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All right, it’s been a crazy few days here at The Bits, so I’m just going to post a quick update today.
First up, I was down at San Diego Comic-Con last night for the premiere of Star Trek Beyond. Paramount put on a great event, and I really quite liked the film. It’s definitely better than Star Trek Into Darkness, and it’s very different in tone to either of the first two films. Think of it this way: It’s the biggest, most action-filled episode of The Original Series you’ve ever seen, for all the good and bad that implies. The key thing is that it’s fun. It has a decent (and novel) sci-fi concept for a change, the action is imaginative, all of the cast gets involved, and there are a ton of great character moments. Karl Urban’s Bones gets his biggest part yet and he really makes the most of it. [Read on here…]
In announcement news today, Warner Home Video has set Shane Black’s The Nice Guys for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 8/23, with the Digital HD release due 8/9. Extras will include a pair of featurettes (Always Bet on Black and Worst. Detectives. Ever.: Making The Nice Guys).
Universal has set Free State of Jones for Blu-ray, DVD, and On-Demand release on 9/20, with a Digital HD release due on 9/6. The only extras will be The History of Jones County featurette. [Read on here…]
Okay... we’ve got a couple things for you today...
First up, our own Michael Coate is debuting a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column here at The Bits, this time honoring the 30th Anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens. It features a look back at the film’s original theatrical release in 1986, plus an interview with experts on the film, including Andrew David Clark, Willie Goldman, Harry Harris, and documentary producer Charles de Lauzirika. Don’t miss it! [Read on here…]
All right, we’ve got a rare Saturday update for you, as there’s some major news to let you all know about since yesterday’s post…
First up, Criterion has announced their October slate of Blu-ray releases, which is set to include the Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro set (Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth) and Pan’s Labyrinth separately (Cat #838 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/11, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (Cat #839 - Blu-ray and DVD) and Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (Cat #265 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/18, and Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Cat #840 - Blu-ray and DVD) and Luis García Berlanga’s The Executioner (Cat #841 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/25. Note that Criterion is also working on a Blu-ray box set of Linklater’s “Before” Trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight) for release at a later date. [Read on here…]
All right, there’s not much in the way of announcement news today, but we do have a couple things to share with you.
First, there’s a brand new official behind-the-scenes video and poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that were shared earlier today at Star Wars Celebration in London. You can see the poster at the left there.
And you can watch the video via YouTube here (be sure to watch it in 1080p)… [Read on here…]
Let’s run down some of the latest Blu-ray and DVD announcements this week...
The big news is that Scream Factory has announced a cool set of FIVE “limited-run” Blu-ray titles (1,000 copies each) that will only be available from the Shout! Factory website (click on the following title links to pre-order). They include a double feature of Deathstalker (1983)/Deathstalker II (1987) and Up from the Depths (1979) due on 8/30, and Message from Space (1978), Timewalker (1982), and The Velvet Vampire (1971) on 9/27. They’re being released as a bit of an experiment by Scream/Shout, partly because new HD masters were available, but also because they want to see if there’s interest/demand for such obscure, deep catalog material. If it turns out there is, they’ll probably make these kind of limited releases a more regular thing. [Read on here…]
All right, folks... Amazon Prime Day is here at last! If you’re an Amazon Prime member, there a TON of great deals on all kinds of products, including Blu-ray and DVD titles. There are Deals of the Day, hourly Lightning Deals, and much more, so you’ll want to keep checking back throughout the day. As you know, The Digital Bits is an Amazon affiliate. That means whenever you shop for literally ANYTHING at Amazon after clicking through one of our links you’re helping to support our work here at the site. So we would be extremely grateful if, as you launch your Amazon Prime Day shopping expeditions throughout the day, you’d click through one of our links first. We’ve created some just for that purpose. Here you go...
Just click on one of those buttons first, as you start shopping on Amazon today, and a portion of any purchases you make in that same shopping session will count in our favor. So not only will you get great Amazon deals, you’ll help us keep The Bits up and running too. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts... and good hunting!
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Congratulations to Eric Klein from Astoria, New York! He’s the winner of our 4K Ultra HD Giveaway featuring the complete Divergent Trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant)! We’ll contact you shortly Eric to arrange shipping your prize.
Thanks again to Lionsgate for providing the titles (which arrive in stores tomorrow) and thanks to all those of you who entered!
- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)
All right, we’ve got some release news, a new Blu-ray review, and more to kick off the new week here at The Bits.
But first things first this afternoon...
We’ve got a new Blu-ray review for you today: Jim Hemphill’s taken a look at Richard Fleischer’s 1971 British crime drama 10 Rillington Place, now available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Do give it a look. [Read on here…]
Just a quick update today...
First up, our own Tim Salmons has just turned in his final Pick-Ups/Dailies review for the week, and it’s a look at Arrow Video’s new The Return of the Killer Tomatoes: Special Edition on Blu-ray Disc. Do check it out.
Also today, Disney has just added a pair of additional deep catalog Blu-rays that are only available if you join their Disney Club Exclusive program. They are The Absent-Minded Professor: 55th Anniversary Edition and The Boatniks: 45th Anniversary Edition. You can learn more about the Club and how to join it here. [Read on here…]