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Tuesday, 03 May 2022 15:19

Universal Soldier in 4K, plus Edge of Tomorrow, Ambulance, Criterion’s May 30% off sale & a cool update on The Gene Roddenberry Archive

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Today’s update is brief, as I’m testing the Digital Bits site upgrade this week, but we do have some interesting news for you.

First though, a quick heads-up: Criterion is offering 30% off all their in-stock and pre-order titles in their online store throughout the month of May. So if there’s something you’re interested in, be sure to take advantage of the sale.

Also, Lionsgate has officially announced the 4K Ultra HD Steelbook release of Roland Emmerich’s Universal Soldier (1992) on 6/21 (SRP $27.99).

Extras will include audio commentary by Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren, a second commentary with just Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, 2 featurettes (A Tale of Two Titans and Guns, Genes, and Fighting Machines), an alternate ending, a vintage Behind-the-Scenes piece, and the theatrical trailer. [Read on here...]

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Audio will be 5.1 DTS-HD MA and it seems as if high dynamic range will be HDR10 only (there’s no mention of Dolby Vision in the press release).

Also, the Best Buy website seems to indicate that this title will only be available from them, however the official press release makes no mention of this. We’ve asked the studio for clarification and will post an update here when we hear back. [Liongate just responded and confirmed that this title is a Best Buy exclusive for now.]

Universal Soldier (4K Ultra HD Steelbook)

A couple other pieces of release news today...

Multiple retail sources are now indicating that Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release Michael Bay’s Ambulance on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 6/14. If that’s true, expect an announcement soon. (You can pre-order it here on Amazon now.)

And those same sources are also confirming a bit of news that we first broke here at The Bits late last year (see this post), which is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow (2014 – aka Live, Die, Repeat) on 4K Ultra HD on 7/5. Again, watch for an official announcement soon.

Finally today, here’s something very cool for Trek fans: Otoy and Star Trek production veterans Mike and Denise Okuda have posted an update on their work on The Gene Roddenberry Archive, which includes an effort to create a life-size digital replica of the USS Enterprise that you can visit and interact with in virtual reality. And not just one Enterprise, but all of them. Here’s a great update video on YouTube, and we strongly recommend that you watch this in 4K...

I take that as proof that the world isn’t all bad. There are exciting and hopeful things happening all around if you bother to look for them.

That’s all for today. Stay tuned...!

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