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Thursday, 13 March 2014 16:54

Cosmos, Lone Survivor, Fox Searchlight 20th Anniv. BDs, Veronica Mars movie pre-orders & more!

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First up today, Dr. Jahnke has turned in a new An Honor to Be Nominated installment of his regular Jahnke’s Electric Theater column here at The Bits, taking a look back at the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man. It’s a good read about a film that we here at The Bits happen to think is one of the Coens’ best. Anyway, Jahnke’s take is definitely worth your time, so do check it out. Enjoy!

We’ve also got more new announcement news today, but first... for those of you interested in the new Cosmos TV series on Fox, the title just went pup for pre-order on As we first reported last week here in The Bits, 20th Century Fox is currently working on the release, which we expect to be announced for Blu-ray and DVD in the weeks ahead. You’ll find Fox’s preliminary cover art below. [Read on here...]

Speaking of Fox, the studio has announced the new availability of 18 new classic titles that are coming to the Fox Cinema Archives on MOD DVD starting on 3/18. The titles include Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), Esther and the King (1960), Dante’s Inferno (1935), Cardinal Richelieu (1935), I’d Climb The Highest Mountain (1951), The Gay Deception (1935), Bachelor Flat (1961), The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971), The Pleasure Seekers (1964), Footlight Serenade (1942), Marry The Boss’s Daughter (1941), Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948), That Other Woman (1942), Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955), Star Dust (1940), Decline and Fall of a Bird Watcher (1968), Kentucky (1938), and Forever Amber (1947).

What’s more, Fox Searchlight Pictures and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have just announced a campaign to celebrate Fox Searchlight’s 20th Anniversary, by releasing a number of Fox Searchlight titles on Blu-ray for the first time this year, including Johnson Family Vacation and Garden State (on 3/4), Once (4/1), Notes on a Scandal (4/29), The Deep End (5/6), The Ringer and Kissing Jessica Stein (6/3), and The Full Monty (8/5). New anniversary editions will also appear on disc this year for such titles as Crazy Heart (5th), Garden State (10th), Kinsey (10th), Napoleon Dynamite (10th), Sideways (10th) and Boys Don’t Cry (15th). Finally, Fox Searchlight will release a 20-film box set at the end of 2014 (in time for the holidays) featuring many of these signature titles.

Meanwhile, Universal has set Lone Survivor for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 6/3. At least so says Click on the cover artwork below to pre-order the Blu-ray.

Olive Films has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Sidney Lumet’s classic The Pawnbroker on 4/22 (SRP $29.95 and $19.95).

Scream Factory has now officially set the Sleepaway Camp: Collector’s Edition for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 5/27, which will include a new 2K scan of the original camera negative, new commentary with actors Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten, new commentary with writer/director Robert Hiltzik moderated by Jeff Hayes, the original audio commentary with writer/director Robert Hiltzik and star Felissa Rose, the At the Waterfront After the Social: The Legacy of Sleepaway Camp featurette, Jeff Hayes’ short film Judy, Jonathan Tiersten’s Princess music video, the Camp Arawak Scrapbook still gallery, and the film’s theatrical trailer and TV spots.

Synapse Films has set the Hammer Horror title Countess Dracula for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/6.

Icarus Films will release the cinematic tribute To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter on DVD on 4/22.

Lionsgate will release Anger Management: Volume Three on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 4/15.

TDC Entertainment will release American Jesus and Shelter Island on DVD on 5/13.

Impulse Pictures will release the early 70s softcore/erotic titles The Chambermaids and Honey Buns on DVD only on 5/6 as well.

Anderson Digital and Barking Cow Media Group will release the animated steampunk title War of the Worlds: Goliath on Blu-ray 3D Combo and DVD on 4/1, directed by Joe Pearson and executive produced by Kevin Eastman (co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Well Go USA Entertainment has set the martial arts actioner Special ID for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/13.

Cinedigm has set the animated Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings for release on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 4/15.

BrinkVision has set Ivan Kavanough’s indie horror film Tin Can Man for DVD and digital release on 4/22.

Magnolia’s Big Bad Wolves arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/22.

And finally, the new Veronica Mars movie is getting a limited theatrical release starting tomorrow. We expect the home video release to be announced soon as well by Warner Home Video. Meanwhile, you can pre-order it on Amazon on Blu-ray right now. Just click on the cover art below.

We’ll leave you with BD cover art for Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Warner’s Veronica Mars, and Universal’s Lone Survivor (all TBA)...

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Blu-ray Disc)    Veronica Mars movie (Temp Blu-ray Art)    Lone Survivor (Temp Blu-ray Art)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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