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Monday, 20 April 2015 17:00

Blu-ray & DVD News – CHAPPiE, Twilight’s May slate, McFarland USA, Children of Giant & Cagliostro update

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All right, as we posted earlier, we’re kicking things off today with Tim Salmons’ review of Scream’s new Mad Max: Collector’s Edition. The disc streets on 5/5 and is well worth a look.

In announcement news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set CHAPPiE for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/16, with the digital version due on 5/26. Both disc versions will feature the We Are Tetravaal featurette. To this, the Blu-ray will add 8 more featurettes (Chappie: The Streetwise Professor, Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots, Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects, From Tetra Vaal to Chappie, Keep It Gangster, The Reality of Robotics, Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting, and Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects), along with an extended scenes (A Very Bad Man) and The Art of Chappie photo gallery. There’s also a Blomkamp³ Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray coming that same day that includes CHAPPiE, District 9, and Elysium plus a booklet. [Read on here…]

Our friends at Twilight Time have announced their May Blu-ray slate (due on 5/12 – pre-orders open on 4/29 at 1 PM Pacific on the Screen Archives Entertainment website) and we’ve got the specs for you this afternoon. Look for American Buffalo (1996 – isolated score track, audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman, and the original theatrical trailer), Carla’s Song: Director’s Cut (1996 - isolated music & effects track, audio commentary with director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty, deleted Scenes, and the original theatrical trailer), Hombre (1967 – isolated score track, audio commentary with film historians Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo, and the original theatrical trailer), A Man for All Seasons (1966 – isolated score track, audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo, Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman, The Life of Saint Thomas More featurette, and the original theatrical trailer), and Mississippi Burning (1988 – isolated score track, audio commentary with director Alan Parker, and original theatrical trailer).

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Disney will release McFarland, USA on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 6/2. Extras will include 2 featurettes, deleted and extended scenes, and a music video.

Kino Lorber has set John Flynn’s Defiance (1980) and Robert Parrish’s The Wonderful Country (1959) for Blu-ray release in September (street dates TBA).

Entertainment One has set Wild Horses for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/21.

Cohen Media Group will release 3 Hearts on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/28.

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And PBS Distribution will release Children of Giant on DVD on 6/23. The documentary is a look at the small town in Texas where the classic Hollywood film was shot, and how it affected the lives of the residents.

Those of you eagerly awaiting Discotek’s Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro on Blu-ray will be pleased to learn that if you pre-order it now from the Discotek website, the company is going to start shipping the discs during the first week of May. The Amazon and wide release street date is 6/23.

Here’s a look at some new Blu-ray cover artwork (with Amazon links if available)...

CHAPPiE (Blu-ray Disc)    Blomkamp3 (Blu-ray set)    McFarland USA (Blu-ray Disc)

American Buffalo (Blu-ray Disc)    A Man for All Seasons (Blu-ray Disc)    Hombre (Blu-ray Disc)

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