Here’s something awesome: Jerry Beck’s excellent Cartoon Research website has just announced that Thunderbean Animation’s Fleischer Rarities Blu-ray is now available for order on Amazon.com and it’s just $15.95. It includes a bunch of great rare animated titles from the Fleischer Studios, including All Aboard for a Trip to the Moon (1920), Inklings #12, Snipshots (British release of an ’Inklings’ short), Christmas Seals Advertisement (1925), Koko Salutes (1925), My Old Kentucky Home (1925), It’s the Cat’s (1926; Weiss reissue version), Finding His Voice (1929 for Western Electric), Hurry Doctor (1931 for Texaco), Let’s Sing with Popeye (1933), Betty in Blunderland (1933), This Little Piggy Went to Market (1934), Dancing On the Moon (1935), Musical Mountaineers (1939), The Vacationer’s Paradise (1942), News Sketches (1944) and more, plus special features too. Not bad for a great sampler of early animated gems. You can read more here and you can order the disc here.
Now then... a number of our readers have asked us when Star Wars Rebels: Season Four is likely to be released on Blu-ray and DVD. Well, Disney and Lucasfilm’s usual release window for the series holds, look for it to street sometime in late August or early September. That’s when previous seasons have streeted on disc.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros Home Entertainment has set Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/14. The set will include all 23 episodes plus The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017, The Split of a Man: Deathstroke, Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X, and Revenge in Ones and Zeros: The Story of Cayden James. This will be followed by The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/28, which will include all 23 episodes plus The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017, Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X, The Elongated Man, Flash Time on Amunet Black with Katee, Eric and Sterling, and The Fastest Mind Alive: The Thinker.
Warner has also set Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/4, with all 23 episodes plus Mystery Mash-Up: The Making of Scoobynatural, Into The Apocalypse: A World Without The Winchesters, The Winchester Mythology: Rise of the Nephilim, Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son: Performance at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Supernatural: 2017 Comic-Con Panel, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.
And Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have announced the 8/7 Blu-ray and DVD release of The Death of Superman. Extras will include The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All, A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen, and two From the DC Comics Vault episodes of Legion of Superheroes.
Also today, Paramount and MGM have announced the animated Sherlock Gnomes for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/12, with the Digital release expected on 6/5.
Scream Factory has set The Cured for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/3.
And Time Life is releasing Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD on 7/10.
Here at the site today, we’ve just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Artwork section here at The Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, any time you shop through our links it’s helps here at the site and we appreciate it.
And finally, while we’ve mentioned this on our social media pages already, we wanted to take a moment today to acknowledge the passing of actors Margot Kidder (best known as Lois Lane from Richard Donner’s Superman) and Joseph Campanella (a veteran character actor with over 200 credits), as well as writer Tom Wolfe (author of The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and The Last American Hero). All will be missed.That’s all for now.
- Bill Hunt