• Warner Bros. makes Jan de Bont’s TWISTER (1996) official for 4K Ultra HD and 4K Steelbook release on 7/9!
    Warner Bros. makes Jan de Bont’s TWISTER (1996) official for 4K Ultra HD and 4K Steelbook release on 7/9!
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets Orson Welles’ THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947) for 4K on 7/23
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets Orson Welles’ THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947) for 4K on 7/23
  • Stephen reviews Alex Proyas’ THE CROW (1994) in a gorgeous 4K Ultra HD restoration from Paramount
    Stephen reviews Alex Proyas’ THE CROW (1994) in a gorgeous 4K Ultra HD restoration from Paramount
  • Tim reviews Warner Archive’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND HUCKLEBERRY HOUND (1988) on Blu-ray!
    Tim reviews Warner Archive’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND HUCKLEBERRY HOUND (1988) on Blu-ray!
  • Criterion’s August slate includes THE LAST EMPEROR in 4K, plus Albert Brooks’ REAL LIFE, MOTHER & more
    Criterion’s August slate includes THE LAST EMPEROR in 4K, plus Albert Brooks’ REAL LIFE, MOTHER & more
  • Warner Bros. sets Albert Magnoli’s PURPLE RAIN (1984) for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/25
    Warner Bros. sets Albert Magnoli’s PURPLE RAIN (1984) for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/25
  • Bill reviews Denis Villeneuve’s spectacular DUNE: PART TWO (2024) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros!
    Bill reviews Denis Villeneuve’s spectacular DUNE: PART TWO (2024) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros!
  • Stephen reviews Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE (1984) with TALKING HEADS in 4K from A24!
    Stephen reviews Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE (1984) with TALKING HEADS in 4K from A24!
  • Roger Corman (1926 – 2024)
    Roger Corman (1926 – 2024)
  • StudioCanal UK sets Francis Ford Coppola’s restored THE CONVERSATION (1974) for 4K UHD on 7/15
    StudioCanal UK sets Francis Ford Coppola’s restored THE CONVERSATION (1974) for 4K UHD on 7/15
  • Stephen reviews Takashi Yamazaki’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE (2023) on Japanese-imported 4K UHD from Toho
    Stephen reviews Takashi Yamazaki’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE (2023) on Japanese-imported 4K UHD from Toho
  • GKids & Shout! set Hayao Miyazaki’s THE BOY AND THE HERON (2023) for BD, 4K UHD & 4K Steelbook on 7/9!
    GKids & Shout! set Hayao Miyazaki’s THE BOY AND THE HERON (2023) for BD, 4K UHD & 4K Steelbook on 7/9!
  • Bill reviews Sergio Leone’s epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) in 4K UHD from Paramount
    Bill reviews Sergio Leone’s epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) in 4K UHD from Paramount
  • Arrow Video sets Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015) for 4K Ultra HD release on 7/30!
    Arrow Video sets Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015) for 4K Ultra HD release on 7/30!
  • Stephen reviews Andrei Tarkovsky’s NOSTALGHIA (1983) in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics
    Stephen reviews Andrei Tarkovsky’s NOSTALGHIA (1983) in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) is coming to 4K Ultra HD this year for its 65th anniversary!
    Alfred Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) is coming to 4K Ultra HD this year for its 65th anniversary!
  • Bill reviews Tony Gilroy’s ANDOR: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2022) in 4K UHD from Disney+ & Lucasfilm!
    Bill reviews Tony Gilroy’s ANDOR: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2022) in 4K UHD from Disney+ & Lucasfilm!
  • Yo, Adrian! Warner Bros. has FINALLY fixed The Rocky Knockout Collection 4K Ultra HD discs!
    Yo, Adrian! Warner Bros. has FINALLY fixed The Rocky Knockout Collection 4K Ultra HD discs!
  • 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
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Wednesday, 22 May 2024 15:35

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

Tim’s take on Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III (1982) on Blu-ray from Via Vision Entertainment, as well as Hanna-Barbera’s animated Rockin’ with Judy Jetson (1988) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Watch for more reviews coming over the next few days.

In announcement news today, we have a few things to report. First, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has made Jan de Bont’s Twister (1996) official for 4K Ultra HD and 4K UHD Steelbook release on 7/9. As we’ve reported previously, look for Dolby Atmos audio, HDR10 high dynamic range, the new The Legacy of Twister: Taken by the Wind retrospective featurette with the director, and the legacy Blu-ray and DVD extras. You can see the cover artwork at left and also below.

Warner Bros. has also set Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers (2024) for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/9, for Amazon MGM Studios. There’s no indication of special features on the release.

But we’re not yet done with Warner & MGM. Though they haven’t officially been announced yet, the studios have also just listed John G. Avildsen’s Rocky V (1990) and Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa (2006) for 4K Ultra HD Steelbook release on 7/16. The latter will include both the original Theatrical Version and Stallone’s new Director’s Cut. Both will offer HDR10 high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio. Also listed for release that same day is a brand new Rocky: Ultimate Knockout Collection in 4K, which we expect will include Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, and Rocky Balboa. [Read on here...]

Monday, 20 May 2024 14:28

We’ve got no less than eight new reviews for you guys to start the new week out right here at The Bits, staring with Tim’s look at The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (1988) from Hanna-Barbera on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Dennis has offered his thoughts on Charles Brabin’s The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) on Blu-ray also from the Warner Archive Collection, as well as Nancy Savoca’s True Love (1989) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Stuart has delivered four reviews, including Ulrich Seidl’s Rimini (2022) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, Jean-Paul Salomé’s La Syndicaliste (2022) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, John Boorman’s The Emerald Forest (1985) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and Robert Allan Ackerman’s Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) on DVD from Via Vision Entertainment.

And finally, Stephen has got an in-depth review of Alex Proyas’ The Crow (1994) in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount Home Entertainment, which is a gorgeous restoration that should impress most cinephiles.

All of these films are well worth a look, and more new disc reviews are certainly on the way this week, so be sure to watch for them.

Now then, my apologies for the lack of a news update here since mid last week, but I have unfortunately had COVID. Fortunately, a mild case, but enough to knock me out of commission for a few days. But I’m well on the path to recovery and feeling well enough to catch you all up on the latest news here at The Bits today. So let’s get right to it... [Read on here...]

Wednesday, 15 May 2024 18:36

Just another quick update today, but new disc reviews here at The Bits this afternoon include...

Stuart’s take on Kōhei Oguri’s The Sting of Death (1990) (aka Shi no toge) on Blu-ray from Shochiku via Radiance Films.

Tim’s look at Tinto Brass’ All Ladies Do It (1992) in 4K Ultra HD from Cult Epics.

And Dennis’ thoughts on Anthony Mann’s Devil’s Doorway (1950) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

In announcement news today, Lionsgate has officially set Guy Ritchie’s The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024) for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 6/25, with the Digital release expected on 6/18.

The film, which stars Henry Cavill, Eiza González, and Alan Ritchson, is based on a true story and has been well reviewed, with many critics calling it Ritchie’s best work in years. [Read on here...]

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 16:41

Today’s update is a quick one, but we’re starting with more new disc reviews...

Tim has posted his thoughts on Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak (2015) in 4K Ultra HD from Arrow Video, as well as Hanna-Barbera’s Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats (1988) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

And Dennis has reviewed Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969) on Blu-ray, also from the Warner Archive Collection.

In announcement news today, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has just made Albert Magnoli’s Purple Rain (1984) official for release in physical 4K Ultra HD and 4K Digital on 6/25 (SRP $33.99 for the disc). As expected, the disc will include audio commentary by Magnoli, Robert Cavallo, and Donald E. Thorin, 3 featurettes (First Avenue: The Road to Pop Royalty, Purple Rain Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes, and Riffs, Ruffles and a Revolution: The Impact and Influence of Purple Rain), the MTV Premiere Party Original Broadcast, a gallery of Prince movie trailers, and 8 music videos for songs from the film. [Read on here...]

Monday, 13 May 2024 17:27

We’re starting this week off with a pair of major new disc reviews here at The Bits...

Stephen has taken a deep dive into Jonathan Demme’s legendary concert film, Stop Making Sense (1984), newly-restored in 4K Ultra HD and available exclusively from the A24 online shop. This is arguably the greatest concert film ever produced, featuring the music of Talking Heads and the cinematography of Jordan Cronenweth (he shot this right after completing work on Blade Runner and Buckaroo Banzai).

I’ve also finished my in-depth review of Denis Villeneuve’s magnificent Dune: Part Two (2024) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. It’s an epic pure-cinema masterpiece and, along with Dune: Part One, rightly takes its place alongside Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. And while one could pick a few nits with Warner’s 4K release, the A/V quality is demo-worthy.

Both films are absolutely not to be missed on disc, so be sure to give the reviews a look. And more reviews are on the way this week, so be sure to watch for those.

In release news today, the big item worth mentioning is that Paramount has just set Alexander Payne’s Election (1999) for release on 4K Ultra HD on 7/30 as a new Paramount Presents title. You can see the cover artwork at left. [Read on here...]

Friday, 10 May 2024 15:05

As always, we’re rounding out the week with more new disc reviews here at The Bits, including...

Tim’s take on producer Roy Huggins’s Colt .45: The Complete Series (1957-60) and Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose (1987), both on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Dennis’ look at Dorothy Davenport and Melville Shyer’s The Road to Ruin (1934) on Blu-ray from Kino Classics and Something Weird.

And Stuart’s thoughts on Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Allonsanfàn (1974), Pietro Germi’s The Facts of Murder (1959), and Damiano Damiani’s Goodbye & Amen (1977), all on Blu-ray from Radiance Films.

I’ve also just received Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two (2024) in 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros., so watch for my in-depth review of that here at The Bits tomorrow sometime. [Read on here...]

Wednesday, 08 May 2024 17:24

We have a big new disc review for you here at The Bits: Stephen has just taken an in-depth look at the Japanese-import version of Takashi Yamazaki’s Godzilla Minus One (2023) in 4K Ultra HD from Toho. I should not there that there are no English subtitles, but the package is pretty spectacular.

We don’t yet know when the film will be released on disc here in the States, but we’re digging into it and hope to learn more soon.

Meanwhile, we also have more new disc reviews up for you today, including...

Stuart’s reviews of Yūzō Kawashima’s Elegant Beast (1962) on Blu-ray from Daiei via Radiance Films, Jean Renoir’s The Golden Coach (1952) on Blu-ray via Raro Video, and André Melançon’s The Dog Who Stopped the War (1984) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

Dennis’ thoughts on Lou Breslow’s You Never Can Tell (1951) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And Stephen’s look at the Disney+ series Moon Knight: The Complete First Season (2022) in 4K Ultra HD from Marvel and Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

In terms of announcement news today, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have officially set Adam Wingard’s Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 6/11, with the Digital release expected on 5/14. Both the Blu-ray and 4K will feature Dolby Atmos. [Read on here...]

Monday, 06 May 2024 16:27

Good afternoon, folks! We’re starting the week off with four new disc reviews...

Stuart has given Via Vision’s On the Buses Film Collection box set a review, which includes On the Buses (1971), Mutiny on the Buses (1972), and Holiday on the Buses (1973) all on Blu-ray. These of course are based on the popular British TV sitcom from the late 1960s and early 70s.

Dennis has taken a look at Raoul Walsh’s They Drive by Night (1940) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Stephen has offered his thoughts on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia (1983) in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

And finally, I’ve completed an in-depth review of one of my favorite films: Sergio Leone’s magnificent Western epic Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) in 4K Ultra HD from Paramount via their Paramount Presents line. And I’m afraid the disc is... complicated.

In any case, more new disc reviews are on the way this week, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them! [Read on here...]