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All right, folks. Sorry I missed yesterday’s post and that today’s is a little brief. I’ve been dealing with a medical concern over the last week or so – since returning to Comic-Con – and it’s had me worried and more than a little preoccupied. Fortunately, with the help of a very fine doctor, I got to the bottom of it yesterday, and it turned out not to be serious, easily addressable and all is well. Whew! So anyway, I’ve got a quick post for you today, and then I’ll be back tomorrow with a lot more.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got another Blu-ray review for you today from Jim Hemphill, who this time takes a look at François Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid (1969) now available from Twilight Time. It’s well worth your time, so do give it a look!

In announcement news today, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set Empire: Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 9/15. The Blu-ray version will include 11 uncut music performances from the series (the DVD includes 5 of them).  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a few things for you all today…

First, you may have seen yesterday that our own Michael Coate has a brand new History, Legacy & Showmanship column up celebrating the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jaws. It includes all kinds of great information about the film’s initial theatrical release, as well as trivia and other production information. Best of all, it includes a great roundtable interview with film historians on the impact of the film. Don’t miss it. [Read on here…]

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Well... I'm spending this first day of the new week, post Memorial Day, to get myself settled into a new computer. After years of loyal service, my old PC revealed a terminal flaw back in December, so I bought a new one that I'm affectionately calling the WOPR. But as I've been incredibly busy of late, getting all my files moved over and organized, and getting all the needed software installed and whatnot, has taken several months. So forgive me if today's update is a quick one as I finish up that process.

We have a bunch of reviews we're working on for posting hopefully this week, including Universal's new classic Battlestar Galactica box set. Meanwhile, we have a quick release news update for you.  [Read on here…]

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We’ve got a new Pick-Ups column from Tim for this week, featuring new reviews of George Miller’s The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome on Blu-ray, as well as Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood documentary on the history of Ozploitation film. All of this is obviously in honor of the new Mad Max: Fury Road film now in theaters. It’s really a terrific film, so do check it out. The reviews don’t lie on this one. Meanwhile, enjoy the column and reviews.  [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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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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Well... we’re closing out the week here at The Bits with a little bit of release news, plus more fallout from Al Jean’s “no more Simpsons on DVD” tweet from yesterday. By the way, we’ve learned that this does apply to Blu-ray too. As you can imagine, a LOT of fans of the show, who have loyally supported the series on Blu-ray and DVD over the years, aren’t terribly happy today. Completely aside from the fact that it looks like Fox is backing away from continuing to release yet another much-loved and wanted series on physical media, there are many fans who have spent many hundreds of dollars to buy the previous individual season Blu-ray and DVD sets.  [Read on here…]

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All right, today begins the annual WonderCon pop culture and comic book convention in Anaheim, California. I’m not doing any panels this year, but I’ll be there off and on all weekend checking out the proceedings and catching up with friends, so if you see me walking around be sure to say hello!  [Read on here…]

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Let’s kick off the new week with a quick round-up of new Blu-ray release announcements...

Our friends at the Warner Archive will release 42nd Street (1933) on Blu-ray on 4/21. The Blu-ray is mastered from the new 2015 restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono audio. Extras will include the From Book to Screen to Stage 2006 retrospective documentary, 3 vintage WB short subjects (Hollywood Newsreel, A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio, and Harry Warren: America’s Foremost Composer), the vintage promotional newsreel The 42nd Street Special, 2 vintage 1933 WB cartoons (Young and Healthy and Shuffle Off to Buffalo), and the original theatrical trailer.  [Read on here…]

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