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Monday, 29 June 2015 12:04

Blu-ray News – Walking Dead: S5 official for 8/25, plus Bits Comic-Con panel & welcome Jim Hemphill!

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We’ve got a bit of good Blu-ray release news for you today, and a new Bits staffer too! First the news…

Anchor Bay Entertainment has set The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/25 (SRP $79.99 and $69.98). That’s the regular edition and, as always, there will be another McFarlane Toys Limited Edition too that will be announced shortly.  [Read on here…]

Extras on all versions will include audio commentaries (featuring Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Tom Luse, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Director Julius Ramsay; Actors Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alana Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Steven Yuen), deleted scenes, and X behind-the-scenes featurettes (Inside The Walking Dead, The Making of The Walking Dead, The Making of Alexandria, Beth’s Journey, Bob’s Journey, Noah’s Journey, Tyreese’s Journey, A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz, A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt, and Rotters in the Flesh).

Meanwhile, Shout Factory has set the new animated feature film The Seventh Dwarf for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/18.

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PBS Distribution is releasing NOVA: Lethal Seas on DVD only on 7/21 and Frontline: Outbreak on DVD on 7/28.

We mentioned that Walt Disney Studios is releasing Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season One on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/1. Unfortunately, it appears there will not be a lossless audio track on the release. According to the press release, you’ll get Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (with English, French, and Spanish subtitles).

And CBS and Showtime have set The Affair: Season One for DVD only release on 8/4, featuring all 10 episodes, character profiles, a costume featurette and bonus episodes of Ray Donovan and Madam Secretary.

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Don’t forget (for those of you who missed it on Friday): The Digital Bits is holding a discussion panel down at San Diego Comic-Con next week! Here’s our official panel description:

1:00-2:00 (Thursday, 7/9/15) Digital Bits Blu-ray Sneak Peek: Star Trek: Axanar

Join Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt, veteran Blu-ray/DVD producers Charles de Lauzirika (Twin PeaksThe Martian), Cliff Stephenson (HannibalThe Hunger Games), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), and executive producer Alec Peters (Star Trek: Axanar), as they discuss major upcoming Blu-ray titles and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray developments, and explain the groundbreaking process of creating studio-quality independent Blu-ray releases, including the new Prelude to Axanar: Special Edition. We’ll have audience Q & A and lots of great giveaways – don’t miss it! Room 23ABC

We’re going to be showing you all the very first completed scene from the forthcoming Axanar feature film, which we just shot a couple weeks ago, and which I’ve just seen yesterday complete with visual effects by Tobias Richter and his Light Works team. (Which, I’m pleased to say, looks amazing!) The panel is going to be pretty damn cool, so – whether you’re a longtime Bits reader, a Star Trek fan, or just a fans of Blu-ray and DVD in general – we hope to see you there!

Finally today, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve added a new review staffer here at The Digital Bits! Jim Hemphill is the writer-director of the award-winning film The Trouble with Truth, currently available on iTunes and DVD (and here on Amazon). He’s also a regular contributor to Filmmaker Magazine, American Cinematographer, and other publications, and serves as a programming consultant at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. His first Blu-ray review is now available here on The Bits and its Twilight Time’s excellent Stare of Grace (2015), directed by Phil Joanau. We hope you enjoy it!

We’ll leave you this week with more new Blu-ray cover artwork...

Star Wars Rebels: Season One (Blu-ray Disc)    What We Do in the Shadows (Blu-ray Disc)    The Walking Dead: Season 5 (Blu-ray Disc)

Back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned…

Bill Hunt


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