• Lionsgate sets DIRTY DANCING (1987) for wide release in 4K Ultra HD on 8/23
    Lionsgate sets DIRTY DANCING (1987) for wide release in 4K Ultra HD on 8/23
  • Sony sets BRAM STOKERS’ DRACULA for 4K Steelbook re-release on 10/4 with new extras & Dolby Vision HDR
    Sony sets BRAM STOKERS’ DRACULA for 4K Steelbook re-release on 10/4 with new extras & Dolby Vision HDR
  • Paramount sets 1883: A YELLOWSTONE ORIGIN STORY for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/30
    Paramount sets 1883: A YELLOWSTONE ORIGIN STORY for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/30
  • Paramount has upgraded STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT to 4K with Dolby Vision HDR on Paramount+
    Paramount has upgraded STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT to 4K with Dolby Vision HDR on Paramount+
  • Stephen checks out Tony Scott’s TRUE ROMANCE (1993) now on 4K Ultra HD in the US from Arrow Video
    Stephen checks out Tony Scott’s TRUE ROMANCE (1993) now on 4K Ultra HD in the US from Arrow Video
  • Tim reviews John McNaughton’s WILD THINGS (1998) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video
    Tim reviews John McNaughton’s WILD THINGS (1998) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video
  • Criterion’s September Blu-ray & 4K slate includes BLOW OUT, SOUND OF METAL, LE CORBEAU & more
    Criterion’s September Blu-ray & 4K slate includes BLOW OUT, SOUND OF METAL, LE CORBEAU & more
  • Sony sets Martha Coolidge’s REAL GENIUS (1985) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 9/13!
    Sony sets Martha Coolidge’s REAL GENIUS (1985) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 9/13!
  • Bill reviews the long-overdue Blu-ray release of THE POLICE: AROUND THE WORLD tour documentary
    Bill reviews the long-overdue Blu-ray release of THE POLICE: AROUND THE WORLD tour documentary
  • Stephen checkes out Makoto Shinkai’s 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (2007) on Blu-ray from GKids via Shout!
    Stephen checkes out Makoto Shinkai’s 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (2007) on Blu-ray from GKids via Shout!
  • Ron Moore’s alt-history series FOR ALL MANKIND returns today for a terrific third season on Apple TV+
    Ron Moore’s alt-history series FOR ALL MANKIND returns today for a terrific third season on Apple TV+
  • Disney & Marvel set DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS for Blu-ray & 4K UHD on 7/26
    Disney & Marvel set DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS for Blu-ray & 4K UHD on 7/26
  • Disney finally sets the long-awaited 4K Ultra HD release of Michael Mann’s HEAT (1995) for 8/9
    Disney finally sets the long-awaited 4K Ultra HD release of Michael Mann’s HEAT (1995) for 8/9
  • Bill reviews Sony’s long-awaited 4K Steelbook release of David Lean’s epic LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
    Bill reviews Sony’s long-awaited 4K Steelbook release of David Lean’s epic LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
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Wednesday, 29 June 2022 13:17

We have three more new Blu-ray reviews for you to enjoy today, starting with Stephen’s take on Daisuke Miyazaki’s Videophobia (2019) from Vinegar Syndrome.

Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Ulu Grosbard’s Straight Time (1978) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

And Dennis has also reviewed Patricia Birch’s Grease 2: 40th Anniversary Edition in the form of a new Blu-ray Steelbook from Paramount.

In announcement news today, Paramount has finally made their 8/9 4K Ultra HD Steelbook release of Event Horizon (1997) official. The title will include both Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range, 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio, and the following extras: Commentary by director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt, the 5-part The Making of Event Horizon documentary, The Point of No Return featurette with director commentary, The Unseen Event Horizon featurette, Secrets (deleted and extended scenes with director’s commentary), the theatrical trailer, and a video trailer. [Read on here...]

Monday, 27 June 2022 16:40

We’ve got some new reviews for you to start the new week off, and as always we’ve got a bunch of release news as well, some of it official and some of it new intel on forthcoming 4K and Blu-ray catalog titles. So let’s get right into it...

We start with Dennis’ look at Keith Thomas’ recent remake of Firestarter (2022) on Blu-ray from Blumhouse and Universal.

Dennis has also offered a look at Roy Del Ruth’s On Moonlight Bay (1951) which was released earlier this year on Blu-ray by the Warner Archive Collection.

Next up, Tim has reviewed William Lustig’s final film, Uncle Sam (1996), in 4K Ultra HD from Blue Underground.

Not to be outdone, Stephen has checked in as well today with a look at Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours (2017) on Blu-ray from Gunpowder & Sky via Vinegar Syndrome.

Stephen has also reviewed Lucio Fulci’s Contraband (1980) on Blu-ray from Cauldron Films.

And finally, Stephen has done an in-depth review of Arrow Video’s recent Lies & Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray box set, which includes Cop au Vin (1985), Inspector Lavardin (1986), Madame Bovary (1991), Betty (1993), and Torment (1994). Enjoy! [Read on here...]

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 11:27

Morning, everyone! We expect Paramount’s official announcement of the next wave of Star Trek Original Series films in 4K Ultra HD to drop at any time now, but there’s been an early leak of cover art that we thought worth sharing with you beforehand.

A couple of retailers have shared this artwork this morning (including our friends at HD Movie Source, who are always on the money), so it looks like this could be the final cover art for the forthcoming Star Trek Original Series films in 4K.

If the leak is correct, it means that Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country will indeed include both the original Theatrical Version and Nicholas Meyer’s much-loved 113-minute Director’s Cut as well. The cut is 3 minutes longer, has a few scene extensions here and there, and some of the scenes are slightly re-edited. Added material includes Admiral Cartwright and Colonel West briefing the Federation President on their rescue plan, as well as Spock and Scott inspecting the torpedo bay. [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 19:46

All right, we’ve got some late-breaking information regarding the next wave of Star Trek 4K Ultra HD releases from Paramount.

This morning we received updated information from two of our retailer/distributor sources here in the States, which has now been confirmed by a third such source this afternoon. And the Paramount Home Entertainment PR department has gone mum, which is a pretty good indicator of the fact that an official announcement is imminent. (If the details we asked them about were false, they would normally be quick to deny them).

So here’s the latest...

It appears that Paramount is about to announce the 9/6 release of single-film 4K Ultra HD SKUs of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, along with a Star Trek: The Original 6-Movie Collection 4K box set that includes all of them in one package. [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 15:34

We’ve got more announcement news for you today, starting with the big one...

Paramount has just set 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/30. The Paramount+ series stars Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Isabel May. The release will include all 10 episodes along with two hours of featurettes (among them A Land of Peril & Wonder: The Journey of 1883, From Cast to Cowboys: Creating the Pioneer Spirit, 1883: The Road West, Inside 1883, and Behind the Story for each episode). You can see the cover artwork at left and also below.

Paramount has also set Adrian Lyne’s Fatal Attraction (1987) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 9/13. The film stars Glenn Close and Michael Douglas. We’re awaiting official AV details and extras from the studio.

Coming on 9/13 from Paramount as well is a 4K Steelbook release of The Addams Family.

And Paramount and Comedy Central have set South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season for Blu-ray release on 8/16. [Read on here...]

Monday, 20 June 2022 17:06

We’ve got more tentative confirmation of Star Trek 4K Ultra HD street dates from North American and international retail sources for September. In fact, the Star Trek retailer leaks are now coming in fast and furious here at The Bits today...

European retail sources are now showing 9/12 as the street date for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount, which would suggest a 9/13 release date here in the States.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is tentatively set to follow on 4K UHD on 9/19 in Europe (or 9/20 here in the States).

And the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition is currently set to street on 9/26 (or 9/27 here in the States). [Read on here...]

Monday, 20 June 2022 12:30

Good morning, everyone. We’ve got two new disc reviews for you to check out this morning...

Stephen has taken an in-depth look at Tony Scott’s True Romance (1993) in 4K Ultra HD, as finally released here in the States by our friends at Arrow Video.

As it happens, Stephen has also checked out the US Blu-ray-only version of True Romance from Arrow, so pick your format and do give the title a look.

Today being a holiday here in the States, there’s not a ton of release news to report. But we do have a couple of quick items for you...

First, Kino Lorber Studio Classics revealed over the weekend that they’re working on a new 4K Ultra HD release of Adrian Lyne’s Indecent Proposal (1993). That’s currently set to street on 9/27, complete with a new Dolby Vision HDR grade supervised by the director. [Read on here...]

Friday, 17 June 2022 17:52

We’re closing out the week with a trio of new disc reviews today, including...

Tim’s look at John McNaughton’s Wild Things (1998) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video.

Tim’s review of Francesco Barilli’s Hotel Fear (1979) on Blu-ray from Mono Macabro.

And Stephen’s thoughts on Makoto Shinkai’s animated Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011) on Blu-ray from GKids via Shout! Factory.

By the way, we’ve also updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List and our Upcoming Cover Artwork sections here at The Bits with lots of new titles and Amazon.com pre-order listings.

In 4K Ultra HD catalog release news this afternoon, Severin Films has set Jess Franco’s Faceless (1978) for release on 8/30. [Read on here...]

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