• Disney sets Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 6/5
    Disney sets Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 6/5
  • We’ve got your first look at the cover art for all FIVE Mission: Impossible films in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount
    We’ve got your first look at the cover art for all FIVE Mission: Impossible films in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount
  • Criterion’s July includes Bull Durham, Sex, Lies & Videotape, Matter of Life & Death, Dietrich & Von Sternberg
    Criterion’s July includes Bull Durham, Sex, Lies & Videotape, Matter of Life & Death, Dietrich & Von Sternberg
  • Disney makes Marvel’s Black Panther official for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 5/15
    Disney makes Marvel’s Black Panther official for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 5/15
  • HBO makes Game of Thrones: Season One official for 4K Ultra HD in June with Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision
    HBO makes Game of Thrones: Season One official for 4K Ultra HD in June with Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision
  • Oppo Digital announces exit from the hardware business, will support (but not make) 4K players & A/V gear
    Oppo Digital announces exit from the hardware business, will support (but not make) 4K players & A/V gear
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • THIS JUST IN: Paramount is kicking ass with their 4K Ultra HD catalog line-up for 2018
    THIS JUST IN: Paramount is kicking ass with their 4K Ultra HD catalog line-up for 2018
  • Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey returns to theaters in May in 70mm for its 50th, 4K UHD now due this fall
    Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey returns to theaters in May in 70mm for its 50th, 4K UHD now due this fall
  • Bill reviews Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a reference-quality 4K disc with genuinely great extras
    Bill reviews Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a reference-quality 4K disc with genuinely great extras
  • Warner officially sets a remastered The Matrix for 4K Ultra HD on 5/22, plus Die Hard & The Incredibles in 4K!
    Warner officially sets a remastered The Matrix for 4K Ultra HD on 5/22, plus Die Hard & The Incredibles in 4K!
  • 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
April 23, 2018 - 2:51 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got a bit of release news to start the week for you, and we’ll be back with new disc reviews tomorrow.

First up, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has set Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 6/5, with the Digital release expected on 5/29. The Blu-ray version will feature English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, while the 4K UHD will include English Dolby Atmos. We believe that the 4K disc will have Dolby Vision HDR as well, but we’re awaiting confirmation of that.

Extras on both Blu-ray versions will include the A Journey Through Time featurette, audio commentary (with director Ava DuVernay, producer Jim Whitaker, co-screenwriter Jennifer Lee, production designer Naomi Shohan, 1st AD Michael Moore, editor Spencer Averick, and VFX supervisor Rich McBride), 4 deleted scenes, bloopers, 2 music videos (I Believe and Warrior). You can see the Blu-ray cover art above left and below. We should have the 4K Ultra HD cover art in the next couple days. [Read on here...]


April 20, 2018 - 12:47 pm   |   by

All right, we’re closing out the week with a couple things...

First of all, Lionsgate has set Aardman Animation’s Early Man for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/22, with the Digital release expected on 5/15. Extras will include 4 featurettes (Before the Beginning of Time: Creating Early Man, Nick Park: Massaging the Funny, The Valley Meets the Bronze, and Hanging at Aardman Studios: A Workshop Exploration). There’s no 4K Ultra HD release currently planned for the U.S., but there is one expected in the U.K., at least for now.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set the comedy Game Night for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/22, with the Digital release expected on 5/1. Extras will include a gag reel and a featurette called An Unforgettable Evening: Making Game Night. [Read on here...]


April 19, 2018 - 10:14 am   |   by

All right, we’ve got a trio of disc reviews for you today...

We start with Tim’s look at Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975) on Blu-ray from Arrow Video, and Federico Fellini’s Orchestra Rehearsal (1978) on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy.

I’ve also checked in with my thoughts on The Greatest Showman in 4K Ultra HD, from director Michael Gracey and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The musical features an absolutely reference quality A/V presentation, including some of the best looking 4K video yet seen on the format. Do give it a look.

We’ve also updated the Release Dates & Artwork section here at The Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, anytime you order products through our links, we surely do appreciate it – it makes a difference for us. So thank you! [Read on here...]


April 19, 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


April 17, 2018 - 12:04 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got a trio of new reviews for you today, plus some big release news...

First, I’ve given Duncan Jones’ Source Code a look on 4K Ultra HD from Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, featuring Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR. I’ve also reviewed Scott Cooper’s western Hostiles on 4K Ultra HD, also from Lionsgate. Both are well worth your time.

And Tim Salmons has given Shout! Factory’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 11 a spin on Blu-ray Disc, featuring 14 new episodes (Reptilicus, Cry Wilderness, The Time Travelers, Avalanche, The Beast of Hollow Mountain, Starcrash, The Land That Time Forgot, The Loves of Hercules, Yongary: Monster from the Deep, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II, Carnival Magic, The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t, and At the Earth’s Core). Don’t miss it! [Read on here...]


April 16, 2018 - 12:53 pm   |   by

All right, we’re kicking off the new week with some release news today before we get busy with Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD review work...

First up, Lionsgate has set Spinning Man for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/12, starring Guy Pierce, Pierce Brosnan, and Minnie Driver. They also have the comedy Valentina’s Wedding (La Boda De Valentina) coming on DVD only on 5/8.

Universal has set The Strangers: Prey at Night – Unrated for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/12, with the Digital release expected on 5/22. Universal is also releasing The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy, and The Purge: Election Year as 4K Ultra HD single editions on 6/12. These were previously only available in The Purge: 3-Movie Collection on the format. We’ve updated the 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Black Lightning: The Complete First Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/26. Also coming from the studio on DVD and Digital only on 6/12 is Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Emerald City – Season One, Volume Two. [Read on here...]


April 12, 2018 - 11:16 am   |   by

This is just a quick heads-up to let you all know that the Mission: Impossible films are becoming available for pre-order on Amazon in 4K Ultra HD with a street date of 6/26 (SRP $31.99 each).

They’re 2-disc sets, which would include the 4K disc and also the previous Blu-ray. We don’t yet have an official announcement with details from them yet, though we can safely presume they’ll also come with Digital Copy and all the legacy BD extras.

Up for pre-order now are:

Click on the title links above to visit their respective Amazon pre-order pages. The listings don’t yet specifically indicate 4K UHD but the price point ($31.99 is the same as the studio’s 4K price for Braveheart and Gladiator) and 2-disc configuration both strongly suggest it.

We’ve updated the 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly, and we’ll post final cover art when it’s available.

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

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April 11, 2018 - 5:20 pm   |   by

We have just a couple things for you today, but first a quick recommendation…

If you’re a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, you really owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of Michael Benson’s new book on the making of the film, Space Odyssey. I’m only about a quarter of the way through it, but it’s incredibly comprehensive and filled with interesting and surprising revelations and insights on the production. I can’t recommend it more highly. You can find it here on Amazon.

Also today, we’ve 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. As always, anytime you order through our links you’re helping us to continue our work here at The Bits and we appreciate it! [Read on here...]


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