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Monday, 09 March 2015 15:38

More announcements: Spaceballs, Mr. Turner, Maps to the Stars, plus Sam Simon & Albert Maysles RIP

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In announcement news today, Paramount has set The Gambler for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/28, with digital due on 4/10. Extras will include deleted and extended scenes, plus 5 featurettes (including Mr. Self Destruct: Inside The Gambler, Dark Before Dawn: The Descent of The Gambler, Changing the Game: Adaptation, In the City: Locations, and Dressing the Players: Costume Design).

Sony has set The Wedding Ringer for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/28 as well, with digital due on 4/14. Extras on both will include “select scenes” commentary with director Jeremy Garelick and Josh Gad, and the Going to the Chapel of Love featurette. The Blu-ray will add 15 exclusive deleted scenes, 5 outtake reels, Line-o-Rama, and Aloe Blacc’s Can You Do This music video. [Read on here…]

Sony will also release Mr. Turner on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 5/5. Both disc versions will include audio commentary with writer/director Mike Leigh, the Many Colours of Mr. Turner featurette, and a deleted scene. The Blu-ray adds the exclusive The Cinematic Palette: The Cinematography of Mr. Turner featurette.

Meanwhile, Scream Factory has announced that their upcoming Mad Max: Collector’s Edition will include (due 5/5) will include all-new interviews with Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and director of photography David Eggby, along with audio commentary by Eggby, art director Jon Dowding, special effects artist Chris Murray, and Tim Ridge, 2 featurettes (Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Superstar and Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon), trailers and TV spots, photo galleries. The disc will also include both the original Australian English audio and the U.S. English dubbed audio.

Here’s something cool for you catalog fans: MGM and Fox are releasing a Spaceballs: “Your Helmet Is So Big” Edition Blu-ray on 4/28. Extras will include a digital copy, the ability to watch the movie at Ludicrous Speed, audio commentary by Mel Brooks, additional commentary tracks in Mawgese and Dinkese, the Spaceballs: The Documentary documentary, featurettes (including Force Yourself!, Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi, In Conversation: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and John Candy: Comic Spirit), a storyboard-to-film comparison, Film Flubs, 3 galleries (Behind the Movie, The Costumes, The Art), the exhibitor trailer with Mel Brooks introduction, and the original theatrical trailer.

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Universal and Focus Films have set David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/14. The only extra is a digital copy version. You can see the cover artwork below.

HBO’s The Newsroom: The Complete Third (and Final) Season will street on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/16.

Arrow Video will has set Jack Hill’s 1967 Spider Baby (starring Lon Chaney. Jr) for Blu-ray release on 6/9. Arrow has also set The Happiness of the Katakuris for Blu-ray release on 6/16.

Richard Elfman’s Forbidden Zone will be released on Blu-ray on 6/23 (SRP $29.95).

Blink will release Huan Vu’s 2010 film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space on Blu-ray on 6/23, limited to just 1000 copies.

Cult Epics has set Alberto Lattuada’s Stay As You Are for Blu-ray release on 5/12.

Well Go USA will release These Final Hours on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/12.

And Alchemy has set Daniel Alfredson’s Kidnapping Mr. Heineken for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/14, starring Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and Anthony Hopkins.

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Finally today, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of Sam Simon and Albert Maysles.

As many of you know, Sam Simon was the co-creator of TV’s The Simpsons. Prior to that he wrote episodes of Taxi, Cheers, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and The Tracey Ullman Show. Simon passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 59. You can read more here at Variety.

Albert Maysles, meanwhile, was a legendary documentary filmmaker, whose work included the highly-acclaimed Grey Gardens and the Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter, as well as The Beales of Grey Gardens and Salesman. He was also the cinematographer on When We Were Kings and many others. Maysles passed away last Thursday at the age of 88. You can read more here via The New York Times.

We’ll leave you today with a look at more new Blu-ray Disc cover artwork, including a few of the titles mentioned above. As always, clicking on the covers will take you to their respective pre-order pages (and ordering through our links helps to support The Bits)...

Spaceballs: Your Helmet Is So Big Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    The Black Sea (Blu-ray Disc)    Maps to the Stars (Blu-ray Disc)

The Colour Out of Space (Blu-ray Disc)    Spider Baby (Blu-ray Disc)    Thunderbirds: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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