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All right, today’s Oktoberfest Giveaway kicks off at Noon (Pacific) over on the Jahnke’s Electric Theater Facebook page, and features Scream Factory’s Terror Train on Blu-ray.  So head on over there for your chance to win.

Here at the site today, Adam’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review for the day is Universal’s The Purge, which just arrived in stores on Blu-ray on last week.  Also, Tim has checked in this morning with a review of René Clair’s I Married a Witch, now available on Blu-ray from Criterion.

Speaking of which, be sure to check out last night’s announcement news on Criterion’s January Blu-ray and DVD release slate, which includes a number of great titles.  [Read on here...]

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Here’s some exciting breaking news: Our friends at The Criterion Collection have just announced their January Blu-ray and DVD release slate, and WOW – some terrific titles!

The fun starts with a BD upgrade of Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (Cat #190 – Blu-ray/DVD – due 1/7/14) and the fortieth Eclipse set  Late Ray (DVD – due 1/7/14 – features Satyajit Ray’s The Home and the World, An Enemy of the People and The Stranger), and continues with a BD upgrade of Jules Dassin’s Rififi (Cat #114 – Blu-ray/DVD – due 1/14/14) and the all-new Michael Mann’s Thief (Cat #691 – Blu-ray/DVD – due 1/14/14), Aki Kaurismäki’s La vie de bohème (Cat #693 – Blu-ray/DVD – due 1/21/14), Stanley Kramer’s It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Cat #692 – Blu-ray/DVD – due 1/21/14) and Terence Davies’s The Long Day Closes (Cat #694 – Blu-ray/DVD – due 1/28/14).  By the way, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World includes a “restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray” plus a “new high-definition digital transfer of a 197-minute extended version of the film, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris using visual and audio material from the longer original road-show version – including some scenes that have been returned to the film here for the first time – with 5.1 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.”  What a great slate!  You’ll find cover artwork for all the Blu-rays below.  [Read on here...]

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We’re going to be starting today’s Oktoberfest Giveaway over on The Digital Bits Facebook page at Noon (Pacific), featuring a copy of Anchor Bay’s recent Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition!  The Giveaway will be easy to enter and we’ll accept entries until 3 PM (Pacific), so be sure to head on over there and participate for your chance to win!

Dr. Jahnke’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review for today is a bit of an infamous grindhouse classic – Snuff from our friends at Blue Underground.

Also today, Tim has reviewed Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave on Blu-ray from Criterion. Enjoy! [Read on here...]

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Today’s Oktoberfest giveaway is happening over on our Jahnke’s Electric Theater page on Facebook and features a copy of Scream Factory’s The Fog: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray!  The contest is open until 3 PM (Pacific) so get your entries in and good luck!

Meanwhile, Dr. Jahnke’s Oktoberfest review today is Warner Archive’s 1967 The Frozen Dead on MOD/DVD-R.  Enjoy!

Also, Doogan’s checked in with another Blu-ray review for you today: Disney’s Iron Man 3, which he says is better than it has any right to be!  [Read on here...]

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Quick heads-up: Until 3 PM (Pacific) we’re running an Oktoberfest giveaway over on The Digital Bits Facebook page, giving each of you the chance to win a copy of Scream Factory’s Prince of Darkness: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray!  Get your entries in quick.

Meanwhile, here at The Bits today, we’re kicking off Week 3 of the Hell Plaza Oktoberfest with Dr. Jahnke’s review of The Awful Dr. Orlof, now available on Blu-ray from Kino!

Also today, our own Todd Doogan has checked in with a review of Guillermo del Toro’s 1993 horror film Cronos, available on Blu-ray Disc from Criterion!  It’s a darned good film, well worth your time, and the review is appropriate given that del Toro’s latest film, Pacific Rim (read our review here), arrives in stores tomorrow on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Home Video.  Enjoy!  [Read on here...]

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In honor of the Hell Plaza Oktoberfest, our friends at Factory Entertainment have provided a number of great Universal Classic Monster prop replicas to give away to our readers!  Our first giveaway happened this afternoon and featured none other than the limited edition Fossil Creature Hand prop replica from the 1954 gem Creature from the Black Lagoon!  [Read on here...]

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We’ve got a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you today, starting with today’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review from Adam: Synapse’s Hands of the Ripper from the Hammer Films collection.

Also, our own Tim Salmons has turned in his thoughts on Criterion’s recent Blu-ray upgrade of Lord of the Flies.  Enjoy!

In announcement news today, Warner has set the Paramount title Stop-Loss for Blu-ray only release on 2/4/14 (SRP $16.99).  [Read on here…]

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Okay, today’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review here at The Bits is Adam’s look at Robert Hartford-Davis’ 1968 film Corruption, starring Peter Cushing and now available on Blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing!

Also today here at The Bits, I’ve turned in my review of a film that I found to be the biggest surprise of the summer blockbuster season: Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which streets on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Home Video next Tuesday (10/15).  It’s a great darned movie that I’m betting is going to pick up a huge cult audience on Blu-ray, so don’t miss it!  [Read on here…]

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All right, today’s post is a quickie as we’re working on a bunch of cool stuff for tomorrow…

First, Dr. Jahnke’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest Se7en continues today with a review of Scream Factory’s Psycho III: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc!  As it happens, were going to be running a giveaway for this very title over on The Digital Bits Facebook page starting at Noon (Pacific), so head on over there for your chance to win!

By the way, Adam has also updated his review of Universal’s original Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray so the whole trilogy is now covered on BD.  Enjoy!  [Read on here…]

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