• Hobbs & Shaw official, Synapse reveals Suspiria 4K, Republic Rediscovered & Shout/Scream December titles
    Hobbs & Shaw official, Synapse reveals Suspiria 4K, Republic Rediscovered & Shout/Scream December titles
  • Both versions of Disney’s Aladdin (1992 and 2019) reviewed in 4K Ultra HD
    Both versions of Disney’s Aladdin (1992 and 2019) reviewed in 4K Ultra HD
  • New Blu-ray/Ultra HD reviews, plus Pan’s Labyrinth 4K official & Arrow’s new RoboCop: Limited Edition BD
    New Blu-ray/Ultra HD reviews, plus Pan’s Labyrinth 4K official & Arrow’s new RoboCop: Limited Edition BD
  • Sony sets Spider-Man: Far From Home for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/1
    Sony sets Spider-Man: Far From Home for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/1
  • Tim takes an in-depth look at Warner’s new Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? – The Complete Series Blu-ray set
    Tim takes an in-depth look at Warner’s new Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? – The Complete Series Blu-ray set
  • The UHD Alliance unveils the Filmmaker Mode initiative to ensure 4K TVs display movies properly at home
    The UHD Alliance unveils the Filmmaker Mode initiative to ensure 4K TVs display movies properly at home
  • Bill reviews Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now in a stunning new 4K restoration with even more extras
    Bill reviews Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now in a stunning new 4K restoration with even more extras
  • Warner Bros. sets The Wizard of Oz for release on 4K for its 80th anniversary (scanned in 8K!)
    Warner Bros. sets The Wizard of Oz for release on 4K for its 80th anniversary (scanned in 8K!)
  • CBS reveals a Twin Peaks: From Z to A BD set with both series, the film, new/legacy extras &  2 episodes in 4K
    CBS reveals a Twin Peaks: From Z to A BD set with both series, the film, new/legacy extras & 2 episodes in 4K
  • Criterion’s November Blu-ray slate includes Now, Voyager, All About Eve & The Daytrippers
    Criterion’s November Blu-ray slate includes Now, Voyager, All About Eve & The Daytrippers
  • Bill looks back at a coming of age classic in 4K Ultra HD: Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me
    Bill looks back at a coming of age classic in 4K Ultra HD: Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me
  • Network reveals a Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Norwegian Blu-ray set due 11/4 (delayed from 10/7)!
    Network reveals a Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Norwegian Blu-ray set due 11/4 (delayed from 10/7)!
  • Criterion finally reveals Spine #1000 – their long-awaited Godzilla: The Showa-Era Blu-ray box set
    Criterion finally reveals Spine #1000 – their long-awaited Godzilla: The Showa-Era Blu-ray box set
My Two Cents
September 12, 2019 - 2:25 pm

We’ve got some more new reviews for you today, and some interesting news as well. So let’s get to it.

First up, the reviews...

I’ve offered my thoughts on Luc Besson’s Anna on 4K Ultra HD from Summit and Lionsgate.

And Tim has turned in looks at Roy Ward Baker’s Scars of Dracula (1970) on Blu-ray, a Hammer title from Scream Factory, as well as Scream’s Humanoids from the Deep Steelbook Blu-ray.

With a little luck, we’ll have at least a couple more reviews tomorrow as well, so be sure to check back.

We’ve also got a street date update for you on a few titles: Look for Warner’s It: Chapter Two on BD, DVD, and 4K on 12/10. Lionsgate will release Red Heat on 4K on 10/8 (coming from Studio Canal in the UK). And Fox is expected to release The Art of Racing in the Rain on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K on 11/5. [Read on here...]

September 11, 2019 - 11:52 am

All right, we have more new disc reviews for you today... and we’ll have a few more tomorrow as well. On tap this afternoon are...

My thoughts on Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 on 4K Ultra HD from Marvel and Disney. (And yes, I am working on Iron Man3, and I’ll be reviewing Dr. Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the original Ant-Man in 4K when they street early next month too.)

Dennis’ take on Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die on Blu-ray from Focus Films and Universal.

And Tim’s look at Aldo Lado’s 1972 giallo film Who Saw Her Die? from Arrow Video.

Enjoy, and be sure to check back tomorrow for more disc reviews! And now for some release news... [Read on here...]

September 10, 2019 - 1:00 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 9, 2019 - 2:27 pm

We’ve got no less than three new disc reviews today, including my own thoughts on Disney’s classic animated Aladdin (1992) in 4K Ultra HD.

We also have Dennis’ take on Guy Ritchie’s new remake of Aladdin (2019) on both Blu-ray and (with my assistance on the technical side) 4K Ultra HD. We hope you enjoy.

And just so you know, there will be more disc reviews every day this week, including both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles. So be sure to watch for the next batch starting tomorrow morning.

In announcement news today, Paramount has just set Night Hunter for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/15. The film stars Ben Kingsley, Henry Cavill, and Alexandra Daddario. [Read on here...]

September 3, 2019 - 2:31 pm

The big news today is that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set Spider-Man: Far From Home for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 10/1, with the Digital release due on 9/17. The 4K disc will include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

Special features on the Blu-ray and 4K will include the all-new short Peter’s To-Do List, 11 featurettes (Teachers’ Travel Tips, Stepping Up, Suit Up, Far, FAR, Far From Home, It Takes Two, Fury & Hill, The Ginter-Riva Effect, Thank You, Mrs. Parker, The Brother’s Trust, The Jump Off, and Now You See Me), plus Stealthy Easter Eggs, Select Scene Pre-Vis, a Gag Reel & Outtakes, and Alternate & Extended Scenes.

You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

September 2, 2019 - 4:24 pm

We certainly hope you’re all enjoying the long Labor Day weekend here in the States. And Happy Monday for the rest of you!

Given the holiday, we’re taking a much needed break today. But we do have a couple of new Blu-ray reviews for you to enjoy...

Tim has just turned in his in-depth thoughts on the long-awaited Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? Complete Series Blu-ray set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The package streets tomorrow, and it sounds like it’s pretty good. You can read that review here.

Also, Tim has posted his thoughts on Gary Sherman’s Vice Squad (1982) from Scream Factory, as well as the Akio Jissôji: The Buddhist Trilogy box set from Arrow Academy, both on Blu-ray.

And Dennis rounds things out with his thoughts on A Dog’s Journey on Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

So enjoy those and we’ll be back tomorrow with our regular news update and more. Stay tuned!

-Bill Hunt

(You can follow Bill on social media at these links: Twitter and Facebook)

 

August 28, 2019 - 11:27 am

So I spent a couple hours up in Hollywood yesterday afternoon to cover something pretty interesting…

At a press event at the Screen Actors Guild, members of the UHD Alliance, three major consumer electronics manufacturers, and leading Hollywood filmmakers officially announced a new partnership effort to implement Filmmaker Mode as an extension of the 4K Ultra HD spec.

The idea is to ensure that when you watch a movie at home in 4K on your new Ultra HD display, whether from a disc, stream, or cable/satellite broadcast, it will look exactly as it should. UHD Alliance research suggests that as many as 80% of people who buy 4K TVs never change the settings out of the box. This means irritating features like motion smoothing and unnecessary processing are being applied to the image by default – processing that actually takes the picture away from the filmmakers’ intent.

What the Filmmaker Mode will do is to allow the user – either with one push of a button on the remote, or with a very easy and obvious menu setting – to set the TV’s display parameters to most accurately display the 4K content. This would be a baseline setting for the image – any added adjustments signaled by HDR10, HDR10+, or Dolby Vision metadata would happen on top of that setting. [Read on here...]

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