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Monday, 15 January 2024 15:31

Wish, Color Purple (2023), The Guyver in 4K, new KLSC titles, Thunderheart, Second Sight’s Hitcher update & David J. Skal RIP

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This is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday here in the States, so there’s not a lot of release news happening at the moment. But we do have a few things to report for you today, plus some new disc reviews including...

Stuart’s thoughts on Kino Classics’ Soundies: The Ultimate Collection Blu-ray set, featuring short films of the 1940s, and E.A. Dupont’s Picadilly (1929) Blu-ray from Milestone Films and Kino Lorber.

Dennis’ take on Miloš Forman’s Valmont (1989) and Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, as well as W.S. Van Dyke’s Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

And Stephen’s look at Michael Mann’s Blackhat (2015) on 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video, as well as Joel M. Reed’s Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) and Michael Armstrong’s Mark of the Devil (1970) in 4K Ultra HD from Vinegar Syndrome.

More reviews are forthcoming all this week, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them!

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has officially set Blitz Bazawule’s The Color Purple (2023) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 3/12, with the Digital release expected tomorrow on 1/16. Extras will include 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes (including Creating The Color Purple: A Bold New Take on the Beloved Classic, Hell Yes! The Iconic Characters of The Color Purple, In the Flow: Creating The Color Purple’s Biggest Musical Moments, and A Story For Me: The Legacy of The Color Purple). You can see the cover art below. [Read on here...]

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Disney has set the CG-animated Wish (2023) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Walmart-exclusive 4K Ultra HD Steelbook on 3/12, with the Digital release expected on 1/23. The disc will include a Sing Along with the Movie option, 2 featurettes (Once Upon a Studio and Wish D-Classified), outtakes, 5 deleted scenes, the A Wish Worth Making deleted song, and the 9-part 100 Years in the Making documentary on the making of the film. You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving (2023) on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/30. By the way, we’ve learned that the company is going to be releasing a new remastered Blu-ray edition of Michael Apted’s Thunderheart (1992) in the next few months as well.

VCI Entertainment has set Roland West’s The Bat Whispers (1930) for Blu-ray release on 6/11.

Unearthed Classics is going to be releasing Steve Wang and Screaming Mad George’s The Guyver (1991) in both a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + CD Limited Edition as well as a wide release Blu-ray on 5/21. You can see the cover artwork for each below.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has revealed that the following titles are all “coming soon” to Blu-ray: Zoltan Korda’s Cry, the Beloved Country (1951), Louis Feuillade’s Tih Minh (1918), and the Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIX box set, which includes William Dieterle’s Dark City (1950), Mitchell Leisen’s No Man of Her Own (1950), and Harry Horner’s Beware, My Lovely (1952). The company has further revealed that their Kino Cult #7 Blu-ray release will be a double feature of Bette Page burlesque films including Teaserama (1955) and Varietease (1954). And KLSC has revealed that Dennis Dugan’s Brain Donors (1992) will arrive on Blu-ray on 3/12.

Meanwhile, the BBC will release Doctor Who: The Daleks in Colour on Blu-ray in the US on 3/19, with Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker following on the format on 3/26.

Cult Epics releasing Tinto Brass’ All Ladies Do It (1992) on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on 3/26.

Acorn will release Midsomer Murders: Series 24 on Blu-ray on 3/26.

And MPI is releasing a 4K + Blu-ray Steelbook version of Edward Berger’s All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) on 2/27.

In other news, Second Sight has just posted an update on their X/Twitter page revealing that their new 4K restoration of Robert Harmon’s The Hitcher (1986) is 99% complete, which means that details on their physical 4K UHD and Blu-ray release should be forthcoming next month.

David J. Skal (1952-2024)Finally today, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of the great author and film historian (and longtime friend of The Bits) David J. Skal. We are all very saddened here to learn that he was killed in a car accident in Los Angeles on January 1. His expertise on horror cinema in particular was legendary.

Skal wrote many books on the subject, including Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Stage to Screen (1990). And as disc fans will know, his DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD audio commentaries are many and wonderful, including such titles as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Freaks (1932), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), and more.

Be sure to check out David’s entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction here. Thank you, David, for sharing your love of cinema and your friendship. You will be missed.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned below, with Amazon pre-order links if available...

Wish (Blu-ray Disc) The Color Purple (2023) (4K Ultra HD) All Quiet on the Western Front (4K Ultra HD Steelbook)

The Bat Whisperers (Blu-ray Disc) The Guyver (Blu-ray Disc) The Guyver: Limited Edition (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned…

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