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Sony sets Across the Universe for 4K, plus Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok likely on 4K, Dracula (1931) live in SF, Stronger, Detroit & more

October 30, 2017 - 1:36 pm   |   by

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just officially announced the 4K Ultra HD release of Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe on 1/9/18. The disc will include HDR10, Dolby Atmos audio, and the previous Blu-ray edition with all the previous special features. You can see the cover artwork at the left there.

Also on the 4K front, it’s beginning to look like Thor: Ragnarok will be Disney and Marvel’s next 4K Ultra HD release, due day and date with its Blu-ray and DVD counterparts in early 2018. We don’t have a street date yet, but a number of international retailers – including Zavvi – are already taking pre-orders on the title. We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List accordingly. [Read on here…]

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In other announcement news today, Lionsgate has officially set Stronger, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany, for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/19. The Digital release is expected on 12/5. Extras will include a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Lionsgate has also set Acts of Vengeance for Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on 11/28. The studio has set The Crucifixion for Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on 12/5. They also have the animated Leap! due on all three formats on 11/21.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set Victoria & Abdul for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/19. The film stars Judi Dench. The company has also set Home Again for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/12, starring Reese Witherspoon.

20th Century Fox will release Detroit on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/12.

The Warner Archive has set Doc Hollywood for Blu-ray release on 11/28.

Acorn will release George Gently: The Complete Collection and George Gently: Series 8 on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/19.

AGFA is releasing the Turkish martial arts film The Sword and the Claw on Blu-ray on 1/23/18.

Bayview Entertainment will release Mobile Suit Gundamn Wing Collector’s Ultra Edition box set on Blu-ray on 12/12, which will include Episodes 1-49, the Operation Meteor OVA and the Endless Waltz OVA.

Arrow Academy is releasing Billy Wilder’s The Apartment on Blu-ray on 12/12.

Arrow Video will release The Premonition (1976), The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976), and Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973) on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/5.

Classic Flix has set Anthony Mann’s Raw Deal (1948) for Blu-ray release on 12/12. The also have Along Came Jones (1945) due on BD on 12/5.

Well Go USA has set Wolf Warrior 2 for Blu-ray release on 12/12.

Kino Lorber will release the John Wayne films Legend of the Lost (1957) and Brannigan (1975) on Blu-ray on 12/12, along with a Platoon Leader/Soldier Boyz double feature on Blu-ray that same day. The company has also revealed that they’re working on new Blu-ray and DVD releases of The Young in Heart (1938), Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939), and Howard Hughes’ The Outlaw (1943) – those are coming soon. They also have For Love of Ivy (1968) set for 1/2/18 and The Oldest Profession (1967) set for 2/27/18.

Scorpion Releasing has set Go Tell the Spartans for Blu-ray release on 12/5.

Severin Films has announced The Amicus Collection for Blu-ray release on 12/5, set to include Asylum, And Now the Screaming Starts, and The Beast Must Die!, all starring Peter Cushing.

A company called Menemsha Films as set The Women’s Balcony for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/5.

And Cult Epics will release Giulio Questi’s Death Laid an Egg on Blu-ray on 11/28.

In other news, I had the good fortune on Saturday night to attend a screening of Universal’s classic Dracula (1931) featuring a live performance of the score by Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet. Let me tell you, it was amazing – the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. If you ever had the chance to experience this, or a similar classic film with live music, I highly recommend it. For those of you who live in the Bay area, they’re performing it again tomorrow night (10/31) at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Here’s the link.

Dracula (1931) with Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

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