Recent Bluray News

The latest news on all things 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Gear.
Dolby Cinema or IMAX? - Best Way To Watch Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One

Is There A Right Way Or Wrong Way To Watch Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One In Theaters?

Tom Cruise's latest action-packed adventure as international IMF superspy Ethan Hunt is about to hit theaters. The franchise has always been about intricate spycraft, big stunts, and pulse-pounding-action set pieces. After the wall-to-wall nonstop action of Mission: Impossible Fallout, Tom Cruise and frequent collaborator Christopher McQuarrie are back for more with Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One. This and the upcoming sequel are rumored to be the swan song for Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and that means big world-ending stakes, intense action, and impressive stuntwork demanding the best possible movie-going experience.

With theaters offering a variety of premium format options to give you a fully immersive cinematic experience, IMAX and Dolby Cinema are your best options over any standard theater screen. But what is the difference between IMAX and Dolby Cinema and which is the best way to enjoy Dead Reckoning Part One? Reviewers Bryan and Sam saw the film in each format and they might help you decide.

What Is The Difference Between IMAX and Dolby Cinema?

There are a number of premium format theater options out there intended to offer a definitive cinema-going experience - for a slightly more expensive ticket. IMAX and Dolby Cinema are the current top formats out there, but they're not made equal.

So let's start with IMAX:

Probably the most recognized premium format name to average moviegoers, IMAX has been the go-to for BIG screen theater viewings. The format got started with gorgeous nature documentaries but in the late 90s and early 2000s started to show Hollywood feature films reformated, and in the case of Attack of the Clones re-edited, for the biggest screen in town. And it is BIG. A true IMAX screen can measure anywhere from 50 to 125 feet high! Then you have Omnimax which not only adds height but then gives you an intense 180-degree sightline for a uniquely immersive visual experience. Then the theaters blast you with wall-to-wall earth-rattling surround sound to bring you right into the movies. And starting with Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight - big Hollywood tentpoles were partially (or more recently entirely) shot with IMAX cameras to give you a truly BIG SCREEN experience with either a shifting or static aspect ratio.

But sadly not all IMAX screens are made equal. With around 1700 Imax screens globally, you have to do your research before you run off to any old theater. In the push to get more IMAX screens out there, some multiplexes retrofitted existing screens to support IMAX - but didn't give you the same height experience. Not by a long shot.  While the picture may be crystal clear, these screens dubbed "Lie-MAX" by moviegoers are a frustratingly lacking experience and just aren't worth the extra premium format surcharge. So you have to do your homework to make sure the screen you're going to is genuine IMAX and not a pithy converted screen. 

Let's now dive into Dolby Cinema:

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray enthusiasts will know the names Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos - but you don't have to own a high-end home theater setup, you can go to your local theater! Utilizing their own dual high dynamic range laser projector system, Dolby Cinema screens promise the clearest, most detailed image possible with an intense surround and overhead audio experience. While only in a fraction of the theaters as IMAX, Dolby Cinema has set its own quality benchmark for image clarity and auditory resonance. Since all Dolby Cinema screens are certified by Dolby, there isn't a worry about one Dolby Cinema screen not being the same quality as the next Dolby Cinema screen. However - screen size is along standard theater ranges so you won't get that genuine HUGE SCREEN experience of IMAX. 

Is Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Better On Dolby Cinema or IMAX?

Here's what Sam had to say about his Dolby Cinema experience

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One was viewed in Dolby Cinema at AMC Theaters Boston Common with a 4K Dolby Vision presentation that impresses with crisp colors, deep contrast and rich hues that come with the improved 4K laser projection. You can really tell the difference between the sequences shot normally and those framed for IMAX, though I don’t really fault the film for that, as the presentation on the whole is vivid and eye-popping. You won’t be disappointed by seeing it in Dolby Vision at a Dolby Cinema theater, though everything is cropped at 2.39:1. If you see this film in IMAX, certain sequences open up to the full-frame 1.90:1 ratio. The film was reportedly shot completely on Sony CineAlta Venice Cameras, made popular for their use on Top Gun: Maverick, which explains why everything is so crisp and vivid. 

[Edit 7/12/23]
At the time of press, we didn't have confirmation that there wouldn't be any open frame 1.90:1 IMAX sequences - given past blockbuster titles and Mission: Impossible entries it was a safe assumption. After finally getting clarifications and numerous readers letting us know, the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One does not have expanding aspect ratio sequences and is apparently fixed at 2.39:1. Apologies for the confusion there. 

Here's what Bryan had to say about his IMAX experience:

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One is being released in just about every theater across the world. The film will be available to watch in standard theaters or if one is so lucky, a choice of IMAX or Dolby Cinema enhanced theaters. What is the difference here? This film was shot on the Sony CineAlta Venice IMAX cameras, which means it was specifically made for IMAX theaters, or at least the big action set pieces were. That full scope from top to bottom in crystal clear clarity is something special to witness, especially during the incredible train sequence that allows for every type of visual imagination. It's an immersive experience when Cruise jumps off a mountain and lands on a train, along with some of those winding, narrow streets during the car chase. Movies like this are made to be seen on the biggest screen possible and IMAX delivers that option with perfection here. 

While Sam enjoyed the viewing experience of Dolby Cinema - Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One was made to be seen at IMAX. Using the state-of-the-art Sony CineAlta Venice Cameras, both experiences guarantee you a better image experience than a standard theater screen - but IMAX looks like the clear overall winner overall. From incredible car chases to daring jumps to runaway trains, the film is sure to be a visual feast. Bryan and Sam may have had differing opinions about the film itself, but they both agree the action setpieces are incredible and demand to be seen on the best and biggest screens available.  

Is It Safe To Go Back Into The Water? 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 2, 2023

 In the USA, there is a major holiday this week, which is pretty much why there are fewer releases, both in the 4K category and the blu-ray category. What are some of your favorite films or TV shows with July 4th / Independence Day in them? Uncle Sam and Independence Day are some obvious ones. Stranger Things 3 also revolved around this holiday.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 5 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 2nd - July 8th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 There are no new release titles and no notable imports this week.

 Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Jaws 2 debuts to 4K disc with a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

     

 

 Paramount Pictures delivers The Truman Show, perhaps one of Jim Carrey's better known films besides Ace Ventura or The Mask.

 

 Shout Factory upgrades another Universal Pictures film to 4K, this one coincidentally is titled, Upgrade.

 

 In the double-dip category, Paramount offers two existing films, but as collectible SteelBooks, Mission: Impossible - III and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

 Next week, a semi-normal week, with two major titles, Sisu and Scream 6, plus another Criterion 4K, and several other upgrades too!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 There are to blu-ray counterparts of the above titles this week. Actually, this entire category is nearly devoid of any activity.

 On a busier week we might pass right over this one, but it has Dolph Lundgren in it and we have the space. An action movie titled Come Out Fighting from Screen Media.

 

 Anime highlights include The Executioner and Her Way of Life Complete Collection, One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage One and Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum Movie Collection.

 

 Crime/Drama from Arrow Video titled Fighting Back.

 

 There is one added bonus this week. June's slate of Imprint Films releases is available on Amazon this Friday, here's what to look for:

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 With the Independence Day holiday this week in the US, last week's announcements were a bit slow. (Thus two UK companies with the biggest news)

 Arrow Video has revealed their September releases. For the US and Canada, look for Borsalino, Carlito's Way 4K, The Prodigal Son and Ringu 4K. If you don't mind importing 4K titles (or getting them from Diabolik), Blood and Black Lace gets a 4K, and a bit of a surprise, The Psycho Collection (1960-1990) gets a 4K set as well. I personally doubt that Universal will be doing 4K discs if the 3 sequels of Psycho, so this might be the set to get.

 Second Sight UK also has a couple of surprises for August, Crimes of the Future as a 4K Special Edition, and It Follows, as a 4K Special Edition too. We have also linked a standard edition release of the latter because there is no 4K disc option in the US.

 

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?



Rian Johnson's Smash Hit Poker Face: Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray on September 12

Peacock's hit mystery series from Rian Johnson with a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and starring Natasha Lyonne is headed for a Blu-ray-on-demand release on September 12.

The star-studded mystery, directed by Rian Johnson (Knives Out), follows four-time Emmy® Nominee Natasha Lyonne’s "Charlie," who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.

POKER FACE: SEASON ONE features amazing guest performances from Academy Award® nominee Hong Chau (The Whale), Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), four-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Judith Light (“Transparent”), Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry), three-time Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior), three-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Create Together), two-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Blake Nelson (Old Henry), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) and more.

Poker Face: Season 1 - Blu-ray 

Poker Face: Season 1 

The 3-Disc Blu-ray set will include DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtracks and there doesn't appear to be any supplements. Here is the full press release:


Certified Fresh with a 99% Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score!
 
Street Date:               September 12, 2023

Description:               POKER FACE: SEASON ONE arrives on DVD & Blu-ray September 12 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The star-studded mystery, directed by Rian Johnson (Knives Out), follows four-time Emmy® Nominee Natasha Lyonne’s "Charlie," who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.
 
POKER FACE: SEASON ONE features amazing guest performances from Academy Award® nominee Hong Chau (The Whale), Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), four-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Judith Light (“Transparent”), Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry), three-time Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior), three-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Create Together), two-time Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Blake Nelson (Old Henry), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) and more.
 
These three-disc sets include all ten episodes of season one.
 
POKER FACE: SEASON ONE will also be available on Blu-ray manufactured on demand.
 
DVD Specifications:
                                    Widescreen Format
                                    English 5.1 Dolby Digital
                                    English Audio Description    
                                    English SDH Subtitles
 
Blu-ray Specifications:        
                                    1080p High Definition                                   
                                    English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio  
                                    English Audio Description    
                                    English SDH Subtitles
 
U.S. Rating:               Not Rated
 
Canadian Rating:     14A - Violence, Coarse Language
 
Run Time:                 9 hrs 8 mins approx.
They'll Swallow Your Soul! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 25, 2023

 This week offers a mixed bag of titles, which might be just what the doctor ordered. Fun fact, the sound of a fly has been used in all of the Evil Dead films, Evil Dead Rise actually opens with that sound.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 4 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 25th - July 1st, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

 Too late for press time last week, Turbine Media Group releases three 4K media books for The Deep House. Still, check it out. They have other 4K titles in the works as well, Black Phone and Renfield among others. Why Universal isn't doing them, I couldn't really say.

 The new release this week is Evil Dead Rise from Warner Bros. There have been mixed reviews with this one. And if you want the shiny SteelBook, the USA has been snubbed again, seek overseas markets. There is a European SteelBook coming July 17th, as well as other editions elsewhere.

Catalog releases next.  Got to thinking, what a missed opportunity. Waiting until this week to get Creepshow, especially when there is an episode titled "Father's Day." All he ever wanted was his cake! The episode I remember most is the one with the cockroaches, but I was rather young when I had seen this film. A little more comedy to the horror mix, also look for Motel Hell.

When you think of classic Chevy Chase, no doubt you think of National Lampoon's Vacation (or the sequels). This one is available as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. The US market was snubbed (again) for the Ultimate Collector's Edition, which releases on Import Monday.

 

 From Arrow Video, Kevin Smith's Mallrats. Next, even though Universal recently did their release, Arrow Video's 'fat pack' edition of Waterworld is available this week as well. A higher bit rate and a different mix of special features.

 

 Powerhouse Films' Indicator Series has Cold Eyes of Fear this week.

 

 SteelBooks of the first two films of the franchise, Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible - II are available this week.

 Standard Editions for Daughters of Darkness and Dead & Buried close out the category.

 Next week a Jaws sequel, an 'Upgrade,'  Truman Show, and more MI steels.

 

Blu-ray releases

 And like the 4K category, just past press time for last week's shopping guide, Turbine Media Group announced several media books for the film Harry and the Hendersons.

 Blu-ray counterparts for the above category, one new release, one catalog release. Look for Evil Dead Rise from Warner Bros and Cold Eyes of Fear (Limited Edition) from Powerhouse Films.

 Warner Archive has been focusing most of their releases to street on the same week each given month, their June slate this week includes Angel Face, Caged!, Dangerous When Wet, The Damned Don't Cry and The Old Man and the Sea. Land of the Pharaohs got moved to July 18th.

 

 New bio/drama from Sony Pictures titled Big George Foreman. This man has touched several generations and the story itself sounds well worth a look.

 

 TV on disc has just one title this week, Tales of the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season.

 More Sandpiper Pictures releases with The Barefoot Contessa and The Secret of Santa Vittoria.

 Anime highlights are not so high this week, look for just Skeleton Knight in Another World: The Complete Season in this category. Yes, there are other fine anime releases, but they do not fit the right criteria for this guide.

 

 If you're not a Disney Movie Club Member and was forced to wait, Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 2 is now available to general release.

 Just a single sku from Criterion this week, but it is a collection of Italian films on 9-discs, Pasolini 101.

 Let's talk special interest. With a drought of 3D discs, no doubt you might want to consider Prison Girls 3D from Kino Lorber.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be released to 4K and blu-ray discs on August 1.

 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is coming to 4K disc on September 26.

 

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?



Choose Your Avatar! - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 18, 2023

 Choose Your Avatar! At least that is what people in targeted campaigns on Facebook have been seeing. When I see it, I yell the 4K BD100 with Dolby Vision, but it's probably the answer they are looking for. If you are a 4K buyer, this week Avatar is gonna cost you around $70, if you are a little more hardcore collector of physical media, more like $200. Yes, there are a few other good catalog titles to ponder as well. Until the discs are in my hand though, Avatar is still just a mirage to me. I have seen pictures of The Way of Water in store backrooms already and my 3D copy has shipped, but not quite yet on the 4K SteelBook though.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 3 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 18th - June 24th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

 Which 4K discs are you getting this week and which SKUS of the Avatar films are they?

 The original Avatar (2009) is up as a first time to 4K disc. Hard to believe it goes way back to 2009.

 

 Avatar: The Way of Water is probably the reason we get the original film to 4K. The Way of Water is available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook edition, a Target Exclusive, and last but not least, a Walmart Exclusive. See the Blu-ray category for a pleasant surprise, a 3D edition as well.

    

 On to other films now, Paramount brings us Tom Cruise day with both a great classic The Firm, and well-known fantasy film, Vanilla Sky. Hard to resist not buying both.

 

 Keeping with releasing films in pairs, Kino Lorber brings us The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Ronin. Makes me wonder if The Manchurian Candidate (2004) will follow as Paramount has done the remakes on two other films so far where Kino Lorber did the original ones.

 

 Next week, a National Lampoon classic, Creepshow gets the 4K upgrade, Mallrats, Waterworld by Arrow Video and more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles, Avatar: The Way of Water from 20th Century Studios, with what I consider a better cover art than the 4K version, and Ronin gets a Kino Lorber edition as well.

 

 Avatar: The Way of Water also gets a 3D blu-ray edition.

 

 Super slow week for anime, look for Aoashi - Season 1 Part 2 and Haikyu!! To The Top (Season 4) Premium Box Set.

 New Guy Ritchie action/thriller The Covenant comes to us via Warner Bros. No 4K in the states on this one.

 

 Catalog releases from MGM, Best Seller, City of Ghosts (2002), Diary of a Hitman, Golden Gate and Stormy Monday.

 Another short-notice release from Universal, the 2023 action/comedy Polite Society. (Most likely a not available at Walmart release, again. Not sure what determines if a new Uni release will be available there).

 

 Pair of Criterion Collection releases Medicine for Melancholy, a "lo-fi" drama/romance, and The Servant, a film of the drama category.

 TV on disc this week includes just Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16. I would certainly buy seasons 1-15 if they offered it!

 Arrow Video has Japanese action/thriller The Game Trilogy.

 Honorable Mention (?) -  Dinosaurs are always hot, this week Well Go USA has I Am T-Rex. It looks worth a gander in my book.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Warner Archive's next batch, Cowboys & Aliens 4K as well as Kill Bill 4K and Kill Bill 2 4K, check out the news story here.

 Roman Holiday is getting a 4K release on August 15th. Hustle & Flow is getting a 'Paramount Presents' 4K release on August 29th. How about a 'Paramount Presents' 4K of Roman Holiday? Feel like Days of Thunder again!

 Criterion Collection's September slate includes FOUR 4K titles, including The Princess Bride! That leaves the 4K restoration of La Bamba available as a blu-ray only, but hey even so, I might have to buy every title in September. Goodbye wallet, it's been nice knowing you.

 

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?



Family Favorite Harry and the Hendersons Picks Up Six New Blu-ray Mediabooks from Turbine!

The film that made giant cryptids everyone's family friend, Harry and the Hendersons - or Big Foot Und Die Hendersons is getting SIX new Limited Edtion Mediabook releases from Germany's Turbine Medien.

Seriously though, where would The History Channel or The Learning Channel even be today without Harry and the Hendersons? Already the subject of numerous horror films including the infamous Charles B. Pierce flicks The Legend of Boggie Creek and Boggie Creek II... and the Legend ContinuesHarry and the Hendersons took a page out of Spielberg's playbook and made the shoewear-challenged beast everyone's favorite family friend. This movie delighted me as a kid and amazingly it still holds up well today. There was also a half-way decent sitcom that ran for three seasons. Now Turbine gives fans of this family favoite six new limited edition Mediabooks for the collection.

Harry and the Hendersons - Mediabook A
555 Units

Harry and the Hendersons - Mediabook B
333 Units

Harry and the Hendersons - Mediabook C
222 Units

Harry and the Hendersons - Mediabook D
333 Units

Harry and the Hendersons - Mediabook E
222 Units

Harry and the Hendersons - Mediabook F
333 Units


And here's everything you're going to get in this Mediabook release of "Big Foot Und Die Hendersons"

On a trip to the woods, the Hendersons run into the legendary Bigfoot in front of their car. Believing they killed the shaggy giant, George, Nancy and children Sarah and Ernie secretly take him home. However, when Bigfoot wakes up there again, he turns the house completely upside down. There is panic at first before the Hendersons realize the good-natured nature of their furry new roommate, Harry. But when not only the neighbors but also the press and a Bigfoot hunter find out about them, a race against time begins to bring the supposed monster to safety again...

With BIGFOOT AND THE HENDERSONS, Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin created a wild adventure comedy for the whole family. Rick Baker designed Harry's costume and won the 1988 Oscar(R) for it, having previously done so with An American Werewolf in London.

Technical specifications:
Language / sound: German DTS-HD MA 5.1, German DTS 2.0, English DTS-HD MA 5.1, English DTS 2.0, German DD 5.1, German DD 2.0, English DD 5.1, English DD 2.0
Bildformat: 1,85:1 (1080p24 Full HD), 1,85:1 (16:9 anamorph, PAL)
Subtitles: German, German for the hearing impaired, English, English for the hearing impaired
Running time: 111 minutes

Bonus Material:

  • Audio commentary by director William Dear*
  • Anniversary discussion with William Dear & Rick Baker*
  • Removed Scenes*
  • In the footsteps of Bigfoot*
  • Making of*
  • Promo-Featurette*
  • Trailer USA / D

* with optional German/English subtitles

Disc News Round-up: Big George Foreman and Warner Archive's July, PLUS Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Cowboys & Aliens, and Kill Bill in 4K!

Sony's Big George Foreman on Blu-ray 06/27, Warner Archive's latest Blu-ray announcements for 07/25, Warner's Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 4K, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol 1 4K, and Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens in 4K from kino Lorber.

The first bit of news that we have is George Tillman Jr.'s boxing biopic Big George Foreman starring Khris Davis and Forest Whitaker will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 27. Digital arrives on June 13.

The miraculous story of the once and future heavyweight champion of the world. Fueled by an impoverished childhood, Foreman channels his anger into becoming the World Heavyweight Champion, followed by a near-death experience that takes him from the ring to the pulpit. But when he sees his community struggle, he reclaims his title, becoming the oldest and most improbable heavyweight champion ever.

Big George Foreman

Big George Foreman 

The Blu-ray comes with English & Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA tracks, Movies Anywhere digital code, and the following supplements:

BONUS MATERIALS

BLU-RAY™, DIGITAL, AND DVD

  • Big George Foreman: A Look at the Making of the Film
  • Toe to Toe: Foreman & Ali
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

Warner Brothers has also announced their July Warner Archive Blu-ray slate: Helen of Troy (1956), The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), The Broadway Melody (1929), The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) and Cimarron (1931). All six titles release on Blu-ray on July 25.

Helen of Troy

In an epic tale of passion, heroism, love, betrayal and war that has that has been passed from generation to generation since the dawn of civilization, one woman possesses a beauty that launches a thousand ships and sparks a war that destroys the greatest city of its age--Helen of Troy.

1100 BCE. King Priam (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) of Troy, sends his son, Paris (Jack Sernas), to Sparta to negotiate a treaty to ensure peace between the two Greek city-states. But Paris falls in love with Spartan King Menelaus' (Niall MacGinnis) wife, Helen (Rossana Podesta). Paris kidnaps the willing Helen and her servant (Brigitte Bardot), starting a war that will kill thousands of brave warriors and spell the end of the city of Troy. Homer's Iliad provides the basis for this epic from the '50s heyday of big-screen blockbusters. Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound Of Music) directs this lavish epic capturing more than 30,000 people on screen at a then-huge production cost of $6 million.

  • NEW 4K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Three "Behind the Cameras" sequences from the Warner Bros. Presents TV series on the making of the film
  • Classic short:
  • Napoleon Bunny-Part
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

The Last Time I Saw Paris

Academy Award winners Elizabeth Taylor and Donna Reed star with Van Johnson in this sweeping romance loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited", a story of love and dreams found and lost in The City of Lights--The Last Time I Saw Paris.

When reporter Charles Wills (Johnson) travels to Paris to cover the Allies' victory in World War II, he falls in love with and marries the stunningly beautiful Helen Ellswirth (Taylor). The young newlyweds choose to stay in Paris, where Charles tries to make his way as a writer. But years of struggle, rejection and poverty take their toll on the Wills' marriage, and the two drift into affairs with others as their love and dreams fade. Now, after years of disillusion and tragedy, Charles returns to Paris. But can he rediscover the passion and dreams that once came so easily?

  • NEW 4K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR CAMERA NEGATIVES
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Classic Tom & Jerry short:
  • Touche Pussycat
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Du Barry Was a Lady

Hapless nightclub hatcheck boy Red Skelton loves glamorous chanteuse Lucille Ball. Handsome hoofer Gene Kelly loves her too. And Lucy? Lucy loves money. Then Red mistakenly gulps down a Mickey Finn and dreams he's in 18th-century France. Before you can powder your wig, a throng of suitors -- Red, Gene, King Louis XV, a dashing rebel, a sinister duke and just about everybody -- loves Lucy!

This glittery, tune-filled bonbon features a supporting cast of wags and wits (including the inimitable Zero Mostel) and three Cole Porter songs from the original Broadway smash: "Friendship," "Katie Went to Haiti" and "Do I Love You?" Cherchez la Lucy for comedy, music and star power from Hollywood's golden era.

  • NEW 4K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR CAMERA NEGATIVES
  • MGM short: Seeing Hands
  • Barney Bear cartoon: Bah, Wilderness
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

The Broadway Melody: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer made every effort to impress with its first talking motion picture, setting a new standard for big-budget films and establishing an archetype for decades of movie musicals to follow in The Broadway Melody.

The Great White Way truly becomes the Street of Broken Dreams when sisters Queenie and Hank Mahoney (Anita Page and Bessie Love) follow Hank's boyfriend, Eddie Kearns (Charles King), to Manhattan with visions of stardom. In New York, Eddie and Queenie are attracted to each other, but unwilling to betray her sister, Queenie dates a feckless cad. Now, Hank must sort out the tangle of aspirations and emotions that form this tragic love triangle. Filled with a memorable score of unforgettable songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, this was the first sound film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (1929-30).

  • NEW 4K RESTORATION FROM THE BEST PRESERVATION ELEMENTS
  • Metro Movietone Review Shorts, No. 1,2,3,4 & 7
  • Van and Schenck Metro Movietone Act, The Dogway Melody
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

The Fastest Gun Alive

Glenn Ford stars in this action-packed Western featuring a star-powered cast. Ford stars as a gunman gone good named George Temple, who with his wife Dora (Jeanne Crain) are trying to live a peaceful life. But George's gunslinging ways are legendary - and attract the attention of other gunmen who feel up for a challenge. The couple moves to a new town in the hopes of finally finding a normal life. When George gets drunk and spills the beans, can he and Dora trust the townfolk to keep their secret? A Western with a message that the whole family can enjoy.

  • NEW 4K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Classic Tom & Jerry shorts:
  • Blue Cat Blues
  • Down Beat Bear
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Cimarron

This Academy Award -winning adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel traces the lives of two people who are in love with each other--but in love with life even more--as they struggle to bring civilization to the Western frontier in Cimarron!

1898. The Oklahoma Land Rush. As thousands of would-be settlers race across a barren desert to be the first to stake their claim to a plot of land, Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix) is cheated out of his property by Dixie Lee (Estelle Taylor). Without the farm they had hoped to start, Yancey and his wife, Sabra (Irene Dunne), take over the local newspaper after the editor is assassinated. But as the newspaper helps bring order to a lawless land, Yancey feels the wanderlust to find new frontiers and new adventures, and Sabra stays to build a publishing empire. Always in love, frequently apart and destined for greatness, Yancey and Sabra lead lives as tempestuous as the land they have chosen for their home in this epic Western classic.

  • NEW 4K RESTORATION FROM THE BEST PRESERVATION ELEMENTS
  • Classic WB cartoons:
  • Lady, Play Your Mandolin (1931)
  • Red-Headed Baby (1931)
  • MGM short: The Devil's Cabaret (1931)
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

According to Bill Hunt over at The Digital Bits, Warner Brothers seems to be prepping Batman: Mask of the Phantasm for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for a release likely this fall.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: When the city's most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the Caped Crusader is blamed. But prowling the Gotham night is a shadowy new villain, the Phantasm, a sinister figure with some link to Batman's past. Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his own name?

Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in this dazzling animated feature. Discover revelations about Batman's past, his archrival the Joker and Batman's most grueling battle ever — the choice between his love for a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is "a mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving" (Cincinnati Enquirer).

Quentin Tarantino fans will also be pleased to know that The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Lionsgate will be re-releasing Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vo 1, and Kill Bill: Vol 2 in the near future with a newly remastered 4K Ultra HD of Kill Bill: Vol 1 leading the way to coincide with the film's 25th anniversary. It's probably safe to assume the others won't be far behind. We hope to be able to update those with official release news ASAP.

Lastly, there is no release date yet, however, Kino Lorber Studio Classics is working on John Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray sometime in 2023 or early 2024.  

Cowboys & Aliens: Bearing a mysterious metal shackle on his wrist, an amnesiac gunslinger (Daniel Craig) wanders into a frontier town called Absolution. He quickly finds that strangers are unwelcome, and no one does anything without the approval of tyrannical Col. Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). But when Absolution faces a threat from beyond Earth, the stranger finds that he is its only hope of salvation. He unites townspeople, outlaws and Apache warriors against the alien forces in an epic battle for survival.


How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything (Marquis, JW4) - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 11, 2023

 What a great quote (above) from John Wick 4. And there ain't no doubt about it, this week John Wick 4 will decimate the charts. With so many skus available though, there probably will not be a clear winner of which sku (always a safe bet with the standard release). On the other hand, maybe you waited for Insidious, Rain Man or Time Bandits. Why not get all four?

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 2 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 11th - June 17th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Import Monday first, if you did not opt for the excellent A24 shop release, Arrow Video has it in one of their limited editions, I am referring to Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse.

 

 So, it was bound to happen, it did happen, a certain studio in the habit of officially announcing a release literally a week before street date, which then causes mass confusion, especially when the actual boxes that were shipped to retailers had a different date (6/6) than the official date (6/13). Am referring to The Super Mario Bros. Movie, on June 6th Universal announced it for a June 13th release. Literally every B&M store out there already had it on the shelves for sale ON 6/6. How dare they follow what the box says!

 Alrighty then, the new release that will sell oodles of copies among all the various skus is John Wick 4 from LionsGate. A run down of all the choices available, a Standard Edition, an Amazon Exclusive Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive and a Walmart Exclusive. Absent (again) from the 4K category is the Target Exclusive, how 2006 of them.

    

 

 If you missed out on the Limited Edition SteelBook, Paramount/CBS has Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season One as a standard edition this week.

 Moving on to catalog titles. First from the MVD Marquee Collection, after several street date pushbacks, it looks like Rain Man really is coming out on Tuesday.

 

 From Criterion, a 4K upgrade for Time Bandits. Before you pounce on this though, there is one small thing to consider, the Arrow UK import that is coming out on August 28th. Likely the same transfer, just in a different package and with a little bit of swag.

 

 Although originally listed for next week, the beginning of a franchise with Sony Pictures'/James Wan's SteelBook of Insidious. I hope that some day yesterday that Blumhouse will jump on the 4K disc bandwagon. Some day.

 

 From Dark Star, a 1981 horror titled Scream, aka The Outing.

 Next week, it will be all about the two Avatar movies. Yes there are a couple of decent catalog titles coming too, but they will certainly be in the shadows.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles, John Wick 4 gets a standard edition release, and Target sticks to blu-ray for their retailer exclusiveRain Man also is available via MVD. If you can handle region locked titles, Arrow Video's Limited Edition release of The Lighthouse also gets a blu-ray edition.

 It's bound to happen regularly, in a short announcement window, Universal Pictures releases the sports drama Sweetwater this week.

 

 New comedy from Sony Pictures titled The Man from Toronto. In the horror/thriller category, The Pope's Exorcist, maybe you have heard of Russell Crowe?

 

 Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 15 (The Otsutsuki Awaken), Made In Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun Complete Collection, My Senpai is Annoying, available as a standard edition and a limited edition, and Spy x Family Season 1 Part 1.

 

 TV on disc this week includes Parenthood: The Compete Series and Quantum Leap: Season One.

 LionsGate's action/thriller of the week is titled One Ranger.

 

 Next batch of Indicator Series releases with From Hollywood to Heaven: The Lost and Saved Films of the Ormond Family and Mexico Macabre: Four Sinister Tales from the Alameda Films Vault, 1959-1963.

 Sandpiper Pictures, known for rereleasing out of print Twilight Time titles, is releasing Lawman, One Man's Hero and Scorpio.

 Competing with Shawscope (Arrow Video), Shout Factory this week releases Shaw Brothers Classics: Volume One.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 (Berry Gordy's) The Last Dragon will be coming to 4K SteelBook on September 19th.

 Sisu has been finalized for blu-ray and 4K disc with a July 11th street date.

 Ferris Bueller's Day Off arrives to 4K disc on August 1st.

 

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?



Ari Aster's Twisted Beau Is Afraid Starring Joaquin Phoenix Hits Blu-ray on July 11

Ari Aster's latest film starring Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, Emmy winner Nathan Lane, and Emmy nominee Patti LuPone will debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 11.

Read our review of Beau is Afraid HERE.

A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer/director Ari Aster.

Beau Is Afraid - Blu-ray

Beau Is Afraid 

No 4K planned at the moment, but it's a safe bet that A24 Shop will probably have one of their deluxe book sets coming down the pipe sometime soon. For now, the Blu-ray combo pack will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and Finally Home: Making Beau Is Afraid.

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


Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital / DVD Street Date: 7/11/23
Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital SRP: $39.99
DVD SRP: $29.96

 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Ari Aster’s third film collaboration with A24, Beau Is Afraid arrives on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital and DVD July 11 from A24 and Lionsgate. Writer and director Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) creates another unsettling story, starring Academy Award® winner Joaquin Phoenix (2020, Best Actor, Joker), Primetime Emmy® winner Nathan Lane (2022, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Only Murders in the Building”), and Primetime Emmy® nominee Patti LuPone (1998, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Frasier”). Beau Is Afraid will be available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, and $29.96 for DVD.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer/director Ari Aster.
 
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURE:
Finally Home: Making Beau Is Afraid
 
CAST
Joaquin Phoenix                       Her, Joker, Gladiator, The Master
Nathan Lane                             The Producers, Mousehunt, TV’s “Only Murders in the Building”
Patti LuPone                             Driving Miss Daisy, TV’s “Penny Dreadful,” “American Horror Story”
Parker Posey                            Superman Returns, Dazed and Confused, Scream 3
Amy Ryan                                 Gone Baby Gone, Birdman, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
 
Trailer:
https://youtu.be/PuiWDn976Ek
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2023
Title Copyright: Beau Is Afraid © 2023 Mommy Knows Best LLC, UAAP LLC and IPR.VC Fund II KY. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2023 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: New Release
Rating: R
Genre: Thriller, Action/Adventure, Comedy
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Run Time: 179 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 (1.85) Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, English Descriptive Audio
DVD Format: 16x9 (1.85) Presentation
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio

I Vant To Buy Some Deescs! - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide June 4, 2023

 Look at that, we have gone a full 3 years with our weekly shopping guide and kick off year 4 this week. If you had to look back, what's the most memorable disc/set you have purchased? There are so many good ones it's hard for me to put a finger on it. This week is probably dubbed the double (or triple) dip edition for the 4K area, but there still are a couple of new to 4K releases, and of course blu-ray too.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 1 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of June 4th - June 10th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Import Monday begins with The Changeling from Second Sight. No disrespect to Severin, but this edition is much more appealing to me.

 

 Tuesday *would* have begun with the new release title The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which has a standard release, a Walmart Exclusive and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As of press time though, Universal has not given their zero-notice announcement. Retailers have this title in hand and some are selling it today. BullMoose shows a 6/13 release, everyone else shows it as not yet announced. Great marketing there Universal! We will of course update our listings if it changes. Target's weekly ad also shows it available. If Universal were to wait to next week, they would get creamed by John Wick 4!

 Tuesday begins with The Rules of the Game from Criterion.

 

 LionsGate gives us another Best Buy Exclusive slipcover style SteelBook with Lord of War.

 

 Sticking with Best Buy Exclusive SteelBooks, the next two 'Disney 100' editions to come out this week are Coco and Toy Story.

 Clear and Present Danger gets a single sku release this week. We also see standard case editions for Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

 Next week calls for John Wick 4 x 4, Super Mario Bros. Movie (maybe), Time Bandits and more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Believe it or not, there are no counterparts to the above 4K releases this week. There is a region B standard edition for The Changeling, but this is a case of where the Severin release more than satisfies. The Super Mario Bros. Movie would have been the counterpart if it were on a 6/6 release. A Walmart Exclusive would also be available.

 Kino Lorber this week has blu-ray counterparts to the 4K releases from not too long ago, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More each get their respective blu-ray editions.

 From Paramount, the 2023 action/thriller Assassin Club.

 

 TV on disc include The Event: The Complete Series from Mill Creek, La Brea: Season Two from Universal and Tulsa King: Season One from Paramount, with the latter available as a standard edition and as a SteelBook Edition. Looks like no physical 4K option as of yet (if ever) for Tulsa King.

 

 The next Giallo set Giallo Essentials V5 Blue Edition gets the general release this week from Arrow Video.

 Literally just announced, comedy/horror Renfield with Nicolas Cage comes to us via Universal. You just might vant to buy this movie, har har!

 

 Super slow week for anime, just one highlight, Platinum End - Part 2.

 May 2023's batch of Imprint Films Limited Editions are available at Amazon US on Friday, titles include:

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shout! Factory's various labels have revealed their August titles. Subject to change, plus or minus, so far they include Assault On Hill 400, Coma, Hackers 4K, Little Nicky, Nightbreed 4K and Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Two.

 MVD has revealed that they are bringing Ghoulies to 4K and blu-ray discs. Ghoulies 2 is also getting their special treatment for blu-ray. Keep your fingers crossed, they have indicated they are trying to also bring this film to 4K as negotiations continue.

 The next Vestron Collector's Series release has been announced as My Best Friend Is a Vampire, with a street date some time in July.

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?



Reviews

The latest news on all things 4K Ultra HD, blu-ray and Gear.