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Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:03

Criterion’s May slate, Amazon/Disney issues, Ocean Waves & more

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We’ve got a pair of new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray reviews for all of you to enjoy here at The Bits today. I’ve given Warner’s The Accountant and Sony’s Inferno a spin on the format, both of which are recent releases, and have a few things to say about each. Do give them a look.

Also today, it’s become fairly clear that Amazon and Disney are having another one of their strange business tiffs that involves Amazon pulling all of Disney’s forthcoming Blu-ray titles off of pre-order. Case in point, Moana, Doctor Strange, etc. This may also be why Disney and Lucasfilm have not yet announced the Blu-ray release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, even though it’s already available for pre-order on other retail sites. While they no doubt have their reasons, these actions are a major inconvenience to both Amazon’s customers and Disney’s Blu-ray consumers, so these two companies should get their act together. [Read on here…]

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In announcement news today, Criterion has just unveiled their May release slate, which is set to include Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dileman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Cat #484 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/9, Orson Welles’ Othello (Cat #870 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning (Cat #85 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/16, Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan (Cat #871 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/23, and Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World (Cat #872 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2 (Cat #873 – Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD) on 5/30.

Universal has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Studio Ghibli’s animated Ocean Waves on 4/18.

Scream Factory has set Willard and Ben for release on Blu-ray on 5/16.

Shout! Factory has set Never to Young to Die for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/11, starring John Stamos, Vanity, and Gene Simmons.

The Warner Archive has announced that they’re bringing Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Complete Season Three and The Valley of Gwangi (1969) to Blu-ray in the weeks ahead. Street dates should be available soon.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that they’re working on a new Blu-ray and DVD release of The Spiral Staircase (1946). The street date is TBA.

Major League Baseball has announced the 2016 World Series: The Complete Game 7 – Ultimate Edition for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/9.

While we’re talking sports, ESPN has set several of their ESPN Films 30 for 30 documentaries for release on Blu-ray on 4/25, including Believeland, The Book of Manning, Or Miracles and Men, Bad Boys, and Unguarded.

And National Geographic’s Mars is now due on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/11.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt


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