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Thursday, 27 August 2020 17:57

El Camino finally comes to Blu-ray, plus new KL Studio Classics titles, and Zavvi’s 11th anniversary BD/4K sale is on!

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All right, I’m busy working on a review of Studio Canal’s new 4K Ultra HD release of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which is available now (click here). Note however the disc only has 2.0 audio. It’s a release that superfans of the film will certainly want, but for almost everyone else, the terrific Shout! Factory release is still going to be the preferred version (though sadly it’s essentially out of print). I hope to have the review up soon.

Meanwhile, Tim has posted reviews of another pair of 4K titles from our friends at Blue Underground and director Lucio Fulci, the horror/gaillo titles The House by the Cemetery (1981) and The New York Ripper (1982). Looks like both discs are worth your time, if you’re a fan of the filmmaker (though I will confess that graphic horror and gore isn’t really my thing).

In any case, if you’re wondering why we’ve blacked out the cover artwork (save for the title logos), it’s this: Google advertising routinely flags images that are sexually suggestive or violent. Not that either of these is especially bad, but it’s not a person that makes these decision, it’s an AI that tends to flag things randomly. When it does flag something, it turns off advertising and then it’s a whole stupid process of requesting a review. Given our limited resources, we really can’t waste time dealing with it. So there you go.

Yes, it turns out the Internet is just as stupid as everything else in 2020. [Read on here...]

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Anyway, in announcement news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed that they’re finally releasing El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Blu-ray Disc in Steelbook packaging on 10/13. Written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the sequel film follows Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman in the aftermath of the Breaking Bad finale and was a Netflix original. Extras on the Blu-ray will include audio commentary with Gilligan and Paul, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and Scene Studies with Vince Gilligan. Both the Blu-ray and included DVD will also include a Super Commentary! (featuring 46 members of the cast and crew), the Making El Camino behind-the-scenes documentary, the Snow Globe short, Skinny Pete in the Box and On the Radio teasers, Rocker Salvage and Vamonos Pest commercials, Enchanted by Chloe x Halle, and Visual Effects Design Galleries. You can see the cover artwork above left.

Also, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has recently revealed more November and TBA catalog Blu-ray releases, including Henry Hathaway’s The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) and Tay Garnett’s Seven Sinners (1940 – starring John Wayne) on 11/3, Oz Scott and Michael Schultz’s Bustin’ Loose (1981 – starring Richard Pryor), Joe Dante, John Landis, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, and Robert K. Weiss’ Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), and Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me (1971) on 11/10, and Robert Aldrich’s Apache (1954) and a pair of Marty Feldman comedies including The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977) and In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion – 1980) all TBA.

And in other news, our old friend and Bits alum Dr. Adam Jahnke has been doing some terrific Disney Plus-Or-Minus retrospectives lately over on his own Jahnke’s Electric Theatre blog. His most recent include looks at Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Do give them a look, we think you’ll really enjoy them.

Finally today, our recent affiliate partner Zavvi is celebrating its 11th birthday this weekend with a series of sales lasting until August 31. Among them, you can get::

Also, we expect more 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Steelbook exclusives to drop this weekend including (and I’m advised I can leak this) Rogue One and Solo. Here’s a look at the Rogue One Steelbook (the direct pre-order link becomes available at Midnight tonight PST and 8 AM BST)...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Zavvi exclusive 4K Steelbook)

Solo is expected to follow early on Saturday morning (PST). So keep your eyes peeled.

As always, remember that the some of the Blu-ray titles available from Zavvi will be coded for Region B, but the 4K titles will be all-region.

And that’s it for today. Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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