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January 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:01

Sweet Charity: The Roadshow Engagements

“The Musical with a Heart of Gold”

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 45th anniversary of the release of Sweet Charity, starring Shirley MacLaine as Charity Hope Valentine and highlighted by numerous musical numbers, including “Rich Man’s Frug,” “The Rhythm of Life,” and “I’m a Brass Band.”

Though not yet released on Blu-ray Disc (Universal…what are you waiting for?), The Bits celebrates the musical’s 45th anniversary with a detailed listing of the film’s original, major-market roadshow engagements in the United States and Canada as well as an interview with a trio of roadshow history authorities.  [Read on here…]

First things first today: Our own Michael Coate has turned in a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column in which he looks back at the original roadshow release of Sweet Charity, which celebrates its 45th anniversary today. The piece includes a great and lengthy roundtable interview with a trio of leading experts on the film’s history, so don’t miss it. Enjoy!

In other news today, Disney has revealed that Thor: The Dark World (which streets on 2/25) is not going to be available in BD/DVD Combo versions as originally announced, but rather a Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo, and single-disc Blu-ray and DVD editions, all with digital copy. This appears to be part of a broader shift by the studio away from BD/DVD Combos. Members of the Disney Movie Club who had pre-ordered the announced BD3D/BD/DVD Combo have had their orders shifted to the BD3D/BD version. And as you can see from the art below, the versions available for pre-order on Amazon have changed too.  [Read on here...]

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Afternoon, folks!

As usual on Monday, we have Doogan’s new Gripe Soda column featuring his weekly Doogan’s Queue rundown of all the week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases. Lotta titles hitting stores tomorrow, so don’t miss it.

Also today, our own Russell Hammond has turned in the weekly Release Dates & Artwork update featuring all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through our links – including those in the sidebar on the home page – help support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it! [Read on here...]

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Jeez-Louise there are a lot of releases this week. I mean, a looooooooot. There’s pretty much something for everyone this week.

And remember: be sure to love us with clickthrus on the links in the column if you can – all your purchases from Amazon, when made through our links, help support the work we do here at The Bits and we sure do appreciate it.

All right – so as to not waste your time, let’s jump right in, shall we? [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a trio of new Blu-ray reviews from Tim Salmons, who’s offered up his thoughts on Synapse’s Maniac Cop, and Blue Underground’s Maniac Cop 2: Collector’s Edition and Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence – Collector’s Edition. Meanwhile, I’m working on some new BD reviews for next week, and don’t forget that we posted Jeff’s look at the Region B/German release of the classic Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series box set last night.  [Read on here…]

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All right, there’s not a lot of news to report this afternoon and we’ve been working new Blu-ray reviews all day. So today’s post is limited to this…

Longtime classic Battlestar Galactica fan and expert Jeff Kleist has turned in his in-depth review of Koch Media GmbH’s Region B/Amazon Germany-exclusive Blu-ray release of Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series, which also includes the complete spin-off series Galactica 1980. Even given the hoops you have to jump through, as a Region A consumer, to obtain an all region (and PAL compatible) BD player and a PAL compatible display, if you’re a fan of this franchise the German set is your only HD option… and it also happens to be pretty terrific. Click here to read all the details in Jeff’s review.

We have more news and BD reviews to come tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Bill Hunt

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 02:01

Burnt Offerings For February 5, 2014

The various MOD services haven’t exactly hit the ground running in 2014, with only a handful of new releases trickling out each week.

That might be starting to change this week.

Warner Archive has a number of interesting titles and the Sony Choice Collection has five new ones for your consideration.  [Read on here...]

Morning, folks! We’re getting an early start on today’s news here at The Bits today…

First up here at the site, Dr. Jahnke has checked in this morning with a brand new installment of his Burnt Offerings MOD DVD column running down the latest deep catalog DVD offerings from the Warner Archive Collection and the Sony Choice Collection. There’s some very cool titles in there this time, including NBC’s fascinating and oft-overlooked science fiction title Search: The Complete Series, so do check it out.  [Read on here...]

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All right, we’ve got a couple things for you today...

First up, our own Todd Doogan has just turned in a review of Fox’s recent The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition on Blu-ray 3D Combo. He details some of the differences between the theatrical cut and extended edition, and also talks 2D/3D image quality, etc. Do check it out, and watch for more reviews over the next week or so.  [Read on here...]

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All right, let’s get the new week started...

First up today, our own Todd Doogan has turned in his weekly Doogan’s Queue column over in Gripe Soda, running down all this week’s most interesting Blu-ray and DVD releases. Do check it out.

Also today, Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it! [Read on here...]

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