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Machete Kills, Fruitvale Station, Chorus Line, Venture Bros, Joanie Loves Chachi, Never Sleep Again & more!

November 20, 2013 - 12:48 pm   |   By 

All right, we have a new review for you: Tim’s checked out Luis Buñuel’s 1967 surrealist classic Belle de Jour on Blu-ray from Criterion.  More BD reviews are on the way tomorrow and Friday, so be sure to check back.

Our own Russell Hammond has also checked in with this week’s Release Dates & Artwork update, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links.  Keep in mind that the section now includes Xbox One and PS4 games.  A portion of anything you order from the retailer after clicking to them though our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it!

Now then, let’s have some announcement news... [Read on here]

Universal has officially set Machete Kills for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 1/21/14.  Extras will include deleted and extended scenes and the Making Machete Kills featurette.

Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company will release Fruitvale Station on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and digital on 1/14.  Extras will include Q&A with the cast and filmmakers and the Fruitvale Station: The Story of Oscar Grant featurette.

Lionsgate has set Grace Unplugged for Blu-ray Combo, DVD and digital release on 1/28, followed by The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete on DVD and digital on 2/4/14.

Warner has set BD singles of East of Eden, Giant and Rebel without a Cause (sans the current BD Book packaging) for release on 3/11 (SRP $19.98 each).

MGM will release A Chorus Line on Blu-ray on 1/14/14.

Meanwhile, Adult Swim and Warner have set The Venture Bros: Season Five for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/4.  The set will include all 8 episodes, plus 2 bonus episodes (A Very Venture Halloween and From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story).  I absolutely love, love, love the Hardy Boys/Tom Swift-inspired cover art – you can see it below (and larger above).

Viz Media and Warner have set the GoHands anime series  K: The Complete Series for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/25 (SRP $69.99 and $44.82).

CBS will release Joanie Loves Chachi: The Complete Series and Laverne & Shirley: The Seventh Season on DVD only on 2/4/14.

One Village Entertainment has set The Last Letter for DVD and digital release on 12/17.

Level 33 Entertainment will release Zombie Hamlet on DVD on 12/31 (SRP $14.99).

And Image Entertainment is releasing the 2-disc Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy documentary on Blu-ray on 1/21 (SRP $29.98).

Finally, we have a few details on the extras you’ll find on HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, due on 2/18/14 ($79.98).  Look for 12 audio commentaries with the cast and crew, 3 featurettes (Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay, Game of Thrones: Inner Circle and The Religions of Westeros), Character Profiles and (exclusive to BD) interactive In-Episode Guides, Histories & Lore, War of the Five Kings and Hidden Dragon Eggs.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray Disc cover artwork for Riddick (due 1/14), The Venture Bros: Season Five, Game of Thrones: Season Three, Machete Kills, The Jungle Book (2/11) and Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy...

Riddick (Blu-ray Disc)    The Venture Bros.: The Fifth Season (Blu-ray Disc)    Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Disc)

Machete Kills (Blu-ray Disc)    The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Never Sleep Again (Blu-ray Disc)

Back tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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