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BIG release news today, but we’re starting our post with a new Blu-ray review...
Tim has taken a look at Dave Parker’s 2009 Warner Premiere horror film The Hills Run Red, newly released on Blu-ray by Scream Factory. The disc includes nearly 6.5 hours worth of special features created by Parker and the film’s producer, Robert Meyer Burnett, a longtime friend of The Bits. The disc is seriously stacked with extras, so do give it a look.
Speaking of Scream Factory, the company has just announced that their forthcoming Tales from the Darkside: The Movie – Collector’s Edition Blu-ray (due on 8/25) will include audio commentary with co-producer David R. Kappes, the original DVD audio commentary from 2001 with director John Harrison and co-screenwriter George A. Romero (the recording of which was featured here on The Bits at the time), the new 6-part and feature-length Tales Behind the Darkside: The Making of Four Ghoulish Fables documentary (featuring Harrison, producer Mitchell Galin, DP Robert Draper, production designer Ruth Ammon, special make-up & creature effects artists Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero, and Howard Berger, creature performer Michael Deak, actors James Remar and Rae Dawn Chong, and editor Harry B. Miller), the theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots, a compilation of behind-the-scenes footage, and image galleries. [Read on here...]
All right, today we have just a quick post, but we’ve got lot of great stuff for you...
First, Warner Bros. has confirmed that The Flintsones: The Complete Series is coming to Blu-ray later this year. The set will include all 166 episodes of the classic animated series plus two feature films—The Man Called Flintstone (1966) and the more recent The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown (2015). We don’t yet have a street date, but you can see the cover artwork at left and also below.
The good news is that we suspect Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Warner Archive are going to talk about this release on one of their Comic-Con at Home YouTube panels this week, which include Bugs Bunny’s 80th Anniversary (7/23 – 4pm), Deep Blue Sea 3 (7/24 – 5pm), and Warner Archive’s Secret Origins of Saturday Morning Cartoons (7/25 – 10am). [Read on here...]
All right, we’ve got some more announcement news for you today...
First up, our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics have revealed that they’re releasing Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter (1973) on Blu-ray on 10/27. It’ll include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox, new interviews with actors Marianna Hill and Mitchell Ryan, a vintage promo for the film restored in HD, Trailers from Hell segments with Josh Olson and Edgar Wright, a poster and image gallery, 2 theatrical trailers (in HD), a TV spot, a radio spot, and a limited edition slipcase.
But that’s not all: Also coming to Blu-ray that day is Don Seigel’s Two Mules for Sister Sara, starring Eastwood and Shirley Maclaine, featuring new 4K restorations of both the 112-minute International Cut and the 104-minute Domestic Cut. Extras will once again include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox, At Home with Clint (a vintage candid interview with Clint Eastwood in HD), a poster and image gallery, the theatrical trailer (in HD), 2 TV spots, 4 radio spots, and a limited edition slipcase.
Also coming soon from KL Studio Classics is Oz Scott’s Bustin’ Loose (1981) starring Richard Pryor. And the company has just kicked off its “Lazy Hazy Crazy Summer” sale on over 500 in-stock titles. It runs until 8/3. [Read on here...]
We’ve got some great announcement news for you catalog fans today, but first we also have another new Blu-ray review for you to check out...
Our own Tim Salmons has just turned in his thoughts on the 4-disc Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations BD set from Kit Parker Films and MVD Visual, which includes 21 shorts, 2 feature films, and a bevy of extras. Sounds like it’s a pretty nice set, so if you’re a fan of the comedy duo, you should definitely check it out.
Now then, the big news today is that Paramount Home Entertainment has just revealed that its next Paramount Presents Blu-ray title is none other than William Wyler’s Roman Holiday (1953), starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Look for it to street on 9/15 (SRP $29.98). You can see the cover artwork at left and also below.
The film was digitally restored in 2015 in a process took roughly six months, following an exhaustive worldwide search for the best available elements. [Read on here...]
All right, we’ve got a few good bits of news and such to wrap up the week...
First up though, we’ve just updated our Release Dates & Artwork section with tons of new Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you pre-order literally anything from our links here at The Bits, you’re helping to support our work and we surely do appreciate it.
Now then, we have word that Mamoru Oshii’s much-loved 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell will indeed street on 4K Ultra HD from Lionsgate on 9/8 (though do keep in mind that this date—while leaked by multiple retail sources now—is not yet officially announced by the studio). What’s more, it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon (here and also by clicking on the art below the break).
Also up for pre-order in 4K from Lionsgate is Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream. No street date is yet listed, but sources tell us it’s likely to arrive on 10/13. Again, you can see the cover artwork below. [Read on here...]