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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:44

Blu-ray News: Insurgent, Big Bang Theory: S8, Hellfighters & more, plus: “Thanks, Dave”

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First things first today: Our own Russell Hammond has just updated the Release Dates & Artwork section to include all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork, as well as pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it!

In title announcement news this afternoon, Lionsgate has announced The Divergent Series: Insurgent for release on Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray and DVD on 8/4, as well as digital on 7/21. Extras on the Blu-ray versions will include audio commentary with producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, the Insurgent Unlocked: The Ultimate Behind-the-Scenes Access feature length documentary, 5 featurettes (Diverging: Adapting Insurgent to the Screen, From Divergent to Insurgent, The Others: Cast and Characters, The Train Fight Unlocked, and The Peter Hayes Story), along with a marketing gallery.  [Read on here…]

Lionsgate has also set the Steven Seagal action film Absolution for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on 7/7.

Warner Home Video has set The Big Bang Theory: Season 8 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/15.  Warner will also release the Samuel Goldwyn Collection: Volume II box set on DVD on 7/7, including They Got Me Covered (1943 – new to DVD), Stella Dallas (1937), Dead End (1937), The Westerner (1940), The Princess and the Pirate (1944), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947).

Here’s a little bit of brand new Blu-ray cover artwork for you (only the 2D Insurgent has an Amazon link at the moment, but we’ll add the other two as they become available)...

Insurgent (Blu-ray 3D)    Insurgent (Blu-ray Disc)    War-Gods of the Deep (Blu-ray Disc)

Entertainment One will release Hell on Wheels: Season 4 on 8/18.

Universal Studios has set Dig: Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/11. Universal has also announced a trio of new catalog titles for Blu-ray release on 8/11, including Dead Silence, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and Hellfighters.

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Scream Factory has revealed the extras for their Blu-ray release of I, Madman, which is due on 7/21. Look for audio commentary with director Tibor Takacs and actor/artistic supervisor Randall William Cook, the Ripped from the Pages: The Making of I, Madman featurette, behind the scenes footage with commentary, a still gallery with commentary, and both the theatrical and home video trailers.

CBS Home Entertainment has set all 8 seasons of The Andy Griffith Show for DVD re-release on 6/9, in new packaging and now with an SRP of $21.99 each. Then on 6/16, CBS will release Laverne & Shirley: The Complete Series (SRP $77.99) and The Odd Couple: The Complete Series (SRP $61.99) on DVD.

For music fans, Rounder will release Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon GA on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/7.

Section23 Films has set Patlabor 2: The Movie for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/21.

XLrator Media will release the sci-fi thriller Time Lapse on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/16.

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Finally today, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the occasion of David Letterman’s retirement and last day as host of The Late Show on CBS. Dave has been a fixture in my life each night since I was in high school. He’s made me laugh when I’ve needed it, sometimes so hard it brought tears. Way back in 1988, he actually hired a high school friend of mine (a fellow North Dakotan named Jay Johnson) as an intern, and he’s worked for Dave to this very day. To paraphrase The Dude from Big Lebowski, sometimes there’s a man... well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s Dave Letterman, on late night TV, over the past 30 years. You want to see some funny? Watch these two segments of highlights featuring Dave and Johnny Carson in action together...

Johnny Carson certainly knew Dave was the man when he effectively passed the baton in 1994 by making his last ever TV appearance on Dave’s show. And so did we. Our good friend and Bits family member Adam Jahnke has written a few nice words about what Dave’s meant to us all over on his new blog, so do give that a look too. It would be hard to say it better.

I’ll just close with this picture of Dave’s first guest, Bill Murray, on NBC’s Late Night back in 1982. As it was in the beginning, so shall it ever be. Thanks for everything, Dave.

Bill Murray & David Letterman

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Bill Hunt


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