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Sony sets GATTACA for 4K in March, plus new Mill Creek titles & the Great Conjunction tonight

December 21, 2020 - 4:52 pm   |   by
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All right, we’ve got just a quick update for you today with some great 4K Ultra HD announcement news.

First though, I wanted to let you all know that we’re likely going to be posting fewer news updates over the next week or so, given the forthcoming Christmas holiday. Announcements are sort of ramping down, so while we’ll pop in as needed, it’s quite likely that there won’t be a lot of news to report this week.

Nevertheless, we will check in with new disc reviews now and again over the next week. So there should be new content going up over the holiday.

We do have a great piece of 4K Ultra HD announcement news for you today, however... [Read on here...]

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has finally announced a title we’ve been quietly lobbying for: Andrew Niccol’s science-fiction classic GATTACA! Look for that to arrive in special Steelbook packaging on 3/23, complete with a native 4K film scan and a new Dolby Atmos sound mix. The Blu-ray in the package will also include deleted scenes, the Welcome to GATTACA featurette, and a blooper reel. You can see the cover artwork above left.

Also today, Mill Creek Entertainment has revealed their March Blu-ray slate, which is set to include Rad on Mondo Steelbook Blu-ray and DVD on 3/16, a double feature Blu-ray of My Girl and My Girl 2 on 3/9, a Blu-ray of Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain in retro VHS packaging on 3/9, a Blu-ray of Babe (1992) in retro VHS packaging on 3/9, a Blu-ray of Gorillas in the Mist in retro VHS packaging on 3/9, a Blu-ray of Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot in retro VHS packaging on 3/9, Tropical Heat on DVD and Digital on 3/18, I Am Lisa on DVD and Digital on 3/16, and Calm Like a Bomb on DVD on 3/23.

And finally, in completely non-home video news, some of you may have heard that the Great Conjunction is occurring tonight, featuring Jupiter and Saturn appearing so close together in the sky that some are calling it a “Christmas star.” In fact, the two planets apparently haven’t appeared so close together in the sky in the last 800 years. There will be lots of YouTube live streams of the conjunction this evening for those of you who might be interested (like this one). But for the rest of you, I got out my 12-inch Dobsonian telescope last night to take a photo of the event. This is a processed image created from stacking over 700 Pixel 3a camera images (taken through my telescope eyepiece) to bring out the detail. But I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. You can see Saturn (above left), Juputer (below right), and Jupiter’s five largest moons...

Great Conjunction 2020

To see Jupiter and Saturn in the night sky tonight (for those of you in North America at least), look west just after sunset. Jupiter will be the brightest star in the sky close to the horizon, with Saturn a tiny star right next to it. It’s definitely worth checking out if you have clear skies and a good telescope, or even binoculars with a tripod.

And with that, I’ll wish you all a good evening. Back with more news as it breaks. Stay tuned...!

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