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Well... the last 24 hours have been a little crazy for movie fans, haven’t they? I attended Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim yesterday for the big panel of the morning, at which the new Episode VII teaser trailer was revealed by producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams. Some background on my personal experience: The night before, great friends both old and new gathered for a pre-convention dinner. My wife Sarah and I were there, along with veteran Blu-ray producers Charles de Lauzirika and Cliff Stephenson, and Alec Peters and Diana Kingsbury of Propworx and Star Trek: Axanar fame. (Unable to attend because of work, BD producer Robert Meyer Burnett was there in spirit.) We learned that fans had actually started lining up to attend the panel earlier that morning so, somehow or other, it was decided that we should probably get in line ourselves around 5 AM in order to make sure we made it into the room. And, somehow or other, everybody was game for it. So get in line we did, along with thousands of others: Myself, Alec, Diana, Charlie and Cliff, joined by Chris Gore of Film Threat. We posed for a selfie to commemorate the insanity (at left – taken by Alec). [Read on here…]
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We’ve got an early post for you here today, in order to bring you our review of Paramount’s new Star Trek: The Compendium Blu-ray set, which is due in stores on 9/9! The 4-disc package includes the previous 2-disc Star Trek (2009) special edition as well as the long awaited 2-disc Star Trek Into Darkness special edition. This is a release we actually had a hand in here at The Bits, following our review and comments on last year’s extremely-disappointing original BD release of the sequel film, in which the extras were scattered as retail-exclusive content. We sounded the alarm, our readers and Trek fans online reacted, and Paramount got the message. Now they’ve made it right at last and they deserve a great deal of credit for doing so. Do check out our review and don’t hesitate to pre-order the set here on Amazon if you’re a fan. [Read on here…]
All right, let’s get the new week started off right, shall we?
I believe I promised you a new column from our own Michael Coate, so here it is. Today being the official 25th anniversary of the original theatrical release of Tim Burton’s Batman, Michael has delivered the latest installment of History, Legacy & Showmanship column: Wings of Change: Remembering Tim Burton's Batman on its 25th Anniversary. It’s well worth a read, as Michael’s column always are, delivering not one but two fine interviews and a wealth of detail. So be sure to check it out today.
And now for that surprise title announcement we mentioned on Friday: Paramount is finally making good on the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray debacle with the 9/9 release of the 4-disc Star Trek: The Compendium Blu-ray box set (SRP $39.99)! [Read on here…]
We’re closing out our last full week of the Hell Plaza Oktoberfest with Dr. Jahnke’s review of John Carpenter’s Body Bags: Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory. Just four more reviews to go, but Jahnke’s saving a couple real gems for last.
Also today, we’ve posted our in-depth review of a true classic and a very long awaited Blu-ray release: Warner’s The Right Stuff: 30th Anniversary Edition. Not only is this a great film, but it’s a bit of smart satire that’s also deeply admiring of those the men – test pilots and astronauts alike – who exemplify the film’s title. And the Blu-ray looks and sounds pretty terrific, so don’t miss it. [Read on here...]