The best Blu-ray & 4K reissues coming in July 2021
Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous joins our exclusive Cine Edition range, a classic from Akira Kurosawa gets a 4K restoration and the BFI unveils a new collection from Ingmar Bergman - all this and more coming your way in July...
Almost Famous: Cine Edition
Loosely based on director Cameron Crowe’s own experiences as a teenager working for Rolling Stone magazine, during which time he toured with several bands including The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin, Almost Famous follows a 15-year old budding rock journalist and his journey on the road with the (fictional) band Sweetwater, making for a coming-of-age story quite unlike any other.
Featuring a cast that includes Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup and Jason Lee, Almost Famous joins our exclusive Cine Edition range this month with a new limited edition set to make its arrival in stores on July 12. Included in the new Cine Edition are a limited edition poster, six Stillwater tour stickers and a Stillwater tour ticket stub, as well as both the theatrical and ‘bootleg’ cuts of the film presented in 4K UHD. Also included are a range of extras such as a new Filmmaker Focus with Crowe discussing the film, a new interview with Lester Bangs, Cameron Crowe’s top albums of 1973 and a selection of extended scenes, to name a few highlights.
Even if you’ve never seen any of the marvellous films made by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, his influence on some of cinemas most revered filmmakers, from George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola to Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, has seen Kurosawa become recognised as one of the most important directors of the 20th century. Of the 30 feature films he completed during his lifetime, his 1985 film Ran is considered by many to be his masterpiece. Taking its name from the Japanese word for ‘chaos’ (sometimes translated as ‘turmoil’), Ran was heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s King Lear and tells the story of an epic struggle for power between an ageing Japanese warlord and his three sons.
The most expensive Japanese film ever made at the time of its release, Ran’s stunning cinematography gets a new lease of life this month as the film comes to 4K UHD for the first time. Set to arrive in stores on July 19, the new 4K edition includes the newly-restored feature as well as an extensive supply of extras, including a feature-length documentary on Kurosawa by Chris Marker, an in-depth look at the restoration process and archival interviews with cast and crew, including actress Mieko Harada and director of photography Shoji Ueda.
Ghost in the Shell: Limited Collector’s Edition Steelbook
If Akira was the film that kickstarted an entire genre of Japanese animated feature films aimed at adults, Ghost in the Shell is arguably one of the genre’s artistic pinnacles. First released in 1995, the film proved hugely influential on filmmakers such as the Wachowskis and James Cameron and eventually became the subject of a live-action Hollywood remake starring Scarlett Johansson in 2017.
The original animated feature makes a return to stores this month in the form of a new 4K limited collector’s edition Steelbook featuring exclusive new artwork from Matt Ferguson. Set to arrive in stores on July 12, the new box set includes a selection of brand new extras including two mini-features examining the film’s legacy and new audio commentary from screenwriters Mary Claypool and Eric Calderon and actor Richard Epcar, as well as six art cards and a poster of Ferguson’s artwork.
Space Jam: Titans of Cult Limited Edition
With the long-awaited sequel making its arrival in cinemas imminently, what better time to add this cult classic to your collection? First released in 1996 and starring basketball legend Michael Jordan alongside an animated cast of Looney Tunes favourites such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Space Jam becomes the latest addition to the Titans of Cult series this month with a brand new 4K Steelbook edition in stores from July 5.
Housed in a collectable Steelbook case, the new Titans of Cult edition also includes a unique enamel pin and an exclusive set of vinyl stickers.
Mirror: The Criterion Collection
One of the most haunting and moving entries in the impressive filmography of Andrei Tarkovsky, Mirror uses the memories of a dying poet as they flash before his eyes as a device to tell the story of 20th century Russian history, mingling his dreams and memories with newsreel footage and images of wartime to deliver a poignant account of Tarkobsky's own life in the country.
Mirror joins the Criterion Collection this month with a newly-restored version of Tarkovsky’s film heading to stores on July 26. Alongside the new 2K restoration, the new Criterion edition also includes a 2019 documentary about Tarkovsky directed by his son Andrei A. Tarkovsky, a new documentary about Mirror by Louise Milne and Sean Martin, and archival interviews with Tarkovsky himself and screenwriter Alexander Misharin.
True Romance: Limited Collector’s Edition
One of the most unforgettable thrillers of the 1990s, this collaboration between Quentin Tarantino and the late Tony Scott first arrived in 1993 and stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as two lovers caught up in a whirlwind romance that sees them quickly married and on the run cross-country with a suitcase of stolen drugs and both the cops and the mafia on their tail. Alongside them is a stellar cast that includes Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer, among many others.
True Romance makes a return to stores this month with a new Limited Collector’s Edition from Arrow Video set to arrive on July 19. A new 4k presentation of the feature is included alongside a range of bonus materials including double-sided poster, six art cards and a 60-page bound book which includes Edgar Wright’s 2012 eulogy for Tony Scott. Among the additional extras are a huge range of interviews, deleted scenes and an alternate ending with optional commentaries from Scott and Tarantino.
Ingmar Bergman: Volume 1
Along with Akira Kurosawa and a handful of others, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman is considered one of the most influential directors of all time, his body of work being cited as an influence on everyone from Martin Scorsese to John Waters. With over 60 films to his name it can be difficult to know where to start with Bergman’s work, but a new box set series from the BFI featuring many of his greatest films is a great place to start.
The first in a four-volume series, Ingmar Bergman Volume 1 arrives in stores on July 26 and includes eight films for the early part of his career, including Torment (1944), Crisis (1946), Eva (1948), Music in Darkness (1948), Port of Call (1948), Prison (1949), Three Strange Loves (1949) and To Joy (1950). All benefit from new 2K restorations and each volume in the new series is a limited edition of 5000, with the first featuring newly-commissioned artwork by Andrew Bannister.