All right, first things first today: We have a quick bit of follow-up for you this morning on those annual original Star Wars release rumors, the latest appearance of which caused a bit of a stir yesterday (and which we commented on in yesterday’s post). I know... we’re getting tired of talking about it too, but we have what seems to be rather definitive new information.
We’ve essentially confirmed that Disney’s current 4K scan of the film is the most recent revised version (essentially the latest “special edition”), not the original theatrical edition. What’s more, Disney’s director of Library Restoration and Preservation, Theo Gluck, held a special event at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts last night, a presentation called Animation Restoration at Walt Disney Studios. Gluck was asked there about Star Wars and reported that the original cut negative for the film currently exists in its “SE” configuration only. (There’s more info, so do continue on past the jump.) [Read on here…]
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We’ve got a pair of new disc reviews for you to enjoy today here at the site, starting with Tim’s look at Arrow Video’s new 3-film American Horror Project: Volume 1 Blu-ray box set.
Also, I’ve just completed another 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review: Sony’s Chappie, which is the first actual full 4K title I’ve seen so far on the format, as opposed to the 2K DI upconverts more common to the first wave of UHD titles. [Read on here…]
All right, lots of stuff to share with you today…
First though, here at The Bits our own Todd Doogan has turned in a new Doogan’s Queue/Gripe Soda column running down this week’s latest releases on Blu-ray and DVD. Doogan has also reviewed a new DVD only movie release from MPI – Raze. Do give it a look.
Also today, Dr. Jahnke has posted his latest Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD column covering new deep catalog titles available from the Warner Archive, so be sure to check that out. [Read on here…]
All right, in the wake of our report from a few months ago on Paramount’s out-of-control retail exclusives on the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray release (which quickly went viral around the Net and ultimately even inspired a Forbes piece), a follow-up post on this issue here at The Bits was inevitable. Because the truth is, most of the Hollywood studios are involved in the practice of giving retailers special “exclusive” BD content they can advertise as “only available here!” In fact, this has been going on for years. [Read on here...]
All right, we’ve got a quick update for you today, but we do have some release news and whatnot…
First, Russell Hammond has posted the Release Dates and Artwork update with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always a portion of anything you order through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it!
Now then… I’ve updated my Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray review with a fully complete listing of all the exclusive content available via Target, Best Buy/Cinema Now and iTunes. So do check it out. One hopes the studio will eventually revisit the title on BD as a truly complete special edition, perhaps when all the retail exclusive content deals expire. In the meantime, now you can at least see what’s available. And at the very least, anyone who buys the BD and redeems the digital copy code through iTunes can get access to the enhanced commentary, so that’s something. [Read on here…]
All right, first up here at The Bits today, we’ve got more Blu-ray Disc reviews for you. We’ve updated Adam Jahnke’s reviews of a pair of classic Roger Corman titles from Shout! Factory, including Death Race 2000 and Galaxy of Terror. Also today, our own Joe Marchese has turned in his thoughts on Twilight Time’s more recent Leave Her to Heaven, a 1945 classic from Fox.
You may also have noticed that we’ve modified the Latest Review sidebar (over on the right hand side of the home page) to include our NINE latest reviews (not just six) and also to show the vintage reviews we’re upgrading into the new database as well as the new release title reviews. We figured that for some of you, those older reviews from the original Bits website will be new – you’ll not have seen them before. So we wanted to make sure to highlight them as they go into the new database to make them easier for you to find and read. We hope you enjoy them!
Also today, the good Dr. Jahnke has a new Burnt Offerings column for you. Here’s a surprise some of you may not have been aware of: Universal has released the 1984 film The Wild Life on DVD-R as part of their Vault Series! You’ll find more on that, plus news of new DVD-R/MOD titles from Warner Archive and Paramount, in today’s column.
Now then... I’ve got a bit of an update of you all on Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray. Specifically, I’ve now seen the Target-exclusive bonus features... [Read on here...]