‘The Truman Show’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD July 4 for 25th Anniversary

Paramount Home Entertainment will release director Peter Weir’s The Truman Show on 4K Ultra HD newly remastered for its 25th anniversary.

Starring Jim Carrey, the film, released on June 5, 1998, earned more than $264 million worldwide and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Carrey stars as Truman Burbank, a man whose life is a nonstop TV show. Truman doesn’t realize that his quaint hometown is a giant studio set run by a visionary creator (Ed Harris), that folks living and working there are Hollywood actors, and that even his incessantly bubbly wife (Laura Linney) is a contract player. Gradually, Truman gets wise, and his response leaves viewers laughing, crying, and cheering.

The Truman Show has been fully remastered using scans of the original negative, with the new 4K version approved by Weir. The film is presented with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

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The 4K Ultra HD two-disc set includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD disc and on Blu-ray, along with access to a digital copy of the film and legacy bonus content on Blu-ray, including the two-part documentary “How’s It Going to End?  The Making of The Truman Show,” “Faux Finishing — The Visual Effects of The Truman Show,” deleted scenes, a photo gallery, theatrical trailers and TV spots.

Complete Series Blu-ray Set of ‘The Big C’ Coming in April From Mill Creek

The complete series set of “The Big C” is coming on Blu-ray in April from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Laura Linney stars in her Golden Globe-winning role as Cathy Jamison, a 42-year-old schoolteacher who has always played by the rules. That is, until she receives a life-changing diagnosis. Instead of giving up, Cathy decides to live it up. Nothing and no one is safe, including her self-absorbed family, her cantankerous neighbor and her smart-ass students.

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The set is also available on DVD.

Netflix Had a Busy Sunday at TCA

Netflix worked overtime Sunday (July 29) at the Television Critics Association’s Summer 2018 Press Tour announcing two unscripted series, upcoming launch dates for four series and first-look trailers of other pending titles.

The TCA Summer Press Tour runs through Aug. 8 with studios and distributors – notably digital – announcing new fall content launches.

Netflix, which is spending $8 billion on original content this year, announced new cooking series, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat”, which begins streaming Oct. 19; “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” both bowing Oct. 26; “The Kominsky Method” (Nov. 16); and “Chef’s Table” Season 5, which launches Sept. 28.

Based on Samin Nosrat’s best-selling, James Beard Award-winning book, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” bills itself as the essential guide to the basic elements of good cooking.

Baker and artist Christine McConnell welcomes viewers into her home in “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell”,baking, sculpting and sewing delectable confections and hauntingly disturbing decor with the help of her colorful collection of creatures.

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” starring Kiernan Shipka, re-imagines the original “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” series as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.

Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin star as two friends in “The Kominsky Method” tackling life’s inevitable curveballs as they navigate their later years in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty.

Tony Danza returns to the small screen as “The Good Cop”, a lovable yet not exactly honorable, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules.

Other titles include the Aug. 17 release of Matt Groening’s animated series “Disenchantment,” teen shape-lifting series“The Innocents.”

Other content announcements included limited series, “Madam C.J. Walker,” starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer; “White Lines” from the producers of “The Crown” and “La Casa de Papel”; and limited series, “Maniac” launching Sept. 21.

The SVOD behemoth also officially announced the second season of “Ozark,” co-starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as ethically-challenged parents on the run from organized crime.


Janet McTeer Signed to Facebook Watch Original Series

Upstart over-the-top video service Facebook Watch reportedly has signed two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds, Albert Nobbs) to original dark comedy, “Sorry For Your Loss,” also staring (and executive produced by) Elizabeth Olsen (Ingrid Goes West, Martha Marcy May Marlene).

McTeer plays a fitness-obsessed, overbearing mother to young widow Olsen trying to deal with grief, among other issues. The series also stars Kelly Marie Tran and Jovan Adepo.

Ad-supported Facebook Watch, which splits revenue (45%/55%) with content creators, launched last August. Facebook reportedly set aside $1 billion for original content production in 2018.

Earlier this week, Facebook Watch hired ex-Pinterest executive Mike Bidgoli to head the video product unit, in addition to Matthew Henick as head of content planning and strategy.

British-born McTeer is also starring in the second season of Netflix original series, “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as parents of two young children on the run from the drug cartel.

McTeer plays a Chicago based attorney with links to the cartel. In making a deal with the devil, she becomes a potential threat to the Byrde family.