Welcome to a new week, folks! Let’s start things off today with some new record reviews …
First, Tim posted his thoughts on Sidney Salkow The last man on earth (1964) with Vincent Price, which has just been released on Blu-ray by our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Tim also took a look at Arrow’s excellent new video. Creatures of the Cold War: Four Sam Katzman Films Blu-ray box set, what streets tomorrow and includes Creature with atomic brain, The werewolf, Zombies of Mora Tau, and The Giant Claw.
Meanwhile, Stephen shared his thoughts on Sidney Lumet’s project Prince of the city (1981), new on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection, along with Wolfgang Peterson The never-ending story on the German 4K Ultra HE import of Constantin Film. Note that the 4K and Blu-ray discs in this package are regionless.
And finally, Dennis turned in his thoughts on Douglas Hickcox Blood theater (1973), also starring Vincent Price, also newly available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
All of these titles are worth checking out and we have more Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD reviews coming in the days to come (including my thoughts on The thing and Black Widow in 4K). So be sure to watch them. [Read on here…]
In today’s news, Paramount has officially set the value of Martin Scorsese the wolf of Wall Street for a 4K Ultra HD release on 12/14, as expected. You can see the cover illustration on the left and also below (and you can also pre-order the title on Amazon below).
Meanwhile, the Disney Movie Club has revealed a trio of major Disney live-action catalog titles they are bringing to the Blu-ray: The lookout in the woods (includes an original alternative opening), Navigator flight, and Something bad this way comes. These should be shipping soon from DMC if they haven’t already. Thanks to Parts player Aaron J. for the heads-up!
In other news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment informed us that they are revising the release dates for some of their biggest 4K releases in Q4 due to unexpected ‘supply chain delays’ . Therefore the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 2 box is now configured for a release on 12/10 (delayed from 14/9). The Underworld: Collection of 5 limited edition films now the streets on 10/26 (delayed from 10/05). And The guns of Navarone now the streets on 12/11 (delayed from 12/10). Adjust your plans accordingly.
Given this announcement and the fact that Paramount is struggling to ship enough copies of the Star Trek: The Original Collection of 4 Films 4K Ultra HD tuned to meet demand (Parts readers who pre-ordered it from Amazon, Best Buy and elsewhere are suffering from delivery delays), it seems likely that more of studios are currently experiencing replication and distribution issues (due to the limited replication capacity available and delays related to the pandemic) that will likely persist until the end of the year.
Also today we learned that Koch Films is releasing the film by Wong Kar-wai Happy together (1997) and Love mood (2000) on 4K Ultra HD in Germany on 25/11. Keep in mind, however, that these discs may not have English subtitles. We will try to confirm the presence or absence of English submarines as soon as possible.
Now I was invited this weekend to join my old friend Robert Meyer Burnett as a guest on his Let’s get physical media YouTube show with Dieter Bastian. So we had a great time yesterday talking about Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, catalog releases, independent distributors, Star Trek, and much more, the discussion lasted longer three hours in all! We even managed to convince our friend George Feltenstein (who is now back at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment!) To join in on the phone conversation at the end of the episode. You can watch it all here and I think you will enjoy it …
And with that, I’m now officially free to (finally) confirm that George Feltenstein has indeed been hired at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to work on their catalog titles and to manage the Warner Archive Collection again! I’ve known George for over 20 years, from the early days of Digital bits. He’s one of the most knowledgeable people you’ll meet in this industry on the subject of classic cinema, and he’s also one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I am happy to call him a friend and I am absolutely delighted to be able to say this: Welcome back, Georges! Thank you for all you do on behalf of Blu-ray, DVD, 4K, and movie fans around the world!
Alright, finally today … here’s something for you spaceflight fans who live in Southern California: SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 tonight from Vandenberg SFB at 8:55 PM Pacific (Live stream will be here) . So if you live in the SoCal (this can also be seen from parts of Nevada and Arizona), get out around 8:50 am and look at the sky west-northwest for about 10 minutes. If the launch goes according to plan, in the next few minutes, you will be treated to a pretty hellish view. The rocket will be visible throughout its orbit in the darkening sky, and the launch plume will be backlit by the setting sun all the time. Believe me, it’s worth the trip. It will look something like this (photo by Danny Sullivan) …
Today we leave you a preview of the cover art of a few new Blu-ray and 4K titles (with Amazon.com pre-order links if available) …
Back tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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