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On 10/2/2019 at 12:46 PM, Angry the Clown said:

Back to the Future and Jaws are inevitable from Universal in 2020, but it'd be nice to see anniversary discs for Spartacus, Psycho, Scott Pilgrim, Blues Brothers and Flash Gordon too.


Scott Pilgrim is a lock.  It's already in 4K/HDR on FandangoNow (I think?), and Edgar Wright tweeted something like "patience" when someone asked him about a physical release.

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On 10/5/2019 at 1:39 AM, JoeyN said:

Lord of the Rings is in need of a 4k release

 

On 10/5/2019 at 2:17 AM, Eldorado said:

Like way past need. I have had a super strong urge to watch it lately, but I know as soon as I do the 4ks will be announced. So I’ll just wait. 


Well how’s this for you? LOTR (and Hobbit) trilogy next summer apparently, according to this German website:

 

https://www.4kfilme.de/der-herr-der-ringe-und-der-hobbit-filme-erscheinen-auf-4k-blu-ray/

 

They’ve been reliable in the past.

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I want to see those additional deleted scenes. The extras since the DVD had those tantalising glimpses of scenes like Legolas and Gimli going travelling together which have never been released in full. 
 

Apparently Jackson wanted to do all this stuff for the Blu-rays but Warner weren’t interested. This seems

like our last chance for a definitive release as a 2020 date makes a 2021 20th Anniversary mega edition unlikely.

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Yeah. In the UK Disney’s approach seems to be to avoid putting any catalogue titles on disc unless there is a sequel/remake to cash in on, hence the only animated disc we’re due being Frozen, and us getting animated Lion King and Aladdin but never Little Mermaid. Plus the UK has had no Pixar discs until Toy Story 4 along with the first three this month (and they’re dropping the bonus discs from those, save for TS 4 which is three discs like the US version).
 

I have also had this sense they are too lazy to make HDR masters of films that are modified in certain regions, which means altered Pixar films like Cars 2 and Inside Out, and films with different titles like the last Pirates of the Caribbean and Zootopia. I could be wrong of course, but given that Disney puts the least amount of effort into the format it would not shock me if that was another excuse for them not to release stuff. If those are HD only on UK Disney+ while others are 4k/HDR then my theory may prove correct.

 

The recent run of Pixar titles in the US cost me £24-28 each which I was okay with (I only got Nemo, Dory, Ratatouille, Cars and Inside Out).

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Exciting. I feel that Universal have been doing good work on catalogue titles with only a handful of exceptions. Certainly their hit rate is a lot better than it was in the Blu-ray days.

 

I notice the anniversary press release doesn’t go so far as to confirm full on 4k restorations for the theatrical engagements and disc releases, but surely they won’t cheap out on these jewels? I’m pretty optimistic they’ll be done right.

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The Beverly Hills Cop trilogy is receiving a 4k/HDR release in December.... digital only, and 1080p Blu-rays from the new masters will be released in January.


Weird how Paramount has dropped its enthusiasm for catalogue content on physical UHD. Could be like it’s Wonderful Life where discs come eventually, but it’s downright bizarre that they’d bother doing remastered 1080p discs in January and and not debut UHD discs at the same time.

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I was very pleased having purchased the itunes 4k release of It's a Wonderful Life last year, but to see the disc compared to the Blu-ray is astonishing:

 

https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?d1=13510&d2=13511&c=5294

 

Do pick this up if you love the movie. It might send a message to Paramount to keep doing catalogue discs, and to other studios to consider more b&w classics (you don't see it in the screencaps obviously, but the HDR is very nice and very respectful).

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