• Criterion to launch their own streaming service, The Criterion Channel, Spring 2019!
    Criterion to launch their own streaming service, The Criterion Channel, Spring 2019!
  • Michael Coate looks back at Bob Clark’s beloved classic A Christmas Story for its 35th anniversary!
    Michael Coate looks back at Bob Clark’s beloved classic A Christmas Story for its 35th anniversary!
  • Criterion’s February Blu-ray slate includes Bergman, Clouzot, Fassbinder, Visconti, and Burnett
    Criterion’s February Blu-ray slate includes Bergman, Clouzot, Fassbinder, Visconti, and Burnett
  • Rest in Peace, Stan Lee, Marvel legend & champion of the comic-verse (photo by William E. Sauro/NY Times)
    Rest in Peace, Stan Lee, Marvel legend & champion of the comic-verse (photo by William E. Sauro/NY Times)
  • Bill reviews Richard Donner’s Superman in 4K Ultra HD, a stunning release faithful to the theatrical experience
    Bill reviews Richard Donner’s Superman in 4K Ultra HD, a stunning release faithful to the theatrical experience
  • Bill reviews Warner’s long-awaited Batman: The Complete Animated Series on Blu-ray!
    Bill reviews Warner’s long-awaited Batman: The Complete Animated Series on Blu-ray!
  • Michael Coate looks back at George A Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead in honor of its 50th anniversary
    Michael Coate looks back at George A Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead in honor of its 50th anniversary
  • Bill reviews Stanley Kubrick’s epic 2001: A Space Odyssey in a proper 4K Ultra HD restoration from Warner Bros.
    Bill reviews Stanley Kubrick’s epic 2001: A Space Odyssey in a proper 4K Ultra HD restoration from Warner Bros.
  • Bill reviews Warner’s The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Matrix Trilogy in 4K Ultra HD
    Bill reviews Warner’s The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Matrix Trilogy in 4K Ultra HD
  • Bill reviews the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection, a Blu-ray set with a personal connection
    Bill reviews the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection, a Blu-ray set with a personal connection
  • Universal sets Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Edition for 4K Ultra HD release on 12/18
    Universal sets Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Edition for 4K Ultra HD release on 12/18
  • Back the Bits PSA (Column)
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November 19, 2018 - 2:01 pm

Before we get started today, we’ve got two more Blu-ray reviews for you...

They include Tim’s look at Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season from Starz and Lionsgate and Dennis’ take on Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Both are pretty good, so do give them a look.

Our own Michael Coate has also posted a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column featuring a look back at Bob Clark’s beloved classic A Christmas Story in honor of the film’s 35th anniversary. The roundtable discussion includes film historians Thomas A. Christie, Caseen Gaines, and Eugene B. Bergmann. Enjoy!

Also, we’ve posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Artwork section featuring 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 after clicking to them through one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we appreciate it! [Read on here...]

November 19, 2018 - 1:00 am

This is a quick post to let you all know that Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As a NEW feature, the section now lets you search for upcoming Blu-ray titles, DVD titles, AND 4K Ultra HD titles seperately to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART on the menu bar above to visit the page, and use the search options in the red bar (at the top) to sort by format and date. Once you find a title you like, just click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to the Amazon.com pre-order page. Thank you for shopping through our links!

- Bill Hunt

November 16, 2018 - 12:51 pm

We our close out of the week with three more new disc reviews…

We’ve got Tim’s take on the Zombiology/Vidar the Vampire double feature Blu-ray from Dread Central and Dennis’ thoughts on The Witch Files on DVD from Dark Sky and Bruce’s Deadly Fingers on Blu-ray from VCI Entertainment. Enjoy!

In terms of news today, our friends at The Criterion Collection have just unveiled their February 2019 slate and it includes some very nice titles indeed. It starts with Ingmar Bergman’s Shame (Spine #961 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/5. Next up is Henri-Georges Clouzot’s La vérité (Spine #960 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an upgrade of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (Spine #411 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/12. Then you can look forward to Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice (Spine #962 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/19 and Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger (Spine #963 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/26. [Read on here...]

November 15, 2018 - 12:26 pm

We’ve got a bunch of new Blu-ray Disc and DVD reviews for you to start the day off right, including Tim’s look at The Princess Bride from Criterion and Night of the Demons (in Steelbook packaging) from Scream Factory, Dennis’ review of Paddington 2 from Warner and Television’s Lost Classics: Volume Two from VCI Entertainment, and David’s take on Goldstone from Lightyear Entertainment and Arizona Raiders (on DVD only) from Umbrella Entertainment. Enjoy!

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set the CG-animated Smallfoot for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/11, with the Digital release expected on 12/4. Extras will feature sing-alongs, a featurette, music videos, and the Super Soozie mini-movie. Amazon is still taking pre-orders on a 4K Ultra HD release for this title, but one wasn’t mentioned in the press release. We’ve asked the studio to clarify and will post an update here when they do.

Warner has also announced Krypton: The Complete First Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/5. Extras will include featurettes, the show’s Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. [Read on here...]

November 13, 2018 - 2:41 pm

We start with more new Blu-rays here at the site today, including Dennis’ look at Brian De Palma’s Sisters (1973) now on Blu-ray from Criterion, Tim’s look at the new Army of Darkness Steelbook edition from Scream/Shout! Factory, and David’s review of The Principal from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Enjoy!

Also today, we have an update on the availability of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in 4K Ultra HD. The title had been delayed from 10/30 to 11/20. Now we’re hearing from readers that retailers are telling them to expect the title on 12/18.

The delay appears to be due to a lack of replication capacity. That’s not uncommon going into the holiday season, but it appears to be worse this year. So adjust your plans accordingly.

In announcement news today, Shout! Factory has set the Legally Blonde Collection: Shout Select Blu-ray set for release on 2/26/19. [Read on here...]

November 12, 2018 - 12:28 pm

We start the new week with a few more Blu-ray reviews, including Tim’s review of Absurd from Severin Films, David’s look at Street Mobster from Arrow Video, and Dennis’ take on Gun Crazy from the Warner Archive Collection. Enjoy!

Also, we’ve posted another new update of the Release Dates & Artwork section featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. And as we work our way towards Thanksgiving and Black Friday week, we ask that whenever you’re going to shop on Amazon for literally anything, please consider starting by clicking through one of our links (link this one). It makes a real difference in helping us to keep The Bits and we really do appreciate it.

In terms of announcement news, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just set Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia: 25th Anniversary Edition for release on 4K Ultra HD on 11/27, just as we expected. All of the existing extras will carry over, and there will be a new featurette with new Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Mary Steenburgen interviews too. Audio will be Dolby Atmos and there will be HDR10 high dynamic range. [Read on here...]

November 9, 2018 - 1:31 pm

We’ve got a little bit of release news for you today, along with some reviews and a few good section updates here at the site. Let’s get to the reviews first...

Tim has just posted his in-depth look at Powerhouse Films and Indicator’s terrific new William Castle at Columbia: Volume One – Limited Edition Blu-ray set, which includes The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, and Mr. Sardonicus. Also now available are Dennis’ review of The Farmer’s Daughter from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and David’s look at Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and Beauty Shop from MVD Entertainment.

Also here at The Bits today, we’ve posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section with all of the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at the site and we appreciate it! [Read on here...]

November 8, 2018 - 11:41 am

We’ve got a couple things for you today, starting with a new batch of Blu-ray reviews...

First up is Tim’s take on Steve Mitchell’s King Cohen documentary from La-La Land Entertainment, along with his look at John Landis’ Schlock from Arrow Video. It continues with Jason’s take on Molly from Artsploitation Films and David’s thoughts on Welcome to the Dollhouse from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Now then... while we’re talking Blu-ray discs, we’re getting the first reports from Bits readers that their Revenge of the Creature/The Creature Walks Among Us replacement discs are starting to arrive from Universal, replacing the identical defective discs in their Universal Classic Monsters 30-Film Collection and Creature from the Black Lagoon: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray sets. So if you’ve requested a replacement from the studio (via the instructions we’ve posted at the end of those reviews) keep an eye on your mail, folks. [Read on here...]

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