• GKids will release Netflix’s ARCANE: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS – SEASON ONE on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD!
    GKids will release Netflix’s ARCANE: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS – SEASON ONE on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD!
  • Janus Films debuts a new 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) in theaters next month!
    Janus Films debuts a new 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) in theaters next month!
  • Stephen reviews John Flynn’s ROLLING THUNDER (1977) on 4K Ultra HD from Shout! Studios
    Stephen reviews John Flynn’s ROLLING THUNDER (1977) on 4K Ultra HD from Shout! Studios
  • Arrow Video’s August slate includes Robert Rodriguez’s MEXICO TRILOGY box set with DESPERADO in 4K!
    Arrow Video’s August slate includes Robert Rodriguez’s MEXICO TRILOGY box set with DESPERADO in 4K!
  • Dennis reviews the new 40-film VITAGRAPH COMEDIES collection on Blu-ray from Kino Classics
    Dennis reviews the new 40-film VITAGRAPH COMEDIES collection on Blu-ray from Kino Classics
  • Shout’s August slate includes BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT TRILOGY in 4K Ultra HD & much more!
    Shout’s August slate includes BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT TRILOGY in 4K Ultra HD & much more!
  • A massive 6 CD box set celebrating The Police’s SYNCHRONICITY (1983) album is on the way on 7/26!
    A massive 6 CD box set celebrating The Police’s SYNCHRONICITY (1983) album is on the way on 7/26!
  • Stephen reviews Stephen Chiodo’s KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988) in 4K from Scream Factory!
    Stephen reviews Stephen Chiodo’s KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988) in 4K from Scream Factory!
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets Orson Welles’ THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947) for 4K on 7/23
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets Orson Welles’ THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947) for 4K on 7/23
  • Stephen reviews Alex Proyas’ THE CROW (1994) in a gorgeous 4K Ultra HD restoration from Paramount
    Stephen reviews Alex Proyas’ THE CROW (1994) in a gorgeous 4K Ultra HD restoration from Paramount
  • FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES is coming to 4K, plus TED LASSO: THE RICHMOND WAY on Blu-ray!
    FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES is coming to 4K, plus TED LASSO: THE RICHMOND WAY on Blu-ray!
  • Tim reviews Warner Archive’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND HUCKLEBERRY HOUND (1988) on Blu-ray!
    Tim reviews Warner Archive’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND HUCKLEBERRY HOUND (1988) on Blu-ray!
  • Warner Bros. makes Jan de Bont’s TWISTER (1996) official for 4K Ultra HD and 4K Steelbook release on 7/9!
    Warner Bros. makes Jan de Bont’s TWISTER (1996) official for 4K Ultra HD and 4K Steelbook release on 7/9!
  • Bill reviews Denis Villeneuve’s spectacular DUNE: PART TWO (2024) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros!
    Bill reviews Denis Villeneuve’s spectacular DUNE: PART TWO (2024) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros!
  • Criterion’s August slate includes THE LAST EMPEROR in 4K, plus Albert Brooks’ REAL LIFE, MOTHER & more
    Criterion’s August slate includes THE LAST EMPEROR in 4K, plus Albert Brooks’ REAL LIFE, MOTHER & more
  • Stephen reviews Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE (1984) with TALKING HEADS in 4K from A24!
    Stephen reviews Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE (1984) with TALKING HEADS in 4K from A24!
  • Warner Bros. sets Albert Magnoli’s PURPLE RAIN (1984) for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/25
    Warner Bros. sets Albert Magnoli’s PURPLE RAIN (1984) for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/25
  • Bill reviews Sergio Leone’s epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) in 4K UHD from Paramount
    Bill reviews Sergio Leone’s epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) in 4K UHD from Paramount
  • The Disney/Sony Physical Media Deal: New Information & My Two Cents on a Better Way Forward
    The Disney/Sony Physical Media Deal: New Information & My Two Cents on a Better Way Forward
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    If You Value Our Work at The Digital Bits, Please Consider Supporting Us via Patreon!
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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

This is a quick post to let you all know that our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits has just been updated with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Don’t forget that you can select to see just the Blu-ray, DVD, or 4K Ultra HD titles seperately if you like, to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on COVER 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 and don’t forget that anytime you order from Amazon through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it! And thanks to our own Russell Hammond for the update work!

- Bill Hunt

Monday, 10 June 2024 18:25

We’re starting the new week with more new disc reviews, as always, plus we have some great release news to share with you today as well! Reviews first...

Tim has taken a look a Bob Clark’s Deathdream (1974, aka Dead of Night) in 4K Ultra HD from our friends at Blue Underground.

Dennis has offered his thoughts on Alan J. Pakula’s Starting Over (1979) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Stuart has weighed in with a review of Luigi Comencini’s The Sunday Woman (1975) on Blu-ray from Radiance Films. He’s also revisited his 2012 review of Sony’s The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection (1934-1958) on DVD in anticipation of the studio’s forthcoming The Three Stooges Blu-ray Collection.

More reviews are forthcoming, so be sure keep checking back for them!

The big announcement news today is that Sony has officially set Gil Kenan’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire for release on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, and 4K Steelbook on 6/25. There will also be a Walmart-exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook, as well as a Limited Edition 2-Movie 4K Giftset that includes this film plus Ghostbusters: Afterlife. [Read on here...]

Thursday, 06 June 2024 13:08

We start today with more new disc reviews, including...

Stephen’s look at John Flynn’s Rolling Thunder (1977) and Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie (2013) in 4K Ultra HD, as well as Jonathan Kaplan’s Over the Edge (1979) on Blu-ray, all from Shout! Factory.

Stuart’s take on Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of ‘45 (2013) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome and Alain Cavalier’s Le Combat dans l’île (1962) on Blu-ray from Radiance Films.

And Dennis’ thoughts on Kino Classics’ Vitagraph Comedies Blu-ray, featuring 40 classic shorts on three discs.

Now then, in terms of actual announcement news, we’ve got a couple of items for you and they’re pretty great. But there’s even more unofficial news, that’s no less exciting! Let’s get to the actual announcement news first...

It starts today with word that Janus Films will be debuting a brand new 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s legendary epic Seven Samurai (1954) next month in New York and Los Angeles! You’ll be able to see it on 7/5 at the Film Forum in NYC and on 7/7 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. This is only my favorite film of all time. I will absolutely be at that Egyptian Theatre screening, and the fact that this restoration is now complete surely means that a physical 4K Ultra HD is coming later this year from Criterion as well. You can see the poster for this release at left, and the trailer is available for reviewing below the break. [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 18:53

Our second news update of the day starts with a little bit of breaking news: Paramount has just made David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker’s Top Secret! (1984) and David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007) available in 4K Digital on Apple TV, Vudu, Kaleidescape, and more. Given the amount of effort Fincher puts into his remasters, we believe it’s safe to assume that Zodiac will be coming to physical 4K Ultra HD from Paramount sooner than later as well.

Zodiac, it should be remembered, was shot mostly in 10-bit RAW in 1080p HD (4:4:4) using the Thomson Viper FilmStream camera, along with some footage in 35 mm photochemical film (Super 35 format). But anyone who doubts that it could look great upscaled and remastered in 4K would do well to take a look at HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season in 4K UHD (which we’ve reviewed here). The advantages of high data rate and low compression, combined with an HDR grade, could really make a difference. Zodiac in particular was very well lit and photographed. Personally, I’m eager to get a look at it.

Also today, Arrow Video has announced their August slate, which includes a UK-only 4K Ultra HD release of Michael Lehmann’s Heathers (1988) on 8/5, followed by a slew of titles on 8/26. Among them are Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado (1995) in 4K Ultra HD and The Mexico Trilogy box set (both in the UK, US, and Canada), which includes El Mariachi (1992) and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) in Blu-ray, as well as the Desperado 4K. [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 14:51

Sorry for the lack of a news update yesterday, but I spent the entire day on the phone with studio and industry sources digging into upcoming 4K catalog titles. Rest assured, I’ll share more on all of that in the days and weeks to come.

In the meantime, we have some great release news for you—which we’ll share in a couple of news posts today—as well as more new disc reviews. Those include...

Stuart’s look at Jerry Hopper’s Alaska Seas (1954) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, as well as Carlotta Films’ Region B Blu-ray release of Roger Corman’s The Intruder (1962), which is one of his best films and also features one of William Shatner’s early film roles.

Dennis’ thoughts on John Farrow’s Submarine Command (1951) and Charles Vidor’s Thunder in the East (1952) both on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Tim’s look at the complete Hanna-Barbera’s Superstars 10 (1987-1988) Blu-ray box set from the Warner Archive Collection.

And finally Stephen’s take on Wellson Chin’s The Inspector Wears Skirts 2 (1989) on Blu-ray from 88 Films, as well as Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm’s Flesh Gordon: 50th Anniversary Edition (1974) on region-free Blu-ray from Turbine Medien.

Now then... let’s get to the announcement news, because we’ve got a bunch of it. [Read on here...]

Thursday, 30 May 2024 11:46

Heads-up Digital Bits readers!

Paramount Home Entertainment has been made aware of an error on their 4K Ultra HD of James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) (specifically, instances of missing off-screen dialogue) and is going to correct it with a disc replacement program.

If you have this title, visit the online form linked below:

https://phe-physical-consumer-support.imoxiemedia.com/

Select issue type “Other,” format “UHD,” put “Titanic 4K Ultra HD” in the title field, and in the brief description box add “Replacement Disc.”

You’ll be asked for your shipping info and a proof of purchase.

Discs will be shipped out soon and we’ll let you all know—both here on The Bits and on our social media—when they’ve begun to go out.

Stay tuned...

[Editor’s Note: For those asking: Three lines of off-screen dialogue are missing from all the tracks on the US Titanic 4K. Around 2:11:10, Leo should say “Ok! Let’s go!” and moments later “Let’s go, Rose.” Then at around 2:37:27 Leo should say again, “This way.” as the minister is praying.]

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Thursday, 30 May 2024 10:47

As promised, we’re back today with an early update here at The Bits, featuring more announcement news and disc reviews. Let’s get to the latter first...

Stephen has taken a look at our friend Stephen Chiodo’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory, as well as Kinji Fukasaku’s Yakuza Graveyard (1976) on Blu-ray from Toei via Radiance Films.

Dennis has offered his thoughts on Fritz Lang’s Secret Beyond the Door (1947) and Edgar G. Ulmer’s Bluebeard (1944) both new on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, as well as Karyn Kusama’s Girlfight (2000) on Blu-ray from Criterion.

And Tim has shared a review of Hanna-Barbera’s animated Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears (1988) on Blu-ray from our friends at the Warner Archive Collection.

Now then, the news... based on early word from retail sources, Universal is getting ready to release Joe Alves’ Jaws 3 (1983) and Joseph Sargent’s Jaws: The Revenge (1987) in 4K Ultra HD on 7/23. Also expected that same day is a new Jaws: 3-Movie Collection 4K set that also includes Jeannot Szwarc’s Jaws 2 (1978) which is already available on the format. Look for HDR10 high dynamic range with sound in Dolby Atmos format. Sadly, Jaws 3 will not be included in Blu-ray 3D format. Note that Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge will also be available in 4K Steelbook packaging. You can see the cover artwork for the box set at left and that plus the regular 4K SKUs below the break. [Read on here...]

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 17:33

All right, we’ve got a big news update here at The Bits for you today, and we’ll be back with a second update early tomorrow morning—there’s a ton of new title announcements, breaking news, and rumors to address at the moment. So let’s get started.

First, as always, some new disc reviews...

Tim has turned in his thoughts on Hanna-Barbera’s animated Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988) and Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

And Stuart has offered his take on Giulio Petroni’s Death Rides a Horse (1967) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, Piero Regnoli’s The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, and Éric Rohmer’s The Aviator’s Wife (1981) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber proper.

More reviews are coming in the next day or two, so be sure to stay tuned for them.

Also, just to let you all know, I’ve shared a new exclusive blog post on The Digital BitsPatreon page that I think will get a lot of you physical media fans pretty excited. It’s called 2025 Will Be a Big Year for 4K (and We Should Appreciate Every Minute), and there’s good news in thereremember where you heard it first!—that we’ll be talking about here at The Bits a bunch in the weeks and months ahead. Don’t forget that becoming a paid member of our Patreon (for as little as $6 a month) is a great way to help support our work here at The Bits, and we really do appreciate it!

Now then, the big news today is that Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has just revealed that they’re releasing Friends: The Complete Series in 4K Ultra HD—no kidding—on 9/24, in honor of the series’ 30th anniversary! We don’t have any other details yet, but the set is now available for pre-order on Amazon for SRP $249.99 (click here for the link). We expect an official press release any day now. While we wait, you can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]