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Honeymooners "39" Blu, Gentle Ben, Halloween update, Fernando Di Leo: V2 & Dexter art

July 25, 2013 - 12:15 pm   |   by
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First up today, our own Tim Salmons has checked in with reviews of Criterion’s excellent new Blu-ray editions of a pair of sci-fi classics from different eras of the cinema: Alex Cox’s Repo Man and William Cameron Menzies’ Things to Come.  Both reviews (and the discs too) are well worth your time… so enjoy!

In announcement news today, CBS and Paramount have set The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes for Blu-ray Disc release on 10/15.

Paramount has also set Gentle Ben: Season One for DVD only release on 10/15, starring Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver.

Raro Video is releasing the Fernando Di Leo: The Italian Crime Collection – Volume 2 box set on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/30, set to include Shoot First, Die Later, Kidnap Syndicate and Naked Violence.  Raro is also working on Bernardo Bertolucci’s restored The Conformist for Blu-ray and DVD, mastered from the original 35mm negative.

Universal has set The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 4 for DVD only release on 10/8.

Also today, a number of you have asked follow-up questions about Anchor Bay’s forthcoming Halloween: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray, which we’ve been able to get answered.  Specifically, readers wanted to know whether the original Mono soundtrack that accompanies the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix with be lossless or standard (answer: Anchor Bay tells me it will be standard Dolby Digital) and whether the TV version scenes are incorporated into the cut via seamless branching or included separately (answer: they’ll be a separate, self-contained feature).  So there you go.

Here’s a look at the anticipated Blu-ray packaging for Showtime’s Dexter: The Complete Series Collection due on 11/5.  The Amazon-exclusive Blu-ray is on top, the regular Blu-ray version is below (note that the DVD packaging is identical to the bottom image)…

Dexter: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

Dexter: The Complete Series (DVD)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt


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