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We’re rounding out the week here at The Bits with a few more new disc reviews, and some release news as well, including word of new 4K catalog titles, and updates on a title or two that we’ve talked about here previously in recent weeks. But first those reviews...

I’ve posted my thoughts on Wim Wenders’ stunning Wings of Desire (1987) which is now available in 4K Ultra HD from Curzon Film in the UK. The 4K remaster, which was done by the Wim Wenders Foundation, is absolutely stunning. Fans of the film may not realize this, but by the time the film was completed and being shown in theaters back in ‘87, the version we all experienced then was fully six generations away from original camera negative. But now, every inch of this film—save for the little bit of historical and newsreel footage that appears within it—is first-generation right off the negative. And it makes a huge difference, even over the previous Criterion Blu-ray. So if you’re a fan, this 4K release is definitely worth a look.

I’ve also reviewed Jack Ryan: Season Two on 4K Ultra HD, which was released last month on the format by Paramount (along with Season One which we’ve reviewed here). Season Three of the series recently dropped on Amazon Prime and we have word that it’s coming to both Blu-ray and 4K as well later this year.

Also today, Stephen has turned in his thoughts on Adam Rifkin’s The Invisible Maniac on 4K Ultra HD from Vinegar Syndrome.

And we have more reviews on the way as well. I’m personally working on Shout! Factory’s recent WarGames and HBO’s House of the Dragon: Season One, both in 4K Ultra HD. I hope to post those reviews over the weekend or early next week. And the rest of the review team is working on new titles as well, so be sure to watch for them. [Read on here...]

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We’re closing out the week with a trio of new disc reviews today, including...

Tim’s look at John McNaughton’s Wild Things (1998) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video.

Tim’s review of Francesco Barilli’s Hotel Fear (1979) on Blu-ray from Mono Macabro.

And Stephen’s thoughts on Makoto Shinkai’s animated Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011) on Blu-ray from GKids via Shout! Factory.

By the way, we’ve also updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List and our Upcoming Cover Artwork sections here at The Bits with lots of new titles and Amazon.com pre-order listings.

In 4K Ultra HD catalog release news this afternoon, Severin Films has set Jess Franco’s Faceless (1978) for release on 8/30. [Read on here...]

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We start today with a trio of new disc reviews...

Tim has taken a look at Daniel Espinosa’s Morbius on both Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD, both from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

And Dennis has offered his thoughts on Nicolas Roeg’s The Witches (1990) as released on Blu-ray by our friends at The Warner Archive Collection in 2019.

The big news today is that the Criterion Collection has announced their September Blu-ray and 4K slate, and it includes some gems as always. Look for an upgrade of Brian De Palma’s Blow Out (Spine #462 – 4K Ultra HD) on 9/6, followed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s Take Out (Spine #1149 – Blu-ray) on 9/13, Atom Egoyan’s Exotica (Spine #1150 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an HD upgrade of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau (Spine #227 – Blu-ray) on 9/20, and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4 (Spine #1143-48 – includes Sambizanga, Prisioneros de la tierra, Chess of the Wind, Muna moto, Two Girls on the Street, and Kalpana – Blu-ray/DVD Combo) and Sound of Metal (Spine #1151 – 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD) on 9/27. [Read on here...]

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Morning, everyone!

Tim kicks off the new week here at The Bits by checking out David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Tim has also updated our old friend Jim Hemphill’s review of Guy Hamilton’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins to include the new Kino Lorber Studio Classics Blu-ray release.

Stephen has taken a look at Dwien Baltazar’s Ode to Nothing and Henry Levin and George Pal’s The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome and the Warner Archive Collection respectively.

Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Sam Peckinpah’s The Osterman Weekend on Blu-ray from Via Vision.

And finally, I’ve taken a look at Shout! and GKids’ new wide-release standard edition of Weathering with You in 4K Ultra HD.

As always, more reviews are on the way this week so be sure to stay tuned for them. [Read on here...]

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So I spent a couple hours up in Hollywood yesterday afternoon to cover something pretty interesting…

At a press event at the Screen Actors Guild, members of the UHD Alliance, three major consumer electronics manufacturers, and leading Hollywood filmmakers officially announced a new partnership effort to implement Filmmaker Mode as an extension of the 4K Ultra HD spec.

The idea is to ensure that when you watch a movie at home in 4K on your new Ultra HD display, whether from a disc, stream, or cable/satellite broadcast, it will look exactly as it should. UHD Alliance research suggests that as many as 80% of people who buy 4K TVs never change the settings out of the box. This means irritating features like motion smoothing and unnecessary processing are being applied to the image by default – processing that actually takes the picture away from the filmmakers’ intent.

What the Filmmaker Mode will do is to allow the user – either with one push of a button on the remote, or with a very easy and obvious menu setting – to set the TV’s display parameters to most accurately display the 4K content. This would be a baseline setting for the image – any added adjustments signaled by HDR10, HDR10+, or Dolby Vision metadata would happen on top of that setting. [Read on here...]

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The big news today is that Sony is bringing Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver back to theaters (on 10/16 and 10/19) for its 40th Anniversary, and will re-issue the film on Blu-ray in a new Taxi Driver: 40th Anniversary Edition that’s mastered from the film’s 4K restoration (which was supervised by Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman). The 2-disc set, which streets on 11/8, will include much legacy bonus material along with a new 40-minute Q&A with Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and more, recorded live at the Beacon Theatre in New York City at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

The specific list of extras includes: Disc One – Taxi Driver Q&AInteractive Script to Screen, original 1986 commentary with Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader (recorded by The Criterion Collection), additional commentaries by Schrader and by Professor Robert Kolker, 6 featurettes (Martin Scorsese on Taxi DriverProducing Taxi DriverGod’s Lonely ManTaxi Driver StoriesTravis’ New York, and Travis’ New York Locations), and the film’s theatrical trailer; Disc Two – The Making of Taxi Driver documentary, Storyboard to Film Comparisons (with Scorsese introduction), and Animated Photo Galleries. You can see the cover artwork above left and below.  [Read on here…] 

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“I think the insane nature of the material pushed everyone to really innovate and react with their most deft artistic muscle.” — Glenn Kenny

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the silver anniversary of the release of GoodFellas, Martin Scorsese’s revered crime drama starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci in an Oscar-winning role.

The film, based upon Nicholas Pileggi’s book Wiseguy and which also starred Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino, opened 25 years ago this week.

For the occasion The Bits features a Q&A with a trio of film historians and authors who offer their recollections and insight into the acclaimed film. [Read more here...]

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