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A look at the Kaleidescape movie viewing service, plus Kino Lorber’s August slate & RIP Carl Reiner

June 30, 2020 - 4:08 pm   |   by
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We’re starting things off today with a new Blu-ray review, this one of John Gilling’s The Flesh and the Fiends (1960) starring Peter Cushing, now available from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Dennis has posted his thoughts on the film and the disc for you today, so do give it a look.

Meanwhile, in announcement news this afternoon, Kino Lorber has announced its August slate of Blu-ray and DVD releases, which is set to include the following...

Look for Salome Chasnoff’s Code of the Freaks (2020 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Justin Pemberton’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 8/4, Anne Sweitsky’s Sonja: The White Swan (2018 – Blu-ray and DVD), Halina Dyrschka’s Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint (2019 – Blu-ray and DVD – for Zeitgeist Films), Sasie Sealy’s Lucky Grandma (2019 – Blu-ray and DVD – for Good Deed Entertainment), and Paul Aaron’s A Different Story (1978 – Blu-ray – for Scorpion Films) on 8/11, Atom Egoyan’s Guest of Honor (2018 – Blu-ray and DVD), Forbidden Fruit: Volume 6 – She Should’a Said No/Devil’s Sleep (1949 – Blu-ray – for Kino Classics), and Lucio Fulci’s Conquest (1983 – Blu-ray – for Code Red) on 8/18, and The Reginald Denny Collection (includes The Reckless Age, Skinner’s Dress Suit, and What Happened to Jones? – 1924/26 – Blu-ray and DVD – for Kino Classics), Martha Kehoe & Joan Tosoni’s Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019 – DVD – for Greenwich), Simon Amstel’s Benjamin (2019 – DVD – for Artsploitation Films), Nicholas Leytner’s The Tobacconist (2019 – Blu-ray and DVD – for Menemsha Films), and Larry Yust’s Trick Baby (1972 – Blu-ray – for Scorpion Films) on 8/25. [Read on here...]

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Also today, I’ve got a new long-form special feature article for you to check out...

One of my jobs here as editor of The Digital Bits is to look ahead. With physical media sales on the decline, my concern has long been this: How do we hang onto the gains we’ve made in remastered picture and sound quality—thanks to physical 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray—in a world where discs eventually go away? This is something that’s troubled me for a while now, because streaming 4K just doesn’t compare to disc quality. And more and more beloved catalog titles are only being made available in 4K streaming but not disc.

Well, a few longtime Bits readers pointed me in the direction of Kaleidescape—a company that’s currently dedicated to delivering a luxury home theater experience. Of course, it comes at a luxury price. But what they’ve done is to build an ecosystem that delivers disc or better quality, without the disc. And if Kaleidescape were to produce an entry-level movie player at a mass market enthusiast price, it could be a game changer.

Anyway, I’ve found the whole experience of demoing Kaleidescape’s Strato movie player to be pretty interesting... and even eye-opening. So I encourage you all to check out my report on the experience. You can find it here (or by clicking on the image below). And please consider sharing your thoughts on our Facebook (here) and Twitter (here).

Kaleidescape: A Glimpse at the Future of 4K Home Entertainment

Finally today, it breaks our hearts to have to report this: The great Carl Reiner has died. As many of you know, Carl was part of Sid Ceasar’s legendary comedy team in the 1950s. He created and starred in TV’s The Dick Van Dyke Show. He wrote and directed The Man with Two Brains and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. He also directed The Jerk, All of Me, Oh, God! and other great comedies. And of course he appeared in over 100 films and TV series, including the Ocean’s series and so many staples of comedy television in the 1960s and 70s. There will be lots of retrospectives on Carl in the days ahead, and I encourage you to give them a read. He will be dearly missed. Carl was 98. You can read more here at The New York Times.

Carl Reiner, Rest in Peace

And that’s all for now. Stay tuned...

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