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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 14:41

Avatar: The Way of Water 4K reviewed, plus new Kino Lorber Studio Classics Ultra HDs including Lost in Translation (2003) & Warner Archive’s July Blu-ray slate

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All right, we’re kicking things off today with another new disc review...

With an assist from Stephen, I’ve taken an in-depth look at James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) in 4K Ultra HD from 20th Century Studios. The disc streets today, and I think both fans and A/V enthusiasts alike will appreciate not only its stunning 4K image quality but also a magnificent Dolby Atmos sound mix, and some great special features as well. Frankly, it’s one of the best looking and sounding 4K discs since last year’s Top Gun: Maverick. So we hope you enjoy it!

In announcement news today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has revealed that they’re working on a new 4K UHD release of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003), mastered from a new scan of the negative and complete with a brand new Dolby Vision HDR grade. That’s currently listed as coming soon.

Also coming soon from KLSC: A new Blu-ray edition of Allan A. Goldstein’s Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1986).

Meanwhile, KLSC has officially set their long-awaited 4K Ultra HD release of Sydney Pollack’s 3 Days of the Condor (1975) for release on 8/29, also mastered from a brand new scan of the original camera negative and with Dolby Vision HDR. [Read on here...]

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Extras will include a new audio commentary with film historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson, plus legacy extras including audio commentary by Polack, the 2004 Something About Sydney Pollack documentary, the 2003 More About the Condor featurette, and theatrical trailers. You can see the cover artwork at left and below.

Also, retail sources indicate that Universal is going to be releasing a trio of new Alfred Hitchcock 4K Ultra HD titles on 10/31, including Rope (1948), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), and Frenzy (1972).

And in addition to Picard: The Final Season being released on Blu-ray, Blu-ray Steelbook, and DVD on 9/5, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment are releasing a 54-disc Star Trek: Picard – The Legacy Collection on Blu-ray. It includes the complete Star Trek: The Next Generation series on Blu-ray, the complete Star Trek: Picard series on Blu-ray, and also the Star Trek: The Next Generation 4-Movie Collection on Blu-ray, plus a deck of playing cards, a set of 4 Chateau Picard coasters, a set of com badge magnets, and an exclusive edition of The Wisdom of Picard featuring brand new artwork and quotes. SRP for all of this $244.99. What it does NOT include is 4K Ultra HD. Here’s what the package looks like (click here or on the image to visit the pre-order page)...

Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

By the way, if you’d like to see Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season released on 4K Ultra HD as well, please sign the petition here and weigh in on my Twitter poll here. Every vote and signature make a difference, so please share the links and spread the word.

And finally for you classic film fans, The Warner Archive Collection has revealed their July slate of Blu-ray titles, which is set to include The Broadway Melody (1929), Cimarron (1931), Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), Helen of Troy (1956), The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), and The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) all on 7/25! These are great selections all, and you can bet that Warner Archive will make sure they’re each done right on disc.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mention above, with pre-order links (just click on the covers)...

3 Days of the Condor (4K Ultra HD) Venture Bros.: Radiant is the Blood of the Baboon Heart (Blu-ray Disc) Moonage Daydream (Criterion 4K Ultra HD)

The Princess Bride (Criterion 4K Ultra HD) The Trial (Criterion 4K Ultra HD) Walkabout (Criterion 4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...

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