Primal Fear | UK 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release confirmed

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Richard Gere and Edward Norton headline the 1996 thriller Primal Fear, which is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in the UK.


Cast your mind back to 1996, assuming you were alive at that time, and not a toddler. This was a time when movie studios – Paramount in particular – were seeking mid-budget thrillers, which had a habit of delivering a very pleasant profit.

In the case of 1996’s Primal Fear, headlined by Richard Gere, the film also unearthed a brand new talent. That’d be Edward Norton, in his first high profile Hollywood role. For taking on the support in what could have been a disposable potboiler, he ended up scoring his first Oscar nomination for the role, and deservedly so.

There’s a lot else to like in the film, too. Gregory Hoblit was directing a bunch of mid-priced films at the time, and we’ve chatted about them and his work, here.

But also, Gere is on strong form too, and there’s a very good ensemble at work as well.

Nearly three decades on, Paramount has now dug back into its archives and elected to give the film its 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc debut. Already announced in the UK, the UK 4K disc is set to be released on 25th March 2024.

Inside the box is a Blu-ray, which is going to carry across existing special feature material (with at least one new addition as well).

It’s not the most expected of 4K disc releases, but I’ll happily take it. It’s gone up for preorder now, and you can order a copy – and find more on the release – right here.

We’ll leave you with the synopsis for the film…

Edward Norton captivated critics and audiences alike with his film debut as an altar boy accused of murdering a Catholic archbishop. Richard Gere is the arrogant, spotlight-seeking defense attorney set on proving his client’s innocence, alongside a stellar supporting cast that includes Laura Linney, Alfre Woodard, Andre Braugher, Frances McDormand, Maura Tierney, Steven Bauer, Terry O’Quinn and John Mahoney.

Our full list of upcoming 4K discs in the UK can be found here.

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