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We’re rounding out the week with some great new titles announcements for the coming months. Here’s a rundown...

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set The Blacklist: Season 2 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/18. Sony also has The Last Dragon coming on Blu-ray on 8/25.

Universal Studios will release Dead Silence: Unrated on Blu-ray on 8/11.  [Read on here…]

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We’re starting the day with sad news I’m afraid. The legendary British actors Sir Christopher Lee and Ron Moody have both passed away today.

Lee made his name early, playing Count Dracula and other characters for Hammer Films. His Wikipedia page lists appearances in some 206 films, not to mention numerous TV, stage, and even video game roles. Over the years, he’s played Death, both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, Frankenstein’s Creature, Fu Manchu, Lord Summerisle, and King Haggard. Bond fans will surely remember him as the villain Francisco Scaramanga from The Man with the Golden Gun. Younger Star Wars prequel fans were likely introduced to him as Count Dooku. Of course, his last great role was the wizard Saruman the White in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. But Lee lived an adventurous life beyond stage and screen as well. He apparently hunted Nazis during world war II as a member of Churchill’s so-called “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” He even recorded a symphonic metal concept album called Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. Now that’s a helluva life. You can read more here via The Telegraph and The New York Times.  Lee was 93.  [Read on here…]

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We have some pretty good title announcement news for you today...

First, Warner Home Video’s San Andreas Blu-ray available for pre-order on Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD on Amazon.com. No street date is yet available. So too is Disney’s Tomorrowland on Blu-ray, street date also TBA.

Warner has also set Mike & Molly: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD only on 8/18.  [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking off the new week with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews. Tim has checked out Scream’s Class of 1984: Collector’s Edition and Jeff has taken a closer look at Universal’s new Battlestar Galactica: Definitive Collection set. Both are worth your attention, so enjoy the reviews.  [Read on here…]

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All right, I suppose the big news today is that Disney has set Star Wars: Rebels – Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/1 (SRP $45.99 for Blu-ray). You can pre-order it on Amazon.com here.

Disney has also officially announced their Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection for Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 8/18. The set will include Frozen Fever (2015), Feast (2014), Get a Horse! (2013), Paperman (2012), Tangled Ever After (2012) The Ballad of Nessie (2011), Tick Tock Tale (2010), Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa (2010), How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007), The Little Matchgirl (2006), Lorenzo (2004), and John Henry (2000), each with filmmaker introduction.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a quick Blu-ray release news round-up for you today, then we’ll be back tomorrow with new Blu-ray reviews from Tim.

First up today, Twilight Time has just announced the Blu-ray release of George Roy Hill’s The World of Henry Orient (1964) starring Peter Sellers, Steve Kloves’ The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything (1959), Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart (1984), and Pat O’Connor’s A Month in the Country (1987). All will soon be available for pre-order on Screen Archives Entertainment with release dates of 7/14.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a couple things for you today...

First, our own Michael Coate has a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column taking a look at the new Blu-ray release of 1776 with director Peter Hunt and Sony’s Grover Crisp. The disc streets today, so enjoy!  [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking the new week off today here at The Bits with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews...

First up, I’ve given Universal’s new Apollo 13: 20th Anniversary Edition a look and found it to be well worth the upgrade, especially given the newly-restored video presentation and the disc’s bargain $13 price on Amazon. Also, I’ve checked out Warner’s Jupiter Ascending on Blu-ray 3D... and I actually kind of liked it. The story is a glorious mess, but The Wachowski always manage to make their films interesting at least, and I found its send-up of camp 80s and 90s sci-fi cinema to be entertaining for a couple hours. Both titles street tomorrow, and Apollo 13 in particular is absolutely recommended.  [Read on here…]

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All right, sorry for the absence there for a couple days. I got hit by some kind of flu on Tuesday night and figured it would pass quickly. Instead it just got worse each day – throbbing headache, fever, body aches, lungs full of muck – the whole smash. I spent all of Wednesday and Thursday in bed in a haze of sleep, cold sweats, and flu meds. Finally, today, I’m functional again and feeling more like a human being. Moral of the story is: Avoid this flu at all costs if you can. It’s no fun.  [Read on here…]

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Well... I'm spending this first day of the new week, post Memorial Day, to get myself settled into a new computer. After years of loyal service, my old PC revealed a terminal flaw back in December, so I bought a new one that I'm affectionately calling the WOPR. But as I've been incredibly busy of late, getting all my files moved over and organized, and getting all the needed software installed and whatnot, has taken several months. So forgive me if today's update is a quick one as I finish up that process.

We have a bunch of reviews we're working on for posting hopefully this week, including Universal's new classic Battlestar Galactica box set. Meanwhile, we have a quick release news update for you.  [Read on here…]

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