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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:01

Scream’s Firestarter, Twilight Time’s February slate & Pioneer introduces the 1st PC 4K UHD drive

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All right, we’ve got a couple more bits of announcement news for you today...

First up, Scream Factory has offered details on their upcoming Firestarter: Collector’s Edition, which is due on Blu-ray on 3/14. The disc will feature a new 2K scan of the inter-positive film element, a new audio commentary with director Mark L. Lester, a pair of all-new documentary featurettes including Playing with Fire: The Making of Firestarter (featuring interviews with Lester, actors Freddie Jones and Drew Snyder, stuntman/actor Dick Warlock and Johannes Schmoelling of Tangerine Dream) and Tangerine Dream: Movie Music Memories (also featuring Schmoelling), an exclusive performance of Charlie’s Theme by Schmoelling, theatrical trailers, a radio spot, and a stills gallery. [Read on here…]

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Also today, our friends at Twilight Time have updated the details on their February slate of Blu-ray titles, which are due on 2/14 (pre-orders open on Wednesday, 2/1, at 1 PM Pacific via Twilight Time Movies and Screen Archives Entertainment). The titles include Joan Micklin Silver’s Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979), Don Giegel’s Edge of Eternity (1959), Woody Allen’s Interiors (1978), and Henry Hathaway’s Kiss of Death (1947). Chilly Scenes of Winter will include an isolated music track, audio commentary with Silver and producer Amy Robinson, and the trailer. Edge of Eternity will include an isolated music track and audio commentary with film historians C. Courtney Joyner and Nick Redman. Interiors will include audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman and the trailer. And Kiss of Death will include an isolated music track, audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman, a second audio commentary with film historians James Ursini and Alain Silver, and the trailer. SRP is $29.95 each and they’re limited to 3,000 units per title. You can see the cover artwork below...

Edge of Eternity (Blu-ray Disc)   Kiss of Death (Blu-ray Disc)   Interiors (Blu-ray Disc)

Chilly Scenes of Winter (Blu-ray Disc)   Firestarter: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)   Arrival (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

As you can see, we’ve also included the cover artwork for Firestarter and Paramount’s Arrival in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Finally today, it looks as if Pioneer is soon to introduce the world’s first PC Blu-ray drive that’s compatible with the 4K Ultra HD format, the BDR-S 11 J-X. You can read more here on the Japanese website PC Watch. Best we can translate, the price looks to be around $175-200. It requires your motherboard to support SGX in BIOS and external GPU aren’t useable yet, so this is probably targeted to the corporate and industrial market at this time, not to average consumers. Anyway, here’s what it looks like...

Pioneer BDR-S 11 J-X (4K Ultra HD compatible PC disc drive)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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