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Puppetoon Movie: Volume 3 crowdfunder, Psycho & Akira replacement discs, remastered Batman V Superman 4K coming to the UK in April & more

March 10, 2021 - 6:24 pm   |   by
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We’ve got just a quick update for you today...

First up, we’re starting with another new Blu-ray review. Tim has taken a look at John Sturges’ Joe Kidd (1972), as recently released on Blu-ray by our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Sounds like it’s a pretty solid release, so do give it a look.

Also today, our friend Arnold Leibovit has just kicked off a new crowdfunding effort to make possible the release of The Puppetoon Movie: Volume 3, a new Blu-ray collection of 18-20 more original George Pal Puppetoon short films scanned from the original 35 mm nitrate Technicolor prints (or successive exposure negatives) restored in 2K HD. You can learn more about the effort here, and if you’re a fan of these great shorts—or of film preservation in general—we strongly encourage you to participate. You can see the planned cover artwork for Volume 3 at left. [Read on here...]

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In other news this afternoon, we’ve asked FUNimation for an update on the status of their Akira 4K Ultra HD replacement discs and will post an update here as soon as we hear back from them. As many of you know, their original release was missing High Dynamic Range, so they’re creating replacement discs to correct that. We’ll let you know when they’re expected to ship.

Speaking of replacement discs, Universal has been shipping their Psycho 4K and Blu-ray replacement discs (which now include the proper original mono audio) for a while now. If you’re still waiting on your copies, we suggest that you contact Vision Media (which is handling the replacement program for the studio) at this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While we’re talking Psycho, Universal has just confirmed that Psycho and The Birds are coming as 4K Ultra HD singles on 5/25. They’re now available for pre-order on Amazon.com, and we do believe that Psycho will include the corrected discs.

Also newly available for pre-order on Amazon from Universal in 4K are The Fast and the Furious: 20th Anniversary Edition (street date 5/11), and The Sting and National Lampoon’s Animal House (street date 5/18 for each). You can see the cover artwork for some of these below.

And a whole bunch of you who live “across the pond” have been asking me when Zack Snyder’s newly-remastered Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was coming to 4K Ultra HD in the UK and now we have the answer: 26 April. And it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon UK for just £19.99 at this link. Again, you can see the cover below (both the US and UK versions).

Animal House (4K Ultra HD) The Sting (4K Ultra HD) Psycho (4K Ultra HD)

The Birds (4K Ultra HD) Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Remastered (UK 4K Ultra HD) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice REMASTERED (4K Ultra HD)

Finally today, Ars Technica has an interesting story up on a Disney+ milestone: The streamer has just officially crossed the 100 million subscriber mark, quite an achievement given that they’ve only been around for 16 months. You can read more on that here.

Back tomorrow! Stay tuned...

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