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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:26

The Internship, OKA!, Werner Herzog news (Fitzcarraldo & more) & Elmore Leonard RIP

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All right, first up today, our own Russell Hammond has posted the Release Dates & Artwork update for this week, including all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and pre-order links.  As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it.  We’d also like to send out a special nod to Russell this afternoon, as he became a proud papa again last night.  Congratulations to the whole family!

Also here at The Bits today, our own Dr. Adam Jahnke has turned in a new installment of Burnt Offerings covering all the latest MOD DVD-R release news for the week.  As part of the fun, he’s also reviewed Warner Archive’s awesome new DVD release, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels: The Complete Series – classic Saturday morning fare if ever there was such.  I can hear his club-raised battle cry now.  Enjoy!

Now then, in announcement news today…  […]

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set the comedies The Way, Way Back and The Internship for Blu-ray and DVD release on 10/22.  The Way, Way Back will include 4 featurettes (The Making of The Way, Way Back, Tour of the Water Park, The Filmmakers: Jim & Nat and Ensemble) and deleted scenes.  The Internship will include both the theatrical and unrated versions, audio commentary on both with Shawn Levy, the Any Given Monday featurette and deleted scenes.  [Editor's Note: FYI, we’ve been informed that The Way, Way Back is not yet officially announced, but should be in the next few weeks, so street date and extras details are still subject to change.]

Here’s something cool: Shout! Factory and director Werner Herzog have joined up in a new distribution deal to release some 16 classic Herzog films on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.  These will include Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Woyzeck, Heart of Glass, Cobra Verde, Stroszek, Fata Morgana, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Lessons of Darkness, Ballad of the Little Soldier, Land of Silence and Darkness and more TBA.  Very nice indeed.

Meanwhile, the BBC has set Sinbad: The Complete First Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/3 (SRP $34.98 and $29.98).

Cohen Media Group has set the film noir Two Men in Manhattan for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/17 (SRP $39.98 and $29.98). This is the 1959 film by writer-director Jean-Pierre Melville of Bob le Flambeur, Le Samourai and Army of Shadows fame.

Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, Bloody Disgusting Selects and The Collective will release The Haunting of Helena on DVD on 9/17.

CBS and Paramount have set CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Thirteenth Season for DVD only release on 9/17.

Well Go USA Entertainment has set OKA! for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/22.

The Cinema Guild has set the documentary Leviathan for Blu-ray and DVD release on 10/8.

Universal has announced more new nature documentary Blu-rays for release on 11/12, including Fascination Coral Reef: Hunters and the Hunted, Ocean Predators and Polar Bears: Ice Bear.

Anchor Bay Films has set Embrace of the Vampire for Blu-ray and DVD Combo release on 10/15.  This is a remake of the 1995 cult film starring Alyssa Milano, which will also be available on Blu-ray for the first time that same day.

And following up on Anchor Bay’s announcement of the 11/12 Blu-ray release of Lion of the Desert and The Message, Lion’s running time will be 156 minutes and The Message will be 171 minutes.  The confirmed aspect ratio for each will be 1.78:1 (like the U.K. releases, though not OAR) for what it’s worth.

In other news, Sony has officially set the PlayStation 4 for release on 11/15 – SRP will be $399.

And finally, a tip of the hat this afternoon in honor of the passing of the great American writer and crime novelist Elmore Leonard, author of such classics as Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Glitz.  His short story Fire in the Hole inspired the TV series Justified.  He was 87.  More here at the New York Times.  (Note that the photo of Leonard above is by Daniel Borris for the Times).

We’ll leave you today with a look at some cool new Blu-ray cover artwork for Universal’s Notting Hill (due 10/15), Olive Film’s Betty Boop: The Essential Collection – Volume 1 (now available) and Volume 2 (due 9/24), and Criterion’s amazing Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman box set (11/26).  All are now available for order or pre-order on by clicking on the cover art...

Notting Hill (Blu-ray Disc)    Betty Boop: The Essential Collection - Volume 1 (Blu-ray Disc)    Betty Boop: The Essential Collection - Volume 2 (Blu-ray Disc)

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion Blu-ray box set)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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