• Criterion’s November Blu-ray slate includes Now, Voyager, All About Eve & The Daytrippers
    Criterion’s November Blu-ray slate includes Now, Voyager, All About Eve & The Daytrippers
  • Bill looks back at a coming of age classic in 4K Ultra HD: Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me
    Bill looks back at a coming of age classic in 4K Ultra HD: Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me
  • Bill reviews Zhang Yimou’s Shadow in 4K from Well Go USA, a stunning reinvention of the wuxia genre
    Bill reviews Zhang Yimou’s Shadow in 4K from Well Go USA, a stunning reinvention of the wuxia genre
  • Sony sets Guillermo del Toro’s original Hellboy for release on 4K on 10/15
    Sony sets Guillermo del Toro’s original Hellboy for release on 4K on 10/15
  • New Star Wars BDs up for pre-order, plus American Gangster, Casino & Scarface 4K official & more
    New Star Wars BDs up for pre-order, plus American Gangster, Casino & Scarface 4K official & more
  • Bill reviews the Russo’s Avengers: Endgame on 4K Ultra HD, a worthy capstone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
    Bill reviews the Russo’s Avengers: Endgame on 4K Ultra HD, a worthy capstone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Tim and Bill spin Duncan Jones’ magnificent Moon in 4K Ultra HD, old-school sci-fi with a new twist
    Tim and Bill spin Duncan Jones’ magnificent Moon in 4K Ultra HD, old-school sci-fi with a new twist
  • Network reveals its Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Norwegian Blu-ray Edition (due October 7)!
    Network reveals its Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Norwegian Blu-ray Edition (due October 7)!
  • Criterion finally reveals Spine #1000 – their long-awaited Godzilla: The Showa-Era Blu-ray box set
    Criterion finally reveals Spine #1000 – their long-awaited Godzilla: The Showa-Era Blu-ray box set
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 30th anniversary of Licence to Kill with a new retrospective roundtable
    Michael Coate celebrates the 30th anniversary of Licence to Kill with a new retrospective roundtable
  • Shout! Factory & Scream announced TONS of new titles at Comic-Con, plus more Disney & Pixar 4K catalog!
    Shout! Factory & Scream announced TONS of new titles at Comic-Con, plus more Disney & Pixar 4K catalog!
  • Bill looks at HBO’s long-awaited & newly-remastered From the Earth to the Moon miniseries on Blu-ray
    Bill looks at HBO’s long-awaited & newly-remastered From the Earth to the Moon miniseries on Blu-ray
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! on Blu-ray for its 50th anniversary!
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! on Blu-ray for its 50th anniversary!
My Two Cents
August 19, 2019 - 3:24 pm

We’ve got some interesting announcement news for you today...

First up, Lionsgate has just announced the 10/8 Blu-ray and DVD release of Ari Aster’s horror film Midsommar, with the Digital version coming on 9/24 from A24. Extras will include the Let the Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar featurette and the “Bear in a Cage” promo.

Speaking of horror, Paramount has set Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/15, including all 10 episodes plus extended director’s cut versions of 3 episodes (Steven Sees a Ghost, The Bent-Neck Lady, and Silence Lay Steadily) and audio commentary by director Mike Flanagan on 4 episodes (the three extended episodes plus Two Storms). [Read on here...]

August 19, 2019 - 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

August 15, 2019 - 4:15 pm

All right, folks... we have some release news for you this afternoon.

But first, I’ve posted a review of Rob Reiner’s classic coming of age film Stand by Me on 4K Ultra HD. It streets on 8/27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and it’s well worth a look. You can read more here.

The big release news today is that the Criterion Collection has announced their November Blu-ray and DVD slate, which is set to include Greg Mottola’s The Daytrippers (Spine #1001 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/12, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue (Spine #1002 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War (Spine #1005 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/19, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve (Spine #1003 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Irving Rapper’s Now, Voyager (Spine #1004 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 11/26. [Read on here...]

August 14, 2019 - 12:18 pm

All right, we have more news for you today. But first, a review...

I did indeed post my thoughts on Zhang Yimou’s Shadow in 4K last night from Well Go USA, and darned if it isn’t pretty spectacular. It’s a slow burn study in contrasts and well worth your time. You can check it out here.

Now then, Universal has officially announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra HD release of Danny Boyle’s Yesterday on 9/24, with the Digital release expected on 9/10. The 4K will include HDR10 and HDR10+ high dynamic range, with Dolby Atmos audio. The Blu-ray will also include Dolby Atmos audio. Extras on both will include audio commentary with director Danny Boyle and writer/producer Richard Curtis, an alternate opening, an alternate ending, 12 deleted scenes, a gag reel, a 3-song Live at Abbey Road Studios session with Himesh Patel (performing Yesterday, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Let it Be), and 6 featurettes (Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen, Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon, A Talented Duo, Playing for Real, Soul Mates, and A Conversation with Richard & Ed). You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

August 13, 2019 - 1:10 pm

We’ve got a little bit of news for you today, as well as some new Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD reviews...

First, I’ve just posted a review of Jon Favreau’s original Iron Man in 4K Ultra HD, from Marvel (distributed by Paramount and now Disney). For you guys, I bit the bullet and picked up a copy myself. The new Atmos mix is pretty great, but the 4K image quality is a bit disappointing. Click here for the details. The title streets today.

And Tim has just posted his thoughts on Gordon Hessler’s Scream and Scream Again from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, as well as Riccardo Freda’s Double Face from Arrow Video, both on regular Blu-ray. [Read on here...]

August 12, 2019 - 12:41 pm

All right, a quick update today...

First, we’ve just posted a trio of new Blu-ray reviews, including my thoughts on Dome Karukoski’s Tolkien from Fox, Tim’s take on Leszek Burzynski’s Trapped Alive from Arrow Video, and Dennis’ look at Michael Chaves’ The Curse of La Llorona from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

And I’m just finishing a review of Zhang Yimou’s Shadow in 4K Ultra HD from Well Go USA and should have that up before the end of the day.

Speaking of reviews, several of you have asked if we’re going to cover the new Disney and Marvel MCU titles that street tomorrow in 4K, including Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World. We would love to, but unfortunately Disney isn’t making them available to reviewers, which means we’d have to go out and buy them. That puts indie sites like The Bits in a pickle. So the answer is, I don’t know. Maybe. [Read on here...]

August 9, 2019 - 1:41 pm

All right, today’s update is a quickie, but it’s a good one.

All of those re-issued Star Wars Blu-rays from Disney we mentioned yesterday are now up for pre-order on Amazon with a street date of 9/22 (that’s not a Tuesday, so it could be just a “week of” placeholder date until the announcement is made).

The SRP is $34.99, but Amazon’s usual sale price should kick in soon. All of them are up now except Episode IV: A New Hope, which should go live soon. In any case, you can see the cover art – now with pre-order links – below.

In 4K catalog news today, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster is now official for release on 4K Ultra HD by Universal on 10/15. You can see the cover artwork and pre-order it below. It will have DTS:X audio and HDR10 high dynamic range. [Read on here...]

August 8, 2019 - 3:00 pm

All right, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so bear with us.

First, very quickly, we’re currently working on those disc reviews we mentioned the other day, so watch for those starting tomorrow. But breaking news – and the need to dig into it – has keep us busy yesterday and today.

Let’s get some regular announcement news out of the way first...

CBS Home Entertainment has set Star Trek: Discovery – Season Two for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/12. The 4-disc Blu-ray release will include audio commentary on 4 episodes (with various combinations of Sonequa Martin-Green, Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, Alex Kurtzman, Jonathan Peck, and Olatunde Onsunanmi), promos, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and 8 featurettes (Star Trek: Discovery: The Voyage of Season Two, Enter the Enterprise, The Red Angel, Designing Discovery: Season Two, Prop Me Up: Season Two, Dress for Success: Season Two, Creature Comforts: Season Two, and Creating Space). You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

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