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Monday, 03 April 2023 18:08

Creed III, Arrow’s Mallrats & Waterworld in 4K, Shout/Scream’s Creepshow & Motel Hell in 4K, plus Dungeons & Dragons and much more

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Welcome to the first week of April, everyone!

As you might expect, over the weekend we’ve posted several more new disc reviews for you all to enjoy, including...

My reviews of Jonathan Frakes’ Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Stuart Baird’s Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount. That completes my look at all four of the newly-remastered Star Trek: The Next Generation feature films in 4K.

Stuart’s thoughts on Clarence Brown’s Wife vs. Secretary (1936) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection and Milton Moses Ginsberg’s The Werewolf of Washington (1973) on Blu-ray from Kino Classics.

And last but certainly not least, Stephen’s in-depth review of Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, and Clyde Geronimi’s original classic animated Cinderella (1950) in 4K Ultra HD from Disney, currently available from the Disney Movie Club, but coming widely later this year.

Key note about Cinderella—it looks like Disney’s actually done this one right, with a stunning 4K remaster that respects the film’s original photochemical production by leaving its line-work, fine detail, and grain structure fully intact! This really bodes well for future 4K animated titles from the studio, and one certainly hopes that all of these original animated classics will be revisited on the format going forward. [Read on here...]

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In official announcement news today, we have a few great items to report...

First, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and MGM have announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of Michael B. Jordan’s Creed III on 5/23. The Digital release is now available. Extras will include deleted scenes and a pair of featurettes (Michael B. Jordan: In the Ring/Behind the Camera and There’s No Enemy Like the Past: Donnie and Dame). Note that a Creed Trilogy 3-film collection will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD only that same day. You can see the cover artwork above left and below.

Blue Underground has set the wide 4K UHD release of Dead & Buried (1981) and Daughters of Darkness (1971) for 6/27. Limited Edition versions of both titles were released previously in 2020 and 2021.

Shout! and Scream Factory have just announced some of their June titles, among them Burt Topper’s The Strangler (1964) and Paul Bartel’s Private Parts (1972) on Blu-ray on 6/6, the Shaw Brothers Classics: Volume One Blu-ray box set on 6/13—which is set to include The Assassin (1967), The Thundering Sword (1967), Golden Swallow (1968), The Jade Raksha (1968), The Bells of Death (1968), The Sword of Swords (1968), Killer Darts (1968), The Invincible Fist (1969), Dragon Swamp (1969), The Flying Dagger (1969), and The Golden Sword (1969)—a ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition DVD on 6/20, and Ana Clavell’s Creepshow III (2006) on Blu-ray, Kevin Connor’s Motel Hell (1980) on 4K Ultra HD, and George A. Romero’s Creepshow (1982) on 4K Ultra HD on 6/27. You’ll find some of this cover artwork below.

And not to be outdone, Arrow Video revealed their June slate of Blu-ray and 4K titles as well on Friday, which is set to include Sammo Hung’s Warriors Two (1978) on BD (US and Canada only) on 6/6, Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse (2019) on 4K UHD (UK only) on 6/12, Toru Murakawa’s Game Trilogy on BD (US, Canada, UK – includes The Most Dangerous Game, The Killing Game, and The Execution Game) on 6/20, and Kevin Smith’s Mallrats (1995) on 4K UHD (US and Canada only), Kevin Reynolds’ Waterworld (1995) on 4K UHD (US, Canada, UK), and the Enter the Video Store: Empire of Screams BD box set (US, Canada, UK – includes The Dungeonmaster, Dolls, Cellar Dweller, Arena, and Robot Jox) all on 6/27. Again, you can see the cover artwork for a few of these below.

Also today, Mill Creek Entertainment has set Jane Campion’s In the Cut (2003) for release on Blu-ray on 5/16 as a 20th Anniversary Uncut Director’s Edition.

Our retail sources have informed us that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s recent Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is likely to street on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/30 from Paramount. Officially, the street date is still TBD.

And speaking of Paramount, we’re also hearing that Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) may arrive on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount on 5/30 as well. We would expect an official announcement sometime in the next few weeks.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a number of the titles mentioned above, with pre-order links if available...

Creed III (4K Ultra HD) Creed III (Blu-ray Disc) Waterworld (4K Ultra HD)

Creepshow (4K Ultra HD) Motel Hell (4K Ultra HD) Mallrats (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned!

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