Items filtered by date: February 2023
We begin as always today with several more new disc reviews for you to enjoy here at The Bits...
First of all, I’ve begun to review Paramount’s new Star Trek: The Next Generation feature films in 4K Ultra HD, and so far I’ve completed David Carson’s Star Trek: Generations (1994) and Jonathan Frakes’ Star Trek: First Contact (1996). I should also have Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) finished by the end of the day as well.
Meanwhile, Tim has posted his thoughts on the regular Amaray 4K and Steelbook 4K Ultra HD versions of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) from Dark Sky Films. He’s also shared his take on John D. Lamond’s Nightmares (1980) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. And he’s just posted his look at Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory.
Stuart has delivered a review of Jerry Hopper’s Secret of the Incas (1954) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
And Stephen has offered his review of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011) in 4K Ultra HD, a UK-import title from Second Sight.
More reviews are on the way, including the rest of the Star Trek: TNG films in 4K, as well as All Quiet on the Western Front, Disney’s new Cinderella (1950) 4K, and much more, so be sure to keep checking back. [Read on here...]
We’ve got three new disc reviews for you this morning to start the week off right...
Stephen has taken a look at the wide Amaray release of Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon (1997) in 4K Ultra HD, as well as Adam and Aaron Nee’s The Lost City (2022) in 4K Ultra HD, both from Paramount.
And I’ve reviewed Matthew Robbins’ long-awaited Dragonslayer (1983) in 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Paramount as well. This is a terrific remaster that’s also now available in Blu-ray format, so fans of the film should be very pleased.
More reviews are forthcoming, as always, so be sure to stay tuned for them.
Now then, we’ve got a few good things to report here at The Bits today, in terms of new and catalog title release news...
First, Umbrella Entertainment is taking pre-orders on a new Blu-ray Limited Collector’s Edition of the 1967 Rankin/Bass classic Mad Monster Party. [Read on here...]
We start today with four more new disc reviews...
Stephen has taken a look at Calin Cazan, Dan Chisovski, and Mircea Toia’s animated The Son of the Stars (1985) on Blu-ray from Deaf Crocodile and Vinegar Syndrome.
Dennis has checked in with his thoughts on Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale (2022) on Blu-ray from Lionsgate, a film that just netted star Brendan Fraser the Academy Award for Best Actor.
And Stuart has taken a look at Vincente Minelli’s The Long, Long Trailer (1954) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection, along with Ulli Lommel’s The Devonsville Terror (1983) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.
More reviews are forthcoming, so be sure to stay tuned for them.
Also today, we’ve posted our latest update of the Release Dates & Artwork section (see the Cover Art link at the top of the website), which includes all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order after clicking to Amazon from one of our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. [Read on here...]
We know there are a lot of classic TV fans who read The Digital Bits, so this next bit of breaking news should be very welcome indeed!
CBS and Paramount have just announced the DVD release of Bonanza: The Official Complete Series on 5/23 (SRP $244.99)! The massive set includes all 14 seasons—431 episodes—on 112 discs, and the series has been completely remastered from the original 35 mm camera negatives.
Also coming to DVD that same day are Bonanza: The Complete Second Season (now in a single volume this time and also remastered—the previous release came in two volumes and was mastered from older, analog source material), as well as Bonanza: The Complete Twelfth Season, Bonanza: The Complete Thirteenth Season, and Bonanza: The Complete Fourteenth Season (SRP $50.99 each).
These will be welcome SKUs for those of you who have been purchasing these episodes on DVD all along.
Note that The Official Complete Series will come with an exclusive bonus disc containing nearly two and a half hours of rare special features. You’ll find all the details and cover art below the break. [Read on here...]
We’re rounding out the week here at The Bits with a little bit more announcement news today, but first a couple more reviews...
Tim offered his thoughts on Travis Knight’s Kubo and the Two Strings in 4K Ultra HD from Laika via Shout! Factory—both the regular Amaray version as well as the Steelbook packaging.
Pressing on to this afternoon’s release news, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just revealed that they’re bringing Charles Laughton’s classic noir thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955) to 4K Ultra HD on 5/30, complete with a new scan and Dolby Vision HDR grade.
Also newly revealed as coming to Blu-ray from KLSC are Dave Thomas’ The Experts (1989) on 5/9 and Robert Aldrich’s Hustle (1975) on 5/16.
In addition, they’re working on “coming soon” Blu-ray releases of René Clément’s The Day and the Hour (1963)—this one mastered from a new 4K restoration by Gaumont—as well as Stephen Norrington’s Death Machine (1994). [Read on here...]
We’ve got another new disc review for you today, actually two of them in a way: Our own Tim Salmons has taken a look at Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi’s The BoxTrolls in 4K Ultra HD from Laika via Shout! Factory—both the regular Amaray version as well as the Steelbook packaging.
In announcement news today, our friend George Feltenstein has just revealed (via Tim Millard’s excellent The Extras podcast) the Warner Archive Collection’s planned April slate of Blu-ray titles, which will officially include Safe in Hell (1931) mastered from a 4K scan and restoration of a rare and newly-discovered 35 mm print, along with One Way Passage (1932), The Strawberry Blonde (1941), and Storm Warning (1951) each mastered from new 4K scans of the original camera negatives, and A Lion in the Streets (1953) mastered from a new 4K restoration of the original three-strip Technicolor camera negatives. All of these titles are due to street toward the end of the month (dates TBA).
The Warner Archive has apparently been working with The Film Foundation on these titles. Also revealed to be coming at some point this year to Blu-ray is The Roaring Twenties (1939). Again, street date is TBA. [Read on here...]
All right, we’ve some great announcement news today. We also have a MAJOR and exclusive 4K Ultra HD catalog scoop to share with you this afternoon here at The Digital Bits, and we’ve got the video to prove it! But first, a couple more new disc reviews...
Stuart has posted his thoughts on the BBC’s Maigret: Season 2 on Blu-ray from our friends at Network and Kino Classics.
And Dennis has offered his take on André Téchiné’s Wild Reeds (1994) on Blu-ray from the good people at Altered Innocence and Vinegar Syndrome.
So give those a look, and don’t forget that more reviews are on the way all week—be sure to check back from them. Now then, today’s great announcement news is that The Criterion Collection has just officially unveiled their June Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release slate. [Read on here...]
We start things off today with a new review from Stephen Bjork, who checks out Jack Bomay and Sal Watts’ Solomon King (1974) on Blu-ray from Deaf Crocodile via Vinegar Syndrome.
And not to be outdone, Stuart has offered his thoughts on Marco Tullio Giordana’s One Hundred Steps (2000) on Blu-ray from Raro Video.
Now then, the big release news today is that HBO and Warner Bros have officially announced the physical Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of The Last of Us: The Complete First Season on 7/18 (SRP $44.98, $39.99, and $49.99 respectively), with the Digital version expected to drop on 4/11!
The package will include all 9 episodes, along with three hours worth of extras. Among them are 4 Getting to Know Me featurettes, 2 The Last Debrief with Troy Baker featurettes, 2 Is This a The Last of Us Line? featurettes, 9 Inside the Episode featurettes, and a pair of featurettes that are exclusive to the disc SKUs including The Last of Us: Stranger Than Fiction and Controllers Down: Adapting The Last of Us.
You can see the final 4K UHD cover artwork above left and the Blu-ray art below the break. [Read on here...]
We’ve got a couple of things we’re tracking here at The Bits today, news wise...
First, it looks like Paramount has listed Scream VI for pre-order on 4K Ultra HD, 4K Steelbook, and Blu-ray on Amazon. We haven’t got the street date (which is still TBA), but we do have pre-order links and artwork below the break.
While we’re talking Paramount, F. Gary Gray’s The Italian Job (2003) and Antoine Fuqua’s Shooter (2007) are now available for pre-order in 4K UHD on Amazon with a street date of 5/16. The former is new to the format, while the latter was originally released as a 4K Steelbook edition last year—this is the regular Amaray version. Click on the title links for each to visit their respective Amazon pages.
Paramount and CBS have also just listed Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 3 for release on Blu-ray on 4/25, as expected. As some of you may recall, the DVD was listed first by itself and now the Blu-ray SKU has been added to online pre-orders on Amazon. You can see the BD artwork below.
We’re rounding things up this week with more new disc reviews, a little bit more new announcement news, and some potentially very significant Disney news. The reviews first...
Stuart has weighed in today on three recent Blu-ray titles, starting with Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ François Truffaut Collection, which includes The Wild Child (1970), Small Change (1976), The Man Who Loved Women (1977), and The Green Room (1978). He’s also checked out a pair of Dwayne Buckle documentaries, including The First VCR and Cassettes Go Hi-Fi from the folks at Vinegar Syndrome. And he’s reviewed the classic BBC series Maigret: Season 1 from Network and Kino Classics.
Also today, Stephen has taken a look at Buzz Kulik’s Sergeant Ryker (1963) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, as well as Jeff Wamester’s animated DC Universe Movie Legion of Super-Heroes in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
And Dennis has checked in with a review of Jack Fessenden’s Foxhole (2021) on Blu-ray from Yellow Veil Pictures. [Read on here...]