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Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:15

Once, Notes on a Scandal, Big Bad Wolves, Seven Warriors & lots of catalog & indie release news

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All right, we’ve got a bunch of interesting studio and indie release announcements today, including some new titles, catalog titles, TV stuff and more.

First though, our own Dr. Adam Jahnke has turned in a new Jahnke’s Electric Theatre column today, featuring the latest installment of An Honor to Be Nominated. This time, Adam looks back at Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Part III. Enjoy!

Now then... announcement news... 20th Century Fox is releasing the indie music hit Once on Blu-ray on 4/1 (SRP $19.99) but only as an exclusive. Following on BD on 4/29, also as an Amazon exclusive, is Notes on a Scandal (SRP $19.99), which stars Cate Blanchette, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy. You can see the cover artwork for both titles below. Fox will also widely release an Ice Age 4-movie BD set on 4/1 (SRP $49.99), as well as The King of Comedy: 30th Anniversary Edition on 3/25. [Read on here...]

Warner Home Video has announced a slate of TV titles for release in May and beyond, including DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures – Volume 2 and Looney Tunes Center Stage: Volume 2 on 5/6 (both DVD), Call the Midwife: Season Three (Blu-ray & DVD), Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Nine (DVD), Waking the Dead: Season Nine (DVD), and Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (DVD) on 5/20, and Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD) on 7/1.

Universal has set Eureka: Season Three for DVD only release on 5/6. Universal will also release a pair of DVD comedy collections on 4/49, including the Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection (includes Give Me a Sailor, The Cat and the Canary, Nothing But the Truth, The Paleface, Thanks for the Memory, The Ghost Breakers, My Favorite Blonde, Sorrowful Jones, Never Say Die, and Caught in the Draft) and the Francis the Talking Mule Collection (includes Francis the Talking Mule, Francis Goes to West Point, Francis Joins the WACS, Francis Goes to the Races, Francis Covers the Big Town, Francis in the Navy, and Francis in the Haunted House). And Universal has Welcome to the Jungle coming on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/25.

Sony has set a number of new DVD titles for release on 4/1 through its Sony Pictures Choice MOD Collection, including Alamo Bay (1985), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974), Devil’s Playground (1937), The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978 – directed by Irvin Kershner of Empire Strikes Back fame), Lightning Guns (1950), Thunder at the Border (1966), and Too Tough to Kill (1935). This will be followed by regular DVD issues of the new to disc titles Lizzie Bordon Took an Ax on 4/8 and The Gabby Douglas Story on 4/15.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate has set the Jean-Claude Van Damme title Enemies Closer for BD and DVD release on 3/11.

Paramount has added Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers and The Revengers to its 5/20 DVD slate.

Via Warner Bros, the Paramount catalog titles Zodiac: Director’s Cut and The Ring are being reissued in Steelbook packaging on 3/25.

Image Entertainment will release Way of the Wicked on Blu-ray on 5/20.

Music Box Films will release Generation War on Blu-ray on 5/6.

Well Go USA will release Seven Warriors on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/22. It’s essentially a Chinese remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai set in the 1930s.

And Magnolia has set the indie hit Big Bad Wolves for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/22.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray Disc cover art for Fox’s Once, Notes on a Scandal and The King of Comedy, both versions of Universal’s 47 Ronin (due 4/1), and Magnolia’s Big Bad Wolves...

Once (Blu-ray Disc)    Notes on a Scandal (Blu-ray Disc)    The King of Comedy (Blu-ray Disc)

47 Ronin (Blu-ray 3D)    47 Ronin (Blu-ray Disc)    Big Bad Wolves (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt


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