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Over the weekend, I’ve had a mighty interesting experience. Thanks to a friend in the industry, I’ve had the opportunity to revisit Star Wars on Blu-ray as I first experienced it many years ago – unaltered, in 720p high-definition, and with the original audio mixes. As some of you may know, I’m speaking of Harmy’s infamous “despecialized” edition of Star Wars – the most recent 2.5 version (early 1.0 versions of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are available online too – this thread at Original Trilogy.com is a good place to start). [Read on here…]
We’ve got a bunch of stuff to go over today to finish off the week...
First up, though, go see Godzilla this weekend if you get the chance. It’s a pretty good film. It’s not perfect, but director Gareth Edwards definitely gets the Godzilla mystique and he’s crafted an interesting and entertaining film. By the way, when you go, you might also get a look at the new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming Interstellar, which I’m cautiously getting excited about.
All right, here at The Bits today, our very own Dr. Adam Jahnke has turned in a fine new JET installment featuring his latest An Honor to Be Nominated, this time looking back at director Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975). Don’t miss it. [Read on here...]
All right, real quick update today with great news at least for you Twin Peaks fans! Almost exactly a year after we first broke the news here at The Digital Bits that CBS was hard at work on a Blu-ray upgrade of their own Definitive Gold Box Edition DVD release, CBS has just revealed via Entertainment Weekly that Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery and The Missing Pieces will street on Blu-ray Disc on 7/29 (you can pre-order it now here on Amazon.com). In addition to containing nearly everything that was on the Gold Box DVD set, the Blu-ray box will also include the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Series creator David Lynch, CBS and special edition producer Charles de Lauzirika have also created new extras just for this release. The set will even include 90 minutes’ worth never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes from the film. Full specs are available here and we'll talk more about the extras tomorrow. Meanwhile, you can get a peek “the missing pieces” at this official website for the release. Final cover art can be seen to the left and below. [Read on here...]
All right, here at The Bits today, our own Tim Salmons has checked in with a review of Eric Weston’s Evilspeak (1981) now available on Blu-ray from our friends at Scream Factory.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jahnke has turned in his weekly Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD column, covering this week’s latest small batch Manufactured on Demand catalog DVDs from Warner Archive and the Fox Cinema Archive. Enjoy! [Read on here…]
All right, we’ll start the new week with a smattering of additional Blu-ray and DVD release news...
First up, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set The Lunch Box for Blu-ray release on 7/1. Extras will include an audio commentary with writer/director Ritesh Batra.
Cinedigm will release Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors on Blu-ray Combo and digital on 6/10. Composer Philip Glass produced the film’s score. [Read on here…]
To round out the week today, our own Tim Salmons has checked with one more Blu-ray review for you: Conrack (1974) as originally released by Fox and now available on disc in HD via Twilight Time. Enjoy!
All right, the big news today is that Walt Disney Home Entertainment has just delivered on the classic catalog animation front as we expected them to: The studio has just officially set The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: Special Edition, the Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Special Edition, the Hercules: Special Edition, the Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers – 10th Anniversary Edition, and the Tarzan: Special Edition for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 8/12 (SRP $29.99 each). In addition, Disney has also just officially set the Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition for Blu-ray Combo release on 10/7 ($36.99). We expect to have more details on extras shortly, but you’ll find all the cover artwork below... [Read on here...]
All right, we’ve got a pretty good Rumor Mill-style update for you guys today, with mostly positive (but as-yet-unofficial) future release news.
First though, a couple of actual title announcements...
Scream Factory has set The Legend of Hell House for Blu-ray release on 8/26, along with Leviathan on 8/19. Meanwhile, Without Warning and Phantom of the Paradise are set for 8/5.
And Warner Home Video has set JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time for DVD release on 5/20, followed by The Adventures of Batman on DVD on 6/3. [Read on here...]
Tim Salmons has turned in a pair of new Blu-ray releases for you to enjoy this afternoon, including Scream Factory’s Crawlspace (1986) and Summit/Lionsgate’s recent The Legend of Hercules (a Blu-ray 3D/2D Combo). “Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!” Sorry, couldn’t resist the Clumps reference. LOL.
In announcement news today, Lionsgate has set Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/15. We can’t wait for that release. [Read on here…]
We’re kicking off this Tuesday afternoon with a new weekly Doogan’s Queue column from Todd running down the best of the new Blu-ray and DVD titles available in stores and on Amazon today. Lotta good new Godzilla catalog BDs out there today! Don’t miss it.
Also be sure to check out Adam’s latest Burnt Offerings: MOD-DVD column, which covers all of the new catalog titles made available on small-batch, hand-crafted, and aged-in-oak-casks MOD DVD discs from the Warner Archive and the Sony Pictures Choice Collection. Enjoy!
Also today, a quick note for you Star Wars fans: Amazon has both The Original Trilogy and The Prequel Trilogy available on Blu-ray for just $31.99 each. (The Complete Saga BD set with bonus content is just $89.96, FYI.) May the 6th Be with You, I guess. [Read on here…]
We’ve got another new review for you today: Tim Salmons’ look at the indie-apocalyptic-chic-road-buddy-movie Best Friends Forever. It’s now available on DVD from Horizon and Kino Lorber.
Also today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-orders links. As always, ordering titles though our links helps to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. [Read on here...]