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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 14:43

Sony makes its 4K Columbia Classics: Volume 3 box set official for release on 10/25, plus listen to Bill on Tim Millard’s The Extras podcast!

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We’ve got a couple of announcements to report today...

First, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just officially set its Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3 for release on 10/25. And just as we first reported here at The Bits a few weeks ago, the package will include Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934), Fred Zinnemann’s From Here to Eternity (1953), James Clavell’s To Sir, with Love (1967), Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (1971), John Huston’s Annie (1982), and James L. Brooks’ As Good As it Gets (1997).

Each film will include Dolby Vision HDR and all-new Dolby Atmos mixes. All of them will carry over the legacy Blu-ray special features, as well as bonus content that’s new to release.

The new content will include... [Read on here...]

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It Happened One Night will add You Can’t Run Away From It (1956), the remake film starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon, newly remastered in HD.

From Here to Eternity will add the Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity documentary, Eternal History Revisited featurettes, and the 1980 From Here to Eternity TV pilot starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey in SD.

To Sir, with Love will add A Tribute to Sidney Portier, the 1974 To Sir, with Love TV pilot starring Hari Rhodes, the 1992 TV-movie sequel To Sir, with Love II staring Sidney Portier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich in HD, and 2 featurettes (To Potter, with Love and Beginnings of an Acting Career).

The Last Picture Show will add A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich.

Annie will add the 1932 feature Little Orphan Annie starring Mitzi Green in HD, cast audio commentary with Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, and Roseanne Sorrentino, Aileen Quinn: A Conversation, Behind the Music with Charles Strouse, and the 4-part Looking Back: Behind-the-Scenes.

Finally, As Good As it Gets will add 2 deleted scenes, Behind-the-Scenes Footage, The Making of As Good As it Gets, and Archival Theatrical EPK Soundbites.

Here’s what the cover artwork looks like (the Amazon pre-order link is now live here)...

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3 (4K Ultra HD)

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3 (4K Ultra HD)

Speaking of Sony, the company is also expected to release David Leitch’s Bullet Train (2022) on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, and 4K Ultra HD Steelbook on 11/15, and it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon. Click on the covers for those pre-order links...

Bullet Train (4K Ultra HD) Bullet Train (Blu-ray Disc) Bullet Train (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD)

Also today, retail sources have informed us that Disney and Marvel expect to release Thor: Love and Thunder on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/4. As usual, you’ll get HDR10 high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio. Additional details and cover art will be posted as they come in.

And for those of you who really want to punish yourself in movie cheese, Cinedigm will release Sharknado: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray on 11/1, including all six films.

Finally this afternoon, I had the great pleasure recently of appearing as a guest on Tim Millard’s excellent The Extras podcast. As some of you may know, Tim helped to build The Warner Archive collection for years as a WB studio employee, and now he’s documenting the industry on his own terrific podcast. We talked about Blu-ray and 4K, the state of physical media, and even forthcoming 4K releases. I think you’ll really enjoy it, and I know you’ll find Tim’s other great The Extras podcasts of interest as well, so be sure to give it a listen here (and subscribe to his podcast to enjoy future installments)!

Bill Hunt on The Extras Podcast - 8/10/22

That’s all for now. Stay tuned!

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