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Dr. Jahnke’s new Bits MOD column, plus Oblivion, 42 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation!

June 4, 2013 - 7:12 pm   |   by
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Afternoon, folks!  We’ve got a couple good things in store for you today…

First up here at the site this afternoon, our very own Dr. Jahnke has kicked off his new weekly Burnt Offerings column here at The Bits in which he plans to run down the latest MOD/DVD-R release and announcement news, specifically including the list of titles newly added to the Warner Archive each week.  Going forward, Jahnke also plans to cover news about all the other different major studio MOD programs as well.  He’ll also review a new MOD title each week – this week’s column features a review of Warner Archive’s Sincerely Yours on DVD-R.  And as always, you can always contact Adam with comments, thoughts, encouragement and input here.  We hope you enjoy it!

Also today, Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover art and pre-order links.  As always, a portion of absolutely anything you order from Amazon in the same session after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it!

Now then… there’s a trio of fairly significant title announcements to report on today…

Warner Home Video has set Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson film 42 for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 7/16 (SRP $35.99 and $28.98).  Extras on the Blu-ray will include 3 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Stepping into History, Full-Contact Baseball and The Legacy of the Number 42).  The film stars Chadwick Boseman (as Jackie Robinson) and Harrison Ford (as Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey).  Both give terrific performances.  Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, 42 is a darned good film.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Also today, Universal has set the Tom Cruise sci-fi film Oblivion for Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 8/6.  The film was directed by Joseph Kosinski (of TRON: Legacy fame).  I’ll say this at least: It’s one of the most gorgeous looking sci-fi films I’ve seen in a while.  Extras on the Blu-ray will include audio commentary with Tom Cruise and Kosinski, deleted scenes, the 5-part Promise of a New World: The Making of Oblivion documentary (includes Destiny, Voyage, Combat, Illusion and Harmony) and – this is a nice touch – the complete M83 score for the film on an isolated track.  You’ll find the cover artwork below.

Finally, Paramount has officially set G.I. Joe: Retaliation for Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD release on 7/16 (SRP $49.99, $39.99 and $29.99).  Extras on the Blu-rays will include audio commentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, deleted scenes and 8 featurettes (including Mission Briefing, Deployment, Two Ninjas, The Desert Attack, COBRA Strikes, The Lone Soldiers, The Monastery and Fort Sumter).

Here’s the cover art for Universal’s Oblivion and both versions of Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Oblivion (Blu-ray Disc)    G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray 3D)    G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray Disc)

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