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The big news today, without a doubt, is this: The Blu-ray Disc Association has just announced the completion of the technical specification for the Ultra HD Blu-ray format. Consumer electronics manufacturers will be able to license the spec in July, which should lead to the first players arriving in stores either just in time for the holidays this year or (more likely) in Q1 of 2016, with a big rollout at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in January.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got a couple good announcements to report today to start the new week.

First of all, Lionsgate has just set Alex Garland’s Ex Machina for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/14. Details are still TBA, but we have the temp cover artwork below.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just officially set House of Cards: Volume Three for Blu-ray and DVD release on  7/7. You can see the official cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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Okay, we’re closing out the week with an early look at bunch of new Blu-ray cover artwork.

Because why not right? It’s not like there’s much in the way of announcement news today, and we’re all busy working on new reviews for next week.  [Read on here…]

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All right, first things first today: Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut is now available for Blu-ray pre-order on Amazon.com for release on 7/14. And yes, that IS the official cover artwork there. Click below or on the title link to pre-order (and support The Bits in the process).

Now then... we have a LOT of announcement news today, including a great catalog title announcement update. Let’s get to it...

First, Warner Home Video has announced the release of some new TV titles on Blu-ray and DVD including Person of Interest: Season Four and Vampire Dairies: Season Six on 9/1, and Arrow: Season Three, The Flash: Season One, and Gotham: Season One. (street date TBA). All are available for pre-order now from Amazon – just click on the titles.  [Read on here…]

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Robert Altman said his last “that’s a wrap,” can you believe it, some eight or nine years ago and it seems as though any hope of mainstream studio films with emotional weight, sharp characters, social satire and natural, cliché free dialogue was buried right next to him.

Every Hollywood director since the beginning of the medium owes a debt to Robert Altman. His style was so distinctive, so fresh and so natural that people would say to themselves, “Oh that’s what directors do.”  [Read on here...]

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We’re starting things off today with another installment of Tim Salmons’ new Dailies feature, Pick-Ups. This week, Tim reviews an older Criterion title on Blu-ray, Orson Welles’ F for Fake, as well as a pair of UK/Region B Blu-ray titles from Arrow, including Time Bandits and The Stuff. Do check them out.

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

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Pick-Ups for the week of May 4, 2015

Welcome back to my new Dailies feature, Pick-Ups!

It’s designed to feature older Blu-ray releases that we haven’t gotten around to reviewing until now (sorry about that!), as well as select international releases and other unique titles on disc.

I’ll be doing this column on a weekly basis, so be sure to check back regularly for new titles that are worthy of your attention. [Read on here…]

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We have just a quick update for you this afternoon, as we’re doing a little server work here today.

We’re pleased to present a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you all to enjoy. First, our own Joe Marchese has turned in a look at Kino Lorber’s recent BD edition of Hal Walker’s At War with the Army (1950), starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Also today, Doogan has taken a nice deep dive into P.T. Anderson’s fascinating Inherent Vice – now on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video – and found it worthy of your time. Enjoy the reviews!  [Read on here…]

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All right, just a quick update today, but we DO have some pretty exciting news to report...

First, Disney has just set their Aladdin: Diamond Edition for Blu-ray release on 10/13 (SRP $36.99). We know this because Amazon is already taking pre-orders on it. We’re waiting to hear more about the content and extras (we think the official press announcement is a few weeks away yet), but you can see the Blu-ray cover artwork on the left there and you can pre-order it on Amazon by clicking here or on the cover image below.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we have just a quick announcement news update today along with a bunch more new Blu-ray cover artwork...

First up, Fox Home Entertainment has set The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/14.

For you classic film fans, Warner Archive has just set Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) for release on BD on 5/19.

Warner is also releasing a pair of complete series sets on Blu-ray on 5/12, including Revolution: The Complete Series and Nikita: The Complete Series.  [Read on here…]

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