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Second Sight kicks off Dawn of the Dead 4K pre-orders, plus Hitchcock in 4K and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

May 28, 2020 - 7:51 pm   |   by
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All right, we’ve got one new disc review for you today: Tim has taken a look at John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles on Blu-ray from Arrow Video. Sounds like it’s a pretty nice release, so do check out his thoughts here.

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just set DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season for release on Blu-ray on DVD on 9/22. You’ll get all 15 episodes along with deleted scenes, a gag reel, and the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Post Production Theater featurette. As is the case with many of Warner’s recent DC live action releases, you’ll also get the Blu-ray bonus disc with all 5 episodes of the DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths plus additional extras.

he big catalog 4K news today is that Second Sight in the UK has just finally revealed the specs of—and launched the pre-orders for—their long awaited 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray restoration of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. But there’s good news and bad news. [Read on here...]

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The good news is that it look like a terrific set. The 4K package is a SEVEN disc set which includes the Theatrical Cut in 4K, the Extended Cut in 4K, and the Argento Cut in 4K (each on their own Ultra HD discs), along with a Blu-ray full of special features (many of them new, as well as both cuts of the Document of the Dead documentary), and no less than THREE Audio CDs with the soundtrack and the complete De Wolfe sound effects library. You’ll also get a 150 page hardback book and a new Dawn of the Dead novelization by Romero and Susanna Sparrow. The film itself is mastered from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative for the Theatrical Cut, the color reversal internegative (for the Extended Cut material), and the interpositive (for the Argento Cut). And the OCN scan and color grade was supervised and approved by the film’s director of photography, Michael Gornick. So that’s the good news.

The BAD news is that while pre-orders are NOW OPEN, it’s not yet available on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, and Second Sight isn’t shipping to US addresses (presumably due to the pandemic). So if you want a copy here in the States, it appears that Zavvi is your own option. But at least Zavvi is an option. The street date is currently set at October 26th. Here’s a look at the packaging.

[Editor’s Note: It IS up for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk now, available at this link.]

Dawn of the Dead (4K Ultra HD)

I don’t think there’s any doubt whatsoever that this could be the ultimate home video version of the film.

All right, one last item today. Our sources are telling us that Universal will be bowing its first Alfred Hitchcock titles on the 4K Ultra HD format later this year (likely in August or September). Among the titles to expect in the first wave are Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, and Rear Window. We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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