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Wednesday, 05 July 2023 17:47

Shout! & Scream’s September includes Natural Born Killers in 4K, plus new KLSC Ultra HD titles, a peek at the Greatest Geek Year Ever! 1982 documentary series & more!

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Afternoon, Bits readers! We’re back after the long 4th of July holiday here in the States with more reviews and announcements. As always, we’ll start with reviews...

Stuart has reviewed a pair of new Blu-ray titles, including Gregory La Cava’s Lady in a Jam (1942) and also Mervyn LeRoy’s Moment to Moment (1966) from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Stephen has checked in with his take on William Cameron Menzies’ Invaders from Mars (1953) on 4K Ultra HD from Ignite Films.

And Dennis has offered his look at Vincente Minelli’s The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Now then, in announcement news today, the big news is that our friends at Shout! and Scream Factory have just unveiled their September Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release slate, and—as always—there are some gems to report. [Read on here...]

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It starts with Alan J. Pakula’s My Dream Lover (1987) on Blu-ray and Thom Eberhardt’s Night of the Comet (1984) on 4K Ultra HD (with Dolby Vision HDR!) on 9/5. On 9/12, look for Robert Clouse’s The Pack (1977) on Blu-ray, George Mihalka’s My Bloody Valentine (1981) on 4K Ultra HD (also with Dolby Vision HDR) and the Irwin Allen: Master of Disaster Collection Blu-ray box set, which includes Earl Bellamy’s Flood! (1976) and Fire! (1977), and Georg Fenady’s Hanging by a Thread (1979)—all made-for-TV movies—as well as Irwin Allen’s own Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979), James Goldstone’s When Time Ran Out (1980), and two more made-for-TV titles including Georg Fenady’s The Night the Bridge Fell Down (1982) and Cave-In! (1983). Following on 9/19 are Janusz Kamiński’s Lost Souls (2000) on Blu-ray, James Gray’s The Lost City of Z (2016) on 4K Ultra HD, Shekhar Kapur’s What’s Love Got To Do With It? (2022) on Blu-ray, and Colin West’s Linoleum (2022) on DVD. Finally on 9/26, look for Keiichi Hara’s Lonely Castle in the Mirror (2022) on Blu-ray (for GKids) and Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers (1994) on 4K Ultra HD.

Meanwhile, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has officially announced James Foley’s After Dark, My Sweet (1988) and Kevin Reynolds’ The Beast (1988) for Blu-ray release on 9/12. And they’ve also revealed that they’re working on new 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray releases of Stephen Hopkins’ Blown Away (1987), E. Elias Merhige’s Suspect Zero (2004), and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005). Street dates for those are TBA.

And in other news today, we’re thrilled to present you with an exclusive clip from the terrific new 4-part documentary series Greatest Geek Year Ever! 1982, which premieres Saturday, July 8th at 8 PM (Pacific) on The CW (and repeats on Tuesday, July 11th with additional episodes premiering every Saturday through August). Produced by Mark A. Altman, Roger Lay, Jr., Scott Mantz, and Thomas Vitale. The series takes a look back at what is arguably the greatest year in pop culture cinema history, 1982, which brought us such classic films as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Poltergeist, Tron, Rocky III, and many more. The series features interviews with tons of familiar actors, directors, writers, producers, and pop culture historians sharing their insights. And I’m honored to appear among them!

Here’s an exclusive clip from the first episode, in which I—along with our old friend Robert Meyer Burnett, visual effects artist Bill George, actors Dee Wallace and John Cryer, and others look back at the experience of seeing Steven Spielberg’s E.T. in the summer of ‘82...

I think you’ll really enjoy the complete 4-episode series, so be sure to check it out. And here’s the poster art…

Greatest Geek Year Ever! 1982 on The CW

All right, we’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the Blu-ray and 4K titles mentioned above and more, with Amazon pre-order links if available...

Carlito's Way (4K Ultra HD) Night of the Comet (4K Ultra HD) Natural Born Killers (4K Ultra HD)

Irwin Allen: Master of Disaster Collection (Blu-ray Disc) Ringu (4K Ultra HD) My Bloody Valentine (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned!

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