• Universal announces a Blu-ray upgrade of Peter Jackson’s King Kong: Ultimate Edition DVD box set for 2/7
  • Birth of a Nation, October Sky, It Came from Outer Space 3D, Pinocchio & Happy Thanksgiving from The Bits!
  • Walt Disney Home Entertainment announces a new Pinocchio: Signature Edition Blu-ray for release on 1/31
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 10th anniversary of “Casino Royale” with a great expert roundtable discussion!
  • Criterion’s February slate with Before Sunrise, Mildred Pierce & Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • Our review of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – this is your demo HDR experience, folks!
  • Here’s our review of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format
  • Our review of Disney & Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D – Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray 3D!
  • REVIEW: Samsung’s UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers great value & performance at a low price
  • Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt looks back at the debut of Blu-ray on the format’s 10th Anniversary!
  • Universal announces a Blu-ray upgrade of Peter Jackson’s King Kong: Ultimate Edition DVD box set for 2/7
  • Birth of a Nation, October Sky, It Came from Outer Space 3D, Pinocchio & Happy Thanksgiving from The Bits!
  • Walt Disney Home Entertainment announces a new Pinocchio: Signature Edition Blu-ray for release on 1/31
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 10th anniversary of “Casino Royale” with a great expert roundtable discussion!
  • Criterion’s February slate with Before Sunrise, Mildred Pierce & Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • Our review of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – this is your demo HDR experience, folks!
  • Here’s our review of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format
  • Our review of Disney & Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D – Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray 3D!
  • REVIEW: Samsung’s UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers great value & performance at a low price
  • Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt looks back at the debut of Blu-ray Disc on the format’s 10th Anniversary!
My Two Cents
December 02, 2016 - 2:42 pm

Fox Home Entertainment has just announced the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and Digital HD release of Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on 12/13 (see the official announcement by Burton here). The 4K SKU will include Dolby Atmos audio. Extras on all the BD versions will include 4 featurettes (The Peculiar Story, The Peculiars, Hollows and Ex-Hollows, and Map of Days), Florence + The Machine’s Wish That You Were Here music video, and a gallery of photos and never-before-seen sketches by Tim Burton. [Read on here…]


December 01, 2016 - 3:56 pm

All right, we’re starting today with some new disc reviews: I’ve just posted my thoughts on Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence in 4K Ultra HD format, as well as Paul Greengrass’ Jason Bourne in 4K Ultra HD format from Universal. Meanwhile, Tim has posted a review of Arrow Video USA’s The Hills Have Eyes (1977) on Blu-ray Disc. All three of these titles are worth a look.

Also here at The Bits today (in case you missed it when we posted it here at the site yesterday), our dear friend Bud Elder has turned in a new View from the Cheap Seats column called Movie Begats and More. In it, Bud runs down new deep catalog releases from all the usual indie distributors and remembers the late Leon Russell. Don’t miss it!  [Read on here…]


November 29, 2016 - 4:42 pm

So did you guys all score your Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tickets? Seems like they sold pretty fast. If you’re a fan of Star Wars and are looking forward to the new film, Wired has a good feature article on the film’s VFX Supervisor, John Knoll, who also came up with the idea for the film. Do give it a look.

We’ve got a new Blu-ray review for you today, and I’m working on several more reviews on both Blu-ray and 4K. Today’s review is from Tim and features Arrow Video USA’s new BD of Dead-End Drive-In, which is now available.  [Read on here…]


November 29, 2016 - 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


November 28, 2016 - 4:33 pm

All right, there’s still not a ton of news to report so far this week. It’s Cyber Monday, which means most of the Blu-ray powers that be (and retailers) are focused on Cyber Monday sales. As such, if you would kindly use this link when shopping for Cyber Monday deals on Amazon.com, we’d surely appreciate it. It’ll go a long way toward helping us to continue our work here at The Bits and we thank you for the support.

Speaking of Amazon, Paramount’s Allied is now available for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray pre-order (street date TBA). Also available for pre-order on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format is Warner’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 20th Century Fox has Keeping Up with the Joneses coming on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format as well. BBC Home Entertainment has set Planet Earth II for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray pre-order too. Street dates are TBA, but you can click on the format links in this paragraph to pre-order.  [Read on here…]


November 23, 2016 - 4:49 pm

All right, this is going to be our last regular post until Monday, though we will be back on Friday to let you know about any great Blu-ray or 4K deals worth mentioning. But we do have a few things for you...

First up, Tim has turned in a nice little batch of disc reviews as part of his Scream for a Week column, including his thoughts on David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers and Rabid, as well as The Monkey’s Paw, all from Scream Factory. He’s also turned in a review of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVII on DVD from Shout! Factory. All are work a look, so enjoy!  [Read on here…]


November 22, 2016 - 4:24 pm

The big news today is that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set a Jerry Maguire: 20th Anniversary Edition for release on Blu-ray on 1/3. The film has been remastered in 4K (though strangely, there’s no 4K Ultra HD release currently announced). New material in the set will include nearly 60 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, the 3-part Jerry Maguire: We Meet Again retrospective documentary, a new written introduction by writer/director Cameron Crowe, a photo gallery, and the film’s soundtrack on CD, as well as legacy extras. You can see the packaging below.

Also, Lionsgate has revealed the next pair of entries in their Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray line, which are due on 1/31. Look for Bob Balaban’s Parents (1989) and Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988). SRP is $34.97 each.  [Read on here…]


November 21, 2016 - 2:36 pm

Well folks, it’s the Thanksgiving holiday week here in the States... which is also Black Friday Week on the Internet. And that means there probably isn’t going to be a lot of Blu-ray news or announcements to report on over the next few days.

But we do have a couple things for you today. And, as we’re always trying to help you guys get the most of your Blu-ray, DVD, and/or 4K experience, we’re going to point out a few deals each day that might make that easier for you.

First though, here at the website, our own Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through one of our links, you’re helping to support The Bits and we really do appreciate it. So please remember that as you begin your holiday shopping this week!

Now then, let’s start with that release news... [Read on here…]


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