• Criterion’s July Blu-ray slate includes Tarkovsky’s Stalker, Rossellini’s War Trilogy & more
    Criterion’s July Blu-ray slate includes Tarkovsky’s Stalker, Rossellini’s War Trilogy & more
  • The first official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here!
    The first official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here!
  • Kino Lorber is bringing Ridley Scott’s 1492: The Conquest of Paradise to Blu-ray in Region A at last
    Kino Lorber is bringing Ridley Scott’s 1492: The Conquest of Paradise to Blu-ray in Region A at last
  • Universal sets Jordan Peele’s new horror classic Get Out for Blu-ray & DVD release on 5/23
    Universal sets Jordan Peele’s new horror classic Get Out for Blu-ray & DVD release on 5/23
  • Bill reviews Disney & Lucasfilm’s Rogue One Blu-ray, a reference A/V experience with really disappointing extras
    Bill reviews Disney & Lucasfilm’s Rogue One Blu-ray, a reference A/V experience with really disappointing extras
  • The good Dr. Jahnke says something that needs saying in Open Along Edge: Netflix’s DVD Problem
    The good Dr. Jahnke says something that needs saying in Open Along Edge: Netflix’s DVD Problem
  • Lionsgate sets Dredd, Ex Machina & Snitch for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/6
    Lionsgate sets Dredd, Ex Machina & Snitch for 4K Ultra HD release on 6/6
  • Universal sets Zhang Yimou’s epic The Great Wall for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 5/23
    Universal sets Zhang Yimou’s epic The Great Wall for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD release on 5/23
  • Paramount sets xXx: Return of Xander Cage for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD release on 5/2
    Paramount sets xXx: Return of Xander Cage for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD release on 5/2
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Three’s Company in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
    Michael Coate celebrates the 40th anniversary of Three’s Company in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
  • Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20 This Month!
    Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: The DVD Format Turns 20 This Month!
  • The 4K Ultra HD floodgates may finally be opening: Gladiator, Bridge on the River Kwai & more are on the way
    The 4K Ultra HD floodgates may finally be opening: Gladiator, Bridge on the River Kwai & more are on the way
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April 20, 2017 - 12:02 pm   |   by

All right, there’s not a lot of news today, but there are a couple things worth mentioning, so let’s get to it...

First, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Orion Pictures (a division of MGM) have announced the Blu-ray release of Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/27, with the Digital HD release expected on 6/13. Extras will include a pair of featurettes (Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment and Lee Hardcastle’s Survival Tips), deleted scenes, and an image gallery. The film was written and produced by James Gunn (he of Guardians of the Galaxy fame). [Read on here…]


April 19, 2017 - 4:53 pm   |   by

Before we get started today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking to them through our links, you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it.

Now then... Broad Green Pictures has just set Terrence Malick’s Song to Song for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/4, starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchet.

The Warner Archive has just announced that Vision Quest (1985), The Loved One (1965), The Accidental Tourist (1988), and Seven Days in May (1964) are all coming to Blu-ray soon, each with a brand new HD transfer. [Read on here…]


April 19, 2017 - 9:00 am   |   by

This is a quick post to let you all know that Russell Hammond has just posted the weekly update of our Release Dates & Cover Artwork section here at The Digital Bits with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As a NEW feature, the section now lets you search for upcoming Blu-ray titles, DVD titles, AND 4K Ultra HD titles seperately to help you find exactly the ones you’re looking for. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART on the menu bar above to visit the page, and use the search options in the red bar (at the top) to sort by format and date. Once you find a title you like, all you have to do is click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to its Amazon.com pre-order page. Don’t forget, anytime you order literally anything at all from Amazon after clicking to them from any one our links, a portion of the order price goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it. It makes a big difference in our being able to continue our work. So we thank you!

- Bill Hunt


April 18, 2017 - 2:52 pm   |   by

There’s a bunch more great new release news today, so here goes...

First up, our friends at The Criterion Collection have announced their July slate of releases, and I’m thrilled to say that they include Andrei Tarkovsky’s Russian sci-fi film Stalker (Cat #888 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/18! Also coming are Robert Bresson’s L’argent (Cat #886 – Blu-ray, DVD, and Hulu Plus) and Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy (Cat #500 – Blu-ray and DVD – includes Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero) on 7/11, as well as Albert Brooks’ 1985 satire Lost in America (Cat #887 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 7/25. We’ll take all the classic Russian cinema on Blu-ray I can get, science fiction especially, and the more the merrier. You can pre-order them all by clicking on the cover artwork at the bottom of this post (Stalker is pictured at left). [Read on here…]


April 17, 2017 - 2:48 pm   |   by

Okay… Star Wars Celebration weekend has ended with… well, not much in the way of Blu-ray release news related to the Star Wars films. Not that we expected any, per our recent posts, but still. Lucasfilm’s John Knoll did show off some interesting behind the scenes material on The Making of Rogue One panel at the event, including a rare extended cut of the Death Star briefing room scene from the original Star Wars, as well as virtual recreations of a number of classic Death Star settings that didn’t make the final cut of Rogue One, but there was no indication as to when (if ever) any of that material might be released on Blu-ray, nor was there any indication of a more elaborate Rogue One: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release later this year. (The Making of Rogue One panel also doesn’t seem to have been live-streamed for some reason, though probably to keep the footage shown there from appearing online.) At any rate, it seems that Disney and Lucasfilm are just going to do whatever they’re going to do, with regard to releasing these films on Blu-ray, and fans will simply have to deal with it.

I will say that I thought the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi looked interesting. It was visually striking, with echoes of The Empire Strikes Back of course, but there seems to be a genuine mystery to the story too. We’ll see. [Read on here…]


April 14, 2017 - 10:39 am   |   by

All right, we’re closing out the week here at The Bits with a bit of fun…

First up, Tim has just posted a new Pick-Ups review of MGM’s 2009 Blu-ray release of The Silence of the Lambs. You can read that here.

Of course, we have a little more announcement news today too...

Shout! Factory has revealed the extras you’ll get on their Streets of Fire: Collector’s Edition on 5/16, the latest entry in their Shout Selects line of titles. Look for a new 2K scan of the interpositive on Disc One, and then on Disc Two you’ll get the all-new The Making of Streets of Fire documentary, along with Rumble on the Lot: Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire Revisited, 4 vintage featurettes (Rock and Roll Fable, Exaggerated Realism, Choreographing the Crowd, Creating the Costumes, and From the Ground Up), music videos, on-air promos, a still gallery, and the theatrical trailer. You can see the cover artwork below. [Read on here…]


April 12, 2017 - 4:10 pm   |   by

Before we begin today, we’ve just uploaded the latest update of the Release Dates & Artwork section, featuring all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Don’t forget – the section now allows you to filter the results specifically by format including 4K. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon after clicking through to them from our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we appreciate it!

Now then... the big release news today is that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just set Logan for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 5/23. We expect official details soon. [Read on here…]


April 11, 2017 - 4:29 pm   |   by

We’ve got more release news for you today, so let’s get right into it...

Universal has officially set Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/23. We hear it’s pretty damn great. Extras are going to include audio commentary with writer/director Jordan Peele, deleted scenes and an alternate ending also with director’s commentary, and 2 featurettes (Unveiling the Horror of Get Out and Q&A Discussion with Writer/Director Jordan Peele and the Cast).

20th Century Fox has set A United Kingdom for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/6, with the Digital HD version due on 5/23. Extras will include 4 featurettes (The Making of A United Kingdom, Filming in Botswana, The Legacy of Seretse and Ruth, and London Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere).

Fox has also added new MOD DVD titles to their Fox Cinema Archives vault, including Sailor of the King (1953), Sea Wife (1957), Murder, Inc. (1960), Move Over, Darling (1963), Back Door to Hell (1964), and Convict Stage (1965). And on the TV front, Fox will release Damien and Queen of the South on DVD only on 6/6. [Read on here…]


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