• Criterion’s July Blu-ray & DVD slate includes Bringing Up Baby, Deep Cover, Tarkovsky’s Mirror & more
    Criterion’s July Blu-ray & DVD slate includes Bringing Up Baby, Deep Cover, Tarkovsky’s Mirror & more
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    Sony sets Wolfgang Peterson’s IN THE LINE OF FIRE (1993) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 6/15
  • Tim reviews Paul W.S. Anderson’s EVENT HORIZON (1997), newly released on Blu-ray from Scream Factory
    Tim reviews Paul W.S. Anderson’s EVENT HORIZON (1997), newly released on Blu-ray from Scream Factory
  • Sony sets FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE for release on 4K Ultra HD on 6/8
    Sony sets FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE for release on 4K Ultra HD on 6/8
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment confirms that WB Shop is closed for good (and no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke)
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment confirms that WB Shop is closed for good (and no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke)
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    Bill spins Paul Greengrass’ western drama NEWS OF THE WORLD in 4K Ultra HD from Universal
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    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment finally sets Genndy Tartakovsky’s PRIMAL for Blu-ray & DVD on 6/1
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    Our review of Mel Brooks’ SPACEBALLS in 4K is here, coming soon to Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics!
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    UPDATE: We’ve got the official A/V specs for Jan de Bont’s SPEED in 4K Ultra HD confirmed by Disney
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    Bill reviews Gareth Edwards’ GODZILLA in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
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    Disney sets SPEED and RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON for release on 4K, along with NOMADLAND on Blu-ray
  • Bill reviews Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi classic GATTACA on 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Bill reviews Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi classic GATTACA on 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • IT’S OFFICIAL: Paramount & Lucasfilm set the INDIANA JONES 4-FILM COLLECTION for 4K UHD on 6/8!
    IT’S OFFICIAL: Paramount & Lucasfilm set the INDIANA JONES 4-FILM COLLECTION for 4K UHD on 6/8!
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    Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of George Lucas’ THX 1138 in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
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April 15, 2021 - 2:35 pm

The big news today comes from our friends at The Criterion Collection, who have just announced their July slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles.

That slate is set to include Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror (Spine #1084 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby (Spine #1085 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/6, followed by Bill Duke’s Deep Cover (Spine #1086 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls (Spine #1087 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/12, and finally Jacques Deray’s La piscine (Spine #1088 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/20. You can read more details on each here at The Criterion Collection website. Our Criterion Spines Project pages here at The Bits have been updated accordingly. You can see the cover art for Mirror at left, and all the rest are below.

Meanwhile, Paramount has added In Harm’s Way, Le Mans, and Bonneville to their June catalog Blu-ray slate (street date 6/29). They’ll also release the Apple TV+ limited series Defending Jacob on DVD only on 7/6. [Read on here...]

April 14, 2021 - 3:43 pm

Today’s update is going to be a quick one, but we do have a couple of interesting things to report.

First, CBS and Paramount’s Star Trek: Discovery – Season Three is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com (click here for the link). We don’t have a street date yet, but you can see the cover artwork at left and also below.

Speaking of Paramount, they’ve added a couple more catalog Blu-ray titles to their June slate, including Flight of the Intruder and The General’s Daughter on 6/29. In & Out, The Stepford Wives (2004), and a Ladies Night In 3-Movie Collection (of What Men Want, Nobody’s Fool, and Like a Boss) are also coming on 6/1. And if we’re not mistaken, Flight of the Intruder and The General’s Daughter are new to Blu-ray (as is The Saint, which streets on 5/25).

The BBC series The Watch: Season One is due on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/29. [Read on here...]

April 13, 2021 - 5:13 pm

We start today with another Blu-ray review from Tim. This time he’s taken a look at Mei-Chun Chang’s Dynasty (1977 – aka Qian dao wan li zhu), new on Blu-ray 3D from Kino Lorber Studio Classics with an assist by our friends at the 3-D Film Archive. It’s fun little 3D martial arts actioner and well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the Blu-ray 3D format in particular. Don’t miss it.

Now then, Lionsgate has set Minari for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/18. Extras will include deleted scenes, a making of featurette, and audio commentary with director Lee Isaac Chung and star Yuh-jung Youn.

The company has also set Endangered Species for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/1, with the Digital release expected on 5/28.

And Lionsgate will release Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/25. The film stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, and David Oyelowo. We don’t have A/V specs or extras details yet, but it was shot in 6.5K using the Arri Alexa 65, was finished as a native 4K digital intermediate, and it has an Atmos sound mix, so one assumes Lionsgate will go all out on the UHD release. The title is already available for pre-order on Amazon (click here for the link) you can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

April 12, 2021 - 5:12 pm

Welcome to a new week, folks. We’ve got some ground to cover here at The Bits today, so let’s get right to it...

First, we start with a new Blu-ray review from our own Tim Salmons, a look at Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon (1997) as newly released on disc by our friends at Scream Factory. Do give it a look.

While we’re talking Scream (and Shout! Factory), that’s a perfect place to start with today’s release news. The company has just announced a slate of great Blu-ray and DVD titles for July, including The Pianist: Shout Select (BD), No Man’s Land (BD and DVD), The Night (BD and DVD), House of Wax: Collector’s Edition (BD), and Ernest & Celestine (BD and DVD) on 7/13, followed by A Stranger is Watching (BD), Little Big League: Shout Select (BD), Fire (BD and DVD), and Eight Legged Freaks (BD) on 7/20, and State and Main: Shout Select (BD), The Dead Zone: Collector’s Edition (BD), Chamber of Horrors (BD), and Brotherhood of the Wolf: Collector’s Edition (BD) on 7/27. Extras on all of these are still TBA. You can see the cover art for The Dead Zone at left, with more covers visible below the break. [Read on here...]

April 8, 2021 - 6:34 pm

Okay, we’ve got a pretty good news update for you today here at The Bits.

First though, another new Blu-ray review...

Following up on yesterday’s review, Tim has posted his thoughts on Marty Feldman’s In God We Trust (1980), also newly available on disc from our friends over at Kino Lorber Studio Classics. And it sounds like the title has another great commentary by Alan Spencer, so it’s well worth you time to check the disc out.

Speaking of Kino Lorber Studio Classics, the company continues to prove its great worth to classic cinephiles with a new slate of nine Mae West films coming on Blu-ray on 6/29, including Night After Night (1932), I’m No Angel (1933), She Done Him Wrong (1933), Belle of the Nineties (1934), Goin’ to Town (1935), Go West Young Man (1936), Klondike Annie (1936), Every Day’s a Holiday (1937), and My Little Chickadee (1940). [Read on here...]

April 6, 2021 - 6:21 pm

We start things off today here at The Bits with a pair of new Blu-ray Disc reviews...

Tim has taken a look at Marty Feldman’s The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), new on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. It comes with a terrific audio commentary by our friend Alan Spencer—the longtime writer, executive producer of TV’s Sledge Hammer, and personal friend of Feldman—that’s worth the purchase price of the disc all by itself. Don’t miss it.

Also, Dennis has offered his thoughts on Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll (1956) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection. Do give that a look as well.

Speaking of the Warner Archive Collection, we want to take a moment to remind everyone that even though WB Shop has officially closed, Warner Archive Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K titles can now be purchased from their brand store on Amazon.com (click here for that). Warner Archive has just revealed more new upcoming titles (see our post yesterday) and we have word that they’ll have new titles through the end of 2021 at least. It’s likely that the label will continue indefinitely, just run by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment itself, rather than its former, dedicated team. [Read on here...]

April 5, 2021 - 7:00 pm

We’ve got some interesting news to report here at The Bits today...

First, the Warner Archive Collection has announced a number of new Blu-ray releases that are coming soon from the label, including Drunken Master II (1994 – aka The Legend of Drunken Master) starring Jackie Chan (mastered from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative), The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex (1939), They Won’t Believe Me (1947), The Yearling (1946), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), and Athena (1954). Street dates are TBA.

Arrow Video has announced its June release slate, which is set to include Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage in 4K Ultra HD, as well as Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee, Masumura Yasuzo’s Irezumi, Jill Gevargizian’s The Stylist, and a 5-film box set of Italian crime films called Years of Lead that includes Like Rabid Dogs, Savage Three, No, The Case is Happily Resolved, and Colt 38: Special Squad. [Read on here...]

April 1, 2021 - 5:37 pm

Today being April Fool’s Day, I wasn’t originally planning on having any kind of a news update here at The Digital Bits, simply because it’s just too easy for people to question the accuracy of anything you post on 4/1.

And honestly, given some of the nuttier news posts one sees around the Internet and on social media on April Fool’s, you can’t really blame people for being confused.

But when the Warner Archive Collection announced on Twitter and Facebook last night (right before Midnight Pacific time, mind you) that there was now a new Warner Archive “brand store” on Amazon.com—and a quick visit to the former WB Shop website revealed that it was no longer there—a LOT of people thought it was a joke. And I figured it required a reaction. [Read on here...]

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