Speaking of Disney+, the company has just acknowledged the mistake they made in including Fox’s The Simpsons in 1.78 framing on their streaming service, and they’ll reportedly offer the proper 1.33:1 aspect ratio next year. Here’s the studio’s official statement:
“We presented The Simpsons in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons. Over time, Disney+ will roll out new features and additional viewing options. As part of this, in early 2020, Disney+ will make the first 19 seasons (and some episodes from Season 20) of The Simpsons available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, giving subscribers a choice of how they prefer to view the popular series.”
All right, in other release news, Shout! Factory has just set The Wizard: Collector’s Edition – Shout Select for release on Blu-ray on 2/18. They’ll also release the anime Another Day of Life for GKids that same day.
Scream Factory has announced some new catalog Blu-ray titles for February 2020 as well, including the My Bloody Valentine: Collector’s Edition, The Nightingale, Rabid, and White Snake on 2/4, X... the Unknown and Rasputin: The Mad Monk on 2/18, and Pet Sematary Two on 2/25.
Meanwhile, VCI is releasing a bunch more 2K restored classic serials on Blu-ray over the coming months, including The Mysterious Mr. M (13 chapters), The Phantom Creeps (12 chapters), and Buck Jones: Gordon of Ghost City (12 chapters) on 1/21, The Phantom Rider (15 chapters) on 2/25, and Jungle Queen (13 chapters) on 4/14. The company has also just released (on 11/12) The Roaring West (15 chapters) and The Red Rider (15 chapters).
MVD Classics is releasing Mind Games on Blu-ray on 2/11 and Hudson River Massacre on 2/25. MVD is also preparing to release the Fred Wolf animated film The Point (1971) on Blu-ray on 2/11, narrated by Ringo Starr.
Music Box Films will release The Returned: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/17.
And Film Movement is releasing a new 4K restoration of Fritz Lang’s The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb on Blu-ray on 12/10. Extras will include audio commentaries by film historian David Kalat, The Indian Epic documentary, Debra Paget, for Example (a video essay by filmmaker Mark Rappaport), and a 20-page booklet with an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning.
In other news, are any of you guys out there Space: 1999 fans? The recent Network HD remasters are now available for viewing on Amazon Prime. (Thanks to Bits reader Jason B. for the heads-up!)
And if any of you purchased Network’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Norwegian Blu-ray set (reviewed here on The Bits) and found that your packaging was damaged in shipment, Network is offering a limited replacement program while supplies of the extra packaging last. Please use this contact form on their website to request your replacement and follow the instructions as emailed.
We’ll leave you today with a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Criterion’s upcoming February 2020 slate of titles (plus The Wizard), with Amazon pre-order links if available...