All right, we’ve got a long weekend of disc reviewing ahead of us here at The Bits. But I wanted to jump in today with a bit of breaking news as well as some more new 4K cover artwork.
First that breaking news... Universal has just set Mamma Mia! The Movie for release on 4K Ultra HD on 5/1. High Dynamic Range will be HDR10 but the disc will feature DTS:X object based audio. Obviously, you’ll also get the Blu-ray (10th Anniversary Edition) too with all extras and a Digital Copy code. You can see the cover artwork below.
Something else I wanted to mention: It seems like a good bet that if Universal is including DTS:X on Mamma Mia! in 4K, the studio’s forthcoming Jurassic Park: 25th Anniversary Collection 4K titles could have it too. Some of the marketing artwork we’ve seen hints at it, but we’ll have to wait and see when Universal makes their official announcement to be sure. Fingers crossed. [Read on here...]
All right, this is just a quick post today with some big release news and updates...
First, Tim’s got a stack of Blu-ray titles he’s working his way through for review, while I’ve got reviews of Three Billboards, Dark Crystal, and Murder on the Orient Express in 4K Ultra HD all in the works. So watch for those to start going up tomorrow and Monday. And sometime late next week… Justice League 4K.
Also here at The Bits, today, we’ve got a new update for you of the Release Dates & Artwork section with lots of fresh Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover art and Amazon pre-order links. Remember, whenever you shop Amazon through our links, it makes a big difference for us here in terms of keeping The Bits going. So thank you for doing so!
Now then... the big news today is more 4K: Universal has just revealed its 4-film/8-disc Jurassic Park: 25th Anniversary Collection for release on 5/22 (SRP $79.88), which will include Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, and Jurassic World each on both 4K UHD and Blu-ray. [Read on here...]
All right, we’ve got three more new Blu-ray reviews for you today...
Also, as promised I’ve turned in my thoughts on Umbrella Entertainment’s Australian Blu-ray version of Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, which is region free and features 24p (so no PAL audio speed-up). It matches well with Alive AG’s German Frank Herbert’s Dune Blu-ray which I reviewed earlier this week. Do give it a look if you’re a fan. [Read on here...]
All right, we have three more new disc reviews for you today…
Also available today, Tim takes a look at Severin’s new Blu-ray release of Umberto Lenzi’s Eaten Alive, for those in need of an Italian cannibal horror/gore fix. There you go. [Read on here...]
All right, we’ve got a trio of new new Blu-ray reviews for you to start the new week...
I’ve actually managed to find time to write a few myself, so we start with my take on Joe Wright’s outstanding Darkest Hour, on Blu-ray from Focus Films and Universal. The disc streets tomorrow.
Also, I’m pleased to be able to report that there’s ONE good Blu-ray edition of the Frank Herbert’s Dune miniseries available on Blu-ray for US fans, and it comes from Alive AG in Germany. It’s an all-region release with English audio (but no subs), lots of the previous DVD extras, and no 4% PAL audio speed-up. There’s also a good Children of Dune BD too (from Umbrella Entertainment) that I’ll be reviewing here later this week, so be sure to watch for that.
We’ve got a little bit more release news for you guys today…
First up, Lionsgate is releasing The Commuter on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 4/17. The film stars Lia, Neeson and Vera Farmiga. You can pre-order it here.
Arrow Academy is bringing Bruno Lawrence’s Smash Palace to Blu-ray on 5/29.
Image Entertainment is releasing I Kill Giants on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/22. The film stars Zoe Saldana and Imogen Poots.
Warner Home Video is releasing Paddington 2 on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/24. No word yet of a 4K Ultra HD release, though it appears one if coming internationally. [Read on here...]
All right, just as we expected, Disney and Lucasfilm have just officially announced director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on 3/27, with the Digital/Movies Anywhere release set for 3/13.
Here’s something exciting for 4K fans from the press release: “This release will mark Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision™ HDR and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio, delivering consumers a transformative viewing experience.” [Read on here...]
All right… today is the President’s Day holiday here in the States, but we do have a couple of announcements for you today...
First, if our retail, industry, and studio sources are correct, Disney and Lucasfilm are expected to announce the Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, and Digital release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this week, possibly as soon as tomorrow. If and when that happens, we’ll have all the official details and cover artwork for you ASAP. [Read on here...]
This is just a quick update with news that the Criterion Collection has just announced its May Blu-ray slate…
Look for it to include Frank Borzage’s Moonrise (Cat #921 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/8, Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope (Cat #922 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 5/15, Christian Mungiu’s Graduation (Cat #924 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Beyond the Hills (Cat #923 – Blu-ray and DVD), and an upgrade of Paul Shrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Cat #432 – Blu-ray, DVD, and iTunes) on 5/22, and John Schleshinger’s Midnight Cowboy (Cat #925 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an upgrade of Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (Cat #297 – Blu-ray, DVD, iTunes) on 5/29.
We’ve updated our Criterion Spines Project page here at The Bits accordingly.
- Bill Hunt
All right, we have another Blu-ray review for you today, and it’s a good one: Tim has checked out Criterion’s outstanding new Night of the Living Dead Blu-ray and he offers his thoughts on that in-depth today. You can find that here. And I’ll be checking in with another 4K Ultra HD review myself later today, so be sure to watch for it.
In announcement news today, Lionsgate has just set Greta Gerwig’s Best Picture-nominated film Ladybird for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/6. Extras will include audio commentary with Gerwig and cinematographer Sam Levy along with the Realizing Lady Bird featurette. You can see the cover artwork at left and it’s available for pre-order below.
Warner Archive just thrilled Batman fans with a Valentine’s Day tease that they’re working on a new Blu-ray edition of the animated Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: SubZero Blu-ray. We don’t have a street date yet, but it’ll be a very nice appetizer until Warner Archive releases they’re forthcoming Batman: The Animated Series Blu-ray set later this year. Our hats off to everyone at the Archive; they’re killing it with these releases. [Read on here…]