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We’ve seen Robert Harris’ Alamo restoration tests, plus Spartacus: Complete, Railway Man, Motel Hell & more

June 19, 2014 - 11:22 am   |   By 

All right, there was no update yesterday because I was up in L.A. checking out Robert Harris’ recent restoration tests of The Alamo with my own two eyes. Despite what MGM has claimed officially, let me assure you, having now seen the tests firsthand – which the studio has apparently not done yet for some strange reason (and how weird is that?) – this film is in serious need of restoration. The good news, however, is that I’ve also seen tests of how good the film could look like if given a restoration. The result would easily be worth theatrical presentation and a solid Blu-ray release. So keep spreading the word and keep the pressure on the studio. Fingers crossed. [Read on here…]

We’ve got more announcement news to report today...

First up, Starz and Anchor Bay have set Spartacus: The Complete Series for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/16 (SRP 149.99 and $119.98). There’s also a limited edition BD box that comes packaged with a “Spartacus collector’s figurine” for $199.99. All 39 episodes will be included, encompassing the complete Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Spartacus: Vengeance, and Spartacus: War of the Damned. In addition to all the previous extras, you’ll also get all-new content including 5 new featurettes (Spartacus Fan Favorites with Liam McIntyre, Scoring a Hit: Composer Joseph LoDuca, An Eye Full: Roger Murray, Spartacus: Paul Grinder, and The Last Word: John Hannah).

Meanwhile, Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company have set The Railway Man for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/12. The film stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman (SRP $34.99 and $39.98). A digital only version will be available starting on 8/2. Extras on the Blu-ray will include The Making of The Railway Man featurette and audio commentary with director Jonathan Teplitzky and co-writer/producer Andy Paterson.

Olive Films has announced its August release slate, set to include Magnificent Doll (1946 – BD & DVD), That’s My Man (1947 – BD & DVD) on 8/19, and I’ve Always Loved You (1946 – BD & DVD) and High School Confidential (1958 – BD & DVD) on 8/26. In terms of more recent films, Olive has Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (2014) coming on DVD only on 8/12 and It Was You Charlie (2014) coming on DVD on 8/26.

Also today, Scream Factory has officially announced the Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of the Motel Hell: Collector’s Edition on 8/12. Extras will include new audio commentary with director Kevin Connor moderated by filmmaker Dave Parker, 2 new featurettes (It Takes All Kinds: The Making of Motel Hell and Shooting Old School with Cinematographer Thomas Del Ruth), plus legacy features including 3 featurettes (Another Head on the Chopping Block, From Glamour to Gore, and Ida, Be Thy Name), a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

Lionsgate will release Cesar Chavez on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 7/22. Extras on the BD will include the Making of Cesar Chavez documentary.

Millennium Entertainment has announced the 8/5 release of Ping Pong Summer on Blu-ray and DVD.

Well Go USA Entertainment has set Dragonwolf for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/29.

Cinedigm will release Antboy on DVD on 7/22.

Midnight Releasing has set Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum for release on DVD and digital on 8/26.

Inception Media has The Junior Spy Agency coming on DVD on 7/15, followed by Aerial America: Southwest Collection on Blu-ray on 7/22, and Shark Collection and Gangster on DVD only on 7/22 as well.

And Disinformation will release the documentary Boredom on DVD on 8/12 (SRP $19.98).

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Spartacus: The Complete Series (both versions), The Railway Man, and Motel Hell

Spartacus: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)    The Railway Man (Blu-ray Disc)    Motel Hell (Blu-ray Disc)

Spartacus: The Complete Series - Limited Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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