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All right, folks… today’s column here at The Digital Bits is going to be a long one, filled with no small amount of nostalgia.

The reason is this: Today marks the official 10th Anniversary of the Blu-ray Disc format. The first seven Blu-ray titles (from Sony, MGM, and Lionsgate) appeared in stores on this day back in 2006 (as it happens, 6/20/06 was a Tuesday). They included 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, xXx, Underworld: Evolution, and The Terminator. The first set-top Blu-ray player – Samsung’s BD-P1000 (SRP $999) – had been expected to street on 6/25, but actually arrived in stores on 6/19, just in time for the Tuesday software debut. Here at The Bits, I got my hands on the player and four titles that day – The Fifth Element, The Terminator, Lord of War, and Crash (those last two officially went on sale the following week).  [Read on here…]

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All right, ladies and gentlemen... let’s wrap up this week, shall we?

First up, we have a good new title announcement. Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios have just set Star Wars: Rebels – Complete Season Two for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/30. You’ll get all 22 episodes (1.78:1 – 1080p) with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio on Blu-ray, along with 20 Rebel Recons clips, and 2 featurettes (Connecting the Galaxy: Rebels Season Two and the BD-exclusive From Apprentice to Adversary: Vader vs. Ahsoka). You can pre-order it here and you can see the cover artwork at the left.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a few more interesting items to report for you today...

First up, we’ve been waiting to hear back from Paramount regarding their plan to fix the error in the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut Blu-ray and initiate a replacement program. Our sources tell us that this is going to happen, it’s just a matter of the studio getting all the details lined up and then making an announcement. We expect to hear something soon (probably in the next week or two) and we’ll let you know when we do.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a new 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray review for you: I was up late last night working on my thoughts on Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness which, I have to say, is right up there with Fox’s Deadpool and The Revenant in terms of establishing a bar for reference quality on this format. It’s well worth your time if you’ve upgraded to the format.  [Read on here…]

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Today’s update is a quick one, as I’m trying to get more 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray reviews completed for you guys. But available now here at The Bits (and posted late yesterday) are my thoughts on Fox’s Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition and Paramount’s Star Trek (2009). The former streeted last week. The latter should be available today, though we’re hearing reports that supplies are limited at the moment. (If I had to guess why, I would guess that maybe Paramount’s initial replication run was lower until they had a better idea what initial demand would be. But that’s just a guess.) In any case, enjoy the reviews and know that I’m working on a review of Star Trek Into Darkness as well. I should also have Fox’s The Martian: Extended Edition shortly and so that’ll be next up.  [Read on here…]

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