If there is a theme to this week’s edition of The Digital Wire – and I always try to find at least one – it must be blood. The four big new release announcements of the week share plenty of the warm red stuff that gives life. Blood is spilled, drank, and exploited for fun and profit in vast quantities. Whether it be in digitally enhanced, kid-friendly PG-13 form or in relentless and brutal hard-R form, that which is thicker than water (and much tastier as a barbecue ingredient, or so I’m told) is all over these upcoming releases.
Below youâ€™ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.
Three years ago Twilight Time issued a limited edition Blu-ray of Tom Holland‘s 1985 horror-comedy classic Fright Night timed to the release of the remake. That disc’s 3,000-copy print run sold out fast and became a collector’s item with sealed copies fetching high prices on eBay and Amazon. On January 20, 2015 the original will return to Blu-ray from the same company in a snazzy 30th Anniversary Edition that will include these new bonus features:
– Isolated Score Track
– Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Holland, Actors Chris Sarandon & Jonathan Stark, and Moderated by Filmmaker Tim Sullivan
– Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Holland, Actors William Ragsdale & Stephen Geoffreys, FX Artist Randall Cook, and Moderated by Journalist Jeremy Smith and Filmmaker Tim Sullivan
– First Ever Fright Night Reunion Panel – Fear Fest 2 (2008) with Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark, and Moderated by Rob Galluzzo
– Shock Till You Drop Presents Choice Cuts with Tom Holland and Ryan Turek
– Vintage EPK with Behind The Scenes Raw Footage
– Stills and Memorabilia Gallery from the Tom Holland Archives
– Original Theatrical Trailer
Fright Night: 30th Anniversary Edition will be available for pre-order beginning Tuesday December 30, 2014 at 4 p.m. EST. The print run will be expanded to 5,000 copies. You can order it at the Screen Archives Entertainment website. Other titles coming to Blu-ray in the next few months from Twilight Time include Breaking Away, The Bride Wore Black, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Lenny, U-Turn, and Zardoz.
Moving on to a vampire tale of a far lesser degree, the recent Dracula Untold, meant to kick-start Universal Pictures’ cinematic shared universe of rebooted monster characters, will debut on Blu-ray and DVD on February 3, 2015. The Blu-ray edition of the action-horror film will come with the following extra features:
Feature Commentary with Director Gary Shore and Production Designer FranÃ§ois Audouy
Luke Evans: Creating a Legend
Alternate Opening with Optional Commentary by Shore and Audouy
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Shore and Audouy
Day in the Life – Luke Evans
The Land of Dracula
The critically acclaimed sleeper hit Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as “a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime” (according to the official synopsis), is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on February 10, 2015. Rene Russo and Bill Paxton co-star in the directorial debut from veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy). Extra features have yet to be announced.
The harrowing World War II combat drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal, will premiere on Blu-ray and DVD Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on January 27, 2015. Extra features are set to include:
– Director’s Combat Journal
– Armoured Warriors
– Taming The Beast
Out This Week
Guardians of the Galaxy: Blu-ray|
Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series: Blu-ray|DVD
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead: Blu-ray|DVD
Time Bandits (Criterion Collection): Blu-ray|DVD
Batman (1989): 25th Anniversary Diamond Luxe Edition: Blu-ray
Gremlins: 30th Anniversary Diamond Luxe Edition: Blu-ray
The Green Mile: 15th Anniversary Diamond Luxe Edition: Blu-ray
Forrest Gump: 20th Anniversary Diamond Luxe Edition: Blu-ray
Natural Born Killers: 20th Anniversary Diamond Luxe Edition: Blu-ray
Those are the highlights of this week. Come back same time next week for more of the coolest home video news tidbits on the web.