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…]
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…]
First things first today...
We’ve just posted four new disc reviews, including my thoughts on Fox’s Firefly: The Complete Series – 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and Universal’s Serenity in 4K Ultra HD. Tim has also posted a new review of Arrow Video’s George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn Blu-ray box set. And Jim Hemphill has turned in his thoughts on Criminal Minds: Season 12 on DVD from CBS and Paramount. Do give them a look and, as always, more reviews are coming. [Read on here…]
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
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just officially set IT for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/9/2018 (SRP $35.99, $28.98, and $44.95, respectively). The Digital HD release is expected on 12/19. These SKUs will all include the theatrical version of the film. (Note that a Director’s Cut is rumored for release at a later date in 2018, but that is not yet confirmed.) The film is based on the book by Stephen King and is directed by Andy Muschietti. The Blu-ray versions will include deleted scenes and 3 featurettes (Pennywise Lives!, The Losers’ Club, and Author of Fear). Both will include Dolby Atmos audio and the 4K disc will include Dolby Vision HDR. [Read on here…]
All right, we’ve got some new announcement news for you today...
First though, we’ve posted a bunch of new reviews for you this morning (and last night), including Tim’s look at Scream Factory’s The Paul Naschy Collection II box set and also my thoughts on Paramount and Comedy Central’s new South Park: The Complete First Season, South Park: The Complete Second Season, South Park: The Complete Third Season, South Park: The Complete Fourth Season, and South Park: The Complete Fifth Season, all on Blu-ray Disc. New 4K Ultra HD reviews are in the works as we speak, so watch for those by this time tomorrow. [Read on here…]
All right, we’ve got some new reviews for you here at The Bits today...
Tim has taken a look at Lionsgate’s Slaughter High, part of their Vestron Video Collector’s Series on Blu-ray. I’ve also posted my thoughts on Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in 4K Ultra HD, also from Lionsgate, a title that includes both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. Both are worth a look. We’re also currently working on a review of HBO’s Westworld: The Complete First Season in 4K and other titles too, so do check back later and tomorrow for those.
In announcement news today, the big news is that Lionsgate has finally rescheduled their delayed Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD release for 12/26. As many of you know, the title had originally been set for release on 10/3, but was delayed due to a problem with the master. Pre-orders should start up again soon on Amazon, so watch this link (and the cover link below). [Read on here…]
We’ve got some more Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release news for you today...
To start… 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just officially announced Kingsman: The Golden Circle for release on all three disc formats on 12/12, confirming information we’ve posted based on retail sources. Extras on both Blu-ray versions will include the 9-part Kingsman: Inside the Golden Circle documentary (which includes Distilling the Story: Kingsman Returns, Trafficker, Tailor, Southerner, Spy, Poppy’s Special Guest: Elton John, Nefarious Lairs & High-Falutin’ Headquarters, Suited and Booted, Weapons of Choice, Brothers in Arms, Doomsday Protocol: Visual Effects, and End Game), the Black Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase featurette, and the Kingsman Archives gallery of concept art and still photos. Note that the 4K disc will also include Dolby Atmos audio. That same day, you’ll also be able to get the Kingsman: 2-Movie Collection on both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, which will package The Golden Circle with Kingman: The Secret Service. We have updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Digital Bits accordingly. [Read on here…]
Yes, it’s true: Our friends at Kino Lorber are seriously considering the release of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on 4K Ultra HD in 2018, and they’re running a poll to ask for your opinion on the idea. Click this link to visit their page on Facebook and respond with a like for yes or an angry face for no. You can see what the cover artwork might look like there on the left.
All right, I’m sure some of you saw our Saturday post here at The Bits, in which we revealed the cover artwork for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in 4K from Paramount, as well as all three of his Dark Knight films in 4K from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. We also revealed a bunch of new an upcoming 4K Ultra HD titles from almost all of the major studios. You’ll find that post here in the event you missed it.
In the meantime, we’ve also got a look at the cover artwork for Warner’s 4K UHD release of Nolan’s Inception as well (see left and below), also due on 12/19, though the title isn’t up for pre-order on Amazon.com yet. [Read on here…]