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Okay, first things first: You may have noticed that we’ve added a new Amazon graphic to The Bits homepage (above right, in the sidebar column). What that widget allows you to do is to see the best of the day’s Blu-ray and DVD deals on Amazon. You can scroll through them and new ones are added all the time. Shopping through that widget helps support The Bits. We’ll be adding more such widgets gradually, as we see what you find useful, so please e-mail us or message us on Facebook and let us know what you think. We really do appreciate it.  [Read on here…]

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has set Tremors 5: Bloodlines for Blu-ray and DVD release on 10/6, complete with deleted and extended scenes, outtakes and the Tremors 5: Behind the Bloodlines featurette.  [Read on here…]

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Let’s kick things off today with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews, shall we? Tim has given a pair of recent titles from Criterion a look in lovely, 1080p high-definition, including Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight (1952) and Jaromil Jireš’ Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970). Both are now available on the format from Criterion and are well worth your attention. [Read on here…]

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The big news today is that Disney and Marvel have now officially set Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron for Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 10/2, with the digital release expected on 9/8. Extras on the Blu-ray seem to still be TBA, but are expected to include audio commentary, deleted scenes, a series or “making of” featurettes, and a gag reel. You can see the regular Blu-ray cover artwork to the left and also below. Blu-ray 3D cover artwork is still TBA.  [Read on here…]

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This morning, I had the chance to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion featuring Victor Matsuda, the Blu-ray Disc Association’s Global Promotions Committee Chair, Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst for IHS Technology, and TK Arnold of Home Media Magazine. The session started with a video presentation in which the group discussed the outlook for UHD BD and confirmed that licensing of the format spec is going to begin very soon, which means the first official UHD BD players and movie titles could appear by year’s end.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you all to enjoy today. First up, our own Tim Salmons has given Criterion’s recent edition of The Fisher King a look. Also, Jim Hemphill has turned in his thoughts on Kino Lorber’s forthcoming edition of Diggstown. Do give them a read.

Elsewhere here at The Bits today, Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of 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 through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it!  [Read on here…]

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All right, folks. Sorry I missed yesterday’s post and that today’s is a little brief. I’ve been dealing with a medical concern over the last week or so – since returning to Comic-Con – and it’s had me worried and more than a little preoccupied. Fortunately, with the help of a very fine doctor, I got to the bottom of it yesterday, and it turned out not to be serious, easily addressable and all is well. Whew! So anyway, I’ve got a quick post for you today, and then I’ll be back tomorrow with a lot more.  [Read on here…]

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What do you know? We have one MORE update for you today, and it’s a big one!

Disney and Marvel have just announced the Amazon-exclusive Blu-ray release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection. The street date is TBA, but you can expect it in time for the holidays. The 13-disc set will include Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man, each in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and digital copy versions. The set will also contain a Top-Secret Bonus Disc and more (details TBA) including “collectible, specially designed disc holders and exclusive Marvel memorabilia.”  [Read on here…]

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All right, we just have a couple of things for you today...

First up, all those Criterion October titles are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com – just click on the titles here (or on the images below): Mulholland Dr., My Own Private Idaho, The Brood, A Special Day, and Kwaidan. Both Universal’s Back to the Future: 30th Anniversary Trilogy ($49.98) and the Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures – Limited Edition ($99.88) are available for pre-order as well.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got more new release news for you…

First, Criterion has just officially announced their October Blu-ray and DVD release slate, as follows: Look for Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho (Cat #277 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/6, David Cronenberg’s The Brood (Cat #777 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Ettore Scola’s A Special Day (Cat #778 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/13, Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan (Cat #90 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/20, and David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. (Cat #779 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/27. You can see the cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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