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Robert the Bruce 4K review, Game of Thrones 4K review coming, plus Rest in Peace Sean Connery

November 2, 2020 - 2:50 pm   |   by
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All right, today’s news post here on The Bits will be brief, as I’m working to complete my review of HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Series in 4K Ultra HD.

There’s a LOT of content to cover in the set—but knock wood—I should have my thoughts finished by this evening. The set is impressive, I’ll say that much right now. Great 4K image quality (with both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10), stunning Atmos sound, and it’s loaded with extras—including much of the content that was on exclusive retailer bonus discs previously. More later. The set streets tomorrow.

Also today, I posted a review over the weekend of Richard Gray’s Robert the Bruce (2019) in 4K, the Braveheart semi-sequel featuring actor Angus MacFadyen reprising his role as the title character. It’s a modest but I think quite good film that I’ve reviewed on Blu-ray previously. Now you can get it from Germany in 4K Ultra HD and it’s actually available on Amazon US right now for just $28.

You can read the review here and order the disc via this link. [Read on here...]

Also today, we would certainly be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to acknowledge the passing on Saturday of the legendary screen actor Sean Connery.

Connery first came to prominence for many as James Bond in Dr. No (1963). But in addition to his seven appearances as 007, just look at some of these other highlights from his long list of screen credits: Marnie (1964), The Hill (1965), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Zardoz (1974), The Wind and the Lion (1975), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Meteor (1979), Outland (1981), Time Bandits (1981), Highlander (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Russia House (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), Playing by Heart (1998), Finding Forrester (2000), and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).

And that doesn’t count his TV work for the BBC. To me personally, one of his finest screen performances was as Captain Marko Ramius in John McTiernan’s Cold War thriller The Hunt for Red October (1990). In fact, when news of Connery’s passing broke on Saturday morning, I felt compelled to rewatch the film again in 4K (and I appreciate it more each time).

Whatever your personal favorite of his roles, Connery made a significant mark on generations of filmgoers. Now he sails into history... and will long be remembered. Connery was 90. You can read more here at The New York Times.

Sean Connery (1930-2020)

“He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.” - William Shakespeare, Hamlet

All right, back later this evening with that Game of Thrones review. Stay tuned...

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