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Friday the 13th is Warner in the UK like Spain so if accurate there would be an English disc you could import. Honestly wouldn’t shock me in Paramount got it out in the US too though, however their enthusiasm for catalogue releases really seems to have nose dived this year. 


VERY pleased about Exorcist and Beetlejuice. I thought it was strange they didn’t jump on the anniversaries of those last year.


The fourth quarter this year is shaping hp incredibly well.

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...although it looks like there may be some backpedaling from the posts on blu-ray.com's forums, and these might just be traditional BDs in steelbooks, and the 4K listings are a mistake?  Also, because the Friday remake is getting a steelbook release, there seem to be suspicions that it's the remake rather than the original coming to UHD BD, if there's a 4K release at all.  Ugh, what a mess.  The perils of early foreign retailer listings, I guess!

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Beetlejuice and Exorcist do have 4k masters, and certainly in the case if Beetlejuice it’s a fresh 2018 master too as it had a theatrical run last halloween (so I can’t imagine them not doing an HDR pass on it last year too). Again I was disappointed Warner didn’t do Anniversary discs of either last year but they’re funny as sometimes they take the opportunity with an Anniversary, but then The Shining is coming a year too soon (presumably they’d sooner cash in on Doctor Sleep instead).


I’m losing confidence in the prospect of Shawshank and Green Mile anniversary discs this year. At least Wizard of Oz is coming.


Would love to know what’s dampened Paramount’s catalogue enthusiasm whilst it seems to be growing over at Universal, Sony and Warner (and even Disney). Unless they want to surprise us with restored Trek movies they’re really not looking to have a good year for UHD output (and again Chinatown is another from them, like It’s a Wonderful Life, now on iTunes in 4k/DV with no disc! 😬). Lionsgate seem to be less enthusiastic lately too. They rarely skipped new releases on UHD, even for films that underperformed at the box office, but have started doing so recently.

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The Toy Story discs really are very nice. Disappointed but not surprised that the music edit at the start of the first film remains due to Disney’s obsession with using their most recent castle logo rather than the Pixar’d one the movie originally opened with. It’s fascinating how revealing the Toy Story disc is actually as you can see how they had to cheat motion blur effects and other elements that I’d never really noticed before. 

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Endgame UK release is 3rd of Sept.



US box art:





Bonus features:



BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):


Digital Exclusive:

  • Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Blu-ray & Digital:

  • Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
  • Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.
  • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
  • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
  • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back!
  • The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
  • Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
  • Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
  • Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
  • Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.



Shame there's no in depth feature length documentary for this. 

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Detective Pikachu on 6th August (with Atmos, but no mention of Dolby Vision in the press release):




Bonus features:




“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:

  • Detective Mode
  • Alternate Opening
  • My Pokémon Adventure
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Welcome to Ryme City
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Uncovering the Magic
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Action
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Colorful Characters
  • Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Bringing Pokémon to Life
  • Mr. Mime’s Audio Commentary
  • Ryan Reynolds – Outside the Actor’s Studio
  • “Carry On” by Rita Ora and Kygo (Music Video)



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2 hours ago, Angry the Clown said:


Shame there's no in depth feature length documentary for this. 



It would be nice for multiple part doc about the MCU. There is so much to cover.

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John Wick 3 looks to be coming in September. That's the first notable release for that month, so hopefully it fills out in the coming weeks. That's supposedly when the Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead...etc) was penciled in for but that's still awaiting a formal announcement. 

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It’s not getting a UHD but I was very interested to see that the Blu-ray release of MGM’s ‘The Hustle’ is being handled by Universal. Have Universal quietly become their new physical media distribution partner?


I did hear that MGM’s deal with Fox was due to end in the near future, but figured the international listings of Daniel Craig 007 4k discs meant there was still life in the existing contract. I’m sure those listings had Fox down as distributor too so I’m confused. Next year’s new Bond WILL be handled by Universal though, that much we do know. I’d definitely prefer catalogue Bond discs to come from one single distributor for the sake of consistency.


May’s Blu-ray of Fighting with My Family, another recent MGM release, was also handled by Universal. Hmmm...

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So according to Wikipedia the deal for Universal to take over from Fox as distributor of MGM’s physical media was announced last October, and their first disc under the agreement was Operation Finale last December. I’ve yet to find any press release confirming this however, and Universal handled theatrical duties overseas for Operation Finale, Fighting with my Family and The Hustle, so clearly they formed a pact after the Bond 25 agreement, but are they truly handling MGM’s catalogue or just new releases that they have committed to also releases theatrically in international markets? I guess we’ll still have to wait and see until an actual catalogue release surfaces.


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August 13 is an expensive day. Iron Man 1-3, Thor 1-2 and Endgame

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17 hours ago, Adam Tyner said:

German label Turbine Media Group has announced that they're releasing The Princess Bride on UHD BD (and in Dolby Vision!). MGM's hard work isn't going to waste. Hopefully Silence of the Lambs isn't too far behind.


Very interesting.


I wish I could get to the bottom of what’s going on with MGM distribution. I THINK I’m possibly right in suspecting some recent new MGM releases have had the discs produced by Universal because Universal partnered with then for theatrical distribution of those same few films overseas, which would explain why listings for the Daniel Craig Bond UHD’s still have Fox Home Ent attached to them. 


If it’s true that Fox’s agreement with MGM ends in 2020 I hope Universal take their place as it would likely increase our chances of seeing MGM catalogue titles on disc significantly.

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We watched Apollo 11 in IMAX on Saturday, and it is AMAZING. So obviously I've been rather miffed that it wasn't getting a UHD release, particularly given how much of the footage is 70mm, some of the rest uses stills from the astronauts' Hasselblads and just it's incredible to look at. But Dogwoof in the UK are now showing there will be one! https://www.apollo11movie.co.uk/watch-at-home/




I thought I'd seen enough Apollo documentaries over the years; I was VERY wrong.

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I'm really curious to see if that ends up a UK exclusive or whether it will be timed with a belated UHD in the US from Universal as Dogwoof are such a tiny distributor they are rarely known for even producing Blu-rays, so it'd be quite a surprise if they're footing the bill for a UHD.

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It's July and the planet is on fire, but here are the notable forthcoming releases:




Alita: Battle Angel (US & UK)

Breakthrough (US)

Don't Look Now (UK only)

The Doors (US & UK)

Glory (US & UK)

Hellboy [2019] (US. UK in August)

Hulk (US)

Moon (US & UK)

Pet Sematary [2019] (US & UK)

Shazam (US. UK in August)

Space Station: IMAX Enhanced (US)

Waterworld (US & UK)



Apocalypse Now (US & UK)

Avengers: Endgame (US. UK in September)

Detective Pikachu (US. UK in September)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (US)

Iron Man Trilogy (Box Set, UK only)

Iron Man (US)

Iron Man 2 (US)

Iron Man 3 (US)

Rocketman (US)

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (US)

Shadow (US. UK in September)

Stand By Me (US & UK)

Thor (US. UK in September)

Thor: The Dark World (US. UK in September)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix



Aladdin [1992] (US)

Aladdin [2019] (US & UK)

Brave (US)

Cars (US)

Cars 2 (US)

Daybreakers (US)

Finding Nemo (US)

Finding Dory (US)

The Good Dinosaur (US)

Inside Out (US)

John Wick 3 (US & UK)

Lock Up [1989] (US & UK)

Rambo [2008] (US)

Ratatouille (US)

Shaun of the Dead / Hot Fuzz / The World's End (Box Set. US & UK)



Charlie's Angels [2000] (US)

Gremlins (US. UK September 30th)

The Shining (US. UK September 30th)

Zombieland (US. UK September 30th)



Taxi Driver (US & UK)



Game of Thrones: Season 8 (US & UK)


Known to be coming but awaiting formal announcements: 

Apollo 11 (UK Only?)



Dawn of the Dead [1978] (UK Only)

Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

The Lion King [2019]

Men In Black: International

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Scarface [1983]

Spider-man: Far From Home


Toy Story 4

The Wizard of Oz [1939]




Rumoured (mostly via international retail listings/leaks/news): 


Ant Man (October?)

47 Ronin

American Gangster

Doctor Strange (October?)


Guardians of the Galaxy (October?)

Hellboy [2004]

James Bond: The Daniel Craig Collection

Lawrence of Arabia

Malefecent (October?)

The Mask of Zorro

Monty Python's Meaning of Life

Miami Vice

Pan's Labyrinth

The Thing [1982]


War of the Worlds [2005]



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The Wizard of OZ steelbook is rather striking:




Curious to see how the special features break-down on that release when we get a formal announcement (have a feeling I may have to cling on to my three-disc blu-ray for the extras). It's apparently expected around October so we're possibly still a month or two away from a press release.


Really wish Warner would roll out a North by Northwest 60th anniversary disc this year. There's been no indication. :(  I wonder if Universal would be brave enough to do Psycho next year for its 60th? Probably not since they didn't seem keen on a Vertigo anniversary disc last year, but I want some 4k Hitchcock, and none of the major studios have taken the leap to release any B&W classics yet, which is a shame as It's a Wonderful Life on iTunes looked really nice.

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I know Psycho's a popular classic, but I really can't see them doing it if they pass up both the VistaVision films you mention; that would surely be where you'd start for great looking Hitchcock 4k.

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Some retail listings have started to show a 4k release of the forthcoming Signature Edition of Aladdin (animated) in September. Hopefully that happens. I'm still upset Cinderella never made it over to UHD but apparently last month's Signature Edition Blu doesn't even use a new restoration, but instead the same garbage restoration of the older disc. I hope there's still a chance for a new restoration and UHD (the movie turns 70 next year, so perhaps then? Weird to put out the live action version on UHD last month if delaying the classic a year though).

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Oooh, I was just thinking today how much I wanted to watch Akira again but only have the old Pioneer DVD Tin.

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