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We’re kicking off the new week with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews. Tim has checked out Scream’s Class of 1984: Collector’s Edition and Jeff has taken a closer look at Universal’s new Battlestar Galactica: Definitive Collection set. Both are worth your attention, so enjoy the reviews.  [Read on here…]

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All right, I suppose the big news today is that Disney has set Star Wars: Rebels – Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/1 (SRP $45.99 for Blu-ray). You can pre-order it on Amazon.com here.

Disney has also officially announced their Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 8/18. The set will include Frozen Fever (2015), Feast (2014), Get a Horse! (2013), Paperman (2012), Tangled Ever After (2012) The Ballad of Nessie (2011), Tick Tock Tale (2010), Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa (2010), How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007), The Little Matchgirl (2006), Lorenzo (2004), and John Henry (2000), each with filmmaker introduction.  [Read on here…]

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Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:43

Pick-Ups for the week of June 1, 2015

Welcome back to my Dailies feature, Pick-Ups!

It’s designed to feature older Blu-ray releases that we haven’t gotten around to reviewing until now (sorry about that!), as well as 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.  [Read on here...]

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All right, we’ve got a quick Blu-ray release news round-up for you today, then we’ll be back tomorrow with new Blu-ray reviews from Tim.

First up today, Twilight Time has just announced the Blu-ray release of George Roy Hill’s The World of Henry Orient (1964) starring Peter Sellers, Steve Kloves’ The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything (1959), Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart (1984), and Pat O’Connor’s A Month in the Country (1987). All will soon be available for pre-order on Screen Archives Entertainment with release dates of 7/14.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a couple things for you today...

First, our own Michael Coate has a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column taking a look at the new Blu-ray release of 1776 with director Peter Hunt and Sony’s Grover Crisp. The disc streets today, so enjoy!  [Read on here…]

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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:40

“1776” Arrives on Blu-ray

Nearly a decade after the high-definition Blu-ray Disc format was introduced, movie buffs and home theater consumers are finding there are still titles being released for the first time. Among the latest, 1776, the musical celebration of the founding of the United States, is being released this week by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

“I’m very happy that it is coming out on Blu-ray,” says Peter H. Hunt, the film’s director. “It’s not a major, major classic, but it is in its own right a ’classic.’ It has grown in that regard over the years. It’s like the little engine that could. It keeps chugging along. More and more people have seen it and love it.”  [Read more here...]

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We’re kicking the new week off today here at The Bits with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews...

First up, I’ve given Universal’s new Apollo 13: 20th Anniversary Edition a look and found it to be well worth the upgrade, especially given the newly-restored video presentation and the disc’s bargain $13 price on Amazon. Also, I’ve checked out Warner’s Jupiter Ascending on Blu-ray 3D... and I actually kind of liked it. The story is a glorious mess, but The Wachowski always manage to make their films interesting at least, and I found its send-up of camp 80s and 90s sci-fi cinema to be entertaining for a couple hours. Both titles street tomorrow, and Apollo 13 in particular is absolutely recommended.  [Read on here…]

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All right, sorry for the absence there for a couple days. I got hit by some kind of flu on Tuesday night and figured it would pass quickly. Instead it just got worse each day – throbbing headache, fever, body aches, lungs full of muck – the whole smash. I spent all of Wednesday and Thursday in bed in a haze of sleep, cold sweats, and flu meds. Finally, today, I’m functional again and feeling more like a human being. Moral of the story is: Avoid this flu at all costs if you can. It’s no fun.  [Read on here…]

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Well... I'm spending this first day of the new week, post Memorial Day, to get myself settled into a new computer. After years of loyal service, my old PC revealed a terminal flaw back in December, so I bought a new one that I'm affectionately calling the WOPR. But as I've been incredibly busy of late, getting all my files moved over and organized, and getting all the needed software installed and whatnot, has taken several months. So forgive me if today's update is a quick one as I finish up that process.

We have a bunch of reviews we're working on for posting hopefully this week, including Universal's new classic Battlestar Galactica box set. Meanwhile, we have a quick release news update for you.  [Read on here…]

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“Unlike most of the Bond films, [A View to a Kill] lacks the sense of cleverness that is so instrumental to the success of 007. It is a film where everyone was working a bit too quickly, where the inherent tone of a Bond film was in short supply, the Bond film that feels the most like an expensive TV movie. It is the Bond film that should have gotten the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment.” — John Cork

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 30th anniversary of the release of A View to a Kill, the 14th (official) cinematic James Bond adventure and, most notably, the final to star Roger Moore as Agent 007.  [Read on here...]

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