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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:18

Criterion’s May slate has Hopper, Altman & Wenders, plus Kill Joys, Point Break & a way to preserve digital data

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Now then... in announcement news today, Criterion has just revealed their May release slate, which is set to include Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider (Spine #545 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/3, Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place (Spine #810 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/10, Kaneto Shindo’s The Naked Island (Spine #811 – Blu-ray, DVD, and Hulu Plus) on 5/17, Robert Altman’s The Player (Spine #812 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/24, and Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy (Spine #813 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes Alice in the Cities #814, Wrong Move #815, and Kings of the Road #816) on 5/31. All are available for pre-order on Amazon (just click on the cover artwork below).

In other release news, Universal and Syfy have set Kill Joys: Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/10.

And Warner Home Video has set the new Point Break for Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo, and DVD release on 3/29. Extras on the Blu-rays will include deleted scenes, 4 featurettes (Rock Climbing, Wingsuit Flying, Snowboarding, and Motocross), and 2 trailers.

Also, here’s something fascinating: Scientists at the University of Southampton in the UK have developed a way to record and read “five dimensional digital data in nanostructured glass using a femtosecond laser.” The process allows for 360 TB/disc data capacity, and the data is reportedly stable for billions of years. If you think this sounds a lot like the “isolinear optical data chips” of Star Trek fame, you’d be right. It’s unlikely to become a consumer product anytime soon, but here’s the thing: The world’s historical archivists (including those at the Library of Congress) have long been fighting a battle to figure out a way to preserve important documents for future generations – manuscripts, books, photographs, even Hollywood films, and TV programs. It’s a challenge to have to preserve the physical media that this data is recorded on, be it paper, magnetic tape, or what have you. Digital data is even more vulnerable – at least with analog material like paper, photos, or film, you can go back to the original physical media if it survives in good condition – but with digital, once that data is lost, it’s gone for good. But if you could record that data permanently into a stable material that could read indefinitely, suddenly you have a secure way to preserve that data for a very long time. So, for example, this process could one day become the digital equivalent to Hollywood’s “salt mine” for preserving, protecting, and storing high-resolution scans of Hollywood film prints. It’s fascinating stuff. Do give it a look here and here.

We’ll leave you today with a look at some new Blu-ray cover artwork, including all of those new Criterion titles we mentioned above. Each can be pre-ordered now on Amazon by clicking on the covers...

Easy Rider (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Player (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy (Blu-ray Disc)

In a Lonely Place (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Naked Island (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Blu-ray Disc)

Point Break (Blu-ray 3D)    Point Break (Blu-ray Disc)    Kill Joys: Season One (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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