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September 2013

In honor of the Hell Plaza Oktoberfest, our friends at Factory Entertainment have provided a number of great Universal Classic Monster prop replicas to give away to our readers!  Our first giveaway happened this afternoon and featured none other than the limited edition Fossil Creature Hand prop replica from the 1954 gem Creature from the Black Lagoon!  [Read on here...]

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We’ve got a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you today, starting with today’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review from Adam: Synapse’s Hands of the Ripper from the Hammer Films collection.

Also, our own Tim Salmons has turned in his thoughts on Criterion’s recent Blu-ray upgrade of Lord of the Flies.  Enjoy!

In announcement news today, Warner has set the Paramount title Stop-Loss for Blu-ray only release on 2/4/14 (SRP $16.99).  [Read on here…]

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Okay, today’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review here at The Bits is Adam’s look at Robert Hartford-Davis’ 1968 film Corruption, starring Peter Cushing and now available on Blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing!

Also today here at The Bits, I’ve turned in my review of a film that I found to be the biggest surprise of the summer blockbuster season: Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which streets on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Home Video next Tuesday (10/15).  It’s a great darned movie that I’m betting is going to pick up a huge cult audience on Blu-ray, so don’t miss it!  [Read on here…]

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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:10

The Walking Dead: More Than Zombies

[Editor’s Note: This column contains spoilers for the first three seasons of the series.  Proceed with caution!]

The Walking Dead is a show about more than just zombies.

Behind some of the violence and gore, The Walking Dead is about friendship and trust in a new society of a post-apocalyptic world.  Right from the first episode, individuals come together to survive against an endless army of undead.  They don’t trust each other yet but learn to adapt at a time when society has been extinguished from what they’ve known before.  Soon, a large family unit has risen from a world crawling with zombies.  [Read on here…]

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All right, today’s post is a quickie as we’re working on a bunch of cool stuff for tomorrow…

First, Dr. Jahnke’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest Se7en continues today with a review of Scream Factory’s Psycho III: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc!  As it happens, were going to be running a giveaway for this very title over on The Digital Bits Facebook page starting at Noon (Pacific), so head on over there for your chance to win!

By the way, Adam has also updated his review of Universal’s original Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray so the whole trilogy is now covered on BD.  Enjoy!  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’re kicking off the second week of Adam’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest with a review of Scream Factory’s Psycho II: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc!

We’re also kicking off our Oktoberfest Giveaway-a-Day Fest this afternoon!  The fun starts over on the Jahnke’s Electric Theater page on Facebook today at Noon (Pacific), where you’ll have a chance to win a copy of today’s review title: Scream’s Psycho II Blu-ray!  Again, be sure to head over there at Noon (Pacific) for your chance to enter and win.  [Read on here…]

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All right, we’re closing out the first week of Adam’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest today with a review of Paramount’s Let’s Scare Jessica to Death on MOD/DVD-R from Warner Archive.

Just a quick heads-up:  Starting on Monday, we’re going to be giving away some cool stuff on The Digital Bits and Jahnke’s Electric Theatre Facebook pages, so be sure to give them a like and check in over there on Monday!  [Read on here...]

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Today’s Oktoberfest review pits the good Dr. Jahnke against Kurt Neumann’s 1958 version of The Fly, now available on Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.  The take-away lesson: never play with unlicensed “disintegration/re-integration” machines.  Gotta love Vincent Price!

In announcement news today, the big news is that Universal has officially set Fast & Furious 6 for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/10.  The Blu-ray will exclusively include an extended version of the film, the Take Control viewing mode featuring the director and cast, the 4-part Planes, Tanks and Automobiles documentary (includes The London Chase, Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack, The Antonov Takedown and Dom and Letty Race Again) and 3 additional featurettes (Gearhead’s Delight, The FLIP Car and Hand-to-Hand Fury).  In addition to this, both the Blu-ray and DVD will include deleted scenes, feature commentary with director Justin Lin, the On the Set with Vin featurette and the 4-part The Making of Fast & Furious 6 documentary (including The Fastest of Them All, Reuniting the Team, Letty’s Return and The Mastermind and The Mole).  [Read on here...]

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Dr. Jahnke’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest continues today with a review of Jess Franco’s Nightmares Come at Night on Blu-ray Disc from Kino via their Redemption Films label.  Enjoy!

Speaking of Oktoberfest, we’ve got a special deal for you:  Our friends at Factory Entertainment, who are sponsoring the Fest, have provided a special discount code just for Bits readers.  All throughout the month of October, Bits readers can get 25% off any Factory Entertainment order of IN STOCK ITEMS over $50 by using the code D1G1TALB1TS10 at checkout.  Again, this is good on any order of IN STOCK ITEMS over $50 and it runs until the end of the day on October 31st.  Don’t forget, we’re also going to be giving away great Universal Monsters prop replicas from Factory Entertainment starting next week over on The Digital Bits Facebook page and the Jahnke’s Electric Theatre Facebook page, so be sure to head on over there and give them a “like” if you’re interested.  [Read on here…]

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Earlier this year, The Digital Bits celebrated the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi with this retrospective article.  Now, we continue our anniversary coverage of Jedi, the concluding chapter of George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy, with this Q&A with author J.W. Rinzler regarding his new book, The Making of Return of the Jedi, which is due out this week from Del Rey/LucasBooks.  [Read on here…]

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