We’ve got a few reasons to cover this afternoon to start the week off right, including some major news releases. First, as usual, some new disc reviews…
Stephen has given Ena Sendijarevic Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) Blu-ray view of Vinegar Syndrome.
And Dennis has changed his mind about George Seaton’s work Fake Traitor (1962) on Blu-ray from Imprint Films.
Well, the big news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced the release of Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD from Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secret for release on 6/28 (SRP $39.98, $34.98, and $49.98 respectively), with a Digital release and HBO Max streaming debut expected on 30/5. [Read on here…]
Blu-ray and 4K SKUs will include deleted scenes and 13 behind-the-scenes features (among them Dumbledore’s Family Tree, Dumbledore Throughout the Ages, Magical or Muggle, Hogwarts Wonders, Even More Fantastic Beasts, Newts in the wild, German Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore’s Duel, Candidate Dinner, Erkstag Jailbreak, Battle in Bhutanand The Cursed Child’s Secret). Expect Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio at 4K. You can see the cover art on the top left as well as below.
While we’re talking about Warner, the studio has also set up Doug Limon’s The end of tomorrow (alias On Off Repeat) for release on 4K Ultra HD and Digital on 7/5, as we’ve been expecting for the past few months. SRP is $24.99. Look for the new Dolby Atmos sound mix (on disc), along with removed scenes and 5 old features (Downfall Surgery: Bypass Adrenaline, Storming the Beach, Future Weapons, Creatures Not of This Worldand On the Edge with Doug Liman). Again, you can check out the cover art below.
In another new release news, Paramount Home Entertainment has just established Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for release on Blu-ray DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 8/9, with a Digital release on 24/5. The extras will include an hour of special features, among them a new short animation called Sonic Drone House. Again, we were expecting Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos.
Here’s a nice surprise: Kino Lorber Studio Classics just revealed they’re working on Ben Stiller’s new UHD 4K Tropical Thunder (2008) for release in the months to come. The title is officially listed as “coming soon” and will include Dolby Vision HDR.
And here’s an additional 4K headline news summary from our retail source: Search from BBC Green Planet to reach UHD on 8/9 (out in UK in March). And Universal has set Bad People for 21/6, followed by Downton Abbey: A New Era on 7/5, catastrophe (2005) on 8/9, and Jurassic World: Dominion on 8/16 (consider the latter tentative until the title is officially announced).
Moving on to the Blu-ray catalog, Imprint Films Via Vision just set their August list to include On the beach (1959), Red Hour (1956), I am Law (1938), Secrets of the Incas (1954), Hurricane Center (1955), Golden Boy (1939), Suzi Wong’s World (1960), and Essential Film Noir: Collection 3 box set, which includes: Martha Ivers’ Strange Love (1946), No Man Alone (1950), Turning point (1952), and Desperate Hours (1955). The road date for all is expected to be 8/31 and you can pre-book here.
On the TV front, Universal will release Umbrella Academy: Season Two on Blu-ray and DVD on 21/6.
Mill Creek has it King Ralph: Retro VHS Blu-ray is coming on 6/21.
Time Life will be released Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert 2010-2019 on Blu-ray on 21/6.
Trinity/CineAsia has just released a Chinese WWII action film Changjin Lake Battle on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. The road date is 5/16.
Lionsgate will be released Firebird in Digital on 6/3.
Kino Lorber Repertory releases new 4K restoration of Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer documentary the shaky one (1979) on Digital on 31/5.
Cohen Media Group has established last passenger (2012) for Blu-ray release on 6/14, followed by Breathe in (2013) on 21/6.
IndiePix Films to release competitive eating documentary Scarf Face on DVD and Digital on 6/14.
And Detective Films will release a new restoration of the B-movie sci-fi classic Brain from Planet Arous (1957) on Blu-ray and DVD on 21/6 (SRP $29.95 and $19.95), featuring a new special feature that includes audio commentary by star Joyce Meadows, 2 new documentaries (The Man Before the Brain: Director Nathan Juran and The Man Behind the Brain: Nathan Juran’s World), and movie versions 1.85 and 1.33.
Finally, we have sad news to report: We must take the time this afternoon to acknowledge the death of the legendary Greek film composer and musician. Vangelisand also a concept artist known to fans of the genre by the name Colin Cantwell. Vangelis is of course the person behind the score for films like Train (for which he won an Academy Award), Sword Runner, Is lost, giftand 1492: Conquest of Heavenand you might also recognize the music from the 1980s science series Cosmos: Personal Journey. Meanwhile, Cantwell designed the iconic X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Star Destroyer, and Death Star from Star Warsand also do 2001: Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kindand war game. Both men will be missed. Vangelis is 79 years old — you can read more about him today via The New York Times and Variation. Cantwell is 90 years old and you can read more about him here at Hollywood Reporter and here at Star Wars.com.
We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover art for some of the titles mentioned above, with Amazon.com pre-order links if available…
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