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Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:17

Blu-ray News – Night Before, Mae West, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Oscar noms & Alan Rickman RIP

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We’ve got the first of a couple days worth of title announcement updates for you. First however, it’s worth noting that the Oscar nominations were made this morning, for those of you who might be interested. You’ll find those here.

Now then... Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Home Invasion for DVD and digital release on 2/2. Sony has also set The Night Before for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/1. The Blu-ray will include Making One Epic Party: 20 Minutes of On-Set Shenanigans, a gag reel, deleted & extended scenes, 5 featurettes (Christmas in the Summer, The Spirit of Christmas, Drunkest Santas on the Block, Whale Juice: Extended Strip Club Scene, and Midnight Mass with Nana), and Mr. Green Line-O Rama[Read on here…]

20th Century Fox will release The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa on DVD and digital on 3/22.

Scream Factory has set Millennium and R.O.T.O.R. for Blu-ray double feature release on 2/23. Millennium will include an alternate ending and you’ll get the theatrical trailer for both films. Scream has also set Hellions for Blu-ray release on 2/2.

Scream has further announced that their Species III and Species: The Awakening double feature Blu-ray (due on 3/8) will include 3 new featurettes (From Sil to Eve, Creature Creations, and Alien Evolutions), new special effects outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage, audio commentary with director Peter Medak, scenes from the film featuring uncut footage not shown in theatres, the Species II: Eve of Destruction vintage featurette, a theatrical trailer, and a still gallery.

A quick update on a previously announced Shout! Factory title: Baa Baa Black Sheep: Black Sheep Squadron – The Final Season will now street on DVD on 5/17. It had previously been set for release on 3/8.

Warner Home Video will release Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Sixth Season on DVD on 4/19.

Universal is releasing Mae West: The Essential Collection on DVD on 3/8, including Night After Night, She Done Him Wrong, I’m No Angel, Belle of the Nineties, My Little Chickadee, Go West Young Man, Every Day’s a Holiday, Goin’ to Town, and Klondike Annie.

CBS and Paramount are releasing The Brady Kids: The Complete Animated Series on DVD only on 2/16.

Anchor Bay entertainment has set Turn: Washington’s Spies – The Complete Second Season for DVD only release on 3/22. Anchor Bay has also set IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon for DVD only release on 3/8.

Cinedigm has set the animated Hatched for DVD and digital on 2/16.

Alchemy will release Hangman on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/9.

Eureka Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of Luchino Visconti’s 1960 film Rocco and His Brothers on 3/14. Eureka will also release Nicolas Roeg’s 1983 Eureka on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 3/28 (enabled for both US and UK viewing). The film stars Gene Hackman and Rutgar Hauer.

Grindhouse Releasing has announced that they’re bringing the 1980s slasher Pieces to Blu-ray Disc as a 3-disc Deluxe Edition on 3/1. The set will include 2 versions of the film including the 83 minute US theatrical version and the 86 minute uncensored director’s cut in new 4K transfer, with brand new audio commentary by star Jack Taylor, an all-new feature length documentary 42nd Street Memories and much more.

Arrow Films is releasing the Norwegian comedy Dag: Season 2 on DVD in the UK on 1/25.

Film Movement has set Mélanie Laurent’s Breathe for DVD only release on 2/2. They also have Tucker Green’s Second Coming due on 2/9.

RLJ Entertainment will release Criminal Activities on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/16.

And PBS Distribution will release Onstage in America: Honky on DVD on 1/19, followed by Earth’s Natural Wonders on DVD on 1/26, and The Best of Big Blue Live on DVD on 2/16.

In other news today, Bits reader Daniel P. reminded me this morning that HBO is showing The Godfather Epic in HD starting on 1/17 (this coming Sunday). This is the full, uncensored chronological cut of The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II, complete with all of the additional footage in HD and also uncut for moments of violence and nudity (unlike the recent AMC broadcast). So if you’re a fan of those films, here’s your first ever chance to see them presented this way in HD. You can find out more about this here via HBO.

Finally, we’d be seriously remiss if we didn’t take a moment to acknowledge the death this morning of the acclaimed British stage and screen actor Alan Rickman, of cancer. He was 69. American film audiences first discovered him as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Young fans will know him as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. Generation X-ers (myself included) fell in love with his performance in the Star Trek spoof Galaxy Quest as Sir Alexander Dane. And that’s just scratching the surface. Rickman will be dearly missed. You can read more here via The Guardian. Far too many greats are gone so far in 2016.

Back tomorrow with more release news. Stay tuned...

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