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Wednesday, 14 July 2021 18:17

Warner bows In the Heights & a new Harry Potter: 20th Blu-ray, plus Fear the Walking Dead: S6, Space: 1999 & more

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We’re starting today with three more new disc reviews...

Stephen has given Rod Lurie’s The Last Castle a look on Blu-ray from Paramount Pictures, along with Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi’s Baise-moi on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Dennis has reviewed Cecil B. DeMille’s Four Frightened People (1934) on Blu-ray also from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Jon Chu’s In the Heights for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 8/31, with the Digital release expected on 7/30. The 4K will include HDR10 high dynamic range, while both the Blu-ray and 4K will include Dolby Atmos audio. You can see the 4K cover artwork at left. [Read on here...]

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Extras on the Blu-ray and 4K will include 7 featurettes (Paciencia y Fe: Making In the Heights, Paciencia y Fe: When You’re Home, Paciencia y Fe: Hundreds of Stories, Paciencia y Fe: Alza La Bandera/Raise the Flag, Paciencia y Fe: Wepa!, Paciencia y Fe: That Music in the Air, and Paciencia y Fe: Who Keeps our Legacies) and 2 Sing-a-longs (In the Heights and 96,000).

Warner has also announced that Harry Potter and the Scorcerer’s Stone will be re-released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 8/17 in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary. The Blu-ray will include a new feature called Magical Movie Mode, which will “allow fans the ability to discover filmmaking secrets, spell incantations, creatures, magical artifacts, trivia, and more in this enchanting collection of fun activities and curiosities.” We don’t know yet know if this disc will include the original Blu-ray presentation or an image sourced from the more recent 4K remaster, but we’ve asked the studio to confirm (and we’ll post an update here on the site when we hear back). [Editor’s Note: Per the studio, the video and audio mastering on the disc is identical to that on the previous Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.]

By the way, while there is no 4K re-issue planned, Zavvi has revealed a new 4K Ultra HD Steelbook release of the film which you can find here (via Zavvi US/Canada) and here (via Zavvi UK/EU).

Meanwhile, Lionsgate has announced Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/31. The discs will include audio commentaries on a number of episodes. You can see the Blu-ray art below.

Here’s a surprise: Imprint Films is releasing Space: 1999: The Complete Series on Blu-ray in Australia on 8/27. This should be an All Region release, but until we get official confirmation of that buyer beware for US fans. You can see the cover art (and pre-order it on Amazon) here…

Space: 1999 - The Complete Series Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

And our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics have revealed more new catalog Blu-ray titles coming in October, including The Victim (1972), The Screaming Woman (1972), Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973), and Tricks or Treats (1982 – for Code Red) on 10/5. Also coming in October (street date TBA) are Torch Singer (1933), Change of Habit (1969), Devil and the Deep (1932), The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981), and Come September (1961). And recently revealed as coming soon to Blu-ray from the company (street date TBA) are Among the Living (1941), Jet Pilot (1957), Mystery Men (1999 – mastered from a new 4K scan), The Diamond Wizard (1954 – in 3-D via the 3-D Film Archive), Now and Forever (1934), and a double feature of Salt & Pepper (1968) and One More Time (1970).

We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above and more, all with pre-order links (just click on the art). And remember: Anytime you pre-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!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 20th Anniversary (Blu-ray Disc) Return to Salem's Lot (Blu-ray Disc) Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray Disc)

Shawscope: Volume One (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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