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All right, we’ve got a LOT of ground to cover here on The Bits today. There’s lots of news to catch up on.

First though, I posted my reviews of Warner’s Tomb Raider (2018) and Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time in 4K Ultra HD here on The Bits on Friday.

Also, Tim has posted a review of Scream Factory’s new Ninja III: The Domination – Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray.

And in case you missed it when we posted it on Thursday, Michael Coate has turned in a new retrospective History, Legacy & Showmanship column looking back at the 007 film Octopussy in honor of its 35th anniversary.

So do give all of those a look. [Read on here...]

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“While Octopussy may always be fated to be best remembered as the Bond film that went head-to-head with Never Say Never Again, its real legacy was to reaffirm the relevance of the series to an increasingly sophisticated international audience that was being presented by a resurgent action movie genre which was offering whole new levels of cinematic spectacle and excess.” — 007 historian Thomas A. Christie

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 35th anniversary of the release of Octopussy, the thirteenth (official) cinematic James Bond adventure and the sixth (of seven) to star Sir Roger Moore as Agent 007.

Our previous celebratory 007 articles include Casino Royale (1967), Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, Dr. No, The Living Daylights, The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Casino Royale, For Your Eyes Only, Thunderball, GoldenEye, A View to a Kill, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldfinger, and 007… Fifty Years Strong.

The Bits continues the series with this retrospective featuring a Q&A with an esteemed group of James Bond historians who discuss the virtues, shortcomings and legacy of Casino Royale (1967). [Read on here...]

We’ve got another new Blu-ray review for you today... Tim has taken a look at Severin Film’s Zombie 3 on Blu-ray Disc. Do give it a look.

Also today, I’m working on a bunch more reviews. On deck are A Wrinkle in Time, Tomb Raider (2018), Pacific Rim Uprising, Fury, and Escape Plan. Then I’m got a nice little batch of great Blu-ray 3D titles I want to take a look for you from the 3-D Film Archive.

And yes, I’ve heard you. After my post yesterday, I got about 100 emails and messages from Bits readers asking me NOT to skip reviewing Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles in 4K Ultra HD. So for you guys, I’ll make an exception and try to get it posted as soon as I can.

If news posts this week get a little slim, that’s why. I’m really going to try and crank some of these reviews out as quickly as I can. And I want to spend some time with these 3-D titles. So keep checking back. [Read on here...]

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All right, I posted my in-depth review of HBO’s new Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season in 4K Ultra HD last night here at The Bits. I’m really surprised at how good it looks. Way better than I expected given the production resolution. It’s a genuine upgrade over the previous Blu-ray release in terms of A/V quality, so I recommend that fans give it a look.

We’ve got more 4K reviews coming soon and we’re also going to be taking a look at some interesting recent Blu-ray 3D titles thanks to our friends at the 3-D Film Archive. So be sure to watch for those.

One note however: We will probably not be reviewing Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles in 4K Ultra HD. I picked up a copy of the disc this morning, and have found it to offer a modest (but definite) image and sound improvement over the previous Blu-ray release – probably enough for fans to want to make the upgrade. Note that it has Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos audio. But Disney chose not to send this title for out review and we have a good number of titles to cover here that the studios (Disney included) have sent out for our consideration. With limited time at our disposal, we feel that we should focus our attenion on those. Just FYI. But if you’re a fan of the film, you might want to check the 4K edition out and Best Buy does have mighty nice exclusive Steelbook packaging. So there you go. [Read on here...]

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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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