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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:05

Universal BD catalog gets real: Touch of Evil & Double Indemnity, plus Spielberg's Amistad & more!

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Holy Moley – Universal just got REAL with their catalog Blu-ray efforts!

Guess what’s coming from the studio in April? How about the long-awaited film noir classics Touch of Evil and Double Indemnity! Both street on 4/15 (SRP $29.98 each). [Read on here...]

The Double Indemnity: 70th Anniversary Limited Edition will include audio commentary with film historian Richard Schickel, a second audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs and Film Historian Nick Redman, an introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne, the 38-minute Shadows of Suspense documentary, the film’s theatrical trailer, UltraViolet, and the Double Indemnity 1973 TV movie version!

Meanwhile, the Touch of Evil: Limited Edition will include THREE versions of the film – the preview version, the theatrical version and the “reconstructed version based on Orson Welles’ original vision.” You’ll also get audio commentary on the reconstructed version with reconstruction producer Rick Schmidlin, a second commentary on the reconstructed version with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Schmidlin, 2 featurettes (Bringing Evil to Life and Evil Lost and Found), UltraViolet, and the film’s theatrical trailer. You can see the cover artwork below and pre-orders are now available on Amazon by clicking on the art.

That’s not all. Get this: Universal has also set Joe Kidd, King Kong Escapes, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Rooster Cogburn, Two Mules for Sister Sara, and The War Wagon for Blu-ray release on 4/1 (SRP $19.98 each)! That is AWESOME news for Blu-ray catalog fans.

Guess what? STILL not done today: Paramount has just revealed that Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal and Amistad are coming to Blu-ray on 5/6, followed by a Crocodile Dundee/Crocodile Dundee II double feature BD and The Godfather, Part III as a BD single on 5/13. Amistad will include The Making of Amistad featurette and the trailer in HD. The Terminal will include 6 featurettes (Booking the Flight: The Script, the Story, Waiting for the Flight: Building The Terminal, Boarding: The People of The Terminal, Take Off: Making The Terminal, In Flight Service:  The Music of The Terminal, and Landing: Airport Stories), a photo gallery with 58 images, and 2 trailers in HD.

Finally today, Shout! Factory has Nelson’s Hunger coming on 6/3.

Phase 4 Films has After the Dark coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 5/6.

And Summit/Lionsgate are apparently delivering Hercules the Legend Begins on BD on 4/29.

Here’s your look at the Blu-ray cover art for Universal’s Double Indemnity: 70th Anniversary Limited Edition and Touch of Evil: Limited Edition, as well as Paramount’s Amistad.  Click the covers and get those Amazon pre-orders in!

Double Indemnity: 70th Anniversary Limited Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Touch of Evil: Limited Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Amistad (Blu-ray Disc)

Back tomorrow with some new BD reviews. Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt


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