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Monday, 05 December 2016 21:33

Penny Dreadful: Complete Series, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Creepshow 2, RoboCop 2-3 & more

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First up this afternoon, we have a trio of new disc reviews. I’ve given Sony’s The Da Vinci Code a look on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format and Tim has turned in a new Scream for a Week column with reviews of Jack’s Back and the Black Christmas: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc. All of them are worth your consideration, especially for fans of the films in question.

Also, our own Russell Hammond has posted the weekly Release Dates & Artwork update with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray cover artwork and pre-order links. As always, anytime you order literally anything from Amazon in the same session after you click to them through one of our links, you’re not only getting a good deal but you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it. [Read on here…]

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Speaking of those deals, Amazon’s Deal of the Day is none other than Universal’s Fast and Furious 7-Movie Collection on Blu-ray Disc for just $27.99 (or 53% off the regular SRP). Act fast if you’re interested.

We have one other thing to mention today as well: Over on The Bits’ Facebook page, we’re giving away a copy of Universal’s new Jason Bourne on Blu-ray Combo Pack, along with some swag items for the film that include a T-shirt, a baseball cap, and a water bottle. The winner will be chosen at random from among all the replies to this thread (click here – one reply per person please). You have until 9 AM Pacific tomorrow morning to enter and we will announce the winner here and on Facebook tomorrow afternoon. Good luck!

Now then... in announcement news today, CBS and Showtime have set Penny Dreadful: The Complete Series for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/7.

Shout! Factory has set Rémi Chayé’s French-Danish animated film Long Way North for Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD release on 1/17. Extras will include the Conceptual pilot, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with the director and producer Henri Magalon, still galleries, and animated storyboards.

For music fans, Bad Seed Limited will release Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling on 2-disc Blu-ray on 3/3

Magnolia has set Officer Downe for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/28.

Acorn Media will release Deep Water on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/14.

HBO will release Ballers: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/31.

Mill Creek Entertainment will release Band of the Hand (1986) on Blu-ray on 1/10.

Arrow Video USA will release a Creepshow 2: Special Edition on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/13.

Kino Lorber has announced that Anthony Simmons’ The Optimists (1973) is coming soon to Blu-ray and DVD, starring Peter Sellers. They’re also working on new Blu-rays of Delmer Daves’ Broken Arrow (1950), Lawrence Schiller’s The Executioner’s Song (1982), with both the Director’s Cut and Television Cut of the film, and Howard Hawks’ Red Line 7000 (1965). The company has also set Certain Fury (1985) for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/21.

And here’s something fun: Scream Factory has just announced the 3/21 Blu-ray release of a RoboCop 2: Collector’s Edition and a RoboCop 3: Collector’s Edition! Details will be announced soon. Also coming from Scream is a Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on 3/14.

In other news, The Film Arcade has signed a distribution deal with Universal for theatrical and home video releases.

Finally this evening, if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli, Spirited Away is playing tonight in many theaters around the country in Japanese English subtitles, and again on Thursday in dubbed English. Then on 1/5 (which just happens to be director Hayao Miyazaki’s birthday), Princess Mononoke returns to theaters in Japanese with English subtitles and again on 1/9 in dubbed English. Both are extraordinary animated films, so if you’ve never seen them, be sure to give them a look. Even if you’re a fan, the chance to see these film on the big screen is rare indeed. You can learn more at

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray cover art for a number of the titles mentioned above (with Amazon links if available – the Scream titles link to the Scream website until Amazon links are live)…

Penny Dreadful: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)   Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling (Blu-ray Disc)   Creepshow 2: Special Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

RoboCop 2: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)   RoboCop 3: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)   Firestarter: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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