Filmmaker Christopher Nolan to Receive DEG’s Vanguard Award

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group will present its inaugural Vanguard Award to Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan.

The award presentation will take place during a reception at the 4K Ultra HD Summit to be held Nov. 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The DEG Vanguard Award is in recognition of Nolan’s place at the forefront of filmmakers using groundbreaking technology to deliver increased scale and resolution, enhanced color and immersive audio to film audiences both in cinemas and in the home theater environment. Nolan has been a longtime advocate of the best home viewing experience available to consumers.

The director, writer and producer most recently earned dual Academy Award nominations, for Best Director and Best Picture, for Dunkirk, which in July 2017 received the largest 70mm release in the last quarter century. His filmography also includes InterstellarInception, The Dark Knight TrilogyThe Prestige, and Memento, for which he received his first Oscar nomination, for Best Original Screenplay.

With the December 2017 release of the seven film “The Christopher Nolan Collection” in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Nolan became the filmmaker with the largest number of films available in the most advanced home-based viewing format, according to the DEG.

The 4K Ultra HD Summit, presented by the DEG and the Ultra HD Alliance, will advocate and educate about the benefits of 4K Ultra HD televisions and content while highlighting the changes to all things 4K. The goal of the Summit is to help consumers understand the benefits of 4K UHD with HDR and provide information about new hardware and software products for the holiday buying season.

The program will focus on advancements in 4K UHD technology, increasing affordability of the technology, and widening availability of content.

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Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Due on Digital Oct. 23, Disc Nov. 6 From Universal

BlacKkKlansman, director Spike Lee’s film of the true story of Ron Stallwortth, an African-American police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, will arrive on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Oct. 23 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Nov. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Based on the book Black Klansman by Stallworth, BlacKkKlansman stars John David Washington (“Ballers,” Malcolm X), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force AwakensLogan Lucky), Topher Grace (Interstellar, “That 70’s Show”), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: HomecomingThe Last Five Years), Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live,” Mission Impossible – Fallout), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta ComptonKong: Skull Island), Ryan Eggold (“The Blacklist,” “Sons of Liberty”) and Paul Walter Hauser (I, TonyaSuper Troopers 2).
In the early 1970s Stallworth (Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department where he sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Driver), into the undercover investigation.

Special features on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “A Spike Lee Joint,” in which producer Jordan Peele, cast and film subject Ron Stallworth discuss working with Lee, and the extended trailer featuring Prince’s “Mary Don’t You Weep.”

BlacKkKlansman will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-ray version, all in 4K resolution.

Fox to Release ‘X-Men’ Trilogy on 4K Ultra HD Sept. 25

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the first three films in the “X-Men” series, starring Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 25.

The three-film collection includes X-Men, X2: X-Men Unite and X-Men: The Last Stand. The trilogy follows the group of mutant outcasts as they learn to control their powers, join forces with their enemies to save all mutants and face the discovery of a “cure” for the mutation that starts a war.

Special features include audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted/extended scenes, “The Mutant Watch,” animatics, and character and production design stills.

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Due on Digital Oct. 16, Disc Oct. 30

The comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, arrives on digital Oct. 16 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, and on demand Oct. 30 from Lionsgate.

The comedic action film earned $33.3 million in theaters.

In the film, Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Also starring in the film are Justin Theroux (The Girl on the Train, TV’s “The Leftovers”), Hasan Minhaj (TV’s “The Daily Show”) and Sam Heughan (TV’s “Outlander”).

Special features include deleted scenes, outtakes and four making-of featurettes. The 4K release includes Dolby Vision HDR. The release also features Dolby Atmos sound.

Universal Unleashes AR Experience With Facebook to Promote ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

To mark the global 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has partnered with Facebook and Messenger to unleash sharable in-store and in-home augmented reality experiences showcasing the film’s dinosaurs.

The AR experiences featuring different dinosaurs from the film will debut Sept. 18 timed to the film’s North American home entertainment launch before rolling out around the world.

It is the first integrated AR experience across the Facebook family of apps — specifically Facebook and Messenger — according to a Universal press release.

“Just as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom expertly transports viewers into an immersive world of discovery and wonder, the new AR offerings in-store and in-home serve to effectively extend that excitement and innovation to our global home entertainment release,” said Hilary Hoffman, EVP, marketing, UPHE. “We are thrilled to have a world-class partner in Facebook to help power these engaging AR experiences and are sure they will captivate and delight Jurassic fans of all ages.”

On the day of the release, participating retailers across 18 countries will showcase, for a limited time, the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in-store displays that will include instructions on how to trigger an AR experience. Shoppers scan a special QR code to launch the sharable AR effect that places the Indoraptor directly in their path. In the U.S. alone, the experience spans more than 17,000 stores across multiple national retail and grocery chains, according to the release.

The in-home experience is activated off of an insert in the product packaging using the Messenger camera. The experience unveils an interactive, baby version of the film’s Velociraptor hero, Blue. The animated Baby Blue can be placed in any environment, and images and video of her can be captured and shared with friends.

Both the in-store and in-home experiences are compatible with iOS and Android devices. Users should utilize the latest version of the Facebook and Messenger apps, according to the release.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the second installment in the dinosaur series reboot, has generated nearly $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow, the film stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Dancing to Digital Oct. 9, Disc Oct. 23 From Universal

The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Sing-Along Edition will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Oct. 9 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Oct. 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned more than $118 million in theaters.

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie, the prequel/sequel set to the music of ABBA features returning stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski alongside new additions Lily James, Cher and Andy Garcia. The film follows two stories: present day as Sophie Sheridan (Seyfried) prepares for the grand reopening of her mother Donna’s (Streep) hotel and 1979 when young Donna (James) first arrives on the island. Sophie learns about her mother’s adventures with the young Dynamos, Tanya (Jessica Keenan-Wynn) and Rosie (Alexa Davies), and how young Donna first met her three possible dads Harry (Hugh Skinner), Bill (Josh Dylan) and Sam (Jeremy Irvine).

Bonus features, some exclusive to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital, include deleted/extended songs and scenes with commentary by director/screenplay writer Ol Parker; enhanced sing-alongs; cast meets cast, in which those playing young and older versions of certain cast members discuss their parts; cast chats between those playing the three young Dynamos and the young dads; a featurette on the choreography; featurettes on the development of the story, the character of Sophie, on Cher’s joining the cast, the costumes and more; and feature commentaries with Parker and producer Judy Craymer.

The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-ray version, all in 4K.

‘Schindler’s List’ Coming in 4K to Theaters, Home Market From Universal

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of director Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, Universal Pictures will re-release the film with picture and sound digitally remastered —including in 4K, Dolby Cinema and Dolby Atmos — for a limited theatrical engagement on Dec. 7 across the United States and Canada.

The remastered film will also be available in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound on home entertainment platforms subsequent to the theatrical release.

Schindler’s List, starring Liam Neeson as a German businessman who saves more than 1,000 Jews during the holocaust, won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

“It is difficult to believe that it’s been 25 years since Schindler’s List first arrived in theaters,” said Spielberg in a statement. “The true stories of the magnitude and tragedy of the Holocaust are ones that must never be forgotten, and the film’s lessons about the critical importance of countering hatred continue to reverberate today. I am honored that audiences will be able to experience the journey once again on the big screen.”

“We are proud to bring the remastered Schindler’s List, one of the most important movies of the 20th century, to a new generation of filmgoers,” said Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, in a statement. “The lesson that one person — during one of the darkest chapters in humankind’s history — can make a difference is as relevant now as ever before.”

In advance of the re-release, free educational screenings of the film — coordinated by USC Shoah Foundation — will be available for high-school educators and their students in selected AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Marcus Theatres, Cineplex, Harkins and National Amusements locations in major markets in North America Dec. 4 and Dec. 5.

“As curators of the world’s largest collection of firsthand accounts about the consequences of hatred, USC Shoah Foundation is uniquely positioned to educate and inspire humanity to counter hate through empathy and action,” said Spielberg, who established the Shoah Foundation after his experiences filming Schindler’s List, in a statement. “Those who engage with this eyewitness testimony make deeply meaningful connections, develop critical thinking and empathy, and learn to reflect on the choices they can make to counter hatred.”

The film score by John Williams also will be released by La-La Land Records with never-before-heard material, and the remastered version of Schindler’s List will be re-released in theatres internationally across select territories in early 2019.

USC Shoah Foundation — under its Stronger Than Hate initiative — will work with partner organizations to provide classroom-ready resources through its educational website IWitness to accompany the theatrical and home entertainment releases of the film.

‘Twilight’ Coming on 4K Ultra HD From Lionsgate

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twilight’s theatrical debut, Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment will  release the film on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and digital) and all five of “The Twilight Saga” films on Blu-ray Combo Pack (two Blu-rays, one DVD, plus digital) and digital 4K Ultra HD on Oct. 23.

Fathom Events will also celebrate the anniversary with a two-day movie event on Oct. 21 and 23 on approximately 450 screens nationwide. Fathom will give away mini-posters (while supplies last) to fans and will treat them to an introduction from director Catherine Hardwicke and an exclusive sneak peek of a brand-new special feature.

Based on the book series by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as the star-crossed lovers Edward and Bella alongside Taylor Lautner, Anna Kendrick, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz.  Bella Swan (Stewart) doesn’t expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (Pattinson) — a boy who’s hiding a dark secret: he’s a vampire.

The Twilight 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($22.99) includes hours of special features and a new, never-before-seen featurette, “Twilight Tour…10 Years Later,” which follows director Hardwick and actor Rathbone through memorable sets from the film.

The 4K releases include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

All five of the Blu-ray Combo Packs ($14.99 each) feature new box art designs from renowned illustrator Justin Erikson. The combo packs include special features such as deleted scenes, character featurettes, cast interviews, and music videos. TwilightNew MoonEclipse, and Breaking Dawn – Part 1 also include both the theatrical and the extended versions of the film.

Classic Horror Film ‘Halloween’ Coming in 4K Ultra HD Sept. 25 From Lionsgate

The horror classic Halloween arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray) Sept. 25 from Lionsgate.

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, Tony Moran and P.J. Soles, the film in 4K also features Dolby Vision HDR. The release celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original 1978 theatrical release and coincides with the theatrical debut of the newest film in the series.

Special features include audio commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and Curtis; “The Night She Came Home” featurette; “On Location: 25 Years Later” featurette; TV version footage; a trailer; TV spots; and radio spots.

‘Air Force One’ Coming on 4K UHD Nov. 6 From Sony

Air Force One, starring Harrison Ford at the President of the United States, debuts on 4K Ultra HD and on digital in 4K Nov. 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the 1997 film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the president (Ford) fights to save his family and the hostages aboard Air Force One when communist radicals led by Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) hijack the plane.

Fully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, the 4K Ultra HD disc features high dynamic range with Dolby Atmos audio. Bonus features include audio commentary with Petersen.