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Friday, 17 July 2020 14:37

Shanghai Triad, Adaptation, Comic-Con at Home, Bugs Bunny, Superman, and Flintstones Blu-rays from Warner & more

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All right, we’ve got a few good bits of news and such to wrap up the week...

First up though, we’ve just updated our Release Dates & Artwork section with tons of new Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover artwork and pre-order links. As always, whenever you pre-order literally anything from our links here at The Bits, you’re helping to support our work and we surely do appreciate it.

Now then, we have word that Mamoru Oshii’s much-loved 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell will indeed street on 4K Ultra HD from Lionsgate on 9/8 (though do keep in mind that this date—while leaked by multiple retail sources now—is not yet officially announced by the studio). What’s more, it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon (here and also by clicking on the art below the break).

Also up for pre-order in 4K from Lionsgate is Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream. No street date is yet listed, but sources tell us it’s likely to arrive on 10/13. Again, you can see the cover artwork below. [Read on here...]

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Meanwhile today, Paramount will release the Amazon Prime original series Jack Ryan: Season Two on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/4.

Film Movement has just announced the 8/11 Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release of director Zhang Yimou’s 1995 classic Shanghai Triad (SRP $29.95 and $19.95 for the discs). This is the first time the film has been made available on Blu-ray in the US. Extras will include the Trouble in Shanghai video essay and a new booklet with text essay by film critic John Berra. You can see the cover art below.

Our friends at the excellent Dawn of the Discs website have uncovered (via a pre-announcement listing on a French retail website), that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is getting ready to release The Flintstones: The Complete Series, a Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection, and Superman: The Animated Series on Blu-ray, likely in September or October.

On a related note, one can almost certainly expect our friends at The Warner Archive Collection to officially announce these titles next Saturday at their official Comic-Con at Home panel. Warner Archive’s Secret Origins of Saturday Morning Cartoons panel will be live-streamed for free on Saturday, 7/25, from 10-11 AM Pacific at this link on YouTube. Leonard Maltin, Jerry Beck, and our old friend George Feltenstein will all be on hand for the event, so be sure to tune in.

By the way, here’s the full schedule for Comic-Con at Home, which kicks off online next Wednesday (click here for that). There are lots of good panels, all of which will be available via YouTube.

Also today, Warner will release Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/6, with the Digital release due on 9/8.

Shout! Factory has announced the Shout Select Blu-ray release of Spike Jonze’s 2002 comedy Adaptation on 10/20. Extras are still TBA.

In addition, Shout! and Scream have moved their Event Horizon: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray to January 5 2021 (as the pandemic is causing delays for the production).

Shout! and GKids will also release new Steelbook Blu-ray editions of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke on 10/20.

Kino Classics has set William Wyler’s The Shakedown (1929) for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/28, mastered from a new 4K scan and restoration.

RLJE Films has set the documentary You Don’t Nomi for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/21. The film explores the release, flop, and later cult-film resurrection of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls (1995).

And Blue Underground has set Jess Franco’s Cecilia for release on Blu-ray on 8/25, restored from the uncut and uncensored original negative.

Now then, in a film adjacent note, if you’re as big a fan of James Mangold’s recent Ford v Ferrari as I am (read my review of the 4K here), I’ve got a book recommendation for you. Be sure to check out A.J. Baime’s absolutely terrific Go Like Hell, which is a true account of the famous 1960s Ford/Ferrari motorsports rivalry and a great look at what actually happened at the Le Mans 66 race in the words of the real people who were there. I have to tell you, it’s a damn great read; I burned through it in a few hours—I couldn’t put it down. You can get it on paperback for $14 and the Kindle book is just $9.

Here’s a look at the cover art for some of the Blu-ray and 4K titles mentioned above (with pre-order links if available). Note that Ghost in the Shell and Requiem for a Dream are temp art...

Ghost in the Shell (4K Ultra HD) Requiem for a Dream (4K Ultra HD) Shanghai Triad (Blu-ray Disc)

You Don't Nomi (Blu-ray Disc) Jack Ryan: Season 2 (Blu-ray Disc) Adaptation (Blu-ray Disc)

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Back on Monday with some fun Blu-ray announcement news for classic Hollywood fans. Stay tuned...!

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