• Warner Bros. sets The Wizard of Oz for release on 4K for its 80th anniversary (scanned in 8K!)
    Warner Bros. sets The Wizard of Oz for release on 4K for its 80th anniversary (scanned in 8K!)
  • Disney sets Toy Story 4 for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K on 10/8, plus Warner’s The Wizard of Oz 4K on 10/29
    Disney sets Toy Story 4 for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K on 10/8, plus Warner’s The Wizard of Oz 4K on 10/29
  • CBS reveals a Twin Peaks: From Z to A BD set with both series, the film, new/legacy extras &  2 episodes in 4K
    CBS reveals a Twin Peaks: From Z to A BD set with both series, the film, new/legacy extras & 2 episodes in 4K
  • Criterion’s November Blu-ray slate includes Now, Voyager, All About Eve & The Daytrippers
    Criterion’s November Blu-ray slate includes Now, Voyager, All About Eve & The Daytrippers
  • Bill looks back at a coming of age classic in 4K Ultra HD: Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me
    Bill looks back at a coming of age classic in 4K Ultra HD: Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me
  • Bill reviews Zhang Yimou’s Shadow in 4K from Well Go USA, a stunning reinvention of the wuxia genre
    Bill reviews Zhang Yimou’s Shadow in 4K from Well Go USA, a stunning reinvention of the wuxia genre
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    Sony sets Guillermo del Toro’s original Hellboy for release on 4K on 10/15
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    New Star Wars BDs up for pre-order, plus American Gangster, Casino & Scarface 4K official & more
  • Bill reviews the Russo’s Avengers: Endgame on 4K Ultra HD, a worthy capstone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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  • Tim and Bill spin Duncan Jones’ magnificent Moon in 4K Ultra HD, old-school sci-fi with a new twist
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  • Network reveals its Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Norwegian Blu-ray Edition (due October 7)!
    Network reveals its Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Norwegian Blu-ray Edition (due October 7)!
  • Criterion finally reveals Spine #1000 – their long-awaited Godzilla: The Showa-Era Blu-ray box set
    Criterion finally reveals Spine #1000 – their long-awaited Godzilla: The Showa-Era Blu-ray box set
  • Shout! Factory & Scream announced TONS of new titles at Comic-Con, plus more Disney & Pixar 4K catalog!
    Shout! Factory & Scream announced TONS of new titles at Comic-Con, plus more Disney & Pixar 4K catalog!
My Two Cents
August 23, 2019 - 10:52 am

All right, it’s official.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just announced that they’ll release The Wizard of Oz on 4K Ultra HD on 10/29, in honor of the film’s 80th anniversary.

The original Technicolor camera negative has been scanned in 8K and graded for high dynamic range in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision (the disc will include both).

Per the studio’s press release, “The process was supervised by MPI colorist Janet Wilson, who has overseen ever remaster of The Wizard of Oz for the past 20 years.” SRP for the release is $41.99. The package will include both the 4K and a Blu-ray.

You can see the cover artwork at left and below. [Read on here...]

August 22, 2019 - 8:33 pm

We’ve got just a quick update for you here at The Bits today, but it’s a good one...

First, Disney has just officially announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of Toy Story 4 on 10/8, with the Digital release expected a week earlier on 10/1.

The 4K disc (and digital release) will include Dolby Atmos audio, while the Blu-ray will feature 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Expect the physical to offer HDR10 high dynamic range, while the digital 4K has Dolby Vision. Extras will include audio commentary with director Josh Cooley and his team, 4 featurettes (Toy Stories, Woody & Buzz, Bo Rebooted, and Let’s Ride with Ally Maki), a collection of mini-docs on the film’s characters called Toy Box, 6 deleted scenes with optional commentary (including Scamming Playtime, Bo Knows Hippos, Desperate Toys, Knock-Offs, Recruit Duke, and She’s the One) and more. [Read on here...]

August 21, 2019 - 4:54 pm

Okay, we’ve got some big news for you today...

First though, we’ve posted a few new disc reviews in the last couple of days, including my own takes on Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 4K from Warner Bros, Air Force One in 4K from Sony Pictures, and Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series on regular Blu-ray from Warner. Tim has also posted his thoughts on Shout! Factory’s new The Harder They Come: Collector’s Edition. All are work a look, so do check them out at the links provided.

Now then, let’s get to that news. First, this is not yet officially announced (even though we revealed it on social media a couple days ago), but retail links from various online sources confirm what we’ve been saying for a while now here at The Bits, namely that Warner will release The Wizard of Oz on 4K Ultra HD in October in honor of the film’s 80th anniversary. [Read on here...]

August 19, 2019 - 3:24 pm

We’ve got some interesting announcement news for you today...

First up, Lionsgate has just announced the 10/8 Blu-ray and DVD release of Ari Aster’s horror film Midsommar, with the Digital version coming on 9/24 from A24. Extras will include the Let the Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar featurette and the “Bear in a Cage” promo.

Speaking of horror, Paramount has set Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/15, including all 10 episodes plus extended director’s cut versions of 3 episodes (Steven Sees a Ghost, The Bent-Neck Lady, and Silence Lay Steadily) and audio commentary by director Mike Flanagan on 4 episodes (the three extended episodes plus Two Storms). [Read on here...]

August 19, 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

August 15, 2019 - 4:15 pm

All right, folks... we have some release news for you this afternoon.

But first, I’ve posted a review of Rob Reiner’s classic coming of age film Stand by Me on 4K Ultra HD. It streets on 8/27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and it’s well worth a look. You can read more here.

The big release news today is that the Criterion Collection has announced their November Blu-ray and DVD slate, which is set to include Greg Mottola’s The Daytrippers (Spine #1001 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/12, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue (Spine #1002 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War (Spine #1005 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/19, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve (Spine #1003 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Irving Rapper’s Now, Voyager (Spine #1004 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/26. [Read on here...]

August 14, 2019 - 12:18 pm

All right, we have more news for you today. But first, a review...

I did indeed post my thoughts on Zhang Yimou’s Shadow in 4K last night from Well Go USA, and darned if it isn’t pretty spectacular. It’s a slow burn study in contrasts and well worth your time. You can check it out here.

Now then, Universal has officially announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra HD release of Danny Boyle’s Yesterday on 9/24, with the Digital release expected on 9/10. The 4K will include HDR10 and HDR10+ high dynamic range, with Dolby Atmos audio. The Blu-ray will also include Dolby Atmos audio. Extras on both will include audio commentary with director Danny Boyle and writer/producer Richard Curtis, an alternate opening, an alternate ending, 12 deleted scenes, a gag reel, a 3-song Live at Abbey Road Studios session with Himesh Patel (performing Yesterday, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Let it Be), and 6 featurettes (Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen, Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon, A Talented Duo, Playing for Real, Soul Mates, and A Conversation with Richard & Ed). You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

August 13, 2019 - 1:10 pm

We’ve got a little bit of news for you today, as well as some new Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD reviews...

First, I’ve just posted a review of Jon Favreau’s original Iron Man in 4K Ultra HD, from Marvel (distributed by Paramount and now Disney). For you guys, I bit the bullet and picked up a copy myself. The new Atmos mix is pretty great, but the 4K image quality is a bit disappointing. Click here for the details. The title streets today.

And Tim has just posted his thoughts on Gordon Hessler’s Scream and Scream Again from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, as well as Riccardo Freda’s Double Face from Arrow Video, both on regular Blu-ray. [Read on here...]

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