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A new 4K catalog update with Universal Monsters Vol. 2, To Kill a Mockingbird, Highlander, Pulp Fiction, Avatar, The Abyss and more!

We’re back as promised tonight with more news and rumors about the upcoming 4K Ultra HD catalog from our studio, industry, and retail sources. Keep in mind that some of these titles are yet to be officially announced, so dates and details are subject to change.

First of all, it’s a title that we’ve known has been coming for a few months now and although it hasn’t been officially announced by the studio yet, we have the final cover art from retailers: Universal Studios Home Entertainment should release his Universal Classic Monsters: Horror Icon Collection – Volume 2 box set in 4K Ultra HD on 10/11.

The set will include The Mummy (1932), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Phantom of the Opera (1943), and Black Lagoon Creature (1954). You can see the cover artwork on the left and also below.

It is also believed that the titles of the studio Volume 1 Position-Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The werewolf (1941), and The invisible Man (1932) – will finally be released as a single-film SKU, of course in the UK and possibly the US as well. We’ll post more as soon as the studio makes this all official. [Read on here…]

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In the meantime, here’s a 4K title from the Universal catalog that we to know is official: The studio will release a To Kill a Mockingbird: 60th Anniversary Edition Also on 10/11. This comes straight from the studio’s website.

Are there any fans of Russell Mulcahy mountaineer (1986)? Well, we’re still awaiting details on a possible US release from Lionsgate, but StudioCanal is releasing the film in 4K Ultra HD collector’s edition in the UK on 10/31. The package will contain the film on 4K Ultra HD and all-region Blu-ray, along with a booklet, mini comic, poster, art cards, and more. You can order it from Amazon.co.uk by clicking here or on the packaging image below…

Highlander (StudioCanal 4K Ultra HD Collector's Edition)

Speaking of StudioCanal, the company listed Alejandro Amenábar Others (2001) and Walter Hill The driver (1978) for a 4K Ultra HD release in France. The street dates for each are listed as 12/31, so keep in mind these may be placeholders. But you can click on the links in the title to visit their respective Amazon.fr pre-order pages.

Here’s another official title: Kino Lorber Studio Classics just announced they’re working on Robert Aldrich’s. The longest yard (1974) – a title they licensed from Paramount – for release on 4K Ultra HD later this year. The street date is currently set to “coming soon”, but we expect an official date in the coming weeks.

And while we’re on Paramount, here’s some really exciting news: we’ve known for a while that Paramount has been working on new UHD versions of Saturday night fever (provisional street date 11/8) and Wayne’s World (provisional date 15/11). But now our retail sources are reporting that they are planning a 4K Ultra HD version of Quentin Tarantino pulp Fiction (1994) also in November – a Miramax title which is now distributed by Paramount. The tentative street date is 1/11, but that’s apparently still evolving. Still, it’ll be nice to have more Tarantino in 4K, and – as these are all Miramax titles – we certainly hope Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (or even Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair?) could follow in 4K UHD in 2023.

Hell, if Paramount is looking for other great Miramax titles to release in 4K, I’d personally like to take this opportunity to ask Goodwill hunting, The English Patient (a Best Picture winner who deserves a 4K upgrade), The crowthe Coens There is no country for old people (also a Best Picture title) and Zhang Yimou hero (2002). I’m convinced that any of these would sell very well on the format.

On a related note, Paramount titles Kiss the girls and Aeon Stream (2005) have just been upgraded to 4K on Apple TV and iTunes, so these are possible for physical 4K release at some point in the future.

And with their physical 4K Ultra HD release just weeks away, HD Digital presentations from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Unknown Country on Apple TV and iTunes have now been updated with their new remastered presentations. The 4K digital releases are expected to go live on or around the street date (9/6). And if you already own the SD Digital version of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Editionsome Parts readers are reporting that it’s now being updated to the new 4K presentation on select digital services, but without the extras that will come with the digital retail version of the title on 9/6.

One last piece today: Disney and 20th Century Studios just released a new trailer promoting the return of James Cameron’s original Avatar (2009) in theaters 9/23 for limited engagement in 3D and 4K HDR. This is obviously part of the preparation for the sequel’s theatrical release, Avatar: The Way of the Water, on 12/16. We expect the studio to release the original Avatar on physical 4K Ultra HD as well, but we don’t know yet if that will happen before sequel arrives in theaters or after, possibly early next year with the physical disc release of the sequel. But studio and industry sources say he is arrives in 4K Ultra HD, with Cameron’s long-awaited the abyss. However, we’ve been waiting for this one for years now, so we’re not holding our breath just yet. In the meantime, here is the trailer for Avataris back at the movies…

Alright, we’ll leave you tonight with a better look at the cover of the Universal Classic Monsters: Horror Icon Collection – Volume 2 box. You can already pre-order the title on Amazon.co.uk (click here or on the image below), but keep in mind that the UK release may not include Blu-rays and will not have codes. digital…

Universal Classic Monsters: Horror Icon Collection - Volume 2 (4K Ultra HD)

And that’s all for tonight! Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned!

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