• Starz sets Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season for Blu-ray & DVD on 8/23
  • Universal sets its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays for 8/9, including Lone Survivor, Lucy & Oblivion
  • Criterion reveals its August slate with Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller, two films by Orson Welles & more
  • Michael Coate looks back at a classic in “Mighty Wings: Remembering Top Gun on its 30th Anniversary”
  • Warner Bros sets Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/21
  • Paramount sets 10 Cloverfield Lane for Blu-ray Combo & DVD release on 6/14 (plus Lionsgate’s Allegiant)
  • Shout! Factory’s new “Selects” label delivers The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai to Blu-ray in August!
  • Revelation, with a Side of Reservation: My Thoughts on Eight Weeks with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Format
  • Fox sets The Martian: Extended Edition for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release on 6/7
  • Sony sets a Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD in September
  • Starz sets Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season for Blu-ray & DVD on 8/23
  • Universal sets its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays for 8/9, including Lone Survivor, Lucy & Oblivion
  • Criterion reveals its August slate with Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller, two films by Orson Welles & more
  • Michael Coate looks back at a classic in “Mighty Wings: Remembering Top Gun on its 30th Anniversary”
  • Warner Bros sets Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special for Blu-ray and DVD release on 6/21
  • Paramount sets 10 Cloverfield Lane for Blu-ray Combo & DVD release on 6/14 (plus Lionsgate’s Allegiant)
  • Shout! Factory’s new “Selects” label delivers The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai to Blu-ray in August!
  • Revelation, with a Side of Reservation: My Thoughts on Eight Weeks with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Format
  • Fox sets The Martian: Extended Edition for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release on 6/7
  • Sony sets a Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD in September
My Two Cents
May 19, 2016 - 1:22 pm

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

First up, as you may have noticed, my review of Fox’s Deadpool on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format went live yesterday afternoon. You can find that here, and I’ll have more on the subject in just a moment. The 4K disc looks and sounds absolutely fantastic, and the included Blu-ray is actually quite a surprisingly nice little special edition too. Don’t miss it.

Also here at the site today, we’ve got a new Blu-ray review from Jim Hemphill, featuring his thoughts on Mike Hodges’ A Prayer for the Dying (1987), now available on disc in HD from Twilight Time. Do check it out.  [Read on here…]


May 18, 2016 - 8:54 pm

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I’ll have more of a daily column post here at The Bits tomorrow, with some pictures and comments on that Fox 4K event I attended yesterday. Meanwhile though, here’s my review of Deadpool on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.  [Read on here…]


May 18, 2016 - 6:00 am

This is just a quick post to let you all know that our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section as usual with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART in the menu above. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it!

- Bill Hunt


May 17, 2016 - 3:36 pm

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Here at The Bits this afternoon, I’ve just turned in a new regular Blu-ray review of Disney’s The Finest Hours, which streets next Tuesday (5/24). It’s a better film that I expected, even if it’s still pretty standard for Disney live-action dramatic fare, but the disc itself is rather bare extras-wise. Anyway, do give it a look.  [Read on here…]


May 13, 2016 - 12:08 pm

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All right, it’s a bit of a slow day news-wise, but we do have a little bit of announcement news for you...

First up, Cinelicious Pics has announced that they’re releasing Eiichi Yamamoto’s Japanese animated classic Belladonna of Sadness (1973) on Blu-ray on 7/12 (SRP $39.99). It features a new 4K restoration of the film, a new video interview with the director, vintage interviews with the art director and composer, several trailers, and a 16-page booklet. The film has never been released in the States before – think of it in the vein of Fantastic Planet, Heavy Metal, or Wizards. Note that this is an underground film, however, and is definitely not for children. There’s explicit sexuality and brutal violence, but also extraordinary animation for its time. You can read Glenn Kenny’s review of the current revival screening here at The New York Times (it opens today in L.A. through Cinefamily).  [Read on here…]


May 12, 2016 - 1:52 pm

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Afternoon, folks. We’ve got a bit of new announcement news to report today...

First though, we’ve confirmed with Fox that The Martian: Extended Edition on Blu-ray and 4K will include both the theatrical version of the film as well as the new Extended Edition. Just FYI. We’ve asked for confirmation as to whether there are any 3D plans going forward and will let you know when we hear back.

Also here at the site today, our own Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.  [Read on here…]


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