• Warner sets Zack Snyder’s 300 for 4K in October, plus Sony bows a Resident Evil 4K Collection in November
    Warner sets Zack Snyder’s 300 for 4K in October, plus Sony bows a Resident Evil 4K Collection in November
  • Lionsgate makes Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell official for 4K Ultra HD in September
    Lionsgate makes Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell official for 4K Ultra HD in September
  • Universal sets Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy for Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD, and Digital in October
    Universal sets Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy for Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD, and Digital in October
  • Warner Bros. reveals its 60-cartoon Bugs Bunny: 80th Anniversary Collection for release on Blu-ray on 11/3
    Warner Bros. reveals its 60-cartoon Bugs Bunny: 80th Anniversary Collection for release on Blu-ray on 11/3
  • Scream bows a 16-disc Friday the 13th Blu-ray box, plus Uni’s Alfred Hitchcock 4K Collection is official!
    Scream bows a 16-disc Friday the 13th Blu-ray box, plus Uni’s Alfred Hitchcock 4K Collection is official!
  • Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection, District 9, and Westworld: S3 are all official for 4K Ultra HD
    Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection, District 9, and Westworld: S3 are all official for 4K Ultra HD
  • Arrow reveals Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988) in 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray in September
    Arrow reveals Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988) in 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray in September
  • The Digital Bits presents: The State of Physical Media in 2020 (So Far...)
    The Digital Bits presents: The State of Physical Media in 2020 (So Far...)
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO with a new retrospective!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO with a new retrospective!
  • The Digital Bits presents... Kaleidescape: A Glimpse at the Future of 4K Home Entertainment
    The Digital Bits presents... Kaleidescape: A Glimpse at the Future of 4K Home Entertainment
  • Criterion’s September Blu-ray slate has Lynch’s Elephant Man, plus Claire Denis, Jules Dassin & more
    Criterion’s September Blu-ray slate has Lynch’s Elephant Man, plus Claire Denis, Jules Dassin & more
  • Bill reviews David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in Ultra HD from the Columbia Classics 4K Collection
    Bill reviews David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in Ultra HD from the Columbia Classics 4K Collection
  • Bill reviews Stanley Kubrick’s DR. STRANGELOVE on Ultra HD from the Columbia Classics 4K Collection
    Bill reviews Stanley Kubrick’s DR. STRANGELOVE on Ultra HD from the Columbia Classics 4K Collection
  • Arrow Video reveals FLASH GORDON 4K for North American release, plus PITCH BLACK in 4K too & more!
    Arrow Video reveals FLASH GORDON 4K for North American release, plus PITCH BLACK in 4K too & more!
My Two Cents
August 7, 2020 - 7:23 pm

All right, we have one last post here at The Bits for this week... and it’s a bit of a bummer. But let me start at the beginning...

Early last week, I started to receive word from retail and industry sources that Disney had made an internal decision to suspend the 4K Ultra HD release of live action catalog titles from both their own vaults and those of their newly acquired 20th Century Fox label.

In essence, my sources said, beyond new release theatrical titles, animated fare from Disney and Pixar, or Star Wars and Marvel-related projects, there were no plans at the studio going forward to release titles on physical 4K Ultra HD—future releases would be 4K Digital only.

The rumor began to leak elsewhere online last weekend, so readers understandably started asking me about it.

But that’s a fairly significant piece of news, so I wanted to take my time in trying to get to the bottom of it before commenting. And that’s exactly what I’ve spent much of this past week doing. [Read on here...]

August 7, 2020 - 6:00 am

This is just another quick update to let you know that Zavvi has just revealed an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Steelbook edition of Zack Snyder’s 300.

It’s now available for pre-order here.

Zavvi has a number of these 4K Steelbook exclusives (you can see some currently available titles here) and they tend to sell out fast.

Occasionally, the same day they go on sale.

So we recommend that you act quickly if you want this one... [Read on here...]

August 6, 2020 - 3:11 pm

All right, 300 and the Resident Evil 4K releases are now official with details, so we’ll get to those in a moment...

First, Tim has turned in his thoughts on Dwight H. Little’s Bloodstone (1988), now on Blu-ray from our friends at Arrow Video.

And Dennis has given a Something Weird/Kino Classics title a look on Blu-ray too, a double feature of Sam Newell’s She Should’a Said No! and W. Merle Connell’s The Devil’s Sleep, each released originally back in 1949.

They’re all a hoot, so do give them a look.

Now then, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has issued its press release, making Zack Snyder’s 300 official for 4K Ultra HD on 10/6. [Read on here...]

August 6, 2020 - 12:01 am

All right, this is a quick early morning update here at The Bits to let you all know that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is officially releasing Zack Snyder’s 300 on physical 4K Ultra HD on October 6 (SRP $27.99). You can see the cover artwork at left and also below.

Extras will include all of the features from the previous Blu-ray release, including audio commentary by Snyder, deleted scenes, webisodes, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. It appears that high dynamic range on the 4K disc will be standard HDR10, with Dolby Atmos audio. The package will also include the film on Blu-ray, as well as a digital copy.

But that’s just the first of two big 4K surprises this morning... [Read on here...]

August 5, 2020 - 1:57 pm

We’ve got another quick update for you today with some good release news.

But first a new Blu-ray review...

Tim has just turned in his thoughts on Sergio Martino’s early giallo film The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971), now available on Blu-ray from Severin Films. Do give it a look.

The big announcement news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just officially set The Flintstones: The Complete Series for Blu-ray release on 10/13 (SRP $84.99).

It will also be made available on Digital on 10/6 (SRP $74.99). [Read on here...]

August 5, 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

August 4, 2020 - 7:21 pm

As you can imagine, things are a little busy here at The Bits this week, and for good reason. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m continuing to dig pretty deep with studio and industry sources on a number of significant home video rumors that have been circulating over the past few days.

I covered the status of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition remaster yesterday, so let’s move on to another title.

Today I have an update for you on another of the rumors you’ve probably read about online: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s plans for The Middle Earth 4K Collection, the long-awaited release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films on physical 4K Ultra HD.

Here’s the latest from our sources... [Read on here...]

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