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The Last Unicorn, Memento 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Announced

Posted December 2, 2010 05:09 AM by Juan Calonge

Lionsgate FilmsLionsgate Home Entertainment has announced two catalog titles for Blu-ray release on February 22, 2011: the 1982 animated film The Last Unicorn (in a BD/DVD combo pack) and Memento: 10th Anniversary Edition, with an all-new high definition transfer, approved by director Christopher Nolan.

The Last Unicorn

This movie, based on a best-selling fantasy novel by Peter S. Beagle, was produced by Rankin/Bass and animated by the Japanese studio Topcraft, many of whose members later joined Studio Ghibli.

Special features include:
  • Audio commentary with writer Peter S. Beagle and publisher Connor Cochran (new)
  • The Tail of the Last Unicorn
  • Game: Escape the Red Bull
  • Schmendrick's Magical Gallery
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Making-of featurette (new)
  • Art contest gallery (new)
Memento

This psychological thriller, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, had been one of the first Blu-ray releases from Sony Pictures. Earlier this year (see Blu-ray.com, May 12), Lionsgate had announced that it had become the exclusive home entertainment distributor for Newmarket Films, including a large majority of the studio's library - especially Memento.

Special features will include:
  • Audio commentary with Christopher Nolan
  • New featurette with Nolan discussing the legacy of the film
  • Director's script
  • Original short story Memento
  • Anatomy of a Scene



Source: Home Theater Forum | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (39 comments)


tbizzle
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Memento!

mishal
 - Dec 02, 2010

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OH COME ON!!! I already own Memento. Let's hope the new transfer sucks so that I don't have to double dip

nitin
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Memento better have a good transfer

Kristian Idol
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Really, ya list Unicorn before Memento? Memento is a great, intelligent-yet-cool film that marked Nolan as someone to watch. Now, as long as they don't hide the extras in the god-awful fashion of the Special Edition.

-jonny-
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Fixing transfers they got wrong the first time is a good thing.

tru blu
 - Dec 02, 2010

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The Last Unicorn is still one of my all time favorites. Was thinking the other day I would love a Blu-ray release. Amazing!!

tridon
 - Dec 02, 2010

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As if I just bought The Last Unicorn on DVD. I would've totally waited if I thought there was an actual chance of it being released on BD. I just bought the Memento Steelbook, too. I think I'm happy with that, too. Everyone's trying to cash in on Nolan right now.

wossman
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Seriously?! I just snagged the Canadian SteelBook release! :-(

Sure the SteelBook is cool (in fact it's very cool - each letter of the title is embossed with a soft smooth glossy finish that stands out over the slick matte brushed metal texture on the rest of the cover) - but I'm not gonna stare at the case for 2 hours. Transfer quality trumps packaging in a case like this. If only I'd waited!

bboisvert
 - Dec 02, 2010

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In for The Last Unicorn. Great news!

Adam_ME
 - Dec 02, 2010

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I hope they include the chronological version of Memento on there. Then I can ditch the UK Blu-ray.

Wdm81
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Memento will be mine!

I really hope it carries over the DVD easter egg of watching the film in chronological order, any fan of the movie (or movies in general) deserves to deconstruct the film at least once that way to fully understand Nolan's genious

dmarvin
 - Dec 02, 2010

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I hope Memento is a considerable upgrade!

Ator the Invincible
 - Dec 02, 2010

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I knew there'd be a new Memento transfer eventually, but it seemed to be taking forever. So I figured I'd help speed up the announcement and went and bought the older version. And BAM! They announce the new one. You're welcome everybody. I do what I can

JMCurtis
 - Dec 02, 2010

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I'll most likely sell off my DVD of The Last Unicorn to a friend and get the BD.

aggienader08
 - Dec 02, 2010

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If that Memento 10th Anniversary doesn't get a remastering with DTS-HD MA, then...well...that'd be really stupid.

Lordy
 - Dec 02, 2010

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A new Memento BD? Really? I have the first one and I don't remember it being bad. How much detail could we really be missing? Help me out here....

fdm
 - Dec 02, 2010

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lionsgate = dts hd ma.

Although honestly I've really liked the Sony LPCM titles I've heard. A lot.

thdeanmachine
 - Dec 02, 2010

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glad I have waited on Memento

F13BluRay
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Why is Lionsgate releasing Memento? I thought it was Sony

HeartPalmeiras
 - Dec 02, 2010

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getting both: Memento for sure after a review. never seen the Last Unicorn but have heard great things.

paul_66
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Glad I waited on getting this from a separate seller, since Amazon and hardly anybody else has had it available.

F13BluRay - I believe the answer to your question is that Sony lost their rights to Lionsgate or something. I'm not exactly sure myself, but I'm pretty sure it's somewhere along those lines, because it hasn't been available on Amazon except by individual sellers. At least since I've recently checked.

Even though, I think a Nolan-approved transfer and a commentary by the director would be worth the double-dip. Especially since the original transfer supposedly wasn't very strong (because I haven't had a thorough viewing myself). I wonder if Nolan would push for new transfers for Batman Begins and perhaps The Dark Knight? I don't suppose those are director-approved? If I was Nolan, I would want very strong transfers for all my films. But it's nice to know Inception's supposedly gotten a strong transfer and Insomnia has one too. I need to check into that one.

However, I'll be waiting for a review for this new transfer. I'm also a little anxious to add the film to my collection. Nolan, lately has stood out in my mind as the best filmmaker of our present time, who can continually deliver great films. Here's waiting to see how The Dark Knight Rises turns out and what he'll do afterwards.

indy7solo
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Where are all the aweseome special features and menu mazes from the amazing Collector's Edition DVD?

bboisvert
 - Dec 02, 2010

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"A new Memento BD? Really? I have the first one and I don't remember it being bad. How much detail could we really be missing? Help me out here.... "

A new company (Lionsgate) now owns the distribution rights. So the old (Sony) one is OOP and they're just putting out their own version. It may (or may not) be an improvement.

trystero
 - Dec 02, 2010

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I do hope they'll fix the color-timing glitch from the current _Memento_ BD - there's one shot where the first few frames incorrectly retain the color timing from the previous shot, and then suddenly the correct colors "pop" into place.

The Collector's Edition DVD had the same error, but the original DVD did not, so it's definitely transfer-related.

Regardless, I will almost certainly be buying the re-issue. :-)

Alkaline
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Adam - The chronological version is on the UK disc as an easter egg:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/13157222-post12.html

insomniac013
 - Dec 02, 2010

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@Adam - I think he was asking if 'this' release included the chronological one.

Then again, maybe it's easter egg on here too!

I'm waiting for a review of this before i get either version. If the New Featurette is just a 5-minute interview, then i'll go with the UK Fox release which sounds pretty sweet and includes everything from the 3-disc set.

RAZGRIZ-1
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Glad I've waited on Momento! I've never seen it but I enjoy Nolan's other works.

JTStarkiller
 - Dec 02, 2010

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I love Memento, but I refuse to watch the chronological version of the film on the 2 disc DVD. Seems like it goes against the whole idea of the film.

Jokerfilms22
 - Dec 02, 2010

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I was going to buy Memento this week, but now I can wait for this...

AlienHeadBoy
 - Dec 02, 2010

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I've been waiting since Blu-rays first came out...hoping that The Last Unicorn would released
I'll definately be buying this on day one...One of my all time favorite animated films...this one has the best soundtrack ever...I still listen to the songs on my ipod all the time.

BluPix
 - Dec 02, 2010

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This would be the fifth time I've bought memento on home video. standard dvd, special edition dvd, standard blu-ray, steelbook blu-ray and 10th anniversary blu-ray. my concern, however, is that given the significance and popularity of this film (and the number of times it has been released on home video) there should be more special features/extras.

Minimejer05
 - Dec 02, 2010

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Might be double dipping on Memento.

Fan_Of_Gaming
 - Dec 02, 2010

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will be buying this to replace the current disc in my steelbook

MikeScott
 - Dec 03, 2010

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I've always wanted to see THE LAST UNICORN. If it's cheap I may blind buy it.

javir
 - Dec 03, 2010

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The last unicorn is a pleasent bd release surprise, i'll get that. what ever happen to the remake, i was so exited because i think christopher lee was involved. as for memento, one of my favorite nolan films.

halimali
 - Dec 03, 2010

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I have the DVD of The Last Unicorn so I will upgrade for sure

DjMethod
 - Dec 03, 2010

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I passed on Memento so many times. Didn't think it would actually pay off in the end but it did!

RiffFan924
 - Dec 03, 2010

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Memento's my favorite movie of all-time and I've been avoiding that first Blu-ray release, I was even considering giving in to buying it for a cheap price last night online but, I'm glad I held off on that.

Turtleheart
 - Dec 03, 2010

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And this when I've just this evening decided to get round to watching the Last Unicorn DVD that I got last December… I should do that with more things I'd like to get a BD release. ;-P

But best of all about this is the involvement of Beagle and Cochran in the extras, which I hope shows that they and Lionsgate have finally settled on a solution to their feud over Beagle not earning royalties from his most famous creation. That said, I'm reluctant to support people that I've now learnt have acquired several of the, in their words, "only a handful" of 35 mm prints still existing only to cut apart the majority of them to sell the frames… (>_>) If parts of them were badly damaged this would a be perfectly fine way of making use of the parts that aren't; not if it's limiting people from seeing a screenable print projected, as it was intended to be. But to get back to the positive: a BD release is either way still welcome!


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