• Disney and Lucasfilm set Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three for Blu-ray release on 8/29
    Disney and Lucasfilm set Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three for Blu-ray release on 8/29
  • Return to 2019 with Michael Coate and a panel of experts to celebrate 35 years of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
    Return to 2019 with Michael Coate and a panel of experts to celebrate 35 years of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner
  • Criterion’s September slate includes Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, David Lynch: The Art Life, Othello & more
    Criterion’s September slate includes Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, David Lynch: The Art Life, Othello & more
  • Michael Coate celebrates 25 years of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in History, Legacy & Showmanship
    Michael Coate celebrates 25 years of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in History, Legacy & Showmanship
  • Microsoft’s Xbox One X (due in November) will play 4K UHD discs with HDR10, pass Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    Microsoft’s Xbox One X (due in November) will play 4K UHD discs with HDR10, pass Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Lionsgate and Starz set Ash vs Evil Dead: Season Two for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/22
    Lionsgate and Starz set Ash vs Evil Dead: Season Two for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/22
  • Michael Coate and leading Bond historians look back at You Only Live Twice on its 50th Anniversary
    Michael Coate and leading Bond historians look back at You Only Live Twice on its 50th Anniversary
  • Shout! Factory sets Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) for 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release on 9/26
    Shout! Factory sets Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) for 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release on 9/26
  • Flicker Alley & Blackhawk Films set a fully-restored The Lost World (1925) for BD release on 9/19
    Flicker Alley & Blackhawk Films set a fully-restored The Lost World (1925) for BD release on 9/19
  • Sony sets the Luc Besson classics The Fifth Element & Léon: The Professional for 4K Ultra HD release on 7/11
    Sony sets the Luc Besson classics The Fifth Element & Léon: The Professional for 4K Ultra HD release on 7/11
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars with an updated look at the film’s original release
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars with an updated look at the film’s original release
  • Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20!
    Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20!
My Two Cents
June 28, 2017 - 5:11 pm   |   by

This is just a quick heads-up to all of you Blu-ray and 4K fans out there…

Retail sources are now reporting an 8/15 street date for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD. This, of course, also means that Scott’s Prometheus is due on 4K Ultra HD from Fox on that same day. Indeed, both titles are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com now. Click here to pre-order Alien: Covenant 4K and Blu-ray and here for Prometheus 4K. We’re waiting on final cover artwork and the official studio announcement, but 8/15 does appear to be the official street date.

Just FYI. Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

(You can follow Bill on social media at these links: Twitter and Facebook)

 


June 28, 2017 - 2:15 pm   |   by

All right, we have a few new reviews for you today...

Tim has checked in with his looks at Shout! Factory’s Road House: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume V on DVD, as well as Vinegar Syndrome’s Nurse Sherri, and Severin Films’ Blackenstein, classics of the grindhouse and blaxploitation genres respectively, both newly released on Blu-ray.

Also, I’ve posted a review of Lionsgate’s Power Rangers on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. You may or may not be a fan of the film, but the disc features reference quality full 4K video (with Dolby Vision HDR) and Dolby Atmos audio. It also has an epic 140-minute making of documentary produced by our old friend Cliff Stephenson. It’s well worth a look if you’re a fan of the 4K format. And I’m working on more 4K reviews this afternoon, so watch for those to be posted tonight and tomorrow here on The Bits. [Read on here…]


June 26, 2017 - 4:08 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got big news for you today. We’ve been saying this was coming for quite a while now here at The Bits, given that this is the film’s 35th anniversary year and that its long-awaited sequel was coming soon to theaters, but Warner Bros Home Entertainment has finally made it official: Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner: The Final Cut is coming to the 4K Ultra HD format on 9/5.

The Ultra HD release will include the previous Blu-ray edition (you can read our epic and in-depth review of that package here) in addition to the 4K disc, with its 7+ hours of bonus features (we’re waiting to see the exact disc configuration to determine if the alternate cuts will be included or if it’s just The Final Cut with extras), as well as a digital copy. The audio will be Dolby Atmos. There’s no word whether Dolby Vision HDR is included or not yet (there was no mention of it in the press release). The package will sell for an SRP of $44.95. [Read on here…]


June 22, 2017 - 4:18 pm   |   by

Here at the site today, Tim’s got another new Blu-ray review for you: A look at The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory. The disc includes both versions of the film plus some very nice extras, so do give it a look.

In announcement news today, Warner Bros Home Entertainment has just unveiled their new Hanna-Barbera Diamond Collection line of DVD and digital releases, set to include a wave of “over 70 seasons of the most popular animated titles of the 50s, 60s and 70s, many of which have not been released on DVD and digital until now.” Some of these rebranded DVD packages have been available previously, including the likes of The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and Yogi Bear, with more set to come through December of this year. All of this is being done to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s iconic animation studio. The WB press release doesn’t really indicate what may be coming that hasn’t yet been released, but I guess we’ll have to watch for announcements in the months ahead. [Read on here…]


June 21, 2017 - 2:24 pm   |   by

To kick things off today here at The Bits, we start with some daily site business: Tim has turned in his thoughts on Shout! Factory’s new Blu-ray release of Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie. It’s certainly worth a look if you’re a fan of the film.

Also here at The Bits today, we’ve got 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. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking through any one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at the site and we really do appreciate it.

One last reminder: Be sure to follow Bits editor Bill Hunt (aka, yours truly) on Twitter and Facebook if you’re plugged into social media. I’m trying to be a little more active there, as it’s often a better way to communicate with you guys than e-mail. Social media is also usually the first place I share new BD/4K reviews and breaking industry news before it gets written up into a Bits post. Plus, you’ll get my observations on other areas of interest. Hope to see you there! [Read on here…]


June 21, 2017 - 9:00 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


June 20, 2017 - 4:28 pm   |   by

We’ve got some more release news today, but first another new review...

Tim has checked out Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, as newly-released on Blu-ray by Arrow Films. It’s a fine edition and well worth your time, so do check it out Tim’s review.

In announcement news today, our friends at Twilight Time have unveiled their September Blu-ray slate, which is set to include September (1987), Hour of the Gun (1967), Lawman (1971), Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef (1953), and Gun Fury 3D (1953), all on 9/19. Also, their August slate will include 8 Heads in a Duffle Bag (1997), Kid Galahad (1962), The Long, Hot Summer (1958), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), and The Emperor in August (2015), all on 8/15. A reminder: Their July titles will go on pre-order on 7/5 at 1 PM Pacific on Twilight Time Movies and Screen Archives Entertainment (for a 7/18 street date) and will include a double feature of Tom Sawyer (1973) and Huckleberry Finn (1974), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*but were afraid to ask) (1972), State Fair (1962), and The Crimson Kimono (1959). [Read on here…]


June 19, 2017 - 4:01 pm   |   by

We’re doing a bit of server work here at The Bits today, but we’ve got a couple good things for you today…

First up, Michael Coate has been busy again this weekend. He’s just turned in a new retrospective column in his History, Legacy & Showmanship column, this time featuring a look back at Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, which celebrates its 25th anniversary today. Michael’s piece includes a new roundtable discussion with film historians, including Jeff Bond, Scott Mendelson, and Bruce Scivally. Do give it a look; I think you’ll really enjoy it. [Read on here…]


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