Category Archives: New on Blu-ray & DVD

Podcast #197 – ‘Knight of Cups’, ‘Cabin Fever’, ‘Everest 3D’ and More!

Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett in Terrence Malik's Knight of Cups.
Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups.

Steve Head and John Black discuss the new theatrical and home video releases: Knight of Cups, London Has Fallen, Zootopia, Miles Ahead, Cabin Fever (2016), American Horror Project Vol. 1, Everest 3D, Out of the Inferno, Death by Hanging and more!

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Podcast #196 – ‘Gods of Egypt’, ‘Kung Fu Master!’, ‘Lady Snowblood’ and More!

Meiko Kaji in Toshiya Fujita's Lady Snowblood.
Meiko Kaji in Toshiya Fujita’s Lady Snowblood.

Steve Head and John Black discuss the new theatrical and home video releases: Gods of Egypt, Kung Fu Master!, Mark of the Devil, Nikkatsu Diamond Guys, The American Dreamer, Pressure Point, Lady Snowblood, Pet Shop of Horrors, Paris Belongs to Us, Serial and God’s Club.

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Podcast #195 – ‘The Witch’, ‘Deadpool’, ‘5-25-77’ and More!

John Francis Daley as Pat in Patrick Reed Johnson's 5-25-77.
John Francis Daley as Pat in Patrick Reed Johnson’s 5-25-77.

Steve Head and John Black discuss the new theatrical and home video releases: The Witch, Deadpool, Race, Risen, 5-25-77, The Beauty Inside on Blu-ray, Steve Jobs on Blu-ray, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Second Season on DVD, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray, In the Basement on DVD, Bridge of Spies on Blu-ray, Extraordinary Tales on Blu-ay and Downhill Racer on Blu-ray.

We also discuss the new film-related books: Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber edited by Robert Polito, Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit by Garry Apgar and the novelization of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (now on Netflix) by Justin Hill.

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‘Goodfellas’ 4k Scan Coming to Blu-ray

Warner Bros. Home Video will release a new 4k scan of Goodfellas on Blu-ray on May 5, 2015. The HD mastered scan, supervised by Martin Scorsese, is from the original camera negative. The disc will include the prior Blu-ray release’s special features, in addition to a new documentary featuring interviews with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Harvey Keitel and Martin Scorsese.

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‘I Am Steve McQueen’ Documentary Coming to Blu-ray and DVD

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Shout! Factory has a cool new announcement today. The company will release the documentary I Am Steve McQueen on Blu-ray and DVD on April 14, 2105.

The 90-minute film, which premiered last year on the Spike TV network, has its share of stars commenting on the life and legacy of Steve McQueen. It’s narrated by Robert Downey Jr., and features appearances by: Robert Vaughn (McQueen’s co-star in Bullitt), Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Miller, Randy Couture, stuntwoman Zoë Bell, and Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.

It also features interviews with those closest to McQueen: his former wives Ali MacGraw, Neile Adams McQueen, and Barbara Minty McQueen; his son Chad McQueen; his grandson Steven McQueen; and his granddaughter Molly McQueen. All of this combined with rare interviews with McQueen himself and archival footage.

Bonus features on the disc include the featurettes McQueen’s Garage – Cars, Planes and Motorcycles and Steve McQueen’s Yucatan – McQueen’s Passion Project.

And let’s not forget the all-important audio-visual stats… Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1 and Dolby Digital Stereo.

Cool.

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‘The Sound of Music’ 50th Anniversary Blu-ray/CD Release and TCM Gala Screening Set

© 20th Century Fox
© 20th Century Fox

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, and Fox Home Entertainment is intent to make the most of it. The company will release The Sound of Music: 5-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition 50th Anniversary Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Set on March 10.

The set will include 13 hours of bonus features, with its centerpiece being a new documentary: The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg – in which Ms. Andrews revisits the film’s scenic locations, including Modessee Abbey, Nonnberg Abbey and the steps at Mirabell Gardens, where she and the children performed “Do-Re-Mi.” Featurettes on the disc will focus on movie’s legacy, its music and the real-life von Trapp family.

And something that’s sure to please soundtrack collectors, the set will also include an exclusive CD soundtrack featuring the FULL film score with never-before released tracks and 8 international bonus tracks never released in the US.

Continuing Fox’s recognition of The Sound of Music‘s 50th anniversary, a restored print of the film will open the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles on March 26. Ms. Andrews and Christopher Plummer will be in attendance and participate in a post-screening Q&A with Turner Classic Movies’ host Robert Osborne. The film will then screen nationwide on April 19 and 22 via Fox’s partnership with Fathom Events.

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© Fox Home Entertainment

‘Love at First Bite’ and ‘Once Bitten’ Coming to Blu-ray

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Scream Factory has a new title announcement today. The company will release Love at First Bite (1979) and Once Bitten (1985) as a double feature Blu-ray. The disc will be available on February 10th, 2015.

Bonus features on the disc include the theatrical trailer and radio spots for Love at First Bite, and the theatrical trailer for Once Bitten.

You can pre-order it at Shout Factory HERE.

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ICYMI: Synapse Films’ ‘Prom Night: Special Edition’ on Blu-ray

Jamie Lee Curtis in 'Prom Night.'
Jamie Lee Curtis in ‘Prom Night.’

In case you missed it, Synapse films has a cool new Blu-ray title… Prom Night: Special Edition. Director Paul Lynch’s 1980 slasher classic has been given the premium treatment.  According to Synapse Films, it was “remastered and restored in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative with an all-new 5.1 surround mix.”

Bonus features on the disc include…

  • 5.1 Surround Remix Specifically Created for This Release (Original 2.0 Mono Included)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Paul Lynch and Screenwriter William Gray
  • The Horrors of Hamilton High: The Making of ‘Prom Night’ – Featurette
  • Collection of Additional Scenes Added for Television Broadcast
  • Never-Before-Seen Outtakes from “Prom Night”
  • Motion Still Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer & Television Spots
  • English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The disc is available for $24.95 and can be ordered here: Synapse-Films.com

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Director: Paul Lynch
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, Eddie Benton, Casey Stevens
Runtime: 92 minutes

Summary: Four Hamilton High seniors are hiding a terrible secret. What happened to Robin Hammond six years ago was a game that turned into a horrible tragedy, and someone saw what they did… someone waiting for gruesome revenge! Wearing a black hood and wielding an axe, a killer brutally slaughters the teenagers one by one at their high school prom. As the spotlight falls on the newly crowned prom king and queen, the psychopath will show everyone his new favorite game to play…

Kino Lorber to Release Chuck Norris’ ‘Eye for an Eye’ on Blu-ray

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Kino Lorber Studio Classics put forth an interesting new title announcement today. The company will release Chuck Norris’ 1981 film An Eye for an Eye on Blu-ray in June.

The disc will feature an audio commentary by director Steve Carver (Lone Wolf McQuade, Big Bad Mama).

It will be available for pre-order at: KinoLorber.com

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Sony Expedites Home Video Release of ‘The Interview’

 James Franco, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen on set of Columbia Pictures´ 'The Interview.'

James Franco, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen on set of Columbia Pictures´ ‘The Interview.’

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is moving quickly with The Interview. In the wake of the film’s much-publicized theatrical and VOD release, Sony has set February 17th for the debut of The Interview on Blu-ray and DVD.

The disc, subtitled The Freedom Edition, will have a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Blu-ray and $14.99 for the DVD.

As for bonus features, the disc will include a commentary by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Franco; an episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid” featuring Seth Rogen; a gag reel; and Randal Park’s (Kim Jog-un) audition tape.

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