• BREAKING: Disney to buy 20th Century Fox for $68 billion, plus a Star Wars: The Last Jedi BD/3D/4K update
    BREAKING: Disney to buy 20th Century Fox for $68 billion, plus a Star Wars: The Last Jedi BD/3D/4K update
  • BREAKING: Retail sources suggest that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming to 4K Ultra HD in 2018
    BREAKING: Retail sources suggest that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming to 4K Ultra HD in 2018
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a Trekspert roundtable!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a Trekspert roundtable!
  • Warner Bros. officially announces Blade Runner: 2049 for Blu-ray, 3D, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 1/16
    Warner Bros. officially announces Blade Runner: 2049 for Blu-ray, 3D, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 1/16
  • Michael Coate looks back at the 25th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from Francis Ford Coppola
    Michael Coate looks back at the 25th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from Francis Ford Coppola
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Bond film that started it all... Dr. No!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Bond film that started it all... Dr. No!
  • Warner announces a Christopher Nolan 4K Collection for 12/19 (plus today’s Amazon Black Friday deals)!
    Warner announces a Christopher Nolan 4K Collection for 12/19 (plus today’s Amazon Black Friday deals)!
  • Criterion’s February slate includes Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Silence of the Lambs, Tom Jones & more!
    Criterion’s February slate includes Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Silence of the Lambs, Tom Jones & more!
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets IT for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/9/2018
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets IT for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/9/2018
  • Check out our reviews of Paramount & Comedy Central’s new South Park: Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray box sets!
    Check out our reviews of Paramount & Comedy Central’s new South Park: Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray box sets!
  • Here’s our review of GKids’ new Princess Mononoke Blu-ray from director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
    Here’s our review of GKids’ new Princess Mononoke Blu-ray from director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
  • The Warner Archive announces that they’re bringing Batman: The Animated Series to Blu-ray in 2018!
    The Warner Archive announces that they’re bringing Batman: The Animated Series to Blu-ray in 2018!
My Two Cents
December 15, 2017 - 11:50 am   |   by

As planned, my old friend Robert Meyer Burnett and I – joined by our significant others – saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night here in fiery SoCal. In Dolby Cinema no less, which is a helluva great way to see a film, let me tell you. We had absolutely perfect reclining seats, bright and vibrant laser projection, and Atmos sound to shake our backsides. And a good time was had by all, as you can see by the pictures.

But looking around on social media today, I’m struck by this thought: I kinda miss the days when people could just watch a movie. Seems to me, we used to know how to do that without all the handwringing and chest-puffery and whatnot. This is Star Wars, after all… not the Allied plans for the invasion of Normandy. [Read on here…]


December 14, 2017 - 12:06 pm   |   by

Afternoon, everyone! All right, we have more big news to report for you today...

The Walt Disney Company has just reached a deal to purchase 20th Century Fox and all related entertainment assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for a deal reportedly worth in the neighborhood $68 billion. Yes, that includes the rights to the original Star Wars films. 21st Century Fox will retain Fox Broadcasting, Fox Sports, Fox News, and all the Fox TV stations, along with the actual 20th Century Fox studio lot in Century City. You can read more about this here at Variety today.

Now... with this news breaking, naturally the first question movie fans want to know is: Does this mean the original Star Wars is finally going to be released on disc. And the answer is: Cool your thrusters, Space Cowboys. [Read on here…]


December 13, 2017 - 5:54 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got a couple good items of business for you today, the first of which is a new 4K review…

I’ve just given Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar a look on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount. The disc streets next Tuesday, 12/19. It’s a full native 4K transfer and of course the film was shot in a combination of 35 mm and 65 mm IMAX, so it’s variable aspect ratio and looks tremendous. The disc will also appear in Warner’s Christopher Nolan Collection 4K box set which streets next Tuesday as well. We don’t yet have the whole box, but as soon as we do, rest assured we’ll get the other films reviewed for you guys as soon as possible.

FYI, Tim has also just posted his review of Captain from Castile on Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Enjoy! [Read on here…]


December 12, 2017 - 2:31 pm   |   by

Afternoon, folks. We’ve got a bunch of release news to report today and some new disc reviews too. First the reviews...

Our own Tim Salmons has checked in with a look at a pair of All Region Blu-rays from Aussie distributor Umbrella Entertainment, including Drive-In Delirium: ’60s and ’70s Savagery and Drive-In Delirium: Maximum ’80s Overdrive. Be sure to check them out.

We’ve also posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover art and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, we’d appreciate it if you used our Amazon links (any one of them) when you’re shopping from the retailer. Thank you!

The big news today is that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set Dean Devlin’s Geostorm for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/23 (SRP $35.99 and $28.98), with a Digital release expected on 1/23. There’s no 4K Ultra HD version currently planned it seems, at least not at the moment. Extras on the Blu-ray will include 3 featurettes (Wreaking Havoc, Search for Answers, and An International Event). [Read on here…]


December 12, 2017 - 7:00 am   |   by

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 8, 2017 - 1:41 pm   |   by

We have just a couple of quick release announcements and updates to offer you today, before we let you all head out for the weekend…

Shout! Factory has announced The ‘Burbs: Collector’s Edition for release on Blu-ray on 3/20 as part of their Shout Select line.

Also coming that day as part of their Select line is Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall, an absoutely fantastic film about the last days of Hitler in WWII starring Bruno Ganz (and the source of a surprisingly persistent viral YouTube meme you may be familiar with – one of the early versions even referenced The Bits, as some of you longtime readers may recall). Shout! also has Macon County Line coming on 1/16 to the Select line. Extras on these titles are still TBA. [Read on here…]


December 7, 2017 - 5:01 pm   |   by

All right, no sooner did we post our last column then word came in that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner: 2049 for release on Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray 3D Combo, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/16/18, as expected (SRP $35.99, $44.95, $28.98, and $44.95, respectively). The Digital HD release is set for 12/26.

It appears that the Blu-ray and 4K editions will all feature Dolby Atmos audio. There’s mention of High Dynamic Range in the official press release, but not Dolby Vision, so the HDR is likely HDR10.

Keep in mind that this film was finished as a native 4K Digital Intermediate (with digital capture at 3.4K), so it should look pretty great, especially in Ultra HD. [Read on here…]


December 7, 2017 - 2:49 pm   |   by

We’re kicking things off today here at The Bits with two more new Blu-ray Disc reviews, including my thoughts on Makoto Shinkai’s stunning and highly-acclaimed anime Your Name from Toho and FUNimation, as well as Sting: Live at the Olympia Paris, a great new concert film from Eagle Vision. I think you’ll find both well worth a look.

In release news today, industry and retail sources are telling us to expect Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner: 2049 to street on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/16/18 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Keep in mind, this title is not officially announced yet, but we expect official word from the studio very soon. [Read on here…]


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