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Welcome back to a new edition of Pick-Ups!

Thanks for joining me this week for a new edition of Scream Factory Catch-Up, where I attempt to get ahead on some of Scream Factory’s Blu-ray releases. They release content so frequently that it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with it all (not that I’m complaining).  [Read on here...]

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Friday, 22 January 2016 09:00

My Favorite Movies & Blu-rays of 2015

Well, I promised a couple of “Best of” lists, and here they are (I was a bit of an overachiever and got the lists done quickly, so... you’re welcome). Please keep in mind that this is simply my personal favorite movies or titles based on what I’ve actually seen throughout 2015 and it doesn’t necessarily represent both sides of the industry as a whole. This is, more or less, my favorite of the movies and Blu-ray Discs that I saw in 2015.  [Read on here...]

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We’ve got a little bit of news today, and also some new Blu-ray reviews to mention, but first I want to call your attention to my editorial yesterday on my experiences of Ultra HD Blu-ray at CES, and what I think it means for A/V enthusiasts and movie fans going forward. You’ll find it here. Do give it a look.

Now then, we’ve posted a trio of new Blu-ray reviews over the last couple of days. Look for Tim’s take on Ghost Story (1981) and the Troll/Troll 2 double feature. Also, Jim’s offered up his thoughts on Shout! Factory’s Bolero/Ghost’s Can’t Do It double feature. [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a couple interesting things for you this afternoon.

First, Tim has posted a review of Scream Factory’s Nightmares on Blu-ray, a 1983 anthology film directed by Joseph Sergeant. Do give it a look.

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

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We’re starting things today with a new Pick-Ups column from our own Tim Salmons, featuring a review of Scream Factory’s The Car on Blu-ray Disc. Tim will be posting new “catch-up” Scream and Shout BD reviews (and more) all week, so do check them out.

First up today, people who have pre-ordered Samsung’s first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player (the UBDK8500) on Amazon and Best Buy are reporting that they’re getting notices that the player will ship on 2/12 or 2/21, as opposed to 3/1. So it’s possible that discs may ship earlier as well. We’ll let you know as we hear updates. [Read on here…]

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They say only bad news is dumped on Friday, but every now and again there’s a bit of good Friday news too. In this case, our friends at the Criterion Collection have just announced their April Blu-ray slate and it includes some great new titles and catalog upgrades too. Look for Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings (Cat #806 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 4/12, A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco (Cat #326, 485 & 807 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 4/19, and The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates (Cat #808 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, Crisis, and Faces of November), David Lean’s Brief Encounter (Cat #76 – Blu-ray, DVD & iTunes), and Christian Petzold’s Phoenix (Cat #809 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 4/26. We’ve updated The Criterion Spines Project listing here at The Bits accordingly.  [Read on here…]

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Friday, 15 January 2016 09:00

Pick-Ups for the Week of January 11, 2016

Welcome back to a new edition of Pick-Ups!

Ok, I’m back finally after a holiday break. I hope you enjoyed yourself as safely as possible and got lots of goodies to sort through (I know I did).

I also hope you managed to go out and see a few movies. How about that Force Awakens, huh? Oh, and The Hateful Eight in 70mm? Wow, what a great year for going to the cinema.  [Read on here…]

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While I’m gathering my final thoughts on my experience of Ultra HD Blu-ray at CES 2016 last week (to wrap up our coverage of the convention), I wanted to jump in quickly today to take care of a couple important pieces of business here at The Bits.

First, our own Tim Salmons has turned in his thoughts on Arrow Video’s new Blood Rage: Special Edition Blu-ray.

I’ve also just posted my in-depth review of Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which streets tomorrow on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD. The film just took home the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical Film of all things. Don’t miss it.  [Read on here…]

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All right, I’m wrapping up our coverage of Press Day at CES 2016 with a quick report of key UHD-related highlights from the big afternoon press events in the day, which featured tech industry giants Samsung and Sony.  [Read on here…]

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 09:30

Pick-Ups for the Week of December 14, 2015

Welcome back to a new edition of Pick-Ups!

Ok, this will be another brief week. I have three new reviews for you, including a couple of family-friendly titles to watch over the holidays. I’ll be back after the holidays, of course, with some new titles for you to check out. Until then, enjoy this week’s reviews and Happy Holidays from myself and everyone else here at The Bits[Read on here…]

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