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Here at The Bits today, we’ve got another new Blu-ray Disc review and a pair of older ones as well.  Tim Salmons has checked out Criterion’s new BD release of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate.  Tim has also updated a pair of his older Criterion BD reviews as well - Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes.  Enjoy!

The big release news today is that Paramount has finally announced Jack Reacher for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 5/7 (SRP $39.99 and $29.99).  The Blu-ray version will include audio commentary by Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie, a second commentary by composer Joe Kraemer and 3 featurettes (When the Man Comes Around, You Do Not Mess with Jack Reacher: Combat & Weapons and The Reacher Phenomenon).  The official cover artwork is below.

Also today, Shout!’s Scream Factory label has announced another pair of great catalog titles coming in June, including Joe Dante’s The Howling: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Combo and DVD Combo on 6/18 (SRP $29.93 and $19.93) and Ninja III: The Domination on Blu-ray Combo on 6/11 (SRP $26.99).  The Howling will include audio commentary with director Joe Dante and actors Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone and Robert Picardo, the multi-part Unleashing the Beast: The Making of The Howling documentary, deleted scenes and outtakes, 2 featurettes (Making of a Monster: Inside The Howling and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds), a photo gallery and theatrical trailers.  Extras on Ninja III are still TBA.

Olive Films has announced another couple waves of deep catalog classic Blu-rays for release in April, including Wake of the Red Witch, Red Pony, Champion, Magic Town, Copacabana, War of the Wildcats, Fighting Seabees and City That Never Sleeps on 4/23, and Lonely Trail, Enforcer and Cloak and Dagger on 4/30.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set Broken City for BD release on 4/23.  Fox will also release the History Channel’s new epic miniseries The Bible on 4-disc Blu-ray and 4-disc DVD on 4/2 (SRP $69.99 and $59.98).

Disney has set Super Buddies for Blu-ray Combo release on 8/27.

Starz and Anchor Bay have Down the Shore coming to BD and DVD on 4/9.

Merlin: The Complete Fifth Season is due on BD and DVD from Warner and the BBC on 4/9 as well, along with the nature documentaries One Life and Planet Ocean.

Entertainment One has set The Sweeney for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/2.

Blue Underground has set Fifty Shades of de Sade for DVD only release on 4/23.

The Cinema Guild will release the Brazilian film Neighboring Sounds on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/30.

RLJ Entertainment and Image Entertainment have set Day of the Falcon for BD and DVD release on 3/26.

And Image Entertainment is releasing the comedy/spoof Paranormal Movie on DVD on 4/9.  The film stars Kevin Darley.  You can watch the trailer here.

Finally, we’ve got a look at the official Blu-ray Disc cover artwork for The Weinstein Company’s Django Unchained (due 4/16).  You can find that below along with BD art for Shout!’s The Howling and Ninja III, Olive’s The Fighting Seabees and Paramount’s Jack Reacher, as well as DVD art for Image’s Paranormal Movie...

Django Unchained (Blu-ray Disc)    Jack Reacher (Blu-ray Disc)    The Howling: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Ninja III: The Domination (Blu-ray Disc)    The Fighting Seabees (Blu-ray Disc)    Paranormal Movie (DVD)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

All right, the big announcement news today is that Disney has officially set Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/26.  There will be a 4-disc Blu-ray Combo, a 2-disc Blu-ray Combo and a 1-disc DVD (SRP $28.00, $24.50 and $17.99 – surprisingly low prices).  The DVD will include The Journey to Lincoln featurette.  The 2-disc BD will add another featurette (A Historic Tapestry: Richmond, Virginia).  The 4-disc set will add another 4 more featurettes (In the Company of Character, Crafting the Past, Living with Lincoln and In Lincoln’s Footsteps).  You’ll find the final cover BD artwork below.

More news in a second, but first our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with 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 after clicking through to them through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it.

Also here at the site today, Tim Salmons has posted two more Blu-ray Disc reviews.  The first is a new title – Disney’s Peter Pan: Diamond Edition.  Sounds like the high-def upgrade is well worth your time and money.  Tim has also added another of his Blu-ray reviews from the old site to our new review database – Criterion’s House.  Don’t miss it!

In more announcement news, Lionsgate has set The History Channel’s WWII from Space for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/7.  The studio has also set Dark Circles, H.P. Lovecraft’s Cool Air and Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn for DVD only release on 5/21, along with Stand Up Guys on both Blu-ray and DVD that same day.

And Universal has set the horror film Mama for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 5/7.  Extras will include the Matriarchal Secrets and The Birth of Mama featurettes, deleted scenes, feature commentary with director/co-writer Andy Muschietti and producer/co-writer Barbara Muschietti, and an original short with introduction by Guillermo Del Toro.

Here’s a look at the final Blu-ray cover artwork for the 4-disc BD version of Disney’s Lincoln, as well as Lionsgate’s Stand Up Guys and Warner’s Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Edition (due 6/11)…

Lincoln (4-disc Blu-ray Disc)    Stand Up Guys (Blu-ray Disc)    Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

All right, we’ve got another new Blu-ray Disc review for you today.  Our own Joe Marchese has given Twilight Time’s new The Rains of Ranchipur a spin and has his thoughts for you here.  Watch for more reviews over the next few days from Joe, Tim Salmons and others.

The big announcement news today is that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has finally set the Cleopatra: 50th Anniversary Collection for release on Blu-ray here in the States on 5/21. The 2-disc set includes the 243-minute version of the film fully restored, along with audio commentary with Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky, 6 documentary featurettes (Cleopatra Through The Ages: A Cultural History, Cleopatra’s Missing Footage, Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman, The Cleopatra Papers: A Private Correspondence, Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood and The Fourth Star of Cleopatra), 2 Fox Movietone News segments (archival footage of the New York and Hollywood premieres) and theatrical trailers.  The set comes packaged in a full-color book featuring rare images from the making of the film.  You’ll find cover artwork below.

In addition, Fox has set American Horror Story: Season Two (a.k.a. Asylum) for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/24 (SRP $59.99 and $49.98).  Fox has also set Sons of Anarchy: Season Five for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/27 (SRP $69.99 and $59.98), as well as Homeland: The Complete Second Season (SRP $69.99 and $59.98 – for Showtime).  And Fox will also release Wilfred: Season Two on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/18.

Fox and Anchor Bay have also set a number of new deep catalog titles for BD release on 5/28, including Bedazzled, Airheads, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Dying Young, The Star Chamber, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Newton Boys, Chasing Papi, Black Knight, Best Laid Plans and Simply Irresistible.

Meanwhile, Warner Home Video has announced an Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition gift set for Blu-ray release on 6/11 (SRP $49.99).  Extras will include audio commentary by producer Paul Heller, 3 all-new featurettes (No Way As Way, The Return to Han’s Island and Wing Chun: The Art that Introduced Kung Fu to Bruce Lee), an interview gallery featuring Bruce Lee’s wife Linda Lee Caldwell, 5 vintage featurettes (Backyard Workout with Bruce Lee, Curse of the Dragon, Location: Hong Kong with Enter the Dragon, Blood and Steel: The Making of Enter the Dragon and Personal Profile Bruce Lee: In His Own Words), 5 trailers and 7 TV spots.

Universal has set 30 Rock: Season 7 and Royal Pains: Season Four for DVD only release on 5/7.  They’ve also announced Márcio Garcia’s Open Road for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/21.

Sony has set Revenge for Jolly, Left to Die: The Sandra and Tammi Chase Story and Lifetime’s modern updating of Steel Magnolias for DVD only release on 5/7 as well.

Well Go USA Entertainment has the “martial arts fantasy epic” The Four due for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/9.

Image Entertainment begins releasing individual seasons of The Dick Van Dyke Show on Blu-ray on 4/9 starting with Season One (SRP $59.98).

Image Entertainment and Acorn Media are releasing the George Gently Collection: Series 1-4 and George Gently: Series 5 on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/28.

CBS has set Rawhide: The Sixth Season, Volumes One and Two for DVD only release on 6/4.

And in news from around the Net today, our friend Adam Walker over at TrekCore has posted a great multi-part interview with producer Roger Lay, Jr. about the fine work that he and Robert Meyer Burnett are doing on the Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray special features.  I’m a big fan of Enterprise in particular, and I’ll tell you – their documentary work on the upcoming Season One set (and it sounds like the future seasons too) is second to none.  Everything you ever wanted to know about the show is being explored in these features they’re producing.  Hats off to TrekCore for a great interview.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Fox’s Cleopatra: 50th Anniversary Collection and American Horror Story: Asylum, and Disney’s Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Knights double feature (due 5/7)…

Cleopatra: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    American Horror Story: Asylum (Blu-ray Disc)    Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Knights (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

Happy Friday, folks!  Hope you’re all ready for the weekend.  Sorry for missing yesterday’s post – lots of things going on behind-the-scenes at The Bits this week.  Good stuff, but stuff that kept us all away from the office yesterday.  Life happens!

Meanwhile here at the site today, our own Tim Salmons has posted another new Blu-ray Disc review for you from Scream Factory: it’s the Prison: Collector’s Edition – an early Renny Harlin film (from 1988) starring a fellow you might recognize… Viggo Mortensen.  Do check it out!

In announcement news today, Lionsgate has set The Last Stand for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/14 (SRP $39.99 and $29.95).  Extras will include 4 featurettes (Not in My Town: Making The Last Stand, Cornfield Chaos, The Dinkum Firearm and Historic Weaponry Museum and Actor-Cam Anarchy: with Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander) and deleted, extended and alternate scenes.

Lionsgate will also release Texas Chainsaw on Blu-ray 3D Combo and DVD and A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/14 as well.  Extras on A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III will include audio commentary with writer/director Roman Coppola and 2 featurettes (The Making of Charles Swan and A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles White).

Inception Media Group will release the Brit comedy On Approval on Blu-ray on 3/19.

Meanwhile, Warner Home Video and TNT have set Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/4 (SRP $49.99 and $39.98).  The BD will be a 2-disc set and the DVD a 3-disc set, but each will include all 10 episodes plus extras.  No word yet on extras.  Season Three of the series is set to begin airing this summer, so you can probably expect the 6/4 street date is designed to let people catch up beforehand.

Universal has announced a trio of new catalog films for release on Blu-ray on 5/7, including Babe: Pig in the City, Jesus Christ Superstar and In the Name of the Father.

And Magnolia Home Entertainment has A Royal Affair coming on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/19.

Here’s a look at the cover art for Lionsgate’s The Last Stand, Warner’s Falling Skies: Season Two and Universal’s Promised Land (street date 4/23 – retail temp art)…

The Last Stand (Blu-ray Disc)    Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Disc)    Promised Land (Blu-ray Disc)

Have a great weekend and see you Monday!  Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

All right, here at the site this morning, our own Joe Marchese has turned in a new Blu-ray Disc review of Twilight Time’s Experiment in Terror, directed by Blake Edwards.  Enjoy!

Now for some release news…

First up today, Amazon.com is finally taking pre-orders on all three versions of Warner’s The Hobbit (due 3/19).  Just click on the cover artwork to visit the pre-order pages...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray 3D Combo)    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray Combo)    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD)

Moving on... this is yet to be officially announced by Sony (so consider it unconfirmed for the moment), but Amazon.com has just listed Funny Girl (1968) as coming on Blu-ray on 4/30 (SRP $19.98).  See the cover art below.

20th Century Fox meanwhile has set Hello Dolly for release on Blu-ray on 4/2 (SRP $24.99 – again, cover art below).  Also coming to BD that day from Fox is That Thing You Do.  And the classic Panic in the Streets arrives on BD on 3/26.

Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay have Django Unchained currently set for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/16, at least according to Amazon (SRP $39.99 and $29.98).  They’re also expected to release Silver Linings Playbook on both formats on 4/30 according to retail sources.

Paramount will release Not Fade Away on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/30.

Warner has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of LEGO Batman: The Movie  DC Super Heroes Unite on 5/21.

Lionsgate has set Felicity: Season Three and Felicity: Season Four for DVD release on 5/7, along with Power Rangers Samurai: The Sixth Ranger – Volume 4 on DVD on 5/14.

Shout! Factory has set American Masters: Mel Brooks – Make a Noise for DVD release on 5/21.  The documentary premieres on PBS the day before.

Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-TWC have set the Chinese actioner Dragon for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/16.  The film stars Donnie Yen.

Universal will release Frankie Go Boom on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/14.

And in other news, you Battlestar fans will be interested to learn that retail BD copies of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome include an insert with word that the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica feature film is coming to Blu-ray in 2013.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Warner’s Mad Max Trilogy (due 6/4), Fox’s Hello Dolly and Sony’s Funny Girl

Max Max Trilogy (Blu-ray Disc)    Hello Dolly (Blu-ray Disc)    Funny Girl (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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