[Editor’s Note: The text above was edited to reflect the confirmed accurate runtime of 164 minutes (checked with WingNut Films), rather than the previously reported and incorrect 180 minutes (which came from WHV). Please take note.]
Also today, In honor of its 40th anniversary, Sony Pictures is bringing Monty Python and the Holy Grail back to theaters in the U.K. and U.S. this fall for a one-night-only, sing-a-long event. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is also working to release a new 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray (street date TBA, but expect it in time for Black Friday Week). You can read more on that here at CNN.
In new release news, Fox has set the comedy Spy for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/29 (SRP $35.99).
Fox is also re-issuing Alvin & The Chipmunks, Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on Blu-ray on 10/6. Fox and MGM are also releasing a Rocky: 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray that same day (SRP $14.99).
Warner Home Video is releasing a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray on 12/1 (SRP $19.98). Warner has also set the Paramount catalog titles Naked Gun 2 & 1/2 : The Smell of Fear and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult for first-time Blu-ray release on 12/2 (SRP $14.98 each). The two Naked Gun sequels have been released internationally on Blu-ray, but this is their appearance on the format here in the States.
Meanwhile, Warner Archive is releasing The Hunger on 8/18 and The World According to Garp on 8/25, both on Blu-ray Disc. SRP is $19.79 each.
We finally have a look for you at Lionsgate’s Mad Men: The Complete Collection box set. Swag will include a pair of bourbon glasses, a book, and drink coasters. Click on the image to pre-order...
Here’s something awesome for deep catalog DVD fans: Universal is releasing a W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection on DVD only on 10/13. It will include 18 of his classic films, among them Million Dollar Legs, Alice in Wonderland (1933), The Old Fashioned Way, Poppy, My Little Chickadee, If I Had a Million, Six of a Kind, It’s a Gift, The Big Broadcast of 1938, The Bank Dick, International House, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, Mississippi, You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, Tillie and Gus, You’re Telling Me!, and Man on the Flying Trapeze.
A problem has been discovered with Criterion’s new HD transfer of Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill (there are significant color and geometry issues) and are correcting the Blu-ray release. The title had been set to street on 8/18. It may still street on that day, but Criterion has issued this statement on their website:
Finally today, Image Entertainment has set Dark Was the Night for Blu-ray release on 11/3, followed by Return to Sender on the format on 12/1.
We’ll leave you with a look at a bunch of new and recent Blu-ray cover artwork (with clickable Amazon pre-order links if available)…
- Bill Hunt