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Monday, 28 February 2022 01:54

Shout! & Scream Factory’s May slate includes Escape from New York, Candyman (1992) & Lifeforce in 4K, plus Trekkies: 25th & more!

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We’ve got a quick early news update for you here at The Bits this morning featuring a major new disc review and some great breaking title announcement news as well. First the review...

Tim has just weighed in with his thoughts on John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London: Limited Edition in 4K Ultra HD from our friends at Arrow Video.

Sounds like it’s a loaded package, with best-ever image and sound quality for this film, so if you’re a fan you won’t want to miss it.

Now then, we’ve learned that Shout! and Scream Factory are just about to announce their May Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD slate, and it includes a trio of great and much-loved catalog titles in 4K Ultra HD. [Read on here...]

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The fun starts with Stephen Hopkins’s The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) on Blu-ray on 5/10. Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale (2002) follows on Blu-ray on 5/17, as does their long-awaited US release of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York: Collector’s Edition (1981) in 4K Ultra HD. Then on 5/24, look for Roger Nygard’s Trekkies: 25th Anniversary Edition (1997) on Blu-ray, along with Bernard Rose’s Candyman: Collector’s Edition (1992) and Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce: Collector’s Edition (1985) in 4K Ultra HD!

We don’t yet have any details on the extras and A/V specs, but we’ll post them all here when Shout! makes their official announcements (probably later today or tomorrow).

By the way, we’ve also learned from retail sources that the Shout! Factory releases of The Message (1976) and Lion of the Desert (1981) in 4K Ultra HD are moving to July from the late March time frame originally rumored (the new tentative street date is 7/19) so adjust your plans accordingly.

Naturally, we’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits this morning with all of these details.

In the meantime, all six of the titles we’ve just mentioned are now available for pre-order, so here’s a look at the cover artwork with the links (just click on each one to visit the respective pre-order page)...

Escape from New York (4K Ultra HD) Candyman (1992) (4K Ultra HD) Lifeforce (4K Ultra HD)

The Ghost and the Darkness (Blu-ray Disc) Femme Fatale (Blu-ray Disc) Trekkies: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Back with more later. Stay tuned!

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