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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 14:36

It’s a Wonderful Life 4K reviewed, plus Rambo: Last Blood official, new 4K dates & new KL Studio Classics BDs

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All right, we begin today with some new disc reviews...

I’ve just turned in my thoughts on Paramount’s stunning new 4K restoration of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, one of those films I’d take to a desert island if I had to be stranded there with only a few. The film has never looked better and the disc even offers some tremendous newly-created extras, though the included Blu-ray version is a puzzler. Still, fans should agree that the restoration is worth every penny and it’s just $19 on Amazon right now. Don’t hesitate.

I’m working to finish my review of Warner’s The Wizard of Oz next and I’m also checking out the first couple of discs of Network’s new Monty Python’s Flying Circus Blu-ray set. So watch for those reviews soon.

Meanwhile, Tim has posted his thoughts on Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Chuck Russell’s 1988 remake of The Blob. Fans will definitely want to give it a look.

And Dennis has weighed in on Ari Aster’s Midsommar on Blu-ray from A23 and Lionsgate, so do give that a look as well. [Read on here...]

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In announcement news today, Lionsgate has made Rambo: Last Blood official for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/17, with the Digital release expected on 12/3. The 4K will include both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. The film was also captured digitally in 5K with a 4K Digital Intermediate finish, so it should look terrific. Extras will include 2 featurettes (Drawing Last Blood: Multipart Production Diary and From First Note to Last Blood: Music for the Massacres) and the film’s theatrical trailer.

Meanwhile, we have some new likely BD/4K street dates from our industry and retail sources, including Ad Astra (12/17) and Joker (12/17). Easy Rider 50 is also getting a disc release in Europe in December, but there’s still no word of a physical US release. Also, though it’s not officially announced, it would not be unreasonable to expect Netflix’s Stranger Things: Season 3 to appear at your local Target store early next month (perhaps on 11/5 or 11/12) on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, based on the release pattern for Seasons 1 and 2. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Shout! has also made official their 4K Ultra HD release of the IMAX film Turtle Odyssey: Bunji’s Big Adventure on 12/3. The package will come with a Blu-ray copy as well and a DVD will be released separately the same day.

And Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced more great new titles they have on the way to Blu-ray and DVD on 1/7, including: Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper’s Dr. Cyclops (1940), Rian Johnson’s Brick (2005), Robert Siodmak’s Cobra Woman (1944), Sergio Corbucci’s The Hellbenders (1967) and The Specialists (1969), Enzo G. Castellari’s Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (1968), Joseph Manduke’s Omega Syndrome (1986 – for Scorpion Releasing) and Alan Beattie’s Stand Alone (1985 – also for Scorpion Releasing).

Back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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