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No Time to Die is official for BD & 4K on 12/21, plus it appears Warner’s Mad Max 2 4K has some audio errors

November 16, 2021 - 1:48 pm   |   by
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Today’s update here at The Bits will be a quick one, as we have one major title announcement to report, plus what appears to be an audio problem on a key forthcoming 4K catalog title that we’re tracking.

First though, we have a few new disc reviews for you...

Tim has posted his thoughts on Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes (1977), as released in 4K Ultra HD by our friends at Arrow Video.

Meanwhile, Stephen has checked in too with his thoughts on Wes Craven’s Scream (1996), newly released in 4K Ultra HD by Dimension Films via Paramount.

And Dennis has weighed in as well with his two cents on Liesl Tommy’s recent Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, new on Blu-ray from MGM via Universal Pictures. [Read on here...]

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All right, the big announcement news today is this: Eon Productions, MGM, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have just officially set the final Daniel Craig James Bond film, No Time to Die, for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/21. Both the Blu-ray and 4K discs will feature Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K disc will be a BD100 and will feature HDR10 high dynamic range. The 4K disc will also feature the exclusive (and terrific) 45-minute retrospective Being James Bond, which fans will know played on Apple TV a few weeks back in the lead-up to the film’s theatrical debut. Both the 4K and Blu-ray will also add 4 featurettes (including Anatomy of a Scene: Matera, Keeping It Real: The Action of No Time to Die, A Global Journey, and Designing Bond). It appears that there will also be exclusive Steelbook packaging and Gift Set SKUs available at select retailers. The film was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Now then... that audio problem we mentioned: It appears that the Warner’s new 4K Ultra HD of Mad Max 2—which promised a new Dolby Atmos mix as well as the previous 5.1 and original 2.0 audio tracks—does indeed include a new Dolby Atmos mix. But that mix alters many sound effects and is missing a number of others. What’s more, the 5.1 and 2.0 tracks are not “original” but are in fact just fold-downs of the new Atmos mix—disappointing all the way around. We’ve just gotten the Mad Max Anthology in for review in 4K UHD here at The Bits, so we’ll dive into it soon and report back over the next day or two. But just be aware of the issue. Note that we’ve informed Warner Bros. Home Entertainment of it and they’ve confirmed that their tech team is looking into it. We’ll report back when we hear more.

All right, here’s the cover artwork for No Time to Die (click on the images to pre-order them on Amazon.com)...

No Time to Die (4K Ultra HD) No Time to Die (Blu-ray Disc) Juice (4K Ultra HD)

No Time to Die (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...

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