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Today’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest Blu-ray review from Dr. Jahnke is another great one from Scream Factory – Brian de Palma’s 1974 cult classic Phantom of Paradise. It’s well worth your time, so do check out both Adam’s review and the film on Blu-ray.

Now then... I’m about six hours into a return to Middle-Earth with Warner’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Extended Edition Blu-ray. But that means I’ve still got like ten hours of viewing to go. The disc has no less than TEN hours of documentary content, plus the film is over three hours (with about 25 minutes of new and extended footage) and has an audio commentary too. So I would say plan on reading my full review of the 5-disc BD set bright and early on Monday morning here at The Bits.  [Read on here…]

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All right, this will be a bit of a quick post because there’s not a lot of news to report and we’re working on new Blu-ray reviews for you guys. As such, we have three for you today.

Dr. Jahnke’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review this morning is a dandy – Scream Factory’s new Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut – Limited Edition Blu-ray set. It’s another home run from a company that seems to do nothing but these days.

Speaking of which, I’ve checked in today with a review of Shout! Factory’s outstanding and remastered Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series box set on Blu-ray – a title we first revealed at our panel way back at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013. The remastering and extras were personally supervised by Pee-wee himself, Paul Reubens, and the result is pretty impressive.  [Read on here…]

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:15

Burnt Offerings for October 21, 2014

Last week’s Burnt Offerings fell victim to the Dreaded Deadline Doom, so my apologies to regular readers of this column, if any. This week is a little light on new releases but I’ll try to scrounge up some interesting morsels just the same. As ever and always shall be, please channel your shopping cyberdollars through the little banners seen below and accept our gratitude for helping support The Bits. [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:47

Doogan’s Queue for October 21, 2014

Welcome back to GripeSoda’s List-o-Mantic.

Zombies were the thing last week. Vampires is this. I bring you the 10 Best Vampire Movies according to me.

This go-round, I’m including likeminded films in the same number standing – so rather than sequels or series, this time, it’s versions. Basically it’s kind of a potpourri of the best Dracula films at number 3 and the films you should check out to embrace Nosferatu (who, I know is Dracula, but just stop and let me have my dang list please). Please to enjoy what I think about Vamps.  [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking the new week off with more Hell Plaza Oktoberfest from Dr. Jahnke. Today’s BD review from Adam is a great one: Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection II, which streets tomorrow. Don’t miss it!

Also here at The Bits today, our own Michael Coate takes time in his new History, Legacy & Showmanship column to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction by hosting a roundtable interview with a trio of great film historians. Can you believe it’s been twenty years since the film’s debut in October of 1994? Crazy.  [Read on here…]

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“Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino”

The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 20th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, one of the most talked-about, written-about and influential films of the last two decades.

For the occasion, The Bits features a Q&A with a trio of journalists who offer some thoughts on Tarantino’s revered film.  [Read more here...]

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We’re wrapping up the week with a classic review entry in Adam’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest: Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary now on Blu-ray from Fox. The film is obviously terrific and it sounds like the new Blu-ray is too. Don’t miss it.

In announcement news today, we have a few quick things to mention…  [Read on here…]

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First up this morning, our own Dr. Jahnke checks in with today’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest Blu-ray review in the form of StageFright from our friends at Blue Underground. Do give it a look.

The big announcement news today is that Criterion has just revealed their January Blu-ray and DVD release slate, which is set to include Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom (Cat #280 – Blu-ray – SRP $39.95) on 1/6, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Cat #740 – Blu-ray and DVD – SRP $39.95 and $29.95) on 1/13, Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg (Cat #741 – Blu-ray and DVD – SRP $39.95 and $29.95) and Preston Sturges’ The Palm Beach Story (Cat #742 – Blu-ray and DVD – SRP $39.95 and $29.95) on 1/20, and Lucrecia Martel’s La ciénaga (Cat #743 – Blu-ray and DVD – SRP $39.95 and $29.95) on 1/27. You can see the cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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