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Man of Steel, hints on Hobbit: AUJ - Extended & Criterion's September slate!

June 21, 2013 - 3:10 pm   |   by
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All right, so I finally saw Man of Steel last night… and I actually think it’s pretty damn good.  More on that at another time.  The point is, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Blu-ray pre-orders for the film go live on Amazon in the next couple weeks, so be sure to watch for them.

Meanwhile, BD, BD3D and DVD pre-orders for Paramount’s Iron Man 3are now live on Amazon.  There are no official details or cover artwork yet, but they’re definitely up for pre-order so click on the links provided if you’d care to do so.

And for you Lord of the Rings fans, here’s something interesting:  The MPAA has officially given The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Extended Edition a rating of PG-13 for fantasy violence “and brief nudity.”  There’s no official word on a street date or other details, but you can bet we’ll learn more at Comic-Con in San Diego next month.  If Warner followed New Line’s past Extended Edition release habits, you can likely expect the title to street on 11/12 or 11/19, as the EEs of Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers both came out in mid-November (the Return of the King: EE was released on 12/14, but it’s unlikely Warner will want to wait that long as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arrives in theaters on 12/13).  Possible new scenes that you’ll find in the longer version include those being discussed here at The One, and obviously you can expect more in-depth behind the scenes documentaries from producer Michael Pellerin (an excerpt of which were available in the form of the A Hobbit’s Tale: Part I – The Journey Begins featurette on the Best Buy-exclusive 2D Blu-ray version released back in March).

Now then… in announcement news, Criterion has officially revealed their September Blu-ray and DVD release slate, set to include Edouard Molinaro’s La Cage aux Folles (Cat #671 – Blu-ray and DVD – due 9/10), Martin Ritt’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Cat #452 – Blu-ray and DVD – also due 9/10), Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata (Cat #60 – Blu-ray & DVD – due 9/17), Richard Linklater’s Slacker (Cat #247 – Blu-ray and DVD – 9/17) and 3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Cat #672 – Blu-ray & DVD – 9/24 – includes Stromboli [#673], Europe ’51 [#674], and Journey to Italy [#675]).

Also, Shout! Factory has set The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series for release on DVD on 7/2 as a 21-disc box set.  SRP is $139.99.

And Anchor Bay has set the comedy Sisters & Brothers for release on BD and DVD on 9/10.

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for three of the newly-announced Criterion titles…

La Cage Aux Folles (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Slacker (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Here’s also an open box look at Warner/Paramount’s Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection BD set (due 9/13... yes, that’s a Friday)...

Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

Have a great weekend and see you Monday!

- Bill Hunt

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