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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:52

Kubrick’s The Shining coming to 4K, plus Criterion’s August, and the new Forrest Gump BD is remastered

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All right, we’ve got a couple things for you today...

First a couple of new Blu-ray reviews... Tim has looked at Cyril Frankel’s The Witches, aka The Devil’s Own (1966) on disc from Hammer Films by way of Scream Factory. Tim’s also reviewed Eddie Adlum’s Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972) from Severin Films.

More reviews are on the way here too; I’m working on Hannibal 4K from Kino, Shout! and GKids’ new Princess Mononoke: Collector’s Edition, and more. So watch for those in the next few days.

The big announcement news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on 4K Ultra HD on 10/1. [Read on here...]

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“The 4K remastering was done using a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. The mastering was done at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging, and the color grading was done by Janet Wilson, with supervision from Stanley Kubrick’s former personal assistant Leon Vitali.” Extras will include audio commentary by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown and Stanley Kubrick biographer John Baxter and 4 featurettes (Video from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining, The Visions of Stanley Kubrick, The Making of The Shining, and Wendy Carlos, Composer), all carried over from the previous Blu-ray release. Note that Best Buy will have an exclusive Steelbook version. You can see the cover artwork above left. Note that the 4K restoration of the film will also be screening this Friday at the Festival de Cannes, presented by director Alfonso Cuarón. We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly.

Speaking of which, the retailer Zavvi is also now a UK release of Marvel’s The Iron Man Trilogy in 4K Ultra HD with a street date of August 12. That means the US release is likely due on either 8/9 or 8/13. The question is, will it be a trilogy 4K release in the States or individual 4K SKUs. Either way, the films will include new Atmos mixes, so this may be a new remaster (compared to the Iron Man 4K set that came out a couple years ago).

Also today, the Criterion Collection has just unveiled their August Blu-ray and DVD slate, which is set to include an updating of Jane Campion’s An Angel at My Table (Spine #301 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 8/6, Lucille Carra’s The Inland Sea (Spine #988 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 8/13, an updating of Douglas Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession (Spine #457 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 8/20, and Yasujiro Ozu’s The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (Spine #989) and Abbas Kiarostami’s The Koker Trilogy (includes Where Is the Friend’s House? (Spine #990), And Life Goes On (Spine #991), and Through the Olive Trees (Spine #992) – Blu-ray and DVD) on 8/27. We’ve updated our Criterion Spines Project pages here at The Bits accordingly.

In other news today, you Star Trek fans will be pleased by this: Shout’s Factory’s forthcoming Blu-ray release of the What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine documentary is officially due on 8/6 and you can pre-order it now on Amazon by clicking here (or on the cover art below). We hear there will be some nice extras, including additional footage that didn’t make the final cut of the documentary.

Olive Films has also revealed their June slate, which includes John Schlesinger’s The Believers (1987) and William Asher’s How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/25.

And Lionsgate has set Norm of the North for Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on 6/11. The studio will also release Gloria Bell on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/4, with the Digital release due on 5/21.

Finally, Paramount has just re-issued Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump on 4K Ultra HD, and it’s the same disc that came out last year (reviewed here). However, the studio has also just reissued the film on Blu-ray in a new 25th Anniversary Edition that is newly-remastered in HD from that 4K scan.

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above (Amazon pre-order links will be added as they go live)...

The Shining (4K Ultra HD) What We Left Behind (Blu-ray) Forrest Gump: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

An Angel at My Table (Blu-ray Disc) Magnificent Obsession (Blu-ray Disc) The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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