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I’m working on a few more of those Ultra HD reviews for posting over the next couple days, so today’s update is going to be brief. But we do have a few interesting items for you today...

First up, our own Tim Salmons has just kicked off his latest installments of his Dailies: Pick-Ups column. This week, Tim’s going to catch up with a few great Blu-ray titles from our friends at Arrow Video, the first of which is Buddy Cooper’s The Mutilator (1985). Do give it a look.  [Read on here…]

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Okay, we’re rounding out the week with a little title announcement catch-up. My plan had been to post a new UHD review each day all week, but then of course it became obvious that the Star Wars Blu-ray announcement was about to happen and that threw off the plan, as such things often do. I do have a review of Sony’s 4K UHD Blu-ray of Chappie in the works, which is a true 4K title, and I’ll have that for you Monday. Look for more UHD reviews next week as well.

That said, our own Tim Salmons has just posted a review of one of my favorite films of 2015, Ryan Coogler’s Creed, which is now available on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video. It’s a great film with tons of heart – a Rocky sequel that actually stands on its own beautifully. Stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone really shine in it. Do give it a look.  [Read on here…]

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All right, folks... as predicted, Disney has just made their official announcement of the home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Extras are exactly as leaks predicted. So too are the different retailer exclusives. The good news for you Blu-ray 3D fans if that Disney has confirmed that a Blu-ray 3D version is coming later this year. That suggests that this first release of the film on Blu-ray is just the vanilla version, and that there could be a more elaborate special edition package (with 3D) coming in time to promote the theatrical release of Star Wars: Rogue One during the holiday season. There's no mention of a 4K UHD version, but our sources tell us that Disney isn’t planning to get into the 4K game until late 2016 or early 2017, so it’s possible there could be one then.

In any case, here’s the official press release, with all of the final cover artwork... [Read on here…]

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All right, while we wait for an official announcement of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray and DVD, let’s run down a little other new release news...

First, on the 4K UHD front, Amazon has just listed 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool for pre-order. No street date is yet listed, but presumably it will be day and date with regular Blu-ray and DVD.

Fox has also set A Royal Night Out for DVD release on 5/3, with the digital HD release due on 4/19.  [Read on here…]

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All right, folks... it looks like we have more Internet-leaked Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray news for you this morning and the pace of the leaks is such that, again, we would expect the official announcement anytime now.

First, an image has leaked from a retail display in the UK suggesting that the official street date there for the DVD and Blu-ray is 4/18, which is a Monday.  [Read on here…]

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