Checking in today with some great release news...
First, Paramount has just announced the launch of a new label designed to highlight marquee catalog titles on Blu-ray beginning on 4/21. Paramount Presents will debut with Adrian Lyne’s Fatal Attraction, the 1958 Elvis Presley drama King Creole, and Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year). Each title will be remastered and will include new bonus content focused on the film and the filmmakers, hosted by historian Leonard Maltin. Each will also include foldout movie poster artwork. You can see what they look like at left and also below.
Very good news indeed—it’s great to see Paramount finally starting to get more aggressive with their catalog releases on disc. In fact, the idea of creating a premium Paramount label for their classic catalog is actually something I’ve been suggesting to them privately for a while now, so it’s great to see it beginning to happen. Now let’s have a few more marquee catalog titles on 4K. We know that the original Top Gun is coming, along with Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, and Days of Thunder. And you can bet that if a new Indiana Jones sequel starts filming this year for release next year, you can almost certainly expect the classic Indy films on 4K in 2021. Let’s go ahead with the classic Star Trek films in 4K, folks! [Read on here...]
Speaking of a Paramount title, we’ve confirmed with our friends at Via Vision Entertainment that their forthcoming line-up of Impact Films limited edition Blu-ray titles will NOT be region locked. That means War of the Worlds (1953), The Duellists (1977), Waterloo (1970), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), and I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958). So pre-order them here while you can.
Meanwhile, our friends at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory have just announced the Universal Horror Collection: Volume 5 Blu-ray box set, which will include The Monster and the Girl (1941), Captive Wild Woman (1943), Jungle Woman (1944), and Jungle Captive (1945). I think I sense a theme here. Look for it to street on 6/16.
Lionsgate will release Guns Akimbo on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 4/28.
Finally today, we have word from retail sources that Disney will be bringing the classic animated Mulan (1998) to 4K Ultra HD when its new live action Mulan film arrives on home video. We’ve added it to our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly.
And before we go (circling back to Paramount again), our own Dennis Seuling has posted a review of the studio’s new Digibook Blu-ray re-issue of The Ten Commandments, which includes both the 1923 and 1956 films, plus extras. You’ll find that here.
Here’s a look at the open packaging for the new Paramount Presents line-up...
That’s all for now. Stay tuned...
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