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We’ll be back later with our regular post, but this is just a quick heads-up: Amazon’s Blu-ray Deal of the Day is terrific one – none other than Criterion’s amazing 25-film Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray/DVD box set! As you know if you’ve read our review here, this set is one of our all-time favorite releases on either format. And now you can get your hands on a copy for just $97.99 – 56% off the regular SRP! That's a great deal for a whole bunch of great films, so act fast if you want to take advantage. Today only! Click on title above, here, or on the image below to order on Amazon…  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a few things for you today...

First, I’ve posted a new Blu-ray review of the Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways recently released by RCA. This is the 8-episode series that aired on HBO earlier this year. I’ll have a few more new BD reviews for you this week, including Warner’s Mad Max: Fury Road (possibly as soon as tomorrow), so be sure to check back.

Also today, Tim has posted a new installment of his Pick-Ups column, featuring the first two of several new Scream Factory horror Blu-ray reviews – Ghost Town and Stigmata. He’ll have more each day all this week.  [Read on here…]

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In this week’s installment of Pick-Ups, we’re going to catch up on some more recent Scream titles on Blu-ray.

It should go without saying that we’re big fans of Scream Factory here at The Digital Bits. It’s terrific that they seem to have helped generate more interest in not just big horror titles, like They Live and Halloween, but also horror movies that tend to have been forgotten over the years. We also appreciate when they debut obscure horror movies that haven’t had a release on Blu-ray before, let alone DVD. Their efforts also encourage other companies to dig deeper for similar titles. So the more support that physical media gets, the better, eh?  [Read on here...]

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All right, it’s been slow news-wise the last couple of days, so I’ve been working on new Blu-ray and DVD reviews. Be sure to watch for those over the next day or two...

In announcement news, Universal has officially set Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There for Blu-ray and DVD combo release on 10/6. Both versions will feature trailers and TV spots, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette on the voice talent. The Blu-ray will exclusively add 2 more documentaries (The Making of When Marnie Was There and Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of When Marnie Was There) and feature-length storyboard version of the film. [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a couple title announcement odds and ends for you today…

First up though, our own Russell Hammond has updated 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 any order you make from Amazon after clicking 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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The big news today is that Criterion has just revealed their terrific November slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles, which is set to include Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown (Cat #780 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/10, Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy (Cat #782 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and Apur Sansar) and Richard Brooks’ In Cold Blood (Cat #781 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/17, and D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back (Cat #786 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru (Cat #221 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/24. Also coming from Criterion on DVD only on 11/3 is Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties (SRP $59.95 – includes David Golder, Poil de Carotte, La tête d’un homme, and Un carnet de bal).  [Read on here…]

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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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All right, let’s start with good news about CBS’ recent restoration of My Fair Lady. As we’ve been reporting, CBS has told us the title was delayed until the Fall. Playbill is now reporting that the My Fair Lady: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray will officially street on 10/27. Why October? Well, the film originally premiered in New York on 10/21, followed by Los Angeles on 10/28 back in 1964.  [Read on here…] 

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More new announcements today…

Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz have just set The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season – Limited Edition for Blu-ray plus digital release on 12/1 (SRP $149.99). As we’ve announced previously, there will be a regular 5-disc BD set due on 8/25 (SRP $79.99, but Amazon has it for pre-order for just $44.97). The Limited Edition will feature “Asphalt Walker” packaging created by McFarlane Toys. Extras on both editions will include audio commentaries (featuring Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Tom Luse, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Director Julius Ramsay; Actors Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alanna Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Steven Yeun), deleted scenes, and 10 featurettes (Inside “The Walking Dead”, The Making of “The Walking Dead”, The Making of Alexandria, Beth’s Journey, Bob’s Journey, Noah’s Journey, Tyreese’s Journey, A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz, A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt, and Rotters in the Flesh).  [Read on here…] 

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