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Love Story, new Warner Archive & Kino titles, our review of Curse of Frankenstein, and Jeremy Bulloch RIP

December 17, 2020 - 6:06 pm   |   by
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All right, we’ve got another new review for you today, along with some more announcement news and a bit of sad news to report as well...

First up, that review: Tim has just posted his in-depth take on Terence Fisher’s Hammer Films classic The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), now available on Blu-ray in a new 2-disc Special Edition from the Warner Archive Collection. It’s a great film restoration and it sounds like a great disc too, featuring a new audio commentary by our friend Constantine Nasr with Steve Haberman. This is one you’re not going to want to miss if you love the vintage horror genre.

Speaking of the Warner Archive, they’ve just revealed their featured January Blu-ray titles, which are set to include the classic films The Pajama Game, Good News, Room for One More, After the Thin Man, and The Man Who Would Be King, along with The 100: The Seventh and Final Season. Look also for Speedway and Boogie Nights on DVD only.

Paramount has just officially set Arthur Hiller’s Love Story (1970) newly-restored as a Paramount Presents Blu-ray edition on 2/9. Extras will include “a new Filmmaker Focus with film historian Leonard Maltin, with previously released content including a commentary by director Arthur Hiller, an introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz, Love Story: A Classic Remembered, and the theatrical trailer, plus access to a Digital copy of the film.” [Read on here...]

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Climb on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 1/19.

Shout! Factory and GKids are releasing a pair of their Studio Ghibli animated films in new Steelbook Blu-ray editions on 3/16, including The Cat Returns and Whisper of the Heart. They also have On-Gaku: Our Sound due on Blu-ray on 3/9.

Well Go USA has set Choi Jae-hoon’s South Koran historical actioner The Swordsman for release on Blu-ray and Digital on 2/16.

Lionsgate will release The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/16, featuring actor/comedian Paul Hogan as himself, along with John Cleese, Chevy Chase, Olivia Newton-John, and Jacob Elordi. The studio has also announced Love, Weddings & Other Disasters for Blu-ray and DVD on 2/2.

Kino Lorber has revealed its February 2021 slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles (for its own and distributed labels), which is set to include Nationtime (BD and DVD), Survivor Skills (DVD), and The Great Alligator (BD) on 2/2, Devil Times Five (BD), Devil’s Express (BD), Jazz on a Summer’s Day (BD and DVD), and Billie (DVD) on 2/9, Bordertown: Season 2 (BD and DVD), Man with a Movie Camera (BD), The Unseen (BD), and Slithis (BD) on 2/16, and You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski (DVD), Port of Freedom (BD), and 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story (DVD) on 2/23.

Screen Media will release the thriller Girls on DVD on 1/5.

Shudder and RLJE Films have set The Cleansing Hour for DVD and Digital HD release on 1/19.

RLJE will also release Spiral on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/19.

And 4Digital Media is releasing The Village in the Woods on DVD and Digital on 1/19 as well.

Meanwhile, CAV and Grindhouse are releasing The Swimmer on Blu-ray on 1/26, complete with Marvin Hamlish’s newly-restored soundtrack on CD.

And MPI Media Group, Darren Wadyko Media, and Albets Enterprises will release Betty White’s Pet Set: The Complete Series on DVD and Digital on 2/23.

In other news today, don’t forget that you Roku users now have access to the HBO Max app on your streaming devices today. If you already had the HBO app installed, it should now automatically update to HBO Max when you login.

Also, tonight is the finale of The Mandalorian: Season 2 on Disney+ for those of you who may be interested.

In keeping with the Star Wars theme today, the official website has shared another great behind-the-scene video with rare outtakes and set footage from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. You can watch it here...

And sadly (also in keeping with the Star Wars theme), we’re very sorry to learn today that actor Jeremy Bulloch has died. He was, of course, the first actor to play Boba Fett in live action (in Empire). He also appeared in a number of Bond films, as well as episodes of Doctor Who and Robin of Sherwood. Jeremy was 75. You can read more about him here at BBC News and here at Deadline.

That’s all for today. As always, stay tuned…

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