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Welcome back to a new edition of Pick-Ups!

Thanks for joining me this week for a new edition of Scream Factory Catch-Up, where I attempt to get ahead on some of Scream Factory’s Blu-ray releases. They release content so frequently that it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with it all (not that I’m complaining).  [Read on here...]

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We’ve got a little bit of news today, and also some new Blu-ray reviews to mention, but first I want to call your attention to my editorial yesterday on my experiences of Ultra HD Blu-ray at CES, and what I think it means for A/V enthusiasts and movie fans going forward. You’ll find it here. Do give it a look.

Now then, we’ve posted a trio of new Blu-ray reviews over the last couple of days. Look for Tim’s take on Ghost Story (1981) and the Troll/Troll 2 double feature. Also, Jim’s offered up his thoughts on Shout! Factory’s Bolero/Ghost’s Can’t Do It double feature. [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a couple interesting things for you this afternoon.

First, Tim has posted a review of Scream Factory’s Nightmares on Blu-ray, a 1983 anthology film directed by Joseph Sergeant. Do give it a look.

Also today, our own Russell Hammond has posted the Release Dates & Artwork update with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork, as well as Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking to them through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.  [Read on here…]

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Shout! Factory has just announced its first batch of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles with HDR, set to arrive in Spring/Summer of this year. All are IMAX titles. They include Journey to Space, Humpback Whales, Flight of the Butterflies, Rocky Mountain Express, Wonders of the Arctic, and The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea.  [Read on here…]

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Today’s update is a quick one, as we’re working on a bunch of new Blu-ray reviews for posting over the next week...

In keeping with this notion, we have Tim Salmons’ review of Scream Factory’s The Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie – Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc for you this afternoon. I’ve also turned in a review of Magnolia’s recent Best of Enemies documentary on the 1968 TV political debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal – fascinating stuff. Don’t miss them.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a couple great Amazon Deals of the Day to tell about to get things started this afternoon. First of all, they’re selling Breaking Bad: The Complete Series on Blu-ray for just $49.99 (69% off). To go with it, they also have Better Call Saul: Season One on Blu-ray for just $16.99 (74% off). Click the links to take advantage if you’re interested, and act fast!   [Read on here…]

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All right, we’re kicking things off today with a new Blu-ray review from Jim Hemphill, featuring a look at the 1989 Vietnam war film The Siege of Firebase Gloria, which streeted today on disc from Kino Lorber.

Also, Tim Salmons has launched another batch of Pick-Ups Blu-ray reviews this week with his thoughts on Scream Factory’s The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. The Blu-ray streets on 12/22.  [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a bit more title announcement news and a whole mess of new Blu-ray cover artwork…

First up today, Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders on the Blu-ray and DVD release of SPECTRE. There’s no street date listed yet, but as we said the other day, sources are telling us to look for it on 2/9.  [Read on here…]

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Our own Jim Hemphill has turned in a look at the 1971 spaghetti Western Bad Man’s River on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. And I’ve just posted my two cents on Chris McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation on Blu-ray from Paramount, which is outstanding from start to finish. Bad Man’s River is now available, while Rogue Nation streets on 12/15. Do check them out.  [Read on here…]

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We’re closing out the week with a little more good new release information...

First of all, here’s some great news: I’ve been trying for years now to get Shout! Factory to license and release Universal’s The Black Sheep Squadron on DVD. As fans of the classic 1970s TV series will know, Universal planned to release the series in three volumes on DVD, but only the first two ever came out here in the States (the final volume was available in France only). Well, now it looks like Shout! is indeed releasing Baa Baa Black Sheep: The Black Sheep Squadron on DVD on 2/23 (SRP $19.97)! You can see the pre-order listing here on Amazon. We don’t know if this is the first of multiple volumes or if indeed it’s the complete series. But I think we can safely assume that the complete series IS finally being released on DVD here in the States. Which pleases me right down to the ground.  [Read on here…]

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