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My Two Cents

All right, we’ve got some more Blu-ray Disc reviews for you all to enjoy today.  First up, Tim has given Criterion’s version of Terrence Malick’s Badlands a look for you.  Also, we’ve brought our BD reviews of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 over to the new Bits site.  Enjoy!

Also here at the site today, our own Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates and Artwork section, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and 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 appreciate it.  It really does make a difference.  So thank you!

In announcement news today, Universal has set the comedy Admission, staring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/9.  Universal has also set Syfy’s Alphas: Season Two for DVD only release on 7/16.

HBO has set Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/20.  Also coming to Blu-ray and DVD from HBO on 8/13 is Girls: The Complete Second Season, as well as Enlightened: The Complete Second Season on DVD only.

Warner Home Video has announced the Charlie Chan Collection for DVD release on 8/6 (SRP $39.92).  The set will include Shadows Over Chinatown, Docks of New Orleans, Shanghai Chest and The Golden Eye.  All will be remastered.

Sony has set the documentary The Gatekeepers for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/9.  Sony has also set NO for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/25, followed by Dead Man Down on both formats on 7/9.

Here’s a title that’s not officially been announced yet, but Sony has accidentally let it slip that director Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming sci-fi/action film Elysium is likely to street on or around 12/17.  The date is obviously subject to change, but you can tentatively set the Wayback Machine (in reverse) for it.

Meanwhile, CBS has set The Borgias: The Third Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/6.  CBS has also set Family Ties: The Seventh and Final Season for DVD only release on 8/13.

Disney has announced the DVD only release of ABC’s Revenge: The Complete Second Season on 8/20 (SRP $45.99), followed by Army Wives: The Complete Seventh Season (SRP $39.99) and Castle: The Complete Fifth Season (SRP $45.99) on 9/10, and Nashville: The Complete First Season (SRP $45.99) on 9/17.

Disney has also set the animated Oliver and Company: 25th Anniversary Edition for release on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 7/21.

Grindhouse Releasing has set Corruption and An American Hippie in Israel for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/10.

Image Entertainment will release the Sony catalog title Quicksilver on Blu-ray on 8/6, followed by The Tailor of Panama and 88 Minutes on 8/20, and Stranded on 8/27.

Wolfe Video has set Quentin Lee’s White Frog for DVD release on 6/4.

Lionsgate has set the supernatural western Gallowwalkers for DVD release on 8/6 (SRP $26.98).

Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced The Brass Teapot for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/18.

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release Detention of the Dead on DVD only on 7/23, followed by The Demented on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 7/30.

And our friends at Warner Archive have made a few more great DVD-R/MOD titles available this week, including Sincerely Yours (1955), Stampede (1949), Short Grass (1950), Wild Stallion (1952) and Rider on a Dead Horse (1962), as well as The Monogram Cowboy Collection: Volume Six – Jimmy Wakely, which includes Riding the Dusty Trail aka Riders of the Dawn (1945), Lonesome Trail (1945), The Rangers Ride (1948), Range Renegades (1948), Silver Trails (1948) and Brand of Fear (1949).

In other news, this has nothing to do with Blu-ray Disc, but it’s just damn cool: Astronaut (and musician) Chris Hadfield just returned safely from the International Space Station yesterday, but before he left he shot an HD video tribute to David Bowie by recording one of the coolest versions of the song Space Oddity you’re ever likely to see.  Bowie himself even recognized it on Twitter.  Do give it a watch (and be sure to select 720p)…

Finally, don’t forget that the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica feature film hits Blu-ray today at Best Buy stores for just $14.99.  I picked up a copy – it’s pretty good.  No extras, but the film looks surprisingly nice given its age.  Nice contrast, color and detail.  Audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 2.1 (with the .1 channel reproducing the Sensurround track of the original theatrical presentation).  Jeff will be doing a review in the next week or so.

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Universal’s The Host (due 7/9), Sony’s The Call (7/25) and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season

The Host (Blu-ray Disc)    The Call (Blu-ray Disc)    Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt


This is a quick post for you to read over your morning coffee, with a trio of Blu-ray Disc reviews.  Our own Dr. Adam Jahnke has turned in his thoughts on Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray collector’s edition of The Burning.  We’ve also got Tim’s thoughts on Criterion’s Diabolique in HD.  And I’ve also updated my review of The Wachowskis’ take on Speed Racer on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.

We’ll check back in later this morning with any important release news, if any.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt


All right, we’ve got some great catalog BD news from Fox and MGM for you today.  Starting on 7/9, the studios will deliver Blood and Sand on BD (staring Tyrone Power and Rita Hayworth), complete with commentary by Richard Crudo, a D.P. and from 2003-2006 the President of the American Society of Cinematographers.  Following on 7/23 will be The 300 Spartans on Blu-ray, with TV spots and the original trailer.  Then on 7/30 you’ll get Marilyn Monroe’s Bus Stop and Niagara: 60th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray.  Each will feature the film’s trailer, as well as other Marilyn film trailers.  Finally, 7/30 will also deliver Love Me Tender on BD, the film that introduced audiences to Elvis Presley.  Extras will include audio commentary by Elvis historian Jerry Schilling, 3 featurettes (Elvis Hits Hollywood, The Colonel & The King and Love Me Tender: The Birth & Boom of the Elvis Hit) and Love Me Tender: The Soundtrack.  You can see all the cover artwork below.

Also today, Shout! Factory (in collaboration with EuropaCorp) is going to be releasing Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 8/13 (SRP $24.97 and $14.97).  Both versions will offer audio in French and English, optional English subtitles and extras TBA.

By the way, Shout! is also working on a new Vincent Price Blu-ray box set for release just in time for Halloween that’s set to include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Haunted Place, The Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, Witchfinder General (and its alternate U.S. version The Conqueror Worm) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes!  Details will follow in the weeks ahead.

Here’s something interesting: Amazon has just begun taking pre-orders on The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo box set, complete with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and an Amazon-exclusive “flash drive”.  SRP is $105.43 and Amazon is selling it for just $73.80.  (Just click on the link provided until we have high-quality cover artwork.)  You can also get just the Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray version here (SRP $35.99 and Amazon has it for $25.19).

And finally today, has a great Deal of the Day featuring 60% off of Universal’s Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series on DVD.  So that boils down to the whole (great) show for just $40.  Definitely take advantage of that – Clear eyes, full hearts!

Here’s that cover artwork we promised you…

Blood and Sand (Blu-ray Disc)    The 300 Spartans (Blu-ray Disc)    Love Me Tender (Blu-ray Disc)

Bus Stop (Blu-ray Disc)    Niagara (Blu-ray Disc)    The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Blu-ray Disc)

With that... have a great weekend, folks!

- Bill Hunt


All right, we’ve got some odds and ends for you today…

First up, is now taking pre-orders for the Blu-ray and DVD release of the recent Tom Cruise sci-fi film Oblivion (SRP $34.98 and $29.98).  There’s no street date yet, but you can expect it to be announced in the next few weeks.

Speaking of which, Sony’s Olympus Has Fallen is also up for pre-order on Blu-ray and DVD at Amazon with a street date TBA (SRP $40.99 and $30.99).

What’s more, it appears that the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica feature film may finally arrive on Blu-ray Disc exclusively at Best Buy stores next Tuesday (5/14).  Best Buy does indeed have the title listed on their website with the cover artwork below.  SRP is just $14.99, so don’t expect any major restoration, but still – casino planet in HD baby!  No doubt it will go into wide release in a month or two.  [Editor’s Note: I’ve confirmed with Universal that this title is a Best Buy exclusive.]

In official announcement news today, Lionsgate has set the June Carter Cash biopic Ring of Fire for release on DVD only on 6/4.

New Yorker Films will release My Dog Tulip on Blu-ray Disc on 5/28.

And our friend Don May, Jr. has announced that Synapse’s forthcoming Blu-ray version of Street Trash is being delayed from its original 6/11 street date until 7/8 so that some additional remastering work can be properly completed.  No problem – we’d always rather have it done right and I’m sure fans will be understanding.

Meanwhile, we have official word on the new special features you can expect on CBS’ Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 4 Blu-ray, due on 7/30.  In addition to all the original DVD features (including both Best Buy bonus disc featurettes), look for deleted scenes, a gag reel, 2 new HD documentary featurettes (In Conversation: The Star Trek Art Department and Relativity: The Family Saga of Star Trek The Next Generation) and a pair of new episode audio commentaries (one with Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga and Mike & Denise Okuda, and a second with Rob Bowman and Mike & Denise Okuda – the specific episodes are TBA).

While we’re on the subject of Star Trek: The Next Generation, CBS’s Redemption “movie edit” Blu-ray which also streets on 7/30 will include promos for both parts, audio commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda and the exclusive Survive and Succeed: An Empire at War featurette.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for the Battlestar Galactica Best Buy exclusive (note that the cover link for this title goes to Best Buy rather than Amazon), as well as both of the Trek titles we just mentioned…

Battlestar Galactica: 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Four (Blu-ray Disc)    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Redemption (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt


All right, today’s post is a quickie, as there’s a lot of other work going on here at The Bits today… trying to catch up on some things.

BUT… we do have a new Blu-ray Disc review from Todd Doogan this afternoon!  He’s checked in with his thoughts on Quentin Tarantino’s recent Django Unchained, and if you’re a Tarantino fan and/or you haven’t seen the film yet it’s definitely worth reading what Doogan has to say about it.

Also today, Sony has finally re-announced a title that was first slated for Blu-ray release a while back: Ishtar!  The film is now set to arrive on BD on 8/6 (maybe) with a 107-minute director’s cut.  It doesn’t appear that there’s much in the way of extras, but if you’ve been eager to have the film on disc in HD, you’ll (maybe) have your chance in a few more months.  (Though personally, I’ll believe it when I finally see the disc in my hand.)

Warner Home Video has set Political Animals: The Complete Series for DVD only release on 8/6.

And Anchor Bay has set the Syfy original movie Super Storm for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/13.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Ishtar, along with Warner’s new BD anniversary edition of The Fugitive (due 9/3) and Sony’s House of Cards (6/11)…

Ishtar (Blu-ray Disc)    The Fugitive: 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    House of Cards (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt


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