• Bill reviews Trey Parker & Matt Stone’s TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (2004) in 4K from Paramount
    Bill reviews Trey Parker & Matt Stone’s TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (2004) in 4K from Paramount
  • BREAKING: 20th Century sets Wes Ball’s KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2024) for 4K on 8/27!
    BREAKING: 20th Century sets Wes Ball’s KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2024) for 4K on 8/27!
  • Bill reviews Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY (2013) in a new 2-disc “Luxe” Blu-ray reissue with Atmos from WBDHE
    Bill reviews Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY (2013) in a new 2-disc “Luxe” Blu-ray reissue with Atmos from WBDHE
  • WBDHE sets George Miller’s FURIOSA (2024) for BD, DVD & 4K on 8/13 plus teases a BLACK & CHROME!
    WBDHE sets George Miller’s FURIOSA (2024) for BD, DVD & 4K on 8/13 plus teases a BLACK & CHROME!
  • Bill reviews Michael Apted’s THUNDERHEART (1992) in its first-ever Blu-ray release from Sony!
    Bill reviews Michael Apted’s THUNDERHEART (1992) in its first-ever Blu-ray release from Sony!
  • Criterion’s September includes REPO MAN, ALL OF US STRANGERS, THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY & more in 4K
    Criterion’s September includes REPO MAN, ALL OF US STRANGERS, THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY & more in 4K
  • Stephen reviews Adam Wingard’s GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE (2024) in 4K from Warner Bros.
    Stephen reviews Adam Wingard’s GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE (2024) in 4K from Warner Bros.
  • Sony sets Penny Marshall’s A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) for stand-alone 4K on 9/3 with Dolby Vision
    Sony sets Penny Marshall’s A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) for stand-alone 4K on 9/3 with Dolby Vision
  • Stuart reviews Noboru Nakamura’s THE SHAPE OF NIGHT (1964) on Blu-ray from Radiance Films
    Stuart reviews Noboru Nakamura’s THE SHAPE OF NIGHT (1964) on Blu-ray from Radiance Films
  • Arrow sets their 14-film/10-disc SHAWSCOPE: VOLUME THREE Blu-ray box set for release on 11/26!
    Arrow sets their 14-film/10-disc SHAWSCOPE: VOLUME THREE Blu-ray box set for release on 11/26!
  • Tim reviews Giuliano Carnimeo’s THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS (1972) in 4K UHD from Celluloid Dreams
    Tim reviews Giuliano Carnimeo’s THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS (1972) in 4K UHD from Celluloid Dreams
  • GKids will release Netflix’s ARCANE: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS – SEASON ONE on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD!
    GKids will release Netflix’s ARCANE: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS – SEASON ONE on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD!
  • Janus Films debuts a new 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) in theaters next month!
    Janus Films debuts a new 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) in theaters next month!
  • Arrow Video’s August slate includes Robert Rodriguez’s MEXICO TRILOGY box set with DESPERADO in 4K!
    Arrow Video’s August slate includes Robert Rodriguez’s MEXICO TRILOGY box set with DESPERADO in 4K!
  • Shout’s August slate includes BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT TRILOGY in 4K Ultra HD & much more!
    Shout’s August slate includes BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT TRILOGY in 4K Ultra HD & much more!
  • A massive 6 CD box set celebrating The Police’s SYNCHRONICITY (1983) album is on the way on 7/26!
    A massive 6 CD box set celebrating The Police’s SYNCHRONICITY (1983) album is on the way on 7/26!
  • Dennis reviews the new 40-film VITAGRAPH COMEDIES collection on Blu-ray from Kino Classics
    Dennis reviews the new 40-film VITAGRAPH COMEDIES collection on Blu-ray from Kino Classics
  • FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES is coming to 4K, plus TED LASSO: THE RICHMOND WAY on Blu-ray!
    FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES is coming to 4K, plus TED LASSO: THE RICHMOND WAY on Blu-ray!
  • The Disney/Sony Physical Media Deal: New Information & My Two Cents on a Better Way Forward
    The Disney/Sony Physical Media Deal: New Information & My Two Cents on a Better Way Forward
  • If You Value Our Work at The Digital Bits, Please Consider Supporting Us via Patreon!
    If You Value Our Work at The Digital Bits, Please Consider Supporting Us via Patreon!
My Two Cents
Friday, 21 June 2024 18:13

We’ve got two more new disc reviews for you to enjoy today, including...

My take on Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Team America: World Police in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount, which streets this coming Tuesday.

Also, my review of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which is available in a new reissue Blu-ray (essentially a repackage of the 2015 Diamond Luxe Edition with Dolby Atmos audio) from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

I’m working on more disc reviews for early next week, including South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999) and also The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024), both in 4K UHD. And the rest of the review team will be back next week as well with a bunch more.

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has officially set Ishana Night Shyamalan’s The Watchers (2024) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 8/27. Expect the Digital release to become available on 6/28. Extras will include 4 featurettes (Welcome to the Show: The Making of The Watchers, Creating The Watchers, Constructing the Coop, and Ainriochtán and the Irish Fairy Folklore) as well as a deleted scene. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below. [Read on here...]

Thursday, 20 June 2024 09:03

We’ve got some great news to report for you today folks...

20th Century Studios is officially announcing the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of Wes Ball’s highly-successful sequel film, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024) today!

And here’s the official word, straight from the studio...

THE SUMMER EPIC HIT, KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, REIGN CONTINUES

Be The First To Watch at Home When 20th Century Studios’ Impressive Action-Adventure Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
Becomes Available to Buy at Digital Retailers on July 9 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on August 27

The 4K Ultra HD Package Contains Over 3 Hours of Content
Plus An Alternate Cut of the Movie

BURBANK, CA (June 20, 2024) – The fate of the world is at stake when 20th Century Studios’ Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes arrives to digital retailers (Prime Video, Apple TV and Fandango at Home) on July 9 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 27. Director Wes Ball’s stunning new entry into the Planet of the Apes series has been heralded by critics as “a jaw-dropping spectacle” (Matt Neglia, Next Big Picture) and “a visual masterpiece” (Mark Hughes, Forbes). It is Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has thrilled audiences worldwide, becoming one of the biggest global box office successes of the year and marking the beginning of a new era for the epic Planet of the Apes franchise.

Set generations after Caesar’s reign in a world where apes are the dominant species, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes follows an ape named Noa and a human named Mae as they emerge to define the future of how apes and humans will coexist.

Fans can delve deeper into the franchise on 4K UHD editions with Inside the Lens: The Raw Cut, a full-length alternative cut with a split-screen comparison between the final cut of the film and a version with unfinished VFX with optional audio commentary by director Wes Ball, editor Dan Zimmerman and VFX supervisor Erik Winquist. The never-before-seen alternate cut gives fans a unique opportunity to see the actors’ performances before the visual effects were completed. [Read on here...]

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 16:13

We’ve got several new disc reviews to share with you today, including...

My take on Michael Apted’s Thunderheart (1992) in its first-ever U.S. Blu-ray release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Stephen’s look at Adam Wingard’s Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Dennis’s thoughts on Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Daniel Isn’t Real (2019) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome and Jeremy Kagan’s Big Man on Campus (1989) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Stuart’s reviews of Ingmar Bergman’s Face to Face (1976) on Blu-ray from Imprint Films and Noboru Nakamura’s The Shape of Night (1964) on Blu-ray from Radiance Films.

We’ll have more new reviews here at The Bits tomorrow as well, so be sure to check back for them early!

In title announcements today, the big news is that Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has officially set George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, and 4K + BD Steelbook on 8/13. The Digital release is expected on 6/25. [Read on here...]

Monday, 17 June 2024 16:40

Welcome to a new week here at The Bits!

We certainly hope you enjoyed your weekend. And special thanks to all those of you who joined us for our members-only live chat on The Bits’ Patreon on Saturday. Lots of good questions were asked and answered, and it’s something we’re going to be doing more often in the future.

We’ve got some good announcement news here at the site today, starting with word that The Criterion Collection has just officially unveiled their September release slate, which will include a 4K upgrade of Alex Cox’s Repo Man (1984) (Spine #654 – 4K UHD + Blu-ray) on 9/3, Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers (2023) (Spine #1234 – 4K UHD + Blu-ray and Blu-ray) on 9/10, a 4K upgrade of John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday (1980) (Spine #26 – 4K UHD + Blu-ray and Blu-ray) on 9/17, and Gregg Araki’s Teen Apocalypse Trilogy—including Totally F***ed Up (1993), The Doom Generation (1995), and Nowhere (1997)—(Spine #1233 – 4K UHD + Blu-ray and Blu-ray) and Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998) (Spine #1235 – 4K UHD + Blu-ray and Blu-ray) on 9/24. [Read on here...]

Friday, 14 June 2024 14:02

We’re rounding out the week here at The Bits with a pair of additional disc reviews, including...

Stephen’s thoughts on Yuzuru Tachikawa’s anime Blue Giant (2023) on Blu-ray from GKids via Shout! Studios.

And Dennis’ take on Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn’s Another Body (2023) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

Also today, we’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits with all the latest announced 4K titles as well as those we’ve learned are coming from our industry sources.

Over on our Patreon page, many of you have asked us for an Annual Membership option in order to get the best value while backing us and supporting The Bits there. So we’re very pleased to finally make it available today. Signing up as a Patreon supporter of The Bits via the Annual Membership option (at whatever support level you choose) gives you a 10% discount.

And while we’re talking Patreon, we’re going to be holding a members-only Digital Bits: “Ask Us Anything” Live Chat on Patreon tomorrow (Saturday, June 15th) at 11 AM Pacific (1 PM Central, or 6 PM UTC). I’ll be on hand to participate, along with Tim Salmons and Stephen Bjork. You can ask us about physical media, 4K, Blu-ray, film in general, our work, our interests—pretty much any topic other than politics is fair game. While there may be a few questions (about specific upcoming titles) that we can’t answer, we’ll do our best to tackle all questions as they come in. Our goal is to go live for at least an hour. And if everything goes smoothly, we’ll continue for a second hour (provided there’s enough demand/questions to warrant doing so). We hope to see you there! [Read on here...]

Wednesday, 12 June 2024 18:02

We have four new disc reviews for you to enjoy today, including...

Tim’s look at Giuliano Carnimeo’s The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) in 4K Ultra HD from our friends at Celluloid Dreams... and we mean friends literally—the company was launched by former DVD Review editor Guido Henkel and his son Lucas. (Congrats to both of them on their first successful title!)

Stuart’s take on George Roy Hill’s The Little Drummer Girl (1984) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Stephen’s thoughts on John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday (1980) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video UK, a region-free British import title.

And Dennis’ look at Chad Ferrin’s H.P. Lovecraft’s The Old Ones (2024) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

Also, we’ve just posted a massive update of our Release Dates & Cover Art section featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and especially 4K Ultra HD titles that are available for pre-order on Amazon.com. There are tons of new titles, and remember that anytime you order one using our links you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits (and we really do appreciate it)!

We’ve also got some great release news for you today, starting with word that Arrow Video has just announced their forthcoming Shawscope: Volume Three Blu-ray box set, which will street on 11/26. [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

This is a quick post to let you all know that our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits has just been updated with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Don’t forget that you can select to see just the Blu-ray, DVD, or 4K Ultra HD titles seperately if you like, to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on COVER ART on the menu bar above to visit the page, and use the search options in the red bar (at the top) to sort by format and date. Once you find a title you like, just click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to the Amazon.com pre-order page. Thank you for shopping through our links and don’t forget that anytime you order from Amazon through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really appreciate it! And thanks to our own Russell Hammond for the update work!

- Bill Hunt

Monday, 10 June 2024 18:25

We’re starting the new week with more new disc reviews, as always, plus we have some great release news to share with you today as well! Reviews first...

Tim has taken a look a Bob Clark’s Deathdream (1974, aka Dead of Night) in 4K Ultra HD from our friends at Blue Underground.

Dennis has offered his thoughts on Alan J. Pakula’s Starting Over (1979) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Stuart has weighed in with a review of Luigi Comencini’s The Sunday Woman (1975) on Blu-ray from Radiance Films. He’s also revisited his 2012 review of Sony’s The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection (1934-1958) on DVD in anticipation of the studio’s forthcoming The Three Stooges Blu-ray Collection.

More reviews are forthcoming, so be sure keep checking back for them!

The big announcement news today is that Sony has officially set Gil Kenan’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire for release on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, and 4K Steelbook on 6/25. There will also be a Walmart-exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook, as well as a Limited Edition 2-Movie 4K Giftset that includes this film plus Ghostbusters: Afterlife. [Read on here...]