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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 18:57

Birth of a Nation, Mars, John Wick 4K, Dirk Gently, Captain Marvel & unlocking The Roddenberry Vault

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We have just a quick update for you this afternoon, as I’ve been working hard to get a number of important Blu-ray and 4K titles reviewed this week. As such, I’ve just finished my in-depth look at the wonders of CBS’ new Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray, which streets next week (12/13). I’ve also found Lionsgate’s recent Hell or High Water well worth your time on Blu-ray, as it’s one of the best films of 2016. Be sure to give both of them a look.

The big announcement news today is that 20th Century Fox has officially set The Birth of a Nation for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on 1/10. Extras on the Blu-ray will include audio commentary by director Nate Parker, deleted scenes with optional commentary (also included on the 4K), the #AmeriCAN short film with optional commentary, the Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner documentary, 4 featurettes (The Birth of a Nation: The Making of a Movement, “Free God” Spoken Word, Celebration of Independent Voices: Nate Parker, and Shooting Script), and an image gallery. [Read on here…]

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20th Century Fox and National Geographic are getting ready to release the Mars docudrama series on Blu-ray and DVD early in 2017 (street date is TBA).

Fox has also just officially announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Keeping Up with the Joneses on 1/17.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate has set John Wick for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on 2/7 (SRP $22.99, but Amazon has it right now for just $15.99 – see the cover artwork below).

BBC America has set Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for Blu-ray and DVD release on 10/1/17. That’s a long wait out, so it could just be a placeholder date until the actual one is official.

Acorn Media will release The Level: Series One on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/21.

It appears that Starz and Anchor Bay are preparing to release Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Season 1 and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Season 2 on Blu-ray Disc on 2/21 as well (SRP $69.99 each).

And here’s something awesome: Kino Lorber has announced their intention to release Republic’s complete Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) 12-episode serial on Blu-ray and DVD next year (read more here). No street date has been given yet, but it should be amazing. I would love to see the company get their hands on the original Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials as well – a proper Blu-ray release of those in restored HD could be special indeed.

Finally, some unfortunate news: According to Scorpion Releasing (see this Facebook post), it seems that MGM has lost their only print of the alternate cut of the musical The Apple (1980). They’ve put out word to the film enthusiast community in the hopes that someone can help them track it down. Click on the link for all the details. Why doesn’t it surprise me that MGM would misplace a rare film print. Hmmm... remember The Alamo?

We’ll leave you today with a look at some new Blu-ray cover artwork (with Amazon links if available) for some of the titles mentioned above, as well as Criterion’s newly-released final art for The Before Trilogy...

The Birth of a Nation (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)   The Birth of a Nation (Blu-ray Disc)   The Before Trilogy (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

John Wick (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)   Band of the Hand (Blu-ray Disc)   Mars (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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