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Tuesday, 08 December 2020 10:07

Do the Right Thing 4K, plus Lovecraft Country, a John Hughes: 5-Movie Collection, Tesla, The Little Prince & more

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Afternoon, folks! We’ve got a late Bits post for you today with some reviews and catch up on a bit of release news as well. First, those reviews...

Tim has checked in with his thoughts on Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running (1972), now available on Blu-ray from our friends at Arrow Video.

He’s also posted a review of Douglas Sirk’s Taza, Son of Cochise (1954), a classic Technicolor western staring Rock Hudson, now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. The disc includes a new 3D presentation restored by the 3D Film Archive as well.

Not done yet: Tim has also reviewed Terence Fisher’s The Brides of Dracula (1960), the Hammer Films classic staring Peter Cushing newly available on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from the good folks over at Scream Factory.

And finally, Dennis has checked in with his thoughts on Mario Camerini and Mario Bava’s Ulysses (1954) on Blu-ray, also from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. [Read on here...]

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I also expect to have my review of Kino’s Mad Max 4K up here on the site tomorrow sometime. And after taking a brief break from it over the past few days to deal with routine server maintenance and other site work, I’ll be back to reviewing more titles myself later this week and into the weekend.

Here at the site today, we’ve also posted the latest update of our Release Dates & Artwork section featuring all of the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and pre-order links. As always, a portion of literally anything you order from Amazon after clicking to them through one of our affiliate links (like this one) goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we appreciate it.

Also, we’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at the site with a little bit of new title information, including confirmed street dates for a few upcoming titles from our retail sources.

In announcement news today, Paramount has revealed plans to release a new John Hughes: 5-Movie Collection on Blu-ray on 2/23, featuring Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and the new-to-Blu-ray titles She’s Having a Baby and Some Kind of Wonderful. The first three will include the same extras already available, while She’s Having a Baby will offer From the Archives: Kevin Bacon Interviews John Hughes and a theatrical trailer, and Some Kind of Wonderful will include the all-new Back to Wonderful: A Conversation with director Howard Deutch featurette as well as legacy extras that include audio commentary by director Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson, The Making of Some Kind of Wonderful, Meet the Cast of Some Kind of Wonderful, and John Hughes Time Capsule. You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Paramount has also set Spell for release on Blu-ray on 1/12/21, with Dreamland following on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/19, and Lassie (1994) due on Blu-ray on 2/2.

Paramount will release Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown on Blu-ray as part of their Paramount Presents line on 2/9/21.

And Paramount will release Mark Osborne’s animated The Little Prince (2015) on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/9. Extras will include a featurette on the making of the film, a music video, and a Digital copy.

Meanwhile, HBO has set Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/16/21.

Universal has set Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing for release on 4K Ultra HD on 2/2/21, with DTS-X audio.

Shout! Factory will release Michael Almereyda’s Tesla on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/2.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Evan Morgan’s The Kid Detective for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 1/19/21.

The Cohen Film Collection will release David Miller’s film noir Sudden Fear (1952) on DVD on 1/12/21. The film stars Joan Crawford and Jack Palance.

And for UK readers, Eureka Films has set Paul Leni’s The Last Warning for release on Blu-ray in the UK on 15 February 2021.

Also today, in other news from around the Net, Collider is reporting that director Steven Soderbergh is planning the release of a new limited edition Blu-ray box set that would feature seven of his indie films remastered, including Kafka (1991), Schizopolis (1996), and Full Frontal (2002) among others. You can read more on that here.

And finally, here’s a look at the cover artwork for three of the titles mentioned above, with pre-order links...

John Hughes: 5-Film Collection (Blu-ray Disc) Tesla (Blu-ray Disc) Do the Right Thing (4K Ultra HD)

That’s all for now. Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned...!

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