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Friday, 06 November 2020 09:00

Disney makes both versions of Mulan official for 4K, plus great new Warner Archive Blu-ray titles & more

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We’re rounding out the week with another new disc review and some great breaking Blu-ray and 4K release news as well.

First up the disc review: I’ve just posted my thoughts on Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ new Blu-ray release of the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) feature film, which streets on November 24th. It’s a nice HD presentation and the first time the film has appeared on the format in its 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. Do give it a look.

Also, we may check back in later today with a review of Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 in 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It’s definitely in progress, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Now then, in announcement news today, our friends at the Warner Archive Collection have just revealed their December slate of Blu-ray titles, and it’s fantastic. [Read on here...]

First up is Tex Avery Screwball Classics – Volume 2, which will include 21 more rare and classic animated shorts (including Little Rural Riding Hood, The Cuckoo Clock, Magical Maestro, One Cab’s Family, Cat That Hated People, Doggone Tired, The Flea Circus, Field and Scream, The First Bad Man, Out Foxed, Droopy’s Double Trouble, Three Little Pips, Dragalong Droopy, Homesteader Droopy, Dixieland Droopy, Counterfeit Cat, Ventriloquist Cat, House of Tomorrow, Car of Tomorrow, TV of Tomorrow, and Farm of Tomorrow).

Next, look for a 2-disc Special Edition of the Hammer Films classic The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), which will include new audio commentary by film historians Steve Haberman and Constantine Nasr, 3 versions of the film itself (1.85:1, 1.66:1, and 1.37:1 “open matte”), 4 featurettes (The Resurrection Men: Hammer, Frankenstein and the Rebirth of the Horror Film, Hideous Progeny: The Curse of Frankenstein and the English Gothic Tradition, Torrents of Light: The Art of Jack Asher, and Diabolus in Musica: James Bernard and the Sound of Hammer Horror), not to mention the original theatrical trailer.

The Warner Archive is also bringing The Harvey Girls (1946), Holiday Affair (1949), Mister Roberts (1955), Young Man with a Horn (1950), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947), and The 100: The Seventh and Final Season (2020) to Blu-ray in December as well. The street dates for all should be available on shortly.

But the big release news today is that Walt Disney Home Entertainment has now officially set both the live-action and animated versions of Mulan for 4K Ultra HD on 11/10.

Mulan (2020) will include 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Updating a Classic, Mulan by Another Name, Being Bad, Reflections of Mulan, and The Original Mulan), 6 deleted scenes (some with commentary by director Niki Caro, including Little Sister Sewing, Young to Old Mulan Sewing, Hawk and Mulan Meet in Forest, Mulan Underwater Rescued by Phoenix, Mulan Runs Over Rourans, and Chancellor Turns Back to Witch), and 8 music videos (including Christina Aguilera’s concept and lyric videos for Reflection (2020), both the English and Spanish concept and lyric videos for Loyal Brave True by Aguilera, and English and Spanish versions of Reflection by Yifei Liu). The 4K disc will feature HDR10 high dynamic range along with Dolby Atmos audio.

Meanwhile, Mulan (1998) will feature audio commentary by producer Pam Coats and directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, 7 deleted scenes (Keep ’Em Guessing, The Prologue Chronicle, Shadow Puppets Prologue, The Betrothal, Shan-Yu Destroys the Village, Mulan’s Daydream, and The Emperor’s Dream), 3 featurettes (Songs of Mulan, Mulan’s International Journey, and a Multi-Language Presentation), the classic Backstage Disney featurettes, and 5 music videos (including Jackie Chan’s Mandarin version of I’ll Make a Man Out of You, Christina Aguilera’s Reflection, Lucero’s Spanish version of Reflejo, and both versions of True to Your Heart by Raven and Stevie Wonder & 98°). The 4K disc will also feature HDR10 high dynamic range along with Dolby Atmos audio. The film will be presented in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio.

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above and more, with pre-order links if available (more will be added as they come online)…

Mulan (2020) (4K Ultra HD) Mulan (1998) (4K Ultra HD) Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 2 (Blu-ray Disc)

The Hobbit Trilogy (4K Ultra HD) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (4K Ultra HD) The Curse of Frankenstein: Special Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

One other piece of site business this morning: I had the pleasure of chatting yesterday afternoon via Zoom with our friends over at about the upcoming 4K release of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We had a great discussion that you’ll all be able to see for yourselves on their next TORn Tuesday webcast on YouTube. So watch for that here early next week.

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That’s all for this week. See you back here on Monday.

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