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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:41

Another 2001 4K delay, Hell Fest, Sopranos: Complete Series BD sale, new Kino Lorber Studio Classics titles & more

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We start with more new Blu-rays here at the site today, including Dennis’ look at Brian De Palma’s Sisters (1973) now on Blu-ray from Criterion, Tim’s look at the new Army of Darkness Steelbook edition from Scream/Shout! Factory, and David’s review of The Principal from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Enjoy!

Also today, we have an update on the availability of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in 4K Ultra HD. The title had been delayed from 10/30 to 11/20. Now we’re hearing from readers that retailers are telling them to expect the title on 12/18.

The delay appears to be due to a lack of replication capacity. That’s not uncommon going into the holiday season, but it appears to be worse this year. So adjust your plans accordingly.

In announcement news today, Shout! Factory has set the Legally Blonde Collection: Shout Select Blu-ray set for release on 2/26/19. [Read on here...]

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Meanwhile, Scream Factory has just set their Starman: Collector’s Edition for Blu-ray release on 12/18. All the previous extras will carry over, along with the all-new They Came from Hollywood: Re-visiting Starman featurette (with director John Carpenter, actors Jeff Bridges, Charles Martin Smith, and script supervisor Sandy King-Carpenter).

The Warner Archive Collection has just released Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure (1959) on Blu-ray, along with the Hammer Dracula title The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973).

Lionsgate has just set I Still See You for Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on 12/11. They’ve also set Viking Destiny for release on all three formats on 12/4. And they’ve set Weightless for Digital only release on 12/18.

Lionsgate has also set Hell Fest for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/8, with the Digital release expected on 12/28. The 4K Ultra HD version will include DTS:X audio and Dolby Vision HDR.

We’ve updated the 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits with Hell Fest, the new street date for 2001, and new pre-order links for Paramount’s Overlord, Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, and Lionsgate’s Evil Dead 2.

Also today, Arrow Video is releasing Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak on Blu-ray on 1/15/18 as a 2-disc limited edition loaded with content.

Any there any Sopranos fans in the house? HBO’s Sopranos: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set is just $49.99 on Amazon at the moment. That’s 50% off the SRP. Act quick if you’re interested.

Our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics have announced a number of good Blu-ray and/or DVD titles recently, including Silent Scream (1979 for Scorpion Releasing) on 12/4. Look for Tell Them Willie Boys Is Here (1969), The Appaloosa (1966), and The Bounty (1984) on Blu-ray, plus The Comeback Kid (1980 TV Movie) and Pray TV (1982 TV Movie) on DVD only on 1/2. These will be followed by What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice (1969), Street Law (1974 for Code Red), and Blind Date (1984 for Scorpion Releasing) on 1/8.

Kino Lorber Studio Classic is also preparing the following titles for release on Blu-ray and/or DVD: René Clément’s Rider on the Rain (1970), Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity (1969), Joe May’s The House of the Seven Gables (1940), Anthony Harvey’s Grace Quigley (1984), The Land Unknown (1957), The Earthling (1980), Hal Ashby’s The Landlord (1970), and Curtis Hanson’s Losin’ It (1983). Street dates are TBA, listed as Coming Soon.

By the way, Kino Lorber Studio Classics is also hinting that they’re going to be releasing their first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray title in March or April of next year.

And here’s something kind of cool: Universal Music Entertainment is re-issuing Willie Hutch’s classic soundtrack to the 1974 Blaxploitation film Foxy Brown on vinyl in honor of the film’s 45 anniversary. It’s now available from various music retailers.

We’ll leave you with a look at a few titles listed above and more, now available for pre-order on (just click on the cover artwork below)...

Overlord (4K Ultra HD) Evil Dead 2 (4K Ultra HD) The Sopranos: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

Crimson Peak (Blu-ray Disc) Legally Blonde Collection (Blu-ray Disc) The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 4 (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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