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Tuesday, 24 August 2021 15:48

Coppola’s The Outsiders is official for 4K, plus Forever Purge, Severin’s terrific All the Haunts Be Ours box & RIP Charlie Watts

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We’ve got some good announcement news to report today...

As we first revealed a couple weeks ago here at The Bits, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, StudioCanal, and American Zoetrope have just officially announced their new 4K restoration Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders: The Complete Novel. From their joint press release: “Created to give fans more of the action that took place in S.E. Hinton’s celebrated book, Coppola’s latest, definitive version includes new music, as well as several scenes cut from the theatrical version which were reconstructed from original camera negatives.”

Warner will re-release the film in a limited theatrical run starting on 9/26, with a physical 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition (that will include both The Complete Novel and the original version) and a Digital release expected on 11/9. StudioCanal will handle a similar 4K UHD and Blu-ray release internationally on 11/8. The Outsiders: The Complete Novel will also appear on HBO Max starting on 11/16. You can see the poster art for the theatrical re-release at the left (4K UHD cover art is not available yet).

Warner’s physical 4K Ultra HD release will be a 4-disc set that includes both The Outsiders: The Complete Novel and The Outsiders in 4K with HDR (likely HDR10). You’ll also get Digital codes for both versions, and substantial new and legacy extras. The new extras will include a restoration interview (with cinematographer Stephen Burum, Zoetrope Head of Archives and Restorations James Mockoski, and colourist Gregg Garvin), plus deleted scenes, an introduction by Coppola, and 2 new featurettes (Anatomy of a Scene and Old House New Home). [Read on here...]

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Extras that carry over from previous releases include audio commentary with Coppola, a cast commentary (with Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio and Patrick Swayze), 3 featurettes (Staying Gold: A look Back at The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton on Location in Tulsa, and The Casting of The Outsiders), NBC’s News Today from 1983: The Outsiders Started by School Petition, and deleted and extended scenes.

Also today, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Blumhouse have just set Everardo Valerio Gout’s next installment in The Purge franchise, The Forever Purge, for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 9/28. The Digital release is expected on 9/14. Extras will include an alternate storyboard opening, deleted scenes, the film’s trailer, and 2 featurettes (Collapsing the System: Behind The Forever Purge and Creeptastic Wardrobe). Audio will be Dolby Atmos, with HDR10 high dynamic range.

Universal has also just officially set The Boss Baby: Family Business for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 9/14, with the Digital release expected on 8/31. Extras will include an animated short, a gag reel, a deleted scenes, lots of featurettes, and audio commentary with director Tom McGrath, producer Jeff Hermann, and production designer Raymond Zibach. The 4K disc will include both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, with audio in Dolby Atmos.

One last 4K note today: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has moved the street date for its Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 2 box set to 9/28 (from its originally announced date of 9/14). Adjust your plans accordingly.

In regular news, RLJE Films has set Violation for release on Blu-ray and Digital on 9/21. The Power is also expected to street that same day on DVD and Digital only. The company has also set Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Season 2 for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/14.

And here’s something cool for horror fans: Severin Films has announced a terrific new boxed set compendium of “folk horror” filmmaking from around the world entitled All the Haunts Be Ours for release on 12/7. It’s a 15-disc set that will include a whopping 20 films on 12 Blu-rays, plus 3 CDs, a 126-page book, and 15+ hours of additional short films, featurettes, commentaries, and more. Among the feature films included will be Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched (2021), Eyes of Fire (1983), Leptirica (1973), Witchhammer (1970), Viy (1967), Lake of the Dead (1958), Tilbury (1987), The Dreaming (1988), Kadaicha (1988), Celia (1989), Alison’s Birthday (1981), Wilczyca (1983), Lokis: A Manuscript of Professor Wittembach (1970), Clearcut (1991), Il Demonio (1963), Dark Waters (1993), A Field in England (2012), Anchoress (1993), Penda’s Fen (1974), and Robin Redbreast (1970). The CDs will include the soundtrack to Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched as well as the short story The White People by Arthur Machen. Here’s a look at the official trailer for the release...

And here’s a look at the open packaging (with a link to Severin’s pre-order page)...

All the Haunts Be Ours (Blu-ray Disc Box set)

Finally today, we need to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of a music legend... Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died today in a London hospital at the age of 80. You can read more here via The New York Times. There will be an endless number of great retrospectives for Charlie published in the coming days, as well there should be. I’ll just say that, for me, Charlie’s steady snare drum helped to define the rock and roll sound for an entire generation. And what a legacy that is. I find myself without the right words to mark his passing today, so I’ll leave you instead with one of his best recordings with the Stones. (And what a track is it too.) Thanks, Charlie. You’ll be missed.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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