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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 17:46

Nope is official, plus Halo: Season One 4K, Earth Girls Are Easy, For All Mankind: S2 in the UK & Jean-Luc Godard RIP

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We have two more new disc reviews for you this afternoon, as well as more announcement news—including a couple of surprise titles. But first those reviews...

Tim has turned in his thoughts on John Lafia’s Child’s Play 2 (1990) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory.

And Dennis has offered his take on Atom Egoyan’s Exotica (1994) on regular Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.

As always, more reviews are on the way in the days ahead, so be sure to watch for them.

Now then... the big news today is that Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has just made Jordan Peele’s Nope official for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/25, with the Digital release due on 9/20. It appears that both the Blu-ray and 4K presentations will feature a variable aspect ratio that shifts between 2.20 and 1.78 to preserve the theatrical IMAX experience. [Read on here...]

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It also appears that the high dynamic range will be HDR10 only on UHD. Extras will include the Shadows: The Making of Nope immersive documentary, 5 deleted scenes, a gag reel, and 2 featurettes (Call Him Jean Jacket and Mystery Man of Muybridge). You can see the cover art above left and also below.

Also today, the big surprise is that Paramount and Showtime have announced the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release of the Paramount+ exclusive Halo: Season One on 11/15. The 4K will be available in both a wide-release version as well as a 4K Steelbook. We don’t have details yet on the extras and AV features, but we would assume at least Dolby Vision and Atmos audio on the 4K SKUs.

In more 4K news, Lionsgate has set Halina Reijn’s horror/comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/18. The 4K will include Dolby Atmos, and both Blu-ray SKUs will include audio commentary with Reijn, the Who Wants to Play? Making Bodies Bodies Bodies featurette, and deleted scenes.

Lionsgate has also set Mack & Rita for release on regular Blu-ray and DVD on 10/18.

Not done with Lionsgate yet: They’ve also announced their next Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray title for release on 11/8... Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)! Extras will include audio commentary with actor/cowriter Julie Brown, 4 interview featurettes, a vintage featurette, vintage promos and interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes and outtakes, trailers, TV and radio spots, and image galleries.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Doom Patrol: The Complete Third Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 11/15, featuring all 10 episodes along with four featurettes.

HBO will release Euphoria: Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD only on 11/1.

Music Box Films has set Julio Medem’s Sex and Lucia: Unrated Director’s Cut for release on Blu-ray on 10/4.

And here’s another surprise: You may recall that we’ve reported previously that Dazzler Media in the UK is releasing Apple TV’s For All Mankind: Season One on Blu-ray in the UK on 10/10. The surprise is that they’re also releasing Season Two on Blu-ray on 11/14! We expect that these are region-locked discs, but rest assured that—as a huge fan of this series—I’ll be reviewing the BDs when they become available. In the meantime, thanks to Bits reader Richard C. for the heads-up! We’ve posted the temp art and the pre-order links below.

In more unofficial news, retail sources are telling us that Neon is planning to release David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future (2022) on 4K Ultra HD on 1/31/23.

And Section23 Films (in conjunction with Bandai Namco Filmworks) is planning to release the anime film Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (1987) on 4K UHD on 11/4 in honor of its 35th anniversary.

Before we close this afternoon, we definitely need to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of legendary director Jean-Luc Godard, who arrived on the scene first as a writer for highly influential French publication Cahiers du Cinéma, and later as part of the vanguard of the French New Wave movement. His first film, Breathless (1960) is a masterpiece, but Godard didn’t stop there. His career spans more than 70 features and shorts, and includes such gems as A Woman Is a Woman, Band of Outsiders, Contempt, and Goodbye to Language. You can read more about Godard’s work here on The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, and The Hollywood Reporter. He was 91.

Now then, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above and more, including Universal’s Holiday Inn and Christmas animated titles in 4K UHD. Amazon pre-order links are included (just click on the covers) if available...

Nope (4K Ultra HD) HALO: Season ONe (4K Ultra HD) HALO: Season One (4K Ultra HD Steelbook)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (4K Ultra HD) Frosty the Snowman (4K Ultra HD) Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (4K Ultra HD)

Holiday Inn (4K Ultra HD) For All Mankind: Season One (UK Blu-ray Disc) For All Mankind: Season Two (UK Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for today. Stay tuned!

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