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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:17

Blu-ray News – Michael Coate celebrates Lost in Space, plus new announcements & Sony teams with Amazon to stream 4K UHD films with HDR

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We’re starting out here at The Bits today with a new Blu-ray review from Jim Hemphill, featuring Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s The Honey Pot (1967) from Kino Lorber.

Also today, our own Michael Coate has posted a new installment of his History, Legacy & Showmanship column here on The Bits in which he celebrates the 50th anniversary of TV’s Lost in Space and also today’s release of Lost in Space: The Complete Series on Blu-ray by 20th Century Fox. His piece includes a great interview with the set’s producer, Kevin Burns. We plan to post a review of the Blu-ray set as soon as Fox sends review materials, so be sure to watch for it. In the meantime, enjoy Michael’s column.  [Read on here…]

In release news today, HBO has set Banshee: Season Three for Blu-ray and DVD release on 1/5/2016.

Scream Factory has announced the 12/8 release of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987). Also coming to Blu-ray from Scream on 12/8 is Woman’s Prison Massacre (1983). On 12/15, look for Zombie High (1987), The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962), and a double feature of The Dungeonmaster (1985) and Eliminators (1986).

Our friends at the Warner Archive have just released Edward Dmytryk’s classic film noir Murder, My Sweet (1944) on Blu-ray Disc. Also now available on MOD DVD from the Archive is the 1967 Jack and the Beanstalk TV Special (with Gene Kelly and animation by Hanna-Barbera), the Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy Collection: Volume One (1933-38) which includes Naughty Marietta (1935), Rose-Marie (1936), Maytime (1937), and The Girl of the Golden West (1938), and the Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy Collection: Volume Two (1938-42) which includes Sweethearts (1938), New Moon (1940), Bitter Sweet (1940), and I Married an Angel (1942).

Paramount has set TUT for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/6.

FUNimation has set Noein: The Complete Series for Blu-ray release on 11/24.

Anchor Bay and SundanceTV have set The Red Road: The Complete Second Season for DVD only release on 9/22.

Anchor Bay has also set I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine for Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 10/20. The film opens in theaters in L.A. on 10/9.

Well Go USA Entertainment has set The Golden Cane Warrior for Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 11/3.

Monarch Home Entertainment has set Secrets of the Fall (the sequel to Secrets in the Snow) for DVD release on 9/22.

And Kino Lorber is preparing to release Robert Altman’s Welcome to L.A. (1976), Richard Franklin’s F/X2 (1991), and Vittorio De Sica’s After the Fox (1966). Street dates are TBA.

In other news, Epix has announced that it’s going to make its movie content available for download onto portable devices for viewing without an Internet connection. You can read more here at Home Media.

Finally, the big 4K news today is that Sony Electronics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are partnering with Amazon to make streaming feature film content in 4K with HDR available this fall, just in time for Sony’s new line of HDR 4K Ultra HDTVs. If you purchase one of these new sets, you’ll get a $100 in credit with Amazon Video that can be applied to purchasing these titles. The films will include The Amazing Spider Man 2, Men in Black 3, After Earth, and Fury. The Amazon Original series Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and Red Oaks will also be available to those with these HDTVs in full 4K Ultra HD with HDR. You can read more here via Sony’s official press release.

Here’s a look at a little bit of cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above (with Amazon pre-order links if available – if not we’ll add them soon)…

Murder, My Sweet (Blu-ray Disc)    FX2 (Blu-ray Disc)    The Brain That Wouldn't Die (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

Bill Hunt


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