Italian Drama ‘Goodbye Uncle Tom’ Due on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray April 23 From MVD and Blue Underground

The controversial 1971 Italian drama Goodbye Uncle Tom will be released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc on April 23 on MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

Written, edited, produced and directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi of Mondo Cane fame, this recreation of the American slave trade atrocities was both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. It became one of the most reviled and misunderstood films of its time. In 1971, distributors forced the filmmakers to completely re-cut the film and radically re-write its extreme narration, removing more than 13 minute of race-war politics and inserting alternate scenes — creating what would become an entirely different film — before it could be released. More than 50 years later, both versions of Goodbye Uncle Tom can be seen in new restorations, scanned in 4K 16-bit from their original negatives, with Dolby Vision HDR (on the 4K release) and newly restored DTS-HD Master Audio, and with more than five hours of extras.

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Special features include The Importance of Shocking: Gualtiero Jacopetti, a feature-length documentary by director Andrea Bettinetti; The Godfathers of Mondo, a feature-length documentary by director David Gregory; “Goodbye Cruel Mondo,” interviews with writers/directors Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, and composer Riz Ortolani; behind-the-scenes 8mm Footage with audio commentary by production manager Giampaolo Lomi; “Mondo Mercenaries,” an interview with author and academic Mark Goodall; “Abjection Under Authoritarianism,” an interview with professor Matthew J. Smith; still galleries, including Giampaolo Lomi’s behind-the-scenes photos; a bonus soundtrack CD by Riz Ortolani; and a collectible booklet with a new essay by Dan Madigan.

‘Dune: Part Two’ Due on Premium Digital April 16, Disc May 14

The science-fiction sequel Dune: Part Two will be released for premium digital sale (PEST) and rental (PVOD) on April 16 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and regular digital May 14 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film is the highest-grossing theatrical film of the year, with more than $665.5 million at the global box office.

Dune: Part Two explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. 

Directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) from a screenplay he and Jon Spaihts wrote, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert, the film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Wonka, Call Me by Your Name), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, “Malcolm & Marie,” “Euphoria”), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Avengers: End Game, Milk), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Thor: Love and Thunder), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Hairspray), Léa Seydoux (the “James Bond” franchise and Crimes of the Future), Souheila Yacoub (The Braves, Climax), with Stellan Skarsgård (the “Mamma Mia!” films, Avengers: Age of Ultron), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, “Being the Ricardos”).

The Dune: Part Two premium digital purchase special features include:  

  • Filmbooks: House Corrino
  • Filmbooks: The Reverand Mother
  • Filmbooks: Water
  • Filmbooks: Lisan-al-Gaib
  • An Ensemble for the Ages
  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester Attack
  • Inside Dune: Gurney Hallaeck’s Revenge
  • Inside Dune: The Fight for the Imperial Throne

 

The Dune: Part Two 4K UHD and Blu-ray special features include:  

  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune

‘Madame Web’ Due on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD April 30

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Marvel Comics-based Madame Web on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD April 30.

The film, which earned $99.8 million at the global box office, tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures — if they can all survive a deadly present.

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Extras on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital include a gag reel; Easter eggs; “Oracle of the Page”; “Fight Like a Spider”; “Future Vision”; “Casting the Web”; and a deleted scene. Extras on the DVD include “Future Vision” and “Casting the Web.”

‘Chinatown’ Due on Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD June 18 for 50th Anniversary

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1974 noir classic Chinatown on limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc on June 18 for its 50th anniversary.

In the film, Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night. The film inspired by real events also stars John Huston.

Robert Towne’s Academy Award-winning screenplay weaves a tragic and shocking tale of corruption, greed, and the human propensity for evil.  

Produced by the legendary Robert Evans, Chinatown was originally released on June 26, 1974, and received 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. In 1991, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

The limited-edition “Paramount Presents” release includes the restored film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time ever. The restoration was completed using the original camera negative, which was repaired using the latest technology in areas that had been previously damaged, according to Paramount. 

“The result is a sparkling 4K Ultra HD presentation that uses more of the best possible source than previous masters and faithfully captures the film’s distinctively dreamy and simultaneously realistic look,” according to the Paramount press release.

The release includes new and legacy bonus content, access to a digital copy of the film, and a bonus Blu-ray with the 1990 sequel The Two Jakes, directed by and starring Jack Nicholson and written by Robert Towne.

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New bonus content includes:

  • “A State of Mind: Author Sam Wasson on Chinatown,” in which Sam Wasson, film historian and bestselling author of The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, discusses the importance of the film and its legacy;
  • “Chinatown Memories,” in which producer Hawk Koch shares stories from his time as assistant director on the film; and
  • “The Trilogy That Never Was,” in which Sam Wasson discusses the planned third installment of what would have been a trio of movies featuring the character Jake Gittes. 
     

Additional legacy bonus content includes:

  • commentary by screenwriter Robert Towne with David Fincher;
    “Water and Power”;
  • “Chinatown: An Appreciation”;
  • “Chinatown: The Beginning and the End”;
  • “Chinatown: Filming”;
  • “Chinatown: Legacy”; and
  • the theatrical trailer.

 

Vizio Adds 86-Inch Model to Smart-TV Lineup

Vizio is debuting a new look for its 2024 smart-TV lineup, as well as a new 86-inch 4K model. The lineup is rolling out in national retailers now and throughout the spring. 

The new 86-inch model is the latest addition to Vizio’s lineup of 4K sets that includes 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 70-inch, and 75-inch models. The new 86-inch 4K TV, which is currently set to retail for $999 beginning April 29 nationwide, like its predecessors includes Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+. The 86-inch 4K TV also enables gaming enthusiasts to experience up to 120fps when switched to 1080p resolution, allowing for smoother in-game transitions for a more accurate and immersive gameplay.

“We’re thrilled to be able to evolve our lineup of 4K, Full HD and HD TVs, which have been a staple of at Vizio for years, and to continue to bring unprecedented value and quality to our customers,” John Schindler, VP of product management at Vizio, said in a statement. “With even more sizes and display ranges to select from, customers can enjoy precise picture quality and built-in entertainment content no matter what room in the home they are in.”

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2014 Drama ‘American Sniper’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital May 14

American Sniper, the 2014 biographical war drama directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Disc and digital for the first time on May 14 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. 

The film stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter. The Navy SEAL is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. 

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The film also stars Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell. Eastwood directed American Sniper from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.

The American Sniper Ultra HD Blu-ray disc contains the following previously released special features:

  • “One Soldier’s Story: The Journey of American Sniper
  • “Chris Kyle: The Man Behind the Legend”
  • “Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy — The Heart of a Hero”
  • “Navy SEALs: In War and Peace”
  • “Bringing the War Home: The Cost of Heroism”
  • “The Making of American Sniper
  • “Guardian”

Horror Flicks ‘Bloodmoon,’ ‘Spider Labyrinth’ Among Titles Due on Disc March 26 From MVD and Severin

Four horror flicks — Bloodmoon, Spider Labyrinth, Burial Ground and Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein — as well as two dramas are due on disc March 26 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Someone is butchering students at St. Elizabeth’s Girls School in Bloodmoon (1990), due on Blu-ray complete with gratuitous nudity, graphic gore, obnoxious teens, creepy cuckolds, barbed wire garroting, ’80s Aussie glam-metal band Vice, an acid-flinging nun and more. Leon Lissek (Countess Dracula), Christine Amor (Snapshot) and Helen Thomson (Elvis) star in the directorial debut of acclaimed U.K. cameraman/cinematographer Alec Mills (Polanski’s Macbeth, Return of the Jedi, The Living Daylights) with a score by Brian May (The Road Warrior, Patrick). The film is scanned uncut in 4K from the negative at The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and complete with “The Bloodmoon Fright Break Challenge” for the first time ever in America. Special features include a Film Buffs Forecast audio interview with actor Leon Lissek conducted in 2000 by Paul Harris and Mark Hartley; an interview with actress Christine Amor from “Not Quite Hollywood”; the trailer; and the “Fright Break” trailer.

For his only foray into the zombie genre, psychosexual sleaze maestro Andrea Bianchi (Malabimba: The Malicious Whore, Strip Nude for Your Killer) unleashed the barrage of flesh-ripping, gut-chomping and depraved oedipal mayhem that set insane new standards in Italian horror with Burial Ground (1981), available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time in North America. Mariangela Giordano (of Satan’s Baby Doll, The Sect and Patrick Still Lives fame) stars in the ’80s splatter classic about a cursed country estate besieged by horny houseguests, undead Etruscans and the unusual relationship between a mother (Giordano) and her mega-creepy young son (disturbingly portrayed by adult actor Peter Bark). Severin Films is presenting this gorehound/sex-fiend favorite, featuring an all-new 4K scan and four hours of special features. Bonus features include audio commentary with critics Nathaniel Thompson, Troy Howarth and Eugenio Ercolani; audio commentary with Italian cinema experts Calum Waddell and John Martin; the location featurette “Villa Parisi: Legacy of Terror”; “Return to the Burial Ground,” an interview with actor Peter Bark at Villa Parisi; “Peter Still Lives,” a festival Q&A with Peter Bark; “Just for the Money,” an interview with actor Simone Mattioli; “The Smell of Death,” interviews with producer Gabriele Crisanti and actress Mariangela Giordano; deleted and extended material; and the theatrical trailer.

For more than three decades, the debut feature — and sole horror film — by director Gianfranco Giagni, Spider Labyrinth, has been one of the most elusive Italian horror titles in home video history, according to MVD and Severin, until now. In the film, available on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD, when an American professor is sent to Budapest to complete a mysterious research project, he becomes ensnared in a mind-bending web of sexual provocation, occult carnage and arachnidian havoc. Roland Wybenga, William Berger (Five Dolls for an August Moon) and Stéphane Audran (Faceless) star in this film featuring special effects by Sergio Stivaletti (Cemetery Man) and a score by Franco Piersanti (Terraferma), now scanned in 4K from the original vault negative at Cinecittà with more than four hours of new special features. Special features include audio commentary with Dr. Will Dodson, professor of rhetoric and media studies, and Ryan Verrill, host of “The Disc Connected”; “Caught in a Web,” an interview with director Gianfranco Giagni; “Arachne,” an interview with screenwriter Gianfranco Manfredi; “All the Colors of a Spider,” an interview with cinematographer Nino Celeste; “Smile of the Spider Woman ,” an interview with actress Paola Rinaldi; “Death in Stop Motion,” an interview with special FX artist Sergio Stivaletti; “Web of the Weird,” placing Spider Labyrinth in the “weird” genre with Dr. Will Dodson, Ryan Verrill and Erica Shultz, author of The Sweetest Taboo: An Unapologetic Guide to Child Kills in Film; and the trailer.

Inspired by Universal’s 1940s monster mash-ups, writer/director Jess Franco delivered Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein, (1972), due on Blu-ray Disc. With minimal dialogue and maximum gothic atmosphere, Franco crafts a fever dream of erotic horror in which Count Dracula (Howard Vernon of Delicatessen), Dr. Frankenstein (Dennis Price of Twins of Evil), his assistant Morpho and Frankenstein’s monster battle gypsies, showgirls, Dr. Seward and a wolfman. Alberto Dalbés (The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein), Carmen Yazalde (A Virgin Among the Living Dead) and Geneviève Robert (star of Franco’s Devil’s Island Lovers and the future Mrs. Ivan Reitman) co-star in the film, now scanned in 4K from Spanish, French and German release prints to create the longest and most comprehensive version known to exist. Special features include “Prisoner of Franco-Stein,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco; “In the Land of Franco Part 10”; the Spanish opening credit sequence; a deleted scene from English-language version; and the trailer.

Severin is also releasing two dramas, Closed Circuit and Stir, on Blu-ray on March 26.

Following the international hits Grand Slam and Machine Gun McCain, director Giuliano Montaldo set his sights on a different kind of project, a feature for RAI-TV that remains one of the most unique and underseen thrillers of the ’70s, Closed Circuit, available on Blu-ray Disc. At the local cinema, an audience watches a Spaghetti Western matinee. During the film’s on-screen climactic duel, a bullet is fired into a patron. With no leads and a theater full of suspects, police investigators lock the doors, put everyone back in their seats and run the movie again to reveal the killer. Flavio Bucci (Suspiria), Tony Kendall (The Loreley’s Grasp) and Giuliano Gemma (Tenebre) co-star in this shocker written by Oscar nominee Nicola Badalucco (The Damned), now scanned in 2K from RAI-TV vault film elements with special features that include one of the final interviews with Guiliano Montaldo; an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; audio commentary with film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Howard Berger; “Il Sociologo,” a video essay by film historian Kat Ellinger on actor Flavio Bucci; and a re-release trailer by Jake West.

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Also due on Blu-ray is the North American disc premiere of Stir (1980) with five-plus hours of special features. In 1974, the cruel treatment of inmates at Bathurst Prison in New South Wales, Australia, led to violent riots, savage reprisals and a still-controversial official inquiry. Six years later, this feature directorial debut by Stephen Wallace (Prisoners of the Sun) from a screenplay by Bathurst inmate Bob Jewson dared to tell the inside story. When career criminal China Jackson (Bryan Brown) is returned to prison after exposing abuses by guards, tensions between inmates and officers begin to boil until they explode in rage, defiance and shocking carnage. Max Phipps (The Road Warrior, Thirst) co-stars in this film nominated for 13 AFI Awards including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Actor and scanned in 2K from the 35mm interpositive at The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Special features include audio commentary with producer Richard Brennan, director Stephen Wallace, cinematographer Geoff Burton and actor Bryan Brown, moderated by Mark Hartley, director of Not Quite Hollywood; audio commentary with crime film and literature historian Andrew Nette; “Tales From the Inside,” an archival making-of documentary by Mark Hartley; “A Career on the Fringe,” a tribute to actor Phil Motherwell featuring Australian theater historian Robert Reid and film critic Paul Harris; director Stephen Wallace introduces The Love Letters From Teralba Road; The Love Letters From Teralba Road (50 minutes); and the trailer.

‘Ocean’s’ Trilogy Arrives on 4K Ultra HD April 30

Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy of crime heist films — Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen — will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digitally for the first time April 30 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Inspired by and based on the 1960 heist film Ocean’s 11, the three films are directed by Academy Award winner Soderbergh and feature ensemble casts including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison and Shaobo Qin.

The 4K remasters of Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) were completed at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) with the participation of Soderbergh. The restored 5.1 digital audio mix was overseen by original re-recording sound mixer and sound editor Larry Blake.

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The “Ocean’s” trilogy Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and digital contains the following previously released special features:

Ocean’s Eleven

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh and Ted Griffin
  • Commentary by Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia
  • “Are You In or Out? The Making of Ocean’s Eleven”
  • “Pros & Cons: Inside Ocean’s Outfit”
  • “The Style of Steal”
  • “The Look of the Con”
  • “Original Ocean’s, Original Cool”

 

Ocean’s Twelve

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh and George Nolfi
  • “Ready, Jet Set, Go: The Making of Ocean’s Twelve”
  • “HBO First Look: Twelve Is the New Eleven: The Making of Ocean’s Twelve”
  • deleted scenes

 

Ocean’s Thirteen

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh, Brian Koppelman and David Levien
  • “Third’s a Charm: The Making of Ocean’s Thirteen
  • “Ahab with a Piggyback: The Means & Machines of Ocean’s”
  • “Jerry Weintraub Walk and Talk”
  • “Masters of the Heist”
  • deleted scenes

Christopher Lee Horror Flick ‘Night of the Blood Monster’ Due on 4K UHD and Blu-ray March 26 From MVD

The 1970 horror film Night of the Blood Monster, starring Christopher Lee, will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc March 26 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

Lee (The Wicker Man) plays Judge Jeffreys, the infamous 17th Century witch finder whose unholy obsession with a luscious wench (Maria Rohm of Eugenie) fuels a spree of torture, brutality and flesh-ripping perversion. Howard Vernon (Succubus), Margaret Lee (Five Golden Dragons), Maria Schell (99 Women) and Oscar nominee Leo Genn (Quo Vadis) co-star in this epic of sexual violence and sadism, complete with a score by Bruno Nicolai (Count Dracula) and directed by Jess Franco (Venus in Furs).

Blue Underground is presenting the uncensored version of the film, also known as The Bloody Judge, from a new 2023 master for the Blu-ray and a new Dolby Vision HDR 4K master for the 4K release, restored from various European vault elements featuring additional nudity, bloodshed and what Christopher Lee himself calls “scenes of extraordinary depravity!”

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Special features include audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; audio commentary with film historians Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw; audio commentary with film historians David Flint and Adrian Smith; “Bloody Jess,” interviews with director Jess Franco and star Christopher Lee; “Judgement Day,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco; “In the Shadows,” interviews with filmmaker Alan Birkinshaw and author Stephen Thrower on Harry Alan Towers; deleted and alternate scenes; trailers; a TV spot; and still galleries.

‘The Beekeeper’ Due on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD April 23

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the Jason Statham action thriller The Beekeeper, from Amazon MGM Studios, for purchase on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 23.

The film has earned $151.5 million at the global box office.

In addition to Statham (The Meg, Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, the “Transporter” films), Emmy Raver-Lampman (TV’s “The Umbrella Academy”), Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games” films), Bobby Naderi, Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), Phylicia Rashad (Creed) and Jeremy Irons (TV’s “Watchmen”).

In The Beekeeper, one man’s brutal campaign for vengeance takes on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as “Beekeepers.”

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