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All right, we’re kicking off a new regular column here at The Bits this week: Bud Elder’s View from the Cheap Seats! Bud is a longtime movie reviewer and has been associated with Hollywood for many years as the film commissioner for the state of Oklahoma. He’s also been a Bits reader almost since the very beginning of the site, and was a friend of Barrie Maxwell. So we’re thrilled to welcome him to the team. Bud’s column will cover a range of topics, especially including interesting and funny behind-the-scenes stories from his many years in the industry. In this first piece, he’d got a great Godfather story we think you’ll get a kick out of. We hope you enjoy it!
In announcement news today, PBS has revealed that they’re distributing Ken Burns’ The Central Park Five on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/23 (SRP $29.99 and $24.99). PBS will also release NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years on BD and DVD on 6/25.
Shout! factory will release Electra Glide in Blue on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/4,
Disney will release Disneynature: Wings of Life on Blu-ray on 4/16.
Image has set Magic Journey to Africa for BD and DVD release on 4/23. Image will also release Numbers Station on BD and DVD on 5/28 and The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 3 on Blu-ray on 6/11.
Millennium will release Upside Down on Blu-ray 3D Combo and DVD on 6/18.
And Dark Sky Films will release the horror film Stitches on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/2.
Here’s a look at the BD cover artwork of Kino Lorber’s Jacob (due 4/16), Paramount’s Not Fade Away (4/30) and Lionsgate’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (5/14)...
- Bill Hunt