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Blu-ray News – Hannibal: S3, Shaun the Sheep, Ricki, Star Wars soundtracks, new Kino/Twilight & a Prelude to Axanar BD review

September 28, 2015 - 7:09 pm   |   by
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We’re kicking things off today with another new Blu-ray review. This one is a little unusual and should be more than a little interesting for Star Trek fans: It’s my look at Prelude to Axanar on Blu-ray, the 2014 proof-of-concept short film directed by Christian Gossett and produced by Alec Peters that launched the effort to produce the full Axanar feature film (to be directed by Robert Meyer Burnett and co-written by yours truly). Prelude to Axanar is now available on Blu-ray but ONLY as a perk for contributing $35 to the Axanar IndieGoGo campaign. You won’t find it in stores. But if you love Star Trek on Blu-ray, it’s definitely a title you’re going to want to add to your collections. Be sure to read the review to learn more about it.  [Read on here…]

In announcement news today, Lionsgate has set Hannibal: Season Three for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/8 (SRP $24.99 and $24.98 respectively). Extras on these discs (produced by our friend Cliff Stephenson) will include audio commentaries with the cast and crew, 5 featurettes (Getting the Old Scent Again: Reimagining Red Dragon, Beyond the Mind Palace, Hannibal on the Run, Avid Fannibals, and Hannibal: Season 3: Killer Intentions), the Post Mortem with Scott Thompson webisodes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.

Note that Lionsgate will also release Shaun the Sheep on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/24.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Ricki and the Flash for Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 11/24. The film stars Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield. Extras on the Blu-ray will include 2 featurettes (Getting Ready for Ricki: The Making of Ricki and the Flash and Rediscovering Rick Springfield), deleted scenes, and a cast photo gallery.

 On the catalog front, Kino International has set Twice-Told Tales (1963), Queen of Blood (1966), Welcome to L.A. (1976), Love at Large (1990), Robbers’ Roost (1955), Fort Massacre (1958), and Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) for Blu-ray release on 12/1, followed by F/X2 (1991), Salaam Bombay (1988), Tabu (1931), Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989), The Fourth War (1990), Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976), The Kindergarten Teacher (2014), Crooked Way (1949), and Delta Force 2 (1990) on Blu-ray on 12/8. Also coming are Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955), Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967), Figures in a Landscape (1969), Valentino (1977), and Hotel New Hampshire (1984) on Blu-ray on 1/5/2015, Two For the Seesaw (1962), The Captive City (1952), The Knack... and How to Get It (1965), The Bed Sitting Room (1969), and How I Won the War (1967) on 1/12, Highway to Hell (1992), Up the Creek (1984), I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), and Delirious (1991) on 2/2, The Challenge (1982), Curse of the Faceless Man (1958), Beachhead (1954), and Ambush Bay (1966) on 2/15, and Gog 3-D (1954), Cop (1988), and The Rosary Murders (1987) on 3/1. Also coming (street date TBD) are After the Fox (1966), The Black Sleep (1956), and Donovan’s Brain (1953).

Also, don’t forget: Five new Twilight Time Blu-ray titles are going up for Blu-ray pre-order on the Twilight site this Wednesday (9/30) at 4 PM Eastern. They include Count Yorga, Vampire (1970 – includes an isolated score track, audio commentary with film historians David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan, 2 featurettes (My Dinner with Yorga: The Robert Quarry Rue Morgue Interview and Fangirl Radio Tribute to Robert Quarry), 2 still galleries (The MGM Archives and The Tim Sullivan Archives), and the original theatrical trailer), Black Widow (1987 – includes an isolated score track, audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman, TV spots, and the original theatrical trailer), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995 – includes an isolated score track, audio commentary with writer/director Carl Franklin, Don Cheadle’s screen test, and the original theatrical trailer), Strange Invaders (1983 – includes an isolated score track, audio commentary with director Michael Laughlin and writer William Condon, and the original theatrical trailer), and Scream and Scream Again (1970 – includes an isolated score track, audio commentary with film historians David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan, 2 featurettes (Gentleman Gothic: Gordon Hessler at AIP and An Interview with Uta Levka), a still gallery, a radio spot, and the original theatrical trailer). Here’s a look at the cover artwork (with pre-order links to the Twilight website)...

Strange Invaders (Blu-ray Disc)    Devil in a Blue Dress (Blu-ray Disc)    Count Yorga, Vampire (Blu-ray Disc)

Black Widow (Blu-ray Disc)    Scream and Scream Again (Blu-ray Disc)

And in other news, Sony Music and Sony Classical have just announced that they’re re-issuing all 6 of John William’s classic Star Wars film soundtracks on vinyl box set (SRP $229.98), CD/DVD box set ($74.98), and lossless digital download (192kHz/24bit – no lossless download link is yet available, but we suspect HD Tracks and Pono Music will have it available). There’s also a “Mastered for iTunes” version available on iTunes for $49.99. Worldwide street date for all is 1/8/2016. Here’s a look at the vinyl and CD versions (with Amazon pre-order links)...

The Ultimate Star Wars Soundtrack Collection (Vinyl LP)    The Ultimate Star Wars Soundtrack Collection (CD/DVD)

Here’s a look at a little more new Blu-ray cover artwork, with pre-order links if available...

Defiance: Season Three (Blu-ray Disc)    Dominion: Season Two (Blu-ray Disc)    F/X2 (Blu-ray Disc)

Back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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