‘Juice’ Debuting on 4K Ultra HD Jan. 11 for Its 30th

The 1992 film Juice, starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur, will be released on 4K Ultra HD for the first time on Jan. 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment, marking its 30th anniversary.

The gritty film, which continues to be celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Harlem life and the early New York hip hop scene, follows Q, Raheem, Bishop and Steel, who spend their days hanging out and looking for a way to get the power and respect they call Juice. Q hopes to earn respect by becoming a scratch ‘n’ mix DJ.  Bishop has a deadlier plan — take it through an armed robbery with his crew.

Juice is the feature directorial debut of cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson, whose collaborations with Spike Lee include Do the Right Thing and Malcom X. It features a soundtrack that includes Eric B. & Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane and Salt N’ Pepa.

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The disc includes access to a digital copy of the film and legacy bonus content, including interviews with Dickerson, producer David Heyman (“Harry Potter” franchise), Epps, and fellow actors Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins.  The cast and crew look back on making the film, share stories of working with Shakur, and reveal the influence that Juice had on them both personally and professionally. The featurettes also include footage of the cast on set and vintage interviews with Shakur, Queen Latifah, Cindy Herron of En Vogue, the Shocklee brothers, Eric B, EPMD, Cypress Hill and more. Other extras include the original ending and commentary by the director.

‘Maniac Cop 2’ and ‘3’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 From MVD

The horror films Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3 are being released on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the sequel Maniac Cop 2, the “Maniac Cop” is back from the dead and stalking the streets of New York once more. Officer Matt Cordell was once a hero, but after being framed by corrupt superiors and brutally assaulted in prison, he sets out on a macabre mission of vengeance, teaming up with a vicious serial killer to track down those that wronged him and make them pay.

Robert Davi (Die Hard), Claudia Christian (The Hidden), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Laurene Landon (Hundra), Leo Rossi (Halloween II), Robert Z’Dar (Tango & Cash), Charles Napier (The Silence of the Lambs), and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead) star in this sequel written by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive) and directed by William Lustig (Maniac). Maniac Cop 2 has been scanned in 4K from the original camera negative and supervised by director of photography James Lemmo. It is presented with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix. Special features include audio commentary and a making-of featurette.

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In Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, when Officer Kate Sullivan storms a hostage situation, the whole incident is captured on tape by an unscrupulous media crew who edit the footage to show Kate killing a helpless victim. Now in a coma, Kate’s only hope is Detective Sean McKinney, who desperately tries to clear her name. But unbeknownst to him, “Maniac Cop” Matt Cordell takes it upon himself to exact revenge upon those responsible for smearing her name.

Returning stars Robert Davi and Robert Z’Dar are joined by Paul Gleason (Die Hard), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Julius Harris (Super Fly), Doug Savant (“Melrose Place”), and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) in this third entry from Maniac Cop creator Larry Cohen. The film is scanned in 4K from the original uncensored negative, presented with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix. Special features include audio commentary, the theatrical trailer, a making-of featurette, and deleted and extended scenes.

Italian Thrillers ‘Deep Red,’ Gaillo Classics Hitting Disc This Fall From Arrow and MVD

Dario Argento’s Deep Red in 4K and a “Giallo Essentials” collection are being released on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 26 and Nov. 30, respectively, from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video.

From legendary director Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), Deep Red is being released on 4K Ultra HD Oct. 26 with a new 4K restoration of both the original 127-minute Italian version and the 105-minute export version from the original negative by Arrow Films. In the film, one night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator — or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems.

Three films from the Italian export genre giallo — films steeped in mystery and intrigue, delivered with stylized violence — are available Nov. 30 in the first of a multi-volume series of “Giallo Essentials,” including The Possessed (1965), The Fifth Cord (1971) and The Pyjama Girl Case (1978). The films feature a raft of talent in front of and behind the camera with each film restored from the original camera negatives and presented with a range of contextualising interviews and featurettes. The Possessed is based on one of Italy’s most notorious crimes. It tells the story of a depressed novelist (Peter Baldwin) in search of his old flame (Virna Lisi) who has disappeared under suspicious circumstances, prompting an investigation that finds him plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder. The Fifth Cord boasts a complex, Agatha Christie-esque plot of investigation into a series of brutal assaults. As the body count rises, whisky swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) finds himself under suspicion, making it all the more imperative he crack the case. The Pyjama Girl Case, inspired by a real-life case, takes viewers to Australia where former inspector Timpson comes out of retirement to crack the case of a young woman, found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pajamas.

‘Demons’ and ‘Demons 2’ Due on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Oct. 19 From MVD and Synapse

Lamberto Bava’s two Italian horror films, Demons and Demons 2, are being released Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new 4K restorations from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria), Demons and Demons 2 are available in two-disc sets in both formats.

In Demons (1985), a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theater lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon. One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. In the 1986 sequel Demons 2, a televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape.

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Both releases are packed with special features, including two versions of Demons, the full-length original cut in English and Italian and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects.

‘Beyond Darkness,’ ‘Retribution’ Among Four Horror Films Due on Blu-ray Oct. 26 From Severin and MVD

Four horror films from Severin Films will be available Oct. 26 on Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment Group.

 Blood for Dracula (1974) will have its North American 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray premiere with new special features. Immediately after completing Flesh for Frankenstein, writer-director Paul Morrissey and star Udo Kier created this Euroshocker. Desperate for virgin blood, Count Dracula (Kier) journeys to an Italian villa only to discover the family’s three young daughters are also coveted by the estate’s Marxist stud (Joe Dallesandro). Stefania Casini (Suspiria) and Bicycle Thieves director Vittorio De Sica co-star with a cameo by Roman Polanski in this film scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative for the first time ever. Special features include “Trans-Human Flesh and Blood,” an interview with director Paul Morrissey; “Rubinia’s Homecoming,” an interview and location visit with actress Stefania Casini; “Blood for Udo,” an interview with Kier; “Little Big Joe,” an interview with actor Joe Dallesandro; “Conversation with a Vampire,” an audio interview with actress Milena Vukotic; “Bloodthirsty,” an interview with assistant director Paolo Pietrangeli; “Black Cherry,” an interview with art director Gianni Giovagnoni; “The Blood of These Whores,” an interview with Murderous Passions author Stephen Thrower; “Sad, Romantic Dracula,” an interview with soundtrack composer Claudio Gizzi; “The Roman Connection,” an interview with producer Andrew Braunsberg; trailers; and the original motion picture soundtrack composed, orchestrated and conducted by Claudio Gizzi.

An Angel for Satan (1966) is having its first-ever authorized American release. In the final film of her Italian gothic period, Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) stars in the erotic shocker. When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa’s lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local village. Anthony Steffen (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), Claudio Gora (Danger: Diabolik) and Marina Berti (Night Train Murders) co-star in this film scanned in 2K from the original negative with both the Italian and thought-lost English tracks recently discovered in a Rome vault. Special features include audio commentary with Steele and horror film historian David Del Valle; audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, author of Daughters of Darkness; “The Devil Statue,” an interview with actor Vassili Karis; “Barbara & Her Furs,” a 1967 short film by Pierre Andro based on “Venus In Furs,” starring Steele with optional partial commentary by Steele; and trailers.

Shortly after completing Troll 2, writer/director Claudio Fragasso and co-writer Rossella Drudi (Shocking Dark) returned to America to combine elements of The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Beyond in Beyond Darkness (1990). When a Satanic child killer is executed, she transforms the new home of a young reverend and his family into a portal to Hell. Gene LeBrock (Metamorphosis), David Brandon (Caligula 2) and Michael Paul Stephenson (child star of Troll 2 and director of Best Worst Movie) star in this film shot by Joe D’Amato with costumes by Laura Gemser and a score by Carlo Maria Cordio (Night Killer). Released in Italy as Evil Dead 5, the release features new interviews produced exclusively for this edition, including “Beyond Possession,” an interview with Fragasso; “The Devil in Mrs. Drudi,” an interview with Drudi; and “Sign of the Cross,” an interview with actor David Brandon. It also includes the soundtrack CD and the trailer.

Retribution (1987), the feature film debut of co-writer/director Guy Magar, comes in a three-disc collection. In the film, on the seedy side of Hollywood, an emotionally fragile painter miraculously survives a horrific suicide attempt. But when a series of grisly murders rocks the city, he discovers he may be possessed by the vengeful spirit of a murdered local hoodlum. Dennis Lipscomb (Eyes of Fire), Leslie Wing (The Frighteners), Suzanne Snyder (Weird Science) and Hoyt Axton (Gremlins) star in this film featuring a score by Alan Howarth (They Live, Prince of Darkness) and scanned in 2K from recently discovered pre-print elements. Special features include audio commentary with co-writer/director Guy Magar; “Writing Wrongs,” an interview with co-writer Lee Wasserman; “Shock Therapy,” an interview with actress Leslie Wing; “Angel’s Heart,” an interview with actress Suzanne Snyder; “Santa Maria, Mother of God, Help Me!,” an interview with actor Mike Muscat; “Settling the Score,” an interview with soundtrack composer Alan Howarth; “Visions of Vengeance,” an interview with special effects artist John Eggett; “The Art of Getting Even,” an interview with artist Barry Fahr; “Living In Oblivion,” an interview with production designer Robb Wilson King; “BINGO,” a student short by Guy Magar with optional director commentary; trailers; a stills and poster gallery; and the CD soundtrack.

Kurosawa’s ‘Ran’ Available on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Exclusively at Best Buy

Director Akira Kurosawa’s Ran will be released Nov. 16 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.

Kurosawa’s (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) samurai epic blends King Lear, 16th century feudal Japan, and his own notions of loyalty and honor to tell the story of aging Lord Hidetora, whose decision to bequeath his kingdom to his three sons sparks a power struggle that leads to chaos and madness.

Winner of the 1985 Oscar for costume design, Ran is being release with new artwork from artist Zi Xu as well as the special feature “Ran: The Restoration.”

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‘Evil Dead Groovy Collection’ Due Nov. 16 From Lionsgate

The original two “Evil Dead” films, as well as the three-season “Ash vs. Evil Dead” series will be released in The Evil Dead Groovy Collection, arriving Nov. 16 on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital from Lionsgate.

Wisecracking ladies’ man Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell, Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-Tep, TV’s “The Last Kids on Earth”) is reborn as a slayer of Deadites in The Evil Dead (4K plus Blu-ray) after a vacation in the country is ruined by the reading of an ancient demon-summoning text. In Evil Dead II (4K plus Blu-ray), a chainsaw-armed Ash is pushed to the brink of madness by unhinged evil yet again, while the series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (Blu-ray) follows an older, grayer Ash over three seasons as he reckons with his bloody past in the face of a Deadite plague.

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The release includes The Evil Dead bonus content DVD, with more than three hours of features revisiting the film’s cast, crew and legacy. The Evil Dead 4K Blu-ray includes audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, producer Robert G. Tapert and Campbell. Evil Dead II includes audio commentary with Raimi, Campbell, cowriter Scott Spiegel and special makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero, as well as numerous Blu-ray special features. “Ash vs Evil Dead” includes numerous extras for each season.

BritBox to Stream Remastered 4K Version of ‘Brideshead Revisited’ on Oct. 12

BritBox, the British-themed SVOD platform co-owned by BBC Studios and ITV, Sept. 23 announced it would launch a 4K remastered version of the 1981 miniseries “Brideshead Revisited” on Oct. 12.

Considered to be one of the greatest literary adaptations of all time and even called “the biggest British invasion since the Beatles” by The New York Times, Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers) and Anthony Andrews (“Upstairs, Downstairs”) star in this drama based on Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel, Brideshead Revisited.

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Taking place from the 1920s to the early 1940s, the story follows the life and romances of protagonist Charles Ryder. Though of no money or family, Charles befriends Sebastian Flyte, who comes from a wealthy family of English Catholics who live in a palatial mansion by the name of Brideshead Castle.

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“Brideshead Revisited Remastered in 4K” will honor the 40th anniversary of the series, allowing subscribers to stream the series in a resolution format not available before.

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month/69.99 per year on Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV (4th gen), Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices.

‘Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’ Arriving on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16

The animated action adventure Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) is coming to 4K Ultra HD for its 20th anniversary Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, the year is 2065, and a meteor has crashed onto Earth unleashing millions of alien creatures who roam around decimating field and city alike, threatening to extinguish life itself. The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi.

Legacy bonus features on the Blu-ray include two feature-length commentaries, the interactive documentary “The Making of Final Fantasy,” the original opening, “Aki’s Dream Reconstruction,” “On the Set with Aki,” character profiles, vehicle scale comparisons, compositing builds, joke outtakes, “The Gray Project” and theatrical trailers.

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‘The Protégé’ Due on Digital Sept. 21, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19

The action thriller The Protégé will come out on digital Sept. 21 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Oct. 19 from Lionsgate.

The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick.

In the film, rescued as a child and raised by legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) was trained to become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Anna learns that Moody has been brutally killed, she vows revenge. On the murderer’s trail, Anna is entangled with an enigmatic hit man (Keaton) and, as their confrontation turns deadly, the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter in this action-thriller from the director of Casino Royale.

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The Protégé home entertainment release also includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentary from director Martin Campbell, and a previously unreleased deleted scene. Hosted by Campbell, “Scars of the Past: Making The Protégé” offers an inside look at the making of the film. “Anna vs. Rembrandt” focuses on the chemistry between Maggie Q’s and Keaton’s characters.