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Thursday, 13 July 2023 18:47

The Flash is official for 8/29, plus new Vinegar Syndrome 4K Ultra HD titles, Monk: Season Two on Blu-ray & SAG-AFTRA joins the WGA on strike

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We have three more new disc reviews for you again today here at The Bits, including...

Stuart’s thoughts on Wojciech Jerzy Has’ The Saragossa Manuscript (1965) on Blu-ray from Yellow Veil Pictures via Vinegar Syndrome.

Dennis’ take on the vintage Rin Tin Tin double feature of Clash of the Wolves (1925) and Where the North Begins (1923) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Tim’s take on another Shawscope: Volume One Blu-ray title from Arrow Video: Lau Kar-Leung’s Heroes of the East (1978), also known as Challenge of the Ninja, Shaolin vs. Ninja, and/or Shaolin Challenges Ninja.

In announcements today, the big news is that Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and DC Studios have officially set Andy Muschietti’s The Flash for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 8/29, with the Digital and “Web3 Movie Experience” expected on 7/18. [Read on here...]

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Extras on the 4K and Blu-ray SKUs will include the 6-part The Flash: Escape the Midnight Circus scripted podcast series (with Max Greenfield as The Flash), The Flash: Escape the Midnight Circus Behind the Scenes, deleted scenes, and 9 featurettes (Saving Supergirl, The Bat Chase, Battling Zod, Fighting Dark Flash, The Flash: The Saga of the Scarlett Speedster, Making the Flash: Worlds Collide, Let’s Get Nuts: Batman Returns, Again, Supergirl: Last Daughter of Krypton, and Flashpoint: Introducing the Multiverse). Look for HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range on the 4K disc (per the packaging) with Dolby Atmos audio. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below.

FYI, it looks like Target will have a Blu-ray with exclusive packaging and artwork cards, Walmart will have a 4K SKU with exclusive “Icon Edition” packaging, and Best Buy will have an exclusive 4K Steelbook.

Also today, our friends at Vinegar Syndrome have revealed another pair of 4K Ultra HD titles for release on 8/29... Eugène Lourié’s kaiju classic Gorgo (1961) and Ken Meyer’s Terror at Tenkiller (1986).

We’ve also learned that Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will be available (when it eventually streets on disc) in a 4K Steelbook SKU in addition to the wide release 4K. You can see the cover art below.

And Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set Monk: The Complete Second Season for Blu-ray release on 9/26. The already announced First Season streets on 8/28. You can see both of those below as well.

Finally today, the negotiations between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and SAG-AFTRA (aka the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) have officially broken down, so the actors have now joined their fellows in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on the strike picket lines. Make no mistake… this is going to be a long one, folks. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this strike extends to the end of the year. The business of Hollywood has been losing money for a while now for a variety of reasons, including a softening of the theatrical box office due to the economy and franchise fatigue, excessive spending on content and streaming, cutbacks on physical media, and general mismanagement. Meanwhile, the actors and writers rightly fear that the studios will be eager to replace their work with AI in the near future, and all this comes on top of a climate in which talent already can’t seem to get accurate and honest numbers as to how their content is performing via streaming, which is what determines residuals. With the stakes so high, nobody wants to be the first to blink. So my guess is that nobody will. You can read more here at Variety, here at Deadline, and here at The Hollywood Reporter.

And on that unhappy note, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above and more, with pre-order links if available...

The Flash (4K Ultra HD) The Flash (Blu-ray Disc) Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (4K Ultra HD Steelbook)

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (Blu-ray Disc) Monk: Season One (Blu-ray Disc) Monk: Season One (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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