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Friday, 28 June 2024 18:02

Succession comes to Blu-ray, plus Arrow’s September includes Chronicles of Riddick 4K, summer sales from Criterion & KLSC, 1982: Greatest Geek Year Ever! from MVD Rewind & more

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All right, we haven’t had a lot of news updates this week, because frankly there just hasn’t been a lot of news to report. And also because we’ve all been working on a lot of disc reviews for you to enjoy. In fact, today we have no less than TEN to share with you, including...

My thoughts on Guy Ritchie’s The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024) in 4K Ultra HD from Lionsgate, Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990) in 4K UHD from The Criterion Collection, and Gil Kenan’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024) in 4K UHD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Tim’s review of Ernie Fosselius’ Hardware Wars (1978) on Blu-ray and Albert Band’s Ghoulies II (1987) in 4K UHD from the MVD Rewind Collection, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi’s Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971) in 4K from Blue Underground (which is definitely not for the faint of heart), and Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) in 4K UHD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Dennis’ take on Ted Geoghegan’s Brooklyn 45 (2023) on Blu-ray from Shudder.

And Stephen’s look at Mark Waters’ Mean Girls (2004) on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount, as well as the import version of Michael Mann’s Ferrari (2023) in 4K UHD from Neon and Sky via Universal in UK.

More reviews are on the way for Monday, including my look at Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikika (1990) in 4K from Sony, and Alex Garland’s Civil War (2024) in 4K from Lionsgate, so be sure to watch for them.

Also, just a heads up: Our very own Russell Hammond has posted the new update of our ever-popular Release Dates and Cover Art section (see Cover Art above), which includes all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover art and pre-order links. As always, you can sort by date, by format, even isolate the Criterion titles! And as an Amazon Affiliate, literally anything you order from Amazon after clicking to them through one of our links (like this one) goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it! [Read on here...]

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In announcement news today, Arrow Video has just revealed their September Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD slate, which includes David Twohy’s The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) on both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD (in the US, UK, and Canada), Sergio Martino’s Torso (1973) on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD (in the US and Canada), and Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th (2009) in 4K Ultra HD (in the US only) all on 9/16-17, followed by Kinji Fukasaku’s The Threat (1966) on Blu-ray (in the US, UK, and Canada) and the Love, Death & Apocalypse: Three Films by Álex de la Iglesia box set—which includes Acción Mutante (1993), The Day of the Beast (1995), and Perdita Durango (1997)—on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD (in the UK only) on 9/23-24.

Here’s a nice surprise: HBO and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment have just announced that Succession: The Complete Series is coming to Blu-ray on 8/13. You’ll get all 39 episodes of the series on 12 discs, along with 20 bonus features including Inside the Episodes, Character Recaps, Cast and Crew Interviews, and more. You can see the cover artwork above left and below.

Paramount has added a 4K Ultra HD SKU to their planned 9/10 Blu-ray and DVD release of the CG-animated Knuckles (2024), due on 9/10.

The Criterion Collection and Janus Films have set Lila Avilés’s Tótem (2023) for Blu-ray release on 9/10 as a Janus Contemporaries title.

Synapse Films will release Mike Mendez’ The Convent (2000) on 4K UHD on 10/8.

Our friends at the MVD Rewind Collection will bow the recent 1982: Greatest Geek Year Ever! documentary on Blu-ray on 10/22.

And it looks like Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment is already prepping the future 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD release of Kevin Costner’s new Western saga, Horizon: An American Saga. Part 1 arrives in theaters this weekend, and it’s already listed for 4K UHD on Amazon here.

Also, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set Jack Gold’s Aces High (1976) and Philip Kaufman’s The White Dawn (1974) for release on Blu-ray on 8/27, along with the Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XX box set which includes Mitchell Leisen’s Captain Carey, USA (1950), Lewis Allen’s Appointment with Danger (1951), and William A. Seiter’s Make Haste to Live (1954). They’ve also revealed that John A. Alonzo’s Internal Affairs (1990) is “coming soon” to 4K Ultra HD.

Speaking of Kino, the company has just launched its Spring Into Summer sale on their website, featuring discounts on over 700 titles, plus free shipping on orders over $50. The sale runs until 7/22. Visit their website here.

And while we’re talking sales, Criterion has just launched their own Summer sale on Barnes and Noble, featuring 50% off all titles through 7/28. Typically Amazon will discount Criterion titles to match, so wherever you shop for Criterion titles, watch for good prices.

Finally this afternoon, DC Studios, WBDHE, and Amazon have just dropped the first trailer for the animated Batman: Caped Crusader series from producers Bruce Timm (of Batman: The Animated Series fame), Matt Reeves, and J.J. Abrams. The series arrives on Prime Video on 8/1. So here’s a look at that...

We’ll leave you with a peek at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above and more, with Amazon pre-order links if available...

Succession: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc) 1982: Greatest Geek Year Ever! (Blu-ray Disc) Bringing Out the Dead (4K Ultra HD)

Friends: The Complete Series (4K Ultra HD) Knuckles (4K Ultra HD) The Strangers: Chapter 1 (4K Ultra HD)

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

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