All right, I trust you all saw our new History, Legacy, and Showmanship column from last night featuring Michael Coate’s retrospective on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday. You’ll find that here and if you’re a Star Wars fan, I think it’s well worth your time.
Meanwhile, we have some major new Blu-ray and 4K announcements for you today, so read on...
First, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just officially set Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD (with Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D) on 7/23. The Digital version will be available on 7/9. The 4K will include not only Dolby Atmos audio, but HDR in Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+. Aspect ratio is 2.39:1, per the press release.
And there will be HOURS of special features, as follows... [Read on here...]
- The 4K Ultra HD Release List
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 20th anniversary
- Michael Coate
- History Legacy & Showmanship
- Oliver Stone
- The Doors 4K
- Bill Hunt
- The Digital Bits
- My Two Cents
- Alita: Battle Angel 4K with Bluray 3D
- The Doors: The Final Cut 4K
- Pet Sematary (2019) 4K
- Cinderella (2015) 4K
- Cinderella: 70th Anniversary Edition BD
- The Shining 4K
- Apocalypse Now: Final Cut 4K
- Under the Silver Lake
- Killing Eve: Season Two
- The Professor
- Batman: 4 Film Collection 4K box set
- Tim Burton
- Joel Schumacher
- Jack Nicholson
- Michael Keaton
We’ve got a bit of exclusive breaking news for you this morning here at The Bits, and as promised it’s a 4K Ultra HD announcement…
Sony Picture Home Entertainment is releasing Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men on the 4K Ultra HD format on 11/7, only at Best Buy stores as a retail exclusive.
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film stars Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Pollack. [Read on here…]
“It has the personality not of a particular movie but of a product, of something arrived at by corporate decision.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Blockbuster. Juggernaut. Game Changer.
The event, or tentpole, film was taken to new heights during the summer of 1989, and the industry hasn’t been the same since. Sure, there were hits — and megahits — before, but everything this did was new, unorthodox or amplified: mass-saturation marketing, title-less posters, narration-less trailers, loads of tie-in merchandise, dual soundtrack release, one-day-early sneak-preview screenings, anti-piracy electronic-coded release prints, shattered box-office records, home-video release while still in theaters, franchise. [Read on here…]