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Monday, 30 March 2015 14:10

New Blu-ray announcements: 42nd Street, Justified: Final Season, Vampyros Lesbos, Get Shorty & more

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Let’s kick off the new week with a quick round-up of new Blu-ray release announcements...

Our friends at the Warner Archive will release 42nd Street (1933) on Blu-ray on 4/21. The Blu-ray is mastered from the new 2015 restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono audio. Extras will include the From Book to Screen to Stage 2006 retrospective documentary, 3 vintage WB short subjects (Hollywood Newsreel, A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio, and Harry Warren: America’s Foremost Composer), the vintage promotional newsreel The 42nd Street Special, 2 vintage 1933 WB cartoons (Young and Healthy and Shuffle Off to Buffalo), and the original theatrical trailer.  [Read on here…]

Here’s something interesting: MGM is releasing a Get Shorty: 20th Anniversary Edition (1995) on Blu-ray on 5/5, along with the film’s sequel Be Cool (2005). For better value, both will be included together in The Big Hit Collection on Blu-ray and DVD, also due 5/5.

MGM is also re-releasing many of its best-selling catalog titles on Blu-ray on 5/5 in new packaging, including Red Dawn, Road House, Raging Bull and many others. This includes The Sergio Leone Anthology, complete with A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and Duck, You Sucker in HD in the same package.

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Meanwhile, Sony has just set Justified: The Final Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/9.

Anchor Bay and Starz have set The Drownsman for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/12. They also have The Adventures of Ford Fairlane coming on Blu-ray on 5/5.

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Here’s one for you cult fans: Severin Films has just set Vampyros Lesbos for Blu-ray release on 5/12. The disc will include the German trailer, 5 featurettes (Vampyros Jesús: Interview with Writer/Director Jess Franco, Sublime Soledad: Interview with Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown, Stephen Thrower on Vampyros Lesbos: Interview with Author of Murderous Passions, The Delirious Cinema of Jess Franco, and Jess Is Yoda Clip), plus the alternate Spanish Language Version Bootleg.

And Acorn will release Foyle’s War, Set 8 on Blu-ray on 4/14.

Here’s a look at some of the Blu-ray cover artwork – click the covers to pre-order these titles on if available...

42nd Street (Blu-ray Disc)    Vampyros Lesbos (Blu-ray Disc)    Sergio Leone Anthology (Blu-ray Disc)

Get Shorty: 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Be Cool (Blu-ray Disc)    The Big Hit Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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