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Thursday, 06 April 2023 18:40

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania & Shazam! Fury of the Gods announced, plus Truman Show, Battlestar Galactica (1978), Jaws 2 & Cutthroat Island are coming to 4K!

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We’ve got another new disc review for you, or technically two of them: Stephen has checked out George A. Romero’s Martin (1977), which is now available in 4K Ultra HD and 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition from the good folks at Second Sight in the UK. And Stephen has taken a look at both versions for your reading convenience. This is an import release and note that the Blu-ray in the package is Region B only.

Now then, we have a couple of big studio announcements to cover for you today...

First up, Marvel Studios and Disney have officially set Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/16, with the Digital release expected on 4/18. The 4K SKU will feature HDR10 high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio (while the Blu-ray will include 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio).

Extras on all versions will include audio commentary with Reed and writer Jeff Loveness, a gag reel, 2 deleted scenes, and a pair of featurettes (All in the Family and Formidable Foes). You can see the cover artwork at left and also below the break.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC have also just set David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/23, with the Digital release due tomorrow on 4/7. Both the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD will feature Dolby Atmos audio, while the 4K will include both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range. [Read on here...]

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Extras will include audio commentary with Sandberg, 4 Play by Play: Scene Breakdowns (Ben Franklin Bridge Collapse, Rooftop Battle of the Gods, Unicorn Ride in Philadelphia, and Epic Showdown at the Baseball Stadium), deleted, alternate, and extended scenes, and 6 featurettes (Shazam! Let’s Make a Sequel, The Rock of Eternity: Decked Out, The Shazamily Reunion, The Zac Effect, The Sisterhood of the Daughters of Atlas, and The Mythology of Shazam!). You can see the Blu-ray and 4K cover artwork below.

Note that Warner Bros. and DC will release the next DCU animated film, Justice League: Warworld, on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD in May or June as well (street date TBA).

We also have some more catalog announcement news to report today: Paramount is bringing Peter Weir’s The Truman Show (1998) to 4K UHD on 7/4. This is in addition to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and the wide release of The War of the Worlds (1953), which—as we mentioned yesterday here on The Bits—are expected to street on 4K from the studio on 7/25.

Universal is indeed bringing the original Battlestar Galactica (1978) pilot film to 4K on 7/4 as well, and they’re also releasing Jaws 2 (1978) on the format that same day.

Also, we’ve confirmed with industry sources that Renny Harlin’s Cutthroat Island (1995) is coming to 4K Ultra HD from StudioCanal and Lionsgate, likely in July (street date TBA).

We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits with all of these titles accordingly.

In regular Blu-ray news, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced the BD release of Richard Lester’s Juggernaut (1974) and Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery (1978) on 6/13. They’ve also revealed that they’re working on a new Blu-ray edition of Jeremy Kagen’s Big Man on Campus (1989)—that’s listed as coming soon (street date TBA).

Finally today, just a heads-up: My old friend Robert Meyer Burnett and I will be co-hosting another live Kurlan Naiskos: A Picard Season Three Aftershow tonight on YouTube to talk about this week’s episode, Surrender (3x08). And we’ll be joined by its writer, Matt Okumura, as well! You can tune in live starting at 8 PM (Pacific) and here’s the viewing link…

By the way, you can find all of our past Kurlan Naiskos episodes for this season here at this link if you’re interested.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above and more, with Amazon pre-order links if available...

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (4K Ultra HD) Shazam! Fury of the Gods (4K Ultra HD) John Wick: Chapter 4 (4K Ultra HD)

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (Blu-ray Disc) Shazam! Fury of the Gods (Blu-ray Disc) John Wick: Chapter 4 (Amazon-exclusive 4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned!

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