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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 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…

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:00

The Criterion Collection: 701-800

  • 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
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:00

The Criterion Collection: 801-900

  • 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
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:00

The Criterion Collection: 901-1000

  • 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
  • 964     
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  • 968     
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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).

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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 – 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)…

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D Limited Edition Gift Set)

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 – 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!

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D Combo)    Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray Disc)    Star Trek Into Darkness (DVD)

All right, back tomorrow with the usual.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt


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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 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)…

The Muppet Movie: Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    The Sword and the Stone: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Oliver and Company: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Marathon Man (Blu-ray Disc)    The Talented Mr. Ripley (Blu-ray Disc)

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


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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)…

Seconds (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    The Earrings of Madame De... (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)    To Be or Not to Be (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

And that’s all for the moment.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt


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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…

A Boy and His Dog (Blu-ray Disc)    Roadie (Blu-ray Disc)

Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection (Blu-ray/DVD)

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!

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt


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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


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