Well, folks... I continue to battle this damn flu, but I think I’ve got the better of it today at least. At any rate, we’ve got some good stuff here at the site today.
First, we’ve got a new review for you. Actually, it’s a rare hardware review here at The Bits. You see, we’ve found a piece of hardware so awesome, so useful and cool, that we just couldn’t help ourselves but have a little fun with it: Factory Entertainment’s Jaws: Collectible Bottle Opener. So here’s our very own Todd Doogan to put old Bruce through his paces. It’s definitely gets the Bits recommendation for great holiday stocking stuffer ideas.
Also today, Russell Hammond has posted the weekly Release Dates & Artwork section update featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game (now including Xbox One and PS4) cover art and Amazon.com pre-order links. And 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.
Now then, we’ve got some interesting announcement news for you today... [Read on here...]
Welcome to Thanksgiving week, folks!
We’re very pleased this morning to bring you a review that we’ve been waiting years to write. It’s our epic, in-depth look at Criterion’s amazing new Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman box set! You get 25 remastered films in both Blu-ray and DVD, plus terrific extras. Our own Todd Doogan – and yours truly – have reviewed every single feature and every single film. There’s nothing… and we mean nothing… that we love more than Shintaro Katsu’s Blind Swordsman films. And though we’ve certainly dreamed of it, we never seriously imagined that we’d ever see a Blu-ray box set of these films. But here it is. And it’s every bit as good as we could have hoped. This is a gem that ranks right up there with the best box sets released on the Blu-ray format. The set streets this Tuesday (11/26) and we wouldn’t miss it for the world. [Read on here…]
Well folks, we hope you all had a nice Halloween… and we sure hope you all enjoyed this year’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest. Dr. Jahnke and the rest of The Bits team pulled out all the stops to make it a goodun for you all, so there you go. We sure appreciate your readership.
Now then, today’s update is going to be a quick news roundup from the last couple days, and then we expect to be back next week with more reviews, including a couple titles you guys have probably been waiting for, including Warner’s Man of Steel and New Line’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition among others. [Read on here…]
We’ve reached the end! The Hell Plaza Oktoberfest begins its final day here at The Digital Bits!
Dr. Jahnke’s final Oktoberfest review for you on this chilly Halloween morning is a true classic of horror cinema that’s yet to be surpassed: F.W. Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu! It’s coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 12th from our friend at Kino Lorber and it’s a beautiful new release. Check out Jahnke’s review and read all about it. [Read on here…]
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Okay... today’s Bits post is a very quick one, as we’re gearing up for tomorrow’s big Halloween finale for The Hell Plaza Oktoberfest Se7en. BUT...
The mad Dr. Jahnke’s Oktoberfest review for today is a gem – a preview of an upcoming DVD release from our very dear friend Bob Burns. It’s Bob Burns’ Hollywood Halloween! The 2-disc set looks back at all the great Halloween haunted houses that Bob and Kathy have held over the years at their home in Burbank! It includes a documentary by Lindsey Keith Jackson, footage of the actual haunted house experiences, interviews with the likes of John Landis, menus produced by our friend Van Ling, cover art by Vincent Di Fate and much more! The DVD is not quite ready for wide release yet, and distribution is still TBA. BUT... [Read on here...]
Okay, let’s close out the week with a couple of reviews and some new announcement news. First the reviews...
Our own Todd Doogan has checked in with his thoughts on Criterion’s excellent recent edition of Ishirô Honda’s classic Godzilla on Blu-ray. Enjoy!
And I’ve weighed in with a look at Magnet’s new Blu-ray edition of Europa Report – a modestly impressive little space exploration thriller that arrives in stores on 10/8.
Now for some announcement news... [Read on here...]