• Warner Bros. Home Entertainment finally sets SPACE JAM (1996) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 7/9
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment finally sets SPACE JAM (1996) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 7/9
  • Bill checks out Rob Reiner’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE, a stunning German-import 4K UHD from Turbine Media
    Bill checks out Rob Reiner’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE, a stunning German-import 4K UHD from Turbine Media
  • Warner Bros. finally makes GODZILLA VS. KONG official for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 6/15
    Warner Bros. finally makes GODZILLA VS. KONG official for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD on 6/15
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment makes Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory official for 4K release on 6/29
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment makes Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory official for 4K release on 6/29
  • Bill reviews Tim Burton’s BIG FISH in newly-remastered 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Bill reviews Tim Burton’s BIG FISH in newly-remastered 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Our review of Blue Underground’s THE FINAL COUNTDOWN in 4K Ultra HD is here and it was worth the wait!
    Our review of Blue Underground’s THE FINAL COUNTDOWN in 4K Ultra HD is here and it was worth the wait!
  • Bill reviews Sergio Leone’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, a must-have 4K from KL Studio Classics
    Bill reviews Sergio Leone’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, a must-have 4K from KL Studio Classics
  • Bill reviews Jan de Bont’s SPEED (1994) on 4K Ultra HD from Disney & 20th Century Studios!
    Bill reviews Jan de Bont’s SPEED (1994) on 4K Ultra HD from Disney & 20th Century Studios!
  • Warner Bros. and HBO set HIS DARK MATERIALS: SEASON TWO for Blu-ray & DVD release on 6/29
    Warner Bros. and HBO set HIS DARK MATERIALS: SEASON TWO for Blu-ray & DVD release on 6/29
  • StudioCanal finally sets Paul Verhoeven’s BASIC INSTINCT for 4K Ultra HD release in the UK on 6/14
    StudioCanal finally sets Paul Verhoeven’s BASIC INSTINCT for 4K Ultra HD release in the UK on 6/14
  • Criterion’s July Blu-ray & DVD slate includes Bringing Up Baby, Deep Cover, Tarkovsky’s Mirror & more
    Criterion’s July Blu-ray & DVD slate includes Bringing Up Baby, Deep Cover, Tarkovsky’s Mirror & more
  • Sony sets Wolfgang Peterson’s IN THE LINE OF FIRE (1993) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 6/15
    Sony sets Wolfgang Peterson’s IN THE LINE OF FIRE (1993) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 6/15
  • Tim reviews Paul W.S. Anderson’s EVENT HORIZON (1997), newly released on Blu-ray from Scream Factory
    Tim reviews Paul W.S. Anderson’s EVENT HORIZON (1997), newly released on Blu-ray from Scream Factory
  • IT’S OFFICIAL: Paramount & Lucasfilm set the INDIANA JONES 4-FILM COLLECTION for 4K UHD on 6/8!
    IT’S OFFICIAL: Paramount & Lucasfilm set the INDIANA JONES 4-FILM COLLECTION for 4K UHD on 6/8!
My Two Cents
May 11, 2021 - 6:43 pm

We start our post today with two new Blu-ray Disc reviews...

Tim has taken a look at Richard Fleischer’s Million Dollar Mystery (1987) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, which streets on 5/25.

And Dennis has chimed in with his thoughts on Gilbert Cates’ The Last Married Couple in America (1980), which just arrived last week (on 5/4) also from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Also, though I forgot to mention it in our last post, Dennis has also recently reviewed Hubert Cornfield’s The Night of the Following Day (1969) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, a film that stars Marlon Brando and Richard Boone and also streets on 5/25. So do give those a look if you’re interested.

Now then, in announcement news today, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set Space Jam for release on 4K Ultra HD and Digital 4K on 7/6, just as we expected. [Read on here...]

May 10, 2021 - 7:07 pm

Just a quick post today, but we do have a bit of interesting release news to report.

First, we know that lots of you have been eagerly awaiting details on the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Many international retail sites have—for weeks now—had it up for pre-order, set to street on or about 5/26. Indeed, we’ve had it on our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits for a few months now, anticipating a 5/25 US street date. Just today, the Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi put the title up for pre-order with the 5/26 date. (Thanks to Bits reader Tim P. for the heads-up on that one.) So, as we noted here last week, we’re pretty confident that—barring some sort of manufacturing or shipping delay—Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be announcing it any time now for a 5/25 release in the States on both formats. It’s possible it will be released under the Warner Archive label, like Snyder’s recently 4K-remastered Batman v Superman, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Now then, these aren’t actual announcements, but we’re learned that Paramount has just made a new 4K remaster (with HDR) of Saturday Night Fever available on Kaleidescape and iTunes, so it’s possible that there could be a physical 4K release in the offing. However, the company has also recently made 48 Hours and Another 48 Hours available in Digital 4K, with only remastered Blu-rays currently set for physical release, so we’ll have to wait and see. [Read on here...]

May 7, 2021 - 6:52 pm

All right, we haven’t posted a news update in a few days, because frankly there hasn’t been a ton of news to report, and also because we’ve been working on more new discs reviews. To that end we’ve recently posted...

My thoughts on Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride, as released late last year on 4K Ultra HD by Turbine Media in Germany. The accompanying Blu-ray is locked to Region B, but the 4K disc is compatible with UHD players worldwide, and the image quality is absolutely gorgeous.

My review of Tim Burton’s Big Fish, newly released on 4K Ultra HD here in the States by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Tim’s take on Rolf de Heer’s Bad Boy Bubby (1993), which dropped back in February on region-free Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

And Dennis’ look at Richard C. Sarafian’s Eye of the Tiger (1986), coming soon on Blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing via Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

More reviews will follow next week, including my thoughts on Arrow Video’s recent UK release of Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale in 4K, among others. So be sure to check back then. [Read on here...]

May 3, 2021 - 5:49 pm

We’re starting the new week off today with a bunch of new disc reviews. I’ve gone on a 4K Ultra HD review spree over the last week, and have completed and posted my looks at the following titles:

Jan de Bont’s Speed in 4K from 20th Century Studios and Disney, which streets tomorrow.

Ric Roman Waugh’s Greenland in 4K, a German import disc that came out earlier this year from Tobis Film and LEONINE Distribution. (It’s worth importing if you like the film, as Universal and STX seem to have no plans as yet to release it in 4K here in the States).

Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in 4K from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, a must-have disc which came out last week but is out of stock almost everywhere at the moment. (Rest assured, the company says more copies are on the way very soon, so do NOT pay scalper prices).

And Don Taylor’s The Final Countdown in 4K from Blue Underground, which streets on 5/25.

Meanwhile, Dennis has just offered his thoughts on Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah on standard Blu-ray from Warner Bros, a disc which also streets tomorrow. [Read on here...]

May 3, 2021 - 8:00 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

April 27, 2021 - 3:51 pm

We’ve got just another quick news update here today, as I’m diving into some long overdue work on new disc reviews...

Speaking of which, Tim has shared his thoughts on Augusto Caminito and Klaus Kinski’s Nosferatu in Venice (1988) as recently released on Blu-ray by Severin Films. You’ll find that here.

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and HBO have just set His Dark Materials: The Complete Second Season for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/29. The season is already available for streaming viewing on HBO Max. In addition to all 7 episodes, extras will include 11 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Noble Rogue: The Legend of Lee Scoresby (exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD), Exploring His Dark Materials: Panserbjørne, Exploring His Dark Materials: Daemons, Exploring His Dark Materials: Portals & The Multiverse, Exploring His Dark Materials: Witches, His Dark Materials: Bringing Daemons and Bears to Life, His Dark Materials: Exploring Cittàgazze, His Dark Materials: Worlds Collide, The Powerful Mrs. Coulter, Lyra, and The Subtle Knife). [Read on here...]

April 26, 2021 - 6:54 pm

Okay, we’ve got just a couple things for you this afternoon...

First, Dennis has offered his thoughts on Michael Curtiz’s 1932 pre-Code horror film Doctor X, staring Fay Wray. It’s now available on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection and you can see what Dennis has to say about the title here. Sounds like the actual disc quality is excellent.

In release news today, Amazon.de is now showing Zack Snyder’s Justice League coming to 4K in Germany on 5/27 (pre-order it here). There’s also a 4K Steelbook following in Germany on 7/8. Meanwhile, the dates for this title in France are currently listed as 6/9 for both the regular 4K release and the Steelbook 4K version. US retailers have yet to list the title, but our most recent information is that the studio will drop it on or about 5/25. We’ll certainly post updates as we have more information. [Read on here...]

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