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Thursday, 01 December 2016 17:56

King Kong: Ultimate Edition, Red Dawn: Shout Select, Star Trek: Enterprise Complete, Sherlock: S4 & more!

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All right, we’re starting today with some new disc reviews: I’ve just posted my thoughts on Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence in 4K Ultra HD format, as well as Paul Greengrass’ Jason Bourne in 4K Ultra HD format from Universal. Meanwhile, Tim has posted a review of Arrow Video USA’s The Hills Have Eyes (1977) on Blu-ray Disc. All three of these titles are worth a look.

Also here at The Bits today (in case you missed it when we posted it here at the site yesterday), our dear friend Bud Elder has turned in a new View from the Cheap Seats column called Movie Begats and More. In it, Bud runs down new deep catalog releases from all the usual indie distributors and remembers the late Leon Russell. Don’t miss it!  [Read on here…]

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Now then... we have some good Blu-ray announcement news for you guys today...

First up, Universal has announced a new King Kong: Ultimate Edition Blu-ray for release on 2/7 (SRP $19.98). It’s a 3-disc set that will include 2 Blu-rays and a DVD, plus a Digital HD copy. The release will include both the theatrical and extended versions of the film, along with over 13 hours of bonus content. You’ll get the full-length Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong documentary, all of director Peter Jackson’s Production Diaries, nearly 3 hours’ worth of Post Production Diaries, 30 minutes of Deleted Scenes with an introduction by Jackson, 7 featurettes (The Eighth Blunder of the World, The Making of a Shot: The T-Rex Fight, Skull Island: A Natural History, Kong’s New York, 1933, A Night in Vaudeville, King Kong Homage, Pre-Visualization Animatics), and more. Sounds like this is essentially the long-awaited Blu-ray upgrade of the previous (and amazingly comprehensive) DVD box set. Perhaps a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release will follow when King Kong: Skull Island arrives in theaters and on disc next year.

CBS and Paramount have set Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Series for Blu-ray release on 2/14 (SRP $117). There’s no new special feature content, but you’ll finally be able to own the complete series in a single package. A DVD version is also being released earlier, on 1/10 (SRP $89.98 but it’s available for pre-order on Amazon for just $50 at the moment). I really wish the powers that be had cared this much about the show when it was still on the air. Anyway...

Lionsgate will release American Pastoral on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/7.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing a brand new Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/7.

Any fans of the BBC’s Sherlock out there? Well, look for them to release Sherlock: Season Four on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/24 (SRP $39.98 and $29.98).

Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing Glitter on Blu-ray on 1/3.

And here’s something cool: Shout! Factory has announced a new Shout Select title for release on Blu-ray next year: a Red Dawn: Collector’s Edition! Street date is TBA.

Finally, for you film soundtrack fans, our friends at La-La Land Records have just announced The John Williams Jurassic Park Collection, which includes the complete scores to Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park in a 4-CD set that’s newly remastered and expanded. It sells for $58.98, is limited to just 5,000 units, and starts shipping on 12/2. Also newly announced by La-La Land is the Star Trek: 50th Anniversary Collection – Musical Rarities from Across the Star Trek Universe 4-CD set. It’s $49.98 and is also limited to 5,000 copies and due to ship on 12/2. Act fast if you want either. La-La Land does amazing work on these releases, so don’t miss them. Click on the title links in this paragraph to pre-order them.

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for a few of the titles we mentioned above (with Amazon links if available)...

King Kong: Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray Disc)   Star Trek: Enterprise - The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)   Sherlock: Season Four (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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