Paramount Home Media Distribution announced this past week that James Clavell’s 1980 blockbuster TV mini-series, Shogun, will be getting a Blu-ray push on Aug. 5. A five disc Blu-ray set is planned.
Since the series was originally filmed in 35mm (the late Andrew Laszlo was the Cinematographer — Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Streets of Fire, Thieves, etc.), Paramount will be working with some pretty choice material for the MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p presentation. It should pop!
Shogun won both the Emmy for Best TV Series – Drama and the Golden Globe for Outstanding Limit Series … additionally Richard Chamberlain and Yôko Shimada won Golden Globes for Best Actor and Actress respectively and were nominated for Emmys in both categories. In all, this landmark television series captured three Emmys.
Bonus features announced thus far include commentary by series director Jerry London the featurette titled “The Making of Shogun” and series (unspecified) of featurettes focusing on the “Historical Perspective” of the series.
In other August home entertainment release news this past week from Paramount Home Media Distribution we find that Aug. 5 is also the street date for a four-disc DVD collection of Awkward: Season 3 and a double-disc DVD presentation of Californication: The Seventh Season.
The following week, Aug. 12, there will be two five-disc DVD sets of Gunsmoke: The Tenth Season, Volume One and Gunsmoke: The Tenth Season, Volume Two.
Plus Aug. 12 also brings to market the DVD debut of the labor-of-love documentary from producers Randall Lobb, Isaac Elliott-Fisher and Mark Hussey, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Five-years in the making, with over 100 hours of extensive interviews to draw from and the goal of providing “the most complete history of this amazing phenomenon,” this should be a real treat from TMNT fans worldwide!
To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report: DVD & Blu-ray Release Report