Disaster Film ‘2012’ Coming to 4K UHD Jan. 19 From Sony

The disaster film 2012 will come out on 4K Ultra HD Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, comes the action-adventure movie about the end of the world, starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble.

Bonus features on the 4K disc include Dolby Atmos sound and Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse featurette. Bonus features on Blu-ray include an interactive Mayan calendar; five featurettes on bringing the epic to life; deleted scenes; an alternate ending; “Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision”; feature commentary; and an Adam Lambert music video.

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‘Possessor Uncut’ Due on Digital Nov. 3, 4K and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 8 From Well Go

The sci-fi thriller Possessor Uncut will come out on digital Nov. 3 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and Blu-ray Dec. 8 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

From writer-director Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), the film follows elite corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high-profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment, Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.

The film stars Andrea Riseborough (BirdmanOblivion), Christopher Abbott (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, “Catch-22”) and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Best Supporting Actress, The Hateful Eight, 2015).

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Bonus material includes deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage.

‘Blade’ Coming to 4K Dec. 1

The 1998 vampire thriller Blade will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital on Dec. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Directed by Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and written by David S. Goyer (the “Dark Knight” trilogy), the film, based on the Marvel comic, stars Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier and Sanaa Lathan.

Snipes stars as Marvel’s iconic half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter Blade. With all the strengths of a vampire, and none of their weaknesses, the Day Walker uses his incredible gifts to hunt his enemies in his search for the one that killed his mother and turned him into the monster he is. Blade’s fight leads him to Deacon Frost (Dorff), a rising force in the vampire world, set on raising a vampire God bent on destroying mankind.

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The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Blade will feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound.

Extras include commentary with Snipes, Dorff, Goyer, Theo Van De Sande, Kirk M. Petruccelli and Peter Frankfurt and an isolated score with commentary by composer Mark Isham.

‘Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula’ Due on Digital Oct. 27, Disc Nov. 24 From Well Go

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, the follow-up to the South Korean zombie thriller Train to Busan, will come out on digital Oct. 27, in time for Halloween, from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film will subsequently be released in a 4K Ultra Combo Pack and a Blu-ray Disc combo pack, as well as on standard DVD, on Nov. 24.

In director Yeon Sang-ho’s sequel, a former soldier, who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation, returning to the Peninsula on a secret mission. When his team encounters survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best — or worst — of human nature prevails.

The film stars Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-je, Koo Gyo-hwan, Kim Do-yoon, Lee Re and Lee Ye-won.

Bonus content includes a making-of featurette, interviews with cast and crew, and an all-new English dub.

The film will debut on the subscription service Shudder in 2021.

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‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Hobbit’ Trilogies Set for 4K Ultra HD Release Dec. 1

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Dec. 1 will release all six films in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

The announcement came via a YouTube posting from Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and its two sequels, The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).

Warner Bros. also announced the summer 2021 release of a 4K “Ultimate Collectors’ Edition” with theatrical and extended versions of all six remastered films as well as new bonus material.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first film in the franchise, Warner Bros. will also release a remastered version of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy on Blu-ray Disc in the fall of 2021.

The six Peter Jackson films were all huge box office hits. The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy earned nearly $3 billion in worldwide theaters and nabbed 17 Academy Awards. The three “Hobbit” movies — 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2013’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — also collected nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office.

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In making the announcement Astin said, “because it’s in 4K UHD, you know it’s going to be the most incredible home-viewing experience possible. Peter Jackson oversaw the remastering himself. And I can say that working with Peter was the adventure of a lifetime.”

Both movie series are based on novels by J. R. R. Tolkien.

‘Antebellum’ Heading to 4K UHD Disc, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 3

The horror suspense thriller Antebellum arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, digital, and on demand Nov. 3 from Lionsgate.

From QC Entertainment — the producer of Get OutUs and BlacKkKlansman — the film is currently available on premium VOD, topping several digital charts.

The cast includes Janelle Monáe (Hidden FiguresMoonlightHarriet), Eric Lange (TV’s “Escape at Dannemora,” “Narcos,” “Lost”), Jena Malone (ContactThe Hunger Games: Catching FireThe Neon Demon), Jack Huston (Kill Your DarlingsAmerican HustleBen-Hur), Kiersey Clemons (Dope, Sweetheart, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, TV’s “Empire,” Tower Heist).

The film follows successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe), who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future.

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“We are thrilled Antebellum will continue its forward march into homes across America. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD will include never-before-seen deleted bonus scenes and the ability to go back and catch all the clues you may have missed in the first viewing,” writer-producer-directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz said in a statement. “Antebellum is sure to ignite some really animated conversations around the dinner table this upcoming holiday season.”

Extras include a two-part documentary, deleted scenes, two featurettes and theatrical trailers.

Horror Film ‘Daughters of Darkness’ Due on 4K UHD Oct. 27 From MVD

The 1971 horror film Daughters of Darkness will come out in a limited collector’s edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and on DVD Oct. 27 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

The limited collector’s edition includes the 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, soundtrack CD, collectable booklet, reversible sleeve and 3D lenticular slipcover (first pressing). The 4K release includes Dolby Vision HDR, with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio.

In the film, international screen icon Delphine Seyrig (Last Year at Marienbad) stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a beautiful young “companion” (Andrea Rau) and a legendary legacy of perversion. But when the two women seduce a troubled newlywed couple (Danielle Ouimet and John Karlen of “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey”), they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire that shocked both art house audiences and grindhouse crowds worldwide.

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Co-written and directed by Harry Kümel, Daughters of Darkness is scanned in 4K 16-bit from its long-lost original 35mm camera negative.

Extras include audio commentary with Kümel; audio commentary with Karlen and journalist David Del Valle; new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, author of Devil’s Advocates: Daughters of Darkness; “Locations of Darkness,” with interviews with Kümel and co-writer/co-producer Pierre Drouot; “Playing the Victim,” an interview with Ouimet; “Daughter of Darkness,” an interview with star Andrea Rau; theatrical trailers; radio spots; new alternate U.S. main titles; and a new poster and still gallery.

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‘Resident Evil’ 4K Release Moved Back to Nov. 17

The live-action video game film franchise “Resident Evil” will come out in a 4K Ultra HD collection Nov. 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

It was originally scheduled for Nov. 3.

The limited-edition gift set marks the first time all six films are on 4K Ultra HD disc with HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. The films will also be available digitally in 4K with HDR.

The “Resident Evil 4K Ultra HD Collection” includes Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (both the original theatrical version and an extended cut), Resident Evil: ExtinctionResident Evil: AfterlifeResident Evil: Retribution and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter as well as hours of bonus content across all six films, including archival featurettes that have been previously unavailable on disc.

Based on the popular video game series by Capcom, the “Resident Evil” franchise stars Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) as Alice, a superhuman security expert pitted against the sinister Umbrella Corporation as the world’s population is transformed into flesh-eating creatures by one of its most dangerous biological weapons.

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Paramount Releasing ‘Top Gun’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Dec. 1

The 1980s Tom Cruise pop culture classic Top Gun will be released in a limited-edition Steelbook 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack Dec. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The release includes an exploration of the film’s legacy and enduring popularity through interviews with Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, including John Hamm, Miles Teller and Glen Powell. It also includes a retrospective segment from 2016 looking back at 30 years of Top Gun. Additional previously released bonus content includes commentary by Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr. and naval experts; “Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun”; a look inside the real Top Gun; original theatrical promotional material; and music videos.

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The story of an elite group of pilots competing to earn the title of “Top Gun” ultimately earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million.  Cruise is the talented pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, a daring young flyer who’s out to become the best of the best. The film also stars Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

The film’s soundtrack include’s Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” which won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone.”

The mass-market 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Top Gun was released in May to coincide with the planned June theatrical release of sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel’s theatrical re-release was subsequently changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, first to December, then to July 2021.

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Arriving Dec. 1

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing the Ang Lee action-adventure fantasy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a limited-edition Steelbook Dec. 1.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction.

It follows two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) who are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy — and the inescapable, enduring power of love.

Set against 19th century China’s breathtaking landscape, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is directed by two-time Best Director Oscar winner Lee (Brokeback Mountain, 2005; Life of Pi, 2012) and features martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).

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The limited edition Steelbook includes the film on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The film was originally released on 4K Ultra HD in 2016.

Bonus materials include:

  • Sx deleted scenes: presented in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range;
  • in-depth retrospective interviews, in which director Ang Lee, producer James Schamus and editor Tim Squyres discuss the making of the groundbreaking film;
  • an introduction to the Film and the deleted scenes by Lee;
  • “A Love Before Time” Music Video in English and Mandarin;
  • “The Making of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”;
  • commentary with Lee and Schamus;
  • commentary with cinematographer Peter Pau;
  • “A Conversation with Michelle Yeoh”;
  • a photo gallery; and
  • the theatrical trailer.