Colors

Shout! Select Presents: Colors Unrated Cut On Blu-Ray (1988)

Shout! Select continues to roll out the hits with their newest Blu-Ray. An uncut version of 1988’s powerful Colors. Directed by none other than Dennis Hopper it boasts an amazing 80’s cast with the likes of Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Damon Wayans, Seymour Cassel, as well as Maria Conchita Alonso to name a few.

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The story for Colors concerns two LAPD officers. Long time veteran Bob Hodges (Duvall) and his rookie partner Danny McGavin (Penn). Both men assigned to the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums or C.R.A.S.H. for short. As you can probably imagine, McGavin is a know-it-all, continually refusing to learn from Hodges 19 years of experience on the streets.
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Problems arise when McGavin, who is not just a hotshot in fact but reckless, causes grief on the streets. In addition to being a bully he ends up at the center of attention for the LA gangs – as in they want him dead. However, Hodges has his partner’s back, even if he doesn’t agree with his actions and that means both men are drawn into the middle of a gang war. Having said that though – this war isn’t all due to McGavin’s actions.

I probably don’t need to say that both Penn and Duvall knock it straight out of the ball park with their performances. However there is some great work by Alonso as well – as Louisa. She easily carries the emotional moments between her character and Penn’s egotistical McGavin.

Now I mentioned this was the unrated edtion of Colors. Shout! Select accomplished this by using footage restored from the International Cut as well as the home video release. All in all that tacks on an additional 7 minutes of footage. In addition the Blu-Ray also features:

  • “A Cry Of Alarm” – An Interview With Screenwriter Michael Schiffer
  • “Cops And Robbers” – An Interview With Technical Advisor/Ex-L.A.P.D. Gang Division Dennis Fanning
  • Easter Egg (Which I have to admit I’ve yet to find…and feel incredibly foolish about it.)

I will say that I was rather surprised by this Collector’s Edition not having any audio commentary. But at the very least we can be glad that the movie Dennis Hopper had intended audiences to see has now been restored.


Colors is out in stores today, so if you want to enjoy a taut yet emotional 80s crime film. Head out to better retailers and pick it up or you can order it from Shout! Factory of course.

Is Image Entertainment Steppin’ Into The Twilight Zone? Yes, Yes They Are!

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Holy Cats Creeps, check out what’s comin’ our way from our fiends over at ol’ Image Entertainment; a collection of the very best terror tales from the terrifying Twilight Zone (man that’s a bunch of terror in that sentence)! This thing is like a gruesome greatest hits package straight from the 5th Die-mension! If you want to learn just what lies in store for you, stare deeply into the unblinking eye of the elder god PR’ornthhull:

LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2014 – Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the release of The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection), the ultimate must-have collection for any Twilight Zone fan! The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection) is available on DVD on July 1, 2014, at an SRP of $29.98.

This very special collection features some of the most memorable episodes from Rod Serling’s legendary series exploring the fantastic and the frightening. Unforgettable episodes include “Time Enough at Last,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “To Serve Man,” “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and more! Prepare to travel to another dimension of sight and sound once again with these essential episodes:

• Walking Distance
• Time Enough at Last
• The Hitch-Hiker
• The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
• A Stop at Willoughby
• The After Hours
• The Howling Man
• The Eye of the Beholder
• Nick of Time
• The Invaders
• The Obsolete Man
• It’s a Good Life
• The Midnight Sun
• To Serve Man
• Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
• Living Doll
• The Masks

Point your preternatural planchette right here to pre-order this chill packed collection today!

Jaws Coming to Blu-ray on August 14th

Great new Robert Shaw fans, they finally put a date on the upcoming release of everyone’s favorite shark thriller, Jaws! Besides being fully restored, this release will be packed with extras. Here is the list, straight from the Press Release:

The JAWS Blu-ray™ Combo Pack is available in collectible Universal 100thAnniversary packaging for a limited time. The Combo Pack also contains a Digital Copy of the film for a limited time, compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android or online retail partners, as well as an UltraViolet™ copy. UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.
Blu-ray™ Bonus Features:

· The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of JAWS: All-new feature-length documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider.

· JAWS: The Restoration: An all-new, in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie.

· The Making of JAWS: A two-hour documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.

· From the Set: An insider’s look at life on the set of JAWS, featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg.

· Deleted Scenes & Outtakes

· JAWS Archives: Take a peek inside the JAWS archives, including storyboards, production photos and marketing materials, as well as a special segment on the JAWS phenomenon.

· Original Theatrical Trailer

· UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Currently available in the United States only.

· Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.

· pocket BLU™ App: The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.

Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.

Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
· BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more!

If you are interested in the restoration process, watch this short video and prepare to learn how they went about restoring this classic:

The restoration process for Jaws began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements (original negatives, inter-positives, 35 mm prints, audio magnetic masters, etc.) As part of the Studios’ preservation process, Universal geographically separates duplicate sets of elements in vaults in Southern California and on the East Coast in an effort to protect the company’s most valuable assets. All items are catalogued in a detailed database via barcodes. After testing the various picture elements for the best quality and resolution, Universal technical staff chose the original camera negative for 4K scanning. Due to the effects of time and use, the camera negative had scratches that needed to be removed. Using Cineric, a top restoration post facility in New York, the negative was scanned through a liquid gate process that eliminates surface scratches. The files of scanned film were transferred to servers at Universal Studios Digital Services. Working digitally, the Studios’ skilled technicians meticulously worked to balance color, remove dirt and scratches and repair any additional frame damage on a shot by shot, frame by frame basis. All work is done in keeping with the artistic integrity of the original film.

Once the picture restoration was completed, the team at Universal Studios Sound prepared to up-mix Jaws to a 7.1 mix from the 5.1 mix that had been created in 2000 using the original mono soundtrack. Now on the forthcoming Blu-ray, fans can enjoy JAWS in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, optimizing the sound for the latest home theater technology.

The entire collaborative restoration process is done in conjunction with Amblin’s post production team. Steven Spielberg personally monitored the progress and approved the final picture and sound.

As a part of Universal’s Centennial celebration, the Studio is producing a full slate of preservation elements for Jaws and 12 other classic Universal films. These new materials include videotape masters, digital file masters, Digital Cinema Package (DCP), audio masters, new film negative, check print and 35 mm screening prints. Through Universal’s on-going preservation and restoration process, these titles will be enjoyed by generations to come.

I have been interested in checking out an HD version of Jaws since I first heard to the technology, so I put in my pre-order (now I got to wait until the whole summer is over!). If you are a fan like me, you know you will want to see it as well, so why not Pre-Order Jaws your copy of Jaws on Blu-Ray today.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Next Level Released Today

If you had not heard the good news, Star Trek: The Next Generation has been going through a remastering process for an upcoming HD release. Next Gen fandom is buzzing with discussions of how great the HD image and sound have turned out, as well as the brand new enhanced Special FX. If you have been curious about how thing are going to turn out you can get a sneak peak at the future of this groundbreaking show with Star Trek: The Next Generation – Next Level on Blu-Ray which is available today.

With this single single disc release, for the first time ever, you will experience some of the show’s most important and beloved episodes from the series in glorious 1080p high definition, with true high definition visual effects and digitally remastered 7.1 sound – or with the original audio. You’ll witness new picture detail and depth you haven’t seen before, and enjoy spectacular visual effects that have been painstakingly re-created from the original film elements.

This “Taste Of TNG” is a glimpse of what the upcoming complete season Blu-ray releases of TNG will be like, and will transport you to the next level.

Episodes included are:
– “Encounter At Farpoint” – the groundbreaking pilot that started it all.
– “Sins Of The Father” – Back in the Klingon Empire, Worf faces a charge of treason, and defends his father’s honor.
– “The Inner Light” – Picard lives a lifetime – in an instant – on a long-dead planet, whose inhabitants want only to be remembered.

Audio tracks available on the disc – English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, French Mono, German Stereo, Castilian Mono, Japanese Mono

Subtitles/Additional Languages – English SDH, French, German, Castilian, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish

You also get some special features:

– Star Trek: The Next Generation – Next Level Promo
– Star Trek Padd – iPad App Promo spot
– Star Trek – The Next Generation teaser promo

I cannot wait to put the full series on the shelf next to my remastered Star Trek: The Original Series. So I ordered mine last week and I am chomping at the bit to receive it. So if your a fan like me and just cannot wait for the full release pick up a copy of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Next Level on Blu-Ray and enjoy a little of the “Next Generation” of Next Generation.

The Apartment Comes to Blu-Ray

Winner of five 1960 ACADEMY AWARDS®, including Best Picture, The Apartment is legendary director Billy Wilder at his most scathing and satirical best. With audio commentary from film producer and AFI member Bruce Block and two featurettes— including a loving tribute to actor Jack Lemmon—this special Collector’s Edition is your chance to own one of “the finest comedies Hollywood has turned out” (Newsweek)!

About the film…

C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) knows the way to success in business…it’s through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake’s mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), elevator girl and angel of Bud’s dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl…or his job.

Controversial at the time, The Apartment is well acted, well directed and now thanks to some technical wizardry it looks amazing in this blu-ray release by MGM. I guess I saw this film for the first time on some local TV channel in the 1980s and in my head, that is how I always remembered it, even after seeing it on home video a few times in between, because when I watched the blu-ray I was shocked.

The HD is crisp without looking overdone or “digitized” and they somehow expanded the sound from its original mono track into a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track.

Throughout the film I kept rewinding and pausing it to look at some detail from the film that caught my fancy and each frame was nearly perfect (you should not watch movies with me when I get in a pause-y mood btw — it is very annoying).


In addition to a great copy of an award winning film, you also get a few bonus extras.

  • Commentary with Film Historian Bruce Block
  • Featurette: Inside The Apartment
  • Featurette: Magic Time – The Art of Jack Lemmon
  • HD Theatrical Trailer

Worth owning? You bet. Oddly enough, so pick up your copy of The Apartment on Blu-Ray today