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Warner Archive reveals Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, plus more BD announcements including Rick and Morty & Dream a Little Dream

January 25, 2022 - 6:50 pm   |   by
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We have a couple more new disc reviews this afternoon and more release news for you as well. As always, reviews first...

Stephen has checked out a pair of Blu-ray titles today, including Craig Lahiff’s Black and White (2002) from Umbrella Entertainment—another Sunburnt Screens label title—and also Allan Arkush’s Get Crazy (1983) from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Both are well worth a look, and it sounds like Get Crazy in particular includes a bunch of great bonus content. So enjoy Stephen’s reviews.

Now then, our friends over at The Warner Archive Collection have begun to reveal some great new catalog Blu-ray titles that they’re working on for release in 2022 (they’re listed as “coming soon” at the moment) and the three they’ve mentioned so far are real gems.

First up is Michael Curtiz’s Captains of the Clouds (1942) starring James Cagney. This is mastered from a new 4K scan of the original nitrate Technicolor camera negatives. Extras will include a 1942 Newsreel, the vintage 1942 color WB short Rocky Mountain Big Game, the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons What’s Cookin’, Doc? and Hold the Lion, Please (in HD), and the original theatrical trailer. [Read on here...]

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Next, here’s a surprise: They’re working on a new Blu-ray release of George Pal and Henry Levin’s The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), mastered from new 4K scans of the original Cinerama camera negatives, and featuring the film in both letterboxed widescreen and “Smilebox” format! This will be a 2-disc Deluxe Special Edition, offering 3 new featurettes (Rescuing a Fantasy Classic, The Epic Art of The Brothers Grimm, and The Wonderful Career of George Pal), along with trailers, audio-only pieces, and more TBA.

And Warner Archive is also preparing a new restored edition of William A. Wellman’s A Star Is Born (1937), also mastered from a new 4K scan of the original nitrate Technicolor camera negatives! Extras will include 2 audio-only Lux Radio Theater broadcasts—Janet Gaynor and Robert Montgomery (9/13/37) and Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon (12/28/42)—the classic WB cartoon A Star is Hatched (1938), 3 classic WB shorts—Mal Hallett & His Orchestra (1937), Taking the Count (1937), and Alibi Mark (1937)—and the original theatrical trailer.

In other announcement news, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Adult Swim have set Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-5 for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/29 (SRP $89.99 and $79.99). All 51 episodes will be included along with a host of behind-the-scenes material—think animatics, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

Also, Lionsgate has set the Vestron Video Collector’s Series title Dream a Little Dream for release on Blu-ray on 3/15 (SRP $17.99). Extras will include audio commentary with film historian Jarret Gahan, 2 new interviews (Young at Heart with Corey Feldman and When Lightning Strikes with Executive Producer Lawrence Kasanoff), trailers, TV spots, and a stills gallery.

In other news today, we have a quick update for you on Criterion’s A Hard Day’s Night 4K release. We don’t actually have the disc in hand ourselves to confirm this, but readers are reporting that there’s an editing error on the 4K UHD. From 83:14–85:00, a series of shots of The Beatles performing in studio (and then departing by helicopter) are apparently out of order. The same sequence on the BD in the package is said to be correct. If this is true, we would imagine that Criterion will get to the bottom of it and make an official statement soon. In any case, thanks to Bits reader Tom C. for the heads-up.

And in interesting items of note from around the Internet this afternoon, Cullen Kelly’s excellent Masters of Color podcast has a new episode up featuring a chat with colorist Eric Weidt, a frequent David Fincher collaborator. In it, they discuss a number of topics, but of note here is that Weidt briefly mentions that he’s just been working on the restoration of Fincher’s Panic Room, which—as we reported here last week—retail sources are suggesting is coming to 4K UHD in March from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Thanks to Bits reader Scotty W. for the heads-up on that.

Finally today, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing recently of actor Yvette Mimieux, star of the 1960s film classics The Time Machine and Where the Boys Are, as well as Disney’s The Black Hole from the 1980s. Mimieux was 80, and will be missed. You can read much more about her here at The New York Times and here at Variety.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for those Warner Archive titles we mentioned (note that they’re not yet available for pre-order) as well as a trio of forthcoming Arrow Video 4K Ultra HD titles that are up for pre-order now on Amazon...

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) (Blu-ray Disc) A Star Is Born (1937) (Blu-ray Disc) Captains of the Clouds (1942) (Blu-ray Disc)

RoboCop (4K Ultra HD) An American Werewolf in London (4K Ultra HD) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (4K Ultra HD)

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