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Fox sets The Post for BD/4K on 4/17, plus Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed & Russ Solomon RIP

March 6, 2018 - 11:58 am   |   by
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We begin today with the usual bit of site business here, which includes a trio of new disc reviews...

Tim has checked out Umbrella Entertainment’s region free Blu-ray of The Land That Time Forgot (1975) and I’ve turned in my thoughts on 20th Century Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Murder on the Orient Express (2017) in 4K Ultra HD. All three titles are work a look, and Murder on the Orient Express is straight-up 4K demo material if you’re looking for such. Watch for my review of Sony’s The Dark Crystal in 4K soon as well.

Also here at the site today, our own Michael Coate has just posted a new History, Legacy & Showmanship retrospective featuring a 55th anniversary celebration of NBC’s classic TV series Mr. Novak. Michael is joined by author and historian Chuck Harter and their discussion is worth your time [Read on here...]

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The big announcement news today is that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just announced The Post for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 4/17, with the Digital release expected on 4/3. Extras on the Blu-ray editions will include 5 featurettes (Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post, Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post, The Style Section: Re-Creating an Era, Stop the Presses: Filming The Post, and Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post). The Blu-ray and 4K editions will both feature English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, with HDR10 high dynamic range. The good news is that this title was shot on Super 35 and finished to a 4K DI, so it should look great on UHD. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below.

Also today, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set Fifty Shades Freed for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/8, with the Digital release expected on 4/24. Extras will include a deleted scene, the 9-part The Final Climax documentary, 2 featurettes (Christian & Ana by Jamie & Dakota and An Intimate Conversation with EL James and Eric Johnson), and 3 music videos. Audio will be DTS:X on Blu-ray and 4K. Look for HDR10 on the 4K release.

In regular Blu-ray news, Lionsgate has set Backstabbing for Beginners for Blu-ray, DVD and Digital release on 4/24.

Kino Lorber has announced that they’re working on a Studio Classics Blu-ray and DVD release of Lisbon (1956). Street date is TBA. They’re also working on an uncut BD and DVD release of Seven (1979) that’s TBA for May. And Kino Classics will release Legend of the Mountain (1979) on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/1.

And for you UK readers, Eureka! will release Breakheart Pass (1975) on Blu-ray on 5/14.

Also, Time Life has just set Laugh-In: The Complete Third Season for DVD release on 3/20 (SRP $39.95). It will be a 7-disc set with all 26 episode plus extras too.

Finally today, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of music industry icon Russ Solomon, who founded Tower Records in Sacramento, CA way back in 1960. Whole generations of music and packaged media fans owe him an enormous debt. Russ was 92. If you get the chance, be sure to check out Colin Hanks’ wonderful 2015 documentary All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records. It will warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye. In the meantime, you can read more on his passing here at Rolling Stone. If there’s an afterlife, it damn well ought to have the Record Store at the End of the Universe in it. Thanks for everything, Russ.

All right, we’ll leave you with more 4K cover artwork, including The Post. Click the cover art to pre-order these titles on Amazon.com if available (we will add new pre-order links as they go live)...

The Post (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) 2001: A Space Odyssey (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Braveheart (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Jurassic Park: 25th Anniversary Collection (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Gladiator (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Grease: 40th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) The Greatest Showman (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) The Patriot (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

The Commuter (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Knowing (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Stay tuned...

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