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May Your Collecting Be Merry - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec. 24, 2023

 If it is your thing, Merry Christmas! Perhaps you have already celebrated your respective holidays. Either way, this is the last full week of the calendar year and the release calendar is slowing down significantly. Like, VERY significantly. 

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

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Leading off the week, with the best title of the category, The Man In The Iron Mask gets a 4k Shout Select release. I think most of us know Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich, right?

 

If I posted a smaller cover art for the same movie, would that help understand how few titles there are this week? Yeah, probably not. Next week Criterion holds the gauntlet for having the only release of the week, a small hint, it resembles the name of the store clerk's name in The Simpsons.

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include. N o t h i n g,  n a d a,  z i l c h.

 New(ish) Western from Sony Pictures with Nicolas Cage, Butcher's Crossing.

 

 Anime highlights include Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution: Movie 3, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of the True Savior - Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fight and Overman King-Gainer: The Complete Series.

 

 From 88 Films and currently on the revised schedule to release Tuesday, The Inspector Wears Skirts, a martial arts action film. The sequel has been announced for a March release date.

 

 Time to upgrade that DVD of your for some 90s Bruce Willis action with Last Man Standing.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Given the holiday frame studios and labels start to go quiet ahead of Christmas so there wasn't anything really "new" announced we didn't already see coming the weeks ahead. 

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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?



2023's "Journey to Bethlehem" Treks to Blu-ray January 16th

The latest Christmas musical event about the birth of Christ casts the first stone for Blu-ray on January 16th

After entering and leaving theaters with little fanfare, Sony gives Adam Ander's Christmas musical some room in the barn to birth a miraculous physical media release. Here's the story as we all know it: A young woman carrying an unimaginable responsibility. A young man torn between love and honor. A jealous king who will stop at nothing to keep his crown. This live-action Christmas musical celebration for the entire family, weaves classic Christmas melodies with new pop songs in a music-infused retelling of the greatest story ever told, the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. A unique new entry into the collection of holiday classic movies, this epic Christmas musical is unlike any before it. 

Journey to Bethlehem - Blu-ray 

 

SPECIAL FEATURES
DVD & BLU-RAY™ 

  • Special Features
    • Meet Mary and Joseph
    • The Heart of The Journey to Bethlehem
    • Meet Fig
    • Meet Mary’s Sisters
    • Meet Antipater
    • Deleted Scenes: A Great Navigator
    • Deleted Scenes: Travel Montage
    • Deleted Scenes Joseph’s Catapult

CAST AND CREW
Directed by: Adam Anders
Screenplay by: Adam Anders & Peter Barsocchini
Produced by: Brandt Andersen, Adam Anders, Ryan Busse, Stephen Meinen, Alan Powell, Steve Barnett
Executive Producers: Vicky Patel, Peter Barsocchini, Nikki Anders
Cast: Fiona Palomo, Milo Manheim, Antonio Banderas, Omid Djalili, Rizwan Manji, Geno Segers, MŌRIAH, Joel Smallbone, Lecrae, Stephanie Gil

SPECS
Run Time: 98 minutes
Rating: PG for Thematic Elements
 
Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English & Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Journey to Bethlehem is now up for preorder - Happy Collecting!

It's a Sign, You've Been Chosen... to Shop From HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec. 17, 2023

 With our last full week before the Christmas holiday,  there are still several ways to lighten that wallet a bit. From James Cameron asking for more cash, (I'm a) Believer, Bloodlines, Kino Cult, JFK and more.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 29 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 17th - December 23rd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Just like last week, new releases first, sorted by Rotten Tomatoes ratings, new(ish) releases and then catalog titles.

 First up, with an RT score of 22 and an audience score of 59, The Exorcist: Believer from Warner Bros. This one comes as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook.

    

 

 If scores of 22/59 led the category, it only goes down from there. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines sees an RT score of 22 and an audience score of 45. I saw it on Paramount+ and think those ratings are a bit harsh, but to each their own.

 

 Listed at the top rated release of the week two weeks ago, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season Two gets a standard (non-SteelBook) release this week.

 On to the new(ish) release category, Avatar: The Way of Water gets a Collector's Edition. Is this the shortest time frame we have double-dipped on a James Cameron release? Don't get me wrong, with each dip we get a lot more.

 

 And now sort of bridging our way to catalog titles, the original Avatar also gets a Collector's Edition.

 

 And NOT a colector's edition, Avatar gets that SteelBook we should have seen in June when they also released The Way of Water to Best Buy SteelBook. This is the same transfer as the one in June as well, same extras and such. Some sites are posting it as the 'Collector's Edition', which, except for the SteelBook, it is not.

 

 Shout Factory has a pair of releases this week, Stephen King's The Dead Zone, directed by David Cronenberg. I had watched the TV series long before the movie, both are fun. Would love to see the TV series get an HD release as well (hello LionsGate, or boutique label).

 

 And, Oliver Stone's JFK. This one looks like a fat-pack, but the four discs more than anything give it that size. Still, I think the wait for 'that' edition is over with this release.

 

 How about a Kino Cult release, but in 4K? Underworld (1985) debuts this week.

 

 From Arrow Video, a fat-pack release for The Warriors. And just like a few other recent releases, the traditional cover art is available as an Arrow Store exclusive.

 

 Next week we have to  s p r e a d  o u r  w o r d s  a bit with just one single title on the docket. Maybe I will post a couple of extra pictures too.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include The Exorcist: Believer, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines and The Warriors.

 A loose counterpart, Avatar gets a remastered 3D special edition release.

 

  Some new, some reprints, MGM this week has AmericanEast, The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold, Eureka (1983) and The Rachel Papers.

 

 The Sandpiper label with the same mission, this week they release High Spirits, Invaders from Mars and The Sure Thing.

 LionsGate's thriller of the week is Rumble Through the Dark.

 

 Anime highlights include Carole & Tuesday (Limited Edition), Farming Life in Another World - Complete Collection, Masaaki Yuasa: Five Films and My Hero Academia: Season 6 Part 1.

 

  TV on disc this week brought to us from Kino Lorber includes Columbo: Seasons 1-7 and Monk: Season Two.

 

 Arrow Video has a box set for us this week, Savage Guns: Four Classic Westerns Vol 3.

 Shout Factory releases their next Shaw Brothers box set, Shaw Brothers Classics: Vol. Four.

 

 Worthy Mentions: Following the footsteps of the first most excellent box set release, Severin Films this week offers Danza Macabra Vol. Two: The Italian Gothic Collection.

 Meg Ryan 2023 romcom What Happens Later comes to us via Decal Releasing.

 And if you have been following the Kino Cult series, the next blu-ray of the series releases this week, that title is Sinner.

 The blu-ray category (unlike the 4K category) is actually quite normal next week, despite the Christmas holiday.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 For those that were waiting for the third movie, Beverly Hills Cop 3 in 4K has finally been announced for February 20th, as well as the trilogy, in 4K.

 Arrow Video has revealed its March 2024 slate. US/Canada title The Shootist, US/Canada/UK includes Dark Water 4K and Dark Water 4K (Arrow Video Store Exclusive), and the UK only title City of the Living Dead 4K. The latter title was already done in the USA by Synapse, with a couple of different options available.

 Criterion Collection has also revealed their March slate, for blu-rays, All the Beauty and The Bloodshed, The Runner and Saint Omer. For 4K and blu-ray editions, To Die For.

 

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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?



Done Shopping For Others? It's Time To Import Something Good For Yourself From Turbine's Holiday Sale

The price of importing can be a pain. Between exchange rates and shipping, you need to really want something when you order.
Germany's Turbine Medien is having a massive sale on some of their biggest hits. Sale ends 12/17/23! 

If you've been following Turbine's social posts, over the last couple of weeks they have been marking down a lot of their releases with some nice discounts. Each sale was a limited frame for a small selection of titles and you had to move fast before you missed out. But now that we're in the final run for the holiday shopping, Turbine is doing fans a huge favor by opening up all of the previous sale price deals on those select titles now through December 17th. We dug through the list and found some great gems that we had reviewed in the past that are well worth adding to the collection:

Television Series On Sale:

The Six Million Dollar Man 
Originally $87.99 - now only $65.99

  

The Bionic Woman  
Originally $87.99 - now only $58.99 

 

Now if you want both series, the deal gets really nice - 

The Bionic Box: Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman 
Originally $163.99 - now only $109.99

 

Northern Exposure: The Complete Series (Includes the correct music!)
Originally $87.99 - now only $58.36

 

4K UHD and Blu-rays On Sale:  

The Princess Bride - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Standard Edition)
Originally $28.99 - now only $18.99

 

An American Werewolf in London - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Standard Edition) 
Originally $38.99 - now only $25.99

 

Blu-ray Media Books Also Available:
An American Werewolf In London German Artwork Blu-ray Mediabook 
An American Werewolf In London German VHS Artwork Blu-ray Mediabook 

Candyman - 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray Mediabook Cover B
Originally $38.99 - now only $25.99

 

The Hills Have Eyes - 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray Mediabook Cover D
Originally $38.99 - now only $25.99

 

Henry: Portrait of the Serial Killer - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Mediabook Video Cover 
Originally $38.99 - now only $25.99

 

From a Whisper to a Scream - Blu-ray Mediabook The Offspring Cover 
Originally $43.99 - now only $24.99

 

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Standard Edtion)
Originally $34.99 - now only $23.99

 

Leatherface - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Standard Edition)
Originally $27.99 - now only $18.99

 

Other cool stuff we saw on sale that we haven't reviewed:

The Return of the Killer Tomatoes Blu-ray Mediabook Cover D

Death Machine Blu-ray 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Uncut Triple Feature Blu-ray (TCM, TCM 2, & Leatherface) 

Bad Boys 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Mediabook 

And there's a whole lot more on sale, but these were the real highlights of titles we've either reviewed personally or would love to add to the collection. Again the sale ends December 17th so grab the good stuff while you can. 

Happy Collecting!

You Really Didn't Need Money For Christmas Anyway - HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec. 10, 2023

 We did warn you last week, there is no other way to say it, this week's ultrahd (and blu-ray) guide may be ultra-dangerous to your wallets. We have a couple of notable imports, Cowabunga! (pizza sold separately), more Disney+ to disc, FNAF, Netflix movie to disc, and a ton more, and that's just 4K. Blu-rays are also coming out the ears with more than 60 titles.

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 28 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 10th - December 16th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Import Monday kicks off with a new release first, The Wandering Earth II as a UK SteelBook from Cine-Asia. According to their FaceBook page, there will be an English dub on this release, just like their prior blu-ray release. It is unknown at this time if Well Go USA will follow through with a 4K release in the near future, but for now they have just a blu-ray scheduled.

 

 Next, not a long wait from the Part 1 release, Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water: Part 2 is available on Monday.

 After a short delay, Child's Play Collection from Arrow UK is also available on Monday. Read the disclaimer before buying. It's a nice looking set, adding a 4K disc from Shout Factory for the first movie would be a pretty simple solution.

 Delayed until January, Second Sight's release of High Tension. Maybe by then Criterion (or LionsGate) will also announce a US release.

 On to domestic releases, and starting with new releases first, and sorted by Rotten Tomatoes rankings seems the be a good way to proceed.

 If you were ready to shout cowabunga!, you were correct in the rankings. Scoring at 96%, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. This one is available as a Standard Edition, a Standard SteelBook Edition and as a Walmart Exclusive SteelBook Edition. Odd that both SteelBooks have the same cover art, but that's OK.

   

 

 Next, another streaming exclusive coming to disc, Disney's The Mandalorian, which gets a RT score of 90%. This series is available as a SteelBook, season sold separately, Season One and Season Two.

    

 

 Next, scoring a 66 at RT, sci-fi/war film The Creator, available via 20th Century Studios.

 

 The final new release of the week is Five Nights at Freddy's. This one scored a 31 at RT, but audiences felt it was an 87. It's that critic<>average Joe disparity we are seeing here. Work of art, NO, fun film, YES.

 

 How about a new(ish) release section this week?

 Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio comes to us from Netflix and via the Criterion Collection.

 

 And another streaming to disc feature, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story comes to us from The Roku Channel and via Shout Factory. Thank me for this release, I imported the Umbrella Entertainment version way back when.

 Now for catalog titles, Clue (1985) comes to us via Shout Factory. 

 

 Kino Lorber has a pair of releases this week, John Woo's action/crime film Face/Off, and the horror/mystery Suspect Zero.

 

 Well Go USA has 4K upgrades of The Man from Nowhere and The Wailing.

 Decal Releasing is offering up Oldboy (2003/Directed by Park Chan-wook) on a Collector's 4K disc as well that looks very much like an A24 shop release. Previous blu-ray releases did contain English dubs, so there is a good chance this one will as well.

 

 From Sony Pictures, Spike Lee's School Daze: 35th Anniversary.

 

 Arrow Video's The Warriors got a pushback to December 19th.

 Turbine Media Group has The Last Emperor available on Friday in several different options.

 Next week, Believer, Bloodlines, Kino Cult, JFK, more Avatar!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, The Mandalorian: The Complete First Season, The Complete Second Season, The CreatorFive Nights at Freddy's, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and Suspect Zero.

 Sony Pictures has the 2023 comedy/drama Dumb Money this week.

 

 New this week from Paramount, PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie. Glad to see a blu-ray of this and not DVD only, unlike the two most recent live-action Monster High movies. This isn't 1995, our big screens demand blu-ray or better, thank you.

 

 From the Warner Archive this week, Anna Christie, Gentleman Jim, The Great Ziegfeld, Looney Tunes Collector's Choice: Volume 2, Madame Bovary, A Midwinter's Tale, Saving Grace and Tarzan, the Ape Man.

 

 Anime highlights include A Couple of Cuckoos Season 1 Part 2, I'm the Villainess So I'm Taming the Final Boss and One Piece - Collection 33.

 

 From Criterion this week, The Red Balloon and Other Stories: Five Films by Albert Lamorisse.

 Debuting to blu-ray via Arrow Video, The Day of the Locust.

 

 Arrow Video Shaw Brothers sets this week include Shaw Brothers Presents: The Basher Box, Shaw Brothers Presents: Four Films by Chang Cheh and Shaw Brothers Presents: Four Films by Lau Kar-Leung.

 If you have been piecing it together one at a time, this week Shout Factory has Shaun The Sheep: The Complete Series.

 

 Worthy mention: If you seek all things 3D, this week Kino Lorber releases The Man Who Wasn't There to the format. As before, digital 3D and analyph.

 Next week in the blu-ray category, a return to normal volume.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 I won't say NOTHING happened last week, but it was slow, as expected for the time of year. Lots of onesie twosie reveals, mostly from boutique labels.

 

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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?



Dumb Money The GameStop Story Blu-ray Announced and Detailed for December 12

The comedy/drama based on the Book “The Antisocial Network” by Ben Mezrich and starring Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, and Seth Rogen arrives on Blu-ray on December 12.

Digital is already available.

Dumb Money is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall video game store) into the world’s hottest company. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich – until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down.

Dumb Money - Blu-ray

Dumb Money 

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

  • Fat Cats vs. The Roaring Kitty
  • Diamond Hand Ensemble
  • Join the Cast & Discover the Insane True Story!
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Filmmaker Commentary

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


.

BANK ON HUMOR 
DEBUTS AT HOME
“HILARIOUS AND WILDLY ENTERTAINING.” 
-    JOHN NUGENT / EMPIRE
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL NOW AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD DECEMBER 12 
SYNOPSIS
Dumb Money is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall video game store) into the world’s hottest company. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich – until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down. 
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
BLU-RAY™, DVD, and DIGITAL  
  • Fat Cats vs. The Roaring Kitty
  • Diamond Hand Ensemble
  • Join the Cast & Discover the Insane True Story!
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Filmmaker Commentary
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: Craig Gillespie
Written by: Lauren Schuker Blum & Rebecca Angelo
Based on the Book: “The Antisocial Network” by Ben Mezrich
Produced by: Aaron Ryder, Teddy Schwarzman, Craig Gillespie
Executive Producers: Michael Heimler, John Friedberg, Andrew Swett, Johnny Holland, Ben Mezrich, Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, Kevin Ulrich
Cast: Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, and Seth Rogen
SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 105 Mins.
Rating: R. Pervasive Language, Sexual Material, and Drug Use. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Guardian.

Blu-ray™: 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1 • Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English - Audio Description Tracks 5.1 Dolby Digital  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Mastered in High Definition • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.
 
DVD: 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen • Audio: English, English - Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish • Color • Some of The Information Listed May Not Apply To Special Features.
My Collection Will Grow On -- HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Dec. 3, 2023

 You really didn't expect a slowdown in titles the week after what many merchants now call Cyber Week, did you? This week offers the final Indiana Jones with Harrison Ford, another season of Strange New Worlds, James Cameron's Titanic, and more! Which disc are you buying this week and which edition of Titanic will it be?

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 27 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of December 3rd - December 9th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 There are three new release titles this week, no doubt overshadowed by the behemoth of the week, Titanic. So before we get to that, let's list the new releases by order of Rotten Tomatoes scores.

 The adventures of Captain Christopher Pike and crew continues with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season Two from Paramount Entertainment. This initial release is in a SteelBook package while the standard case got pushed back to a later date next month.

 

 Next, decent scores from audiences and critics alike, Disney releases Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which is available as a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Walmart Exclusive Edition.

    

 

 And the third new release this week is The Kill Room, distributed by Shout Factory, which according to RT got barely better than 50% among critics and audiences. Having not seen it, I gotta ask, how many times does Samuel L Jackson say his signature phrase?

 

 And now on to catalog titles, and back to our original question, which version of James Cameron's Titanic will you be buying this week? The Standard Edition or the Limited Edition? My Heart Will Go On, and My Collection Will Grow On as well! In two more weeks, we get special editions of both Avatar movies, then in March 2024 we finally see Cameron's other long-awaited 4K releases.

 

 From Warner Bros, The Color Purple with Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg with Oprah Winfrey. As recent Warner Bros cover arts go, this one is pretty decent, they have had a few hideous ones.

 

 When you see a Richard Gere movie what do you think? If you said Romance, you're on track this week to buy Days of Heaven from the Criterion Collection.

 

 From Universal, 2016 comedy Office Christmas Party.

 

 From Shout Factory, Point Break (1991), available as a Standard Collector's Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

     

 

 Also from Shout Factory this week, a Collector's Edition of Silver Bullet.

 

 Another Sony Pictures Dolby Vision in SteelBook case upgrade, this time Stand by Me.

 

 Last 4K title of the week, Young Guns from Lionsgate. This one is available as a Standard Edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook. Any hopes for the sequel to this movie to get released on 4K goes to Sony Pictures as they own the rights to it.

 

 

 Next week's ultra 4K UHD calendar is Ultra-Harmful to your wallet with a couple of notable imports, Cowabunga!, more Disney+ to disc, FNAF, Netflix movie to disc, and a ton more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases include Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season Two, with a standard edition and a SteelBook edition, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and The Kill Room.

 The rest of this category is somewhat slow, but there is also an Imprint Films Friday this week.

 From Criterion Collection, the 1961 crime/thriller Blast of Silence.

 

 TV on disc this week includes Babylon 5: The Complete Series, Creepshow: Season 4, Northern Exposure: The Complete Series and The Odd Couple: The Complete Series.

 

 Anime highlights include Bibliophile Princess Complete Collection and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth. And if you got a spare $550 laying around, Code Geass - Collector's Edition (CrunchyRoll Store Exclusive).

 Sandpiper has a few reprints of previously out of print releases, Blacula, Breakin', Breakin 2 and Thunder Road.

 

 Special Interest title this week, A Disturbance in the Force. A documentary about a made for TV special that much of society wants to forget. And there is the group that wants everything there is to do about it.

 Imprint Films' November batch is available on Amazon US on Friday, titles for the month are:

>The Man in Half Moon Street (1945) – Imprint

 Just like the 4K category, next week will be quite painful to your wallet if you shop blu-rays.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Last week was a week in which final details were posted for various releases. Slow overall though.

 Paramount has revealed that Beverly Hills Cop 3 will be hitting 4K disc in February. The completionist in me says I am grateful, even if it wasn't (in my opinion) the best of the series. Also, Footloose is on track for a 4K release in February as well.

 Netflix series Wednesday: The Complete First Season will be coming to blu-ray early 2024. Hopefully this is in early initial sneak peek and they (Warner bros) also does a 4K release.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

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



Wanda's Vision: You Will Buy Every Disc in HDD's 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide Nov. 26, 2023

 Resist all you want, you will buy every disc featured in this guide. You cannot escape fate.

 With the holiday meal in your rearview, this week offers up Wandavision, Barbarella, Tremors 2, The Sandman Season 1, The Monster Squad and so much more, what's on your dessert plate this Cyber Monday week?

 Welcome to Volume 4 Episode 26 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of November 26th - December 2nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 New releases this week actually consist of two television shows that originated on streaming services. Both of these are available on streaming with Dolby Vision, but the disc is in HDR10. A bit frustrating, but the discs should still look better.

 First, Disney+ series WandaVision: The Compete Series.

 

 And Second, Netflix series The Sandman: The Complete First Season and brought to us via Warner Bros..

 

 On to catalog titles, somewhat alphabetically, somewhat by label.

 From Arrow Video, a trio of releases, with several choices. First, Barbarella, the adventure/sci-film starring Jane Fonda. If you prefer an original poster cover version instead, you can get that from Arrow Video's Storefront.

 

 Also from Arrow Video, Tremors 2. Again, a less teal colored cover art is available from the Arrow Video Store directly.

 

 And lastly, somewhat of an oddity from Arrow Video, Michael Mann's Blackhat. What made it odd is that it appeard to have gotten a release, but then was held back so that they could add the Director's Cut to the blu-ray pack-in. Follow our link, read the review and decide for yourself. It has Michael Mann going for it, a blind buy by me.

 

 Boutique label Severin Films has general releases of Count Dracula (1970) with Christopher Lee and 'cult/eurotrash' films Zombie Holocaust / Doctor Butcher M.D..

 Shout Factory has Death Wish (2018) and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie coming to 4K disc this week.

 

 Another well known boutique label, Vinegar Syndrome has 4 general release titles this week, Blood Sucking Freaks, East End HustleMark of the Devil and Mother's Day.

 Team Kino Lorber keeps pumping them out, this week look for The Monster Squad.

 

 Paramount has a little comedy for ya with The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! starring Leslie Nielsen. Bring on the rest, and Airplane! while we are it it.

 

  And the final 4K of the week, Discotek has Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994).

 Next week might have fewer titles, but it doesn't mean a break for your wallet any time soon. The latest Indiana Jones, another season of Strange New Worlds, James Cameron's Titanic, and more!

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above 4K releases includes WandaVision: The Compete Series, The Sandman: The Complete First Season, Barbarella, Tremors 2, Blackhat and The Monster Squad. That's quite a few actually.

 There are a lot of blu-ray titles to get through this week, but almost every one of them is special interest. Here are some of the highlights.

 From 20th Century Studios, A Haunting in Venice. The other two films of this series got 4K discs, just another frustration to air.

 

 TV on disc includes Ancient Aliens Season 18, Monk: Season One and World on Fire: Season Two.

 

 Anime highlights include Crying Freeman The Animated OVA Series, Fist of the North Star the Legends of the True Savior: Legend of Yuria/Legend of Toki and Management of a Novice Alchemist.

 The Kino label has a few special edition releases this week, mostly upgrades in the bitrates (BD50 disc instead of BD25) and inclusion of a slipcover. Titles include The Carpetbaggers, The Conformist, The Emerald Forest, The Last Tycoon and Valmont.

 

 As far as a Friday release, Amazon US will have Frank Herbert's Dune: Complete Collection available from Umbrella Entertainment.

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 As expected, last week was a slow week for announcement news.

 Universal has a pair of announcements, The Exorcist: Believer will be released on December 19th, while Five Nights at Freddy's will release on December 12th. These are nearly zero-day announcements, as usual.

 Our Amazon links for James Cameron's December batch of Avatar releases are live. Do check out the article for a refresher.

 Arrow Video has revealed their February slate. For North America, blu-ray releases of Fear is the Key and The Shaolin Plot. For the UK, 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers in both 4K and blu-ray formats. Body Snatchers was done by Kino Lorber in 2021, the Arrow release of course offers the familiar fat-pack format. Other than that, it is unknown if the AV presentation will be any different.

 We have also filled in the blanks on a couple of upcoming Kino 4K releases as details have become available.

 

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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?



Roger Corman's The Devil's Partner Double Feature Blu-ray Bound January 16

Film Masters' next title in The Filmgroup series features Roger Corman's 1961 horror cult classic The Devil's Partner newly restored in 4K and will be available on Blu-ray on January 16.

The release will also include Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961) plus a new interview with the legendary Roger Corman.

Release synopsis:

Corman and his brother, Gene, founded The Filmgroup to distribute their own films. While the company did produce the majority of its films, including the cult classic Creature From the Haunted Sea, it also occasionally acquired projects by other filmmakers, as is the case with The Devil's Partner (1961). From director Charles R. Rondeau, the film is a macabre tale of an elderly man who regains his youth after making a deal with the devil.  During the summer and fall of 1961, the two films were often paired as a double feature.

Half Man, Half Beast, He Sold his Soul for PassionDirector/actor Edgar Buchanan (best known as Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction) appears in this supernatural thriller about an old codger trying to reclaim his youth, employing black magic to lure a woman away from his rival. The film also stars Jean Allison, Richard Crane and Ed Nelson. This well-crafted, independent feature has been hailed for its atmosphere and as a pioneering film in the devil worshiping subgenre made popular in the ‘70s.

Made in 1958, The Devil’s Partner languished with no release date until it was picked up and distributed by The Filmgroup, becoming a steady presence on the drive-in circuit, often appearing in tandem with Creature from Haunted Sea, another Corman classic from the golden age of drive-in schlock.

This spoof of spy/gangsters/monster movies stars Anthony Carbone as a gangster and smuggler who decides to kill members of the ship’s bungling crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn’t know is that the creature is actually out there!  Also starring Betsy Jones-Moreland and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown) under the pseudonym Edward Wain.

The film was conceived when Corman finished shooting The Last Woman on Earth in Puerto Rico and discovered he had enough film left over to make another film. He enlisted long-time associate Charles B. Griffith, who—legend goes—had six days to write the script. Ever the pragmatist when it came to budget, Corman recruited locals to appear in this film as extras.

The Devil's Partner + Creature From The Haunted Sea Double Feature 

The Devil's Partner (1961) + Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961) Double Feature 

The Blu-ray presents both films in their theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 plus 1.37:1 television format and supplements include: 

  • Commentary for The Devil’s Partner by Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold of the Monster Party podcast
  • Theatrical-length commentary for Creature From the Haunted Sea is by fan favorite Tom Weaver, with contributions from Roger Corman, Kinta Zertuche and Larry Blamire
  • Ballyhoo Motion Pictures contributes Hollywood Intruders: The Filmgroup Story with Part III of the story, as well as their new interview with Roger Corman on the formation of The Filmgroup
  • Recut trailers, based on the original theatrical trailers; original Creature From the Haunted Sea theatrical trailer (from 16mm archival elements scanned in 4k)
  • Weaver also provides the liner notes for the film plus there will be a full essay for The Devil’s Partner by author Mark McGee.

Pre-orders for The Devil's Partner (1961) + Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961) Double Feature are up 

Want more Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episodes - Of Course You Do!

Leave no schlocky film untouched. Leave no riff behind. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 14 is coming and you can help make it happen while enjoying the classic MST3K Turkey Day Marathon! 

As we mentioned in our review of the Kickstarter Backer-exclusive of MST3K Season 13, this beloved cult classic show has survived and endured for decades. Moving from one network to another, moving from one streaming service to its own dedicated online theater, this show has gone on for thirty-five years and thirteen hilarious seasons. Like recent past seasons, a new crowdfunding effort is underway to fund Season 14. How many episodes will we get? Well, that’s all up to you and the rest of the Misties out there. 

Just like past efforts, depending on if the campaign reaches $4.8 million, $6.1 million, or $7.4 million, fans will be able to enjoy either 6, 9, or 12 new episodes! On top of that we get new shorts, and more “surgically enhanced” classic episodes. If you’ve spent any time around the Gizmoplex, you may have noticed some of the classic episodes are curiously looking a little better these days - and that’s why. Not only could we get more new episodes but our past favorites can undergo a bit of a restoration effort so they’re in better shape than those tape masters of old. 

Series creator and steward for this new generation of MST3K Joel Hodgson has already announced three of the intended targets for the new season - and they’re not resting on their laurels. As confirmed over at Movieweb, this next season will take on Roger Corman’s 1978 dystopian sci-fi B-movie gem Deathsport starring David Carradine and Playboy’s Claudia Jennings. Next up is another Corman classic and cult favorite Battle Beyond the Stars! But for the third announced film, they’re taking on the mother of all incredibly entertaining bad movies - Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space! 

But those fan contributions are needed to get these (and hopefully many more new episodes) made. Moving away from Kickstarter to Showmaker, Joel and the crew behind the new MST3K have a new home for their crowdfunding effort. Click the SOL to see for yourself. 

Now you can simply give a few bucks to help the cause, or you can sign up for a slew of perks and swag items to score you some sweet, sweet MST3K goodies or get exclusive access to production meetings or even set visits! There are digital-only options, Gizmoplex memberships, Sticker sets, Magnet sets, pins, hats, and of course, you can pre-order the Season 14 DVD or Blu-ray box set with proceeds going directly to the production. No fussy “backer level” unlocks to get certain items, you can pick and choose what you want (or nothing and just give them monies) and that’s how you help fund the next season! 

And keeping with tradition - the MST3k Turkey Day Marathon will be underway this Thursday for a special 48-hour 24-episode run. So when you’re taking a break from stuffing your face and/or watching the Lions wipe the turf with the Packers (sorry Greenbay fans), you can click into your favorite streaming outlet and watch classic and recent episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It should be streaming on their various channels, but you add the ShoutTV app to your smart television or set box. You can go right to the MST3K website or you can check this handy chart for app availability:

That’s all the news that’s fit to print fellow misties. Remember to turn your lights down where necessary and share the tapes. Maybe this time next week we'll be celebrating the news that we've got more episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the way! 

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