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Friday, 29 April 2022 17:18

Battle of the Worlds, Studio 666, Night Gallery: Season 2, Steel Justice & more new Blu-ray releases

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We’re wrapping things up here at The Bits this week with three more new disc reviews, all of them from Tim Salmons...

First up is Tim’s take on Jorge Grau’s The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974), which is coming on Blu-ray on 6/7 from Synapse Films in regular Amaray, and is already available in Steelbook packaging. Tim has reviewed both versions here and here.

Tim has also given a look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania 2 on Blu-ray 3D, a throw-back animated title released back in 2016 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In terms of release news today, Synapse Films has announced that a new 4K Ultra HD edition of Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982) is coming on 7/26. Two versions will be available, a 3-Disc 4K UHD Limited Edition (of 6,000 units) and a 3-Disc 4K UHD “Variant Cover” Limited Edition (of just 2,000 units that’s exclusive to DiabolikDVD). [Read on here...]

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Each will include the Original Version of the film along with the “Unsane” Version in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision HDR, along with the Original Version in 1080p on Blu-ray. You’ll also get a host of new and legacy special features. You can find all the details here and here on the Synapse website. Here’s a look at the regular Limited Edition packaging...

Tenebrae (4K Ultra HD)

We’ve also learned that Universal will be releasing the Foo Fighters’ recent rock comedy/horror film Studio 666 on Blu-ray and DVD. We don’t yet have a street date, but you can see the Blu-ray cover artwork above left. Of course, the release is bittersweet for fans, as the Foo Fighters’ longtime drummer, Taylor Hawkins, passed away last month while the band was on tour in South America.

Also this afternoon, The Film Detective has announced a new special edition Blu-ray and DVD release of Antonio Margheriti’s Italian sci-fi film Battle of the Worlds (1961 – aka The Planet of Extinct Men) for release on 8/9. The film has been restored from “a rare original 35 mm archival print.” You can see the cover art below.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set Robert Boris’ Steele Justice (1987) for Blu-ray release on 7/12, followed by Delbert Mann’s Marty (1955) and double feature Blu-rays of Gordon Douglas’s They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) and Don Medford’s The Organization (1971), as well as Richard Donner’s Salt and Pepper (1968) and Jerry Lewis’ One More Time (1970) on 7/19, with Night Gallery: Season 2 (1971-1972) following on 7/26.

And Michael Camino’s Desperate Hours is finally available for pre-order on Amazon as a new Blu-ray addition to the MVD Rewind Collection on 7/19. You can see the artwork below.

We’ll leave you with a look at the covers for some of the titles mentioned above and more, with their respective Amazon pre-order links...

The Northman (4K Ultra HD) Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2 (Blu-ray Disc) Battle of the Worlds (Blu-ray Disc)

For Me and My Gal (Blu-ray Disc) Ziegfeld Girl (Blu-ray Disc) Rough Cut (Blu-ray Disc)

And that’s all for today. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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