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November 17th.

That’s the street date Amazon.ca has now listed for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition on Blu-ray and DVD in Canada at least, but those dates are almost always identical to Warner’s U.S. street dates, so it would seem reasonable to expect 11/17 to be the U.S. date as well. [Read on here…]

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We’ve got more interesting Blu-ray and DVD release news for you today…

First, while Warner Home Video hasn’t yet announced the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition yet (tentatively due on either 11/3, 11/10 or 11/17), we do know a few things about the release. First, it’s going to be about 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut (in the neighborhood of 164 minutes long). Jackson had said previously the extended matertial would be about 30 minutes, but I’ve managed to confirm the 164 minute runtime with sources directly involved at WingNut Films, who tell me that the footage is “significant” and most of it has been added to the battle at the end. Second, it’s going to be screened in theaters in October, as part of a worldwide, week-long The Hobbit: Extended Edition screening event in theaters (you can see the AMC listing here, which includes the 3 hour run time, and The One Ring.net has more here). The Extended Edition of An Unexpected Journey will screen on 10/5, followed by the EE of The Desolation of Smaug on 10/7, and finally the EE or The Battle of the Five Armies on 10/13. Third, we now know that The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition has received an R-rating from the MPAA (more here at Rope of Silicon). We expect an official Blu-ray release announcement from Warner any time now. Of course, we’ll post the details as soon as we have them.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got some very cool and interesting release news for you today...

But first, our own Michael Coate has posted a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column featuring a look back at Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief in celebration of the film’s 60th anniversary! He’s got release details, plus a great roundtable interview with film historians John Cork, Steven DeRosa, and Martin Hart. It’s a great read, so don’t miss it.  [Read on here…]

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“VistaVision makes you feel like you’re actually on the beautiful Riviera!“

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 60th anniversary of the release of To Catch a Thief, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic romantic thriller set on the French Riviera and starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

The Bits celebrates the occasion with this article that highlights the film’s VistaVision presentations and features an interview segment with a group of historians who discuss the attributes of the film and examine its place in the Hitchcock oeuvre.  [Read on here…]

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Afternoon, folks. We’ve got a bunch of news for you today, and a whole lot of reviews for you too.

First up, our own Jim Hemphill has turned in his thoughts on Twilight Time’s new Blu-ray edition of The Fabulous Baker Boys. Looks like they’ve done a nice job of it, so do give it a look.

Also today, Tim Salmons has turned in a huge new edition of his regular Pick-Ups column, featuring reviews of more than twenty Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD box sets from Shout! Factory! That’s a whole lotta MST3K, so be sure check it out if you’re a fan. [Read on here…]

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Welcome back to my Dailies feature, Pick-Ups!

It’s designed to feature older Blu-ray and DVD releases that we haven’t gotten around to reviewing until now (sorry about that!), as well as highlight select international releases and other unique titles on disc. I try to do this column on a weekly basis, so be sure to check back regularly for more titles that are worthy of your attention.

Being a big fan of the cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000, I decided that it was time for The Bits to have all of the wonderful boxed sets available from Shout! Factory in our database. [Read on here...]

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All right, we have a couple bits of news for you today but first this...

Go see Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Seriously, don’t even hesitate. I saw it last night up at the Chinese Theater and Hollywood, and it’s terrific. It’s one of the best spy action thrillers I’ve seen in a long time. Way better than Kingsman, slightly better than the last Mission: Impossible film (Ghost Protocol), and I think better even than some of the recent Bond films. The action, pacing and suspense are all excellent and very old school, there’s good moments of humor, the villain is great, the female lead is great. It’s just a damn fine time at the movies. You’ll really enjoy it, I think. [Read on here…]

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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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