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All right, let’s finish the week with a little more fun release news…

First up today, Sony Picture Home Entertainment has announced the release of a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: 75th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on 12/2. The film has been digitally restored and remastered in 4K and will be presented in 1080p on this release. The set includes audio commentary with Frank Capra Jr., the Frank Capra’s American Dream feature-length documentary, 5 featurettes (Frank Capra Jr. Remembers... Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Conversations with Frank Capra Jr.: A Family History, Conversations with Frank Capra Jr.: The Golden Years, Frank Capra: Collaboration, and The Frank Capra I Knew), the film’s original theatrical trailer, and a rare international trailer. SRP is $19.99 but Amazon is selling it for just $13.99. See the artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking things off here at The Bits today with a new Blu-ray review featuring Tim’s thoughts on Scream Factory’s Leviathan. Do check it out.

Also today, our own Todd Doogan chimes in a couple days late (he’ll explain why) with his usually Doogan’s Queue column running down the latest Blu-ray and DVDs in stores this week.  [Read on here…]

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More announcements today…

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Deliver Us from Evil for release on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 10/28. Extras on both discs versions will include director’s commentary and the Illuminating Evil: Making Deliver Us from Evil featurette. The Blu-ray will exclusively add 3 more featurettes (Deliver Us from Demons, The Two Sergeants, and The Demon Detective). [Read on here…]

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Good afternoon, Bits readers. Hope you guys here in the States all had a find long Labor day weekend. And for the rest of you, a properly tolerable Monday.

Because of the holiday, today’s post is a little light on news and columns. Though our own Russell Hammond has once again posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section, featuring all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork, as well as Amazon.com pre-order links.  [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a couple new bits of announcement news and an update on a title we’ve mentioned a couple times before.

First, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set How to Train Your Dragon 2 for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 11/11, with a Digital HD release set for 10/21. The Blu-ray Combo will include will include the all-new Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers animated adventure, along with audio commentary by Simon Otto, Bonnie Arnold, Dean DeBlois, and Pierre-Olivier Vincent, deleted scenes, 5 featurettes (Where No One Goes: The Making of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Fishleg’s Dragon Stats, Drago’s War Machines, Berk’s Dragon World, and Hiccup’s Inventions in Flight), the Dragon Races experience play-by-play commentary, an image gallery, the usual World of DreamWorks Animation music videos, and the theatrical trailer.  [Read on here…]

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Anchor Bay and Starz have finally officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Bong Joon Ho’s  science fiction/actioner Snowpiercer on 10/21 (SRP $29.99 and $24.98). The film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, and Ed Harris. We’ve seen it here at The Bits; it’s pretty terrific. Both versions will include the director’s proper 126-minute cut, a critics commentary, and a bonus disc that adds 5 featurettes (The Birth of Snowpiercer, The Characters, Chris Evans & Tilda Swinton on Snowpiercer, The Train Brought to Life: Behind the Scenes of a Special Screening, and Transperceneige: From the Blank Page to the Black Screen), an animated prologue, and concept art galleries. [Read on here…]

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We’re stating today’s post here at The Bits with a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our very own Michael Coate, featuring a look back at the theatrical debut of Disney’s Mary Poppins on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. The TWO PAGE column features a great roundtable interview with authors/film historians Sheldon Hall, Kim Holston, Matthew Kennedy, Jeff Kurtti and Charles Solomon, and lots more release information. Enjoy!   [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a lot of announcement news and cover artwork to share with you today, but first we’ve got a couple of new columns here at The Bits for you.

Doogan has checked in with his weekly Doogan’s Queue rundown of the new Blu-ray and DVD releases in stores today, and Adam has delivered a quick new Burnt Offerings column detailing the latest releases from Warner Archive. Don’t miss them!   [Read on here…]

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We’ve got an early post for you here today, in order to bring you our review of Paramount’s new Star Trek: The Compendium Blu-ray set, which is due in stores on 9/9! The 4-disc package includes the previous 2-disc Star Trek (2009) special edition as well as the long awaited 2-disc Star Trek Into Darkness special edition. This is a release we actually had a hand in here at The Bits, following our review and comments on last year’s extremely-disappointing original BD release of the sequel film, in which the extras were scattered as retail-exclusive content. We sounded the alarm, our readers and Trek fans online reacted, and Paramount got the message. Now they’ve made it right at last and they deserve a great deal of credit for doing so. Do check out our review and don’t hesitate to pre-order the set here on Amazon if you’re a fan.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a bunch of title announcement odds and ends to cover for you today as we round out the week...

First, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Paul Haggis’ Third Person for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/30.

MPI Home Video will release the complete Sherlock Holmes Granada TV series on Blu-ray Disc on 9/30. Starring Jeremy Brett, the British series ran between 1984 and 1994. All 41 episodes are being released over 5 separate BD sets (or SKUs) as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984-1985), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986-1988), The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1991-1993), and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994) respectively. There are also 5 feature-length specials that are being released as The Sherlock Holmes Feature Film Collection. SRP for the sets is $49.98 for Memoirs, Casebook, and the Film Collection, and $59.98 for Adventures and Return. See the artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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