Original ‘Karate Kid’ on 4K Blu-ray After Theatrical Re-release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 1984’s The Karate Kid on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 16 to commemorate the film’s 35th anniversary.

The Karate Kid stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel, a teenager who trains with a martial arts master Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) in order to defeat a gang of bullies at a local karate tournament. The cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka and Martin Kove.

The film spawned three sequels, a remake and the sequel series “Cobra Kai,” which returns for a second season this spring on YouTube Premium. “Cobra Kai” stars Zabka, reprising his role as the bully Johnny from the original film, and Macchio, reprising his role as Daniel.

The 4K UHD disc in the combo pack will include the new retrospective featurette “Remembering The Karate Kid,” featuring new interviews with  Macchio, Zabka and Kove.

The combo pack will also include previously released bonus material such as a trivia track, audio commentary and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

As part of the film’s 35th anniversary promotions, Fathom Events will screen The Karate Kid in theaters nationwide March 31 and April 2. The screenings will include a preview of season two of “Cobra Kai.” Tickets for the two-day-only Fathom screenings will be available beginning Feb. 15 at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

Remastered in 4K from the original camera negative, the UHD Blu-ray includes a newly mixed Dolby Atmos audio track as well as the original stereo and 5.1 audio mixes.

Cinedigm Partners with Fathom Events for One-Night ‘The Final Wish’ Theatrical Screening

Cinedigm Dec. 13 announced it will screen horror movie, The Final Wish,  for one-night only on Jan. 24, 2019, in about 500 select theaters nationwide.

The special screening is being distributed through Fathom Events, and will include a special introduction by the film’s co-star Lin Shaye (Insidious, The Grudge) along with a pre-taped Q&A session from Screamfest Horror Film Festival with actors Shaye, Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination) and Melissa Bolona (The Hurricane Heist), director Timothy Woodward Jr. (Hickok, Gangster Land) and Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick.

Cinedigm acquired North American distribution rights, including digital and packaged media, to the movie last October for an undisclosed amount.

Tickets for the screening can be purchased, beginning Dec. 14, at FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

“Fathom’s theatrical model has redefined the movie going experience allowing moviegoers to enjoy a Q&A after the credits with cast and crew to learn more about the film and how it all came together,” Bill Perrault, SVP marketing and brand management at Cinedigm, said in a statement.

Final Wish follows Aaron (Welch), a consummate under-achiever, who returns home to his devastated mother (Shaye) following the passing of his father. Among his father’s antiques he comes across an urn hiding a dark secret. As his every wish begins coming true, Aaron starts to believe there is something sinister behind his good fortune and the price of his desire might just be his soul.

“There are so many horror stories that have ingrained themselves into the psyche of society,” said Woodward Jr. “For me growing up Final Destination was one of those stories and to work with the creator of those films so closely was a dream come true. The cast members also fully committed to their characters, which helped us tell a story we hope is both fresh and frightening.”

FYE Chain Bows Exclusive Collector’s Edition of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ for Film’s 50th

Trans World Entertainment-owned retail chain FYE, for your entertainment, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead with an exclusive collector’s edition.

The set features the “Criterion Collection” two-disc Blu-ray featuring the original premiere version of the film, restored and remastered in 4K Ultra HD from the original camera negative and supervised by Romero with the support of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Foundation. It includes new and archival footage, interviews, and commentary from the original cast and creators.

The collection also features a limited edition, 250-page graphic novel based on the film with covers by Stephen R. Bissette, art by Richard Bonk, and exclusive photos and interviews with the original 1968 cast and filmmakers.

Also included are the original eight 1968 lobby cards from the release of the film, remastered with gold foil lettering, specially re-designed to celebrate the anniversary. Also, the chain has randomly inserted 250 of the boxes with an additional lobby card autographed by Johnny of “They’re coming to get you, Barbra” fame, played by actor Russell Streiner.

There is also an exclusive poster of the character Karen Cooper, played by Kyra Schon, and a special edition commemorative ticket specially designed with gold foil to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.

Collectors can pick up a copy on FYE.com or at any FYE location.

The newly restored and remastered version of Night of the Living Dead is returning to movie theaters nationwide Oct. 24-25 presented by Fathom Events, Image Ten and Living Dead Media, in association with Janus Films and the “Criterion Collection.”

Shout!, Hasbro, Fathom Holding Animated ‘Transformers’ Movie Screening Sept. 27

The 1986 animated cult-classic The Transformers: The Movie is returning to theaters nationwide for a special one-night Fathom Events engagement Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. local time.

The special event is a collaboration between Fathom, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory, which restored the film for a Blu-ray release in 2016.

The Transformers: The Movie was a spinoff of the 1980s animated series based on the Hasbro toys, and featured the voices of Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Frank Welker and Orson Welles. The film earned $5.8 million during its initial theatrical run in 1986.

The screening will also provide moviegoers with a sneak peek behind the scenes of the upcoming Bumblebee live-action film, a prequel to the Michael Bay live-action “Transformers” movies. Bumblebee is due in theaters Dec. 21.

The Fathom event will also include a new interview with singer-songwriter Stan Bush, including recent performances of the songs “The Touch” and “Dare,” which feature prominently in the 1986 film.

A list of the 500 participating theaters is available at Fathomevents.com. Tickets will go on sale starting Aug. 3 online or through participating theater box offices.