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The Matrix/Die Hard likely on 4K in May, plus Gladiator 4K will have both versions & more CBS TV DVDs

March 12, 2018 - 6:39 pm   |   by
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We’re starting the new week with a trio of Blu-ray reviews from Tim, all three Shout!/Scream Factory titles, including The ’Burbs: Collector’s Edition, The Strangers: Collector’s Edition, and Night of the Seagulls. More are coming tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Now then, we’ve got some interesting news today for you as well...

First up, it appears that Warner’s The Matrix and Fox’s Die Hard, which we’ve mentioned here at The Bits recently are both coming to 4K Ultra HD (see here and here), will street in 4K sometime in May. Neither title is as yet officially announced, but multiple industry sources now are pointing to likely May street dates. And we now have European retail temp cover artwork for The Matrix too, which you can see at left. [Read on here...]

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Speaking of 4K, we’ve just confirmed with Paramount that their Gladiator 4K Ultra HD release, due on 5/15, will include both the theatrical and extended versions of the film in 4K, complete with DTS:X audio. The 4K disc will also include the existing introduction by Scott on the extended edition, and both audio existing audio commentaries (Scott and Russell Crowe on the extended edition and Scott, Pietro Scalia and John Mathieson on the theatrical cut). The included 2-disc Blu-ray will feature both versions as well, plus all the previous bonus features. Meanwhile, Braveheart (also due 5/15) will include the theatrical cut with commentary by Mel Gibson and Dolby Atmos audio, plus the 2-disc Blu-ray with all extras. Each of these 4K packages will be a 3-disc version. And as we’ve reported previously, both will feature Dolby Vision HDR. You can see the cover artwork below.

One more bit of 4K news: Shout! Factory’s Dream Big: Engineering Our World and National Parks Adventure are both coming to 4K UHD on 6/12 and you can now pre-order them on Amazon by clicking on the cover artwork below.

Also today, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount have announced that they’re releasing (or re-releasing) the following catalog TV titles on DVD: Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season, Volumes One and Two (street date 5/22), Jericho: The Complete Series (6/5), and The Invaders: The Complete Series (also 6/5).

Here’s the cover artwork for the titles mentioned above (click to pre-order them on Amazon if available)...

Braveheart (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Mary and the Witch's Flower (Blu-ray Disc) Gladiator (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (Blu-ray Disc) Dream Big (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) National Parks Adventure (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Stay tuned...

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