RLJE Films and Shudder will release The Reckoning on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/6.
Time Life has just released a 5-disc The Best of Cher set on DVD (street date was 3/2). It includes “10 star-studded episodes of Cher, legendary TV appearances, new interviews with Cher, Lily Tomlin, and designer Bob Mackie, and more!”
And for UK readers, Eureka! has just announced the May 17th Blu-ray release of Martin Ritt’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The film stars Richard Burton and is based on the novel by John le Carré. The release of part of the company’s Masters of Cinema series.
In other news, Paramount Home Entertainment has set more catalog titles for release on Blu-ray Disc in May, including Snake Eyes and The Snoopy 4-Movie Collection (includes Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Come Home, and A Boy Named Charlie Brown) on 5/18, followed by The Saint, The Last Castle, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Tuxedo, Rosemary’s Baby, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Tupac: Resurrection, Don’t Look Now, and Days of Heaven on 5/25. At least a couple of these are being released on Blu-ray for the first time.
Unfortunately, we also have some bad news to report with regard to Paramount today as well. The company revealed on Monday that 23 members of its home entertainment marketing and distribution team are being pink-slipped as a result of the company’s plan to merge its theatrical and home entertainment teams. Paramount is not the first major Hollywood studio to do this; Warner Bros. did so a few months back, as did Sony and Lionsgate.
Paramount studio chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos indicated in a memo to employees that the merger was being done for the goal of “achieving overhead savings, identifying opportunities to leverage centers of excellence, creating greater synergies between the divisions, streamlining processes in response to changing windows, and minimizing duplication of effort.”
Hint: Anytime a corporate CEO uses the words leverage, synergy, and streamlining, you know it isn’t good for rank-and-file employees. The upshot of all this is, a lot of good people are losing their jobs, including some that have served the company well for a decade or more, many of whom we know personally here at The Bits. And we feel for all of them today.
Anyway, you can read more here from our friend TK Arnold at Media Play News.
We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above and more, with Amazon pre-order links if available...