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American Psycho UHD Steelbook, a new Harry Potter Ultra HD box, Koch Dune delay, an update on Dracula 4K & Paramount+ news for Europe

August 18, 2021 - 6:08 pm   |   by
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All right, we’ve got a few odds and ends to report on for you today...

First up, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing a new Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Anniversary 8-Film Collector’s Edition on 11/2, featuring all 8 films in the series in both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, packaged in a cardboard replica of the Hogwarts Express (SRP $139.99). The box will also include a replica train ticket and a photo book featuring a look at props and other items from the films. You can see the open packaging below the break. Before you get too excited, these are the exact same discs released previously. But if you’re a fan and you haven’t yet upgraded to 4K, this might be just the thing.

Also in 4K Ultra HD news today, we’ve learned that Koch Media in Germany has delayed their wide release of David Lynch’s Dune on Blu-ray and 4K (as well as their web store exclusive Dune: Ultimate Edition 4K/Blu-ray set) to 10/14. (It was previously set to street on 8/26). The reason is that this will now be the only place you’ll be able to see Ballyhoo Motion Pictures’ feature-length documentary The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune. As we’ve reported previously, the Arrow Video 4K and Blu-ray release will street on 8/31 as originally planned, but it will no longer include the documentary. Adjust your plans accordingly. [Read on here...]

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By the way, you can read a little bit more about the documentary via Ballyhoo Motion Pictures’ Twitter post (click here for that or on the image below)...

The Sleeper Must Awaken documentary

Meanwhile, Lionsgate has just officially announced that they’ll be releasing Mary Harron’s American Psycho on 4K Ultra HD in Steelbook packaging on 10/5, exclusively at Best Buy stores. The title has been available on the format since 2018, but this Steelbook packaging is new. It will include the Unrated Edition with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. You can see the cover artwork here...

American Psycho: Unrated (4K Ultra HD Steelbook)

And here’s that Harry Potter packaging I mentioned above as well (click on the image to pre-order the set on Amazon)...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Anniversary 8-Film Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD)

We’ve got one more piece of Ultra HD news for you today: I’ve confirmed with Universal that their forthcoming Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection (due on 10/5) will include both the original and Spanish-language versions of Dracula (1931) in actual 4K. So in the event you were wondering about this, there you go.

Also today, Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment has set Crime Story for DVD and Digital release on 10/12. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss and Mira Sorvino.

And in a bit of breaking industry news, ViacomCBS and Sky have announced that they’ll launch the Paramount+ streaming service in Western Europe sometime next year. You can read more here at Media Play News.

That’s all for now. Check back early tomorrow morning for more release news.

In the meantime, stay tuned...!

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