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Surviving Christmas, new Sony TVD sets, re-issue Trek & more odds and ends

July 15, 2013 - 11:15 am   |   By 

Okay… it’s Comic-Con week here at The Bits, so our regular news posts are going to be brief and to the point as we’ll be down in San Diego Wednesday through Friday.  We will be posting new Blu-ray reviews all week though so be sure to check back.

Meanwhile, for those of you attending Comic-Con, we hope to see some of you down at our Blu-ray Producers 2013 panel on Thursday afternoon.  We’re going to reveal some cool new titles, show great clips and you’ll get a chance to ask questions of our excellent panel of leading special edition producers and intrepid Bits staffers.

Speaking of revealing cool new titles, we may have limited Internet access to get news posted on The Bits while we’re down at the Con, but I will try to post anything interesting I hear (as well as pictures and any news from our own panel) on The Digital Bits Facebook page and/or my own personal Facebook page, so you’re welcome to check those for more regular updates.

Here at The Bits today one of those staffers – Michael Coate – has just turned in a new History, Legacy and Showmanship column today with a look back at the release of the original Die Hard into theaters back in 1988, thus celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary (which is today)!  Don’t miss it.

In announcement news today… Sony has set At Any Price for Blu-ray and DVD release on 10/15 (SRP $35.99 and $30.99).  And for you TV fans, the studio has also announced the DVD only release of The Shield: The Complete Series (a repackage due 9/3 – 29 discs – SRP $65.99), Jesse Stone: The Complete Set (9/3 – 8 discs – $95.99), I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series (10/15 – 20 discs – SRP $45.99), Bewitched: The Complete Series (due 10/15 – 33 discs – SRP $55.99), The Partridge Family: The Complete Series (also 10/15 – 12 discs – $45.99) and Damages: The Complete Series (10/39 – 16 discs – SRP $95.99).

Paramount and Warner Home Video have set Mike Mitchell’s Surviving Christmas for Blu-ray release on 11/5 (SRP $19.98).  The films stars Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate and the late James Gandolfini.

CBS and Paramount have set Star Trek: The Original Series – Origins for Blu-ray release on 7/15 (SRP $26.99).  The set will include key episodes from the series introduced by Rod Roddenberry, including The Cage, Where No Man Has Gone Before, Space Seed, Errand of Mercy and The Trouble with Tribbles.

Paramount is also releasing a new Star Trek: Stardate Collection on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/10 (SRP $139.98), including all the original cast feature films from The Motion Picture to The Undiscovered Country.  Don’t get excited though – they’re the exact same discs as before, just repackaged.

Lionsgate has set the animated Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit for release on DVD only on 9/24.

Finally today, here’s something interesting and I think is well worth reading for home media consumers and industry professionals alike: A column by contributor Dade Hayes in Forbes lists Six Reasons Why DVDs Still Make Money – And Won’t Die Anytime Soon.  He’s exactly spot on right, and as most of you longtime readers know, we’ve been saying something similar for a very long time and for exactly the same reasons.  Digital might be where the industry things all the cool and growth potential is, but physical media isn’t going away for a good long while yet.  So it might be a good idea for you studio execs to understand that you need to keep making an effort at BD and DVD quality and features.  Don’t kill your Golden Goose before the next one is even full hatched!

We’ll leave you with a look at the BD art for CBS’s Star Trek: The Original Series – Origins, Paramount’s Star Trek: Stardate Collection and Sony’s The Shield: The Complete Series reissue on DVD...

Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins (Blu-ray Disc)    Star Trek: Stardate Collection (Blu-ray Disc)    The Shield: The Complete Series (DVD)

Back tomorrow!  Stay tuned…

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