• BREAKING RUMOR: Retail sources suggest that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming to 4K Ultra HD in 2018
    BREAKING RUMOR: Retail sources suggest that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming to 4K Ultra HD in 2018
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a Trekspert roundtable!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a Trekspert roundtable!
  • Warner Bros. officially announces Blade Runner: 2049 for Blu-ray, 3D, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 1/16
    Warner Bros. officially announces Blade Runner: 2049 for Blu-ray, 3D, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 1/16
  • Michael Coate looks back at the 25th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from Francis Ford Coppola
    Michael Coate looks back at the 25th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from Francis Ford Coppola
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Bond film that started it all... Dr. No!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Bond film that started it all... Dr. No!
  • Warner announces a Christopher Nolan 4K Collection for 12/19 (plus today’s Amazon Black Friday deals)!
    Warner announces a Christopher Nolan 4K Collection for 12/19 (plus today’s Amazon Black Friday deals)!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Criterion’s February slate includes Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Silence of the Lambs, Tom Jones & more!
    Criterion’s February slate includes Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Silence of the Lambs, Tom Jones & more!
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets IT for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/9/2018
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets IT for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/9/2018
  • Check out our reviews of Paramount & Comedy Central’s new South Park: Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray box sets!
    Check out our reviews of Paramount & Comedy Central’s new South Park: Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray box sets!
  • Here’s our review of GKids’ new Princess Mononoke Blu-ray from director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
    Here’s our review of GKids’ new Princess Mononoke Blu-ray from director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
  • The Warner Archive announces that they’re bringing Batman: The Animated Series to Blu-ray in 2018!
    The Warner Archive announces that they’re bringing Batman: The Animated Series to Blu-ray in 2018!
My Two Cents
December 13, 2017 - 5:54 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got a couple good items of business for you today, the first of which is a new 4K review…

I’ve just given Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar a look on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount. The disc streets next Tuesday, 12/19. It’s a full native 4K transfer and of course the film was shot in a combination of 35 mm and 65 mm IMAX, so it’s variable aspect ratio and looks tremendous. The disc will also appear in Warner’s Christopher Nolan Collection 4K box set which streets next Tuesday as well. We don’t yet have the whole box, but as soon as we do, rest assured we’ll get the other films reviewed for you guys as soon as possible.

FYI, Tim has also just posted his review of Captain from Castile on Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Enjoy! [Read on here…]


December 12, 2017 - 2:31 pm   |   by

Afternoon, folks. We’ve got a bunch of release news to report today and some new disc reviews too. First the reviews...

Our own Tim Salmons has checked in with a look at a pair of All Region Blu-rays from Aussie distributor Umbrella Entertainment, including Drive-In Delirium: ’60s and ’70s Savagery and Drive-In Delirium: Maximum ’80s Overdrive. Be sure to check them out.

We’ve also posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover art and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, we’d appreciate it if you used our Amazon links (any one of them) when you’re shopping from the retailer. Thank you!

The big news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Dean Devlin’s Geostorm for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/23 (SRP $35.99 and $28.98), with a Digital release expected on 1/23. There’s no 4K Ultra HD version currently planned it seems, at least not at the moment. Extras on the Blu-ray will include 3 featurettes (Wreaking Havoc, Search for Answers, and An International Event). [Read on here…]


December 12, 2017 - 7:00 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, 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


December 8, 2017 - 1:41 pm   |   by

We have just a couple of quick release announcements and updates to offer you today, before we let you all head out for the weekend…

Shout! Factory has announced The ‘Burbs: Collector’s Edition for release on Blu-ray on 3/20 as part of their Shout Select line.

Also coming that day as part of their Select line is Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall, an absoutely fantastic film about the last days of Hitler in WWII starring Bruno Ganz (and the source of a surprisingly persistent viral YouTube meme you may be familiar with – one of the early versions even referenced The Bits, as some of you longtime readers may recall). Shout! also has Macon County Line coming on 1/16 to the Select line. Extras on these titles are still TBA. [Read on here…]


December 7, 2017 - 5:01 pm   |   by

All right, no sooner did we post our last column then word came in that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner: 2049 for release on Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray 3D Combo, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/16/18, as expected (SRP $35.99, $44.95, $28.98, and $44.95, respectively). The Digital HD release is set for 12/26.

It appears that the Blu-ray and 4K editions will all feature Dolby Atmos audio. There’s mention of High Dynamic Range in the official press release, but not Dolby Vision, so the HDR is likely HDR10.

Keep in mind that this film was finished as a native 4K Digital Intermediate (with digital capture at 3.4K), so it should look pretty great, especially in Ultra HD. [Read on here…]


December 7, 2017 - 2:49 pm   |   by

We’re kicking things off today here at The Bits with two more new Blu-ray Disc reviews, including my thoughts on Makoto Shinkai’s stunning and highly-acclaimed anime Your Name from Toho and FUNimation, as well as Sting: Live at the Olympia Paris, a great new concert film from Eagle Vision. I think you’ll find both well worth a look.

In release news today, industry and retail sources are telling us to expect Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner: 2049 to street on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/16/18 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Keep in mind, this title is not officially announced yet, but we expect official word from the studio very soon. [Read on here…]


December 6, 2017 - 2:24 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve been very busy here at The Bits working on new reviews and other content, and all in the midst of some crazy weather in SoCal – we have high winds and wildfires all around. If you live in the area, please stay safe.

In any case, we’ve got some good stuff for you to read here at The Bits today…

First, our own Michael Coate has just turned in a new retrospective interview celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from director Francis Ford Coppola, which we recently reviewed in 4K Ultra HD. Michael has also posted a 55th anniversary retrospective looking back at the James Bond film that started it all, Dr. No. You’ll find both of those in History, Legacy & Showmanship right now and we hope you enjoy them. [Read on here…]


December 1, 2017 - 2:14 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got another release news update for you to round out the week. So let’s get right to it…

First up, Warner Bros. has set The LEGO Ninjago Movie for release on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/19.

Lionsgate’s next pair of Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray titles, due on 1/30, are Class of 1999 and Gothic.

Only the Brave is apparently coming from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Blu-ray, DVD and possibly 4K on 2/6/18. Pre-orders for the first two formats are now open on Amazon.com. [Read on here…]


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