‘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.

Spielberg’s ‘Hook’ Coming to 4K UHD Oct. 9 From Sony

Hook, Steven Spielberg’s update on the tale of Peter Pan, debuts on 4K Ultra HD and digital in 4K with high dynamic range Oct. 9 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Starring Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Robin Williams as Peter, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins as Smee and Maggie Smith as Wendy, Hook was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1991. The story follows an adult Peter Pan as he returns to Neverland to reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy Captain Hook, who has kidnaped his children.

Hook has been restored in 4K from the original camera negative, with approval on the 4K HDR master from director Steven Spielberg, according to the studio. It also features Dolby Atmos audio.

Bonus features include 11 never-before-seen deleted scenes.

Epix Partners With Dish and Layer3 TV to Offer 4K Ultra HD Content

Pay TV network Epix has partnered with Dish and Layer3 TV, a T-Mobile company, to roll out its new 4K Ultra HD offering.

Epix subscribers on Dish and Layer3 TV will have access to a VOD package of 4K Ultra HD content directly on their set-top boxes. Additionally, all Epix subscribers from all affiliates can access 4K Ultra HD content through the authenticated Epix Apple TV app.

Dish and Layer3 TV subscribers now have access through multiple platforms to select Hollywood movies in 4K Ultra HD, including Arrival, The Magnificent Seven, Star Trek Beyond, Ben Hur and Transformers: The Last Knight and, coming later this year, films from the James Bond franchise, Die Another Day, GoldenEye, Licence To Kill, Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, and The Spy Who Loved Me.

“Epix is committed to embracing new technologies to provide subscribers with the best viewing experience of our premium original programming and movies,” said Monty Sarhan, EVP and GM of Epix, in a statement. “We are pleased to partner with Dish and Layer3 TV to deliver this advanced offering to a wider audience, and look forward to working with more distributors to include 4K Ultra HD as part of their entertainment packages.”

“While 4K televisions have become a staple in households throughout the U.S., 4K shows and movies are still a bit of a rarity,” said Vivek Khemka, Dish EVP and chief technology officer, in a statement. “That’s why we’re continuously working to bring more of this content into our customers’ homes, and are pleased to work with Epix so subscribers can access more TV in crystal-clear clarity, directly from their Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes.”

“We’re hyper-focused on delivering the highest quality content to Layer3 TV customers,” said Jeffrey Binder, EVP home and entertainment, T-Mobile, in a statement. “It’s something our customers have come to expect, and we’re thrilled to be one of the first to partner with Epix to deliver their premium 4K content to Layer3 TV subscribers.”

DISH has carried Epix programming since 2010 and provides television entertainment and technology to millions of customers with its satellite Dish TV and streaming Sling TV services. Layer3 TV launched Epix in 2017.

Fox Hosts Photo Op Pop-Up in New York to Celebrate Release of ‘Deadpool 2’ on Disc and Digital

Fox is hosting a “Deadpool and Friends’ Believe in Your Selfie Museum,” a limited run photo op pop-up, in New York City’s West Village to celebrate the home entertainment release of the Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut.

The title comes out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Aug. 7 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 21.

Nine distinct photo ops give fans the chance to take selfies recalling some of the Deadpool’s favorite things — from unicorns and rainbows to his X-Force members. Fans can dive into Colossus’s foam pit and see what they would look like with a pair of freakishly small toddler legs.

The pop-up, taking place Aug. 8-9 from noon to 8 p.m. and Aug. 10-11 from noon to 9 p.m., is located at 356 W. 12th Street.

Admission is free but limited. Guests (ages 18 and up) must register for an appointment in advance at https://dp2museum.eventbrite.com. There will be a standby line on-site (admission not guaranteed). Standby guests will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis as space allows.

The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut includes 15 minutes of extra footage.

‘Oceans 8’ Due on Digital Aug. 21, Disc Sept. 11 From Warner

The caper flick Ocean’s 8 will come out on digital Aug. 21 and 4K UHD combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD special edition Sept. 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter as a group of thieves targeting $150 million in diamonds to be worn at the Met Gala.

Ocean’s 8 earned $136.5 million at the box office.

The 4K UHD combo pack ($44.95) features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound, a Blu-ray disc of the film and special features, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray combo pack ($35.99) features a Blu-ray disc of the film and special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie. The DVD special edition ($28.98) features a DVD with the film in standard definition and a second DVD with special features in standard definition. The film will also be available on Movies Anywhere.

Special features include deleted scenes and the featurettes “A Heist in Heels,” “Ocean’s Team 3.0” and “Reimagining the Met Gala.”

Comedy ‘Step Brothers’ Coming to 4K UHD From Sony

As fans anticipate the Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly pairing for Holmes & Watson in theaters Dec. 21, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will revisit the duo in the comedy Step Brothers, debuting on 4K Ultra HD and digital in 4K Oct. 2.

The comedy team plays two aimless middle-aged men still living at home, who are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry.

The 4K Ultra HD disc release includes both the theatrical and unrated versions of the movie in 4K with high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio, as well as the Blu-ray with all previously released bonus content.
Special features include deleted scenes; job interviews; a gag reel; extended and alternate scenes; Line-O-Rama; the music video “Boats ‘N Hoes”; therapy sessions; the making of Step Brothers; commentary with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Adam McKay; “The Music of Step Brothers”; and the theatrical trailer.

‘Predator’ Coming Aug. 7 on 4K UHD From Fox

The sci-fi actioner Predator will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital (including Movies Anywhere) Aug. 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Fox will also release a three-movie collection, with PredatorPredator 2 and Predators, on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.

Limited-edition steelbook versions will be available at Best Buy and FYE.

In Predator, deep in the jungle, several bodies have been discovered skinned and hanging from trees. Military covert specialist Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his team are called in to eliminate the threat. They discover the Predator alien has come to earth with cloaking technology, extensive combat skills and a desire to hunt humans for sport.

Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD bonus features include deleted scenes and outtakes, audio commentary by director John McTiernan, “Inside the Predator” featurettes, “Predator: Evolution of a Species — Hunters of Extreme Perfection,” text commentary by film historian Eric Lichtenfeld, “If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It: The Making of Predator,” special effects featurettes, short takes with the filmmakers, a photo gallery, and a Predator profile.