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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 18:17

High Noon (1952) is coming to 4K, plus an Avatar follow-up & Warner Bros. Discovery’s new Max has 8x the 4K content as HBO Max

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Today’s update is a brief one, because we’re working on a number of things here at the site today. But we start with a couple of new disc reviews...

Dennis has checked out Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise (1991) as newly released on Blu-ray by The Criterion Collection.

And Stuart has weighed in with his thoughts on Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ Arsène Lupin Collection on Blu-ray, which includes Jacques Becker’s The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957), Yves Robert’s Signed Arsène Lupin (1959), and Édouard Molinaro’s Arsène Lupin vs. Arsène Lupin (1962).

More reviews are forthcoming, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them.

Now then, we have three significant pieces of news to report...

First, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has revealed that they’re working on a new 4K Ultra HD release of Fred Zinnemann’s classic western High Noon (1952), starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, and Katy Jurado. That’s currently listed as coming soon. [Read on here...]

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KLSC has also announced the 7/25 Blu-ray release of Anthony Mann’s A Dandy in Aspic (1968), Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes (1971), and Bernard Girard’s Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966).

Also, we’ve been able to confirm with Disney that their Blu-ray 3D version of Avatar: The Way of Water, which was announced yesterday for release on 6/20, will be split over two BD-50 discs to ensure high image quality.

Note that the original Avatar in 4K Ultra HD is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and 4K Ultra HD versions of Avatar: The Way of Water are also now listed on Amazon, but aren’t yet available for pre-order. We do expect the listings to go live very soon, however, so here are the cover art links to each title... [Update: All of these pre-order links are now live.]

Avatar: The Way of Water (4K Ultra HD) Avatar: The Way of Water (Blu-ray 3D) Avatar: The Way of Water (Blu-ray Disc)

Avatar (4K Ultra HD) To Live and Die in LA (4K Ultra HD) Needful Things (4K Ultra HD)

As you can see, we’ve also included the 4K Ultra HD cover art and Amazon links for William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) (street date 7/18) and Fraser C. Heston’s Needful Things (1993) (street date 7/25), both from Kino Lorber Studio Classics and both now available for pre-order on

Finally today, Warner Bros. Discovery has officially announced the full list of film and TV titles that are available in full 4K with HDR on their new Max streaming service, and—surprise—it’s eight times more titles than were included on the previous HBO Max service! Included are all of the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Dark Knight Trilogy films, as well as Dune: Part One, Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, The Matrix films, The Last of Us, Barry, the recent His Dark Materials series, and even From the Earth to the Moon! Plus lots of classic films are being included in 4K too, like East of Eden and Casablanca. You can see the full list here. 4K access will cost you $19.99 a month, but for some of you it might be worth it.

Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned...

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