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Wednesday, 13 October 2021 13:15

Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE is magnificent, plus new Blu-ray reviews, Warner Archive’s November slate & more

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All right, we’ve got a few new disc reviews to start the day out…

Tim has turned in his thoughts on Eugenio Martin’s The Fourth Victim (1971), new on Blu-ray from Severin Films.

Dennis has taken a look at Jack Smight’s The Screaming Woman (1972) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Stephen has reviewed Edward Dmytryk’s The Sniper (1952) on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

More reviews are on the way in the days ahead, so be sure to stay tuned for them.

Now then, Paramount has informed us that their Paramount Presents Blu-ray release of The Sheik has been delayed from 10/19 to 11/2. Adjust your plans accordingly.

Paramount has also set a wide-release of their Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection 4K Steelbook for 11/2.

GKids (via Shout! Factory) is releasing the Hayao Miyazaki-directed anime series Future Boy Conan: The Complete Series on Blu-ray on 11/16. [Read on here...]

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Arrow Video has set Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge for release on Blu-ray on 11/23.

For music fans, the Warner Music Group is releasing Depeche Mode 101 on Blu-ray on 12/3.

Here’s one I’m sure a few folks will get excited about: Mill Creek Entertainment has set Street Fighter (1994) for release on Blu-ray on 12/7.

Here’s something else that’s interesting: has a listing for a new Blu-ray release of Jeannot Szwarc’s Supergirl (1984). It’s listed as coming from Colored Films. As far as I know, this title is not on Warner’s catalog slate for 2022.

And our friends at The Warner Archive Collection have unveiled their November Blu-ray release slate, which is set to include The Last of Sheila, Fury, Ladies They Talk About on 11/9, followed by Some Came Running and National Velvet on 11/16, Lullaby of Broadway and The Thin Man Goes Home on 11/23, and Party Girl on 11/30.

Finally today, I had the chance to see a screening of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune yesterday up at Warner Bros. So I wanted to post a couple of non-spoiler thoughts about the film. So here’s my take on it...

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is magnificent, with the vision and ambition to fully realize the kinds of things I first imagined as a reader of Frank Herbert’s groundbreaking novel over four decades ago. Two things you need to know going in:

1. The scale of this film is otherworldly. It’s a pure cinema experience that demands to be seen (at least once) on the biggest possible screen with—and this is important—the best possible sound system. To experience it any other way is to deny yourself the pleasure of something truly special.

2. Dune is simply the opening act of a much larger three-act structure that will continue in sequels to follow (apparently to be called Dune: The Prophet and Dune: Messiah). Don’t expect a complete story. Think of it like The Fellowship of the Ring, in relation to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It’s just the beginning.

That’s it. Take off your cynic cap, don’t worry about reading the book first, don’t let others tell you what to think about it, and no: HBO Max is not good enough—even in 4K with HDR and Atmos. This is exquisite science-fiction filmmaking on a grand scale—the kind of movie that only comes around once a decade. Experiences like this are why I love the cinema. Soak in every minute.

All right, that’s all for today!

Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned…

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