• Michael Coate & Bond historians look back at the 1985 film A View to a Kill on its 30th anniversary
  • Michael Coate celebrates 35 years of The Empire Strikes Back with original release details & new interviews!
  • François Truffaut’s Day for Night leads Criterion's August slate, with Dressed to Kill & more
  • The BDA finalizes the Ultra HD Blu-ray 4K specification & unveils the official format logo!
  • The Digital Bits returns with our 2015 Blu-ray Discussion panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July!
  • Bryan Singer & Fox Home Entertainment set the X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut for BD on 7/14
  • Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is now available for pre-order on Amazon on Blu-ray 3D Combo & 2D Blu-ray
  • Netflix begins streaming Fox's The X-Files in HD. How about some love for Blu-ray fans?
  • Michael Coate & Bond historians look back at the 1985 film A View to a Kill on its 30th anniversary
  • Michael Coate celebrates 35 years of The Empire Strikes Back with original release details & new interviews!
  • François Truffaut’s Day for Night leads Criterion's August slate, with Dressed to Kill & more
  • The BDA finalizes the Ultra HD Blu-ray 4K specification & unveils the official format logo!
  • The Digital Bits returns with our 2015 Blu-ray Discussion panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July!
  • Bryan Singer & Fox Home Entertainment set the X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut for BD on 7/14
  • Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is now available for pre-order on Amazon on Blu-ray 3D Combo & 2D Blu-ray
  • Netflix begins streaming Fox's The X-Files in HD. How about some love for Blu-ray fans?
My Two Cents
May 22, 2015 - 4:07 pm

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We’ve got a couple things for you today to close out the week. First though, I wanted to direct you all to our own Michael Coate’s latest History, Legacy & Showmanship column, which we posted yesterday, which features a great look back at The Empire Strikes Back in celebration of the film’s 35th anniversary (which was yesterday). Michael offers lots of extensively-researched details about the film’s initial theatrical release, as well as production trivia, a summary of critic reviews, and even a great new roundtable interview with cinema historians about the film. Do give it a look – I think you’ll really enjoy it.  [Read on here…]


May 20, 2015 - 3:44 pm

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First things first today: Our own Russell Hammond has just updated the Release Dates & Artwork section to include all the latest Blu-ray and DVD cover artwork, as well as Amazon.com pre-order links. As always, a portion of anything you order from Amazon through our links goes to help support our work here at The Bits and we surely do appreciate it!

In title announcement news this afternoon, Lionsgate has announced The Divergent Series: Insurgent for release on Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray and DVD on 8/4, as well as digital on 7/21. Extras on the Blu-ray versions will include audio commentary with producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, the Insurgent Unlocked: The Ultimate Behind-the-Scenes Access feature length documentary, 5 featurettes (Diverging: Adapting Insurgent to the Screen, From Divergent to Insurgent, The Others: Cast and Characters, The Train Fight Unlocked, and The Peter Hayes Story), along with a marketing gallery.  [Read on here…]


May 20, 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


May 19, 2015 - 3:31 pm

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We’ve got a new Pick-Ups column from Tim for this week, featuring new reviews of George Miller’s The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome on Blu-ray, as well as Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood documentary on the history of Ozploitation film. All of this is obviously in honor of the new Mad Max: Fury Road film now in theaters. It’s really a terrific film, so do check it out. The reviews don’t lie on this one. Meanwhile, enjoy the column and reviews.  [Read on here…]


May 18, 2015 - 3:26 pm

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We’ve got just a quick Blu-ray release news update for you this afternoon, so let’s get to it…

As we’ve previously reported, Paramount has set Project Almanac for Blu-ray and DVD on 6/9. We now have the final cover art for you below.

Film Movement is releasing Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/9. The disc will include a new audio commentary with Greenaway, the trailer, and a new essay by film critic Nicolas Rapold.  [Read on here…]


May 15, 2015 - 12:10 pm

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All right, before we begin today... I had the chance to see George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road last night in IMAX laser 3D at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. So now I can officially say that I HAVE seen everything. Holy crap. The film is marvelously inventive, ferociously kinetic, exquisitely detailed, cinematic insanity. That’s my Mad Max: Fury Road review for you in a nutshell. Trust me, you just need to see it. It’s well worth your time. And you’ve never seen anything remotely like it. I think it would be fair to say that George Miller just schooled Michael Bay and a lot of other younger filmmakers on the action film genre.

Speaking of which, Mad Max: Fury Road is now up for Blu-ray 3D Combo pre-order on Amazon.com at this link. You can also click on the temp cover artwork below.  [Read on here…]


May 13, 2015 - 12:42 pm

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First up today, we’ve got a little follow-up on the BDA’s Ultra HD Blu-ray announcement, specifically a few additional technical clarifications...

The video resolution is 3840x2160, with disc capacity at 66GB (dual-layer) and 100GB (triple-layer) – at data rates of 108 mbps and 128 mbps respectively – using the HEVC codec (H.265) via HDMI 1.2 and 2.0, as well as HDCP 1.4 and 2.2. The “digital bridge” system (for Digital Copy) is optional and consists of copy features that enables local playback. What that means for each disc/player is up to the manufacturer and although the Ultra HD Blu-ray spec is complete, the BDA is waiting to hear how manufacturers will implement these features.  [Read on here…]


May 12, 2015 - 12:27 pm

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All right, we’ve got the text of the BDA’s official press release announcing the completion of the Ultra HD Blu-ray spec for you to check out. We also have a look at the official logo for the format.

And we’re working on getting the technical details too.  [Read on here…]


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