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Friday, 01 June 2018 15:07

A Quiet Place, Rampage, Bad Boys 1 & 2, plus our review of Jurassic Park 4K & more 4K/BD reviews

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All right, we’ve been busy with reviews here at The Bits this week and the work continues through the weekend.

Case in point: I’ve just completed my in-depth review of Universal’s Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection in 4K Ultra HD, which includes Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, and Jurassic World in both Blu-ray and 4K. You should read the review, obviously, but the cliff’s notes version is that the films all sound fantastic with DTS:X sound, but the transfers are a mixed bag. Jurassic Park looks better than ever (but don’t expect a miracle), The Lost World and Jurassic World look fantastic, and Jurassic Park III is barely an upgrade over the previous Blu-ray. The box is recommended for diehard fans of the franchise, certainly, and others if you can get a good sale price.

Not finished though, I’ve also posted my review of Universal’s Darkest Hour in 4K Ultra HD, which is not only a terrific film it’s a gorgeous 4K presentation of some of the best cinematography in recent years. I highly recommend this one.

By the end of the day (fingers crossed) I’ll also have posted my reviews of Paramount’s Forrest Gump and Terminator Genisys in 4K Ultra HD. [Read on here...]

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Meanwhile, Tim has posted reviews of a number of new Blu-ray titles too, including Rick and Morty: Season 3 (from Warner and Adult Swim), The Lodgers (Dread Central), Death Smiles on a Murderer (from Arrow Video), and The Return of the Swamp Thing (from MVD Rewind). He’s also reviewed the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection on DVD (from Shout! Factory).

Enjoy all the reviews!

Also here at The Bits today, we’ve posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover art and pre-order links. As always, anytime you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.

In announcement news today, Paramount has now officially set John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/10, with the Digital release expected on 6/26. The Blu-ray and 4K SKUs will include Dolby Atmos audio, while the 4K will add Dolby Vision HDR. Extras on the Blu-rays will include a trio of featurettes (Creating the Quiet: Behind the Scenes of A Quiet Place, The Sound of Darkness: Editing Sound for A Quiet Place, and A Reason for Silence: The Visual Effects of A Quiet Place). You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Rampage for release on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/17, with the Digital release due on 6/26. Apparently, all the Blu-ray SKUs will feature Dolby Atmos audio, while the 4K will add Dolby Vision HDR. Extras on the Blu-rays will include Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, and 5 featurettes (Not a Game Anymore, Rampage, Trio of Destruction, Attack on Chicago, and Bringing George to Life). You can see the cover artwork below.

And Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has also set a Bad Boys 1 & 2 Collection for release on 4K Ultra HD on 9/4. The 4-disc box set will include each remastered film on 4K restored from the original camera negatives with HDR10 and Dolby Atmos audio. You’ll also get both films on Blu-ray as well, with all of their existing bonus material. You can see the cover artwork below. We’ve updated The 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits with all of these titles accordingly.

By the way, it’s looking like the information we got from Best Buy sources was wrong – The Incredibles 4K is still set to street this coming Tuesday on 6/5. Just FYI.

In other release news... Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is also releasing Lucifer: The Complete Third Season on DVD on 8/28, with the Blu-ray due from the Warner Archive. And Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season streets on both Blu-ray and DVD on 8/21 from Warner.

For UK readers (and those with all-region players) Eureka! is releasing Paul Verhoeven’s Flesh + Blood on Blu-ray/DVD Combo in the UK on 8/6.

Here’s something awesome: Eureka is also releasing a Blu-ray Limited Edition box set of Jackie Chan’s Police Story and Police Story 2 on 8/20 in the UK, mastered from new 4K restorations.

Still more awesomeness: MPI Home Video has just announced a George Carlin Commemorative Collection DVD box set for release on 6/12 that includes all 14 of Carlin’s HBO specials and more than five hours of addition material from Carlin’s personal archive, including appearances on CBS Talent Scouts (1963), The Hollywood Palace (1966), and The Jackie Gleason Show (1969), his first TV special The Real George Carlin (1973), the never-aired pilot for an HBO TV series starring Carlin, Bobcat Goldthwait and Kelly Carlin called APT 2C (1985), and two hour-long workshop appearances at The Comedy Store (1999) and The Comedy & Magic Club (2006). You can see the cover artwork below.

Also today, Terminal is coming from RLJ Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/26.

And finally Sony has set Alien Code for release on DVD and Digital on 8/7.

We’ll leave you with a look at some of that cover artwork mentioned above (with pre-order links if available – just click on the artwork):

A Quiet Place (4K Ultra HD) A Quiet Place (Blu-ray Disc) The George Carlin Commemorative Collection (DVD)

Rampage (4K Ultra HD) Rampage (Blu-ray Disc) Rampage (Blu-ray 3D)

Bad Boys 1 & 2 Collection (4K Ultra HD)

Be sure to check back later for those additional 4K reviews. And have a great weekend!

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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