Let’s take a look at 4K releases on Blu-ray in August 2023, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Fast X, The Flash, and The Blackening. (With thanks to Blu-ray.com for providing release calendar and updates.)
F is for family on 4K, as Fast X (fka Fast Twitter) revs onto the format, along with a 10-movie collection. Where will that F&F 11 disc go? Good thing you’ll have two years to figure that out.
Speaking of family, the Guardians of the Galaxy pump up the volume one last time, landing in multiple editions, including the usual Best Buy exclusive steelbook and a Walmart disc with an enamel pin.
The Flash and The Blackening round out August’s new movies on 4K.
STUDIO CATALOG RELEASES
Disney is re-releasing Beauty and the Beast and Frozen as part of their Disney 100 steelbook lineup, while The Nightmare Before Christmas and Cinderella are new. Cinderella was made available earlier this year exclusive to Disney Movie Club members, and this 4K disc restores the 1950s’ natural hand-drawn look after the DNR-heavy Blu-ray release from 2012.
More major studios releasing library titles include Paramount (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Roman Holiday, Elizabeth, Hustle & Flow), Warner Bros. (Rio Bravo, East of Eden, and Enter the Dragon, all under the WB 100 label), Sony (The Legend of Zorro), and Paramount with 2 Guns, Promising Young Woman, and The Big Lebowski. The Coen brothers classic has been on 4K plenty before, but now it’s part of the Universal Essentials Collection, which has the slipcase, art cards, a film cell, and booklet. A new steelbook is also available.
INDEPENDENTS & BOUTIQUES
Only one from Criterion this month, and it’s Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams. A24 is selling a site-exclusive Everything Everywhere All At Once, which includes new documentaries, a folder with reproductions of the film’s legal documents and tax receipts, and a map of the multiverse.
Horror-comedy fans will do well with Scream Factory’s Chucky 4-7 box set, which include unique stickers, posters, and slipcovers. The films (Bride of Chucky, then Seed, Curse, and Cult) will also release separately. In addition, TROMA enters glorious UHD with their Toxic Avengerboxset, collecting the four movies. Restoration provided by Vinegar Syndrome.
Also notable: MVD’s first 4K release with Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing, which restores both the theatrical and the unrated international cut. Then we have the usual beloved motley crew of boutique houses, including Umbrella (Razorback), Vinegar (Gorgo, Terror at Tenkiller), Cauldron (City of the Living Deadaka The Gates of Hell), Arrow (Weird Sciencewith a restoration of both the theatrical and extended cuts, and then one for The Last House on the Left remake’s theatrical), and Kino Lorber (3 Days of the Condor, Staying Alive).