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Thursday, 20 July 2023 16:01

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 4K, Indicator bows Jean Rollin’s Fascination in UHD, Imprint’s October Blu-ray slate, Toho reveals classic Godzilla in Ultra HD & more!

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Today’s post is a quick one, but we do have some great release news for you...

First, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and DC Studios have kicked off pre-orders for their long-awaited 4K Ultra HD release of Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski’s animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993). As we’ve been expecting, the street date will be 9/12. Look for HDR10 high dynamic range and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The only extra will be the existing Kevin Conroy: I Am the Knight featurette. But you can see the final cover artwork at left and also below.

By the way, we’ve also confirmed with WB that their forthcoming Babylon 5: The Complete Series Blu-ray set will include its episodes in the original 1.33 broadcast aspect ratio with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mixes. You can pre-order this title now on by clicking here (or on the cover art below the break).

In terms of official announcements today, our friends over at Powerhouse Films in the UK have just revealed their next pair of Indicator 4K and Blu-ray titles, which are coming on 10/24 in both the US and UK. Look for Jean Rollin’s Lips of Blood (1975) and Fascination (1979). Each will feature new 4K restorations from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR on the UHD SKUs. Each will also include a plethora of new and archival special features. Note that they’re also region free. [Read on here...]

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While we’re talking Indicator, we should also note that they’re also releasing the Universal Noir #2 Blu-ray box set on 9/18 in the UK, which will include Charles David’s Lady on a Train (1945), Robert Sidomak’s Time Out of Mind (1947), John Brahm’s Singapore (1947), Zoltán Korda’s A Woman’s Vengeance (1948), and Michael Gordon’s An Act of Murder (1948) and The Lady Gambles (1949).

Here’s a look at their two 4K UHD titles (and we’ve included the aforementioned cover artwork for Warner’s Babylon 5: The Complete Series Blu-ray as well)...

Lips of Blood (4K Ultra HD) Fascination (4K Ultra HD) Babylon 5: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

Meanwhile, Imprint Films hasn’t announced them quite yet (we expect them to soon), but we’ve learned that their October Blu-ray slate will include Sidney Hayers’ Night of the Eagle (1962), Bernard Girard’s The Mad Room (1969), Iain Softley’s The Skeleton Key (2005), William Friedkin’s Bug (2006), Gregory Jacobs’s Wind Chill (2007), and J.A. Bayona’s The Orphanage (2007). Thanks to our own Russell Hammond for the heads-up on that. Here’s a look at the covers...

Imprint Films' October 2023 slate

Also today, Toho Studios will be releasing their first batch of classic Godzilla films in 4K Ultra HD in Japan in the 4th quarter of this year, starting with Godzilla (1954) and Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) on 10/25, Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), and Destroy All Monsters (1968) on 11/22, and finally Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) on 12/20. Like Toho’s recent Akira Kurosawa 4Ks, none of these will have English subtitles. Nevertheless, these releases would seem to make it more likely that US and European distributors will take up the challenge and release their own 4K versions in the not-too-distant future. Here’s a peek at the first two titles (with pre-order links)...

Godzilla (1954) (Toho Japanese 4K Ultra HD) Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) (Toho Japanese 4K Ultra HD)

Finally today, all of Criterion’s recently-announced October Blu-ray and 4K titles are now available for pre-order on Amazon. So, in addition to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, here they all are with the relevant pre-order page links (remember, anytime you pre-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)...

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (4K Ultra HD) The Others (Criterion 4K Ultra HD) Don't Look Now (Criterion 4K Ultra HD)

Nanny (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Tod Browning's Sideshow Shockers (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Videodrome (Criterion 4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned!

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