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Tuesday, 14 July 2020 18:58

The Goonies, Beetlejuice & Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films are now official for 4K, plus Grant Imahara RIP

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We’ve got still more release news to report today, though much if it we’ve already talked about here at The Bits. The point is, it’s all now official.

First up, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just set four catalog titles for release on 4K Ultra HD (with Blu-ray and Digital Copy) on 9/1...

These include Richard Donner’s The Goonies (1985), Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). All four were shot on film, so appear to have been mastered from new 4K scans of the original camera negatives (the two Sherlock Holmes titles were shot on film but finished as 2K DIs, so it’s possible new 4K DIs were built from scans of the camera neg and VFX film outs).

All four titles will include the previous Blu-ray extras. In addition, Beetlejuice will offer a new English Dolby Atmos sound mix. There’s no indication of Dolby Vision HDR in Warner’s press release, so assume HDR10 for the time being. Both The Goonies and Beetlejuice will also be available in new Deluxe 4K Giftsets exclusive to [Read on here...]

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SRP for each is $24.99 for the wide-release versions and $49.99 for the two Amazon exclusives.

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for them all, with pre-order links...

The Goonies (4K Ultra HD) Beetlejuice (4K Ultra HD) Sherlock Holmes (4K Ultra HD)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (UK 4K Ultra HD) Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection (Blu-ray Disc) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (4K Ultra HD)

The Goonies 4K Amazon Giftset (Blu-ray Disc)

Beetlejuice 4K Amazon Giftset (Blu-ray Disc)

As you can see, we added the pre-order link for Studio Canal’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in 4K (street date 8/10)—we don’t yet know if there will be a US specific release—as well as Abkco’s 8/21 Blu-ray release of the Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection (including El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Fando Y Lis, and Psychomagic, A Healing Art). Note that this is the US version of the excellent 4K restoration set that’s coming from Arrow Video UK (across the Atlantic) on 8/24.

Finally today, as if we needed another reminder that time is precious, we must take a moment to acknowledge the tragic passing yesterday of the electrical engineer, VFX artist, and all-around geek hero, Grant Imahara. Most of you will know Grant for co-hosting the Discovery Channel’s popular MythBusters TV series. But he also worked for ILM on the Star Wars prequels, the Matrix sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and many other films. He even built a winning robot champion on BattleBots. And he was a beloved figure in the online film geek community, not to mention a regular fixture at San Diego Comic-Con and similar events.

I met Grant on a couple of occasions, and have many friends who know him well; he was just a terrific human being, kind, generous, and someone who always put a smile on your face. Word appears to be that Grant suffered a brain aneurysm. He was just 49. You can read more about him here at The New York Times. And below you can see a photo of Grant (upper right in the pic) taken by our own Jeff Kleist at the 30th anniversary celebration event for Real Genius. He will very much be missed.

Grant Imahara

That’s all for now. As always, stay tuned...

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