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Monday, 22 February 2021 18:42

Sony makes Tim Burton’s Big Fish official for 4K on 5/4, plus a Muppet Show update, Jerry Beck’s updated Looney Tunes book & more

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All right, we hope you all had a great weekend. We’re starting the week off with several new Blu-ray reviews...

Tim has checked out Adrian Hoven’s Castle of the Creeping Flesh (1968) from Severin Films.

And Dennis has turned in a trio of reviews as well, including Frank Perry’s Doc (1971), Sidney Lanfield’s My Favorite Blonde (1942), and Richard Fleischer’s The Don is Dead (1973), all newly released or coming soon on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

In actual announcement news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just made Tim Burton’s Big Fish official for release on 4K Ultra HD on 5/4, as expected. [Read on here...]

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The 4K presentation will include HDR10 high dynamic range and an all-new Dolby Atmos audio mix, plus the original theatrical 5.1 audio mix in DTS-HD MA format. All of the previous Blu-ray extras will carry over. You can see the cover artwork above left.

For those of you in Germany, or who import 4K titles, Turbine Media has set Leatherface: Uncut (2017) for release as 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo in Steelbook packaging on 2/26.

For Muppet Show fans, we have word that the recent streaming release of the series on Disney+ isn’t quite as uncut as originally believed. Over 100 of the series’ 120 episodes are now available for streaming, but there are still a few episodes missing and several that still have edits. This is presumably due to remaining unresolved music rights and related issues. Still, this is a lot more of the series than we’ve ever gotten before at home. And there is reason to hope that the unresolved portions will come online as the issues are cleared eventually. You can find more details here at EW and here in this post on Reddit.

And in other news today... or in case you missed it as we did... Insight Editions and animation historian Jerry Beck have recently released an updated version of his book The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons. It’s packed with information and great imagery, and has terrific reviews, so if you’re a fan of classic animation do give it at look here...

The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons (Book)

Finally today, this has little to do with movies but NASA’s Perseverance has just sent back its first video from Mars, and it’s a dazzler: For the first time ever, NASA and JPL have captured video of one of its rovers actually landing on the Red Planet. You can see the parachutes deploy, the rockets firing to slow the craft down, and even the rover being lowered onto the surface. It’s pretty neat, so you’ll find that here...

And that’s all for now. Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...!

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