Italian Drama ‘Goodbye Uncle Tom’ Due on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray April 23 From MVD and Blue Underground

The controversial 1971 Italian drama Goodbye Uncle Tom will be released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc on April 23 on MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

Written, edited, produced and directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi of Mondo Cane fame, this recreation of the American slave trade atrocities was both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. It became one of the most reviled and misunderstood films of its time. In 1971, distributors forced the filmmakers to completely re-cut the film and radically re-write its extreme narration, removing more than 13 minute of race-war politics and inserting alternate scenes — creating what would become an entirely different film — before it could be released. More than 50 years later, both versions of Goodbye Uncle Tom can be seen in new restorations, scanned in 4K 16-bit from their original negatives, with Dolby Vision HDR (on the 4K release) and newly restored DTS-HD Master Audio, and with more than five hours of extras.

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Special features include The Importance of Shocking: Gualtiero Jacopetti, a feature-length documentary by director Andrea Bettinetti; The Godfathers of Mondo, a feature-length documentary by director David Gregory; “Goodbye Cruel Mondo,” interviews with writers/directors Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, and composer Riz Ortolani; behind-the-scenes 8mm Footage with audio commentary by production manager Giampaolo Lomi; “Mondo Mercenaries,” an interview with author and academic Mark Goodall; “Abjection Under Authoritarianism,” an interview with professor Matthew J. Smith; still galleries, including Giampaolo Lomi’s behind-the-scenes photos; a bonus soundtrack CD by Riz Ortolani; and a collectible booklet with a new essay by Dan Madigan.

‘Madame Web’ Due on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD April 30

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Marvel Comics-based Madame Web on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD April 30.

The film, which earned $99.8 million at the global box office, tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures — if they can all survive a deadly present.

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Extras on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital include a gag reel; Easter eggs; “Oracle of the Page”; “Fight Like a Spider”; “Future Vision”; “Casting the Web”; and a deleted scene. Extras on the DVD include “Future Vision” and “Casting the Web.”

‘Chinatown’ Due on Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD June 18 for 50th Anniversary

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1974 noir classic Chinatown on limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc on June 18 for its 50th anniversary.

In the film, Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night. The film inspired by real events also stars John Huston.

Robert Towne’s Academy Award-winning screenplay weaves a tragic and shocking tale of corruption, greed, and the human propensity for evil.  

Produced by the legendary Robert Evans, Chinatown was originally released on June 26, 1974, and received 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.  In 1991, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

The limited-edition “Paramount Presents” release includes the restored film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time ever.  The restoration was completed using the original camera negative, which was repaired using the latest technology in areas that had been previously damaged, according to Paramount. 

“The result is a sparkling 4K Ultra HD presentation that uses more of the best possible source than previous masters and faithfully captures the film’s distinctively dreamy and simultaneously realistic look,” according to the Paramount release.

The release includes new and legacy bonus content, access to a digital copy of the film, and a bonus Blu-ray with the 1990 sequel The Two Jakes, directed by and starring Jack Nicholson and written by Robert Towne.

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New bonus content includes:

  • “A State of Mind: Author Sam Wasson on Chinatown,” in which Sam Wasson, film historian and bestselling author of The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, discusses the importance of the film and its legacy;
  • “Chinatown Memories,” in which producer Hawk Koch shares stories from his time as assistant director on the film; and
  • “The Trilogy That Never Was,” in which Sam Wasson discusses the planned third installment of what would have been a trio of movies featuring the character Jake Gittes. 
     

Additional legacy bonus content includes:

  • commentary by screenwriter Robert Towne with David Fincher;
    “Water and Power”;
  • “Chinatown: An Appreciation”;
  • “Chinatown: The Beginning and the End”;
  • “Chinatown: Filming”;
  • “Chinatown: Legacy”; and
  • the theatrical trailer.

 

‘Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ Due on Regular Digital Jan. 30, Disc Feb. 13

The “Hunger Games” franchise prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes arrives for regular digital purchase Jan. 30 (after a premium run) and 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital), Blu-ray (plus DVD plus digital), and DVD Feb. 13 from Lionsgate.

The film has earned more than $325 million at the box office worldwide.

Based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name, the film stars Tom Blyth (Benediction), Golden Globe winner Rachel Zegler (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, West Side Story, 2022), Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, “Game of Thrones,” 2019), Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”), Josh Andrés Rivera (West Side Story), Jason Schwartzman (Asteroid City), and Viola Davis (Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “How to Get Away with Murder,” 2015; Grammy for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording, Finding Me, 2023; Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Fences, 2017; Tony for Best Actress (Leading Role – Play, Fences, 2010).

In The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, three-time Grammy Award winner and six-time nominee singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo joins the franchise, co-writing and performing the preeminent original song “Can’t Catch Me Now.”

Set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes follows a young Coriolanus as he unites with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games, and battles his instincts for both good and evil.

Also on Feb. 13, Walmart will have an exclusive 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital) Steelbook with special artwork.

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4K UHD / BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Producer-Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson (Not Included on Digital)
  • “Predator or Prey: Making The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” eight-Part Documentary (Not Included on Digital)
  • “The Hanging Tree” Song by Rachel Zegler
  • A Letter to the Fans
  • Theatrical Trailers (4K Only)

 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Producer-Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  • Featurettes: “Welcome Back to Panem,” “The Music of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” “The Costumes of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” and The Casting of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”
  • “The Hanging Tree” Song by Rachel Zegler
  • A Letter to the Fans

APPLE TV SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Finding a Different Sound: The Music of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
  • Featurettes: “Welcome Back to Panem,” “The Music of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” “The Costumes of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” and The Casting of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”
  • “The Hanging Tree” Song by Rachel Zegler
  • A Letter to the Fans

AMAZON BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Imagining a Retro Future: The Look of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
  • The Arc of a Tyrant: Creating Coriolanus Snow in The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

‘Conan the Barbarian’ Movies Headed to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Jan. 30 From MVD

MVD Entertainment Group on Jan. 30 will release the “Conan the Barbarian” two-movie epic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for the first time.

In Conan the Barbarian (1982), John Milius directs Oliver Stone’s adaptation of the pulp novels by Robert E. Howard to the big screen. Schwarzenegger stars as Conan — enslaved as a young boy after cult leader Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) murders his parents. Conan pushes himself from slave to gladiator to freed warrior in search of Doom to exact his vengeance. Along the way Conan learns of love, friendship, wisdom, and loyalty. The film features an impressive supporting cast, including Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Gerry Lopez and Mako. The limited edition 4K UHD comes in a two-disc set, loaded with extras, including new interviews with cast and crew, rarely seen footage and archival materials. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD limited edition sets each include a double-sided fold-out poster, six double-sided collectors’ postcards, an illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon.

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In Conan the Destroyer (1984), the sequel to Conan the Barbarian, Schwarzenegger returns as Robert E. Howard’s sword-wielding antihero. Conan is offered the opportunity to take a young princess (Olivia D’Abo) on a quest to retrieve the jeweled horn of the dreaming god Dagoth. In return, the love of his life Valeria will be brought back to life, though Conan and his fellowship get more than they bargained for as Dagoth may not be the benevolent demigod they expected. Directed by Richard Fleischer, Conan the Destroyer features an international cast that includes supermodel/icon Grace Jones, D’Abo, NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, Tracey Walter, and Sarah Douglas. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD limited-edition sets include a double-sided fold-out poster, six double-sided collectors’ postcards, an illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon. The release features a new 4K restoration from the original negative, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), and newly restored original mono audio and remixed Dolby Atmos surround audio. Bonus features include archive feature commentary by director Richard Fleischer, actors Olivia d’Abo, Tracey Walter and Sarah Douglas; newly filmed interviews and commentary with cast and crew; theatrical trailers; and an image gallery.

‘TMNT: Mutant Mayhem’ Disc Release Party

Paramount celebrated the Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem with a pizza party at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles Dec. 14. The party followed an LA Tastemaker screening of the film, which grossed nearly $120 million at the domestic box office. Among the celebrities in attendance were Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the story and screenplay. A reboot of the “Turtles” film franchise, TMNT: Mutant Mayhem follows the four Turtles as they encounter an army of mutants while on the hunt for a mysterious crime syndicate.

Classic 1984 Film ‘Footloose’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Feb. 13

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1980s classic Footloose — about a city boy whose rebellious love for music and dancing shakes up a small town — on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Feb. 13. 

In the film, which was originally released on Feb. 17, 1984, city-boy Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) is new to an uptight small town where dancing has been banned. Ren quickly makes a new best friend in Willard (Chris Penn) and falls fast for the minister’s daughter (Lori Singer), but his love for music and dancing gets him into hot water.

Directed by Herbert Ross and written by composer and writer Dean Pitchford, the film earned $80 million at the domestic box office.  The supporting cast also includes Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The soundtrack features Kenny Loggins, Shalamar, Deniece Williams, Bonnie Tyler, Quiet Riot, John Mellencamp, Foreigner, and more.  Both the songs “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song.

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Newly remastered, Footloose will be available in a two-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set or a collectible Steelbook with artwork designed to look like an ’80s Walkman.  Both sets include access to a digital copy of the film and the included Blu-ray includes the legacy bonus content below:

  • commentary by Craig Zadan and Dean Pitchford
  • commentary by Kevin Bacon
  • “Let’s Dance! Kevin Bacon on Footloose
  • “From Bomont to the Big Apple: An Interview with Sarah Jessica Parker”
  • “Remembering Willard”
  • Kevin Bacon’s screen test
  • Kevin Bacon costume montage
  • Footloose: A Modern Musical – Part 1″
  • Footloose: A Modern Musical – Part 2″
  • Footloose: Songs That Tell a Story”
  • the theatrical trailer

‘Hunger Games’ 4K Steelbook Set Available Exclusively at Walmart

“The Hunger Games” saga is out now, exclusively at Walmart in a 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital) Steelbook set from Lionsgate.

The set includes the first four films in the franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence (2012, Actress in a Leading Role, Silver Linings Playbook): The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. Each film includes numerous extras.

A prequel to the series, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songs & Snakes, is currently in theaters.

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Headed to Digital Nov. 28, Disc Dec. 12

Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s, a horror film based on the video game series created by Scott Cawthon, will be available on digital Nov. 28 and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Dec. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film, which has earned $272 million at the global box office, streamed simultaneously on Peacock.

In the film, recently fired and desperate for work so that he can keep custody of his little sister, Mike (Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games” franchise) agrees to take a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant: Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare.

The film also stars Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby-Doo), Elizabeth Lail (“You,” “Once Upon a Time”), Kat Conner Sterling (A Week Away, “The Gifted”), Piper Rubio (“Unstable”) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon).

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Bonus content includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the animatronics and recreating the immersive world of the game.

Football Classic ‘Varsity Blues’ to Debut on 4K Ultra HD Jan. 9

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1999 football classic Varsity Blues for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on Jan. 9.

In the coming-of-age story originally released on Jan. 15, 1999, at first backup quarterback Jonathan “Mox” Moxom (James Van Der Beek) is nowhere close to being a star athlete. Perfectly content to stay on the bench, he has no time for coach Kilmer’s (Jon Voight) win-at-all-cost strategies. But when the starting quarterback (Paul Walker) is injured, Mox is in the game and confronting the pressures and temptations of gridiron glory. Soon everyone will realize there’s not just a new star quarterback in town, there’s a new kind of hero.

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Newly remastered from the original camera negative, Varsity Blues will be available in a two-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set that also includes access to a digital copy of the film. The Blu-ray includes legacy bonus content, including commentary with director Brian Robbins and producers Tova Laiter and Mike Tollin; “Football is a Way of Life: The Making of Varsity Blues“; “Two-A-Days: The Ellis Way”; “QB Game Analysis”; “Billy Bob with No Bacon”; and the theatrical trailer.