In release news today, Shout! Factory and Scream have just announced that they’re working on a new 2-disc Blu-ray Collector’s Edition release of John Carpenter’s The Thing. The release is expected sometime in September, and the announcement was made to celebrate Scream’s 4th Anniversary today. Well done, Scream!
Meanwhile, Paramount has set Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/12.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just set Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/30, followed by The Flash: The Complete Second Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/6. Each will include all 23 episodes, plus deleted scenes, gag reels, video of their respective Comic-Con 2015 panels, and multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes. Audio will be 5.1 DTS-HD MA on both Blu-ray versions. SRPs on each are $49.99 for the DVD version and $54.97 for the Blu-ray.
On a similar note, a number of you have asked about the possible Blu-ray and DVD release of some of Netflix’s and Amazon’s original genre series, like Daredevil, The Man in the High Castle, etc. It seems that both companies are content for now to continue distributing these titles as streaming exclusives. Hopefully, that may change down the line.
On the catalog front, Kino Lorber has announced that they’re working on new Blu-ray editions of Daisy Kenyon (1947), Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986), Bad Girl (1931), Western Union (1941), and The Battle of the Sexes (1960).
And MPI will release Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/21.
In other news related to 4K, Twice has an interesting story up on the “attach rates” for 4K TVs. The piece is actually about a month old, but we missed it when it first circulated. The point is that, at one retailer in LA at least (Video & Audio Center), over 50% of the consumers who are purchasing new 4K displays are also buying 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players. That’s an attach rate higher than VAC has ever seen before for any format. It will be very interesting to see if a similar attach rate applies to consumers and retailers nationwide when the DEG and UHD Alliance begin to report such numbers in the months ahead. Anyway, you can read the piece here.
We’ll leave you today with a look at some of the Blu-ray titles we’ve mentioned above and more (click on the images to pre-order each on Amazon, if pre-orders are available)...
- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)