My Two Cents
Monday, 12 June 2023 17:53

Tons of new disc reviews including Ronin 4K, plus Enter the Dragon, The Best of Times, Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon, A Goofy Movie 4K restoration & more

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Welcome to a new week, Bits readers! And the theme of this week is all about disc reviews. We’ve posted no less than SEVEN of them over the weekend, and we have lots more coming in the next few days, including some MAJOR and long-awaited 4K titles. But more on that in a minute.

To start today, we’ve got new reviews of the following titles...

My take on Scott Beck and Bryan Woods’ 65 (2023) in 4K Ultra HD from Sony, along with William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s feature-length animated classic Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear! (1964) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection), as well as John Frankenheimer’s classic actioner Ronin (1998) in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

All three titles are worth a look, and Ronin looks absolutely spectacular—it’s mastered from a recent 4K scan, and both the Blu-ray and the 4K disc in the package are a major improvement over the previous Arrow Blu-ray release, which was certainly good for its day. You definitely don’t want to miss that one.

Also today, we have Stephen’s review of Patrice Leconte’s Man on the Train (2002) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

We have Dennis’ thoughts on Raymond Griffith: The Silk Hat Comedian on Blu-ray from Undercrank Productions, which includes Paths to Paradise (1925) and You’d Be Surprised (1926).

And we close things out with Tim’s look at James Wan’s Dead Silence (2007) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory, as well as Kevin Reynolds’ Waterworld (1995) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video! [Read on here...]

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Now then... I’m currently working on a review of the wide release 4K version of CBS’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – Season One. And I’ve also just gotten my hands on 20th Century Studio’s new 4K editions of James Cameron’s Avatar (2009) and Avatar: The Way of Water (2022). Strange New Worlds will be posted tomorrow for sure, and as soon as I’m done with that I’ll dive into both Avatar titles for posting as soon as humanly possible.

The rest of our review team here at The Bits has a bunch more reviews on the way as well, so be sure to watch for them each day this week.

Now then, in a quick bit of new announcement news, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just revealed that they’re working on a 4K UHD edition of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens (2011) for release later this year.

Also newly announced for Blu-ray release by KLSC are Roger Spottiswoode’s The Best of Times (1986), which is listed as coming soon. The company also has René Clément’s Is Paris Burning? (1966) and The Day and the Hour (1963) coming to Blu-ray on 8/15.

In other news, retail sources have confirmed that Robert Clouse’s Enter the Dragon (1973) is coming to 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment on 9/12. And we have a look at the cover artwork above left and also below.

Sony is also releasing Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon (1985) on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook on 9/19.

Amazon is about to start taking pre-orders on Walt Disney’s Cinderella (1950) on wide-release 4K Ultra HD with a street date of 8/1 as expected (see the artwork link below).

And here’s something interesting: The Bigger Pictures Film Restoration has just posted a behind-the-scenes featurette highlighting their recent 4K/HDR restoration of A Goofy Movie (1995). Here’s a look at the video...

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above, with Amazon links if available...

Enter the Dragon (4K Ultra HD) Cinderella (4K Ultra HD) Ronin (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...!

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