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    Disney and Searchlight set Sam Mendes’ EMPIRE OF LIGHT (2022) for Blu-ray and DVD release on 2/21
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    Bill reviews John Badham’s WARGAMES (1983) in 4K Ultra HD from Shout! Factory
  • BREAKING: Disney is releasing their classic animated Cinderella (1950) in 4K Ultra HD in March!
    BREAKING: Disney is releasing their classic animated Cinderella (1950) in 4K Ultra HD in March!
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    Tim reviews David Gordon Green’s HALLOWEEN ENDS (2022) in 4K Ultra HD from Universal
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    Tim reviews Sam Raimi’s ARMY OF DARKNESS (1990) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory!
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    Warner & DC set the animated BATMAN: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM for Blu-ray & 4K UHD on 3/28
  • Tim reviews Henry Selick’s stop-motion classic CORALINE (2009) in 4K Ultra HD from Laika & Shout! Factory
    Tim reviews Henry Selick’s stop-motion classic CORALINE (2009) in 4K Ultra HD from Laika & Shout! Factory
  • Criterion’s April slate offers THE FISHER KING, SEVENTH SEAL & TRIANGLE OF SADNESS in 4K UHD & more!
    Criterion’s April slate offers THE FISHER KING, SEVENTH SEAL & TRIANGLE OF SADNESS in 4K UHD & more!
  • THE FABELMANS arrives 2/14, plus MALTESE FALCON, COOL HAND LUKE & REBEL W/O A CAUSE in 4K!
    THE FABELMANS arrives 2/14, plus MALTESE FALCON, COOL HAND LUKE & REBEL W/O A CAUSE in 4K!
  • Bill reviews Wim Wenders’ masterful WINGS OF DESIRE (1987) in stunning 4K Ultra HD from Curzon Film
    Bill reviews Wim Wenders’ masterful WINGS OF DESIRE (1987) in stunning 4K Ultra HD from Curzon Film
  • Shout! & Scream Factory’s March slate includes THE EXORCIST III, STREETS OF FIRE & more in 4K Ultra HD!
    Shout! & Scream Factory’s March slate includes THE EXORCIST III, STREETS OF FIRE & more in 4K Ultra HD!
  • ROCKY: THE KNOCKOUT COLLECTION is officially coming to 4K Ultra HD on 2/28 from MGM via Warner Bros.
    ROCKY: THE KNOCKOUT COLLECTION is officially coming to 4K Ultra HD on 2/28 from MGM via Warner Bros.
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    Stephen reviews William Cameron Menzies’ INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) in 4K Ultra HD from Ignite Films
  • BREAKING: James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997) is coming to 4K Ultra HD from Paramount in 2023!
    BREAKING: James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997) is coming to 4K Ultra HD from Paramount in 2023!
  • BREAKING on The Bits: DRAGONSLAYER and THE WAY WE WERE are confirmed for 4K Ultra HD in February!
    BREAKING on The Bits: DRAGONSLAYER and THE WAY WE WERE are confirmed for 4K Ultra HD in February!
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    BREAKING: James Cameron confirms THE ABYSS is coming to 4K Ultra HD by March 2023!
My Two Cents
Friday, 27 January 2023 16:08

We’re closing out the week with some new Blu-ray and 4K title announcements and a few updates on 4K titles we’ve mentioned here at The Bits previously.

In terms of official announcements, Disney and Searchlight Pictures have set Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/21, with the 4K Digital release expected on 2/7. Extras will include the Creating the Empire of Light featurette. You can see the cover artwork at left.

Lionsgate has set Brett Donowho’s western The Old Way, starring Nicholas Cage, for Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release on 2/21.

And Film Movement will release Mario Martone’s The King of Laughter on DVD and Digital on 2/14.

Also, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has set their new animated Duck Dodgers: The Complete Series for release on Blu-ray on 3/28. [Read on here...]

Thursday, 26 January 2023 17:53

We’re starting today, as always, with more new disc reviews...

I’ve posted a look at John Badham’s WarGames (1983) on 4K Ultra HD from Shout! Factory.

Tim has shared his thoughts on David Gordon Green’s Halloween Ends (1922) on 4K Ultra HD from Universal, as well as Vernon Sewell’s The Blood Beast Terror (1986) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Dennis has turned in a review of Maria Schrader’s She Said (2022) on Blu-ray from Universal.

And Stephen has offered his take on Joe Dante’s Piranha (1978) on 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory.

Watch for more reviews to follow tomorrow and all next week. [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 18:10

All right, it’s been a busy couple of days here at The Bits, and we’re starting as always with more new disc reviews for you to enjoy...

First up, Stephen has taken a look a pair of titles, including Matthew Bright’s Freeway (1996) in 4K Ultra HD from Vinegar Syndrome, along with Dan Wolman’s Maid in Sweden (1971) on Blu-ray from Code Red.

Also, Dennis has reviewed Richard Pearce’s No Mercy (1986) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Tim has offered his thoughts on Douglas Grossman’s Hell High (1989) on Blu-ray from Arrow Video, along with the first film from Arrow’s fantastic Shawscope: Volume One Blu-ray box set. He’s working his way through the set title by title, and today he covers Jeong Chang-Hwa’s King Boxer (1972, aka Five Fingers of Death).

As always, more reviews are on the way all week, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them. [Read on here...]

Friday, 20 January 2023 16:21

All right, we have several more new disc reviews for you to close out the week today, and a bit more release news as well...

To start, Tim has turned in his thoughts on Paul Schrader’s Cat People (1982) in 4K Ultra HD from Scream Factory.

He’s also reviewed Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness (1990) in 4K Ultra HD in both wide-release Amaray and Steelbook packaging, also from Scream Factory.

Stephen has taken a look at Yugo Sakamoto’s Baby Assassins (2021) on Blu-ray from Well Go USA Entertainment, as well as Jack Cardiff’s The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and also Sergio Bergonzelli’s Blood Delirium (1988) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

And Dennis has offered his thoughts on Rick Rosenthal’s Distant Thunder (1988) on Blu-ray from Paramount via Imprint Films.

All of these tiles are worth a look, and as always more reviews are forthcoming in the days ahead. [Read on here...]

Wednesday, 18 January 2023 18:31

Well, there’s never a dull moment in this business and today is certainly a perfect example that. We’ve got some good Star Trek 4K news for you this afternoon, and a little bit of James Cameron 4K news too. Plus some other good announcements and links on top of all that! But first, more new disc reviews...

We start with Stephen, who’s turned in a look at Ivan Passer’s Cutter’s Way (1981), new on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

Next up, Dennis has delivered his take on Don Owen’s Nobody Waved Goodbye (1964) on Blu-ray, also from Vinegar Syndrome.

Last but not least: Tim has taken a deep dive into Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, and Corey Yuen’s Dragons Forever (1988) which is new on 4K Ultra HD from the good people of 88 Films.

Keeping on the 4K theme today, retail sources are finally starting to confirm word we first broke here at The Bits back on December 19th (see here), specifically that the Star Trek: The Next Generation feature films are going to be arriving from Paramount on 4/4, just in time for “First Contact Day” and also the final episodes of Terry Matalas’ Star Trek: Picard – Season Three! [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 15:42

All right, we have three more new disc reviews for you all to enjoy today, as well as lots more new announcement news including major 4K catalog titles. So let’s get right to it. First those reviews...

Stephen has turned in his thoughts on Atsuko Ishizuka’s animated Goodbye, Don Glees! (2022, aka Gubbai, Don Gurîzu!), which is newly-available on Blu-ray from GKids and Shout! Factory.

And Tim has posted his thoughts on Laika and Shout! Factory’s new 4K Ultra HD editions of Henry Selick’s stop-motion animated Coraline (2009) in 4K Ultra HD—both the wide-release Amaray version and the Steelbook version.

More reviews are forthcoming this week, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them.

Now then, Paramount has just officially announced the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release of JD Dillard’s Devotion on 2/28. Extras will include two featurettes (The Aviation of a Forgotten War and The Legacy of Jesse Brown). You can see the cover artwork above left and also below. [Read on here...]

Monday, 16 January 2023 14:50

Today being a federal holiday here in the States, there’s not a ton of announcement news to report on this afternoon, but we do have a few interesting odds and ends.

First though, a couple more new disc reviews...

Dennis has posted his thoughts on John M. Stahl’s Imitation of Life (1934), which is new on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.

And Stephen has taken a look at Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby (1978) on Blu-ray from Paramount via Imprint Films.

Now then... in announcement news today, Neon has confirmed that four of their recent titles—Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness (2022), Brett Morgen’s terrific David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream (2022), Laura Poitras’ All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (2022), and Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman (2021)—are all going to be coming from the Criterion Collection, presumably to Blu-ray and/or 4K Ultra HD. [Read on here...]

Friday, 13 January 2023 16:49

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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