• Walt Disney Studios sets the CG-animated Moana for Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release on 3/7
  • CES 2017 wrap-up with more 4K Ultra HD news & the 2016 Home Entertainment Report from the DEG & BDA
  • The Bits @ CES 2017: The Latest News on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • The final History Legacy & Showmanship of 2016 celebrates the 75th anniversary of “Citizen Kane”
  • Michael Coate discusses “Around the World in 80 Days” with film historians in honor of its 60th Anniversary
  • Bill reviews Clint Eastwood’s Sully in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – a reference full-4K title with HDR & Dolby Atmos!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 45th anniversary of “Diamonds Are Forever” with a new Bond expert roundtable!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of “Rocky” with a new retrospective & roundtable discussion!
  • Oppo’s long-awaited 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player – the UDP-203 – finally launches this week!
  • Our review of CBS’ amazing Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray. Wonders await!
  • Walt Disney Studios sets the CG-animated Moana for Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release on 3/7
  • CES 2017 wrap-up with more 4K Ultra HD news & the 2016 Home Entertainment Report from the DEG & BDA
  • UPDATED 8 PM PACIFIC: The Bits @ CES 2017: The Latest News on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • The final History Legacy & Showmanship of 2016 celebrates the 75th anniversary of “Citizen Kane”
  • Michael Coate discusses “Around the World in 80 Days” with film historians in honor of its 60th Anniversary
  • Bill reviews Clint Eastwood’s Sully in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – a reference full-4K title with HDR & Dolby Atmos!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 45th anniversary of “Diamonds Are Forever” with a new Bond expert roundtable!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of “Rocky” with a new retrospective & roundtable discussion!
  • BREAKING NEWS: Oppo’s long-awaited 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player – the UDP-203 – finally launches this week!
  • Our review of CBS’ amazing Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray. Wonders await!
My Two Cents
January 16, 2017 - 2:57 pm

Afternoon, folks! I hope you all had a fine weekend. My wife and I have had family visiting for the past few days, so it’s been a nice to catch up. And it seems to have finally stopped raining here in Southern California, so we’ve had nice weather in which to do it.

We’ve got a bunch of interesting new announcement news for you this afternoon, as well as some interesting leaks and pre-order listings for titles that have yet to be announced but could be soon. Let’s get right to it...  [Read on here…]


January 13, 2017 - 5:40 pm

All right, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K announcements have been few and far between in the last few days, but we’ve got a couple of interesting things to report today to close out the week.

First though, we have four new horror Blu-ray reviews from Tim Salmons for those of you who are fans of the genre. Tim has taken a look at Synapse’s Phenomena: Limited Edition, David Cronenberg’s The Brood from Criterion, Arrow Video’s The Initiation, and Grindhouse Releasing’s I Drink Your Blood. Do give them a look.  [Read on here…]


January 10, 2017 - 5:01 pm

All right, first up here at The Bits today, our own Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly Release Dates & Artwork update, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon (after clicking to them through any of our links) goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it!

Now then... in announcement news today, Paramount has officially announced the Blu-ray Combo, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Denis Villensuve’s Arrival on 2/14. A Digital HD release will happen on 1/31. It appears that audio on the Blu-ray and 4K will be English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras will include 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival, Acoustic Signatures: The Sound Design, Eternal Recurrence: The Score, Nonlinear Thinking: The Editorial Process, and Principles of Time, Memory & Language). We’re certainly looking forward to watching those.  [Read on here…] 


January 10, 2017 - 12:01 am

This is just a quick post to let you all know that our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section as usual with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART in the menu above. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it!

- Bill Hunt


January 06, 2017 - 3:32 pm

All right, we’re closing out the week at CES 2017 with a couple of additional bits of 4K and industry-related news.

But first, Disney and Marvel have just officially announced the Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo, Digital SD, DVD, and On-Demand release of Doctor Strange on 2/28. The Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere release is expected on 2/14. Extras on the Blu-ray versions will include audio commentary by director Scott Derrickson, 5 deleted scenes (Strange Meets Daniel Drumm, Kaecilius Searches for Answers, The Kamar-Taj Courtyard, Making Contact, and Lost in Kathmandu), 5 featurettes (A Strange Transformation, Strange Company, The Fabric of Reality, Across Time and Space, and The Score-cerer Supreme), a Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look, the Team Thor: Part 2 spoof (with Thor and his roommate, Darryl), and a gag reel. The Blu-rays will feature 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Per Disney tradition, the digital release will also include its own exclusive featurette (Through the Keyhole: The Science of the MCU). You can see the cover artwork for the Blu-ray versions left and below.  [Read on here…]


January 05, 2017 - 3:19 pm

All right, let’s have more on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from CES 2017, plus a bit of regular Blu-ray announcement news too...

First up, we have reliable word that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is listing Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format on 7/11. That makes a ton of sense, because Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) arrives in theatres on 7/21 (from STX Entertainment).

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has also just officially set Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo, and DVD release on 2/14. The 4K release will be presented in full 4K and 60 fps, with HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. It features an exclusive 4K Featurette with Ang Lee and Tim Squyres discussing the film’s groundbreaking frame rate technology. The Blu-ray versions will include delete scenes and 4 featurettes (Into Battle and Onto the Field: Stepping Inside Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Recreating the Halftime Show, The Brotherhood of Combat, and Assembling a Cast). You can see the cover artwork to the left.  [Read on here…]


January 04, 2017 - 3:37 pm

All right, the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show is finally under way in Las Vegas today, with a number of the major CE manufacturers holding big press conferences to announce their product line-ups for the year. In fact, I’ve just now sat through Samsung’s big press event (more on that in a minute). I’ll check back in with more tomorrow, but for now let’s get to what news we have so far concerning 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at the show...

In terms of new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player hardware, obviously Oppo Digital has just launched their debut player on the format, the UDP-203 (SRP $549). I’ve been testing this unit for about a week now and it’s just tremendous. For a first-generation player, it’s very solid, very fast, and it plays just about everything – Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, DVD-Audio, CD, and SACD, plus a wide variety of digital video and audio formats via network and USB. It’s compatible with HDR-10 right out of the box, and it’s also hardware compatible with Dolby Vision; a firmware update in the months ahead will add full Dolby Vision compatibility (keep in mind that no Dolby Vision UHD BD software is yet available, though software is forthcoming – again, more in a moment – and you can stream it now via Netflix and Vudu). Oppo is also working on an audiophile-upgraded version of this player, the UDP-205 (SRP around $1K), due for release later this year. [Read on here…]


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