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Chernobyl and V for Vendetta official for 4K, plus new Zavvi Ultra HD Steelbooks, a possible Psycho 4K audio problem & more

September 10, 2020 - 3:06 pm   |   by
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HBO has just officially announced the 4K Ultra HD release of their Chernobyl miniseries on 12/1. The 5-episode series was finished natively in 4K and will include the Blu-ray and Digital copies as well (SRP $44.98). High Dynamic Range will presumably be HDR10.

Extras will include 5 featurettes (Meet the Key Players, Inside the Episode, Behind the Curtain: Director Johan Renck, Script to Screen: The Divers, and Pivotal Moment: The Trial).

Best Buy will also have an exclusive Steelbook version of the set. You can see the wide-release cover artwork pictured at left and also below.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has finally announced V for Vendetta for release on 4K Ultra HD on 11/3.

This should be no surprise to Bits readers, as we’ve been talking about this disc for weeks now. [Read on here...]

But the disc will include a new 4K scan of the original camera negative, a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack, and HDR10 high dynamic range. And here’s a surprise: The 4K disc will include three new special features. Look for V for Vendetta Unmasked, Natalie Portman’s Audition, and James McTeigue & Lana Wachowski in Conversation.

The package will also include the previous Blu-ray edition which will feature all of the legacy special features as well as a Digital Copy (we don’t know yet if the Blu-ray is mastered from the new scan). You can see the cover artwork below.

Meanwhile, Zavvi is offering Universal’s Back to the Future Trilogy in 4K Ultra HD in an exclusive Steelbook edition. We’ve been told that the Blu-ray Discs in this set will be all region, and of course the 4K discs are always all region. Here’s what that looks like (click here or on the image to visit the Zavvi US pre-order page and click here for the Zavvi UK pre-order link)...

The Back to the Future Trilogy (4K Ultra HD Zavvi Steelbook exclusive)

Also still available at Zavvi (while supplies last) are their Steelbook 4Ks of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (click here for US and here for UK) and American Gangster (click here for US and here for UK).

In other news today, Second Sight Films has announced on Twitter that their next limited edition Blu-ray release will be Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers. You can visit their website for the details as they become available.

RLJE Films has set Aaron Koontz’s horror/western The Pale Door for Blu-ray and DVD release on 10/6.

RLJE also has Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Season One coming on Blu-ray and DVD that same day.

Lionsgate will release The Secret: Dare to Dream on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on 9/22, with the Digital release set for 9/15.

And Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that Rouben Mamoulian’s pre-code musical comedy Love Me Tonight (1932) will street on Blu-ray Disc on 9/29, mastered from a new 4K scan. The film stars Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald.

Here’s a look the cover artwork for a couple of the titles mentioned above, with Amazon pre-order links if available (we’ll add the Chernobyl link as soon as it goes live)...

V for Vendetta (4K Ultra HD) Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD) The Hammer Films Ultimate Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

By the way, we know some of you will appreciate this: Sony’s Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 1 is finally back in stock at Amazon (click here for that). So if you’ve been wanting to get a copy, now’s the time before it sells out again. We don’t know when (or if) these films will be available in 4K as singles, so do plan accordingly.

Now then, I’ve literally just gotten Lionsgate’s Ghost in the Shell 4K Ultra HD in hand, so I’m going to start working on a review of that shortly. Watch the site later tonight or tomorrow AM for that.

Also, it’s come to our attention that there may be an error in Universal’s The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection in 4K Ultra HD. Specifically, the Psycho 4K disc is supposed to include the original theatrical mono audio. But it appears instead that the mono included is actually a fold-down of the new DTS:X mix on the disc—so it’s NOT the original theatrical sound experience. We’ve gotten word into the studio and we’ll see what they say. I expect to start working on a review of that set this weekend. We’ll post updates on this as we hear anything back.

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