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Monday, 18 July 2022 15:15

Criterion sets Lost Highway & Night of the Living Dead for 4K in October, plus Scream 2 & new Paramount UHD, Blu-ray & Steelbook titles

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Boy, we’ve got a LOT of new announcement and catalog release news to report on today, so let’s get right into it…

First up, the big news: Criterion has just announced their October title slate, and as expected it includes a couple of great 4K Ultra HD titles, along with some Blu-ray gems.

It all starts with a title we revealed last week: George A. Romero’s classic zombie film Night of the Living Dead (1968 – Spine #909 – 4K Ultra HD) on 10/4. Following on 10/11 is another title we revealed a couple months ago here at The Bits, David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997 – Spine #1152 – Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD), as well as Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace (1944 – Spine #1153 – Blu-ray and DVD). On 10/18, look for Jayro Bustamante’s La Llorona (2019 – Spine #1156 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cure (1997 – Spine #1155 – Blu-ray and DVD). And finally, Kasi Lemmon’s Eve’s Bayou (1997 – Spine #1154 – Blu-ray) round the month out. Lost Highway will include Dolby Vision HDR.

You can read more about these titles here at the Criterion website, and we’ve updated our Criterion Spines Project and 4K Ultra HD Release List pages here at The Bits accordingly. You can also see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

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Speaking of Criterion, don’t forget that Barnes and Noble is currently holding its regular 50% off sale on Criterion titles until 7/31, and Amazon is matching many of those prices (for example, the excellent World of Wong Kar Wai box set here). Be sure to take advantage if you’re interested.

Meanwhile, Paramount has announced a number of new 4K Ultra HD, 4K UHD Steelbook, and Blu-ray titles today, including…

The Paramount+ exclusive series The Mayor of Kingstown: Season One on Blu-ray on 9/27.

The long-awaited Scream 2 on 4K Ultra HD and 4K UHD Steelbook Limited Edition on 10/4 (click on the title links to visit the respective Amazon pre-order pages).

A Blu-ray Steelbook release of Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can (2002) on 10/4.

New Blu-ray and DVD box sets containing both Dexter: The Complete Series + Dexter: New Blood on 10/4 (SRP $104.99 and $69.99).

4K Ultra HD and 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Limited Edition single-film SKUs of all three Godfather Trilogy films—The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone on 10/14 (SRP $30.99 for the Steelbooks and $25.99 for the UHD singles).

And a Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Chills Collection on Blu-ray on 10/11 (SRP $67.99), which features all 7 films in the series including Blu-rays of Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin and the Unknown Dimension: The Story of Paranormal Activity documentary that are exclusive to this box set.

Not to be outdone, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set Johnny Mnemonic: In Black and White for Blu-ray release on 8/16.

Sony has also set the Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story documentary for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/9, with the Digital release expected on 7/26.

Also today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that they’re working on a new 4K Ultra HD release of Robert Benton’s Nobody’s Fool (1994), starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Jessica Tandy.

The company has announced more great catalog titles for Blu-ray as well, including Giuseppe Colizzi’s spaghetti western Ace High (1968) on 9/20, Michael Lehmann’s action comedy Hudson Hawk (1991) on 9/27, and Buzz Kulik’s Warning Shot (1967) which is listed as “coming soon.”

In other release news, Bayview Entertainment has set The Enormity of Life for Blu-ray on 8/9 (delayed from 7/26).

The Cohen Media Group will release Christos Nikou’s Apples (2020) on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/2, followed by Jean Chapot’s The Burned Barns (1973) on both formats on 8/23, and Jacques Deray’s Symphony for a Massacre (1963) on both formats on 8/30.

Lionsgate will release the Pam & Tommy Hulu miniseries on DVD only on 8/9.

And The Film Detective has set Antonio Margheriti’s classic B-grade Italian sci-fi film Battle of the Worlds (1961) for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/9. Extras will include an “original essay by author Don Stradley, a full-length commentary track by film historian Justin Humphreys, the all-new original production A Cinematic Outsider: The Fantastical Worlds of Antonio Margheriti by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, and an insert with a special surprise for fans.”

Also newly available for pre-order on is Paramount’s Crawl (2019) on 9/20 and Blue Underground’s Quiet Days in Clichy (1970) on 10/25, both in 4K UHD

Here’s a look at the new Criterion cover art, along with a couple of other titles. We’ll post more artwork for the titles mentioned above over the next few days as it comes in (and we’ll add the Amazon pre-order links as they go live)...

Lost Highway (Criterion 4K Ultra HD) Night of the Living Dead (Criterion 4K Ultra HD) Cure (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

La Llorona (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Arsenic and Old Lace (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Eve's Bayou (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Battle of the Worlds (Blu-ray Disc) Johnny Mnemonic: In Black and White (Blu-ray Disc) Scream 2 (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned!

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