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All right, we’ve got a bunch of good news for you here at The Bits today.
First though, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section will all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon in the same session after clicking to them through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it!
Now then... any Hill Street Blues fans out there? Shout! Factory has just announced the release of Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series on DVD on 4/29 (SRP $199.99)! The 34-disc box set will include all 144 episodes of the series, along with new interviews with the creators and cast, including Steven Bochco, Dennis Franz, James B. Sikking, Bruce Weitz, Alan Rachins, Gregory Hoblit, Dennis Dugan, Jeffrey Lewis and more. You’ll also get a commemorative 24-page book with photos, liner notes and an essay by TV critic Tom Shales. You’ll find cover art below and the title is now available for pre-order on Amazon. [Read on here...]
Criterion has just announced their March Dual Format BD/DVD release slate, and here’s what’s coming: David Gordon Green’s George Washington (Cat #152 – due 3/11), Errol Morris’ A Brief History of Time (Cat #699 – 3/18), Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress (Cat #116 – 3/18), Paul Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (Cat #702 – 3/25), Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (Cat #701 – 3/25) and Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s The Freshman (Cat #703 – 3/25). [Read on here…]
All right, we’ve got one more quick update for you with late breaking release news...
Summit Entertainment has just officially set Ender’s Game for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 2/11. The digital window starts on 1/28. The Blu-ray and DVD (SRP $39.99 and $29.95) will both include audio commentary with producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci and deleted/extended scenes with commentary by director Gavin Hood. To this, the Blu-ray will exclusively add the 8-part/45-minute Ender’s World: The Making of Ender’s Game documentary.
Here’s a look at the cover art for both versions, along with the BBC’s Sherlock: Season Three (due 2/11)...
- Bill Hunt
All right, we’ve got a quick early update for you today.
First, in the event you missed it, we posted a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our own Michael Coate yesterday, featuring a look back at the original theatrical release of Superman: The Movie. Yesterday marked the film’s 35th Anniversary. The piece features a good interview component too, so do check it out if you haven’t read it yet.
Also today, after noting the passing of the legendary actor Peter O’Toole yesterday, this morning we must acknowledge the death of Tom Laughlin as well, star of the Billy Jack films. He was 82. You can read more on this here at the L.A. Times. Sadly, actress Joan Fontaine also died this past weekend at the age of 96. Fontaine was known for roles in such films as Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe, The Constant Nymph and Letter from an Unknown Woman, in addition to starring turns in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Suspicion (for which she was best known). More here at the New York Times. Both will surely be missed. [Read on here…]
All right, we’re back as expected today with a great new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our very own Michael Coate.
But first, we wanted to take a moment this afternoon to acknowledge a bit of sad breaking news: The legendary film and stage actor Peter O’Toole has died. He passed away yesterday at the age of 81. Cinephiles will of course know him from his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, but other favorite film roles include such titles as Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Stunt Man, The Last Emperor and My Favorite Year. Younger readers may best recall him for voicing a character in Pixar’s Ratatouille. If you’re one of them, I envy you – it means you have so many great O’Toole films yet to discover. In fact, I think a fresh viewing of Lawrence just might be in order in O’Toole’s memory. Our hats off to him. You can read more here at The New York Times. [Read on here...]