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Three Universal Catalog Titles in May

Posted February 22, 2013 12:45 AM by Webmaster

Universal 100thUniversal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of three catalog titles this May: Babe: Pig in the City, Jesus Christ Superstar and In the Name of the Father. Each title is available for pre-order and streets on May 7th.

Babe: Pig in the City

Synopsis: Babe (voiced by E.G. Daily), fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm. But when Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save his home. Accompanied by Ferdy (Danny Mann) and Mrs. Hoggett (Magda Szubanski), Babe sets out into a large city and, despite incredible obstacles, turns enemies into friends, raises enough money to save the farm and combines two worlds into one. Babe's kind and steady heart once again achieves miracles in this fun-filled sequel to the original Babe.

    The Blu-ray release of Babe: Pig in the City features a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track and My Scenes Bookmarking. No additional extras are included.
Jesus Christ Superstar

Synopsis: The bold interpretation of the hit rock opera and Broadway smash from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of Christ's (Ted Neeley) final weeks in a series of dazzling songs, images and music. Nominated for the Best Music Adaptation Academy Award, producer-director Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof) offers a groundbreaking vision and unforgettable songs shot entirely on location in Israel.

    The 40th Anniversary release of Jesus Christ Superstar features a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo track and two extras:

    • Feature Commentary with director Norman Jewison and actor Ted Neeley
    • Exclusive interview with lyricist Tim Rice
In the Name of the Father

Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, In the Name of the Father tells the riveting true story of one man's 15-year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice. Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis gives an impassioned performance as Gerry Conlon, a petty thief in 1970s London who is forced to confess to a savage terrorist bombing that he did not commit. When he and his father (Pete Postlethwaite) are both sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the "Guildford Four," he finds a fiercely dedicated lawyer (Emma Thompson) to help prove his innocence, clear his father's name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.

    In the Name of the Father features a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track and My Scenes Bookmarking. No additional extras are included.



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News comments (36 comments)


Anthrowolf
 - Feb 22, 2013

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In The Name of the Father and Jesus Christ Superstar are must haves for me

WJWS Channel 13:Amity
 - Feb 22, 2013

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well I guess 3 titles are better than nothing

Ken Brown
 - Feb 22, 2013

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@WJWS: I'm sure there will be more catalog titles announced in the coming weeks

Shadoe555
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Oh Happy Day! In The Name Of The Father shattered me in the theater when I saw it, and killed me again on Laserdisc, then DVD. No problem with the quad-dip... I'll keep buying this film on every advancing format 'til the cows come home. It's just plain and obvious proof that Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most absurdly gifted actors ever to find his way onto a film screen. Can't wait!

Oblivion138
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Please, Universal...DO NOT screw up the transfer for In the Name of the Father.

metriclove
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Love JCS - great music and very cool story (I've seen the play 5 times and own the DVD)
Babe - fun for my two young boys
In The Name of the Father - Incredible movie, incredible acting, but very depressing to me and not sure how many repeat viewings it would get. (It almost falls in the Schindler's List or American History X category - incredible but, don't want to see it many times.)

trip66
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Can't wait for In The Name Of The Father. All the dvd releases were bare bones, so suspected the Blu would be the same. Too bad Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day-Lewis couldn't come back for some new interviews. Day-Lewis gave some great new interviews on the Last Of The Mohicans blu, but I guess Universal didn't want to finance any features for the new release. It doesn't matter anyway, the film stands on its own, such an amazing film!

ejo13
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Yawn...........................................

Hussun1
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Just released Midnight Run already. It is the movies 25th anniversary.

Darth Marcus
 - Feb 22, 2013

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In the Name of the Father! Please, please don't let it be a dnr'ed mess!

AlpsStranger
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Babe: Pig in the City is a fantastic movie with really cool visuals. It's George Miller who made Mad Max afterall. It even has a nice nod to Beyond Thunderdome in its climax. If the transfer is given the respect it deserves, this will definitely be worth the upgrade for me.

BobbyB
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Someday before I die Universal will actually release Twins & Kindergarten Cop on Blu-Ray! I don't know why they continually ignore poor Arnold. Twins never even got a widescreen DVD, for Christ's sake!

Good news on Babe and In the Name of the Father, though.

Adam_ME
 - Feb 22, 2013

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I imported Babe 2 from the UK a couple years ago, but In the Name of the Father is a title I'll definitely pick. Only saw it once in the theater nearly 20 years ago, but I remember loving it.

mvfragnito
 - Feb 22, 2013

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In the Name of the Father day one for me.

I hope The Boxer is not far behind...

More Daniel Day Lewis on Blu Ray is a great thing!

reidw
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Nothing funnier than Jesus Christ Superstar with its naive 60's vibes. Good music, songs and some good singing but some of the most out of step choreography ever to appear in a movie musical. Jewison in some ways is like Hooper with Les Miserables. A director out of his element who made a good movie but not a real musical.

tru blu
 - Feb 22, 2013

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La La La. I do enjoys Babe.
In The Name Of The Father is a must own.

Tom Servo
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Blind buy for In the Name of the father, anything with DDL has to be gold.

hotFstop
 - Feb 22, 2013

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I was hoping they would re-examine the audio for JCS. It's a great soundtrack, but has had various quality issues on cd or dvd releases. I thought we might see a 5.1 as well as a 2.0 option. I hope the audio is given its due in this release.

Born2BeBlu
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Universal, with the recent raiding of your vaults for catalog title releases - when will we finally see the restored, extended 1941 on Blu-ray???

filmczy
 - Feb 22, 2013

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JCS will be DNR'd....unless, of course, Jesus is overseeing the transfer...

erlinmeyer
 - Feb 22, 2013

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JC Superstar to update another Laserdisc...slowly be surely most will be put out.

Holmes
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Yes! I have long hoped for an In the Name of the Father Blu-ray. Amazing film. Jim Sheridan is among my favorite directors.

MoulinBlu
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Nothing against these three, but I really wish Universal would get with it, when it comes to their catalog. I'm beginning to worry the format might be dead before I get to see Brotherhood of the Wolf (extended), Slither, etc, etc, etc, etc... again. DVD is NOT an option.

nathanp
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Great news, I'll be getting In the Name of the Father!

nocomments87
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Sadly, I have no hope for Universal...so it'll be the usual DNR and/or EE fest. It's a shame, cause they are definitely capable of putting out excellent products when they put the effort. Keep my expectations very low, I suppose...

dannalexcon
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Hoping that Universal will use a new master for In The Name Of The Father. And please, use minimal digital tweaking.

Retroj23
 - Feb 22, 2013

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BobbyB:

There actually is an anamorphic DVD release of Twins with the theatrical 1:85 aspect ratio but it is part of an Arnold Swartzenneger Comedy Collection. Both Twins and Kindergarten Cop have the OAR.

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Arnold-Schwarzenegger-Favorites-Collection-Kindergarten/dp/B000RJO56E/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1361564512&sr=1-2&keywords=twins

I really do hope Universal releases these on Blu this year.

Wdm81
 - Feb 22, 2013

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I might pick up Babe 2. I never saw it but I love the first film

Peter McM
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Definitely JCS, if they do it right.

dobyblue
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Seconded, thirded, etc - Please, Universal...DO NOT screw up the transfer for In the Name of the Father.

How I wish this was a Criterion title.

reidw
 - Feb 22, 2013

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Criterion also does not always get it right these days but I agree with those who are hoping for a superb In The Name Of The Father. One of the best movies about the struggle for freedom ever made.

WJWS Channel 13:Amity
 - Feb 22, 2013

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BobbyB Twins most likely is being saved for bluray release to be a tie in for Triplets, next year.

Blu Balls
 - Feb 23, 2013

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JC Superstar? They should release Weird Science! I have never seen In The Name of the Father so that might be something worth checking out.

kdo
 - Feb 23, 2013

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Way to go Universal! I can't wait to own all three ...There's smart marketing for ya ...I'd imagine each of those titles ought to sell about 10-15 copies each...

CF FilmFan
 - Feb 23, 2013

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JCS, day one

Crimson King
 - Feb 25, 2013

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While I'm glad that JCS is coming out on blu, they could have easily gotten new interviews with Neeley, Jewison, etc for a 40th Ann retrospective doc of some kind.


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