• Disney sets Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away & The Cat Returns for BD on 6/16
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets the 4K-restored 1776: Director's Cut for Blu-ray release on 6/2
  • Fox is bringing The X-Files back to TV as a 6-episode "event" series
  • Michael Coate looks back at Steven Spielberg's 1941 as it turns 35 in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
  • Universal sets a new Apollo 13: 20th Anniversary Edition for release on Blu-ray on 6/2
  • Warner sets Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice for BD/DVD release on 4/28
  • HBO's The Wire: Complete Series is finally coming to Blu-ray on 6/2!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of Robert Wise's The Sound of Music with new interviews & more!
  • Disney sets Ghibli’s Spirited Away & Cat Returns for Blu-ray in June (hopefully, they get the English subs right)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sets the 4K-restored 1776: Director's Cut for Blu-ray release on 6/2
  • Fox is bringing The X-Files back to TV as a 6-episode "event" series
  • Michael Coate looks back at Steven Spielberg's 1941 as it turns 35 in History, Legacy & Showmanship!
  • Universal sets a new Apollo 13: 20th Anniversary Edition for release on Blu-ray on 6/2
  • Warner sets Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice for Blu-ray and DVD release on 4/28
  • HBO's The Wire: Complete Series is finally coming to Blu-ray on 6/2!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 50th anniversary of Robert Wise's The Sound of Music with new interviews & more!
My Two Cents
March 30, 2015 - 2:30 pm

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We’ve got some more Blu-ray release news for you this afternoon…

Here’s something for you catalog fans: The official Disney Movie Club has revealed that they’re going to be releasing the live action classics Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and Return to Oz (1985) on Blu-ray on 4/14, though only to club members. Other classic live-action titles are already available on Blu-ray to club members, including The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), Polyanna (1960), Old Yeller (1957), The Love Bug (1968), and Herbie Rides Again (1974). I haven’t seen any of these personally, but readers tell me they’re pretty good on the whole. There are currently no signs that these BDs will be made available widely, although that’s always a possibility down the line. The regular club price is $29.95 for Blu-ray, but when you first join you get some good discounts. Visit the official Disney Movie Club website here for more information and to sign up.  [Read on here…]


March 30, 2015 - 12:10 pm

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Let’s kick off the new week with a quick round-up of new Blu-ray release announcements...

Our friends at the Warner Archive will release 42nd Street (1933) on Blu-ray on 4/21. The Blu-ray is mastered from the new 2015 restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono audio. Extras will include the From Book to Screen to Stage 2006 retrospective documentary, 3 vintage WB short subjects (Hollywood Newsreel, A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio, and Harry Warren: America’s Foremost Composer), the vintage promotional newsreel The 42nd Street Special, 2 vintage 1933 WB cartoons (Young and Healthy and Shuffle Off to Buffalo), and the original theatrical trailer.  [Read on here…]


March 27, 2015 - 2:27 pm

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Just a quick update today as we close out the week…

The major bit of release news today is sure to please you Studio Ghibli fans. Disney has announced the Blu-ray release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001) and Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns (2002) on Blu-ray DVD Combo on 6/16. Spirited Away will include an Introduction by John Lasseter, 3 featurettes (The Art of Spirited Away and Behind the Microphone), original Japanese storyboards, the Nippon Television Special, and original Japanese trailers and TV spots. The Cat Returns will include 2 featurettes (The Making of The Cat Returns and Behind the Microphone), original Japanese storyboards, and original Japanese trailers and TV spots. We’re hoping that Disney will include proper English translation subs this time rather than a dub transcript (we’re trying to find out).  [Read on here…]


March 26, 2015 - 2:20 pm

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We’re got three more new reviews for you today from Tim Salmons: A look at Kino Lorber’s White Lightning (1973) and its sequel Gator (1976) on Blu-ray, as well as thoughts on Shout! Factory’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXII DVD box set. Do check them out.

A quick review note: I’m currently working my way though Fox’s new Exodus: Gods and Kings – Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray and should have the review ready to post by Monday. I’ve got a few other reviews in the hopper too, so be sure to check back.  [Read on here…]


March 25, 2015 - 1:57 pm

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The big release news today is that Sony Picture Home Entertainment has just set Peter H. Hunt’s classic musical 1776 for release on Blu-ray on 6/2. The film will be the 166-minute Directors’ Cut, recently restored in 4K by Grover Crisp and his team at Sony Pictures Colorworks from the original camera negative and with Hunt’s guidance. According to Hunt: “I’m ecstatic. 1776 is back to where it should be. The work done by Grover and his team is miraculous. It looks better than when it premiered. It’s gorgeous!” In addition to the film, you’ll get all-new audio commentary with Hunt, William Daniels and Ken Howard, a second commentary with Hunt and Peter Stone, deleted and alternate scenes with commentary, 4 never-before-seen screen tests, archival screen tests, and the film’s original teaser and theatrical trailers.  [Read on here…]


March 24, 2015 - 1:42 pm

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We’ve got two more Blu-ray reviews for you today: Tim’s thoughts on Criterion’s new The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night as well as Magnolia’s Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic. Both are worth your time.

Also here at the site today, our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section with all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. It really helps us tremendously to keep The Bits going when you guys support us by shopping through our links. A small portion of the purchase price of literally anything you buy from Amazon in the same shopping session after you click through any of our links comes back to us as an affiliate fee and, in this era when studio advertising and physical media sales are down, and server costs are higher than ever, your support makes all the difference between us keeping the site going or not. So thank you for shopping through our links… and please continue to do so! [Read on here…]


March 24, 2015 - 6:00 am

This is just a quick post to let you all know that our own Russell Hammond has updated the Release Dates & Artwork section as usual with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and Video Game cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. Just click on RELEASE DATES & ART in the menu above. 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 really appreciate it!

- Bill Hunt


March 23, 2015 - 12:17 pm

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All right, we’ve got a pair of new Blu-ray reviews for you this afternoon. Tim has taken a look at Richard Fleischer’s Violent Saturday, a 1955 pulpy crime drama now available on Blu-ray from the fine folks at Twilight Time. Tim has also taken a look at Terry Gilliam’s 1981 classic Time Bandits, just released on Blu-ray in a fine new edition by our friends at the Criterion Collection. Don’t miss them!  [Read on here…]


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