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Monday, 18 September 2023 12:40

Criterion’s December includes del Toro’s Pinocchio, plus new Clerks & Rankin/Bass collections, and The Eagle Has Landed documentary

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Welcome to the new week, Bits-ers! We’re starting as always today with a trio of new disc reviews for you to check out...

Stuart has offered his thoughts on Andrei Konchalovsky’s Duet for One (1986) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Dennis has delivered a look at Renato Polselli’s Delirium (1972) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

And Tim rounds things out with his review of George A. Romero’s Creepshow (1982) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory.

We also have several more reviews currently in the works for the next few days, so be sure to keep checking back for them.

The big news this morning is that the Criterion Collection has just unveiled its December slate of titles, including one new 4K Ultra HD release. The slate includes an upgraded version of Allen Baron’s Blast of Silence (1961) (Spine #428 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 12/5, followed by The Red Balloon and Other Stories: Five Films by Albert Lamorisse (1951-1965) (Spine #1200 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes Bim, the Little Donkey, White Mane, The Red Balloon, Stowaway in the Sky, and Circus Angel) and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) (Spine #1201 – 4K UHD + Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD) on 12/12.

You can see the cover art for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio at left and all three of them below the break. [Read on here...]

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Lionsgate has announced a new Clerks Complete Movie Collection, that includes Kevin Smith’s Clerks, Clerks II, and Clerks III on Blu-ray, in a special premium package that is “a 3D miniature of the iconic Quick Stop and RST Video storefronts.” It includes a working VHS return slot to hold your discs, and a “wall that you can vandalize” with cling stickers featuring “featuring in-world business logos and IYKYK jokes from the franchise.” Street date is 11/7 (SRP $129.99). It comes with a booklet and numbered Certificate of Authenticity. You can see it here (click on the image to visit the Amazon pre-order page)...

Clerks Complete Movie Collection (Blu-ray Box Set)

Lionsgate has also set Celine Song’s Past Lives for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/19.

MVD has revealed the next two Blu-ray titles coming to the MVD Rewind Collection on 12/12, including Harvey Keith’s Mondo New York (1988) and Anthony Michael Hall’s Hail Caesar (1994).

For those of you looking ahead to the holidays, Warner Bros. and Universal are jointly releasing The Complete Rankin/Bass Christmas Collection on Blu-ray on 10/31, which includes all 18 of their animated and stop-motion animated Christmas specials. There’s no complete listing that I’ve seen yet, but the 18 Christmas-related projects that the studio produced include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, The Little Drummer Boy: Book II, Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, The Stingiest Man in Town, Jack Frost, Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July, Pinocchio’s Christmas, The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, and Santa, Baby!

Here’s something interesting: If listings on the Target website are to be believed, Arrow’s Enter the Video Store: Empire of Screams Blu-ray box set and Waterworld 4K Ultra HD are coming back into print on 10/24.

And Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced some forthcoming new Blu-ray and 4K titles in the last several days, including John Herzfeld’s 2 Days in the Valley (1996) on Blu-ray on 11/14, Miloš Forman’s Valmont (1989), John Boorman’s The Emerald Forest (1985), Elia Kazan’s The Last Tycoon (1976), and Edward Dmytryk’s The Carpetbaggers (1964) all on Blu-ray on 11/28, and Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) on 12/5. They’ve also revealed that Denny Harris’ Silent Scream (1979) is coming soon to 4K Ultra HD.

In other news, I’ve often extolled the virtues of Apple TV’s For All Mankind here on The Digital Bits (and I highly recommend the streamer’s adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation as well, the second season of which really terrific). Well, they’ve just dropped the first teaser the upcoming For All Mankind: Season Four, which arrives on 11/10. Here’s a look...

Finally today, while we’re talking science fiction television, if any of you Gen-Xers out there have a fondness for Gerry Anderson’s classic British 1970s series Space: 1999, you are no doubt familiar with its iconic spacecraft, the Eagle Transporter, which was inspired by the actual NASA Lunar Lander and was designed by VFX legend Brain Johnson (2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, The Empire Strikes Back).

A friend of ours here at The Bits, Jeffrey Morris, has just launched a Kickstarter to fund the production of a new documentary on the design and cultural impact of the spacecraft called The Eagle Has Landed. Participants in the project include a who’s who of surviving Space: 1999 veterans, among them Johnson, actors Barbara Bain and Nick Tate, Jamie Anderson (the son of the series’ creator), NASA astronaut Charlie Duke, Michael and Denise Okuda of Star Trek fame, and many others. Rewards for backing include Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD versions of the documentary. So if you’d like to support the effort, be sure to visit the Kickstarter page here (or click on the image below).

The Eagle Has Landed documentary Kickstarter

All right, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for several of the titles mentioned above and more, with Amazon links if available...

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (4K Ultra HD) Blast of Silence (Blu-ray Disc) The Red Balloon and Other Stories (Blu-ray Disc)

The Complete Rankin/Bass Christmas Specials (Blu-ray Disc) Black Hawk Down (2023 Steelbook 4K Ultra HD) The Guns of Navarone (2023 Steelbook 4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned!

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