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All right, it’s a slow news day today so we’re focusing on getting some new Blu-rays done for you for next week, including The Desolation of Smaug. Watch for that starting on Monday.

Meanwhile, Warner Home Video has now officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Veronica Mars movie on 5/6 (SRP $29.98 and $28.98). Extras will include the By the Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie documentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and 6 More On-Set Fun featurettes (including Welcome to Keith Mars Investigation, Game Show with Kristen Bell and Chris Lowell, On Set with Max Greenfield, Veronica Mars’ Backers, “It’s Not All About You, Monkey”, and Young Veronica). [Read on here...]

We’ve got more announcement news for you today, including a smattering of pre-order and Region B news.

First though, your friend and ours – the good Dr. Jahnke – has turned in a new An Honor to Be Nominated installment of his Jahnke’s Electric Theater column here at The Bits, featuring a look back at Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Don’t miss it!

Now then… first up on the classic front, Raro Video has set Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1953 I Vinti (Vanquished) for Blu-ray release on 6/10.  [Read on here…]

The big news today is that Amazon has announced that it’s getting into the set-top box business, with their own streaming content device that’s designed to be hooked up to your TV and compete with Apple TV, Roku and Microsoft’s Xbox. The Amazon FireTV sells for just $99, and includes access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Pandora Radio, Showtime Anytime and more. It also offers voice search, a quad-core processor, a dedicated GPU, 2 GB of memory, dual-band Wi-Fi, and of course it’s 1080p HD compatible with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. And you can download and play select games. More on all that here. And here’s what the device looks like (click on the image to visit Amazon’s announcement page)... [Read on here...]

A very merry “Fool’s Day” to you all! Hope you’re enjoying the usual hilarity. We’ve only got real news for you here this afternoon, so let’s get right to it.

First though, our own Todd Doogan has turned in a newly-revised installment of his weekly Doogan’s Queue column running down his picks for the best of the new Blu-ray and DVD titles available in stores TODAY. It’s a good read, so do check it out.

Also today, the good Dr. Jahnke has his latest installment of Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD for you covering the latest in small-batch, “hand-crafted,” aged-in-oak Manufactured on Demand titles from the likes of the Warner Archive, 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives and the Sony Pictures Choice Collection. Do partake liberally. [Read on here...]

All right, we’ve got another new Blu-ray review for you today. Tim Salmons has turned in his thoughts on Luis Buñuel’s Tristana on Blu-ray from the Cohen Film Collection. We’ve got more reviews coming this week too, including a little something with hobbits in it, so be sure to check back.

Also today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of absolutely anything you order from Amazon (Blu-rays, tires, power tools, computers – you name it) after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits. So please use our links when you shop with them – we sure do appreciate it.  [Read on here…]

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