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Criterion's July BD/DVD slate includes Ice Storm, Devil's Backbone, Babette's Feast & Lord of the Flies

April 16, 2013 - 1:36 pm   |   By 

All right, our own Russell Hammond has posted the Release Dates and Artwork update with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links.  As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon in the same session after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.

Here at the site today, Dr. Jahnke has turned in a new Blu-ray Disc review of Twilight Time’s The Fury: Limited Edition.  It’s still available on Amazon and from the Screen Archives Entertainment website, so if you want a copy get one soon.  They’re limited to just 3,000 units.

We’ve also updated two more of Tim Salmons’ Blu-ray reviews from the original Bits site: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition and Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition.  Enjoy!

All right, a few announcements for you…

Criterion has revealed their July release slate, set to include Kenji Mizoquchi’s The Life of Oharu (Catalog #662 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/9, Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies (#43 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/16, Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (#426 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast (#665 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/23, and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone (appropriately #666 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/30.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has set the documentary film The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/21 (SRP $19.98 and $14.98 respectively).  Bonus content includes previously unseen concert and interview footage from 1964-65.

Also on the music front, 20th Century Fox has set The Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/4.  Extras will include a behind the scenes featurette.

Sony has set Heebie Jeebies for release on DVD on 6/25.

And Paramount and CBS have set Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume One, Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume Two, Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume One, Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume Two, Unforgettable: Season One and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enter Shredder for DVD only release on 7/9, along with Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra: Book One – Air on both Blu-ray and DVD.  Following on 7/16 is Matlock: The Ninth and Final Season on DVD.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for a few of the new Criterion July titles (they’re not available on Amazon yet but we’ll update the cover links when they are)…

The Devil's Backbone (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Ice Storm (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Lord of the Flies (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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