• Paramount announces Martin Scorsese’s Silence for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/14
    Paramount announces Martin Scorsese’s Silence for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/14
  • The Criterion Collection’s May Blu-ray slate includes Ghost World, Orson Welles’ Othello & more
    The Criterion Collection’s May Blu-ray slate includes Ghost World, Orson Welles’ Othello & more
  • The 4K Ultra HD floodgates may finally be opening: Gladiator, Bridge on the River Kwai & more are on the way
    The 4K Ultra HD floodgates may finally be opening: Gladiator, Bridge on the River Kwai & more are on the way
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment sets Assassin’s Creed for Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 3/21
    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment sets Assassin’s Creed for Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 3/21
  • 4K Ultra HD Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is a new sci-fi classic with a complicated HDR story
    4K Ultra HD Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is a new sci-fi classic with a complicated HDR story
  • 4K Ultra HD Review: Bill’s thoughts on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the first 4K title released in 60 fps
    4K Ultra HD Review: Bill’s thoughts on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the first 4K title released in 60 fps
  • Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter & Planet Earth II 4K official & John Hurt RIP (photo by Jérôme de Perlinghi)
    Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter & Planet Earth II 4K official & John Hurt RIP (photo by Jérôme de Perlinghi)
  • CES 2017 wrap-up with more 4K Ultra HD news & the 2016 Home Entertainment Report from the DEG & BDA
    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
    UPDATED 8 PM PACIFIC: The Bits @ CES 2017: The Latest News on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • BREAKING NEWS: Oppo’s long-awaited 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player – the UDP-203 – finally launches this week!
    BREAKING NEWS: Oppo’s long-awaited 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player – the UDP-203 – finally launches this week!
My Two Cents
February 21, 2017 - 3:50 pm   |   by

We’re starting today with a pair of new Blu-ray Disc reviews, both of them from Universal. Tim’s given Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings a spin and found it well worth your time, especially if you missed it in the theater. It’s probably the best animated film of 2016, so do give it a look. Tim has also reviewed Universal’s Blu-ray upgrade of Peter Jackson’s King Kong: Ultimate Edition, which includes damn near all of the extras from the previous and elaborate DVD box sets. It’s also available for a great price too – just $13.99 on Amazon right now. Give the reviews a read and I think you’ll enjoy them.

Also, we’ve just posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover artwork and pre-order links. As always, anytime you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through any one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it very much. So please do and thank you! [Read on here…]


February 21, 2017 - 12:01 am   |   by

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


February 20, 2017 - 5:18 pm   |   by

All right, today is a work holiday for many here in the U.S., but we do have some interesting new release news for you all regardless.

First up, new signals from retail sources (including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and others) are suggesting that Disney and Lucasfilm are planning to release Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD on 4/4, instead of the date previously listed by retailers which was 3/28. Until this weekend, Best Buy was taking pre-orders with no date listed, but that’s now been pulled, suggesting that an official announcement may be coming any day. Stay tuned for official details.

Speaking of Disney, the studio has confirmed that it’s currently working on new Walt Disney Signature Edition Blu-ray releases of Fantasia and Bambi. The latter film has been out of print on Blu-ray here in the States for a number of years now, so that’s certainly good news for fans. You can learn a bit more here. [Read on here…]


February 17, 2017 - 2:51 pm   |   by

All right, we’re closing out the week with some interesting announcement news and a few other odds and ends...

First up today, Warner Bros has just announced that HBO’s Westworld: The Complete First Season will be available in Digital HD on 3/6. The Blu-ray and DVD release is expected to follow later in 2017, ahead of the debut of the series’ second season. Meanwhile, the Digital release will have some extras, including 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Welcome to Westworld, Crafting the Narrative, An Invitation to the Set, Reality of A.I.: Westworld, and About the Series), as well as 7 The Big Moment clips (Bernard Faces an Unlikely Saboteur, Teddy Versus the Man in Black, A Host Self-Sabotages, Maeve Gets An Answer, Dr. Ford’s Blood Sacrifice, The Truth About Bernard, and Dr. Ford’s New Narrative). [Read on here…]


February 16, 2017 - 11:03 am   |   by

We’ve got a pair of new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray reviews for all of you to enjoy here at The Bits today. I’ve given Warner’s The Accountant and Sony’s Inferno a spin on the format, both of which are recent releases, and have a few things to say about each. Do give them a look.

Also today, it’s become fairly clear that Amazon and Disney are having another one of their strange business tiffs that involves Amazon pulling all of Disney’s forthcoming Blu-ray titles off of pre-order. Case in point, Moana, Doctor Strange, etc. This may also be why Disney and Lucasfilm have not yet announced the Blu-ray release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, even though it’s already available for pre-order on other retail sites. While they no doubt have their reasons, these actions are a major inconvenience to both Amazon’s customers and Disney’s Blu-ray consumers, so these two companies should get their act together. [Read on here…]


February 14, 2017 - 1:10 pm   |   by

All right, folks... this is one of those posts it’s fun to write. None of this news has been officially announced, it comes from retail sources. But we know from our other industry sources that this information is legit. The street dates may change, but the titles should all be forthcoming.

The Swedish video retailer CDON.com has just listed for pre-order a number of catalog titles that we’ve known were either in production or planning for a while now, but the news is starting to break. They include (listed by studio and European street date):

Universal – The Mummy (1999 – 5/22), The Mummy Returns (5/22), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (5/22), Despicable Me (6/12), Despicable Me 2 (6/12), Gladiator (6/12)

Sony – The Bridge on the River Kwai (6/19), Spider-Man (6/26), Spider-Man 2 (6/26), Spider-Man 3 (6/26), The Amazing Spider-Man (6/26) [Read on here…]


February 13, 2017 - 2:39 pm   |   by

The big release news today is that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has just set Assassin’s Creed for Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on 3/21, with the Digital HD release expected on 3/10. We’re awaiting official details on the extras from the studio and will post them as soon as they’re available.

Also today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the 3/21 Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release of Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta. Disc-based extras will include a pair of featurettes (Portrait of Julieta and Celebrating Director Pedro Almodóvar).

Lionsgate will release Isolation on DVD on 4/18 as a Walmart exclusive. The film will also be widely available on Digital HD that same day. [Read on here…]


February 10, 2017 - 12:47 pm   |   by

So, here’s something very interesting. File this in the Rumor Mill category, but Disney may finally be about to take the leap into 4K Ultra HD.

According to the German BD site Bluray-Disc.de, Disney and Marvel have licensed Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 3 to Concorde Home Entertainment for release in Germany on the 4K Ultra HD format on 4/6, both individually and as a Steelbook trilogy. You can see more here and also here.

If this is true, it would seem likely that a U.S. release is also soon to be announced. After all, the 4K Ultra HD format is all-region. It’s very hard to imagine Marvel and Disney sacrificing potential sales here in the States due to enthusiasts importing copies. [Read on here…]


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