Martial Arts Classic ‘Enter the Dragon’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital Aug. 8

As part of the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros. Studio, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the classic martial arts film Enter the Dragon for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digital Aug. 8.
 
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its 1973 release, Enter the Dragon is credited with bringing interest in the Asian martial arts genre to mainstream Western cinema. Directed by Robert Clouse, the film stars Bruce Lee in his final completed film role. In addition to Lee, the film also stars John Saxon, Ahna Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kein and introduces Jim Kelly. It was written by Michael Allin and produced by Fred Weintraub, Paul Heller, and Raymond Chow with a score by honorary Academy Award recipient Lalo Schifrin.

Lee plays a martial arts expert determined to take down the ruthless gang leader Han, who was responsible for the death of his sister. Recruited by an intelligence agency, he poses a student and attends a tournament at a remote island fortress. His goal is to gather evidence that will prove Han’s involvement with drug trafficking and prostitution. With one man focused on crime and the other bent on revenge, the two engage in the now-classic fight-to-the-death finish.

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In 2004, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 1999, Bruce Lee was listed in Time magazine’s “100 most influential people of the century.”
 
The Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc includes both the theatrical version of the film and the special edition of the film, which features three additional minutes of footage, and digital copies of each. Both the disc and digital release include the following legacy special features: an introduction by Linda Lee Cadwell and commentary by Paul Heller and Michael Allin.

‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Debuts on 4K Ultra HD Digital and Disc Aug. 1

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, writer-director John Hughes’ 1986 seminal comedy about a high school student’s wild adventures in the Windy City after he ditches school, will make its 4K Ultra HD digital and disc debut Aug. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The remastered 4K Ultra HD release features Dolby Vision and HDR-10, as well as Dolby Atmos audio.  The release also includes John Hughes’ original director’s commentary, which has not been available on disc since the first DVD release in 1999, along with access to a digital copy of the film and the following legacy bonus content: “Getting the Class Together: The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Making of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Who is Ferris Bueller?,” “The World According to Ben Stein” and “Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes.”

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In the classic comedy, Matthew Broderick stars as the delightfully charming Ferris who, with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best bud Cameron (Alan Ruck), ditches school to enjoy one perfect day as a kid with no responsibilities.  In 2014, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, which serves as a compendium of films that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically or historically important. 

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 6

Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s 1990s classic Pulp Fiction will be released on 4K digital, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and in a limited-edition collector’s 4K Steelbook Dec. 6 by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the film also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken and Bruce Willis.

Tarantino delivers an unforgettable cast of characters in the film — including a pair of low-rent hit men (Travolta and Jackson), a gangster’s wife (Thurman), and a desperate prizefighter (Willis) — in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating adventure of violence and redemption.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and limited-edition collector’s Steelnook include the feature film in 4K Ultra HD, access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the following legacy bonus content:

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc

  • “Not the Usual Mindless Boring Getting to Know You Chit Chat”
  • “Here are Some Facts on the Fiction”
  • enhanced trivia track (subtitle file) 

 

Blu-ray Disc

  • Not the Usual Mindless Boring Getting to Know You Chit Chat”
  • “Here Are Some Facts on the Fiction”                                
  • Pulp Fiction: The Facts” — documentary                                        
  • deleted scenes
  • behind-the-scenes montages
  • production design featurette                                          
  • Siskel & Ebert “At the Movies” — The Tarantino Generation                            
  • Independent Spirit Awards                                
  • Cannes Film Festival – Palme d’Or Acceptance Speech                                   
  • “Charlie Rose Show”                                 
  • marketing gallery
  • still galleries
  • enhanced trivia track (text on feature)                                       
  • soundtrack chapters (index points in feature)   

Tom Cruise Action Thriller ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Headed to 4K July 5

The 2014 Tom Cruise action thriller Edge of Tomorrow will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital July 5 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Co-starring Emily Blunt and directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), the film takes place as an alien race, undefeatable by any existing military unit, has launched a relentless attack on Earth, and Major William Cage (Cruise) finds himself dropped into a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage is thrown into a time loop, forced to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. Training alongside Rita Vrataski (Blunt), his skills slowly evolve, and each battle moves them a step closer to defeating the enemy.  ​

The film also stars Bill Paxton (Aliens, HBO’s “Big Love”), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Noah Taylor (Lawless), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Dragomir Mrsic (Snabba Cash II), Charlotte Riley (World Without End), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), Franz Drameh (Attack the Block), Masayoshi Haneda (Emperor) and Tony Way (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

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Special features include “Operation Downfall — Adrenaline Cut,” “Storming the Beach,” “Weapons of the Future,” “Creatures Not of This World,” “On the Edge With Doug Liman” and deleted scenes.

Fandango Celebrates Vudu’s 4K Release of ‘Godfather’ Trilogy With Exclusive Clip

Fandango is celebrating the arrival of the iconic “Godfather” movies in 4K on its transactional VOD service Vudu with an exclusive “before and after restoration” video clip.

The clip shows a scene from The Godfather Part II with Al Pacino.

For the 50th anniversary of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola’s remastered and restored “The Godfather Trilogy” arrives on digital for the first time in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision.

The classic film is available as a standalone or as part of the “Godfather” trilogy, featuring The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The Godfather is available on Vudu in 4K Ultra HD for a limited time for $12.99, while the trilogy is available in 4K Ultra HD for $29.99. Fans who previously bought the movies on Vudu prior to March 22 can upgrade to 4K Ultra HD with special pricing. 

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This latest 4K Ultra HD offering from Vudu follows the service’s exclusive release of “Game of Thrones” on 4K Ultra HD.

UHD Alliance Expanding Consumer Education About Filmmaker Mode

Filmmaker Mode — an Ultra HD TV setting designed to reproduce movie and TV content the way the creator intended — will get a new consumer education push in 2022, according to UHD Alliance president Michael Zink.

Introduced by the UHD Alliance in August 2019, Filmmaker Mode allows viewers to enjoy a more cinematic experience on their UHD TVs when watching content by disabling all post-processing (e.g. motion smoothing, etc.) so a movie or television show is displayed as it was intended by the filmmaker, preserving the correct aspect ratios, colors and frame rates. Among its supporters are Hisense (which highlighted the feature at CES), Panasonic (which also highlighted the feature on its flagship OLED TV), Samsung, LG, Skyworth, BenQ, Kaleidescape, Philips/TP Vision, and Amazon Prime Video, which was the first streaming service to announce support for Filmmaker Mode in 2020 and was the first streaming service to implement automatic switching to the Mode on all LG Smart TVs.

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Filmmaker Mode is also supported by the Director’s Guild of America, the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild, the Film Foundation, and several top Hollywood directors, including Martin Scorsese.

“We are in this unique position of having a relatively comprehensive ecosystem,” Zink said.

The concurrent theatrical and streaming release of many films during the pandemic has increased creative support for Filmmaker Mode, he noted.

As part of the new focus on education, the UHD Alliance recently got a video assist from Dune director Denis Villeneuve, who discussed Filmmaker Mode as the best way to view the film in the home. Due to the pandemic, Dune was released concurrently in late October in theaters and on HBO Max, where a large audience would see the film for the first time streamed at home. The Alliance pushed the filmmaker’s video on social media in October in concert with the WarnerMedia, HBO Max and Dune promotional teams.

In another online education move, the Alliance enlisted professional TV calibration expert Vincent Teoh to release a YouTube video called “5 TV Settings That Should Be Illegal,” explaining the downsides of TV settings that harm picture quality and emphasizing the benefits of Filmmaker Mode. The YouTube video was viewed more than 800,000 times in two weeks, Zink said.

 

Meanwhile, the UHD Alliance continues to enlist more companies to adopt Filmmaker Mode. In recent developments, MediaTek will support Filmmaker Mode auto-switching (which employs the setting automatically on applicable content) on its chipsets. This makes it easier for manufacturers using the chipsets to implement the feature, so they “don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” Zink said.

Also, the new specification from APEX (the Airline Passenger Entertainment eXperience Association) was approved in 2021 with Filmmaker Mode as a mandatory requirement for in flight entertainment systems, meaning new systems on planes will offer flyers the setting on movies and TV shows viewed on flights. American Airlines in December 2021 announced implementation of the new system on transcontinental and international flights in 2023.

The UHD Alliance is continuing to work on expanding the Filmmaker Mode ecosystem.

“We’re talking to a number of other OTT services [to enlist support],” Zink said.

Also on the Alliance’s plate for the future are further interoperability testing and ambient light recommendations for Filmmaker Mode to offer the best picture in different viewing situations.

Drama ‘Two Yellow Lines’ Due on 4K Digital Nov. 9

The drama Two Yellow Lines will be released on 4K digital Nov. 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, veteran smokejumper Jack Elliot fells trees on a steep mountain slope high in the Montana wilderness when his phone rings. His estranged ex-wife can’t pick up their teenage daughter from camp in Wyoming. Jack hasn’t seen her in four years, ever since he lost his entire unit to a rogue wildfire.

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Over the next five days, Jack and his daughter battle as they ride across the wild Montana landscape and sleep beneath a bounty of stars. Watching his baby grow into a woman, and seeing her hero shrink to a man, a battle that starts off face-to-face, slowly turns back-to-back.

‘The Shawshank Redemption’ Debuting on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital Sept. 14

The Shawshank Redemption will debut on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital Sept. 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The 1994 film received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), Best Original Score and Best Screenplay, and marked the feature directorial debut of its screenwriter Frank Darabont, nominated for his adapted screenplay.

Based on Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, the drama tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at Maine’s Shawshank Prison. He is befriended by longtime convict Red (Freeman) who’s been in long enough to know the ropes and helps him cope with the frightening realities of prison life.  As the two men grow closer, so does the sense of hope that can truly set them free.

In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected The Shawshank Redemption for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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The Shawshank Redemption Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack contains the following previously released special features: commentary by Frank Darabont; “Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at The Shawshank Redemption”; “Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature”; “The SharkTank Redemption”; still galleries; “Bogs Takes a Fall” storyboards; and “New Fish Arrive” storyboards.

‘Underworld’ Film Collection Coming to 4K Oct. 26

The Underworld 4K Ultra HD Collection will be released on Oct. 26 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The limited-edition gift set includes all five vampire films on 4K Ultra HD disc with high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio.

The films will also be available digitally in 4K with HDR.

The collection includes Underworld (in both theatrical and extended versions), Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening and Underworld: Blood Wars, as well as hours of standard-definition and HD bonus content for all five films, including the “Underworld: Endless War” animated shorts.

Chronicling the eternal battle between vampires and Lycans, the series stars Kate Beckinsale as the vampire Selene.

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Update (9/10/21): Date changed from Oct. 5 to Oct. 26.

‘Mortal Kombat’ Available for ‘Premium’ Digital Purchase June 11, on Disc July 13

The action film Mortal Kombat will be available for “premium” digital purchase at $24.99 on June 11, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD as well as for standard digital purchase on July 13 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film previously debuted in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max concurrently.

Directed by Simon McQuoid, the actioner stars Lewis Tan (TV’s “Into The Badlands”) as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson (The Little Death) as Kano, Tadanobu Asano (Battleship) as Lord Raiden, Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood”) as Jax, Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Liu Kang, with Chin Han (The Dark Knight) as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim (The Raid: Redemption) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero, and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao and Sisi Stringer (Bloody Hell) as Mileena.

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In the film, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage — or why Outworld’s Sorcerer Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt him down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies from Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana — the immense power from within his soul — in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

The Blu-ray, DVD and 4K combo pack will include deleted scenes.

The Blu-ray and 4K editions will also include the featurettes “From Game to Screen: The Making of Mortal Kombat,” “Mortal Kombat: Fan Favorite Characters,” “Fight Koreography,” “Into the Krypt: Easter Eggs of Mortal Kombat” and “Anatomy of a Scene.”