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Nicolas Cage is So Dreamy in Dream Scenario Hitting Blu-ray on February 27

Lionsgate and A24's dark comedy starring Nicolas Cage will be entering the high-definition home video dreamscape on February 27 in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack. 

Pre-order yours today.

Hapless family man Paul Matthews finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. But when his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Pail is forced to navigate his newfound stardom, in this wickedly entertaining comedy from writer-director Kristoffer Borgli and producer Ari Aster.

Dream Scenario - Blu-ray 

Dream Scenario 

The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack will include a lossless 5.1 soundtrack and the following supplements: 

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kristoffer Borgli
  • Dream Like Nobody’s Watching (RT 10 min)
  • Deleted Scenes (TRT 1:25)
    • Scene 63 (RT :25)
    • Scene 70 (RT :29)
    • Scene 76 (RT :31)
  • Trailers

Pre-orders for Dream Scenario are up and here is the full press release:


Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Street Date: 2/27/24
Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital SRP: $39.99
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Starring Nicolas Cage, written and directed by Kristoffer Borgli and produced by Ari Aster (Midsommar, Hereditary, Beau is Afraid), Dream Scenario will be available on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital on February 27 from A24 and Lionsgate. With great reception from its premiere at TIFF, Collider describes Dream Scenario as “A laugh-out-loud comedy about fame and overnight celebrity”… Dream Scenario will be available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Hapless family man Paul Matthews finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. But when his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Pail is forced to navigate his newfound stardom, in this wickedly entertaining comedy from writer-director Kristoffer Borgli and producer Ari Aster.
 
CAST
Nicolas Cage                          Face/Off, Leaving Las Vegas, Con Air
Julianne Nicholson                 August: Osage County, Blonde, I, Tonya
Michael Cera                          Scott Pilgrim vs, the World, Juno, Superbad
Tim Meadows                         TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” Mean Girls, The Ladies Man
 
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kristoffer Borgli
  • Dream Like Nobody’s Watching (RT 10 min)
  • Deleted Scenes (TRT 1:25)
    • Scene 63 (RT :25)
    • Scene 70 (RT :29)
    • Scene 76 (RT :31)
  • Trailers
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2023
Title Copyright:  DREAM SCENARIO © 2023 PAULTERGEIST PICTURES LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Type: New Release
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Drama
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Run Time: 102 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 16x9 (1.85), 1080P 23.98 High Definition
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-MA, English Descriptive Audio
DVD Format: 16x9 (1.85)
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio
Michael Mann's Ferrari Speeds to Blu-ray on March 12 and Premium Digital January 23

Michael Mann's latest film Ferrari stars Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, and Shailene Woodley and will be available on Blu-ray on March 12. The film parks on Premiums Digital tomorrow.

Ferrari is set in the summer of 1957. Behind the spectacle of Formula 1, ex-racer Enzo Ferrari is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens the factory he and his wife, Laura built from nothing ten years earlier. Their volatile marriage has been battered by the loss of their son, Dino a year earlier. Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son Piero with Lina Lardi. Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion to win pushes them to the edge as they launch into the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the Mille Miglia.

Ferrari - Blu-ray

Ferrari 

The Blu-ray will feature behind-the-scenes extras, including “The Mille Miglia” and “Building Perfection” which explores the historic race and cars behind Ferrari, as well as in-depth interviews with the award-winning cast and crew. So far no word on a domestic 4K release.

Pre-orders for Ferrari are live

It's Quite Elementary - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Jan 21, 2024

Just one more week until January's wallet-buster, with February just around the corner! Have you stocked up on Arrow Video titles with the B&N sale in full swing?

Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 34 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 21st - January 27th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 This week is like a sandwich, imports on both ends and domestic releases in the middle.

 For UK Import Monday, first from Arrow Video, their fat-pack for the 1976 horror Carrie.

 

 Next, Second Sight offers up their limited edition release of High Tension. If you want to save a few bucks and opt for the movie-only (no-swag) release, that's an option too. Don't assume these Second SIght titles will get a US release, some of them have thus far not gotten such a release. (Babadook, It Follows, and more)

 

 Domestic Tuesday's new release this week is DC Animated Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One, which comes in a SteelBook package.

 

 And Kino Lorber brings us 1990's comedy Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

 Import Friday brings us Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary from Umbrella Entertainment. Their web site offered a couple of swaggy sets as well if you wanted the maximum experience.

 Next week offers a lot more, with three Conan skus, Trainspotting, Silent Night, a couple of Severin titles, Vinegar Syndrome, and more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One from Warner Bros and (see below) Super Mario Bros from Umbrella Entertainment.

 The rest of the category is a bit slow this week, and just like the 4K section, next week is going to be huge.

 Anime highlights include By the Grace of the Gods - Season 2, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Set 8 - Stone Ocean Part 1, RahXephon Complete Collection,

 

 From Criterion this week, Chantal Akerman Masterpieces, 1968–1978.

 Shout Factory has Jennifer 8 with Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman this week, and Stephen King's Thinner.

 

 TV on disc this week from Paramount, Special Ops: Lioness: Season One.

 

 Import Friday consists of Umbrella Entertainment titles:

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Warner Bros. has announced that The Color Purple (2023) 4K and blu-ray editions will arrive March 12th.

 Criterion Collection's April slate has been announced. Do check out Tom's News Story for more info.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be release to 4K and blu-ray on March 12th as well.

 

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?



Make Your Choice - SAW 10-Film Collection 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Dated for March 5

Do you want to play a game...or several actually? The horror SAW franchise celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 10-film boxed Blu-ray set. The collection will be available for fans to purchase on March 5.

All 10 films from the franchise that created a new horror subgenre – including the latest chapter, SAW X – are collected here in one terrifying set. Rewind to the beginning when Jigsaw first springs his diabolically ingenious traps on the morally wayward, then travel his long road of pain all the way to Mexico in the newest entry’s untold story of John Kramer’s quest for a cancer cure, inspiring his most personal game yet.

SAW 10-Film Collection 20th Anniversary Edition
SAW 10-Film Collection 20th Anniversary Edition
 

Pre-orders for SAW 10-Film Collection 20th Anniversary Edition should be available soon and the full press release:


Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Street Date: 3/5/24
Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital SRP: $79.99
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jigsaw’s games, SAW 10-Film Collection 20th Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital March 5 from Lionsgate. After the critical success of SAW X and the franchise grossing over $1 million, this collection releases perfectly timed to the 20th anniversary of the first film releasing in theaters. SAW 10-Film Collection 20th Anniversary Edition will be available for the suggested retail price of $79.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
All 10 films from the franchise that created a new horror subgenre – including the latest chapter, SAW X – are collected here in one terrifying set. Rewind to the beginning when Jigsaw first springs his diabolically ingenious traps on the morally wayward, then travel his long road of pain all the way to Mexico in the newest entry’s untold story of John Kramer’s quest for a cancer cure, inspiring his most personal game yet.
 
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Various

CAST
Tobin Bell                                 The Firm, Manson Family Vacation, Mississippi Burning
Shawnee Smith                         The Blob, The Grudge 3, TV’s “Becker”
Cary Elwes                               The Unholy, The Princess Bride, Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre
Primetime Emmy Award® Nominee
Danny Glover                            Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple, Predator 2
Costas Mandylor                       Dead Man’s Hand, Cosmic Sin, Beowulf
Scott Patterson                         TV’s “Gilmore Girls,” “Sullivan’s Crossing,” Her Best Move
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Years of Production: 2004-2023
Title Copyrights: Saw © 2004 Saw Productions. Saw IISaw IIISaw IVSaw VSaw VI,
Saw: The Final Chapter © 2005–2010 Lions Gate Films Inc. Jigsaw © 2017, Spiral © 2021, SAW X
© 2023, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2024 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights
Reserved.
Type: Catalog Re-Release
Rating: R, Unrated
Genre: Horror
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 1,020 mins.
Blu-rayTM Format: Various
Blu-rayTM Audio: Various
DVD Format: Various
DVD Audio: Various
Scream Factory Digs Up Funeral Home for a Special Edition Blu-ray on February 6th

The 1980s slasher horror Funeral Home will be laid to rest for the first time on Blu-ray with a brand new HD transfer and numerous extras. The release will be available on February 6.

Young and easily frightened 16-year-old Heather (Lesleh Donaldson, Happy Birthday to Me) is called to stay with her grandmother in the hopes of helping her turn an old funeral home into a bed-and-breakfast. But strange happenings and unexplained murders around the home quickly makes this vacation spot a "dead-and-breakfast" - with no answers in sight as to who or what is causing all the death. It is up to Heather to investigate all the eerie and creepy corners of the former funeral home to unlock a decades old secret - but will she survive to solve the mysteries.

Funeral Home (Special Edition) 

Funeral Home (Special Edition) 

The Blu-ray release will include the following supplements: 

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historians Jason Pichonsky And Paul Corupe
  • NEW Isolated Score Selections & Audio Interview With Music Historian Douglass Fake
  • NEW Audio Interviews With Actor Lesleh Donaldson, First Assistant Director Ray Sager, And Production Assistant Shelley Allen
  • NEW “Secrets & Shadows” – Interview With Director Of Photography Mark Irwin
  • NEW “Dead & Breakfast” – Interviews With Art Director Susan Longmire And Set Assistant Elinor Galbraith
  • NEW “Family Owned & Operated” – Interview With Brian Allen, President Of Premier Drive-In Theatres
  • NEW Original Filming Location Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Video Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery

Pre-orders for Funeral Home are now live!

In Sync With HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide, Jan 14, 2024

Another light to moderate week for 4K titles, with blu-ray somewhere around normal. This gives us time to prepare for the end of the month's motherload.

Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 33 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 14th - January 20th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 For Import Monday, Second Sight's take on Mean Streets. It is reported to be the same transfer as Criterion's recent release, but of course more swaggy.

 

 With practically a one-week notice, Universal informs the world that Trolls: Band Together streets on the 16th. With that being said, a standard edition only, no SteelBook option or retailer exclusives this go round.

 

 From Synapse Films, Blood Feast (2016) gets that 4K upgrade. Between last week and this, we have three titles with the word 'Blood' in the title.

 

 Next, from Criterion Collection, a 90s Western titled Lone Star. Vague memories on this one.

 

 Still on target for a Tuesday release, Police Story 3: Supercop (standard edition) with Jackie Chan comes at us via 88 Films. This still leaves Police Story 2 4K as an import only, either as a trilogy set or by itself.

 And the final 4K title for this week, The Raid: Redemption from Sony Pictures and in a SteelBook package.

 

 Next week we see a couple of decent imports, another Justice League animated, and a bit of Aahnold comedy.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes Trolls: Band Together from Universal,  Blood Feast (2016) from Synapse Films and Lone Star from Criterion Collection. Doubling back to Trolls, as always, there's a what's out so far collection (Trolls 3-Movie Collection), blu-ray only, not 4K, as well as a Walmart Exclusive and a Target Exclusive. Again, not 4K, so I guess somehow us 4K collectors have no interest in retailer exclusives!??

 Omitting all the reprints this week, we are left with just a few more titles (by volume) than last week.

 From Sony Pictures and just in time for (next) Christmas, Journey to Bethlehem.

 

 The latest GKIDS animated release Ernest & Célestine: A Trip to Gibberitia comes to us via Shout! Factory.

 

 Arrow Video has a box set for us this week, Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe.

 

 Just one Anime highlight this week, Love Flops Complete Collection.

 

 Debuting to blu-ray this week from MGM, Mademoiselle (1966).

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Barnes & Noble right now through February 5th has Arrow Video titles at 50% off. No doubt Amazon will match prices on a majority of them as well. Great time to get those titles you have been waiting to get!

 Shout Factory has revealed multiple titles for March 2024, for 4K, K-19: The Widowmaker, Carrie (2013), Child's Play (2019) and Quigley Down Under. For blu-ray so far, Over the Edge and Stephen King's The Shining (TV Series).

 Upcoming from Paramount in 4K, Major League, which is also available as a SteelBook option as well, Contagion, and, Primal Fear as a Paramount Presents title.

 Universal is offering a couple of 4K upgrades, Harriet, The 355 and Ticket To Paradise.

 Disney has revealed their latest MCU title, The Marvels is coming to blu-ray and 4K February 13th. Disney Pixar's WISH will street March 12th.

 Best Buy appears to be beginning to dismantle their physical media operations. A visit to their web site shows a majority of titles not available for delivery, and the store closest to me has not restocked anything recently. For Exclusive SteelBooks in the future, it would appear Walmart will be the place to look.

 

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?



Eli Roth's Horror Flick Thanksgiving Gets Stuffed Into a Blu-ray on January 30

Sony's slasher horror hit Thanksgiving starring Patrick Dempsey, Rick Hoffman and Gina Gershon comes to Blu-ray on January 30. The film will be available digitally on January 16.

After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts - the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan. Will the town uncover the killer and survive the holidays… or become guests at his twisted holiday dinner table?

Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
 

The Blu-ray + Digital release will feature lossless 5.1 audio and supplements include:


BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL

  • Exclusives
    • Deleted & Extended Scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Massachusetts Movies: Eli & Jeff’s Early Films
  • Also Includes
    • Behind the Screams
    • Gore Galore
    • Commentary with Eli Roth and Jeff Rendell

Pre-orders for Thanksgiving are ready to rock and here is the full press release:


EXPERIENCE ELI ROTH'S “WILDLY FUN” 
NEW HORROR CLASSIC AT HOME
“A BLOODY BLAST” - Megan Navarro / BLOODY DISGUSTING
THE HORROR COMES HOME WITH OVER AN HOUR OF EXTRAS INCLUDING DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES, OUTTAKES, ELI & JEFF’S EARLY FILMS AND MORE! 

ON DIGITAL JANUARY 16 AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD JANUARY 30

PLAY BEHIND THE 'SCREAMS' CLIP
1. “Wildly Fun” - Adam White / The Independent

Synopsis:
After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts - the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan. Will the town uncover the killer and survive the holidays… or become guests at his twisted holiday dinner table?
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL
  • Exclusives
    • Deleted & Extended Scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Massachusetts Movies: Eli & Jeff’s Early Films
  • Also Includes
    • Behind the Screams
    • Gore Galore
    • Commentary with Eli Roth and Jeff Rendell
DVD
  • Behind the Screams
  • Gore Galore
  • Commentary with Eli Roth and Jeff Rendell\
Blu-ray™ and DVD include 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:
 Eli Roth
Screenplay by: Jeff Rendell
Story by: Eli Roth & Jeff Rendell
Produced By: Eli Roth, Roger Birbaum, Jeff Rendell
Executive Produced By: Gary Barber, Peter Oilataguerre, Greg Denny, Kate Harrison Karman, Chris Stone
Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brooks, Nell Verlaque with Rick Hoffman and Gina Gershon

Run Time: Approx. 106 Mins.
Rating: R. Strong Bloody Horror Violence and Gore, Pervasive Language and Some Sexual Material
 
Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • 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
DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English & French (Doublé au Québec) - Audio Description Tracks Stereo • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color

Sofia Coppola's Priscilla Arrives on Blu-ray February 13

From director Sophia Coppola comes Priscilla (based on the book “Elvis and Me,” by Priscilla Presley) - arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack on February 13.

When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla’s long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy, and fame.

Priscilla
Priscilla
 

The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital release will feature lossless 5.1 audio and supplements include:


Brushed with Beauty: Creating Priscilla's Story
The Making of Priscilla: A Film by Liv McNeil
Theatrical Trailer

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


Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Street Date: 2/13/24
Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital SRP: $39.99
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Based on the book “Elvis and Me,” by Priscilla Presley, Priscilla will be available on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital on February 13 from Lionsgate. From director Sofia Coppola (Marie Antoinette, The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation), Rolling Stone describes Priscilla as “…a transportive, heartbreaking journey in the dark heart of a celebrity, and [Coppola’s finest] film since Lost in Translation.” Priscilla will be available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla’s long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy, and fame.
 
CAST
Cailee Spaeny                        Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex, The Craft: Legacy
Jacob Elordi                            Saltburn,TV’s “Euphoria,” The Kissing BoothHe Went That Way
Dagmara Dominczyk              TV’s “Succession,” The Count of Monte Cristo, The Lost Daughter
 
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Brushed with Beauty: Creating Priscilla's Story
The Making of Priscilla: A Film by Liv McNeil
Theatrical Trailer
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2023
Title Copyright: Priscilla © 2023 The Apartment S.r.l. All Rights Reserved
Type: New Release
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Run Time: 113 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 16x9 (1.85); 1080P 23.98 High Definition
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-MA
DVD Format: 16x9 (1.85)
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
HDD's Varsity Picks - The 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Jan 7, 2024

We begin the new year off slowly, but as indicators are suggesting, it is going to be a big year for collectors and a deflating experience for our wallets.

Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 32 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of January 7th - January 13th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 No teaser, let's hust get right to it.

 From Paramount, rom-com Varsity Blues. It stars Jon Voight, Paul Walker and more. Have a look-see.

 

 Next from The Criterion Collection, a crime thriller with a little bit of film-noir as well, Blood Simple.

 

 And lastly, I could be wrong about this (and the internet will no doubt submit a hundred messages stating I am), Massacre Video's first 4K release, BloodRayne. And YES, there is a video game series based on the same name/universe.

 

  Next week sees quite an uptick in titles, if you were expecting the Conan movies, those got moved back to the 30th though.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases? None this week. Moving on to a tepid slate...

 TV on disc, this one goes way back to 1967, Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace comes via BBC. This one is interesting as the original video masters were lost so they decided to make an animated recreation with the original audio.

 Classic Eddie Murphy standup comes to disc from Paramount with Eddie Murphy: Raw. Having HBO growing up, this one is memorable.

 

 For anime this week, look for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?! Season 4 Part 2One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Four, 'The Tunnel To Summer, The Exit Of Goodbyes' and Tsurune The Movie: The First Shot.

 

 If you've been collecting them, it's time to get volume 16, Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI debuts from Kino Lorber.

 How about a pair of Charles Bronson action films from Shout Factory, St. Ives and Telefon?

 

 Next week in blu-ray, about 50% more volume!

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 A bunch of onesie twosie updates happened last week among a lot of boutique labels primarily. I think one of the big titles from Vinegar Syndrome announced during subscriber week would be Walter Hill's Southern Comfort. Their new partner label Cinématographe also revealed Little Darlings (1980). I'm anxious to see what comes next from that label. VS announced a few days into the week they were on track to have a record number of subscribers. I for one would love an "All the 4Ks" sub for Kino Lorber and Shout/Scream Factory, with options to add blu-rays at a discount price of course. That would be me signaling to them that I support their efforts and want it all.

 Amazon has leaked a 4K release of Steven Soderberg's Contagion in 4K, with a February 27 street date. The packaging suggests it is a Warner Archive 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?



High-Def Digest's Favorites and Best of 2023

2023 Was A Hell Of A Year For Disc Collectors!

We saw incredible highs of scores of new and deep catalog titles making their way to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. We saw major studios like Disney/20th Century and Paramount recommit to the cause not only by punching out numerous long sought-after catalog flicks but delivering them with an A/V quality that showed marked improvement (especially from Paramount). And where the majors fell short, the independent labels stepped up unleashing a tide of new releases that was often difficult and expensive to keep up with. We had readers who had abandoned physical media return to collecting their favorites on disc while others said they practically doubled or even tripled their collections within a year! While Best Buy signaling its exit from the physical media market space seemed like bad news, other retailers and online shops are already picking up the slack. With physical media collecting looking a little brighter, lets take a bit to reflect on some of our favorite releases of the year:

HDD's Favorite 4K Discs of 2023 

Since it's damn near impossible to whittle down hundreds of new releases into a tiny list of ten or twenty, let alone find a way to rank them, we're simply going to showcase the titles that made our writers' favorites lists. No particular order but all amazing releases:

     

      

     

     

      

        

      

     

     

     

     

      

     

     

     

      


HDD's Favorite Blu-ray Discs of 2023 

While this was a bumper crop year for new and catalog 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, good 'ol 1080p had a few great tricks up its sleeve as well. From great TV season releases to true cinematic classics to some stellar 3-D Blu-rays, there are too many titles we'd love to showcase so we have to whittle it down a bit. Here are some of our favorites of 2023. 

    

     

     

     

      

      

      

     

      

     


Major Studio 2023 Report Card

Lionsgate logo - Cinema Siren  - Consistently Excellent 

Across Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Lionsgate has remained consistent and dedicated. If we're not getting every new release with a Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, they're giving their back catalog titles exciting 4K UHD releases. Not only are they catering to collector the A/V quality of their releases remains consistently excellent. The Mist, Young GunsJohn Wick 4The Wicker ManTalk to MeHouse of 1000 CorpsesThe Lord of War - all are excellent releases. 2023 Grade: A

Paramount 2011 logo sprite by theorangesunburst on DeviantArt - Most Improved 

It wasn't that long ago that the name "Paramount" could be something that caused worry among disc collectors. Some discs could be great, some were pretty rough with over-blown grain management and tanked bitrates on 4K releases that actually fared worse than their Blu-ray counterparts. Now that issue did pop up a time or two for masters that were previously streaming-only releases, but if you chart their efforts from Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection to Titanic, you'll find an impressive range of excellent titles throughout the year with near flawless A/V presentations. To top off their own efforts, if they didn't release a great back catalog title themselves, they licensed it out an independent label. 
2023 Grade: B

Universal Logo, symbol, meaning, history, PNG, brand - Universally Impressive 

What can you say about a studio that can deliver a title like Fast X and The Alfred Hitchcock Collection: Vol 3 to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in the same year? Universal has always been great at giving film fans the newest releases with the best A/V out there (Oppenheimer anyone?) but they've been steadfast at updating their deep catalog titles with worthy Blu-ray and 4K offerings. And like Paramount, they've been terrific about licensing out their most exciting catalog titles to independent labels like Shout! Studios, Kino Lorber Studio Classics, or for great 4K releases the import markets like Germany's Turbine. 2023 Grade: B+ 

Disney Logo PNG Image File - PNG All | PNG All - Bumpy Start but Turned A Corner 

It's no secret that Disney and by extension 20th Century Studios has had a bumpy time with physical media releases the last couple of years. That is to say in many cases we should be lucky enough to even get a disc release of any kind at all (where is Barbarian on disc?). When discs did come, they could vary in quality because of a frustrating adherence to only using BD-66 discs and no Dolby Vision HDR support or be hit by anemic Atmos mixes. Celebrating the House of Mouse's 100th birthday was at times tough but had some moments for celebration with Cinderella and Snow White. Things improved dramatically in the last four months. Between a terrific first round of Disney+ titles coming to Blu-ray and 4K, upgrading Hulu's Prey to a beast of a 4K disc release, and James Cameron practically saving the studio with a full round of Avatar releases on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, AND 3-D Blu-ray - things got better fast. We can only hope the effort will continue into 2024 and beyond. 2023 Grade: C+

Warner Bros Pictures 1993 Corporate Logo Remake by SuperBaster2015 on ... - Great Effort but Some Worrying Trends 

As the studio also celebrated its 100th Anniversary, it made an incredible effort to dig in and release a flood of catalog titles on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray while also ensuring their sub-label Warner Archive Collection maintained a steady flow of excellent releases. Where's the problem? While A/V presentations could be terrific for a number of titles, we had four Rocky films that should have been highlights of the year that were hit by audio issues that were never rectified. Likewise, a grand set such as the Christopher Reeve Superman set had inconsistent HDR grades one to the next, with a problematic Atmos track for The Quest for Peace. But more problematic has been the desperate releases between regions. In the U.S., we would receive basic releases and few if any interesting alternate packaging options, and we also had a dramatic lack of new or archival extra features. However, across the pond, the U.K. would get expansive and exciting deluxe editions like The Exorcist or the upcoming 4K release of Se7en making costly imports almost a frustrating requirement. If it weren't for Warner Archive, the studio would be in much rougher shape. Hopefully 2024 will be better. 2023 Grade: B

Sony Pictures logo - símbolo, significado logotipo, historia, PNG - Setting A High Bar for New and Catalog Titles

Similar to Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Video has had a terrific 2023 for new title releases, excellent catalog releases, and a slew of impressive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray SteelBook re-releases with Dolby Vision upgrades. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse was a magnificent, demo-worthy disc, but then they go and give the same care and attention to catalog titles like The Remains of the Day, Rudy, and The Way We Were. While some of their SteelBook rereleases haven't exactly necessitated a double-dip, but for those that didn't make the previous purchase these are certainly the better options. With Columbia Pictures celebrating its own 100th Anniversary this year and another Columbia Classics 4K set coming, 2024 looks to be very exciting for catalog titles on Blu-ray and 4K disc. 2023 Grade: A 


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Kino Lorber Studio Classics | New York NY - Quantity with Quality 

For the last few years, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has been delivering a treasure trove of exciting catalog titles on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. That effort compounded in 2023 with a massive selection of terrific discs to make valuable shelf space for. Between 4K discs like Stalag 17 or 12 Angry Men, we also had an amazing release of Rawhead Rex! They've also committed some amazing releases dedicated to bringing fan-favorite and obscure Film Noir, Western, and Drama titles to Blu-ray and their new Kino Cult label offers some new unique genre flavor into the mix.  

 - Always Worth Importing For 

They may live in Germany, but every Turbine release is a quality one, and often the label delivers the world its first - or best - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases with unsurpassed A/V quality. Pearl always should have gotten a 4K release from the start, but Turbine delivered it. In the same breath we can't forget to highlight their efforts on titles like Repossessed and Cool as Ice - of all films. While it's cool that we get such a diverse range of titles with the best possible A/V options, they also deliver multiple attractive artwork options with a range of limited-run Mediabooks. We're been teased that some great titles are on the way in 2024 and we can't wait to see what's coming. 

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The Criterion Collection has long held a status for curating a collection of releases that spans the breadth of cinema from across the globe. In a year we had titles like the amazing Ranown Westerns and a film like Mildred Pierce space alongside the likes of Malcolm X and Tod Browning's Sideshow Shockers. While each month's titles may seem a little disjointed or not as robust, exciting, or essential as some other labels out there, they are at least quality releases. And when Barnes and Noble have their biannual sales, we often have many titles worth considering to add to the shelf. Now with their Janus Contemporaries efforts, there are even more titles coming to the market that would otherwise be lost to streaming let alone get a disc release at all.

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One of the most committed to the cause of Physical Media, Vinegar Syndrome and their sister company OCN Distribution have had an incredible 2023, and 2024 is already gearing up to be bigger and better. Vinegar Syndrome on its own offers up a number of impressive sub-labels, but then OCN Distribution compounds the collecting excitement with its cadre of partner labels. Across the board, fans can pick through over a dozen new titles every month. Where else are you going to get The Prophecy I-II-III, Showgirls, and Sidekicks on 4K? On top of those hits, you can snag high-quality releases from obscure gems from labels like Saturn's Core, Canadian International Pictures, Dekanalog, and Deaf Crocodile among many others. Then you have the subscription service. With a subscription, you get the base release sent to your door every month with the option of picking up new sub-label titles at 50% off. Sure, that upfront for a subscription can be a bit hefty, but several writers here at HDD have given it a try and have now resubscribed. With another new sub-label on the horizon with Cinématographe, even more great movies are coming to disc with exciting attractive packaging. 

Shout! Factory - Wikipedia - Continuing 20 Years Of Great Releases 

Between their labels, Shout Studios, Shout Select, and Scream Factory, 2024 saw some genuinely great discs come to collector's shelves. You have classics like The Magnificent Seven alongside JFK with The People Under the Stairs and a bunch of Chucky fan favorites all in a single year. If you could fault the studio for anything it would be being too aggressive. Promised for 2023, The Ring Trilogy 4K set is now due to arrive in 2024. We also had a bunch of upgrades with the likes of The Dead Zone punched out alongside a ton of Jackie Chan films and and a slew of nearly-forgotten Shaw Brothers films coming to Blu-ray for the first time. You have everything from Comedy, Westerns, Horror, Drama, Martial Arts all getting amazing releases. 2023 was a year to celebrate. 

About - Via Vision Entertainment - Long Haul To Australia But Worth It

Via Vision and their sublabel Imprint Films did a masterclass job bringing film fans all over the world some remarkable releases. We saw numerous global first releases on Blu-ray with incredibly intricate packaging and some amazing box sets. Their commitment to delivering the best possible A/V releases is one thing, but to also load up their sets with a bunch of new bonus features is better than commendable it's downright admirable. Here's hoping 2024 sees plenty more great hits, we need more Rawhide seasons on Blu-ray! 

Arrow Video March Releases | OnVideo  - Proudly Serving Both Shores of the Atlantic  

Arrow may have a tough time offering some of their biggest and best titles on both sides of the big pool separating the U.S. and U.K., but if you can't get a film on both shores, you can be sure it's worth importing. We haven't had the chance to fully review the Hellraiser and Psycho collections yet, but from what we've seen they're incredible sets. Alongside efforts for Barbarella and even Tremors 2 saw a great release, Arrow hasn't lost their knack for amazing A/V quality on both formats. Now we're just salivating for Conan the Barbarian to arrive on 4K. Hopefully, 2024 is just as aggressive and impressive as 2023. 

Dailies – Severin Films - You Get Everything You Pay For  

Severin titles can sometimes be a tad pricy, more than the average, but in terms of quality A/V, packaging, and pure volume of amazing titles, you get every cent of what you pay for, and then some. Where else are you going to see something as expansive like The Sensual World of Black Emanuelle multi-film box set ride high with Pod People and Jess Franco's Count Dracula while finally giving the world a luscious release of Cemetary Man (Dellamorte Dellamore)? Toss in their monthly bundle deals and amazing swag packages, and Severin had an amazing year. Thanks to them fans have their own Trumpy and Joe Spinell stuffed buddies! 

Second Sight Films – Opening Soon - Quality First Quantity Second  

Second Sight has been around for a while now, but we felt they really burst onto the scene with their fantastic Dawn of the Dead 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. That commitment to quality releases hasn't wavered in the years since and 2024 was a terrific year. We weren't able to review all that we wanted to of their releases - still have It Follows and Crimes of the Future to dig into - but every release has been eye-catching and worth the wait. And for some, we've waited a long time. George Romero's Martin was a highlight of the year as was their Limited Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. What's also more than commendable and should be the industry standard is their commitment to quality control. When a problem is spotted, they pull the product before it ships and delay the release rather than throw it out to the masses hoping no one notices or if they do, go through the expensive and arduous task of issuing disc replacements. Get it right first and fans will be happy.  

88 Films Announces 3 New Blu-rays For This February - Great Domestic and Import Product

Another label we wished we'd been able to review more from is U.K. label 88 Films. From maniacal martial arts classics to ghastly Italian horror gems, 88 Films had a great crop of releases this year on Blu-ray and 4K. They've positioned themselves in such a way that when a title gets announced domestically, one often has to pause and keep an eye on the 88 Films social accounts just to see if they won't be punching out one themselves for a possibly an even better release. In the Line of Duty I-IV, Police Story 3: Super Cop, and Hell of the Living Dead all saw terrific releases. We aim to review more of their stuff soon and do our damndest to keep up with their 2024 lineup.

Indicator / Powerhouse – Orbit DVD - Stacked Year For Amazing Content 

Powerhouse Films and their sublabel Indicator kept fans on both sides of the Atlantic busy. From amazing 4K titles like Two Orphan Vampires to amazing Blu-ray releases of The Big Gundown - it's truly a good thing to see so many amazing titles come out you can barely keep up. We had a hell of a time trying to! Each of us at HDD picked up several of their 2023 slate and were often gobsmacked by the care and attention to the releases. We can only hope to dig in deeper and give more of their work the attention they deserve in 2024. Their pre-order lineup already looks fantastic.  

Not wanting to leave anyone off this list, but there's so many amazing labels out there truly doing A+ work giving fans incredible content on physical media. We have to give honorable mention shoutouts to all of the great labels we've reviewed and hope to see more from in 2024. 

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2023 was one of the most exciting years for physical media collectors. It may seem dire with brick-and-mortar locations like Best Buy and Target shuttering or greatly reducing their offerings, but with the major studios waking up from their expensive streaming hangover and all of the stalwart and new independent labels cropping up, collectors had a lot to celebrate. And with all of the titles already announced into 2024, we've got a hell of a year ahead of us.

The team here at High-Def Digest want to thank all of you readers out there who click in to check out our personal mumblings about movies on disc. We also want to thank all of the incredible independent labels out there. You've made this hobby a passionate and exciting one delivering one exciting slate of releases after another. You're the folks that make this hobby grand and worth the effort. 

Happy Collecting Everyone - see you all throughout 2024!

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