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REVIEW: Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition
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REVIEW: Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition

Batman: The Long Halloween has been embraced as a superb Batman tale, a solid mystery story, and a superlative effort from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. It has remained in print since its arrival in 1996-97. Warner Animation tackled this in 2021, releasing it in two parts, which I liked when I reviewed them here and here.

The parts have now been sewn together into a far more satisfying single volume, upgraded to 4k Ultra HD, which incrementally enhances the overall enjoyment.

The 13-part story is set early in Batman’s career, with Loeb plumbing the Gotham underworld as established by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli in Batman: Year One. Interfering in Carmine “The Roman” Falcone’s (Titus Welliver) gang operations is the arrival of the Holiday Killer. Tracking him with little effect over the course of a year are Batman (Jensen Ackles) and his grudging allies Captain James Gordon (Billy Burke) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Josh Duhamel).

The trail pits the newly minted Dark Knight against his familiar rogue’s gallery with the addition of Solomon Grundy. Along the way, we see Falcone deal with his adult children with varying degrees of success counterpointed by Dent’s strained marriage with his unhappy wife Gilda (Julie Nathanson), and Gordon’s fraying homelife.

The adaptation is one of the more successful ones from the studio and edited together, is stronger. The 2160p is marginally better than the Blu-ray, even with the HDR10 enhancement added. There appear to be numerous banding and compression issues here and in the combined Blu-ray version, also included.

The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix for both 4K and Blu-ray are perfectly fine, though unexceptional.

The 4K, Blu-ray, Digital HD code combo pack offers one new 4K featurette: The Long Halloween: Evolution of Evil (24:56) with Loeb, screenwriter Tim Sheridan, producers Jim Krieg and Butch Lukic, and others.

The Blupray repurposes older features including

BLU-RAY DISC

The Long Halloween: Evolution of Evil (24:56)

From the Vault – Batman: The Animated Series: “Christmas With The Joker”, “It’s Never Too Late”, “Two-Face – Part One”, and “Two-Face – Part Two”.

Bottom line: if you don’t have this yet, buy this version for an all-in-one experience. If you have the two parts already, there is nothing to compel you to upgrade.

Hot Ghosts: Season One Haunts Homes in November
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Hot Ghosts: Season One Haunts Homes in November

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Everything you love about the silly and the supernatural comes together when Ghosts: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ +Digital and DVD November 22 from Lionsgate. This CBS produced comedy is adapted and developed from a UK series by producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (TV’s “New Girl” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast of fresh faces and quick-witted writing, this hilarious series has a favorite ghost for everyone! The hit comedy that CBS calls “the number-one most-watched comedy this season,” Ghosts: Season One will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 for Blu-ray + Digital, and $29.98 for DVD.
 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Freelance writer Samantha (Rose McIver) and aspiring chef Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) throw both caution and money to the wind to leave NYC and convert a rundown country estate they inherited into a bed & breakfast — only to find that it’s inhabited by a close-knit, eclectic group of spirits of deceased former residents! Adding to the supernatural surprises, Samantha discovers that she can see and hear ghosts everywhere, including those with whom she now shares a home. Old-school haunting and oddball humor fuel this sharp-witted, quirky comedy series that gives new meaning to the real estate phrase, “It’s got great bones.”
 
CAST
Rose McIver The Lovely Bones, Woke, iZombie
Utkarsh Ambudkar Brittany Runs a Marathon, Blindspotting, Free Guy
Richie Moriarty What We Do in the Shadows, Orange Is the New Black
Sheila Carrasco The Good Place, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
Brandon Scott Jones Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Good Place, The Other Two
Danielle Pinnock Young Sheldon, This Is Us, Tell It Like a Woman
Rebecca Wisocky Devious Maids, The Mentalist, Hello, My Name Is Doris
Asher Grodman Law and Order, House of Cards, Succession
Román Zaragoza Stumptown, Austin and Ally, Those Who Can’t
Devan Chandler Long  NCIS, Bosch, Doom Patrol, The Rookie

Tarantino’s First: Reservoir Dogs gets 4K Steelbook
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Tarantino’s First: Reservoir Dogs gets 4K Steelbook

Genre:                                     Drama, Crime

Rating:                                    R

On 4K Ultra HD:                      November 15, 2022

Running Time:                       100 minutes

Cast:                                        Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn, Edward Bunker, Kirk Baltz, Quentin Tarantino, and Lawrence Tierney

Written by:                             Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary

Directed by:                            Quentin Tarantino

Produced by:                          Lawrence Bender

Executive Producers:              Richard H. Gladstein, Monte Hellman, Ronna B. Wallace

Co-Producer:                          Harvey Keitel

Director of Photography:       Andrzej Sekula

Production Designer:             David Wasco

Edited by:                               Sally Menke

Casting by:                              Ronnie Yeskel

Costume Designer:                 Betsy Heimann

SYNOPSIS: 

Frenzied, soaked in blood, and featuring gangsters both ruthless and engaging (who debate the deeper meanings of “Like a Virgin”), Reservoir Dogs — Quentin Tarantino’s debut film about a heist gone horribly wrong — attained iconic cult status upon its release in 1992, and launched the career of a director whose singular vision has influenced a generation of filmmakers. To celebrate the movie’s 30th anniversary, the cocked-and-loaded world of Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), and their ’90s-cool cohorts makes its swaggering return in razor-sharp 4K.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 1991

Title Copyright: Reservoir Dogs © 1991 Dog Eat Dog Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Catalog Re-Release

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English, Spanish; English SDH

Blu-ray Format: 16×9 (2.35:1), 1080P 23.98 High Definition

4K Format: 16×9 (2.35:1), 2160P High Definition

Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby TrueHD), Spanish 2.0 (Dolby Digital)

4K Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby TrueHD), Spanish 2.0 (Dolby Digital)

4K + BD SRP: $22.99

SteelBook SRP: $27.99

Blu-ray Special Features: 

  1. Deleted Scenes
  2. “Playing it Fast and Loose” Featurette
  3. “Profiling Res Dogs” Featurette
Westworld Season 4 Comes to Disc in November
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Westworld Season 4 Comes to Disc in November

BURBANK, CA (September 28, 2022) – The Emmy® winning HBO original drama series continues to captivate fans and critics alike with every season of Westworld certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, the dark odyssey about the fate of sentient life on earth continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment gets set to release Westworld: Season 4 – The Choice on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD on November 29, 2022. Featuring all eight episodes plus an exclusive never-before-seen featurette. Westworld: Season 4 – The Choice is prices to own at $44.99 SRP for the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, $34.99 SRP ($39.99 in Canada) for the Blu-ray and $29.99 SRP ($34.99 in Canada) for the DVD. Digital copies are included with the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray sets in the US only. Westworld: Season 4 – The Choice is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

The fourth season picks up over seven years after the protracted war between A.I. hosts and sentient humans – humanity is finally free. Or so it seems. Maeve and Caleb soon begin to suspect that Hale and a host version of The Man in Black are seeding a conspiracy to regain control of the human race. Meanwhile, Bernard returns from The Sublime with a new power. And a young writer, by the name of Christina, begins to question the nature of her reality. Westworld continues to thrill as it deftly weaves together stories about the complicated relationship between man and machine. 

Westworld: Season 4 – The Choice features returning cast members including Emmy® and Golden Globe Nominated actor Evan Rachel Wood, Emmy® winner Thandiwe Newton, Oscar® Winner Ed Harris, Emmy® Winner Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Emmy® Winner Aaron Paul, Luke Hemsworth and Angela Sarafyan. Additional cast this season includes Oscar® Winner Ariana DeBose, Aurora Perrineau, and Daniel Wu.

Westworld was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with Alison Schapker, Denise Thé, J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis, and Ben Stephenson. Production companies: Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

8 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. The Auguries
  2. Well Enough Alone
  3. Années Folles
  4. Generation Loss
  5. Zhuangzi
  6. Fidelity
  7. Metanoia
  8. Que Será, Será

BONUS FEATURES

  • Westworld on the Road (Exclusive to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Westworld: An Exploration of Humanity (Exclusive to Home Entertainment)
  • Westworld’s Temperance: A Set Tour
  • Creating Westworld’s Reality Episodes 1-8

BASICS

Street Date: November 29, 2022

Order Due Date: October 25, 2022

4K UHD, BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx. 480 min.

Enhanced Content: Approx. 79 min.

DVD

Price: $29.99 SRP US / $34.99 SRP Canada

3 Discs (3 DVD-9s)

DVD Audio: English 5.1

Subtitles: English

BLU-RAY

Price: $34.99 SRP US / $39.99 SRP Canada (No Digital Copy)

3 Discs (2 BD-50s)

BD Audio: English 5.1

Subtitles: English

4K ULTRA HD

Price: $44.99 SRP US / $49.99 SRP Canada (No Digital Copy)

3 Discs

4K UHD Audio: English 5.1

Subtitles: English

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
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The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

Morgan Kwon knows exactly how her life is going to go. She’s going to get through highschool, being exactly the person she seems to be now, with exactly the same friends, and then she is going to get off Wilneff Island forever, go to some big city, and begin her real life as the person she really is. All she has to do is keep everything packed up in the right boxes until then, and everything will be fine.

Narrator: everything will not be fine

Morgan is at the center of Molly Knox Ostertag’s mid-grade graphic novel The Girl from the Sea , and I think every reader – even those on the young and thoughtless end of that age-band – will sense that Morgan protests too much, that she can’t keep all of the boxes separate. Her parents have already separated when the story starts, so that’s one box broken up…and that, of course, is the point: she’s trying to control the things she thinks she can control, because something so central to her life was just totally uncontrolled.

In the opening pages of Girl from the Sea, Morgan slips on some rocks and nearly drowns. She’s saved by what she thinks is a cute girl, Keltie. And, if we readers are paying attention, we notice one very big box that she’s trying to keep separate and closed: that she likes girls. She thinks that’s got to stay hidden until she gets away, that it can only be a piece of her eventual adult life.

But Keltie is not just a cute girl: she’s something more special, and already loves Morgan. She’s loud and pushy and wants things and can show Morgan different ways of viewing and living her life.

Some of that is a metaphor for coming out. But a lot of it is literal: Keltie is a selkie, transformed from seal to girl, and with a lot of the traditional folkloric issues. (Ostertag plays a bit with reader expectations for some of these, I think, especially Keltie’s skin, but she’s not retelling any specific story or doing the usual folkloric stuff here.)

So: this is a story about whether Morgan will let herself unbend, if she will let herself break through her own boxes and be the person she actually is right now. And what will happen along the way: do her friends and family react the way she fears they will?

Oh, and Keltie has something pretty important she needs to do, too – she’s not in human form for nothing. Oh, sure, she’s crazy about Morgan, too – that definitely is part of it – but she has a mission for her people as well, and that’s not optional.

I liked Girl from the Sea better than Ostertag’s Witch Boy  books – those were fine, but had a slight whiff of formula about them, a sense that they were Teaching Lessons and Being Good Models and all that. Girl from the Sea feels more personal and specific, tied to a specific place Ostertag knows well and centered in a deep but new relationship. I also like the way it implies conflicts that never happen – there are things that are huge in Morgan’s head but don’t really exist in the real world. It’s still very much a book for younger readers, so people even more cynical and world-weary than me might find it too too, but it’s the kind of book I love to see for young readers, the kind that tells them they can be exactly the people they really are and that they have good, loving places in the world that they just need to find or make.

That may not always be true, in the actual real world. But it’s an important story, and it needs to be said as often as possible.

Reposted from The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

Must See Peacemaker Comes to Disc in November
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Must See Peacemaker Comes to Disc in November

BURBANK, CA (September 29, 2022) – John Cena returns as DC’s Peacemaker when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings Peacemaker: The Complete First Season to Blu-rayTM and DVD November 22, 2022. The release includes all 8 episodes from the exciting first season of the HBO Max original series, as well as two all-new featurettes. Peacemaker: The Complete First Season is available to own for $24.98 SRP on DVD and $29.98 SRP for Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy. The show is also available to own on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers and is streaming on HBO Max.

Renewed for a second season, Peacemaker explores the continuing story of the character that series star John Cena reprises in the aftermath of executive producer, writer and director James Gunn’s 2021 DC film The Suicide Squad – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it! Delving into current world issues through the lens of Super Hero/Super-Villain/world’s biggest douchebag, the series extends the world created for The Suicide Squad while bringing to life the soul and wit of Peacemaker and the team.

Peacemaker: The Complete First Season stars John Cena, Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Jennifer Holland, Chukwudi Iwuji, Steve Agee, and Robert Patrick. James Gunn wrote all eight episodes of Peacemaker and directed five, including the first. Gunn, Peter Safran and Matt Miller serve as executive producers on the series, with John Cena as co-executive producer and Stacy Littlejohn as consulting producer. Based on characters from DC, Peacemaker is produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.

BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Making the World Safe for Violence: Peacemaker’s Team (Exclusive for Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Bad Daddy Issues: Peacemakers Search for Inner Peace (Exclusive for Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Gag Reel (Exclusive for Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Peacemaker: Under the Helmet
  • Project Butterfly Team Member
    • Peacemaker
    • Adebayo
    • Harcourt
    • John Economos
    • Vigilante
    • Murn
    • Eagly
  • On Set with Steve Agee
  • Dramatic Comic Book Readings with Chukwudi Iwuji
  • Unlocking the Quantum Unfolding Storage Area
  • Peacemaker and Vigilante: BFFs
  • So, What Do You Really Think of Peacemaker?
  • Danielle Brooks Explains the DC Universe
  • Keep the Tweets
  • Dance for Peace
  • How to Properly Give a F*ck

EIGHT ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. A Whole New Whirled
  2. Best Friends, For Never
  3. Better Goff Dead
  4. The Choad Less Traveled
  5. Monkey Dory
  6. Murn After Reading
  7. Stop Dragon My Heart Around
  8. It’s Cow or Never

DIGITAL

Peacemaker: The Complete First Season is available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and others.

BASICS

Peacemaker: The Complete First Season

Street Date: November 22, 2022

Running Time: Approx. 480 minutes

Bonus Content: Approx. 20 minutes

BD

Price : $29.98 SRP

2-Discs (2 BD-50s)

BD Audio: English (5.1)

BD Subtitles: English SDH

DVD

Price : $24.98 SRP

2-Discs (2 DVD-9s)

DVD Audio: English (5.1)

DVD Subtitles:  English SDH

Paris by Andi Watson & Simon Gane
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Paris by Andi Watson & Simon Gane

I read this for almost entirely extraneous reasons, if that matters.

I’d seen the original edition of Paris  when it was first published, and wrote about it for ComicMix. (Be careful with that link; much of ComicMix’s back catalog seems to have been infested with hijackers, and there may be malware lurking about.) I vaguely knew that there was a newer, slightly longer edition, and had a perhaps even more vague idea of reading it, eventually, since I’ve been re-reading Andi Watson’s books over the last few years.

This is written by Watson, by the way, but the art is by Simon Gane. It’s the only time they’ve collaborated so far; Watson usually draws his own books. (Though they do have a new book together, Sunburn, coming up this fall.)

None of that is why I read Paris. And, looking back, it’s completely random that I did read it, only five days after this new edition was released.

I was browsing through Hoopla, the app my library uses, trying to find something to read that day. I’d just come back from a movie The Wife dragged me to. Now, it was not a bad movie, in any sense, but it was predictable and obvious and thuddingly normalizing in all sorts of ways: a well-executed thing that I didn’t mind watching but cared almost exactly nothing about. So I wanted something of a palate cleanser: something like that in superficial outlines, but more subtle, with better storytelling, and maybe something subversive about it. To be blunt, something with a bit of romance, maybe set in Paris in the 1950s, maybe without a moral of “common people are magical beings who make everyone’s lives better with their cheeky clear-headedness”.

Thus Paris. My original review covers the story (assuming you can navigate the “click Allow now!” pop-ups to read it): young American painter Juliet is in Paris, studying at the Academie de Stael in genteel poverty. Young British heiress Deborah is also in Paris, chaperoned by her horrible Aunt Chapman and having the most boring time possible in that city.

Juliet is hired to paint Deborah; they have a spark. Circumstances intervene to snuff out that spark, possibly before many readers have realized it is a spark, and not just a friendship. Will they meet again, and re-connect?

That’s the story. There’s some additional complications, such as Juliet’s lusty roommate Paulette and Deborah’s swishy brother Billy, but it’s a story about these two women, and whether they can manage to get together despite everything.

Gane has a very detailed style, that, to my eye, is influenced by both mid-century illustration and the lanky grace of high fashion. I don’t know if he always draws like this, but it’s a lovely choice for this story, making the City of Light a place of glamor and bustling life, real in its own way but idealized, the perfect vision of a romantic city of the past.

Like most of Watson’s work, the story here is low-key; you need to pay attention. It also helps to know a little French, since some phrases are untranslated until a set of notes at the end. But they’re all clear in context to readers who do pay attention.

The first time around, I thought of Paris as minor Watson, but I’ve revised that estimation upwards this time around. Gane’s art adds something unique and wonderful, and Watson is at his most subtle and allusive here, trusting his readers to see this story and not need to be told everything. You may need to read Paris twice to properly love it, but you don’t need to wait fifteen years between readings as I did.

Reposted from The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

Jordan Peele’s Nope to Scare you at Home
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Jordan Peele’s Nope to Scare you at Home

Universal City, California, September 13, 2022 – Oscar®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) unleashes his latest spine-tingling thriller with NOPE, a mysterious sci-fi pop nightmare available to own for the first time as a Collector’s Edition on Digital September 20, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 25, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, this “spellbinder that keeps pushing boundaries” (Peter Travers, ABC News) will have you never looking at clouds the same way ever again. The exclusive Collector’s Edition comes filled with more than 90 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, including a revealing documentary that dives deep into the film’s rich DNA and Peele’s extraordinary vision; an exploration into the conception, design and execution of entity “Jean Jacket”; deleted scenes, a gag reel and more taking audiences behind the scenes of the out-of-this-world adventure. 
 
Featuring an incredibly talented and dynamic ensemble cast, NOPE is written, directed and produced by Jordan Peele and showcases outstanding performances by Oscar® winner Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah), Emmy® Award winner Keke Palmer (Hustlers, Scream Queens), Oscar® nominee Steven Yeun (Minari, The Walking Dead), Michael Wincott (Basquiat, What Just Happened) and breakout star Brandon Perea (The OA).
 
Jordan Peele reimagines the summer movie with NOPE, an expansive epic of uncanny science fiction. Following their father’s shocking death, Hollywood animal wrangler OJ (Kaluuya) and his sister Emerald (Palmer) begin observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch that leads them down an obsessive rabbit hole as they plot attempts to capture the mystery on camera. Along with a former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Yeun) who neighbors the siblings, the pair’s efforts to chase the spectacle soon bring terrifying consequences and unimaginable horror. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticized history of the American West … and from show business itself.
 
With the purchase of NOPE on digital or disc, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.
 
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • SHADOWS: THE MAKING OF NOPE* – Unpack the meaning of NOPE with Jordan Peele. Secrets are revealed with this 56-minute immersion exploring the film’s unanswered questions, taking you on an intimate journey inside every aspect of production and offering a detailed look at Peele’s revolutionary filmmaking process.
  • DELETED SCENES – Watch five unreleased scenes from NOPE
  • GAG REEL – A highlight reel of bloopers and outtakes featuring main cast
  • CALL HIM JEAN JACKET – The object of the Haywood siblings’ fascination is an entity known only as “Jean Jacket.” Filmmakers provide insights into the conception, design, and execution of this mysterious organism.
  • MYSTERY MAN OF MUYBRIDGE – A deep dive into THE HORSE IN MOTION by Eadweard Muybridge, its relationship to the Haywoods, and how it relates to the larger themes in NOPE.
    *Not on DVD 

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Brandon Perea
Casting By: Carmen Cuba CSA
Music By: Michael Abels
Editor: Nicholas Monsour
Production Designer: Ruth De Jong
Director of Photography: Hoyte Van Hoytema ASC, FSC, NSC
Executive Producers: Robert Graf, Win Rosenfeld
Produced By: Ian Cooper p.g.a.
Written, Produced, and Directed By: Jordan Peele

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K UHD:
Street Date: October 25, 2022
Selection Number: 1000816017 (US) / 1000816025 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1 and 1.78:1 (Enhanced Aspect Ratio)
Rating: R for language throughout and some violence/ bloody images
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM:
Street Date: October 25, 2022
Selection Number: 1000816016 (US) / 1000816024 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1 and 1.78:1 (Enhanced Aspect Ratio)
Rating: R for language throughout and some violence/ bloody images
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Atmos for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: October 25, 2022
Selection Number: 1000816015 (US) / 1000816023 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1 and 1.78:1 (Enhanced Aspect Ratio)
Rating: R for language throughout and some violence/ bloody images
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Zendaya’s Amazing Work in Euphoria Finally Comes to Disc
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Zendaya’s Amazing Work in Euphoria Finally Comes to Disc

BURBANK, CA (September 14, 2022) – HBO’s mind-blowing drama series is coming to DVD on November 1, 2022, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The 5-Disc set features all 16 one-hour episodes from Seasons 1 and 2, plus the 2 special episodes that bridge seasons 1 and 2. With over two hours of bonus content that goes behind the scenes of the series for the ultimate fan, Euphoria: Seasons 1-2 is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada). The series is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers and to stream on HBO Max.

Multimedia superstar Zendaya stars in this drama series that follows a group of high-school students as they navigate a mine field of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship in today’s increasingly unstable world.

The first season of Euphoria won three Emmy® Awards, and season twoearned six Emmy® Awards. By winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for both seasons, Zendaya made history as the youngest two-time acting winner in Emmys history. Both seasons earned Emmy®  nominations for Outstanding Drama Series.

The series stars Emmy®-winner Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Nika King, Eric Dane, Angus Cloud, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, Maude Apatow, Javon Walton, Dominic Fike, Storm Reid, and Austin Abrams.

Created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer; executive producers Kevin Turen, Ravi Nandan, Drake, Adel “Future” Nur, Zendaya, Will Greenfield, Ashley Levinson, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Gary Lennon, Mirit Toovi, Tmira Yardeni, Yoram Mokady; Kenneth Yu and Harrison Kreiss serve as producers; Michael Carroll, Julio Perez, and Jeremy O. Harris are Co-Producers. Produced in partnership with A24. and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from HOT.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Euphoria in Conversation: Zendaya and Sam Levinson
  • Storyboard to Scene
  • Euphoria Scene Breakdown
  • Euphoria Unfiltered: Zendaya
  • Enter Euphoria Part 1: Rue
  • Enter Euphoria Part 2: Jules
  • Euphoria: The Craft
  • Costumes of Euphoria
  • Enter Euphoria
  • Euphoria: Set Tour with Sydney Sweeney 

18 ONE HOUR EPISODES

Season 1

  1. Pilot
  2. Stuntin’ Like My Daddy
  3. Made You Look
  4. Shook Ones Part II
  5. ’03 Bonnie & Clyde
  6. The Next Episode
  7. The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee When Depressed
  8. And Salt the Earth Behind You

Special Episodes:

  1. Trouble Don’t Last Always
  2. F**k Anyone Who’s Not A Sea Blob

Season 2:

  1. Trying to Get Into Heaven Before They Close the Door
  2. Out of Touch
  3. Ruminations: Big & Little Bullies
  4. You Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can
  5. Standing Still Like the Hummingbird
  6. A Thousand Little Trees of Blood
  7. The Theater and Its Double
  8. 8All My Life, I Have Yearned For A Thing I Cannot Name

DIGITAL

Euphoria is currently available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and others.

BASICS

Release Date: November 1, 2022

Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time – Feature: Approx. 1080 mins

Running Time – Extra Content: Approx. 2 hrs, 10 min

DVD Prices: $39.99 SRP ($44.98 in Canada)

5 Discs (5 DVD-9s)

Audio: English (5.1)

Subtitles: ESDH

Casablanca to Shine in 80th Anniversary 4K Debut
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Casablanca to Shine in 80th Anniversary 4K Debut

BURBANK, Calif., September 13, 2022 – Celebrating the 80th anniversary of its 1942 release, the legendary Warner Bros. film Casablanca will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 8, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Starring Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, critic Leonard Maltin calls Casablanca “the best Hollywood movie of all time.”

The winner of three Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, Casablanca was directed by Michael Curtiz (Captain Blood, Mildred Pierce, White Christmas) from a screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch. The screenplay is based on “Everybody Comes to Rick’s”, an unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison.  The film was produced by Hal B. Wallis (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Maltese Falcon, True Grit).

The cast also features Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson.

Casablanca was voted the screen’s greatest love story and the #3 film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI). The classic wartime romance also took Oscars® for Michael Curtiz (Directing); Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch (Writing – Screenplay) and the studio (Outstanding Motion Picture).

In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected the film as one of the first for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The new Casablanca 4K Ultra High-Definition image was restored and remastered from a 2022 4K 16bit film scan of the best-surviving nitrate film elements. The 4K-scanned digital images went through an extensive digital restoration process to clean and repair the picture for an unprecedented and pristine ultra-high-resolution presentation.  The restored images were then graded in High Dynamic Range for today’s premium 4K display experience, providing the highest fidelity in image contrast and detail retention.  This work was meticulously handled by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging.  The original theatrical mono audio has also been newly restored as well, providing a richer and broader frequency response than previously possible.

Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

Casablanca will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.99 ERP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film. Fans can also own Casablanca in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on 11/8/22.  
About the Film
Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you’re wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one – especially Victor’s wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo’s transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more – personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.

Casablanca Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray disc and Digital contain the following previously released special features:

  • Commentary by Roger Ebert
  • Commentary by Rudy Behlmer
  • Introduction by Lauren Bacall

Casablanca Blu-ray disc and Digital contain the following previously released special features:

  • Warner Night at the Movies
    • Now, Voyager trailer
    • Newsreel
    • Vaudeville Days (1942 WB short)
    • The Bird Came C.O.D. (1942 WB cartoon)
    • The Squawkin’ Hawk (1942 WB cartoon)
    • The Dover Boys at Pimento University (1942 WB cartoon)
  • Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988 PBS special)
  • Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
  • You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca (1992 TEC documentary)
  • As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Who Holds Tomorrow? (1955 “Casablanca” TV episode)
  • Carrotblanca (1955 WB Cartoon)
  • Scoring Stage Sessions (audio only)
  • Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast – 4/26/43 (audio only)
  • Vox Pop Radio Broadcast – 11/19/47 (audio only)
  • Trailers

BASICS
Ultra HD Blu-ray:  $24.99*                 
Standard Street Date: 11/8/22
EST Street Date: 11/8/22
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
Run Time: 102 minutes