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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:28

Lost Horizon: 80th on 10/3, plus a big 4K Ultra HD Release Update (with Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2!)

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Good morning, Bits readers. We trust that all those of you here in the States had a fine long holiday weekend with your family and friends. We’ve been busy here at the site over that time in a couple of ways...

First of all, we’ve posted four new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray reviews, all by yours truly, including Universal’s The Great Wall, Warner’s Unforgiven, and Sony’s The Fifth Element: 20th Anniversary Edition and Léon: The Professional (which is a Best Buy exclusive title initially). All four discs are well your time for various reasons, so do give them a look. More 4K reviews are coming soon.

Now then, we’ll get back to 4K in a moment, but first we wanted to let you know that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially set Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon: 80th Anniversary Edition for release on Blu-ray on 10/3, mastered from a new 4K restoration and in Capra Collection Digibook packaging. Extras will include restoration audio commentary, an alternate ending, a photo documentary, the Restoration: Before and After Comparison featurette, and the film’s theatrical trailer. The book will include an essay by film historian Jeremy Arnold. Click past the jump to see the packaging... [Read on here…]

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Lost Horizon: 80th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

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All right, now back to the matter of 4K Ultra HD. We’ve spent the last several days shaking the trees of all our best retailer, studio, and industry sources to get you the latest information on upcoming 4K Ultra HD titles that are announced, in production, or planned, with street dates and/or the best available release timeframes we can estimate based on those sources. There’s a surprising number of major catalog titles coming and we’re going to break them down for you studio by studio.

First though, the big news: We’ve confirmed with our sources that Disney is expected to announce that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 will in fact be its first 4K Ultra HD release on 8/22, along with regular Blu-ray and DVD. That official announcement is due to happen before Comic-Con in San Diego, and possibly as soon as next week or at the D23 Expo the following week. We’ve also learned that the studio’s second 4K title is expected to be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, likely in September. The Australian retailer EzyDVD currently has the latter up for pre-order on 9/13, so the U.S. date is likely to be set for early to mid-September. The next obvious question is: Will Disney bow Star Wars: The Last Jedi on 4K with its eventual Blu-ray and DVD release? If yes, it’s very likely The Force Awakens and Rogue One will find their way to the format sooner rather than later as well. Rest assured, we’re keeping our ears to the ground for the answer.

While we’re talking EzyDVD, the retailer also has Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial set for 4K Ultra HD pre-order on 9/17, which again means a likely early to mid-September U.S. date from Universal.

Now then, here’s a list of known 4K Ultra HD titles in the works for release before the end of 2017, some already officially announced and some compiled from our sources’ best-available information. Let us know if we’ve missed one. Please keep in mind that TBA titles and dates are ESTIMATES based on best-available information from sources and are NOT to be considered official until the studios in question make their respective announcements.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

  • Boss Baby – 7/25
  • Snatched – 8/8
  • Prometheus – 8/15
  • Alien: Covenant – 8/15
  • War for the Planet of the Apes – TBA


  • Hickock – 8/15


  • Westworld – Season One: The Maze – 11/7 (just announced)


  • The Lincoln Lawyer – 8/15
  • Red – 9/5
  • Red 2 – 9/5
  • The Cabin in the Woods – 9/5
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011) – 9/19 (just announced)
  • The Legend of Hercules – 9/19 (just announced)
  • Terminator 2 (also 2D/3D BD) – TBA September

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment

  • Ghost in the Shell – 7/25
  • Baywatch – TBA
  • Transformers: The Last Knight – TBA

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  • The Fifth Element – 7/11
  • Léon: The Professional – 7/11 (Best Buy exclusive)
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village – 7/11
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta – 7/18
  • Starship Troopers: 20th Anniversary Edition – 9/19 (Best Buy exclusive)
  • Rough Night – TBA September
  • Men in Black – TBA October
  • Men in Black II – TBA October
  • Men in Black III – TBA October
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 10/3 (just officially announced)
  • A Few Good Men – TBA November
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai: 60th Anniversary Edition – TBA December
  • Jumanji – TBA December
  • Spider-Man – TBA
  • Spider-Man 2 – TBA
  • Spider-Man 3 – TBA
  • The Amazing Spider-Man – TBA
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Edition – TBA
  • Baby Driver – TBA
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming – TBA

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

  • King Kong: Ultimate Edition – 7/11
  • The Fate of the Furious – 7/11
  • Minions – 9/5
  • Despicable Me 3 – TBA 9/5
  • Van Helsing – 9/12
  • Dracula Untold – 9/12
  • Split – 9/12
  • Get Out – 9/12
  • The Mummy (1999) – 9/12 (single – Trilogy is already available)
  • The Mummy Returns – 9/12 (single – Trilogy is already available)
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – 9/12 (single – Trilogy is already available)
  • The Purge: Three-Movie Collection – 9/12
  • The Mummy (2017) – 9/12 (officially announced)
  • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – 9/12 (officially announced)
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – TBA October
  • Serenity – TBA October
  • Apollo 13 – TBA October

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – 8/22 (officially announced)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – 10/3 (officially announced)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

  • Kong: Skull Island – 7/18
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – 8/8
  • Batman and Harley Quinn – 8/29
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut – 9/5
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – 9/26 (just announced)
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – 9/26 (just announced)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas – 9/26 (just announced)
  • Wonder Woman – TBA September
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – TBA 10/3
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – TBA 10/3
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – TBA 10/3
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – TBA 10/3
  • Peanuts Holiday Collection – 10/10 (just announced)
  • Blade Runner 2049 – TBA
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy – TBA (confirmed by director Christopher Nolan)
  • Dunkirk – TBA

There are unconfirmed reports that Warner is also working on The Polar Express, The Departed, Gravity, The Matrix, and Christopher Nolan’s Inception. We also know that both Gladiator and Braveheart have been mastered for 4K Ultra HD for Paramount, and Nolan’s Interstellar is expected to be as well, if it hasn’t been already. Additional titles I’ve personally seen 4K Ultra HD tests of (in private meetings at CES) include The Godfather and Lawrence of Arabia, but whether they’ve been fully mastered and authored for released yet is unconfirmed.

All right, that’s it for now. Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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