• Happy Thanksgiving from all of here at The Digital Bits!
    Happy Thanksgiving from all of here at The Digital Bits!
  • Warner announces a Christopher Nolan 4K Collection for 12/19 (plus today’s Amazon Black Friday deals)!
    Warner announces a Christopher Nolan 4K Collection for 12/19 (plus today’s Amazon Black Friday deals)!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Criterion’s February slate includes Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Silence of the Lambs, Tom Jones & more!
    Criterion’s February slate includes Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Silence of the Lambs, Tom Jones & more!
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets IT for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/9/2018
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets IT for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/9/2018
  • Check out our reviews of Paramount & Comedy Central’s new South Park: Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray box sets!
    Check out our reviews of Paramount & Comedy Central’s new South Park: Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray box sets!
  • Fox sets Kingsman: The Golden Circle for release on Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 12/12
    Fox sets Kingsman: The Golden Circle for release on Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 12/12
  • ABKCO sets Alejandro Jodorowsky’s latest film, Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin), for BD & DVD on 12/8
    ABKCO sets Alejandro Jodorowsky’s latest film, Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin), for BD & DVD on 12/8
  • CBS & Showtime set Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series for release on Blu-ray & DVD on 12/5
    CBS & Showtime set Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series for release on Blu-ray & DVD on 12/5
  • Here’s our review of GKids’ new Princess Mononoke Blu-ray from director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
    Here’s our review of GKids’ new Princess Mononoke Blu-ray from director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
  • The Warner Archive announces that they’re bringing Batman: The Animated Series to Blu-ray in 2018!
    The Warner Archive announces that they’re bringing Batman: The Animated Series to Blu-ray in 2018!
  • Bill reviews Epson’s PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB 3LCD projector with 4K Enhancement & HDR
    Bill reviews Epson’s PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB 3LCD projector with 4K Enhancement & HDR
My Two Cents
November 23, 2017 - 2:49 am   |   by

All right, we’ve got one more new 4K Ultra HD review for you today, and that’s my in-depth look at Warner’s new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. My review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 4K has also now been fully updated to reflect the information I’ve heard back from Warner on its transfer.

Also, at some point in the next day or so (turkey coma permitting of course), I’ll have a review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 4K up for you as well. [Read on here…]


November 22, 2017 - 1:18 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got one more review for you guys at the moment, which is Tim’s look at Shout! Factory’s Into the Night: Collector’s Edition – a new Shout Select title. I’m working on another Harry Potter 4K UHD review, which I hope to have up a bit later. And I’ve updated my Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 4K UHD review to reflect corrected information, which is that the title was mastered from a new native 4K scan and not a 2K DI upsample as originally believed (and I’m double checking this with the studio just to make sure). The first two Potter films were released theatrically before the practice of using digital intermediates became common. Thanks to those Bits readers who spotted that.

Also, very quickly: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy in 4K Ultra HD is now available for pre-order on Amazon from Warner Bros (click here or on the artwork below). It appears that The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are going to be variable aspect ratio (for the IMAX footage) and that all three (and all of the films in the Nolan 4K Collection as well) will use the original theatrical audio mixes in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio format. [Read on here…]


November 22, 2017 - 7:00 am   |   by

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


November 21, 2017 - 12:09 pm   |   by

We’ve got more reviews for you to check out today here at The Bits, including my thoughts Warner’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on 4K Ultra HD and also Tim’s take on Arrow Video’s Doberman Cop: Special Edition.

A quick heads-up: I’m aware that the Potter cover link goes to a broken page on Amazon – for some reason the order page for that title is MIA. We’ll add it as soon as it goes back live and we link to the Harry Potter 8-Film Collection 4K set in the review text. More reviews are coming this week, so keep checking back. [Read on here…]


November 20, 2017 - 12:01 am   |   by

Let’s get right down to business to start the new week…

First up, we’ve got a trio of new disc reviews for you to check out. I’ve offered my thoughts on Sony’s new A Few Good Men: 25th Anniversary Edition on 4K Ultra HD, which is one of the best film-based catalog titles I’ve seen yet on the format in terms of A/V quality. I’ve also posted a review of Netflix’s Target-exclusive Stranger Things: Season 1 on Ultra HD, which is native 4K but has no HDR and only lossy audio – a real disappointment, all things considered. Meanwhile, Tim has posted his review of Shout! Factory’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIX box set on DVD. Note that more Blu-ray and 4K reviews are on the way all this week, so keep checking back. [Read on here…]


November 17, 2017 - 2:06 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got a few things for you today...

First, our own Michael Coate posted a great new History, Legacy & Showmanship retrospective last night celebrating Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind on the occasion of the film’s 40th anniversary. Michael’s column looks back at the film’s initial theatrical run and features another great roundtable discussion of film historians. It’s a good read, so be sure to give it a look.

Now then... a quick commentary. Almost every day, I get asked this question in some form via email or social media: “Why no 3D?” As in: My favorite film was available in 3D in the theater, but how come the studio didn’t release it on Blu-ray 3D for the home? [Read on here…]


November 15, 2017 - 12:35 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got one more quick update for you here at The Bits today...

Our friends at The Criterion Collection have just announced their February 2018 Blu-ray and DVD slate, which is set to include an update of Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows (Spine #35 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/6, an update of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (Spine #13 – Blu-ray and DVD – from a new 4K scan) and George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (Spine #910 – Blu-ray and DVD – from a new 4K scan) on 2/13, Satyajit Ray’s The Hero (Spine #911 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Kon Ichikawa’s An Actor’s Revenge (Spine #912 – Blu-ray and DVD – from a new 4K scan) on 2/20, and finally Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones (Spine #909 – Blu-ray and DVD – from a new 4K scan) on 2/17. [Read on here…]


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