my two cents 1000

Okay, news is definitely slowing down today in advance of the Christmas holiday. But we do have a couple quick things to report today.

First, Warner Home Video and the BBC have set Being Human: Season 4 for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/15. However, Bits reader Brian B. reports (thanks, Brian!) that it’s already available at Walmart as a retail exclusive. Adjust your plans accordingly.

Warner and Viz Media have also set Inuyasha: The Movie - The Complete Collection for release on Blu-ray on 3/26 (SRP $29.99).

20th Century Fox has announced A Late Quartet for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/5, followed by Atlas Shrugged: Part II on both formats on 2/19.

PBS has set Downton Abbey: Season 3 for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/29 (SRP $54.99 and $49.99). This is the U.K. edition with more than 2 hours of bonus content.

Lionsgate has set Abducted: The Carlina White Story, The Bay, Thomas & Friends: Go Go Thomas and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne: Volume Ten all for DVD release on 3/5.

And Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Nasser Entertainment will release The Bouquet on DVD only on 2/5.

Finally, all of those newly-announced Criterion March Blu-rays are now available for pre-order on Amazon, including Terrence Malick’s Badlands, Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux, Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear and Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr’s cult classic The Blob.

And that's all for now. Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

All right, we have official word from Disney on the extras you’ll find on those new animated Blu-rays set for release on 3/12…

The Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: 25th Anniversary Edition BD will include 3 animated shorts (Tummy Trouble, Roller-Coaster Rabbit and Trail Mix-Up) all digitally remastered along with the Who Made Roger Rabbit? documentary, audio commentary, 5 featurettes (On Set! Benny the Cab, Behind the Ears: The True Story, Before & After Split-Screen, Toon Stand-Ins and The Valiant Files) a deleted scene, a gallery and the theatrical trailer.

The Mulan: 2 Film Collection BD (Mulan and Mulan II) will include audio commentary, 11 deleted scenes, 15 featurettes and 6 music videos.

The Brother Bear: 2 Film Collection BD (Brother Bear and Brother Bear 2) will include Rutt & Tuke’s commentary, a deleted song, deleted scenes, outtakes, Bear Legends, Sing-Along Songs, a music video and 2 featurettes (The Making of Brother Bear and Behind the Music of Brother Bear 2).

And The Hunchback of Notre Dame: 2 Film Collection (The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Hunchback of Notre Dame II) will include audio commentary, a multi-language reel and 3 featurettes (The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt and A Gargoyle’s Life).

Also today, Warner Home Video has set The Factory for release on DVD and digital download on 2/19.

Drafthouse Films has set Wake in Fright for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/15.

Magnolia Home Entertainment will release Nature Calls and Nobody Walks on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/22.

Shout! Factory has set MADtv: Season 2 for DVD only release on 3/26.

And finally, Trek Core has posted a few details about the extras you’ll find on CBS’ Star Trek: Enterprise – Season One Blu-ray release which is tentatively expected to hit stores in March. All of the previous DVD content will carry over. New bonus features will include a 3-part making of documentary on the process of launching Enterprise and making the first season, all-new audio commentaries including one with executive producer Brannon Braga and actors Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating on the episode Shuttlepod One, and video of an in-depth discussion between Braga and fellow executive producer Rick Berman. As with The Next Generation Blu-rays, Roger Lay Jr. and Robert Meyer Burnett are crafting the new documentary material. Sounds terrific!

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

All right, kicking things off today, our own Russell Hammond has once again 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 absolutely anything at all that you order from Amazon in the same session after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it!

The big release news today is that Criterion has announced their March Blu-ray and DVD slate, including Terrence Malick’s Badlands (Cat #651 - BD and DVD - due 3/19), Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux (#652 - BD and DVD - due 3/26), Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped (#650 - BD and DVD - due 3/26), Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (#173 - BD and DVD - due 3/19), Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear (#649 - BD and DVD - due 3/12) and Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr’s cult classic The Blob (#91 - BD only - due 3/12)! Check out some of the cover art below.

Also, Paramount has set Paranormal Activity 4 for release on Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD on 1/29. It will include both the theatrical cut and an unrated cut of the film, along with The Recovered Files which is described as "nearly 30 minutes of found footage" (SRP $39.99 and $29.99).

Lionsgate and Summit will release The Cold Light of Day on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/29 as well.

And 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just made Taken 2 available in digital HD streaming on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, iTunes, NOOK Video, PlayStation, VUDU, Xbox Video and YouTube. Note that the Blu-ray and DVD versions street on 1/15.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover art for some of Criterion’s March BD slate as well as Disney’s Brother Bear: 2 Movie Collection (due 3/12)...

Badlands (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Ministry of Fear (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Monsieur Verdoux (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Blob (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Brother Bear: 2 Movie Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

All right… just a couple quick items today but they’re good ones!

First up, Disney has officially set the Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray for release on 3/12 (SRP $26.50). Not only will you find the cover artwork below, the title is already up for pre-order on Amazon.com!

Also today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Seven Psychopaths for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/29 (SRP $35.99 and $30.99). Extras will include 6 featurettes (Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Colin Farrell is Marty, Woody Harrelson is Charlie, Crazy Locations, Seven Psychocats and Layers).

Sony has also set Smashed for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/12 (SRP $35.99 and $30.99). Extras will include audio commentary with director James Ponsoldt and actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, a “making of” featurette, footage of the Toronto Film Festival Red Carpet and Q&A and deleted scenes.

And Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master on Blu-ray and DVD from The Weinstein Company. Street date is TBA, but SRP is $39.99 and $29.99 respectively.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: 25th Anniversary Edition, the Mulan: 2 Movie Collection and The Hunchback of Notre Dame: 2 Movie Collection (street date for all 3/12). All are now available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking on the covers…

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Mulan: 2 Movie Collection (Blu-ray Disc)    The Hunchback of Notre Damn: 2 Movie Collection (Blu-ray Disc)

Back tomorrow morning with more. Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

All right, given the tragic news of the day I’m sure many of you are about as interested in BD/DVD news as I am in reporting it. Nevertheless, there’s a bit of news. So here goes…

Lionsgate has added a couple more titles to its February release slate, including Weeds: Season Eight and Nurse Jackie: Season Four, both due on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/12.

Disney has set Michael Mann’s The Insider for release on Blu-ray on 2/19. And for you Disney animation fans, look for Brother Bear, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and a Mulan: Special Edition all on Blu-ray on 3/12.

Paramount is releasing the classic Sampson and Delilah on DVD on 3/12. No word yet of a Blu-ray release.

20th Century Fox is bringing The Bible to Blu-ray sometime in early 2013, probably right around Easter. Watch for an official street date shortly. Not sure if this is a new edition or a re-solicit of the 1966 John Huston film on BD that first came out in 2011.

And finally Cohen Media Group has set Farewell, My Queen for Blu-ray and DVD release on 1/15.

Finally today, as all of you know The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now playing at your local cineplex. I had to good fortune to catch an early screening of it in HFR 3D yesterday afternoon, and it’s well worth your time. However, I would suggest that if you’re planning on catching the 3D presentation, make sure it’s not one that uses active shutter glasses. That’s what I saw and while the film looked great, the active shutter glasses gave me a serious headache. I’ve heard that RealD 3D is the way to go, so I’m going to check it out again that way over the weekend hopefully to compare.

Anyway, have a great and safe weekend everyone. And our hearts go out to all those who've been affected by today’s sad events in Connecticut. Peace out.

- Bill Hunt

Important Information

Bits Latest Tweets

Jahnke's Latest Tweets