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Wednesday, 08 May 2024 17:24

Godzilla x Kong, Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 3, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Ted Lasso on Blu-ray & more, plus tons of art & pre-order links!

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We have a big new disc review for you here at The Bits: Stephen has just taken an in-depth look at the Japanese-import version of Takashi Yamazaki’s Godzilla Minus One (2023) in 4K Ultra HD from Toho. I should not there that there are no English subtitles, but the package is pretty spectacular.

We don’t yet know when the film will be released on disc here in the States, but we’re digging into it and hope to learn more soon.

Meanwhile, we also have more new disc reviews up for you today, including...

Stuart’s reviews of Yūzō Kawashima’s Elegant Beast (1962) on Blu-ray from Daiei via Radiance Films, Jean Renoir’s The Golden Coach (1952) on Blu-ray via Raro Video, and André Melançon’s The Dog Who Stopped the War (1984) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

Dennis’ thoughts on Lou Breslow’s You Never Can Tell (1951) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Stephen’s look at the Disney+ series Moon Knight: The Complete First Season (2022) in 4K Ultra HD from Marvel and Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

In terms of announcement news today, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have officially set Adam Wingard’s Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 6/11, with the Digital release expected on 5/14. Both the Blu-ray and 4K will feature Dolby Atmos. [Read on here...]

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Note that there will also be a 5-Film Monsterverse 4K UHD Collector’s Edition coming this summer (street date TBA) that will include Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024), along with a disc of special features including the new Directors of the Monsterverse featurette.

Look for the Blu-ray and 4K SKUs to include audio commentary by Wingard, VFX supervisor Alessandro Ongaro, production designer Tom Hammock, and editor Josh Schaeffer, and 14 featurettes (among them GxK: Day of Reckoning, Evolution of the Titans: Godzilla Evolved, Evolution of the Titans: From Lonely God to King, Into the Hollow Earth: Visualizing Hollow Earth, Into the Hollow Earth: Monsters of Hollow Earth, The Battles Royale: A Titanic Fight Among the Pyramids, The Battles Royale: The Zero Gravity Battle, The Battles Royale: The Titans Trash Rio, The Intrepid Director: Adam Wingard: Big Kid, The Intrepid Director: Adam Wingard: Set Tour, The Imagination Department, The Monarch Island Base: Portal to Another World, The Evolution of Jia: From Orphan to Warrior, and Bernie’s World: Behind the Triple Locked Door). You can see the cover artwork above left and also below.

Warner Bros. and DC have also announced the 4K UHD and Blu-ray release of Jeff Wamester ‘s animated Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three on 7/23, with the Digital version expected on 7/16. Disc-based extras will include a pair of featurettes (A Multiverse of Inspiration and Jon and John: Stewart and Constantine), while the Digital SKU will add An Epic Challenge: Crisis in Comics and Animation. You can see the cover artwork below.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just finally set Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) for release in 4K Ultra HD on 6/25. There will be lots of legacy extras, plus a pair of new commentaries including one with film historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson, and another with professor and film scholar Jason A. Ney.

Here’s a nice surprise: It appears that either Warner Bros. or Universal are releasing the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso: The Complete Series on Blu-ray on 7/30! We don’t have cover artwork yet, but you can see the listing here on Amazon.

The BBC is releasing Doctor Who: Tom Baker Complete Season Four here in the States on Blu-ray on 7/9.

Mill Creek Entertainment has set Icons Unearthed: The Simpsons for release on 4-disc Blu-ray on 7/2, complete with all 6 episodes and 11 hours of unseen interviews.

And Vinegar Syndrome has set Lewis Teague’s Navy Seals (1990) for wide 4K Ultra HD release on 6/25.

Also today, if you pre-ordered Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense in 4K Ultra HD from A24, it’s apparently now beginning to ship out to customers. We’ll definitely be posting an in-depth review of the disc here at The Bits as soon as we get our hands on it.

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a bunch of the titles mentioned above and more, all now available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking on the cover artwork below (and keep in mind that ordering from Amazon thorough our links helps to support our work here at The Bits and we appreciate it!)...

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (4K Ultra HD) Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (Blu-ray Disc) Icons Unearthed: The Simpsons (Blu-ray Disc)

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Three (4K Ultra HD) Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Three (Blu-ray Disc) Doctor Who: Tom Baker Season 4 (Blu-ray Disc)

Navy Seals (4K Ultra HD) Brokeback Mountain (4K Ultra HD) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...

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