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Friday, 17 March 2017 20:46

Dawn/Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 4K, plus Despicable Me 4K, Founder, Freedom OVA back on BD & MUCH more

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All right, we’ve got a bunch of interesting release news today here at The Bits

The big news today is that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just set Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/13 (SRP $39.99 each). There’s no word yet on extras, but presumably they’ll include the previous Blu-ray editions with all of those extras. This certainly confirms what we already knew, which is that War for the Planet of the Apes is going to be released on the format as well later this year.

Also on the 4K front today, Universal has just set Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 for release on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format on 6/6 (SRP $39.98 each). As you may remember, we first revealed that these titles were coming to the format back on 2/14 (you can see that post here). [Read on here…]

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In other news, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set Jee-Woon Kim’s The Age of Shadows for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/2. This was South Korea’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

Lionsgate has now set John Lee Hancock’s The Founder for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/18. The film stars Michael Keaton as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.

Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone on Blu-ray on 5/2.

Severin Films has set The Other Hell, Cathy’s Curse, and Dark Waters for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/11.

Launch Over has set Blood of the Tribades for Blu-ray release on 4/30.

PBS will release To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/11.

Here’s something cool for anime fans: Freedom: The Complete OVA Series is finally coming back into U.S. release on Blu-ray on 4/25 from Discotech Media.

Blue Underground has set a double feature Blu-ray of Blood of Fu Manchu and Castle of Fu Manchu for release on 5/30 (SRP $29.98).

Virgil Films has set the Spike TV documentary I Am Heath Ledger for release on Blu-ray on 5/23.

Paramount is re-issuing The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Godfather Part III, Untouchables, and Chinatown on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/9. These are simply re-issues, so don’t look for new features.

Olive Films is releasing The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/25.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced a pair of new DePatie-Freleng animated Blu-ray and DVD titles for release on 5/16, including Sheriff Hoot Kloot (1973-1974) and The Blue Racer (1972-1974). Each set will include 17 newly-restored classic cartoons. Kino has also set Those Redheads from Seattle (1953) for release on Blu-ray 3D/2D and DVD on 5/9. The Indian Fighter (1955), Return of Sabata (1972), Adios Sabata (1971), Making Contact (1985), and Marjorie Morningstar (1958) are also coming on that day on Blu-ray and/or DVD. And newly revealed as “coming soon” from Kino are Junior Bonner (1972) and Louis L’Amour’s Shalako (1968).

Also today, Shout! Factory has set The Ticket for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/6.

And Well Go USA has set Jackie Chan’s Railroad Tigers for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/20.

That’s all for this week, but we’ve got a bunch of new reviews coming next week, and some new hardware reviews too. So have a great weekend and we’ll see you then!

- Bill Hunt


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