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Tuesday, 15 August 2023 16:51

Criterion’s November slate includes Mean Streets & Days of Heaven in 4K, plus Curzon’s Lars von Trier Collection & a Metalocalypse DVD error

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We’ve a bunch of news to cover throughout the rest of this week, and we’ll start today with some significant announcement news in just a moment. But first, we have new disc reviews for you...

Stephen has posted his thoughts on the new DC Universe animated movie Justice League: Warworld on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros.

Stuart has weighed in with his thoughts on Fritz Lang’s Human Desire (1954) and William Nigh’s Mr. Wong Collection—which includes Mr. Wong, Detective (1938), The Mystery of Mr. Wong, Mr. Wong in Chinatown (both 1939), The Fatal Hour, and Doomed to Die (both 1940)—both on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Dennis has checked in with his take on Bernard Girard’s Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) also on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Now then, a lot of you have asked when Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which was announced yesterday by Disney and Lucasfilm for Digital release on 8/29, is coming to physical media. Our sources say the street date for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K UHD is likely to be set in late October or early November, and should be announced in the next 4-6 weeks. We’ll certainly post updates as they come in.

The big announcement news today is that the Criterion Collection has officially revealed their November slate of Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles. [Read on here...]

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Look for it to include a Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar box set (Spine #1197 – includes Half a Loaf of King Fu, Spiritual Kung Fu, The Fearless Hyena, Fearless Hyena II, The Young Master, and My Lucky Stars – Blu-ray only) on 11/7, followed by 4K updates of Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (Spine #549 – 4K Ultra HD) and Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (Spine #409 – 4K Ultra HD) on 11/14, and finally Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (Spine #1198 – 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray) and Claude Chabrol’s La cérémonie (Spine #1199 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/21. You can see the cover artwork for these titles below. Note that all of the 4K titles will include Dolby Vision HDR.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that Don Siegel’s Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) is “coming soon” to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. Street date is TBA.

Our friends at Curzon in the UK have announced a 14-disc/7-film Lars von Trier: A Curzon Collection Blu-ray box set for release on 9/25, that includes the films Element of Crime, Epidemic, Europa, Breaking the Waves, The Idiots, Dogville, The Five Obstructions, Manderlay, The Boss of it All, Antichrist, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac: The Director’s Cut – Volumes I & II, and The House that Jack Built, many of them newly restored. The set will also include over 14 hours of special features, 3 collectible posters, 1 wide poster of the cover illustration by Daniele Castellano, and a 68-page booklet including new essays by Slavoj Zizek, Catherine Wheatley, Steven Ryder and more. You can see it below (and pre-order it on Amazon UK by clicking on the cover art)...

Lars von Trier: A Curzon Collection (UK Blu-ray Box Set)

Breaking the Waves (UK 4K Ultra HD)

As you can see above, Curzon is also releasing von Trier’s Breaking the Waves on 4K Ultra HD that same day (also available for pre-order on Amazon UK by clicking on the cover art).

In other news this afternoon, it seems that Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has discovered a mastering error on some copies of their new Metalocalypse: The Complete Series DVD. Here’s the studio with an official statement:

“A mastering error has been discovered that affects select copies of Metalocalypse: The Complete Series DVD. The affected product is missing the special Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera from one of the Season 4 discs. Unfortunately, a small quantity of product was sent to retailers before the issue was identified. Consumers who have purchased the title may contact WB Customer Support for a replacement disc at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additionally, corrected product is currently being manufactured and will be shipped to retailers as soon as it is available.”

And we wanted to alert you all to a trio of new 4K titles that are now available for pre-order on Amazon: Cujo, Red Dragon, and the Universal Classic Monsters Limited Edition Collection (which includes the 8 previously-released 4K titles). Here’s a look at the cover artwork for those, with the Amazon links...

Red Dragon (4K Ultra HD) Cujo (4K Ultra HD) Universal Classic Monsters 8-Film Collection (4K Ultra HD)

Finally today, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for the new Criterion November titles, as well as Paramount’s Kiss the Girls in 4K (street date 9/12). Amazon links for these will be added as they become available...

Mean Streets (Criterion 4K Ultra HD) Days of Heaven (Criterion 4K Ultra HD) The Last Picture Show (Criterion 4K Ultra HD)

Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar (Criterion Blu-ray box) La ceremonie (Criterion Blu-ray) Kiss the Girls (4K Ultra HD)

Back with more news tomorrow! Stay tuned...

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