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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 16:56

Game of Thrones 4K review (and giveaway!), plus Isle of Dogs, Valley Girl, a new Dailies column & more

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All right, I posted my in-depth review of HBO’s new Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season in 4K Ultra HD last night here at The Bits. I’m really surprised at how good it looks. Way better than I expected given the production resolution. It’s a genuine upgrade over the previous Blu-ray release in terms of A/V quality, so I recommend that fans give it a look.

We’ve got more 4K reviews coming soon and we’re also going to be taking a look at some interesting recent Blu-ray 3D titles thanks to our friends at the 3-D Film Archive. So be sure to watch for those.

One note however: We will probably not be reviewing Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles in 4K Ultra HD. I picked up a copy of the disc this morning, and have found it to offer a modest (but definite) image and sound improvement over the previous Blu-ray release – probably enough for fans to want to make the upgrade. Note that it has Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos audio. But Disney chose not to send this title for out review and we have a good number of titles to cover here that the studios (Disney included) have sent out for our consideration. With limited time at our disposal, we feel that we should focus our attenion on those. Just FYI. But if you’re a fan of the film, you might want to check the 4K edition out and Best Buy does have mighty nice exclusive Steelbook packaging. So there you go. [Read on here...]

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Speaking of 4K, we’re giving away ONE copy of Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season in Ultra HD today! All you have to do to enter is visit our Digital Bits page on Facebook (at this link), follow the page, and reply in the comments of this post (linked here) with your favorite quote from the show. (US residents only please – sorry!) You have until 11:59 PM Pacific tonight to reply and then we’ll pick a winner at random and announce it both here and on Facebook tomorrow morning. Good luck!

Also here at The Bits today, we’ve got a new Dailies column for you from Tim featuring a look at new and recent Blu-ray releases from the good folks at Severin Films. There’s some interesting horror, cult, and exploitation titles in there so do give it a read.

In announcement news today, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has set the Blu-ray and DVD release of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs for 7/17, with the Digital release expected on 6/26. Extras will include 6 featurettes (Animators, Isle of Dogs Cast Interviews, Puppets, An Ode to Dogs, Magasaki City and Trash Island, and Weather and Elements), an image gallery, and the theatrical trailer. Sadly, no 4K Ultra HD release is currently planned.

Fox has also announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Super Troopers 2 on 7/17, with the Digital release due on 7/3. Extras will include 2 featurettes, deleted and extended scenes, and theatrical trailers.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC will release Freedom Fighters: The Ray on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on 8/28.

Shout! Factory has announced a pair of great Shout Select Blu-ray titles for release later in 2018, including a City Slickers: Collector’s Edition (due on 9/11) and Valley Girl: Collector’s Edition (due on 10/16). Both will feature lots of new and legacy extras. Be sure to visit Shout!’s Facebook page here for all the details.

Shout! Factory has also set The Good Place: The Complete Second Season for DVD release on 7/17.

And Kino Lorber has announced its July Blu-ray and DVD slate (not including Studio Classics titles) as follows: Look for Personal Problems (Blu-ray and DVD) and Monster Shark (aka Devil Fish – Blu-ray – for Code Red) on 7/3, Hitler’s Hollywood (DVD) on 7/10, The Emma Lachy Show (DVD) and Modus: Season One (Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/17, and Love Me Deadly (Blu-ray – for Code Red) and Indivisible (Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/24.

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for a couple of the Blu-rays mentioned above (with pre-order links if available)…

Isle of Dogs (Blu-ray Disc) Valley Girl (Blu-ray Disc) City Slickers (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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