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Blu-ray News: Prelude to Axanar, I Love Lucy: Ultimate S2, People Under the Stars & more

April 23, 2015 - 11:50 am   |   by
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Are any of you guys Star Trek fans? Of course, you are! Well, we have something awesome to report for you today. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Prelude to Axanar – we’ve mentioned it here before. It’s a professionally-produced and original fan film, directed by Christian Gossett (of The Red Star fame) and set in the Star Trek universe. It’s sort of an in-world documentary production, as if produced by Memory Alpha and the Federation Historical Society, that looks back at the so-called Four Years War between the Klingons and the Federation. Remember: This is an entirely non-profit effort, completely funded by fans through Kickstarter. It was so successful that a full feature-length dramatic film called Axanar is now deep into pre-production that tells the actual story of that war. [Read on here…]

Here’s the good news for home theater and physical media fans: Prelude to Axanar is being released on Blu-ray and DVD soon. It’s not available for sale in the traditional sense, because obviously CBS owns Star Trek and again this is a non-profit project. But you can obtain a copy of the Prelude Blu-ray (or DVD) as a donor perk by retroactively joining the Kickstarter for the full Axanar film production (visit this link for details and click on the Prelude to Axanar logo).

You can see the Blu-ray cover artwork above and to the left there (and also below), which was created by Axanar backer/artist Ron Gamble in the style of Juan Ortiz. The Blu-ray includes the complete Prelude to Axanar short film (21 minutes) in 1.78:1 aspect ratio 1080p video, with audio in English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English subtitles. The special features on the disc have all been produced by Robert Meyer Burnett – who, as you may know, also helped to create the extras for CBS’s great Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Enterprise Blu-rays. The extras will include the Dispatches from the 23rd Century: Making Prelude to Axanar documentary featuring the entire cast and crew, 2 full-length audio commentary tracks with the cast and crew, the film’s teaser trailer, and a sizzle reel. You can go here to the donate page on the Axanar website to learn how to make a retroactive donation that will get you the Blu-ray or DVD along with many other perks. Remember, you’re not paying for the Prelude Blu-ray itself – the money is going to help fund the full feature film. There are all kinds of benefits to being a backer. The sets being built for Axanar are going to be used to hold classes (open to backers) on indie filmmaking later this year, there’s going to be special events where you can actually come and stand on the bridge set of the U.S.S. Ares (from the film) and more. If you’re a fan, becoming a backer allows you to participate in lots of fun ways. And you get a Blu-ray or DVD! Tough to beat. Again, here’s the link to the Axanar donote page where you can find out how to get the Blu-ray, here’s a link to the Axanar website with daily updates (as well as weekly podcasts and video blogs), and be sure to like the Axanar page on Facebook as well to chime in and follow along. Meanwhile, you can watch the complete Prelude to Axanar film in HD here (What Trek fan in their right mind wouldn’t want this on Blu-ray?)…

All right, in other Blu-ray and DVD release news today, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount have announced the Blu-ray release of I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 2 on 7/14. The episodes are remastered in HD, include nearly all of the previous DVD extras and much new material as well.

Scream Factory has revealed that they’re going to release Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs: Collector’s Edition in August. The title will be available for pre-order next month. Extras are TBA.

Lionsgate will release The Duff on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/9. The company will also release Last Knights on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/30. The latter stars Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman.

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Disney has set Strange Magic for DVD only release on 5/19.

Anchor Bay Entertainment and Gravitas Ventures have set Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/26. It’s also a Kickstarter-funded project and is meant to be a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s Ganja & Hess (1973).

Gravitas Ventures has also set 37: A Final Promise for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/23.

Paramount and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment will release Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Pulverizer Power on DVD only on 6/9.

PBS Distribution will release The Crimson Field (U.K.) on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/14.

Full Moon Features has set Vampire Dairies for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/21.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment has set the Elliot Smith: Heaven Adores You documentary for Blu-ray release on 7/17. They also have Live at the Roxy 9.25.14 coming on Blu-ray on 6/16, which is a concert performance by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.

Etiquette Pictures has set James B Harris’ Some Call It Loving (1973) for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 7/14, which was a (then) modern day re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty.

Alchemy has set the kids title Back to the Jurassic for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/9.

BrinkVision released (past tense) the docu-style thriller Shadow Zombie on DVD and digital on 4/21.

And finally, Freestyle Digital Media has set the horror comedy Zombeavers for DVD only release on 5/19.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for some of the titles listed above (the Prelude to Axanar cover art links to the donor page, the others link to their respective Amazon pre-order pages)…

Beyond the Reach (Blu-ray Disc)    I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 2 (Blu-ray Disc)    Prelude to Axanar (Blu-ray Disc)

Sneakers (Blu-ray Disc)    Dark Victory (Blu-ray Disc)    Some Call It Loving (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

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