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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:24

Criterion’s Feb has Before Sunrise & Mildred Pierce, plus Deepwater Horizon & Man Who Fell to Earth

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The big news today is that Criterion has just announced their February slate of Blu-ray and DVD releases. It begins with Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson (Cat #853 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/7. Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Cat #854 – Blu-ray and DVD) follows on 2/14. Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (licensed from Sony – Cat #855 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Michael Curtiz’s noir masterpiece Mildred Pierce (licensed from Warner – Cat #860 – Blu-ray and DVD) arrive on 2/21. And I’m very pleased to say that the slate ends with Richard Linklater’s The Before Trilogy (also licensed from Warner and Sony – includes Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight – Cat #856 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/28. Each will have a significant assortment of bonus features, that you can read more about here. Our Criterion Spines Project page has been updated accordingly, and we’ve got a look at the cover artwork that’s available so far below.  [Read on here…]

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Lionsgate has just set USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on 1/24 (SRP $24.99 and $19.98). The film stars Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, and Thomas Jane. Extras include The Making of USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage featurette.

Lionsgate has also set Deepwater Horizon for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on 1/10, with the Digital HD release due on 12/20. They have Come and Find Me due on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on 1/17. And Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is due on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/3.

And here’s good news: Lionsgate will release The Man Who Fell to Earth: Limited Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray on 1/14 (SRP $34.99). This is the recent StudioCanal restoration. It’s a 3-disc set that includes 2 BDs, a DVD copy, a Digital HD copy, and a 72-page booklet.

HBO will release Ballers: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/31, followed by Girls: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/3.

PBS has set Masterpiece: Victoria for Blu-ray and DVD release on 1/31.

Kino Lorber has announced the Blu-ray release of the 1956 Cinemascope classic 23 Paces to Baker Street on 2/21, mastered from a new 4K restoration.

Warner and TNT will release Animal Kingdom: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/14.

Finally, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release When the Bough Breaks on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/27, with a Digital HD release due on 12/13.

Also today, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the 20th anniversary today of one of my all-time favorite films, Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient. I saw it on a lark in 1996, in one of the most uncomfortable theaters I’ve ever sat in, and it still blew me away. I’d kill to have this film in 4K Ultra HD with HDR or perhaps in a truly worthy Criterion Blu-ray edition. One can always hope. In the meantime, here’s to The International Sand Club.

And heads-up on today’s Amazon Deal of the Day: All 7 Alien Franchise films on Blu-ray for just $34.99. Click here and act fast to take advantage!

We’ll leave you with a look at some Blu-ray and 4K cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above. We’ll add the Amazon pre-order links as they become available...

Mildred Pierce (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)   The Man Who Fell to Earth: Limited Edition (Blu-ray Disc)   Deepwater Horizon (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)   USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (Blu-ray Disc)   Deepwater Horizon (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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