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Monday, 15 April 2019 15:04

From the Earth to the Moon on BD, Batman: TAS wins the Home Media Awards & Back the Bits!

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All right, we’ve got a few things to cover today...

First up, we have a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you this afternoon from Dennis, including his thoughts on M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass and Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex, both from Universal. Enjoy!

Also today, and this is the big news: Late on Friday we caught wind that HBO might finally be planning to release the Tom Hanks-produced miniseries From the Earth to the Moon on Blu-ray in July. The online retailer ImportCDs was showing a listing for the title as streeting on 7/16. A quick retailer search over the weekend led to more corroborating evidence: Best Buy and Barnes and Noble are both showing listings as well for the title – B&N’s sale price is $31.99, while Best Buy’s is $27.99. There are no details available yet, nor is there cover artwork, and the title has not been officially announced by HBO. But we believe it’s reasonable to assume it’s coming. [Read on here...]

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There’s no word yet on mastering or aspect ratio, but our guess (based on international HD broadcasts) is that the title will be formatted for 1.78:1 displays with live action footage scanned from film in full HD and the VFX (which was finished at SD resolution) upsampled. This, if not ideal, would still be a significant improvement upon the DVD release. So fingers crossed the title is coming and we’ll post here when we know more.

Now then... our friends over at Media Play News have just announced the winners of their 2019 Home Media Awards, for which I was once again privileged to serve as an industry judge. Warner’s Batman: The Animated Series took Title of the Year and TV on Disc of the Year honors, while their 4K release of 2001: A Space Odyssey took Blu-ray Disc of the Year and Best Restoration. Also, Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War took Best Theatrical Disc, Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi took Best Extras/Bonus Material, and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout took Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. To see the complete list of winners, be sure to visit this link at Media Play News.

For those of you who are fans of The Criterion Channel today, they’ve just added a new feature to their desktop site, which is a searchable list of all 1,546 films they currently have available for streaming viewing on the service. You can find that here.

Finally today, as many of you probably read on Friday, physical media sales have dropped 50% in the last five years. That’s not a small decline and it makes more necessary something we’re going to have to do a little more often around here accordingly. The Digital Bits generates revenue to keep going in three ways: Advertising (which we know many of you find irritating), Amazon affiliate sales (when you shop for things through our Amazon links), and direct reader donations through our Back the Bits program. Obviously, advertising revenue has declined all across the Internet due to the rise of social media, and Amazon affiliate sales are down as well due to the reasons revealed in the MPAA report on Friday. So if The Bits is going to keep on keeping on, we need to ask you, our readers, to pitch in if you’re able. Whenever you buy literally anything on, please consider going through one of our links first (like this one) – it make a BIG difference for us. And please consider making a recurring donation to our Back the Bits effort via PayPal. It helps us to maintain and pay for our servers and bandwidth, keep our review equipment in good order, and cover our monthly expenses. So we really do appreciate it.


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All right, back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned!

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