• Universal sets Zhang Yimou’s epic The Great Wall for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 5/23
    Universal sets Zhang Yimou’s epic The Great Wall for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 5/23
  • Paramount sets xXx: Return of Xander Cage for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD release on 5/2
    Paramount sets xXx: Return of Xander Cage for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD release on 5/2
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets Studio Ghibli’s animated The Red Turtle for Blu-ray & DVD on 5/2
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets Studio Ghibli’s animated The Red Turtle for Blu-ray & DVD on 5/2
  • The Criterion Collection’s June Blu-ray slate includes Straw Dogs, Hitchcock’s The Lodger & more
    The Criterion Collection’s June Blu-ray slate includes Straw Dogs, Hitchcock’s The Lodger & more
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Three’s Company in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Three’s Company in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
  • Summit & Lionsgate set Damien Chazelle’s La La Land for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 4/25
    Summit & Lionsgate set Damien Chazelle’s La La Land for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 4/25
  • Warner sets Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven for 4K Ultra HD on 5/23
    Warner sets Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven for 4K Ultra HD on 5/23
  • Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20 This Month!
    Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20 This Month!
  • Disney & Lucasfilm finally set Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for BD on 4/4 (3D is Target/Best Buy exclusive)
    Disney & Lucasfilm finally set Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for BD on 4/4 (3D is Target/Best Buy exclusive)
  • The 4K Ultra HD floodgates may finally be opening: Gladiator, Bridge on the River Kwai & more are on the way
    The 4K Ultra HD floodgates may finally be opening: Gladiator, Bridge on the River Kwai & more are on the way
My Two Cents
March 23, 2017 - 2:39 pm   |   by

We’re kicking things off today with more new disc reviews. Tim has turned in his thoughts on Scream Factory’s new RoboCop 2: Collector’s Edition and RoboCop 3: Collector’s Edition, both well worth a look on Blu-ray. I’ve also added my thoughts on Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format from 20th Century Fox. It’s a better film than I expected and, more importantly, it’s an absolutely reference-quality 4K release. So if you’ve upgraded to the format, you definitely don’t want to miss it.

Now then, as expected, the FedEx man just showed up at the door with all four of Warner’s new Harry Potter 4K titles, as well as Fantastic Beasts 4K, and the BBC’s Planet Earth II 4K. So I’m going to dive right in and start reviewing those ASAP. Watch for them to be posted starting tomorrow. There are not enough hours in the day, let me tell you. [Read on here…]


March 22, 2017 - 5:07 pm   |   by

We’ve got two more new reviews for you today... Tim has checked out Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer on Blu-ray from Arrow Video, and I’ve given the new Shout! Select Blu-ray of John Milius’ Red Dawn (1984) a look for you today as well. Both titles are worth checking out.

Additionally, we’ve just posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Anytime you order literally anything from Amazon in the same session after clicking through to them from any of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it.

Also, as I mentioned on Monday, you’re all invited to follow me (Bits editor Bill Hunt) personally on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like, in addition to our regular Bits Facebook and Twitter pages. Just so you know. [Read on here…]


March 22, 2017 - 5:00 am   |   by

This is just a quick post to let you all know that our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section as usual with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART in the menu above. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it!

- Bill Hunt


March 21, 2017 - 10:03 pm   |   by

Just a quick post for you today: I’ve just posted my thoughts on Peter Berg’s Patriots Day on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The disc is now available from Lionsgate. It’s a good solid film.

In announcement news today, Syfy and Universal have set Dark Matter: Season Two for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/13.

Universal has also set The Last Kingdom: Season Two for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/30. [Read on here…]


March 20, 2017 - 3:07 pm   |   by

Tim has posted a pair of new Blu-ray reviews today, featuring his thoughts on Lew Lehman’s The Pit from Kino Lorber and Jeffrey Delman’s Deadtime Stories from Scream Factory. Both are worth a look for fans, so do check them out.

I’m also going to be working on more new 4K reviews this afternoon, so watch for them to be posted here on the site later today and tomorrow morning. We’ll mention them here in tomorrow’s My Two Cents column.

By the way, I wanted to invite you all to follow The Bits on Facebook and Twitter if you don’t already. More importantly, I wanted to invite you to follow me personally (Bill Hunt) on Facebook and Twitter, if you’d like as well. Do keep in mind, however, that on my own personal pages I tend to talk more about other things of interest to me than just Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD specifically – films, great books, science topics, spaceflight, history, technology, and the like. You’re always welcome to communicate with me that way, particularly via Facebook Messenger, as e-mail these days seems to be inundated with junk and SPAM. Maybe I’ll see you there. [Read on here…]


March 17, 2017 - 6:46 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got a bunch of interesting release news today here at The Bits

The big news today is that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just set Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/13 (SRP $39.99 each). There’s no word yet on extras, but presumably they’ll include the previous Blu-ray editions with all of those extras. This certainly confirms what we already knew, which is that War for the Planet of the Apes is going to be released on the format as well later this year.

Also on the 4K front today, Universal has just set Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 for release on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format on 6/6 (SRP $39.98 each). As you may remember, we first revealed that these titles were coming to the format back on 2/14 (you can see that post here). [Read on here…]


March 16, 2017 - 5:12 pm   |   by

Today we’ve got a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review for you. I’ve taken a look at Morten Tyldum’s Passengers from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It’s not a particularly great science fiction film, but it’s gorgeous to look at and both the 4K disc and the Blu-ray 3D in the package are first rate A/V demo material. Do give that a look here.

In announcement news today, BBC Home Entertainment has finally made the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of Planet Earth II official for 3/28 (SRP $44.95, $35.99, and $59.99 respectively). The series is narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough. From the press release “bonus content includes Planet Earth Diaries, a look behind the scenes with each episode’s production team, revealing the astounding challenges they encountered and their incredible experiences while filming Planet Earth II. For DVD and Blu-ray, these are 10-minute bonus clips at the end of each episode and for the 4K UHD, it will be a 54 minute disc accompanying the series.” The UHD will present the series in native 4K with HDR, though the sound is 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio only. [Read on here…]


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