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Blu-ray & DVD News – Battle of the Five Armies: Extended, Ted 2, Knock Knock, Voodoo Man, Rush: R40 & MUCH more

October 14, 2015 - 1:10 pm   |   by
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All right, yesterday was a busy one. Seems like I can either get an in-depth Blu-ray review done, or a daily column, but sometimes not both! I went for the Blu-ray review, as you can probably guess, and the result was my look at Disney’s new Aladdin: Diamond Edition. The disc arrived in stores yesterday. Going through the previous Platinum Edition DVD item by item, to confirm what was on the Blu-ray and what wasn’t (most of it did carry over), took forever. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the review and if you decide to purchase the disc, please consider ordering through our Amazon links.  [Read on here…]

Also, Tim’s turned in more of his Halloween Hangover Blu-ray reviews. Yesterday, he posted a look at Scream Factory’s Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood – Collector’s Edition. Today, he’s got his thoughts on Arrow (UK) Video’s Region B Blu-ray of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: Limited Edition. hope you enjoy!

And we’ve also posted the weekly update of the Release Dates & Artwork section, featuring all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and pre-order links. As Internet advertising has declined, your support of The Bits by shopping through our Amazon links really makes a huge difference in allowing us to keep doing what we do here. So please do, as much as you can, and we thank you sincerely for it!

So did any of you guys head out to the theater last night to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition? Several fans (who are also Bits reader) attended and most of them were pleased. A few who actually really didn’t like the theatrical cut of Battle of the Five Armies were very happy with the longer version. Apparently, the added material is mixed nicely throughout the film, giving each of the dwarves a hero moment, Bilbo has a few nice scenes, as does the character of Dain (played by Billy Connolly). Galadriel gets to mix it up at Dol Guldur, we see Radagast give Gandalf his staff – and much more. It IS apparently notably more violent, given the R rating. But the fans who’ve spoken to us were very happy. The film streets on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on 11/17. (Thanks to Bits reader Michael B. and others for the info.)

In announcement news today, Universal has set Ted 2: Unrated for Blu-ray and DVD release on 12/15. Universal will also release Stephen Daldry’s Trash on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/17.

Lionsgate will release Knock Knock on Blu-ray on 12/8, featuring Keanu Reeves.

MPI Home Video is releasing The Stanford Prison Experiment on Blu-ray on 1/12.

Kino Lorber has set Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967 – aka Taekoesu Yonggary) for Blu-ray release on 1/5.

Olive Films has set Voodoo Man (1944) for Blu-ray release on 11/24, starring Bela Lugosi. Also coming that day on Blu-ray from Olive are Making Mr. Right, Of Mice & Men, Larger Than Life, Almost an Angel, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Kid from Cleveland, Smooth Talk, Mr. Saturday Night, Romance & Cigarettes, At First Sight, and It Runs in the Family.

Any music fans out there? Eagle Rock Entertainment has set Queen: A Night at the Odeon for Blu-ray and DVD release on 11/20. Eagle Rock is also releasing Sinatra: All or Nothing at All on Blu-ray and DVD that same day.

Rush: R40 Live is also coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 11/20 from Rounder.

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release Goodnight Mommy on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/1. It will include the A Conversation with Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala featurette.

The Cohen Film Collection has set Two Men in Town for Blu-ray and DVD release on 11/10.

Wild Eye Releasing has set The Horror Network for DVD release on 10/27. This will exclusively include an extended cut of Brian Dorton’s The Deviant One.

The Film Detective will release The Bat and A Bucket of Blood on Blu-ray on 10/20.

And RLJ Entertainment will release Pay the Ghost on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/10.

Here’s a look at the cover artwork for a few of the titles mentioned above, with Amazon pre-order links if available...

Ted 2: Unrated Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Goodnight Mommy (Blu-ray Disc)    Rush: R40 Live (Blu-ray Disc)

Voodoo Man (Blu-ray Disc)    Of Mice and Men (Blu-ray Disc)    Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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