• Disney & Pixar set the CG-animated Coco for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 2/27
    Disney & Pixar set the CG-animated Coco for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 2/27
  • Disney & Marvel set Thor: Ragnarok for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 3/6
    Disney & Marvel set Thor: Ragnarok for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 3/6
  • Bill reviews Denis Villeneuve’s remarkable Blade Runner 2049 on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros.
    Bill reviews Denis Villeneuve’s remarkable Blade Runner 2049 on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros.
  • The Digital Bits at CES 2018: The latest news from the show on 4K, Blu-ray, displays, HDR & more
    The Digital Bits at CES 2018: The latest news from the show on 4K, Blu-ray, displays, HDR & more
  • Criterion’s March slate includes The Age of Innocence, The Passion of Joan of Arc, King of Jazz & more
    Criterion’s March slate includes The Age of Innocence, The Passion of Joan of Arc, King of Jazz & more
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale
    Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale
  • Michael Coate looks back at Joshua Logan’s classic musical Camelot on its 50th anniversary
    Michael Coate looks back at Joshua Logan’s classic musical Camelot on its 50th anniversary
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 20th anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies with another great Bond expert roundtable
    Michael Coate celebrates the 20th anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies with another great Bond expert roundtable
  • Check out our review of Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece Dunkirk in stunning 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros.
    Check out our review of Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece Dunkirk in stunning 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros.
  • BREAKING: Disney to buy 20th Century Fox for $68 billion, plus a Star Wars: The Last Jedi BD/3D/4K update
    BREAKING: Disney to buy 20th Century Fox for $68 billion, plus a Star Wars: The Last Jedi BD/3D/4K update
  • Here’s our review of GKids’ new Princess Mononoke Blu-ray from director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
    Here’s our review of GKids’ new Princess Mononoke Blu-ray from director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
  • The Warner Archive announces that they’re bringing Batman: The Animated Series to Blu-ray in 2018!
    The Warner Archive announces that they’re bringing Batman: The Animated Series to Blu-ray in 2018!
My Two Cents
January 16, 2018 - 4:19 pm   |   by

We’ve got another Blu-ray review for you today from Tim: A look at Warner Archive’s new Blu-ray release of Freebie and the Bean. You can find that here.

We’ve also updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. You’ll find that here.

Meanwhile, the big news today is that Criterion has just announced their April Blu-ray release slate, which is set to include Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth (Cat #917 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates (Cat #918 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 4/17, and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (Cat #920 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Jim Jaramusch’s Dead Man (Cat #919 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 4/24. They’re also releasing Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years on DVD on 4/10, including The Count of the Old Town (1935), Dollar (1938), Intermezzo (1936), Walpurgis Night (1935), A Woman’s Face (1938), and June Night (1940). [Read on here…]


January 16, 2018 - 11:14 am   |   by

We wanted to check in this morning with a quick heads-up on a great Blu-ray deal on Amazon today...

You can get HBO’s The Sopranos: The Complete Series for just $49.99. This is a 28-disc set with all 86 episodes in 1080p HD and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, with extras that include 25 audio commentaries, deleted scenes, roubtable interviews, and more.

You can see the cover artwork and opening packaging below. [Read on here…]


January 16, 2018 - 7:00 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, 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


January 15, 2018 - 3:54 pm   |   by

Good afternoon, Bits readers. Hope you’re all having a fine day. Obviously, this is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday here in the States, so there’s not a lot of work getting done today. But I’m having trouble concentrating today for another reason Minnesota Vikings fans will appreciate. Whew! It’s going to take me a few days to calm down after the end of that playoff game.

All right, we’ve got a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you today from Tim Salmons: A look at Warner Archive’s Night School and The Sea Wolf, both of which are now available.

Our own Bud Elder has also checked in with a good new View from the Cheap Seats column in which he looks at some interesting deep catalog titles released on Blu-ray and/or DVD in recent weeks. [Read on here…]


January 12, 2018 - 3:03 pm   |   by

All right, we’re wrapping up the week with a big title announcement and additional release news, some new disc reviews, and a few words about HDR. But first, those reviews...

Tim has just turned in his thoughts on a trio of great new Blu-ray titles, including MVD’s The Man from Earth: Special Edition, Warner Archive’s The Green Slime, and Synapse’s Suspiria: 40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook. All three packages are quite good and well worth a look, so do check them out when you have time.

Now then... let’s have that big title news: Disney and Pixar have just announced Coco for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 2/27, with the digital and Movies Anywhere release expected on 2/13. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release will feature HDR10 and Dolby Atmos audio, while the 4K digital release will feature HDR10 or Dolby Vision with Dolby Atmos audio. The Blu-ray will feature English 7.1 DTS-HD MA. [Read on here…]


January 11, 2018 - 4:45 pm   |   by

First off, before we begin today, a number of you have asked about Lionsgate’s delayed Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD EndoArm edition. We’ve contacted the studio for an update and we’ll keep you informed when they respond.

Now then, in news from CES 2018, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) says that there’s been an eightfold increase in Ultra HD disc sales in 2017 from the previous year. 4K Ultra HD player sales are also up 133% in 2017 over 2016. FutureSource data suggests that more than a third of households globally anticipate purchasing a 4K TV by 2021, while fully half of the households in Western Europe and the US expect to do so by then. The BDA has also officially added HDR10+, SL-HDR2 (for Philips and Technicolor), and Dolby Vision to the Ultra HD spec, in addition to regular HDR10. They’ve also approved the spec for a new UHD BD recording format for use in Japan. [Read on here…]


January 10, 2018 - 5:55 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got more news for you here at The Bits today, both in terms of title announcements and also CES 2018. But first, we’ve got a trio of new disc reviews for you...

Tim has checked out The Breakfast Club on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection and well as the new Shout Select Blu-ray Matinee: Collector’s Edition. And I’ve given an in-depth look to Denis Villeneuve’s remarkable Blade Runner 2049 in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. All three titles are well worth your time, so be sure to give the reviews a read when you’ve the time. [Read on here…]


January 9, 2018 - 10:35 am   |   by

All right, let’s talk about the latest news from CES 2018 in Las Vegas related to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and HDR…

First up, the HDR10+ Alliance has announced that Warner Bros. has joined Samsung, Panasonic, 20th Century Fox, and Amazon in supporting their open standard “dynamic metadata” competitor for Dolby Vision. Any content producer who wants to use HDR10+ for their media needs only to pay an small annual fee, but there are no royalty fees, unlike Dolby Vision which requires a license fee for every use.

It will be interesting to see what impact Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox might have on this alliance, if any. Will Disney join or will Fox’s participation become more passive?

On a related note, our friends at Scenarist – which creates software and systems for Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and Ultra HD title authoring – is adding HDR10+ support into the work flow of its Scenarist UHD authoring system, currently used to create many Ultra HD Blu-ray releases. They’re actually demonstrating it in person at CES 2018. So you can expect movie software that supports HDR10+ to start arriving this year. Word is that Amazon will be adding HDR10+ to its 4K streaming offerings in the next few months as well. [Read on here…]


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