• HBO brings Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season to Blu-ray & DVD earlier than expected on 11/15
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens with This Time It’s War!
  • Marvel and Disney set Captain America: Civil War for Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD release on 9/13
  • Michael Coate & Van Ling celebrate the legacy of Terminator 2: Judgment Day on its 25th Anniversary
  • Tim Salmons reports on last night’s RiffTrax live Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion event!
  • Michael Coate celebrates “For Your Eyes Only” on its 35th Anniversary with a new Bond historian roundtable!
  • Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt looks back at the debut of Blu-ray on the format’s 10th Anniversary!
  • Lucasfilm and Disney set Star Wars: Rebels – Season Two for Blu-ray & DVD on 8/30
  • Microsoft reveals its Xbox One S will support “4K Ultra HD video and Blu-ray” (yes, it seems via UHD discs)
  • Revelation, with a Side of Reservation: My Thoughts on Eight Weeks with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Format
  • HBO brings Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season to Blu-ray & DVD earlier than expected on 11/15
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens with This Time It’s War!
  • Marvel and Disney set Captain America: Civil War for Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD release on 9/13
  • Michael Coate & Van Ling celebrate the legacy of Terminator 2: Judgment Day on its 25th Anniversary
  • Tim Salmons reports on last night’s RiffTrax Live Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion event!
  • Michael Coate celebrates “For Your Eyes Only” on its 35th Anniversary with a new Bond historian roundtable!
  • Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt looks back at the debut of Blu-ray Disc on the format’s 10th Anniversary!
  • Lucasfilm and Disney set Star Wars: Rebels – Season Two for Blu-ray & DVD on 8/30
  • Microsoft reveals its Xbox One S will support “4K Ultra HD video and Blu-ray” (yes, it seems via UHD discs)
  • Revelation, with a Side of Reservation: My Thoughts on Eight Weeks with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Format
My Two Cents
July 22, 2016 - 12:54 pm

All right, we’ve got a bunch of interesting announcement news and other bits of Blu-ray-related information for you today, so let’s get right to it…

FUNimation has announced that they’ve gotten the rights to release the new Shin Godzilla film here in the States, both in theaters and on disc. Watch for more news on that soon. The company has also announced the forthcoming Blu-ray release of Ergo Proxy for the first time in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Attack on Titan live action movie releases on Blu-ray and DVD – Part One on 10/6 and Part Two TBA. They’re also releasing a Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Collector’s Edition and Season One, Part Two on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on 9/27. There’s still no word on Speed Racer/Mach GoGoGo, but we know they’re planned for release on Blu-ray by FUNimation in 2017, which is the series’ 50th anniversary. [Read on here…]


July 21, 2016 - 12:34 pm

All right, it’s been a crazy few days here at The Bits, so I’m just going to post a quick update today.

First up, I was down at San Diego Comic-Con last night for the premiere of Star Trek Beyond. Paramount put on a great event, and I really quite liked the film. It’s definitely better than Star Trek Into Darkness, and it’s very different in tone to either of the first two films. Think of it this way: It’s the biggest, most action-filled episode of The Original Series you’ve ever seen, for all the good and bad that implies. The key thing is that it’s fun. It has a decent (and novel) sci-fi concept for a change, the action is imaginative, all of the cast gets involved, and there are a ton of great character moments. Karl Urban’s Bones gets his biggest part yet and he really makes the most of it.  [Read on here…]


July 20, 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


July 19, 2016 - 3:04 pm

In announcement news today, Warner Home Video has set Shane Black’s The Nice Guys for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 8/23, with the Digital HD release due 8/9. Extras will include a pair of featurettes (Always Bet on Black and Worst. Detectives. Ever.: Making The Nice Guys).

Universal has set Free State of Jones for Blu-ray, DVD, and On-Demand release on 9/20, with a Digital HD release due on 9/6. The only extras will be The History of Jones County featurette.  [Read on here…]


July 16, 2016 - 10:06 am

All right, we’ve got a rare Saturday update for you, as there’s some major news to let you all know about since yesterday’s post…

First up, Criterion has announced their October slate of Blu-ray releases, which is set to include the Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro set (Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth) and Pan’s Labyrinth separately (Cat #838 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/11, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (Cat #839 - Blu-ray and DVD) and Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (Cat #265 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/18, and Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Cat #840 - Blu-ray and DVD) and Luis García Berlanga’s The Executioner (Cat #841 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/25. Note that Criterion is also working on a Blu-ray box set of Linklater’s “Before” Trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight) for release at a later date.  [Read on here…]


July 15, 2016 - 11:53 am

All right, there’s not much in the way of announcement news today, but we do have a couple things to share with you.

First, there’s a brand new official behind-the-scenes video and poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that were shared earlier today at Star Wars Celebration in London. You can see the poster at the left there.

And you can watch the video via YouTube here (be sure to watch it in 1080p)…  [Read on here…]


July 14, 2016 - 1:35 pm

Let’s run down some of the latest Blu-ray and DVD announcements this week...

The big news is that Scream Factory has announced a cool set of FIVE “limited-run” Blu-ray titles (1,000 copies each) that will only be available from the Shout! Factory website (click on the following title links to pre-order). They include a double feature of Deathstalker (1983)/Deathstalker II (1987) and Up from the Depths (1979) due on 8/30, and Message from Space (1978), Timewalker (1982), and The Velvet Vampire (1971) on 9/27. They’re being released as a bit of an experiment by Scream/Shout, partly because new HD masters were available, but also because they want to see if there’s interest/demand for such obscure, deep catalog material. If it turns out there is, they’ll probably make these kind of limited releases a more regular thing.  [Read on here…]


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