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The Great Escape official for 5/7, plus more war/MOD titles & word on Warner's Desolation of Smaug live event

March 25, 2013 - 2:03 pm   |   By 

All right, as promised, we’re kicking things off this week here at The Bits with a new Blu-ray review – my own thoughts on CBS’ Star Trek: Enterprise – Season One, which hits stores tomorrow.  The A/V quality isn’t quite up to the level of the other recent Trek “remastered” BD sets for reasons I’ll explain in the review, but the extras more than make up for it.  Bottom line: If you’re a fan of Enterprise like me, run… don’t walk… to pick up your copy.

Meanwhile, in announcement news, 20th Century Fox and MGM have officially announced the 5/7 Blu-ray release of The Great Escape, celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary!  The film has been given a new 4K remastering, and the restored version will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in L.A. (April 25th-28th) as well as in a limited theatrical run around the world.  Extras on the Blu-ray will include audio commentary by director John Sturges and members of the cast and crew, 8 behind-the-scenes  featurettes (Bringing Fact to Fiction, Preparations for Freedom, The Flight to Freedom, A Standing Ovation, The Untold Story, The Untold Story – Additional Interviews, A Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones and Return to The Great Escape) and the original theatrical trailer.

Also, Universal has set a War: 10-Movie Collection DVD box set for release on 6/4.  Included will be The Eagle and the Hawk, To Hell and Back, In Enemy Country, The Last Outpost, Battle Hymn, Raid on Rommel, Wake Island, Jet Pilot, Ulzana’s Raid and Bengal Brigade.

Sony has announced more MOD DVD-R titles for release on 5/7, including Yankee Zulu, Adventures in Silverado, Alias Mr. Twilight, The Devil-Ship Pirates, Thrill Hunter, Special Inspector, The Lost (2009), The Unknown: The Complete First Season, Rude Awakening: Season One, Great Crimes and Trials of the 20th Century - Volume 1: Gruesome California and Great Crimes and Trials of the 20th Century - Volume 1: The Original Gangstas.

Finally, yesterday was that live online event with director Peter Jackson to preview The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  I was so busy working on reviews over the weekend that I forgot about it.  But if you’re in the same boat, don’t worry.  Doogan tuned in and says there really was very little footage from the film shown and no trailer.  An edited version of the event will be up here soon, apparently as the very first Video Blog entry for the second film.  So watch for that over the next few days.

All right, that’s all for now.  Back tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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