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Monday, 26 June 2023 17:57

Sleepy Hollow (1999) & Monster Squad (1987) are coming to 4K Ultra HD, plus Poker Face, Sympathy for the Devil, Last Wave, a new 3D restoration & more

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We’re starting the week here at The Bits with more new disc reviews, including...

Stephen’s take on Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter (1955) in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Dennis’ look at Fritz Lang’s Clash by Night (1952) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

And Stuart’s thoughts on Dennis Hopper’s Backtrack (aka Catchfire) (1990) on Blu-ray also from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Be sure to watch for more new reviews from The Bits’ team all this week.

In announcement news today, we have a couple of big items to report. First, Paramount will release Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow (1999) on 4K Ultra HD in both Amaray and Steelbook packaging on 9/5. This is a title we’ve had in our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits as “coming in 2023” for a few months now. Expect them to include both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

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There are not likely to be any new special features, however you can reasonably expect all of the legacy extras to carry over.

Also, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just officially revealed that they’re going to be working on a new 4K Ultra HD release of Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad (1987)! And naturally, it will have a new Dolby Vision HDR master. It should be noted that this is a title released by Olive Films on Blu-ray back on 2013. Given that, and the fact that KLSC has also recently announced that they’re working on a 4K UHD of High Noon (1952), we think it likely that many of those previous Olive titles will be coming to either Blu-ray or 4K or both from Kino in the months ahead.

Back to Paramount for a moment: Look for South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season to arrive on Blu-ray on 9/12.

And here’s a big one: Paramount has just set Poker Face: Season One for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/12. You’ll get all 10 episodes but no extras.

Meanwhile, RLJE Film will release Yuval Adler’s Sympathy for the Devil (2023) on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on 9/26. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Joel Kinnaman (For All Mankind, The Suicide Squad).

Umbrella Entertainment has set Peter Weir’s The Last Wave (1977) for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release on 9/1. In addition to legacy extras, the release will include audio commentary with film critic Alexei Toliopoulos and filmmaker Travis Akbar on the 4K disc only.

And finally, our friend Bob Furmanek at The 3-D Film Archive has just announced that they’re working on a new restoration of George Marshall’s Money from Home (1953), which stars Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Here’s Bob himself to say more...

Good news indeed!

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover art for a few of the titles mentioned above and more, with pre-order links if available...

Sleepy Hollow (4K Ultra HD) Showgirls (4K Ultra HD) The Last Wave (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...!

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