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Blu-ray News & More – Focus, Lost River, Ripper Street, M:I Quadrilogy & more, plus Film Threat Kickstarter

April 8, 2015 - 2:54 pm   |   by
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First things first today: We’ve updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order anything at all in the same shopping session after clicking to Amazon through any of our links, a portion of your purchase goes to help support our work here at The Bits and it really does make a difference. So we appreciate it!

Also here at The Bits today, we have a new Blu-ray review from our own Joe Marchese, featuring Twilight’s recent Blu-ray release of Stormy Weather, a classic musical from 1943. Do check it out.  [Read on here…]

In announcement news today, Warner Home Video has set Focus for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 6/2. The film stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie.

Warner has also set Ryan Gosling’s Lost River for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/5, staring Christina Hendricks and Saoirse Ronan.

And Warner Home Video and Cartoon Network have set Adventure Time: Season Five for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/14 (SRP $39.99 and $29.97).

Paramount is issuing a new Mission: Impossible Quadrilogy on Blu-ray on 6/9 (SRP $39.99). It will include Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible 2, Mission: Impossible 3, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in one package.

BBC Home Entertainment will release Ripper Street: Season 3 on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/23.

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Lionsgate and Miramax have set a re-issue of Proof for Blu-ray release on 6/16, along with a double feature BD of Blindness and Proof.

Lionsgate has also set Cut Bank set for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/26, starring Billy Bob Thornton and John Malkovich.

Meanwhile, Xlrator will release Time Lapse on Blu-ray on 6/16.

Shout! Factory is releasing A MusiCares Tribute to Carol King on Blu-ray on 6/9.

Starz and Anchor Bay will release Just Before I Go on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/12.

Cohen Media has set Two Men in Town for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/12 as well. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Forest Whitaker.

And Drafthouse Films and Cinedigm will release Amira & Sam on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/5.

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In other news today, we have a better look for you at Fox’s new logo for the 50th anniversary of Lost in Space...

Lost in Space: 50th Anniversary

The actual Blu-ray cover artwork will be revealed later this year, probably at Comic-Con in July.

Finally today, I wanted to point you all to a worthy Kickstarter. Are any of you familiar with Chris Gore’s Film Threat? Of course you are! Chris launched the Film Threat website way back in 1996 to share his love of film with the world, including an entire generation of online movie fans. He also regularly appeared (as did I) on G4’s Attack of the Show to talk about the same. Film Threat had a major impact on the film industry, helping to promote the early careers of many a fledgling filmmaker, including some of the biggest names making Hollywood blockbusters today. Unfortunately, running an entertainment website is expensive and costs are going up all the time. There’s writing, staff and admin costs, server and bandwidth costs, sometimes out-of-pocket travel, product and hardware costs needed to cover this stuff properly. Hell, cyber security costs alone have skyrocketed in the last couple years, and all as advertising revenue continues to dwindle. All of this means it’s tough for truly independent websites to keep going, without charging a subscription fee for access or junking the sites up with sponsored fake content, annoying pop-ups and the like. Now, I’ve known Chris for a very long time. In fact, we just spoke about these issues on Saturday at Wonder-Con. The point is, if you love Film Threat, and appreciate what the site has done for you as a film fan over these last 19 years, head on over to Chris’ Kickstarter to help keep the site going for many more years to come.

All right, here’s some more new Blu-ray cover artwork, with clickable image links to pre-order the titles on Amazon (which helps US keep going!)...

Mission: Impossible Quadrilogy (Blu-ray Disc)    Lost River (Blu-ray Disc)    Focus (Blu-ray Disc)

Amira & Sam (Blu-ray Disc)    Vanilla Sky (Blu-ray Disc)    Proof (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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