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Wednesday, 29 June 2022 13:17

Dirty Dancing 4K goes wide, plus Event Horizon, Alex Garland’s Men, Tenebrae 4K from Synapse, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things & more

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We have three more new Blu-ray reviews for you to enjoy today, starting with Stephen’s take on Daisuke Miyazaki’s Videophobia (2019) from Vinegar Syndrome.

Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Ulu Grosbard’s Straight Time (1978) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

And Dennis has also reviewed Patricia Birch’s Grease 2: 40th Anniversary Edition in the form of a new Blu-ray Steelbook from Paramount.

In announcement news today, Paramount has finally made their 8/9 4K Ultra HD Steelbook release of Event Horizon (1997) official. The title will include both Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range, 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio, and the following extras: Commentary by director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt, the 5-part The Making of Event Horizon documentary, The Point of No Return featurette with director commentary, The Unseen Event Horizon featurette, Secrets (deleted and extended scenes with director’s commentary), the theatrical trailer, and a video trailer. [Read on here...]

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Here's a look at the open Steelbook packaging for Event Horizon...

Event Horizon (4K Ultra HD)

Lionsgate has finally set a wide release of Emile Ardolino’s Dirty Dancing (1987) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 8/23. This will be the same disc that was previously a Best Buy exclusive (reviewed here on The Bits), simply in standard Amaray packaging rather than Steelbook. The title is now available for pre-order on Amazon and you can see the cover art above left and also below.

Lionsgate has also set Alex Garland’s latest horror film, Men, for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 8/9.

Scream Factory has confirmed the 8/16 4K Ultra HD release of Child’s Play 1-3. Each will include a new 4K scan of the original camera negative with Dolby Vision HDR, plus new Atmos mixes, and a TON of new and legacy special features (among them a host of retrospective interview featurettes). You can see the complete list of extras here.

Synapse Films (via the MVD Entertainment Group and in conjunction with Arrow Video) is releasing Dario Argento’s Tenebrae on 4K Ultra HD on 7/26 in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. The 3-disc box set will include “hours of extras and, for the first time ever, the alternate U.S. theatrical cut, Unsane.” The title is strictly limited to 6000 copies only, so act fast if you want it.

VCI Entertainment has set a Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things: 50th Anniversary Edition for release on Blu-ray on 10/11. You can see the cover art below.

VCI will also release Lewis Milestone’s Rain in a new 90th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on 9/13, mastered from a new 4K restoration of the original and uncut 94-minute version.

And RLJE Films and Shudder will release Hellbender on DVD and Digital on 7/26.

By the way, that new Steelbook 4K of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) is also now available for pre-order on Amazon. Street date 10/4. Again, you’ll find the cover art and link below.

One more update on a title from yesterday: It appears that Best Buy will have an exclusive 4K Ultra HD release of The Bob’s Burgers Movie on 7/19, in addition to the wide release Blu-ray and DVD.

Also, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just announced the DVD only release of Lucifer: The Sixth & Final Season on 9/13. Extras will include deleted scenes and a gag reel.

And finally today, Warner Bros. has just announced that Zack Snyder’s Justice League will finally be available for Digital purchase on 7/19. The HBO Max Original title had previously been exclusive to the streaming service and also 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The Digital version will include a trio of special features, including the Building a Scene and Road to Justice League featurettes, as well as the Justice is Gray black and white version of the film.

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above, with Amazon pre-order links if available...

Bram Stoker's Dracula (4K Ultra HD Steelbook) Dirty Dancing: 35th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD) Event Horizon (4K Ultra HD)

Men (Blu-ray Disc) Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc) Rain: 90th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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