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‘Grateful Dead Origins’ Graphic Novel to Come with Unreleased Early Music

Z2 Comics has announced it is teaming up with the Grateful Dead to release a new graphic novel chronicling the band’s early days, Grateful Dead Origins, which will come with an accompanying selection of Dead music, including previously unreleased early-era material that will ship with a deluxe edition of the comic.

Z2—which has previously partnered on projects with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Japan’s BabyMetal, DJ Paul Oakenfold and more—writes in a press release that Grateful Dead Origins will feature an original story, written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver, that presents “an in-depth and personal look at the formation of one of the most important American rock bands of all time, exploring the early days of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart…the story of the band’s transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and forefathers for the jamband culture.”

Originally at jambands.com

Titans Season 1 on DIsc in July

BURBANK, CA (April 16, 2019) – Fans will be captivated by the next DC Super Hero franchise, Titans, the all-new live-action drama series from executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Greg Walker, and Sarah Schechter. Featuring all 11 thrilling episodes plus exciting special features, Titans: The Complete First Season comes to Blu-ray and DVD July 16, 2019 for $29.98 / $24.98 SRP. Titans: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes from across the world of DC as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Former Gotham City vigilante Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could unleash Hell on Earth. Joining them in their quest are the mysterious Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes while battling villains, demonic forces … and encountering familiar faces from across DC’s legendary canon.

“We are thrilled to release Titans: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD for fans to experience a new twist on the origin story of some of the most iconic characters in the DC universe,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “The release also gives fans an opportunity to catch up on all of the action ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated second season.”

Titans: The Complete First Season takes viewers back to each character’s origin story as Dick Grayson emerges as the leader of the core team of DC Super Heroes. The series stars Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop (Bosch, 24: Legacy) as Koriand’r/Starfire, Teagan Croft (Home and Away) as Rachel Roth/Raven, and Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6, Supah Ninjas) as Gar Logan/Beast Boy. Also featured in the series’ first season are Minka Kelly (Almost Human, Friday Night Lights) as Dawn Granger/Dove, Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Smallville) as Hank Hall/Hawk, Seamus Dever (Castle) as Trigon, Curran Walters (Too Close to Home) as Jason Todd/Robin, Conor Leslie (Shots Fired, The Man in the High Castle) as Donna Troy, and Rachel Nichols (Continuum) as Angela Roth.

Based on the characters from DC, Titansis produced by Weed Road Pictures in association with Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment, with executive producers Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, Fringe, Star Trek: Discovery), Geoff Johns (Aquaman, Wonder Woman), Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Greg Walker (Extant) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Black Lightning). Titans, the inaugural original series from the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service, has already been greenlit for a second season.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Raven and Robin Dark Rebirth
  • The Story of Titans 
  • The Characters of Titans 
  • The Making of Titans 
  • Dick Grayson’s and Rachel Roth’s Dark Past
  • A Look at Vigilantes Hawk and Dove
  • The Identity of Titans Kory Anders/Starfire
  • Gar Logan’s Journey
  • Rachel’s Powers
  • The Doom Patrol Meets the Titans. 
  • Jason Todd’s Robin
  • From Comic to Live-Action Adventure
  • Meet Wonder Girl
  • Dick Grayson’s Dark Past
  • World of Super Heroes and Vigilantes

11 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. “Titans”
  2. “Hawk and Dove”
  3. “Origins”
  4. “Doom Patrol”
  5. “Together”
  6. “Jason Todd”
  7. “The Asylum”
  8. “Donna Troy”
  9. “Hank and Dawn”
  10. “Koriand’r”
  11. “Dick Grayson”

DIGITAL

The first season of Titans is currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu and others.

BASICS

Street Date: July 16, 2019

Order Due Date: June 11, 2019

Run Time:  528 minutes; EC: 25 minutes

DVD

Price: $24.98 SRP

3 DVD-9s

DVD Audio: English (5.1)

BLU-RAY

Price: $29.98 SRP

2 BD-50s

BD Audio: English (5.1)

Recently Renewed Manifest Checks in at Home July 23

BURBANK, CA (April 16, 2019) – This is your calling.  You are on the verge of discovering something new! From Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) and executive producers Jeff Rake (The Mysteries of Laura), Jack Rapke (Flight, Cast Away), Jackie Levine (Allied, The Walk) and Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie, Roadies), Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you NBC’s #1 hit series Manifest: The Complete First Season on DVD July 23, 2019. Fans can uncover the mystery from all 16 exhilarating episodes from season one for the suggested low retail price of $29.98 for the DVD ($34.99 in Canada). Manifest: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

A plane inexplicably disappears on a trans-oceanic flight and returns five years later after being presumed lost at sea. While no time has passed for those on the flight, years have gone by for their loved ones who have learned to live with their loss. In addition to the outward mystery of what happened on that flight, there’s also an inward mystery of what has happened to the passengers…and why. Nothing will ever be the same as you follow the unexpected journey full of hope, heart and destiny!

“With 16.4 million fans tuning-in weekly, Manifest is one of the most talked about series on television,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We are delighted to release the first installment of the series on DVD so fans can binge on each episode and relive their favorite moments again and again.”

Manifest stars Melissa Roxburgh (Valor, Supernatural), Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time), Athena Karkanis (House of Cards, Zoo), J.R. Ramirez (Power), Luna Blaise (Fresh Off the Boat), Jack Messina (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Parveen Kaur (The Strain, Saving Hope). The series is produced by Jeff Rake Productions and Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television.

16 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

1.    Pilot

2.    Reentry

3.    Turbulence

4.    Unclaimed Baggage

5.    Connecting Flights

6.    Off Radar

7.    S.N.A.F.U.

8.    Point of No Return

9.    Dead Reckoning

10. Crosswinds

11. Contrails

12. Vanishing Point

13. Cleared for Approach

14. Upgrade

15. Hard Landing

16. Estimated Time of Departure

DIGITAL

The first season of Manifest is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others.

BASICS

Street Date: July 23, 2019

Order Due Date: June 18, 2019

DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx. 704 min

US

Price: $29.98 SRP

4 DVD-9s

Audio – English (5.1)

CANADA

Price: $34.99 SRP

4 DVD-9s

Audio – English (5.1)

“Swamp Thing” shuts down production early; “DC Universe” future in doubt

Scary news from Wilmington, NC’s local newspaper, where Swamp Thing was shooting:

The locally filmed television series “Swamp Thing” has found itself bogged down by some unexpected news.

The currently in-production project is being shut down earlier than expected as its producer, Warner Bros., evaluates the future of its DC Universe streaming service, on which the series was scheduled to premiere May 31, according to several sources within the local industry.

Originally at www.starnewsonline.com

Virginia Madsen posted (and later took down):

Allison Mack, ‘Smallville’ Actress, pleads guilty in NXIVM case

The Associated Press is reporting that Allison Mack is expected to plead guilty to charges related to her involvement in the group NXIVM. She had previously pleaded not guilty on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor, and had been released on $5 million bail.

Allison Mack was on Smallville for ten seasons playing Chloe Sullivan, a childhood friend of Clark Kent. She also voiced Power Girl in the animated Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.

It was not clear before Monday’s hearing at the United States District Court for the Eastern District, in Brooklyn, what charges she planned to plead guilty to.

Originally at www.nytimes.com

Win a Glass Blu-ray

Win a Glass Blu-ray

Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan wrapped his trilogy with this January’s Glass and now our friends at Universal Home Entertainment have provided us with a Blu-ray to giveaway.

All you need to do to enter is tell us which of the characters — David Dunn, Elijah Price, or Kevin Wendell Crumb — is your favorite and why. We need your responses no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 12. The contest is open only to North American readers and the decision of the ComicMix judges will be final.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM & DIGITAL

The Collection of Main Characters – A look at all the main players and how they fit in the universe created by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

o   David Dunn

o   Elijah Price

o   Kevin Wendell Crumb

o   The Rest of the Family

·       Bringing the Team Back Together – M. Night Shyamalan is famous for working with many of the same crew from film to film.  In this piece, cast and crew share personal stories of why Shyamalan’s productions feel like seeing family again.

·       David Dunn vs. The Beast – An in-depth look at the animalistic face-off between David Dunn and The Beast

·       Glass Decoded – M. Night Shyamalan unveils some secrets of continuity and style from across the Glass trilogy

·       Breaking Glass: The Stunts – The superhuman strength of The Beast is best illustrated in the stunts. Take a behind the scenes look into the very effective methods of executing stunts in the film.

·       Connecting the Glass Universe – Explore M. Night Shyamalan’s stylistic approach to the Glass trilogy and the unconventional concept of a comic book movie grounded in reality.

·       M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens – Cast and crew discuss Shyamalan’s dedicated and meticulous approach to storytelling.

·       The Sound of Glass – Composer West Dylan Thordson elaborates on his use of string instruments to create tension, and explains why recording the score on-location enhanced the tone of Glass.

·       Enhancing the Spectacle – The VFX team provides details on the rewarding task of using CGI as an effective tool to intensify the narrative of Glass.

·       Raven Hill Memorial – Roam the long corridors of Raven Hill Memorial Hospital and see why the cast and crew describe the eerie location as its own character in the film.

·       Night Vision – A look at the early stages of Glass by examining the storyboards and their remarkable similarity to the final shots in the film.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DIGITAL AND DVD:

·       Alternate Opening – Introduction by director M. Night Shyamalan available

·       Deleted Scenes -Introductions by director M. Night Shyamalan available

o   David Alone at Bar

o   Patricia Talks to Cheerleaders

o   David Encounters Pierce

o   Casey in Art Class

o   Dr. Staple Explains Machine

o   Mrs. Price in Waiting Room

o   Mrs. Price Talks to Elijah

o   Dr. Staple Drinks Tea

o   Pierce Checks Elijah’s Room

o   Mrs. Price Tells Elijah About Surgery

o   David Submits to Dr. Staple

o   Patients Worship The Beast

·       A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan – Star James McAvoy and Producer/Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan discuss the importance of originality when creating a film in this genre.

The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayTM, Blu-rayTM and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-rayTM version, all in stunning 4K resolution.

FILMMAKERS

Cast: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy with Sarah Paulson and Samuel L. Jackson

Casting By: Douglas Aibel, CSA

Music By: West Dylan Thordson

Music Supervisor: Susan Jacobs

Costume Designer: Paco Delgado

Edited By: Luke Ciarrocchi, Blu Murray

Production Designer: Chris Trujillo

Director of Photography: Michael Gioulakis

Executive Producers: Steven Schneider, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Kevin Frakes

Produced By: M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock, and Ashwin Rajan

Written and Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K ULTRA HD:

Street Date: April 16, 2019

Selection Number: 61201272 (US) / 61201273 (CDN)

Layers: BD-100

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1

Rating: PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements and language

Video: HDR 10

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

Languages/Sound: English Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Surround 5.1

Run Time: 2 Hours, 9 Minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:

Street Date: April 16, 2019

Selection Number: 61200422 (US) / 61200732 (CDN)

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1

Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements and language

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles 

Sound: English Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Surround 5.1

Run Time: 2 Hours, 9 Minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:

Street Date: April 16, 2019

Selection Number: 61200421 (US) / 61200730 (CDN)

Layers: DVD 9

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16.9 2.39:1

Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements and language

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles 

Sound: English Dolby Digital 2.0, English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1

Run Time: 2 Hours, 9 Minutes

DC Comics is bringing Walmart stories to comic stores

If you have been tearing your hair out trying to find the DC 100-Page Giant comics at your local Walmart, you can stop making yourself bald now. DC is going to make the stories available in comic shops.

The fireworks start early on July 3, with SUPERMAN: UP IN THE SKY #1, written by Tom King (BATMAN) with art by Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope. Following a home invasion that ends in murder, Superman is put on the trail of a Metropolis mystery by Batman—but can even the Man of Steel discover the truth behind these tragic deaths, or their ties to the far-off world of Rann?

Originally at www.previewsworld.com

The action continues July 10 with BATMAN UNIVERSE #1 and WONDER WOMAN: COME BACK TO ME #1, on sale July 17.

Batman Films Make Ultra HD Debut in June

BURBANK, CA, APRIL 2, 2019 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC announced today that four Batman titles will be released on 4K UHD to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the DC Super Hero created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.  The films include 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, directed by Tim Burton, and 1995’s Batman Forever and 1997’s Batman & Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher.  The four films, which earned more than $1.2 billion in global box office, have been remastered in 4K UHD for the first time.

The films will be available as 4K UHD singles on June 4 and will also be available as a four-film collection on September 17. The 4K UHD singles and the four-film collection available in September will also include remastered Blu-ray discs of the films.

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.  

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs of Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $41.99 SRP and feature an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and digitally remastered Blu-ray disc of the films. Fans can also own Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on June 4.  The singles and the four-film collection will include collectible packaging with new art designed in stunning glossy retro colors reminiscent of the 1980’s and 1990’s era when the films were originally released in theaters.  The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital versions of the film will collectively include more than 17 hours of previously released extras, including full-length commentaries by director Tim Burton on Batman and Batman Returns and director Joel Schumacher on Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

1989’s Batman was directed by Tim Burton and stars Jack Nicolson as The Joker and Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader.  Produced by Jon Peters and Peter Guber from a screenplay by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaren, the film also stars Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale. The film won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction

1992’s Batman Returns was also directed by Burton and stars Keaton again as The Dark Knight.  Produced Denise Di Novi and Burton, the screenplay is by Daniel Waters from a story by Waters and Sam Hamm.  The film also stars Danny DeVito as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer and Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Christopher Walken as Max Shreck.

1995’s Batman Forever was directed by Joel Schumacher and stars Val Kilmer as Batman. 

Produced by Tim Burton and Peter McGregor-Scott, the screenplay is by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott-Batchler and Akiva Goldsman from a story by Batchler and Batchler-Scott.  The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Jim Carrey and Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian, and Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin.

1997’s Batman & Robin saw  Joel Schumacher return as director and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze and George Clooney as Batman.  The film was produced by Tim Burton McGregor-Scott and written by Akiva Goldsman and also stars Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin, Uma Thurman as Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl.

SYNOPSIS

Batman

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Batman Returns

When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Batman Forever

Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Batman & Robin

Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On June 4, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin 4K UHDwill be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster Video, Vudu and more. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

BASICS

PRODUCT

Ultra HD Blu-ray $41.99

Ultra HD Digital $29.99

Ultra HD Blu-ray Four-Film Collection (9/17)  $90.00

Standard Street Date: June 4, 2019

EST Street Date: June 4, 2019

Four-Film Collection Street Date: September 17, 2019

Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Canadian French, Parisian French, German, Italian, Japanese

Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Parisian French, German, Italian, Japanese

Running Time: Batman – 126 minutes, Batman Returns – 126 minutes, Batman Forever – 121 minutes, Batman & Robin – 124 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13