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Tuesday, 22 February 2022 16:11

West Side Story Blu-ray details, plus Lamb in Ultra HD from A24, Criterion’s A Hard Day’s Night 4K replacement program & more

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We have more new disc reviews for you today, and finally some official details on the Blu-ray and 4K release of West Wide Story from 20th Century Studios. As always, reviews first...

Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Ian Sharp’s The Final Option (1982) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Tim has delivered his take on Jack Gold’s The Medusa Touch (1978) on Blu-ray from Imprint.

And Stephen has taken a look at Paramount’s new 30th anniversary Steelbook Blu-ray release of Wayne’s World (1992), as directed by Penelope Spheeris. Enjoy!

Now then, as we mentioned yesterday 20th Century Studios is releasing Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021) on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 3/15, with the Digital and Disney+ streaming offerings available on 3/2. [Read on here...]

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The film was shot photochemically on 35 mm and features a native 4K Digital Intermediate. Fox’s 4K disc will feature HDR10 high dynamic range with Dolby Atmos audio, while the Blu-ray will feature 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Over 90 minutes of extras will be included in the form of Laurent Bouzereau’s 13-part The Stories of West Side Story documentary (composed of Opening, Prologue, Sharks & Jets, Dance at the Gym, The Romance, America, Gee, Officer Krupke, Cool, From Quintet to the Rumble, I Feel Pretty, Somewhere, Finale, and Tribute). Our 4K UHD Release List here at The Bits has been updated accordingly.

Also announced today, Lionsgate will release Stephen Karam’s The Humans on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 4/19.

The studio has set The Exorcism of God for on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital that same day.

And Lionsgate will release The Cabin in the Woods (2011) as a Best Buy-exclusive 4K Steelbook edition on 4/19 as well.

In other release news, RLJE Films and AMC Networks will release The Walking Dead: World Beyond – Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/8.

A24 has dropped Valdimar Jóhannsson’s Lamb on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD as an exclusive on their website. You can find that here. The 4K includes Dolby Vision HDR, along with 4 deleted scenes, a VFX reel, 2 short films by the director, and a booklet with artwork and more. Thanks to Bits reader Devon B. for the heads-up.

Well Go USA has set Rich Ragsdale’s horror/thriller The Long Night for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/5. The Digital version is already available.

And ClassicFlix is releasing The O. Henry Playhouse: The Complete Series – Volume 2 (1957) on DVD only on 3/22.

Finally today, we’ve confirmed that Criterion has launched a replacement program to address the video errors on their 4K Ultra HD release of A Hard Day’s Night. The company expects to have the fixed discs on hand in March. To take advantage of it, email them the following (at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

  • Your name and a mailing address that will be valid for at least the next 3 months
  • A photo of the defective A Hard Day’s Night 4K UHD disc with your name and date written on the front/art side (using a sharpie or paint marker – you can write this info on the lighter portion of the disc, and take a photo against a light source so your name and date are visible). You do not need to break the disc.
  • The Blu-ray and DVD of A Hard Day’s Night are not affected and do not need to be replaced

Thanks to Bits reader Justin K. for the heads-up on that.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned...

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