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Friday, 13 September 2013 14:07

Grown Ups 2, Friedkin’s Sorcerer on BD at last & Ray Dolby RIP

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We’ve got a quick bit of announcement news for you today...

Sony has set Grown Ups 2 for release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on 11/5 (SRP $40.99 and $30.99).  Extras will include deleted scenes and 4 featurettes (Look Who Stopped By, Set Construction, Mr. Spade’s Wild Ride and Shaq and Dante: Police Force).

Time Life and StarVista have announced a 6-disc The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Collector’s Edition for DVD release on 10/8 (SRP $59.95).  From the press release the set “includes 12 complete and unedited Celebrity Roasts, featuring Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Dean Martin, Kirk Douglas, Michael Landon, Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Joan Collins.  Appearing as roasters, throwing zingers at the men and women of the hour are: John Wayne, Dom DeLuise, Rich Little, Muhammad Ali, George Burns, Phyllis Diller, Art Carney, Bette Davis, Florence Henderson, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters and many others.  Adding to the mirth and merriment of this set are over two hours of specially-produced bonus features, featurettes and interviews, as well as rare Dean Martin TV specials and home movies!”  [Read on here...]

Meanwhile, Kino Lorber’s Easy Rider: The Ride Back hits DVD and digital on 9/17.  The 2013 film was directed by Dustin Rikert as a sequel to the original Easy Rider.  It stars Jeff Fahey and Rance Howard.

Also, Maddox Entertainment has set Power of Love for DVD release on 9/24.

And here’s a nice little surprise to brighten your day:  Director William Friedkin just posted on his Facebook page that Warner Home Video is finally going to release his remastered Sorcerer on Blu-ray on 4/14.  To quote George Bailey, “I wish I had a million dollars... hot dog!”

Finally, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of the legendary Ray Dolby, who has helped make our movies sound great since 1965.  He was 80.  More here at the NY Daily News.  I can’t think of a better way to tip the hat to the man than this...

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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