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For this Monday, a couple of annoucements...


WB will be releasing the *Ocean's 11: 50th Anniversary Edition* on Blu-ray on October 5th.


And a long time ago, I mnetioned that Image would be releasing Season 1 of the original *Twilight Zone* TV series on Blu-ray. A date has been announced: Sept, 14.

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*The Goonies Blu-ray Release Date and Details*



June 07, 2010






Share It's the 25th anniversary for Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner's The Goonies. From a marketing standpoint that translates to the perfect opportunity to bring the classic adventure film to Blu-ray Disc.



*Warner Home Video has confirmed that Goonies will be making its Blu-ray _debut_ on _November 2, 2010,_ in two different packages. The standard release will include the film and all its bonus features, while a ultimate collector's edition release also available on DVD will addtionally include a "Goonies" board game, collectible storyboard prints, a 1985 souvenir magazine and a 2009 Empire Magazine article on the cast and Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg.*



On-disc bonus features include the following:



Deleted scenes

"Making of" documentary

Commentary from Donner and the entire cast

Cyndi Lauper music video 'The Goonies ?R Good Enough'




I hope to have more information on The Goonies Blu-ray debut

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I agree. I knew about Goonies coming out but knew it wasn't worth mentioning here. I had also believed that CellluloidKid had moved on out of the forum and I was enjoying how peaceful things have been nowthat they were the way they should be. However, I guess the only way to make sure he is kept out is for us to mention every single thing coming out. We had ourselves a really nice thread here while he was gone.

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Peter Weir's lovely and haunting classic film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, will be getting a Blu-ray release in the UK on July 26. It is not known at this moment if it will be region locked or not.




Special features:

- Feature-length documentary: A Dream within a Dream

- A Recollection: Hanging Rock 1900 - Joan Lindsay interview

- Hanging Rock and Martindale Hall: Then and Now

- Short film: The Day of St Valentine (the first screen adaptation of Joan Lindsay's novel)

- Audio interviews

- Stills and poster gallery

- Scenes deleted for the director's cut



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If it's Tuesday, it's time for Criterion new release info! And here we go:


*Breathless* - Blu-ray release date is Sept. 14 (it is already available on DVD)


Special edition features:


Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Raoul Coutard

Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard, and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville

New video interviews with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker

New video essays: filmmaker and critic Mark Rappaport?s ?Jean Seberg? and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum?s ?Breathless as Film Criticism?

Chambre 12, Hotel de suede, an eighty-minute French documentary about the making of Breathless, with members of the cast and crew

Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short film by Godard, starring Belmondo

French theatrical trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring writings from Godard, film historian Dudley Andrew, Fran?ois Truffaut?s original film treatment, and Godard?s scenario


*Charade* - Blu-ray Sept. 21 (already on DVD)


New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced fro widescreen telelvisions

Audio commentary: A conversation with Stanley Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone

The Films of Stanley Donen: A selected filmography, with an introduction by Donen biographer Stephen M. Silverman

Peter Stone?s career highlights

Original theatrical trailer

English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired


*Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence* - Blu-ray and DVD Sept.28


New, restored high-definition master (with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition)

The Oshima Gang, an original making-of featurette

New video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto

Hasten Slowly, an hour-long documentary about author and adventurer Laurens van der Post, whose autobiographical novel is the basis for the film

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Chuck Stephens and a 1983 interview with director Nagisa Oshima by Japanese film writer Tadao Sato


*The Thin Red Line* - Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 28


New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer John Toll (with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition)

New audio commentary featuring Toll, production designer Jack Fisk, and producer Grant Hill

Outtakes from the film

Video interviews with several of the film?s actors, including Kirk Acevedo, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, Tom Jane, Elias Koteas, Dash Mihok, and Sean Penn

New video interview with casting director Dianne Crittenden, featuring original audition footage

New interview with composer Hans Zimmer

New video piece featuring interviews with editors Billy Weber, Leslie Jones, and Saar Klein

An interview with writer James Jones?s daughter Kaylie Jones

World War II newsreels featuring footage from Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt and a 1963 essay by James Jones on war films


There will also be a 5-DVD set of "The Actuality Dramas of Allan King" (a Canadian director) on Sept. 21.



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HDNET just ran a copy of CHARADE and I was not impressed with the look of the film as compared with other HD transfers. The film looks mostly OK. If this is the way it will look on BR I probably will pass on this release even though its one of my favorite Donen films.

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from Blu-ray.com:


The Disney website has revealed that the animated classic *Bambi* will come out in 2011 as part of the Diamond Edition collection. This information has appeared on the page promoting the upcoming Blu-ray release of Beauty and the Beast.



Bambi was among the titles listed by the studio last year when it announced the Diamond Collection (see blu-ray.com, September 10, 2009). The other Diamond collection title for 2011 is reportedly The Lion King.


I checked and found the Disney website where this is mentioned. It is in the box marked Diamond Edition. So we will see it in both DVD and Blu-ray.




It also goes into th features that will be on the upcoming release of *Beauty and the Beast* :


(note some of the following is for the Blu-ray release only)




Original Theatrical Release

Special Extended Edition

Original Storyboard Version




The Untold Stories Behind the Making of the Film





Hear From Celebrities Who Have Appeared in the Hit Broadway Production


A Musical Conversation with the Songwriters and Producer



The Story Behind the Story

Deleted Song "Human Again"

"Beauty and the Beast" Music Video Performed By Celine Dion

And Much More!

Blu-ray Technical Specifications

(May Only Apply To Feature Film):

1080p High Definition/1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz/24-bit)



The 1-disc DVD version will have the following:



Original Theatrical Release

Special Extended Edition

Original Storyboard Version



DVD Technical Specifications

(May Only Apply To Feature Film):

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions

5.1 DEHT English and Spanish Language Tracks (U.S.)

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Considering the amount of money and the number of years they spent on restoring this one, it doesn't surprise me at all that it is getting the next big roll-out.

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In order to stop CelluloidKid from plastering a lengthy article on it, I'll just mention in passing that A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the Peanuts Holiday Collection (containing It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas), and The Year Without A Santa Claus will be coming on Blu-ray on October 5. There, that will hopefully keep these boards clear.


Now, let the studios turn to putting out the stuff we want.

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*Shaggy, Scooby, and the rest of the Mystery Inc., gang return for a classic set of forgotten adventures in 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series [2 Discs], available on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment starting June 29th.*




_13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series_ is about the adventures of Scooby Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Daphne Blake, and Scrappy-Doo chasing after more mysteries. Now they are joined by a magnificent warlock called Vincent Van Ghoul, who is a cartoon caricature of Vincent Price (who also provides the voice), and a mischievous boy named Flim-Flam. Together they have to catch 13 ghosts and put them in a magical "Chest of Demons" that Scooby and Shaggy were tricked into opening by two sneaky ghosts named Weerd and Bogel.



The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is the seventh incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon, Scooby-Doo. This was the final first-run version of the original 1969 - 86 broadcast run of the series, it premiered on September 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) and ran for one season on ABC as a half-hour program and then ended on December 7, 1985 (1985-12-07).









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A different group of classics are coming to DVD courtesy of Olive Films, releasing a number of Paramount catalog titles starting on July 27 2010.


"Thank God it's only a motion picture!" boasts the 1965 disaster flick, _Crack in the World_.


Seven years before _I Spit On Your Grave_, it was Raquel Welch getting raped and seeking vengeance in the western, _Hannie Caulder_ (1971).



Then they have a trio of crime stories including Charlton Heston in 1950's _Dark City_, William Holden in _Union Station_ and Alan Ladd in _Appointment with Danger_, which co-stars Dragnet's Jack Webb and Harry Morgan.



On Sept. 7 2010 they will also release the 1980 miniseries, _Playing for Time_, which featured Vanessa Redgrave as a concentration camp captive just a few years after railing against those "Zionist hoodlums" at the Oscars after winning hers for Julia.





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*_The Pirates of Penzance_ (1983) At Last!*



Pirates of Penzance, which starred Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, and Linda Ronstadt.



Official confirmation from Universal that _The Pirates of Penzance_ (1983) is coming to DVD on the 14th of September this year, with 2.0 Stereo audio (as originally recorded) and an anamorphic widescreen transfer.



No extras are specified, but I'm sure we'll know more soon enough.




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I've mentioned before that *The Exorcist* is coming to Blu-ray on Oct. 5th. WB has issued quite a lot more about the release ands it looks like there will be quite a bit that will be Blu exclusive and not available on DVD:




from highdefdigest.com:


...Newly remastered in 1080p from the original camera negative, the Blu-ray includes both the remastered Extended Director?s Cut as well as the remastered theatrical version of the film.


Specs have yet to be announced, but the first disc containing the Extended Director's Cut will include a commentary by William Friedkin, as well as Trailers, TV spots & radio spots from the film's 2000 release.



The first disc will also bring new Blu-ray exclusive content including: Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist ? set footage produced and photographed by Owen Roizman, camera and makeup tests, and interviews with director William Friedkin, actress Linda Blair, author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty and Owen Roizman; The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now ? Featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot; and Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist ? with director William Friedkin and author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes from the film.


The original Theatrical Cut (Disc 2) will include: Introduction by William Friedkin; audio commentary with William Friedkin; audio commentary with William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests; The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist [1998 BBC documentary]; additional interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty; original ending; sketches & storyboards; and trailers & TV spots from the 1973 version.


Both discs will come housed in a 40-page digibook featuring striking photos, cast bios, revealing production notes, and a personal letter written by Friedkin.


I edited down the full piece but if you would like to read it, you'll find it here:




Also worthy of note if that the Robert De Niro film, *The Mission*, is coming to Blu on the same day.

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Another title I mentioned sometime ago as coming to Blu-ray on August 9th is Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, the Ava Gardner-James Mason film. There is now cover art and at the moment this release is Region B locked, so will not be playable here in the U.S. unless you have an all-region Blu-ray player. The package will contain the Blu-ray and a DVD edition.




Extras include:


Special features include:

Original Hedda Hopper trailer

Original black and white trailer

2010 theatrical re-release trailer

Vintage short film: Death of Manolete (1946)

Alternate opening titles

Gallery of original production documents

Gallery of images

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Following up on my mentioning that The Twilight Zone Season 1 is coming on Blu, it is hard to believe that Image is going to do better than they did with their Definitive Edition, but it sure looks like they will! Here is what they say about the Blu-ray edition coming September 14th:



*This edition has been mastered from new 1080p film transfers using the original camera negatives and magnetic soundtracks (rather than recycling the HD masters they already had on hand from the 2004 Definitive DVD Collection).* Special features will include all the content from the Definitive Collection, plus new commentaries, interviews, isolated scores and more.




Full special features include:


Audio commentaries:


Actors Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, and CBS executive William Self


*19 new audio commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author and film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), author and music historian Steven C. Smith (A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann), music historians John Morgan and William T. Stromberg, writer/producer David Simkins (Lois & Clark, Dark Angel), writer Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man), actor William Reynolds and director Ted Post (new)*


*Extremely rare, never-before-released unofficial Twilight Zone pilot, "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz (new, in HD)*


Vintage audio recollections with actors Burgess Meredith and Anne Francis, directors Douglas Heyes and Richard L. Bare, producer Buck Houghton and writer Richard Matheson


Rod Serling audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College


Rod Serling promos for "Next Week's" Show


Original Unaired Pilot Version of "Where is Everybody?" with Rod Serling's Network Pitch


Footage of the Emmy Award wins for the series


*Interviews with actors Dana Dillaway, Suzanne Lloyd, Beverly Garland and Ron Masak (new)*


*Tales of Tomorrow episode "What You Need" (new)*


*Vintage audio interview with director of photography George T. Clemens (new)*


*1977 syndication promos for "A Stop at Willoughby" and "The After Hours" (new)*


*18 radio dramas (new)*


*34 isolated music scores featuring Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and others (new)*

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