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Monday, 14 November 2022 18:11

We’ve got tons of new Blu-ray & UHD reviews for you, plus news of Se7en in 4K, Tár, Smile, Better Call Saul & Kevin Conroy RIP

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All right, it’s been a week since we’ve had a news update here at the site, and the reason is two-fold: First, there just hasn’t been a lot of news to report. And second, given that fact, we’ve all been working hard on a TON of new disc reviews here at The Bits. In fact, I’ve personally pledged to post a new 4K Ultra HD review each day all this week here at The Bits. So we’ll start today with the ones I’ve completed so far...

Now available for your reading enjoyment are my reviews of Paramount’s Halo: Season One – Limited Edition Steelbook, Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ Mystery Men, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elf and A Christmas Story, all in 4K Ultra HD. But the guys have been busy too...

To this, Tim has added his thoughts on Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running (4K UHD) and The Count Yorga Collection (Blu-ray) from Arrow Video, the Species: Collector’s Edition (4K UHD) from Scream Factory, and Quiet Days in Clichy (4K UHD) from Blue Underground.

Stephen has contributed his takes on Married to the Mob (Blu-ray), Vortex (Blu-ray), and The Iceman Cometh (Blu-ray) from Vinegar Syndrome, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons (4K UHD) from Warner, Golden Boy (Blu-ray) from Imprint, X (4K UHD) from Capelight Pictures, and The Sporting Club (Blu-ray) from Kino Lorber.

And Dennis has offered his take on the Barfly: Limited Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray) and Storm Center (Blu-ray) both from Imprint.

As I said a moment ago, still more reviews are on the way all this week, so be sure to keep checking back for them. [Read on here...]

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We also posted a massive new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our own Michael Coate last week, featuring a terrific retrospective look back at Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary last year. This thing is so huge—11 pages and 22-chapters—that it took all year to complete. If you’re a fan of the film, it’s well worth a read. Don’t miss it!

Now then, thanks to our deep bench of industry sources, we have yet another big piece of news to share about an upcoming 4K catalog title that Warner Bros. is apparently working on. David Fincher’s Se7en (1995) is reportedly coming to 4K UHD from the studio sometime in early 2023. This of course is a New Line title with highly-stylized cinematography by Darius Khondji that should look truly stunning on the format with High Dynamic Range. We expect official word from the studio in the next couple months, and as always retailers will probably leak the details first.

Meanwhile, there’s no update on Sony’s tentatively planned release of Panic Room in 4K UHD, which our sources had told us was in the works earlier this year. It appears to have gone back into production limo in the same way that Warner’s 4K release of Gravity did a while back. When we have more news on either title, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Also today, Universal has set Todd Field’s Tár for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/20, though we don’t yet have specifics on the release beyond that. The film stars Cate Blanchett.

Paramount has just officially set Parker Finn’s Smile for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/13, with the Digital release expected on 11/15. Extras will include audio commentary with Finn, the Laura Hasn’t Slept short film (that inspired Smile), 2 featurettes (Something’s Wrong with Rose: Making Smile and Flies on the Wall: Inside the Score), and deleted scenes.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just announced Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/13, with the Digital release set for 11/22.

Sony has also set Better Call Saul: The Complete Series for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/6, along with Better Call Saul: Season 6.

And Radiance Films has set a 3-disc Cosa Nostra: Franco Nero in Three Mafia Tales by Damiano Damiani Blu-ray box set for release on 5/2/23 that includes The Day of the Owl, The Case is Closed: Forget It, and How to Kill a Judge.

Radiance will also release Jean-Denis Bonan’s A Woman Kills on Blu-ray on 2/7, with Alain Cavalier’s Fill ‘er Up With Super following on Blu-ray on 3/7.

For TV fans, Paramount is planning to release Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1 on Blu-ray and DVD sometime early in 2023 (possibly in January).

And here’s a nice surprise: Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing a Peter Falk 4-Film Comedy Collection on Blu-ray on 1/31, featuring The Cheap Detective (1978), Big Trouble (1985), Happy New Year (1986), and Luv (1967).

Finally today, a sad note: The great voice actor Kevin Conroy has died after a brief battle with cancer. As many of you know, Conroy was widely known and well loved for having voiced the Caped Crusader in the highly-acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series and its many animated sequels and spin-offs. For our money, Conroy is the Batman, given that he played the part for so long and so well. Sadly, he was just 66. You can read more about him here at Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and The New York Times. And be sure to check out Mark Hamill’s tribute here on Twitter. Thank you, Kevin.

Kevin Conroy, Rest in Peace

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

Smile (4K Ultra HD) Better Call Saul: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc) Better Call Saul: Season Six (Blu-ray Disc)

Smile (Blu-ray Disc) Peter Falk Comedy Collection (Blu-ray Disc) Lyle Lyle Crocodile (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...

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