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On 3/5/2019 at 11:35 AM, Angry the Clown said:

Rumoured (mostly via international retail listings): 

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3.

 

hdmoviesource.com is listing these as possible June 4th releases.

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As expected, a 40th Anniversary restoration of Apocalypse Now has been announced and will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival. As well as boasting a new Atmos sound mix it has been revealed that the version shown will be an all new 'Final Cut' of the film. 

 

It's currently not been announced when the disc release will arrive, but it's quite possible it will follow close to its Tribeca debut in which case it could be a May or June release. Obviously we don't yet know, beyond featuring this new cut, whether the theatrical and Redux versions will be included in 4k as well, and whether Hearts of Darkness will also be there as a bonus (no reason why they shouldn't replicate the BD disc of it in the package though).

 

If distribution remains the same as the previous Blu-ray then Lionsgate will likely be handling it in the US, and Studio Canal in Europe. The restoration itself, which is struck from a fresh 4k scan of the original camera negative, I suspect will have been undertaken by Coppola's Zoetrope company in house.

 

It'll be interesting to see if Paramount eye this as a good opportunity to release The Godfather Trilogy around the same time as supposedly they are keen to get those out on UHD. It would also be nice if Lionsgate took this as an opportunity to do a UHD of Tucker from the existing 4k restoration. 

 

 

Unrelated, but I noticed Tribeca is also having a 30th Anniversary Say Anything reunion screening. A 4k master of that exists, it's been up on iTunes for an age (sans HDR), so there's perhaps a slim chance we could see a UHD disc of that this year, but it's 20th Century Fox and even though they prefer to lean on anniversaries as an excuse to put out a catalogue title, it's not a movie of a genre that typically fits in with the type of content they prefer to release (and we don't know if the Disney takeover will completely disrupt Fox's Home Video department). 

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The Shining is on the way according to a German source.

 

https://www.4kfilme.de/stephen-king-shining-4k-blu-ray-remaster/

 

They claim it is targeting an October release. Next year would be its 40th anniversary, so I wouldn't be shocked if it slipped into 2020 but we'll see (quite possible they'd sooner have it out in time for Halloween). I'm still disappointed we never got an anniversary Exorcist from Warner last year. I thought for certain that was one they would be keen to do.

 

 

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A Collector's Edition for Scarface has surfaced via way of a Swedish retailer (with an October release) which is first 100% confirmation we've seen that this is coming.

 

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  • Scarface 1983 4K UHD+BD
  • Scarface 1932 BD
  • New DVD bonus disc - with new Added value, an 35th anniversary reunion with Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and director Brian DePalma
  • The iconic statue, approx. 25-28cm in height

 

https://www.discshop.se/filmer/bluray/scarface_the_world_is_yours_gift_set_4k_ultra_hd_blu_ray_blu_ray/P163032

 

 

Most interesting, and exciting for me, is that it notes the 1932 film will be included on Blu-ray (it has, to date, never received a blu-ray release but is on iTunes in HD). Hopefully that is included in a standard edition as well.

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The Scorpion King is seemingly getting an international release on June 20th. It's yet another title from the Russian list that leaked a couple weeks back, so perhaps other movies listed there (such as The Thing, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy, etc.) are indeed on the way as well.

 

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Scarface wasn’t on that list interestingly, so even as it looks as though the leak was legit we can probably say there will be more on the way.

 

Sounds like Universal and Warner have growing confidence in catalogue releases. Hopefully we get formal announcements of the Batman films and Gremlins soon as they’re rumoured for June.

 

Next year should be a year for some big Universal titles as Jaws and Back to the Future have anniversaries. Spartacus too (so if Warner plan to increase their Kubrick 4k output then hopefully Universal will cash in with that).

 

Paramount’s gone a little quiet on catalogue, even on this side of the Atlantic where they’ve released more catalogue titles than they have in the US, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for Star Treks later this year (even though there have been zero rumours). Would also love an anniversary disc of Sleepy Hollow from them.

 

I’d like Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile anniversary discs this year. I hope we get those (both Warner).

 

 

 

 

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