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Monday, 29 December 2014 15:47

Breakfast Club: 30th, Tale of Princess Kaguya details, Hobbit: Five Armies, The Grifters & more

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Good afternoon, all! We trust you all enjoyed a fine long holiday weekend. We’re just checking in today with a couple of things. First, a pair of new Blu-ray reviews...

Our own Tim Salmons has turned in his thoughts on David Hess’s To All a Goodnight (1980) from Kino Lorber and also Bill Condon’s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1992) from Scream Factory, both now availabe on Blu-ray. We’re working on a few more reviews for the next week or so as well, including a couple of more mainstream releases. [Read on here…]

In news today, Amazon is taking pre-orders on Warner’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Theatrical Edition on Blu-ray 3D Combo and DVD. There’s still no street date available, but we would get it will hit stores sometime in March or April.

In actual announcement news, Universal has set The Breakfast Club: 30th Anniversary Edition for Blu-ray release on 3/10, along with a John Hughes Yearbook Collection of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science (SRP $34.98 but Amazon has it for $24.49). The Breakfast Club will include the Accepting the Facts trivia track, the 12-part Sincerely Yours documentary, a featurette called The Most Convenient Definitions: The Origins of the Brat Pack, audio commentary with Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

Universal will also release The Last of Robin Hood on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/3, and Z Nation: Season One on DVD only on 2/10.

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And for Studio Ghibli fans, Universal has gotten the U.S. distribution rights to Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. They plan to release it on 2/17 on Blu-ray Combo and DVD. Extras will include 2 featurettes (Isao Takahata and His Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Announcement of the Completion of the Film), plus Japanese trailers and TV Spots, and U.S. trailers.

Meanwhile, Miramax (via The Weinstein Company) will release The Grifters, Equilibrium, The Yards, and Full Frontal on Blu-ray on 3/3.

20th Century Fox will release Sons of Anarchy: The Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/24. Fox has also set Before I Got to Sleep on Blu-ray on 1/27.

MGM (via Fox) is also releasing The Usual Suspects: 20th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray on 1/27. They’re also releasing a Dances with Wolves: 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray on 1/13. MGM also seems to be re-releasing other catalog titles on the format as well, but we don’t know if these are truly new editions with new content or just reissues.

And Lionsgate is re-releasing Basic Instinct, Total Recall, First Blood, and Universal Soldier on Blu-ray on 2/24.

Here’s a look at a bunch of new Blu-ray cover artwork for some of the titles mentioned above. Please remember that any time you order Blu-ray titles – or anything at all for that matter – through our Amazon links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Blu-ray 3D Combo)    Big Hero 6 (Blu-ray Disc)    The Breakfast Club: 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Sons of Anarchy: The Final Season (Blu-ray Disc)    The Grifters (Blu-ray Disc)    The John Hughes Yearbook Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned! 

Bill Hunt


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