometimes they, in their own fanciful ways, will be adults. What’s unique and marvelous here Oscar®-winning Chariots of Fire screenwriter Colin Welland says “is that it’s not an adult view of childhood at all, but a child’s view of adulthood“ Welland joins fellow Chariots of Fire Academy Award® winner David Putnam for a winning tale in which buttons are the gods of a would-be war. The rival teens are screen newcomers, but you wouldn’t know it from their seasoned performances. And if you don’t know why Ireland is the Emerald Isle, this scenic charmer is breathtaking proof.

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6x9 1.85:1
DTS HD MA 2.0
English SDH
Running time: 94 Minutes
RATED PG
Contains the original theatrical trailer

And finally, there's usually some Hanna-Barbera goodness popping out of the collection and here we have the animated double feature Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost and Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders.

Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost / Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders 
Double Feature - Warner Archive Collection

Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost/Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (1999/2000) (Double Feature) - Warner Archive Collection 

The world's most lovable mystery-solving dog, along with best friend Shaggy and the rest of the gang, bring on the laughs and adventures on this double-feature Blu-ray™ release! In Scooby-Doo and The Witch's Ghost, Scooby, Shaggy and co. get tied up with bumbling mummies and monster turkeys when famous fright-writer, Ben Ravencroft, invites the gang to his hometown for the Autumn Harvest Festival. There, they learn that Ben's ancestor, Sarah, haunts the place, and they set out to uncover the ghostly Ravencroft secret that will prove her either a good-hearted healer or a spell-casting witch. In Scooby-Doo and The Alien Invaders, Scooby, Shaggy and the Mystery, Inc. are stranded in a desert town where they soon discover a plethora of flying saucer buffs, secretive scientists and less-than-friendly extraterrestrials! But after aliens chase and beam them aboard a UFO, clues to the mystery of the alien invaders lead the gang from a top-secret government research base to an intricate network of caves hidden under the town, the race to crack the case redefines the term "far out" in this hilarious space-capade. Dedicated Scooby fans can now rejoice having these two fan favorite features on this new release, both for the first time on Blu-ray™.

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16x9 1.33
DTS HD MA 5.1 Surround
English SDH
Running times:
Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost-66 Minutes
Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders-74 Minutes
Special features: Making-of featurettes, promotional trailers

BELIEVE! 'Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way' Complete Series Blu-ray Box Set Arriving July 30

All 34 episodes of the critically-acclaimed comedy series Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis as the titular character will be getting a Blu-ray release on July 30.

The Apple TV+ sports comedy series Ted Lasso debuted in 2020, and since then it has won 13 Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - both two years in a row), as well as multiple Golden Globe Awards and Critics' Choice Awards.

In a bitter divorce settlement from her billionaire husband Rupert Mannion, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) becomes the new owner of British football club AFC Richmond. She's assisted by her Director of Football Operations, Higgins (Jeremy Swift), who formerly worked for her husband. Her first order of business is to fire the team's current manager and replace him with an idealistic all-American football coach Theodore "Ted" Lasso (Jason Sudeikis). Ted and his friend, assistant Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) cross the pond to take up the management of the team's "long, albeit modest" history. Ted gets to know the team - including Team Captain Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), top scorer Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) and more - but finds his first friend in the locker room assistant Nathan (Nick Mohammed). Half a world away from his wife and child, Ted could use a friend. But he presses on, nevertheless. Richmond is about to change the way they're doing things — and from now on — that is the Lasso way.

Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way
Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way
 

Specs and supplements have yet to be fully revealed, but for a limited time the Blu-ray boxset will include a BELIEVE poster while quantities last.

Pre-orders for Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way are now listed and here is the full press release:


 

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING HIT COMEDY SERIES TED LASSO

ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY AND DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME

ON JULY 30, 2024

 

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

 

BURBANK, CA (May 28, 2024) – It’s time to BELIEVE! The heartwarming and critically acclaimed comedy series, Ted Lasso, is making its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray and DVD, bringing its infectious blend of humor, heart, and hope directly into the homes of fans.  Experience the magic of the series all over again, or for the first time, with all 34 episodes from Seasons 1-3 in one special boxset that will include a limited edition, double-sided BELIEVE poster, available while supplies last.  Ted Lasso: The Richmond Way will be available for purchase online and in-store at major retailers on July 30, 2024. Pre-order your copy now.

Ted Lasso stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, an American football coach hired to manage a British soccer team — despite having no experience. But what he lacks in knowledge, he makes up for with optimism, underdog determination…and biscuits.  The series also stars Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Anthony Head, Toheeb Jimoh, Cristo Fernandez, Kola Bokinni, Billy Harris, James Lance with Juno Temple.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, and Bill Wrubel also serve as executive producers, along with Doozer’s Jeff Ingold and Liza Katzer. Jane Becker and Jamie Lee also serve as executive producers. Star Brett Goldstein serves as writer and co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

Since its premiere on Apple TV+ in 2020, Ted Lasso has earned widespread acclaim from audiences and critics alike.  Winner of 13 Emmy® Awards, including back-to-back wins in the following categories: Outstanding Comedy Series (2021, 2022), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis (2021, 2022), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Brett Goldstein (2021, 2022), along with an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series win for Hannah Waddingham (2021), multiple Golden Globe Awards and Critics' Choice Awards, the series has broken records, solidifying its place as one of the most beloved and celebrated series of all time.

 

Synopsis

In a bitter divorce settlement from her billionaire husband Rupert Mannion, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) becomes the new owner of British football club AFC Richmond. She's assisted by her Director of Football Operations, Higgins (Jeremy Swift), who formerly worked for her husband. Her first order of business is to fire the team's current manager and replace him with an idealistic all-American football coach Theodore "Ted" Lasso (Jason Sudeikis). Ted and his friend, assistant Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) cross the pond to take up the management of the team's "long, albeit modest" history.  Ted gets to know the team - including Team Captain Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), top scorer Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) and more - but finds his first friend in the locker room assistant Nathan (Nick Mohammed). Half a world away from his wife and child, Ted could use a friend. But he presses on, nevertheless. Richmond is about to change the way they're doing things — and from now on — that is the Lasso way.

 

Release Information:

 

PRODUCT

DVD

Blu-ray

Languages: English

Subtitles: English

Running Time: 1,447 minutes

Rating: TV-MA (14A in Canada)

 

 

About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

 

 

 

Every Little Disc, Gonna Be Alright - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, May 27, 2024

 The heat is on! Ouch, just, OUCH! There are a ton of releases in both the 4K and blu-ray categories. In what feels like a repeat of last month starting off slow then ramping up as the month continues, there are plenty of titles to pick from this week!

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 52 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 26th - June 1st, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Getting right down to business, Domestic New Releases begins with Bob Marley: One Love, which is also available as a SteelBook Edition. Respect, yeah.

  

 

 In the zero-day notice category (yup, if you guessed Universal Pictures you would be right) we see the return of the Furious Five with Kung Fu Panda 4.

 

 Catalog titles are next, from Kino Lorber we get the comedy/musical Cry Baby with Johnny Depp.

 

 Severin Films is up next. The Great Alligator get a standard release as well as a Web Exclusive Edition, Cathy's Curse gets a standard release and an uber fancy Web Exclusive Edition, Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker as a standard edition and a Web Exclusive Edition, The Devil's Honey as a standard edition and a Web Exclusive Edition and Cemetery Man gets a standard release.

   

 

 From Discotek, Japanese language release of Belladonna of Sadness.

 

 The A24 shop has a site exclusive release of (Talking Heads) concert film Stop Making Sense: Collector's Edition.

 

 

 Vinegar Syndrome site exclusives of Invasion U.S.A., Lifeline and Navy Seals are out this week, general releases usually follow in a month or two. A standard release of Witch Story is also available this week.

 Closing it out, Paramount has a double-dip of sort, a SteelBook release of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Warner Bros has Batman (1989) as a SteelBook release too!

 

 More of the same pattern begins next week, as the month begins we get a handful or releases, then it ramps up as the month goes on.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes Bob Marley: One Love from Paramount, Kung Fu Panda 4 (and a 4-Movie Collection) from Universal, Cry Baby from Kino Lorber, The Great Alligator, "Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker" and Cemetery Man (Standard Edition) from Severin and Stop Making Sense from the A24 shop.

 From Janus Contemporaries, a documentary titled All That Breathes.

 

 Criterion Collection has the drama/thriller Anatomy of a Fall. For drama this week, look for Girlfight.

 

 LionsGate offers up a bit of adventure with Arthur The King. As far as a crime/thriller releases, Damaged releases this week, as does Knox Goes Away.

 

 Anime highlights include Bluelock Season 1 Part 2, Digimon: Digital Monsters - Season 2, IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix - The Complete Stage, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: The Attack of Darkness - The Complete OVA Series, My Home Hero: The Complete Season and Sailor Moon Sailor Stars: The Complete Fifth Season.

 

 You bought the first Six right, so now it's time for Monk: Season Seven.

 

 Arrow Video continues to churn out the releases, this week the horror Pandemonium.

 

 Friday import releases via Amazon US include both UK and Australian titles:

Notable announcements from last week:

 Just to be a wise ass, I would like to mention that Kung Fu Panda 4 will be coming to blu-ray and 4K disc May 28th. Yes, it was announced last week. Seems to me if a studio were to give more advance notice it would offer a chance to build up excitement and a preorder window. Nope, let's ship the movie to retailers and as they are scratching their heads on a release date, then announce it 3 hours later.

 Halo: Season 2 will be coming to blu-ray and 4K on July 23rd. Just like Season 1, there will also be a 4K SteelBook option.

 Warner Bros has officially announced Rocky V, Rocky Balboa and the Ultimate Knockout Collection for July 16th release.

 Sony has made Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire official for June 25th.

 

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?



Zendaya Electrifies 'Challengers' for a Bare-Bones Blu-ray on July 9

The sexy tennis drama from Amazon MGM Studios starring Zendaya, Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist is hitting Blu-ray on July 9.

The film is directed by Luca Guadagnino, features music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and is rated R for language, sexual content and graphic nudity.

From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist - West Side Story), Tashi's strategy for her husband's redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O'Connor - The Crown) -- his former best friend and Tashi's former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.

Challengers - Blu-ray

Challengers 

Specs have yet to be fully revealed, there don't seem to be any supplements, and so far we have not seen any sign of a 4K UHD Blu-ray option. 

Pre-orders for Challengers are now listed and here is the full press release:


“Challengers is going to leave you breathless”

ABC News / Peter Travers

 

Luca Guadagnino’s

CHALLENGERS

ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY AN DVD ON JULY 9

 

 

Burbank, CA, May 22 – The much buzzed about film, Challengers, from Amazon MGM Studios, will be available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray on July 9.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”), the film is written by Justin Kuritzkes and produced by Amy Pascal, Luca Guadagnino, Zendaya, Rachel O’Connor.

 

Challengers stars Emmy® Award Winner Zendaya (“Dune: Part Two”, TV’s “Euphoria”), Emmy® Award Winner Josh O’Connor (TV’s “The Crown”, TV’S “Peaky Blinders”), and Emmy ® and Grammy Award winner Mike Faist (“West Side Story”). 

 

Challengers will be available on July 9 on Blu-ray for $22.99 (ERP) and on DVD for $17.99 (ERP).

 

ABOUT THE FILM:

From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist - West Side Story), Tashi's strategy for her husband's redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O'Connor - The Crown) -- his former best friend and Tashi's former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.   

 

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Written by: Justin Kuritzkes

Produced by: Amy Pascal, Luca Guadagnino, Zendaya, Rachel O’Connor

Executive Producers: Bernard Bellew, Lorenzo Mieli, Kevin Ulrich

Music by: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Cast: Zendaya, Josh O'Connor, Mike Faist

 

 

 

 

BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            ERP

Blu-ray                                                                       $22.99 (US)

DVD                                                                           $17.99 (US)

                                                           

Languages:  ENGLISH (5.1 DD), LATIN SPANISH (5.1 DD), CANADIAN FRENCH (5.1 DD)

Subtitles: LATIN SPANISH, PARISIAN FRENCH, ENGLISH SDH

Running Time: 131 minutes

Rated: R for language throughout, some sexual content and graphic nudity

 

THE CREDITS

 

About Amazon MGM Studios

Amazon MGM Studios is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content. Original series premiere on Prime Video, which is available to watch on hundreds of compatible devices in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. Original films are produced and acquired by the studio for theatrical release and exclusively for Prime Video. Amazon MGM Studios also produces content for MGM+, the premium pay television network, and Freevee, Amazon’s premium free streaming service. 

 

 

About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels, and through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales. WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

Do the Hustle! - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, May 20, 2024

 Not pressing pause by a long shot. Both 4K and blu-ray categories have a lot of decent titles to ponder.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 51 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 19th - May 25th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 This category looks pretty crowded at first glance. Even if you were to purchase everything on the list, you would come out well under $250, not the $600 mountain that it looks like.

 Import Monday has the 2011 Sci-Fi Thriller Source Code via StudioCanal. As LionsGate did this already in the US, most of us have little reason to even consider it.

 Domestic Tuesday consists of all catalog titles. Before I get the the mini-flood from Paramount, let's post all the others.

 First up, from Sony Pictures and the first time to 4K disc, comedy American Hustle gets a SteelBook release.

 From Blue Underground and what is sure to be another definitive release, horror/thriller Deathdream (aka Dead of Night).

 

 From Scream Factory, 2020 fantasy/horror Gretel & Hansel, previously released in regular HD by Universal.

 

 Closing out the category before we hit up Paramount, Arrow Video has a pair of titles. First up, a 4K upgrade to Guillermo del Toro's goth/horror Crimson Peak. There is word that del Toro is revisiting this film for some future project, don't let that stop you from buying it, these Arrow LE's sell fast and increase in value.

 

 And last but not least, crime film Narc. Our most recent review lists it as a "Must Own." Owning it, I must!

 OK, those Paramount releases. Dubbed All 4 Formats Editions, they include a DVD, Blu-ray, 4K disc and Digital Codes, housed in a DVD case, all for a value price of $10.99! These have crept up at many local Walmarts for some time now and are now made available elsewhere. Preorders sold well, so just keep checking, or visit your Walmart for mixed results.

This batch includes Beverly Hills Cop, Cloverfield, Escape from L.A., The Hunt for Red October, Interstellar, The Lost City, A Quiet Place, Shutter Island and The Untouchables.

 

 Next week we see a significant ramp up for general titles. Prepare Yourself.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Deathdream from Blue Underground and Narc from Arrow Video. I wouldn't be wrong by saying that the 9 titles from Paramount are also counterparts, but let's just move on to the rest of the category.

 Sony Pictures releases the 2016 drama/fantasy The Cleanse. Under the Sony Pictures Classics label, drama film The Vertical Ray of the Sun.

 

 New (2024) release crime film Dead Wrong comes via Mill Creek.

 

 Somewhat busy week for Anime highlights, look for Dead Mount Death Play - Part 1, Dr. STONE - Season 3 Part 1, Food Wars!: The Second Plate, A Galaxy Next Door: The Complete Season, The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World - The Complete Season and Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement - The Complete Season.

 

 Shout Factory has a Collector's Edition of The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1996).

 

 Criterion Collection's special interest title this week is Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène.

 Honorable Mentions: If you have been collecting the Kino Cult Releases, this week they have Kino Cult #7, Bettie Page Double Feature [Varietease | Teaserama]. Time to scoop it up!

 

 Kino also has a pair of collections of classic films to consider this week as well, Philo Vance Collection and Republic Pictures Horror Collection. The Sci-Fi Chillers Collection got bumped to next week.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Orson Welles' iconic thriller The Lady from Shanghai will be coming to 4K disc on July 23rd from Sony Pictures.

 Sony Pictures will also be releasing The Three Stooges Blu-ray Collection on July 23rd as well. The 20-disc set includes 8 full length features, as well as 120 Stooge shorts.

 Criterion Collection's August batch of titles has been announced. Do have a look see.

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?



Turbine Unleashes New Jurassic World: Dominion, Minions: Rise of Gru, & The Bad Guys 3D Blu-rays with Atmos!

Just when you thought it was safe to put away the glasses... 
Germany's Turbine will resurrect new Blu-ray 3-D Releases of Universal Studios hits Jurassic World: Dominion, The Bad Guys, and Minions: The Rise of Gru. This time the discs will include Atmos!

After the unfortunate closure of Australia's Random Space Media (RIP and thank you for the great work!), several terrific 3-D Blu-ray titles unavailable anywhere else in the world went OOP virtually overnight. Germany's Turbine Medien has stepped up to the plate to deliver three fan-favorites to 3-D Blu-ray launching their new numbered "Turbine Collector's Series" line of discs. Each of these releases is Region Free and offers the film in 3-D with Atmos audio, and reversible insert art. 

Jurassic World: Dominion - 3-D Blu-ray 

   

Technical Specifications:

  • Language / Sound: German Dolby Atmos, English Dolby Atmos, French DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1, Spanish DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1, Italian DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1
  • Aspect ratio: 2.00:1 (1080p24 Full HD - 3D)
  • Subtitles: German, German for the hearing impaired, English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Runtime: 147 Minutes

Includes reversible cover with original title on front and spine.

Minions: The Rise of Gru - 3-D Blu-ray 

   

Technical Specifications:

  • Language / Sound: German Dolby Atmos, English Dolby Atmos, French DTS-HD MA 7.1, Spanish DTS-HD MA 7.1, Italian DTS-HD MA 7.1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (1080p24 Full HD - 3D)
  • Subtitles: German, German for the hearing impaired, English, English SDH , French, Spanish, Italian
  • Runtime: 87 minutes

Includes reversible cover with original title on front and spine.

The Bad Guys - 3-D Blu-ray 

   

Technical Specifications:

  • Language / Sound: German Dolby Atmos, English Dolby Atmos, French DTS-HD MA 7.1, Spanish DTS-HD MA 5.1, Italian DTS-HD MA 7.1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (1080p24 Full HD - 3D)
  • Subtitles: German, German for the hearing impaired, English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Runtime: 100 minutes

Includes reversible cover with original title on front and spine. 

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Pre-orders for all of these are now live, these are due to start shipping May 23rd - Happy Collecting and Long Live 3-D Blu-ray!

The Not-So Itsy-Bitsy 'Sting' Spins a Blu-ray Release on July 30

The Australian creature feature written & directed by Kiah Roache-Turner with visual FX from the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop will crawl onto Blu-ray on July 30. Digital will arrive on May 28.

The horror film about a giant mutant spider stars Alyla Browne ('The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart', 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga', 'Sonic the Hedgehog 3'), Penelope Mitchell ('Hellboy') and Ryan Corr ('Holding the Man'), and is rated R for violence, bloody images and language.

After raising an unnervingly talented spider in secret, 12-year-old Charlotte (Alyla Browne) must face the facts about her pet—and fight for her family’s survival—when the once-charming creature rapidly transforms into a giant, flesh-eating monster.

Sting
Sting
 

The Blu-ray will include lossless 5.1 audio and bonus features incude three behind-the-scenes featurettes detailing “Creating the Monster,” “The Director,” and “The Cast.”.

Pre-orders for Sting are now live and here is the full press release: 


 

“… FRESH, FUNNY, AND FRIGHTENING ...”

~ SCREEN ANARCHY

 

a delightfully entertaining creature feature with fantastic practical effects…”

~ BLOODY-DISGUSTING

 

“By the time the credits roll, Roache-Turner will have you excited to see it again or screaming ‘sequel’ with all your might…” ~ FILM THREAT

 

STING

The Horror-Thriller is Available for EST May 14, Available on Digital May 28

Before Spinning Its Web on Blu-ray & DVD July 30

 

Bonus Content Includes Three Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

 

 

PLANO, TEXAS (May 13, 2024) – After her pet spider rapidly transforms into a giant flesh-eating monster, a 12-year-old girl must fight for her life—and her family’s survival in STING, an exciting, elevated spin on the creature horror genre for contemporary audiences​​.  Written & Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Apocalypse), with the monster special effects by the Academy Award®-winning Weta Workshop (Special Visual Effects, King Kong, 20026), the film stars Alyla Browne (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, upcoming Furiosa: A Mad Max SagaSonic the Hedgehog 3), Penelope Mitchell (Hellboy), Ryan Corr (Holding the Man), and Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America)​​. STING hits EST May 14, debuts on Digital May 28, before landing on Blu-ray & DVD July 30 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Bonus content incudes three behind-the-scenes featurettes detailing “Creating the Monster,” “The Director,” and “The Cast.”

 

Synopsis:       

After raising an unnervingly talented spider in secret, 12-year-old Charlotte (Alyla Browne) must face the facts about her pet—and fight for her family’s survival—when the once-charming creature rapidly transforms into a giant, flesh-eating monster.

 

Country of Origin:    Australia

 

STING has a runtime of approximately 91 minutes and is rated R for violent content, bloody images, and language.

 

Academy Award® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

 

Watch the U.S. Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B73g786Izg0       

     

 

Be sure to use #Sting and tag @WellGoUSA on all platforms when socializing your coverage. For more information, please visit: https://wellgousa.com/films/sting.       

 

Blu-ray

DVD

Catalog #: WGU03680B

Catalog #: WGU03679D

UPC Code: 810348036803

UPC Code: 810348036797

Pre-Order Date: 6/25/24

Pre-Order Date: 6/25/24

SLP: $29.98

SLP: $19.99

Audio: DTS HDMA 5.1 / Stereo

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital / 2.0 Stereo

 

ABOUT WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT

Well Go USA Entertainment (www.wellgousa.com) is an Oscar®-nominated theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing the best in action, genre and independent films from the U.S. and around the world to North America. Well Go titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including in theaters, on-demand, via DVD and Blu-ray and on television, as well as on mobile and connected devices through martial arts action channel Hi-YAH! (www.hiyahtv.com). Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas, with an additional office in Taiwan.

Let's Get Spicy - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, May 13, 2024

 The Summer movie season is just around the corner which means blockbusters and new releases. For the disc market, we are ramping up again to what will be a busy end of month schedule, for this week though, a few more titles than last.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 50 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 12th - May 18th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 The week begins with Import Monday and the erotic drama/romance The Dreamers.

 And from Warner Bros, another deluxe release, American Sniper 10th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook [UK Import].

 

 On to Domestic Release Tuesday and starting with Warner Bros,  and no doubt a title most of us have been anxiously awaiting, Dune: Part Two. You can also get this in a SteelBook Release, and the obligatory Two-film Collection release.

    

 

 Warner Bros also leads the catalog releases section as well. First, award winning American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood. This one also has a Steelbook option available. Standard Warner Bros M.O here, the UK gets a much nicer release, seen above in the import Monday section, the US gets a standard release. On a plus note, they did not use an alternate cover art for these release and they actually did put more than one special feature on the disc this time.

   

 

 A bit of comedy goes a long way too with Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, popcorn tub not included.

 

 And then, lastly from Warner Bros, 12 Strong, a film based on a true story of a post 9/11 U.S. Special Forces team.

 

 Paramount Presents Spine Number 44 becomes available this week, referring to Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, starring several familiar names like Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda.

 

 The Criterion Collection this week has the 1960 mystery/thriller Peeping Tom.

 

 Closing out the 4K category, Shout! Factory has Killer Klowns from Outer Space, which can also be had in a snazzy SteelBook.

   

 

 Next week looks like a bear, but a lot of them are those "All 4 formats edition"  releases that have been on the shelves of your local Walmart on and off for awhile, and seem unavailable to order now via Amazon.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Dune: Part Two, Dune: 2-Film Collection and Peeping Tom.

 New release from LionsGate - Imaginary. On my maybe list, but would be on a for sure list if it was a 4K. Someone tell Blumhouse there is a hungry market for 4K discs.

 

 In the zero notice category, Universal Pictures also brings us a new release comedy/fantasy titled The American Society of Magical Negroes.

 

 The Warner Archive Collection has a few more treats for us this week with Friendly Persuasion, The Nun's Story and You're a Big Boy Now.

 

 LionsGate delivers a pair of previously released Vestron Video titles, but as Walmart Exclusive SteelBooks, look for The Gate and The Lair of the White Worm.

 Anime highlights include The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague - The Complete Season, KonoSuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! - The Complete Season, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Punch - Season 2, Naruto Shippuden Set 3, A Place Further Than The Universe: The Complete Series [Collector's Edition] and Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out! The Complete Season 2, which can also be purchased as a Limited Edition Release.

 

 Shout! Factory releases Wes Craven's Dracula 2000 this week. Also the 2009 thriller Orphan gets a Collector's Edition.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Warner Bros has detailed the release for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire to 4K and blu-ray disc, with a street date of June 11th.

 Not an announcement, but rather news. We just want to mention the passing of B-movie great Roger Corman at the grand age of 98. There would have been a lot of ideas never made in to movies if it were not for his vision.

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?



It's All For You! 'The First Omen' Terrorizes Digital May 28th & Blu-ray on July 30th

In an era where legacy horror and science fiction franchises are continued and retooled for the streaming market, it's nice to see one of these come to theaters - and it's actually good! With little marketing, The First Omen proved successful and will soon terrorize digital retailers, Hulu, and eventually Blu-ray

Like PreyThe First Omen was originally slated to be a direct-to-streaming Hulu venture. But Disney wisened up and realized these films could actually make money in theaters - especially when they're actually pretty damn good! While it wasn't a massive box-office draw, it wasn't a complete failure pulling in a healthy $ 50 million (and counting) globally. Which, to me, is impressive since I didn't know the movie was even coming to theaters until three weeks before its opening. I have to wonder if it hadn't released so close to a very similar Nunsplitation flick like Immaculate if its box office prospects wouldn't have been better. Regardless, I found this to be a surprisingly effective franchise prequel with some genuinely shocking imagery. Now writer/director Arkasha Stevenson's The First Omen will begin its digital sales journey on May 28th, start streaming on Hulu on May 30th, and drop on Blu-ray and DVD on July 30th.  No word on a 4K yet - but we hope one is in the works! 

The First Omen - Blu-ray

 

Film Synopsis
In this psychological horror prequel to the classic Omen films, a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church. Soon, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her faith, and that reveals a terrifying conspiracy to bring about the birth of evil incarnate. The First Omen stars Nell Tiger Free (Servant), Tawfeek Barhom (Mary Magdalene), Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Ralph Ineson (The Northman) and Bill Nighy (Living). The film is directed by Arkasha Stevenson based on characters created by David Seltzer (The Omen), with a story by Ben Jacoby (Bleed) and a screenplay by Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas (Firestarter).

Bonus Features

  • The Mystery of Margaret – Join director Arkasha Stevenson and stars Nell Tiger Free, Bill Nighy and Maria Caballero as they dive into the character of Margaret, her relationships with other characters, and how she’s manipulated while trying to solve the film’s horrifying mystery.

  • The Director’s Vision – Director Arkasha Stevenson talks about her love of horror films, the opportunity to expand on The Omen legacy, and crafting The First Omen entirely through a female lens. She also describes shooting in Rome, and the cast recounts working with Arkasha.

  • Signs of The First Omen – Join the director and talented artists as they reveal some of the symbolism within the set designs and the costumes. Learn how the use of practical effects blurs the line between what is real and what is not in The First Omen’s terrifying world. 

Cast
Nell Tiger Free as Margaret
Ralph Ineson as Father Brennan
Sonia Braga as Sister Silva  
Tawfeek Barhom as Father Gabriel
Maria Caballero as Luz
Charles Dance as Father Harris
Bill Nighy as Cardinal Lawrence

Produced by
David S. Goyer and Keith Levine

Executive Producers
Tim Smith
Whitney Brown
Gracie Wheelan

Story by
Ben Jacoby

Based on Characters Created by
David Seltzer

Screenplay by
Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas

Directed by
Arkasha Stevenson

Product Specifications
Release Dates:
Digital: May 28, 2024
Streaming: May 30, 2024
Physical: July 30, 2024

Product SKUs
Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD plus a 2-Movie Bundle (The Omen + The First Omen)
Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

Feature Run Time
Approx. 119 minutes

Rating
U.S. Rated R
*Rated R for violent content, grisly/disturbing images, and brief graphic nudity

Aspect Ratio
Digital: 1.85:1
Physical: 1.85:1

Disc Size
Blu-ray: 50GB
DVD: 8.5GB

U.S. Audio
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish and    French 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio
Digital: English Dolby Atmos (UHD only, some platforms), English 7.1, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 7.1, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

U.S. Subtitles
Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French
DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French
Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

The First Omen isn't yet up for pre-order (that we've found) and we haven't seen any retailer exclusives or 4K options pop up yet, but we'll be on the lookout and update listings ASAP. 

Paramount Scares & Fangoria Kick Off Scream Greats Series with 'The Crow' Back in Theaters May 29th-30th

Ever wish you could go back and catch your favorite flicks back in the theater in all their glory? Having a great home theater setup is fun and all, but there's something special about going to the theater and scarfing down overpriced popcorn to an old favorite. Paramount Scares is bringing some of our favorite flicks back to theaters. 

After a series of well-performing re-releases like Disney with Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace, Sony bringing back all eight Spider-Man films, and Universal celebrating The Mummy's 25th, it's Paramount's turn to get into the mix. Teaming with Fangoria, the "Scream Greats" series starts of May 29th and 30th with Alex Proyas' The Crow starring the late Brandon Lee. Sure, we literally just got a 4K disc of the film this week, but how cool is it going to be to see it back up on the big screen? 

After The Crow we have the following fan favorites to look forward to:

  • FRIDAY THE 13TH PART IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER 40th Anniversary - September 8 & September 10
  • SLEEPY HOLLOW - October 13 & October 16
  • ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES - November 10 & November 13

Given how many great horror flicks reside in Paramount's archive this isn't the most aggressive slate of rereleases ever - but it's a fun one. Addams Family Values is especially well-timed! Now the fun speculative side of this development is that since we have 4K discs for The Crow and Sleepy Hollow could this mean 4K discs of Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter and Addams Family Values are coming our way? While I can't wait to see both again on the big screen (along with The Crow and Sleepy Hollow) I'd love to add both to the ever-growing 4K UHD Collection. But since Paramount has yet to do 4K discs of Friday the 13th Part 2 and Part 3 - we can only speculate there. 

Tickets for The Crow are on sale now - CLICK HERE for showtime details - See you at the movie

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