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Tuesday, 10 May 2022 14:14

Frankenheimer’s Ronin is coming to 4K, the Last Crusade 4K Steelbook gets dated, SeaQuest on Blu-ray, Krypto & more

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Today’s update is a quick one, as my Internet provider is apparently upgrading their equipment here in Orange County, and I have a scheduled outage that could knock me offline at any minute. But we do have some very good release news to report for you all today...

But first, Tim has checked in with a look at Brian Trenchard-Smith’s DeathCheaters (1976) on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

And Stephen has turned in his thoughts on Clyde Bruckman, W. C. Fields, and Sam Hardy’s Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

We’ve also updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits, along with our Cover Artwork section that features new art for all kinds of upcoming Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K UHD titles with Amazon links, organized by street date. Both of those sections can be used to order and pre-order titles from Amazon, all of which goes to support our work here at The Bits (and we appreciate it!).

Now then, the big news today is that Kino Lorber Studio Classics has confirmed that they’re working on a physical 4K Ultra HD release of the outstanding John Frankenheimer action thriller Ronin (1998), starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce. [Read on here...]

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It’s listed as “coming soon” and will include Dolby Vision HDR. Ronin is a terrific film, with some of the best car chases ever staged. You can read my review of Arrow’s excellent 2017 Blu-ray release here. If the AV quality is good, this is one 4K release you’re not going to want to miss.

Also today, we have word that Paramount’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 4K Steelbook will drop on 8/16. This will of course feature the film’s original poster artwork. As you know, the Raiders 4K Steelbook streets on 6/14, while the Temple of Doom follows on 7/12 (click here and here for their respective pre-order pages on Amazon). Crusade isn’t up yet, but we expect it to be soon.

A bunch of you have asked us whether Shout! Factory’s recently-announced Blu-ray release of The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series (street date 7/12) will feature the uncut episodes. I’m told that Shout! believes the episodes to be uncut, but they’re going through them now to confirm, so we would expect them to say more about this later. Do keep in mind, however, that the set will include the 3 pilot films, all 3 reunion specials, and the crossover episodes of The Bionic Woman. And one would think that if this set sells well, The Bionic Woman could follow on Blu-ray at a later date.

Speaking of 1970s Universal TV series, Mill Creek Entertainment is going to be releasing the Steven Spielberg-produced SeaQuest DSV: The Complete Series on Blu-ray on 7/19. The 10-disc/57-episode set (which is available for pre-order now on Amazon) will apparently include new interviews and featurettes with the series creator, directors, and crew, along with deleted scenes. You can see the cover artwork below.

And Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just announced that they’re bringing Krypto the Superdog: The Complete Series to DVD on 8/2 (SRP $44.98), featuring all 39 episodes of the 2005 animated series. There’s no indication of special features on this one though.

We’ll leave you with a look at the artwork for some of the titles mentioned above and more. Click on the covers to visit their respective pre-order pages...

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (4K Ultra HD) Event Horizon (4K Ultra HD Steelbook) SeaQuest DSV: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

Drive (Import 4K Ultra HD) Death Wish II (4K Ultra HD) The Burning Sea (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned!

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