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October Sky, It Came from Outer Space & The Ghost and Mr. Chicken at Best Buy, plus new Blu-ray reviews

September 2, 2016 - 4:44 pm   |   by
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We’re closing out the week here at The Bits with another quick column, but we have some great stuff for you to check out...

First, I’ve turned in an in-depth review of Warner’s The Iron Giant: Signature Edition on Blu-ray. Trust me, the disc is not to be missed. It includes both the theatrical and Signature versions of the film, plus new extras, and nearly all of the legacy DVD special features too. The disc streets next Tuesday (9/6). Check out my review here.

Also today, our old friend Jack Jameson weighs in this afternoon on Arrow Video’s new Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection Blu-ray box set, which includes the films Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41, Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable, and Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song, plus extras. The series stars Meiko Kaji of Lady Snowblood fame, who was the inspiration for Uma Thurman’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.  [Read on here…]

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Not to be outdone, Tim Salmons checks out Eddie Romero’s Black Mama, White Mama (1972), also on Blu-ray Disc from the good folks at Arrow Video. That film stars Pam Grier and is a classic of the 1970s “blaxploitation” genre. Don’t miss the review.

Now then... we have confirmation today that Best Buy will be carrying a trio of Universal catalog films on Blu-ray as retail exclusives, at least for a few weeks, starting on 10/4. They include Joe Johnston’s October Sky (1999), It Came from Outer Space (1953 – on Blu-ray 3D with 2D), and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) starring Don Knotts. You can see the cover artwork below. Click on the covers to visit the Best Buy pre-order pages for each...

October Sky (Blu-ray Disc)   It Came from Outer Space (Blu-ray 3D)   The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (Blu-ray Disc)

We expect these titles to go into wide release on Blu-ray later in 2016.

And here’s something for you Star Trek fans: The History Channel’s recent 50 Years of Star Trek documentary special is going to be released on DVD only on 11/1 (SRP $14.98). Click here to pre-order it on Amazon.com. Thanks to Bits reader Devin M. for the heads-up!

That’s all for this week. As you know, this is the long Labor Day weekend here in the States, so we’ll return with more news and reviews on Tuesday. Until then, have a great weekend!

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)

 

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