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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:43

Re-Animator, Prison Break, Mission Control, Heat: Director’s Cut for just $8 & Jonathan Demme RIP

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We have a couple items to report today…

First, a quick note: I’ve updated our post from yesterday (regarding the interview with Kathleen Kennedy on Star Wars) to more accurately reflect the context of her comments. It’s worth giving another look, if you’re interested. Just FYI.

Here at the site today, Tim Salmons has posted reviews of Arrow Video’s House: Two Stories and House: The Collection Blu-ray box sets. One is a U.S. release while the other is a U.K. release (but it plays in both Region A and B). The sets are pretty terrific if you’re a fan, so do give them a look. [Read on here…]

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Back to Arrow for a moment, the company has just set a new Re-Animator: Limited Edition for release on Blu-ray Disc on 7/25, featuring new 4K restorations of both the Unrated and Intergal version of the film with lots of extras.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release The Belko Experiment on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/27.

While we’re talking Fox, we wanted to alert you to a pretty great Blu-ray deal on Amazon today: you can now pre-order Michael Mann’s Heat: Director’s Edition BD for just $8. The disc streets on 5/9. Act fast if you’re interested.

Fox has also just set Prison Break: The Event Series for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/6.

Scorpion Releasing has set Ten Little Indians (1965) for release on Blu-ray on 6/20.

Any fans of the space program out there? Gravitas Ventures has just set David Fairhead’s terrific documentary Mission Control for release on BD-R and DVD-R on 6/13. The film is about the Apollo-era mission controllers (guys like Gene Kranz) who made landing on the Moon possible. The film is now available on most streaming services (including Amazon Prime) and I highly encourage you to check it out.

Kino Classics has set Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters for Blu-ray release on 6/13. This is a filmed 1970 stage production directed by Laurence Olivier. Kino has also set The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) and Zaza (1932) for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/6.

And Music Box Films has set François Ozon’s Franz for release on Blu-ray on 6/13.

Finally today, we need to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of acclaimed director Jonathan Demme. Though he was best known for Silence of the Lambs, his other works included Melvin and Howard, Something Wild, PhiladelphiaMarried to the Mob, and most recently Rachel Getting Married. But it’s for his 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense – quite simply one of the finest concert films ever made – that I appreciate him most. Demme died of cancer. He was 73. You can read more here at The New York Times.

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt


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