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Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:38

Dark Half & Monkey Shines, new Warner, CBS & Fox TV titles & Halloween BD signing next week in LA

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We’ve got another great Blu-ray review for you today, and we suspect it’s one many of you are eager to read: Tim’s thoughts on Sony’s new Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Digipack BD set. Tim talks A/V quality and runs down all the extras, including taking the time to detail which are new, which are legacy items carried over from the previous BD and DVD releases, and what’s been omitted. Don’t miss it.  [Read on here…]

In announcement news today, Scream Factory has officially set The Dark Half and Monkey Shines for Blu-ray release on 11/18, both films by director George Romero. The Dark Half will include a new audio commentary with Romero, the all-new The Sparrows Are Flying Again!: The Making of The Dark Half documentary (36 minutes), deleted scenes, animated storyboards for the original ending, behind-the-scenes footage (including Special Effects and On the Set), the vintage Making of The Dark Half featurette (plus additional interview clips), the trailer, a TV spot, and a photo gallery. Monkey Shines will include a new audio commentary with Romero, the all-new An Experiment in Fear documentary (49 minutes), an alternate ending, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, the vintage Making of Monkey Shines featurette (plus additional interview clips), trailers, a TV spot, and a photo gallery.

Henstooth Video has set The Ninth Configuration for Blu-ray release on 11/4.

Warner Home Video has set the New Line title The Art of War for Blu-ray release on 1/13/15. They also have Looney Tunes: Back in Action coming on Blu-ray on 12/2.

On the TV front, Warner has set Shameless: The Complete Fourth Season for Blu-ray and DVD on 12/30.

Paramount and CBS will release Under the Dome: Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/9, followed by Extant: The First Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/16.

And Olive Films has announced the November DVD-only release of a number of new TV series titles licensed from Fox, including Napoleon Dynamite: The Complete Animated Series (due 11/4), Touch: The Complete Second Season (11/4), Dads: The Complete Series (11/11), King of the Hill: The Complete Seventh Season (11/18), King of the Hill: The Complete Eighth Season (11/18), and Better Off Ted: The Complete Second Season (11/25). It’s nice to see someone completing the DVD release of these shows if Fox isn’t interested.

Also, the regular Blu-ray-only edition of Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series is now available for pre-order on for release on 12/16 (SRP $59.98 but Amazon has it for $41.99). This is in addition to the Amazon-exclusive Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo version which is already available for pre-order here (for $89.98). There’s still no cover artwork available yet.

Finally today, for you LA-area readers, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay are going to be holding a special Halloween Films Reunion and Blu-ray signing event at the ever-excellent Dark Delicacies book store next Tuesday, 9/23, starting at 7:30 PM. On hand to sign copies of the new Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray box set will be: actors PJ Soles, Raymond O’Connor, Tom Morga, Erik Preston, Kathleen Kinmont, Matthew Walker, Frankie Como, Daniel Farrands, JC Brandy, Jeffrey Landman, Daisy McCrackin, Adam Hann-Byrd, Chris Durand, Gary Glayton, and Caroline Williams, special FX make-up artist (for Halloween 6 and Halloween H20) Brad Hardin, stunt double (for Halloween H20) Donna Keegan Avery, composer (for 5 of the films) Alan Howarth, and documentary director Sean Clark. IMPORTANT NOTE: This signing was original limited to people who pre-ordered the Blu-ray set in advance, however there will be a small number of Blu-ray sets available for walk-in customers on the day of the event. These copies are EXTREMELY LIMITED and will be available at the store on a first-come, first-served basis only starting at 4 PM. Dark Delicacies is located at 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, CA (818-556-6660). Visit their website here for more information. So there you go. Have a good time and tell ‘em The Bits sent you!

Here’s a look at a bit more of the cover artwork for titles mentioned above...

Napoleon Dynamite: The Complete Animated Series (DVD)    The Dark Half (Blu-ray Disc)    Monkey Shines (Blu-ray Disc)

The Art of War (Blu-ray Disc)    Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Blu-ray Disc)    Under the Dome: Season Two (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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