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Wednesday, 29 September 2021 16:41

Sony sets a 3-film Karate Kid Collection for 4K on 12/7, plus Warner Archive’s October slate, new Blu-ray reviews & more

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Today’s update is just a quick one, but we have more reviews for you and some great announcement news too...

First up, I’ve just taken an in-depth look at Imprint’s new Space: 1999 – The Complete Series Ultimate Edition Blu-ray box set, which is far and away the most comprehensive version of the series released yet on this format. It contains all 48 episodes of the series in 1080p (the Network remasters) with the correct mono & 5.1 audio mixes (not the flawed 5.1 from the Shout! Factory set), PLUS nearly all of the special features from the Network Blu-ray sets, AND nearly all of the recent Shout! Factory exclusive extras, AND all four compilation films too! It even comes with a new 48-page liner notes book, The Making of Space: 1999, by Ian Fryer of Fanderson. Best of all? It’s an ALL REGION release, so there’s not need to have an all-region Blu-ray player to watch the contents. As an Australian import, it’s a little pricey. But if you’re a fan of this series, trust me when I say that this is definitely the Blu-ray set you want.

Also today, our own Tim Salmons has taken a look at Imprint’s new Blu-ray edition of Mike Newell’s The Awakening (1980). And he’s reviewed the recent Scream Factory version of The Awakening as well, for the sake of comparison. [Read on here...]

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Now then, that announcement news...

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set The Karate Kid Collection for release on 4K Ultra HD on 12/7 (SRP $75.99). The box set will contain the recent The Karate Kid: 35th Anniversary Edition in 4K, along with new UHD versions of The Karate Kid: Part II and The Karate Kid: Part III. The set is planned to street just three weeks before the debut of the fourth season of the sequel TV series Cobra Kai, which arrives on Netflix on 12/31 (New Year’s Eve). All three films will feature Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range, along with Dolby Atmos audio. The existing Blu-ray special features will carry over and you’ll get some new features too, including deleted scenes for the first two films. Here’s what the set looks like (and if you click here, or on the image below, you can pre-order it right now on

The Karate Kid Collection (4K Ultra HD)

We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly. And if you haven’t checked that out yet, the list includes every major title released on the format in the US or Europe, with Amazon and/or Zavvi order links if available, as well as links to our reviews here at The Bits, all organized by studio and release date. It’s also the place where we keep track of upcoming and yet-to-be-announced 4K titles. So if you’re a fan of the Ultra HD format, do give it a look.

One more thing for you today... the Warner Archive Collection has just unveiled its October Blu-ray slate, which will include Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 and Night Shift (1982) on 10/5, a Val Lewton Double Feature of Bedlam (1946) and The Ghost Ship (1943) on 10/12, Mad Love (1935) on 10/19, and Dinner at Eight (1933), Eye of the Devil (1966), Children of the Damned (1964), and Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933) on 10/26. Here’s a look at the cover artwork for most of them with Amazon links...

Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 (Blu-ray Disc) Children of the Damned (Blu-ray Disc) Mad Love (Blu-ray Disc)

Ghost Ship/Bedlam (Blu-ray Disc) Dinner at Eight (Blu-ray Disc) Eye of the Devil (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for now! Stay tuned...

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