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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:47

Talking Blu with The Digital Bits begins, plus Batman Ninja, I Tonya, Doctor Who: Tom Baker BDs & more

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Tim has another couple of disc reviews for you today, starting with the Pulp: Special Edition on Blu-ray from Arrow Video and Beyond the Seventh Door on DVD from Severin Films and Intervision. Do give them a look.

In announcement news today, Universal has officially set Craig Gillespie’s twisted comedy I, Tonya for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/13, with the Digital release expected on 3/2. The film stars Margo Robbie and Allison Janney. It’s quite good.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the anime Batman Ninja on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/8. The BD will include English dubbed audio as well as the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Strangely, there are also plans to release it in 4K but digitally only this summer, not on 4K UHD Blu-ray. That seems like a mistake to me, but I suppose that if the Blu-ray sells well the studio could reconsider. Extras will include 3 featurettes (East/West Batman, Batman: Made in Japan, and New York Comic Con Presents Batman Ninja). The Blu-ray will also be available in regular and Steelbook versions. [Read on here…]

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Warner and TNT have also set Claws: The Complete First Season for DVD only release on 4/17.

And Warner and the BBC are releasing Doctor Who: Tom Baker – The Complete First Season on Blu-ray on 3/20.

Paramount has officially announced their Up in Smoke: 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo for release on 4/10. There will also be a Deluxe Collector’s Edition version of the Blu-ray that includes the original soundtrack on both CD and LP (including a newly-recorded Up in Spoke: 2018 Version), as well as a 7-inch picture disc of Earache My Eye/Lost Due to Incompetence, an 11x17 poster, a booklet with new essays by both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, and oversized rolling papers. All versions will also include the existing special features along with the all-new How Pedro Met the Man: Up In Smoke at 40 featurette.

Lionsgate will release The Sandman: Don’t Fall Asleep on DVD only on 3/6. They’ve also set The Last Movie Star, featuring Burt Reynolds and Chevy Chase, for release on Blu-ray and Digital on 3/27.

Well Go USA has announced Kickboxer: Retaliation for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 3/13.

MVD is releasing Abominable on Blu-ray on 6/12 as part of their Rewind Collection.

Cinedigm will release Scorched Earth on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/6.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics is releasing The Maze (1953) on Blu-ray 3D on 4/24. They also have Camp Nowhere (1994) coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 4/17. And on 4/10, look for The Psychopath (1966) and Manhandled (1924). They also have new Blu-ray and DVD editions of A Bill of Divorcement (1932) coming soon.

Here’s something interesting: Kino has also set a Blu-ray release of Arnold Fanck’s The Holy Mountain (1926) for release on 4/24. [Editor’s Note: We’d previously reported that this was the Jodorowsky film based upon an error in the Amazon listing. It’s definitely the 1926 Fanck film, which stars Leni Riefenstahl. Adjust your plans accordingly.] They have Emir Kusturica’s Underground coming on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/20 too, including both the 170-minute feature film version and also the 327-minute/6-part TV version.

Mill Creek has announced their April slate, which is set to include For the Love of Benji (BD/DVD), Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: The Complete Series (DVD), Getting Gotti (DVD), Human Trafficking (DVD), a Charles Bronson Collection (BD – with The Valachi Papers, The Stone Killer, Breakout, and Hard Times), the Sherlock Holmes film A Study in Terror (BD), Kevin Bacon: The 6 Degrees Collection (BD – with The Big Picture, Flatliners, Hollow Man, Trapped, In the Cut, and Where the Truth Lies), and a Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? double-feature (DVD). Street date appears to be 4/3 for all. [Editor’s Note: It’s worth noting that we believe the Bronson Collection marks the first time that Hard Times has been released on Blu-ray.]

And for UK readers, Eureka! has set Early Hou Hsiao-hsien: Three Films 1980-1983 for release on Blu-ray on 4/16. The films included are Cute Girl, The Green, Green Grass of Home, and The Boys from Fengkuei.

Finally today, we’re pleased to offer you the very first full episode of our new Talking Blu with The Digital Bits YouTube roundtable webcast collaboration with our friends at Midnight’s Edge! We plan to do at least a couple of these each month, talking about a variety of Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD issues, as well as movie news and other subjects. In this first episode, Tim and I are joined by André Einherjar and Tom Connors, Jr. to discuss Warner’s forthcoming home video release of Justice League. We hope you enjoy it and (if you do) please share it with your friends on social media! Here you go...

FYI, in terms of social media, you can find Bill Hunt here on Twitter/Facebook, Tim Salmons here on Twitter/Facebook, not to mention The Digital Bits on Twitter/Facebook, and also Midnight’s Edge on Twitter/Facebook. Midnight’s Edge also has a YouTube channel here

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above and more. Click to pre-order them on Amazon if available...

Grease: 40th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD) Push (4K Ultra HD) Knowing (4K Ultra HD)

Grease: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc) Grease: 40th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray Disc) Batman Ninja (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…!

- Bill Hunt

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