All right, we’re kicking things off today here at The Bits with a review from our own Jeff Kleist of Universal’s new Battlestar Galactica (1978) on Blu-ray Disc. The title is currently a Best Buy exclusive, but should go wide in a few weeks.
Also this afternoon, Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates and 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 through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it.
Now then… in Blu-ray/DVD release news today…
- 701 Persona
- 702 The Great Beauty
- 703 The Freshman
- 704 Riot in Cell Block 11
- 705 Breaking the Waves
- 706 Master of the House (BD)
- 707 Il Sorpasso
- 708 Like Someone in Love
- 709 Red River (BD)
- 710 Judex (BD)
- 711 A Hard Day’s Night (BD)
- 712 Scanners (BD)
- 713 The Essential Jacques Demy
- 714 Lola (Jacques Demy box)
- 715 Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy box)
- 716 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy box)
- 717 The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy box)
- 718 Donkey Skin (Jacques Demy box)
- 719 Une chambre en ville (Jacques Demy box)
- 720 The Big Chill
- 721 Love Streams
- 722 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
- 723 Y tu mamá también
- 724 All That Jazz
- 725 Eraserhead (BD)
- 726 Macbeth (BD)
- 727 The Innocents (BD)
- 728 Sundays and Cybèle
- 729 The Complete Jacques Tati
- 730 Jour de fête (Jacques Tati box)
- 731 Parade (Jacques Tati box)
- 732 My Darling Clementine (BD)
- 733 La dolce vita
- 734 The Shooting (Monte Hellman set)
- 735 Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman set)
- 736 It Happened One Night
- 737 Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
- 738 Tootsie
- 739 Safe
- 740 The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
- 741 My Winnipeg
- 742 The Palm Beach Story
- 743 La ciénaga
- 744 Every Man for Himself
- 745 Don't Look Now
- 746 A Day in the Country
- 747 Fellini Satyricon
- 748 Watership Down (BD)
- 749 The Soft Skin
- 750 Ride the Pink Horse
- 751 Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris double feature)
- 752 Vernon, Florida (Errol Morris double feature)
- 753 The Thin Blue Line
- 754 Odd Man Out
- 755 Le silence de la mer
- 756 Limelight (BD)
- 757 The Rose
- 758 The Merchant of Four Seasons
- 759 The Confession
- 760 State of Siege
- 761 Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (BD)
- 762 A Master Builder
- 763 The Bridge
- 764 The Fisher King (BD)
- 765 The Black Stallion
- 766 Here Is Your Life
- 767 My Beautiful Laundrette
- 768 The French Lieutenant's Woman
- 769 Day for Night (BD)
- 770 Dressed to Kill
- 771 Two Days, One Night
- 772 Blind Chance
- 773 Breaker Morant
- 774 Mister Johnson
- 775 A Room with a View
- 776 Moonrise Kingdom
- 777 The Brood (BD)
- 778 A Special Day
- 779 Mulholland Dr. (BD)
- 780 Code Unknown
- 781 In Cold Blood
- 782 The Apu Trilogy
- 783 Pater Panchali (Apu Trilogy)
- 784 Aparajito (Apu Trilogy)
- 785 Apur Sansar (Apu Trilogy)
- 786 Don't Look Back
- 787 Jellyfish Eyes
- 788 Speedy
- 789 Burroughs: The Movie
- 790 Lady Snowblood
- 791 Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance
- 792 Bitter Rice
- 793 The American Friend
- 794 Inside Llewyn Davis (BD)
- 795 Gilda
- 796 The Emigrants (Jan Troell double feature)
- 797 The New Land (Jan Troell double feature)
- 798 Death by Hanging
- 799 The Kid (BD)
- 800 The Graduate
- 801 I Knew Her Well
- 802 Paris Belongs to Us
- 803 The Manchurian Candidate
- 804 A Brighter Summer Day
- 805 Leon Russell: A Poem Is a Naked Person
- 806 Only Angels Have Wings
- 807 Barcelona
- 808 The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates
- 809 Phoenix
- 810 In a Lonely Place
- 811 The Naked Island
- 812 The Player
- 813 Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy
- 814 Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders box)
- 815 Wrong Move (Wim Wenders box)
- 816 Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders box)
- 817 Le amiche
- 818 La chienne
- 819 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
- 820 Fantastic Planet (BD)
- 821 Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (BD)
- 822 Clouds of Sils Maria
- 823 The In-Laws (BD)
- 824 Muriel, or The Time of Return
- 825 A Touch of Zen
- 826 The New World
- 827 McCabe & Mrs. Miller (BD)
- 828 Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
- 829 A Taste of Honey
- 830 Chimes at Midnight
- 831 The Immortal Story
- 832 The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
- 833 Cat People (1942) (BD)
- 834 Blood Simple
- 835 Valley of the Dolls
- 836 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
- 837 Dekalog
- 838 Pan’s Labyrinth
- 839 Boyhood
- 840 The Executioner
- 841 Lone Wolf and Cub
- 842 Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (BD)
- 843 Punch-Drunk Love
- 844 One-Eyed Jacks (BD)
- 845 The Squid and the Whale
- 846 Heart of a Dog
- 847 The Asphalt Jungle
- 848 Roma
- 849 His Girl Friday
- 850 Something Wild
- 851 Fox and His Friends
- 852 Black Girl
- 853 Cameraperson
- 854 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (originally announced as 841 but delayed)
- 855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
- 856 The Before Trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight)
- 857 Before Sunrise (The Before Trilogy)
- 858 Before Sunset (The Before Trilogy)
- 859 Before Midnight (The Before Trilogy)
- 860 Mildred Pierce
- 861 45 Years
- 862 Canoa: A Shameful Memory
- 863 Multiple Maniacs (BD)
- 864 Being There
- 865 Blow-Up (BD)
- 866 Buena Vista Social Club
- 867 Woman of the Year
- 868 Tampopo
- 869 Rumble Fish
- 870 Othello
- 871 Dheepan
- 872 Ghost World
- 873 Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 2
- 874 Insiang (World Cinema Project No. 2)
- 875 Mysterious Object at Noon (World Cinema Project No. 2)
- 876 Revenge (World Cinema Project No. 2)
- 877 Limite (World Cinema Project No. 2)
- 878 Law of the Border (World Cinema Project No. 2)
- 879 Taipei Story (World Cinema Project No. 2)
- 880 They Live By Night
- 881 Marcel Pagnol's Marseille Trilogy
- 882 Marius (Marseille Trilogy)
- 883 Fanny (Marseille Trilogy)
- 884 César (Marseille Trilogy)
- 885 The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (BD)
- 886 L'argent
- 887 Lost in America
- 888 Stalker
- 889 The Breaking Point
- 890 Meantime
- 891 La Poison
- 892 Festival
- 893 Certain Women
- 894 The Piano Teacher
- 895 David Lynch: The Art Life
- 896 The Lure
- 897 Barry Lyndon (BD)
- 898 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (BD)
- 899 Personal Shopper
- 900 100 Years of Olympic Films
- 901 The Philadelphia Story
- 902 Desert Hearts
- 903 Jabberwocky (BD)
- 904 Election
- 905 The Breakfast Club (BD)
- 906 I, Daniel Blake
- 907 Westfront 1918
- 908 Kameradschaft
- 909 Tom Jones
- 910 Night of the Living Dead (BD)
- 911 The Hero
- 912 An Actor’s Revenge
- 913 The Age of Innocence
- 914 Baal
- 915 King of Jazz
- 916 Women in Love
- 917 The Awful Truth
- 918 The Color of Pomegranates
- 919 Dead Man
- 920 The Virgin Suicides
- 921 Moonrise
- 922 The Other Side of Hope
- 923 Beyond the Hills
- 924 Graduation
- 925 Midnight Cowboy
- 926 Manila in the Claws of Light
- 927 El Sur
- 928 Bowling for Columbine
- 929 Female Trouble
- 930 Dietrich & Von Sternberg in Hollywood (box set)
- 931 Morocco (Dietrich box)
- 932 Dishonored (Dietrich box)
- 933 Shanghai Express (Dietrich box)
- 934 Blonde Venus (Dietrich box)
- 935 The Devil Is a Woman (Dietrich box)
- 936 Bull Durham
- 937 Dragon Inn
- 938 Sex, Lies, and Videotape
- 940 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (BD)
- 941 Smithereens
- 942 The Tree of Life (BD)
- 943 Memories of Underdevelopment
- 944 Cold Water
- 945 A Raisin in the Sun (BD)
- 946 Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day
- 947 Shampoo
- 948 The Princess Bride
- 949 A Story from Chikamatsu
- 950 Some Like It Hot
- 951 True Stories
- 952 The Magnificent Ambersons
- 953 A Dry White Season
- 954 Forty Guns
- 955 Panique
- 956 24 Frames
- 957 Mikey and Nicky
- 958 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
- 959 In the Heat of the Night
- 960 La vérité
- 961 Shame
- 962 Death in Venice
- 963 To Sleep with Anger
All right, we’ve got a couple more quick updates for you this afternoon, in addition to yesterday’s Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray pre-order post (which now includes UPDATED details about the exclusive QMx Phaser replica included in the Limited Edition Gift Set, so do check it out.)…
Universal has set The Office: Season Nine for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/13, along with The Mindy Project: Season One on DVD only. Also coming on DVD only from Universal on 7/16 is Alphas: Season Two.
Disney has set a Peter Pan: Return to Neverland – Special Edition for Blu-ray Combo release on 8/20.
Sony has set Dead Man Down for Blu-ray and DVD on 7/9 (SRP $35.99 and $26.99). Extras will include a trio of featurettes (Revenge and Redemption: Crafting Dead Man Down, Revenge Technique: The Cinematography and Staging the Action: The Firefights).
All right, space cadets! We’ve back early with a rate Sunday update of The Bits for you. Why you ask? Well… Amazon has just begun taking pre-orders on the Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD release of Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness, which just opened in theaters in the States this past week. There’s no street date yet (we’d guess it will be out in September or October), but there are FOUR SKU’s on Amazon.com – the Blu-ray 3D Combo (SRP $54.99 but Amazon has it for just $24.99 – with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy), a Blu-ray Combo (SRP $39.99 but Amazon has it for just $19.99 – with Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy), a DVD version (SRP $29.99 and Amazon has it for $16.99) and – get this – an Amazon-exclusive Limited Edition Gift Set version of the Blu-ray 3D Combo (SRP $99.99 but Amazon has it for $79.99) that ships with a newly-produced prop replica Phaser pistol from the film produced by QMx, which was apparently involved in making the hero props for the film. Unlike QMx’s 2009 Phaser replica (which is now sold out), this new one features a rotating emitter barrel (that in the film switches the Phaser from ‘stun’ to ‘kill’). Here’s what it looks like (the image has a pre-order link)…
A description page for the new Phaser replica was briefly visible on QMx’s website over the weekend but was then pulled down – we suspect it will be back soon. Only the sold-out 2009 prop’s page is there at the moment. (Note that Amazon has images of the new prop including one showing the barrel swiveling.)
[UPDATE: Here’s the official QMx page for this new Phaser replica as well as a page about the props they made for the new film. It will apparently only be available as part of the Amazon Blu-ray Limited Edition and word is they’re selling quick.]
Meanwhile, here’s the cover artwork for the other three versions. Clicking on any of the cover art (or the images above) takes you to the pre-order page on Amazon.com – any orders you make after clicking through our link go to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it!
All right, back tomorrow with the usual. Stay tuned!
- Bill Hunt
Okay… today’s Bits update is going to be a quick one as I seem to have a spotty Internet connection here this morning (curse you Cox Communications!) and I want to make sure I get something up before it goes out completely.
Our own Dr. Jahnke has a brand new Blu-ray Disc review for you today, this time a classic of exploitation cinema: John Flynn’s 1977 Rolling Thunder, which arrives in stores on 5/28 from Shout! Factory. Do give it a look. Tim has a new Blu-ray review for you as well this afternoon: Kino’s Zeta One, which is something of a sci-fi “sexploitation” comedy from 1969 and has been released on Kino’s Jezebel label.
We’ve also updated more of our past Criterion Blu-ray reviews into the new site’s database today (from Tim, the good Doctor, myself and Barrie Maxwell), including Lars-Von Trier’s Antichrist, Fritz Lang’s M, Wong Kar-Wai’s Chungking Express, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge, Erle C. Kenton’s Island of Lost Souls and Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko. Be sure to watch for lots more new and updated Blu-ray reviews here at The Bits all next week.
In release news today… well, it hasn’t exactly been announced yet but Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for Disney’s The Muppet Movie: The Original Classic – The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray with a reported release date of 8/13. One would like to think they’re going to get around to finally releasing The Muppet Show: Seasons 4 and 5 on DVD at some point, but no sign of it yet.
Speaking of Disney, retail sources tell us that studio will release new Blu-ray/DVD combo editions of The Sword in the Stone: 50th Anniversary Edition (SRP $36.99), the Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition (SRP $36.99) and the Oliver and Company: 25th Anniversary Edition (SRP $29.99) on 8/6. You can see the cover artwork below.
Sony has set Absolute Deception for DVD only release on 6/11.
And A&E has set Duck Dynasty: Season 3 for DVD release on 8/6.
We’ll leave you with a look at those Disney titles, as well as Paramount’s Marathon Man and The Talented Mr. Ripley (both due 9/10)…
All right, better get this up. Have a great weekend! Go see Star Trek into Darkness – it’s a ton of fun.
See you back here on Monday.
- Bill Hunt
All right, it’s Thursday here at The Bits and you know what that means! Well… actually it doesn’t really mean anything except that it’s Thursday, but we do have some great release news and some more Blu-ray Disc reviews for you.
First the reviews: From our own Tim Salmons we’ve got a new review of Anchor Bay’s Day of the Falcon, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. We’ve also ported over another pair of his older reviews from the original Bits website – Clerks and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
On top of that, we’ve updated more of our classic Criterion Blu-ray reviews as well – from myself, Todd Doogan and Barrie Maxwell. They include Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, Sanjuro and Yojimbo (as well as Ran from Studio Canal and Lionsgate) and also Charade and Amarcord.
And that leads me nicely to today’s release news: Our friends at the Criterion Collection have just announced their August Blu-ray and DVD release slate, set to include an updating of Max Ophuls’ The Earrings of Madame De... (Cat #445 – BD and DVD – due 8/6), John Frankenheimer’s Seconds (Cat #667 – BD and DVD – due 8/13), Satyajit Ray’s The Big City (Cat #668 – BD and DVD – due 8/20) and Charulata (Cat #669 – Blu-ray and DVD – also due 8/20) and Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be (Cat #670 – BD and DVD – due 8/27). They also have Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder coming to DVD only on 8/27, featuring Love Is Colder Than Death, Katzelmacher, Gods of the Plague, The American Soldier and Beware of a Holy Whore. Here’s a look at three of the covers (we’ll update the Amazon links when they become available)…
And that’s all for the moment. Stay tuned!
- Bill Hunt
All right, we’re using this lovely Hump Day afternoon to catch up on more Blu-ray Disc reviews. So we’ve got a brand new one for you in the form of Tim’s thoughts on Anchor Bay’s recent Shadow People on Blu-ray. We’ve also ported over a whopping seven more Blu-ray reviews from the original Bits website into the new review database (by Tim, myself, Barrie Maxwell and others), including Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Edition, Universal’s Legend: Ultimate Edition, MGM’s Platoon: 25th Anniversary Edition and Criterion’s Paths of Glory, The Killing, Wings of Desire and Howards End. So enjoy those!
We’re trying to get all of our past Blu-ray review work into the new database first, and then we’ll go back and update as many of our old DVD reviews as time permits. Step by step.
In announcement news today, Shout! factory has set A Boy and His Dog for Blu-ray release on 8/6 (SRP $26.99), followed by Roadie on 8/20 (SRP $19.97). Look also for a Bruce Lee Legacy Collection box set on 8/6 (SRP $119.99). The set includes 11 discs (4 BDs/7 DVDs) comprising the films The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon and Game of Death (each included in both Blu-ray and DVD versions – so that's 8 of the discs – with the BDs being new to North America), plus 3 more DVDs that include the documentaries Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend (1973), Bruce Lee: The Legend (1983 – a shorter version of the 1973 doc) and I Am Bruce Lee (2012), as well as more than two hours of additional exclusive bonus material. Here’s a look at the box art…
Meanwhile, Warner Home Video is delivering more Paramount catalog titles to Blu-ray for the first time on 9/10, including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sliver, Snake Eyes, Jennifer Eight and Marathon Man. SRP is $19.98 each.
And finally, Image Entertainment has set The Numbers Station for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/28.
Don’t forget, Midnight showings of Star Trek into Darkness kick off tonight here in the States. Maybe we’ll see you at one!
- Bill Hunt
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 Amazon.com 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…
- Bill Hunt