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First up today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Videogame cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links.  As always, a portion of absolutely anything – not just DVDs and BDs – that you order from Amazon after you click through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.  It make a big difference in helping us continue our work here for you guys.  So thanks in advance for the support.

Now then, the first big bit of release news today is that 20th Century Fox has finally officially announced Ang Lee’s Life of Pi for Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 3/12.  It appears as if the DVD will contain the movie only, plus the Digital Copy.  The regular Blu-ray version will be a 2-disc set containing the DVD disc and a Blu-ray that features the film in 2D, 3 documentaries (Remarkable Vision, Epic Journey and Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright), a stills gallery (featuring artwork by Joanna Bush, Haan Lee, Dawn Masi and Alexis Rockman) and a second gallery of storyboards.  The Blu-ray 3D Combo will be a 3-disc set containing the DVD, the regular Blu-ray and a Blu-ray 3D disc that offers the film in 3D, 5 deleted scenes in both 2D and 3D (Anandi’s Second Dance, Time to Grow Up, Happy Birthday, Did I Say Something Wrong? and Darkness), 2 VFX Progressions in both 2D and 3D (Tsimstum Sinking and The Wave Tank) and the film’s theatrical trailer in both 2D and 3D.  The final 2D Blu-ray cover art is below.

The other big bit of release news today is that Universal has just set the Judd Apatow comedy This is 40 for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 3/22.  Both versions will include the theatrical cut of the film, feature commentary with Apatow, deleted scenes, Music from Graham Parker and the Rumour and Ryan Adams, and Line-O-Rama.  To this, the Blu-ray will exclusively add the unrated version of the film, additional deleted, extended and alternate scenes, 9 featurettes (The Making of This Is 40, This Is Albert Brooks (at Work), Graham Parker & The Rumour: Long Emotional Ride, Brooks-O-Rama, Biking with Barry, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Kids on the Loose 3, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Bodies by Jason Commercial) and more than 30 minutes of additional Music with Graham Parker and the Rumour and Ryan Adams.  You’ll find the BD cover artwork below.

In other release news this afternoon, Sony has set Ghost Storm for DVD only release on 3/19.

Image Entertainment has set Day of the Falcon for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/1, followed by The Devil’s in the Details on both formats on 2/7 and Magic Journey to Africa on both formats on 4/23.

Shout! Factory has set the cult series Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot: The Complete Series for DVD only release on 3/26.  Shout! and Marvel Knights Animation have also set Inhumans for DVD only release on 4/23.

Entertainment One has set Freaky Deaky, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, for DVD only release on 2/26.

FilmWorks Entertainment has set The Wanderers for DVD only release on 4/23.

And a quick release date change: The street date for the wide BD release of Warner’s The Terminator Anthology has officially moved from 3/5 to 3/26.  Adjust your plans accordingly.

We’ll leave you today with a look at the BD art for Universal’s This is 40 and Sony’s Playing for Keeps (due 3/5), as well as the 2D Blu-ray art for Fox’s Life of Pi… 

This is 40 (Blu-ray Disc)    Playing for Keeps (Blu-ray Disc)    Life of Pi (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

Afternoon, folks!  We’re kicking off the new week today here at The Bits with a new Blu-ray review from our very own Tim Salmons… Disney’s Frankenweenie.  Enjoy!

In announcement news today, Lionsgate has set The Kick for DVD release on 4/2, followed by Sexy Evil Genius on DVD and Boss: Season Two on both Blu-ray and DVD on 4/9.

Warner Home Video has set To the Arctic: IMAX for Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 3/26.

Speaking of Warner, the studio is now taking pre-orders via Warner Shop.com for The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray and DVD with a street date of 9/10.  They also have The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season listed as coming on both formats on 8/27.

Also, we’ve learned from Warner today that their Fringe: The Complete Fifth and Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD (due 5/7) will include the A Farewell to Fringe featurette, video of the Fringe panel at Comic-Con 2012, audio commentary by the producers (presumably at least on the finale) and a gag reel.

In other news today, Amazon.co.uk is reporting that CBS and Paramount have set Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Best of Both Worlds for Blu-ray release on 4/29.  This is the two-part episode edited together as a movie, complete with exclusive bonus content available only in this disc.  Check out the cover artwork below.

Sony has set Men at Work: The Complete First Season for release on DVD only on 3/26.

Artsploitation Films has set Russian director Alexander Vartanov’s Bullet Collector for release on DVD on 2/19.

PBS and the BBC have set Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/23.

And Image Entertainment will release Ghost Hunters: Season 8, Part 1 on DVD on 3/19, followed by Frankenstein Theory! on DVD on 3/26.

Finally, we’ve got a quick follow-up on Friday’s Echo Bridge/Miramax catalog BD news.  The titles we mentioned are all due in stores widely on 3/26 and 5/7 in two separate release waves, but they’re going to be available as Best Buy exclusives before that time, and in fact the first wave (3/26 wide date) is now slowly starting to arrive in Best Buy locations.  Just FYI.

Here’s the BD cover art for CBS’ Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Best of Both Worlds (note that this link is to the Amazon.co.uk page until officially announced here in the States), plus the BBC’s Spies of Warsaw (due 4/16) and Warner’s Terminator Anthology (3/5)…

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds (Blu-ray Disc)    Spies of Warsaw (Blu-ray Disc)    Terminator Anthology (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

Well… we’re closing out the week here at The Bits with another slow news day.  But we do have a couple things to report announcement-wise...

Virgil Films will release A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman on DVD only on 2/12.

Shout! Factory has a Jackie Chan Double Feature of Police Story and Police Story 2 coming on Blu-ray on 4/16.

Shout has also announced that their Phantasm II: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD (due 3/5 – SRP $29.93 and $19.93) will include audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Banister, The Ball is Back! documentary, The Gory Days with Greg Nicotero featurette, additional behind the scenes footage (Makeup Effects and On the Set), deleted scenes, alternate takes and additional gore footage from the work print, trailers for Phantasm, Phantasm II and Phantasm III, original TV spots, 3 still galleries (Behind the Scenes, Makeup Effects and Hollywood Premiere) and a rare short film starring Rory Guy (a.k.a. Angus Scrimm) as Abraham Lincoln.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Kill for Me for DVD only release on 2/12.

Millennium Entertainment has Spiders coming on DVD only on 2/8.

And Echo Bridge Home Entertainment will release a number of Miramax catalog titles on Blu-ray for the first time, including Down to You, Senseless, Beautiful Girls, Benefit of the Doubt, Playing by Heart, Bounty Hunters, Immortality, Music of the Heart, Marvin’s Room, American Son, The Shipping News and Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back on 3/26, and Hoax, Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball, Full Frontal, Fresh, She’s So Lovely, Nameless, Hellraiser VII: Deader, The Grifters, Heaven, Dragon Lord, Jersey Girl, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Mother’s Boys, Best of the Best: Without Warning and Fortress for Blu-ray release on 5/7.

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray cover art for Warner’s Fringe: The Complete Fifth and Final Season (due 5/7), and final BD cover artwork for Universal’s Continuum: Season One (3/26) and Jurassic Park 3D (4/23)…

Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray Disc)    Continuum: Season One (Blu-ray Disc)    Jurassic Park 3D (Blu-ray 3D)

Back on Monday with reviews and more.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

Well, it’s a bit of a slow news day today.  Except of course for this: Deadline Hollywood and others are reporting that Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams is officially signing a deal with Disney and Lucasfilm to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.  Fascinating news, and of course it’s setting the geek world abuzz today online.  We’ll have to see how everyone feels about this after seeing Into Darkness.

In Blu-ray and DVD news (speaking of J.J. Abrams), Warner has just confirmed that Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season will arrive on both formats on 5/7, the same day as The Complete Series which was revealed yesterday.  SRP for is $49.99 for the Blu-ray and $39.98 for DVD.  No word yet on extras.

Warner has also set LEGO Batman: The Movie for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/21 (SRP $24.98 and $19.98).

Anchor Bay Entertainment has set Escapee for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/16.

PBS has set The Reagan Presidency and NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Can We Get? for DVD only release on 2/26.

And Image Entertainment has set Fast Girls! coming on DVD on 2/26.

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

All right, we’ve got more good release news for you guys today…

First up this afternoon, Warner Home Video has just set Fringe: The Complete Series for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/7 (SRP $197.50 and $159.96).  This includes the recently completed fifth and final season, which we expect to be released individually around the same time (and announced soon).

Warner has also set the 5-disc The Terminator Anthology Blu-ray set for wide release on 3/5 (SRP $49.99).  Until now it’s been a Best Buy-exclusive release.  Note that this will not include the newly-remastered Terminator Blu-ray - that must be purchased separately from MGM/Fox.

In addition, the studio has also set a National Lampoon’s Vacation: 30th Anniversary Edition and National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation for Blu-ray release on 5/21.  Vegas will include only a theatrical trailer, but Vacation will include a new A&E special Inside Story: National Lampoon’s Vacation, along with an introduction by Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid and Matty Simmons, commentary by Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron and Matty Simmons, and a trailer.

Other newly announced Warner titles including DCU: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2: Special Edition (DVD - 3/12), My Brother Jonathan (BBC - DVD - 3/19), The Great Barrier Reef (BBC - BD & DVD - 4/9), One Life (BBC - BD/DVD Combo - 4/9), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection (DVD - 4/16), Spies of Warsaw (BBC - BD & DVD - 4/16) and Merlin: The Complete Fifth Season (BBC - BD & DVD - 4/23).

Also today, Olive Films has announced a terrific slate of deep catalog Blu-rays for February and March.  Titles include Westward Ho, Ironweed, China Gate, Ruthless, McLintock, Wyoming Outlaw, Late Bloomers, A Man Betrayed, Sun Shines Bright, Lawless Nineties, Womb, Atomic Kid, Hell’s Half Acre and Devil & Miss Jones all on 3/26, A New Life, Plain Clothes, She Devil, Diary of a Chamber Maid, Monsieur Gangster, Lady for a Night, The Red Menace, Strangers in the Night and The Great Spy Chase all on 2/26, and The Running Man, Irreconcilable Differences, Julius Caesar (1970), Les Miserables (1958), Live Nude Girls, Don Giovanni, Innocent Bystanders, Highlander 2: Renegade Version, Night of the Demons, The Monster Squad and That Cold Day in the Park all on 2/19.

Sony has set Adventures in Zambezia for Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD release on 3/26.

Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox have set Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out for DVD only release on 3/26.

20th Century Fox has also set One Night with the King and The Marine 3: Homefront for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/5.  King will include an audio commentary with, while Marine 3 will include 5 featurettes (Shipwrecked: Breaking Down the Boat, The Miz Rocks the Boat, The Miz Declassified, Casting Call: Ready to Enlist and Miz Journal).

IFC Films has set Julia Loktev’s The Loneliest Planet for DVD only release on 2/26 (SRP $24.98).

Shout! Factory has set Woochi: The Demon Slayer on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/9.

Sony will release The Mob Doctor: The Complete Series on DVD on 3/12.

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release Shadow People on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/19 (SRP $24.99 and $22.98).

Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company have This Must Be the Place due on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/12.

Time Life has Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War coming as a 4-disc DVD set on 4/9 (SRP $39.95).

Image will release the 5-disc Naked City: 20 Star-Filled Episodes series sampler on DVD on 2/19 (SRP $24.98).  Guest stars include Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, William Shatner, Dustin Hoffman, Telly Savalas, James Caan, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Jack Klugman and more.

And finally today for you music fans, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium - 25th Anniversary Edition as a 2-disc DVD set on 3/12 (SRP $17.98).

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for all three Jurassic Park BD/DVD Combo packs announced yesterday (due on 3/26), along with Olive Films’ Julius Caesar, The Monster Squad and Highlander 2: Renegade Version

Jurassic Park (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)    The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)    Jurassic Park 3 (Blu-ray Disc)

Julius Ceasar (1970 - Blu-ray Disc)    Monster Squad (Blu-ray Disc)    Highlander 2: Renegade Version (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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