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Hobbit review update, Walking Dead: Season 3, a last Space: 1999 update & more

March 21, 2013 - 1:50 pm   |   By 

Okay, so today’s post is going to be a quickie.  Just so you know, I’m hard at work on my review of CBS’ Star Trek: Enterprise – Season One on Blu-ray.  That will go up by Monday.

Also early next week, we expect to have another View from the Cheap Seats column from Bud Elder, plus Jeff’s nearly completed a review of The Hobbit on Blu-ray 3D.  So be sure to watch for that here over the next few days.

Speaking of The Hobbit, I’ve updated my review of the 2D Blu-ray with an additional note on the Best Buy-exclusive documentary, A Hobbit’s Tale: Part I – The Journey Begins, that’s included in the 2D Blu-ray Combo only at select  Best Buy stores.  You can identify the packaging with the documentary because it has a sticker marking it exclusive and also it has a lenticular hologram cover that alternates between Gollum and Bilbo Baggins.  (You can see the Gollum image above left.)  The 30-minute documentary is produced by Rings documentarian Michael Pellerin (as were the Video Blogs) and it’s actually a pretty great look behind the scenes on the making of the film.  However, I’m told that it’s essentially an edited-down version of the content that’s being created for the Extended Edition coming later this year on Blu-ray and DVD, so if you don’t get your hands on it, never fear.  It will all be in the Extended Cut in a greatly expanded version.  Just so you know.

Also today, you can now pre-order Starz and Anchor Bay’s The Walking Dead: Season Three on Blu-ray and DVD on Amazon.com, though there’s no street date yet.  See the cover artwork below.

Finally, we’ve confirmed with all parties involved that the listing on Amazon for Space: 1999 – Season Two on Blu-ray is actually for DVD – the very same disc released by A&E and New Video previously, just re-issued by Lionsgate.  Network in the U.K. tells me they are well along in developing plans for the Blu-ray release of Season Two, but don’t expect it before mid-2014.

We’ll leave you today with a look at the cover artwork for both versions of The Walking Dead: Season Three as well as Criterion’s Safety Last! on Blu-ray (due 6/18)…

The Walking Dead: Season Three (DVD)    The Walking Dead: Season Three (Blu-ray Disc)    Safety Last! (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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