National Lampoon’s ‘Van Wilder’ Arriving on 4K UHD in August

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder will be released in 4K Ultra HD digitally Aug. 7 and on  4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (with digital copy) Aug. 14 from Lionsgate.

The comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a seventh-year college student who has no plans to graduate. His slick reputation catches the eye of Gwen Pearson (Tara Reid), an on-campus reporter determined to expose the truth behind his wild exterior.

The release features Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

Special features on the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($22.99) include the “Party Legends, Pledges, and ‘Bull’-ies” featurette; the Sweet Drunken Idiot “Kommentary”; the “Ultimate College Party Guide” featurette; the “Gwen-ezuma’s Revenge” featurette; the “Testicles of the Animal Kingdom — Interactive Quizzicle” (Blu-ray Only); “Write That Down,” quotes from and Inspired by the film (Blu-ray Only); the Sugarcult “Bouncing Off the Walls” music video; deleted scenes; outtakes; the Burly Bear TV specials “Half Baked,” “Imposter,” “Movie Junky”; Comedy Central’s “Reel Comedy: National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”; and the “Van Wilder Blu-Book Exam” exclusive Blu-ray interactive game.

Docs ‘National Parks Adventure’ and ‘Dream Big: Engineering Our World’ Due on 4K UHD July 24 From Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory will release two documentaries, National Parks Adventure and Dream Big: Engineering Our World, in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set (including 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and digital copy) July 24.

Both were originally filmed for and seen in IMAX and Giant Screen theaters.

Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure comes from filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and offers a sweeping overview of the national parks’ history.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World, narrated by Jeff Bridges, celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. The first Giant Screen film for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative, Dream Big aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become innovators and will be accompanied by ongoing educational, museum and community efforts to expose young people from all backgrounds to engineering.

An education-focused 2-DVD edition of Dream Big: Engineering Our World will also be available featuring the movie along with a 150-page educator’s guide (12 lesson plans, including handouts), 10 educational shorts, eight behind-the-scenes featurettes and eight more short “Fun Fact” videos.

Shout! Factory’s catalog of 4K films also includes Journey to Space Flight of the ButterfliesRocky Mountain ExpressHumpback WhalesWonders Of The Arctic The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea and Mysteries of China.

 

Apple Previews New Operating System for Apple TV 4K, Announces Deal With Charter

Apple June 4 previewed the tvOS 12 operating system for Apple TV 4K with support for Dolby Atmos audio, new features to easily access shows and movies, and aerial screensavers shot from space. The company also announced that Charter Communications, the second-largest cable operator in the United States, will begin offering Apple TV 4K to its customers.

Apple TV 4K debuted last fall. The service offers customers the largest collection of 4K HDR movies, according to Apple, including free 4K HDR upgrades to previously purchased movies in customers’ iTunes libraries.

“This fall, iTunes will be home to the largest collection of Dolby Atmos-supported movies anywhere, and these titles will also include Dolby Atmos audio for free,” according to an Apple press release. “With tvOS 12, Apple TV 4K will be the only streaming player both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified, delivering the highest quality cinematic experience of stunning 4K HDR visuals and immersive sound that flows all around in three-dimensional space.”

Also, later this year, Charter customers in nearly 50 million households will have access to live channels and tens of thousands of on-demand programs via an all-new Spectrum TV app on their Apple TV 4K, iPhone and iPad, integrated with Siri and the Apple TV App, Apple reported. In addition, as part of this collaboration, Charter will be offering iPhones and iPads to customers as they grow their mobile presence. Charter joins AT&T’s DirecTV Now in the United States, CANAL+ in France and Salt in Switzerland, which have begun offering customers Apple TV 4K with their services.

The Apple TV App on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV allows customers to find and watch TV shows and movies from more than 100 participating video apps in 10 countries, according to Apple. Single sign-on for Apple TV and iOS has allowed users to sign in once to get access to all the video apps available through their cable subscription. With tvOS 12, Apple further simplifies the authentication process with “zero sign-on.” Apple TV detects the user’s broadband network and automatically signs them in to all the supported apps they receive through their subscription — no typing required, according to Apple. Zero sign-on begins with Charter later this year and will expand to other providers over time.

In collaboration with the International Space Station National Lab and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Apple unveiled new aerials shot from space by NASA astronauts, “so Apple TV customers can enjoy even more stunning scenes filmed in 4K HDR,” according to Apple. Aerial screensavers will also be more interactive, allowing viewers to see the location information and swipe between dozens of aerials, the company noted.

Additional tvOS 12 features for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation make it easier for customers to access shows and movies, according to Apple:

— With iOS 12, users can securely AutoFill passwords from iPhone and iPad to Apple TV to easily sign in to Apple TV apps.

— The Apple TV Remote will be automatically added to Control Center on iPhone or iPad for Apple TV users, giving users quick access to Apple TV controls.

— Home control systems such as Control4, Crestron and Savant can be used to control Apple TV, including using Siri for voice search and control.

“The arrival of Dolby Atmos on Apple TV, ‘zero sign-on,’ a deal with Charter Spectrum, a new TV OS and, perhaps more tangentially, Siri support for third-party apps, all point towards an evolutionary product, rather than a revolutionary one, which we have become accustomed to from Apple over the years,” read a Futuresource Consulting blog in response to the announcements.

Futuresource estimates that there were approximately 21 million Apple TVs in use worldwide at the end of 2017, approaching half of these in the United States.

“Apple TV continues to add features, build partnerships and is clearly striving to offer the best quality digital streamer experience there is — albeit at a higher price than its competitors,” read the Futuresource blog. “Service partnerships will therefore be key to driving the attractiveness of the product and a channels approach, akin or better than Amazon Channels and Roku’s equivalent, will also be hugely important if Apple still wants to become the main entertainment hub in the home — something which Amazon arguably has gained a lead in.”

The new tvOS will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation. For more information, visit apple.com/apple-tv-4K.

LG Launches Compact CineBeam 4K Laser Projector in U.S.

LG Electronics has launched its LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector in the United States, “allowing any room in the house to turn into a movie theater,” according to a press release from the company.

The projector will be available at select U.S. retailers starting this week at a suggested retail price of $2,999.99.

“The LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector is a true game changer in the projector market,” said Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA, in a statement. “Portability and versatility combined with 4K technology delivers the ultimate large-screen home cinema experience in a compact size. This projector will lead the way in changing how consumers view 4K content in any room at home.”

“LG’s engineers and designers took on the challenge of downsizing the LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector without sacrificing image quality,” according to the release. “The result is a premium device half the size of most competing 4K projectors while remaining price competitive.”

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector earned the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award for “its bright, detailed 4K picture quality and sleek, compact design delivering the ultimate home cinema experience,” LG noted. The company also noted its inclusion in the latest edition of Red Dot’s Best of the Best Product Design Award.

“With more high-quality video content and formats available to consumers, demand is accordingly rising for a device with the versatility to display streaming content as easily as Blu-ray,” the release noted.

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser projector can create a 150-inch screen at 2,500 lumens, making it LG’s brightest projector, according to LG. It also supports HDR 10 content.

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser’s portable size and upright design are made possible thanks to its mirrorless I-shaped engine, which allows the projection of high-quality images whether the device is on the floor, mounted on the wall or hanging from the ceiling, according to the release. The projector also features a carrying handle and Auto Cord feature. The Mirror Reflector serves as a lens cover to protect the projector from dust when stored. On the audio side, the projector includes two 7W + 7W stereo speakers for sound “without the need for external speakers or a soundbar,” according to LG.

LG’s embedded webOS smart platform allows viewers access to online streaming services offering 4K content, according to the company. Standard connectivity options also include ports for USB, Ethernet and HDMI, as well as wireless support for external devices such as a keyboard and mouse.

LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector

‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ 4K Collector’s Set Due July 17

The long-delayed limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collector’s edition of director James Cameron’s sci-fi action classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day will be released July 17 from Lionsgate.

The set includes the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (with Blu-ray and digital copy) of the film with a replica of a Terminator EndoArm. Just 6,000 of the boxed sets ($174.99 each) will be released in the United States, featuring a life-sized replica of the T-800 arm mounted on a stand with a numbered sticker with James Cameron’s signature.

A standalone version of the 4K combo pack was released in December.

Blu-ray and Digital HD special features include the 55-minute documentary “T2: Reprogramming the Terminator,” featuring commentary from the cast and crew (including Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong); two feature commentaries, including 23 members of the cast and crew; “The Making of T2” 30-minute featurette; seamless branching to view three different versions of the movie; two deleted scenes with audio commentary; and trailers.

 

Sony Releasing ‘Bad Boys’ Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 4

Bad Boys and Bad Boys II make their 4K Ultra HD debuts Sept. 4 in the Bad Boys 1 & 2 Collection from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the two films, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence play loose cannon narcotics detectives solving major crimes in Miami with action and humor. Both films are fully restored from their original camera negatives and presented with high dynamic range and all-new Dolby Atmos audio tracks.  The collection also includes Blu-ray copies of each film with all previously released bonus content.

Bad Boys bonus features on Blu-ray include commentary by director Michael Bay, “The Boom and The Bang of Bad Boys” featurette, three music videos and original theatrical trailers.

Bad Boys II bonus features on Blu-ray include deleted scenes, production diaries, a stunts and visual effects featurette, the Jay Z “La-la-la” music video, sequence breakdowns, and original theatrical trailers.

Redbox Launches 4K Ultra HD Rentals in Six Test Markets

Making good on a promise it made in January at CES, Redbox on May 22 announced the launch of 4K Ultra HD rentals in six test markets.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs rent for $2.50 per night, 50 cents higher than the rental rate for regular Blu-ray Discs (DVDs are $1.75). The test is rolling out across more than 2,500 kiosks in Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, Miami, and New York City.

“This is a major move for Redbox as we focus on expanding consumer access to home entertainment options across price points and formats,” said Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox. “As the popularity of 4K content increases and pricing of 4K hardware decreases, we’re excited to offer the best viewing experience at the best price for 4K Blu-ray discs.”

Initially, four high-profile action films will be available for rent in the six test markets:  Black Panther from Walt Disney/Marvel, The Commuter from Lionsgate, Warner’s The Matrix and The Martian from 20th Century Fox.

“We’re starting with a mix of new and catalog titles, so consumers can rent new movies in all available disc formats or go back and experience The Matrix and The Martian in a new way,” Smith said.

New releases and popular catalog titles will be added regularly, and the number of titles and copies will vary by kiosk and location.

“As we go forward, we will try to add movies if not every week, then close to every week,” Smith said.  “Certain titles are not being made on 4K Ultra HD because there isn’t enough demand — 12 Strong, for example, wasn’t made in 4K Ultra HD — so as we start to grow the business with the studios, it’s a great way to partner together and hopefully allow more movies to be made in 4K Ultra HD.”

“Redbox has a history of supporting consumer adoption of new technologies and elevating the quality of the viewing experience,” added Ash Eldifrawi, chief marketing and customer experience officer at Redbox. “Our nightly rental model makes the ultimate viewing experience a great deal that’s more accessible to consumers.”

The 4K UHD test adds to Redbox’s recent rollout of Nintendo Switch video game rentals in six markets nationwide: San Antonio, Portland, Seattle, Nashville, Denver and Salt Lake City.

In December 2017, the company announced Redbox On Demand. The service complements the company’s deal-driven, new-release offering at kiosks and broadens Redbox’s selection of movies and TV shows via transactional video on demand (VOD) and electronic sell-through (EST).

All Redbox rentals, including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, can be returned to any Redbox location. Consumers can visit www.redbox.com to learn more about the test and required hardware, including the option to watch on 4K UHD-enabled game consoles.

The Redbox 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray rental test comes as players are coming down in price. Best Buy recently began advertising a Magnavox model for $79.99, down from $199.99.

According to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, sales of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs in the first quarter of this year were up 130% from the first quarter of 2017, accounting for nearly 12% of total Blu-ray Disc spending.

In the first quarter of 2018, 4K UHD TV penetration reached nearly 35 million U.S. households and 4K UHD players are now in more than million U.S. homes. Notably, more than 1 million 4K UHD players were sold in Q1 2018 alone, representing one-third of all Blu-ray Disc player sales in the quarter and an increase of 58% from Q1 2017.”

Consumers now have more than 300 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles available for viewing on Ultra HD Blu-ray players and enabled game consoles and 438 4K Ultra HD Digital titles, DEG reported.

Smith said he hopes that Redbox kiosk availability of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles will help transition the format from the early adopters to mainstream audiences.

“Obviously it is the very best experience for an at-home opportunity to consume content, so we are giving our customers another choice,” Smith said.  “And by having this format available in our kiosks, it helps to validate it. We want to help the studios take it from a niche product to a mainstream product.”

Smith said he also hopes to aid in the educational effort and alleviate consumer confusion.

“Right now, it’s a little confusing in terms of what you need,” he said. “You need a 4K Ultra HD disc and a 4K Ultra HD TV, and you also need a 4K Ultra HD player. And by us being in the market and being able to communicate with a very movie-loving consumer, we can expand the market.”

Report: UHD TV Market Growing on Price Cuts

The global Ultra HD TV market is expected to expand at a combined annual growth rate of 28.23% from 2018 to 2022, according to a new report  “Global UHD TV Market 2018-2022” from Research and Markets.

According to the report, one driver in the market is the reduction in the average selling price of UHD TVs. The North American TV market witnessed a 90% reduction in UHD TV prices since its induction in 2012, and the average selling price of UHD TVs in China fell by about 85%.

One trend in the market is the rising popularity of curved UHD TVs. With TV manufacturers such as Samsung and Mitashi introducing curved TVs, the coming years will witness a growing preference for curved UHD TVs, according to the report.

Still, one challenge is a lack of UHD content, which is one of the key factors that could hinder the adoption of UHD TVs, according to the report.

‘Quick and the Dead’ Coming to 4K UHD from Sony July 17

The Quick and the Dead, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, will be released on 4K Ultra HD on both disc (with standard Blu-ray disc) and digital July 17 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the Western, Stone stars as a female gunfighter returning to a frontier town for a dueling tournament. Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio also star.

The release, fully restored in 4K resolution with high dynamic range from the original camera negative, includes seven, never-before-seen deleted scenes. It also includes newly-remixed Dolby Atmos audio.

Soderbergh Thriller ‘Unsane’ Due on Digital May 29, Disc June 19 from Universal

The Claire Foy thriller Unsane comes out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) on May 29, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand June 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Unsane stars Foy (“The Crown,” Breathe) as a woman still scarred from the trauma of being terrorized by a stalker who is receiving treatments at the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Shortly after she unwittingly commits herself to confinement at the mental institution, she catches sight of a facility staffer who, she is convinced, is actually her stalker. Is he real or just a product of her delusion?

The film, which earned $7.7 million in theaters, also stars Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins and Amy Irving.

The 4K Ultra HD combo pack includes the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and digital copy. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-ray version, all in 4K resolution.

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Unsane (PRNewsfoto/Universal Pictures Home Enterta)