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Monday, 20 May 2024 14:28

Lady from Shanghai in 4K, plus a new Three Stooges Blu-ray set, Young Sheldon, new KLSC titles, Dick Tracy RKO, Linguini Incident & You Can Call Me Bill

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We’ve got no less than eight new reviews for you guys to start the new week out right here at The Bits, staring with Tim’s look at The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (1988) from Hanna-Barbera on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Dennis has offered his thoughts on Charles Brabin’s The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) on Blu-ray also from the Warner Archive Collection, as well as Nancy Savoca’s True Love (1989) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Stuart has delivered four reviews, including Ulrich Seidl’s Rimini (2022) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, Jean-Paul Salomé’s La Syndicaliste (2022) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, John Boorman’s The Emerald Forest (1985) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and Robert Allan Ackerman’s Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) on DVD from Via Vision Entertainment.

And finally, Stephen has got an in-depth review of Alex Proyas’ The Crow (1994) in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount Home Entertainment, which is a gorgeous restoration that should impress most cinephiles.

All of these films are well worth a look, and more new disc reviews are certainly on the way this week, so be sure to watch for them.

Now then, my apologies for the lack of a news update here since mid last week, but I have unfortunately had COVID. Fortunately, a mild case, but enough to knock me out of commission for a few days. But I’m well on the path to recovery and feeling well enough to catch you all up on the latest news here at The Bits today. So let’s get right to it... [Read on here...]

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The big news today comes from Sony, which has just confirmed the 7/23 4K Ultra HD release of Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai (1947). The film has been restored from the original camera negative and the 4K image will include Dolby Vision HDR. English, French, and Spanish mono audio will be included in DTS-HD MA. Extras will include audio commentary with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, the A Conversation with Peter Bogdanovich featurette, and the film’s theatrical trailer. You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

But Sony has also just revealed a new The Three Stooges: 20-Disc Collection for release on Blu-ray on 7/23, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Columbia Pictures. The set will include 100 classic Stooges shorts. You’ll also get “over 20 additional shorts with Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, and Joe DeRita, plus cartoons and The Three Stooges Scrapbook,” as well as 8 full-length features in HD: Time Out for Rhythm (1941), Rockin’ in the Rockies (1945), Have Rocket, Will Travel (1959), The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962), The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962), The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963), The Outlaws Is Coming (1965), and The Three Stooges (2000). The package will also include a sound chip featuring Stooges noises. Here’s a look at the opening packaging (click on the image to pre-order the set on Amazon)...

The Three Stooges: 20-Disc Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

And Sony will release Robert Lorenz’s In the Land of Saints and Sinners on Digital tomorrow, 5/21. The film stars Liam Neeson.

Meanwhile, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set Nancy Walker’s Can’t Stop the Music (1980) on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on 7/23. Also coming that day is Robert Butler’s Underground Aces (1981) on Blu-ray only. Following on 7/30 is Peril & Distress: Two Terrifying 1970s Thrillers in 4K Ultra HD, which will include Robert Fuest’s And Soon the Darkness (1970) and John Hough’s Sudden Terror (1970). Also newly-revealed as coming soon to 4K Ultra HD is Simon West’s The General’s Daughter (1999).

Kino Lorber and Milestone have set a new 4K restoration of David Schickele’s Bushman (1971) for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/21. The release will also include Schickele’s Give Me a Riddle (1966) and Tuscarora (1992).

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release Young Sheldon: The Complete Series on DVD on 9/24, along with Young Sheldon: The Complete Seventh Season.

Mill Creek Entertainment will release Dead Wrong on Blu-ray and Digital on 5/21.

Blue Underground has set Enzo G. Castellari’s High Crime (1973) for release on 3-disc 4K + Blu-ray + CD Limited Edition, as well as Blu-ray and DVD, on 8/27. This will feature a new restoration of the complete uncensored version of the film with Dolby Vision HDR and DTS-HD Master Audio.

VCI Entertainment will release the Dick Tracy: RKO Pictures Collection on Blu-ray on 8/13, which will include Dick Tracy Detective (1945), Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946), Dick Tracy’s Dilemma (1947), and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947).

MVD will release Richard Shepard’s The Linguini Incident: Director’s Cut (1991) as a MVD Marquee Collection Blu-ray release on 7/23. The film stars David Bowie and Rosanna Arquette.

And finally today, Decal will release Alexandre O. Philippe’s William Shatner documentary You Can Call Me Bill (2023) on Blu-ray on 7/30. You can see the cover artwork below.

We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for a number of titles mentioned above and more, including the full Criterion August slate, with Amazon links if available. Don’t forget: Any time you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we appreciate it!

The Lady from Shanghai (4K Ultra HD) The Last Emperor (4K Ultra HD) Mother (4K Ultra HD)

You Can Call Me Bill (Blu-ray Disc) Brief Encounters/The Long Farewell (Blu-ray Disc) Real Life (4K Ultra HD)

The Linguini Incident (Blu-ray Disc) Not a Pretty Picture (Blu-ray Disc) The First Omen (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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