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TONS of new reviews, plus L.A. Story comes to Blu-ray, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, new Warner Archive & Melvin Van Peebles RIP

September 23, 2021 - 10:07 pm   |   by

Sorry for the lack of a news update these past few days, folks, but the truth is there just hasn’t been a lot of announcement news to report on here. There are, however, lots of new Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles coming in for review, so that’s what we’ve been focusing on. On that note, we have for you today...

My thoughts on Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which is coming to 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics (on 10/19) with a fantastic remastered image and a remastered Blu-ray copy too.

My take on Justin Lin’s F9: The Fast Saga as newly-released on 4K Ultra HD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

And my review of Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption (1994) on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, a disc that delivers one of the best catalog 4K remasters I’ve seen in a long time.

But that’s not all: We also have Tim’s take on Sandy Harbutt’s Stone (1974) on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

And Tim’s review of Dario Argento’s The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971) on 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video. [Read on here...]

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As if all that weren’t enough, we’ve also got Stephen’s in-depth look at Gaspar Now’s Irreversible (2002) on Limited Edition Blu-ray from Indicator Films.

We also have Stephen’s look back at Martin Scorsese’s Casino (1995) on 4K Ultra HD from Universal—a title released on the format back in 2019.

And Stephen’s take on Billy Wilder’s The Fortune Cookie (1966) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Finally, Dennis has offered his thoughts on Bob Swaim’s Masquerade (1988) on Blu-ray, also from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And trust me when I say that there are more new disc reviews on the way soon, including my look at Unbreakable in 4K from Disney and much more. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them.

Now then, as I said a moment ago, there really isn’t a lot of release news to report on today, but we do have a couple of items of note...

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert for Digital release on 11/16.

Warner Bros. will release The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart documentary on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/16. It’s already available for viewing on HBO Max (and it’s pretty good if you’re a music fan).

The Warner Archive Collection has also announced that their October release slate will include Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 3 on Blu-ray on 10/5, Black Lightning: The Fourth and Final Season on Blu-ray on 10/12, and Tiger: Parts One & Two on DVD on 10/19.

RLJE Films has set No Man of God for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/19.

Blue Underground has moved the street date for their 4K releases of Maniac Cop 2 & 3 back a month due to manufacturing delays, from 10/12 to 11/16. Adjust your plans accordingly.

Lionsgate has just set Mick Jackson’s L.A. Story (1991) for release on Blu-ray for the first time on 11/19. Extras will include deleted scenes, outtakes, 3 featurettes, and original marketing materials. You can see the cover artwork above-left. It’s... ahem... well, there it is.

And finally Universal will release Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain on DVD and Digital on 10/12 and 9/28 respectively.

I’m afraid we also have one bit of sad news to report today as well: The great actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and composer Melvin Van Peebles has passed away. As many of you will know, he almost single-handedly launched the “blaxploitation” genre in 1971 with his third film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. But he directed 14 other films as well, and he wrote the 1971 Broadway musical Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death. Van Peebles died on Tuesday at the age of 89. You can read more about him here via The New York Times.

All right, that’s all for today. Back with more tomorrow.

Stay tuned...

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