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Wednesday, 09 December 2020 15:20

Spaceballs 4K update, plus The Undoing, Lady Sings the Blues, new KL Studio Classics, Shout! & more

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All right, we’ve got an announcement news update for you here at The Bits this afternoon...

First up today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has officially set their long-awaited Spaceballs (1987) 4K Ultra HD for release on 4/12. The 4K disc will include Dolby Vision HDR and audio commentary by Mel Brooks. Audio will be includes in 5.1 and 2.0 (format TBA) with optional English subs. You’ll also get the film on Blu-ray, which will include lots of additional legacy extras. You can see the 4K art at left. We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly.

The company also has a nice March slate of catalog Blu-ray titles, which is expected to include Sidney Lanfield’s My Favorite Blonde (1942), David Butler’s Caught in the Draft (1941), and Elliott Nugent’s Nothing But the Truth (1941) on 3/2 (all Bob Hope films), followed by Don Jones’ The Forest (1982, for Code Red), Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), Robert Aldrich’s The Choirboys (1977), and Richard Fleischer’s The Don is Dead (1973) on 3/9, Jim O’Connoly’s Tower of Evil (1972, for Scorpion Releasing), Andy Anderson’s Positive I.D. (1986), Francis Megahy’s Taffin (1988), Andrei Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train (1985), and Marty Feldman’s The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977) and In God We Trust (1980) on 3/16, Don Jones’ Schoolgirls in Chains (1973, for Code Red), Frank Perry’s Doc (1971), George Seaton’s Showdown (1973), Henry Hathaway’s Shoot Out (1971), and Richard Fleischer’s Crossed Swords (1977, aka The Prince and the Pauper) on 3/23, and Otto Preminger’s Rosebud (1975), Andrew Bergman’s Isn’t She Great (2000), Édouard Molinaro’s A Pain in the Ass (1973), and Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution (2007) on 3/30. [Read on here...]

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Note that Tamar Simon Hoffs’ The Allnighter (1987) has also been set for Blu-ray release on 2/23, with Douglas Sirk’s Battle Hymn (1957) coming in April 2021, and Wallace Worsley’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), Robert Wise’s Two People (1973), David Lowell Rich’s A Lovely Way to Die (1968), Ralph Levy’s Bedtime Story (1964), Hubert Cornfield’s The Night of the Following Day (1969), William Hale’s Journey to Shiloh (1968), Delbert Manns’ The Pink Jungle (1968), and Hal Needham’s Body Slam (1986) all coming soon (street date TBA).

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set The Undoing: An HBO Limited Series for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/23/21. Extras will include a trio of featurettes (Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant Introduce The Undoing, Creating The Undoing, and The Undoing Revelations). You can see the cover artwork at left.

Paramount has just set Lady Sings the Blues for first-time Blu-ray release on 2/23/21. All of the previous DVD extras will carry over, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, and more.

Shout! Factory and Scream have set Sputnik for release on Blu-ray on 2/9, followed by My Bloody Valentine: Steelbook and 2020 World Series Champions LA Dodgers: Collector’s Edition on 2/9, A Call to Spy on 2/16, Centigrade on 2/23, and Event Horizon on 3/23.

Powerhouse Films and Indicator have announced a great slate of upcoming March 2021 Blu-ray titles, including Howard Hawks’ The Criminal Code (1930) and 20th Century (1934), Sam Raimi’s Crimewave (1985), David Mamet’s Things Change (1988), Robert Rossen’s Lilith (1964), Michael Powell’s Age of Consent (1969), Sydney Pollack’s Castle Keep (1969), Ronald Neame’s The Odessa File (1974), and Costa-Gavras’ Missing (1982), Robert Gordon’s It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955), Nathan Juran’s 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), and Jack Sher’s The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960). All are expected to street on 3/22. Those last three are, of course, Ray Harryhausen classics.

Capelight Pictures and MPI Media Group have just announced the 1/19/2021 release of the Russian spaceflight thriller Spacewalker (2017), directed by Dmitry Kiselev. It’s a drama about cosmonaut Alexei Leonov’s mission to be the first human being to perform an EVA in orbit, which means it’s right up my alley. I’m looking forward to it.

And I’m also hearing good things about an indie film called Cicada Song (2019), made by Michael Starr, which is now available for free streaming on Amazon Prime. It was also just released on Blu-ray and DVD in November. I haven’t checked it out yet myself, but it’s been getting good reviews, so you can find it here.

Now then... in other home video related news, Scream Factory is now shipping fixed replacement discs for Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition Blu-ray box set. So if you’re waiting for your discs, know that they should be on the way. And if you have a copy of the set but weren’t aware of the issues, you’ll find details here in our review, along with instructions on how to request your replacement discs.

Speaking of replacement discs, we’ve asked Universal for an update on their fixed replacement discs for Psycho in 4K and Blu-ray (with the correct original theatrical mono audio instead of new fold-down mono audio). As many of you know, the original replacement discs included the same mistake, so Universal has had to fix them again and re-replicate. My guess is that disc replication lines are strained right now trying to deliver holiday titles, so it might simply require a little more patience. But if I hear back from the studio we’ll post an update here.

[12/11/20 Editor’s Update: I’ve now confirmed with Universal that the FIXED fixed replacement discs for Psycho in Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD began shipping out this week. So if you’ve taken advantage of their replacement program, you should be getting yours in the mail soon. Just FYI.]

And here’s something interesting: Brian Henson has just revealed to BBC Radio 2 that the lost cut song from The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), When Love Is Gone, has been found by Disney and is being restored to the film in a new 4K scan and remaster. We assume it will appear on Disney+ soon and fingers crossed maybe we’ll get it on 4K disc eventually too. You can read more about this here at the BBC and our thanks to Bits reader David V. for the heads-up!

That’s all for today. Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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