First up today, our very own Todd Doogan has checked in with a review of Spike Lee’s recent Americanized remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean action-thriller Oldboy, which was itself adapted from a Japanese manga from the late 1990s. The Lee film is now available on Blu-ray from Sony. Turns out it’s... interesting. Check out Todd’s review - he’ll tell you all about it.
In release news today, select retail sources have reported to us that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is gearing up to release a number of Godzilla double-feature Blu-rays on 5/6 (SRP $19.99 each) as part of Godzilla’s 50th anniversary celebration this year. A quick search, reveals that Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders (see the following title links). Among them are Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)/Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)/Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992), and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)/Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994). We’re working to confirm this officially with the studio, so stay tuned. We’ll update here as soon as we hear back. [Read on here…]
All right, we’ve got a nice piece of release news for you guys today, as well as a trio of new Blu-ray reviews for you to enjoy. Let’s have the reviews first…
The good Dr. Jahnke has checked in with his thoughts on a true classic of French New Wave cinema: Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, newly re-issued in Dual Disc (Blu-ray and DVD in the same package) by our friends at Criterion.
Also today, I’ve offered up my take on what might be my favorite film of 2013: Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, now available on Blu-ray from Paramount. Having grown up in the Plains States, I can say with some authority that I’ve not seen it so perfectly captured on film since the Coen Brothers’ Fargo. The film is poignant, filled with great character performances, and it’s damn funny too. Nebraska made me laugh hard and often. I hope you enjoy it. [Read on here…]
We’ve got more release news for you today...
First, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Mike Newell’s Great Expectations on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/15. Extras will include a piece on the premiere and the film’s trailer.
Speaking of Fox, we’ve officially confirmed that TCFHE is working on a Blu-ray and DVD release of the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey science TV series, hosted by our favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Inspired by Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage from the 1980s (see our DVD review here), the new 13-episode sequel premieres this coming Sunday on Fox, NatGeo and a whole host of related cable channels. You can find all the details here. From the visuals I’ve seen so far, this show should blow the doors off Blu-ray. There’s no street date yet, but we would imagine Fox will announce the title in the next month or two, timed for release shortly after the series wraps up its broadcast run. [Read on here...]
Also today, Dr. Jahnke has turned in a new Burnt Offerings: MOD DVD column this afternoon, running down the latest from from Warner Archive and the Sony Archive Collection. [Read on here…]
So... how’d you guys do in your Oscar pools? Here’s hoping you’re all sitting on a few extra bucks today and the sweet satisfaction of out-picking all your office pals. ‘Cause really, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
We’re kicking off the week with Todd’s weekly Doogan’s Queue rundown of all the biggest and bestest Blu-ray and DVD releases hitting stores tomorrow, so do check it out. A certain Best Picture-winning title is among them, as well as Gravity. Don’t miss it! [Read on here…]
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!
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