Monday, April 9, 2018

Paramount Home Media Preps 4K Ultra HD Editions Of Forrest Gump And Terminator Genisys For Delivery On June 12

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The Paramount Home Media 4K Ultra HD wave continues on June 12 with two new hit theatrical upgrades.   

On May 9 we will be getting the first group with 4K Ultra HD/2 Blu-ray Combo Pack editions of Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart and Gladiator.  The release news this week focuses on a new 4K restoration of director Robert Zemeckis’ 1994 Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor-winner (among others), Forrest Gump.

Joining Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Robin Wright is a new 4K rendition of director Alan Taylor’s 2015 reboot of the Terminator film franchise, Terminator Genisys.  This quite excellent addition to the series features an alternate timeline with Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the original Terminator … with Jason Clarke as alternate version of John Connor.

Of note, following the release of Terminator Genisys initial plans for two sequels (forming a trilogy) were put on hold … there was a long back-and-forth on what would be next, but now it appears that the next installment in the series will be released theatrically during Thanksgiving of 2019 (Linda Hamilton will be back)!

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyIn the meantime, we have these new 4K Ultra HD editions from Paramount Home Media to keep us busy.

Also new this week — this time on DVD and Blu-ray release front — from Paramount Home Media are two anniversary editions from director John Landis featuring Eddie Murphy.   Both films will be available on June 12.

First up is Trading Places: 35th Anniversary Edition, a comedy featuring Murphy as a Billy Ray Valentine, a smalltime Philadelphia con man, Dan Aykroyd as the snotty Louis Winthorpe III  and the Duke Brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche), who set up a wager — for a dollar — just to see what would happen if they switched the positions of Valentine and Winthorpe.   

Pivotal to the undoing of their plan turns out to be a hooker name Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis), who makes a savvy financial deal with the down-on-his-luck Winthorpe.   When the blissfully ignorant Valentine tumbles to the Duke’s nasty scheme, he teams up with Winthorpe and Ophelia to exact the perfect revenge!

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Bonus goodies include vintage featurettes — “Inside Trading: The Making of Trading Places,” “Trading Stories,” “Dressing the Part” and “The Trade in Trading Places.”
Skip ahead five years and you have Coming to America: 30th Anniversary Edition, which features Murphy as Crown Prince Akeem, who rejects his parent’s “arranged marriage” plans and takes off to the United States with his friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to find and win the heart of an independent woman.   He finds his true love — Lisa (Shari Headley) — but his lies and deceptions threaten to undo everything!

On the DVD-only front, May 29 sees the debut of the Showtime comedy series, I'm Dying Up Here: Season One.   Included are all ten episodes — as a three-disc set — from the first season, starring Melissa Leo as Goldie Herschlag, the owner of a 1970’s era comedy club called Goldie’s, which is home to an ensemble group of up-and-coming comedians.

And, on June 12 look for the eight-disc DVD collection titled Stephen King TV and Film Collection, which features The Dead Zone, Pet Sematary, Silver Bullet, Graveyard Shift, plus The Stand, The Langoliers and Golden Years).

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