• Netflix begins streaming Fox's The X-Files in HD. How about some love for Blu-ray fans?
  • CBS Home Entertainment sets I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 2 for Blu-ray release on 7/14
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets Neil Blomkamp's CHAPPiE for Blu-ray & DVD release on 6/16
  • The first full trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII debuts today at Star Wars Celebration & online!
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment makes Justified: The Complete Final Season official for BD/DVD on 6/2
  • D'oh! This “No more Simpsons DVD/Blu-ray” tomfoolery has pissed off a GREAT many fans.
  • Fox makes it official - Lost in Space: The Complete Series is coming to Blu-ray later in 2015
  • Disney sets Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away & The Cat Returns for BD on 6/16
  • Netflix begins streaming Fox's The X-Files in HD. How about some love for Blu-ray fans?
  • CBS Home Entertainment sets I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 2 for Blu-ray release on 7/14
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets Neil Blomkamp's CHAPPiE for Blu-ray & DVD release on 6/16
  • The first full trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII debuts today at Star Wars Celebration & online!
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment makes Justified: The Complete Final Season official for BD/DVD on 6/2
  • D'oh! This “No more Simpsons DVD/Blu-ray” tomfoolery has pissed off a GREAT many fans.
  • Fox makes it official - Lost in Space: The Complete Series is coming to Blu-ray later in 2015
  • Disney sets Ghibli’s Spirited Away & Cat Returns for Blu-ray in June (hopefully, they get the English subs right)
My Two Cents
April 24, 2015 - 3:12 pm

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This is just a quick update to let you all know about something interesting that many of you guys are going to want to check out. You remember that HD remastering of The X-Files we told you was happening over two years ago now? There’s still no word of a proper Blu-ray release of the series yet, though we certainly know many of you want one. BUT… Netflix has just begun to stream the series in HD. So at the very least, many of you can finally see it and get a better sense of the HD quality and what the early episodes look like in widescreen. Do give it a look.

After you do, ask yourself this question: Are you guys still interested in The X-Files on Blu-ray? What do you think of the HD quality of the series? Sound off on our Facebook page (click this link). We’d love to know what you think… and we know the studios monitor your comments there too. So make yourself heard!

Back Monday with the usual. Have a great weekend and stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt


April 23, 2015 - 11:50 am

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Are any of you guys Star Trek fans? Of course, you are! Well, we have something awesome to report for you today. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Prelude to Axanar – we’ve mentioned it here before. It’s a professionally-produced and original fan film, directed by Christian Gossett (of The Red Star fame) and set in the Star Trek universe. It’s sort of an in-world documentary production, as if produced by Memory Alpha and the Federation Historical Society, that looks back at the so-called Four Years War between the Klingons and the Federation. Remember: This is an entirely non-profit effort, completely funded by fans through Kickstarter. It was so successful that a full feature-length dramatic film called Axanar is now deep into pre-production that tells the actual story of that war. [Read on here…]


April 22, 2015 - 1:09 pm

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We’re kicking things off today with a new Blu-ray review from Todd Doogan: A look at Jules Dassin’s 1955 classic of the French New Wave, Rififi, available from our friends at The Criterion Collection. Enjoy!

Also here at the site today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Art section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork with Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at the site and we really do appreciate it.  [Read on here…]


April 22, 2015 - 6:00 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


April 21, 2015 - 1:13 pm

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All right, we’ve got some cool catalog and new release Blu-ray news for you today...

First up, Warner Archive has revealed that they’re releasing Wolfen on Blu-ray soon (street date TBA). The film will be 2.40:1/1080p with an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and English SDH subs. You can see the art (and pre-order it on Amazon) below.  [Read on here…]


April 20, 2015 - 3:00 pm

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All right, as we posted earlier, we’re kicking things off today with Tim Salmons’ review of Scream’s new Mad Max: Collector’s Edition. The disc streets on 5/5 and is well worth a look.

In announcement news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set CHAPPiE for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/16, with the digital version due on 5/26. Both disc versions will feature the We Are Tetravaal featurette. To this, the Blu-ray will add 8 more featurettes (Chappie: The Streetwise Professor, Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots, Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects, From Tetra Vaal to Chappie, Keep It Gangster, The Reality of Robotics, Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting, and Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects), along with an extended scenes (A Very Bad Man) and The Art of Chappie photo gallery. There’s also a Blomkamp³ Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray coming that same day that includes CHAPPiE, District 9, and Elysium plus a booklet. [Read on here…]


April 20, 2015 - 1:18 pm

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We’ve just posted an in-depth review of Scream Factory’s new Mad Max: Collector’s Edition, set to be released on Blu-ray on 5/5. Our own Tim Salmons’ has given the new edition a good going over for you all. The A/V quality is marginally different than the previous MGM Blu-ray (not really better or worse overall – just different), but the new extras are pretty terrific. It’s well worth a look, especially if you haven’t purchased the film on Blu-ray before. Those of you with the existing MGM BD release might have a tougher decision to make, but at $14 it’s not like buying the new edition and keeping both is going to break the bank. Anyway, enjoy the review!

Stay tuned... 

- Bill Hunt


April 17, 2015 - 3:22 pm

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Well... the last 24 hours have been a little crazy for movie fans, haven’t they? I attended Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim yesterday for the big panel of the morning, at which the new Episode VII teaser trailer was revealed by producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams. Some background on my personal experience: The night before, great friends both old and new gathered for a pre-convention dinner. My wife Sarah and I were there, along with veteran Blu-ray producers Charles de Lauzirika and Cliff Stephenson, and Alec Peters and Diana Kingsbury of Propworx and Star Trek: Axanar fame. (Unable to attend because of work, BD producer Robert Meyer Burnett was there in spirit.) We learned that fans had actually started lining up to attend the panel earlier that morning so, somehow or other, it was decided that we should probably get in line ourselves around 5 AM in order to make sure we made it into the room. And, somehow or other, everybody was game for it. So get in line we did, along with thousands of others: Myself, Alec, Diana, Charlie and Cliff, joined by Chris Gore of Film Threat. We posed for a selfie to commemorate the insanity (at left – taken by Alec).  [Read on here…]


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