Six James Cameron Blockbusters Rolling Out on 4K for Disc and Digital Purchase

Six of director James Cameron’s biggest theatrical hits are being re-released in 4K Ultra HD on a transactional basis. Three of the films — 1986’s Aliens, 1989’s The Abyss and 1994’s True Lies — will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time ever in collector’s editions on March 12, 2024.

The 4K transfer for each release will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR and with an immersive Dolby Atmos audio mix. Additionally, most of the releases will arrive with several hours of new bonus features. The 4K UHD physical releases will come on 100GB discs for maximum space and bit rates.

All six films were originally released by 20th Century Fox, which Disney acquired four years ago, and helmed by Cameron, who in a statement said, “There’s a world of emotions in revisiting these films and I hope we’ve captured some of that in the new bonus materials we created for our fans.”

Producer Jon Landau added, “We really wanted to deliver the best possible experience at home so viewers could immerse themselves both in the films and the journeys we went through to make them.”

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The Cameron rollout begins Dec. 5 with Paramount’s previously announced 25th anniversary release of Titanic on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. (Paramount handled domestic distribution of the film while Fox had international rights). The film also will be available in 4K Ultra HD for digital purchase through such retailers as Prime Video, Vudu and Apple TV.

Next, on Dec. 12, come AliensThe AbyssTrue Lies and new special-editions of Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water, available in 4K Ultra HD for digital purchase from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

On Dec. 19, Disney will release special-edition Blu-ray Discs of Avatar (available as a 4K Collector’s Edition, a 3D Blu-ray and a 4K limited-edition Steelbook exclusive to Best Buy) and Avatar: The Way of Water (4K Collector’s Edition).

Avatar will include new extras such as “Behind-The-Scenes Presentation Hosted by Jon Landau,” “Colonel Miles Quaritch RDA Promos” and a new still gallery in addition to legacy bonus material.

The Avatar Steelbook (Disney photo)

New Way of Water extras include “Behind-the-Scenes Presentation Hosted by Jon Landau,” “Production Design Panel Hosted by Jon Landau,” “Memories From Avatar: The Way of Water” with Landau and several cast members, deleted/extended scenes, scene deconstructions and more production featurettes, in addition to the extras released when the film was first released on home video earlier this year.

What Disney is now calling 20th Century Studios on Dec. 6 will present the deep sea adventure The Abyss: Special Edition in theaters for a special one-night-only event. Tickets go on sale Nov. 20 and can be purchased at Fandango or wherever tickets are sold.

The home viewing editions of The Abyss will include the featurettes “Deep Dive: A Conversation with James Cameron” and “The Legacy of The Abyss,” plus archival featurettes and production materials.

True Lies, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a spy trying to keep his dual identity a secret from his family, will include the new documentary “Fear Is Not an Option: A Look Back at True Lies,” archival documents, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

Aliens, a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien, does not include any new bonus materials, but does include legacy featurettes and commentaries.

FUBAR: Season 1

STREAMING REVIEW:

Netflix;
Action;
Not rated;
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Barbaro, Milan Carter, Gabriel Luna, Fortune Feimster, Travis Van Winkle, Fabiana Udenio, Jay Baruchel, Barbara Eve Harris, Aparna Brielle, Andy Buckley.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first scripted series finds him in his comfort zone, in an action comedy playing a CIA agent on the verge of retirement who is lured back into the field for one last mission.

Schwarzenegger plays Luke Brunner, who is looking forward to a peaceful retirement with his family after years of lying to them about what he does for a living. They think he works at a fitness supply company, which is actually a cover for his role as a secret agent for the CIA. However, the deception has taken its toll on his personal life, having resulted in a divorce years earlier. But he still loves his ex-wife and hopes to reconcile with her once he retires.

Before he can step down, he is tasked with one final assignment for which he is uniquely qualified — to extract a compromised undercover operative from the organization of an international arms dealer named Boro (Gabriel Luna) who Luke once knew as a child. Years earlier, Luke had infiltrated the criminal empire of Boro’s father in order to kill him, and tried to provide for the boy before he eventually broke bad. The plan is for Luke to resume his cover identity to gain access to Boro’s compound to rescue the endangered agent and find out what Boro is up to.

To Luke’s surprise, the agent turns out to be his daughter, Emma (Monica Barbaro of Top Gun: Maverick), who is equally surprised to learn her father also is a spy. They then have to work together to stop Boro from creating a miniaturized nuclear weapon to sell on the black market to terrorists, forming the central arc of the first season’s eight episodes.

The premise is essentially the sequel we never got to Schwarzenegger’s True Lies (the original 1994 movie, not CBS’s awful reboot series that just got canceled), with a few tweaks by creator Nick Santora (“Scorpion”) to make it its own thing.

One of the primary plot threads of True Lies was the subterfuge between an agent and his loved ones, which is also one of the main story elements of “FUBAR.” Emma at first resents her father for lying to her for years and causing so much anguish for her mother, but soon comes to realize she and her father are all too alike. Luke, on the other hand, must come to terms with the fact his daughter has taken up his profession, and cautions her against making the same mistakes he made, particularly when it comes to the boyfriend (Jay Baruchel) she has to constantly lie to about being out of town on business.

“FUBAR” also offers a lot of laughs in between the action, as the series also serves as a tongue-in-cheek homage to Schwarzenegger’s entire career with plenty of references for fans to enjoy.

By its very existence, however, the show also serves as a reminder that a proper American True Lies Blu-ray release is long overdue, let alone a 4K release. While it pops up on a streaming service or cable occasionally, the only domestic disc release True Lies has ever received is the old DVD first released in 1999, and it isn’t available for digital purchase either — an oversight that this show provides the perfect excuse to rectify.

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