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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:08

Selma, WHV’s 1939 set w/ Hunchback of Notre Dame, Paddington, Orange Is the New Black: S2 & more

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We’re starting off the day with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews. Tim has given Twilight Time’s The Dogs of War (1980) a look, along with Scream Factory’s Love at First Bite (1979)/Once Bitten (1985) double feature BD. Enjoy!

Quick review side note: I’m also working on reviews of a few new BD titles as time permits, but know that you can expect to see reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Interstellar as soon as they arrive in the post. [Read on here…]

Here at the site today, our very own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover art, and pre-order links. As always, anytime you order anything from Amazon through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it!

In announcement news today, Paramount has just set Ava DuVernay’s Selma for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/5 (SRP $39.99 and $29.99), with the digital release expected on 4/21. For a nice change, it looks like you’ll get a decent slate of extras on the Blu-ray, including audio commentary by director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo, a second commentary with DuVernay, director of photography Bradford Young and editor Spencer Averick, deleted and extended scenes, a number of featurettes and video segments (including The Road to Selma, Recreating Selma, National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma Student Tickets: Donor Appreciation, and Historical Newsreels), John Legend and Common’s Glory music video, and a photo gallery.

Warner Home Video has just announced The 6-disc The Golden Year Collection for Blu-ray release on 6/9 (SRP $69.96). The set will include 5 classic films from 1939, considered by many to be “Hollywood's Greatest Year”. They include Gone with the Wind, plus new-to-Blu-ray releases of Dodge City, Dark Victory, Ninotchka, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a new restoration of which will debut at the TCM Classic Film Festival in L.A. later this month. All five will be available as BD singles that same day for just $19.98 each. The sixth disc in the set will include the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Presents 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh, along with a number of vintage short and cartoons, including Breakdowns of 1939, Sons of Liberty, Drunk Driving, Prophet Without Honor, Sword Fishing (1939), Detouring America (1939), Peace on Earth (1939) and trailers (some of these are also included on the individual film discs).

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Our friends at the Warner Archive have just released Challenge of the Gobots: The Series, Volume Two (1985-86) on MOD DVD, along with All at Sea (1957), The Doctor’s Dilemma (1958), The Alphabet Murders (1966), Where the Spies Are (1966), Our Mother’s House (1967), Best House in London (1968) and HBO’s Bill Maher: Live from DC (2014).

Lionsgate has just set Orange Is the New Black: Season Two for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/19. Extras will include BD/DVD-exclusive audio commentaries with cast and crew on the episodes Hugs Can Be Deceiving and You Also Have a Pizza, plus 4 featurettes (Back Before the Potato Sack, Orange Peeled, A Walk Around the Block, and BD/DVD-exclusive audio commentaries with cast and crew on the episodes Hugs Can Be Deceiving and You Also Have a Pizza, plus 4 featurettes (Back Before the Potato Sack, Orange Peeled, A Walk Around the Block, and The VEE.I.P. Treatment).).

Meanwhile, Anchor Bay and TWC-Dimension will release Paddington on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/28, with digital arriving on 4/17.

Anchor Bay and RADiUS are releasing Everly on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/21.

And Anchor Bay and Amplify Releasing have set Little Accidents for DVD only release on 4/21.

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Film Chest Media Group is releasing 70 of the 96 original episodes of the 1950s One Step Beyond TV series. Look for the 6-disc set on 4/7.

By the way, are there any fans of Zoolander out there? It was apparently announced at Paris Fashion Week that Zoolander 2 is coming to theaters on 2/12/2016. Make your plans accordingly.

And finally today, just a quick update on the status of CBS’ recent My Fair Lady restoration. I’ve checked with sources and learned that it’s definitely still coming to Blu-ray, but apparently the studio is working with Fathom Events to hold nationwide theatrical screening of the newly restored film this fall and wants to coordinate the release with that. So expect the Blu-ray now to be probably a 3rd Quarter release in time for the holidays.

Here’s a look at a little more new Blu-ray covert artwork…

Selma (Blu-ray Disc)    Stay As You Are (Blu-ray Disc)    Orange Is the New Black: Season 2 (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

Bill Hunt


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