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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:05

Criterion’s January, Black Hawk Down & Cliffhanger 4K preorders, Longmire: Complete & Mr. Capra Goes to War

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All right, we’ve got a little bit of ground to cover today. We’ve been updating our servers and whatnot, on top of which some Russian/Ukrainian bot army decided to launch a DDOS attack on The Bits for random unknown reasons. It should be noted that this kind of thing happens to most websites on the Internet pretty regularly. But it’s a wonder that the Internet works at all these days, with all the trolls, scams, and state-sponsored chicanery going on.

Anyway... first up here at The Bits today, we have four new Blu-ray reviews for you to check out, including Tim’s look at The Man in the Iron Mask from Shout! Factory, Dennis’ take on Invasion of the Body Snatchers from Olive Films, Davids thoughts on The House of Tomorrow also from Shout!, and Jason’s look at Cabin Boy from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Enjoy!

The big news is that Criterion has announced their January Blu-ray slate, which includes Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames (Spine #956 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 1/8, an update of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (Spine #137 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 1/15, Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky (Spine #957 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Spine #958 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 1/22, and finally Norman Jewison’s In the Heat of the Night (Spine #959 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 1/29. [Read on here...]

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You can read more about each of these titles here. We’ve updated The Criterion Spines Project here at The Bits accordingly. And you can see the cover artwork for all of these titles (and pre-order them on Amazon) below.

In terms of 4K Ultra HD news, both Black Hawk Down and Cliffhanger are now available for pre-order on No kidding, you can pre-order Black Hawk Down on UHD even though it doesn’t street until May 19, 2019. And you can see the cover artwork below.

On the announcement front, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set Longmire: The Sixth and Final Season for DVD release on 11/20 (SRP $24.98), along with Longmire: The Complete Series on DVD (SRP $99.99) that same day. As anticipated, our friends at the Warner Archive will also be releasing Longmire: The Sixth and Final Season on Blu-ray Disc that same day. Again, you can see the cover artwork below.

Olive Films has just announced the 11/6 Blu-ray and DVD release of Mr. Capra Goes to War: Frank Capra’s World War II Documentaries and Carlos Saura’s The 7th Day. Mr. Capra will include all five of Capra’s documentary short subjects, each with introduction, and a retrospective featurette with historian Joseph McBride (a frequent participant in Michael Coate’s History, Legacy & Showmanship roundtables here at The Bits).

Universal just set Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner, for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/11, with the Digital release expected on 11/20. Extras will include audio commentary and a featurette.

HBO will release Elena Ferrante on Film on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/23 (SRP $49.95 and $34.95). HBO is also releasing The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling on DVD and Digital on 10/30.

Well Go USA has set the wuxia fantasy actioner Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings for Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on 11/13.

Lionsgate will release Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance and Dating Game Killer on DVD on 10/16, followed by Narcos: Season 3 on DVD on 11/13. The company has also set God Bless the Broken Road for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/4.

Big World Pictures has set Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge for DVD release on 12/11.

RLJ Entertainment will release the alien abduction thriller Beyond the Sky on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/6.

Acorn DVD will release Murdoch Mysteries: The Christmas Cases Limited Edition on DVD on 10/30.

And Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set The House That Would Not Die (1970) for Blu-ray and DVD release on 1/8/19.

Also here at The Bits today, we’ve updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and pre-order links. Please know that anytime you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them from any one of our links (like this one), you’re helping to support The Bits and we really do appreciate it!

We’ll leave you with a look at a bunch of cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above (click to visit their Amazon pre-order pages, if available)...

Notorious (Criterion - Blu-ray Disc) In the Heat of the Night (Criterion - Blu-ray Disc) 24 Frames (Criterion - Blu-ray Disc)

4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (Criterion - Blu-ray Disc) Mikey and Nicky (Criterion - Blu-ray Disc) Longmire: Season Six (DVD)

Black Hawk Down (4K Ultra HD) Cliffhanger (4K Ultra HD) Longmire: The Complete Series (DVD)

Stay tuned...!

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