All right, we’ve got one more review for you guys at the moment, which is Tim’s look at Shout! Factory’s Into the Night: Collector’s Edition – a new Shout Select title. I’m working on another Harry Potter 4K UHD review, which I hope to have up a bit later. And I’ve updated my Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 4K UHD review to reflect corrected information, which is that the title was mastered from a new native 4K scan and not a 2K DI upsample as originally believed (and I’m double checking this with the studio just to make sure). The first two Potter films were released theatrically before the practice of using digital intermediates became common. Thanks to those Bits readers who spotted that.

Also, very quickly: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy in 4K Ultra HD is now available for pre-order on Amazon from Warner Bros (click here or on the artwork below). It appears that The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are going to be variable aspect ratio (for the IMAX footage) and that all three (and all of the films in the Nolan 4K Collection as well) will use the original theatrical audio mixes in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio format. [Read on here…]

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We’ve got more reviews for you to check out today here at The Bits, including my thoughts Warner’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on 4K Ultra HD and also Tim’s take on Arrow Video’s Doberman Cop: Special Edition.

A quick heads-up: I’m aware that the Potter cover link goes to a broken page on Amazon – for some reason the order page for that title is MIA. We’ll add it as soon as it goes back live and we link to the Harry Potter 8-Film Collection 4K set in the review text. More reviews are coming this week, so keep checking back. [Read on here…]

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Let’s get right down to business to start the new week…

First up, we’ve got a trio of new disc reviews for you to check out. I’ve offered my thoughts on Sony’s new A Few Good Men: 25th Anniversary Edition on 4K Ultra HD, which is one of the best film-based catalog titles I’ve seen yet on the format in terms of A/V quality. I’ve also posted a review of Netflix’s Target-exclusive Stranger Things: Season 1 on Ultra HD, which is native 4K but has no HDR and only lossy audio – a real disappointment, all things considered. Meanwhile, Tim has posted his review of Shout! Factory’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIX box set on DVD. Note that more Blu-ray and 4K reviews are on the way all this week, so keep checking back. [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a few things for you today...

First, our own Michael Coate posted a great new History, Legacy & Showmanship retrospective last night celebrating Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind on the occasion of the film’s 40th anniversary. Michael’s column looks back at the film’s initial theatrical run and features another great roundtable discussion of film historians. It’s a good read, so be sure to give it a look.

Now then... a quick commentary. Almost every day, I get asked this question in some form via email or social media: “Why no 3D?” As in: My favorite film was available in 3D in the theater, but how come the studio didn’t release it on Blu-ray 3D for the home? [Read on here…]

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All right, I’m sure some of you saw our Saturday post here at The Bits, in which we revealed the cover artwork for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in 4K from Paramount, as well as all three of his Dark Knight films in 4K from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. We also revealed a bunch of new an upcoming 4K Ultra HD titles from almost all of the major studios. You’ll find that post here in the event you missed it.

In the meantime, we’ve also got a look at the cover artwork for Warner’s 4K UHD release of Nolan’s Inception as well (see left and below), also due on 12/19, though the title isn’t up for pre-order on Amazon.com yet. [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a rare Saturday post for you here at The Bits with your very first look at some great new 4K cover artwork, as well as word on a number of surprising new 4K Ultra HD titles that we know to be on the way from our studio, retail, and industry sources. So let’s get right to it (and note that we’ll include Amazon pre-order links if available – just click on the title names in the text below)...

First up, Paramount has set Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar for release on 4K Ultra HD on 12/19. Pre-orders are now open on Amazon US at this link and we’ve got your exclusive first look at the final cover artwork to the left and below. Paramount is also expected to release Suburbicon and Annihilation in early 2018. All of their Transformers films are now available in 4K for release on 12/5, and there’s a Transformers: 5-Movie Collection available for pre-order in the UK. Finally, we’re hearing that Ridley Scott’s Gladiator is likely for early next year as well, probably sometime in March. [Read on here…]

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Morning, folks! Hope you all had a great weekend. We’ve been very busy here working on new reviews for you.

Along those lines, here’s my thoughts on Warner’s Peanuts Holiday Collection in 4K Ultra HD, Lionsgate’s American Gods: Season One on Blu-ray, PBS’ The Farthest: Voyager in Space and The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick on Blu-ray, GKids’ new Blu-ray editions of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s animated Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, and Tim’s look at Arrow’s new A Fish Called Wanda: Special Edition and Robert Englund’s 976-EVIL from Sony, both on Blu-ray. Whew!

Rest assured, we’ve got more new reviews coming this week, including a bunch more 4K titles, Baby Driver and Spiderman: Homecoming included. So be sure to watch for those. [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a couple more pieces of announcement news for you today, along with a TON of new cover artwork...

The news is that Shout! Factory has officially set the Matinee: Collector’s Edition as their next Shout Select Blu-ray release on 12/12, along with the comedy The Trip to Spain, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Interestingly, Shout! has also announced a new 4K Ultra HD title for release that same day: IMAX: Mysteries of China. They also have Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom coming on 12/5.

Meanwhile, Scream Factory has set American Gothic (1988) for Blu-ray release on 12/19, and has the Hell Night: Collector’s Edition coming on BD on 12/12, as well as the Silent Night, Deadly Night: Collector’s Edition on 12/5, as we mentioned yesterday. [Read on here…]

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