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All right, we’ve got a quick one for you today, but there’s good stuff ahead so do read on...

First up, we’ve got a trio of new Blu-ray reviews for you all to enjoy this afternoon. Jim has offered his thoughts on Twilight Time’s The Hawaiians (the 1970 sequel to Hawaii, which he’s also reviewed recently here at The Bits) and Delmer Daves’ 1958 Kings Go Forth. Both are worthy of your time and attention. Also, Tim finally got his hands on Disney’s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray and had a thing or two to say about it as well. Do give his review a look.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got some great new release announcement news to report today and some BD and DVD catalog news as well...

First up, Universal has just set the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/7 (SRP $34.98 and $29.98). Both versions will include 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Directing Hollywood, The Stars Align, An Era of Glamour, and Magic of a Bygone Era). You can see the cover artwork to the left and below (with the Amazon.com pre-order link).  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got one more big bit of 4K UHD news for you.

As we first revealed a few weeks go, Paramount has just officially announced the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness on 6/14.

Both titles will include new 4K UHD transfers with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Each will be a 3-disc combo pack including a 4K UHD disc, 2 Blu-ray Discs (a movie disc and a special features disc), and digital copy. You can see the cover artwork below...  [Read on here…]

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Well... I suppose you could call this Star Wars week, given Disney’s The Force Awakens arrives on Blu-ray tomorrow. I know that some of you have already received your copies in the mail – a few online retailers (including Target, Best Buy and Amazon) began shipping them to pre-order customers early. If you haven’t done so yet, you can pre-order a copy via Amazon here at this link. And of course, you can read our in-depth review of the Blu-ray here at The Bits. It’s a pretty good release – fine Blu-ray A/V quality and that documentary is a gem. I expect there will be more than a few people around the States who end up coming down with cases of “Force flu” this week to stay home and check it out. Here’s hoping you enjoy it as much as we did!  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got just a quick update for you all on this silliest of all days...

No fooling here though: Star Trek.com has just revealed that CBS is releasing Star Trek: The Original Series – The Complete Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Complete Series Blu-ray “Mega Packs” in June (SRP $99.99 and $208.99, respectively). Unfortunately, as we indicated in our previous article on the subject a couple weeks ago, these are simply repackages of the previously released single-season Blu-ray sets. It doesn’t appear that there will be any new content. (Note that there will also be a DVD repackage of the TNG set for SRP $144.99.) This is, at least, an opportunity to purchase the series on Blu-ray at a somewhat reduced price. You can see the cover artwork for both BD sets below (we’ll add the Amazon links as soon as they’re available)...  [Read on here…]

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set Triple 9 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/31, with digital due on 5/17. The film stars Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie and Aaron Paul. The studio has also set The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/21.

On the catalog front, Universal has announced a 5-disc Kirk Douglas: The Centennial Collection for DVD only release on 6/7 (includes Spartacus, Man Without a Star, Lonely Are the Brave, The List of Adrian Messenger, The War Wagon, The Last SunsetFor Love or Money (1963), and A Lovely Way to Die). They’ve also set a Tremors Anthology box set for DVD release on 6/7 (including all 5 films in the series), and Back to the Future: The Animated Series – Season One for DVD only release on 6/14.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got some more release news for you today...

First up, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Cinema Archives vault and MGM’s Limited Edition Collection have just made another great batch of deep catalog titles available for MOD DVD release (starting today), including Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938), The Iron Curtain (1948), Blue Denim (1959), These Thousand Hills (1959), Revolt of the Slaves (1960), Danger Has Two Faces (1966), The Legend of Custer (1968), Foxfire Light (1983), Joshua Then and Now (1985), The Power of One (1992), American Friends (1993), Made in America (1993), That Night (1993), Final Combination (1994), The New Age (1994), Second Best (1994), Carpool (1996), Sunchaser (1996), Breaking Up (1997), and Goodbye Lover (1998). You can find them for sale online via Amazon.com, Screen Archives, TCM, and other media retailers.  [Read on here…]

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In release news today, Paramount has officially set Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for digital release on 5/24, followed by Blu-ray and DVD on 6/7. The Blu-ray will be a 3-disc set that includes the film itself on Disc One and a trio of documentary featurettes on Disc Two (including For the Record: Finding the Truth Amid the Noise, Uncovering Benghazi’s Secret Soldiers, and Preparing for Battle: Behind the Scenes of 13 Hours). Disc Three is a DVD version of the film.  [Read on here…]

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We hope you all had a nice holiday/WonderCon weekend... or just a weekend for the rest of you.

We’ve got a couple of new Blu-ray Disc reviews for you today. Our own Jim Hemphill has offered up his thoughts on Richard Brooks’ 1969 drama The Happy Ending, which is now available from Twilight Time. And, in case you missed it when I first posted it on Friday evening, I’ve completed my in-depth look at Disney and Lucasfilm’s forthcoming Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film looks fantastic and, let me tell you, Laurent Bouzereau’s new Secrets of The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes documentary is terrific. The Happy Ending is now available, while The Force Awakens arrives in stores here in the States next Tuesday. [Read on here…]

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Okay... first things first: At some point today, I should have Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray in hand. As soon as I do, I’ll start working on my review and will get it posted as quickly as possible. So be sure to keep checking back for that.

Speaking of Disney, the studio has just set The Finest Hours for Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and digital release on 5/24. Both disc versions will include 2 featurettes (Brotherhood and The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard). To this, the Blu-ray will add the all-new documentary Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story, plus 2 more featurettes (Two Crews and What Is Your Finest Hour?), and a pair of deleted scenes (A Desperate Idea and The Story of How They Met). You can see the cover artwork down below.  [Read on here…]

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