• Ultra HD Blu-ray hardware & software finally begins arriving in stores in the U.S.
  • Warner Home Video sets Ryan Coogler’s Creed for Blu-ray & DVD on 3/1
  • Universal sets Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea for BD/DVD on 3/8
  • Abel Gance’s 1927 epic Napoleon has been restored by the BFI and is coming to Blu-ray later this year!
  • Lionsgate sets The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 & the Complete 4-Film Collection for BD/DVD on 3/22
  • Criterion’s April release slate includes Lean’s Brief Encounter & Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings
  • Bill takes an in-depth look at Fox’s The X-Files: The Complete Seasons 1-9 on Blu-ray Disc
  • Bill reviews Ridley Scott’s The Martian on Blu-ray Disc (with hints of a Blu-ray special edition to come).
  • The Digital Bits covers the debut of Ultra HD Blu-ray at CES 2016!
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray hardware & software finally begins arriving in stores in the U.S.
  • Warner Home Video sets Ryan Coogler’s Creed for Blu-ray & DVD on 3/1
  • Universal sets Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea for BD/DVD on 3/8
  • Abel Gance’s 1927 epic Napoleon has been restored by the BFI and is coming to Blu-ray later this year!
  • Lionsgate sets The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 & the Complete 4-Film Collection for BD/DVD on 3/22
  • Criterion’s April slate includes David Lean’s Brief Encounter & Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings
  • Bill takes an in-depth look at Fox’s The X-Files: The Complete Seasons 1-9 on Blu-ray Disc.
  • Bill reviews Ridley Scott’s The Martian on Blu-ray Disc (with hints of a Blu-ray special edition to come).
  • The Digital Bits covers the debut of Ultra HD Blu-ray at CES 2016! Check back for regular updates all week.
My Two Cents
February 10, 2016 - 2:49 pm

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First things first today: We’re hearing from readers that Samsung’s UBD‑K8500 UHD Blu-ray player is now starting to appear for sale on retailer shelves – including Best Buy – in at least some places around the country. Additionally, Best Buy employees are suggesting in-store that the first UHD Blu-ray titles will start to become available tomorrow (2/11), probably from Lionsgate but maybe also from Fox.

Meanwhile, I’ve now received word from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment that the studio’s first found of UHD Blu-ray titles, including The Martian, Kingsman, Exodus, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, will officially be available starting on Sunday 2/14 at Best Buy stores. Note, however, that it’s possible some stores will begin selling them earlier, or that some stores will not have their stock in yet by then. [Read on here…]


February 09, 2016 - 4:26 pm

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We’re kicking things off this afternoon with my review of the BBC’s Sherlock: The Abominable Bride on Blu-ray Disc. Sherlock is an absolutely fantastic series, if you haven’t already picked it up yet. I highly recommend it.

Also here at the site today, we’re pleased to welcome our very own Bud Elder back after a bit of an absence. He’s been a busy fellow these last few months, but he returns today with a new View from the Cheap Seats column featuring some thoughts on Film Noir and recent “B” classics on disc. Don’t miss it.  [Read on here…]


February 09, 2016 - 6:00 am

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


February 08, 2016 - 3:41 pm

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Merry Monday. We hope the weekend treated you all well.

Today’s is a quick update, as I was up late last night finishing my review of MGM’s SPECTRE on Blu-ray, which streets tomorrow. So my review of SPECTRE is, in fact, the first thing I wanted to mention here today. I’m a huge Bond fan and have really liked the Daniel Craig era thus far, but with SPECTRE I feel as if EON may have jumped the shark. What would the Bond equivalent be? Jumped the Thames, I suppose. Anyway, do check out the review, see what I mean, and let me know what you think on Facebook and Twitter (via the links above).  [Read on here…]


February 04, 2016 - 2:54 pm

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We’ve got one new review for you today, then some more release news...

First up, Tim has checked in with his thoughts on Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out on Blu-ray (it’s also available on Blu-ray 3D and DVD). Do check it out.

In announcement news, Warner Home Video has confirmed the 3/1 Blu-ray and DVD release of Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Special features will include deleted scenes and 2 featurettes (Know the Past, Own the Future and Becoming Adonis). You can see the Blu-ray cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]


February 02, 2016 - 3:31 pm

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Boy, no sooner did we file our early update today, then the good folks at Shout! Factory and Scream announced a few great new catalog Blu-ray release, including a pair of titles we’re very excited for!  [Read on here…]


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