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Thursday, 03 September 2020 17:18

StudioCanal/Lionsgate bow Total Recall in 4K, plus Friday the 13th II footage lost no more & The Godfather III Redux

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We’ve got another quick update for you as we work on new disc reviews today. Speaking of which...

I’ve just posted my in-depth thoughts on GKids and Shout! Factory’s new Blu-ray release of Hayao Miyazaki’s 2013 animated masterpiece The Wind Rises. It streets on 9/22, and like all of these new GKids/Shout! Studio Ghibli Blu-ray reissues, it’s absolutely the definitive release of the film on disc for fans in the US. Don’t miss it.

My review of Bill & Ted 4K is up next, and over the weekend I’ll be looking at Goonies and Beetlejuice 4K as well. Tim and Dennis are hard at work on reviews too. So be sure to watch for those.

Now then... the big 4K announcement news today is that StudioCanal has officially set the 4K Ultra HD release of Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall: 30th Anniversary Edition in the UK for 23 November. The 16-bit 4K scan and remaster was done from the original camera negative, with color grading in HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR. [Read on here...]

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Audio will be included in Dolby Atmos, and the package will include the remastered film on Blu-ray too, as well as a Blu-ray bonus disc. Extras will include:

  • Audio Commentary by Paul Verhoeven & Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Total Excess: How Caralco Changed Hollywood
  • Open Your Mind: Scoring Total Recall
  • Dreamers Within the Dream: Developing Total Recall
  • Models and Skeletons: The Special Effects of Total Recall
  • The Making of Total Recall
  • Imagining Total Recall
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Collector’s Edition package will also include Jerry Goldsmith’s score on 2 CDs, 6 art cards, a 48-page booklet, and a double-sided poster.

You can pre-order the 4K Collector’s Edition now at (click here) and here at Zavvi US (click here or on the image below). Here’s what it looks like...

Total Recall: 30th Anniversary 4K UK Collector's Edition (4K Ultra HD)

Meanwhile, Lionsgate is also going to be releasing the remastered Total Recall here in the US in a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook edition on 12/8 for just $22.99. Again, it will include Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos audio, and all the disc-based extras listed above. Here’s what that will look like (we’ll add the Amazon US pre-order link when it becomes available)...

Total Recall: 30th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD) Max Mad (4K Ultra HD) Mad Max (Blu-ray Disc)

Also newly available for pre-order from Zavvi on 4K Ultra HD... the Justice League Zavvi exclusive 4K Steelbook and the Titans of Cult 4K limited edition Steelbook version of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (click on the titles or on the images below)...

Justice League Zavvi-exclusive Steelbook (4K Ultra HD) Titans of Cult exclusive 2001: A Space Odyssey Steelbook (4K Ultra HD)

A couple more things before we go today...

First, in case you missed it when we posted the details yesterday, it appears that Shout! Factory has finally located the lost trimmed footage from Friday the 13th: Part II! And yes, it will be included in the box set. You can see our post from yesterday here, and here’s a link to the Facebook post that tells the story about how the producing team managed to find the footage—it’s a pretty good read. (And a big Bits shout-out to our old friend Peter Bracke for his role in that effort!)

Finally today, Paramount has announced that it’s going to be re-releasing Francis Ford Coppola’s oft-maligned The Godfather: Part III in a new Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone edition, featuring a new 4K restoration and edit of the film supervised by Coppola himself.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III,” Coppola said in a statement. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”

The remastering effort included work to replace lower-resolution opticals in the original negative with better quality from original takes, along with dust clean-up, scratch repair, and adjustments made to the 5.1 sound mix. A limited theatrical release will happen in December (to mark the film’s 30th anniversary), with VOD and home entertainment releases to follow at a later date. Since they’re unlikely to release ONLY the third film, this would seem to indicate the potential for a long awaited 4K release of the trilogy.

You can read more on Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone here at Deadline and here at Media Play News.

And that’s all for now. As always, stay tuned...!

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