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Monday, 05 February 2024 19:09

Star Trek: Lower Decks S4, Scream sets The Faculty for 4K, plus Origin, Dreamers, potential Warner Ultra HD catalog titles, Saturn Award winners & more

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We’ve got some good title announcement news to start the week off today, along with a round-up of other release news odds and ends...

First up, Paramount and CBS have finally officially set Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season Four for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/16.

The 2-disc set contains all 10 episodes of the season, along with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary by Jack Quaid, Mike McMahan, and Brad Winters (Ep. 401)
  • Audio Commentary by Tawny Newsome, Noël Wells and Gabrielle Ruiz (Ep. 404)
  • Audio Commentary by Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Chase Masterson and Mike McMahan (Ep. 406)
  • Audio Commentary by Dawnn Lewis, Tawny Newsome and Mike McMahan (Ep. 409)
  • Audio Commentary by Robert Duncan McNeill and Mike McMahan (Ep. 410)
  • Lower Decktionary: Setting Up Season 4 (featurette)
  • Old Friends (featurette)

You can see the cover artwork at left and also below the break.

While we’re on the topic of Paramount, look for the studio to release Mark Waters’ original Mean Girls (2004) on 4K Ultra HD on 4/30. You can see that cover artwork below the break as well. [Read on here...]

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Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that Charles Vidor’s Thunder in the East (1952) is coming soon to Blu-ray. Also on the way to 4K Ultra HD as a Kino Cult title is Walter Hill’s Johnny Handsome (1989), which stars Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Morgan Freeman, Lance Henriksen, and Forest Whitaker. Street dates for both titles are TBA.

Meanwhile, Shout! and Scream Factory will be releasing Robert Rodriguez’s The Faculty (1998) on 4K Ultra HD on 4/16.

Decal and Neon are releasing Ava DuVernay’s Origin (2023) on Blu-ray on 4/9.

MPI Home Video has set Lee Sang-yong’s South Korean crime actioner The Roundup: No Way Out (2023) for release on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on 4/9. The 4K will include a Blu-ray copy and come in Mediabook packaging. You can see that below.

RLJ Entertainment has set new 4K Steelbook editions of Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017), Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021), Children of the Corn (2020), and Mayhem (2017) for release on 4/3.

Icon Film Distribution will release Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003) in 4K Ultra HD in the UK on 4/22. It’s listed on Amazon US as well (see below) with a street date of 5/3.

Second Sight has set wide-release 4K editions of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room (2015) and Brandon Cronenbergs’ Possessor (2020) to street on 3/19. You can see those below too.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and DC Studios will release Doom Patrol: The Fourth and Final Season and Doom Patrol: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/9.

And here’s something that’s been submitted by a few different Bits readers today: Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has been polling members of their A-List email newsletter for their interest in which catalog films people might like to see remastered for release in 4K Ultra HD. Among the titles polled are Blade II and III (2002-04), Caddyshack (1980), the Conjuring films (2012-2021), Dances with Wolves (1990), Dirty Harry (1971), Friday (1995), the Lethal Weapon films (1987-98), the Nightmare on Elm Street films (1984-2010), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and the Terminator films (1984-2009). Some of those are obvious releases on the format and some less so, but I think most of these titles would be welcomed by fans. Note that The Terminator (1984) is almost certain to be released in 4K Ultra HD before the year is out, given that the film celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024. Thanks to all the readers who submitted this. It’s good to know that Warner is still interested in releasing more catalog titles on the format.

Finally today, the Saturn Awards winners were announced last night and Star Trek: Picard – Season Three scored big for Best Science Fiction Television Series. (Still needs a 4K Ultra HD release Paramount and CBS!) Meanwhile, John Wick: Chapter 4 somehow beat the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition for Best 4K Home Media Release. (Congrats to our friends at Lionsgate—who are no doubt deserving—but color me surprised.) Anyway, you can see the full list of winners here today at Deadline.

We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for several of the titles mentioned above, all with pre-order links if available...

Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 4 (Blu-ray Disc) Mean Girls (2004) (4K Ultra HD) The Roundup: No Way Out (4K Ultra HD)

The Dreamers (UK 4K Ultra HD) Possessor (4K Ultra HD) Green Room (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned…

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