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Wednesday, 08 September 2021 17:25

The Suicide Squad set for BD & 4K on 10/26, plus Ragtime, Tex Avery V4, The Crown S4, classic Bond 4K in 2022 & MUCH more

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All right, sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, but we’ve been swamped working on new disc reviews for you guys. And in fact, over the last few days, we’ve posted several of them, including...

My take on Paramount’s new Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection which includes the theatrical edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, both versions of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc.

My in-depth look at David Lynch’s Dune: Limited Edition in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video, featuring a gorgeous remastered image and both new and legacy extras.

And also my look at Random Space Media’s recent Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection 36-disc Blu-ray box set, which contains the original 1979 feature film, the original TV series, Galactica 1980, the more recent reboot TV series (plus its tie-in films), and—for the first time in Region A—Caprica: The Complete Series.

But that’s not all: Stephen has posted a review of Paul Morrissey’s Blood for Dracula in 4K Ultra HD from Severin Films.

And Tim has reviewed Smokey and the Bandit on 4K Ultra HD from Universal.

Tim’s also turned in his thoughts on Via Vision’s Hammer Horror: Four Gothic Horror Films box set, which includes Countess Dracula, Hands of the Ripper, Twins of Evil, and Vampire Circus on Blu-ray. [Read on here...]

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More reviews are on the way in the days to come, so be sure to stay tuned for them.

Speaking of Star Trek, a number of you have emailed or messaged us to report that you’re having trouble finding copies of the 4K set and Blu-rays, or that your pre-orders haven’t yet shipped. The studio is simply having some difficulty replicating enough product to meet demand, but the situation should stabilize in a week or two.

Now then, in terms of announcement news today, the big one is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC have just officially set James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/26, with the Digital release expected on 9/17. The 4K and Blu-ray will include English Dolby Atmos sound, and the 4K will feature HDR10 high dynamic range. Extras will include audio commentary by James Gunn, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, 8 featurettes (Gotta Love the Squad, The Way of the Gunn, It’s a Suicide Mission Scene Breakdown, My Guns Bigger Than Yours Scene Breakdown, Harley’s Great Escape Scene Breakdown, The Fall of Jotunheim Scene Breakdown, Starro: It’s a Freakin Kaiju!, and Bringing King Shark to Life), and 3 “retro” trailers (War Movie, Horror Movie, and Buddy-Cop). You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Also today, Paramount has set Milos Forman’s Ragtime for release on Blu-ray on 11/16 as part of its Paramount Presents line. Released in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary, the 2-disc set will include the newly-remastered theatrical version of the film along with a new Director’s Workprint version. Also included will be new deleted and extended scenes, the new Ragtime Revisited: A Conversation with Larry Karaszewski and screenwriter Michael Weller on Ragtime featurette, and legacy extras including audio commentary with Forman and producer Michael Hausman, the previous deleted scene, and Remembering Ragtime. You can see the cover art for that below as well.

Lionsgate has announced The Colony for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/12, followed by The Protégé on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/19, and Megan is Missing, On the Rocks, the Steel Dawn: Vestron Video Collector’s Series on Blu-ray on 10/26. What’s more, the studio is releasing Rob Zombie’s 31 on Blu-ray in Steelbook packaging exclusively at Target stores.

Here’s something exciting: The Warner Archive Collection is releasing Tex Avery: Screwball Classics Volume 3 on Blu-ray on 10/5, and word is that a Volume 4 is on the way as well! You can see the cover artwork below. Our friend Jerry Beck has more details on this today over at his excellent Cartoon Research website.

And Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set The Crown: The Complete Fourth Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/2.

In 4K Ultra HD news (or let’s just call it rumor for the moment), the German online retailer JPC has just listed a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook version of the James Bond classic Goldfinger (1964) for release on 12/2. Next year represents the 60th anniversary of the Bond franchise (Dr. No was first released in theaters in 1962), so it seems very likely that we’re going to see a lot of 007 on 4K Ultra HD next year. And for those wondering, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment now holds the domestic US home video distribution rights to the classic Bond films, while Universal holds them internationally (they also have the worldwide rights to No Time to Die and all new films going forward). Sony may retain the US domestic rights to the other Craig films—we’re not 100% sure on that front.

And in other news today, WarnerMedia has announced that their HBO Max streaming service will launch in Europe on October 26, starting with 6 countries: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, and Andorra.

Finally today, we need to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of actors Jean-Paul Belmondo (Breathless, Pierrot le Fou) and Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Lovecraft Country, Boardwalk Empire). The former was a groundbreaking star of the French New Wave movement and the latter an immensely talented character actor who made so many great HBO series worth watching. Belmondo was 88. Williams was just 54. Both will be dearly missed. You can read more on each here and here via The New York Times.

All right, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a bunch of forthcoming Blu-ray and 4K titles (with Amazon links if available)...

The Suicide Squad (4K Ultra HD) The Suicide Squad (Blu-ray Disc) Ragtime: Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Disc)

Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 (Blu-ray Disc) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Editions (Remastered Blu-ray Disc) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Theatrical Editions (Remastered Blu-ray Disc)

The Colony (Blu-ray Disc) Steel Dawn: Vestron Video Collector's Series (Blu-ray Disc) The Green Knight (4K Ultra HD)

Back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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