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We’re starting the week with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews. First up, Jim Hemphill has given Twilight Time’s The Best of Everything a good look for you. And I’ve turned in my thoughts on the BBC’s excellent 7-part Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell miniseries, which has just been released on Blu-ray. Both are well worth a look.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got some good reviews coming next week, so be sure to check back for that.

Meanwhile today, the big release news is that Disney and Pixar have officially set Inside Out for Blu-ray 3D Combo and Blu-ray Combo release on 11/3, with the digital release set for 10/13. The Blu-ray will include the exclusive Riley’s First Date? animated short film, as well as the LAVA theatrical short film. Other extras will include 7 featurettes (Story of the Story, Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out, Mixed Emotions, Mapping the Mind, Our Dads, the Filmmakers, Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out, and The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing), 4 deleted scenes (Riley Grows Up, Joy’s Decline, Misdirection, and Construction), audio commentary with directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera, the Mind Candy toolkit/interstitials montage, and trailers.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got some big title announcements to catch you up on today...

First up, Disney, Fox and Lucasfilm have announced that Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection will be available for download on Amazon, iTunes and elsewhere starting this Friday, 4/10 (SRP $89.99). For that price, you’ll get all six Star Wars films (the Original Trilogy is confirmed to be the same versions as were on the Blu-ray release) along with both new and legacy bonus material that varies by retailer. The legacy content is taken from the most recent BD releases. However, the new content includes 6 Conversations featurettes (Doug Chiang Looks Back, Sounds in Space, The Star Wars That Almost Was, Creating a Universe, The Lost Interviews, and The Effects) and 6 Discoveries from Inside featurettes (Models & Miniatures, Costumes Revealed, Hologram & Bloopers, Weapons & The First Lightsaber, Matte Paintings Unveiled, and The Sounds of Ben Burtt).  [Read on here…]

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All right, you fans have been waiting for this for a very long time, but I’m happy to report at long last that this is official folks. Space: 1999 – The Complete Second Series is now planned by Network Distributing for release on remastered Blu-ray and DVD in Q3 of 2015 (so about this time next year). Episodes will be HD remastered in the original 1.33:1 TV aspect ratio. There will be lots of special features. Further details will be available in the months ahead. Meanwhile, for fans that can’t wait that long, Network is taking a page from CBS and releasing the second series two-part episode The Bringers of Wonder as a Blu-ray special edition on 12/8 of this year. It will only be available via the networkonair.com website and is limited to just 1,999 copies. Preorders are on now. (Note that this is a Region B release, but we’re confirming whether it will be released here in the States and who the distributor is. Possibly Lionsgate. We’ll let you know.) Of those who purchase this Blu-ray, all will be entered in a special drawing to win one of three copies of The Complete Second Series when it’s finally released. [Read on here…]

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Over the weekend, I’ve had a mighty interesting experience. Thanks to a friend in the industry, I’ve had the opportunity to revisit Star Wars on Blu-ray as I first experienced it many years ago – unaltered, in 720p high-definition, and with the original audio mixes. As some of you may know, I’m speaking of Harmy’s infamous “despecialized” edition of Star Wars – the most recent 2.5 version (early 1.0 versions of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are available online too – this thread at Original Trilogy.com is a good place to start).  [Read on here…]

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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…]

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Morning, folks!

Criterion has just announced their March Dual Format BD/DVD release slate, and here’s what’s coming: David Gordon Green’s George Washington (Cat #152 – due 3/11), Errol Morris’ A Brief History of Time (Cat #699 – 3/18), Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress (Cat #116 – 3/18), Paul Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (Cat #702 – 3/25), Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (Cat #701 – 3/25) and Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s The Freshman (Cat #703 – 3/25).  [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a very quick post.  Just two things in fact…

First, I’ve finally completed my in-depth review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition on Blu-ray.  It includes 182 minutes of film (12 of which are new), 182 minutes of audio commentary, and 9 hours and 16 minutes of Appendices material.  That’s one spicy meatball.  And it’s worth digging into if you’re a fan of the film.  As I said yesterday, the footage added into the film doesn’t add up to much, but the documentaries are every bit as good as you’d expect.  If you’re a fan of these films and you enjoyed the previous Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions, don’t hesitate to make the purchase.  [Read on here…]

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