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Wednesday, 01 June 2022 14:14

The Digital Bits website has been upgraded! Plus we run down some recent Blu-ray & 4K reviews (and we’ll be back with a release news update this afternoon)

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All right, folks... you are now looking at the new and upgraded Digital Bits website! The cosmetic changes are minimal, but they include more uniform and easy to read font weights across all browsers and devices. Previously, some of you who viewed the site on Apple devices would have difficulty reading certain pages (including reviews) because the text was too light or faint. That should now be corrected. What’s more, the site should be much faster to load, which is no small upgrade. We’re also working on some additional search functionality improvements that will our make older content/reviews easier to find.

And you may notice the “25 Years” icon next to The Bits logo. 2022 is indeed The Digital Bits’ 25th anniversary. The site launched in late 1997 after many months as an email newsletter within the home video industry. We’ve obviously grown over the years to cover new formats and topics, and we’ve had a great bunch of writers and staffers contribute to The Bits during that time—we value each and every one of them. And let it not go unsaid: We also value each and every one of you, our readers! Some of you may be new to the website, while others have been reading since the very beginning. Just know that we’re glad to count you all as part of The Digital Bits family, and we appreciate each of you. Thanks for sticking with us!

We’ve got a lot of catching up to do today, now that this first batch of site upgrades is complete, including reporting on lots of new release news and rumors. But first, we have more new disc reviews to share with you—reviews that have been posted here at The Bits in the last few days while I’ve been focused on the site upgrades. So let’s run down those now, and I’ll check back in an hour or two with that news update.

First up, Tim and I have taken an in-depth look at Matt Reeves’ The Batman (2022) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. [Read on here...]

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Tim has also reviewed Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller’s Other Music (2010) from Vinegar Syndrome, Lau Kar-leung’s 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984) from Arrow Video, and Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession (1981) from Umbrella Entertainment, all on Blu-ray.

Dennis has checked out Frank Perry’s Man on a Swing (1974) from Imprint Films and Henry Koster’s Flower Drum Song (1961) from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, both on Blu-ray.

And Stephen has reviewed Phil Herman’s Burglar from Hell (1993) from Vinegar Syndrome, Albert S. Rogell’s Mamba (1930) from Kino Classics, John Parker’s Dementia (1955, aka Daughter of Horror) and Christopher Frank’s The Year of the Jellyfish (1984) from the Cohen Film Collection.

More reviews are forthcoming this week. And now that I’m finally done with site upgrades I’ll turn my own attention back to reviewing as well, so we’ll have more 4K UHD reviews coming too. Be sure to check back for them.

All right, we’ll leave you with a look at the cover art for a number of newly-announced 4K Ultra HD catalog titles (and a new release titles as well), and then we’ll circle back this afternoon to talk more about some of them. Click on each cover to pre-order the title in question on Amazon.com...

Child's Play (4K Ultra HD) Child's Play 2 (4K Ultra HD) Child's Play 3 (4K Ultra HD)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (4K Ultra HD) Belle (4K Ultra HD) Red Dawn: Shout! Select (4K Ultra HD)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steelbook 4K Ultra HD)

Back in a little bit. Stay tuned...

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