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Friday, 05 June 2015 15:08

Blu-ray News – Star Wars: Rebels, Aloha, The Bear, Editor, Shocker & more, plus Battlestar replacement program

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All right, I suppose the big news today is that Disney has set Star Wars: Rebels – Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/1 (SRP $45.99 for Blu-ray). You can pre-order it on here.

Disney has also officially announced their Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 8/18. The set will include Frozen Fever (2015), Feast (2014), Get a Horse! (2013), Paperman (2012), Tangled Ever After (2012) The Ballad of Nessie (2011), Tick Tock Tale (2010), Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa (2010), How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007), The Little Matchgirl (2006), Lorenzo (2004), and John Henry (2000), each with filmmaker introduction.  [Read on here…]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Aloha for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/25, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams.

Warner Home Video will release a set of D.C. superhero graphic novel/movie combo sets on Blu-ray on 9/1, including Batman: Gotham Knight/Batman: Black & White, Superman: Doomsday/Death of Superman, JLA Earth 2/Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Year One/Batman: Year One, Justice League: War/Justice League 1 and Wonder Woman/Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals.

AMC will release The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/25.

Shout! Factory has announced a 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Bear for release on 9/29. Shout! has also set IFC Midnight’s The Duke of Burgundy for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release that same day. And Shout! will release Quentin Dupieux’s Reality on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 9/15.

Meanwhile, Scream Factory will release Adam Brooks’ The Editor on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 9/8, along with Wes Craven’s Shocker. They also have The Harvest, Backcountry, and Army of Frankensteins coming on 9/1.

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Image Entertainment will release Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th on Blu-ray on 9/8. The film had previously been available from 1428 Films. Note that this new release is due to be a 2-disc edition, which is probably just Blu-ray only (the previous edition was a 4-disc BD/DVD Combo with 2 Blu-rays and 2 DVDs). That same day, Image will release a double feature Blu-ray of Wolf Creek 2 and Cabin Fever.

And Kino Lorber has set A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die, Diggstown, The Couch Trip, Face to Face, Navajo Joe, and A Town Called Hell for BD release on 8/18.

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Finally, we should have our review of Universal’s Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Blu-ray set posted on Monday. The reason for the delay? As we’ve been looking over the set, we’ve discovered that there appears to be about 2 minutes and 15 seconds of footage missing from the WIDESCREEN version of the episode The Magnificent Warriors (located on Disc Three) on both the Remastered and Definitive Editions. The good news is that Universal is already aware, is already fixing the disc and has set up a replacement program for people to get the fixed disc. Here’s their official statement:

“There is missing footage during the episode, THE MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS, on disc 3 of the widescreen version of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on both the Remastered Collection and Definitive Collection. The issue is being fixed and consumers can get a replacement disc by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Consumers should include, “Battlestar Galactica Classic Collection: BD” in the subject line of their email and the following text in the body of the email, “I would like to receive a replacement disc for (Disc 3, Episode “The Magnificent Warriors”).”

Within 24-48 hours, consumers will get a response asking for their mailing address in the United States or Canada. Shortly thereafter, they will receive a postage-paid envelope for them to mail in their disc with the missing footage from THE MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS. 2-3 weeks later they will receive a replacement disc with the complete episode.”

Good news indeed!

We’ll leave you this week with a bunch of new Blu-ray cover artwork (with pre-order links if available)...

Walt Disney Animated Short Films Collection (Blu-ray Disc)    The Bear: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Wes Craven's Shocker (Blu-ray Disc)

The Adventures of Captain Fabian (Blu-ray Disc)    Diggstown (Blu-ray Disc)    The January Man (Blu-ray Disc)

Have a great weekend. Stay tuned!

Bill Hunt


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