• Bill checks out M. Night Shyamalan’s beautifully-remastered UNBREAKABLE (2000) on 4K Ultra HD from Disney
    Bill checks out M. Night Shyamalan’s beautifully-remastered UNBREAKABLE (2000) on 4K Ultra HD from Disney
  • Bill spins Jonathan Demme’s THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) in 4K UHD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics
    Bill spins Jonathan Demme’s THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) in 4K UHD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics
  • Tim reviews Dario Argento’s THE CAT O’NINE TAILS (1971) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video
    Tim reviews Dario Argento’s THE CAT O’NINE TAILS (1971) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video
  • Stephen looks back at Martin Scorsese’s CASINO (1995) on 4K Ultra HD from Universal
    Stephen looks back at Martin Scorsese’s CASINO (1995) on 4K Ultra HD from Universal
  • Bill checks out Frank Darabont’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros.
    Bill checks out Frank Darabont’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros.
  • Bill rides along with Vin Diesel’s crew in Justin Lin’s outrageous F9: THE FAST SAGA in 4K UHD from Universal
    Bill rides along with Vin Diesel’s crew in Justin Lin’s outrageous F9: THE FAST SAGA in 4K UHD from Universal
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets Lisa Joy’s REMINISCENCE for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on 11/9
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets Lisa Joy’s REMINISCENCE for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on 11/9
  • Bill reviews Cate Shortland’s BLACK WIDOW on 4k Ultra HD from Marvel Studios and Disney
    Bill reviews Cate Shortland’s BLACK WIDOW on 4k Ultra HD from Marvel Studios and Disney
  • Criterion's December slate has ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI & LEARNING TREE on BD, plus THE RED SHOES in 4K
    Criterion's December slate has ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI & LEARNING TREE on BD, plus THE RED SHOES in 4K
  • Bill & Todd Doogan viddy a bit of the ultra-violence with Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE on 4K UHD
    Bill & Todd Doogan viddy a bit of the ultra-violence with Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE on 4K UHD
  • Warner makes their MIDDLE-EARTH: 31-DISC ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION official for release on 10/26
    Warner makes their MIDDLE-EARTH: 31-DISC ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION official for release on 10/26
  • Warner Bros. and DC set James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/26
    Warner Bros. and DC set James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/26
  • Stephen reviews Ilya Naishuller’s NOBODY on 4K Ultra HD from Universal
    Stephen reviews Ilya Naishuller’s NOBODY on 4K Ultra HD from Universal
  • BREAKING: Disney makes Robert Zemeckis' WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT official for 4K Ultra HD on 12/7!
    BREAKING: Disney makes Robert Zemeckis' WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT official for 4K Ultra HD on 12/7!
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September 24, 2021 - 5:09 pm

We’re closing out the week here at The Digital Bits today with another new disc review and a little bit more release news as well...

First up, I’ve given M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable (2000) a look in 4K Ultra HD from Disney. This was an early Vista Series DVD title that eventually found its way to Blu-ray in 2008. But the good news is that not only has the film gotten a terrific 4K remaster for UHD, the Blu-ray in the package is remastered as well. And both are a major improvement over any previous release. I think fans of the film will be pleased with this one.

As always, lots more new disc reviews are cooking for next week, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them.

Now then... in announcement news today, our friends at Arrow Video have just revealed their December release slate, which includes the previously announced Shawscope: Volume One Blu-ray box set along with My Stepmother Is an Alien on Blu-ray in the US, UK, and Canada, as well as The Last Matinee and the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection: Volume II (includes Fear Eats the Soul, Effi Briest, Fox and His Friends & Chinese Roulette, and The Marriage of Maria Braun) on Blu-ray in the UK only, and the Giallo Essentials Collection (includes What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, Torso, and Strip Nude for Your Killer) on Blu-ray in the US and Canada only. The street date for all seems to be 12/7, save for Shawscope: Volume One and My Stepmother Is an Alien, which appear to be due on or about 12/14. You can see the cover artwork for the Fassbinder set above left. [Read on here...]

September 23, 2021 - 10:07 pm

Sorry for the lack of a news update these past few days, folks, but the truth is there just hasn’t been a lot of announcement news to report on here. There are, however, lots of new Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles coming in for review, so that’s what we’ve been focusing on. On that note, we have for you today...

My thoughts on Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which is coming to 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics (on 10/19) with a fantastic remastered image and a remastered Blu-ray copy too.

My take on Justin Lin’s F9: The Fast Saga as newly-released on 4K Ultra HD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

And my review of Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption (1994) on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, a disc that delivers one of the best catalog 4K remasters I’ve seen in a long time.

But that’s not all: We also have Tim’s take on Sandy Harbutt’s Stone (1974) on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

And Tim’s review of Dario Argento’s The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971) on 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video. [Read on here...]

September 20, 2021 - 7:20 pm

We have some new announcement news for you today, but first more reviews...

I’ve posted my thoughts on Marvel’s Black Widow in 4K Ultra HD, directed by Cate Shortland. And surprise, the film is finally available to order from Amazon.com, so there’s that.

Also today, Tim has reviewed Michael Chaves’ The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It in 4K UHD from Warner Bros. Note that the studio is now calling it The Conjuring 3 just to avoid confusion.

And finally, Dennis has turned in his two cents on George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun (1951) as newly-released on Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents line-up.

More reviews are coming tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for them. [Read on here...]

September 16, 2021 - 6:48 pm

We have just a quick news update for you here today, as I’m personally working on more new 4K reviews...

But Stephen has just turned in his thoughts on Phillipe Labro’s The Hunter Will Get You (1976) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Tim has delivered not just one but two new reviews of Bernard McEveety’s The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) on Blu-ray, including this one from Imprint/Via Vision Entertainment and this one from Arrow Video.

Also here at The Bits today, we’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List, to include new 4K titles now available for pre-order, as well as our Release Dates & Artwork section, which has LOTS of new cover artwork for forthcoming Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD titles along with pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them from one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it. [Read on here...]

September 16, 2021 - 12:00 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

September 15, 2021 - 5:38 pm

We’re starting today with more new disc reviews...

First up is our review of John Carpenter’s The Thing in 4K Ultra HD from Universal. I did the 4K video, audio, and extras portions and the film review itself is by our old friend and ex-Bits staffer Dr. Adam Jahnke. The film has really never looked or sounded better. It’s a great remaster.

Next, we’ve reviewed Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Again, I did the 4K video, audio, and extras portions and the actual film review is by our friend Todd Doogan, also a former and longtime Bits staffer. (This review is even written in Nadsat, which fans of the film may appreciate.)

Also, Tim has turned in his thoughts on Eloy de la Iglesia’s Cannibal Man (1972) on Blu-ray from Severin Films. If you’re wondering why the cover artwork is just the title only, it’s because Google Adsense sometimes flags our site when we post images of Blu-ray and 4K titles that feature graphically violent or suggestive imagery. When they do that, we lose advertising revenue. So once in a while, this becomes necessary. But all you have to do is click on the cover in the review to see the actual cover art on Amazon.

And finally today, Stephen has posted a review of Ralph Nelson’s Lilies of the Field (1963), a Sidney Poitier film newly-released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber Studio Classics. [Read on here...]

September 13, 2021 - 7:30 pm

Welcome to a new week, folks! Let’s start things off today with some new disc reviews...

First up, Tim has posted his thoughts on Sidney Salkow’s The Last Man on Earth (1964) starring Vincent Price, which is newly-released on Blu-ray by our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Tim has also taken a look at Arrow Video’s excellent new Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman Blu-ray box set, which streets tomorrow and includes Creature with the Atom Brain, The Werewolf, Zombies of Mora Tau, and The Giant Claw.

Meanwhile, Stephen has offered up his thoughts on Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City (1981), new on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection, as well as Wolfgang Peterson’s The NeverEnding Story on German-import 4K Ultra HE from Constantin Film. Note that both the 4K and Blu-ray discs in that package are region free.

And finally, Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Douglas Hickcox’s Theater of Blood (1973), also starring Vincent Price, also newly-available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

All of those titles are worth a look and we’ve got more Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD reviews coming in the days ahead (including my thoughts on The Thing and Black Widow in 4K). So be sure to watch for those. [Read on here...]

September 9, 2021 - 5:52 pm

We have a bit more ground to cover today, news-wise (and just as expected), but first we have a few more disc reviews for you…

Stephen has taken a look at Robert Altman’s Nashville, as newly released on Blu-ray by Paramount as part of their Paramount Presents line. From Stephen’s review, it sounds like the title is pretty good.

And Tim has reviewed the animated Batman: The Long Halloween – Part One and Part Two on Blu-ray Disc. Part One came out in June from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC, while Part Two just came out last month. Both are apparently well worth a look.

As always, more reviews are on the way, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them. [Read on here...]

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