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Sherlock: Season 3, All Is Bright, Nightmare column, Conjuring & Life Is Sweet reviews & more!

October 23, 2013 - 10:30 am   |   By 

We’ve got some great news today for you fans of the BBC’s Sherlock: PBS has just announced that Season Three will officially premiere here in the States on 1/19/14 on Masterpiece, following the 9 PM broadcast of Downton Abbey.  This is bar none my favorite show on television right now, so I’m very excited by this.  As before, the season will contain three new 90-minute episodes: The Empty Hearse (1/19), The Sign of Three (debuts on 1/26) and His Last Vow (2/2 – Superbowl Sunday as it happens), eached based on a classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story.  Blu-ray and DVD versions (SRP $39.98 and $29.98) are NOW available for pre-order on Amazon.com (street date is TBA, but our guess with be early Feb 2014)!  You’ll find the temp cover art below.  And of course, the BBC has confirmed that Season Four is already in the works.   Great news all around!

Now then, today’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review from Dr. Jahnke is none other than James Wan’s recent The Conjuring on Blu-ray from Universal.  And turns out it’s pretty great.  Don’t miss it.  [Read on here...]

Speaking of Oktoberfest, our Giveaway today happens on The Digital Bits Facebook page and features Scream Factory’s Psycho II, so be sure to head on over there at Noon (Pacific) for your chance to win!

Also today, our own Tim Salmons has turned in a review of Criterion’s Life Is Sweet on Blu-ray Disc, a Mike Leigh classic British dramedy from 1990.  Enjoy!

Tim has also updated his in-depth look back at the Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise for the new Bits site – you’ll find that in his Dailies column today.

In announcement news, Anchor Bay Entertainment has set the holiday comedy All Is Bright for Blu-ray and DVD release on 11/19.  The film stars Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti.

Finally, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of animation legend Lou Scheimer, one of the founder of Filmation studios, and also Hammer producer Anthony Hinds.  Both had a huge impact on a generation of TV and movie fans and will greatly be missed.  Click on their names for links to additional information.

We’ll leave you today with a look at the temp cover artwork (subject to change) for the BBC’s Sherlock: Season Three, as well as Anchor Bay’s All Is Bright...

Sherlock: Season Three (DVD)    Sherlock: Season Three (Blu-ray Disc)    All Is Bright (Blu-ray Disc)

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