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Lots of indie & deep catalog Blu-ray news, plus Jonathan Winters RIP

April 12, 2013 - 3:28 pm   |   By 

We’ve got just a few more new announcements for you today, and a bit of sad news…

First, Universal is releasing a series of Blu-ray double features discs on 6/4, including Battlestar Galactica: Razor/Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, A Beautiful Mind/Cinderella Man, Dante’s Peak/Daylight, Doom/Street Fighter, Green Zone/The Kingdom, Land of the Lost/MacGruber, Leap Year/Love Happens, Miami Vice/Inside Man, Nanny McPhee/Peter Pan, Scent of a Women/Sea of Love, Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz and Uncle Buck/Fletch.

Universal has also set Frankie Go Boom for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/14.

PBS has set NOVA: Mind of a Rampage Killer for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/28.

Cinedigm has set The English Teacher for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/27.  The film stars Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear.

Video Music Inc has set IFC’s Portlandia: Season 3 for release on Blu-ray on 7/9.

Starz and Anchor Bay have set The Amazing Adventures of The Living Corpse for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/18.  They also have Pusher and The Rambler set for Blu-ray on 6/25.

Image Entertainment has Tomorrow You’re Gone due on BD on 5/14, followed by The Numbers Station on 5/28, and Graceland and Pieta on 7/23.

Fox has set In Old Arizona for Blu-ray release on 6/4, followed by Phantom on 6/11.

Also, Olive Films has announced more deep classic catalog and indie films for release on Blu-ray, including Magic Christian, My Brothers, Father Goose, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, In Old California, The Grass is Greener, Reuben Reuben, Shanks, The File on Thelma Jordan, Lady from Louisiana, Blowing Wild and Dark Command on 5/28.  They also have The Enforcer, Cloak and Dagger, Night of the Scarecrow, The Unbelievable Truth, Hoodlum Empire, Parked, The Lonely Trail, Pals of the Saddle, The Miracle of the Bells, The Men and Three Faces West on 4/30.

And here’s something interesting: Paramount in the U.K. has announced the 6/3 Blu-ray release of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.  Also coming that day to BD in the U.K. from Universal is Rooster Cogburn, The War Wagon, Joe Kidd and Two Mules for Sister Sara.  Thanks to Bits reader Gary M. for the heads-up!  Sure wish the studios would these in the States as well, but there’s some indication that they may at least be all-region.

Finally today, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of veteran actor and funny man Jonathan Winters, one of the all-time great legends of improv comedy.  Winters had been expected to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival Screening of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World in a couple weeks in Hollywood.  He’ll surely be missed.  More here.  Winters was 87.  Take a look at this bit of improv with Winters and Art Carney on YouTube.  Genius…

We’ll leave you today with a look at cover artwork for Starz/Anchor Bay’s The Star Chamber and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (both due 5/28, for Fox) and Severin’s House on Straw Hill (due 6/11)…

Star Chamber (Blu-ray Disc)    My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Blu-ray Disc)    House on Straw Hill (Blu-ray Disc)

Back Monday with a new column from Bud Elder and more.  Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

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