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.

 

‘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.

 

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.”

‘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)

‘Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection’ coming May 22 from Universal

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection on May 22, in time for the theatrical debut of Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment in the series due in theaters June 22.

Available for the first time ever in 4K Ultra HD and featuring newly remastered versions of the films, the collection also includes Blu-ray and Digital via the Movies Anywhere app. The set features book-style packaging and hours of bonus content, including deleted scenes, storyboards, interviews and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Jurassic Park, based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton, won three Academy Awards, spawned a series of sequels, and continues to be one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, grossing more than $3 billion worldwide.

The set includes Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, from director Steven Spielberg; Jurassic Park III, from director Joe Johnston; and Jurassic World, from director Colin Trevorrow. Among the films’ stars are Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Bonus features include:

  • “Return to Jurassic Park,” a six-part documentary featuring interviews with the many of the cast members from the first three films, the filmmakers and Spielberg;
  • “Welcome to Jurassic World,” an in-depth look at the creation, look and feel of Jurassic World in whichTrevorrow and Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided with actors’ commentary on their roles and filming locations;
  • “Dinosaurs Roam Once Again,” behind-the-scenes look at the making ofJurassic World’s visual effects, how the dinosaurs came to life and how actors filmed scenes;
  • “Jurassic World: All-Access Pass,” in which Pratt and Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns;
  • deleted scenes;
  • and more than 40 additional bonus featurettes from all four films.

The 4K Ultra HD combo pack 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 in 4K resolution.

Sony to Release ‘The Equalizer’ on 4K UHD in Time for Sequel’s Theatrical Debut

As Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua reunite for The Equalizer 2 in theaters July 20, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Equalizer on 4K Ultra HD and Digital in 4K with HDR July 10.

In addition to HDR, the 4K release includes Dolby Atmos audio.

In The Equalizer Washington plays a former government intelligence agent who uses his combat skills to help shake a young girl loose from the grasp of Russian gangsters.

The 4K Ultra HD release features five never-before-seen deleted scenes, including “McCall’s Epilogue” teasing the new film; more than 20 minutes of features; and the Blu-ray with all previously released bonus content.
Featurettes on the 4K release include “A Villain’s Psychosis,” “Boston: On Location,” “A Modern Hero,” “Joining Forces Again: Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua,” “Playing the Part: The Cast of The Equalizer” and “The Home Mart Advantage: The Action of The Equalizer.

Featurettes on the included Blu-ray are “Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero,” “Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua,” “Inside The Equalizer,” “One Man Army: Training and Fighting,” “Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time” and “Children of the Night.” The Blu-ray also includes “Vengeance Mode with Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua.”

Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Coming May 29 on Digital, June 5 on Disc

A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling and directed by Ava DuVernay, will come out May 29 on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere and June 5 on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and On-Demand from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

The film has earned $93.7 million in theaters.

Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel, the story follows Meg Murry (Storm Reid) who — with the help of Mrs. Which (Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Kaling) — journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago.

Bonus material includes an extended featurette providing inside access to the cast and crew; audio commentary from DuVernay and team; deleted scenes; bloopers; and two music videos, “I Believe,” performed by DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato, and “Warrior,” performed by Chloe x Halle.

HBO to Release ‘Games of Thrones: Season 1’ on UHD Blu-ray June 5

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season will debut on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Dolby Vision high dynamic range June 5 from HBO Home Entertainment.

“Game of Thrones” is the first HBO series released by HBO Home Entertainment in 4K.  (HBO’s “Westworld” got a 4K release, but it was distributed by Warner.)

The first season release includes all 10 episodes in the 4K format with extras in HD.

In the season one of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series, trouble is brewing in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond, powerful families are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. As betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Winter is coming.

Season 1 bonus features (in HD) include:

  • “Animated Histories,” about the mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves;
  • “Anatomy of an Episode,” an in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode six, “A Golden Crown”;
  • cast auditions, with rarely-seen footage of the cast auditioning;
  • “Making Game of Thrones,” an exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interviews with the cast and crew;
  • profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them;
  • “Creating the Show Open,”an inside look at the creation of the Emmy-winning opening title sequence for “Game of Thrones”;
  • “From the Book to the Screen,” in which executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenges of bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to life on HBO;
  • “The Night’s Watch,” an in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the wall, a 700-foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond;
  • “Creating the Dothraki Language,” a glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in the series;
  • seven audio commentaries with cast and crew, including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bryan Cogman, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor; and
  • a digital download code for the ten-episode season in HD.