• Michael Coate and Thomas A. Christie celebrate thirty years of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    Michael Coate and Thomas A. Christie celebrate thirty years of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Warner Bros. sets Todd Phillips’ Joker for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 1/7/20
    Warner Bros. sets Todd Phillips’ Joker for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 1/7/20
  • Star Wars: A New Hope – A Visual Guide to Changes, Fixes, and Tweaks in the Disney+ 4K Version
    Star Wars: A New Hope – A Visual Guide to Changes, Fixes, and Tweaks in the Disney+ 4K Version
  • Paramount sets Ang Lee’s Gemini Man for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD (at 60fps!)
    Paramount sets Ang Lee’s Gemini Man for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD (at 60fps!)
  • The Digital Bits T-Shirt & Swag Store is here just in time for Black Friday and holiday shopping!
    The Digital Bits T-Shirt & Swag Store is here just in time for Black Friday and holiday shopping!
  • Tim reviews Arrow Video’s outstanding new RoboCop: Limited Edition on Blu-ray!
    Tim reviews Arrow Video’s outstanding new RoboCop: Limited Edition on Blu-ray!
  • Studio Canal sets Elephant Man, Basic Instinct & Flash Gordon for 4K, plus Paramount Consent Decrees & more
    Studio Canal sets Elephant Man, Basic Instinct & Flash Gordon for 4K, plus Paramount Consent Decrees & more
  • Criterion’s February slate includes Roma, plus Bill reviews Rogue One, the Prequels & Force Awakens in 4K
    Criterion’s February slate includes Roma, plus Bill reviews Rogue One, the Prequels & Force Awakens in 4K
  • Michael Coate & Matthew Kapell look back at James Cameron’s The Abyss for its 30th anniversary
    Michael Coate & Matthew Kapell look back at James Cameron’s The Abyss for its 30th anniversary
  • Our review of the original Star Wars Trilogy in 4K/HDR on Disney+
    Our review of the original Star Wars Trilogy in 4K/HDR on Disney+
  • Tim checks out Warner’s new release of Batman Beyond: The Complete Series on Blu-ray
    Tim checks out Warner’s new release of Batman Beyond: The Complete Series on Blu-ray
  • Bill reviews Network’s amazing 50th anniversary restoration of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on Blu-ray (now UPDATED to include the entire set)!
    Bill reviews Network’s amazing 50th anniversary restoration of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on Blu-ray (now UPDATED to include the entire set)!
  • Bill reviews Warner’s stunning new 8K/16-bit restoration of The Wizard of Oz on 4K Ultra HD
    Bill reviews Warner’s stunning new 8K/16-bit restoration of The Wizard of Oz on 4K Ultra HD
My Two Cents
December 11, 2019 - 5:11 pm

We’ve got a bit of interesting 4K Ultra HD news for you today...

First, on the all digital front, Lionsgate has just set Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker as Digital only 4K release on 2/4.

It’ll feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

Of course, we know that most of you are physical disc consumers, so we’ve got a street date update for you guys today as well—covering forthcoming Blu-ray and 4K new releases.

The following information comes from studio and retail sources, but none of these titles have actually been announced yet.

So just be aware that the dates listed below could change a little bit still, as often happens before the studio makes their street dates official. [Read on here...]

December 10, 2019 - 2:21 pm

All right, sorry there wasn’t a post yesterday—rest assured there was a good reason for it, which I’ll explain in a moment. But first, we have a new Blu-ray review for you to enjoy...

Dennis has posted his thoughts on Michael Engler’s Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture, which is now available on Blu-ray from Focus Films and Universal. If you liked the series (as we did), you’ll definitely like the movie too. It delivers everything you’ve enjoyed from the show with a bigger, grander, and more much cinematic aspect that fits the material and the period well. Not every big screen experience needs a superhero, and we look forward to more sequels should they be forthcoming. So enjoy the review!

Now then, we have few pieces of announcement news today...

As most of you will know by now, the Golden Globe nominees were announced yesterday and you can see the full list here via The New York Times. Netflix dominated in the film categories and there were a number of surprises. The Best Picture nominees include 1917, The Irishman, Joker, Marriage Story, and The Two Popes. The Best Musical or Comedy category includes Dolemite Is My Name, Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, and Rocketman. Again, you’ll find the rest here. [Read on here...]

December 6, 2019 - 12:01 am

All right, we’re rounding out the week with a couple things here at The Bits.

First up, Tim has posed two new Blu-ray reviews featuring John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, now available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory. Tim covers both the regular version and the limited edition Steelbook as well, so do give them a look. Whichever version you pick, it’s a great Collector’s Edition.

Also, we posted a new History, Legacy, and Showmanship column from our own Michael Coate late yesterday, featuring a look back at John Hughes’ National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with film historian Thomas A. Christie.

It’s a great piece, with much for fans of the film to enjoy, so you’ll find that here. [Read on here...]

December 4, 2019 - 5:26 pm

Once again today, we have some big news for you and a major new special feature piece here at The Bits.

But first, our own Tim Salmons has another new Blu-ray review for you, this one of Terence Fisher’s The Devil Rides Out (1968) from Scream Factory. Enjoy!

Now then, the new special feature piece we have is nothing less than a complete visual guide to all the changes, fixes, and tweaks to be found in the new Disney+ 4K version of Star Wars: A New Hope! Our old friend Drew Stewart—who is a longtime Digital Bits reader—is also the webmaster of Star Wars Revisited and also the curator of the Star Wars Visual Comparisons blog.

Drew has been hard at work in recent weeks, diligently cataloging all of the changes in this new version of the film. He’s created a set of comparison images—nearly 40 in all—and he’s kindly allowed us to compile them here in a 7-page gallery on The Bits for you to see. So click here for that. We’re pretty certain you’ll enjoy it. (And special thanks again to Drew for his efforts!) [Read on here...]

December 3, 2019 - 3:39 pm

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today and I had to spend the morning at the DMV, so let’s get right to it...

First up, we have a new review from Tim for you today: Alexandre Aja’s Crawl, now available on Blu-ray from Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment.

We’ve also just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Artwork section, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Anytime you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through our links (like this one), you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. Thank you!

Now then, the big news today is that Paramount has just announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of Ang Lee’s Gemini Man on 1/14, with the Digital release expected on 12/23. And here’s the surprise: The 4K Ultra HD will present the film in 60fps, as was the case with Sony’s 4K release of Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. [Read on here...]

December 3, 2019 - 1:00 am

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

December 2, 2019 - 12:01 am

All right, we’ve got a bunch of title announcements for you today, including many new catalog titles coming to Blu-ray and DVD.

First, don’t forget that there are lots of great Cyber Monday deals to be had on Amazon (via this link) and elsewhere, so if you’re looking for great deals, they’re out there.

On that note, don’t forget that our new Digital Bits T-Shirts are available on sale over at our store on TeePublic (you’ll find that here) starting at just $13. Thanks for supporting us by buying our products!

Now then... Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just set Allan Arkush’s Heartbeeps (1981), Jeremy Kagan’s The Sting II (1983), Rudy DeLuca’s Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), and Ivan Reitman’s Legal Eagles (1986) for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/11. [Read on here...]

November 29, 2019 - 11:31 am

Afternoon, everyone! We hope you’re having a terrific holiday week or at least very a nice Friday for those of you outside the States.

First up, we’ve posted FOUR new Blu-ray reviews for you to enjoy: Tim has reviewed Shout! Factory’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 12 – The Gauntlet and Blue Underground’s Two Evil Eyes: Limited Edition. And Dennis has offered his thoughts on Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and the new Criterion release of Irving Rapper’s Now, Voyager (1942). Enjoy!

We’ve got a couple of announcements today: First, there are obviously TONS of Black Friday deals happening over the next few days, including on Amazon.com. So we ask that if you plan to do any shopping on Amazon, we’d appreciate it if you clicked through one of our affiliate links first (like this one). Shopping through our links helps us to support our work here at The Bits going and we really appreciate it very much. [Read on here...]

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