In release news this afternoon, the big announcement is that Universal has officially set Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/23. Audio will be Dolby Atmos on the Blu-ray and 4K. Extras will include deleted and extended scenes, and 6 featurettes (Matt Damon in China, Working with Director Zhang Yimou, The Great Wall Visual Effects, Man vs. Monster, Weapons of War, and Designing a Spectacular World). I don’t about you guys, but I’d pay real money to see Zhang’s Hero and House of Flying Daggers in 4K. The latter seems likely from Sony, but Hero is a Miramax/Weinstein title that could badly use a new Blu-ray transfer as well.
Universal has also announced The Last Kingdom: Season Two for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/30.
Code Red will release The Funny Farm (1983) on Blu-ray on 5/23, with Highpoint (1982) and Last Plane Out (1983) due on the format on 5/16.
Cleopatra Entertainment has set Devil’s Domain and The Black Room for Blu-ray release on 7/11.
Arrow Video has set Madhouse for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/13.
Kino Lorber has set Roland Emmerich’s Making Contact (a.k.a. Joey) for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/9.
And Eagle Rock Entertainment has set The Rolling Stones: Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/26. The documentary includes bonus full-length performances from the Latin American tour.
Also, it looks Netflix and Marvel may be getting ready to release Daredevil: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The online retailer Zavvi is currently taking pre-orders on a Steelbook BD version listed with a street date of 5/17. You can see that here.
Finally, in industry news, the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) has just added five new members to their organization: Broad Green Pictures, Ericsson, Fandango Now, The Great Courses, and Premiere Digital.
All right, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the Blu-ray and 4K titles mentioned above and more. Click on the covers to pre-order the titles on Amazon, if available...
- Bill Hunt