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Blu-ray & DVD News – Criterion August update, plus It Follows, new Warner Archive & more!

May 19, 2015 - 5:31 pm   |   by
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We’ve got a new Pick-Ups column from Tim for this week, featuring new reviews of George Miller’s The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome on Blu-ray, as well as Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood documentary on the history of Ozploitation film. All of this is obviously in honor of the new Mad Max: Fury Road film now in theaters. It’s really a terrific film, so do check it out. The reviews don’t lie on this one. Meanwhile, enjoy the column and reviews.  [Read on here…]

In announcement news today, Criterion has just revealed their August slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles, which are set to include Jules Dassin’s Night and the City (Cat #274 – BD & DVD) on 8/4, Karel Reisz’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Cat #768 – BD & DVD) and Eclipse 43: Agnès Varda in California (DVD only – includes Uncle Yanco, Black Panthers, Lions Love (...and Lies), Mur Murs, and Documenteur) on 8/11, François Truffaut’s Day for Night (Cat #769 – BD & DVD) and Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill (Cat #770 – BD & DVD) on 8/18, and finally Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Cat #771 – BD & DVD) on 8/25. Note that Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (Cat #TBA – BD & DVD) has been delayed until September (currently it’s set for release on 9/22). We’ve included all of the currently available cover artwork below – just click on the art to visit the Amazon pre-order page for each.

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Meanwhile today, Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS and Dimension have set the horror title It Follows for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/14, with a digital release due on 7/3. Extras will include a critics’ commentary, the A Conversation with Film Composer Disasterpeace featurette, and a poster art gallery.

Warner Archive has some interesting new MOD-DVD titles available on WBShop website, including Spenser: For Hire – The Complete Second Season (1986-87), Dr. Kildare: The Complete Fourth Season (1964-65), Lawman: The Complete First Season (1958-59), Viva Villa (1934), Black Gold (1947), Son of Belle Star (1953), Sombrero (1953), Arrow in the Dust (1954), The Marauders (1955), Black Patch (1957), The Hired Gun (1957), the John J. Malone Mystery Double Feature (Having Wonderful Crime – 1945/Mrs. O’Malley and Mr. Malone – 1950), Kid Glove Killer (1942), Escape from East Berlin (1962), The Scorpio Letters (1967), Sol Madrid (1968), and Every Little Crook and Nanny (1972). In addition, Her Alibi (1988 – first time in widescreen), Guilty by Suspicion (1991 – first time in widescreen), The Hill (1965), The Champ (1979), Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), Campfire Tales (1998), Death to Smoochy (2002), The Sleeping Dictionary (2002), Femme Fatale (2002), and The Science of Sleep (2006) are all returning to print on MOD-DVD. Warner Archive is also releasing the HBO documentary Terror at the Mall (2014).

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Kino Lorber has set Unwanted for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/14. Kino has also added Wolfgang Peterson’s Shattered (1991) to their “coming soon” BD release slate.

Starz and Anchor Bay have set Woman in Gold for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/7. The film stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

By the way, if any of you guys are into Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, I’d like to recommend an amazing book called 2001: The Lost Science (click here for its Amazon order page) by Adam Johnson. It’s an oversize paperback that includes a wealth of rare photos, sketches and blueprints from the collection of production designer Frederick Ordway III. It also comes with a bonus DVD Video disc of additional documentary content (as well as PDF research materials via DVD-ROM). If you’re as fascinated by the film’s spacecraft and sets as we are, it’s worth your attention.

Here’s a look at that Criterion cover artwork (along with It Follows)...

Day for Night (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Dressed to Kill (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    It Follows (Blu-ray Disc)

The French Lieutenant's Woman (Criterion Blu-ray)    Two Days, One Night (Criterion Blu-ray)    Night and the City (Criterion Blu-ray)

Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned!

Bill Hunt


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