Now then, I’ve confirmed today directly with Universal that their forthcoming 4K Ultra HD release of John Landis’ The Blues Brothers will contain both cuts of the film in 4K on the actual UHD disc with audio in DTS:X and HDR10 high dynamic range. Extras too will be included on the 4K disc. The title streets on 5/19, and you can pre-order it by clicking on the cover artwork below.
Speaking of The Blues Brothers, Bits reader Cade U. asked me earlier today for links to the “lost” audio tracks from the film that we posted here at The Bits many years ago—a trio of songs that were recorded for the film but eventually cut, including Murph and the Magic Tones’ versions of Just the Way You Are and Quando Quando Quando, as well as The Blues Brothers performing Sink the Bismarck at Bob’s Country Bunker. While the audio recordings still exist, the film footage has been lost. But I figured that if Cade was looking for them, there might be lots more of you who missed out when we first posted the MP3 files years ago. So I sent them to Cade, and he’s kindly uploaded them to the Internet Archive for posterity. And now you can find all three of them here (Enjoy—and thanks again Cade!):
Also, while we’re talking Universal, a number of retail sources have now informed us that the studio will finally be releasing Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite on 4K Ultra HD on 6/2—a move that’s not totally unexpected. We’ve asked the studio for official confirmation, but I’m pretty confident that the information is accurate. We’ll let you know for sure here on The Bits as soon as we hear back.
Now then, in terms of new announcements, the big news today is that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has finally set Martin Campbell’s The Mask of Zorro (1998) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 5/5. We’ve had this title in our 4K Release List here at The Bits for a good six months or more, so it’s nice to finally see it announced. The 4K disc will include never-before-seen deleted scenes and theatrical trailers. Audio will be available in Dolby Atmos, along with the original 5.1 theatrical audio. Look for HDR10 high dynamic range. That’s the cover artwork above left there. By the way, the sequel film, The Legend of Zorro (2005) will also be available in 4K on 5/5, but only digitally for now.
And finally today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics is releasing the 6-volume Pink Panther Cartoon Collection on Blu-ray on 5/19.
All right, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for that, along with all of the newly-announced Paramount Presents Blu-ray titles and a few others. Click on the images to pre-order them on Amazon.com...
Back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned...!