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Tuesday, 09 January 2024 14:39

Wednesday, Trolls Band Together, Contagion, Priscilla, Powerhouse/Indicator 4Ks, The Rolling Stones at the Wiltern & Filmmaker Mode news!

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All right, we have a lot to report today so let’s get right into it. We’ll start with more new disc reviews, which include...

Dennis’ look at Rick Charnoski’s Warm Blood (2022) on Blu-ray from Factory 25 and Vinegar Syndrome.

Stuart’s take on Elia Kazan’s final film, The Last Tycoon (1976) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classic.

And Tim’s thoughts on Jonathan Lynn’s Clue (1985) in 4K Ultra HD from Shout! Factory.

Enjoy those and watch for more all this week!

In terms of announcement news this afternoon, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation have just officially set the CG-animated Trolls Band Together for release on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, and Digital on 1/16—that’s right, next week! Extras will include a Sing-Along Version, 7 featurettes (including Fun in the Recording Booth, *NSYNC: Hi, Hi, Hi, Building the Band, Together Again, Animating Trolls, How to Draw, and How To: Hug Time Bracelets), 3 deleted scenes, and audio commentary (with producer Gina Shay, co-director Tim Heitz, head of story Colin Jack, production designer Ruben Perez Reynoso, and visual effects supervisor Marc J. Scott). The 4K disc will be a UHD-100 with Dolby Atmos audio (the Blu-ray will include Atmos as well). You can see the cover artwork below the break.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has just officially announced the 3/26 Blu-ray and DVD release of Wednesday: Season One. It doesn’t appear that there will be any extras, but all eight episodes will be included. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

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Meanwhile, here’s a little bit of a surprise: Warner Bros. is also releasing Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011) on 4K Ultra HD on 2/27. The disc will offer a trio of legacy featurettes, including The Reality of Contagion, The Contagion Detectives, and Contagion: How a Virus Changes the World. Note that, per the studio, the remastering process was completed at Warner MPI and was overseen by the director. No Blu-ray version will be included in the package.

And Universal has set Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet (2019) and Ol Parker’s Ticket to Paradise (2022) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 2/13.

Also today, Lionsgate has announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release of Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla (2023) on 2/13. Extras will include 2 featurettes (Brushed with Beauty and The Making of Priscilla) as well as the theatrical trailer.

On 3/5, look for a trio of Walmart-exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook releases from Lionsgate, including David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975), David Worth’s Kickboxer (1989), and Richard Alan Greenberg’s Little Monsters (1989). The studio has a trio of wide-release 4K Ultra HD Steelbook titles coming on 3/5 as well, including David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water (2016), Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge (2016), and Pete Travis’s Dredd (2012).

Our friends over at Powerhouse Films and Indicator have a pair of great new 4K Ultra HD Limited Editions coming on 2/27, both of them Ozploitation titles, including Richard Frankin’s Patrick (1978) and Simon Wincer’s Snapshot (1979)! Each features new 4K restorations from the original camera negatives, with Dolby Vision HDR, and a ton of extras. Patrick includes three different versions of the film (the original Australian theatrical version, the shorter US theatrical version with American dubbing, and the Italian theatrical version featuring an alternate score by the prog band Goblin and with English subtitles for the first time). And Snapshot features two different versions of the film—the 93-minute theatrical version and a 101-minute director’s cut (mastered from the best surviving elements). You can see the cover artwork for both below.

And on the music front, The Rolling Stones and Mercury Records have officially announced The Rolling Stones: Live at the Wiltern for release on DVD + CD, Blu-ray + CD, CD, and LP formats. The CD component will feature two discs, while the vinyl LPs will include three discs (and there will be black, gold, and “black and bronze” color variants available at different retailers). The concert was recorded live in L.A.’s Wiltern Theatre on November of 2002, during the band’s Licks World Tour, and it includes 21 tracks: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Live with Me, Neighbours, Hand of Fate, No Expectations, Beast of Burden, Stray Cat Blues, Dance, Part 1, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (with Solomon Burke), That’s How Strong My Love Is, Going to a Go-Go, Band Introductions, Thru and Thru, You Don’t Have to Mean It, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, Rock Me Baby, Bitch, Honky Tonk Women, Start Me Up, Brown Sugar, and Tumbling Dice. You can watch the trailer here...

And finally today, the UHD Alliance has just announced some new developments related to its Filmmaker Mode initiative at CES 2024. The first involves automatic implementation of Filmmaker Mode for Apple TV+ content on LG and Samsung displays. The second involved paired enablement of Filmmaker Mode with Dolby Vision on LG displays. You can read more about this here via my friend TK Arnold at Media Play News.

We’ll leave you this morning with a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above and more, all with Amazon pre-order links (just click on the covers). As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it!

Wednesday: Season One (Blu-ray Disc) Trolls Band Together (4K Ultra HD) Contagion (4K Ultra HD)

Harriet (4K Ultra HD) Patrick (4K Ultra HD) Snapshot (4K Ultra HD)

The Last Castle (4K Ultra HD) Ticket to Paradise (4K Ultra HD) Child's Play (2019) (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...

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