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Monday, 12 September 2016 16:29

Taxi Driver: 40th, Rush Hour Trilogy, new Donnie Darko (Reg B), Fists of Fury & more

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The big news today is that Sony is bringing Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver back to theaters (on 10/16 and 10/19) for its 40th Anniversary, and will re-issue the film on Blu-ray in a new Taxi Driver: 40th Anniversary Edition that’s mastered from the film’s 4K restoration (which was supervised by Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman). The 2-disc set, which streets on 11/8, will include much legacy bonus material along with a new 40-minute Q&A with Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and more, recorded live at the Beacon Theatre in New York City at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

The specific list of extras includes: Disc One – Taxi Driver Q&AInteractive Script to Screen, original 1986 commentary with Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader (recorded by The Criterion Collection), additional commentaries by Schrader and by Professor Robert Kolker, 6 featurettes (Martin Scorsese on Taxi DriverProducing Taxi DriverGod’s Lonely ManTaxi Driver StoriesTravis’ New York, and Travis’ New York Locations), and the film’s theatrical trailer; Disc Two – The Making of Taxi Driver documentary, Storyboard to Film Comparisons (with Scorsese introduction), and Animated Photo Galleries. You can see the cover artwork above left and below.  [Read on here…] 

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Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set the Rush Hour Trilogy for Blu-ray release on 10/11, including Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, and Rush Hour 3, with a brand new bonus disc of extras that includes the Brett & Jackie: A Look Back at Rush Hour featurette. All the original special features for each film will carry over as well. SRP is $24.98.

Warner and Lucasfilm have also set Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – The Complete Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/6. All 13 episodes will be included.

Any fans of Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko out there? Arrow Video is releasing a new 4-disc Donnie Darko: Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo set on 12/12 (in Region B only for now – SRP £34.99). It includes an amazing list of bonus features, including new 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut from the original camera negatives supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster, both HD and SD presentations of both cuts, 5.1 DTS-HD on Blu-ray, commentary by Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal on the Theatrical Cut, commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval on the Theatrical Cut, commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith on the Director’s Cut, brand-new interviews with Richard Kelly and others, Kelly’s 1996 short film The Goodbye Place, The Donnie Darko Production Diary, archive interviews (with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala, and cinematographer Steven Poster), 3 archive featurettes (They Made Me Do It, They Made Me Do It Too, and #1 Fan: A Darkomentary), storyboard comparisons, B-roll footage, Cunning Visions infomercials, Gary Jules’ Mad World music video, galleries, trailers, TV spots, and an exclusive collector’s book (containing new writing by Nathan Rabin, Anton Bitel and Jamie Graham, an in-depth interview with Richard Kelly, introduction by Jake Gyllenhaal and contemporary coverage, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials). Here’s what it looks like (click on the image to pre-order it via

Donnie Darko: Limited Edition (Region B Blu-ray)

Also today, Shout Factory has set the Bruce Lee films Fists of Fury and The Chinese Connection as their new Shout Select Collector’s Edition titles due on Blu-ray on 12/6.

And Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set Bad Moms for Blu-ray and DVD release on 11/1, with the Digital HD version due on 10/18. Extras will include deleted scenes, a gag reel, and Cast & Mom Interviews.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for a number of the titles mentioned above, with clickable pre-order links (if available)...

Taxi Driver: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)   Rush Hour Trilogy (Blu-ray Disc)   LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures - Season One (Blu-ray Disc)

Dreamscape (Blu-ray Disc)   Fists of Fury (Blu-ray Disc)   The Chinese Connection (Blu-ray Disc)

Black Christmas: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)   Let's Be Evil (Blu-ray Disc)   The House That Screamed (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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