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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 18:31

M:I – Fallout, The Meg & Castle Rock: S1 official, plus Black Hawk Down 4K, new Shout/Scream & a rare Empire Strikes Back documentary

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All right, we’re starting today with four new disc reviews for you here at The Bits...

Tim has checked in with a look at Flavio Mogherini’s The Pyjama Girl Case (1977) on Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

Also from Arrow, Dennis has offered his thoughts on Fred Zinnemann’s The Day of the Jackal (1973) on Blu-ray.

David has turned in a look at William Whitney’s A Strange Adventure (1956) on Blu-ray from our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And we have another review addition to The Bits’ review staff today, Matthew Weflen, who’s got a look at Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006) on 4K Ultra HD. You can find that in the Christopher Nolan Collection 4K box set.

Many more Blu-ray and DVD reviews are coming; I’m personally working on 4K reviews of Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Evil Dead, and Hook, with more on the way. So watch for those over the next few days. [Read on here...]

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Now then... we have more new announcements to report...

Paramount has now officially set Mission: Impossible – Fallout for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/4, with the Digital release expected on 11/20. Extras on the Blu-ray editions will include audio commentary with director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise, a second commentary by McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton, and a third commentary by composer Lorne Balfe, an isolated score track, and the 7-part documentary Behind the Fallout (includes Light the Fuse, Top of the World, The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown, Rendezvous in Paris, The Fall, The Hunt is On, and Cliffside Clash). There’s also a Deleted Scenes Montage (with optional commentary by McQuarrie and Hamilton), a Foot Chase Musical Breakdown, The Ultimate Mission, Storyboards, and the film’s theatrical trailer. The 4K SKU will feature Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Vision HDR. The Blu-ray will also have Dolby Atmos audio. You can see the final cover art above left and also below. Note that in addition to Fallout, Paramount will also release a Mission: Impossible – 6-Film Collection on both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on 12/4 as well.

Black Hawk Down (4K Ultra HD)Also on the 4K Ultra HD front, we have word from of all places that Sony is going to be releasing Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down in a new 4K restoration on the format on 5/7/19. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia upon which the film is based. You can read more here. It’s obviously a ways off yet, but we’ve added it to our 4K Ultra HD Release List regardless.

And Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just officially announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of Castle Rock: The Complete First Season on 1/8/2019, with the Digital release set for 10/15. All 10 episodes will be included, plus extras (12 featurettes). Audio on the Blu-ray versions will be 5.1 DTS. There’s no mention of Dolby Vision so assume HDR10 on the 4K.

Warner has also announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of The Meg on 11/13, with the Digital release due on 10/30. Look for Dolby Atmos audio on both Blu-ray and 4K, along with Dolby Vision HDR on the 4K. Extras will include 2 featurettes (Chomp on This: The Making of The Meg and Creating the Beast).

In regular Blu-ray news, Universal will release Michael Noer’s Papillon on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/6.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has revealed that they’re working on Anthony Mann’s Thunder Bay (1953), Russell Mulcahy’s The Real McCoy (1993), Sidney J. Furie’s The Appaloosa (1966), Abraham Polonsky’s Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969), Maurizio Lucidi’s Street People (1976), Delbert Mann’s Kidnapped (1971), John McNaughton’s Mad Dog and Glory (1993), and Don Siegel’s The Gun Runners (1958). And in the Spring of next year, the company has revealed that they’re working on new Blu-ray editions of Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Crooklyn (1994), Clockers (1995), and Summer of Sam (1999).

In addition to Waterworld, Arrow Video is releasing Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and Bloody Birthday on Blu-ray in December.

And Shout! Factory and Scream Factory have announced a host of new titles for release on Blu-ray, including Screamers (due 1/29/19), Sarah T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1/29/19), a When Harry Met Sally: 30th Anniversary Edition – Shout Select (1/8/19), The Glass Key – Shout Select (1942 – 1/15/19), 10 to Midnight (1/22/19), Cobra (1/22/19), Howling III (1/15/19), Obsession (1/15/19), The Plague of the Zombies (1/15/19), Saturday the 14th (1/15/19), 8MM (1/8/19), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Collector’s Edition – Shout Select (1/22/19). The company has also updated its plans to release The Plague Dogs – Shout Select on Blu-ray: Look for it to street now on 1/15/19, and the great news is that it will include the extended cut of the film thanks to the efforts of director Martin Rosen.

Finally today, a very cool vintage film documentary from Sygma Television in 1980 has surfaced on YouTube thanks to our old friend Adywan: The Making of The Empire Strikes Back by Michel Parbot. It runs 58 minutes and it features rare behind-the-scenes footage. You can watch it here and it’s well worth it...

We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles we’ve mentioned above and more, with pre-order links if available...

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (4K Ultra HD) Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Blu-ray Disc) The Meg (4K Ultra HD)

ANTZ (Blu-ray Disc) The Prince of Egypt (Blu-ray Disc) The Meg (Blu-ray Disc)

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