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Criterion’s December slate with Roma & Heart of a Dog, plus Killing of America & Star Trek 50 set reviewed!

September 16, 2016 - 3:36 pm   |   by
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All right, I’ve been busy working on Blu-ray reviews for you these last couple days, and we have four to share with you now. Late yesterday I posted my thoughts on Magnolia’s The Wave (aka Bølgen), which is a nifty little Norwegian disaster film from last year, as well as Madman Entertainment’s excellent North Sea Hijack (1979), better known to Americans as ffolkes! The film stars Roger Moore and it’s a great little gem. Best of all, though the packaging says Region B, the disc is actually an All Region release. Then today, our own Jim Hemphill has turned in his thoughts on Twilight Time’s new double feature of the Frank Sinatra films Tony Rome (1967) and Lady in Cement (1968). Finally, I’ve just completed my thoughts on CBS and Paramount’s whopping new 30-disc Star Trek: 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection Blu-ray box set, which as many of you know includes the first-ever release of Star Trek: The Animated Series on Blu-ray. That title will also be released separately on Blu-ray later this year, but in the meantime do check out our thoughts on the box set.  [Read on here…]

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The big release news today is that The Criterion Collection has just announced their December Blu-ray and DVD release slate, which is set to include a BD upgrade of Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel (Cat #459 – Blu-ray) and Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog (Cat #846 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 12/6, followed by John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (Cat #847 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Federico Fellini’s Roma (Cat #848 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 12/13.

Also, Severin Films has just announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release of Leonard Schrader’s notorious The Killing of America (1981) “shock” documentary (SRP $29.98 and $19.98 for the disc versions). Extras will include audio commentary with director Sheldon Renan and interviews with Renan, editor Lee Percy, and Mondo Movie historian Nick Pinkerton.

Kino Lorber has just announced a 4-pack box set release of their recent Depatie/Freleng animated Blu-rays – The Inspector, The Ant and the Aardvark, Roland and Ratfink, and Tijuana Toads – for just $79.95.

And I know we mentioned this the other day, but AMC and Anchor Bay have set Into the Badlands: Season 1 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 11/8. You can see the cover artwork below.

We’ll leave you this week with a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for many of the titles mentioned above (with clickable Amazon.com pre-order links if available)...

The Asphalt Jungle (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)   Heart of a Dog (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)   Roma (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

The Exterminating Angel (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)   Into the Badlands: Season 1 (Blu-ray Disc)   DePatie/Freleng Collection: Volume 1 (Blu-ray Disc)

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)

 

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