Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Due on 4K Ultra HD June 25 for 40th Anniversary

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its theatrical release, Purple Rain, the 1984 film starring Prince in his film acting debut, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD disc and digital for the first time on June 25 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Purple Rain stars music icon Prince in his first film role as The Kid, alongside Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

The film was directed by Albert Magnoli from a screenplay by Magnoli and William Blinn and was produced by Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo and Steven Fargnoli. The original songs were composed and produced by Prince.

Purple Rain won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score (Prince), the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special (Prince and the Revolution), and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Prince).
 
In 2019, Purple Rain was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
 
For the 40th Anniversary of Purple Rain, the film has been restored digitally from an 8K scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative (OCN).  The picture was also conformed to the original theatrical release aspect ratio of 1.85:1 to provide the most authentic theatrical presentation framing ever to be released to the home. The digitally restored picture was color graded in High Dynamic Range (HDR). The film’s audio was also restored from the original Dolby Stereo (LCRS) archived 35mm magnetic film source elements containing the separate dialogue, music, and effects (DME) tracks.  These restored elements along with the 20th anniversary’s 5.1 multi-channel print master were used to complete a newly remastered 5.1 presentation for the film.

In the film, rock star Prince makes his feature film debut in this highly autobiographical blockbuster. Headstrong, vulnerable young musician The Kid (Prince) struggles with his own inner demons and with his alcoholic father who beats his mother. But the madness infects his music, fueling a sound that transforms the struggling young rocker into a star. 

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The Purple Rain 4K UHD disc includes the following previously released special features: commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin; the “First Avenue: The Road to Pop Royalty” featurette; the “Let’s Go Crazy” music video; the “Take Me with U” music video; the “When Doves Cry” music video; the “I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m a Star” music video; the “Purple Rain” music video; the “Jungle Love” music video; the “The Bird” music video; and the “Sex Shooter” music video.

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ Due Via Premium Digital May 14, on Disc June 11

Warner Bros. Discovery will release Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, for premium digital purchase and rental May 14, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and regular digital June 11.

The film, which has earned $547.2 million at the global box office, follows up the showdown of Godzilla versus Kong. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence — and our own.  The epic delves further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humanity forever.

Directed by Adam Wingard, the film stars Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Godzilla vs. Kong, Bullet Train), Dan Stevens (“Gaslit,” Legion, Beauty and the Beast), Kaylee Hottle (Godzilla vs. Kong), Alex Ferns (The Batman, Wrath of Man, “Chernobyl”) and Fala Chen (Irma Vep, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and premium digital releases include director’s commentary and several featurettes.

Additionally, a five-film collection celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Monsterverse will be available on 4K UHD disc this summer. The six-disc collector’s edition will include Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024), along with a disc of special features including the new “Directors of the Monsterverse” featurette with Monsterverse directors Gareth Edwards, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Michael Doughtery and Adam Wingard.

‘Dune: Part Two’ Due on Premium Digital April 16, Disc May 14

The science-fiction sequel Dune: Part Two will be released for premium digital sale (PEST) and rental (PVOD) on April 16 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and regular digital May 14 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film is the highest-grossing theatrical film of the year, with more than $665.5 million at the global box office.

Dune: Part Two explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. 

Directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) from a screenplay he and Jon Spaihts wrote, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert, the film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Wonka, Call Me by Your Name), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, “Malcolm & Marie,” “Euphoria”), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Avengers: End Game, Milk), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Thor: Love and Thunder), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Hairspray), Léa Seydoux (the “James Bond” franchise and Crimes of the Future), Souheila Yacoub (The Braves, Climax), with Stellan Skarsgård (the “Mamma Mia!” films, Avengers: Age of Ultron), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, “Being the Ricardos”).

The Dune: Part Two premium digital purchase special features include:  

  • Filmbooks: House Corrino
  • Filmbooks: The Reverand Mother
  • Filmbooks: Water
  • Filmbooks: Lisan-al-Gaib
  • An Ensemble for the Ages
  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester Attack
  • Inside Dune: Gurney Hallaeck’s Revenge
  • Inside Dune: The Fight for the Imperial Throne

 

The Dune: Part Two 4K UHD and Blu-ray special features include:  

  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune

2014 Drama ‘American Sniper’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital May 14

American Sniper, the 2014 biographical war drama directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Disc and digital for the first time on May 14 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. 

The film stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter. The Navy SEAL is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. 

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The film also stars Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell. Eastwood directed American Sniper from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.

The American Sniper Ultra HD Blu-ray disc contains the following previously released special features:

  • “One Soldier’s Story: The Journey of American Sniper
  • “Chris Kyle: The Man Behind the Legend”
  • “Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy — The Heart of a Hero”
  • “Navy SEALs: In War and Peace”
  • “Bringing the War Home: The Cost of Heroism”
  • “The Making of American Sniper
  • “Guardian”

‘Ocean’s’ Trilogy Arrives on 4K Ultra HD April 30

Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy of crime heist films — Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen — will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digitally for the first time April 30 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Inspired by and based on the 1960 heist film Ocean’s 11, the three films are directed by Academy Award winner Soderbergh and feature ensemble casts including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison and Shaobo Qin.

The 4K remasters of Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) were completed at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) with the participation of Soderbergh. The restored 5.1 digital audio mix was overseen by original re-recording sound mixer and sound editor Larry Blake.

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The “Ocean’s” trilogy Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and digital contains the following previously released special features:

Ocean’s Eleven

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh and Ted Griffin
  • Commentary by Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia
  • “Are You In or Out? The Making of Ocean’s Eleven”
  • “Pros & Cons: Inside Ocean’s Outfit”
  • “The Style of Steal”
  • “The Look of the Con”
  • “Original Ocean’s, Original Cool”

 

Ocean’s Twelve

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh and George Nolfi
  • “Ready, Jet Set, Go: The Making of Ocean’s Twelve”
  • “HBO First Look: Twelve Is the New Eleven: The Making of Ocean’s Twelve”
  • deleted scenes

 

Ocean’s Thirteen

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh, Brian Koppelman and David Levien
  • “Third’s a Charm: The Making of Ocean’s Thirteen
  • “Ahab with a Piggyback: The Means & Machines of Ocean’s”
  • “Jerry Weintraub Walk and Talk”
  • “Masters of the Heist”
  • deleted scenes

Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’ Due in 4K Ultra HD on Disc and Digital April 23

The 2006 thriller The Departed from director Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas) will be available for purchase in 4K Ultra HD on disc and digital for the first time April 23 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese), Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street), Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, The Martian), Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets), and Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Boogie Nights), with Martin Sheen (television’s “The West Wing,” Apocalypse Now), Ray Winstone (That Summer, Nil by Mouth), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Alec Baldwin (The Cooler), Anthony Anderson (television’s “Black-ish,” Hustle & Flow), and James Badge Dale in supporting roles.

The screenplay is by Academy Award Winner William Monahan and is based on the 2002 Hong Kong action thriller Internal Affairs by Alan Mak and Felix Chong. 

In the thriller set in Boston, a long-simmering hostility between the police department and an Irish American gang led by Frank Costello is primed to explode. The fuse is lit when a gangster is chosen to infiltrate the police force, and a young cop goes undercover within the gang.  When the two moles uncover each other’s identity, the battle begins.

The 4K remaster of The Departed was completed at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) with the participation of the film’s Academy Award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator).

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Special features include “Guilt and Betrayal: Looking into The Departed” (new); “Stranger than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed”; “Crossing Criminal Cultures”; and nine deleted scenes with introductions by Scorsese. 

‘The Color Purple’ Debuting on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital Dec. 5

As part of the year-long celebration for the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros. Studio, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the period drama The Color Purple (1985) from Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan) on 4K Ultra HD disc and digital for the first time Dec. 5.

The film, based on Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, stars Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey in her film debut. It follows Southern Black woman Celie from 1909 to 1949 as she gradually gains self-respect and strives to educate herself and to find love — despite an abusive spouse and a society biased against her race and her sex.

The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Whoopi Goldberg), Best Supporting Actress (Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey), Best Screenplay — Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Original Score and Best Original Song. 

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The release includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version of the feature film in 4K with HDR and a digital download of the film. Extras on the disc include:

  • “Conversations with the Ancestors: The Color Purple from Book to Screen”
  • “A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting The Color Purple”
  • “Cultivating a Classic: The Making of The Color Purple”
  • “The Color Purple: The Musical”
  • teaser No. 1
  • teaser No. 2
  • the trailer

 

The digital release includes those extras plus “The Color Purple: A Bold New Take,” a featurette on the 2023 The Color Purple film.

Harrison Ford Action Thriller ‘The Fugitive’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Nov. 21

As part of the year-long centennial celebration for the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros., the 1993 action thriller The Fugitive will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Disc and digital for the first time on Nov. 21 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release, The Fugitive, from director Andrew Davis (A Perfect Murder, Holes), stars Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble and Tommy Lee Jones as Deputy U.S. Marshall Sam Gerard, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.  The film also stars Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas and Jeroen Krabbé.  

The film is based on the television series “The Fugitive,” which was created by Roy Huggins and ran from 1963 to 1967.

The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Score.

The 4K restoration of The Fugitive was completed at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) and was sourced from the original camera negative.  The restoration was overseen by director Andrew Davis.

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The Fugitive Ultra HD Blu-ray disc contains the following previously released special features:

  • Introduction by Andrew Davis and Harrison Ford
  • Commentary by Andrew Davis and Tommy Lee Jones
  • “The Fugitive: Thrill of the Chase”
  • “On the Run with the Fugitive”
  • “Derailed: Anatomy of a Train Wreck”
  • Theatrical Trailer

‘Barbie’ Due on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 17

The top box office film of the year, Barbie, will arrive for purchase on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 17 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

From Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig (Little Women, Lady Bird), Barbie — which has earned more than $1.43 billion at the global box office and is the highest grossing film in Warner Bros.’ history — stars Oscar-nominees Margot Robbie (Bombshell, I, Tonya) and Ryan Gosling (La La Land, Half Nelson) as Barbie and Ken. The film follows the iconic Mattel doll as she experiences an existential crisis.

The film also stars America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman and Will Ferrell.

Barbie is also available for digital ownership at home.

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The Barbie 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:  

  • “Welcome to Barbie Land” featurette
  • “Becoming Barbie” featurette
  • “Playing Dress-Up” featurette
  • “Musical Make-Believe” featurette
  • “All-Star Barbie Party” featurette
  • “It’s A Weird World” featurette

‘The Nun II’ Due on Premium Digital Oct. 3, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 14

The next chapter in “The Conjuring” universe, The Nun II from New Line Cinema, arrives for premium digital purchase (PEST, $24.99) and rental (PVOD, $19.99) Oct.3 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. The film will also be available to purchase on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and regular digital purchase on Nov. 14.

The film earned $206.2 million at the global box office.

In the film, in France in 1956, a priest is murdered, and an evil is spreading. The sequel follows Sister Irene as she once again comes face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun.

The film is directed by Michael Chaves (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It) and stars Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, and Bonnie Aarons, returning in their roles from the first film. It also stars Storm Reid and Anna Popplewell, surrounded by an ensemble cast of international talent.

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The release on PEST, 4K UHD and Blu-ray Disc includes the featurettes “Demons in Paradise” and “Handcrafter Nightmares.”