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Monday, 27 September 2021 17:45

Paramount sets Harold and Maude for Blu-ray release on 12/7, plus Alan Alda’s The Four Seasons, an L.A. Story update & more

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Afternoon, everyone! I trust you all had a great weekend.

We’ve got some more new disc reviews for you today, as expected, with more on the way all week long.

First up, I’ve given Tom Lowe immersive and mesmerizing native 4K documentary Awaken a look on Ultra HD from our friends at Gunpowder & Sky and DUST, via Vinegar Syndrome. Think Samsara and Baraka and you’re in the fight ballpark. The film is really gorgeous and it’s a nice 4K release, so do give it a look if you’re interested.

Also today, Tim has reviewed the great Carl Reiner’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) a look on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. As most of you know, this classic comedy stars Steve Martin.

And Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa (1986), as recently-released on Blu-ray by our friends at The Criterion Collection.

All of these titles are worth a look. [Read on here...]

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In announcement news today, Paramount has just set Hal Ashby’s cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) for release on Blu-ray on 12/7 as part of their Paramount Presents line-up. The film has been beautifully restored and remastered in honor of its 50th anniversary. Extras on the Blu-ray will include a new audio commentary with Larry Karaszewski and Cameron Crowe, the new Yusuf/Cat Stevens on Harold and Maude featurette, and two theatrical trailers for the film. You can see the cover artwork above-left and also below.

Harold and Maude (Blu-ray Disc)

Meanwhile, RLJE Films has set Skull: The Mask for release on DVD, Digital and VOD on 10/26.

Here’s a nice surprise: Kino Lorber Studio Classics is releasing Alan Alda’s 1981 comedy drama The Four Seasons on Blu-ray Disc on 12/14. The film stars Alda, Carol Burnett, and Rita Moreno. Thanks to Bits reader Michael D. for the heads-up!

Speaking of KLSC, I’ve updated my review of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics to include new image-quality information reflecting a direct comparison of the KLSC Blu-ray and 4K discs to Criterion’s recent Blu-ray release. So do give that a look if you’re interested.

Also, we’ve learned that Lionsgate’s forthcoming Blu-ray release of L.A. Story will feature a brand-new interview with director Mick Jackson called O2BINLA: Mick Jackson’s L.A. Stories. We’re certainly looking forward to checking that one out.

And finally, we’ve confirmed once more that Lionsgate will be releasing both Akira Kurosawa’s Ran and Highlander (1986) on 4K Ultra HD, but the street dates are still TBA. We’ll update our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits when we have more detailed information.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...!

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