We’ve got a couple interesting things for you this afternoon before we get to today’s release news...
First up, reviews... I’ve posted my in-depth thoughts on Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) in 4K Ultra HD here at The Bits and will have reviews of Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin in 4K over the next few days. The upshot of this first Batman film in 4K is that Warner’s new transfer and Atmos mix are terrific, but the HDR may take a little getting used to and a few of the sound effects have been changed for reasons explained in the review. You can read that here.
And some of you may know that this past weekend was the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s original Alien (1979). So our own Michael Coate has posted a new History, Legacy, and Showmanship retrospective column looking back at the film’s theatrical release. It includes a great new roundtable of experts to discuss the film, including authors Chris Barsanti, Paul M. Sammon, and J.W. Rinzler (whose new book The Making of Alien is coming in July). You can read the piece here and if you’re a fan of the film, I think you’ll really enjoy it. [Read on here...]
- Bill Hunt
- The Digital Bits
- My Two Cents
- The 4K Ultra HD Release List
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- What We Left Behind documentary
- Batman (1989) 4K review
- Batman Forever 4K
- Batman Returns 4K
- Isn't It Romantic BD review
- Archer: Danger Island DVD review
- Dennis Seuling
- Tim Salmons
- Michael Coate
- History Legacy & Showmanship
- The Making of Alien
- Chris Barsanti
- Paul M Sammon
- JW Rinzler
- Still Screaming in Space: Remembering Alien on its 40th Anniversary
- Ridley Scott
- Alien (1979)
- Shout! Factory
- Turbo! A Power Rangers Movie
- Heroes Shed No Tears
- John Woo
- Twilight Time
- Hello Frisco Hello
- Mother Wore Tights
- Pin Up Girl
- The Poison Rose
- Brightburn 4K
- John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum 4K
- Stand by Me 4K
All right, we’re going to have a larger post with a big release news update later this afternoon, but I wanted to chime in quickly with this...
For months now, we’ve been saying that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment was planning to promote the 40th anniversary of director Ridley Scott’s original Alien (1979). This was based on our sources within the industry.
Well... now we have the first word from retailers.
UK disc retailer Zavvi has just listed a 2-disc Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition for release on 4K Ultra HD on 4/1/2019 (or 1, April as you guys would say across the pond).
There are no other details yet available. We expect that the US release date will be somewhat different, but certainly within a week or two. The official announcement is likely due very soon and we’ve already asked the studio about this.
In the meantime, you can see temp UK cover artwork above left. Keep in mind, it’s subject to change – this is just the temporary artwork the studio has given to retailers.
Thanks to an overseas friend and Bits reader for alerting me to this.
Back later with a much larger post and more news. Stay tuned...