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Still more BD reviews, updated/detailed Pacific Rim extras & Geek League of America podcast!

September 06, 2013 - 2:07 pm   |   By 

All right, we’re wrapping up a week of reviews with still more reviews!

Our own Tim Salmons has turned in a look at Disney’s new The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh on Blu-ray, which is not only a terrific classic animated film but it looks like the disc is pretty good too.  Don’t miss it!

Also today, we’ve upgraded nine more older Blu-ray reviews from The Original Bits into the new database, including Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary Edition and Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man from Dr. Adam Jahnke, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo and The Holy Mountain from Doogan, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine from the late great Barrie Maxwell and my own reviews of a pair of great space documentaries, The Wonders of the Solar System and The Wonder of It All, as well as Zhang Yimou’s visually stunning and poetic Hero.  Enjoy!

Also here at The Bits today, we’ve now got a complete and official listing of all the extras that will be included on Warner’s newly-announced Blu-ray Disc versions of Pacific Rim (due on 10/15).  Here’s what to look for...  [Read on here...]

Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro, The Directors Notebook, 3 documentary featurettes (Drift Space, The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim and The Shatterdome), 17 Focus Points featurettes and features (A Primer on Kaijus & Jaegers, Intricacy of Robot Design, Honoring The Kaiju Tradition, The Importance of Mass and Scale, Shatterdome Ranger Roll Call, Jaegers Echo Human Grace, Inside the Drift, Goth-Tech, Mega Sized Sets, Baby Kaiju Set Visit, Tokyo Alley Set Visit, Orchestral Sounds from the Anteverse, The Shatterdome (a Production Database), The Wall of Life/Rations, Excuse Me, Theft and “Catch You In The Drift, Dad”), deleted scenes (some 30 minutes worth according to del Toro in recent interviews) and a blooper reel.

Not bad!  It appears that some of the extras will be included on the movie disc and the rest of a separate features disc.  So the 4-disc Blu-ray 3D Gift Set includes a BD3D disc, a BD movie disc, a BD special features disc and a DVD, plus the option to download your choice of digital copies.

Meanwhile, CBS and Paramount have set Hawaii Five-O: The Third Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/24.

And finally today, I had the pleasure of participating in a 37-minute audio podcast with the Geek League of America’s Adam Moreau the other day.  The topic was none other than Paramount’s recent Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray debacle, as well as recent trends in the home video industry away from physical media.  It was great fun and our discussion was pretty interesting, so give it a listen here and enjoy!

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray Disc cover art for Lionsgate’s Girl Most Likely (due 11/5), New Video’s Farscape: The Complete Series – 15th Anniversary Edition (also 11/5) and 20th Century Fox’s The Heat (10/15)...

Girl Most Likely (Blu-ray Disc)    Farscape: The Complete Series - 15th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    The Heat (Blu-ray Disc)

Have a great weekend and stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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