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Nosferatu, Russian Ark, Before Midnight & Trek follow-up, plus server upgrade tonight

August 30, 2013 - 1:55 pm   |   By 

Quick important note:  Because of all the extra traffic this week, we’re going to be upgrading our server this evening to be able to handle these kinds of traffic spikes more easily.  We may be down for a couple hours later tonight but we should be back up by tomorrow morning better than ever.  Certainly by Monday, Scotty tells us that the warp core should be purring like a kitten again.  So thanks for your patience and know that things will be much better soon.

Now then, there’s big release news today…

Our friends at Kino Lorber have announced their November Blu-ray and DVD release slate and there are some real gems, including a Nosferatu: 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition (DVD & Blu-ray) and a Russian Ark: Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/19!  F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu will include two versions of the 1922 classic, the original German Intertitles (with optional English subs) or English Intertitles, Hans Erdmann’s original 1922 score in 5.1 Surround or 2.0 Stereo, the 53-minute The Language of Shadows documentary chronicling Murnau’s early career, clips and highlights from other Murnau films and a photo gallery.  Features on Russian Ark are still TBA.  [Read on here…]

Kino Lorber has also set Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay and Computer Chess (both DVD only) for release on 11/5, Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation (DVD only), David Leeds’ western Shoot the Sun Down: Director’s Cut (Blu-ray and DVD) and Barbara (Blu-ray and DVD) for release on 11/12, the Drew Struzan documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (DVD only) for release on 11/19, Applause and Animals (DVD only) for release on 11/26.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Nosferatu and Shoot the Sun Down, as well as Paramount’s recently announced Terms of Endearment (available on Blu-ray for the first time on 12/3).  All are available for pre-order on Amazon.com by clicking on the covers…

Nosferatu (Blu-ray Disc)    Shoot the Sun Down (Blu-ray Disc)    Terms of Endearment (Blu-ray Disc)

In other release news, we’re hearing that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/22.

And Shout! and Scream Factory have finally set The Beast Within, Crawlspace and the Darkman: Collector’s Edition for release on Blu-ray on 12/17.  Here’s the cover art…

The Beast Within (Blu-ray Disc)    Crawlspace (Blu-ray Disc)    Darkman: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Around The Bits site today, we’ve posted a pair of new Blu-ray Disc reviews – Tim Salmon’s take on Warner’s Cloud Atlas (available now) and Shout! Factory’s Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie – Collector’s Edition (due 9/3).  Both are well worth your time, so be sure to check out and enjoy the reviews.

Also I wanted to mention that we’re just a month away from the kickoff of this year’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest!  Throughout the month of October, our very own Dr. Adam Jahnke will turn in new horror-themed Blu-ray and DVD reviews daily, leading up to the big finale on Halloween.  It’s a lot of fun every year – one of our most popular features – so be sure to stay tuned for that!

Now then… it seems that I struck a nerve with my rant and review about Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray this week.  Ain’t it Cool News, Collider, Trek Movie, Den of Geek, Trek Today, JoBlo, Syfy’s Blastr, Bleeding Cool, SlashFilm and many other fine film, Trek and Blu-ray websites all picked up the story and linked back to us (thus the server meltdown here at the site).  That’s really awesome and we appreciate it.  So thank you guys for the links and for all your kind words.  Rest assured, we’re not done – we are definitely going to be following up on this issue in the next few weeks.

The Digital Bits has been covering Blu-ray and DVD news since 1997, but some of you may be reading us for the first time.  Welcome!  We’re glad to have you and we hope you’ll keep coming back.  We don’t just review discs and cover release news here at The Bits though – we’ve long served as advocates for Blu-ray, DVD and home theater fans and consumers like you, with unique access to the Hollywood studios and film and home video industry professionals.  So we also work to address issues and try to hopefully improve the Blu-ray and DVD experience for everyone.  And as you may have noticed, based on the Star Trek column and review, we tend to call things as we see them, so once in a while you’ll read a pretty darn good rant around here.  We also have a great team of experienced columnists and reviewers whose work we hope you’ll explore and enjoy.

By the way, this happens to be the new updated Bits website – the original site can still be found here.  So in addition to the hundreds of Blu-ray and DVD reviews found in our new database, you’ll find thousands more here at the old site going back to 1997 that we’re slowly migrating over.  And by the way, feel free to join us on The Digital Bits Facebook page too, where we post all the latest news, review and update links as soon as it goes up here at The Bits and you can give us feedback too.  Anyway, we hope you enjoy The Bits.  We’re glad to have you as readers and we hope you’ll keep coming back.

Now then... it’s obviously the long Labor Day weekend here in the States, so we’ll be back on Tuesday better (and faster) than ever.  We hope you have a great weekend and we’ll see you then!

- Bill Hunt

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