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Surprised but nevertheless pleased to see Studio Canal are bringing The Servant to UHD in the UK on Sept 21st:

 

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Special Features:
Feature in both 1:66 and 1:77 aspect ratios

  • NEW: Locations featurette with Adam Scovell
  • NEW: Video essay with Film Historian Matthew Sweet and Film Critic Phuong Le
  • Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Interview with Wendy Craig
  • Interview with Sarah Miles
  • Interview with Stephen Woolley
  • Harry Burton on Harold Pinter
  • John Coldstream on Dirk Bogarde
  • Audio Interview with Douglas Slocombe conducted by Matthew Sweet
  • Joseph Losey & Adolphus Mekas at the New York Film Festival in 1963
  • Harold Pinter Tempo Interview
  • Joseph Losey Talks About The Servant
  • James Fox Interviewed by Richard Ayoade
  • 64 page booklet with essays by Peter Bradshaw and Anna Smith
  • Artcards

 

I'll likely wait for a standard edition as with most Studio Canal releases.

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From KL Studio Classics:

 

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Coming October 19th on 4KUHD!

 

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (30th Anniversary)
4KUHD DISC 1:
• HDR Dolby Vision
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
• 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Stereo
• Optional English Subtitles
• UHD 100 Triple Layer Disc

BLU-RAY DISC 2:
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
• Inside the Labyrinth: Documentary (66:28)
• Page to Screen: Documentary (41:17)
• Understanding the Madness: Featurette (19:35)
• Scoring the Silence: Featurette (16:00)
• Original 1991 Making-of Featurette (8:07)
• Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster Interviews (52:30)
• Deleted Scenes
• Outtakes
• Anthony Hopkins Phone Message (:30)
• TV Spots
• Theatrical Teaser
• Hannibal Trailer
• Theatrical Trailer
• 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Stereo
• Optional English Subtitles
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc

Color 118 Minutes 1.85:1 Rated R
Screen legends Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins deliver sensational, Oscar-winning performances in this spellbinding thriller based on the bestselling novel by Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, Hannibal). A psychopath nicknamed Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine, Heat) is murdering women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends trainee Clarice Starling (Foster, The Accused) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide clues to the killer’s actions. That prisoner is psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins, Nixon), a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she’ll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. As their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her own hidden demons, but also an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage—or strength—to stop it! This terrifying masterpiece co-stars Scott Glenn (The Challenge) and garnered five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally (Before and After), only the third film in history to sweep the these five categories.

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I still had not got round to upgrading my Criterion DVD of that to their Blu-ray, so it's great to see Kino doing a UHD (I have to keep the Criterion DVD though as that commentary is an all time favourite). It would be a huge shame if Amazon's buyout of MGM puts and end to MGM licensing out titles to indie labels, especially with their relationship with Kino being particularly on fire right now. Kino's latest contract with MGM was struck as recently as this month, so there's at least still an open window of opportunity until the ink is written and dry on the Amazon deal should things change.

 

It's also very telling that Criterion had zero interest/foresight to acquire UHD rights to certain titles they've already acquired like Silence of the Lambs when they would have had the opportunity.

 

So what's the tally of announced Kino UHDs up to now?

  1. Eastern Promises*
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind*
  3. A Fistful of Dollars (SDR)
  4. For a Few Dollars More (SDR)
  5. Invasion of the Bodysnatchers [1978 version]
  6. Misery
  7. Out of Sight*
  8. The Silence of the Lambs
  9. Touch of Evil*

* Status/release date unknown.

 

Am I forgetting any? It's curious that it happens to be the four Universal titles above that we're still waiting on final details for.

 

It also seems like the twelve forthcoming UHDs they promised are all MGM related so that figure would not include those Universal titles they've announced). In which case we now know five of those MGM movies. They apparently have "some" 1950s titles from MGM to come. 12 Angry Men could possibly be one of those (which would be typical as I bought the Criterion Blu on sale a couple of months ago). I've yet to grab Criterion's disc of Some Like it Hot however, so a UHD of that from Kino would be delightful.

 

I REALLY want them to do Raging Bull. Fargo would be nice too as MGM already have a 4k master of that one (though it's SDR). I wonder if they have acquired Carrie? I've still not picked up the Arrow Blu-ray of that one. West Side Story would be welcome too since MGM already have it in 4k/DV on iTunes and Spielberg's version is coming soon.

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17 hours ago, Angry the Clown said:

Am I forgetting any?


Hard Target.

 

I'm guessing the biggest reason some of the newly-announced MGM titles are so far ahead of the previously-announced Universal titles are tied to remastering, since MGM seems to have been more proactive in that department than Universal, making it easier to hit the ground running.

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That's a good point. Aside from Kino doing the colour timing on the Man with No Name trilogy themselves I think MGM already had masters ready to roll for everything else. That's one reason why I could see Kino doing a UHD of West Side Story. I wonder if they'd do Robocop (assuming Arrow passed on the UHD rights themselves when they acquired rights for a Blu-ray), although, like Fargo, Robocop only seems to have a 4k SDR finish. 

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On 6/9/2021 at 1:56 PM, Angry the Clown said:

Norwegian retail listings have appeared for UHD steelbook releases of the original Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man from Universal.

 

https://www.platekompaniet.no/blu-ray/dracula-1931-limited-steelbook-edition/

https://www.platekompaniet.no/blu-ray/frankenstein-1931-limited-steelbook-edition/

https://www.platekompaniet.no/blu-ray/the-invisible-man-1933-den-usynlige-mann-limited-steelbook-edition/

https://www.platekompaniet.no/blu-ray/the-wolf-man-1941-ulvemannen-limited-steelbook-edition/

 

 

I can't seem to see any indication of a specific release date. I'd be SO happy if these are happening though.

 

 

1931 Dracula is now 4k/HDR on iTunes which adds further fuel to the fire that Classic Monsters are not far off from receiving a UHD disc release as international retail listings have hinted. I wonder if we'd get the Spanish Dracula in 4k on disc too. I'd be so happy if we did (Universal could probably put both on a 100GB disc).

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Fantastic title.

 

I'd be really keen to see if Arrow are having as much luck with MGM negotiations as Kino are given the good relations between them in the past. It's going to be painful having to import a lot of these Kino titles otherwise. Sometimes indie labels in different parts of the world do agree to share things to help cover costs, so we'll see if Arrow put out UK discs of anything Kino are working on. 

 

Apparently To Live and Die in LA marks the last of the titles they had previously negotiated with MGM. Nothing from the new deal they struck earlier this month has been announced yet. 👀

 

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Black Widow on Sept 14th w/Atmos:

 

Bonus Features

  • Bloopers – Take a look at some of the fun mishaps on set with the cast and crew of “Black Widow.”
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Grocery Shopping – Natasha heads into a grocery store to prepare for her journey through Norway. After a long drive, she arrives at her destination: a mysterious trailer in the middle of nowhere.
  • Bike Chase – Tailed by assailants, Natasha and Yelena speed through the city in order to escape their nemeses.
  • Gulag Fight – Alexei squares up against several enemies and is quickly overpowered. When all hope seems lost, Natasha leaps in to lend a hand in the fight.
  • Smile – The Taskmaster protocol is activated in a tense moment, and an iconic helmet is unveiled.
  • Come After Me – Secretary Ross and Mason discover an important message Natasha left behind.
  • Walk and Talk – Alexei and Melina have a playful exchange. The Taskmaster arrives and faces off with Alexei.
  • Widows in Training – Yelena and Alexei awaken in captivity. Melina hands the Taskmaster vials while the Widows train.
  • Kiss – Alexei and Melina reunite after the action. Natasha grieves over an untimely demise in the brutal aftermath.
  • Ohio – Natasha witnesses the carefree nature of the Ohio suburbs through the neighborhood children.
  • Filmmaker Introduction Featurette – Director Cate Shortland introduces the film and her vision for it.
  • Sisters Gonna Work It Out Featurette – Watch Scarlett and Florence as they train, fight, and bond to become the sister duo in “Black Widow.” Listen as the cast and crew discuss the characters, rigorous training, and building the dynamic between the two fearsome siblings.
  • Go Big If You’re Going Home Featurette – Step back to appreciate the size and scale of “Black Widow”’s solo film. Shot around the world, the film balances family and drama with mind-blowing action. The cast and crew reveal the intricacies of stunts that made the film so action-packed.

 


 

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On 6/23/2021 at 9:50 AM, Angry the Clown said:

Studio Canal appear to be prepping a disc of Highlander for Europe (it's possible Lionsgate will clone the disc for the US, but curiously they skipped the opportunity to do so with Basic Instinct so who knows anymore? 🤷‍♂️).

 

It does indeed look as though Lionsgate will be cloning Studio Canal's forthcoming Highlander disc as there's now a US listing for September.

 

 

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A Clockwork Orange finally gets a formal announcement.

 

US release is Sept 21st (Oct 4th in the UK).

 

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Best Buy US Steelbook:

 

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Zavvi Collector's Ed w/steelbook:

 

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Collector's Ed w/standard case at Amazon UK (£35):

 

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Not seeing a UK listing for a standard disc only release yet. I think we might only be getting the CE to begin with, then the standard sometime later.

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This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kess) is limited to 5,000 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com!



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directed by: Stephanie Rothman
starring: Phyllis Davis, Tom Selleck, Don Marshall, Ena Hartman, Roger E. Mosley, Don Marshall
1973 / 88 min / 1.85:1 / English Mono

Additional info:
• Region Free UHD/Blu-ray Set
• 4k UHD presented in High-Dynamic-Range
• Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
• “Why Be A Man, When You Can Be A Rothman?” - brand new extended interview with co-writer/director Stephanie Rothman
• “From Hartman to Carmen” - brand new interview with lead actress Ena Hartman
• “Crash Landing On Terminal Island” - brand new featurette with actress Marta Kristen and actor Sean Kenney
• “The Rothmanaissance: Rediscovering The Work Of Stephanie Rothman” - brand new critical featurette with film historian Dr. Alicia Kozma and film author/journalist/programmer Heidi Honeycutt
• Stills gallery
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH subtitles

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I continue to be puzzled about The Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon not being part of the forthcoming classic monsters discs, particularly when they're doing elaborate packaging for the four they are releasing:

 

 

 

There will also be steelbooks.

 

US release date is 5th of October. I haven't seen any disc specs yet (hopefully the original audio mixes and the Spanish Dracula in 4K, are part of the package though).

 

Hopefully they do a second volume with the other big three (and perhaps the 1943 Phantom of the Opera or something). The four they are releasing I believe will be the main focus of the classic monsters land at Universal's next Florida theme park. Even though that's several years away perhaps they're wanting to push those films in particularly ahead of any others. It's the only explanation I can think of given the others all had 4k restorations completed years ago. 

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Transformers is a wonderful release and a notable upgrade over the previous BD from Shout. That previous release was solid but had a somewhat poor/uneven grain structure and a softer “fuzzy” look they seemed like someone had set contrast too high on the TV. This release fixes those problems. The scenes that feature grain do so extremely well with a thin proper layer. Along with this, the fuzzy look is gone and makes way for a sharper and cleaner overall presentation that really brings out the line work. It’s also a more saturated look for the film with noticeably deeper reds and purples. Any scene with Optimus Prime will immediately highlight the differences.

 

The HDR/DV pass gives us deeper blacks as well. The star fields now are mostly a deep black as opposed to the soupier greys in the past and while highlights are limited, they are present with rotoscoped light sources and even stuff like bright liquids just popping off of the screen.

 

Its not a perfect presentation as there are still moments inherent to the print that exist. Including dirt specks and other oddities like seriously out of focus shots like Hot Rod and Daniel at the lake early on but even stuff like the dirt specks are reduced here from the previous release. Outside of digitally going in and correcting these things, I don’t know how much better this movie can look. It’s the definitive release as far as I’m concerned visually. Audio wise, we’re stuck with the DTS 2.0 and 5.1 tracks. The 5.1 track is chunkier and more pleasing to my ears but it is what it is.

 

I can’t recommend this enough. The movie itself is kismet. It’s what happens when blatant commercialism somehow manages to align with good creative intent and execution. It’s a 90 minute toy commercial but it’s a damned good one!

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The forthcoming disc of The Adams Family is going to feature an extended cut which is interesting (amusingly billed as "With More Mamushka"). Not sure if that will be the only version on the disc or whether Paramount will offer both that and the theatrical, but I had no idea Sonnenfeld was even keen to do such a thing. 

 

From Googling I found a recent interview in which Sonnenfeld revealed "We're putting back the entire 'mamushka.' There was the big song and dance number in the middle, written by Adolph Green and Marc Shaiman and Betty Comden. We had cut it in half and we're restoring the full-length version, so that's exciting."

 

The release date has slipped from October to November 9th now and I'll have to import this one as the rights are with Fox in the UK (so we won't be getting a disc here). I really hope Paramount do Adams Family Values next year. That's such a brilliant sequel. 

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The Guns of Navarone announced for October 12 in the US (I'd imagine UK will be around the same time, if not a day earlier):

 

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Disc specs and bonus features:


4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Presented in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10
  • Playback available with and without Original Roadshow Intermission Card
  • All-new Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 audio + original theatrical 4-track stereo

 

Special Features:

  • NEW: Main Title Progression Reel
  • Theatrical Trailer


BLU-RAY DISC

  • Feature presented in HD, sourced from the 4K master
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Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Director J. Lee Thompson
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Stephen J. Rubin
  • The Resistance Dossier of Navarone: Interactive Feature
  • Forging The Guns of Navarone: Notes from the Set
  • An Ironic Epic of Heroism
  • Memories of Navarone
  • Epic Restoration
  • A Heroic Score
  • Great Guns
  • No Visitors
  • Honeymoon on Rhodes
  • Two Girls on the Town
  • Narration-Free Prologue
  • Message from Carl Foreman


This release will initially include a limited edition o-ring, featuring the film’s original poster art.
 

 

I'm certain that Sony know the UHD market audience is largely made up of cinephiles/collector's and have moved to treat a lot of their output like a modern day answer to laserdisc. Once again we see their recent dedication to including the original audio mix, and that original poster art slipcover is wonderful. 

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The British Film Institute (BFI) have today revealed their debut UHD release.... The Seventh Seal!

 

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  • Presented on 4K UHD Blu-ray and High Definition Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film critic and editor-in-chief of Diabolique magazine, Kat Ellinger
  • Other extras TBC

Release date is 18th October. Priced at just £19.99 too!

 

I'll be interested to know the HDR specs. I'd expect Fidelity in Motion to be handling the compression for this as they've been doing BFI's recent Bergman Blu-rays.

 

"The release marks an exciting new venture for the label, with further UHD editions set to be announced over the coming months." 👀

 

*waves to Criterion from a passing vehicle*

 

 

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The big Middle Earth box set appears to be coming on October 5th:

 

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https://yes.b2bwave.com/products/view/132113

 

I'm curious to see if/how they carry over the existing special features. If they fail to bring everything over and re-author the LOTR appendices to Blu-ray discs (to finally upgrade them from the recycled DVDs included in the old Blu-ray set), then I might honestly just hold onto my BD set and someday buy the existing barebones 4k collections when they're cheap enough. I've been so disappointed by the screenshots I've seen of the 4k releases that I can't say I am as enthusiastic about celebrating the 20th anniversary as I'd like to be, so it's really a case of how the special features are handled here (and whether they add anything new) that will sell me on it.

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Trailer for the Scream UHD (October 19th):

 

 

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Special features:

  • A Bloody Legacy: Scream 25 Years Later— NEW!
  • Audio commentary by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson
  • Production featurette
  • Behind the Scenes
  • On the Scream Set
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Q&A with Cast and Crew
  • What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?
  • Why are People so Fascinated by Horror Films?

 

I love that box artwork.

 

I haven't seen the disc specs shared yet. I'd imagine it would be Dolby Vision knowing Paramount. What version of the movie it'll be is anyone's guess. I'd assume the theatrical cut. 

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Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds will release on October 12th from Universal in the US:

 

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I'm curious to know what will happen with a UK release. It was one of Arrow's teaser postcards packed into some of their Blu-rays in 2019, but I'm wondering if they've handed the rights back to Universal or whether they might handle a UK UHD exclusively (it's possible they never even had UHD rights to begin with, just BD, and have abandoned plans to do their own release). 

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Criterion with the BOOM.

 

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/7494-citizen-kane-to-lead-criterion-s-first-4k-slate

 

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We’re thrilled to announce Criterion’s first 4K Ultra HD releases, a six-film slate that includes Citizen Kane, Menace II Society, The Piano, Mulholland Dr., The Red Shoes, and A Hard Day’s Night. The first of these editions and their special features will be detailed in our November 2021 announcement next week, with others to follow in subsequent months.

 

 

Each title will be available in a 4K UHD+Blu-ray combo pack including a 4K UHD disc of the feature film as well as the film and its special features on Blu-ray. Select films will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. Stay tuned for more details in our November announcement!

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