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Warner makes Mortal Kombat official for BD & 4K, plus Shout!’s new Laika Studios Blu-rays, new catalog BD news & more

June 3, 2021 - 5:37 pm   |   by

We’re starting today’s post as always with more new disc reviews...

In anticipation of Zack Snyder’s Justice League (I should have that 4K disc in hand for review sometime in the next few days), I’ve gone back to take a look at the director’s recently-remastered new 4K edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition which was released in March by the Warner Archive Collection. The disc includes a revised HDR grade and a new variable aspect ratio presentation that includes 1.43 IMAX framing for select scenes. There’s a new commentary with the director as well, so it’s definitely worth a look if you’re a fan of the film.

Also today, I’ve given Gunpowder & Sky’s new US 4K release of the indie sci-fi film Prospect a look (an Ultra HD release that’s being distributed by Vinegar Syndrome). It offers a higher video bitrate than the German 4K release I’ve reviewed previously here, along with newly-produced extras and a nifty little in-universe booklet in the packaging. It’s highly recommended for fans of the film.

And because we’ve been getting a lot of questions about it: Yes, I will be reviewing Paramount and Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones: 4-Film Collection in 4K Ultra HD. The disc streets next Tuesday, we should have our review copy in hand sometime over the next several days. Rest assured, as soon as we have it, I’ll get that title reviewed here on The Bits post-haste. [Read on here...]

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Now then... in announcement news today, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/13. The Digital version will debut on 6/11. Both the Blu-ray and 4K edition will include Dolby Atmos audio, while the 4K disc will feature HDR10 high dynamic range. Extras on both will include Deleted Scenes, 7 Anatomy of a Scene featurettes, 11 Mortal Kombat: Fan Favorite Characters featurettes, From Game to Screen: The Making of Mortal Kombat, Fight Koreography, and Into the Krypt: Easter Eggs of Mortal Kombat. You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Meanwhile, in addition to the new Laika Studios Edition Blu-rays of Coraline and The BoxTrolls, which we mentioned the other day are coming on 8/31 from Shout! Factory, look for similar editions of ParaNorman and Kubo and the Two Strings on 9/14. Each will include Inside LAIKA interviews with the studio’s animation team, Never-Before-Seen Animation Test Footage, and Feature-Length Storyboards.” And yet, we can’t help wishing that these were proper 4K Ultra HD releases. These discs also don’t include the much-love Blu-ray 3D editions. So hopefully, there will be more deluxe releases at a later date.

Paramount has set Georgetown for release on DVD and Digital on 6/22. The film stars Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave and Annette Bening, and it was directed by Waltz.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set Robert Clouse’s Golden Needles (1974) for Blu-ray release on 9/21. They also have Denys de La Patellière’s Rififi in Paris (1966, aka The Upper Hand) coming on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/14. Their Kolchak: The Night Stalker – The Complete Series Blu-ray release is also now set to street in October (the exact date is TBA).

MVD will release Omerta: The Act of Silence on DVD and Digital on 6/8.

Lionsgate has set Initiation for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/20. The studio also has The Spanish Princess: Part 2 coming to DVD only on 7/20.

And KimStim will release Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s To the Ends of the Earth on DVD and Digital on 6/8.

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We’ll leave you with a look at Mortal Kombat on Blu-ray and 4K, as well as Indiana Jones in 4K. All three are now available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking on the cover art...

Mortal Kombat (4K Ultra HD) Mortal Kombat (Blu-ray Disc) Indiana Jones: 4-Film Collection (4K Ultra HD)

Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned!

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