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Monday, 13 November 2023 15:02

We have an exclusive Young Guns 4K review, plus Last Castle 4K, pre-orders for Creator & Titanic (UK), The Abyss: SE is coming to theaters on 12/6 & more!

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Good afternoon, Bits readers and welcome to a new week! If all goes well, it’s shaping up to be a pretty exciting one—but more on that soon.

First up today, we’ve got an exclusive early 4K Ultra HD review for you: I’ve just taken an in-depth look at Christopher Cain’s fan-favorite western Young Guns (1988) in a long-awaited new Ultra HD release from our friends over at Lionsgate! The A/V quality is excellent, the disc includes original theatrical stereo and a great new Atmos mix, legacy extras carry over (including the commentary, a historical featurette, and trailers), and there’s a terrific new doc as well called How the West Was Wild: Making Young Guns. It’s a fine release that fans of the film should really love.

Now then, our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics have announced that Rod Lurie’s The Last Castle (2001) is “coming soon” to 4K Ultra HD.

Also newly revealed for Blu-ray from KLSC are Ted Kotcheff’s Split Image (1962), Joseph Sargent’s To Hell with Heroes (1968), Norman Panama’s The Road to Hong Kong (1962), and Douglas Sirk’s Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952) on 1/9, followed by Andrew V. McLaglen’s The Devil’s Brigade (1968) on 1/16. And coming soon is Mitchell Leisen’s No Man of Her Own (1950). [Read on here...]

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Meanwhile, Turbine Media in Germany has announced that they’re making their excellent Knight Rider box set available in a new Special Edition version that includes 20 Blu-ray discs of episodes plus a Bonus Blu-ray. It’s due to street on 11/23, but it’s only available on their website here.

In terms of pre-orders, Gareth Edwards’ The Creator (2023) is finally available for pre-order on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on Amazon. Here’s a look at the cover artwork (just click on each image to visit their respective Amazon pre-order pages...

The Creator (4K Ultra HD) The Creator (Blu-ray Disc) Titanic (UK 4K Ultra HD)

And as you can see, James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) is also finally available on 4K Ultra HD in the UK from Disney via The street date is 18 December. Again, click on the image to visit the UK pre-order page. FYI, we don’t yet know if the more elaborate deluxe edition will be available in the UK too.

Speaking of James Cameron, his long awaited The Abyss: Special Edition is going to be returning to theaters around the country in remastered 4K on 12/6, and you can see a teaser trailer for the event here...

Yes, we will have more to say on the physical 4K release very soon. I promise, the wait is nearly over.

Finally today, last week (on Wednesday) I participated in a great live video discussion with our friends over at The Screening Room AV (including John Schuermann and Steve Crabb, as well as Kris Deering of Deep Dive AV) to talk about physical media. This was live-streamed on Facebook. Well, our discussion is now available for all of you to watch via YouTube. So here’s that link...

And before I close, I would be remiss if I didn’t make one more pitch for those of you who love and appreciate what we do here on The Digital Bits to consider joining and supporting our new Patreon, which is vital to helping us continue to keep this site going in the months and years ahead. We’re up to 150 backers and we would really like to get to 200 soon. Thousands of you read the site every day, so we know you're out there! And I’m doing regular exclusive blog posts over there to give you backers all a little something special in exchange. So thank you for your support!

Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned, friends!

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