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So the big news today is that Warner Home Video has announced their Batman 75th Anniversary celebration plans. As many of you know, the character first appeared in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939. That makes this Sunday the character’s official 75th Anniversary. And if the deliberate leak by WHV earlier this year (with assist by Conan O’Brien) wasn’t official enough, the studio has now confirmed that the classic Adam West and Burt Ward Batman ‘66 TV series will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD this year, though they are still yet to announce a street date (we suspect you’ll hear more at Warner’s Batman 75th panel at WonderCon in Anaheim next month, or at San Diego Comic-Con in July). Warner has also set the all-new animated films Son of Batman for release on BD/DVD on 5/6, followed by Assault on Arkham this summer. Warner also has a pair of new animated shorts coming this year from Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond). You’ll get a new Batman: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the Tim Burton film. Obviously, there’s the new Gotham TV series coming to FOX later this year. And production begins this year on the new Batman vs. Superman feature film. Lotta Batman for one year. We’d sure love to see the Bruce Timm animated series find its way to Blu-ray this year, but no sign of it yet. Anyway... [Read on here...]

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All right, we’ve got some more announcement news for you today. Just a smattering of odds and ends...

First up, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release That Awkward Moment on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/13. Extras will include character profiles, a gag reel and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Olive Films has set The Bamboo Saucer (1966), Cry Danger (1951), Bang! Bang! You’re Dead! (1966), and Young at Heart (1954) for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/8, followed by Men in War (1957) and Sleep My Love (1948) on 4/15, and The Pawnbroker (1964), Stranger on the Prowl (1952) on 4/22, and Up the Junction (1968) and Betty Boop: The Essential Collection – Volume 3 (1932-38) on 4/29. All will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a couple more new Blu-ray reviews from our own Tim Salmons this afternoon, and they couldn’t be two more different titles: Disney’s Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition and Raro Video’s Nightmare City. So there’s casting a wide net for you today.

In announcement news, Olive Films have 108 Media have announced a new multi-year distribution partnership, starting in June with the titles Honour and Autumn Blood. Future titles will include Daisy: The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, Fugly!, and Shame the Devil[Read on here…]

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We’ve got some very fun announcement news for you guys today...

First up, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set an 8-disc The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection for Blu-ray release on 4/29! It will include State Fair, both the Todd-AO and Cinemascope versions of Oklahoma, Carousel, and The King and I, all of which are new to Blu-ray. In addition, the set will include The Sound of Music and both the theatrical and Extended Roadshow versions of South Pacific. SRP is $199.99, but Amazon has it available for pre-order for just $73.99 or 63% off. You’ll find the cover art and the Amazon pre-order link below.  [Read on here…]

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All right, just a quick one today as there’s not a ton of news...

First, Tim’s turned in two more Scream Factory Blu-ray reviews for you to check out: The Incredible Melting Man and Witchboard. Enjoy!

Definitely the big release announcement today is that Warner Home Video has set Spike Jonze’s Her for Blu-ray Combo, DVD and digital release on 5/13 (SRP $35.99 for the Blu-ray). Extras on the Blu-ray will include 3 featurettes (The Untitled Rick Howard Project, How Do You Share Your Life with Somebody, and Her: Love in the Modern Age).  [Read on here...]

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We’ve got two more Blu-ray reviews for you today: Our own Tim Salmons continues his Scream Factory marathon with a look at their recent Cat People: Collector’s Edition and also Beneath. Enjoy!

In release news today, the best announcement is that HBO has officially set True Detective: Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/10 (SRP $79.98 and $59.99). We’ll post additional details as they become available. Great damn show – we highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet. And with only 8 episodes, it’s an easy binge watch.  [Read on here…]

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All right, I’m getting a little bit of a late start today after spending the morning at the dentist. Yeah. One of those days.

Anyway, the big news for today is that Criterion has officially revealed their June BD/DVD slate and, though it’s getting cliché to keep saying it every month, it’s another great list of titles. It starts with new HD updatings of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (Spine #95) and Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse (Spine #278) on 6/10, followed by an updating of Peter Davis’ Hearts and Minds (Spine #156), the new Georges Franju’s Judex (Spine #710), and an updating of Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (Spine #29) on 6/17. As if that wasn’t great enough, Richard Lester’s The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (Spine #711) rounds things out on 6/24. SRP for each of them is $39.95. Be sure to visit Criterion.com for a complete list of all the great extras. Meanwhile, you’ll find the cover artwork below.  [Read on here...]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve got a couple things for you here at The Bits today...

First, our own Tim Salmons has turned in a pair of new Shout! Factory Blu-ray reviews, including The Slumber Party Massacre and the new Darkman: Collector’s Edition. Both are well worth a look. Enjoy the reviews!  [Read on here...]

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