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

First, our own Michael Coate posted a great new History, Legacy & Showmanship retrospective last night celebrating Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind on the occasion of the film’s 40th anniversary. Michael’s column looks back at the film’s initial theatrical run and features another great roundtable discussion of film historians. It’s a good read, so be sure to give it a look.

Now then... a quick commentary. Almost every day, I get asked this question in some form via email or social media: “Why no 3D?” As in: My favorite film was available in 3D in the theater, but how come the studio didn’t release it on Blu-ray 3D for the home? [Read on here…]

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We just wanted to chime in here early this morning to report some great news for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney, and the 4K Ultra HD format. Director James Gunn just posted the following statement tonight on his Facebook page (which continues in full below the break):

“Yes, it’s true, & I am UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED to announce that, after a couple of years of me begging and pleading, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be coming to home video in 4K UltraHD. It will be the FIRST Disney release to be released this way.” [Read on here...]

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All right, we’ve got some release news, a new Blu-ray review, and more to kick off the new week here at The Bits.

But first things first this afternoon...

We’ve got a new Blu-ray review for you today: Jim Hemphill’s taken a look at Richard Fleischer’s 1971 British crime drama 10 Rillington Place, now available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Do give it a look.  [Read on here…]

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Just a quick update today...

First up, our own Tim Salmons has just turned in his final Pick-Ups/Dailies review for the week, and it’s a look at Arrow Video’s new The Return of the Killer Tomatoes: Special Edition on Blu-ray Disc. Do check it out. 

Also today, Disney has just added a pair of additional deep catalog Blu-rays that are only available if you join their Disney Club Exclusive program. They are The Absent-Minded Professor: 55th Anniversary Edition and The Boatniks: 45th Anniversary EditionYou can learn more about the Club and how to join it here.  [Read on here…]

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The big release news today is that Disney has officially set Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War for Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo, and DVD release on 9/13, with the Digital HD, Digital 3D, and Disney Movies Anywhere release due in 9/2. Extras will include audio commentary with directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, the 2-part United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War documentary, and 2 featurettes (Captain America: The Road to Civil War and Iron Man: The Road to Civil War). There will also be the Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange exclusive sneak peek featurette. Note that Best Buy will have a retail-exclusive version of the Blu-ray 3D Combo in Steelbook packaging. [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a couple things for you all today here at The Bits to close out the week...

First, we’ve learned that Panasonic’s forthcoming new Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the DMP-UB900, will feature Blu-ray 3D compatibility. That’s good news for those of you who are serious BD enthusiasts and have been waiting for this unit. It’s only available in Europe at the moment (for around £600, which is about $870) and we don’t have a US street date or SRP yet, but it is coming to our shores by mid-year. Meanwhile, click here to read What Hi-Fi?’s review of the European version of the player.  [Read on here…]

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All right, folks... as predicted, Disney has just made their official announcement of the home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Extras are exactly as leaks predicted. So too are the different retailer exclusives. The good news for you Blu-ray 3D fans if that Disney has confirmed that a Blu-ray 3D version is coming later this year. That suggests that this first release of the film on Blu-ray is just the vanilla version, and that there could be a more elaborate special edition package (with 3D) coming in time to promote the theatrical release of Star Wars: Rogue One during the holiday season. There's no mention of a 4K UHD version, but our sources tell us that Disney isn’t planning to get into the 4K game until late 2016 or early 2017, so it’s possible there could be one then.

In any case, here’s the official press release, with all of the final cover artwork... [Read on here…]

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Tim kicks things off this afternoon with another of his Pick-Ups Blu-ray reviews. This time he’s checking out Scream Factory’s recent double feature release of The Dungeonmaster and The Eliminators. Do give it a look.

In announcement news today, Universal has just officially set Krampus for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/26, with the digital HD release due on 4/12. Both disc versions will include audio commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey, and Zach Shields, an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, image galleries, and The Naughty Ones: Meet the Cast featurette. To this, the Blu-ray will exclusively add 5 additional featurettes (including Krampus and His Minions, Practical Danger, Inside the Snowglobe: Production Design, Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop: Krampus, and Dougherty’s Vision). You can see the cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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