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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 17:09

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Batman: TAS details, Night Stalker, Pink Panther: Vol 3, & Halloween in 4K?

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All right, we’ve got a bunch more interesting news for you today…

First though, two more new Blu-ray reviews… Tim has just turned in his thoughts on Scream Factory’s Piranha II: The Spawning on Blu-ray, directed by no less than James Cameron. The disc streets on 7/31, and it’s worth a look.

Also, our own Dennis Seuling has given Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One a look on Blu-ray. That disc streets today and I do expect to review it on 4K Ultra HD as soon as Warner sends a review copy. Watch for that soon and enjoy the BD review from Dennis in the meantime.

Now then… Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just made Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom official for release on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 9/18 (as we predicted weeks ago), with the Digital release expected on 9/4. [Read on here...]

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Extras exclusive to the Blu-ray SKUs will include 5 featurettes (The Kingdom Evolves, Return to Hawaii, Island Action, Aboard the Arcadia, and Start the Bidding!). The Blu-ray and DVD SKUs will also include 8 more featurettes (On Set with Chris & Bryce, Birth of the Indoraptor, Death by Dino, Monster in a Mansion, Rooftop Showdown, Malcolm’s Return, VFX Evolved, and Fallen Kingdom: The Conversation), A Song for the Kingdom, 12 of Chris Pratt’s Jurassic Journals, and Jurassic Then and Now: Presented by Barbasol. The 4K disc will feature Dolby Vision HDR. All the Blu-ray SKUs will include DTS:X object-based audio. You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Meanwhile today, we have word from Paramount that all five of their Jack Ryan 5-Film Collection films in 4K Ultra HD will feature Dolby Vision HDR.

Global Road Entertainment is releasing Drew Pearce’s Hotel Artemis on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/9.

Our retail sources indicate that Lionsgate is preparing to announce the 4K Ultra HD release of John Carpenter’s original Halloween (1978) for 10/2. We’ve updated the 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly.

Lionsgate will also release the sci-fi actioner Occupation on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 9/25.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just announced The X-Files: Season 11 for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/18. Coming on DVD only on 9/25 are 9-1-1: Season 1 and The Gifted: Season 1. And following on DVD only on 10/2 is The Resident: Season 1.

VCI Entertainment has set Topper Takes a Trip (1938) and Topper Returns (1941) for Blu-ray release on 11/13.

Blue Underground will release a Maniac: 3-Disc Limited Edition on Blu-ray on 11/13, mastered from a new 4K restoration of the film.

MVD is releasing Art School Confidential on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/9.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set Tales from the Hood 2 for release on Blu-ray on 10/2.

And here’s some cool news from Kino Lorber Studio Classics… they’re releasing the Roger Moore film Gold (1974) on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/18, along with The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection, Volume 3: 1968-1969 (including 22 shorts, #41-61, plus extras). Look for The Night Stalker (1972) on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/2. The company is also at work on a new Blu-ray and DVD release of Charley Varrick (1973), street date TBA.

Also newly-announced by The Warner Archive Collection on Blu-ray are Lucifer: The Complete Third Season, Riverdale: The Complete Second Season, Blindspot: The Complete Third Season, The Last Hunt (1956), Village of the Damned (1960), and Never So Few (1959).

Finally today, we have a better look for you at Warner Archive’s Batman: The Complete Animated Series Blu-ray set. You can see the open packaging here…

Batman: The Complete Animated Series (Blu-ray Disc)

In terms of bonus features, the set will include the all-new The Heart of Batman hour-long documentary, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero on Blu-ray, 6 behind-the-scenes featurettes (including The Dark Knight’s First Night Pilot Promo: Hosted by Bruce Timm, Batman: The Legacy Continues Retrospective, Robin Rising: How the Boy Wonder’s Character Evolved, Gotham’s Guardians: The Stalwart Supporting Characters, Voices of the Knight, and Gotham’s New Knight), Video Commentary for the episode House and Garden, an In-Movie Experience for one of the episodes, 12 Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes featurettes (including Introduction, Clayface, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Ra’s Al Ghul, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Two Face, and Ventriloquist & Scarface), the Concepting Harley Quinn featurette, 4 Tour of the Batcave featurettes (Batman, Utility Belt, Bat-Vehicles, and Alfred), and 11 audio commentaries with the cast and crew (for the episodes On Leather Wings, Heart of Ice, Robin’s Reckoning, Part One, Heart of Steel, Part Two, Almost Got ’Im, Harley and Ivy, Read My Lips, Harlequinade, Over the Edge, Critters, and Legends of the Dark Knight).

And here’s the Blu-ray case here along with cover artwork for a number of the titles mentioned above. Click on each to pre-order them on if available…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (4K Ultra HD) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray Disc) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray 3D)

Batman: The Animated Series (Blu-ray Disc) The Night Stalker (Blu-ray Disc) The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 3 (Blu-ray Disc)

Creepshow (Blu-ray Disc) The Jack Ryan 5-FIlm Collection (4K Ultra HD) Robin Hood (4K Ultra HD)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned…

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