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Monday, 06 March 2017 15:38

Logan BD/4K pre-orders, new Shout/Scream, Split official, Terminator 2 3D & more, plus Robert Osborne RIP

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Afternoon, folks. We’re starting off the new week with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you to enjoy. Tim Salmons has turned in his look at Scream Factory’s The Legend of Hell House and longtime Bits veteran Todd Doogan has returned with a look at Kino Lorber’s terrific new One Million Years B.C. Blu-ray. Both are well worth your time, so be sure to check them out.

In release news today, first up a biggie: 20th Century Fox’s Logan is now available for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD pre-order on Amazon (via the links in this sentence and also the temp cover artwork below). We hear it’s pretty damn good, so go check it out in theaters and use our links to pre-order (we appreciate it!) if you enjoy the film. [Read on here…]

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Also, Lionsgate has just set Orange is the New Black: Season Four for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/9.

Universal has officially set M. Night Shyamalan’s Split for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/18. It doesn’t appear that a 4K release is in the cards at the moment.

HBO will release Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/11.

Scream Factory has announced that they’re releasing Island of Terror (1966) and The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray on 6/20. Also coming that day is The Paul Naschy Collection, a 5-disc Blu-ray set that will include Vengeance of the Zombies, Horror Rises from the Tomb, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Human Beasts, and Night of the Werewolf. Scream also has The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), The Angry Red Planet (1959), and The Evictors (1979) coming to Blu-ray on 6/27. And on 6/13, look for The Alienator (1990) on Blu-ray.

Meanwhile, Shout! Factory has just revealed some new Shout Select titles for release in June, including Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980) and Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), both of which are TBA for release that month, as well as Car Wash (1976) on 6/20 and Tresspass (1992) on 6/27.

Cleopatra will release Starlight, starring Denis Lavant and Iggy Pop, on Blu-ray on 5/9.

Universal has officially set A Dog’s Purpose for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/2, with a Digital HD release expected on 4/18. Extras will include deleted scenes, outtakes, and a pair of featurettes. Universal will also release The Resurrection of Gavin Stone on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/2.

Severin Films has set Bruno Mattei’s The Other Hell and Mariano Baino’s Dark Waters for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/11.

Olive Films has set Walerian Borowczyk’s Goto Isle of Love, Ophelia, Blanche, and Theater of Mr. & Mrs. Kabal for Blu-ray release on 4/25, along with The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers.

And Kino Lorber has revealed that Bud Yorkin’s Inspector Clouseau (1968) and Blake Edwards’ Son of the Pink Panther (1993) are coming soon to Blu-ray. We mentioned last week that Edwards’ Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) is also coming soon to Blu-ray.

In other news today, Deadline is reporting that James Cameron’s Terminator 2 is going to be re-released back into theaters on 8/25 in 3D. No doubt a Blu-ray 3D release will follow later in the year and, perhaps, a 4K release as well? We’ll see. We do know that Cameron’s The Abyss is finally expected to arrive on Blu-ray and 4K from Fox this year. Watch for official news on that in the weeks ahead.

Finally today, we need to take a moment to acknowledge the passing this morning of veteran Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. Osborne acted in such films as Night Must Fall and later appeared on TV’s The Californians. Not long afterwards, he befriended Lucille Ball, who became a kind of mentor. Turning to writing, Osborne served as a biographer for the Academy Awards, later wrote for The Hollywood Reporter, and introduced the very first film ever to appear on the then-new TCM network, Gone with the Wind. It was the start of a long hosting career on the network. It’s in this latter role, as a cable TV scholar of classic film, that he became most famous and had the greatest impact on audiences, introducing entire generations of film fans to some of Hollywood’s greatest works. Osborne was 84. He will certainly be missed. You can read more about him here.

We’ll leave you today with a look at a little bit of new Blu-ray and 4K cover artwork (click on the cover images to pre-order the titles on Amazon, if available)...

Logan (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Logan (Blu-ray Disc) The Last Ship: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Disc)

Dracula: The Complete Legacy Collection (Blu-ray Disc) The Mummy: The Complete Legacy Collection (Blu-ray Disc) The Mummy Ultimate Collection (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt


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