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It’s one of two new comic book days! What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

Smash Pages – Sakai + Schweizer present a new Usagi Yojimbo ornament for 2022 – This is pretty cute.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: How much do you value your FINGERS? – Free comics!

CBR – Legendary Studios Goes Exclusive With Sony, But Godzilla, Dune Stay With WB – Some interesting moves.

Comicbook – James Gunn Says Future DC Movies and Video Games Will Be Connected – Duh?

Review

The Beat – Al Dente

Marvel and Sony bring Spider-Man’s world to the small screen

Silk

Marvel and Sony Pictures Television are teaming up for a suite of live-action series spinning out of the world of Spider-Man. MGM+ and Amazon Prime Video have ordered the series.

Silk: Spider Society will be the first show with Angela Kang as showrunner.

The series will debut first on MGM+ (which is the relaunched Epic). It will then air on Amazon Prime Video in the United States. Internationally, the series will air on Amazon in 240 countries and territories.

Sony controls over 900 Marvel characters. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will exec produce the suite of series with Amy Pascal.

Silk was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. She cameoed in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 2014 with a full appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #4 that same year. The character, Cindy Moon, is a Korean-American woman bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker and escapes imprisonment to search for her missing family.

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3 Available this October

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3

Continuing the fan-favorite and award-winning series, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts six more acclaimed and iconic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever, exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3, available October 25. This must-own set includes films that have resonated and endured, with stars and stories that have reverberated through cinema history: It Happened One Night, From Here to Eternity, To Sir, With Love, The Last Picture Show, Annie, and As Good as it GetsEach film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, and four of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes.

The six films in the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3 are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited edition collector’s set. Included with the collection is a gorgeous hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film within the set via six all-new incisive essays from renowned writers—including a special exclusive essay from award-winning writer/director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic, As Good as it Gets!

The set also includes a variety of rare related features and TV episodes, expanding the worlds of several of the included films—some of which haven’t been available in decades! From a 1932 cinematic incarnation of Annie to a nearly 5-hour 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of From Here to Eternity—and much more!—these supplemental additions round out this must-own gift set, perfectly timed for holiday gift-giving.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars®: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Feature:
  • NEW: YOU CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM IT – 1956 remake of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon. Newly remastered in HD!
    • Blu-ray Includes:
      • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
      • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
      • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Frank Capra, Jr.
  • Frank Capra, Jr. Remembers It Happened One Night Featurette
  • Screwball Comedy? Featurette
  • Original Live Radio Broadcast
  • Advertising Materials
  • Theatrical Trailer

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars®, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity
  • NEW: Eternal History Revisited Featurettes
  • NEW: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY 1980 TV Pilot – the TV pilot starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey, presented in SD!*
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Dolby Digital Mono
    • Special Features:
  • Eternal History: Graphics-in-Picture Track
  • Audio Commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent
  • Making of From Here to Eternity
  • Excerpt from “Fred Zinnemann – As I See It” 

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is not rated.

TO SIR, WITH LOVE

A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. Celebrating its 55th anniversary.

TO SIR, WITH LOVE Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier
  • NEW: TO SIR, WITH LOVE 1974 TV Pilot – Hari Rhodes stars in this rare TV adaptation of the 1967 classic film, presented in HD!
  • Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Actor Judy Geeson and Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
  • Audio Commentary featuring Novelist E.R. Braithwaite and Author / Teacher Salome Thomas-El
  • NEW: TO SIR, WITH LOVE II – the 1992 TV-movie sequel to the 1967 classic, starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, presented in HD!
  • NEW: To Potter, With Love Featurette
  • NEW: Beginnings of an Acting Career Featurette
  • Those Schoolboy Days Featurette
  • Look and Learn Featurette
  • E.R. Braithwaite: In His Own Words Featurette
  • Lulu and the B-Side Featurette
  • Miniskirts, Blue Jeans and Pop Music! Featurette
  • To Sidney, With Love Featurette
  • Principal El: He Chose to Stay Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

TO SIR, WITH LOVE has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

Released in 1971 to critical acclaim and public controversy, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW garnered eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and was hailed as the most important work by a young American director since Citizen Kane. A surprisingly frank, bittersweet drama of social and sexual mores in small-town Texas, the film features a talent-laden cast led by Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson each won Oscars® for their work in supporting roles. Featuring both director Peter Bogdanovich’s preferred 1999 Definitive Director’s Cut and the 1971 Theatrical version on 4K Ultra HD.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Disc Breakdown

  • Director’s Cut 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Director’s Cut presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Theatrical Version 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • 1971 Theatrical version presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Director’s Cut presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Peter Bogdanovich
    • NEW: A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich
    • The Last Picture Show: A Look Back Documentary 
    • A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
    • Location Footage
    • Promotional Featurette 
    • Theatrical Trailers

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is rated R. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW: DIRECTOR’S CUT has a run time of approximately 126 minutes and is rated R for sexuality, nudity and language.

ANNIE

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, ANNIE is the story of everyone’s favorite plucky, red-haired orphan! One day Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie’s fun is Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical ruler of the orphanage (played to hilarious perfection by Carol Burnett). Will Miss Hannigan’s zany attempts to kidnap the irrepressible Annie succeed? Sing along with the unforgettable songs and experience this beloved musical!

ANNIE Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Feature:
      • NEW: LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE – 1932 feature starring Mitzi Green as Annie, newly restored and presented in HD!
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: Cast Audio Commentary – featuring all-new reflections from stars Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Roseanne Sorrentino
  • NEW: Aileen Quinn: A Conversation
  • NEW: Behind the Music with Charles Strouse
  • NEW: Looking Back: Behind the Scenes
    • Annie’s Journey to the Screen
    • “Easy Street”
    • “I Don’t Need Anything But You”
    • Making a Finale (no audio)
  • Sing-Along with Annie!
  • My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn
  • Musical Performance by Play: “It’s the Hard-Knock Life”
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

ANNIE has a run time of approximately 127 minutes and is rated PG.

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding, Jr., star in James L. Brooks’ hit comedy, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Nicholson gives a show-stopping Academy Award®-winning performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mouth. But when his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’s dog. And that unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt, in an Academy Award®-winning performance), helps put Melvin back in the human race. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture (1997).

AS GOOD AS IT GETS Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • Original 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Original 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Director James L. Brooks, Stars Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear, Editor Richard Marks, Producer Laurence Mark and Composer Hans Zimmer
  • NEW: Deleted Scenes
    • Melvin Stalls Victor with Intro from James L. Brooks
    • “Kiss Her, Man!” Original Ending
  • NEW: Behind the Scenes Footage
  • NEW: The Making of As Good As It Gets Featurette
  • NEW: Archival Theatrical EPK Soundbites
  • Theatrical Trailer

AS GOOD AS IT GETS has a run time of approximately 139 minutes and is rated PG-13 for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating. 

EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC INCLUDES:
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY – 
the nearly 5-hour 1979 TV miniseries starring Natalie Wood, William Devane and Peter Boyle, presented in high definition* 

*Select instances of music have been removed for this presentation.

Starship Troopers gets a 4K UHD and Limited Edition Steelbook in November

Starship Troopers 4K steelbook

Sony has announced that Starship Troopers is returning to 4K Ultra HD with a limited edition steelbook and an all-new cast reunion. It comes to shelves on November 1st.

From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director PAUL VERHOEVEN crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi adventure. CASPER VAN DIEN, DINA MEYER, DENISE RICHARDS, JAKE BUSEY, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, PATRICK MULDOON, and MICHAEL IRONSIDE star as the courageous soldiers who travel to the distant and desolate Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown between the species.

DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

  • 4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1
  • Special Feature:
    • NEW: Starship Troopers 25th Anniversary Reunion – an all-new virtual reunion featuring screenwriter Ed Neumeier and actors Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Jake Busey, Patrick Muldoon and Seth Gilliam

 BLU-RAY DISC™

  • Feature presented in High Definition
  • Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio
  • Special Features:
    • Director and Cast Commentary
    • Commentary with Paul Verhoeven and Ed Neumeier
    • FedNet Mode Picture-in-Picture
    • “Death From Above” Documentary
    • “Know Your Foe” Bug Featurettes
    • “The Spaceships from Starship Troopers” Featurette
    • “FX Comparisons” Featurettes
    • Storyboard Comparisons
    • The Making of Starship Troopers
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Screen Tests
    • Scene Deconstructions

Marvel’s Spider-Man Gets Remastered for PC

Revealed during Sony‘s State of Play, Marvel’s Spider-Man is getting remastered and coming to PC.

In Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, the worlds of Peter Parker and Spider-Man collide in an original action-packed story. Play as an experienced Peter Parker, fighting big crime and iconic villains in Marvel’s New York. At the same time, Peter’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of Marvel’s New York rests upon his shoulders. Following the events of the main story of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, experience the continuation of Peter Parker’s journey in Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps DLC, three story chapters with additional missions and challenges.

Developed by Insomniac Games and fully optimized for PC in collaboration with Nixxes Software, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered will be released on Steam and the Epic Games Store on August 12, 2022.

Uncharted Comes to Digital in April and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD in May

Uncharted

Sony has announced that Uncharted is coming to Digital on April 26th and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD on May 10th.

Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother…but only if they can learn to work together.

BONUS MATERIALS4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY and DIGITAL

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes Featurettes
    • Becoming Nathan Drake
    • Big Action Breakdown: C-17 Globemaster
    • Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer
    • Never a Dull Moment: Stunts & Action
    • The Buddy System
    • Villains, Backstabbers & Accomplices
  • Commentary with Director Ruben Fleischer

DVD

  • The Buddy System

Sydney Sweeney Joins Sony’s Madame Web Opposite Dakota Johnson

Madame Web

Sony‘s Spider-Man related Madame Web has added a new star to the roster, Sydney Sweeney. The film will be directed by S.J. Clarkson from a screenplay by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and previous draft by Kerem Sanga.

Sweeney joins Dakota Johnson on the film that is an intriguing one. Madame Web, aka Cassandra Webb, is generally an older woman in the comics. She first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #210 in 1980 and was created by Denny O’Neil and John Romita Jr. A supporting character, she has myasthenia gravis and is connected to a support system resembling a web. Different storylines had her youth restored and myasthenia gravis cured… because comics.

But, the character is clairvoyant and a mutant, who has passed her powers along to Julia Carpenter when she was attacked and killed.

It’s unknown who Sweeney is playing and it’s generally thought that Johnson would be playing Web… but which version? Webb is also the grandmother of the fourth Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter.

The film joins the successful Sony Spider-Verse which of course has the main Spider-Man films but also two Venom films and the upcoming film featuring Kraven the Hunter.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Arrives on Digital TOMORROW

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, AND DIGITAL

  • Bloopers & Gag Reel
  • Alternate Reality Easter Eggs
  • 7 Behind the Scenes Featurettes
    • Action Choreography Across the Multiverse
    • A Multiverse of Miscreants
    • A Spectacular Spider-Journey with Tom Holland
    • Enter Strange
    • Graduation Day
    • Realities Collide, Spiders Unite
    • Weaving Jon Watt’s Web
  • 2 Special Panels:
    • The Sinister Summit – Villains Panel: Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx sit down for a roundtable discussion of their sinister characters.
    • A Meeting of the Spiders – Heroes Panel: The Heroic Spider heroes sit down for a roundtable discussion on Peter, Stunts, and skintight suits.
  • 3 Stories From The Daily Bugle
    • Spider-Menace Strikes Again
    • Spider Sycophant
    • Web of Lies
  • 2  Stunt Scenes Previsualization
    • Apartment Fight
    • Shield Fight

DVD

  • 2 Behind the Scenes Featurettes
    • A Spectacular Spider-Journey with Tom Holland
    • Graduation Day

Morbius Gets a Final Trailer

Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?

Let go of what you used to be. Discover who you’re meant to be. Morbius is exclusively in movie theaters April 1.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Comes Home in March and April

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home is coming to digital on March 22, and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, and DVD on April 12. The release features over 80 minutes of extras including bloopers, behind-the-scenes moments, and featurettes. The film is available for pre-order now.

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, AND DIGITAL

  • Bloopers & Gag Reel
  • Alternate Reality Easter Eggs
  • 7 Behind the Scenes Featurettes
    • Action Choreography Across the Multiverse
    • A Multiverse of Miscreants
    • A Spectacular Spider-Journey with Tom Holland
    • Enter Strange
    • Graduation Day
    • Realities Collide, Spiders Unite
    • Weaving Jon Watt’s Web
  • 2 Special Panels:
    • The Sinister Summit – Villains Panel: Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx sit down for a roundtable discussion of their sinister characters.
    • A Meeting of the Spiders – Heroes Panel: The Heroic Spider heroes sit down for a roundtable discussion on Peter, Stunts, and skintight suits.
  • 3 Stories From The Daily Bugle
    • Spider-Menace Strikes Again
    • Spider Sycophant
    • Web of Lies
  • 2  Stunt Scenes Previsualization
    • Apartment Fight
    • Shield Fight

DVD

  • 2 Behind the Scenes Featurettes
    • A Spectacular Spider-Journey with Tom Holland
    • Graduation Day
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