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Thursday, 30 July 2020 17:09

KL Studio Classics/Imprint Films October slates, plus Sunset Boulevard, Batman: Death in the Family, and David Lynch: Weatherman

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We have just a couple of items to report today, but there’s definitely some good catalog Blu-ray news. First though, another new Blu-ray review...

Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Leslie Norman’s The Night My Number Came Up (1955), a WWII-era drama from Ealing Studios that’s now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Do give it a look.

And while we’re on the subject of KL Studio Classics, the company has revealed its October slate of Blu-ray and DVD releases, which is set to include The Face at the Window (1939 – BD), Herbert Ross’s The Secret of My Success (1987 – BD), John Badham’s The Hard Way (1991 – BD), Richard T. Heffron’s Newman’s Law (1974 – BD and DVD), Lamont Johnson’s The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972 – BD and DVD), John Guillerman’s P.J. (1968 – BD and DVD), and Edward Dein’s Curse of the Undead (1959 – BD) all on 10/6, Ronald Neame’s The Chalk Garden (1964 – BD) and William Hale’s S.O.S. Titanic (1979 – BD and DVD) on 10/13, Bert I. Gordon’s Picture Mommy Dead (1966 – DVD and BD) and William Nigh’s The Ape (1940 – BD and DVD) on 10/20, and of course Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter (1973 – BD and DVD) and Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970 – BD and DVD) on 10/27. [Read on here...]

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Also revealed by the company to be coming soon are Jack Smight’s The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968), Michael Gordon’s Texas Across the River (1966), Frank Borzage’s Desire (1936), and Art Linson’s The Wild Life (1984).

Also today, Paramount would like you to know that Billy Wilder’s 1950 Best Picture-winning film Sunset Boulevard is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and the studio is repromoting its 2017 remastered Blu-ray release. They’ve also made the film available for rental and purchase on Digital. You can see the Blu-ray cover artwork below.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just announced the DVD and Digital release of some recent HBO programming, including Ali & Cavett: The Tale of The Tapes (available on Digital on 8/9), Perry Mason (on Digital 8/10), We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest (on Digital 8/16), Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One (on Digital on 8/20), I May Destroy You (on Digital on 8/25) and Strike Back: The Complete Series (on DVD on 8/25). There’s no word yet on a possible Blu-ray release of Perry Mason, which we hear is pretty damn good.

Speaking of Warner Bros., the studio has just announced the animated DC Showcase title Batman: Death in the Family for release on Blu-ray and Digital on 10/3. Interestingly, the release is being promoted as “the first interactive film presentation in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment history.” The release includes the shorts Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death, and The Phantom Stranger, as well as Batman: Death in the Family, which “allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control.” The release will also include audio commentary tracks by DC Daily hosts Amy Dallen and Hector Navarro. You can see the cover artwork below.

Eureka Video will release 976-Evil, Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers, and Grange Hill: Series 9 & 10 on Blu-ray on 10/19, followed by The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray on 10/26.

88 Films has announced a pair of early Jack Chan titles for release on Blu-ray on 10/24, including Shaolin Wooden Men and Spiritual King Fu. Also coming are the Slasher Collection titles Moon in Scorpio and 10 to Midnight on 10/12.

And our friends down under at Via Vision Entertainment are about to reveal their third way of Imprint Films catalog Blu-ray titles. On 10/28, look for The Bob Hope Collection (1939-1940 – includes The Cat and the Canary and The Ghost Breakers), The Essential Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 (1947-1957 – includes Framed, Alias Nick Beal, Detective Story, and The Garment Jungle), Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee (1965), Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik (1968), Hall Bartlett’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973), John Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust (1975), P.T. Anderson’s Hard Eight (1996), and David Mamet’s The Winslow Boy (1999). As with the previous waves, all of these titles should be coded for all regions.

Finally, in other news, this came as quite a surprise to me and I’m not sure how I missed it: Filmmaker David Lynch has been doing daily morning weather reports on his YouTube channel. Here’s today’s (it’s a hoot). The man is a national treasure.

Here’s a look at that cover artwork we mentioned above (click on the image to pre-order the titles on Amazon)...

Batman: Death in the Family (Blu-ray Disc) Sunset Boulevard (Blu-ray Disc) Ghost in the Shell (4K Ultra HD)

That’s it for Thursday. Stay safe out there and have a good one!

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