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What's this? What's This!?! A 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 20, 2023!

 Is there such a thing as returning to normal with disc releases? Probably not, but compared to last week the 4K category has grown by leaps and bounds. This week we see a black comedy (without a Wayans brother at the helm), Jack Skellington gets a 4K update, Antonio Banderas' best known character, and more.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 12 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 20th - August 26th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 

 Leading the week with a catalog upgrade, because, it has grown such a following and we are leading the guide with it. From Disney, The Nightmare Before Christmas gets a Standard Edition and a "Disney 100" style Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

  

 

 Shout Factory brings us Hackers, which is available as a Collector's Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. As a collector, I am perplexed at the lack of a slipcover on the "Collector's Edition".

 

   

 

 From Sony Pictures, The Legend of Zorro gets a 4K upgrade. Good to see the sequels also get the 4K upgrade treatment.

 

 

 Arrow Video offers up nostalgic 1985 with Weird Science.

 

 Closing out the catalog title category, barring any delays, the 'Indicator Series' releases for The Night of the Hunted and The Rape of the Vampire release on Tuesday as well.

 

 Out of sequence, I know, new release last this week, from Lionsgate we have comedy/horror titled The Blackening, which comes available as a Standard Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 Next week, a Time Bandits import (with swag), Chucky 4-7, Battlestar and more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above releases include The Blackening from LionsGate and the pair of Indicator Series titles, The Night of the Hunted and The Rape of the Vampire.

 The rest of this category is pretty barren. As always though, here are the highlights:

 A rather random catalog title from Sony Pictures with 1981's American Pop, an 'animated trek across the musical landscape of the 20th century'.

 

 Arrow Video this week has Unman, Wittering and Zigo, a drama/thriller.

 LionsGate this week offers something other than an action/thriller with a comedy titled You Hurt My Feelings.

 

 If you did not import the Imprint release, this week Kino has you covered with Pretty Baby.

 Another animated music film, but this time Warner Bros, look for Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar.

 

 Four films on four discs from Criterion with Bo Widerberg’s New Swedish Cinema.

 A minimalist week for Anime, Ranking of Kings Season 1 Part 2, which is available as a Standard Edition and Limited Edition, and Reincarnated as a Sword: Complete Collection.

 

 Worthy Mention: Shout Factory releases the thriller Coma (1978), Michael Crichton does the adaptation of a book instead of the other way around, someone adapting his book.

 Next week we do get a significant increase in titles in this category.

Notable announcements from last week:

 The Criterion Collection has announced their November line up. Do check it out!

 Kino Lorber has finalized the details for Red Dragon 4K and Cujo 4K / blu-ray releases. They are scheduled to arrive on October 24th. They have also announced a new product line titled "Kino Cult" with three titles already slated. The debut titles are Lorna the Exorcist, Alien Outlaw and The Dark Power and they all release on October 24th.

 Universal will be releasing M3GAN to 4K disc on October 10th. Before we get overly excited though, it does look like they are adding Atmos sound, but only including HDR10. Meanwhile the streaming version has Dolby Vision AND HDR10+. Still, we gain something. There is also a good chance (rumor) that The Black Phone will be out in October. Turbine Media is also releasing The Black Phone in Germany on October 5th. Will Scream Factory do them with Dolby Vision and more extras?

 

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?



Boldly Coming to Blu-ray - Picard: The Final Season, Limited Edition SteelBook & Picard Legacy Collection

Paramount is getting ready to send a farewell to Star Trek: Picard - The Final Season on Blu-ray on September 5. The last season will also be available in a SteelBook as well as a collection of all three seasons hitting stores on Blu-ray on the same day.

In the epic, thrilling conclusion of Star Trek: Picard, a desperate message from a long-lost friend draws Starfleet legend Admiral Jean-Luc Picard into the most daring mission of his life, forcing him to recruit allies spanning generations old and new. This final adventure sets him on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever.

Star Trek: Picard Blu-ray           Star Trek: Picard Blu-ray SteelBook

Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Special Features:

Includes exclusive-to-home-entertainment special features including never-before-seen footage and audio commentary on select episodes from the show creators and cast. Get a galactic view of the creative vision behind the show and the rebuilding of Enterprise-D. This release also features deleted scenes and a Q&A panel with cast and crew.

  • The Gang’s All Here – Featurette (Exclusive)
  • The Making of the Last Generation – Featurette (Exclusive)
  • Audio Commentary on select episodes (Exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive)
  • Gag Reel (Exclusive)
  • Rebuilding the Enterprise-D – Featurette
  • Villainous Vadic - Featurette
  • Picard: The Final Season Q&A

Ultimate Trekkies may want to hold off until October, however, for Star Trek: Picard - The Legacy Collection - a limited, numbered set that will include Star Trek: The Next Generation's Complete Series, the four TNG films, and Star Trek: Picard Complete Series, PLUS loads of swag!  Check out this spread:

Star Trek: Picard - The Legacy Collection

Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection

  • 35 hours of bonus features
  • Premium Packaging Containing 54 Blu-ray Discs, 154 Episodes and Exclusive Collectables 
  • All Series and Films Featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation® – Seasons 1-7
    • Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3
    • Star Trek: Generations
    • Star Trek: First Contact
    • Star Trek: Nemesis
    • Star Trek: Insurrection 
  • Exclusive Collectables:
    • Magnetic Captain Picard Badges
    • 4 Custom Chateau Picard Drink Coasters 
    • Custom Deck of Playing Cards
    • Exclusive Version of The Wisdom of Picard, The Wisdom of Picard: The Legacy Collection Edition
      • Featuring New Cover Art
      • Including quotes from the latest seasons of Star Trek: Picard

All of these packages that include the final season of Picard will be available on September 5. Here is the full press release:


“Best season of Star Trek ever”
(JoBlo)
 
 Star Trek: Picard  The Final Season Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray™, and Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ SteelBook on September 5
The Next Generation Cast Reunion Three Decades in the Making. Go Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Crew with Over 2 ½ Hours of Special Features
 
LOS ANGELES – June 16, 2023 – The epic and thrilling conclusion to Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season, arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and a limited-edition Blu-ray SteelBook September 5th from Paramount Home Entertainment. Hailed as “Thrilling” and “A show worth watching — and celebrating,” (IndieWire),
Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season reunites four-time Emmy Award® nominee* Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and The Next Generation crew in this final adventure where he is set on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever. Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season includes over 2 ½  hours of special features, including behind the scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, a hilarious gag reel, and never-before-seen deleted scenes.
 
The all-star cast includes Patrick Stewart (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, X-Men) as Jean-Luc Picard, LeVar Burton (Star Trek: Generations) as Geordi La Forge, Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Star Trek: Insurrection) as Worf, Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: First ContactStar Trek: Insurrection) as Will Riker, Gates McFadden (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,  Star Trek: Insurrection) as Dr. Beverly Crusher Michelle Hurd (“Blindspot,” “Hawaii Five-0”) as Raffi Musiker, Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: Lower Decks,” Star Trek: Generations) as Deanna Troi, Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Star Trek: First Contact) as Commander Data, Ed Speleers (“You,” “Downton Abbey”) as Jack Crusher, and Jeri Ryan (“Bosch,” “Body of Proof”) as Seven of Nine.
 
Also available on September 5th will be Star Trek: Picard – The Complete Series which includes all three seasons of the hit show and over 7 hours of special features.
 
And coming October 17th will be the definitive release for Next Generation fans, Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection. The limited edition individually numbered 54-Disc Blu-ray collection features one of a kind packaging that houses every series and film featuring Jean-Luc Picard. Along with over 35 hours of special features, films and series include “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Seasons 1-7,” “Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3,” Star Trek: GenerationsStar Trek: First ContactStar Trek: Nemesis, and Star Trek: Insurrection.  This limited set also includes an exclusive edition of The Wisdom of Picard featuring brand new artwork and quotes, along with a one-of-a-kind deck of playing cards, a magnet sheet featuring all of Captain Picard’s badges and four custom Chateau Picard drink coasters.
 
Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Synopsis
In the epic, thrilling conclusion of Star Trek: Picard, a desperate message from a long-lost friend draws Starfleet legend Admiral Jean-Luc Picard into the most daring mission of his life, forcing him to recruit allies spanning generations old and new. This final adventure sets him on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever.
 
Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season Special Features:
Includes exclusive-to-home-entertainment special features including never-before-seen footage and audio commentary on select episodes from the show creators and cast. Get a galactic view of the creative vision behind the show and the rebuilding of Enterprise-D. This release also features deleted scenes and a Q&A panel with cast and crew.
  • The Gang’s All Here – Featurette (Exclusive)
  • The Making of the Last Generation – Featurette (Exclusive)
  • Audio Commentary on select episodes (Exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive)
  • Gag Reel (Exclusive)
  • Rebuilding the Enterprise-D – Featurette
  • Villainous Vadic - Featurette
  • Picard: The Final Season Q&A
Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection
  • 35 hours of bonus features
  • Premium Packaging Containing 54 Blu-ray Discs, 154 Episodes and Exclusive Collectables 
  • All Series and Films Featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation® – Seasons 1-7
    • Star Trek: Picard – Seasons 1-3
    • Star Trek: Generations
    • Star Trek: First Contact
    • Star Trek: Nemesis
    • Star Trek: Insurrection 
  • Exclusive Collectables:
    • Magnetic Captain Picard Badges
    • 4 Custom Chateau Picard Drink Coasters 
    • Custom Deck of Playing Cards
    • Exclusive Version of The Wisdom of Picard, The Wisdom of Picard: The Legacy Collection Edition
      • Featuring New Cover Art
      • Including quotes from the latest seasons of Star Trek: Picard
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Available Now on Blu-ray

The fourth feature film in the animated Hotel Transylvania franchise, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats.

When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania 

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania 

The Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include:

DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™, AND DVD

  • A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets
  • Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
  • Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz
  • “Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • And More!

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital and here is the full press release:


AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™ & DVD AUGUST 15

A DVD MULTI-FEATURE INCLUDING ALL FILMS WITHIN THE FRANCHISE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE

SYNOPSIS

When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy.

 

Multi-feature:

Join Drac, Mavis, and all of your favorite monsters for fun and adventure in their lavish five-stake resort, on the high seas, and as they are transformed into humans. This 4-film family-friendly monster franchise bundles hilarious comedy and exciting adventure.

  

BONUS MATERIALS

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA

DIGITAL, BLU-RAY™, AND DVD 

A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets

Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz

“Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video

Filmmaker Commentary

And More!

 

Multi-feature:

DVD AND DIGITAL 

Goodnight Mr. Foot – Short Film

Hotel Transylvania Puppy! – Short Film

A Hotel Transylvania Mini-Movie: Monster Pets

Monster Mash-Up: Making Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Selena vs. Andy: A Hotel Transyl-Trivia Quiz

“Love Is Not Hard to Find” by YEИDRY – Lyric Video

“Problem” Music Video by Becky G Featuring will.i.am

“I’m In Love With A Monster” Music Video by Fifth Harmony

Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes, Filmmaker Commentary and More!

 

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: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska

Story By: Genndy Tartakovsky

Screenplay By: Amos Vernon & Nunzio Randazzo and Genndy Tartakovsky

Produced By: Alice Dewey Goldstone

Executive Producers: Genndy Tartakovsky, Michelle Murdocca, Selena Gomez

Cast: Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Brian Hull, Fran Drescher

SPECS

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA

Run Time: Approx. 88 Mins.

Rating: PG: Some Action and Rude Humor Including Cartoon 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

DVD: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English & French (Doublé au Québec) – Audio Description Tracks Dolby Surround • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Twitter: @SonyPictures

Instagram: @SonyPictures

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SonyPictures/

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

ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html 

 

TCM to Honor the Work of Late Director William Friedkin September 14th and November 26th

William Friedkin, director of such classics as The ExorcistThe Boys in the BandThe French Connection, and modern treats like Bug and Killer Joe will be celebrated on the classic movie channel this fall.

For those of you with a TCM subscription, the venerable film channel will be hosting a two-night tribute to the late filmmaker. As we await the release of Friedkin's final film The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, fans will be able to enjoy airings of some of his classics including The French ConnectionThe Exorcist as well as the TCM premiere of the excellent documentary, Friedkin Uncut. The films will be spread out over two nights, September 14th and November 26th.

Here's a look at the schedule:

TCM Remembers William Friedkin Part 1 – Thursday, September 14

  • 8:00 PM – The French Connection (1971) –Two New York narcotics cops set out to bust a French drug smuggling ring.
  • 10:00 PM – To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) –A Secret Service agent becomes obsessed with tracking down a notorious and dangerous Los Angeles counterfeitor.
  • 12:15 AM – The Boys in the Band (1970) –A gay birthday party turns into a night of soul-searching when the host's straight college roommate turns up by mistake.

TCM Remembers William Friedkin Part 2 – Sunday, November 26

  • 8:00 PM – Friedkin Uncut (2018) – TCM Premiere – In this documentary, William Friedkin is interviewed about his career, alongside a number of his colleagues and industry admirers.
  • 10:00 PM – The Exorcist (1973) – A priest battles to save a young girl possessed by demons.

This selection is clearly a greatest hits list of his early work but the man made some great films all the way into the mid-2010s, with the likes of Bug and Killer Joe - but I imagine those latter two would be tough shows for the uninitiated. Between The French Connection and The Boys in the Band it will be interesting to see which version of those we'll get to enjoy on the landmark movie channel. The French Connection famously (or rather infamously at this point) was edited to excise some potentially offensive language while The Boys in the Band was one that endured Friedkin's troubling color-correcting when it came to disc leaving it looking overly purple and awkward. This press release also doesn't state which version of The Exorcist we'll be seeing so we'll just have to tune in to find out!

[UPDATE 9/9/2023]

After reaching out to TCM we've learned that this upcoming screening of The French Connection at 8:00 PM on September 14th is in fact going to be the full uncensored original version of the film and not the controversial re-edit that removed the usage of a particular racial slur that actually gave some essential character background to Popeye Doyle.  

As for The Exorcist airing on November 26th at 10:00 pm, this will be the Theatrical Cut - so get excited for the leaner bleaker cut of the classic horror film!

It's not like we don't already own these and can watch them whenever we want, but it's there's something special about catching TCM's presentations of these classics - I know I love their intros and wish more of that kind of content would make it to some Blu-ray releases' bonus features. 

For those interested, here's the full press release:


TCM To Celebrate Legendary Director
William Friedkin


 Two-Night Programming Tribute Airing in September and November to Include The French Connection and The Exorcist
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of director William Friedkin with a programming tribute this September and November. Friedkin, who died August 7 at the age of 87, started his career by directing one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He went on to be known as one of the iconic directors of New Hollywood in the 1970s with such hits as The Exorcist (1973) and The French Connection (1971), which won him the Academy Award® for Best Director. William Friedkin was a great friend to Turner Classic Movies and he attended the TCM Classic Film Festival several times, most recently in April 2023.
 
TCM Remembers William Friedkin Part 1 – Thursday, September 14
8:00 PM – The French Connection (1971) – Two New York narcotics cops set out to bust a French drug smuggling ring.
10:00 PM – To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) – A Secret Service agent becomes obsessed with tracking down a notorious and dangerous Los Angeles counterfeitor.
12:15 AM – The Boys in the Band (1970) – A gay birthday party turns into a night of soul-searching when the host's straight college roommate turns up by mistake.
 
TCM Remembers William Friedkin Part 2 – Sunday, November 26
8:00 PM – Friedkin Uncut (2018) – TCM Premiere – In this documentary, William Friedkin is interviewed about his career, alongside a number of his colleagues and industry admirers.
10:00 PM – The Exorcist (1973) – A priest battles to save a young girl possessed by demons.
 
(All times Eastern)
You can't wake up if you don't fall asleep - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 13, 2023

 "You can't wake up if you don't fall asleep" - Augie Steenbeck, Asteroid City.

 Probably the slowest week all year for 4K releases, but with the pace we have seen them, it's good to let our wallets recharge just a tad.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 11 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 13th - August 19th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 The new release this week is Babylon 5: The Road Home, a new movie based on the series from several decades ago. If you want to revisit the series on (blu-ray) disc though, you will need to wait until December.

 

 Hopefully this game is over with with Paramount. Produce a 'Paramount Presents' title that was mastered in 4K on blu-ray only, then a few months later, give us a 4K release. This week we see Roman Holiday get this treatment.

 

 Last week Warner Bros. released a basic edition for Enter the Dragon to the US market. This Friday you can get a Collector's Edition Import from Amazon. It's releases like this that echo the sentiments of Bill Hunt's article from last week.

 

 Next week, a new horror comedy from LionsGate with The Blackening, Hackers, Zorro, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 A blu-ray counterpart of Babylon 5: The Road Home is available this week.

 From Universal, Wes Anderson's latest, Asteroid City hits blu-ray.

 

 New thriller from LionsGate, Confidential Informant with Dominic Purcell and Mel Gibson.

 

 Criterion Collection this week has Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, a film set on the topic of Chinese-American life.

 After sitting on hold for quite some time, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania comes to us via Sony Pictures. Absent is the 4K sku that was originally listed on retailer sites. Is it coming, is it going to be only available via import? Sony, you just don't give us the third film in a franchise on 4K and forget the rest.

 

 Also from Sony this week, an action/comedy titled The Machine.

 

 Slow week for anime, highlights are for only The Life of Budori Gusuko and Parallel World Pharmacy.

 Another slow category this week, TV on disc. It includes just The Lincoln Lawyer: Season 1.

 

 Between Arrow Video and Shout Factory, you have probably been building your Shaw Brothers Collection. This week from Shout Factory, wait no more, it's Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Two.

 

 Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber's next set, Audie Murphy Collection III is available this week.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Here at HDD, we must acknowledge the passing of William Friedkin. Known for several A-List films, I'm sure The Exorcist and The French Connection most recently stick out for various reasons. Check out the article at Vanity Fair.

 Universal is continuing to double-dip us with what they call the Universal Essentials Collection. Already out are these special editions for Jurassic Park 4K and The Big Lebowski 4K, coming October 3rd are The Sting 4K and It Came from Outer Space - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + 3D. The latter is also getting a non-essentials release the same day. Also on October 3rd, Universal Classic Monsters: Limited Edition Collection. Although not an 'essentials' release, it still is a swag-filled edition that would look nice on our video walls.

 

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?



Jennifer Lawrence's No Hard Feelings Bound for Blu-ray August 29

The outrageous R-rated comedy starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, and Matthew Broderick arrives on Blu-ray on August 29. Digital will be available on August 15.

Maddie thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be a real challenge, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all.

No Hard Feelings 

No Hard Feelings 

The Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include:

    • Outtakes & Bloopers
    • A Motley Crew: Meet the Characters
    • A Little Wrong: Making No Hard Feelings

Pre-orders for No Hard Feelings on Blu-ray are now available and here is the full press release:


 ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING ACTRESS JENNIFER LAWRENCE SHINES IN AN OUTRAGEOUS COMING-OF-AGE COMEDY

No Hard Feelings Blu-ray

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL AUGUST 15 AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD AUGUST 29

Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award® in 2012 for Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook.

Academy Award® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

SYNOPSIS

Maddie thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be a real challenge, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all. 

  

BLU-RAY™, DIGITAL, AND DVD

• Special Features  

o Outtakes & Bloopers

o A Motley Crew: Meet the Characters

o A Little Wrong: Making No Hard Feelings

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: Gene Stupnitsky

Written by: Gene Stupnitksky & John Phillips

Produced by: Alex Saks, Naomi Odenkirk, Marc Provissiero, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Ciarrocch

Executive Producers: Kerry Orent, John Phillip

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, Matthew Broderick

SPECS

Run Time: Approx. 103 Mins.

Rating: R: Sexual content, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use

Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec), 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 in the above listing may not apply to Special Features.

DVD: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, French (Doublé au Québec) - English - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of the information in the above listing may not apply to Special Features.

  

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Twitter: @SonyPicsHomeEnt

Instagram: @SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment, @NoHardFeelingsMovie

Facebook: facebook.com/SonyPicturesHomeEntertainment, @NoHardFeelingsMovie

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

 

You Made One Mistake. You Never Took My Car - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide August 6, 2023

"You made one mistake. You never took my car" - Dominic Toretto, Fast X, Part 1.

 This week a fast cars franchise comes to an end, well,  part one of a three part ending, or until they decide to make more! A couple of 4K upgrades including Bruce Lee's best known film, and sub-label MVD Rewind LaserVision Collection debuts its first title.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 10 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of August 6th - August 12th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 We start out the week with a Monday release, but this time it is not an import. The A24 shop has an over the top edition of Everything Everywhere All at Once. Do check it out, and if you plan on buying it follow this word of CAUTION. Make sure you have selected the edition you want (4K or blu-ray) before completing your checkout. Their shop is a bit quirky in the selection process and the version you intended to buy could be overlooked.

 

 On to Tuesday releases and leading the category as a new release is Fast X. Options include the Standard Edition, the Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and the Walmart Exclusive. And of course there is the complete collection (as of now) available as well. Target appears to be off target again as they are absent from the retailer exclusives 4K list.

     

 

 Getting a 4K upgrade from the Criterion Collection, Japanese drama/fantasy Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams.

 

 Another 4K upgrade from Warner Bros with Enter the Dragon. Will we get a 'Golden Harvest' type set like they did in the UK a couple of weeks ago? One can hope,  but if we don't get the set, we can at least get the rest of the films that are in it in 4K in that set, right? A collector's edition is available as an import (of course it is) on August 18th.

 

 The new sub-label MVD Rewind LaserVision Collection debuts this week with Swamp Thing. I have high hopes for this label, everything I have seen from the parent company over the years thus far has been very positive. Hard to believe my preorder was in April for this one.

 

 The latest double dip/but this time as a slipcover style SteelBook from Best Buy this week is Ender's Game.

 Next week, let's go on a Roman Holiday, let's revisit Babylon 5, a Cauldron title gets a general release, and a slew of Severin titles too!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles first, Everything Everywhere All at Once gets an A24 shop blu-ray (see caution note in the 4K category),  Fast X gets a Standard Edition, a Target Exclusive as well as a ten movie collection. And lastly, Swamp Thing gets an MVD Rewind Collection release.

 TV on disc includes 1923: A Yellowstone Origin Story: Season One and The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 9.

 

 MGM is offering a couple of titles that were done by various companies in the past, or maybe the first time to blu-ray, they are The Big Knife, Crooked Hearts and Go Tell the Spartans.

 You all know who you are, that is, Adam Sandler fans. Shout Factory has his 2000 film Little Nicky on blu-ray this week.

 

 For Anime, not much going on this week, but you can pick up One Piece - Collection 32 and/or One Piece: Season Thirteen - Voyage Two.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Our friends at The Digital Bits (Bill Hunt specifically) has posted an article that echoes a lot of the same frustrations I myself and others have been talking and thinking a lot about in the past couple of years, and it has been getting worse more recently. A lot is mentioned on how the US market gets passed up for some excellent releases, and in general the half-assed releases we are reluctantly having to purchase. Let us also remember Disney's most recent move in discontinuing physical media in Australia. This sets bad precedent, hopefuly other companies do NOT follow suit.  Do check it out, it's a good read.

 Shout Factory has revealed their October slate. In no particular order, they are The Blob (1988) 4K, Pumpkinhead 4K, Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Two, Night Of The Demons 4K, Night Of The Demons 2, Night Of The Demons 3, Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time, Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time 4K Collector's Edition and Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Collection. As always, there is the possibility they will add more, usually anime, between now and then.

 Also do have a look see at the most recent Disc Round Up written by our own Tom Landy.

 

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



Wes Anderson's Asteroid City Will Land on Blu-ray on August 15

The certified fresh (Rotten Tomatoes) quirky comedy Asteroid City featuring an ensemble cast including Jason Schwartzman, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton and many more is bound for Blu-ray on August 15. Digital arrives on August 11.

A fictional American desert town, circa 1955. Junior Stargazers and Space Cadets from across the country assemble for the annual Asteroid Day celebration -- but the scholarly competition is spectacularly upended by world-changing events. Equal parts comedy, drama, and romance (with a touch of science-fiction).

Asteroid City 

Asteroid City 

The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack and supplements include:

  • The Making of Asteroid City – With Wes Anderson as your guide, take a personal tour behind the scenes of “Asteroid City” and get insider’s access into set creation, performer preparation, music rehearsals and more.

    • Desert Town – Wes Anderson pulls back the curtain on the creation of Asteroid City with an intimate look at what goes into building a town in the middle of a desert and bringing its quirks to life.

    • Doomsday Carnival (Digital, Blu-ray, DVD Exclusive) – Go even further inside Asteroid City as period costumes, classic cars, and camera tricks combine to create a bustling midway of carnival rides and lookie-loos anticipating an alien arrival.

    • Montana and Ranch Hands – Witness a quiet prayer evolve into a hand-clapping country hoedown as the film’s fictional band inspires a sudden dance number through their banjo, bass, and washboard.

    • The Players (Digital, Blu-ray, DVD Exclusive) – Go behind-the-scenes with the stars of Asteroid City.

  • The Alien (Digital Exclusive) – Designers come up with the concept and Jeff Goldblum suits up in the costume to create the captivating look and mesmerizing movements of the movie’s extraterrestrial creature.

  • The Roadrunner (Digital Exclusive) – Get a peek at the planning, puppeteering, and careful camera positioning that animates an artificial animal with scene-stealing personality. 

Order your copy of Asteroid City on Blu-ray and here is the full press release:


THE SUMMER BOX-OFFICE HIT COMEDY SOARS
WITH A STELLAR ENSEMBLE CAST LED BY
JASON SCHWARTZMAN, SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND TOM HANKS

NOW YOURS TO OWN FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH
ALL-NEW BONUS CONTENT PRESENTED BY WES ANDERSON

ON DIGITAL AUGUST 11, 2023
ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD AUGUST 15, 2023
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

“WES ANDERSON’S BEST FILM” – THE DAILY BEAST


Universal City, California, August 3, 2023 – Jason Schwartzman (The French DispatchThe Grand Budapest Hotel), Scarlett Johansson (Black WidowJojo Rabbit), and Tom Hanks (ElvisNews of the World) star in the “hilarious and joyful” (GQ) comedy ASTEROID CITY, available to own with all-new bonus content on Digital on August 11, 2023 and on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15, 2023 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by seven-time Oscar® nominee Wes Anderson (Isle of Dogs, Moonrise Kingdom), ASTEROID CITY on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD showcases brand-new featurettes with exclusive talent and filmmaker interviews that dive deeper into the film’s unique characters, story, and themes of community and curiosity, lifting the curtain on Anderson’s extraordinary vision.
 
Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, ASTEROID CITY “packs a punch with its ensemble cast” (Slash Film), featuring an all-star, critically acclaimed supporting cast alongside Schwartzman, Johansson, and Hanks, including Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”, No Time To Die), Tilda Swinton (SuspiriaMichael Clayton), Adrien Brody (The PianistThe Darjeeling Limited), Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”, Trumbo), Edward Norton (Glass OnionBirdman), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Hope Davis (“Your Honor”, “Succession”), Stephen Park (The French Dispatch, “Fargo”), Rupert Friend (The Young VictoriaPride & Prejudice), Maya Hawke (“Stranger Things”, Do Revenge), Steve Carell (“The Office”, “The Morning Show”), Matt Dillon (There’s Something About MaryThe House That Jack Built), Hong Chau (The WhaleThe Menu), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man franchise, The Florida Project), Margot Robbie (Barbie, Suicide SquadI, Tonya), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man franchise), Jake Ryan (Moonrise KingdomEighth Grade) and Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park franchise, Independence Day).
 
A fictional American desert town, circa 1955. Junior Stargazers and Space Cadets from across the country assemble for the annual Asteroid Day celebration -- but the scholarly competition is spectacularly upended by world-changing events. Equal parts comedy, drama, and romance (with a touch of science-fiction).
 
 
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON DIGITAL, BLU-RAYTM & DVD: 
  • The Making of Asteroid City – With Wes Anderson as your guide, take a personal tour behind the scenes of “Asteroid City” and get insider’s access into set creation, performer preparation, music rehearsals and more.
    • Desert Town – Wes Anderson pulls back the curtain on the creation of Asteroid City with an intimate look at what goes into building a town in the middle of a desert and bringing its quirks to life.
    • Doomsday Carnival (Digital, Blu-ray, DVD Exclusive) – Go even further inside Asteroid City as period costumes, classic cars, and camera tricks combine to create a bustling midway of carnival rides and lookie-loos anticipating an alien arrival.
    • Montana and Ranch Hands – Witness a quiet prayer evolve into a hand-clapping country hoedown as the film’s fictional band inspires a sudden dance number through their banjo, bass, and washboard.
    • The Players (Digital, Blu-ray, DVD Exclusive) – Go behind-the-scenes with the stars of Asteroid City.
  • The Alien (Digital Exclusive) – Designers come up with the concept and Jeff Goldblum suits up in the costume to create the captivating look and mesmerizing movements of the movie’s extraterrestrial creature.
  • The Roadrunner (Digital Exclusive) – Get a peek at the planning, puppeteering, and careful camera positioning that animates an artificial animal with scene-stealing personality.
The Boogeyman Creeps onto Blu-ray October 10th

Rob Savage's horror film The Boogeyman based on Stephen King's short story of the same name will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 10. The film will be available at digital retailers on August 29th.

In this horror-thriller from the mind of Stephen King, two sisters — along with their therapist father — are reeling from their mother’s death. When a desperate patient comes to their home, he leaves behind a terrifying entity that feeds on its victims’ suffering.

The Boogeyman 

The Boogeyman 

The Blu-ray + Digital release will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and supplements include: 

  • Into the Darkness Featurette – Open the door into the dark world of The Boogeyman as the cast and crew share how the terrifying tale, based on Stephen King's classic short story, was crafted.
  • Outtakes – It’s not all just jump scares and bumps in the night. Join the cast for some lighthearted fun in the outtakes.

Pre-orders should be available soon and here is the full press release:


.“A THRILLING STEPHEN KING ADAPTATION” – Jonathan Sim, Coming Soon

The Boogeyman

Be the first to watch The Boogeyman when it arrives exclusively on Digital August 29 and Blu-ray™ and DVD October 10

Watch new spot here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_J276ZNi8c

BURBANK, CA (August 1, 2023) – Relive your most terrifying childhood fears when The Boogeyman, “the scariest horror film of the year” (Matt Donato, IGN) arrives at digital retail including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Fandango/Vudu on August 29 and on Blu-ray and DVD October 10. Horror fans can add the film to their movie collection and access exclusive bonus features including a behind-the-scenes look into director Rob Savage’s vision for this frightening tale along with outtakes and more.

Film Synopsis

In this horror-thriller from the mind of Stephen King, two sisters — along with their therapist father — are reeling from their mother’s death. When a desperate patient comes to their home, he leaves behind a terrifying entity that feeds on its victims’ suffering.

Bonus Features*

• Into the Darkness Featurette – Open the door into the dark world of The Boogeyman as the cast and crew share how the terrifying tale, based on Stephen King's classic short story, was crafted.

• Outtakes – It’s not all just jump scares and bumps in the night. Join the cast for some lighthearted fun in the outtakes.

*Bonus features vary by product and retailer    

Cast

Sophie Thatcher as Sadie Harper

Chris Messina as Will Harper

Vivien Lyra Blair as Sawyer Harper

Marin Ireland as Rita Billings

Madison Hu as Bethany

LisaGay Hamilton as Dr. Weller

David Dastmalchian as Lester Billings

Maddie Nichols as Natalie

Leeann Ross as Cassidy

Rio Machado as Anne

Shauna Rappold as Cara Harper

Cristala Carter as Detective Garland

Directed by

Rob Savage

Written by

Scott Beck

Bryan Woods

Mark Heyman

Produced by

Shawn Levy

Dan Levine

Dan Cohen

Music by

Patrick Jonsson

Based on the short story

“The Boogeyman” by Stephen King

Product Specifications

Release Date

Digital: August 29

Physical: October 10

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code), DVD

Feature Run Time

Approx. 98 minutes

Rating

U.S. Rated PG-13

* Rated PG-13 for terror, violent content, teen drug use and some strong language.

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 2.35:1

Physical: 2.35:1

Disc Size

Blu-ray: 50GB

DVD: 8.5GB

U.S. Audio

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

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

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

U.S. Subtitles

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

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

Someday I'm Gonna Make Great Machines That Fly - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide July 30, 2023

"Someday I'm gonna make great machines that fly. And me and my friends are gonna go flying together, into the forever and beautiful sky" - Rocket Raccoon, GOTG3

 

 Just like that, July closes out and August begins. This week gives us Guardians of the Galaxy 3, James Dean, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Bueller.. Bueller.. Bueller and more.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 9 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of July 30th - August 5th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Import Monday begins with another Japanese Artwork Steelbook, this one is for The Meg. As Japanese Artwork Editions go, this is about the most non-Japanese Artwork Edtion looking cover thus far.

 

 And this one shows sold out, a StudioCanal Vintage Classics Line release for Cross of Iron. You may be able to find this on Amazon US, Diabolik DVD or have to resort to the secondary market.

 On to Domestic Tuesday, and the new release this week is for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This one is available as a Standard Edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and as a Walmart Exclusive.

 

 Catalog titles next, let's begin with 2 Guns from Universal Pictures. Quite an all star cast on this one, and just like last week's slate, more Bill Paxton (minus the chickens)! There is also a SteelBook that has been added at the last second (no, Universal never adds them at the last second!)

 

 If you are not a Disney Movie Club Member and did not shop the secondary market, Cinderella (1950) now gets a general release. This one is also available as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Bippety Boppety Boo!

 

 And another pair of "Disney 100" SteelBooks are also available this week from Best Buy with Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Frozen.

 Let's talk classic film, or rather, a pair of them. First we get East of Eden, which stars Julie Harris, James Dean and Raymond Massey. When it comes to an expert opinion, I cannot do this film justice, so follow our link, read David's review, then purchase it via our link.

 

 And next, follow the same workflow for Rio Bravo which stars John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. Read the review, make that purchase!

 

 Next, a cult classic from Shout Factory, Clive Barker's Nightbreed.

 

 This next one is sort of a double-dip, a release from the Universal Essentials Collection, The Big Lebowski: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition. Finally, a swag-filled set for a favorite film. And just like 2 Guns, a SteelBook has been added at the last second.

 

 Next week, Fast X, Swamp Thing, Enter the Dragon and more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles include the (likely) region B locked import for Cross of Iron from StudioCanal and likely a region-free domestic release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 from Disney.

 I did mention it last week, this week's blu-ray calendar is an arid landscape. There are less than 10 actual previously unreleased skus.

 New release from Universal, not to be confused with that Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon film from decades ago with a similar title, we drop the word The and give you River Wild. Reading the synopsis of both, they do sound quite similar.

 

 Anime highlights include Black Summoner: The Complete Season and Vermeil in Gold - Complete Collection. Because we are really reaching, we will mention a few repackages here, Dragon Ball Z has new editions available; Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Season 8 and Season 9. And if you want the whole shebang in one box set, check out the Amazon Exclusive Set that is available too.

 

 How about a comedy/crime film with Tina Fey and Jon Hamm? Yeah, that would be Maggie Moore(s).

 From Shout Factory, Assault On Hill 400, a World War II based film.

 

 Import Friday features several Imprint Films Director Collections:

Directed By… Sidney J. Furie (1970 – 1978) – Imprint Collection #231 – #235

Directed By… Walter Hill (1975 – 2006) – Imprint Collection #164 – #169

Film Focus: Gene Hackman (1970 – 1977) – Imprint Collection #236 – #239

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Arrow Video has revealed their October slate. For the USA/Canada, look for Witness in both both blu-ray and 4K editions, The Iron-Fisted Monk blu-ray and The Desperate Hours blu-ray. For the UK, Hellraiser: Quartet of Torment in blu-ray and 4K edition, as well as an Arrow Video store exclusive, and The House by the Cemetery, both blu-ray and 4K editions, and, yup, an Arrow Video store exclusive too/

 Paramount will be releasing Scream 3 as a 4K and 4K SteelBook, as well as a Scream 4K trilogy. Seeing as how we just bought Scream VI, hopefully the studio fills in the gaps to our 4K library.

 Universal will be releassing American Graffiti to 4K and 4K SteelBook on November 17th, shortly after a theatrical run.

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



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