• Disney & Pixar’s first three Toy Story films are coming to 4K Ultra HD in June
    Disney & Pixar’s first three Toy Story films are coming to 4K Ultra HD in June
  • Michael Coate looks back at Ken Hughes’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the film’s 50th Anniversary!
    Michael Coate looks back at Ken Hughes’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the film’s 50th Anniversary!
  • Criterion’s June slate features War and Peace, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Swing Time & more!
    Criterion’s June slate features War and Peace, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Swing Time & more!
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is coming to 4K Ultra HD for its 40th anniversary
    Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is coming to 4K Ultra HD for its 40th anniversary
  • Sony sets Barry Levinson’s classic The Natural for 35th anniversary 4K Ultra HD release in June
    Sony sets Barry Levinson’s classic The Natural for 35th anniversary 4K Ultra HD release in June
  • Bill reviews Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on 4K Ultra HD with HDR10 & Dolby Atmos audio!
    Bill reviews Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on 4K Ultra HD with HDR10 & Dolby Atmos audio!
  • James Cameron’s The Abyss may actually FINALLY be coming to Blu-ray & 4K for its 30th anniversary this year
    James Cameron’s The Abyss may actually FINALLY be coming to Blu-ray & 4K for its 30th anniversary this year
  • Bill reviews Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, new on 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Atmos audio
    Bill reviews Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, new on 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Atmos audio
  • Run, don’t walk, to see Todd Douglas Miller’s remarkable Apollo 11 documentary in IMAX while you can
    Run, don’t walk, to see Todd Douglas Miller’s remarkable Apollo 11 documentary in IMAX while you can
  • 20th Century Fox sets Ridley Scott’s original Alien for 40th anniversary 4K Ultra HD release in April
    20th Century Fox sets Ridley Scott’s original Alien for 40th anniversary 4K Ultra HD release in April
  • Samsungs, Oppos & Discs: The View from 2019 on the Future of Physical Media
    Samsungs, Oppos & Discs: The View from 2019 on the Future of Physical Media
  • Criterion to launch their own streaming service, The Criterion Channel, Spring 2019!
    Criterion to launch their own streaming service, The Criterion Channel, Spring 2019!
My Two Cents
March 22, 2019 - 10:59 am

All right... we’ve got some big 4K Ultra HD news today, folks.

We can now confirm the street dates for a number of new and catalog 4K Ultra HD titles that we’ve been hearing about from our sources for several months now. But enough independent sources are lining up now that we feel comfortable telling you the following:

Disney and Marvel’s Captain Marvel will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 6/11.

That same day (6/11), Paramount is delivering 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi to 4K.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has also set a few good catalog titles for release on 4K on 6/11, including Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and a Fast & Furious: 8 Movie Collection in 4K. [Read on here...]

March 21, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Today’s Retro Release Day title here at The Bits is none other than Disney’s The Black Hole (1979), directed by Gary Nelson and released by Anchor Bay Entertainment on DVD back on March 30, 1999.

The film stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine, and features a terrific score by composer John Barry.

The single-disc release was a much-dreaded (and double-sided) DVD-10 release, a disc configuration known as a “flipper” to DVD veterans.

The reason for this was that the release included the film in both non-anamorphic (letterboxed) widescreen on one side, and full frame on the other.

Both sides of the disc also includes the film’s theatrical trailer and a gallery of images. Each version of the film also included Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. [Read on here...]

March 19, 2019 - 12:19 pm

We’re starting a new tradition here at The Bits: Every Tuesday and Thursday, we’re officially celebrating Retro Release Day!

Each day, we’ll look back through The Bits’ archives and highlight a classic release on physical media.

Look for lots of DVDs titles, some older Blu-rays, and maybe even Laserdisc release or two. Who knows what we’ll find in the archives!

Longtime Bits readers will definitely remember these discs, and we’ll post pictures so you younger readers can get a look at discs of yore too.

Today’s title is nothing less that James Cameron’s The Abyss: Special Edition, released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on DVD on March 21st, 2000. [Read on here...]

March 18, 2019 - 5:42 pm

Afternoon, folks. We’ve got some news reviews for you today, plus a couple of release announcements, a new special feature column and more!

First, the Blu-ray reviews... Tim has just posted his thoughts on Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria (2018) from Lionsgate. And Dennis Sueling has offered his take on Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns from Disney. Both are worth a look, so we hope you enjoy them!

Also here at The Bits today, our own Michael Coate has just a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column looking back at Ken Hughes’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary. The piece features a great interview with film historian John Cork, an expert of all things Ian Flemming-related. Do give it a look. [Read on here...]

March 18, 2019 - 1:00 am

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, just click on the cover art and you’ll be taken right to the Amazon.com pre-order page. Thank you for shopping through our links!

- Bill Hunt

March 15, 2019 - 1:14 pm

Boy, we’ve got a nice little bit of news for you all today...

Just a few days ago, I raved about the experience of seeing Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace on the big screen. (You can read my thoughts on the experience here.) Well now, Criterion has just officially announced that it will highlight their June Blu-ray and DVD release slate!

The complete wave of titles includes a BD upgrade of A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence – Cat #209-211 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 6/4, George Stevens’ Swing Time (Cat #979 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 6/11, Bruno Dumont’s L’humanité (Cat #981 – Blu-ray and DVD) and La vie de Jésus (Cat #980 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 6/18, John Cameron Mitchell punk musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Cat #982 – Blu-ray and DVD) and – yes – Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace (Cat #983 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 6/25! [Read on here...]

March 14, 2019 - 5:30 pm

This is just a VERY quick post today and we’ll be back tomorrow with more. But we’ve got some big news to share...

We’ve had the title on our 4K Ultra HD List here The Digital Bits for a while now, but news is finally starting to break that Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut will be screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival remastered in 4K from the original camera negative with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix.

So yes, you can expect a 4K physical media release from Lionsgate Home Entertainment later this year. Watch for it likely in August to coincide with celebrations of the film’s 40th anniversary. (However, note that this release has not yet been officially announced by Lionsgate – this information comes from news of the film’s Tribeca screening.)

No more details about this release are yet available, but you can read more here at Variety, which features this quote from Coppola:

“Restoring Apocalypse Now: Final Cut 40 years later has been a tremendous undertaking and joy that I am thrilled to be able to share with the world for the first time at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The audience will be able to see, hear and feel this film how I always hoped it could be — from the first ‘bang’ to the final whimper.”

So there you go. We’ll post more on this as soon as it’s officially announced.

Stay tuned...

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