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Happy Leap Day! All right, we’ve just posted our first Ultra HD Blu-ray review here at The Digital Bits, and its none other than Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which is now available in 4K from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Do check it out, as I think you’ll find it interesting (whether or not you intend to upgrade to UHD anytime soon).

I’m going to be posting a few more UHD title reviews this week here at The Bits, and then early next week I’ll post a larger column talking generally about my experiences with the format after a week’s worth of calibrating, testing, and viewing. I’ll give you my overall impressions, offer some advice on setup, and the like. [Read on here…]

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Morning, folks! Well, looks like Walmart may have jumped the gun on leaking the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray cover artwork. Here’s what it looked like before very quickly being disappeared. It’s BB-8... because of course it is. You can see it on the left and below there. [Editor’s Note: It’s since been reposted on Walmart.com, which suggests the official announcement is imminent.]

Interestingly, it could be that there will be several different iterations of the cover art featuring the different characters from the film. So this could just be one of the covers. We’ll have to wait and see.  [Read on here…]

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We begin today with Tim’s last Pick-Ups Blu-ray review for this week: A look at Scream Factory’s The Curse/The Curse II: The Bite. Together, these two Z-grade flix were damn near enough to finally break our man’s sanity and send him into a late night reviewing rage (a genuine occupational hazard in this profession). Do check it out. LOL.

Meanwhile, Scream Factory has revealed that it’s working on Brian DePalma’s Raising Cain: Collector’s Edition, due on Blu-ray 6/28, along with a new Blu-ray edition of The Crush on 6/21. [Read on here…]

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We start today with another Pick-Ups/Scream Factory BD review for you today from our own Tim Salmons: Blood and Lace. Be sure to check it out.

The big release news today is that Warner has just officially set Mad Max: Fury Road for 4K UHD release on 3/1 (SRP $44.95, but the Amazon price is just $29.99). It appears the disc will include the same special features from the previous Blu-ray version. The UHD will also include a Blu-ray copy as well as Digital HD. You can see the cover artwork (and Amazon pre-order links) below. [Read on here…]

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This is just a very quick early post – we’ll be back later this morning with our usual news update.

But we do have a bit of Star Wars related Blu-ray news that we thought was certainly worth mentioning right away. [Read on here…]

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Tim kicks things off this afternoon with another of his Pick-Ups Blu-ray reviews. This time he’s checking out Scream Factory’s recent double feature release of The Dungeonmaster and The Eliminators. Do give it a look.

In announcement news today, Universal has just officially set Krampus for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/26, with the digital HD release due on 4/12. Both disc versions will include audio commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey, and Zach Shields, an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, image galleries, and The Naughty Ones: Meet the Cast featurette. To this, the Blu-ray will exclusively add 5 additional featurettes (including Krampus and His Minions, Practical Danger, Inside the Snowglobe: Production Design, Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop: Krampus, and Dougherty’s Vision). You can see the cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking things off today with a new Pick-Ups column from our own Tim Salmons, featuring a review of Scream Factory’s new The Serpent and the Rainbow: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. It’s well worth your time – both the review and the title itself – so do check it out.

In announcement news today, Paramount has just revealed that it’s re-releasing Top Gun in a new 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray on 5/3 (SRP $14.99). There’s no new content in the set, but all the previous content will be included, along with a DVD copy of the film, and you Steelbook fans will be glad to learn that it comes packaged in a new Steelbook case that you can see below.  [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a new review from the esteemed Jim Hemphill, this time looking at a 1975 exploitation classic from William Girdler. That’s right, it’s Sheba, Baby, starring the legendary Pam Grier. And if you’re a fan of the film, you certainly won’t want to miss out on the fantastic new Blu-ray release from Arrow Video. Check out all the details here.

In announcement news today, Lionsgate has set Standoff for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital release on 4/12. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.  [Read on here…]

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The Weinstein Company, Starz and Anchor Bay have officially set Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/29 (SRP $39.99 and $29.98). The digital HD release is due on 3/15. Running time is 168 minutes (the Theatrical Cut only), aspect ratio is 2.76:1, and audio is 5.1 DTS HD-MA. Note that the Blu-ray includes only 2 featurettes by way of extras (Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look and Sam Jackson’s Guide to Glorious 70mm). This, plus the fact that the 187-minute Roadshow Version is not included, suggests a more elaborate Blu-ray release is already planned for later this year. Because of course there is.  [Read on here…]

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