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As you can imagine, things are a little busy here at The Bits this week, and for good reason. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m continuing to dig pretty deep with studio and industry sources on a number of significant home video rumors that have been circulating over the past few days.

I covered the status of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition remaster yesterday, so let’s move on to another title.

Today I have an update for you on another of the rumors you’ve probably read about online: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s plans for The Middle Earth 4K Collection, the long-awaited release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films on physical 4K Ultra HD.

Here’s the latest from our sources... [Read on here...]

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All right, today’s news update is going to be a quick one. The reason is that I’m working to confirm a number of interesting rumors that I’ve heard in the last 24 hours, both on the interwebs and also from my own industry sources. I’m talking not one, but multiple interesting topics, including word of forthcoming releases and also more general stuff that’s going on in the home video industry right now. I’d actually hoped to be able to confirm one of them in time for this post, but I’m waiting on sources to get back to me. So I’ve decided to post a quick update now and come back with more as I hear it.

Before I continue with what news we have this afternoon, we do have a new disc review for you here at The Digital Bits today. Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Noel Black’s A Man, a Woman, and a Bank (1979) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. You can read that here.

Now then... Arrow Video has pushed back the street date for Pitch Black on 4K Ultra HD to 9/1 (from 8/18). Adjust your plans accordingly. [Read on here...]

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It’s Friday again and we have another quick but fun post with some great catalog release news for you...

First up... the BIG news: Arrow Video has just announced its October slate of Blu-ray releases, and they’re set to include John Adams and Toby Poser’s The Deeper You Dig (2019), Fhiona-Louise’s Cold Light of Day (1989), Koji Shima’s Warning from Space (1956), and yes... Nick Castle’s The Last Starfighter (1984)!

The Last Starfighter will include a new audio commentary with Mike White of The Last Projection Booth podcast, archival audio commentary with director Nick Castle and production designer Ron Cobb, the Heroes of the Screen archival featurette, the Crossing the Frontier: The Making of The Last Starfighter archival 4-part documentary, image galleries, the theatrical and teaser trailers, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Ferguson, and more extras yet to be announced. It’s also mastered from a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

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We have just a couple of items to report today, but there’s definitely some good catalog Blu-ray news. First though, another new Blu-ray review...

Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Leslie Norman’s The Night My Number Came Up (1955), a WWII-era drama from Ealing Studios that’s now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Do give it a look.

And while we’re on the subject of KL Studio Classics, the company has revealed its October slate of Blu-ray and DVD releases, which is set to include The Face at the Window (1939 – BD), Herbert Ross’s The Secret of My Success (1987 – BD), John Badham’s The Hard Way (1991 – BD), Richard T. Heffron’s Newman’s Law (1974 – BD and DVD), Lamont Johnson’s The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972 – BD and DVD), John Guillerman’s P.J. (1968 – BD and DVD), and Edward Dein’s Curse of the Undead (1959 – BD) all on 10/6, Ronald Neame’s The Chalk Garden (1964 – BD) and William Hale’s S.O.S. Titanic (1979 – BD and DVD) on 10/13, Bert I. Gordon’s Picture Mommy Dead (1966 – DVD and BD) and William Nigh’s The Ape (1940 – BD and DVD) on 10/20, and of course Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter (1973 – BD and DVD) and Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970 – BD and DVD) on 10/27. [Read on here...]

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We’ve got a new 4K Ultra HD announcement today, but first some more disc reviews...

Tim has turned in his thoughts on Harley Cokeliss’ Dream Demon: Director’s Cut (1998) on Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

And Dennis has taken a look at Francois Reichenbach’s documentary America as Seen by a Frenchman on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy.

Now then, the big release news today is that Lionsgate has just officially set Mamoru Oshii’s landmark 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell for release on 4K Ultra HD on 9/8 (SRP $19.29).

The 4K release will feature Dolby Vision HDR and new Dolby Atmos audio mixes in both Japanese and English (along with the previous Japanese 2.0 LPCM mix). The package will also include a Blu-ray version and a Digital copy code. The Blu-ray will carry over archival features including the Production Report and Digital Works featurettes and the theatrical trailer. [Read on here...]

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We’ve got a couple quick announcements for you today, but first a new disc reviews...

Tim has just turned in his thoughts on Don Sharp’s Kiss of the Vampire (1963) from Hammer Films, now available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory. It’s a fun film and well worth a look on disc.

In release news today, Lionsgate has just announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Terror: Infamy – The Complete Second Season on 8/18 (SRP $27.99 and $21.98 respectively.

Jon Stewart’s recent political satire, Irresistible, is coming to Blu-ray on 9/1 from Universal. The films stars Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, and Mackenzie Davis.

Moonstone Entertainment has set Noah Baumbach’s Mr. Jealousy for release on Blu-ray on 1/19/21. [Read on here...]

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All right, it’s finally official: Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, and Digital on 10/20. The set will include all three films with a bonus disc that includes all-new content.

In addition to the wide-release SKUs, there will be a trio of retail exclusive versions here in the States: a Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Gift Set on Amazon that includes a levitating hoverboard replica and Digibook packaging, a Limited Edition Blu-ray Gift Set at Target that includes a levitating hoverboard replica and Digibook packaging, and a Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Gift Set at Best Buy that includes Steelbook packaging.

You can see the wide release 4K Ultra HD cover artwork at left, and we’ve got the rest of the open packaging for you to look at below. [Read on here...]

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[UPDATED WITH NEW BUGS BUNNY BLU-RAY DETAILS BELOW.]

BIG release news today, but we’re starting our post with a new Blu-ray review...

Tim has taken a look at Dave Parker’s 2009 Warner Premiere horror film The Hills Run Red, newly released on Blu-ray by Scream Factory. The disc includes nearly 6.5 hours worth of special features created by Parker and the film’s producer, Robert Meyer Burnett, a longtime friend of The Bits. The disc is seriously stacked with extras, so do give it a look.

Speaking of Scream Factory, the company has just announced that their forthcoming Tales from the Darkside: The Movie – Collector’s Edition Blu-ray (due on 8/25) will include audio commentary with co-producer David R. Kappes, the original DVD audio commentary from 2001 with director John Harrison and co-screenwriter George A. Romero (the recording of which was featured here on The Bits at the time), the new 6-part and feature-length Tales Behind the Darkside: The Making of Four Ghoulish Fables documentary (featuring Harrison, producer Mitchell Galin, DP Robert Draper, production designer Ruth Ammon, special make-up & creature effects artists Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero, and Howard Berger, creature performer Michael Deak, actors James Remar and Rae Dawn Chong, and editor Harry B. Miller), the theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots, a compilation of behind-the-scenes footage, and image galleries. [Read on here...]

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All right, today we have just a quick post, but we’ve got lot of great stuff for you...

First, Warner Bros. has confirmed that The Flintsones: The Complete Series is coming to Blu-ray later this year. The set will include all 166 episodes of the classic animated series plus two feature films—The Man Called Flintstone (1966) and the more recent The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown (2015). We don’t yet have a street date, but you can see the cover artwork at left and also below.

The good news is that we suspect Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Warner Archive are going to talk about this release on one of their Comic-Con at Home YouTube panels this week, which include Bugs Bunny’s 80th Anniversary (7/23 – 4pm), Deep Blue Sea 3 (7/24 – 5pm), and Warner Archive’s Secret Origins of Saturday Morning Cartoons (7/25 – 10am). [Read on here...]

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All right, we’ve got some more announcement news for you today...

First up, our friends at Kino Lorber Studio Classics have revealed that they’re releasing Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter (1973) on Blu-ray on 10/27. It’ll include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox, new interviews with actors Marianna Hill and Mitchell Ryan, a vintage promo for the film restored in HD, Trailers from Hell segments with Josh Olson and Edgar Wright, a poster and image gallery, 2 theatrical trailers (in HD), a TV spot, a radio spot, and a limited edition slipcase.

But that’s not all: Also coming to Blu-ray that day is Don Seigel’s Two Mules for Sister Sara, starring Eastwood and Shirley Maclaine, featuring new 4K restorations of both the 112-minute International Cut and the 104-minute Domestic Cut. Extras will once again include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox, At Home with Clint (a vintage candid interview with Clint Eastwood in HD), a poster and image gallery, the theatrical trailer (in HD), 2 TV spots, 4 radio spots, and a limited edition slipcase.

Also coming soon from KL Studio Classics is Oz Scott’s Bustin’ Loose (1981) starring Richard Pryor. And the company has just kicked off its “Lazy Hazy Crazy Summer” sale on over 500 in-stock titles. It runs until 8/3. [Read on here...]

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