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Violent Night Arrives on Digital 01/20 and Blu-ray/DVD 01/27

The gory Christmas action-comedy starring Stranger Things' David Harbour as Santa Claus will be available on Blu-ray/DVD on January 24th

When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound taking everyone inside hostage, they are not prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus. David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) stars as St. Nick in the “wildly entertaining” (SCREEN RANT) holiday romp, delivering some serious season’s beatings to save the family and the spirit of Christmas.

There doesn't appear to be a 4K UHD Blu-ray release at this time, but the releases include over half an hour of supplements including deleted scenes, featurettes, and an audio commentary with Director Tommy Wirkola, Producer Guy Danella, Writer Pat Casey and Writer Josh Miller.

Violent Night
Violent Night
 

Order your copy now and here is the full press release (I love how it says that Violent Night's home video release arrives just in time for next Christmas):


       


DAVID HARBOUR SLEIGHS IN THE ACTION-COMEDY SPECTACLE, NOW YOURS TO OWN JUST IN TIME FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS WITH EXCLUSIVE DELETED SCENES, BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURETTES AND MORE!

 

 

 

 “GORILY ENTERTAINING AND WITTY THROUGHOUT”
THE WRAP

 

ON DIGITAL JANUARY 20, 2023
BLU-RAY
TM AND DVD JANUARY 24, 2023
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 
 

 

 

 

 

Universal City, California, January 13, 2023 – From the producers of Nobody and John Wick comes VIOLENT NIGHT, available to own with bonus features on Digital January 20, 2023 and on Blu-ray and DVD on January 24, 2023 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “The greatest Christmas action movie of all time” (CINAPSE) comes home in a collector’s edition that includes over half an hour of never-before-seen bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, a feature commentary, and behind-the-scenes featurettes delivering more of the movie for your Christmas collection.
 
When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound taking everyone inside hostage, they are not prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus. David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) stars as St. Nick in the “wildly entertaining” (SCREEN RANT) holiday romp, delivering some serious season’s beatings to save the family and the spirit of Christmas.
 
Directed by Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow franchise), VIOLENT NIGHT also stars Emmy
® winner John Leguizamo (John Wick), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Cam Gigandet (Without Remorse), Alex Hassell (Cowboy Bebop), Alexis Louder (The Tomorrow War) and Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise).
 
With the purchase of VIOLENT NIGHT on disc or Digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit
www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

 

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

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Family Arrives at the Mansion
    • Jason and Linda in Bedroom
    • Krampus Sees Trudy's Radio
    • Santa on the Roof
    • Walk to the Manger
    • Family Resolution
    • Bad Dad
    • Cast Call Back
    • Extended Scenes
  • Quarrelin' Kringle - Cast and crew relay why David Harbour is the perfect brawler for this combative rendition of Santa.
  • Santa's Helpers: The Making Of VIOLENT NIGHT - Tommy Wirkola and David Leitch have reunited for another madcap, violent fairytale with heart in VIOLENT NIGHT. This making-of will celebrate their spirited reunion as well as the other little helpers.
  • Deck the Halls with Brawls - Go behind the action as we go blow for blow with the new villains of Christmas.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tommy Wirkola, Producer Guy Danella, Writer Pat Casey and Writer Josh Miller

 

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder and Beverly D’Angelo
Music By: Dominic Lewis
Editor: Jim Page ACE
Production Designer: Roger Fires
Director of Photography: Matthew Weston FNF
Executive Producer: Marc S. Fischer
Produced By: Kelly McCormick p.g.a., David Leitch p.g.a., Guy Danella
Written By: Pat Casey & Josh Miller
Directed By: Tommy Wirkola


TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM:
Street Date: January 24, 2023
Selection Number: 1000819013 (US)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 
Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references
Subtitles: English, Latin American Spanish and French Canadian  
Languages/Sound: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), Latin American Spanish (DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio 7.1) and French Canadian (DTS Digital Surround 5.1) 
Run Time: 01:51:22


TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: January 24, 2023
Selection Number: 1000819012 (US)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 
Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references
Subtitles: English, Latin American Spanish and French Canadian  
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Run Time: 01:51:29

 

ABOUT UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE –
www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. 

Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Feb 14th

Steven Spielberg's hugely acclaimed Golden Globe-winning drama starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogan, Gabriel LaBelle and Judd Hirsch will be available for digital streaming on January 17 and on home video including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 14.

Read our theatrical review of The Fabelmans

Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s own childhood, rediscover the magic of movies in THE FABELMANS, a coming-of-age story about a young man uncovering a shattering family secret and the power of film and imagination to help us see the truth about ourselves and each other. With a star-studded cast featuring Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, My Week with Marilyn), Paul Dano (The Batman, There Will Be Blood), Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs, An American Pickle), Gabriel LaBelle (The Predator, “American Gigolo”) and Academy Award® nominee Judd Hirsch (Uncut Gems, Ordinary People), THE FABELMANS tells a timeless tale of heartbreak, healing, and hope for the dreamer inside all of us.

The Fabelmans
The Fabelmans
 

The Fabelmans - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
The Fabelmans - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 


BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL: 

  • THE FABELMANS: A Personal Journey - Steven Spielberg reflects on how THE FABELMANS is inspired by his own personal story and family.
  • Family Dynamics *- Discover how the film's cast brought THE FABELMANS to life as Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen and more build a bridge between their onscreen personalities and their true-life counterparts.
  • Crafting the World of THE FABELMANS *- From costume and set design to music and cinematography, the filmmakers behind THE FABELMANS reveal how they created movie magic while capturing the film's unique look.

*Not on DVD

Preorder your copy now and see the full press release below:


 

 WINNER OF TWO GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® FOR BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA & BEST DIRECTOR OF A MOTION PICTURE
 

  BRING HOME THE EXTRAORDINARY COMING-OF-AGE STORY  

 

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH GOLDEN GLOBE®-WINNING DIRECTOR/WRITER STEVEN SPIELBERG
AS HE SHARES MORE OF HIS PERSONAL STORIES THAT INSPIRED THIS YEAR’S MOST HEARTWARMING FILM

 
“THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR” – TIME

 

OWN IT ON DIGITAL JANUARY 17, 2023
BLU-RAY™ AND DVD FEBRUARY 14, 2023
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

 

Universal City, California, January 12, 2023 – Director Steven Spielberg brings a deeply personal portrait of a 20th century American childhood in the semi-autobiographical film, THE FABELMANS, available to own on Digital January 17, 2023 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 14, 2023 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “An enduring classic” (Peter Travers, ABC NEWS), THE FABELMANS is a heartfelt tale that “we’ve been waiting 45 years for Steven Spielberg to make” (Rolling Stone). THE FABELMANS comes with exclusive bonus content that takes viewers behind the scenes with Spielberg, filmmakers and the all-star cast as they bring the audience into the world that brought Spielberg’s story to life.
 
Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s own childhood, rediscover the magic of movies in THE FABELMANS, a coming-of-age story about a young man uncovering a shattering family secret and the power of film and imagination to help us see the truth about ourselves and each other. With a star-studded cast featuring Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, My Week with Marilyn), Paul Dano (The Batman, There Will Be Blood), Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs, An American Pickle), Gabriel LaBelle (The Predator, “American Gigolo”) and Academy Award® nominee Judd Hirsch (Uncut Gems, Ordinary People), THE FABELMANS tells a timeless tale of heartbreak, healing, and hope for the dreamer inside all of us.
 
With the purchase of THE FABELMANS on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.
 
BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL: 

  • THE FABELMANS: A Personal Journey - Steven Spielberg reflects on how THE FABELMANS is inspired by his own personal story and family.
  • Family Dynamics *- Discover how the film's cast brought THE FABELMANS to life as Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen and more build a bridge between their onscreen personalities and their true-life counterparts.
  • Crafting the World of THE FABELMANS *- From costume and set design to music and cinematography, the filmmakers behind THE FABELMANS reveal how they created movie magic while capturing the film's unique look.

*Not on DVD
 
FILMMAKERS:  
Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogan, Gabriel LaBelle and Judd Hirsch
Music By: John Williams
Costume Designer: Mark Bridges
Edited By: Michael Kahn ACE and Sarah Broshar
Production Designer: Rick Carter
Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski
Executive Producers: Carla Raij and Josh McLaglen
Produced By: Kristie Macosko Krieger p.g.a., Steven Spielberg p.g.a., Tony Kushner p.g.a.
Written By: Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K UHD:
Street Date: February 14, 2023
Selection Number: 1000823249 (US) / 1000824321 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements, brief violence and drug use.
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM
Street Date: February 14, 2023
Selection Number: 1000822990 (US) / 1000822992 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements, brief violence and drug use.
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: 
Street Date: February 14, 2023
Selection Number: 1000822989 (US) / 1000822991 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements, brief violence and drug use.
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish 
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), and Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
 
ABOUT UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT: 
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. 
        

Chicago 20th Anniversary Blu-ray SteelBook Coming February 7

The critically-acclaimed musical comedy and Best Picture winner from Rob Marshall is getting a SteelBook edition for the film's 20th anniversary on February 7th

Winner of 6 academy Awards- Chicago is a dazzling spectacle cheered by audiences and critics alike! At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and spotlight seeking Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row! They also share Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago, there's only room for one legend!

The release doesn't appear to have anything new aside from the SteelBook packaging, as the bonus materials are all legacy features.

Chicago 20th Anniversary Blu-ray SteelBook
Chicago (SteelBook)
 

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


 

Winner of six Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, director Rob Marshall’s musical sensation CHICAGO celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a new, Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ SteelBook™, arriving February 7, 2023 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

Originally released wide on January 24, 2003, CHICAGO was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won not only Best Picture, but also Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound. 

 

A thrilling adaptation of the Broadway musical, the film boasts sensational performances from Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Christine Baranski, and more.  Filled with electrifying musical numbers, wildly entertaining satire, and plenty of razzle dazzle, CHICAGO remains a must-see cinematic spectacle.

 

The Limited-Edition Blu-ray SteelBook includes access to a Digital copy of the film and boasts over three hours of legacy bonus content, including commentary with director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon, an extensive look at the film with cast and crew interviews, plus extended musical performances.  Bonus content is detailed below:

 

  • Feature Commentary with director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon
  • Chicago in the Spotlight – A Retrospective with Cast and Crew
    • Bringing Chicago to Life: Adapting the Broadway Musical to Film
    • Developing the Screenplay: Collaborating with Bill Condon
    • Casting the Movie: Finding Actors Who Can Sing and Dance
    • The Extended Cast: The Great Dancers of Chicago
    • Rehearsals: The Best of Times
    • Rob Marshall: Born to Direct
    • Marty Richards: In Remembrance
    • Neil Meron and Craig Zadan: Renowned Musical Producers
    • The Magicians Behind the Camera: Colleen Atwood - Dion Beebe - John Myhre
    • The Best of Broadway: The Choreographers
    • The Director's Cut: Musical History is Made
    • The 75th Academy Awards: And the Oscar goes to…
    • The 85th Academy Awards: A Walk Down Memory Lane
    • The Relevance and Impact: The Aftermath of the Modern Day Musical
  • Extended Musical Performances
    • “And All That Jazz”
    • “When You’re Good to Mama”
    • “Cell Block Tango”
    • “We Both Reached For The Gun”
    • “Mister Cellophane”
    • “All I Care About”
    • “All I Care About” with Richard Gere
    • “Nowadays” with Renée Zellweger
    • “And All That Jazz” with Catherine Zeta-Jones
    • “I Can’t Do It Alone” rehearsal
    • “Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag” rehearsal
    • “We Both Reached For The Gun” rehearsal
    • “Cell Block Tango” rehearsal
Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1 Dated for a Blu-ray Combo Pack February 7

 Steamboat Willie and nine other Walt Disney Animation Studios classic shorts will be available on home video next month on February 7 in celebration of Disney's 100th anniversary.

Celebrate 100 magical years of Disney with this collectible compilation of animated shorts! Mickey and Minnie share their memories in new introductions to these 10 wonderful stories, which have entertained generations of children and adults alike. Included is the iconic "Steamboat Willie," the first cartoon with synchronized sound, in which the character of Mickey Mouse was first introduced as a deckhand on a riverboat commanded by the tyrannical Captain Pete. Also included are "Brave Little Tailor," featuring Mickey as a medieval tailor given a daunting task. In "Mickey’s Delayed Date," the tardy mouse relies on his faithful pup Pluto to get him to a dance with Minnie. "Hawaiian Holiday" finds Mickey and his pals vacationing on a beautiful island. Then along with friends, Mickey and Minnie glide through a romantic date on a frozen river in "On Ice." And catch five more delightful stories in this legacy collection.

The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack includes a 2.0 soundtrack with all-new introductions by Mickey and Minnie.

Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1
Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1
 

Pre-orders should be available shortly but here is the full press release:


CELEBRATE 100 MAGICAL YEARS WITH MICKEY AND MINNIE!

 

Collect A Piece of Animation History When 

Mickey & Minnie 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1

Arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD February 7

 

BURBANK, CA (January 10, 2023) – Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced that Mickey & Minnie 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 will soon be available to audiences to enjoy at home. This new collection gathers together ten classic animated shorts for the first time, including the iconic “Steamboat Willie,” and features all-new introductions from Mickey and Minnie for each short.

 

This release is part of the planned releases coming in 2023 to celebrate Disney's 100th anniversary.

 

It will be available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD from February 7. 

 

Film Synopsis

Celebrate 100 magical years of Disney with this collectible compilation of animated shorts! Mickey and Minnie share their memories in new introductions to these 10 wonderful stories, which have entertained generations of children and adults alike. Included is the iconic "Steamboat Willie," the first cartoon with synchronized sound, in which the character of Mickey Mouse was first introduced as a deckhand on a riverboat commanded by the tyrannical Captain Pete. Also included are "Brave Little Tailor," featuring Mickey as a medieval tailor given a daunting task. In "Mickey’s Delayed Date," the tardy mouse relies on his faithful pup Pluto to get him to a dance with Minnie. "Hawaiian Holiday" finds Mickey and his pals vacationing on a beautiful island. Then along with friends, Mickey and Minnie glide through a romantic date on a frozen river in "On Ice." And catch five more delightful stories in this legacy collection.

 

Product Specifications

 

Street Date

Physical: February 7, 2023

 

 

Product SKUs

Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

Feature Run Time

Approx. 83 Minutes

 

Rating

Not rated

 

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 1.78:1

Physical: 1.78:1

U.S. Audio

Blu-ray: English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD: English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital

Digital: English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital

 

U.S. Subtitles

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

Digital: English SDH, Spanish, French (some platforms)

Six More Weeks of Winter? - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 8, 2023

 Hope you had a good kick off to 2023. Some of the release buzz in the home video/disc industry is very exciting, we will share news as it goes from tentative/rumor to something concrete. My Disney/Fox wish this year is for them to use BD100 discs when a release merits it, and to use Dolby Vision on the disc itself, not a streaming exclusive. Maybe with the original Avatar supposedly coming to disc later this year, that will start a trend.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 8 - January 14, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 No new releases in this category this week, but we do have (maybe) three titles to look at.

 First from Sony Pictures, not quite a double-dip, how about Groundhog Day? This time around a Dolby Vision pass has been added, and it comes in a SteelBook package.

 

 Next from Scream Factory, a more recent Universal Pictures film gets a 4K upgrade, Ouija. When they decided making board games into movies I was a bit skeptical, but thus far they have been entertaining.

 

 OK, the reason I uttered 'maybe' in the first sentence, from 88 Films, Dragons Forever with Jackie Chan. This one has been inserted into multiple previous weeks' articles only to be removed at press time because it got delayed each time. I did see social media posts with discs in their hands so I think it is safe to call it good this time around and to expect to see it on Tuesday!

 

 Next week, Irish grassland, twice the peril, acrimony of an adult male and Carpenter Steel.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 The single blu-ray counterpart of the above titles this week (maybe) is Dragons Forever from 88 Films.

 Unfortunately, LionsGate this week doesn't offer any Bruce Willis action (but next week is a different story), they do have a comedy titled Angry Neighbors though.

 

 New drama from Universal titled She Said. As of press time Amazon still listing this as a July release, but official word from Universal (and retailer back rooms) does/do in fact state January 10th.

 

 TV on disc includes Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season, Good Girls: The Complete Series and The Man Who Fell to Earth: Season One.

 

 The latest franchise SteelBook from Paramount this week is Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.

 From the Criterion Collection, Imitation of Life, a 1934 melodrama.

 

 Warner Bros' label Warner Archive Collection has Our Dancing Daughters and Rancho Notorious this week.

 Special Interest film from Sony Pictures Classics, The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile debuts to disc this week.

 

 Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 14 (Kawaki), Himouto! Umaru-chan R, Obey Me! - Season 1, Platinum End - Part 1 and Waiting in the Summer: Complete Collection.

 Arrow Video gives us their take on The Dunwich Horror, previously it was part of a double feature from Scream Factory. Not done there, look for a Sonny Chiba box set titled The Executioner Collection.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shout Factory has revealed most of their March 2023 titles. I would expect an animated/anime title or two to be added, but here's what we have so far: 4K includes Dead Silence, The Exorcist III, Streets of Fire and Wanted. For blu-ray, look for Crazy People, Critical Condition, Dr. Giggles, Razorback and Sorry, Wrong Number.

 Amazon already has a listing for the blu-ray of M3GAN. I really hope a 4K gets added to the choices too. I would guess a March release date on this one.

 Warner Bros. will be releasing Training Day to 4K and 4K Best Buy SteelBook on February 28. This release is packaged under their Warner 100 packaging.

 Disney is also celebrating 100 years. For 4K, Best Buy is offering SteelBooks of many animated releases spaced throughout 2023, as well as the original Star Wars trilogy on May 2nd. BD100 discs with Dolby Vision, right? One can hope and dream I guess. Check out our 4K release calendar link, click 'Show All Releases' if necessary,  then search for Disney 100 to see what is there so far. At this time it looks like their Disney 100 label on blu-ray is limited to the Disney Movie Club and Walmart, but that can't be right, can it?

 As always, we appreciate you playing your orders via our links, it helps keep our little operation going.

 

4K Release Calendar

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



Happy Rock Year - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 1, 2023

 Happy New Year! What are you most looking forward to this year in the home video category? Finally seeing The Abyss and the original Avatar on 4K BD100 Dolby Vision disc? Getting that new OLED and/or Atmos setup? Ten-Gig fiber internet so you can reliably stream 4K?

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 32 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 1st - January 7th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 The first full week of 2023 has not one, but TWO new release titles in the 4K category.

 First from Warner Bros., another DCEU release titled Black Adam, this one stars Dwayne Johnson and comes as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Walmart Exclusive Pop Vinyl edition.

 

 From LionsGate, Prey for the Devil, which falls in the horror/thriller category.

 

 From Criterion Collection, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. All I need to know is it is a Terry Gilliam film, just take my money!

 

 Cats (2019) *might* be getting a release this week, or it might get an official announcement to be released next month only to show a release date of this week when we get to next month. Confused?

 Next week, Puxatawny Phil gets steely, Yesja and maybe 88-days have elapsed for one title while they've just begun for another.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts for the above titles? Terrifier 2 was released last week, with the (unconfirmed) possibility there is a SteelBook at Walmart, Black Adam comes via Warner Bros, Prey for the Devil via LionsGate and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen gets a Criterion Collection blu-ray release.

 Ain't gonna lie, we don't have a lot to work with this week to fluff the blu-ray releases section. Sometimes it is about the quality and not the quantity.

 New drama from Universal Pictures titled Armageddon Time, with an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong

 

 Did not see a lot of these films pop up so this one might be right for you if you follow the monarchy, Elizabeth Windsor, a documentary about the world's longest ever serving queen.

 Anime highlights include just Sabikui Bisco - The Complete Season and Sasaki and Miyano - The Complete Season.

 Paramount offers up Star Trek: Prodigy: Season 1 this week. Not sure what to think of this one based on the trailer, but I certainly will take a look, mostly because I am a Trekkie.

 

 Certainly not Bruce Willis but definitely action, Vertical Entertainment has The System (2022) this week.

 

 This week Amazon U.S. offers up Imprint Films' December releases;

 

Notable Announcements from last week:

 Nothing major announced this past week, being the week between Christmas and New Years, there is no surprise here.

 Universal Studios did announce the film She Said for a January 10th release date. Amazon still has it listed for July, but they will come around.

 Some of the botique labels have been busy adding titles for March(ish) street dates. Let's also not forget to keep our eyes peeled for Vinegary Syndrome's 2023 Subscription Offer in the next week or so.

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?



Hope You Had Very Merry Corey Christmas! - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec 25, 2022

 Have you been nice this year? Did Santa bring you movies or new gear? How true they are, the "Twelve Pains of Christmas" by the talented Bob Rivers. At the close of this week, we countdown to 2023! Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 31 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 25th - December 31st, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

 New releases this week starts out with Halloween Ends, which is available as a standard edition, a Walmart Exclusive and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. The Zavvi cover edition comes on January 16th. You can also get the trilogy (2018 - 2022) in a single package as well.

        

This one surprised me a bit, when the announcement dropped there was a lot of buzz. Talking about Terrifier 2, and the only way to get the 4K is from Best Buy. This might make me have to watch the first film to see what's up.

 Kino Lorber this week has Paul Newman's 1994 film Nobody's Fool, which is based on Richard Russo's novel by the same name.

Blu-ray Releases

 Blu-ray counterparts first, and this week it means every title above. Halloween Ends, the 2018-2022 trilogy, Terrifier 2 and Nobody's Fool.

 Anime highlights include Digimon Adventure Season 1, Goodbye, Don Glees!, Lupin the 3rd Farewell to Nostradamus, Project A-ko 3, Seven Days War - Movie and She Professed Herself a Pupil of the Wise Man - The Complete Season.

 LionsGate delivers a bio/drama titled Lamborghini. Yup, it's *that* Lambo.

 Mystery behind this one, from Universal, Prancer: A Christmas Tale. This one was supposed to be released December 27th, and right up til a few days ago, it was still listed as such. Now it is listed as a release date of November 29, so, a month ago. My joke was going to be "just in time for (50% off) Christmas (sales)."

 Honorable mention: If you got Nobody's Fool because you're a Newman fan, Kino Lorber has a blu-ray of Twilight (1998) to fill your Newman library.

 If you are OK with importing, Turbine Media has Knight Rider - 40th Anniversary Edition this Friday. There are enough differences with their set (including more discs/higher bitrate) to strongly consider this one. 

 

Announcements from last week:

Paramount has officially announced Dragonslayer for 4K SteelBook and standard editions with a date of March 21.

 

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?



Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer Gets A New Theatrical Trailer

With his first project since parting ways with Warner Brothers, Christopher Nolan is set to blow up the summer box office with Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer Official Trailer 

Christopher Nolan's latest opus is set to debut in theaters July 21st, 2023 - read the full details below:

Oppenheimer Poster 

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer is an IMAX®-shot epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.

 

The film stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Emily Blunt as his wife, biologist and botanist Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer. Oscar® winner Matt Damon portrays General Leslie Groves Jr., director of the Manhattan Project, and Robert Downey, Jr. plays Lewis Strauss, a founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

Academy Award® nominee Florence Pugh plays psychiatrist Jean Tatlock, Benny Safdie plays theoretical physicist Edward Teller, Michael Angarano plays Robert Serber and Josh Hartnett plays pioneering American nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence.

Oppenheimer also stars Oscar® winner Rami Malek and reunites Nolan with eight-time Oscar® nominated actor, writer and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh.

The cast includes Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets), Dylan Arnold (Halloween franchise), David Krumholtz (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises).

The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan.

Oppenheimer is filmed in a combination of IMAX® 65mm and 65mm large-format film photography including, for the first time ever, sections in IMAX® black and white analogue photography.

Nolan’s films, including Tenet, Dunkirk, Interstellar, Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy, have earned more than $5 billion at the global box office and have been awarded 11 Oscars and 36 nominations, including two Best Picture nominations.

Genre: Epic Thriller

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey, Jr., Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett, and Kenneth Branagh

Written and Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Produced by: Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan

Let There Be Dragons! 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide - Dec 18, 2022

 Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, or whichever holiday you partake in this time of year, best wishes to you. Just think, 2023 is literally around the corner.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 30 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 18th - December 24th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 There's no other way to say it other than this week is all about House of the Dragon: Season 1. Available as both a standard edition and as a SteelBook edition. If you opt to import it, Amazon UK has an exclusive SteelBook that is almost identical, but has a sleeve with character cards in it. If you were 'lucky' enough, a major big-box retailer may have put these out early, as in, last week.

 

 Universal/Focus Features and their short-date announcements, they just added Tár by academy award nominated filmmaker Todd Field and starring two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett to Tuesday's releases.

 

 On to catalog titles, from Kino Lorber, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). Having seen the remake originally, I was pleasantly surprised how well the original was made, especially considering it to be a 1974 film.

 

 Shall we play a game? WarGames comes to us via Shout! Factory. Made during the height of the Cold War, it was definitely a heavy topic at the time. In a way, it still is. No slipcover for this one, if that's a deciding factor.

 

 Next week an October 'holiday' concludes, not my jester and scary follow-up.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles to get a release this week are House of the Dragon: Season 1 and Tár.

 

 Not going to really add too much 'fluff' here, it's a slow week for releases. January 3rd we will probably have to 'fluff' it as much as possible.

 New comedy/drama from Fox Searchlight titled The Banshees of Inisherin.

 

 Last week I mentioned there were more SandPiper releases this week. SandPiper is the label that has been reissuing a lot of Twilight Time exclusives and othr similar titles that would have been TT releases. This week look for The Bridge at Remagen, Holiday Heart, The Hawaiians, The Hospital, Moll Flanders and Wild Bill (1995).

 A comedic superhero type film from Paramount titled Secret Headquarters with Owen Wilson and Michael Peña.

 

 Anime highlights include Carole & Tuesday - Complete Collection, Chaika the Coffin Princess - Complete Series, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Entertainment District Arc, My Hero Academia: Season 5 Part 2, which comes as a standard edition and a limited edition, Requiem of the Rose King - Part 1, Scarlet Nexus - Season 1 Part 2 and Teasing Master Takagi-san 3 - Complete Collection.

 You really did not think we would go a week without LionsGate and/or Bruce Willis, did you? This action/thriller is titled Paradise City, and as an added bonus, John Travolta stars with Willis.

 

 I wouldn't count on this one being on time, but Tales of the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season is still listed for Tuesday with no cover art or description, so expect a delay.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 88 Films has revealed that In the Line of Duty: I - IV will be coming in May.

 Warner Bros. has announced Bones and All will be coming January 31.

 Criterion collection's March releases have been announced, check out the article here.

 Arrow Video has also announced their March releases, no 4K for the U.S., only the UK, but what we do get is Black Sunday, The House That Screamed and Knockabout.

 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 Menu Announced for Bu-ray on January 17

Searchlight Pictures' critically-acclaimed dark comedy starring Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nicholas Hoult arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on January 17.

Read our review here.

A young couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises. The dark comedy is written by Seth Reiss & Will Tracy, and directed by Mark Mylod.

The Blu-ray will include an in-depth featurette and deleted scenes with a DTS-MA 5.1 soundtrack.

The Menu
The Menu
 

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


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“A TASTY SATIRE”

Owen Gleiberman, Variety

 

Bon appétit! Searchlight Pictures’ deliciously twisted thriller The Menu

Arrives on Digital January 3 and Blu-ray™ and DVD January 17

 

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BURBANK, CA (December 15, 2022) – From Searchlight Pictures and director Mark Mylod (Succession) comes the satirical thriller The Menu. This outrageous tale of fine dining has been celebrated by critics as “gloriously twisted” (Chris Evangelista, Slash Film) “wildly entertaining” (Alan Cerny, Vital Thrills) and “undeniably fun” (Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com). The film is Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™ and arrives on Digital January 3 and Blu-ray and DVD on January 17, with never-before-seen bonus content that takes viewers behinds the scenes and inside the kitchen.

 

Film Synopsis

A young couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises. The dark comedy is written by Seth Reiss & Will Tracy, and directed by Mark Mylod.

 

 

 

 

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Bonus Features*

Featurette

·         Open Kitchen: A Look Inside The Menu - Feast on the special ingredients of The Menu to see how director Mark Mylod and his formidable cast, the biting script and renowned chef consultants concocted the perfect recipe to bring authenticity and dark humor to the film’s high-end culinary world.

o   First Course: Take a seat at the table as director Mark Mylod delves into some of the key ingredients that went into crafting The Menu. Meet the renowned chefs and food stylist who brought their culinary expertise to the set.

o   Second Course: Savor the world-building of Hawthorn, from kitchen “boot camp,” to the meticulous details of the production design. Hear from the cast and writers about the director’s naturalistic approach to capturing the nuances of the performances.

o   Dessert: Dig into the creation of the s’mores sequence as costume designer Amy Westcott explains the painstaking process of sewing ponchos made of actual marshmallows. The cast discusses chocolate hats and the absurd predicament of their characters.

 

Deleted Scenes

·         And for a mignardise, enjoy three deleted scenes…

 

*Bonus features vary by product and retailer

 

Cast

Ralph Fiennes as Julian Slowik

Anya Taylor-Joy as Margot Mills

Nicholas Hoult as Tyler

Hong Chau as Elsa

Janet McTeer as Lillian Bloom

Reed Birney as Richard Liebbrandt

Judith Light as Anne Liebbrandt

And John Leguizamo as Movie Star

 

Directed by

Mark Mylod

 

Produced by

Adam McKay p.g.a., Betsy Koch p.g.a., Will Ferrell

 

Written by

Seth Reiss & Will Tracy

 

 

Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: January 3, 2023

Physical: January 17, 2023

 

Product SKUs

Digital: UHD, HD, SD

Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

 

 

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Feature Run Time

107 minutes

 

Rating

U.S. Rated R

**For strong/disturbing violent content, language throughout and some sexual references

**Bonus material not rated

 

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 2.35:1

Physical: 2.35:1

 

U.S. Audio

Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital English AD 2.0 Dolby

Digital: 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms), Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital

 

U.S. Subtitles

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

  

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Trailer available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZKMBROJFro

 

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