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Official details on The Bits’ Comic-Con panel, plus Inside Out, Star Wars: Rebels – Season One & more!

June 26, 2015 - 11:28 am   |   by
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We’re closing out the week today with official details about our Digital Bits panel down at San Diego Comic-Con! As many of you know, the Con announced the Thursday (7/9) program schedule yesterday, and we’re on it. Here’s our official panel description:

1:00-2:00 (Thursday, 7/9/15) Digital Bits Blu-ray Sneak Peek: Star Trek: Axanar

Join Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt, veteran Blu-ray/DVD producers Charles de Lauzirika (Twin Peaks, The Martian), Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal, The Hunger Games), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), and executive producer Alec Peters (Star Trek: Axanar), as they discuss major upcoming Blu-ray titles and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray developments, and explain the groundbreaking process of creating studio-quality independent Blu-ray releases, including the new Prelude to Axanar: Special Edition. We’ll have audience Q & A and lots of great giveaways – don’t miss it! Room 23ABC   [Read on here…]

I should also let you know that, during the panel, we’ll be showing you the some of the Prelude to Axanar Blu-ray, as well as the very first completed scene from the forthcoming Axanar feature film. It’s going to be pretty damn cool, so – whether you’re a longtime Bits reader, a Star Trek fan, or just a fans of Blu-ray and DVD in general – we hope to see you there!

By the way, Charlie de Lauzirika won a well-deserved Saturn Award last night for Best Television Blu-ray Release for his work on CBS’ Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery. Congrats, my friend!

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Now then... in news today, Amazon is now taking pre-orders on Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out on Blu-ray 3D Combo. Street date is TBA.

As expected (and as we’ve said previously), Disney has officially set Star Wars: Rebels – The Complete Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/1 (SRP $45.99 and $39.99). Extras on the Blu-ray will include 4 shorts (The Machine in the Ghost, Art Attack, Entanglement, and Property of Ezra Bridger), the Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration featurette, 2 additional featurettes (Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide and Star Wars Rebels Season 2: A Look Ahead), and 14 Rebels Recon behind-the-scenes featurettes (TBA).

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Finally today, we need to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of actor Patrick Macnee yesterday. The British actor was best known for his role as John Steed on TV’s original The Avengers. He also recorded the opening lines to TV’s 1970s Battlestar Galactica: “There are those who believe that life here began out there... ” He was 93 and died peacefully at his home in California. More here at the BBC.

We’ll leave you this week with more new Blu-ray cover artwork, plus those September-slate Criterion Blu-rays which are all now available for pre-order on Amazon as well....

Star Wars Rebels: Season One (Blu-ray Disc)    Inside Out (Blu-ray 3D)    Better Call Saul: Season One (Blu-ray Disc)

Breaker Morant (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    A Room with a View (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Moonrise Kingdom (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Mister Johnson (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Blind Chance (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Honeymoon Killers (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

And that’s all for now. Come back on Monday when we welcome a brand new reviewer to The Bits’ staff. Meanwhile, have a great weekend. Peace out!

Bill Hunt

 

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