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Good afternoon, Bits readers. Hope you guys here in the States all had a find long Labor day weekend. And for the rest of you, a properly tolerable Monday.

Because of the holiday, today’s post is a little light on news and columns. Though our own Russell Hammond has once again posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section, featuring all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork, as well as Amazon.com pre-order links.  [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a couple new bits of announcement news and an update on a title we’ve mentioned a couple times before.

First, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set How to Train Your Dragon 2 for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 11/11, with a Digital HD release set for 10/21. The Blu-ray Combo will include will include the all-new Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers animated adventure, along with audio commentary by Simon Otto, Bonnie Arnold, Dean DeBlois, and Pierre-Olivier Vincent, deleted scenes, 5 featurettes (Where No One Goes: The Making of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Fishleg’s Dragon Stats, Drago’s War Machines, Berk’s Dragon World, and Hiccup’s Inventions in Flight), the Dragon Races experience play-by-play commentary, an image gallery, the usual World of DreamWorks Animation music videos, and the theatrical trailer.  [Read on here…]

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Anchor Bay and Starz have finally officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Bong Joon Ho’s  science fiction/actioner Snowpiercer on 10/21 (SRP $29.99 and $24.98). The film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, and Ed Harris. We’ve seen it here at The Bits; it’s pretty terrific. Both versions will include the director’s proper 126-minute cut, a critics commentary, and a bonus disc that adds 5 featurettes (The Birth of Snowpiercer, The Characters, Chris Evans & Tilda Swinton on Snowpiercer, The Train Brought to Life: Behind the Scenes of a Special Screening, and Transperceneige: From the Blank Page to the Black Screen), an animated prologue, and concept art galleries. [Read on here…]

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We’re stating today’s post here at The Bits with a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our very own Michael Coate, featuring a look back at the theatrical debut of Disney’s Mary Poppins on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. The TWO PAGE column features a great roundtable interview with authors/film historians Sheldon Hall, Kim Holston, Matthew Kennedy, Jeff Kurtti and Charles Solomon, and lots more release information. Enjoy!   [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a lot of announcement news and cover artwork to share with you today, but first we’ve got a couple of new columns here at The Bits for you.

Doogan has checked in with his weekly Doogan’s Queue rundown of the new Blu-ray and DVD releases in stores today, and Adam has delivered a quick new Burnt Offerings column detailing the latest releases from Warner Archive. Don’t miss them!   [Read on here…]

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