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Friday, 28 February 2020 17:36

Restored Laurel & Hardy on Blu-ray, and a quick rundown of interesting upcoming indie BD releases

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All right, it’s a super slow news day today, but I wanted to take a moment to point out some interesting forthcoming titles that are newly-announced by indie distributors or that might have been overlooked.

But first, we have a pair of great new reviews from our own Dennis Seuling for you to check out, including his thoughts on Todd Haynes’ Dark Waters from Universal and Josef von Baky’s fantasy comedy Munchhausen (1943) from Kino Classics. Do give them a look.

Now then, those titles I mentioned... Kit Parker Films is releasing Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations on Blu-ray on 6/16. The 4-disc set includes 2 feature films (Sons of the Desert and Way Out West) and 17 classic shorts newly scanned from original 35mm nitrate film in 2K and 4K. Among the shorts is the legendary silent film The Battle of the Century, appearing for the first time on home video and nearly complete for the first time in 90 years. The set also includes rare special features, alternate soundtracks, vintage pictures, commentaries and more. You can see the cover artwork at left and below. [Read on here...]

Arrow Video is releasing Kansas City on Blu-ray on 3/3, with The Passion of the Darkly Noon following on Blu-ray on 3/24.

And don’t forget that Arrow Video UK is releasing the Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection (including Fando y Lis, El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and the new film Psychomagic, A Healing Art) on Blu-ray in the UK on 3/30. Note that this title is Region B.

AMC and Acorn are releasing the Humans Complete Collection on Blu-ray on 5/5.

Film Movement is releasing a new Blu-ray box set Their Finest Hour: 5 British WWII Classics (including Dunkirk, The Dam Busters, Ice Cold in Alex, The Colditz Story, and Went the Day Well?) on 3/17.

Shout! Factory and Scream Factory have added James Foley’s Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Ron Howard’s The Missing (2003), and Bert I. Gordon’s The Spider (1958) to their June Blu-ray slate (on 6/2, 6/16 and 6/23 respectively).

Kino will release the WWII documentary The Cold Blue on Blu-ray on 4/7.

And Kino Lorber Studio Classics will release Guy Hamilton’s An Inspector Calls (1954) on BD and DVD on 5/5, Douglas Sirk’s Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) on BD (includes 2D and 3D—restored by the 3D Film Archive) on 5/26, Norman Z. McLeod’s Alice in Wonderland (1933) on BD on 5/19, and Jean-Claude Tramont’s All Night Long (1981) on BD on 5/26.

Also, before we close, a quick mention: Lionsgate has a new podcast series up that looks behind-the-scenes on their home video releases (called Lionsgate Unlocked) and the first installment features our friend (and special edition producer) Cliff Stephenson talking with director Rian Johnson about Knives Out, now available on Blu-ray and 4K (read our review here). It’s well worth a look, so do check it out here (or by clicking on the image below).

Knives Out podcast

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above, with pre-order links if available...

Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations (Blu-ray Disc) Gamera: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray Disc) The Cold Blue (Blu-ray Disc)

Humans: Complete Collection (Blu-ray Disc) Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection (UK Region B Blu-ray Disc) Their Finest Hour (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

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