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Tim kicks things off this afternoon with another of his Pick-Ups Blu-ray reviews. This time he’s checking out Scream Factory’s recent double feature release of The Dungeonmaster and The Eliminators. Do give it a look.

In announcement news today, Universal has just officially set Krampus for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/26, with the digital HD release due on 4/12. Both disc versions will include audio commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey, and Zach Shields, an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, image galleries, and The Naughty Ones: Meet the Cast featurette. To this, the Blu-ray will exclusively add 5 additional featurettes (including Krampus and His Minions, Practical Danger, Inside the Snowglobe: Production Design, Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop: Krampus, and Dougherty’s Vision). You can see the cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking things off today with a new Pick-Ups column from our own Tim Salmons, featuring a review of Scream Factory’s new The Serpent and the Rainbow: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. It’s well worth your time – both the review and the title itself – so do check it out.

In announcement news today, Paramount has just revealed that it’s re-releasing Top Gun in a new 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray on 5/3 (SRP $14.99). There’s no new content in the set, but all the previous content will be included, along with a DVD copy of the film, and you Steelbook fans will be glad to learn that it comes packaged in a new Steelbook case that you can see below.  [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a new review from the esteemed Jim Hemphill, this time looking at a 1975 exploitation classic from William Girdler. That’s right, it’s Sheba, Baby, starring the legendary Pam Grier. And if you’re a fan of the film, you certainly won’t want to miss out on the fantastic new Blu-ray release from Arrow Video. Check out all the details here.

In announcement news today, Lionsgate has set Standoff for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital release on 4/12. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.  [Read on here…]

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The Weinstein Company, Starz and Anchor Bay have officially set Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/29 (SRP $39.99 and $29.98). The digital HD release is due on 3/15. Running time is 168 minutes (the Theatrical Cut only), aspect ratio is 2.76:1, and audio is 5.1 DTS HD-MA. Note that the Blu-ray includes only 2 featurettes by way of extras (Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look and Sam Jackson’s Guide to Glorious 70mm). This, plus the fact that the 187-minute Roadshow Version is not included, suggests a more elaborate Blu-ray release is already planned for later this year. Because of course there is.  [Read on here…]

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just announced that Concussion will be released day and date on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on 3/29, along with regular Blu-ray, DVD, and digital. The 4K UHD will include 4K resolution, HDR, Dolby Atmos (compatible with 7.1 Dolby TrueHD) and the film and special features on Blu-ray as well. Those Blu-ray features will include 9 deleted scenes, audio commentary with director Peter Landesman, and 2 featurettes (Crafting Concussion and Inside the True Story). You can see the 4K UHD and Blu-ray cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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With the President’s Day holiday going here in the States, there’s not a great deal of announcement news to report on this afternoon. However, we do have a couple interesting odds and ends worth mentioning...

BBC Home Entertainment will release Orphan Black: Season Four on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/12.  [Read on here…]

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First things first today: Our own Jim Hemphill has just posted a new Blu-ray review, this time featuring a look at Alexander Singer’s 1971 western Captain Apache, now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

In announcement news today, Universal has set Cary Grant: The Vault Collection for DVD only release on 4/19. Here’s a bit about the collection from the studio’s press site: “Featuring 18 films released between 1932 and 1936, the collection showcases the actor as he perfects his comedic timing and stretches his dramatic skills in a variety of roles alongside such Hollywood legends as Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Sylvia Sidney, Charles Laughton, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott and Fredric March. Including his feature film debut, This is the Night, as well as several Pre-Code dramas and comedies plus 5 films never before available to own…” We’ll post the complete list of films as soon as the studio provides it.  [Read on here…]

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First things first today: We’re hearing from readers that Samsung’s UBD‑K8500 UHD Blu-ray player is now starting to appear for sale on retailer shelves – including Best Buy – in at least some places around the country. Additionally, Best Buy employees are suggesting in-store that the first UHD Blu-ray titles will start to become available tomorrow (2/11), probably from Lionsgate but maybe also from Fox.

Meanwhile, I’ve now received word from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment that the studio’s first round of UHD Blu-ray titles, including The Martian, Kingsman, Exodus, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, will officially be available starting on Sunday 2/14 at Best Buy stores. Note, however, that it’s possible some stores will begin selling them earlier, or that some stores will not have their stock in yet by then. [Read on here…]

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