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Monday, 25 March 2024 15:12

Starman 4K reviewed, Umbrella’s new Super Mario Bros: 1UP Edition, La Femme Nikita & Peter Gabriel in Ultra HD, plus Happy 15th Warner Archive!

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We’re starting this week with a trio of great new disc reviews here at The Bits, including...

Stuart’s thoughts on Kenneth Branagh’s A Midwinter’s Tale (1995) on Blu-ray from Castle Rock Entertainment via the always excellent Warner Archive Collection.

And Stephen’s take on Oldřich Lipský’s The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981) on Blu-ray from Deaf Crocodile and Vinegar Syndrome, as well as his look at John Carpenter’s Starman (1984) in 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as featured in their excellent Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 4 box set!

All of these are fascinating titles and well worth a look.

Before we continue, I mentioned Warner Archive a moment ago: All of us here at The Digital Bits would like to take a moment today to salute our dear friend George Feltenstein and everyone who has contributed to the Warner Archive Collection over the years—the fan-favorite boutique label just celebrated its 15th anniversary on Saturday! Here’s to many more years and all the fantastic Blu-ray and DVD catalog titles to come. Well done, folks!

In announcement news today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just set Mark DiSalle’s The Perfect Weapon (1991) and Stephen Norrington’s Death Machine (1994) for Blu-ray release on 5/21. The company has also revealed that Gary Nelson’s Noble House (1988) miniseries is coming soon to Blu-ray, and also that Richard Stanley’s Dust Devil (1992) is coming soon to both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. [Read on here...]

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Here’s something very exciting: For all those of you who missed out on Umbrella Entertainment’s excellent Super Mario Bros.: Trust the Fungus 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition 4K and Blu-ray release—which sold out very quickly—the company has decided to produce a new 1UP Edition of the release that duplicates all of the content but isn’t limited and numbered. Here’s what that looks like (click here or on the image below to pre-order it)...

Super Mario Bros.: 1UP Collector's Edition (4K Ultra HD)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita (1990) for release on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook on 6/11. The film has been restored from the original camera negative and will feature Dolby Vision HDR, along with both English 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 2.0 French DTS-HD MA audio. Note that the title will not include a Blu-ray.

And for you music fans, we hinted at this a few weeks ago but now it’s finally official: Eagle Vision will release Peter Gabriel: Back to Front Live in London (2013) in 4K Ultra HD on 5/10! The concert includes a live performance of the entire So album, along with re-imagined versions of many of Gabriel’s other hit songs. The title will come with a 16-page booklet, as well as both 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and PCM stereo tracks.

Don’t forget that this is the last week to vote for the 2024 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards. Click here or on the image below to get your votes in!

Vote in the 2024 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards

And we’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for Criterion’s complete June slate of titles, all of which are now available for pre-order on Amazon, along with the Peter Gabriel, the new Queen 4K release, and Warner’s new Batman 4K Steelbook...

Blue Velvet (4K Ultra HD) Bound (Criterion 4K Ultra HD) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion 4K Ultra HD)

Victims of Sin (Criterion Blu-ray) The Underground Railroad (Criterion Blu-ray) Querelle (Criterion Blu-ray)

Peter Gabriel: Back to Front (4K Ultra HD) Queen: Rock Montreal + Live Aid (4K Ultra HD) Batman (1989) (4K Ultra HD Steelbook)

Stay tuned!

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