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Monday, 04 April 2016 15:02

Force Awakens week is here, plus Fox officially sets Deadpool for 5/10 & both Ghostbusters films are going 4K

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Well... I suppose you could call this Star Wars week, given Disney’s The Force Awakens arrives on Blu-ray tomorrow. I know that some of you have already received your copies in the mail – a few online retailers (including Target, Best Buy and Amazon) began shipping them to pre-order customers early. If you haven’t done so yet, you can pre-order a copy via Amazon here at this link. And of course, you can read our in-depth review of the Blu-ray here at The Bits. It’s a pretty good release – fine Blu-ray A/V quality and that documentary is a gem. I expect there will be more than a few people around the States who end up coming down with cases of “Force flu” this week to stay home and check it out. Here’s hoping you enjoy it as much as we did!  [Read on here…]

The big announcement news today is all 4K UHD-related. First up, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has essentially confirmed what we already knew, which is that Deadpool is coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD Blu-ray on 5/10. We’re waiting on additional details related to the 4K SKU. You can see the final cover artwork here (click on each for the respective pre-order link)...

Deadpool (Blu-ray Disc)    Deadpool (4K UHD Blu-ray Disc)    Airport: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

As you can see, we also threw in the final cover art for Universal’s Airport: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray Disc (due 6/14). Again, click the cover for the pre-order Amazon link.

The other big 4K UHD news today is that Sony Picture Home Entertainment has just officially announced that Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 are getting 4K UHD upgrades on 6/7, featuring new Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Each will also include the previous Blu-ray versions with extras. Note also that Sony is releasing “over 50 episodes of the iconic 1980s animated series, The Real Ghostbusters, on DVD July 7 and on Digital” as well. All of this is obviously timed to promote the 7/15 theatrical release of the new all-female Ghostbusters remake from director Paul Feig. Meanwhile, here’s the cover art for the 4K titles (we’ll add the 4K Amazon pre-order links as soon as they’re live)...

Ghostbusters (4K UHD Blu-ray Disc)    Ghostbusters 2 (4K UHD Blu-ray Disc)    Enemy Mine (UK Region 2 Blu-ray Disc)

For you UK Blu-ray fans (as you can see above), Eureka is releasing Wolfgang Petersen’s Enemy Mine on Blu-ray Disc on 6/20 (SRP £17.99). It will include a new transfer of the film, optional English SDH subs, and the film’s trailer.

For those of you who are Disney Movie Club members, it looks like Operation Dumbo Drop is coming as a new BD exclusive title.

And finally today, Shout! Factory has confirmed the 5/17 Blu-ray release of I Saw What You Did (1965), featuring a new HD transfer, the Special World Premiere Announcement featuring William Castle, a photo gallery, and the film’s trailer.

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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