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First up today, Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for Universal’s Jurassic World, street date TBA. Click here for that.

The big news is that Criterion has revealed their delightful slate of September titles, which is set to include Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Blind Chance (Cat #772 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 9/15, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (Cat #776 – Blu-ray and DVD), and Bruce Beresford’s Breaker Morant (Cat #773 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Mister Johnson (Cat #774 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 9/22, and Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers (Cat #200 – Blu-ray and DVD) and James Ivory’s A Room with a View (Cat #775 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 9/29. Blind Chance? Breaker Morant? Moonrise Kingdom? That just pleases me right down to the ground. By the way, fingers crossed we’ll get to see Kieślowski’s The Decalogue given Blu-ray treatment by Criterion one day. Anyway, you can find some of the cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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We’re starting today with a new Pick-Ups column from our own Tim Salmons, featuring reviews of two recent Kino Lorber Classics Blu-rays – Sam Whiskey and More Dead Than Alive. Do check them out.

Russell Hammond has also updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork, as well as Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, anytime you place orders for literally anything after clicking through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits. So you could click through one of our Blu-ray links, then buy the Blu-ray, some books, and a computer, for example. All that matters is that you click through one of our links first, then anything you buy in that shopping session counts. We really do appreciate that support – it makes a big difference in helping us to keep going.  [Read on here…]

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We’re starting things off today with a new Blu-ray review from our own Tim Salmons, this time featuring Fox’s new Kingsman: The Secret Service, which just arrived in stores last week. Turns out, it’s a pretty fun little film that’s well worth your time.

We’ve also got a bunch of new title announcements to talk about…  [Read on here…]

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We’re rounding out the week with some great new titles announcements for the coming months. Here’s a rundown...

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set The Blacklist: Season 2 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/18. Sony also has The Last Dragon coming on Blu-ray on 8/25.

Universal Studios will release Dead Silence: Unrated on Blu-ray on 8/11.  [Read on here…]

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We’re starting the day with sad news I’m afraid. The legendary British actors Sir Christopher Lee and Ron Moody have both passed away today.

Lee made his name early, playing Count Dracula and other characters for Hammer Films. His Wikipedia page lists appearances in some 206 films, not to mention numerous TV, stage, and even video game roles. Over the years, he’s played Death, both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, Frankenstein’s Creature, Fu Manchu, Lord Summerisle, and King Haggard. Bond fans will surely remember him as the villain Francisco Scaramanga from The Man with the Golden Gun. Younger Star Wars prequel fans were likely introduced to him as Count Dooku. Of course, his last great role was the wizard Saruman the White in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. But Lee lived an adventurous life beyond stage and screen as well. He apparently hunted Nazis during world war II as a member of Churchill’s so-called “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” He even recorded a symphonic metal concept album called Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. Now that’s a helluva life. You can read more here via The Telegraph and The New York Times.  Lee was 93.  [Read on here…]

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