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Friday, 05 August 2016 18:17

X-Men: First Class 4K, Bourne, new Prince BDs, Alice Through the Looking Glass, To Live & Die in L.A. & more

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We’re kicking things off today with a great new View from the Cheap Seats column from our own Bud Elder in which he muses over classic film scores, catches up on some of the recent deep catalog releases coming out on Blu-ray from the indie distributors, and has a few things to say about a fella named George Hamilton too. Do check it out!

Also available today is a new Blu-ray review from Jim Hemphill, none other than Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s A Perfect Day (2015), now available on disc from IFC Films and MPI Media Group.

Now then, in announcement news this afternoon… [Read on here…]

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just set X-Men: First Class for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format on 10/4. Details on specs and features to come, but we would expect everything that was included on the previous Blu-ray edition to carry over.

Also on the 4K front, it appears that Universal Canada is getting ready to release an Extreme Adventure Collection (including Tornado Alley, Grand Canyon Adventure, and Hidden Universe) on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (at least in Canada) on 9/13, along with an Extreme Nature Collection (including Antarctica on the Edge, Titans of the Ice Age, and Great White Shark) that same day.

We also have word that Universal (U.S.) is preparing Jason Bourne for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format. Street date is TBA, as the film is still obviously in theaters. Not only that, retail sources are reporting that Universal is finally going to release It Came from Outer Space (1953) on Blu-ray 3D format on 10/4.

In the wake of Prince’s death, it appears that Warner Home Video is going to release Graffiti Bridge and Under the Cherry Moon on Blu-ray Disc on 10/4. Both are new to the format. They’re also re-issuing Purple Rain on Blu-ray that day, and you’ll be able to get a Prince Movie Collection Blu-ray pack of all three for just $24.98. That same day, WHV is also releasing – at long last – a Police Academy box set on Blu-ray including all the films in the series (probably the same one that was released in the U.K. a while back).

Disney has now set Alice Through the Looking Glass for release on Blu-ray and DVD Combo on 10/18. Extras will include audio commentary  with director James Bobin, deleted scenes with optional commentary, 6 featurettes (A Stitch in Time: Costuming Wonderland, Behind The Looking Glass, Time On…, Alice Goes Through the Looking Glass: A Scene Peeler, Alice Goes Through Time’s Castle: A Scene Peeler, and Characters of Underland), Pink’s Just Like Fire music video, and a making of the video featurette.

Shout! Factory has added the To Live and Die in L.A.: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray to their Shout Selects line, due on 11/22 (SRP $34.93). Also newly added to the Selects BD line is Death of a Salesman (SRP $34.93) on 11/15. And Shout! has set Gypsy and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert for BD release on 11/1 (SRP $29.99 each).

Meanwhile, Scream Factory has added the Bubba Ho-Tep: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for release on 11/8, followed by the Dead Ringers: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on 11/15, and the Rabid: Collector’s Edition and Intruder on 11/22 (SRP is $34.93 for the CE titles and $29.99 for Intruder). All of these Shout! and Scream titles are now available for pre-order on Amazon and you can see the cover artwork below.

In other release news today, MPI Home Video will release The Demolisher on Blu-ray on 10/4.

Blue Underground will release a 3-disc Manhattan Baby: Limited Edition on Blu-ray on 10/25.

Corinth Films has set the documentary Einstein’s Universe for release on Blu-ray on 9/27.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Two Films by Douglas Sirk for release on Blu-ray on 9/27 as well (including films TBA).

Code Red is working on a new Blu-ray release of Tom McLoughlin’s One Dark Night (1982).

And Kino Lorber has set Boomerang (1947) and Daisy Kenyon (1947) for Blu-ray release on 11/15.

Finally today, it appears that The Big Lebowski has left the building. Actor David Huddelston has died at the age of 85. He appeared in many films and TV series over the years, including Rio Lobo, Santa Claus: The Movie, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, The West Wing, and more, but he’s arguably best known as the title character in the 1998 Coen Brothers classic. He also starred as Benjamin Franklin in the 1998 Broadway production of 1776, a role he considered to be his best. You can read more here at Variety. “Your revolution is over, Lebowski! Condolences! The bums lost!”

We’ll leave you with a look at some of that new Shout! and Scream Blu-ray cover artwork and more (remember, you can pre-order each title from Amazon by clicking on the covers – doing so helps to support our work here at The Bits which we appreciate!)…

To Live and Die in L.A. (Blu-ray Disc)    Bubba Ho-Tep (Blu-ray Disc)    Dead Ringers: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Death of a Salesman (Blu-ray Disc)    Rabid (Blu-ray Disc)    Alice Through the Looking Glass (Blu-ray Disc)

Graffiti Bridge (Blu-ray Disc)    Under the Cherry Moon (Blu-ray Disc)    Prince Movie Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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