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Afternoon, folks.  We’ve got reviews for you today and we’ve got release news too.

But first, we’ve got cover art!  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 to them through our links goes to help support our efforts here at the site and we salute you for it.  Much appreciated!

Now then… the good Dr. Jahnke has carefully inspected a pair of new Shout! Factory titles for your protection and found them worthy:  Sam Raimi’s Crimewave and the 1990 live action version of Captain AmericaCrimewave arrives in stores on 5/14, followed by Cappy a week later on 5/21.  Enjoy the reviews!

Speaking of Shout!, the studio has set Electra Glide in Blue for release on Blu-ray on 6/4.  Extras will include audio commentary and an introduction by director James William Guercio, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

And Shout will release the animated The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series on DVD only on 7/30.

Warner has set the all-new, animated and direct-to-video Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/6.

Sony will release The Last Exorcism, Part II on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/18.  Extras will include a commentary track with director Ed Gass-Donnelly and producer Eli Roth and 3 featurettes (Hair Salon Scare: The Last Exorcism Part II goes Viral, Nell’s Story and Shooting in New Orleans).  The film will also contain unrated footage not seen in theaters.

Eagle Rock has set a 4-disc Jethro Tull: Around the World Live collection for release on DVD on 6/25 (SRP $39.98).  It’ll include classic performances, behind-the-scenes material and even a collector’s hardback book packaging.

Well Go USA Entertainment will release Tai Chi Hero on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/2.

Magnolia Home Entertainment has set the horror title 23:59 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/4.

And finally, our friends at Blue Underground will release the Bad Girls Behind Bars collection on DVD on 7/30 (SRP $29.98), set to include the films Amazon Jail, Bare Behind Bars, 99 Women: Unrated Director’s Cut, Sadomania and Women Behind Bars.

Back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

We’re closing out the week with more new Blu-ray Disc reviews here at The Bits.

To start with, I’ve got my thoughts on CBS’ Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Best of Both Worlds Blu-ray for you today, to go along with yesterday’s review of Season Three.  Both titles street next Tuesday (4/30).  Also today, Jeff Kleist has a review of Jurassic Park 3D on Blu-ray 3D for you to check out.  And we’ve upgraded of pair of additional BD reviews by our own Tim Salmons from the original Bits website – Paramount’s Beverly Hills Cop and Sony’s Black Dynamite.

With that, we wish you all a fine weekend.  See you Monday!

- Bill Hunt

Today’s is a quick update here at The Bits, but a good one to be sure!

First up, I’ve posted my thoughts on CBS’ forthcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Three on Blu-ray, which hits stores on 4/30.  It’s everything fans of the show could hope for – a great Blu-ray release of TNG’s best season, with more than three hours of all-new documentary material alone!  You’ll definitely want to get your pre-orders in.  I’ll check back with a review of the Best of Both Worlds stand-alone disc in the next couple of days as well.

Also today, our friends over at the Warner Archive are holding a fire sale featuring 25% off select DVD-R releases – over 1500 titles in all!  Be sure to check it out and take advantage if there are titles you’ve been looking for.  The sale runs until 4/29.

And in announcement news, Warner Home Video has just set The Incredible Burt Wonderstone for release on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 6/24 (SRP $35.99 and $28.98).  Extras will include the Making Movie Magic with David Copperfield featurette, a gag reel, deleted scenes and alternate takes.

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Warner’s Jack the Giant Slayer on Blu-ray 3D, along with CBS’ TNG: Season 3

Oz: The Great and Powerful (Blu-ray 3D)    Jack the Giant Slayer (Blu-ray 3D)    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Three (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

Okay… this one has me excited: Shout! Factory has just set Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: The Complete Series for release on DVD on 6/15 (SRP $119.99).  The 15-disc DVD box set will include all 110 episodes of the series along with a 16-page book.  Extras will include audio commentary with Bill Cosby and the all-new Hey, Hey, Hey… It’s The Story of Fat Albert documentary (featuring a new interview with Cosby).  The booklet will also feature an essay by Dr. Gordon Berry, who was the show’s educational advisor.  I really dug that show when I was a kid, so this should be a treat.

“Hey Albert, that’s N.C.”

“N.C.?”

“No Class!”

You can see the cover artwork below.

Also today, Lionsgate has set Spring Breakers for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/9.

Anchor Bay will release The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/18.

Arrow Video has delayed the worldwide Blu-ray and DVD release of Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath until 5/13.  Adjust your plans accordingly.  The disc will include the “original Italian version of the film and the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored American version, together and fully restored for the first time anywhere in the world, along with a host of special features, bonus material and exclusive artwork.”  You can watch a clip of one of the special features from the disc here.  Meanwhile, Bava’s Baron Blood is still set for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/29.

Well Go USA Entertainment has also switched the date for the BD and DVD release of New World to 7/23.

Impulse Pictures has set the Nikkatsu erotic film titles She Cat and Female Teacher Hunting for release on DVD on 5/7.

Monarch has set Love Sick Love for DVD only release on 5/21.

And Lionsgate will release a Robotech: 2-Movie Collection on DVD on 7/23, set to include Love Live Alive and The Shadow Chronicles.

Finally, Image Entertainment has set The Wicked for release on DVD only on 4/30.

Here’s a look at the cover art for Shout!’s Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids on DVD, as well as Criterion’s Babette’s Feast (due 7/23) and Warner Archive’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (6/25) on Blu-ray...

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: The Complete Series (DVD)    Babette's Feast (Criterion Blu-ray)    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

All right, as predicted Trek Into Darkness spoilers are starting to trickle out in the wake of today’s premiere screening in Australia, so if you’re hoping to stay spoiler free, be advised you’d better be on your guard pretty much everywhere online.

Here at the site today, our own Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of 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 purchase from the online retailer after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we sure do appreciate it!

In announcement news today, Warner Home Video is diving into more Paramount catalog titles on 8/13, including some that haven’t been released on Blu-ray before.  Look for Presidio, Shaft (2000) and Flashdance.

Warner has also set Action Jackson and Passenger 57 for Blu-ray release on 8/6.

Meanwhile, Funimation will release Lupin the Third: Woman Called Fukiko on Blu-ray on 7/30.

Indomina will release Filly Brown on BD and DVD on 7/30.

Fox’s Hell on Wheels: The Complete Second Season has been set for BD and DVD on 7/16.

Here’s something cool on the classic film front: Flicker Alley has set Cinerama Holiday and Cinerama: South Seas Adventure for release on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 10/22 (SRP $39.95 each but you can pre-order them for just $29.96 on the Flicker Alley website).  Thanks to Bits reader Anders O. for the heads-up!

And for you music fans, Eagle Rock Entertainment has set Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow for release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on 7/11 (SRP $34.98 and $29.98).  The 1980 concert film has been one of Dr. Jahnke’s Most Wanted titles, so it’s nice to finally see it on disc, restored, remastered and with a new 5.1 sound mix to boot!

Here’s a look at the BD cover art for Rockshow, as well as the two Cinerama titles…

Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow (Blu-ray Disc)    South Seas Adventure (Blu-ray Disc)    Cinerama Holiday (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

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