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Friday, 27 May 2016 18:09

Zootopia coming to BD/3D, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, new Twilight & Olive, a Ghostbusters 4K review & more

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We’re closing out the week today with a pair of additional reviews. Tim has checked in with his Pick-Ups thoughts on Paramount’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse on Blu-ray and I’ve delivered my take on Sony’s new Ghostbusters release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. I’ll tell you this much: If Ghostbusters is representative of what we can expect from other classic film releases on the format, I can’t wait for more. Do give them a look.  [Read on here…]

In release news this afternoon, Disney has announced the Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere release of Zootopia on 6/7. The Blu-ray versions will include 6 featurettes (Zoology: The Roundtables, The Origin of an Animal Tale, Research: A True-Life Adventure, Z.P.D. Forensic Files, Scoretopia, and Deleted Characters), 7 deleted scenes (Alternate Opening, Wild Times! Pitch, Alternate Homesick Hopps, Detective Work, Alternate Jumbo Pop, Hopps’ Apartment, and The Taming Party), and Shakira’s Try Everything music video. You can see the cover artwork for both Blu-ray versions below.

Universal and STX have now officially announced the first-person actioner Hardcore Henry for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/26, with a Digital HD release due on 7/12. As expected, both versions will deliver audio commentary with director/producer Ilya Naishuller and star/executive producer Sharlto Copley, video of a Fan Chat between Naishuller and Copley, and deleted scenes. You can see the final cover artwork below.

By the way, remember those Universal deep catalog BD titles that were recently released as Best Buy exclusives? The Burbs, Dream Team, The Great Outdoors, and The Money Pit? Look for them to be released widely on 8/16.

Warner Home Video has set DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/23. The Blu-ray will include all 16 episodes on 2-discs. Extras will include 4 featurettes (2015 Comic-Con Panel, Jonah Hex: Hex Marks the Spot, A Fantastic Voyage: Touring the Waverider Set, and History in the Making), and a gag reel.

Warner has also set The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Seventh Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/16. And the studio will release The Originals: The Complete Third Season on DVD on 9/20, with the Blu-ray version set for release that same day by the Warner Archive.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Miles Ahead on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 7/19.

In terms of catalog films, our friends over at Twilight Time have sent us the cover artwork for their June batch of titles (due on 6/14), which will include The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Inserts (1975), The Member of the Wedding (1952), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Rollerball (1975), and Romeo Is Bleeding (1993).

The Hound of the Baskervilles will include an isolated music and effects track, audio commentary with film historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros, a second audio commentary with film historians Paul Scrabo, Lee Pfeiffer, and Hank Reineke, 3 featurettes (Actor’s Notebook: Christopher Lee, Hound Mask Creator Margaret Robinson on The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Christopher Lee Reads Excerpts from The Hound of the Baskervilles), and the theatrical trailer. Inserts will include an isolated music and effects track and the theatrical trailer. The Member of the Wedding will include an isolated score track, audio commentary with singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, and film historians Derek Botelho and David Del Valle, a second audio commentary with Carson McCullers’ biographer Virginia Spencer Carr, 2 featurettes (The World of Carson McCullers and The Journey from Stage to Film), an introduction by Karen Kramer, and the theatrical trailer. The Panic in Needle Park will include an isolated score track (featuring unused music composed and conducted by Ned Rorem), 3 featurettes (Panic in the Streets of New York, Writers in Needle Park, and Notes on Ned Rorem’s Unused Score), and the theatrical trailer. Rollerball (which is a re-issue BD) will include an isolated score track, audio commentary with director Norman Jewison, a second audio commentary with writer William Harrison, 2 featurettes (From Rome to Rollerball: The Full Circle and Return to the Arena: The Making of Rollerball), TV spots, and theatrical trailers. Finally, Romeo is Bleeding will include an isolated score track (with some effects) and the theatrical trailer.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for all of them (click on the covers to visit the Twilight Time pre-order pages)...

The House of the Baskervilles (Blu-ray Disc)    Rollerball re-issue (Blu-ray Disc)    The Panic in Needle Park (Blu-ray Disc)

Inserts (Blu-ray Disc)    Romeo Is Bleeding (Blu-ray Disc)    The Member of the Wedding (Blu-ray Disc)

Also today, Olive Films has announced its August slate of titles, all due on 8/16, which is set to include American Ninja (DVD/BD), American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (DVD/BD), American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (DVD/BD), American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (DVD/BD), Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (DVD/BD), The Pride and The Passion (DVD/BD), Wild in the Streets (DVD/BD), Saved! (DVD/BD), and Not Without My Daughter (DVD only).

And finally this week, here’s the Blu-ray cover artwork for both versions of Disney’s Zootopia and Universal’s Hardcore Henry (with pre-order links)...

Hardcore Henry (Blu-ray Disc)    Zootopia (Blu-ray 3D Combo)    Zootopia (Blu-ray Combo)

Now then, this is the start of the long Memorial Day Weekend here in the States, so we’re going to be off on Monday. But we’ll be back as usual on Tuesday with lots more news and BD/4K reviews. So have a great and safe holiday weekend with your family and friends and we’ll see you then!

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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