• Lionsgate sets Hellboy (2019) for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/23
    Lionsgate sets Hellboy (2019) for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/23
  • Warner sets Joe Dante’s Gremlins for 4K in October (plus Tim Burton’s Dumbo, The Alienist & more)
    Warner sets Joe Dante’s Gremlins for 4K in October (plus Tim Burton’s Dumbo, The Alienist & more)
  • Bill reviews Disney’s Captain Marvel in 4K, with a nice A/V upgrade, a great buddy-action vibe, and a cat
    Bill reviews Disney’s Captain Marvel in 4K, with a nice A/V upgrade, a great buddy-action vibe, and a cat
  • Bill reviews Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS in 4K, an even more impressive image upgrade than the original
    Bill reviews Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS in 4K, an even more impressive image upgrade than the original
  • Shout! Factory sets What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for Blu-ray on 8/6
    Shout! Factory sets What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for Blu-ray on 8/6
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN with a new retrospective and roundtable
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN with a new retrospective and roundtable
  • Bill checks out Tim Burton’s BATMAN in 4K, an impressive (but likely a bit controversial) Ultra HD upgrade
    Bill checks out Tim Burton’s BATMAN in 4K, an impressive (but likely a bit controversial) Ultra HD upgrade
  • Warner and DC set Shazam! for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/16
    Warner and DC set Shazam! for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/16
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) is coming to Blu-ray as a Disney Movie Club exclusive
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) is coming to Blu-ray as a Disney Movie Club exclusive
  • Alita: Battle Angel arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD (with 3D!) on 7/23, plus The Doors 4K & more
    Alita: Battle Angel arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD (with 3D!) on 7/23, plus The Doors 4K & more
  • Michael Coate looks back at Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace for its 20th anniversary
    Michael Coate looks back at Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace for its 20th anniversary
  • Sony sets Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me for release on 4K Ultra HD on 8/27 (with a new Atmos mix)
    Sony sets Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me for release on 4K Ultra HD on 8/27 (with a new Atmos mix)
  • Criterion’s August slate includes Douglas Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession, Jane Campion, Yasujiro Ozu & more
    Criterion’s August slate includes Douglas Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession, Jane Campion, Yasujiro Ozu & more
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June 11, 2019 - 10:18 am

Okay, we’ve got a couple things for you today...

First, Tim has posted his thoughts on Teruo Ishii’s Yakuza Law (1969) on Blu-ray from Toei via Arrow Video. And Dennis has turned in a look at a Richard Dreyfuss film from 1979, The Big Fix on Blu-ray via Twilight Time.

Also today, the big announcement news is that Lionsgate has set Hellboy (2019) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/23, with the Digital release expected on 7/9. The film employs a native 4K digital intermediate, so resolution should be very good indeed. The Ultra HD will also feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. Extras will include deleted scenes, Previsualizations, and the 3-part Tales of the Wild Hunt: Hellboy Reborn documentary. You can see the cover artwork at left. [Read on here...]

June 10, 2019 - 10:41 am

Morning, folks! Hope you all had a great weekend.

We’ve got an early post for you today with a few things, not the least of which is that we now know what the packaging for HBO’s long-awaited From the Earth to the Moon Blu-ray set will look like. You can see that at left and also below. It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon (click here or on the cover below) with a street date of 7/16 (SRP $39.99 but Amazon has it for just $22.99).

We don’t yet know all the details of the set, but we know that you’ll get all 12 parts on 3 Blu-rays. As you can see from the packaging, it notes that the episodes have been digitally remastered. And we know that the set will include the Inside the Remastering Process featurette. Watch for an official announcement any day now.

We’ve also just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates and Artwork section here at The Bits, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover art and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything after clicking to Amazon from one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at the site and we really appreciate it very much. [Read on here...]

June 10, 2019 - 1:00 am

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, just click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to the Amazon.com pre-order page. Thank you for shopping through our links!

- Bill Hunt

June 7, 2019 - 5:05 pm

All right, we have a quick late breaking news update for you today.

We’ve gotten a flurry of release information from our retail sources this afternoon, including both U.S. and international sources.

Based on that, we now predict the following U.S. street dates for upcoming Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles.

Keep in mind, these titles are not yet officially announced, but are likely to be in the coming weeks.

These are in addition to those titles already announced by the studios.

If Amazon pre-order links are available, we’ve added them to the titles (we expect more to go live soon).

We’ll post further updates here on The Bits, in our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at the site, and on our social media channels as new information comes in.

Stay tuned and have a great weekend!

(You can follow Bill on social media at these links: Twitter and Facebook)

 

June 7, 2019 - 11:11 am

All right, we’ve got a few reviews for you, a little bit of announcement news, and a couple of big street dates from our retail sources...

First up, those reviews... I’ve posted my thoughts on a couple of interesting sci-fi titles on Blu-ray, including Prospect from Gunpowder & Sky and Lost in Space: The Complete First Season from Netflix by way of 20th Century Fox. Also, Dennis has posted his thoughts on Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer from Fox. And Tim has offered his thoughts on the Frankenstein Created Woman: Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory and Happy Death Day 2U from Universal and Blumhouse. Enjoy!

More reviews are coming on Monday and into next week, including my take on Captive State on Blu-ray, more 4K, etc, so be sure to watch for them. [Read on here...]

June 4, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Sorry for our absence yesterday. We’ve been dealing with various and sundry server issues over the weekend and we’re just starting to get back to normal. Honestly, it’s a wonder the Internet still works at all these days. So anyway, thanks for your patience.

We have a bunch of title announcements to cover today, but first, today marks the 20th anniversary of our friends Robert Meyer Burnett and Mark A. Altman’s film Free Enterprise. So we wanted to call your attention to Michael Coate’s retrospective on the film from its 15th anniversary back in 2014. You can read Still Loving Long & Partying: Remembering Free Enterprise on its 15th Anniversary right here. The film isn’t on Blu-ray yet and so it’s always surprising how many people haven’t see it. But if you’re a fan of classic Star Trek, pop culture, and actors William Shatner and Eric McCormack, we think you’ll really enjoy it.

Meanwhile, we’re starting to get back to reviews. I still have two more Batman 4Ks coming, plus Tim and Dennis have some Blu-rays they’ve reviewed for you too. I’ve also got a trio of science fiction Blu-ray releases I’m going to try to cover soon as well. So be sure to watch for those. [Read on here...]

May 28, 2019 - 5:08 pm

We’ve got a couple interesting things for you this afternoon before we get to today’s release news...

First up, reviews... I’ve posted my in-depth thoughts on Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) in 4K Ultra HD here at The Bits and will have reviews of Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin in 4K over the next few days. The upshot of this first Batman film in 4K is that Warner’s new transfer and Atmos mix are terrific, but the HDR may take a little getting used to and a few of the sound effects have been changed for reasons explained in the review. You can read that here.

Also, Tim has posted a review of Archer: Danger Island – The Complete Season Nine on DVD from Fox and Dennis has looked at Isn’t It Romantic on Blu-ray from Warner.

And some of you may know that this past weekend was the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s original Alien (1979). So our own Michael Coate has posted a new History, Legacy, and Showmanship retrospective column looking back at the film’s theatrical release. It includes a great new roundtable of experts to discuss the film, including authors Chris Barsanti, Paul M. Sammon, and J.W. Rinzler (whose new book The Making of Alien is coming in July). You can read the piece here and if you’re a fan of the film, I think you’ll really enjoy it. [Read on here...]

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