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Wednesday, 21 June 2023 18:43

Official updates on Enter the Dragon, Succession, Babylon 5, Swamp Thing, Metalocalypse, Showgirls 4K & more, plus rumored street dates & a great new Extras podcast!

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We’ve got a bunch of news, rumors, and official announcements to cover for you today here at The Bits, so let’s get right to it...

First up, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has just made Enter the Dragon official for 4K Ultra HD and Digital release on 8/8. Extras will include the previous introduction by Linda Lee Cadwell and the audio commentary by Paul Heller and Michael Allin. This release is happening in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary. The 4K disc will include both the theatrical cut and the 3-minute-longer special editon with HDR10 high dynamic range.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and Adult Swim have just set the all-new animated movie Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar for release on Digital and Blu-ray on 8/22 (SRP $19.99 and $29.98). This will be accompanied by two full-length album release by Dethklok: Dethalbum IV and the soundtrack for Army of the Doomstar on 8/25. These will be released widely via WaterTower Music and you’ll be able to get them on actual vinyl from Mondo.

WBDHE and HBO have also just announced Succession: The Complete Series for DVD only release on 9/12, including all 39 episodes with the previously released special features. Also coming that day on DVD will be Succession: The Complete Fourth & Final Season. [Read on here...]

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In addition, Warner’s newly-announced Babylon 5: The Road Home Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release, due on 8/15, will include the new Babylon 5 Forever featurette, as well as audio commentary with creator/writer/executive producer J. Michael Straczynski, actor Bruce Boxleitner, and supervising producer Rick Morales.

MVD has just made their Swamp Thing 4K Ultra HD and remastered Blu-ray release official for 7/25. The 4K package will be a 2-disc set that includes both the US Theatrical Version and the Unrated International Version in 1.85:1 in 4K with Dolby Vision HDR and also 1080p HD, mastered from a new 16-bit scan of the original camera negative. Extras on the 4K disc will include audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven moderated by Sean Clark and a second commentary with makeup effects artist William Munns moderated by Michael Felsher (both on the Theatrical Version). The Blu-ray will include these as well, and will add 5 featurettes (Tales of the Swamp (Remastered) with Adrian Barbeau, Hey Jude with Reggie Batts, That Swamp Thing with Len Wein, Swamp Screen: Designing DC’s Main Monster, and From Krug to Comics: How the Mainstream Shaped a Radical Genre Voice), galleries of posters & lobby cards, photos from the film, and behind-the-scenes photos by William Munns and Geoffrey Rayle, as well as the theatrical trailer.

Lionsgate has set The Lincoln Lawyer: Season One for Blu-ray release on 8/15. Lionsgate also has About My Father coming on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/1.

Paramount’s newly-announced Blu-ray Disc release of Star Trek: Picard – Season Three will include 5 exclusive special features (The Gang’s All Here, The Making of the Last Generation, audio commentary on select episodes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel), along with a pair of additional featurettes (Rebuilding the Enterprise-D and Villainous Vadic), as well as the Picard: The Final Season Q&A (we believe this features the creators and cast from the finale screening in L.A.).

And don’t forget to sign the petition to encourage CBS and Paramount to release Star Trek: Picard – Season Three in 4K Ultra HD!

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Knights of the Zodiac on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/11, with the Digital version set for release on 6/27. Sony has also set Love Again for release on Bly-ray and DVD on 7/18.

And Synapse Films will release McBain on Blu-ray on 7/11. The film will include an all-new 5.1 surround mix created specifically for this release (as well as the original 2.0 stereo mix), along with audio commentary from director James Glickenhaus and film historian Chris Poggiali, and the original theatrical trailer.

Meanwhile, Kino Lorber will release Soundies: The Ultimate Collection of 200 WWII-era Jukebox Film shorts as a 4-disc Blu-ray set on 7/25. These showcase the music of Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Hoagy Carmichael, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Doris Day, Dorothy Dandridge, Merle Travis, Fats Waller, Spike Jones, and many more.

In an update to a title we’ve mentioned previously, it appears that there’s an issue with Vinegar Syndrome’s new 4K Ultra HD release of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls. Apparently the surround channels in the 5.1 mix are out of sync somehow. Vinegar Syndrome is aware of the issue, is fixing it, and will be implementing a replacement program for those who have purchased the defective disc. Just contact them via their website here with proof of purchase, and they’ll send out fixed discs (tentatively expected in July). Presumably, this issue will be fixed on the wide-release 4K SKU which is expected to street on 7/25 (you can pre-order it here on Amazon).

Also today, from retail sources we’ve learned that Universal will release Jack Arnold’s It Came from Outer Space (1953) on 4K Ultra HD on 10/3. Gerard Johnstone’s M3GAN (2022) is finally getting a 4K Ultra HD release by Universal as well on 10/10.

Warner and DC’s animated Harley Quinn: The Complete Third Season is expected to arrive on Blu-ray on 9/5.

We’re now expecting Andy Muschietti’s The Flash (2023) on Blu-ray and 4K from Warner on 9/5, though that date is still subject to change until it’s officially announced.

And it appears that Paramount’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will arrive on disc somewhere between 9/19 and 10/3.

Finally today, our friend Tim Millard has just dropped a great new edition of The Extras podcast featuring an interview with Andrew J. Klyde, who is the mastermind of CBS and Paramount’s forthcoming Bonanza: The Official Complete Series DVD release. You can listen to it here, and everywhere you enjoy your finer podcasts, and it’s well worth your time.

We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for Warner Archive’s new July Blu-ray titles, with pre-order links (and remember, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it!)...

Helen of Troy (Blu-ray Disc) Cimarron (1931) (Blu-ray Disc) The Fastest Gun Alive (Blu-ray Disc)

The Broadway Melody (1929) (Blu-ray Disc) Du Barry Was a Lady (Blu-ray Disc) The Last Time I Saw Paris (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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