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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:42

X-Files returning to TV, plus Fifty Shades of Grey, Decline of Western Civilization, Glee & more

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We’ve got two more Blu-ray reviews for you today: Tim’s thoughts on Criterion’s new The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night as well as Magnolia’s Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic. Both are worth your time.

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You may already have heard this news (we posted it on our Facebook page earlier this morning), but 20th Century Fox, series creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have reached a deal to allow The X-Files to return to TV as a 6-episode “event series” due to start shooting this Summer. You can read more here at Deadline Hollywood. We have a feeling that this announcement also makes it at least a little more likely that Fox will finally release The X-Files: The Complete Series on Blu-ray sometime in the next year or so. Fingers crossed.

In announcement news today, Universal has set Fifty Shades of Grey for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/8, with digital due on 5/1. The Blu-ray will include both the theatrical and unrated editions, plus The World of Fifty Shades of Grey documentary (includes Christian Gray Profile, Jamie Dorian Profile, Christian’s Apartment, Christian’s Wardrone, A Rich Man’s Toys, All About Anna, Dakota Johnson Profile, Ana’s World, and Ana’s Wardrobe), E.E. James & Fifty Shades, Fifty Shades: The Pleasure of Pain, 360° Set Tours, music videos from Skylar Grey, The Weekend and Ellie Goulding, The World of Fifty Shades of Gray: Friends and Family, Behind the Shades, and more. (Personally, we checked out around shade #2, but your own mileage may vary.)

Shout! Factory has set The Decline of Western Civilization Collection for Blu-ray release on 6/30 (SRP $59.98), set to include The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), The Decline of Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years (1988), and The Decline of Western Civilization III (1998). Each film has received a new 2K scan supervised by director Penelope Spheeris. Extras on the set will include audio commentary by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, 2 interview featurettes (Tawn Mastrey of KNAC Interviews Penelope Spheeris and Mark Toscano of The Academy Film Archive Interviews Penelope Spheeris), never-before-seen footage, performances and interviews, theatrical trailers, and a 40-page booklet featuring rare stills and text by Domenic Priore.

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Back to Fox for a moment, the studio has just set Glee: The Final Season and Glee: The Complete Series for DVD only release on 5/19. The Complete Series will include over 5 hours of bonus content. Fox has also set White Collar: The Complete Sixth Season and White Collar: The Con-plete Collection for DVD only release on 5/5.

Sony has set Still Alice for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/12, featuring 3 deleted scenes, and 3 featurettes (Directing Alice, Finding Alice, and Interview with Composer Ilan Eshkeri).

Disney has set 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure for Blu-ray release on 6/9.

Lionsgate will release Cymbeline on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 5/19.

Lionsgate will also release Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow, on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/12. Extras will include 2 featurettes.

And Lionsgate has set Tracers for Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 5/12 as well, with the History Channel series Sons of Liberty due on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/26.

Here’s something cool: The Cohen Film Collection has set a double feature of That Man from Rio and Up to His Ears for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/4 (SRP $49.98 and $39.98). Both 1960s films were directed by Philippe de Broca and star Jean-Paul Belmondo.

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Anchor Bay Entertainment and Amplify Releasing have set Against the Sun for DVD release on 5/5.

Anchor Bay Entertainment and Gravitas Ventures have meanwhile set Murder of a Cat for DVD release on 5/5.

Film Movement will release the Italian film Human Capitol digitally on 4/17, followed by a DVD release in July (TBA).

Well Go USA Entertainment has set These Final Hours for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/12.

Entertainment One will release Rogue: The Complete Second Season on DVD only on 5/19.

VCI Entertainment will release the Laurel & Hardy film The Flying Deuces on Blu-ray on 5/19.

And finally, PBS has set Masterpiece: Wolf Hall for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/28.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for a few of the titles we’ve mentioned above (click on the covers to pre-order on Amazon)…

Fifty Shades of Grey (Blu-ray Disc)    The Flying Deuces (Blu-ray Disc)    The Decline of Western Civilization (Blu-ray Disc)

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