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Warner Archive have announced The Jetsons Complete series for August (three disc set). 


They're also releasing Nicholas Roeg's adaptation of The Witches next month too which I am so happy about. No special features but it does have a brand new master (which is great as the streaming version I have seen has some really weird anomalies).



Paramount announced Adams Family and Adams Family Values for October too which is also great news.

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You'd think if they paid for a dang Led Zeppelin song, at least CRANK IT!  

By the way, Shout have a collection of the REC movies hitting at the end of the month!       The first two are excellent. The third is a shift in tone but I've come to really enjoy

January 2018.  

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Nice. It's due on 29th of October. A remastered Return of the Joker is also included.


11 episodes could not be properly restored from the film elements, sadly:



Of the 52 Beyond episodes, 41 have been fully remastered from the original 35mm film, removing film grain for better color, removing dust and dirt and enhancing the resolution.

The 11 other episodes have been damaged over time, meaning they have been 'Smart Rezzed', resulting in a better image than the original, but not as advanced as the fully remastered episodes. Those 11 episodes are: “Eyewitness,” “Final Cut,” “The Last Resort,” “Armory,” “Sneak Peek,” “The Eggbaby,” “Zeta,” “Plague,” “April Moon,” “Sentries of the Lost Cosmos” and “Speak No Evil.”



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I've been holding out hope for this for ages. Arrow are releasing An American Werewolf in London in both the UK and US this October:





One of the greatest directors of the 1980s, John Landis (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places), expertly combines macabre horror with dark humor in the lycanthropic classic, An American Werewolf in London.

American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter, Walkabout) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital… 

An American Werewolf in London had audiences howling with laughter and recoiling in terror upon its cinema release. Landis’ film has gone on to become one of the most important horror films of its decade, rightly lauded for its masterful set-pieces, uniquely unsettling atmosphere and Rick Bakers’ truly ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects. Now restored in 4K, and presented with an abundance of extra features, this big beast of horror can be devoured as never before… 


• New 2018 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by John Landis

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 

• Original uncompressed 1.0 mono and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 

• Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

• New audio commentary by Beware the Moon filmmaker Paul Davis

• Audio Commentary by Actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne

• Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf, newly produced, feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more

• An American Filmmaker in London, a newly filmed interview with John Landis in which he reflects on his time working in Britain and British cinema 

• I Think He’s a Jew: The Werewolf’s Secret, new video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis’ film explores Jewish identity 

• The Werewolf’s Call, Corin Hardy, director of The Nun, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis’ film. 

• Wares of the Wolf, new featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of The Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artefacts from the film

• Beware the Moon, Paul Davis’ acclaimed, feature-length exploration of Landis’ film which boasts extensive cast and crew interviews

• Making An American Werewolf in London, a short archival featurette on the film’s production 

• An Interview with John Landis, a lengthy archival interview with the director about the film

• Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London, the legendary make-up artist discusses his work on the film

• I Walked with a Werewolf, an archival interview with the make-up artist about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films 

• Casting of the Hand, archival footage from Rick Baker’s workshop as they cast David Naughton’s hand 

• Outtakes 

• Original trailers, teasers and radio spots 

• Extensive image gallery featuring over 200 stills, posters and other ephemera 

• Reversible sleeve featuring original poster art and artwork by Graham Humphreys 

• Double-sided fold-out poster 

• Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions 

• Limited 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Travis Crawford and Simon Ward, excerpts from archival interviews original reviews








The 2018 restoration note is interesting, as it would (obviously) imply that this will not be from the same master as the Universal remastered Blu-ray from 2016 (I know there were mixed opinions of that disc).




Arrow are also releasing Clive Barker's Nightbreed (UK only) in October as well. And they're bringing the recent UK Ring releases to US and Canada too.





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UK remastered release of Monty Python's Flying Circus is now available to pre-order via Network (£100):









Years in the making, Network is proud to present the entire original television series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, fully rejuvenated for the first time. Sketches, some edited for timing, taste and copyright reasons, have been carefully restored to their intended length and the majority of Terry Gilliam’s animations have been newly scanned in High Definition and restored to a specification way beyond their original format. Hitherto unseen outtakes, film inserts and studio recordings have been retrieved, adding yet another dimension to this exclusive release. This is the ultimate television restoration and a must for every generation of Python fan.  


  • 7 discs featuring all 45 episodes presented series-by-series, for the first time totally uncut and beautifully restored from original film and videotape elements.
  • Limited exploding box Norwegian Blu-ray edition
  • Each of the four series comes individually packaged with a book by Andrew Pixley (four books in total) detailing an exhaustive episode-by-episode production history.
  • Previously unseen outtakes
  • Extended scenes and sketches
  • Restored-to-full-length sketches including Ursula Hitler, Cartoon Religions, A Book At Bedtime and more.
  • Rare promo films
  • And more to be announced…




After nearly a decade of research and planning, this is a ground up restoration by Network’s award-winning in-house team working from the best available materials – from first generation 2-inch videotape masters to surviving negative and print film material, scanned in 2K. The wildly varying picture sources have been graded scene-by-scene and intensively cleaned up.
State of the art upscaling of Standard Definition videotape has been deployed with careful use of noise reduction for both video and film grain, resulting in a vastly improved viewing experience all round on Blu-ray High Definition format, far exceeding anything previously available.



Due to ship on 7th October. Looks magnificent. 

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Have found an apparently reliable and customs friendly retailer who can supply those Disney Club exclusives so I am planning to give them a whirl in the coming weeks. Will probably grab Honey I Shrunk the Kids from the first as a trial order as I've had a funny desire to watch that recently.  It won't be cheap  in the long run though as they'll set me back around £30 per disc shipped, and there's so many I want to get. 


Received Honey I Shrunk the kids today so will be happy to use that supplier again. With the £ imploding and there being a number of UHD’s to import in the coming weeks it’s unlikely I’ll be able to get any more of these exclusives soon though. At least they’re not limited. 

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Full Details: Extended Director’s Cut of “The Haunting of Hill House” Comes Home in October


The series arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The 3-Disc Blu-ray and 4-Disc DVD sets feature all 10 episodes from the acclaimed first season, including, for the first time, three Extended Director’s Cut episodes with never-before-seen content.

The Blu-ray and DVD also include exclusive commentary by Flanagan on four episodes.

Here’s the full breakdown:

EP 101: Steven Sees a Ghost

  • Steven Sees a Ghost Extended Director’s Cut
  • Steven Sees a Ghost Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan

EP 102: Open Casket

EP 103: Touch

EP 104: The Twin Thing

EP 105: The Bent-Neck Lady

  • The Bent-Neck Lady Extended Director’s Cut
  • The Bent-Neck Lady Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan

EP 106: Two Storms

  • Two Storms Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan

EP 107: Eulogy

EP 108: Witness Marks

EP 109: Screaming Meemies

EP 110: Silence Lay Steadily

  • Silence Lay Steadily Extended Director’s Cut
  • Silence Lay Steadily Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan

“The Haunting of Hill House” is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s legendary novel of the same name, about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their own pasts…some which lurk in their minds…and some which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Pedretti, Michael Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Mckenna Grace lead the cast.




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Received Second Sight’s UK release of Flight of the Navigator today. Lovely restoration from having a quick look at it. Still opens with the Disney logo too (despite this not actually having their involvement as they never actually distributed the film internationally). 


It’s region free if anyone wants to order it from Amazon UK.


Got Indicator’s Dietrich and Von Sternberg at Paramount box set to replace my Criterion set as well the UK version is considerably more comprehensive on the special features (nicer slipcase too).

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Arrow have finally announced their release of Robocop for the UK and US in November:



Limited Edition:









  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
  • Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discs
  • Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts



  • Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
  • Six collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)



  • Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)
  • New commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
  • New commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
  • The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner
  • RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures’ The Prodigy)
  • Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
  • Casting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembled
  • Connecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
  • Composing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
  • RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont’s collection of original props and memorabilia
  • 2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
  • RoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg
  • Four deleted scenes
  • The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
  • Director’s Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes
  • Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
  • Extensive image galleries



  • Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
  • Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer’s Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereo
  • Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
  • Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director’s Cuts
  • Robocop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements



Went for the steelbook since I don't really crave the physical bits from the Ltd Edition package.

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Arrow also announced a UK only edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:





  • Two-disc edition featuring Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas in a new 4K restoration, and the documentary For No Good Reason about illustrator Ralph Steadman, featuring Terry Gilliam and Johnny Depp
  • Limited edition packaging featuring iconic original art by Ralph Steadman
  • Limited edition hardbound book featuring new writing by Roger Keen, an essay on “Thompson on Film” by Dr William Stephenson, a 1999 interview with Terry Gilliam by Ian Christie and original production notes
  • Six collectors’ postcards
  • Double-sided fold-out poster of the original theatrical one-sheet and a sketch by Terry Gilliam


  • Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original negative supervised by Terry Gilliam
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New commentary by Terry Gilliam, moderated by Phil Stubbs
  • New interview with producer Laila Nabulsi
  • New interview with cinematographer Nicola Pecorini
  • Newly filmed appreciation by Ian Christie, author of Gilliam on Gilliam
  • More new extras in production and TBC at a later date!
  • Four deleted scenes with new optional commentary by Gilliam, including the excised prologue A Dress Pattern
  • Spotlight on Location, an original promotional featurette featuring interviews with Gilliam, Depp and del Toro
  • Behind the scenes ‘B-roll’ footage and additional EPK interviews with Gilliam, Depp and del Toro
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Extensive image galleries, including original production designs, storyboards and production stills


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Extended interviews with Terry Gilliam, Bruce Robinson and Richard E. Grant
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Ralph Steadman Art Gallery
  • Digital Teaser




Tempted to replace my Criterion Blu-ray for this version.

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Arrow seem keen to do a lot of Gilliam lately. Wouldn't shock me if they do Brazil at this rate with a new 4k scan as they seem to be on good terms with Universal what with Fear and Loathing, 12 Monkeys and Tideland (and Brazil will be 35 next year). 



*edit* Although maybe scratch that. I forgot Fox/Disney have Brazil in the UK. 😫

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VERY happy to see Universal releasing the 1932 Scarface on Blu-ray on the 19th of November (I had feared this would be exclusive to the silly 1983 UHD Collector's Edition for a lot longer).





Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian Robert Osborne
  • Alternate Ending
  • Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono / Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature
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