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Friday, 13 January 2023 16:49

The Fabelmans is official for 2/14, plus new Warner 4K catalog titles & street dates, and a Titanic 4K update

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We’re rounding out the week here at The Bits with a few more new disc reviews, and some release news as well, including word of new 4K catalog titles, and updates on a title or two that we’ve talked about here previously in recent weeks. But first those reviews...

I’ve posted my thoughts on Wim Wenders’ stunning Wings of Desire (1987) which is now available in 4K Ultra HD from Curzon Film in the UK. The 4K remaster, which was done by the Wim Wenders Foundation, is absolutely stunning. Fans of the film may not realize this, but by the time the film was completed and being shown in theaters back in ‘87, the version we all experienced then was fully six generations away from original camera negative. But now, every inch of this film—save for the little bit of historical and newsreel footage that appears within it—is first-generation right off the negative. And it makes a huge difference, even over the previous Criterion Blu-ray. So if you’re a fan, this 4K release is definitely worth a look.

I’ve also reviewed Jack Ryan: Season Two on 4K Ultra HD, which was released last month on the format by Paramount (along with Season One which we’ve reviewed here). Season Three of the series recently dropped on Amazon Prime and we have word that it’s coming to both Blu-ray and 4K as well later this year.

Also today, Stephen has turned in his thoughts on Adam Rifkin’s The Invisible Maniac on 4K Ultra HD from Vinegar Syndrome.

And we have more reviews on the way as well. I’m personally working on Shout! Factory’s recent WarGames and HBO’s House of the Dragon: Season One, both in 4K Ultra HD. I hope to post those reviews over the weekend or early next week. And the rest of the review team is working on new titles as well, so be sure to watch for them. [Read on here...]

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In announcement news today, Universal has officially set Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 2/14, with the Digital release expected to drop next week on 1/17. The Blu-ray SKUs will include Dolby TrueHD audio, while the 4K will offer Dolby Vision HDR. Extras will include a trio of documentary featurettes, including The Fabelmans: A Personal Journey, Family Dynamics, and Crafting the World of The Fabelmans. You can see the final cover artwork above left and also below.

Mill Creek Entertainment has set Ultraman Max: The Complete Series (DVD) for release on 1/24, followed by the Peter Falk Comedy Collection (includes The Cheap Detective (1978), Big Trouble (1985), Happy New Year (1986), and LUV (1967) on Blu-ray), Requiem for a Heavyweight (Blu-ray), and London (Blu-ray) on 1/31.

The company is also releasing Dawson’s Creek: The Complete Series on Blu-ray on 2/14, along with Sci-Fi from the Vault (which includes Creature with the Atom Brain (1955), It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), and The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959) on Blu-ray), Thrillers from the Vault (which includes The Black Room (1935), The Man They Could Not Hang (1939), Before I Hang (1940), The Man with Nine Lives (1940), The Devil Commands (1941), The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942), The Return of the Vampire (1943), and Five (1951) on Blu-ray). And following on 2/21 are Epic Showdowns: 4 Action Movies (which includes Kull the Conqueror (1997), The Cowboy Way (1994), The Jackal (1997), and End of Days (1999) on Blu-ray) and Running the Bases on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD.

Our friends at Turbine in Germany have announced Tobe Hooper’s original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for release on 4K Ultra HD on 1/20 in four limited edition Mediabook SKUs. Each will feature Dolby Atmos and Auro audio, and Dolby Vision HDR. Each includes the same content, but the packaging features different artwork. You can see them all below and you can pre-order them on the Turbine website by clicking here or on the image below...

Turbine's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (German 4K Ultra HD SKUs)

Vinegar Syndrome has set Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond (1986) and Aaron Norris’s Sidekicks (1992) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 2/28.

Eureka! will release In the Line of Duty III and In the Line of Duty IV on Blu-ray in the UK on March 20th.

And Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set If I Had a Million (1932) and Search for Beauty (1934) for Blu-ray release on 3/28.

Now then... I promised you a little bit of 4K Ultra HD catalog news, as well as updates on 4K catalog titles that we’ve mentioned previously. So here we go...

Our retail sources are now telling us to expect Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to release John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Stuart Rosenberg’s Cool Hand Luke (1967) on 4K UHD on 4/11, followed by Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause (1955) on 4/25.

We’ve also recently learned that Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006) and Harold Ramis’ National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) are coming to 4K Ultra HD later this year from Warner. Street date on those is TBA.

Finally today, we first reported that James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) would likely be released on 4K Ultra HD by Paramount in 2023 back on 12/19 (see our post here) and we followed it up on 12/27 (with a second update here) with direct confirmation from our sources that a 4K release was indeed coming. There have since been rumors circulating online that while Paramount would be releasing the 4K UHD here in North America, Disney had no plans to release the film in 4K internationally. Well, I’ve personally checked in with my industry sources and have been told that this is not the case—Disney’s international operations will have the option to release the film in 4K UHD in each market they serve around the world. What’s more, I’m told that if James Cameron wants the film to be released in 4K internationally, you can bet that Disney will find a way make it happen. Keep in mind that nothing has yet been officially announced, but our sources do indicate that Titanic is coming to 4K in 2023. We will of course post more information as soon as we have it.

We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits with all of this information accordingly.

All right, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover art for The Fabelmans and KLSC’s new 12 Angry Men 4K release, all of which are now available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking on the images...

The Fabelmans (4K Ultra HD) The Fabelmans (Blu-ray Disc) 12 Angry Men (4K Ultra HD)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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