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Monday, 04 September 2023 19:12

Sony sets Rudy for 4K in November, plus Dr. Caligari, Kino Cult, 4K street date updates & a good Walter Murch interview

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We’ve got a couple quick updates for you over the long Labor Day weekend here at The Bits...

The big one is that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set David Anspaugh’s Rudy (1993) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 11/11, complete with both the 114-minute Theatrical Cut and a new 127-minute Director’s Cut in 4K, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. Both are fully restored from original camera negative and the process was approved by the director. The 4K disc also includes English 5.1 DTS-HD MA for both versions, plus 2.0 audio for the Theatrical Cut. You also get a new commentary with Anspaugh and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo on the Director’s Cut, 5 additional deleted scenes, and the film’s trailer.

The package will also include the previous Blu-ray that offers 5.1 audio and 3 legacy featurettes (Rudy: The Real Story, Production, and First Down with Sean Astin). It comes in Steelbook packaging. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below the break.

Also today, Mondo Macabro and CAV have set Stephen Sayadian’s Dr. Caligari (1989) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 11/14, featuring both full frame and 1.85 theatrical versions, an isolated music and effects track, audio commentary with the director, and several interview featurettes. Audio will be 2.0 DTS-HD MA. [Read on here...]

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Coming to Blu-ray only on 11/14 from Mondo Macabro and CAV are Xavier Seto’s Shadow of Death (1969) and Jess Franco’s The Sinister Dr. Orloff (1984).

Kino Lorber has announced that they’re launching a new Kino Cult label in October, starting with new Blu-ray special editions of Jess Franco’s Lorna the Exorcist (1974) and Phil Smoot’s Alien Outlaw (1985) and The Dark Power (1985). They’re also going to release some 4K UHD titles, including George Pavulou’s Underworld (1985), with Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS (1975), Ilsa: Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976), Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977), and Ilsa, the Wicked Woman (1977) already announced (and planned for next year).

And Paramount has announced that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is now available on Digital, and the physical Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K UHD street dates will be announced at a later date. (Note that our industry sources are suggesting a street date of 11/21.)

Also, we have more “unofficial” release dates for you today from our industry and retailer sources, including catalog 4K and new release Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD titles as well. But do keep in mind that all of these dates should be considered unofficially and subject to change until the studios in question make their actual announcements...

It appears that Paramount may be getting ready to release David Zucker’s The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) on 4K Ultra HD on 11/18. The pre-order page briefly appeared on Amazon but has since been pulled down. And it should be noted that all three Naked Guns films are already available in 4K Digital. So a physical release makes a lot of sense.

We also continue to hear that Paramount is looking at 10/31 as the street date for Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023).

You may recall that we revealed last week that Oliver Stone’s JFK (1991) and Alexander (2004) are coming to 4K Ultra HD. Multiple sources now have suggested that they’re likely coming from Shout! Factory, either in Q4 of this year or early Q1 of next year. No, we don’t know which versions, so be patient—all should be revealed in good time.

Meanwhile, we’re hearing that Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and DC Studios are tentatively planning a 10/17 street date for Angel Manuel Soto’s Blue Beetle (2023). Warner is also likely to release Michael Chaves’ The Nun II (2023) on physical media on 11/14.

We expect Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to drop Neill Blomkamp’s Gran Turismo (2023) on disc on 10/31, with Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer 3 (2023) likely to follow on 11/14. And look for Sony to re-issue their previous 4K editions of Stand by Me, The Guns of Navarone, Black Hawk Down, and A Few Good Men as 4K Steelbooks before the end of the year, this time with Dolby Vision HDR.

Also, Lucasfilm has posted a good interview with legendary sound mixer Walter Murch, in which he discusses his work and the new 5.1 mix for George Lucas’ American Graffiti (1973), which is coming to 4K UHD from Universal on 11/7.

Now then, we’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for several recently-announced Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K titles, most of which are now available for pre-order on Amazon. Don’t forget that anytime you order literally anything from Amazon in the same session after clicking to them from one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits which we greatly appreciate. And if you pre-order the title now, and Amazon’s sale price drops between now and street date (which is typically does), you’ll always get that lowest price...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (4K Ultra HD) The Muppets Take Manhattan (4K Ultra HD) Rudy (4K Ultra HD)

Sympathy for the Devil (4K Ultra HD) The Boys: Season Three (Blu-ray Disc) Jules (DVD)

Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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