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Die Hard: 30th & Grease: 40th coming to 4K UHD, plus celebrating Suspiria at 40 & more

February 12, 2018 - 4:03 pm   |   by
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We’ve got a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you to start the new week off today…

Our own Tim Salmons has checked in with his thoughts on Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, now available as a new Collector’s Edition from our friends at Scream Factory. Tim has also checked out Lionsgate’s new Vestron Video Collector’s Series release of Mark Lester’s Class of 1999. Do give them a look.

Meanwhile, Michael Coate has just posted a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column, featuring an interview with filmmaker Vincent Pereira on the subject of Dario Argento’s classic giallo film Suspiria, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.

The film was recently restored in 4K by Synapse Films and released in terrific new Blu-ray editions (one of which is reviewed here). It’s a great interview, so be sure to check that out as well. [Read on here…]

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A number of you have asked today if CBS has any plans to release the recently completed first season of Star Trek: Discovery on Blu-ray and DVD. Nothing has been announced yet, but keep in mind that any release that might be planned would almost certainly not street until Season Two of the show was close to airing on CBS All Access (and Netflix internationally). That’s usually the pattern that’s followed for such things. So while it’s possible we could see an announcement of a home release soon, more likely it won’t happen until much later in 2018 or early 2019. The second season is expected to begin shooting in April.

In announcement news today, Kino Lorber will release Bad Company, Deceived, and Consenting Adults on Blu-ray on 4/10 as Studio Classics titles.

Indicator Films has set The New Centurions (1972), Hardcore (1979), Gumshoe (1971), and Town on Trial (1957) for Blu-ray release in the UK on 3/19. These are all region free Blu-rays, so you can safely import them to the US. In fact, they’re up for pre-order on now. Indicator is also releasing The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972), Little Murders (1971), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) on Blu-ray in the UK on 4/23, but those are all Region B locked.

Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing have just announced that they’re releasing Caravan to Vaccares (1974) on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/24.

On the 4K front, we’re getting reports from European retailers that Fox may be preparing a new Die Hard: 30th Anniversary Edition for release on 4K Ultra HD this summer (the actual anniversary is 7/15, so likely around then).

It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but we’re hearing from enough retailers to consider it likely: Paramount is releasing a Grease: 40th Anniversary Edition on 4K Ultra HD on 4/24. We don’t have any other details yet, but we’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly. [Update: The title has just been officially announced: Full details and artwork to come in tomorrow’s Bits post.]

Also, while a 4K release hasn’t been announced here in the States, Europe and Canada appear to be getting a 4K Ultra HD release of The Phantom Thread.

And finally today, Fabulous Films in the UK is releasing the Universal TV titles Northern Exposure: The Complete Series (3/19) and Quantum Leap: The Complete Collection (now available, streeted 1/29) on Blu-ray in the UK, and we have reason to believe they plan to release Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Columbo, and Murder She Wrote on BD as well. These titles are Region B locked, just FYI.

All right, back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

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