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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:40

Criterion’s July includes Scanners & The Big Chill, plus Sony’s Pompeii & Fox’s 3 Days to Kill announced

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As expected, Criterion announced their July release slate yesterday and it includes some definite gems as usual. Look for Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (Cat #29 – 2-disc DVD edition – the Dual Format version streets on 5/17) and Howard Hawks’ Red River (Cat #709 – 2-disc DVD edition – the Dual Format version streets on 5/27) on 7/8, Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket (Cat #314 – Dual Format) and David Cronenberg’s Scanners (Cat #712 – Dual Format) on 7/15, and The Essential Jacques Demy (Cat #713-719 – Dual Format box set – includes Lola, Bay of Angels, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Donkey Skin, and Une chambre en ville), Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Insomnia (Cat #47 – Dual Format), and Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill (Cat #720 – Dual Format) all on 7/22. Extras will include new restored high-def transfers, new documentaries and – in the case of titles previously released on DVD by Criterion – virtually all of the existing extras. Be sure visit the official Criterion site for specific details and check out the cover artwork below. [Read on here...]

In other announcement news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Pompeii for Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 5/20. Extras on the BD and DVD will include filmmaker commentary and 2 featurettes (The Assembly and The Volcanic Eruption). The Blu-ray will add 20 deleted and alternate scenes and 4 more exclusive featurettes (The Gladiators, The Journey, The Costume Shop, and Pompeii: Buried in Time).

Lionsgate has set In Secret for DVD and digital release on 5/20.

And finally, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set McG’s 3 Days to Kill, starring Kevin Costner, for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/20 as well. Extras on the Blu-ray will include a 122-minute extended cut (vs. the 117-minute theatrical cut on DVD), 3 featurettes (The Making of 3 Days To Kill, McG’s Method, and Covert Operation), and the theatrical trailer.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Sony’s Pompeii, Fox’s 3 Days to Kill, and Criterion’s Scanners, Pickpocket, Insomnia, and The Big Chill (I’ve included art for The Essential Jacques Demy above)...

3 Days to Kill (Blu-ray Disc)    Pompeii (Blu-ray 3D Combo)    Scanners (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Insomnia (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Pickpocket (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Big Chill (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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