Also today, a number of you Bits US readers have asked when you’ll be able to pre-order Second Sight UK’s forthcoming Dawn of the Dead 4K Ultra HD box set (due on 10/26). Well, while Amazon.uk doesn’t seem to be shipping to US addresses right now due to the pandemic, the good news is that Zavvi is able to ship it to US addresses. They have the 7-disc set (which includes 3 4K discs, a Blu-ray, and 3 soundtrack CDs) available for pre-order for $99. The Blu-ray will be Region B, but all of the other discs are region free. Act fast if you’re interested (click here or on the cover art below)...
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Rick & Morty: Season 4 on 9/22 (SRP $29.98 and $24.98). Extras will include 7 featurettes (A Day at Rick and Morty: Inside Season 4, Creating Snake Jazz, Directing Rick and Morty, Samurai and Shogun, Prop Process, Character Creation, and Animation Challenges) and Inside the Episode clips for each episode.
Mill Creek Entertainment will release Blue Ridge on Blu-ray and Digital on 10/20.
Shout! Factory has set when The B-52s: Live at the US Festival for release on DVD on 9/4. It includes their hour-long set from the iconic 1982 music event.
RLJE Films will release Brandon Christensen’s horror film Z on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 9/1.
And in other news, The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the only remaining nitrate print of director Edward Sedgwick’s long-lost silent film The First Degree (1923)—all five reels of it—has been found in a box in the closet of a home in Peoria, IL. The Chicago Film Archives has had it scanned and preserved. You can read more here.
Finally today, we have an update on a story we posted a couple weeks ago: You may recall that Bruce Botnick, the original score mixer for Robert Wise’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, mentioned in a YouTube interview that he was remixing the score for Dolby Atmos. Well, we’ve now confirmed with Paramount—and Director’s Edition restoration supervisor Mike Matessino has confirmed it as well—that Botnick was talking about a music demo on the format only. And multiple sources tell me that the 4K film restoration project on the title is currently at on hold. The pandemic has understandably made all of the Hollywood studios more risk-adverse in terms of spending money right now. We’ll keep our eyes open on this and update you as we hear more.
All right, hopefully we’ll have more on some of those other rumors we’re tracking here at The Bits tomorrow. That’s all for now. Stay tuned...