Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD

Afternoon, folks!  Today’s Oktoberfest Giveaway is a real dandy – Factory Entertainment’s awesome Frankenstein VFX Bust: Limited Edition – a $450 value and one of just 400 worldwide!  For your chance to win that bad boy, head on over to our Jahnke’s Electric Theater Facebook page and participate in the Giveaway which starts at Noon (Pacific).  Good luck and special thanks to our friends at Factory Entertainment for providing the sweet Giveaway!

Don’t forget: Bits readers have an exclusive 25% discount on any in stock item over $25 all month over at the Factory Entertainment website – just use the discount code D1G1TALB1TS10 at checkout!

Meanwhile, here at The Bits today, Dr. Jahnke’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review of the day is none other than Warner Archive’s Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell on MOD DVD, starring Peter Cushing and David Prowse – yes, that Cushing and Prowse.  It’s an appropriate choice we’d say!

Meanwhile, Tim has turned in a look at John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13: Collector’s Edition now available on Blu-ray from our friends at Shout! and Scream Factory.  Enjoy!  [Read on here…]

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Today’s Oktoberfest giveaway is happening over on our Jahnke’s Electric Theater page on Facebook and features a copy of Scream Factory’s The Fog: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray!  The contest is open until 3 PM (Pacific) so get your entries in and good luck!

Meanwhile, Dr. Jahnke’s Oktoberfest review today is Warner Archive’s 1967 The Frozen Dead on MOD/DVD-R.  Enjoy!

Also, Doogan’s checked in with another Blu-ray review for you today: Disney’s Iron Man 3, which he says is better than it has any right to be!  [Read on here...]

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All right, we’re closing out the first week of Adam’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest today with a review of Paramount’s Let’s Scare Jessica to Death on MOD/DVD-R from Warner Archive.

Just a quick heads-up:  Starting on Monday, we’re going to be giving away some cool stuff on The Digital Bits and Jahnke’s Electric Theatre Facebook pages, so be sure to give them a like and check in over there on Monday!  [Read on here...]

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Afternoon, folks!  We trust you all had a great weekend?  Your NFL team did well, you enjoyed the finale of Breaking Bad, etc.  We’ve got a big week planned for you guys, with Dr. Adam Jahnke’s annual Hell Plaza Oktoberfest officially kicking off here at The Bits tomorrow!  Meanwhile, give your coffee a warm up because we’ve got some big announcement news to start your afternoon...

The big news is that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium for release on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 12/17 (SRP $40.99 and $30.99).  We don’t think this is the complete list of extras, but the Blu-ray will at least include 8 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Visions of 2154, The Journey to Elysium: Envisioning Elysium, The Journey to Elysium: Capturing Elysium, The Journey to Elysium: Enhancing Elysium, Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium, The Technology of 2154, In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium and Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky).  You can see the BD cover artwork below.  [Read on here...]

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All right, first up today, our own Joe Marchese has posted a review of Criterion’s The Blob on Blu-ray!  Nothing like a B-movie classic given A-list special edition treatment.  Read on and enjoy!

Also, our own Russell Hammond has just updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with 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 after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it.

In announcement news today, Well Go USA Entertainment has just set IP Man: The Final Fight for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/12 (SRP $29.98 and $24.98).  Extras will include a making of featurette, 11 cast and crew interviews and both the U.S. and international trailers.  [Read on here...]

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Afternoon, folks!  We’ve got a trio of new Blu-ray Disc reviews for you today...

The good Dr. Jahnke has checked out Warner Archive’s new Gypsy Blu-ray and found it to be pretty darned swell.  Do give it a look.

Also, Tim Salmons has given a pair of great recent Criterion Blu-rays a spin and they’re awfully nice too – David Fincher’s The Game and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.  Enjoy!

In announcement news today...  [Read on here...]

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Remember the Universal Vault Series, Universal’s intermittent foray into the world of MOD?  Well, apparently Universal just remembered about it, too.  On August 30, they released several new entries, quietly and with zero fanfare, presumably out of respect for those of us who were reverently observing the Feast of Alexander of Constantinople that day.

Of the various MOD programs, Universal and 20th Century Fox seem to be having the most trouble (I’ll be talking about Fox next week).  Sony and MGM went through similar growing pains before partnering with Warner Archive for promotion and distribution.  I’m not saying that all MOD needs to go through Warner Bros.  But all MOD programs should be able to learn from Warner’s model.  At least people know what’s available and when from them.

Anyway, here’s a look at what’s new from the Universal Vault Series.  And if you’re interested in a complete list of available Universal Vault titles, I’ve posted one on the Jahnke’s Electric Theater Facebook page.  All Universal Vault titles are available for purchase on Amazon here at this link.  [Read on here...]

Afternoon, folks!  We’ve got still more Blu-ray reviews for you today...

First up, our own Dr. Adam Jahnke has checked in with his thoughts on Warner Archive’s new BD release of Sidney Lumet’s Deathtrap from 1982.  Do check it out.

Also, Tim Salmons has given Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition a look for you on Blu-ray Disc.  Sounds like it’s far and away better than their recent Sword in the Stone BD, so thank goodness for that.

And we’ve added 8 more classic Blu-ray Disc reviews from The Original Bits website into our new review database here, including Universal’s Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series and Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, MPI’s Baraka, Blue Underground’s The Final Countdown, Warner’s King Kong (1933), A&E/New Video’s The World at War, Vivendi’s Monty Python: Almost the Truth – The Lawyer’s Cut and the original Bandai Visual release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark anime Akira.  Enjoy!

Now then, let’s get to today’s release news... [Read on here...]

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Some long out of print titles from both Warner Bros. and Paramount are the focus of this week’s new releases from Warner Archive.  There are some first-rate choices this week, so let’s take a look at ‘em.

Targets (1968) – Boris Karloff gave his last great performance as Byron Orlock, a fading horror star who feels irrelevant in the modern world.  He comes face to face with real terror in the form of a psychotic sniper, picking off victims at random.  A remarkable early film from Peter Bogdanovich.

Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (1974) – Hammer Films’ final Frankenstein entry finds Peter Cushing continuing his experiments in an insane asylum.  David Prowse, still a few years away from becoming Darth Vader, plays the Creature.  [...]

Before we get to this week’s new releases, I’d like to draw your attention to a worthwhile documentary project on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo.  If you’re reading this column, you probably have some interest in classic Hollywood and the history of Los Angeles.  If so, check out After 68, a documentary on the rise and fall of L.A.’s historic Ambassador Hotel.

The Ambassador and its adjacent nightclub, the Cocoanut Grove, was one of the key hot spots in Los Angeles, particularly throughout the 30s and 40s.  It hosted two Academy Award ceremonies, was frequented by pretty much every major star you can think of, and was used as a filming location for everything from The Graduate to Tobe Hooper’s Toolbox Murders, which is how I was able to visit it.  [...]

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