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Today’s new disc reviews here at The Bits include...

Tim’s look at Richard Fleischer’s Conan the Destroyer (1984) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video, as well as Rospo Pallenberg’s Cutting Class (1989) in 4K Ultra HD from the MVD Rewind Collection.

And Stephen’s thoughts on George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathan (1989) in 4K Ultra HD from MGM via Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has officially set Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006) for 4K Ultra HD and Digital release on 4/23. The 4K disc will also be available in Steelbook packaging. Extras include the new Guilt and Betrayal: Looking into The Departed featurette, along with the legacy Stranger than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed and Crossing Criminal Cultures featurettes, as well as 9 deleted scene with introduction by the director. The press release doesn’t indicate it, but the packaging lists 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Look for HDR10 high dynamic range only. [Read on here...]

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Happy Leap Day, Bits readers! February 29th only comes around once every four years, so enjoy it while you can.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your patience. We haven’t done a news update here for a couple days, and the reason is that I’ve been doing a lot more digging about that Disney and Sony physical media distribution deal, and I have in fact learned a little bit more information that will put the deal in better context. So after having a few last conversations with sources tonight, I’ll have a bit more to share on that front in tomorrow’s news update here at The Bits.

In the meantime, we’ve posted a bunch more new disc reviews here at the site as follows...

Dennis has posted his thoughts on Raoul Walsh’s The Roaring Twenties (1939) on Blu-ray from our friends at The Criterion Collection, as well as Ralph Murphy’s The Man in Half Moon Street (1945) on Blu-ray from Imprint, Robin Spry’s One Man (1977) and Elly Kenner and Norman Thaddeus Vane’s The Black Room (1982) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, and Damien LeVeck’s A Creature Was Stirring (2023) on Blu-ray from Well Go USA.

Stewart has taken a look at Norman Jewison’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, Nigel Cole’s Saving Grace (2000) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection, and Alan Rudolph’s Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) on Blu-ray from Imprint.

And finally, Stephen has check in with his take on David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999) on 4K Ultra HD from Vinegar Syndrome. All are well worth a look (both the films and the discs). [Read on here...]

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Today’s post starts with three new disc reviews, including...

Stuart’s take on the Film Focus: George Peppard box set from Imprint, which includes John Guillermin’s P.J. (1968), George Schaefer’s Pendulum (1969), Sam Wanamaker’s The Executioner (1970), and Richard T. Heffron’s Newman’s Law (1974).

Dennis’ look at Val Guest’s Assignment K (1968), also new on Blu-ray from Imprint.

And finally, Stephen’s thoughts on Vincente Minnelli and Busby Berkeley’s Cabin in the Sky (1943) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Note that we have lots more new disc reviews on the way, so be sure to watch for them. Also here at The Bits today, we’ve posted a significant update of our 4K Ultra HD Release List with lots of new 4K UHD titles and Amazon links.

And for our Patreon supporters, we’ve recently shared our thoughts on Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica and how well the series holds up some fifteen years after it ended its run on the Sci-Fi Channel, along with some preliminary commentary on changes that are brewing within the home entertainment industry, as well as Stephen’s thoughts on the ethics of film alteration and the challenges in determining how films should look on Blu-ray and especially 4K. Supporting The Bits on Patreon is a great way to help us continue our work in service of physical media, and we surely do appreciate it. [Read on here...]

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We’ve got two new disc reviews for you to enjoy this afternoon, both of them Blu-ray titles…

First, Stephen has taken a look at John Dahl’s Red Rock West (1993) on Blu-ray, which is one of the first titles in Vinegar Syndrome’s new Cinématographe line, curated by our friend (and producer) Justin LaLiberty.

And I’ve reviewed Umbrella Entertainment’s recent Frank Herbert’s Dune Complete Collection Blu-ray box set, which includes John Harrison’s Dune (2000) miniseries along with Greg Yaitanes’ Children of Dune (2003) miniseries, as well as a ton of great special features and swag, all in super-deluxe packaging.

More reviews are forthcoming, including—in the next day or two—my take on Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023) from Lionsgate and Ronald F. Maxwell’s Little Darlings (1980), both of them in 4K Ultra HD. Little Darlings, I should note, is the other debut title in Vinegar Syndrome’s new Cinématographe line. So watch for those very soon.

We’ve also updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits, along with our Release Dates & Artwork section, both of which now include all the latest announced titles, with Amazon pre-order links.

And over on The Digital Bits’ Patreon, we’ve shared a new piece by Stephen on the ethics of altering films for release in other forms (for example B&W), and the challenges in trying to determine how films should look sometimes years later on home video, as well as some fun content from our friends over at The Bigger Pictures Film Restoration (more on that in a minute). As always, we really appreciate your support of The Digital Bits, which helps us to continue our work here at the site in support of physical media. And becoming a Patreon member is a great way to do that. We’re working to build a pretty terrific little community over there where Bits readers can hang out and share their thoughts and experiences. So you’re all welcome to join us there! [Read on here...]

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Afternoon, Bits readers! It’s been a few days since we’ve done a major news update here on the site, and the reason is that we’ve been very focused on completing new disc reviews for you guys. This is the time of year when all of the big fourth quarter titles start arriving for review, and we’re right in the thick of it now. So today we’re pleased to offer you...

My reviews of James Mangold’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023), along with The Mandalorian: The Complete First Season (2019) and The Mandalorian: The Complete Second Season (2020), all in 4K Ultra HD from Lucasfilm via Disney, as well as my review of James Cameron’s Titanic: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount.

We also have Stephen’s reviews of WandaVision: The Complete Series (2021) in 4K Ultra HD from Marvel via Disney, as well as Tommy Wirkola’s Violent Night (2022) in 4K UHD via Universal, and Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery (1978) on Blu-ray from MGM via Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Stuart has weighed in on Henry Decoin’s Strangers in the House (1942) on Blu-ray from Gaumont via Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Rest assured, we have many more new disc reviews on the way as well, so be sure to watch for them. [Read on here...]

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We’ve a bunch of news to cover throughout the rest of this week, and we’ll start today with some significant announcement news in just a moment. But first, we have new disc reviews for you...

Stephen has posted his thoughts on the new DC Universe animated movie Justice League: Warworld on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros.

Stuart has weighed in with his thoughts on Fritz Lang’s Human Desire (1954) and William Nigh’s Mr. Wong Collection—which includes Mr. Wong, Detective (1938), The Mystery of Mr. Wong, Mr. Wong in Chinatown (both 1939), The Fatal Hour, and Doomed to Die (both 1940)—both on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Dennis has checked in with his take on Bernard Girard’s Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) also on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Now then, a lot of you have asked when Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which was announced yesterday by Disney and Lucasfilm for Digital release on 8/29, is coming to physical media. Our sources say the street date for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K UHD is likely to be set in late October or early November, and should be announced in the next 4-6 weeks. We’ll certainly post updates as they come in.

The big announcement news today is that the Criterion Collection has officially revealed their November slate of Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles. [Read on here...]

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We’re rounding out the week here at The Bits with a few more new disc reviews, and some release news as well, including word of new 4K catalog titles, and updates on a title or two that we’ve talked about here previously in recent weeks. But first those reviews...

I’ve posted my thoughts on Wim Wenders’ stunning Wings of Desire (1987) which is now available in 4K Ultra HD from Curzon Film in the UK. The 4K remaster, which was done by the Wim Wenders Foundation, is absolutely stunning. Fans of the film may not realize this, but by the time the film was completed and being shown in theaters back in ‘87, the version we all experienced then was fully six generations away from original camera negative. But now, every inch of this film—save for the little bit of historical and newsreel footage that appears within it—is first-generation right off the negative. And it makes a huge difference, even over the previous Criterion Blu-ray. So if you’re a fan, this 4K release is definitely worth a look.

I’ve also reviewed Jack Ryan: Season Two on 4K Ultra HD, which was released last month on the format by Paramount (along with Season One which we’ve reviewed here). Season Three of the series recently dropped on Amazon Prime and we have word that it’s coming to both Blu-ray and 4K as well later this year.

Also today, Stephen has turned in his thoughts on Adam Rifkin’s The Invisible Maniac on 4K Ultra HD from Vinegar Syndrome.

And we have more reviews on the way as well. I’m personally working on Shout! Factory’s recent WarGames and HBO’s House of the Dragon: Season One, both in 4K Ultra HD. I hope to post those reviews over the weekend or early next week. And the rest of the review team is working on new titles as well, so be sure to watch for them. [Read on here...]

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We’re closing out the week with a trio of new disc reviews today, including...

Tim’s look at John McNaughton’s Wild Things (1998) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video.

Tim’s review of Francesco Barilli’s Hotel Fear (1979) on Blu-ray from Mono Macabro.

And Stephen’s thoughts on Makoto Shinkai’s animated Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011) on Blu-ray from GKids via Shout! Factory.

By the way, we’ve also updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List and our Upcoming Cover Artwork sections here at The Bits with lots of new titles and Amazon.com pre-order listings.

In 4K Ultra HD catalog release news this afternoon, Severin Films has set Jess Franco’s Faceless (1978) for release on 8/30. [Read on here...]

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We start today with a trio of new disc reviews...

Tim has taken a look at Daniel Espinosa’s Morbius on both Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD, both from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

And Dennis has offered his thoughts on Nicolas Roeg’s The Witches (1990) as released on Blu-ray by our friends at The Warner Archive Collection in 2019.

The big news today is that the Criterion Collection has announced their September Blu-ray and 4K slate, and it includes some gems as always. Look for an upgrade of Brian De Palma’s Blow Out (Spine #462 – 4K Ultra HD) on 9/6, followed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s Take Out (Spine #1149 – Blu-ray) on 9/13, Atom Egoyan’s Exotica (Spine #1150 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an HD upgrade of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau (Spine #227 – Blu-ray) on 9/20, and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4 (Spine #1143-48 – includes Sambizanga, Prisioneros de la tierra, Chess of the Wind, Muna moto, Two Girls on the Street, and Kalpana – Blu-ray/DVD Combo) and Sound of Metal (Spine #1151 – 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD) on 9/27. [Read on here...]

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Morning, everyone!

Tim kicks off the new week here at The Bits by checking out David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Tim has also updated our old friend Jim Hemphill’s review of Guy Hamilton’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins to include the new Kino Lorber Studio Classics Blu-ray release.

Stephen has taken a look at Dwien Baltazar’s Ode to Nothing and Henry Levin and George Pal’s The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome and the Warner Archive Collection respectively.

Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Sam Peckinpah’s The Osterman Weekend on Blu-ray from Via Vision.

And finally, I’ve taken a look at Shout! and GKids’ new wide-release standard edition of Weathering with You in 4K Ultra HD.

As always, more reviews are on the way this week so be sure to stay tuned for them. [Read on here...]

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