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The Criterion Channel launches in April, plus The Favourite, Man on a Ledge 4K, new Blu-ray reviews & more

January 30, 2019 - 6:38 pm   |   by
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The big news today is that our friends at The Criterion Collection have officially announced the launch date for their forthcoming streaming service, The Criterion Channel. Look for it to debut on 4/8. And those who signed up to be Charter Subscribers can create their accounts today and start watching a new Movie of the Week series until the launch.

Not a day after we hinted at it in our daily column, Lionsgate has officially set Man on a Ledge for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on 4/9. Look for it to include both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite on 3/5, with the Digital release expected on 2/12. Extras will include deleted scenes and The Favourite: Unstitching the Costume Drama featurette.

Fox will also release the Melissa McCarthy drama Can You Ever Forgive Me? on DVD only on 2/19 with Digital due on 2/5. [Read on here...]

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Here at The Bits today, we have four new Blu-ray reviews for you to check out, including Tim’s look at A Fistful of Dollars from Kino Lorber Studio Classics and Murder by Death from Shout! Factory, along with Dennis’ thoughts on Charly from Kino Lorber Studio Classics and The Wife from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Enjoy!

Back to release news...

Speaking of Kino Lorber Studio Classics, the company has set the Charles Bronson film Cold Sweat (1970) for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/9.

Twilight Time has revealed its February Blu-ray slate, which is due on 2/19. Look for it to include The Admirable Crichton (aka Paradise Lagoon), Bedazzled (1967), Talk Radio, and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?. All will be available for pre-order starting on 2/6.

The Warner Archive Collection has just released The Giant Behemoth (1959) on Blu-ray, along with Tarzan Goes to India (1962) and Tarzan’s Three Challenges (1963). On the DVD front, they’ve also just released The Wayans Bros.: The Complete Fourth Season, along with Unashamed (1932), Professional Sweetheart (1933), Without Orders (1936), Woman Wanted (1936), Heart of the North (1938), They Met in Argentina (1941), The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942), Soldiers Three (1951), You for Me (1952), and The Blue Knight (1973).

Scream Factory has revealed that their planned Blu-ray release of The Deadly Mantis, due on 3/19, will include a new 2K scan of the film and a new audio commentary (with film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter). You’ll also get the trailer, a still gallery, and the relevant episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts Anime Studio will release Naoko Yamada’s A Silent Voice on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 4/2.

Epic Pictures will release The Golem on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/5.

Film Movement has set Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 2/19.

Mill Creek Entertainment has unveiled its April release slate, which is set to include The Big C: The Complete Series (Blu-ray and DVD), 4-in-1 Apocalypse (DVD – includes Arachnoquake, Ghostquake, Miami Magma, and Weather Wars), 4-in-1 Dramatic Thrillers (DVD – Status Unknown, Nanny Seduction, Did I Kill My Mother?, and A Deadly Affair), Ivana Trump’s For Love Alone (DVD), Malibu Express (Blu-ray), Hard Ticket to Hawaii (Blu-ray), Minutes to Midnight: The Cold War Chronicles (DVD), Cold War Thrillers (DVD – includes Man on a String, The Deadly Affair, Otley, A Dandy in Aspic, Hammerhead, and The Executioner), Soul Team Six: 7 Blaxploitation Films (DVD – includes The Black Angels, The Black Godfather, The Black Six, Black Gestapo, Black Fist, and Black Brigade), and a double feature of Black Gunn & The Take (Blu-ray).

And on the music front, Eagle Vision will release Foreigner: Live at the Rainbow ’78 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 3/15.

Stay tuned...!

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