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We hope you all had a nice holiday/WonderCon weekend... or just a weekend for the rest of you.

We’ve got a couple of new Blu-ray Disc reviews for you today. Our own Jim Hemphill has offered up his thoughts on Richard Brooks’ 1969 drama The Happy Ending, which is now available from Twilight Time. And, in case you missed it when I first posted it on Friday evening, I’ve completed my in-depth look at Disney and Lucasfilm’s forthcoming Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film looks fantastic and, let me tell you, Laurent Bouzereau’s new Secrets of The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes documentary is terrific. The Happy Ending is now available, while The Force Awakens arrives in stores here in the States next Tuesday. [Read on here…]

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Okay... first things first: At some point today, I should have Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray in hand. As soon as I do, I’ll start working on my review and will get it posted as quickly as possible. So be sure to keep checking back for that.

Speaking of Disney, the studio has just set The Finest Hours for Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and digital release on 5/24. Both disc versions will include 2 featurettes (Brotherhood and The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard). To this, the Blu-ray will add the all-new documentary Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story, plus 2 more featurettes (Two Crews and What Is Your Finest Hour?), and a pair of deleted scenes (A Desperate Idea and The Story of How They Met). You can see the cover artwork down below.  [Read on here…]

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Okay... Fox sources have confirmed that the forthcoming 2-disc Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray should include the following extras on Disc One: Both the Theatrical and Extended Cuts of film, audio commentary with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin (on both Theatrical and Extended Cut), audio commentary with VFX supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith (Theatrical Cut), and the Independence Day Datastream Trivia Track (Theatrical Cut). On Disc Two of the set look for the following (most carried over from the previous Five Star Edition DVD): The Making of ID4 behind-the-scenes documentary, Creating Reality behind-the-scenes documentary, The ID4 Invasion “mocumentary” produced for use in film, original bi-plane ending (with commentary), theatrical trailer and 3 teaser trailers, 1 15-second TV spot, 5 30-second TV spots, Super Bowl TV spot, Apple Computer TV Spot, gallery of production photographs and conceptual artwork (Alien Beings, Alien Ships, Sets & Props), and 3 storyboard sequences (Welcome Wagon, Destruction and Bi-plane Ending). The Sound Separator Easter egg isn’t there, nor are the DVD-ROM options, but still – this is pretty good news for fans of the film.  [Read on here…]

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Comic-Con 2015 is a wrap and there’s plenty of good geek news to report for you today!

First though, our own Mario Boucher posted a new Inside Cinema column back on Thursday (in case you missed it) looking back at The Terminator films. Do check it out.

Now then... our Digital Bits Comic-Con panel went very well on Thursday afternoon! We had a packed room with lots of Bits readers asking great questions about Blu-ray. Our friend Charles de Lauzirika revealed that he’s officially working on the forthcoming Blu-ray of Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Cliff Stephenson is busy working on the Hannibal: Season Three Blu-ray for Lionsgate. And of course Robert Meyer Burnett has just completed the Prelude to Axanar Blu-ray for backers of that project on Kickstarter. Rob is also working with executive producer Alec Peters and myself on the full Star Trek: Axanar feature film – Rob is going to direct the film and I’m co-writing it with Alec. (As it happens, Charles de Lauzirika is helping to produce the film, and Cliff is going to produce the forthcoming Blu-ray special features, so quite literally everyone on our Bits panel is involved in the Axanar project.) You can view the project’s IndieGoGo page here (it launched during Comic-Con). More on that in a moment. As the panel wound on, we discussed the future of Blu-ray and indie studio releases on the format, we talked a little about Ultra HD Blu-ray (we’ll have more on that later this month), and we took questions from the audience. [Read on here…]

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All right, first things first today… we have a new Blu-ray review for you. Our own Tim Salmons has turned in a look at Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum, recently released by Millennium Entertainment. The film features Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, David Thewlis, and Brendan Gleeson. Do check it out.  [Read on here…]

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