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Monday, 11 December 2023 17:00

Fincher’s Se7en in Ultra HD at last, plus Footloose (1984) 4K, Beverly Hills Cop III (and a 3-Film 4K set), The Crow (1994) is coming to 4K & more!

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All right, we’ve got a big week ahead of us here at The Digital Bits. As all of you know, the new James Cameron catalog 4K titles—The Abyss, True Lies, and Aliens—all drop via 4K Digital tomorrow. And we’ve got some big announcement news to share with all of you today as well. But first, we’ve got a new disc review for you...

Stephen has just turned in his thoughts on Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break (1991) in 4K Ultra HD from Shout! Factory. Enjoy!

Now then... there’s big news today, more big news, and yet another piece of big news. So let’s start with that first one...

Paramount Home Entertainment has just officially set Herbert Ross’ original Footloose (1984) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 2/13/24. We’re awaiting confirmation of the A/V specs on this one, but the title will come in both Amaray and Steelbook packaging, and will have a Blu-ray and Digital copy code. All of the legacy extras from the Blu-ray will carry over. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

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While we’re talking Paramount, the studio hasn’t officially announced this one yet but the pre-order listings have already gone up on the studio will indeed be releasing John Landis’ Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) in 4K along with a Beverly Hills Cop: 3-Movie 4K Collection on 2/20/24. Again, we don’t have the official details yet, but we expect them at any time. We do, however, have cover artwork which you can see below.

And we’re not quite done yet. Still on the subject of Paramount, cinematographer Dariusz Wolski shared on Instagram this weekend that he’s been asked by Paramount to supervise a new 4K HDR restoration of Alex Proyas’ The Crow (1994). So that’s likely coming to 4K Digital and probably physical 4K Ultra HD as well next year. Thanks to Bits reader Scotty W. for the heads-up.

Dariusz Wolski Instagram post

One more for the road: Paramount has also just set John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) for release in 4K Ultra HD on 3/5/24. As most of you will already be aware, the studio released this in a Paramount Presents 4K edition back in March of 2022. This appears to be the exact same disc, just a refresh in new poster art packaging.

Now for that last piece of big news: You know how we’ve been saying for a while now that David Fincher’s Se7en (1995) was coming to 4K Ultra HD? Well, it’s finally (almost) here: Both Zavvi and Amazon UK have just listed the title for release on Ultra HD in two different deluxe packaging with Steelbook options.

There’s an Ultimate Collector’s Edition in Steelbook packaging with swag (click on the image to visit the Amazon UK pre-order page)...

Se7en: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD)

And there’s also a more elaborate “What’s in the Box?” Steelbook Ultimate Collector’s Edition that includes even more swag (again, click on the image to visit the Amazon UK pre-order page)...

Se7en: "What's in the Box?" Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD)

Both Zavvi and Amazon UK have listed the street date as 30 December 2024, which is obviously more than a year away and so almost certainly a temp date. My belief is that it’s coming early in 2024, sometime in Q1—otherwise there’s no point in listing it yet. Keep in mind: at this point, we still have no idea if this deluxe packaging is coming to the US, or if (per Warner US’s usual) we’ll just get regular Amaray and Steelbook versions. But given these listings, I would expect the title to be officially announced fairly soon.

Also today Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set a BD-50 re-issue of William Wyler’s The Big Country (1958) for release on Blu-ray on 2/6, featuring the exact same transfer and extras but better image compression. The company has also revealed that Joan Darling’s First Love (1977) and Max and Dave Fleischer’s animated Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941) are both coming soon to Blu-ray (street date TBA).

88 Films has set Michael Reeves’s Witchfinder General (1968), Jesús Franco’s Count Dracula (1970), and Piers Haggard’s Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) for release on 4K Ultra HD in the UK on 3/25/24. We expect US release dates to be announced soon.

And while we’re talking UK releases, Dazzler Media has set For All Mankind: Season 4 for Blu-ray release in the UK on 10/7/24. That’s probably a placeholder date. No word yet on the Blu-ray release of Seasons 2, 3, and 4 from Sony here in the States. (I reviewed Season 1 here.) But For All Mankind: Season 4 is currently airing on Apple TV+ and it’s another fantastic season of the show.

We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above, as well as Sony’s Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 4 box set, with Amazon pre-order links if available...

Footloose (4K Ultra HD) Footloose (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD) Avatar: Collector's Edition (4K Ultra HD)

Beverly Hills Cop III (4K Ultra HD) Beverly Hills Cop: 3-Movie Collection (4K Ultra HD) Avatar: The Way of Water - Collector's Edition (4K Ultra HD)

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 4 (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...

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