It’s no April’s Fool. DVD and Blu-Rays news

2 Apr

Howdy Vancouver,

Starting a new feature updating you on future home video news. Let’s get started.

Universal seems committed to releasing our favourites on home video. Which a cheaper DVD re-release of the MARX BROTHERS: SILVER SCREEN COLLECTION coming MAY 14th. It will include all the films in the previous release, The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and Duck Soup. W.C. Fields films from the Universal catalogue are also being re-released on DVD JUNE 4th in the W.C. FIELDS COMEDY FAVORITES COLLECTION. Package will include International House, Man on the Flying Trapeze, My Little Chickadee, It’s a Gift, Poppy, The Bank Dick, You’re Telling Me!, You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break and The Old Fashioned Way.

If you skipped on the Alfred Hitchcock Universal blu-ray set, or the Universal Horror blu-ray set, and opted to wait for single title releases. Your time has come. The first of the classic monsters to come out on JUNE 4th are Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, The Mummy (1932) and Phantom of the Opera (1943).  Creature will include both 2D and 3D as in the box set.

On the Hitchcock front. MAY 7th sees the first two of his Universal films to hit Blu-Ray starting with SABOTEUR and ROPE.  SHADOW OF A DOUBT follows on JUNE 4th, and then THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY coming JULY 2nd. This is only the first wave. More will come.

Not quite done with Hitch. Universal has set a Blu-Ray release of the ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE ESSENTIALS COLLECTION that was previously released on DVD. Set includes Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds. Y’know, the essentials.

If you didn’t know Warner Bros has bought the license to distribute the majority of Paramount home video catalogue. SO expect to see a lot of titles that have been out of print to come back to our shelves, or be available to order. Like the ZODIAC: THE DIRECTOR”S CUT, or other oft requested titles like Paul Newman’s NOBODY’S FOOL.

I bring this up because Warner Bros, will be releasing Paramount’s classic films SHANE and THE ODD COUPLE  on Blu-Ray. Both come JUNE 4th

On the TV front BREAKING BAD: SEASON 5 is coming JUNE 4th and both DVD and Blu-Ray.

If you thought the new Kevin Spacey series HOUSE OF CARDS was going to be a Netflix exclusive forever, that’s not the case. A DVD and Blu-Ray set will be released JUNE 11th.

Also in TV releases PORTLANDIA: SEASON 3 comes out JULY 2nd on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Here’s some cover art.

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