• Universal makes Damien Chazelle’s First Man official for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/22
    Universal makes Damien Chazelle’s First Man official for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/22
  • Sony makes Venom official for release on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD on 12/18
    Sony makes Venom official for release on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD on 12/18
  • Criterion to launch their own streaming service, The Criterion Channel, Spring 2019!
    Criterion to launch their own streaming service, The Criterion Channel, Spring 2019!
  • Michael Coate looks back at Bob Clark’s beloved classic A Christmas Story for its 35th anniversary!
    Michael Coate looks back at Bob Clark’s beloved classic A Christmas Story for its 35th anniversary!
  • Criterion’s February Blu-ray slate includes Bergman, Clouzot, Fassbinder, Visconti, and Burnett
    Criterion’s February Blu-ray slate includes Bergman, Clouzot, Fassbinder, Visconti, and Burnett
  • Rest in Peace, Stan Lee, Marvel legend & champion of the comic-verse (photo by William E. Sauro/NY Times)
    Rest in Peace, Stan Lee, Marvel legend & champion of the comic-verse (photo by William E. Sauro/NY Times)
  • Bill reviews Richard Donner’s Superman in 4K Ultra HD, a stunning release faithful to the theatrical experience
    Bill reviews Richard Donner’s Superman in 4K Ultra HD, a stunning release faithful to the theatrical experience
  • Bill reviews Warner’s long-awaited Batman: The Complete Animated Series on Blu-ray!
    Bill reviews Warner’s long-awaited Batman: The Complete Animated Series on Blu-ray!
  • Michael Coate looks back at George A Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead in honor of its 50th anniversary
    Michael Coate looks back at George A Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead in honor of its 50th anniversary
  • Bill reviews Stanley Kubrick’s epic 2001: A Space Odyssey in a proper 4K Ultra HD restoration from Warner Bros.
    Bill reviews Stanley Kubrick’s epic 2001: A Space Odyssey in a proper 4K Ultra HD restoration from Warner Bros.
  • Universal sets Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Edition for 4K Ultra HD release on 12/18
    Universal sets Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Edition for 4K Ultra HD release on 12/18
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December 10, 2018 - 1:27 pm

We start today with a pair of new Blu-ray reviews, including Tim’s take on John Waters’ Female Trouble from the Criterion Collection, and also Dennis’ look at The Nun from Warner. More reviews are on the way this week and next, including (next week) several new 4K reviews from myself. Among them will be M:I – Fallout and The Lion King. My wife and I have family visiting here at the moment though, so it’s been tough to break away to do the reviews with the justice they deserve.

The BIG announcement news today is that Universal has officially set Damien Chazelle’s First Man for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/22, with the Digital release expected on 1/5. Here’s the great news... while the film is presented in its original 2.40:1 theatrical aspect ratio, the final scenes will be presented in full 1.78:1 to preserve the IMAX aspect as seen in theaters. Audio is English Dolby Atmos and the 4K image will include both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Extras on the Blu-ray versions will include feature commentary (with director Damien Chazelle, screenwriter Josh Singer, and editor Tom Cross), deleted scenes, and 8 featurettes (including Shooting for the Moon, Preparing to Launch, Giant Leap in One Small Step, Mission Gone Wrong, Putting You in the Seat, Recreating the Moon Landing, Shooting at NASA, and Astronaut Training). This is certainly the 4K Ultra HD I’m most looking forward to right now here at The Bits. It should be terrific. [Read on here...]

December 5, 2018 - 2:20 pm

[Editor’s Note: We know the cover artwork at left is the same as yesterday. We’ll fix it soon.]

All right, we’ve got just a quick news update for you today, as we’ve got family visiting here this week.

A couple of notes though: I will be reviewing Disney’s Lion King and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout on 4K Ultra HD. Both releases are worth your time. The latter film is absolutely terrific, and the 4K release does preserve the shifting aspect ratio for scenes filmed in IMAX (which look great).

And though Disney didn’t send out Lion King for review, I did pick up a copy and have given it a cursory look. The HDR grade is restrained, but the wide color gamut makes a big difference for this film, even though it’s traditional hand-drawn animation. And I do believe that a bit more detail is visible in the image (especially in the backgroud artwork) than the Blu-ray. I’ll try to have both reviewed by this time next week, but don’t hesitate to pick up either if you’re interested. [Read on here...]

December 3, 2018 - 12:33 pm

We’re starting things off today with a quick heads-up: Amazon is having a sale on select anime titles on Blu-ray and DVD today, and the titles include Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series and Space Battleship Yamato. Worth checking out if you’re interested and the link is here.

Speaking of Amazon, we’ve updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD artwork and Amazon pre-order links. So be sure to click here for that.

And speaking of 4K, our own Matthew Weflen has just posted his thoughts on A Quiet Place on the format from Paramount. He has a few issues with the film. Click the review to learn more.

In announcement news today, Shout! Factory has just announced the 1/8 Blu-ray release of their When Harry Met Sally...: Collector’s Edition as part of their Shout Select line-up. The film is mastered from a new 4K scan. Extras will include all the legacy special features, along with the new Scenes from a Friendship interview featurette with Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal. [Read on here...]

December 3, 2018 - 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

November 29, 2018 - 3:36 pm

We’ve got a bunch more new Blu-ray reviews for you to check out today, including Tim’s take on Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Collection from Starz and Lionsgate, Single White Female from Scream Factory, and the Zombie: Limited Edition from Blue Underground, David’s look at The Bravados from Twilight Time and The Satanic Rites of Dracula from Warner Archive, and finally Dr. Adam Jahnke’s updated look at Trick ’r Treat from Scream Factory.

We’ve got a quick news update for you today, starting with word that Sony’s Venom – which as we’ve revealed streets on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 12/18 (with the digital release due on 12/11) – will include a Venom Mode pop-up trivia option, 3 deleted and extended scenes, 5 featurettes (From Symbiote to Screen, The Lethal Protector in Action, Venom Vision, Designing Venom, and Symbiote Secrets), 8 Pre-Vis sequences, the Sunflower music video (by Post Malone and Swae Lee), and a sneak peek of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Audio on the 4K version at least will include Dolby Atmos, with HDR10 high dynamic range. [Read on here...]

November 27, 2018 - 12:06 pm

We’re kicking things off with a trio of additional Blu-ray reviews, including Dennis’ take on Deadbeat at Dawn from Arrow, Tim’s look at Torso, also from Arrow, and David’s thoughts on The Last Hurrah from Twilight Time.

We’ve also got a bit of new announcement news for you...

First, Paramount has just officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Cloverfield Paradox on 2/5. This has, up until now, been a Netflix exclusive. The film will include Dolby Atmos audio and two featurettes, Things Are Not as They Appear: The Making of The Cloverfield Paradox and Shepard Team: The Cast.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just set The Hate U Give for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/22. Extras will include audio commentary (by George Tillman, Jr., Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Angie Thomas, and Craig Hayes), 3 extended scenes, and 6 featurettes. Audio is 7.1 DTS-HD MA on the Blu-ray editions. [Read on here...]

November 26, 2018 - 2:37 pm

Hope you guys all had a terrific Thanksgiving week. We’re back to day with reviews and some new announcement news as well.

First those reviews…

Our own Tim Salmons has checked in with his thoughts on Scream Factory’s Candyman: Collector’s Edition as well as Arrow Video’s 12 Monkeys: Special Edition, both of them on Blu-ray. And Dennis Sueling has a look at the recent Papillon remake on Blu-ray too from Universal. Enjoy!

Also, today is Cyber Monday, so if you’re shopping for bargains on Amazon.com, we’d sure appreciate it if you started by clicking to them through one of our affiliate links (like this one). It helps to support our work here at the site and we do appreciate it. [Read on here...]

November 19, 2018 - 2:01 pm

Before we get started today, we’ve got two more Blu-ray reviews for you...

They include Tim’s look at Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season from Starz and Lionsgate and Dennis’ take on Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Both are pretty good, so do give them a look.

Our own Michael Coate has also posted a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column featuring a look back at Bob Clark’s beloved classic A Christmas Story in honor of the film’s 35th anniversary. The roundtable discussion includes film historians Thomas A. Christie, Caseen Gaines, and Eugene B. Bergmann. Enjoy!

Also, we’ve 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 one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we appreciate it! [Read on here...]

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