• Tim Salmons reports on last night’s RiffTrax live Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion event!
  • Michael Coate celebrates “For Your Eyes Only” on its 35th Anniversary with a new Bond historian roundtable!
  • Here’s our review of Ridley Scott’s The Martian: Extended Edition on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt looks back at the debut of Blu-ray on the format’s 10th Anniversary!
  • Lucasfilm and Disney set Star Wars: Rebels – Season Two for Blu-ray & DVD on 8/30
  • Criterion’s September slate includes Dekalog, Blood Simple & Cat People ‘42, plus Zatoichi returns & more!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the Spielberg classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on its 35th Anniversary!
  • Microsoft reveals its Xbox One S will support “4K Ultra HD video and Blu-ray” (yes, it seems via UHD discs)
  • Paramount sets a 30-disc Star Trek: 50th Blu-ray box set for 9/6 (including The Animated Series)
  • Revelation, with a Side of Reservation: My Thoughts on Eight Weeks with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Format
  • Tim Salmons reports on last night’s RiffTrax Live Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion event!
  • Michael Coate celebrates “For Your Eyes Only” on its 35th Anniversary with a new Bond historian roundtable!
  • Here’s our review of Ridley Scott’s The Martian: Extended Edition on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt looks back at the debut of Blu-ray Disc on the format’s 10th Anniversary!
  • Lucasfilm and Disney set Star Wars: Rebels – Season Two for Blu-ray & DVD on 8/30
  • Criterion’s September slate includes Dekalog, Blood Simple & Cat People ‘42, plus Zatoichi returns & more!
  • Michael Coate celebrates the Spielberg classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on its 35th Anniversary!
  • Microsoft reveals its Xbox One S will support “4K Ultra HD video and Blu-ray” (yes, it seems via UHD discs)
  • Paramount sets a 30-disc Star Trek: 50th Blu-ray box set for 9/6 (including The Animated Series & more)
  • Revelation, with a Side of Reservation: My Thoughts on Eight Weeks with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Format
My Two Cents
June 29, 2016 - 4:56 pm

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We’ve got a quick post for you all today, but it’s a goodun. It starts with a twofer from our very own Tim Salmons...

First up, he’s just turned in his review of Shout! Factory’s forthcoming Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXVI on DVD. The set streets on 7/26, so do give it a look.

Next, Tim had the good fortune yesterday to attend RiffTrax’s live Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion event, which was streamed out to theaters around the world last night from Minneapolis. And it sounds like it was a real blast. You can read his in-depth thoughts on the evening’s festivities here in his latest Dailies column.  [Read on here…]


June 29, 2016 - 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


June 28, 2016 - 2:37 pm

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First up today, I wanted to direct your attention to Michael Coate’s recent History Legacy & Showmanship retrospective column here at The Bits, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the classic James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. We posted it last Friday afternoon and – as Friday posts tend to get overlooked as people head out to enjoy their weekend – I wanted to make sure you all knew about it. It’s well worth your time, so do give it a look here.

Also, we’ve now got the final cover artwork for Warner’s forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, and Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut on 4K Ultra HD format. All three titles street on 7/19, and we have word that Batman v Superman will be the first 100GB (3-layer) title on the format here in the States. Here’s a look at the official cover artwork for all three...  [Read on here…]


June 27, 2016 - 5:45 pm

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We’re kicking off the week with a pair of Blu-ray reviews, both of them Twilight Time titles. First up is Jim Hemphill’s take on Ronald Neame’s I Could Go On Singing (1963). We’re also pleased to introduce a new occasional reviewer here at The Bits, the inestimable Jack Jameson, who checks in with a look at John Byrum’s Inserts from 1975. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss. Do give them both a look.

All right, we have a couple of quick additional bits of news and notes for you today...  [Read on here…]


June 23, 2016 - 3:17 pm

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… Tim Salmons checks in with another new Pick-Ups Blu-ray review, this time featuring a look at Scream Factory’s Jeepers Creepers 2: Collector’s Edition. Don’t miss it!

Also today, our friends at Warner Archive would like me to tell you all that they’re aware of the problem with their new Victor Victoria Blu-ray and are taking steps to address it. They’ll have official word on the matter soon. Just know they’re on it.  [Read on here…]


June 22, 2016 - 2:54 pm

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All right, our own Tim Salmons has checked in with another Pick-Ups Blu-ray review for you all today: It’s none other than Jeepers Creepers: Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory. Do give it a look.

Also today, we finally have that official statement from Paramount we’ve all been waiting for regarding their Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut Blu-ray release. Here it is...  [Read on here…]


June 21, 2016 - 5:02 pm

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All right, today’s update is a quickie, but we do have a trio of new disc reviews for you to enjoy…

First up, Tim Salmons has checked in with a new Pick-Ups column review of the new The Taking of Pelham One Two Three: 24th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. The disc streets on 7/5. Also, Jim Hemphill has turned in his thoughts on Twilight Time’s new Blu-ray edition of Jerry Schatzberg’s 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park. And finally, I’ve just completed my in-depth review of Ridley Scott’s terrific new The Martian: Extended Edition, which streeted on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on 6/7. Specifically, I’ve looked at the 4K release, which Fox has finally just provided for review. It was worth the wait. I think you’ll enjoy all three reviews and all three titles too, so do give them a look. [Read on here…]


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