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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 17:38

Criterion announces their July slate, plus new 4K titles, reviews and more

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All right, I’m afraid I’m fighting a little bit of a cold or flu here today, but I do have a quick post for you...

First up, though, Tim has posted two more Blu-ray Disc reviews featuring his thoughts on Dick Clement’s A Severed Head (1970) from Powerhouse Films and Indicator, as well as Dennis’ take on Michael Anderson’s The Quiller Memorandum (1966) from Twilight Time.

Also, a quick plug: Our friend John Schuermann runs The Screening Room AV in Colorado Springs, CO. He’s having a big 4K projector shootout event April 26-28th, which is a chance to compare the best 4K projectors from JVC and Sony in controlled conditions, each properly calibrated, and see how they perform first hand. Kris Deering from Sound & Vision Magazine is hosting. If you live in the area, and you’re a fan of front projection (like I am), it should be an interesting event. It’s free to attend, you just have to register. Visit for the details and tell them Bill from The Bits sent you. [Read on here...]

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And here’s the big news today: The Criterion Collection has announced its July slate with the following titles: Look for Agnieszka Holland’s Europa, Europa (Cat #985 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an upgrade of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The BRD Trilogy (Cat #203 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes #204 The Marriage of Maria Braun, #205 Veronika Voss, and #206 Lola) on 7/9, Alan J. Pakula’s Klute (Cat #987 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Marcel Pagnol’s The Baker’s Wife (Cat #986 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/16, and Michael Radford’s 1984 (Cat #984 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an upgrade of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Cat #97 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/23. Here’s a look at the cover artwork (with pre-order links, which are live now)...

Do the Right Thing (Criterion Blu-ray) 1984 (Criterion Blu-ray) The BDR Trilogy (Criterion Blu-ray)

The Baker's Wife (Criterion Blu-ray) Europa, Europa (Criterion Blu-ray) Klute (Criterion Blu-ray)

Finally today, we are starting to hear word from our international retail sources that Universal is preparing 4K Ultra HD releases of Casino, Scarface, and Waterworld for release later in 2019. We’ve also heard that Marvel is finally preparing US 4K releases of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 3 for release in the August-September timeframe, probably to coincide with the home video release of Avengers: Endgame. We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List accordingly.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned...

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