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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 17:03

IP Man, 2 Guns, Matilda, Warner Archive news & more, plus Madonna MDNA: Tour BD recall

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All right, first up today, our own Joe Marchese has posted a review of Criterion’s The Blob on Blu-ray!  Nothing like a B-movie classic given A-list special edition treatment.  Read on and enjoy!

Also, our own Russell Hammond has just updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with 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 our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it.

In announcement news today, Well Go USA Entertainment has just set IP Man: The Final Fight for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/12 (SRP $29.98 and $24.98).  Extras will include a making of featurette, 11 cast and crew interviews and both the U.S. and international trailers.  [Read on here...]

Well Go USA has also set And While We Were Here for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/19.

Universal has set 2 Guns for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 11/19, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.  Extras will include audio commentary with the director and producer, deleted and extended scenes and 4 featurettes (Undercover and Into Action, The Good, The Bad and The Sexy, Finding the Vibe and Living Dangerously).  See the cover artwork below.

Shout! Factory has just officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Season Three on 12/3.

Anchor Bay Films will release Embrace of the Vampire (a remake of the 1995 cult film) on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/15.

Lionsgate has set Ingenious for release on DVD only on 10/15.

Lionsgate will also release Trail of Blood on DVD on 12/3, a History Channel Civil War Double Feature (includes Gettysburg and Lee & Grant) on DVD on 12/20, Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters on DVD on 12/17 and Line of Duty on DVD on 12/17.

Warner Home Video has set Peanuts Deluxe Edition: Touchdown Charlie Brown! for DVD only release on 1/21/14.

Warner Archive has announced a number of great new titles for release on MOD/DVD-R this week, including the Jimmy Stewart films Of Human Hearts (1938), Vivacious Lady (1938) and No Time for Comedy (1940), the Paramount classics Branded (1950), I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958), The Adventurers (1970), The Big Bus (1976) and The Evening Star (1996), and the HBO title Fall to Grace (2013).

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set the family title Matilda for release on Blu-ray for the first time on 12/3. Extras will include 4 featurettes included on the previous DVD, plus the all new Afternoon Tea: A Very Magical Matilda Reunion featurette.

And Image and RLJ Entertainment have set The Best of Jack Hanna for DVD release on 10/15 (SRP $29.98).  The 5-disc set will include 30 episodes from Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild along with 30 more episodes of Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures.

Also, in other news today, Bits readers have been reporting problems with Interscope’s recent Madonna: MDNA Tour Blu-ray for a couple weeks now.  Specifically, a number of menu items don’t work and there’s no sound in the front right and surround right channels.  We’ve been trying to contact Interscope about the issue to no effect.  Fortunately, Madonna has had better luck.  She’s apparently confirmed there are issues and she’s promoted the label to investigate.  And now Interscope has announced a U.S. only recall.  I would imagine there will have to be some kind of exchange of defective discs, but Interscope hasn’t exactly been responsive, so I would watch Madonna’s Facebook page for details.  You can also read more here via the Huffington Post.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover art for Well Go’s IP Man: The Final Fight, Universal’s 2 Guns (temp art) and Criterion’s Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman box set (due 11/26)...

IP Man: The Final Fight (Blu-ray Disc)    2 Guns (Blu-ray Disc - temp)    Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Blu-ray Disc)

Back tomorrow with a new column from Bud Elder and more.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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