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Glengarry Glen Ross, Undying Monster, Bill & Ted update, Middle Earth update, new Kino/Olive & more!

August 3, 2016 - 10:07 am   |   by
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First up today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order items from Amazon after clicking through one of our links you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we truly appreciate it.

Now then… a quick Lord of the Rings update: We’ve learned from sources that it’s unlikely Warner has created much in the way of new disc-based content for these new Middle Earth Blu-ray box sets that have appeared on Amazon. We’re going to have to wait for official announcements, but more likely these are just repackages of existing discs in new packaging, probably with all-new swag items – a typical Warner move on Ultimate Collector’s Edition catalog releases in recent years. But we’ll see soon enough.  [Read on here…]

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Kino Lorber has just announced a great new catalog release due on Blu-ray on 11/22: The Undying Monster (1942)! The disc will include new audio commentary with historian Tom Weaver, the Concerto Macabre: The Films of John Brahm featurette, a Restoration Comparison, and trailers. Also coming from Kino on 11/22 is The Lodger (1944). Extras will include audio commentary by historian Gregory William Mank, another commentary by historians Alain Silver and James Ursini, The Man in the Attic: The Making of The Lodger featurette, The Lodger Vintage Radio Show performed by Vincent Price and Cathy Lewis, a Restoration Comparison, and trailers. And coming in 2016 is Night People (1954).

Lionsgate has revealed some more of the great cult catalog titles coming as part of their new Vestron Collector’s Edition line. Look for a double feature of Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time, plus Return of the Living Dead 3, and C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD.

Speaking of Lionsgate, the company has announced the long-awaited Blu-ray release of Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) on 10/11. We believe this is the first time the title has been available on the format here in the States (it was previously available on BD in Italy, Germany, and elsewhere internationally).

Meanwhile, Shout! Factory has announced the final list of extras you’ll find on their forthcoming Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection on Blu-ray (due on 9/20). Look for new commentaries by actor Alex Winter and producer Scott Kroopf, and writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon on Adventure, and the same commentary combinations on Bogus Journey, the all-new Time Flies When You Are Having Fun! documentary on Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (with Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and others), the all-new Bill & Ted Go To Hell documentary on Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (again with Reeves, Winter, and others), legacy featurettes (including The Most Triumphant Making-Of, The Original Bill & Ted: In Conversation with Chris & Ed, The Hysterical Personages of Bill & Ted, Score! An Interview with Guitarist Steve Vai, Air Guitar Tutorial with Bjorn Turoque & The Rockness Monster, and Vintage EPK), plus theatrical trailers.

Scream Factory’s Dead Ringers: Collector’s Edition is now officially set for release on Blu-ray on 11/15 and we have final cover artwork (see below).

Paramount has made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows official for Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray 3D Combo, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on 9/20 (with the Digital HD release due on 9/6). Extras on the Blu-ray versions will include Deleted Scenes, and 6 featurettes (We Are Family, Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse, House Party, It’s Tricky: Inside the Van, ILM: The Effects Beneath the Shell, and Did You Catch That? Turtle Eggs!)

Olive Films has just announced their October catalog Blu-ray slate, which is set to include Gas-s-s-s (1970), Sang-ho Yeon’s The King of Pigs (2011) and The Fake (2013), Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970), Villa Rides (1968), The Return of Dracula (1958), Strategic Air Command (1955), and Special Effects (1984), all on 10/18.

Showtime has set Penny Dreadful: The Final Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 10/4.

Showtime has also set a new Dexter: The Complete Series Blu-ray set for release on 10/4 in more streamlined packaging (SRP $135.99).

Finally today, we have word that the world’s first 8K “Super High Vision” TV broadcasts are going to happen soon from the NHK in Japan, and of course it’s coverage of the Rio Olympic Games. More here via ars technica.

We’ll leave you with a look at a little more new Blu-ray cover artwork (with clickable Amazon pre-order links if available – we’ll add the missing ones as soon as they go live on Amazon)…

Glengarry Glen Ross (Blu-ray Disc)    The Undying Monster (Blu-ray Disc)    The Lodger (Blu-ray Disc)

Blood Diner (Blu-ray Disc)    Chopping Mall (Blu-ray Disc)    Dead Ringers: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)

 

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