For this week’s edition of The Digital Wire we’ve got more new Blu-ray and DVD release news than a single human being should be legally permitted to process, including some bonus features updates for a few titles on which we have previously reported. There’s so much good stuff here that for many of us our bank accounts are going to be shedding a little weight this autumn.
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Back in July we revealed that the highly anticipated home video debut of Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut, which finally restores Clive Barker‘s epic horror-fantasy to its intended length and form, had been set for this October in two different editions. This week Shout! Factory, which is releasing the uncut Nightbreed through its Scream Factory shingle, unveiled the massive array of special features we can expect from both editions.
The Limited Edition is a three-disc Blu-ray set that will come packaged in a slipcase containing a collector’s booklet and whose bonus content breaks down as follows:
DISC 1: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
New “Director’s Cut” presentation of the film which contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage
Introduction by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller
Audio Commentary by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller
Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed featuring interviews with Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Doug Bradley and more… (72 minutes)
Making Monsters – interviews with makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Martin Mercer and Paul Jones (42 minutes)
Fire! Fights! Stunts! 2nd Unit Shooting – an interview with Andy Armstrong (20 minutes)
Original Theatrical Trailer
1:78 Widescreen/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1/English Subtitles
DISC 2: BONUS DISC
Deleted and Alternate Scenes (approx. 20 minutes)
Monster Prosthetics Master Class
Cutting Compromise – an interview with editor Mark Goldblatt
The Painted Landscape: The Concept Art of Ralph McQuarrie
Matte Painting Tests
Stop Motion Lost Footage
Extended Torture Scene
Rehearsal of Boone’s dream
Extensive Still Galleries – Early Sketches, Deleted Scene, Posters and Pre-Production art, On the Set, The Cast and Crew
DISC 3: THE THEATRICAL CUT
New transfer from the inter-positive
1:78 Widescreen/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/English Subtitles
The more widely available Director’s Cut release is a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that will include all of the bonus content from the first Blu-ray disc of the Limited Edition set as well as a standard-definition DVD copy of the theatrical cut. The release date for both editions is October 28, 2014.
The seventh and final season of HBO’s sexy, scary, and funny series True Blood comes to Blu-ray and DVD on November 11, 2014. Extra features will include:
Audio Commentaries – Five commentaries with cast and crew.
True Death: The Final Days on Set – Witness the final days of True Blood through the eyes of your favorite cast members as they document their experiences on their last times on set. See cast and crew as you have never seen them before, with this exclusive access. Be there as we say goodbye to the town of Bon Temps forever.
True Blood Lines – Uncover secrets from relationships past and present in this engaging fully interactive guide and archive.
True Blood: A Farewell to Bon Temps – Say goodbye to True Blood with this behind-the-scenes special of the series as it enters its seventh and final season.
Episode Previews & Recaps
Out that same day is True Blood: The Complete Series, which will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD editions. Each set includes all 80 episodes of the series and the extra features from past home video releases of the individual seasons as well as a Digital HD Digital Copy of the entire series.
The Purge: Anarchy brings more dystopian chaos and lawlessness to your home on October 21, 2014 in both Blu-ray and DVD editions. Extra features will include:
Behind the Anarchy
Digital HD UltraViolet Digital Copy
Extra features have been announced for the upcoming MPI Blu-ray and DVD releases of Jim Mickle‘s tense indie thriller Cold in July:
The film, which stars Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, and Wyatt Russell and is adapted from a novel by Joe R. Lansdale, will be available to own on September 30, 2014.
A release date of November 11, 2014 has been set for Sons of Anarchy: The Complete Set, which unites the first six seasons of the acclaimed FX original series on Blu-ray within collectible packaging that also includes room for the inevitable release of the seventh and final season. The set is not up for pre-order yet but we do have a look at the cool box set art.
BBC Home Entertainment will release all three seasons of their popular series Sherlock in a limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack gift set on November 4, 2014. The set will include all-new bonus features, collectible busts of Holmes and Watson, and two art cards. The new features will include:
Never-before-seen Outtakes from Seasons Two and Three
All New Season Three Audio Commentary
Exclusive Deleted Scene from Season Three
BBC Archive Interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue from the time of the initial Season One premiere
Unlocking Sherlock: A 60-minute behind-the-scenes program for Season Three
Sherlock Uncovered: Three 25-minute behind-the-scenes featurettes, one for each episode of Season Three
In addition to these new extras the set will also include every extra from previous Blu-ray and DVD releases of the series.
The 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie had everything a healthy potential summer blockbuster needed: lavish budget, recognizable actors, expensive visual effects, and a connection to one of the most popular video game franchises in human history. Unfortunately it lacked an original story, enthusiastic performances, and the sense that it wasn’t the product of a studio and filmmaking crew that had no idea what kind of film they wanted to make even after it got the green light. The movie flopped so hard with critics and audiences that even The Last Action Hero couldn’t help but shake its head sadly, but in the past two decades Super Mario Bros. has gained a cult following thanks to strong video and DVD sales and cable airings.
U.K. distributor Second Sight Films will be bringing the sole big-screen adventure of plunger-wielding Brooklyn plumbers Mario and Luigi to Region B Blu-ray on November 3, 2014. The disc will include DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM Stereo 2.0 soundtracks, English subtitles, and the following bonus features:
This Ain’t No Video Game – A brand new 60 minute documentary featuring new interviews with: Co-directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, Producer Roland Joffe, Actors John Leguizamo and Richard Edson, Writer Parker Bennett, Production Designer David Snyder, Art Director Walter Martishius, FX Artists Paul Elliot, Vincent Guastini and Rob Burman, Visual FX Designer Chris Woods, Editor Mark Goldblatt and Creature Designer Patrick Tatopoulos.
Archive interviews with Bob Hoskins and producer Jake Eberts.
Making of Featurette
Original Electronic Press Kit
The supposedly fact-based supernatural horror feature Deliver Us from Evil from future Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson premieres on Blu-ray and DVD on October 28, 2014. Extra features will include:
Illuminating Evil: The Making of Deliver Us From Evil
The Demon Detective: “The Work” and the real Ralph Sarchie
The Two Sargeants
Deliver us from Demons
For anyone who came of age in the late 1980s and thought of watching cartoons on Saturday morning as a necessary ritual of childhood the forthcoming Blu-ray release of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series is sure to be one of 2014’s most eagerly awaited video debuts.
Each of the series’ 45 episodes has been restored from their original film negatives and the set will include over four hours of behind-the-scenes footage and brand new interviews with star/creator Paul Reubens and various members of the cast and crew, including actors Laurence Fishburne (Cowboy Curtis), S. Epatha Merkerson (Reba the mail lady), Lynne Marie Stewart (Miss Yvonne), and John Paragon (Jambi the genie), composers Mark Mothersbaugh and Danny Elfman, production designers Gary Panter, Wayne White, and Ric Heitzman, animation supervisor Prudence Fenton, animators Peter Lord and David Sproxton, make-up artist Ve Neill, and many more.
These interviews and vintage production footage will be presented in the form of ten new retrospective featurettes:
Building the Playhouse, Opening the Playhouse, Writing for the Playhouse, The Look of the Playhouse, Music of the Playhouse, The Cast of the Playhouse, Puppets of the Playhouse, Animating the Playhouse, A Very Merry Christmas Special, and Fans and Memorabilia of the Playhouse
The Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series Blu-ray set will be available on October 21, 2014.
Out This Week
Captain America – The Winter Soldier: Blu-ray | 3D Blu-ray | DVD
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Complete First Season: Blu-ray | DVD
Star Trek – The Compendium (featuring extras-packed editions of the 2009 Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness): Blu-ray
Young Frankenstein – 40th Anniversary Edition: Blu-ray
Pumpkinhead – Collector’s 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.