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Saturday, 07 January 2023 13:53

Shout! & Scream reveal their March slate with Exorcist III, Wanted, Streets of Fire & Dead Silence in 4K Ultra HD

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We’re checking in today with a rare weekend My Two Cents update to bring you a little bit of new Blu-ray and 4K UHD release news that broke on Friday afternoon.

First though, a reminder... if you haven’t seen our New Year’s Eve post, I spent a little bit of time reflecting back on 25 Years of The Digital Bits, a landmark we officially crossed last month. So whether you’re a longtime reader who’s been with us from the start, or a newcomer to the site who’s curious about how we got started and where we came from, I think you’ll find it a quick and enjoyable read.

And once again, let me just say that I’m very glad to have all of you as readers of The Digital Bits. We appreciate all your support and thanks for sticking with us for two and a half decades now. Here’s to more great years ahead!

Now then, our friends at Shout! and Scream Factory have officially announced their March catalog release slate, and there are some gems in there for both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD fans alike. [Read on here...]

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On March 14th, look for Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire (1984) in 4K Ultra HD, along with Russell Mulcahy’s Razorback on Blu-ray. Following on March 21st are Anatole Litvak’s Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), Manny Coto’s Dr. Giggles (1992), Michael Apted’s Critical Condition (1987), and Tony Bill’s Crazy People (1990) all on Blu-ray. And on March 28th, look for a trio 4K Ultra HD catalog titles, including Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted (2008), William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III (1990), and James Wan’s Dead Silence (2007). It appears that both the theatrical and Director’s Cut will be included in the packaging. You can see the cover artwork for many of these below.

In other release news, Disney has just revealed that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will begin streaming on Disney+ on 2/1, and will no doubt be available Digitally that day as well. We’re still waiting on a physical media street date, but it seems likely that Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD SKUs will follow later in February or early in March. We’ll post the details as soon as we have them.

Also, DreamWorks and Universal have set the animated The Prince of Egypt for release on 4K Ultra HD on 3/14, complete with DTS-X audio and HDR10 high dynamic range. [Editor’s Note: an earlier version of this column incorrectly listed the date as 1/31. Note the new date accordingly.]

The BBC will release Frozen Planet II on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD here in the States on 2/14.

Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day (2001) is now official for release on 4K Ultra HD on 2/28. It’s also available now for pre-order on Amazon (click here) and you can see the cover art below.

And the German label Camera Obscura has revealed that they’re working on a Blu-ray release of René Laloux’s animated sci-fi/fantasy Gandahar (1987 – aka Light Years and Les anneés lumière) sometime in the new year, and they’re hoping (but not promising) to release a 4K Ultra HD version too. You can read more on that here on their website. Thanks to Bits reader Peter G. for the heads-up!

Finally today, for you music fans, Peter Gabriel has revealed that he’s going to be releasing a new studio album in 2023, his first since New Blood back in 2011. It’s set to be called i/o, and while we don’t yet have a street date for it, Gabriel has just released the first single from the album. Entitled Panopticom, it features Gabriel joined by bassist Tony Levin, drummer Manu Katché, guitarist David Rhodes, and Brian Eno on synthesizer and bells. You can listen to it below...

And if you like that, the plan is apparently to drop a new song from the album monthly (with each full moon) throughout the first half of 2023, leading up to the full album release, a summer European tour, and a North American tour in the fall.

All right, we’ll leave you today with a look at some of the new Shout!/Scream Factory 4K and Blu-ray titles, as well as Warner’s Training Day in 4K. All are now available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking on the cover art...

The Exorcist III (4K Ultra HD) Streets of Fire (4K Ultra HD) Training Day (4K Ultra HD)

Wanted (4K Ultra HD) Dead Silence (4K Ultra HD) Rocky: The Knockout Collection (4K Ultra HD)

Back with more on Monday. Stay tuned!

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