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Michael Coate on James Bond, plus The Bits at Comic-Con 2013 & more!

June 10, 2013 - 12:01 am   |   By 

All right, we’re pleased as punch today to offer you a brand new History, Legacy & Showmanship column by our very own Michael Coate!  In this installment, Michael goes in depth on last year’s 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise by interviewing a roundtable of leading (and published) authorities on the subject, including Jon Burlingame, John Cork, Bill Desowitz, Paul Duncan, Charles Helfenstein, Mark O’Connell, Lee Pfeiffer, Steven Jay Rubin, Bruce Scivally and Dave Worrall!  It’s a really great read, so we hope you all check it out and enjoy 007… Fifty Years Strong: An Interview with Bond Historians!

Also today, the good Dr. Jahnke has turned in a review of Shout! and Scream Factory’s hot new Blu-ray release of the Lifeforce: Collector’s Edition, which hits stores on 6/18.  It’s another terrific release from Scream, so you’re definitely not going to want to miss it.

In other news today, we’re happy to announce that The Digital Bits is going to be returning to Comic-Con in San Diego next month with our annual Blu-ray Producers panel, featuring some of the best special editon content creators and indie BD studios in the business.  The panel will be held on Thursday,  July 18th from 4-5 PM down at the San Diego Convention Center (in room 5AB).  We’ll have more details in the weeks ahead, but we hope to see you all there!

Finally, in announcement news today, Warner Home Video has set The Vampire Dairies: The Complete Fourth Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/3, followed by Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season on both formats on 9/10.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for both of those titles, as well as Scream Factory’s final BD art for the Prince of Darkness: Collector’s Edition (officially due on 9/24)…

The Vampire Dairies: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Disc)    Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season (Blu-ray Disc)    Prince of Darkness: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned! 

- Bill Hunt

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