• Our review of CBS’ amazing Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray. Wonders await!
  • Universal announces a Blu-ray upgrade of Peter Jackson’s King Kong: Ultimate Edition DVD box set for 2/7
  • Walt Disney Home Entertainment announces a new Pinocchio: Signature Edition Blu-ray for release on 1/31
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 10th anniversary of “Casino Royale” with a great expert roundtable discussion!
  • Criterion’s February slate with Before Sunrise, Mildred Pierce & Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • Our review of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – this is your demo HDR experience, folks!
  • Here’s our review of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format
  • Our review of Disney & Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D – Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray 3D!
  • REVIEW: Samsung’s UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers great value & performance at a low price
  • Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt looks back at the debut of Blu-ray on the format’s 10th Anniversary!
  • Our review of CBS’ amazing Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray. Wonders await!
  • Universal announces a Blu-ray upgrade of Peter Jackson’s King Kong: Ultimate Edition DVD box set for 2/7
  • Walt Disney Home Entertainment announces a new Pinocchio: Signature Edition Blu-ray for release on 1/31
  • Michael Coate celebrates the 10th anniversary of “Casino Royale” with a great expert roundtable discussion!
  • Criterion’s February slate with Before Sunrise, Mildred Pierce & Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • Our review of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – this is your demo HDR experience, folks!
  • Here’s our review of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format
  • Our review of Disney & Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D – Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray 3D!
  • REVIEW: Samsung’s UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers great value & performance at a low price
  • Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt looks back at the debut of Blu-ray Disc on the format’s 10th Anniversary!
My Two Cents
December 07, 2016 - 4:57 pm

We have just a quick update for you this afternoon, as I’ve been working hard to get a number of important Blu-ray and 4K titles reviewed this week. As such, I’ve just finished my in-depth look at the wonders of CBS’ new Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray, which streets next week (12/13). I’ve also found Lionsgate’s recent Hell or High Water well worth your time on Blu-ray, as it’s one of the best films of 2016. Be sure to give both of them a look.

The big announcement news today is that 20th Century Fox has officially set The Birth of a Nation for release on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on 1/10. Extras on the Blu-ray will include audio commentary by director Nate Parker, deleted scenes with optional commentary (also included on the 4K), the #AmeriCAN short film with optional commentary, the Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner documentary, 4 featurettes (The Birth of a Nation: The Making of a Movement, “Free God” Spoken Word, Celebration of Independent Voices: Nate Parker, and Shooting Script), and an image gallery. [Read on here…]


December 05, 2016 - 7:33 pm

First up this afternoon, we have a trio of new disc reviews. I’ve given Sony’s The Da Vinci Code a look on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format and Tim has turned in a new Scream for a Week column with reviews of Jack’s Back and the Black Christmas: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc. All of them are worth your consideration, especially for fans of the films in question.

Also, our own Russell Hammond has posted the weekly Release Dates & Artwork update with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray cover artwork and Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, anytime you order literally anything from Amazon in the same session after you click to them through one of our links, you’re not only getting a good deal but you’re helping to support our work here at The Bits and we greatly appreciate it. [Read on here…]


December 05, 2016 - 12:01 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


December 02, 2016 - 2:42 pm

Fox Home Entertainment has just announced the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and Digital HD release of Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on 12/13 (see the official announcement by Burton here). The 4K SKU will include Dolby Atmos audio. Extras on all the BD versions will include 4 featurettes (The Peculiar Story, The Peculiars, Hollows and Ex-Hollows, and Map of Days), Florence + The Machine’s Wish That You Were Here music video, and a gallery of photos and never-before-seen sketches by Tim Burton. [Read on here…]


December 01, 2016 - 3:56 pm

All right, we’re starting today with some new disc reviews: I’ve just posted my thoughts on Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence in 4K Ultra HD format, as well as Paul Greengrass’ Jason Bourne in 4K Ultra HD format from Universal. Meanwhile, Tim has posted a review of Arrow Video USA’s The Hills Have Eyes (1977) on Blu-ray Disc. All three of these titles are worth a look.

Also here at The Bits today (in case you missed it when we posted it here at the site yesterday), our dear friend Bud Elder has turned in a new View from the Cheap Seats column called Movie Begats and More. In it, Bud runs down new deep catalog releases from all the usual indie distributors and remembers the late Leon Russell. Don’t miss it!  [Read on here…]


November 29, 2016 - 4:42 pm

So did you guys all score your Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tickets? Seems like they sold pretty fast. If you’re a fan of Star Wars and are looking forward to the new film, Wired has a good feature article on the film’s VFX Supervisor, John Knoll, who also came up with the idea for the film. Do give it a look.

We’ve got a new Blu-ray review for you today, and I’m working on several more reviews on both Blu-ray and 4K. Today’s review is from Tim and features Arrow Video USA’s new BD of Dead-End Drive-In, which is now available.  [Read on here…]


November 28, 2016 - 4:33 pm

All right, there’s still not a ton of news to report so far this week. It’s Cyber Monday, which means most of the Blu-ray powers that be (and retailers) are focused on Cyber Monday sales. As such, if you would kindly use this link when shopping for Cyber Monday deals on Amazon.com, we’d surely appreciate it. It’ll go a long way toward helping us to continue our work here at The Bits and we thank you for the support.

Speaking of Amazon, Paramount’s Allied is now available for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray pre-order (street date TBA). Also available for pre-order on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format is Warner’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 20th Century Fox has Keeping Up with the Joneses coming on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format as well. BBC Home Entertainment has set Planet Earth II for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray pre-order too. Street dates are TBA, but you can click on the format links in this paragraph to pre-order.  [Read on here…]


November 23, 2016 - 4:49 pm

All right, this is going to be our last regular post until Monday, though we will be back on Friday to let you know about any great Blu-ray or 4K deals worth mentioning. But we do have a few things for you...

First up, Tim has turned in a nice little batch of disc reviews as part of his Scream for a Week column, including his thoughts on David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers and Rabid, as well as The Monkey’s Paw, all from Scream Factory. He’s also turned in a review of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVII on DVD from Shout! Factory. All are work a look, so enjoy!  [Read on here…]


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