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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 18:13

Glimpses of Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies & Interstellar, plus Outlander details, Synapse 2015 & more!

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We’re starting off today’s post with four Blu-ray reviews, including a pair of new ones and a pair of older ones updated to the new site’s database. The new reviews include Tim Salmons’ look at Fernando Di Leo’s 1971 Euro-horror pic Slaughter Hotel from Raro and also his thoughts on a sleazy actioner 1982 from Vinegar Syndrome – Raw Force. And the retro reviews including my own look at Paramount’s Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection Blu-ray box set and also Jeff Kleist’s take on Paramount’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Movie Collection Blu-ray box as well.

Also here at the site today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything at all that you order from Amazon in the same session after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it.  [Read on here…]

All right, in news today, Walmart has leaked details and cover artwork on a 2-disc Interstellar: Collector’s Edition, apparently due to street on 3/31, that includes “a 48-page art book featuring images and copy from the Interstellar coffee table book, plus an actual IMAX film cel cut from a 70mm print of the film.” Here’s what it looks like...

Interstellar: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Meanwhile, while we’re still waiting on details from Warner on the Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, it looks like Target is going to have an exclusive version that comes with LEGO figures of Bard and Bain. It also appears that Best Buy is going to have an exclusive Steel book version. See here...

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Retail exclusive BDs

In official announcement news today, Sony’s Outlander: Season One, Volume One on Blu-ray arrives on 3/3 in both regular and Limited Collector’s Edition versions. The Blu-ray is a 2-disc set which includes all 8 episodes plus 21 deleted scenes, and 6 featurettes (Outlander: An Epic Adaptation, Authentic in Design: The Dresses & Kilts of Outlander, Casting Outlander, On Location: Castle Leoch and the Magic of Scotland, Emerging a Scot: Cast Goes to Bootcamp, and Walk Through the Sets and Stages with Ronald D. Moore). The Limited Collector’s Edition also adds “a 32-page book filled with photographs, excerpts from the scripts, an introduction from author Diana Gabaldon, and a packaging placeholder for Volume Two, allowing fans to complete their Season One collection.” Here’s what that looks like (click on the image to pre-order it on

Outlander: Season One, Volume One - Limited Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Sony has also announced Blu-ray and DVD release of the Spierig Brothers’ time travel thriller Predestination, starring Ethan Hawke. Look for it on 2/10, with extras set to include outtakes, the A Journey Through Time featurette, and the 10-part All You Zombies: Bringing Predestination to Life documentary (which includes Introduction, Casting, Pre-Production, Photography: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, and Post Production).

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Lionsgate has set the futuristic action thriller Vice for Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 3/17. The film stars Bruce Willis. Extras include audio commentary with director Brian A. Miller and actors Ambyr Childers and Bryan Greenberg, cast and crew interviews, and the Behind the Scenes of Vice featurette.

Also today, FUNimation has set Noir: Complete Series – Classic for Blu-ray release on 4/14, followed by Freezing Vibration: The Complete Series on Blu-ray on 4/21, and D-Frag: The Complete Series on Blu-ray on 4/28.

We’ve mentioned this before, but we’ve got cover artwork for Mill Creek’s The Wild One on Blu-ray (due 3/17), starring Marlon Brando. See below.

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Cinedigm and Great Point Media have set the thriller Altair, starring Matthew Modine and Olivia Williams, for DVD and digital release on 2/17.

And finally Synapse Films has announced that its 2015 lineup of horror titles is going to include Dario Argento titles’ Phenomena (aka Creepers – with three different versions of the film), Tenebre, and Suspiria (with a 4K restoration), Harold P. Warren’s Manos: The Hands of Fate, Curt McDowell’s Thundercrack!, Jim McCullough’s Creature from Black Lake, Jim Wynorski’s Sorceress, and Kurando Mitsutake’s Samurai Avenger.

We’ll leave you with more new cover artwork (click on the covers to pre-order on Amazon if possible)...

Outlander: Season One, Volume One (Blu-ray Disc)    Babadook (Blu-ray Disc)    Into the Woods (Blu-ray Disc)

St. Valentines Day Massacre (Blu-ray Disc)    The Wild One (Blu-ray Disc)    Humbling (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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