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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 19:06

Sony’s 2012 hits 4K, plus new Warner TV & Warner Archive titles, Mill Creek’s Hammer Films details & more

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We’ve got a pair of new disc reviews for you to read today...

Tim has taken a look at Steve Beck’s Ghost Ship (2002), now available on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

Also today, Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Simon Langton’s The Whistle Blower (1986) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Meanwhile, I posted my in-depth thoughts on Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy on 4K Ultra HD from Universal on Monday, so do check that out in the event you missed it.

In announcement news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Roland Emmerich’s 2012 for release on 4K Ultra HD on 1/19. [Read on here...]

The 4K disc will include the Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse featurette, while the Blu-ray Disc will include all of the legacy special features. Audio will be included in English Dolby Atmos, with HDR10 high dynamic range. You can see the cover artwork above left.

Also on the 4K front, Lionsgate has set a But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut for 4K on 12/8, but be aware that it’s a Digital only release.

And Well Go USA will release Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor Uncut on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/7, with the Digital release due on 11/3.

Meanwhile, our friends at the Warner Archive Collection have revealed their November slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles, which is set to include Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series (on 11/3) and an Alfred Hitchcock Collection (11/17 – featuring Suspicion, Dial M for Murder, The Wrong Man, and I Confess) on Blu-ray, along with DVD re-issues of the classic titles Meet Me in St. Louis, Kiss Me Kate, Wuthering Heights, and The Little Foxes, as well as new DVD releases of Catherine the Great: An HBO Limited Series and The New Pope: The Complete Series.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has also set Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/26/21. Extras will include 2 featurettes (The Transformers: Doom Patrol’s Make-up FX and Doom Patrol: Come Visit Georgia PSA).

Warner has also set Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/26. Extras will include 5 featurettes (Overview, Class Warfare, Jennifer & Daveed, The Train, and Behind the Curtain: Art of the Frozen World).

And Warner will release the stop-motion holiday special Toys of Terror on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/19, with the Digital release expected on 10/27.

In other release news, Mill Creek Entertainment has announced the extras that you’ll find on their 20-film Hammer Films Blu-ray Collection, due on 11/17, which offers The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1963), These Are the Damned (1962), The Old Dark House (1963), The Gorgon (1964), The Snorkel (1958), Maniac (1963), Die! Die! My Darling (1965), Scream of Fear (1961), Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961), Never Take Candy from a Stranger (1960), Cash on Demand (1961), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960), The Terror of the Tongs (1961), The Pirates of Blood River (1962), Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), The Camp on Blood Island (1958), Yesterday’s Enemy (1959), and Creatures the World Forgot (1971), many available for the first time in HD. Special features will include a 12-page booklet, 4 featurettes (Hammer at Columbia Pictures, The Actors of Hammer Film, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb Retrospective, and The Two Faces of De. Jekyll Retrospective), and new audio commentaries with film historians on The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Gorgon, The Snorkel, Never Take Candy from a Stranger, and Scream of Fear. You can see the cover artwork below.

And in industry news today, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’ Quibi short-form subscription video service is officially calling it quits. I guess the public demand for 10-minute movies in 9:16 aspect ratio wasn’t quite as strong as they expected. I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked! You can read more here at Variety.

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

2012 (4K Ultra HD) Hammer Films Collection (Blu-ray Disc) Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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