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All right, we’ve got some pretty darned good announcement news for you all today...

First up, Ridley Scott’s The Martian is now available for pre-order on Amazon on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD (Amazon price: $44.99, $22.99, and $14.99), set to be released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. There’s no street date yet available, but sources suggest early-to-mid January is likely. Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork...  [Read on here…]

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We’re starting the day with another pair of new Blu-ray reviews: I’ve given Paramount’s confounding new Terminator Genisys a look on Blu-ray this morning. The disc streets today. And Jim Hemphill has taken Twilight Time’s Black Widow out for a spin on your behalf too. Do give them a look.  [Read on here…]

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We’re kicking things off on this Tuesday with another new Halloween Hangover review from Tim Salmons. This time, it’s a look at Mark Hartley’s Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films on DVD from Warner Home Video.

Speaking of Warner, the studio has set the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: 25th Anniversary Edition for Blu-ray release on 12/1 (SRP $19.98) in what looks like Steelbook packaging (see left and below).  [Read on here…]

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All right, sorry for the lack of an update yesterday. As it happens, I was up at bustling Ares Studios, where pre-production on the Axanar feature film is well underway. As some of you may know, I’m the co-writer of the film’s screenplay, so we were having script and production meetings, and then producer Alec Peters, director Robert Meyer Burnett and I recorded a podcast in which we discussed the script and the writing process, and then talked about what makes a great Star Trek film. That should be up in the next day or two, so I’ll be sure to post a link when you can all listen.

Anyway, the big news today is that Criterion has just announced their December slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles, which is set to include Michael Ritchie’s Downhill Racer (Spine #494 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 12/1, Ted Wilde’s Speedy (Spine #788 – Blu-ray, DVD and Hulu) and Takashi Murakami’s Jellyfish Eyes (Spine #787 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 12/8, and finally Howard Brookner’s Burroughs: The Movie (Spine #789 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 12/15. You can see the cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]

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We’re starting out here at The Bits today with a new Blu-ray review from Jim Hemphill, featuring Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s The Honey Pot (1967) from Kino Lorber.

Also today, our own Michael Coate has posted a new installment of his History, Legacy & Showmanship column here on The Bits in which he celebrates the 50th anniversary of TV’s Lost in Space and also today’s release of Lost in Space: The Complete Series on Blu-ray by 20th Century Fox. His piece includes a great interview with the set’s producer, Kevin Burns. We plan to post a review of the Blu-ray set as soon as Fox sends review materials, so be sure to watch for it. In the meantime, enjoy Michael’s column.  [Read on here…]

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Thursday, 27 August 2015 11:57

The Biggest Movie Story in America

I had to sit on maybe the biggest movie story in America. For a long time. And now that it’s been completed and is over, I’m shocked that the whole thing hasn’t been on the front page of The New York Times.

I’ve perhaps casually mentioned that I helped create (didn’t get in the way of) a film school here in Oklahoma City, actually at Oklahoma City Community College. The idea was, unlike film degrees that are based on watching and studying themes and points of view and reading scripts, the creative side, so to speak, to offer a technical, hands on degree program, why a community college was selected in the first place. And to enhance the experience, we got the finest equipment in the world – Avid editors and cameras and lenses and lights and then, through a lot of hard work from a lot of good people, here came the ultimate – a full end studio, built to the specs of an actual Hollywood soundstage. If another state funded school has a facility like this, I’d like to see it.  [Read on here...]

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We’ve got more interesting Blu-ray and DVD release news for you today…

First, while Warner Home Video hasn’t yet announced the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition yet (tentatively due on either 11/3, 11/10 or 11/17), we do know a few things about the release. First, it’s going to be about 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut (in the neighborhood of 164 minutes long). Jackson had said previously the extended matertial would be about 30 minutes, but I’ve managed to confirm the 164 minute runtime with sources directly involved at WingNut Films, who tell me that the footage is “significant” and most of it has been added to the battle at the end. Second, it’s going to be screened in theaters in October, as part of a worldwide, week-long The Hobbit: Extended Edition screening event in theaters (you can see the AMC listing here, which includes the 3 hour run time, and The One Ring.net has more here). The Extended Edition of An Unexpected Journey will screen on 10/5, followed by the EE of The Desolation of Smaug on 10/7, and finally the EE or The Battle of the Five Armies on 10/13. Third, we now know that The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition has received an R-rating from the MPAA (more here at Rope of Silicon). We expect an official Blu-ray release announcement from Warner any time now. Of course, we’ll post the details as soon as we have them.  [Read on here…]

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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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