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Friday, 22 March 2024 14:52

Warner Archive reveals new Blu-rays, plus Imprint’s June slate, Domo Arigato (1972) in 3-D, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire pre-orders & M. Emmet Walsh RIP

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We have just one new disc review for you today (but a lot more are coming next week): Dennis’ look at Billy Wilder’s Witness for the Prosecution (1957) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Meanwhile, we have some good announcement news today, so let’s get right to it...

First up this afternoon, our friends at The Warner Archive Collection have just revealed more great new Blu-ray titles that are all due to street on 4/30, including Charles Brabin’s The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Fred Zinnemann’s The Nun’s Story (1959), William Wyler’s Friendly Persuasion (1956), Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969) and You’re a Big Boy Now (1966), and finally a Hanna-Barbera Double Feature of Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998) and Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie Island (2019)!

We’ll share all of the cover art and Amazon pre-order links as soon as they go live, but in the meantime you can see The Rain People at left.

Moving on, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just set both Mark DiSalle’s The Perfect Weapon (1991) and Sam Firstenberg’s Revenge of the Ninja (1983) for release on Blu-ray Disc on 5/21. [Read on here...]

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Not to be outdone, Imprint has just unveiled their June slate of Blu-ray titles, which will include a pair of box sets: After Dark: Neo-Noir Cinema – Collection Three—including Homicide (1991), White Sands (1992), The Crossing Guard (1995), Heaven’s Prisoners (1996), Under Suspicion (2000), and Dirty Pretty Things (2002)—and Martin Scorsese: Films of Faith—including The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Kundun (1997), and Silence (2016). Also forthcoming are Steven Shainberg’s Secretary (2002), Boaz Yakin’s Fresh (1994), Matthew Ryan Hoge’s The United States of Leland (2003), and Martha Coolidge’s Rambling Rose (1991). The street date for all of them is 6/26. You can order them here or by clicking on the image below...

Imprint Films' June 2024 Blu-ray slate

Also today, we’d like to call your attention to a new restoration effort from our good friend Bob Furmanek of the excellent 3-D Film Archive. Bob is leading the work to restore Arch Oboler’s final feature film, Domo Arigato (1972), which was produced in 3-D. He’s got a Kickstarter going right now that’s live for another 12 days. If you back the project for $30, you get a region-free Blu-ray copy of the resulting release that will include both Blu-ray 3-D and anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3-D versions. You’ll find the link here or by clicking on the image below...

3-D Film Archive's Domo Arigato Kickstarter

Magnolia will release Nicolaj Arcel’s The Promised Land (2023) on Blu-ray on 4/30. The film stars Mads Mikkelsen.

In other news, Radiance Films in the UK is having a flash sale on their online shop, which you’ll find here with lots of discounted titles. And if you spend over £100 ($125 USD), you can get an addition 10% off by using the code BIGSPENDER at check out.

Finally, we need to take a moment today to acknowledge the passing of the great character actor M. Emmet Walsh, who died on Tuesday at the age of 88. Walsh appeared in many films over his long career, including Blood Simple, Knives Out, The Jerk, Christmas with the Cranks, Critters, Straight Time, and more, but it’s for his role as LAPD Police Captain Bryant in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner that he’ll be forever remembered. You can read more here at Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for a number of titles that are newly available for pre-order on Amazon in 4K UHD and Blu-ray, including Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (which has just arrived in theaters—street date TBA)...

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (4K Ultra HD Steelbook) Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (4K Ultra HD) Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (Blu-ray Disc)

Jack Ryan: Season Four (4K Ultra HD) Jack Ryan: The Complete Series (4K Ultra HD) Blue Velvet (4K Ultra HD)

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

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