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Friday, 14 February 2020 13:55

Criterion’s May slate, plus Parasite coming from Criterion, Watchmen, Spies in Disguise, Dolittle & MUCH more

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All right, we’re closing out the week with a big news update. But first, we have some new disc reviews for you...

I’ve just finished my look at Taika Waititi’s Oscar-winning satire Jojo Rabbit in 4K Ultra HD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

I’ve also taken a look at Mike Flanagan’s surprisingly good sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, now in Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. (This one is a reference-quality 4K A/V experience.)

Tim has turned in his thoughts on Don Sharp’s Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966) on Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

And in case you missed it the other day, we have a review of Paramount’s new Steelbook 4K edition of The Hunt for Red October that’s being released in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary. [Read on here...]

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Little Women (German 4K Ultra HD)Now then... a quick follow up on a bit of news we posted on Tuesday. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated Little Women on 4/7, but they don’t plan to include a physical 4K Ultra HD release here in the States. The good news is that there is one coming in Germany in June (6/20 to be precise) and if you’re interested you can pre-order it here (or by clicking on the cover artwork on the right).

In terms of new announcements, the big news today is that The Criterion Collection has just unveiled their May 2020 slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles. Look for Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales (Spine #342 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes The Bakery Girl of Monceau, Suzanne’s Career, My Night at Maud’s, La collectionneuse, Claire’s Knee, and Love in the Afternoon) on 5/5, John Sturges’ The Great Escape (Spine #1027 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/12, Paul Dano’s Wildlife (Spine #1031 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Dorothy Arzner’s Dance, Girl, Dance (Spine #1028 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/19, and John Cassavetes’ Husbands (Spine #1029 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Scorsese Shorts (Spine #1030 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes Italianamerican, American Boy, The Big Shave, What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?, and It’s Not Just You, Murray!) on 5/26.

And not to be outdone, Neon and Criterion have also announced that Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder and Parasite (which just won the Academy Award for Best Picture) will be joining the Criterion Collection later this year. Street dates are TBA.

In other announcements, HBO has revealed that Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/2. The set will feature over 90 minutes of bonus content, including 2 disc exclusive featurettes (Hooded Justice and The Colossal King – Adrian Veidt), as well as 15 additional features (Watchmen: Unmasked, 2019 New York Comic Con, Watchmen: Masked and Dangerous, Watchmen S1: Trailer, Character Trailers: Sister Night, Blond Man and Looking Glass, Becoming Sister Night, Notes from the Watchmen graphic novel artist Dave Gibbons, Rorschach Featurette, Watchmen: Alternate History, It’s Raining Squids, Squid Shelter with Tim Blake Nelson, Andrij Parekh on Directing, Sadiqua Bynum Runs, Jumps and Falls for Sister Night, Anatomy of a Fight Scene, and Glimpses – The Visual Effects of Watchmen). SRP is $44.98 for Blu-ray and $39.99 for DVD.

20th Century Fox has officially set the animated Spies in Disguise for release on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, and 4K Ultra HD on 3/10. The film features the voices of Will Smith and Tom Holland. The 4K will include Dolby Atmos audio. Extras will include 6 featurettes, 2 music videos and galleries.

Sony has set Nicolas Pesce’s The Grudge (2019) for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/24, with the Digital release due on 3/10. Extras will include 3 featurettes and deleted and extended scenes.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has set Dolittle for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 4/7, with the Digital release due on 3/24. Extras will include 6 featurettes. HDR on the 4K will be HDR10+ and audio will be Dolby Atmos.

Universal has also announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the ill-fated (and now infamous) Cats on 4/7, with the Digital release due on 3/17. Extras will include 10 featurettes (not one on the VFX, I might add).

And the Warner Archive Collection will release Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray on 5/12. It will be available widely on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment that same day as well. Extras will include deleted scenes.

Finally today, we like to take a moment to celebrate the fact that our very own Tim Salmons on Sunday will celebrate his 10th Anniversary as a member of The Digital Bits staff! Tim’s been doing yeoman’s work here the entire time, writing columns, and managing our disc reviews as a Contributing Editor. Tim knows his film, and he’s an indispensible part of The Bits team. We’re damn proud to have him. Be sure to take a moment to give Tim a big shout-out on social media (you can find him here on Facebook and here on Twitter) and check out his very own YouTube channel too (where he curates a fine collection of lost trailers, TV spots, and other film ephemera). You’re the best Tim! Thanks and here’s to many more years ahead!

And that’s all for this week. Have a great weekend and stay tuned!

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