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Friday, 17 May 2019 17:02

Jonny Quest, The Shining 4K update, Hotel Mumbai, Toy Story 4K pre-orders & WB Shop 3D sale & more

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All right, we’ve got a news roundup and a couple of updates for you today...

First, Tim has posted a new review of Book of Monsters on Blu-ray from Dread and Epic Pictures. Also, Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (1997) on Blu-ray from Criterion. Enjoy!

The big news today is that Warner Archive has just officially announced the Blu-ray release of Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series (1964). We hear the set is expected next month (street date TBA). The 3-disc set will include all 26 original episodes newly-remastered in full HD from the original film elements. Audio will be 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras will include the Jonny Quest: Adventures in Animation featurette, a special version of the Double Danger episode with Quest Files facts and trivia, the Jonny Quest Video Handbook, and a Vintage P.F. Flyers Sneaker Commercial. You can see the cover artwork at left. [Read on here...]

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Warner Archive has also announced the forthcoming Blu-ray release of Gaslight (1944 – mastered from a new 4K scan), Corvette Summer (1978 – with Mark Hamill and Annie Potts), Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s – Volume 2 (1946-1947) also mastered from a new 4K scan of the original negatives, and None But the Brave (1965). Street dates should be announced soon and we’ll post the Amazon pre-order links as soon as they’re available.

Speaking of Warner, if you’re a 3-D fan you may be glad to know that WB Shop is having a sale on 11 different (MAJOR) Blu-ray 3D titles for just $15 each, including Blade Runner: 2049, Wonder Woman, Ready Player One, Justice League and more. Act fast if you’re interested.

One last Warner note: We’ve learned from multiple sources now that the version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining coming to 4K Ultra HD on 10/1 will be the same 144-minute cut of the film we’ve seen previously on disc. There was an error on the press release that suggested a 146-minute run time, which led some to speculate that the film would include the epilogue ending (which took place at a hospital) that was cut by Kubrick at the last minute. We figured this was highly unlikely and, indeed, this is not the case. So adjust your expectations accordingly.

In other news, all three of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story films are now available in 4K Ultra HD from They’re due on 6/4, just as we predicted months ago, and you can pre-order them here...

Toy Story (4K Ultra HD) Toy Story 2 (4K Ultra HD) Toy Story 3 (4K Ultra HD)

Are there any music fans out there? Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing Stewart Copeland’s documentary The Police: Everyone Stares – The Police Inside Out on Blu-ray on 5/31. The film had previously only been available on DVD.

Universal and Focus Films have set the science fiction thriller Captive State for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/11.

And Universal will also release Hotel Mumbai on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/18.

Finally today, most of you will be aware that HBO’s Game of Thrones airs its series finale on Sunday night. But the cable network has a couple of good new series coming up this year, including a new series version of Watchmen, and an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novel trilogy. The network has just released a new teaser trailer for the latter, and I have to say... it looks pretty great, much truer in tone and texture to the novels than the misguided New Line film adaptation of the first book (The Golden Compass) a few years back. Here it is...

All right, we’ll leave you with a look a the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above and more, with pre-order links (and remember, anytime you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking through to them from one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it)...

Hotel Mumbai (Blu-ray Disc) Captive State (Blu-ray Disc) The Harder They Come (Blu-ray Disc)

Alphaville (Blu-ray Disc) Bob le Flambeur (Blu-ray Disc) The Police: Everyone Stares (Blu-ray Disc)

Back next week with new Blu-ray and 4K reviews, lots more news, and a new Michael Coate film retrospective column too. Stay tuned and have a great weekend!

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