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Thursday, 06 July 2023 13:54

Disney sets The Little Mermaid for Blu-ray & 4K, plus a new Shout! & Aardman distribution deal, and street dates for tons of forthcoming US & UK catalog titles

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We have three more new disc reviews of you today, including...

Stephen’s take on Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise (1991) on 4K Ultra HD from the Criterion Collection.

Tim’s look at Peyton’s Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) on 4K Ultra HD from Marvel Studios and Disney.

And Stuart’s take on Imprint’s Tales of Adventure: Collection 1 on Blu-ray, which includes John Rawlins’ Arabian Nights (1942), Alfred E. Green’s A Thousand and One Nights (1945), Fred de Cordova’s The Desert Hawk (1950), Terence Young’s Zarak (1956), and William Dieterle’s Omar Khayyam (1957).

All three titles are well worth your time, so do give the reviews a look and enjoy!

Now then, the main piece of announcement news today is that Disney has officially set their live-action The Little Mermaid (2023) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 9/19, with the Digital release dropping on 7/25. Here’s the catch though: The physical 4K release will only be available in retail-exclusive SKUs, including one at Best Buy (in Steelbook packaging), one at Walmart (packed with a collectible pin), and the other at the Disney Movie Club (with a lithograph). The 4K UHD release will include Dolby Atmos audio, while the Blu-ray will have 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. [Read on here...]

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Extras on all of these will include a sing-along viewing option, the 5-part Hotter Under the Water documentary (includes A Tale of the Bottomless Blue, I Know Something’s Starting Right Now, Down Where It’s Wetter, Explore That Shore Up Above, and Do What the Music Say), 4 song breakdowns (for Wild Unchartered Waters, Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Poor Unfortunate Souls), 2 featurettes (The Scuttlebutt on Sidekicks and Passing the Dinglehopper), and Bloopers. You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Also today, Shout! Factory and Aardman Animations have announced a new North American distribution deal that covers Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Morph, and Timmy Time. We assume this means that Shout! will release Blu-ray, DVD, and dare we hope for 4K UHD (?) titles based on these properties in the coming months. One would also hope this includes all of the various Creature Comforts shorts as well. Watch for updates in the weeks ahead.

In new title news from our retail and industry sources, we have word that Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and DC Studios are likely to release their animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) on 4K Ultra HD on 9/12.

Sony is expected to release The Legend of Zorro (2005) on 4K Ultra HD on 8/22.

Universal is planning a 4K Ultra HD release of Promising Young Woman (2020) on 8/22 as well.

And Lionsgate will release The Blackening (2023) on 4K UHD on 8/8.

In 4K release news from across the pond, Arrow Video’s The Psycho Collection 4K Ultra HD box set—which includes Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), Richard Franklin’s Psycho II (1983), Anthony Perkins’ Psycho III (1986), and Mick Garris’ Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)—is now up for pre-order on Amazon UK. We have no idea if this is coming in the US, so click here or on the image below to pre-order it...

The Psycho Collection (Amazon UK 4K Ultra HD exclusive)

Warner has set a new 4K Steelbook of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One (2021) for release in the UK on 10/30 (click here for that), no doubt timed to promote the 11/3 theatrical release of the sequel, Dune: Part Two.

And Second Sight in the UK has set new 4K Ultra HD Limited Editions of David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (2014) and David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future (2022) for release on 8/23 and 10/28 respectively.

Finally, Capelight Pictures will release Newt Arnold’s Van Damme actioner Bloodsport (1988) on 4K Ultra HD on 8/21 in the UK. Here’s a look at the cover artwork for all of those (with Amazon UK pre-order links)...

It Follows: Limited Edition (UK exclusive 4K Ultra HD) Crimes of the Future: Limited Edition (UK exclusive 4K Ultra HD) Bloodsport (UK exclusive 4K Ultra HD)

Back here in North America, CBS and Paramount have set Star Trek: Prodigy – Season 1, Volume 2 (Episodes 11-20) for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/26.

RLJE Films will release Interview with a Vampire: Season One on Blu-ray on 9/26.

AMC and Lionsgate will release The Walking Dead: Dead City – Season One on Blu-ray on 9/12.

Film Masters has set a new double feature of The Giant Gila Monster (1959) and The Killer Shrews (1959) for Blu-ray release on 9/26. The former is newly restored from a 4K scan of 35 mm archival elements, while the latter is an HD restoration.

And finally today, Severin Films will release Édouard Molinaro’s Dracula and Son (1976) and Domenico Paolella’s Story of a Cloistered Nun (1973) on Blu-ray on 9/26.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover art for a few more of the titles we just mentioned (with Amazon links if available)...

The Little Mermaid (2023) (Blu-ray Disc) The Lost City of Z (4K Ultra HD) The Giant Gila Monster (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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