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Let’s get right down to business…
Today’s big story is the revelation (due to Dr. Jahnke’s inquisitive Internet wanderings) that Orson Welles’ 1947 film noir, The Lady from Shanghai, is officially coming to Blu-ray in the States as an exclusive Blu-ray/DVD Combo available only from TCM Shop! [Read on here…]
Well… this morning the Academy Award nominations were announced here in SoCal. I don’t want to spoil it for you – you can find all the details here straight from the horse’s mouth.
Meanwhile, our very own Dr. Adam Jahnke has added a new feature to his Jahnke’s Electric Theatre column here at The Bits called An Honor to Be Nominated. In today’s installment, he looks back at deserving films that were snubbed for Oscar glory. This week’s installment: Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. Don’t miss it! [Read on here…]
Holy Disc-a-rama, Batman!
We’ll have more on this in the days and weeks ahead, as official press announcements get made, but Conan O’Brien just tweeted a picture of himself with the original TV Batmobile and word that Warner Home Video is releasing the classic Adam West/Burt Ward Batman TV series on disc (presumably both Blu-ray and DVD) in 2014!
Our sources are telling us this is the real deal, and our friends over at TV Shows on DVD have apparently heard the same thing. [Read on here...]
We’ve got a quick announcement news rundown for you today…
Warner Home Video will release Tom and Jerry: Mouse Trouble on DVD on 2/18. The 2-disc set will feature 30 shorts, including Down and Outing, Tee For Two, Rock ‘n’ Rodent, Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary, Bad Day at Cat Rock, Love Me, Love My Mouse, Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?, Hockey Schtick, Little School Mouse, Designs on Jerry, Mouse Trouble, Down Beat Bear, Jerry and the Lion, Mouse For Sale, Prehisterics, Jackhammered Cat, Tomcat Superstar, Little Big Mouse, Cat Show Catastrophe, Don’t Bring Your Pet to School Day, Cry Uncle, Cat Got Your Luggage?, Feeding Time, Summer Squashing, Salt Water Tabby, The Invisible Mouse, DJ Jerry, Game of Mouse and Cat, Zent Out of Shape, and Kitty Foiled. [Read on here…]
Our very own Dr. Adam Jahnke has posted a new review of Ziad Doueiri’s The Attack on Blu-ray Disc. The title is now available from Cohen Media Group. Sounds like an interesting film, so do check it out.
In announcement news today, Universal has set Continuum: Season Two for BD and DVD release on 3/25. Extras will include commentary with the cast and crew on most episodes and the Continuum: Behind the Scenes featurette. They also have Psych: The Complete Eighth Season coming on DVD only on 4/1, with podcasts, extended scenes and more. [Read on here…]
Afternoon, folks. Hope your weekend was a good one. We’ve got some good stuff for you today.
First up, we’re kicking off a new regular column here at The Bits today. Actually, it’s a weekly feature of Doogan’s Gripe Soda column, called Doogan’s Queue. In it, Todd will run down the highlights of the week’s best releases on Blu-ray and DVD. So watch for it every Monday morning going forward, and enjoy! [Read on here…]
We’ve got a BIG post for you guys today. Let’s start with some new release announcements…
First up, Warner Home Video has finally announced a pair of catalog Blu-ray titles to get excited about: The Big Red One and Memphis Belle are on the way on 5/16 (SRP $19.98 each). [Editor’s Note: We’ve checked with Warner Home Video sources and have confirmed that The Big Red One contains a remastered version of the film’s 113-minute Theatrical Cut in HD and – as a ‘special feature’ – the 169-minute Reconstruction version in SD only as well. That’s official, so FYI and make your plans accordingly.] Check out the cover artwork below. One assumes that any extras that were on the DVDs will carry over. [Read on here…]
We have a little more for you today on the revelation yesterday that 4K may be coming to Blu-ray in the year ahead. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Blu-Ray Disc Association’s global promotions committee chair, Victor Matsuda, revealed that ‘the BDA board recently approved work to extend Blu-Ray to include 4K and will be exploring the best possible technical blueprint.’ The work is being done by a task force of representatives from 17 companies including Sony, Technicolor, Dolby, Fox and Disney. And based on last night’s story, Samsung as well. [Read on here…]
Here’s something interesting: A report from CES via The Australian says that Samsung Australia’s vice-president for consumer electronics, Philip Newton, has told the paper that Samsung has developed the technology to produce 4-layer Blu-ray Discs compatible with 4K content. The discs apparently deliver 25GB per layer, for a total of 100GB. Newton tells The Australian that the discs could be available as early as the end of 2014. The BD spec for 4K is apparently still in a “state of flux,” but once the details get worked out, the disc tech will be ready. [Read on here…]
This is a quick post, but a good one.
Does anyone want to get your first look at Warner’s hot-off-the-presses cover artwork for William Friedkin’s Sorcerer Blu-ray (due 4/22)?
Well here it is... [Read on here...]