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Blu-ray News – Celebrating Thunderball, Ghibli’s Only Yesterday coming to BD & RIP Lemmy

December 29, 2015 - 4:20 pm   |   by
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Our own Michael Coate has just posted a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column here on The Bits, featuring a great look back at the Bond classic Thunderball on the film’s 50th anniversary! Thunderball is certainly one of our favorite films of the series around here, and to celebrate the occasion Michael has moderated a great roundtable discussion of film historians, including Jon Burlingame, Robert A. Caplen, James Chapman, John Cork, Lee Pfeiffer, Steven Jay Rubin, Graham Rye, and Bruce Scivally. It’s a fine piece, as always, so be sure to give it a look this afternoon.  [Read on here…]

Also here at The Bits today, Jim Hemphill has reviewed Edward Dmytryk’s 1954 western Broken Lance, a 20th Century Fox classic now available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time.

In announcement news today, we don’t have an official street date yet but we’ve learned that Disney and GKIDS are working to being one of Studio Ghibli’s underappreciated animated films to theaters and Blu-ray in the new year: Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday (1991). The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley is apparently going to voice the lead character for the English dubbed version – a great choice for it.

We’d also like to take a moment today to acknowledge the passing of Motörhead front man Lemmy (aka Ian “Lenny” Kilmister), who died over the weekend after a short fight with an extremely aggressive cancer. He was 70. It goes without saying that he’ll be remembered for his music, but he was also an actor who appeared in a number of films and TV series over the years. I had the good fortune to meet him on the set of Troma’s Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, directed By Lloyd Kaufman, way back in 2000. Our longtime friend and Bits family member Adam Jahnke worked for Troma at the time (and actually did quite a lot of writing for them). Here’s a picture of Adam and I with Lemmy and several others, all of us doing cameo appearances in the film...

The Bits' Bill Hunt (left), Adam Jahnke (right) & Lemmy (center) on the set of Citizen Toxie

Lemmy... you will be missed, sir! We raise a glass today in your honor. You can read more here via the L.A. Times and here via the band’s official Facebook page.

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