• 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!
  • MGM & Fox to deliver a new Spaceballs: "Your Helmet Is So Big" Edition Blu-ray in April
  • 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!
  • MGM & Fox to deliver a new Spaceballs: "Your Helmet Is So Big" Edition Blu-ray in April
My Two Cents
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…]


March 20, 2015 - 1:20 pm

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We’re closing out the week today (on this first day of Spring) with a new History, Legacy & Showmanship column from our own Michael Coate, looking back at Steven Spielberg’s 1941. The film turned 35 last year. Speaking of which, if you happen to live in the L.A. area, be sure to check out the American Cinematheque screening of 1941 at the Egyptian this Sunday, hosted by Mike Matessino of La-La Land Records. Members of the cast and crew are expected to attend. It should be a lot of fun.  [Read on here…]


March 19, 2015 - 4:03 pm

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Today’s news post is a quick one, as I’m still working on more Blu-ray Disc reviews.

However... I do have a pair of new BD reviews for you today, including a look at Warner’s Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition and also their theatrical edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The new Gravity BD streets on 3/31, while The Hobbit hits stores next Tuesday.  [Read on here…]


March 18, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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All right, sorry for the lack of a news post yesterday, but I’ve been wrapped up in Blu-ray review work. Some big titles are coming out over the next few weeks and a number of them are well worth diving into.

Speaking of which, though it took all day yesterday to go through everything, I’ve posted my in-depth review of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar on Blu-ray from Paramount. The disc streets on 3/31. For those of you who experienced problems (in theaters) with the sound mix making lots of the dialogue unintelligible amid the sound effects and music, I can report that’s much less of a problem here. The mix is still pushed toward the low end, and there are still one or two lines where you have to listen more closely than normal, but this does seem to be a deliberate artistic choice. Still, I can attest that this is a much better audio experience than the one I had at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. And the extras are pretty terrific. Do check it out.  [Read on here…]


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