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All right, I’ll be checking in later this evening with a review of Fox’s X-Men: 3-Film Collection on 4K Ultra HD (it’s available now at this link). But in the meantime, we’ve gotten some important Universal Blu-ray information that we wanted to share with all of you.

As we’ve reported, and as many of you know, Universal currently has a replacement program in effect for the defective Revenge of the Creature Blu-ray 3D/The Creature Walks Among Us Blu-ray combo disc in their recent Universal Monsters BD sets. Replacement discs should start shipping in the first half of October.

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Published in My Two Cents
Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

The 4K Ultra HD Release List (U.S./U.K.)

Here is a list of known 4K Ultra HD titles released, announced, or in the works for the U.S. and U.K. markets before the end of 2017 (and into early 2018), compiled from our sources and best-available information.

Let us know if we’ve missed any titles or have incorrect details/links. Note that all street dates listed are U.S. dates.

Please keep in mind that TBA titles and dates are ESTIMATES based on best-available information from sources and are NOT to be considered official until the studios in question make their respective announcements.

 

** = Reference title, * = Standout title, N4K = Native 4K, DV = Dolby Vision HDR
(Note: All titles not listed as DV = HDR10 by default)
(US/UK) = Amazon purchase links, DA = Dolby Atmos audio, X = DTS:X audio
(Information included where known)

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (also MGM)

  • The Martian* (Amazon US/UK) – 2/14/16 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings (US/UK) – 2/22/16 – REVIEW
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service* (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Wild (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Fantastic 4 (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Hitman: Agent 47 (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • The Maze Runner* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K
  • Life of Pi* (US/UK) – 3/1/16
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (US/UK) – 3/1/16
  • The Peanuts Movie* (US/UK) – 3/8/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Revenant** (US/UK) – 4/19/16 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Joy (US/UK) – 5/3/16
  • Deadpool** (US/UK) – 5/10/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Martian: Extended Edition** (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Eddie the Eagle (US/UK) – 7/14/16 – DA
  • Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (US/UK) – 9/27/16
  • X-Men: Apocalypse** (US/US/UK) – 9/6/16 – DA
  • X-Men: First Class (US/UK) – 10/4/16
  • Ice Age: Collision Course* (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – DA
  • Independence Day: Resurgence* (US/UK) – 10/18/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Morgan (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – REVIEW
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children** (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Birth of a Nation (US/UK) – 1/10/17
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses (US/UK) – 1/17/17
  • Trolls* (US/UK) – 2/7/17 – DA
  • Assassin’s Creed* (US/UK) – 3/21/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Why Him? (US/--) – 3/28/17
  • Hidden Figures (US/UK) – 4/11/17
  • Logan** (US/UK) – 5/23/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 6/13/17
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 6/13/17
  • Boss Baby (US/UK) – 7/25/17 – DA
  • Snatched (US/--) – 8/8/17
  • Prometheus* (US/UK) – 8/15/17 – REVIEW
  • Alien: Covenant* (US/UK) – 8/15/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service – Premium Edition* (US/--) – 9/5/17
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (US/--) – 9/12/17 – DA
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 10/24/17 – DA
  • Planet of the Apes Trilogy (US/--) – 10/24/17 – DA (War only)
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (US/UK) – 12/12/17 – DA
  • Kingsman: 2-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 12/12/17 – DA
  • The Mountain Between Us (US/UK) – 12/26/17
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (US/UK) – 2/27/18 – REVIEW
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017)** (US/UK) – 2/27/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Shape of Water* (US/UK) – 3/13/18 – REVIEW
  • Ferdinand (US/UK) – 3/13/18
  • The Greatest Showman** (US/UK) – 4/10/18 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Post* (US/UK) – 4/17/18 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure (US/UK) – 4/24/18
  • Die Hard: 30th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 5/15/18 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Red Sparrow* (US/UK) – 5/22/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Death Wish (2018 – via MGM) (US/UK) – BD/DVD on 6/5/18, but no US physical 4K UHD release is currently planned – N4K
  • Love, Simon (US/UK) – 6/1218 – N4K
  • Isle of Dogs (US/UK) – BD/DVD on 7/17/18 but no US physical 4K UHD release is currently planned
  • Predator (1987)* (US/UK) – 8/7/18 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Predator: 3-Movie Collection* (US/UK) – 8/7/18 – N4K (films 1 & 2)
  • Deadpool 2: Super Duper Extended Cut (US/UK) – 8/21/18 – N4K
  • Deadpool: The Complete Collection (for Now) (US/UK) – 8/21/18 – N4K
  • X-Men 3-Film Collection (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand)* (US/UK) – 9/25/18 – REVIEW – N4K (films 1 & 2)
  • The Darkest Minds (US/UK) – 10/30/18 – DA
  • The Predator – TBA 2019
  • Alita: Battle Angel – TBA 2019
  • Dark Phoenix – TBA 2019
  • The New Mutants – TBA 2019
  • Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition – TBA MAY 2019 – N4K
  • The Abyss: 30th Anniversary Edition – TBA 2019 – N4K

 

BBC Home Entertainment

  • Planet Earth II** (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Wild Africa/Tiny Giants* (US/--) – 5/16/17 – N4K
  • Earth: One Amazing Day (US/UK) – 1/23/18 – N4K
  • Blue Planet II** (US/UK) – 3/6/18 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Planet Earth II/Blue Planet II (--/UK) – 1/15/18 – N4K
  • Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time (US/UK) – 9/25/18 – N4K
  • Sherlock: Season One (US/UK) – 11/6/18 – N4K

 

Broad Green Pictures

  • Bad Santa 2: Unrated (US/--) – 2/21/17 – N4K
  • Song to Song* (US/--) – 7/4/17 – N4K

 

Cinedigm

  • Hickock (US/--) – 8/15/17
  • Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story (US/--) – 8/7/18

 

Global Road Entertainment

  • Hotel Artemis (US/UK) – 10/9/18 – N4K?

 

HBO

  • Westworld – Season One: The Maze* (US/UK) – 11/7/17 – DV, DA
  • Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season* (US/UK) – 6/5/18 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • Westworld – Season Two: The Door (US/UK) – 12/4/18 – DV, DA

 

Image (RLJ Entertainment/Cinestate)

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (US/UK) – 12/26/17
  • Mayhem (US/UK) – 12/26/17
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (US/--) – 9/25/18
  • Arizona (2018) (US/UK) – 10/16/18

 

Lionsgate

  • Sicario** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Expendables 3** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Last Witch Hunter** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K, X
  • Ender’s Gane (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – DA
  • Gods of Egypt* (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – X
  • Now You See Me (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – DA
  • Divergent (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – X
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – DA
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Divergent Series: 3-Film Collection (US/--) – 7/12/16 – N4K (2 & 3 only), DA
  • Criminal (US/UK) – 7/26/16
  • Now You See Me 2 (US/UK) – 9/6/16 – DA
  • The Hunger Games* (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Complete Collection (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K (2-4 only), DA
  • Mechanic Resurrection (US/UK) – 11/22/16 – DA
  • Deepwater Horizon* (US/UK) – 1/10/17 – DA
  • Hacksaw Ridge* (US/UK) – 2/21/17 – DA
  • John Wick** (US/UK) – 2/7/17 – N4K, DA
  • Patriots Day (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • La La Land (US/UK) – 4/25/17 – DA
  • The Expendables (US/--) – 5/2/17 – DA
  • The Expendables 2 (US/--) – 5/2/17 – DA
  • The Expendables: 3-Film Collection (US/--) – 5/2/17 – N4K (3 only), DA
  • 3:10 to Yuma (US/--) – 5/2/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Dredd* (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Snitch (US/--) – 6/6/17 – DA
  • Ex Machina* (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • John Wick: Chapter 2** (US/UK) – 6/13/17 – DA
  • John Wick: 2-Film Collection** (--/UK) – 6/12/17 – DA
  • Power Rangers** (US/UK) – 6/27/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (US/--) – 8/15/17 – DA
  • Red* (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Red 2* (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • The Cabin in the Woods (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011) (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DA
  • The Legend of Hercules (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DA
  • Kick Ass (US/--) – 10/3/17 – DA
  • Warm Bodies (US/--) – 10/3/17 – DV, DA
  • Warrior (US/--) – 10/24/17 – DV, DA
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets* (US/UK w/3D) – 11/21/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • The Hitman’s Boydguard (US/UK) – 11/21/17
  • American Assassin (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Moonlight (US/UK) – 12/12/17
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (US/UK) – 12/26/17 – excessive DNR confirmed – N4K, X
  • Jigsaw (US/UK) – 1/23/18
  • Hell or High Water* (US/UK) – 2/13/18 – REVIEW – DV
  • Wonder (US/UK) – 2/13/18
  • Push* (US/UK) – REVIEW – 4/10/18 – DV, DA
  • Knowing* (US/UK) – 4/10/18 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • The Commuter (US/UK) – 4/17/18
  • Hostiles* (US/UK) – 4/24/18 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Source Code (US/UK) – 5/8/18 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • Early Man (--/UK) – 5/28/18 (UK only from Studio Canal)
  • The Hurricane Heist (US/UK) – 6/5/18 – N4K?, DV?, DA
  • Escape Plan (US/UK) – 6/5/18 – DV, DA
  • Dirty Grandpa (US/UK) – 6/12/18 – DV, DA
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (US/UK) – 7/17/18 – (excessive DNR confirmed) – N4K, X
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (US/UK) – 7/17/18 (with ENDO ARM – excessive DNR confirmed) – N4K, X
  • Transporter 3 (US/UK) – 8/7/18 – DV, DA
  • National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (US/UK) – 8/14/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • Hereditary (US/UK) – 9/4/18 – DV
  • Uncle Drew (US/UK) – 9/25/18 – DA
  • American Psycho (US/UK) – 9/25/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • The Punisher (2004) (US/UK) – 9/25/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • Punisher: War Zone (US/UK) – 9/25/18 – DV, DA
  • Halloween (1978)* (US/UK) – 9/25/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • Twilight (US/UK) – 10/23/18 – DV, DA
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me (US/UK) – 10/30/18 – N4K?, DA, DV
  • Law Abiding Citizen (US/UK) – 11/6/18 – DV, DA
  • Rambo: First Blood (US/UK) – 11/13/18 – N4K
  • Rambo: First Blood, Part II (US/UK) – 11/13/18 – N4K
  • Rambo III (US/UK) – 11/13/18 – N4K
  • Evil Dead II (US/UK) – TBA October-November 2018 – N4K

 

Magnolia Pictures (Magnet Releasing)

  • Marrowbone (US/UK) – 8/7/18 – N4K?
  • Higher Power (US/UK) – 8/14/18 – N4K?, DV, DA

 

Netflix

  • Stranger Things: Season 1 (US/UK) – 11/7/17-ish – REVIEW – N4K
  • Stranger Things: Season 2 (US/UK) – TBA 7/13/18? (DVD-only is set on Amazon for that date, BD/4K possible retail exclusive?)

 

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment

  • Star Trek (2009)* (US/UK) – 6/14/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Star Trek into Darkness** (US/UK) – 6/14/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows* (US/UK) – 9/20/16 – DA
  • Star Trek Beyond (US/UK) – 11/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (US/UK) – 1/31/17 – DA
  • The Arrival (US/UK) – 2/14/17 – REVIEW
  • Allied* (US/UK) – 2/28/17 – N4K
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage* (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – DA
  • Ghost in the Shell* (US/UK) – 7/25/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Baywatch: Extended Cut (US/UK) – 8/29/17 – DA
  • Transformers: The Last Knight** (US/UK) – 9/26/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • Transformers: 5-Movie Collection (--/UK) – 11/7/17 – DV
  • Transformers (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Interstellar** (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Mother!* (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K – DV, DA (distributed by Paramount in the US)
  • Cloverfield* (US/--) – 1/23/18 – REVIEW – DV
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (US/--) – 1/23/18 – REVIEW
  • Daddy’s Home (US/UK) – 2/20/18
  • Daddy’s Home 2 (US/UK) – 2/20/18
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (US/UK) – 2/27/18
  • Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (US/UK) – 2/27/18
  • Downsizing (US/UK) – 3/20/18
  • Grease: 40th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 4/24/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • Saving Private Ryan** (US/UK) – 5/8/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • Gladiator** (US/UK) – 5/15/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, X
  • Braveheart** (US/UK) – 5/15/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • Terminator: Genisys* (US/UK) – 6/12/18 (8/3/17 in UK/Germany) – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • Forrest Gump* (US/UK) – 6/12/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • Annihilation** (US/UK) – 5/29/18 (the 4K is a US Best Buy exclusive initially) – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • A Quiet Place (US/UK) – TBA 7/10/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • Mission: Impossible* (US/UK) – 6/26/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • Mission: Impossible 2* (US/UK) – 6/26/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • Mission: Impossible III (US/UK) – 6/26/18 – REVIEW – DV
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol** (US/UK) – 6/26/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation* (US/UK) – 6/26/18 – REVIEW – DA, DV
  • Jack Reacher (US/UK) – 6/26/18
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (US/UK) – TBD (originally due 7/17/18, now a limited digital exclusive in the US) – N4K
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (US/UK) – TBD (originally due 7/17/18, now a limited digital exclusive in the US) – N4K
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (US/UK) – TBD (originally due 7/17/18, now a limited digital exclusive in the US) – N4K
  • Jack Ryan: 5-Film Collection* (US/UK) – 8/21/18 – REVIEW – N4K (films 1-4), DV
  • The Hunt for Red October* (in Ryan set only in the US) (US/UK) – 8/21/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • Patriot Games* (in Ryan set only in the US) (US/UK) – 8/21/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • Clear and Present Danger (in Ryan set only in the US) (US/UK) – 8/21/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • The Sum of All Fears* (in Ryan set only in the US) (US/UK) – 8/21/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit* (in Ryan set only in the US) (US/UK) – 8/21/18 – REVIEW – DV
  • Shutter Island – TBA October – N4K
  • Transformers: The Ultimate 5-Film Collection US/UK) – 11/6/17 – DV
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout (US/UK) – 12/4/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut – TBA – N4K
  • Top Gun: Maverick – TBA 2019 – N4K

 

Shout! Factory

  • Journey to Space* (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Flight of the Butterflies** (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Rocky Mountain Express** (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Humpback Whales* (US/UK) – 8/2/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea* (US/UK) – 9/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Wonders of the Arctic* (US/UK) – 9/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Mysteries of China (US/--) – 12/12/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Dream Big: Engineering Our World* (US/UK) – 7/24/18 – N4K, DA
  • National Parks Adventure* (US/UK) – 7/24/18 – N4K, DA

 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  • Salt (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Smurfs 2* (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • Hancock (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2** (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • Pineapple Express (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • CHAPPiE** (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Smurfs (US/--) – 3/29/16 – DA
  • Concussion (US/UK) – 3/29/16 – DA
  • The 5th Wave (US/UK) – 5/3/16 – DA
  • Risen* (US/UK) – 5/24/16 – DA
  • Pride + Prejudice + Zombies (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – DA
  • Ghostbusters (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters II (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Angry Birds Movie (US/UK) – 8/16/16 – DA
  • Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/20/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Shallows* (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Da Vinci Code (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Angels & Demons (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters (2016)** (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters I/II/2017 Collection (--/UK) – 6/7/16 – N4K, DA
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (US/UK) – 10/18/16 – N4K, DA
  • Sausage Party* (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – DA
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016)* (US/UK) – 12/20/16 – DA
  • Underworld (US/UK) – 12/27/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – DA
  • Inferno* (US/UK) – 1/24/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Da Vinci Code Trilogy (--/UK) – 1/24/17 – DA
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk** (US/UK) – 2/14/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Passengers** (US/UK) – 3/14/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Underworld: Blood Wars (US/UK) – 4/25/17 – N4K, DA
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – N4K, DA
  • Life* (US/UK) – 6/20/17 – DA
  • T2 Trainspotting (US/UK) – 6/27/17 – DA
  • The Fifth Element: 20th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Léon: The Professional* (US/--) – 7/11/17 (US Best Buy exclusive), 12/12/17 (wide release) – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – DA
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta (US/--) – 7/18/17 – DV, DA
  • Rough Night (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – DA
  • Zero Dark Thirty* (US/--) – 9/12/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Starship Troopers: 20th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DV, DA
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai: 60th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula* (US/UK) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Baby Driver* (US/UK) – 10/10/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Spider-Man (1-3): Limited Edition Collection (US/--) – 10/17/17 – N4K
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (1-2): Limited Edition Collection (US/--) – 10/17/17 – N4K
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming* (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • The Emoji Movie (US/UK) – 10/24/17
  • The Dark Tower (US/--) – 10/31/17 – N4K
  • A Few Good Men** (US/--) – 11/7/17 (US Best Buy exclusive), 11/25/17 (wide release) – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Spider-Man Legacy Collection (5-Film Set) (--/UK) – 11/6/17
  • Men in Black Trilogy (US/--) – 12/5/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black II (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black III (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Jumanji (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – N4K, DA
  • Across the Universe* (US/UK) – 1/9/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Groundhog Day: 25th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 6/26/18 (1/23/18 at Best Buy) – N4K
  • The Dark Crystal: Anniversary Edition** (US/UK) – 3/6/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (US/UK) – 3/20/18 – DV, DA
  • Peter Rabbit (US/UK) – 5/1 – DA
  • Fury** (US/UK) – 5/22/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Patriot** (US/UK) – 5/22/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Equalizer (US/UK) – 7/10/18 – DA
  • The Quick and the Dead (US/UK) – 7/17/18 – N4K, DA
  • Bad Boys 1 & 2 Collection (US/UK) – 9/4/18 – N4K, DA
  • Christine (US/UK) – 9/11/18 – N4K, DA
  • Step Brothers (US/UK) – 10/2/18 – DA
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado (US/UK) – 10/2/18 – DV, DA
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – 10/9/18
  • Evil Dead (2013) (US/UK) – TBA 10/9/18 – N4K
  • Hook (US/UK) – 10/9/18 – N4K, DA
  • Air Force One (US/UK) – 11/6/18 – N4K, DA
  • Panic Room – TBA 10/30/18 (Possible delay until 2019)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – TBA 10/30/18 (Possible delay until 2019)
  • Philadelphia – TBA November 2018 – N4K
  • The Equalizer 2 (US/UK) – TBA 2018 – N4K
  • The Mask of Zorro – TBA 2018
  • The Legend of Zorro – TBA 2018
  • Venom – TBA 2019
  • The Girl in the Spider's Web – TBA 2019
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – TBA 2019

Studio Canal (UK)

  • Early Man (US/UK) – 5/28/18 – N4K
  • The Deer Hunter (US/UK) – 8/20/18 – N4K
  • The Fog (US/UK) – 10/29/18 – N4K
  • They Live (US/UK) – 10/29/18 – N4K
  • Escape from New York (US/UK) – 11/26/18 – N4K
  • Prince of Darkness (US/UK) – 11/26/18 – N4K

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

  • Oblivion* (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Lone Survivor** (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – X
  • Lucy** (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – N4K, DA
  • Snow White & the Huntsman* (US/UK) – 8/23/16 – X
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War* (US/UK) – 8/23/16 – X
  • Extreme Nature Collection* (Antarctica on the Edge, Titans of the Ice Age, Great White Shark) (US/UK) – 9/13/16
  • Extreme Adventure Collection* (Tornado Alley, Grand Canyon Adventure, Hidden Universe) (US/UK) – 9/13/16
  • Everest** (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – DA
  • Warcraft* (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – DA
  • The Bourne Identity (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – REVIEW – X
  • The Bourne Supremacy* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • The Bourne Ultimatum* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • The Bourne Legacy* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • Jason Bourne** (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • The Secret Life of Pets* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – DA
  • Battleship* (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – X
  • The Girl on the Train (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – X
  • Sing* (US/UK) – 3/21/17 – DA
  • Fast & Furious 6* (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – X
  • Furious 7* (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades Darker (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades: 2-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • The Ultimate Mummy Trilogy (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – X
  • The Great Wall** (US/UK) – 5/23/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Ultimate Bourne Collection (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – X
  • Despicable Me** (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – DV, X
  • Despicable Me 2** (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – DV, X
  • King Kong: Ultimate Edition* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – REVIEW – X
  • The Fate of the Furious* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – DV, X
  • Minions (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – DA
  • Van Helsing (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • Dracula Untold (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • Split (US/UK) – 9/12/17
  • Get Out (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy (1999) (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy Returns (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Purge: Three-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy (2017)* (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: 35th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – X
  • Serenity (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Apollo 13* (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Atomic Blonde* (US/UK) – 11/14/17 – DV, X
  • Logan Lucky (US/--) – 11/28/17 – N4K
  • Despicable Me 3 (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV, X
  • American Made (US/--) – 1/9/18 – X
  • Mother! (US/UK) – TBA – N4K (distributed by Universal in the UK)
  • Straight Outta Compton (US/UK) – 2/6/18
  • Illumination Presents 3-Movie Collection (Despicable Me 1-3) (US/UK) – 3/13/18
  • Pitch Perfect (US/UK) – 3/20/18
  • Pitch Perfect 2 (US/UK) – 3/20/18
  • Pitch Perfect 3 (US/UK) – 3/20/18
  • The Incredible Hulk* (US/UK) – 4/10/18 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Mamma Mia! (US/UK) – 5/1/18 – X
  • The Phantom Thread (US/UK) – 5/8/18 – N4K, X
  • Fifty Shades of Freed (US/UK) – 5/8/18 – X
  • Jurassic Park: 25th Anniversary Collection* (US/UK – 4 films/8 discs) – 5/22/18 – REVIEW – N4K (films 1-3), X
  • Jurassic Park* (--/UK) – 5/22/18 – N4K, X
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park* (--/UK) – 5/22/18 – N4K, X
  • Jurassic Park III* (--/UK) – 5/22/18 – N4K, X
  • Jurassic World** (--/UK) – 5/22/18 – X
  • Darkest Hour** (US/UK) – 6/12/18 (US BD release on 2/27/18) – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Purge (US/UK) – 6/12/18
  • The Purge: Anarchy (US/UK) – 6/12/18
  • The Purge: Election Year (US/UK) – 6/12/18
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising (US/UK) – 6/19/18 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • Unsane (US/UK) – 6/19/18 – N4K
  • Robin Hood: Director’s Cut (2010) (US/UK) – 9/11/18 – N4K, X
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom* (US/UK) – REVIEW – 9/18/18 – N4K, DV, X
  • Jurassic World: 5-Film Collection (US/UK) – 9/18/18 – N4K, DV, X (see individual film stats)
  • The First Purge (US/UK) – 10/2/18 – X
  • The Fast and the Furious (US/UK) – 10/2/18 – N4K, X
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (US/UK) – 10/2/18 – N4K, X
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (US/UK) – 10/2/18 – X
  • Skyscraper (US/UK) – TBA 10/9/18
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (US/UK) – TBA 10/16/18
  • The Big Lebowski (US/UK) – 10/16/18 - N4K, X
  • The Big Lebowski: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition (with swag) (US/UK) – 10/16/18 - N4K, X
  • BlacKkKlansman (US/UK) – 11/6/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • Les Miserables – TBA Late 2018
  • Schindler’s List – TBA December 2018
  • How to Train Your Dragon – TBA December 2018
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – TBA December 2018
  • Fast Five – TBA
  • Mortal Engines – TBA 2019
  • First Man – TBA Early 2019
  • Halloween (2018) – TBA Early 2019
  • Glass – TBA 2019
  • The House with a Clock in its Walls – TBA 2019

 

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2** (US/UK) – 8/22/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (US/--) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Cars 3 (US/--) – 11/7/17 – DA
  • Coco** (US/--) – 2/27/18 – REVIEW – DA
  • Thor: Ragnarok* (US/UK) – 3/6/18 – REVIEW – DA
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi** (US/UK) – 3/27/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • Black Panther (US/UK) – 5/15/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • A Wrinkle in Time* (US/UK) – 6/5/18 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Incredibles (US/UK) – 6/5/18 – DA
  • Avengers: Infinity War (US/UK) – 8/14/18 – N4K, DA
  • The Avengers* (US/UK) – 8/14/18 – REVIEW – DA
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron* (US/UK) – 8/14/18 – REVIEW – DA
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story* (US/UK) – 9/25/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA, DV only on Digital 4K
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp – (US/UK) – 10/16/18 – N4K, DA
  • The Incredibles 2 – 11/6/18 – DA
  • Christopher Robin – TBA 11/6/18
  • Wreck-It Ralph – TBA November
  • The Lion King – TBA December
  • The Little Mermaid – TBA December

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

  • Mad Max: Fury Road* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The LEGO Movie* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW
  • San Andreas (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Pan (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – DA
  • Creed (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW
  • In the Heart of the Sea (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – DA
  • Point Break (US/UK) – 6/7/16
  • Man of Steel* (US/UK) – 7/19/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition* (US/UK) – 7/19/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (US/UK) – 7/19/16
  • You Are Wanted (US/UK) – 9/7/17 (Germany only)
  • Central Intelligence (US/--) – 9/27/16
  • The Great Gatsby (2016)* (US/UK) – 10/4/16
  • Jupiter Ascending (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – DA
  • Pacific Rim* (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Legend of Tarzan (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – DA
  • War Dogs (US/UK) – 11/22/16
  • Goodfellas (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – N4K
  • I Am Legend (US/UK) – 12/6/16
  • The Town (US/UK) – 12/6/16
  • Argo (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – N4K
  • Suicide Squad** (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Sully** (US/UK) – 12/20/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Storks (US/UK) – 12/20/16
  • The Accountant (US/UK) – 1/10/17 – REVIEW
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them** (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Unforgiven** (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The LEGO Batman Movie* (US/UK) – 6/13/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Kong: Skull Island (US/--) – 7/18/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (US/UK) – 8/8/17 – DA
  • Batman and Harley Quinn (US/--) – 8/29/17
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut** (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Wonder Woman* (US/UK) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (US/--) – 9/26/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Peanuts Holiday Collection: Deluxe Edition (US/--) – 10/10/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (US/--) – 10/24/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (US/--) – 10/31/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Mad Max High Octane Collection (US/UK) – 10/31/17
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban* (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter: 8-Film Collection (US/UK) – 11/7/17 – X
  • Dunkirk** (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Batman Begins (US/--) – 12/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • The Dark Knight* (US/--) – 12/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • The Dark Knight Rises** (US/--) – 12/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy* (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – See the individual film reviews – N4K
  • Inception (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Prestige (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Christopher Nolan Collection** (US/--) – 12/19/17 – See the individual film reviews – N4K
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie (US/UK) – 12/19/17
  • IT (US/UK) – 1/9/18 – DV, DA
  • Blade Runner 2049** (US/UK) – 1/16/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (US/UK) – 2/6/18
  • Justice League* (US/UK) – 3/13/18 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (US/UK) – 4/10/18
  • The Matrix** (US/UK) – 5/22/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • Tomb Raider* (2018) (US/UK) – 6/12/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • Rampage (US/UK) – 7/17/18 – DV, DA
  • Ready Player One (US/UK) – 7/24/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • DC Universe: The Death of Superman (US/UK) – 8/7/18
  • Ocean’s 8 (US/UK) – 9/11/18 – DV, DA
  • Batman: The Killing Joke (US/UK) – 9/11/18
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham (US/UK) – 9/11/18
  • Constantine: City of Demons (US/UK) – 10/9/18 – N4K?
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (US/UK) – 10/30/18 (was 5/8/18) – N4K, DV
  • The Matrix Reloaded (US/UK) – 10/30/18 (was 10/2/18) – N4K, DV, DA
  • The Matrix Revolutions (US/UK) – 10/30/18 (was 10/2/18) – N4K, DV, DA
  • The Matrix Trilogy (US/UK) – 10/30/18 (was 10/2/18) – N4K, DV, DA
  • DC Universe: Justice League – Throne of Atlantis (US/UK) – 11/13/18
  • The Meg (US/UK) – 11/13/18
  • Superman: The Movie (Theatrical Cut) (US/UK) – TBA October-November 2018 – N4K
  • 12 Strong – BD set for 5/1, no 4K UHD planned
  • 15:17 to Paris – BD set for 5/22, no 4K UHD planned
  • Paddington 2 – TBA 2018
  • The Meg – TBA Late 2018
  • Aquaman – TBA 2019
  • Shazam! – TBA 2019
  • Wonder Woman 1984 – TBA 2019
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters – TBA 2019
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – TBA 2019
  • Mowgli – TBA 2019

 

There are unconfirmed reports that Warner is also working on The Polar Express and Gravity. Additional titles I’ve personally seen 4K Ultra HD tests of (in private meetings at CES) include The Godfather and Lawrence of Arabia, but whether they’ve been fully mastered and authored for released yet is unconfirmed.

We’ve got a bunch of news for you today, including Blu-ray and 4K items of interest. But we’re going to start with some new disc reviews we’ve done over the last couple of days for you...

First up, I’ve posted my in-depth looks at John Carpenter’s original Halloween in 4K from Lionsgate, as well as The Sum of All Fears and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in 4K, which completes our look at the full Jack Ryan 5-Film Collection 4K box set from Paramount. Halloween features a fantastic new 4K film scan approved by both Carpenter and cinematographer Dean Cundy, but the audio options are the same as the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray (which means the mono is not original theatrical).

I’m also currently working on a review of Fox’s The X-Men Trilogy in 4K, as well as the Universal Classic Monsters Complete 30-Film Collection, The Invisible Man: Complete Legacy Collection, and Creature from the Black Lagoon: Complete Legacy Collection all on Blu-ray. And yes, I am attempting to ascertain when fixed discs will be available for sale (the sets are not currently available directly from Amazon) and how you’ll be able to tell that you have the fixed discs via the packaging. So stay tuned.

Also today, we’ve posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking through one of our links (like this one), you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it. [Read on here...]

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This is a quick post to let you all know that Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As a NEW feature, the section now lets you search for upcoming Blu-ray titles, DVD titles, AND 4K Ultra HD titles seperately to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART on the menu bar above to visit the page, and use the search options in the red bar (at the top) to sort by format and date. Once you find a title you like, just click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to the Amazon.com pre-order page. Thank you for shopping through our links!

- Bill Hunt

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We’ve got some interesting new announcement news for you today...

We start today with the Criterion Collection, which has just announced its December slate of titles. Look for it to include Samuel Fuller’s Forty Guns (Spine #954 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Euzhan Palcy’s A Dry White Season (Spine #953 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 12/11, followed by Julien Duvivier’s Panique (Spine #955 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an update of Ingmar Bergman’s Sawdust and Tinsel (Spine #412 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 12/18. We’ve updated the Criterion Spines Project pages here at The Bits accordingly.

Our friends at the Warner Archive Collection have just announced a few new Blu-ray titles, including the Hammer films titles Dracula AD 1972 (1972) and Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974), both starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, along with Bad Ronald (1974), Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud (1970), and The 100: The Complete Fifth Season (2018). All are coming soon. [Read on here...]

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I posted the following text at the end of our early news update here at The Digital Bits, but it’s important enough that I though it worth posting separately, so it doesn’t get lost amid the usual news we post. This is an update and follow-up to my editorial from last Thursday, Hey Kids… Buying Movies? Buy Them on Disc, Not Digital. Here’s Why.... So here’s the text again or your attention:

All right... finally today, wanted to post a follow-up about that story from last week on iTunes consumer Andrews G da Silva, who discovered a trio of digital movies he’d purchased missing from his iTunes library. Now, it turns out the situation is a little bit of an oddball… da Silva is from Australia, where he purchased many of his films, but recently moved to Canada. Because of this, the region differences meant three of the films he’d purchased before he moved didn’t show up in his library after the move. You can read updates here at CNet and here at 9 to 5 Mac.

First of all, it’s unsurprising that region issues related to film distribution rights would rear their ugly head as a problem in the digital space. As people move around, this is going to be an on-going problem.

Of course, this has led a few to dismiss the concerns we posted in our editorial here at The Bits on Thursday. But doing so misses the larger point, which is important. [Read on here...]

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Before we get to the news, we begin the week with four new Blu-ray reviews, including…

Tim Salmons’ look at Terry Gilliam’s Tideland (2005) from Arrow Video.

David Steigman’s take on The French Way (1945) from MVD.

And Dennis Seuling’s look at Bram Stoker’s Shadowbuilder (1998) from the MVD Rewind Collection and That Summer (2017) on DVD from IFC Independent Film. Fans of the 1975 Albert and David Maysles documentary Grey Gardens will find That Summer of interest, as it contains raw footage from an earlier project starring the two Edies.

Also, we’ve posted the latest update of the Release Dates & Artwork section featuring new Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, when you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking through our links (like this one), you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it. [Read on here...]

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Battlestar Galactica remains in the history of pop-culture as one of the most star-studded, lavishly-produced, special-effects-laden television shows of all time.” – Classic TV historian Herbie J Pilato

The Digital Bits and History, Legacy & Showmanship are pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Battlestar Galactica, Glen A. Larson’s science-fiction television series about the crew of the Galactica and their ongoing battles with the Cylons and quest to locate Earth. Starring Richard Hatch as Apollo, Dirk Benedict as Starbuck, and Lorne Greene as Adama, the series is remembered for its massive production budget and state-of-the-art visual effects.

The supporting cast included Herbert Jefferson, Jr. (Boomer), John Colicos (Baltar), Maren Jensen (Athena), Noah Hathaway (Boxey), Laurette Spang (Cassiopeia), Tony Swartz (Flight Sergeant Jolly), Terry Carter (Colonel Tigh), Anne Lockhart (Lieutenant Sheba), Jane Seymour (Serina), Patrick Macnee (narrator, Count Iblis, and voice of Imperious Leader), and Jonathan Harris (voice of Lucifer). [Read on here...]

Every now and again, we talk here at The Digital Bits about the need to fight for the preservation of physical media. Meaning discs.

And every time we do, we get a few emails from our younger readers saying that we sound ridiculous for doing so, because discs are for dinosaurs and digital is awesome and that’s the future and you can watch it on your phone.

But we continue to fight for physical media for a very good reason... and older readers will know from experience why we do.

If you own all your movies and music on discs, you’ll have them indefinitely, whenever you want to watch or listen to them. You can still rip those discs to a digital file to watch your content on whatever device you want to. Sure it takes a little more effort to do so, but you still have that disc sitting on a shelf or in a box. And that’s very important.

Here’s why: If all your content is digital only, and your library exists only in the cloud, you don’t actually have those movies. You don’t own them, even if you’ve “purchased” them with your hard earned money. And the studios or streaming services can take them away from you whenever they want to. [Read on here...]

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All right, first up today, we have more new disc reviews for you...

I’ve just posted my in-depth look at Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story in 4K Ultra HD from Disney and Lucasfilm. The three-disc set has nearly two hours of extras on the bonus Blu-ray and they’re pretty great. The title looks and sounds very nice in 4K Ultra HD as well. You can find the review here.

Meanwhile, I’ve also reviewed Shintao Katsu’s Zatoichi (1989), aka Zatoichi: Darkness Is His Ally, now available on Blu-ray at long last from Media Blasters and Tokyo Shock. If you’re a Zatoichi fan, it’s a perfect match to the amazing Criterion Blu-ray box set and completes the long-running Japanese film saga on Blu-ray.

Also, Dennis Seuling has checked in with his thoughts on Focus Films and Universal’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? documentary about Fred Rogers on Blu-ray.

We have more new Blu-ray and 4K reviews on the way, so be sure to watch for them. [Read on here...]

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