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All right, yesterday was a busy one. Seems like I can either get an in-depth Blu-ray review done, or a daily column, but sometimes not both! I went for the Blu-ray review, as you can probably guess, and the result was my look at Disney’s new Aladdin: Diamond Edition. The disc arrived in stores yesterday. Going through the previous Platinum Edition DVD item by item, to confirm what was on the Blu-ray and what wasn’t (most of it did carry over), took forever. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the review and if you decide to purchase the disc, please consider ordering through our Amazon links.  [Read on here…]

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Given that this is Columbus Day here in the States, announcement news is a little bit thin today. But we do have a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you.

Tim has posted his latest Halloween Hangover review, featuring Scream Factory’s Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight – Collector’s Edition, which arrives on Blu-ray next week (on 10/20). I’ve also posted my thoughts on Disney’s Tomorrowland, which streets on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow. And if you check back tomorrow, I’ll have another Disney Blu-ray review featuring the Aladdin: Diamond Edition, which also hits stores tomorrow. So be sure to check back for that.  [Read on here…]

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Here at The Bits today, we’re rounding out the week with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews. Tim Salmons has turned in his latest Halloween Hangover review of Scream Factory’s The Sentinel on Blu-ray. And Jim Hemphill has a look a Twilight Time’s The World of Henry Orient on Blu-ray. Both discs are now available. Meanwhile, if you check back on Monday, I should have my review of Disney’s Aladdin: Diamond Edition on Blu-ray for you as well.  [Read on here…]

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As expected, Fox’s The X-Files: The Complete Series Blu-ray has been officially announced and is now back up on Fox Connect and open for pre-orders. As we reported before, SRP is $299 and street date is 12/8. But just for New York Comic-Con weekend, the price has been lowered to just $150! Now, if you order through Fox Connect, we don’t get the Amazon affiliate support… but then we’d never advise anyone NOT to take a deal that good. Our guess is that next week (post Con) it will be up for pre-order on Amazon for something in the $200-$270 range, and then it will be discounted a bit around Black Friday week. And we finally have specs! [Read on here…]

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All right, as we wait for official X-Files Blu-ray news from Fox, our own Tim Salmons has just posted today’s Halloween Hangover Blu-ray review – a look at the James Clark’s Madhouse (1974), starring Vincent Price. The film is now available from Kino Lorber.

Speaking of The X-Files, there’s been no official announcement yet today, but New York Comic-Con starts tomorrow, so it’s very likely that an official announcement will be by the end of the weekend. It’s even possible that Fox will be taking pre-orders for the set this weekend tied to the Con (they frequently do at San Diego Comic-Con. So we should know more very soon. [Read on here…]

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Well… we’ve waited a long time for The X-Files: The Complete Series to be released on Blu-ray. It’s been nearly three full years in fact since we first reported in The Rumor Mill here that the project was being remastered in HD for an eventual BD release. And here it finally is… almost! Fox Connect briefly revealed the cover art yesterday (see below), the SRP ($225 USD), and the street date (12/8). BUT… then they immediately pulled it down again. We would guess this means that the official announcement is imminent. So stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here’s what the packaging is going to look like…  [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking things off on this Tuesday with another new Halloween Hangover review from Tim Salmons. This time, it’s a look at Mark Hartley’s Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films on DVD from Warner Home Video.

Speaking of Warner, the studio has set the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: 25th Anniversary Edition for Blu-ray release on 12/1 (SRP $19.98) in what looks like Steelbook packaging (see left and below).  [Read on here…]

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It’s official… sort of: Warner Home Video has just announced that Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant: Signature Edition is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase on streaming, digital HD, and UltraViolet (you can watch it here on Amazon now). Before you get bent out of shape about that, however, the press release also says that the film will be available on Blu-ray Disc in 2016. As many of you know, Bird has been lobbying WB hard for the film to be released as a really good special edition on Blu-ray. It’s possible that he needs the extra time to work on the special features. So while it’s not quite the news we’ve been waiting for, it’s good to know that a Blu-ray release is coming… even if fans will have to be patient a little while longer for it.  [Read on here…]

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It’s a terribly slow news day today in terms of Blu-ray and DVD-related announcements, but that’s okay. You should all just go out and see Ridley Scott’s The Martian anyway. I saw it last night and I’ll tell you, it’s his best film since the 2005 Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut. The film honors Andy Weir’s original book, retaining much of its scientific accuracy and sense of humor, and it nails the real-life spirit and dedication that’s at the heart of what NASA does, getting all the little details of manned spaceflight correct – no small task. Best of all, it does all this while managing to be entertaining as hell. I absolutely loved The Martian, and it’s that rare film worth seeing in 3D too – the vast open spaces of the Red Planet have never looked so epic.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a smattering of release news odds and ends to report for you this afternoon...

But before we get started today, our very own Tim Salmons is officially kicking off his month-long Halloween Hangover review fest this afternoon here at The Bits! Each week day all month long, Tim will review a new horror or Halloween-themed title on disc. First up today is his look at Scream Factory’s Shocker: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray. We hope you enjoy it, and be sure to check back tomorrow for more!

Now then, let’s get to the announcements: Broad Green Pictures has set A Walk in the Woods for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/29, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Nick Offerman.  [Read on here…]

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