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Quick update on yesterday’s news: A number of readers have asked why Schindler’s List and Munich weren’t included in Universal’s newly announced The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection Blu-ray box set. So we contacted the studio and got this statement:
“The Steven Spielberg Collection showcases the Director’s journey at Universal making some of the biggest blockbusters in film history that have thrilled, entertained and delighted audiences around the world. Due to the historical significance and deeply serious nature of the films, Schindler’s List and Munich were not included so as to not understate their unique impact.” [Read on here...]
Okay… we’ve got a few pretty cool things to report today that should kick off July in high style!
First, here at the site today we have a couple of new columns. Todd Doogan has posted his weekly Doogan’s Queue column running down this week’s latest Blu-ray and DVD releases. Our very own Dr. Adam Jahnke has also delivered his weekly Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD column, detailing the latest hand-crafted deep catalog titles from Warner Archive and the Sony Pictures Choice Collection.
Speaking of Jahnke, he’s also turned in a review of Warner’s new 300: Rise of an Empire Blu-ray. Sounds as though the film is exactly what you’d expect. The review is a good read, so do give it a look. [Read on here…]
We’ve got some good stuff here at The Bits for you today from our staffers...
Tim Salmons has checked in with reviews of a pair of Wes Anderson films on Blu-ray, including Criterion’s upgrade of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fox’s brand new The Grand Hotel Budapest. They’re two of my favorites and come highly recommended by both myself and Tim, so do check them out. [Read on here…]
All right, there was no update yesterday because I was up in L.A. checking out Robert Harris’ recent restoration tests of The Alamo with my own two eyes. Despite what MGM has claimed officially, let me assure you, having now seen the tests firsthand – which the studio has apparently not done yet for some strange reason (and how weird is that?) – this film is in serious need of restoration. The good news, however, is that I’ve also seen tests of how good the film could look like if given a restoration. The result would easily be worth theatrical presentation and a solid Blu-ray release. So keep spreading the word and keep the pressure on the studio. Fingers crossed. [Read on here…]
We’ve got some announcement news odds and ends to report for you today, but first our own Tim Salmons has turned in a review of Scream Factory’s new Nosferatu the Vampyre Blu-ray – the 1979 remake by Werner Herzog. The film and disc are definitely worthy of your time, so be sure to check it out. [Read on here...]
Today’s update is a quickie, but we’ll be back with more announcement news tomorrow.
Meanwhile, we have a pair of new Blu-ray reviews: Tim’s given Scream Factory’s Final Exam a look for you… and Dr. Jahnke’s done the distance with William Friedkin’s Sorcerer from Warner Home Video. Enjoy!
- Bill Hunt
All right, lots of stuff to share with you today…
First though, here at The Bits our own Todd Doogan has turned in a new Doogan’s Queue/Gripe Soda column running down this week’s latest releases on Blu-ray and DVD. Doogan has also reviewed a new DVD only movie release from MPI – Raze. Do give it a look.
Also today, Dr. Jahnke has posted his latest Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD column covering new deep catalog titles available from the Warner Archive, so be sure to check that out. [Read on here…]
All right, we’ve got a pretty good Rumor Mill-style update for you guys today, with mostly positive (but as-yet-unofficial) future release news.
First though, a couple of actual title announcements...
Scream Factory has set The Legend of Hell House for Blu-ray release on 8/26, along with Leviathan on 8/19. Meanwhile, Without Warning and Phantom of the Paradise are set for 8/5.
And Warner Home Video has set JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time for DVD release on 5/20, followed by The Adventures of Batman on DVD on 6/3. [Read on here...]
We’ve got a quick rundown of new Blu-ray and DVD announcement news for you today, including cool new catalog titles from Shout!, Scream and Warner…
First up, PBS has set Ken Burns: The Roosevelts for Blu-ray release on 9/16 (SRP $129.99).
The BBC (via Warner) will release Orphan Black: Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/24.
Amazon has The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season – Limited Edition Blu-ray set available for pre-order now for $90.99. Street date is 8/26, like the regular Blu-ray and DVD, but this version comes in special “Tree Walker” packaging. When you remove the BDs from the base, the Tree Walker’s head and arm move. You can see it on the left there and click here or the title link to pre-order on Amazon. [Read on here...]
So the big news today is that Warner Home Video has announced their Batman 75th Anniversary celebration plans. As many of you know, the character first appeared in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939. That makes this Sunday the character’s official 75th Anniversary. And if the deliberate leak by WHV earlier this year (with assist by Conan O’Brien) wasn’t official enough, the studio has now confirmed that the classic Adam West and Burt Ward Batman ‘66 TV series will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD this year, though they are still yet to announce a street date (we suspect you’ll hear more at Warner’s Batman 75th panel at WonderCon in Anaheim next month, or at San Diego Comic-Con in July). Warner has also set the all-new animated films Son of Batman for release on BD/DVD on 5/6, followed by Assault on Arkham this summer. Warner also has a pair of new animated shorts coming this year from Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond). You’ll get a new Batman: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the Tim Burton film. Obviously, there’s the new Gotham TV series coming to FOX later this year. And production begins this year on the new Batman vs. Superman feature film. Lotta Batman for one year. We’d sure love to see the Bruce Timm animated series find its way to Blu-ray this year, but no sign of it yet. Anyway... [Read on here...]