From all of us here at The Bits today: A Happy Friday to YOU, sir! (And/or madam.)
First things first today: Our own Michael Coate has turned in a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column in which he looks back at the original roadshow release of Sweet Charity, which celebrates its 45th anniversary today. The piece includes a great and lengthy roundtable interview with a trio of leading experts on the film’s history, so don’t miss it. Enjoy!
In other news today, Disney has revealed that Thor: The Dark World (which streets on 2/25) is not going to be available in BD/DVD Combo versions as originally announced, but rather a Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo, and single-disc Blu-ray and DVD editions, all with digital copy. This appears to be part of a broader shift by the studio away from BD/DVD Combos. Members of the Disney Movie Club who had pre-ordered the announced BD3D/BD/DVD Combo have had their orders shifted to the BD3D/BD version. And as you can see from the art below, the versions available for pre-order on Amazon have changed too. [Read on here...]
Let’s close out the week with a couple more great title announcements...
Disney has also officially confirmed that Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World will arrive on Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 2/25, with digital versions available on 2/4. The Blu-ray will include audio commentary with director Alan Taylor, producer Kevin Feige, actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, 2 featurettes (A Brothers’ Journey: Thor & Loki and Scoring Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler) and an exclusive look at Marvel’s forthcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One imagines there will be various retail exclusive versions as well. [Read on here…]
Morning, folks! Hope you guys are all enjoying your holiday break. We’ve actually got some Blu-ray announcement news for you today...
First up, Twilight Time has announced the limited Blu-ray release of Zulu (1964), Khartoum (1966), Titus (1999) and Man in the Dark 3D (1953) – 3,000 copies each will be available. They’ve also revealed that less than 600 copies each remain of Enemy Mine (1985) and Stagecoach (1966). SRP for these BDs is $29.95 each. Head to Screen Archives Entertainment to get your copies. [Read on here…]
Anyone interested in some new Blu-ray reviews to start the week? Our own Tim Salmons has checked in today with a pair of them featuring a look at a couple of Criterion titles in high-definition, including David Maysles and Albert Maysles’ Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter and also the new special edition of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. Both are now available on BD, so enjoy!
Meanwhile, pre-orders are now on for Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips from Sony at this link on Amazon. Disney’s Thor: The Dark World and Summit Entertainment’s Ender’s Game are also both up for pre-order on BD on Amazon. [Read on here…]
Afternoon, folks! And a special Veteran’s Day nod out to all those of you in uniform who might be serving around the world (and you ex-vets too).
We’re working on more reviews today and we do have one new review for you this afternoon here at The Bits: Joe Marchese has checked in with a look at Kino’s The Hitch-Hiker (1953) on Blu-ray. Do check it out.
In announcement news, we’ve got a number of interesting things to report for you today… [Read on here]