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Sony sets House of Cards: Season Four for 7/5, plus Outatime, Daughter of Dawn, U2: Live in Paris & more

May 9, 2016 - 4:11 pm   |   by
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All right, first things first today… I want to thank all those of you who have wished me well on Facebook, Twitter, and via e-mail over the weekend. You’ll be happy to know that my face survived its encounter with a falling picture frame (see Friday’s post here) and that, other than some bruising, soreness and swelling, my eye is a-okay. Every damn one of those 14 stitches is itching like crazy though. What can you do?

Anyway, we’re kicking things off today here at The Bits with a new Blu-ray review from our own Jim Hemphill, this time featuring his thoughts on Michael Winner’s Chato’s Land (1972). The classic western stars Charles Bronson and Jack Palance and is now available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Do give it a look.  [Read on here…]

Also here at the site today, Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section, complete with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork with Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything at all that you order from Amazon after clicking to them through one of our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we truly do appreciate it.

The big announcement news today is that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set House of Cards: The Complete Fourth Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/5, with the Digital HD release due 7/4. There’s no word on extras, if any.

This isn’t an announcement exactly, but it’s certainly exciting: Universal’s Q2 financial report from last year apparently included word that the studio has completed 4K restorations of Animal Crackers, Cocoanuts, Duck Soup, Horse Feathers, Monkey Business, My Man Godfrey, Shanghai Express, Ghost of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, House of Dracula, House of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, and The King of Jazz, the silent films Last Warning, Oh Doctor, and Outside the Law, as well as the only film directed by Marlon Brando, One Eyed Jacks. Hopefully, that means we might at least get new Marx Brothers and Universal Monsters Blu-ray sets at some point (the Marx films at least are being screened here and there around the country). You can read more here via the original post from our old friend Ron Epstein over at the Home Theater Forum (and thanks to Bits reader Gregory R. for the heads-up). We’re going to check with the studio to see if any of these recently restored classics will find their way to disc.

Meanwhile, Shout! Factory has set The Binding for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/2.

Warner Home Video has set Person of Interest: The Complete Fifth & Final Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/19. Warner has also set The 100: The Complete Third Season for Blu-ray and DVD release that same day. The latter will include all 16 episodes, plus 7 behind-the-scenes featurettes (A Short Lived Victory: Unlocking the Season 3 Finale, Arkadia: From Wreckage to Salvation, Ice Nation: Brutal and Fierce, Wanheda: Clarke’s Journey, Polis: Capital of the Grounders, The 100 Pre-Viz Stunts Season 3, and 2015 Comic-Con Panel), a gag reel, and deleted scenes. And Warner has set TBS’ Angie Tribeca: The Complete First Season for DVD only release on 5/17.

Universal and GKids will release Alê Abreu’s Brazilian animated feature Boy & the World on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/5.

Universal has also set My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/21, with a Digital HD release due 6/7. Extras will include a gag reel and 2 featurettes (My Big Fat Greek Dinner and Making the Greekquel).

Virgil Films has announced that they’ve picked up the Outatime: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine documentary and will release it on Blu-ray on 7/19. Extras will include deleted scenes, interviews, audio commentary and more.

Milestone Films and the Oklahoma Historical Society have set The Daughter of Dawn (1920) for release on 7/19 (you can watched it on Netflix now). This is an 83-minute silent film from 1920, that was recently restored and features more than 300 actual Native American actors (Kiowas and Comanches) playing Native American characters. You can read more here via NPR.

Kino Lorber has announced that Freeway (1988) is “coming soon” to Blu-ray and DVD, along with Trouble Man (1972). Meanwhile, Witchcraft (1964) has been set for Blu-ray release on 10/11.

Brink Vision has set the horror title Lake Nowhere for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/16.

And on the music front, it appears that U2: Live in Paris is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in June, at least in the UK. Amazon.co.uk briefly listed the title as due to street on 6/10 but then quickly pulled it down, having likely jumped the gun. One would expect that an official announcement is forthcoming from the band on their website. Thanks to Bits reader Tim H. for the heads-up.

We’ll leave you with a look at a little more new Blu-ray cover artwork, including a few of the titles listed above (click on the links to pre-order them on Amazon if available)...

The Daughter of Dawn (Blu-ray Disc)    House of Cards: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Disc)    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Blu-ray Disc)

Outatime (Blu-ray Disc)    LEGO Justice League: Gotham City Breakout (Blu-ray Disc)    Green Room (Blu-ray Disc)

Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)

 

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