• Director Peter Jackson discusses the new 4K Ultra HD remastering of The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
    Director Peter Jackson discusses the new 4K Ultra HD remastering of The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
  • Our in-depth review of Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT TRILOGY in 4K Ultra HD is also now COMPLETE!
    Our in-depth review of Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT TRILOGY in 4K Ultra HD is also now COMPLETE!
  • Our in-depth review of Peter Jackson’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY in 4K Ultra HD is COMPLETE!
    Our in-depth review of Peter Jackson’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY in 4K Ultra HD is COMPLETE!
  • IT’S HERE: Our in-depth review of George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD in 4K Ultra HD from Second Sight!
    IT’S HERE: Our in-depth review of George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD in 4K Ultra HD from Second Sight!
  • Bill reviews HBO’s outstanding yet oppressive CHERNOBYL mini-series on 4K Ultra HD
    Bill reviews HBO’s outstanding yet oppressive CHERNOBYL mini-series on 4K Ultra HD
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 60th anniversary of Hanna-Barbera’s THE FLINTSTONES with a new roundtable
    Michael Coate celebrates the 60th anniversary of Hanna-Barbera’s THE FLINTSTONES with a new roundtable
  • Bill reviews Martin Brest’s Eddie Murphy classic BEVERLY HILLS COP in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount
    Bill reviews Martin Brest’s Eddie Murphy classic BEVERLY HILLS COP in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount
  • Our review of Warner’s outstanding Bugs Bunny: 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray box set is here!
    Our review of Warner’s outstanding Bugs Bunny: 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray box set is here!
  • Criterion’s February 2021 slate includes Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View, plus Bahrani, Sembène & Chopra
    Criterion’s February 2021 slate includes Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View, plus Bahrani, Sembène & Chopra
  • Bill reviews Neil Blomkamp’s DISTRICT 9 in 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Bill reviews Neil Blomkamp’s DISTRICT 9 in 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • BREAKING: Warner finally makes Christopher Nolan's TENET official for Blu-ray & 4K on 12/15
    BREAKING: Warner finally makes Christopher Nolan's TENET official for Blu-ray & 4K on 12/15
  • Winter is Here: Bill reviews HBO’s GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION in 4K Ultra HD
    Winter is Here: Bill reviews HBO’s GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION in 4K Ultra HD
  • Tim reviews Scream Factory’s massive FRIDAY THE 13TH COLLECTION: DELUXE EDITION Blu-ray box set!
    Tim reviews Scream Factory’s massive FRIDAY THE 13TH COLLECTION: DELUXE EDITION Blu-ray box set!
  • The Digital Bits presents: The State of Physical Media in 2020 (Mid-Year Edition)
    The Digital Bits presents: The State of Physical Media in 2020 (Mid-Year Edition)
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December 1, 2020 - 6:18 pm

Well... the day is finally here. Many of you are no doubt picking up or receiving in the mail your copies of Warner’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in 4K Ultra HD. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I did!

There have been reports of Amazon and other retailers running out of stock this week, and that’s no doubt because Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is scrambling to manufacture enough copies to meet demand.

Keep in mind that there’s only one physical media replication plant in all of North America now and every studio is trying to get their big Q4 titles produced there at the moment.

But I would imagine that more stock will arrive in the next week or two, so that everyone who wants a copy should be able to get one by Christmas. [Read on here...]

November 30, 2020 - 4:10 pm

Afternoon, everyone and happy Cyber Monday. We hope you’ve all had a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday, for those of you here in the States. And for everyone else, we hope you had a great weekend.

We were very busy here at The Bits over the weekend. I’ve completed our in-depth review of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. The disc streets tomorrow, but we’re hearing that supplies are a little short so it might take another few weeks for everyone who ordered to get their copies.

For those of you who want the short version, the set is fantastic. It includes all three films—The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King—in both the Theatrical Cuts and Extended Editions on separate discs (the Extended Editions are split over two UHD discs, as they were on Blu-ray and DVD). There are no special features in the set beyond a Digital Copy code. However, the new 4K remasters are spectacular. Truly, these films have never looked better—not even during their original run in theaters. The 4K-remastered image falls a bit short of reference quality, but trust me when I say that they’re so much better than their previous Blu-ray versions that there’s just no comparison. And the new HDR color grade is breathtaking. Not to mention the sound—each film includes a new Dolby Atmos surround sound mix that absolutely IS reference quality. So I highly recommend that you all check out my review here. [Read on here...]

November 24, 2020 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon, folks!

All right, there was no post yesterday because we’ve spent the entire weekend focused on getting more new disc reviews done for you. And on that note...

Tim and I have posted our in-depth look at George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, as newly released in a fabulous 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition by Second Sight Films in the UK. It’s hands down one of the best home video releases of the year on any format. You can find that here.

Also, I’ve now posted my thoughts on Paramount’s Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America, both starring Eddie Murphy and both coming to 4K Ultra HD on 12/1.

I’ve also just reviewed Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ new standard Blu-ray release of George Miller’s Mad Max, which streets today. I’ll be reviewing their new 4K release too as soon as it arrives. [Read on here...]

November 20, 2020 - 4:18 pm

We’re closing out the week here at The Bits with a couple more reviews...

I’ve posted my in-depth thoughts on Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s new Bugs Bunny: 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set. You’ll be glad to know that it’s pretty great. The remastered shorts look fantastic, and the new hour-long documentary is worth every minute of your time. And for those of you who might be wondering, I’ve compiled a list of the Bugs Bunny shorts that remain unreleased on Blu-ray AFTER this set (also accounting for the shorts included on all the previous Looney Tunes: Platinum Collection BD sets). You’ll find that at the end of the review.

Also today, Tim has posted his thoughts on Alain Jessua’s Shock Treatment (1973) on Blu-ray from Severin Films.

And we’ll be working on more Blu-ray and 4K reviews all weekend here at the site. Next up for me is a look at Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ restored Blu-ray of Mad Max (the 4K review will be added as soon as we receive the disc), as well as HBO’s Chernobyl in 4K Ultra HD. And there are more to follow. [Read on here...]

November 18, 2020 - 4:35 pm

We’re starting things off today with no less than FOUR new disc reviews here at The Bits...

First, Tim has a look for you at director Ryland Brickson Cole Tews’ Lake Michigan Monster (2018), a wonky low-budget cult film on Blu-ray from Arrow Video. He’s also posted his thoughts on Guy Hamilton’s Evil Under the Sun (1982), an Agatha Christie adaptation on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics featuring Peter Ustinov as detective Hercule Poirot.

Meanwhile, I’ve just posted a review of South Korean filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho’s latest film, Peninsula, the sequel to his excellent 2016 zombie thriller Train to Busan. That’s on 4K Ultra HD from our friends at Well Go USA. I also posted a look at Weathering with You (2019), the latest anime from Your Name director Makoto Shinkai, coming soon from GKids and Shout! Factory in a 4K Ultra HD Limited Collector’s Edition.

And more Blu-ray and 4K reviews are on the way, rest assured. There are a number of good titles coming in right now, and we’re working our way through them as fast as we can. [Read on here...]

November 16, 2020 - 5:23 pm

All right, we’re kicking off the week with several new disc reviews...

I’ve just posted my thoughts on Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash (2014) in 4K from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, along with Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 (2009) in 4K also from Sony, and the new Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

We also have two new disc reviews from Dennis, including Tay Garnett’s Seven Sinners (1940) from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and Norman Jewison’s Moonstuck (1987) from Criterion, both on Blu-ray.

Tim’s working on more Blu-ray reviews too, and I have several more new and recent 4K title reviews in progress as well.  And yes, if you’re wondering, we are planning to review Second Sight’s Dawn of the Dead: Limited Edition 4K box set as soon as we get our hands on it. [Read on here...]

November 16, 2020 - 3:00 am

This is a quick post to let you all know that Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As a NEW feature, the section now lets you search for upcoming Blu-ray titles, DVD titles, AND 4K Ultra HD titles seperately to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART on the menu bar above to visit the page, and use the search options in the red bar (at the top) to sort by format and date. Once you find a title you like, just click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to the Amazon.com pre-order page. Thank you for shopping through our links!

- Bill Hunt

November 12, 2020 - 4:32 pm

We have a couple things for you today...

First, Tim has posted a review of Nick Castle’s The Last Starfighter (1984), now available on Blu-ray from our friends at Arrow Video. Sounds like it’s a pretty great disc, so do check it out here.

Also today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just officially announced the 4K Ultra HD release of Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium on 2/9. The disc will include Dolby Atmos audio.

Extras on the 4K disc will include 4 featurettes (Exoskeletons, Explosions and the Action Choreography of Elysium, The Hero, The Psychopath and the Characters of Elysium, The Art of the Elysium Miniatures, and Bugatti 2154), plus theatrical trailers. [Read on here...]

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