• Sony sets Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind for 40th anniversary release on BD/4K on 9/19
    Sony sets Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind for 40th anniversary release on BD/4K on 9/19
  • Michael Coate looks back at Ron Howard’s 70 mm epic Far and Away on its 25th Anniversary with Beverly Gray
    Michael Coate looks back at Ron Howard’s 70 mm epic Far and Away on its 25th Anniversary with Beverly Gray
  • Bits editor Bill Hunt on two Comic-Con panels, plus a Terminator 2 4K update & a GKids/Ghibli BD update
    Bits editor Bill Hunt on two Comic-Con panels, plus a Terminator 2 4K update & a GKids/Ghibli BD update
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai, Terminator 2, Starship Troopers & E.T. are all coming to 4K Ultra HD
    The Bridge on the River Kwai, Terminator 2, Starship Troopers & E.T. are all coming to 4K Ultra HD
  • In honor of George A. Romero, The Bits presents a classic feature from 2001: “Telling Tales with John & George”
    In honor of George A. Romero, The Bits presents a classic feature from 2001: “Telling Tales with John & George”
  • Michael Coate & author Calum Waddell celebrate the 30th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop
    Michael Coate & author Calum Waddell celebrate the 30th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop
  • Disney makes James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 official for Blu-ray, 3D & 4K Ultra HD on 8/22
    Disney makes James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 official for Blu-ray, 3D & 4K Ultra HD on 8/22
  • Michael Coate and Bond experts celebrate Sir Roger Moore and The Spy Who Loved Me’s 40th anniversary
    Michael Coate and Bond experts celebrate Sir Roger Moore and The Spy Who Loved Me’s 40th anniversary
  • Surprise! HBO sets Westworld: Season One for 4K UHD (w/BD & DVD) in November, plus more Lionsgate 4K
    Surprise! HBO sets Westworld: Season One for 4K UHD (w/BD & DVD) in November, plus more Lionsgate 4K
  • Lost Horizon: 80th Anniversary BD. plus The Digital Bits presents our 2017 4K Ultra HD Release Update!
    Lost Horizon: 80th Anniversary BD, plus The Digital Bits presents our 2017 4K Ultra HD Release Update!
  • Return to 2019 with Michael Coate and a panel of experts to celebrate 35 years of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
    Return to 2019 with Michael Coate and a panel of experts to celebrate 35 years of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
  • Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20!
    Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20!
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July 27, 2017 - 9:00 am   |   by

This is a quick post to let you all know that Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As a NEW feature, the section now lets you search for upcoming Blu-ray titles, DVD titles, AND 4K Ultra HD titles seperately to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART on the menu bar above to visit the page, and use the search options in the red bar (at the top) to sort by format and date. Once you find a title you like, all you have to do is click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to its Amazon.com pre-order page. Don’t forget, anytime you order literally anything at all from Amazon after clicking to them from any one our links, a portion of the order price goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. It makes a big difference in our being able to continue our work. So we thank you!

- Bill Hunt


July 26, 2017 - 5:41 pm   |   by

Today’s update is a fairly quick one, as we’re working on more new reviews here at the site after finally catching up post Comic-Con.

Speaking of which, Tim has two for you today, including his thoughts on James Gunn’s Slither on Blu-ray from Scream Factory and also the long-awaited Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray from the Warner Archive! Both discs are worth your time. And do keep in mind, the better Batman: Mask of the Phantasm sells on Blu-ray, the more likely it is that Warner will be encouraged to re-visit Batman: The Animated Series on the format.

Speaking of Warner Bros, we now have a possible street date (from retail sources) for Wonder Woman on Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray 3D Combo, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD: 9/19. We’re awaiting official confirmation and expect the announcement from the studio any day now. [Read on here…]


July 25, 2017 - 3:40 pm   |   by

All right, we promised more release news today, and more release news we’ve got for you...

Starting with this: Sony Pictures is releasing Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on 9/19, in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary and fully-remastered in 4K. The film is also being re-released into theaters on 9/1. We don’t have details yet on any new extras (nor audio and HDR), but you can assume that all the previous Blu-ray extras will carry over. You can see the final cover artwork to the left and below, and both SKUs are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com by clicking here and here. There’s also a deluxe 4K/BD edition that includes a 64-page book and packaging that lights up and plays the film’s iconic theme.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will also release Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/3. The film stars Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, and John Slattery. [Read on here…]


July 24, 2017 - 4:07 pm   |   by

Good afternoon, everyone! So there’s a LOT of ground to cover today, including new announcements and some interesting Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K news that came out of Comic-Con this past weekend.

First, though, Tim has checked in with reviews of three films on Blu-ray – reviews originally written by Adam Jahnke here at The Bits, but updated by Tim to cover Shout! Factory and Scream Factory’s recent Steelbook editions: The Fog, They Live, and Escape from New York. Do give them a look.

Also today, Michael Coate is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ron Howard’s Far and Away with a new retrospective in his History, Legacy & Showmanship column. Far and Away, as some of you may know, was one of the last high-profile film productions in 70 mm before the recent theatrical resurgence that’s led (most recently) to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Michael details the film’s original theatrical release in 70 mm and also interviews Howard biographer Beverly Gray. The article is well worth your time, as always, so we hope you enjoy it. [Read on here…]


July 20, 2017 - 3:27 pm   |   by

All right, today’s a bit of a catch-up day here at The Bits...

First, Tim has reviewed a trio of Blu-ray titles for you, including Kino’s Moving Violations, Grindhouse Releasing’s Gone with the Pope, and Arrow Academy’s Terror in a Texas Town. Do give them a look.

Now then... this will be our last post until Monday, as I’m headed down to Comic-Con in San Diego tomorrow. For the record, I’m scheduled to be on TWO panels at the Con this weekend.

First, I’m moderating the Breaking News from Shout! Factory and Scream Factory panel tomorrow (Friday) at 8-9 PM in Room 4 at the San Diego Convention Center (details here):

“Join Shout! Factory’s Jeremy Whitham (Development Director), Brian Ward (Senior Director of Blu-ray and DVD Production), and Jeff Nelson (Senior Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks. Moderated by Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits.” [Read on here…]


July 18, 2017 - 4:57 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve a LOT of ground to cover today: Tons of news and announcements, plus some good stuff here at The Bits for you too. Let’s start with the latter...

Tim has turned in new reviews of Meteor (1979) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber and also Dave Parker’s It Watches on DVD from Uncork’d Entertainment. Both are worth your time. And if you like It Watches, be sure to check out Dave’s Sweet Tooth from Tales of Halloween, as well The Hills Run Red and The Dead Reborn too.

Also today, in honor of the late George Romero, I wanted to share a special feature we did here at The Bits way back in 2001: Telling Tales with John and George. I had the honor of spending an afternoon with George and filmmaker John Harrison (Frank Herbert’s Dune) while they recorded the audio commentary for Paramount’s Tales from the Darkside: The Movie DVD. It really gives you a good sense, I think, of who George was as a person: Truly one of the kindest, warmest, and most engaging people I’ve had the pleasure to meet in my 30+ years in this industry. I hope you’ll enjoy it. [Read on here…]


July 14, 2017 - 9:13 am   |   by

All right, no official update yet from Disney on the HDR on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 4K. There are reports that Dolby is claiming Dolby Vision will only be on the 4K streaming version, but we haven’t been able to confirm that yet. So stay tuned.

Disney has however, officially just announced (at D23) that they’re releasing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/3, with the Digital release due on 9/19. We know that it will have HDR (so HDR-10, no word specifically of Dolby Vision) and that it will include Dolby Atmos audio. “Bonus material includes a collection of behind-the-scenes, making-of stories, including a conversation with directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; a sit-down with the two young newcomers who play Henry and Carina; the secrets behind the menacing new villain, Salazar, and his ferocious ghost sharks; an on-set visit with Jack’s first mate from all five films; a chat with Sir Paul McCartney who appears as Uncle Jack; and a discussion about the franchise’s legacy; along with hilarious bloopers, deleted scenes and memories from producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s photo diary.” No other details are yet available. You can see the cover art at left.

Meanwhile, we have two new Blu-ray reviews for you today: Tim has checked out Vinegar Syndrome’s Psycho Cop Returns and Psychic Killer, both worth your time if you’re a fan of the genre. Do check them out. [Read on here…]


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