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.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Due on Digital Sept. 14, Disc Sept. 25

Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives on digital Sept. 14 in HD and 4K Ultra HD (including Movies Anywhere) and on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and on-demand Sept. 25 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, the film explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson).

 Digital and Blu-ray bonus content includes:

  • “Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable,” in which Howard and the cast discuss the making of the film;
  • “Team Chewie,” about what it takes to bring a Wookiee to life;
  • “Kasdan on Kasdan,” in which Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together;
  • “Remaking the Millennium Falcon,” tracking the transformation of the ship;
  • “Escape from Corellia,” about the making of the chase through the streets of Corellia;
  • “The Train Heist,” which explores the challenges of creating this action sequence, including its remote location and effects;
  • “Becoming a Droid: L3-37,” about creating the droid with the actor;
  • “Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso,” an in-depth tour of the bar;
  • “Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run,” about this famous moment in Star Wars history;
  • eight deleted and extended scenes;
  • and “The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park,” an exclusive look at the history of the famous ship and how it will translate in Disneyland’s park.

 

Bonus content may vary by retailer.

Horror Title ‘Hereditary’ Due on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 4 From Lionsgate

The horror title Hereditary arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and digital) and DVD Sept. 4 from Lionsgate.

The film, from writer-director Ari Aster, stars Toni Collette as the beleaguered mother in a grieving family haunted by tragic and disturbing events. The film also stars Alex Wolff (Patriot’s DayMy Friend Dahmer), newcomer Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd (TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Gabriel Byrne (The Man in the Iron Mask, TV’s “Vikings”). When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.

The Hereditary 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively. The 4K UHD version includes Dolby Vision HDR.

Special features include deleted scenes, the making-of featurette “Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary” and the “Evil in Miniature” photo gallery.

Jason Statham Actioner ‘Transporter 3’ Bows on 4K Ultra HD Aug. 7 From Lionsgate

The Jason Statham action film Transporter 3 will come out on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital) Aug. 7 from Lionsgate at $22.99.

The release will feature Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

In the film, Statham (also starring in The Meg hitting theaters Aug. 10) is back for a third time in the action series as Frank Martin, the Transporter. He is presented an offer he can’t refuse and ends up with a mysterious passenger and a dangerous destination.

Special features include audio commentary with director Olivier Megaton; the “Special Delivery: Transporters in the Real World” featurette; the “Making of Transporter 3” featurette; storyboards; sequences on visual effects and the sets; and the theatrical trailer.

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ to Debut on 4K Ultra HD Oct. 30 from Warner

As part of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the groundbreaking science fiction epic on 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray in premium collectible packaging and 4K UHD digital Oct. 30.

The classic returned to U.S. theaters in May following the debut of an “unrestored” 70mm print at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. The film is playing throughout the summer at select theaters. For the first time since the original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the Kubrick, director Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, Interstellar, Inception) worked closely with the team at Warner throughout the mastering process. Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K UHD with HDR presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. The 4K UHD also includes both a remixed and restored 5.1 DTS-HD master audio track, as well as the original 1968 six-track theatrical audio mix (formatted for 5.1 DTS-HD master audio).

2001 to me is the most cinematic film that has ever been made and it has been an honour and a privilege to be able to share the film with a new generation,” Nolan said in a statement. “4K UHD allows the closest recreation of viewing the original film print in your own home. Kubrick’s masterpiece was originally presented on large format film and the deeper color palette and superior resolution comes closest to matching the original analogue presentation.”

Originally released in the 70mm Cinerama roadshow format on April 4, 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey was directed and produced by Kubrick and written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, inspired by Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel.”

The 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD Blu-ray with premium packaging ($41.99) includes the feature film in 4K resolution with HDR (including Dolby Vision HDR), a remastered Blu-ray disc, a Blu-ray disc with the special features in HD, and a digital version of the feature film. The premium packaging also includes a collectible booklet and art cards featuring iconic images from the film.

The remastered Blu-ray Disc will also be available as a standalone product at $19.98.

2001: A Space Odyssey is also available for purchase in 4K UHD from select digital retailers, including iTunes, Google and Vudu on October 30.

The 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD contains the following 4K and Blu-ray elements:

  • 4K UHD Blu-ray with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
  • Remastered Blu-ray with Commentary from Dullea and Lockwood
  • “The Making of a Myth”
  • “Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001
  • “Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – A Look Behind the Future”
  • “What Is Out There?”
  • “2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork”
  • “Look: Stanley Kubrick!”
  • a Nov. 27, 1966 Interview with Stanley Kubrick (audio only)
  • the original Theatrical Trailer
  • a premium booklet
  • art cards

 

The 2001: A Space Odyssey Blu-ray disc contains the remastered Blu-ray with commentary from Dullea and Lockwood.

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.