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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 19:26

The Joker & Maleficent: Mistress of Evil official, plus a guide to the changes in Star Wars 4K on Disney+

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Once again today, we have some big news for you and a major new special feature piece here at The Bits.

But first, our own Tim Salmons has another new Blu-ray review for you, this one of Terence Fisher’s The Devil Rides Out (1968) from Scream Factory. Enjoy!

Now then, the new special feature piece we have is nothing less than a complete visual guide to all the changes, fixes, and tweaks to be found in the new Disney+ 4K version of Star Wars: A New Hope! Our old friend Drew Stewart—who is a longtime Digital Bits reader—is also the webmaster of Star Wars Revisited and also the curator of the Star Wars Visual Comparisons blog.

Drew has been hard at work in recent weeks, diligently cataloging all of the changes in this new version of the film. He’s created a set of comparison images—nearly 40 in all—and he’s kindly allowed us to compile them here in a 7-page gallery on The Bits for you to see. So click here for that. We’re pretty certain you’ll enjoy it. (And special thanks again to Drew for his efforts!) [Read on here...]

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Not done yet...

The big release news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has finally officially announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of Todd Phillips’ Joker on 1/7/20. The Digital release will arrive earlier, on 12/17. Joker was finished with a native 4K digital intermediate, and the UHD version will include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. Special features on all versions will include 4 featurettes (Joker: Vision & Fury, Becoming Joker, Please Welcome… Joker!, and Joker: A Chronicle of Chaos). You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

And we have one more big announcement for you this afternoon... Walt Disney Studio has just officially set Maleficent: Mistress of Evil for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/14/20, with the Digital release due on 12/31. This film was finished as a 2K digital intermediate, but it was shot at much higher resolution, so it should look pretty great. Audio will be Dolby Atmos on 4K and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on Blu-ray. Extras on the discs will include 2 extended scenes (The Queen Comforts Aurora and Philip and Aurora Dance), 4 featurettes (Origins of the Fey, Aurora’s Wedding, If You Had Wings, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil VFX Reel), outtakes, and the You Can’t Stop The Girl music video by Bebe Rexha. The Digital version will include an addition featurette (Lickspittle) as an exclusive.

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray and 4K cover art for both titles, along with a couple more upcoming titles...

Joker (4K Ultra HD) Joker (Blu-ray Disc) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (4K Ultra HD)

Zombieland: Double Tap (4K Ultra HD) Until the End of the World (Blu-ray Disc) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Blu-ray Disc)

Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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