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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 18:12

Blu-ray News – Pixels, plus Scream reveals their 3-disc Army of Darkness: Collector’s Edition BD (with extras details)!

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We’ve got a quick one for you today...

First up, we have a trio of new disc reviews. Tim Salmons has checked out Shout! Factory’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 1 DVD reissue a look. Jim Hemphill has done the same for Kino Lorber’s recent Blu-ray release of The Reivers (1969), starring Steve McQueen. Finally, I’ve given Disney’s new Star Wars: Rebels – Complete Season One a spin on Blu-ray and found it to be surprisingly fun and engaging, not just for kids of classic trilogy fans of all ages. Do give them a look.  [Read on here…]

Also, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork, as well as pre-order links for each title. Don’t forget that a portion of anything and everything you order from Amazon after clicking to them through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it.

Meanwhile, in release news today, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just officially set Chris Columbus’ Pixels for Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo, and DVD release on 10/27, with a digital HD release due on 10/6. The Blu-ray and DVD versions will all include a pair of featurettes (Q*Bert and Dojo Quest), as well as Waka Flocka Flame ft. Good Charlotte’s Game On music video. To this, the Blu-ray versions will exclusively add Dolby Atmos audio as well as 6 more featurettes (The Creator of the Machine, The Space Invader, PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and Galaga). What, no Burger Time? Pfft! You can see the cover artwork below.

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release Apartment Troubles on DVD only on 10/6.

Shout! Factory and Hasbro have set Transformers: Robots in Disguise – A New Autobot Mission for DVD only release on 10/20.

And Scream Factory has revealed that their forthcoming Army of Darkness: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray (due on 10/27) will now be a 3-disc set (and not the 2-disc set previously expected). All-new extras will include the 96-minute Medieval Times: The Making of Army of Darkness featurette, offering new interviews (with star/co-producer Bruce Campbell, actors Marcus Gilbert, Ted Raimi, Timothy Quill, Richard Grove, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman and Angela Featherstone, director of photography Bill Pope, editor Bob Murawski, production designer Anthony Tremblay, composer Joseph Lo Duca, costume designer Ida Gearon, special make-up effects artists Howard Berger, Tony Gardner, Robert Kurtzman and Greg Nicotero, “Pit Bitch” performer and effects artist William Bryan, mechanical effects artist Gary Jones, first assistant director John Cameron, visual effects supervisor William Mesa, and stunt coordinator Christopher Doyle). You’ll also get 55 minutes of new Behind-the-Scenes Footage From KNB Effects, new still galleries of behind-the-scenes photos and props, and storyboards for deleted and alternate scenes. In terms of other material, Disc One will include the 81-minute Theatrical Version with DTS-HD 5.1 audio, the original ending, the original opening, and deleted scenes (with Raimi and Campbell commentary), plus the trailer, TV spots, and the home video promo. Disc Two will include the 96-minute Director’s Cut with DTS-HD 5.1 and 2.0 audio, with audio commentary by Sam Raimi, Campbell, and Ivan Raimi, 2 vintage featurettes (Creating the Deadites and Making of) and extended interview clips with Raimi, Campbell, and Robert Tapert. And Disc Three will include a new 4K scan of the 88-minute International Cut interpositive with DTS-HD 5.1 and 2.0 audio, the 90-minute Television Version (1.33:1 in SD) with DTS-HD 2.0 audio, and the vintage The Men Behind the Army featurette. Not bad at all. Amazon is selling this on pre-order for just $29.99. You can see the cover artwork below...

Pixels (Blu-ray 3D)    Pixels (Blu-ray Disc)    Army of Darkness: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned...

Bill Hunt


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