March 2021

We’re starting things off with another new Blu-ray review here at The Bits today: Tim has offered his thoughts on Jack Hill’s Switchblade Sisters (1975), as soon-to-be-released on the format by our friends at Arrow Video. You’ll find that here.

In announcement news today, the big update is that StudoCanal has finally revealed that their Basic Instinct 4K Ultra HD release will happen in the UK on 6/14. There’s a deluxe edition coming to Amazon UK (click here for that) and an exclusive Steelbook edition coming to Zavvi (click here for the US pre-order link and here for the UK link).

Extras on the 4K disc itself will include audio commentary with Camille Paglia, a second commentary with Paul Verhoeven and Jan de Bont, 4 featurettes (Basic Instinct: Sex, Death and Stone, An Unending Story: Scoring Basic Instinct, Blonde Poison: The Making of Basic Instinct, and Cast & Crew Interviews), 3 Storyboard Comparisons (for the Love Scene, Car Chase, and Elevator Murder), and Screen Tests (4 for Sharon Stone and 1 for Jeanne Tripplehorn). The 4K package will also include a 2-disc Blu-ray edition with the same extras. [Read on here...]

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We’re starting today’s news update here at The Bits with another new disc review. This one features Tim’s thoughts on Alex de la Iglesia’s Perdita Durango (1997), as newly released on 4K Ultra HD from the good people at Severin Films. Sounds like the transfer is pretty terrific, so do give it a look here.

In announcement news today, here’s something welcome: Screen Media will be releasing the forthcoming Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street documentary on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/6. We’ve got what looks like temp art for the title at left and you can pre-order the Blu-ray below.

Lionsgate will release Dominic Cooke’s historical espionage drama The Courier (2020) on 6/1. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, and Rachel Brosnahan. Extras will include the On the Brink: Making The Courier featurette. [Read on here...]

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Afternoon, folks! We hope you all had a lovely weekend.

We’ve got just a very quick update today here at The Bits, as there’s not a ton of news to report on this afternoon.

First though, Tim has turned in a review of a new Blu-ray 3D release from Classic Flix and our friends at the 3-D Film Archive: The Africa Screams: Special Limited Edition, the 1949 Universal comedy featuring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

It’s a great disc, so do check out Tim’s thoughts on it here. [Read on here...]

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The big news today comes from our friends at The Criterion Collection, who have just announced their July slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles.

That slate is set to include Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror (Spine #1084 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby (Spine #1085 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/6, followed by Bill Duke’s Deep Cover (Spine #1086 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls (Spine #1087 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/12, and finally Jacques Deray’s La piscine (Spine #1088 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/20. You can read more details on each here at The Criterion Collection website. Our Criterion Spines Project pages here at The Bits have been updated accordingly. You can see the cover art for Mirror at left, and all the rest are below.

Meanwhile, Paramount has added In Harm’s Way, Le Mans, and Bonneville to their June catalog Blu-ray slate (street date 6/29). They’ll also release the Apple TV+ limited series Defending Jacob on DVD only on 7/6. [Read on here...]

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Today’s update is going to be a quick one, but we do have a couple of interesting things to report.

First, CBS and Paramount’s Star Trek: Discovery – Season Three is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com (click here for the link). We don’t have a street date yet, but you can see the cover artwork at left and also below.

Speaking of Paramount, they’ve added a couple more catalog Blu-ray titles to their June slate, including Flight of the Intruder and The General’s Daughter on 6/29. In & Out, The Stepford Wives (2004), and a Ladies Night In 3-Movie Collection (of What Men Want, Nobody’s Fool, and Like a Boss) are also coming on 6/1. And if we’re not mistaken, Flight of the Intruder and The General’s Daughter are new to Blu-ray (as is The Saint, which streets on 5/25).

The BBC series The Watch: Season One is due on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/29. [Read on here...]

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We start today with another Blu-ray review from Tim. This time he’s taken a look at Mei-Chun Chang’s Dynasty (1977 – aka Qian dao wan li zhu), new on Blu-ray 3D from Kino Lorber Studio Classics with an assist by our friends at the 3-D Film Archive. It’s fun little 3D martial arts actioner and well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the Blu-ray 3D format in particular. Don’t miss it.

Now then, Lionsgate has set Minari for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/18. Extras will include deleted scenes, a making of featurette, and audio commentary with director Lee Isaac Chung and star Yuh-jung Youn.

The company has also set Endangered Species for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/1, with the Digital release expected on 5/28.

And Lionsgate will release Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/25. The film stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, and David Oyelowo. We don’t have A/V specs or extras details yet, but it was shot in 6.5K using the Arri Alexa 65, was finished as a native 4K digital intermediate, and it has an Atmos sound mix, so one assumes Lionsgate will go all out on the UHD release. The title is already available for pre-order on Amazon (click here for the link) you can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

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Welcome to a new week, folks. We’ve got some ground to cover here at The Bits today, so let’s get right to it...

First, we start with a new Blu-ray review from our own Tim Salmons, a look at Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon (1997) as newly released on disc by our friends at Scream Factory. Do give it a look.

While we’re talking Scream (and Shout! Factory), that’s a perfect place to start with today’s release news. The company has just announced a slate of great Blu-ray and DVD titles for July, including The Pianist: Shout Select (BD), No Man’s Land (BD and DVD), The Night (BD and DVD), House of Wax: Collector’s Edition (BD), and Ernest & Celestine (BD and DVD) on 7/13, followed by A Stranger is Watching (BD), Little Big League: Shout Select (BD), Fire (BD and DVD), and Eight Legged Freaks (BD) on 7/20, and State and Main: Shout Select (BD), The Dead Zone: Collector’s Edition (BD), Chamber of Horrors (BD), and Brotherhood of the Wolf: Collector’s Edition (BD) on 7/27. Extras on all of these are still TBA. You can see the cover art for The Dead Zone at left, with more covers visible below the break. [Read on here...]

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Okay, we’ve got a pretty good news update for you today here at The Bits.

First though, another new Blu-ray review...

Following up on yesterday’s review, Tim has posted his thoughts on Marty Feldman’s In God We Trust (1980), also newly available on disc from our friends over at Kino Lorber Studio Classics. And it sounds like the title has another great commentary by Alan Spencer, so it’s well worth you time to check the disc out.

Speaking of Kino Lorber Studio Classics, the company continues to prove its great worth to classic cinephiles with a new slate of nine Mae West films coming on Blu-ray on 6/29, including Night After Night (1932), I’m No Angel (1933), She Done Him Wrong (1933), Belle of the Nineties (1934), Goin’ to Town (1935), Go West Young Man (1936), Klondike Annie (1936), Every Day’s a Holiday (1937), and My Little Chickadee (1940). [Read on here...]

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We start things off today here at The Bits with a pair of new Blu-ray Disc reviews...

Tim has taken a look at Marty Feldman’s The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), new on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. It comes with a terrific audio commentary by our friend Alan Spencer—the longtime writer, executive producer of TV’s Sledge Hammer, and personal friend of Feldman—that’s worth the purchase price of the disc all by itself. Don’t miss it.

Also, Dennis has offered his thoughts on Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll (1956) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection. Do give that a look as well.

Speaking of the Warner Archive Collection, we want to take a moment to remind everyone that even though WB Shop has officially closed, Warner Archive Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K titles can now be purchased from their brand store on Amazon.com (click here for that). Warner Archive has just revealed more new upcoming titles (see our post yesterday) and we have word that they’ll have new titles through the end of 2021 at least. It’s likely that the label will continue indefinitely, just run by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment itself, rather than its former, dedicated team. [Read on here...]

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We’ve got some interesting news to report here at The Bits today...

First, the Warner Archive Collection has announced a number of new Blu-ray releases that are coming soon from the label, including Drunken Master II (1994 – aka The Legend of Drunken Master) starring Jackie Chan (mastered from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative), The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex (1939), They Won’t Believe Me (1947), The Yearling (1946), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), and Athena (1954). Street dates are TBA.

Arrow Video has announced its June release slate, which is set to include Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage in 4K Ultra HD, as well as Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee, Masumura Yasuzo’s Irezumi, Jill Gevargizian’s The Stylist, and a 5-film box set of Italian crime films called Years of Lead that includes Like Rabid Dogs, Savage Three, No, The Case is Happily Resolved, and Colt 38: Special Squad. [Read on here...]

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