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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:25

Another important Batman update from WHV, plus Dumb and Dumber To, Homesman, new Olive BDs & more

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We’re kicking off the day here at The Bits with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews from yours truly.

First up is a look at FUNimation’s brand new Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series release – the standard edition on Blu-ray. If you’re a fan of the series, picking this one up is a no-brainer. Not only is it one of the best anime of all time, FUNimation’s new release features best-available A/V quality, nearly all the extras from the previous DVD editions, and some new bonus content too.

The second review is something pretty cool: A few of you may recall that, in my review of Warner’s Batman: The Complete Series – Limited Edition, I mentioned a great documentary on actor Adam West that’s as good or better than anything included in Warner’s BD box set. I’m happy to say that this documentary – James E. Tooley’s Starring Adam West – is finally available for purchase on its own on both Blu-ray and DVD (here at this website) and I’ve had the chance to review it here. If you’re a fan of classic TV Batman, it’s well worth a look.  [Read on here…]

More BD reviews are on the way for tomorrow, by the way, so be sure to check back. Next up on deck are Warner’s Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection and CBS’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 7.

All right, we’ve got an important bit of Batman-related information for you to this afternoon: Warner Bros. Customer Service is finally starting to e-mail people back about the Batman: The Complete Television Series disc replacement program. But if you haven’t gotten an e-mail yet, no worries – we’re here to help you skip a step. The e-mail will direct you to visit this web page:  When you go there, it will ask you to submit your name, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address, to select your format, and to input your UPC or EAN code (from the back of your packaging – If you don’t have a UPC, no worries. There are additional instructions for you). If you have the Limited Edition set, it will also ask for your edition number (on the bottom of the box). Then you hit submit and you’ll get a confirmation e-mail back a short time later at the address you provided. That’s all you need to do. Replacement discs are currently being manufactured (Discs 1 & 5 on the BD set, Discs 1 & 8 on the DVD set). They’re currently expected to begin shipping in late January. Note that if you live outside the U.S. and Canada, you still need to do this process. Warner Bros. Customer Service will share your information with their Warner counterparts in your country or region to help arrange your exchange.

On the same note, WHV today just sent us this message for posting:

“The fulfillment process for the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) replacement discs and digital repairs on Batman: The Complete Television Series is in its initial stages, the first being the actual fixes and production of the discs. Once this initial phase is completed, discs will be distributed.

To ensure you will receive replacement discs, consumers are directed to or to call 800-891-1311 to register and initiate the process. If you have already sent an email to Customer Service, we have received your email and you will be contacted to complete the registration process by early 2015.

The worldwide demand for Batman: The Complete Television Series is extremely high, and this process is being expedited as quickly as possible. However, there are necessary steps to be taken, and a large number of fans to accommodate. Please be patient.”

So there you go. 

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All right… in announcement news today… Universal has just set Dumb and Dumber To for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 2/17. The BD will include an exclusive alternate opening among other extras.

Warner Home Video has set The Judge for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 1/27.

Warner will also release CHiPs: The Complete Third Season on DVD only on 3/3.

We’ve got word on more new catalog BD titles coming on 2/17 from Olive Films. Look for 1969 (1988), Caveman (1981), Kiss Me Stupid (a Billy Wilder film – 1964), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981), Psych-Out (1968), and The Wild Angels (a Roger Corman film – 1966).

Magnolia Home Entertainment has set Life’s a Breeze and White Bird in a Blizzard each for Blu-ray and DVD release on 1/20.

StarVista and Time Life have set Mama’s Family: The Complete Sixth Season for DVD release on 2/10.

Finally, Lionsgate has set The Homesman for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/17.

And one last quick note: We’d like to take a moment to send a big shout-out and lots of love to our very dear friend Bob Burns. Why? Because that’s just the way we roll here at The Bits. Howdy, Bob!

All right, here’s more new Blu-ray cover artwork for you…

Dumb and Dumber To (Blu-ray Disc)    The Judge (Blu-ray Disc)    The Purple Rose of Cairo (Blu-ray Disc)

Jimi: All Is by My Side (Blu-ray Disc)    White Bird in a Blizzard (Blu-ray Disc)    Sharky's Machine (Blu-ray Disc)

And we’ll be back later and tomorrow with more Blu-ray reviews and news too. Stay tuned…

Bill Hunt


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