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Lionsgate appear to be prepping 2015's The Witch for 23rd of April. Man on a Ledge is their other random catalogue title for April. 

 

Still hoping they will one day put out You Were Never Really Here, Room, The Florida Project and Love & Mercy from their recent catalogue. Thought there might have been a chance of seeing Room around the time of Captain Marvel's release but I guess not.

 

Would also like to see anniversary discs of Stargate and Apocalypse Now from Lionsgate this year but I believe studio Canal has to move first on those as I think they're in charge and Lionsgate just issue whatever SC have done for the US (ala T2, Rambo trilogy and Evil Dead 2 discs). Fair chance Studio Canal might announce those though. A potential 30th anniversary Total Recall in 2020 would fall under the same distribution arrangement I think. Would like to see that. 

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Yeah I would like to see Stargate release. I just watched it over the weekend as I started a rewatch of the tv series.

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According to some French details Universal are definitely set to release Hellboy II around the same time as Sony’s Hellboy disc. Both Hellboy 2 (and Backdraft) are on Universal’s slate for May in France. 

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Karate Kid formally announced for 16th of April from Sony.

 

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  • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • NEWLY CREATED DOLBY ATMOS TRACK, plus original stereo and 5.1 audio mixes
  • ALL-NEW: "Remembering The Karate Kid" – featuring new interviews with Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Martin Kove (on the 4K Blu-ray disc)
  • "Blu-Pop™" Pop-Up Track – Activate the Blu-Pop feature to reveal pop-up trivia, interviews and more secrets from the film!
  • Audio Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
  • "The Way of the Karate Kid" Multi-Part Making-of Featurette
  • "Beyond the Form" Featurette
  • "East Meets West: A Composer's Notebook"
  • "Life of Bonsai" Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer (on the 4K Blu-ray disc)

 

 

 

Speaking of Sony, they have opted not to release Girl in the Spider's web on UHD in the US this week. They are however most definitely releasing it in overseas territories (UK release is 25th of March). Lack of US release has possibly dented plans to put out Dragon Tattoo and Panic Room anytime soon, however. We'll see.

 

It's really interesting that we're seeing major studios that hold rights for a film internationally only doing discs in overseas territories. This I think would be a first for Sony, but Paramount have had discs for Shutter Island, Hansel and Gretel, first of the reboot Ninja Turtles and the two GI Joe movies available in the UK an elsewhere for ages now, but no US equivalents. Meanwhile Universal still not yet releasing the first Mamma Mia in the UK is utterly baffling. 

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Sherlock: Season 1.  Only watched a few minutes of the first episode, but it looks terrific.  Saving the entire thing for when I get my new projector up and running.  

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Kino’s mystery debut UHD, as some suspected, is Ridley Scott’s Hannibal (new 4k scan with HDR). It’ll be released on the 30th of April in the US.

 

They’ve hinted that they’ll do another UHD release this summer.

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19 minutes ago, Angry the Clown said:

Kino’s mystery debut UHD, as some suspected, is Ridley Scott’s Hannibal (new 4k scan with HDR). It’ll be released on the 30th of April in the US.

 

They’ve hinted that they’ll do another UHD release this summer.

 

Meh.  Haven't seen it in years, and there is a reason why, if I recall.  Dunno.  At least they're... trying?

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It’s not for me, but any boutique label beginning to support UHD’s should be championed as they are likely going to be our best hope for catalogue titles as the years go by (and, as in Hannibal’s case, likely the only chance we’ll ever have of seeing MGM titles on UHD disc).

 

I’m still desperately hoping Arrow might finally start UHD discs when they put out their Robocop Blu-ray later this year. The costs are still very high for these small labels, but if they pick a popular title (as Robocop would surely be) then it possibly gives them a good shot at making a return on their investment. 

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Well, I like Hannibal, anyway. It’s gloriously barking, and Zimmer’s score is a highlight. 

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Hannibal has issues but I also like it and will buy. Oldman is well worth watching it for.

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On 2/6/2019 at 3:17 PM, Angry the Clown said:

They’ve hinted that they’ll do another UHD release this summer.

 

...and Kino Lorber Inisder has indicated that it’ll be a similar situation.   Relatively recent MGM film, box office success, previously released on Blu-ray, new 4K master.  I don’t have any great guesses at the moment.  I’m also not sure what Kino considers newer.

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6 hours ago, Adam Tyner said:

 

...and Kino Lorber Inisder has indicated that it’ll be a similar situation.   Relatively recent MGM film, box office success, previously released on Blu-ray, new 4K master.  I don’t have any great guesses at the moment.  I’m also not sure what Kino considers newer.

 

Hot Tub Time Machine.

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Hardly a good use of UHD's ability to present colours other than orange or teal, sadly.

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I've been wanting one of the niche labels to do a new scan of the Thomas Crown Affair remake as I think that's a cracking film with a very dated Blu-ray. An actual 4k release would be all the nicer if that's what Kino have next (but I'd still be perfectly happy with a new Blu). 

 

Kino ruled out Terminator some months ago saying another label had won a bid on it (wondering if Arrow got that too?).

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Oh yes, please; a good quality copy of James Bond: Marble Staircase Shagger would do nicely.

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Well this is exciting news following Kino doing a UHD.

 

Boutique UK label Second Sight revealed recently that they are working on a new Blu-ray of Dawn of the Dead and have just announced that they will also be releasing it on UHD!

 

 

*looks sternly in Arrow's direction*

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6 hours ago, Angry the Clown said:

Kino ruled out Terminator some months ago saying another label had won a bid on it (wondering if Arrow got that too?).

 

Kino Lorber Insider said that Robocop and The Terminator are with two different labels, so it shouldn't be Arrow.  I assume it's Shout or Criterion.

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Hopefully not Shout, although if Shout have it in the US Arrow could still have it in the UK and do a completely different release ala The Thing.

 

A Criterion Terminator would be interesting. Could also be a chance that Criterion got Robocop back for the US and Arrow’s version ends up UK only (Silence of the Lambs was said to be one of several old Criterion releases that they had re-acquired. I think Spinal tap is meant to be another). Quite how any label has been able to get Cameron to find the time to approve a new Terminator I don’t know, although Shout are the least likely to do a new scan and master compared to Criterion or Arrow.

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49 minutes ago, Angry the Clown said:

Could also be a chance that Criterion got Robocop back for the US and Arrow’s version ends up UK only

 

Someone on blu-ray.com asked Arrow about that late last year, and their response was:

 

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Hi Ian, We will be releasing it in US and Canada as well as the UK, further details will come next year. Many thanks! AV

 

And yeah, I've been wondering the same thing about anyone possibly getting Cameron to sign off on anything.

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1 hour ago, Adam Tyner said:

And yeah, I've been wondering the same thing about anyone possibly getting Cameron to sign off on anything.

 

That’s what makes me think it could likely be the previous master, but with legacy DVD extras and optional mono audio mix. The 2013 remastered  MGM Terminator Blu looked good so short of doing a completely new scan I am not sure how it could be improved beyond adding those features. Would be neat if Criterion got it though, but does seem like Shout would chase hard (in which case I doubt Arrow would do a UK release unless they could do a new scan and master, or a new one was available for them to use).

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Well Best Buy has Captain America First Avenger on preorder for 2/26. :banderas:

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I was desperately hoping for this and it seems to be happening. 30th Anniversary UHD of Field of Dreams has appeared on Universal's slate in Germany for release in May!

 

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The previously revealed Backdraft is also due in May:

 

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And German art for Hellboy II:

 

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In terms of getting catalogue titles out there Universal seem to be leading at the moment, mixing things up with anniversaries, sequel/reboot cash ins and just random no obvious reason titles. Hopefully we get further confirmation and a date for Casino soon as that's known to be on the way unless they have decided to bump it for its anniversary next year.

 

2020 should see some significant catalogue titles from Universal with anniversaries of Jaws and Back to the Future, and hopefully BTTF will finally see the films get proper 4k restorations so we can lay those questionable Blu-rays to rest. Really hoping we get Spartacus next year as well. Flash Gordon would be a welcome anniversary disc next year too (again if for no other reason than to get a new master done). 

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