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Gladiator 4K reviewed, plus Rick and Morty, new Shout!/Scream, Quick and the Dead 4K & more

May 7, 2018 - 3:53 pm   |   by
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First things first today... some of you may have seen my reviews of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator on 4K Ultra HD when I posted them late on Friday night, but if not... there you go. Both are coming out on 5/15 from Paramount in reference quality (or very close to it) and they’re certainly the best way to see these films yet bar none.

Also today, Tim has just posted reviews of Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ outstanding new The Outer Limits: Season One box set, along with Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty: Season 1 and Season 2, all on Blu-ray. Each of these titles are well worth a look.

In 4K Ultra HD catalog news, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set The Quick and the Dead for release on the format on 7/17. The 4K disc will feature Dolby Atmos audio and HDR10. It will also include the previous Blu-ray extras and will add 7 never-before-seen deleted scenes for this release. We’ve updated the 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly. [Read on here...]

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In catalog Blu-ray news, Shout! and Scream Factory have recently announced a bevy of great catalog titles for release in August, including the long-awaited Mac and Me, Wilding, Lowlife, Big Fish & Begonia, and Pyewacket on 8/7, followed by Return of the Living Dead: Part II, The Unborn, Furlough, and new Steelbook editions of Lifeforce (from a new 4K scan), The Howling, and Army of Darkness on 8/14, the deep catalog classics The Tingler and Strait-Jacket on 8/21, and Brainscan and Mindgame on 8/28.

Coming on DVD from Shout! in August are Sid Caesar: The Works and Peter Gunn: The Complete Series on 8/14, and Police Story: Season Three and The High Chaparral: Season One on 8/28.

Focus Films and Universal will release Jose Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/3. Extras will include a pair of featurettes.

Also coming from Universal on 7/3 is Brad Anderson’s Beirut, starring John Hamm and Rosamund Pike.

Newly announced from Kino Lorber for their Studio Classics line-up are upcoming editions of Michael Mann’s The Jericho Mile (1979) and Steve James’ Prefontaine (1997) on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/3, followed by George Cukor’s A Bill of Divorcement (1932) on both formats on 7/10, and William Wellman’s You Never Know Women (1927) on Blu-ray and DVD (street date TBA).

Image Entertainment will release Terminal on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/26, starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, and Mike Myers.

Arrow Video has set a new Blu-ray special edition of Vincent Ward’s The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey for release on 7/24. They also have The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail and Doom Asylum coming to Blu-ray on 7/17.

And HBO has set Here and Now for DVD release on 8/7, with the Digital release due on 5/14.

Before we go today, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all again for your response to our call for readers to Back the Bits from last week. We’re very encouraged by the number of you who have pledged your financial support through PayPal so that we can continue our work here at The Digital Bits in fighting for the physical media formats we all love. So thank you! We very much appreciate it.

We’ll leave you today with a look at some new Blu-ray and 4K cover artwork for forthcoming titles (with pre-order links if available)...

Mac and Me (Blu-ray Disc) Brainscan (Blu-ray Disc) Sex, Lies & Videotape (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Return of the Living Dead, Part II (Blu-ray Disc) 7 Days in Entebbe (Blu-ray Disc) The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (Blu-ray Disc)

Hurricane Heist (4K Ultra HD) Forrest Gump (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Game of Thrones: Season 1 (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Stay tuned...!

- Bill Hunt

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