Now then... yesterday we ran down Olive Films’ April BD and DVD release slate. We can officially confirm that their May slate will include Johnny Come Lately (1943) and the Marx Bros’ last film Love Happy (1949) on 5/6, followed by Home of the Brave (1949) and the John Wayne classic Flying Tigers (1942) on 5/13.
Meanwhile, our friends at Shout! Factory – specifically their Scream Factory label – have now fully announced their “Summer of Fear” Blu-ray/DVD release slate, which is set to include Final Exam (5/13), Evilspeak (5/13), Nosferatu the Vampyre (5/20), House in the Alley, and Sleepaway Camp: Collector’s Edition (5/13) in May, Ravenous (6/3) and The Monkey’s Paw (6/17) in June, The Final Terror, Lake Placid: Collector’s Edition, Deadly Eyes, and Ginger Snaps: Collector’s Edition in July, and Phantom of the Paradise: Collector’s Edition (8/5), Motel Hell: Collector’s Edition, Leviathan, The Legend of Hell House, Dog Soldiers: Collector’s Edition and Without Warning (a JET’s Most Wanted title for sure) in August! That’s an A-List B-Grade slate if ever we saw one! Phantom of the Paradise?! Awesome.
Also today, we have word that Paramount is re-soliciting all of the Transformers movies on Blu-ray on 6/3, including a Trilogy box set, as part of the build-up to the new sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction which hits theaters in June.
Universal has set Curious George: The Complete Seventh Season for DVD release on 6/3.
Are there any rock ‘n’ roll fans in the house? Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing the Dio: Live in London – Hammersmith Apollo 1993 concert on Blu-ray on 5/13.
Video Services Corp has set the star-filled Sunset Strip documentary for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/22.
And here’s something interesting. First there was the BBC’s Wonders documentary series with Brian Cox (Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of Life), then the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson (there’s a new episode this Sunday night on Fox!). Now James Cameron and Showtime have teamed up to produce a new eight-part science series called Years of Living Dangerously on the impacts of climate change. The series debuts on Sunday 4/13 on Showtime, and we would imagine it will find its way to Blu-ray and DVD soon after it finished airing. Looking forward to it. Here’s a trailer...
We’ll leave you today with a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Olive’s Flying Tigers, Home of the Brave and Love Happy, as well as a sneak peek at the art for Scream’s Without Warning, Phantom of the Paradise and Leviathan…
All right, that’s all for this week. If you’re looking for something to do at the movies this weekend, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah opens (anyone who has seen Pi knows or The Fountain knows Aronofsky’s a pretty interesting filmmaker) and I think Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel goes into wider release too. Plus there’s the Final Four if you’re a fan of college basketball.
So have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday with some very cool new Blu-ray reviews. Stay tuned!
- Bill Hunt