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Tuesday, 28 July 2020 17:36

Happy Happy Joy Joy doc, Full Metal Jacket 4K, Irresistible, surprise Corman BDs from Scream, The Great, The Terror: S2 & more

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We’ve got a couple quick announcements for you today, but first a new disc reviews...

Tim has just turned in his thoughts on Don Sharp’s Kiss of the Vampire (1963) from Hammer Films, now available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory. It’s a fun film and well worth a look on disc.

In release news today, Lionsgate has just announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Terror: Infamy – The Complete Second Season on 8/18 (SRP $27.99 and $21.98 respectively.

Jon Stewart’s recent political satire, Irresistible, is coming to Blu-ray on 9/1 from Universal. The films stars Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, and Mackenzie Davis.

Moonstone Entertainment has set Noah Baumbach’s Mr. Jealousy for release on Blu-ray on 1/19/21. [Read on here...]

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Best Buy very briefly had cover artwork up for an exclusive Steelbook version of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket 4K release from Warner Bros. It’s down now, but here’s what it looked like...

Full Metal Jacket 4K Best Buy exclusive Steelbook

Street date is expected to be 9/22. When the title is officially announced and actually up for pre-order we’ll post all the details.

Meanwhile, Scream Factory has just made available a pair of deep catalog Roger Corman-produced films on Blu-ray: a Caged Heat/Jackson County double feature and Streetwalkin’. Surprise: Both are available NOW direct from Shout via their website here. Only 1,000 units of each are available.

Paramount has set The Great: Season One for DVD only release on 10/20. The series is “a satirical, comedic drama—and occasionally true story—about the rise of Catherine the Great.” The DVD will come with 2 featurettes and a gag reel. It’s now available on Digital.

Classicflix is going to be releasing the 3-D Film Archive’s recent Blu-ray 3-D restoration of the Abbott and Costello film Africa Screams (1949) on 10/27. You can pre-order it now on Amazon (click on the cover artwork below).

Abkco is releasing the Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection on Blu-ray here in the States on 8/21 (SRP $72.98). This is an Arrow title in the UK. The set will include new 4K restorations of El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Fando Y Lis, along with the home video premiere of Jodo’s latest film Psychomagic, A Healing Art. From the press release: “Loaded with extras and ephemera, the box set features a 78-page book with photos and essays, a set of art cards together with 4 Blu-ray discs and 2 CDs housed in a high quality case. Also included are new interviews with Jodorowsky, his son Brontis, who makes his acting debut as the young boy in El Topo and Pablo Leder, Jodorowsky’s long time personal assistant. Columbia University professor Richard Peña provides insightful introductions to each of these classic films. A short film, The A to Z of The Holy, narrated by Jodorowsky biographer Ben Cobb, probes the history of Jodorowsky and his films. Also included are CD soundtracks for El Topo and The Holy Mountain plus Jodorowsky’s rarely seen first film, the 1957 short film La Cravate completes this special collectable package.” You can see the cover artwork below.

RLJE Films will release Demián Rugna’s horror film Terrified on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/1.

FUNimation is re-releasing Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name in a new Blu-ray Steelbook edition on 10/20.

Any fans of Ren & Stimpy out there? Gravitas Ventures is releasing Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood’s Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story documentary digitally on 8/14, with a physical media release due to follow on 10/13. The film chronicles the making of the highly-influential 90s animated gem, as well as the rise and fall of its controversial creator John Kricfalusi. The film has been getting great reviews on the festival circuit so do keep your eyes peeled for it. You can see the trailer below...

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above, with pre-order links if available...

Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection (Blu-ray Disc) Africa Screams (Blu-ray 3-D) Ghost in the Shell (4K Ultra HD)

Friday the 13th Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

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