From all of us here at The Bits today: A Happy Friday to YOU, sir! (And/or madam.)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve got a couple things for you here at The Bits today...
First, our own Tim Salmons has turned in a pair of new Shout! Factory Blu-ray reviews, including The Slumber Party Massacre and the new Darkman: Collector’s Edition. Both are well worth a look. Enjoy the reviews! [Read on here...]
We’ve got more release news for you today...
First, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Mike Newell’s Great Expectations on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/15. Extras will include a piece on the premiere and the film’s trailer.
Speaking of Fox, we’ve officially confirmed that TCFHE is working on a Blu-ray and DVD release of the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey science TV series, hosted by our favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Inspired by Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage from the 1980s (see our DVD review here), the new 13-episode sequel premieres this coming Sunday on Fox, NatGeo and a whole host of related cable channels. You can find all the details here. From the visuals I’ve seen so far, this show should blow the doors off Blu-ray. There’s no street date yet, but we would imagine Fox will announce the title in the next month or two, timed for release shortly after the series wraps up its broadcast run. [Read on here...]
Also today, Dr. Jahnke has turned in a new Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD column this afternoon, running down the latest from from Warner Archive and the Sony Archive Collection. [Read on here…]
Our own Tim Salmons has turned in an epic review of Criterion’s fantastic new Blu-ray/DVD release of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World, which is available in stores now. Don’t miss it – both the review and the disc itself.
Also today, the good Dr. Jahnke has tuned in a new Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD installment today, running down the latest “manufactured on demand” DVD titles from Warner Archive and Fox Cinema Classics, so be sure to check it out. Marine Boy anyone? [Read on here…]
Afternoon, folks. We’ve got a new Blu-ray review for you to check out today: Our own Joe Marchese has turned in his thoughts on Twilight Time’s The Sound and the Fury. Do check it out.
In announcement news today, Sony has set the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/11 (SRP $35.99 and $30.99). Extras will include at least one featurette – Inside “Inside Llewyn Davis”. [Read on here…]
Tim has checked in this afternoon with a brand new Blu-ray review: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Two Men in Manhattan, now available from the Cohen Film Collection. More reviews are on the way, so be sure to check back over the next few days.
In announcement news today, MGM has announced that it’s celebrating its 90th anniversary with new 4K restorations of some of its best films, including Rocky, Rain Man, Fargo, RoboCop and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and is releasing them on Blu-ray. RoboCop is already available and most of the others are already available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Meanwhile, they’re releasing other titles on Blu-ray like In the Heat of the Night, A Chrous Line, The Birdcage and others. [Read on here…]
Let’s get right down to business…
Today’s big story is the revelation (due to Dr. Jahnke’s inquisitive Internet wanderings) that Orson Welles’ 1947 film noir, The Lady from Shanghai, is officially coming to Blu-ray in the States as an exclusive Blu-ray/DVD Combo available only from TCM Shop! [Read on here…]
We’ve got a BIG post for you guys today. Let’s start with some new release announcements…
First up, Warner Home Video has finally announced a pair of catalog Blu-ray titles to get excited about: The Big Red One and Memphis Belle are on the way on 5/16 (SRP $19.98 each). [Editor’s Note: We’ve checked with Warner Home Video sources and have confirmed that The Big Red One contains a remastered version of the film’s 113-minute Theatrical Cut in HD and – as a ‘special feature’ – the 169-minute Reconstruction version in SD only as well. That’s official, so FYI and make your plans accordingly.] Check out the cover artwork below. One assumes that any extras that were on the DVDs will carry over. [Read on here…]
Let’s close out the week with a couple more great title announcements...
Disney has also officially confirmed that Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World will arrive on Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 2/25, with digital versions available on 2/4. The Blu-ray will include audio commentary with director Alan Taylor, producer Kevin Feige, actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, 2 featurettes (A Brothers’ Journey: Thor & Loki and Scoring Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler) and an exclusive look at Marvel’s forthcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One imagines there will be various retail exclusive versions as well. [Read on here…]
All right, we’ve got a bunch of good news for you here at The Bits today.
First though, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section will all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon in the same session after clicking to them through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it!
Now then... any Hill Street Blues fans out there? Shout! Factory has just announced the release of Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series on DVD on 4/29 (SRP $199.99)! The 34-disc box set will include all 144 episodes of the series, along with new interviews with the creators and cast, including Steven Bochco, Dennis Franz, James B. Sikking, Bruce Weitz, Alan Rachins, Gregory Hoblit, Dennis Dugan, Jeffrey Lewis and more. You’ll also get a commemorative 24-page book with photos, liner notes and an essay by TV critic Tom Shales. You’ll find cover art below and the title is now available for pre-order on Amazon. [Read on here...]