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Happy Friday, folks!  Hope you’re all ready for the weekend.  Sorry for missing yesterday’s post – lots of things going on behind-the-scenes at The Bits this week.  Good stuff, but stuff that kept us all away from the office yesterday.  Life happens!

Meanwhile here at the site today, our own Tim Salmons has posted another new Blu-ray Disc review for you from Scream Factory: it’s the Prison: Collector’s Edition – an early Renny Harlin film (from 1988) starring a fellow you might recognize… Viggo Mortensen.  Do check it out!

In announcement news today, Lionsgate has set The Last Stand for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/14 (SRP $39.99 and $29.95).  Extras will include 4 featurettes (Not in My Town: Making The Last Stand, Cornfield Chaos, The Dinkum Firearm and Historic Weaponry Museum and Actor-Cam Anarchy: with Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander) and deleted, extended and alternate scenes.

Lionsgate will also release Texas Chainsaw on Blu-ray 3D Combo and DVD and A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/14 as well.  Extras on A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III will include audio commentary with writer/director Roman Coppola and 2 featurettes (The Making of Charles Swan and A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles White).

Inception Media Group will release the Brit comedy On Approval on Blu-ray on 3/19.

Meanwhile, Warner Home Video and TNT have set Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/4 (SRP $49.99 and $39.98).  The BD will be a 2-disc set and the DVD a 3-disc set, but each will include all 10 episodes plus extras.  No word yet on extras.  Season Three of the series is set to begin airing this summer, so you can probably expect the 6/4 street date is designed to let people catch up beforehand.

Universal has announced a trio of new catalog films for release on Blu-ray on 5/7, including Babe: Pig in the City, Jesus Christ Superstar and In the Name of the Father.

And Magnolia Home Entertainment has A Royal Affair coming on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/19.

Here’s a look at the cover art for Lionsgate’s The Last Stand, Warner’s Falling Skies: Season Two and Universal’s Promised Land (street date 4/23 – retail temp art)…

The Last Stand (Blu-ray Disc)    Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Disc)    Promised Land (Blu-ray Disc)

Have a great weekend and see you Monday!  Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

All right, here at the site this morning, our own Joe Marchese has turned in a new Blu-ray Disc review of Twilight Time’s Experiment in Terror, directed by Blake Edwards.  Enjoy!

Now for some release news…

First up today, Amazon.com is finally taking pre-orders on all three versions of Warner’s The Hobbit (due 3/19).  Just click on the cover artwork to visit the pre-order pages...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray 3D Combo)    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray Combo)    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD)

Moving on... this is yet to be officially announced by Sony (so consider it unconfirmed for the moment), but Amazon.com has just listed Funny Girl (1968) as coming on Blu-ray on 4/30 (SRP $19.98).  See the cover art below.

20th Century Fox meanwhile has set Hello Dolly for release on Blu-ray on 4/2 (SRP $24.99 – again, cover art below).  Also coming to BD that day from Fox is That Thing You Do.  And the classic Panic in the Streets arrives on BD on 3/26.

Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay have Django Unchained currently set for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/16, at least according to Amazon (SRP $39.99 and $29.98).  They’re also expected to release Silver Linings Playbook on both formats on 4/30 according to retail sources.

Paramount will release Not Fade Away on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/30.

Warner has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of LEGO Batman: The Movie  DC Super Heroes Unite on 5/21.

Lionsgate has set Felicity: Season Three and Felicity: Season Four for DVD release on 5/7, along with Power Rangers Samurai: The Sixth Ranger – Volume 4 on DVD on 5/14.

Shout! Factory has set American Masters: Mel Brooks – Make a Noise for DVD release on 5/21.  The documentary premieres on PBS the day before.

Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-TWC have set the Chinese actioner Dragon for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/16.  The film stars Donnie Yen.

Universal will release Frankie Go Boom on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/14.

And in other news, you Battlestar fans will be interested to learn that retail BD copies of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome include an insert with word that the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica feature film is coming to Blu-ray in 2013.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Warner’s Mad Max Trilogy (due 6/4), Fox’s Hello Dolly and Sony’s Funny Girl

Max Max Trilogy (Blu-ray Disc)    Hello Dolly (Blu-ray Disc)    Funny Girl (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

Morning, folks!  Hope you all enjoyed The Bitsy Awards yesterday.  We’ve got some announcement news and a new Blu-ray review for you this morning here at The Bits.

But first, our very own Russell Hammond has once again updated the Release Dates and Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links.  As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it.

All right, time for that review.  Tim Salmons has checked in with a look at another fun Scream Factory title in high-definition – The Nest!  Enjoy and be sure to watch for more new BD reviews every day here at The Bits all this week.

Warner Home Video has just announced a new Mad Max Trilogy Blu-ray collection for release on 6/4 (SRP $49.99).  The set come in limited tin packaging and will include Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1982) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985 - new to Blu-ray).  The latter two will be released as BD singles on 6/4 as well.  No word yet on extras.  As some of you may know, George Miller has returned to direct a fourth film in the series, Mad Max: Fury Road, which should hit theaters sometime later this year.

Warner Home Video has also set the animated Superman: Unbound for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/7, featuring actor John Noble as the voice of Brianiac.

Sony would like to remind you all that the newly-crowned and Oscar-winning Best Documentary Feature, Waiting for Sugar Man, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  We hear it’s pretty good.

Well Go USA Entertainment has set Takashi Shimizu’s Tormented for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/2.  This will be followed by Deadball on both formats on 4/9.

Cohen Media Group will release The Other Son on both Blu-ray and DVD on 3/19.

And here’s a cool bit of news:  Severin Films is releasing the 1970s classic Zulu Dawn on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/12 (SRP $29.95).  Extras will include “new featurettes with Zulu War expert Ian Knight, the film’s historical advisor Midge Carter, a visit to the actual locations of the battle of Isandlwana hosted by Knight, and a selection of rare out-takes.”  You can see the cover artwork below.

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Severin’s Zulu Dawn, Warner’s Superman: Unbound and Kino’s Little Fugitive (due 3/26)…

Zulu Dawn (Blu-ray Disc)    Superman: Unbound (Blu-ray Disc)    Little Fugitive (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...!

- Bill Hunt

The Bitsy Awards are here!

February 25, 2013 - 1:41 pm   |   By

All right, we’ll be back tomorrow with the usual cover artwork update, the latest announcement news and even a new Blu-ray Disc review.  But first… it’s time for The 10th (Semi) Annual Digital Bits Bitsy Awards!  We’ve nominated, we’ve voted and now here are our picks for the Best of the Blu-ray format in 2012.  Enjoy!

The Bitsy Awards are here!

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

All right, first up today we’ve got some new title announcements for you...

Paramount has set Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away for Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/12.  The studio will also release Not Fade Away on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/30.

Disney will release a Shanghai Noon: 2-Movie Collection on Blu-ray on 5/7, due to include Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights.

Lionsgate will release Mighty Fine on DVD on 5/7.  They also have Dark Feed coming on DVD on 3/19.

MPI/Dark Sky Films will release Stitches on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/2.  MPI will also release The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies on DVD on 3/12, followed by The Big Picture on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/19.

Shout! Factory has set The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One! for DVD release on 5/21.

Timeless Media Group will release A Haunting: The 2012 Season on DVD on 4/23.

Inception Media Group will release The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: The Complete Season Two and Pressed on DVD on 3/12, followed by The Hunt for Bin Laden on DVD on 3/19.

Indomina Releasing will release Holy Motors on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/26.

Acorn Media will release Foyle’s War: The Complete Home Front Files – Sets 1-6 on DVD on 3/12.

Well Go USA Entertainment has set Tormented for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/2, followed by Deadball on both formats on 4/9.  The company also has A Simple Life coming on both formats on 2/26.

Comedy Central has set Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore for DVD only release on 4/2.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has set Miles Davis with Quincy Jones and the Gil Evans Orchestra: Live at Montreux 1991 on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/19.

And finally, 20th Century Fox has set Parental Guidance for release on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 3/26.

Also today, don’t forget that that this year’s Oscars are awarded this weekend in Los Angeles.  The broadcast will be live on ABC on Sunday evening for those who may be interested.  I guess I’m rooting for Argo to win Best Picture, but Lincoln could sneak in there too.  We’ll see.  Meh…

And before we go, we should let you all know that we’re getting in the awards season spirit here at The Digital Bits too.  Yes, it’s almost time for The Bitsy Awards!  On Monday, we’ll offer a rundown of our staff picks for the very best of Blu-ray in 2012, so be sure to check back then.

The Bitsy Awards are coming!

In the meantime, have a great weekend!  Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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