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So... as planned, I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last night in Hollywood, at the Arclight’s iconic Cinerama Dome with a great group of friends. Among them were names you’ve heard before here at The Bits (filmmakers, special edition producers, etc), including the likes of Robert Meyer Burnett, Alec Peters, Charles de Lauzirika, Chris Gore, Mary Forrest, Kevin Rubio, Daren Dochterman, Cliff Stephenson (and his fine young mini-Cliff), Dennis Przywara, Diana Kingsbury, my lovely wife Sarah, of course, and various spouses, partners, friends, etc. We gathered for dinner and drinks beforehand, saw the film, then regrouped for more drinks and discussion afterwards, as alpha-geeks are want to do.

First, let me offer you my thoughts on the film itself, 100% without spoilers...  [Read on here…]

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All right, today is Star Wars Day here at The Bits! I spent last night watching a marathon of Harmy’s Despecialized version of the Original Trilogy (click here and here for more on that), which I hadn’t done in years so that was a treat. And tonight, my wife and I are joining a group of friends both old and new for a screening of The Force Awakens in Hollywood – the first show at the glorious Cinerama Dome.

So let’s just give you a quick rundown of the release news today…  [Read on here…]

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Today’s update is later than usual (and it’s also Wednesday’s update too), but you’ll see why in a moment...

We’ve just spent the whole day working on a brand new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our own Michael Coate, featuring a look back at the original 1977 theatrical release of Star Wars, in anticipation of this week’s long-anticipated release of The Force Awakens. Michael has produced an exhaustively-researched chronicle of the film’s debut theatrical run, featuring trivia, period review quotes, and a listing of all the original theatrical engagements around North America. He even rounds the column out with a great roundtable interview featuring historian and author Marcus Hearn (The Cinema of George Lucas), filmmaker Patrick Read Johnson (5-25-77), filmmaker and special edition producer Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, and most recently documentary content for Disney’s Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit), and filmmaker Kevin Rubio (Troops). It’s a great read, so do give it a look and enjoy!  [Read on here…]

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I am very hard at work on my review of The X-Files: The Complete Series on Blu-ray, so today’s update will be brief.

But our own Tim Salmons has turned in his Pick-Ups thoughts on Lionsgate’s outstanding Hannibal: Season Three on Blu-ray, complete with a superb batch of special features produced by our own friend Cliff Stephenson. Don’t miss it!  [Read on here…]

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Let’s close out the week here at The Bits with a couple of additional Blu-ray reviews, shall we?

I’ve offered my own thoughts on Warner’s recent The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Blu-ray, and Tim has posted a look at Anchor Bay’s Goodnight Mommy.

We’ll be back with more reviews next week, including my in-depth take of Fox’s new The X-Files: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set, which the little green men of UPS have just dropped off on my doorstep. So be sure to watch for that.  [Read on here…]

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Today’s update is a quick one, as we’re working on a bunch of new Blu-ray reviews for posting over the next week...

In keeping with this notion, we have Tim Salmons’ review of Scream Factory’s The Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie – Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc for you this afternoon. I’ve also turned in a review of Magnolia’s recent Best of Enemies documentary on the 1968 TV political debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal – fascinating stuff. Don’t miss them.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a couple great Amazon Deals of the Day to tell about to get things started this afternoon. First of all, they’re selling Breaking Bad: The Complete Series on Blu-ray for just $49.99 (69% off). To go with it, they also have Better Call Saul: Season One on Blu-ray for just $16.99 (74% off). Click the links to take advantage if you’re interested, and act fast!   [Read on here…]

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All right, we’re kicking things off today with a new Blu-ray review from Jim Hemphill, featuring a look at the 1989 Vietnam war film The Siege of Firebase Gloria, which streeted today on disc from Kino Lorber.

Also, Tim Salmons has launched another batch of Pick-Ups Blu-ray reviews this week with his thoughts on Scream Factory’s The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. The Blu-ray streets on 12/22.  [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a bit more title announcement news and a whole mess of new Blu-ray cover artwork…

First up today, Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders on the Blu-ray and DVD release of SPECTRE. There’s no street date listed yet, but as we said the other day, sources are telling us to look for it on 2/9.  [Read on here…]

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Our own Jim Hemphill has turned in a look at the 1971 spaghetti Western Bad Man’s River on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. And I’ve just posted my two cents on Chris McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation on Blu-ray from Paramount, which is outstanding from start to finish. Bad Man’s River is now available, while Rogue Nation streets on 12/15. Do check them out.  [Read on here…]

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