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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - August 14, 2022 - August 20, 2022

 Falling behind on movie viewing? Buying titles at a faster pace than watching them, the struggle is real. From limited editions to just wanting to make sure I get a slip cover, those are just a couple of factors at play. When did you fall behind and why?

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 13 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-

 Kicking off the new releases category, <insert studio name> did it again, they announced a major release with a street date less than ten days out. In this case, Universal announced Jurassic World: Dominion on the 9th, with a street date of the 16th. Retailers received copies this past week and all over the net people were posting photos. This film is supposed to be the 'conclusion' of the Jurassic era, I guess til they make another one. Options are not as wide as expected. With just the standard 4K, the 4K SteelBook, the 6 movie collection and the 6 movie limited edition collection, which includes a Velociraptor statue, I was sort of hoping for a 6 movie SteelBook collection with cover arts similar to the single SteelBook we get this week. Call me shocked to NOT see any retailer exclusives here.

 

 On to Catalog titles. OK, Scream Factory has a big week this week with a handful of titles and options. Chucky slashes his way to 4K with Child's Play, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, Child's Play 2 and Child's Play 3.

 

 Remember The Wolverines! Red Dawn (1984) also debuts to 4K disc with a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 Sony releases Heavy Metal to a standard 4K edition, minus the blu-ray of Heavy Metal 2000.

 Mentioned a few weeks ago, apparently delayed with no notice, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is on track for Tuesday release. No slipcovers thus far on any of the 4K upgrade releases from them, but it we have double dipped, using the previous cover is tempting.

 Next week, two lycanthropic options, some of Stallone's greatest, 'Baby' gets a doubple-dip, Kubrick and some martial arts.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 A slow(ish) week for blu-ray releases. But before we go over the highlights, let's list any blu-ray counterparts first. Jurassic World: Dominion gets a standard release, as does the 6 movie collection, and just like the 4K, no retailer exclusive options.

 Paramount Pictures has a little bit of comedy from their catalog this week, including a couple of titles that were pushed back without notice. Titles include The Back-Up Plan (reissue), Coneheads, Last Vegas (reissue), South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season, Stalag 17 (reissue), What Women Want and What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

 

 Sticking with comedy, from Criterion Collection, two comedies, Daddy Longlegs and Frownland come to disc this week.

 

 Sony Pictures is also getting in to the comedy game as well this week, Denise Calls Up comes via their 'Sony Pictures Classics' label. Hardly a comedy, Sniper: Rogue Mission also debuts to disc this week.

 Another short notice title from Universal,  the horror/thriller The Black Phone comes to blu-ray, with no 4K option. Sorry, going to ask, does Blumhouse have something against 4K disc? I realize The Purge franchise has 4K discs, but so many missed opportunities here with other titles.

 

 Slow week for anime, just Mobile Suit Gundam SEED - Collection 2 and Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun (Season 1).

 Honorable mention: Mostly because it seems like a heavy comedy week, Code Red is offering Don't Tell Her It's Me (The Boyfriend School) with Steve Guttenberg, Jami Gertz, Shelley Long. And from Kino Lorber, They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way with Tim Conway.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Sony has announced that Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3 will be coming in Septe.... just kidding, initial listings showed September 20th but the official announcement states October 25th. Check out the specs, it's another killer set. All 6 films appear to have Dolby Vision and most of them also have new Atmos mixes.

 

 Arrow Video has announced Shawscope Volume Two for a November 22nd street date.

 

 Kino Lorber has announced Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XII, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIII, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIV and Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XV. Final details and order link for Dressed to Kill 4K is also available now.

 Warner Bros has announced Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season for blu-ray on October 11th and Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind to 4K and blu-ray on the 11th as well. From what I can read about Mortal Kombat, this film is the conclusion to the series.

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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 - August 7, 2022 - August 13, 2022

 Ever had one of those weeks where you are at a loss for words? Maybe it's the heat and humidity. Don't know about you, but I can't immerse into a good movie when it's like this, the background noise of the AC turning on and off is too distracting for me to truly enjoy the experience.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 12 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-

 The 4K disc category is manageable this month, but stay tuned for a rough one in September. This week there's are two New Releases.

 First, from Paramount, Sonic The Hedgehog 2. This one's available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. I cannot remember the last Paramount SteelBook that was a Best Buy Exclusive, but here we are.

 

 Speaking of "it's been awhile," BBC has the next David Attenborough nature documentary The Green Planet coming to disc this week. Unlike previous ones though, no SteelBook this time.

 

 On to catalog titles next. First we get Michael Mann's Crime/Thriller masterpiece Heat. This one is available as a standard edition and as a SteelBook. Check out the review by clicking the standard edition's link.

 

Drive (1997) comes via 88 Films. I get this one and the more recent film of the same title confused all the time. Both are good films if I remember right, but I am familiar with the other one with Ryan Gosling.

 If you've been waiting for a 4K release of Event Horizon, your wait is over. This one is only available as a SteelBook at this time, that doesn't offend me any. Bryan has a review up, do check it out, then use our link to purchase it.

 

And lastly, a 4K upgrade of Doom comes to us via Universal Pictures.

Next week, Chucky gets a makeover, the wolverines strike back and more.

Blu-ray releases-

 What do we do every week at the start of this section? You got it, let's list the blu-ray counterparts of the above releases before proceeding. And this week, we only have Sonic The Hedgehog 2 to contend with, which is available as a Walmart exclusive edition as well, which, in my opinion is a better cover. There is also a 2-film collection if you somehow missed the first one.

 Under the Paramount Presents label, the comedy/musical Back to the Beach.

 

 From Warner Bros, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, a retrospective look back documentary.

 Still in the documentary mode, Sony Pictures this week has Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story starring all sort of talent you may have heard of, check it out! For an animated comedy / adventure, Vivo comes to blu-ray this week.

 

 LionsGate's entry this week in the action thriller category is titled Hot Seat. In the horror category, a film with a short title, Men. From partner label Vertical Entertainment, action/thriller Last Seen Alive.

 

 Director David Cronenberg is still keeping busy, his latest title Crimes of the Future comes via little known label Decal - Neon.

 Another martial arts release from 88 Films this week, described as 'one of Quentin Tarantino's favourite movies', Flying Guillotine 2.

 Anime highlights include Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - The Complete Season, which is available as a standard edittion and a limited edition, The Detective Is Already Dead - The Complete Season, Short Peace and Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - Season 1, Part 2, which is available as a standard editon and as a limited edition.

 

 Honorable Mention: Sandpiper Pictures continues to reissue the Twilight Time Catalog and this week's features are Alexander the Great (1956), Equus, Solomon and Sheba and State of Grace.

 Next week there's a slight reprieve in volume for this category, but there are still a few goodies.

Notable announcements from last week:

 I don't know about you, but if I was a movie studio and I saw that September was very crowded for releases, I would likely push any new announcements to October or later. With that being said...

 Warner Bros has announced the 2022 movie Elvis will be released to 4K and blu-ray on September 13th.

 BFI will be releasing Watership Down to 4K disc on October 24th in the UK. It's a roll of the dice as to whether he US market will get it any time soon, and if we do, it will probably not contain any swag like the UK editions of so many releases do.

 Shout Factory's October line up is taking shape, so far among their various labels we will be seeing Bad Santa 2, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 4K, The Deer King, Kingslayer, The Halloween 4K Collection (1995-2002), The Last Detail 4K, Ocean Waves, The Possessed (2021), The Return Of The Living Dead 4K, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, A Silent Voice [Steelbook], Three Wishes For Cinderella, When Marnie Was There and When Marnie Was There [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 - July 31, 2022 - August 6, 2022

 What a difference a week makes. I could be referring to the weather, or disc releases, or both. It actually fits both scenarios. Enter the month of August...

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 11 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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 There are no imports to announce and there are no new releases in this category, but there are two decent catalog titles.

 First, from Arrow Video, a most interesting Horror/Sci-Fi flick from 1990, Flatliners. A well known director and an all-star cast, with the Arrow Video treatment, sounds like a winner?

 

 This next one is actually an Arrow Video release in the UK, but this side of the pond it's partner label Synapse Films. What I'm referring to is the next logical Dario Argento release, Tenebrae. This one has two options, a regular retail release, and an Exclusive Edition, which we've linked to DiabolikDVD.

 

 Next week, a blue video game character sequel, a Michael Mann masterpiece, something you do to a car, and more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 As indicated from last week, we get a little bit of breathing room as we anticipate a huge increase in volume of titles.

 The blu-ray counterpart of Flatliners as also available this week from Arrow Video.

 The comedy/crime category usually is a lot of fun, Kino Lorber has 1987's Catch the Heat this week. And how about some Chuck Norris action with a trio of films, A Force of One, Good Guys Wear Black and The Octagon. What interesting facts do you know about Chuck Norris? Here's one: The day Chuck Norris was born was the same day Adolf Hitler ended his own life, coincidence?

 

 Shout Select release Last Days In The Desert streets this week.

 

 Handful of anime titles worthy of mention, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water - The Complete Series, One Piece - Collection 30 and SHIKIZAKURA - Complete Collection.

 

 Bruce Willis is the bad guy in White Elephant from RLJ/Image Entertainment.

 

 Import Friday this week means Imprint Films' July titles:

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Nope (Jordan Peele) is already listed for preorder as 4K and blu-ray editions on Amazon. The movie poster of a floating horse is intriguing.

 Poltergeist and The Lost Boys have been confirmed for 4K releases in September. They will be available as Best Buy Exclusive SteelBooks and Standard Edition releases.

 Lightyear has a confirmed street date of September 13th from Disney, no doubt in a bunch of the usual variations.

 I think the studios should have been working on October, with September already being so crowded.

 Arrow Video's October slate includes The Count Yorga Collection, Gothic Fantastico: Four Italian Tales of Terror and Two Witches. For the UK, there's a pair of Videodrome 4K releases and Take Back the Night on blu-ray. Videodrome is likely still leased to Criterion Collection in the US, meaning if you want a deluxe release, opt for the import. You could wait and see if Criterion will be offering it in some (yet to be announced) elaborate version, but as of yet, they are sticking to just the meat and potatoes releases.

 It has been leaked (rumor mill at this time) that Wargames is getting a 4K release from Shout! Factory this December.

 

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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 - July 24, 2022 - July 30, 2022

 As we complete the month of July, how has the month treated you thus far? With all the releases these past few weeks, and the announcements for September, discretionary spending is at a premium, that's for sure.

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 10 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-

 We did warn you about the sheer volume of 4K titles coming this week. Let's get right to it.

 Import Monday has one notable title, that is to say if it hasn't been delayed again. From Second Sight Films, The Witch (or The VVitch, double V instead of a W) gets a deluxe looking set. I have always liked the various movie posters for this one, offering them as collector carts is a nice touch. Anxious to see what the included book is about too.

 

 New Release Tuesday has three titles. First, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from Disney, available in lots of options. We get a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook (minus the fancy stuff that was in last week's Zavvi release), a Target Exclusive Art Edition and a Walmart Exclusive with collectable enamel pin. My advice if you don't care much for the extras each retailer has, just go for the one with the cover art you like the most. Genius!

 

 From Paramount, an action/adventure, The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt.

 

 From Warner Bros, DC Animated title Green Lantern: Beware My Power, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 Kicking off the catalog releases category, Kino has Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The latter is loaded with star power whilst the former offers a chance to see where Kubrick was before he made it big, and our reviewer Dacid says it is a must own release.

 

 From Severin Films, an 80s drama titled Out of the Blue.

 From Scream Factory, Species gets a 4K upgrade. (You're welcome everyone. Within 12 hours of my import box set shipping, this one got a 4K announcement).

 

 From LionsGate, a pair of 4K upgrades, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar and Primal. The only thing these releases are missing are the attractive slipcovers their blu-ray counterparts got, and of course the blu-ray itself (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital).

 Vinegar Syndrome has standard releases available now of Out of Order and Thriller: A Cruel Picture [3-Disc Edition] and Thriller: A Cruel Picture / They Call Her One Eye.

 Next week is almost a drought, we get a Dario Argento release with two options and the need for a need for a defibrillator.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Did I mention this category is painful to look at too? As of press time, all in we are looking at 87 skus! I do expect to move a dozen or so to next month (Vinegar Syndrome partner labels) once general release links come out. Diving right in, let's list the blu-ray counterparts of the above titles first. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness gets a standard release from Disney (may or may not get a red disc case, could be a retailer exclusive option like other MCU releases), The Lost City comes to us via Paramount, Green Lantern: Beware My Power comes to us via Warner Bros, Kino Lorber's got Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there's Out of the Blue from Severin Films, and lastly we get Thriller: A Cruel Picture from Vinegar Syndrome.

Trying something new here, clumping all of the TV on disc releases into one section. First from Paramount/CBS, The 4400: The Complete Series. The long awaited Night Gallery: Season Two comes to us via Kino Lorber. That Dirty Black Bag - Season 1 releases via AMC Entertainment.

 

 Anime highlights include BACK ARROW - Part 1, Case Closed: The Fist of Blue Sapphire, Cyber City Oedo 808 [SteelBook], Lupin the 3rd: Prison of the Past, Scar on the Praeter - The Complete Season, Vinland Saga - Complete Collection [Limited Edition] and Violence Jack - Complete OVA Collection.

 LionsGate proudly presents Mid-Century this week as their sole title.

 

 The Duke (2020) finally gets a release from Sony Pictures. Probably Covid delays (?)

 Severin Films releases The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Collection Volume Two. Did you get Volume One?

 

 Honorable mention: Early signs point that Abbott and Costello in Jack and the Beanstalk from ClassicFlix is the definitive version to own. Hopefully we can get a review out for you shortly.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 A 4K SteelBook image (Only @ Best Buy) for The Lost Boys has been leaked, and unfortunately for our wallets, yup, another September title!

 All three Godfather movies are getting 4K double-dips, this time as SteelBooks. I can dig the painted appearance covers and had I not bought the deluxe set already they would certainly be quite appealing to me. They do appear to not have the bonus features discs though. I will never say never on double-dipping.

 Mentioned last week, but now confirmed, Wes Craven's Scream 2 is getting a 4K release. Just like Scream, it appears on track for a SteelBook as well as a standard release.

 Criterion Collections October titles have been announced. For 4K (with blu-ray counterpart) look for Lost Highway, for 4K solo, Night of the Living Dead, and for blu-ray titles, Cure, Arsenic and Old Lace, La Llorona and Eve’s Bayou.

 Universal Pictures will be releasing a 4K disc of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, care to guess which month? I think it would be ironic if Paramount released Titanic that month too.

 

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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?



Rob Zombie's The Munsters Creeps Its Way Onto Blu-ray September 27th

Rob Zombie's rebirth of the classic television series crawls out of the streaming grave for a
Blu-ray release on September 27th.

 

Ever since this project was announced there has been a lot of controversy about Rob Zombie's The Munsters. While Zombie fans have hoped for the best, fans of the classic television series The Munsters have been bracing for the worst. After the less than enthusiastic reaction to the first trailer and news the film would be streaming exclusively on Netflix without word of a theatrical outing and news that the film has moved streaming services from its original home at Peacock to Netflix, the wind is not in this film's favor - to say the least.

[Correction]
Rob Zombie has taken to various social media platforms to correct the rumor that The Munsters was going to originally premier on Peacock and was sold off to Netflix. Apparently, it was always going to be on Netflix from the very beginning. The assumption that the film would be on Peacock came from the observation that since the film was funded by Universal Studios who owns Peacock and the original television series 
The Munsters is streaming on said service - so would the new movie. 

As a fan of House of a Thousand CorpsesThe Devil's Rejects, and some aspects of his Halloween films, I keep rooting for Zombie to score a hit and prove he's a worthwhile filmmaker. I am going into this film cautiously with expectations set pretty low. I'm hoping to be surprised. I want to be surprised. But even after this new trailer that does actually look somewhat better, I still can't muster up a lot of excitement. 

Here's what's coming in the Blu-ray:

Rob Zombie's The Munsters - Blu-ray

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY:

  • The Munsters: Return To Mockingbird Lane – From the mind of Rob Zombie, this hour-long look behind the scenes of The Munsters gives an intimate window into his filmmaking process. Watch as he weaves his way through the production and collaborates with a dedicated team to bring his unique vision to life.
  • Feature Commentary With Director/Writer/Producer Rob Zombie

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: September 27, 2022
Selection Number: 1000818724 (US) /1000818724 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.78:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG for macabre and suggestive material, scary images, and language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French European, Latin American Spanish
Sound: Feature in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1 and bonus in English Dolby Digital 2.0
Run Time: 01:49:37

If you don't want to wait to stream The Munsters on Netflix before you purchase - the Blu-ray is now up for pre-order! 

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

 How did you do with the retailer sales last week (Amazon Prime Days, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble)? With the long list of disc releases these next couple of months, I really had to exercise great restraint. I did pick a few discs up, and a mattress topper, still, nothing like previous years. Either I already have everything I needed or the sales just didn't do it for me this year.

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 9 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-

 Whoa with a capital W, and W is also for Wallet-buster as you will see what is in store for you this week!

 Import Monday starts with a Zavvi SteelBook of The Northman. Currently showing sold out but we know how Zavvi works sometimes, so keep checking.

 Another Zavvi SteelBook, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which appears to look a lot like a Film Arena slipcase edition. Again, another overseas release getting a better edition than the one coming domestically. Hey Disney and/or Best Buy, I'm pretty sure this one would sell quite well here!

  

 Still not done with imports Monday, how 'bout a little bit of Aaahnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen with Red Sonja? Available as a standard edition and as a Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook. If I take one for the team, it will not doubt get a U.S. announcement 5 minutes after I get the shipping notification.

 

 Moving on to Domestic release Tuesday, the single new release title in this category this week is The Bob's Burgers Movie, and the only way to get it retailer direct is from Best Buy, as an exclusive SteelBook.

 

 Criterion Collection is adding Devil In A Blue Dress to their 4K release line up. Anyone that's ever played GTA San Andreas tell me the cover art/move poster doesn't look like the lead character CJ. This art doesn't even look like Washington really.

 

 LionsGate has a pair of 4K upgrades with Gamer and The Kid. The only thing missing on their 4K upgrades (these two, past and future titles) are the slipcovers. Fatale blu-ray had a great slipcover, the 4K, no slip.

 From Blue Underground, God Told Me To, a Larry Cohen film gets their meticulous treatment. Early reviews so far say it is a great release.

 

 Shout Factory has Lion of the Desert, a historical drama and The Message, which 'remains the most powerful and acclaimed movie ever made about the birth of Islam'.

 

 It pains me to mention double-dips but this one is news, Sony is releasing Men in Black as a SteelBook in one of their new transfer Dolby Vision version releases (previous edition is HDR10). Each time they have done these, we do get a better version, how badly do we want the new version?

 No reprieve next week, Marvel, DC, more 4K upgrades, something that was lost and more.

Blu-ray releases-

 As we do every week, listing the blu-ray counterparts of the above titles first. The Bob's Burgers Movie comes to us via Disney/Fox, Devil In A Blue Dress comes to us via Criterion.

 Keeping with Criterion, a foreign drama titled Drive My Car. I got nothing, sorry, have not heard of this one.

 Warner Archive Collection has Adventures of Don Juan this week. TV on disc from Warner Bros brings us DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season.

 

 Viz Media is releasing Castlevania: Season Four this week, but the latest Pokemon movie is still absent (hint hint). [Edit] Just announced for Oct 4, now they just need to fill in the gaps of missing movies.

 Anime highlights include Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club - Season 1, Moriarty the Patriot - Part 1, Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory: Complete Collection and The Quintessential Quintuplets - Season 2.

 Anyone remember Darwin the dolphin? SeaQuest DSV: The Complete Series now gets a region A release from Mill Creek.

 

 Showtime Networks mini-series The Good Lord Bird is available on blu-ray this week, as is Yellowjackets: Season One.

 Arrow Video presents 1989's Hell High. If you're opting for a variant slipcover version, we've linked DiabolikDVD. A more recent horror film, The Righteous dons a shiny disc. Thought that was it? How about The Sacred Spirit, a comedy/sci-fi flick. This one had to get a new cover art because it too much resembled a different film's poster. If you catch these soon enough, they're still 50% off at Amazon.

 

 Honorable Mention: If you've been collecting the series, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VIII debuts this week from Kino Lorber. They also have another collection this week worth a peek, Maria Montez and Jon Hall Collection.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 With all the sale events, it was a slower week for announcements. Nevertheless, there are a few.

 In Bruges is getting a Kino 4K release on Sep 27th.

 3:10 to Yuma is getting a 4K Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover Edition SteelBook release on Sep 6th via LionsGate.

 Batman: The Long Halloween is getting a 4K release on Sep 20th from Warner Bros. The previous blu-ray editions were split into two parts. Also in 4K news, Casablanca appears to be on track for release in November, no doubt just a standard case for the US and some cool looking collector's set overseas. (Remember Singin' in the Rain, Citizen Kane and more?)

 Fright Night is getting a 4K SteelBook edition on Oct 4th from Sony Pictures.

 Scream 2 is looking to get a 4K edition SteelBook with an alleged street date in October. Saturday Night Fever also appears to be set for a 4K disc later in the year, likely October.

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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?



It's PRIME DAY! - The Best 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Deals Going Right Now

Prime Day Is Here And There Are Plenty Of Deals For Our Favorite Flicks! 


Amazon's annual two-day sale may favor big-box items like kitchen equipment or hardware, but they throw out some great deals on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray titles. If you haven't picked up some old favorites, now may well be the best time to snap them up! The only hitch - you have to be an Amazon Prime subscriber... hence the name "Prime Day."

Here are some of the deals currently running - 


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

 

Prime Day Price: $38.99

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

 

Prime Day Price: $29.99 

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

 

Prime Day Price: $49.99

The Godfather Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Prime Day Price: $42.99

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Prime Day Price: $24.99

The Mummy: Ultimate Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Prime Day Price: $23.99

The Matrix Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Prime Day Price: $21.99

Stanley Kubrick: 3-Film Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Prime Day Price: $29.99

Batman 4-Film Collection 1989-1997 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Prime Day Price: $49.99

Zach Snyder’s Justice League Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

 

Prime Day Price: $40.99 

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

 

Prime Day Price: $47.99


Also on sale for Prime Day...

The Thing - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - $10.99

Blade Runner 2049 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - $9.99

1917 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - $9.99

V for Vendetta - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Giftset - $24.99

The Shining - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - $9.99

Scream (2022) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook - $15.99

The Invisible Man (2020) - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - $9.78

In The Heights - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - $9.99

Pacific Rim - 3D Blu-ray - $9.99

Aquaman - 3D Blu-ray - $12.99

Ready Player One - 3D Blu-ray - $13.99

The Lego Batman Movie - 3D Blu-ray $12.99

While most of these titles have been out for a while so if you haven't picked them up yet these are pretty good deals. There will be more Lightning deals throughout the next two days and we'll be posting the good ones up on social since they run for a limited time.

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

 Amazon Prime 'Day' is this week, specifically Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th. We ask of you just one little favor before you venture over there to start your shopping spree... start your spree by clicking the Amazon Logo at the bottom of this page or by following this link. It won't cost you anything extra to do so, but what it does for us is greatly appreciated as it helps keep this operation running a little longer. For the first time that I can remember of a Prime Day event, I am on vacation, so no sneaking a peek throughout the day from the break room at work on my phone, it's full on easy chair at a desktop computer. I wonder if their various competitors will do anything special this week.

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 8 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 is offering us a bit of a break in this category, maybe to save for the rest of the month, or the Prime Days sale?

 First up from LionsGate, if you are looking at getting Angel Heart, it will involve a trip to Best Buy or online as it is an exclusive SteelBook. This one originally got released back in the day as an X-Rated film. Consider this though, when the NC17 rating came out,  if a movie had 20 f-bombs it probably got said rating. Having not seen this one in years, I cannot honestly recall how much 'skin' or violence there was in it, but it could not have been *that* bad or I would have remembered it.

 

 The Criterion Collection's next 4K entry comes out this week, Raging Bull which stars Robert De Niro and is directed by Martin Scorsese. I heard this one had also won a few awards (I'm joking about the "I heard" part, of course it won a few awards).

 

 Lastly, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom gets a new SteelBook design general release.

Blu-ray releases-

 From the list above, Criterion Collection is releasing Raging Bull on blu-ray as well this week.

 Sticking with Criterion let's also look for Summertime, a drama romance starring Katharine Hepburn.

 

 TV on disc from Warner Bros, look for Batwoman: The Third and Final Season. This series was troubled from the start when it had to change the lead character, but they did manage to pull it off.

 Been awhile since we have heard from The Warner Archive Collection, The Frisco Kid  gets a release this week.

 

 Paramount's got more catalog releases to ponder, Bébé's Kids, Domestic Disturbance, Down to Earth, Georgia Rule and Leap of Faith. Side Note: Galaxy Quest has quietly changed from a SteelBook release to just a reissue release. For a new release from Paramount, Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season Two comes to blu-ray.

 

 Via the Paramount Presents label, comedy/crime Rough Cut starring Burt Reynolds and directed by Don Siegel.

 

 Be it LionsGate or partner label Vertical Entertainment, there's always a weekly release. This week we get action films Black Site from Vertical and then from LionsGate we are greeted with Wolf Hound.

 

 The corrected version of The Beatles: Get Back hits stores this week, we've provided a Best Buy link as Amazon is still in the holding pattern.

 Light week for anime, here's the highlights; The Duke of Death and His Maid - Season 1, Hortensia SAGA - The Complete Season, Pompo The Cinephile, RahXephon - Complete Collection and The World Ends with You - The Animation.

 Honorable mentions: For the first time on blu-ray, The Last Broadcast is being offered up by 101 Films, and this one has a fair amount of special features to boot.

 

 And from Shout! Factory, The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series should keep you occupied for awhile.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 September is going to be a very trying month for some of us. Do we need to eat or should we tighten the belt and pick up a new release? Oodles of announcements for September, read on for the highlights...

 Star Trek, or should I say, all of the Star Trek movies featuring the original cast. The Motion Picture with the remastered, extended cut, Star Trek V and VI, the latter includes both cuts, and a complete six-film collection which includes everything new up until now, all with a street date of September 6th. Read the article here. A blu-ray release of The Motion Picture extended cut is also scheduled for the 6th.

 All the various Shout! Factory labels are beginning to offer up their September slate, 4K titles include Old Henry, Evil Dead (2013), Platoon, The Fog (standard and SteelBook) and Army of Darkness (standard and SteelBook).  For blu-ray so far, Spitfire Over Berlin, Post Mortem and Cool World. No GKIDS titles have been revealed yet.

 Warner Bros has finally revealed the 4K release of Batman: The Long Halloween, with a Sep 20 release date. As mentioned before, when the 4K comes out it will include parts 1 & 2. Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons is on track to get blu-ray and 4K discs on Oct 18.

 Listed on Amazon but not announced yet, Paramount will be releasing War of the Worlds 4K / When Worlds Collide on Sep 27. Let's make sure we are clear, the first movie is a 4K, the 2nd is a blu-ray.

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?



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

 Happy Independence Day to those in the U S of A! Doing any parades, fireworks or other holiday related events?  Why does it already feel as though Summer is half over, especially when the Summer Solstice was just two weeks ago? Part of the reason could be that when you go to the stores now, many of them already have Summer stuff on clearance! Heads Up, the Criterion Barnes & Noble 50% off sale is going on now, and that usually includes Arrow Video among others too. If you prefer Amazon, they're matching most of the prices, preorders you usually have to wait til the title goes live to see the new lower price.

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 7 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-

 Two new releases in the 4K disc category this week. First from Lionsgate, as if the Nic Cage title two weeks ago wasn't hard enough to remember, this one is titled Everything Everywhere All at Once and comes as a standard edition and as a Walmart Exclusive. I think the latter just adds an alternate slip cover art to the mix.

 

 And from Universal Pictures, Downton Abbey: A New Era debuts on 4K disc as well. Would be nice if the Limited Edition (below) had a 4K option. Am I missing out by not having seen any of the TV series episodes?

 

 Moving on to catalog titles, first from Warner Bros., Edge of Tomorrow, available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Remember when this movie's cover art had LIVE. DIE. REPEAT. in such large print, we all thought that was the name of the movie? In some markets it actually was the title. The example on the left shows the same words, but in the background.

 

 Last but not least, a pair of Criterion titles this week. First a bit of a foreign film, a fairy tale horror film titled Okja, directed by Bong Joon Ho. And a domestic drama romance titled The Virgin Suicides, featuring a stellar cast.

 

 Next week we get a bit of a break on our wallets, a formerly X-rated thriller on 4K (a SteelBook no less), a double dip SteelBook with a better cover art and a smash-hit Criterion release.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 There's a slight reprieve this week in the blu-ray category. The rest of the month, not so much. First, getting the blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K titles listed, look for Everything Everywhere All at Once from LionsGate, Downton Abbey: A New Era from Universal Pictures (also available in a Limited Edition Gift Set) and lastly, Okja from the Criterion Collection.

 

 Universal Pictures also releases the 2022 action/thriller Memory starring Liam Neeson.

 

 From LionsGate, a 2022 thriller titled Zero Contact with Anthony Hopkins.

 

 Anime highlights include just Amnesia: Complete Collection, One Piece: Season Eleven - Voyage Nine and Taisho Otome Fairy Tale - The Complete Season.

 Kino Lorber has got three bug TV disaster movies from the 70s, they include Ants, Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo and Terror Out of the Sky. Roger Corman, they are not, but they still look like a lot of cheesy fun.

 

 Honorable Mention: 88 Films is giving us another martial arts feature, this week it's Hero (1997).

 Friday releases include June's batch of Imprint Films Titles:

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Sony Pictures has announced I Know What You Did Last Summer to 4K disc with a September 27 release date. Also from Sony, Bram Stoker's Dracula will be getting a 4K SteelBook release on October 4th. What's special about this release is that it has been remastered to include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

 More leaks have been happening with Star Trek: The Original Movie collections releases. The Motion Picture Director's Cut 4K seems to be on schedule for September while the six-film collection 4K collection sometime in the third quarter.

 The Bob's Burgers Movie is getting a release on July 19th from 20th Century Studios. A blu-ray will be a general release while a 4K disc will only be available as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

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



4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray Release Guide - June 26, 2022 - July 2, 2022

 Ever had one of those days where it feels like absolutely nothing went right and you had to seek a course correction, pronto? Yeah, that was me earlier last week. If you decide to watch a movie to get out of that 'zone,' I would suggest one you had already seen, otherwise what's happening on the screen might drive that feeling even deeper as the antagonist gets on your nerves. I'm lucky my day wasn't 100% sour because it it was, my TV or disc player would have exploded. Reminds me of the opening act in Amazon Women on the Moon actually, hee hee.

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 6 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-

 It's a Dumbledorey kind of day with three releases of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. This makes the third film of the series (with five planned total). Absent from this release is a 4K release from Target, but we do see a standard release, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and an over-the-top gift set from Walmart. The latter is in similar style as The Batman gift set from last month.

 

 From Arrow Video, after it looked like the only option was an import, True Romance hits U.S. stores. This being a limited edition, it comes available as a Standard limited, a Limited SteelBook and a Deluxe Limited SteelBook. Expect, no doubt, a standard edition in six months for fans that just want the movie with nothing fancy.

 

 And last but not least, two priced-to-move titles from Kino Lorber. First, a comdy/crime film titled Out of Sight starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez and directed by Steven Soderbergh. And second, an early work of director Stanley Kubrick titled Killer's Kiss. Don't expect 2001 or The Shining, but do expect an insight of what Kubrick was like early on. Read David's review for the details.

 

 Next week, two new releases, a pair of Criterion releases and Tom Cruise.

Blu-ray releases-

 If you thought there was going to be a little bit of a break in this category, your thoughts were a bit faulty. Actually, this week is the busiest week of the month of June.

 What we do every week first is mention the blu-ray counterparts of the above releases. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore gets a standard release, a Target Exclusive 'art' edition and a Walmart Exclusive Gift Set, very similar to the 4K set above. If you somehow missed out on the franchise, a 3-Film Collection is also available. True Romance gets a Limited Edition blu-ray release as well. Not to be left out, Out of Sight gets the Kino blu-ray treatment too.

 More TV on disc, The A-Team: The Complete Series from NBC Universal and Charmed: The Complete Series from CBS/Paramount both honor us with their presence.

 

 From Universal, Firestarter (2022) comes to home video. Is it just me or does Blumhouse have something against 4K disc? Or was this just not a good movie?

 New to blu-ray catalog titles from Paramount include Boomerang, The First Wives Club (Paramount Presents label) and Harlem Nights.

 

 Sony Pictures releases the 2021 drama/romance Mothering Sunday.

 

 Criterion Collection presents 1972's Pink Flamingos. Matthew describes it as the 'most controversial and grotesque films to be inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry,' check out his review. Criterion also has a foreign comedy/romance titled The Worst Person in the World this week as well.

 

 Anime highlights are just a few, Kekkaishi - The Complete Series, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan - The Complete Season, Sgt. Frog: The Complete Second Season and Urusei Yatsura The Movie 4: Lum The Forever.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Individual discs for the original six Star Trek Movies are in the works as well as a 6-film collection. One would guess this fall sounds about right for a release time frame, no doubt to coincide with the updated extended release for The Motion Picture. It was mentioned on The Bits that Star Trek: First Contact was streaming in 4K, so no doubt those films will be coming to 4K disc towards the end of the year.

 Kino Lorber will be releasing Indecent Proposal to 4K disc on September 27.

 The 4400: The Complete Series will be getting a blu-ray release by CBS/Paramount on July 26th.

 Summer is getting pretty crowded if you're in to 4K discs and TV series, best of luck keeping up!

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?



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