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Criterion’s February slate, plus new Shout, Scream & Kino titles, & William Goldman RIP

November 16, 2018 - 12:51 pm   |   by
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We our close out of the week with three more new disc reviews…

We’ve got Tim’s take on the Zombiology/Vidar the Vampire double feature Blu-ray from Dread Central and Dennis’ thoughts on The Witch Files on DVD from Dark Sky and Bruce’s Deadly Fingers on Blu-ray from VCI Entertainment. Enjoy!

In terms of news today, our friends at The Criterion Collection have just unveiled their February 2019 slate and it includes some very nice titles indeed. It starts with Ingmar Bergman’s Shame (Spine #961 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/5. Next up is Henri-Georges Clouzot’s La vérité (Spine #960 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an upgrade of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (Spine #411 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/12. Then you can look forward to Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice (Spine #962 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/19 and Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger (Spine #963 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/26. [Read on here...]

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You can read more about these titles here, and you can see the cover artwork and pre-order them all below from Amazon.com. We’ve updated the 4K Ultra HD Release List accordingly.

In other news today, Shout! Factory has set their next Shout Select Blu-ray titles for release in February, including the Four Weddings and a Funeral: 25th Anniversary Edition on 2/12, Back Beat and The Street Fighter Collection on 2/19, and Used Cars and the Legally Blonde Collection on 2/26. Look also for The Slipper and the Rose on 2/5.

Shout! will also release Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo on 2/5.

Meanwhile, Scream Factory will release Mermaids: Lake of the Dead and Black ’47 on 2/5, the Valentine: Collector’s Edition and the Poison Ivy Collection on 2/12, The Return of the Vampire on 2/19, and The Mole People, The Vengeance of She, and Willard on 2/26.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has also announced a few more titles they have in the works for Blu-ay and DVD, including Rider on the Rain (1970 – coming soon), Dead of Night (1945 – coming soon), The Champagne Murders (1967 – coming soon), Zachariah (1971 – 2/5), and Kotch (1971 – 2/5).

And we’ve learned that Paramount is going to be releasing a Star Trek: Stardate Collection Blu-ray on 2/5. But before you get too excited, this is going to be the exact same box set of the feature films released previously. No word yet on possible 4K Ultra HD releases of any of these films.

Finally today, we’ve like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of writer William Goldman, the man responsible for the screenplays to such films as All the President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Misery, Chaplin, The Stepford Wives, A Bridge too Far, and many more. Goldman was also a novelist, whose work includes Marathon Man and of course the much-beloved The Princess Bride. And he wrote about his profession too, in such books as Adventures in the Screen Trade. Goldman was 87. You can read more about him here at The New York Times.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for most of the new Criterion titles and more. Click on the cover art to pre-order each on Amazon.com if available…

Berlin Alexanderplatz (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Shame (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) La vérité (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Death in Venice (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) The Mole People (Blu-ray Disc) The Return of the Vampire (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for this week. See you back here on Monday. Stay tuned…!

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