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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:37

Warner Archive sets Doc Savage for Blu, plus Sausage Party 4K, IT Crowd, Family Guy: S14 & 12” LP packaging for Blu-ray?!

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We’ve got another new Blu-ray review for you today: Tim has taken a look Scream Factory’s new Carrie: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray as part of his Pick-Ups round-up of titles this week, and he’s found it to be yet another worth release from the company. Do give it a look.

In announcement news today, the Warner Archive has revealed that it’s bringing Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) to Blu-ray. The release date is TBA, but the disc will include a new HD remaster of the film, with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, and the theatrical trailer.  [Read on here…]

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It’s depressing to say this, but Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just announced Sausage Party for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format on 11/8, with the digital HD release due on 11/1. Yay. Extras include a bunch of featurettes, a gag reel, etc. Not exactly the kind of title that anyone who’s a 4K fan really gets excited about, but there it is.

Sony has also set Dead Rising: Endgame for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on 12/6. See this website for further details.

In other announcements, MPI Media Group has set The IT Crowd: The Complete Series for DVD release on 11/1.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has set Decommissioned for release on DVD and Digital HD on 12/6.

20th Century Fox has set Family Guy: Season Fourteen for release on DVD on 12/6. Two different covers will be available. Extras will include deleted scenes, audio commentary (on Peternormal Activity, Candy Quahog Marshmallow!, A Lot Going on Upstairs, and Peter’s Sister), The Art of Family Guy, a full episode animatic on A Lot Going on Upstairs, and a Talking Animals Mash-Up.

HBO will release Ballers: Season Two on Digital HD on 10/24.

Hutson Ranch Media and Panic Ventures have set The ID for release on Blu-ray on 10/25.

For you music fans, Eagle Rock Entertainment release Heart: Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and Digital Formats on 12/2.

And here’s something I find absolutely fascinating: The U.K. retailer is working with Walt Disney Home Entertainment to release major Blu-ray titles (4.7” discs, mind you) in 12” vinyl LP packaging (see this link)! They call them “Big Sleeve Edition” releases. That is just crazy... and quite possibly also a genius marketing attempt to attract younger buyers. Either way, it’s fascinating. There’s no word as to whether such releases will begin here in the States or not, but the world is now officially upside down.

Finding Dory (BD in LP packaging)   Guardians of the Galaxy (BD in LP packaging)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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