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All right, we’re back with our first post of the new year featuring a quick release news update…

First, Universal has set Anna Karenina for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 2/19. Extras on both versions will include deleted scenes, audio commentary with director Joe Wright and 6 featurettes (Anna Karenina: An Epic Story About Love, Adapting Tolstoy, Keira as Anna, On the Set with Director Joe Wright, Dressing Anna and Anna Karenina: Time-Lapse Photography), along with the usual interactive bells and whistles.

Paramount has officially set Flight for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 2/5. Extras will include 4 featurettes (Origins of Flight, The Making of Flight, Anatomy of a Plane Crash and Q&A Highlights).

Paramount and Nickelodeon will also release Fun Size on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/19.

Disney has officially set Wreck-It Ralph for 4-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo, 2-disc Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 3/5. You’ll also be able to watch the film in HD streaming and HD3D streaming starting on 2/12. Extras will include deleted and alternate scenes, the Paperman animated short, the Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph featurette and various video game commercials (for Fix It Felix Jr., Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty and Fix It Felix Hammer). The Blu-rays will also include an exclusive Disney Intermission: The Gamer’s Guide to Wreck-It-Ralph interactive viewing mode.

Retail sources also tell us that Disney is planning on releasing The Little Mermaid as a 2D and 3D Diamond Edition on Blu-ray sometime late this summer, following a planned theatrical re-issue in 3D.

Also, Sony has announced another round of MOD DVD-R releases due on 2/5 (SRP $20.95 each) including Blue Moon, The Spanish Prisoner, Five Golden Hours, Ambush at Tomahawk Gap, The Bamboo Prison, Matter of Wife… and Death, Apache Ambush, The Brigand, Ghost of the China Sea, Target Hong Kong, There’s Always a Woman, Re-Modeled: The Complete First Season and Harvard Park.

Magnolia has set the Danish film Royal Affair for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/26.

And Criterion has begun teasing its 2013 Blu-ray and DVD release slate by releasing a drawing with clues to upcoming titles. Among the possible suspects include James Marsh’s Man on Wire, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!, David Lynch’s Eraserhead, Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone, Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Gate of Hell, Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast, Delmer Daves’ 3:10 to Yuma and possibly David Cronenberg’s Scanners. I’d sure like to see the Zatoichi films and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in the mix for 2013 too. Fingers crossed.

Around the Net today, Amazon is now taking pre-orders for Paramount’s Jack Reacher, DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians and Weinstein’s Django Unchained on Blu-ray. Not street dates have yet been announced.

And here at the site today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking to them through our links goes to help support our work here at the site and we surely do appreciate it!

Here’s a look at the BD cover art for Paramount’s Flight, Disney’s Little Mermaid 3D (TBA) and Universal’s Anna Karenina

Flight (Blu-ray Disc)    The Little Mermaid 3D: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Anna Karenina (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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