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Thanks to our friends at HBO, we’re giving away ONE copy of Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season in 4K Ultra HD on The Bits’ Facebook page today!

All you have to do is follow the page (linked here), and respond in the comments section of this post (linked here) with your favorite quote from the show. (US residents only, please – sorry!)

The giveaway is open until 11:59 PM Pacific tonight. We’ll draw at random from all the entries up to that time and announce the winner here and on Facebook tomorrow morning.

Good luck!

- Bill Hunt

(You can follow Bill on social media at these links: Twitter and Facebook)

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 12:18

Dailies – Severin Films

When it comes to the depths of obscurity, few companies manage to put out consistently under the radar material like Severin Films.

Digging up everything from cult horror oddities to lost exploitation classics, it’s clear that little known and underappreciated cinema is their bread and butter.

Some of the company’s most notable releases include Bloody Moon, Hardware, BMX Bandits, Santa Sangre, The Other Hell, Cathy’s Curse, and The Devil’s Honey.

Today, we’re going to be taking a look at a few of their more recent releases, including many we haven’t reviewed here at The Digital Bits before. [Read on here...]

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All right, I’m working on more reviews today and a couple of other behind-the-post items here at The Bits, so today’s post will be a quick one. But...

As promised, I posted my reviews of Paramount’s Forrest Gump and Terminator Genisys in 4K Ultra HD on Friday night, so those are available this morning in case you missed them.

Up on deck for review next in 4K are A Wrinkle in Time, Fury, Escape Plan, and Game of Thrones: Season One (possibly not in that order), so be sure to watch for them.

Also, Tim will have a new Dailies column for you here at the site tomorrow.

The big news today is that Lionsgate has just announced that their Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD is going to be re-released on 7/17 in both regular and long-delayed Endo Arm packaging. [Read on here...]

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All right, we’ve been busy with reviews here at The Bits this week and the work continues through the weekend.

Case in point: I’ve just completed my in-depth review of Universal’s Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection in 4K Ultra HD, which includes Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, and Jurassic World in both Blu-ray and 4K. You should read the review, obviously, but the cliff’s notes version is that the films all sound fantastic with DTS:X sound, but the transfers are a mixed bag. Jurassic Park looks better than ever (but don’t expect a miracle), The Lost World and Jurassic World look fantastic, and Jurassic Park III is barely an upgrade over the previous Blu-ray. The box is recommended for diehard fans of the franchise, certainly, and others if you can get a good sale price.

Not finished though, I’ve also posted my review of Universal’s Darkest Hour in 4K Ultra HD, which is not only a terrific film it’s a gorgeous 4K presentation of some of the best cinematography in recent years. I highly recommend this one.

By the end of the day (fingers crossed) I’ll also have posted my reviews of Paramount’s Forrest Gump and Terminator Genisys in 4K Ultra HD. [Read on here...]

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Sometimes it’s wonderful to find someone who hails from the same planet as you. I go to film festivals and am always pleased to find intelligent, well dressed and conversant people on subjects close to my heart. These folks, somewhat like yours truly, are professionals, go to work every day, raise families and live contemplative and productive lives. And, well, like a fool such as I, love, as Pauline Kael once said, “when the lights go down.”

I’ve been extremely lucky – I’ve had mentors and friends who have done their dead level best to educate me in the ways of the world while also sharing their deep and abiding love for everything silver and screen. [Read on here...]

All right, we’re going to have a bunch of new disc reviews for you starting tomorrow. I’m wrapping up the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection in 4K Ultra HD and Tim is working on a whole mess of new Blu-ray reviews as well. Watch for them soon.

Meanwhile, we have a bit of release news for you today...We have a street date from our retail and industry sources for 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2. Look for it on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 8/21. Keep in mind, this isn’t official until it’s announced by the studio.

Also, it looks like the street date for Disney’s The Incredibles on 4K Ultra HD has been delayed a week to 6/12. Adjust your plans accordingly. [Editor’s Note: It looks like the street date may still be 6/5 after all. The 6/12 date comes from Best Buy sources but isn’t being reported by other retailers. So probably best to assume it’s still 6/5 after all.] Our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits has been updated to reflect this. [Read on here...]

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All right, first things first today. You may recall that recently (as part of our Back the Bits call to arms here at the site) we mentioned how tough it is to keep a good independent media website going on the Internet these days. Believe me, it is. No kidding.

So it’s with sadness that we tip our hats today in honor of our friends Gord Lacey, Dave Lambert, and their fine TVShowonDVD.com website, which has sadly gone dark after 18 years of great service to home media enthusiasts. They intend to continue on social media (visit the page for the links), but we’re sad to see their website go away regardless.

Gord, Dave… we love you guys. Thank you for 18 great years. And thanks too for your friendship. You have ours always. [Read on here...]

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Here’s a quickie post with some quick bits of news because... you know... Solo tonight.

First up, in honor the Star Wars theme, our own Michael Coate has just posted a great new film retrospective in his History, Legacy & Showmanship column celebrating the 35th anniversary of Return of the Jedi! It’s features a new look back at the film and a great new roundtable interview as well with historians Michael Kaminski (The Secret History of Star Wars), Mark O’Connell (Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us), and Craig Stevens (The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain). It’s a great read, so be sure to give it a look.

Also today, I’ve posted my review of Sony’s The Patriot in 4K Ultra HD (it’s a terrific disc) and Tim’s also posted a review of The Bloodthirsty Trilogy on Blu-ray from Arrow Video. Note that Universal’s Jurassic Park 4K Collection has finally arrives, so I’ll be diving into that tomorrow. Enjoy! [Read on here…]

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“With its dramatic and satisfying conclusion of the overall plot and its upbeat finale, Return of the Jedi set the future of the Star Wars brand on an extremely sure footing and ensured that the trilogy would be regarded as one of the greatest of all time.” — Craig Stevens, author of The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain

The Digital Bits and History, Legacy & Showmanship are pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 35th anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi, the concluding chapter of George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, which featured Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reprising their popular roles of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, respectively.

Tying up all of the loose ends of the previous chapter and showcasing a galaxy’s worth of creatures, robots and visual effects, Return of the Jedi opened to record-breaking box-office thirty-five years ago this week. [Read on here...]

This just in: Retail and industry sources are now telling us that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is going to be releasing John McTiernan’s original Predator (1987) on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray later this year, likely in August, to support the September theatrical release of the new Shane Black sequel film The Predator. We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List accordingly.

We don’t have any additional information on this yet (this is NOT an officially announced title yet), but fans will know that this film has been plagued by terrible transfers on disc over the years. The original 2008 Blu-ray release was decent, though the 2010 Ultimate Hunter Edition Blu-ray (which included all the legacy special features) was a flat-out disaster of epic proportions, with so much of the film’s fine detail and grain texture removed through the excessive use of DNR (digital noise reduction) that it was unwatchable.

Fox certainly already knows this, but it’s worth saying regardless: The studio could score massive points with fans of the film if the 4K remastered package included a new and properly-remastered Blu-ray edition of the film as well… one with all those good special features too in one package. Fingers crossed.

Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

(You can follow Bill on social media at these links: Twitter and Facebook)

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