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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:13

Blu-ray News & More – Justified, Innerspace, All Quiet: Uncut, Twilight/Kino updates, Star Wars Celebration & Zardoz!

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Sorry for the lack of an update yesterday. I apparently slept with my neck bent in a strange position on Tuesday morning, the result of which is that I woke up with a wicked case of vertigo. So I ended up spending most of the day in bed until it passed. Not much else to do. Everything’s fine now. Just let this be a lesson to you kids: A good quality pillow is very important. LOL.

Anyway, the big news today is that Sony has officially announced Justified: The Complete Final Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/2. As fans will already know, the show’s finale aired last night on FX and I think it was pretty great. I’ve really enjoyed this series. Anyway, both the Blu-ray and DVD will include the Hollywood to Harlan featurette (featuring the show’s writers). To this, the Blu-ray will add Directing the Show: Adam Arkin, Dutch Speaks (a vintage interview with writer Elmore Leonard about his thoughts on the show), and deleted scenes.  [Read on here…]

In catalog release news today, Warner Home Video has set Blast from the Past, Innerspace, and Free Willy for Blu-ray release on 8/4.

Here’s a surprise... it appears that Shout! Factory’s All Quiet on the Western Front: The Uncut Edition is coming too Blu-ray after all on 7/14 (SRP $22.97) as well as DVD. The Shout! website had previously listed only a DVD version. You can see the BD cover artwork below.

Lionsgate will release Last Knights on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/30 (SRP $19.99 and $19.98).

Full Moon/MVD will release Charles Band’ Trophy Heads on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/23.

Artsploitation Films has set Der Samurai for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/9, with Horsehead following on Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/23.

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20th Century Fox will release Killing Jesus on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/2.

Kino Lorber has set Michael Ritchie’s Prime Cut (1972) and William A. Fraker’s Monte Walsh (1970) for Blu-ray release in July, followed by Daniel Mann’s The Revengers (1972) and William Faulkner’s The Reivers (1969) in August, and George Armitage’s Vigilante Force (1976), John Dahl’s Unforgettable (1996), and Phil Karlson’s Hornets’ Nest (1970) in September. Meanwhile, Peter Hyams’ Busting (1974), Alistair MacLean’s The Satan Bug (1965) and Pete Walker’s House of the Long Shadows (1983) are all coming soon. Street dates for all are TBA.

And our friends at Twilight Time have The Night of the Generals (1976) coming on 6/9, followed by The World of Henry Orient (1964), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Best of Everything (1959), Places in the Heart (1984), and A Month in the Country (1987) on 7/14, and finally A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982), Summer Lovers (1982), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), House of Bamboo (1955), and The Little House (a.k.a. Chiisai Ouchi – 2014) on 8/11.

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Speaking of Twilight, I’m working on a full review but let me just say that their new Zardoz (1974) Blu-ray is outstanding. The HD transfer is terrific for a film of this vintage, the 2.0 sound is a solid DTS-HD MA (with English SDH subs) and the extras carry over the great John Boorman director’s commentary, radio spots and trailer from the DVD release (though not the gallery) and they add a fun new commentary with Jeff Bond, Joe Fordham and Nick Redman, and an isolated score track. I just watched it the other night and it’s a great release. Don’t hesitate to pick it up while you can here.

One site note: Our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork update with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and pre-order links. Remember – anything you order from Amazon after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.

Finally, tomorrow is Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA, where director JJ Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are expected to unveil the first full trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII (on a panel that runs from 10-11 AM Pacific). By the way, if you want to go and don’t yet have 4-day passes, I have a couple friends who have extras they’re unable to use for just $100. Post on The Bits’ Facebook page here if you’re interested and they’ll contact you. Now, if you can’t be there in person, apparently Star is going to have a live broadcast going all day. There IS going to be a live stream of the Abrams/Kennedy panel, but I’m not sure if they’re showing the trailer or not. Either way, here’s the link to watch live.

All right, we’ll leave you today with a look at more Blu-ray cover artwork with Amazon links if available...

Blast from the Past (Blu-ray Disc)    Free Willy (Blu-ray Disc)    Inner Space (Blu-ray Disc)

All Quiet on the Western Front: Uncut (Blu-ray Disc)    Justified: The Complete Final Season (Blu-ray Disc)    Killing Jesus (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...!

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