• The good Dr. Jahnke says something that needs saying in Open Along Edge: Netflix’s DVD Problem
    The good Dr. Jahnke says something that needs saying in Open Along Edge: Netflix’s DVD Problem
  • Lionsgate sets Dredd, Ex Machina & Snitch for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/6
    Lionsgate sets Dredd, Ex Machina & Snitch for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/6
  • Bud Elder has figured out what’s wrong with movies in his latest View from the Cheap Seats
    Bud Elder has figured out what’s wrong with movies in his latest View from the Cheap Seats
  • 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!
  • 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 29, 2017 - 2:10 pm   |   by

Before we get started today, my review of Warner’s Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them in 4K Ultra HD went live last night, so be sure to check that out if you’re interested. It’s pretty good. It’s no Harry Potter, but the film has its charms and has real potential.

Also, our own Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly 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. The section also now features the update to sort the titles by format, including by 4K Ultra HD. As always, anytime you order or pre-order literally anything at all through our Amazon links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it. [Read on here…]


March 29, 2017 - 5:00 am   |   by

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, all you have to do is click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to its Amazon.com pre-order page. Don’t forget, anytime you order literally anything at all from Amazon after clicking to them from any one our links, a portion of the order price goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. It makes a big difference in our being able to continue our work. So we thank you!

- Bill Hunt


March 27, 2017 - 2:41 pm   |   by

All right, this is just a quick update for this afternoon and it’s all 4K. The reason is that I’m near the end of a big 4K Ultra HD review marathon of Warner’s new Harry Potter titles, which all street tomorrow. So over the weekend I’ve posted reviews of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and just a short time ago I posted my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. For those of you who may be wondering why Warner released only the four later film in the series in 4K Ultra HD, it’s likely because – being the most recent – they required the least amount of work to prepare for the format, and they were all directed by David Yates, which makes the mastering approval process faster and easier. The first four films in this series are all coming to 4K Ultra HD as well, either later this year in time for the holidays or next year (it remains to be seen). Also for those of you who may be wondering: No, they do NOT have Dolby Vision. But they do look pretty terrific, with modest improvements in resolution and sound (DTS:X) but the HDR does make a big difference here. It really brings these films to life. [Read on here…]


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 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…]


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