My Two Cents: Blu-ray/DVD News Catch-up – Universal to restore 15 silent films, plus Olive's July Slate & more http://t.co/ic656p7DFE
20th Century Fox has set the CG-animated Freebirds for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 2/4, followed by Paranoia on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 2/24, and The Book Thief on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 3/11.
Meanwhile, Sony has set the cheesy Syfy movie Beast of the Bering Sea for DVD only release on 3/25.
On the classic TV front, CBS has set Petticoat Junction: The Official Third Season and The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fourth Season for DVD only release on 4/15.
MPI Home Video has set Abdallah Omeish’s The War Around Us for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 5/6.
I believe we’ve mentioned this before, but Warner has set Paramount’s Funny Face and Sabrina for Blu-ray release on 4/8.
The BBC is releasing the first season of its new Atlantis TV series on Blu-ray and DVD here in the States on 3/18.
Magnet has set Here Comes the Devil for Blu-ray on 3/18.
And in other news, this would normally go in The Rumor Mill but it’s quick so I’ll post it here: Word from our studio sources is that Warner’s long-awaited Looney Tunes: Platinum Collection – Volume 3 Blu-ray set is being prepared for release sometime later this year. I suspect Jerry Beck’s probably commented on this over at his excellent Cartoon Research site or on Cartoon Brew. Now if we could just get WHV to do a Compleat Tex Avery BD set, we’d really be in business.
And in other news today, Home Media has posted the results of a recent Harris poll of consumers that indicates most people still like to buy and rent their media content on disc. No surprise there.
And arstechnica has posted a interesting piece on this new trend in curved display screens seen at CES this year. Is it mostly a gimmick, or can it offer real benefits? The answers seem to be: Yes, and maybe in very specific situations. More here.
We’ll leave you today with a look at more hot new Blu-ray cover artwork. Here’s Warner’s Sorcerer (due 4/22 and now available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking on the cover), Fox’s updated The Book Thief art (3/11), Spike Lee’s Oldboy from Sony (3/4), History’s Big History (3/11), and Universal’s Far and Away and Fried Green Tomatoes (both 3/4)…
- Bill Hunt