‘Hunger Games’ Saga Available in Exclusive Best Buy Steelbook 4K Combo Pack March 22

“The Hunger Games” saga arrives March 22 in a 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray and digital combo pack SteelBook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.

The collection features artwork from Flore Maquin, Ise Ananphada, Alice X. Zhang, Tula Lotay, Paige Reynolds, Aracely Muñoz, Gemma O’Brien, Lauren Hom, Meni Chatzipanagiotou and Gia Graham.

The collection includes all four films: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. Based on the book series, the series follows the journey of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she navigates the fight-t0-the-death Hunger Games and the authoritarian leaders of Panem.

 

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‘The King’s Man’ Due on Digital Feb. 18, Disc Feb. 22

The action thriller The King’s Man will be released on digital Feb. 18 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 22 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution.

Also available digitally and in a Steelbook will be “The Kingsman Collection,” featuring all three films with bonus features together for the first time.

Set during WWI, The King’s Man tells the origin story of the world’s very first independent intelligence agency. As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions across the globe, one man must race against time to stop them.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.

Extras include a making-of documentary and several featurettes.

‘American Underdog’ Available on Digital Feb. 4, Disc Feb. 22 From Lionsgate

The sports biopic American Underdog arrives on digital Feb. 4 and on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Feb. 22 from Lionsgate.

Based on the true story of two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, the film comes from the Erwin Brothers (I Still Believe, I Can Only Imagine) and screenwriters Jon Erwin (I Still Believe, I Can Only Imagine), David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) and Jon Gunn (I Still Believe).

It stars Zachary Levi (Shazam!, Thor: The Dark World, Tangled), Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (Best Supporting Actress, The Piano, 1993; “X-Men” franchise; The Irishman), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level, “Charmed”), and Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, Far From Heaven, In Good Company).

Based on the book All Things Possible by Warner and Michael Silver, American Underdog tells the true story of a football player who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback. The film centers on Warner’s unique story and years of challenges and setbacks that could have derailed his aspirations to become an NFL player. With the support of his wife Brenda (Anna Paquin) and the encouragement of his family, coaches, and teammates, Warner perseveres.

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Special features include audio commentary with directors Andrew and Jon Erwin and producer Kevin Downes; the “Inspired” featurette; the “Making the Cut” featurette; the “A Coach’s Faith” featurette (on 4K and Blu-ray only); a “New to the Scene: Hayden Zaller” featurette; a “Meet the Champion” featurette; a “Behind the Game” featurette; an “American Underdog: Behind the Story” featurette; deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by Andrew Erwin; and the theatrical trailer (on 4K and Blu-ray only).

 

‘Godfather’ Trilogy Debuts on 4K Ultra HD March 22

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s  The Godfather, all three films in the epic trilogy have been restored under the direction of Coppola and will be made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time on March 22. Also, Paramount Pictures  will give the 1972 Best Picture Oscar winner a limited theatrical release in Dolby Vision beginning Feb. 25 exclusively in Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres in the United States, as well as in international territories around the world. 

Newly restored and remastered in Dolby Vision, all three films in the landmark trilogy will be released together with HDR10 on 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time ever. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set will include The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and Coppola’s recently re-edited version of the final film, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The disc set includes legacy commentaries by Coppola, as well as access to digital copies of The The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.

“I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defined the first third of my creative life,” Coppola said in a statement. “With this 50th anniversary tribute, I’m especially proud Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is included, as it captures Mario and my original vision in definitively concluding our epic trilogy. It’s also gratifying to celebrate this milestone with Paramount alongside the wonderful fans who’ve loved it for decades, younger generations who still find it relevant today, and those who will discover it for the first time.”

Coppola’s  film adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family. In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the first film’s original release on March 24, 1972, Paramount and Coppola’s production company American Zoetrope undertook a painstaking restoration of all three films over the course of three years, using technology that has advanced dramatically since 2007 when the last restoration was completed by eminent film historian and preservationist Robert Harris, according to Paramount. Using that work as a blueprint, the team spent thousands of hours to ensure that every frame was evaluated to create the most pristine presentation while remaining true to the original look and feel of the films, according to the studio.

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The effort included the following:

  • More than 300 cartons of film were scrutinized to find the best possible resolution for every frame of all three films.
  • More than 4,000 hours were spent repairing film stains, tears and other anomalies in the negatives.
  • More than 1,000 hours were spent on rigorous color correction to ensure the high dynamic range tools were respectful of the original vision of Coppola and cinematographer Gordon Willis.
  • In addition to the 5.1 audio approved by Walter Murch in 2007, the original mono tracks on The Godfather and The Godfather Part II have been restored.
  • All work was overseen by Coppola.

 

“We felt privileged to restore these films and a little in awe every day we worked on them,” Andrea Kalas, SVP of Paramount Archives, said in a statement. “We were able to witness first-hand how the brilliant cinematography, score, production design, costume design, editing, performances, and, of course, screenwriting and direction became famously more than the sum of their parts. It was our commitment to honor all of the filmmakers’ exceptional work.”

In addition to the widely available 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set, a 4K Ultra HD Limited Collector’s Edition will also be released in deluxe packaging and include a hardcover coffee table book featuring photographs, as well as portrait art prints on archival paper. Both 4K Ultra HD sets include new bonus content including an introduction to The Godfather by Coppola, a featurette about the preservation process, photos by acclaimed photographer Steve Schapiro, home movie footage and comparisons of the new restoration to earlier versions of the films. 

Newly restored and remastered versions of The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone will also be available together on Blu-ray with access to digital copies and the new and legacy bonus content.

 

‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ Due Digitally Jan. 18, on Disc Feb. 8

The sci-fi horror film Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will be released on digital Jan. 18 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 8 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 

In the film, Raccoon City, which was once a booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland — with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night. 

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The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray include over 20 minutes of all-new featurettes, exploring the characters, creatures and locations of Raccoon City as well as the process of adapting the first two games of the video game franchise for the big screen. A limited edition 4K Steelbook includes five collectible poster cards featuring original artwork from winners of a worldwide fan art contest.

‘King Richard’ Available for Premium Digital Purchase and Rental Jan. 4, on Disc Feb. 8

The biopic King Richard, starring Will Smith, will arrive for premium digital purchase and rental Jan. 4, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Based on the true story, the film follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the world’s greatest sports legends. Armed with a clear vision and a 78-page plan, Richard Williams (Smith) is determined to write his daughters, Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton), into history. Training in Compton, Calif., on abandoned tennis courts — rain or shine — the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s (Aunjanue Ellis) balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them.

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The DVD, Blu-ray and 4K combo pack and Blu-ray include a “Following the Plan — The Making of King Richard” featurette. The Blu-ray and 4K versions also include deleted scenes and the featurettes “Becoming Richard” and “Champions on Screen.”

‘La La Land’ Dancing to 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Exclusively at Best Buy Feb. 8 From Lionsgate

Lionsgate will release the Oscar-lauded La La Land Feb. 8 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook exclusively at Best Buy featuring all-new artwork from Jack Hughes.
 
Winner of six Academy Awards including Best Director for writer-director Damien Chazelle, and winner of seven Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture — Musical or Comedy, La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other.

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Special features on 4K Ultra HD include “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway”; “La La Land’s Great Party”; “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student”; “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project”; “The Music of La La Land“; “John Legend’s Acting Debut”; “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land“; “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream”; “Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos”; “La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles”; “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm”; a marketing gallery; song selection; and audio commentary with writer-director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz.

Horror Film ‘The Toolbox Murders’ Heading to 4K Ultra HD Jan. 18 From MVD and Blue Underground

Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group Jan. 18 will release The Toolbox Murders, Dennis Donnelly’s notorious 1978 exploitation classic, on 4K Ultra HD with a new Blu-ray combo that has been scanned in 4K 16-bit from the uncut original negative.
 
In the horror film, a violent string of murders terrorizes a small apartment complex in Los Angeles. The culprit is a mysterious masked man determined to use every tool at his disposal to make “immoral” women pay. Rooted in the Italian giallo, The Toolbox Murders quickly earned a reputation for its brutal violence and was labeled a “Video Nasty” in the United Kingdom. Despite this failed attempt at censorship, The Toolbox Murders has developed a devoted cult following in the decades following its release.
 
The Toolbox Murders stars Pamelyn Ferdin, genre favorite Cameron Mitchell, “Land of the Lost” star Wesley Eure, Aneta Corsaut and adult film star Kelly Nichols.  

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Extras include a video essay, a look back at the career of Mitchell, a new audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson, and interviews with director Donnelly and stars Eure and Nichols. 

John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From L.A.’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Feb. 22

The sequel John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A. will arrive on 4K Ultra HD on Feb. 22 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Released in 1996, the film is the follow up to Escape From New York. Kurt Russell returns as anti-hero Snake Plissken, who is called upon to save the world from a doomsday device after a 9.6 quake levels most of Los Angeles. Scenes include Snake surfing Wilshire Blvd., shooting hoops at the Coliseum and dive bombing the Happy Kingdom theme park. The supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, Cliff Robertson and Bruce Campbell.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features Dolby Vision and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The disc also includes access to a digital copy of the film and the original theatrical trailer.

‘Looper’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Feb. 15 for 10th Anniversary

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s Looper will be released on 4K Ultra HD Feb. 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for its 10th anniversary.

In the futuristic action thriller, time travel will be invented — but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a “looper” — a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) — is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination.

The film also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels.

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The 4K disc includes Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by the filmmakers, as well as director-approved Dolby Atmos audio plus original 5.1 audio.

Extras on the Blu-ray include:

  • feature Commentary with  Johnson, Gordon-Levitt and Blunt;
  • the making-of featurette “Looper: The Future From the Beginning”;
  • 22 deleted scenes with commentary;
  • scoring Looper;
  • “The Science of Time Travel” featurette; and
  • Looper animated trailer.