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Wednesday, 22 March 2023 16:28

The Longest Yard hits 4K on 5/16, plus a Transformers Steelbook 6-Movie Collection, Living, A24’s The Lighthouse exclusive & more

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We start today with four more new disc reviews...

Stephen has taken a look at Calin Cazan, Dan Chisovski, and Mircea Toia’s animated The Son of the Stars (1985) on Blu-ray from Deaf Crocodile and Vinegar Syndrome.

Dennis has checked in with his thoughts on Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale (2022) on Blu-ray from Lionsgate, a film that just netted star Brendan Fraser the Academy Award for Best Actor.

And Stuart has taken a look at Vincente Minelli’s The Long, Long Trailer (1954) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection, along with Ulli Lommel’s The Devonsville Terror (1983) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

More reviews are forthcoming, so be sure to stay tuned for them.

Also today, we’ve posted our latest update of the Release Dates & Artwork section (see the Cover Art link at the top of the website), which includes all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order after clicking to Amazon from one of our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. [Read on here...]

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Now then, before we get to the news, a quick note: Some Bits readers are reporting that their copies of Paramount’s Dragonslayer in 4K Ultra HD are missing the Digital Copy code slips in the packaging. If you encounter this situation, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get it resolved. [Editor’s Update: We have revised instructions. For Paramount 4K, Blu-ray, or DVD customer support, including missing Digital Codes, visit this website.]

In announcement news today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has set Robert Aldrich’s The Longest Yard (1974) for 4K Ultra HD release on 5/16. It will feature a new 4K scan of the original 35 mm camera negative with Dolby Vision HDR and substantial extras. You can see the cover artwork for that, plus KLSC’s The Night of the Hunter (1955) in 4K, below.

Paramount has announced a new Transformers Limited Edition Steelbook 6-Movie Collection for release on 5/30 that includes Transformers, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Bumblebee on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. SRP is $153.99. Note that these are the same discs released previously, just repackaged.

Transformers Limited Edition Steelbook 6-Movie Collection (4K Ultra HD)

A24 is taking pre-orders on a shop-exclusive release of Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse (2019) on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. The title is expected to ship on 3/28.

Sony has set Oliver Hermanus’ Living (2022) for Blu-ray release on 4/11. The film stars Bill Nighy and is based on Akira Kurosawa’s classic drama Ikiru (1952).

Also today, our friends at Turbine Medien GmbH have revealed that they’re working on a new Blu-ray Complete Series box set release of the classic 1980s NBC TV series The A-Team.

Turbine is also releasing Pitch Black in 4K Ultra HD and a Bad Boys (1983): 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on 3/31 in Germany.

And Warner Bros. has just delayed the release of their Superman: 5-Film Collection from 4/18 to 5/9. We don’t know if this is simply a manufacturing delay or if there’s some other reason for it, but we’ll post an update if we hear more.

Finally today, a couple of other items of note: If you’re a music fan, be sure to check out our old friend Matt Rowe’s excellent MusicTap website for all the latest album release news on CD, Vinyl, SACD, Blu-ray Audio, and Digital formats.

And for those of you who’ve been enjoying the third season of Star Trek: Picard, I’ll be joining my friend Robert Meyer Burnett for another episode of The Kurlan Naiskos: A Picard After Show tomorrow night on YouTube to talk about this week’s episode, The Bounty (3x06), with writer and co-executive producer Christopher Monfette. The show will stream live tomorrow at around 8 PM Pacific. Here’s the viewing link... [HEADS UP: Rob’s internet is completely down in his area here in SoCal due to the weather, so we’re going to cancel tonight’s show and reschedule it as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience!]

We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above and more, with Amazon link if available...

Knock at the Cabin (4K Ultra HD) Knock at the Cabin (Blu-ray Disc) The Longest Yard (4K Ultra HD)

Drowning by Numbers (4K Ultra HD) Living (Blu-ray Disc) Night of the Hunter (4K Ultra HD)

Stay tuned...!

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