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Today’s Oktoberfest review pits the good Dr. Jahnke against Kurt Neumann’s 1958 version of The Fly, now available on Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.  The take-away lesson: never play with unlicensed “disintegration/re-integration” machines.  Gotta love Vincent Price!

In announcement news today, the big news is that Universal has officially set Fast & Furious 6 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/10.  The Blu-ray will exclusively include an extended version of the film, the Take Control viewing mode featuring the director and cast, the 4-part Planes, Tanks and Automobiles documentary (includes The London Chase, Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack, The Antonov Takedown and Dom and Letty Race Again) and 3 additional featurettes (Gearhead’s Delight, The FLIP Car and Hand-to-Hand Fury).  In addition to this, both the Blu-ray and DVD will include deleted scenes, feature commentary with director Justin Lin, the On the Set with Vin featurette and the 4-part The Making of Fast & Furious 6 documentary (including The Fastest of Them All, Reuniting the Team, Letty’s Return and The Mastermind and The Mole).  [Read on here...]

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Dr. Jahnke’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest continues today with a review of Jess Franco’s Nightmares Come at Night on Blu-ray Disc from Kino via their Redemption Films label.  Enjoy!

Speaking of Oktoberfest, we’ve got a special deal for you:  Our friends at Factory Entertainment, who are sponsoring the Fest, have provided a special discount code just for Bits readers.  All throughout the month of October, Bits readers can get 25% off any Factory Entertainment order of IN STOCK ITEMS over $50 by using the code D1G1TALB1TS10 at checkout.  Again, this is good on any order of IN STOCK ITEMS over $50 and it runs until the end of the day on October 31st.  Don’t forget, we’re also going to be giving away great Universal Monsters prop replicas from Factory Entertainment starting next week over on The Digital Bits Facebook page and the Jahnke’s Electric Theatre Facebook page, so be sure to head on over there and give them a “like” if you’re interested.  [Read on here…]

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All right, as you can probably see... The Hell Plaza Oktoberfest Se7en is here!  Doc Jahnke and I kicked things off early this morning with the official Fest page and Adam’s first review: Scream Factory’s The Amityville Horror Collection on Blu-ray!  Every weekday, all this month, Adam will offer up another Halloween-themed movie review on Blu-ray and DVD for your reading (and creepy viewing) pleasure!

Also, we strongly recommend that you guys head on over to Facebook and give both The Digital Bits and Jahnke’s Electric Theater pages there a “like” because all month long we’re going to be giving away (on both Facebook pages) a bunch of great Blu-rays from Shout! Factory, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay, as well as one each of those badass Universal Monsters prop replicas from our friends at Factory Entertainment, including the Dracula Medallion, the Dracula Ring, the Fossil Creature Hand and the Frankenstein Bust!  We’ll have more details on the giveaways very soon.  Oktoberfest is one of our favorite times of year and it’s going to be a great month, so we hope you all enjoy it!  [Read on here...]

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Afternoon, folks!  We trust you all had a great weekend?  Your NFL team did well, you enjoyed the finale of Breaking Bad, etc.  We’ve got a big week planned for you guys, with Dr. Adam Jahnke’s annual Hell Plaza Oktoberfest officially kicking off here at The Bits tomorrow!  Meanwhile, give your coffee a warm up because we’ve got some big announcement news to start your afternoon...

The big news is that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium for release on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 12/17 (SRP $40.99 and $30.99).  We don’t think this is the complete list of extras, but the Blu-ray will at least include 8 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Visions of 2154, The Journey to Elysium: Envisioning Elysium, The Journey to Elysium: Capturing Elysium, The Journey to Elysium: Enhancing Elysium, Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium, The Technology of 2154, In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium and Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky).  You can see the BD cover artwork below.  [Read on here...]

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Okay, let’s close out the week with a couple of reviews and some new announcement news.  First the reviews...

Our own Todd Doogan has checked in with his thoughts on Criterion’s excellent recent edition of Ishirô Honda’s classic Godzilla on Blu-ray.  Enjoy!

And I’ve weighed in with a look at Magnet’s new Blu-ray edition of Europa Report – a modestly impressive little space exploration thriller that arrives in stores on 10/8.

Now for some announcement news... [Read on here...]

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As promised, we’ve got some good stuff here at The Bits for you today…

First up, our own Bud Elder has checked in with a new View from the Cheap Seats column in which he muses on alternate film casting and also runs down some of the more interesting home video releases on Blu-ray, DVD and DVD-R.  Don’t miss it!

I’ve turned in a combo review of 20th Century Fox’s Homeland: Seasons One and Two on Blu-ray.  It’s one of my favorite series currently on TV – a brilliantly cast, acted and written spy drama that won last year’s Emmy for Best Drama Series – and its third season debuts this coming Sunday night on Showtime.  If you’re not watching it already, I strongly encourage you to give it a look.  [Read on here…]

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So I had this whole news update post planned for today, along with Bud’s new View from the Cheap Seats column and a new Blu-ray review or two as well, and I was deep in the process of getting it all ready to go live on the site, when something happened that completely distracted me.

I figured I’d share it with you guys this afternoon, because it goes right to my cinema geek credibility.  And I knew that some of you would appreciate it as much as I do.  [Read on here...]

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All right, first up today, our own Joe Marchese has posted a review of Criterion’s The Blob on Blu-ray!  Nothing like a B-movie classic given A-list special edition treatment.  Read on and enjoy!

Also, our own Russell Hammond has just updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links.  As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it.

In announcement news today, Well Go USA Entertainment has just set IP Man: The Final Fight for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/12 (SRP $29.98 and $24.98).  Extras will include a making of featurette, 11 cast and crew interviews and both the U.S. and international trailers.  [Read on here...]

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All right, we’re starting the new week with a bunch of odds and ends to report in terms of announcement news...

First up, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set The Simpsons: The Sixteenth Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/3 (SRP $59.99 and $49.98).  See the cover artwork below.

Warner Home Video has set Shameless: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/17 (SRP $49.99 and $39.98).  [Read on here…]

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The big release news today is that Disney has just officially set The Lone Ranger for Blu-ray Combo and Digital release on 12/17.  Extras will include a blooper reel, a deleted scene and 3 behind-the-scenes featurettes (totaling about 32 minutes – Riding the Rails of The Lone Ranger, Armies’ Western Road Trip and Becoming a Cowboy).  You’ll find the final official cover artwork below.

PBS Distribution has announced an American Experience: War of the Worlds DVD release on 11/29, honoring the 75th anniversary of the original Orson Welles / Mercury Theater radio broadcast on 10/30.  [Read on here…]

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