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For the week of October 21st, Starz and Anchor Bay are bringing the dystopian thriller Snowpiercer to Blu-ray. Other titles include Universal's similarly themed dystopian chiller The Purge: Anarchy, Sony's release of Jake Kasdan's disappointing comedy Sex Tape, and Lionsgate's Part 1 edition of Mad Men: The Final Season.
The Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in January: On January 6th, it will release Kihachi Okamoto's Sword of Doom (1966). On January 13th, it will release Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. On January 20th, it will release Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg (2007) and Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story. And on January 27th, it will release Lucrecia Martel's La ciénaga.
Olive Films' Blu-ray release of Dragonfly Squadron, which streets today (October 14),
represents an interesting new development in the restoration of 3D films in the high
definition era. Instead of a studio doing its own (often very expensive) restoration, the
team at 3-D Archive, including Robert Furmanek and Greg Kintz, undertook this project
themselves at a significant cost savings, hopefully opening the floodgates for a bevy of still
unreleased 3D product from the brief but exciting heyday of the format in the 1950s. Blu-
ray.com staff reviewer Jeffrey Kauffman interviewed 3-D Archive's Greg Kintz, Technical Director at 3-D
Archive, about the Dragonfly Squadron restoration and 3-D Archive itself.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced and detailed the Blu-ray release of Justified: The Complete Fifth Season, starring Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Damon Herriman, Michael Rapaport, Joelle Carter, Nick Searcy, Jere Burns, Jacob Pitts and Erica Tazel. The critically acclaimed series fifth season arrives on December 2nd.
The British Film Institute has provided us with a brand new trailer for the UK theatrical re-release of director Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The will return to cinemas across the country on November 28th.
Walt Disney Home Entertainment has provided the final technical details for its upcoming Blu-ray releases of The Wind Rises, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke. The three releases will be available for purchase on November 18th.
The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Phillip Noyce's latest film The Giver (2014), starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, and Meryl Streep. The release will be available for purchase on November 25th.
Blu-ray.com and Well Go USA are offering five members a chance to win a copy of
Kundo. This South Korean historical epic combines martial arts and a Robin Hood
like story with stylistic elements culled from filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Sergio
Leone. Kundo streets October 21.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray director Craig Johnson's drama The Skeleton Twins (2014), starring Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, and Joanna Gleason. The release will be available for purchase on December 16th.
French label ARP Sélection will release on Blu-ray director François Dupeyron's film The Officers' Ward a.k.a. La chambre des officiers (2001), starring Éric Caravaca, Denis Podalydès, Grégori Derangère, Sabine Azéma, and André Dussollier.
The Cohen Media Gorup has sent us the official trailer for Oscar winning director Chuck Workman's new film Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. The film premiered at the Telluride Festival earlier this month.
Saxon, one of worldwide most loved, respected and heard Heavy Metal heroes, continue their detailed documentation of life on the road with Saxon: Warriors of the Road - The Saxon Chronicles Part II, to be released worldwide on October 24th 2014 and featuring extensive coverage of their 2013 appearance at the UK's Steelhouse Festival plus full-sets from the Wacken and Download festivals in 2012 and Graspop in 2013.
Independent U.S. distributors Cinema Epoch will release on Blu-ray Amir Shervan's film Samurai Cop (1991), starring Robert Z'Dar, Matt Hannon, Jannis Farley, Melissa Moore, and Gerald Okamura. The release will be available for purchase on November 25th.
Warner Brothers UK has detailed its upcoming New Diamond Luxe Editions of Gone With the Wind (1939), Gremlins (1984), and Batman (1989). The three releases will be available for purchase this November.
British distributors New Eave Films have sent us a trailer for Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film Winter Sleep (2014), starring Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, and Demet Akbag. The film will open in cinemas across the United Kingdom on November 21.
The British Film Institute has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Dual Format Edition of Val Guest's The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), starring Edward Judd, Janet Munro, and Leo McKern. The release will be available for purchase on November 17th.
Scream Factory, the horror-thriller offshoot of independent film distributor Shout Factory, has revealed that it plans to bring to Blu-ray director Stuart Gordon's film Robot Jox (1989), starring Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Ian Patrick Williams, and Paul Koslo. The release is expected to arrive on the market in Summer 2015.
Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm, has announced and detailed the Blu-ray release of Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo, starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. The 2-disc release of the romantic fantasy includes both the director's and extended cuts of the film, and arrives on Blu-ray on November 11th.
Blu-ray.com and Cinedigm are offering one member a chance to win a copy of A Letter to
Momo. This charming animated film details the story of Momo, a young girl forced to
move to a new town where she finds herself an unwitting caretaker of three mischievous
spirits. A Letter to Momo streets October 21.
Amazon's Blu-ray Deal of the Week affects selected horror-thriller titles from Warner, Universal, and Fox/MGM Home Entertainment. The twenty-one sale items include both the Alfred Hitchcock: Classic Collection and the Alfred Hitchcock: Masterpiece Collection, Chucky: The Complete Collection, and the Omen Collection<. Through October 25th, Amazon is offering each Blu-ray for 45% - 75% off its standard MSRP.
StudioCanal have sent us a brand new featurette for director Paul King's highly anticipated film Paddington (2014), starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. The film is set to open in cinemas across the United Kingdom on November 28th.
French distributors TF1 are set to introduce on the worldwide market restored 2K DCP copies of twelve early films directed by acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. Amongst them are Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Flower of My Secret, High Heels, Kika, and Law of Desire.