March 8, 2022

The best Blu-ray & 4K reissues coming in March 2022
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by James Forryan

hmv London; 08/03/2022

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The best Blu-ray & 4K reissues coming in March 2022

The Godfather turns 50, a charlie Chaplin classic joins the Criterion Collection and Frankenstein comes to 4K - all this and more among this month's best Blu-ray and 4K reissues...

The Godfather Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

The Godfather Trilogy – 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Francis Ford Coppola

Routinely described – quite rightly - as one of the greatest films ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece celebrates its 50th birthday this year and to mark the occasion a new anniversary box set featuring newly restored and remastered versions of The Godfather and its two sequels is heading into our stores this month on 4K UHD.

The 50th Anniversary edition also includes all three existent versions of the Godfather Part III, including the theatrical cut which is available for the first time on a home release. There are also optional director commentaries for all three films in the trilogy, a bonus blu-ray disc packed with extras and a deluxe presentation box featuring a hardcover book and portrait art prints. The new 50th Anniversary edition is available in stores from March 21 and while there have been plenty of box sets featuring The Godfather Trilogy over the years, none of them have looked as good as this.

Running On Empty (hmv Exclusive) - The Premium Collection

Running on Empty

Sidney Lumet

One of two new additions to hmv’s exclusive Premium Collection this month (along with a Jackie Chan classic in the form of Mr. Nice Guy), this 1988 film from director Sidney Lumet stars Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti as a pair of activists on the run after blowing up a napalm lab. With a Golden Globe-winning screenplay by Naomi Foner and an early appearance from the late River Phoenix, Running on Empty returns to hmv stores this month after being out of print for many years.

Available from March 7, the new Premium Collection edition features al the usual goodies including an exclusive slipcase, a selection of art cards and a theatrical lobby poster.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Kenneth Branagh

Seeming to prove the dusty old adage that behind every great man is an even greater woman, Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece has arguably become more famous than any of her erstwhile husband’s poetry and while there have been many adaptations of her novel Frankenstein over the years, few have captured the story so vividly as Kenneth Branagh’s 1994 version.

Featuring a stellar cast that includes Branagh himself alongside Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Holm and John Cleese, the film gets a newly-restored 4K edition this month with a new version headed to stores on March 28. Alongside the film are extras including featurettes, new interviews, trailers and a reversible sleeve featuring newly-commissioned artwork by Laz Marquez.

Modern Times - The Criterion Collection

Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin

A Charlie Chaplin classic and the last of his films to feature his iconic ‘Little Tramp’ character, Modern Times was first released all the way back in 1936 and could be seen as an allegory for Chaplin’s views on the changing nature of both the film industry and the wider world. Released almost a decade in to the era of ‘talkies’, as modern motion pictures had come to be known, Modern Times is perhaps the last great masterpiece of the silent film era and Chaplin’s last stand against the ever-shifting tides of taste and fashion – a sentiment echoed in the film’s story as the Tramp struggles to adapt to the fast pace of life in an aloof Great Depression-era metropolis.

A new addition to the Criterion Collection this month with a new Blu-ray edition of Modern Times set to arrive in our stores on March 14, the Criterion edition features a newly-restored version of the film along with a range of bonus materials, highlights of which include a booklet featuring excerpts from Chaplin’s travel journal, his 1916 film The Rink and a charming 1967 documentary short about a Cuban projectionist screening the film in his country for the first time.

An American Werewolf in London Limited Collector's Edition

An American Werewolf in London

John Landis

Our final pick this month might not have the stature of a Godfather or a Modern Times, but as a cult classic and a thoroughly enjoyable horror An American Werewolf in London is hard to beat. Starring David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as two young American backpackers who find themselves being stalked by a werewolf that none of the English locals will admit exists, until one of them becomes prey and the other suffers a fate even worse.

Also starring Jenny Agutter and featuring appearances from Rik Mayall and Frank Oz, this classic from director John Landis returns to stores on March 14 in the form of a spectacular ‘Limited Collector’s Edition’ featuring a new 4K restoration of the film as well as a bonus disc rammed with extras such as commentaries, archival interviews, shorts and feature-length documentaries, as well as a set of of exclusive art prints.