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Thursday, 02 November 2023 20:15

Love Actually & Mimic are coming to 4K Ultra HD, plus The Beatles’ Now and Then (via AI) & Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

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Good afternoon (or evening as the case may be), Bits readers! My wife and I had a houseguest here visiting yesterday, so today’s post is a little later than usual. But we’re starting as always with some new disc reviews...

First of all, on Monday I posted my thoughts on Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023) on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount, and just today I added a couple of additional Editor’s Notes discussing one of the film’s key story points as well as the 4K video quality (which I’ve revised downward just a tad from A to A-, the reason for which is explained in my review).

Also, Stephen has turned in his thoughts on Hideaki Anno’s (et al) Evangelion: 3.0+1.11 Thrice Upon a Time (2021) in 4K from GKids and Shout! Factory, and for those of you who aren’t familiar, he also gives you a good little primer on the topic.

Meanwhile, Stuart has weighed in with looks at William Dieterle’s The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and Richard Brooks’ The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection, as well as Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret’s The Worst Ones (2022) on DVD from Kino Lorber.

Dennis has offered his take on Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls (2000) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive as well as Mark Pellington’s The Severing (2022) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

And finally, Tim has delivered an in-depth review of Kevin Connor’s Motel Hell (1980) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory. [Read on here...]

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More reviews are coming, so be sure to stay tuned for them!

Also, I’ve been posting essentially daily exclusive blog updates on The Digital Bits’ new Patreon, the latest covering The Beatles release of what will likely be the band’s final song, Now and Then, which was a demo that John Lennon recorded back in the 1970s and that the surviving band members attempted to finish in 1995 for The Beatles Anthology. But now, the same AI technology that enabled Peter Jackson’s restoration of The Beatles: Get Back has enabled the track to be fully completed, with all four original band members making full contributions. You can watch the official video for the song here, and you’ll find my Patreon blog about it here if you’re interested (note that it’s exclusive to backers there).

In release news today, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just set Richard Curtis’ Love Actually (2003) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 11/21. That actually makes perfect sense—the film is wildly popular, both on its own as well as a holiday film. The package will include the 4K disc, a movie Blu-ray, and a Digital code, as well as the all-new Making Love Actually retrospective featurette. Legacy extras will be included as well, including The Music of Love Actually and Deleted Scenes (each with director’s introduction), The Storytellers, audio commentary with Curtis joined by Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, and Thomas Sangsters, and music videos for The Trouble with Love Is and Love Is All Around. You can see the cover artwork above left and also right here...

Love Actually (4K Ultra HD)

Also today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has revealed that they’re working on a new 4K Ultra HD release of Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic (1997). That’s listed as coming soon, so look for it to arrive next year sometime.

And Vertical Entertainment has set Tim Brown’s The Retirement Plan (2023) for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/19. The film stars Nicolas Cage.

Also, here’s something interesting: Frant Gwo’s The Wandering Earth II (2022) is getting a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook release on 12/6, but so far only in France, which means there are no English subtitles. You can see it here via this link (and thanks to Bits reader Yoeri G. for the heads up).

And finally today, 20th Century Studios has just dropped the first trailer for their forthcoming sequel Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024), which looks pretty great. Here’s a look at that...

Back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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