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The Game Of Clones: Bruceploitation Collection, Vol.1 Blu-ray Limited Edition Box Set Available for Pre-order!

If you like Bruce Lee and exploitation movies, you'll love the Blu-ray boxed set of "Bruceploitation" films being put out by Severin now available for pre-order only available on their website with limited quantities  so if you need this for your collection don't wait too long!

Also available is the 2023 documentary 'Enter the Clones of Bruce' that delves deep into the Bruceploitation genre.

The Game Of Clones: Bruceploitation Collection, Vol.1 (Limited Edition Website Exclusive)

The Game Of Clones: Bruceploitation Collection, Vol.1 (Limited Edition Website Exclusive) 

“Many films tried to capitalize on the popularity of Bruce Lee. Some amped up the craziness as far as it would go. Others played it straight, delivering seriously good films. At its best, Bruceploitation was some of the most uninhibited and exciting martial arts cinema of the age.”

 Den Of Geek

Hours after Bruce Lee’s death, Bruceploitation was born. And for the next 10 years, talented martial artists were enlisted to mimic iconic aspects of Lee’s life, style and mannerisms. Fueled by equal parts deception and demand, these films instead created one of the most wildly entertaining sub-genres in movie history. THE GAME OF CLONES: BRUCEPLOITATION COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 now presents 14 of the very best – and frequently very bizarre – films starring Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Dragon Lee, Bruce Liang and more, all restored for the first time ever from original film elements. 

Each of these 14 Bruceploitation classics – THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE (1980), ENTER THREE DRAGONS (1978), ENTER THE GAME OF DEATH (1978), GOOD BYE, BRUCE LEE: HIS LAST GAME OF DEATH (1975), THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN (1977), BRUCE AND THE IRON FINGER (1977), CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER (1980), CAMEROON CONNECTION (1984), SUPER DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY (1974), THE DRAGON LIVES (1976), THE DRAGON, THE HERO (1980), RAGE OF THE DRAGON (1980), THE BLACK DRAGON VS. THE YELLOW TIGER (1974), and the never-before available THE BIG BOSS PART II (1976) – also feature exclusive bonus programming that includes all-new interviews, audio commentaries and revealing featurettes, as well as a 100-page Bruceploitation book filled with essays, posters, rare photos and more.

THE GAME OF CLONES: BRUCEPLOITATION COLLECTION, VOLUME 1

Blu-ray: $199.95srp

Catalog #: SEV15660BR

Disc 1:

ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE (2023)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Co-Executive Producer/Director David Gregory, Co-Producers Frank Djeng, Vivian Wong And Michael Worth And Director Of Photography Jim Kunz

• Working At Shaw Brothers – Outtakes With Godfrey Ho, David Chiang, Yasuaki Kurata, Lee Chiu, Lo Meng, Mars And Phillip Ko 

• Bruce Lee And I – Outtakes With Sammo Hung, Phillip Ko, Yasuaki Kurata, Mars, Angela Mao, Andre Morgan, Lee Tso Nam And More 

• The Lost World Of Kung Fu Film Negatives – Outtakes With Godfrey Ho, Joseph Lai, Angela Mao, Lee Tso Nam And Film Preservationists 

• Bruce's Hong Kong – Location Tour With Frank Djeng 

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth 

• Trailers

Runtime: 94 mins
Audio: Stereo Audio / English Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles, French Subtitles
Region Free
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Disc 2:

THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE (1980)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Michael Worth And Frank Djeng, Co-Producers Of ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE; Bruce Lee Historian Brandon Bentley; Chris Poggiali, Co-Author Of These Fists Break Bricks; Matthew Whitaker, Co-Host Of The Clones Cast; Action Film Historian Mike Leader; Stunt Coordinator/Author John Kreng; And Rick Benn, Brother Of Actor Jon T. Benn

• The Big Boss Remembered – Interview With Actor Jon T. Benn 

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 90 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

ENTER THREE DRAGONS (1978)

Special Features:

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 87 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Disc 3:

ENTER THE GAME OF DEATH (1978)

Special Features:

• Partial Audio Commentary With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth

• Scene Specific Commentary With Actor Chi Ling Chiu

• Kung Fu Movie Hustle – Interview With Chi Ling Chiu 

• Talking A Good Game – Roundtable Discussion With Martial Artists/Kung Fu Film Experts Tatevik Hunanyan, John Kreng, Ron Strong And Michael Worth 

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 90 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions/
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

GOODBYE, BRUCE LEE: HIS LAST GAME OF DEATH (1975)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Frank Djeng, Co-Producer Of ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE, With Contributions From Chris Poggiali, Co-Author Of These Fists Break Bricks 

• The Last Kung Fu Picture Show – The Bay Area's Movie Theater Era 

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth 

• Radio Spot

• Trailer

Runtime: 83 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Disc 4:

THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN (1977)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Michael Worth And Frank Djeng, Co-Producers Of ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE

• Deleted Scenes From French Version

• Audio Essay By Cult Cinema Critic Lovely Jon 

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 91 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

BRUCE AND THE IRON FINGER (1979)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth

• My First Bruceploitation – Roundtable Discussion With Martial Artists/Kung Fu Film Experts Tatevik Hunanyan, John Kreng, Ron Strong And Michael Worth 

• Deleted Scenes

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Michael Worth 

• U.S. Trailer

• Hong Kong Trailer

Runtime: 89 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Disc 5:

CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER (1980)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth And Film Historian C. Courtney Joyner

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 89 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

CAMEROON CONNECTION (1984)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Writer/Criterion Reflections Podcast Host David Blakeslee 

• Lights... Cameroon... Action! – The Life And Films Of Alphonse Beni 

• 2022 Q&A With Alphonse Beni At Cine Club N'Kah

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth 

Runtime: 91 mins
Audio: French Mono / English Subtitles
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Disc 6:

SUPER DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY (1974)

Special Features:

• Partial Audio Commentary With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Michael Worth 

• TV Spot

• Trailer

Runtime: 93 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

THE DRAGON LIVES (1976)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Actress Caryn White Stedman And Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth 

• Audio Interview With "He’s A Legend, He’s A Hero" Songwriter Anders Gustav Nelsson

• The Taiwan Connection – Interview With Caryn White Stedman 

• Bruce Biopics – Roundtable Discussion With Martial Artists/Kung Fu Film Experts Tatevik Hunanyan, John Kreng, Ron Strong And Michael Worth 

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Michael Worth 

• TV Spots

Runtime: 87 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Disc 7:

THE DRAGON, THE HERO (1980)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Director Godfrey Ho And Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth

• Godfrey, The Hero – Interview With Director Godfrey Ho 

• Deleted Scenes

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 87 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

RAGE OF THE DRAGON (1980)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth With Contributions From Chris Poggiali, Co-Author Of These Fists Break Bricks 

• Kung Fu Theaters – Roundtable Discussion With Martial Artists/Kung Fu Film Experts Tatevik Hunanyan, John Kreng, Ron Strong And Michael Worth 

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 90 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Disc 8 (Limited Edition Bonus Disc):

THE BIG BOSS PART II (1976)

Special Features:

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 91 mins
Audio: Cantonese Mono / Burned-In English Subtitles, Burned-In Chinese Subtitles
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

THE BLACK DRAGON VS. THE YELLOW TIGER (1974)

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth With Contributions From Actor Clint Robinson

• Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Michael Worth 

• Trailer

Runtime: 88 mins
Audio: English Mono / Closed Captions?
Region: Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Enter the Clones of Bruce
Enter the Clones of Bruce
 

In the “fascinating gem of a documentary” (Culture Mix) ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE, director David Gregory tracks down the surviving Bruces – along with martial arts legends, producers, directors, distributors, historians and more – to reveal the entire shocking and bittersweet saga behind a celluloid phenomenon that still refuses to die. Gregory – whose award-winning documentaries include LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU and BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON – now examines this fascinating phenomenon via interviews with Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Liang and Dragon Lee; martial arts legends like Angela Mao, David Chiang, Phillip Ko and Sammo Hung; and the producers, directors, distributors and experts – along with copious clips from the films themselves – that for the first time reveal the history, controversy and legacy behind one of the most bizarre genres in movie history. The documentary will also be available on all leading digital outlets on April 30, and as a standalone Blu-ray on May 21.

Pre-orders for The Game Of Clones: Bruceploitation Collection & Enter the Clones of Bruce are up now and there are very limited quantities available!

Crowdfund Your Entertainment - 3-D Film Archive, Deaf Crocodile, & Rifftrax on Kickstarter Right Now!

If keeping up with your collection wasn't already tough enough, some amazing independent labels dropped some great opportunities on Kickstarter! 3-D Film Archive, Deaf Crocodile, and Rifftrax have some exciting campaigns running right now! 

Sometimes a project needs a little extra cash or a guaranteed number of sales to get going. Ever since crowdfunding took off, it's been a fantastic revenue stream for independent levels and entertainers to fund their next projects. Restorations of films and media of all kinds is rarely cheap. It's often a laborious process and if a title is a little obscure or not a big noteworthy release, the prospect of funding a project like that out-of-pocket can be dodgy financially. In recent years Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sources have become a haven for companies to not only fund their restoration efforts but also guarantee a number of unit sales. Right now on Kickstarter, there are a bunch of great campaigns rolling that physical media fans won't want to miss out on. 

Deaf Crocodile - Aleksandr Ptushko Fantastika Box 

In the last couple of years, Deaf Crocodile has been steadily delivering one amazing Ptushko disc after another. Right now on Kickstarter you can punch in a pledge of $100 to get a beautiful boxset with Ilya MurometsSampo, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, and the upcoming Ruslan and Ludmila. These discs are the same ones available through Vinegar Syndrome's Partner Label selections, but now with a new box set and new slipcovers. But what if you already have the previous Ilya MurometsSampo, and The Tale of Tsar Saltan discs? Don't worry, the great people at Deaf Crocodile has your back. You can pick up the box on its own for $20 or snag the box with a copy of Ruslan and Ludmila with the Vinegar Syndrome slipcover for $50! So you've got some nice cash-affordable options if you don't want to break the bank re-purchasing discs you already have. But act fast - as of this writing there are only four days left in the campaign! 

3-D Film Archive - Arch Obler's Domo Arigato 3-D  

Next, the masters of stereoscopic Blu-ray releases, 3-D Film Archive has designs to unleash Arch Obler's final film Domo Arigato with a new fully restored 3-D Blu-ray release. No stranger to the crowdfunding process, 3-D Film Archive had delivered incredible 3-D Blu-ray releases time and again. Their previous crowdfunding effort Robot Monster was a phenomenal success and this shouldn't be any less impressive. The entry point for this release is nice and low; $30 guarantees your copy. Stretch goals have already flown by so you're going to get a fully-loaded disc with plenty of great bonus features. Now if you don't have a 3-D ready TV or projector, do not worry, this disc will also include an Anaglyph 3-D (Red/Cyan) version with a pair of glasses so you can experience the film on any home theater setup. As of this writing, you have nine days left in the campaign. So a little time yet to jump on the preorder option, but don't wait too long! 

Rifftrax Live - Point Break! 

For years now, MST3K alums Mike, Kevin, and Bill have been delivering hilarious new commentaries for our favorite A-list blockbusters and Z-list forgotten gems. A staple of Rifftrax has been their annual live-show events streamed to theaters. Past heavy hitters included Plan 9 From Outer SpaceReturn of Swamp ThingThe Room and the biggest title (so far) has been Starship Troopers. MKB and the Rifftrax team are digging in for their biggest show yet - Point Break! That's right, the classic 90s Swayzee/Reeves action thriller will be riffed live in theaters across the country. Backers can choose their entry point to get a bunch of swag items and digital goodies, but best of all - there will be a physical media release for this show! Unlike Starship Troopers and Anaconda which only got a studio-recorded commentary track, we'll be able to enjoy the full show on DVD or Blu-ray! The campaign was quickly funded and stretch goals were destroyed opening up a Blu-ray release option! But to get that physical media option, you do have to punch in at the $100 tier level, but if you just want a digital release - you can opt-in at $40 to secure your spot. As of this writing, the show is already fully funded with fourteen days left in the campaign. 

Of course when and where possible as these releases come to our home collections we aim to offer a thorough review - until then, happy collecting! 

Disc-ocalypse Is Here - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Mar 24, 2024

 Whether it's 4K or blu-ray, this week is a whopper. All I can say is do your best to not break the bank. The image above was created on Bing's AI image creator. My first attempt.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 43 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 24th - March 30th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 It's another boutique label week in the 4K category, and that is A-OK. The 4K category is almost reasonable to manage this week.

 Import Monday begins with A Blade in the Dark from 88 Films. (Vinegar Syndrome did this release one year ago.)

 

 Also from 88 Films, a pair of releases listed as part of their "Tigon Collection",  The Blood on Satan's Claw. The other title being Witchfinder General. I would not be surprised if these titles to be delayed, 88 Films releases frequently get pushed back at least once.

 

 Formerly done by Cauldron Films in the US, Arrow Video's take on City of the Living Dead. Currently only available via Arrow's direct site. If we get an Amazon or Zavvi link, we will provide it for you.

 

 Moving on to Domestic Tuesday, let's begin with Kino Lorber and comedy/sports film North Dallas Forty, starring Nick Nolte. Then let's go to a comedy/musical with Clint Eastwood titled Paint Your Wagon. I know you might be confused right about now with Eastwood not being in a Western back then, but it did happen!

 

 The Criterion Collection this week has the comedy To Die For with Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix and Matt Dillon.

 

 Spine number 43 in the 'Paramount Presents' line comes out this week, Primal Fear with Richard Gere.

 

 Severin has your back if you're not looking to import, this week Burial Ground becomes available. Also, if you did not opt for the limited edition, a standard edition of The Spider Labyrinth is also available.

 

 We don't see Blue Underground very often, but when we do, their releases are usually top-notch. What have they got for us this week? Try Night of the Blood Monster (The Bloody Judge) with Christopher Lee.

 

 A standard release this week of Phase IV is available on Amazon from Vinegar Syndrome. Check out our review to decide is this one is a smash or a dud. Visit Vinegar Syndrome if you want the fancier edition.

 

 Tinto Brass in 4K? Tinto Brass in 4K! Cult Epics this week has All Ladies Do It.

 

 A pair of Indicator Series horror releases that were delayed a month or so, Patrick and Snapshot truly appear to be on track for a Tuesday release.

 


  For those waiting for a standard release of The Warriors from Arrow video, the wait is over.

 Import Friday (well, not really import) offers up Dead End Drive-In via Umbrella Entertainment and Amazon US.

 Next week we can collect our thoughts and recharge, just a few catalog titles to look at, some of them are Walmart Exclusives.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 It has been a long time since we have had a big week like this. If I told you there were close to a hundred titles, I would not be that far off. Selectively pick or splurge, your choice!

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include North Dallas Forty and Paint Your Wagon from Kino Lorber, To Die For from Criterion, The Spider Labyrinth from Severin, Night of the Blood Monster (The Bloody Judge) from Blue Underground, All Ladies Do It from Cult Epics, The Warriors (Standard Edition) from Arrow Video, and, Patrick and Snapshot from the Powerhouse Indicator Series.

 New comedy from Sony with The Book of Clarence.

 

 Criterion also has something in the blu-ray category this week, foreign drama titled Saint Omer.

 TV on disc this week includes Midsomer Murders: Series 24, Monk: Season Five and Wednesday: The Complete First Season. The latter title is a big hit and available in 4K with Dolby Vision, just a bit frustrating we get neither on disc at home. Maybe later, or maybe an import.

 

 Warner Archive Collection this week has 3 Godfathers, The Boob and Why Be Good?, The Little Drummer Girl, Money Talks, Stand and Deliver and They Drive by Night.

 

 Anime highlights include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 17, Berserk - The Complete 1997 TV Series, Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War: Part 1, also available as a Limited Edition, 'Fist of the North Star: The Legend of the True Savior - Legend of Kenshiro Movie' and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

 From Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures, Good Burger 2 arrives this week.

 

 Several more Indicator releases this week, but in the blu-ray category, look for The Bat Woman, The Panther Women and Santo vs. the Riders of Terror.

 From LionsGate this week, a biography/sports drama titled The Iron Claw.

 

 Special Mention of two titles that Shout Factory has released as shop exclusives, The Crow: Salvation and Venomous.

 Honorable Mention: Volume 18 is out this week, talking about Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVIII. If you've been collecting them, here is another.

 There are three releases from Via Vision and Umbrella Entertainment available via Amazon US on Friday.

 Al Pacino: Triple Film Collection, Bully and The Chaser.

 

Notable announcements from last week (and other stuff):

 I recently watched the 70s TV show CHiPs on Prime video and I got to tall ya, it looks absolutely fantastic. The 16:9 reframing looks great too. If they can give us HD upgrades on classic TV shows via streaming, the work is half done, sell us the show on disc! Even if Mill Creek does it, offering an upped bitrate from their norm, I would be all over it.

 Although not officially announced yet, I would expect to see the UK 4K release of Se7en to have an official street date of April 22nd. Amazon US has both the What's in the Box? and Ultimate Collector's releases listed as May 3rd. A US release in the typical movie-only setup (Warner usually gives the UK deluxe sets while giving the US barebones releases) would also be expected around that time.

 Warner Bros appears on track to be releasing The Terminator to 4K in the near future.

 Paramount Pictures has Rango due for a 4K SteelBook on June 4th. They also rumored to be working on Purple Rain and Team America for 4K release.

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?



Bend A Knee for The Book of Clarence on Blu-ray March 26th

From director Jeymes Samuel and starring LaKeith Stanfield, The Book of Clarence is finally officially announced for March 26th on Blu-ray Physical Media. Preorders are now live! 

From visionary filmmaker Jeymes Samuel, The Book of Clarence is a bold new take on the timeless Hollywood era Biblical epic. Streetwise but struggling, Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield) is trying to find a better life for himself and his family, make himself worthy to the woman he loves, and prove that he’s not a nobody. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and His apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, a journey through which he finds redemption and faith, power and knowledge. 

The Book of Clarence - Blu-ray 

 

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
BLU-RAY™, DVD & AND DIGITAL EXTRAS 
  • Commentary with Jeymes Samuel & LaKeith Stanfield
  • Band of Brothers: Meet the Cast 
  • Song of Songs: An Epic Collaboration
  • The Gospel of Jeymes: On The Set with Jeymes Samuel
  • Book 4: Making the Film - Gag Reel

*DELETED SCENES ONLY AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ & DIGITAL EXTRAS
 

Blu-ray™ & DVD includes a digital code for movie and bonus materials as listed above, redeemable via Movies Anywhere for a limited time. Movies Anywhere is open to U.S. residents age 13+. Visit MoviesAnywhere.com for terms and conditions.
CAST AND CREW

Written and Directed by: Jeymes Samuel
Produced by: Jeymes Samuel, Shawn Carter, James Lassiter, Tendo Nagenda
Executive Producers: Garrett Grant
Cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Omar Sy, Anna Diop, RJ Cyler, David Oyelowo, Micheal Ward, Alfre Woodard, Teyana Taylor, Caleb McLaughlin, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, with James McAvoy, and Benedict Cumberbatch

SPECS
Run Time: 129 minutes
Rating: PG-13 Strong Violence, Drug Use, Strong Language, Some Suggestive Material, and Smoking
 
Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English, Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.
DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, Spanish, English - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features. 

Pre-orders are now live - Happy Collecting!

Lisa Frankenstein Will Shock Your Blu-ray Collection on April 9

Universal Pictures and Focus Features' film Lisa Frankenstein starring Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse is headed for a Blu-ray release on April 9.

The PG-13 dark romantic comedy inspired by the 1980s was written by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody.  Zelda Williams makes her directorial debut.

A coming of RAGE love story about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness … and a few missing body parts along the way.

Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein 

The Blu-ray + Digital Collector's Edition Blu-ray includes lossless 5.1 audio and the following supplements:

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAYTM AND DVD:

  • DELETED SCENES
    • Get Me Out of Hell!
    • Knock Knock
    • Music Lovers
    • Incredible Friend
    • Breaking News
  • GAG REEL
  • RESURRECTING THE 1980’s – Set in 1989, LISA FRANKENSTEIN is a loving tribute to the wacky, tacky, yet totally awesome 80s. Every department of production embraced the stylized world Diablo Cody created in her script and brought their A-game to making this colorful world a reality.
  • AN ELECTRIC CONNECTION – While it's no easy feat to turn a 19th century dead guy into the perfect boyfriend, this piece explores Lisa and her charming Creature and what makes their relationship work. Kathryn Newton, Cole Sprouse, and filmmakers explore how Lisa and Creature really need each other to truly thrive, why Creature is the “perfect man,” and Lisa’s choice at the end of the film.
  • A DARK COMEDY DUO – Well-known for her ability to subvert genres, Diablo Cody delves into the inspiration behind LISA FRANKENSTEIN, what made her want to give the Frankenstein story a youthful, modern twist full of both horror and hilarity, and why Zelda Williams was the perfect choice to bring her story to life.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR ZELDA WILLIAMS 

Pre-orders for Lisa Frankenstein are up and here is the full press release:


 

RESURRECT THE NEWEST HORROR COMEDY FILM

COMING TO LIFE ON DIGITAL TO OWN OR RENT

FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

OWN OR RENT ON DIGITAL TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

THE ONLY WAY TO WATCH AT HOME WHILE STILL IN THEATERS
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT


Universal City, California, February 26, 2024 – Love has never been so cutthroat! Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse play this season’s “it” couple in the new hilarious and frightful film from Focus Features, LISA FRANKENSTEIN, available exclusively on digital platforms to own or rent tomorrow, February 27, 2024, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
 
LISA FRANKENSTEIN is directed by Zelda Williams in her feature-length directorial debut and written by Academy Award® winning scribe Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body). The film stars Kathryn Newton (Blockers, “Big Little Lies”), Cole Sprouse (Big Daddy, “Riverdale”), Liza Soberano (Alone/Together, “Make It with You”), Henry Eikenberry (“Euphoria,” “The Crowded Room”), Joe Chrest (Killers of the Flower Moon, “Stranger Things”), and Carla Gugino (Watchmen, San Andreas).
 
A coming of RAGE love story about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness … and a few missing body parts along the way.

For more information on LISA FRANKENSTEIN, please visit:
Website:
 https://www.focusfeatures.com/lisa-frankenstein
Trailer: https://uni.pictures/LisaFrankenstein_PVODTrailer
Facebook: /LisaFrankensteinFilm | /UniversalPicturesAllAccess
X: @lisafrankenfilm | @UniAllAccess
Instagram: @Lisafrankensteinfilm | @UniAllAccess
#LisaFrankenstein

 
 

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Kathryn Newton, Cole Sprouse, Liza Soberano, Henry Eikenberry, Joe Chrest, and Carla Gugino
Casting By: Nancy Nayor
Music By: Isabella Summers
Costume Designer: Meagan McLaughlin Luster
Editor: Brad Turner
Production Designer: Mark Worthington
Director Of Photography: Paula Huidobro, AMC
Executive Producer: Jeffrey Lampert
Produced By: Mason Novick, Diablo Cody
Written By: Diablo Cody
Directed By: Zelda Williams

'The Lair of the White Worm' & 'The Gate' Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray SteelBooks Coming May 14

Two cult classic fantasy horror favorites - 'The Lair of the White Worm' & 'The Gate' - will be getting new Walmart-exclusive Blu-ray SteelBook releases on May 14.

The releases both appear to have all of the previously released as part of Lionsgate's growing Vestron Video series. As we saw with Shivers, Little Monsters, and Kickboxer it looks like these are just going to be repackaged discs with new art and SteelBooks. Which is great if you never bought them previously! It's nice to see Walmart picking up the pace with more store-exclusive packaging ever since Best Buy exited the market. The trick will be if these actually make it to store shelves, we've seen a lot of pictures of bare racks on the interwebs - so hopefully these will be coming to a store near you! 

Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, and Catherine Oxenberg star in this mix of heart-stopping horror and campy humor. James D’Ampton (Grant) returns to his country castle in England. Legend has it that James’s distant ancestor once slayeed the local dragon — a monstrous white worm with a fondness for the sweet flesh of virgins. The young lord dismisses the legend as folklore, until archaeology student Angus Flint explores James’s property and unearths a massive reptilian skull and a pagan snake god’s ancient site of worship. When James’s virtuous girlfriend, Eve Trent (Oxenberg), suddenly disappears, James and Angus set out to investigate the foreboding cavern said to be the worm’s lair, where a centuries-old mystery begins to uncoil.

The Lair of the White Worm Walmart Exclusive SteelBook 

The Lair of the White Worm Walmart Exclusive SteelBook 

SPECIAL FEATURES (Previously Released)

  • Audio Commentaries:
    • Director Ken Russell
    • Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia
  • Featurette: “Worm Food: The Effects of The Lair of the White Worm”
  • Interviews
    • “Cutting for Ken” with Editor Peter Davies
    • “Mary, Mary” with Actress Sammi Davis
  • Trailers and Gallery
    • “Trailers from Hell” featuring Producer Dan Ireland
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • Still Gallery

When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen's backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth The Gate — an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what evil they've released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it's now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever . . . if it's not too late.

The Gate Walmart Exclusive SteelBook 

The Gate Walmart Exclusive SteelBook 

SPECIAL FEATURES (Previously Released)

  • Audio Commentaries
    • Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook
    • Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Craig Reardon, Special Effects Artist Frank Carere, and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor
  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview
  • Featurettes:
    • The Gate: Unlocked
    • Minion Maker
    • From Hell It Came
    • The Workman Speaks!
    • Made in Canada
    • From Hell: The Creatures & Demons of The Gate
    • The Gatekeepers
    • Vintage Featurette: Making of The Gate
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery

Pre-orders for the Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray SteelBooks for The Gate and The Lair of the White Worm are now live!

No Rest For The Wicked (Or the Good) - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Mar 17, 2024

 Yeah, as we somehow survived the barrage of titles last week, we get that one-two punch that carries into this week. You really didn't need to make that mortgage payment anyway, did you?

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 42 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 17th - March 23rd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 This week is a good news bad news week in the 4K category. The good news, there are no new releases pining for your attention. The bad news, there are a lot of great catalog/boutique labels that are pulling at your purse strings that much harder. Resistance is futile.

 Import Monday includes several titles. First from Second Sight, a pair of "fat-pack" limited edition releases, Green Room and Possessor. You can also get those as standard editions as well if you are not down with the swag, Green Room and Possessor. I am a sucker for these Second Sight fat-packs. I don't mind giving Diabolik DVD my business, but the going price of $50 a piece price tag is something to balk at. That actually is cheaper than buying directly from Amazon UK and my orders do not get regularly canceled.

   

 

 From 88 Films, their take on The Amityville Horror (1979).

 

 On to Domestic Tuesday. Beginning with Kino Lorber, the drama/thriller Changing Lanes is up first, and it stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck.

 

 And next on the 'inevitable' release docket, The Manchurian Candidate (2004). When we saw the original 1962 version come out, it was merely a matter of time. Which version do you prefer? This time though it wasn't the original studio releasing one and Kino Lorber the other.

 

 Scream Factory is the next label this week and they have a trio of skus coming Tuesday. The first two are considered remakes, we get Child's Play (2019) and Carrie (2013).

   

 

 Delayed from 3 months ago, but finally seeing light of day, The Ring Collection materializes this week. Not too long after I imported the trilogy from Germany on blu-ray, this was announced. The story of my life. Hopefully The Grudge films is next?

 

 Under the same house, but with the "Select" Label, Shout releases K-19: The Widowmaker to 4K disc.

 

 Arrow Video has the original Japanese release of the film titled Dark Water. Also available as an Arrow Store Exclusive Cover Edition. Does this mean that Scream Factory will do the English language remake? We went from Ringu to The Ring, so maaaayybe.

 

 Also from Arrow Video, a standard edition to Witness. This one sold out pretty fast as a limited edition, so here is a swagless release.

 Import Wednesday comes from the land down under via Umbrella Entertainment with Dead End Drive-In: Collector's Edition. A standard edition will be available at Amazon US in a couple of weeks.

 Donning a 4K slip SteelBook Edition, Barb Wire gets a release from Turbine Entertainment. Follow our link to the article to decide which one is best for you.

 

 Next week the spigot is still blasting, Paramount Presents, Indicator, Criterion and more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 There are no blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases, that wallet in your pocket thanks you.

 TV on disc include The Act: The Complete Limited Series, Doctor Who: The Daleks in Color and Suits: The Complete Series.

 

 From Janus Contemporarires this week, the documentary Lynch/Oz debuts to blu-ray disc.

 

 From Criterion Collection, foreign drama The Runner.

 

 Under the Sony Pictures Classics label comes Shadow Magic, a drama/romance from 2000.

 

 Next week's domestic blu-ray release calendar is APOCALYPTIC! I don't think you could possibly prepare yourself unless you win the lottery.

 There are some Umbrella Entertainment imports available Wednesday. We will post domestic links when they become available as standard releases.

Notable announcements from last week:

 Criterion Collection has announced their June slate of titles. For 4K, the titles are Blue Velvet, Bound and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. For blu-ray, titles are Bound, Querelle, The Underground Railroad and Victims of Sin. When I imported Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas via Arrow Video, I knew it was inevitable that Criterion would do it, but I am not disappointed with my Arrow release one bit.

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 Criterion Collection Reveals June 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Releases

The Criterion Collection's June release slate includes 4K UHD Blu-ray upgrades of David Lynch's Blue Velvet and Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Lana and Lilly Wachowski's Bound on both Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray; and Blu-ray editions of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Querelle, Emilio Fernández's Victims of Sin, and the limited-series The Underground Railroad from Barry Jenkins.

It's that time of the month again - Criterion announcements!  We have an interesting batch this time with two 4K upgrades, one title hitting both formats, and a few more Blu-rays including a limited series - The Underground Railroad. Which ones will you be adding to your library?

On June 4, Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will receive a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray upgrade.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - The Criterion Collection  4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - The Criterion Collection 

It is 1971, and journalist Raoul Duke barrels toward Las Vegas—accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his slightly unhinged Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo—to cover a motorcycle race. What should be a cut-and-dried journalistic assignment quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey. Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast, headlined by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, show no mercy in bringing Hunter S. Thompson’s excoriating dissection of the American way of life to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Terry Gilliam, presented in the aspect ratio of 2.39:1, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Three audio commentaries: one with Gilliam, one with actors Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one with author Hunter S. Thompson
  • Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam
  • Selection of Thompson correspondence, read on camera by Depp
  • Hunter Goes to Hollywood, a short documentary
  • Program about the controversy over the screenwriting credit
  • Profile of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo
  • Collection of artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman
  • Excerpt from a 1996 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas audio recording featuring filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and actor Maury Chaykin
  • Documentary from 1978 featuring Thompson and Steadman
  • Storyboards, production designs, stills, and trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic J. Hoberman and two pieces by Thompson

    Cover illustration by Ralph Steadman

Arriving on June 11 comes Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Querelle to Blu-ray.

Querelle - The Criterion Collection 

Querelle - The Criterion Collection 

Conjured from the unholy meeting of two iconoclastic queer artists, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s final film audaciously raises Jean Genet’s controversial novel to the level of myth. In an expressionistic soundstage vision of a French seaport town—bathed in fiery reds and complete with phallic spires—a strapping sailor and unrepentant criminal (Brad Davis) comes ashore to arouse passion, rivalry, and violence among the libidinal denizens drawn into his orbit. Enacted with dreamlike stylization by a cast of international stars, including Jeanne Moreau and Franco Nero, Querelle finds Fassbinder pushing his taboo-shattering depiction of gay desire to delirious extremes.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • Restored high-definition digital master, approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with critic Michael Koresky on director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's aesthetics and visual storytelling
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder—Last Works, a 1982 documentary by Wolf Gremm
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Nathan Lee

    New cover by Astra Zero

Next on June 18, Emilio Fernández's Victims of Sin will arrive in stores on Blu-ray.

Victims of Sin - The Criterion Collection 

Victims of Sin - The Criterion Collection 

A treasure of Mexico’s cinematic golden age, this deliriously plotted blend of gritty crime film, heart-tugging maternal melodrama, and mambo musical is a dazzling showcase for iconic star Ninón Sevilla. She brings fierce charisma and fiery strength to her role as a rumbera—a female nightclub dancer—who gives up everything to raise an abandoned boy, whom she must protect from his ruthless gangster father. Directed at a dizzying pace by filmmaking titan Emilio Fernández, and shot in stylish chiaroscuro by renowned cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa amid smoky dance halls and atmospherically seedy underworld haunts, Victims of Sin is a ferociously entertaining female-powered noir pulsing with the intoxicating rhythms of some of Latin America’s most legendary musical stars.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with filmmaker and archivist Viviana Garcia Besné
  • New interview with cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto on the work of Gabriel Figueroa
  • Archival documentary on cine de rumberas, featuring interviews with actor Ninón Sevilla
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Jacqueline Avila

    New cover by Lauren Tamaki

Lana and Lilly Wachowski's Bound will arrive on both 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray on June 18.

Bound - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Bound - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - The Criterion Collection 

Before they blew the world’s mind with The Matrix, Lana and Lilly Wachowski delivered a jolt of pure pulp pleasure with their hyperstylish debut, which puts a deliciously sapphic spin on a crackerjack caper premise. When butch plumber Corky (Gina Gershon) catches the eye of alluring femme (fatale) Violet (Jennifer Tilly), little does she know she’s about to be drawn into both a torrid affair and a high-stakes heist that will pit the pair against the mob. With crackling dialogue, luscious neonoir cinematography, and live-wire performances by Gershon, Tilly, and Joe Pantoliano, Bound is a genre-reimagining joyride that keeps both the tension and the erotic heat rising through each crazily careening twist.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by cinematographer Bill Pope, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary featuring directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski; actors Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, and Jennifer Tilly; editor Zach Staenberg; and technical consultant Susie Bright
  • New video essay by film critic Christina Newland
  • Six interview programs featuring Gershon, Pantoliano, Pope, Staenberg, Tilly, actor Christopher Meloni, composer Don Davis, title designer Patti Podesta, and film scholars Jennifer Moorman and B. Ruby Rich
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    New cover by Drusilla Adeline/Sister Hyde Design

David Lynch's Blue Velvet will be getting its long-awaited 4K UHD Blu-ray upgrade on June 25.

Blue Velvet - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

Blue Velvet - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray - The Criterion Collection 

Home from college, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) makes an unsettling discovery: a severed human ear, lying in a field. In the mystery that follows, by turns terrifying and darkly funny, writer-director David Lynch burrows deep beneath the picturesque surfaces of small-town life. Driven to investigate, Jeffrey finds himself drawing closer to his fellow amateur sleuth, Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), as well as their person of interest, lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini)—and facing the fury of Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), a psychopath who will stop at nothing to keep Dorothy in his grasp. With intense performances and hauntingly powerful scenes and images, Blue Velvet is an unforgettable vision of innocence lost, and one of the most influential American films of the late twentieth century.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, supervised and approved by director David Lynch
  • Alternate original 2.0 surround soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • The Lost Footage, fifty-three minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes assembled by Lynch
  • “Blue Velvet” Revisited, a feature-length meditation on the making of the movie by Peter Braatz, filmed on-set during the production
  • Mysteries of Love, a seventy-minute documentary from 2002 on the making of the film
  • Interview from 2017 with composer Angelo Badalamenti
  • It’s a Strange World: The Filming of “Blue Velvet,” a 2019 documentary featuring interviews with crew members and visits to the shooting locations
  • Lynch reading from Room to Dream, a 2018 book he coauthored with Kristine McKenna
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Excerpts by McKenna from Room to Dream

    Cover by Fred Davis

And finally, June 25 will also bring Barry Jenkins' The Underground Railroad to Blu-ray.

The Underground Railroad - The Criterion Collection 

The Underground Railroad - The Criterion Collection 

A monumental reimagining of American history, Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning 2016 novel is a harrowing and rhapsodic journey through a still-echoing past. Weaving together historical fiction with moments of magical realism, The Underground Railroad is a full sensory immersion into the world of Cora (Thuso Mbedu), who, fleeing slavery, embarks on a treacherous quest for freedom—and is menaced by violence, supported by a clandestine community fighting for liberation, and haunted by the people she loses along the way. With images of searing power and stirring poetry, Jenkins delivers an epic saga of survival and resilience that pushes the limited-series format to new heights of cinematic transcendence.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED FOUR-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 4K digital master, approved by cowriter-director Barry Jenkins, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
  • Alternate stereo soundtrack
  • New audio commentary featuring Jenkins and, on select chapters, cinematographer James Laxton and lead editor Joi McMillon, with an introduction by the director
  • New graphic-novel adaptation of “Genesis,” an unfilmed chapter of The Underground Railroad written by Jenkins and Nathan C. Parker, with an introduction by Jenkins
  • The Gaze, a companion film by Jenkins, with a new introduction by the director
  • Deleted scenes
  • Seven teasers made by Jenkins, with a new introduction by the director
  • Building “The Underground Railroad,” a short program featuring Jenkins and production designer Mark Friedberg discussing the creation of the train-station sets
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing and English descriptive audio
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién

    New cover by Antonio Stella

Pre-orders for The Criterion Collection's June releases should be available soon 

Falling Into The Financial ABYSS - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Mar 10, 2024

 Between this week and next, you might need to draw from your equity line of credit if you truly buy everything you want. Those three James Cameron titles finally (maybe?) hit the streets, three new title releases, and more. And that's just the 4K category. If you are budgeted to buy just 4 titles this week, you will probably buy the 3 Cameron releases, so which one is your 4th title?

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 41 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of March 10th - March 16th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 In general, we normally post the new releases first. But this week is not a normal release week. Let us begin with the three James Cameron titles we have waited decades for to hit blu-ray, but now (maybe) get them in 4K and blu-ray in the same package. BONUS! My reluctance to say they are finally here is that I do not have them in my hands, nor have I seen them in retailer back rooms yet either. Some merchants have even pushed the street date to next week, which tells me the ETA in their stock rooms will be Monday afternoon, or Tuesday if we're lucky.

 The Disney company has overused the term Ultimate Collector's Edition, but this week all three Cameron titles don that label, for a good reason. Dolby Vision, BD100 discs, lots of extras, this batch has it all.

 First in the trio of releases, the title that got a remaster a couple of years ago and was on Prime video among other sites and had a lot of us speculating a future release, The Abyss finally arrives. Finally my video wall will have this one, Deepstar Six and Leviathan all over again! At press time Amazon's stats say they sold over 10K+ copies in the last month.

 

 Next in our trio of James Cameron releases, Aliens. In addition to it being a serious action thriller, the scene that sticks out the most to me in a comical sense was Bill Paxton's character saying "Game Over Man!" Amazon's stats show 7K+ were ordered last month.

 

 Someone pinch me, the third title is here (maybe) and hopefully is a major upgrade to that blu-ray we had to import from Spain, referring to True Lies. Don't be 'stuck' in the van unless it has a big screen and a killer sound system, grab your copy NOW, if you can find it. Just like Aliens, 7K+ were ordered last month alone.

 

 And now back to our regularly scheduled programming, let's see what New Releases we are getting this week.

 First from Warner Bros, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Ranked 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, but with an 81 audience score, not sure what to really think about this one. You can also/alternately snag a Walmart Exclusive Steelbook.

    

 

 Also from Warner Bros, The Color Purple (2023) get a 4K disc release, and this one ranks 82% on the Tomatometer, with an audience score of 95. What does the remake do that the original does not? The simplest answer is it adds elements from the stage musical. Hopefully by press time we will have a review ready.

 

 And the third (and final) new release 4K this week is Disney's Wish - Walmart Exclusive SteelBook. When it was originally announced we expected a standard 4K from the Disney Movie Club. In light of recent news of the club closing its doors, that is not happening.

 

 On to catalog titles, first with Dreamworks Animation, Kung Fu Panda. With Kung Fu Panda 4 hitting theaters, releasing the first 3 only make sense. Now if they would release the TV Series to blu-ray! (hint hint)

 

 The Shout Select label this week is offering Quigley Down Under. Tom Selleck NOT driving a Ferrari? Yeah, he did do that.

 

 From Paramount, because they were so successfuly, reprints of SteelBooks of Dragonslayer, Event Horizon and The Running Man are available this week.

 Now then, that wasn't too damaging, was it? If there were multiple box sets, one would say YES. Next week is a bunch of boutique label releases, we finally get The Ring Collection, more Shout Factory, Kino Lorber and Arrow Video.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Color Purple (2023) from Warner Bros, and Wish from Disney. You can also get the Aquaman 2-Film Collection from Warner Bros.

 The rest of the blu-ray category looks pretty crowded, so best of luck resisting temptation on a spending spree.

 New release from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures, Poor Things. Available in 4K via streaming, getting just a blu-ray is slightly infuriating and more common now that Disney owns the Fox label. Could be worse I suppose, DVD only!

 

 New rom-com from Sony Pictures with Anyone But You. I'd swear this came out a couple of weeks ago, but apparently not.

 

 From Universal Pictures, The Prince of Egypt: The Musical.

 Get your fill of action and suspense with I.S.S. from Decal Bleecker. While we are on sub-labels and action films, Freelance comes out from Relativity Media. And the Michael Mann biography/drama Ferrari comes via Neon.

 Ever heard the names John Wayne, Lauren Bacall or Ron Howard? How 'bout Don Siegel ? This week from Arrow Video we get all four with The Shootist (Limited Edition).

 

 Warner Archive Collection has a couple of titles for us this week, Colt .45: The Complete Series and Looney Tunes Collector's Choice: Volume 3.

 

 Boutique label Criterion Collection has a pair of blu-ray releases this week. First, 1941's fantasy romance All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster). Then, shifting gears to a documentary, Laura Poitras’s All the Beauty and the Bloodshed.

 Anime highlights include Akiba Maid War: Complete Collection, The Legendary Hero Is Dead! - The Complete Season, One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Six and  Suzume: Movie, which is also available as a Limited Edition and as a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

 

 TV on disc other than Warner Archive Collection also includes All Creatures Great and Small - Season 4, Rick and Morty: Season 7, also available in a SteelBook EditionSonic Prime: Season One and Stephen King's The Shining (1997).

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shout Factory has announced much of their May releases. In no particular order, look for blu-rays of The Island of Dr. Moreau Collector's Edition (1996), Dracula 2000 and Orphan, and for 4K, look for The Addams Family 1&2, Gretel & Hansel and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, which the latter will also have a SteelBook release.

 Disney is releasing more Disney+ content to blu-ray and 4K disc. Andor, Moon Knight, Obi-Wan and Falcon and the Winter Soldier are coming April 30th.

 Jason Statham's The Beekeper is coming to blu-ray and 4K disc on April 23rd.

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?



Rom-Com 'Anyone But You' Arrives Only On Blu-ray March 12

The romantic comedy Anyone But You starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell will be available on Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Entertainment on March 12.

In the edgy comedy Anyone But You, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) look like the perfect couple, but after an amazing first date something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold - until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

Anyone But You - Blu-ray

Anyone But You  

The Blu-ray + Digital includes lossless 5.1 audio and the following supplements: 

  • He Said She Said
  • Everyone Down Under
  • Outtakes & Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • ASMR Pickup Lines 
  • Aussie Snacks

Pre-orders for Anyone But You are up and here is the full press release:


BRING HOME THE COMEDY THAT EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT!

“One Of The Most Charming Big Screen Rom-Coms In Years!” - Esther Zuckerman, GQ

Anyone But You Blu-ray

NOW ON DIGITAL AND AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY MARCH 12

SYNOPSIS

In the edgy comedy Anyone But You, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) look like the perfect couple, but after an amazing first date something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold - until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

Featuring the revitalized, phenomenon hit single “UNWRITTEN” by Natasha Bedingfield!

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS

BLU-RAY™, DVD & AND DIGITAL EXTRAS 

• He Said She Said

• Everyone Down Under

• Outtakes & Bloopers

• Deleted Scenes 

• ASMR Pickup Lines 

• Aussie Snacks

Blu-ray™ & DVD includes a digital code for movie and bonus materials as listed above, redeemable via Movies Anywhere for a limited time. Movies Anywhere is open to U.S. residents age 13+. Visit MoviesAnywhere.com for terms and conditions.

CAST AND CREW

Directed by: Will Gluck

Produced by: Will Gluck, Joe Roth, and Jeff Kirschenbaum

Story by:  Ilana Wolpert

Screenplay by: Ilana Wolpert and Will Gluck

Executive Producers: Alyssa Altman, Jacqueline Monetta, Catherine Bishop, Natalie Sellers, Charlie Corwin, Sidney Kimmel, Mark O’Connor, Sydney Sweeney, Jonathan Davino

Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Glen Powell, Alexandra Shipp, GaTa, Hadley Robinson, Michelle Hurd, Dermot Mulroney, Darren Barnet and Rachel Griffiths

SPECS

Run Time: 103 minutes

Rating: R for language throughout, sexual content and brief graphic nudity.

Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English & French (Doublé au Québec)- Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.

DVD: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Double au Quebec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English & French (Double au Quebec)- Audio Description Tracks Stereo • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

X: @SonyPicsHomeEnt, @AnyoneButYou

Instagram: @SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment, @AnyoneButYouMovie

Facebook: facebook.com/SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment, facebook.com/AnyoneButYouMovie/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sonypictures

Resources: anyonebutyou.movie 

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