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Wednesday, 02 November 2022 18:18

Look, Up in the Sky! Warner to bow Superman II-IV in 4K in 2023, plus Double Jeopardy in Ultra HD, Shout/Scream’s January slate & more!

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Yes, it’s true!

This is information I first heard from industry insiders about six months ago, but was asked to keep quiet about to allow the work to be completed. But retailers are just now starting to catch wind of it, so I can unofficially confirm it here:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is planning to release Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace in 4K Ultra HD in early 2023!

Superman II will include both the original theatrical version and the Richard Donner Cut.

Our sources suggest that—like Superman: The Movie in 4K—all three of these will feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Street date is still TBA on these officially, however we’ve been hearing Q2 2023, and Amazon UK has just leaked a 3 April street date for Superman III on their website (click here for that).

Do keep in mind that none of this should be considered 100% kosher and official until the studio makes their actual announcements in the weeks and months ahead. But Superman fans should be very happy around April of next year. [Read on here...]

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Oh, but there’s more 4K and Blu-ray news to report today...

Shout! and Scream Factory have revealed their January 2023 release slate, which is set to include a Season of Love double feature (DVD) and Ouija (2014 – 4K UHD/Blu-ray) on 1/10, Wrath of Man (2021 – 4K UHD/Blu-ray), Gunfight at Rio Bravo (DVD), and a They Live Steelbook (4K UHD/Blu-ray and 4K UHD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition) on 1/17, the Halloween Ends: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Vinyl LP) on 1/20, The Jackie Chan Collection: Volume 1 (1976-1982) box set (Blu-ray), Inu-Oh (Blu-ray), and Freaky (2004 – 4K UHD/Blu-ray) on 1/24, and Sesame Street: Elmo & Tango – Furry Friends Forever (DVD) and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (2004 – 4K UHD/Blu-ray) on 1/31.

The Jackie Chan Collection: Volume 1 (1976-1982) set will include The Killer Meteors (1976), Shaolin Wooden Men (1976), To Kill with Intrigue (1977), Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin (1978), Dragon Fist (1979), Battle Creek Brawl (1980), and Dragon Lord (1982). You can see the cover artwork for many of these below.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially set The Woman King for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/13.

Sony will also release Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2023) on all three formats that same day.

Paramount will release Smile (2022) on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/13 as well.

On the catalog front, Paramount has just set Double Jeopardy (1999) for release in 4K Ultra HD on 1/17/23 as a new Paramount Presents Limited Edition. They’re also re-issuing Cloverfield in 4K Steelbook packaging that same day.

And we have one more bit of catalog release news for you this afternoon...

Our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just announced Robert Short’s Programmed to Kill (1987) for Blu-ray release on 1/17, followed by Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai (1948) and Peter Newbrook’s The Asphyx (1972) on Blu-ray and Peter Collinson’s The Italian Job (1969) on 4K Ultra HD on 1/31.

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We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for many of the titles mentioned above (including The Remains of the Day 4K) with pre-order links (just click on the covers)...

The Remains of the Day (4K Ultra HD) Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead (4K Ultra HD) Double Jeopardy (4K Ultra HD)

Smile (4K Ultra HD) The Woman King (4K Ultra HD) Jackie Chan Collection: Volume 1 (Blu-ray Disc)

Ouija (4K Ultra HD) They Live (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD) Cloverfield (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD)

Freaky (4K Ultra HD) Wrath of Man (4K Ultra HD) Lyle Lyle Crocodile (4K Ultra HD)

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