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Universal's 'Abigail' Vants to Drink Your Blu-ray on July 9th

From Radio Silence, the directors of recent hits Scream VI and Ready of Not comes Abigail. A fun fresh spin on the home invasion horror sub-genre, the film's marketing campaign might have done more damage than good as it struggled to find a blood-filled audience at the box office. Now it hits streamers on June 25th with a domestic Blu-ray release on July 9th.  

This being a Universal genre film title, it's only a matter of time before a 4K disc of Abigail arrives from a foreign market or licensed from someone like Scream Factory. It's frustrating Universal continues this trend for 4K collectors, but for those rocking out to 1080p, your Blu-ray is on the way! This disc comes in with an excellent selection of bonus features and some solid specs. I love in these press releases when the marketing describes bonus features as "never before seen" when it's the first disc release.

Abigail - Blu-ray  

Here's all the gory specs:

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: July 9, 2024
Selection Number: 191329262627 (US) / 191329263112 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature)
Run Time: 01:49:23

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES TO OWN ONLY ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM & DVD:

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Blood Bath – Soak up the slaughter alongside the cast and crew with this dive into the deep end of Abigail’s body pits, where practical FX reign supreme and there’s no such thing as too much blood.
  • Hunters to Hunted – Get up close and personal with Abigail’s abductors as the cast divulges the details behind how they got into character to collectively create a unique crew of criminals.
  • Becoming a Ballerina Vampire – Abigail actor Alisha Weir, choreographer Belinda Murphy, and more members of the creative team take up the task of transforming a seemingly sweet little girl into a vicious vampire.
  • Directing Duo Matt & Tyler – Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett lead this look at the actors, ideas, and environment they put together to create a set that’s fun while still being fearsome.
  • Feature Commentary with Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett and Editor Michael P. Shawyer

Abigail is currently up for pre-order! We haven't seen any foreign market 4K releases yet, it's a horror film so closer to Halloween would be a safe bet. Until then, get those pre-orders in! Here's the full press release:


STAKE YOUR CLAIM ON THE NEWEST VAMPIRE ICON 
ARRIVING AT HOME WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS CONTENT INCLUDING DELETED SCENES
AND A HILARIOUS GAG REEL
ABIGAIL IS HORROR ON POINTE” - SLASHFILM

YOURS TO OWN WITH EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT
ON DIGITAL JUNE 25, 2024
BLU-RAY™ AND DVD JULY 9, 2024
Universal City, California, June 18, 2024 – From Radio Silence comes the bloodthirsty, wild, and critically acclaimed vampire romp, ABIGAIL, available to own with all-new exclusive content on Digital June 25, 2024, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 9, 2024 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as “a Bloody Blast” (The Detroit News) and Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, ABIGAIL brings a refreshing approach to the vampire genre - unleashing never-before-seen bonus content, deleted & extended scenes, and more off-camera bloody carnage.

ABIGAIL’s cast is led by the new IT scream queen Melissa Barrera (Scream VIIn The Heights) as well as the beloved Kathryn Newton (Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaFreakyLisa Frankenstein), The cast also includes Dan Stevens (Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, “Downton Abbey”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”, The Usual Suspects, “Parish”), Alisha Weir (Roald Dahl’s MatildaDon’t Leave Home), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: WolverineRobin Hood), the late Angus Cloud (Your Lucky Day, “Euphoria”), and William Catlett (A Thousand and OneLovecraft County).

Radio Silence, the filmmakers behind the horror hits Ready or NotScream (2022) and Scream VI, bring a brash and bloodthirsty new vision of vampires with ABIGAIL. A heist team is hired by a mysterious fixer to kidnap the daughter of a powerful underworld figure. They must guard the 12-year-old ballerina for one night to net a $50 million ransom. As the captors start to dwindle one by one, they discover to their mounting terror that they're locked inside an isolated mansion with no ordinary little girl.


EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES TO OWN ONLY ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM & DVD:
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Blood Bath – Soak up the slaughter alongside the cast and crew with this dive into the deep end of Abigail’s body pits, where practical FX reign supreme and there’s no such thing as too much blood.
  • Hunters to Hunted – Get up close and personal with Abigail’s abductors as the cast divulges the details behind how they got into character to collectively create a unique crew of criminals.
  • Becoming a Ballerina Vampire – Abigail actor Alisha Weir, choreographer Belinda Murphy, and more members of the creative team take up the task of transforming a seemingly sweet little girl into a vicious vampire.
  • Directing Duo Matt & Tyler – Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett lead this look at the actors, ideas, and environment they put together to create a set that’s fun while still being fearsome.
  • Feature Commentary with Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett and Editor Michael P. Shawyer

 
FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Kathryn Newton, Will Catlett, Kevin Durand, Angus Cloud, Alisha Weir, and Giancarlo Esposito
Music By: Brian Tyler
Editor: Michael P. Shawver
Director Of Photography: Aaron Morton NZCS
Executive Producer: Ron Lynch
Produced By: William Sherak p.g.a., James Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein, Tripp Vinson, Chad Villella p.g.a.
Written By: Stephen Shields and Guy Busick
Directed By: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett


TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM:
Street Date: July 9, 2024
Selection Number: 191329262627 (US) / 191329263112 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 for Feature)
Run Time: 01:49:23
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: July 9, 2024
Selection Number: 191329262559 (US) / 191329263105 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature)
Run Time: 01:49:30


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Don't Forget It Jake, It's HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, June 17 2024

 The month continues to ramp up in volume as it has done so for a couple of months now, next week the floodgates open up yet again! But let's get through this week first, shall we?

 Welcome to Volume 5 Episode 3 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 16th - June 22nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 No actual 'new' releases this week, catalog titles though, some pretty good ones. The 4K category would have been much busier, but without any notice, all of the Kino Lorber releases for the last couple weeks of the month got moved to July.

 It's hard to decide which label to start with, so let's begin with Arrow Video and American Gigolo. If you caught it early enough, you could have also gotten the Arrow Store exclusive, which has a seemingly better cover art.

 

 Criterion Collection has the 1996 thriller/romance Bound this week.

 

 Spine number 45 of the Paramount Presents label debuts this week, following a familiar pattern, Chinatown/The Two Jakes. Chinatown gets a 4K disc while The Two Jakes is considered a bonus blu-ray. If you live in the UK, the same/counterpart release comes out Monday in your market.

 

 Shout! Factory has a pair of titles related to each other. First, classic Robocop 2 with Peter Weller and Nancy Allen. And a modern (2014) take of the original idea, Robocop. When I saw the 2014 film, I felt it was a decent remake.

 

 Lastly, Sony Pictures offers The Karate Kid in a 40th Anniversary edition with VHS special packaging.

 Next week is a very busy week, even with Kino Lorber moving their titles into July. Prepare yourself.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include just a couple, American Gigolo from Arrow Video and Bound from Criterion.

  The Sony MOD label this week has Beverly Hills Ninja, The Burglars, Cat Ballou (1965) and Shotgun Stories.

 

 The 2023 comedy American Fiction comes to us via Warner Bros.

 

 Criterion Collection brings us some Mexican cinema with Victims of Sin.

 

 You know who you are when I say calling all collectors of this series, the next set, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIX comes to us via Kino Lorber.

 Eureka Entertainment's The Masters of Cinema Series sub-label has action/crimer series Prison Walls: Abashiri Prison I-III posted this week.

 

 Believe it or not, we got just one Anime highlight this week, Mars Express.

 

 Next week in this category, ouch, just, OUCH! There are a ton of titles to ponder.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Nothing MAJOR to announce really. CrunchyRoll has an interesting September slate. Sony continues to reissue HDR10 titles as Dolby Vision upgraded releases, as well as a few more. Kino Cult is adding a few Corman classics that were previously done by Scream Factory. Walmart has finally listed the exclusive SteelBook release for The Last Unicorn 4K.

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?



Film Masters Presents 'Door-to-Door Maniac' & 'Right Hand of the Devil' On Blu-ray on August 27

The 1966 crime drama Door-to-Door Maniac (first released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live) featuring Johnny Cash in his film debut is coming Blu-ray from Film Masters on August 27.

The Blu-ray will also include Aram Katcher's little-known Right Hand of the Devil (1963) on a second disc.

Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was re-released in 1966 as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. As part of a simple plan, he hires a hard-up, psychotic hood, Johnny Cabot, to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage in her own home. What follows is a robbery gone awry in every way! You won't want to miss this gem whose original poster proclaimed, A woman's price drops fast as the time limit ticks away!

Noted for a great performance by Cash in his first film role—the aspiring actor helped finance the film in hopes of catching his big break—Door-to-Door Maniac also stars Donald Woods, Cay Forester and Pamela Mason. Also look for a very young Ron Howard in a small role and Vic Tayback (best known as Mel from the TV show, Alice).

In the little-known film Right Hand of the Devil, director Aram Katcher makes his bid to become the next Hitchcock. While prominent movie director he is not, Turkish-born Katcher does star in the film ... and not just on-screen. Producer, story creator, editor, title designer and costume designer are just some of the other roles he took on with his magnum opus … Later, he reportedly destroyed all the 35mm elements. This new 4K scan comes from a rare 16mm reduction print, from the collection of noted film historian and producer Samuel M. Sherman, who tried to work with Katcher to re-release the film.

Katcher leads the cast as an ingenious criminal mastermind who hires a motley crew of questionable henchmen. Their target? A sports arena. Along the way and critical to their plans, he seduces a middle-aged cashier, but she is not as easily convinced as expected! Will Katcher triumph in his hard-won leading role?

Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) 

Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) 

The region-free Blu-ray release presents Door-to-Door Maniac scanned in 4K from 35mm original archival elements (aspect ratios 1.85:1 and 1.37:1) and Right Hand of the Devil scanned in 4K from 16mm archival elements (1.66:1 and 1.37:1) and bonus features incude Author/podcaster Daniel Budnik and film historian Rob Kelly join forces to provide a comprehensive commentary track for Door-to-Door Maniac with Don Stradley providing liner notes; Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold of the Monster Party podcast are back for a full-length commentary for Right Hand of the Devil, with C. Courtney Joyner providing liner notes; Ryan Verrill and Will Dodson from Someone's Favorite Productions present the all-new, visual essay, Player Piano: Passion of Aram Katcher; recut 2024 trailer for Door-to-Door Maniac; and restored, original trailer for Right Hand of the Devil.

Pre-orders for Door-to-Door Maniac (1966) / Right Hand of the Devil (1963) are now listed and here is the full press release:


Johnny Cash’s Film Debut,

Door-to-Door Maniac (1966)

With Ultra-Rare Bonus Film, Right Hand of the Devil (1963)

 

Newly Restored From Original Archival Elements;

Two-Disc, Collector’s Edition Comes to Blu-ray & DVD Aug. 27th

 

ROCKPORT, Mass. — June 18, 2024— For Immediate Release Door-to-Door Maniac and the ultra-rare bonus film Right Hand of the Devil,are a ‘60s double dose of neo-noir cult classics, available Aug. 27 in a special, two-disc collector’s edition on Blu-ray and DVD from Film Masters.

Door-to-Door Maniac (1966):

75 Minutes

Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was re-released in 1966 as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. As part of a simple plan, he hires a hard-up, psychotic hood, Johnny Cabot, to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage in her own home. What follows is a robbery gone awry in every way! You won't want to miss this gem whose original poster proclaimed, A woman's price drops fast as the time limit ticks away!

Noted for a great performance by Cash in his first film role—the aspiring actor helped finance the film in hopes of catching his big break—Door-to-Door Maniac also stars Donald Woods, Cay Forester and Pamela Mason. Also look for a very young Ron Howard in a small role and Vic Tayback (best known as Mel from the TV show, Alice).

Right Hand of the Devil (1963):

67 Minutes

In the little-known film Right Hand of the Devil, director Aram Katcher makes his bid to become the next Hitchcock. While prominent movie director he is not, Turkish-born Katcher does star in the film ... and not just on-screen. Producer, story creator, editor, title designer and costume designer are just some of the other roles he took on with his magnum opus … Later, he reportedly destroyed all the 35mm elements. This new 4K scan comes from a rare 16mm reduction print, from the collection of noted film historian and producer Samuel M. Sherman, who tried to work with Katcher to re-release the film.

Katcher leads the cast as an ingenious criminal mastermind who hires a motley crew of questionable henchmen. Their target? A sports arena. Along the way and critical to their plans, he seduces a middle-aged cashier, but she is not as easily convinced as expected! Will Katcher triumph in his hard-won leading role?

SPECIAL FEATURES: Author/podcaster Daniel Budnik and film historian Rob Kelly join forces to provide a comprehensive commentary track for Door-to-Door Maniac with Don Stradley providing liner notes; Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold of the Monster Party podcast are back for a full-length commentary for Right Hand of the Devil, with C. Courtney Joyner providing liner notes; Ryan Verrill and Will Dodson from Someone's Favorite Productions present the all-new, visual essay, Player Piano: Passion of Aram Katcher; recut 2024 trailer for Door-to-Door Maniac; and restored, original trailer for Right Hand of the Devil.

With Door-to-Door Maniac scanned in 4K from 35mm original archival elements and Right Hand of the Devil scanned in 4K from 16mm archival elements, each film is presented with two aspect ratios (Door-to-Door Maniac in 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 and Right Hand of the Devil in 1.66:1 and 1.37:1). Discs are region free and include English SDH. Audio is DTS-HD/Dolby AC3s.

About Film Masters:
Film Masters is a consortium of historians and enthusiasts who seek to celebrate the preservation and restoration of films. We are archivists, committed to storing film elements for future generations and reviving films that have been sitting dormant for decades. By scanning in 2K and 4K, we give these lesser-known films the red-carpet treatment they deserve. Leveraging modern means of distribution to release forgotten films back into the world, we also produce original bonus materials, including feature-length documentaries, which aid audiences in contextualizing and celebrating these works of art as they were meant to be.  Visit us online at: www.FilmMasters.com

 

Door-to-Door Maniac

Film Masters

Genre: Cult

B&W

Not Rated

Format: Blu-ray & DVD

Running Time: 142 Minutes Plus Approx. 156 Minutes Special Features

Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 (Blu-ray) / $19.95 (DVD)

Street Date: August 27, 2024

Catalog #: FMB013 (Blu-ray) / FMD013 (DVD)

UPC Code:  #760137157274 (Blu-ray) / #760137157304 (DVD)

HDD's Monstrous 4K UHD x Blu-ray Shopping Guide, June 10 2024

 Slight uptick in titles overall this week. Summer is just around the corner, which of course brings the Summer Movie Season! Are you excited to see something on the Coming Soon list? To me it has been a bit lackluster, but there are sure to be a few.

 Welcome to Volume 5 Episode 2 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 9th - June 15th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 This week in 4K, there probably is something for everyone, and the month is beginning to ramp up like it has the past couple of months, with the end of the month opening up the flood gates yet again.

 Import Monday has one entry, Michael Mann's 2023 drama/bio Ferrari. If that title sounds familiar, it should, Decal Releasing released a blu-ray of it in the U.S. back in March.

 

 On to Domestic Tuesday titles and first the new release this week, which edition of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is in your shopping cart? The standard release or the Walmart Exclusive SteelBook. On the latter, maybe we should call it the 'Elusive' SteelBook. Unless you preordered it before it was even official, you can only hope your local store will have a couple copies or that online has a restock event. If you were hoping for the complete (up to this point) Monsterverse set that would have been out this week, it has been moved to the end of the month, as if that week isn't crowded enough already.

 

 Catalog titles this week, let's start with Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita (1990), which comes as a SteelBook from Sony Pictures.

 

 From Dreamworks Animation and Universal Pictures, the 4K franchise completes with Shrek Forever After. You can also opt for the Shrek 4-Movie Collection. It appears that most of the made for TV specials carry over to the 4-film collection as well, so you might be able to box up or sell the blu-ray edition already on your shelf.

 

 In what felt like a somewhat long wait from the first film, Shout! Factory this week has Species II.

 

 From the Arrow Label first, a horror thriller titled Mute Witness.

 

 Also this week from Arrow, a 'Standard Special Edition' of Wild Things.

 These final two titles are very street-date subject to change, as they are smaller labels and I have not seen the usual 'product in hand' posts on social media.

 From MPI, SteelBook release of action film The Last Kumite.

 

 And from Eureka Classics' 'The Masters of Cinema Series' Asian Cinema The Valiant Ones gets a special 4K release.

 

 Next week, the ramp up continues, if ever so slightly.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Mute Witness, Wild Things, The Last Kumite and The Valiant Ones.

 Before we mention domestic Tuesday titles, let's mention that 101 Films UK has a fancy box set titled The Lawnmower Man Collection. This set does not implicitly state region-free, as it is a 101 Films release though, there is a chance it could be, purchase accordingly.

 

 And now on to domestic releases...While Capelight delivered us region free 4K editions in Germany, this week Universal delivers a blu-ray of Luc Besson's Dogman. Not trying to dissuade you from buying the blu-ray, maybe it was not considered an A-list movie, or, could be the usual blu-ray now, soon to be a 4K double-dip. Who knows?

 In almost an echo here, Immaculate gets a blu-ray release from Decal Releasing. Capelight did a 4K, and in the 4K section above you see me mentioning the import of Ferrari in 4K, while a domestic release gets a blu-ray from Decal Releasing.

 

 Criterion Collection this week has the special interest title Querelle.

 TV on disc includes Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker and Superman & Lois: The Complete Third Season.

 

 Anime highlights include Buddy Daddies - The Complete Season, Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning, My Love Story!! Complete Collection and The Reincarnation of the Strongest Exorcist in Another World - The Complete Season.

 

 MGM is reissuing a couple of titles that are considered out of print, they include Class (1983) and The Mighty Quinn.

 Sandpiper Pictures makes a reapparance on the chart with Article 99, A Family ThingWarriors of Virtue and Winter People.

 

 The 'small label item in hand' comment from above applies here too, on track to release this week from 88 Films are A Queen's Ransom and Royal Warriors (In the Line of Duty). In the Line of Duty 2, 3 and 4 are coming soon!

 From Paramount, South Park special event South Park: Joining the Panderverse gets a blu-ray this week.

 

 Honorable Mention: Mill Creek appears to be all in with regards to Ultraman. This week look for Battle Kaiju Series #3: Ultraman Vs. Gomora.

 Another Friday batch of Australian Imports to woo you;

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shout Factory has revealed their August slate of titles. In no particular order, they are Death To Smoochy, Observe and Report, Poltergeist II: The Other Side 4K, Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Trilogy 4K, Evil Dead (2013) 4K SteelBook, Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series [Shout Shop Exclusive Deluxe Limited Edition], Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 4K, Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series, The Delta Force 4K, The Last Unicorn 4K and 4K SteelBook, Bill & Ted Face the Music 4K, and general SteelBook 4K releases of Dragonheart and Hackers.

 It has been announced that Shawscope Volume 3 (Arrow Video) will be coming on November 26th.

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?



Let's Rango Up Some Discs - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, June 3 2024

 Year Five Begins! A little more than four years ago I was asked about putting together a weekly release guide of home video releases for the site. As a hardcore collector, I already have a passion for new releases, so why not share some with our readers as well? Hope you have followed and enjoyed over the years, and of course make a purchase via our links.

 Welcome to Volume 5 Episode 1 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 2nd - June 8th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 As it seems, the past couple of months have started out with a handful of titles and as the month continues, it ramps up. June is no different!

 Import Monday begins with a pair of titles, first from Paramount, The Italian Job (1969), available as a handsome looking collector's edition set. The US release was done by Kino Lorber, minus the swag.

 From MediumRare, another recent Universal Pictures blu-ray release gets the 4K treatment, referring to Lisa Frankenstein. It is inevitable, but not guaranteed that the US will get a 4K double-dip at some point. I chose not to wait, I ordered mine already.

 

 Moving to Domestic releases next, they are all catalog titles at that.

 Starting off with Paramount, Johnny Depp animated feature Rango gets a 4K debut with a SteelBook release.

 

 From Sony Pictures, Glory (1989) gets one of those Dolby Vision upgrades, in a SteelBook release.

 

 From the Criterion Collection, more Johnny Depp (directed by Terry Gilliam), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This one seemed quite inevitable, afterall, I bought the Arrow UK release a few months back. Am I disappointed? No.

 

 Kino Lorber has just one 4K release this week, the crime/thriller Bad Lieutenant.

 

 Our last new to 4K release this week is Typhoon Club, a Japanese drama/romance from Cinema Guild. Would not be surprised to see it bumped back a few weeks.

 Formerly Walmart Exclusive SteelBooks, this week Shout Factory offers them as general SteelBook releases, The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Platoon.

 Import Friday (via Amazon US) are a couple of recent UK 4K releases, Fist of Legend from 88 Films, and The Long Good Friday from Arrow Video

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases, just Typhoon Club from Cinema Guild.

 Sort of a repeat in the blu-ray category as well, start out with a manageable selection and the ramp up and dump a large load at the end of the month.

 A couple of anime highlights this week, Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill - The Complete Season and Is the Order a Rabbit: Season 1. That's it!

 

Doctor Who fan? Doctor Who: Peter Davison - Complete Season Two comes out this week. I want to collect these. The releases are sporadic and they bounce all around, era-wise.

 

Honorable mention: My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert is probably something that most everyone should recognize. We eagerly await for all their movies to hit 4K. Have a concert in the mean time.

Friday brings us multiple imports from Umbrella Entertainment and Imprint Films. For some reason Amazon missed Queen of Spades, we will update our listings when we get the listing.

Notable announcements from last week:

 The smash hit TV series Friends will be coming to 4K disc on September 24th. More TV on disc is a good thing, on 4K whenever possible is even better!

 Arrow Video's August 2024 slate has been revealed. US and UK titles include Desperado 4K, The Mexico Trilogy: El Mariachi, Desperado & Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Desperado is in 4K, the other 2 films on blu-ray), When Titans Ruled The Earth: Clash of the Titans & Wrath of the Titans (4K and blu-ray), The Woman & Offspring (4K Double Feature) and an Arrow Store exclusive blu-ray set of Memento Mori: The Jörg Buttgereit Collection. For the UK only, The Silence of the Lambs (4K, Store Exclusive 4K and blu-ray) and Heathers (4K and a store exclusive 4K).

 

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

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



The 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!

BD-50
COLOR
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 

BD-50
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. 

BD-50
COLOR
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.

BD-50
COLOR
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

BD-50
COLOR
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.

BD-50
COLOR
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™.

BD-50
COLOR
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?



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