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The Lion King is coming to 4K, plus Robin and Marian, Bondarchuk’s Attraction, new 4K UHD titles & new BD reviews

October 8, 2018 - 4:28 pm   |   by
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All right, while it hasn’t yet officially been announced by Disney, we expect that to happen very soon. So the big story today is that Disney will be releasing its animated feature The Lion King on 4K Ultra HD on 12/4. The title is already listed on Best Buy Canada and we expect it to appear elsewhere soon. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the official cover artwork (at left).

Also today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the 11/20 Blu-ray release of Robin and Marian (1976), directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night, Superman II) and starring Sean Connery (as Robin Hood) and Audrey Hepburn (as Lady Marian).

MPI is releasing Fyodor Bondarchuk’s 2017 Russian science-fiction epic Attraction (aka Prityazhenie) on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/4. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Fyodor is the son of the legendary Russian filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk (War and Peace). We’ve been wanting to get a look at this film for a while, so we’re thrilled to see it finally coming in the States. [Read on here...]

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In other news today, Thunderbean Animation has just released a pair of great animated titles on Blu-ray, including Mid Century Modern Animation: Volume 1 and Mid Century Modern Animation: Volume 2. These include a host of rare and vintage “modern” animated shorts from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, among them theatrical shorts, commercials, industrial films, and drive-in commercials. The discs sell for just $16 each. If you’re  a fan of vintage animation, they should be fun to see.

Meanwhile, Kino Lorber Studio Classics will release National Lampoon’s Class Reunion (1982) on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/4.

And some 4K news: Warner Bros. will release Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born and the animated Smallfoot on 4K Ultra HD the same day as Blu-ray and DVD. Street dates are TBA, but you can pre-order the titles here and here. We also suspect they’ll release The Nun in 4K, but it’s not up yet for pre-order on the format. Lionsgate will release Kin on 4K day and date with Blu-ray and DVD (pre-order it here).

Finally today, we’ve have a trio of new Blu-ray reviews for you today, including Tim’s look at Exorcist II: The Heretic from Scream Factory, David’s take on The Virgin Soldiers from Twilight Time, and David’s thoughts on the Three Identical Strangers documentary from Universal. Enjoy!

Here’s a look at the cover art for a few of the titles mentioned above, with pre-order links (if available)...

The Lion King (4K Ultra HD) Attraction (Blu-ray Disc) Robin and Marian (Blu-ray Disc)

Mid-Century Modern Animation: Volume 1 (Blu-ray Disc) Mid-Century Modern Animation: Volume 2 (Blu-ray Disc) 2001: A Space Odyssey (4K Ultra HD)

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