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Wednesday, 26 October 2022 13:13

House of the Dragon: S1 4K pre-orders, plus Warner Archive’s Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Blu-ray, James Gunn to head DC Films & more

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Today’s round of Halloween Bag-o-Tricks title reviews kicks off My Two Cents here at The Bits today, including...

Stephen’s look at Shin’ichiro Ueda’s One Cut of the Dead on Blu-ray from RLJE Entertainment.

His review of David Schmoeller’s Tourist Trap: VHS Retro Big Box Collection on Blu-ray from Full Moon Features.

And Tim’s take on the 1980 British TV entry Hammer House of Horror: The Complete Series on Blu-ray from Imprint Films. Enjoy!

Meanwhile, the big news this morning—though it’s not yet official in the form of an actual press release/announcement—is that HBO will definitely be releasing its excellent House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on 12/20.

Extras on the set will feature “over one hour of bonus content” including two exclusive featurettes: Return to the Seven Kingdoms and Welcome to Westeros (with Ryan Condal, Miguel Sapochnik, and George R.R. Martin).

The 4K/Blu-ray combo set will be available in two different wide-release product SKUs, one in regular packaging and the other in Steelbook packaging. You can see the wide release version at left and both below. Both will feature Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10, as well as Dolby Atmos audio. [Read on here...]

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Also today, our friends at The Warner Archive Collection have just revealed a pair of new catalog Blu-ray titles that are coming on 12/6: Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958) and The Night of the Iguana (1964). You can see the cover art below.

Also, there’s a new Twilight Time labeled Blu-ray title coming on 11/8 from Screen Archives Entertainment: Domenico Paolella’s 1973 Italian “nunsploitation” film The Nun and the Devil (aka Le Monache di Sant’Arcangelo). Extras will include audio commentary with Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw, 4 featurettes (Judging Luc, The Devil and Martine, Paolella Connection, and Horny Devils: Nunsploitation Explained), and the original theatrical trailer. You can see that cover below as well.

In other industry news, here’s a nice surprise: Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran are officially taking the reins at DC Films, reporting directly to new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, per Variety. And whatever else you may think of Zaslav’s leadership decisions, that’s a very smart move. What the “DC Extended Universe” films have lacked this past decade is consistency, freedom from corporate meddling, and any kind of coherent, long-term vision. Given his Marvel Cinematic Universe experience, Gunn obviously has the talent and know-how to correct that. Whether DC’s polarized fanbase will keep an open mind and go along with that vision—or continue calling for a complete Zack Snyder takeover of the DCEU—remains to be seen. But tip of the hat to Zaslav for the choice.

Keep in mind, this comes just days after Henry Cavill revealed that he’s coming back to the role of Superman in future films. Given how much we loved Man of Steel here at The Bits, we’re all for it.

For those of you who are fans of the new Andor Disney+ streaming series, which—in my opinion—is absolutely fantastic and one of the best pieces of Star Wars content that Lucasfilm has delivered since the Disney takeover, there’s a great interview with producer/showrunner Tony Gilroy on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast. You can listen to it here and it’s well worth your time.

Also today, we have a couple of sad notes to report. The first is the death of animator, producer and director Jules Bass, he of Rankin/Bass fame. Bass was responsible for such holiday TV classics as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and thus played a massive role in the lives of Generation X viewers in particular. Bass was 87. You can read more here at Variety.

Finally, the Emmy-winning actor and social media star Leslie Jordan died on Monday in a car accident in Hollywood. Jordan appeared in TV’s Will & Grace, American Horror Story, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Star Trek: Voyager, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and many, many other series and films. Kind-hearted, witty, and self-deprecating, with a trademark Southern drawl, he was a longtime LGBTQ icon who later became an Instagram phenom with millions of loyal followers. Jordan was 67. You can read more on his life and career here at Variety as well.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a number of the titles mentioned above and more, with Amazon pre-order links if available...

House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season (4K Ultra HD) House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD) Dawson's Creek: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

Attack of the 50 ft. Woman (Blu-ray Disc) The Night of the Iguana (Blu-ray Disc) The Nun and the Devil (Blu-ray Disc)

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