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Kino’s Outer Limits: Season 1 on Blu on 3/27, plus a Blade Runner 2049 3D review & Shout!Takes

January 26, 2018 - 2:54 pm   |   by
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We’re closing out the week here with some good release news and another Blu-ray review for you. First the review…

I’ve given Warner’s Blade Runner 2049 an in-depth look on Blu-ray 3D, a solid disc that’s Best Buy-exclusive but that’s also rather hard to find at the moment. It seems to be shipping in low quantities, as many of the retailer’s stores don’t have the disc in stock and you can’t currently find it for sale on their website either. In any case, you can read my thoughts here.

In announcement news today, Kino has set a pair of classic Gloria Swanson silent comedies, both directed by Allan Dwan, for release on Blu-ray on 4/10 as part of their Studio Classics line-up. They include Manhandled (1924) and Stage Struck (1925). Each is mastered from recent 2K scans, and will include audio commentaries, booklet essays, and accompanying piano scores. [Read on here…]

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But here’s the big announcement: Kino has just officially set The Outer Limits: Season One for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/27. This is the first time the series has been released on Blu-ray, this as a 7-disc set (SRP $99.95). The series has been released on DVD previously by MGM, but this new edition will be an 8-disc set. Not only will the sets include all 32 episodes (presented in brand new HD masters), you’ll get no less than 24 audio commentary tracks by leading film historians (including the likes of David J. Schow, Tim Lucas, Craig Beam, Dr. Reba Wissner, Gary Gerani, Michael Hyatt, and Steve Mitchell), along with a 40-page booklet featuring an essay by Schow and an episode guide to the series. You can see what the packaging will look like here (click on the image to pre-order it on Amazon.com)…

The Outer Limits: Season One (Blu-ray Disc)

Also today, Severin Films has just announced that they’re working on a first-ever Blu-ray edition of Peter Medak’s The Changeling (1980) for release later this year.

In 4K news, it appears that the street date for 20th Century Fox’s animated Ferdinand will be 3/13 on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD, based on information from retail sources.

Finally today, we’d like to call your attention to a great new podcast series being produced the good folks at Shout! Factory. It’s called Shout!Takes, hosted by our old friend Brian Ward, and it offers fans the chance to hear great additional behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes on some of your favorite films and TV series, culled from unused interview material shot by Shout!’s producers for use in their Blu-ray and DVD titles. You can find it on the Shout! Factory website and also here in iTunes. The latest interview features Megan Ward talking about Dark Skies. Do give it a listen; we think you’ll enjoy it.

And that’s all for this week. See you back here on Monday with more. Stay tuned…!

- Bill Hunt

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