• Criterion’s July Blu-ray slate includes Tarkovsky’s Stalker, Rossellini’s War Trilogy & more
    Criterion’s July Blu-ray slate includes Tarkovsky’s Stalker, Rossellini’s War Trilogy & more
  • The first official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here!
    The first official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here!
  • Kino Lorber is bringing Ridley Scott’s 1492: The Conquest of Paradise to Blu-ray in Region A at last
    Kino Lorber is bringing Ridley Scott’s 1492: The Conquest of Paradise to Blu-ray in Region A at last
  • Universal sets Jordan Peele’s new horror classic Get Out for Blu-ray & DVD release on 5/23
    Universal sets Jordan Peele’s new horror classic Get Out for Blu-ray & DVD release on 5/23
  • Bill reviews Disney & Lucasfilm’s Rogue One Blu-ray, a reference A/V experience with really disappointing extras
    Bill reviews Disney & Lucasfilm’s Rogue One Blu-ray, a reference A/V experience with really disappointing extras
  • The good Dr. Jahnke says something that needs saying in Open Along Edge: Netflix’s DVD Problem
    The good Dr. Jahnke says something that needs saying in Open Along Edge: Netflix’s DVD Problem
  • Lionsgate sets Dredd, Ex Machina & Snitch for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/6
    Lionsgate sets Dredd, Ex Machina & Snitch for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/6
  • Universal sets Zhang Yimou’s epic The Great Wall for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 5/23
    Universal sets Zhang Yimou’s epic The Great Wall for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 5/23
  • Paramount sets xXx: Return of Xander Cage for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD release on 5/2
    Paramount sets xXx: Return of Xander Cage for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD release on 5/2
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Three’s Company in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Three’s Company in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
  • Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20 This Month!
    Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20 This Month!
  • The 4K Ultra HD floodgates may finally be opening: Gladiator, Bridge on the River Kwai & more are on the way
    The 4K Ultra HD floodgates may finally be opening: Gladiator, Bridge on the River Kwai & more are on the way
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April 28, 2017 - 2:19 pm   |   by

We have just a quick release news round-up for you today, but we’ve got some good titles to report on…

In announcement news today, Universal has already set Syfy’s The Magicians: Season Two for Blu-ray release on 7/11 (SRP $44.98). They’ve also just announced Syfy’s The Expanse: Season Two for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/18 (SRP $49.98 and $39.98). And the studio has now set NBC’s Emerald City: Season One for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/25 as well.

For you fans of 4K Ultra HD – and I know there are a few of you out there – Universal has also just set Peter Jackson’s King Kong: Ultimate Edition for release as a 4K/BD combo on 7/11 (SRP $39.98). [Read on here…]


April 26, 2017 - 2:43 pm   |   by

We have a couple items to report today…

First, a quick note: I’ve updated our post from yesterday (regarding the interview with Kathleen Kennedy on Star Wars) to more accurately reflect the context of her comments. It’s worth giving another look, if you’re interested. Just FYI.

Here at the site today, Tim Salmons has posted reviews of Arrow Video’s House: Two Stories and House: The Collection Blu-ray box sets. One is a U.S. release while the other is a U.K. release (but it plays in both Region A and B). The sets are pretty terrific if you’re a fan, so do give them a look. [Read on here…]


April 26, 2017 - 9:00 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, all you have to do is click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to its Amazon.com pre-order page. Don’t forget, anytime you order literally anything at all from Amazon after clicking to them from any one our links, a portion of the order price goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. It makes a big difference in our being able to continue our work. So we thank you!

- Bill Hunt


April 25, 2017 - 3:30 pm   |   by

All right, as I work to finish these hardware reviews we’ve some good things for you today here at the site...

First, Tim has posted three new disc reviews, including looks at Synapse Films’ Popcorn Steelbook Blu-ray, Scream Factory’s Slumber Party Massacre II/III Double Feature Blu-ray, and Shout! Factory’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII DVD set. All are worth a look, so do check them out.

Also today, our own Mario Boucher has turned in a new Inside Cinema report on Warner Bros’ recent Wonder Woman panel from the WonderCon 2017 convention here in Anaheim. Both producer Geoff Johns and director Patty Jenkins were on hand to discuss the making of the film and it sounds as if it’s shaping up nicely. The film arrives in theaters on 6/2. [Read on here…]


April 20, 2017 - 12:02 pm   |   by

All right, there’s not a lot of news today, but there are a couple things worth mentioning, so let’s get to it...

First, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Orion Pictures (a division of MGM) have announced the Blu-ray release of Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/27, with the Digital HD release expected on 6/13. Extras will include a pair of featurettes (Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment and Lee Hardcastle’s Survival Tips), deleted scenes, and an image gallery. The film was written and produced by James Gunn (he of Guardians of the Galaxy fame). [Read on here…]


April 19, 2017 - 4:53 pm   |   by

Before we get started today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.

Now then... Broad Green Pictures has just set Terrence Malick’s Song to Song for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/4, starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchet.

The Warner Archive has just announced that Vision Quest (1985), The Loved One (1965), The Accidental Tourist (1988), and Seven Days in May (1964) are all coming to Blu-ray soon, each with a brand new HD transfer. [Read on here…]


April 18, 2017 - 2:52 pm   |   by

There’s a bunch more great new release news today, so here goes...

First up, our friends at The Criterion Collection have announced their July slate of releases, and I’m thrilled to say that they include Andrei Tarkovsky’s Russian sci-fi film Stalker (Cat #888 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/18! Also coming are Robert Bresson’s L’argent (Cat #886 – Blu-ray, DVD, and Hulu Plus) and Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy (Cat #500 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero) on 7/11, as well as Albert Brooks’ 1985 satire Lost in America (Cat #887 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/25. We’ll take all the classic Russian cinema on Blu-ray I can get, science fiction especially, and the more the merrier. You can pre-order them all by clicking on the cover artwork at the bottom of this post (Stalker is pictured at left). [Read on here…]


April 17, 2017 - 2:48 pm   |   by

Okay… Star Wars Celebration weekend has ended with… well, not much in the way of Blu-ray release news related to the Star Wars films. Not that we expected any, per our recent posts, but still. Lucasfilm’s John Knoll did show off some interesting behind the scenes material on The Making of Rogue One panel at the event, including a rare extended cut of the Death Star briefing room scene from the original Star Wars, as well as virtual recreations of a number of classic Death Star settings that didn’t make the final cut of Rogue One, but there was no indication as to when (if ever) any of that material might be released on Blu-ray, nor was there any indication of a more elaborate Rogue One: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release later this year. (The Making of Rogue One panel also doesn’t seem to have been live-streamed for some reason, though probably to keep the footage shown there from appearing online.) At any rate, it seems that Disney and Lucasfilm are just going to do whatever they’re going to do, with regard to releasing these films on Blu-ray, and fans will simply have to deal with it.

I will say that I thought the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi looked interesting. It was visually striking, with echoes of The Empire Strikes Back of course, but there seems to be a genuine mystery to the story too. We’ll see. [Read on here…]


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