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The Sleeper Has Awakened: Arrow Video’s August slate includes David Lynch’s DUNE in 4K Ultra HD!

May 28, 2021 - 4:48 pm   |   by

All right, we have some big catalog announcement news to report on today. But first, a few more new disc reviews...

Tim has posted his thoughts on Steve Wang’s Drive (1997), which is newly released on Blu-ray as part of the MVD Rewind Collection.

And Dennis has taken a look at another classic Mae West film, Lowell Sherman’s She Done Him Wrong (1933), which is coming on 6/29 from our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Just to let you know, I do expect to have a copy of Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 4K soon, imported from Zavvi, and I will be reviewing it here on The Bits as soon as it comes in, probably next week. And there are more Blu-ray and 4K reviews on the way for later next week after the long Memorial Day holiday here in the States. [Read on here...]

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Now then, the big news today is that Arrow Video has announced their August slate of Blu-ray and 4K titles as expected. And among them, also as expected, are no less than FOUR versions of David Lynch’s Dune due on 8/31! Note that all will include the 137-minute Theatrical Cut only (remastered from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative), as the Extended TV Edition has apparently been withdrawn from circulation in North America by Universal. (I’m told that Arrow DID try to include it.) Dune will also be available in the US, Canada, and the UK alike. Look for both Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range, with 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio.

The FOUR versions will include a Limited Edition Blu-ray (pre-order link: Zavvi US/Zavvi UK), a Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD (Zavvi US/Zavvi UK), Limited Edition Deluxe 4K Ultra HD Steelbook (which includes a Blu-ray copy) (Zavvi US/Zavvi UK), and a regular Limited Edition 4K UHD Steelbook (which also includes a Blu-ray copy) (Zavvi US/Zavvi UK). Note that the two Steelbook packages are Zavvi exclusives.

The Dune: Limited Editions will include (note that the extras are still in production and subject to change):

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
  • 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden, an American Cinematographer interview with sound designer Alan Splet from 1984, excerpts from an interview with the director from Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch and a Dune Terminology glossary from the original release
  • Large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor


  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
  • Brand new audio commentary by Mike White of The Projection Booth podcast
  • Impressions of Dune, a 2003 documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with star Kyle MacLachlan, producer Raffaella de Laurentiis, cinematographer Freddie Francis, editor Antony Gibbs and many others
  • Designing Dune, a 2005 featurette looking back at the work of production designer Anthony Masters
  • Dune FX, a 2005 featurette exploring the special effects in the film
  • Dune Models & Miniatures, a 2005 featurette focusing on the model effects in the film
  • Dune Costumes, a 2005 featurette looking at the elaborate costume designs seen in the film
  • Eleven deleted scenes from the film, with a 2005 introduction by Raffaella de Laurentiis
  • Destination Dune, a 1983 featurette originally produced to promote the film at conventions and publicity events
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Extensive image galleries, including hundreds of still photos


  • The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune, a brand new feature-length documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the making of the film, featuring dozens of new and archive interviews with cast and crew
  • Beyond Imagination: Merchandising Dune, a brand new featurette exploring the merchandise created to promote the film, featuring toy collector/producer Brian Sillman (The Toys That Made Us)
  • Prophecy Fulfilled: Scoring Dune, a brand new featurette on the film’s music score, featuring interviews with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, and film music historian Tim Greiving
  • Brand new interview with make-up effects artist Giannetto de Rossi, filmed in 2020
  • Archive interview with production coordinator Golda Offenheim, filmed in 2003
  • Archive interview with star Paul Smith, filmed in 2008
  • Archive interview with make-up effects artist Christopher Tucker
  • Apparently the Limited Edition Deluxe 4K Ultra HD Steelbook will add a 100-page perfect-bound book featuring original pre-production concepts and designs by Anthony Masters and Ron Miller, and an interview with Masters from the film’s press kit. Whew!

Here’s a look at some of the packaging (click the images or the links provided above to pre-order them now on Zavvi)...

Dune: Limited Edition (4K Ultra HD)

Dune: Deluxe Limited Edition Steelbook (4K Ultra HD)

Also coming from Arrow Video in August are The Sergio Martino Collection on Blu-ray on 8/2 (includes The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and The Suspicious Death of a Minor – US, UK, and Canada), Dinner in America on Blu-ray on 8/9 (UK only), Tale of Two Sisters on Blu-ray  on 8/15 (UK only), the delayed The Cat O’Nine Tales on 4K Ultra HD on 8/23 (US, UK, and Canada), and The Brotherhood of Satan on Blu-ray on 8/30 (also in the US, UK, and Canada).

All right, while we’re talking about 4K Ultra, Vinegar Syndrome has announced the immediately availability of Scanner Cop 1 & 2 on 4K Ultra HD, along with Alien from L.A. and Surf II on Blu-ray.

And finally today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has revealed some great new upcoming Blu-ray titles for August and September release, including Union Pacific (1939), Four Frightened People (1934), No Time for Love (1943), and Arise, My Love (1940) on 8/3, Lilies of the Field (1963), Back Street (1961), O.S.S. (1946), Desire (1936), and Peter Ibbetson (1935) on 8/10, Fitzwilly (1967), The Fortune Cookie (1966), and The Emperor Waltz (1948) on 8/17, Moment by Moment (1978), What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) on 8/24, The Devil’s 8 (1969), The Comedy of Terrors (1964), The Raven (1963), The Last Man on Earth (1964), and Master of the World (1961) on 8/31, and Theater of Blood (1973) and The Tomb of Ligeia (1965) on 9/7. Also coming in September is Masquerade (1965), though street date is still TBA. And newly revealed as coming soon are Fast Charlie… The Moonbeam Rider (1979), Back Street (1941), and Breaking In (1989).

All right, that’s all for now. Have a great weekend (a long one for those of you here in the States) and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

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