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Well folks... with the Presidents’ Day holiday here in the States, today is a great day to buy a mattress but a lousy one for Blu-ray and DVD release news.

So to keep you all entertained, our own Tim Salmons has turned in a new Blu-ray review from our friends over at Shout!’s Scream Factory: the TerrorVision/The Video Dead – Double Feature.  It streets tomorrow.  Watch for more reviews all this week!

Lest you think there’s absolutely nothing to report today other than asteroid scares, we’ve got a little more Studio Ghibli news for you:  We’ve learned that in addition to Howl’s Moving Castle, which is set for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 5/21 from Disney, the studio will also release Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro on Blu-ray Combo that same day.  SRP is $39.99 each and both are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com – just click on the cover art below.

Over the weekend, Twilight Time set the 1980s horror classics Christine and The Fury for Blu-ray release on 3/12 – limited to just 3000 units a piece.  Sadly, Christine is already sold out though pre-orders for The Fury are open now here.

Funimation will release the anime series East of the East: The Complete Series - Classic on Blu-ray on 4/30.

In addition, Sony will release the 2010 mini-series version of Ben Hur on DVD and digital on 4/30 (SRP $26.99).  It stars Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily VanCamp, Kristin Kreuk, Ray Winstone and Ben Cross.

Sony has also announced a new batch of DVD-R Manufactured on Demand titles for release on 4/2, including The Key, A Night to Remember (1942), Theodora Goes Wild, 20/30/40, The Killer That Stalked New York, Branded (1931), Harem Girl, If You Could Only Cook, Too Many Husbands and The Big C: The Complete Third Season.  So there you go.

Here’s a look at Disney’s Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, plus Criterion’s Band of Outsiders (due 5/7)…

How's Moving Castle (Blu-ray Disc)    My Neighbor Totoro (Blu-ray Disc)    Band of Outsiders (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

See you tomorrow. Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

Just a very quick update for you today...

The big news is that Criterion has just announced their May Blu-ray and DVD slate, set to include Jean-Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders (Cat #174 - BD - due 5/7), Delmer Daves’ 3:10 to Yuma (Cat #657 - BD and DVD - due 5/14) and Jubal (Cat #656 - BD and DVD - also due 5/14), Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool (cat #658 - BD and DVD - due 5/21) and Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet (Cat #659 - BD and DVD - due 5/28).  Nice to see some classic westerns get the spiff treatment from Criterion!

Also today, Shout! Factory has just set K9: The Complete Series for DVD releas on 5/7.  The series is based on the popular character from the BBC’s Doctor Who.

Shout! is also releasing a Dirty Mary Crazy Larry/Race with the Devil Blu-ray Double Feature on 5/28.

And Disney has just set Hayao Miyazaki’s animated Howl’s Moving Castle for release as a Blu-ray DVD Combo on 5/21.

Here’s BD cover artwork for a couple of the titles mentioned above (note that the Criterion titles aren’t available for pre-order yet but Howl is)...

How's Moving Castle (Blu-ray Disc)    3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    Jubal (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

And that’s it! Hope you all have a great weekend.

- Bill Hunt

More new announcements today… DreamWorks Animation has officially announced Rise of the Guardians for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 3/12.

Warner Home Video has set The Great Gatsby (1974) for Blu-ray release on 4/23 (SRP $19.98).

Sony will release A Dark Truth on DVD only on 3/5.

Shout! Factory has set Cold Prey II for DVD release on 4/23.  The film is the sequel to the Norwegian thriller Cold Prey.  Bet you couldn’t have guessed that, right?  Anyway, SRP is $19.97.  Shout! Factory has also set Route 66: The Complete Fourth Season for 5-disc DVD release on 4/2 – it’s available on ShoutFactory.com or Amazon.

Image and RLJ Entertainment will release Magic Journey to Africa on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/23.

Han’s Tooth Video is releasing Another Country on DVD on 5/7.  The film stars Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.

CJ Entertainment America has set Black Eagle for DVD release on 3/12.

Don’t forget that Anchor Bay and the Weinstein Company will release the Oscar-winning documentary Undefeated on Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday, 2/19.

Also today, Criterion has made all of their titles available for free streaming on Hulu Plus today through Monday 2/18 – over 800 titles including hundreds that have never been released on Blu-ray and DVD in the States.  Do check them out.  (Though Criterion, we do still wish you’d re-issue the first two Zatoichi films on DVD in anamorphic widescreen like the others, thank you very much.  I’m almost to the point where I’m just going to purchase the Japanese DVDs – which are NTSC and anamorphic – and re-engineer them with English subtitles for my own viewing pleasure.  I have little hope of Blu-ray, sadly.)

And finally, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is now available for pre-order on 4-disc Blu-ray Combo, 2-disc Blu-ray Combo and DVD on Amazon.com (see the cover art links below), though no street date is yet announced.  That said, industry sources are suggesting a street date of 3/26.  Watch for official announcements soon.

Here’s the cover artwork for both versions of Disney’s Lincoln (though it may yet be subject to change), along with Warner’s The Great Gatsby

Lincoln (Blu-ray Combo)    Lincoln (Blu-ray Disc)    The Great Gatsby (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned (and Happy Valentine’s Day!)…

- Bill Hunt

All right, we’ve got lots of odd and ends to report announcement-wise today…

First, Paramount Home Entertainment has set The Guilt Trip for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 4/30.  Extras will include an interview with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan, a gag reel, deleted and alternate scenes and 4 featurettes (Barbra’s World, Guilt Trip: Real Mother of a Road Trip, In The Driver’s Seat and Not Really a Road Trip Movie).

Warner Home Video has set Maverick: The Complete Second Season for DVD only release on 4/23 (SRP $39.98).  The 6-disc set will include all 26 episodes.  Warner will also release LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu – Season Two on DVD on 3/5.

Lionsgate has set Abducted: The Carlina White Story for DVD release on 3/5.  Counting Cars: Season 1 will follow on DVD only on 4/16, along with The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia on Blu-ray and DVD.  Finally, Assassins Run will arrive on DVD from Lionsgate on 4/23.

Well Go USA Entertainment has set director Jean-Marc Mineo’s Bangkok Revenge for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/27.

Sony has set Lake Placid: The Final Chapter on DVD on 2/19.

Green Apple Entertainment has announced Sins for DVD release on 2/26.

Virgil Films will release Gun Hill Road on DVD on 3/5.

PBS is releasing American Masters: Philip Roth Unmasked on DVD on 4/2.  PBS has also set Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/23.

Image Entertainment will release State of Emergency on DVD on 4/16, followed by The Wicked on DVD on 4/30.

TLA Releasing has Sagat and Molly’s Girl coming on DVD only on 3/12.

Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of Horror Stories, Memory of the Dead and Wither for theatrical and DVD release in 2013.  Street dates are TBA.

Shout! Factory has announced the Scandinavian noir-thriller ID:A for release on DVD only on 5/7.  Shout! has also set the animated Kaijudo: Rise of the Dual Masters – Dragonstrike for DVD release on 4/30.  And the company also has Quincy M.E.: Season 5 coming on DVD on 3/19 as well.

Finally, Danger After Dark will release Death Penalty.com/Death Penalty.com: A New Beginning on DVD on 3/12.

Also today, given all of the TV promotional shorts and spots that Disney is currently running for Lincoln, one would expect it to be announced shortly after the Oscar broadcast on 2/24, probably for release in April.  Note that it’s set to be a Disney (Touchstone) release here in the States and a Fox release overseas.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Paramount’s The Guilt Trip, Warner Archive’s The Hudsucker Proxy (due to ship on 2/16) and Universal’s Hyde Park on Hudson (due 4/9)…

The Guilt Trip (Blu-ray Disc)    The Hudsucker Proxy (Blu-ray Disc)    Hyde Park on Hudson (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

We’ve got some good stuff for you today!

First up, our own Joe Marchese has just posted a new Blu-ray Disc review featuring Suddenly (1954) in high-def from Image Entertainment.  The film stars Frank Sinatra and the disc is now available, so enjoy!

Also today, Russell Hammond has completed the Release Dates & Artwork update for this week, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links.  As always, you can help support our work here at The Bits by ordering stuff (pretty much anything) from Amazon after clicking through to them from our links and we really do appreciate it!

In announcement news today, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has officially set Les Misérables (2012) for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 3/22 (SRP $34.98 and $29.98).  Both versions will include audio commentary with director Tom Hooper, 3 featurettes (The Stars of Les Misérables, Creating the Perfect Paris and The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables) and the usual Digital Copy, UltraViolet and interactive options.  To this, the Blu-ray will exclusively add 4 additional featurettes (Les Misérables Singing Live, Battle at the Barricade, The West End Connection and Les Misérables on Location).  You’ll find the cover artwork below.

Also we’ve got another big title announcement for you today:  Sony has just set Zero Dark Thirty for release on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 3/19 (SRP $40.99 and $30.99).  Extras will include 4 documentary featurettes (No Small Feat, The Compound, Geared Up and Targeting Jessica Chastain) and that’s it.  Again, see the cover artwork below.

Meanwhile, Warner Home Video has set New Line’s Driven (the Stallone film) and Running Scared for Blu-ray release on 6/11 (SRP $19.98).

And Lionsgate has set Gamer for re-issue as a Blu-ray 3D release on 5/7.

Here’s a look at the BD cover art for Universal’s Les Misérables, Sony’s Zero Dark Thirty and Lionsgate’s Gamer 3D

Les Misérables (Blu-ray Disc)    Zero Dark Thirty (Blu-ray Disc)    Gamer 3D (Blu-ray Disc)

Don’t forget that Skyfall officially hits stores on Blu-ray and DVD today.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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