Also, we’re going to be giving away a trio of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles early next week courtesy of Lionsgate: The Divergent Series: Divergent (2011), Insurgent (2012), and Allegiant (2013). All three street next Tuesday (7/12), but if you send us an email at contest @thedigitalbits.com (remove the space) with the subject line: Divergent 4K Giveaway and please include your FULL MAILING ADDRESS (U.S. addresses only – sorry! – the info will NOT be used for other purposes), one lucky winner will take home the complete trilogy in 4K Ultra HD format. We’ll pick the winner on Monday night (7/11) at 8 PM Pacific and announce the winner shortly thereafter here on The Bits and also on our Facebook page. Good luck!
Now then... in announcement news today, Disney has just set The Jungle Book for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 8/30, with a Digital HD release due on 8/23. The Blu-ray will feature 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras on the Blu-ray will include audio commentary with director Jon Favreau, and 3 documentary featurettes (The Jungle Book Reimagined, I Am Mowgli, and King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer). You can see the Blu-ray cover artwork below. Note that there will be a Blu-ray 3D version that Disney says “will be available later this year.”
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set a new Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection for Blu-ray release on 9/13, set to include The Brides of Dracula (1960), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Phantom of the Opera (1962), The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), Paranoiac (1963), Nightmare (1964), Night Creatures (1962), and The Evil of Dr. Frankenstein (1964) on 4 discs. Click here to pre-order on Amazon.
Paramount and Comedy Central will release South Park: The Complete Nineteenth Season on Blu-ray on 9/6.
Warner Bros Home Entertainment has set Snoopy Come Home and A Boy Named Charlie Brown for BD release on 9/6 as well.
The Warner Archive will release Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) on Blu-ray on 8/9, followed by Man in the Wilderness (1971) on 8/16.
Lionsgate has set Marauders for Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD release on 9/13.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release The Strain: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/23.
In addition to Miami Vice and Knight Rider, Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing Dinotopia: The Complete Mini-Series on Blu-ray on 10/4.
Synapse Films has announced Dario Argento’s Tenebrae for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/13 (SRP $34.95 and $24.95), complete with a new color correction and restoration in 1080p, dual English and Italian audio options with newly-translated English subtitles, audio commentary with film scholar Maitland McDonagh, rare English sequence inserts shots viewable via seamless branching, the feature-length Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of Giallo documentary, the original US version end credits, alternate opening credits, the International trailer, and the Japanese Shadow trailer.
Virgil Films and Entertainment is releasing the OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine documentary on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/19 (SRP $19.99 each – Amazon has the BD version on sale for just $14.99).
Finally today, Scream Factory has just announced that they’re releasing a new 2-disc Child’s Play: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on 10/18. There will be a regular edition and a limited edition that includes an exclusive poster, slipcover, and NECA Chucky action figure (the latter only available via Scream here). Both versions will include a new 2K scan of the interpositive, new audio commentary with director Tom Holland, 2 existing commentaries (one with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, and “Chucky” designer Kevin Yagher, and another with producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini), scene select Chucky commentaries, 5 featurettes (Evil Comes in Small Packages, Chucky: Building a Nightmare featuring Kevin Yagher, A Monster Convention featuring Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent and Chris Sarandon, Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play, and The Decade of Darkness), a photo gallery, and the original theatrical trailer.
Here’s a little bit of new Blu-ray cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above (with Amazon pre-order links if available)…
- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)