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Wednesday, 28 June 2023 13:53

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is coming to 4K Ultra HD, plus Welles’ Touch of Evil from Eureka & more!

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Three more new disc reviews are up on The Bits today, including...

Tim has posted his thoughts on Jeff Burr’s From a Whisper to a Scream (1987) on region-free Blu-ray from the good folks at Turbine Media in Germany.

Dennis has offered his take on Rouben Mamoulian’s Queen Christina (1933) on Blu-ray from our friends at the Warner Archive Collection.

And Stuart has given John Brahm’s Rio (1939) a spin on Blu-ray from Universal via Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

There isn’t a great deal of official news to report today, but we do have breaking news from Disney, which has leaked via Amazon and the Disney Movie Club: The studio will release Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) on 4K Ultra HD on 8/22! [Read on here...]

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Extras on the 2-disc set will include audio commentary (by Burton, director Henry Selick, and music designer Danny Elfman), The Making of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, two of his early films (Vincent and the uncut version of Frankenweenie), Burton’s original poem narrated by Christopher Lee, the “What’s This?” Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour, and deleted scenes. We expect HDR10 high dynamic range on the 4K disc, per Disney’s usual modus operandi. The title is already listed on the Disney Movie Club website and also Amazon, though the latter is only a placeholder for now (but we expect it to go live soon, and here’s the link). Here’s what the Disney Movie Cover artwork looks like (we’ll replace it with higher resolution art when we get our hands on it)... [Update: Here’s the final cover art.]

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (4K Ultra HD)

Also today, Paramount has set NCIS: Los Angeles – The Final Season for DVD only release on 9/5.

And our friends at Eureka in the UK have just announced a new 2-disc 4K Ultra HD limited edition release of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil as part of their Masters of Cinema collection. Look for that to street across the pond on 25 September. All three versions of the film will be included with Dolby Vision HDR. Per the company’s press release, extras will include:

“Four audio commentaries, featuring: restoration producer Rick Schmidlin (reconstructed version); actors Charlton Heston & Janet Leigh, with Schmidlin (reconstructed version); critic F. X. Feeney (theatrical version); and Welles scholars James Naremore & Jonathan Rosenbaum (preview version); a new video interview with critic, broadcaster and cultural historian Matthew Sweet; a new video interview with critic Tim Robey; a new video interview with author and critic Kim Newman; Bringing Evil to Life and Evil Lost and Found – two video pieces, featuring interviews with cast and crew, as well as critics and admirers; the original theatrical trailer; plus a 100-page book featuring writings by Orson Welles, François Truffaut, André Bazin, and Terry Comito; interview excerpts with Welles; a timeline of the film’s history; two new essays by critic Richard Combs; and rare stills and imagery.”

Here’s a look at Eureka’s cover artwork (click here or on the image below for the Amazon UK pre-order link)...

Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (UK 4K Ultra HD)

Note that this title is already available here in the US from Kino Lorber Studio Classics (it was released on 3/8/22 and is available here from Amazon).

And finally today, we’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the great Mel Brooks. He’s 97 years young today and we need him now more than ever!

Happy 97th Birthday, Mel Brooks!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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