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We’ve got some interesting announcement news for you all today. Let’s start with Sony...

Sony has officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Foxcatcher on 3/3, with the digital HD release due on 2/20. Extras on the Blu-ray will include deleted scenes and The Story of Foxcatcher featurette.

Sony has also officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Oscar-nominated Whiplash on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on 2/24. Both disc versions will include audio commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and actor J.K. Simmons and the An Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival featurette. To this the Blu-ray will exclusively add a deleted scene and the original Whiplash short film both with optional commentary and the Timekeepers featurette featuring famous drummers talking about their art.  [Read on here…]

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Well… we knew it was coming and now Paramount has finally officially announced the 3-disc Blu-ray Combo and DVD release of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar with a street date of 3/31 (SRP $39.99 and $29.99), with a digital release on 3/17. Disc One of the Blu-ray will include the film in 1080p HD (I’m working to confirm the aspect ratio), with audio in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.  [Read on here…]

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All right, so now it looks as if there are two Blu-ray versions of Fox’s The Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary Edition due on 3/10. The 2-disc edition we mentioned yesterday (SRP $24.99 but Amazon has it for $17.49) and also a 5-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (SRP $49.99 but Amazon has it for $34.99).  [Read on here…]

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Meanwhile, here’s something awesome: The surviving cast of the classic 1960s Lost in Space TV series have reunited to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. They were interviewed on local TV in Los Angeles yesterday (you can watch the interview here). According to actor Bill Mumy (via his Facebook page – see his post here) the complete series is set for BD release is September from Fox. This following word over the last several months that all the original episodes have been remastered in HD from the original negatives. We would expect official word in the weeks and months ahead. If you live in L.A., the cast will be signing autographs at The Hollywood Show this coming weekend (at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel – they’ll also be doing a panel discussion at the show on Sunday – see link here for details).  [Read on here…]

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We’re starting off today’s post with four Blu-ray reviews, including a pair of new ones and a pair of older ones updated to the new site’s database. The new reviews include Tim Salmons’ look at Fernando Di Leo’s 1971 Euro-horror pic Slaughter Hotel from Raro and also his thoughts on a sleazy actioner 1982 from Vinegar Syndrome – Raw Force. And the retro reviews including my own look at Paramount’s Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection Blu-ray box set and also Jeff Kleist’s take on Paramount’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Movie Collection Blu-ray box as well.

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

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