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Friday, 22 August 2014 15:06

More classic Sherlock Holmes on Blu-ray, plus Doctor Who, Merlin & more announcement odds and ends

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We’ve got a bunch of title announcement odds and ends to cover for you today as we round out the week...

First, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Paul Haggis’ Third Person for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/30.

MPI Home Video will release the complete Sherlock Holmes Granada TV series on Blu-ray Disc on 9/30. Starring Jeremy Brett, the British series ran between 1984 and 1994. All 41 episodes are being released over 5 separate BD sets (or SKUs) as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984-1985), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986-1988), The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1991-1993), and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994) respectively. There are also 5 feature-length specials that are being released as The Sherlock Holmes Feature Film Collection. SRP for the sets is $49.98 for Memoirs, Casebook, and the Film Collection, and $59.98 for Adventures and Return. See the artwork below.  [Read on here…]

The BBC has set Doctor Who: The Matt Smith Years for Blu-ray release on 11/4 (SRP $148.95, but Amazon has it for $104.27). The 16-disc set includes all the Matt Smith episodes, plus a collectors book. Here’s the box art and Amazon link...

Doctor Who: The Matt Smith Years (Blu-ray Disc)

BBC has also set Merlin: The Complete Series for Blu-ray release on 11/4 (SRP $197.50, but Amazon has it for $177.75). You’ll get all 5 seasons on 16 discs. Here’s what that looks like...

Merlin: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

Meanwhile, Magnolia will release Frontera on Blu-ray on 11/4. The studio also has Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger coming on BD and DVD on 10/14.

Kino Lorber has set the Anthony Mann western Man of the West (1958) for BD release on 11/4. The film stars Gary Cooper.

FUNimation has the Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist live action film due on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 10/28.

Blue Underground will release Sergio Corbucci’s Companeros on Blu-ray on 10/28, starring Jack Palance and Franco Nero.

Animego is releasing a new 2-disc Shogun Assassin Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 10/28. For those who may not know, this is a movie version of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films edited together.

Film Movement has set Ki-Duk Kim’s Moebius for Blu-ray and DVD release on 10/28.

Music Box Films will release Jan Ole Gerster’s A Coffee in Berlin on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/7.

And Carlotta Films has set Sidewalk Stories for Blu-ray release on 10/7.

Finally today, there’s a new documentary film being Kickstarted over on... well, Kickstarter... call Backers. It’s all about the Kickstarter/Indiegogo crowd funding phenomenon. Sounds fascinating, so do check it out.

We’ll leave you with a bunch more new Blu-ray cover artwork, including the Sherlock Holmes Feature Films Collection and one of the Sherlock singles. Click the covers for pre-order links...

Third Person (Blu-ray Disc)    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Blu-ray Disc)    The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Blu-ray Disc)

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (Blu-ray Disc)    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Blu-ray Disc)    The Sherlock Holmes Feature Films Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

Companeros (Blu-ray Disc)    Coffee in Berlin (Blu-ray Disc)    Whitey; U.S. v James Bulger (Blu-ray Disc)

Now then... next week here at The Bits is going to be all about new Blu-ray reviews. So be sure to check back on Monday for the first of several. Have a great weekend!

- Bill Hunt


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