My Two Cents
Afternoon, folks! Hope you’re all having a great start to your Thanksgiving holiday. I know from e-mails that a lot of you are headed out to the movies in between shopping and Thanksgiving preparations. Thor: The Dark World and Hunger Games: Catching Fire seem to be big draws. I’ve seen the latter and it’s pretty decent. If you like the first one, you’ll enjoy this one too.
For those of you in the L.A. area tonight, don’t forget that that screening of Ladyhawke at the Arclight is tonight at 7:30 PM, with Q&A to follow with director Richard Donner and producer Lauren Shuler Donner, moderated by our good friend Cliff Stephenson. Tickets are still available here, but remember to plan a little extra travel time to get there – the President’s in town apparently, so there may be unexpected traffic delays. [Read on here…]
Welcome to Thanksgiving week, folks!
We’re very pleased this morning to bring you a review that we’ve been waiting years to write. It’s our epic, in-depth look at Criterion’s amazing new Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman box set! You get 25 remastered films in both Blu-ray and DVD, plus terrific extras. Our own Todd Doogan – and yours truly – have reviewed every single feature and every single film. There’s nothing… and we mean nothing… that we love more than Shintaro Katsu’s Blind Swordsman films. And though we’ve certainly dreamed of it, we never seriously imagined that we’d ever see a Blu-ray box set of these films. But here it is. And it’s every bit as good as we could have hoped. This is a gem that ranks right up there with the best box sets released on the Blu-ray format. The set streets this Tuesday (11/26) and we wouldn’t miss it for the world. [Read on here…]
Okay, today’s update is a quick one as we’re hard at work on more reviews...
Speaking of which, Tim has checked in with his thoughts on Ernst Lubitsch’s classic WWII screwball comedy To Be or Not to Be, available on Blu-ray from Criterion.
Now then, Lionsgate has announced the release of a number of popular catalog titles on Blu-ray Disc in new Steelbook packaging. They’ll be available initially only at Best Buy stores starting this weekend in order to be around for Black Friday deals week. Titles will SRP for $19.99 each and include Pulp Fiction, Total Recall, Sin City, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Rambo: First Blood, Stargate, Highlander, Hero and Apocalypse Now/Apocalypse Now: Redux. [Read on here...]
All right, we have a new review for you: Tim’s checked out Luis Buñuel’s 1967 surrealist classic Belle de Jour on Blu-ray from Criterion. More BD reviews are on the way tomorrow and Friday, so be sure to check back.
Our own Russell Hammond has also checked in with this week’s Release Dates & Artwork update, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Keep in mind that the section now includes Xbox One and PS4 games. A portion of anything you order from the retailer after clicking to them though our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it!
Now then, let’s have some announcement news... [Read on here]
Anyone interested in some new Blu-ray reviews to start the week? Our own Tim Salmons has checked in today with a pair of them featuring a look at a couple of Criterion titles in high-definition, including David Maysles and Albert Maysles’ Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter and also the new special edition of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. Both are now available on BD, so enjoy!
Meanwhile, pre-orders are now on for Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips from Sony at this link on Amazon. Disney’s Thor: The Dark World and Summit Entertainment’s Ender’s Game are also both up for pre-order on BD on Amazon. [Read on here…]