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Celebrating Rocky’s 40th, plus Dead or Alive, Doctor Strange, Rogue One & Star Wars in 4K?

December 22, 2016 - 5:05 pm   |   by
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All right, I’m finally back to some semblance of functional today after a good three-day bout with the flu. As such, we’ve got a bit of good content for you here at The Bits today.

First up, our own Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Rocky with a brand new film retrospective and roundtable discussion in his latest installment of History, Legacy & Showmanship. The column is a great in-depth read, as always, and features the participation of film historians Leger Grindon, Edward Gross, and Eric Lichtenfeld, and documentary filmmaker Cliff Stephenson. Don’t miss it!  [Read on here…]

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In announcement news today, Arrow Video is releasing Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive Trilogy on Blu-ray on 3/14.

Here’s something interesting: The first five series of the BBC’s Red Dwarf are coming to Blu-ray in the U.K. on 8/14/17 according to Amazon.co.uk. These will be Region B, but still. Pretty cool, and there could be a U.S. release too.

Also per Amazon.co.uk, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is coming to Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D (see link here), and DVD on or about 3/6, at least for U.K. retailers. One would expect the U.S. date to be somewhere around then as well, though keep in mind the title has not yet been officially announced.

Amazon.co.uk is also suggesting that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D (see link here), and DVD at the same time, though street date is still TBA.

Speaking of Star Wars, this is a very interesting (and completely unsurprising) revelation: The Little White Lies website has a new interview with director Gareth Edwards in which he reveals that Lucasfilm has a brand new 4K restoration of A New Hope. It’s not clear if this is the original 1977 version or some version of the Special Edition, but in order to even be able to create a 4K Special Edition, you’d have to first scan all the original negative in 4K. And Disney is not the kind of studio that takes a chance of losing their most valuable film assets. So we would bet a lot of money they have an original version in 4K, and probably Empire and Jedi too. When we might see them is a different question. Meanwhile, give the piece a look.

That’s all for now. Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)

 

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