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Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:27

Oktoberfest continues, What If, lost Sherlock Holmes film discovered & Criterion BD issue update

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Adam’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest continues today with a review of Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers on Blu-ray from Scream’s new Halloween: The Complete Collection box set. Enjoy!

In announcement news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and CBS Films have set What If for Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 11/15. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe. Extras on the Blu-ray only include 3 deleted scenes and 4 featurettes (Blurred Lines, Opposites Attract, Behind the Scenes of What If, and A Modern Love Story).  [Read on here…]

Also, Magnolia is releasing an Extended Director’s Cut of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2 on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/25 (SRP $39.98 and $34.98) that’s over 5 and a half hours long.

And the Chinese-language historical drama The Last Supper arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 10/14 (SRP $19.93 and $14.93 for the discs) from Random Media and Cinedigm.

Here’s something pretty cool: A long lost Sherlock Holmes film from 1916 has been found. The film starred William Gillette. The Cinémathèque Française announced the discovery of an original nitrate print. It’s currently being restored and will be made available at a future date. More here at Varietyhere at the excellent I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere website and here at the Cinémathèque Française. Thanks to Bits reader David D. for the heads-up!

And just a quick update on the Criterion Blu-ray issue. We’re still awaiting further details, but Criterion has been issuing this statement to those who inquire about it:

“Thank you for writing in regarding a discoloration and playability problem with one or more of your Criterion discs. We are aware of this issue, which appears to affect a number of titles pressed four or five years ago at a pressing plant that we no longer use, and we are currently working on a solution. Please be assured that we are dedicated to your satisfaction and will be replacing defective discs. As soon as we have a system in place to handle exchanges efficiently, we will send out a link with instructions on how to receive replacement discs. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through this issue. All the best and thanks for supporting Criterion!”

We’ll post further updates as they come in.

Here’s some more Blu-ray cover artwork...

Nymphomaniac 1 & 2 Extended (Blu-ray Disc)    The Congress (Blu-ray Disc)    Witness to Murder (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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