‘F9: The Fast Saga’ Racing to Digital Sept. 7, Disc Sept. 21

F9: The Fast Saga, the latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, will come out with a new director’s cut on digital Sept. 7 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has generated more than $600 million worldwide.

The release features the original theatrical version, the director’s cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content, including a behind-the-scenes look at the stunts and cars and a gag reel.

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In the film, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena, Bumblebee) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot.

Franchise veteran Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the series, returns to the director’s seat for F9.

F9 also stars returning franchise cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.

‘Inglourious Basterds’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Oct. 12

Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds will come out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film starring Brad Pitt, as war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

Bonus content includes extended and alternate scenes; a roundtable discussion with Tarantino, Pitt and Elvis Mitchell; a  The New York Times Talk; the original short “Nation’s Pride”; “The Making of Nation’s Pride”; “The Original Inglourious Basterds”; and “A Conversation with Rod Taylor.”

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Romero-Argento Duo ‘Two Evil Eyes’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Aug. 24 From MVD

Horror masters George Romero and Dario Argento direct a pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe in the two-disc set Two Evil Eyes, available on 4K Ultra HD Aug. 24 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

In Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. In Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel, From Dusk Till Dawn) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet.

Martin Balsam (Psycho), E.G. Marshall (Creepshow), John Amos (The Beastmaster) and Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps) co-star in this horror duo that also features makeup effects by Tom Savini (Maniac).

Blue Underground scanned Two Evil Eyes in 4K 16-bit from the original camera negative. The release features Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix.

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Bonus features include:
  • audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento;
  • the theatrical trailer;
  • a poster and still gallery;
  • “Two Masters’ Eyes,” featuring interviews with Argento and Romero, Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento and Asia Argento;
  • “Savini’s EFX,” a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s special make-up effects;
  • “At Home With Tom Savini,” a personal tour of Savini’s home;
  • Adrienne Barbeau on Romero;
  • “Before I Wake,” an interview with star Ramy Zada;
  • “Behind the Wall,” an interview with star Madeleine Potter;
  • “One Maestro and Two Masters,” an interview with composer Pino Donaggio;
  • “Rewriting Poe,” an interview with co-writer Franco Ferrini;
  • “The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die,” an interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi;
  • “Two Evil Brothers,” an interview with special make-up assistant Everett Burrell; and
  • “Working With George,” an interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson.

 

‘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.

David Lynch’s ‘Dune’ on 4K, Italian Cinema Headline Blu-ray Releases From Arrow and MVD in August

David Lynch’s Dune on 4K, the Italian “Sergio Martino Collection,” the Japanese erotic horror film Blind Beast, Dario Argento’s Cat O’ Nine Tails on 4K and the horror film The Brotherhood of Satan are coming to Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video in August.

On Aug. 3, Arrow kicks things off with the Blu-ray release of “The Sergio Martino Collection.” The three-disc set features three classic 1970s films from the Italian genre filmmaker. George Hilton stars as an insurance investigator trying to get to the bottom of a strange string of murders in The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail. Next, Martino takes on Edgar Allen Poe in Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key. Martino borrows elements from Poe’s “The Black Cat” to craft this tale of a series of murders around the estate of a degenerate author and his wife. In The Suspicious Death of a Minor, the murder of a prostitute leads to the discovery of a trafficking ring with ties to powerful people. All three films come with 2K restorations from the original camera negatives.

On Aug. 24, Arrow will release two titles on Blu-ray. First up is 1969’s Blind Beast. The erotic horror story of a blind sculptor that kidnaps a young model with the help of his mother comes courtesy of director Yasuzô Masumura, one of post-war Japan’s most important filmmakers.

Also coming from Arrow on Aug. 24 is the 4K Ultra HD release of Dario Argento’s classic giallo The Cat O’ Nine Tails, starring Academy Award winner Karl Malden. A newspaper reporter and a retired journalist work together to get to the bottom of a series of killings in this straight forward murder-mystery, offering an early glimpse into the style and technique that would later become Argento trademarks. The release features an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes; a fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards; and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative.

Arrow brings the month to a close with two titles Aug. 31. A cult of senior citizens recruits the children of a desert town to worship Satan in director Bernard McEveety’s The Brotherhood of Satan, due on Blu-ray. This low-budget horror entry was notable for giving theater patrons a packet of seeds during its original theatrical run. The seeds were labeled as “Satan’s soul” and claimed to offer protection “from the Black Magic of The Brotherhood of Satan.”

Also streeting Aug. 31 is David Lynch’s Dune (1984). The controversial adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel has achieved cult classic status over the years, and it arrives with a brand new 4K restoration on both limited edition Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray just ahead of the new blockbuster remake. The all-star cast of the sci-fi epic includes Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Sting, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young and Max von Sydow. The release includes a 60-page book featuring new writing on the film by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden; a large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor.

‘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.

‘In the Heights’ Dancing to Premium Digital July 30, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31

The musical In the Heights will be available for premium digital sale ($24.99) and rental ($19.99, 48 hours) July 30, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and standard digital Aug. 31 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film is directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Broadway’s Hamilton) music and lyrics. It stars Anthony Ramos (A Star Is Born, Broadway’s Hamilton) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, BlacKkKlansman). The film also stars singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s In the Heights), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s Rent), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s Matilda the Musical), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films).

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In the film set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

Special features on the 4K Ultra HD combo pack and Blu-ray include several featurettes and sing-alongs. The DVD includes one featurette.

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Coming to Digital July 13, Disc July 27

The thriller sequel A Quiet Place Part II will debut on digital July 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD July 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the sequel, written and directed by John Krasinski, following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

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Special features include Krasinski on the set of the new film as he details the cast and crew’s work in a video director’s diary; information about the secrets of the monstrous invaders; an explanation of the two-film character arc of daughter Regan; a breakdown of the marina scene; and exploration of the visual effects and sound design.

The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs also include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, and the 4K Ultra HD disc features Dolby Vision.

The  two-movie collection will also be available to buy exclusively on digital or Blu-ray with bonus content on both films.

Paramount, CBS Celebrating 55th Anniversary of ‘Star Trek’ With New Blu-ray, 4K Releases

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the “Star Trek” franchise, Paramount Home Entertainment will release a new Blu-ray Steelbook collection of the original series, as well as a boxed set of the first four “Trek” movies on 4K Ultra HD for the first time.

The first episode of the original “Star Trek” series aired Sept. 8, 1966. The sci-fi adventure chronicled the adventures of the starship Enterprise in the 23rd Century and starred William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, and DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy.

CBS Home Entertainment is re-releasing the remastered Blu-ray editions of the show’s three seasons (1966-69) in collectible Steelbook packaging. The 20-disc Star Trek: The Original Series — The Complete Series set also includes nine hours of cast and crew interviews, commentaries, documentaries and archival materials. (Update 8/2/21: The set had been slated for Sept. 7 release but has been pushed back to Oct. 26 due to manufacturing delays, according to CBS.)

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Meanwhile, Paramount Sept. 7 is releasing the new Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection boxed set containing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions of 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Newly remastered from original elements, each film is presented with Dolby Vision and HDR 10. The set also comes with a digital copy of each film, and a regular Blu-ray copy of each film with hours of previously released bonus content.

Each of the original four “Star Trek” films will also be available individually on Blu-ray.

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the U.S.S. Enterprise boldly debuted on the big screen with the cast of the original “Star Trek” series, including Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and James Doohan. When an unidentified alien intruder threatens Earth, Kirk returns to duty in command of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise. This is the original theatrical cut and features Jerry Goldsmith’s iconic overture.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan includes both the original theatrical and director’s cuts. In the film, on routine training maneuvers, Admiral Kirk seems resigned that this may be the last space mission of his career. But an adversary from the past has returned with a vengeance. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalbán) — brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth — has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen the top-secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk.

In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk’s defeat of Khan and the creation of the Genesis planet are empty victories. Spock is dead and McCoy is inexplicably being driven insane. Then a surprise visit by Spock’s father provides a startling revelation: McCoy is harboring Spock’s living essence. Kirk attempts to steal the U.S.S. Enterprise and defy Starfleet’s Genesis planet quarantine to search for his friend, but the Klingons are planning a deadly rendezvous.

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, when a mysterious alien power threatens the atmosphere of Earth in the 23rd century, Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco to save mankind. Exploring this strange new world, they encounter punk rock, pizza and exact-change buses that are as alien as anything in the far reaches of the galaxy.

To mark the 35th anniversary of Star Trek IV, Fathom Events will bring the film to select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 22, with 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local screening times. This special 35th anniversary screening will also include the featurette “Three Picture Saga,” which traces the unofficial “Star Trek Trilogy” storyline that begins in Star Trek II, continues in Star Trek III and concludes in Star Trek IV. A list of participating cinemas and tickets are available at www.fathomevents.com.

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In addition, Paramount and the Paramount+ streaming service have announced that a full restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition is underway.

To meet its release date in December 1979, the filmmakers behind Star Trek: The Motion Picture were famously behind schedule in completing post-production work, preventing director Robert Wise from fine-tuning the final cut. Later, a television version added scenes back in, but some containing unfinished visual effects.

In 2001, Wise was given the chance to re-edit the film and replace several visual effects shots for a DVD director’s edition, but the final master was completed in standard-definition.

Thus, the restored version of the director’s edition will be prepared in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The restoration will be overseen by producer David C. Fein, restoration supervisor Mike Matessino and visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman, all of whom worked previously with Wise, who died in 2005.

The restoration is expected to take six to eight months and is expected to launch in 2022 with an exclusive window on Paramount+.

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ Coming to Premium Digital Ownership, Rental July 23, Disc Aug. 24

The horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will arrive for premium digital ownership and rental July 23 and on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 24.

Directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) and starring Vera Farmiga (Annabelle Comes Home, TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (Annabelle Comes Home, The Nun), the film was produced by James Wan and Peter Safran, who have collaborated on all the “Conjuring” Universe films.

The film also stars Ruairi O’Connor (Starz’ “The Spanish Princess”), Sarah Catherine Hook (Hulu’s “Monsterland”) and Julian Hilliard (“Wandavision,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” and “The Haunting of Hill House”).

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is based on a case of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. It starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.

Special features on 4K and Blu-ray Disc include:

  • “By Reason of Demonic Possession,” an in depth look at the true story that inspired the movie (also available on the DVD);
  • “The Occultist,” exploring the new addition to the Conjuring Universe;
  • “Exorcism of Fear,” delving into the making of the movie and the chilling exorcism scene that opens the film; and
  • “DC Horror Presents The Conjuring: The Lover #1,” a video comic that takes you deeper into the Conjuring Universe.