Items filtered by date: December 2017

We’ve got another Blu-ray review for you today from Tim: A look at Warner Archive’s new Blu-ray release of Freebie and the Bean. You can find that here.

We’ve also 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. You’ll find that here.

Meanwhile, the big news today is that Criterion has just announced their April Blu-ray release slate, which is set to include Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth (Cat #917 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates (Cat #918 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 4/17, and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (Cat #920 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Jim Jaramusch’s Dead Man (Cat #919 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 4/24. They’re also releasing Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years on DVD on 4/10, including The Count of the Old Town (1935), Dollar (1938), Intermezzo (1936), Walpurgis Night (1935), A Woman’s Face (1938), and June Night (1940). [Read on here…]

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We wanted to check in this morning with a quick heads-up on a great Blu-ray deal on Amazon today...

You can get HBO’s The Sopranos: The Complete Series for just $49.99. This is a 28-disc set with all 86 episodes in 1080p HD and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, with extras that include 25 audio commentaries, deleted scenes, roubtable interviews, and more.

You can see the cover artwork and opening packaging below. [Read on here…]

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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

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Good afternoon, Bits readers. Hope you’re all having a fine day. Obviously, this is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday here in the States, so there’s not a lot of work getting done today. But I’m having trouble concentrating today for another reason Minnesota Vikings fans will appreciate. Whew! It’s going to take me a few days to calm down after the end of that playoff game.

All right, we’ve got a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you today from Tim Salmons: A look at Warner Archive’s Night School and The Sea Wolf, both of which are now available.

Our own Bud Elder has also checked in with a good new View from the Cheap Seats column in which he looks at some interesting deep catalog titles released on Blu-ray and/or DVD in recent weeks. [Read on here…]

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Monday, 15 January 2018 00:14

The Place to Be

A little preface – I started writing my little nickel and dime pieces for the holidays not before December 25 but after. And I’ll tell you why. How many of us receive as presents gift cards – they’re easily purchased and delivered. However, many have time limits and they’re incredibly easy to lose. Come on, you’ve lost a few, haven’t you?

So, I write up these fabulous video gifts because you have gift money to spend. And please do so.

When I was in the throes of graduation from Purcell Oklahoma High School about 40 years ago, we Seniors observed a tradition that I’m sure in some form or fashion was copied throughout the country – we had to complete a form that listed our personal “likes.” You know, favorite song, favorite type food, favorite movie, etc. [Read on here...]

Monday, 15 January 2018 00:01

The 4K Ultra HD Release List (U.S./U.K.)

Here is a list of known 4K Ultra HD titles released, announced, or in the works for the U.S. and U.K. markets before the end of 2017 (and into early 2018), compiled from our sources and best-available information.

Let us know if we’ve missed any titles or have incorrect details/links. Note that all street dates listed are U.S. dates.

Please keep in mind that TBA titles and dates are ESTIMATES based on best-available information from sources and are NOT to be considered official until the studios in question make their respective announcements.

 

** = Reference title, * = Standout title, N4K = Native 4K, DV = Dolby Vision HDR
(Note: All titles not listed as DV = HDR10 by default)
(US/UK) = Amazon purchase links, DA = Dolby Atmos audio, X = DTS:X audio
(Information included where known)

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

  • The Martian* (Amazon US/UK) – 2/14/16 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings (US/UK) – 2/22/16 – REVIEW
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service* (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Wild (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Fantastic 4 (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • Hitman: Agent 47 (US/UK) – 2/22/16
  • The Maze Runner* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K
  • Life of Pi* (US/UK) – 3/1/16
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (US/UK) – 3/1/16
  • The Peanuts Movie* (US/UK) – 3/8/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Revenant** (US/UK) – 4/19/16 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Joy (US/UK) – 5/3/16
  • Deadpool** (US/UK) – 5/10/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Martian: Extended Edition** (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Eddie the Eagle (US/UK) – 7/14/16 – DA
  • Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (US/UK) – 9/27/16
  • X-Men: Apocalypse** (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – N4K, DA
  • X-Men: First Class (US/UK) – 10/4/16
  • Ice Age: Collision Course* (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – DA
  • Independence Day: Resurgence* (US/UK) – 10/18/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Morgan (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – REVIEW
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children** (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Birth of a Nation (US/UK) – 1/10/17
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses (US/UK) – 1/17/17
  • Trolls* (US/UK) – 2/7/17 – DA
  • Assassin’s Creed* (US/UK) – 3/21/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Why Him? (US/--) – 3/28/17
  • Hidden Figures (US/UK) – 4/11/17
  • Logan** (US/UK) – 5/23/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 6/13/17
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 6/13/17
  • Boss Baby (US/UK) – 7/25/17 – DA
  • Snatched (US/--) – 8/8/17
  • Prometheus* (US/UK) – 8/15/17 – REVIEW
  • Alien: Covenant* (US/UK) – 8/15/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service – Premium Edition* (US/--) – 9/5/17
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (US/--) – 9/12/17 – DA
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (US/UK) – 10/24/17 – DA
  • Planet of the Apes Trilogy (US/--) – 10/24/17 – DA (War only)
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (US/UK) – 12/12/17 – DA
  • Kingsman: 2-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 12/12/17 – DA
  • The Mountain Between Us (US/UK) – 12/26/17
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (US/UK) – 2/27/18
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017) (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Ferdinand (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • The Greatest Showman (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • The Shape of Water (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • The Post (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Deadpool 2 – TBA 2018
  • The New Mutants – TBA 2018
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses – TBA 2018
  • Alita: Battle Angel – TBA 2018
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix – TBA 2018

 

BBC Home Entertainment

  • Planet Earth II** (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Wild Africa/Tiny Giants* (US/--) – 5/16/17 – N4K
  • Earth: One Amazing Day (US/UK) – 1/23/18 – N4K
  • Blue Planet II (US/UK) – 3/6/18 – N4K
  • Planet Earth II/Blue Planet II (--/UK) – 1/15/18 – N4K

 

Broad Green Pictures

  • Bad Santa 2: Unrated (US/--) – 2/21/17 – N4K
  • Song to Song* (US/--) – 7/4/17 – N4K

 

Cinedigm

  • Hickock (US/--) – 8/15/17

 

HBO

  • Westworld – Season One: The Maze (US/UK) – 11/7/17 – DV, DA

 

Image/RLJ Entertainment

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (US/UK) – 12/26/17
  • Mayhem (US/UK) – 12/26/17

 

Lionsgate

  • Sicario** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Expendables 3** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Last Witch Hunter** (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – N4K, X
  • Ender’s Gane (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – DA
  • Gods of Egypt* (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – X
  • Now You See Me (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – DA
  • Divergent (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – X
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – DA
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Divergent Series: 3-Film Collection (US/--) – 7/12/16 – N4K (2 & 3 only), DA
  • Criminal (US/UK) – 7/26/16
  • Now You See Me 2 (US/UK) – 9/6/16 – DA
  • The Hunger Games* (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2** (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Hunger Games: Complete Collection (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – N4K (2-4 only), DA
  • Mechanic Resurrection (US/UK) – 11/22/16 – DA
  • Deepwater Horizon* (US/UK) – 1/10/17 – DA
  • Hacksaw Ridge* (US/UK) – 2/21/17 – DA
  • John Wick** (US/UK) – 2/7/17 – N4K, DA
  • Patriots Day (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • La La Land (US/UK) – 4/25/17 – DA
  • The Expendables (US/--) – 5/2/17 – DA
  • The Expendables 2 (US/--) – 5/2/17 – DA
  • The Expendables: 3-Film Collection (US/--) – 5/2/17 – N4K (3 only), DA
  • 3:10 to Yuma (US/--) – 5/2/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Dredd* (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Snitch (US/--) – 6/6/17 – DA
  • Ex Machina* (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • John Wick: Chapter 2** (US/UK) – 6/13/17 – DA
  • John Wick: 2-Film Collection** (--/UK) – 6/12/17 – DA
  • Power Rangers** (US/UK) – 6/27/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DV, DA
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (US/--) – 8/15/17 – DA
  • Red* (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Red 2* (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • The Cabin in the Woods (US/--) – 9/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011) (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DA
  • The Legend of Hercules (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DA
  • Kick Ass (US/--) – 10/3/17 – DA
  • Warm Bodies (US/--) – 10/3/17 – DV, DA
  • Warrior (US/--) – 10/24/17 – DV, DA
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets* (US/UK w/3D) – 11/21/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • The Hitman’s Boydguard (US/UK) – 11/21/17
  • American Assassin (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV, DA
  • Moonlight (US/UK) – 12/12/17
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (US/UK) – 12/26/17 (DELAYED FROM 10/3/17 & 10/31/17) – N4K, X
  • Jigsaw (US/UK) – 1/23/18
  • Hell or High Water (US/UK) – 2/13/18 – N4K, DV, DA
  • Wonder (US/UK) – 2/13/18
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) – TBA 2018

 

Netflix

  • Stranger Things: Season 1 (US/UK) – 11/7/17-ish – REVIEW – N4K

 

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment

  • Star Trek (2009)* (US/UK) – 6/14/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Star Trek into Darkness** (US/UK) – 6/14/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows* (US/UK) – 9/20/16 – DA
  • Star Trek Beyond (US/UK) – 11/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (US/UK) – 1/31/17 – DA
  • The Arrival (US/UK) – 2/14/17 – REVIEW
  • Allied* (US/UK) – 2/28/17 – N4K
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage* (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – DA
  • Ghost in the Shell* (US/UK) – 7/25/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Terminator: Genisys (US/UK) – 8/3/17 (UK/Germany only) – DA
  • Baywatch: Extended Cut (US/UK) – 8/29/17 – DA
  • Transformers: The Last Knight** (US/UK) – 9/26/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • Transformers: 5-Movie Collection (--/UK) – 11/7/17 – DV
  • Transformers (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV
  • Interstellar** (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K – REVIEW
  • Mother! (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K – DV, DA (distributed by Paramount in the US)
  • Cloverfield (US/--) – 1/23/18
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (US/--) – 1/23/18
  • Daddy’s Home (US/UK) – 2/20/2018
  • Daddy’s Home 2 (US/UK) – 2/20/2018
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (US/UK) – 2/27/2018
  • Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (US/UK) – 2/27/2018
  • Downsizing (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Gladiator – TBA March 2018 – N4K
  • Braveheart – TBA – N4K
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut – TBA – N4K
  • Annihilation – TBA 2018

 

Shout! Factory

  • Journey to Space* (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Flight of the Butterflies** (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Rocky Mountain Express** (US/UK) – 7/12/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Humpback Whales* (US/UK) – 8/2/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea* (US/UK) – 9/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Wonders of the Arctic* (US/UK) – 9/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • IMAX: Mysteries of China (US/--) – 12/12/17

 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  • Salt (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Smurfs 2* (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • Hancock (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2** (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • Pineapple Express (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – N4K, DA
  • CHAPPiE** (US/UK) – 2/23/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Smurfs (US/--) – 3/29/16 – DA
  • Concussion (US/UK) – 3/29/16 – DA
  • The 5th Wave (US/UK) – 5/3/16 – DA
  • Risen* (US/UK) – 5/24/16 – DA
  • Pride + Prejudice + Zombies (US/UK) – 5/31/16 – DA
  • Ghostbusters (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters II (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Angry Birds Movie (US/UK) – 8/16/16 – DA
  • Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/20/16 – N4K, DA
  • The Shallows* (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Da Vinci Code (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Angels & Demons (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters (2016)** (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Ghostbusters I/II/2017 Collection (--/UK) – 6/7/16 – N4K, DA
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (US/UK) – 10/18/16 – N4K, DA
  • Sausage Party* (US/UK) – 11/8/16 – DA
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016)* (US/UK) – 12/20/16 – DA
  • Underworld (US/UK) – 12/27/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – DA
  • Inferno* (US/UK) – 1/24/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Da Vinci Code Trilogy (--/UK) – 1/24/17 – DA
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk** (US/UK) – 2/14/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Passengers** (US/UK) – 3/14/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Underworld: Blood Wars (US/UK) – 4/25/17 – N4K, DA
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – DA
  • Life* (US/UK) – 6/20/17 – DA
  • T2 Trainspotting (US/UK) – 6/27/17 – DA
  • The Fifth Element: 20th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Léon: The Professional* (US/--) – 7/11/17 (US Best Buy exclusive), 12/12/17 (wide release) – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – DA
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta (US/--) – 7/18/17 – DV, DA
  • Rough Night (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – DA
  • Zero Dark Thirty* (US/--) – 9/12/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Starship Troopers: 20th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (US/--) – 9/19/17 – DV, DA
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai: 60th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula* (US/UK) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Baby Driver* (US/UK) – 10/10/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Spider-Man (1-3): Limited Edition Collection (US/--) – 10/17/17 – N4K
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (1-2): Limited Edition Collection (US/--) – 10/17/17 – N4K
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming* (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – DV, DA
  • The Emoji Movie (US/UK) – 10/24/17
  • The Dark Tower (US/--) – 10/31/17 – N4K
  • A Few Good Men** (US/--) – 11/7/17 (US Best Buy exclusive), 11/25/17 (wide release) – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Spider-Man Legacy Collection (5-Film Set) (--/UK) – 11/6/17
  • Men in Black Trilogy (US/--) – 12/5/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black II (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Men in Black III (--/UK) – 12/27/17 – N4K, DA
  • Jumanji (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – N4K, DA
  • Across the Universe (US/UK) – 1/9/18 – N4K, DA
  • Groundhog Day: 25th Anniversary Edition (US/--) – 1/23/18 (US Best Buy exclusive) – N4K
  • The Dark Crystal: Anniversary Edition (US/UK) – 3/6/18 – N4K, DA
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (US/UK) – 3/20/18
  • Flatliners (2017) (--/--) – No US release is currently planned
  • Only the Brave (US/UK) – TBA 2018

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

  • Oblivion* (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Lone Survivor** (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – X
  • Lucy** (US/UK) – 8/9/16 – N4K, DA
  • Snow White & the Huntsman* (US/UK) – 8/23/16 – X
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War* (US/UK) – 8/23/16 – X
  • Extreme Nature Collection* (Antarctica on the Edge, Titans of the Ice Age, Great White Shark) (US/UK) – 9/13/16
  • Extreme Adventure Collection* (Tornado Alley, Grand Canyon Adventure, Hidden Universe) (US/UK) – 9/13/16
  • Everest** (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – DA
  • Warcraft* (US/UK) – 9/27/16 – DA
  • The Bourne Identity (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – REVIEW – X
  • The Bourne Supremacy* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • The Bourne Ultimatum* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • The Bourne Legacy* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – X
  • Jason Bourne** (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • The Secret Life of Pets* (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – DA
  • Battleship* (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – X
  • The Girl on the Train (US/UK) – 1/17/17 – X
  • Sing* (US/UK) – 3/21/17 – DA
  • Fast & Furious 6* (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – X
  • Furious 7* (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades Darker (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • Fifty Shades: 2-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 5/9/17 – X
  • The Ultimate Mummy Trilogy (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – X
  • The Great Wall** (US/UK) – 5/23/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The Ultimate Bourne Collection (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – X
  • Despicable Me** (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – DV, X
  • Despicable Me 2** (US/UK) – 6/6/17 – DV, X
  • King Kong: Ultimate Edition* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – REVIEW – X
  • The Fate of the Furious* (US/UK) – 7/11/17 – DV, X
  • Minions (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – DA
  • Van Helsing (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • Dracula Untold (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • Split (US/UK) – 9/12/17
  • Get Out (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy (1999) (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy Returns (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (US/--) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Purge: Three-Movie Collection (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – X
  • The Mummy (2017)* (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: 35th Anniversary Edition* (US/UK) – 9/12/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – X
  • Serenity (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Apollo 13* (US/UK) – 10/17/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Atomic Blonde* (US/UK) – 11/14/17 – DV, X
  • Logan Lucky (US/--) – 11/28/17 – N4K
  • Despicable Me 3 (US/UK) – 12/5/17 – DV, X
  • American Made (US/--) – 1/9/18 – X
  • Mother! (US/UK) – TBA – N4K (distributed by Universal in the UK)
  • Straight Outta Compton (US/UK) – 2/6/18
  • Pitch Perfect 3 (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • The Snowman (US/--) – TBA 2018
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – TBA 2018
  • Mamma Mia! – TBA 2018
  • Robin Hood (2010) – TBA 2018
  • The Big Lebowski – TBA 2018
  • Pitch Perfect 2 – TBA 2018

 

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2** (US/UK) – 8/22/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (US/--) – 10/3/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Cars 3 (US/--) – 11/7/17 – DA
  • Coco (US/UK) – TBA 2/20 or 2/27/2018
  • Thor: Ragnarok (US/UK) – 3/6/2018 – DA
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (US/UK) – TBA 3/27/2018 – N4K, DA
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp – TBA 2018
  • Black Panther – TBA 2018

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

  • Mad Max: Fury Road* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The LEGO Movie* (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW
  • San Andreas (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Pan (US/UK) – 3/1/16 – DA
  • Creed (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – REVIEW
  • In the Heart of the Sea (US/UK) – 6/7/16 – DA
  • Point Break (US/UK) – 6/7/16
  • Man of Steel* (US/UK) – 7/19/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition* (US/UK) – 7/19/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (US/UK) – 7/19/16
  • You Are Wanted (US/UK) – 9/7/17 (Germany only)
  • Central Intelligence (US/--) – 9/27/16
  • The Great Gatsby (2016)* (US/UK) – 10/4/16
  • Jupiter Ascending (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – DA
  • Pacific Rim* (US/UK) – 10/4/16 – REVIEW – DA
  • The Legend of Tarzan (US/UK) – 10/11/16 – DA
  • War Dogs (US/UK) – 11/22/16
  • Goodfellas (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – N4K
  • I Am Legend (US/UK) – 12/6/16
  • The Town (US/UK) – 12/6/16
  • Argo (US/UK) – 12/6/16 – N4K
  • Suicide Squad** (US/UK) – 12/13/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Sully** (US/UK) – 12/20/16 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Storks (US/UK) – 12/20/16
  • The Accountant (US/UK) – 1/10/17 – REVIEW
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2* (US/--) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them** (US/UK) – 3/28/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Unforgiven** (US/UK) – 5/16/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • The LEGO Batman Movie* (US/UK) – 6/13/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • Kong: Skull Island (US/--) – 7/18/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (US/UK) – 8/8/17 – DA
  • Batman and Harley Quinn (US/--) – 8/29/17
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut** (US/UK) – 9/5/17 – REVIEW – N4K, DA
  • Wonder Woman* (US/UK) – 9/19/17 – REVIEW – DA
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (US/--) – 9/26/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Peanuts Holiday Collection: Deluxe Edition (US/--) – 10/10/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (US/--) – 10/24/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (US/--) – 10/31/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – N4K, X
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban* (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (US/--) – 11/7/17 – REVIEW – X
  • Harry Potter: 8-Film Collection (US/UK) – 11/7/17 – X
  • Dunkirk** (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – REVIEW – N4K
  • Batman Begins (US/--) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Dark Knight (US/--) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Dark Knight Rises (US/--) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • Inception (US/UK) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The Prestige (US/UK) – 12/19/17 in Nolan Collection & Best Buy exclusive as a single
  • The Christopher Nolan Collection (US/--) – 12/19/17 – N4K
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie (US/UK) – 12/19/17
  • IT (US/UK) – 1/9/2018 – DV, DA
  • Blade Runner 2049** (US/UK) – 1/16/18 – REVIEW – N4K, DA (UK release may have DV)
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (US/UK) – 2/6/2018
  • The Departed – TBA December
  • Mad Max High Octane Collection (US/UK) – TBA
  • Annabelle: Creation – TBA
  • Geostorm – (No US announced/UK) – TBA 2018 – N4K
  • Justice League – (US/UK) – TBA 2018
  • Paddington 2 – TBA 2018
  • Tomb Raider (2018) – TBA 2018
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising – TBA 2018
  • Rampage – TBA 2018
  • Ready Player One – TBA 2018
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – TBA 2018

 

There are unconfirmed reports that Warner is also working on The Polar Express, Gravity, and The Matrix. Additional titles I’ve personally seen 4K Ultra HD tests of (in private meetings at CES) include The Godfather and Lawrence of Arabia, but whether they’ve been fully mastered and authored for released yet is unconfirmed.

All right, we’re wrapping up the week with a big title announcement and additional release news, some new disc reviews, and a few words about HDR. But first, those reviews...

Tim has just turned in his thoughts on a trio of great new Blu-ray titles, including MVD’s The Man from Earth: Special Edition, Warner Archive’s The Green Slime, and Synapse’s Suspiria: 40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook. All three packages are quite good and well worth a look, so do check them out when you have time.

Now then... let’s have that big title news: Disney and Pixar have just announced Coco for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 2/27, with the digital and Movies Anywhere release expected on 2/13. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release will feature HDR10 and Dolby Atmos audio, while the 4K digital release will feature HDR10 or Dolby Vision with Dolby Atmos audio. The Blu-ray will feature English 7.1 DTS-HD MA. [Read on here…]

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First off, before we begin today, a number of you have asked about Lionsgate’s delayed Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD EndoArm edition. We’ve contacted the studio for an update and we’ll keep you informed when they respond.

Now then, in news from CES 2018, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) says that there’s been an eightfold increase in Ultra HD disc sales in 2017 from the previous year. 4K Ultra HD player sales are also up 133% in 2017 over 2016. FutureSource data suggests that more than a third of households globally anticipate purchasing a 4K TV by 2021, while fully half of the households in Western Europe and the US expect to do so by then. The BDA has also officially added HDR10+, SL-HDR2 (for Philips and Technicolor), and Dolby Vision to the Ultra HD spec, in addition to regular HDR10. They’ve also approved the spec for a new UHD BD recording format for use in Japan. [Read on here…]

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All right, we’ve got more news for you here at The Bits today, both in terms of title announcements and also CES 2018. But first, we’ve got a trio of new disc reviews for you...

Tim has checked out The Breakfast Club on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection and well as the new Shout Select Blu-ray Matinee: Collector’s Edition. And I’ve given an in-depth look to Denis Villeneuve’s remarkable Blade Runner 2049 in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. All three titles are well worth your time, so be sure to give the reviews a read when you’ve the time. [Read on here…]

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All right, let’s talk about the latest news from CES 2018 in Las Vegas related to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and HDR…

First up, the HDR10+ Alliance has announced that Warner Bros. has joined Samsung, Panasonic, 20th Century Fox, and Amazon in supporting their open standard “dynamic metadata” competitor for Dolby Vision. Any content producer who wants to use HDR10+ for their media needs only to pay an small annual fee, but there are no royalty fees, unlike Dolby Vision which requires a license fee for every use.

It will be interesting to see what impact Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox might have on this alliance, if any. Will Disney join or will Fox’s participation become more passive?

On a related note, our friends at Scenarist – which creates software and systems for Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and Ultra HD title authoring – is adding HDR10+ support into the work flow of its Scenarist UHD authoring system, currently used to create many Ultra HD Blu-ray releases. They’re actually demonstrating it in person at CES 2018. So you can expect movie software that supports HDR10+ to start arriving this year. Word is that Amazon will be adding HDR10+ to its 4K streaming offerings in the next few months as well. [Read on here…]

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