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Monday, 17 April 2023 13:35

KL Studio Classics sets Ronin for 4K on 6/20, plus 65, more Warner Archive May BDs, The Man Who Wasn’t There in Blu-ray 3D, Tinto Brass Ultra HDs & much more!

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Morning, everyone! We start today with no less than three new disc reviews, including...

Stephen’s in-depth look at Stuart Rosenberg’s Cool Hand Luke (1967) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, as well as his thoughts on John Frankenheimer’s Black Sunday (1977) on Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

We’ve also got my take on Paramount’s new Star Trek: The Next Generation 4-Movie Collection box set in 4K Ultra HD—just an overall summary to go along with my detailed reviews of each of the individual films in 4K.

Now then, we’ve got a bunch of great announcement news today, and some updates on titles we’ve mentioned previously here at The Bits, starting with news from the Warner Archive Collection!

On the latest installment of Tim Millard’s excellent The Extras podcast, our friend George Feltenstein has revealed more of Warner Archive’s May Blu-ray titles, which will include Rouben Mamoulian’s Queen Christina (1933), Joseph Losey’s The Boy with Green Hair (1948), Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton’s King Solomon’s Mines (1950), Vincente Minnelli’s The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), and Joseph Barbera and William Hanna’s Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear! (1964). All of these are new negative scans (The Boy with Green Hair and King Solomon’s Mines from the original Technicolor negatives).

Also coming later this year are Howard Hawks’ Land of the Pharaohs (1955) and Robert Wise’s Helen of Troy (1956). [Read on here...]

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Meanwhile, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has revealed that John Frankenheimer’s Ronin (1998) will officially arrive on 4K Ultra HD on 6/20, with a new scan of the original camera negative and Dolby Vision HDR. Extras will include the legacy commentary with the director, along with nearly all of the previous DVD special features. You can see the cover artwork below.

KLSC has also revealed that they’re working on new Blu-ray editions of Bruce Malmuth’s The Man Who Wasn’t There (1983) and Philip Kaufman’s The White Dawn (1974). The former will include both Blu-ray 3-D polarized and anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3-D versions (with a pair of 3-D glasses too). Both titles are listed as “coming soon,” with the exact street date to be announced at a later date.

Sony has just set Scott Beck and Bryan Woods’ 65 (2023) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/30.

NBC’s The Event: The Complete Series is now available for pre-order on Amazon (from Universal via Mill Creek Entertainment) with a street date of 6/6. You can see the cover art below.

Universal seems to be targeting 6/6 as the street date for The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD, at least according to retail sources.

Also per retail sources, it appears that the street date for Chad Stahelski’s John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) from Lionsgate will be 6/13. Watch for an official announcement in the coming weeks.

In other release news today, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Zach Braff’s A Good Person for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/30.

Synapse Films will release James Glickenhaus’ McBain (1991) on Blu-ray on 7/11.

The BFI is releasing Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982) on Blu-ray on 6/13, followed by A Zed & Two Noughts and The Falls: Two Films by Peter Greenaway on Blu-ray on 6/20.

And Cult Epics has announced that they’re working on new 4K Ultra HD editions of Tinto Brass’ classic Italian sex comedies All Ladies Do It (1993) and Frivolous Lola (1998) for release sometime near the end of the year. The company is also running an Indiegogo campaign to produce a new hardcover book to go with the UHDs entitled The Films of Tinto Brass. You can find that here if you’d like to help support the effort.

We have one other bit of disc release news today: Our old friend Stacey Spears has begun taking pre-orders on the new Spears and Munsil Ultra HD Benchmark disc. It’s expected to ship in May. You can pre-order it here, and be sure to check out the official Spears and Munsil website here.

Finally today, our friends at Media Play News have announced the winners of the 2023 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards, for which I was once again honored to serve as a judge.

Paramount’s The Godfather Trilogy 50 Years Collector’s Edition took home the honors for Title of the Year, Best Movie Boxed Set, and Best Restoration. Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick also won for Fan-Favorite Title of the Year, Best New Movie on Disc, Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, and Best Audio/Visual Quality. In addition, Sony’s Better Call Saul: The Complete Series won TV on Disc of the Year, while Warner’s House of the Dragon: Season One won Best Recent TV Season on Disc. You can read the complete list of winner here.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above, as well as Warner Archive’s April Blu-ray titles. Click on each to pre-order the title on, and don’t forget that doing so helps to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it!

Ronin (4K Ultra HD) 65 (4K Ultra HD) The Toxic Avenger Collection (4K Ultra HD)

The Event: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc) Storm Warning (Blu-ray Disc) One Way Passage (Blu-ray Disc)

A Lion Is in the Streets (Blu-ray Disc) Safe in Hell (Blu-ray Disc) Strawberry Blonde (Blu-ray Disc)

Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned...

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