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More 4K news including a surprise Midsommar: Director’s Cut, plus 3-D Film Archive’s Dynasty Kickstarter

July 3, 2020 - 2:55 pm   |   by
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We’re rounding out the last weekday before the 4th of July holiday here in the States with just a little bit more release news.

First, an update: Lionsgate’s Ghost in the Shell (1995) 4K Ultra HD release is officially due on 9/2 (SRP $22.99). And it will include Dolby Vision HDR (along with regular HDR10) and Dolby Atmos audio. Pre-orders are just starting to appear around the Net, so we’ll update you here when we have an Amazon.com link and also final cover artwork.

Also, Blue Underground has announced that they plan to release Harry Kümel’s 1971 erotic vampire film Daughters of Darkness on 4K Ultra HD sometime this fall. The package will include the film in 4K and Blu-ray, along with a soundtrack CD. [Read on here...]

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We now have word that Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009) is now likely a September or October 4K release from Universal. [Editor’s Note: Looks like this one is coming from Arrow as well, based on a postcard included with some of their recent Blu-ray releases.]

And here’s a shocker: A24 has finally just made Ari Aster’s Midsommar available on 4K Ultra HD here in the States. And here’s the kicker: It’s the 171-minute Director’s Cut and it appears to be available ONLY from their website (it’s currently listed as sold out, but will be restocked.) It’ll set you back $45 but it “comes enclosed in a clothbound, Hårga-yellow slipcase, accompanied by an illustrated 62-page booklet featuring original artworks from the film by Ragnar Persson and a foreword by Martin Scorsese.” The disc is expected to ship on 7/20. Click here for that (and you can see the cover artwork above right).

In other news, our friends at the 3-D Film Archive have just launched a Kickstarter to restore Mei-Chun Chang’s 1977 martial arts classic Dynasty (a.k.a. Qian dao wan li zhu) in 3-D. You can find that here.

And for you UK readers, Eureka! has just set Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong (1997) for release on Blu-ray on September 21.

Finally, don’t forget that Disney is releasing their long-awaited film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical Hamilton on Disney+ today. So if you and your family have been looking forward to seeing it, now you all have something to watch over the holiday weekend.

That’s it for this week. Have a great 4th of July (those of you here in the States) and please be safe with this pandemic running wild around the country. Wear those masks (for your safety and especially the safety of those around you)!

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