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Friday, 18 April 2014 14:46

At last: Looney Tunes Platinum V3, plus The LEGO Movie, 2 more Godzilla catalog BD & more!

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All right, we’re closing out the week with a new Blu-ray review and bit of additional announcement news.

First, though, just wanted to say thanks for your patience over the last few days. If I haven’t seemed quite as on top of posting new reviews and other content, it’s because we had a visitor here. You’ll recall that a long time Bits staffer, and our very dear friend, Barrie Maxwell passed away a couple of years ago. We had the pleasure of a visit this past week with his wife Sue. She came to town for the TCM Classic Film Festival, which is something that she and Barrie had wanted to do together but never got the chance to, and then she came down to Orange County and stayed with Sarah and me for a few days. We watched lots of movies, took her down to the beach, and just had a great time. She sends her best to all of you Bits readers, and wanted you to know how much Barrie appreciated that you enjoyed his writings on classic films here at The Bits and also hearing from you via e-mail. Anyway, it was a great visit. [Read on here…]

Now then... our own Tim Salmons has checked in with a review of Twilight Time’s Equus on Blu-ray, as directed by Sidney Lumet. Don’t miss it!

In announcement news today, Warner Home Video has just – finally – set the Looney Tunes: The Platinum Collection – Volume Three for Blu-ray Disc release on 8/12 (SRP $44.98)! We’ll have additional details on Monday when WHV’s press release is available, but you can see the official cover artwork below.

Warner has also announced the Blu-ray Combo and DVD “Everything Is Awesome” Edition release of The LEGO Movie on 6/17 (SRP $35.99 and $59.98). Extras will include audio commentary by the filmmakers, outtakes, deleted scenes, an Alleyway Test, promo content and 8 featurettes (Batman: A True Artist, Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops, Enter the Ninjago, Bringing LEGO to Life, “Everything is Awesome” Sing-Along, See it! Build it!, Stories from the Story Team, and Fan-Made Films: Top Secret Submissions) and on the Blu-ray only, the exclusive Dream Job: Meet The LEGO Builders featurette. The DVD will have it’s on exclusive: It’ll come packed with a an exclusive LEGO Vitruvius mini-figure, a bonus 3D movie, and a collectible 3D Emmet photo.

Other Warner news: The studio has set (for Paramount) a Blu-ray double feature of Laura Croft Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life for release on 7/15. And here’s a surprise: Warner has also set Longmire: The Complete First and Second Seasons for release on Blu-ray Disc on 5/27 (SRP $59.99).

You Godzilla fans should be glad to hear this: The long dormant indie label Tokyo Shock, along with Allegro Video, is releasing Godzilla vs. Megalon and Destroy All Monsters on Blu-ray Disc on 7/22 (SRP $19.98 each, but Amazon has them for just $13.99 - click on the title links to pre-order).

Universal Music has set The Who: Quadrophenia – Live in London for Blu-ray release on 6/10 (SRP $24.98).

Seahawks fans, you’ll be pleased to see the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks: Road to XLVIII on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/10.

13 Amp will release the apocalyptic film Lost Future on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/3. The film stars Sean Bean.

And Scream Factory has set House in the Alley for DVD only release on 5/27.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for Warner’s Looney Tunes: The Platinum Collection – Volume Three, The LEGO Movie and Longmire: The Complete First and Second Seasons...

The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection - Volume 3 (Blu-ray Disc)    The LEGO Movie (Blu-ray Disc)    Longmire: The Complete First and Second Seasons (Blu-ray Disc)

And I'll leave you with a picture of Sarah, myself and Sue, from her visit this week...

Bits Editor Bill Hunt, his wife Sarah and Sue Maxwell

Have a great weekend!

- Bill Hunt

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