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Friday, 29 March 2019 16:27

Alien 4K pre-orders, one week until Criterion Channel launches, WonderCon panels & RIP Agnès Varda

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We’ve got a quick Friday post for you guys today...

First up, we have a new review for you. Tim has checked out Arrow Video’s Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz – Limited Edition Blu-ray box set. It includes Whirlpool (1970), Vampyres (1974), and The Coming of Sin (1978). Enjoy!

We’re going to be back on Monday with more reviews, as well as a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our own Michael Coate, celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Wachowski’s The Matrix. So be sure to check back for that.

By the way, we’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits to reflect the fact that Ridley Scott’s Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition is FINALLY available for pre-order on (and–holy shit–for just $15!). [Read on here...]

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You can pre-order it here or by clicking on the cover artwork below...

Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD)

Don’t forget, one week from today (Friday 4/8), The Criterion Channel officially launches. Be sure to sign up between now and then to secure Charter Subscriber status, which includes a lower subscription rate for as long as you maintain your membership. The Criterion Channel will be available on desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS, and Android devices. I’ve signed up and I can’t wait to see what they have coming. You can sign up yourself here. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date.

Of course, for you Southern California area readers, this weekend is WonderCon in Anaheim. There are a bunch of great panels (see the full schedule here), including many by friends of The Bits, including Warner Archive’s Jonny Quest: Better in Blu and Man from Atlantis: The Other Aquatic Superhero, the Inglorious Treksperts: We Need Our Pain, The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of X-Men: The Animated Series, Everyone’s a Critic: Being a Journalist in an Online Age, Inside La La Land Records, Starship Smackdown Anaheim, and many more! If you’re going this weekend, be sure to check them out and have a great time.

Finally today, we need to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of the great Agnès Varda, the legendary female pioneer of the French New Wave. She was a filmmaker of enormous talent and a human being with a wonderful sense of humor and of herself. If you know Varda’s work, you know what a loss this is. And if you don’t, you’re in for a treat. Go watch Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961), Vagabond (1985), and here other films. She’s a gem. You can read more about Varda here and here via The New York Times. She will be missed.

Agnes Varda RIP

That’s all for this week. Stay tuned...

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