‘Heavy Metal’ Rocking on 4K Ultra HD April 19

The 1981 animated sci-fi classic Heavy Metal will be released on 4K Ultra HD April 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Based on the illustrated magazine, Heavy Metal is an animated fantasy in which producer Ivan Reitman enlists the help of some of Hollywood’s animation masters to create the otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe.

Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb’s dark victories include the character voices of John Candy and Harold Ramis and a soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs and Trust. 

The feature is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by Reitman and features a new 2022 Dolby Atmos soundtrack supervised by Reitman. The release also includes the 2022 mix in 5.1 and the original 1981 theatrical Dolby Stereo audio.

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The release is presented in a limited edition Steelbook, including the film on 4K Ultra HD disc and Blu-ray, plus the exclusive Blu-ray debut of Heavy Metal 2000.

Special features include “Heavy Metal: A Look Back,” a retrospective featuring re­flections from Reitman, famous fans Kevin Smith and Norman Reedus and more. The combo pack Blu-rays include several other special features.

Spotify Settles $1.6 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Brought by Music Publisher Representing Tom Petty and Others

Spotify has settled a $1.6 billion IP lawsuit alleging the music subscription streaming service failed to get physical clearances and properly compensate artists, among other issues.

New York-based Spotify, which reportedly has 75 million active subscribers and 170 million monthly users, and Wixen Music Publishing – whose clients include the late Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and Rage Against the Machine – mutually agreed to dismiss the case after both sides came to an undisclosed business resolution.

In a joint statement, Wixen and Spotify said they agreed to a final dismissal of the lawsuit filed by Wixen in late 2017.

“The conclusion of that litigation is a part of a broader business partnership between the parties, which fairly and reasonably resolves the legal claims asserted by Wixen relating to past licensing of Wixen’s catalog and establishes a mutually-advantageous relationship for the future,” said the companies.

The recently enacted Music Modernization Act signed by President Trump in October hopes to negate future similar litigation by streamlining the clearance process enabling artists to get compensated more quickly by digital music services.

Notably, the legislation also meant artists and songwriters would – for the first time – receive royalties from streaming services for content recorded and published before 1972.