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We hope you all had a nice holiday/WonderCon weekend... or just a weekend for the rest of you.

We’ve got a couple of new Blu-ray Disc reviews for you today. Our own Jim Hemphill has offered up his thoughts on Richard Brooks’ 1969 drama The Happy Ending, which is now available from Twilight Time. And, in case you missed it when I first posted it on Friday evening, I’ve completed my in-depth look at Disney and Lucasfilm’s forthcoming Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film looks fantastic and, let me tell you, Laurent Bouzereau’s new Secrets of The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes documentary is terrific. The Happy Ending is now available, while The Force Awakens arrives in stores here in the States next Tuesday. [Read on here…]

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Okay... first things first: At some point today, I should have Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray in hand. As soon as I do, I’ll start working on my review and will get it posted as quickly as possible. So be sure to keep checking back for that.

Speaking of Disney, the studio has just set The Finest Hours for Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and digital release on 5/24. Both disc versions will include 2 featurettes (Brotherhood and The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard). To this, the Blu-ray will add the all-new documentary Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story, plus 2 more featurettes (Two Crews and What Is Your Finest Hour?), and a pair of deleted scenes (A Desperate Idea and The Story of How They Met). You can see the cover artwork down below.  [Read on here…]

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Okay... Fox sources have confirmed that the forthcoming 2-disc Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray should include the following extras on Disc One: Both the Theatrical and Extended Cuts of film, audio commentary with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin (on both Theatrical and Extended Cut), audio commentary with VFX supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith (Theatrical Cut), and the Independence Day Datastream Trivia Track (Theatrical Cut). On Disc Two of the set look for the following (most carried over from the previous Five Star Edition DVD): The Making of ID4 behind-the-scenes documentary, Creating Reality behind-the-scenes documentary, The ID4 Invasion “mocumentary” produced for use in film, original bi-plane ending (with commentary), theatrical trailer and 3 teaser trailers, 1 15-second TV spot, 5 30-second TV spots, Super Bowl TV spot, Apple Computer TV Spot, gallery of production photographs and conceptual artwork (Alien Beings, Alien Ships, Sets & Props), and 3 storyboard sequences (Welcome Wagon, Destruction and Bi-plane Ending). The Sound Separator Easter egg isn’t there, nor are the DVD-ROM options, but still – this is pretty good news for fans of the film.  [Read on here…]

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Today’s post is a quick one, but we’ve got a few important updates for you...

First, we’ve confirmed with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment that their forthcoming Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray should include nearly all of the bonus features from previous releases with the exception of the interactive game that was present on the last Blu-ray release. We hope to have the full list soon, as well as an update on the release of UHD release of ID4K (probably day and date with BD and DVD, but we’re waiting for official confirmation of that).  [Read on here…]

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Here at The Bits this afternoon, we’ve got another new Blu-ray review for you from Jim Hemphill, this time featuring a look at Gordon Douglas’s 1968 neo-noir crime drama The Detective, which stars Frank Sinatra. This great classic title is now available on disc from our friends at Twilight Time, so don’t miss it.

In announcement news today, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films have set Regression for Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 5/10, featuring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.  [Read on here…]

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