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Monday, 12 December 2022 16:56

Paramount appears to be bringing The Core to 4K in addition to Dragonslayer, plus new Paramount 4K digital titles & Sony’s The Way We Were in Ultra HD

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All right, obviously we broken some significant news over the weekend, namely that director James Cameron has confirmed to a French reporter (during the PR push for Avatar: The Way of Water) that The Abyss is finally coming to 4K Ultra HD by March of next year. (See our reporting on this yesterday here at The Bits. The director also mentioned The Abyss in an interview with last year). So rest assured we’ll post more details as soon as we have them.

In the meantime, we have some more great 4K catalog news to share with you today, as well as new disc reviews. So let’s start with the latter first, as always...

On Friday evening, I posted my in-depth review of Phil Tippett’s stunning stop-motion magnum opus Mad God on limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray from the folks at Shudder. The film is just astonishing. It’s really something—definitely not for all tastes, but boy is it something to see.

I also posted my review of the John Krasinski TV actioner Jack Ryan: Season One in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount. Both that and Season Two are being released in UHD in anticipation of the debut of Season Three on Amazon Prime on 12/21. And the picture quality is stunning.

Tim has also reviewed another Amazon Original on Blu-ray from Paramount, specifically Reacher: Season One which also has tremendous image quality. It’s also available in 4K and soon as we have our hands on that (and Jack Ryan: Season Two in 4K), we’ll post the reviews here.

In addition, Tim has reviewed a pair of new Scream Factory 4K Ultra HD titles, including Brian De Palma’s Carrie (1976) and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (1974).

And I’m not kidding when I say that we have a lot more Blu-ray and 4K UHD reviews coming over the next week or two, so be sure to check back for them. [Read on here...]

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Now then, last week I reported that Paramount would be releasing Matthew Robbins’ Dragonslayer (1981) in 4K Ultra HD in January. Well, our retail sources are now telling us that Jon Amiel’s The Core (2003) is likely to follow it to 4K disc in March. The title has been available in 4K Digitally for several months now.

Paramount has also just upgraded Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead (1999) and Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything... (1989) to 4K Digital on iTunes/AppleTV. That strongly suggests that they could be candidates for physical 4K disc release later in 2023. And if The Core is coming to 4K disc, it’s hard to imagine that Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact (1998) isn’t likely to follow at some point, as it’s also been available on 4K Digital for months now.

[Editor’s Note: After posting this update this morning, Tim called my attention to the fact that Say Anything is actually a Fox title, which makes its updating to 4K on Digital services even more surprising. I’m looking into this to see if I can learn more. UPDATE: Further research indicates that Say Anything... has been available via 4K Digital for a couple years, not unlike the rest of the Die Hard sequels, so this likely happened before the pandemic layoffs when there were still significant Fox personnel working under the Disney umbrella. So disregard that title for the moment; the others are indeed relevant Paramount titles. Pardon the error!]

By the way, Paramount is also re-issuing Rob Marshall’s Chicago (2002) on Steelbook Blu-ray on 2/7.

Here’s something interesting for indie films fans: A24 has just released a new 4K Ultra HD collector’s edition of Dean Fleischer-Camp’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) that’s only available from their online website for the moment. You can find that here.

Finally today, retail sources are also now indicating that Sony will be releasing Sydney Pollack’s The Way We Were (1973) on 4K Ultra HD as a new 50th Anniversary Edition sometime in January. Again, we’ll post more details as we learn them.

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for a trio of additional 4K catalog titles that have been newly listed for pre-order on Amazon (just click on the artwork)...

Marathon Man (4K Ultra HD) Rawhead Rex (4K Ultra HD) Bubba Ho-Tep (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...

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