Criterion Releasing ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ on Disc Dec. 12

The award-winning animated movie Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 12 by the Criterion Collection. Order date is Nov. 7.

Winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the film uses intricate stop-motion animation to tell the classic story of the puppet who comes to life, now set against the backdrop of fascist Italy. Directed by Guillermo del Toro alongside Mark Gustafson, the film’s voice cast includes Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, and Christoph Waltz.

The film was originally released for streaming on Netflix.

Criterion’s edition includes a new 4K digital master supervised by the directors, with Dolby Atmos on the 4K UHD disc and the Blu-ray. The 4K edition includes the film on a 4K disc with Dolby Vision HDR, and a regular Blu-ray of the film with bonus material.

Extras include:

  • “Handcarved Cinema,” a new documentary featuring the cast and filmmakers, including the film’s diretors, puppet creators, production designers and animation supervisor;
  • “Directing Stop-Motion,” a new program featuring the directors;
  • A new conversation between del Toro and film critic Farran Smith Nehme;
  • A new interview with curator Ron Magliozzi on The Museum of Modern Art’s 2022 exhibition devoted to the film;
  • A new program on the eight rules of animation that informed the film’s production;
  • A panel discussion featuring del Toro, Gustafson, production designer Guy Davis, composer Alexandre Desplat, and sound designer Scott Martin Gershin, moderated by filmmaker James Cameron;
  • A conversation among del Toro, Gustafson, and author Neil Gaiman;
  • Essays by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz and author Cornelia Funke.


Netflix Inks Partnership With Oscar-Winning Producer J. Miles Dale

Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale and Netflix have formed a creative partnership that will have Dale produce feature films under a multiyear, first-look deal via his Demilo Films banner.

Dale is an executive producer and co-showrunner on the upcoming Netflix series “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.” He also serves as executive producer on the Netflix series “Sex/Life.”

Producer J. Miles Dale (Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures and Netflix)

“Having just produced two series on the TV side at Netflix, I’m beyond excited to begin this new adventure with the feature film team,” Dale said in a statement. “I enjoyed a great partnership with Scott Stuber on a couple of films earlier in my career, and I look forward to expanding that relationship. Netflix has always been incredibly filmmaker friendly in my experience, and that support is so critical as we continue to explore the challenging and compelling stories that inspire us at Demilo Films.”

“I’ve known Miles for many years and he has an incredible eye for great stories and talent,” Scott Stuber, Netflix’s head of global film, said in a statement. “I’m excited to grow our successful creative relationship on series to a great partnership in film.”

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Oscar winner J. Miles Dale produced The Shape of Water, 2018’s Best Picture, with longtime collaborator Guillermo del Toro. His latest release, Nightmare Alley, starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, was nominated for four Academy Awards including a second Best Picture nomination for Dale.  

Dale is currently in production on the second season of the hit Netflix series “Sex/Life” and in post-production on the highly anticipated Netflix horror anthology series “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.”

Dale’s partnership with del Toro began with the supernatural  thriller hit Mama, starring Jessica Chastain, and continued with Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark and director Scott Cooper’s Antlers last year. Dale also served as executive producer and principal  director on all four seasons of the series “The Strain” for FX Network. 

Dale’s extensive work includes producing the box-office smash The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, the cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and the reimagination of Carrie, starring Julianne Moore. His credits also include the prequel to The Thing, Flash of Genius, and Hollywoodland, starring Ben Affleck. 

Dale made his feature directorial debut in 2002 with Universal’s The Skulls III. In addition to “The Strain,” he has directed for numerous television series, including the ABC Family/Freeform production “Shadowhunters.”

‘Nightmare Alley’ Transactional Home Release Set for March

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Nightmare Alley will be available for digital purchase starting March 8, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 22.

From director Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley is a psychological thriller about a down-on-his-luck grifter in the 1940s named Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), who endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet.

Del Toro co-wrote the screenplay with Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham.

The film earned $10.9 million at the domestic box office. It earned four Oscar nominations for the upcoming 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

The home video release includes three bonus featurettes: “Del Toro’s Neo Noir,” in which the filmmakers and cast decipher the dark, complicated world of the film; “Beneath the Tarp,” a look at the production design; and “What Exists in the Fringe,” about the film’s costumes.

Nightmare Alley became available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max Feb. 1.

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‘James Cameron’s Story of Science-Fiction’ Coming to Disc July 28 From RLJE

The sci-fi documentary series “James Cameron’s Story of Science-Fiction” will come out on DVD and Blu-ray July 28 from AMC Networks’ RLJE Films.

The series originally aired on AMC Networks in 2018 as part of the AMC Visionaries series.

The show, an intimate look at science fiction’s roots, its futuristic vision and our fascination with its ideas, is hosted by Academy Award winner James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic). It features interviews with ‘A’-list storytellers, stars and others whose careers have defined the field of science fiction movies and television. Interviewees include Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), George Lucas (“Star Wars” franchise), Ridley Scott (The Martian, Blade Runner), Christopher Nolan (Tenet, Interstellar), Will Smith (Men in Black, I Am Legend), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator, Terminator) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Sixth Sense).

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Bonus features include extended interviews with Spielberg, Lucas, Scott, Nolan, Guillermo Del Toro and Schwarzenegger.

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Hits Digital Oct. 22, Disc Nov. 5, Including 4K

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the popular children’s books, arrives on digital Oct. 22 and on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Nov. 5 from Lionsgate.

The film made $65.8 million in domestic theaters.

The adaptation of the book series brings some of Alvin Schwartz’s scariest stories to life and is produced by Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro with a screen story by del Toro, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind, but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generations the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time. For a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home, the stories become all too real.

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Special features include six featurettes on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital releases and two featurettes on the DVD looking at the development of the creepiest creatures in the film, as well as the process of taking the classic tales from page to screen.

The 4K version includes Dolby Vision HDR.

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Coming to 4K Disc and Digital Oct. 1

Pan’s Labyrinth, the 2006 dark fairy tale written and directed by Academy Award-winner Guillermo del Toro, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital Oct. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The story takes place following a bloody civil war as young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer.  Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother.  But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil.

The film won three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, the Saturn Award for Best International Film, and the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.  The film also appeared on more than 20 critic’s top 10 lists for 2006.

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Produced by del Toro, Bertha Navarro, Alfonso Cuaron, Frida Torresblanco, and Alvaro Augustin, the film stars Serio Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, and Alex Angulo and is narrated by Pablo Adan.

Pan’s Labyrinth will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack featuring an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR; a Blu-ray disc of the film; and more than seven hours of previously released special features, including an audio commentary by del Toro. Features also include a video prologue by del Toro; “The Power of Myth”; “The Faun and the Fairies”; “The Color and the Shape”; and “The Director’s Notebook.”

Sony Releasing Original ‘Hellboy’ Film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 15

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 2004’s Hellboy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Oct. 15.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the film adapts the Mike Mgnola Dark Horse comic book about a demon rescued by the Nazis and raised to become a defender against the forces of darkness. Ron Perlman stars as Hellboy alongside a cast that includes Selma Blair, Doug Jones and John Hurt.

The Hellboy 4K disc includes both the theatrical and director’s cuts of the film, each newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative with exclusive Dolby Atmos audio, along with the original theatrical 5.1 audio. The 4K disc also includes a new introduction by del Toro; the new “To Hell and Back” retrospective, featuring a new interview with del Toro; three audio commentaries featuring del Toro, Mignola and the cast; the documentary “The Seeds of Creation”; and theatrical trailers.

A regular Blu-ray disc included in the combo pack will include a remastered theatrical version of the film, deleted scenes with optional commentary, makeup and lighting tests with commentary, VFX How To’s, “A Quick Guide to Understanding Comics” with Scott McCloud, “Right Hand of Doom” set visits and factoids, Q&A Archive: Comic-Con 2002, Mike Mignola pre-production art, animatics, board-a-matics, multi-angle storyboard comparisons, TV spots, photo galleries and more.

The combo pack will also include a digital copy.

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‘Waterworld,’ Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ on Tap in January from Arrow and MVD

The Kevin Costner dystopian tale Waterworld, Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and the blacksploitation classic Willie Dynamite are among the films coming to Blu-ray in January from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

Willie Dynamite debuts Jan. 8. Director Gilbert Moses balances action and social commentary in this story of Willie Dynamite (Roscoe Orman), the flashiest pimp in New York, who sports a personalized purple-and-gold Cadillac and eye-catching clothes. Dynamite wants to be No. 1, but he has the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail. The score by J.J. Johnson features Motown legend Martha Reeves. Special features include “Kiss My Baad Asss,” a guide to blaxploitation hosted by actor and musician Ice-T and featuring interviews with Richard Roundtree, Melvin van Peebles, Isaac Hayes and others; the theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; and for the first pressing only, a fully illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Cullen Gallagher.

Jan. 15 comes Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro’s (The Shape of Water) gothic romance Crimson PeakMia Wasikowska stars as an aspiring author struck by family tragedy. The film also features Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston. Special features include audio commentary by co-writer and director Del Toro; “The House is Alive: Constructing Crimson Peak,” a newly edited, feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind-the-scenes footage; a previously unseen Spanish-language interview with Del Toro; “A Primer on Gothic Romance,” in which the director and stars talk about the key traits of gothic romance; “The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak,” in which the cast and crew talk about the film’s use of color; “Hand Tailored Gothic,” a featurette on the film’s costumes; “A Living Thing,” a look at the design, modelling and construction of the Allerdale Hall sets; “Beware of Crimson Peak,” a walking tour around Allerdale Hall with Hiddleston; “Crimson Phantoms,” a featurette on the film’s ghosts; a newly filmed interview with author and critic Kim Newman on Crimson Peak and the tradition of gothic romance; “Violence and Beauty in Guillermo Del Toro’s Gothic Fairy Tale Films,” a new video essay by the writer Kat Ellinger; deleted scenes; original trailers and TV spots; a double-sided, fold-out poster; four double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; limited edition packaging newly designed by Crimson Peak concept artist Guy Davis; and a limited edition 80-page, hard-bound book featuring new writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni.

Also due Jan. 15 is the horror film The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, from Italian director Luciano Ercoli. The twisting tale takes viewers through a triangle of friendship, sex and murder. Special features include new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine; “Private Pictures,” a newly-edited documentary featuring archival interviews with actress Nieves Navarro and director Luciano Ercoli, and new interview material with writer Ernesto Gastaldi; “The Forbidden Soundtrack of the Big Three,” a new appreciation of the music of Forbidden Photos and 1970s Italian cult cinema by musician and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon; “The Forbidden Lady,” a Q&A with actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films; original Italian and English theatrical trailers; an image gallery; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil; and for the first pressing only, an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Michael Mackenzie.

Jan. 22 comes the Costner actioner notorious for its expensive budget, Waterworld, a dystopian tale about Earth being completely submerged in water. The new release features a 4K restoration and three cuts of the film, including the extended U.S. TV cut that runs 40 minutes longer than the theatrical release. Other special features include six collector’s postcards; a double-sided fold-out poster; a limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the film by David J. Moore and Daniel Griffith, archival articles and original reviews; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper; “Maelstrom: The Odyssey of Waterworld,” a new, feature-length, making-of documentary including cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; an original archival featurette capturing the film’s production; “Global Warnings,” in which film critic Glenn Kenny explores the subgenre of ecologically aware Hollywood blockbusters; a production and promotional stills gallery; a visual effects stills gallery; and original trailers and TV spots.

Oscar Winning Director Guillermo Del Toro to Produce Animated ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is making his animated feature film directorial debut at Netflix with Pinocchio, which he will also write and produce as a stop-motion musical.

Pinocchio will be del Toro’s first feature film since The Shape of Water, which garnered four Academy Awards last year, including for Best Director and Best Picture.

Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” said del Toro in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on ‘Trollhunters,’ I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy.”

“Throughout his distinguished career, Guillermo has exhibited mastery in inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with unforgettable and magnificent characters, from the monsters in Pan’s Labyrinth to the aquatic creature in The Shape of Water,” said Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family at Netflix. “We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Guillermo and we know that his deeply touching vision for bringing Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences the world over.”

This marks an expansion of Netflix’s existing relationship with del Toro, who created the Emmy award-winning television series DreamWorks’ “Trollhunters,” the first installment of the DreamWorks’ “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy. He is also the creator of the upcoming Netflix series, “Guillermo de Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.”

Pinocchio is a production of Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), and ShadowMachine (“Bojack Horseman,” “The Shivering Truth”), which will house the stop-motion animation production.

Netflix expects production on Pinocchio to begin this fall.

Blue Underground’s ‘Zombie’ Coming to Blu-ray Nov. 27 From MVD

For its 40th Anniversary, MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground will release Zombie on Blu-ray Nov. 27.

The release comes with a new 4K Restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative.

It marks a new distribution partnership between the companies.

“Blue Underground’s move to MVD was driven by a need for a full-service distributor,” said William Lustig, president of Blue Underground, in a statement. “MVD’s knowledgeable and experienced sales team is enthusiastic regarding the cult classic collector’s editions my company produces.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Blue Underground,” said Eric D. Wilkinson, director of home video sales and acquisitions at MVD, in a statement. “Bill Lustig is not only a legendary director of some of the greatest genre films of all time, but also a master curator and preservationist of cult movies. The combination of this amazing content with the MVD sales team is a perfect match and we are looking forward to bringing these films to our retail partners and collectors alike (and now I can finally get my copy of Maniac autographed).”

“It is an honor to be working with Bill and Greg, and the caliber of films they bring to the world,” said Ed Seaman, COO of MVD, in a statement. “We further cement our commitment to physical goods distribution by now representing Blue Underground’s top quality, beautifully packaged repertoire.”

The zombie film, in Italy considered the unofficial sequel to Dawn of the Dead, stars Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Al Cliver and Richard Johnson and is directed by Lucio Fulci.

The two-Blu-ray release also includes the original motion picture soundtrack CD by Fabio Frizzi (with an exclusive bonus track). Other features include:

  • a new audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films;
  • an audio commentary with McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater;
  • a new featurette, “When The Earth Spits Out The Dead,an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci;
  • theatrical Trailers;
  • TV Spots;
  • radio spots;
  • a poster and still gallery;
  • an intro by Guillermo del Toro;
  •  “Zombie Wasteland,” interviews with McCulloch, Johnson, Cliver and actor/stuntman Ottaviano Dell’Acqua;
  • “Flesh Eaters on Film,” an interview with co-producer Fabrizio De Angelis;
  • “Deadtime Stories,” interviews with co-writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti;
  • “World of the Dead,” interviews with cinematographer Sergio Salvati and production and costume designer Walter Patriarca;
  • “Zombi Italiano,” interviews with special make-up effects artists Gianetto De Rossi and Maurizio Trani and special effects artist Gino De Rossi;
  • “Notes on a Headstone,” an interview with composer Fabio Frizzi;
  • “All in the Family,” an interview with Antonella Fulci;
  • “Zombie Lover,” in which award-winning filmmaker del Toro talks about one of his favorite films;
  • and a collectible booklet, reversible sleeve and, for the first pressing only, lenticular slipcovers.