• BREAKING: Avengers: Endgame, remastered Monty Python & From the Earth to the Moon, GoT & more!
    BREAKING: Avengers: Endgame, remastered Monty Python & From the Earth to the Moon, GoT & more!
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! on Blu-ray for its 50th anniversary!
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! on Blu-ray for its 50th anniversary!
  • Bill reviews Shout! Factory’s long-awaited U.S. Blu-ray release of Space: 1999 – The Complete Series
    Bill reviews Shout! Factory’s long-awaited U.S. Blu-ray release of Space: 1999 – The Complete Series
  • Bill reviews the definitive epic of classic cinema, Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace on Blu-ray from Criterion
    Bill reviews the definitive epic of classic cinema, Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace on Blu-ray from Criterion
  • Criterion’s September Blu-ray slate includes Polyester, Local Hero, Chaplin’s The Circus & more
    Criterion’s September Blu-ray slate includes Polyester, Local Hero, Chaplin’s The Circus & more
  • Lionsgate sets Hellboy (2019) for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/23
    Lionsgate sets Hellboy (2019) for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/23
  • Bill watches the entire FAST AND FURIOUS 8-Film Collection in 4K Ultra HD (and survives to review it)
    Bill watches the entire FAST AND FURIOUS 8-Film Collection in 4K Ultra HD (and survives to review it)
  • Warner sets Joe Dante’s Gremlins for 4K in October (plus Tim Burton’s Dumbo, The Alienist & more)
    Warner sets Joe Dante’s Gremlins for 4K in October (plus Tim Burton’s Dumbo, The Alienist & more)
  • Bill reviews Disney’s Captain Marvel in 4K, with a nice A/V upgrade, a great buddy-action vibe, and a cat
    Bill reviews Disney’s Captain Marvel in 4K, with a nice A/V upgrade, a great buddy-action vibe, and a cat
  • Bill reviews Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS in 4K, an even more impressive image upgrade than the original
    Bill reviews Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS in 4K, an even more impressive image upgrade than the original
  • Shout! Factory sets What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for Blu-ray on 8/6
    Shout! Factory sets What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for Blu-ray on 8/6
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN with a new retrospective and roundtable
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN with a new retrospective and roundtable
  • Bill checks out Tim Burton’s BATMAN in 4K, an impressive (but likely a bit controversial) Ultra HD upgrade
    Bill checks out Tim Burton’s BATMAN in 4K, an impressive (but likely a bit controversial) Ultra HD upgrade
My Two Cents
June 26, 2019 - 10:26 am

Boy, this is a big news day! We’ve got official word of titles we’ve been reporting on here at The Bits for many weeks now. So let’s get right to it...

First of all, Marvel Studios and Disney have just announced Avengers: Endgame for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 8/13, with the Digital release expected on 7/30. (And that is just as we predicted here on The Bits and have had listed in our 4K Ultra HD Release List here for quite a while.) Audio on the 4K will be Dolby Atmos, while the Blu-ray will feature 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Look for HDR10 on the 4K disc.

Extras will include audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, 7 featurettes (Remembering Stan Lee, Setting the Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr., A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America, Black Widow: Whatever It Takes, The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame, The Women of the MCU, and Bro Thor), 6 Deleted Scenes (including Goji Berries, Bombs on Board, Suckiest Army in the Galaxy, You Used to Frickin’ Live Here, Tony and Howard, and Avengers Take a Knee), a Gag Reel, and an intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The Digital version will also include an exclusive featurette... Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

June 26, 2019 - 1:00 am

This is a quick post to let you all know that Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As a NEW feature, the section now lets you search for upcoming Blu-ray titles, DVD titles, AND 4K Ultra HD titles seperately to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART on the menu bar above to visit the page, and use the search options in the red bar (at the top) to sort by format and date. Once you find a title you like, just click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to the Amazon.com pre-order page. Thank you for shopping through our links!

- Bill Hunt

June 25, 2019 - 12:34 pm

All right, we’ve got a big update for you today, with lots of news, a few rumors, and some announcements too. But first...

I’ve just posted my in-depth review of Shout! Factory’s long-awaited Space: 1999 – The Complete Series Blu-ray set, which marks the first time Year Two of the series has been available on the format here in the States. It includes all 48 remastered episodes (sourced from the recent Network remaster) with a bunch of legacy extras and some good new content too. You’ll find that here.

Also here at The Bits today, we’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List with some new titles that we have reason to believe are coming (more on that in a minute), along with pre-orders for a couple of titles we’ve already confirmed are coming (Men in Black International and more). We also have a street date for Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 from our retail sources (tentatively look for it on 9/24). [Read on here...]

June 19, 2019 - 4:07 pm

Today’s update is a quickie for a couple reasons...

1) I’m picking up my mother at the airport, here for a two-week visit from North Dakota. Also 2), Criterion just sent Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace for review on Blu-ray.

Honestly, I’m not sure which of those is more of the priority today for me. (I’m kidding. Of course it’s War and Peace. LOL. What mom doesn’t love classic Russian cinema?)

That said, we have some more new Blu-ray reviews for you today... Dennis has posted his thoughts on Greta from Universal and Tim Burton’s Dumbo from Disney.

And I’ve just survived watching Universal’s entire Fast and Furious: 8-Film Collection in 4K Ultra HD over the past two days, and I’ve got a review of that for you too. There are more to come soon, so stay tuned. [Read on here...]

June 17, 2019 - 1:32 pm

We start this week with a great new Blu-ray review, this one of Scream Factory’s Universal Horror Collection, Volume 1 box set, which includes The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936), and Black Friday (1940). Do give it a look.

Also, just a heads-up: We’re going to be reviewing Warner Archive’s new Jonny Quest: The Complete Series Blu-ray soon. A review copy is on the way.

And we’ve posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section featuring all of the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover artwork with Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. [Read on here...]

June 13, 2019 - 2:10 pm

Heads-up, Bits readers... we’ve got an important announcement for you.

But first, a quick bit of regular site business: We’ve got a bunch of good new disc reviews for you, including Tim’s take Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XI on DVD from Shout! Factory, The Body Snatcher on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, and The New York Ripper: Limited Edition on Blu-ray from Blue Underground, along with Dennis’ take on Three Coins in the Fountain on Blu-ray from Twilight Time and Swing Time on Blu-ray from Criterion. More are on the way. Enjoy!

Now then... Sony Pictures has asked The Bits for our readers’ opinion on which of the studio’s recent and classic catalog titles you’d like to see them release on 4K Ultra HD. They’ve created an online poll where you can weigh in here until June 30th. And you can write in titles too (we added Lawrence of Arabia, District 9, and Elysium to their list as write-ins). So be sure to click here and respond if you’re a fan of their 4K catalog product. [Editor’s Note: It appears the survey is open in US residents only.] [Read on here...]

June 11, 2019 - 10:18 am

Okay, we’ve got a couple things for you today...

First, Tim has posted his thoughts on Teruo Ishii’s Yakuza Law (1969) on Blu-ray from Toei via Arrow Video. And Dennis has turned in a look at a Richard Dreyfuss film from 1979, The Big Fix on Blu-ray via Twilight Time.

Also today, the big announcement news is that Lionsgate has set Hellboy (2019) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 7/23, with the Digital release expected on 7/9. The film employs a native 4K digital intermediate, so resolution should be very good indeed. The Ultra HD will also feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. Extras will include deleted scenes, Previsualizations, and the 3-part Tales of the Wild Hunt: Hellboy Reborn documentary. You can see the cover artwork at left. [Read on here...]

June 10, 2019 - 10:41 am

Morning, folks! Hope you all had a great weekend.

We’ve got an early post for you today with a few things, not the least of which is that we now know what the packaging for HBO’s long-awaited From the Earth to the Moon Blu-ray set will look like. You can see that at left and also below. It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon (click here or on the cover below) with a street date of 7/16 (SRP $39.99 but Amazon has it for just $22.99).

We don’t yet know all the details of the set, but we know that you’ll get all 12 parts on 3 Blu-rays. As you can see from the packaging, it notes that the episodes have been digitally remastered. And we know that the set will include the Inside the Remastering Process featurette. Watch for an official announcement any day now.

We’ve also just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates and Artwork section here at The Bits, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K cover art and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything after clicking to Amazon from one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at the site and we really appreciate it very much. [Read on here...]

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