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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:00

The Criterion Collection: 601-700

 

All right, we’re kicking things off today here at The Bits with a review from our own Jeff Kleist of Universal’s new Battlestar Galactica (1978) on Blu-ray Disc.  The title is currently a Best Buy exclusive, but should go wide in a few weeks.

Also this afternoon, Russell Hammond has posted the weekly update of the Release Dates and Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links.  As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it.

Now then… in Blu-ray/DVD release news today…

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 18:00

The Criterion Collection: 701-800

  • 701      Persona
  • 702      The Great Beauty
  • 703      The Freshman
  • 704      Riot in Cell Block 11
  • 705      Breaking the Waves
  • 706      Master of the House (BD)
  • 707      Il Sorpasso
  • 708      Like Someone in Love
  • 709      Red River (BD)
  • 710      Judex (BD)
  • 711      A Hard Day’s Night (BD)
  • 712      Scanners (BD)
  • 713      The Essential Jacques Demy
  • 714      Lola (Jacques Demy box)
  • 715      Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy box)
  • 716      The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy box)
  • 717      The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy box)
  • 718      Donkey Skin (Jacques Demy box)
  • 719      Une chambre en ville (Jacques Demy box)
  • 720      The Big Chill
  • 721      Love Streams
  • 722      Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
  • 723      Y tu mamá también
  • 724      All That Jazz
  • 725      Eraserhead (BD)
  • 726      Macbeth (BD)
  • 727      The Innocents (BD)
  • 728      Sundays and Cybèle
  • 729      The Complete Jacques Tati
  • 730      Jour de fête (Jacques Tati box)
  • 731      Parade (Jacques Tati box)
  • 732      My Darling Clementine (BD)
  • 733      La dolce vita
  • 734      The Shooting (Monte Hellman set)
  • 735      Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman set)
  • 736      It Happened One Night
  • 737      Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
  • 738      Tootsie
  • 739      Safe
  • 740      The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
  • 741      My Winnipeg
  • 742      The Palm Beach Story
  • 743      La ciénaga
  • 744      Every Man for Himself
  • 745      Don't Look Now
  • 746      A Day in the Country
  • 747      Fellini Satyricon
  • 748      Watership Down (BD)
  • 749      The Soft Skin
  • 750      Ride the Pink Horse
  • 751      Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris double feature)
  • 752      Vernon, Florida (Errol Morris double feature)
  • 753      The Thin Blue Line
  • 754      Odd Man Out
  • 755      Le silence de la mer
  • 756      Limelight (BD)
  • 757      The Rose
  • 758      The Merchant of Four Seasons
  • 759      The Confession
  • 760      State of Siege
  • 761      Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (BD)
  • 762      A Master Builder
  • 763      The Bridge
  • 764      The Fisher King (BD)
  • 765      The Black Stallion
  • 766      Here Is Your Life
  • 767      My Beautiful Laundrette
  • 768      The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • 769      Day for Night (BD)
  • 770      Dressed to Kill
  • 771      Two Days, One Night
  • 772      Blind Chance
  • 773      Breaker Morant
  • 774      Mister Johnson
  • 775      A Room with a View
  • 776      Moonrise Kingdom
  • 777      The Brood (BD)
  • 778      A Special Day
  • 779      Mulholland Dr. (BD)
  • 780      Code Unknown
  • 781      In Cold Blood
  • 782      The Apu Trilogy
  • 783      Pater Panchali (Apu Trilogy)
  • 784      Aparajito (Apu Trilogy)
  • 785      Apur Sansar (Apu Trilogy)
  • 786      Don't Look Back
  • 787      Jellyfish Eyes
  • 788      Speedy
  • 789      Burroughs: The Movie
  • 790      Lady Snowblood
  • 791      Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance
  • 792      Bitter Rice
  • 793      The American Friend
  • 794      Inside Llewyn Davis (BD)
  • 795      Gilda
  • 796      The Emigrants (Jan Troell double feature)
  • 797      The New Land (Jan Troell double feature)
  • 798      Death by Hanging
  • 799      The Kid (BD)
  • 800      The Graduate
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:00

The Criterion Collection: 801-900

  • 801      I Knew Her Well
  • 802      Paris Belongs to Us    
  • 803      The Manchurian Candidate 
  • 804      A Brighter Summer Day
  • 805      Leon Russell: A Poem Is a Naked Person
  • 806      Only Angels Have Wings
  • 807      Barcelona    
  • 808      The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates  
  • 809      Phoenix
  • 810      In a Lonely Place
  • 811      The Naked Island
  • 812      The Player
  • 813      Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy
  • 814      Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders box)
  • 815      Wrong Move (Wim Wenders box)
  • 816      Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders box)
  • 817      Le amiche
  • 818      La chienne
  • 819      Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  • 820      Fantastic Planet (BD)
  • 821      Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (BD)
  • 822      Clouds of Sils Maria
  • 823      The In-Laws (BD)
  • 824      Muriel, or The Time of Return
  • 825      A Touch of Zen
  • 826      The New World
  • 827      McCabe & Mrs. Miller (BD)
  • 828      Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
  • 829      A Taste of Honey
  • 830      Chimes at Midnight
  • 831      The Immortal Story
  • 832      The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
  • 833      Cat People (1942) (BD)
  • 834      Blood Simple
  • 835      Valley of the Dolls
  • 836      Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
  • 837      Dekalog
  • 838      Pan’s Labyrinth
  • 839      Boyhood
  • 840      The Executioner
  • 841      Lone Wolf and Cub
  • 842      Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (BD)
  • 843      Punch-Drunk Love
  • 844      One-Eyed Jacks (BD)
  • 845      The Squid and the Whale
  • 846      Heart of a Dog
  • 847      The Asphalt Jungle
  • 848      Roma
  • 849      His Girl Friday
  • 850      Something Wild
  • 851      Fox and His Friends
  • 852      Black Girl
  • 853      Cameraperson
  • 854      The Tree of Wooden Clogs (originally announced as 841 but delayed)
  • 855      Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • 856      The Before Trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight)
  • 857      Before Sunrise (The Before Trilogy)
  • 858      Before Sunset (The Before Trilogy)
  • 859      Before Midnight (The Before Trilogy)
  • 860      Mildred Pierce
  • 861      45 Years
  • 862      Canoa: A Shameful Memory
  • 863      Multiple Maniacs (BD)
  • 864      Being There
  • 865      Blow-Up (BD)
  • 866      Buena Vista Social Club
  • 867      Woman of the Year
  • 868      Tampopo
  • 869      Rumble Fish
  • 870      Othello
  • 871      Dheepan
  • 872      Ghost World
  • 873      Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 2 (box set)
  • 874      Insiang (World Cinema Project No. 2)
  • 875      Mysterious Object at Noon (World Cinema Project No. 2)
  • 876      Revenge (World Cinema Project No. 2)
  • 877      Limite (World Cinema Project No. 2)
  • 878      Law of the Border (World Cinema Project No. 2)
  • 879      Taipei Story (World Cinema Project No. 2)
  • 880      They Live By Night
  • 881      Marcel Pagnol's Marseille Trilogy
  • 882      Marius (Marseille Trilogy)
  • 883      Fanny (Marseille Trilogy)
  • 884      César (Marseille Trilogy)
  • 885      The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (BD)
  • 886      L'argent
  • 887      Lost in America
  • 888      Stalker
  • 889      The Breaking Point
  • 890      Meantime
  • 891      La Poison
  • 892      Festival
  • 893      Certain Women
  • 894      The Piano Teacher
  • 895      David Lynch: The Art Life
  • 896      The Lure
  • 897      Barry Lyndon (BD)
  • 898      Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (BD)
  • 899      Personal Shopper
  • 900      100 Years of Olympic Films
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:00

The Criterion Collection: 901-1000

  • 901      The Philadelphia Story
  • 902      Desert Hearts
  • 903      Jabberwocky (BD)
  • 904      Election
  • 905      The Breakfast Club (BD)
  • 906      I, Daniel Blake
  • 907      Westfront 1918
  • 908      Kameradschaft
  • 909      Tom Jones
  • 910      Night of the Living Dead (BD)
  • 911      The Hero
  • 912      An Actor’s Revenge
  • 913      The Age of Innocence
  • 914      Baal
  • 915      King of Jazz
  • 916      Women in Love
  • 917      The Awful Truth
  • 918      The Color of Pomegranates
  • 919      Dead Man
  • 920      The Virgin Suicides
  • 921      Moonrise
  • 922      The Other Side of Hope
  • 923      Beyond the Hills
  • 924      Graduation
  • 925      Midnight Cowboy
  • 926      Manila in the Claws of Light
  • 927      El Sur
  • 928      Bowling for Columbine
  • 929      Female Trouble
  • 930      Dietrich & Von Sternberg in Hollywood (box set)
  • 931      Morocco (Dietrich box)
  • 932      Dishonored (Dietrich box)
  • 933      Shanghai Express (Dietrich box)
  • 934      Blonde Venus (Dietrich box)
  • 935      The Devil Is a Woman (Dietrich box)
  • 936      Bull Durham
  • 937      Dragon Inn
  • 938      Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • 940      The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (BD)
  • 941      Smithereens
  • 942      The Tree of Life (BD)
  • 943      Memories of Underdevelopment
  • 944      Cold Water
  • 945      A Raisin in the Sun (BD)
  • 946      Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day
  • 947      Shampoo
  • 948      The Princess Bride
  • 949      A Story from Chikamatsu
  • 950      Some Like It Hot
  • 951      True Stories
  • 952      The Magnificent Ambersons
  • 953      A Dry White Season
  • 954      Forty Guns
  • 955      Panique
  • 956      24 Frames
  • 957      Mikey and Nicky
  • 958      4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • 959      In the Heat of the Night
  • 960      La vérité
  • 961      Shame
  • 962      Death in Venice
  • 963      To Sleep with Anger
  • 964      The Kid Brother (BD)
  • 965      Wanda
  • 966      Detour
  • 967      I Wanna Hold Your Hand (BD)
  • 968      Japón
  • 969      Diamonds of the Night
  • 970      A Face in the Crowd
  • 971      Police Story
  • 972      Police Story 2
  • 973      My Brilliant Career
  • 974      The Heiress
  • 975      Funny Games (BD)
  • 976      Let the Sunshine In
  • 977      Blue Velvet
  • 978      One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
  • 979      Swing Time (BD)
  • 980      La vie de Jésus
  • 981      L’humanité
  • 982      Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • 983      War and Peace (BD)
  • 984      1984 (BD)
  • 985      Europa, Europa
  • 986      The Baker’s Wife
  • 987      Klute
  • 988      The Inland Sea
  • 989      The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice
  • 990      The Koker Trilogy: Where Is the Friend’s House?
  • 991      The Koker Trilogy: And Life Goes On
  • 992      The Koker Trilogy: Through the Olive Trees
  • 993      The Cloud-Capped Star
  • 994      Local Hero
  • 995      Polyester (BD)
  • 996      The Circus
  • 997      Cluny Brown
  • 998      When We Were Kings
  • 999      Matewan
  • 1000      Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:00

The Criterion Collection: 1101-1200

  • 1101      Uncut Gems
  • 1102      Devi
  • 1103      Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films
  • 1104      Citizen Kane (BD)
  • 1105      Menace II Society
  • 1106      One Night in Miami
  • 1107      The Learning Tree
  • 1108      The Celebration
  • 1109      Time
  • 1110      The Piano
  • 1111      Dick Johnson Is Dead
  • 1112      Miller’s Crossing
  • 1113      Boat People
  • 1114      Love Affair
  • 1115      Adoption
  • 1116      The Flight of the Phoenix
  • 1117      Love Jones
  • 1118      The Last Waltz
  • 1119      Miracle in Milan
  • 1120      The Girl Can’t Help It
  • 1121      Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)
  • 1122      ‘Round Midnight
  • 1123      TBA
  • 1124      TBA
  • 1125      TBA
  • 1126      TBA
  • 1127      TBA
  • 1128      TBA
  • 1129      TBA
  • 1130      TBA
  • 1131      TBA
  • 1132      TBA
Monday, 20 May 2013 15:16

The Criterion Collection: 1001-1100

  • 1001      The Daytrippers
  • 1002      Betty Blue
  • 1003      All About Eve
  • 1004      Now, Voyager (BD)
  • 1005      Cold War
  • 1006      The Story of Temple Drake
  • 1007      Until the End of the World
  • 1008      Old Joy
  • 1009      Holiday (BD)
  • 1010      Le petit soldat
  • 1011      Fail Safe
  • 1012      All About My Mother
  • 1013      Teorema
  • 1014      Roma
  • 1015      Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman: Journey to the Beginning of Time
  • 1016      Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman: Invention for Destruction
  • 1017      Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman: The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • 1018      Paris is Burning
  • 1019      Bamboozled
  • 1020      Leave Her to Heaven
  • 1021      Show Boat
  • 1022      The Prince of Tides
  • 1023      The Cremator
  • 1024      Destry Rides Again (BD)
  • 1025      The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • 1026      Me and You and Everyone We Know
  • 1027      The Great Escape
  • 1028      Dance, Girl, Dance (BD)
  • 1029      Husbands
  • 1030      Scorsese Shorts
  • 1031      Wildlife
  • 1032      An Unmarried Woman
  • 1033      The Cameraman
  • 1034      Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • 1035      Come and See
  • 1036      Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits (box set)
  • 1037      War of the Worlds (BD)
  • 1038      Marriage Story
  • 1039      Town Bloody Hall
  • 1040      Toni
  • 1041      The Comfort of Strangers
  • 1042      Beau travail
  • 1043      Christ Stopped at Eboli
  • 1044      Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 (Box set)
  • 1045      Lucía (World Cinema Project No. 3)
  • 1046      After the Curfew (World Cinema Project No. 3)
  • 1047      Pixote (World Cinema Project No. 3)
  • 1048      Dos monjes (World Cinema Project No. 3)
  • 1049      Soleil Ô (World Cinema Project No. 3)
  • 1050      Downpour (World Cinema Project No. 3)
  • 1051      The Elephant Man
  • 1052      Claudine
  • 1053      The Gunfighter
  • 1054      Parasite
  • 1055      Girlfriends
  • 1056      Moonstruck (BD)
  • 1057      Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  • 1058      The Irishman
  • 1059      Crash
  • 1060      Amores perros
  • 1061      Minding the Gap
  • 1062      Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
  • 1063      The Ascent
  • 1064      The Parallax View (BD)
  • 1065      Mandabi
  • 1066      Man Push Cart
  • 1067      Chop Shop
  • 1068      Smooth Talk
  • 1069      Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • 1070      Secrets & Lies
  • 1071      Defending Your Life (BD)
  • 1072      History Is Made at Night
  • 1073      Memories of Murder
  • 1074      Irma Vep
  • 1075      Fast Times at Ridgemont High (BD)
  • 1076      Merrily We Go to Hell (BD)
  • 1077      Flowers of Shanghai
  • 1078      Nightmare Alley
  • 1079      Streetwise
  • 1080      Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell
  • 1081      Visions of Eight
  • 1082      The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs
  • 1083      Pariah
  • 1084      Mirror
  • 1085      Bringing Up Baby
  • 1086      Deep Cover
  • 1087      Working Girls
  • 1088      La piscine
  • 1089      After Life
  • 1090      Original Cast Album: “Company”
  • 1091      Beasts of No Nation
  • 1092      Throw Down
  • 1093      The Story of a Three Day Pass (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films box)
  • 1094      Watermelon Man (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films box)
  • 1095      Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films box)
  • 1096      Don’t Play Us Cheap (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films box)
  • 1097      Love & Basketball
  • 1098      The Damned
  • 1099      High Sierra
  • 1100      The Incredible Shrinking Man (BD)

All right, we’ve got a couple more quick updates for you this afternoon, in addition to yesterday’s Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray pre-order post (which now includes UPDATED details about the exclusive QMx Phaser replica included in the Limited Edition Gift Set, so do check it out.)…

Universal has set The Office: Season Nine for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/13, along with The Mindy Project: Season One on DVD only.  Also coming on DVD only from Universal on 7/16 is Alphas: Season Two.

Disney has set a Peter Pan: Return to Neverland – Special Edition for Blu-ray Combo release on 8/20.

Sony has set Dead Man Down for Blu-ray and DVD on 7/9 (SRP $35.99 and $26.99).  Extras will include a trio of featurettes (Revenge and Redemption: Crafting Dead Man Down, Revenge Technique: The Cinematography and Staging the Action: The Firefights).

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All right, space cadets!  We’ve back early with a rate Sunday update of The Bits for you.  Why you ask?  Well… Amazon has just begun taking pre-orders on the Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD release of Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness, which just opened in theaters in the States this past week.  There’s no street date yet (we’d guess it will be out in September or October), but there are FOUR SKU’s on Amazon.com – the Blu-ray 3D Combo (SRP $54.99 but Amazon has it for just $24.99 – with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy), a Blu-ray Combo (SRP $39.99 but Amazon has it for just $19.99 – with Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy), a DVD version (SRP $29.99 and Amazon has it for $16.99) and – get this – an Amazon-exclusive Limited Edition Gift Set version of the Blu-ray 3D Combo (SRP $99.99 but Amazon has it for $79.99) that ships with a newly-produced prop replica Phaser pistol from the film produced by QMx, which was apparently involved in making the hero props for the film.  Unlike QMx’s 2009 Phaser replica (which is now sold out), this new one features a rotating emitter barrel (that in the film switches the Phaser from ‘stun’ to ‘kill’).  Here’s what it looks like (the image has a pre-order link)…

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D Limited Edition Gift Set)

A description page for the new Phaser replica was briefly visible on QMx’s website over the weekend but was then pulled down – we suspect it will be back soon.  Only the sold-out 2009 prop’s page is there at the moment.  (Note that Amazon has images of the new prop including one showing the barrel swiveling.)  

[UPDATE: Here’s the official QMx page for this new Phaser replica as well as a page about the props they made for the new film.  It will apparently only be available as part of the Amazon Blu-ray Limited Edition and word is they’re selling quick.]

Meanwhile, here’s the cover artwork for the other three versions.  Clicking on any of the cover art (or the images above) takes you to the pre-order page on Amazon.com – any orders you make after clicking through our link go to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it!

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D Combo)    Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray Disc)    Star Trek Into Darkness (DVD)

All right, back tomorrow with the usual.  Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

 

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Okay… today’s Bits update is going to be a quick one as I seem to have a spotty Internet connection here this morning (curse you Cox Communications!) and I want to make sure I get something up before it goes out completely.

Our own Dr. Jahnke has a brand new Blu-ray Disc review for you today, this time a classic of exploitation cinema: John Flynn’s 1977 Rolling Thunder, which arrives in stores on 5/28 from Shout! Factory.  Do give it a look.  Tim has a new Blu-ray review for you as well this afternoon: Kino’s Zeta One, which is something of a sci-fi “sexploitation” comedy from 1969 and has been released on Kino’s Jezebel label. 

We’ve also updated more of our past Criterion Blu-ray reviews into the new site’s database today (from Tim, the good Doctor, myself and Barrie Maxwell), including Lars-Von Trier’s Antichrist, Fritz Lang’s M, Wong Kar-Wai’s Chungking Express, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge, Erle C. Kenton’s Island of Lost Souls and Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko.  Be sure to watch for lots more new and updated Blu-ray reviews here at The Bits all next week.

In release news today… well, it hasn’t exactly been announced yet but Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for Disney’s The Muppet Movie: The Original Classic – The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray with a reported release date of 8/13.  One would like to think they’re going to get around to finally releasing The Muppet Show: Seasons 4 and 5 on DVD at some point, but no sign of it yet.

Speaking of Disney, retail sources tell us that studio will release new Blu-ray/DVD combo editions of The Sword in the Stone: 50th Anniversary Edition (SRP $36.99), the Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition (SRP $36.99) and the Oliver and Company: 25th Anniversary Edition (SRP $29.99) on 8/6.  You can see the cover artwork below.

Sony has set Absolute Deception for DVD only release on 6/11.

And A&E has set Duck Dynasty: Season 3 for DVD release on 8/6.

We’ll leave you with a look at those Disney titles, as well as Paramount’s Marathon Man and The Talented Mr. Ripley (both due 9/10)…

The Muppet Movie: Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    The Sword and the Stone: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Oliver and Company: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Marathon Man (Blu-ray Disc)    The Talented Mr. Ripley (Blu-ray Disc)

All right, better get this up.  Have a great weekend!  Go see Star Trek into Darkness – it’s a ton of fun.

See you back here on Monday.

- Bill Hunt

 

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