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Twilight Forever box, Love Actually: 10th, Haven: S1, Americans: S1, Shout!/ITV deal & more!

August 13, 2013 - 1:50 pm   |   By 

We’ve got a new column and a couple more Blu-ray Disc reviews for you today…

First, Dr. Jahnke has turned in a new installment of his Burnt Offerings column with a look at the latest MOD DVD offerings for this week.  Don’t miss it!

Doogan has checked in with a look at Kino Lorber’s Requiem for a Vampire, a classic Jean Rollin title from 1982 that’s been released as part of their Redemption Films label.  Be sure to give it a look.

Also, Tim Salmons has delivered a review of Shout! Factory’s recent Blu-ray release of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, a classic comedy if ever there was one.  Enjoy!

And our own Russell Hammond will have the weekly Release Dates & Artwork update available soon here.  As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon in the same session after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it.

Now then, we’ve got some interesting release news for you this afternoon… […]

First, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have set Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga for Blu-ray and DVD release on 11/5 (SRP $74.99 and $64.98).  The 10-disc BD and 12-disc DVD sets will include all the originally-released special features and will add over 2 hours of all new extras as well.  The new extras will include a Cast Retrospective and 4 featurettes (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Character, Twilight FAN-omenon, Twilight Forever: Edward’s Saga and Twilight Forever: Jacob’s Saga).  You’ll also get a photo album containing the discs that features photos from the films.  Here’s a look at the open packaging for the Blu-ray set.  The set isn’t yet available for pre-order on Amazon, but we’ll update the image link when it is…

Twilight Forever (Blu-ray Box set)

Lionsgate has also set Stories We Tell for DVD only on 9/3.

Also today, Universal has just announced a new Love Actually: 10th Anniversary Edition for release on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 10/15.  Extras will include audio commentary with director Richard Curtis and actors Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and Thomas Sangster, deleted scenes with introductions by Curtis, The Music of Love Actually with introductions by Curtis, The Storytellers featurette and 2 music videos (Kelly Clarkson’s The Trouble With Love Is and Billy Mack’s Christmas Is All Around).

CBS has officially set Star Trek: The Original Series – Origins for release on Blu-ray Disc on 9/10, the same day that Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness hits store shelves.  The collection showcases classic “character origins” episodes including The Cage, Where No Man Has Gone Before, Space Seed (possibly of interest to fans of the film), Errand of Mercy and The Trouble with Tribbles.  The set will include new introductions by Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.  You’ll find the cover artwork below.

CBS has also set Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Series, Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete Series and Family Ties: The Complete Series for release on DVD on 8/5, along Under the Dome on Blu-ray and DVD.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set four new TV complete series collections for release on DVD, including the Jesse Stone Collection (due 9/3), Bewitched (10/15), The Partridge Family (also 10/15), and Damages (10/29).  The studio is also re-releasing The Shield on 9/3 and has I Dream of Jeannie coming on 10/15 as well.

Sony has also set Fill the Void for DVD only release on 9/24.

Entertainment One has announced Syfy’s Haven: The Complete Third Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/3 (SRP $49.98 and $39.98).  Extras will include The Haunting Truth About Haven documentary, webisodes, deleted and alternate scenes, 6 audio commentaries, cast interviews, a blooper reel and more.

Cartoon Network and Warner Home Video have set Regular Show: Fright Pack for DVD release on 9/3, followed by Adventure Time: Jake the Dad on DVD on 9/17.

And Artsploitation Films will release the controversial horror film Hidden in the Woods on DVD on 9/17.

In other home video-related news, Shout! Factory and ITV Studios have recently signed a deal that gives Shout! U.S. distribution rights to more than 30 catalog titles from the ITV library, including the likes of Sophie’s Choice, On Golden Pond, Brief Encounter, The Last Unicorn and The Boys from Brazil to name but a few.  More here at Deadline.com.

There’s also recent word that Sony and Panasonic have begun work on a new high-capacity optical videodisc format for professional use only.  This would be for business and industry recording and long-term data storage use, with capacities of at least 300GB.  Note that this is not meant to be a home video or consumer use format, so this is not a replacement for Blu-ray.  More here in this press release from Panasonic.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for CBS’ Under the Dome, Fox’s yet-to-be-announced The Americans: The Complete First Season and  Sony’s This Is The End (due 10/1)…

Under the Dome (Blu-ray Disc)    The Americans: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Disc)    This Is The End (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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