• Universal sets Leigh Whannel’s The Invisible Man for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/26
    Universal sets Leigh Whannel’s The Invisible Man for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/26
  • Sony sets a 6-film Columbia Classics 4K Collection for June—Dr. Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia & more!
    Sony sets a 6-film Columbia Classics 4K Collection for June—Dr. Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia & more!
  • The Digital Bits’ in-depth review of the Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4K box—every film, every disc, every extra!
    The Digital Bits’ in-depth review of the Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4K box—every film, every disc, every extra!
  • Paramount sets Top Gun, Days of Thunder, and War of the Worlds for 4K Ultra HD on 5/19 (pre-order now)!
    Paramount sets Top Gun, Days of Thunder, and War of the Worlds for 4K Ultra HD on 5/19 (pre-order now)!
  • UPDATED Thurs AM: Bill’s reviewing the Star Wars films in 4K Ultra HD one by one—Episodes I-VI are all live!
    UPDATED Thurs AM: Bill’s reviewing the Star Wars films in 4K Ultra HD one by one—Episodes I-VI are all live!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 45th anniversary of The Man with the Golden Gun with a new roundtable
    Michael Coate celebrates the 45th anniversary of The Man with the Golden Gun with a new roundtable
  • Bill reviews the final chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, on Ultra HD from Disney & Lucasfilm
    Bill reviews the final chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, on Ultra HD from Disney & Lucasfilm
  • Criterion’s June slate includes films by Mazursky, Keaton, Sciamma, Ichikawa & Klimov
    Criterion’s June slate includes films by Mazursky, Keaton, Sciamma, Ichikawa & Klimov
  • BREAKING: Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is confirmed for 4K Ultra HD on 6/2 here in the States from Universal
    BREAKING: Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is confirmed for 4K Ultra HD on 6/2 here in the States from Universal
  • Bill reviews Sam Mendes’ 1917 in 4K UHD from Universal, with Oscar-winning cinematography by Roger Deakins
    Bill reviews Sam Mendes’ 1917 in 4K UHD from Universal, with Oscar-winning cinematography by Roger Deakins
  • Paramount launches a new “Paramount Presents” line of premium catalog Blu-rays to highlight marquee titles
    Paramount launches a new “Paramount Presents” line of premium catalog Blu-rays to highlight marquee titles
  • Bill reviews Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, a fine ‘whodunnit’ and an equally fine 4K Ultra HD from Lionsgate
    Bill reviews Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, a fine ‘whodunnit’ and an equally fine 4K Ultra HD from Lionsgate
  • Michael Coate celebrates 30 years of John McTiernan’s The Hunt for Red October with a new film retrospective
    Michael Coate celebrates 30 years of John McTiernan’s The Hunt for Red October with a new film retrospective
  • The Digital Bits T-Shirt & Swag Store is here just in time for Black Friday and holiday shopping!
    The Digital Bits T-Shirt & Swag Store is here just in time for Black Friday and holiday shopping!
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April 8, 2020 - 7:02 pm

All right, we’ve got one more new Blu-ray review for you today, which is Dennis’ look at JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from Disney. You can find that here. [A warning though: The review contains major spoilers for the film. Proceed with caution.]

Now then, our friends at Kino Lorber have announced a tons of great new Blu-ray catalog titles coming over the next few months. So let’s get right to it...

Starting on 5/5, look for Guy Hamilton’s An Inspector Calls (1954), Fred Coe’s A Thousand Clowns (1965) and Me, Natalie (1969), John Boulting’s Brighton Rock (1948), and Basil Dearden’s Pool of London (1951).

Following on 5/12, look for the Barbara Stanwyck Collection (including Internes Can’t Take Money (1937), The Great Man’s Lady (1942), and The Bride Wore Boots (1946) in a box set), the Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema II (including Thunder on the Hill (1951), The Price of Fear (1956), and The Female Animal (1958) in a box set). [Read on here...]

April 7, 2020 - 8:14 pm

All right, we’ve got some more release news today and a follow-up on recent news as well...

First though, Tim has turned in his thoughts on Andrew Lane’s Jake Speed (1986), recently released on Blu-ray by Arrow Video.

Now them, first up today: I’ve officially confirmed with Universal Studios Home Entertainment that they have not officially announced the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on 4K Ultra HD yet. HOWEVER... they will be doing so soon. So we’ll have the officially details for you when they do.

I guess this is a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, or more likely there are simply a LOT of people who need to weigh in and approve such things before they get officially announced. Which we expect to happen soonish. [Read on here...]

April 6, 2020 - 5:49 pm

The news today is brief, but we’ve got a couple things to report today...

First though, Tim has reviewed a couple of Blu-ray titles for you, including Universal’s Munster, Go Home! (1966) from Scream Factory and Bone Tomahawk (2015), a kind of western horror film from RLJ Entertainment starring Kurt Russell.

But the big news today is that Universal is releasing Steven Spielberg’s Jaws as a 45th Anniversary Edition on 4K Ultra HD on 6/2.

Of course, we first mentioned this title was coming many weeks ago here at The Bits. You can now consider the release almost—but not quite—official. [Read on here...]

April 2, 2020 - 5:51 pm

The big news today is just breaking: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release a Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection of 6 films on 6/16.

Included will be Lawrence of Arabia, Ghandi, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dr. Strangelove, Jerry Maguire, and A League of Their Own. They’ll come in a limited edition box set (only 8,000 unites) with a hardbound 80-book and lots of extras (over 30 hours in fact). Jerry Maguire and A League of Their Own were actually chosen by a poll of online consumers.

You can see the studio’s official promotional trailer for the release below... [Read on here...]

April 1, 2020 - 6:17 pm

Well, last night I finished the Star Wars—all 11 films in 4K. Pretty good, I have to say. I guess the thing I was most surprised by, now that we know it’s a larger narrative—and that some of the films are admittedly better than others—is that it all works together so well. The larger narrative does fit together pretty nicely. Admittedly, the sequel films feel a little more distant from the original trilogy than the prequels do, but visually and tonally they’re actually closer in spirit. Anyway, it’s an interesting experience and one I’m glad I waited for 4K to have. The films have never looked or sounded better, imperfect though some of them are.

All right, let’s have a news post, shall we?

First up here today, Tim has just turned in a review of Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space on 4K Ultra HD from RLJ Entertainment. It’s an interesting film (and a solid disc) that’s worth a look. You’ll find that here. [Read on here...]

March 31, 2020 - 5:35 pm

Afternoon, folks! I hope you’re all well (and staying safe from the zombie plague and whatnot).

This is just a quick update to say that we’ll be back with our normal news posts, reviews, and regular site business tomorrow.

You may have seen that I finished my in-depth review of the complete Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4K Ultra HD box set yesterday here at The Bits—every film, every disc, and every extra.

The lack of news updates is due to the fact that—having finally completed my review—I’ve now begun a multi-day marathon of all 11 films. Because that’s really what this is all about, isn’t it? [Read on here...]

March 26, 2020 - 1:51 pm

All right, just before midnight last night I finished posting in-depth reviews of three more of the Star Wars films in 4K, as I work my way through Disney’s new Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga box set.

So now available for your reading enjoyment are (just click on the titles): The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Today, I’m going to tackle The Force Awakens, the re-issue of The Last Jedi (and it’s not just rebranded packaging—this is a newly-authored 4K disc, with a newly-authored movie Blu-ray, and a new Bonus Blu-ray too), and finally Rogue One: A Star Wars Story all in 4K. [Read on here...]

March 26, 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

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