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Wednesday, 27 March 2024 16:26

HALO: Season 2, Se7en 4K release delayed to 2025, the challenges of film preservation in the digital age & more

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We’ve got one more new disc review for you all to enjoy today, which is Stephen’s look at Simon Wincer’s Quigley Down Under (1990) in 4K Ultra HD from Shout! Studios—a new Shout Select title.

We’ve also updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits, and we’ve posted a big update of the Release Dates & Cover Art section (click on Cover Art in the navigation bar at the top of the page) with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and pre-order links. Don’t forget, any time you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it.

And I just posted an interesting column over on our Patreon page that details some of the extraordinary changes currently underway behind-the-scenes within the home video industry—changes that begin with Disney making a deal for Sony to take over their physical media production but definitely don’t end there. I think you’ll find it interesting—and don’t forget that joining our Patreon is also a great way to help support our work here at the site. [Read on here...]

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Meanwhile today, a heads up: Imprint films will be announcing its next trio of Imprint Asia titles tomorrow, due in April, which are set to include “a box-office juggernaut, a 2-disc hardbox for a modern wuxia classic, and an action-fantasy remake.” Watch for those here on their X/Twitter page.

Arrow Video will also be announcing its June slate of Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles on X/Twitter tomorrow, so click here for that too.

We’ll cover both announcement here at The Bits tomorrow as well.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set Raoul Walsh’s Pursued (1947) and Arthur Ripley’s The Chase (1946) for Blu-ray release on 5/28.

Paramount is now taking pre-orders for HALO: Season Two on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Steelbook on Amazon. There’s no street date listed yet, but click on the format links to visit their respective pre-order pages.

Don’t forget that Arrow Video is releasing Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead (1980) in 4K Ultra HD in the UK only on 4/5. Arrow is also releasing John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday (1980) in 4K Ultra HD as a UK web store exclusive on 6/11. Click here for that.

Also, Scream Factory has just released Fred Olen Ray’s Venomous (2001) and Bharat Nalluri’s The Crow: Salvation (2000) on Blu-ray. The street date was yesterday.

And finally, we have word from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment—not officially but via retail sources—that their (as-yet-officially-unannounced) 4K Ultra HD release of David Fincher’s Se7en (1995) has now been delayed to 2025. The title had been available for pre-order on Amazon and Zavvi, and the latter just shared this message with their customers:

“Thank you for your pre-order of Se7en 4K. We are thrilled for you to see it beautifully remastered in UHD. We are working behind the scenes to bring you the most pristine version of the film possible. To that end, we will be shifting the release to 2025. We appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to sharing the product with you in the near future.”

This is almost certainly due to Fincher’s notorious perfectionism. The man takes his time when remastering his films, and it’s going to approve any remastering work until he’s good and ready. He’s talked about this in the past, most recently here at The Hollywood Reporter back in June of last year. And obviously, he’s still working on the release.

Finally today, while we’ve mentioned The Hollywood Reporter, the publication has recently shared a great feature story on the never-ending challenges of film and TV preservation, especially in the digital age. And as you might expect, the news isn’t terribly good. In any case, the piece is well worth a read.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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