My Two Cents

My Two Cents

Afternoon, Bits readers! We’ve got something very special to share with you today here at the site, but first we also have some more new disc reviews...

Our very own Tim Salmons has delivered his thoughts on Roy William Neill’s Black Moon (1934) on Blu-ray from Columbia Pictures and Via Vision’s Imprint Films label. Tim has also taken a look at Jay Levey’s UHF (1989) in 4K Ultra HD from Shout! Studios in honor of the film’s 35th anniversary!

And Stuart has offered his take on another classic film, Arthur Ripley’s The Chase (1946) on Blu-ray from the good people at Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Enjoy!

Now then, some of you may remember that way back in 2010, visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull proposed an elaborate documentary on the making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Unfortunately, he was never able to get Warner Bros. to fund the project, which was known as Beyond the Infinite, and the man sadly passed away in 2022 (you can read our salute to him here).

You may also remember that back in 2016, I published an in-depth look at the various behind-the-scenes books on the making of the film, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: The Ultimate Trip in Print, here at The Bits website.

Well... back in September I was honored to be contacted by my friends Michael and Denise Okuda (of Star Trek fame) to participate in a new documentary they were producing on 2001 with the team at OTOY. So I spent a lovely evening up in Burbank with Mike, Denise, and my old friend Roger Lay, Jr. (who created many of the excellent documentaries on Paramount’s Star Trek Blu-rays in recent years) shooting an interview about the film and its place in cinema history. Today, I am very pleased to say that the result of their work is finally available for all of you to see for yourselves! [Read on here...]

We’ve got a pair of new disc reviews for you here at The Bits today...

Dennis has turned in his thoughts on Paul Brickman’s Risky Business (1983) on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection (a 4K UHD review is also forthcoming).

And Stuart has chimed in with his look at James Beshears’ Homework (1982) on Blu-ray from Unearthed Films.

In announcement news today, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has revealed that Umberto Lenzi’s Battle of the Commandos (1969) is coming soon to Blu-ray, a film that features Jack Palance and Curd Jürgens. Also coming soon to Blu-ray from KLSC is Terence Young’s The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965).

While it’s not quite announcement news, based on new Amazon listings it appears that Paramount is going to be releasing Gore Verbinski’s The Ring (2002) in 4K Ultra HD and 4K Steelbook on 10/15. The film was previously made available on the format only in the Scream Factory’s The Ring Collection 4K set back in March. It appears To Catch of Thief is finally coming to 4K as well that same day, in the same Paramount Presents packaging that the 2020 Blu-ray edition was released in. And Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow is being reissued as a 4K Steelbook package on 10/8. You can see the cover artwork for some of them below the break. [Read on here...]

We have several more new disc reviews for all of you to enjoy today, including...

Stuart’s look at Ting Shan-hsi’s A Queen’s Ransom (1976) on Blu-ray from Eureka Entertainment, Alain Cavalier’s Fill ‘er Up with Super (1976) on Blu-ray from Radiance Films, Peter Bogdanovich’s Daily Miller (1974) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and William Wyler’s Friendly Persuasion (1956) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Dennis’ take on Raoul Walsh’s Pursued (1947) on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics and Fred Zinnemann’s Act of Violence (1949) on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

And Stephen’s thoughts on Paul Schrader’s Touch (1997) on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome’s Cinématographe line.

We have a bunch more new Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD reviews cooking as well—the whole team is working on reviews over the weekend—so be sure to watch for more here at The Bits next week.

In announcement news today, our friends at Imprint Films have just unveiled their October Blu-ray and 4K slate, which will include Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria (2018) in 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, The Blair Witch Project Collection on Blu-ray—which includes The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch (2000)—Alberto De Martino’s The Antichrist (1974) on Blu-ray, James W. Roberson’s Superstition (1982) on Blu-ray, Dick Richards’s Death Valley (1982) on Blu-ray, and the Directed By… Roman Polanski Blu-ray box set—which includes Bitter Moon (1992), Death and the Maiden (1994), and The Ninth Gate (1999). The street date for all is 10/30, and each is limited to 1500 copies. You can see what the titles look like below the break. [Read on here...]

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Now then, we’re starting today with three more new disc reviews from our staffers here, including...

Tim’s thoughts on Peter Collinson’s The Italian Job (1969)—a big favorite of ours here at The Bits—in 4K Ultra HD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Stuart’s take on Anthony Mann’s The Tin Star (1957)—a great VistaVision Western starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins—on Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

And Dennis’ look at Alfred Hitchcock’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)—a classic Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard screwball comedy—on Blu-ray from the good people of the Warner Archive Collection.

More reviews are forthcoming this week, so be sure to check back for them!

Now then, we’ve got some very good release physical media news for you today, starting with this: I’ve confirmed that the new US 4-disc Godzilla Minus One: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray Deluxe Collector’s Edition from Toho is just the latest of multiple planned physical media releases of the film. More editions are apparently “coming soon” in the months ahead. So expect wide-release versions eventually, and probably international SKUs as well. That’s definitely good news for fans around the world, and there are definitely a lot of you out there! [Read on here...]

Good afternoon, Bits readers! We’re starting the new week today with a pair of new disc reviews from a new staff reviewer... Sam Cohen!

We’ll let Sam introduce himself to all of you...

“Hello, Digital Bits readers! I’m Sam Cohen and I cannot be more excited to join the incredible team here, as well as engage with our readers about everything going on in the physical media world. My journey with film started when I was a wee tot growing up on Cape Cod and not caring much about the beach, then it developed into a full-blown addiction when my Dad exposed me to so many classics at such a young age. Naturally, that love for film didn’t let up and only blossomed as I got older, and my studies as a communication professional helped me prepare for the wild world of film criticism. My writing has been featured at Sumo Skinny, Under the Gun Review, EDGE Media Network, High-Def Digest and now, here!

“While my day job is dedicated to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), I’m deeply passionate about all the boutique and studio releases that keep flying our way at a breakneck pace, and even have a nice movie theater that I built into my basement with an LG OLED display plus a 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos surround sound system from Klipsch. My favorite directors include Claire Denis, George Miller, Michael Mann, Frank Tashlin and Jacques Rivette, among many, many others.

“I’m elated to be here amongst other physical media experts and look forward to covering, discussing and living with all of these wonderful films on disc that continue to keep our passion for film fresh and unrelenting. Oh, and if you’re asking who is my favorite boutique label? It’s Mondo Macabro, with those sickos at Vinegar Syndrome and film lovers at Arrow Video tied for second. Check out Mondo Macabro for some of the weirdest and grotesque genre oddities from across the world.” [Read on here...]

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