My Two Cents: Blu-ray/DVD News Catch-up – Universal to restore 15 silent films, plus Olive's July Slate & more http://t.co/ic656p7DFE
Afternoon, folks. We’ve got reviews for you today and we’ve got release news too.
But first, we’ve got cover art! Our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & 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 to them through our links goes to help support our efforts here at the site and we salute you for it. Much appreciated!
Now then… the good Dr. Jahnke has carefully inspected a pair of new Shout! Factory titles for your protection and found them worthy: Sam Raimi’s Crimewave and the 1990 live action version of Captain America. Crimewave arrives in stores on 5/14, followed by Cappy a week later on 5/21. Enjoy the reviews!
Speaking of Shout!, the studio has set Electra Glide in Blue for release on Blu-ray on 6/4. Extras will include audio commentary and an introduction by director James William Guercio, and the film’s theatrical trailer.
And Shout will release the animated The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series on DVD only on 7/30.
Warner has set the all-new, animated and direct-to-video Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/6.
Sony will release The Last Exorcism, Part II on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/18. Extras will include a commentary track with director Ed Gass-Donnelly and producer Eli Roth and 3 featurettes (Hair Salon Scare: The Last Exorcism Part II goes Viral, Nell’s Story and Shooting in New Orleans). The film will also contain unrated footage not seen in theaters.
Eagle Rock has set a 4-disc Jethro Tull: Around the World Live collection for release on DVD on 6/25 (SRP $39.98). It’ll include classic performances, behind-the-scenes material and even a collector’s hardback book packaging.
Well Go USA Entertainment will release Tai Chi Hero on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/2.
Magnolia Home Entertainment has set the horror title 23:59 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/4.
And finally, our friends at Blue Underground will release the Bad Girls Behind Bars collection on DVD on 7/30 (SRP $29.98), set to include the films Amazon Jail, Bare Behind Bars, 99 Women: Unrated Director’s Cut, Sadomania and Women Behind Bars.
Back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned!
- Bill Hunt
We’re closing out the week with more new Blu-ray Disc reviews here at The Bits.
To start with, I’ve got my thoughts on CBS’ Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Best of Both Worlds Blu-ray for you today, to go along with yesterday’s review of Season Three. Both titles street next Tuesday (4/30). Also today, Jeff Kleist has a review of Jurassic Park 3D on Blu-ray 3D for you to check out. And we’ve upgraded of pair of additional BD reviews by our own Tim Salmons from the original Bits website – Paramount’s Beverly Hills Cop and Sony’s Black Dynamite.
With that, we wish you all a fine weekend. See you Monday!
- Bill Hunt
Today’s is a quick update here at The Bits, but a good one to be sure!
First up, I’ve posted my thoughts on CBS’ forthcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Three on Blu-ray, which hits stores on 4/30. It’s everything fans of the show could hope for – a great Blu-ray release of TNG’s best season, with more than three hours of all-new documentary material alone! You’ll definitely want to get your pre-orders in. I’ll check back with a review of the Best of Both Worlds stand-alone disc in the next couple of days as well.
Also today, our friends over at the Warner Archive are holding a fire sale featuring 25% off select DVD-R releases – over 1500 titles in all! Be sure to check it out and take advantage if there are titles you’ve been looking for. The sale runs until 4/29.
And in announcement news, Warner Home Video has just set The Incredible Burt Wonderstone for release on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 6/24 (SRP $35.99 and $28.98). Extras will include the Making Movie Magic with David Copperfield featurette, a gag reel, deleted scenes and alternate takes.
Here’s a look at the cover artwork for Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Warner’s Jack the Giant Slayer on Blu-ray 3D, along with CBS’ TNG: Season 3…
- Bill Hunt
Okay… this one has me excited: Shout! Factory has just set Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: The Complete Series for release on DVD on 6/15 (SRP $119.99). The 15-disc DVD box set will include all 110 episodes of the series along with a 16-page book. Extras will include audio commentary with Bill Cosby and the all-new Hey, Hey, Hey… It’s The Story of Fat Albert documentary (featuring a new interview with Cosby). The booklet will also feature an essay by Dr. Gordon Berry, who was the show’s educational advisor. I really dug that show when I was a kid, so this should be a treat.
“Hey Albert, that’s N.C.”
You can see the cover artwork below.
Also today, Lionsgate has set Spring Breakers for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/9.
Anchor Bay will release The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/18.
Arrow Video has delayed the worldwide Blu-ray and DVD release of Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath until 5/13. Adjust your plans accordingly. The disc will include the “original Italian version of the film and the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored American version, together and fully restored for the first time anywhere in the world, along with a host of special features, bonus material and exclusive artwork.” You can watch a clip of one of the special features from the disc here. Meanwhile, Bava’s Baron Blood is still set for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/29.
Well Go USA Entertainment has also switched the date for the BD and DVD release of New World to 7/23.
Impulse Pictures has set the Nikkatsu erotic film titles She Cat and Female Teacher Hunting for release on DVD on 5/7.
Monarch has set Love Sick Love for DVD only release on 5/21.
And Lionsgate will release a Robotech: 2-Movie Collection on DVD on 7/23, set to include Love Live Alive and The Shadow Chronicles.
Finally, Image Entertainment has set The Wicked for release on DVD only on 4/30.
Here’s a look at the cover art for Shout!’s Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids on DVD, as well as Criterion’s Babette’s Feast (due 7/23) and Warner Archive’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (6/25) on Blu-ray...
- Bill Hunt
All right, as predicted Trek Into Darkness spoilers are starting to trickle out in the wake of today’s premiere screening in Australia, so if you’re hoping to stay spoiler free, be advised you’d better be on your guard pretty much everywhere online.
Here at the site today, our own Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & 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 purchase from the online retailer after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we sure do appreciate it!
In announcement news today, Warner Home Video is diving into more Paramount catalog titles on 8/13, including some that haven’t been released on Blu-ray before. Look for Presidio, Shaft (2000) and Flashdance.
Warner has also set Action Jackson and Passenger 57 for Blu-ray release on 8/6.
Meanwhile, Funimation will release Lupin the Third: Woman Called Fukiko on Blu-ray on 7/30.
Indomina will release Filly Brown on BD and DVD on 7/30.
Fox’s Hell on Wheels: The Complete Second Season has been set for BD and DVD on 7/16.
Here’s something cool on the classic film front: Flicker Alley has set Cinerama Holiday and Cinerama: South Seas Adventure for release on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 10/22 (SRP $39.95 each but you can pre-order them for just $29.96 on the Flicker Alley website). Thanks to Bits reader Anders O. for the heads-up!
And for you music fans, Eagle Rock Entertainment has set Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow for release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on 7/11 (SRP $34.98 and $29.98). The 1980 concert film has been one of Dr. Jahnke’s Most Wanted titles, so it’s nice to finally see it on disc, restored, remastered and with a new 5.1 sound mix to boot!
Here’s a look at the BD cover art for Rockshow, as well as the two Cinerama titles…
- Bill Hunt
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Star Trek Into Darkness spoiler week. Not that we’ll post spoilers here – no sir, that’s not how we roll at The Bits. However… the first public screenings of the film begin this week (starting today at the Australian premiere), so spoilers are inevitably going to be leaking everywhere. If you wish to remain spoiler free, I highly recommend shutting down your Internet for the next three weeks. (Good luck with that, I know.) Or at least staying off Facebook!
Anyway, here at the site today, our own Tim Salmons has turned in a great new Dailies column in which he takes a look at the difference between classic Euro horror and the modern day Hollywood variety. He’s also posted new reviews of Kino’s Zombie Lake and Oasis of the Zombies, as well as Shout!/Scream Factory’s The Vampire Lovers on Blu-ray. Enjoy!
Speaking of Shout!, the company has just announced a new Blu-ray double-feature of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and Race with the Devil set for release on 6/4. Both films were released on DVD by the company previously.
Also today, Well Go USA Entertainment has set Park Hoon-Jeong’s mob thriller New World for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/9 (SRP $29.98 and $24.98).
And for you fans of ABC’s cancelled nuclear sub TV series Last Resort, know that Sony is planning to release Last Resort: The Complete First Season as a 3-disc DVD set. Street date and SRP is still TBA, but extras will include 13 Last Resort Declassified featurettes (including Making the Pilot, Profiles in Courage, Conn Artists, Anatomy of an Episode: Voluntold, Grace Under Fire, Ties That Bind, Subvirtual, The Buzzard’s Nest, Turning Point, The Mole, Serrat’s Lair, I, Kylie and Epilogue).
Finally today, I’ve finally got the replacement lamp for my HD projector here, so getting it installed (and recalibrating my projector) is how I’m spending my evening. First thing I’m diving into when that’s all done are my reviews of CBS’ new Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Three and Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Best of Both Worlds Blu-rays. So watch for those reviews over the next couple days. Meanwhile, I’m mentioning all this because Amazon has Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One, Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Two and Star Trek: Enterprise – Season One on Blu-ray discounted to 60% off all week! Just click on the cover artwork below to take advantage…
- Bill Hunt
So how do you like that: The day CBS’ Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Three and The Best of Both Worlds Blu-rays show up for review, my HD projector bulb dies! Talk about bad timing. Ah… the “serious problems” of modern 21st Century life. Some days you just have to laugh. And remind yourself that it’s actually good having problems this mundane. So anyway, rest assured I’ll have reviews of both titles up by probably mid-next week.
Meanwhile, we have a few new announcements for you today…
Disney has officially revealed the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition on 10/1. There will be FOUR SKUs, 3-disc Blu-ray 3D, 2-disc Blu-ray in BD packaging, 2-disc Blu-ray in DVD packaging and 2-disc BD with Digital Copy (SRP $49.99, $39.99, $39.99 and $44.99). All will include DVD. Note that if you buy the 3-disc Blu-ray 3D edition, Amazon.com currently has a $5 off discount coupon available on pre-orders (this is a limited time offer, so act fast).
Warner Home Video has unveiled the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release of Jack the Giant Slayer on 6/18 (SRP $44.95, $35.99 and $28.98). Extras on the Blu-rays will include the Become a Giant Slayer “interactive experience”, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Warner has also set Tom and Jerry: No Mice Allowed! for release on DVD only on 7/16 (SRP $19.97).
And DC and Warner Animation will release Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/30 (SRP $24.98 and $19.98).
Meanwhile, Cinemax will release Banshee: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/30, followed by Strike Back: Season 2 on both formats on 8/6.
Shout! Factory has set Cohen & Tate for release on Blu-ray on 7/9, starring Roy Scheider and Adam Baldwin. The company has also set Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize for DVD only release on 6/11, via its Shout! Factory Kids label.
Anchor Bay Entertainment has set Charlie Zone for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/4 (SRP $24.99 and $19.98).
The Disinformation Company has set a documentary on exorcism in the Catholic church, The Exorcist in the 21st Century, for DVD only release on 5/7.
And Image Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the release rights to Ruthless Pictures’ thriller Mischief Night, which has just begin filming. Details of the eventual videodisc release will be announced at a later date.
Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover art for two versions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, two versions of Warner’s Jack the Giant Slayer, Cinemax’s Strike Back: Season Two and Shout! Factory’s The Producers (due 7/2)…
Have a great weekend!
- Bill Hunt
All right, we’ve got a little bit more release news for you today...
Warner Home Video has set Action Jackson for release on Blu-ray on 8/6. Also newly announced by WHV are Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II – The Battle for Doldrey on BD and DVD on 8/6, DCU: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox on BD and DVD on 7/30, Bleach Uncut: Set 17 on DVD on 6/11 and Doctor Who: The Snowmen on BD and DVD on 5/28.
Also today, Magnolia Home Entertainment has set The ABCs of Death for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/21, along with This Girl Is Badass on both formats.
Lionsgate has set the June Carter Cash biopic Ring of Fire on DVD only on 6/4 – the film stars Jewel.
And ARC Entertainment has set Marley Africa Road Trip for DVD release on 5/7, along with Mr. Hockey on both Blu-ray and DVD the same day. Following on DVD only on 5/21 is Picture Day. And on 5/28, ARC will release Dead Mine on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Finally, in news from around the Net today, the summer blockbuster trailer “arms race” is sure heating up big time this week. Late yesterday (probably timed to coincide with the CinemaCon convention), Paramount released the final trailer for J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek into Darkness online. The film hits theaters on 5/17, just one month from now. Not to be outdone, Warner Bros. rolled out its first big full trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, due in theaters on 6/14. I have to say, while I’m optimistic about both films, Man of Steel especially looks terrific. It’s easy to be fooled by a great trailer these days, but these are sure great trailers. Anyway, here they are for you to check out if you haven’t seen them yet. Be sure to watch ‘em big and in full 1080p...
All right, back tomorrow. Stay tuned!
- Bill Hunt
All right, our own Russell Hammond has posted the Release Dates and Artwork update 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 in the same session after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.
Here at the site today, Dr. Jahnke has turned in a new Blu-ray Disc review of Twilight Time’s The Fury: Limited Edition. It’s still available on Amazon and from the Screen Archives Entertainment website, so if you want a copy get one soon. They’re limited to just 3,000 units.
All right, a few announcements for you…
Criterion has revealed their July release slate, set to include Kenji Mizoquchi’s The Life of Oharu (Catalog #662 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/9, Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies (#43 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/16, Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (#426 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast (#665 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/23, and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone (appropriately #666 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/30.
Eagle Rock Entertainment has set the documentary film The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/21 (SRP $19.98 and $14.98 respectively). Bonus content includes previously unseen concert and interview footage from 1964-65.
Also on the music front, 20th Century Fox has set The Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/4. Extras will include a behind the scenes featurette.
Sony has set Heebie Jeebies for release on DVD on 6/25.
And Paramount and CBS have set Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume One, Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume Two, Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume One, Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume Two, Unforgettable: Season One and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enter Shredder for DVD only release on 7/9, along with Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra: Book One – Air on both Blu-ray and DVD. Following on 7/16 is Matlock: The Ninth and Final Season on DVD.
Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for a few of the new Criterion July titles (they’re not available on Amazon yet but we’ll update the cover links when they are)…
- Bill Hunt
Well… it’s been a bit of a dispiriting day given the tragic events in Boston this afternoon. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected there. Still we’ve got some good stuff for you here today…
First, our own Bud Elder has turned in a new View from the Cheap Seats column with a couple more good Hollywood behind-the-scenes stories, as well as a look at a few new titles in theaters and coming to disc from Warner Archive and Olive Films. Don’t miss it!
Also, we’ve got three Blu-ray reviews for you to enjoy this afternoon: Tim has turned in a look at Warner’s Mrs. Miniver which is now available in stores. Jeff Kleist has also looked at a new Warner distributed BD title – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray 3D from New Line. And we’ve ported over another BD review from the original Bits website to the database – Tim’s look at Paramount’s Paranormal Activity. Enjoy!
In announcement news today, Shout! Factory has announced the DVD release of the classic TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis on 7/2. The Complete Series box set will include all 147 episode on 20 DVDs, plus extras (original rare pilot footage, bonus episodes from Love That Bob! and The Stu Erwin Show and more). SRP is $139.99.
Shout! has also set The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes for release on DVD. The box will contain 3 discs full of rare and previously-unseen footage and extras.
Autonomy Pictures has set Blood for Irina for release on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 5/14.
Finally, we’ve learned that when Anchor Bay delivers AMC’s The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season to Blu-ray and DVD in a few months, there will be another special Limited Edition set with exclusive packaging. This time, it’s a replica of the Governor’s zombie head aquarium. Just add water. Here’s what it looks like…
That’s all for now. Stay tuned…
- Bill Hunt