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Thursday, 30 May 2024 10:47

Universal bows Jaws 3 & Revenge in 4K, plus new KLSC titles, Imprint’s August slate, Blazing Saddles in Ultra HD, Rhino’s Atmos BD-As & The Police: Synchronicity Super Deluxe

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As promised, we’re back today with an early update here at The Bits, featuring more announcement news and disc reviews. Let’s get to the latter first...

Stephen has taken a look at our friend Stephen Chiodo’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory, as well as Kinji Fukasaku’s Yakuza Graveyard (1976) on Blu-ray from Toei via Radiance Films.

Dennis has offered his thoughts on Fritz Lang’s Secret Beyond the Door (1947) and Edgar G. Ulmer’s Bluebeard (1944) both new on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, as well as Karyn Kusama’s Girlfight (2000) on Blu-ray from Criterion.

And Tim has shared a review of Hanna-Barbera’s animated Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears (1988) on Blu-ray from our friends at the Warner Archive Collection.

Now then, the news... based on early word from retail sources, Universal is getting ready to release Joe Alves’ Jaws 3 (1983) and Joseph Sargent’s Jaws: The Revenge (1987) in 4K Ultra HD on 7/23. Also expected that same day is a new Jaws: 3-Movie Collection 4K set that also includes Jeannot Szwarc’s Jaws 2 (1978) which is already available on the format. Look for HDR10 high dynamic range with sound in Dolby Atmos format. Sadly, Jaws 3 will not be included in Blu-ray 3D format. Note that Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge will also be available in 4K Steelbook packaging. You can see the cover artwork for the box set at left and that plus the regular 4K SKUs below the break. [Read on here...]

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Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that Philip Kaufman’s Twisted (2004) is coming to Blu-ray on 7/30. Also newly-revealed as “coming soon” are Allan Dwan’s Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and Hal Ashby’s live concert film with The Rolling Stones, Let’s Spend the Night Together (1982), on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, as well as William Dieterle’s Red Mountain (1951) on Blu-ray only.

Lionsgate has set Moritz Mohr’s Boy Kills World (2024) for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 7/9. Look for the 4K to include HDR10 high dynamic range.

Imprint Films has unveiled its August slate of Blu-ray titles, all of which are due on 8/28, including Alvin Rakoff’s Crossplot (1969), Ron Winston’s Banning (1967), Jean Negulesco’s Jessica (1962), Richard Quine’s Synanon (1965), Basil Dearden’s Woman of Straw (1864), and Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew (1967).

Paramount is now taking pre-orders on the future TBA Blu-ray and 4K release of John Krasinski’s If (2024).

Also now available for Blu-ray and 4K UHD pre-order (but as yet officially unannounced) is George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024) from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. Coming the same date (TBA) from the studio is a new Mad Max: 5-Film 4K Collection.

While we’re talking Warner, retail sources tell us that the studio is also preparing to release Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974) in 4K Ultra HD in the coming months. A Limited Edition UK 4K Steelbook is currently listed on Diabolik DVD here.

Here’s something cool: Our old friend Arnold Leibovit has informed us that The Puppetoon Movie: Volume 3 has just won the Rondo Award for the Best Blu-ray Collection of the Year! The collection (which is available here from includes 28 classic George Pal stop-motion and cel animated short films, all restored from the original Technicolor negatives: Western Daze (1940), The Ballet of Red Radio Valves (1938), Bravo Mr. Strauss (1943), Hotlip Jasper (1945), Together in the Weather (1946), Jasper’s Music Lesson (1943), Rhythm in the Ranks (1941), The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1943), The Truck That Flew (1943), Date with Duke (1947), On Parade (1936), The Tool Box (1970), Jasper and the Beanstalk (1945), My Man Jasper (1945), The Sky Princess (1941), Jasper’s Boobytraps (1945), Rhapsody in Wood (1947), Jasper’s Derby (1946), Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (1939), And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1944), Shoe Shine Jasper (1947), The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (1940), The Queen Was in the Parlour (1939), The Good Bear and the Bad Bear (1940), A Fairy Tale About a Melancholic King (1934), Charlie’s World Cruise (1936), Friend in Need (1940), and World’s Greatest Show (1935), plus additional extras. Here’s a couple of promo images for the release, including Arnold with director Joe Dante (click on the image or here to visit the Puppetoon site for more details)...

The Puppetoon Movie: Volume 3 (Blu-ray Disc)

Switching now to music release news, Rhino has just shipped 8 new Blu-ray Audio album re-issue titles featuring Dolby Atmos mixes, including Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill (1995), The Doors’ The Best of The Doors (1985), Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (1977), Hootie and the Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View (1994), and the Joni Mitchell’s The Asylum Years box set, which includes the albums For the Roses (1972), Court and Spark (1974), Miles of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975). The Mitchell titles include the original 1970s “quad” mixes in addition to Atmos. You can read more here. Thanks to Bits reader Greg S. for the heads up!

And here’s something that has me personally very excited: A&M and Interscope are releasing a 6 CD Super-Deluxe Limited Edition box set celebrating The Police’s final studio album, Synchronicity (1983), on 7/26! The contents are as follows:

  • CD 1 – The Police: Synchronicity (Remastered) – 11 tracks
  • CD 2 – B-Sides & Bonus Tracks – 18 tracks
  • CD 3 – Unreleased: Part 1 (Demos, Outtakes & Alternate Mixes) – 17 tracks
  • CD 4 – Unreleased: Part 2 (Additional Demos, Outtakes & Alternate Mixes) – 19 tracks
  • CD 5 – Live: Part 1 (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA – 9/10/83) – 10 tracks
  • CD 6 – Live: Part 2 (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA – 9/10/83) – 9 tracks

All have been remastered at Abbey Road Studios directly from the original source tapes, featuring bonus material compiled with the band’s involvement and approval. The package also includes a 64-page book with new liner notes, interviews, and rare/unseen photos, as well as 4 art prints and a hardback slipcase. Here’s what it looks like (click on the image to pre-order it on

The Police: Synchronicity - Super Deluxe Edition (6 CD box set)

Also coming that day are a basic 2 CD version of the box, a 4 LP set, a Digital Download version, and a 1 LP Picture Disc featuring a Synchronicity “Alternate Sequence” version. Unfortunately, no lossless audio versions will be available in Atmos or Blu-ray Audio. But still, as a Police fan, that 6 CD set is incredibly attractive, at least in my book! You can read more here via our friend Matt Rowe’s MusicTap website as well as here from Super Deluxe Edition.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for several of the titles mentioned above. Amazon pre-order links for each are included if available...

Jaws 3 (4K Ultra HD) Jaws: The Revenge (4K Ultra HD) Jaws: 3-Movie Collection (4K Ultra HD)

Mad Max: 5-Film Collection (4K Ultra HD) Furiosa: A Mad Max Story (4K Ultra HD) Furiosa: A Mad Max Story (4K Ultra HD Steelbook)

If (4K Ultra HD) Can't Stop the Music (4K Ultra HD) The Boy and the Heron (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned!

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