“It’s a fun film that also demanded you to take it seriously. I think some people missed all that and just wanted to indulge in the ‘bug hunt’ war porn of it all. But beneath its rollercoaster surface, Aliens is a pretty sophisticated genre classic.” — Documentarian Charles de Lauzirika
The Digital Bits and History, Legacy & Showmanship are pleased to present this retrospective article commemorating the 30th anniversary of the release of Aliens, the action-packed follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror classic featuring Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters, Working Girl) in her Saturn-winning and Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated reprisal of Ellen Ripley, the lone survivor of an Alien attack on her ship, the Nostromo. In the sequel, after several decades in hypersleep, she returns to exomoon LV-426 along with a team of Marines — and awesome sound and visual effects — to destroy the Aliens. [Read on here...]
All right, we’ve got a rare Saturday update for you, as there’s some major news to let you all know about since yesterday’s post…
First up, Criterion has announced their October slate of Blu-ray releases, which is set to include the Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro set (Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth) and Pan’s Labyrinth separately (Cat #838 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/11, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (Cat #839 - Blu-ray and DVD) and Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (Cat #265 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/18, and Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Cat #840 - Blu-ray and DVD) and Luis García Berlanga’s The Executioner (Cat #841 - Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/25. Note that Criterion is also working on a Blu-ray box set of Linklater’s “Before” Trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight) for release at a later date. [Read on here…]
All right, there’s not much in the way of announcement news today, but we do have a couple things to share with you.
First, there’s a brand new official behind-the-scenes video and poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that were shared earlier today at Star Wars Celebration in London. You can see the poster at the left there.
And you can watch the video via YouTube here (be sure to watch it in 1080p)… [Read on here…]
Let’s run down some of the latest Blu-ray and DVD announcements this week...
The big news is that Scream Factory has announced a cool set of FIVE “limited-run” Blu-ray titles (1,000 copies each) that will only be available from the Shout! Factory website (click on the following title links to pre-order). They include a double feature of Deathstalker (1983)/Deathstalker II (1987) and Up from the Depths (1979) due on 8/30, and Message from Space (1978), Timewalker (1982), and The Velvet Vampire (1971) on 9/27. They’re being released as a bit of an experiment by Scream/Shout, partly because new HD masters were available, but also because they want to see if there’s interest/demand for such obscure, deep catalog material. If it turns out there is, they’ll probably make these kind of limited releases a more regular thing. [Read on here…]
All right, folks... Amazon Prime Day is here at last! If you’re an Amazon Prime member, there a TON of great deals on all kinds of products, including Blu-ray and DVD titles. There are Deals of the Day, hourly Lightning Deals, and much more, so you’ll want to keep checking back throughout the day. As you know, The Digital Bits is an Amazon affiliate. That means whenever you shop for literally ANYTHING at Amazon after clicking through one of our links you’re helping to support our work here at the site. So we would be extremely grateful if, as you launch your Amazon Prime Day shopping expeditions throughout the day, you’d click through one of our links first. We’ve created some just for that purpose. Here you go...
Just click on one of those buttons first, as you start shopping on Amazon today, and a portion of any purchases you make in that same shopping session will count in our favor. So not only will you get great Amazon deals, you’ll help us keep The Bits up and running too. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts... and good hunting!
- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)
Congratulations to Eric Klein from Astoria, New York! He’s the winner of our 4K Ultra HD Giveaway featuring the complete Divergent Trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant)! We’ll contact you shortly Eric to arrange shipping your prize.
Thanks again to Lionsgate for providing the titles (which arrive in stores tomorrow) and thanks to all those of you who entered!
- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)
All right, we’ve got some release news, a new Blu-ray review, and more to kick off the new week here at The Bits.
But first things first this afternoon...
We’ve got a new Blu-ray review for you today: Jim Hemphill’s taken a look at Richard Fleischer’s 1971 British crime drama 10 Rillington Place, now available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Do give it a look. [Read on here…]
Just a quick update today...
First up, our own Tim Salmons has just turned in his final Pick-Ups/Dailies review for the week, and it’s a look at Arrow Video’s new The Return of the Killer Tomatoes: Special Edition on Blu-ray Disc. Do check it out.
Also today, Disney has just added a pair of additional deep catalog Blu-rays that are only available if you join their Disney Club Exclusive program. They are The Absent-Minded Professor: 55th Anniversary Edition and The Boatniks: 45th Anniversary Edition. You can learn more about the Club and how to join it here. [Read on here…]
Welcome to a new edition of Pick-Ups!
I hope all of you had a nice 4th of July celebration this weekend and saw some new movies. I’ve been in binge mode lately, watching anything and everything as much as possible on top of doing other things. As Bill always says, there just isn’t enough time in the day. That won’t stop me from trying though. [Read on here...]
There’s a bit of good announcement news for you all today, but first there’s a great TODAY ONLY Blu-ray deal we wanted to bring to your attention...
Amazon.com’s Gold Box Deal of the Day for today is none other than Warner and New Line’s complete The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition Blu-ray box set... for just $27! That’s 64% off the regular price, so do take advantage fast if you’re interested via the link here. [Read on here…]