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…]
To begin the week, we’re giving away a great item over on The Digital Bits Facebook page today – Factory Entertainment’s terrific Dracula Ring prop replica! Entries will be accepted on the Facebook page until 6 PM (Pacific) and the contest is open to both U.S. and International readers, so head on over there quick and get your entries in.
Special thanks again to our friends at Factory Entertainment for the great giveaway items! Don’t forget that Bits readers can get an exclusive 25% discount off ANY Factory Entertainment order of IN STOCK ITEMS over $50 on their web store by using the discount code D1G1TALB1TS10 at checkout. It’s good until the end of the day on Halloween – 10/31 – so be sure to take advantage while you can.
Now then… Dr. Jahnke’s Oktoberfest Blu-ray review for today is Universal’s new Curse of Chucky – do check it out! [Read on here…]
Quick heads-up: Until 3 PM (Pacific) we’re running an Oktoberfest giveaway over on The Digital Bits Facebook page, giving each of you the chance to win a copy of Scream Factory’s Prince of Darkness: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray! Get your entries in quick.
Also today, our own Todd Doogan has checked in with a review of Guillermo del Toro’s 1993 horror film Cronos, available on Blu-ray Disc from Criterion! It’s a darned good film, well worth your time, and the review is appropriate given that del Toro’s latest film, Pacific Rim (read our review here), arrives in stores tomorrow on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Home Video. Enjoy! [Read on here...]
All right, we’re wrapping up a week of reviews with still more reviews!
Our own Tim Salmons has turned in a look at Disney’s new The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh on Blu-ray, which is not only a terrific classic animated film but it looks like the disc is pretty good too. Don’t miss it!
Also today, we’ve upgraded nine more older Blu-ray reviews from The Original Bits into the new database, including Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary Edition and Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man from Dr. Adam Jahnke, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo and The Holy Mountain from Doogan, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine from the late great Barrie Maxwell and my own reviews of a pair of great space documentaries, The Wonders of the Solar System and The Wonder of It All, as well as Zhang Yimou’s visually stunning and poetic Hero. Enjoy!
Also here at The Bits today, we’ve now got a complete and official listing of all the extras that will be included on Warner’s newly-announced Blu-ray Disc versions of Pacific Rim (due on 10/15). Here’s what to look for... [Read on here...]
Hey, weren’t we just talking about this title today? Well, now it’s official...
Warner Home Video is releasing Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim on Blu-ray 3D Limited Edition Gift Set, Blu-ray Combo and DVD on October 15th (SRP $44.95, $35.99 and $28.98). According to the press release, extras on the Blu-ray versions will include audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro, a Prologue by del Toro, 4 Focus Points (The Directors Notebook, Drift Space, The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim and The Shatterdome), deleted scenes and a blooper reel. We’re double-checking to see if that’s the complete list of special features or just a “Cliff’s Notes” version, and also if there’s any retail exclusive Bonus Disc nonsense and whatnot.
[Late Update: We’ve heard back from WHV – here’s the final confirmed and detailed list of extras on the Blu-ray versions: Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro, The Directors Notebook, 3 documentary featurettes (Drift Space, The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim and The Shatterdome), 17 Focus Points featurettes and features (A Primer on Kaijus & Jaegers, Intricacy of Robot Design, Honoring The Kaiju Tradition, The Importance of Mass and Scale, Shatterdome Ranger Roll Call, Jaegers Echo Human Grace, Inside the Drift, Goth-Tech, Mega Sized Sets, Baby Kaiju Set Visit, Tokyo Alley Set Visit, Orchestral Sounds from the Anteverse, The Shatterdome (a Production Database), The Wall of Life/Rations, Excuse Me, Theft and “Catch You In The Drift, Dad”), deleted scenes (some 30 minutes worth according to del Toro in recent interviews) and a blooper reel.]
As you can see, the Blu-ray 3D version comes in special “Jaeger” packaging, which I hope looks a little better in person than it does in the pictures below. Here’s a look at Warner’s final cover art for all three versions, hot off the wires... [Click here for the artwork]