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As planned, my old friend Robert Meyer Burnett and I – joined by our significant others – saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night here in fiery SoCal. In Dolby Cinema no less, which is a helluva great way to see a film, let me tell you. We had absolutely perfect reclining seats, bright and vibrant laser projection, and Atmos sound to shake our backsides. And a good time was had by all, as you can see by the pictures.

But looking around on social media today, I’m struck by this thought: I kinda miss the days when people could just watch a movie. Seems to me, we used to know how to do that without all the handwringing and chest-puffery and whatnot. This is Star Wars, after all… not the Allied plans for the invasion of Normandy. [Read on here…]

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Afternoon, everyone! All right, we have more big news to report for you today...

The Walt Disney Company has just reached a deal to purchase 20th Century Fox and all related entertainment assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for a deal reportedly worth in the neighborhood $68 billion. Yes, that includes the rights to the original Star Wars films. 21st Century Fox will retain Fox Broadcasting, Fox Sports, Fox News, and all the Fox TV stations, along with the actual 20th Century Fox studio lot in Century City. You can read more about this here at Variety today.

Now... with this news breaking, naturally the first question movie fans want to know is: Does this mean the original Star Wars is finally going to be released on disc. And the answer is: Cool your thrusters, Space Cowboys. [Read on here…]

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:50

The 4K Ultra HD Release List (U.S./U.K.)

Here is a list of known 4K Ultra HD titles released, announced, or in the works for the U.S. and U.K. markets before the end of 2017 (and into early 2018), compiled from our sources and best-available information.

Let us know if we’ve missed any titles or have incorrect details/links. Note that all street dates listed are U.S. dates.

Please keep in mind that TBA titles and dates are ESTIMATES based on best-available information from sources and are NOT to be considered official until the studios in question make their respective announcements.

 

** = Reference title, * = Standout title, N4K = Native 4K, DV = Dolby Vision HDR
(Note: All titles not listed as DV = HDR10 by default)
(US/UK) = Amazon purchase links, DA = Dolby Atmos audio, X = DTS:X audio
(Information included where known)

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

  • The Martian* (Amazon US/UK) – 2/14/16 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings (US/UK) – 2/22/16 – REVIEW
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service* (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Wild (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Fantastic 4 (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Hitman: Agent 47 (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • The Maze Runner* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K
  • Life of Pi* (US/UK) – 3/1/16
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (US/UK) – 3/1/16
  • The Peanuts Movie* (US/UK) – 3/8/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Revenant** (US/UK) – 4/19/16 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Joy (US/UK) – 5/3/16
  • Deadpool** (US/UK) – 5/10/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Martian: Extended Edition** (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Eddie the Eagle (US/UK) – 7/14/16 – DA
  • Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (US/UK) – 9/27/16
  • X-Men: Apocalypse** (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – N4K, DA
  • X-Men: First Class (US/UK) – 10/4/16
  • Ice Age: Collision Course* (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – DA
  • Independence Day: Resurgence* (US/UK) – 10/18/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Morgan (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – REVIEW
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children** (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Birth of a Nation (US/UK) – 1/10/17
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses (US/UK) – 1/17/17
  • Trolls* (US/UK) – 2/7/17 – DA
  • Assassin’s Creed* (US/UK) – 3/21/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Why Him? (US/--) – 3/28/17
  • Hidden Figures (US/UK) – 4/11/17
  • Logan** (US/UK) – 5/23/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 6/13/17
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 6/13/17
  • Boss Baby (US/UK) – 7/25/17 – DA
  • Snatched (US/--) – 8/8/17
  • Prometheus* (US/UK) – 8/15/17 – REVIEW
  • Alien: Covenant* (US/UK) – 8/15/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service – Premium Edition* (US/--) – 9/5/17
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (US/--) – 9/12/17 – DA
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 10/24/17 – DA
  • Planet of the Apes Trilogy (US/--) – 10/24/17 – DA (War only)
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (US/UK) – 12/12/17 – DA
  • Kingsman: 2-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 12/12/17 – DA
  • The Mountain Between Us (US/UK) – 12/26/17
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017) (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Deadpool 2 – TBA 2018
  • The New Mutants – TBA 2018
  • The Shape of Water – TBA 2018
  • Ferdinand – TBA 2018

 

BBC Home Entertainment

  • Planet Earth II** (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Wild Africa/Tiny Giants* (US/--) – 5/16/17 – N4K
  • Earth: One Amazing Day (US/UK) – 1/23/18 – N4K
  • Blue Planet II (US/UK) – 3/6/18 – N4K
  • Planet Earth II/Blue Planet II (--/UK) – 1/15/18 – N4K

 

Broad Green Pictures

  • Bad Santa 2: Unrated (US/--) – 2/21/17 – N4K
  • Song to Song* (US/--) – 7/4/17 – N4K

 

Cinedigm

  • Hickock (US/--) – 8/15/17

 

HBO

  • Westworld – Season One: The Maze (US/UK) – 11/7/17 – DV, DA

 

Image/RLJ Entertainment

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (US/UK) – 12/26/17
  • Mayhem (US/UK) – 12/26/17

 

Lionsgate

  • Sicario** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Expendables 3** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Last Witch Hunter** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K, X
  • Ender’s Gane (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – DA
  • Gods of Egypt* (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – X
  • Now You See Me (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – DA
  • Divergent (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – X
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – DA
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Divergent Series: 3-Film Collection (US/--) – 7/12/16 – N4K (2 & 3 only), DA
  • Criminal (US/UK) – 7/26/16
  • Now You See Me 2 (US/UK) – 9/6/16 – DA
  • The Hunger Games* (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Complete Collection (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K (2-4 only), DA
  • Mechanic Resurrection (US/UK) – 11/22/16 – DA
  • Deepwater Horizon* (US/UK) – 1/10/17 – DA
  • Hacksaw Ridge* (US/UK) – 2/21/17 – DA
  • John Wick** (US/UK) – 2/7/17 – N4K, DA
  • Patriots Day (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • La La Land (US/UK) – 4/25/17 – DA
  • The Expendables (US/--) – 5/2/17 – DA
  • The Expendables 2 (US/--) – 5/2/17 – DA
  • The Expendables: 3-Film Collection (US/--) – 5/2/17 – N4K (3 only), DA
  • 3:10 to Yuma (US/--) – 5/2/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Dredd* (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Snitch (US/--) – 6/6/17 – DA
  • Ex Machina* (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • John Wick: Chapter 2** (US/UK) – 6/13/17 – DA
  • John Wick: 2-Film Collection** (--/UK) – 6/12/17 – DA
  • Power Rangers** (US/UK) – 6/27/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (US/--) – 8/15/17 – DA
  • Red* (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Red 2* (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • The Cabin in the Woods (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011) (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DA
  • The Legend of Hercules (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DA
  • Kick Ass (US/--) – 10/3/17 – DA
  • Warm Bodies (US/--) – 10/3/17 – DV, DA
  • Warrior (US/--) – 10/24/17 – DV, DA
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets* (US/UK w/3D) – 11/21/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • The Hitman’s Boydguard (US/UK) – 11/21/17
  • American Assassin (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Moonlight (US/UK) – 12/12/17
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (US/UK) – 12/26/17 (DELAYED FROM 10/3/17 & 10/31/17) – N4K, X
  • Jigsaw (US/UK) – 1/23/18 –
  • Hell or High Water (US/UK) – 2/13/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) – TBA 2018

 

Netflix

  • Stranger Things: Season 1 (US/UK) – 11/7/17-ish – REVIEW – N4K

 

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment

  • Star Trek (2009)* (US/UK) – 6/14/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Star Trek into Darkness** (US/UK) – 6/14/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows* (US/UK) – 9/20/16 – DA
  • Star Trek Beyond (US/UK) – 11/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (US/UK) – 1/31/17 – DA
  • The Arrival (US/UK) – 2/14/17 – REVIEW
  • Allied* (US/UK) – 2/28/17 – N4K
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage* (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – DA
  • Ghost in the Shell* (US/UK) – 7/25/17 – REVIEW – DV
  • Terminator: Genisys (US/UK) – 8/3/17 (UK/Germany only) – DA
  • Baywatch: Extended Cut (US/UK) – 8/29/17 – DA
  • Transformers: The Last Knight** (US/UK) – 9/26/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • Transformers: 5-Movie Collection (--/UK) – 11/7/17 – DV
  • Transformers (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Interstellar (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K – REVIEW
  • Mother! (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K – DV, DA (distributed by Paramount in the US)
  • Cloverfield (US/--) – 1/23/18
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (US/--) – 1/23/18
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – TBA February 2018
  • Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life – TBA February 2018
  • Daddy’s Home – TBA February 2018
  • Daddy’s Home 2 – TBA February 2018
  • Suburbicon (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Gladiator – TBA March 2018 – N4K
  • Braveheart – TBA – N4K
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut – TBA – N4K
  • Annihilation – TBA 2018
  • Tomb Raider (2018) – TBA 2018

 

Shout! Factory

  • Journey to Space* (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Flight of the Butterflies** (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Rocky Mountain Express** (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Humpback Whales* (US/UK) – 8/2/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea* (US/UK) – 9/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Wonders of the Arctic* (US/UK) – 9/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • IMAX: Mysteries of China (US/--) – 12/12/17

 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  • Salt (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Smurfs 2* (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • Hancock (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2** (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • Pineapple Express (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • CHAPPiE** (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Smurfs (US/--) – 3/29/16 – DA
  • Concussion (US/UK) – 3/29/16 – DA
  • The 5th Wave (US/UK) – 5/3/16 – DA
  • Risen* (US/UK) – 5/24/16 – DA
  • Pride + Prejudice + Zombies (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – DA
  • Ghostbusters (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters II (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Angry Birds Movie (US/UK) – 8/16/16 – DA
  • Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/20/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Shallows* (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Da Vinci Code (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Angels & Demons (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters (2016)** (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters I/II/2017 Collection (--/UK) – 6/7/16 – N4K, DA
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (US/UK) – 10/18/16 – N4K, DA
  • Sausage Party* (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – DA
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016)* (US/UK) – 12/20/16 – DA
  • Underworld (US/UK) – 12/27/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – DA
  • Inferno* (US/UK) – 1/24/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Da Vinci Code Trilogy (--/UK) – 1/24/17 – DA
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk** (US/UK) – 2/14/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Passengers** (US/UK) – 3/14/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Underworld: Blood Wars (US/UK) – 4/25/17 – N4K, DA
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – DA
  • Life* (US/UK) – 6/20/17 – DA
  • T2 Trainspotting (US/UK) – 6/27/17 – DA
  • The Fifth Element: 20th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Léon: The Professional* (US/--) – 7/11/17 (US Best Buy exclusive), 12/12/17 (wide release) – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – DA
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta (US/--) – 7/18/17 – DV, DA
  • Rough Night (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – DA
  • Zero Dark Thirty* (US/--) – 9/12/17 (US Best Buy exclusive) – REVIEW – DA
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Starship Troopers: 20th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DV, DA
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai: 60th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula* (US/UK) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Baby Driver* (US/UK) – 10/10/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Spider-Man (1-3): Limited Edition Collection (US/--) – 10/17/17 – N4K
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (1-2): Limited Edition Collection (US/--) – 10/17/17 – N4K
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming* (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • The Emoji Movie (US/UK) – 10/24/17
  • The Dark Tower (US/--) – 10/31/17 – N4K
  • A Few Good Men** (US/--) – 11/7/17 (US Best Buy exclusive), 11/25/17 (wide release) – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Spider-Man Legacy Collection (5-Film Set) (--/UK) – 11/6/17
  • Men in Black Trilogy (US/--) – 12/5/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black II (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black III (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Jumanji (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – N4K, DA
  • Across the Universe (US/UK) – 1/9/18 – N4K, DA
  • Groundhog Day: 25th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 1/23/18 (US Best Buy exclusive) – N4K
  • Flatliners (2017) (--/--) – No US release is currently planned
  • The Dark Crystal – TBA February 2018
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – 3/20/18
  • Only the Brave (US/UK) – TBA 2018

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

  • Oblivion* (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Lone Survivor** (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – X
  • Lucy** (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – N4K, DA
  • Snow White & the Huntsman* (US/UK) – 8/23/16 – X
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War* (US/UK) – 8/23/16 – X
  • Extreme Nature Collection* (Antarctica on the Edge, Titans of the Ice Age, Great White Shark) (US/UK) – 9/13/16
  • Extreme Adventure Collection* (Tornado Alley, Grand Canyon Adventure, Hidden Universe) (US/UK) – 9/13/16
  • Everest** (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – DA
  • Warcraft* (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – DA
  • The Bourne Identity (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – REVIEW – X
  • The Bourne Supremacy* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • The Bourne Ultimatum* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • The Bourne Legacy* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • Jason Bourne** (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • The Secret Life of Pets* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – DA
  • Battleship* (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – X
  • The Girl on the Train (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – X
  • Sing* (US/UK) – 3/21/17 – DA
  • Fast & Furious 6* (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – X
  • Furious 7* (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades Darker (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades: 2-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • The Ultimate Mummy Trilogy (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – X
  • The Great Wall** (US/UK) – 5/23/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Ultimate Bourne Collection (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – X
  • Despicable Me** (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – DV, X
  • Despicable Me 2** (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – DV, X
  • King Kong: Ultimate Edition* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – REVIEW – X
  • The Fate of the Furious* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – DV, X
  • Minions (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – DA
  • Van Helsing (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • Dracula Untold (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • Split (US/UK) – 9/12/17
  • Get Out (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy (1999) (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy Returns (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Purge: Three-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy (2017)* (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: 35th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – X
  • Serenity (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Apollo 13* (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Atomic Blonde* (US/UK) – 11/14/17 – DV, X
  • Logan Lucky (US/--) – 11/28/17 – N4K
  • Despicable Me 3 (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV, X
  • American Made (US/--) – 1/9/18 – X
  • Mother! (US/UK) – TBA – N4K (distributed by Universal in the UK)
  • Straight Outta Compton (US/UK) – 2/6/18
  • The Snowman (US/--) – TBA
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – TBA 2018
  • Mamma Mia! – TBA 2018
  • Robin Hood (2010) – TBA 2018
  • The Big Lebowski – TBA 2018
  • Pitch Perfect 2 – TBA 2018

 

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2** (US/UK) – 8/22/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (US/--) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Cars 3 (US/--) – 11/7/17 – DA
  • The Prestige (US/UK) – 12/19/17 in Warner’s Nolan Collection (early 2018 as a single)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Coco (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (US/UK) – TBA EARLY 2018 – N4K, DA

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

  • Mad Max: Fury Road* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The LEGO Movie* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW
  • San Andreas (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Pan (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – DA
  • Creed (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW
  • In the Heart of the Sea (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – DA
  • Point Break (US/UK) – 6/7/16
  • Man of Steel* (US/UK) – 7/19/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition* (US/UK) – 7/19/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (US/UK) – 7/19/16
  • You Are Wanted (US/UK) – 9/7/17 (Germany only)
  • Central Intelligence (US/--) – 9/27/16
  • The Great Gatsby (2016)* (US/UK) – 10/4/16
  • Jupiter Ascending (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – DA
  • Pacific Rim* (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Legend of Tarzan (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – DA
  • War Dogs (US/UK) – 11/22/16
  • Goodfellas (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – N4K
  • I Am Legend (US/UK) – 12/6/16
  • The Town (US/UK) – 12/6/16
  • Argo (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – N4K
  • Suicide Squad** (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Sully** (US/UK) – 12/20/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Storks (US/UK) – 12/20/16
  • The Accountant (US/UK) – 1/10/17 – REVIEW
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them** (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Unforgiven** (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The LEGO Batman Movie* (US/UK) – 6/13/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Kong: Skull Island (US/--) – 7/18/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (US/UK) – 8/8/17 – DA
  • Batman and Harley Quinn (US/--) – 8/29/17
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut** (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Wonder Woman* (US/UK) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (US/--) – 9/26/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Peanuts Holiday Collection: Deluxe Edition (US/--) – 10/10/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (US/--) – 10/24/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (US/--) – 10/31/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban* (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter: 8-Film Collection (US/UK) – 11/7/17 – X
  • Dunkirk (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • Batman Begins (US/--) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Dark Knight (US/--) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Dark Knight Rises (US/--) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • Inception (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Christopher Nolan Collection (US/--) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie (US/UK) – 12/19/17
  • Blade Runner 2049 (US/UK) – 1/16/18 – N4K, DA
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (US/UK) – 2/6/2018
  • The Departed – TBA December
  • Mad Max High Octane Collection (US/UK) – TBA
  • Annabelle: Creation – TBA
  • Geostorm – (No US announced/UK) – TBA 2018 – N4K
  • IT (US/UK) – 1/9/2018 – DV, DA
  • Justice League – (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Paddington 2 – TBA 2018
  • Tomb Raider (2018) – TBA 2018
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising – TBA 2018
  • Rampage – TBA 2018
  • Ready Player One – TBA 2018

 

There are unconfirmed reports that Warner is also working on The Polar Express, Gravity, and The Matrix. Additional titles I’ve personally seen 4K Ultra HD tests of (in private meetings at CES) include The Godfather and Lawrence of Arabia, but whether they’ve been fully mastered and authored for released yet is unconfirmed.

All right, we’ve got a couple good items of business for you today, the first of which is a new 4K review…

I’ve just given Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar a look on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount. The disc streets next Tuesday, 12/19. It’s a full native 4K transfer and of course the film was shot in a combination of 35 mm and 65 mm IMAX, so it’s variable aspect ratio and looks tremendous. The disc will also appear in Warner’s Christopher Nolan Collection 4K box set which streets next Tuesday as well. We don’t yet have the whole box, but as soon as we do, rest assured we’ll get the other films reviewed for you guys as soon as possible.

FYI, Tim has also just posted his review of Captain from Castile on Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Enjoy! [Read on here…]

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Afternoon, folks. We’ve got a bunch of release news to report today and some new disc reviews too. First the reviews...

Our own Tim Salmons has checked in with a look at a pair of All Region Blu-rays from Aussie distributor Umbrella Entertainment, including Drive-In Delirium: ’60s and ’70s Savagery and Drive-In Delirium: Maximum ’80s Overdrive. Be sure to check them out.

We’ve also posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover art and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, we’d appreciate it if you used our Amazon links (any one of them) when you’re shopping from the retailer. Thank you!

The big news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Dean Devlin’s Geostorm for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/23 (SRP $35.99 and $28.98), with a Digital release expected on 1/23. There’s no 4K Ultra HD version currently planned it seems, at least not at the moment. Extras on the Blu-ray will include 3 featurettes (Wreaking Havoc, Search for Answers, and An International Event). [Read on here…]

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“With Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gene Roddenberry proved that you can do Star Trek without Kirk and Spock and McCoy, that the dream of humanity reaching for the stars could be shared in many different ways, with many different characters, telling many different stories. And I think that all of us who love Star Trek are so much richer for it.” — Michael Okuda, co-author of The Star Trek Encyclopedia

The Digital Bits and History, Legacy & Showmanship are pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first in a string of live-action television follow-ups to Gene Roddenberry’s legendary 1960s science fiction series. [Read on here...]

We have just a couple of quick release announcements and updates to offer you today, before we let you all head out for the weekend…

Shout! Factory has announced The ‘Burbs: Collector’s Edition for release on Blu-ray on 3/20 as part of their Shout Select line.

Also coming that day as part of their Select line is Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall, an absoutely fantastic film about the last days of Hitler in WWII starring Bruno Ganz (and the source of a surprisingly persistent viral YouTube meme you may be familiar with – one of the early versions even referenced The Bits, as some of you longtime readers may recall). Shout! also has Macon County Line coming on 1/16 to the Select line. Extras on these titles are still TBA. [Read on here…]

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All right, no sooner did we post our last column then word came in that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner: 2049 for release on Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray 3D Combo, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/16/18, as expected (SRP $35.99, $44.95, $28.98, and $44.95, respectively). The Digital HD release is set for 12/26.

It appears that the Blu-ray and 4K editions will all feature Dolby Atmos audio. There’s mention of High Dynamic Range in the official press release, but not Dolby Vision, so the HDR is likely HDR10.

Keep in mind that this film was finished as a native 4K Digital Intermediate (with digital capture at 3.4K), so it should look pretty great, especially in Ultra HD. [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking things off today here at The Bits with two more new Blu-ray Disc reviews, including my thoughts on Makoto Shinkai’s stunning and highly-acclaimed anime Your Name from Toho and FUNimation, as well as Sting: Live at the Olympia Paris, a great new concert film from Eagle Vision. I think you’ll find both well worth a look.

In release news today, industry and retail sources are telling us to expect Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner: 2049 to street on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/16/18 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Keep in mind, this title is not officially announced yet, but we expect official word from the studio very soon. [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve been very busy here at The Bits working on new reviews and other content, and all in the midst of some crazy weather in SoCal – we have high winds and wildfires all around. If you live in the area, please stay safe.

In any case, we’ve got some good stuff for you to read here at The Bits today…

First, our own Michael Coate has just turned in a new retrospective interview celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from director Francis Ford Coppola, which we recently reviewed in 4K Ultra HD. Michael has also posted a 55th anniversary retrospective looking back at the James Bond film that started it all, Dr. No. You’ll find both of those in History, Legacy & Showmanship right now and we hope you enjoy them. [Read on here…]

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